You want to know recipe for success? Fire! Sorcery! Machines! Sorcerous fire-spewing machines of death!— Xuk Verminbone on his work philosophy
History[edit | edit source]
Born from a common litter of rat spawn in the under-city of Murdrath, Xuk elevated himself in the ranks of Clan Chemicus thanks to being gifted with immense intelligence and cunning. As he achieved the rank of Warlock-Alchemist, his concoctions became well-known through Clan Chemicus, with many asking for his service and allegiance; by playing his cards right, Xuk instead convinced such individuals to follow him instead, cultimating with the assassination of his predecessor, Vermatch Grindbone, and his ascension into clan-lord. To assert his position, display his power and ensure none would rise against him, he had all those who helped him achieve his goal transformed into rat-hulks.
Features[edit | edit source]
Xuk Verminbone is a fearsome figure; shrouded in a dark green lab coat, wearing a gas mask which obscures his head and a mechanical backpack filled with liquified demonic energies, he appears more construct than rat, and not even his fellow clan-lords quite know what hides underneath. He has lived far past the lifespan of a common Rakash, but endures thanks to machine and magic enhancements provided by his backpack, though he walks with a noticeble hunchback.
Sadistic beyond redemption, Verminbone delights in inventing new ways to cause destruction. He prides himself with claims of being the most intelligent ratman ever born, and while such a claim is bold, there is some truth to it. Xuk believes that a combination of magic and technology will allow the Under-Empire to destroy its foes, and that all races of the surface world are potential test subjects to see it done.
Relations[edit | edit source]
- Vetch of Ten-Thousand Plagues - Xuk is convinced that Vetch's word is that of Skanqrak himself, though is also envious of it.
- Kaltretch Thane-Slayer - Xuk deals closely with Kaltretch in developing new weapons of mass destruction, but dislikes his brutish demeanor.
- Zhakch the Plaguelord - While loyal to the priesthood of Skanqrak, Xuk finds Zhakch insufferable and annoying.
- Skialk Shadowmaul - Xuk and the Duskmaster keep each other at arm's reach, as Clan Shivus and Clan Chemicus often use each other's resources.