Kiss My Axe!

Posted: March 9, 2009 in ball-point pen, sketch
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Tabu: Female Slayers

I know this is a subject that has recently caused some controversy and by touching it I’m probably not making friends, but I’m going to do it anyway 😛

Let’s start from the beginning. Over the years Games Workshop have build a very rich universe with a distinctive flavour. Over time there have been some changes to the lore to suit different necessities, but in general GW is very careful to keep true to its roots.

To translate Warhammer’s universe into a massive multiplayer online game such as WAR, there have been concessions to make in order to make the game work. This is the case of the dwarfs.

When you read novels like William King’s Gotrek and Felix, you understand the dwarfs are an ancient, alien race that are into the breach of extinction. Females are precious and you won’t see them fighting on the frontlines. You’d read about priestesses of Valaya but not about female ironbreakers -though that doesn’t mean that a female dawi can’t fight. Nick Kyme’s Oathbreaker would be a good example.

In WAR dwarfs are somehow in a better situation than in the books. You can find plenty of females around, so many that you can see lasses in full ironbreaker armour guarding gates or working as courageous engineers scouting enemy territory. In any case the lore has been bend in order to make the game work as Mythic envision it.

The dwarfs are a very complex race deeply bound by their own codes. Any dent, any crack in their so heavily set culture would be an immense shock. There are matters that they won’t discuss or even accept, like for example: chaos dwarfs.

I personally can see a scenario were a female slayer is born. It wouldn’t be common but I wouldn’t say it is impossible to happen. If any dawi had a problem with her very existence I’m sure she would say something like Slaine’s famous words: Kiss my axe!

Anyway, I know female slayers won’t occur in WAR but I was curious about how would they look. This is my take.

If you want to see a bigger version of the sketch, you can find it here


  1. Jennifer says:

    She’s intimidating but cute. I like the face, and the tattoos are great.

  2. sneaksz says:

    I wouldn’t want to find her in a dark alley!

  3. forjador says:

    Thank you. Yes, that was the idea: to make her somehow cute but menacing 🙂

  4. Olive says:

    I like it, very good work 🙂

    I was hoping they would somehow allow this, it might have enticed me into playing Order more.

  5. WinterSpirit says:

    Actually, a female Dwarf character in a WFRP campaign I’m running right now is currently gravitating towards taking a Slayer oath. She comes from an expatriate branch of an ancient clan, and while her family is still very traditional even though they live among humans in the Empire now, she herself was much less so – very young, and with head filled with heroic tales and romances. So when her father arranged a marriage for her, she eloped. Now it’s beginning to weigh on her: she knows full well that she has shamed her clan, and even though she still doesn’t like the notion of seeking death as a Slayer, she shuns the other Dwarfs and wears heavy clothing all the time in order to not being recognized as a woman by anyone. What made the matters even worse, not long ago the PCs ran into her father, all tattooed, with his head shaved and beard dyed orange, drinking himself to unconsciousness at some backwater inn. It was a pretty big shock for our female Dwarf, and now she’s beginning to ponder whether it shouldn’t be her who has taken the oath instead.

    Lots of fun, that campaign 🙂

  6. forjador says:

    That’s pretty interesting WinterSpirit, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Joanna says:

    Love it.

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