Although not actively promoted by games workshop in recent years, there is a large amount of animosity amongst the different chaos gods.
Everyone knows there are 4 main chaos ‘marks’: Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch and Slaanesh. Even in the current Hordes of Chaos book and to the same extent, in the beast book, there are restrictions on which marks you can take with each other. For example, you cannot take a god specific general and then have other marks within your army. However you could take an undivided general and mix marks freely dependant on other restrictions.
With the new daemon books coming out, this has appeared to have dumbed down even more, with the ability of mixing units of different chaos denominations, and to some extent, requires you to take different god options to compete against some lists.
Judging by the forums, this has caused quite a few burst blood vessels.
Hopefully we can go back in time and see how this all started, and then jump back into the present and see what this all really means within the new world of warhammer context.
Back in the day, and please correct any of my mistakes, two books were written called Realm of Chaos: Slaves to darkness and Realm of Chaos: Lost and the Damned. Whilst you don’t need to know too much about these books except they cost a lot of money on Ebay in mint condition and they are very out of date rules wise, they do provide a LOT of fluff, pictures, ideas and information relevant to people obsessed with chaos.
The two books were divided roughly by gods, with slaves to darkness containing information on Slaanesh aqnd Khorne, lost and the damned containing information on Nurgle and Tzeentch.
Although each god, mark, faction of chaos hates all other factions of chaos, there are specific arch enemies. Tzeentch hates Nurgle and visa versa. Slaanesh hates Knorne and visa versa.
Looking at each god and what they stand for goes some way to explaining that.
Nurgle is the god of plague, disease and decay and…..hope. We’ll get to that last one later, but for the moment, we’ll stick with the first three. This is in obvious conflict with Tzeentch, the god of change. In simple terms, Tzeentch evolves and changes, nurgle decays and ages.
The same eternal conflict exists with Slaanesh and Khorne. Khorne exists to kill, excel in combat and finish lives. Slaanesh believes in a lifelong pleasure and fulfilment.
A smaller obvious rivalry is slaanesh and nurgle, due to the whole beauty/ugly angle, and khorne/tzeentch due to the whole magic/anti magic angle/.
Looking at it this way, the most obvious allies are Nurgle and Khorne or Slaanesh and Tzeentch.
I think thats about as much detail we need to go into here, as plenty of info can be found on the web.
Which brings me to my point, how do you feel about mixing and matching? I personally would endevour to take only Khorne and Nurgle, but the idea of a slaanesh mortal army is starting to entice me.
With the new Hordes of Chaos list being put out in the next few months in white dwarf, I think I’ll need to consider my daemon and mortal armies very carefully.