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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-11, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Default Several questions about Skaven

Due to my recent obsession with Skaven I've been trying to gather bits and pieces of knowledge about them. Sadly, there is very little information I found, even laxicanum has nearly nothing about them. I have yet to try to Skaven Armybook though.

Anyway to the questions.

Firstly, Whats the age limit of Skaven, I have never seen or read anywhere that they have a stated age limit and as such I can assume that its from 1 year to a million. Unless they die that is.

Secondly, how one becomes a grey seer, was just to lazy to research that frankly. Technically it is said that those who are to become grey seers are born with small horns, right? If so, can an individual with horns decide not to be a grey seer?

Thirdly, this is the hardest and most complicated question of all. Can Skaven nevigate a ship in the ocean!? It happened only once, nay, twice but still, both of those times were pretty much a failiure. Soo, yes or no? Even better though, can Skaven sail a ship?

Thats it for now, might pop in with some other questions later. Anyway, I'll appreciate all the help I'll get.

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A normal Skaven lifespan is about twenty years. However those that are rich and powerful can afford various means of prolonging their lives by centuries, perhaps indefinately. The current Council of Thirteen have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Not to my knowledge. All Skaven born with horns are Grey Seers or at least are trained to be Grey Seers. Naturally all of them survive long enough to become one. I've never heard of a Skaven with horns that was a Grey Seer or an apprentice to one. Nor have I heard of a Skaven mutating and growing horns like that.

Yes. Take one look at the Dreadfleet game and you'll see that there are some Skaven ships out there. Also they do have slave ships that travel across a river that runs to the Skavenblight. However it's unlikely that they have a significant or fully organized naval force out there. Most likely their navy consists of slave ships and a few warships under the command of various clans and warlords.

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A normal Skaven lifespan is about twenty years. However those that are rich and powerful can afford various means of prolonging their lives by centuries, perhaps indefinately. The current Council of Thirteen have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Not to my knowledge. All Skaven born with horns are Grey Seers or at least are trained to be Grey Seers. Naturally all of them survive long enough to become one. I've never heard of a Skaven with horns that was a Grey Seer or an apprentice to one. Nor have I heard of a Skaven mutating and growing horns like that.

Yes. Take one look at the Dreadfleet game and you'll see that there are some Skaven ships out there. Also they do have slave ships that travel across a river that runs to the Skavenblight. However it's unlikely that they have a significant or fully organized naval force out there. Most likely their navy consists of slave ships and a few warships under the command of various clans and warlords.
Awesome thanks for the answers, it seems that you are the only one with knowledge about them here

About horn thing, so being trained as a grey seer is not a choice? Its a must do if you are born with horns? If so, can't one (a stupid skaven nonetheless) decide that he doesnt want to be a grey seer and simply do something else?

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To my knowledge no horned Skaven has rejected such a thing. Chances are that if they did the Grey Seers would have them killed immediately for such stupidity or weakness.

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You can't use such things to measure a Skaven. Skaven are beyond your so called "stupidity". They are far more superior, most of the time they get to the ranks of imbeciles, pea brained ass or a simple rubber duck intellect level, but they are certainly not stupid.

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All horned skaven are grey seers by birth, naturally inclined to commune with the horned rat. However, many don't make it. As with all skaven politics, many apprentices to a grey seer don't live very long. After all, he doesn't want to share his secrets with somone who could soon be his rival!

Skaven "can" sail, but are very poor sailors, especially since it's about as far from their natural enviroment as you can get.

I cannot recall ever reading anything stating their lifespans, and have read everything I have found about skaven, they often lead short brutal lives, killed by their packmates, spawning mates, random skaven, the intricacies of politics, etc. etc.

As mentioned powerful skaven I assume can find means to prolong their lives, or perhaps a skaven is simply very long lived, unless misfortune befalls him. Hard to say with chaos creatures.

Also, skaven have mutated and developed horns. Thinking specifically of Lurk Snitchtongue in the Gotrek and Felix novels. Exposed to warpstone and mutated extensively.

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With regards to the sailing, skaven have infiltrated the cliffs and caves from Tilea southwards and also have a port called Spineport (IIRC) from their they launch piratical raids up and down the coast (and probably even) Lustria, and the realms of the Elves.

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Also, skaven have mutated and developed horns. Thinking specifically of Lurk Snitchtongue in the Gotrek and Felix novels. Exposed to warpstone and mutated extensively.
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Don't quote me on this but I think I read a few years back that if a skaven is born with grey fur they are taken away and raised as a greyseer? Not 100% sure on it though.
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Its horns now. If a Skaven baby has horns, it will be taken away and raised. Though there is a limit on the number of grey seers, so I'm not sure how the ones in training work...
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