The Skaven Race in the Warhammer Online game is ruled by the Thirteen Lords of Decay (or the Council of Thirteen).
The two most powerful warlords in the Council of the game are Lord Kritislik and Lord Morskittar. Other Council members include Lord Gnawdwell, Lord Sneek, Lord Kratch Doomclaw, Greylord Skrisnik, Lord Verminskin and the Horned Rat.
Skaven are considered the shapers of the world as well as the rat men of the Under Empire. Skavenblight is their capital city. They live in tunnels underground and only come out to gather warpstone (for their magic users and machines).
Rarely the Skavens will congregate in large group armies to wage a war on other races. Warpstone is the most popular item amongst Skaven. It is very addictive and can cause powers to be amplified. But it can also cause mutation and death.
Due to its power, Warpstone is considered a currency amongst Skaven. Skavens are generally clothed in rags and random pieces of armor taken from victims.
Skaven are malicious but are generally only confident in large groups where they can greatly outnumber the opposition. Skavens live for around 20 years although high members have a longer life span; sometimes up to hundreds of years.
This may be due to a combination of magic, drugs or warpstone. Female Skavens have little intelligence and are docile whilst males are warriors and workers. Females spend most of their time breeding as they can have 3 to 5 litters per year.
There can be up to 20 individuals in each litter, which explains the large numbers of the Skavens. The Skaven race has been split into many clans over time. These clans all vie for power on the Council of Thirteen.
This power struggle in the Warhammer online game can often result in infighting and backstabbing. This infighting has halted the Skavens progress in conquering their opposition. The most powerful clans in the Skavens are Clan Pestilens, Clan Skryre, Clan Eshin and Clan Moulder. The most powerful is Clan Skryre.
They focus on blending magic with engineering and science and as such they have been the creators of deadly machines such as the Ratling Gun, Warpfire Thrower, Gatling Gun and the Jezzail amongst others.
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