To the far east of the Warhammer world, previous the Mountains of Mourn and the Nice Maw, lies the Empire of Grand Cathay: an unlimited, venerable nation possessed of the kind of swagger that may solely come from being led by immortal, celestial dragons.
In comparison with Cathay, even essentially the most established human empires within the Warhammer world appear like mewling infants. Cathay’s historical past pre-dates the collapse of the polar warp gates and the arrival of Chaos. When the Ruinous Powers first swept the world, the Celestial Dragon Emperor took mortal type with the intention to collect human tribes and defend his burgeoning empire. That area grew to become Grand Cathay: a landmass far larger than the Empire and Bretonnia mixed, and an historical enemy of the darkish gods. Given their energy in numbers, superior artillery, and devastating magic, the Cathayans may have simply dominated the Previous World to the west. As a substitute, they have been completely happy to look inward, defend their borders, and stay fiercely isolationist.
As a way to defend his empire, the Celestial Dragon Emperor ordered the development of the Nice Bastion: a mighty wall, imbued with the magic of the emperor himself, which stands as a timeless edifice towards the fixed menace of Chaos. Ought to the bastion ever fall, the Cathayans imagine their empire, and certainly the complete world, will inevitably observe. Regardless of repeated makes an attempt, the Ruinous Powers are but to correctly problem the Dragon Emperor. To date solely Tzeentch, recognized in Grand Cathay as Chi’an Chi, has any type of clawhold in Cathay; and even then solely within the type of cults and petty rebellions.
The rule of the Emperor and his consort, the Moon Empress, is absolute. However he’s presently absent, as a substitute leaving the governance of Cathay within the fingers of his 9 kids. Which may make him sound just like the kind of dad who performs trains within the shed whereas his kids defend the home from burglars, they’re greater than succesful. Every of his youngsters is a pure born warrior, whose true type is that of a terrifyingly highly effective dragon.
Of the 9, 4 have been misplaced to time and enmity. However Miao Ying, the Storm Dragon, and Zhao Ming, the Iron Dragon, are on the forefront within the struggle towards Chaos. These are beings who’re older and, in their very own minds, wiser than most gods, however they neither demand nor require worship. Of their pure state, the scions of the Celestial Emperor make regular dragons appear like cartoon lizards. And let’s not even get began on wyverns.
Concord is essential in Grand Cathay, and that is as true on the battlefield as it’s in governance. Their items obtain buffs for combating in unison, and this informs how they deploy. Rows of impenetrable spears maintain the road whereas Cathay’s unimaginable ranged troops shred enemies from afar. Archers and crossbows are efficient sufficient, nevertheless it’s the gunpowder items that units Cathay aside.
Crane gunners can snipe enemies from a terrifying distance, outranging something save artillery, and Iron Hail Gunners are short-ranged specialists that may rip by way of armoured items like rice paper—primarily the Cathayan equal of a shotgun. The Grand Cannon is their most simple type of artillery, nevertheless it’s nonetheless extremely cellular and lethal at vary. However the Hearth Rain Rocket is the final word in Cathayan artillery: a battery of explosive rockets that may annihilate massed troops. Even Cathay’s aerial constructions are lethal at vary. In addition to revealing hidden items on the battlefield, the Sky Junks can bathe distant enemies with rockets and drop bombs on these unlucky sufficient to face beneath them.
And it’s not simply massive weapons, both. In addition to normal horses, Cathay can area Nice Longma Riders: armoured, flying cavalry that may trample any items that attain your line with out getting shot. And towering Terracotta Sentinels, the traditional protectors of Cathay, present a chic and intimidating defence towards most monstrous enemies. All that is earlier than we even contemplate Cathay’s spellcasters: astromancers, alchemists and dragon-blooded lords have spent hundreds of years perfecting their arts, and it exhibits on the battlefield.
If you wish to know what occurs if you happen to draw the ire of the Empire of Grand Cathay, simply ask the Ogre Kingdoms. Legend has it their incursions into historical Cathay aggravated the Celestial Dragon Emperor a lot his astromancers dropped a literal comet onto the ogres, destroying two-thirds of their inhabitants and making a gap within the planet that the ogres would later come to venerate because the Nice Maw. Dragons, cannon, terracotta giants, and weaponised celestial our bodies: you rouse the nice Empire of Grand Cathay at your peril.