After a lengthy battle he enters the Underworld, beats down the Nehekharan god of the underworld Usirian with the help of Dieter and the souls there, consumes him and replaces him before returning to Nehekhara and smashing Settra's army to bits. The necromancer offers Settra his life as a Mortarch, but Settra's to proud to accept and Nagash rips him to pieces without killing him comes with being undead and takes command of the surviving Tomb Kings forces. After single-handedly destroying Khemri as an example, Nagash then goes on to destroy Nehekhara's cities before heading back to Sylvania with his Black Pyramid it can fly now.
Back in the ruins of Khemri, Setrra is stuck as a head in the sand The second of the fluff books, it shows the first big probe by the forces of Chaos out of the Chaos Wastes. Archaon sends Nurgle's current favorite champions, the Glottkin, to ally with the Pox-maggoth Riders and the Plague Fleet of Gutrot Spume to launch a threefold naval invasion. While the Glotts flatten Marienburg and topple its structures and even a local Vampire under Vlad's command, Spume goes off to the west and teams up with some Beastmen under the Bray-Shaman known as the Harbinger and the Maggoth Lords go to the East and eventually get accompanied by Epidemius.
All while this is happening, Karl Franz is still trying to get back home and gets discovered by the new Supreme Patriarch of the Colleges of Magic, Amber Wizard Gregor Martak, and his two-headed griffon. The raids are made easier because Nurgle has waxed greatly in power, even poisoning Taal and allowing him to fuck the Old World over harder than he ever has before. The Nurglite forces nearly best the Old World by simply being fat sacks of shit. Pestilence and plague devastate the land, whilst Festus the Leechlord hides out in Altdorf and starts cooking up a plague with the aid of Ku'gath Plaguefather that he hopes will rip open the fabric of reality and let the Garden of Nurgle devour the city.
The Nurgle forces cause a hell of a lot of damage, including destroying several cities. In the end, they cause so much damage that the Empire actually makes Vlad von Carstein the legitimate Elector Count of Sylvania in exchange for his help. Altdorf is devastated by Festus's plan, but Karl Franz ascends to demigod power actually imbued with the Wind of the Heavens and kicks their ass, though not before Louen Leoncoeur gets killed by Festus Empowered, an act which turns him into a Daemon Prince. Karl Franz gets killed by Otto Glott, but then the Wind of Heavens enters his body and Chaos is temporarily purged from the city.
The newly-empowered Karl Franz only cryptically states that "rules have changed" The third book settles the Elven civil war and is where the Skub really hits the fan. Finubar is dead. Daemons are ravaging northern Ulthuan. After trying to fight back agaisnt the forces of Chaos, Malekith salts the earth to abandon Naggaroth and leads one last push for the phoenix crown. Surprisingly, it is revealed that no Phoenix King since Aenerion has withstood the Flames of Asuryan without a team of Mages warding and healing him.
When Malekith tried he was burned, but it was only Asuryan's test- if Malekith had been able to hold out for a few more seconds the full power of the Creator would have been his; Malekith WAS the rightful successor of Aenarion the whole time though one wonders why it wasn't Aenarion's firstborn son, Morelion. Asuryan was disappointed, but decided that if Malekith could prove himself worthy he could still win the Phoenix Throne. All the false Phoenix Kings who cheated the Flames were cursed by Asuryan with overwhelming pride and paranoia so they would eventually fall to ennui or insanity.
This is why Finubar killed himself- he realized that he too was cursed and that the only way to escape its effects was to die. Or, Finubar was killed during his conversation with Malekith over the Pheonix Throne: by a Bloodthirster Malekith 'let in' by opening "a window" through a "breach Teclis had made in the wards. Malekith probably struck the 'deal' with Khorne during the Khornate deamon invasion of Khaine, Book I, pgs.
You, know, "Clue"-like and all. Meanwhile, Teclis reveals his master plan- by binding each of the winds of magic to mortals thus creating an equal and opposite force to the Chaos Gods , the vortex could be closed and the threat of Chaos would be stopped for good. So far, Nagash has the wind of Death, Alarielle now the leader of the Wood Elves and harnessing the full power of Isha after merging with Ariel has claimed the wind of Life, Karl Franz has gotten the wind of heavens, light was bound into Teclis's staff possibly to give to someone else later and Malekith was meant to get the wind of Fire, but ended up receiving the wind of Shadow instead.
Of course, getting the winds meant undoing the Vortex, and that caused Ulthuan to sink to the bottom of the ocean. Caledor joins with Malekith in his newest invasion and Tyrion takes this badly to say the least. Faced with the the death of his daughter, the world falling apart, the apparent betrayal of his brother and lover and forced to serve his oldest enemy, he goes mad. He now leads a force called the Aestyrion, composed of the High Elves willing to defy Asuryan's will in refusing to serve Malekith and a handful of Dark Elves who feel obliged to serve Khaine by fighting alongside his Avatar.
Araloth is meanwhile tasked with leading a rescue mission into the Realm of Chaos where he meets up with who might probably be the author of the Liber Chaotica Richter Kleiss and Kaldor Draigo or maybe a Stormcast Eternal. The most epic battle in Warhammer history is about to take place on the isle of the dead. Magic is about to change dramatically, with a bunch of new storm of chaos level spells coming out. Naturally, these revelations were quite a shock to all three flavors of Elf players. In addition to the usual narrative scenarios, this book contains the following crunchy deliciousness:.
Basically, this book is about the Skaven fucking shit up both for everyone else and for themselves. Verminlords start openly manipulating the Council of Thirteen and individual clans. They head to the surface and start making a serious effort to conquer the Warhammer World. First on their list is all the non-playable human factions. Getting tired of the stalemate, the Skaven ally with Skarsnik and make a serious push to conquer Karak Eight Peaks.
Being forced onto the ropes, the Dwarves accept the aid of Ogre mercenaries, including Golgfang Maneater. They breifly turn the tide until Skarsnik reveals his ultimate trump card; Golgfang and his ogres. They had been paid by Skarsnik to act as double-agents and turn on the Dwarves at his signal. But between the traitorous Skaven and Night Goblins, Golgfang takes one look at the clusterfuck the battle is becoming, takes the pay he'd already been given and led his ogres to greener meaning prosperous pastures.
Karak Eight Peaks is finally conquered by the Skaven, but the Dwarves decide on a posthumous vengeance and decide to blow it up rather than let the Skaven have it. Knowing that the Lizardmen are the greatest threat to them outside of Chaos either ignoring or forgetting about Nagash and the undead; do I mean the Skaven or GW's writers? Take your pick. Clan Pestilens decides to gear-up, ally with Clan Skyre and take on the Lizardmen in round 2.
However, this time plot armor is on the villains side, as Skaven technology is unprecedentedly reliable and the Skaven manage to destroy several Lizardmen cities, even ravaging the previously unassailable Itza. The biggest event is the Skaven fucking blow up Morrslieb.
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The gigantic fragments of warpstone fall on the world, with only the heroic sacrifice of many Slann, including Mazdamundi and Lord Kroak, ensuring that the destruction is confined to Lustria and the Southlands; which are incinerated along with all of Clan Pestilents in an expy of the popular theory on why the dinosaurs died out.
Kroak and the remaining Slann used their magic to send the Lizardmen temples now magitek spaceships and chunks of the jungle into outer space to escape the fiery holocaust. The Skaven attack the Empire and Thanquol finally starts to get shit done by unintentionally summoning the super Vermin Lord, Skreech Verminking. Vilitch fails to kill Karl Franz, dull surprise there.
Archaon decides to kill Fateweaver and uses his blood to summon Ka'Bandha and so Khorne begins taking hold of the world. After the destruction of the Empire's last province, Averland by then Nagash and the Undead Legions have taken over Sylvania , the survivors of the Empire evacuate to Athel Loren. Meanwhile Nagash gets his Black Pyramid destroyed by a skaven team led by Ikit Claw while busy fighting a horde of Nurglite daemons and undead the latter under the command of Isabella von Carstein, who was revived and brainwashed by Nurgle, much to Vlad's distress. Now realizing that he can't fight Chaos on his own terms, he hesitantly decides to join the other Incarnates as his broken monolith no longer allows him to spam Reanimation Protocols he also depleted too much power in a magical nuke he unleashed while chucking a tantrum over the Black Pyramid's destruction, which could have been far better used in the final battle.
Unsurprisingly, the other Incarnates don't want to ally with the sociopathic, omnicidal bag of bones. Naggy gives them Mannfred as a scapegoat for some of his crimes and they accept his help, though no-one trusts him as far as they can throw him and keep him under heavy guard. Archaon starts the ritual to end the world by opening a new Chaos rift through what seems to be an Old-One device, most probably a warp-gate generator or a warp drive left over there, although it may also be a vortex warhead, in other words, Archie tried to pull the same trick used by the Dominus Astra to destroy Hive Fleet Behemoth.
That is not to say Americans were never split-minded. Jefferson, Henry Clay, Ulysses S. But utopianism never dictated foreign policy because the U. Third were the lessons of history learned from the collapse of republics ancient and modern.
The Prophecy of The Final 7 Years before Armageddon
American statesmen lived in fear of an Alcibiades, Caesar, or Cromwell in their midst, and were always on guard against hubris. Fourth was a residual Christian anthropology because nearly all the Founders believed in some version of original sin or its philosophical equivalent, the natural selfishness of human nature. That is why they so carefully checked and balanced the powers of government. Indeed, a major check on foreign policy adventurism was the Constitution itself. So what happened in the s to cause many Americans to reject the tenets of their civil faith in favor of ambitions previously denounced as heretical?
It has been the policy of the United States since the foundation of the Government to cultivate relations of peace and amity with all the nations of the world, and this accords with my conception of our duty now. We want no wars of conquest; we must avoid the temptation of territorial aggression. War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed….
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I expect you know what happened. In Cubans launched a second war of independence against Spain, and the guerrilla war and counter-insurgency escalated amidst awful atrocities. For three years Cleveland, then McKinley, tried to mediate peace. But by a self-conscious war party stirred up such outrage in the Congress and public that McKinley at last succumbed. The political war party was cunning.
The religious war party was naive. No wonder McKinley agonized, lost sleep, and wept! The war party prevailed because five events over ten weeks early in played into their hands. First, Cubans rioted against an offer of mere autonomy, which undermined U. Then the New York Journal printed a purloined letter from the Spanish ambassador that insulted McKinley and the jingoes. Then the battleship Maine exploded off Havana, killing sailors. Then Senator Redfield Proctor R. Representative Richard Bartholdt R. I regret that vote to this day. There is strong circumstantial evidence to that effect.
That seems to me to be certain. But from the moment the U. Army and civil commission would have to rule after all even though they were utterly unprepared to do nation-building, while scores of Protestant missionaries expected to transplant middle-class American life in a culture years older than the United States itself!
Cuba was the first in a long series of occupations that revealed how ignorant Americans were of the realities of the mentalities of the localities in countries they purported to help. A newly prideful United States began to measure its holiness by what it did, not by what it was, and committed itself, for the first time, to the pursuit of abstractions such as liberty, democracy, or justice. Moreover, it was in that political elites discovered a large political base could be mobilized for assertive foreign policies so long as they could draped in morality.
Cuba was easy: Americans imagined themselves liberators. The Open Door policy was easy, too: Americans imagined themselves chivalrous guardians of China against the imperialists. Senator Albert Beveridge R. He has made us master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns…. And of all our race He has marked the American people as His chosen nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world. This is the divine mission of America…. We must break camp and follow…. Such Progressive Imperialism marked a great change in civil theology. The notion that the U. The United States was called to wage righteous war in the world,  beginning in the Philippines themselves, because it turned out the U.
Our institutions will not deteriorate by extension, and our sense of justice will not abate under tropic suns in distant seas. A portion of them are making war against the United States. Former Senator Carl Schurz saw through the humbug.
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Now, all those policies might have made sound strategic sense from a geopolitical perspective. But the evolving civil religion required that Americans act out of altruism rather than self-interest — Americans always want to feel good about doing well — which is why the key word in Progressive Imperialism is the adjective, not the noun.
Historians disagree on how to date and define the Progressive Era except to say it had everything to do with reform. To elites in the academy, government, business, and the clergy it seemed the modern solution to those modern problems was scientific management by credentialed experts. They had little but contempt for the strict construction of conservative judges, who would restrict the power of the national government to act against social evils and to extend the blessings of democracy to less favored lands. The real enemy was particularism, state rights, limited government.
Why then does a language of faith and good vs. For a hundred years after Americans were not conscious of a potential conflict between their mostly Protestant faith and their civil faith because the former encouraged republican virtue and the latter ensured free exercise of religion. But under the stress of the Civil War and the onslaught of modernism Charles Darwin first published in the main-line Protestant churches surrendered their prophetic role to the civil religion, surrendered their faith in an inerrant Bible, and surrendered cultural authority to … the Progressives!
Mark was installing a sound system in a new hall in Baltimore in the fall of when a young woman named Kimmy Weber asked to borrow his ladder. At 20, Kimmy was putting in more than 90 hours of field service a month, making her a full-fledged pioneer. Mark was drawn to her drive and intensity. He tracked down her email address; they flirted over AOL Instant Messenger and were married within eight months. They wanted to start a family, but decided to wait until after the arrival of paradise on Earth, when they, and their children, would be perfect.
In the meantime, Kimmy began opening their home to abused and abandoned cats. When he and Kimmy had saved enough money to buy the house across the street as a rental property, they filled its three units with other Witnesses. There were ski vacations, softball games, dinner parties, and game nights—always with friends who shared their faith.
It felt less like intimacy and more like a self-imposed bubble. These frustrations eventually grew into suspicions about Watchtower itself. Nobody would stand out there and hold a sign that says An Elder Molested Me unless it really happened. No way. Watchtower adjusted its estimates for the apocalypse several more times. In , it introduced the Overlapping Generations theory, which claims that the end will come before the death of everyone who was alive at the same time as anyone who was alive in Mark found these revised predictions difficult to accept.
In late , Mark had an extreme reaction to an antibiotic and was confined to his couch for several weeks, away from the meetings and Bible studies. Left alone with his thoughts, he began to admit to himself that he no longer believed Armageddon was imminent. And here he was, 45 years old and facing a health crisis. How much more of his life was he willing to waste inside the bubble?
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He never attended another meeting. Though Kimmy kept going to meetings, her Witness friends pressured her to leave her marriage. Kimmy already had a routine of evening strolls, and he began to join her. Their walks got longer, eventually reaching eight or 10 miles a night. He also started watching YouTube videos by Lloyd Evans, a former British elder who has amassed a dedicated following with his anti-Watchtower arguments. Instead, he shared small pieces of information to challenge what Kimmy had been taught, such as the truth about the doomsday prediction.
Kimmy had grown up believing that overzealous Witnesses, not Watchtower, had chosen that date. But Mark, who rarely threw away anything, encouraged her to read the Watchtower articles exhorting members of the faith to sell their homes. When she was 9, the elders in her congregation paired her with a man named Jonathan Kendrick for Saturday-morning field service.
Instead of going door-to-door to preach the word of God, Kendrick would take Conti to his house and molest her, she says. She estimates this went on for about two years. When she went back to the elders in her former congregation to tell them about the abuse, she was rebuffed by something called the two-witness rule. Critics say this rule has helped turn Witness communities into havens for child molesters, who rarely commit crimes in the presence of bystanders.
The elders told Conti that without a second witness to the molestation, there was nothing they could do. Conti asked the elders to consider a plan she had devised for tracking child molesters within the organization. When they refused, she sued Watchtower, her former congregation, and Kendrick. Others had come forward with accusations against Watchtower before, but Conti refused to take a settlement, and the trial, with its blockbuster monetary award, became a major news story.
When Campos assaulted Lopez in a La Jolla, California, home in , the boy told his mother, who immediately reported Campos to the elders. They said they would handle the situation, and told her not to call the police. Yet Campos continued to rise in the organization, eventually becoming an elder. In , he fled to Mexico, where he later confessed in a deposition to molesting Lopez and several other young boys. Lopez filed a lawsuit against Watchtower in When his lawyer, Irwin Zalkin, requested that Watchtower turn over all documents related to Campos and other known molesters, the organization at first refused, saying it lacked the resources to locate and sort all the information.
But a senior official for Watchtower later testified that all the information had, in fact, been scanned and stored in a Microsoft SharePoint database. Zalkin introduced a software expert who testified that Watchtower should be able to produce the documents in as little as two days using simple search terms. Still, Watchtower did not comply. An appellate court overturned the ruling, saying the judge should have sanctioned Watchtower incrementally; the case was settled for an undisclosed sum in January Exactly how many alleged pedophiles are named in the database has been the source of wide-ranging speculation.
In , one former elder said the number was 23, Watchtower would not comment on the number at the time except to say that it was considerably lower. During the Lopez trial, a Watchtower attorney estimated that the organization had received blue envelopes from to , but did not say how many it had received since then. Perhaps most tellingly, in , an Australian investigation found that the perpetrators listed in the database represented 1.
Assuming the percentage is comparable in the U. In , the U. Last year, in the Netherlands, then—Justice Minister Sander Dekker urged Watchtower to conduct an independent investigation into hundreds of abuse allegations received via a special hotline. Watchtower declined. By the time Mark told Kimmy about the Conti trial, in August , she was starting to see things differently, too—enough that she decided to read the trial transcript.
Now she began to open up. She told Mark about how her mother would lock her and her two siblings in their bedrooms or the basement for days with no food and only a litter box for a toilet. How she would keep them up all night by banging on pots and pans, then send them to school delirious and malnourished. But Kimmy did tell. As a year-old, she went to the elders in her congregation for help. They discouraged her from seeking counseling, because a therapist might blame the religion or get the authorities involved.
Finally, the elders asked Kimmy a question: If her mother did end up killing her, could that prevent Jehovah from resurrecting her at Armageddon? This time, the elders said they would need a second eyewitness before they could intervene. Years later, she would learn that her brother had already reported the abuse to the same elders. When she read the transcript of the Conti trial, she discovered that it was Watchtower doctrine and had been used for decades to prevent other abused children from getting help. Soon, both she and Mark would leave the organization for good. Close friends stared at their feet when Kimmy ran into them at Walmart.
His business faltered. He and Kimmy had some savings to fall back on and would find other tenants. Mark told Evans his story and thanked him for the work he was doing. To his surprise, Evans wrote back, suggesting some online ex-Witness groups he should join.