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Scabeiathrax is an ancient and powerful Great Unclean One and an antagonist from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

Like many Unclean Ones he is a huge bloated sack of disease and contagion but is considered one of Nurgle ’s most favored Greater Daemons, a so called Exalted Unclean One. Scabeiathrax resides wallowing in one of Nurgle’s largest plague pits called the Blighted Pit, until he is called forth to lay waste to the corporeal universe/real-space.

Wherever he treads he inevitably leaves a large trail of demonic disease, filth and corruption. He carries with him the dreaded and unique Blade of Decay, a crude rusting cleaver, imbued with the power to rapidly age and decay all that it touches. Armored vehicles and walkers rust away into mere junk and scrap metal, while beings of flesh and blood become instantly infected, quickly turning the flesh necrotic as it rots away before their very own eyes. On several occasions the blade has even been able to turn struck victims into a disgusting puddle of oozing organic slime.


Scabeiathrax the Bloated One is one of the most favored and powerful daemons in the service of Nurgle. He makes his home upon an infested daemon world filled with plague and diseases deep within the massive warp rift known as the Eye of Terror, within one of Nurgle's greatest daemonic spawning pits called the Blighted Pit. From within this toxic, rotting pit of noxiousness and blight are spawned the foul creatures that Nurgle creates and releases upon the universe, including such creatures as nurglings and plaguebearers.

Only the most apocalyptic and dedicated of Nurgle's followers and cults dare summon forth the Lord of the Blighted Pit from his home in the Warp. When he crosses the veil of reality onto the mortal plane, he appears only briefly to spread disease and decay amongst the enemies of Nurgle before returning to wallow in his beloved filth of the Blight Pit once again. Luckily, Scabeiathrax has only been summoned twice within the last millennium.

This Great Unclean One is truly a horrible sight to behold when he does appear in the corporeal universe. He jovially lumbers along, humming to himself and whistling merrily, surrounded by an impenetrable swarm cloud of large black flies, thousands of Nurglings clamouring over his mountainous bulk and scampering across his taloned feet, fighting for the choicest morsels of rotten flesh or a succulent pustule. Wherever this Greater Daemon treads decay blossoms; flora and fauna blacken, rot, wither and turn to slime, the ferrocrete cracks and crumbles into dust and slimy, noxious pools of pestilent goo lie in his wake.

He was last summoned during the infamous Siege of Vraks, on the Imperial Armory World of Vraks Prime. Many of his followers from the Blighted Pit, including Plaguebearers, swarms of Nurglings, Plaguedrones, Nurgle Beasts and all manner of foul Chaos Spawn and daemon engines were brought forth. The followers of Nurgle turned their attentions upon Vraks Prime, happily spreading their rot and corruption, with the intent to turn Vraks into a new plague world for their patron God.

To put an end to the Demon Lord's rampage, the Inquisitor named Vokes hailing from the Ordo Malleus branch of the Inquisition which deals with all things related to Chaos and the Warp tried to hold him back only to get struck by Scabeiathrax's fell plague blade, turning the unfortunate man into a puddle of oozing organic slime. Scabeiathrax was ultimately only stopped by the intervention of the Grey Knights Space Marines, whose hero, Captain Stern, brought the daemon lord low. Once defeated, the Great Unclean One's spirit was sent howling back to the Realm of Chaos, returned to his corrupt lair within the Blight Pit where he still resides to this day waiting to be summoned forth once again. Though the Greater Daemon's incursion on Vraks was stopped, this did not hamper the remaining daemonic host of Nurgle from rampaging across that benighted planet, causing havoc and spreading their infections wherever they went.

Powers and Abilities

Scabeiathrax is an exceptionally powerful Greater Daemon of Nurgle. As a Great Unclean One he possesses immense superhuman durability able to withstand immense amounts of punishment, whether it be from small-arms fire, melee weapons, or even anti-tank weapons. Like all daemon of Nurgle he is also immune to pain and is touched with all manner of foul daemonic diseases and poisons, which means standing near one or coming into contact with one could mean inevitable death as there is usually no cure for Nurgle's diseases. Because of his massive bulk he is also able to crush lesser enemies and even some vehicles with his sheer weight alone. Many enemies can't even fathom to look at a Great Unclean One let alone be able to fight one because of their disgusting and putrid appearance, and their smell is said to be absolutely horrible, enough for someone to start vomiting or even pass out.

Scabeiathrax can also make use of Psychic Powers, mainly those from the Nurgle and Winds of Chaos disciplines. He is able to spew forth a stream of disease on his enemies, heal wounds, exude a wave of soul-pox who kills those who lacks Nurgle's blessing, bless his nurglite allies with a new bounty of fresh disease to infect their enemies, and summon forth a dark cloud of filth and flies that protects and shrouds allies from view.

Finally he can also spread Nurgle's most feared and deadly disease, aptly named Nurgle's Rot. A disgusting miasma of disease, it causes instant infection and a slow, painful death to those in the area, filling the air with a thick, acrid fog and swarms of massive bloated flies. And worst of all it corrupts the souls of the infected into new plaguebearer daemons. It is completely uncurable.