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Tomb Kings are one of the forces in Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy setting. They are all undead, with an evident ancient Egyptian theme, with additional themes taken from the 1999 movie The Mummy.
The Tomb Kings were once rulers of Khemri, a vast kingdom analagous to ancient Egypt and the Mesopotamian civilizations. The rulers were led to believe that they would rule paradise in the afterlife, and were thus entombed so that they were prepared for this. Hundreds of years later, an evil wizard by the name of Nagash usurped the throne and attempted to turn these dead kings into his personal undead army. He eventually failed, but his attempt caused the kings to awaken as undead and turned the great nation into a vast desert. The kings were enraged that they had not been reborn into paradise, and now plot to conquer the world to compensate.
Their armies are primarily based on skeletal warriors bearing equipment typical to portrayals of ancient Egypt, notably large numbers of chariots. They may also field gigantic undead scorpions, swarms of scarabs, and animated statues of their gods. They are often led by the Tomb Kings themselves, or their sons, the Tomb Princes. They are generally accompanied by Liche Priests, who see to it that the magic spells keeping the army animated continue to function.
The army is best-known for its magic: Not only do the Tomb Kings sport their own lore, they do not have to roll dice in order to cast spells, as other armies do. They are also notable for their relatively skilled archers and their ability to field chariots in units.
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