Warhammer - The Depths of Corruption
The first Emperor and God of the Empire
Sigmar Heldenhammer was a warlord from the Unberogen tribe who went on the found The Empire. Sigmar is now worshipped the patron god of The Empire. His sign is a two tailed comet. Sigmar carried the Dwarf-made warhammer Ghal Maraz, which is still a symbol of the Empire today.
Twin-tailed Comet – The sign that appeared in the heavens on the night of Sigmar’s birth, it has become a universal symbol of his cult. The twin-tailed comet has appeared two other times in Imperial history, in IC 1999 over the capital of Ostermark, Mordheim, prior to its destruction when the comet crashed in the middle of the city, destroying most of the civic structures and killing a substantial portion of the population. That particular comet was given the name “Sigmar’s Hammer”, since it was looked on as a herald of Sigmar’s will, and since it destroyed the city of Mordheim, considered the capital of sinners, gamblers, drinkers, whores, and criminals, the comet has also become an icon of imminent Sigmarite judgement.
The Cult was established within The Empire in the years following Sigmar’s abdication and disappearance. The cult quickly grew into a fully-fledged religion, venerating Sigmar as the founder of The Empire. Also known as the Sigmarite Church, the cult was officially organised in IC 73 by the first Grand Theogonist Johann Helsturm. It is now the foremost religion in the Empire and is inextricably intertwined with the political, cultural, and national identity of the Empire and its people. As a god, Sigmar is worshipped as a unifier of mankind, and a protector of the weak and innocent against the insidious threat of Chaos and dark magic.
There is some political conflict between the leaders of the cults of Sigmar and Ulric – the northern god of winter, wolves, and war – but within the armies of the Empire followers of both cults are often found fighting side by side. Temples of Sigmar can be found throughout the Empire, with the largest located in Altdorf: the Great Temple of Sigmar. Another temple of Sigmar is located in Black Fire Pass, on the site where Sigmar made his historic pact with the Dwarfs. The head of the Cult of Sigmar is the Grand Theogonist, who is assisted by two Arch Lectors of Sigmar, who act as the Grand Theogonist’s surrogates, and each of these positions holds a vote in the Electoral Council to determine a new Emperor.
Many faithful Sigmarites are deeply concerned with the role of the Sigmarite cult in politics. They feel that the political dimension of the Sigmar religion impairs their personal beliefs. Thus, they seek other ways to express their piety, abdicating personal goods and riches to live as eremites or beggar monks or sign up in the armies to spread their god’s word. However, generals usually don’t like to have religious zealots amongst their ranks, so these people often form their own war parties or even become Flagellants.