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The Changeling

The Changeling is an infamous Horror of Tzeentch


The Changeling has the ability to assume the shape of any creature to use for trickery, to sow mistrust and confusion, and while not in battle to play practical jokes on the unwary.[1] The Changeling has altered so many times that even he has forgotten his original appearance. Only the God Tzeentch remembers it, and keeps it secret as a means of controlling the Changeling. The Changeling's schemes are not limited to the mortal realm, and he has been known to play tricks on even Gods of Chaos themselves, such as cutting Slaanesh's hair as the Dark Prince slept or putting Nurglings on Khorne's throne, creating a mess the next time the Blood God sat down.[3]

Roaming the galaxy and Warp alike in search of committing both practical jokes and devastating mayhem, the Changeling has appeared on the battlefield as a mirror-image of a hero, his comrades unable to tell the difference between the two until it was too late. It was the Changeling who in the image of Lord Solar Macharius ordered the retreat on Goranna just as the real Warmaster was about to direct his forces to the front line. As a Grot, the Changeling sabotoged Warboss Gitsmasha's favorite Shoota, blowing the Warlord and his retinue to smithereens as soon as it was fired. On one occasion, the Changeling even took the shape of a Keeper of Secrets and answered the summoning of a traitorous Imperial Governor whose palace was besieged by Dark Angels. There, the Changeling traded the souls of the desperate man's daughters for a "powerful artifact" to turn the tide of the siege, but turned out to be a stolen Ravenwing teleporation beacon.[3]

During the long research of a way to unmake his infamous Rubric, Ahriman becomes a target for the Changeling. Tzeentch has instructed the daemon to kill the Thousand Sons arch-sorcerer before he may accomplish his goal. In order to approach Ahriman, the Changeling kills and takes the identity of various Space Marines. The creature's disguise however does not fool Ignis' automaton, which attacks the daemon and gets destroyed after a short fight.[4]

A little before coming within striking range of its target, Tzeentch stops its minion and reveals new schemes have been planned to manipulate the arch-sorcerer.[4]

The Changeling proved instrumental in orchestrating the Siege of the Fenris System in the late 41st Millennium. Disguising itself first as a Dark Angels Scout and later Sammael, the Changeling convinced Azrael that the Space Wolves had become mutated and were responsible for attacks on Dark Angels targets across the Galaxy.[5]


Changeling miniature (5th edition), sculpted by Mark Harrison[2]