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Has Death Magic and Nevromancy been merged together or are they still two separate things? Was Reading Undying King in preparation for the Soul Wars book.

Necromancy is a specific form of Death Magic. All Necromancy is Death Magic, but not all Death Magic is Necromancy.

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The Warscrolls for Bretonnia open with them being part of the remnants of lost civilisations residing in Sigmaron. Is this an oversight by GW, or did some Bretonnians survive the End Times? I do remember Alarielle inheriting a “Haven” from the Lady, and Gilles and Abhorash holding a last stand...

It's more in the way of a 'you can still use your old models' sort of thing, than an oversight. But, I mean, I am trying to figure out a way of sneaking them (or their descendants) in, somehow.

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Hi, Given the football fever recently - any fun sports in the Mortal Realms? Loved Soul Wars - Calys Eltain is Elyas mother right? Will Entyr Rocha ever meet Tarus/Tarsem again? Whats your next project - any chance of some Daughters of Khaine fun? Or back in the days of the Pantheon?

I assume there are the usual sports - ogor-baiting, grot-kicking and megalofin-jumping. Beyond that, I haven't given it much thought, though I might need to.
I'll answer your questions below:
*SPOILERS*
1) Yep.
2) Possibly.
3) Nope. I'm working on something with Space Marines at the moment. Then its back to the Mortal Realms for something a bit...darker.

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Any author you'd personally like to see take on the Mortal Realms and AoS? Either among Black Library's current crop and outside?

From among BL's current stable - all of them? I mean, Aaron or John would probably do some interesting stuff. From outside - Cassandra Khaw, Sam Sykes, Myke Cole, Balogun Ojetade, Orrin Grey, Sarah Cawkwell, Maura McHugh...probably a few others I'm forgetting.

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Do you know of any way to contact any other authors or designers? I've been enjoying picking your brain through these answers and would like to ask broader questions of different folks. I completely understand if you don't feel comfortable giving out such information.

You could try social media. I know Gav Thorpe has a Q&A thing on his website. Twitter is a way to contact many of them. Beyond that, I can't help you, I'm afraid.

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Did Myrmidia make it to the Mortal Realms? Seen a few references to her in background stuff, the Tempest Lords apparently followed the teachings of the Warrior Priestess "Mirmidha"

Daniel McElwain
It is entirely possible. Just like it's possible that Ulric, Ranald and and Taal exist in some form, however altered.
There are/were more gods than just the Pantheon - they were simply the strongest.

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Ok, I'll try to say this without spoilers. I think everyone figured out who Balthas is (and that's awesome), but I think there's another old pal hiding in plain sight: Tyros. He reeeaaally seems like a guy who ruled before Gelt and Martak. Will we know more about him and this possibile connection?

Nicholas Sacco
That depends entirely on whether or not I find a story for him. At the moment, he's (possibly) just an Easter egg.

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If you don't mind me asking, what part, if any, did Krakanrok the Black, Father of All Dragon Ogres, prophesied to wake from a super storm during the End Times, do during the, well, End Times?

Marcus Harlowe Beans
I actually answered that question several years back, when I was tossing out possible (non-canon) endings for characters and factions that didn't get mentioned in the End Times proper.
Krakanrok awoke, started his rampage, and was only halted by Settra the Imperishable. Settra, having been resurrected by the Chaos gods, was drawn to Middenheim to serve Archaon. Or so he claimed.
To prove his loyalty, he was sent to slay Krakanrok, in order to prevent the Dragon Ogre from disrupting Archaon's designs. After a battle that levelled a mountain, most of Kislev and a pig farm on the edge of Troll Country, Settra brought Krakanrok's head back to Archaon and earned his place as a champion for the Three-Eyed King.
This state of affairs lasted for all of three seconds, when the Incarnates showed up and Settra revealed that he wasn't planning on serving anyone, let alone Archaon...

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How do you feel Aqshy is the mirror image of Chamon? Ghur of Ghyran?

For Ghur and Ghyran, it's mostly just a riff on the idea of the two facets of nature - 'green' (plants, natural cycles, etc.) and 'red' (things eating each other). Both deal with the rhythms of the natural world, but from opposing ends - one is passive, one is active. But they're inextricably connected - animals eat, and in their turn, are broken down by plants into nutrient rich soil, etc. (i.e. the carbon cycle)
Aqshy/Chamon is similar - fire breaks things down, and metal is used to bind and build, but fire is used to produce or reduce metal, and metal can be used to kindle or contain fire. Like plants and animals, they're symbolically linked.

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Would you say that the stance on Nevromancy and the act itself has changed in AoS? In that you don't have to be a decrepit scheming jerk to use the Barrow arts and be run out of town with torches and blades?

That's a good way to look at it. Like any magical art, it likely has proscribed elements - the unlawful raising of the dead, allowing the unbound dead to roam free, etc. - but also useful societal applications, such as in law enforcement ('who murdered you?') or historical research. It probably depends on the region and the culture as to whether its taboo or not.

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Seeing that picture of W'soran reminded me of one of my big nagging questions from that (very funny, btw) novel. What was Abhorash's relationship with the early Myrmidions? Did they know what he was? A sun cult accepting the tutelage of a vampire seems significant in some way

I would have explored that a tiny bit in the Abhorash novel. He might have possibly, maybe, kinda, sort have fought alongside Myrmidia in her human guise. Abhorash basically spent several centuries kicking around the Old World, fighting the good fight.

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I read a thing that said WHF books didn't sell well. Is that true? Do AOS books sell?

I can't speak for other authors, but generally, yeah, fantasy sold poorly...compared to 40K. Compared to general fantasy novel sales? They were mid-list, on average.
My lowest WHF seller topped out at 7,000 copies, which is just under the wire for earning out its advance. The rest crossed the 10,000 copy threshold within 2-4 years of release. My first 40K novel earned out in half the time, with twice the overall sales. 40K/HH sells like gangbusters. Mid-list, science-fiction gangbusters.
AOS books had a rocky start, but most of mine have earned out within the last year or two, due mostly to the variety of formats they're available in. So, comparatively, they're selling better than WHF. At least my WHF novels.
From my experience (and that of other writers I've talked to), most genre novels don't earn out their advance immediately, unless you're one of the lucky few. Some earn out after 5-6 years, others never. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to consider royalties 'found money' because you can't count on them, and you shouldn't budget for receiving them. You can't count on royalties - you can only count on the advance. Tie-in novels, in general, disrupt that paradigm somewhat. They often sell ridiculously well, especially if you're a first time author.
To sum up, WHF novels sold poorly in comparison to W40K, but probably about average for the genre. AOS novels on average sells less than W40K, but better than WHF - so, staunchly mid-list in terms of sales.

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How much free reign are you given to introduce new concepts such as the Root Kings?

A lot, within limits. I usually don't know what those limits *are* until I hit them, though. The IP isn't static - it's constantly evolving, and sometimes I hit upon an idea that's similar to or a contradiction of something already in development, which may mean that I have to change or cut said concept.
Other times, like your example of the Root Kings, or the various Freeguild regiments I've made up, its just a narrative tweak to an existing faction, rather than a new concept. Those are usually okay.

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Well, could you explain to me what happened with Greasientus at the end of time and in general with the ogre leaders?

Actually, if you dig back through all of my answers, I did a whole thing on the ogres. Short answer, they died. Grimgor killed Greasus, and a few others, the rest joined him.

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I just read a few comments that Vlad von Carstein was reforged into a Lord Relictor, when asked about where this was found, they just said it was heavily hinted. Do you know anything about this or have any clarification?

Austin Swails
I think folks thought Ionus Cryptborn was Vlad for some reason? But he's not (they revealed who Ionus was in one of the game books, I believe), and Vlad wasn't reforged as far as I'm aware.

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