- "Ygethmor's Flaming Blizzard, say-thee? Bumbleheaded no-brain! This calls for the Vaunted Transmogrification of Colchis. Watch this!"
- — Xirat'p the Blue Scribe, to his brother P'tarix
The Blue Scribes, also known as the Azure Arcanologists, the Wandering Wizardkin and Tzeentch's Quaestors, are a pair of Blue Horrors named P'tarix and Xirat'p, created by their master, the Great Conspirator Tzeentch, to travel throughout the dimensions of reality to find and record every known spell and scrap of forbidden knowledge. They seek to recover these items, for contained within them is the essence of the power that Tzeentch lost many millennia ago when he was supreme amongst all of the other Dark Gods. If the Blue Scribes' quest ever proves successful, Tzeentch will regain his position as the most powerful being in all of Creation.
There was a time when Tzeentch reigned supreme over the Warp and all of the other Chaos Gods, and held more power than any of them individually. The other Dark Gods became envious, and joined forces to overthrow Tzeentch, thus beginning a conflict that would leave much of the universe devastated. During the final battle, Tzeentch was hurled from his perch amid the Endless Mountains of the Realm of Chaos and, upon impact, his mighty form was shattered into ten thousand pieces. Each of these shards contained a tiny fragment of the Arch-Sorcerer's essence -- a single spell or word of change -- and flung as they were across every corner of space and time, Tzeentch's power was irremediably weakened. This event coincided with the birth of magic, and helped ensure that nobody would ever wield as much power as Tzeentch once did. Satisfied that Tzeentch no longer had the power to threaten their very existences, the other Gods relented, and the Great Game returned to its original status quo.
After his defeat, Tzeentch created the two Blue Scribes, the Blue Horrors P'tarix and Xirat'p, and tasked them with retrieving every single shard of his former being by travelling through the many dimensions of Creation to find and record every one of his lost spells. To aid them, Tzeentch gave the Scribes one of his flying Discs, both for speed and to carry the huge amount of parchment and ink that the two require for their quest. Not by chance has Tzeentch chosen two lowly Blue Horrors for such an important task. The Great Schemer, as always, was wary of what a rival daemon could do if it ever gained such a terrible power as would be granted were all the missing elements of his essence to be recovered. With their limited intelligence, and their being eternally in conflict with one another, the wandering P'tarix and Xirat'p will never constitute a problem for long. Tzeentch bestowed the extra intelligence of the Scribes with safeguards against betrayal; P'tarix can transcribe the syllables of magic spells into profane Chaos runes and glyphs, but cannot read his own writings. Xirat'p can read his brother's scrawls, but cannot understand them. Because of this, Xirat'p is able to cast spells by reading from P'tarix's writings, but cannot predict which spell he is going to cast; thus, the Blue Scribes create havoc in combat as they unleash a barrage of random psychic effects on any who threaten them.
Their peregrinations often lead the Blue Scribes to the battlefields of realspace, where the two invariably end up aiding the side which has Tzeentch's favour, whether the recipients of this largesse know it or not. P'tarix siphons the power of enemy psykers to learn and catalogue their secrets whilst Xirat'p unleashes a sorcerous barrage by reading from the huge collection of scrolls they have collected through the millennia, always arguing with his twin about which spell to use next. It is fortunate for the mortal races of the galaxy that the pair are almost constantly interrupted in their quest by the conflicts of Tzeentch's enemies and by each other, for if they ever complete their mission, Tzeentch will regain his supremacy and once more rule over all Creation.
- Codex: Chaos Daemons - Daemonic Incursion Edition (7th Edition), pg. 43
- Codex: Chaos Daemons (6th Edition), pg. 43
- Codex: Chaos Daemons (4th Edition), pg. 53
- Games Workshop Online Catalogue - Lords & Heroes: The Blue Scribes