So after a long think in the shower, two questions have popped into my head that I wanted to explore.
Question #1: Does anyone else feel as though GW has no idea what they want to do with Tyrion? I think this is partly to blame from both the setting in general and with the Stormcast in particular. In the Old World, there was no "main character." You could argue that the Empire was the main faction, but Karl Franz was by no means the focus of WHFB. I think that was one of the things that makes that setting so popular. No matter where your personal allegience lay, you had heroes and villains of equal stature to each other in each faction. In AoS, however, Sigmar is front and center, as he should be in a setting with his own name on it. But with that single subtle shift, it forced Sigmar to have a very specific, heroic faction. And that faction could best be described as the Lightning Paladin Dragon faction. And the funny thing is that that, minus the Lightning part, is actually kind of what Tyrion was with the high elves in the old world. He was the Knightly Heroic character of the setting, outside of the not-King Arthur Brettonian character. So ultimately I think this one shift in the setting has been a big reason why they seem to be cloaking Tyrion in so much mystery. Because they don't know what they want to do with him themselves. They are starting to try and do the Blind Sword Sage with him, but I imagine they still aren't too sure where to go. I suspect this is why we got Teclis instead.
Question 2: Which of the Twins was the more popular character, especially before End Times? And the reason I specify before End Times is because I feel Teclis' actions during that period tend to give him a bit more of a bad wrap than he deserves. In my own experience I found that more people liked the character of Tyrion than they did of Teclis, but I believe Teclis saw more actual table top use than Tyrion did. Does anyone else think this fact may have also influenced GW picking Teclis over Tyrion?
If you made it through my wall of text, you have my thanks. This post is a bit of me uncorking my brain after eight straight days at work.