It is quite common for these hordes of penniless zealots to band together under the leadership of some ranting madman, a preacher of apocalyptic doom. These bands travel the towns and cities of the Old World spreading their nightmarish vision of doom and despondency. When they hear there is a battle brewing, Flagellants gather together in anticipation of the final apocalyptic conflict. As the armies clash, the Flagellants throw themselves into the fray in a gesture of sacrifice and doom.