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So I've been a diehard eldar player for about 6 years now and have enmassed a huge army. Now I'm trying to fill it out to make it an apocalypse army that would be my entire craftworlds army!
So heres my question how many eldar on average would you say lived on a craftworld and how many of those eldar do you think would be in the caraftworlds military? Exact numbers would be best.
Go back and read the fluff for my craftworld if your curiouse and if you think it will help u estimate better, but its a very militaristic craftworld with a high population that is fiercly devoted to the gods and preserving the eldars old way of life.
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I would think the race as a whole would number in the millions. They don't populate worlds in the same way humans do, and the Craftworlds, while by the standards of spaceships, aren't actually world-sized. Add that to the fact that there are only a few dozen Craftworlds in existence with maybe a few hundred thousand Eldar on each and you've got a dying race.
I'd think anywhere from a hundred thousand to five hundred thousand to be a good estimate. Maybe five to ten percent of them would be Aspects, a larger percentage currently serving the militia, and maybe 1% would be Exarchs. Only a handful of Farseers per Craftworld (unless you're Ulthwe) and a proportionally similar number of Warlocks. I think Autarchs are temporary positions assumed in times of war, so no numbers there.
This is all assumption based on the impression I get from Eldar fluff. If anyone has any hard numbers, feel free to correct me.
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No numbers exist beyond brief summaries (ie, low population due to Kraken encounter, in the case of Iyaden). No breakdowns of troop types and demographics exist.
Numbers are tricky. Same reason they use "Gigaquads" in Star Trek.
I would guess there to be perhaps several million per Craftworld. I see Craftworlds as gigantic mega-city sized ships that contain massive population centers and such, with populations ranging from several hundred thousand to many million for the larger ones, but it is impossible to say.
Even if only a single percent survived the Fall there would have been many millions around probably (considering the Eldar Empire was quite huge. At least that's the impression I get.), but the numbers would have been thinned down over the years.
How many are in the military, well, that's very hard to say. Almost every Eldar thread the Path of the Warrior at least once in their (loooong) lifetime, but there's likely a thousands duties to perform on such a massive vessel as a Craftworld.
I have not read your Eldar's fluff, but I would say that any number you want is plausible. I figure we know the major and largest ones ("the big five"), but there are more Craftworlds than that around.
They have functional societies. Genetically, and population wise, they MIGHT be in trouble, but whatever their technology levels, their emphisis on culture would seem to indicate that each is more than self-sufficient.
Hell. NYC has a population of 18.5 million in the urban area, and a craftworld would surely be larger than the state, let alone the city. I seem to recall the Craftworlds being the size of small moons. Even with a low population density, billions of Eldar on each isn't entirely beyond reason.
I agree that an average craftworld likely holds millions, if not a couple of billion citizens (moon sized, yes, but also three dimensional, that's a lot of living space).. If it was any less, I just don't see how they'd have survived 10,000 years since the fall at their breeding and casualty rates.
They're refugees of a dead empire, but that Empire was truly massive.. They are doomed to extinction, yes, but it's because the universe is so dangerous. Some can still harbor hopes of regaining their old status, which I couldn't see happening if they were virtually dead already.
WHile it would be impossible for them to reggain their empire, Eldar being able to survive wouldn't be beyond reason. They mgiht not be powerful, but I think they have the techniques to scrape along in existance.They're refugees of a dead empire, but that Empire was truly massive.. They are doomed to extinction, yes, but it's because the universe is so dangerous. Some can still harbor hopes of regaining their old status, which I couldn't see happening if they were virtually dead already.
Althoguh if they do die, Ynead will awake, and Slaanesh will be totally pwned.
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I know they seed maiden worlds with people. Seems to have implied that these colonies are doing fairly well. They're not dead yet by a long-shot.
Aside from that, their means of warfare means that even in losing battles, they don't take many casualties.