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I don't mean to sound like some pervert or nothing, but I was just wondering if they reproduce sexually or like psychically or something else? There must be some reason why they're dying right?
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They reproduce sexually, with several occasions of mating for a single fetus (DNA is delivered periodically by the male).
They do not reproduce often because it is an extremely emotionally intense process for them, and Craftworld Eldar try to keep their emotions under control for the most part.
Wraithbone is stronger than adamantium. Prove me wrong.
Well, when a Dire Avenger and a Howling Banshee love each other very much....
I like the sound of the several stages to produce a single foetus thing. Sounds so much more fun than the way humans do it.
Eldar operate pretty much like humans.
However, Eldar have a longer lifespan than humans. It could also be inferred that their gestation period (length of pregnancy) also lasts a long time.
Additionally, Eldar try to keep their emotions under control due to their highly psychic nature.
Seriously. Ever wonder why they have those coneheaded helmets?
"Speed is life! You go slow, you die!"
-Sgt. Unther, Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries
Eldar (as in, craftworld) reproduction is done sexually and requires multiple infusions of DNA for the female to get pregnant.
DE would naturally do this as well, but there is nothing to say there are other factors involved e.g cloning/test tube growth, or the DE may simply reproduce more due to the distinct lack of restrictions their society places upon them.
Besides, though the eldar race is "dying" this is in relation to humanity who have almost fictional numbers (context!) there are billions upon billions of humans, so 100 billion eldar could be "dying" but is still a uninmaginely vast number.
I would suspect the Dark Eldar reproduce a lot easier than craftworld eldar. There are more of them around at any rate. Also their society is built in a way that constantly challenges the survival of the fittest, it's easy to assume that they would put an immense amount of effort into reproduction. Also, because their society isn't like Drow society where women dominate men, it's easier to believe that they're somewhat on an even keel - as such, it's also not a stretch to think they form couples.
I remember in the Malus Darkblade series (and granted those are Dark Elves and not Dark Eldar), there's mention of Malus' father, the powerful Drachau of Hag Graef and General of the Witch King's armies Lurhan had actually taken a wife. She was described as the most beautiful, absolutely drop-dead gorgeous woman in all the land and that many Druchii fought over a look, a whispered word, and a passing glance. It also said that she was extremely strong of will and could crush men like maggots, until she met Lurhan.
Both of them were such a match and their evil love and unchechable lust was so, that she bore him four sons - something previously thought impossible considering DE fertility rates. Now, again, Dark Elves differ from Dark Eldar since there is such a thing as half-elves in Warhammer Fantasy and no such thing in 40K, but as far as what was said above, it does sound like a lot of 'emotion' went into the mating process.
More Dark Eldar? I thought there were more Craftworld Eldar. Granted, Commoragh is apparently MASSIVE, but each Craftworld is almost planet-sized. And Dark Eldar are remnants of the core Empire that survived the Fall, so they were close to the Empire's core.
I always thought there were more Craftworld/pirate Eldar than Dark eldar. The 5th edition rulebook has maps for each race with icons for each instance of a sighting/event/battle/homeworld. The dark eldar has somewhere around 4 whereas the eldar have many many more (although still small compared to others).
That combined with the fact that dark eldar were an offshoot of the regular eldar leads me to think there are a lot less dark eldar than eldar, but if there is something official that says otherwise I'd like to see it.
Now the fact that dark eldar are not inhibited about reproduction could mean they have surpassed the eldar in numbers because of the larger amount of children but I think they have quite a large gap to make up.