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Ok, if the Dark Eldar survived the fall when they were at ground zero at Slannesh's birth, my question is how did they. Did Slannesh let them live?
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Slaanesh did not spare them, Slaanesh does not care about the difference between Dark Eldar and the other types of Eldar. The Dark Eldar were amoung the survivors along with the Craftworld Eldar and the Exodites. However they chose a different way to deal with Slaanesh. Any Eldar that dies will be absorbed by Slaanesh unless their soul is kept safe in a spirit stone and then the infinity circuit of a craftworld. This is because Slaanesh is basically made of Eldar souls and feelings. They become a part of him because in a way they are the same thing.
The Dark Eldar aviod this by absorbing the souls of others. In doing this they prolong their own lives and remove the need to follow the very strict way of life the Craftworld Eldar follow. The Dark Eldar are in many ways closer to what the Eldar were like before the fall, but not entirely what the Eldar will always become.
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They manage to survive today by consuming the souls of other mortals to replenish their own dwindling essence, as Slaanesh is constantly draining it away. Souls that are innocent or devoured in the midst of extreme pain are apparently more useful in this regard, which is why they have become such prodigies at torturing and murdering.
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As poodle said, it wasn't total.. There was a sliding scale.
* Most Eldar just died..
* A significant proportion had their souls partially torn from their bodies, exposing them to the warp and driving them instantly and violently insane.
* A tiny fraction emerged relatively unscathed.
This is all in a short story called the 'Torturer's Tale' which used to be on the GW website and might still be floating around the interwubs somewhere.
According to the torturer's tale vect and a the other DE that survived did so because they were young. Why this spared them I'm not sure but this is what it implied.
Perhaps it was because they were uncorrupted, perhaps and more likely (i don't htink vect would be uncorrupted at that point) is that their psychic sense weren't fully developed yet. Thus leaving them almost unscathed by the backlash. This is however just postulation.
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Well we know for one that Asdrubael Vect survived the fall because he was just a lil Eldar when it all happened, and he was far from hedonistic. As a matter off fact he was pretty much in the dark at his young age about the goings on of the eldar pleasure cults and the like which is why Slaanesh didn't devour his soul. He did however rally the survivors and flee to the Webway where he founded Commorragh. So too was he the one who invented the method by which to drain souls and survive.
For all intents and purposes, Vect is the man yo - fo' shizzle.
As in, he was drugged and naked on a big altar and as soon as the knife touched his skin Slannesh was born.
He was a slave to one of the pleasure cults and didn't seem to express that much fear about dying in their rituals, so he certainly knew a fair bit about what was going on. It sounds to me like he was really quite devoted, in fact.. just the tone I got.