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I was wondering the exact number of eldar that would be sent on a planetary strike. Say to eliminate an Imperial presence on a Maiden world. Just am not sure how big this force would be and also could you point me to fluff that references the possible size for this attack.
Tens of thousands possibly.
But remember the Eldar are wary about risking their lives needlessly, not out of cowardice but because the very survival of their race is at risk.
Basically an Eldar craft world could go toe to toe with an Imperial Guard Army i.e several regiments but this would be a rare occurance because the Eldar would know they couldn't afford a war of attrition.
Most of the time the numbers will be comparable to a Space Marine strike force, (perhaps add 50%)
Yeah I was kind of thinking along the lines of around what a space marine force would be, but a bit higher. Only by a little though. However, if for whatever reason they had to go all in, then they could bring in the numbers.
I think it would depend in large part on the mission parameters. If a Farseer says that disabling a power station on some minimally manned rock on the middle of nowhere is of vital importance, then a simple team of Striking Scorpions will suffice.
The advantages that the Eldar have, however, are prescience and the Webway. By knowing ahead of time where a particular engagement is to be fought, a Farseer can organize his forces ahead of time. Additionally, the Webway allows for much faster and more reliable travel than Warp travel, so a relatively small number of Eldar warriors can effectively cover a much larger area of space.
Thus, it is not unreasonable to think that the Eldar, despite being relatively few in number (both militarily and in toto) can quickly bring a very large, well-equipped strike force to bear.
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The Planet Strike book gives an example of a massive eldar attack consisting of two craftworlds against a Imperial Hive world.
Maiden worlds would probably be worth their attention. Maiden Worlds are (for those who don't know) planets that the Eldar were terraforming during the Fall; naturally occurring terra-like worlds near and around the Eye of Terror. They tend to be uninhabited, or have small Exodite populations.
That said, the Eldar care VERY MUCH about these worlds. They care more only about other Eldar and Craftworlds.
Depending on the Imperial/other presence(s), there could be anything from a warlock and a couple of rangers/pathfinders to an Eldar Corsair fleet to a craftworld invasion.
Eldar like duality. They used to be in power, then they Fell. You are currently in power, you will fall. Additionally, they like to accomplish something in a form that is both as artistic and minimalist as possible, out of necessity and the Eldar desire for perfection (their senses are more acute, so they strive more for perfection).
The battleforce really depends on your story. Is it a myth of beams of light, swift shadows, and magic?
Or are the elder races marching to war again?
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