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I've been trying to develop an Eldar army based off of Prince Yriel and his time away from Iyanden. From what I can gather, he was banished for a little while after some brash acts. While away from the craftworld, he led a band of corsairs, fighting chaos and imperial outposts where he came across them. My question is, what happened to Yriel's corsairs after he returned to Iyanden to save them from the tyranid invasion?
The story I'm working on is that the group of corsairs skim the eye of terror, battling the forces of Chaos they come across. Sometimes Yriel is with them, sometimes not. Their interactions with the Warp and chaos has blurred the line of "good" and "evil" for them. They are closely connected with the Harlequins who join their forces on a regular basis. (Harlies using them for their own purposes?) While not a craftworld, I don't see them as exodites either since they are not based on a planet and haven't "gone native" as many exodites have. I see them as a purely self motivated, free willed force of corsairs, pirates if you will that have mysterious motivations.
I've gone with a color scheme that is similar to Slaanesh. Sickly purply/pink with swirl designs. Electric blue highlights and brass accents. My army is a foot slogging one and contains a number of Wraithlords and wraithguard to play off the Iyanden connection. My reasoning is that they are a limited force, not huge numbers, so they use all of their resources when they go into battle. I have a lot of oop models, 2nd edition stuff. Mostly because I started in the late 80's and kept all of my models, but also because that follows my fluff. The corsairs have little to no contact with other craftworlds and have lived in isolation since Yriel's banishment. I have as many female models as I do male, again because the corsairs mobilize everything they have.
Any suggestions/problems with where this is going? One thing that kind of eats at me is that as corsair/pirates, they might rely more on speed and hit and run. I haven't gone that way in my army. No waveserpents/jetbikes. When Yriel isn't in the scene, they call upon the Avatar of Khaine to support them.
Lastly, the name. Can't decide on something cliche like Yriel's Raiders, or Karan Q'uan; Hunters of the Warp.
Firstly, it would likely be the Maelstrom, not the Eye of Terror. They'd have to cross the whole of Segmentum Solar in order to get there. While not out of the question, particularly with the webway, it'll also be a bit of a stretch.
Secondly, how on earth would they get an avatar? They aren't part of a craftworld, and you don't exactly knock on your neighbour's door and ask to borrow one, even if Yriel were on good terms with Iyanden. Avatars don't fit pirate bands at all. And you're right about the general "light cavalry" feel of a pirate band.
Instead of piratey hit and run you could say that they strike from the shadows, sneaking in on foot during the night and then hitting them hard with all they have.
For the name you should use the word "corsairs" in it (because its a cool word)
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Ok, ok, the Maelstrom instead of the Eye of Terror, that makes sense. Understand I am trying to piece a lot of little pieces together in order not to make a "vanilla" craftworld. After reading a little bit more about the Avatar and Prince Yriel, how about this instead:
Prince Yriel is said to be not of pure Iyanden blood. What if there were a connection with another group of Eldar, an offshoot "craftworld". Small and obscure, it has gone relatively unnoticed by most other craftworlds, drifting in and out of the Maelstrom, seeking out the forces of Chaos. It would be interesting to know which parent was not from Iyanden, mother or father. Has anyone written anything that detailed about Yriel's background? As for the Avatar of Khaine, I really want to include him as well because of his battle with Slaanesh. I've also read that he has a closer connection to Chaos than most like to admit. That's the kind of theme that I would like to work with for my army/craftworld.
I'm thinking of ditching the entire pirate/corsair angle just because thats already established with the Eldritch Raiders. I'm thinking it's a dysfunctional, crazy side of Yriel's family tree that doesn't fit nicely into the apologetic/reparation philosophy of the current Eldar.
Again, let me know where I'm off track. I'm flexible and the goal is to make something unique while making it fit with current fluff. Be gentle though...
Hi sorry to burst your bubble but the Corsair's Yriel created became known as Eldritch Raiders, they were heavily featured as a Eldar army. Much like the Salamanders when they were replaced by Dark Angels in Books, Magazines and Paint Set Boxes artwook. A different Army but similar in colour scheme and such, replace them we now know them as Ulthwé.
Yriel was a character but not as we know him today, he wasn't much more than a optional character that could be fielded using the Eldar bitz. As back in the day the told you to build tanks and other things out of coke cans and such, very Blue Peter. Anyway I have been planning on doing this idea too, But I have all the books from when my older cousin started back in the early 80's. So give me a shout and I'll supply you whatever I've found.
These are just found on net that would help you
Eldar History - Lexicanum
Umm sorry mate, could you check the dates before posting in future? Thread necromancy is only for highly trained practicioners from the Colleges of Magic
Welcome to the forum anyway.
EDIT: Does anyone actually know how to spell practicioners? I swear I've gotten it wrong
Last edited by Captain Corrigan; January 22nd, 2012 at 22:51.