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Ok, so It's been a long time since I last played Warhammer 40k, 17 years I guess and now that I finally could afford it I've decided to start again my Eldar army, but this time properly, I'm going to base it on a bit of fluff that I did for my first Eldar army and that I now have expanded, feel free to point out any incongruencies, I hope to put my first army list in a little and as soon as my GW things arrive I hope to start painting.
Shiareen was a world in what would have been the centre of the Eldar empire, not far from the native planet of the
Eldar, it was ruled by noble families of warriors that prided in their warring and their conquests, that was until
many of them parted to the far corners of the eldar space in search of more glory,leaving the world exposed and
therefore being taken over and subsequently ruled by farseers that came from the Eldar home world, bringing with
them all the Hedonistic ways of the Eldar those days, but the nature of most of the Eldar in the world prevented
them from following that path of inglorious damnation, many of the inhabitants of Shiareen openly hated the farseers and despised their ways.
---Somewhere inthe world of shiareen in the EoT Late M29---
-This is unsustainable!- shouted Sieyri Alithien- the state in which the city is now is simply... what aboutall of
our former glory and our progress, we live only for ourselves and all of our glory’s are long forgotten, we are
forgetting who we truly are!
-Silence! Silence!-shouted the assembly leader- Alithien, I will not stand any more of your claims, you are inciting the population to revolt and provoking discomfort for no reason, anyway I appreciate your family Alithien and I
don't wish to dishonor you, I thereby order you to be vanished to the limits of the Eldar Empire, all of those that think like you may accompany you and live like those savage “Exodites”, you will be provided with astarship and I
mark the years of exile to be ten thousand!
That is unaccepta..-
-No more nonsense!, It's either that or death to all!
The whole chamber gasped and was silenced, none of the Eldar present there lived the last time an Eldar posed a
death threat over so many of his brethren, let alone in the holy chamber of the world.
When will we be parting? You do realize how many will follow-asked with arrogance Sieyri
Get all of your people into the starship, then take off, as quick as possible.You do realize the might of the Eldar empire and your stupid savage ways are the only that prevents us from reaching perfection.
I will come back you fool, and be careful where your “perfection” takes you, because you may not be ready when the
Sieyri grunted while he stormed out of the chamber, for now there wasn't anything that could be done but he would
return, indeed, to rule over Shiareen and return it's full glory as it once had been.
But now there were far more pressing matters to deal with, It would take a lot of organization to get as many Eldar as possible into the starship, and he was certain they wouldn't give him any more time, the ship would have to be
expanded,and quickly. On top of that there were those despicable farseer that had asked to go with them, and carriednothing but apocalyptic predictions, they were no good either, just as corrupt and useless as the ones that stayed
---10 years afterwards, little after the fall---
So you were right, Farseer-said Sieyriwith a low voice-I just can't....make myself to the idea, so many...lost...
-rising his voice- what do you want now farseer, are you going to take control of the ship like you did of our
There is no point in lamenting now Alithien, we need unity... and strength, we have to hold at bay the emotions thathave led to our downfall, there is something we have in mind...
You needn't lecture me farseer, I know it all, as do all Eldar on board that what led to our downfall was your kin, anyway I've heard things about what you propose, the so called, what's the name..
Paths-said the farseer.
Yes, paths, I have considered for long enough and I feel that even though it isn't a definitive one, it's the best
solution we've got available at the moment, it must be applied.
Not so fast Farseer, I want to have you understand something very clearly, the people are with me and I am with
them, I am their ruler and I care for them only, they have quite strong feeling against farseers.
Let me finish, I am not stupid, I can't do it alone, in the interest of my people I will found a new council,
naturally the farseers and other relevant people will be part of it,and it will be a very highly regarded advisory
No more discussion Farseer, I seek nothing but the service of our people, and I would foolishly fail indoing so if
I allowed your kindred to take control of us once more.You may part now...
The farseer left the room and as soon as the doors opened another eldar came in.
Sir, the Bonesinger Alientel is here,as you requested
Excellent, tell him to come through
The bonesinger graciously entered through the ornamented door and bowed slightly his head in signal of respect.
Sir, you have requested my attendance.
Indeed, there are same matters we have to discuss, It is imperative to start production of war material as soon as
possible, I want to be fully equipped in case we face any threat, also we will have to arm the ship better, we will have to survive in it, at least for the moment...
Of course, I will make sure we start immediately, anything else?
Yes. When you sing to the bone, let it be Black, that will be sign of our mourning but some of it Bonesinger...,
make some of it golden, as it will stand for the glory of Shiareen, the glory past and the glory yet to be...
10 millennia have past since and the now craftworld hasn't been in the main scene mainly because the dynasty of
kings, the Alithien that have since controlled the craftworld have preferred to wait, preparing for war, a war on
their terms, but now that they have finally ended there self imposed quasi exile, precisely the day where their
exile should have ended they began a crusade to reestablish the Eldar Empire, somewhere in the southern part of the Segmentus Tempestus the eldar of Shiareen control the transformation of some non populated worlds to jungles of
abundance, but of course not all the worlds they encounter will be non populated...
Since the years after the establishment of Shiareena the system has standed ,the Kings, the Alithien all have
been great warriors which have led the people of Shiareen , advising the kings is the council's role.
Unlike other craftworlds the council is formed by a diverse group, the little remaining Farseer form part of it
although they are very frowned upon in the craftworld, also forming part of it are the Warlocks, much more relied
upon as they have proven their valor, having followed at least once the path of the warrior; but the bulk of the
council is formed by those that follow the Path of Command, the most renown heroes of the craftworld they are and
they often lead their people in battle, many in Shiareen end up following the Path of Command but little get lost inthe Path of the Warrior, as there are so many shrines, so many ways of getting glory that they won't be content withjust one aspectof warfare. Last but not least are the citizens of Shiareen, all civilian paths have some
representation in the council.
In the last thousand years the slow and steady growth of the population of Shiareen, most of the followers of
civilian paths wanting to bore descendency so that they can contribute to the glory of Shiareen, combined with the
fact that the number of Eldar that accompanied Sieiry in the first diaspora was very high made it necessary to buildtwo more ships to host all of the inhabitants of Shiareen; the twin ships being Alean and Marg.
The followers of the path of the warrior are so many that the craftworld won't deploy any civilians even under
extreme conditions, they'd rather wake up their ancestors which would gladly fight for the preservation and glory ofShiareen. The craftworld is greatly known for an abnormal hostility towards psykers, they have been noted to act
with little cordiality towards eldar farseers from other craftworlds.
Right now the current king is Anahariel Alithien, and even though the Kings are literally successors of the previousone they all reside within the kings Armour, just like it happens with an exarch.
For the disgrace of the nobles of Shiareen Anahariel's own brother, Anarklaxas is currently following the Path of
the Farseer; even though his acts of courage are indisputable some voices have started to rumor about the intention of Anarklaxas to overthrow Anahariel.
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it's a fun read.
but maybe read it over once and do some formatting/editing, a lot of spaces have been removed or you have forgotten them which makes reading a bit, tiresome.
must say that my knowledge of Eldar is well.. zilch. (Something about Space Elves, Khaine and that they are basically slowly going extinct.)
I think this is quite cool. The only things I can pick out as nits are a few anachronisms here and there.
Firstly, I don't think there were any farseers before the fall and if there were they certainly didn't rule anything. The people who became the first farseers would have just been normal eldar, they don't even need to be particularly psychic as all Eldar have a gift which can be cultivated through practice. That said, remember that becoming a farseer radically changes your personality.
Secondly, I don't know 100% if this has been kept as the Dark Eldar have been updated since I last read their fluff, but at the time of the fall society was outright ruled by pleasure cults, who simply murdered or sacrificed anyone they didn't like. Any semblance of civil government would have been a sham at best, what's kind of awesome and creepy about this is that most Eldar don't seem to have even noticed that their society was breaking down and their entire species was slipping into madness.
So basically, what I'm saying is that it's unlikely Sieyri and his friends would have been granted a formal exile. More likely they just up and fled, you could even have a trial scene in which they're all granted some kind of leniency, but have a subtext that they're blatantly all going to be murdered when Alithien informs his pleasure cult about them.
I love the idea of having a craftworld ruled by a king who is an amalgamation of all his ancestors. Very cool.
However, the whole idea about only the civilians bearing children is weird, because other than those who have been lost to a path people are expected to move in and out of different paths throughout their lives to avoid ever becoming obsessed with one particular thing. This is why the Eldar fundamentally don't like the path system, it takes enormous self control to master something and then to give it up over and over again.
Finally, having to build new ships is a cool idea, but bear in mind that even on the craftworlds most Eldar died during the fall, and because a lot of young Eldar resent the path system and choose to be outcast, the population never recovered. Most craftworlds are practically empty relative to their size.
I'm with Mantis, but it really wouldn't take much to change your backstory. If you had a member of a pleasure cult exiling them instead of a Farseer, it's a good chance that Sieyri and his allies made it onto some semblance of a craftworld and escaped most of the ravages of the Fall. Remember though that the Fall was a long, drawn-out affair. The Eldar had completed their war against the Necrons at the terrible cost of many of their own gods, as the two races nearly wiped eachother out. Left Godless, the Eldar began to fall into the pleasure-cults, creating a massive outpour of energy that materialized as the Eye of Terror and Slaanesh. In the chaos which ensued, the Eldar were divided between those who suddenly realized the error of their ways, and those who saw Slaanesh as a deity in his own right. The Dark Eldar won out in much of the webway and built their homes there, safely hidden from the worst which Slaanesh could offer - and left their kin to drift aimlessly on the craftworlds, fighting for survival against Slaanesh and everything else in the universe.
I would imagine that they had Farseers even in the early days, but that they weren't of any particular importance. So Sieyri and your craftworld's distrust or general lack of Farseers could come from their pre-fall notion that the Farseers aren't anything special.
That seems a little off to my memory, but I'm still going off the 'torturers tale' story which established Asurbadael Vect's background in the last version of the Dark Eldar fluff, which of course might have changed. Still, here's the rough chain of events described therein.
* The Eldar become really hedonistic over time.
* A few people on the fringe of society (Eldar hippies?) realize this might be a bad thing and leave the Empire to build a simpler life on the maiden worlds - they ultimately become the Exodites.
* The pleasure cults begin to wield more influence in society, eventually taking over any semblance of government. The Eldar Empire as a whole begins to descend into violence and anarchy, most don't notice or care because Slannesh is manipulating their minds.
* A few Eldar begin to have visions of the impending disaster, which causes another wave of refugees to leave (this time in secret). They allied with the eldar who lived aboard the craftworlds, which at the time were like self contained space colonies and tried to evacuate as many people as possible.
* At this point, the Eldar are ritually sacrificing huge numbers of each other. Most of them are utterly mad and degenerate, and completely in thrall to the Slannesh (who is beginning to form in the warp).
* Asurbadael Vect is taken as a child sacrifice, but as the knife touches his throat Slannesh is born.
* Slannesh's birth screams cause a huge ripple across the galaxy and tear open the eye of terror. Almost all the Eldar die instantly as their souls are torn from their body, and most of the survivors lose their minds as their souls are caught between the real world and the warp. This is most intense at the heart of the Eldar Empire, but even on the craftworlds and the maiden worlds there are huge casualties. Incidentally, the scream also clears away the warp storms which had prevented human space travel up until this point, paving the way for the Emperor to lead mankind to conquer the galaxy.
So basically, you have three factions.
The Exodites, who left first and kept themselves safe from Slannesh by devoting themselves to a simpler, puritanical mode of living, by living as far as possible from the eye of terror and by using spirit stones.
The Craftworlders, who tried to leave second and kept themselves safe from Slannesh by developing the Eldar path, a code of extreme discipline which keeps their natural passions and obsessions in check, and by using spirit stones.
The Dark Eldar, the survivors who crawled out of the ruins in the Eye of Terror and banded together. They learned that they could keep themselves safe from Slannesh by hiding in the depths of the webway and by sacrificing the souls of other sentient beings to Slannesh in place of their own.
As I said though, this might have changed with the new Dark Eldar fluff. I'm just going by what I remember.
Thanx to everybody for their effort and I will bet akin into account you recommendations, that, coupled with an oncoming apocalypse campaign should get me a bit more of fluff