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I thought all this up about 25 minutes ago and typed it. Let's see if it's any good.
+++ Date: 3479999/M41
+++ Ref: Kar/71103491/BRP
+++ By: Inquisitor Sean Ceolin, Ordo Xenos Station PR75, Farisia Prime
+++ To: Inquisitor Lord Alex Kerrigan
+++ Re: Eldar Craftworld Bran Wenn
Most noble Lord, I submit to you the results of my research regarding the Eldar pirates of the Craft world Bran Wenn. As you well know, before the Empire of the Eldar was destroyed, a great number of the xenos fled the main Eldar Empire and settled on the wild, uncharted worlds near the edge of the Galaxy. These Eldar , planets are regarded by the other Eldar as â€śExoditeâ€? worlds, and the Eldar that settled them are called â€śExoditesâ€?. For the most parts these isolated cultures devolved and degenerated rapidly after the Fall of the Eldar. Our own records from the exploration of these planets proves that by the time the Imperium reached these planets, the Eldar cultures there had degenerated to a wild, feral state and where easily eradicated. It seems that one of these worlds, which the Eldar call â€śLlyrâ€?, proved to be the exception.
Our first reports of the planet from ancient Exploritor missions tell of a large number of Eldar pirate fleets in and around the planet. Our first few attempts to reach the planet met with disaster, as every time we would get close to the planet, the expeditions where suddenly and mysteriously attacked by a large number of pirate vessels that seemed to come from nowhere. It was not until a full military campaign was launched against the system that we learned the source of these assaults. Apparently the Planet Llyr had been a focal point of pirate activity in the region. Various pirate fleets had been using the Exodite planet as a staging point for their raids on the surrounding systems. The native Exodite population had benefited greatly from contact with the pirates. In exchange for allowing them to use their home as spaceport, the Pirates had supplied them with all the technology and information they needed to sustain their civilization.
It took a considerable effort to reach the planet Llyr, but finally our righteous Imperial forces where able to break through to the planet. The battle for the planet Llyr waged on for a solid year. The lightning raids of the pirate fleets and the stubborn defense offered by the planetâ€™s own forces made progress slow at best. In the end it was determined that the planet itself was not worth the resources it was taking to claim it, and it was ordered that it be Llyr be destroyed from orbit. An Exterminatus was issued on the planet, and within days, the planet Llyr was reduced to a field of debris. It was assumed by all that the Eldar on the planet had been eradicated, and with the withdrawal of the pirate fleets defending the planet, the system was thought to be safe for colonization.
It was only recently, when the long delayed settlement of the area began, that we realized there was still a considerable Eldar threat in the area. A new Eldar Craft world calling itself Bran Wenn was launching lightning raids on the colonies in the area. These raids where piratical in nature, and in most cases the assault would come fast and hard with the Eldar forces achieving their objectives and withdrawing before any real resistance can be offered. As for the objective of these raids, it seems to be nothing more then common thievery. These Eldar plunder and rob the colonies of as many valuable resources as they can gather, and simply leave. Thus far human casualties have been small, and it seems the slaughter of the Imperium's subjects is only secondary to the theft of our valuable resources. Military presence on the assaulted worlds has been increased, but these pirates rarely seem to attack the same planet twice. As the number of attacks by these Bran Wenn pirates increase, so do the rumors regarding them. Apparently these Eldar claim to be the survivors of the planet Llyr. How anything could survive the divine might of Exterminatus is beyond my comprehension, and this is most likely untrue.
Of the craft world itself, there are rumors stating that a fragment of the planet Llyr lies at the heart of Craft world Bran Wenn, and that this planet fragment serves the same purpose as the wraith bone core of other Craft worlds. If this is true, I would most certainly suggest the Craft world be captured intact instead of destroyed outright, as research into this structure would provide us valuable information on the workings of the Eldar Craft world. Sightings of the craft world reported by agents of the Imperial Navy state that a large fleet of pirate vessels maintain a position around the mains structure at all times. While it is very common for a Craft world to have a substantial escort fleet, this fleet is supposedly comprised of several different pirate fleets combined into one. Another uncommon trait of the Eldar of Bran Wenn seems to be their openness and willingness to associate with other races. Quite unlike Eldar as a whole, the pirates of Bran Wenn seem to enjoy taking credit for their actions. They boast openly of their exploits to the humans they come across, and make it a point to express their hatred of the Imperium, but claim to have less of a dislike for humanity as a whole. This of course is a contradiction and makes no sense at all, so I can only assume it is a direct and open insult to the Imperium of Man.
I would like to continue in the research of this Craftworld, and humbly request that I and my team be granted more resources and more time to fully unlock the mysteries surrounding Bran Wenn. I feel we can learn a great deal about the Eldar as a whole from the study of this unique Craft world. I patiently await your reply. Your humble servant, Inquisitor Sean Ceolin.
Nice idea, some well thought out substantial fluff.
Only one thing though, I thought all Craftworlds originated from before the fall, and no new ones were created? Perhaps a slight taming of the 'brand new craftworld' idea is in order, seeing as Craftworlds tended to be relatively small trading ships originally, and then thousands of years expansion building them into the leviathan 'craftworlds' they are today.
Perhaps they got a head start from somewhere with craftworld building? Just some way to explain how a new craftworld is made from the centre of the planet in such a relatively small amount of time.
i don't think exterminatus would be used, perhaps the wolrd scarred by war though
Yup..those are pretty much the two issues I couldn't get quite right. I knew Craftworlds took a long time to build, and that in most cases they where a large ship that is continualy built onto. But I was thinking, the Imperium's been around for a long time, so from the time they first discopver a planet,to the time they finnaly get off thier asses and settle it could be a few centuries. Now what I'm not so sure on is if they had an unsusaly large starting object (in this case a chunk of planet) and had the added bonus of help from pirates (who probably have access to at least the same amount of rescources then the average Craftworld) then would a group of Eldar be able to build a small Craftworld in record time? (say a couple thousand years?) It's more of a theory then a solid idea really.
And as far as the exterminatus, I'm sure they're not the same thing, but I'm not sure what they call it when they just blow a planet up with lots of guns.In regards to exodites being in the actual army, I'm not sure yet. I'm probably just gonna do some basic converting on thier uniforms to give a good impresion of thier Exodite heritage.I want the main focus to be the "band of pirates" theme though, so I dunno.I may just scrap the craftworld altogether and just have the pirate fleet, whith shrine ships for the different aspects and all kindsa crazey stuff..Anyways thanks for reading it. I'll be working on this one
Stylistic point; the opening of the report wouldn't go into that much detail about what exodites are, any inquisitor reading it would already be in a position to know that.
And also, Exterminatus would be a bit extreme. Why not bomb every single world, then? OK, they would all be dead, but the Imperium would be just as safe. Exterminatus is only ever used to stop insidious threats like Chaos or Tyranids, not Eldar.
A side point: when would they come across humans they wouldn't kill for being part of the Imperium? Tau auxillaries? But then how would these reports of the boasting get back to the Inquisition?
Yeah..but It's more for the sake of the reader. Plus minor Inquisitors tend to talk too much about things they know to try and show off to thier superiors.
Again a simple misuse of terms on my part. Would it be just a planetary bombardment then? Would that be capable of destroying the planet itself as a structure?
Survivor reports, Rogue Traders and merchants who talk to much,apprehended pirates and xeno-sympathisers,interogated Eldar prisoners. This is the Inquisition, they're good and finding things out.
Originally posted by Edicius+Mar 3 2005, 000--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Edicius @ Mar 3 2005, 000)</div><div class='quotemain'>Yeah..but It's more for the sake of the reader. Plus minor Inquisitors tend to talk too much about things they know to try and show off to thier superiors.[snapback]342598[/snapback][/b]
You could reflect this a bit further by giving a brief intro about the inquisitor himself, or at least his work. If he's keen to show off, then he'll squeeze in a bit about that. And there is no "standard" inquisitor, you can't take it as read that all young ones are eager to show off, and so would need to show that.No, unless there's some serious geological fault on the planet. The only recorded destructions of planets my military means are Caliban (Primarch-level powers), the Night Lords homeworld (can't remember the name, had a long-standing geological fault from Night Haunter's entry) and anything destroyed by the Planet Killer (too many to list).Originally posted by Edicius@Mar 3 2005, 000
Again a simple misuse of terms on my part. Would it be just a planetary bombardment then? Would that be capable of destroying the planet itself as a structure?[snapback]342598[/snapback]
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Survivor reports, Rogue Traders and merchants who talk to much,apprehended pirates and xeno-sympathisers,interogated Eldar prisoners. This is the Inquisition, they're good and finding things out.[snapback]342598[/snapback][/quote]
True. Those methods make sense, I just wasn't thinking straight.