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I was just curious if anyone knew where I could find some decent fluff about Harlies. I have been playing them since 3rd ed and love the way they play and wanted to start writing some short stories about them but feel uneducated in Harlequin fluff. Any help would bemuch appreciated.
The best and most comprehensive fluff I have seen was in the original WD article, reprinted in the big red or yellow compendium in RT days, both of which are festering in my attic, it accompanied the original army list and is frquently reprinted in part with later lists.
Ugh.. never really liked Harlies myself, damn space clowns! Nonethless, here's everything I remember (not much, but hopefully others will come and elaborate.)
Harlequins are eldar (both from the craftworlds and 'dark', I believe) who worship the laughing god. They've reached a state where they can escape the hunger of Slannesh, and don't have to wear soulstones or extract the souls from others. In many ways, they're the closest to the 'original' eldar in this regard.
They fulfill a sort of warrior/troubador/priest role in eldar society. They travel around in bands, fighting against chaos and performing the ancient dances which tell the stories of the eldar race. The different battlefield roles in a harlequin army correspond to the role they play in these dances.
They also guard the black library.
Here's the official info, dug up by a quick search of the uk GW site.
About the best you can get for harlie background nowadays is what you can find on Critical Hit, the new Harlie Codex (there'll be a thread in the Harlie forum linking to it) and the 2nd ed Eldar codex. There isn't really much more that I know of.
Although if you want any of the above paraphrased, just ask.
could I get the critical hit link pls??
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