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I have a gaping hole in my knowledge of Dark Eldar fluff, like the fluff of most armies in Warhammer 40K. Seeing as how I only have army books from the current edition, I'd like to know a bit about the role of Kabals in Dark Eldar society. Are they more like Warbands or "families" (as in the Drow of D&D whose society is based on the power struggles between the various noble houses)? In addition, is there any information out there on Kabals of note in Commoragh.
IMO, this is the kind of information that really should have been in the Army Book :yes:
Im not much of an expert on but ill have a go at trying to explain some stuff.
Kabals are sort of like houses of nobles rather than 'families or warbands'. There is the top man/woman than several dracons and so on. Each Kabal in the city wars amongst eachother for various reasons ussually those oriented by greed or wanting supremacy. The thing about kabal structure is that everyone even the lowliest warrior is trying to move up in it and being dark eldar they usually do it through things such as assasination plots, arranging 'accidents' and so on. This is considered normal dark eldar life. The wars between the kabals is usually bloody and in typical DE fashion there is lots of different ploting amongst each other to gain supremacy, for example
i read this piece of dark eldar fluff, the place escapes me, anyway it is about a kabal leader whos daughter was kidnapped by another kabal who ripped her voicebox out sending it to her father to make him appear a fool of the city, which in turn led to open war. However after getting his daughter back after hiring a mandrake for the price of 4 bodies of prominent eldar he reveals (thinks it not says it out aloud) that it was he who organized the whole kidnapping because his daughter was getting 'too popular' and was no doubt going to succeed him very soon but now being unable to talk and appear weak for being kidnapped it is near impossible.
It gives a good example of the way it is in a kabal.
I really have no idea where to find the information and it will be very hard to find some good fluff on dark eldar and even more on cabals i got mine over the net and here and there.
"Battlecannon shells are falling on my head but that doesn't mean i soon will be dead nannanana" A tribute to that terminator sweet 2+ save.
And then there as those days when it gets hosed down with some plasma.......as it happened today damn you tau crisis suits!! :mad:
I f I recall the most powerfull of the Kabals is the Kabal of the black heart. Theres about another 3 or 4 notable Kabals but their names elude me at the moment.
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I read some official fluff about Asdrubael Vect that other Kabals are around only because he wants them around. He is the leader of the Black Heart, and seeing as I believe that fluff from whereever I found it, I believe the Black Heart is in control of Commoragh.
Theres one of the stories I read. I think its pretty interesting
~ Rape the churches and burn the women!
Dont forget Leliths cult which is probably the greatest of them all, Cult of Strife.
then we have the flayed skull as Nightshade already mentioned.
However the most powerful of them all is Kabal of the Black Heart lead by Asdrubael Vect, this Kabal is also one of the very first Kabals to settle in Commorragh. This Kabal is pretty much the last Kabal you want to anger if your are resident in the Dark City.
there are barely no fluff at all regarding Dark Eldar society but one can seperate some DE from each other.
first off the most powerful individuals like Archons and Archites. They are the most feared eldar in the society not only cause of their ruthless nature or combat prowess but they also have powerful connections politically(one can only survive so many assassinations attempts).
Dracon and drachites also hold the same kind of power but with a lesser hold.
The ranks below is generally determined by strength at arms and pure survival.
this is very basic but should give you an idea.
EternalEther : That is very close to the truth, however as time passed on Kabals grew alongside with his. He still is the most powerful but the gap between Kabals isnt as steep as it once were.
and yes indeed, that story is quite interesting. Maybe people will understand that Dark Eldar isnt worshiping Slaanesh, would be very nice... but i fear that day is very distant.
Last edited by danceman; December 26th, 2005 at 11:05.
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I was at GW today and took a look at the Collector's Catalogue for the Dark Eldar and noticed that they put in a bit of fluff about some of the more powerful Kabals in Comorragh. Just thought I'd share this with all aspiring Drachons; here's what I can remember:
Kabal of the Black Heart: No one who lives in Comorragh has never heard of the infamous Asdrubael Vect and his Kabal, one of the most powerful in the Twilight City. Not only does Vect himself wield vast political power and influence, his Kabal also contains one of the largest raiding fleets and, by extension, brings in the most slaves. There are a few Kabals who challenged the Black Heart for control of the city. None have survived.
The Emasculators (aka the Kabal of the Flayed Skull): Noted for its highly disciplined and efficient warriors, the Emasculators are distinguished from the others in that they are predominantly female. Under the leadership of Kruellagh the Vile, the females of the Kabal terrorize the few male members and hold complete authority over them. However, Kruellagh herself has a personal preference for killing her enemies slowly and toying with them and the Emasculators bring back few slaves as a result. Because of this, they have not been able to achieve as high a status as they deserve.
Kabal of the All-Seeing Eye: Although a small Kabal and relatively weak compared to the greater Kabals of Comorragh, the All-Seeing Eye wields a disproportionate amount of power due to their exceptionally talented Haemonculi, including the infamous Urien Rakarth. Because of this, the Grotesques produced by the All-Seeing Eye are of better quality than most and are in high demand by other Kabals as shock troops. Because of this, they do not need to do as much raiding as the others, as they can simply charge high prices (and rightfully so) for the various services the Haemonculi can provide. Most of the slaves that are traded to them tend to meet a particularly gruesome fate.
Kabal of the Bloodied Claw: This Kabal is all that remains of the Kabal of the Venomed Blade (I think), which was purged by Asdrubael Vect following an unsuccessful attempt to unseat him from power. Most Kabals won't willingly associate with the Bloodied Claw, not wanting to invite the possibility of Vect's wrath, so its members are forced to rely mainly on their own resources for survival. Incidentally, theirs is the example colour scheme shown in the Codex (red armour, Mithril Silver for the helmet and blades).
Wych Cult of Strife: As danceman mentioned, the Wych Cult of Strife is mainly famous for its leader, Lelith Hesperax. Apart from that, there's not much that's special about them except for the fact that they scorn the use of Combat Drugs, preferring to fight with a clear head. This doesn't detract from their overall ability, however, as their skills are more than good enough to make up for the loss.
There are more Wych Cults that are distinguished by specific features, such as liberal use of Hellion Skyboards or Reaver Jetbikes and even one that employs the sinister Mandrakes in the arena. I don't remember the names right now, so I'm going to have to cut it off here. If anyone has anything else to contribute, then by all means, go ahead.
Last edited by NiteRabbit; December 27th, 2005 at 01:31.