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I was just wondering about the word Autarch and if it is an actual word, so looked it up.
According to Dictionary.com, the work Autarch is defined as "an absolute ruler; autocrat; tyrant." And tyrant is defined as "a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly."
This got me thinking; why did GW call the Eldar follower-of-all-paths an Autarch?
I've think that it started off with Yriel, who they then called an Autarch (for semi-obvious reasons). The Autarch idea then carried on from that, making universal customizable Autarchs.
This also got me thinking that if Autarch means tyrant (therefore ruler), how come Craftworlds are normally lead by Farseers?
This led me onto Exarch, which means, of all things, bishop. Are bishops lost of the path of God?
Maybe it is just me and my curiosity that got me into this. Maybe GW just liked the look of the word(s), or thought they made them up.
Whatever, it's strange to find out the true meanings of the word(s), in my opinion at least.
autarch - Definitions from Dictionary.com
tyrant - Definitions from Dictionary.com
exarch - Definitions from Dictionary.com
It's a conspiracy...a conspiracy I tell you!
Heh heh.. I'm going to start calling my Hive Tyrant a Hive Autarch from now one.
Suddenly he doesn't seem so cool now that he shares his name with an Eldar.. ah well...
nifty, i know that GW did this kind of things with nids, well once:
Carnifex means executionor in latin, unless someone wants to correct me :tongue:
also GW seem to generally pick words out of nothin'
I really can't think of anything witty to say.
One can have all manner of perverse fun in this way.
It's great calling your marine opponent's veteran seargeants 'exarch' or 'aspiring champion'.
Calling Dark/Normal Eldar elves. Harlequins : the patchwork club. Things like that.
Cheap psychological tactics. Against a normal person, they'll just laugh. against someone uptight... it works wonders
Interesting find X92.
"my Autarch is an absolute ruler!"
I'm gonna love this.
It depends.. Their names are often pretty well researched:
Abaddon - 'Ruin' or 'destruction' in Hebrew.. Pretty appropriate (apart from his dismal failure to leave the eye of terror.) :rolleyes:
Ahriman - Modern form of Angra Mainyu, the Perisan/Zoroastrian angel of evil.
But I'll agree.. Autarch is a wierd title.
Literally, though.. I believe Autarch comes from Greek. 'Arch' means 'ruler' of course, but 'auto' can mean self. In which case Autarch could be translated as 'self ruler'. Which kind of makes sense.
I could be very wrong though.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; December 10th, 2006 at 02:09.
Some of the words GW uses are just made up nonsense in my opinion, but like others have said, some actually make sense.
For example, a lictor is derived from the latin ligre, meaning to bind. Appropiate for an assasing that uses flesh hooks to capture prey. Still, the origional 'lictors' were nothing like the lictor of 40k.
Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey