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This is a bit more of a discussion question than an answerable one. Knowing that, here goes.
Seeing as daemons are capable of entering the minds of psykers, could they, or would they, be willing to take control of a normal human, or an Eldar, or any creature with a warp prescence?
If they can, why haven't they done so on a major scale? One would think the largely weak minded race that is humanity in the Forty-First millenium would have been corrupted ages ago. Does the Emperor really protect his mortal subjects on a psychic scale?
Now go! Discuss! :yes:
“You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.” ~ Woody Allen
There are a number of reasons.
(1) Most psychers are essentially killed for exactly the problem of possesion, via consumption by the Golden Throne. As this consitutes the vast majority of psychers, this answers much of your question. Only the ones that can control their power effectivly are ommited from the Emperors menu.
(2) As said, the ones that are left (re: the tiny minority) have sufficient force of will to withstand their own connection to the warp, and to cut it off to the extent that they don't get possesed in day to day life.
Most of the second group work for the administratium in some capacity, more often than not as Astropaths.
Astropaths go through a procedure known as "Soul Binding" that essentially bestows them with a tiny portion of the Emperors psyschic might, allowing them to resist possesion. This tends to mend their eyes.
The final FRACTION (infintesimally small) go to either the Inquisition or the Astares, depending on their physical and cognitive state.
Daemons donâ€™t necessarily have to possess psykers, in theory I suppose they can possess anyone with a warp presence. However, theyâ€™re facing the problem that in order to do so they must expend a vast amount of energy to tear through the barrier between the warp and real-space, and at the same time have so much control that they donâ€™t pulp the brain of their intended host simultaneously, which most daemons end up doing â€“ psykers, on the other hand, have already established a strong connection to the warp that can serve as an access point for the daemon, allowing it to slip through the opening in the barrier that the psyker is creating for himself and still retain enough energy and control to bypass the psykerâ€™s own defences.
Another problem with daemons possessing non-psykers is that their bodies are much less resistant to the warp energies that the daemons expose them to and quickly deteriorate, forcing the daemons to switch hosts untimely lest they be cast back into the warp. The less energy a daemon is using, the longer its body holds, but this also means that the daemon will be weaker and more vulnerable to attack without the full range of its powers.
However, itâ€™s not unheard of in the official fluff that daemons have possessed alleged non-psykers, though mostly when circumstances made this particularly feasible, such as when they were aboard a warp-jumping ship when the protective Geller Field accidentally fluctuated and let a daemon through, or near warp-corrupted items that weaken the barrier between the dimensions.
As for Eldar and other xenos being possessed by daemons, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever heard of an Eldar being possessed, though whether this is because it doesnâ€™t happen or because they just donâ€™t want anyone else to know it does, I donâ€™t know. Orks do get possessed every once in a while, though itâ€™s rare â€“ their natural gestalt psychic field tend to protect them from Chaotic influence. Tau can be influenced, but again I havenâ€™t heard of any actual possessions â€“ I would imagine their capacity for withstanding the corruptive effect of warp energy is so small that they tend to die before being possessed or have only very limited usefulness in channelling the daemonâ€™s powers, hence making them unattractive as hosts. Tyranids are also difficult to corrupt, being protected by the Hive Mind, but genestealers are sometimes influenced and hybrids or mind-washed humans serving the brood might be possessed for all I know. Mostly, though, it tends to be us humans who make the best hosts for daemonic possession.
"Girls are nice and cuddly on the outside, and freaky on the inside." ~ Lost Nemesis.
an also we have the pharia gene in us which also makes it hard for daemons to posses for it is the opposite to the warp
Chaos is a decison not a life
Daemonic possession is one of the greatest fears for the Eldar as so much of their technology relies on psychic engineering that a single incident could cause massive damage to the craftworlds. Also, the combination of their enhanced physiology and powerful emotional states means that they are a choice prize for any daemon - strong enough to potentially contain daemonic essence for a long period of time and prone to a simple moment of weakness that the daemon needs to tear through their minds - Eldar Farseers are even more prized targets which is mainly why they wear all manner of equipment that will disguise their presence in the Warp and allow them to avoid the attentions of any potential threats. This is the principle on which the Runes of Witnessing and Ghosthelms work - they allow the Farseer to sense shifts in the "currents" of the Warp and let them know when it would be prudent not to use their powers or to employ them to a lesser extent.