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What would eldar use to carry out assasinations? Nothing we have in the codex matches the stealthy dark silent slayerness of a ninja. Is there anything in fictoion that could carry out that role? I once read some fan fiction where a group of rangers lead by a pathfinder attempted to assasinate a rival craftworld farseer, but that dosn't quite cut it. Any ideas on what Eldar use or should use for Assasins/Ninjas?
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yeah rangers are about it, but Eldar are generaly more subtle than that, for example, if they wanted a member of the imperium assassinated, they would orchistrate it so other members of the imperium assassinated him, or tried to, for 2 reasons:
1, that is simply the way they work
2, an Eldar would struggle a lot to infiltrate human society to the extent he could covertly assassinate someone, even with a sniper rifle
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And i also think that assisination and covertness go against the eldar code, they both mean giving up one's identity and i believe this is an abomination to eldar. Betraying one's soul and all that.
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Though if they really wanded sombody dead Phoenix Lord Karandras would just show up and pull a whole sale slaughter on the area
Ya I was going to say eldar are known for being enigmatic and mysterious. They use guile and experience to survive, not any code of honor or nobility.
I think for assasinations on a battlefield sense (enemy commanders, officers) it would fall to the long range expertice and stealth of the rangers, or the stealthy murderous stalkers the striking scorpions.
I smell good fluff forming up. Scorpion exarch and small unit sneek behind enemy lines for a bit of mon-keigh commander hunting?
Assassination of political leaders would rely only on manipulation of other humans, other races, or even fate itself to get that done.
"OOPs, look like these coodinates took us to a black hole, my bad commander"
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Striking Scorpions! A close combat aspect, trained in infiltration and moving through terrain/buildings, without being seen. I've always imagined that they could quite easily infiltrate a tau/IG base and knock off the commander.
I also think the harlequins would dispatch people if it helped their cause... whatever that cause may be...
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The Harlequins may just do it for giggles, pun intended.
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Your question stirred vague memories in my head about "Eldar Assassins", so I went digging through my old Rogue Trader (what could loosely be called 1st Ed 40K for any who were unaware) material and found the reference in the White Dwarf 40K Compendium (a rules supplement that was released).
In Rogue Trader, there was 2 classes of I guess what could be termed Wraithguard in 3E/4E terms, which were known as "Spirit-Warriors" and "Ghost-Warriors". Like Wraithguard, both of these units were robotic in appearance and controlled by an Eldar Spirit from the inifinity circuit ("Spirit Stones" as such were not defined for use by the army back then). They were however classed as "Dreadnoughts" and fought similarly to the way independent characters do now.
Anyway, the "Ghost-Warriors" had various pre-defined types (they were customisable), one of which was known as an "Assassin Class Ghost-Warrior". They had various rules associated with them, which I won't list here, but the essence of which involved stealth (sensor proof, cameleoline, etc). They were also armed with 2 powergloves (early forerunners to the power-fist) and a teleport homer (to get backup to them, ie fitting in with their stealth/scout theme).
So their special rules and armament made them perfect for character assassination and helping to teleport in behind enemy lines. A unit which sounds like what you were after in terms of Eldar fluff. I imagine if you were keen you could convert the rules/stats into 4E terms, but would of course need your opponents permission to use them. A quick search on the 'net for "Eldar Ghost-Warriors" should give you the rules and stats etc.
I hope that info helped! ;Y
assassins use snipers , so pathfinders or ranger right. but a warpspider could take a guy out then warp away that would be pretty good. i love warpspiders