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How do the Eldar deal with the psychological effects of constant warfare? I have been reading about PTSD cases from soldiers returning from Iraq (at least it is addressed, even though not entirely successful) and many veterans have had difficulties readjusting to back to civil society.
For the case of the longer lived Eldar, what would be the predicted effects war would have among civilian Craftworld society?
Well eldar have a knack for having different personas for different situations, they would leave the war eldar at war and suffer no psychological trauma for it. That said they are not human so don't follow the same psychological rules anyway with regards to that sort of thing.
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It says in the codex that The presense of the Avatar fills them wih bloodlust and that donning their masks allows them to fight with the fury that they do, bt let their souls be clear of the taint of war. Its like they have 2 personalities, one for war, one for peace. One sleeps and one is awake.
The Eldar who can no longer adjust back to civilian life would be the exarchs I think
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it is a mute point, you assume eldar have human minds, emotions and psychology, the whole concept of "the path" shows clearly they dont!
Exarchs are those that are stuck on a single element of "the path"
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In other words the Eldar are not Schizophrenics as we had hoped....although that would be grimly humorous to see a Banshee with an identity crisis after skewering a Terminator.
No, much of the eldar fluff contains stories about aspect warriors and the 'mindset' they go into. Through the use of various rituals they create a different persona who is only 'alive' while the armour is donned. The moment he or she takes off the armour they revert to being 'normal' eldar.
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If you are constantly under fire, you aren't likely to have much time for reflection, are you?
Plus, I doubt the eldar would lose much sleep over the destruction of 'lesser peoples'.
Chere got it right though, they are aliens and all the fluff shows its a fool's errand to try to figure out there crafty xenos mind.
"Orcs are what happens when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grow old and bitter."
That said, one could claim that their not right in the head anyway since they compartmentalise their different persona's for War and Peace, the soldier me did it, i was asleep...
Also as was mentioned Eldar seen most of the races in 40k's worth as about equal to something they scrape off their shoe after the battle, not really that traumatic to think about all those insignificant beings you snuffed out.
As a result even if they were capable of the same kind of response as humans to PTSD it seems unlikely that it would be triggered by the kind of conflict common to them.