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I was reading up on what weapon to give my DA Exarch when i stumbled across something i wasnt too sure about. When you fail one of the Leadership tests you must take per unsaved wound against a Diresword, does it count as instant death rule? Because i was playing my Brother (who is Templar collector) and he charged my dires with his Champion. He failed one of leadership tests and because it is immune to instant death i imagined that the diresword had no affect on him, but it doesnt say in the rule book that this counts as instant death, so i was wondering. Does the diresword cause instant death on thoe who fail this leadership test or does it instead remove all remaining wounds and kill them outright?
Thanks in advance
Direswords cause wounds NOT instant death. No where in it's rules dose it say instant death. So it's the second case, they die from losing there remaining wounds not being killed instantly. This may sound odd logically speaking but there is a distinction, instant death causes harm grater than one wound, dire swords cause harm equal to one wound but as many times as needed. So if you need to explain it say it just hits them as many times as needed.
Just to avoid any rule lawyering the eternal warrior and instant death rules are used in other things in eldar codex and as such there's no room to argue. The dire sword is a very special weapon, it is not causing instant death but it does remove the remaining rules.
Until this is FaQ it is both RAW and RAI as far as i can see
Direswords don't cause Instant Death, no, which means Eternal Warrior is no use against them. They're not that great, though, as most things you're going to be fighting with more than 1 Wound is likely to be LD9 or 10 which means they're not going to kill things very often. But they do not cause Instant Death, it is stated as 'killing the target outright' rather than 'causing Instant Death'.
Although, since Templars are fearless in CC it really should have no effect against them.
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If you want to Rule as Written, the Diresword can kill a model with Eternal Warrior.
If you want to Rule as Intended, the Diresword would likely inflict 'instant death'.
However, the strongest case goes towards ruling as written.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't say anywhere that the Champion is immune to instant death. I play Templars and the only piece of Wargear that gives resistance to instant death is the Adamantite Mantle and that's only for double Strength wounds. Being Fearless in CC is the problem when facing Templars though. The entry for the Diresword doesn't mention anything about Fearless units being suseptable to it, so not sure if most people would allow it to be used.
Fearless units pass all Morale and Pinning checks, not Leadership tests, otherwise Fearless units would automatically pass things like Psychic tests. Fearless units are not invulnerable to direswords, and if your opponent is saying they are then he's wrong, as it is specifically stated as being a Leadership test and not a morale check.