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Considering the Eldar do not have many actual worlds, as the Imperium does, and seeming as how they are not looking to colonize worlds, invade territory, or become expansionist, what are the reasons for the Eldar to fight in the first place?
The Eldar are constantly on a defensive position. They are just trying to survive. Even the few occasions when they go on the offensive (attacking Chaos during the 13th Black Crusade, starting wars to prevent future Eldar deaths), it is in a defensive way. Also, their ships and craftworlds are some of the most maneuverable and evasive vessels in the galaxy...its seems to me that if they wanted to, they would be able to spend all their lives aboard the Craftworlds and never have to get into a fight.
Obviously there are some reasons for them to wage war, but I was wondering what some others might be. Just submit your ideas. Oh, and of course this is just to facilitate fluff and battle narratives.
Reasons for the Eldar to fight:
1. Protection - preventing another race from disturbing ancient secrets/tech/worlds, etc.
2. Defending resources - the Eldar must have some sources of resources, and those sources (asteroids, mineral-rich worlds) would come under attack, given time.
3. To prevent future disasters - going to war, cause the Farseers say so (mysterious reasons)...
4. Decisive blows to their enemies - The Eldar are so few and their soldiers are valuable; obviously protracted fights and wars of attrition are nothing the Eldar would ever get trapped in, because they can't afford to - but they would launch attacks on key Chaos/Necron/Imperial worlds, bases, or individuals, if given the opporunity.
5. To secure power - artefacts, key worlds, more resources, etc. At times the Eldar would have to go on the offensive in order to secure a power base for their future (current power bases sometimes dry up or get taken away, after all).
6. To defend a Craftworld - obviously a biggie, but almost never happens. Given the Eldar penchant for scrying the future, and also given the aforementioned Craftworld maneuverability, I doubt Craftworlds would ever come under attack unless they were committed to a fight on purpose (Iyanden had a chance to get out of the way of Hive Fleet Kraken, but instead the council of Farseers chose to fight for reasons unknown - guess they regret that, now that the majority of their population is a ghost army)
7. To defend the Webway - if anyone was trying to access it or destroy parts of it.
There are many more, I'm sure. Let's just try to get a list together.
(if any of you care, that is )
Well, you pretty much got it when you said "because the farseers says so". Our main rason to attack the other races, and even other eldar, is because our farseers forsee that it would prevent future death of more eldar. Heh... I guess thats why the other races hate us. Its always hard to explain to the humans when we have to burn down orphanaries to prevent the kids from becoming future soldiers ect.. they will never understand :glare:
so true... yah they pretty much all go under "because the farseer tells us to"
Beil-Tan often go to war under the orders of the Court of the Young King in order to defend the Exodites, or aid their expansion.
You cannot win, for to fight us is to give us power.
Right...the Biel-Tan are the exception to the rule: aggressive Eldar frequently on the offensive. They believe that the Eldar can one day rule the galaxy again. Poor, deluded Biel-Tan...
Any more ideas on why the Eldar would wage war? Beyond "cause their superiors told them so"? I'm just looking for a greater variety of reasons to have different narratives for my battles. I guess what I'm asking is, what reasons are there for the Farseers to order their troops into battle, beyond mysterious or unexplained reasons?
There's always the obvious: foolish commander got shipwrecked, stupid humies found ancient artifact, etc.
Remember that the Eldar DO have planets. It is recorded in Imperial history that there are several planets with relatively new or unidentified origins, some of which have been found harboring primitive eldar life. Eldar could go to war to reestablish contact with lost bretheren. (prevents inbreeding :blink: )
Harlequins. Don't forget them. Drug-induced travelling Eldar who intentionally dance close to the fires of the Human race. Good chance they have told tall-tales or ancient folk stories about lost riches or subjugated brothers held ransom on far-distant worlds. If I correctly recall, Eldar are very familial, and would probably be overcome with enough hatred to rush to the aid of a real or imagined friend/ally/relative.
Otherwise I think you probably covered a ton of reasons already, heck, who needs a reason to go and shoot stuff?
I don't think inbreeding would be a problem...first of all, few Eldar women actually get pregnant, if I heard right. Its not that Eldar couples aren't trying, its just that for some unexplained reason (probably having to do with Slaanesh consuming Eldar souls upon death), few couples actually succeed in having children. There is mass infertility among the Eldar...its a good thing they live for thousands of years, else their race would die out very quickly.
Also, although the Eldar are "few in number", this is galactically speaking. I'm sure that the entire population of their race, scattered among dozens of craftworlds, resource worlds, and exodite worlds, numbers well into the low billions. Afterall, the largest craftworlds are the size of small planets. They alone would probably have hundreds of million if not billions of Eldar on them. When the Eldar say they are few in number, they probably just mean compared to the Imperium or their empire before the fall (probably around 1% the population of the Imperium, which is still a hell of a lot of souls considering the Imperium probably extends into the thousands of billions or more).
Ye its a good point youve got there. Like my bro pointed out if they wahted to they could just float in space without anyway else noticing and because they live forever (being that they dont get killed) they could just keep breeding and breeding and training and so forth till they have a force to be reckoned with sure it would take a few 1000 years but at least there numbers would slowly come back.
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Wailing,eldar DO get old. They live forever,but the longer they live,their bodies begin to crystalize. This is why farseers,the oldest of eldar,have T4(from 2nd ed. codex). The eldar maintain a small empire,and they gaurd their few worlds jelously. Many imperial or orc or tau forces may invade a world to conquer,and even if its unpopulated the eldar might see it as one of their original worlds,a precious commodity.
So, Eldar are slowly turning into statues? But wouldnÂ´t that kill them at some point? I mean, statues are dead things, right?