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I've been hearing all sorts of terrible half-rumors that the Saim-Hann Craftworld was destroyed in the Thirteenth Black Crusade (Eye of Terror Campaign). I've already ordered the fluff book about the EoT from Black Library, so it's kosher to spoil it for me. Please, if you have heard about the demise of my army's craftworld, please let me know!
I don't think Saim-hann was even mentioned in the EoT fluff that GW put out. In fact, a craftworld thought to be destroyed returned (Altansar I believe, Maugan Ra's original home). There was a rumor that Eldrad was going to die at the hands of Abaddon, but that was just a "What if?" scenario made up, it never came to be.
Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, even if it's wrong.
However Eldrad did go on to buy the farm in the EoT campaign at the hands? of a blackstone fortress.
More importnantly can you die at the hands of somthing with no hands?
He was too hard to field anyway, i have a seer council, and eldrad and the rest of my army is........
2 five man guardian squads!
Saim Hann remains (unless someone knows otherwise) but the eldar have lost even more of their precious few number.
OK lets try and put some of this to bed:
In the Fluff:
The only Craftworld near the Eot at the outset of Abadons black crusade was Ulthwe, no other craftworld was at risk, accordingly the bulk of the Eldar forces accounted for in the EoT were Ulthwe (hence Ulthwe stike force)
I think Altansor was returned, but from the EoT fluff, no way was Saim Hann destroyed.
Equally, Eldrad was not killed, in fact Eldrad splintered his soul so he could help many forces, he was as a result "unavailable for comment at the end of EoT" but that does not put him permenantly hors de combat, he is not dead, just scattered. In fact it would be all but impossible to kill him entirely whilst in this state.
Whether he can "Pull himself together" remains to be seen
The upcomming codex Eldar has gone though various inclusions, but GW as a pr9nciple, do not destroy armies (excluding squats), indeed i have seen it said that GW would be including all the existing craftworlds in the new Elsar codex, it would not make sense for them to write out Saim Hann
This is patently nonesense
As for Eldrad, why would they kill him? it is possible but highly improbably, thy have a mini, they want to sell it, it is not a bad mini, why bin him and deprive themselves of a revenue stream?
Again, probably nonesense
From as far as i was aware, i cant quote a number here but i remember his soul getting sucked into the corrupted blackstone as it fried the surface of cadia, he was splintering his concsiousness throughout but as far as i know that was the end of him, its that funky little two parter spread over the two Eye campaign issues, i have been wrong before and no doubt will be again but i do distinctly remember that. They made a big deal in the fluff two about him naming a controversial successor before going on this one way mission as he couldnt see past that future, i suspect as he is dead. No successor model, make people convert from eldrad.
Plus a fluff death doesnt prevent usage, i know people who used the ultramarine 1st company pre-nid slaughter character until he was erased from the new codex, just set your battle in the past.
Can someone else confirm or deny having seen this issue as i do hope im not just making up fluff in my sleep....
The UK Eye of Terror Campaign website has a link to the White Dwarf article that discusses in 12-page detail the results of the whole campaign. The last two pages of said article are the story of the fall of Eldrad. The "spirit stone" of the Blackstone Fortress was invaded by Slaanesh. Eldrad tried to sneak into the spirit of the BF and was like whoa! That's not cool! But it was too late. Slaanesh is He Who Sucks and Blows (though at first this may seem like a physical impossibility) and sucked Eldrad right up into...um...into where or whatever. Just my 2 cents, but I agree that even though Eldrad split his conscious up into several little spirit stones, his will and the lion's share of his being figuratively screwed the pooch when he knocked on Slaanesh's door. Hence his successor (who apparently is controversial though he has no name and no identity and doesn't really exist as far as anyone else is concerned) taking over the ubercouncil. In a sense, Eldrad lives on the spirit stones (and no doubt in the hearts of all the little Ulthwe bannana-heads), but no more so than any other dead Eldar. Off to the Infinity Circuit with his dead self.
Speaking of, any ideas on the Ynnead (for those of you who aren't Saim-Hann--and thus enlightened--that's the Eldar god of the dead)? Is it going to be a factor? Do the Eldar get their own C'Tan uberwholloper?
It's a big relief to hear from everyone that Saim-Hann Craftworld is still probably floating aimlessly through space. That means my army can continue to get its collective heinie handed to it over and over and over again.
Well thank god for that, i thought i was losing it.
The last hope of the eldar, i've heard a few people throwing that around, i thikn he's supposed to be really weak at the moment but getting stronger, sacrifice some exodite worlds anyone???
Eldar cloning programs to produce more sacrifices to power him up?
I'd like to see Eldrads replacement as another uber seer kind of like O'shova, or whatever farsights name is, wanting to take the eldar in a new direction, dunno how they'd do it, its only the beginnings of an idea. Maybe someone who could fight as eldrads super staff was wasted on a guy with 1 attack.
RIP Eldrad, we hardly knew ya.......