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Due to the extreme lack of background on the origin and the description of the dreaded Incubi I am asking if any one out there if they have has any thoughts to fill in the memory blackout GW has had on this subject. The most I have read on this comes from the codex, opposite the entry for Drazhar and the description on the HQ retinue being the Dark Lord's finest warriors. This is very unclear and leaves much to the imagination.
I personally think that the Incubi are very UnDark Eldar (along with the Talos), having a 3+ armour save, high points cost, restrictive rules and no fleet of foot makes them an oddity in such a lithe force as DE. So where do they fit in fluffwise?
Lets see, they could actually be cyborg constructs left over from failed grotesque designs and be mind slaved to the Dark Lord. This would explain why they are totally loyal to him (a rare occurance in Commorragh indeed) and appear as if summoned telepathically to his aid. Why they are only in a retinue and nowhere else. Why they have the best armour save as they are really robots in a suit. And why they are incredibaly slender even wearing their tough armour. Do you really think that if Drazhar was a living eldar he would take a bullet for the Lord if he had a choice?
They could be the flip side of the Haemonculii experiments, The grotesques being the biological designs with no IQ what so ever and the mechanised cyborg Incubi, made for one purpose only, to answer the call of their master in time of need. This would indeed fit into the Dark Eldar way of life as no "living" bodyguard could possibly be trusted to safe keep the Lord. These souless constructs fit the bill perfectly, attracting no unwanted attention from the soul seeking anticts of other Dark Eldar thereby going unoticed to where ever the Lords whim takes them.
Please feel free to add your comments about this and give alternate explanations where necessary, thanks.
They are simply elite mercenaries that DE lord hires to protect him, he pays em more then warriors since they are his body guard and so no one would buy them off to assasinate him. The sergeants of these mercenaries are incubi masters but only rich Kabals can afford them(high point cost). I think there is n story line, they are simple elites with heavy armor and 2 hander weapons with shooting helm, they use no bio enchancements. I think of them as elite striking scorpions.
Hi Wraithguardian and thanks for your input, but what as to their origins? This is purely for fluff reasons as I hope to satisfy my curiousity and gain a reasonable explaination for the existance of these very UnDark Eldar troops. I still lean towards the idea that they are the Haemonculii creations that were the most successful, the others being the grotesques. These Incubi creations were then cyborged, mind slaved to the Lord and programmed to defend him no matter what. This of course can't be proven and is at best just my idea.
The haemonculii are supposed to be sponsored by their respective Lords and in return they present gifts of souless troopers - Grotesques and Incubi - each being just about the opposite of the other in nature, but both being mind slaved or dependant upon a character for support and direction.
They are ex-striking scorpions, Arhra's minions. Arhra is the fallen phoenix lord of the striking scoprions who later got replaced by Karandras, he then founded the incubi. They have plently of similarities too, they are both very heavily armoured and both don't have fleet of foot in an almost entirely fleet of foot army, they both have guns of sorts on their heads which to different things. Apart from what is in the eldar and dark eldar codexes (phoenix lord page for Eldar, incubi, drazhar description and the story about striking scorpions vs incubi in the DE one).
Also, I just happen to have the original AU white dwarf 227 from when Dark eldar first came out and just after talking about wyches it says: "Less numerous but just as powerful are the secretive incubi. This warrior sect is based in some death-laden den deep in the webway, away from the politics and machinations of Commarragh, hiring out its deadly warriors as bodyguards to the Dark Eldar Lords."
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Never knew that! Thanks for filling the holes about Incubi - Striking Scorpions! - would'nt have picked that one. That darn Haemonculus lied to to me again.
Here's the Best Source I found on the web for Incubi Info.
It gives quite a bit of Background, but the Incubi still remain the shadiest DE unit, by Far.
Except for maybe Mandrakes.
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