40K: Eldrad Ulthran, Savior of the Eldar?

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Games Workshop focuses their lens on Eldrad and his machinations – But will Fate bend to his will?

Eldrad has been a popular (if polarizing) figure for a long, long time. There was a moment in 40k history (at least in competitive play) when the Eldar’s most ancient and renown Farseer was in every Eldar List. We joked about how spry he was for such a long-lived Eldar. He took a back seat in more recent editions but now with a fancy new model and the new Death Masque boxed set on the way he’s back and ready to play!

via Games Workshop (Warhammer 40,000 Facebook)

Eldar Eldrad Ulthran

“Eldrad is just one of the intricate new kits included in the Death Masque box set.”

Eldrad has been around for a long time. His old model was about due for a re-sculpt if we’re honest. Here’s a look at this old model for comparison sake:

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Also, anyone else notice this new model has an option for the Sword or open hand? Nice touch. But my point was Eldrad is old, he’s even “died” once before – but that has sense been retconned away.

After reading the Prophecy of the Hidden Path and the follow-up about the repercussions of recent events it’s clear that the Eldar are making moves. Eldrad is up to something Death Masque’s narrative is going to make an impact. He was called out as a key figure in this up coming event and who really knows what he’s planning on doing.

Does he have a plan to deal a final blow to Slaanesh? That is what the prophecy hints at…But at what cost? It’s fairly evident that the Eldar are only interested in their own survival and they aren’t afraid to sacrifice other races to save their own pointy-ears. What will the Deathwatch role be in all of this? If they stop Eldrad are they dooming the rest of the galaxy in the process?

My biggest question is this: If Eldrad is the Savior of the Eldar, what is he to the rest of the Galaxy?

To Learn more about the history of Eldrad check out our sister site Lexicanum:

Eldrad Ulthran

 

What’s your theory? What is Eldrad planning to do and how is that going to impact the rest of the Galaxy?

  • Farseerer

    Beautiful sculpt. I hope we don’t have too long a wait for the model to be sold by itself.

    • ZeeLobby

      It does REALLY want me to take up my Eldar again. Now just to find opponents, haha.

      • Drew_Da_Destroya

        I’m pretty excited to mod him into my chief Shadowseer. I don’t play Eldar, but I do play Harlies, and he’d be a cool base for one.

    • Djbz

      I hope the story is he tries some ritual to deal with Slaanesh and the Deathwatch screw it up at the worst possible moment, cause a warp rift and Slaanesh Daemons pour through and kill everything
      And Eldrad gets ripped in half by a Keeper of Secrets…

      • James Eggers

        You’re Correct in part. Eldrad is working on a way to defeat chaos and the Deathwatch does interrupt the ritual. What affect this interruption has is yet to be seen since the ending of Death Masque is a bit limited on the consequences of all actions.

    • Horus84cmd

      Brilliant sculpt easily on par with the original and now classic model. Do we know if it was Jes’s work again for the plastic?

    • It’s being sold on eBay.

    • Statham

      Just go poke about on Ebay, duder. I don’t usually like doing it, but I got one for about £11.90; even my store manager was understanding of that; he’s a little baffled there’s exclusive stuff in the Death Masque box while they’re simultaneously launching Deathwatch stuff anyway.

  • Pirate_Prince_Navarion

    Eldrad is dead, Slaanesh ate his soul during the Eye of Terror campaign. Maybe he should get back from that before saving anyone.

    • Jared van Kell

      It looks like GW ret-conned that inconvenient little detail.

      • Randy Randalman

        Sort of. GW basically moved the timeline back to just before those events.

    • Benderisgreat

      Maybe it’s an Eldrad candy shell with a chewy Slaanesh middle.

    • Karru

      But how can Eldrad be dead? How could Slaanesh eat his soul? Considering that Eldrad died during the Eye of Terror campaign, known as the 13th Black Crusade in the fluff, and that has yet to happen in the current fluff, I find it hard to believe he is dead.

      Could you point this fact out in the current 6th – 7th edition codices and/or “rulebook lore”? I must have missed it, if in fact Eldrad is dead.

      • Stormbane

        GW decided that the 13th Black Crusade hasn’t happened yet.

        Whether or not that means it WON’T happen the same way is up in the air.

  • Horus84cmd

    As for the fate of the Eldar and Slaanesh, my personal view for a possible outcome (and I think a strong probable one), is that the whole plan to entirely save the Eldar Race and destroy Slaanesh backfires; at one level history almost repeats itself.

    I postulate one of two outcomes.
    1) Eldrad effectively manages to cuts Slaanesh of from automatically eating Eldar souls when they die. However, since Slaanesh is now preached to by millions of other sentient followers all with tasty souls to eat, Slaanesh lives on a Eldar light diet.
    2) It leads to a rebirth of Slaanesh. Slaanesh, although powerful enough to be one of the four major Chaos pantheons, is still the baby of the group and looked down upon by the others. Slaanesh is reborn, and vastly closer in power to the other Chaos Gods. In the process eating several more Eldar Craft Worlds – probs some of the minor ones with little background.

    • Karru

      Having received my box already, I can safely say that the current situation is a massive cliffhanger. There is just some more or less annoying details currently that may or may not lead to some major drama in the fluff. Trying to avoid big spoilers for those that would like to read the fluff but weren’t fortunate enough to receive theirs a day earlier.

      • Horus84cmd

        That’s a non-surprise. I’d imagine the current 40K story progression will save anything big for whatever cataclysmic event is, apparently, being planned…which is where I was going with my thoughts above – doh! should have made that clearer I shall edit the above!

        It’s almost like the Death Masque set was designed to the sell the shiney minature more than anything…dun.dun.duuuuuuhn!

  • Jared van Kell

    I always wondered if GW would bring Eldrad back. Last time I saw anything official on him, fluff wise anyway, was during the Eye of Terror campaign when his soul was sucked into the darkness at the heart of one of the Blackstone Fortresses.

    • An_Enemy

      He never left. EoT never happened. Why do people still reference this more than a decade later? He’s been available in all the Eldar codices.

  • Benderisgreat

    Aaah, Eldrad. He was Thrawn before Zahn set crayon to printer paper…

  • Defenestratus

    Screw all the Eldrad haters. He didn’t die. I think GW realized that punishing Eldar players for winning that summer campaign was a bad idea.

    “Congrats on winning the campaign – now watch your most iconic special character who can see the future get tricked into dying…”

    Yeah that was terrible.

    • Karru

      Yeah, I really don’t get the hate and the people chanting “ELDRAD IS DEAD!” “HE DIED DURING A TIME THAT HASN’T HAPPENED YET!”

      Seriously, there is no reason to hate on one of the only interesting named characters in the Eldar fluff.

    • Horus84cmd

      GW could/can chocked the whole 13th Crusade campaign results, for every race, to Eldard ‘s farsight vision/dreams – inception style 😉

    • An_Enemy

      It’s still better than how they treated Vect.

      • Me

        I am still hoping they bring him back in some kind of expansion (similar to the one being discussed here). It would be nice if they did it in a way that makes the DE playable as an army unto their own.

  • Karru

    I’ve been painting that model for almost this entire day and I must say it is a blast to paint. The detail on everything is top notch, it comes together almost flawlessly and there is no real visible lines visible where the parts connect. All in all an amazing figure. Same goes to the Watch Captain Artemis, although I haven’t started on him yet.

  • Randy Randalman

    The new model is a perfect reboot on a classic that fits with the contemporary stylings of GW, while being equally classic in its own right.

  • RafaÅ‚ Pytlak

    Or maybe they’re gonna retcon the retcon and Eldrad sacrificing himself to Slaanesh on that black fortress is the part of the plan to destroy The Prince/ss of Pleasure?

  • Richard Mitchell

    Looks like he is taking posing classes from Severius.