40K Lore: The Exodites

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Who are these mysterious Eldar Exodites? Pull up a chair and lets find out!

The short answer is that the Eldar Exodites are a subset of the Eldar who abandoned their homeworlds before the Fall and chose to colonize other planets. In doing so they escaped their decadent civilization, returned to something more primal, but never forgot their ancient ways. With hints at whats to come for the Eldar, we thought it was good time to look into the past of their “back woods” cousins.

History

As Eldar civilization neared its Fall, many groups among the Eldar denounced their decadent societies, abandoning their homeworlds in a series of migrations called the Exodus. These Exodites travelled far away from their collapsing civilization, settling many, often harsh worlds.

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The degeneration of Eldar society leading to the Fall did not go wholly without resistance. Some, the more far-sighted, began to openly criticise the laxity of their fellow citizens, and to warn against the effect of Chaos cults. These people were mostly ignored or else treated as narrow-minded fools and fanatics. Soon the general collapse of society convinced even the most resolute amongst them that the only end to the steady decline would be in a terrible collapse. Some decided to leave the Eldar worlds, and settle new planets far from Eldar civilization. They were the ones still untainted by the touch of Chaos, and by now they were few. These Eldar are known as the Exodites.

The Exodites purposefully settled worlds where life would be hard. Those among the original Exodites came from all levels of Eldar society, but all were united in their powerful determination to survive. Eventually a new form of society took shape. The Exodites divided into clans each led by a warrior elite. When the Fall came, the Exodite worlds were untouched.

exodite-dragonriderExodite Military Forces

The Exodite Worlds are generally considered backward and rustic compared to the rest of the space-roaming Eldar although they still possess a good deal of high technology. One of the pieces of technology they have maintained is the Infinity Circuit, although on the Exodite worlds these are known as World Spirits and exist in the form grids of stone menhirs, obelisks, and stone circles all crafted from psychoactive crystal. When forced into a corner, the Exodites wage war using a mixture of standard Eldar technology and riding great Dinosaurs into battle. Some Exodites also operate Clans of Eldar Knights. Despite the presence of some technology, these worlds are often agricultural, however, and it is not uncommon for groups of Exodites to exist in a nomadic state, living off roaming herds and seasonal harvests. This is the most common image of the Exodite life. Many Outcasts will find a refuge among these Eldar, who are generally more accepting.

To others, they are the groundwork of a new Eldar Empire on the edge of the galaxy, composed of the descendants of those far-sighted and strong-willed enough to escape the touch of Slaanesh. Biel-tan is one of the chief proponents of the Exodite potential, and will often mobilise its forces in defence of one of the scattered worlds.

exoditeExodite from Garden Ninja Studios More HERE

Society

Though Exodite societies vary across the galaxy, mutual to virtually all, is a societal organisation built around small, sovereign clannish communities. The causes, however, are unknown. It is common belief amongst Imperial scholars that such tribalism is the natural state of the Eldar. The lives Exodites live is thought to be similar to the ancient Eldar empire before the Fall and birth of Slaanesh. Each Exodite tribe on a planet swears loyalty to a local ruling tribe which in turn owes adherence to the planet’s king and his royal kinfolk. These tribal societies developed out of necessity, as small, scattered communities were the most effective way to exploit the sparse natural resources of the newly settled worlds.

As there are comparatively few Eldar on these worlds there is also little territorial quarrels. Full conflicts between tribes are rare but clashes between rival Dragon Knights are common. These raids and occasional deaths do not embitter the tribes, and it is notable that no matter how hard-fought their disputes might be, no Eldar would despoil or steal the crops of a rival tribe even though these lie unprotected for months at a time. While not willingly hostile, the Exodites are a stout, self-confident people and still possess the mythical pride, even arrogance, of the ancient Eldar race.

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Exodites are generally welcoming to other Eldar peoples. They have good relations with most Craftworld Eldar, particularly Alaitoc and are often visited and aided by Harlequin hosts.

For more on the Exodites check out our sister site Lexicanum

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The Exodites were more than just a bit of lore from Rogue Trader. They were a part of the Eldar army and you could even take them as a full unit:

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Maybe we’ll see them back on the tabletop as a full fighting force. Hey, crazier things have happened!

 

I, for one, welcome our Exodite Overlords!

  • Lord Elpus

    I would LOVE Exodites to make a comeback.. About blooming time too!

    • “Hell, it’s about time!”

    • OldHat

      Even as just a small splash, I think it would be awesome. Not like GW doesn’t have loads of experience making faux dinosaurs. I figure with CAD, you could smash Lizardmen and Eldar together pretty quickly with some good results!

    • Gabor Fazekas

      weeeeeeel if taking into account the recent trends with imperium armies, espec the most recent fall of cadia ones. I can easily see an Eldar facton with all the current eldars jammed in, and maybe the whole 8th gonna be something like it narrowing down the sides, while still keeping or even adding new armies. Now the the problem is its cool that there is Chaos faction with csm cd and the other traitors, Imperium with all its whatever and the Eldar races, but whats gonna happen to the rest? Tau? Orcs? Genestealers gonna meld into Tyranid faction? Necrons? quite intresting if you ask me

      • euansmith

        As Orkz and Tyranids both generate powerful, gestalt psychic fields, maybe they could end up merging in to a “Destruction” Faction.

  • Sonic tooth

    Iv always hated the idea of space marines butchering exodites. They seem to be “good” to me (maybe im wrong) which is a rare comodity in 40k. Like to see minis for then

    • euansmith

      I tend to think of the as being “good” like the Dothraki in Game of Thrones; so “good” in relation to the more evil factions.

    • Silas7

      The dinos is what’s not to like.

      • Sonic tooth

        possibly…

    • PrimoFederalist

      Or conversely you’re an Imperial citizen, a hive city dweller gang-pressed along with thousands of fellow under-hive denizens aboard a ship heading to a planet marked for a new Imperial colony. You hastily hug and kiss your family goodbye as the Adeptus Arbites shove you all aboard your transport – blessed by the God-Emperor to start a new life on a beautiful new world. Accompanying you is what’s left of an Imperial Guard regiment. A few hundred grizzled veterans out of 10,000 who survived the hell of countless battlefields, but did their duty to Emperor and Imperium and after 20 years of ceaseless war earned the right to colonize a new world, to settle down, and all the horrors you witnessed behind you and start anew. No one can believe how fortunate they are to be the first humans to colonize the great green and blue planet – even after a few years, it all seems too good to be true. That’s because it is. Biel-Tan shows up, links up with the local exodites, and they slaughter every man, woman, and child and burn everything they’ve built to the ground.

      Two years later, a couple battle companies from a Space Marine chapter show up – they’ve heard the the message from the astropathic choir, the impressions of the message being as follows:
      : : : : : . . .

      The Space Marine chapter makes planetfall, wage of war of annihilation, and wipes out all the exodites over a five month period. Because in the grim darkness of the future, there is only war.

      • Sonic tooth

        alot of effort to write that…. but for the exodites, defending their planet from human invaders who will destroy everything they v worked for, things might seem alot different. ill never take the imperial side when it comes to colonization

        • PrimoFederalist

          The point is you’re looking for a “good guy” – your “good guy” is more than happy to wipe out billions of innocent humans if it makes their life slightly more convenient, and the entire species if it helps their species. The Eldar aren’t “good guys” – they’re just less powerful than the Imperium so you embrace them as an underdog. Feel free to identify with the Eldar all you want, but they’re not “good” by any stretch of the imagination 🙂

          • Sonic tooth

            i dont really care that much, its a fantasy game and i like the eldar and dont like the imperium. big deal. no more essays please.

          • PrimoFederalist

            Uh… how was that in any way condescending? I was merely giving a tongue-in-cheek alternate viewpoint sympathetic to the Average Joe Imperial citizen.

          • Sonic tooth

            my apologies for misreading the tone of your comment

      • Gabor Fazekas

        yeah monkieghs can crouch over and die as long as i care or if it saves an entire maiden world or exodite world i dont realy care,
        but cool story nontheless 😛

  • Will Frank

    I would be happy to see Exodites come back; most probably in a limited fashion, similar to Harlequins.