Open Thread: Fracture of Biel-Tan Theories

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The Eldar “god of the dead” is coming and the title says it all – this does not bode well for Biel-Tan.

If you haven’t seen The Gathering Storm II: Fracture of Biel-Tan trailer yet, here it is again just so it can sink in:

We got to take a look at all three of the new models coming out already as well. What I want to focus on, however, is the name of the second book in “The Gathering Storm” – that name is Fracture of Biel-Tan.

Consider that the previous book was Fall of Cadia and now that it’s been out, it’s clear to see that these titles aren’t misleading.

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What’s in store for the Biel-Tan? Well, again, based on the title…nothing good! The Biel-Tan Eldar are the inhabitants of the Biel-Tan Craftworld. They are know for their militancy and their warhost known as Bahzhakhain which means “Swordwind“. The Biel-Tan craftworld is also home to more Aspect Warriors than any other craftworld.

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“The symbolic rune of Biel-Tan stands for reincarnation, a fate previously thought reserved for every Eldar before the Fall. The rune roughly translates as Rebirth of Ancient Days, reflecting the intention of the Craftworld to see their former empire restored”

We have a craftworld famed for it’s Aspect Warriors, a rune that represents “reincarnation” and the appearance of The Yncarne, Avatar of Ynnead – the god of the dead.

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So what does this all mean? Could it mean the destruction of Biel-Tan – like Cadia? Could it mean parts of the Biel-Tan break off to form something new? What about the appearance of the other models: Yvraine, Emissary of Ynneada and The Visarch, Sword of Ynnead?

Also, let’s not forget what’s at the center of the Biel-Tan craftworld: The Chamber of Heroes.

“At the centre of Biel-tan is the Chamber of Heroes where the spirit stones of dead Aspect Warriors are placed. Farseers often come to this room to consult the dead on courses of action.”

And what are those “gems” floating around the Avatar of Ynnead if not spirit stones?

All we truly know at this point is that something is going to happen to the Eldar of Biel-Tan and it’s very clear that Ynnead is coming. We’ve all got lots of questions and theories bouncing around. But I advise folks to take this in stride because it’s all conjecture at this point. That said, we can still have some fun with it!

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I am very curious as to why this Avatar of Ynnead shares aspects of the Chaos God Slaanesh as well. Perhaps it’s not that Ynnead’s Avatar shares aspects of Slaanesh, but rather that Slaanesh shares aspects of the Eldar…They did birth Slaanesh after-all.

What do you think: Is “Fracture of Biel-Tan” a sign of the destruction for the Eldar or do you think something else is happening?

 

Let us know your crazy theories in the comments below! Consider this an open thread, but play nice…

  • Defenestratus

    This is what it means: No more aspect warriors.

    The “Fracture” will be the abandonment of Khaine as the patron deity of the Eldar and the embrace of Ynnead as their ultimate savior.

    The next Aeldari book will not contain any aspects other than dire avengers which will be “reborn” into the acolytes of Ynnead.

    So long Khaine – been nice knowing you.

    • Commissar Molotov

      No more aspect warriors? Gee Dub isn’t dumb enough to do…

      *thinks about WHFB*

      …Aw, crap.

      • Karru

        That sure would be a good way to remove the need for replacement kits and an excellent excuse to make a couple new ones for people to buy.

        • LeroyJenkinss

          Obviously threre is a faction that thinks fans are cool… And another that doesn’t

      • BrianAWC

        Aspect warriors have had a diminished role in the meta for a long time anyway, except for Warp Spiders.

        • Commissar Molotov

          I still see a lot of Fire Dragons. Swooping Hawks were pretty common, too, until the “one grenade” rule made their haywire grenades less effective.

          • euansmith

            The Fire Dragons look so cool.

          • Belly

            Slightly, but I still use hawks quite frequently. Most armies of mine include two 6 man units with exarchs. They’re great at sniping hidden units like Guard command squads, marker drones, dark reapers, etc. Good fun too!

          • Commissar Molotov

            Fun is the whole point!

        • Dan T

          Meta shouldn’t determine model availability.

          • Admiral Raptor

            Meta determines sales, sales determine availability.

        • Emperor’s Champion

          the meta shouldn’t matter, the craftorld codex’s strong point has always been the variety of flavours, even if some of the units are actually pretty useless but I have some great games with my hawks, scorpions and fire dragons

          • BrianAWC

            I don’t think they’ll go completely away; they’ll just be pushed aside. They’ll still have rules but the models won’t be available and they won’t really appear in any of the formations except perhaps as an afterthought here and there.

            The models have practically already gone away. They’re, what, 42 dollars for 6 models?

          • Defenestratus

            GW doesn’t want to do resin anymore. That much is clear. They want to clear up shelf space for new, better selling kits. Aspect warrior boxes take up quite a bit of space even if they’re not on shelves anymore.

            It all makes sense.

            1) Get rid of the old resin-design models
            2) No need to update 6 distinct sculpts into plastic
            3) All of Ynnead’s host models (wraith) are already in plastic
            4) Biel-Tan is getting “fractured”. Biel-Tan is the most fervently Khaine-worshipping craftworlders.
            5) There are 6 different 25 year old sculpts in the Eldar range alone that could have been redone for the Eldar “Triumverate” – instead they injected a whole new deity. Why?

            From a business standpoint, it makes sense to get rid of the aspect warrior models from a manufacturing and retail perspective. From a gameplay viewpoint, it would suck – especially since I have at least 30 of every single one, but to me it couldn’t be more clear that this is where we’re headed.

          • BrianAWC

            I’m assuming there will be a book in the short term for Ynnead with all of the Khaine stuff just kind of getting shelved. Then, eventually, they’ll release the Khaine models.

            The aspect warriors/Khaine seem like they would fit nicely into a “big” release like Thousand Sons got (6 new kits.) Scorpions, Spiders, Fire Dragons, Hawks, Phoenix Lords (multi-kit like the Exalted Sorcerers) and the Avatar as the big kit. I’m assuming some of the aspects do indeed get deleted, though.

          • Commissar Molotov

            Well, nobody ever played the jetbike-lance ones…mainly because they didn’t get models until the early 2000’s, I think. You don’t see Howling Banshees now either, but mainly because the Eldar don’t have an assault transport. All the others have their place.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Banshees are fragile and lack a delivery method, which I agree, is why you do not see them often. Back in 5th I saw them much more often.

          • Eldar are Chaos now

            Yeah ok, but why invest in an army when in a years time, from a business standpoint it will make sense to get rid of the army you have? It’s the opposite of good business.

          • RedDrone

            This honestly makes scary amount of sense, but it’s terrible from the design point of view. For many people, me included, the fact that they were an army of extremely scecialized units who you had to move to the right place at the right time (or else they’d do jack) was what made the eldar what they were. Removing them is not only removing an important piece of the fluff but also Eldar’s gimmick, their identity as an army (to a lot of people).

            I also believe the aspect warriors sure could use some redesigning, like making Swooping Hawks have female bodies so they could dual-kit with Banshees and whatnot, but to remove such a large chunk of units from the pool is just unbelievably silly.

          • AX_472

            actually almost none of the aspect warriors are 25 years old. most have been replaced twice in that time. There was the ugly scorpions and the better banshees. hawks, fire dragons, dark reapers and dire avengers have had more subtle updates. the only ones still with a 1991 copyright are warp spiders, who have suffered from their cost over the years and so never sold well enough to redo, hence the added power they received in 7th to try to sell more of them.

          • Defenestratus

            The phoenix lords are 25 years old. They haven’t been touched since 2nd edition. If GW wanted to do a “Character combo box” then what could have possibly been better than a refresh of the Eldar phoenix lords? I can’t think of anything. Certainly not this garbage they’re releasing.

      • Defenestratus

        Precisely.

      • Randy Randalman

        Unlike WHFB, people still buy and play Aspect Warriors.

        • Admiral Raptor

          You sure about that? People buy Warp Spiders, but no one is going to break down the door for Scorpions or Banshees.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            You make a plastic model and people will gush over them.

          • Admiral Raptor

            I’ll agree to that for most of them. I still don’t see Banshees and Scorpions moving even with a new kit. Plastic can’t fix bad rules.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            The rules for those two units are fine. The problem is that a) Eldar lack an assault vehicle, b) the entire edition has ruined assault (and therefor assault units), c) Eldar have so many amazing units that two good-but-not-amazing units are completely overshadowed.

          • Defenestratus

            I use both units regularly. In fact I have a list thats uses 30 scorpions in it with Karandras leading them. Its awesome.

          • AX_472

            that does sound awesome 🙂

          • StingrayP226

            People still bought Thousand Sons, and rules wise they are not good… I wish GW realized that they need decent rules to go with nice models. If Thousand Sons were decent (not OP… not SM/Eldar level powerful, but not bad) they would fly off the shelf a lot better. Instead rule writers were lazy and uninterested so we ended up with a lackluster army… Magnus is good but that is it from the Thousand Sons.

      • TheMawr

        Ok.. probably a hated opinion (and btw, aspect warriors were the reason I bought into 40k in my younger years in the 90s :))

        But.. Scourges with the feather wings and a fitting paintjob… they are basically better Swooping hawks in every way or am I seeing this wrong ?.

        Then the dire avenger kit is so flexible, add a sprue with rocket launchers, chainblades, catapult pistols, meltas, deathspinners, perhaps some extra stuff for laughs and some helmet/head options and bam, Aspect warriors.
        Now instead of having seperate entries for each, call them “Aspect warriors” and make the weapon options optional.. perhaps even mixable.
        To finish it off, make these aspect warriors (or.. lets call them Asurya) the main Craftworld Eldar unit and drop Guardians. ( I honestly see Dire avengers and guardians as almost the same thing.. different helmets wich neither I like… Dire avengers are more expensive and thus more rare.. but isnt that supposed to be the whole Eldar thing.)

        • TheMawr

          But ofcourse keep Howling Banshees.. but thats only one kit to release. 😉

      • Loki Nahat

        Heh! right!

        Try telling people on B&C and reddit, they’re echo’ing themselves so much they’re actually excited about it *facepalm*

    • Arthfael

      Ynnead is not replacing Khaine. They have different portfolios altgether. This is pure speculation.

      • Belly

        Yes. This thread is about speculation.

        • AX_472

          you’d think its supposed to be educated speculation though. there is no evidence to think they would replace khaine and the aspect warriors, its silly and people are getting worked up over it.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I think you are wrong about this.

      One thing that AoS has done is create lots of factions within factions. This is something that GW has not really emphasized with the Xenos races (compared to the Imperium). GW needs to create more factions so that lots of smaller, more focused groups/armies can be made.

      So we will have Aeldari at the top. Then we will break it down to Craftworld, Dark and Harlequin. Then we will add in Ynnead and Khaine groups.

      • Shawn

        That would be a good way to go, I think. It will also give player’s more option for custom armies, and a personal touch on the fluff.

  • Maitre Lord Ironfist

    GOing with Greyfax and Celestine here.

    Eldar and Humans get devided into the ones fighting chaos not with more chaosfukkery. And the ones using the powers of the warp. Having Emprah as a “Chaos”God and Yenead. And the others who do not want too fall againt too some more fukkery

    • LeroyJenkinss

      An I the only one freaking out about that guys fan! Is it a new weapon type!

      • bfmusashi

        It reminds me we never got a Malys model 🙁

  • SilentPony

    Meh? Probably just means some little internal struggle over whatever between who cares, that all gets put aside at the last minute when everyone remembers Chaos and war and struggle and yadda yadda, stab stab stab, Abaddon is defeated Team Rocket style, and Celestine and the weird eldar/Fulgrim thing will disappear into the corn fields to play baseball in heaven or some such rubbish.

    • Karru

      Pretty much sums up the current GW lore writing skills. This will most likely be just a copy/paste of the End Times lore with High Elves/Dark Elves bs where it finally turns out that Vect is the one that is going to unite the Eldar into a large force while some follow someone else just because.

      It’s not like GW can do anything original with its lore when it comes to these types of situations. It’s always the “OHMYGODTHEYAREALLGOINGTODIE… Oh wait, no they are not, friendship is magic and they now fight together to escape/defeat the enemy at the last minute”.

      • Thomas Gardiner

        “We must unite for reasons that are totally in-universe and nothing to do with GW’s financials! What do you mean it doesn’t make sense? Bloodthirsty pirates and pseudo-buddhist warrior priests are natural allies!”

        • Karru

          “No, we killed these special characters that have old models, but don’t worry we replaced them with new ones! You can use them instead! See, this is how you advance the prof…plot!”

        • bfmusashi

          if the Sengoku Jidai didn’t pull it off who can?

      • SilentPony

        See I think it’d be really funny and show some self awareness if when the two Avatars eventually meet one of them just says “Friendship is magic” and everything is fixed.
        Just as the ultimate copout/FU to the fans.

        • Deacon Ix

          As long as individual Avatars have cutie marks

          • bfmusashi

            Isn’t that what the runes are?

      • Randy Randalman

        The fluff in the first Gathering Storm is pretty damn good though. Unlike a lot of recent work.

        • Thomas Gardiner

          Eeeeh…

          All I can say is “YMMV.”

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh, he just pitches whatever the company’s bottom line is. I imagine they will want everyone to forget about 7th when 8th drops.

        • Loki Nahat

          Can you read?

        • Eldar are Chaos now

          So was the first End times book. The rest, not so much.

      • David Leimbach

        Everybody dies, except one lone Space Marine who lives to tell the tale.

  • bfmusashi

    They’re gonna blow up the infinity circuit in Beil-Tan to shock the sleeping god awake or to blow up a secret Slaaneshi invasion. There is no figurative language in the 41st millenium.

    • silashand

      Looking back at the hints over the years of the Harlequins having a “horrific” plan to save the Eldar, I was thinking last night that sacrificing the souls of the dead in order to awaken a new avatar/god would be suitably terrible. The “fracturing” IMO is likely more literal than figurative, i.e. the infinity circuit is destroyed in the process. Anyway, JMO…

      • bfmusashi

        It’s also curious that the Laughing God has positioned his heart right outside Khaine’s Gate too.

    • euansmith

      Rocket Raccoon, “His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.”

      Drax the Destroyer, “Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.”

    • David Leimbach

      Read the Death Masque campaign to hear about the start of these events.

      • bfmusashi

        I saw a summary. My thinking is based on an idea that a traumatic or sudden death pops more soul energy than a natural one. Maybe it works after they become complacent little webway retirees. We have to blow up the retirement community not just put out an early bird special to get that sweet sweet death god action!

  • TDog

    The Aeldari will have one additional faction added. In addition to the classic craftworlders and dark eldar – plus the exodites, which never seem to really be around – I think a new cult of Ynnead will be introduced. This will consist of an amalgam of all the preexisting Eldar, not as vulnerable to Slaanesh as before and far more aggressive. Look for them to start reclaiming old Eldar worlds from all the other races.

    • bfmusashi

      The exodites have better things to do than be dragged into this nonsense. Like riding dinosaurs and fighting giant robots from Mars because they have their priorities in order.

      • ZeeLobby

        Damn straight! Only noobs get dragged into this 40K endtimes.

        • Arthfael

          On the one hand, yes, on the other hand, I’m really curious, and these models are awesome. If the worse comes to pass, we can retcon it like GW with the original 13th Black Crusade.

          • ZeeLobby

            i mean if they can ally with Eldar, and make Eldar a stronger faction then they already are, then they’re super awesome, if you play Eldar, lol.

          • Valeli

            I really don’t dig these models, and don’t get where the praise is coming from.

            I mean, technically, sure. They’re well crafted and detailed and posed etc. No arguments there.

            But they don’t feel Eldar at all to me. In any way. They’re just such a complete departure. Which I guess is the point….. so I get the /point/, just not the /why/. They looked nice before, minus some of the more outdated ones that could have used a bit of love. The aesthetic wasn’t bad though.

            Changing the line entirely to fit a plot point (assuming that’s what’s up) doesn’t sit right with me.

            And, unlike Fantasy, you can’t even use the argument that 40k wasn’t selling and had to be torn down to save the IP. I’m a grumpy old codger I guess, but I don’t think change for the sake of change is ever a smart plan.

          • Arthfael

            I think it won’t be as radical as fantasy. We have to wait to see what happens.

            I think two of them do fit nicely with current aesthetics, assuming there is a new faction of Ynnead aligned Eldar. They are different but not so much that they don’t fit, especially to someone like I who likes to incorporate conversions, 3rd party eldar models (ghost miniatures sell amazing ones) and old RT era minis.

            The Avatar is an oddball, but the clear Slaaneshi influences are interesting. Definitely the model I’m less excited about. The second I don’t like that much is actually the gyrinx: the hair is too smooth, it does not fit well with the old gyrinx, which I happen to own and converted to be slightly hairier. Probably a different breed.

    • Shawn

      So, once their alliance is done with the human, they’ll turn on them, reinforcing the Imperium’s belief that they’re traitorous scum that just need to be purged?

      • TDog

        Probably. I think the Aeldari will become more expansionist and aggressive.

        Looking further into the future, I think the Imperium will fragment. The Emperor is a Perpetual and putting him in the Golden Throne was the dumbest thing they could have done. By keeping him from dying, they kept him from coming back. With the Golden Throne broken, he will return and I have a feeling there will be a lot of factions within the Imperium that won’t like that.

        • Shawn

          That’s a good theory TDog. I hope you’re right. It would be kind of nice in a way, and would further the narrative along as well as create even more factions (like their aren’t already).

          • TDog

            I think it would be interesting to revive Imperium Secundus or something along those lines.

          • Shawn

            Yeah, I think that would be a good move too. If the return of Magnus is any indication, I think we’ll see the return of other Primarchs and Guilluman.

          • TDog

            I’m curious to see if any of the dead primarchs will be reincarnated in new forms. It seems a shame that the Eldar would get a whole new god and the Imperium couldn’t even get a refund of sorts on a few dead primarchs… ;-D

          • Shawn

            No kidding. As much as the BL likes to clone everyone, it wouldn’t be surprising. I could see the mechanicus building a new body for Ferrus Manus or find some pure gene seed, I guess. His body could have been waiting, hidden deep in the bowels of Mars, awaiting resurrection. This gives me an idea….

            Anyway, I’ve often thought about using my Iron Hands librarians to use Demonology (Santic) or Maelfic, whichever would allow me to summon a demon prince and use my FW Ferrus Manus model. I’d just use the demon prince stats, no marks on him, and no wings. And say that the Iron Hands simply summoned the spirit of their Primarch from the Immaterium to slake his revenge against the Traitor and Hetetic.

            For some reason other players are afraid of me playing my Primarch in 40k, even though there are numerous ways to kill him.

          • TDog

            In my opinion, other than Magnus maybe, primarchs aren’t that bulletproof. Guilliman almost got taken out by four dudes with bolters. Corax almost got taken out by four of Bile’s New Men armed with volkite weapons. The list goes on and on the times primarchs almost got taken out.

            I say go for it! It won’t be that unbalancing.

          • Shawn

            Thanks. I would, but even tourney organizers wont allow them. To me this is stupid, considering they bring stuff like a Warhound Titan with a CAD. Infuriating, really.

          • TDog

            Agreed. Titans are way more dangerous than primarchs.

          • Shawn

            It’s funny how some players will say that’s too powerful you can’t do that. Okay, you need to pen armor 12 to past my void shields. Don’t worry it’s not OP, it’s fluffy.

  • Nick1080

    Khaine avatars are a shard of Khaine lodged in the heart of a Craftworld’s infinity circuit – if the same holds true for the Ynnead Avatar maybe one infinity circuit is only capable of supporting one shard of a god so they literally have to fracture Biel-Tan into two pieces to give the Yncarne somewhere to sit and be broody when it’s not on the battlefield

  • Thomas Gardiner

    The Eldar all get mashed into one bland faction and those of us who sit in the back of Commorragh’s finest cyberpunk clubs, drinking vodka and cranberry while complaining about the “normies” and the poor quality of combat drugs these days will lose interest.

    • bfmusashi

      I love how you put Eldar Akira in my head and I hope this is where they go.

      • Thomas Gardiner

        That’s basically what I’ve themed my DE around! Plenty of bikes, all painted in garish neon.

    • ZeeLobby

      Haha, that’s awesome.

      • Thomas Gardiner

        It’s basically all I do on the rare occasions I visit one of Glasgow’s goth/metal clubs (usually just for gigs because club nights in Scotland are griiiiiim) =P

  • Karru

    We are most likely going to see a third Eldar faction in the form of the Cult. Most likely just more aggressive versions of regular Eldar, but not as weak as Dark Eldar.

  • EagleBach

    I assume the new God will kill Slaanesh and “purify” the Eldar race into the whatchamacallit copyrighted name they have in store.

    My boi Slaanesh is being written out of existence. Poor “guy” left the fantasy world hoping for a better time in sci-fi but “he” is getting killed anyway

    • Badtucker

      a dickie bird tells me Slaanesh is comming back in a big way… not soon though. but think current tzzench style .

      • Asrai

        Yeah and with him, the aelfs in Aos… Just hope that the Wanderers faction will not be removed.. I think that the new Sylvaneth are supposed to be the “new” Wood elves but for me, they aren’t

        • Randy Randalman

          The Sylvaneth have very distinctly separated from Wood Elves. It says so all over the AoS fluff. The Wood Elves are described as still existing.

          • Loki Nahat

            Ok, now we know you’re trolling, you mentioned “fluff” and AoS

    • Randy Randalman

      Slaanesh hasn’t been written out of AoS fluff. People keep saying this, which only shows they aren’t reading anything; instead regurgitating the online rants over and over. Slaanesh is present even in the brand new Disciples of Tzeentch book.

  • shmabadu

    The way an Avatar of Khaine is hosted by a chosen exarch, I’m going to say that the Avatar of Ynnead is hosted by a chosen solitaire.

    • bfmusashi

      do they still do the Young King since they made the exarch suits mini circuits? Like I thought they changed it to an Aspect warrior in the 2nd ed. codex.

      • Jup, the Young King is a plain dude “nowadays” iirc.

  • Imrahil

    I wonder if the Eldar will be reborn as a single new unified species… as fortold all Eldar have to die to awaken Ynnead who then fights against slaanesh… ^^ Would be awesome! … Then I ask myself, how they would do this… Well, there is a mighty being thousands of psykers are sakrificed to every day… what if the Eldar sacrificed themselfes to the emporer? That would give him an incredible amount of Power and make him thier God of death! Just an idea of mine 🙂

  • steffandevil

    Calling it: Eldar following Ynnead kill of Slaanesh. But it’s a trick – Ynnead becomes the fourth chaos god to replace Slaanesh…. this will mean GW can have a very similar deity as the fourth one but without boobs…also bring Eldar into the big four as they did with Skaven in Sigmar…0

    • bfmusashi

      Eldar Nagash!

    • Eldar are Chaos now

      Aaand they join this last crusade on the side of chaos- It turns out eldar were chaos worshipping after all! They just didn’t know it. I couldn’t imagine a bigger slap in the face to the lore, but considering what happened to the elves…

    • Randy Randalman

      AoS made the Horned Rat the 5th major deity though; they didn’t kill off Slaanesh. There’s also zero fluff suggesting there can only be four.

      • Loki Nahat

        you must have missed AoS

    • Arthfael

      So Ynnead is the Horned Rat!?!?

  • Ve Ly Pè

    Is it just me or is the avatar both sexes, too?

    • Sonic tooth

      looks female to me the other half is still forming from that magic soul stuff (or something)

    • I think that’s the point, yea.

  • KreskinsESP

    I’m going with this is the beginning of the big Slaanesh revival. They didn’t wind up creating an avatar of Ynnead. They created an Avatar of Slaanesh.

    I mean, the avatar is wearing pinkish-purple and gold.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Slaanesh is a direct reflection of the Eldar, so of course the new eldar god looks like Slaanesh!

    The Avatar is clearly errupting from the infinity curcuits of a craft world, which are where the spirit stones of dead eldar are housed. The whole point of storing the stones is to focus eldar souls into forming Ynnead.

    • Loki Nahat

      there’s nothing remotely clear about that mini, it’s a literal jumble sale

  • jeff white

    My crazy theory is that GW fired the last guy who actually read the old sci-fi and fantasy which the old GW had done such a great job of integrating when said employee suggested that the root appeal of GW games especially Fantasy and 40k was at least partially that it gave common ground to sci- fi and fantasy fans to play out their own sci-fi fantasy visions on the RPG infused miniature battlefield, because GW MBAs needed beans to count and now we get a chance to collect their IP … They needed to keep doing what they were doing and let community and reputation and all the rest of the fantasy and sci-fi settings in the world sell their games and models and instead they did what every other corporate capitalist ends up doing, planning for their own end times that being golden parachutes after they spin GW into different divisions to minimize losses once they realize that they have lost the community when they created their own little corporate bubbleverse to live in and retreat to when times get tough. Hence the doubling down on storyline advancement for a model (bean) company. That said their plans are clear. Storm cast eternals for the Aeldari.

  • Belly

    I’m thinking that fracture doesn’t refer specifically to the physical craftworld. I think it’s a fracture of Eldar philosophy, as the awakening of Ynnead challenges the worship of Khaine on the craftworld.

    So Craftworld Eldar, DE and Harlequins will continue to exist in the rules as they are, and this book will allow for formations/detachments of the Cult of Ynnead.

    Think Craftworld Eldar with no aspect warriors, replaced with Harlequin units and a smattering of DE options.

    ‘Guardian’ style units would be included. Farseer ommitted as a specifically Craftworld unit. But Wraith units, Spiritseers, Kabalites, and the new HQ models would be allowed.

    • I guess you’re pretty much spot on. I assume we’ll see Ynnead-cultist units at some point. But currently probably just Guardians & Wraiths, a whole bunch of DE-units and Harlequins as core units. Basically everything that’s not Khaine-related. Maybe not even Harlequins then as they are Cegorach-devotees. Still with the option to ally all together.

    • Andy Wise

      Yeah – this. My only concern is that GW is swerving the challenge they’ve had lined up in updating the aspect warrior model range which is ancient. Simple solution, draw a line through the concept of aspect warriors.

      I’m excited to see anything new for the Eldar but if I had a choice it wouldn’t be at the expense of new aspect warrior models.

  • GiftoftheMagi

    A few points:
    They are calling Ynnead a “he”, even though the model has at least one breast.
    Of late, Slaanesh has been referred to as a “she”.
    Ynnead has features of both the Avatar of Khaine and demonic ones like the horns and half its face.
    In the sotry for Death Masque, the ritual to awaken Ynnead was interrupted…with unknown consequences.
    The lines in the video state they will save the universe with the birth of a god.
    Slaaneshi models have gotten nearly NO attention of late.
    Elder features dominate the model, even with the demonic elements.

    My theory is, Ynnead ATE Slaanesh. He has been building power for a long, long time, and because the ritual was botched, he was awakened but not fully formed. Drunk with power but incomplete, he attacked Slaanesh with full force but was unable to completely kill her. So instead, he ATE what was left and used the pieces to make himself whole.

    So now we have a God/dess of both the old world and new, A god of order and chaos, of life and death and passion. One not wholly good at all, that represents the lusts and passions of the Dark Eldar, the structure and will of the Craftworlds and the wild randomness of the Harlequins. His body is constantly in flux, but at least partially formed, like a living ghost. A ghost of legions. And every death makes him stronger.

    • The weird thing is though that death for Eldar is scary. They were used to getting reborn. If Ynnead doesn’t allow being reborn, that thing isn’t less scary than Slaanesh. If it does allow them to be reborn, how can it grow stronger or strong at all?

      • Graham Bartram

        The soulless Solitaire was often hinted at as the Eldar destiny. I think they will become soulless, or rather Ynead becomes the soul keeper. After all, what’s a death god gonna do after eating Slaanesh? XD

    • Graham Bartram

      If Eldar souls now go to Ynead, then the physical form could be reborn without a soul. Ynead then becomes the soul keeper and the Eldar can be reborn over and over safe in the knowledge that their souls are secure.

  • What I’m wondering about is: When some Eldar start to follow Ynnead’s cult, how will they “restrain” their mind? If they don’t, that leads back to Slaanesh, as they go into excess too easily. However, I doubt the Path-system will please the True Kin either. What will the cult do to prevent the same doom to happen again? Or Ynnead to become more and more like Slaanesh?