If the Aeldari ever need to expand their faction they already have an awesome way to grow with the Exodites!
The Aeldari might be a dying race but they are still a pretty vast civilization. Not all of their members are Craftworlders, Pirate Raiders, or Death-cult fans. There was a subsection of the Aeldari who turned away from their decadent kin before the fall and colonized actual planets. These colonists were known as Exodites.
Who Are the Exodites?
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.
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 of stone menhirs, obelisks, and stone circles all crafted from psychoactive crystal. These are gathered together in a World Shrine. 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.
Now that you know a little bit about the Exodites, you might be wondering if this is all just a pie-in-the-sky wish for the Aeldari. It’s not. They actually had rules previously and have even been mentioned as recently as the Psychic Awakening: Phoenix Rising book.
Now these rules are pretty dated at this point but it would give us a baseline to work with. Obviously GW could take this and combine the profile to create an entirely new unit/army out of it. There are LOTS of different dinosaurs out there for the Exodites to domesticate and train to fight in battle. Folks have already done tons of cool conversions based on the older Warhammer Fantasy lines of Elves and Seraphon miniatures.
At the end of the day, we would just really like an entire army of Dino Riding Eldar. C’mon GW – you know that would be awesome.
Bring back the Exodites and add some life to the Aeldari!