Craftworld Iyanden top view The story of Iyanden echoes that of the Eldar race itself. It is a tale of greatness squandered through hubris, of valour subverted by arrogance and, perhaps, of a renaissance of glory yet to come. Having barely survived the catastrophe, the Eldar of Iyanden did not long despair. Disaster fanned the flames of their arrogance where it had doused them in others. Those who had survived the Fall had done so precisely because they had never succumbed to corruption, or so the Eldar of Iyanden said, and it was their duty to rebuild.
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Craftworld Iyanden top view The story of Iyanden echoes that of the Eldar race itself. It is a tale of greatness squandered through hubris, of valour subverted by arrogance and, perhaps, of a renaissance of glory yet to come. Having barely survived the catastrophe, the Eldar of Iyanden did not long despair.
Disaster fanned the flames of their arrogance where it had doused them in others. Those who had survived the Fall had done so precisely because they had never succumbed to corruption, or so the Eldar of Iyanden said, and it was their duty to rebuild. Though this ideology quickly faded when the scars Slaanesh left upon the Eldar psyche failed to heal, the dream of rebuilding the empire of the past never did. Thus did the Seers of Iyanden harness ancient techniques of mysticism and science to recover the first Waystones from the Crone Worlds , and soon thereafter adapted the Infinity Circuit of their Сraftworld to be a conduit for the souls of the dead.
It was a small victory, but against a nemesis of such terrifying and indescribable power, there would only ever be small victories.
And if a god could be thus thwarted, the Iyanden Eldar reasoned, then why could mortal foes not be similarly humbled? Driven by pride, Iyanden resolved to rebuild, not the Eldar empire of old, for that was long lost to them, but a new realm from which they would one day rule the galaxy once again.
However, for this to be possible, the agents of Chaos would have to be banished from the galaxy. Deeming this noble goal could be more swiftly achieved though unity of purpose, Iyanden sent emissaries through the Webway to other Сraftworlds. They shared with them the discoveries of the spirit stone and infinity circuit, and bade them join in their great work.
Many Сraftworlds deemed their resources just barely sufficient to ensure their survival in a hostile galaxy, and would not indulge such grandiose plans. For thousands of years, Iyanden and Biel-Tan fought as inseparable allies, their distant Сraftworlds united by the common goal of defeating Chaos. Though the Eldar force were few, when considered on a galactic scale, their mastery of the Webway allowed their fleets and warhosts to span the stars with a speed and surety no other race could ever have hoped to match.
As Biel-Tan purged the western arm, so did Iyanden drive the Forces of Chaos from the eastern rim, tirelessly defending the Exodites and Maiden Worlds they hoped would one day form the heart of a new civilisation. Then came the Tyranids.
In their pride, the Eldar of Iyanden underestimated the threat. They believed that their might could weather even this storm, that their armies and fleets could vanquish the Great Devourer. Alas, they were terribly wrong. In an eye blink, as the Eldar reckon existence, Iyanden Craftworld was reduced to ruin.
Countless billions were slain, whole families and bloodlines lost forever; the living were outnumbered many times over by the dead.
Now Iyanden, whose people once dreamed of ancient glory restored, was left all but adrift upon the solar tides. Though the two Сraftworlds were separated by countless light years, the labyrinthine tunnels of the Webway allowed their forces to fight as one.
By contrast, the Swordwind of Biel-Tan descended most often to defend the scattered maiden worlds of the western spiral arm. Together, Iyanden and Biel-Tan earned many thousands of victories, exterminating the forces of Chaos wherever they could.
That the servants of the Dark Gods have never possessed a mighty stronghold on the eastern rim is a direct consequence of these times. The Farseers of Iyande focused their divinations on the servants of Chaos alone and, even though this blinded them to much else that occurred, they foresaw and crushed Chaos incursions before they gathered pace.
An Alliance Sundered Alas, it soon became clear that the Eldar of Biel-Tan fought not to defeat servants of the Dark Gods, but to humble all who barred the Eldar path to re-ascension. With every success, Biel-Tan grew more confident, and before long, they no longer limited themselves to the destruction of Chaos. Instead, Biel-Tan began to loose its fury against any alien-occupied planet the Eldar had once claimed. They took no pleasure in their victories, seeing them merely as the righteous eradication of vermin, growing ever more bitter each time they encountered a world in need of cleansing.
Before long, the pact between Biel-Tan and Iyanden weakened and ran its course. By contrast, the Iyanden Eldar saw little value in squandering strength on worlds they could not afford to re-colonise; nor did they hate the aliens so deeply as their Biel-Tan kin -- indeed, the Eldar of Iyanden pitied many of the aliens for their shortcoming. Though the alliance was never officially dissolved, joint campaigns between the two Сraftworlds became ever more infrequent until, one day, communications ceased altogether.
Greater woes befell Iyanden when Warp storms by sending expeditions to the cluster through the Webway. Alas, none ever returned, and the Seer Council of Iyanden reluctantly gave up their Exodite allies for lost until such time as the Warp Storms abated.
Worse, the Farseers had greatly underestimated how far the influence of Chaos had run through the younger races. Zhemon, once a Space Marine of the Dark Angels Space Marine Legion , now a soul fallen into darkness, was manipulating insurrection and heresy on an unprecedented scale.
Sensing that the labours of millennia were about to be undone, they turned to drastic measures. Awakening the Ghost Warriors had ever been a measure of last resort; to do so in any course other than survival was held by many Eldar to be a break with tradition and an abuse of their honoured dead. Only by reassuring the assembled masses that this sacrifice was necessary if the work of aeons was not to be undone, did the Council soothe this affront.
With its ranks reinforced by implacable ghost warriors, Iyanden soon knew fresh success. Alas, never had Iyanden faced an enemy whose forces were so widespread, and the Council began to fear that even with the ghost warriors, their forces might be insufficient to claim victory.
Fortunately, the Craftworld did not have to confront Zhemon alone. The Imperium of Man , though sluggish in its response, had at last sent armies and fleets to bring the rebellious sector to heel. Though Iyanden would not lower itself to work directly with the primitive humans, its Council quickly realised the value in sharing their aim. Seeing the danger, Zhemon loosed a savage pack of Maulerfiend Daemon Engines upon the attackers at his gates, even as he prepared to flee with his personal guard.
Unfortunately for the Fallen, the scale of the ghost warrior assault had stripped defenders from other walls, and fast-moving Ravenwing bikers now breached the compound from the rear, Bolters roaring with flame. As Zhemon and his bodyguard fought like cornered rats to keep the vengeful Dark Angels at bay, the Maulerfiends thundered into the ghost warriors.
Wraithbone was trussed by lasher tendrils and shattered, but the attackers held firm. Smouldering forge-ichor oozed forth as Wraithbone firsts smashed through daemonic armour, and then the ghost warriors were striding though the wreckage and into the palace itself. At the close of the battle, the Dark Angels demanded that Zhemon be given over to their keeping.
So it was that, when the Dark Angels left Ishata, they did so with Zhemon frozen in a stasis vault. They had been tested, they said, and had emerged stronger for it.
Idharae was the opposite, a vessel whose splendour rivalled that of the old empire. Acting in concert, these three nomadic peoples were nigh unstoppable.
Alas, confidence became arrogance, and would soon cost all three Craftworlds dearly. The Age of Glory For long centuries, Iyanden continued along its serene course, a beacon of light that drove back the darkness wherever it advanced. Victory followed victory, each greater than the last. Daemonic hordes were banished back into the Warp, and cults to the Dark Gods were driven from human and alien worlds alike. Thousands of light years away, the High Lords of Terra noted that the Forces of Chaos seemed far less active along the eastern rim and briefly wondered why.
Had they but thought to investigate, the humans would have found a powerful ally in their own battle against the Chaos threat, but other crises soon distracted them, and a great opportunity was forever lost. Burn it. Burn it all. There is nothing here for us now. M41 As the centuries ground on, the Warp Storms around the Ybaric Cluster faded, allowing contact with the Exodite worlds therein. Alas, no sooner had the Warp Storms faded than a new enemy descended.
Hive Fleet Naga , a remnant of the Behemoth that was, had set its sights on the bountiful worlds of the Ybaric Cluster. By the time the first Eldar fleets had engaged Hive Fleet Naga, Halathel, largest and most prosperous of the Exodite worlds, was all but overrun by Tyranids.
Determined to exact vengeance for Halathel, the Iyanden fleet engaged the orbiting Hive Ships , but underestimated the menace of their foes. Only when a young Prince named Yriel took command did the tide of battle turn.
Realising that the smaller Tyranid vessels could not function if the greater bio-ships were destroyed, Yriel converged his forces on these targets, but it was only when the Prince unleashed boarding parties to destroy the ships from within that he meet with success. Though many Eldar lives were lost and hundred of Ghost Warriors destroyed, the ships were finally slain.
With their passing, the smaller Tyranid vessels flew into an uncoordinated frenzy and were easy prey. Though the strength of Hive Fleet Naga had been greatly diminished, its threat was not yet ended. Little by little, the Tyranids were scoured from the Ybaric Cluster, and victory was at last won -- though not without great cost.
Idharae, which was never the most populous of craftworlds to begin with, lost many of its warriors defending the maiden world of Eth-aelas, and its halls were ever after empty and joyless places. Iyanden did not recognise the true scale of the Tyranid menace.
Taolis Eversong, Chief-Farseer of Idharae, claimed that the creatures they had fought were but harbingers of a larger swarm. Buoyed by their victory against Hive Fleet Naga, the Eldar of Iyanden now experienced a golden age of renewal. Its people were growing too confident in their ability, too certain that their ascendance was preordained. Alas, even his august words of caution were drowned out by the clamour of the exultant masses.
The Eldar of Iyanden could taste a glorious destiny, and their hearts burned to claim it. If Yriel could be tamed, they thought, perhaps his example would cool the ardour of their people. Alas, each effort came to naught. Through his victories, Yriel had become more than a hero to the folk of Iyanden; he was a herald of the flame that was blazing anew. Every small censure Kelmon could devise was thwarted, for the common people of Iyanden were ill-inclined to follow the counsel of cooler heads whilst Yriel continued to know such success.
At last, Yriel encountered a foe worthy of his mettle. As Iyanden skirted the edge of what the Imperium knew as the Vidar Sector, its scouts brought word that much of that sector was in thrall to a mighty pirate armada, whose ships flew under the colours of Argan Kallorax.
Further investigations determined that Kallorax was a renegade of the Raven Guard Chapter , who had long ago turned his allegiance to Chaos. After turning traitor, Kallorax seized control of a small but effective pirate band and set about carving his own bloody legend. Now, his followers numbered thousands of cultists , renegades, betrayers and scoundrels -- the dregs of a dozen star systems. Many planets paid Kallorax fealty, and every attempt the Imperium had yet made to obliterate him had ended in disaster.
But others on the Council deemed that the threat of Kallorax must be ended once and for all. None argued for this course longer and louder than Yriel, but even his words failed to sway his peers. Kelmon never spoke of why he supported Yriel. As the long days of debate has passed, the Farseer had consulted the runes but had found only ambiguity.
Craftworld Biel-tan before it got shattered During the height of the Eldar Empire, the Eldar built the Craftworlds as large merchant ships. Before the Fall most of the Eldar populace looked down upon the Craftworlds with derision, seeing them as little more then cargo haulers. Craftworld crashes into a planet Will of Iron comics. Damn these suckers are big.
As a result, Craftworld Iyanden is forced to rely heavily on Wraith constructs to keep them afloat in combat, and half of the ones alive are probably Bonesingers. So grimdark. According to Matt Ward which is all we got since no one else ever went beyond the above paragraph before they were NOMed they used to be the de facto leaders of the Eldar you know, being the "biggest craftworld" and all , having designed both the means to harvest soulstones and the early Infinity Circuit. Due to having the resources and, at the time, a rather peaceful part of the galaxy to inhabit, they decided to rebuild the Eldar Empire. But then everything went to grimdark once they started fighting Hive Fleet Naga.