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40k Dark Eldar, Mandrake lore question.
« on: April 6, 2016, 02:49:36 AM »
Hey guys, first I'd like to say hi I'm new here, and to the 40k tabletop gaming as well. I'm in the process of building my first army which is a Dark Eldar custom made Kabal. I've got most the details ironed out from doing hours upon hours of research, but for a particular part of my Archon's background I need some help to see if its plausible in the fluff. Seeing as how I simply can't find an answer on this, so I thoguht I'd ask the community!

So basically the question revolves around, is it possible to convert a dark eldar into a mandrake via experimentation (albiet forbidden) with the warp on their physical (and or soul) being? Basically I had a neat idea to make it so that my Archon was captured, and tortured/experimented on by the Homunculi for centuries and wanted to know if I could turn him into a mandrake or at least a demi-mandrake?

Any ideas would be helpful, if its not possible no big deal, just thought it would be kinda cool and unique, thanks guys!

*edit* after careful consideration I've decided to go against this idea, and stick with my original plans.
« Last Edit: April 6, 2016, 02:22:40 PM by Archon_Ezarnahr »

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Re: 40k Dark Eldar, Mandrake lore question.
« Reply #1 on: July 5, 2016, 04:41:14 PM »
Sorry for the belated response, but this forum is slow enough these days that I suspect the mods will forgive a bit of thread necromancy.

Mandrakes are pretty mysterious. Even with the tidbits of lore we find in the Path of the Dark Eldar trilogy, we still don't know a ton about them.  The fact that they're suspected of being descended from daemonic shenanigans sort of implies that mandrakes are generally "born" rather than "made."  Rumors like the one above would be less likely to exist if a wealthy and deluded enough archon could pay to become one. 

That said, nothing is really set in stone where mandrakes are concerned. Personally, I have a "succubus" who was taken by mandrakes as payment when she was a child for occult reasons unknown.  Over time, the shadowy power of Aelindrach (the mandrake realm) suffused her giving her an inkling of their appearance ( painted her skin black and gave her weird hair), and she was taught some of the dark runes used by mandrakes for communication, etc. I fluff her blast pistol as a sort of modified "bale blast." 

It sounds like a cool idea. I say go for it!

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Re: 40k Dark Eldar, Mandrake lore question.
« Reply #2 on: July 5, 2016, 05:08:08 PM »
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Re: 40k Dark Eldar, Mandrake lore question.
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2016, 09:46:59 AM »
Basically I had a neat idea to make it so that my Archon was captured, and tortured/experimented on by the Homunculi for centuries and wanted to know if I could turn him into a mandrake or at least a demi-mandrake?

So according to Nov's White Dwarf the only thing that is known about Mandrakes is that nothing at all is known about them. So I agree with Wyldhunt and as nothing is set in stone for Mandrakes then anything you can imagine is good to go.

*edit* after careful consideration I've decided to go against this idea, and stick with my original plans.
Hey Archon_Ezarnahr what are your original plans? I see you are new to 40K and you have gone against conventional wisdom and chosen Dark Eldar as your army of choice. If you are still around I would be interested in hearing why you made DE your first choice and in hearing about your original plans.
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