Oh man that's a neat idea Saim Dann
It sort of fits with my idea for my exodite lord being a 'soul drinker' (basically a very pre-fall practice of turning your body into a sort of exarch suit where you murder other eldar and absorb their soul). With him, he's got such a weight of souls within him after 10,000 years that he has difficulty distinguishing which thoughts are his own. He's so old and full of other people's thoughts that he can get befuddled and his thought processes are ancient, almost ent-like.
I can see another instance of a soul-drinker where they're driven insane by the incessant chattering of the souls within them
Or another that is occasionally overwhelmed by them and experiences something similar to multiple personality disorder, or hell even winds up becoming more of a gestalt consciousness rather than a single person.
All of that could apply to the Dark Eldar too with their patchwork souls
especially interesting as i doubt the souls they've used to patch theirs up are particularly cooperative...
@Magenb yeah that makes sense. I wouldn't want to be perpetually pestered for info, although you wouldn't necessarily need to go to the one expert. You could go to anyone who's got the information. Basically exactly like the internet, but just using brains instead of servers
Agreed that they evidently had some form of written info though, although i'd still wager it would be a little archaic for them. Something for hobbyists rather than a civic service
You know i was just thinking how awful genuine reincarnation would be for the parents. You're looking forward to having your child. Someone whose mind you can shape. Someone all of your own. Then, out pops Bill who's just popped his clogs at the grand old age of 80 and here he is back again, ready to get cracking on that fuddy old writing project he was halfway through. Thanks for all the effort i'll be off now!
Unless it's something fuzzier like the reincarnated has vague memories of their former lives but is very much their own person, in which case the whole memory-archive thing wouldn't work at all!
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Selesti was once akin to any other maiden world, a lush and verdant paradise.
The gifts of the Plaguefather had reaped their toll, and even after he had been expunged the exodites struggled to recover their shattered ecologies. Their last-ditch ploy to stem the foetid tide had collapsed their webway gates, dashing the hopes of outside aid. Desperate measures were taken to ensure their survival.See those insects buzzing yonder? They are not flesh and blood, but little wraithbone constructs, flitting about like clockwork mayflies. Our ancestors sung them into being. Created to balance our stricken biome, to replace those vital functions that were lost, and to forge anew a world adapted to our desertified conditions.In ancient days we were capable of giving life and intelligence almost an equal to our own. Those days have long since passed. These little clockwork constructs we can produce are little more than children's toys. They are not enough to maintain our world, or our people.
We rediscovered the great life-engines of our ancestors, lying dormant beneath the barren sands. We discovered that channelling our world-spirit through them would imbue them with life oncemore. We crafted new bodies for our departed souls, amalgams of flesh and wraithbone in reverance of our lost fauna. Upon death, we are reborn as the beasts of the wild, our minds shaped to suit.So it is that we hunt our ancestors through our world. A despicable desecration of our dead, they say. They do not see the honour it brings the Horned God. For is not everything, even eldar, prey to something?But the life-engines are fickle. We discovered their purpose was not to create a haven as we had once believed. Late we learnt that their purpose was to create a jewel to be viewed from afar, splendid in its ferocious beauty. It is not just prey that stalks our skeletal land. Predators lurk deep within its reaches. Rare is the eldar that can reach their minds now, so changed are they by the process.
Thought I'd have a go at a slightly different way of worldbuilding/showing new dudes I've made
won't do it for everything, but offering little teasers of new models alongside fluff is definitely a fun way of telling a story
here's the new models in a clearer set of picsThraoren, Huntfather, Son of Kurnous. Hound of the Hunt
Counts-as Striking Scorpion Exarch in 40k (I gather Biting Blades are in in 8th) or an exodite warrior in Inquisimunda/INQ28.Exodite Hunters
Counts as Kabalite Warriors in 40k (needs a Blaster and a Sybarite seeing as they're free now), or ganger-equivalents for INQ28/Shadow War (if they ever release non-Wyches).The Beast that was once Muirnuil
Counts-as Clawed Fiend in 40k (or Khymaerae/Ur-Ghul/Grotesque depending on how the mood takes me...)
And finally the Exodite Warhost of Selesti so far
Approaching an army! Just need to finish the squad of Hunters/Kabalite and add another, finish the squad of Hounds of the Hunt/Scorpions, do another Beast/Clawed Fiend and sort a squad of counts-as Howling Banshees
Hope you like the fluff too. I really wanted to turn up the grimdark with exodites but I was wondering how I might take it further than I already have. Inspired by the Thorne Moons stuff over on Iron Sleet where there's a whole ecology of twisted techno-biological humans, and the whole 'there are no wolves on Fenris' thing I thought 'what if Selesti is to all intents and purposes a dead world, or at least inches away from death, populated solely by Eldar and the weird clockwork wraithbone techno-biological creatures they've created in a desperate attempt to keep themselves alive?'. Things that blur the line between technological artefacts, biological beings and eldar themselves.
I'm currently weighing up whether there's any non-eldar life on Selesti at all
. Whether the few animals left are treated with reverence and a source of status among the Lords of Selesti, or if basically everything is dead apart from the eldar and they've created (unintentionally twisted) techno-biological facsimiles to replace their ecosystem.
Another neat thought is that when they invade another planet they can effectively 'Selesti-form' it by setting up one of their life engines and a rudimentary infinity circuit. Even dead worlds would be fair game
Oh, it also means that every single one of them qualifies as a cannibal. Savage indeed...