Also known as the Drukhari, the Dark Eldar are the nightmarish mirror of their Eldar cousins. Before the rise of the Imperium of Man, the Eldar Empire spanned the galaxy, but was beset from within by excess, corruption, and pride. The Doom of the Eldar occurred as a result of centuries, nay millenia of arrogance and pride on the part of Eldar society, which had advanced to such a height that physical labours and even combat were beyond the purview of the individual. This society, where everything was provided for, led to the decline and Fall as Eldar were seduced and corrupted by ever-increasingly hedonistic and sadistic cults. As a psychically gifted race, the Eldar were attuned on a higher level to the Warp than your average human, even your average human psyker. At some point, the excesses and depravity of Eldar society spawned the youngest Chaos God, Slaanesh, the Prince of Excess. His birthing scream was heard by all Eldar across the galaxy, and rent a hole in space around the Eldar Crone Worlds. That hole has become the Eye of Terror, and Slaanesh has become the ever present Great Enemy, absorbing the souls of the Eldar, and leeching from the Dark Eldar whenever he/she is able. To combat this, the Dark Eldar have turned to raiding and pillaging, absorbing the suffering, pain and anguish of their captives, prolonging their lives and feeding Slaanesh, albeit unwittingly.
In Warhammer 40000, the Drukhari feature highly advanced technologies, an emphasis on speed and maneuver, and limited numbers. They also lack Psykers, for drawing the attention of She Who Thirsts is one of the few things forbidden to Drukhari.
Drukhari armies often include:
- Kabalite Warriors - the backbone of any Drukhari force, hungry for power and thirsting for the suffering of the enemy
- Wyches - Swift and cunning, Wych Cults will perform all sorts of acrobatic evasions, bringing their Combat Drug-boosted abilites into close combat with the enemy, to extract screams of pain and other incentives for the Drukhari.
- Hellions - Packs of feral Dark Eldar, who ride skyboards, single-man craft that allows them great mobility, while Combat Drugs pump through their system, driving them to greater and greater acts of violence.
- Haemonculi - deep within the Dark Eldar city of Commorragh, Haemonculi practice their fleshcraft - master tortureres, alchemist and poison crafters, their skills allow them to alter the bodies of their vicitims, or their willing test subjects -
- Scourges - Dark Eldar who have subjected themselves to the ministrations of a Haemonculi, grafting living wings onto their backs, and undergoing exquisitely painful procedures to hollow out their bones, and graft new muscles to power their wings. These warriors are often hired by other Kabals, their swift movements allowing them to harass the enemy before flying off to a safe distance.
- Incubi - Drukhari who have dedicated themselves wholly to combat with their blades, but don't look for any honorable combatants here - Incubi exist and live to war, and will seek out the perfect kill, no matter the victim.
- Reavers - Speed junkies, the Reavers of Commorragh ride anti-grav jetbikes, striking swiftly in unexpected places.
- Ravager - Armoured gunships, the Ravager provides anti-tank support for Drukhari/Dark Eldar forces, swiftly striking on aethersail wings.
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