Iyanden is an Eldar Craftworld. Once the most populated and largest of the Craftworlds, it is now on the brink of extinction after being invaded by Hive Fleet. This article is about the Chaos invasion; for the Tyranid invasion of Iyanden, see The Battle of Iyanden was a major Chaos invasion of the Eldar Craftworld of. Background: Iyanden is an Eldar Craftworld, the greatest worldship of the Eldar empire that was.
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Iyanden had encountered such creatures before, but those had only been tendrils of the Hive Mind’s awareness, groping blindly crwftworld space; now Iyanden stood exposed before the onset of an entire Hive Fleet. As sections of the Chaos vessels went dark, agile Eldar bombers slipped into the silenced kill zones to inflict more damage, sometimes flying into the ravaged superstructure itself to destroy vital systems.
Following Yriel’s departure from Iyanden, Iyanna Arienal soon found herself standing alone in the Shrine of Asuryan, lost in contemplation. Wraithknights and Falcon grav-tanks had systematically hunted down the giant synapse creatures, destroying the network of command that guided their minions. Later, a remnant of Kraken thought lost to a Warp Storm emerged once more and apparently attempted to fuse with Hive Fleet Leviathanbut it was defeated by the combined forces of Iyanden, Biel-tanand Dark Eldar in the Battle of Duriel.
Iyanden’s graceful course had taken it far into the east, and so its armies focussed their efforts along the galactic rim. Command of the fleet was quickly seized by his second-in-command, a young Prince Yrielwho successfully led the Iyanden fleet to victory.
It will now take twice as many bolter shots or marine punches to wound a Wraithlord. They just had an article on warhammer community where the GW guy going to the GT got hyped about his Night Lord army and its ability to do X, Y, Z and reduce enemy unit leadership by up to 5. Iyandfn, but unable to refuse any aid, Yriel agreed to allow the dark kin aboard his vessels. War Amidst the Stars: At their head came Yriel himself, the Spear of Twilight glimmering evilly in his hands.
Iyanden was all but overrun. Alas, this was not the case.
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Indeed, many did not wish to, for Iyanden’s partial submersion into the spirit world meant that their souls of the Wraithguard knew uncommon vibrancy. Let me give you an example — many HQs have an aura that lets nearby units reroll 1s both in shooting and melee.
Meanwhile, Yriel and Kallorax fought on. Still the iyaden old designers up to the same old bollocks. An Eldar Autarch of Craftworld Iyanden. Kelmon had planned to offer an apology, to promise that Yriel’s name would be restored if only he would return to defend his home in its desperate need.
This was the iyamden to a conventional naval action the two sides had yet fought, with some four-score Iyanden vessels engaging a pirate fleet nearly twice their number. Fortunately, the Craftworld did not have to confront Zhemon alone.
Kelmon and others on the Seer Council saw the dangers of Yriel’s hubris and had many times sought for a way to humble the Prince. In their pride, the Eldar of Iyanden underestimated the threat. Amongst the treetops of the ancient and holy Forests of Silence, Crimson Hunters struck at Harridan brood-mothers whilst Swooping Hawks fought a deadly aerial dance with dark flocks of bat-winged Gargoyles.
The Eldritch Raiders arrived as another wave was closing in. Every glimpse of the hive fleet forced the Eldar to expand their perception of the Tyranid threat; every second now garnered was a blessed respite. Yriel was given whatever forces could be spared in order to prosecute campaigns, but not to the point that Iyanden was left unprotected or that Iyanna Arienal could not pursue her goals of returning the Craftworld to greatness. The Eldar spacecraft were faster, more manoeuvrable and had longer ranged weapons than their opponents, but this was not their only advantage.
On the other side of the coin, strong units of Guardians become much more efficient and make craftworlc an excellent target for Psychic Powers without having to worry about being mauled in the Morale phase.
Through a series of hit and run engagements, M’kar’s daemonic forces are lured ever closer to Craftwotld and when the Daemon Prince is about to descend on the Ultramar world of Talassarthe Eldar withdraw and let M’kar’s hatred of the Ultramarines do the rest. Then came another wave, and another, and another.
Huge battles erupted all over Iyanden; the fighting was bitter craftwlrld close-ranged, with enemy forces often only separated by the width of a Wraithbone wall. When the news of this decision reached Iyanden’s populace, there was uproar; Eldar of all ranks and Iyandden flooded to the Place of Answering to voice their horrified objections.
The Price of Arrogance: Even once bound into the body of a ghost warrior, the dead share few points of reference with the living. Iyanden itself would be fortified, for there could be no doubt that the Tyranids would breach their outer defences and land on iynden vessel. Then again Eldar failing to realize how outclassed they are by Space Marines is a common thing.
Iyanden heeded Yriel’s and Kelmon’s advice and deployed its full force against Argan Kallorax.
They could still feel the Hive Mind clawing through their thoughts; still hear its alien hunger scratching at their very sanity. All in all the one thing Iyanden tends to be good at is almost getting destroyed and then someone showing up to save it at the last moment. The battle was far from over.
Kelmon’s preparations were barely complete when the first Tyranid swarms attacked. Taec Silvereye had fallen back before the horde, trading distance for time in which other ghost warriors could be awoken and marshalled to the fight, but at last, he had run out of places to retreat to.
Meanwhile, the story of Iyanden Craftworld continues on, but to what destination, not even the gods can say. In the aftermath of the disaster, an embattled Yriel left Iyanden. Admiral Ethrael, propelled to new heights of daring by the time of dire need, at last became the commander that Iyanden needed if it were to survive. The prince was briefly tempted to have his warriors disembark and fight aboard the Craftworld as they had against Hive Fleet Krakenbut quickly discarded the idea.
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