Gathering Storm 2: Fracture of Biel-Tan

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Gathering Storm 2: Fracture of Biel-Tan

Post#1 » Jan 23 2017 03:56

Since there doesn't seem to be a formal response to these developing events in 40k on the Orbital, I'm going to continue posting things in the Library regarding the Gathering Storm series. As always, I'm sticking close to fluff concerns as rules are... FAQ'able and therefore not something I lose sleep over.

Personally, I don't mind speculation, and the major forums/blogs online are having great discussions: War of Sigmar, Naftka, BoLS (despite commercialization) ect. But since wishlisting, ect, can bog us down I'd just say try to stay on topic.

To start with here are the new Eldar Triumvirate, and the apparent birth of the Eldar God of the Dead. What this means for Tau is probably a much much more active Eldar enemy, or, they might disappear and ignore us.

Visarch - the Sword of Ynnead
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Yvraine - Emissary of Ynnead
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The Yncarne - Avatar of Ynnead
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I'm confused about why Ynnead needs avatars, the whole avatar thing was as a result of the splitting of Khain, maybe this is going in the other direction? Perhaps important Eldar are embodying the rebirth of a god and are coming together?
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Post#2 » Jan 23 2017 04:09

Calmsword wrote:I'm confused about why Ynnead needs avatars, the whole avatar thing was as a result of the splitting of Khain, maybe this is going in the other direction? Perhaps important Eldar are embodying the rebirth of a god and are coming together?


Because in Death Masque mind of newborn god was shattered when Deathwatch broke the ritual of his creation. Ynnead is incomplete and probably insane. Think "Galean" from Disciples 2.

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Post#3 » Jan 23 2017 04:30

I didnt realize that, is there any indication that the event had a permanent effect? The avatars of khain cannot be rejoined for example.
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Post#4 » Jan 23 2017 04:56

Calmsword wrote:I didnt realize that, is there any indication that the event had a permanent effect? The avatars of khain cannot be rejoined for example.

Things are quite delicate... very little is known. Originally Ynnead should be born when EVERY SINGLE Eldar dies. There where cabals from gomuncles, seers and harlequins who tried to fastened this but they weren't successful enough. Then Eldrad come with the plan to give a birth to Ynnead in the cost of just a 90% of eldar through sacrifice of cristal seers and craftworlds infinite circles. But Artemis broke the ritual. It is important to consider that "something" watched ritual from the warp. Initially everyone thought that it was Emperor or Cegorah, but right now seems quite likely that this was Slaanesh (just look at this androgen figure and horns!) and it's possible that everything was screw up even horribly. Buuuuut it could be the famous Cegorah last joke...
But one is clear - something definitely wrong with avatar of Ynnead. And majority of eldar are alive. So it is safe to assume that Ynnead is incomplete and perhaps shattered like Khain. It is possible that avatar try to consume infinite circles of other craftworlds to became whole.

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Post#5 » Jan 23 2017 05:10

The most interesting part about it for me is that the Avatar looks so similar to Fulgrim/Slaanesh. I doubt GW chose those colors etc. by accident so i'm looking forward to where this will lead us.

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Post#6 » Jan 23 2017 06:24

Panzer wrote:The most interesting part about it for me is that the Avatar looks so similar to Fulgrim/Slaanesh. I doubt GW chose those colors etc. by accident so i'm looking forward to where this will lead us.


It's not just similar, its entire theme is what we would typically attribute to a Slaanesh Demon (i.e. single horn, single breast, colouration). That said, Slaanesh was formed from Eldar souls, so an Eldar "god of death made from Eldar Souls" would logically have a similar appearance. If it is actually a great prank/infiltration from Slaanesh is another matter.

The "Yvraine - Emissary of Ynnead" is most likely Lady Malice. The bladed fan and fancy sword are typical for her descriptions in the Dark Elder and Harlequin Codex. Assuming the "Visarch - the Sword of Ynnead" is a Craftworld Eldar, Odds on Prince Yriel or some unknown Biel-Tan elder, That follows the Theme of Triumvirate joining together factions.

I'd expect to see Eldar of all colours within a single army list, with some fancy new Relics. In short, Trouble.

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Post#7 » Jan 23 2017 06:28

Calmsword wrote: ...
The Yncarne - Avatar of Ynnead
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Also, loving the detail of the soul stones within the energy/soul/whatever vortex around this thing.

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Post#8 » Jan 23 2017 06:36

After reading Death Masque online, it occurs to me we really need a timeline. I might work on one, but yes, looks like Eldrad has been duping two craftworlds with the assistance of several Harlequin troupes to prematurely raise Ynnead.

Since the Fall of Cadia happens chronologically after this but has Eldrad showing up with the three, I'd suspect there's a new faction of Eldar coming out of all this that AoS's the Eldar faction- however, with the info from Death Masque it sounds like it might be more like an Eldar civil war much like in the book Archon.

We still don't know about Cegeroach though.

As much as people seem to be calling for it, I don't think GW'ed double up on characters in the Malys argument, but who knows.
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Post#9 » Jan 23 2017 06:48

I read on BolterAndChainsword that GW said on the 40k facebook page in a comment that it is not Malys. Guess we'll have to wait and read for ourselves once it's there.

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Post#10 » Jan 23 2017 06:58

Panzer wrote:I read on BolterAndChainsword that GW said on the 40k facebook page in a comment that it is not Malys. Guess we'll have to wait and read for ourselves once it's there.


We'll see, even if its not Malice, I suspect it is a Dark Eldar. Stylistically it looks apt, although that does look like souls stones etc on the torso and bustle. Could just be fancy gems.

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Post#11 » Jan 25 2017 11:33

Good news everyone! Biel-Tan is officially dead, gate of Khaine in Commorah is wide open, and birth of Ynnead is really implied to be not a good thing. Basically space elfs went full out necromancy :D

It should silence all this talks about "status quo", I suppose. "GW killing my army" is a new trend. How fast things changes....

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Post#12 » Jan 26 2017 03:01

Yes. Jumping into details provided by three sites including Atia:

Aeldari is the name of pre-fall Eldar. Eldar are still Eldar.

Drukhari is the name of the Dark Eldar.

Two new factions:

-There are Eldar 'vampire' types (probably what the gown Eldar is) called the Exhumed who can harvest power from soulstones and use them as amplifiers and weapons. They follow Ynnead and want to restore the Eldar to pre-fall norms.
:Yvaine: "can take souls and "share" them with those around her. It gets a bit hard to read, but I think it says that these souls can manifest as spectres, or she can channel them (she gets possessed, in other words). The Ynnari see this as a divine miracle. This is from the Ame Partage (Shared Souls) section on the side, in the very small print that's a pain to read." ~Atia directly

-the Ynnari: not trusted because they're considered to be corrupted by demons. They are also considered dead.


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Post#13 » Jan 26 2017 03:20

A google-translation (an accurate one though) by someone on BolterAndChainsword from the leaked WD page:
Of Commoragh. The Aeldari and the Drukhari of all obediences, besides the most conservative, joined his cause. It is not an abstract philosophical current, for the new divinity exercises manifest powers - thus, the Exhumed can appeal to the souls of the spirits-stones that they carry to strengthen their own capacities, siphoning the power of the departed, To strike with strength, and to reduce their enemies to ashes by means of their strange weapons and their psychic powers. They have learned the secrets of the dead, and have thus become closer to their ancestors and their lost glory.

However, some consider the Ynnari as corrupt by the demonic forces they pretend to subdue, and others consider them already dead. Perhaps they are right. If the Exhumeds seek to recast Eldar society in the name of Ynnead to restore the glory of the ancient Aeldari, their arrogant and coercive approach is worth as much hostility as adherence. Worse still, the danger they represent for the dark gods pushes the forces of Chaos - especially Slaanesh - to rise like an infernal tsunami to consume them. Conflict and destruction disturb the wake of the Ynnari or they go. The truth which dominates without contest is that, besides, the Exhumed are bearers of death, and profuse.

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Invested by the power of Ynnead, Yvraine is capable of attracting into her the souls of those who surround her, or they continue not as isotonic covenants but as voluntary allies. An outside observer believing that Yvraine bets alone, that she hears voices or that she changes her personality without transition. If one does not know one's creed, one can legitimately believe it to be mad, but the Ynnari know what it is. Their mistress has many lives in her. The Exhumed, who adamantly adore Ynnead, share an echo of his aptitude, and carry the spirit-spirits of the departed to purify their wisdom, experience, and knowledge. And the need never felt so much now that the extinction of the eldars and its shadow on the galaxy.

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Post#14 » Feb 04 2017 09:08

Fluff update from the Black Library preview: from an in-character Inquisitorial document

The inquisition believe that Tau expansion across the Damocles gulf will be inhibited by the burning nebula but that the Tau will simply expand elsewhere.

The warp storms from the fall of Cadia are affecting the fires in the gulf which are popping into reality all over the place causing significant destruction. These have been accompanied by several Daemonic incursions in Imperial space. Also reported that a Tau fleet got caught up in one of these events and was believed by the reporter to be destroyed.

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Post#15 » Feb 04 2017 10:50

I believe Tau would be insignificant for some time. Gilliman was resurected after all, who cares about tau when events escalated to this point...

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Post#16 » Feb 04 2017 11:05

I have no doubt we'll just randomly show up. It was our fate in EoT and it'll be our lot now... BUT:

I think there might be a random show up of Tau in this Primarch book in March in the same way that the orks showed up in the first Gathering Storm.

Either way, this is the last of Gathering Storm, I'm sure we'll get something like "Storm Breaks" or something as Gillydude heads to Terra.
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Post#17 » Feb 04 2017 02:06

It is posible that our campaign would be built arounfd this "lost expedition fleet" that was mentioned in the report. If it is the case, we wouldn't get "Legasy of Puretide" triumvirate, and it would be new characters...
Also, I belive demon invations will play major role in the event. How tau would behave when face full scale abnormality would be interesting topic to explore

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Post#18 » Feb 09 2017 12:56

Just read info dump about fluff from GS2. Can't wait to read the book itself, but as far as I can see GW did even better job than with Fall of Cadia. I'm afraid to keep expectations too high, but it is looks like GW finally can provide as with good background. I'm not so sure about book 3, but they at least actually trying to do something worthwhile.

Five stars for Yvraine playing a joke on Ahriman. It was magnificent, but I feel sorry for Aizek

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