Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
I apologize for digging up an old topic, but as High Elf player, this is something I feel is important.
One thing most people tend to dismiss in their analysis of the Warhammer world (aside from its fictitious origins) is the sheer scale. Roughly speaking, since nobody has access to scaled maps and drawings, the island of Ulthuan is roughly a thousand miles in diameter (~1600km).
So, considering the landmass is not small by any standard, it is understandable that 10000 Dragon Princes can exist at any one time, as is also the case with the Phoenix Guard.
Also, do remember that the old ways of Dragon Princes riding their dragon mounts is a rarity. They are more likely to don their arms and armor atop a thoroughbred elven steed than to rouse a dragon for war, which is a far more laborious affair. True, a dragon is a great way to show a Dragon Prince's prowess and grandeur, the logistics of it (within the context of a fictional world...) would prove that it's just not pertinent nor beneficial in some cases. After all, why would a dragon be needed when a Dragon Prince is more than capable of holding off all incursions by the High Elves' twisted cousins or the Greenskins? (note: the High Elves are arrogant beyond all belief [except their own])
Conversely, the dragons are "few" in number. In the High Elf army book (I can't remember the page), it is said that the dragons are awaiting the moment when their might is most needed for the kin of Ulthuan. I'd like to assume that the true strength, both in terms of numbers and in power, will be unleashed at such a time.
As for the Phoenix Guard, it is also very likely they too have always numbered 10000. Because of their silence, nobody will ever know for certain other than the Phoenix Guard themselves. It is also said within the HE AB that Asuryan will not allow the Phoenix Guard to die, since it is their sole duty to ensure the sanctity of the Phoenix Throne and they are never to be relieved of such a grand duty. In the end, only the Phoenix Guard know their fate, as well as the fate of all others in the Warhammer world. (best fluff ever!)
"In the eyes of the Elves of Ulthuan there exists no fear, only grim determination.
Until one has witnessed them in combat, one cannot comprehend the power that they possess."