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I've always gotten the impression up to now that the Eldar are a dying race, which I suppose is technically true, but having read the recent fluff pieces in the last couple of WDs regarding the Harlequins, I'm beginning to think this may not be true for much longer.

Unknown to the wider Eldar, Cegorach the Laughing God lives, and has a plan to restore the Eldar and defeat Slaanesh. The Harlequins, seemingly, are the tools through which he will achieve this. Considering we also know that the goddess Isha is trapped in the Garden of Nurgle, which means rescue is possible, and Ynnead, the Eldar god of the dead, is growing within the infinity circuit, does the future of the Eldar look less bleak than it has up until now? Or is this just more talk of an Endtimes like we've seen in recent other books, but will ultimately lead nowhere because of the stagnated timeline?
 

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I think it'll be what it always was - open to interpretation.

Lots of stuff goes on in the 40k universe, but the overall plots and arcs of each race barely advance (compared to say, WHFB).

I think the points you've mentioned give the Eldar a good, positive fluff future, as opposed to the slow march into extinction.

Some sort of assault into the warp would make a great expansion, scenery rules, random demonic appearances, Old God's intervening etc. It'd also be refreshing from the repetitive 'Here comes another chaos crusade' that we've been experiencing over the last forever.
I mean, there's these demon stronghold worlds.... let's attack them for a change!

I can't help but draw some parallels between Ynnead and the Void Dragon - simmering away behind the scenes, as well. A showdown, perhaps?
 

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I think the eldar have the means to endure far longer than is implied anyway. They've survived ten thousand years after having the heart of their empire literally ripped out and devoured.

But between all four varying types of eldar faction, they've held on to the present setting.


My guess is that when crunch time finally comes, It will either leave Slaanesh on top of the Chaos pantheon, or gone forever. I'm more inclined to believe the former myself, however there are a number of outside factors (think tyranid and necron) that could influence this in almost any direction.
 

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What makes you think the Harlequin plan is grand enough to save the Eldar? It seems like they don't really do all that much, in a cosmic sense.
 

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What fluff am I missing? Where is it implied that there's some larger plan that the Harlequins are part of?
 

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What fluff am I missing? Where is it implied that there's some larger plan that the Harlequins are part of?
Novel Valedor, it was a book released with the apoc expansion that featured DE and Eldar. There's a section in the book where the Harlequins perform the dance without end but instead of it going the normal way the last act has a new ending, (Ironic for a dance without end huh?)

Basically it implies that the laughing god is distracting slaanesh and is able to save eldar souls from her, meaning that there's a slim chance that slaanesh could lose her influence over the eldar giving them the chance to come back.

The ending of the book also implies that there's is a possible future the eldar are on now.

40K is about the death of allot of civilizations, but as history proves things do rise from the ashes, so exactly what the chance entails is best guess.
 
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