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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Striking Scorpions sliced their way through the massed Termagants that blocked the Craftworld’s arterial passageways like a vile cancer. Once, its halls were busy and vibrant with life, but no longer.

Conversely, T8 is a big deal because it’s the first point that bolters wound on 6’s…. It was a long time before he was seen in that part of the galaxy again.

Unfortunately for him, the Seers of Iyanden had anticipated such a move and had woven a psychic shield that obscured their forces from the Sorcerer’s sight. Nonetheless, they all make the sacrifice willingly, so they might have even the slimmest chance of restoring a worthy hero from the past to fight one last battle from within a Wraithlord’s mighty frame. But all of these valiant champions fell to the sheer number of attackers, their lives sold at a great cost to the Tyranid hordes. Malan’tai suffered far worse and was destroyed when an aberrant form of Tyranid iyandej devoured the Craftworld’s Infinity Circuit and used the stolen power to slay the rest of Malan’tai’s living Eldar.

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As time passed, he saw the parallels between Iyanden’s rise and that of the ancient Iyande, and he feared that his beloved home would share his ancestors’ terrible fate if another path were not chosen quickly.


Zhemon’s puppetry was not aimed at harming Iyanden, rather it was an act of revenge against his own former iyande, but understanding his motive was of little consolation to Iyanden’s council, who foresaw Zhemon would undo their efforts of centuries in mere decades.

As if to confirm Kelmon’s worst fears, the next assault wave was iyandeb, twice the size of any thus far. Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. A cooler-headed iyabden would have shrugged off these jibes, but Yriel’s pride chafed at the mockery and spurred him to take ever greater risks.

But they learned from the AOS disaster and this time at least act like old stuff still matters. Despite his bitterness, Yriel was unable to watch his home be destroyed. Upon realising that they could not defeat Yriel in space-bound battle, the humans had instead attempted to foster rivalry between the Eldritch Raiders and two other pirate companies — Xian’s Black Raiders and the Scarlet Command. If the Night Lords had a Stratagem that prevented an enemy unit from reducing the number iyanddn casualties they suffered as a result of a failed Morale test by any means, they could be a force to be reckoned with.

Community Forum Discord Server. Rekkfist had been broken forever. Bright sparks of light flared as the Craftworld’s firestorm defence lasers sought to engage the torpedoes. The Ruinous Powers discovered that the last of the Crone Swords was on Iyandenand sent forces to invade the Craftworld before the Ynnari could claim it.

Alas, they were terribly wrong. With one last curse, he toppled over, stone dead. Worse, the Farseers had greatly underestimated how far the influence of Chaos had run through the younger races.

They would do so again if need be.

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Command of the fleet was iynden seized by his second-in-command, a young Prince Yrielwho successfully led the Iyanden fleet to victory. A desperate decision from the past now came back to haunt Iyanden. This included the pride of his fleet, the Hades-class Heavy Cruiser Deathless Reaverwhose Warp engines had been breached early in the battle by a cdaftworld salvo from Iyanddn flagship, Flame of Asuryan.


In the end, Kelmon’s deliberations ended only when he sensed an intruder lurking amongst the darkness of his halls. However, Tyranids do not fight for honour; indeed, it is doubtful they have any concept of bravery or cowardice.

Then, to the Eldar’s utter despair, the hive fleet launched another assault wave. Kelmon’s outrage quickly gave way to hope.

Marines are already the best they can be, obviously! Most refused, but a few saw the wisdom in the Farseer’s suggestion. Had they but thought to investigate, the humans would have found a powerful ally in their own battle against the Chaos threat, but other crises soon distracted them, and a great opportunity was forever lost.

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To their credit, Iyanden, and its sister Craftworlds of Malant’tai and Idharae, responded almost immediately, but even so, they were too slow. Instead, Biel-Tan began to loose its fury against any alien-occupied planet the Eldar had once claimed. Thus, in larger campaigns, craftwodld Autarch might well be accompanied by an entire council of Spiritseers — known as a “Shadow Council” — each of whom is responsible for overseeing the actions of a different ghost warrior strike force.

The Eldar fleet was being ground down in a massive battle of attrition, a battle that only the Tyranids could hope to win.

Over the following years, Yriel’s forces joined with those of Malan’tai and Idharae to fight hundreds of engagements against the Tyranids, both in the cold dark of space and amidst the horror of partially-digested worlds.