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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Command of the fleet was quickly seized by his second-in-command, a young Prince Yrielwho successfully led the Iyanden fleet to victory. Then again Eldar failing to realize how outclassed they are by Space Marines is a common thing. Welcome to Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum!
Determined not to fail, the Eldar pressed on through the storm, but the resistance grew heavier the deeper into the station they fought. Better that Iyanden move with one will and one mind in its darkest hour. He had not only encouraged Yriel’s rashness, but also purposefully appointed a puppet Admiral and had exhorted his fellows to ignore Eldrad Ulthran’s warnings.
But they learned from the AOS disaster and this time at least act like old stuff still matters. Thus it was that Idharae ended their alliance with Iyanden after their warning had fallen on deaf ears. All at once, the pirate lord felt his strength flee. Neither shuriken nor blade could pierce the creature’s hide, and every sweep of his claws reduced a ghost warrior to ruin. By the time the first Eldar fleets had engaged Hive Fleet Naga, Halathel, largest and most prosperous of the Exodite worlds, was all but overrun by Tyranids.
Unfortunately for the Fallen, the scale of the ghost warrior assault had stripped defenders from other walls, and fast-moving Ravenwing bikers now breached the compound from the rear, Bolters roaring with flame. Wraithknights and Falcon grav-tanks had systematically hunted down the giant synapse creatures, destroying the network of command that guided their minions.
In the aftermath, Iyanden allied itself with Yvraine, who resurrected Yriel with one of the Crone Swords. Indeed, Sylandri said nothing at all, but walked gracefully to where Kelmon’s runes still circled the air. Few of the Craftworld’s inhabitants truly recognised the scale of the danger. But after a brutal invasion by Hive Fleet Kraken their population was brought to the brink of extinction.
No more needed to be said, for all the Eldar had recognised the truth in the Ranger’s words and now realised the sheer enormity of the task ahead. The craftwold defences thus neutralised, Iyanna Arienal took her own forces down to the surface, not to fight a oyanden war, but to throw the Orks into chaos.
Scarcely had Kallorax fallen when a desperate telepathic message form the Flame of Asuryan warned Yriel that a spearhead of three Chaos yianden had breached the Eldar cordon and were driving hard for Iyanden itself.
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A cooler-headed foe would have shrugged off these jibes, but Yriel’s pride chafed at the mockery and spurred him to take ever greater risks. They struck without warning and left nothing but ruin in their wake. Amongst them, there was one warrior whose might should have been sufficient to crush the Hive Tyrant.
The battle was far from over. Yriel convened a council of his fleet captains, and announced his intention to return to Iyanden. Ethrael gladly did so, leading a series of clinically perfect hit and run strikes against Kraekn’s vanguard. Over the course of the preceding centrueis, Eldrad Ulthran had become increasingly aware of a growing threat upon the eastern rim, a hungry darkness that was as rapacious for Eldar flesh as Slaanesh was for Eldar souls. That the servants of the Dark Gods have never possessed a mighty stronghold on the eastern rim is a direct consequence of these times.
Now, his followers numbered thousands of cultistsrenegades, betrayers and scoundrels — the dregs of a dozen star systems. So it was Iyanden scouts soon brought word that a mighty armada of ships was converging on the Craftworld.
Then, Iyanden’s Avatar, reborn in rage and fire, entered the battle. As the Farseer predicted, the swarm that now descended upon Iyanden was far vaster than anything the Craftworld had previously opposed.
Kraken’s onslaught had not only disrupted the balance between life and death, it had also destroyed Iyanden’s unity, and those Eldar that remained, living and dead, polarised into two factions. Then, you’ve got the issue of how they’re applied. Interestingly it seems the rules are affecting vehicles, which who cares for this, it’s dross, but likely mean we’re going to see some really nice uyanden for the super heavies. It would take the combined iyandenn of every Eldar on Iyanden to have any chance against the Tyranids, and even then, they might not succeed.
Kelmon’s preparations were barely complete when the first Tyranid swarms attacked. This was the Tyranid Hive Mind’s shadowy presence in the Warp, but it was many thousands of times craftworlf than it had been before.
Many light years distant, Yrield experienced Kelmon’s contact as a waking dream, filled with darkness and emotion.
Even an Imperial sector fleet, led by the ambitious but woefully overconfident High Commodore Rassoloth, chanced its arm against the Craftworld. Yriel and Iyanna cared not — the threat to Iyanden had been vanquished.
The Tyranid bio-ships closed on the Craftworld, and hundreds of solar sails glittered in the starlight as Iyanden’s fleet darted to the attack. Then came the Tyranids.
If Yriel was doomed, as the runes suggested, better that craftwoeld burn bright and brief, rather than become an enduring blaze whose flames would consume the entire Craftworld.
Iyanden’s world-rune, representing the shrine and flame of Asuryanis sometimes worn upon the breast craftworldd its warriors as a symbol of renewed hope for their people’s fate. Through it all, Iyanna Arienal continued her search to fulfill the prophecy of the Phoenix Arisen.
As noted, the world-rune of the Iyanden Craftworld means “Light in the Darkness,” a reference to the ever-burning shrine that honours Asuryan and the flame of hope for the Eldar of Iyanden. Like Kallorax, the Eldar Prince had committed his finest warriors to this battle. Of course, the more ghost warriors there are present in the warhost, the greater the strain this places on any individual Spiritseer. Kelmon’s outrage quickly gave way to hope. This battle marked the only time in the entire campaign where the Eldar fought at the Imperium’s side.
N’kari granted Kallorax the Craftworld’s location in exchange for a number of spirit stones that the pirates had seized during their battles and the promise of more to come once Kallorax had taken his revenge. It was a portent of despair that even the dullest wit could comprehend; Iyanden was no longer worthy of its great destiny. Yriel’s attacks were not limited to spaceborne engagements; any installation under Kallorax’s command was a potential target.
He knew that their fate would have been Iyanden’s also, had he not made a pre-emptive strike on Kallorax’s fleet.