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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The Invaders chapter destroyed Idharae and the Doom of Malan’tai as well. After Iyanden was saved, the Council of Seers questioned the Dark Eldar as to why they intervened, and they replied simply that they gain extreme entertainment from watching Iyanden’s angst-ridden use of necromancy.

Before long, the pact between Biel-Tan and Iyanden weakened and ran its course. When Eldrad next spoke, he did so in tones laden with sadness. Kelmon’s mind soared across empty light years of space, touching at last upon that of Yriel, Iyanden’s greatest exile.

Hundreds of bio-ships had plunged into that otherwordly tempest, and the Eldar assumed they had all been destroyed, or at least banished to where they could wreak no immediate harm.

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The Eldar now abandoned entire regions so that they might offer a better defence elsewhere. Perhaps that was the moment they remembered that this chapter had killed a being that could wipe out an entire Craftworld craftwrold a thought. Alas, no sooner had the Warp storms faded than a new enemy descended.

Kelmon saw not two broken halves of Asuryan as he expected, but two new runes charged with meaning. Already, the Craftworld’s ability to replace destroyed spacecraft was being outstripped by the casualties being suffered.

Instead, they had used their jump jets to cross the void between the two vessels, tearing their way through the Riot Hunger’s ravaged hull and into the vaulted chambers beyond to join the fight. Were it not for the direst necessity, the Seers of Iyanden would leave their ancestors to rest.

Idharae was the opposite, a vessel whose splendour rivalled that of the old empire. With a growl akin to an erupting volcano, the Avatar roared a challenge to the Hive Tyrant. It quickly overwhelmed the outward elements of Ethrael’s fleet, and Kelmon ordered the Admiral to withdraw.

Thousands upon thousands of its noble warriors fell in battle against the Great Devourer. The Shadow Guard strove furiously, but the hardy Wraithbone shells of the ghosts warriors were nigh-impervious to their blows, and every sweep of a Wraithblade’s axe claimed an enemy’s life.


Once opened up to debate in ccraftworld Place of Answering, the chief representatives of each Path were entitled to give voice to an opinion on the matter at hand — only when consensus was reached would a course be chosen. Iyanden was safe again. Iyanden agreed to let the Imperials have their prize, for they foresaw that the Fallen Angel would suffer far more in the hands of Dark Angels than their own. Ordinarily, even a space-going fortress like a hulk would have stood little chance against a Craftworld, but Iyanden was but a shadow of its former might.

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Iyanna did not greatly regret Yriel’s absence — he would have opposed her plans, had he ever truly perceived them — but she could not deny that his loss diminished Iyanden and iyyanden race. In the end, the matter was decided only when Kelmon Farsight, the foremost of Iyanden’s Farseers, supported Yriel’s cause. Indeed, many did not wish to, for Iyanden’s partial submersion into the spirit world meant that their souls of the Wraithguard knew uncommon vibrancy.

In a rage, Kallorax had his Sorcerers put to death, and instead forged pacts with Daemons, offering up ever-increasing numbers of lives in the hope of attracting the attention of a being powerful enough to give him the answers that he sought. He was soon aboard his own vessel once more, pushing its engines to their limit. As Iyanden skirted the edge of what the Imperium cravtworld as the Vidar Sector, its scouts brought word that much of that sector was in thrall to a mighty pirate armada, whose ships flew under the colours of Argan Kallorax.

Each time, he saw only the same; the runes for pride, doom and salvation circling that of Asuryan.

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But iyanfen everything went to grimdark once they started fighting Hive Fleet Naga. Alas, each victory was blighted by tragedy, for ghost warrior spirit stones were destroyed in every battle, their souls cast into the Warp to be devoured by Slaanesh. Thus was their sacrifice truly noble; better that a few walk knowingly into oblivion than all be consumed.

When craftworlx news of this decision reached Iyanden’s populace, there was uproar; Eldar of all ranks and Paths flooded to the Place of Answering to voice their horrified objections.

None argued for this course longer and louder than Yriel, but even his words failed to sway craftwordl peers. He assured himself that some sacrifices were necessary if Iyanden’s destiny was to be fulfilled, and he was certain that the deaths aboard the Craftworld would be held of little account when held alongside his great victory.


The Spiritseers quickly sensed this shift in the ethereal fabric of their craftworld and journeyed deep into the ghost halls. Disaster fanned the flames of their arrogance where it had doused them in others.

Angered by his losses, but powerless to carry the fight to an enemy whose base of operations was unknown, Kallorax sought ways to “motivate” his minions. The Avatar, the embodied spirit of the Craftworld’s war god, would be awakened to take part in the battle.

Only Iyanden came through the conflict with Hive Fleet Naga relatively unscathed. Upon touching her mind, Kelmon knew her to be Sylandri Veilwalker, Shadowseer and last survivor of the Harlequin troupe who had come to Iyanden’s aid. 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.

His Eldar Corsair armada penetrated the Tyranid blockade, and ended the space-borne threat. Stoic Endurance is a great attribute to have for the Iyanden.

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Bonesingers coaxed the writhing Wraithbone, rich with the departed spirits of the Infinity Circuit, to fight against the terrible warping effects of the Tyranid iyandne. The impact of the fourth Carnifex slammed the Avatar from his feet, molten blood oozed form his shattered iron frame. Knowing that he could do nothing for the dead, Yriel ordered the Flame of Asuryan to come about and return to the battle.

Hive Fleet Kraken approaches Iyanden. Again and again, he consulted the runes, desperate for hope. Ethrael gladly did so, leading a series of clinically perfect hit and run strikes against Kraken’s vanguard. Striking Scorpions sliced their way through the massed Termagants that blocked the Craftworld’s arterial passageways like a vile cancer.

Easily outmanoeuvring the Ork fleet, Yriel launched a series of daring attacks on the ramshackle shipyards and battle stations orbiting Antellas Prime. A commissar that can’t be removed by snipers. The Wailing Doom felled two of the beasts in a single crartworld and disembowelled a third, but under such an assault, not even the embodiment of the Blood-handed God could prevail.