An Eldar Guardian of Craftworld Iyanden. Iyanden is an Asuryani Craftworld , the greatest worldship of the Aeldari Empire that was. It drifts through the stars of the eastern rim. Once, its halls were busy and vibrant with life, but no longer. Now, it is but a shadow of its former glory, a sombre and desolate vessel where the dead walk and the living dwindle. Rekkfist sorely tested the Craftworld's military strength, but it was the attack of Hive Fleet Kraken that proved Iyanden's doom.
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Craftworld Iyanden is one of the major Eldar Craftworlds. As a result, Craftworld Iyanden is forced to rely heavily on Wraith constructs to keep them afloat in combat, and half of the ones alive are probably Bonesingers. After the battle, the Seer Council inquired why the Dark Eldar had saved them, and they replied that they thought Iyanden's angst over using Wraith constructs was so hilarious that they couldn't let them die.
So grimdark. According to Matt Ward which is all we got since no one else ever went beyond the above paragraph before they were NOMed they used to be the de facto leaders of the Eldar you know, being the "biggest craftworld" and all , having designed both the means to harvest soulstones and the early Infinity Circuit. Due to having the resources and, at the time, a rather peaceful part of the galaxy to inhabit, they decided to rebuild the Eldar Empire.
However, since most craftworlds were either busy doing their own things, or didn't have the means, they could only get Biel-tan to join them. Things were going well and the two fucked Chaos ' shit up, even gaining new allies: the Ybaric Cluster Exodite Worlds and Craftworlds Malan'tai and Idharae.
But then everything went to grimdark once they started fighting Hive Fleet Naga. Iyanden lost all its buddies as the Ybaric Cluster was isolated by a warp storm. The Invaders chapter destroyed Idharae and the Doom of Malan'tai as well. And to add even more grimdarkness, when Yriel went to battle with all of Iyanden it resulted in a Cyclonic Torpedo hitting the craftworld, killing a few thousands and breaking their soulstones.
They really should have realized that attacking a Space Marine chapter, let alone one named "Invaders" was a bad idea. I'm guessing they realized that around the time they noticed a planet-busting missile was heading towards them.
Perhaps that was the moment they remembered that this chapter had killed a being that could wipe out an entire Craftworld with a thought. Idharae had certainly learned that attacking Space Marines is stupid. Shame none survived to spread that wisdom to the rest of the Eldar. Then again Eldar failing to realize how outclassed they are by Space Marines is a common thing.
Sure the Eldar got revenge on the Invaders, but it took like three Craftworlds' full military forces and even then the Invaders merely became fleet-based instead of destroyed and cost who knows how many Eldar lives.
Despite this, the craftworld is recovering at a rather fast rate, hopeful to return to its former glory. Fitting for its name, really. Yes, Ward wrote some noblebright in 40k.
This growth has been hampered by yet more invasions though. With the spilling of the Warp brought about by the Fall of Cadia Iyanden found itself once more beset by Chaos Forces, this time three Hulks infested with Nurgle Daemons.
Although small in numbers these ships were impossible for the Iyanden fleet to destroy, so the Craftworld instead decided to focus on terminating the Hulk's engines and fleeing. Doing so came at a high cost, including the death of Yriel although Yvraine brought him back later because a Nurgle Daemon Prince wanted to screw over Slaanesh.
The Ynnari, when leaving, also took so many of their Wraith warriors with them that some of the Eldar of Iyanden feared the Craftworld was being left defenseless.
This turned out to be true when, again, Chaos attacked the Craftworld, lead by the Keeper of Secrets N'krisha, who proceeded to wreck the Craftworld and was on the verge of destroying it before the intervention of numerous different Eldar allies saved Iyanden from, yet again, being destroyed.
All in all the one thing Iyanden tends to be good at is almost getting destroyed and then someone showing up to save it at the last moment. Though, being saved seems to be the result of making a lot of friends. Being perhaps the only Craftworld to ever discover diplomacy, this makes sense. Since they seem to be diplomatic with the Imperium and don't seem to be actively targeted by Imperial forces except when Iyanden is in the way , perhaps next time the Imperium will be the Big Damn Heroes.
Grease Monkey of The Last Chancers stole the grav-vehicle of an Iyanden ambassador and took it on a joy ride. As a result of their codex supplement and the fact they are the most underused of the craftworlds, they currently have the highest number of victories of any craftworld, despite being best known as 'Nid food.
This is possibly the one good thing that ever came out of Matt Ward 's work. In all, this Craftworld tends to behave in a much more human way than any other Eldar. They actually make colonies, they don't get pissy about others already living on their Maiden Worlds, they don't mind living on honestly new and potentially dangerous planets, they forge their own destiny, and they badass last-standed the Tyranids like humans do.
They also use diplomacy at least with the Imperium. Iyanden has not had it easy, fending off Ork assaults, Imperial fleets though these aren't devoted Imperial efforts but more "colony ships come across Eldar world" or "Space Marine Chapter decides to attack" , the Necrons of the Sautekh Dynasty, and further Tyranid tendrils. With the coming of the Great Rift the craftworld has also seen fresh invasions, three times overcoming daemonic threats.
The Seer Council is suspicious of the Ynnari, but that's mainly because they don't want people to abandon an already critically underpopulated craftworld to join a bunch of nomads. Is now contemplating mass suicide refuge in Infinity Circuit strategy if Iyanden is endangered since Yvraine can resurrect the dead.
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Iyanden is an Eldar Craftworld, the greatest worldship of the Eldar empire that was. It drifts through the stars of the eastern rim. Once, its halls were busy and vibrant with life, but no longer. Now, it is but a shadow of its former glory, a sombre and desolate vessel where the dead walk and the living dwindle.
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