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The Eldar are a species of sapients in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Once the dominant race in the galaxy, they are now on the road to extinction.


Eldar are humanoid and look very much human, but are distingishable by their slender build and pointed ears. Eldar have extremely long lives and high metabolisms, and all Eldar possess some level of psionic ability. Psychologically, Eldar are extremely emotional.

They are -- for all practical purposes -- space elves.


The Eldar were once the dominant species in the Warhammer 40,000 universe with a galaxy-spanning empire. Decadence began to spread in Eldar society, however, and various cults emerged dedicated to experiencing everything the world could offer, beginning with simple hedonism and then moving towards cruel and sadistic rituals involving torture and murder. These acts and those who died from them sent out powerful psionic emanations into the Warp that coalesced over time to form the Chaos god Slaanesh. The birth of the new Chaos god wiped out most of the Eldar civilization, laying waste to the worlds at the core of their empire and leaving only scattered remnants.


The remains of the Eldar civilization live mostly as refugees on massive spacecraft called Craftworlds. Among the more notable of Craftworlds are...

  • Alaitoc
  • Biel-tan
  • Iyanden
  • Saim-Hann
  • Ulthwé

A few Eldar -- who call themselves Exodites -- have settled on former frontier worlds of the Eldar empire which were being terraformed when the Eldar civilization fell and have since become inhabitable.

Finally, a renegade faction of Eldar descended from the pleasure cults emerged after the fall of their civilization; these are known as the Dark Eldar.

Threat Assessment

Despite their small numbers, the Eldar remain a marginally powerful faction in the Milky Way galaxy. They have superior technology to that of the Imperium of Man, more experienced psionics, and a safer method of FTL travel than most other factions through their Webway. In particular, the precognitive powers of their Farseers allow them to use their limited resources to maximum effect.

Eldar of Note

Farseer Eldrad Ulthran

Eldrad Ulthran was, until his recent death, the leader of Ulthwe Craftworld. He is said to have provoked the second Armageddon war (s conflict in which millions died) to spare the lives of 10,000 Eldar.

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