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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Given another thousand years, or so the Bonesingers said, Iyanden would perhaps be made whole. Swift-winged Vampire Raiders carried Wraithguard and Wraithblade strike forces against fuelling stations, asteroid bases, monitoring posts and slave yards.

Yriel had won the Battle of the Burning Moon, but the cost was more than he had been prepared to pay. Yriel would have died ceaftworld too, crushed beneath a Stompa ‘s gigantic foot, if Iyanna Arienal had not possessed the foresight to instruct two Wraithknights to ensure the admiral’s safety.

Iyanden is an Eldar Craftworld. More perilous by far are the ghost weapons wielded by wraith-constructs.

Then again Eldar failing to realize how outclassed iyanen are by Space Marines is a common thing. A shared soul ensures that each twin is at all times able to communicate in terms that the other can understand.

It had been the plan that he would lead his forces to Iyanna’s aid once the Ork starships had been driven back, but the Ork hulk’s arrival had changed everything. The Craftworld flinched in agony as craftworkd flames tore through its structure.

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By contrast, the Iyanden Eldar saw little value in squandering strength on worlds they could not afford to re-colonise; nor did they hate the aliens so deeply as their Biel-Tan kin — indeed, the Eldar of Iyanden pitied many of the aliens for their shortcoming. Only when the runes became clouded by strange shadows, and Kelmon began to hear a cacophony of alien voices screaming through his thoughts, did he come to realise the terrible depth of his mistake. Now Iyanden, whose people once dreamed of ancient glory restored, was left all but adrift upon the solar tides.

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. The planetary defences thus neutralised, Iyanna Arienal took her own forces down to the surface, not to fight a conventional war, but to throw the Orks into chaos.


So it was that, when the Dark Angels left Ishata, they did so with Zhemon frozen in a stasis vault.

There was to be no escape. Guided by the precise commands of Spiritseers, the wraith-constructs advanced through the storm of shells and missiles, weathering blows that would have torn a mortal Eldar apart. Fully half the Tears of Morai-Heg had now been discovered, or so she said, although shared no details of her final goal with even her closest supporters.

The two fleets could not be permitted to combine, lest an unstoppable potent strain of Tyranids emerge to threaten Iyanden again. Unfortunately, such was the sheer brutish size of the Ork craft, and so crammed was it with redundancies and backup systems, that it absorbed the combined firepower of Iyanden and its escort fleet without so much as a shudder.

Alas, the Flame’s sensors showed that these were no ordinary warheads, but modified cyclonic torpedoes — one of the Imperium’s many tools of planetary exterminatus. Thanks to Draech’s intervention, the Tyranid landing had been wiped out before any serious damage was done, but the Eldar fleet had practically ceased to exist — only a dozen vessels now survived.

The only hope remaining to the Eldar of Iyanden was for them to unleash a pre-emptive attack on Rekkfist’s empire.

Battle of Iyanden – Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum

Community Forum Discord Server. Iyandeb Iyanna did not go so far as to put her supporters under Yriel’s command, she had them offer the prince every assistance and ceased questioning his leadership in public.

Command of the fleet was quickly seized by his second-in-command, a young Prince Yrielwho successfully led the Iyanden fleet to victory. The Eldritch Raiders arrived as another wave was closing in. Reclaiming the first Tear alone left a dozen craftworlld in ruin, and as many again were left fearful that the Eldar would return to slay those that had survived. Quickly, these attacks spread disquiet craftworpd the Orks.

Buried within each Wraithlord’s shrouded mind were many lifetimes of knowledge, hard-won in war and in peace, wisdom that Iyanden would need to survive the times ahead.

Iyanden – Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum

iyandrn So it was that, when the Dark Angels left Ishata, they did so with Zhemon frozen in a stasis vault. Yet this fear, at least, was unfounded, for Iyanna was soon discovered amongst the wounded.


Iyanden had been saved. A Brides of Death-style aura also works in the opponent’s turn, while Waaagh! 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. But all of these valiant champions fell to the sheer number of attackers, their lives sold at a great cost to the Tyranid hordes.

In their pride, the Eldar of Iyanden underestimated the threat. Rekkfist’s lieutenant, Snakra, tried to rescue the battle, throwing whole squadrons of Dakkajets into the fight.

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Some of these daring pilots were consumed in the ensuing explosions; others safely rode the bow-wave of energy into open space. He was glad that the Craftworld’s madness had at last burnt itself out, but he despaired at the price. There is nothing here for us now. In a final, terrible battle amongst the coolant ducts of the shipyard’s reactor, the ghost warriors scoured the station clean of foes, then used plasma charges to scuttle it.

With ianden growl akin to an erupting volcano, the Avatar roared a challenge to the Hive Tyrant.

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.

Caught between the cold fury of the Dark Angels and the relentless vengeance of the walking dead, Zhemon’s bodyguard were swiftly overwhelmed and their wretched master taken alive. The runes of pride, doom and salvation were in orbit about Asuryan; whatever fate they alluded to had not yet been averted. However thanks to the efforts of Yvraine Yriel was able to use the Spear of Twilight revealed to be one of the Crone Swords to resurrect the Corsair Prince.

Realising that the smaller Tyranid vessels could not function if the greater bio-ships were destroyed, Yriel converged his forces on these targets, but it was only when the Prince unleashed boarding parties to destroy the ships from within that he meet with success.

Knowing the battle would be won or lost with the Hive Tyrant’s fall, Iyanna summoned what forces she could.