Eldar Encyclopedia

As is well known by now I am a big fan of all things Elven, especially those of the Games Workshop Aeldari arc. As part of my gaming and collecting, I enjoy coming up with backstories for my characters/units/vehicles. The best way I've found to go about this is to lift ideas from literature mostly Black Library, HP Lovecraft and Tolkien. With so much info I decided to compile as much info as possible from my personal collection. In no way is it complete, official, purely GW or even nicely laid out and neither is it my goal to form a fully working dictionary (so please don't ask for English to Eldar or what the Eldar word for potato is other blogs can tell you this). When I remember to write down the sources I will add it to the list below.

Please remember this is purely for my own benefit and enjoyment. It may even include words of my own making, words from AOS or Lord of the Rings or D&D or any other source I feel dits. If it is elven enough for me it can make the list. Disagree with something written do let me know in the comments and let's chat. Feel free to use it and suggest words to add by dropping me a comment below. Thanks, and enjoy it.

Alphabet (Aeldari Words to English)

In no way a comprehensive listing of words, but it is a solid start. These words come from across multiple books including Black Library, Tolkien and other fantasy producers. This is not official in any way and should not be treated so. It is for personal enjoyment and I hope you enjoy it.

Aeldari Words, Catagories, other


Dire Avengers
Dark Reapers
Fire Dragons:
Molten Spear, Burning Spear, Regrets Rendered Molten, Burning Rebuke (Biel-Tan Exarch Oskirithil of Sorrows), Words of Reason, Ninth Blackened Hearth, Shrine of the golden flame,
Howling Banshees: Hegrian Banshees, Shrine of the Last Heard- located on Ulthwe Shrine is in a frozen lake, Exarch Clyona of The Deathly Wail Shrine (Biel-Tan).
Striking Scorpions: Sable Sword, Patient Blade (Biel-Tan Exarch Thurliarisaa).

Lesser Known Paths

"... and the Engines of Vaul will smite them, and bring fire upon them, and in agony they will depart this realm, their souls screaming into the black void that awaits their pitiful race. And with their banishment there will be peace in this place, and we will be one step further along the road we must tread..." - Farseer Ulthos of Alaitoc

Bards of Twilight - Storytellers who are taught the Asuryata which is told once a Generation.
Eulogy - Speech writing for the deceased.
Everguard - Unknown purpose possibly ship security?
Dreaming - Daydreaming, dreaming of a future, dreaming of the past, scrying.
Dreamsingers - Psychic path.
Forgetting - Those attempting to forget their past. A depressing path.
Isha's Maids - Similar to Warlocks less aggressive.
Lament - Allowing sorrow and grief to hold sway.
Mourning - Remembering the dead.
Playwright - A playwright.
Remembrance - Remembering the past/dead.
Servant - Those wishing to serve.
Service Tenders to the Dead - Iyanden Craftworld, the living look after the dead in their ghosthalls. Cleaning, repairing the restless spirits. Bald, pale, dark eye makeup.
The Slicing Orbs: Eldar Aspect Warriors unique to the Craftworld of Zandros.
Solitude - Moves to remote areas of a Craftworld, to live a nomad experience.
Wandering - Explorers. Not an outcast. Sometimes they are just wondering a craftworld rediscovering areas.
Wayseers - Openers of Webway portals.
Wilderer - Grounds keepers, gardeners.

Other Bodies

"The stars themselves once lived and died at our command, yet you still dare to oppose our will" - Farseer Mirehn Bielann

The Black Council: Meets at the Black Library and is composed of the Eldar's most powerful Farseers

Cythai: The Awakened. Shunning the Path these are Aeldari that have fled to the darkest corners of Space to hide from She Who Thirsts.

Conclave of Tears: Representatives of at least one craftworld, a corsair fleet and even a Dark Eldar Kabal make up this gathering of Aeldari forces in Jericho's Reach lead by the Harlequins.

White Seers: The guardians of the Black Library. Curators of Chaos Artifacts.

Harlequins Masques

"We may have won the battle, but our ancestors have lost their souls" - Prince Yriel

Dance Without End - Masters of the Webway a very passionate Masque.
Dreaming Shadow - A morbid Masque who fight primary the Necron threat.
Frozen Stars- Protecting the Maiden Worlds of the Eastern Fringes.
Midnight Sorrow- Obsessed with bringing destruction to Chaos. Mainly located around the Eye of Terror.
Penumbral - 
Reaper's Mirth - High proportion of Death Jesters.
Silent Shroud - Absolutely silent never speaking.
Shattered Mirage - Self destructive, wish to burn bright before the end.
Soaring Spite - Based on the Tales of the Cosmic Serpent's brood. Fights exclusively airborne.
Twisted Path - Chilling reputation of luring victims into the webway where they vanish!
Veiled Path- Known as tricksters, manipulators, and riddle-smiths, the Veiled Path are capricious even by Harlequin standards. Other Harlequins see them as dangerously untrustworthy, for they have been the architect of countless atrocities. It was they, for example, who sent one of their number to manipulate Prince Yriel into taking up the Spear of Twilight. It was the Veiled Path who indirectly set Lady Malys upon the road for her strange encounter in the Webway and the bond with the Laughing God that resulted.
Weeping Dawn - Vengeful Masque and master Assassins.

Dark Kin Locations

Aelindrach: City-state bathed in Shadows, home of Mandrakes.
Arena Khad Mhetrul: Reaver fighting.
Bone Middens of the Wych Cults: Collection of skeletal xeno remains positioned in grim mock battles.
Central Corespur: Area located within the bounds of the Acid green River Khaides.
Chasm of Echos: The Dark Creeds lair.
Chasm of Woe: Seethes with Deamons.
Commorragh: Greatest of the Webway Port Cities.
Coreloop Gauntlet: Reaver race track.
Crucibael: Arena of the Wych Cult of Strife.
Draichi Ganeth: A smaller Webway Port City, controlled by the 'Executioner's Cult'. A sect of Wyches who specialise in beheading.
Hagg Nar: A long forgotten Port City, one of the earliest Wych Arenas. Ancient treasure are whispered to be hidden there.
Ilmaea: The Stolen Suns or Black Suns
Khelt Nar: A young Port City. Fast growing and expanding in power quickly. The residents here have a true hatred for Chaos, a many a slave raid has started here. 
Khaine's Gate: A giant rent into the warp located in the central under core of Commorragh.
Lethidia: Tyranid infested planet that orbits the dark city and the focus of the Vorgani Drukhari Elite that have genestealer genes in them.
Moedh Stair: Wych Cult Arena
Nhexus: Cult of the Cursed Blade Arena.
Pandaimon: A sub realm of Commorragh. Home to the Iron Thorn.
Parched: Cadaverous ghoul like Dark Eldar.
Pendulum: Lair to the Coven of Twelve.
Pinnacle of Disdain: Fortress home of the Dying Sun Kabal.
The Pit: Arena of the Red Grief.
Poison Crown: Home of the Flayed Skull, one of the highest towers in Commorragh.
River Khaides: Green acid river. Where Hellions and Reavers race to prove their worth or die trying.
Rhundhar: The secret city. Home to outcast Aeldari.
Sec Maegra/ Null City: aka Mercenary District/Shanty Town home to mercenaries and xeno races.
Shaa-Dom: Satellite realm to Commorragh. The seat of power of El'uriaq, Shaa-Dom and its overlord planned to one day dominate the Dark City. However the supreme overlord of Commorragh, Asdrubael Vect, captured a human starship and sent it crashing into Shaa-Dom through a Webway Portal. The city was devastated by the initial explosion, but the real damage came when the ship's Warp Drives detonated and opened up a rift to the Warp. Now flooded with Daemons, Shaa-Dom was sealed away from the rest of Commorragh on Vect's personal order.
The Sprawl: Outskirts of the Dark, home to Ur-Ghuls, Khymarae and the Parched - Drukhari fallen from grace.
Tower of Flesh: Lair of the Coven of Thirteen Scars - Fabius Bile is tutored here.
Ynnealidh: The Necropolis Below

Renown Kabals

Ranks: Overlord - Archons - Dreacons - Sybarite - Kabal

All-Seeing Eye: One of the most secretive Dark Eldar Kabals and, though they are few in number, the Kabal acts as influential power brokers, between the various factions vying for power in Commorragh.
Baleful Gaze: Described as one of the Great Kabals of Commorragh
Barbed Eye: Not much known
Bladed Lotus: One of the Great Kabals
Black Blade: Destroyed by the Raven Guard in the Heraclad Massacre of 865.M41
Black Heart: The single largest and most powerful Kabal in Commorragh, and because of this, they are the dominant power in the city. The Kabal's Supreme Lord is Asdrubael Vect, the oldest known Dark Eldar, and the supposed founder of the Dark City itself. The fact that the Kabal's founder is old enough to have witnessed first hand the birth of Slaanesh means that, along with being the largest and most powerful Kabal, they are also the first Kabal to be founded
Black Sun: They gained notoriety for trapping the incorporeal scientist Vorsch and using his technologies to launch large-scale terror attacks upon the peaceful Naiad Republic
Black Myriad: One of the great Kabals.
Blackened Tear: Infamous for poisoning an entire Imperial Hive World in 724.M36
Bladed Sun: Known for favouring overwhelming firepower in battle
Blades of Desire: Commanded by the battle-hungry warrior-queen Xelian, the Kabal employed large numbers of Wyches, as well as Hellions and Reaver packs
Bleaksoul Brethren: Operates out of Viridian Sound. They are known for their twisted sense of humour and shark-like teeth
Bloodied Claw: One of the older Kabals in Commorragh, led by Akhara'Keth
Bloody Scream: Large amount of Ravagers and Scourges.
Broken Sigil: Specialist in Terror warfare.
Dying Sun: More Trueborn than most Kabals, control ancient technology that is able to destroy stars.
Envenomed Thorn: In 140.M40 it ambushed the Death Spectres on Vern IV, destroying almost all of the Chapter's Predator Destructors
Flayed Skull: Second only to the Black Heart Kabal. Located in the high spires this kabal favours fast grav warfare.
Immortality Denied: All but annihilated.
Jade Knife: Hatred for Ulthwe
Last Hatred: Want to master life and death and seek to destroy all Aeldari and capture whatever is created.
Lords of the Iron Thorn: Huge navy of grav-engines.
The Obsidian Rose: Exquisite weapon smiths arm this kabal with the best and strongest toxins.
Piercing Eye: Raiders of Vorgan.
Poisoned Tongue: They are a great and powerful Kabal of Commorragh, closely allied with Asdrubael Vect and the Kabal of the Black Heart.
The Severed: Spaceborne Kabal, large fleet of attack craft.
The Shuddering Blade: Close Combat Masters.
Silver Fang: Close Combat focused.
The Storm's Spite: Overwhelming firepower.
The Thirteenth Whisper: Faces Shrouded and strongly a lined with the Mandrakes.
Wraithkind  Kabal: Allies to Iyanden against Orks

Renown Covens

Ranks: Haemonculus
Specialists: Nemesines - Seeking ways to kill every known creature. Repugnomancers - Artefact creators. Black Cornucopians - Expert Plunders. Scarlet Epicureans - Seek to experience all forms of pain and death (normally skinned). Apparitians - Enjoy showcasing flaws. Nadirist - Wish to attain godhood by corrupting the mortal realm.

The Black Descent: Patience and masters of traps.
Coven of Twelve: Close Combat
Coven of the Thirteen Scars: Master geneticists and trained Fabius Bile.
Coven of the Twisted Spiral: Are abducting Custodians.
The Dark Creed: Specialist in Fear
The Hex: Flesh Artisans and Curses.
The Prophets of Flesh: Lead by Rakarth and strongly supported by Vect they have become the biggest and strongest of the covens.

Renown Wych Cults

Ranks: Succubus - Blood Brides - Wyches

Blade Denied: Specialize in disarming the enemy and killing them with their own weapons.
Bladed Hand: Unarmed killer.
Blood Dancers: Early Wych Cult believed destroyed.
Cursed Blade: Masters of treachery. Favoring the Razorfail.
Executioner's Cult - A sect of Wyches who specialise in beheading.
Flayed Hand: Allies to Iyanden against Orks
Flesh Wraith: Black Heart Reavers
Impaled - Worked alongside Vect.
Khaileborn - A sect of Assassins, who specialise in concealment, stealth and obfuscation. To the untrained eye they look like a Wych Cult.
Khinerai Harpies - Scourge Gang.
Pain Eternal: Void bourne Cult that specializes in destroying spiritual shrines/worlds.
Red Strife: Aerial Master.
Seventh Woe: Specialize in mutilation of the foe.
Stilled Heart: Specializes in Poisons, Venoms and Elixirs.
Cult of Strife: Most infamous of the Cults and strong ties to Vect.
Wrath Unbound: Practitioners of a killing trance.


Coiled Blade - Incubi of the Ynnead and followers of the Visarch.


Titles: Lord of Rebirth, Warden of Forgotten Wisdom, Walker of Many Paths, Master of Death, Favoured of Ynnead.
Aeldari Bladehost: Wyches, Black Guardians and Harlequins.
Coiled Blade: Visarch bodyguard of Incubi
Soulbound Vanguard - The chosen warriors of Ynnead. Dire Avengers, Incubi and Wyches.
Ynnead's Net - Warlock Conclave, Windriders, Reavers and Sky Weavers.
Whispering Ghost Hall - The Reborn Farseer, Shadowseer, Spiritseer, Wraithlords, Wraithguard and Wraithblades.

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