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- I have always wondered did the harlequins have spirit stones, never really bothered to look up.
I guess they are just the craftworlders specialty now.
They have spirit stones, harlequin tech is similar to craftworld tech, both tech, are basically the same, with a few differences. craftworld and dark eldar tech are still eldar tech, but a lot more different from eachother.
The Black Library is basically a small craftworld. Shuriken pistols, power weapons, all basic eldar tech and yes harlequins do have waystones(spirit stones), just the solitaire has already given his soul willingly to the great enemy. All other souls trapped in the spirit stones are given to the harlequin god, to kind of feed him.
Holo fields used on harlequins are basically smaller versions used on skimmers, titans and flyers. The anti gravity belts are smaller versions of what you find on other vehicles, but frankly craftworld also use that same tech for their hair and other such fashion accessories.
The harlequin kiss is something similar to the warp spider gun, smaller version of course.
If you check older versions to find a harlequin codex, you'll see they had venoms, falcons, wraithlords, all normal craftworld tech. (the craftworld venom, like the corsair venoms are very different from the dark eldar version)
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1. Eldar power sources have never been discussed to my knowledge, their ships tend to use solar sails
I can't say thre exact location for this fluff, but I know it's a real fact: they use some kind of slave oil, it's not said how it's made, how long it lasts, etc... but even eldar vehicles do have fuel, much more advanced than the human ones of course, they last a lot longer. Slaves are litterally used for everything (even food for lower Commorraghians), even when they die. The thing about solar sails is right. Another thing mentioned in the codex: some kind of "winds" found in the webway, just read the Aethersail entry. The sail isn't just decoration.
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- Anti-gravity ribbing and turbo-boosters.
The boosters are something close to what other races use, fuel is way more advanced and efficient of course. The anti gravity generators make a huge difference as they get rid of some of the friction and actually do generate some speed on their own. Unparallelled antigravity with unparallelled jet engines make the eldar the fasters race in the universe as far a vehicles, flyers, etc...
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- Does anyone use the Webway aside from the Eldar?
Far from being just the eldar, dark eldar and harlequins. Exodites can use it too, though most of them haven't been into it.
Necrons have also found some unreliable ways to travel through the webway, though not as reliable as the eldar, lets just say a bonus way of travelling, nothing close to what the eldar use it as.
Daemons penetrate the webway, same for chaos worshipper, even eldar at times, but accident or escorted by other eldar.
There are holes, in theory most races have probably been into the webway even if it was by accident, even orcs if you read fluff lol.
Now Like it was said, the Old ones created the webway, now there's also a race called the slann, it's not 100% sure the old ones and the slann were one and the same race, but a lot of speculations points towards that fact. Now if they're not one and the same race, you've got another race to add => the slann.
Now a race that used the webway even before the eldar as well: the Hrud, basically the skaven of 40k, old fluff says they were the ones who showed the eldar webway tech.
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- If the Harlequins have the secret of avoiding SHE-who-thirsts, then why aren't all Eldar Harlies??
Huge differences in way to living, who to worship and serve, etc...
It's not a secret and it's not a definitive way to escape her either. Spirit stones like the craftworlders, except like I said, the souls are given to the harlequin god.
Difference with craftwolders, they're put into the matrix of the craftworld to wander forever amongst the other souls of the deceased. Some sililar but smaller scale is done on exodite worlds, they're put into the world spirit, some kind of huge matrix going all over the exodite planet, smaller scale because of the smaller numbers of the exodites and lower tech because it's so huge with so little amount of souls. You can talk to deceased spirits on a craftworld if you've got the skills, this can't be done on the exodite version.
Now dark eldar have a different thing to stop the great enemy, but works too, just keep killing, feeding off suffering and you keep your soul. In theory a dark eldar that dies alone, his soul goes to the great enemy. If he's not alone, usually some other dark eldar will leech his soul and absorb it, no waste, souls are some kind of energy/food.
Now interesting thing to know this soul leeching does stop slaanesh for some time, not 100% perfect, but a spirit stone can be destroyed leaving you exposed, evne harlequins aren't 100% safe. Now corsairs can go either way, follow the eldar or dark eldar way, or switch from time to time, it's allowed.
Now like I said, one major exception, the solitair, he gives his soul up without a fight.
Now interesting thing about souls: they give more power, whether you're a dark eldar or a regular eldar. Cegorach gets tronger the more harlequin souls are given to him. Ynead the eldar god of death get stronger as more eldar perish, it's some kind of manifestation close to what chaos gods are, weirdly enough. Major dark eldar leaders also become more powerful the more souls they consume. Asdrubael Vect for example should become some kind of a mini god himself when he dies, if somebody manages to bring him down. The dark eldar also do have their mini gods.
Now back to why aren't all eldar harlequins: Not all eldar are warriors, you do have eldar civilians on the craftworlds, on the exodite worlds you also have some eldar that are not warriors.
All harlequins are warriors, even fairly exceptional warriors in fact. It's clear that not everyone is good enough and not everyone wants to merge with Cegorach either probably. Harlequins aren't the ultimate answer, still plenty of options. I'm sure Harlequins are recruted from all other eldar factions, though a true dark eldar would probably rather keep his position of power rather than going to workship and later fuse with some eldar god.
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- And the `drakes are said to have invented the art of soul stealing...Probably the most fascinating thing about them.
How did they teach this to the Other DE, and more importantly, `why` did they share the knowledge? Whats in it for them?
If they hadn't, the other DE would have died and so there would be less competition for souls
No clue where you got this info, never seen this. But what I know is: Mandrakes appeared about the same time as the dark eldar, maybe even later, they 're very mysterious in any case. But no, nobody did have to teach the dark eldar anything, they just noticed. Commorragh is a dangerous place, even 10k years ago, murders were still being commited then and even before. All dark eldar always had the power from pain, like vampires know they're supposed to suck blood, DE knew from the start they would have to feed from suffering.
It's just a theory of mine, but most people agree with it: Mandrakes are some kind of uper stage/higher evolution of the power from pain all dark eldar have.
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GW and its plot holes... but then again no good story is without them
Best sci fi/fantasy storyline ever. It's not complete, not the point to make it complete or perfect either, but is so much better than anything else. Check out other sci fi franchises: all shorter or just childish. 2 major examples: Star wars, like a simpler version of 40k, less violent, more disney like. Star trek, not bad but same problem was star wars, too limited, not ambitious enough, not enough guts and glory.
The only reason why 40k isn't bigger than star wars or star trek is because GW want to keep this a small fanbased community, open to a select few, where GW keeps dictating all the rules.
They chose to not expand to keep power over their original products and universe, this is one of the reasons why the quality of the storyline is superior to most other sci fi/fantasy stuff.