Another member of this site, Hijallo, had an idea I read about while reading a wishlisting thread concerning the upcoming codex and what changes it might bring. He gave me the idea about Power from Pain becoming sort of a stand-in for Dark Eldar psychic powers. Instead of special rules stacking as the Dark Eldar unit takes out enemy units, I've made it similar to the way the Sisters of Battle have Faith Powers. Basically each turn a Dark Eldar unit attempts to generate a Pain Charge, with the odds of them generating a charge becoming more likely as the game goes on, especially if they start dishing out the hurt to enemy units. Once generated, Pain Charges don't go away unless they're used to activate a Pain Power. A Dark Eldar unit will know several Pain Powers depending on what unit they are. There are Pain Power "Paths" which are sort of like psychic disciplines. Kabalites, Trueborn, Scourges, and Archons get the Path of Darkness. Wyches, Bloodbrides, and Succubi get the Path of Blades. Wracks, Grotesques, and Haemonculi get the Path of Sadism. Hellions, Reavers, and Incubi choose powers from the Path of Darkness and the Path of Blades, leaning more heavily towards Blades in the case of Hellions and Incubi. I didn't know how to incorporate powers into the Beastmasters, so I didn't give him Power from Pain, but I reduced his points cost (I figured the beasts would be doing most of the work anyway). Anyhow, I hope you enjoy my Homebrew Power from Pain!
Power(s) from Pain!
edit - Oh yeah, Mandrakes have their own discipline, which has powers from the Path of Darkness and Mandrake-only powers (like Bale Blast!). It makes sense when you know that Mandrakes are a lot scarier in my Homebrew codex, but they're limited to 0-1, and if you take an Archon with a Reaver Jetbike or Hellion Skyboard, you can take Reavers or Hellions as Troops, but you can't take Mandrakes at all.
Merged double post - Baron T
My 8th edition fandex is complete enough for appraisal (note that I completed it before any previews had been released) . I'm sure there are inconsistencies, please let me know where they lie as you find them. Thank you! Click here for fandex