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Rune of the Biel-tan Craftworld
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A Guardian of the Biel-tan Craftworld
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The most martial and aggressive of the Eldar Craftworlds, Biel-tan has made the decision to try and reforge the fallen Eldar Empire. The symbol of Biel-Tan is the Eldar rune of rebirth and its name actually means the "Rebirth of Ancient Days." The Swordwind Court's battle colours are green and white, often with flowing vines painted on Biel-tan vehicles. Each thorn of these vines represents the death of a hated enemy at the hands of the vehicle's pilot. The Biel-tan Craftworld is currently located on the Southern Rim of the Milky Way Galaxy in Segmentum Tempestus

Each Craftworld carries the seeds of Eldar culture. Not all are identical by any means, as each reflects the cultural heritage of its long dead world of origin. Biel-tan is renowned for the strong warrior ideals of its people. For the Eldar of Biel-tan the Way of the Warrior, the life-stage that encompasses the Aspect Warriors of the Eldar, is considered the first step upon the Path of the Eldar. Upon reaching physical maturity a Biel-tan Eldar becomes an Aspect Warrior, and only once he has fulfilled this role can he continue along the Path of the Eldar. As a result of this cultural predilection, the Biel-tan Craftworld is famous for the militant and aggressive warrior ways of its Eldar population, and for the large number of Aspect Warriors it maintains, who often incorporate the traditional green and white colours of the Craftworld into their armour as well as the colours of their Aspect.The Eldar of Biel-Tan have a strong martial honour code and believe that the best way to die is in battle fighting the enemies of Biel-Tan.

The Eldar of Biel-tan are honourable warriors who have taken it upon themselves to rebuild the lost glory of the ancient Eldar empire, through the destruction of the lesser races like Mankind and the Orks who have "usurped" the galaxy, and they believe it is glorious to die fighting the enemies of the Craftworld and the Eldar people. At the centre of Biel-tan is the Chamber of Heroes where the spirit stones of dead Aspect Warriors are placed. Farseers often come to this room to consult the dead of the Craftworld on courses of action. The dead of particular battles that the warriors of Biel-tan particpated in are arranged together and are often referred to by the name of the battle in which they fell -- for example the Dead of Corrus fell fighting the Forces of Chaos on an ancient Eldar colony.

When the Eldar of Biel-Tan go to war they assemble a warhost known as the Bahzhakhain which means "Swordwind" or "Tempest of Blades" in the Eldar tongue. The Swordwind's tactic is a single, swift strike and taking the enemy by surprise. This tactic works considerably well with the elite fighting skills of the many Biel-tan Aspect Warriors eliminating the enemy before they can respond. The Biel-Tan therefore make perfect use of the speed and maneuverability of the Wave Serpents and Falcon Grav Tanks.

The main target of Biel-tan aggressions are non-Eldar colonists -- particularly non-Eldar occupying the Eldar Maiden Worlds. Maiden Worlds are the lush paradise worlds originally created by the Eldar before the Fall of their race. The creation involved seeding barren, dead planets with life, gradually leading to their transformation into lush, life-supporting worlds. The seeding of worlds was part of a program of colonization which would take many thousands of years to reach fruition, and the result would only be seen by later generations of Eldar. It is especially galling to the Eldar who created these paradise worlds to find them overrun with inferior species. The Eldar of Biel-tan believe the success of other alien races like Mankind is a threat to the future progression of the reborn Eldar empire. For this reason, the Biel-tan particularly hate the Orks, as the Greenskins are completely dedicated to expansionism and their occupation of a world quickly becomes permanent. In many cases the warriors of Biel-tan have assisted Imperial forces that were under heavy attack by Orks and to hunt down Ork Roks before the green tide of Orks can overrun a planet.

The Swordwind even possesses a vehicle that is unique to Biel-tan. It is a super-heavy gravity tank called a Void Spinner which is armed solely with a huge monofilament cannon which works just like any other Eldar monofilament weapon except that it incorporates a techno-virus that sterilizes the ground that it touches. This makes it extremely useful against the Orks due to the Orkoid ecology's spore-based method of reproduction, preventing further reinfestation of a world by Greenskins.

Trivia

The name of the Craftworld is a variation of the Gaelic holiday of Beltane (also known as Bealtaine or in modern times, May Day).

Sources

  • Codex: Eldar (4th Edition)
  • Codex: Craftworld Eldar (3rd Edition, Revised Codex)
  • Codex: Eldar (3rd Edition)
  • Codex: Eldar (2nd Edition)

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