Eldar Titans are large mechanical, bipedal combat walkers produced by the Eldar. Similar to the lumbering Titans that are the greatest war machines of the Imperium of Man, Eldar Titans combine grace, speed and deadly firepower. These tall, slender war engines are built to be aesthetically pleasing as well as fully functional, like all Eldar technology, and possess a grace and beauty rarely seen amongst the deadly implements of Mankind. Eldar Titans move with a smooth agility and grace unachievable by the Imperium's Titans.
Eldar Titan VariantsEdit
Revenant Scout TitanEdit
The Revenant Scout Titan is the smallest grade of Eldar Titan, comparable to the Imperial Warhound-class Titan. All Eldar Titans are agile and graceful constructs, but the Revenant's compact size allows it to move with a swiftness and smoothness quite simply impossible for the war machines of the other intelligent races. The Revenant also mounts a number of powerful jump jets on its slender frame, turning its movement into a series of drifting leaps, or even gentle floating sweeps over the battlefield. Despite this almost ethereal grace, Revenant Titans are well-armed, powerful adversaries. Their pace, agility and ability to leap difficult terrain allows them to harry the enemy lines in quick scouting raids before disappearing back into cover with the same terrifying speed. Revenant Titan crews are small, guided partially by the spirits contained within their Wraithbone core, as is the case with all Eldar Titans. Where the larger Eldar Titans are sometimes crewed by twins or triplets, the smaller Revenants are often manned by just one member of a pair of siblings, the second of whom will pilot another Revenant, leading to the Titans hunting in packs, psychically linked to one another by the inherent bloodties of their twin pilots.
Incredibly versatile, the Revenant is deployed in a variety of ways. Amongst the Phantom Titans it can operate in a forward scout role. Its jump jets give it the speed to be deployed in support of armoured Eldar assault waves, or it can act as extra fore support for defensive squads of Guardian militia. A noted tactic for the Eldar is to pair their Titans together. Linked telepathically by the blood-ties of their Steersmen, they always fight side-by-side. Paired Eldar Titans often have joint names. Long and complex by the standards of the Imperium's Titan Legions, these war machines bear elaborate titles which when translated from the Eldar Lexicon into Low Gothic read as Hearts Armoured for Battle, Eagles Born of Flame, Revenge upon Ancient Wrongs, Guardians of the Gates of Infinity, and Protectors of the Fallen.
Eldar Titans are very different from the machine-constructs of the other intelligent races of the galaxy. They benefit not only from the experience of their crew (who are raised with their Titans from birth), but from the collective consciousness of the Spirit Stones contained within the Titan, housing the souls of numerous dead Eldar. Phantom Titans are built around a Wraithbone core which permits the spirits contained within it to flow freely through the whole construct. This gives the Eldar Titan a consciousness of its own which, combined with its living crew, transforms the Phantom into an unusually deadly fighting machine.
Eldar births are rare, and new generations emerge only every few hundred Terran years, so every child is cherished in a manner the other, younger races, find hard to understand. Most revered of all are the rare occurrences of Eldar twin, or even triplet births. Such sets of siblings are considered fated for greatness by the Eldar, and invariably find positions of great power within Eldar society. Many of these twins and triplets form crews for the Eldar Titans, where the natural emotional bonds between siblings, the Eldar's latent psychic power and the special relationship between pilot, machine and the spirits of the dead contained within the Titan construct, combine to create a mastery of control few amongst even the Eldar could hope to achieve. Most sorrowful, yet most skilled, of all are those Eldar who have lost their kin to the depredations of a violent galaxy. These mourning Eldar often inter the spirit stones of their dead brothers and sisters within the wraithbone shell of a Titan and then take to the machine themselves, seldom emerging, preferring instead to remain within the Titan where they can yet commune with their lost siblings.
Phantom Titans are similar in most ways to Imperial Titans but show typical Eldar attributes. They are slimmer in build and much faster than their human-built counterparts. Their weaponry is less about raw firepower and more about well-aimed crucial hits. For defence they use a Holo-Field emitter which makes them harder to "see" and thus more difficult to target; the advantage is that they can avoid damage completely. However, Holo-Fields do not actually deflect firepower like Imperial Void Shields and Ork Power Fields. What makes Phantom Titans distinctive from those of the other races is their crew. In addition to the living, the souls and memories of ancient Eldar warriors are maintained in the Wraithbone matrix of the Titan.
War machines of such size and power as the Phantom Titan are not deployed for the Eldar race's usual lightning raids and surgical strikes. These massive war machines are reserved for the heaviest fighting, when a Craftworld must engage in a pitched battle, when fast hit-and-run raiding will not suffice and the Eldar wish to wreak terrible destruction upon their enemies. Only then do the Webway portals open wide and allow the Phantoms to stride forth. Times must be desperate indeed for a Craftworld's Farseers to decree the deployment of such engines of war.
A rarely encountered variant of the Phantom Titan is known as the Warlock Titan. It contains within its Wraithbone core the spirits of mighty Eldar Farseers and Warlocks. As they were powerful psykers in life, so too are they in death. The psychic strength of these dead spirits, focused and amplified by the Titan's Wraithbone structure, is phenomenal, far outstripping the powers of the living. This potent psychic ability combined with the smooth agility of the Eldar Titans and their sophisticated weaponry, places the Warlock Titan at the very pinnacle of Eldar achievement in the realm of psychic engineering. Warlock Titans, as a result of the precognitive power of their possessing Seer spirits, possess an insight into the shape of the future or possible future and they act in conjunction with the ebb and flow of the fates, moving with them in perfect synchronisation to assault the enemy at the most propitious time and place.
- Codex Titanicus (2nd Edition), pg. 88
- Imperial Armour Volume Eleven - The Doom of Mymeara, pp. 203-205, 207
- Epic: Swordwind Part 1, "Eldar Forces", pg. 24
- Games Workshop - Specialist Games, Epic: Eldar Warlock Titan
- Forgeworld: Eldar Phantom Titan
- Forgeworld: Eldar Revenant Titan with Pulsars
- Forgeworld: Eldar Revenant Titan with Sonic Lances