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'Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War' - Fourth Race Revealed

by Rainier on May 11, 2004 @ 2:42 a.m. PDT

THQ and Relic Entertainment today unveiled the fourth race in their PC title, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. Previously, the two companies had announced that the Space Marines, Chaos and Orks would be featured as playable races in the game that is expected to deliver the most visceral frontline combat ever delivered in an RTS. Today, the two companies confirmed that the strong and powerful Eldar will be the fourth race. The Eldar's unrivaled psychic powers and powerful infantry make them a powerful force in the galaxy.

THE ELDAR

An incredibly ancient race with unrivaled psychic powers, THE ELDAR once ruled a vast empire. Although the time of their absolute supremacy has passed, they remain a strong and powerful force that must be reckoned with.

The Eldar live aboard giant spacecraft known as CRAFTWORLDS that travel through the Galaxy via an intricate system of gates and tunnels that run through WARPSPACE and allow them to cross great spans of space in mere moments.

Tall in stature and relatively slender in their physiques, these nomads of the Galaxy are by no means frail. In fact, this mysterious race can field a formidable army with specialist squads that make effective use of the advanced Eldar technology as well as their unsurpassed psychic abilities.

Their armored troops include the GUARDIANS, a light infantry squad particularly useful in close range because of their large numbers as well as their speed and firepower.

Another unit of light infantry is the RANGERS, the army’s scouts and specialized killers who are all but invisible thanks to the camouflage of their CAMELEOLINE CLOAKS.

While their well-armed infantries with their swift attacks and flexible defenses are essential to the Eldar war machine, the real power resides in the psykers. These elite psychic warriors include the FARSEERS, who have many extraordinary mental powers, including the ability to scry the future and divine an enemy’s next move.

Although the Farseer is the Eldar’s primary psyker, WARLOCKS can also wield powerful psychic abilities and do so in their role as guards of their Farseer and squad leaders. Warlocks frequently use their potent abilities to enhance their troops’ fighting abilities and protect them on the battlefield.

BONESINGERS are also psykers, and they use their psychic abilities to grow and shape WRAITHBONE, the substance used by the Eldar to construct weapons and buildings.

Beyond the Eldar’s powerful infantry and exceptionally gifted psychics, there is another element that makes the Eldar a force to be feared throughout the Galaxy. The AVATAR OF KHAINE is the walking embodiment of the Eldar god of War, Khaela Mensha Khaine. Created by offering a living sacrifice to the ASPECT PORTAL, when summoned the Avatar is fiercely powerful in close combat. It never retreats and cannot be pinned by enemy fire.

The presence of the Avatar gives awesome inspiration to the Eldar troops and reminds them of their great and glorious past, when their race commanded the very stars to live and die.

Their time of glory will come again and their enemies will be destroyed. Until that time they will continue to worship Khaine, the god of war.

And they will lay the bodies of their enemies on his altar of death.

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