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Dark Eldar Kabal Hierarchy
An Archon is the highest ranking member of a Dark Eldar Kabal. They are considered the single most powerful, ruthless, and cunning member of their Kabal, due to the fact that if there existed anyone who held greater ability in these aspects, they would no doubt kill their Archon and claim their title.
Indeed, the singular power they hold over the members of their Kabal make the title incredibly appealing to subordinates, and assassination attempts are not only common, but frequent. The average Archon suffers dozens of assassination attempts before finally succumbing, and some have maintained their position even after well over three hundred attempts on their life.
Archons have access to the most powerful weapons, equipment, and artefacts available to their Kabal, and as such are frequently seen using amazingly advanced technologies when they deem it necessary to appear on the field of battle (although some arcane items of Haemonculi or Incubi are restricted even from the archons, as powerful as they are).
Every Archon carries a splinter pistol, though some may carry more powerful Darklight Weaponry such as a Blast pistol or even a blaster. Some archons, preferring close combat, may boost themselves with combat drugs more commonly used by wyches. They also may carry many kind of blades like djin-, husk- or just common powerblades. Whips such as the agoniser and Electrocorrosive Whip are also popular.
Archons, like the vast majority of Dark Eldar, feel that speed and dexterity are more than a replacement for defence, and wear only a light pressurised neuro-responsive body armour, allowing them to traverse vacuum when necessary and shrug off most civilian arms fire. Their suits, however, are usually covered in trophies and ornate fixtures that are better representative of their lofty position within the Kabals. Nowadays archons may also possess lightweight Ghostplate Armour which also incorporates minor forcefield technology.
More rare protective gear is also being used by archons. The very rare Shadow Field provides the best protection of all Dark Eldar technology. There is also the strange clone fields used by some archons.
Archons are almost always seen with a retinue in the field, and this retinue is usually the same group of Warriors or Incubi that work as bodyguards when in Commorragh, protecting the Archon and his palace from would be assassins or rival Kabals. An Archon's retinue can also include more exotic members such as Medusae, Lhamaean, Sslyth or Ur-Ghul.[1a]
- Asdrubael Vect - Supreme Lord of the Kabal of the Black Heart.
- Vraesque - Archon of the Kabal of the Flayed Skull.
- Akhara'Keth - Archon of the Kabal of the Bloodied Claw.
- Aurelia Malys - Archon of the Kabal of the Poisoned Tongue.
- Aestra Khromys - Archon of the Kabal of the Obsidian Rose.
- Vorl-Xoelanth - Archon of the Kabal of the Dying Sun.[1b]
- S'aronai Ariensis - Archon of the Kabal of the Severed.[1c]
- El'uriaq - The tyrant of Shaa-Dom.
- Nyos Yllithian - Archon of the Kabal of the White Flames
|HQ||Archon • Haemonculus • Haemonculus Ancient • Succubus|
|Elites||Grotesques • Hekatrix Bloodbrides • Incubi • Kabalite Trueborn • Mandrakes • Wracks|
Harlequins (Not Dark Eldar)
|Troops||Kabalite Warriors • Wyches • (Wracks)|
|Fast Attack||Beastmasters • Hellions • Reavers • Scourge|
|Heavy Support||Cronos Parasite Engine • Ravager • Razorwing Jetfighter • Talos Pain Engine • Voidraven Bomber|
|Transports||Raider • Venom|
|Special Characters||Asdrubael Vect (HQ) • Drazhar, Master of Blades (HQ) • Kheradruakh, the Decapitator (HQ) • Lelith Hesperax (HQ) • Lady Malys (HQ) • Baron Sathonyx (HQ) • Urien Rakarth (HQ) • Duke Sliscus (HQ)|
- 1: Codex: Dark Eldar (5th Edition)
- 2: Path of the Renegade (Novel), [Needs Citation], pg.25