Jain Zar (translated as the Storm of Silence) is the Eldar Phoenix Lord of the Howling Banshees Aspect. It is said that she was favoured by Asurmen in that, under his tutelage, she became the first of the Exarchs (the Asurya, or Children of Asur).
Jain Zar was born Faraethil on the world of Eidafaeron shortly before the Fall of the Eldar. She was so young at the time of the doom of her people that she does not remember life in the Eldar Empire. After the Fall, the young Faraethil was raised by her brother until he was killed by the Daemons now rampaging across the planet. Now forced to survive on her own, Faraethil eventually finds another survivor known as Illiathin who is contemplating suicide at a temple of the old Eldar Gods. Faraethil manages to interrupt his plan, but he initially shuns her. However, when Faraethil becomes hunted by the Dark Eldar, Illiathin manages to save her and in the process renames himself Asurmen. During the fight, Faraethil loses control of herself and kills several of her attackers, and realizing her lack of discipline, he takes her on as his disciple, renaming her Jain Zar. The two settle on an abandoned moon that they rename Asur.
Originally of the Asurya, Jain Zar became the first of Asurmen's students. She and her brothers-in-arms learned well from their master, and soon set off across the stars to establish their own Warrior Aspect shrines. Unlike many of the other Phoenix Lords, her devotion to her shrines is all but unmatched and she regularly travels between many Craftworlds to instruct her deadly craft, so that now, only the most remote Craftworld does not have a shrine to the Howling Banshees. She disappears and reappears at her own whim and her shrines keep a constant vigil for her, looking for the Jainas Mor (Silent Death) and Zhai Morenn (Blade of Destruction).
In the late 41st Millennium, Jain Zar hunted the Chaos Space Marine Talos Valcoran, the commander of the 1st Claw of the 10th Company of the Night Lords Traitor Legion, due to a vision by Eldar Seers who foresaw that a prophet of the VIII Legion would unify the Night Lords and lead them against the Ulthwé Eldar in the future, and in so doing kill enough of the Craftworld's population to push it beyond its ability to recover its losses. When Talos' warband of Night Lords laid waste to the Imperial colonists of the world of Tsagualsa in the Eastern Fringe, they were ambushed by Eldar of the Ulthwé Craftworld looking to again kill the Soul Hunter before he could become a threat to their race. In the ensuing battle, nearly every member of Talos' warband was slain and he himself became embroiled in a desperate single combat against the deadly Phoenix Lord who had led the Ulthwé Aspect Warriors. In the ensuing battle, Jain Zar took grievous injuries and Talos sacrificed himself by detonating a grenade, killing the Eldar Exarch and ending her hunt. However, given that Exarchs can be reborn in new bodies[6a] she is unlikely truly dead.
Jain Zar next appeared fighting to save Biel-Tan from Daemonic invasion and has since joined the Ynnari, taking Ynnead into herself and becoming reborn. However, she went missing in the Webway during their battle against the Thousand Sons.
Jain Zar is the most active of all the Phoenix Lords in the war against the forces of Chaos. She has led hundreds of Howling Banshees to war on countless occasions, even mustering them from multiple Craftworlds at once.
Jainas Mor, or Silent Death, is a three-bladed throwing weapon, tempered within the warp itself. It is wreathed in black fire and is sharper than any mortal blade. It always returns to Jain Zar and never harms her, despite its deadliness.
The Mask of Jain Zar
- 1: Codex: Eldar (2nd Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 2: Codex: Eldar (3rd Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 3: Codex: Eldar (4th Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 4: Planetstrike, pg. 55
- 5: Void Stalker (Novel), [Needs Citation]
- 6: Codex: Eldar (6th Edition) (E-Book), pg.88
- 6a: pg.56
- 7: http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Phoenix-Lord-Jain-Zar (last accessed 7 May 2015)
- 8: Asurmen: Hand of Asuryan (Novel), [Needs Citation]
- 9: FFG Teaser for "Against the Great Enemy", supplement for Conquest Card Game (last accessed 25 May 2016)
- 10: Gathering Storm: Fracture of Biel-Tan
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|Troops||Guardians • Windrider Squadrons • Rangers • Harlequins • Wraithguard • Wraithblades • Support Battery|
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