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A Harlequin' Trouper


Troupers, also called Rilletann, are the the most numerous Harlequin warriors. The main body of any company of Harlequins will be troupers, who perform as the chorus on both the stage and battlefield.[1]

They choose a Light, Twilight, or Dark role, and are led by a Troupe Master, Each Harlequin belongs to one of three type of Troupes :[3b]

Troupe Runes
  • the Light (headstrong, aggressive, and heroic), identified with a Prism
  • the Dark (vindictive and flamboyant), identified with a Heart
  • the Twilight (obsessively precise and detailed), identified with the four-pointed Star
Troupers Masks

Every Trouper wears a mask to conceals their identity while evoking the character whose role they play. A Harlequin’s mask can change its features by the moment, displaying shifting features to aid their performance. In battle, those who look into the mask of a Trouper see their worst fears reflected back at them, an inescapable psychoresponsive bombardment that distracts and terrifies in equal measure.[3c]

Typical armament for Troupers include Shuriken Pistols, Fusion Pistols, Neuro Disruptors, Power Swords, Harlequin's Kiss, Harlequin's Caress, Harlequin's Embrace, and Plasma Grenades.[3]


Amongst the Troupe are certain Players, known as Virtuosos, whose roles emphasise the use of specialist weaponry, the better to unleash elegantly hideous destruction.[4]


Harlequins play many different roles over time, changing masks and aspects time and again. Those perfecting their first role are known as Mimes.[4]



Harlequin Forces
Command High AvatarHigh Warlock
Specialists ShadowseerDeath JesterSolitaireWarlockMaster Mime
Troops TrouperTroupe MasterMime
Vehicles SkyweaverStarweaverEldar JetbikeVenom
Heavy Support Voidweaver