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I bring only death and leave only corpses.

—Jain Zar[9]
Jain Zar[6]

Jain Zar (translated as the Storm of Silence[2]) 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)[1][2][3].


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.[8]

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.[6] 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)[1][2][3].

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[10]. Since then no other Phoenix Lord has championed the cause of the newly risen Ynnari as has Jain Zar. She has spoken passionately about the hope fostered by Ynnead, and come to the aid of Yvraine and her followers on multiple occasions[11]. However, she went missing in the Webway during their battle against the Thousand Sons.[10] She reappeared during the Psychic Awakening to protect Yvraine, first from Drazhar on during the Raid on Saim-Hann then later on Iathglas from Shalaxi Helbane.[13]

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.[1]


Jainas Mor

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[1][2][3].

Zhai Morenn

Zhai Morenn, or the Blade of Destruction, is a light, curved blade forged thousands of years ago before the Fall and shimmers with power. It is light and is wielded with dizzying speed[1][2][3].

The Mask of Jain Zar

The Mask of Jain Zar was the first Banshee Mask produced and all others have been copies. It is similar in its workings, however, it is much more potent[1].

Notable Battles

Canon Differences

In the Second Edition rules she carried a modified version of the Banshee Mask, known as the Mask of Jain Zar[1]. In the Third Edition she is armed with a Banshee Mask, Executioner and Jainas Mor[2].