Among the Eldar, Kurnous was the husband of Isha, with Lileath and the Eldar race being their children. It was his daughter, Lileath, who saw into the future that the War God Khaine would be torn asunder into hundreds of pieces by a great mortal army. Khaine, in his anger, approached the Phoenix King Asuryan and demanded that the Eldar be destroyed. Instead, Asuryan created a great barrier that separated the realm of mortals from the gods but left Isha in tears for not being able to see her mortal children. Thus, she and Kurnous pleaded to the smith god Vaul for help, who fashioned from Isha's tears spirit stones through which they could communicate with their children.[1a]
Khaine would later learn of this act and report it to Asuryan, where the Phoenix King became enraged at his commandment being disobeyed. Seeing Kurnous and his wife's actions as a betrayal, Asuryan handed the pair to Khaine to do as he wished, short of killing them. Thus, Khaine confined the two and made them endure constant torment whilst they resided in his care.[1a] Kurnous and Isha suffered for countless years under this fiery torment until Vaul the Smith petitioned for their release. The War God agreed to do so only in exchange for a hundred swords within a year's time. Vaul seemingly succeeded and both Kurnous along with his wife were set free. But once they were away, Khaine discovered that one of the blades was a forgery as Vaul had failed to craft the remaining one in time and substituted a mortal sword in the last one's place. In anger, Khaine sought vengeance against Vaul and this chain of events led to the War in Heaven.[1b] This saw the War God chain Vaul to his own anvil for helping Kurnous and Isha to escape.
It is said that the original Eldar homeworld possessed three moons; one of these, that was greenish and dim, is known as Kurnous the Hunter's Moon.[1c]
- 1: Codex: Eldar (4th Edition)
- 2: Codex: Craftworld Eldar (3rd Edition), pg. 17
- 3: Codex: Eldar (2nd Edition)