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A Mandrake[7]

A Mandrake is a type of Dark Eldar native to the region of Commorragh known as Aelindrach.[5]


Mandrakes are often cannibalistic and wild, living separate from other Dark Eldar.[1]

A Mandrake's physique has adapted to make himself or herself camouflaged almost anywhere. They have evolved the so-called shadow-skin, which makes them nigh-invisible out of direct light. They also exist within a different reality itself and are capable of entering into reality straight out of another person's shadow. No-one knows how this dramatic change has occurred, not even their Dark Eldar kin. While the shadowskin could be just the result of warp exposure, other theories exist. Some consider them to be the very shadows brought to life, while others suggest that Mandrakes are a union of Eldar and Daemon.[1][2][3] There are even rumours that the first Mandrakes were created by Haemonculi employed by the Wych Cult of Grief.[6]

One thing that is known about the Mandrakes is their lethality. Even the brutal denizens of Commorragh fear these creatures. Younger Dark Eldar call Mandrakes "creepers", whispering that they can slink from one shadow and to another. They strike from the shadows, surprising and rending their enemies apart with Glimmersteel Blades, with strength more often associated with Orks, rather than the Eldar.[1][2][3] These weapons, and an assortment of other hooked blades wielded by Mandrakes, are used to extract the maximum amount of pain from their foes, who are not immediately consumed by the Mandrakes' eerie flames.[8]

Shadeweavers are Mandrakes whose command over darkness is second to none and lights will fade in their presence. This will cloak a battlefield in shadows so complete, that Mandrakes can bore tunnels through the very fabric of reality and emerge within striking distance of their foes. After they strike, the Mandrakes can then flit away like wisps of smoke.[8]

Notable Mandrakes



Dark Eldar Forces
Command ArchonHaemonculusHaemonculus AncientSuccubusDraconSybarite

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Elites & Specialists GrotesquesIncubiKabalite TruebornMandrakesCrimson DuelistDisciple of YaelindraElixicantFlayerSkysplinter Assassin
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Fast Attack BeastmasterHellionsReaversScourge

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