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. There are even rumours that the first Mandrakes were created by Haemonculi employed by the Wych Cult of Grief.
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.
Mandrakes are often cannibalistic and wild, living separate from other Dark Eldar.
A Dark Eldar Mandrake.
Dark Eldar Mandrake
A group of Mandrakes (5th Edition)
- 1: Codex: Dark Eldar (3rd Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 2: GW Website Mandrakes
- 3: Codex: Dark Eldar (5th Edition), pg. 33
- 4: Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook, pg. 209
- 5: Codex: Dark Eldar (7th Edition) - Blades for Hire
- 6: Eldar & Dark Eldar Collectors' Guide, pg. 73
- 7: Codex: Drukhari (9th Edition), pg. 31
|Dark Eldar Forces|
|Command||Archon • Haemonculus • Haemonculus Ancient • Succubus • Dracon • Sybarite|
|Elites||Grotesques • Incubi • Kabalite Trueborn • Mandrakes|
|Troops||Kabalite Warriors • Hekatarii • Wracks|
|Fast Attack||Beastmaster • Hellions • Reavers • Scourge|
|Heavy Support||Cronos Parasite Engine • Ravager • Razorwing Jetfighter • Talos Pain Engine • Voidraven Bomber • Reaper • Tantalus|
|Transports||Raider • Venom|
|Special Characters||Asdrubael Vect • Drazhar, Master of Blades • Kheradruakh, the Decapitator • Lelith Hesperax • Lady Malys • Baron Sathonyx • Urien Rakarth • Duke Sliscus|