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As discussed previously, the article has been given a basic rewrite using only material from the (2nd ed) red compendium. This rather drastic step has been done due to poor and unverifiable sourcing in the previous iteration of the article. Further additions to the article are needed to bring it up to date; these should be made with proper sourcing and citation. Thanks.--Mob 05:18, 4 April 2011 (CEST)

Very nice work, Mob, thank you! --Inquisitor S., Großmeister des Ordo Lexicanum 11:41, 4 April 2011 (CEST)

Further sources

Which other sources could be looked up for this elusive topic? I just read the short story "Faces" by Matt Farrer from "Fear the Alien" anthology. I did not really like the story (too confused) but there is mention of different masks etc that the Harlequin troupe is using. Another important incident involving Harequins would probably be Draco/ Zaphro Carnelian etc. --Inquisitor S., Großmeister des Ordo Lexicanum 16:35, 4 April 2011 (CEST)


The picture still has to be sourced with a footnote. I do not think it comes from the Compendium, it's much more recent. --Inquisitor S., Großmeister des Ordo Lexicanum 16:40, 4 April 2011 (CEST)

Urg, my bad, I didn't check the source on the pic. No, it's not from the compendium. I'll see if I can get some pics from that later on. I'll check the codices I have, and some Harlies show up in the 3rd Blood Ravens novel, but I think that's all I'll be able to contribute.--Mob 17:44, 4 April 2011 (CEST)

How to becomes a Harlequin

I don't have a source but it is generally accepted among players and fans that Harlequins have a ritual that frees their soul from Slaanesh. Solitaries are those who lost their souls but by simple chance remained alive.

Does anyone have details on their background? I know it's somewhere but it's not in Codices.

-- Secondat of Orange 19:56, 3 August 2011 (CEST)
That issue, our inability to find a source for it, and the arguments it being on lex provoked on various forums is one of the reasons we had to rewrite the page from scratch. The conclusion people came to is that it might be in one of the Citadel Journal harlie lists, but no-one appears to own a copy of said journals.--Mob 06:33, 7 August 2011 (CEST)

Dark Eldar connection?

I'm confused. The page is apparently part of the "Dark Eldar portal" and Harlequins are part of "See Also" on the Dark Eldar page. But Harlequins aren't DE, there isn't anything about DE in the article, could someone please explain what I'm missing? --Markus Ramikin 11:58, 21 December 2011 (CET)

They are part of the Dark Eldar army-list tabletop-wise. See bottom. Although not mentioned in background in the article, they do have a connection in terms of game-mechanics. --DetlefK 12:37, 21 December 2011 (CET)
There's also a connection somewhere in the Background like Harlequins interacting with the Dark Eldar, can't remember right now where though. --Inquisitor S., Großmeister des Ordo Lexicanum 13:04, 21 December 2011 (CET)
According to the most recent Dark Eldar codex, they often visit Commorragh, but "are not true Dark Eldar at all." The Death Jesters in particular are apparently appreciated in the Dark City for their morbid sense of humor. However, they aren't Craftworld Eldar either, lore-wise they're a separate "group" altogether, visiting craftworlds and Commorragh alike, but don't belong to either one. - SudoGhost 09:02, 22 December 2011 (CET)


I noticed this page is classed as a stub. I find this a bit confusing as it is a long and detailed article. Is this just a remnant? If so I, for one, think it should be removed. Kiwichris202 23:38, 14 June 2012 (CEST)

I would guess that it could be because only a single source was used? --Inquisitor S., Großmeister des Ordo Lexicanum 00:03, 15 June 2012 (CEST)

Terminology Update: "Troupers"

Throughout the article, basic members of a Harlequin troupe are referred to as "troupers." Would it be reasonable to update most of these to say "players" to bring the article into line with terminology found in the 8e codex? --PeeterEgonMomus 10:59 am, 7 June 2020 (CEST)

New discussions please to the bottom of a talk page, thanks. You can update the parts that are specifically refering to that Codex. And make a note somnewhere appropriate that troupers and players means the same. I would not advise updating older sources with terms they actually do not use. --Inquisitor S., Großmeister des Ordo Lexicanum (talk) 09:40, 7 June 2020 (UTC)