Wraithlords (also known as Iron Knights, Wraith-Giants and Eldar Dreadnoughts) are giant Wraith-constructs made of wraithbone and inhabited by the souls of dead Eldar heroes. Towering far above their still-living brethren, the Wraithlord is a force to be reckoned with. Only the most capable warriors of the Craftworlds are encased inside them. They can be armed with a myriad of weapons, including close combat, short ranged and long ranged weaponry with the ability to smash most enemies in combat.
The creation of a Wraithlord involves empowering an Eldar Spirit Stone with the proper soul of an Eldar, plucked from the Infinity Circuit. The soul is then placed into the forehead of a Wraithlord chassis.Should the Wraithlord fall in battle, the Spirit Stone will be recovered and either be placed onto another Wraith construct, or be returned to the Infinity Circuit. Despite the fact that the Wraithlord exists in the real world, the spirit which controls it is never able to be as alert as those still alive, inhabiting a dimension both in the 'real' world and the warp at the same time. This phenomenon is known as 'Wraithsight', and can affect the Wraithlord in battle by making them slower to act and occasionally stopping them from acting at all[1a]. As a result, a Spiritseer must remain in close proximity[1b] to Wraith constructs in order to guide their actions.
Standard Wraithlord equipment include two Power fists, with flamers or Shuriken Cannons attached to the side. In addition, some Wraithlords are equipped with heavy armaments such as Scatter Lasers, missile launchers, Bright Lances and starcannons. Weaponry is often chosen to complement the soul of the spirit controlling the Wraithlord, as their predisposition towards different types of combat follows them beyond death - those who favoured close combat will still attempt to tear their enemies limb from limb or cleave foes with a massive Ghostglaive.
- 1: Codex: Eldar (4th Edition)
- 2: Fulgrim (Novel) by Graham McNeill, [Needs Citation]
- 3: Codex: Eldar (2nd Edition), pg. 21
- 4: Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook, pg. 157
- 5: White Dwarf 236 (UK), pg. 84
- 6: Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook (2012), pg. 275
- 7: Codex: Eldar (6th Edition) pg. 50 and 103
- 8: Valedor (Novel), Chapter Two
|Craftworld Eldar Vehicles|
|Light Vehicles||Jetbike • Vyper • Hornet|
|Walkers||War Walker • Wraithguard • Wraithlord • Wraithseer • Wasp Assault Walker|
|Grav-Tanks||Falcon • Fire Prism • Night Spinner • Firestorm • Warp Hunter • Wave Serpent • Fireheart|
|Artillery||Support Weapon Batteries (D-Cannon • Vibro Cannon • Shadow Weaver)|
|Super-Heavy Vehicles||Cobra • Scorpion • Void Spinner • Storm Serpent • Lynx • Deathstalker • Tempest|
|Super-Heavy Walkers||Wraithknight • Eldar Knight • Revenant Titan • Phantom Titan • Warlock Titan|
|Aircraft||Nightwing • Nightshade • Phoenix • Vampire Raider • Vampire Hunter • Hemlock • Dawnsail • Ghostlance|