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hummus
25-02-2011, 11:30
who makes them
what are they made from
and how are they made any ideas
gonna use them for a fluf idea for my alpha legion splinter army

Hendarion
25-02-2011, 11:50
1) Isha makes them - they are Tears of Isha - no idea, probably nobody is able to create them anymore.
2) They are made of Isha's Tears. No, seriously, some kind of crystal, similar to Wraithbone, but still distinct.
3) How are they made? As far as I know they aren't created anymore and that's the problem. They can be farmed on Chrone Worlds though... if you feel like going on a crazy Slaanesh-Eldar-Demon-Planet. That is also the only source I know.

Idaan
25-02-2011, 12:13
Don't feel like typing it all out, so just read straight from the source:


THE TEARS OF ISHA
Artefacts called spirit stones have existed for as long as the Eldar can remember. The story about how they were created is told in the Dance of Asuryan. One night the Goddess Lileath had a dream in which she saw Khaine the War God torn to pieces by a mortal descendant of Kurnous the god of the hunt and Isha the goddess of the harvest. Kurnous and Isha had many children who included immortal gods as well as the very first mortals - the Eldar. When Lileath told Khaine about her dream he resolved to destroy the mortal children of Kurnous and Isha, and pursued them through the Heavenly Realm, trapping and slaying many before Asuryan the Phoenix King heard the weeping of their mother Isha and came to see what was happening. When he discovered what Khaine had done, Asuryan banished the remaining Eldar to the Mortal Lands and forbad all further contact between mortals and gods.
Kurnous and Isha were dismayed at being parted from their offspring and asked their uncle Vaul the Smith god to help to reunite them. Vaul took the tears shed by Isha and turned them into spirit stones. By means of the stones an Eldar could talk to the gods, and in this way the Eldar and gods could communicate even though they could never meet. Although Vaul knew Asuryan had forbidden contact between mortals and gods he gave one of the stones to Isha and the remainder to her mortal children the Eldar.
By means of the stones the Eldar talked to Isha. They learned how to use the stones to draw runes, and were shown how the energy of the stones could be combined with the runes to make skeletal frameworks for all kinds of structures and craft. Unfortunately, Khaine overheard Isha one day as she talked through her stone to the Eldar, and the War God immediately told Asuryan.
Asuryan was so enraged that his order had been disobeyed that he gave Kurnous and Isha to Khaine to do with as he pleased. Vaul could not bare to see his brother and sister harmed by Khaine so he struck a bargain in return for their safety. Khaine agreed that if Vaul were to make him a thousand enchanted weapons by the same time the following year he would let Kurnous and Isha go free.
Vaul worked hard all year, but at the end of the time the final weapon, a long sword, still lay unfinished on the anvil. To conceal the shortfall Vaul picked up an ordinary sword and mixed it into the others, and gave the weapons to Khaine who was too pleased to spot the deception. Vaul, Kurnous and Isha hurried away. As they made good their escape Khaine discovered the ordinary sword hidden among the weapons and roared with anger, calling Vaul a cheat and crying out for revenge.
Following this episode the Dream of Asuryan tells how Khaine and Vaul fight each other, and how Vaul reforges the unfinished sword to use against his enemy. After a series of battles Vaul is finally caught by Khaine who cripples him and chains the Smith God to his own anvil. Vaul's Sword then passes into the hands of the mortal hero Eldanesh, who finally confronts Khaine and is torn apart and killed.
Asuryan was so appalled by the murder of Eldanesh that he cursed Khaine and made his hands drip eternally with the blood of Eldanesh so that everyone would remember what he had done. The sword then passed through the hands of Eldanesh's descendants until it was finally lost in the Sea of Broken Tears by Inriam the Young.
SPIRIT STONES
Spirit stones are glassy spheres which are warm to the touch. They respond to the psychic emanations of anyone who holds them, glowing brightly in the hands of a mighty Bonesinger, blue if touched by a Farseer, and red or orange if handled by a Warlock. All of these are types of Eldar Seer - the name given to Eldar who have been trained to use their psychic powers.
A spirit stone is a tool which allows a Bonesinger to draw raw energy from the warp and shape it into matter. The matter created in this way is called Wraithbone, and it can be psychically teased and manipulated by the Bonesinger into almost any form he wishes. Wraithbone is extremely tough and resilient. It forms the backbone of spacecraft and large structures as well as countless smaller items. Nor is Wraithbone used only for utilitarian artefacts like spacecraft, it is also used to create sculptural works of art.
Because Wraithbone is a solidified form of warp energy it has several special properties. It never really loses its physical connection to the warp, so that in a sense part of it remains in the warp at all times. As a result Wraithbone can channel psychic energy much as an electric cable carries current. At the same time it also contains psychic forces and can shield the forces it contains from other psychic energy.
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In order to save their souls from destruction by Slaanesh, every Eldar wears a small spirit stone called a Waystone. If the Eldar dies his psychic self is absorbed by the Waystone. The Waystone can then be taken back to the Eldar's own Craftworld and embedded into the Wraithbone core where it will grow into a larger spirit stone. Once the spirit stone is implanted, the soul of the Eldar can travel freely through the Wraithbone, mingling with other Eldar souls and forming part of the communal spirit of the Craftworld itself. All the souls contained within a Craftworld are collectively known as the Infinity Circuit. Individual Eldar souls can enter specific parts of the Craftworld to provide the energy and controlling intelligence which is needed by many Eldar Technical devices. Other souls can leave the Infinity Circuit for a short while by entering Waystones which are then placed within robot bodies. The soul contained in the Waystone animates the robot body and enables the dead Eldar to move about the Craftworld and even fight alongside the living in the form of Wraithguard.

The only source of spirit stones being the Crone Worlds is mentioned only twice, and in Rogue Trader and 3,5e Chaos Space Marines codex at that. If it were true, it would raise questions how they can be so wide-spread (used by Bonesingers and Farseers for their daily jobs), how they existed before the Fall or how the Exodites acquire them. The root of this piece of background can be traced back to the 2e Eldar codex, which says this:


The spirit stones are a crystallisation of psychic forces caused by the interference of the Warp and the material universe. Such materials are found only where the Warp intrudes upon the material universe, such as round the Webway gates and within the Eye of Terror. The Crone worlds are made almost entirely from these substances, but they are far too dangerous for any Eldar to visit. Some Outcasts travel to the Croneworlds, but few return and none return entirely unchanged.

So the Croneworlds are NOT the only source of the spirit stones. It is however imaginable that the biggest or purest stones needed for special purposes can be acquired only there.

Idaan
25-02-2011, 12:14
Edit: double post, please delete.

MagosHereticus
25-02-2011, 13:34
1) Isha makes them - they are Tears of Isha - no idea, probably nobody is able to create them anymore.
2) They are made of Isha's Tears. No, seriously, some kind of crystal, similar to Wraithbone, but still distinct.
3) How are they made? As far as I know they aren't created anymore and that's the problem. They can be farmed on Chrone Worlds though... if you feel like going on a crazy Slaanesh-Eldar-Demon-Planet. That is also the only source I know.


"tears of isha" is an allegory, taking it at face value is nonsense

Hendarion
25-02-2011, 16:00
"tears of isha" is an allegory, taking it at face value is nonsense
I am totally aware of that. You will find some kind of irony in my post if you look closely. Nevermind.

@Idaan:
Interesting piece of text. On what page is that in the 2nd Ed Codex?

Idaan
25-02-2011, 18:00
Page 56, below the wargear entry for Wailing Doom.

Hendarion
25-02-2011, 20:27
Ah, nice :)
I guess I really should read that book again entirely to fresh up my memories :)

AvatarForm
26-02-2011, 05:04
Refreshing.