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FireN.Brimstone
03-10-2006, 23:20
Whatís the best place to find the fluff of Harlequins? I tried the fluff and trail codex on the UK site, but theyíre both rather vague. As Iíve looked around Iíve seen that there defiantly is more fluff out there, I just donít know where to find it. What Iím most interested in is whatís the deal with the Solitaire and how do they escape from the Great Enemy?

Nabeshin1106
04-10-2006, 00:11
Wikipedia? That's how i've read most of the 40k fluff.

Commander Ozae
04-10-2006, 00:14
The Solitaire's are the greatest of the Harlequins, because their souls are not protected from She Who Thirsts. They represent Chaos in the Harlequin dances and are said to be the most deadly soldiers of the Harlequins. The Guardian Scribes of the Black Library are the oldest and most powerful Solitaire's. When they die their soul is fought over by Slaanesh and the Laughing God and whoever wins gets the soul.

Kage2020
04-10-2006, 01:24
Which, of course, doesn't even remotely answer the question! ;)

The only 'fluff' that I recall about the Solitaires was that their souls were forfeit if the Great Harlequin could not provide some form of "special trick" to save the soul. As to what this means with regards to the nature of the Solitaire soul, etc., is up to you decide.

For example:


Solitaires (arebennian) are outside the masque, and roam the universe alone, occasionally joining a masque for a single performance or battle as the fancy takes them. They are the only Harlequins who can play the role of Slaanesh in the great Harlequin masterwork known as The Dance; various stories exist of other Harlequins who have tried, and been driven mad by the experience. They almost always fight as Individuals.

Among the Eldar it is said that Solitaires are Harlequins who have been touched directly by the Great Harlequin, and have his insight into the fall of the race and the nature of the universe. A Solitaire may live unknown among Eldar (or even members of another race) for years or decades, and there are many rumours and folk-tales telling of Eldar who have met a Solitaire, and realised later that this was the Great Harlequin himself. Solitaires represent the very pinnacle of the Harlequin ideal, and are formidable foes.
GW doesn't like to answer these questions. Heck, they don't even like to answer more fundamental ones.

Kage

Inq. Veltane
04-10-2006, 02:01
2nd Edition Codex Eldar has quite a bit of useful information in it if you're happy with published sources.

LarryS
04-10-2006, 12:07
Kage, you might know this one. The original list for the harlequins dates back to 1st ed rules and was in an old WD (105?) and later reprinted in ...I think it was the Warhammer 40000 Compendium? Large format, red cover w/ ultramarines on the cover and harlequins on the back.
Since then GW has changed a lot of the harlequin titles. Troupe leaders were originally called Avatars and High Avatars. Psykers were called Warlocks and High Warlocks. No confusion w/ the new list there...;)

Kage2020
04-10-2006, 16:09
Kage, you might know this one. The original list for the harlequins dates back to 1st ed rules and was in an old WD (105?) and later reprinted in ...I think it was the Warhammer 40000 Compendium?
Yep, I know that one.


Large format, red cover w/ ultramarines on the cover and harlequins on the back.
Cannot remember the Compendium, to be honest. The original WD105 had Harlequins on the front, or at least I'm pretty sure it had.


Since then GW has changed a lot of the harlequin titles.
Kinda.


Troupe leaders were originally called Avatars and High Avatars.
Indeed, with the High Avatar being the overall leader of the troupe.


Psykers were called Warlocks and High Warlocks. No confusion w/ the new list there...;)
Don't forget the Mimes. After all, a Mime is a terrible thing to waste...

<kaboom-tish> (liberally stolen from Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Kage

Atherakhia
04-10-2006, 16:52
I was gonna say 2nd ed Codex: Eldar
also Wikipedia (here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldar_Harlequins)), UK Games Workshop Site (here (http://uk.games-workshop.com/eldar/harlequins/)) or Lexicanum (UK version here (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Harlequins), German version here (http://wh40k.lexicanum.de/wiki/Harlequins) (includes pictures))

Hope That Helps

Voronwe[MQ]
04-10-2006, 17:03
Solitaires represents Chaos in the harlequin's dances... HELL, I've always liked their models, but their background have been unknown to me yet, and I supposed it was not that... great. Does anything in their army list/dances represent the Fall, the Eldar's bitter struggle for survival, the dark side of the Eldar (aka Dark Eldar), emerging (and ultimately more naive) younger races, the Webway, Eldar society...?

EDIT:
It will now be hard to resist buying a squad of harlequins. Sic Transit Gloriam Mundi says my wallet now when Death Korps is out.

Is it genetical? I once again realises that three-four or so of the threads have my account as the one who posted the latest time.

Bregalad
04-10-2006, 19:21
I was gonna say 2nd ed Codex: Eldar
also Wikipedia (here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldar_Harlequins)), UK Games Workshop Site (here (http://uk.games-workshop.com/eldar/harlequins/)) or Lexicanum (UK version here (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Harlequins), German version here (http://wh40k.lexicanum.de/wiki/Harlequins) (includes pictures))

Hope That Helps

Also try the upcoming Codex. GW is proud of the amount of fluff in it.

dean
04-10-2006, 19:35
The original WD105 had Harlequins on the front, or at least I'm pretty sure it had.


It does. Harlies with a red border. I had it out last night looking for something. Huuuge amount of fluff in it including a story.

Unfortunately the newer fluff will probibly overwrite most of it. :(

Bregalad
04-10-2006, 20:19
Thanks for the advice. I just found and bought one WD105 on ebay ;)

IJW
04-10-2006, 20:23
WD104 also had info on the Harlequins.

Bregalad
04-10-2006, 21:07
Damn ;)
But I guess, the main fluff is in 105. I don't need old rules or painting guides

Kage2020
04-10-2006, 22:27
Huuuge amount of fluff in it including a story.
I guess it is just me that such an article can be appropriately described as a "huge amount of 'fluff'"... <sigh>

Kage