So.. I've recently begun reading Path of the Renegade and have also begun an Eldar Army to play with(I've read PotW/S, and the Dark Eldar codex as well).. And a thought occurred to me.
Dark Eldar attempt to become near-immortal through the constant absorbing of suffering and pain that sustains their souls, correct? They also feel a constant drain on their souls from Slaanesh(and have since the Fall), but it is dampened in the Webway to an extent. Lastly, when they die they are able to be regenerated by Haemonculi with a piece of their flesh/DNA.. And enough suffering to draw their souls back into their bodies.
So with all that said this leads me to my next set of questions.. Do Craftworld/Exodites feel this drain at all? I do not recall reading anything saying they do, but neither do I recall reading anything saying why they don't or that maybe their spirit stones prevent it to an even greater extent than the Dark Eldar method.
Going from there.. Craftworlders and Exodites use the spirit stones to absorb their souls when they die so they are not devoured by Slaanesh. If that is the case and Dark Eldar do not have this protection when they die, how are their souls still even in existence to be able to be drawn back into their regrown bodies. Since time flows differently/doesn't flow in the Warp and Slaanesh actively hungers for Eldar souls how are they not devoured instantaneously when a none spirit stone using Eldar dies, or at least not devoured enough to be able to be used to revive the dead.
Is this just some fluff inconsistency or are there things I'm missing here?
Now moving to the side a little, but still on topic.. How do things work if a Dark Eldar joins Craftworld society?(I know in Path of the Warrior there was an Incubi turned Striking Scorpion) Does his newly acquired spirit stone stop the drain as mentioned above? Is there some other process on the Craftworlds that prevent them from slowly being drained away? And how would say someone who was steeped in Dark Eldar society make the shift to being a Craftworlder? In the fluff I am writing for my army, I plan on having an Archon who joins the Craftworld and becomes and Autarch. How would one of the elite of Dark Eldar society manage the reform to craftworlder? Would they still have some need to feel suffering and pain or feel a drain with a spirit stone? Would they age exponentially if they were already several thousand years old due to not having any sort of suffering to nourish their bodies?
Just some things I've been thinking about of the past couple days and wondering if someone could provide answers or discussion.