Given that the Eldar are a race are guided by Farseers who can literally see the future and then weave their race through the best possible outcomes I would like to ask Warseer how that should influence a story about them.
My personal story writing skills not great but looking at the Eldar as a source for a story starts to cause problems when there’s conflict as far as I can see. If the Eldar are trying to achieve something important they turn to their seers who scry the future and come up with the best possible plan to achieve this goal. If the result would be failure then they wouldn’t do it and if it’s a success they know before they set out which doesn’t make for a great story as you know the outcome and who’s going to live and or die.
I appreciate that on a micro level the Seer may not be aware what someone is going to do next on a decision by decision basis but I’ve always seen them as looking at the bigger picture and only focussing on detail if it’s absolutely necessary. So I’d doubt that the Eldar could be surprised at any macro level of plot. An example of this is the Alaitoc seer report that came back as “Amagad we’re all dead no matter what we do if we go after the Culexus Pariah training camp – best to just leave them alone” source. I have read Path of the Seer and
Is the solution (as far as writing a compelling story goes) is for the Eldar to only undertake some unavoidable & ultra-critical missions where the Farseers themselves don’t know the outcome with any solid degree of certainty. This would then have the Eldar no more in the know than anyone else and doesn’t really fit the fluff (unless their precognitive powers are enabling a very small force to mangle a vastly superior force I suppose).
So I guess there’s a few formats of story the Eldar could be placed in…
1) Farseers know they’re going to win if they do XYZ with ABC.
2) Farseers know they’re going to lose no matter what so either don’t do it or go in anyway as ‘it must be done’ for some reason.
3) Farseers are split ~50/50 and there's a political argument to be had doing it anyway (or the rescue of a lost Phoenix Lord)
4) Only have the Eldar faced with “If we don’t do this we’re 100% guaranteed to get hosed and if we do we’re not sure if we’ll actually triumph but here’s your best plan as far as we can see…over to you Autarchs.” decisions as far as a story goes?
I fully realise that the individual characters in any of those scenarios could make the story worthwhile regardless of the outcome but the question I’m trying to put together is ‘If you were writing a compelling story to keep the reader guessing as to how it pans out involving the Eldar at war how would you see the fluff affecting the writing?’
“Don’t use Seers in the story” gets you -1internet points.