I have read all of the Black Library Eldar books, which I must say are probably the most interesting books from that publisher that I have read; the only possible exception to that would be Ciaphas Cain.
Now, having read Path of the Warrior and Path of the Seer, I absolutely loved the philosophy behind the Aspect rituals, and their "war mask" as a psychological coping tool. It was really well thought-out, and made a lot of sense!
Now... my question. What about guardians? They do not have the training that the aspect warriors do.
In Path of the Warrior, it took Korlandril several 'cycles', I got the impression it was months, to even first don his War Mask. It was deemed by his Exarch that if he were to fight for real before then, he would not be able to control himself. Now he was particularly susceptible to Khaine's touch, so I am sure he is a BIT of an exception, but my question still stands.
How do the guardians go into fights without any of the Warrior training, without war masks etc., and manage to cope with their experience? I know that they don't see much action in the fluff compared to what they do on the tabletop, but it seems to me that it would cause untold amounts of trauma to them.
In Paths of the Seer, ... the protagonist, whose name I can't remember sadly, has flashbacks of her time as a Dire Avenger, and it almost drives her mad. This is someone who has walked and mastered the Path, and she struggles to keep her recurrent memories in check.
How do guardians do it? Do they just not suffer as strongly because they don't have the mark of Khaine? Do they go into intense grief-management sessions afterwards? Do they not fight enough to be affected? Or is it a bit of a grey area in the fluff?
Thanks for your consideration!