Monday, 26 August 2019

The Void Phoenixes, Part 3

It was at the Well of the Dead that the Void Phoenixes came together. There, Yrule Vivithrax, former Drachon of the Obsidian Rose, saw the Warshard of Khaine being Reborn in Ynnead and bound to Autharch Meliniel of Biel-Tan. There and then, seeing a god of old die and be Reborn at the hand of the Opener of the Seventh Way, he found his true calling. He turned to the survivors among those that had fought under him before Eldanesh's tomb and spoke.
"Brother and sisters, like a Phoenix we were Reborn. Now we can soar through the Void to bring fire and hope. Hope, to those that join us in the Whispering God. Fire, to those that stand in the way of Ynnead's rebirth. Ours will not be a war fought in the open, but a shadow war, for it is to the darkest corners of the Aeldari empire of old that I intend to bring Ynnead's word. Who will follow me?"
Not a single word came from the twelve warriors gathered around Yrule. And yet, the Whisper echoed with their voices and those of the spirits anchored to them.
"I will!"

Yrule Vivithrax, the Thanarch (Autharch, Specialism: Strategist, Demeanour: Boundless Ambition)

Like many Kabalites present when Yvraine was Reborn on the sand of the Crucibael, Yrule Vivithrax had joined the Ynnari out of opportunity. There was power among them, power that could be used to climb higher in the ranks of Commorrite society. And yet, as he fought through the bitter wars that took the Ynnari to the Mon-keigh's capital word, true faith blossomed in him. For if a Drachon could commune with the spirits of deceased Aspect Warriors, gain their skills and in so doing prevent his soul from being slowly devoured by She-Who-Thirsts, truly there lied the path to the restoration of the Aeldari. And so he donned the mask of the Striking Scorpion and the wings of the Swooping Hawk and fully embraced the Cult of Ynnead. Since then, he claimed the title of Thanarch and fought ever harder to prove his worth in the eyes of Ynnead and his Prophet.

Lann of the Unyielding Fire (Dire Avenger Exarch, Specialism: Leader, Demeanour: Absolute Focus)

Lann firmly follows Asurmen's tactical teachings, but he has learned much from the Thanarch. He now masters the art of the hidden blade and can use fear as a weapon. And yet, he still remains supremely focused in battle. To Lann there is only the mission and it is to him and his Temple of the Unyielding Fire that Yrule turns for the most delicate missions, knowing that Lann will sacrifice all for their success.

Torc Cegodari (Dire Avenger, Specialism: Veteran, Demeanour: Acrobatic)

Torc bears herself with innate grace, her every fluid movement enacting Asurmen's teachings to perfection. She earned herself the moniker Cegodari 'She Who Laughs at Despair' on countless battlefields, long before being Reborn. Hence on matters of war she remains staunchly traditionalist.

Barahir and Dis'ar (Dire Avengers)

The last surviving members of the Unyielding Fire, Barahir and Dis'ar have enthusiatsically embraced their new faith and the underhanded tactics Lann has introduced to the Temple.

Excrucia Kharavyxis (Howling Banshee Exarch, Specialism: Leader, Demeanour: Dark Flamboyance)

In both her attire and battle style, Excrucia demonstrated tremendous flair, making her a favourite of the Commorrite arenas. She delighted in paralising her opponents with poisoned blades and then slowly dismembering them. Since her Rebirth, she has gathered in herself only the most embittered Aeldari spirits and now it is their wailing that paralyse her enemies. All of this makes her Yrule's favourite terror weapon, the perfect leader when total annihilition is the objective.

Uless (Howling Banshee)

Once Excrucia's sparring partner, Uless as well has learnt to direct the rage and spite of the Aeldari departed against their enemies. The two often fight together, constantly competing for the highest death tally.

Jair and Bhanlhar (Guardian Defender, Specialism: Comms, Demeanour: Cold as the Void - Weapon Platform)

As the Dathedian split the galaxy, Jair's entire family fell to the daemons that breached Ulthwé. In the aftermath of the battle, daubing her weapon platform Bhanlhar 'Avenger of the Lost Clan', she embraced the Seventh Way and swore to eradicate Chaos. All the Void Phoenixes trust her counsel on the battlefield, for she suppresses all emotions and only follows the dictates of purest logic.

Hal'thar and Eärandil (Guadian Defenders)

Renowned artisans on Biel-Tan, Hal'thar and Eärandil have fashioned the armours worn by the Void Phoenixes and maintain all their equipment.

Thresyn Neverbreath (Storm Guardian Gunner, Specialism: Scout, Demeanour: Mistrustful)

Before embracing Ynnead, Thresyn had survived the intrigues of the Dark City by trusting no one but himself. He had never joined a Kabal and earned himself a leaving as a trafficker of information in Low Commorragh. Though he has now found true bothers and sisters, even in battle he still prefers to keep to himself and regularly prawls ahead of the rest of the Void Phoenixes.

Fachean (Storm Guardian)

Fachean always had a taste for finery and, as a Corsair captain, he ruthlessly pursued the fulfilment of his desires. His ship now serves the cause of Ynnead, but he has not lost his taste for the finest things in life.

Inghfar the Wanderer (Ranger, Specialism: Sniper, Demeanour: Mentally Dexterous)

Inghfar has never spoken of his life before he took the Path of the Outcast. What is clear, is that over long centuries roaming the galaxy he has trained his mind to move at lightining speed. He can think, plan and react with a swiftness unmatched among the Void Phoenixes.