18 February 2015 | Warhammer 40,000: Conquest

Master of Hawks

Preview the Eldar Warlord from the Descendants of Isha War Pack



“May the winds of fate guide my sword.”

Long ago, only one race of Eldar dwelt among the stars. But their depravity awakened a new Ruinous Power: She Who Thirsts. Now the race has split into the Dark Eldar and the Eldar. One of these factions embraces every form of torture, while the other walks a path of asceticism. You’ll find new warlords for both in the Descendants of Isha War Pack for Warhammer 40,000: Conquest!

In December, we announced Descendants of Isha, and in our announcement article, we revealed Urien Rakarth, a Haemonculus devoted to the study and perfection of torture. Today, we turn our attention to the Eldar warlord included in this War Pack: Baharroth, Phoenix Lord of the Swooping Hawks!

Lord of the Winds

Baharroth (Descendants of Isha, 111) is known as “The Cry of the Wind” in the Eldar Lexicon. He is renowned for his speed in battle, and he has led his Swooping Hawks to countless victories. In Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, Baharroth’s ability text consists of just one word, but that word conveys everything you need to know about the Swooping Hawks’ fighting style. Baharroth bears the Mobile keyword, allowing him to move to an adjacent planet at the beginning of any combat phase. 

While plenty of other units in Warhammer 40,000: Conquest have possessed the Mobile keyword, a Mobile warlord opens new strategies for Eldar forces in the Traxis sector. Because he’s Mobile, Baharroth may win the command struggle on one planet, then move to an adjacent planet for battle. Baharroth’s mobility also allows him to threaten an attack on multiple planets, forcing your opponent to spread his defenses thin. In addition, no other warlord can so easily avoid the hunt of Ragnar Blackmane (The Howl of Blackmane, 1) as the Phoenix Lord of the Swooping Hawks. 

Of course, Baharroth is not the only Mobile unit the Eldar command. Four copies of Baharroth's Hawks (Descendants of Isha, 112) join him in battle, and each of these units bears the Mobile keyword. In addition, these units gain three additional ATK when they’re at the same planet as Baharroth. With two command icons each, these units can easily win command struggles at planets across the sector, then flock to Baharroth’s side for battle, becoming dangerous attackers. 

Legend tells that Baharroth’s sword was forged in the dying fires of a supernova, and now you can wield The Shining Blade (Descendants of Isha, 114) against your enemies. The Shining Blade can only be attached to a Mobile unit, but between Baharroth and Baharroth’s Hawks, you have plenty of Mobile units at your disposal. This attachment grants a crucial Interrupt to the attached unit. Whenever the attached unit declares an attack, you may declare that attack against an enemy unit at an adjacent planet instead. By stretching your attacks to adjacent planets, you can easily clear your opponent’s units with minimal danger to your own units, preparing the way for your eventual conquest.

You can boost your attacks to even greater potency with Banner of the Ashen Sky (Descendants of Isha, 113). After a unit moves from one planet to another, such as through the use of the Mobile keyword, you may exhaust this support to give that unit a heightened ATK for its next attack. With a Mobile warlord, you can be sure that you’ll trigger this Reaction almost every turn, increasing the power of your attacks and destroying the enemies of the Eldar craftworlds. 

Finally, in some cases, even a Mobile unit can’t move fast enough between the planets to reach your objective. In those cases, you can play one of the two copies of Cry of the Wind (Descendants of Isha, 115) included in this signature squad. By playing this free event after a unit moves from one planet to another, you can move that unit to an adjacent planet. This naturally increases the mobility of your Mobile units, but it also gives you a response to your opponent’s Mobile units, allowing you to force them back to the planet they originally came from or draw them further on into a deadly trap. However you use Cry of the Wind, it’s certain to secure air superiority for your warlord and his armies.

Elegant and Deadly

When you field Baharroth as your warlord, the Swooping Hawks are yours to command, but this War Pack also offers you the torture and dread experimentations of Urien Rakarth. Who will you lead to command the Traxis sector – the Eldar or the Dark Eldar? 

Make your choice, and pre-order the Descendants of Isha War Pack at your local retailer!

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