Now that all Warhammer community is anxious about the new Eldar god Ynnead, a lot of players found out that they don't know much about Eldar gods. However, these creatures used to be even more powerful that famous Chaos gods... We've collected info about main Eldar gods so that you'd be more confident about new army of Ynnead
Ynnead is the
God of the Dead and represents the last hope of the dwindling Eldar race. The Eldar believe that when the hold all the spirits of their race, all of the will unite into one Infinity Circuit, and the collective spirits of the Eldar will join to form a new entity in the that will battle and subdue , so that Eldar spirits may once more be able to merge with it and form a single, balanced entity. By doing so, if such a thing is possible, they hope that this will allow the Eldar race to be reborn into a better form. Meanwhile, the Craftworlds and the must be guarded against harm and continue to survive so that all Eldar can see and form in their own minds a concept of the Eldar virtues that will enter along with their souls into the Infinity Circuits.
Ynnead itself (the God of the Dead) is a nascent Eldar god growing in the collective Infinity Circuits of every Craftworld, from the collective souls of the dead Eldar. Ynnead has yet to manifest itself, as it has yet to attain enough power to fulfil its purpose: to destroy Slaanesh and free the Eldar. Ynnead's relationship to is unclear. Ynnead is currently forming within the from the collective Eldar souls found in the Infinity Circuits of the Eldar Craftworlds. As the Eldar God 's psychic might is already bound to each Eldar soul as the result of that god's actions before his consumption by the God Slaanesh, Ynnead, when formed, will be a potent entity indeed, so powerful that it has been foreseen that a new dimension will be created, alongside the Immaterium and the material universe, that will be a part of Ynnead. It has also been foreseen by the Eldar that all of their souls will be forcibly pulled to Ynnead when they die, instead of being drawn into the Warp to be consumed by Slaanesh.
Cegorach, also known as the Laughing God, the Great Harlequin, the Great Fool and the First Fool, is one of the Gods of and the central figure of his worshipers, known as the , belief. Alone among the Eldar gods, Cegorach is believed to have survived the Fall and escaped the fate of the rest of the Eldar pantheon. According to legend, this deity survived because his mocking nature distanced him from the collective psychic corruption and decadence of the ancient Eldar empire that became the . Unknown to the Eldar, Cegorach is in actuality, one of only three to have survived the Fall; the other two being , who is held captive in the Garden of in the within the , and the War God , who lives on through his within the of the Eldar . The story goes that, while Slaanesh fought with Khaine, the Laughing God escaped into the and hid amongst its myriad tunnels. These tales suggest that he remains there still, unassailable, laughing at the as he hatches bitter plans for revenge. It is believed that he resides there still, and is the only being in in existence who knows every single path through the . This might explain how his disciples possess such an intimate knowledge of its twists and turns, for the walk the webway without fear, appearing and disappearing at will. So well versed are they in the webway’s secret routes that many other Eldar have credited the servants of the Laughing God with supernatural powers. There are those who claim that Cegorach walks amongst his children from time to time, wearing the disguise of an anonymous Harlequin Player. Whatever the truth of such tales, the Laughing God's is the only authority that the Harlequins recognise as they fight their wars and perform their mythic dances across the void in his name.
Kaela Mensha Khaine is the the Eldar God of War. Khaine is one of only three surviving Gods of the Eldar. In the old pantheon, he was second only to the Phoenix King himself in power, and was often shown as the enemy of the God of Smiths and Crafting, Vaul. He is also the most violent and reckless of the gods. Asuryan was so appalled by Khaine's murder of , a mortal Eldar, that he cursed Khaine and made his hands drip eternally with the blood of Eldanesh so that everyone would remember his crime.
Khaine is the God of the Eldar associated with battle, war and conflict. Many scholars believe him to be a manifestation of the Eldar's racial passion as manifested in battle and warfare. "Kaela Mensha" is not technically part of Khaine's name, but is actually a title he bears. It roughly translates from the as "Bloody-Handed", a reference to the blood which eternally drips from his hands as a reminder of his murder of the ancient Eldar hero Eldanesh. During the between the and the millions of Terran years ago, Khaine fought and defeated the known as the , shattering his , although the resulting metal shards pierced his flesh, tainting his form with "the aspect of the Reaper." It is also said that this event precipitated the eventual fall of the Eldar: The Nightbringer planted the fear of death within all mortal creatures except the , which enhanced their deep-desire for self-preservation as a race. In the depths of the , the beings of pure psychic energy created within the Immaterium during the turmoil of the War in Heaven would feast on these feelings and grow to sentience, setting into motion a chain of events that would close the Path of Rebirth for Eldar souls forever.
Khaine is one of the three surviving Gods of the Eldar. Khaine is believed to have been assaulted, defeated, and dominated by sometime after Slaanesh's awakening in the 30th Millennium of the following the . Following this, , the of war and murder, battled Slaanesh for Khaine, claiming the Eldar deity as his property by right since they represented the same metaphysical forces. During the struggle between the Chaos Gods, Khaine was driven into the material world, where his psychic core shattered into a thousand pieces. Each piece came to rest at the heart of an Eldar , where it hibernated within the Craftworld's Circuit, but could be animated again to possess an Eldar body and go to war when needed by the Craftworld. By sacrificing an to Khaine on the eve of battle, this newborn of Khaine becomes a fiery, animated manifestation of the God, including the blood dripping from his hands, and the Avatar leads the Eldar army of that Craftworld into battle.
Vaul is the God of Smiths and all craftsmen as well as the brother of the Phoenix King , the ruler of the Eldar pantheon in . Vaul is the patron God of all artisans and a small sect of the Eldar's primary psychic craftsmen, the . Vaul was the architect and primary engineer of Asuryan's palace during the First Age of the . Before Asuryan created the barrier between the world of the Gods and of mortals that split the universe between the physical realm and the , he was depicted as a busy man, always creating swords for the Eldar War God , creating or repairing the Needles of Fate for the Crone Goddess Heg, maintaining the hunting equipment of , and performing all the other acts of divine craftsmanship required by the Eldar Gods. He often created musical instruments to accompany the luring dream songs of Lileath or the life-preserving songs of .
The Eldar background and persona are heavily derived from The Lord of the Rings elves, in that both are lithe humanoids with pointed ears, having superb reflexes and speed, having keen senses and are extremely reclusive and arrogant. This is in addition to both being near extinction and having organic/nature inspired looking crafts of all sorts. In fact, the name Eldar itself is derived from Tolkien's work. Their weaponry and fighting is based on their physiology and therefore is agile and depends more on speed and precision. Asian influences can be seen in some of their weaponry like the shuriken weapon technology and some of their melee weapons. Some others have European origins like the Harlequin which are taken from Renaissance Europe, it is also visible in some of their weapons not to mention their fighting style which looks like a ballet dance of death. Ancient Egyptian roots are also visible in their clothing and also their symbols and writings which are similar to the ancient Hieroglyphic writing and also in their Hierarchy and spirituality. The Eldanesh gods are a good mix of common pagan gods which can be found in a lot of pagan cultures.