Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade Profile Preview - The Eldar and the Orks

Find out why the eldar and the orks are battling to the death on the planet Kronus in this upcoming stand-alone expansion for 2004's popular real-time strategy game.

Warhammer 40,000's rich sci-fi universe came to life like never before with 2004's Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War, a real-time strategy game that gave you command of some of the fiercest armies in the galaxy. In the upcoming stand-alone Dark Crusade expansion, you'll be given command of those armies once again, but now you've got a goal: conquer an entire planet. Like the Total War games, Dark Crusade will let you plan your moves on a large map and then engage in real-time combat to determine the winner of battles. The planet you're fighting for is Kronus, and each of the game's races has a special reason for wanting it. To continue our look at the factions in the expansion, we've got details on the eldar and the orks. Dark Crusade will ship later this year.

Farseer Taldeer absolutely hates necrons. It's a good thing she leads the eldar forces on Kronus.

Eldar

The eldar are one of the oldest of the space-faring races, and long ago they fought a bloody war with the necrons, the soulless machines that capture the living and sacrifice them to their star gods, the C'tan. The eldar won the war, imprisoning the C'tan and forcing the necrons to flee to tomb worlds, such as the planet Kronus, to hide and await the day the living returned.

When the necrons emerged on Kronus, the eldar went into action, dispatching the eldar of Craftworld Ulthwe to destroy the necron threat. The eldar forces conceal themselves in the wastes of Tyrea, an icy artic region on Kronus. From Tyrea, the eldar maintain the three webway gates that transport troops and supplies from the eldar space vessel, located somewhere in the Kronus star system. The eldar's goal is to crush the necrons, as well as all the other races whose presence allowed the necrons to rise once again.

The leader of the eldar forces on Kronus is Farseer Taldeer. She has spent her life tormented by visions of the necrons returning, and now she has a mission to crush the necrons once and for all. Like all hero units in the game, Taldeer can be outfitted with potent war gear to make her a powerful force in battle.

The ork warlord Gorgutz knows how to party.

Orks

The savage orks are the barbarians of the galaxy. These mighty warriors pillage system after system in their quest to crush anyone who would stand in their way. That's how the orks arrived on Kronus. After learning that the necrons, space marines, tau, and other factions were caught up in battle, the orks rushed to the planet to partake in the fun.

The ork stronghold is located on the Green Coast, an area of lush jungles. This is where the ork warlord Gorgutz leads his mighty waaagh, or tribe, of warriors, and where the ork asteroid ships crash-landed on the planet. If another faction can capture the Green Coast, the orks would be defeated. However, defeating Gorgutz won't be easy. He's a cunning leader who recruited his warriors from many ork tribes. This includes the almost feral orks of Kronus' deep jungle.

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Bloodnecron
Bloodnecron

it would be cool if you could play the campagn onilne with your frends.

DredWulf
DredWulf

Frostyface that's if you go with the Ork Ending...the Ending that's considered Canon is the IG/Eldar ending. So no Sturrn did not die. Ed...the Codex is what matters because without the codex or tabletop 40k wouldn't exist. My Info is correct as well because I am citing all the source material just because Relic's NightBringer is invulnerable doesn't mean the actual nightbringer is invulnerable..the real nightbringer lost to Khaine..live with it.

Frostyace
Frostyace

um... dreadwulf genral sturrn died he was killed by gorgutz and gorguz showed sturrn's head on a pike to crull /chaos lord and thats how he died

Cman120
Cman120

Wow. Taldeer AND Gorgutz. Weren't they in Winter Assault?

-Ed-
-Ed-

meh? if you would read the info about the game The Night Bringer is invulnerable when he is summoned until the ability runs out so really get you info right i dont care about what the Codex says.

DredWulf
DredWulf

Not really since the Ctan are the gods of the Materium which is reality as we know it the Chaos gods are the Lords of the Immaterium better known as the Warp. Warp based weapons and psykers are the bane of necrons and the Ctan doing all they can to stop the tear in the warp. Just like the Eldar God Khaine Defeated the NightBringer, it has been theorized that Khorne would annihalate the NightBringer or as the eldar refer to him as Kaelis Ra.

-Ed-
-Ed-

Sorry DredWulf anyway its good to let others know how ownage the Necrons are!!! But about the comment that Chaos are going to beat the Necrons i must say it is possible after they get the Demon prince but i'd like to see the showdown between The Nightbringer and The Demon prince but i'm shure the Nightbringer would have to win. Chaos would probably have to double team with the Bloodthirster to have a chance. Peace out.

Binzen
Binzen

Dred's not spoiling the plot of DC, just some history from the WH40K universe in general.

Marko218
Marko218

nomy what u mean u aint attracted!? this expansion is gonna put DoW on the toppgames list! I bet it will get a 9.0 rating at least!

jwsoul
jwsoul

So looking forward to this game....

Binzen
Binzen

Again, it's appreciated, DredWulf. =^)

nomy_129
nomy_129

i think i m not attracted

DredWulf
DredWulf

I did cite wikipedia as a source and hopefully this will put the issue to rest. Plus Necrons are gonna lose to Chaos..

-Ed-
-Ed-

Um DredWulf (or should i say wikipedia) thanks but ahhhh just a tad too much info. LOL aND by the way Necrons are gonna pwn Tau.

_Sam_
_Sam_

don't know if I'm getting this, since I don't have the first

DredWulf
DredWulf

The War in Heaven The C'tan used the hatred of the Necrontyr towards the Old Ones and allowed themselves to be used as weapons in the so-called War in Heaven, unleashing their raw power to destroy entire star systems and wipe out opposing species. Now with an army of immortal soldiers, and many new technologies, including a faster-than-light drive of incredible ability, and 'godlike weapons' added to their already vast powers, the C'tan began to make war on their enemies, quickly overrunning the Old Ones and taking the mastery of the galaxy for themselves for millions of years. The Old Ones were pushed to the fringes of the galaxy and apparently allowed to remain there - the Codex: Necrons describes their last outposts as besieged, but also describes the Old Ones as having 'utter supremacy' in battle at this stage. Given the absolute dominance of the C'tan, it is likely that they allowed the Old Ones to survive- a clue is to be found elsewhere in the Codex: Necrons, where it states that the C'tan considered the essence of the Old Ones to be a delicacy; completely destroying the Old Ones would also remove this delicacy from existence. During this time of C'tan dominance, the Deceiver led the C'tan into consuming other C'tan- according to Eldrad Ulthran, the C'tan numbered in the thousands at the beginning of their involvement in the War in Heaven. Later, the Eldar god known as The Laughing God would deceive the Outsider into consuming C'tan also, which would drive him insane- but these are two separate events. Desperate to rectify the situation, the Old Ones created new servant races to use as warriors and weapons against the C'tan; however, this was to prove their undoing. These new generations of warrior-races, including the Eldar, had stronger connections to the Warp, and because of this, as they grew in numbers, they would stir the currents of the Warp into forming creatures called daemons, which were inimical to the order the Old Ones sought. The Eldar, being one of the oldest races still in existence, record much of their role in this war; they believe that their smith-god, Vaul, created the Blackstone Fortresses as weapons to injure or destroy a C'tan, and brought them to battle the most powerful of the C'tan, the Dragon. They were evidently unsuccessful, as the Dragon endured, though Eldar myth in Xenology describes the Dragon as being 'becalmed' by this or some other plan of Vaul's. These Blackstone Fortresses must have been a considerable threat to the C'tan, as upon reawakening, the Deceiver went to great lengths to destroy them, having so far destroyed between four and five (the destruction of the fifth has not been confirmed, but in the year 40,999, it disappeared, under attack by a flotilla of Necron ships) of the six fortresses, and having arranged for two to be put beyond the reach of the Eldar by causing them to fall into the hands of Abaddon the Despoiler. Khaine, the Eldar god of war, also fought the C'tan; in Eldar myth he is recorded as doing battle with many of his mightiest champions against the Nightbringer. He was able to destroy one of the Nightbringer's Necrodermis bodies personally, but was maimed in the process, thus causing the Nightbringer to curse the Eldar with mortality. Previously, they believed that their race reincarnated when slain; but afterwards, death became permanent for them. It is noted this fear of death caused the birth of the chaos god Nurgle. It is also said that this curse sewed the seeds for the eventual birth of Slaanesh. The Orks - the Deceiver labels them Krorks - also, along with other, minor races, date back to this time. But they do not record their history beyond a certain degree, living very much in the present. Somehow they remain free of the taint of the Nightbringer, meaning they have no fear of death, unlike other races who have had contact with it.

Binzen
Binzen

Appreciated, DredWulf.

DredWulf
DredWulf

Actually Angroth the Laughing God of the Eldar tricked the outsider to devour his brethren making the outsider go insane and grant a small victory to the eldar. The Talisman of Vaul wounded the Void Dragon in a single hit and that's what Caused him to to into stasis. Khaine Defeated the Nightbringer and in his throes injured Khaine giving all Eldar the curse and fear of Death prior to Slaanesh. The Deciever which is the most cunning but weakest of the Ctan convinced the other Star Gods to devour each other prior to the Outsider being fooled by the Laughing God...The Necrons did win the war but at a huge cost to themselves, My sources are both codexes and wikipedia.

DredWulf
DredWulf

It appears however that the same characters Farseer Taldeer and Gorgutz from Winter Assault are both returning to Kronus from Lorn V is that suggesting General Sturnn is also making a return??

Marko218
Marko218

Damn it! I was in my local Games shop yesterday and asked when this thing is coming, and I got shocked that it aint coming till 27 oktober (in Norway) Damn it! does it realy take more than 2 weeks to transport goods from one continent to the other!?

X_Deos
X_Deos

As far as the 'nids, Relic has repeatedly said that, with the game's current framework, they couldn't do them justice and therefore won't do them. This game's basic method is waay too close to the way Starcraft worked for a nid' side to work anything other then the way the Zerg worked, and all the idiots out there who don't get that 40K pre-dates SC would start the whining about this being a SC clone (Idiotic I know, but then again so is most of the population). My main hope for this is that they re-did the tech trees again, and this time a little closer to the original DoW. The way the tier 4 research worked for all sides is waay to cookie-cutter, and what they did with Chaos ("Chaos Projectiles", Horrors, Sorc, and Raptors in a Khornate Army, and no Terminators or Dreads) has been retarded from the word go. That, and how un-orky the orks are have been my main complaints with this game since the open beta.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Well... I would like to see the 'nids and D-eldar but if it just ended up being crappy, they may as well leave it out or at least save it for last, which is what they may very well be doing. Not that they would play THAT much differently from marines but I'd like to see Witch Hunters/Sisters of Battle in this game too.

Brodersalsa
Brodersalsa

It's a shame with the tyranids, cause all they need to do is make a final expansion with dark eldar and tyranids, then this game will be perfect.. Don't really understand why the engine wouldn't be able to handle the critters, i mean it, handles imperial guard and orks just fine.

scubasteve136
scubasteve136

from what i understand the current engine cannot support the unique way tyranids would play. I have heard, just rumor but still what I heard, tryanids will more likely be when they bring out an official sequel rather than expansion

cardboardarmy
cardboardarmy

i cant wait until they put the tyranids into one of these expansions

farnes
farnes

i've finished wk40000, winter assault a while ago, now i'm waiting to get my hands on this release.

Binzen
Binzen

LOL TintedChimes. x^D

orkdok
orkdok

Actually the Eldar did beat the Necrons. Go to Gamesworkshop.com and it will tell you. Khaine fought against the NightBringer and defeated him but did not destroy him. the Necrons were beaten but the Eldar empire destroyed. that's all i know. Ohh, and another thing Tau rocks!!!!!!!!

l3loodAngel
l3loodAngel

Mati u are an imbecile! How do i know if i like it or no if i dont read it? And about my comment, its not forbidden to make comments is it not?

James10987
James10987

I'm really looking forward to this release. DOW, Winter Assault and Company of Heroes, Relic is on a role. I'm not even trying the demo for this, I'll be the first in line to buy next week. Thanks to everyone who worked on this game and the past ones, you've taken RTS to the next level, damn good job guys!

ecoKILL
ecoKILL

I have a little off-top question : in the first DoW campaign , in the end space marine hero released a demon-god out of that sphere . Anyone knows what happened next to that demon-god ?

Matti9845
Matti9845

fellmanpx go away, its been written fro people who dont know W40k and dow. hell if u h8 it so much why did u read it then comment on it

l3loodAngel
l3loodAngel

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angroth
angroth

they did not have to deal with the warp until now, they only caused the warp to shift to the chaotic realm we all know now. they are nonexistent in the warp, and they do not understand it. the ctan went into their tombs to prevent themselves from starving, cause there was not a single lifeform left to feed on, except the remaining ctans. but they realized that there was no point in destroying even the last of their own kind, so they took shelter in the tomb worlds. thats why the other ctan (which name i do not know in english) tricked the nightbringer out of his tomb world and almost killed him. he managed to survive even despite not sleeping in stasis, and that made him crazy in a way, and even more unpredictable than he was in the old times.

Jon_Okrucky
Jon_Okrucky

angroth is only half right in codex necrons the c'tan did go to the tomb worlds by choice but only because the war with the "old ones" (the race that made the eldar not the ealdar themshelfs i would point out) had caused the warp to shift from an formless other realm into the plane of Chaos that it is in the game this caused a plague in the moral realm that drove the necrons to the tomb worlds

angroth
angroth

@ raltoren in the codex necrons there is nowhere mentioned that the c´tan were banished to their tomb worlds, but they went there on their own will. i havent read the codex eldar, but it would be funny if there is a different turn of the story written.

241sqdn
241sqdn

This game is shaping up to be good, now they have made more like the Total War games it shouldn't get so boaring once you have completed the campain.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@ D-Eckhaus: Well this game runs on the same engine so......that mostly means the grafics stay the same, and it's actually an expansion (altho it's stand alone) But the grafics aren't that bad + the battle can be quite massive and cutting edge grafics wouldn't have a very positve effect with that. @ cjcr_alexandru: Well either they are...or they have tabletop and own a codex :-P But the americans among us are lucky....the game will be released in abiut a little over a week......We in europe have to wait another 20 days + after that and I'm really looking forward

d_eckhaus
d_eckhaus

OMG i was thinking this game would have better grafics than the last one. i was wrong

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

taggataggatagga; angroth -> I feel a little bit disappointed by this preview, just like you guys, but we must remember that not everyone is a fan of W40k and some people treat DoW just as a game (not being interested in the background). Personally, I would like to see more of Warhammer 40k's history (about Horus Heresy, Eye of Terror, Armageddon and so on), but as one of you said - it can be found in the Codexes...and I don't think it will be implemented in the game. What a pity.

kerensky287
kerensky287

Hey, the expansion is actually a sequel this time! I was hoping when Winter Assault came out that there would at least be some of the same characters, but then they threw in Taldeer and Gorgutz and Crull and all those people. I'm glad to see that, not only do they have re-appearing characters this time around, but that you can now pimp them out with the commander customization. I guess that, since they're all here, the game's "fluff" states that the side of Order won. If you finished the Disorder campaign, you'll see what I mean... But yeah, the Necrons totally won the first time around. They went to sleep because there wasn't enough life left in the universe to harvest, and in 40k, only 2 of the C'tan have woken up yet. One is on Mars (the Machine God) and the other is suspected to be in some kind of sphere... I forget the name. But it basically sent Hive Fleet Leviathan in Terra's direction instead of towards the Sagittarius Arm where Macragge and the Tau Empire are.

raltoren
raltoren

In a way taggataggatagga is right about the necrons winning. However they didnt completely win because in the end the eldar did manage to banish them to the tomb worlds but not before the necrons had wiped out most of the galaxy. But some of the ctan were imprisoned dince there is one inside mars apparently who hasnt escaped yet and the nightbringer was also imprisoned once.

Ktan
Ktan

I'm inclined to agree with taggataggatagga. Indeed, itr was the Necrons WINNING that resulted in them entering the tombs. Anyone seeking to argue the point, read the codex.

suomies
suomies

angroth... what the ****?

angroth
angroth

actually, the eldar were one of the last creations of the "old", as they are called in german. the "old" hoped, that the eldar - together with many other races - could turn the tide of the war against the necrons, but eventually they all were defeated. the mysterious disappearing of the "old" took place soon after that, and the c´tan harvested every life that was present in the entire galaxy. as ressources were dwindling, the c´tan turned on each other in a great war that obliberated everything that had the (bad) luck to stay persistent to this moment. after this unimaginable war between the c´tan, only four of them remained. one of them was the nightbringer. they realized that they would not survive in the cold, empty galaxy (even the stars were sucked out of life, the galaxy was no more than a vast graveyard, fallen in total darkness), so they took shelter on their tomb worlds, to give life time to recover. now, in the 41st millenium, two of the c´tan have rised again, but they found the galaxy surprisingly full of life - even with greater technical advantage than expected. so they take on the challenge and they will make all lesser lifeforms realize, that only the c´tan are the right rulers of the galaxy. the harvest is ripe. the eldar dont really know the necrons good from what i know, but they know that the necrons are the greatest threat to all life ever, even more than the eye of terror. and for they were only created to fight the necrons, they will also take on the fight, although their numbers are by far smaller than they would need to be successful.

ecoKILL
ecoKILL

Eldar has some awesome war gear , looks more ski-fi than ever . And the orc war boss still looks like a bloody killing machine , though i don't see any big changes in him . Interesting how will chaos war gear look ?