For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his position unassailable... or so he thinks. Yllithian, an ambitious archon with the desire to unseat the tyrant, joins forces with a twisted haemonculus in an attempt to revive a long-dead warrior and challenge the might of the overlord, both racing to achieve their goal before Vect discovers their treachery. But a cataclysm is coming, and Yllithianís actions may in fact be the cause...

!!Tropes included:
* AffablyEvil: Archon Maxillian is polite and accommodating for an Archon, and shows genuine affection for his pets (who are dangerous, ravenous predators).
* TheBeautifulElite: Ythillian, Xelian and Kraillach are all trueborn descendants of the old noble houses that were destroyed and removed when Vect rose to power.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: [[spoiler: Beware of Motley]].
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHero: Sindiel goes for this at the very end of the book... He just a little late to do much other then break the worldsingers chains and get her the hell out of dodge before the place comes crashing down.]]
* BlueBlood: See TheBeautifulElite.
* [[spoiler: BodyguardBetrayal: Morr does this to Kraillach. Subverted as Kraillach was possessed which is the reason Morr killed him, and it was when the daemon was in control]].
* [[spoiler: BrainInAJar: Anvengre, and she's still very much alive. Subverted as the rest of her head is included as well, making her a literal OracularHead]].
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: El'uriaq and Kraillach due to DemonicPossession]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Those Eldar rangers you see in the prologue? They're not just there to provide exposition. Also the Harlequin Motley, especially in the later books.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: The Archon Maxillian, also see above.
* DarkActionGirl: Xelian. Doubles as a MsFanservice.
* EldritchLocation: The realm of Shaa'dom.
* EvilVersusEvil: Ythillian and his allies against the tyrant Vect. Neither of them are "good guys".
* EvilVirtues: Ythillian and Xelian showing something akin to ''friendship'' is almost touching considering they're from a race which takes [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]] UpToEleven, as is Morr's loyalty to his master Kraillach.
* FiveBadBand: A VillainProtagonist version:
** BigBad: Ythillian.
** TheDragon: Xelian.
** TheBrute: Morr.
** TheEvilGenius: Kraillach and later Bellathonis fill this position.
** TheDarkChick: Aez'ashya.
** TheSixthRanger: [[spoiler:Sindiel. Later a SixthRangerTraitor]].
* GambitPileup: Yep.
* {{Hero Antagonist}}s: The Craftworld Eldar and Exodites.
* KarmaHoudini: Bellathonis.
* ManipulativeBastard: Any Dark Eldar in a position of authority, but special mention for Yllithian, Bellathonis, El'uriaq and of course Vect himself.
* NotMeThisTime: The assassination attempt against Kraillach that Xelian was framed for.
* SmugSnake: Yllithian is this all over. It bites him in the ass hard towards the end.
* TheDragon: Yllithian finds himself in this position. [[spoiler: That is, after reviving the old king from a long dead section of Commorragh. Much to his surprise.]]
** The huge incubi bodyguard Morr is this to the old archon Kraillach. Xelian has her own in the form of a wych succubus named Aez'ashya, [[spoiler: and the latter becomes DragonAscendant]].
* ThePlan: So. Very. Many. They're Dark Eldar. If a Dark Eldar isn't CrazyPrepared, they won't live long.
* VillainousFriendship: Ythillian and Xelian have traces of this.
* VillainProtagonist: Naturally.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether