Pariah: Ephrael Stern & Kyganil of the Bloody Tears

GW gives us some more info on the upcoming Sisters and Harlequin models!

They’re often considered a pair of wanderers and outcasts, but what else do we know about Ephrael Stern and Kyganil? Today, we’re taking a look at their storied backgrounds, along with how they perform on the battlefield.

Ephrael Stern

Stern was once a Seraphim in the Order of Our Martyred Lady, but fate had far greater things in store. On the planet of Parnis, she was brought low by the followers of a Daemon of Slaanesh. This same Greater Daemon had taken hundreds of Stern’s sisters captive in a flesh-prison called the Screaming Cage. This eternal punishment magnified the faith of those imprisoned sisters, and they were able to pour all of their energy into Stern’s broken form to propel her back to life. Now she wields the knowledge of an entire Order, along with mysterious powers that could only have come from the God-Emperor himself. Since then, she has spent centuries being hunted by both the forces of Chaos and parts of the Inquisition, the latter of which consider her to be a heretical witch. 

We’ve heard a little about her mysterious past, let’s look at something that’s a bit more concrete – her in-game characteristics.


Such an expert fighter needs a blade to match, and in Sanctity, Stern has just that.


With a Damage characteristic of 2, she’ll be making light work of most infantry in the game. If that’s not already enough of a reason for enemy units to keep their distance, Stern’s special rule certainly is.

Think of it as a mini Smite, but without the fear of perils of the warp, and one that your enemy can’t even attempt to Deny. Truly, this is a blessing from the Emperor.

Stern is an amazing fighter in her own right, but she’s never alone.

Kyganil of the Bloody Tears

Ephrael Stern is bound by destiny to a mysterious former Harlequin of the Laughing God called Kyganil. An outcast from his own people, he has found his place at Stern’s side, and has been rumoured to be trying to lead her towards the repository of forbidden lore known as the Black Library.*

But what is Kyganil like on the battlefield?


He comes armed with a pair of deadly blades, and he clearly has the skills to use them.


As well as slicing his way through enemy warriors, he’s also a perfect bodyguard for Stern. Although why he’s trying to keep the Daemonifuge alive still remains a secret.


Make sure that you keep the Aeldari near to Stern and give thanks to the God-Emperor (or maybe the Laughing God) as she shrugs off a third of all wounds.**

Ephrael Stern and Kyganil are a great addition to any army and they can be included in any Imperium Detachment without taking up a slot. Their Wanderers ability also gives you some incredibly flexible options when it comes to deployment.


What could be better than a Sister of Battle and a Harlequin appearing out of nowhere to cut down the enemies of the Imperium? Use them to hunt down Characters, where Stern can wield her Daemonifuge ability before the pair of them charge in to finish off your target.


Ephrael Stern and Kyganil are available to pre-order from Saturday, along with Pariah, the final chapter of the Psychic Awakening saga. This weekend, you can also get your hands on the new Ephrael Stern: The Heretic Saint mega limited edition from Black Library, which brings these two characters fully into the Era Indomitus. In the meantime, grab a Retributor Squad to provide some covering firepower for the sainted saviour and her Aeldari comrade.


* And it’s probably not just because he has a book overdue.
** And just ask a Nurgle player how disgustingly good that is!

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4 Responses to “Pariah: Ephrael Stern & Kyganil of the Bloody Tears”

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    NinetyNineNo June 25, 2020 9:23 am #

    First Harlequin named character… and he’s Imperium only. Then again I’m not sure Harlequins would even want him, considering an average Troupe Master would shove him into a locker.

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      Reecius June 25, 2020 10:54 am #

      lol

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      xDeadFish June 25, 2020 12:29 pm #

      As a part Harley, part CWE player I can confirm this to be the case.
      At first I was excited seeing a Harlequin model (god knows we need more than a total of 8 units to choose from when building lists).
      Then I was angry when I realized that it was an SOB character.
      Then I got a little bit happier when looking closer on the model (the model and pose would not suit the rest of my army).
      And now after seeing the stats, he would not deserve a place in my list. Yes he seems okay against hordes, but at the end of the he’s just a downgraded Solitare (and the Solitare model is way cooler)

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    Paul Winters June 25, 2020 1:28 pm #

    Finally a use for a unit of Fallen. To buff Stern’s sorta smite.

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