The Dance Without End:
Harlequins are warrior-bards of the Eldar people, and in this role they journey the length and breadth of the galaxy, performing for Eldar and non-Eldar alike. Every dance, from the simplest of displays to the grand epics that take many days to complete, is a facet of Eldar history and mythology, and every troupe of Harlequins has a different tale to tell. The theatrical tales vary in scope depending on the number of Harlequins present, and the larger and more varied the troupe, the more nuanced the performance.
Yet there is one dance that is revered above all others; the rarest and most awe-inspiring of all the Harlequin Dances. It is the Dance Without End, and it can be performed only with the assistance of a Solitaire, for no other Harlequin can perform the role of Slaneesh without losing their minds.
The Dance Without End tells of the birth of Slaneesh and the fall of the Eldar. More than any other performance, it draws upon every facet of the Harlequins' to execute the spectacle. The troupers play the role of the Eldar people; the Avatars, their Gods. Mimes cavort as Daemons, while Columbina fly across the stage, enacting the retreat of the Exodites and the Craftworlders. The Hellequins writhe and wail, assuming the role of those poor, wretched souls who were dragged, still living, back into the Eye, and the Death Jesters drag the fallen about the stage, grim harvesters of the souls of the dead. And in their midst, the main event plays out as the Great Harlequin and Solitaire duel as Cegorach and Slaneesh.
Yet this is a dance with no conclusion, for it is a living dance; a tale not only of the past, but of the present. Every year, the final duel is played out a few moments longer, but it always ends the same way. Without warning, the Holosuits deactivate, the stage lights fail, and the Shadowseers dispel the psychic auras with which they manipulate the emotions of the crowd. The Harlequins depart without so much as a bow, and the audience is left in stunned silence at what they have witnessed.