A Waywatcher hidden within the forest canopies.

Waywatchers are silent sentinels, the guardians of the paths leading into Athel Loren. They are masters of concealment, and can lie unmoving and unnoticed for days on end before springing an ambush on a startled and unfortunate prey. Most commonly, the way of the watcher is the natural progression for those who have trained as scouts, though more rarely, unblooded youths can feel the call of the forest coursing through their blood.[2a]


Over time, an Elf may find that he is more comfortable in the forest's embrace than in the presence of his kin. He will drift further from the halls, spending more and more time in the forest, honing skills of stealth and marksmanship. Many never return from this journey, for there are corners of Athel Loren that are dangerous even to the Elves, yet those who survive are skilled beyond compare and hardened by their experiences.[2a]

Few warriors can match a Waywatcher’s skill with a bow. Should they wish it, these silent stalkers can loose an unerring stream of black-shafted arrows in a heartbeat, or place a single shot precisely in the weak point of a foe's armour. Furthermore, Waywatchers are highly adept at the arts of disruption and surprise, often appearing silently next to a vulnerable enemy and vanishing as quickly before the body even hits the ground. Thus do any who enter Athel Loren run the risk of being slain without warning by the Waywatchers, cut down by unseen archers or falling prey to their cunningly constructed traps.[2a]

Waywatcher Traps

  • Spikes: The Wayfarers have scattered pieces of long thorn on the forest floor, and have half buried short spikes around their position.[1a]
  • Snares: The attackers are caught by snares as they charge, preventing them from reaching their target.[1a]
  • Nets: As the enemy charges, nets fall on top of them from the trees above.[1a]
  • Camouflaged Pit: As the enemy advances they find themselves falling into concealed pits lined with sharp stakes.[1a]
  • Impaler: A huge concealed spike suddenly springs out and impales a single person.[1a]


  • 8th Edition.
  • 8th Edition.
  • 8th Edition.


  • 1 Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (4th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 49
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 48

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