The Namarti are the largest and lowliest caste in the society of the Idoneth Deepkin, born with withering souls. Namarti must sustain themselves on the stolen souls of others – where the Daughters of Khaine might raid for sport or to give praise to their god, for the Namarti, it’s a matter of life and death.
Lacking eyes, Namarti are hardly encumbered by their blindness and harness their other senses to do their work as menials and builders for the Idoneth Deepkin.
How do the Namarti fight despite being blind? Thanks to a lifetime of specialised training, they can detect minute vibrations in the ethersea – the mystical phenomenon that accompanies the Idoneth Deepkin into battle – and detect their foes just as well as any aelf that could see.
The Namarti are the lowest and most populous caste in Idoneth Deepkin society. Theirs is a life of toil and warfare, for they form the bulk of the Idoneth's armies as well as serving as the labourers that build the ever-growing undersea empires of the enclaves.
Those Idoneth Deepkin born with withering souls are labelled by the Soulscryers as Namarti. In as much as the word can be understood by other races, Namarti means both blessed and damned. Only if they receive a new soul will they survive beyond infancy, but even if they do the Namarti are still doomed, cursed to live a shortened life in which they are treated as second-class citizens. If they do not fall in battle or lose their life to a deep-sea creature attack, a typical Namarti aelf lives no more than three to four decades, a paltry length of time by aelf standards, and less than a quarter of the normal lifespan enjoyed by the Akhelians and Isharann.
Even for those that cannot see the light of a creature's soul, the Namarti are marked. Each wears an iron collar and bears a half-soul rune upon their forehead, features necessitated by the eldritch process in which stolen souls are transferred into them. Many Namarti bear markings or scarification from rituals performed during iron collar fittings, clear demarcations of their indentured status. Yet by far the most chilling aspect of the Namarti is their lack of eyes, and the flesh that covers their eye sockets. In the deep places, however, sight is seldom useful, and other senses are developed.
Aside from these key differences, the Namarti are aelves like their kin in the higher castes. As youths their time is fully occupied learning to see without eyes, and so they are not offered high levels of martial training or allowed access to the temples of learning as are the nobility. When they are able, more Namarti learn trades or are put to work as labourers. Only the most physically able Namarti are given military instruction under Akhelian guidance, and these are divided into two main troops types within the phalanxes.