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Necron Canoptek Wraith attacking Imperial Guard Storm Troopers

A Canoptek Wraith serves as the eyes and ears of the central operating systems of any Necron Tomb World, patrolling for intruders and inspecting the Necron sanctuary's ancient systems for signs of damage and decay. Its primary weapon is its Phase Shifter, a dimensional destabilisation matrix. This is an advanced Necron technology that allows the Wraith to phase in and out of synch with the normal space-time continuum, which was originally designed to allow a Canoptek Wraith to reach into and repair solid machinery, though it is equally effective when used to deal with intruders who have breached the protections of a subterranean Necron stasis facility. A Canoptek Wraith can phase its claws and tendrils inside an opponent, and resolidify them to sever arteries, nerve clusters and other vital pathways without leaving an external mark of what caused the victim's death.


While a Necron Tomb World slumbers fitfully in eternal stasis, the Necron constructs known as Canoptek Wraiths serve as its eyes and ears. They flit silently through the dusty halls of the Necron installation, patrolling for intruders and inspecting the ancient systems for damage and decay. The Wraiths are primarily probe mechanoids, programmed to report back to the Canoptek Spyder controllers via interstitial interface, rather than to act under their own direction. When such orders are received, the Wraith carries them out with the unfaltering resolve of the machine. Whether it is commanded to strike against an intruder, or conduct repairs in the heart of an eons-old collapsing tomb, the Wraith will follow its instructions until its task is completed or it is destroyed.



A Canoptek Wraith

The Canoptek Wraith's most notable feature is its Phase Shifter -- a dimensional destabilisation matrix that allows it to skip in and out of phase with the normal space-time continuum. It can even adjust the modulation of the Phase Shifter's matrix in order to keep portions of its physical form in different phase states at the same time. Whilst a completely phased-out existence can be sustained by the construct almost indefinitely, a half-phased state requires an enormous amount of energy to sustain. In fact, the Wraith's body is little more than a series of interlocking power generators and etherium lode conduits, and yet even with so much potential power available to it, the construct can exist in a dual phase state for only limited periods of time.

The Phase Shifter was originally created to allow the Wraiths to reach into and repair solid machinery without having to go to all the trouble of removing its outer casing and other superfluous components. However, the Wraith's abilities are no less valuable when dealing with intruders. If it times its attack correctly, a Canoptek Wraith can phase its claws and tendrils inside an opponent, swiftly resolidifying them to sever arteries, nerve clusters and other vital pathways without leaving an external mark of what killed the victim. In addition, the enemy must time his own return blows with perfect precision, lest his own weapons pass through the Wraith's phased-out form.

Though their primary function is to watch over their sleeping masters, Wraiths are often drafted into Necron armies to serve as advance scouts. The Phase Shifter allows a Wraith to traverse all manner of terrain without pause and also can keep the construct hidden from enemy eyes and sensors when it is fully phased out of synchronisation with the continuum. Many an enemy force has advanced across the surface of a seemingly barren Tomb World, completely unaware that its every move is being watched, recorded and reported by a Canoptek Wraith, its ghostly form silent and invisible. Only the most observant of foes can hope to catch a glimpse of the lurking Wraith's spectral form or detect the unsettling electronic chatter that accompanies its precise Vox transmissions. Even then, such sighting are commonly dismissed as simply flights of fancy or imagination incurred by the unsettling nature of a Tomb World.

Once the inevitable battle begins, the Canoptek Wraith is then tasked with sowing terror and disorder throughout the foe's ranks by striking at commanders, support troops and supply lines -- any target that a more conventional strike force would struggle to reach. At times, the Wraith will even carry out invisible assassination attempts such that an enemy commander will never even make it to th battle -- because he was slain the night before in his warm bed by the cold claws of a Canoptek Wraith for whom doors, guards and force fields were no barrier.


  • Phase Shifter - A phase shifter flickers its bearer into and out of a phased state. If improperly timed, blows and shots aimed at the bearer of the phase shifter instead pass through empty air.

See also

  • Wraiths - This article discusses the 3rd Edition Wraith. Note that the canonical status of this article is now questionable.


  • Codex: Necrons (5th edition), pp. 44, 82


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