History Characters / Warhammer40000TauEmpire

17th Jun '16 1:28:46 PM storymasterb
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* IWorkAlone: Some Crisis Battlesuit pilots adopt what is known as the Monat pattern: fighting by themselves (except perhaps for drones) and diving right into the thick of battle unsupported. Puretide's third student was apparently one, as Farsight refers to him as 'Monat-Kais' in flashbacks in the ''Farsight'' novella.



* IWorkAlone: He slips into it for a period during the ''Farsight'' novella, angered by the Ethereals censuring him and guilt-ridden about the deaths he caused with his mistakes, he adopts a Monat pattern and goes off to fight the Orks by himself. The original Bravestorm quickly kicks him out of it.



* TheLancer: He's pretty much Farsight's number two.




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* MadScientist: His younger self in the ''Farsight'' novella falls into this. Seriously, who thinks that the death of Farsight's mentor and friend would be a ''great'' time to try out an untested device that digitally recreates minds?
* TheSmartGuy: He was a scientist long before he became an honorary member of the Fire Caste and his technological expertise is still one of his greatest skills.


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* AceCustom: The ''Farsight'' novella reveals that his original self customised his Broadside to carry its heavy rail rifle in the arms rather than the at-the-time regular shoulder mounting. This configuration would later become standard practice in the Empire.
* BrainUploading: How Ob'lotai took his current form. The original Ob'lotai died in a tragic accident when the dissection of an Ork speciment went wrong, and O'Vesa used an untested device to create an AI engram of Ob'lotai's brain patterns.
* ColdSniper: He pilots a Broadside Battlesuit, sniping enemy leaders and vehicles from potentially miles away.
* {{Irony}}: The original Ob'lotai actually ''hated'' drones, blaming them for the death of his mentor in battle. O'Vesa, unaware of this, put the AI engram into a drone body at first, prompting an angry outburst from Farsight.
* TheMentor: His original self was the one who taught Farsight how to pilot a Battlesuit.


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* TheChick: The only female among the Eight.
17th Jun '16 1:01:44 PM storymasterb
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* DueToTheDead: The ''Farsight'' novella explains the red paintjob as this: Farsight starts with his standard sept colors, but paints his battlesuit red to remember those who died because of mistakes he made in the Arkunasha campaign.


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* {{Foil}}: To Shadowsun. They are masters of different strategies (Mont'ka for Farsight and Kauyon for Shadowsun), both were trained by Puretide, Farsight is a rebel where Shadowsun is perfectly obedient to the Etherals, and both are legendary figureheads to their respective branches of the Tau.


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* ShipTease: There are some flashback in the ''Farsight'' novella which imply Farsight and Shadowsun had feelings for each other during their training under Puretide.
15th Jun '16 11:39:06 AM storymasterb
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* AFatherToHisMen: Farsight is devoted to his fellow soldiers. One novella set before he defected has him meeting an Ethereal in the aftermath of a hellish campaign against the Orks and discovering that the reinforcements he requested had been available for some time before they were committed, but were held back to await a chance to strike a decisive blow against the Orks. Farsight is clearly appalled, as some of the soldiers he fought with could have been saved if the reinforcements acted sooner, and it's suggested that his mistrust of the Ethereals began with this incident.
11th May '16 10:14:32 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In official artwork, the Tau have always been portrayed as a variation of TheGreys and females only distinguishable from males by the shape of their nose. This doesn't stop fanartists to draw female Tau as [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue skinned space babes]].
11th May '16 10:11:16 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In official artwork, the Tau have always been portrayed as a variation of TheGreys. This doesn't stop fanartists to draw female Tau as [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue skinned space babes]].

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In official artwork, the Tau have always been portrayed as a variation of TheGreys.TheGreys and females only distinguishable from males by the shape of their nose. This doesn't stop fanartists to draw female Tau as [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue skinned space babes]].
5th May '16 8:42:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ShoutOut: The Tau word for the Demiurg is "Bentu'sin" (meaning "wise-gifted ones"). This is very similar to the Bentusi of the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series, additionally both the Demiurg and Bentusi are spaceborn merchants who provide ion cannon technology to their respective allies. Considering that ''Homeworld'''s developers Relic also went on to make ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' and ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'', it is unsurprising that some writer at Games Workshop was a fan.

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* ShoutOut: The Tau word for the Demiurg is "Bentu'sin" (meaning "wise-gifted ones"). This is very similar to the Bentusi of the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series, additionally both the Demiurg and Bentusi are spaceborn merchants who provide ion cannon technology to their respective allies. Considering that ''Homeworld'''s developers Relic also went on to make ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' and ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'', it is unsurprising that some writer at Games Workshop was a fan. Culturally they aren't all that similar to the Bentusi, but they ''are'' dead ringers for Kiith Somtaaw.
3rd May '16 6:33:45 PM system
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3rd May '16 5:39:57 PM SkyHavenPath13
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::For example, the Tau word "Mont'ka" is given the translation "Killing blow" and refers to the strategy of concentrating force on a target's most critical places. Likewise, "Mont'au" is given the translation "The Terror" and refers to the period before the Ethereals brought the Tau'va, when Tau would slay one another. The Tau word "Mont'yr" is translated as "Blooded", referring to one who has seen battle. The particle "Mont" is part of each of these words, and from that we can infer that it is a core part of Tau words with connotations of death and fear.

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::For **For example, the Tau word "Mont'ka" is given the translation "Killing blow" and refers to the strategy of concentrating force on a target's most critical places. Likewise, "Mont'au" is given the translation "The Terror" and refers to the period before the Ethereals brought the Tau'va, when Tau would slay one another. The Tau word "Mont'yr" is translated as "Blooded", referring to one who has seen battle. The particle "Mont" is part of each of these words, and from that we can infer that it is a core part of Tau words with connotations of death and fear.
21st Apr '16 7:18:38 PM WillBGood
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* UnderestimatingBadassery: In ''War Zone Damocles: Kauyon'' She seriously misjudged the Space Marines, apparently thinking their AsskickingEqualsAuthority policy meant their leaders ruled by strength alone. After killing the Raven Guard chapter master she thought she had killed the King of Space Marines, which would leave them all disorganized for some time (possibly ''years'') until they selected a new leader. Of course only the Raven Guard chapter itself was really effected, and they had selected a new leader by the next morning. From the same story she also ''seriously'' underestimated the scale of the Imperial military; she thought the force she was facing in that battle was the bulk of it and a loss that would set them back for decades, when it was really little more than the vanguard of the real counter-attack (which was still a fairly minor force by Imperial standards).

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: In ''War Zone Damocles: Kauyon'' She seriously misjudged the Space Marines, apparently thinking their AsskickingEqualsAuthority policy meant their leaders ruled by strength alone. After killing the Raven Guard chapter master she thought she had killed the King of Space Marines, which would leave them all disorganized for some time (possibly ''years'') until they selected a new leader. Of course only the Raven Guard chapter itself was really effected, affected, and they had selected a new leader by the next morning. From the same story she also ''seriously'' underestimated the scale of the Imperial military; she thought the force she was facing in that battle was the bulk of it and a loss that would set them back for decades, when it was really little more than the vanguard of the real counter-attack (which was still a fairly minor force by Imperial standards).
21st Apr '16 7:07:58 PM WillBGood
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* HumongousMecha: For a long time, the Tau {{averted|Trope}} this, as they considered giant robots to be impractical from an engineering and technological standpoint. They also doubted the existence of Imperial Titans, believing them to simply be Imperial propaganda to intimidate opponents, which [[CurbStompBattle ended very badly for them]] when Titans were actually used against them since the Tau had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the Tau have begun to adopt such machines. The first was the [=XV104=] "Riptide" battlesuit, smaller than even a scout Titan but twice the height of the other large battlesuits, along with later variants like the XV107 R'Varna and XV109 Y'vahra. Later, the Tau developed enormous Ballistic Suits which are more like walking tanks than smaller battlesuits and are designed for taking on larger enemy weapons. The KV-128 Stormsurge was specifically designed as a a "Titan killer", and the massive KX-139 Ta'unar Supremacy Armour is even larger, capable of handling both Titans and large Tyranid beasts.

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* HumongousMecha: For a long time, the Tau {{averted|Trope}} this, as they considered giant robots to be impractical from an engineering and technological standpoint. They also doubted the existence of Imperial Titans, believing them to simply be Imperial propaganda to intimidate opponents, which [[CurbStompBattle ended very badly for them]] when Titans were actually used against them since the Tau had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the Tau have begun to adopt such machines. The first was the [=XV104=] "Riptide" battlesuit, smaller than even a scout Titan but twice the height of the other large battlesuits, along with later variants like the XV107 [=XV107=] R'Varna and XV109 [=XV109=] Y'vahra. Later, the Tau developed enormous Ballistic Suits which are more like walking tanks than smaller battlesuits and are designed for taking on larger enemy weapons. The KV-128 Stormsurge was specifically designed as a a "Titan killer", and the massive KX-139 Ta'unar Supremacy Armour is even larger, capable of handling both Titans and large Tyranid beasts.
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