History Characters / Warhammer40000TauEmpire

7th Apr '18 2:52:12 PM StoneBasilisk
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** The Ethereals seem to be entirely aware of the existence, if not the full nature, of Chaos, which their official policy is designed to hide from the citizens of the Empire. Back when they were largely ignored by the Ruinous Powers, this wasn't much of an issue. In the face of a massive incursion by the Death Guard and the Daemon-Primarch Mortarion himself, however, it's led to widespread panic and terror.

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** The Ethereals seem to be entirely aware of the existence, if not the full nature, of Chaos, which their official policy is designed to hide from the citizens of the Empire. Back when they were largely ignored by the Ruinous Powers, this wasn't much of an issue. In the face of a massive incursion by the Death Guard and the Daemon-Primarch Mortarion himself, however, [[CosmicHorrorStory it's led to widespread panic and terror.]]
28th Mar '18 5:41:00 PM DrVonOppendown
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* ImmunityDisability: The T'au have a weak Warp signature which means that they don't attract the the attention of the Chaos Gods. However it also means that the T'au cannot use psychic powers like the majority of the other major factions do and also have a hard time planning a battle against Psykers since they don't know anything about the Warp.

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* ImmunityDisability: The T'au have a weak Warp signature which means that they don't attract the the attention of the Chaos Gods. However it also means that the T'au cannot use psychic powers like the majority of the other major factions do and also have a hard time planning a battle against Psykers since they don't know anything about the Warp. [[spoiler:Even that is no longer protecting them, as daemons of Tzeentch have begun sniffing around and possessing T'au, finding them wonderfully ignorant if unsubstantial prey.]]
25th Mar '18 6:29:27 PM HTD
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* HumongousMecha: For a long time, the T'au [[AvertedTrope 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 T'au had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the T'au 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. To develop these, the T'au have to create the Nova Reactor, a dangerous energy source made from black matter which isn't perfected yet and does pose a danger to pilots overusing it. Even bigger than these is [=KX139=] Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour designed to defend planets and which has the size of a small Titan.



** PoweredArmor: The [=XV25=] stealth battlesuit, its ancestor the [=XV15=], and its advanced variant the [=XV22=], are about covering the T'au's body with an armor and giving it stealth technology. These small battlesuits typically serve for covert operations and cannot wield more than two weapon or support systems. The [=XV02=] is a unique model used on Longstrike which serves more as a computer than a real weapon.
** MiniMecha: Any T'au battlesuit with an "8" in the first digit of its designation will classify as this. These types of battlesuits are the most common and are used by placing the pilot inside the chest part of the suit, connecting his nervous system to the suit so it acts as a second body. They come in several variants, like the JackOfAllTrades[=/=]JackOfAllStats [=XV8=] Crisis suit which can be kitted with numerous systems for any type of mission; the MightyGlacier [=XV88=] Broadside which trades the jet pack for a powerful rail gun and better armor; or the LightningBruiser [=XV86=] Coldstar battlesuit.
** HumongousMecha: For a long time, the T'au [[AvertedTrope 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 T'au had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the T'au 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. To develop these, the T'au have to create the Nova Reactor, a dangerous energy source made from black matter which isn't perfected yet and does pose a danger to pilots overusing it. Even bigger than these is [=KX139=] Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour designed to defend planets and which has the size of a small Titan.
** WalkingTank: The T'au Ballistic Suits like the [=KV128=] Stormsurge, kitted with a Pulse Cannon and many, many missiles. In a departure from more conventional Battlesuits, they are designed for taking on larger enemy weapons, being heavily armored weapons platforms rather than high-mobility force-multipliers. In fact, they often have crews of more than one (a dedicated pilot and a dedicated gunner) and the crew are recruited from experienced Hammerhead crews who are put through additional specialist training.


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* MiniMecha: Any T'au battlesuit with an "8" in the first digit of its designation will classify as this. These types of battlesuits are the most common and are used by placing the pilot inside the chest part of the suit, connecting his nervous system to the suit so it acts as a second body. They come in several variants, like the JackOfAllTrades[=/=]JackOfAllStats [=XV8=] Crisis suit which can be kitted with numerous systems for any type of mission; the MightyGlacier [=XV88=] Broadside which trades the jet pack for a powerful rail gun and better armor; or the LightningBruiser [=XV86=] Coldstar battlesuit.


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* PoweredArmor: The [=XV25=] stealth battlesuit, its ancestor the [=XV15=], and its advanced variant the [=XV22=], are about covering the T'au's body with an armor and giving it stealth technology. These small battlesuits typically serve for covert operations and cannot wield more than two weapon or support systems. The [=XV02=] is a unique model used on Longstrike which serves more as a computer than a real weapon.


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* WalkingTank: The T'au Ballistic Suits like the [=KV128=] Stormsurge, kitted with a Pulse Cannon and many, many missiles. In a departure from more conventional Battlesuits, they are designed for taking on larger enemy weapons, being heavily armored weapons platforms rather than high-mobility force-multipliers. In fact, they often have crews of more than one (a dedicated pilot and a dedicated gunner) and the crew are recruited from experienced Hammerhead crews who are put through additional specialist training.
25th Mar '18 5:42:38 PM Willbyr
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* {{Mecha}}: Lacking in [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] but being technologically savvy, the T'au Fire Caste makes ample use of what they call battlesuits, technological marvels encasing an elite T'au Fire Warrior in reinforced armor, giving them the strength to wield heavy weapons, and usually equipped with [[JetPack Jet Packs]] to enhance the battlesuit pilot's manoeuvability on the battlefield. They come in several size and sorts.
** PoweredArmor: The [=XV25=], its ancestor the [=XV15=], and its advanced variant [=XV22=] stealth battlesuits are about covering the T'au's body with an armor and giving it stealth technology. These small battlesuits typically serve for covert operations and cannot wield more than two weapon or support systems. The [=XV02=] is a unique model used on Longstrike which serves more as a computer than a real weapon.
** MiniMecha: Any T'au battlesuit with an "8" in the first digit of its designation will classify as this. These types of battlesuits are the most common and are used by placing the pilot inside the chest part of the suits, connecting his nervous system to the suit so it acts as a second body. They come in several variants, like the JackOfAllTrades [=XV8=] Crisis suit which is a JackOfAllStats and can be kitted with numerous systems for any type of mission, the MightyGlacier [=XV88=] Broadside which trades the jet pack for a powerful rail gun and better armor, or the LightningBruiser [=XV86=] Coldstar battlesuit.
** HumongousMecha: For a long time, the T'au {{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 T'au had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the T'au 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. To develop these, the T'au have to create the Nova Reactor, a dangerous energy source made from black matter which isn't perfected yet and does pose a danger to pilots overusing it. Even bigger than these is [=KX139=] Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour designed to defend planets and which has the size of a small Titan.
** WalkingTank: The T'au Ballistic Suits like the [=KV128=] Stormsurge, kitted with a Pulse Cannon and many, many missile. In a departure from more conventional Battlesuits, they are intended as walking designed for taking on larger enemy weapons, being heavily armored weapons platforms rather than high-mobility force-multipliers. In fact, they often have crews of more than one (a dedicated pilot and a dedicated gunner) and the crew are recruited from experience Hammerhead crews who are put through additional specialist training.

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* {{Mecha}}: Lacking in [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] {{Super Soldier}}s but being technologically savvy, the T'au Fire Caste makes ample use of what they call battlesuits, technological marvels encasing an elite T'au Fire Warrior in reinforced armor, giving them the strength to wield heavy weapons, and usually equipped with [[JetPack Jet Packs]] {{Jet Pack}}s to enhance the battlesuit pilot's manoeuvability on the battlefield. They come in several size and sorts.
** PoweredArmor: The [=XV25=], [=XV25=] stealth battlesuit, its ancestor the [=XV15=], and its advanced variant [=XV22=] stealth battlesuits the [=XV22=], are about covering the T'au's body with an armor and giving it stealth technology. These small battlesuits typically serve for covert operations and cannot wield more than two weapon or support systems. The [=XV02=] is a unique model used on Longstrike which serves more as a computer than a real weapon.
** MiniMecha: Any T'au battlesuit with an "8" in the first digit of its designation will classify as this. These types of battlesuits are the most common and are used by placing the pilot inside the chest part of the suits, suit, connecting his nervous system to the suit so it acts as a second body. They come in several variants, like the JackOfAllTrades JackOfAllTrades[=/=]JackOfAllStats [=XV8=] Crisis suit which is a JackOfAllStats and can be kitted with numerous systems for any type of mission, mission; the MightyGlacier [=XV88=] Broadside which trades the jet pack for a powerful rail gun and better armor, armor; or the LightningBruiser [=XV86=] Coldstar battlesuit.
** HumongousMecha: For a long time, the T'au {{averted|Trope}} this, as they [[AvertedTrope considered giant robots to be impractical from an engineering and technological standpoint.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 T'au had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the T'au 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. To develop these, the T'au have to create the Nova Reactor, a dangerous energy source made from black matter which isn't perfected yet and does pose a danger to pilots overusing it. Even bigger than these is [=KX139=] Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour designed to defend planets and which has the size of a small Titan.
** WalkingTank: The T'au Ballistic Suits like the [=KV128=] Stormsurge, kitted with a Pulse Cannon and many, many missile. missiles. In a departure from more conventional Battlesuits, they are intended as walking designed for taking on larger enemy weapons, being heavily armored weapons platforms rather than high-mobility force-multipliers. In fact, they often have crews of more than one (a dedicated pilot and a dedicated gunner) and the crew are recruited from experience experienced Hammerhead crews who are put through additional specialist training.
25th Mar '18 3:39:23 PM nabu-san
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* HumongousMecha: For a long time, the T'au {{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 T'au had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the T'au 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 T'au 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.



* {{Mecha}}: Lacking in [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] but being technologically savvy, the T'au Fire Caste makes ample use of what they call battlesuits, technological marvels encasing an elite T'au Fire Warrior in reinforced armor, giving them the strength to wield heavy weapons, and usually equipped with [[JetPack Jet Packs]] to enhance the battlesuit pilot's manoeuvability on the battlefield. They come in several size and sorts.
** PoweredArmor: The [=XV25=], its ancestor the [=XV15=], and its advanced variant [=XV22=] stealth battlesuits are about covering the T'au's body with an armor and giving it stealth technology. These small battlesuits typically serve for covert operations and cannot wield more than two weapon or support systems. The [=XV02=] is a unique model used on Longstrike which serves more as a computer than a real weapon.
** MiniMecha: Any T'au battlesuit with an "8" in the first digit of its designation will classify as this. These types of battlesuits are the most common and are used by placing the pilot inside the chest part of the suits, connecting his nervous system to the suit so it acts as a second body. They come in several variants, like the JackOfAllTrades [=XV8=] Crisis suit which is a JackOfAllStats and can be kitted with numerous systems for any type of mission, the MightyGlacier [=XV88=] Broadside which trades the jet pack for a powerful rail gun and better armor, or the LightningBruiser [=XV86=] Coldstar battlesuit.
** HumongousMecha: For a long time, the T'au {{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 T'au had no effective way to counter them. Since then, the T'au 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. To develop these, the T'au have to create the Nova Reactor, a dangerous energy source made from black matter which isn't perfected yet and does pose a danger to pilots overusing it. Even bigger than these is [=KX139=] Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour designed to defend planets and which has the size of a small Titan.
** WalkingTank: The T'au Ballistic Suits like the [=KV128=] Stormsurge, kitted with a Pulse Cannon and many, many missile. In a departure from more conventional Battlesuits, they are intended as walking designed for taking on larger enemy weapons, being heavily armored weapons platforms rather than high-mobility force-multipliers. In fact, they often have crews of more than one (a dedicated pilot and a dedicated gunner) and the crew are recruited from experience Hammerhead crews who are put through additional specialist training.



* MiniMecha: Any T'au battlesuit with an "8" in the first digit of its designation will classify as this.



* WalkingTank: T'au Ballistic Suits. In a departure from more conventional Battlesuits, they are intended as walking heavily armored weapons platforms rather than high-mobility force-multipliers. In fact, they often have crews of more than one (a dedicated pilot and a dedicated gunner) and the crew are recruited from experience Hammerhead crews who are put through additional specialist training.
24th Mar '18 3:12:28 AM SebastianGray
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* SuddenNameChange: In the transition from 7th to 8th Edition, the name of newest empire of the galaxy inexplicably gained an apostrophe from Tau to T'au.

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* SuddenNameChange: In the transition from 7th to 8th Edition, the name of newest empire of the galaxy inexplicably gained an apostrophe from Tau to T'au.
24th Mar '18 2:42:27 AM HTD
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* NaiveNewcomer: Though reality is beginning to sink in.
** Their natural resistance to Warp phenomena due to their lessened Warp presence, combined with the relatively low amounts of Chaos raiders in their sector of the galaxy, means they are especially naive about daemons and Chaos worshipers. One early fluff article actually references them facing against a Slaaneshi warband and misunderstanding the references to their patron god to instead be references to the warband's leader.

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* NaiveNewcomer: Though reality is beginning to sink in.
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in. Their natural resistance to Warp phenomena due to their lessened Warp presence, combined with the relatively low amounts of Chaos raiders in their sector of the galaxy, means they are especially naive about daemons and Chaos worshipers. One early fluff article actually references them facing against a Slaaneshi warband and misunderstanding the references to their patron god to instead be references to the warband's leader.leader.
* NamedAfterTheirPlanet: This race and their homeworld are both named T'au.



* SuddenNameChange: In the transition from 7th to 8th Edition, the name of newest empire of the galaxy inexplicably gained an apostrophe from Tau to T'au.



* AlmightyJanitor: Longstrike is still a Shas'la, roughly the equivalent of a ''bunk private'', but is highly esteemed nonetheless. He remains a Shas'la because he excels as a tank gunner, and his talents would be wasted by moving him into more of a command position.



* DudeWheresMyRespect: {{Averted|Trope}}; Longstrike is still a Shas'la, roughly the equivalent of a ''bunk private'', but is highly esteemed nonetheless. He remains a Shas'la because he excels as a tank gunner, and his talents would be wasted by moving him into more of a command position.
22nd Mar '18 1:45:08 PM SebastianGray
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* ElCidPloy: [[spoiler:After his assassination, the Ethereals create the illusion that he is alive and well via the use of holograms, knowing that morale would be utterly broken if the T'au knew the Ethereal Supreme is dead.]]

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* ElCidPloy: [[spoiler:After After his assassination, the Ethereals create the illusion that he is alive and well via the use of holograms, knowing that morale would be utterly broken if the T'au knew the Ethereal Supreme is dead.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In the Warzone Damocles: Mont'ka book, Aun'Va is assassinated by an Imperial Culexus assassin. The Ethereal Caste cover up this fact to avoid the crippling effect it would have on T'au morale.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In the Warzone Damocles: Mont'ka book, Aun'Va is assassinated by an Imperial Culexus assassin. The Ethereal Caste cover up this fact to avoid the crippling effect it would have on T'au morale.]]



* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler:After his death, as mentioned above, the rest of the Ethereals in the know immediately activated a hologram in his image and personality to transmit speeches to the T'au as proof of his "survival" to prevent T'au morale from being shattered.]]

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* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler:After After his death, as mentioned above, the rest of the Ethereals in the know immediately activated a hologram in his image and personality to transmit speeches to the T'au as proof of his "survival" to prevent T'au morale from being shattered.]]
22nd Mar '18 1:39:42 PM SebastianGray
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** The Codex also implies that there was another: [[spoiler:before the appearance of the first Ethereal, strange lights and sightings of slender figures were reported in the mountainous regions of the T'au homeworld. Slender figures and strange lights? [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Hmmmmm...]]]]

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** The Codex also implies that there was another: [[spoiler:before before the appearance of the first Ethereal, strange lights and sightings of slender figures were reported in the mountainous regions of the T'au homeworld. Slender figures and strange lights? [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Hmmmmm...]]]]homeworld.
22nd Mar '18 12:53:18 PM SebastianGray
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->''I have taken great pains not to laugh at the actions of aliens, nor to weep at them or to hate them, but to understand them.''



!!Darkstrider, the Shadow that Strikes

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!!Darkstrider, !!Sub-Commander Darkstrider, the Shadow that Strikes


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->''We engaged and destroyed the enemy column in accordance with mission parameters. No, I received no such orders to disengage and fall back, shas’o. Perhaps there was some form of atmospheric interference.''
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