History Characters / Warhammer40000TauEmpire

18th Apr '17 10:26:11 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: Humans who fight for the Tau Empire for various reasons.



* LesCollaborateurs: Humans who fight for the Tau Empire for various reasons.
15th Apr '17 2:53:09 AM SebastianGray
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* [[ManlyMenCanHunt Manly Tau Can Hunt]]: The Tau art of war is heavily compared to hunting up to the military doctrines, and the Fire Caste keeps its traditions of hunter-gatherers in a codified form.

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* [[ManlyMenCanHunt Manly Tau Can Hunt]]: ManlyMenCanHunt: The Tau art of war is heavily compared to hunting up to the military doctrines, and the Fire Caste keeps its traditions of hunter-gatherers in a codified form.



* [[BadassArmy Badass Navy]]: They provide great deal of the Empire's space forces.

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* [[BadassArmy Badass Navy]]: BadassArmy: They provide great deal of the Empire's space forces.
15th Apr '17 2:52:22 AM SebastianGray
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* ChummyCommies[=/=]DirtyCommies: Whether the Tau are heroes or villains depends on your perspective. Either way, there is some definite collectivist influence in their philosophy.

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* ChummyCommies[=/=]DirtyCommies: ChummyCommies: Whether the Tau are heroes or villains depends on your perspective. Either way, there is some definite collectivist influence in their philosophy.
9th Apr '17 7:58:59 PM Willbyr
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* BeastOfBattle: The Kroot employ several Kroot-descended species, which have degenerated into animals and lost the ability to alter their shapes, in combat, including aggressive Kroot Hounds to run down the enemy, lumbering apelike Krootox to use as mobile mounts for heavy weapons, and even great, dinosaurian Knarlocs they can goad into the enemy to wreck havoc.

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* BeastOfBattle: The Kroot employ several Several Kroot-descended species, which species have degenerated into animals and lost the ability to alter their shapes, shapes. Normal Kroot use these in combat, including aggressive Kroot Hounds to run down the enemy, lumbering apelike Krootox to use as mobile mounts for heavy weapons, and even great, dinosaurian Knarlocs they can goad into the enemy to wreck havoc.
9th Apr '17 5:33:35 PM Theriocephalus
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* BeastOfBattle: The Kroot employ several Kroot-descended species in combat, including aggressive Kroothounds to run down the enemy, lumbering Krootox to use as mobile mounts for heavy weapons, and even great Knarlocs they can goad into the enemy to wreck havoc.

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* BeastOfBattle: The Kroot employ several Kroot-descended species species, which have degenerated into animals and lost the ability to alter their shapes, in combat, including aggressive Kroothounds Kroot Hounds to run down the enemy, lumbering apelike Krootox to use as mobile mounts for heavy weapons, and even great great, dinosaurian Knarlocs they can goad into the enemy to wreck havoc.
8th Mar '17 10:25:11 AM Theriocephalus
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** Kroot have no dedicated urinal or rectal orifaces; any indigestible components (which are very few to them) are regurgitated up through the mouth. This also serves as a birth canal (see below). They also have multiple stomaches, quill-like sensory organs on the backs of their head (and in other places), and distinctly unhuman musculature that makes them a lot stronger than they look.

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** Kroot have no dedicated urinal or rectal orifaces; any indigestible components (which are very few to them) are regurgitated up through the mouth. This also serves as a birth canal (see below). They also have multiple stomaches, stomachs, quill-like sensory organs on the backs of their head (and in other places), and distinctly unhuman inhuman musculature that makes them a lot stronger than they look.



* BizarreAlienReproduction: Kroot have no genitalia, as humans recognize them, instead using specialised pores to secrete and absorb genetic material: the only reason we know they come in male and female, instead of being hermaphroditic, is because the fluff says so. The gene-secreting pores are located on the palms of the hands, while the gene-receiving pores are located on the small of the back, so sex, for Kroot, essentially consists of a backrub. Once fertilised, the female converts one of her stomaches into a womb, regurgitating the offspring once the pregnancy is ended.

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* BizarreAlienReproduction: Kroot have no genitalia, as humans recognize them, instead using specialised pores to secrete and absorb genetic material: the only reason we know they come in male and female, instead of being hermaphroditic, is because the fluff says so. The gene-secreting pores are located on the palms of the hands, while the gene-receiving pores are located on the small of the back, so sex, for Kroot, essentially consists of a backrub. Once fertilised, the female converts one of her stomaches stomachs into a womb, regurgitating the offspring once the pregnancy is ended.
25th Feb '17 2:58:21 PM MinisterOfSinister
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The Vespid are an insect-like race who evolved on {{Floating Continent}}s in a gas giant, with their social structure centered around hive-families called strains. They are one of the newer additions to the Tau Empire. [[StarfishLanguage Initial communication proved difficult]], but once [[TranslatorMicrobes translation devices were built to breach the language barrier]], the Vespid joined the Tau eagerly, as the Greater Good already meshed well with the Vespid's own values of hive-over-individual, island-over-hive, and species-over-island.
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* BeePeople: The Vespid, an insect-like race who evolved on {{Floating Continent}}s in a gas giant, with their social structure centered around hive-families called strains, are one of the newer additions to the Tau Empire. [[StarfishLanguage Initial communication proved difficult]], but once [[TranslatorMicrobes translation devices were built to breach the language barrier]], the Vespid joined the Tau eagerly, as the Greater Good already meshed well with the Vespid's own values of hive-over-individual, island-over-hive, and species-over-island.

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* BeePeople: The Vespid, an insect-like race who evolved on {{Floating Continent}}s in a gas giant, Multiple eyes, hive-based society, insectoid chitin-covered body with their social structure centered around hive-families called strains, are one of the newer additions to the Tau Empire. [[StarfishLanguage Initial communication proved difficult]], but once [[TranslatorMicrobes translation devices were built to breach the language barrier]], the Vespid joined the Tau eagerly, as the Greater Good already meshed well with the Vespid's own values of hive-over-individual, island-over-hive, and species-over-island.bee-like wings...
24th Feb '17 12:10:23 PM storymasterb
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A legendary Tau Commander who is considered the greatest strategist to have ever lived. Having retired after receiving a grievous wound, Puretide now trains only the most promising students, having notably formed the [[LivingLegend Living Legends]] Commanders Shadowsun and Farsight, even beyond death as Earth Caste scientists scanned his brain and created a sophisticated hologram of him which still spreads his teachings.



A legendary Tau Commander who is considered the greatest strategist to have ever lived. Having retired after receiving a grievous wound, Puretide now trains only the most promising students, having notably formed the [[LivingLegend Living Legends]] Commanders Shadowsun and Farsight, even beyond death as Earth Caste scientists scanned his brain and created a sophisticated hologram of him which still spreads his teachings.




* {{Expy}}: Basically the Tau Sun Tzu, to the point that some of his sayings could have come straight from ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''.



* OldMaster: In his teaching days, Puretide retired from command and took to teach strategy to the most promising Commander sent to him.

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* TheMentor: He taught Farsight, Shadowsun and Kais.
* OldMaster: In his teaching days, Puretide retired from command and took to teach teaching strategy to the most promising Commander Commanders sent to him.



* VirtualGhost: Earth Caste scientist scanned his brain and replicated him into an hologram which is still able to teach strategy, but for unknown reasons, is still installed at the top of a wayward mountain.

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* VirtualGhost: Earth Caste scientist scientists scanned his brain and replicated him into an hologram which is still able to teach strategy, but for unknown reasons, is still installed at the top of a wayward mountain.



* ShipTease: There are some flashback in the ''Farsight'' novella which imply Farsight and Shadowsun had feelings for each other during their training under Puretide.

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* ShipTease: There are some flashback flashbacks in the ''Farsight'' novella which imply Farsight and Shadowsun had feelings for each other during their training under Puretide.



* UriahGambit: Was on the receiving end of this when one of his former instructors kept sending him to the front line and to the most dangerous missions because O'Shovah humiliated the teacher as an instructor by perfectly predicting his exercices.

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* UriahGambit: Was on the receiving end of this when one of his former instructors kept sending him to the front line and to the most dangerous missions because O'Shovah humiliated the teacher as an instructor by perfectly predicting his exercices.exercises.
15th Feb '17 9:45:38 AM nabu-san
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* EliteArmy: The cadres of the Farsight Enclaves are few in numbers but are the most formidable armies of the Tau. Case in point, [=XV8=] battlesuit teams can be fielded as Troop Choice if you want to play the Farsight enclave.



* HonorBeforeReason: {{Inverted|Trope}} (at least compared to some other in-universe examples) in that they consider the trope to be, well, ''dishonorable''. They regard a LastStand as the result of an incompetent commander. Any Tau military strategy provides extensive contingency plans for falling back and rallying. Some of their military philosophies even exploit this to lure enemies into traps when they think to press their advantage.

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* HonorBeforeReason: {{Inverted|Trope}} HonorBeforeReason:
**{{Inverted|Trope}} for the Fire Caste
(at least compared to some other in-universe examples) in that they consider the trope to be, well, ''dishonorable''. They regard a LastStand as the result of an incompetent commander. Any Tau military strategy provides extensive contingency plans for falling back and rallying. Some of their military philosophies even exploit this to lure enemies into traps when they think to press their advantage.advantage.
** However, the Ethereal Caste plays this painfully straight. Because they are the spiritual leaders of the Tau and wish to keep up the zeal of the population, Ethereals have a tendency to announce a grandiose expansion sphere despite that Commanders and scientists alike may not have the proper manpower or resources, but then leave the latter to plan around how to achieve whatever unreasonable goal they set for the Empire.


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* NomDeGuerre: Fire Caste warriors who attain sufficient fame will gain an official nickname in relation to their defining feats. Farsight and Shadowsun are the most known examples.


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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Farsight is fascinated by the Orks, as they waged war for its own sake and he too liked to battle.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: There's a reason O'Shovah is called Farsight. He is a genius a analyzing data, see weakness in the enemy line, and predict the best course of action.


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* HandicappedBadass: Farsight lost a leg, but since he fights in a battlesuit, it doesn't hinders him at all.
* TheHermit: After witnessing daemons for the first time, O'Shovah retired in the wilderness to meditate.
* HeroicSacrifice: During his examination to become a Shas'ui, Farsight got himself killed while trying to protect his commanding officer. It earned him his promotion since the examination was a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* HesBack: After a period of self-imposed exile, Farsight came back to his people in order to help repel a Tyranid invasion.


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* NomDeGuerre: Farsight, Bane of Greenskins, and many others.


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* PhotographicMemory: Farsight has an exceptional memory, which helped forge his skill as a strategist.
* RedIsHeroic: Farsight, and by extension his enclave troops, use crimson painting. O'Shovah also happens to be one of the most unambiguously moral Tau of his species.


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* SadistTeacher: Not him, but Farsight unwittingly humiliated his instructors once and since them the entire teaching corp of the Fire Caste has had a mild grudge against him, always giving him the hardest exercices to perform.


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* TeenGenius: O'Shovah already surpassed his instructors as a tactician even before taking arms.
* Unperson: The Ethereals tried to erase every mention of him as soon as they learned of the Farsight Enclaves but as a LivingLegend, it proved impossible for Farsight to disappear in the earths of the Fire Caste Warriors.
* UriahGambit: Was on the receiving end of this when one of his former instructors kept sending him to the front line and to the most dangerous missions because O'Shovah humiliated the teacher as an instructor by perfectly predicting his exercices.


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*FlawedPrototype: Sha'vastos's prototype neurochip caused mental degeneracy and he had to be put in suspended animation until a solution had to be found.
*HumanPopsicle: Was put in suspended animation for a certain period of time until the Earth Caste scientists could improve the neurochip in his brain.
14th Feb '17 6:20:52 PM nabu-san
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* SkilledButNaive: The Tau are very good at what they do. The Earth Caste's scientists produce some of the greatest weapons of the galaxy, the Water Caste's bureaucrats and ambassador actually run the Empire smoothly, the Air Caste's pilots and Fire Caste Warriors are a match for any army from the Imperium (of similar size) or a (minor) Tyranid Hive Fleet. But the thing is that they are unaware of the real state of things in the galaxy, naively thinking that the Imperium is weak, or not even being aware of the Chaos Gods.
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