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Old 09 Mar 2006, 10:59   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Xenology: the Dark Side of the Tau'va

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Originally Posted by Faolin
Isn't it just abit suspicious how all the Vespid leaders instantly swore allegience to the Ethereals without any debate once given those helmets?
Assuming the Vespid leaders have in fact been mind controlled one must ask why the rest of Vespid civilization is going along with it all.
  • The Tau did not mind control the entire race (I mean c'mon)
  • If the leaders mind control their subjects the Tau have not done any worse
  • If the population joined the empire freely the Tau would have no reason to mind control the leaders
  • If the population wants to join but the leaders don't why did the Tau not simply replace the leaders?

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Originally Posted by Wargamer
Well, suffice to say that the Ethereal Caste does not come across as "beneficient rulers" at all... they seem more akin to Imperial Commissars, or Inquisitors, than compassionate rulers.
Yet Ethereals never enforce capital punishment, either directly or indirectly.

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Originally Posted by Wargamer
It also gives significant support to the "pheromonal control" theory, which many will recall was officially denied in canon fluff... but it was denied by a member of one of the "lower" castes, not an Aun.
There is simply no way every Tau is constantly under pheromonal control. The logistics are completely against it. Also, why would the Ethereals need to use pheromonal control? The Tau are already indoctrinated from birth and there is nothing to shake their faith in the greater good. Where has the greater good ever failed? Tau military doesn't waste lives, set unrealistic goals for commanders nor ignore their input. Tau cities are clean and efficient. Even humans have joined the empire and never revolted, and they're trained from birth to hate aliens.
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