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Does it seem that the 'Tau Empire' is becomming 40k's 'Covenant'
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Old 11 Oct 2005, 07:35   #1 (permalink)
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I am Tau all the way, but since this new species, the Vespids, I've started to wonder.
Just think about it, we have 3(4) species,(not counting Tau themselves) and now we are getting another.
Kroot Hounds
Kroot
Krootox
Gue'vesa - Humans
(Gnarlac/Great Gnarlac) - Forge World
(Kroot Bird) - Unconfirmed
Vespids
* * *(Technically Kroot and all dirivatives are the 'same'... but not quite)
Tell all what you think.
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Old 11 Oct 2005, 07:45   #2 (permalink)
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I agree that the Tau do seem to be overwhelmed with other species, however the Tau'va explains all of this. The Tau believe that all the races in the galaxy should live together in harmoney and peace and that everybody has their place in life. If an alien race joins the Tau to help them in their goal, the Tau are only too happy to take them on in their fight for the greater good.

by the way... I can't seem to vote... In anycase, my answer would be yes
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I have my own theory...

The Tau Empire has reached such a size as it has become "hollow" in terms of manpower; all their forces are on the edge. They cannot spare sufficient Firewarriors to form a reserve without crippling their forward positions. The solution? Get other races to fight on the front, leaving them surplus Hunter Cadres to act as internal guards and reserve lines.

Thus the Tau need other races to survive; without their auxiliaries, they are dead.
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I have my own theory...

The Tau Empire has reached such a size as it has become "hollow" in terms of manpower; all their forces are on the edge. They cannot spare sufficient Firewarriors to form a reserve without crippling their forward positions. The solution? Get other races to fight on the front, leaving them surplus Hunter Cadres to act as internal guards and reserve lines.

Thus the Tau need other races to survive; without their auxiliaries, they are dead.
I agree that the Tau are running out of man power to protect their borders from the wild universe of 40k. However, since they are so technologically advanced, why don't they just build other types of robots (other than drones) to fill in the gaps. It would just be nice to see a new Tau unit and not just another Tau auxil.
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I agree that the Tau are running out of man power to protect their borders from the wild universe of 40k. However, since they are so technologically advanced, why don't they just build other types of robots (other than drones) to fill in the gaps. It would just be nice to see a new Tau unit and not just another Tau auxil.
Because if they did, the Tau would go extinct. It was exactly that sort of thinking that reduced the Imperium into the fragmented, infighting, paranoid Empire it is now.
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The Tau are pretty much like some of the ancient/medieval dynasties of China; anyone who kow-tows and follows imperial policy gets to trade and generally be part of the Chinese tributary system. And the use of "barbarian" auxilia troops have been used by many empires throughout history, often to guard the borderlands against other "barbarians". A more interesting question would be whether the Tau would be in danger of expanding too far, so that they were no longer the dominant species of their empire... Its never fun when those tough barbarians decide they might just be running the entire show themselves.
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The Tau are pretty much like some of the ancient/medieval dynasties of China; anyone who kow-tows and follows imperial policy gets to trade and generally be part of the Chinese tributary system. And the use of "barbarian" auxilia troops have been used by many empires throughout history, often to guard the borderlands against other "barbarians". A more interesting question would be whether the Tau would be in danger of expanding too far, so that they were no longer the dominant species of their empire... Its never fun when those tough barbarians decide they might just be running the entire show themselves.
Exept I dont think they want to. None of the races under the Tau seem likely to even want to rise up anytime soon. The Imperial Gue'vesa have more than they could have ever dreamed of in the Imperium, the Kroot have freedom and protection aswell as technological aid. I dont know that much about the vespids or nicassar but neither of them seem to have a reason to rebel. The Tau are kind and generous masters if they can even be called masters, those races could do no better and they prosper under the aid of the Tau. Each race needs the others just as each caste needs the others. Building on strenghts to eliminate weaknesses, alone they fall, together they stand. Simple as that.
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wargamer. your claims that the tau shas forces are stretched thin is not true. When the tau claim a world, or in reality, a sept (system) they will not push on until that sept is completely self sufficient.

tau have other alein races in their empire, because thats their creed. the greater good exists for everyone.
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The Niccassar are definately given the freedom to explore that they so desire, and the protection of the Kor'Vattra (sp?) if they get into problems. And if the Vespid fluff in the Rumours section is to be believed, the Vespid are given A LOT of personal safety by the Tau, a comparitavely meaningful life, and plenty of chances to mate safely and perform in a real society.
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Maybe this is off-topic but who are the Niccassar? Is this another race that will come with the new codex?
And are there any pics? ???

And as many said, Tau live in harmony with other races. Just because Humanity, Eldar (both), Ork, Nids and Orks can't live with other races doesn't mean that Tau cannot.
If you ask me humanity is more stupid in 40k then it is now ... They don't even know how a lightswitch works, as a mather of speaking. There just like animals that can simple reproduce what they see and reproduce :
Tau should rule ... maybe that's too mush ... but they should definitely be given the chance, if only Humanity wasn't so d*mn skared about what they call alien contamination. :-\

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