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Old 08 Jan 2006, 11:47   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tyranids eating Tau: advantage?

A while back there was 'what would happen to the tyrandids if they ate tau' thread.
General consensus was they wouldn't use their DNA: small weak slow tyrandids are not good.

But what if they ate an aun?
What would stop them from useing the phermone-controll for better synapse controll over the swarm. ?

Or would this not work? As far as i know the Synapse uses psykic connection to controll the lesser tyrandids.

Discuss, Please.
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Old 08 Jan 2006, 11:49   #2 (permalink)
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Tau DNA is unimpressive, and valuable only as base materials. No specialist evolution would come of consuming the Tau, regardless of Caste.

Kroot, on the other hand...
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Default Re: Tyrandids eating tau: advantage?

Maybe the good long range vision they have. Creating something more viabably threatening for long range?
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Old 08 Jan 2006, 11:58   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Tyrandids eating tau: advantage?

why on earth would you need greater control over something that lives and breaths according to the hive minds will.

Tyranids already use pheromones to controll them. Lictors anyone?
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Maybe the good long range vision they have. Creating something more viabably threatening for long range?
Tyranids have developed creatures able to vomit a ball of bio-plasma as far as an artillery piece, and with enough accuracy to hit the weakspots on a Russ. Tau do not have anything to offer. They are not unnaturally strong, smart, fast or psychically capable.

Thus far, only two species have been confirmed to be used by the Tyranids; Eldar and Space Marines.

Eldar gave the Tyranids the Zoanthrope. Tyranids have always had Psykers, but the Eldar are much more psychically gifted than any race previously encountered by the Hive Mind.

Space Marines gave the Tyranids the Black Carapace; which appears within the Tyrant Guard.

Orks are rumoured to have been used to make the Biovore, but I'm not convinced... it just doesn't add up. Ork DNA is useful, unquestionably, but they are much more likely to have produced a high-toughness beast rather than an artillery piece.

Humans (aside from Marines) gave the Tyranids nothing. Contrary to the gibberish often preached by the unintelligent, Genestealers are not made by using Human DNA... it is simply that Humans are the most common victims of the Genestealers, and as such the majority of Hybrids are Human Hybrids... and subsequently, Purestrains born from these Hybrids come from Human parents. a Purestrain born of Ork, Tau or any other race would look identical.*

Tau have good sight... but not as good as a Space Marine. I'd put money the Eldar have better vision as well. Tau, like Humans, are an unimpressive race in terms of evolution.

* = Well, almost. We know from Ymgarl that Genestealers undergo mutation based on their prey-species. However, this is presumably caused by long-term breeding cycles; it would take several generations of "cult-cycles" before the Purestrains showed mutation.
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Well besides a marginal increase in aiming capability and mental capacity, I can't see how it would effect them.

maybe they'd develop some sort of understanding of alliances.. not likely though.
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Can we just say that aside from getting food, Tau are like fast food with no real benefits... Eldar are salad, and Smurfs are steaks.
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Old 08 Jan 2006, 15:41   #8 (permalink)
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that about sums it up i think... and about the kroot- if you read the first Ciaphus novel it talks about the Genestealers being the ultimate enemy of the Kroot- the Kroot don't eat anything touched by a Genestealer and realize how important it is to not allow their own DNA to be consumed. interesting no? however the Tau i don't believe would ever get past 1st generation mutation...
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Maybe the good long range vision they have. Creating something more viabably threatening for long range?
That was from Shas'o'Bar'b'que earlier if that quote didn't work.

That doesn't make sense, as Tau do not have good long range vision and this is supported by the fluff. The fact is without the helmets Tau can barely see that far as they are nearly blind without them. (might be a slight exaggeration) but they do have short sight range. So if a nid was to eat a tau he would be short, weak,crap at both cc and shooting and would barely be able to see. as well as they fact it may put his mind at risk in terms of synapese as with the eating of tau (they hav no psychic abilities at all) they may even lose that bonus.

Sorry if any of this has been said before i am just emphasising how stupid that nid would be.
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Yeah tau would just go on the "generic biomass" pile
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