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Old 21 Jan 2006, 03:38   #1 (permalink)
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Me and my friend were debating about Tau (O'Shova) specifically and he suggested that the reason O'Shova killed an Ethereal was because he might have been possessed by a Daemon (or Demon?). I went on to explain that this was very unlikely, seeing that even if a Tau was remotely possessed, the mere presence of an Ethereal was enough to get rid of the Daemon.
At that point, he came up with the theory that Ethereals are psychically blank, meaning they have now psychic abilities at all, when a normal Tau might have a fraction of Pushkin's, even if it is barely comprehendable.
He then went on to explain that when a psychically blank human goes near a normal human (who, in comparison to a Tau, has enormous psychic abilities) they begin to feel sick, and when placed near something that has a large psychic ability, like a chaos peskier or a Daemon, it can be fatal.
After he explained this, he went on and said, theoretically, because Tau have so little psychic power, they might actually feel more relaxed when an Ethereal is around.
What do you guys think?
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 03:43   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah I think the ethereals are called that for psyker reasons, but i'd say it less of a calming effect they have and more of a command-instantly presence.

and i don't think o'shava ever killed an ethereal. i think orks did it.
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 04:24   #3 (permalink)
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well, as I understand Daemonology (game wise, obviously), daemons can only interract with psychic beings. They 'see' humans as flickering candle flames, not really anything they can do with... but some are psykers, which ARE useable to daemons, who then attempt to possess/enter/make a gateway out of. The intent is to get access to the material world, and psykers are the key. the door, the weapon.

someone or something who is completely non psychic is of no interest or use to a daemon. Not only are they invisible, theres no material to work with. <shrug> What could a psychic entity/daemon even grab hold of?

O'shovah is an exile, pretty much because he shook off the ethereals control when the ethereal was killed (not by him), and the general was -for once- thinking on his own.. and was unwilling to go back under their control, for whatever reason. This basic reason is the O'Shovah mystery, and interest. Later he found a sword (lots of eldar fluff lead to the hint that the Dawn Blade is the Eldar broken sword of Vaul.. the one that failed...), which may or may not have anything to do with anything.
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 04:39   #4 (permalink)
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What your friend said about Psychic Nulls is correct, but the Ethereals and the Tau are not actually "soulless" in the same way as Cullexus Assassins and Pariahs. They do have a presence in the warp, a "soul" if you will, but this presence is very weak compared with that of a Human, Eldar, or even an Ork. Its principle effect on daemons is that they find Tau hard to see, but it would not have the damaging effects on a psyker or strongly psychic being that a true Psychic Null could have.

The difference between having a small Warp presence and having no presence at all is significant.

I hope that helps!
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 06:08   #5 (permalink)
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I realise that there is a difference between little and none, but this theory explains why (correct me if I'm wrong) Kais, in Fire Warrior, felt clam and relaxed when there was an Ethereal around, even though he had been hearing whispers in his ear.
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 08:09   #6 (permalink)
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O'shova has not yet officially shirked off the Ethereals control as it were and it has been stated numerous times that the Ethereals command a social respect from generations of loyalty sired from the birth years and on.
i believe that O'shova's ethereal died in an engagement between his own cadres and perhaps necrons due to the fact that Arthas Moloch is one of the Necrontyre empire worlds- and combat on it must have awoken the bots. as to O'shova's weapon, its not powerful enough to be one of Vauls weapons, and besides those swords are old fluff which is barely applicable anymore with the Khorn/Kain bussiness now the same thing. in all liklyhood its a Necrontyre weapon, held by O'shova in his suite its a powerweapon- he's not Daemon possessed though, i doubt even influenced if the listed engagements he's been in are any proof. he's not renegade- he's fighting a galaxy that the Empire doesn't yet understand that it doesn't want their greater good
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 09:27   #7 (permalink)
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hey don't knock vauls swords yet its still up on GW site on Necrons i think and its some good fluff (awesome last stand ;D)

Vauls weapons were probably just really good power swords (as back then the eldar had no AP 3 weapons) so it could be

thought the theory sounds good its unlikely that the ethereals have an ability so far only seen in humans
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It's more of a disability then an ability ;D
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 10:39   #9 (permalink)
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Wouldn't it be fun if all Tau had the Pariah gene? They keep trying to talk to Eldar and wonder why they keep clutching their heads and dying.

Seriously though, I doubt the Ethereals are warp - nulls. Even if they were it would have no effect on Tau anyway, as they can't be possesed.

What is it with Kais getting possesed? Can someone please explain that to me?
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Old 21 Jan 2006, 12:38   #10 (permalink)
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was kais possesd ^-^ ^-^ ^-^
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