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Old 02 Nov 2006, 15:53   #1 (permalink)
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Allright, we all know about Human Auxiliaries(I'm never going to be able to spell that right). Poor humans who were given the choise of PoWdom or treason to the Imperium.

However, what about those who cast down the shackles of Imperial life in the name of the Greater Good?

I'm currently trying to build a rebel force, with models loosly based on the rebels in the begining of The Empire Strikes Back. Yes, I'm nerdy. Basically, I'm re-modeling my Fire-warriors to humans, by giving them new heads and replacing the hooves with human legs. I explain the stat decrease by the fact that these guys don't spend as much time doing the hand-to-hand and fitness training as, say, the Imperial guard, as they put more empathis on shooting.

Now, I might need some help with my fluff. This is, in short, what I've come up with so far:

Their planet, located close to the Tau empire, were at one time an arid mine-plnet with quite a large population. Life was rough, as it is in most imperial cities, so the wisperings of the water caste, who had taken intrest in the economical and strategic benefits of the planet, caught on like a bushfire when they were first uttered. Imperial control on this planet was, if even existent, rather lax in certain regions, so one of the planets three continets gradually accepted tau values and virtues, and soon delcared themselves willing servants to the Tau empire, in the name of the Greater Good.

On the other two continents, though, the water caste had not been as sucessfull, and when word of their sister-continents treason reached them, it sparked an uproar. Several tau negotiators and their guards were killed within the few days, and the remaining Tau on ground quickly became trapped and could do little but to call for evacuation that would not be able to slip past the hostile fire.

Aid came from their recent allies, though. With the help of under-cover sympathizers and daring raids to draw the furious Imperial citizens away from key locations, the agents of the Gue'vesa continent proved quite able to free the trapped tau ambassadors and warriors in one swift spearhead- attack. Amongst them was the young Ehteral Aun'oe. Gratefull, the Tau returned to the safetey of their ships in orbit.

The counter-attack, however, would not delay. The very next day the shores of the Gue'vesa continent was assaulted with heavy bombardment from fighter/bombers, and spies reported that the Enemy were massing an armada of battleships and transport-vessels. The Tau, though grateful, could not do much in terms of providing military support, given the losses their Fire Caste escort had suffered. Feeling rather affectionate to his human rescuers, though, the Etheral Aun'oe decreed that any and all help that could be given also should be given to this continent, as befalls the members of the Tau empire and of it's fighting forces.

Fire warriors and Air caste piltos decended to their new human brothers-in-arms, and quickly started to organize, equip and prepare the ones amongst them who were able to fight, and laying up strategies to counter the coming assault. Meanhile, Aun'oe sent word to the Etherals on T'au concearning recent developments and with a formal request for assistance.

Once the attack begun, the Gue'vesa proved to ble able to conduct the Tau way of war to a surprising level of sucess, quickly withering the assaulting enemies down until they were forced to retreat. After only a two-week campaign, the day seemed won, until arrival of an imperial vessel was confirmed...

The coming years consisted of a period of endless war, even after Tau reinforcements had arrived to counter the numerically superior Imperial forces. The Gue'vesa fought valiantly and eventually won the day(yay) and were incorporated into the Tau army, adopting all of it's traditions and practices, effectivly forming a Gue'vesa Hunter Cadre.

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Allright, would this work, from a Tau-fluff point of view? What would the humans be allowed to do? Don armour and pulse rifles, surley, but what about suits? The obvious answer would of course be "suits are made for tau, they wouldn't fit!", but would the tau ever consider making suits for auxiliary troopers?
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Old 02 Nov 2006, 16:09   #2 (permalink)
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what do you mean by suits? if you mean battlesuits, then anyone who wasnt tau who got in one would be fried. and the tau probably woudnt create a suit for an auxiliary[as they do not rise up the ranks as such]. i havent read the story/fluff but i know what your talking about. when the humans where stranded they could choose between being a POW or joining the tau. and then the POWS rebeled, is that what you mean? if it is then that would make sense in the early stages after they were captured and made POWS. but tau dont treat them like all the other races would.
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Old 02 Nov 2006, 16:14   #3 (permalink)
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when the humans where stranded they could choose between being a POW or joining the tau. and then the POWS rebeled, is that what you mean?
Nah, I was refering to humans who have joined the Greater good at their own accord, rather as the lesser of two evils. It seems to me that the ones who joined the empire willingly should be able to gain a higher level of trust withing the Tau empire, thus advancing further.
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Old 02 Nov 2006, 17:04   #4 (permalink)
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This is very plausible. The Tau will often sow the seeds of rebellion on worlds they are interested in. The novel Rogue Star goes into this a little. Most of the worlds in the Lithesh sector joined the Tau more or less willingly, although there was some coercion involved. The Tau never had to apply aggressive military force to conquer any of them. The Imperium is somewhat vulnerable to this type of annexation out on the Eastern Fringe, since it doesn't actually do anything for its people that far out and yet still collects tithes once or twice in a generation. Fleet presence is minimal and most citizens know very little about the Imperium as a whole. It is lucky for the people there that it was the Tau and not the Tyranids, Necrons, or Chaos who chose to subvert their governors.

Tau are a little odd in how they treat newly-joined species. They don't really "give" them much of anything in terms of technology. From the Tau perspective, the greatest gift they bring is ideological. Technological benefits of joining the Tau do not get as much attention. So there is a limit to how much they give human auxiliaries, instead relying on them to pull their own weight as part of the Empire.
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Old 02 Nov 2006, 17:13   #5 (permalink)
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For the suits I would look at Rebel tech from the movies and any thing you can get online then make a crisis suit out of a small vehicle. There was another person here who did an Republic Clone Trooper army where he used walkers as suits and different tanks as well tanks. Good luck in your quest for this but you might want to put up something like this in conversion because that might be more help than here.
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There's actually a really good army list in the Warhammer website in the Imperial Guard section. Someone made an entire Army using Doctrines and based them as Tau supporters.

Assuming you're just going to stick with the Tau Empire Codex, it might be interesting to base your suits on converted Sentinels or Dreadnaughts.

If it's good fluff, it's good fluff - it doesn't matter if it's inconsistent with the status quo. The best stuff is inconsistent, so go for it.

It would be interesting to hear that a specific Ethereal had some sort of prophecy that caused him to hand-choose these humans to be trained as though they were Tau. It also gives you the opportunity to field the Ethereal with the auxiliaries, and their fanatical devotion to him could be cool.
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This is very plausible. The Tau will often sow the seeds of rebellion on worlds they are interested in. The novel Rogue Star goes into this a little. Most of the worlds in the Lithesh sector joined the Tau more or less willingly, although there was some coercion involved.
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This also brings me to another point; I'm not sure exactly where, in relation to the Tau Empire, this world would be located, and to wich sept it would belong... any suggestions?

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Tau are a little odd in how they treat newly-joined species. They don't really "give" them much of anything in terms of technology. From the Tau perspective, the greatest gift they bring is ideological. Technological benefits of joining the Tau do not get as much attention. So there is a limit to how much they give human auxiliaries, instead relying on them to pull their own weight as part of the Empire.
Gotit. Which means, I'm going to need a fluffy explenation to why the're equipped as well as the Fire Caste...

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Good luck in your quest for this but you might want to put up something like this in conversion because that might be more help than here.
I'll look into it.

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There's actually a really good army list in the Warhammer website in the Imperial Guard section. Someone made an entire Army using Doctrines and based them as Tau supporters.
Making a guard list using doctrines was my original idea(I was going to make those cool two-legged horned beasts they ride in The Empire Strikes Back in the begining as Rough Riders), but after som play-testing I decided that the army was simply not fun enough, and some choises I wanted in order to make my army competative were hard to justify propery(like, say, commisars).

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If it's good fluff, it's good fluff - it doesn't matter if it's inconsistent with the status quo. The best stuff is inconsistent, so go for it.

It would be interesting to hear that a specific Ethereal had some sort of prophecy that caused him to hand-choose these humans to be trained as though they were Tau. It also gives you the opportunity to field the Ethereal with the auxiliaries, and their fanatical devotion to him could be cool.
Ooooooooh, this was a really good idea! This also solves the problem with them being more equipped than the average band of auxiliaries. Schweet.
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I think it is easy enough to justify equipping the humans as well as Fire Warriors if the Tau needed them for some task that warranted it. The Tau are very practical in their deployments. If they have a job that humans are well-suited for that also requires them to have better equipment, then it will happen. But they do not seem to outfit all human garrisons with Pulse tech and carapace armor just for the hell of it. The Gue'Vesa Chapter Approved entry we have really represents the original generation left behind by the Damocles Gulf Crusade that have colonized some of the worlds in the 2nd-sphere. It probably does not represent contemporary Tau auxiliaries as well, nor Gue'vesa used for special missions.

The army I am working on at the moment actually includes mixed units of Gue'vesa and Tau, for which I just use the normal Fire Warrior rules.
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Over on Warseer, someone made an army list for such insurgencies. I've actually used it several times against fellow Tau players representing some anti-tau insugents, and there's some rules for Tau rebels also. Enjoy!
http://www.savefile.com/files/87636
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