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Old 09 Dec 2007, 22:08   #1 (permalink)
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The Imperium had many types of worlds and on some a specialist type of regiment may be more prevalent. eg Desert Troops, Mountain Rangers etc.

Do Tau Septs have a sililar style? Would a Cadre fro m Tau respond and fight differently than to Vior'la? N'dras and Borkan?

Would any particular style of crisis suit or Cadre formation be more prevaklent on certain septs?
Would Septs with a lower proportion of Fire Warriors be more dependent on Crisis suits and Auxilliaries?
Any thoughts?
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Old 09 Dec 2007, 22:12   #2 (permalink)
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Quick answer, no.

Long answer, not enough to matter.
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Old 09 Dec 2007, 22:13   #3 (permalink)
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Well there are certainly differences, but nowhere near to the extent that the Imperium sees. the Tau Empire is relatively tightly packed, where there can be vast tracks of empty or dead space between habitable Imperial systems, the star cluster the Tau mostly inhabit is very densely packed and thus the Tau haven't spread out so much that contact becomes to irregular for differences to truly form. The main aspects of a sept appear to be the percentage of it's population that is made up by each caste and it's location. Septs with more Earth caste are likely to make use of a lot more drones and AIs, septs with more Water Caste might tend to use more Auxilaries to supplement their numbers. Septs with more Fire Caste appear to be more hot headed.

On the other hands septs closer to T'au appear to be less different and more densely populated, with populations traveling from sept to sept more often, while septs towards the outer edges of the Tau Empire appear to be a bit more independant and martial or expansionistic. Dal'yth supplies many trading and exploration expeditions and isn't that fond of humans according to some fluff.

But mostly the differences are really not explored in GW fluff and it is up to each player to determine just how unique each sept is going to be.
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Old 09 Dec 2007, 22:18   #4 (permalink)
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But still there can be subtle differences should a player choose to include them. The drones idea being a decent one.
Id also imagine Ksi'm'yen to have a higher proportion of stealth troops and path finders.
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Old 09 Dec 2007, 22:57   #5 (permalink)
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No. A cadre is not like a regiment. A cadre will have X amount of this and X amount of that for use when need be. A regiment of IG chooses what it wants to fight with the Tau can select from everything and customise their force for the battle ahead.

However this doesn't mean that a commander might not favour a particular style of warfare or unit. The short answer is that cadres on the surface do not differ from one another. Just like Wargamer says.

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Old 09 Dec 2007, 23:30   #6 (permalink)
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fair enough a valid point.
So the quetion becomes does a particular method of warfare become more prevalent in different septs?
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Old 09 Dec 2007, 23:41   #7 (permalink)
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no- not really.

When people come up with Sept rules what they should be doing is coming up with styles that a Commander develops.

Septs must be reliant on themselves to face any enemy because they are isolated from the Empire, dependence on one thing is too much of a risk.
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Old 09 Dec 2007, 23:48   #8 (permalink)
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So the suspician for N'dras to be untrusted and Vior'la to be hot headed etc had no impact on the Commanders... I would like to think that althocgh there are no official differences the preferences for a particular method of war does play a part, obviously not as much as an Imperial regiment, but the psyche of the individual has surely got to be affected by the background they come from...
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So the suspician for N'dras to be untrusted and Vior'la to be hot headed etc had no impact on the Commanders... I would like to think that althocgh there are no official differences the preferences for a particular method of war does play a part, obviously not as much as an Imperial regiment, but the psyche of the individual has surely got to be affected by the background they come from...
Not necessarily, the homeworld has very little effect on the environment of training and development, most likely all established Tau cities look and function very similarly and Fire Caste essentially live most of their young lives in the Battle Dome where they train and learn and those will most likely be the same from planet to planet, sept to sept, with the only guiding influence being the personal styles of the training officers who could have origionated from any number of septs.

The only sweeping influence that seems to have made any kind of difference was when O'Shassera openly denounced O'Shovah, as Farsight still has many Fire Caste commanders that sympathize with him, and there are those commanders who side with O'Shassera and the opinions of each commander differed greatly, leading to some variations in tactical doctrine depending on which camp a commander aligned, however with O'Shovah having dissapeared and O'Shassera having Aun'va as her benefactor that political stalemate has greatly shifted.

All in all any differentiations in personal style and tactics are mostly represented by the player themself, not the sept or planet the cadre or commander came from.
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Old 10 Dec 2007, 10:40   #10 (permalink)
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I think it does make slight differences as T'au would use less Auxilaries and Worlds near pech would use more, The hot headed ones might take lots of grenades for when charged, And some specialise in certain terain.
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