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Old 24 Dec 2007, 16:28   #1 (permalink)
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Fluff question: How fluent are the Kroot in the Tau language? And if they simply can't speak Tau, how do they communicate? I ask because I'm planning to involve some Kroot in the 2nd part of my Red Cadre story. I was thinking of having them speak in a way that the Tau can understand (like in Dawn of War), but it sounds a bit far-fetched for the Kroot to be fluent in both their language and Tau. I think maybe the Shapers would know some Tau language so that they can understand orders.

Gameplay question: Gun drones can be transported by vehicles and have the option to fly away and form into a new squadron. Is this referring to the drone turret things on the sides of the Devilfish chassis or can they carry drone squadrons almost Harbinger style? I think it's just the two at the front, but I'd like to get this clear.

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Old 24 Dec 2007, 16:49   #2 (permalink)
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I know that at least some Kroot (mostly shapers) are fluent in Tau and whatever Imperials speak. Also quite a few regular kroot speak Tau. But I'm not sure about the vast majority.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 17:11   #3 (permalink)
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The Tau do have translator helmets, which they might use. Kroot learn and adapt quickly though.

As for the rules, I have no idea what Harbringer is, so I can't answer that.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 17:21   #4 (permalink)
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The Tau do have translator helmets, which they might use. Kroot learn and adapt quickly though.

As for the rules, I have no idea what Harbringer is, so I can't answer that.
The Drone Harbinger is a Tau vehicle that is a dedicated drone transport in Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. In the game, it actually produces drones on the battle field for a small power cost per drone, like a mobile drone factory.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 17:29   #5 (permalink)
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It is refering to the ones on the side, it can't carry drone in its back.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 17:34   #6 (permalink)
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I presume drones attached to FW squads can come in though. And I would amagine that the drones could easily compact themselves into the Tau vehicles.

The Codex says that Tau vehicles can carry two in "specially designed recesses". If this is refering to the two holders on the front sides of the Devilfish chassis, what are the burst cannon and missile pod turrets? They apparently arn't drones..just turrets.
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The two it can carry in its front are upgrades, you can't have missiles and drones. Drones from FW squad cannot leave the squads, but are assumed to have slots inside.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 17:48   #8 (permalink)
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Are the Drones an upgrade from having nouthing?
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Fluff question: How fluent are the Kroot in the Tau language? And if they simply can't speak Tau, how do they communicate? I ask because I'm planning to involve some Kroot in the 2nd part of my Red Cadre story. I was thinking of having them speak in a way that the Tau can understand (like in Dawn of War), but it sounds a bit far-fetched for the Kroot to be fluent in both their language and Tau. I think maybe the Shapers would know some Tau language so that they can understand orders.
There is that old story in the old Tau codex about a young kroot able to learn and speak fluently in the Tau language within one day, and that kroot became one of the Tau retinue and become a translators of sort for the Tau. They are very good mimics, and as they mimic they are able to understand what the Tau are speaking.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 17:57   #10 (permalink)
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Nice fluff!

In the story, I think I'll have just the Shaper speaking.
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