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Old 16 Feb 2008, 13:48   #1 (permalink)
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Now that I have your attention a question or two.

Is the Tau Ethereal cast a male orientated hierarchy or is or has there ever been a female Ethereal. Or could they be a hermaphrodite casting.

If all Tau work together for the Greater Good apart from Commander Shadowsun are there other females in the Fire-Warrior cast?

These are only passing thoughts. I'm not a fluff addict or gaming guru so please don't
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Old 16 Feb 2008, 13:56   #2 (permalink)
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Well Commander Shadowsun is, currently, the only know tau female character. However I doubt that she is unusual in that respect. I would assume that there are a certain percentage of Fire caste female fighting along side their male counterpart, the same way female human fights for the Imperium as Imperial Guard (despite the fact that the only female model is Limited Edition and out of production)

I guess, like in many armies, the male still dominate for biological and traditional reason (I know it make me sound like a male chauvenist but I'm not) and the same would go for the Ethereal.

That been said, nothing stops you from claiming that your Tau are a all female army.
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Old 16 Feb 2008, 13:58   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ethereal sex?

On the first: no idea.

On the second, however: Firstly the "if all tau work for the greater good" bit is unnecessary as all Tau, possibly even the rouge commander Farsight, do work for a greater good; secondly, What on earth do you mean, "apart from Shadowsun"? Unless you meant farsight...

And to the question itself: yes, there are female tau. It's just that GW can't be bothered to model them. In a similar manner, you could have female Imperial Guard. Female Eldar, though, are generally relatively obvious.

You could have an entire all-female cadre, if you really wanted, but it would be very difficult to pull off. It's just that very few (if any) female tau are mentioned in most fluff, except of course shadowsun.
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Old 16 Feb 2008, 14:07   #4 (permalink)
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If all Tau work together for the Greater Good apart from Commander Shadowsun are there other females in the Fire-Warrior cast?
He's missing 2 commas: You should read:
If all tau works for the greater good, apart from Commander Shadowsun, are there other female in the Fire Warrior Caste.

It makes al ot more sense this way.
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Old 16 Feb 2008, 14:16   #5 (permalink)
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well from what can be told, there are likely female Ethereals as has been declared "reproduction between different castes is not permitted" and the Ethereal are as such, a caste. I believe that the tau females may not be as physically strong as tau males which is why we do not hear about them as much. The Hermaphrodite idea is a adventurous idea but as far as we know, tau might not need to sharpen they're pencils, they may not even have penis's or vagina's, It's impossible to tell. (Unless you worship hentai)
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Originally Posted by lillian1364
If all Tau work together for the Greater Good apart from Commander Shadowsun are there other females in the Fire-Warrior cast?
He's missing 2 commas: You should read:
If all tau works for the greater good, apart from Commander Shadowsun, are there other female in the Fire Warrior Caste.

It makes al ot more sense this way.
Dunno, personally I think it should have been

If all Tau work together for the Greater Good (apart from Commander Shadowsun) are there other females in the Fire-Warrior cast?

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Old 16 Feb 2008, 14:40   #7 (permalink)
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"If all Tau work together for the Greater Good -apart from Commander Shadowsun- are there other females in the Fire-Warrior cast?" works for me...

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Old 16 Feb 2008, 16:52   #8 (permalink)
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There are (at minimum) 2 sexes; this makes sense given their pseudo-mammalian origin and is made clear by there being a female Tau model (even though there is only one!).

I hate GW for making only a handful of armies have female models, and lots of those are naked. :-(

I think that GW is lazy, because I doubt the Tau - who seem to run ant-like communistic societies - would as a matter of course not distinguish between the sexes for reasons of combat. There should be no difference with Ethereals. I think we're seeing designer bias.
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Old 16 Feb 2008, 17:34   #9 (permalink)
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OK guy's, so I mist out two commas.
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Old 16 Feb 2008, 17:38   #10 (permalink)
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No, the way you guys are doing it still imply that Shadowsun doesn't work for the Greater Good. It should be: "If all Tau work for the Greater Good [i.e. males and females], are there any females in the Fire Caste apart from Commander Shadowsun?"

But we all know what he meant, so let's carry on.

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You could have an entire all-female cadre, if you really wanted, but it would be very difficult to pull off.
It's not hard to pull off at all! Whether Tau have breasts or not (see the other thread) there is no difference between male and female Tau in armour. So just don't use any of the bare heads (or if you do, make the slit a Y rather than a straight line) and say "My army are all female." And just like that, you've done it. Optimo!
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