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Old 19 Apr 2005, 12:05   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tau ranks...

Right, we all know about the "common" ranks, namely:

O, El, Vre, Ui, La.

However, Firewarrior gave us "Saal", which is below La. It seems to be a "cadet" rank, but I can't help but wonder if there is any more Tau ranks... for example, is a Tau a "Saal" from the moment they are born, or only when they are old enough to begin learning the skills of their caste?
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Old 19 Apr 2005, 13:49   #2 (permalink)
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I dunno... I just read the book today (hee hee, I read fast) and I think that if you're a Fire caste member, you're goin' into the military anyways and you'd probably have it from birth.
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Old 19 Apr 2005, 14:16   #3 (permalink)
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I guess it would depend on when the term 'Saal' was used....was it used on someone already inducted into service, or was it used on someone maybe of age to start serving? I never read the book, so I couldn't tell you anything more specific...

I'm sure there's more levels of rank in the Tau military...I think the five major ones are just titless, with posible levels for each title... i.e: Lieutenant Colonel, Private First Class, Seargeant Major etc...

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Mmmm, no, I don't think so. They also denote some level of seniority as well.
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Old 19 Apr 2005, 14:34   #5 (permalink)
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Which is exactly what the titles I gave in my examples do...no?

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Well, for the Tau FWs can only rise through the ranks once every four tau'cyr when they have their Trial by Fire. If they've been good soldiers, followed the tau'va and found their niche. Little fleshy gue'la get promoted for not dying.
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Old 19 Apr 2005, 15:35   #7 (permalink)
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The suffixes are both ranks and honorifics.* I doubt there are any other "ranks" in the Tau military, although there could be names for the various specializations.* Within the Fire Caste there are at least two obvious career tracks, Crisis for Fire Warriors and Stealthsuits for Pathfinders, with vehicle crew being a possible third.* Within the other castes this type of extra title might be more important, particularly in the Air and Earth, although not so much among the Ethereals.
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Old 19 Apr 2005, 15:40   #8 (permalink)
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I haven't read the book yet (I just ordered it today) but i think Khanaris is on the right track. And Fire Caste does have vehicle crew, look at the DF entry in the Codex and it says Crew: Fire Warriors or something like that.
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I'd assume that a rank below Saal exists... but there isn't an official word on it.
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I know this is a little bit off topic, but can you get the warhammer 40k books from anywhere else other then off of the internet, and if so, where?
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