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Old 27 Jul 2008, 19:22   #1 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Home of the 2nd Cadre of Fi'rios.

This is the background thread for my beloved creation, The 2nd Cadre of Fi'rios, or to use it's Tau name, Cal'vral'ru'la Kau'ui. This thread has been around for a while and this is the first time I will refresh it so to speak, since things have changed since I first posted. Including character biography's and campaigns.

Just to start with I want to talk a little bit about how this all started out. Since 2nd edition, I have played using my brother's imperial guard army. By 2006, I was finally thinking of getting an army of my own. I spent a lot of time pouring over the GW website and eventually I went with the Tau Empire. I purchased the new Codex and spent several months reading up about my new army. When it came to the Games Workshop on-line campaign Medusa V, I began building an army so I could play. Reading the fluff for M5 got me thinking about my own armies background. Over the years it changed and moulded, as I discovered new things or played new games. Until I had what you see before you. A far from complete cadre background.

Before you begin reading. Every one of these campaigns is purely my imagination, but they are based on real battles I fought, and I will even give links to battle reports that special battles are based on. Some of the stuff I played on Dawn of War others were Tabletop. I amalgamated all of them to create my background.

Finally, I have tried very hard to make my cadre adhere to cannon. If you see anything that doesn't fit, please PM me or something, so that I can take it into account. There's nothing I hate more than a background that clearly violates cannon.

Also, I should place here a copywright disclaimer. Apart from pictures taken off DOW and pictures taken of my own army, i own none of these pictures and have no rights to them at all.

Here is a list of battle reports that involve my cadre:
Naxos Campaign -
http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=62877.0
http://forums.tauonline.org/index.ph...0242#msg930242
Vamnos Campaign -
http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=69991.30 - just scroll down and you will see it
http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=79068.0

That's all for an introduction. Thank you for reading my stuff, I really appreciate it

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Notes: This post includes all my Cadre's general information, from its name, to it's campaign honours, to its battle tactics. To write all this I used Calmsword's Project Tau series, as well as the 4th & 5th Edition rulebooks. Plus Codex: Tau Empire. The pictures are of my tabletop army

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Cadre Specifications
Official Information:

Force Designation: Kau’ui [Cadre]
Force Identification: 2nd Kau’ui Fi’rios
Date of Birth: 4933 AFT [0006M42]
Home Sept: Fi’rios
Commanding officer: Shas’O Tash’var Savon [Commander Keen-Eyed]
Unit Motto: “Mesme’Ge’Chias” [“Together with Unity”]


Shas'O Tash'var Savon, in his favoured XV8 battlesuit, a veteran of dozens of campaigns he is one of Fi'rios' most able commanders.

Unofficial Information:

Given Names: “Cal’vral’ru’la” [“Hoof Sloggers”]
Known War-cries: “Shi’Ge’Mont [“Victory or Death”]
Engagements: 14
Campaign Honours:
  • Medusa V, 4933 AFT
  • Naxos, 4934 AFT
  • Fio’Kak, 4935-7 AFT
  • Vamnos, 4940-43 AFT


A map of the Fi'rios sept, with worlds of Major significance to the Cadre

Personnel Information:

Active Duty Personnel:
• 80 Shas
• 32 Kroot
• 26 Kor’vesa [Drones]
Non-combatant Personnel:
• 1 Por’hui Imbedded Camera Crew
• 4 Fio Mechanics
• 2 Fio Medics
• 1 Por Quartermaster
Attached Vehicles:
• 1Ak’ula Gun-ship
• 2 Devilfish APCs
Attached Battle-suits:
• 6 XV8 Crisis Battle-suits
• 12 XV25 Stealth-suits
• 2 XV88 Broadside Battle-suits


2nd Fi'risian Fire Warrior in Urban Kit, as would be seen during the Naxos Campaign.

Cadre Tactical Data:

Preferred Environments:
• Urban Areas
• Dense Woodlands
• Mountainous Areas
Preferred Enemy:
• Gue’la [Humans]
• O’res’la [Orks]

Tactics:

The 2nd Cadre’s tactics have grown over several Tau’cyr, as they adapt to different enemies and different battlegrounds. According to the teachings of Aun’ui Kunas the Cadre is broken into 3 different groups, Support, Intercept and Attack teams will change group depending on the battlefield and objective, however each group relies on the other for protection and support, similar to the Castes of Tau society
Support:
The first group is generally made up of Broadside Battle-suits, Ak’ula Gun ships, Pathfinders, and occasionally units of Fire-warriors. Support units are the first on the battlefield; they are generally stationary, bombarding enemy positions with fire, and provide covering fire for the Attack and Intercept groups. These units generally practice the "Kauyon" [Patient Hunter] battle tactic
Intercept:
The second group is generally made up of Kroot, Gue’vesa, and any other unit capable in close combat, in desperate times; Fire-warriors are also included in this group. Intercept units do exactly that, they protect the Support units from close combat and attack specialists from the enemy by intercepting them and tying them down so that they can achieve little damage to the main force. These units fight using the "Shas’len’ra" [Cautious Hunter] battle tactic.
Attack:
The third and final group is almost assuredly deployed in deep strike. Made up of Crisis and Stealth Suits, including the Commander, and sometimes gun drone squadrons, these units deep strike onto the battlefield behind enemy lines to neutralize enemy threats or contest objectives. They are almost invariably responsible for delivering the "Mont’ka" [Killing Blow].


The Cadre on parade following victory on Fio'kak

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apparently I have been told that this is a very good template for any army background, and I know one or two people who actually use it in their own army backgrounds. If anything it will give people inspiration.

please excuse the map, i made it in paint and i can't say i'm much of an artist, though that in itself i found difficult to make. Anyway i just thought it would be of interesting reference. The planets and their positioning is completely imagined however, cannon went out the window slightly, though i doubt Games Workshop will ever go into detail on Fi'rios anyway.

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Notes: this is the beginning of the Background. I will post each campaign in 1 post if I can, so that they are nice and neat.

This actually is my fluff about the run-up to Medusa V. Representing me getting my army together, but also It looks into the history behind my cadre, how and why it was raised.

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Cadre Background:
Formation of the Cadre:

In 4922 AFT [997M41] his Excellency Aun’Va announced the opening of the 3rd Expansion of the Tau Empire. Just over a Tau’cyr later the Sept of Ks’m’yen was founded, and the war for Fi’rios began. Fire-Caste from Dal’yth, Vior’la, Tash’var and Sa’cea engaged in a hard, bitter war against the Orks of this region. The Fi’risian colonists would long remember the sacrifices they paid in their home world’s colonisation. In 4925 AFT [999M41] Fi’rios was officially recognised as its own Sept.

8 Tau’cyr Later [006M42], O’Shaserra [Commander Shadowsun], the Hero of the Third Expansion lead a large Tau force to protect a research expedition on the doomed world of Medusa V. The High Council of Fi’rios was keen to involve itself in this expedition and improve its standing among the elder Septs of the 1st and 2nd Sphere. It was decided that Fi’rios would raise a Contingent of its own to represent it in the Medusa V expedition, however the Sept was but 8 Tau’cyr old, too young to have naturally born Fi’risians fighting in the front-line. After consultation with O’Shaserra and his Excellency Aun’Va, it was decided that remnant Cadre’s that had been involved in the Sept’s colonisation would be amalgamated into Fi’rios’ first Cadres.

Four Cadres were created from remnants of Vior’laian, Tash’varian and Sa’cean Cadres. However these cadres lacked in many departments, The High Council had underestimated the Sept rivalries, which drove the newly made Cadres apart. The 2nd Cadre also had an untested commander, Shas’El Savon, a Tash’varian, had only just passed his third trial. Inside the cadre Vior’laians argued with Sa’ceans and the Tash’varians were distrusted by both, because El’Savon was accused of favouring his Sept with the distribution of the Cadre’s limited equipment and supplies.

Over and above this the Cadre lacked fundamental equipment, the 2nd Cadre could field only one Devilfish APC, which earned them scorn from other Cadre’s serving in the expedition, giving rise to the Cadre’s derogatory nickname “Cal’vral’ru’la” or “Hoof Sloggers” in Imperial Gothic. The cadre also lacked any heavy armour such as Ak’ula [Hammerhead] Gun ships and any form of Auxiliary troops, including Kroot or Vespid.

In this unfavourable state of affairs the 2nd Cadre was dispatched to the hostile battlegrounds of Medusa V.

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the fact that my cadre was ill-equipped in this campaign is true, since when I first started playing all I had were a bunch of fire warriors, a Commander and some stealth suits.

Anyway thanks again for reading my stuff, any comments are welcome

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Notes: this part of the background just essentially follows the Medusa V campaign. Though while I was playing I was already dreaming up my cadre background, and honestly I found it very exciting that my army would be able to claim they fought in quite a historical event. I won a victorious slaughter playing against my brother's Imperial guard, in one of my first battles. That was so awesome that I commemorated it in my fluff as “The Battle of Heross Vale”.

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The Medusa V Campaign:


The Planet of Medusa V

The 2nd Cadre was posted in the Edethor Region, on the Charybdis Crest. In the first few Rotaa [approx. 15 Terran hours] of the campaign Savon attempted to lead some attacks upon the Imperial troops in the region, however with internal strife and limited equipment Savon’s actions made little effect and he was forced to return to base.

It was noted by the Ethereals that the 2nd Cadre’s internal strife was “working counter to the furtherance of the Tau‘Va.” Options like disbanding the cadre or removing El’Savon as its commanding officer were rejected. Eventually a young idealistic Aun’ui by the name of Aun Kunas volunteered to act as a “B” [shepherd/guide] this was accepted by the Ethereals and Kunas was embedded with the cadre so as to ‘guide’ them down to correct path to the Tau’Va [Greater Good].

Aun Kunas’ effect on the cadre was unbelievable. Kunas preached the ideals of unity and co-operation, suggesting that rather than blame the cadre’s difficulties on another ethnic group, the groups should work together to overcome these difficulties. Indeed the Cadre’s motto, which had been “Shi’Ge’Mont” meaning “Victory or Death” was changed to “Mesme’Ge’Chias” which when translated into Imperial Gothic means “Together with Unity”. Kunas began to forge the Cadre into a cohesive force that worked around El’Savon’s principle of “Attack is the best form of Defence”. Fire Caste teams were taught to rely on each other, and to work together to achieve their objective.

The Cadre’s true baptism of fire came with the Space Marine, Drop-pod Assault on the Charybdis Crest. Although the Tau were all but swept away by this assault, the 2nd Cadre could almost unerringly be found in the rearguard of retreating Tau forces. Here the Cadre earned its pride and the respect of other Septs such as Vior’la who respected courage. Intricate tactics that were executed merely to delay the Imperial advance caught the attention of more intellectual Septs such as Dal’yth. El’Savon’s attack ideologies lead to many counter attacks against imperial troops. One of these counter attacks led to the end of the Cadre’s ‘infancy’, the Massacre of the 446th Advance Column in the area known as ‘Heross Vale’.


Aun'ui Kunas leads the Tau of Fi'rios into battle with the Ultramarines 6th Company

The Battle of Heross Vale:

In the dying days of Medusa V, the Imperial forces drove back the Tau armies across the Charybdis Crest. The 446th Advance Column was a mixture of the 809th Catachan Infantry, with armor detachments from the Steel Legion of Armageddon and PDF forces from Medusa V itself. In total the force numbered probably from 4500 to 5000 men.

The Advance Column was spotted by Fi’risian pathfinder teams and a rocky steep sided ravine known as ‘Heross Vale’ was selected as a perfect ambush point. About a Dec later [1.5 Terran hours approx] The 2nd Cadre and its Contingent were in place around the steep slopes of the ravine. The rocky ground of the Charybdis Crest was not so suitable for armored vehicles. This made the Imperial column slow and the Catachan infantry far outstripped the laden vehicles. As the rear of the column entered the vale, Tau Fire-warriors appeared as a lure at the head of the column, fleeing at the sight of the massed enemy troops. The imperial vanguard, perhaps 500 to 1000 Catachans gave chase.

These troops ran headlong into a prepared proximity minefield. In the confusion of their explosion, Tau rail-rifles dispatched officers and Commissars. As ranks of Fire-warriors closed in on the vanguard, XV25 stealth suit teams emerged at the rear of the imperial Column. In classic Kauyon style, the ‘prey’ was trapped and systematically cut down. However the Catachan’s tenacity was not to be tested. Ranks of Guardsmen swarmed up the rocky slopes engaging many Tau in hand to hand, Without Kroot, the Tau were unsuited to such combat. For a moment it appeared that the Imperial’s vastly superior numbers and advantage in hand to hand may win them the day.


The rocky slopes of Heross Vale, a rare salvage from the Fall of Medusa V

However the tide turned with the most impossible of sacrifices. Aun Kunas’ bodyguard was hit by a round from a Leman Russ battle cannon. The Aun was mortally wounded and died in the arms of his bodyguard. With the fall of Aun Kunas, the Tau were filled with merciless fury. Intense fire-power rained down on surrendering Medusans. Fire-warriors engaged in brutal hand to hand combat with guardsmen, routing most and slaughtering those who surrendered. In a fit of grief El’Savon ordered the execution of all prisoners taken by the stealth teams and vanguard Fire-warriors. In the following few Decs the 446th advance column was wiped out to a man. The brutal atrocities the Fire Caste partook in horrified embedded Por’hui camera crews, but even the attached Earth Caste medics and mechanics joined in the slaughter of hapless prisoners and unarmed guardsmen.

In some senses the battle of Heross Vale was the Cadre’s greatest victory, but the death of a beloved ethereal, especially the one who had saved the cadre from its own “Mont’au” [essentially extinction] and the atrocities occurring after that, marred the victory. The entire cadre was recalled to receive censorship, but they escaped this fate on the grounds of acting in grief of an Ethereal’s death.

Retreat from Medusa V:

The 2nd Cadre’s efforts were not in vain however. The Imperial assault ground to a halt. As the world of Medusa V entered its last days, the Cadre swapped fire with Imperial forces, as a mass evacuation began. El’Savon was keen to hold to the last, denying the imperials any ground but finally he was convinced to flee the planet before it fell into ‘Van Grothe’s Rapidity’. Fi’rios could not have its founding Cadres lost in their first campaign.

Medusa V was swallowed by the warp anomaly just over a Kai’rotaa [57 Terran days approx] after the expedition arrived. Although the research expedition had been a success the knowledge gained, when weighed against the Empire’s losses (which were significant) it was deemed by the earth caste that “further research would be infeasible”. Although the Medusa V expedition was essentially a failure, the Cadre had been forged into a fighting unit that would demonstrate its worth to the Tau’Va time and time again in the future.

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Notes: this campaign is just an amalgamation of most of the battles I fought post Medusa V against Ultramarines or Imperial Guard. We played a bunch of cities of death battles, and few more that used the river terrain my brother built, so I designed a world around that, and allowed for the battles to be slotted into place.

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The Naxos Dispute:

In early 4934 AFT [007M42] the Planet of Naxos declared its independence from the Imperium and its new status as a member of the Tau Empire. Naxos was a small planet, orbiting a similarly small star. With a population of just over 1.2 billion, most of its people lived in the open farmland that covered the one inhabited continent. The planet’s capitol, Neoptolomy Hive, sat astride the Eurymedon River, one of the planets many rivers that broke up the continent.


The planet Naxos, as seen from Orbit

Its comparative isolation meant that Ultramar, the home of the Ultramarines Chapter, did not hear of its declaration until some several Terran months later. The 6th company was immediately dispatched to bring the planet back under Imperial control. The Tau reacted quickly to defend their newly acquired territory. An expedition including troops from Fi’rios and Dal’yth was sent to protect the empire’s interests on Naxos. The 2nd and 4th Cadres from Fi’rios had been re-equipped since Medusa V, the factories of Fio’kak had supplied them with new tanks and armor, they were also joined by a Kroot kindred to make up for their lack of hand to hand combat ability.

The 2nd Cadre was posted in the Capitol Hive, Neoptolomy, alongside the 4th Cadre commanded by El’Chid. They were supported by several Gue’vesa units and Shaper ‘Bob’s Kroot Kindred. Shaper ‘Bob’ received his name from the Gue’vesa units, unable to pronounce his real name. The name stuck as all three races, Tau, Kroot and Human were able to pronounce it.


Shaper 'Bob' and several members of his Kroot Kindred

Before the Imperials assaulted the planet, the city was hit by a heavy planetary bombardment, which the Tau weathered in prefabricated bunkers built by the Earth Caste. The Space Marines led the assault into the city, north of the river, overrunning defenses built by the PDF and streaming into the city itself. Bitter street to street fighting filled the city. El’Savon had had all his forces learn the planning of the city, making sure all his troops were aware of choke points and likely targets. For three Rotaa the Tau flowed like water from prefabricated position to prepared ambush points in a carefully planned defense system. The Ultramarine’s advance ground to a halt, and their auxiliary guardsmen suffered heavy casualties.


When the Tau’s prefabricated plan ran out they retreated across the Eurymedon River destroying the bridges behind them. El’Savon’s plan, by drawing the enemy into a maze of streets and alleys, had maximized enemy casualties while minimising his own. By destroying the bridges across the river, he had left the fords to the east as a lure, which the Imperials fell for, assaulting against another prefabricated defense line. This time, several open areas were used a lures to draw the Ultramarines in. the 5th company had charged in and met heavy losses in the fords. Despite landing Terminator units behind the Tau lines and attacking at several locations along the river, the Ultramarines assaults collapsed and they were unable to breach the defenses and secure a foothold on the southern shore. Shaper ‘Bob’ earned the hard respect of the Terminator squads of the Ultramarines, as time and time again it was he who fought them in hand to hand, tying them down and minimising their effectiveness.


The Battlefield of the Fords of Eurymedon, with key points highlighted

After just a quarter of a Kai’rotaa (20 Rotaa [12 Terran days]) the Imperial assault had received 45% casualties, most worryingly of this, was the high casualties among the Space Marines, which numbered over 20. The assault on Neoptolomy Hive was abandoned. Following victory on the ground, the Tau air Caste launched an attack on the Imperial fleet. Although the attack was driven off, the Space Marines realised that they were on the back foot. Although unwilling to abandon the assault, new orders arrived from Ultramar requesting their return to combat the arrival of a major Ork Waaagh in nearby systems. Without hesitation but with some reluctance the Ultramarines retreated from Naxos leaving it well in the hands of the Tau Empire.


The Breach at St. Sebastion's Abbey, one the many brutal brawls between Shaper 'Bob's Kroot and The Ultramarines Terminators.

Although the victory was over a small backwater planet, the defeat of an entire Company of the Imperium’s super warriors was a brilliant success. El’Savon and El’Chid became recognized as experts on Imperial tactics and how to outmaneuver them. The 2nd Cadre became well known in their home Sept, and were widely recognized by others as one of the best Cadre’s this new Sept had to offer. The Naxos Campaign demonstrated the abilities of Fi’rios’ Cadre and firmly planted the Sept as a rising star among the Fire Caste.

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El'Chid is based on one of my friend's Dawn of War profile, we used to play Tau together, and so I thought it would be cool just to put him in some-where, plus his name Chid'O was pretty cool. The name shaper bob was a joke my brother made, and the name just kinda stuck. Also there is a Eurymedon river, it is found in south-western turkey.

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really good job, I loved reading it, and gave me alot of idea's in creating my own back ground story for my army, however i just started and would have to get more battles.
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Notes: the Fio'kak campaign stems from two things. Fio'kak I originally dreamed up as my Cadres home world, but I eventually rejected that idea and made it a base of operations for Fi'risian cadres in general. The other side is a played a few games at school against an Ork player and an IG player. I decided to add in the Imperial guard by having Gue'vesa on the planet, while fighting the Orks. Many of these battles I refer to though were played on Dawn of War, because we didn't play that often.

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The Waaagh Grishtak Campaigns:


Fi’rios was wrested from the grip of a fierce Orc Warlord in 4925 AFT. Although a full blown Sept by 4935 AFT it was still fledgling, the Orks were never fully purged from that area of space. While the 2nd and 4th Cadres fought on Naxos, the 1st and 3rd Cadres had remained in the Sept, fighting off Several Ork hordes and raids. These Orks had been active since the Sept’s birth, but never truly posed much of a threat until the rise of Boss Grishtak.

Grishtak invaded Tau space in 4935 AFT at the head of a mighty Ork Waaagh. The Waaagh smashed into the Fi’rios Sept bringing three systems to their knees. Fi’rios’ full manpower was focused at halting the Waaagh but on the planet of N’tos, known for its huge swampland the Tau were defeated and several thousand feral Orks joined Grishtak’s Waaagh, allowing Grishtak to push on into the Fio’Kak system.


The 2nd Cadre in action, on the swamp world of N'tos

Fio’kak as its name suggests [Desert Earth] is a desert world. A human planet that voluntarily joined the empire in 4924 AFT [998M41] Fio’kak’s population rests around several huge Oases, almost the size of an inland sea. The planet provides the workforce for a series of recourse satellites orbiting the planet. The Planet’s moon is a Tau research facility and arms factory. The majority of Fi’rios’ weapons are manufactured here. Because of the planets strategic value, the Sept’s main Air Caste fleet is stationed here in a massive space dock.


The Planet of Fio'kak, the main industrial center of the Fi'rios sept

The Tau Fleets gathered around Fio’kak and attempted to destroy the Orks in Space. The 1st Fi’rios cadre defended the moon from Ork assault as the Tau meticulously destroyed the Ork fleet. Grishtak avoided complete annihilation however by landing his hordes on the planet itself. The only Tau troops deployed on the planet were the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fi’rios as well as Kroot from Shaper Bob’s Kindred and a large force of Gue’vesa Auxiliaries.

It took Several Rotaa for Grishtak to gather his Orks together and during this time, El’Savon and El’Chid, commanders of the 2nd and 4th Fi’rios attacked and slaughtered many isolated groups. The Tau tactics however was to deny the Orks water by defending the Oases. Grishtak’s Waaagh was driven back by El’Savon’s defense at the “Blue Oasis”, and the “Great Oasis”, while El’Chid held the “Oasis of Life” against multiple Ork attacks.


El'Savon in XV22 Battle Suit

The fighting on Fio’kak lasted almost 2 Tau’cyr. In 4937AFT El’Savon and El’Chid decided to use the Ken’rai battle Tactic [essentially “kill the head and the body will die”]. The 4th assault on the “Oasis of Life” presented an excellent chance, as the Tau and their Auxiliaries defended the Oasis, El’Savon and El’Chid led an Ad-Hoc collection of XV8 battle suits to kill Grishtak. Deploying directly from Orca drop ships the Battle suits landed in the heat of the battle. El’Savon engaged Grishtak’s Bodyguard, while El’Chid went in for the kill. In the following duel both commanders were badly wounded, several slugga bolts left El’Chid mortally wounded, and as he lay in Grishtak’s crushing grip, he activated his Failsafe Detonator, the resulting explosion killed them both, and while El’Savon rallied the Tau, the Orks cracked an broke.

Over the next few Kai’rotaa the scattered Orks were hunted down and slaughtered. El’Savon was recognized for finally defeating Grishtak’s Waaagh, which so far has been the largest threat to the Sept since its founding. El’Savon refused retirement and continued to serve the greater good as a Shas’O officially in command of the all Fi’risian Cadres. Since Fio’kak the 2nd Cadre has become the most well known and respected Cadre to have risen out of Fi’rios. Shaper Bob continues to serve with the 1st Fi’risian Cadres as they are deployed against both Orks and Gue’la. El'chid's sacrifice was added to the annals of Fi'rios as a prime example of the price some must pay for the Greater Good.

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just a few more notes. The picture, if you didn't notice is actually of Tatooine from star wars, but they make good planet pics to use. Others you will recognise as DOW.

Once again, any criticisms or feedback please post or PM me, I love feedback

thanks for reading

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Nice work, i've had notify on the thread since you first posted (because i didn't want to break it up so soon by posting).
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Notes: This is where I changed about with the thread, replacing some posts with others. To keep my design all nice and neat I've put the next campaign in here, even though my commander background was originally posted here. You'll also find that I cut and trimmed the Vamnos Campaign. That's because I feel I rushed it the first time and hopefully this version is more concise.

The Vamnos campaign really stems from a series of games I played between school and Uni, and first year of Uni. I played against my brother of course, so Imperial guard and Space Marines would play a part. While my room-mate also played Eldar, which was new and interesting for me. Above that, I began collecting my 2nd army, Chaos Space Marines. One of my friends who doesn't have an army plays with my CSM at the moment. So essentially I had to make quite a detailed campaign to fit them all in.

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Prelude to the 1st Vamnos War

Following the defeat of Waaagh! Grishtak on the sands of Fio'kak, the newly promoted Shas'O Savon led the 2nd cadre on several counter attacks into Ork strongholds. O'Savon succeeded in destabilizing the Orks enough so that they would never again present a threat to the Fi'rios sept. His successes drew the eyes of the ruling council, and for a time, the Shas'O took his place among the council on Fi'rios Prime. Between 4938 and 4940 AFT O'Savon did much to improve the military of the young sept. The moon base of Fio'kak was expanded, and two new cadre's were raised, the 5th and 6th Fi'rios. The 2nd cadre took this time to recuperate. They had, since their birth, fought 3 campaigns in the space of 4 Tau'cyr. They were mentally exhausted and required a number of reinforcements to return them to full strength. Needless to say there were no shortage of applicants to join the 2nd Fi'rios, perhaps the most distinguished cadre in the Sept.

This period of rest did not last long however. O'Savon preferred to lead from the front, and he quickly tired of administrative tasks. However in this period of relative peace there was little for the Shas'O to commit himself to. This changed when word arrived from the system of Vamnos. sightings of Space Marines in that system sent alarms throughout the sept. Also the increasing hostility of the Eldar in the system was becoming a concern. O'Savon was immediately called to command the Uash'o that would be sent to protect the important system of Vamnos. The 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Fi'rios formed a contingent and gathered on Fio'kak's moon base. They were joined by several Contingents from Kys'm'yen, Sac'ea and Kel'Shaan. A large force of Auxilieries was also Assembled, including the famed Kroot Shaper 'bob' Ortak and his Kroot kindred. With very little time to spare, the Uash'o departed

The Vamnos system was one of the largest systems in the Fi'rios sept. It has three planets orbiting a single star. Vamnos I is closest to the Sun, it is an Agricultural world, with a huge Tau population ranging in the billions. It is here that the government of the system is based, in the Ethereal Palace in Vamnos Prime. The principle city in the system.


Vamnos I, the capitol planet of the system

Vamnos II is a Kroot world. It's large jungles provide the perfect existence for the Kroot. many thousands of kindreds live on the planet. Vamnos II has become the main base of Shaper 'Bob's kroot, and many of his kindred come from this planet.


The rainforests that cover Vamnos II are home to many kroot kindreds

Finally Vamnos III, this is an anomaly in the Tau empire. It is an Eldar Maiden world, unde the treaty of Vamnos no Tau is to set foot on the paradise world, and because of this an uneasy truce is kept with the Eldar of Iyanden who guard its surface. It is these very Eldar who have begun to launch raids into Tau lands destroying vital defences that are necessary to ward off the other invaders.


A picture of Vamnos III, the paradise world

Opening Skirmishes

When the Uash'o arrived at Vamnos it was to find the situation drastically different from expected. New sightings of daemons under the gue'la force identified them, not as the expected Imperium, but the dreaded Mont'au. O'Savon deferred on how to battle these creatures to the Kel'shaan commanders. They advised caution in the face of these foes, they were extremely dangerous. Reports from other theatres of war suggested it was not uncommon for Space Marines to be in the service of the dark powers that the Eldar referred to as, Chaos.

Currently the Chaos forces were engaged in raids, all across the system. It was almost impossible to guess their numbers or even predict their attacks. Combining that with the Eldar raids, which seemed to be attempting to weaken the Tau defences, O'Savon concluded that the Tau forces should take a reactionary role. They would form rapid response cadre's capable of intercepting enemy raids, and either driving them away, or annihilating them.


A standard rapid response cadre, as would have been seen in the early days of the Vamnos war

This hit and run warfare that scoured across the system lasted nearly a whole Tau'cyr. The Tau reinforcements did much to increase the defences. Minor engagements were fought with the Space Marines, but the vast majority of raids seemed to be carried out by gue'la cultists, backed up by small groups of daemons. During this time, the 2nd Cadre remained in Vamnos Prime, on garrison duty. It was the newly raised 5th and 6th cadres who distinguished themselves. Shas'el Anuk of the 5th proving a fantastic leader, along the lines of O'Savon himself.


Vamnos Prime, capitol city of Vamnos I and the Vamnos system

However Tau success was Eldar failure. The Craftworld of Iyanden had foreseen the war, detecting the power of Chaos long before they reached the Vamnos system. Iyanden was weak, barely 23 Tau'cyr before [this would be roughly 993M41] the Eldar Craftword had suffered under a massive Y'he [Tyranid] assault. Their military capability was severely limited and they were not able to hold off the Chaos raids. By attacking the Tau, they were drawing the Chaos troops to attack the lesser defended Tau.

In late 4940 AFT the Eldar struck a sudden and massive blow on the early warning stations surrounding Vamnos II. Although they were driven off, the Tau defences were almost permanently weakened. Even as O'Savon planned a counter attack on Vamnos III, Chaos made it's move.

The Vamnos II landings

As the fighting in the Vamnos system entered its second Tau'cyr, the invasion of Vamnos II escalated the fighting. It began when a Chaos fleet appeared in Orbit above Vamnos II. The Tau reactions were slowed, and the fleet was not in action until the Chaos forces were already landing troops. The Kroot and Tau forces on Vamnos II were too few to hold the enemy landing zones. Shaper 'bob' Ortak gathered many thousands of Kroot in the Sacred hills. This safe haven for the Kroot also formed as a mobilisation point. As Kroot from across the planet gathered together, other Kindreds fought alongside the tau in a guerilla warfare against the Chaos forces. While the Tau fleet engaged the Chaos fleet in Orbit, O'Savon finally moved the the front-line, landing as many troops on Vamnos II as he could. Only a few contingents of Dal'ythans and Shas'el Anuk's 5th Fi'rios remained on Vamnos I.


The Sacred Hills of Vamnos II, here the Kroot mobilized their forces, and tide of the war changed

In the many rotaa that it took for the Tau armies on Vamnos II to mobilise. The Chaos forces consolidated and began their advance on the Sacred hills. Meanwhile, in orbit, the Chaos fleet had vanished. The sheer size of the fleet had suggested a massive Chaos host, yet only a fraction had landed on Vamnos II. While the Tau fleets suspiciously patrolled the system. O'Savon gathered the largest army he had ever commanded, and planned for his counter attack.

The Plain of Blood

As the Chaos army on Vamnos II marched closer and closer to the Sacred Hills, they hacked down the jungle and burned it. Allowing their heavy vehicles to move on. This slow process allowed the Tau to easy keep them under watch, and wait for the moment to strike. The time came when the Chaos forces crossed a large gully and onto an open plateau. This area left them unable to retreat in the face of attack. With the gully to their back, the Cultists rested for camp. They had no idea that the next day would dawn in blood.

Just before dawn that rotaa the battle on the Plain of Blood began. It began with an orbital bombardment from the Tau fleet. Chaos casualties were hideous and numerous, but worse than that, their organisation was totally lost. As dawn broke and the Cultist horde swarmed about in confusion the Tau launched their Attack. For the first time in 4 Tau'cyr O'Savon donned his XV8 battle-suit and personally lead the 2nd Cadre into battle.

The Battle began well for the Tau, the enemy had not even known they were so close, due to their poor scouting. Although the Cultists outnumbered the Tau, their numbers were nullified by disorganisation and poor equipment. Only a handful of Space Marines could be relied on to win the day for the Mont'au. However these Marines seemed more pre-occupied with arranging the dead than fighting off their enemy.


The burning fires on the Plain of Blood, one of the largest engagements of the war

As the Tau mercilessly slaughtered hordes of Cultists, the Kel'shaan Contingents cut their way towards the centre of the army. Their Commanders instantly recognised the ritual the Marines were undertaking, and in horror they issued a warning. But it was too late. The air shimmered, as if reality was folding in on itself. The Tau watched in awe as reality seemed to rip apart before their very eyes. However, through this rip, came forth new foes. More Space Marines flooded onto the battlefield, accompanied by all manner of Daemons. O'Savon tried to marshal the Tau against this new threat but they were too few.

With the element of surprise gone, and the Chaos forces regaining the upper hand, O'Savon tried to organise a retreat, but for many it was already late. The Sac'ean contingents had driven round the back of the camp, and now found themselves trapped against the walls of the gully. Despite the Kel'Shaanians attempt to break through to them, the Sac'eans were slaughtered along with many Kroot who were with them. The Kel'Shaan and Fi'rios contingents fell back, while the Kis'm'yen contingents took heavy casualties acting as a rearguard. The Kroot under Shaper 'Bob' executed a fantastic retreat, but they accounted for only a portion of the Kroot army. Most where killed, surrounded by daemons and cultists.

As the Tau fought a hit and run retreat right back to the Sacred Hills, morale dropped as the Tau realised the Scale of their defeat. Fully half their force was lost. The Kis'M'yen contingent was down to barely 40% of its original numbers. The famous 4th Fi'rios, arguably as renowned as the 2nd were now represented by no more that two pathfinder teams. As the Tau and Kroot regrouped in the Sacred Hills, The Chaos forces continued their advance.

The Fall of Vamnos Prime

When news of the disastrous engagement on the Plain of Blood reached Vamnos I, the ruling council immediately convened in the Ethereal Palace in Vamnos Prime. It was clear that Vamnos II was now indefensible. While the council discussed evacuation plans, the city gathered around Por'hui screens as the disaster was relayed to the public. The fear that spread through the city was quelled somewhat by the movements of Shas'el Anuk's 5th Fi'rios, which patrolled the streets. The Por'hui announced that the populace had nothing to fear so long as the Fire Caste were there to protect them.


The Etheral Palace on Vamnos Prime, central government of the Vamnos system

However the situation was only going to get worse. High above the city, The Chaos fleet had appeared. With the majority of the Tau fleet above Vamnos II, the principle planet had been left horrifyingly exposed. The first the Tau heard of the attack, were the terrifying explosions that signalled an orbital bombardment. As death rained from above, thousands of Tau were killed. The Tau were quick to react. The Dal'ythian contingent sent one cadre to evacuate the Ethereals, while the rest Shepherded the populace to the space port. Even as drop-pods fell from the nightmarish sky, the air caste struggled to airlift the populace to safety.

The first Chaos landings struck at Tau communications, effectively blinding the Tau and cutting off any chance for reinforcements. Marines that seemed to writhe in a berserker fury drove through the streets, slaughtering any the came across. Others, whose bodies were diseased and decaying, advanced slowly through the city gathering the bodies of the dead. In the central square, before the Ethereal Palace, these bodies were arranged into intricate patterns. Before the Tau knew what was happening, hosts of daemons spilled into the streets. Marines wearing the dread, Tactical Dreadnought armour seemed to appear from nowhere in the very grounds of the Ethereal Palace. The ruling council was still in session when the terminators fell upon them. Those Dal'ythians sent to evacuate them never made it.

Those who had dedicated themselves to the blood god Korne fell upon the Space port where millions of Tau sought to escape. The Dal'ythians were too few to hold back the crazed berserkers. The massacre at the space port was like nothing the Tau had ever known. Blood flowed up to a Marines waist as they killed and killed, mountains of carcases grew, as there was no escape. As the city died, El'Anuk rallied his cadre. The servants of Nurgle fell upon the forces of Fi'rios, El'Anuk forsook any chance of escape and loaded up the cadre's manta with civilians. Even the devil fishes were used to carry non-combatants away.


Shas'El Anuk in his Xv8 battlesuit, his last stand in the streets of Vamnos Prime saved Thousands of Tau lives

No-one knows what words of inspiration Shas'El Anuk gave his troops before their last stand. Among the nightmare ruins of Vamnos Prime, the 5th Fi'rios abandoned all hope of escape and held the rearguard for millions of Tau. For 4 decs, barely a hundred Tau fought off countless daemons, when ammunition ran out they fought with their rifle buts and hooves, just to give the fleeing civilians a second longer to escape. El'Anuk himself fell, surrounded by the hordes of Chaos. Although a last stand is usually seen by the Tau as the act of an incompetent commander, El'Anuk's stand was recorded in the annals of Fi'rios, alongside the sacrifice of El'Chid on Fio'kak. His example of paying the ultimate price for the greater good would be taught to generations of fire warriors long after his death.

However, despite the heroic sacrifice of the 5th Fi'rios, barely a tenth of the population of Vamnos Prime escaped. Including the ruling council, the Chaos forces gorged for three whole days on the unfortunates in Vamnos I. With the fall of the Capitol, any hope for evacuation of the troops on Vamnos II was lost, along with any hope for the Tau in this region of space.

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this is the end of the first half of the Vamnos war, i decided to cut it into two parts for dramatic effect and to keep down the length of the post.

The pictures of rainforrest are not mine, neither are the planet pictures, i merely got them off google images.
The two pics of Vamnos Prime are cropped from pics in the Tau Empire codex.
The picture of the Sacred Hills is actually Machu Picu.
the pictures of tabletop minaitures are of my Tabletop army.

other than that, thanks again for reading. any feedback and you can PM me

Maj,
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