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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:00   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help with understanding naming schemes.

I want to fluff up my army a little but I am having trouble understanding the Tau naming scheme.

So far I understand this.

Characters are named like so:
[CAST]'[RANK] [SEPT] [NAMES]

So a good example could be, Shas'O Sa'cea Or'es'la D'verl aka O'Or'es'la D'verl
Commander Ork Slayer

Now, my main question is this, can armies share units of different septs? For example, could any army be composed of units from both the Vior'la, and Sa'cea Spets?

and deeper than that, can individual squads be comprised of units of different septs? For example, 4 Firewarriors from Vior'la, 3 from T'au, and 5 from Ke'lshan?

Also, can all these septs share the same uniform in a given army?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:11   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help with understanding naming schemes.

And Army can be (and Above the Cadre level usually are) from different Sept. So yes you could have member of Vior'la and Sa'Cea fighting alongside each other.

But, individual squad would be single Sept though, unless they faced heavy combat, suffer massive casualty and then partial/remnant squad have been merged together to bring them to back maximum size. This would protentially lead to trouble and reduced efficiency if the two sept have differnet fighting style and you risk ending up with close-knit subgroups withing the unit.

Uniform-wise, I would say no, they would not share uniform Vior'la would wear Vior'la colors, sa'cea would wear it's color...at best I would maybe see a 'generic' uniform provided for 'unofficial' commando mission of which no one have knowledge. If you get my meaning.
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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:17   #3 (permalink)
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As far as I am concerned you can,

my army is a specialised exploration force,
with members taken from across the septs and castes,
as well as Kroot, Vespids, Gue'vesa and other aliens.

As a force they have a single uniform that does not match any sept's colour scheme.

I see no problem with mixed cadres, as they are probably more 'fluffy' for Tau than most other races.

-Boneguard,
Is there that much difference in training between septs?

I thought the culture of the Tau across the empire was fairly homogenous, thats why they don't have anything like doctorines etc.
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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:24   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help with understanding naming schemes.

I am more concerned with what is most accurate as far as game lore goes. Boneguard's explanation makes sense to me for the most part.

I supposed I will make the whole army fall under the same banner and make them "Tash'var" based.

This actually helps my theme a lot. according to the Tau Lexicon "Tash'var" does not have any official sept colors so I am free to paint as I wish. Also, the description states "Tash'var was raided several times by Orks and pirates. Its people are regarded as tenacious, hardy, practical and courageous."

My army will mainly be made to fight my friends Ork army, so everything seems to fit into place.

My only slight concern is that "Tash'var" is not an official fire caste planet. However, they would have to have a fighting force of some sort, so I can stretch the imagination a little there.

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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:40   #5 (permalink)
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-Boneguard,
Is there that much difference in training between septs?

I thought the culture of the Tau across the empire was fairly homogenous, thats why they don't have anything like doctorines etc.
Training, to a certain extend maybe not...there will be variation based on the Climat and Ecology of the planet they grew and trained on, whether they are starship security or land-based attack force, their usual Modus Operati (exploration, expension, assault, infiltration, etc.) and well as whether they are mechanized, hybrid, static, Mon'ta or Kau'yon. Plus you also have the own Sept attitude or overall tendencies (Vior'la hot blooded nature being a good exemple).

Alone those factor aren't so bad, but combined together could (and that's why I used "would potentially" in my OP) lead to cohesion difficulties.
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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:48   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help with understanding naming schemes.

Tau don't wear Sept based uniforms anyway, they wear camouflage =) it's just the tiny bits (the sept markings :P) that are coloured by sept.
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Old 21 Nov 2008, 15:59   #7 (permalink)
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Good point Circus...
That is very true.

I have used purple for my markings, to show affiliation to no one sept.
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