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Old 29 Apr 2009, 17:52   #1 (permalink)
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Im looking to giving my commander and other key individuals some names.
Basically Im looking for 5 names in total:
2 Shas'o names, 2 Shas'el names and 1 Ethereal name.
I know that I could just go with ''Bob'' but I want some names that fits in with Tau fluff and I have no idea how Tau choose names for their young ones nor what meaning should be attached to a name. I considered poaching names from ''Fire Warrior'' but someone might notice if I call my commander Kais. Besides I want the names to carry meaning and I want to understand that meaning.

So does anyone know how such thing is done?
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 17:59   #2 (permalink)
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It really is going to depend on just how fluffy (loooong) you want each name. I go with simpler nicknames I like put to tau language.

For commanders roll with O'bobble type names if you want simple.

I can't copy paste the link (damn phone), but you want the definitive tau lexicon located right here at tau online.

This has a list of tau words and English meanings.
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 18:00   #3 (permalink)
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Well, you could combine the names from the 3rd edition book or, if it's not currently available to you, you can use Genmotty's excellent unofficial compendium that has both official and unofficial names to mix-and-match some names that fit your army's fluff/tactics (or not, if you feel like it).

It's at
http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=44888.0


Oh yes, and Kais is a very common portion of many Firewarrior heroes, even commander Farsight has 'Kais' in his name.
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 18:52   #4 (permalink)
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thanks enderwiggin. That was exactly what I was looking for!
Ill get right on creating some names for my guys!
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thanks enderwiggin. That was exactly what I was looking for!
Ill get right on creating some names for my guys!
No problem, most of us around here don't mind helping whenever we can.
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So I have brewed up some names for my characters.
My commander:
Shas'o'Fio'run'al'M'yen&#3 9;Kais'Kles'tak (his friends calls him Kles'tak)
His second-in-command:
Shas'el'Fio'run'al'Mont'yr 'Or'es
And my Ethereal:
Aun'el'Vash'ya'Bentu'Shi
And in case anyones checking Fio'run'al is the name of my armys station and my Ethereal is not a local resident.
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@Irtehdar - It would be great if you could give us the English translations too.
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shas'o'fio'run'al'm'yen&#3 9;kais'kles'tak - fire caste commander, fio'run'al sept, unforseen, skilled, high density explosive - He is a young narrowminded rash hothead but hes effective.

shas'el'fio'run'al'mont'yr 'or'es - fire caste knight, fio'run'al sept, seen battle, charismatic - He is a charismatic veteran.

aun'el'vash'ya'bentu'shi - ethereal caste, vash'ya sept, wise, victory

fio'run'al - earth caste small outpost (my army sept)
vash'ya - between spheres (ethereals homeworld sept)
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shas'o'fio'run'al'm'yen&#3 9;kais'kles'tak - fire caste commander, fio'run'al sept, unforseen, skilled, high density explosive - He is a young narrowminded rash hothead but hes effective.

shas'el'fio'run'al'mont'yr 'or'es - fire caste knight, fio'run'al sept, seen battle, charismatic - He is a charismatic veteran.

aun'el'vash'ya'bentu'shi - ethereal caste, vash'ya sept, wise, victory

fio'run'al - earth caste small outpost (my army sept)
vash'ya - between spheres (ethereals homeworld sept)
Yes, but the names, fluffwise, should probably translate like "Farsight", "Shadowsun", "Brightsword"... Something similarly striking and descriptive, preferably a two words compound.
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shas'o'fio'run'al'm'yen&#3 9;kais'kles'tak - fire caste commander, fio'run'al sept, unforseen, skilled, high density explosive - He is a young narrowminded rash hothead but hes effective.

shas'el'fio'run'al'mont'yr 'or'es - fire caste knight, fio'run'al sept, seen battle, charismatic - He is a charismatic veteran.

aun'el'vash'ya'bentu'shi - ethereal caste, vash'ya sept, wise, victory

fio'run'al - earth caste small outpost (my army sept)
vash'ya - between spheres (ethereals homeworld sept)
Yes, but the names, fluffwise, should probably translate like "Farsight", "Shadowsun", "Brightsword"... Something similarly striking and descriptive, preferably a two words compound.
That's not a fluff thing, that was just the common forms of those particular characters.

Not all Tau characters need to have shortened names.
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