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Re: Comments on the Official Tau Timeline

Post#73 » Mar 15 2017 03:04

The incident takes place after the Cryptus Campaign of the Blood Angels, which occurred in 998.M41. Does that narrow things down at all?
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Post#74 » Mar 15 2017 09:25

Ionus wrote:The incident takes place after the Cryptus Campaign of the Blood Angels, which occurred in 998.M41. Does that narrow things down at all?

Then the civil war on Ksi'm'yen must be in the future!

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Post#75 » Mar 15 2017 10:07

You also have the imperium distortion effect on human data. It might be more perception then fact for a time reference. Think like Xenology, and how it had a human context of interpretation.

I also thought the Earthcaste had full proof ways of genestearler detection already. We are not new to Nids.
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Post#76 » Mar 16 2017 12:48

The difference is that Xenology clearly has an unreliable narrator, while timeline entries are presented as unvarnished truth. As for detection -- the tau were able to catch the genestealer. Then they decided to experiment on it... and of course, their quarantine protocols were compromised, and a cult took root and festered for twenty years.

(And who isn't to say that this 'unusual' aun hasn't already been compromised, too?)

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Post#77 » Mar 16 2017 01:00

It's very likely that by the end of the Time of Ending, or whatever they're going to call the oncoming 8th Edition, we'll see a slide forward into the future so maybe that explains the Genestealer entry, otherwise it's just more sloppiness from GW.

I preferred the FF fluff, but, it looks like that might be falling by the wayside, which is a pity.

As to the Genestealer's ability to infiltrate the Empire, I've always found it too difficult but not impossible. After all, there is a Genestealer cult on Terra as of the Coming Storm.
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Post#78 » Nov 30 2017 08:12

Codex Space Marines 8th Edition
The Damocles Crusade - The Iron Hands commit several clan companies to the Damocles Gulf Crusade. Judging the other Space Marine Chapters present to be too weak, Iron Captain Rumann assumes command. Under his ruthlessly efficient leadership, the T’au are swiftly overwhelmed.

Undated
A Logical Choice - (The Iron Hands) Returning from the gruelling wars against the T'au Farsight Enclaves on Fall'yth, Kardan Stronos yields command of the Chapter to the Iron Council and is immediately reappointed to face the threat of Hive Fleet Leviathan, despite the objections of several veteran Iron Fathers.

Only other mentions were Hammer of Dorn Chapter participation in Nightfire Wars, old Damocles Crusade fluff and Corvin Severax death. Interestingly, Shrike lead a mission to recover Corvin's geneseed shortly after his death (during the campaign).

Codex Chaos Space Marines 8th Edition
Undated
The Blood Tithe - T’au diplomats establish an uneasy peace upon the planet of Ur-Clemait, a world that has long been ravaged by civil war. Though most of the population seems content with the T’au’s enforced ceasefire, the elders and priests of the old faith are distraught, insisting that the ‘blood tithe’ must continue to be met. The puzzled T’au continue their assimilation, but before the year is out, the Word Bearers arrive to enforce the tithe. They attack Ur-Clemait in force, chanting prayers of appeasement to the Dark Gods as they cut down human and xenos alike. The T’au Fire caste meet the invasion head-on, and the world is plunged into an ongoing war far worse than the ritual struggles of old.

Undated
Daemon Tide - The frontier world of Gruelbowl is the site of a painstakingly planned mass sacrifice – not only of humans, but also captured Ork Freebooterz, Eldar Outcasts and T’au ambassadors. Despite the intervention of Craftworld Alaitoc, the Word Bearers complete their ritual. The Great Rift tears open across the space lanes around Gruelbowl, stranding it and leaving it at the mercy of the Dark Apostles who engineered its demise.

Undated
Blood Runs Hot - The famously ferocious T’au Fire Warriors of Vior’la face an incursion of World Eaters. The Chaos Space Marines are so thoroughly lost to the worship of Khorne that their ranks contain as many Spawn as they do Berzerkers. The T’au’s impeccable fire discipline sees theWorld Eaters warbands kept at arm’s length – that is,
until the infectious rage of the Khorne devotees begins to catch in the souls of Vior’la’s foremost cadres. The T’au, voices raised in primitive Fio’taun war cries that have not been heard for centuries, begin to engage the Chaos Spawn at close range and even charge in to engage them in close combat. It does not end well for the T’au. Millions die before a council of six Ethereals are scrambled to the site to lend their calming influence to the Fire Caste cadres, restoring order and allowing the T’au to withdraw into low orbit before the World Eaters can complete the slaughter.

Codex Death Guard 8th Edition
M41, pre-Great Rift
Curdled Faith - Attacked by T’au pacification cadres, the Imperial shrine world of Calendhula remains defiant behind their shield of faith. Their defence falters, however, when the world’s statues weep tears of filth and their water sources turn to gelid slime. As battle rages and the body count spirals, hellish portals yawn in Calendhula’s depths, and the warriors of the 4th Plague Company march out. Led by the Eater of Lives and bolstered by capering Daemons, they crush both the Imperial and T’au forces to claim the world for Nurgle.

Codex Adeptus Mechanics 8th Edition
M41, pre-Great Rift
The War of Neotech - The T’au settlers of Vesh’yo find themselves fighting for their lives against three Skitarii
Legions. The ancient weapons of the Adeptus Mechanicus are pitted against the clean, cutting-edge technology of the T’au Empire. Many additional Skitarii reinforcements are deployed before victory is finally secured. Six star freighters full of T’au war materiel find their way back to the forge world of Tigrus.

Codex Astra Militarum 8th Edition
Undated
??? - On Crastille, during theWar ofWeeping, a single squad of Ratlings held the narrow bridge over the tumultuous Widowash River for three full days. Six times the T’au attempted to dislodge Manvolio Grand’s Ratling Sharpshooters, and six times they were hurled back by pinpoint fire. Kroot Shapers and Pathfinder Shas’ui tumbled into the river’s surging flow, neat holes blown through eye-sockets and throats.When a pack of Kroot Hounds was loosed across the bridge, the Ratlings put each down with a single shot, the last beast skidding to a halt on its face a good three feet short of Manvolio’s snipers. Eventually, the T’au were forced to commit several Stealth Teams to the fight – against these near-invisible foes, the Ratlings stood little chance. Most of the abhumans were slaughtered before they could flee, but Manvolio and his closest cronies made it back to Imperial lines alive, there to be hailed as heroes for their efforts.

Other references to old Damocles Crusade and War Zone Damocles fluff. Tidbit of relic "The Armour of Graf Toschenko" belonging to a famous Vostroyan Firstborn general known for "his indomitability against the T’au during the Nimbosa Crusade"

Codex Craftworlds 8th Edition
M41, post-Great Rift
To Save Tomorrow - In a dangerous move, every warhost of Uthwe is sent out across the galaxy, leaving the craftworld with few defences. The Seer Council states that need necessitates such daring, as the threads of fate must be twisted in many places simulataneously...Other warhosts aid the Tau Farsight Enclaves on Vior'los and the Grey Knights upon the cursed moon of Tcharla...

Codex Tyranids 8th Edition
Undated
The Grand Coalition - An isolated tendril of the Kraken reaches towards the T’au sept world of Dal’yth, a prosperous trading hub frequented by countless alien races. Water Caste diplomats make earnest pleas to their trading partners, imploring them to lend their naval strength to a coalition armada that will intercept the Tyranid menace. This fleet sails forth, and is almost entirely destroyed. Fortunately, the T’au’s own losses are comparatively minimal, and precious time is bought for Dal’yth to ready its defences.

Undated
Hive Fleet Scitalis winds its way into the Eastern Fringe, embedding itself deep into sectors held by the T’au Empire.

Undated (but rehash of old fluff, seems a bit inconsitent though)
Hive Fleet Gorgon - The T’au Empire first encounters Hive Fleet Gorgon upon the forest world of Sha’draig. Initial T’au victories swiftly give way to attrition, as the Tyranids adapt to counter their opponent’s every weapon and tactic. The Empire desperately rushes experimental rail weapons and prototype macro-missiles to the front lines. For a brief time, it appears that these new technologies will prevail. This optimism lasts until Gorgon attacks again. This time, the Tyranids seed the skies above Sha’draig with clouds of choking spores. Hundreds of Fire Warriors collapse in frothing seizures as the spores clog their respirators. Mawlocs burst forth beneath the T’au defences, crushing the stricken defenders in avalanches of rubble. Those few T’au left alive rush to evacuate the planet. Sha’draig is devoured.

later on

A Tentative Alliance - Finally grasping the scale of the Tyranid threat, the T’au forge a desperate alliance with the Imperium, smashing Hive Fleet Gorgon in a series of costly engagements. The remnant of Gorgon flees into deep
space. Yet the truce between human and T’au quickly breaks down into open warfare, and neither pursues the Tyranids to deal the killing blow.

Tidbits: Hive Fleet Gorgon re-emerged after the human-Tau alliance battle, meeting a Plague Marine warband and later on an Imperial agri-world system. On the galactic map, Hive Fleet Kronos' path comes directly adjacent to the Tau Empire.

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