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Post#55 » Aug 11 2014 04:03

One: "Buttullus" is clearly the superior spelling. Two: you just misspelled it yourself, neener-neener-neener. :D

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Post#56 » Aug 16 2014 08:42

962.M41 WAR OF INFAMY
When the Tau raid Imperial ship yards at Ethron’s Harbour, destroying numerous escort vessels and crippling the battleship Pretorius Rex, Logan Grimnar’s Great Company lead a retributive strike against the nearest Tau outpost world. Taking advantage of a localised Warp anomaly to cross the sector in a matter of hours, the Space Wolves fall upon the unsuspecting Tau even as they refuel and recover from their raid. Though the battle is brutal and bloody, costing the Space Wolves dozens of their battle-brothers, the Great Wolf is determined to send a clear message to the Tau and leaves no survivors.

[Champions of Fenris, A Codex: Space Wolves Supplement (Digital Edition), pg. 87]
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Post#57 » Aug 17 2014 06:06

Man, everything the tau are involved in is now named "WAR OF [appropriate noun or phrase here]."

Anyways -- thank you again, Ionus!

With how many entries we've recently added, I've now had to split the main timeline into three separate posts -- the dawn of the empire through the Damocles Gulf; the Time of Questioning1; and the Third Sphere. I'm actually quite happy that a fair number of the recent additions have fallen in the post-745.M41, pre-997.M41 period. It makes it feel less like a dead period between big events.

1 I think this is a misnomer, as tau historians probably don't periodize the "Time of Questioning" as lasting until 997.M41. But whatever.

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Post#58 » Oct 05 2014 01:52

From the Dark Eldar codex:
990. M41 The War of Dark Revelations
Tau forces defending Vigos against the onrushing might of Hive Fleet Kraken make the fatal decision to ally themselves with Urien Rakarth. Despite initial victories alongside their twisted allies, the Tau soon become alarmed by Rakarth’s demands that they engage in ever more costly ‘cultural exchanges’. They finally resolve to strike back when he transforms Tau warriors into monstrous Grotesques, and begins demanding a tribute of their sacred Ethereals. The Tau muster their reserves from the world of Rubikon, yet when their blow falls they find Rakarth’s fleet already gone leaving only holograms and sensor-ghosts in its wake. Panicked distress calls begin to issue from the defenceless Rubikon mere hours later. These gabbled reports of twisted, pale-fleshed invaders calling themselves the Prophets of Flesh. Yet it is far too late for the woefully outmanoeuvred Tau forces to respond, and they can only listen in anguish to the death-cries of their world.

There are no other mentions of the Tau in the codex, so nothing really new here. Also, I see Lyi'ot's WAR OF observation is holding up well.

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Post#59 » Oct 05 2014 02:20

Awesome, we have an exact date! Do you have a page number?

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Post#60 » Oct 05 2014 07:45

Sadly, I do not. I only have the epub/mobi—you know how that goes :P . I do know a Dark Eldar player, but I don't have any sort of consistent contact with him or any knowledge that he purchased the physical book at all.

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Post#61 » Oct 06 2014 08:44

In the Spanish Dark Eldar Codex is pag 48

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Post#62 » Oct 07 2014 10:46

Ionus wrote:A few extras
13. Shadowsun's campaign on Diepr-3 [Shadowsun: The Last of Kiru's Line (Novel), by Braden Campbell]
...


Although the date was never stated, my intention (and a line in there somewhere stating that she has been in transit and asleep for two and a half years) was that the events on Diepr-3 were Shadowsun's first of the 3rd Sphere.

So, the Expansion is announced in 997.M41, and by 999.M41, she wakes up on the front line, and promptly has her ship shot out from under her. Slight crisis of faith... then back to the war!
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Post#63 » Oct 18 2014 07:41

991.M41 THE PLUNDERED FLESH OF PECH
After capturing not only countless Tau upon Vigos but also the mercenaries with which they bolster their cadres, the Prophets
of Flesh find out that the Kroot are able to learn and even evolve purely by selectively devouring the fallen. To appropriate
such an ability would be seen as a coup even amongst the Haemonculi.
Before long, the Prophets of Flesh have opened up a webway gate upon the Kroot home world: the humid jungle planet of
Pech. Hovering through the mists upon Raiders lined with barbed rails, the Haemonculi begin a lengthy scouring of the
planet’s tribal centres. The Kroot respond in force, loosing packs of Kroot Hounds that leap from bough and bole to bear
Covenites into the leafy mulch below. Krootox-borne gunners blast apart Venoms and Ravagers in the gloom, though in truth
the skimmers in the jungle canopy are little more than distractions. The true prize is seized by the Pain Engines of the
Haemonculi, each Corpsethief Claw rendering down as many Kroot Shapers as they can catch.
The Tau, fiercely defensive of their empire’s mercenary allies, counter-invade in force by mobilising twelve Hunter Cadres to
scour the jungle clean. The unfolding battle ends abruptly when the Prophets of Flesh withdraw, their Raiders straining to the
point of collapse under the weight of the Kroot corpses they have stolen. Though the Tau propaganda machine celebrates a
great victory, the Dark Eldar have what they came for. They leave a message behind, spelt out in the bloody corpses of
their victims. It is loosely translated by the Water caste as the phrase ‘Welcome to the Feast’.

Haemonculus Covenants Supement

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Post#64 » Feb 01 2015 11:48

New from the Necron Codex:

976.M41 THE FEAST OF STEEL
The Sautekh Dynasty expands into Tau space and invades the Kroot-held world of Caroch. Though the Kroot win the first engagements, their attempt to dine upon the living metal of their victims has hideous results as a nano-scarab plague sweeps through their ranks.

979.M41 THE BEAST SLAIN
The Tau sept world of Uan’Voss is almost overrun by a sudden infestation of Tyranids, only to be saved by most unlikely rescuers. Several legions of Necrons from the Atun Dynasty fall upon the swarming bio-horrors, Annihilation Barges laying down a crippling bombardment while phalanxes cut their way deep into the horde. Little do the Tau know that they have just witnessed the servants of the Silent King at work.

Page numbers unavailable for now. I may be able to acquire them at a later date sometime soon, though.

Also of note is this paragraph under the "Sautekh Dynasty" section. Emphasis mine.
As the most numerous of the arisen Necron dynasties, it is the Sautekh that have been encountered most frequently by other races. To the Imperium, the dynasty has become synonymous with the Necrons, and it is erroneously believed by many that they represent the alien race as a whole, with all other dynasties being mere offshoots of the Sautekh. The Tau see the dynasty as representatives of an emergent power, and seek as ever to form allegiances before resorting to all-out war. To the Eldar, the Stormlord represents the greatest threat posed by the Necrons, for they know that should he realise his ambitions, the horrors of a bygone age will once more return to the galaxy.

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Post#65 » Mar 09 2015 05:08

948.M41 - Curiosity's Cost
Tau explorers board the empty husk of Craftworld She’enshar. However, just days after their arrival, the Tau are driven off by Harlequins of the Frozen Stars, who surge from the craftworld’s webway portals to violently evict the interlopers.

Codex: Harlequins (7th Edition). Pg. 55 of the Digital Edition, I don't know about the physical copy.
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Post#66 » Mar 13 2015 10:44

Awesome work, guys! I'll get the main timeline updated this weekend.

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Post#67 » Apr 12 2015 01:52

747.M41: The War of Neothen: Tau settlers from Vash'ya face off against the Skitarii Legions pitting the clean weaponry of the tau against the belching might of Mars. As this conflict ends, six star freighters full of Tau technology end up on the Forgeworld Tigrus.

~pg. 22

note: this copy was only briefly shown- when I get a chance I'll make sure the names are correct- the date is.
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Post#68 » Apr 12 2015 01:57

Calmsword already posted this in his 7th ed Codex Fluff Updates, but I'll repost it here since it's the only new thing that needs to be added to the timeline.

793.M41 - All is Death
Like the fury of Khorne himself, the Wrath and the Eightscarred fall upon the Tau colony of Shau’Nesh. The aliens fight bravely, deploying incredible technologies to blast great furrows in the Khornate ranks. Still, the Tau are outnumbered and, despite their heroics, overrun. Crazed with battle-lust, the two Daemonkin hosts then fall upon one another, battling frenziedly until both are all but wiped out.


Undated
Led by Agrand the Annihilator, hordes of Daemonkin fell upon the orbital defence batteries nestled amid the polar crags of the Tau colony of Ral'eth. They overran the garrisons they found there, before pouring out of the mountains toward the towns that dotted the tundra beyond. Here, however, Tau resistance suddenly stiffened to spectacular effect. Evacuating their civilian populace south with calm efficiency, the Tau then deployed swift mechanised Hunter Cadres against the invaders. Hitting and fading with practised skill, the Tau forces used the open terrain and the psychotic fury of their foes to their advantage. The Skullsworn were soon strung out across the icy grasslands. They chased furiously after Tau gunlines that rapidly deployed, fired several punishing volleys, then vanished once more like smoke on the breeze.

Only when Agrand loosed a great wave of Chaos Bikers did the battle shift in favour of the Daemonkin. Racing forward through the Tau firepower, the Chaos Bikers drove their charges home before the foe could make their escape. Suddenly, the Hunter Cadres found their lines smashed and their transports crippled by the headlong assault of the bike-mounted renegades. Soon enough, with their foes reeling, the main Daemonkin forces were able to amass once more and push forward, finally overrunning the cornered Tau upon the marshy Yl’aeth peninsula.
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Post#69 » Oct 19 2015 05:06

Undated M41 - Battle for Styx
Tau forces attempt to annex the Dark Angel recruitment world of Styx. The Rock itself arrives in orbit to defend the planet, and the Dark Angels response is so violent that the xenos are wiped out in a single day.

Codex: Dark Angels (7th Edition), pg. 44 of the Digital Edition


The Kappa Mortis Incident, Shadowsun's assault on Voltoris (from Apocalypse Warzone Damocles) and Shadowsun's Campaign on Diepr-3 have yet to be added to the timeline.

If you need the original source for the Kappa Mortis Incident, pm me for a pdf scan of the relevant pages.
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Post#70 » Mar 14 2017 03:27

I have gone through and systematically incorporated all of your updates into the Official Tau Timeline. I even updated "The War of Neotech" with the most recent information provided in the January, 2017 White Dwarf! I appreciate the information you all provided and the dedication you have all shown in this thread. I'm just sorry that it took me two years to the day to get around to doing my part.

(What can I say, grad school just sucked the life out of me.)

The three exceptions I have not incorporated are the Kappa Mortis Incident, Diepr-3, and anything after the First Battle for Agrellan. Once I have a firm date for the Kappa Mortis Incident, I'll include it. Given the chronological limbo that Shadowsun: Last of Kiru's Line is in, we may never get a canon date for Diepr-3. And the fluff updates in the Warzone: Damocles books are significant and require a serious investment of reading and collation on my part.

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Post#71 » Mar 14 2017 05:36

Fluff Tidbits from Codex: Deathwatch
"The Eye of Damocles is a vast watch fortress that monitors the borders between Imperial space and that of the usurper Tau Empire. Its Kill Teams specialise in vertical assault. Dominatus teams will often strike from Corvus Blackstars to turn onesided firefights into bloody melees."

"THE ENCLAVES STRUCK - With Commander Farsight and his subordinates joining the war for Agrellan, the Deathwatch make an opportunistic attack on the Farsight Enclaves. They cause untold damage on the Enclaves’ command structure before Commander Farsight returns, vengeance foremost on his mind."

From Codex: Genestealer Cults
"THE GREATER GOOD CORRUPTED - A lone Genestealer from Hive Fleet Gorgon reaches the Tau sept world of Ksi’m’yen. The creature is captured by the planet’s Earth caste scientists and subjected to extensive analysis, resulting in a lowly worker being implanted with a measure of germ-seed. The grotesque anatomies that spring up in the laboratories are seen as curious rather than blasphemous by the ever-inquisitive Earth caste, for the Tau approach to alien life forms is founded on the concept of acceptance and tolerance. When the research divisions experience a bloody schism twenty years later, the Fire caste are called in, only to find many subterranean research facilities overrun. Ksi’m’yen is consumed by war, and quarantined for almost ten years before the eccentric Ethereal Aun’ghol declares it productive and clean.

Unfortunately, there are no dates.
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Post#72 » Mar 14 2017 08:42

Well, the Deathwatch attack on the Enclaves must be in 999.M41 (or later???), since that's when the Mont'ka supplement is set. I'll add it to the timeline when I get to the Warzone Damocles stuff.

But the Ksi'm'yen fluff is... not dated well. Ksi'm'yen is a Third Sphere sept, just recently taken from the Imperium by guile. But a genestealer precipitated a civil war on Ksi'm'yen twenty years after the tau began to experiment on it. The only way it makes sense is that the civil war is set twenty years "in the future," i.e. 017-019.M42.

(That's not even mentioning that the Gorgon genestealer would be a remnant from a hive fleet defeated almost a century before. Not impossible or even unusual, but there are other, more recent hive fleets to choose from.)

Don't get me wrong, I think tyranid-infected tau is an awesome idea. Doombringer and I have even theorized how a genestealer cult would operate in Tau society. But if we're staying in the 41st millennium, the dates are all wrong.

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