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