Comments on the Official Tau Timeline

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Re: Comments on the Official Tau Timeline

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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Re: Comments on the Official Tau Timeline

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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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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Re: Comments on the Official Tau Timeline

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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