Tau Words and Phrases: From Fire Warrior by Simon Spurrier (eBook)
Published in 2005 by Black Library, Games Workshop Ltd. © Games Workshop Limited, 2005, 2011. All rights reserved.
WARNING: If you have not read the novel, there is a bits of spoiler through out this post. One actual reveal and that has to do with Kais's father Shas'O'Shi'ur. So skip where the part where the post talks about the character of Shas'O'Shi'ur.
Aun’chia’gor: [pg. 95] "The Aun’chia’gor was already underway."
Bloodwind [pg. 138] "‘Bloodwind…’ Men’he hissed beneath his breath, forgetting himself." [Expletive - like 'bloody hell' or 'blood damn']
Cir’etz scales [pg. 125] "Raising the cir’etz scales along his spine and neck with a shiver."
D’havre meditation [pg. 119] "'Drift with the current. Be not concerned with that which you cannot control.' A snippet from the D’havre meditation."
Datatexts of Kilto [pg. 95] "The origins of the ceremony were clearly prescribed in the datatexts of Kilto..."
Dorsal-class heavy bomber [pg. 178] "Orbsat 66.G trackes a Dorsal-class heavy bomber..."
Eur’ii moisture [pg. 44] "Eur’ii moisture covering his eyes"
Fal'shia [pg. 10]
Fio’dr fabric [pg. 44/248] (fabric of fire caste military fatigues) "(S)eeping into the fio’dr of his regs."
Fio’sorral artworks [pg. 68] "[E]ven the fio’sorral artworks were unsurpassed."
Fio’tak [pg. 93] Earth caste material -"Instead he sprinted onwards, sensing the fio’tak haemorrhaging behind him in an eruption of plasma and shrapnel. "
Fio’toros’tai abattoir districts [pg. 143] "[O]nly to be slaughtered for meat in the fio’toros’tai abattoir districts."
Grazebeast [pg. 136]
Ge’ta-flatbread [pg. 209] A tau flat bread [?]
Grath’im [pg. 275] "Then he went right back to being an impetuous grath’im." [Bad name ?]
Greh’Ii-berry [pg. 165] "Constantine’s face was bright red, like an unplucked greh’Ii-berry. "
Griy’na fruits [pg. 124] "[L]ike overripe griy’na fruits."
Gue’la io’ra [pg. 49] 'Human Flora Wrong'? [A Human terraformed world - meaning?]
Ho’or-ata-t’chel [pg. 211] "In practice, a veteran user of Crisis XV8 technology often developed ho’or-ata-t’chel: sympathetic ghost-pains. Phantom reactions to external damage."
I’helti cap [pg. 100] "The Aun stepped into the very centre of the circle and stared at each face in turn, the light never leaving his long, thin features and the decorous i’helti cap disguising the scar upon his brow." Described later as a cross between a diadem and a bandana.
Iur’tae’mont [pg. 178] "O’Udas thought: iur’tae’mont. Burnout. War madness. Shellshock. It happened." Combat fatigue/shell shock/PTSD.
J’hal nectar/colour "A pleasant chat over a cup of j’hal nectar?" [pg. 98] "[H]e sipped gratefully on a high-energy soup of j’hal nectar." [pg. 200] "Rich j’hal-petal red" [pg. 126]
J’kaara - mirror [pg. 96]
Jeth’ri spears [pg. 111] "Always away, running from the jeth’ri spears of its pursuers."
Juntas (left side?) [pg. 32] "Juntas-side engine" [Does not indicate exactly what if it means right or left]
Juntaa stone [pg. 96] [?]
Kathr’yl desert reptile [pg. 75]
Kles’tak explosives [pg. 135] "Contact severed with a static hiss as the faithful little drone completed its approach and triggered the high-density kles’tak explosives packed throughout its chassis." [Type of explosive in 'auto-deploy' mines/drones?]
Kre’ui-class world [pg. 49] "Dolumar IV, a Kre’ui-class world with tolerable atmosphere and meteorological conditions, defined within 66.G’s memorysphere as ‘gue’la io’ra’..."
Mon’wern’a: the ‘deceptive assault’ [pg. 37] "The loss of their comrades, he’d told them, was all part of the scheme, the plan, the mon’wern’a: the ‘deceptive assault’".
Mont’sel combat-pattern [pg. 15] Tactical infantry formation (not described in detail)
Mor’tek-raik’an [pg. 237] Time unit [?] "Every third mor’tek-raik’an 66.G flickered its attention across the precise bio readings and spectral signatures of Aun’el T’au Ko’vash."
Moriin resin [pg. 96] [?]
Nasal cavity [pg. 9]
Poi’sell [pg. 178] "The first shot sliced open the Enduring Blade like a warm slab of poi’sell, melting its structure with colossal precision."
Pol hats [pg. 96] Water caste hat "Domed pol hats..."
Por'hui - media [pg. 9]
S’peiy-bottle [pg. 119] (?)
Se’hen che lel [pg. 116] "They called it se’hen che lel. Riding the lightning." [Se'hen - tau navy one man pod]
Shas'ar'tol [pg. 10]
Shas’len’ra – The Cautious Warrior [pg. 23] "[T]oo late to recite the Sio’t mediation of the Shas’len’ra – the Cautious Warrior."
Sho’aun’or’es [pg. 93] Power Plant? "[F]orcing the gue’la back behind the sho’aun’or’es energy stack, near to where he’d secreted the grenade."
Shyh’am-eating [pg. 107] "He was getting attacked by scum-fire shyh’am-eating blood-of-t’au skulls."
Sio’tmediation[pg. 23/51/113/200/202/250] A book/codex of sutra/psalm like verses used in meditation.
Snae’ta (Frakking/Jerk/A-hole?) [pg. 52/221/276] Note: DOES NOT MEAN COMPASSION!
"A snae’ta gue’la cauterised it in the shuttle on the way here." [pg. 52] (Think it means compassion?)
"And now he couldn’t even contact the grizzled snae’ta to tell him what he thought of him." [pg. 221]
"He shot a shas’ui, once, just for questioning orders. Did you know that? He was a snae’ta, Kais. A mighty general and a powerful fighter, but a snae’ta nonetheless." [pg. 276]
Snow Devils [pg. 148] "A trio of servitors, blade-limbs grasping out for him, slunk away like snow devils in the sun." [Snow men?]
Strong Triumph: Note name given at battle of Fio'vash. Tau name not given - would be Re'shi [pg. 9]
T’pel sharks: [pg. 68/119] "High above the smoking, debris-strewn plains of Dolumar IV, prowling out of the warp like a shoal of rampaging t’pel sharks, the gue’la fleet had arrived."
T’pre’ta decorations [pg. 136] "The sight made Men’he think of a huge grazebeast carcass, stuffed full of firecrackers and t’pre’ta decorations."
Tau’fann [pg. 96] "Honoured tau’fann" [meaning taukind?]
Tau’kon’seh [pg. 111] "He was a clonebeast being hunted, a ceremonial preything being stalked by the shas’uis during the festival of Tau’kon’seh."
Toroq (right side?) [pg. 25] "Toroq-side engine" [Does not indicate exactly what if it means right or left]
Tyranid y’he’vre [pg. 33] [Does not specifiy what tyranid this is]
Ui’t cub [pg. 44/100] "Tiny speaker drone following the general around like a faithful ui’t cub."
Uor'la (Battle of) Hero Shas'O T'au Shi'ur (Father of Kais) [pg. 9]
Way of the Fire Warrior[pg. 25]
Y'he [pg. 10] Tyranids
Ye’qua’li radiation [pg. 124] "High-level ye’qua’li radiation."
Yie’rla’rettan meditation[pg. 165] "'Caution in the face of threat' – is that not the teaching of the Yie’rla’rettan meditation?'"
Xenogen [pg. 109] "You will tell me, xenogen." (What happened to xenos?)
No tau is ever alone. [pg. 26]
"No, Shas’la. Not alone. No tau ever is – you know that."
'By the Path!' [pg. 52]
‘What’s happening, by the path?’
"A broken sword may still cut." [pg. 56]
"But is it not said that even when broken, a sword may still cut?’"
"As the One Path leads" [pg. 76]
‘As the One Path leads’
"Path be praised." [pg. 97]
‘Path be praised'
"Drift with the current..." From the D’havre
[pg. 119] "'Drift with the current. Be not concerned with that which you cannot control.' A snippet from the D’havre meditation."
"Caution in the face of threat" From the Yie’rla’rettan [pg. 165]
"'Caution in the face of threat' – is that not the teaching of the Yie’rla’rettan meditation?'"
"Respect and Unity" [pg. 179]
"Respect and Unity, tau’fann."
"A well-maintained warrior" From the Sio’t [pg. 200]
"'A well-maintained warrior’, he said aloud, not feeling foolish, ‘is an effective warrior.’ Sio’t meditation twelve, lesson four." [The only place were the author quotes chapter and verse!]
“A single blade of grass” Incomplete quote from the Sio't (?) [pg. 200]
“'A single blade of grass’, he recited loudly, blocking the sounds of war, ‘will bend and falter in the lightest wind. But where grass grows in pasture, in field or savannah; each blade feels but a fraction of the wind’s full force. It prospers due to the common purpose of its fe–’”
"The sio’t teaches us that evil is a falsehood" a quote from the Sio't[pg. 202]
"'The sio’t teaches us that evil is a falsehood,’ he said, clutching at the display wafer in his pouch. ‘A-all truth is subjective. Evil is just valour, regarded from a different perspective.’ He tried to put conviction into his voice, attempting to believe the dogma."
Ho’or-ata-t’chel [pg. 211] "In practice, a veteran user of Crisis XV8 technology often developed ho’or-ata-t’chel: sympathetic ghost-pains. Phantom reactions to external damage." [Note this is listed twice as it is a phrase and merely a single tau word].
"Tau’va protect" [pg. 211]
"‘Tau’va protect,’ he said."
"Seeking a t’repa in a gerosh’i" [pg. 225] "Needle in a haystack" (?)
"It was like seeking a t’repa in a gerosh’i."
"Unity and Equilibrium and Progress and Growth" - Promise of the Tau'va [pg. 239]
"Unity and Equilibrium and Progress and Growth…"
Mental Correction [pg. 15] A course of action if a tau acts improperly. (punishment/treatment?) "Had a shas’la ever dared express such sedition they could be guaranteed an intensive course in mental correction at the very least, not that any were foolish enough to do so."
Cyan Blood [pg. 23]
"Keth’rit’s head jolted backwards with a snap, a pale jet of cyan blood hanging limpid in the air before scrawling itself across the trench wall. "
Tau Facial Expressions [pg. 37] - In such subtle ways
"Sitting there in the dropship as the shas’o gave his inspirational speech, the youth had looked sick, expressionless features not masking the resentment in his eyes. In such subtle ways were the emotions of taukind expressed; not in the excesses and self-indulgences of the gue’la."
Tau View of Human Criminal Justice System [pg. 38]
"The very existence of an edifice designed solely for the incarceration of the socially incompatible was beyond Lusha’s understanding. On T’au those few who failed to conform were considered worthy of sympathy and help, not punishment. He dismissed again the illogic of their conventions and regarded the brooding construct dispassionately."
A Meditation Dropped from the Sio’t [pg. 51]
"‘The alien is not intrinsically evil.
Do not hate him. Pity him his ignorance.
Seek to understand his differences
And acquaint him with his inadequacies.
Only then will he accept his placein the Greater Good.’
It was a Sio’t meditation – committed to memory long tau’cyrs ago – supposedly composed by the great hero O’Mau’tel. Since its inscription, of course, the tau had encountered both the insane, green-skinned Be’gel and the ever-devouring Y’he: two races, each in their own way utterly incapable of integration with the tau’va. The meditation had been quietly dropped from later editions of the Sio’t, but Kais had always remembered it."
Fire Caste Greeting - Familiar [pg. 52]
"They greeted each other in a tangle of relief, all horrors forgotten, clasping arms and pressing twice on the circle of armour over their hearts, a greeting reserved for familiars and friends. Kais kept repeating, over and over."
Mont’au Defined [pg. 56]
"Mont’au was a state-of-being without progress, without unity or altruism, without direction or purpose or strength."
Mont’au Daemon [pg. 56]
"He was a daemon in Fire Warrior armour. He was a ghost of the past, a Mont’au devil, bathing in the blood of his enemies and existing only to kill."
Quote #1: "It was a ray of light, stammering on the serenity of its own words. It was a dreamscent, whispering past his senses, a pheromone medley of spice and fruit. It was a song without a chorus, a breathless celebration of melody and rhythm, stained by a taint of discordant pain."
[Note pheromones have a scent, but are otherwise odourless, and therefore there would be no 'medley of spice and fruit'. Must be considered a secondary conditioning to the effect of the dreamscent. Or possibly just bad writing on Mr. Spurrier's part.]
Quote #2: "Weak and frail, shaking from the bone-pitted wound above his nasal orifice, the Aun raised his head defiantly and fixed Kais with a stare of pure peace. It filled his mind, overriding every sense in a rush of inexorable calmness. It waved away the smoke and the pain, it washed clean the blood in his brain and assuaged his racing thoughts. He was a puppet to it: an empty vessel given awareness of its own hollowness and somehow, against every expectation, glad of it."
Kathr’yl desert reptile [pg. 76]
"He’d seen himself as a kathr’yl desert reptile, heavy with the weight of its years, fronded scales pitted and sore, unable to walk any further. In the hottest part of the rotaa the oldest of them would slump to the dry sand and split from head to toe, tattered bodies disgorging a single unblemished offspring into the arid air. Purity out of infirmity."
The Trial by Fire [pg. 85]
"The Trial by Fire, they called it. After four tau’cyrs of service a shas’la would face the judgement of an examining commander to determine their progression of rank, following a demonstration of ability. Most Trials were artificial affairs: a complex series of simulations, courses and non-lethal combat in the battledomes. They were regarded as festivals; holidays during which all castes would come together in the colossal auditoria to cheer and speculate upon which warriors would be deemed worthy of promotion. There was no sense of ‘success’ or ‘failure’ – to remain a shas’la was without dishonour, a celebration of discovering one’s niche and serving the tau’va in the best possible fashion."
Aun’chia’gor and the Datatexts of Kilto [pg. 95]
"The Aun’chia’gor was already underway. The origins of the ceremony were clearly prescribed in the datatexts of Kilto and it had remained almost unchanged in the two and a half thousand tau’cyrs since its inception. It was a product of the time of Mont’au, before the Auns came, when the tribes of T’au balanced on the very verge of self destruction."
Coming of the Etereals [pg. 95]
There had been lights, glimpsed dimly around the distant mountaintops, for three rotaas. Stories spread amongst the armies of strange figures lurking in the mist of the hills, colourful attire and fluted limbs melting and capering through the haze. In the heat of battle few of the tribes gave any credence to the tales, stubbornly ignoring the phenomena that pulsed in the night sky, bending all their attention upon the hostilities that were tearing their world apart. On the final day the wind had carried strange resonances, swept aloft from the heights of the jagged peaks. They sounded, the Kilto histories recorded, like a choir of voices, raised in a song of impossible beauty." [Harlequins anyone?]
Point of Enmity [pg. 97]
"Por’el Yis’ten scoffed loudly, rolling her eyes. T’yra, watching her exaggerated performance with interest, reminded himself of the flamboyant reputation of the water caste, traditionally a point of enmity with the characteristically austere fire caste."
Propagation Department [pg. 97/98] (That famous quote!)
"T’yra had to admit that her beauty – legendary throughout the ship – was enough to drive any male to consider breaking caste. He quashed the thought with an embarrassed cough, wondering vaguely when his next summons from the Propagation Department would arrive. The Fio’os back on T’au, preoccupied with ‘optimum genetic compatibility’, orchestrated inter-caste couplings without prejudice or emotion, but still… T’yra found himself musing enviously upon which lucky por’el male would discover his name beside that of El’Yis’ten on the summons form. He snapped himself from the reverie with a guilty wince as she began to speak."
Air Caste Greeting [pg. 100]
"T’yra unfolded himself from his seat and waved his first fingers in the customary air caste greeting."
The Reason for the Aun’chia’gor [pg. 101]
"'To answer your question, honoured cousin, I had no great need to conduct the Aun’chia’gor, it is true. My decision was made and I might have ordered you, in the name of the One Path, to conduct your duty as I commanded. Is that not so?’
‘It is, Aun’el.’
‘And yet I know, Por’el, as do you, that a being is far more content in the execution of its duties when it has unravelled the need for them, than when forced to comply. We each are called to serve the tau’va without question, but let us be under no illusion: the need to understand one’s niche is often powerful indeed. The Aun’chia’gor is a great tool in removing the reliance upon unthinking obedience. To become dependant upon such a thing would make us little better than the gue’la, with their stark Emperor and their blinkered, narrow little minds.’"
"Scum-fire, shyh’am-eating, blood-of-t'au..." [pg. 107] "He was getting attacked by scum-fire shyh’am-eating blood-of-t’au skulls." (Bad words?)
Auto-deploy Mines [pg. 216]
"Procuring an undamaged backpack, armfuls of auto-deploy mines, grenades, medipacks, rations…"
On the Character of Shas'O T'au Shi'ur [pg. 275]
"He died because a tyranid y’he’vre put a dent in his battlesuit and he wouldn’t fall back until he’d taken his revenge. He died because he wouldn’t listen when we told him – we all told him – it was time to withdraw! Hot-headed, Kais. He was a son-of-a-ui’t with a temper, and a poor judge of character."
"He shot a shas’ui, once, just for questioning orders. Did you know that? He was a snae’ta, Kais. A mighty general and a powerful fighter, but a snae’ta nonetheless."
"That was his genius, child. He understood the machine. It’s the whole thing that matters, not the parts inside. He made his speeches, he blurted his sound bites to keep the por’hui happy. Then he went right back to being an impetuous grath’im."
On the Tau'va [pg. 275]
"We’re always getting closer, always approaching, but never arriving. As long as we go in the right direction, as long as everything we do is done in the name of the Greater Good – then it doesn’t matter how far from the path you are."
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