Shas'vre Ka'ra wrote:My opinion is just that; my opinion, and it comes from a very different place than most of you, I think. Because you see, I have never played an actual game of Warhammer, and never will. I'm poor. That's all there is to it. When I look on the GW website and see how much each model costs (and terrain, and Paint?! I have to paint these myself?) I know that I'm never gonna get them, ever, and even if I do I'll probably never use them as anything but paperweights because I don't know anyone in my small, suburban town with a Warhammer army of their own. To me, this universe only lives in the books I read and the video games I play. So if "universe-shrinking" changes to the status quo are the only way to keep the Universe going, then I guess I'm signing up.
(shielding technology isn't ready yet)
About "tau don't kill tau". When Darkstrider find pathfinders killed by vindicator he thinks first that it was done by tau of the enclaves.
Where did you see that the Farsight Enclaves get Ghostkeels?
"Early tests were positive, as some ships survived the passage across the Damocles Gulf, but the failure rate was high." ~110pg.
It's posed as suspicious since the bodies lead toward the Enclaves- I had to reread the section but you're right there is an allusion- still, not a single shot is fired between both sides. For me, that's enough to stop wondering.
For better or worse- I had though there would have definitely been SOMETHING between Shadowsun and Farsight being in the same room with Aun'va. But... just terse words and a change in tactics.
Kakapo42 wrote:GW treating the 40k universe as a story in its own right, rather than as a setting for stories to happen in, ultimately makes the 40k universe a much smaller place, despite it's scale. The way I see it, Aun'va, Shadowsun, Farsight and the war around the Damocles gulf aren't supposed to be fully complete storylines. All they should be is starting points, creative launchpads for your own background material. Instead, by making them prime movers of the background, there's less room for hobbyists to tell their own stories.
Calmsword wrote:-Farsight/Shadowsun: Not much changed here... He's back to being a traitor and she'll follow orders to bring him in.
Calmsword wrote:I would't go so far as to say that the golden age is over.
There are essentially three factions of the Tau now:
Farsight Enclaves: A fully fledged colonial network with its own functioning Caste system just beyond the Gulf on the 'north' side. They're currently more cut off from the Empire then ever before and are fighting tendrils of the Y'he and a growing Ork threat (or is that now concluded?) With new toys and technology, they don't seem to have deviated that much... this is probably just poor storytelling on GW's part but I personally plan on filling in some of the gaps- unless the rumors are true and we'll be getting a new book soon.
The Third Sphere: Those worlds taken are more than enough to constitute a high percentage of the Empire as a whole (back in the EoT days the Empire expanded by 33% give or take a point). If Shadowsun has taken high industrial planets and large populations of Tau (unless the civilians were mostly massacred as Tau died in the millions on Mu'gulath Bay) then they should be several systems capable of providing support for themselves rather than assistance from the Empire.
The High Council (probably not the 'Council of the Highest on T'au) is leading on Mu'gulath Bay with Shadowsun (probably the most powerful non-Ethereal since Puretide as she's 'in' on the Aun'va conspiracy). They're the ones going 'grimdark' as I've theorized in my own stories, become a little too 'imperial' in their responses to aggression. They are definitely on the defensive though, with the White Scars withdrawing and the Imperial fleet pulling back. It's more like the political environment after the Damocles Gulf if anything- just with Tau with a permanent series of worlds 'deeper' in Imperial Space.
The Septs: (first and second sphere) I actually think these guys are still holding true to the OG Tau. In my fluff they're being lead by Aun'O Kath'lan (the prime ethereal mentioned in Firewarrior) but Aun'Shi is probably still here as he's never been mentioned in the 3rd Sphere. Of course he might also be heading toward the Enclaves (eternally) or he might already be there.
Calmsword wrote:replaced by a hologram
Kakapo42 wrote:Oh no...
TauMan wrote:Really, how did GW manage to shrink the Milky Way down to the size of a postage stamp?
EmbraveYourInnerGeek wrote:Mate - we're all playing toy soldiers. We are all nine year olds!
Bitterman wrote:Yeah, we're all just playing toy soldiers, but I got bored of bashing them together and shouting "pew, pew!" thirty years ago.
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