A while ago I had a pretty extensive entry on the Morralian Deathsworn and, stuck in freezing cold Scotland as I am and jet lagged, I thought I'd revisit the entry with some fan art, new self-spun fluff, and expand to the Formosians, the Nagi and the rest of the known Tau races.
Based on sites like War of Sigmar, it seems like 40k is going through it's AoS phase with further emphasis on the EoT 13th Crusade which is on the other side of the Galaxy. I'm not going to discontinue my collection of Tau, and I don't really like suits, so I've begun converting more and more from other model ranges. This entry will be the basis of specialized units and auxiliaries in this ongoing endeavor. I hope you enjoy!
(I would also like to invite any interested members to comment and critique what you see here if it tickles your fancy)
Note: The entries are written without ambiguity unlike most 40k fluff but in future stories I don't plan Tau or even the Auxiliary races to necessarily know the facts I'm laying down here.
Note 2: Original art from multiple artists on Devientart: sunkaro, borrinin, straylost,The Nexus
The Nexus is a non-governing council made up of about a dozen alien species that hold varying degrees of membership within the Empire and serve as the spiritual leadership for the Commonwealth. Those diplomats chosen to sit on the council represent the goals, aspirations and opinions of their people as a whole and often hold the position for life. Each of the Castes of the Tau are also represented while the council is presided over by an Ethereal council of three.
The council has a permanent facility near the heart of the Empire on the Air Cast city Concordia
that serves as a major point of trade.The Morralian
The Morralian are a race of humanoid-felids that live on the planet Morra near the Kel'shan Sept. In the wake of the Iron Hammer campaign that saw the sudden arrival of Imperial forces deep within Tau space, a Tau reprisal fleet cornered and engaged the battlecruiser Shield of Arrogance
and its escort ships over a previously undiscovered world. During the battle, Tau strike forces successfully boarded the vessel and, in a suicidal act, the Gue'la shipmaster unleashed the payload of planet-killing weapons on board. Much of the Tau fleet, and the planet named Morra below, was engulfed by the resulting firestorm.
The survivors of the Tau fleet landed on the planet, securing themselves behind the gravitic fields of their starships as the northern hemisphere burned. During this event which lasted days, a primitive tribal species was discovered, fleeing the atmospheric conflagration.
Pre-industrial, the Morralians regarded the Tau first as messengers of their gods and threw themselves before the Crisis teams that overshadowed them. It was Aun'Uro, the surviving Ethereal of the fleet, that met with the Morralian leaders, providing safety for the tribes despite the Kel'shan Firewarriors disdain for the alien presence.
As the fires of the exterminatus weapons cooled, the Morralians emerged with the Tau, migrating south. It was there that they came across a Gue'la frigate, the Daedalus
, crashed in a valley that had shielded it from the worst of the firestorms. Aun'Uro explained that it had been the doing of another race, easily described as demons and monsters of the Morralian culture sparking a holy war against the Imperial survivors.
The joint attack lasted a cycle that saw the Morralian tribes unite under Aun'Uro and the Firewarriors, annihilating the Gue'la and occupying the Daedalus
, and settling it to create the Morralian's first city. When search and rescue cadres finally discovered Morral, the Tau on the planet had long since passed away, their bodies enshrined by the Morral; no longer gods but as saviors of their civilization.
Now, the Earth Caste has worked diligently to recover the ruined biosphere of the planet, learning much about the nature of Exterminatus and its many phases including the Life-Eater Virus. While only a very few molecules of the weapon survived entry into Morral's atmosphere, wherever it touched; all life unravelled. The Earth Caste struggles to maintain the viral growth, keeping the planet in a precarious state.The Deathsworn
When Water Caste envoys arrived to Morralia they found a people with a distinct technological culture having adapted from the Kel'shan cadres and civilized by the ideals of Aun'Uro's tutelage of the Greater Good. Membership into the Commonwealth came quickly yet, despite their martial nature, were not selected by the Fire Caste like the Vespid or Kroot to serve alongside. Instead, it was Ethereals that adopted the Morralians, with many of the Aun fascinated by an entire alien species dedicated to the ideal of the Greater Good.
The Morrallians serve the Empire and the will of the Ethereals, their loyalty unquestionable and their dedication an extreme matched only by the Fire Caste. Their military units, aptly named the Deathsworn, understand that they will never return home but that in their sacrifice they ensure their world might one day be healed.