Has there ever been an attack on the Tau homeworld?

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Has there ever been an attack on the Tau homeworld?

Post#1 » Jul 12 2017 03:28

There have been major battles fought on and around Terra of course... what about on T'au? Has the Tau homeworld been attacked or besieged by an enemy force?

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Post#2 » Jul 12 2017 03:32

I don't think so. The Damocles Crusade was the first time they ever encountered such a big and well equipped enemy force.

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Post#3 » Jul 12 2017 04:17

Ye, can't recall any1 even atempting to attack T'au, if you don't count the issued exterminatus after the Tau were first discovered by the empire, which was prevented by "random"(wink wink) warp storms.

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Post#4 » Jul 12 2017 04:57

Gragagrogog wrote:"random"(wink wink) warp storms.


Is there more of a story here?

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Post#5 » Jul 12 2017 05:02

Arka0415 wrote:
Gragagrogog wrote:"random"(wink wink) warp storms.


Is there more of a story here?

Only speculations that it could've been Eldar/The Old Ones/Whatever that hid them away on purpose to allow them to advance enough to defend themselves (possibly to have another answer against the forces of Chaos). One of the things GW never bothered to build up upon unfortunately.

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Post#6 » Jul 12 2017 05:21

Panzer wrote:One of the things GW never bothered to build up upon unfortunately.


It would be terrible if they outright told us though! Better to have mysteries than to know that Tau are just like the Orks and Eldar, designed as a weapon to fight Chaos (or the Old Ones' enemies) or something like that.

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Post#7 » Jul 12 2017 05:46

Arka0415 wrote:
Panzer wrote:One of the things GW never bothered to build up upon unfortunately.


It would be terrible if they outright told us though! Better to have mysteries than to know that Tau are just like the Orks and Eldar, designed as a weapon to fight Chaos (or the Old Ones' enemies) or something like that.

Oh I never wanted them to just tell us what happened. However some more hints over the years T'au exist now would've been nice. And right now with the whole new storyline advancing stuff they have new chances to tell us new things about T'au.

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Post#8 » Jul 12 2017 05:54

Arka0415 wrote:Is there more of a story here?


I meant it more in the "deus ex machina" sense. Just before the Tau are exterminated by the Imperium, they are saved by totally random event, which also protected them for 6000 years or so, what a luck. It could be interesting story if some1 capable get a hold of it, but so far it looks like just lazy writing.
And while there is some fluff about other races genetically modifying Tau to have Ethereals (not sure if that's been retconed or whatnot.) But causing the warp storms is too much to ask even for a race like eldars if I'm not totally out of scale.

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Post#9 » Jul 12 2017 08:22

Attack on the home world, no not that I am aware of; but somewhere I believe in the lore of the Officio Assassinorum, tried to get a team onto T'au to make a hit on Aun'va. I maybe wrong on this one, but someone out there might know?

As to the Origins of the Tau...

The A.T.T. Orbital has some great resources in the Water Caste / Library section. The following were posted by long time member Lyi'ot. All of the following quotes come from these two sources.
Official Tau Timeline
Tau Language Concordance

Between the first date of contact by Imperium of Man
789.M35
The Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator vessel Land's End discovers and categorizes the T'au homeworld, finding only primitive savannah-dwelling aliens. Freak warp storms destroy the seeding ships dispatched to cleanse and colonize T'au. [CT, 4; CTE4, 4; CTE6, 28]


The first engagement between the Imperium and Tau
456.M40
Tau troops launch a a surprise attack on the Imperial planet of Bruttulus. They quickly seize the planet's defense laser batteries and shield generators, making it impossible for Imperial reinforcements to reach the planet's surface. As more and more Tau troops arrive, Imperial defenses are quickly divided...


But the time from the first contact with the Adeptus Mechanicus till the first Tau forays into space...2823 years.
So the time between the first contact and first battle with the Imperium is...4,567 years.

Origins of the Ethereals
791.M36 - The Siege of Fio'taun and the End of the Mont'au
Plagued by disease and destructive intertribal conflict, the young Tau race teeters on the edge of extinction... during the Siege of Fio'taun... At the height of the siege, strange lights shimmer in the sky, apparently a portent of the end of the world. But soon thereafter the ethereal caste appears, uniting the warring tribes and codifying an elemental-based caste system. Looking back, the time before the Ethereals will be known as the Mont'au, "the Terror" -- a period of bloody societal chaos to be avoided at all costs. [CT, 5-6; CTE4, 5-6; CTE6, 8-9, 28]



Coming of the Ethereals (From Fire Warrior by Simon Spurrier 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?

So, all we can really say is that the Eldar have some connection to the coming of the Ethereals. And that a few Eldar words have somehow made their way into the Tau language. Malkor → Mal'caor for 'web spinner' or 'spider', and Begel → Be'gel for 'simple creatures'.

Everything else is speculation, though throwing a warp storm up at "just the right moment", sounds a little beyond the means of even the Eldar?

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