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I'm in the process of redoing the fluff for my Codex: Farsight Enclaves, and I wanted it to be a bit like a compilation of information, both from the Imperium, as well as from the T'au Empire. The sources would range from official reports to personal journals and thoughts. My question was where may I find information on how the Imperium formats their messages? And with the T'au?
If you have the 3rd Edition Tau codex, it has examples of both. There's not much difference, honestly.
Usually an Imperial communique will be something like this:
Input Clearance: (Who authorised the message)
Transmitted: (Point of origin)
Transmitter: (In the case of an astropathic communication)
Thought for the Day: (Generic Imperial saying relevant to the message or, failing that, The Emperor Protects)
[Body of Text]
Your Humble Servant
You can add or remove stuff as you need to. Just make it up as you go along.
Remember to mix up the addendums, so "Humble Servant" "Loyal Servant" "Sincerely Loyal" "Unworthy of Your Presence" "Humiliated and Debased Sexual Plaything" (in the case of kinky Hereticus inquisitors.) Good Thought For The Day's can be found in DoW, which has taken a lot of them from their secret hiding places in the 40k rulebook.
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Mr_Wayne: "Some people believe that the World Eaters do not field any ranged weaponry. Those people often die at a distance."
Another fun thing I noticed was notes from the readers of the messages.
One of the messages from an Imperial makes mention that he notices something in Tau culture that he considers to be "honorable." Immediately afterward, there's a note in parentheses to the effect of, "Note from Inquisitor X: mark the author for investigation, suspect to xenos infiltration." I don't remember the wording, but I'm sure it was in the 3rd Ed. Tau Codex.
I can't seem to find the link right now, but there was also a background article on the UK GW site that was supposed to represent some Tau Empire "propoganda," as reviewed by the Imperium. There are notes throughout it on how they view what the Tau are trying to do with their video footage. Check it out here.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by zuke174; August 23rd, 2007 at 12:53. Reason: Found the link!
I build, I convert, I sometimes paint, and once in a while, if I'm really lucky, I might even play.
Thank you all so much for that info! Now I'll be able to draw up some proper fluff8X
Which parts of the Imperium would be interested in the T'au and their activities? I'm thinking definitely the Ordo Xeno('Cause you know), Ordo Malleus(possibility of Chaos Taint), Imperial Guard officers(Ordo Militum), and Ordo Obsuletus(No one really knows just why Farsight left). Maybe the Adeptus Mechanicus(Who knows, maybe they think Farsight may have some tech they can gather).
Any I've left out?