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Looking for some help with some fluff for a fire warrior. I have run a mechanized tau list for some time and now want to reflect some veterans among the fire warriors. One in particular that I have come up with "Searing Arrow" I made a pretty unique model and now would like some help with a Tau name and possibly some story to reflect his battle and his rise to fame.
He is from the Vior'la sept. He has been a front line troop in fights against, a large necron force, orks, Tyranids, Eldar on many occasion, and several chapters of the space marines(has great dislike for black templars), and see some action vs Chaos. His cadre follows the follow the tatctical philosphy of the Mont'ka, relying on swift deploying of many devilfish and hammerheads with support from several short range crisis suits. He aspires to be a great crisis pilot, like that of the hero of Vior'la Shas'O Vior'la Shovah Kais Mont'yr (Commander Farsight).
I would like help from anyone really knowledgable about tau and good and making more sense of what I have here to maybe put it into better words.
Ok, before we establish a backstory/name/character any further, you need to isolate all that makes him who he is right now. Let's take a look:
He is a front line infantry warrior with extended experience in what can be assumed are successful campaigns against Tyranids, Orks, and Chaos/Space Marines, which indicates his incredible calm in shooting into, repelling, and surviving vicious close combat, which is the forte of those three armies.
He also has a history of victory against the extremely versatile Eldar, which should serve as a sign of his ability to rapidly distinguish targets of priority and remain calm under not only physical, but mental and sensory assault.
With such a history of noble battle and victory under his belt, it would be fair to assume our little Tau has quite a selection of useful and versatile battle-skills, and the chosen deed-name you've assigned him, Searing Arrow, indicates his recognition for skills with firearms of the medium to long-range variety. It almost seems to conflict with his survivals against a number of foes dedicated to furious close combat, at which we know the Tau find distasteful and lack a number of skills in.
However, we can infer that his experience against them, and his deed-name reflecting his skill with firearms (pun intended ) he is capable of immense personal calm and detachment from the swirling chaos all around him in combat. Perhaps he is a leader of fire warriors who may have a little bit of experience and skill in the brutish form of warfare conducted face to face? Or even maybe a gunner on a heavy vehicle.
Names for Tau i can't help you with, but the name of your character is something that you should come up with on your own. It's your character, it should be your name.
Hope this has helped!
A swirl of color and sound, a multisense blur I taste with my fingers and, and me at the center...
Mostly hoped as far as picking a name someone might have a link to their language, I know there is the alphabet in the codex but i havent read any novels and have only seen a few actual characters Tau names.
He has engaged many adversaries through swift deployment of devilfish disembarking and relocating as well as long range fire support. He like many of his sept have studied the ways of O'Shovah though not generally accepted as the way of tau. He prefers to be close enough to see his shots land then to unleash volleys of fire from afar. He understands the need to be able to face enemies at closer ranges and endure if the enemy does survive the taus excellent fire power.
Tau names are pretty easy to make up.. From what I can see, they tend to be fairly short (or constructed from fairly short parts separated by a ') and have very few limitations otherwise (other than basic rules like having some vowels in there.) Pick a combination of letters which sounds cool to you, and the chances are it will work.
Regarding his enemy list.. It's cool, but rather than simply having a list of enemies fought, consider his psychological reaction to them. Tau likely find space marines really, really scary (in the rare event they encounter them.. 1,000,000 space marines in the galaxy means not many on any front at any one time.) Necrons are also very scary and very mysterious.. Rather than having your commander face off against these things and come away unscathed with more experience, add a few psychological scars. Maybe he was forced to leave men behind while fighting these enemies, which would better explain his hatred of them. Maybe his superiors refused to believe his reports about Necrons and he was held back from promotions.
Also, considering he likely emulates Farsight, where does he stand in the political schism? Remember that Farsight has been publically condemned by the Ethereals (right down to having his commemorative statue destroyed.) Does your character secretly sympathise with farsight, and if so, how does it affect his relationship with his fellows and his ethereal masters? If he's really independent thinking, is he suffering from 'battlesuit neurosis' (a condition where battlesuit pilots become increasingly and dangerously independent, and overconfident in their own abilities.)
In short, what drives this guy, beyond simple duty? How have his victories and defeats shaped him as a person?
Well did some looking around and this is what I have chosen as a name. Thanks for the help so far. Also if anyone else wants to add some more flavor. I am not very good as far as fluff or storying telling. I am looking to work up a story from a lowely firewarrior to a hardened Crisis Commander. Given some of his great vicotories he has fought as a firewarrior and earning his part as a shas'ui teamleader as a firewarrior,then to a crisis suit pilot, to a teamleader then finally as a Shas el/O crisis suit commander.
Shas'ui Vior'la Or'es'ka Ko'Vosh
Shas'ui "Powerful Strike"