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The tau codex says that they have a very tiny warp presence. This to me draws comparisons to humanity before the age of strife. When suddenly PSYKERS! psykers were everywhere and every odd guy was one. So could it be possible that the tau become a psychic race later on in their future? Maybe they are doomed to become the new imperium.
It is possible that the Tau will eventually evolve into psykers, but they have very strict mating. No inter caste mating for example.
So natural evolution may or may not make them more psychic.
The Tau are extremely young, and so we won't be seeing any psychic Tau for another 10,000 years at least
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As far as "very tiny warp presence" goes, it's to distinguish them from Nulls. Tau have warp presences like wildlife has warp presences. Sure, you can find it if you look hard enough, but don't expect them to blow someone's head apart like a melon using only their mind. (Until, at least, their tech develops that far.)
Terminator armor going critical would be like Three Mile Island only very, VERY angry, and carrying a hammer.
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Either way, it seems fairly clear that somebody had a hand in the Tau's current trajectory and the sudden appearance of the Ethereals, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that they were genetically engineered to be Warp insensitive (or selected due to naturally being so), and will never become so by design.
The warp is a reflection of dreams, aspirations, fears and so on. Since the Etherials keep all the other Tau shackled to the "greater good" maybe they don't have any real ego to generate a significant warp presence.
The Tau achieve faster-than-light travel by "diving" into the Warp and being subsequently flung out a great distance from where they entered. There are positives and negatives to this method of travel. Because their ships have such minimal contact with the Warp and are in a sense just skimming the surface, their travel is relatively safe, but a flaw in this design is that their speed is greatly reduced in comparison to races which immerse themselves fully in the Warp.
It is also true that the Tau are a race bereft of psykers. Whether it is due to their limited Warp interaction or something distinct about the Tau mind it means that they are unique amongst the dominant races of the galaxy. For while it does mean that the Tau do not possess the significant advantages that having psykers brings, it is also worthy to note that not one Tau has ever fallen to Chaos. In fact, as a species, the Tau register as barely more than a blip in the Warp and it may well be that this has been their saving grace, protecting the altruism and idealism their race shares from the destructive tendencies of Chaos.
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