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I stumbled upon a thread, talking about different ways the Tau may not follow the Greater Good. It gave me an idea for a cool army. No idea if I am going to do it. Maybe if it makes sense I'll give it a go. Tau seem like a pretty cool army.
Anyways, the basic idea is that a Dark Eldar raid on a Tau world ended in them stealing a rather significant number of the Tau children. Their intention was to bring them home and torture them and junk. But when the get back, someone realizes that perhaps it would be an even greater torture for these Tau children to be raised as Dark Eldar and taught their ways. That way when they were sent off to attack the Tau, they would be horribly demoralized to see their own fighing against them. Yep.
I honestly don't know enough about either of the armies to say whether this could happen or not. Perhaps someone with a bit more knowledge on the subject could help me out. If it doesn't work, is their anyways to "tweak" it to make it make more sense?
I don't think that would work. The Eldar and Tau cultures and biology are too radically opposed for it to make sense.
Dark Eldar engage in depravity partly because they were used to it before the Fall, but primarily as a means of self-preservation. By taking slaves and then torturing them to death in hideously inventive ways, they can essentially offer them up as sacrifices to Slaanesh in proxy of their own souls (all Eldar souls are essentially marked by Slaanesh, meaning that without a soulstone they get instantly devoured upon death). Raising a group of Tau up into Dark Eldar culture wouldn't work - there would be no impetus for the Tau to take to the torturing business, nor is there any reason why the Eldar wouldn't just torture them to death like they do everyone else; they're essentially wasting perfectly good sacrifices on a practical joke.
Maybe you're too stuck on the "evil opposites" idea. Making morally ambiguous armies doesn't have to be a clear split with good Tau and "dark" Tau. If you want sinister or renegade Tau, that's easy enough to do without transplanting Dark Eldar into it. Commander Farsight is a good example of how Fire caste warriors can go bad in a Colonel Kurzt-esque manner. You could play around with something similar and explore how the various Tau castes might react if they're separated from their Ethereals for too long. Maybe an expedition of Tau in combat with a ruthless enemy (pick one, there's several) have to descend to really brutal levels to win the war they're fighting. You can be much more creative than "they're Dark Eldar, but for Tau."
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So you're saying if I came up with a story in which some tau commander was broken, due to having to kill one of his own soldiers because the soldier was tainted by chaos and then took his men and the little bit of equipment they had and left the greater good due to loss of faith in it, that would be better?
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Lack of faith in a cause seems perfect...
And while i know that tau are renowned for their lack of psychic presence they have SOME presence... so maybe they could be under an etheral who's actions are being guided by chaos gods?
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Or perhaps we have a rogue Ethereal? The Tau follow them unconditionally (the only living species without a nose is lead around via pheromones) and would definitely do something unusual or brutal for the smelly buggers.
Terminator armor going critical would be like Three Mile Island only very, VERY angry, and carrying a hammer.
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If you haven't heard of this guy already, have a bit of a read about Commander Puretide.
Okay, to be honest I was hoping there would be a little more about him, but regardless... the important bit I've taken from that article is that, although Puretide wrote this big treatise on the art of war (and was quite possibly faced with legal action from Sun Tzu for his trouble), most commanders that have studied under him have only ever managed to grasp, or have become fixated upon, only one particular aspect of his teaching.
With O'Shova (Farsight) it's close combat. With O'Shaserra it's ranged combat (or stealth, maybe?). Who's to say there aren't other aspects you can focus on - psychological warfare, guerrilla tactics, a focus on technological implants... whatever you want that will give you your 'spiky Tau,' is that is indeed what you're going for!
Good luck coming up with ideas!
If you wan't to make some fluff for your naughty Tau, frankley, you can say whatever you want. But if you want to make something that sticks close to the existing lore may I recomend you say the Eldar captured, enslaved and tortured the Tau but then they were rescued somehow. The Tau that lived under the Dark Eldar whip for so long, that were subjected to crap strait out of Hostel were traumatized to the point they never realy recovered. Left a bit twisted inside from the things they saw, the things that were done to them and the things they were made to do, they ended up adopting several Dark Eldar characteristics.a Dark Eldar raid on a Tau world ended in them stealing a rather significant number of the Tau children. Their intention was to bring them home and torture them and junk.
A lot of the other posts have also given different ways of making your Tau naughty but you'd best stay away from Chaos Tau, that would just fly in the face of the existing story. The Tau have the psychic presence of a house cat, they barley even make a ripple in the warp. A deamon wouldn't notice them unless it took physical form and saw them with it's own eyes. (assuming it has eyes) They're not nuls, they do have a presence in the warp but it's on the same level as simple animal life, they barley rate above plant life.