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Okay so the short version of my Tau cadres fluff goes like this.
Secretly sent into imperium space to cause havoc.
After not long they join a rogue traders crew to help travel undetected.
The water cast members slowly turn the trader into their puppet.
After many years without contact from the Impire or an ethereal the current commander officaly declares his independance from the Tau.
The few tau that disagreed left on a small vessil and were never heard from again.
So how plausable does this all sound?
Thanks in advance.
It kinda of smells 'Farsight' to me.
Develop it a bit more and make it stand out.
Praise be to the Emperor!!
Why would they not have an ethereal with them? It sounds like a mission that would need close supervision and a tight rein. It seems that it's a group of secessionists waiting to happen as written if they don't have strict supervision. Granted you want that to happen, but I don't think any sept would be stupid enough to send out a mission like this without control mechanisms.
Why would they quit the Tau Empire? They wouldn't do it out of simple isolation, especially since keeping their membership cards would cost them nothing in a no-contact situation.
Rogue Traders are almost always loyal to the Imperium since their authority comes from contracts with either the High Lords or the Emperor himself. While they're notorious for cutting corners and abusing their freedoms, Traders who rebel openly risk losing everything for the sake of betraying their own species. Not a common occurrence. I can see a Trader opening a business relationship with Tau but you might want to come up with some sort of mind-control device to explain the Trader's disloyalty. There's fluff to support this, actually... read up on how the Tau 'recruited' the Vespids for inspiration.
Either way, the flotilla will have to be loyal to somebody. There's no room in the 40k universe for completely unaligned mercenary forces...such free agents inevitably get crushed or at least absorbed by one of the major powers. (This is the real explanation for the Tau's rapid expansion. "Work with us or the humans will genocide you...we have a track record of success!" is a very effective slogan for bringing the few remaining xeno species into the Tau Empire.)
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
Well I figured if members of the water caste could convince intire planets to openly rebel against the empire. Convincing a single man to drive the tau around wouldn't be so hard.
The reason the abandoned the empire I was thinking was because the cadre now consisted of the children and grand children of it's original members. These tau have never seen an ethereal, let alone another tau outside the cadre.
As for them not having an ethereal sent along with them I'm thinking that this was deemed a suicide mission where the cadre wouldn't of survived long enough for them to need an ethereals guidance.
How does this all sound to everyone?
Thanks for all your feedback to.
Is there any fluff to sugest that tau fire warriors breed en transit to or durring a mission?And that their children are automatically inducted to the corps?I would
think yes for the latter but i dont know for the former.
An interesting point there Interpid for the vespids care to make a short reference on how they 'recruited' them?
Praise be to the Emperor!!
I don't remember GW going into pervy levels of detail about it, but I think it's implied the castes breed selectively according to a plan laid down by the Ethereals. They don't consider breeding to be part of any kind of relationship. Remember that the closest things they have to families are bonding groups, and that's more like a voluntary friendship commitment than a sexual relationship. They won't be breeding uncontrollably whilst on campaign.
Also, I think you have the timescale of the Tau Empire a bit out. The Tau have expanded incredibly fast, there hasn't been time for generations to come and go whilst on campaign. As I understand it, young Shas are trained planetside on the academies of their home sept. The only Tau who consistently breed and train in space are the Kor, and even they mostly live on orbital cities rather than single ships.