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I've mostly thought out my army list for the Mech Tau Lite cadre (the development thread can be found in the Tau section of the site) and am just waiting on my new codex so that I can see if any changes need to be made for the next edition. Then I need to figure out how I'm going to paint my Shas'el Commander. Anyway...
Commander Mirrorglass or Shas'el N'dras J'kaara M'yen
Also known as El'M'yen, Commander Mirrorglass proved, as all Tau must, to be wholly devoted to the cause of the Greater Good. However, due to his origins on the abandoned Tau Sept World of N'dras he had to work twice as hard as other Fire Warriors in the Tau army in order to prove his worth, overcoming the monumental distrust that other Tau held for him. As there were few Tau from N'dras serving in the armies of the Fire Caste, he was attached to a team from the world of Sa'cea in hopes that some of their honourable nature would rub off on him. In reality, the Sa'cea Tau proved little better than any of the others in terms of trusting their so-called comrade and though they did not show this distrust openly he knew that deep down they never would.
El'M'yen's squad was attached to a hunter cadre dispatched to one of the outlying worlds of the Empire, Tash'var, to suppress the sudden skirmishes between colonial defense forces and Eldar raiders. When his squad became cut off and pinned down from the rest of the group he was forced to rely on his wits and skill with a pulse rifle to save him while his comrades were cut down by the deadly shots of a group of Rangers sent to track them down. For over three days, he ran in a state of paranoid terror as he watched his teammates die in agony until he was rescued by a band of Kroot mercenaries. It was speculated later that this incident had done something to unhinge his mind as he would often hurl himself later at enemy forces, pouring firey wrath down on them until all of his ammunition was gone, earning him the name M'yen or 'Unforseen'. His valour in fighting the pirate raiders distinguished him in the eyes of the Fire Caste, despite his apparent disregard for battle plans, and the years of constant warfare against them saw him promoted, first to Shas'ui, then to the head of a battlesuit team as a Shas'vre, and finally to a Shas'el commander where he made the ploy that would be his finest moment and his greatest downfall.
Moving to crush the Tau resistance once and for all, the Eldar pirates had mobilized all that remained of their forces to overwhelm the hunter cadre and colonists with their superior numbers and firepower. In a desperate gamble, El'M'yen took his forces and abandoned his position in order to slam straight into the flank of the Eldar forces while the forward position was overrun. Three entire teams of Fire Warriors were cut down as they attempted to fall back, the front line collapsing. However, the Shas'el was able to break the overextended Eldar battle line and turned their pride against them, boxing out and destroying the greater bulk of the enemy. The cost was high, however, and the commanding Shas'o charged him with obstruction of the Greater Good. He was found guilty and subsequently to be executed when the remnants of the raiders returned for revenge on the Tau. In the ensuing chaos, during which the Shas'o was cut down, El'M'yen managed to free himself and took his former commander's Battlesuit for his own. Rising high above the field, he gunned down any enemies that attempted to attack the Tau warriors, seemingly making amends for the lives he had callously sacrificed that day. Due to his actions, the survivng Fire Warriors were able to fight off the final remnants of the Eldar raiders but El'M'yen himself disappeared.
The Mirrorglass Protectorate
What happened after El'M'yen disappeared from Tash'var will never be known but the next time he reappeared was at the head of a band of deadly mobile troops that slammed into the rear of an Ork raid on Ke'lshan. He wore a dark Battlesuit that seemed incredibly reflective in some way but what was even more surprising was that some of the defending Fire Warrior garrison rose up and joined with him as they proceeded to slaughter the Orks, launching a pincer attack that crushed the offensive. As the confused Fio'la looked on, their former defenders turned without a word and departed along with the previously-thought-vanished commander. Since then, there have been several sightings of the renegade commander from N'dras in battles where he appears unexpectedly and it is found that his followers have infiltrated the Tau forces already stationed there ahead of time and vanish when the taks is done. How he gathered these forces is beyond the knowledge of all (save, perhaps, the Ethereals) but El'M'yen has quickly begun to be referred to by his moniker - Commander Mirrorglass, perhaps a reference to his previous accomplishments. He is a dark mirror into the soul of every Tau, an all too grim reminder of what happens when one sacrifices the Greater Good for victory.
The forces of the so-called Mirrorglass Protectorate (for they have no official name) continue to wander throughout Tau space, gathering recruits, stealing supplies, and mysteriously appearing and disappearing at will. In the perfectly ordered world of the Tau, Commander Mirrorglass appears to be a completely random force.
Nice i like it. but thre is not much i can say because i don't know Tau fluff. But I like that you made your force alitte unlike other Tau, doing things the not so greater good way
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Wow, very impressive. I like it a lot. :yes: Is Commander Mirrorglass declared as a renegade, enemy-of-the-state kind of thing (deemed dangerous in the obstruction of the Greater Good), like O'Shovah, by the Ethereals or is he still considered as a harmless "random force?"
Is all good...
nice fluff, I can't really see any problems.
I think the codex states that tau are automatically promoted every 10 years due to their caste system, so promotion due to his war efforts doesn't make to much sense. Then again i could just be rambling idiot.:rolleyes:
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Rambling idiot i think.:shifty:
As I remember, the normal time to be promoted is 10 years, but that's more the way it works out that any kind of rule. 10 years is probably seen as the right amount of experience building time.