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I have been wondering this. What does the inquisition think about the humans who were abandoned in tau space. Are they sympathetic? Would they launch a bolter bitch crusade which the Tau would never expect. Or do they have some other opinion?
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.”
Traitors / heretics / unwitting pawns - it's all the same, kill the lot. Though dealing with them was the job of the two guard regiments sent out during the Damocles campaign.
The imperium have bigger fish to fry and, having squashed the human traitors in the damocles gulf, felt that there were other things more important than dealing with the tau (specifically the nids).
It's entirely possible that something on one of the worlds or ships lost in the area was of some significance to the ordo and that they might want it back. In any case the Sororitas have no reason to ally themselves with the xenos nor to show mercy to those that have.
Please do not call them "Bolter Bitches"....
This is pure speculation, but the Ecclesiarchy cares about your orthodoxy. Remember when coming into contact with new worlds, they attempt to bring them into the fold by reworking suitable local religions so that they become forms of acceptable Emperor worship, rather than destroying them outright. So, if the same holds true for worlds lost to the Tau, the Ecclesiarchy would try to draw the lost sheep back into the fold. Yes, by setting some of them on fire as examples, making them torches to shine with the light of the God Emperor, if necessary. Certainly the lost colonies would be scrutinized carefully for signs of heresy, due to their exposure to the Xenos, no question. But if they can be salvaged, I believe the Ecclesiarchy would salvage them. Just my opinion.
Emperor bless and cherish you!
Also Tau being non psychic races are less 'corrupting' surely?
Innocence is no excuse in the eyes of the Inquistor.
"The nature of Mon Keigh was irrepressible!"
I think it really depends on what branch of Sister we're talking about here.
There's a passage in the Tau codex (only the first one, I think) where a Sister from one of the non-militant orders appears to have been conducting research in to the Tau language. She's actually quite reasonable in her treatment of the Tau, although there are some annotations to her report from higher ups believing she could have been tainted by Xenos culture, so not everyone is so tolerant it seems.
Generally, though, I think the militant Orders would see any traitor (be it to Chaos or a Xenos threat) in the same light - normally a bright, burning promethium-fuelled light, I would imagine.
I can certainly see a very good reason for a sister's crusade into tau space - uncontrolled development of human psykers amongst the captive population. Again as with the Damocles campaign the tau themselves are somewhat incidental targets, it's even possible that the two might fight towards the same goals if a sufficiently powerful psyker / possessed psyker pops up.
But generally the tau are too small a threat, too far away for them to have any interaction with the imperium and inquisition beyond their own naive meddling, interaction with traitors, and the occasional curious inquisitor.
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