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if some imperial forces (GK's? Marines?) arrived in a system which had some Tau and some Chaos forces in it, and all three armies were looking for the same 'relic', but none had yet engaged, who would the emperor's forces engage first?
Whoever is closer to the Relic, (the GKs might just go kill Chaos so they don't do anymore damage). I think the Imperium woundn't fight if it didn't have to, If they could get the relic and leave the Tau to fight chaos and then clean up the weaker of the two sides to stop the infectous beliefs of both chaos and the Tau.
They'd either declare a cease fire with the Tau and focus on the common enemy of the CSM (but they wouldn't take to the field against the CSM together with the Tau), or they'd charge headlong in and try taking both enemies on at once. The CSM and Tau wouldn't ever team up, so it would likely be a 1v1v1 fight. If GK were present somehow, they'd be inserted via teleport on the site of the relic but would likely see very little battle aside from that - GK aren't a rank 'n file army that enter into large battles, they're a surgical team with explicit goals. At least, thats the case fluff-wise. The presence of a DH army list in the rules goes directly against that, really.
And you can't say the Imperium would prefer not to fight - they're the ultimate evolution of Manifest Destiny, and believe that all aliens and traitors should be violently purged from the galaxy, with no quarter given.
I don't think the GK would be there just to find a relic, unless the relic had something specifically to do with daemons.
If it did, they'd likely teleport in, take it, kill anyone and everyone else at the site (everyone meaning everyone, never know who you can trust with chaos artifacts,) then leave again. They probably wouldn't even inform the other Imperial forces they were there.
I'm sure I read somewhere that guardsmen can get mindscrubbed just for having seen GK in combat. They're pretty secretive. Probably closer to a legend or myth than a recognised military power in most of the Imperium.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; May 2nd, 2006 at 21:34.
Executed, actually. Marines get mindscrubbed because they're too expensive to just kill. Guardsmen, they're a naturally-replenishing resource.Originally Posted by The_Giant_Mantis
GK's only real purpose is to fight chaos and daemons so they would go for chaos first. Space marines would also trie to take vengeance on their traitor brothers.
Depending on the circumstances they would fight both, just try to get the relic, fight chaos, or even team up with the tau to fight chaos (like in the firewarrior novel). This seems a bit unfair on Tau but imperial forces, especially marines, consider chaos as their biggest, most dangerous enemy even if it isn't.
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Depends what the artifact is. If its use was to summon daemons, they would probably destroy it first, and THEN kill the choas. Tau probably would remain a little neutral untill the rest had fought, then kill the survivors, since they surely wouldn't join the Tau. Either way, the GK wouldn't leave until they died or the chaos had. Wouldn't be surprised if they called a cease fire with the Tau until the chaos is destroyed though. Certainly they would kill them afterwards, and it is really a matter of priority, where killing daemons always comes first.
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