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Before the heresy there had been a race of humans who had evolved a strange trait, a trait never seen even amongst other abhumans. These people lived on a lush jungle world like that of Catachan, this world was feral and full of savage xenos species. These abhumans evolved several traits to allow survivival on this unpredictable hell of a planet, characteristics that would change them so drastically that they would be unrecognizable amongst regular humans. Their eyes were wide, spherical and cat-like in pupil shape and colour.
They had psychic abilities which they unknowingly used to change the colour of their
reptilian-like skin almost instantly at their own will, allowing them also to shape patterns for cultural reasons or create leaf patterns for camoflouge during warfare and the ability to positively communicate with even the most aggressive and feral of animals (When the SpiritDoctors do this their eyes glow because of their psychic presence within the warp).
Some Spiritdoctors have the ability to phase through almost any material with electrical currents, weakening the material so in the case of a marine they could go through them and also kill them in the process. This ability though would require time as it wouldn't be able to be used too often.
They were slightly taller than average human height with an unusual patch of hair on their heads shaped like a mohawk which they spent little time to tend to.
Their culture was like that of typical savage feral world human tribes but with a strange
difference, they had a view of the Imperial Emporer as an zoomorphic deity known as the
'God-Serpent', little is known about this belief except that it was an excuse for the Imperium to Massacre them, deeming it as 'Backward heresy'.
It wasn't long before the Emporer had noticed their strange abilities, thinking of a possible
significance of these People back in the Imperial Guard. They were accepted into imperial culture even assimilating and eventually becoming familiar with the technology they possessed.
It wasn't long till the Horus Heresy had occured and the Emporer had become mortally wounded and connected into the Golden Throne.
The attitudes of the Imperium had then changed and passed laws on who was considered an Imperial citizen and who wasn't. The Rangans were the first to be banished, to take a space craft and aimlessly travel into nowhere.
Thousands of years later they had been found on a planet named Ranga, this was a world more dangerous and feral than their last world. Their society and religion had converged into large civilisations, some deminishing back to the hunter-gatherer tribes they used to be and others being as advanced enough to invent blackpowder and primitive electrical machinery.
One prominent tribe who would later become auxiliiaries to the Tau were the Narugong Barangu tribe which in their native tongue means 'Spirits of the land'. They call themselves this because in their mythology they believe that they and Omniverse (Materium and beyond) is all one spiritual being, in the whole of the Omniverse there are evil(iri) and good(opa) forces.
When they change their skin colours in tradition they symbolize how these two energies co-exist with each other in patterns of red and white. They do this with clay or paint on horses or their dogs.
Pic of Narugong Barangu Spiritdoctor on horseback.
Last edited by Stdman; June 2nd, 2009 at 11:53.
Interesting idea and very feasible in the 40k verse as I am sure all sorts of odd alien or subhumans have been wiped off the face of whatever little planet they are on by either Ork, Nid or even Inquisition forces. If you are going to write up a new race, stats and any special abilities would be nice to see.
I would see them as having normal human stats as a baseline. Would wear very light (6+) to no armor due to their chameleon ability.
- Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
"In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance." -Joseph Stalin
Imperial Guard = Soviet Army? Me thinks so.