Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Portland, Oregon
Hrm, it could go either way.
The big issue is that the Tau need a means to expand their territory and their influence. Right now they're limited by their shallow warp dips which means they can't go far. There's a few ways they could get around this.
1. Develop new technology that allows them to move faster without a Navigator-like pilot. We've seen the Necrons and the Tyranids do this, so it's possible our tech-savvy Tau can do it, too.
2. Ally with a race both willing and capable of deeper Warp travel. The Imperium is unlikely to lend them Navigators and the Eldar, as a whole, probably haven't heard of the Tau. Still, the galaxy is a wide place, and maybe another psychically gifted race would be willing to accept the Greater Good.
3. Use the Gue'vesa (humans working under the Tau) to navigate the Warp. The Tau have taken over many human worlds--some for significant amounts of time. There's no living memory of life before Tau ownership.
Given these options, I can see the Tau surviving.
If they can't bolster their numbers and industrial capicity, however, they're doomed once a real Hive Fleet heads into their territory or a serious Ork WAAGH hits them.
Isn't there a major Hive Fleet enroute, anyway?
Last edited by hailene; 07-22-15 at 08:51 AM.