How ironic it is that as fast as we spread progress and hope throughout the galaxy, the Tyranids spread death and despair. Only united can we hope to stand against them
- Aun’shui, Ethereal of the Tau Empire
++Excerpts from the Vior’la Library of Battle:
The setting is the Fuish’Or Sept on the Northern Border of the mighty Tau Empire. The year, by human standards, is 751, M41. Fuish’Or is a small Tau world that was settled during the Second Expansion era and was a major agri-world; being a larger producer of Shuto’Kals (a form of plasma used in Tau weaponry). However, in the year 800 M41 a large Imperial fleet fell upon the planet and quickly secured the capital settlement. However, the Tau defenders put up a staunch defense and the war ground into a stalemate with both sides taking excessive casualties from trench warfare. To the Ethereals back on Tau, the attack seemed much unobserved, random to say the least, and therefore required an answer. They dispatched one of their own; a commander by the name of Aun’o Vior’la Sui’na who’s reputation had been won upon the battlefield against the humans in the recent expansion. Upon arriving in system, Aun’o Vior’la’s forces ran into a serious engagement in which a majority of his forces were wiped out. Now, with what is left of his force, Aun’o Vior’la orbits Fuish’Or and plans his next move in uncovering the mystery behind the mysterious attack.
Alright, you are a member of Aun’o Vior’la Sui’na's cadre, each in charge of a fighting unit in his forces. You each possess a squad under your command, and depending on what position you take it can be 5 to 20 warriors. Being in orbit you all have been called onto Aun’o Vior’la’s command ship, The Fire’s Wrath (as translated) for a military briefing. You all assemble in the command hologram room and wait while other commanders file in. All are called to arms (Tau’s version of attention) when Aun’o Vior’la enters the room and the massive hologram machine purrs and produces a 4D image of Fuish’Or. The commander places himself in the center of the hologram and uses a laser pointer to mark key targets as he begins his brief.
“Fellow Fire Cast commanders, I welcome you in the name of the Greater Good that we might better understand the situation around us here. You are all well aware of the situation this planet is in, as given by your earlier information packets. Now I will explain the actual situation and what I plan to do. I was sent by my brothers, the Great Ethereals, to uncover the truth as to why the barbaric humans would launch such an unprovoked attack upon our great empire. I think my tacticians from the Earth and Water Castes have deciphered part of the riddle here,” and a red dot appeared over a large crater in the northern reaches of the planet.
“This crater seems to be nothing but natural, but upon second inspection we noticed that the humans have actually got a massive underground excavation going on. This is being conducted by the humans Earth Caste called………,” the commander reached over to a drone and looked quickly at the screen.
“Ah yes, the Mechanicus. Least to say this seems to be very important, for no other area of the planet is as heavily fortified, even the space port. They seem to have donated massive amounts of resources to this project, and I personally believe that they are looking for, or trying to recover, something of extreme importance. As such, we cannot allow this to happen, and we must find out what it is they seek.” He paused, taking in a deep breath and shuffling his hooves.
“Therefore, we shall launch a preemptive strike upon this site and take it over. However, we must do this quickly for another; more grave threat is upon us.” Again, he had the drone zoom the map out to the surrounding systems where a red tendril was moving from the eastern area of the map.
“This is a remnant of the Y’he (Tyranid) fleet known as Naga. A portion of it has broken off and is moving at good speed towards the planet. Therefore, as the highest ranking cadre here, I have already ordered the evacuation of the civilian population and soon the military forces. However, while this is going on, we will launch our attack, and take over the facility. That concludes my briefing; return to your men and prepare them for the upcoming campaign. May the Greater Good guide you.” Aun’o Vior’la had the drone shut down and left the room. All the commanders file out and return to their respective area/ships.
Ok, heres my second attemptk:. I ask that you first create your character and then pick and choose your squad; the reason given that once the leader has been made, the troopers you develop will be better suited for your dude. Use this link to help develop a name and the Lexicanium.com site if you need any further help (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Tau_Lexicon). I’m looking for a group of six, more can join as we go but once I have a decent amount I will start up.
Below is the template I’ like you to use……………..
Age: (Most Tau live shorter lives than humans so anywhere between 28-45)
Equipment: (See below)
Squad: (See Below)
Alright, below are the squads left in Aun’o Vior’la’s battle force. Please choose one and then work upon the men in the squad. Remember FIRST COME FIRST SERVED:victory:!!!
Commander Aun’o Vior’la= Me, Emporershand89
Battle suit Unit= Captain Fatty(This person commands a small unit of 5 Crisis battle suit that will act as the mobile armor unit of the force. He may take 4 suits of the same type, but may customize his own suit.)
Hammerhead Tank Unit= spacemarine00 (This person will command a unit of 3 Hammerhead tanks that will act as the heavy hitter of the force. He may choose only take Railgun and Burst Cannons but his command vehicle may take a Ion Cannon)
Pathfinder Team= Therizza(This person leads a three man squad that is the reconnaissance “eyes and ears” of the force)
Kroot Squad= chaoslovespussy2012 (This person leads a unit of 20 Kroot armed with rifles and close combat weapons, and will act as the melee unit of the force. He may be a Shaper or a regular Kroot)
Vespid or Gue'vesa Auxiliaries= Anfo (This person can choose between a Vespid squad of five or a squad of 10 human mercenaries (the Gue’vesa). He will act as part of the footsloggers)
Fire Warrior Teams= Serpion5 (People who choose this type of unit will lead a squad of 8 Fire Warriors. Units may take one special weapon from the Tau armory. There can be as many Fire Teams as people want them)
- Refrain from GM’ing please. I’m more laxed on it than others, but don’t go too far.
- No killing other characters
- No extreme hatred or competitions between characters. Remember, these are Tau who are genuinely united for the Greater Good.
- I'm the GM, I reserve the right to have a character altered if needed
- Have fun, don’t be afraid to be rigid with the story, and get creative with it.
- Also, please no once a week posters. I’m looking for committed people that will post within a 1-3 days. I am willing to work with people if something happens. After a week’s time your character will be put on hold, and 2 weeks will see the termination of your Tau character.