If you remember, we had the Kauyon and Mont'ka campaigns released in the last months of 2015. I've covered it in my blog if you want spoilers and summary for Mont'ka. I didn't write much on Kauyon because it's all Tau and Space Marines. And as you know, I don't do Tau and Space Marines. I'm an Imperial Guard guy.
Anyway, long story short, many Tau died and many subjects of the Imperium died too. Raven Guard Chapter Master was killed by the troll Shadowsun, Tau destroyed the Imperium - particularly the Raven Guard and White Scars - in Kauyon, only to get their asses kicked by the Cadians and Imperial Guard regiment in Mont'ka. Ignore those Cadian losses. You know Imperial Guardsmen are cannon fodder, we can still win even if we lose 90% of our men. Shrike took over as the new Chapter Master of Raven Guard, Segmentum Command for some reason decided to pull out even though the Imperial Guard was winning and marching inexorably toward the Tau HQ, and the Adeptus Mechanicus nuked the Damocle Gulf, creating a wall of fire that remained impassable to both sides. So the Tau Empire couldn't call in reinforcements. Poor dudes.
Oh, and the Culexus Assassin acted cool and killed the Ethereal...what's his name? Aun'va. Yeah, that's the guy. Yay. Score one for the good guys!
And everything goes boom! If the Tau will not submit, then KILL THEM WITH FIRE!
Unfortunately, the firewall (ha ha, get it?) didn't last long. The Great Rift extinguished the firewall that protected the Imperium from the Tau on the other side of the Damocles Gulf. So those pesky xenos decided to seize the chance to launch a Fifth Sphere Expansion to invade the Imperium once again. Damn, and they hit us at a bad time too because we're struggling with Chaos incursions, Necron reanimation protocols and Tyranids...nom nom chowdowns. Apparently the good news is that the Tau Empire has to deal with these dudes too. So perhaps they will be bumped up from Desperate Allies to Allies of Convenience?
Apparently the Tau Empire launched a Fourth Sphere Expansion earlier, but they...well, flew into the firewall of Damocles Gulf and...disappeared. Nah, they aren't that stupid. The Tau launched the fourth one after the fires subsided, but they apparently flew into the Great Rift, and soon enough a rift arose between them and Tau Command. What happened to them? Yeah, Warhammer Community teased us with possibilities, but as you know, the Warp is ever fickle and would dump them into a different time and space. So start racking your brains for Warhammer 40,000 Tau fanfiction, guys. You know they'll show up sooner or later. Hopefully to aid the Imperium against the Tyranids and Chaos. And Necrons and Orks.
Just so you know, I don't think the missing Tau were corrupted by Chaos. I think it's an excuse by Games Workshop to allow for more open play and alternative narratives, you know where the Tau Empire shows up on the other side of the galaxy to fight random enemies at different time and space? It happened to the Imperium before, we had large fleets of Imperial Guard regiments lost in the Warp for centuries before they suddenly show up in another corner of the galaxy to wage war on another enemy. I think they're trying to use that to validate the random Tau versus other armies narrative that players might do on the tabletop.
Warhammer Community promises strategems tomorrow, so I bet it'll be a strategical gem of an article! Whatever the case, stay tuned and I'll let you know when I get more information!
Oh, and question of the day. What's going to happen to the allies matrix? Will Tau Empire be bumped up to Allies of Convenience? The Emperor knows we're going to need more Allies of Convenience other than Eldar. I mean, we have to face Chaos, Tyranids, Necrons, Orks (imagine the Farsight Enclaves being farsighted enough to help us in Armageddon!), and more, so we could use some help from these hi-tech xenos. The enemy of our enemy is our friend, and all that. We shall see. I guess?
Otherwise the Tau will become tau pok (a Singaporean dish - go google it. You won't be disappointed).
|This is what happens when the Tyranids get their hands...uh, I mean claws on the Tau and turn them into tau pok. Trust them, they're delicous.|