Planet class: Delta class planet
Planet diameter: 24300.5 km
Conditions: Harsh. Heavy sand storms in open desert , Arrid climate .
Temperatures:10°C by day, -30°C by night,
Inhabitants: Tau, Gue vesa, Kroot, Vespid, Tarelian.The Tau'shan Sept symbol represents the moving from the first and Second sphere domains then spreading out into the third sphere territories . Tau'shan acts as a gateway system and mustering point for outbound colonisation fleets , aswell as a defensive fallback position for any Imperial retalitory attacks.
Tau'shan is a sept system that was colonised prior to the Third sphere expansion
. Warp storms had cut off the system for many thousands of years, upon the storms abating, a Nicassar scout ship entered the system. After the Nicassar scoutships had investigated the system , they reported back that it was completly deserted and it also had an abundance of resource's. The Aun and the various caste council members voted to the immediate colonisation of Tau'shan . All septs sent available force's aswell as support personnel , most notably from Bor'kan
and a fleet was assembled and sent to Tau'shan . It was settled easily and quickly as the system had no inhabitants and the Fio caste got to work on the Facilities to support the upcoming Expansion. It's dicovery was fortuatus as it was during the planning stages of the Third sphere expansion , Tau'shan had been singled out as a system to act as an staging area for Tau fleets. Ships bringing pre fabricated buildings and facilities arrived shortly after the initial fleet entered the system. Tau'shan has sixteen planets , five of which are Gas giants , the other's are small to medium solid core planets with the exception of "Tau'shan"
itself and " Luan por "
( Frozen water ) which is a large oceanic planet with a frozen ice surface . The fourth planet is were the Tau settled upon as it's sept capital naming the first settlement on it's surface Fio't'uana
. Tau'shan is a Sandstone desert covered planet with a thin atmosphere ( similar to present day Mars ) and low temperatures 10 degres during the day to -30 at night. Although it's surface is considered barren, Tau'shan does have a plentiful water source beneath it's surface. There are many cenote's and subterranian lakes, though out the planets crust, which is easily accessible with the minimal of effort for the Fio caste.
Because of it's influx of Tau personnel from all over the Tau Empire , Tau'shan could not be actively considered a world of any one particular sept , so the Aun council declared it as an independent sept world system .
The Fio caste got down to constructing mining bases as Tau'shan is mineral rich in materials that are used for ship construction throughout the system aswel as building a number of defence platforms . Because of the third sphere expansion , it was imperitive to get the system up and fully operational as soon possible . It's proximity to the Imperium is the main threat , and that a ship yard was going to be built there because of the abundent resource's it needed protecting ( It was also to be the Fall back point for any retreating Tau force's ).
Because of these reasons, Tau'shan is one of the most heavily fortified Sept systems within the third sphere . To help with it's defence , Tau fleets pushing further outwards where rerouted to Tau'shan where they would mass , bringing in with them extra resources and Earth caste work crew's to assist with construction work before pushing on to their own objective systems . This was done so that ,whilst construction of the ground and starbase were being undertaken , a continuous supply of workers and materials far in excess of what Tau'shan had available itself at the time would stop with the Massing fleets and help in getting the defence's up and running , whilst the fleets gave the Tau adequete protection until the Defence Platforms were online . Within a space of 1 tau'cyr ( 1 Tau year ) Tau'shan and it's Space station , system defence network and ship yards were fully operational .
Tau'shan boasts large populations of Fio and Kor caste , yet it still has a healthy sized Firewarrior force , mostly assigned to Tau'shan aswel as a number of garrison's on most of the inner planets . The Fio caste has a vast Research and Developement facility in the southern hemisphere , near to the Aus'lia Plateau . The facility is under the supervision of Fio El Sa'cea Tael
an fio scientist/artist of some renown . A student of the Fio Kais
academy on Fal'shia
he is constantly at work in his lab, refining his skill and artisanship in the creation of new techniques and technologies to be tested in the furtherence of the Greater Good. The Air caste maintain Fighter bays as part of the orbital defence matrix , aswel as a number of "Hidden" Hanger's" within the Mountain range's on Tau'shan . They also boast the largest number of Barracuda squadron's outside of the major sept worlds, aswell as the largest air base outside of Tau. Shi'Kor Var
Airbase can easily take on and maintain an entire coalitions worth of fighter craft if so needed. Such is it's size and the efficiency of it's personnel, it always stands ready for any threat that could arise.
The "Shas ar Tol"
make Firewarrior hunter Cadre's available to go out of system to assist with the furthering of the third sphere expansion, aswell as to gain valuable combat experience .
Because of it's proximity and strategic importance , many cadre's from many other Septs are sent to Tau'shan to keep it's Defence levels high . Currently there are a number of cadre's aswel as task force's in system for training and resupply at present . The 6th Vior'La Hunter Cadre, 4th Mechanized Cavallery Division
under command of Shas'O Vior'La Shas'ka Sa'lar da " Sal'adin "
( stationed at Pi'zuka heights on Tau'shan ), the 17th Da'Fio Assault Contingent
under the command of Shas'O Da'Fio Mont'ka M'yen
( Fleet at high anchor over Tau'shan ), the 1st Gen'yo'Sha Cadre
under the command of Shas'O Gen'yo'Sha Anuk Ur'Ahol
( currently stationed on Luan Por ) and the Vior'la 275th Rapid Deployment force
under Shas'o Vio'la Kylar
( currently passing through system ) .
Units of renown that come from Tau'shan , 337th Tactical Assault Cadre "Spear of Destiny"
commanded by Shas O Tau'shan Kau'yon Tau'va Mu'ssashi "Brokensword"
and the Air caste Ace squadron 57th Air suppression wing "Warriors of the wind"
commanded by Kor El Tau'shan K'vort vor'cha Kais
. The 87th Rapid Reaction Cadre "Song of Battle" commanded by Shas El Vio'la Mes'suka
, 151st Mechanized Assault Cadre " Purity of Battle " commanded by Shas El Vior'la Vel T'il Lof Tar'asa
And the Renowned Hero of Fio't'uana
, Shas El Tau'shan Lei'nad o'ros'zi
Defender of Tau'lar'fio
, Commander of the 1st Tau'shan Tactical Assault Cadre
.Shas O Brokensword
( he has just past his trial by fire to attain O status ) was one of the first generation of firewarriors to be born upon Tau'shan, upon graduation from the "Kais'shi "
Academy he went into service ,after a couple of Tau'cyr his cadre was put to full combat status where he found himself part of the Tau'shan force's that were dispatched to Taros
as part of the Kavaal under command of Shas O R'myr
. The Cadre he belonged to Tau'shan 262nd Mobile Infantry Cadre
, operated from a concealed position in the Aestus desert
. Fighting the Tallarn
forces deployed there , they was successful in a number of seek and destroy operations against the Renown desert fighters . he utilises the Kau'yon
way of warfare , but he has also been known to mix in elements of the Mon'tyr
style of war aswell . There have been some comparison's made to his similarity in battle to Commander Puretide
, He doesn't concentrate on just one tactic or way of war and often the force's under his command seem to flow effortlessly even in the heat of battle . However things were never as straight forward and easy , he lost his 1st Cadre during an attack by Chaos force's which also saw a Daemon prince killing the Ethereal in his charge , only he and a couple of Stealth suits managed to escape the blood bath , Brokensword
had managed to retrieve the Aun's body but the damage was done . After that defeat and the death of the Ethereal , he decided that he must make amends for his failure , and thus he chose the path of the Monat . He was attached to the Tau'shan 337th Tactical Assault Cadre
under command of Shas El Vior'la Shas'ad Raza " Red Flame "
. Brokensword ( a name indirectly given to him by Shas El Red Flame [b]" I asked for warriors and all i'm given is a brokensword "
) soon became a invaluble asset to the Cadre , his earlier Failure fueling him through each battle, driving him as if a guided by his belief in the Greater good . Then finally one fateful day , Brokensword
was to deepstrike upon his El's order's . Shas El Red Flame
was Engaging Gue'la force's when the Daemon Prince emerged from out of the fog of war , striding towards the Ethereals position . Red Flame
Boosted to intercept the Beast as it battered its way through his cadre , Firewarriors being slaughtered underfoot , Crisis suits cleaved in half at a whim , the tide of battle was turning . Red Flame
landed in front of the beast and as he raised his Plasma Rifle to fire but it was too late , the daemon prince was onto him ripping through his armour , plucking the wounded Red Flame
out of his suit , holding his body aloft in triumph before crushing him in his fist . The Cadre seemed to pause in shock , at the sight of their leader being tossed aside as the Daemon prince roared in victory .... a roar that was quickly silenced as a volley of missiles cascaded across him from above , Brokensword
had arrived . The Daemon fell to one knee , winded by the attack , but as he rose to his feet he was struck again and again as Brokensword
Rushed towards him shield drones trying to keep up . The beast recovered and clambered to it's feet just as Brokensword
charged into it with a flying kick sending the daemon onto it's back ,Brokensword
standing above him pinning the daemon down with his foot , Brokensword
spoke just one word " Tau'va "
as he opened up his Cyclic Ion blaster , shredding the prince's head apart before moving forward steadily rallying the cadre as he went . The tide had turned back to the Tau's favour and the 337th had found a new Leader .
Brokensword's " Deathblossom
" configuration :
XV8 , Cyclic Ion Blaster , Missile pod , Iridium Armour , Shield , Hardwired system's : Drone controller 2 X shield drones and Multi Tracker . Wargear : Stimulant injector
DESIGNATION: 337th Tau'shan Tactical Assault Cadre . " Spear of Destiny "
LOCATION: Tau'shan Sept , Tau'shan sector , Third Sphere Territories
COMMANDING OFFICER: Shas O Tau'shan Kau'yon Tau'va Mussashi " Brokensword "
PERSONNEL: 94 Shas
HELPERS: 33 Kor vesa
AUXILIARY: 26 Kroot , 20 Gue vesa la , 11 Mal'kor
VEHICLES: 3 x Hammerhead , 3 x Devilfish , 1 x Pathfinder Devilfish , 2 x Piranha , 1 x Skyray
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVELY ENGAGED
CURRENT LOCATION: Alo'rrayanoi Sector
MISSION STATUS: A Kavaal ( Battle ) cadre force out of Tau'shan offering tactical assistance to the Alo'rrayanoi Sept . Commander Brokensword is acting commander of the Shas Fey'la Kavaal sent to Alo'rrayanoi Sector . The 337th is the acting command cadre to the Kavaal .
Tau'shan Sept command : "Kor' natic korneya" Space Station in high orbit over Tau'shan
Tau'shan Sept Command elements
Ethereal : Aun O Bork'an Ko'vash Vre . Aboard the " Ores Shi " with the Shas Fey'la Kavaal en route to Alo'rrayanoi .
Shas Ar Tol : Shas O Bork'an Mei'di Shas'ad Mon'tyr Mesme " Dark Fire " . Fio't'uana on Tau'shan ( soon to be returning to Bork'an when Brokensword returns to take command of the Sept ).
Kor Ar Tol : Kor O Tol'ku Vess d'an narda . Aboard the "Kor' natic korneya" Space Station in high orbit over Tau'shan .
Fio Ar Tol : Fio O Bork'an H'ep Cha'dassa . Fio't'uana on Tau'shan .
Por Ar Tol : Por O T'au J'karra mesme kais . Aboard the " Ores Por'vre " Emissary class ship at high anchor above Luan Por .
Commander Brokenswords Command Cadre .
337th Tau'shan Tactical Assault Cadre . " Spear of Destiny "
based on the " Fury " Mobile Assault Cadre formation
Heavy Support :
3 x Hammerhead Gunships
3 x XV88 Broadside
3 x Sniper Drone Teams
1 x Skyray
12 x XV25 Stealth
5 x XV15 Stealth
11 x XV8 Crisis
36 x Firewarriors
3 x Devilfish
20 x Kroot
4 x Kroot hounds
2 x Krootox
20 x Gue vesa la
11 x Vespid
8 x Pathfinders
1 x Devilfish
24 x Gun Drones
2 x Piranha
Attached Close Air support from the 13th Tau'shan Ground Attack Squadron .
Kor El Vash'ya J'karra Ni " Earth Caste " *
1 x Tigershark A-X-1
1 x Barracuda
2 x Remora
* He is called " Earth Caste " Because of how low he Flies .
_________________Alo'rrayanoiShas O Brokensword
is currently aboard the Ores Shi
a Or'es El'leath ( Custodian ) Class Carrier, as part of a Task force on the edge of the Alo'rrayanoi Sector
awaiting clearance to proceed to move in system . A small Gue vesa Insertion force (the 627th Pandoran commando
) is already in place on the systems main planet of Bulwark prime
. The rest of the Shas Fey'la Kavaal
are in close orbit around a small planet at the edge of the system to mask their presence. The Nicassar
have already extensively mapped the system aswell as Intelligence gathered by Rogue traders in the system. Tash'var
was cut off by an extensive Mine field , left there by the Imperium. Brokensword
had been warned not to engage the Kavaal and that he must wait until the situation on Bulwark Prime
was more favourable. Although he was ordered not to commit any ground force's to assist Shas'el Alo'rrayanoi
. He had managed to persuade the Aun to get the 627th Pandoran commando
) regiment groundside, with the assistance of a Rogue Trader posing as member of some Royal line on a whimsicle tour of the "Badlands". Brokensword
had preffered a more stealthier approach to get a regiment onto Bulwark , but the Rogue Trader Alexius Machiavelli
had convinced him that it was more effective to hide such a force in plain sight. It did have one major advantage, The Jawbreakers
( Nickname of the 627th ) was at the very heart of Bulwark Prime
sitting right ontop of the Space port. He didn't like his mission, Aun'va sent him to Tash'var
( Tau name for Bulwark Prime ) as part of a Task force on the edge of the 'former' Bullwark Sector which would be renamed to Alo'rrayanoi
Sector after the coming annexion by the Tau. This mission was like a death sentence to the Tash'var Cadre and their Auxillaries, even though that his troops would be safe on board the ships of his Kavaal, Aun'va forbade him to give Shas'el Alo'rrayanoi
any Ground support, he didnt like to send a fellow Tau into sure death. So Brokensword
made plans for retrieval of the Tash'var
force's incase the need arised. The whole of the Kavaal was put on Condition Amber
, and had the cadres running through drills and training for emergency evac protocols. He sat on the Bridge of the Ores Shi
listening to his favourite Opera, 'Ode to Luan Por
' performed by 'Fio'ui Kais J'kaara Monat
'. He felt that it cleared his mind and helped him to focus on the task at hand , Planning the Assault upon Bulwark if Shas'el Alo'rrayanoi
Force was not successful.
Brokensword waited for the rest of the Cadre commanders to take to their seats, beside him sat Shas'El Tash'var Alo'rrayanoi Skether'qan Tau'va
who was to lead the initial insertion unto Bulwark Prime,as Aun va had instructed. He had found Alo'rrayanoi
to be a very competent and intelligent commander, and had grown quite accustomed to having him around on the Ores Shi
, but the time of battle was almost at hand. Alo'rrayanoi
had spoken passionatley about his task that had been given unto him, and showed that he had the total belief in his skills of his warriors and of himself. What was to be
? he had thought to himself , another triumph for the Greater Good, or a saddening loss, he hoped for the latter.
Brokensword stood at the Tactical display and surveyed the assembled cadre commanders, at least half of them where from his native Tau'shan
but there was still a wide collection of septs represented in the briefing room. Cadres from Tau, Sa'cea, Vior'la, T'aun and Bork'an being the most numerous septs amongst the remainder the filled the Shas Fey'la Kavaal
, Brokensword felt it was a great honour to be here now. Greetings my fellow warriors , It honours me greatly to be standing before such a great and noble assembly of warriors of the Tau Empire.
He could see that the assembled commanders swelled with pride at his words and they bowed their heads in response to him. As you all already know , the Kavaal is to stand ready whilst our fellow warriors of Commander Alo'rrayanoi's task force tries to assist the Pro Tau elements of Bulwark Prime to take control without the major loss of life , both Tau and Gue'la. The Kavaal will wait in readiness incase of any unexpected heavy resistence or any other eventuality.
Shas'El Tau Kais'korst'la of the 1st Tau Airborne raised his hand, brokensword nodded towards him to speak Commander with the greatest respect, we all know of Aun Va's decree but it's the simple matter of how are we to breach the minefield to get to Bulwark Prime?
. A very good question Commander Reaper, for the past two kai'rotaa , Fio caste engineers have been working on two methods of breaching the minefield. As the mines are designed to attach themselves to vessels of manta size class and upwards, the Kor caste have been using a number of modified orca's to fly into the minefield and to attach Emp generators to the mines which when activated will render the mines inoperable. This will provide a small corridor for the Insertion force whilst still maintaining a element of stealth. The second is a tactic we have taken from the greenskins, the Fio have attached to a number of asteroids, propulsion engines and it is them that will smash a path through the Minefield should the Kavaal have to be brought to bear.
Commander Reaper smiled well it looks like the Orks have a use after all
the briefing chamber filled with laugther.
Brokensword looked towards Alo'rrayanoi seeing a smirk creep across the El's face which he found himself mirroring, he let the commanders enjoy the moment for a little while before continuing. Shas'El Tau Kais'korst'la of the 1st Tau Airborne will be assisting in the Insertion with the 91st orca squadron. They are tasked with taking the Insertion force to it's target zone, Commander Reaper is your Cadre prepared ?
Reaper was instantly sobered up at the mention of his name and Cadre. Standing to attention Yes Commander Brokensword , the 1st Tau Airborne is always prepared, our Orca's are primed and ready for service to the Greater Good. As I knew you would be Commander Reaper , that is why I chose you to get Commander Alo'rrayanoi planetside and in one piece
Brokensword smiled as he looked around at all the assembled Commanders. We all have our parts to play in this operation, I have tasked each of you with missions best suited to your Cadres strengths and dispositions and if called upon , I know that each and every warrior will fulfill what is asked of them.
Brokensword looked to Alo'rrayanoi , Commander Alo'rrayanoi do you wish to address the assembled commanders?
Alo'rrayanoi approached the Tac-con
console, resting his hands upon it's smooth surface. Fellow Commanders, I would start by thanking you all once again for your support and council in this undertaking, without your efforts I am certain that this task would not be achieved. If our Intelligence is correct, our target will be taken with the minimal of effort and loss on our force's, but as the venerable Commander Puretide wrote "It is wiser for a commander to plan for the worst, than to be surprised by it when it comes to fruition"
Alo'rrayanoi watched as the assembled commanders took his words in, nodding their agreement to his statement. Commander Brokensword has been astute in his planning for the liberation of Bulwark Prime or as it will be known Tash'var, but it comes down to us all to follow our instructions and to do that is required of us . We must fulfill our duty to bring the Gue'la of Bulwark Prime within the protection of the Tau Empire, this I believe that we shall do
Pausing as he looked once more across the briefing room at all the assembled warriors Tau'va my friends, we will see you on the surface
The assembled warriors stood at attention and saluted Alo'rrayanoi, he returned their show of respect with a salute of his own.
Brokensword stepped upto the con All Contingent Commanders please remain behind, Line commanders, report to your vessels and make your final preparations. Spec Ops await for me for final mission run through in briefing room 2 , good hunting to us all.Shas Fey'la Ka'vaal Alo'rrayanoi Liberation ForceAlo'rrayanoi Operations battledress
as worn by a Firewarrior of the 87th Tau'shan Rapid Reaction Cadre
1. 337th Tau'shan Tactical Assault Cadre
- Shas O Tau'shan Kau'yon Tau'va Mu'ssashi
2. 1st Tau'shan Tactical Assault Cadre
- Shas El Tau'shan Lei'nad o'ros'zi
3. 1st Shas'Es'tau'Tio've
- Shas'el Vior'la Mont'va
4. 151st Tau'shan Mechanized Assault Cadre
- Shas El Vior'la Vel T'il Lof Tar'asa
5. 6th Vior'La Mechanized Hunter Cadre
- Shas'El Vior'La Shas'ka Sa'lar da
6. 87th Tau'shan Rapid Reaction Cadre
- Shas'El Vio'la Mes'suka
7. 1st Gen'yo'Sha Hunter Cadre
- Shas'El Gen'yo'Sha Anuk Ur'Ahol
8. 275th Vior'la Rapid Deployment Cadre
- Shas'El Vio'la Kylar
9. 84th Shas'Ke'lshan Cadre
- Shas'El Ke'lshan Lasa'or'es
10. 1st Tau Airborne Assault Cadre
- Shas'El Tau Kais'korst'la
11. 3rd D'ynoi Farstrike Cadre
- Shas'el D'ynoi Shor'El Mont'yr Lyss'ara Shavaun
12. 66th Shas’Sa’cea Cadre
- Shas’el Sa’cea Kais Myen’ka
13. 17th Enclave Extermination Cadre
- Shas'El Ksi'm'yen Suam'Anuk Shi'Ka
14. Augmented Conflict Resolution Cadre 732
- Shas'El Sa'cea Mont'yr Cal'ka
15. 16th Sa'cea Shas'ar'tol Advanced Recon Cadre
- Shas'El Sa'cea Ro’Yon Mon'tyr Lar’shi
16. 5th Vior’la Auxiliary Cadre
- Gue'vesa'el Terenti Ro'kre Martial Kasinov
17. Vash'ya 416th Armored Interdiction Cadre
- Shas'El Su'Sha'is
36.The Battle of Ch'ang Sa
The war on Hu'nan
had already reached a stalemate after two years of fighting. Lord General Tosh Nishionov
, Commander in chief of the Imperial forces on Hu'nan
and Lieutenant-General Shiro Itagaki
set out to capture Ch'ang Sa
, the provincial capital of Hu'nan
. The Imperial 101st and 106th Divisions were deployed on the western bank of the Gu'san River in northern J'ian, and the 5th, 3rd, 13th, and 33rd Divisions marched southward from southern Hu'sha to northern Ch'ang Sa
Two of the primary motivating factors for the Imperials in launching the attack were the signing of a Trade and Mining
Treaty by the Tau and Local Human Gorvernor, and their defeat by Eldar forces at Nomonhan
. A large attack on the Smaller Tau force would therefore restore morale.
The Tau Ka'vaal present on Hu'nan
was under the Faultless leadership of Shas El Tau'shan Tir'a Kau'yon Sa'las
" Commander Deathblossom ". Sa'las
knew that her forces on Hu'nan
where hopelessly outnumbered by the Gue' la, but she had already anticipated the Imperials strategy and had been busy formulating her own counter strategy.
Altogether, it became obvious that the 100,000 strong Imperial force was to converge on Ch'ang Sa
strategy was to counter the enemy column in northern J'ian and then encircle the line on the path southward. Using Ch'ang Sa
as bait to lure the Imperials forward into her carefully laid plan.
The Imperials launched the attacks on Ch'ang Sa
, when their forces in northern J'ian
attacked westward toward He'nan
. However, the Imperials stretched too far out westward and were counter-attacked by Tau forces from the south and the north, forcing them to retreat eastward.
The Imperials then proceeded to attack the Tau along the Sinchiang River
. Even though the use of poison gas was prohibited, the Imperial army employed it on Tau positions. Luckily for the Tau , prevailing winds dissipated much of the gas, and casualties were reletivly light. The Imperial force's did eventually drive the Tau out of the Sinchiang river
area, and the 6th and 13th Divisions crossed the river under artillery cover and advanced further south along the Mi'luo por
Heavy fighting continued afterwards and the Tau retreated southwards to attract the Imperials while supporting Cadres arrived on the east and the west for encirclement maneuver. The Imperials reached the outskirts of Ch'ang Sa
. However, they were unable to conquer the city because their supply lines were cut off by the Tau, whose cadres had been operating constantly to disrupt the flow of men and materials. The Imperial forces at Ch'ang Sa
were decimated while the remnants retreated northward.Ch'ang Sa
was the first major city that did not fall to the Imperial army's advances. The commander, Shas El Tau'shan Tir'a Kau'yon Sa'las
a colourful, dynamic and strategically adept warrior and friend of Shas O Tau'shan Kau'yon Tau'va Mussashi
soon gained much prestige from her victories at Ch'ang Sa
. Retaining the city allowed the Tau to prevent the Imperials from consolidating their territories in the South of Hu'nan
. It also signified the end of the Imperial presence on Hu'nan
, after the Battle of Ch'ang Sa
the Imperial Guard force was in total dissarray. Many Regiments surrendered themselves and joined the Tau Empire, of the remaining loyalist forces, they fought their way off Hu'nan
. Soon afterwards Hu'nan
became a full member of the Tau Empire.Current Tau'shan Kor'vattra Fleet disposition :
Tau'shan System Defence Fleet :
3 x Lar'shi'vre ( Protector ) class warship
20 x kir'shivre ( Castellan ) class heavy escort
1 x Il'porrui ( Emissary ) class envoy ship
8 x Security orbitals ( spread throughout system )
1 x Orbital city ( above Tau'shan )
Tau'shan Expansion Fleet :
1 x Or'es El'leath ( Custodian ) Class Carrier
3 x Kir'la ( warden ) class carrier escorts
1 x lar'shivre ( Protector ) class warship
10 x Kir'shivre ( Castellan ) class heavy escort
3 x Il'porrui ( Emissary ) class envoy ship
Additionally, both fleet's have numerous Tau Transports vessels attached to them .A Guide to the Tau'shan System
1.Shas Ra'd idfera.
5.Luan'por ( even though it has an eliptical orbit , it is still considered the fifth planet of the solar plane ).
11.Cho'is kasemeOuter planets
16.P'iat uinTau'shan system
as viewed from the other side of the Ha'kor lin'a
Orbital view of Tau'shanTau'shan
, on approach with it's star behind
View over the Fio'hi xu
mountain range with Tor'vu
, one of the two moons of Tau'shan
high in the evening skyTau'shan
from the surface of Tor'vu
Sunrise at the northern pole on Luan'por Luan'por Luan'por
and it's 2 moons Luan'por sa
and Tas'yi nadi
nearing Shas Ra'd idfera
follows an eliptical orbit , when it is at it's closest to the Systems Star " Shas Ra'd idfera "
the ice crust melts revealing it's oceans covered surface . Its orbit takes it on a similar path to that of a comet. It's "summer " phase lasts for approximatley 1 Tau'cyr when Luan por
is at its nearest point to the systems star . It's total length of it's orbit is 5.2 Tau'cyr , and as to why it is at such an strange orbital sequence is still a mystery.
Water caste ocean habitat on Luan'por
( during summer phase )Shasfio'n
nearest planet to the system star Shas Ra'd idfera
. It has a number of mining facilities extracting heavy metals, minerals and ore for processing for the manufacturing facilities on and above Tau'shan. Ki'den fio . Ki'den fio
is a planet that resides in the Ha'kor lin'a
Gas cloud . It's surface is blackend by the constant electrical storms that rage across it's surface . Minerals extracted from this planet have an unusaully high magnetic property aswel as being a good conductor .
Drop pods coming through atmosphere over Tau'shan
.The Battle of Tau'shan
During the Defence of Tau'shan
, a Raptors space marine company
managed to get through the System defence's and commit to Drop pod assault upon Tau'shan
itself . As brave as the attempt was by the Astartes
, it came to nothing as those drop pods that made landfall , was soon overwhelmed by Tau'shan force's . Shas El Tau'shan Lei'nad o'ros'zi," Sure Blade "
the Defender of Tau'lar'fio
, Commander of the 1st Tau'shan Tactical Assault Cadre
led the Tau'shan force's in defence of Fio't'uana
. The Astartes
gave good account of themselves in battle , continually testing the defenders and because of the suddeness of the attack , an evacuation was not a option . " Sure Blade "
mustered what forces he had available in the city and set an defensive line around the civillian area's . Utilizing what Gue vesa la he had and a couple of Firewarriors squads , he sent them forward to meet the Space Marines. He knew that the Marines would be angered at the sight of former Imperial force's working alongside Firewarriors , that would be his lure , and it worked . His force's engaged the Raptors , the firefight was incredibley fierce " Sure Blade "
ordered the Shas to fall back first , then the Gue vesa la , the Raptors followed the Traitors , realizing their error all too late as Kroot launched themselves onto the Raptors flank . XV8's bounded over the roof tops cutting off their retreat as the shas and gue vesa la , popped out of their concealed positions to pour fire onto the Space marines . A squad of marines and a dreadnought had moved up to Sure Blade's
left flank , he and his bodyguard jumped to intercept . A solitary drone sniper team had managed to pin the marines but the Dreadnaught had caught up with them and started to lay suppressive fire down with his assault cannon. The Marines continued to move forwards but an explosion from behind them stopped them in their tracks , through the smoking wreakage of the Dreadnaught 3 XV8's bounded effortlessly towards them , plasma fire and missiles raining in at them whilst the sniper team started to pick off a few of the Marines. One of the bodyguards was engulfed in a plasma inferno , just as Sure Blade
dispatched the Plasma gunner with his Cyclic Ion Blaster . The Raptors sergeant charged at the Shas El , chainsword in his hand whirring its adamantium teeth , his attack cutting through Sure Blade's
left arm , phantom pain filling the Shas El's sense's , it was the only attack the Marine got as he was riddled by rail rifle fire , he was dead before he hit the ground . At this time Shas El Vio'la Mes'suka
had arrived at Fio't'uana
to engage the Raptors at the rear of their position with his 87th Rapid Reaction Cadre, the "Song of Battle" . Pathfinders in Tetra's marked targets for the 87th's Broadsides and Hammerheads removing what armour the Raptors had with them . The Raptors Commander Captain Verus Verreaux
Captain of the 2nd Company knew at this point that they had no reinforcements coming, as the rest of their task force had been held at bay and at distance by the Defence fleet or had been destroyed . His own force had been held at arms length and was being forced back ,he had lost over half his men and after a flight of Barracudas had destroyed his last remaining tanks , it was clearly a no win situation. Shas El Vio'la Mes'suka
offered the surviving Raptors
a chance to withdraw out of system with their Honour intact ,out of respect of their bravery and skill of warfare . Captain Verreaux
accepted the offer , and as they boarded their Thunderhawk the Raptors Captain turned and spoke " You do realise that we shall return here Xenos " Mes'suka
Nodded solemly and replied " Yes Gue'la , and when you do return we shall be waiting " .The battle of M'suba M'suba
is the 3rd planet of the Tau'shan
system . M'suba
has a very thin breathable atmosphere , though it is recommended that oxygen filters be worn at the very least , due to high toxin levels within the atmosphere . Imperial force's were able to get a number of Imperial Guard units down onto the surface of M'suba
, whilst the Raptors
made their attack on Tau'shan
. As the Kor'vettra fleet was busy dealing with threats closer to the more highly populated planets of Tau'shan
, the Imperial force's made their move. The Three Suns Battlegroup
under the leadership of Lord General Tir Brandt Eriksson
made their drop into the south polar region, landing near to the D'uan Fio
ridge, with his Elite Regiment ,the Pandoran 627th
leading the way and securing a landing zone easily. Their Primary target was the Ka'fio
Weapons manufacturing facility , which not only produced all of the standard Firewarrior equipment including Pulse Rifles and Carbines , but also produced XV8
suits and weapon systems for the entire Sept. The Ka'fio
facility was only a short distance away from the Landing zone of the Three Suns Battlegroup
, Apart from travelling by air the facility could only be reached by one other way , the Hudan Valley
The Hu'dan Valley
after a Dust storm
The Hu'dan Valley
was the only way of access the Ka'fio
Facility for the Imperial Tanks and Armoured vehicles , but it was not an easy passage. There is no road way as most Tau vehicles do not utilize "wheeled" or "tracked" land vehicles ,aswell as the fact that all materials where airlifted in and out of Ka'fio
the Tau had no need to put a road system in place. The approach was going to be tough for the Imperial Armour, as the valley surface undulates in height and in places small amonia lakes cover the valley floor . Another problem that faced the Imperials was that thet lacked any real Air support , the Scion of Felia
Fighter transport ship was lost in transit, so it was only Vulture Gunships and Valkeries that belonged to certain regiments that could be used in an Air defence deployment , However this was not a problem for the Tau. M'suba
had a number of Barracuda Squadrons for it's defence with three of them stationed in the Vacinity of Ka'fio
facility. The Imperial column was getting continuely attacked by these Squadrons ( the 7th , the 14th and the 21st Tau'shan Squadrons ) their straffing runs destroying Armour and causing disruption to the Imperial Guard units . As the column approached the Hu'dan Valley the Air caste ceased their attacks to the relief of the Imperials and the Lord General Eriksson
rallied his force and lead them into the Valley .
After the Vanguard element of the column entered the valley unhinderd and the main force was approaching all hell broke loose. The Tau had allowed the vanguard into the valley before deploying its Hidden Remote Sentry Posts , Missiles rained death upon the vanguard element destroying the vehicles at the rear first ,before working their way methodically up the column . XV88 Broadsides
crested the ridge of the valley adding their Raliguns to the destruction of the Vanguard force . Chaos and confussion was wrought amonst the forward element, they could not retreat , as the wreakage of vehicles at the rear blocked their route back to the main force . Similtaniously as the Vanguard were being anniallated ,the Rearguard elements came under attack by three Squadrons of Barracuda
aswell as three flights of Tigershark AX-1-0's
. Pathfinder units in Tetra scout speeders , using their markerlights to guide in seeker missile strikes from the Air caste Squadrons , taking a heavy toll to the rearguards Armour , stripping away their defence's . The Vultures and Valkeries protecting the rearguard were targetted by the Remora's burst cannons and markerlights, then their attacks were followed up by the Barracudas
, they didn't have much hope, but they fought none the less. Lord General Eriksson
was shocked by how quickly the vanguard and rearguard units had been destroyed , he ordered his main force to take a defensive stance and dig in . He was in the open , what cover that the Hu'dan Valley
may have offered was heavily defended and by a few panic filled comm messages , the Landing zone was no longer a viable option for retreat. Night came , and it had been a number of hours since the attacks on the Vanguard and rearguard force's , the Battlegroup had been bouyed by the return of a few survivors from the Rearguard , but their small moment of happiness was cut short as Railgun fire struck the three Baneblades
belonging to the 321st Armoured division
followed shortly by the destruction of the command Baneblade
and their Shadowsword
, four large black silhouettes ghosted over the Imperials position , the Mantas of the Tau
The Tau force was led by Shas El Tael
with his contingent of cadres from Sa'cea
that had been stationed on M'suba
. Shas El Tael
had been involved in many conflicts with the "Gue'la" over his many years of service of the Greater good, with his cadres in position he sent a communication to the Lord General . " Greeting from Sa'cea Lord General Eriksson , I wish to offer you and your force respite from harm and to avoid any further needless bloodshed , Surrender unto me Lord General and save yourself and the lives of your soldiers . " Eriksson was angered by the Auldacity of this Tau " My ressolve is strong as is my Soldiers , for every one of mine lost you shall loose ten " . " there was silence for a moment " Lord General , with the greatest of respect, your position is not what i would call strategically sound . So far Lord General our force's have lost none of it's strength , sadly the same cannot be said of yours Lord General". Eriksson could tell that there was a genuine sadness to Shas El Tael's tone . " Lord General , we have the control of Space, the Air and the high ground , your fleet is either scattered or destroyed , i offer you a chance to change and to fight for something greater than the total war policy of your Imperium , i'm offering you the chance to join the Tau Empire , and to fight for the Greater Good , to live and serve for the benefit to all species and cultures within the Empire." pausing to allow his word to be fully understood before continuing " If you wish to continue to fight , warrior to warrior i respect that decision , you are all brave warriors in my eyes ,fighting for a planet light years away from Imperial space and of little consequence , but why throw away your lives cheaply for no purpose when i offer you something real , A cause, an ideal , a home for you and your men, you can still pay reverence to the your Emperor if you wish to do so , all we ask of you is to fight alongside your brothers and Tau allies in the furtherance of the Greater Good when called for.... what do you say Lord General ?".
Eriksson thought deeply before replying " What if i refuse to surrender?" Tael stepped forward and with sadness returning to his voice " It shall be quick Lord General ", deliberately being vague allowing images of what the Lord General had already witnessed to come to the fore of his memory . " I will speak with my officer's , Eriksson out " and the comm went dead. Shas El Tael watched the Gue'la position hoping that his words had been enough to avoid anymore needless violence.
For what seemed like an age Tael pondered as to the Lord General's decision, He performed a system check on his XV8 in readiness for the worse,just then his comm sprung to life "Pathfinder squad Ta'su reporting ... Gue'la infantry abandoning vehicles and walking clear of their perimeter" . Tael sighed with relief " signal the Orca's to make planet fall and the Fio to prepare a camp for our guests at higher elevations where the air is cleaner , i want these Gue'la given medical assistance and some food as quickly as possible " . After a short time Orca transports took position as the Gue'la soldiers were ushered into the drop ships by Fire warrior personnel , the Lord General watching his troops being taken away , wondering whether he had made the right decision when he heard a voice from behind him " You made the right choice Lord General " he turned to see a Tau in what he took for a Pilots flight suit " You would be Shas El Tael I assume ?" " You would be right in that assumption Lord General , but as I said you did make the right decision so let not doubt cloud your mind , you have won a great victory here today ". Puzzled , Eriksson looked at Tael , with anger in his tone as he spoke" How so have i won a victory here Tau ?" . Tael smiled warmly " You have saved a great many lives here today by the action you chose, instead of giving your lives needlessly in a unwinnable situation , you have chosen a path that seeks to protect the sacredness of life , we Tau do not give our lives away, when it is better to withdraw and regroup and fight another day, than to make a hopeless last stand. We would never waste a life of a man on a hopeless cause, neither would you Lord General . Eriksson found that he was in agreement with Tael "The Imperium of Man wastes so many men , throwing away their lives for little in return , I know that you have seen this and it sickens you , It is a Generals task to lead his men into harms way, to fight and to fulfill his mission , but its also his task to bring them back again safely, and that Lord General is the Victory that you have won , you chose life over death and for that I salute you " Tael bowed his head forward in respect , as he lifted his gaze back to Eriksson he spoke " We have our Fio caste preparing a camp for you and your men , this is only temporary until we can relocate you to a more suitable environment ". Eriksson snorted " To another Emperor forsaken battlefield no doubt" Tael shook his head solemnly " No Lord General , temporary only until we have finished building for you and your men your new Home " Eriksson stood a gasp as he watched the Tau walk away from him " Until then Lord General , I give you fair tidings from Sa'cea".Sword of Hastur
as it emerges from the warp , virtually ontop of a defence platform orbiting Luan Por
. This daring tactic was proberly the downfall of the Sword of Hastur
. This is mainly because it jumped in too close to Luan Por
, well within its defence network which was already at full alert . The Cruiser took a number of Heavy Railgun shots from the Defense orbital at point blank range before it's void shields were at full power. This caused enormous damage to it's engine's and struggled to pull out of Luan por's
Gravity well. The Lar'shi'vre class warship Kor Ores shi
Intercepted the stricken Imperial warship , it's offer of amnesty was bluntly refused as the Sword of Hastur
fired upon the Tau warship. The Kor Ores shi
dropped off to long Range and Methodically shot at the Sword of Hastur
striping it of it's Engine's and other vital systems. The Sword of Hastur
was crippled and caught in the Gravity of Luan Por
with it's destruction assured, the Kor Ores shi
went to assist with the Defence fleet around Tau'shan
The Imperial Cruiser " Sword of Hastur "
impacting upon Luan'por
after it's engines had been disabled by the " Kor Ores shi "
Lar'shi'vre class warship .Raptors Pride
unleashing a full broadside against the Tau defences above Tau'shan
. The Astartes warship gave a good account of itself before withdrawing.
The Raptors Strike cruiser " Raptors pride "
After deploying it's Marine complement via drop pod , it tried to withdraw away from Tau'shan
to enact repairs , but it got caught in an inferno of Kor'vettra
firepower . It's engines overloaded after receiving heavy damage that breached it's warp core containment .
The major reason for the total ineffectualness of the Imperial forces assault upon the Tau'shan sept, was many down to only a couple of factors. Firstly it is belived that Imperial strategists underestimated Tau Strategic forces present in system at the time of the attack. The Imperial Strike force sent to the Tau'shan system would have made a greater impact to any other Tau system of the third sphere , but because of the strategic importence to the third sphere expansion , Tau'shan for all intents and purposes was equivelant to a fully operational sept system at the time of the assault. This coupled with the fact that in addition to the Tau'shan defence fleet there was no less than 3 Kavaal
fleets were present prior to moving outbound to their own designated expansion area's. Secondly , whilst the Imperial fleet was imbound a fluxuation in the warp nudging the ships off a fraction from their heading. When the Ships traversed to realspace , the fleet was scattered across the system , a third of which materialized deep within the gravity wells and atmospheres of the systems Gas giants . Half of the remainder Imperial vessels were destroyed by the Tau fleets present , only the Strike cruiser Raptors Pride
made any impact , destroying a security orbital and 2 Castelan class warships before digorging it's Marine complement upon Tau'shan surface. Raptors Pride
Fought it's way out of low orbit only to be destroyed as it tried to retreat to enact repairs.Ma'jaro
is the sixth planet in the system . It is the last Solid core planet before you come towards Ta'rawa
the 1st of the Gas Giants of the system. The De'sast to'lin a
Gas cloud is in the background . Ma'juro's
Orbit takes it though the cloud once every 4 Tau'cyr. It has 7 moons that orbit , creating a mini system of it's own. It has numerous mining facilities dotted across it's surface , aswell as a number of hidden bases to act as a secondary fall back position if the system was to be invaded . Ma'jaro and the 16th Sa'cea Shas'ar'tol Advanced Recon Cadre
Currently Ma'Jaro is home to the 16th Sa'cea Shas'ar'tol Advanced Recon Cadre
under the wise leadership of Shas'El Sa'cea Ro’Yon Mon'tyr Lar’shi
. They came to Tau'shan after heavy fighting during the Battle of Ge'nesha
against the Tyranids
. The 16th ARC have become experts in the combating of this most deadly of adversary, and after resupplying for material and personnel on Sa'cea the 16th recieved orders to head out to the Tau'shan
The 16th was to assist the Tau'shan military in learning counter Tyranid strategies and tactics for it's conventional force's aswell as to establish a Shas ar Tol
training facility upon Ma'jaro
Unfotunatly after a few setbacks in schedualing of the construction of the facilities and the lack of contact from the Tau'shan Shas Ar Tol
, which was still in transition between the outgoing Shas O and the newly promoted Shas O, Commander Brokensword. Lar’shi
who didn't approve of the lack of support that he was recieving from the Tau'shan Military met with Brokensword, and exchanged his own views on how the Sept should be run. Lar'shi
was too long in the tooth to be pushed around, he had earned his way to his position as El through sheer singleminded determination and brutal hard fought battles. To him this Brokensword
was a mere La in his grissled eyes, and took an dislike to him as Brokensword
had only fought in half the number of battles that he had. Lar'shi
still gives out his piece of mind on a regular basis, and although he thinks that no one really listens to him, Brokensword
may not have the have half the skill as a warrior such as Lar’shi
, he is however a strategist beyond compare, aswell as a superb battlefield commander, on more than one occassion his tactical accumen has won the day. However during the Battle of Fenras sey
he earned the ire of Lar'shi
when he deployed the veteran El''s cadre to the rear of the Tau force's formation. Lar'shi
as normal let his feelings known to Brokensword
, who in turn, calmly and respectfully reminded the El as to who was in command.
It turned out to be the Tau force's saving grace, for as the Tau forces engaged the Gue'la , the Imperials deployed a large Stormtrooper force to the rear of the right flank, right where Lar'shi
and the 16th ARC where in position. If it was any other Cadre that was there, they surely would have folded under the intense fighting. Lar'shi and the 16th ARC
held firm although heavily outnumbered, but they were taking a pounding and were being pushed back towards the Tau deployment zone. Just as the 16th reached the outer markers the trap was sprung with elements of the 337th and 1st Tau'shan Tactical assault cadres enveloping the Gue'la from the rear of their advance and the 257th Vior'la Rapid redeployment cadre reinforcing the stalwart 16th in their defence. The Stormtrooper force was anniallated before the awesome firepower of the four Tau cadres. After this short and dicisive action the Tau went on to take Fenras sey
After the engagement Lar'shi
went to meet with Brokensword
Walking upto the O and switching to command channel he communicated with him. " You used me and my cadre as bait! without even telling me, I may not see eye to eye with you Brokensword, but this is more than insulting " . Brokenswords
calm voice came back at him " I put you where I need you the most, for the Greater Good. I needed someone to protect that flank, as I knew it would be a inviting to the enemy, so I needed the best at my disposal to hold that position until the trap could be sprung. I only explain my decision to you out of respect for you and your cadre, you may not like me as a commander but you are like me in as much as if we're given a task, we see that it's done. "
With this Brokensword
nods in respect to the veteran and makes his way back to the command node.Lar'shi
watches the O head off, thinking to himself " It may be against my better judgement, but i'm actually begining to like this O" turning to walk the opposite way, and back towards his cadre.Ta'rawa
The 1st of the Gas Giants that you come to travelling outbound from the system's core . Ki'l Ri'bit
the second of the Gas Giants. Two of it's 12 moons Ky'lan s'ar
in the foreground .Bei'lan ti'narsa
is the Larget of the Gas Giants . It only has one moon orbiting it , but G'in a Sa'las
is almost two thirds the size of Tau'shan
and when the Light from Shas Ra'd idfera
shines upon surface, the light is reflected off it's glass like surface like a Jewell in the darkness.Fio'il kor ya
Asteroid field that lies between Tau'shan
. Kor caste Pilots train regularly in asteroid environment warfare , as part of the defensive strategies utilised by the Korvettra . If a sizable attack fleet threatend the system it would have to cross the belt to get closer to the inner planets or vice versa , if an Retreat to Ma'juro was ordered , the Fio'il kor ya belt would be the last line of defence.Cho'is kaseme
The furthest of the Gas Giants.