Greetings fellow Tau'faan and friends of ATT.
A few months ago there was much talk about a collaborative Tau story, "Into Silence" is the culmination of our efforts.
After much writing and discussion, we would like to begin posting.
Those authors that are involved will preface their own titles with "Into Silence" so you know you're dealing with the same series. It's like a compilation from Black Library, only we're referencing the same event. None of the stories rely on each other, but will be referencing many of the same ideas.
This post will make it available for members to ask overall questions and for our authors to post their own information.
We begin with this:
"It is the Third Age of Expansion. For more than a thousand cycles the Ethereals of T'au have lead the Four Castes with wisdom and enlightenment, bringing many within the fold of our Greater Good. They are the rightful caretakers of our souls, commanding us to be better, to cherish our unity, lest we step back into the darkness of the Mont'au. It is by their will that balance prospers amongst our people."
"Yet even as we strive to discover new worlds, new frontiers, a barren void reminds us of our past failures. Hundreds of sectors deep, the Zone of Silence lies on our borders, a place of refuge for our enemies and a reminder of the death of so many of our people."
"Now, in the darkness beyond Sept space, a great Armada assembles. At it's core is a great star vessel housing millions of future colonists in suspended animation while thousands more prepare for a great journey that will see worlds and star systems returned to the Empire. Cadres of Firewarriors are assembled, dedicated and devoted in their task to defend their fellow Tau. The Water Caste envoys hold council, working closely with the Ethereals that will directly monitor the mission, preparing for the arduous task of organizing the effort. The Air Caste are vigilant, knowing that they will be called upon to reignite the fires of the lost Sept Sha'draig while the Earth Caste have called upon their greatest minds to solve the greatest construction efforts of the age."
"Remember the promise of progress and understanding, for, amongst the grim darkness of a galaxy at war, there still remains the light of the Tau'va. Through it there can be peace amongst the stars, an eternity of reason and unification, and the prosperity of our people."