oh i see- okay, there could be a necessary trade shipment that goes to the Vior'la Sept and Vior'la itself... okay- i don't have a problem with that but then I think Vior'la needs a lot of luxury goods as it can't generate its own.
That's fine with me.
The Vior'lans have only a small percentage of arable land on their planet, and just about all of it is dedicated to growing T'au-native crops and fruits; any excess going into vast subterranean stockpiles in the event of an emergency. I'd imagine Vior'lans are quite practical, then, and don't require a whole lot of luxuries compared to Tau of other Septs, but a few imported commodities/luxury items would
exist to put a little bit of excitement into an otherwise entirely spartan lifestyle.
I like the idea that older veterans and wounded have a need for L'sh'il which is an unfortunate addiction while, in the other Castes, milder doses are used- i'd like it if we expanded on this aspect of the drug.
Well, given Stimulant Injector's rather widespread use among Tau of higher ranks, I'd imagine the potent cocktail wouldn't be too
dreadfully harmful. I mean, we aren't talking about instant death after only a few doses after all, right?
Given this, l'sh'il's theoretical inclusion in
Stimulants would mean that its addictiveness would be less
than the cocktail itself. (The part cannot be greater than the total sum, and all that...)
Regardless, the euphoria caused by l'sh'il probably turns into somewhat of a 'comfort feeling' for injured patients, and many would naturally (psychologically) develop a habit of using it even if only to quell recurring ghost pains conjured up by the mind of the user in order to get more.
Like you said though, it's up to the practitioners and society leaders to deem what is acceptable for the Empire - so they're the ones who need to be keeping a watchful eye on any Tau given said drug.
I like the idea of a unique 'smuggling' aspect in the Empire in that those involved in the illegal moving of drugs (say to one Sept which has made something illegal) can involve some kind of utopian reprimand.
Well, I'll gladly admit that some kind of 'smuggling ring' could
theoretically present itself within the Empire, but
I can't under any circumstances see it getting to be too big, widespread, or last too incredibly long.
Tau, for the most part, are diligent and honorable citizens who - if they overheard something along the lines of an illegal drug ring existing - would gladly report it to the local authorities in the name of the Greater Good of the Empire/Sept/City/what have you.
For example: A Kor captain is moving Ha'gatask (a drug i'm working on which is kind of like LSD) and is discovered. He is stripped from his captaincy and reassessed for a suitable role in Tau society such as scrubbing the side of Air Caste cities- what do you think.
I don't mean to be nitpicky, but I'd like to clarify something here for the masses and I'd like your input as well!Reprimand or Punishment?
While it is perfectly permissible in the canon for a Tau to lose rank by doing something unbecoming of his or her current one or perhaps to be reassigned to a less-than-desirable duty station/post (cf. Kill Team
), I don't necessarily think Tau even understand
the concept of 'punishment' (such as forcing them to perform hard or manual labor).
These are things that drones would do - and it would be more harmful than helpful to the cause of the Tau Empire to have an esteemed Kor'O get busted down and punished in such a manner. Also, reprimands for Tau of higher rank (say, 'El and up, with 'Vre being the 'middle ground' or 'grey area') would likely be kept out of eye and earshot from the lesser ranks so as to not cast doubt in the Tau'va.
Wargamer's example from TO worked quite well - an especially overzealous Shas'O who prefers field duty might be reassigned to a desk job back at his Sept's Shas'ar'tol as punishment for not following proper procedure. It's a quick, clean, and efficient form of censure that keeps the lower ranks out of the loop (in turn keeping morale high and faith in the Tau'va and their leaders strong), lets the Shas'O know that what he did was wrong, and prevents him from doing it again.Fire Warrior
explained that in the Tau society, even a verbal
reprimand was something to be feared and taken to heart. Manual labor would not be necessary in most cases, because in this alien culture
, even the mildest of rebukes work in most cases.
made it pretty clear that those few Tau who were still
deemed "socially incompatible" with Tau society, even after all normal forms of reprimand were exhausted, are sent to special facilities to undergo intensive mental correction and rehabilitation. A Kor'O addicted to, or attempting to smuggle ha'gatask (or some other illegal substance/object) would be perfect
clientèle for such a facility, as this does not
seem to be a simple minor infraction. Rather than forcing him to scrub the side of an Air Caste city, he would undergo intensive hypnotherapy, psychiatric assistance, and possible medical treatment. He would then be more thoroughly assessed by physicians for suitability performing his prior duties at his present rank, and rehabilitated into the Empire at a rank reflecting his mental capacity for responsibility, be it as a Kor'O or Kor'la.Prisons?
Please note (to all) that these Mental Corrections Facilities are not
, by any means, prisons. While Tau undergoing treatment are likely contained in a manner similar
to a prison, and likely sometimes against their will, no form of punishment in the Empire has a Tau forced to undergo a prison sentence for any
length of time - they are simply treated for their ailments (if possible) and released back into the Empire as soon as said treatments have been completed.
Fire Warrior - Page 56 wrote:
The very existence of an edifice designed solely for the incarceration of the socially incompatible was beyond Lusha's understanding. On T'au those few who failed to conform were considered worthy of sympathy and help, not punishment. He dismissed again the illogic of their [human] conventions and regarded the brooding construct dispassionately.Rank
Now, on the topic of a Tau losing his rank, this too would not be considered 'punishment', but instead simply reassigning the Tau to a more appropriate position of authority and responsibility. If a Kor'vre passed his Trial and was promoted to Kor'el (but wasn't
assessed thoroughly enough by his immediate superiors) and later fumbled a small fleet engagement resulting in a drastic loss of life or equipment, he could
be deemed unworthy of his rank as a Captain (depending on the circumstances, of course) and demoted back to the rank of Kor'vre - where he will appropriately fill a niche he knows how to properly perform...
An example of this occurring in the canon is in Kill Team
, where the Por'O, Ambassador Coldwind, willingly performed an Aun-sanctioned Black Op that, if made public, would have resulted in a rather extreme loss of rank, stature, and respect among his peers. The Por'O did, of course, consider such a risk perfectly acceptable as he was fervent in his belief that his course of actions were in the furtherance of the Greater Good, despite their public illegalities.