Xenos Horrificus Ch.4 - Family Above AllRandall had only met Xin's family once in-person. During Randall's one visit to the Tau Home Sept to complete the process of his marital Ta'lissera with Xin and officially join the Fire Caste of T'au. More specifically they went to the Sept's lunar colony of Lu'val. The first off-world settlement established by the Tau at the dawn of their Empire.Xenos Horrificus Ch.4 - Family Above All by Scholar-of-Wastes
It was here, at the beating heart of the Tau Empire, did Randall experience Tau culture at its most conservative and traditional. In many aspects it felt closer to...unwelcoming. Randall was the only Human inside the domes of Lu'val, and the Tau colonists had stared at him like an exotic curiosity. He WAS an exotic curiosity. However, this curiosity quickly turned to unspoken disapproval when it became clear that he was in a cross-species relationship with Xin. Xin's family's disapproval on the other hand was considerably more vocal.
Xin had warned Randall before meeting her family about the history of "Ka'rashi Lissera" in her bloodline. Mea
Xenos Horrificus Ch.3 - Ghost ImageXenos Horrificus Ch.3 - Ghost Image by Scholar-of-Wastes
The Tau called the conflict "The Great War of Confederation". The Etherals coined the term because of how effectively a flood of Orks could isolate the many Septs of an otherwise united empire. It had begun a decade ago when eleven separate Ork Waaghs! had charged through the Western Veil Nebula. Even by the galactic standards that everything was measured by the Imperium of Man this was a major Ork migration.
Without exception, all the western frontier settlement worlds and void colonies were lost to the Ork invaders in the first year of the war. Only the Sept Worlds had the ground forces or star fleets to withstand the Green Tsunami, but even they were just stones in a river of Orks, incapable of stopping one Waaagh! bypassing them when they struggled to survive the attacks of another. Had there been even the most basic collaboration between the different Ork Waaaghs! all the Second Sphere Septs would have been annihilated.
By the third year of the war, the Ork invaders were in
Xenos Horrificus Ch.2 - Through The BreachXenos Horrificus Ch.2 - Through The Breach by Scholar-of-Wastes
Rakarsha is a world dying under the yoke of xenos occupation that has lasted for over a decade. Waaagh! Rokkadaka had been wholly unexpected, and half the planet was lost in only two months of fighting. The planet would have been lost much sooner were it not so well garrisoned by the Imperial Guard to resist the expansionist Tau Empire. Though even these troops were not in the numbers necessary to withstand an Ork Waaagh! of this magnitude.
A salvation of sorts came with the arrival of the Dark Eldar who assassinated the foul Warboss leading this invasion, but promptly harvested the entire Ork and Human populations of three of Rakarsha's four continents. The Imperial Guard still lacked the manpower to exterminate the Orks, even in their divisive state, and was forced to slowly surrender more territory in a grinding war of attrition.
Calls for reinforcements were regularly sent to Segmentum Command, but Waaagh! Rokkadaka had only been one of over a dozen Waaaghs! that had stampeded over
Xenos Horrificus Ch. 1 - Den of WraithsXenos Horrificus Ch. 1 - Den of Wraiths by Scholar-of-Wastes
(Nine Years After Au'Taal)
The Kabal of the Wraithkind, exiles of Commorragh in all but name, have endured a painful transition. No longer able to reside in the Webway, the disgraced Archon Tilensic D'raque has been forced to carve out a new realm in the wilderness of Realspace. Despite this increased vulnerability the Kabal has made three entire sectors of Imperial Space their exclusive hunting grounds.
Their initial culling had obliterated the Merchant Fleets of over 180 planets, destroying five sector-economies, triggering society-destroying famines on two Hive Worlds, and indirectly causing Imperial defeats in seven different warzones for lack of critical supplies. All counted the Kabal had cost 12 billion human lives in two years. Clearly the Imperium was being made to suffer for D'raque's mistake of opposing Asdrubael Vect.
Deprived of the ability to escape into the Webway, the Kabal instead operates from carefully concealed bases in remote systems. One such installation was the