A Beginner's Guide to The Septs of the Tau Empire

This Article was written by:
Majonga

Article Writer's Avatar
Posts: 1,026
Karma: 9
No Comments View rating View Rating [Report to Mod] Report to Librarian
Every army in the 40k universe has a history, a background, a special characteristic that marks them out and give them a reason for why they act/fight the way they do. For many it is the world that they originate from that spawns these characteristics, from the jungle fighters of Catachan, The Space Wolves of frozen Fenris to the resurrected warriors of Iyanden. For the Tau Empire it is their Sept world, but what exactly is a Sept? Where do they come from? What are they for, and what are they like? This article takes a close look at what exactly a Sept entails, what they do and how they are made. Then goes to briefly describe what each Sept is like, and what a person from that Sept is likely to be like, using implied information from a variety of sources.

What is a Sept?

First off, what is a Sept of the Tau Empire? Well first off you have to understand the governmental structure of the empire. The Capitol of the Tau Empire is their home world T'au. Here is the high council of the ethereals and the central government of the whole empire. The empire is too large to be directly run from Tau itself, so the Empire is divided into roughly 20 Septs. These are areas of Tau space governed by particularly important and often largely populated worlds known as the Sept worlds. Sept worlds are not the only world in their Sept; they are the effective local government of that area, much like an imperial sector. For example the planet of Vir'la can be found in the Vior'la Sept which is governed by the Sept's eponymous world Vior'la. A Sept world is the central point for that area of space, here is the Sept's own ethereal council, caste academies, harbours, barracks etc.

A possible comparison to make would be to the USA (cliché I know). While the central government of the nation lies in Washington D.C. the country itself is divided into states, each with their own capitol and government. The relationship between T'au and a Sept world is similar to the relationship between Washington and a state capitol.

How are Sept's Made?

The Tau Empire has undergone 3 phases of expansion in the last 2000 years, known respectively as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sphere expansions. This is a period of rapid but often short expansion that claims a number of new worlds for the empire. Some suggest that the most recent Third Sphere expansion took less than 10 terran years. These expansions are pioneered by Colonisation Fleets. These are fleets raised in the elder Septs, from those Sept's citizenry. A Colonisation fleet is not just a military force. It is a form of migration, There will be Earth caste to build the cities, Water caste to make treaties and deals, Fire caste to protect the colony (and in certain circumstances conquer it as well) and of course the Air caste to get them there.

When a planet is colonised it does not automatically become a Sept world, when the 3rd sphere expansion came to an end, roughly five new Septs had been created. The new Sept worlds were worlds that showed particular promise or where particularly successful. It may also depend on the size of planet, and how large the fleet that colonised it was. However each Sept world has particular traits and culture that set them apart from each other. For example Dal'yth is known for being particularly cosmopolitan, while Vash'ya is particularly famous for its Air caste academy.

First Phase Colonies

Second and Third Phase Colonies

 




No comments

Other Content

All the content currently available!
Showing page 1 of 19 pages
[Next] [Last Page]
Army: Category: View:
ArticleAuthorDate AddedRatingCommentsViews
Ork Skullhamma Battlefortress "Wartanker"Khanaris7th Jun 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-41493
Tau PiranhaOggy7th Jun 10Current rating for this item: 3 stars
3 stars
-21868
Sa'Cea XV84 Shas'el De'mure (BATTLESUIT COMMANDER)BlairH19th Apr 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-18331
Multiple Assaults And Youcrazyguy83210th Apr 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-10098
The Art of Vengeance: Using Sternguard RoundsWarpspiderman1st Apr 10Current rating for this item: 4 stars
4 stars
111448
Blood Angels Codex Review/Thoughtscrazyguy83213th Mar 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-22869
Ork Army List TacticaEasyification7th Mar 10Current rating for this item: 4 stars
4 stars
-15780
Urban BasesMurchankite9th Feb 10Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-26772
Plastic Grey Knight TerminatorsGreyDeath30th Jan 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
129845
Slaaneshi Keeper of SecretsSILK20th Jan 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-9831
Chaotic Tactica - Chaos LordsSILK6th Jan 10Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-9447
The Wolfwing - TacticaEasyification3rd Jan 10Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-11609
Daemonettes, anyone?SILK1st Jan 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-9845
Using Green StuffAunny23rd Dec 09Current rating for this item: 3.5 stars
3.5 stars
-12171
Ruined BuildingCar'Lel23rd Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-11399
Slaanesh Daemon PrinceAlabaster23rd Dec 09Current rating for this item: 3 stars
3 stars
-30714
A Guide to Playing 40K FasterThor{DoH}21st Dec 09Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-9205
Seeking Alternatives - Constructing a List that Works for Youxx21st Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-13479
Arnell's Ascendancy [Novel length, Part 4]Tyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-8483
Dark Angels Verses Ulthwe [Battle Report and anti-wraithlord tactica]Tyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 2 stars
2 stars
-12790
Enemies Of Ancient EldarRezzy20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-12700
Starting A Tau ArmyTau Online20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-19490
Eldar Tactica: Methods of AttackJUST_LIKE_NAM!!!20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-12513
Daemonhunters Tactica: Know Thy SelfTyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-10329
Chaos Versus EldarTyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-10448
Assessment of the Tau EmpireWargamer20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 2.5 stars
2.5 stars
-14719
Commander FarsightOxiotle20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-14282
Eldar Versus KhorneTau-killer20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-8700
Conversion Guide: Coverting a Valkyrie to a Vendetta Aunny20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 4 stars
4 stars
-25682
Tau'Va Tel'OshiWargamer20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 1 stars
1 stars
134734
Showing page 1 of 19 pages
[Next] [Last Page]

TauOnline.org is completely unofficial and is in no way endorsed by Games Workshop Limited.