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The Farsight Enclaves are a series of heavily-fortified Tau colony worlds that are independent and indeed opposed to the rule of the Tau Empire. They are led or ruled by the legendary Tau Fire Caste Commander Farsight and lie on the far side of the Damocles Gulf region of the Segmentum Ultima in the Eastern Fringe of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Tau Empire launches many probes towards what the Tau have named the Forbidden Zone, the cluster of star systems beyond the far side of the Damocles Gulf in the Eastern Fringe, although few have ever returned. The strange eddies and unreadable energies that drift in that region doubtlessly damage or reroute a portion of those lost probes, but many more are destroyed by the Farsight Enclaves' orbital defence stations that blockade all entry, save only for their own voidships.

Beyond that formidable ring of floating fortresses are the Farsight Enclaves themselves. Scans from those few Tau probes to successfully beam back signals reveal a string of heavily built-up worlds with large populations, including nodal cities expanded from colony domes and entire moonbases converted to manufacturing. When last seen trailing the Orks who were the target of his original military expedition into the wilds of the Damocles Gulf centuries ago, Farsight's Coalition bore the symbols of their Septs -- predominately Vior'la, but also Sa'cea, Tau'n and several others. When sighted generations later, these forces and fleets bore markings similar in design to those used by the Tau Empire, but in colours and patterns never sanctioned. Like any distant colony, much of the equipment and armour used by those within the Farsight Enclaves is slightly dated -- the equipment most prevalent at the time of Farsight's disappearance. There has been, however, unsettling evidence of classified technology and recent Tau prototypes present within the Enclaves. Time will tell whether this is the result of spycraft, theft or traitors to the Greater Good who have been aiding those within Farsight's domain.

History

Farsight Enclaves

Map of the Farsight Enclaves

The Tau Empire launches many probes towards the Forbidden Zone, the cluster of star systems beyond the far side of the Damocles Gulf- although few have ever returned. The strange eddies and unreadable energies that drift in that region doubtlessly damage or reroute a portion of those lost probes, but many more are destroyed by orbital defence stations that blockade all entry, save only for their own ships. Beyond that formidable ring of floating fortresses are the Farsight Enclaves. Scans from those few probes to successfully beam back signals reveal a string of heavily built-up worlds with large populations, including nodal cities expanded from colony domes and entire moonbases converted to manufacturing. In the aftermath of the Imperium of Man's abortive Damocles Gulf Crusade in 742.M41, a Tau Fire Caste Commander, Shas'o Viorla Shovah Kais Montyr (better known to Imperials as Commander Farsight), led a Tau expeditionary force which broke away from the main Tau Empire and established a series of fortified Tau colonies at the far side of the Damocles Gulf. The underlying reason for the split has intrigued certain (admittedly obscure) scholar-adepts in the Imperium for centuries. As more information has come to light, the actions of Commander Farsight have become the source of grave concern for certain members of the Inquisition who perceive a distinct threat to the Divine Rule of the Emperor of Mankind in the actions of the Tau.

Farsight Enclave Fire Warriors

Fire Warriors of the Farsight Enclaves, wearing their distinctive red Combat Armour

When last seen trailing the Orks, Farsight's Coalition bore the symbols of their Septs -- predominately Vior'la, but also Sa'cea, Tau'n and several others. When sighted generations later, these forces and fleets bore markings similar in design to those used by the Tau Empire, but in colours and patterns never sanctioned. Like any distant colony, much of the equipment and armour used by those within the Farsight Enclaves is slightly dated -- the equipment most prevalent at the time of Farsight's disappearance. There has been, however, unsettling evidence of classified technology and recent prototypes present within the Enclaves. Time will tell whether this is the result of spycraft, theft or traitors to the Greater Good who have been aiding those within Farsight's domain.

Despite the Tau Empire's efforts to rewrite history - either avoiding mention of the fallen hero or painting him as a cowardly deserter - there is still support for Farsight amongst the existing septs. Many in the Fire Caste, especially those from Vior'la, maintain the image of O'Shovah as a trailblazer, although none dare show such dissent openly in the presence of an Ethereal. The Ethereal High Council has forbidden all travel and communications to that sector of the galactic west. Special councils, composed of Ethereals and auxiliary guards, are dispatched to question any who are rumoured to have contacts or sympathies with the Farsight Enclaves. Few who are questioned are seen again. On the rare occasions when warriors bearing the distinctive red armour and markings from the Enclaves are seen within the Tau Empire, the Ethereal High Council have issued high mobilisation, although there have yet to be any confrontations.

In 997.M41, the Farsight Enclaves were assaulted by a splinter fleet of the Tyranids' Hive Fleet Kraken. Farsight himself led eighty XV8 Crisis Battlesuit Teams to drive the alien invaders back and protect the Enclaves from the predations of the Great Devourer.

Timeline of Recent Events

  • The Damocles Crusade (742.M41) - The Tau Empire comes under attack by an armada of the Imperium's warships on a crusade to reclaim their long-neglected territory. It is a bloody campaign, which is finally stymied at Dal'yth Prime. The retreat of Imperial forces marks the end of the Second Sphere Expansion.
  • Rogue Commander (760.M41) - Following the Damocles Crusade, Commander Farsight recaptures much of the lost territory for the Tau Empire. However, the famed Commander defies orders to return, instead establishing a string of fortified planets known as the Farsight Enclaves that are independent of the control of the Tau Ethereals.
  • Defence of the Farsight Enclaves (525.997.M41) - With his spearhead of eighty XV8 Crisis Teams, Commander Farsight leads a counter-attack against a tendril of Hive Fleet Kraken that has entered his territory.

Notable Worlds of the Farsight Enclaves

  • Lub'grahl - Lub'grahl is a world of darb earthen spires, whose interior is woven with countless miles of shining white and silver tunnels laced with cutting edge technology. The Earth Caste are most numerous upon Lub'grahl, and they never, ever, stop building. Not a cycle goes by in which they don't add to the facilities filling its honeycomb tunnels with observatories, research centres, weapons testing vaults, mag-trains, quartermaster nodes and prototype development labs. On Lub'grahl's surface, however, the polar caps are punctuated only by hundreds of thousands of clean white ovals, each a memorial to one of the warriors lost under Farsight's command. None shall be forgotten, for O'Shovah sees martyrdom as the ultimate expression of the Greater Good, and strives to recognise such sacrifice wherever it occurs.
  • Salash'hei - Salash'hei is not as much a planet as a collection of giant, viscous globes of liquid, each the size of a small moon. These massive spheroids orbit the nearby sun, Emon'hai, as a group. Each time a meteor or asteroid passes into one of the spheres, the liquid parts with stately slowness into smaller groups of globes; each time the forces of the void throw one or more globes together, they meld with a burst of meniscus that sets the skies dancing with multicoloured lights. Within Salash'hei, the Water Caste of O'Shovah's great collective meditate on what the fluid nature of the oceanic cloud can teach them about the universe and the other races within it. They are only too pleased to elaborate on the topic whenever the opportunity arises, for they love nothing more than to educate and enlighten those they deem to be further from truth.
  • Tinek'la - The planet-sized crystal polygon known as Tinek'la is especially pleasing to the aesthetically minded Air Caste who live in the floating hab-pods and orbital stations above it. The planet is a giant mineral structure so close to true transparency it seems to glow with lambent stralight. Unable to resist the challenge, Lub'grahl Earth Caste used planar sonics to shear the thin, meteor-cracked crust of Tinek'la away, leaving behind only a geometrically perfect surface. In doing so, they have transformed it into a shimmering polygonal testament to the power of the Tau Empire. The world's orbital stations are fashioned in shapes sympathetic to Tinek'la itself, revolving around their beautiful core world like electrons around some titanic nucleus.
  • Vior'los - The warriors of the Fire Caste like to say that the planet of Vior'los has a raging core to rival Farsight's own. The amount of geothermic energy that the Earth Caste has managed to harness from Vior'los' capped volcano chains make it the most potent of all the Farsight Enclaves' strategic assets. It has been speculated that the planet's innate power is what drew O'Shovah to make his home there. Though Vior'los boasts a warm saline ocean teeming with life, the planet's contiguous landmass is both its principal training ground and its most stunning natural resource. The many tectonic borders are dotted with volcano chains, each of which harbours a training academy. It is said in the enclaves that Vior'los, whose name loosely translates as 'Son of Vior'la', can boast just as many warriors as its parent planet, if not more.

Farsight Enclaves Unit Appearance

  • Farsight Enclaves Markings: Bone White
  • Uniform Variations: Dark red, black

Note: These colours are the reversed version of the colours of the Vior'la Sept, the Tau Sept where O'Shovah was born and grew to adulthood.

Sources

  • Codex: Tau Empire (6th Edition), pp. 29, 57
  • Codex: Tau Empire (4th Edition), pp. 10, 13-14
  • Codex: Tau (3rd Edition), pp. 50-51
  • Farsight Enclaves - A Codex: Tau Empire Supplement 

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