SCY-028

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N'cea
Tau anatomical detail: face, neck; male, poss. "earth" or "fire" caste. image source
Tau "water caste" diplomat
Tau "fire caste" soldier

SCY-028 is a quadrinary system in the Scyrian Expanse, and is home to a xenos breed known as the "T'au," who refer to the system as N'Cea, meaning "new civilisation."

First contact was made by Commodore Laius Ortano (Battlefleet Achernar) and Rogue Trader Hassiq Betancourt-Xing, who spoke with a xenos ambassador named Por'o Dal'yth Ria'fon, who explained her people were members of the T'au Empire, although she also described herself as a representative of "the Lost," the meaning of which was unclear.

Contents

Notes on the xenos civilisation

Prominent figures

  • Por'o Dal'yth Ria'fon (no translation) - diplomat
  • Shas'o Vior'la Dak'anuk (sharp-taloned/bird of prey) - military leader
  • Fio'o T'au N'Cha (new purpose) - chief artisan/engineer/architect
  • Kor'o Bork'an Shan'rai (deft movement, to cut off) - fleet commander
  • Aun'o T'au Doran'ro (calm-headed, logical) - unclear; poss. spiritual leader

Attached: message from Admiral Tryphosa to the Ordos Achernar

As requested, what follows is my summation of the salient points we have learned regarding the T'au in the SCY-028 system. They appear to be establishing themselves, and their fleet is built more for colonisation than military engagements. We have learned that they are part of a larger empire in the Ultima Segmentum. After engaging them in parlay to establish their intentions in the Scyrian Expanse, we have learned that their main colony ship was fitted with an experimental interstellar drive intended to accelerate their interstellar journeys, but the device did not work as anticipated, sending them several orders of magnitude further than intended. Rather than jumping to a neighbouring sector, they instead jumped across the galaxy. They have avoided using the drive to attempt a return journey for fear that they could well end up in the extragalactic void. Instead, they have formed a colony in the SCY-028 system, having abandoned hope of returning home.

With the orkoid threat affecting both us and them, Ortano and Betancourt-Xing negotiated an accord by which the xenos would assist us in a joint assault on the growing ork fleet, and thereafter they would avoid attempting any contact or trade with Imperial colonies, and we would not attack them directly.

I believe we could defeat them in a military engagement, but it would cost Battlefleet Achernar vessels dearly needed to defend against ongoing piracy and orkoid activity within the sector as a whole, thereby threatening greater Imperial losses. I am of course reluctant to make such an accord with untrustworthy xenos, but would need reinforcements from outside the sector to guarantee a sufficiently one-sided victory.

That said, this situation may be dangerous if ignored in perpetuity. Their empire lacks the purity of the Imperium, and they tolerate mulitple xenos breeds (including humans; this knowledge has of course been hidden from all but the highest ranking Navy personnel to prevent corruption). They have already constructed a number of orbital facilities, and I am concerned they may be able to slowly build up enough naval assets to effectively defend themselves against the massed strength of Battlefleet Achernar, and given their acceptance of other species, their population would in theory be able to grow rapidly.

Celestial bodies

    • A, yellow
      • A 1: small gas world:
      • A 2: small gas world: average ice rings, life
        • A 2 i, large moon: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • A 2 ii, large moon: high-pressure atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • A 2 iii, large moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • A 2 iv, large moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • A 2 v, medium moon: breathable atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • A 2 vi, small moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • A 2 vii, medium moon: breathable atmosphere, life, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • A 2 viii, large moon: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • A 2 ix, medium moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • A 2 x, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • A 2 xi, medium moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, life, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
      • A 3: gas world:
        • A 3 i, large moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • A 3 ii, large moon: hot breathable atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich, life, radio signals
        • A 3 iii, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • A 3 iv, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor
        • A 3 v, filterable atmosphere, life, average minerals, ore-poor,
        • A 3 vi, large moon: hot breathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich, life, radio signals
      • A 4: large gas world:
        • A 4 i, large moon: cold toxic atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
      • A 5: rock world: hot breathable atmosphere, smooth, dormant, mineral-rich, ore-rich, poor rock rings, N'CEA, main xenos colony. Numerous radio signals
        • A 5 i, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • A 5 ii, tiny moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • A 5 iii, medium moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • A 5 iv, tiny moon: dangerously hot unbreathable atmosphere, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • A 5 v, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
      • A 6: slightly large ice world: no/trace atmosphere, rugged, volcanic, mineral-rich, average ores, poor rock rings,
      • A 7: gas world:
        • A 7 i, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
        • A 7 ii, small moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
      • A 8: rock world: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, rugged, volcanic, average minerals, ore-rich, poor ice rings,
        • A 8 i, large moon: unbreathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
        • A 8 ii, large moon: dangerously cold breathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • A 8 iii, tiny moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • A 8 iv, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
        • A 8 v, large moon: high-pressure atmosphere, life, mineral-rich, average ores,
      • A 9: ice world: no/trace atmosphere, dormant, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
        • A 9 i, small moon: high-pressure atmosphere, average minerals, ore-poor,
    • B, yellow
      • B 1: small ice world: dangerously cold unbreathable atmosphere, rugged, average minerals, average ores, poor rock rings,
      • B 2: slightly large gas world:
        • B 2 i, medium moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • B 2 ii, medium moon: high-pressure atmosphere, life, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • B 2 iii, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
      • B 3: small gas world: bounteous ice rings, life
        • B 3 i, small moon: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
    • C, G/yellow
      • C 1: tiny gas world:
        • C 1 i, large moon: hot filterable atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • C 1 ii, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • C 1 iii, medium moon: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, average minerals, ore-rich,
        • C 1 iv, tiny moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • C 1 v, small moon: hot breathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
        • C 1 vi, medium moon: cold filterable atmosphere, average minerals, ore-poor,
        • C 1 vii, large moon: toxic atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • C 1 viii, medium moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • C 1 ix, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • C 1 x, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, life, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
      • C 2: small rock world: no/trace atmosphere, rugged, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • C 2 i, large moon: dangerously cold breathable atmosphere, life, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • C 2 ii, small moon: unbreathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • C 2 iii, large moon: dangerously hot breathable atmosphere, life, average minerals, ore-rich,
        • C 2 iv, large moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, average minerals, ore-rich,
      • C 3: ice world: no/trace atmosphere, rugged, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • C 3 i, medium moon: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
        • C 3 ii, large moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
      • C 4: slightly large ice world: cold breathable atmosphere, smooth, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
      • C 5: ice world: dangerously cold toxic atmosphere, dormant, mineral-poor, ore-rich, bounteous ice rings,
        • C 5 i, small moon: dangerously hot breathable atmosphere, average minerals, ore-poor,
        • C 5 ii, medium moon: high-pressure hot atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • C 5 iii, tiny moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • C 5 iv, medium moon: high-pressure dangerously hot atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • C 5 v, small moon: filterable atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
      • C 6: ice world: no/trace atmosphere, rugged, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • C 6 i, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • C 6 ii, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, life, average minerals, ore-rich,
        • C 6 iii, tiny moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, average ores,
        • C 6 iv, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, average minerals, ore-poor,
      • C 7: large gas world:
      • C 8: slightly large ice world: dangerously cold unbreathable atmosphere, rugged, volcanic, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • C 8 i, medium moon: cold filterable atmosphere, average minerals, ore-poor,
      • C 9: small rock world: filterable atmosphere, rugged, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
      • C 10: ice world: dangerously cold breathable atmosphere, dormant, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • C 10 i, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-poor,
        • C 10 ii, tiny moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • C 10 iii, large moon: high-pressure atmosphere, average minerals, ore-rich,
        • C 10 iv, medium moon: high-pressure atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
    • D, B/blue
      • D 1: slightly large rock world: no/trace atmosphere, smooth, volcanic, mineral-poor, average ores, life
        • D 1 i, medium moon: dangerously cold unbreathable atmosphere, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • D 1 ii, large moon: dangerously cold breathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • D 1 iii, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • D 1 iv, tiny moon: breathable atmosphere, average minerals, average ores,
        • D 1 v, medium moon: dangerously cold toxic atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • D 1 vi, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • D 1 vii, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • D 1 viii, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, life, average minerals, ore-poor,
        • D 1 ix, medium moon: unbreathable atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-poor,
        • D 1 x, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, life, average minerals, ore-poor,
      • D 2: slightly large rock world: cold breathable atmosphere, smooth, dormant, mineral-rich, ore-rich, life, some radio signals
        • D 2 i, medium moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-rich, average ores,
      • D 3: small ice world: cold breathable atmosphere, smooth, mineral-rich, average ores,
        • D 3 i, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, life, mineral-rich, ore-rich,
        • D 3 ii, small moon: cold filterable atmosphere, average minerals, ore-rich,
      • D 4: slightly large ice world: no/trace atmosphere, smooth, average minerals, average ores,
        • D 4 i, small moon: no/trace atmosphere, mineral-poor, ore-rich,
        • D 4 ii, small moon: high-pressure atmosphere, average minerals, ore-rich,
      • D 5: tiny rock world: unbreathable atmosphere, mineral-rich, ore-rich, bounteous rock rings,
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