NewHammer 40,000 – War Zone: Damocles

The following comes from the Warhammer-community page.

Another new bit of Warhammer 40,000 lore from the new edition for you today.

The Damocles Gulf has been a hotly contested region for the century, with the T’au Empire seeking to expand its territory and locking horns with well established, but hard-pressed Imperial forces. The war has been bloody on both sides with the death of a Space Marine Chapter Master answered with the assassination of key Ethereal personnel – there’s a lot of bad blood.

The Imperium, seeking a swift resolution to the conflict in the face of mounting pressures elsewhere, used a pretty drastic solution at the finale of the last campaign – launching world-ending incendiaries into the nebulae of gases across the war zone, effectively setting fire to the entire Damocles Gulf and denying it to both sides!

Problem solved, right?

Wrong.

The Cicatrix Maledictum, the great warp rift that split the galaxy in half, snuffed out the multi-system-spanning firestorm – the war for the Damocles Gulf is back on! With the Imperial defenders pressed hard on every front from Chaos incursions, reemergent Necron dynasties, and ravenous Tyranid hive fleets, the T’au were quick to react to the new opportunity. They launched their Fifth Sphere Expansion to fight back against these terrors of the galaxy, seeking out new worlds and claiming more territory for the Greater Good.

Wait, fifth? What happened to number four?

Yeah, about that. So, the dynamic and ever optimistic T’au might have been a little over-eager to embark on a new expansion.

The Fourth Sphere Expansion fleet set off almost immediately once the fires in the Gulf had subsided, but with the Great Rift  still raging through that region of space, all contact with them was soon lost. Were they all killed by some unknown attacker(s)? Did they just lose contact due to interference? Perhaps they entered the Warp – intentionally or not – becoming lost (or worse) in the violent empyrean tides? Maybe they will yet be found, or emerge somewhere unexpected in the galaxy, a lost portion of this optimistic new empire ever intent on conquest…

We’ll have to wait and see.

Tomorrow, we’ll have more from the new Warhammer 40,000 rules when we look at Stratagems.

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6 Responses to “NewHammer 40,000 – War Zone: Damocles”

  1. Ytook May 14, 2017 2:17 am
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    Interesting, I’m guessing with the fourth sphere campaign going missing in the rift they’re setting up for the Tau having bases elsewhere in the galaxy.

    • Reecius
      Reecius May 14, 2017 11:26 am
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      Yeah, I was curious about that, too. Clearly it’s a plot device to have a T’au sub faction go have some adventures, but I wonder how it will end up? Sounds pretty awesome.

  2. Sigmar May 14, 2017 12:11 pm
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    Not a fan of “magic plot device war rift”… Having them just sucked in the warp could have sufficed. BUT we actually may have, at last, a campaign involving two non-imperial factions! AWESOME! (not really gonna happen because marines keep the company afloat, but a man can still hope!) Also, let me throw this idea here: why not have a deamon primarch go to wreck stuff in the empire from the rift? *coff coff* Curze was secretly alive and none too pleased with your greater good everyoneishappythingy*coff coff*

    • Reecius
      Reecius May 14, 2017 12:37 pm
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      Lol, as much as I would love for Kurze to come back I don’t think that is going to happen =/

      But, it is cool to have the T’au go out and have a bigger impact on the game, IMO. I think they have such a cool backstory.

      • Shas'Itsa Mari'o May 15, 2017 7:08 am
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        I got the impression after the events in Mont’ka that the Tau actually had a prototype warp drive working and that’s how they were able to get a few of their ships back to the Empire proper. Obviously I may be incorrect on that, but if the technology proved feasible then the Earth Caste would have been able to retrofit the entire fleet. That new tech would have been the sort of thing to jump start a new Sphere of Expansion. But then the war storm happens right as they’re setting out and the fleet is scattered to who knows where. Seems legit if the initial assumption was correct…

        /nerd mode disengage/

        definitely think it’s an easy story mechanic to get the Tau elsewhere in the galaxy. I mean they’re already on Armageddon if Shadow Wars is to be believed haha

        • Reecius
          Reecius May 15, 2017 9:03 am
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          That would be an awesome plot twist!