A massive Tau armada has been assembled in the Dal’yth Sept, with the intent of making a preemptive strike against a growing Be’gel (ork) threat in the nearby Al’gel System.
The presence of orks in the Al’gel System has been known to the Tau High Council since the launch of the Second Sphere Expansion more than 2,700 years ago, but as the creatures on these worlds appeared content to war amongst themselves, there seemed no reason to devote limited resources to their eradication.
But, in recent years, there have been disturbing signs that the orks’ social dynamics are changing. Hidden surveillance satellites have observed clear signs of a WAAAGH! in the process of development.
A single warlord, who styles himself Uzgul da Despota, has rallied all orks to his cause on the most populated world, Al’gel II, and the planet’s industrial resources have been directed to a single objective—the construction of large war constructs and primitive spacecraft. The previous year, an invasion was launched against the orks on Al’gel I, and the warring inhabitants were quickly overcome and incorporated into Uzgul’s “empire.”
Given the sizable population and industrial advantage of Al’gel II, it is only a matter of time until Uzgul conquers the rest of the system. Scholars who have studied the Be’gel philosophy have noted that when ork populations reach a “critical mass”—and when led by a dynamic leader—the xeno physiology undergoes a metamorphosis. Orks cease to fight amongst themselves and turn their attentions to an interstellar migration.
As all the signs are there, this ork menace must be dealt with—or it will pose an unacceptable threat to the Dal’yth Sept.
To this end, Aun’Wei—supreme leader of the High Council—has ordered a preemptive strike.
The naval arm of this invasion is designated Kor’vattra Or’es Shi [Fleet Powerful Victory] and commanded by Kor’o Che’lei [Admiral Lightning], a distinguished and veteran naval commander of many years’ service to the Greater Good.
The fleet consists of some of the Empire’s most advanced vessels:
- 1 x Or’es El’leath (Custodian)-class Carrier (M’yen)
- 4 x Lar’shi’vre (Protector)-class Cruisers
- 4 x Lar’shi (Hero)-Class Cruisers
- 6 x Kir’la (Warden)-class Carrier Escorts
- 6 x Kir-Qath (Defender)-class Escorts
- 6 x Kass’L (Orca)-class Gunships
- 2 x Barracuda Squadrons
- Assorted cargo and transport craft
The land contingent of the strike force–designated Kavaal Kais Or’es (Battlegroup Powerful Skill) is commanded by Shas’o Mont’yr Vral (Commander Bloodsword), a former subcommander and prodigy of the famed Commander Puretide.
The battlegroup’s forces consist of:
- 8 x Special Pathfinder Contingents
- 6 x Crisis Dropstrike Forces
- 10 x Stealth Insertion Contingents
- 10 x Assault Fire Warrior Cadres
- 2 x Support Workgroups
- 3 x Riptide Contingents
- 6 x Hammerhead Gunship Groups
- 7 x Battlesuit Contingents
- 4 x Piranha Forces
- 8 x Kroot Cadres
- 4 x Razorshark Fighter Squadrons
According to Admiral Lightning, the only known ork naval presence is in orbit around Al’gel II—and thus the military campaign will begin with an attack designed to destroy the growing ork fleet.
Once destroyed, interplanetary travel will fall under the control of the Tau fleet—and the individual ork planets will be isolated and unable to consolidate their considerable land-based forces. At last, that is the strategic assessment of the High Command.
There remains some dispute among Tau commanders about whether the land campaign should begin by targeting the weakest ork planets—or strike directly at the greatest military threat, the powerful warlord on Al’gel II.That decision is, apparently, still to be determined.
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