Steel Paladin wrote:It's easy to figure that one out as soon as you remember that the universe is totally screwed up. In a delightfully epic way. And it's partly because of the Old Ones, and partly because of Humanity. Three out of four Chaos Gods agree that human emotions are the tastiest.
Crantor wrote:Well if you look at the fluff in recent years, the Ultramarines have been rather restrained in regards to the Tau, sometimes even tenuously allying with them. In the last Space marine Codex there is even a reference about Calgar allowing a Tau population to evacuate before he destroys the world to deal with a larger threat (I don't have my codex on hand, it may have been nid or necron). Ultramar is on the eastern fringe and yet they have rarely agressively gone after the Tau. It's almost as if they are wall not to keep the Tau from coming in but to keep the imperium away.
**SPOILER ALERT** if you haven't read Aurellian stop reading unless you don't care.
In Aurellian, when Lorgar has his vision of finally killing Gulliman, he triumphantly states that tUltramar like the imperium was going to burn and that his dream was over. Gulliman smiles at him. Loragr states that even then at that moment, Gulliman knew "something". Could this be the "something"?
The Tau have no psykers, therefore I would wage no navigators or astropaths. So they can either use the warp without them or have the tech to travel without the need for the warp. Maybe this is what the Emperor knew they would become. Maybe the Tau are the key.
I would gather that most Ultra successor's (clearly more than half the chapters out there) would side with the Ultras in regards to a split from the Imperium or at least it's governing authority. The Space wolves pretty much don't get along with terra and probably ignore them now anyway. The Dark Angels have their own agenda but I doubt they would be pleased about the Tau issue. The Blood Angels and successors are pretty much united agaijn, that they might as well be a legion to its own.
But what of the others? The Grey Knights are the Inquisition's errand boys so I doubt they would split. I wonder what this means for the Deathwatch? The Black Templars have made it almost a religion to prosecute war on xenos. Also the Imperial Fists being based on Earth makes things…awkward.
This also makes sense if you factor in the Golden Throne failing. Humanity will need to utilize alien technology to get around once that goes. Either that, or someone with forgotten knowledge pops up to do a service call. Maybe the signal will just weaken in the 41k and only the chapters that adopt alien technology will be able to get around past a certain point in realspace. That would effectively shrink humanity's sphere of influence in the galaxy. And I think I read the Emperor's consciousness somehow protects humanity from warp shenanigans. Hubris is a bitch.
Bad times: Schism, civil war, deteriorating technology. Dark age. Cool.