Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Ethereal Council: Holes in Tau Fluff?
As I am gearing up to get working on a longer short story, I've begun wondering how Tau castes relate to each other. I'm not interested in writing about the Tau utopia but the imperfections of the caste system. How do the castes relate to each other? Is it of mutual respect or hidden contempt for one another? Do the Shas'la dominate the other castes like the Samurai of feudal Japan?
Are the Shas organized in clans based on family origins? It's difficult to believe that the Septs which encompass entire worlds are the only basis.
What rivalries unfold among Shas'la that train in the great battle-domes of the T'au? What happens to those that fall out of favor in the eyes of the Aun?
Are the Fio'la, Earth Caste members, treated as equals or are they shunned? Which of the castes have the lowest lot in life? Are their Tau species that are out of the caste system, dare I say, untouchables? Who develops the technology with which the others depend? Which caste species makes up the teeming millions that push the limits of the Empire? Who are the Empire's average citizens?
*Picture painted on my Ipod Touch...Sketches, what a great app...