Shroom Man 777 wrote:
What? They got a Tau ship, flew it into that place, and shot some folks with the intention to conduct some secret operation.
That's not as noteworthy as, say, Tau technology making its way into general consumption in an ubiquitous manner amongst the high classes or something - like those examples Connor brought up.
I mean, it's a weapon. Bad guys get exotic xeno-tech killy things all the time. It doesn't have any effect on the society of the Imperium of Man, doesn't state anything about how xeno influences pervades their culture or anything as unsettling as that.
That armour is used secretly by the wealthy elite of one world which sends troops and manufactured goods to every part of the Imperium. That includes worlds right next to the Tau. They aren't ubiquitous consumer goods in wide use, but expensive and rare heirloom items used in secret coming of age ordeals.
Calixus, on the other hand, is much, much further from Tau space and doesn't "possibly include Tau tech that someone on the chain of supply bargained for and included" but is a Tau military vessel that has been adapted for human use down to having computer read outs in Gothic. It is recognized as Tau tech because Tau tech is beginning to trickle into the region, despite Calixus being on the wrong side of the galaxy and in the fringes to boot.
Having the Tau water caste trade some somewhat high tech components to wealthy humans on a world that ships men and material all the way across the Imperium. That only requires a single rogue trader to accomplish legally and is nothing compared to getting your hands on a Tau combat vessel, adapting its computer interfaces for human use, and getting to the other side of the Imperium.
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