Special Character: Shas’O Da’Eldi
During the Plexus Nebulosa War, Shas’el Da’Eldi managed to lead the Tau to victory over the Imperial forces, minimizing losses to the Fire Warriors under his command by making use of large numbers of drones. While the loss in drones was in some cases severe, Shas’el Da’Eldi countered criticism to this by pointing out that every lost drone was equivalent to a Fire Warrior’s life saved. Later in the war, Shas'el Da'Eldi was elevated to Shas'o, and designed a custom battlesuit, the XV-100, suited to his combat style.
Da’Eldi abhors the unnecessary risking of Tau lives, believing that for the Greater Good, Tau Fire Warriors should use drones and other technology to fight battles wherever practical. As such he commands his own hunter cadre consisting of nothing but drones (and himself).
Special Character: Shas’o Da’Eldi is a special character. He may be used only in Tau Drone Armies, and must be its commander. You may not select any additional equipment from the Armory.
Equipment: XV-100 Battlesuit (Acute Senses, Relentless), Jetpack, Railgun, Airburst Fragmentation Projector, Command-Link Drone, Drone Controller, 2 Shield Drones, Ejection System, Shield Generator, Blacksun Filter, hard-wired Multi-tracker.
Unit Type: Jump Infantry (Jetpack)
Independent Character: Except when accompanied by his personal drones, Shas’o Da’Eldi is an independent character (see the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook).
XV-100 Battlesuit: This experimental battlesuit grants the user the Acute Senses and Relentless special rules, and counts as having a jetpack. It grants the user a normal 2+ save.
Command-link drone: Networked to the drones under his command, the command-link drone allows Shas’o Da’Eldi to better direct the battle. Any Tau drone units within 18” may use his Leadership for any Morale or Pinning tests.
“Our brave fire warriors are all willing to sacrifice themselves for the Greater Good when it is necessary. But it does not serve the Greater Good for our warriors to die when their lives might be saved by our technology. Using our technology in this way does not dishonor our courage; not using it dishonors our intelligence.”