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[Novel] The Greater Evil


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Huh, that one came a bit unexpected.
I guess I'm going to give it a read later today and see if it's worth the €3.49.
 
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In the far reaches of the Damocles Gulf, an expedition of the T'au Empire heads for the system known to the Imperium as Yuxa, there to bring the influence of the Greater Good to humanity – and investigate the reappearance of a Water Caste ambassador thought lost years before. Joined by a mysterious Ethereal and defended by gue'vesa auxiliaries – soldiers once of mankind's Imperium, now devoted to the Greater Good – the expedition's leader expects a trap/ But what he finds may just change his perceptions of the galaxy.

Written by Peter Fehervari


Edited by sfPanzer, 13 November 2017 - 11:09 AM.

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Huh, that one came a bit unexpected.
I guess I'm going to give it a read later today and see if it's worth the €3.49.

 

It's by Fehervari, so I would certainly expect so. Definitely interested to hear what you think.


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I too am very keen to hear how this is.
I only read one short story with Tau in it (in a compilation of Xeno stories, I don’t remember the name now) and am interested to hear if it’s worth downloading.

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Like I said, Fehervari's works that feature the Tau are always interesting. His pieces are very different from the majority of Black Library's other stories about the Tau - he's absolutely nothing like Phil Kelly in style or substance - and he generally takes the Tau in directions you won't see anywhere else under the GW banner. I'm not sure if there's been another character like Jhi'karaa since perhaps Kais way back in Fire Warrior, and that was a very different story to say the least.

 

The one small caveat I'd put forward is that his work is usually human-centric rather than Tau-centric. Some of his short stories (Out Caste and A Sanctuary of Wyrms) have focused on the Tau themselves, but his longer pieces have been predominantly about humans coming into contact with the Tau rather than from the Tau perspective. They're definitely all worth a read though. He really goes the extra mile to flesh out his worlds and cultures.


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Can't really read it unfortunately. Black Library still only accepts Credit Card payment which I can't do so I'll have to wait until I can get it from "somewhere" else. ph34r.png


he's absolutely nothing like Phil Kelly in style or substance 

 

This alone makes it already worth reading! :D


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So yeah, I'm really not rude it's basically just cultural differences that act against me here. Again, I apologize.

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I wonder of this book will be introducing the Concept of Chaos and some of the scale along with it to the Tau.


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I've decided to shoulder the terrible burden of reading this story. Feedback, new ideas and spoilers (if desired) will be available later.


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Someone on ATT read it and it seems good so far. With an open end unfortunately but still. He didn't go too much into detail tho and his english is not the best so I don't think there's a point for me to link it here. ^^


I've decided to shoulder the terrible burden of reading this story. Feedback, new ideas and spoilers (if desired) will be available later.

Spoilers/synopsis in spoiler tags is definitely appreciated. ;)


Disclaimer:

If my posts appear rude to you, I apologize. It's not meant to be rude in any way, it's just the way folks are in my country. It's really more about being direct than being rude. I know how it's perceived in the english speaking community and I already try to tone it down but I barely notice when it's too much since it's normal for me.


So yeah, I'm really not rude it's basically just cultural differences that act against me here. Again, I apologize.

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Immediate response to first reading: Pretty solid. Introduces a lot of new ideas and little wrinkles in Tau society and organisation and (contrary to the preview chapter) is very much a Tau-centric story despite one of the main characters being Gue'vesa. Definitely suffers a little bit for being a short story and thus having to quickly accelerate towards the third act rather than giving things time to breathe, but still pretty enjoyable. It does feel a little bit like it suffers for having something of a non-twist if you're even vaguely familiar with the relevant aspects of 40k lore.

 

Edit: Well to be more precise it's kinda split between a Tau-centric focus and another which is ... let's just say not Tau-centric for spoilers' sake.


Edited by Commander Dawnstar, 14 November 2017 - 06:29 PM.

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"Evil grows from within, not without. It is disharmony of the self, not the shadow of some elusive, predatory other"

- The Yasu'caor.

 

Extremely spoilerific summary follows. Please bear in mind that this is a summary and not a play-by-play of the order that the events of the book occur in, nor an exhaustive documentation of all the characters and ideas introduced. Quite a bit more happens than is listed here and in far more (and better realised) detail:

 

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Edited by Commander Dawnstar, 14 November 2017 - 08:31 PM.

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Nice summary. Now I know what's happening but it still makes me want to read it myself. thumbsup.gif


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If my posts appear rude to you, I apologize. It's not meant to be rude in any way, it's just the way folks are in my country. It's really more about being direct than being rude. I know how it's perceived in the english speaking community and I already try to tone it down but I barely notice when it's too much since it's normal for me.


So yeah, I'm really not rude it's basically just cultural differences that act against me here. Again, I apologize.

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Nice summary. Now I know what's happening but it still makes me want to read it myself. thumbsup.gif

 

You should when you get a chance. Something about it made me think that Peter Fehervari has read a fair bit of Iain M Banks and knows what makes those stories tick. Which I regard as high praise in itself :)



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I read it. I was reluctant at first (I find a lot of gaming fiction to be... substandard) but found it to be a fun (but short!) story that left me wanting more. Hopefully there's a follow-up.



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I like the concept of these Seekers, and find it fitting for B'Tshi Kosh, my Ethereal.

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I read it. I was reluctant at first (I find a lot of gaming fiction to be... substandard) but found it to be a fun (but short!) story that left me wanting more. Hopefully there's a follow-up.


Peter Fehervari has done more stuff involving Tau. There’s a short story, Fire and Ice, which I really enjoyed, the novel Fire Caste which I’m just starting but heard very good things about and I think there’s a couple more shorts.

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Peter Fehervari’s work is perhaps the best there is in regards to the T’au, but his stories are very cryptic and prone to cliff-hanger endings. It’s a mark of his prowess that such a style actually adds to his story’s appeal when read, but I wonder if he will ever write more than just short stories. Or if he even wants to.

Also, I should note that his love of mysteries goes beyond even that. If you look up and real ALL his stories on the Black Library, you’ll find many Easter eggs between them. One character’s fate, left hanging in one story, might be hinted at in another. Like a mini-setting within the greater galaxy.
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I like the concept of these Seekers, and find it fitting for B'Tshi Kosh, my Ethereal.


We are all Kosh :D

I'd be interested to see how the story progresses. I could see the Tau treating a GSC as a pandemic, which would be an interesting way to frame the story. Or at least different from most 40k stories.
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