Commander Farsight is a Tau character.

Farsight, also known as Shas'O Vior'la Shovah Kais Mont'yr or O'Shovah, is a Tau Fire Caste Commander from the Vior'la sept. He was a highly respected Commander during the aftermath of the Damocles Crusade led by the Imperium of Man, where he won fame fighting Orks. Unlike most other Tau, Farsight believes that close combat is a vital part of warfare, possibly because of his ongoing battles against the Orks.After Farsight's Ethereal was killed during the reclaiming of Tau planets, he chanced upon the Dawn Blade (a large artifact sword found on Arthas-Moloch, a dead world). Farsight is said to still lead the Farsight enclave (a group of faithful Fire Warriors), though this would make him more than 300 years old - far longer than the life expectancy of a Tau. It has been speculated that the Dawn Blade is of daemonic origin, while others believe that it is a C'tan artifact, or even Anaris- the most powerful blade created by the Eldar smith god Vaul.


Farsight's name in the Tau language is broken down thusly:

  • Shas (member of the Fire caste)
  • 'O (Commander, highest rank attainable)
  • Vior'la (the sept, or world, where Farsight was born)
  • Shovah (Farsighted, the core of his name)
  • Kais (Skillful)
  • Mont'yr (Blooded ) (lit. seen battle)


In game terms, O'Shovah can be taken as an HQ choice for a Tau army. He is armed with a plasma rifle, shield generator and the Dawn Blade, a powerful alien artifact that makes him deadly in hand to hand combat. Farsight Enclave armies are trained more extensively in close combat, especially against Orks. Several units in the army are restricted, capable of using only one single unit of each type, and none of the alien races allied to the Tau. O'Shovah may take a bodyguard of up to seven Crisis Suits, making his army boast the largest number of Crisis Suits ever. Due to the restrictions O'Shovah's forces are often forced into assaults, as his armies are almost always lacking in long range weaponry. O'Shovah is also hated by many Tau, mostly by Commander Shadowsun and Aun'Va, therefore cannot be in the same force as the other two aforementioned heroes.



True Nature

O'Shovah's true nature is one of the most debated subjects within the Tau playing community. Some believe he ultimately acts in the interest of the Greater Good. In fact, a few even think that he discovered a terrible secret about the Tau Empire. Others believe him tainted by chaos or another dark force. So far, the answer leans towards regression through lack of Etherial control, and that though he acts for the Greater Good and for the Tau Empire, his allegiance is based on a developing understanding of personal choice a Tau would feel while seperated from the dominance of the Tau structure. O'Shovah has done some things that are unacceptable within the Tau Empire. The source of his perceived taint, however, is debatable. Some claim he is a latent psyker, despite the fact that no Tau to date has had psyker abilities. Others cite Eldar or Necron involvement, many having even made a conversion in the model to show this. Another possibility is through the war's end with the Greenskins, O'Shovah became deeply embittered, as he believed that others had failed to support him effectively through his campaign. His feeling was also shared by a number of his, most notably an aggresive young Fire Warrior named Brightsword. All that is known for sure is that once O'Shovah's Ethereal died, Farsight turned renegade. Some claim he now fights for personal gain rather than for the Greater Good. Another theory is that he just had a crisis of faith.

Notable Quotes

"Learn to shorten your reach! If your foe can come close enough to negate your striking power, all stratagem is lost and when all stratagem is lost, the battle is lost." (3rd edition Codex: Tau)

“Each must find their own way. If those in our heartland had witnessed the savageries of the void as have we they would know this. The hand of each of the great starfarers is turned against the other, none will join their strength together just to see their ancient enemies prosper. Neither should we." (4th Edition Codex: Tau Empire)


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