Since everyone's throwing out rumors for Tau I thought I'd throw out an idea of my own. This is my creation; this is not a rumor. One of the trends I've seen with sixth edition is the increasing emphasis on the back story being represented in the rules. I've got no idea what, if any, codex-wide special rules will be present in the new codex, but here's one I would enjoy seeing for its representation of the philosophy of Tau'va. I'm not sure how balanced it would be and I'd love your opinions on this idea. Rules text an what not hidden after the break.
Rule: For the Greater Good!
The Tau Empire's castes are divided into ranks, with members showing deference to their superiors in all matters. Warriors of the empire show such devotion to their cause that they willingly sacrifice their lives to protect their superiors. The following ranks are represented in this codex, in order from highest to lowest:
Aun, O, El, Vre, Ui, El, Vesa
If a tau unit loses a close combat and fails their morale test, you may immediately elect to do the following rather than resolving the combat normally. Rather than testing for Sweeping Advance, roll a d6 and nominate a number of models equal to the d6 roll beginning with models of the lowest rank. If there are multiple models of equally low rank, nominate models randomly until there are no more models of that rank that have not been nominated or a number of models equal to the d6 roll have been nominated. If the d6 roll is greater than the number or models of the lowest rank, continue nominating in the same way with models of the next lowest rank until the total number of models nominated equals the d6 roll. If the d6 roll equals or exceeds the number of models in the unit all models in that unit are nominated. Remove all nominated models from the game with no saves of any type allowed. Any remaining models immediately fall back 2d6, as if the unit(s) that could have performed a Sweeping Advance against them had failed to do so successfully. Any units in that combat that are no longer engaged in close combat may consolidate normally.
I hope you enjoy this rule that will not be, and here's hoping to a high-quality tau codex in the near future. what do you think of it?