Tau and Moties seem to share a suspiciously large amount of similarities, from their specialisation into 'careers' to the origin of being a technologically advanced civilisation isolated due to stellar phenomenon.

I'm curious if Games Workshop have ever mentioned Niven and Pournelle's work as inspiration or if there are further similarities?

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I know of no direct connection between the two and it seems to me that any similarities between them are quite superficial. The traits you mention are fairly generic sci-fi traits.

The primary differences of extreme Motie fecundity and ability to nearly instantly understand any technological device and ability to quickly reverse engineer it given even a minimal amount of investigation. These would seem to be traits that may almost be "anti-Tau".

  • That sounds very Tau to me, though I don't know a lot about them.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 18:18

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