- "My purpose and place may be long corroded and demonised before the light of what I've sparked may ever truly be understood by your caste."
- —Aun'si in a written response to Aun'va's administrational notice of excommunication
Aun'vre Gai'kal Hwa'ran Mir'si Ta'aukay'Tau-Fio'shas'va (Pronunciation i/øn.vʊr.mɪɾ.çiː/) was a Tau Ethereal of the Gai'kal Sept, a political theorist, and revolutionary. Mir'si was widely reknowned as being a key figurehead in directing the Four Castes revolution of 890.M41, the retreat of the Tash'var Sept from offensive action against the Gai'kal worker and soldier populace in an event which would come to be known as the Turn of Tides, and his insurmountable aid in the realisation of the final Fire Caste incursion of the Supreme Ethereal Palace and coup d'etat. Since his death, his status has elevated to the point where he has become renowned world-over as a national hero of the sept, and to the statistical majority of the Gai'kal inhabitants, the core liberator of its people.
Following the revolution and dissolution of the Hwa'ran dynasty, Aun'vre Mir'si served as the leader of the reformed Gai'kal sept from 890.M41 onwards, and then concurrently as a secretary of the newly founded Sin'tau'retha (approx. "All-tau Council") until his death in 958.M41.
Under his direction, the Gai'kal Sept was drastically reconstructed as a full participatory democratic state that dissolved the highly centralised Ethereal governmental system and replaced it with decentralised worker's, pilots, solider's and administrator's councils within every workplace and community linked together by thousands of elected delegates and coordinators. Industry and businesses were nationalised, with widespread societal reform implemented, including a lessening of the rigidity of the caste system, freeing the restrictions of birth-determined duties to as much an extent as their vastly different biologies allowed.
Staunchly anti-authoritarian and opinionated on the redundancy of class systems, Mir'si's criticisms of the meritocracy of the Farsight Enclaves had earned him vast amounts of criticism from followers of O'Shovah and the Enclaves both from within the forbidden zone and those on Gai'kal itself. His radical abandonment on the absolute rigidity of the Tau caste system also led him to be excommunicated from practically all reactionary and conservative branches of the Ethereal council on Gai'kal, even well after the revolution, and permanently from T'au up until his death, being reinstated only in light of his vast achievements and by the overwhelming vote of the Gai'kal people and local Ethereal Caste.
Mir'si suffered fourteen assassination attempts before his death, which according to policing and CI records was of natural causes.
In spite of all his achievements and actions in the name of what he may have defined as the true face of the Greater Good, there exists many individuals and factions upon Gai'kal who to this day disagree - or even despise - Aun'si for his actions, blaming his independence, self-direction, and his defiance of what should have been utter loyalty in the Ethereal Castes of both Sept and Empire as selfish and naïve. A notable circle of Water Caste Hwo'kye nationalists appears to be the largest of these oppositions alongside growing numbers O'Shovah supporters and factional remnants that stand in the name of the Old Regime.
- "My dialectal abilities, true enough, showed their ability to be effective. But it's a sore mistake to pigeonhole the class consciousness, dedication and sacrifice of the masses, and material circumstance which made the revolution a reality all on the role I played as one individual."
- —Aun'si, in response to some of the more praising and idolising accounts of his role in the revolution
- "If ten more of us stand in the place of the Fio'shas that has had his mind duped by an ethereal, the revolution will succeed"
- "The Ethereals must and will do all within their power to retain absolute rule over the Tau. It's not enough that they biologically control us, they desire, and indeed depend on, power in its absolute rawest and most naked form in order for their rule to survive."
- "Armed oppression is effective, but costly. Societal barriers - false shackles of right and wrong - cost nothing."
A vastly controversial figure, in the time of his life and beyond his passing, Aun'si and his legacy has to this day experienced adoration, support, fervent criticism and outright hatred and persecution of all his ideals. In the years beyond his death, his political language has all at once become something of a holy scripture, of a revolutionary tradition, or distorted by his opponents and the more confused and incorrect of his followers, becoming in many regards an ideology unlike anything he would have ever approved of.
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- "The will of one may be strong given time and effort, but without the vast and burning fire of a united Tau Empire, the deepest depths of darkness that infects the galaxy beyond the enlightening reach of Tau'va will forever be too strong for a single flame to light, no matter how bright and fiercely it tries to burn."
- —Aun'O D'serra of the Kar'das Sept
- "Individualist, idealist, radical. Should have died along with the other fine Tau warriors that were claimed during the revolution he so selfishly set alight"
- —Por'ui Ki'dre, Water Caste envoy on Gai'kal
- "He was merely a Tau, but his politics were an unrelentingly sharp tool. He held a burning passion utterly rare in its doggedness, unaffected from whatever bleak and impossible circumstance he and his fio'shas faced, and the revolution and all future efforts of true Tau liberation will sorely miss him."
- —Shas'la Da'dume, ex-revolutionary escapee of the counter revolution on Gai'kal, T'olku Sept, 898.M41
- "Isolation from the greater Tau Empire can damage even the minds of ruling Ethereals when unchallenged and uninfluenced for so long. I see no wrong in his ideals and effect on his people. The true light of Tau'va is to unite all Tau as a single entity, not to divide it between a ruling faction and the masses it exploits."
- —Shas'el Yi'ur of the Oresh'uan Sept, personal records
- "...by bending the will of the masses and standing as what many would call a dictator everyone wanted [...] Aun'si brought our Sept what it needed at the time: Social change. Today Gai'kal can no longer sustainably function as a utopia. It needs a functional economy in order to compete with the other septs. This demands a willing, expansionist military force. A caste system that allows utter specialisation in lifetime roles, a centralised government and economy that can react immediately to all issues, and cultual integration with the rest of the empire to support internationalism."
- —Por'el En'aues, Water Caste politician on Gai'kal, 992.M41
- "Fio'shas Aun'si lived a life of revolution and change. He was the hope of all Tau, the iron heart of the great overthrow of the ethereal exploiters, the hope for the freedom of the galaxy, and his legacy lives on forever amongst us. The next revolution will approach us. Perhaps next Tau'cyr, perhaps in ten. There is no doubt of this."
- —Kor'ui Sha'huit, escapee of the counter revolution on Gai'kal, New Hope Space Colony, 898.M41
- "...a traitor who betrayed the revolution's path to true liberation of the Tau"
- —Shas'vre Sho'yr, Earth Caste battlesuit veteran, Farsight Enclaves, 971.M41
|Revolutionaries/Modern day||Aun'vre Mir'si · Shas'O Me'tsu'shan|
|Old Regime||Aun'O Kai'ba|
|Conflicts||Operation Vral'y'he · Three Castes Revolution · Four Castes Revolution|
|Current||Tash'var Sept · Ke'tsai Sept|