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Bork'an is a Tau Sept, a world within the Tau Empire, known as an education, industrial, and manufacturing hub.[8]

Map Tau Sept Data Planetary Image
Map bork'an.jpg Name Bork'an Bork'an Sept Symbol.png Unknown.jpg
Expansion: First
Location: Eastern Fringe Bork'an Fire Warrior.jpg
Colours: Jade Green[2b]/Turquoise[3b] Sept markings
White Uniform[2b]


Bork'an was originally the homeworld of the Poctroon, but after disease devastated their race the Tau inherited it.[3a][4a] The sept was subsequently founded as part of the First Phase Expansion.[2a]

Bork'an is renowned as the center of education for the Tau Empire and is home to many libraries, universities, and research centers,[1a][2] including the most prestigious military training centre in all of the Empire.[4b] Its systems also has many rich mining planets and Fire Warriors of this Sept outfitted with the especially fine equipment and weapons.[7a] The warriors of Bork'an known as cerebral and restrained and its population in general is amongst the most scientific, sporting the highest Earth Caste population.[7b][8] Some of Bork'an's most noted scientist achievements are stasis chambers and the first Pilot Battlesuit. Rumor has it that Bork'an science cadres were transported in secret to N'dras at the early end of the Second Sphere of Expansion to develop the deadly Ghostkeel Battlesuit.[8]

The Fire Caste of Bork'an benefits hugely from its scientific status. Every arm of their military boasts extreme technological advances, and in return for such boons their Fire Warriors are willing to test prototype technology on the battlefield. This can often be dangerous for the test subjects, who are honored as va's'tuo or selfless tutors.[8]

Borkan's status led the Imperium to raid the planet in 939.M41 in attempt to kill as many Earth Case academics and students as possible to hinder Tau scientific growth.[6] Also at some point, the Tau defeated a Tyranid invasion on Bork'an, with minimal losses on their side.[5]