Due to being seen as a status for the Ethereal Supreme, the Hover Chair is leagues above the pitiful Floating Roombas used by lesser Ethereals. There doesn't seem to be any energy shielding placed in the Hover Chair as the fluff was vague on the details, what we do know is that it didn't really matter when a rampaging Culexus Assassin was busy tearing Aun'Va a new asshole.
Compared to the awesome Pulpit of Saint Holline's Basilica from the Sisters of Battle, the Dais of Destruction from the Dark Eldar and the Dias of Dominion from the Necrons, the Popemobile is an incredibly lameduck equivalent for the Tau, lacking in any form of weapons of even defence for that matter. We also ain't joking about it being a mobility scooter, seriously, look at the drive mechanism.
It's literally a mobility scooter. Whilst the bulkiness grants Aun'Va 6 Wounds, his movement range is the same as his troops at 6". It is really pathetic. It just makes you wish that his popemobile was equipped with twin-linked Fuel Rod Cannons like the Prophet's floating throne in Halo right?
|Forces of the Tau|
|Command:||Cadre Fireblade - Ethereal - Ethereal Guard - Tau Commander|
|Troops:||Drone Squadron - Fire Warrior Team - Pathfinder Team - Stealthsuit Team|
|Auxiliaries:||Gue'vesa - Kroot (Great Knarloc - Kroot Carnivore Squad - Kroot Hound |
Krootox - Lesser Knarloc - Shaper) - Nicassar - Vespid Stingwing
|Battlesuits:||Battlesuits (XV02 Pilot Battlesuit - XV15 Stealthsuit - XV22 Command Suit |
XV25 Stealthsuit - XV46 Vanguard Void Suit - XV-8 Crisis Battlesuit
XV88 Broadside Battlesuit - XV9 Hazard Battlesuit - XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit
XV104 Riptide Battlesuit - XV107 R'varna Battlesuit - XV109 Y'Vahra Battlesuit
KV128 Stormsurge Ballistic Suit - KX139 Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour)
|Vehicles:||Devilfish - Hammerhead - Hover Chair - Piranha - Sky Ray - Tetra - Swordfish|
|Flyers:||Barracuda - Razorshark - Remora - Sun Shark - Tiger Shark|
|Kor'Vattra:||Manta - Orca - Automated Fighting Drone |
Automated Barge Drone - Automated Bombing Drone