nomadic warrior

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Warrior Culture : Mongol

The Mongolian Empire is perhaps the most underrated of them all. Ironic since at its hights it controlled more land than Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler combined. They were predominantly a nomadic horse warrior people, able to ride for days and outwit, out maneuver, and out survive their enemies. Brutal and effective in battle with enemies, but magnanimous in peace with friends, as it should be.

I WANNA INTRODUCE YOU TO MY GIRL KHUTULUN

Originally posted by lyannaladyofiron

You might recognise her from ‘Marco Polo’ 

  • She was a real person who lived in Central Asia around 1260 - 1300. 
  • She and her dad (#dreamteam) terrorised Kubilai Khan’s empire, the Golden Horde, AND the Il-Khanate of Persia
  • literally, these ppl controlled central for HALF A CENTURY and THREE OF THE BIGGEST EMPIRES ON EARTH couldn’t stop them
  • marco polo was so fucken impressed by Khutulun’s fighting skills, he described her as a “superb warrior” who snatched men “like a hawk”
  • she refused to marry dudes unless they could beat her in wrestling, AND THEY COULDN’T
  • she asked each dude to wager 100 horses before they fought her, and she grew THE LARGEST HORSE HERD in asia at the time doing it
  • literally, thousands of horses
  • accurately - 10,000 horses
  • thats a lot of goddamn horses
  • all from dudes she beat at wrestling
  • her dad once sat her down like, “listen baby you’re my favourite child but i gotta get you married or shit will be said about me. listen. please. khutulun. please. stop beating up all your suitors”
  • and khutulun was like, “okay. okay, i’ll try”
  • and in the middle of the fight with this new guy (who bet 1000 horses that he could beat her, what a dumbass), she was so incensed by his shoddy fighting skills that she basically went “okay i canNOT NOT FIGHT WHAT THE SHIT MY DUDE” and beat his ass into the ground
  • “Marco Polo” lied cuz khutulun’s eventual husband never could beat her at wrestling
  • she was described as “powerfully built” and my poor lil queer heart cant handle it ok just imagine this mongolian goddess
  • she had FOURTEEN BROTHERS and listen, im not saying she beat all of them but listen, she beat all of them
  • her dad almost got her to be the next khan
  • after her death, she was considered the last nomadic warrior princess
  • where is my biopic about her
  • KHUTULUN
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AVATAR meme: places pt.1

‘’Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will, and the energy and drive to achieve what they want. Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Earth Kingdom are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring. Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns, and they found peace and freedom. Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable of adapting to many things. They have a sense of community and love that holds them together through anything.

It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it become rigid and stale. Understanding others, the other elements, the other nations, will help you become whole.’’ 

- Iroh, avatar: the last airbender.

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Shan Yu (Mulan 1998)

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Scythian Bow, Quiver and Arrows, c. 3rd-1st Century BC

This set is exceptional for both its rarity and its remarkable state of preservation. The bow, which is composed of a bamboo limb, has the typical Σ-shape profile of Scythian examples, with a slightly curved central handgrip and tips curled away from the archer for attaching the bowstring. At the tips, which had to withstand considerable stress, the wood is reinforced by a covering, probably in leather, made of a long strap tightly wrapped around the limb. A very fine and precise geometric decoration, incorporating circles, lozenges, squares, triangles, lines, etc., is engraved inside the bow, just before the tips; it is comprised of small plaques made of an unknown material (wood, leather?). The arrows each have a wooden shaft, on which is mounted a long, thin metal arrowhead in the shape of a leaf with a slender or more rounded outline; at the back of each arrow, there are still traces of the fletching (which, in the known Scythian specimens, was made of bird feathers). The quiver has a triangular section that narrows towards the bottom; it is made of pale wooden boards held by pegs and covered by a thin layer of white leather. Wide colored leather bands decorate the quiver; these bands are adorned with wild animals, among which one can identify horses and deer, alternating with geometric patterns and garlands of leaves and flowers.

The type of composition and the style are definitely related to Scythian representations. The Scythians lived in regions (a wide area ranging from the Danubian Plains to the Asian and Siberian steppes) that were characterized by a dry and very cold climate, a fact that exceptionally enabled the preservation of unusual objects made of perishable materials such as wood, fabric or, like here, painted leather. As often evidenced in Scythian iconography, activities connected to the world of weapons were the most important male occupations in the Scythian tribes; both in war and hunting scenes and in images of rest, men are always depicted with their weapons within reach. With other luxury items, weapons of course accompanied their owner in the tomb. Unlike the Greek conception of war, which was based on the close combat of phalanxes of infantrymen representing the various cities (bows were barbaric weapons to the Greeks), the bow was the key piece in the equipment of these nomadic warriors. Rather small (about 60-80 cm long), but very handy and effective, it could be used on horseback or on foot, for hunting or for long-range combat. Even in the scenes of rest, Scythians always keep their bow in the case slung from their belt or hanging from a tree nearby.

Among the most famous Scythian scenes, one should mention the relief of the electrum goblet from Kul-Oba representing a bearded man drawing his bow. Moreover, it is certainly no coincidence that in Classical Athens, the police force was made up of Scythian slaves, each always armed with a bow, a sword and/or an axe. Aside from a later set found in a tomb in the Northern Caucasus (Moschevaya Balka, 8th century AD), which includes a bow, a quiver and arrows, typologically very different and certainly less luxurious, no other ancient bow can be mentioned as a parallel to this object. In an area further north, but still in Western Asia, in the plain of the Oxus, a group of miniature votive weapons made of gold and silver was discovered in a temple in Takhti-Sangin; this treasure, dated to between the 5th and the 2nd century BC, includes many bows of the Scythian type, arrows, spears, swords, etc.

Lost in Translation

Fandom: Star Trek AOS.
Pairing:
Uhura X female reader friendship.
Prompt: Requested by @feelmyroarrrr – reader is speaking a fictional language she doesn’t know and it’s driving her crazy, so one day Uhura breaks and asks what it is and reader starts teaching her little phrases in it.
Word Count: 1698.
Rating: All ages.
Beta: @starshiphufflebadger.
Author’s Note: First time writing Uhura!  I hope this went okay!  Also, I chose Dothraki because while my first thought was Elvish, I firmly believe Uhura would have read the LotR books precisely because of their linguistics and would have a thorough understanding of Elvish, and @star-trekkin-across-theuniverse and @starshiphufflebadger agree.  Additionally, I try my best to keep my readers gender neutral, but I specified a female reader this time just so that one part of the story could work out the way it did.  Enjoy!

Originally posted by pursuit-of-h4ppinss

Lost in Translation

The first time you’d caught Nyota Uhura staring at you was when you’d been deep in a discussion over one of your favorite book series.  You’d been jogging on a treadmill alongside one of your fellow security officers and discussing the scandals in the house Lannister.  The Game of Thrones series was a classic, and you absolutely adored talking about it with anyone who would listen, so to have found someone who was just as big a fan of the series as you was a dream come true.

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For Honor Factions: THE SAMURAI

The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience.—Leo Tolstoy

History has not been kind to the Samurai. Originally from a land far, far to the East, they tell a tale of a homeland and an Emperor that were lost to sea and fire during the last great cataclysm. Now, a millennium later, the nomadic warriors have ceased their wandering, and have rebuilt themselves a new nation under a mighty Emperor. As one, they are growing as strong as they have ever been – yet they still remember the bitter taste of exile. They were driven from their ancestral homes, and now in foreign lands they are vastly outnumbered by their neighbors. The Samurai therefore rely on greater skill, greater cunning, and greater devotion to each other in order to survive. And survive they must – for perhaps they are the last of their kind.

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Let us not forget that there is a tribe of spiritual firebenders (Bhanti Tribe) that have been around since the Era of Raava and before Wan became the Avatar, and saved a herd of bison from the fire nation since the beginning of the war. 

They also, exactly like the spirits, choose not to involve themselves with current events, just like the sun warriors and air nomads. 

I say, lets these peaceful spirits and people not get involved if they dont want too. They do so much already and people just want more from them. Let’s all be happy that this tribe of people have been caring for a herd of bison that their own people (the firebenders) caused to go on the brink of extinction. 

bbc.co.uk
100 Women 2016: Saikal - Kyrgyzstan's original nomad warrior woman - BBC News
An animated take on Kyrgyzstan's original nomad warrior woman.

“I’ll kill your leader Manas, I’ll smother your soul. I will defy your hopes. I will kill your people.”

Such are the words of Kyrgyz folk heroine Saikal, to the folk hero Manas, before engaging him in battle. Here’s an animated version of part of her story, as sung by a Kyrgyz woman in traditional attire.

(and yes, Saikal is on the RP list. thanks to Chris for sending this in!)