There are so many pseudo vikings, Japan and England ripoffs in fantasy but what about some Maori inspired race? They are pretty grimdark and look at them - they are the closest we have to Ogres. I think they are underrated wank material.
Play a Maori inspired ogre then. explain some backstory as to why he comes from a differing culture than most ogres. have fun with it, be inventive.
Carcharodons are Space Marine Maori with loads of shark in them.
80-90% of my first eight or nine worldbuilding bits ended up Maori, Polynesian or faux-Tiki.
I stopped because a multiverse game where every 'verse has to have maori man got boring.
>Vikings are cool
>Samurai are cool
>King Arthur is cool
>The fuck is a Ma-O-Ree?
I know what Maori are, bro. I just described the average fantasy writer's thoughts. I'm sure there are noteworthy exceptions, but most of them don't do much more than scratch the surface in terms of cultural inspiration, using only what's already readily known/available to them.
In my setting the Maori, Tongans, Samoans, etc are represented by half giants. Olmecs (ancient people of Guatamala) are represented by Goliaths.
I had this idea that the Not!Pacific Islanders had a kind of kung fu, but with the styles based off Manta Rays, Sharks, Dolphins, Sea Snake, etc. I also had this idea of them practicing it out in bays, half submerged in the water on stone circular platforms that have been submerged.
Even though the martial arts were broken up by animal styles they also had two different philosophies to martial arts called Gentle Current and Broken Wave, where Gentle Current is more about state of mind and reading the opponent and Broken Wave was destructive power.
Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and the Clones were played by a Maori actor. The Clones also practice Maori style tattoos, as do Mandos. Or at least before the retcon when Mandos became aryan hippies ;_;
The Maori were one of the few native people to take on the British Empire and actually part on equal terms. They also had engineering on par, if not better, than Europe at the time. Have you seen the military forts the Maori made with nothing but fucking wood and dirt? It's like some shit out of WWI.
They are a pretty monothematic people and not very well know in the public.
The British did their usual divide-and-conquer, and completely devastated the tribes they conquered. It's true that there were some stirring victories against the redcoats, but they were pyrrhic efforts. One should also bear in mind that the Maori acquired their expertise after spending decades waging gunpowder wars up and down their islands.
Karen Traviss originally wrote Mandolorian culture as deeply Celtic in form, and later writers, and even her own writing, infused some Maori into them as well. Mostly there tattoos and war chants.
That being said one of my all time favorite characters was a Maori Street Samurai. I admit he was a stereotype to the extreme (alcoholic, strong-fat, huge family,chronically poor, and a career criminal.) but my fellow players and the GM didn't know that so it was all good.
Also I am currently in a wank fest about them and the Mongols, so my campaigns are filled with them.
Bitching tattoos, focus on chainblades which are sort of like Maori weapons.
You can reconcile both Anon.
New Mandalorians are the hippies. The True Mandalorians were a revival organization that was founded on Concord Dawn. Death Watch is an extremist Splinter faction.
Have you seen a patu? They are flat as fuck. Most maori weapons are designed to bludgeon for the most part ( yes the edges could break skin) but maori culture is all about beating the shit out of your opponents stealing their mana and making them your bitches to farm the kumara
Apparently Mandalorians are Maori, which seems as plausible as the next option.
Where are my Chukchi ripoffs though?
>drums made out of human skin
>call themselves True Humans - the only other people who are even somewhat humans are Russians, but even they are really just there to bring them tea and smokes
>children are brought up with an escalating series of increasignly painful sneak attacks
>crying discouraged; the only way to face all misfortune, up to and including death, is to laugh in its face
>50 Koryaks don't dare fight 20 Chukchi. The reason most of eastern Siberia/northern Russian Far East ended up Russian without a fight was that the people there were too afraid of Chukchi and more or less happy to submit to a stronger foreign lord in exchange for protection
>kill themselves easily, not to wash away shame, but in proud defiance of the very idea of failure
>raided the west coast of America Viking-style and supposedly somehow even managed to steal black women in the process
>herd motherfucking reindeer, odnako
fucking disney and liberals
enjoy your change
White Americans love to do the same thing with our natives too,mostly to justify there racism against them.
You must have a really blocky head then! Whats your mixing, Latino and Black?
It's actually true down here, almost all of the early Anglo settlers married native women up until they started bringing in their families. Most of the early native populations weren't exterminated or anything like that, they just became so white over time that they easily assimilated.
The Maori met the Pakeha on his terms; the Aborigines refused to.
>this old garbage
Man, fuck James Belich and what he did to New Zealand history.
Manufactured the popular history that this anon >>44592443 spouted, particularly the line about how "Maori engineering" was supposed to be something revolutionary or unique. He was right in that Maori achievements were undervalued in earlier histories, but he dramatically oversimplified the historiography of the Wars.
For a more measured view, consult:
As a warning Karen Travis is an incredibly terrible writer without very heavy editorial oversight, to the tune of once bragging about not doing any research when writing for established settings.
>posting Ka Mate
come on cuz
there are literally hundreds of haka and everyone is sick of that one
High School kapa haka, now that's the shit
I've seen Maori-inspired races several times.
If you want to go original, just read up on the history of any place that you don't know anything about, and extrapolate from there. So use stuff like the Majapahit Empire.
5e seems to think people do
That's just pandering to hypersensitive diversity babies. Look at the picture again; the spear and shield are just props, there to give the notion of a zulu or other african warrior. He obviously uses the european sword in a real fight.
>Think "yeah this is cool" for ogres
>Remember last time I saw a Maori dude get into a fight
>Imagine him being eight feet tall instead of only six and a half
nope fuck that noise, i'm out. i ain't even imagining this shit fuck y'all
Ultimately they lost because they got swarmed by endless hordes of Brits. But they managed to avoid getting put into reservations like the Native Americans (at some point, that was a stated goal for the Pakeha). They're still at least 15% of the population, while in the US, Australia, and Taiwan (whose natives are related to the Maori) it's more like 1%.
It's hard to out breed the British, apparently.
Mandalorians, as of the new canon, are a race of blonde blue-eyed humans that try to universally practice peace and abhor war, except for a rebel sect called the Deathwatch who are basically the oldschool Mandos but got destroyed. They're also still blonde blue eyed aryans.
It's only a recent change and reactionary. They're sick of the galaxy ganging up on them after a bunch of raiding an pillaging. So they're trying out not being violent assholes instead.
>they are the closest we have to Ogres
That said, they are pretty good material. I'm making a not!polynesian race myself.
Koryaks don't dare fight 20 Chukchi. The reason most of eastern Siberia/northern Russian Far East ended up Russian without a fight was that the people there were too afraid of Chukchi and more or less happy to submit to a stronger foreign lord in exchange for protection
this is obvious revisionism, though
>Look up Andre's wiki article
>6'2" by age 12
>Was a brilliant student, had a great skill in math especially
>Chose to drop out because he felt higher education was unnecessary for a farmboy
Is there an alternate reality where Andre became an Astrophysicist and is a modern super hero?
There should be one.
Imagine him as the captain of the famous Lafayette, the flagship of the european outer guard fleet.
Together with the american and russian space fleets, they took the fight to the taurians, right at their outpost in the asteroid belt.
Shit, now I wish I could draw comics.