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*sigh* You Imperial Agers are so... odd. I mean riding a hippo into battle?
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Ryorin wrote:*sigh* You Imperial Agers are so... odd. I mean riding a hippo into battle?
The hippo is meant to be a really, weak pricy water unit, that sucks anywhere but water.
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Ryorin wrote:*sigh* You Imperial Agers are so... odd. I mean riding a hippo into battle?
turin has this idea into his head that Imperial factions need either a flyer or a unit with deep water capabilities. I think it is to make it more Default-like, although it is also breaking a whole lot of flavor.
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Ryorin wrote:*sigh* You Imperial Agers are so... odd. I mean riding a hippo into battle?
Maybe it's a hungry, hungry hippo. :P

The hippo looks nice, but the rider's legs and lower torso look odd straddling such a wide animal. Maybe he should crouch on it or sit crosslegged on its back instead?
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Oreb wrote:The hippo is meant to be a really, weak pricy water unit, that sucks anywhere but water.
I know, I know WINR.. but.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippopotamus.
Hippos are highly territorial; a male hippo often marks his territory along a riverbank from which to draw in a harem of females, while defending it against other males. Male hippos challenge one another with threatening gapes. Their canine teeth are 50 cm (20 inches) long, and it uses its head as a battering ram, especially against rival males while fighting over territory. Since their habitat is often encroached upon by farmers and tourists, and because they are so territorial, the hippopotamus is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They are said to account for more human deaths than any other African mammal. The hippo does not hunt humans, but defends its own territory vigorously.
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I was waiting for someone to mention that.

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Post by Jester »

Yah, they even kill more people than the nile crocodile...

Btw turin, cool that you took my hippo suggestion :)
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Cuyo Quiz wrote:turin has this idea into his head that Imperial factions need either a flyer or a unit with deep water capabilities. I think it is to make it more Default-like, although it is also breaking a whole lot of flavor.
Actually, Noy had that idea. I'm just following his advice. ;)

The only one that is breaking any flavor, possibly, is the hippo rider. The Boatsman makes perfect sense, I think.
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The strange thing about that, is that if the hippo kills alot of people, who in their right mind would tame one?
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Ryorin wrote:The strange thing about that, is that if the hippo kills alot of people, who in their right mind would tame one?
A] Circuses tame lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Especially (by orders of magnitude) in ancient times, exotic and dangerous animals were a grand attraction for very well-paying audiences, since they were the only chance these people would have to see such an animal in their life. It's not like they had the discovery channel back then - in fact most did not even have picture books!

B] Elephants are about as mighty as hippos, and can be extremely dangerous. Yet people tame them all the time.


:| Speaking of which - an elephant would be an equally viable option for a swimming unit. Elephants are very good swimmers. Not saying you *should* use one, but they'd be fine for use, and woud fit the lavinians quite well.

:) You could also then have an impact, charge attack (though I suppose you could have the same with the hippo).

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Jetryl wrote:
Ryorin wrote:The strange thing about that, is that if the hippo kills alot of people, who in their right mind would tame one?
A] Circuses tame lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Especially (by orders of magnitude) in ancient times, exotic and dangerous animals were a grand attraction for very well-paying audiences, since they were the only chance these people would have to see such an animal in their life. It's not like they had the discovery channel back then - in fact most did not even have picture books!

B] Elephants are about as mighty as hippos, and can be extremely dangerous. Yet people tame them all the time.


:| Speaking of which - an elephant would be an equally viable option for a swimming unit. Elephants are very good swimmers. Not saying you *should* use one, but they'd be fine for use, and woud fit the lavinians quite well.

:) You could also then have an impact, charge attack (though I suppose you could have the same with the hippo).
Indeed - Elephants are possible. But the Hippo is more Original :)
Its a cool idea.

Personally - i think an ostrich rider would be cool. And it already has an undead counterpart.

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Jetryl wrote::| Speaking of which - an elephant would be an equally viable option for a swimming unit. Elephants are very good swimmers. Not saying you *should* use one, but they'd be fine for use, and woud fit the lavinians quite well.
Huh. I was under the impression that elephants, while able to swim, were not very good at it...
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For everyone, hippos just looks more aquatic than elephants.
While i have no idea of the swimming skill of the elephant, for the hippo it is obvious.

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I don't know, I just think that a hippo is too bizarre. But it dosen't really matter what I say if everyone else likes it.
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*gears movement*

I think i would prefer all flyers, even if they were sorta-mythological, at least it would give more consistency over all the factions.

The Airiya are supposed to get an Assyrian angel/guardian. Bird legs, wings and head placed in a humanoid frame. As an example, the Lavinians could have an spirit of the minor goddess Discipline (maybe even represented as an eagle). The Sidhe are okay seeing how they already have an spirit, and i don't remember the basis for the Marauders so i can't propose a thing.

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