Before this begins, I would like to inform you all that this is NOT a suggestion to add Mûmakil, but rather a suggestion on how to implement them.
A new sub-faction of Southrons would be added, which for now I will call the Mûmak-rim since I cannot find any better name as of currently. (despite Mûmak-rim being completely incorrect)
These Southrons would be those who, like the Indian Mahouts, trained their entire life into taming and perfecting the way of riding the Mûmak, and developed a bond to their original Mûmak, because of their long life span and requirement of dedication at a young age.
Because of their location and contact, their blood has intermingled strongly with the Morwaith and (partially) Taurethrim, having a much more darker skin tone than their northern relatives.
- Giant's Valley
A lush valley right beside the Harad mountains, it is packed with trees long and broad enough to keep space for the Mûmakil, yet provides them with sufficient food and nutrition to house them. It resembles their original habitat and thus is where the Mûmak-rim store their prized Oliphaunts.
Only female Mûmakil and infant Mûmakil would spawn here, save for the rare (and much more aggressive) male. Mûmak-rim Mahouts would spawn here, which guard and take care of their beasts.
- Mûmak-rim Clearings
The center spot for most action in the Mûmak-rim communities, this area has been felled of most trees and is located northeast of the Giant's Valley. It is packed with Mûmak-rim encampments and fenced-off Mûmakil barns. Here, the Mûmak-rim armor and outfit their Mûmakil, and prepare the imports from the Morwaith raiders who take infant Mûmakil from the Tauredain jungles.
Most Mûmak-rim NPCS spawn here, though warriors would spawn the most, and occasionally the northern Southrons or Morwaith / Morwaith Raiders. Only male Mûmakil are found here, either being used as a beast of burden or being outfitted with the latest, trendy harad-armor.
- Mûmak-rim Encampments
Far from the above two locations, this region is nearly completely empty of Mûmakil and their Mahouts, and only Mûmak-rim camps and villages are found here. The land is mostly dry and barren save for the occasional oasis, where the villages are heavily concentrated
- Mûmak-rim Hut
A small hut, for the less wealthy Mûmak-rim, they are found on the outskirts of villages and rarely in the Mûmak-rim clearings.
- Mûmak-rim House
A larger variant of the Mûmak-rim hut, it is similar to the Southron house in size, but uses a different style, being more wide and only having 1 level, save for the occasional upper bedroom.
- Mûmak-rim Mahout Hut
A variant of the hut which is slightly larger, it contains equipment and items dedicated to the Mûmak-rim Mahout. It is only temporary housing, and can only be found in the Giant's Valley. Mahouts can be found here.
- Mûmak-rim Tent
Similair to all the other tents in the mod, except with red and black.
- Mûmak-rim Chieftain Tent
Self-explanatory, I believe?
- Mûmak-rim Camp
An assortment of tents, including a chieftain tent. Morwaith also inhabit this area.
- Mûmakil Barn
A fenced off area, holding only male (armoured / un-armoured) Mûmakil. Mahouts can be located in here rarely.
A civillian, they are similair to the Southron civilians in the north, but wear more tribal looking clothing, and have a more tribal-look to them.
- Morwaith Raider
Only hireable from Mûmak-rim Chieftains, these are the ones employed to capture the Mûmakil during their infancy. They wear little to no armor, needing to be light on their feet, and can outrun almost all npcs. They always wield a spear and a faceguard.
- Mûmak-rim Spearmen.
A Mûmak-rim who had been employed to guard the camps, and protect the villages. They wield Mûmak-rim armor, and hefty Southron spears. They never throw their spears, and can be hired from Mûmak-rim Chieftains.
- Mûmak-rim Bowmen
Archer variant of the Spearmen.
- Spearguard of the Mûmak
A elite version of the Mûmak-rim Spearguard, they wield the same armor but have 22 health, and throw their spears infinitely when their opponent is far enough, though with a slow recharge. They can be hired on foot, but also found on Mûmakil.
- Bowguard of the Mûmak
Archer variant of the Spearguard.
- Mûmak-rim Mahout
These are the trainers and riders of the Mûmakil, and have made life-long bonds with their Mûmak. Because of their extremely difficult training, they have 24 health. They are found spending most of their lives tending to their beast, and cannot be hired, save through by a difficult miniquest- either requiring to bring an item of extreme importance or paying an amount of extreme value, they would enter your service out of honor / pay.
They have red tattoes all over their body.
- Mûmak-rim chieftains.
Lords of the Mûmak-rim, they offer their men as mercenaries for only the bravest of warriors. Though they are not directly in charge of the Mûmakil, they offer aid in other places.
- Mûmak-rim Armor
A version of the Southron armor, though using bronze and leather instead. It gives 12 protection points, and has a more tribal look to it
- Mûmak-guard Helmet
A version of the helmet that has a elephantine look to it, it has a special trimming around the sides to show the status
- Mûmak-rim Chieftain Helmet
Similair to the Southron Chieftain's helmet, it has less spikes and is rather a display of wealth then ferocity.
- Morwaith Raider Faceguard
Crafted with Gemsbok hide in a Morwaith crafting table, it gives the same as a regular Morwaith helmet, but completely covers the face. It is used to prevent the beasts from remembering their faces and exacting revenge at an older age.
"Oh noe" you might think "prepare for the un-canon!"
But no! This shall be based on the discussion that is going on in the forum on Mûmakil, and should reflect most people's views on the Mûmakil rather well, being both intimidating but not impractical, and retaining all of its benefits without being OP.
Male Mûmakil (War-version)
The version of Mûmakil that would be most commonly encountered by good players, they would only spawn in their own seperate, very elite invasion.
They would have 280 health- which is twice that of a double-headed Olog + 40. This is not only because of their immense size, but because of a fact that they have a much, much larger mass than the trolls or any other being that would be its size.
They would have 13 protection points, because of their very tough skin which was explicity mentioned by Tolkien, and they would be completely protected against arrows. They would still take damage from spears and crossbow bolts, but less.
They would deal 15 trampling damage / contact damage, and would be unbiased, so if the Mûmakil were to run amok, it would also damage their southron allies.
They would deal 8 damage in their swipe attack, which though not being AOE, would have a similair attack style as the new sword sweeping action in 1.9, but at a larger scale. This would be them sweeping their tusks. This would only be directed towards enemies, and the Mûmakil would stop with the motion the second they run amok.
They would have 9 Mûmak-rim Spear / Bowguards, and would constantly attack enemies. If the elephant were to die, they would fall down.
They would have a Mûmak-rim Mahout located right above the head, wielding a beautiful headdress. They would be protected from attacks to a certain extent and would be hard to hit.
Here's the hard part: They would be 8 blocks tall, and 12 blocks tall when wielding the siege tower. This can be changed if needed, but I believe it is a fitting height for the Mûmakil, being that it's not small enough to be considered just a regular elephant but also not large enough to be unrealistic. It perfectly shows the intimidation and power of the Mûmak without being too large.
Hitting their eyes should deal around 60 damage.
Male Mûmakil (Burden-version)
This version is identical to the war-version, except that it has 9 protection, and would only be found in Mûmak-rim regions or carrying siege-equipment (once added).
They would have 200 health, be 7 blocks tall and would never be used in battle. They would be able to mate with Male Mûmakil, and would always be following any infant Mûmakil and protecting them.
They would have 120 health, be 4 blocks tall and would always follow Female Mûmakil. If attacked, all other nearby Mûmakil would immediately attack the aggressor.
To make the Mûmakil have a weakness, if they recieve enough damage (70% of their health?) (30% chance), have taken enough missile damage (24% chance), or have their Mahout killed (100% chance) they would run Amok. This would mean dropping all carried NPCs, and running off in any direction.
This would cause damage to both sides immensely- considering that it would be interesting if all allied NPCs would 'rally' around the Mûmakil.
If a Mûmakil ran Amok, all NPCs would flee from the Mûmakil untill they are out of their Aggro range. Which would be much farther than normal.
That's it for now, I hope you enjoyed my suggestion, I know I forgot to include a banner bearer but this is all very simple information which I don't believe would add alot more to the suggestion.