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  • What I have noticed while looking at the many factions of the mod is how underpowered the Taurethrim are. Boasting only 3 types of combat units, weak armour and isolation from many other factions means they are pretty weak compared to most other factions in the mod.

    One of the biggest problems with them is the lack of any mounted units. Even their neighbors, the Morwaith, have a mounted variant of their main warriors. The simple answer would be to mount them on some kind of equine, however due to Far Harads affinities for having strange mounts I am going to suggest something a bit more out there.

    Located in South America (the same place as many of the cultures that inspired the Taurethrim) where the great terror birds. Being the top predators of their ecosystems, the terror birds where alive during a time when the largely isolated South America was finally connected to North America. Even with the competition with the saber tooth cats of North America the terror birds where one of the few creatures that spread north on the newly created land bridge. Sadly these creatures died out before the first native Americans arrived in the new world meaning no one got to see these great beasts.I suggest a relative of these terror birds lives in the jungles of the Taurethrim and became their mounts.

    The terror birds would be similar to a horse in size and a bit more heavily built than most other birds in the mod. They would most likely attack the player if provoked and would naturally attack the flamingos similar to the lions of the savanna. Though only the speed of the average vanilla horse these birds would make up for there speed in manoeuvrability. They would most likely be able to fit through 1 block wide gaps which would make them more useful in the thick Jungles of Far Harad. They probably would not have the best health, around a ten however could be given armour to help them survive more brutal encounters.

    Taurethrim Warriors would sometimes spawn riding terror birds and use Taurethrim pikes before switching to a sword or dagger once the Terror bird has been killed. They can be hired for 70 coins from a Taurethrim chieftain at alignment 350.

    Thank you if you have read this far into this suggestion. If you want to criticise something in it please write it down in the comments. All criticism is encouraged.

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    • I do agree in that they are way too weak, however you completely forgot that llamas exist. I do not know if they were used for riding in medieval times, but they were atleast used for trading. Aswell, in current day people have breed some llamas to be ridden.

      Edit: I just figured out my comment is irrelevant because llamas can only carry around 50 pounds.

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    • To be honest I kind of regret making this sugestion after I wrote it. I don't think terror birds are a good choice if you are going to give the taurethiem a mount, though I still think their mounts should be exotic to some degree though.

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    • Why in Utumno would Taurethrim ride Llama's? That makes no sense and would look silly....

      Personally, I think some form of Big Cat would be a cool Mount, but they're Skelies aren't right for riding, and I don't want this mod to become a Warcraft mod XD

      But a large Jaguar would be a cool and fitting Taurethrim mount IMO.

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    • How about no mount but instead more varied/better units? If we are borrowing from the cultures and environment of the region historically, the Pre-Columbian civs would have no large pack animals (except llama) and certainly no steeds for warfare. Instead, why don't we expand the warrior class (given that the aztecs in particular prized them in their social hierarchy and were the basis of their culture) and make a new troop called the jaguar soldier, who's like the taurethrim counterpart to the isengard berserker, a very tought melee troop. We could also have a scout troop akin to the runners used in these historical civs to transport messages across dense jungles and rugged mountains, they could have the speed of a horse (or nearly, I mean, it's a videogame) and act as skirmisher troops.

      Also why are the taurethrim black? 

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    • 70.119.93.23 wrote:
      How about no mount but instead more varied/better units? If we are borrowing from the cultures and environment of the region historically, the Pre-Columbian civs would have no large pack animals (except llama) and certainly no steeds for warfare. Instead, why don't we expand the warrior class (given that the aztecs in particular prized them in their social hierarchy and were the basis of their culture) and make a new troop called the jaguar soldier, who's like the taurethrim counterpart to the isengard berserker, a very tought melee troop. We could also have a scout troop akin to the runners used in these historical civs to transport messages across dense jungles and rugged mountains, they could have the speed of a horse (or nearly, I mean, it's a videogame) and act as skirmisher troops.

      Also why are the taurethrim black? 

      "what if no mounts but they can run really fast" XD

      Jokes aside that does actually sound like a cool idea.

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    • Terrorbirds would be an absolutely hilarious addition, however, I believe the Taurethrim not having a mount is a deliberate counter to the Morwaith not having a ranged attack.

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    • ComradeVladimirLenin wrote:
      Terrorbirds would be an absolutely hilarious addition, however, I believe the Taurethrim not having a mount is a deliberate counter to the Morwaith not having a ranged attack.

      Perhaps we should give the Morwaith javelins. A type of weapon that is thrown like a spear however has a much shorter range, does less damage and can be stacked to 16. Along side them come the Morwaith javelin thrower which has a powerful range attack but has a very long cool down time between shots.

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    • IDespiseNames wrote:
      ComradeVladimirLenin wrote:
      Terrorbirds would be an absolutely hilarious addition, however, I believe the Taurethrim not having a mount is a deliberate counter to the Morwaith not having a ranged attack.
      Perhaps we should give the Morwaith javelins. A type of weapon that is thrown like a spear however has a much shorter range, does less damage and can be stacked to 16. Along side them come the Morwaith javelin thrower which has a powerful range attack but has a very long cool down time between shots.

      I like the idea of javelins but I would think they should be longer range than spears, since irl javelins are way easier to throw than a spear.

      If you develop the idea enough to post it as it's own suggestion I'll kudos it.

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    • Aragost02 wrote:
      Why in Utumno would Taurethrim ride Llama's? That makes no sense and would look silly....

      Personally, I think some form of Big Cat would be a cool Mount, but they're Skelies aren't right for riding, and I don't want this mod to become a Warcraft mod XD

      But a large Jaguar would be a cool and fitting Taurethrim mount IMO.

      It's because he related them to South Amercians in his writing, and also I already said my comment was irrelevent.

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    • 70.119.93.23 wrote: Also why are the taurethrim black? 

      (Channeling a meme) Is this racism?

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    • Aragost02 wrote:
      Why in Utumno would Taurethrim ride Llama's? That makes no sense and would look silly....

      Personally, I think some form of Big Cat would be a cool Mount, but they're Skelies aren't right for riding, and I don't want this mod to become a Warcraft mod XD

      But a large Jaguar would be a cool and fitting Taurethrim mount IMO.

      Hey, if you want another animal the aztecs dimesticated you always have the chihuahua...

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    • So, the taurethrim live in the jungles, correct?

      How about letting their units treat logs like ladders, and have their AI look for high points when fighting, attacking from above with ranged weapons. That would make them immune to melee units, in the right environments.

      This would make them highly specialized, but they arent really expansionist, so having them with high evasion stats, and defensive fighting styles would fit quite neatly. And mounts really doesnt fit well in the jungles anyways.

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    • This ^

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    • Another thing to take in to consideration is that they live in jungles, and it is very hard to use a mount in jungles. As well they are working on a leveling system. So maybe they could have added speed when units are hired.

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    • 70.119.93.23 wrote:

      Also why are the taurethrim black? 

      Because, if you read the "History" that was given in the mod history, you will realize that the Taurethrim you see are Morwaith who spoke low Taurethrim who moved into the jungle, and so they have the same skintone. They are not the original Taurethrim who would look like pre-Columbian Aztec/Mayans in this legendarium, but even so pre-columbians did have very dark skin in many parts of northern South America and southern central America.

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