Finally here is my first post on the back for blood Tournament. First bout will be Amazon Huaorani Tribesmen vs. the Hawaiian Koa warriors.
Also I should point out that this page will eventually contain everything for the bout- meaning introductions, bios, edges and finally fight & results.
With that said lets reintroduce ourselves to the fighters!
|The modern day tribesman from Brazil, who in my first bout used poison based weaponry to bring down the mighty Fijian|
|The Hawaiian Koa, the brutal elite warriors from Hawaii, who used a combination of long range weaponry and a gruesome martial art to humble the Shaolin Monk|
Once again its a battle of the Pacific vs. the Amazon, but will the Amazon keep her lead or will Oceania tie the score?
Our first combatant, the Amazonian Huaorani tribesmen (with the color scheme of green, to represent the lush environment they thrive in) , have a history of being antisocial to strangers. They are a people known for the destruction of a Christian Missionary group, as well as several violent skirmishes with miners/loggers. The Huaorani specialize in two weapons; the blowgun and the spear, and it was a combination of these two weapons in addition to their viscous ambush tactics that ultimately carried them the day against the Fijians.
The fierce Koa warriors ( a sea-based culture, thus aligning with the culture) were known for their brutality and skill at arms that they brought to the ancient Hawaiian battlefields, and were warriors without parallel in ancient Hawaii. These guys were perhaps the best warriors Oceania had to offer, and they proved it in battle after battle. Previously, their long range and tactics combined to help take down the Shaolin martial monk, who were superb fighters in their own right.
Once again poison based projectiles will be pitted against a primarily close range opponent, but this time the melee based warrior brings a powerful martial art, along with a great set of tactics and better armor.
Well, without further ado the grading scale
Long Range: /40
Mid Range: /30
Close range: /20
Armor(neither warrior cared about armor, so I am lowering the score a bit) :
Variable factors (Thanks Mike for the term!)
*Terrain manipulation: /5
Training/Experience/ Quality of Enemies: /20
Martial Arts : /10
* I am going to try to make the fight in a terrain that they are both used to, and to avoid it being much of a factor. However if one warrior did make heavy use of the terrain as part of its tactics then it would be unfair to leave it out completely.
(some of the below info will be copy + pasted from my other articles, however there will be original content as well)
First up is the Amazonian Huaorani Warrior!
|This bow is taller then he is!|
|The last sight of many a tapir...|
The bow possesses a lot of advantages over the Koa's arsenal that will help the Huaorani in the battle. To start off it far out-ranges the entire Koa arsenal save the Ma'a sling. In terms of lethality arrows have been proven time and again on the show and history to have almost no long range pre-gunpowder equal. To top this all off the Huaorani arrows are laced with curare, doubling their lethality(more on curare later). The varied designs of the arrows, including barbed and triple pronged, further increase the lethality of this weapon. The Huaorani n also possess a certain degree of skill with this weapon, using it frequently to hunt, and are more then adept at firing it from hiding places. Finally there is a psychological factor to consider: the Koa's viewpoints towards bows. In Hawaiian culture the bow is thought of as nothing more then a tool to hunt vermin, a child's toy. This Hawaiian stereotype may result in the Koa underestimating this weapon, something that could harm team Pacific in the long run
For all of its pluses, the Amazon bow does possess two glaring minuses. The first of which is the size of the weapon and its ammunition; the latter the size of a small child, the former taller then the man carrying it. This could result in the Amazonian tiring if forced to carry it for too long, but more importantly it may be more than little awkward to load the weapon, as videos of the next weapon suggest. The Amazonian bow is also a self bow, the bow type with the least amount of power . This means lesser penetration (the poison does counteract this factor though) , a reduced firing speed, and decreased range. Essentially, while the bow may do good in this fight, it would get smashed if put up against the Mongolian bow or English longbow.
(Could this be the last site of the Koa?)
Of course for every positive there is a negative, and the blowgun is no exception. For one the size of the weapon (again, taller then the man himself) means it can be burdensome to carry around. In fact, based on what I have read the man with the blowgun does not carry anything else except the darts when hunting. Secondly it does seem to take a bit to reload, and it will for the Huaorani require patience to put the dart in the tube, lest he may accidentely prick himself!
This weapon is going to be primarily aimed at the chest, where it may run into some difficulties. The blocking cape could be used to disarm the Huaorani , while the rare coconut armor may block this weapon completely. A Huaorani is going to have, at maximum, two shots with this weapon, and he'll need to make it count. For this reason, some Huaorani carried multiple spears.
This weapon doesn't seem to have been used in Huaorani society much, and their weapon focus seems to have ended after mid range. While I can see this weapon cutting deep into flesh, or if at the neck, causing decapitation, there isn't much else to say about this weapon. The Huaorani is playing the Koa's game at this range, and while he defeated a melee focused opponent before he'll still want to avoid this area. In all likelihood this was probably used more as a tool then a means to kill, though as I mentioned above some sources state its use in warfare.
Machete (rare) :
|A gift from the missionaries|
(To save space I am going to combine this entire section into one.)
The Huaorani did not possess any type of armor at all, hell they usually did not wear clothes! Thus they will have no defensive advantages in this battle, and will have to bear the brunt of the Koa's wounds without any assistance. That's not to say that they will get nothing for this category....The Huaorani has no helmet to restrict his field of vision or his senses, and will be completely in tune with his surroundings. The lifestyle of the Huaorani gives them toughened skin and probably some pain resistance, as there is a lot of harmful things in the Amazon. Finally this warrior is as mobile as a warrior can possibly be, being completely uninhibited by anything.
While I will not contest that this man may be able to block in the fight I cannot see it happening often. His weapons will break quite easily, and cannot be used to block more then one or two strikes. The Huaorani is certainly agile enough to be proficient at evading.
Tactics: Night Attacks, Use of Poison, Ambushes, sudden, unexpected attacks
I will describe these in order. First pertains to their preferred time to attack, at night, preferably a moonless one, preferably while the enemies are sleeping. The Huaorani do not consider this cowardly, it minimizes their losses and stops the enemy from recognizing them so they could take their own revenge. Note that I will not have them killing the Koa while they sleep, but they will have a advantage from fighting in the night if this turns into a night battle. Second refers to Curare which is used with the blowgun and bow. This will greatly increase the amount of the amount of bow kills and will be responsible for ALL the blowgun kills. It may even effect the spear kills a little. The Huaorani are renowned for their surprise attacks, able to effectively use the environment even on the enemies's own soil! Huaorani attacks are often sudden and a bit unpredictable, further adding to their advantage of surprise.
Terrain Manipulation: A high degree of
|Huaorani, probably 1980s|
As mentioned above, the Huaorani are great at using the environment to their advantage in an ambush. They are capable of hiding in foliage until an enemy gets close enough, climbing up trees and firing from up there, and basically using whichever environment is available to them. As mentioned up above in tactics they seem to be able to repeat this feat in unfamiliar environments .
Rules: No Down Kills, Ambushing, Revenge!
|The events that set off the plot of this film were the result of a classic Huaorani ambush.|
Ambushes are the standard rule of engagement for the Huaorani, and they will strive to surprise and vanquish their enemies. Huaorani society, back when it was in a constant state of civil unrest, viewed forgiveness as a stigma, and seemed to have felt this need to avenge every wrong. While this trait primarily factors into the motivation category, the Huaorani demand for it led me to put it in the rules section as well.
Motivation: Xenophobic, Fanatical Revenge Killings
|Another Promotional poster.|
As a culture, the Huaorani were Extremely unfriendly to the non-Huaorani. In their culture they alone are the "people" whereas everyone else is a non-human cannibal or "cowode" . To the Huaroani (of the time frame I am using) , no one else but them was human. They have viciously attacked those that dared intrude on their land before, ambushing them with spears and blowguns, and made raids into the territory of enemy tribes. Huaorani warriors often show little mercy to their own people, so given that they are unlikely to show any mercy to the strange Cowode from beyond the great river.
"An Eye for an Eye" was Hammurabi's famous phrase. Well, if the tribal Huaorani are any indication it is likely that the idiom predated him by many millennia at least, as revenge is the law of the Huaorani's lands. Someone refused to marry their daughter to you or your brother? Spear them both! Someone burned down your village? Spear all of his! Accidentely trespassed? "Accidentely" trespass into their gut with your spear (bad joke I know) . It is hard to underestimate the motivation that revenge is, and indeed may of our favorite anti-heroes are driven by the need to achieve it. In this battle the Koa insult the Huaorani by both existing and their own (incorrect) view that the Koa were the raiders from earlier.
Training/Experience/Quality of enemies: Semi-Nomadic Culture, Hunting, Intra and Inter-tribal conflict, conflict with outsiders, Quality of Enemies: Low-Medium
The Huaorani lived in a semi-nomadic culture, meaning that they spent great swathes of a year in one place before ultimately moving to another settlement. This means that a Huaorani would be used to traveling to unfamiliar areas, as well as hunting. Hunting is a dangerous but mandatory profession in the Amazon, after all jaguars, snakes (including Anacondas), Pumas, and all sorts of poisonous animals are known to inhabit it. It is from hunting these (except the Jaguar, who they respect) that the Huaorani gain experience with their blowguns and spears, which will help them against a more dangerous animal, man. Huaorani tribal culture came to be so violent during the 1950s (the period of time that these Huaorani hail from, and during which time the majority of their tribe died of violence ) that a Huaorani tribesmen could expect violence from within his own individual tribe, from the other tribes that compose of the Huaorani, from the neighboring tribal cultures, and even from non-natives, a group which includes loggers, oil workers, government officials, and poachers (I don't count the missionaries here because they didn't fight back).
|This scene did not end well for the Cowode|
Each conflict would have brought about a different lesson. The Intra-tribal conflict would have tough the Huaorani to beware of insulting others, watch your neighbors, and sleep with an eye open. The conflicts with the other Huaorani would have expanded a Huaorani's contacts, taught them when it was best to ambush other humans, and how to work in small group units. Fighting with neighboring tribes not part of the Huaorani culture would given them access to different weapons, and possibly some experience with them. Finally conflict with non-native foreigners would have taught them how to best deal with superior technology and encroachment on their lands, as well as solidifying ambush techniques.
Overall however, the quality of the Huaorani's enemies is rather low. None of them are really trained for prolonged periods of warfare; the Ecuadorian army does not have regular conflict with unruly tribes as far as I know. Whereas the Koa fight foes trained and geared for a whole lifetime of war, the Huaorani fight as sort of a hobby, not for conquest or to hone their skills, but only for revenge or defense.
Closing Statement (with credit to Vercingetorix)
|The so called Warriors of the Amazon. Will they prevail against the Warriors of the Pacific?|
5 Ways to Win (again Vercingetorix) :
1. Long Range is key!
Though the sling may have the greatest range in this battle, the dual combo of poisoned blowguns/arrows holds no equal.Curare is highly lethal, and even if it doesn't put the Koa to sleep immediately (either permanently or temporarily), it will still weaken him for the upcoming melee. The more the Huaorani are able to kill or maim before getting into mid range, the better.
2. Its a trap!:
Ambushes are going to be key here. Ancient Hawaiian battles were generally formal affairs, and the irregular tactics favored by the Huaorani are going to be a huge shock for the Hawaiian elite. Combining Long Range with ambushes will further whittle down the Hawaiians.
3. Use both ends of the spear!:
Mid range is another strong-point of the Huaorani, though unlike Long Range the Koa contest this category with the Huaorani a bit more. The Huaorani are going to want to get in fast, and use their superior numbers (the Koa in all likelihood being whittled down by long range far more then the Huaorani were) to gang up on the Koa, and stab them whenever and wherever possible. Pitched combat will result in the Huaorani falling out of favor, which leads to point 4....
4. Avoid Close Quarters!
The Koa hold undeniable dominion here with their Lua martial arts and weaponry, and the longer the Huaorani stay in this range the greater disadvantage he will have. The Amazonians MAY go for brief forays or surprise attacks into this category, with their machetes, axes and bordunas, but to stay long is a recipe for disaster .
5. Remember what your fighting for!:
The Huaorani are a highly motivated fighting force, one which is feared throughout Amazonia. If they can keep sight of their goal, their desire to win will stay at its high levels, increasing their desire to win.
With that said what do you think of this warrior?
Now onto the
Hawaiian Koa Warrior!
|The Koa are named after the Koa tree, which is one of the most common trees in the island.|
- AliÊ»i, the royal class. This class consisted of the high and lesser chiefs of the realms. They governed with divine power called mana.
- Kahuna, the priestly class. This class consisted of the priesthood that tended the temples and conducted religious activities in the villages. Scientists and exceptional navigators also were deemed to have kahuna status.
- MakaÊ»ainana, the commoner class. This class consisted of the farmers, fishermen, craftsmen and their families. In a feudal society, they were charged with laboring for the overall economy.
- Kauwa, the outcast or slave class. This class consisted primarily of people who were considered to be of low birth and thus born without mana. They were not allowed to move up in the caste system or improve their conditions. The mingling of members from other caste groups with the Kauwa was strictly prohibited by kapu. This caste also included prisoners captured in times of war. These prisoners forced to serve the aliÊ»i or were more often used for sacrifice at the luakini heiau.
- All castes were bound by the Kapu system or Taboos that governed Hawaii way of life.
*Finally I should mention that since the Huaorani got a machete the Koa will have their polulu pikes, which is completely unsuited for this type of fight, taken away.
Long Range: Ma'a sling, Ihe, Pikoi
Ma'a (sling ) and Pohaku(stones)
The Ma'a sling was the long range weapon of choice of Hawaiian armies. While bows were known they were not used in warfare, instead only used in hunting or games. The Sling was crafted out of a pouch made of woven strips of Hua situated in the center of long plaited ropes. The Koa may have had one of the most deadly types of ammunition anywhere, as they carved rounded conical stones out of hard, dense volcanic rock, which when thrown with great force, may do more than just break bones...