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Taung as a future Cartel Species!


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Terin
12.03.2012 , 01:43 PM | #1
Let's face it; Mandalorians are awesome, and the Taung are the species that birthed the culture. I would love nothing more than to see them rise from the shadows, and be made playable as Bounty Hunters and Warriors, and maybe Troopers and Consulars (Knight doesn't feel quite right, by default).

Seeing as they've never had a truly canon appearance, I would personally suggest drawing some inspiration from another BioWare franchise, Mass Effect. Specifically, Garrus Vakaran and the Turian race. Now, I am *NOT* saying you need to rip them off whole-sale, but I think the overall look would serve as good inspiration. We don't need perfect lip-syncing or anything, just enough that we can tell if they're angry or happy.

Also, for their Racial Social Ability, I would personally like something like "War Cry", making him roar ferociously, but causing nearby people to quiver in fear. Just a thought.

Of course, I would personally still *LOVE* to see a full-on Mandalorian class, based on the Canderous Ordo style of Mandalorian (as opposed to the Fett-family Mandalorian). Give him kind of a "Roman Gladiator" sort of vibe, wielding either Assault Cannons or non-Lightsaber melee-weapons (ie. Vibroblades, Electro-staffs). Granted, an entire Class is probably a *TON* of work, but hey; I can dream, right?

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Wolfninjajedi
12.03.2012 , 01:48 PM | #2
Though while I would like to play as the actual Mandalorian species....they would be extinct by now.
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Terin
12.03.2012 , 01:57 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Wolfninjajedi View Post
Though while I would like to play as the actual Mandalorian species....they would be extinct by now.
Not necessarily true; we know at least one survived. Granted, they would still be on the verge of extinction either way, but... well, when you can play as a Sith Pureblood Knight or Smuggler, I think you've already jumped ship :P

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Wolfninjajedi
12.03.2012 , 01:59 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Terin View Post
Not necessarily true; we know at least one survived. Granted, they would still be on the verge of extinction either way, but... well, when you can play as a Sith Pureblood Knight or Smuggler, I think you've already jumped ship :P
Thats different, being theres plenty of purebloods and being a pureblood doesn't mean that you always gotta be darkside or that you have to be force sensitive. Theres plenty of non-force sensitive purebloods in the game, so it at least makes some sort of sense that they could be knights or smugglers.
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Terin
12.03.2012 , 02:20 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Wolfninjajedi View Post
Thats different, being theres plenty of purebloods and being a pureblood doesn't mean that you always gotta be darkside or that you have to be force sensitive. Theres plenty of non-force sensitive purebloods in the game, so it at least makes some sort of sense that they could be knights or smugglers.
True, it makes sense on a purely scientific level, but you have to admit; it's strange :P

In any case, the actual, permanent extinction of an entire species is kind of difficult to establish anyways. If the pure-blooded Sith species could survive, I should imagine a few lone Taung could survive in some capacity. Like the Sith Purebloods, they could be introduced on to the scene, yet still be available for other Classes through game-mechanics.

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Flintfire
12.03.2012 , 03:04 PM | #6
Just realize that the sith purebloods in the game are not pure blood, they interbred with humans long time ago, purebloods are just those who have some physical appearance of the ancient sith. But when you say the tuang, were they humans or a species that evolved into human mandalorians. For example, Correllians and Alderanians are human naturally, they just are on different planets. So wouldnt a mandalorian, seeing that is what they are, be human too?
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Terin
12.03.2012 , 03:19 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Flintfire View Post
Just realize that the sith purebloods in the game are not pure blood, they interbred with humans long time ago, purebloods are just those who have some physical appearance of the ancient sith. But when you say the tuang, were they humans or a species that evolved into human mandalorians. For example, Correllians and Alderanians are human naturally, they just are on different planets. So wouldnt a mandalorian, seeing that is what they are, be human too?
Mandalorians aren't a race, merely a culture. The Taung were the species that created the Mandalorian culture, which basically makes them the "Mandalorian species".

It's entirely possible they could do something similar to the Sith Purebloods, and that the Taung are kind of a hybrid. I just don't want them to have totally humanoid faces. Even if they aren't as expressive as existing races, I want something that really stands out.

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Wolfninjajedi
12.03.2012 , 05:50 PM | #8
Tbh if they are put in the game, then i'll happily roll one for sure for a BH. Plus...

The Taung > Newer Mandos. IMO, they really should have just left the Mandalorians as the Taung...would have made them far more interesting and unique.
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Gratulor
12.03.2012 , 06:08 PM | #9
I'm a total Mandohead and would love to be able to play a Taung, but canonically it's kind of hard to bring them back without an elaborate explanation of how they are still around. They pretty much drove themselves to extinction, and if not for the fact that they invited other species to join their culture the Mandalorians as a whole would have been gone from the galaxy long before the game.

And they have a canon appearance, seen here.

As for a Mandalorian class... I'd rather see new ACs pop up. Mandalorian warrior could be a new bounty hunter AC, complete with blaster rifles and cannons. Not that it's ever going to happen, but it's the only way I'd see it happening.
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Terin
12.03.2012 , 08:21 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Gratulor View Post
I'm a total Mandohead and would love to be able to play a Taung, but canonically it's kind of hard to bring them back without an elaborate explanation of how they are still around. They pretty much drove themselves to extinction, and if not for the fact that they invited other species to join their culture the Mandalorians as a whole would have been gone from the galaxy long before the game.

And they have a canon appearance, seen here.

As for a Mandalorian class... I'd rather see new ACs pop up. Mandalorian warrior could be a new bounty hunter AC, complete with blaster rifles and cannons. Not that it's ever going to happen, but it's the only way I'd see it happening.
As far as the Taung, like I said, I just don't see their situation being terribly different from the Sith Purebloods. Maybe there could be a small, newly-discovered Taung settlement on Ilum, and the Republic and Empire paved the way to try and accept them into their ranks, in order to make them playable. It's a stretch, but honestly, there are very few species that are honestly that exciting that the average joe would want to purchase them (and the Cathar seemed an even stranger choice).

As for Mandalorians as a Class... probably far-fetched, but I'd be more surprised to see more AC's. The main reason is simple; I think a lot of Bounty Hunters would be upset if they had to trudge through the same story again, just to get the Mandalorian that they really wanted in the first place. It would be expensive to make an all-new campaign, but I think the pay-off, both for players and for the dev profits, would make the investment more worthwhile, whereas by adding new AC's, you run the risk of alienating existing players.