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Aumaua Race - Expectations and speculations

Aumaua Race

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Poll: Aumaua (190 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you expect Aumaua should be like ?

  1. Barberian-Monster like (orc, half-orc, ogre, Half-ogre, Troll etc) (8 votes [4.21%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.21%

  2. Reptile like (Lizard-man, Snake-man) (31 votes [16.32%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.32%

  3. Aquatic-Humanoid (amphibian, fish, squid - like ) (37 votes [19.47%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.47%

  4. Human-like but diffrent (Qunari, Giant-like) (55 votes [28.95%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 28.95%

  5. More animalistic like (Centaur, Minotaur, Wolfmans) (37 votes [19.47%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.47%

  6. Other Ideas (Tell what) (11 votes [5.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.79%

  7. I dont care, Don't have opinion (11 votes [5.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.79%

What do you think about "Aumaua" name for this race ?

  1. It's Perfect i whant that race be named that. (24 votes [12.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.63%

  2. It's strange name but i like it. (81 votes [42.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 42.63%

  3. I don't care about this name. (50 votes [26.32%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 26.32%

  4. I don't like it but even if they don't rename it i will survive. (25 votes [13.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.16%

  5. I don't like it they should rename this race. (8 votes [4.21%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.21%

  6. I HATE it the worst possible name :/. If they don't rename it i will now play this race. (2 votes [1.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.05%

What features should this race have ? (Examples)

  1. Strong men, warriors, barbaric attitude (44 votes [11.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.17%

  2. Large thieving skills, smart. (17 votes [4.31%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.31%

  3. Large magic skills (35 votes [8.88%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.88%

  4. some kind of moral code (samurai, knight, philosophical, etc.) (84 votes [21.32%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 21.32%

  5. focused on the invasion and robberies like Vikings or pirates (28 votes [7.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.11%

  6. calm, peaceful coexistence oriented (50 votes [12.69%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.69%

  7. Skilful diplomats, traders (40 votes [10.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.15%

  8. cynical, irreligious (49 votes [12.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.44%

  9. Religious, fanatical (26 votes [6.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.60%

  10. Otheer ideas (Say what) (21 votes [5.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.33%

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Nobody likes my cetacean based concept. This saddens me. Especially as it would allow for a number of divergent subraces, from orcan to bottlenose.

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I assumed something like the Vodyanoy

Edited by Sensuki, 19 October 2012 - 08:41 PM.


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A Murloc type race would be great. Stupid Blizzard should have made them a Horde race instead of dirty elves.

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Nobody likes my cetacean based concept. This saddens me. Especially as it would allow for a number of divergent subraces, from orcan to bottlenose.

I like it. I'm game for a bipedal race with aquatic mammal traits. It all depends on the particular environment of the Aumaua race.

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Based on my discussion with Adam Brennecke today, the Aumaua will at least functionally be analagous to Half-Orcs, a big strong race. I didn't get any further details on their physical appearance. It sounds like they are still very much being iterated on.
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Based on my discussion with Adam Brennecke today, the Aumaua will at least functionally be analagous to Half-Orcs, a big strong race. I didn't get any further details on their physical appearance. It sounds like they are still very much being iterated on.


I like this idea, half-orcs was always ilustraded like ugly-brutish-idiots and they where weekwhen you compere them expecially to dwarves. Aumaua can be strong like half-orcs but they not need to be stupid and ugly, they can also have their own culture (not like half-orcs)....

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I like how there's no clear consensus, which means Obsidian has their work cut out for them! We need diverse and intriguing races.

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I hope they're Deep Ones.

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Hopefully a race that considers humans and elves the same way as we consider ants. Any form of communication with them would be extremely dangerous since we would be met as pests in their eyes. Their language is also so complicated and nuanced that it would require a god-like intelligence just to understand the basics.

Edited by Meshugger, 20 October 2012 - 02:18 AM.


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Something about the name "Aumaua" does makes me think of fish-people for some reason, not that I care for the name in the first place. Personally, I have a fondness for playable lizard-folk and would like to see that. But I think I'd be happy with any sort of "beast" race, considering that the option seems to be rather lacking from the other choices at the moment.
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Do you think the word "aumaua" resembles a word from a real-world language? Maybe that would give us a hint on the possible creative origins of their cultural background. Is it possible that it sounds like from the Maori language (the same way "Cadegund" sounds German/Germanic)?

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Aumakua

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In Hawaiian mythology, an ʻaumakua (Posted Image /ˈmɑːkə/; often spelled aumakua) is a family god, often a deified ancestor. The Hawaiian plural of ʻaumakua is nā ʻaumākua ([naːˈʔɐumaːˈkuwə]), although in English the plural is usually ʻaumakuas. Nā ʻaumākua frequently manifested as animals such as sharks or owls. Nā ʻaumākua were worshipped at localities (often rocks) where they were believed to "dwell". The appearance of an animal one regarded as an ʻaumakua was often believed to be an omen (of good or ill). There are also many stories of nā ʻaumākua (in animal form) intervening to save their descendants from harm. It was extremely bad luck to harm a manifested ʻaumakua.
Some families had many ʻaumakua. Mary Kawena Pukui's family had at least fifty known ʻaumakua.[1]
Nā ʻaumākua were thus animals, places or rocks, and people. Ancient Hawaiians would have seen no contradiction in a powerful spirit being able to appear as all three, switching from form to form as convenient—as is indeed seen in many stories of gods and demigods.
A symbiotic relationship exists between person and ʻaumakua, the personal guardians of each individual and their family and the ancient source gods from whom Hawaiians were descended.
ʻAumakua can manifest in nature. The form varies family to family. Whatever its form, the ʻaumakua is one specific shark, owl, etc. However, all members of the species are treated with respect of family members.
If family ʻaumakua, these manifestations were not harmed or eaten; in turn, ʻaumakua warned and reprimanded in dreams, visions, and calls.
"ʻAumākua are intimate members of the human family, spiritual relationships with them are especially close and their presence is sought for feast and festivity, as well as in time of crisis. They act as healers and advisors, counteracting troubles and punishing faults." - J. Gutmanis
ʻAumākua could appear as:
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That's interesting. It appears that both Hawaiian and Maori are related Polynesian languages. By the mere look of the word, aumaua might indeed be inspired by Polynesian.

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I think if there is going to be a humanoid race, it should share ancestry with humans. I wonder if anyone agrees with me here, since there seems to be a lot of support for lizard/fish/frog-men. This is one of my most hated tropes across both fantasy and sci-fi: races that are essentially anthropomorphized versions of existing animals. I'm thinking of the Khajit, the Argonions, most everything Bioware has come up with, 90% of Star Wars races, the list goes on. Maybe I'm hypocritical, but Dwarves and Elves I can accept. I can think of them as pseudo-plausible races. They may not actually be realistic, but they are close enough that my suspension of disbelief can make up the difference. I can imagine how dwarves, elves, and humans could have evolved from a common ancestor to form three similar but distinct subspecies. What I cannot accept is that a feline evolved independently to become practically identical to a primate in movement, biology, culture, etc... For me, playing Elder Scrolls or Mass Effect is like watching Pixar's Cars. I can enjoy it, but I can never forget how bat**** preposterous it is that there is a species of talking cars. Obviously I don't expect Project Eternity to be hard sci-fi, but I really hope there's some level of plausibility to the mythos. If there is an amphibious humanoid, I think it should be a human ancestor that evolved to become amphibious, not a fish that evolved to become a human. If it is a totally seperate species, fine, but please don't give it human hands, a human face, a human shape, or worst of all, human mammary glands. I cringe every time I see a female Argonian.

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Aumakua

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In Hawaiian mythology, an ʻaumakua (Posted Image /ˈmɑːkə/; often spelled aumakua) is a family god, often a deified ancestor. The Hawaiian plural of ʻaumakua is nā ʻaumākua ([naːˈʔɐumaːˈkuwə]), although in English the plural is usually ʻaumakuas. Nā ʻaumākua frequently manifested as animals such as sharks or owls. Nā ʻaumākua were worshipped at localities (often rocks) where they were believed to "dwell". The appearance of an animal one regarded as an ʻaumakua was often believed to be an omen (of good or ill). There are also many stories of nā ʻaumākua (in animal form) intervening to save their descendants from harm. It was extremely bad luck to harm a manifested ʻaumakua.
Some families had many ʻaumakua. Mary Kawena Pukui's family had at least fifty known ʻaumakua.[1]
Nā ʻaumākua were thus animals, places or rocks, and people. Ancient Hawaiians would have seen no contradiction in a powerful spirit being able to appear as all three, switching from form to form as convenient—as is indeed seen in many stories of gods and demigods.
A symbiotic relationship exists between person and ʻaumakua, the personal guardians of each individual and their family and the ancient source gods from whom Hawaiians were descended.
ʻAumakua can manifest in nature. The form varies family to family. Whatever its form, the ʻaumakua is one specific shark, owl, etc. However, all members of the species are treated with respect of family members.
If family ʻaumakua, these manifestations were not harmed or eaten; in turn, ʻaumakua warned and reprimanded in dreams, visions, and calls.
"ʻAumākua are intimate members of the human family, spiritual relationships with them are especially close and their presence is sought for feast and festivity, as well as in time of crisis. They act as healers and advisors, counteracting troubles and punishing faults." - J. Gutmanis
ʻAumākua could appear as:

Whoa. If this is a culture based on ancient Hawaii... That would rock.

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Really weird looking Maori's ... interesting

edit: ahah!

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They share conceptual space with half-orc some how, the way the Orlans share conceptual space with Gnomes and Halflings.

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Religious reptilemen inspired by aztecs, maori-like warriors or somekinda mythological giants would sound nice.

Edited by Zere, 20 October 2012 - 01:47 PM.

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I think if there is going to be a humanoid race, it should share ancestry with humans. I wonder if anyone agrees with me here, since there seems to be a lot of support for lizard/fish/frog-men. This is one of my most hated tropes across both fantasy and sci-fi: races that are essentially anthropomorphized versions of existing animals. I'm thinking of the Khajit, the Argonions, most everything Bioware has come up with, 90% of Star Wars races, the list goes on. Maybe I'm hypocritical, but Dwarves and Elves I can accept. I can think of them as pseudo-plausible races. They may not actually be realistic, but they are close enough that my suspension of disbelief can make up the difference. I can imagine how dwarves, elves, and humans could have evolved from a common ancestor to form three similar but distinct subspecies. What I cannot accept is that a feline evolved independently to become practically identical to a primate in movement, biology, culture, etc... For me, playing Elder Scrolls or Mass Effect is like watching Pixar's Cars. I can enjoy it, but I can never forget how bat**** preposterous it is that there is a species of talking cars. Obviously I don't expect Project Eternity to be hard sci-fi, but I really hope there's some level of plausibility to the mythos. If there is an amphibious humanoid, I think it should be a human ancestor that evolved to become amphibious, not a fish that evolved to become a human. If it is a totally seperate species, fine, but please don't give it human hands, a human face, a human shape, or worst of all, human mammary glands. I cringe every time I see a female Argonian.


It really depends on the origin and the context.

You assume the races came about via evolution, in this world it may have been act of the Gods. A Cat Goddess might decide to make some cats humaniods to better worship her. Wizards experimenting on lizards might add human DNA. A species of tree frog might under go the same pressures as humanity. Even yes breasts could evolve on Reptiles if enviromental pressures forced more reptile species to give live birth (there is one species of reptile that does) with young needing nurishment from the mother.

I have no problem with Anthromorphic features on a species if thier is a cause/reason for it. Heck if theres not, I can make one up.

Anways right now my guess is the Aumaua are race of big Shark like humaniods, sharp teeth, maybe gills. Maybe the reason they tend to prefer land near water is they lay thier eggs in the water and when baby Aumaua hatch they're like tadpoles, coming to shore once they've grown up enough to become humaniods. Amphibious, but not Amphibians.

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I feel Suikoden 3 did the reptiles good justice

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Edited by Osvir, 27 October 2012 - 01:55 AM.






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