Leader's War Gear
The War Gear worn by the Leader (and on severe occasions, high-ranking officers) is, functionally, a Battle Armor rig to which is added a takhasar and a fur or fabric cape. While originally intended to both intimidate the enemy and rally troops and allies, it has taken on a symbolic meaning among subordinates, which can best be distilled into "we are in deep s$%!" for the fact that this style of gear is only seen when morale is low, otherwise the Leader commonly just wears a rig like everyone else with the Two Suns Insignia attached. The design of the uniform is highly influenced by long-standing social connotations connecting leather to Lan'tha, the goddess of (among a number of other things) war and the berserk fury of the desperate (to the point where some legends indicate that she can reanimate the dead so that they can continue fighting). The use of the takhasar in prayer and An'o more broadly has provided further evidence for this connection, and may hint at ancient practices involving particularly desperate prayers to Lan'tha for aid when the situation looked hopeless. (Funnily enough, this ancient custom may have survived in legends of Lan'tha reanimating the corpses of the dead for a final charge.)
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R. Dylon Elder
Woah! A weapon to rival metal gear! (I assume that's why you chose the name? Lol.) I like this alot and just for what it is, but what it means. "which can best be distilled into "we are in deep s$%!" for the fact that this style of gear is only seen when morale is low, " ^this right here^ this is the powerful statement of the article. It made me laugh... like alot. But then I got to thinking. It's an underused trope in my opinion. The "last stand" weapon. The weapon that's only deployed when its bad... real bad. Thaya a deep psychological statement to readers, just as much as the characters. Great work man. As an aside should you want to add more in the future, what's the effect. Sure its powerful, but what does it do psychologically. Are they bolstered with new resolve, morale heightened, or does it only bring them dread, like their walking into a suicide mission? Moreover, what does the enemy feel?
Thank you. I just want to point out, this isn't a weapon, it's...I want to say an "outfit" but that kind of understates how armor works. This is something someone *wears* rather than *uses*. I kind of felt like I should clear that up.
R. Dylon Elder
I know. Lol sorry, that's just how i know the troupe. Maybe I misunderstood the scope of it, though. Kind of lost it when I saw how it effected the troops. lol
The effect is mostly symbolic, really. A lot of it is highly cultural, and to outside cultures the ensemble kind of (or really) looks ridiculous.
R. Dylon Elder
Woah.... That's unexpected and awesome. Lol I suddenly realize I didnt read anything what it looks like. may need to explore a bit! Till next time!
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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
I like that they don't normally wear this, and they do it to boost morale in crap situations. I particularly like the incorporation of the religious takhasar.
It's pretty fascinating, a bit of cultural history and change over time.