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10 kiribati Warriors vs American mastodon
(09-27-2018, 12:41 PM)Aztec Wrote: Kiribati
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Gilbert Islanders brandish swords studded with sharks' teeth.  Pacific islanders fashioned several types of weapons using shark teeth.  Islanders in the photo are wearing helmets of porcupine fish skin and coir armor.

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The Gilbert Islanders were the most warlike of the Micronesians and were famous for their vicious weapons made of coconut wood and edged with shark teeth.  As defense against these they had developed complete body armor consisting of a sort of union suit woven from heavy strands of coconut fiber, a corselet and helmet.  This armor not only protected the wearer but also served to catch and break the teeth on his antagonists' weapons.  In battle each armored man was accompanied by one or more unarmored squires who acted as skirmishers until the battle was joined, then stood behind their armored lord to pass him new weapons as needed.

To protect themselves against the ugly wounds inflicted by their shark tooth weapons (particularly the long wooden spears and pole arms), warriors on the Gilbert Islands used to wear heavy armour made from coconut-fibre and helmets either of the same material or cut from globefish skin. Being restricted in their movement and easily tired by the weight of their protective garment, an assistant had to direct and hold the fighter from the back.

To shield themselves, warriors wore helmets made of the skin of porcupine fish with quill-like spines, knotted coconut-fibre leggings/pants, and body armour that covered the torso and had an additional head-and-neck protective shield that rose from the back of the armour.  The body armour was finely woven of coconut fibre and decorated with human hair in designs often based on diamonds.  The backshield was especially important for protection from flying stones.

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American Mastodon - Mammut americanum
Mastodons are any species of extinct proboscideans in the genus Mammut (family Mammutidae), distantly related to elephants, that inhabited North and Central America during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to their extinction at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 to 11,000 years ago. Mastodons lived in herds and were predominantly forest dwelling animals that fed on a mixed diet obtained by browsing and grazing with a seasonal preference for browsing, similar to living elephants. M. americanum, the American mastodon, is the youngest and best-known species of the genus. They disappeared from North America as part of a mass extinction of most of the Pleistocene megafauna, widely believed to have been caused by overexploitation by Clovis hunters, and possibly also by climate change. Modern reconstructions based on partial and skeletal remains reveal that mastodons were very similar in appearance to elephants and, to a lesser degree, mammoths, though not closely related to either one. Compared to mammoths, mastodons had shorter legs, a longer body and were more heavily muscled, a build similar to that of the current Asian elephants. The average body size of the species M. americanum was around 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in) in height at the shoulders, corresponding to a large female or a small male; large males were up to 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in) in height. Among the largest male specimens, the 35-year-old AMNH 9950 was 2.89 m (9.5 ft) tall and weighed 7.8 tonnes (7.7 long tons; 8.6 short tons), while another was 3.25 m (10.7 ft) tall and weighed 11 tonnes (11 long tons; 12 short tons).

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Here, the Kiribati don't have the long range weapons needed to effectively put down the Mastodon. Slings are ineffective and their swords won't work. I'm safely betting mastodon.
(01-12-2019, 11:50 PM)Kazanshin Wrote: Here, the Kiribati don't have the long range weapons needed to effectively put down the Mastodon. Slings are ineffective and their swords won't work. I'm safely betting mastodon.

Wouldn't they target the legs? Bleeding them out or slicing the Achilles heels.

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Theres a reason hunters in the past simply trapped mammoths before killing them. Attacking a behemoth like the mastodon head on won't end well. They could perhaps slowly bleed it out but I doubt that. The fact they don't have ranged weapons is they're biggest drawback.
30/70 in the mastodon's favor.

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