Melee unit |
The Polynesia unique unit. (Replaces Warrior)
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
Enemy units nearby receive -10% combat strength
The Maori Warrior is similar to a Great General; however instead of increasing the strength of friendly units, it decreases the strength of adjacent enemy units. Build plenty of these units early as their promotion stays with them as they are upgraded.
The people who have in the last two centuries come to be called Maori descend from Polynesian colonists who reached New Zealand around 1300 AD, traditionally in seven great canoes ("waka"). The Maori language is one of the three official languages of New Zealand (the others being English and New Zealand Sign Language).
The Maori were some of the most feared warriors in all of Polynesia. They decorated their faces in a series of intricate and frightful tattoos, describing in detail their many accomplishments in battle. Before a skirmish would actually begin, each side would take part in an elaborate war dance if they had weapons during the dance it was called a "peruperu", if they weren't it was called a "haka" like the All Blacks, it was hoped that the dance would intimidate their opponents into quitting the field and admitting defeat, saving both sides a lot of time and energy.