Thunder grew up on a Nez Perce reservation in Idaho with his younger brother Eagle. They were the grandchildren of a chief, and their parents were both tribal police officers who encouraged their boys to “walk with the law,” keeping the moral high-ground and refusing to give in to negativity and vice. The brothers studied hard in school and were gifted athletes. Thunder was built like a mountain and played football, while Eagle was a wrestler and amateur boxer.
How much you wanna bet they are going to change the Sammamish ender? I think it would make total sense because as of now it is useless. They might make the Sammamish ender provide a Call of Sky instinct dash, that would be neat.
Sorry, but I have a major problem with this one. You completely changed his design to lower the racism in his visuals, but then you put him on a reservation, give him a (assumed) chopper, and have him do vision quests. Huge disparities here, guys.
Anyway, Sammamish changes, huh? Interesting. I wonder if Skyfall will become unbreakable or get different strengths…
I’m just imagining Thunder as the Ultimate running back: Worried that someone could bring him down? Just instinct dash through for the touchdown
Awesome back-story. Nice to see it links both the classic games, a new early life, and the modern story.
Interesting to hear Sammamish getting a buff. Will it do more damage? Multi-hitting? Safer or faster perhaps? Maybe a recapture?
Wow, really well done! Love the historical accuracy, the way his quest played out, and also his alliance with Aganos. That was really cool!
It makes me wonder if we’ll find out who killed Thunder’s parents. Really hope we get some sort of resolution to the Eagle / Fulgore thing, like either Thunder rescuing his brother and then Eagle becoming a playable character with a sweet MMA style with takedowns and ground combos and what not, or perhaps Fulgore gets an Eagle skin where he’s like a human / cyborg hybrid?
Either way, really loving these so far! All four of them have been great, and I’m really looking forward to Sadiras next Monday! Finally, something to look forward to on a Monday.
Oh, and as for his Sammamish? I’d love it if they added an air throw as a second option to the normal down FK option at the end. I’d like to see him get more in his throw game. Still kinda hoping that Call of the Sky gets looked at again, but either way, this has me curious.
How are any of these things racist? Native Americans can live on reservations. The Nez Perce tribe has a reservation in northwestern Idaho where Thunder’s background references he’s from. They can also drive motorcycles. It’s a somewhat popular form of travel.
Vision quests are also seen as a rite of passage in some Native American cultures, including the Nez Perce tribe. The weyekin that’s referenced in his story comes from the Nez Perce language and represents a spiritual force or inspiration that one achieves by going on a vision quest.
In order to receive the weyekin, a young boy or girl (age 12 to 15) would go on a vision quest to an awe inspiring location, they would fast, and they would focus until nearly comatose and the weyekin would reveal itself in the form of a mammal or bird or a non-mammal such as wind or lightning. A person’s weyekin is said to be very personal, and stayed with a person until death.
Given how much the character in this game looked at and learned of his tribe’s past, I’d say that it’d be more than natural for Thunder to go on a vision quest and everything in his story regarding the Nez Perce is factual from a historical standpoint.
Would you care to explain how any of this stuff would be considered racist given the historical accuracy here?