Today on Deadliest Warrior: Fan edition, we compare the Pirate, vicious rulers and bandits of the high seas. And the Rajput Warrior, feared warriors of India. WHO. IS. DEADLIEST?
Today in "fight club" we will be comparing the Pirates to the Rajput, two warriors that have already been shown on Deadliest Warrior but never met in combat. That is what will make this episode unique from others. To start off this episode I, Zack, the main expert of this season, will tell you a little about each warrior so you get the feel of how the weapons would work.
Intro. to Piracy
The history of piracy dates back more than 3000 years, but its accurate account depends on the actual meaning of the word ‘pirate’. In English, the word piracy has many different meanings and its usage is still relatively new. Today, some uses of the word have no particular meaning at all. A meaning was first ascribed to the word piracy sometime before the XVII century. It appears that the word pirate (peirato) was first used in about 140 BC by the Roman historian Polybius. The Greek historian Plutarch, writing in about 100 A.D., gave the oldest clear definition of piracy. He described pirates as those who attack without legal authority not only ships, but also maritime cities. Piracy was described for the first time, among others, in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. For a great many years there remained no unambiguous definition of piracy. Norse riders of the 9th and 11th century AD were not considered pirates but rather, were called "Danes" or "Vikings". Another popular meaning of the word in medieval England was "sea thieves". The meaning of the word pirate most closely tied to the contemporary was established in the XVIII century AD. This definition dubbed pirates "outlaws" whom even persons who were not soldiers could kill. The first application of international law actually involved anti-pirate legislation. This is due to the fact that most pirate acts were committed outside the borders of any country.
Sometimes governments gave rights to the pirates to represent them in their wars. The most popular form was to give a license to a private sailor to attack enemy shipping on behalf of a specific king – Privateer. Very often a privateer when caught by the enemy was tried as an outlaw notwithstanding the license. Below we tried to outline a selective history of piracy, selective and arbitrary because there is so much that can be said about piracy and it is impossible to tell all. We hope that even this brief introduction will show the spirit and truth about the piracy the way we see it.
The most notorious of the Medieval pirates were Vikings . Vikings was the name of the Nordic people—Danes, Swedes, Norwegians—who explored abroad during a period of dynamic Scandinavian expansion from about AD 800 to 1100.
The first recorded Viking raid was a seaborne assault in 793 by Vikings on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the northeast coast of England. Growing evidence indicates that considerable overseas Viking migration occurred long before then. Vikings went deep into the Russian hinterland, founding city-states and opening the way to Constantinople (Istanbul). Vikings also fought the Carolingian Empire until in 911 they accepted by treaty the area of Normandy in northern France and settled there.
In the 11th century Vikings briefly established a Scandinavian empire of the North Sea, composed of England, Denmark, and Norway. On the other hand piracy was also the problem in the Far East.
With the decline of central authority in China toward the end of the 13th century, piracy began to increase along the China coast. Using ships large enough to carry 300 men, the pirates would land and sometimes plunder whole villages. For instance during the 1550s corsair fleets looted the Shanghai-Ning-po region almost annually, sometimes sending raiding parties far inland to terrorize cities and villages throughout the whole Yangtze Delta. Although coastal raiding was not totally suppressed, it was brought under control in the 1560s As we already said in the Far East operated wako pirates, in Japan's civil wars during the early part of this period. any of the groups of marauders who raided the Korean and Chinese coasts between the 13th and 16th centuries. When denied trading privileges, the Japanese were quick to resort to violence to ensure their profits. By the 14th century, piracy had reached serious proportions in Korean waters. It gradually declined after 1443, when the Koreans made a treaty with various Japanese feudal leaders, permitting the entry of 50 Japanese trade ships a year, a number that was gradually increased.
Originally mainly Japanese, in later times the pirates were of mixed origin; by the early 16th century, the majority of them were probably Chinese. Basing themselves on islands off the Chinese coast, the pirates eventually made their main headquarters on the island of Taiwan, where they remained for over a century.
The legendary rulers of India, the khstriya clans including the famous kings of suryavanshi and chandravanshi clans were forefathers of most modern day rajputs. Rajput (¿¿¿¿¿¿) literally means son of a king or blue blood. Some foreign tribes were given the kshatriya authority after they won wars against the original rajputs and established their kingdoms. They were called Agnivanshi rajputs, they ruled over most of North-Western India in the first millenium. According to legend, these tribes from northwest were purified and given kshatriya status in about 400 A.D. at Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The british historians disclaim the puranic genelogies as given in Vishnu Purana, Vayu Purana as myths, but with advancing science a few of these 'myths' have indeed be proven correct (like the legend of Krishna and submerged Dwarika).
Most Rajputs, the medieval kings , nobles and farmers have a disputable origin. However, quite authoritatively identified, various theories of origin have been put forward. Chief among them being the Hun Origin - or the barbaric tribesmen of Central Asia.The first Rajputs kingdoms are attested in the 6th century BC, and the Rajputs rose to prominence in Indian history in the ninth and tenth centuries. There is no mention of rajputs in ancient books .Probable Huna/Gurjar)and Kushans origin also can not be ruled out.
The foreign origin of the Rajputs is based on the fact that the word Rajput does not appear in ancient Sanskrit literature prior to the rise of the Hunas. Because of the fluid social structure in early medieval India,a tribe could gain or lose in status based on political importance and occupation. Many tribes over the course of time became extinct because of war, or relocated to another location and changed their names.
Traditionally, every rajput must belong to one of 36 rajput clans, the Chattis Rajkuls. During the rule of the British, Lieutenant Colonel James Tod visited Rajasthan and attempted to write a definitive list of the 36 Rajput tribes. However, everyone that he spoke to gave him varying lists. It can thus be concluded that any caste or clan that had furnished warriors or was politically dominant in a particular region could justly call itself Rajput. James Tod uses this legend as a basis for speculating upon a scythian origin for the rajputs.
The agnivanshi rajputs first came into historical prominence around the 7th and 8th century BC; they emerged as a set of inter-marrying tribes located in central India, Rajasthan and north western India (now Afghanistan and Pakistan). They were allegedly migrants to India from Central Asia who mingled with the aboriginal tribes and were given Kshatriya or warrior status by the priests. However, this view of Rajput descent from the Hepthalites or White Huns is disputed, and arises from the rise of Rajput ascendancy in the wake of the successful invasion by the Hepthalites into the Gupta Empire.
Now that you know about the Pirate and Rajput, its time for the weapons!
There will be five weapon categories:
The Pirates are comin' in here with:
And the Rajput strike back with the:
For long range weapons we have:
The Pirate Flintlock Vs the Rajput Chakra
The Flintlock pistol is a simple, single shot handgun that is mostly popular with Pirates. It is loaded simply by inserting the bullet, clicking back the flintlock mechagnism and firing. Of course it's more complicated than that. Here are some facts about it.
This weapon most likely will penetrate anything wood, glass, plastic, and thin sheet metal. But how much damage does it do to a real human?
If it can penetrate sheet metal, it can penetrate the flesh and bone of a human being. But if you have any doubts, please comment, I will take any objections. Just be nice. :) This weapon didn't fire bullets at the time of pirates, so they used musket balls, the next best thing. As we saw in Deadliest Warrior, the Flintlock did not penetrate the steel armor of the Knight. Thinking of that makes me doubt the power to penetrate sheet metal, but it still destroyed the Knight at the end of the battle. I think this weapon would definately beat the Chakra if the Pirate has a good enough aim to shoot the Chakra as it moves. So I guess in this situation the man beheind the gun makes the defference.
Next for long range is the Rajput Chakra
The Chakra is a perfect way of cutting the head of your enemy off. But if you only carry one and you miss, your in trouble. As we saw in Deadliest Warrior, the Chakra cut the pic carcus in half. In the battle, the centurion was lucky, if he didnt block the Chakra, he would be killed easily. The Chakra can go up to at least 30 to 50 feet. I would call this thing the hardcore frisbee. Because if you don't catch, you die.
I will not be the one deciding who gets the edge considering I am not an expert at weaponry. So I'll let you decide. When you finish reading list the weapon category and which you think is best. For example: Long range: Flintlock. And do that with every category. After about 2 or 3, maybye four weeks, I will count up the votes of whos weapons you guys like and which warrior you think is deadliest. So please list who you think is better also. Thank you. :)
Next is Defense Weapons, it will be: The Rajput Shield vs the Hand Grenade. I'm not sure how they would use the Grenade as they're defense, so use your imagination, you'll come up with something. Lets start with the Shield!
The shield is the ultimate defense weapon. It can be made of cloth, wood, straw, anything! But if the enemies have firearms or steel blades, those materials may not hold up. The Shaka Zulu shield that we saw on Deadliest Warrior, was made of a type of hardened cloth, that might not exactly save you from a giant Claymore sword. As for the Rajput Shield, you have pure steel, which will save you from a blade most of the time. And if you saw the Knights Vs Pirates, you must've saw that the Flintlock didn't get through the armor. If it didn't go through the armor it won't go through the shield.
The Pirates have they're own way of protecting themselves, The Hand Grenade.
If you have played COD or seen Deadliest Warrior: Jesse James Vs Al Capone, you probably think that all frag grenades look like the Pineapple bomb or the Steilhand or the M67, WRONG! The pirate hand grenade is a clay, wood, or iron pot filled with black powder, broken glass or shards of iron with a fuse in it. If planted right next to you, the hand grenade might blow you to pieces, but at a distance, it will be good for stunning or shrapnel wounds. If a pirate were about to be attacked by a Rajput weapon, he would throw one of these, stun the enemy, and evade the fight before the Rajput revcovers. Or he can stun him and attack while he is stunned. Either way will save your life. Unless the Rajput block the explosion with a shield.
I'm not sure who to give my edge to, so I am gonna go with equal, but you guys can decide who you like, and it's ok to put equal, I will still use it.
Now I will move on to Mid-Range weapons which are: The Khanda vs The Cutlass.
Two swords going blade to blade. I know that the Khanda got the edge against the Short Sword for the Centurion, but know it's going against the Cutlass, a popular Pirate weapon. If you pay alot of attention to Pirates of the Carribean, you may notice that they use the Cutlass. You will also the the Hand Grenade and the Flintlock. The Cutlass is sharp, light, and quick. This gives it an edge against the huge Khanda. If the Rajput are running out with a giant blade, the enemies will know immediatly what weapon to use and where to go. But with the Cutlass, it is stored in a sheath and small, not to mention it's lighter so they can move quicker.
If I were to decide, I would go for the Cutlass. Edge: Cutlass.
Now for Close range, the Pirates close range weapon is the circular barrled Blunderbuss, a shotgun made to bust your blunder. Whatever that means. But the Rajput have a different approach, the Katar, a vicious blade that goes from dagger to fork. We saw that the Katar was the killer weapon in Deadliest Warrior, but the Blunderbuss got the edge against the Knights weapon. (I forgot it) The Blunderbuss is mainly just an old fashioned shotgun with a circular barrel, but it can also be a pistol. But I wont get into that, it'll take a little too long. If you were to shoot at Rajput with a Blunderbuss at a close range, his armor would most likely be penetrated. As for the Katar, if you aim a Blunderbuss at it, you have a 50/50 chance of disarming your opponent or missing and being stabbed. Because if you miss, the Rajput will kill you before you can take out another shell to load. I'm gonna give my edge to the Katar.
The final weapon category is: Special Weapons, for special weapons the Rajput slice n dice with the Aara, or what I like to say, the steel whip. The ultimate way to kill someone and do it in style. Of course the Aara did not get any edge in Deadliest Warrior, it is still a good weapon. When they use it against Centurion armor, it will only take off the helmet. But pirates don't have all of that steel armor, so they might not be as lucky and the Centurion. Now the Rajput may have a fancy steel whip, but the Pirates have a better way of killing, and doing it quickly: The Marline Spike, a deadly killing tool made for killing and killing only. The Marline Spike is similar to the ice pick in Yakuza VS Mafia, but just a little bit bigger. The Spike may not be as fancy and large as the Aara, but it is much more concealable. When the Rajput are flailing around they're Aara like a performer, it makes them stand out more and lets the enemy know how to approach, but the Marline, is able to be hidden up a sleeve, in a holster or bag, or attached onto a firearm in case they run out of ammunition. Now if I were to ask the Deadliest Warrior team about this, I think they would give the edge to the Marline Spike. Edge: Marline Spike.
Well this is the end of Pirate vs Rajput. I do not pick who gets the edge, but I give my edge to Pirates. You guys pick who is deadliest and which weapons are better. In a few weeks I will count up the comments and add up the results to see who is....THE DEADLIEST WARRIROR!!!!!!!!!!!!