A brief history of the Maya & Game-Faction Intro

A brief history of the Maya & Game-Faction Intro

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A brief history of the Maya  The Maya identity goes back a little more than 4,500 years, when a group of Proto- Mayan speakers settled in the region of Altos Cuchumatanes, in what is modern day Guatemala. Over time this group of people became one of  the most prosperous and powerful empires in Mesoamerica. Between A.D. 250 and 600, major Maya cities consolidated their power and as the surrounding regions saw the rise of many newer ones. It was a period of growth and development based on a social, economic, and political organization led by a noble ruler, as the guiding force, to all levels of the community. Although this was a period of significant expansion, it was not until between A.D. 600 and 800, that Maya culture attained its greatest splendor. This period saw the growth and development of the most famous and imposing cities, such as Tikal and Caracol, in Guatemala; Izamal, Aké, Uxmal, and Ek Balam, in Yucatán; Xunantunich, Lamanai, and Altun-Há, in Belize; and Copán, in Honduras (Lopez M. , 2011).  When the term “Maya” is mentioned, most people conjure up images of the complex cities, giant temples emerging through the green rainforest and thousands of hieroglyphic texts providing the names, deeds, and rites of Maya kings and queens. From the Northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to what is now modern day El Salvador the Maya created a formidable society that still influences the region to this day (Braswell, 2014).  The Maya culture was one of inherited nobility. Leaders of large cities could exact tribute from smaller communities, command men to build large public works, or enlist men from subordinate villages to defend them whenever enemies attacked or assist with warfare against rival cities (Braswell, 2014). Securing or reassigning social and/or political status was typically achieved by evoking ancestors, supernaturals, animals, architecture, history, and memories used to actively link individuals to a past, a powerful (or important) lineage, an apical ancestor of a kin group, or a significant built landscape (Pugh, 2009).  There were no shortages of powerful rulers over the duration of the long period of Maya rule. Documents indicate that a Maya ruler named Hunac Ceel conquered Chichen Itza. From A.D. 1100 to 1300, according to sixteenth-century documents, a Triple Alliance called the League of Mayapan was co-administered by Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Mayapan. Later, with the collapse  of the governments at Uxmal and Chichen Itza, Mayapan came to be governed by a multepal or joint rule. That alliance involved the Kokoom, the ruling lineage at Chichen Itza, the Xiw, the ruling lineage at Uxmal, and a few other groups (Braswell, 2014).  The Maya and their deities interacted on a regular basis through a series of communal and individual social rituals. When performing rituals such as the New Year ceremony and bloodletting, the Maya called upon various deities to ensure rains and good harvests as well as the life and health  of the elite and nobles in the community. The relationship of the Maya and the cosmos is most apparent in the Maya codices and the deities that appear as idols or on effigy incensarios, which provided smoke during rituals. One relationship between the Maya and their gods that was prominent was that with Ix Chel. Ix Chel (goddess of fertility, childbirth, and medicine) is the Moon Goddess in the codices and serves as the deity of Cozumel. At Cozumel, Ix Chel’s association with caves and water ties together the Maya primordial past with the present trade and pilgrimage routes, thus bolstering claims to traditional powers and memories of the past. (Pugh, 2009).  The Maya universe was divided into three realms: the celestial realm; the earth; and Xibalba (the Underworld). Each part of the universe was associated with a series of gods and a number  of layers: the celestial realm was composed of thirteen layers and was ruled by one of the thirteen Gods of the Upper World and Xibalba had nine layers and was ruled by the nine Gods of the Lower World. The terrestrial realm is typically shown as a turtle. All three realms were linked together and Maya living on the terrestrial realm communicated with and were affected by the supernatural beings in the celestial realm and Xibalba (Pugh, 2009).  Shamans who were deemed to have a stronger essence (or nagual) could initiate and sustain an interaction with the detached soul. In some cases, evil magic aimed at displacing and harming the soul is carried out and was considered to lead to sickness and required shamans to perform curing ceremonies to avoid death of the receptacle-body (Iannone, 2016).  It is believed by some that this nagual could be so powerful its spirit could allow men to shift forms into creatures like jaguars, taking on their speed and power.  Their cosmological views, in turn, encouraged their imaginative efforts in architecture, mathematics, and astronomy. In Mayan belief, however, one did not die and go to a `heaven’ or a `hell’ but, rather, embarked on a journey toward Tamoanchan.  This journey began in the dark and treacherous underworld of Xibalba where the Xibalbans who lived there were more apt to trick and destroy a soul than help one (Mark, Maya Religion: The Light That Came From Beside the Sea, 2012).  The Popol Vuh is a collection of stories which describe the creation of the world, of human beings, and how order was established by the great Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, through their victory over the forces of darkness and death. The characters whose tales are told in these stories are carefully constructed figures who symbolize the planets and the stars.  The Maya also venerated a serpent-like creature similar to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, known to them as Kukulcan, which signifies “Feathered Serpent”. However the Kukulcan of the Maya appears to be dissimilar from Quetzalcoatl in several of his attributes. Unlike some other Mesoamerican serpent incarnations, Kukulcan of the Maya has the attributes of a thunder-god. In the tropical climate of Yucatan and Guatemala the sun at midday appears to draw the clouds around it in serpentine shapes. From these emanate thunder and lightning and the fertilizing rain, and appeal to the Maya as a god of the sky who wields the thunderbolts.  A sinister figure, the prince of the Maya legions of darkness, is the bat-god, Zotzilaha Chimalman, who dwelt in the “House of Bats,” a gruesome cavern on the way to the abodes of darkness and death. He is undoubtedly a relic of cave- worship. This deity is alluded to in the Popol Vuh, under the name Camazotz, in close proximity to the Lords of Death and Hell, attempting to bar the journey of the hero-gods across these  dreary realms and claiming the head of the Hero Hunahpu as he attempted to pass through Xibalba. (Mark, Maya Civilization, 2012)  The Maya also had a connection to a fey creature known as the Alux. The aluxes protect plantations, cornfields and properties. To obtain its favors, a farmer makes a request to the shaman, who uses mud from the land, and a few drops of the land owner ́s blood to generate a strong connection between them. The creation process takes seven weeks. Once the process is over, the shaman indicates the name of the master and brings the Alux to life through offerings and prayers, and then places him in a strategic place to become the guardian. If the master dies, these mischievous pixies go to the service of the god of corn, “Yum K’aax” and if the property they cared for is occupied by a new owner, the aluxes will become mischievous until the new owner, tired of their acts, offers them food and prayers. (The Yucatan Times, 2018)  Though long-term warfare was seemingly limited during the time of the Maya, militarism was clearly a very prevalent and important ritualistic activity. The emphasis placed on territorial control gave rise to feuds between rulers of neighboring cities and often led to raids on enemy camps. The need for sacrificial victims or slaves may also have been a reason for unannounced attacks. At some sites defense methods such  as walls and earthworks to barricade the city have been discovered. During the Classic Period guerrilla warfare techniques included the use of wooden palisades, thorny entanglements, and deadfalls. The Mayan warriors were equipped with spears, wooden clubs, flint knives, and shields for hand-to-hand combat. As they developed their methods of warfare they introduced atlatls, or spear-throwers to the Maya arsenal along with obsidian blade edged clubs known as macuahuitl. The primary goal of Maya warfare was to capture, rather than kill, as many of the enemy as possible. Captives of elite status typically became subjects for human sacrifice, while commoners were sentenced to slavery. (Maine Center for the Arts, n.d.)  Every K’atun, or roughly every twenty years, the Yucatec Maya head chief examined all chiefs under his authority to find out whether they were worthy leaders. This did not involve physical competition or documents. Instead, the head chief challenged the nobles with riddles and expected them to find the correct answers. (Eberl, 2017).  How to Play the Maya. The Maya are an elite, well-trained force with warbands that usually muster fewer models. They rely on psychology rather than brute strength to stand up against more numerous foes. This comes in the form of pins making it harder for the opposing units to follow orders. By modifying the command check, the enemy wastes precious activations to Rally or risks being routed or even broken.  The Maya Command value is above average, signifying the disciplined nature and exceptional training of the Maya force. Their higher armor can keep them in combat past round one which enables them to be more dangerous with the Vengeful special rule. Maya soldiers can be exceptionally terrifying on the battlefield and most units have the Cause Fear and Vicious special rules which can impose extra pins from combat.  Cause Fear- Whenever a Maya unit with Cause Fear wins a round of combat, add one pin to the losing unit before break tests are taken. Units that Cause Fear, Dread or Terror and any monstrosity are immune to Cause Fear.  Vicious– Any attack rolls of ‘1’ cause a pin, regardless if the wound was saved or not.  Maya and The Way  The Way leads a Maya warband to bolster its own units or disrupt the opponent’s resources.  Children of the Maya that follow The Way of the Everliving will gain the Influence and Devotions that help bolster their smaller warband. The Everliving spells allow Maya units to shake off pins, boost their Resistance or even rain down wounds and pins upon the enemy. The Everliving Camazotz has a Baleful Gaze that can add pins to multiple units with a single attack.  A Maya warband following The Way of the Everchanging will embrace the Influence and Devotions that disrupt the enemy’s well-laid plans. Through Everchanging spells the Maya Priestess can instill deep psychological fears causing the enemy to nervously move about, take more pins or even risk being routed. The Everchanging Camazotz can be especially terrifying, affecting the Command value of a nearby enemy unit. 

It's that time of Year again, Battleforces are back!

It's that time of Year again, Battleforces are back!

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It's that time of Year again, Battleforces are back, and analyzing what's in the boxes, once again they manage to be one of the absolute best ways to get into either AoS / 40k, or to get your army from 1,000 Points to 2,000!Here's what kind of money you'll be saving by picking up any one of the factions (and this doesn't even include the standard 15% mythicos discount!)40K SetsOrks: Killdaka Warband - $75 savedSisters of Battle: Purgatos Mission - $92 in savingsNecrons: World Scour Legion - About $90 in savingsSpace Marines: Shieldbreaker Strike Force - Depending on how you purchase the units, you're look at easily over a $100 saved!Death Guard:  Plaguefester Warband - $95 - 100 Saved! Currently our Staff Pick for Battleforce boxes this year.Adeptus Mechanicus - Coming Soon AOS Sets Hedonites of Slaanesh: Sybarite Blade-Carnival - $90-95 Saved! Not bad!Lumineth Realm Lords: Vanari Shining Host - $100-110 Saved! Now that's solid!Soulblight Gravelords: Revenent Legion:  $80 Saved Ossiarch Bonereapers: Mortisan Tithe-Echelon : About $90 Saved

New Releases and New Pre-Orders! 10/30/2021

New Releases and New Pre-Orders! 10/30/2021

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Both Mythicos Locations have all of the new releases for Age of Sigmar and Lord of the Rings today! Stop in to grab some new forces for your stormcast eternals collection or the new supplement for Middle-Earth, The Fall of the Necromancer! We also updated our pre-order section with all of the upcoming releases for 11/06/2021 for Kill Teams, Adeptus Titanicus, Aeronautica Imperialis, and the new range of Games Workshop Hobby Accessories! All our new releases and pre-orders can be found here: https://www.mythicos.store/collections/pre-orders

New Releases for 10/30/2021!

New Releases for 10/30/2021!

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All of the new Games Workshop releases are now live on our pre-order section of the store! A bunch of the new Stormcast releases, the remaining Orruk Warclan releases, and brand new Middle-Earth products including a new source book! 

10.09.2021 Black Templar Army Set now up for pre-order!

10.09.2021 Black Templar Army Set now up for pre-order!

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The Black Templar Army Set is here! Up for pre-order on our website! This Black Templars Army Set is stuffed with stunning new all-Primaris Black Templars models, including a Marshal, Emperor's Champion, Neophytes, Initiates, and a Sword Brother. Not only do you get a full 13 models in the box, you'll also find the exclusive Codex Supplement: Black Templars featuring classic wrap-around artwork - it's the only way to get early access to their updated rules and background material. You'll also find a multipart plastic Redemptor Dreadnought in there to support your Eternal Crusade, plus a set of 28 handy reference cards for Templar Vows and Stratagems, 16 of which are new and exclusive to the Black Templars. Also included in this set is a Black Templars Transfer Sheet with a massive 226 individual Chapter icons in various sizes and colours, as well as honour markings and personal heraldry. The set includes the following multipart plastic miniatures: - 1x Black Templars Marshal (supplied with a Citadel 40mm Round Base) - 1x The Emperor's Champion (supplied with a Citadel 40mm Round Base) - 1x Redemptor Dreadnought (supplied with a Citadel 90mm Round Base) - 1x Black Templars Primaris Crusader Squad – including: 1x Primaris Sword Brother, 5x Primaris Initiates and 4x Primaris Neophytes. (supplied with 1x Citadel 40mm Round Base, 5x Citadel 32mm Round Bases, and 4x Citadel 28mm Round Bases)   Pre-order your copy today!

SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENT: Shipping Times

SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENT: Shipping Times

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Good morning, all! Liz from shipping here. I just want to update you all on the situation currently happening with USPS/UPS shipping and delays. The USPS processing facility in Kearny, NJ had their roof collapse from hurricane Ida (it actually injured 7 workers) and it has made shipping a bit of a mess, as they send their mail to other states now for processing, and transfer packages to UPS to complete the delivery. As the holidays approach, I recommend everyone sign up for UPS/USPS text updates for further information on packages they order online, delayed or not. Additionally, if you have questions on the whereabouts of your package, please contact your local post office or file a missing package claim here: https://about.usps.com/.../pub370_v10_revision_012016... I cannot refund shipping on delayed packages. There is a massive shortage of shipping clerks, drivers, and postal workers across the country and it is definitely causing some complications. I do my best to get all packages out in a timely manner, and when I drop off the packages to the post office, it is up to them to deliver your shipments on time and with care. I apologize in advance for any delayed packages that may occur through USPS or UPS, but we're all doing our best!:) Thank you !! -Liz

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