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Aazealh said:We have seen black people, just not in prominent roles.
Yeah I'm just wondering on their origin. Did their peoples originate within the Kushan empire, which would seem a little odd since it's inspired by a historical South Asian/Indian empire (which then again could easily include more Africa-like countries because fiction) or from elsewhere on the globe? Just don't know yet.
Aazealh said:You're conflating the Bakiraka, which is a clan whose members are typically lithe warriors (and look nothing at all like Donovan), with the Tapasa, a group of four elite warriors within said clan who rely solely on their physical strength to fight. Donovan was stocky, bald and reasonably muscular for a mercenary. The Tapasa are trained to the extreme and it shows on their bodies, who have become weapons themselves. This follows the philosophy of Kalaripayattu, for which hand-to-hand fighting is the final stage of learning. Anyway, aside from the fact they have no hair (probably removed because it could be a liability in battle), they have nothing in common with Donovan.
Ah ok, just goes to show I really need to sit down and read through the series again. Unfortunately I'm fairly busy and most of my books (including my manga and most of my western comics) are in storage right now. Thanks for clearing that up.