My valiant brothers of the Timpani Clan are fierce warriors, virtuous
fighters, and naturally skilled hunters. They are known all over Pandora
for both their spirituality and their great hunting skills. When the Tipani
hunt, they move without making a sound, like water slipping through the
cracks in the ground. Their statuesque
presence, brute strength, astute sense of hearing, and sharp eyesight enable
the Tipani to walk the land without fear. Sure and light-footed, a Tipani
goes easily undetected. The most experienced Tipani warrior can stock their
prey with such precision that the hunted scarcely realizes its danger until
only moments before its unfortunate demise.
The Timpani hunt with a bola, a hunting weapon that requires a bit of
choreography. One must twirl the bola high in the air, then with great might, fling
the weighted rope with exact accuracy. When the target is hit, the strands
are wrapped around the animal and used as a method of restraint. There is
no intent to make the animal suffer with the bola. It is a non-harmful
form of hunting to respect Eywa’s creatures. Moments before taking the
animal’s life, the hunter kneels beside the creature to place a calming
hand on its chest. A transfer of spiritual energy occurs between hunter
and prey, ensuring a tranquil passing into the afterlife.
The Tipani rely heavily on their keen senses and predatory instincts for
survival. During their adolescent years, strict focus is set on developing
both the mind and body for battle under the guidance of the clan elders.
While many clans have a hand in fashioning armor but the Tipani are the only
ones to wear these protective pieces regularly. In fact, there is a wardrobe
of various armors for specific purposes such as hunting, training and battle,
and less aggressively, singing and dancing. The armor is mostly made of bones,
shells, plants, insects and even claws of deceased animals. The Tipani believe
the animals’ predatory and survival instincts are transferred to the warrior
who wears the armor.