Running for their lives, Ralu, Entu, and Tsyal reach an island with
the Viperwolves in hot pursuit. A group of agile Tipani warriors chase
away the Viperwolves, but when one of the six-legged creatures threatens
to kill Entu, the Tipani Chief is forced to kill the beast. Angry at having to
put a creature to death, the warriors decide to test the trio's valor in a
symbolic battle using nothing more than wooden spears.
The wooden spear is one of the earliest examples of weaponry ever
recorded on Pandora. All clans use wooden spears, but the Tipani are
masters of its deadly purpose. It is not within the Tipani to engage in
senseless combat. When they must fight, they are very mindful of their
choice of weapon. Preference for the spear is based on versatility. A
knife is a magnificent close quarters weapon and a bow is unmatched in
its range advantages. A spear’s short-range and long-range proficiency
affords dominance on the battleground regardless of enemy. Historically
speaking, the wooden spear is the first weapon a young Tipani hunter
trains with. A centuries-old tradition sees clan elders accompany groups
of warrior apprentices into the woods where athleticism and tranquility
are put to the test. Success is not measured by the ability to slay a
creature, for many come home empty-handed. It is measured by the ability
to stalk prey without making one’s presence known. A master warrior must
first acquire the art of light-footedness before training in the art of
the kill. As the young Tipani develop into expert warriors, they learn
to master many different weapons. The bond they form with their first
spear is carried throughout life. But, for a Timpani Warrior, its their
shield that is a symbol of the protective power of Eywa.
After the intruders unveil their plan to find
Toruk, the Clan Chief does not believe one word of their story. She
orders them to go home, escorted by two warriors with their impressive
shields. This time, it seems as though all is lost for the trio.
On the return journey, they reach a steep cliff where the
trio try to escape on a Direhorse...in vain.