www.tombraiderforums.com  

Go Back   www.tombraiderforums.com > Tomb Raider Series > Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-12-20, 20:50   #1
Love2Raid
Tomb Raider
 
Love2Raid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 20,660
Default Yaaxil body modifications

I noticed how they have removed their top lip. Does anyone know what the idea behind that is? Is it something from Mayan culture? I did a quick search online but could only find that they pierced their top lip (and other areas), but nothing about removal. Doesnít seem very practical anyway, many functions would be impaired, not to mention your teeth would rot pretty fast. Maybe the developers just thought that it looked cool, in a creepy way?
__________________
Itís just an opinion, you donít have to agree. Į\_(ツ)_/Į
Love2Raid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-20, 22:27   #2
SoraSakai
Professor
 
SoraSakai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 4,653
Default

Yeah it looks cool
__________________
"That's a nice Tomb... would be shame if anyone happened to RAID it."
SoraSakai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-20, 12:05   #3
Shirley_Manson
Professor
 
Shirley_Manson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3,180
Default

Points for creativity though. The main Yaaxil lady looks genuinely creepy imo. I just wonder how she's not drooling everywhere.
__________________
Stop the car, I want to get in.
Shirley_Manson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 02:31   #4
AimlessThunder
Professor
 
AimlessThunder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Romania
Posts: 4,370
Default

From what I remember all the Yaaxil were females.
I think that they also had their breasts removed.
AimlessThunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 09:46   #5
Ahmier
Archaeologist
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,925
Default

They did have some pretty important specialist in their team to communicate with for this game. So they might have known a little more of certain Mayan traditions. I know at a certain age, boys were expected to remove their foreskin as some symbol. So perhaps that applies to the Yaaxil in regarding their lips? Or like you said, just a creepy yet cool design.
Ahmier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 11:02   #6
Raider8
Archaeologist
 
Raider8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Asia
Posts: 1,149
Default

The Yaaxil just scare me. I mean how can someone have their mouth permanently open all the time. yuckkhhh. The creatures should be clean in the next game lol.
Raider8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 14:17   #7
AntRaidsTombs
Relic Hunter
 
AntRaidsTombs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 6,651
Default

I also love the fact that the Yaaxil are all women lol.
__________________
ďSometimes the courage of one person can outweigh the cowardice of others.Ē - LC
AntRaidsTombs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 15:11   #8
Rai
Moderator
 
Rai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: In a bubble outside the universe
Posts: 34,411
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AimlessThunder View Post
From what I remember all the Yaaxil were females.
I think that they also had their breasts removed.
I remember that time when someone tried to prove they were male, stating that as they were humanoid, then they'd have more feminine, curvy forms if they were females. Yet they're literally described as godesses, which, from a mural Lara reads, were once graceful. Living on earth for so long, often underground, has led them to become deformed, grotesque even. Only the Crimson Fire remains slightly more obviously female.

It is interesting how they've devolved. How they've become almost feral. The lack of top lip is interesting, it certainly doesn't seem practical, yet maybe they no longer need it, as they use their teeth to tear into victims? The Crimson Fire looks like she has a few metal (gold?) teeth, perhaps the lack of the top lip shows these off better, to be even more intimidating.
__________________
"Who we are is not what we wear, or what sparkles. It's our spirit that defines us."
Rai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 19:25   #9
Love2Raid
Tomb Raider
 
Love2Raid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 20,660
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirley_Manson View Post
Points for creativity though. The main Yaaxil lady looks genuinely creepy imo. I just wonder how she's not drooling everywhere.
I know right? Gross. I looked again at a screenshot and her cheeks have been cut from the corners of the mouth and then stitched back together. Ouch! Well, beauty is pain.
Quote:
Originally Posted by AimlessThunder View Post
From what I remember all the Yaaxil were females.
I think that they also had their breasts removed.
Say what now, they are all female??! Seriously, I did not know this. Damn, thatís... wow. Crazy. I was going to ask how you knew this, but Rai already answered that:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rai View Post
I remember that time when someone tried to prove they were male, stating that as they were humanoid, then they'd have more feminine, curvy forms if they were females. Yet they're literally described as godesses, which, from a mural Lara reads, were once graceful. Living on earth for so long, often underground, has led them to become deformed, grotesque even. Only the Crimson Fire remains slightly more obviously female.

It is interesting how they've devolved. How they've become almost feral. The lack of top lip is interesting, it certainly doesn't seem practical, yet maybe they no longer need it, as they use their teeth to tear into victims? The Crimson Fire looks like she has a few metal (gold?) teeth, perhaps the lack of the top lip shows these off better, to be even more intimidating.
I must have spaced out during this cutscene, because I canít remember this at all! Thanks, very helpful! Looks like gold or silver teeth indeed. Also subdermal implants and some scarification going on there. The designers went all out, hahaha! Love the result though. They are indeed scary en intimidating looking, much more than the stormguard and the deathless ones from Rise. That part where you had to go through a tunnel with one of them creeping around was so memorable! One of my favourite parts in the game. Very effective use of silence (I donít remember any music there) and you were given all the time in the world to move forward. It reminded me of classic TR where you could hear something lurking around but you had to move forward to find out what it was. Iím grateful that Eidos Montreal brought things like this back to the series. Iím going to do another playthrough of the game during the winter holidays and finally try the DLC as well.
__________________
Itís just an opinion, you donít have to agree. Į\_(ツ)_/Į
Love2Raid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-20, 20:42   #10
Rai
Moderator
 
Rai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: In a bubble outside the universe
Posts: 34,411
Default

To be fair, I can't remember now if the cutscene I'm thinking of is part of the main game or DLC. I'll have to check.

Edit: it's in the main game, from 33 mins in.

__________________
"Who we are is not what we wear, or what sparkles. It's our spirit that defines us."

Last edited by Rai; 08-12-20 at 21:00.
Rai is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT. The time now is 09:36.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.