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The seemingly endless, sun-blessed desert is the home of the Oumaji tribe.

–Tribe description

Oumaji is the fourth tribe in Polytopia. It is a free regular tribe, and it starts with the Riding technology and a Rider.

Oumaji is typically considered to be a lower-mid-tier tribe comparable to Ai-Mo and Quetzali due to its relatively slow initial economic development. Its starting technology, Riding, is not an economy technology, nor does it lead to one. While starting with Riding allows it to quickly explore and capture many villages, Oumaji often cannot easily upgrade its newly-captured cities. This is exacerbated by the fact that utilizing crops, which constitute a large portion of Oumaji's resources, requires the tier two technology Farming, which may take some time to research. Low-level cities raise technology costs while not providing much income. Therefore, Oumaji is usually outmatched by tribes that start with an economy technology, such as Bardur, as those tribes can more quickly upgrade cities and have a greater income in the early-game.

Resources[]

Oumaji has 0.2x forest, 0.2x wild animal, and 0.5x mountain. Oumaji also has a water modifier in the game's source code that is currently not translated into the world generation.

Oumaji fruit
Crop
Oumaji forest
Oumaji game
Oumaji mountain
Metal
Fish
0.2x 0.2x 0.5x

Lore[]

The Oumaji are desert nomads famous for their Shebron husbandry and skill in the saddle. Known for their penchant for lightning-fast raids and guerilla tactics, the Oumaji are a formidable foe.

–Zoythrus on Steam

Tribe Celebrations[]

  • Oumaji tribeday

    The 2019 Oumaji Tribe Day poster

    2019 Tribe Day: While most cacti are inedible, the Sajaa is an exception. While not as iconic as their Shebron, it is full of water and nutrients, and what makes the Oumaji way of life possible in the desert.
  • Oumaji Tribe Moon

    The 2020 and 2021 (first blurb) Oumaji Tribe Moon poster

    2020 Tribe Moon: The Mausoleum at Ojibake is the final resting place of Mubehasi the Undefeated, the legendary leader of the Oumaji hordes and unifier of the Seven Oumaji Clans. The tower holds the records of their mighty reign and ensures that the memory of Mubehasi lives on in the hearts of all Oumaji!
  • 2021 Tribe Moon: The Oumaji refer to any large grouping of people as a "hamu", which can also be applied to anywhere people congregate. Town Hall? "Hamu". Battlefield? "Hamu". The entire Square? That's right, "Hamu". It was the Battle of the Limdor Dunes that decided the proper number of people for a hamu - at least 5.
  • 2021 Oumaji Tribe Moon 2

    The 2021 Oumaji Tribe Moon (second blurb) poster

    2021 Tribe Moon (second blurb): The lands of the Oumaji are home to the Onjimu Riders, an order of Shebron-back town criers who inform the townsfolk of the news through poetry! Now a crucial part of Oumaji culture, poetic delivery of the news has become a competitive sport, with rules, competitions, and even creative regional styles!
  • Oumaji Tribe Moon 2022

    The 2022 Oumaji Tribe Moon poster

    2022 Tribe Moon: Other tribes may have been blessed with fertile land, abundant resources, or a warrior culture, but the Oumaji have something the others do not - speed. The legendary Shebron can quickly dash over dunes, hills, and plains, and are why the Oumaji excel at hit-and-run raids.
  • Oumaji_Tribe_Moon_2023_-_The_Battle_of_Polytopia

    Oumaji Tribe Moon 2023 - The Battle of Polytopia

    The 2023 Oumaji Tribe Moon video

    2023 Tribe Moon: A lifetime of wandering the desert awaits the Oumaji. What are they searching for? What do they hope to find? How will they know when they find it? Maybe the desert has a deeper meaning beyond what the average Oumaji can see, and maybe they can find the meaning in their dreams...

Webshop[]

  • The best way to savor a cup of Oulu is at a temperature of 187°F. It is made of "things" the Oumaji find in the desert, unclear what exactly, but it tastes a bit like hot air. The Oumaji usually enjoy it among friends after a late dinner prepared over an open fire.[1]
  • To survive a trip through the vast Oumaji desert you would most definitely need a trusted companion. A beautiful striped Shebra can carry you many tiles without complaining, and provide a nice shade to rest in while having a snack along the way.[2]
  • Most people don't know that the Shebrons are vain animals. If you need to find an oasis in the desert, the Shebron will be your best companion since it's always looking for a lake so it can admire itself in its reflection. If your Shebron seems low for any reason, you can use a fake mirror to cheer it up.[3]
  • The Cacti is the most difficult plant to harvest if one is not equipped with this special Cacti blade. In fact, the poisonous thorns will most likely kill anyone who tries. With the Cacti blade, you have a chance to get hold of the special Cacti pulp, said to heal wounds and the disease of the yellow mountains.[4]

Inspiration[]

Oumaji is based on North Africa.[5] The buildings of adobe were used in these cultures and the headscarf was a garment widely used by these cultures due to the sand in the desert, and the Oumaji biome is very similar to that of the regions of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, and their Eye of God somewhat resembles the Wadi El Rayan. The forests they have are palm oases, which were really important for settlements in Arabia. Their lore also contains hints of Middle-Eastern influence, such as the uniting of the Seven Oumaji Clans, which may be a reference to the Biblical Twelve Tribes of Israel. Furthermore, in Ancient Mesopotamia, the world "ālu" (Akkadian) meant any place where a group of people lived together, regardless of size - this is reminiscent of the Oumaji word "hamu" which does not distinguish anything over the size of 5. [6]

Design[]

Oumaji
  • Fruit: Sajaa (cacti)
  • Animal: Shebron (zebra, also spelled as Shebra)
  • Field: Desert sand
  • Forest: Palm oasis
  • Mountain: Sandy mountains with flat tops
  • City: Clay adobe structures with small wooden embellishments
  • Helmet: Headscarf

City Naming Syllables[]

ba, dor, gh, ha, ji, ke, la, lim, mu, on, si, ye

City Buildings[]

Monuments[]

Music[]

Oumaji Music
Link Description
Theme
Nature
"Oumaji La" By Ondor Yeye. Published by Polytopia Music.
Khondor Skin theme.

Skins[]

Khondor Skin[]

This ancient order of Khondor Honor Guards has been around for ages, and they're here to return the Oumaji to a more "civilized" time.

–Khondor skin description
Khonsplash

The splash screen for the Khondor skin in the Tribe Selection menu.

The Khondor skin was added in the third skin pack for Polytopia. They wear a grey jackal mask with a yellow stripe on top of the normal headscarf.

  • The Oumaji animal, the Shebron, is replaced with a large black cat known as the Sphelix.[7]
  • The city buildings are all marble white with gold accents.
  • The monuments are also replaced with this color scheme.
  • Warriors and Riders use golden sceptres as weapons instead of clubs.
  • Swordsmen and Giants use curved khopesh swords instead of the default double-edged ones.
  • Defenders use a rounded shield with a black outline and truncated edges.

Resources[]

City Buildings[]

Monuments[]

Trivia[]

  • In one early iteration of the the Khondor skin, they were called "Khehimu", and their description read, "This ancient order of Honor Guards has been around since the time of the warring Oumaji clans. Their Sphelix mounts strike both fear and awe in the hearts of all who oppose them!"
  • The Khondor skin is referred to as "Sfinx" in game files. This is likely a misspelling of "sphinx", a mythical creature whose Egyptian origin may have influenced the Khondor and whose name inspired that of Khondor's animal.

Trivia[]

  • The "leader" of the Oumaji tribe is named "Yelake".

History[]

Oumaji

The original version of the Oumaji head

  • Before Zebasi was released, Oumaji had the acacia trees that Zebasi now has.
  • The Oumaji headscarf was changed in version 2.0.58 because the original version appeared 'poorly wrapped'.[8]

References[]

  1. Oumaji Mug. Polytopia Shop of Souvenirs. (Note: The old webshop on Threadless is now unpublished.)
  2. Oumaji Tee. Polytopia Shop of Souvenirs. (Note: The old webshop on Threadless is now unpublished.)
  3. Shebron Phonecase. Polytopia Shop of Souvenirs. (Note: The old webshop on Threadless is now unpublished.)
  4. Cacti Phonecase. Polytopia Shop of Souvenirs. (Note: The old webshop on Threadless is now unpublished.)
  5. Zoythrus on the official Discord server: Oumaji covers all of North Africa.
  6. McMahon, Augusta, 'Mesopotamia', in Peter Clark (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History (Oxford Academic 2013), p.33.
  7. Name comes from public graphics folder: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DjWILSJ1i58A6YN8wTz-RdvUGhuR4BHe/view?usp=drivesdk
  8. Version 2.0.58 release notes: Upon closer inspection, we realized that the Oumaji were wrapping their headscarves in the worst possible way, so we decided to take a trip to the Square to give them proper instruction on how to wrap their scarf around their cube heads for better sun and sand protection.
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