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The Yădakk started out as a nomadic tribe in the beautiful harsh Khalee plains. Now they are the traders of the Square, connecting their empire with impressive trade routes.

–Tribe description

Yădakk the 12th and final regular tribe in Polytopia. It starts with the Roads technology.

Yădakk is an upper-mid-tier tribe with decent resources and a useful starting technology.

Resources[]

Yădakk has 1.5x fruit, 0.5x forest, and 0.5x mountain.

Yadakk fruit
Crop
Yadakk forest
Yadakk game
Yadakk mountain
Metal
Fish
1.5x 0.5x 0.5x

Lore[]

Molded by a harsh existence through a nomadic lifestyle on the Khalee Plains, the Yădakk became merchants famed for their elaborate trade network. These jovial merchants are always ready for a good deal, great stories, and a life full of adventure.

–Zoythrus on Steam

Tribe Celebrations[]

  • Yadakk tribe day

    The 2019 Yădakk Tribe Day poster

    2019 Tribe Day: Most Yădakk merchants do business under the banner of the Horn Trading Company, the Square’s largest trade guild. Some like to say that the HTC is the real Yădakk government, since it even has a military!
  • Yadakk Tribe Moon

    The 2020 Yădakk Tribe Moon poster

    2020 Tribe Moon: Despite usually being written off as simple merchants, the Yadakk invest plenty into both art and education, often building museums and schools in their trade hubs. Of course, most art and education revolve around bartering skills, desert survival, and Khamelk husbandry.
  • Yadakk Tribe Moon 2021

    The 2021 Yădakk Tribe Moon poster

    2021 Tribe Moon: The Yădakk are best known for their extensive and elaborate network of roads for their many travelers. Often beginning as well-tread routes for merchant caravans and religious pilgrims, all roads are paved over by a team of road builders and every brick is blessed by a Tizjhan[note 1] priest.
  • Yadakk Tribe Moon 2022

    The 2022 Yădakk Tribe Moon poster

    2022 Tribe Moon: Treks across the harsh Khalee Plains are both dangerous and fairly boring. To keep their minds sharp, Yădakk caravans pass the time with a rousing game called 'Jikhij', a board game that forces players to use knowledge of their surroundings and encourages them to be aware of nearby food, water, and shade.
  • Yadakk_tribe_moon_2023

    Yadakk tribe moon 2023

    The 2023 Yădakk Tribe Moon video

    2023 Tribe Moon: It's not uncommon to see Yădakk merchant caravans roaming the Khalee Plains looking for customers. It's also not uncommon for most caravans to be comprised of the same family of Yădakk. What is uncommon is finding a lone Kickoo warrior out here, pretty far from home.
  • Yadakk Tribe Moon 2024

    The 2024 Yadakk Tribe Moon image

    2024 Tribe Moon: After a long day traveling the roads of their beloved lands, every Yădakk loves to enjoy a cup of hot Khăl-iz around the stove in their yurt. This potion slightly pitches your voice in a way that makes it possible to sing the traditional chants that have been sung by their ancestors since the beginning of turns.[note 2][1]

Webshop[]

  • The Khamelk is an extremely persistent animal. From just one single Khizuz fruit it gets enough nutrition to walk for weeks in the barren Yădakk lands.[2]

Inspiration[]

The design of the Yădakk is inspired by the cultures of peoples living along the Silk Road, including the Turkish and Mongolian cultures.[3] This theme was inspired by the Mongol-themed fan-made tribe Moriton.[4]

The Khamelk (Yădakk animal) was inspired by Kamälgen, a monument in Midjiwan's hometown that is a cross between the camel and the moose. The name of the Khamelk is a portmanteau of the words "camel" and "elk."

Design[]

Yadakk Appearance
  • Fruit: Khizuz (lemon)
  • Animal: Khamelk (crimson deer with antlers and humps)
  • Field: Pale tan steppes with brown soil
  • Forest: Bushy trees with no visible trunks
  • Mountain: Tall, brown, pointed mountains with snow caps
  • City: White brick frames with red or gold domed roofs and tall, spindly towers
  • Helmet: Fez with tassel

City Naming Syllables[]

ar, ark, az, ber, ez, ge, gy, kh, ki, kol, kă, mer, ol, sam, sh, st, tja, tsa, ug, urk, ül, üm, ăn

City Buildings[]

Monuments[]

Music[]

Yădakk Music
Link Description
Theme
Nature
"Saladik Ătjum" By The Impossible Yădakk Orkestar. Published by Polytopia Music.
Ürkaz Skin theme.

Skins[]

Ürkaz Skin[]

The gruff Ürkaz from the Khalee Highlands control the criminal underground of the Yădakk, and nothing is off limits are they establish economic domination of the Square!

–Ürkaz skin description
Urkazsplash

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

The Ürkaz skin was added in the fourth skin pack for Polytopia. They wear a furred cap instead of the typical Yădakk fez, and pouches at their sides.

  • The fruit are replaced with limes known as Lizuz.
  • The animals are replaced with a yak known as an Orda Beast.
  • The city buildings incorporate animal hides, banners, and food containers.
  • The Riders' saddles have tassels.
  • The Knights' shields and lances appear more tattered.
  • The Defenders have round shields with patches.
  • The Giants' shoes have brown soles.

Resources[]

City Buildings[]

Trivia[]

  • Alternate Urkaz head

    The alternate Ürkaz head

    Urkaz animal

    The alternate Ürkaz animal

    The Yădakk initially had different mountain, forest, field, and head designs.
  • Yădakk's extended theme, Saladik Ătjum, is the only one to have a music video. The music video showcases Midjiwan and Midjitone (the developer and sound designer of Polytopia, respectively) acting as the "Yădakk Orkestar" and playing several different instruments.[5]
  • Yădakk is the first tribe[6] to have a fan-made Tribe Celebration poster, with its Tribe Moon poster being created by Discord user poopmaster6000.[7]
  • The Ürkaz skin's animal, the Orda Beast, is named after the Turkish word for "over there." This is an intentional pun on how it "gets [its riders] there," intended as a bonus for bilingual players.[8]
  • There exist alternate versions of the Ürkaz tribe head, city buildings, and animal that are slightly different from those used in-game.
    • The alternate Ürkaz animal is the only sprite in the game that is not viewed from an isometric perspective. This is for aesthetic reasons.
  • The "leader" of the Yădakk tribe is named "Azurkaz".

Notes[]

  1. "Tizjhan" is the name of the god of the Yădakk.
  2. This lore blurb was recycled from that of the Yădakk Mug in the original webshop due to time constraints.

References[]

  1. Yădakk Mug. Polytopia Shop of Souvenirs. (Note: The old webshop on Threadless is now unpublished.)
  2. Yădakk Tee. Polytopia Shop of Souvenirs. (Note: The old webshop on Threadless is now unpublished.)
  3. Zoythrus on Instagram: Officially, they're a combination of Turkish and Mongolian cultures, essentially "the Silk Road" condensed into a tribe.
  4. Zoythrus: The Silk Road theme for the Yadakk was directly inspired by the Moriton, which were Mongol themed. We then blended it together with the Turks for a proper Silk Road-themed faction.
  5. Post by Midjitone on Reddit.
  6. Post by Zoythrus on Discord.
  7. Post by Zoythrus on Discord.
  8. Post by Zoythrus on Discord.
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