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26th Nov '16 2:37:08 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The third standard fantasy government alongside TheEmpire and TheKingdom, The Horde is a large group of barbaric or beastly warriors bound solely through either tribal ties (if disorganized) or the will of the EvilOverlord (if organized). Like the ProudWarriorRaceGuy, they value strength above all else, but are usually not as honorable. Their leader is usually the strongest, toughest, and/or most vicious or cunning of the group, often because the fastest way to advance through the ranks is via KlingonPromotion.

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The third standard fantasy government alongside TheEmpire and TheKingdom, The Horde is a large group of barbaric or beastly warriors bound solely through either tribal ties (if disorganized) or the will of the EvilOverlord (if organized). Like the ProudWarriorRaceGuy, they value strength above all else, but are usually not as honorable. Their leader is usually [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking the strongest, toughest, and/or most vicious or cunning of the group, group]], often because the fastest way to advance through the ranks is via KlingonPromotion.
19th Nov '16 6:17:49 PM MasterGhandalf
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** The first is the Canim, nine-foot {{wolf|Man}}men who are a ProudWarriorRace and occasionally launch raiding parties at Alera from across the sea.

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** The first is the Canim, nine-foot {{wolf|Man}}men who are a ProudWarriorRace and occasionally launch raiding parties at Alera from across the sea. Ultimately subverted in that the horde-like Canim are actually the Raiders, a nonprofessional militia drawn from the Canim's civilian caste. The actual warrior-caste Canim, who rarely come to Alera in large numbers, are ''at least'' as [[EliteMooks disciplined, organized, and professional as their Aleran legion counterparts]], and most have a lot more experience since Canim can live for centuries.


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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', the Pannion Domin is an aggressive, theocratic empire that employs two main military forces. Their main army is composed of well-ordered legions. Their ''other'' force, the Tenescowri, fits here instead. The peasant conscripts of the Domin, the Tenescowri have minimal training and organization and are given ''no'' supplies at all from their superiors, including food. This leaves them starved into a state of near madness and they're perfectly happy to charge even the most well-defended enemy positions in the hopes of getting food by looting or [[ImAHumanitarian other means]]. They're not very effective individually, but since the Domin can [[ZergRush field hundreds of thousands of them]] from conquered territory, they don't ''have'' to be. They serve the main army well as cannon fodder... and [[{{Squick}} emergency rations]].
11th Nov '16 6:21:03 PM direguy
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* The Huns are a straight example. They seek out other kingdoms and cities to loot and pillage.
30th Oct '16 11:05:30 AM nombretomado
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* {{GURPS}} Mass Combat is designed to simulate hordes of fighters on both sides. The first example given in 4th edition rules is ninjas that jump off dragons and float to the ground on giant kites.

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* {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Mass Combat is designed to simulate hordes of fighters on both sides. The first example given in 4th edition rules is ninjas that jump off dragons and float to the ground on giant kites.
16th Oct '16 4:29:10 PM SantosLHalper
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->''"I iz more cunnin' than a grot an' more killy than a dread, da boyz dat follow me can't be beat. [...] I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made ta fight an' win!"''

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->''"I iz more cunnin' than a grot an' more killy than a dread, da boyz dat follow me can't be beat. [...] I'm ->''"I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made ta fight an' win!"''
15th Oct '16 8:54:14 PM Mullon
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* Common perceptions on the infamous [[ImageBoards /b/]] seem to veer into this territory, particularly when the WretchedHive shuts down.

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* Common perceptions on the infamous [[ImageBoards [[Website/FourChan /b/]] seem to veer into this territory, particularly when the WretchedHive shuts down.
12th Oct '16 10:18:22 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* The Venek Horde from the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "...Different Destinations."

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* The Venek Horde from the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "...Different Destinations."" The officers, while the same race, struggle to keep their men's bloodlust under control.
8th Oct '16 10:34:27 PM Theriocephalus
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** The Ironborn consider raiding and pillaging a way of life, and for generations are a bane to the rest of the seven kingdoms.

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** The Ironborn consider raiding and pillaging a way of life, and for generations are were a bane to the rest of the seven kingdoms.Seven Kingdoms.



** However, a better example is the [[TheBeastmaster Marat]], who live on the neighboring continent and occasionally launch massive hordes through the neighboring isthmus. It is one of these raids that leads to the start of the series fifteen years prior, and an actual horde attack occurs at the climax of the first book.

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** However, a better example The second is the [[TheBeastmaster Marat]], who live on the neighboring continent and occasionally launch massive hordes through the neighboring isthmus. It is one of these raids that leads to the start of the series fifteen years prior, and an actual horde attack occurs at the climax of the first book.



** The Vord, a shapechanging, zerg-shout-out army that sweeps most of the continent.

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** The third is the Vord, a shapechanging, zerg-shout-out army of insectoid horrors that sweeps most of the continent.continent, which is played as a much straighter example than the first two.



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* The Vargr in ''{{Traveller}}'' are stereotyped as this; though they're capable of building starships that requires a great deal of organization and can form city-states and nations, they're still prone to far more instability then humans.

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* The Vargr in ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' are stereotyped as this; though they're capable of building starships that requires a great deal of organization and can form city-states and nations, they're still prone to far more instability then humans.



* In ''[[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]] [[ExpansionPack Barbarian Invasion]]'' you can take command of a horde and RapePillageAndBurn the civilized world, or try to repel and subjugate the hordes as the more civilized factions.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]] [[ExpansionPack Barbarian Invasion]]'' the ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' ExpansionPack ''Barbarian Invasion'' you can take command of a horde and RapePillageAndBurn the civilized world, or try to repel and subjugate the hordes as the more civilized factions.



* In ''{{VideoGame/Thera}}'', a VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar mod, a number of factions qualify. The Uruk Dominion is made up of various bestial races once enslaved by the Romuli, including the titular [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Uruks]], the [[WolfMan canine Lykan]], and [[LizardFolk fish/lizard-like Reptarri]] - the faction has limited access to cavalry and siege units, but their infantry are {{Lightning Bruiser}}s with huge charge bonuses. The Kukulcan empire is a Mesoamerican themed version of this, consisting of many tribes united by their worship of the savage god Kukulcan and their hatred of everybody else, ''especially'' the white man who has turned up on Mesocalan shores, with plenty of HumanSacrifice to boot. The Gaelic Nations are again a human version centred around Scottish, Irish and general Celtic barbarian tribes, with hordes of screaming warriors with [[{{BFS}} big swords]] and covered with woad... [[FullFrontalAssault occasionally nothing]] ''[[FullFrontalAssault but]]'' [[FullFrontalAssault woad]].

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Thera}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Thera}}'', a VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar mod, a number of factions qualify. The Uruk Dominion is made up of various bestial races once enslaved by the Romuli, including the titular [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Uruks]], the [[WolfMan canine Lykan]], and [[LizardFolk fish/lizard-like Reptarri]] - the faction has limited access to cavalry and siege units, but their infantry are {{Lightning Bruiser}}s with huge charge bonuses. The Kukulcan empire is a Mesoamerican themed version of this, consisting of many tribes united by their worship of the savage god Kukulcan and their hatred of everybody else, ''especially'' the white man who has turned up on Mesocalan shores, with plenty of HumanSacrifice to boot. The Gaelic Nations are again a human version centred around Scottish, Irish and general Celtic barbarian tribes, with hordes of screaming warriors with [[{{BFS}} big swords]] and covered with woad... [[FullFrontalAssault occasionally nothing]] ''[[FullFrontalAssault but]]'' [[FullFrontalAssault woad]].



* Troll civilisation in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is like this - all adult trolls, all of whom are conscripted into the military, have been banished from the troll homeworld in order to conquer planets for their Empress, which they do so with brutal efficiency. The troll homeworld is used exclusively for raising baby trolls to adulthood, and the children are encouraged to kill and deceive one another to survive. The kids' antics look pretty dark to us viewers, until we discover through Mindfang's diaries what kind of horrible lives adult trolls are expected to live, casting their actions in an altogether more innocent light.

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* Troll civilisation in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is like this - -- all adult trolls, all of whom are conscripted into the military, have been banished from the troll homeworld in order to conquer planets for their Empress, which they do so with brutal efficiency. The troll homeworld is used exclusively for raising baby trolls to adulthood, and the children are encouraged to kill and deceive one another to survive. The kids' antics look pretty dark to us viewers, until we discover through Mindfang's diaries what kind of horrible lives adult trolls are expected to live, casting their actions in an altogether more innocent light.



* In TheWanderersLibrary story [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-floating-armada The Floating Armada]], a massive and diverse one is coming out of the land of Yagron, crushing all resistance in its path, mounted on [[FloatingContinent floating islands]] and assembled by an orc warlord out of every tribe and band of monsters and barbarians in his land.

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* In TheWanderersLibrary Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary story [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-floating-armada The Floating Armada]], a massive and diverse one is coming out of the land of Yagron, crushing all resistance in its path, mounted on [[FloatingContinent floating islands]] and assembled by an orc warlord out of every tribe and band of monsters and barbarians in his land.
24th Aug '16 6:36:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Though Caesar's Legion of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' styles itself as [[AfterTheEnd a post-apocalyptic]] RomanEmpire, Caesar will privately admit that his forces are closer to the Gallic barbarians than true Legionnaires. Hence his interest in the titular city, a New Rome that will provide a proper capital for his empire.

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* Though Caesar's Legion of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' styles itself as [[AfterTheEnd a post-apocalyptic]] RomanEmpire, UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire, Caesar will privately admit that his forces are closer to the Gallic barbarians than true Legionnaires. Hence his interest in the titular city, a New Rome that will provide a proper capital for his empire.
21st Aug '16 11:13:46 AM nombretomado
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* The land of Dikay in ''VanVonHunter''
* ''{{Drowtales}}'' has the Nidraa'chal, who actively employed demons to [[DemonicPossession possess commoners]] for CannonFodder while fighting the Val'Sharen. There's also the Black Sun, a group of tribes that subsist by raiding cities and settlements, and operate similarly to Mongol hordes in the sense that they are heavily decentralized and will absorb captured enemies into their ranks, and several Black Sun tribes will band together for particularly tough fights.

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* The land of Dikay in ''VanVonHunter''
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* ''{{Drowtales}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has the Nidraa'chal, who actively employed demons to [[DemonicPossession possess commoners]] for CannonFodder while fighting the Val'Sharen. There's also the Black Sun, a group of tribes that subsist by raiding cities and settlements, and operate similarly to Mongol hordes in the sense that they are heavily decentralized and will absorb captured enemies into their ranks, and several Black Sun tribes will band together for particularly tough fights.
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