Once the warlords of Africa mastered beast taming, they had some of the world’s most fiercest animals under their command; amongst these are mighty African elephants. Such elephants are sizable titans, with the largest and strongest particularly being bred to ensure a survivable lineage of suitable war elephants. The process of taming and training is a risky and arduous thing, first someone crazy enough has to tame the wild and free-spirited nature of these beasts, and then of course there is the huge gamble of committing an elephant to battle. If an elephant is not properly trained you risk losing the men riding the elephant, the units going into battle alongside the elephant and the vital equipment mounted on the elephant. Beast masters are a knowledgeable breed and have perfected the art of taming to the point where any mishap is a very rare occurrence.
Even when untamed an elephant is a dangerous animal, leave it to trample everything in sight and there is very little that could stop it, combine that with its tusks and individuals not caught in the elephants path are still at risk. A tamed elephant of course is even more offensively capable, tame elephants can always be ridden; riders can ensure that the animal reaches enemy lines in a quicker fashion. They have also managed to fashion a harness based on the Indian Howdah design which also allows a large armament to be mounted on the elephant, normally a scavenged tank cannon.
Elephant riders lovingly decorate their steeds, adorning the tusks with both practical and cosmetic additions, and painting the notably thick hides with all kinds of patterns and designs. Despite being tools of war, many still treat the animals respectfully and caringly. But if the alliance of African can bend the will of nature then what else will bend before their combined might.
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