Some more FNV Centaur AU stuff!
Pictured above: Some differences between tail styling (or lack thereof) between a Legionnaire (random) and an NCR Citizen (the Arms Merchant), plus some notes on leg protection.
Pictured below: A certain Mojave Express courier taking his job very seriously.
A lot of rambling AU text under the cut. CWs for mentions of non-consensual body modification.
The Legionnaire pictured has had his tail docked, something routinely performed in the Legion under the premise of maintaining hygiene, presenting with civility, and emulating their Caesar. In reality it is a painful practice, designed to limit the person’s ability to control their own appearance. Docking occurs either during childhood for people born into the Legion, or as part of assimilation. Legion nobility and religious figures often use cosmetic extensions to style their tails, differentiating them from the rest of their society. Though all depictions of him depict otherwise, Caesar himself keeps his tail shaved short, but undocked.
The Arms Merchant here wears her tail braided. Braiding helps maintain hygiene, prevents long tails from being grabbed in a fight, and keeps tails from being caught up in equipment. Tails are typically braided rather than shaved in the NCR military (unless lice are going around), because a shaved tail complicates both fly management and temperature control-- both serious issues in the Mojave. Braids can be very elaborate and are often decorated, with the most ornamental examples obviously being found in Vegas.
Both the Legionnaire and the Arms Merchant are wearing different forms of leg protection, reflective of their different fighting styles. The Legionnaire has thicker leather leg wraps, which would help protect him were he to physically grapple with somebody. These provide greater defense against puncturing injuries, such as those inflicted by arrows, blades, or a predator’s teeth.
The Arms Merchant has her legs wrapped in a fashion similar to an NCR Soldier. This is lightly protective, and mostly serves to prevent some environmental injuries, such as those incurred by rocks thrown up while running, or caused by spiky brush or cacti. They’re better than nothing in a fight, but not by much. NCRmy typically rely on firearms in a fight and typically prefer to keep a distance from combatants, and mostly do not armor up expecting a close-range fight.
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