Originally Posted by Beedok
Like the movie Ants where they fight the termites. The termites are five times bigger than the ants, but the ants have numbers. Here the Neanderthals could probably whoop any Sapiens, but the Sapiens brings all his friends to the fight. Or in a war, the Sapiens village brings all the nearby villages to help out with the one Neanderthal one.
Well Neanderthals traditionally stayed to the forests whilst Sapiens were on the plains. Hence different weapons, Sapiens went for range where Neanderthals went for sturdiness, the better to withstand the force of the stab.
I could well see a Neanderthal raiding party being cut down with arrows or ridden down with horses on the plains, and likewise a Sapien one being decimated in the forests. That'll probably affect culture too, with Neanderhals having the traditional "barbarian" personal strength and bravado style going up against Sapien skill and cooperation.
I think I could go with the Sacrifice (the Central American ones might take that to an extreme. . . I'll blame something in the water), and the trophies work. The fight to the death, maybe. I suppose it could be like a lion pride set up, maybe?
Scarification and tattoos were big with Huns IOTL, made them look fierce. I also remember something from ASOIAF, where one particular clan of raiders goes through a ceremony where they burn something off to show utterly fearless they are when they reach manhood. The leader put out his eye with a hot knife. Insane but scary as hell.
Heh, I know nothing about them but I already hate the Vitiums :P
If I was alive ITTL at this particular time, I would advocate massacring their tribes every chance I got!