Asabis stood about 7 ft (2.1 m) tall on two legs. They had long tails. Their skin was thick and their scales were gray to brown color, and they had light green or dun undersides. They had narrow, sloping skulls. Their eyes were very large, egg-shaped, and yellow, and they had forked tongues. Their limbs projected out at sharp angles, making their movements awkward to typical humanoid observers; however, they could move as easily on four limbs as two, balancing with their long tails.
It was very difficult to tell a male and female asabi apart.
Asabis liked to hide themselves in the sand and jump out at their targets. They were quite skilled at jumping, and could jump 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6.1 meters). Typical asabi fighters carried scimitars and light crossbows. They never wore armor heavier than leather.
Free asabis dwelt in nomadic tribes and often allied themselves with evil creatures, sometimes adopting nonasabi into their tribes. They often served as mercenaries or slaves. They were nocturnal creatures, and as such were typically only ever encountered at night.
Free asabi tribes were ruled by either a war leader or a council of elders.
There were two different subraces of asabi: standard asabi and stingtail asabi, a larger and less intelligent variety. The two subraces were capable of interbreeding and stingtails always tagged along with asabi tribes.
Asabis only ate the soft tissue of their prey, leaving the rest to dry under the sun. They were omnivorous and also consumed fungi that grew in the desert caves they inhabited. A delicacy among the asabis were the taproots of oasis plants.
Asabis were found in deserts, particularly in the Anauroch. They made up seventeen percent of the population of Anauroch in 1372 DR. They were particularly common in the caverns in Azirrhat. Asabis could also be found in the desert areas of Durpar, Estagund, and Var the Golden.
In the Year of the Turret, 1360 DR, asabi mercenaries allied with the Zhentarim, during their failed attempt to dominate trans-Anauroch trade. The combined Asabi and Zhentilar armies were thwarted by the Harper Lander, the sorceress Ruha, and the united Bedine tribes. That same year, nearly one thousand sleeping asabi were slaughtered by the Bedine tribes, in an assault known as the Battle of the Fissures.
With the return of Thultanthar in the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR, the enslaved asabi were freed when the shadovar destroyed their phaerimm masters. Many of these asabi turned to illithids and beholders as new masters.
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