The Tabaxi were the largest tribe of humans in Chult at the end of the 14th century DR. When most people referred to Chultans, they were speaking of members of this tribe, as the Tabaxi had absorbed most of the other Chultan tribes.
The Tabaxi originally worshiped the deity Olurobo and his children, called the nyama-nummo, until the couatl Ecatzin came and shared the message of Ubtao. The tribe did not heed the couatl's words until the Night of Feasting, when the greatest of the nyama-nummo, called the Sleeper, awoke from within the Palace of the Alliz-Dren. A woman named Oyai had been chosen from birth to be a Tarasajok, which meant that she was to be fed to the Sleeper to appease the monster. However, Ubtao had made Oyai one of his Chosen, the first bara. She defeated the Sleeper with powerful magic. From that time forward, the Tabaxi abandoned the worship of Olurobo and the nyama-nummo and agreed to follow Ecatzin over the ocean and north to Chult.
Centuries later, the Tabaxi fought the Eshowe (the second-most-populous Chultan tribe) across the territory of Chult in a bloody war that lasted from −438 DR to −122 DR. In −137 DR, the Eshowe had conjured up a dreadful shadow-beast that attacked the Tabaxi city of Mezro. In vengeance, the Tabaxi protector Ras Nsi hunted and killed nearly all of the Eshowe tribesmen. Shortly after the end of the war, the remaining tribes were absorbed into the Tabaxi and became known collectively as Chultans.
Confusion with the "Cat-Men"Edit
"Tabaxi" was also a term given to a race of humanoid jaguars found in both Chult and Maztica. It has been suggested that this was an error in naming. The explanation was that an explorer from Cormyr saw a Tabaxi tribesman dressed in ceremonial garb of panther skin and was told by a guide that the man was a Tabaxi. Misunderstanding what the guide meant, this explorer assumed that all cat-men were called "Tabaxi".
In actuality the Cormyrean explorer was not far off from the truth. The human tribesmen named their people after the enigmatic feline-humanoids.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 James Lowder, Jean Rabe (1993). The Jungles of Chult. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 1-5607-6605-0.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 29.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 29–30. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 57. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ James Lowder, Jean Rabe (1993). The Jungles of Chult (Monstrous Compendium). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6605-0.
- ↑ Matthew Sernett (2016-12-15). Lore You Should Know: Tabaxi vs. tabaxi (Web). In John Houlihan, Shauna Narciso eds. Dragon+ #11. Wizards of the Coast. p. 16. Retrieved on 2018-05-23.
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