Zebranaurs were creatures related to centaurs, with a human's upper body and a zebra's lower body.[1][2][note 1]

Description[edit | edit source]

The human portion of a zebranaur was usually brown-skinned, and the zebra portion was white with black stripes. They commonly had a short, coarse mane made up of black bristles that ran from the middle of the equine back up to the nape of their neck.[1][2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

A zebranaur wielding a bow.

Zebranaurs typically fought with spears, swords, and bows. They were particularly adept with the latter weapon, owing to an ancient bowhunting tradition. When fighting unarmed, zebranaurs stomped opponents with their front hooves.[1][2]

Society[edit | edit source]

In order to improve upon the camouflage granted by their striped lower bodies, it was customary for zebranaurs to paint their human portion with vegetable dyes in dark stripes or other patterns. These markings, which were added onto annually, signified the individual's achievements, participation in battles, and loves.[1][2]

Some zebranaur tribes tattooed their foals in coming-of-age rituals, and one tribe in South Faerûn had developed this practice into a fine art, creating complex patterns and designs incorporating blue, red, and orange ink.[1][2]

Zebranaurs were sometimes hunted for their decorated pelts, and in certain markets in Calimshan, a lavishly tattooed skin of an adolescent foal's upper back could sell for upwards of 1,000 gold pieces.[1]

Instead of a conventional script, zebranaurs heralded their history with intricate patterns painted on tanned leather. Despite generally not being able to read or write Common, they did speak the language.[2] Among the more common second languages were Goblin, Orc, Gnome, Gnoll, Halfling, Hobgoblin, and Elvish.[1]

Zebranaurs did not have good relations with wemics, and would typically move away whenever a wemic tribe settled into their territory.[2]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Shaaryan centaurs described on pages 163—164 of Shining South are similar to zebranaurs, in that they are centaurs with a zebra's lower body, but the two creatures are notably distinct in their societal gender roles (Shaaryan centaurs have clearly divided duties between males and females, whereas zebranaurs make no such distinction) and their relationship with wemics (Shaaryan centaurs have an amiable relationship with them, but zebranaurs are avoidant).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Tina Brown and Carlo Anziano (May 1994). “Four Legs Are Better Than Two”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #95 (TSR, Inc.), p. 20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Jon Pickens ed. (1995). Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two. (TSR, Inc.), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-0199-3.
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