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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 were one of a number of tribes that emigrated from the "Dark Continent" in -2809 DR and later became the Chultan ethnic group. They 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".
- ↑ 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), 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.
Minor Ethnic Groups
Arkaiun • Bedine • Chultan • Durpari • Eshowe • Ffolk • Frost folk • Gur • Halruaan • Imaskari • Itza • Lantanna • Maztican • Nar • Netherese • Nubari • Raumviran • Shaaran • Shou • Sossrim • Tabaxi • Talfir • Tashalan • Tuigan • Turami • Ulutiun • Vaasan • Zakharan
Aasimar (Deva) • Abbalaya • Deep Imaskari • Elan • Genasi • Githyanki • Githzerai • Grimlock • Half-drow • Half-eladrin • Half-elf • Half-orc • Shifter • Spirit folk • Tiefling