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A question about the natives of Zembabwei

posted Jul 06, 2018 03:00:09 by Eanwulf
Anyone else find it odd that the core rules lists the people of Zembabwei as being 'Desert-born' when in fact they're homelands are clearly on the borders of the jungle in most of Robert E. Howards' writing and lore? Even the old descriptions in most of this game's predecessors depict the land as lush everglade flatlands in the north with lavish jungle borders to the south. Any clue as to why the designers lumped them into arid folk as opposed to the former?
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SteveHanson said Jul 06, 2018 14:33:22
It's a mistake, but the prior games are also wrong.
We'll correct it in future printings and the ADVENTURER book, which addresses Zembabwei.
Only one corner - the southwest - of it is jungle.
The "middle" of the country is forest:
"Conan did not waste time looking for it. Steeps that balked these black people, horsemen and dwellers of plain and level forest, were not impossible for a man born in the rugged hills of Cimmeria."
The northern reaches of the country are indeed desert, as it borders the big expanse of desert that fills the center of the Black Kingdoms, and (IIRC) borders Iranistan, which is most definitely desert.
So technically, Zembabwei straddles three distinct biomes - desert, forest, and mountainous jungle.
The quote was from the story set in Zembabwei - "The Servants of Bit-Yakin".
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