Tabaxi

Most humans native to Chult consider themselves part of the great tribe known as the Tabaxi. This is not to say the scattered clan units recognize any central ruler; they most certainly do not. Yet the culture of the Tabaxi ancestors has remained so strong - and dominated so many other less expansive cultures – that the entire country finds itself peopled by men and women who share a common language and a somewhat uniform social structure.

While this presents some obvious benefits for the Tabaxi, it also makes them relatively suspicious of strangers and intolerant of people unfamiliar with their customs. This unfriendliness is even more noticeable in villages near the coast, where slave traders often descend upon unwary Tabaxi and carry them off to a life of servitude and captivity. Travelers hoping to win the cooperation of the Tabaxi would be well-advised to learn their language and customs before visiting the jungle.

The humans known as Tabaxi should not be confused with the cat-men that dwell in jungle settings such as Chult. It has been suggested that the baffling sameness of names arose when a stripling Cormyrean explorer mistook a human warrior wearing a war costume made up of the tails of lions and panthers for one of the cat-men. Upon learning from a guide that the mysterious figure was "a Tabaxi", the explorer mistakenly concluded that such was the name for the legendary cat-people.

Tabaxi

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