Nyambe is a vast land of exotic creatures and wide expanses, where ancestor orisha cry for brave tribal warriors to carve out the hearts of foul mchawi wizards, and where dragon-blooded sei sorcerers once joined the fierce Amazons of Nibomay in the bloody Rebelling Time to win their freedom. This campaign setting for the D20 System brings high fantasy to African myth, legend, and history in a 256-page hardcover sourcebook from Atlas Games.
Nyambe: African Adventures includes twelve new human tribal cultures and six variant non-human races, like the brown-skinned, tailed Wakyambi elves who meddle in the affairs of men from the depths of the bIda rainforest. New core class variants and prestige classes change druids into shamen who worhip the natural orisha spirits and are as comfortable in the skin of a panther as in humanoid form. New skills, and feats like Ancestral Blessing, Drum Dancer, Elephant Warrior, Fire Blood, and Ritual Cannibalism are the heritage of every Nyamban, as well as new weapons, armor, and equipment designed for a tropical climate where the heat of the vast savannah is more dangerous than an enemy’s spear. The spirit-worship of the mortals has called upon the orisha for new spells and domains such as Darkness, Exile, Fertility, Lightning, and Plague ever since Dark Time when the Overpower ascended into the sky on the web of a giant spider. Mad omurogo wizards contemplate the contents of mojuba bags to prepare their divination spells, and new magic items like zombi powder turn fallen warriors into true zombis that keep a hideous memory of their former lives, ritual masks let the wearer become the orisha, and vodou nkisi statues hurl powerful curses at those who dare to use them.
And in the dark interior of the continent lurk creatures never before seen by the men of the tamed north lands … like the aigamuxa, mbilintu, ssanga, vampire moth, giant sloth, and werehyena. But ravenous beasts of the jungle and desert are only the beginning of the danger that awaits those who walk the lands of Nyambe. These out-takes are just a sampling from Nyambe: African Adventures, coming this summer from Atlas Games!
User note: This originally appeared in Gaming Frontiers (Volume 2 - 2002) and is now available separately on the Atlas Games website.