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The Urrabites (in their own language, “Urrabitun,” singular “Urrabiti”) are a desert-dwelling people from the far South.
Urrabite names can consist of many parts. While many Urrabites go simply by their personal name, and perhaps a patronymic, the full name can be quite extensive, consisting of:
Personal Name + Epithet + Patronymic
Male Names (Izm)
Adnan, Ahmad, Akbar, Ali, Amal, Ammar, Ashraf, Assad, Ayman, Aziz, Badr, Bahjat, Dawud, Fahd, Farid, Faruq, Faysal, Fuad, Ghalib, Ghayth, Hakim, Hani, Harith, Hasan, Haytham, Husayn, Jafar, Jamal, Jawdat, Jinan, Kalafi, Karim, Khalid, Khalil, Majdi, Majid, Manar, Masud, Mazin, Mukhtar, Mustafa, Nasir, Nur, Qadir, Qasim, Qays, Qusay, Rahman, Rashad, Rushdi, Rushid, Sabir, Salah, Sayyid, Tahir, Talal, Talib, Tariq, Umar, Uthman, Wafd, Wahib, Walid, Wasim, Yasser, Yazid, Yusef, Zuhayr
Female Names (Izm)
Abir, Abla, Ahlam, Aisha, Alya, Arwa, Awatif, Ayesha, Azza, Bahiyya, Basma, Dalal, Dima, Farah, Fatima, Fatin, Fayruz, Ghada, Ghadir, Hadil, Hajar, Hala, Hayfa, Hind, Jamila, Khadija, Layla, Lubna, Malak, Marwa, Maryam, Mirvat, Muhsina, Munira, Nada, Nadya, Nivan, Nura, Rana, Rashida, Sabara, Sahar, Salwa, Samara, Sarab, Shadya, Shahinaz, Shahira, Shajarat, Shatha, Suleiman, Surayya, Taghrid, Thahab, Umayma, Wafa, Yasmina, Zahra, Zaynab, Zulekha.
“Son of” – “bin” or “ibn”
“Daughter of” – “bint”
“Servant of” – “abd” (male) or “amat” (female) (often with the name of a patron god)
“From” – “min” (plus name of home settlement or land)
“Father of” – “abu”
“Mother of” – “umm”
“Of the Family of” – “ul”
The Urrabites have their own deities, but they are no gods recognized by the people of the North. They classify the faith of these gods as Ul-Sirat (“The Path”). The godhar of the North who have learned of Urrabite mythology have usually concluded that the “deities” they worship are simply very powerful beings related to the Jotnar. Some of their “gods” are as follows:
|Deity||AL||Portfolio & Notes|
|Hubal||LG||King of the Gods, He of the Golden Right Hand, Lunar God|
|Allat||CE||Daughter of Hubal, aka Ereshkigal, Goddess of Death and the Underworld|
|Al’Uzza||LG||Daughter of Hubal, Goddess of Strength, Fertility, Protection, and War|
|Manat||N||Daughter of Hubal, Goddess of Time & Fate|
|Manaf||NG||Guardian of Women|
|Wadd||LG||Lunar God, Friendship, Love, associated with snakes|
|Amm||CG||Lunar God, Weather, Lightning, husband of Asherah|
|Asherah||CG||Sky Goddess, wife of Amm|
|Ta’lab||N||Lunar God, Oracular God|
|Dhul Khalasa||N||Oracular God|
|Al-Quaum||LN||God of War, Night, Guardian of Caravans|
|Dushara||LN||Son of Manat, God of Cities and Rulership|
|Yatha’||LG||“Savior” – God of Protection, some teach that he is identical with Melkartes Soter|
Out in the desert wastes of their homeland, the Urrabites are rumored to have more cults and gods, some of them exceedingly ancient and strange, some honoring genies and other strange beings.
Urrabite legend tells of a great prophet of ancient times named Suleiman Abd-Hubal. He was, as his name indicates, a servant of the great king of the Urrabite gods, Hubal. He taught that Hubal had intended for the Urrabite people, above all the other peoples of the world, to have total dominion over all, including over the elements and the strange elemental beings known as genies. This prophet Suleiman demonstrated great power over the elements and genies, and essentially set the Urrabites on the path to establishing their civilization. Hence the faith of the Urrabites is now called Ul-Sirat (“The Path”). After his death or divine ascension, the greatest rulers of the Urrabites have claimed to be the Successors of the Prophet Suleiman Abd-Hubal. The term in their language is Caliph, a title that implies “Emperor” as much as chosen successor of a holy prophet.
The sacred scriptures of the Urrabites, said to have been penned by Suleiman Abd-Hubal and his immediate successors, is known as the Kitab Ul-Qisam “The Book of Fates” – the core scriptures being the prophecies of Abd-Hubal, describing Ul-Sirat.
Many subsects of the Urrabite faith exist, including:
- Najwayyin – The “People of the Whisper” – a secretive order of mystics and assassins.
The Days of the Week
- Caliph (Successor of the Prophet Suleiman Abd-Hubal, Defender of the Faith) and Sultan are terms for an emperor
- Emir (“king”) – also called a Pasha, appointed by a sultan
- Malik (equivalent of an archduke, though it is an old term for “king”) – hereditary title, may be held by adoption, or by appointment from and emir
- Atabeg (equivalent of a duke) – appointed by an emir
- Beg (also said as Bey, equivalent to a count) – appointed by an emir
- Sheik (equivalent of a viscount, a “chief of chiefs”) – hereditary, by adoption, or by appointment by tribal elders
- Qadi (tribal chief) – hereditary, by adoption, or by election by tribal elders
- Faris (knight) – by oath to an emir or sultan
- Subject of the Caliph or Sultan (Urrabite of the Ummah Ul-Urrabi)
- Subject of the Caliph or Sultan (Almutahed)
- Slaves and Kuffar (who may be enslaved)
Non-Urrabites who wish to join the Ummah Ul-Urrabi, the “Community of Urrabites”, are allowed to do so in a holy ceremony involving sacred vows to Hubal. Breaking this vow and leaving the Ummah (Community) to join another culture is punishable by death. Those who join the Ummah are considered no different than one born into the Community.
Non-Urrabites who have been conquered by Urrabites but do not wish to join the community are allowed to take an oath of loyalty to the local ruler. Such oathtakers are known as Almutahedun (“Promisers” – singular Almuthahed). The Almutahedun are allowed to keep their own cultural traditions, though they must pay increased taxes and have other increased social burdens (roughly equivalent to double normal taxes and fees).
Those who are neither of the Ummah nor Almutahedun are known as Kuffar (singular Kafir ,or Kafirah for feminine), meaning “infidels” – those who do not believe in the holy promise of Suleiman Abd-Hubal that the Urrabites shall rule the world. Under Urrabite law, it is permissible to have relations with such people, but it is not considered evil or sinful to harm or kill such people. Urrabite pirates tend to prey on the ships of Kuffar. Kuffar are also enslaved by the Urrabites.
CultureFor entertainment, many Urrabites drink (though this is frowned upon in their religion), smoke pipes or hookahs (with various substances, mostly cannabis-based), and play games. The game of shatranj (essentially chess) is seen as a great intellectual pursuit, the Game of Kings. Many Urrabites favor games of chance involving dice (invoking “Qisam,” or “Fate,” as they gamble). Horseracing is also highly favored. Poetry, songs, and storytelling are greatly respected.
|Urrabite Coinage||Standard Pathfinder Equivalent|
|copper fals (plural fulus)||copper piece (sp.)|
|silver dirham||silver piece (sp.)|
|gold dinar||gold piece (gp.)|