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The 'Kushites’ are the black tribesmen most often encountered in Kush, Punt, southern Stygia, and the Black Kingdoms, although their tribes dominate the entire south.

The peoples of the Black Kingdoms consist of savage tribes and great civilizations thriving among the vast landscape. There are those who live in loosely-organized tribes in their crude villages hidden away in the jungles of the south. Notable exceptions to this are the magnificent kingdoms of Keshan, Punt, and Zembabwei, as well as the Stygian-influenced kingdom of Kush itself.

Several large tribes of Kushites dwell among the deserts along and below southern Stygia, but most of these are nomads, who wander from one area to the next.

The Black Kingdoms are dotted with huge pre-cataclysmic cities. Some are ancient ruins buried deep within impenetrable jungle. Others retain small remnants of their original populations, sometimes horribly transformed over the millennia. However, some are occupied by small groups of modern people who fled from their "civilized" lands and took refuge in these abandoned citadels.

The people of the Black Kingdoms are black-skinned, with many variations in height, skin color, etc. Their eyes are savage, and they are strong, tall, or usually very lean, although some chiefs are grotesquely fat. They have little chronic disease, as those who get sick quickly die.

In Kush, the common people are dark-skinned (as in the rest of the Black Kingdoms), but the Set-worshipping ruling class are light-skinned descendants of Stygian lords.

Tribal Kushites are adept at the use of the bow and spear. They are governed by the whims of their tribal chieftains and witch doctors, who they will follow without fail unto death. They worship many strange gods and beasts, many of whom are known only to specific tribes. Most of these gods are believed to dwell near the villages of their worshippers and will come forth to protect the tribe, or punish it, should the need arise.

Each tribe has a distinguishing ritual scar or tattoo which identifies their members; in a society where little clothing is worn, such marks make it difficult to infiltrate an enemy tribe.

The semi-civilized Black Kingdom of most common knowledge among people of the Hyborian nations is Kush. Proud Kush is seldom raided, the Stygians usually preferring to take their slaves from weaker Darfar or Keshan.

See also The Kushite Cavalry