Zumbasa is a country located to the south of Chikras Wed, it is known for it large gold reserves as well as its egalitarian culture. The region is currently under attack from goblin forces from the south and is poised to go to war with Chikras Wed to the north as well.
Zumbasa's terrain is primarily marsh, desert and savanna with jungle located on the northern and southern borders of the country. Zumbasa is bordered by Chikras Wed to the North and Tlaohuican to the south. Zumbasa is bordered by large bodies water on its east, the Brackish Sea and to the west the Azure Sea. Zumbasa has a mostly tropical climate with temperatures not commonly dropping below 50 degrees.
According to legend Zumbasa was formed by refugees who fled the war between the Skarn and Azuren in the Stone Islands. According to Zumbasan legend the now homeless refugees were offered land to stay on by the local halflings and gnomes who lived in what was then the southern portion of Chikras-Wed. According to the halflings and gnomes the Zumbasans conquered the land and pushed the halflings and gnomes north.
During the early years of Adunorh Hyuntai was ruled by five powerful demons called the Oni. One day a Zumbasan known only as Menelik ventured east in search of fabled riches and wonders in the east only to discover the Oni and their domain. Menelik was disgusted with the way that the Oni treated their subjects and left Hyuntai vowing to overthrow the hell spawn. Menelik ventured east to The Stone Islands and managed to raise a large force of lords and common-folk alike. Menelik and his army returned to Hyuntai and waged a long, bloody crusade against the Oni. Eventually Menelik and his crusades managed to imprison the Oni in five shrines that were then guarded by five of Menelik's most trusted commanders. It is said that Menelik later ascended to godhood and became St. Cuthbert to the Stone Islanders, most Zumbasans still to this day will call the god of justice Menelik instead of St. Cuthbert.
During the First Cycle Zumbasa was a relatively poor country, which was often times exploited by the far wealthier Chikras Wed and constantly at war with nomadic goblin tribes.
The Three Kingdoms
Before Zumbasa united into one nation during the second cycle the continent was divided up between three different kingdoms Ngahere, Emathafeni, and Makhluk.
Ngahere bordered Chikras Wed to the north and commonly struggled with its neighbor over claims to land. The Ngahere were fervent followers of St. Cuthbert and commonly argued with Chikras Wed over whose god had given them the right to rule over whose land. The Ngahere temple of St. Cuthbert still stands today and is comprised of a ring of stelae which are meant to commemorate the crusaders lost in St. Cuthbert's campaign into the Nine Hells. At the center of the ring is a large statue of St. Cuthbert along with an alter. Many Zumbasans still visit the ancient temple to not only Worship Saint Cuthbert but also The Begger King, Chisomo Galli who was born in Ngahere.
Makhluk was located in the southern portion of Zumbasa and was known for being in almost constant struggle with the goblins and goblinoids who inhabited the regions to the south. Makhluk was a militaristic society, with status often being determined by how many goblin ears belonging to slain foes one possessed. Emathafeni was located in the center of the continent and was the most powerful of the three early Zumbasan kingdoms. Emathafeni often assisted both Ngahere and Makhluk in their struggles with the neighboring countries.
During the Second Cycle gold was discovered on Zumbasa by Chisomo Galli. The newfound wealth marked the start of an age of prosperity and wealth for the country
The Beggar King
The Beggar King, also known as Chisomo Galli, was a man born in Ngahere during the second cycle. Chisomo lived on the streets from the young age and would commonly go to missionaries of St. Cuthbert who had set up missions in the poorer cities of Ngahere. It was in the missions that Chisomo learned about St. Cuthbert and his principles of balance and equal judgement. Chisomo became deeply religious due to experiences with the missionaries and eventually swore a personal oath allegiance to St. Cuthbert. One day Chisomo found himself stuck in the middle of the desert with nothing to drink, desperate he fashioned himself a dowsing rod and began looking for an underground spring. To Chisomo's surprise he discovered gold where he dug rather than water. Chisomo soon became one of the wealthiest merchants in all of Zumbasa.
The Second Goblin War
The Goblins of Tlaohuican once again launched an attack on the southern cities of Zumbasa.d
Towards the beginning of the third cycle Zumbasa's gold mines began to dry up, throwing the country into a panic. In search of more gold the Zumbasans began to mine incredibly close to the Chikras Wed border this has cause several disputes and threatens to ignite into all out war.
Requesting Foreign Aid
Abebe Adishu, a man of prominent wealth in Zumbasa, was sent to ask the Bright-blades of Ghillodahn for aid in the impending Zumbasan-Chikras conflict. Abebe sailed to Amaldor where he asked Amalric the Grim and Balthazar the Leper Lord for permission to remove the huge Golden Sun cap off of the Amaldor Citadel in order to melt it down to fund the Zumbasan Armies. The sun fixture was originally a gift from a Zumbasan lord during the second cycle. Abebe reasoned that, since the gift was given to the Pelorites when they were poor, they ought to aid the Zubasans, who were now running out of gold. Abebe was refused.