The Land of Ubuntu (worldbuilding)

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  1. Brandon Pilcher

    Brandon Pilcher Creator of Ubuntu

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    Ubuntu is a fictional land in which some of my stories are set. Its dominant lifeforms are reptiles such as dinosaurs, pterosaurs, giant snakes, and crocodilians, but primates such as lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans are also present. The indigenous humans are at an Iron Age stage of technological development, with some being tribal and others having advanced empires, and both physically and culturally resemble our world's Africans. They have domesticated the Tenontosaurus and Caudipteryx for food and the Gallimimus as a riding animal.

    Below is a guide to the land's various regions:

    Setuk Desert: Although once a grassland thousands of years ago, the Setuk is now a barren wasteland of sand, dust, and rock. Few lifeforms reside in the desert itself, but olive-skinned merchants from the far north sometimes traverse it on camels to trade with the Ubuntuans.
    Ghali: This prosperous kingdom is famous for exporting gold and salt, but its citizens also place special importance on education and have constructed numerous universities. Analogous to the West African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay.
    Kushta: Another wealthy civilization, Kushta is also one of Ubuntu's oldest nations. Enormous limestone royal tombs and temples characterize this empire's architecture. Analogous to ancient Egypt and Nubia.
    Ugunbe: A relatively small chiefdom southwest of Kushta, Ugunbe has received some cultural influences from its larger and more advanced neighbor, but lacks any large cities. Roughly analogous to southern Sudan.
    Akansete: Coastal jungle kingdom whose citizens hold sacred a golden stool believed to contain the nation's soul. Analogous to the coastal West African states of Benin and Asanteman.
    Xongo Jungle: A thriving empire was once located in the heart of this rainforest, but it has since dissolved into squabbling tribes. These peoples are analogous to the Congolese and other Central Africans.
    Adiksum: Linguistically related to the Kushtans, the people of Adiksum follow a monotheistic religion and have grown wealthy from overseas commerce. They are famous for their towering stone stelae. Analogous to Ethiopia.
    Shobabwe: Another civilization that has benefited from trade with people from across the eastern sea, Shobabwe also boasts many cities with large stone fortresses. Analogous to the Swahili and Zimbabwean peoples of southeastern Africa.
    Xhulu: Pastoral tribes clash over this southern savanna region. Analogous to the Zulu and other southern Bantu cultures.
    Botsnamib Desert: Although ignored by most Ubuntuans, this scrubby desert does have an indigenous population of hunter-gatherers who are analogous to the Bushmen of southwestern Africa.

    A couple of denizens from Ubuntu:

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    An Ugunbean swordsman

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    Tyrannosaurus rex, which lives in the jungles
     
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    I would like to get my hands on that golden stool of Akansete. It must be worth it's weight in gold.
     
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    Do that and you bring war upon yourself.
     
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    does magic exist? even shamanistic magic, as it were. or perhaps magickal creatures?

    say, shamans of the tribes of the Botsnamib Desert who call upon the sand-spirits to bring war or plague upon their neighbors, remembering the ancient ways forgotten by others who see themselves as "above" such "petty superstitions"
     
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    Neat idea, but honestly, I'm not sure whether I want real supernatural stuff in my world. The natives will believe in magic, gods, and other things, but that's to be expected of pre-modern peoples.
     
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    Another creature for my conworld, Tarbosaurus (smaller cousin of T. Rex):

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    Sekhmethotep, the Pharaoh of Kushta and the heroine of a novel I will write once Themba's story is complete:

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    Another creature for Ubuntu, Torosaurus (smaller cousin of Triceratops):

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    Triceratops:

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    do the people learn to ride or harness any of these? say, as riding-animals or pack animals. or even for their meat and hides, like cows.

    so you could have triceratop leather armor, or tyrannasaurus-teeth jewelry, and see torosaurous riders galloping down the royal highways!
     
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    They do indeed raise dinosaurs for meat, hides, and riding.
     
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    what do vehicles look like? or armour, for that matter?
     
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    There are no wheeled vehicles. As for armor, it is made either out of iron or bronze, but most soldiers wear little of it due to the hot climate.
     
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    leather armour would be useful against arrows, as would wooden/reed mat armour