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Rakasta Reading List (includes Tabaxi, Catfolk etc)

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Similar to my Tortle Reading List, I am curious to what sources we can use to expand on ideas related to the Rakasta. I also think we should include sources related to Catfolk and Tabaxi even though Tabaxi (Jaguar Men or Leopard Men) were portrayed somewhat differently in early editions. I lean towards not including info on Rakshasa since they are demonic creatures with few connections to Mystara, but I suppose we could discuss that. I would also be interested in sources on the Godess Bast (Bastet).

For Classic D&D (BECMI)
  • X1 - Isle of Dread (1981)
  • X2 Castle Amber
  • X9 - The Savage Coast (1985)
  • AC9 Creature Catalog (1986)
  • DMR7 Creature Catalog (1993)
  • Champions of Mystara
  • Rage of the Rakasta
  • Voyage of the Princess Ark #7, Dragon Magazine #160 () - Myoshima Gazetter
  • Dragon Magazine #165 - Myojo Katamura stats
  • Dragon #172 - Rakasta Q&A
  • Dragon #181 - Rakasta as a playable race for BECMI
  • D&D Miniatures: Heroes - Rakasta PC rules.
For AD&D 2nd Edition
  • Mystara Monstrous Compendium Appendix
  • Red Steel Boxed Set
  • Red Steel: Savage Baronies Boxed Set
  • Savage Coast Monstrous Compendium PDF - also includes various monsters related to the Rakasta.
  • Savage Coast Atlas PDF
  • Savage Coast: Characters of the Savage Coast PDF
  • Savage Coast: Adventures on the Savage Coast
  • Dragon #247 : Rakasta of Mystara
For D&D 3rd Edition
  • Miniatures Handbook (?) Catfolk
For D&D 5th Edition
  • Volo's Guide to Monsters (2016) -- Tabaxi
  • OAR2 The Isle of Dread -- Rakasta for 5E. Set on MYSTARA.
  • Explorer's Guide to Wildemount (2020) -- Tabaxi
  • Mythic Odysseys of Theros (2020) -- Catfolk called Leonin
For Pathfinder First Edition
  • Pathfinder Bestiary 3
  • Pathfinder Advanced Race Guide
  • Blood of the Beast

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They also appear in X2 Castle Amber and Champions of Mystara. AFAIK, they didn't make any appearances in Dungeon.

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Bruce Heard's article on Kzinti in Mystara is relevant. The Kzinti are defined by Bruce Heard as ogre-Simbasta hybrids. Note that there were also Kzinti in Lawrence Schick's and Tom Molvay's original Known World campaign.

I believe the Simbasta first appeared in Bruce Heard's article in Dragon #247.

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I have added the suggestions so far to the OP!
The Dark wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:35 pm
They also appear in X2 Castle Amber and Champions of Mystara. AFAIK, they didn't make any appearances in Dungeon.
Great additions! Thanks for confirming my suspicions about the Rakasta never making it to Dungeon.
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:50 am
Bruce Heard's article on Kzinti in Mystara is relevant. The Kzinti are defined by Bruce Heard as ogre-Simbasta hybrids. Note that there were also Kzinti in Lawrence Schick's and Tom Molvay's original Known World campaign.
Great input. For some reason I had missed the fact that the Kzinti were supposed to be Rakasta/Ogre Hybrids.

As to the Akron campaign, I assumed the Kzinti of that campaign were actually what became the Rakasta in X1. That's just speculation though :)
I believe the Simbasta first appeared in Bruce Heard's article in Dragon #247.
Hmm...looks like you are right. For some reason I thought Bruce had hinted at them when the Heldannic Knights were first revealed to have a presence on Davania, but just checked and couldn't find anything there.

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Myoshima Gazetteer added to the list.

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Going through my collection, I did find one appearance in Dungeon, but only as a random encounter in Tortles of the Purple Sage in issue #6 (I don't have issue #7, which has the second half of the adventure).

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These (fan publications) also may be of note:

Threshold Issue #5
- History and Origins of the Rakasta by Giampaolo Agosta.

Threshold Issue #20
- Notes on Skotharian Rakasta by Arnden Quartzspar.
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And History And Evolution Of Rakastas by Simone Neri http://pandius.com/rakhevol.html
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Similar to my Tortle Reading List, I am curious to what sources we can use to expand on ideas related to the Rakasta. I also think we should include sources related to Catfolk and Tabaxi even though Tabaxi (Jaguar Men or Leopard Men) were portrayed somewhat differently in early editions. I lean towards not including info on Rakshasa since they are demonic creatures with few connections to Mystara, but I suppose we could discuss that. I would also be interested in sources on the Godess Bast (Bastet).

For Classic D&D (BECMI)
  • X1 - Isle of Dread (1981)
  • X9 - The Savage Coast (1985)
  • AC9 Creature Catalog (1986)
  • DMR2 Creature Catalog (1993)
  • Champions of Mystara
  • Rage of the Rakasta
  • Voyage of the Princess Ark #7, Dragon Magazine #160 () - Myoshima Gazetter
  • Dragon Magazine #165 - Myomo Katamura stats
  • Dragon #172 - Rakasta Q&A
  • Dragon #181 - Rakasta as a playable race for BECMI
For AD&D 2nd Edition
  • Mystara Monstrous Compendium Appendix
  • Red Steel Boxed Set
  • Red Steel: Savage Baronies Boxed Set
  • Savage Coast Monstrous Compendium PDF
  • Savage Coast Atlas PDF
  • Savage Coast: Characters of the Savage Coast PDF
  • Savage Coast: Adventures on the Savage Coast
  • Dragon #247 : Rakasta of Mystara
For D&D 3rd Edition
  • Miniatures Handbook (?) Catfolk
For D&D 5th Edition
  • Volo's Guide to Monsters (2016)

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For 1st Ed AD&D the Maztica adventure in an early Dragon magazine (I have it so I can look up the number) had were-jaguars and a degree of jaguar-related worship
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Khedrac wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:23 pm
For 1st Ed AD&D the Maztica adventure in an early Dragon magazine (I have it so I can look up the number) had were-jaguars and a degree of jaguar-related worship
Interesting.

Is this related to the Jaguar Lords mentioned here?

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That reminds me of the Cat Lord in the AD&D1 MM II (I think)

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Havard wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:35 pm
Khedrac wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:23 pm
For 1st Ed AD&D the Maztica adventure in an early Dragon magazine (I have it so I can look up the number) had were-jaguars and a degree of jaguar-related worship
Interesting.

Is this related to the Jaguar Lords mentioned here?

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Apologies - I got the name of the Adventure wrong - it was Mechica - and it was Dragon 70 (Feb 1983).

The adventure is not credited, but it does not look like Ed Greenwood's work so it has nothing to do with the Realms.
The deities look to me to be taken fairly directly from Mesoamercian culture, so I don't think it is related to anything else really.

It also features the cleric who hadn't read the small print on his spells: Cuactehmoc, a cleric 26 (yes, the adventure is for characters 4th to 7th and a 26th cleric is the bad guy). The thing is, he has two copies of Destruction memorised - a spell that in 1st Ed required a month's bed rest after you cast it, making the second copy pretty redundant...
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The adventure is credited in other sources to Gali Sanchez: https://index.rpg.net/display-search.ph ... li+Sanchez

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See also the Rakasta Reading List thread from 2018.

And Pathfinder's catfolk.

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Havard wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:21 pm
Similar to my Tortle Reading List, I am curious to what sources we can use to expand on ideas related to the Rakasta. I also think we should include sources related to Catfolk and Tabaxi even though Tabaxi (Jaguar Men or Leopard Men) were portrayed somewhat differently in early editions.
Yes, definitely - Rakasta and Tabaxi are Classic D&D and AD&D versions respectively of Larry Niven's Kzinti as brought into D&D in the original Moldvay/Schick "Original Known World" campaign. Moldvay put them into X1 as Rakasta, and Schick put them into the Fiend Folio as Tabaxi.

See James Mishler's interview with Lawrence Schick here: http://adventuresingaming2.blogspot.com ... qs-on.html

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ripvanwormer wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:14 pm
See also the Rakasta Reading List thread from 2018.

And Pathfinder's catfolk.
Awesome! I have merged the two threads!

Perhaps the Catfolk of Pathfinder are worth reading up on in more detail? Do they feature much in Golarion material?

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KtA wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:55 am
Havard wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:21 pm
Similar to my Tortle Reading List, I am curious to what sources we can use to expand on ideas related to the Rakasta. I also think we should include sources related to Catfolk and Tabaxi even though Tabaxi (Jaguar Men or Leopard Men) were portrayed somewhat differently in early editions.
Yes, definitely - Rakasta and Tabaxi are Classic D&D and AD&D versions respectively of Larry Niven's Kzinti as brought into D&D in the original Moldvay/Schick "Original Known World" campaign. Moldvay put them into X1 as Rakasta, and Schick put them into the Fiend Folio as Tabaxi.

See James Mishler's interview with Lawrence Schick here: http://adventuresingaming2.blogspot.com ... qs-on.html
Very interesting!

I did not realize that Schick was responsible for introducing the Tabaxi into AD&D.

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Havard wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:50 pm
Perhaps the Catfolk of Pathfinder are worth reading up on in more detail? Do they feature much in Golarion material?
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From the Pathfinder wiki: The largest population of catfolk is in Murraseth, a nation of southern Garund, but they can also be found in Osirion. Anuli in Holomog, due to its proximity to Murraseth, is known to house significant numbers of catfolk. In Tian Xia, a large community of catfolk lives in the Valashmai Jungle.

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ripvanwormer wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:32 am
Havard wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:50 pm
Perhaps the Catfolk of Pathfinder are worth reading up on in more detail? Do they feature much in Golarion material?
For Pathfinder First Edition
  • Pathfinder Bestiary 3
  • Pathfinder Advanced Race Guide
  • Blood of the Beast
From the Pathfinder wiki: The largest population of catfolk is in Murraseth, a nation of southern Garund, but they can also be found in Osirion. Anuli in Holomog, due to its proximity to Murraseth, is known to house significant numbers of catfolk. In Tian Xia, a large community of catfolk lives in the Valashmai Jungle.

Excellent! I've added these to the OP. :)

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