Shattered Swords of Hyboria
“…a tall and massive wall, which enclosed the palaces of the ruling caste, descendants of those Stygians who centuries ago had come southward to hack out a black empire, and to mix their proud blood with the blood of their dusky subjects.”
— Robert E. Howard: “The Snout in the Dark”
Capital: Shumballa (Meroê) (pop. 85,000)
Ruler: Queen Tananda
Major cities: Zabhela (pop. 21,000)
Resources: Gold, ivory, silver, copra, pearls, slaves
Imports: Beads, silks, sugar, brass-hilted swords
Allies: Stygia (vassal of)
Enemies: Darfar, Amazonia
Tech level: Bronze age
Religion: Set, Jullah
Northernmost of the Black Kingdoms situated south of Stygia. There are Kushite villages along the shore of the Western Ocean, then a band of thick forest. Inland stretches a savanna, which ends in eastern hills. Beyond this is the Southern Desert, only nominally part of the kingdom.
Its capital city is called Shumballa (also known as Meroê), the largest in the Black Kingdoms. It is based on pre-Stygian ruins, and its ancient stone walls are frequently patched with log palisades where the walls have collapsed.
Kush gives its name to the whole southern part of the world-continent. Barachan pirates were the first northerners to raid and trade with Kush. Argos and Zingara have established a thriving traffic in gold, ivory silver, copra, pearls, and slaves. Kush imports beads, silks, sugar, and brass-hilted swords.
The kingdom is ruled by a brown-skinned, part-Stygian race which despises the black lower classes.