Les Ajabas sont des hyènes-garou, une tribu de change formes de Loup garou : l'Apocalypse. Les légendes à leur sujet disent que ce sont les homologues africains des loups-garou, créés pour être des guerriers de Gaïa dans un continent sans loups. Toutefois, en partie due à la répartition des rôles entre les sexes, les Ajabas ont passé une grande partie de leur histoire dans des querelles internes. Cela a conduit à des conflits avec les Bastets, et finalement la guerre avec Simba, surtout les Bastets dirigés par Crocs noirs, qui a presque réussi à anéantir les Ajabas.
Depuis leur quasi destruction, les Ajabas reconstruire lentement leur société, et beaucoup de choses à leur sujet ont changées..
La grande particularité et le trait notable des Ajaba est la grande différence entre hommes et femmes : Alors que les femmes sont des guerrières, pourvues de haute Rage et de peu de Gnose, les hommes sont des mystiques aux mœurs divers. Certains Ajaba naissent avec un rôle inversé par rapport à ceux de même sexe, ils sont alors vus comme des présages de bons... ou de mauvais augures.
The Ajaba Breeds are Homid (born of humans), Hyaena (born of hyenas) and Metis (born of two Ajaba). Unlike Garou Metis, those among the Ajaba are hermaphroditic. They have correspondingly moderate Rage and Gnosis, falling in between the norms for male and female Ajaba, and receive some reverence because of this.
Before their fall, and despite their warrior roots, all Ajaba resembled the Garou Ragabash Auspice. Since rebuilding their society, however, they recognise two Aspects, each of which encompasses two roles differentiated by gender:
- Dawn - female warriors (akin to Garou Ahroun) and male storytellers (similar to Galliards)
- Dusk - female assassins (a more violent version of Ragabash) and male mystics (like highly talented Theurges)
Ajaba forms are analagous to those of the Garou:
- Homid - human form.
- Anthros - near-man form.
- Crinos - the war form; slightly smaller and less powerful than that of Garou, but also a little tougher.
- Crocas - near-hyena form. An enormous hyena the size of a small bear.
- Hyaenid - hyena form.
Gifts and RitualsModifier
As befits their task as Gaia's warriors, Ajaba know much the same range of gifts as Garou. They lost the knowledge of any unique rites during their destruction, however.
The Ajaba have always recognised Cunning and Ferocity as forms of renown, but they have realised that their downfall was in part due to their recognition of Infamy. As part of their reformation, the Ajaba now recognise a form of renown called Obligation, which rewards their duty to Gaia and their own kind in a less formal way than the Honor known to other Fera.
Politicking among the Ajaba is fierce, and social status is very important. Reigning females must always defend their position against challenges from their underlings, and these challenges are often quite a bit bloodier than similar affairs among Garou. As such, it is not uncommon for Ajaba in power to have numerous allies, among them both warriors and mystics that can help to legitimize their position. This is where the power of the males in Ajaba society reveals itself: males that enter a pack do so with no preset social rank, which allows them to ally themselves with any females who will have them. This means that Ajaba mystics wield considerable power, as they alone often determine the fate of the entire clan simply by choosing whom they wish to support in the numerous ritual challenges that plague the typical pack.
Relationships with the Other BreedsModifier
It was the Ajaba Kisasi who founded the Ahadi, and the Ajaba maintain generally cordial relations with the other changers of Africa, though these relations are coloured by their history with Black Tooth's tribe. They hold the Mokolé in particularly high regard for their role in destroying the corrupted Simba, and still give at best a grudging respect for the Bastet of other tribes. Their only contact with Garou is through the Silent Striders, whom they respect for their martial prowess.