The World of Kinin
These regal creatures once roamed most of Kinin. Over the centuries, they too have retreated in the face of human and demi-human hegemony and now live essentially on the Great Plain in the savannas. They call themselves the Ikimizi. Unlike most other rakasta, male and female simbasta look different from each other. The normal pelage color for both is a tawny yellow that blends with their natural environment of dry grasses with the male sporting a huge mane, making it appear even taller than the powerful sherkasta. This mane sets apart the simbasta male from the female. Simbasta are sociable creatures, naturally living in large clans called prides. Females, often siblings with their cubs, originally formed the core of the pride, with peaceful males ensuring safety and progeny. The stronger male simbasta usually headed the pride, until driven off by a younger or more powerful male. From there, a pervasive Code of Honor was slowly established, governing the behavior and society of modern simbasta, one that has spread to all Rakasta.
Simbasta generally consider normal lions as simple animals, yet they enjoy taming mature males something they can do very well. The relation between them and this animal is one of strength, where the simbasta means to demonstrate its own power before eventually releasing the lion for trade or sale.