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Born: Unknown 
Died: 1132 
Siblings: Kamilah 
Titles: Avatar of the Goddess

Zahra was an ebonite and the Avatar of the Goddess Shinjo.

Twins Edit

Zahra was the twin sister of Kamilah, [1] and they were called the Janan Twins and considered the living testament to the Ebonite oath. [2]

Fighting the Khadi Edit

In 1132 the twins sisters fought inside Ghassan's gambling house against a Khadi, being quickly suffused by the Senpet city guard. [2]

Avatar of the Goddess Edit

Attacked by her twin Edit

Zahra was discovered as one of the Avatar of the Goddess. She would aid to fulfill a prophecy which would release a Goddess. [3] Somehow Kamilah guessed it would destroy the Ebon Stone, releasing its evil inside. The only duty of the Order of the Ebon Hand was to avoid it. [4] Kamilah attacked her sister, and after a ferocious battle both became wounded but Zahra managed to flee. [1]

Reaching the City of the Seventh Star Edit

Zahra struggled through the sewers to the City of the Seventh Star to fulfill her part in the prophecy. She was guided by the Qabal sahir Dawuud, the daughter of the Old Man of the Mountain Shala, and the Yodotai Adrianna, and all were led by the Ebonite Principal of Valor Kabdar Fassal. [5] The group somehow was attacked and Zahra arrived alone to the City, but before she left the sewers, a Jackal appeared. She felt her bond with the goddess draining away, because the Jackal was stealing her soul with his black magic. [6] Somehow the jackal was defeated and buried alive behind the Ashalan city. [7]

Awakening Edit

The Ashalan Hojyn gathered her, and Zahra was with the other three Avatars, Shosuro Tage the Scorpion, Amru the Qabal, and Kara of the Moto. The avatars with the power of the Fallen Star performed the Ritual of the Awakening and the Kami Shinjo awoke from her slumber. [3]

Zahra's Death Edit

The avatars sacrificed themselves to release Lady Shinjo from her slumber. The release of the ancient soul from their bodies killed the Avatars. [8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 By Force of Will Alone (LBS - The Awakening flavor)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Tale of the Robber and the Caliph, Part Three (Rulebook Story, LBS - Black Hand, Black Heart), by Patrick Kapera
  3. 3.0 3.1 Legend of the Burning Sands Roleplaying Game, p. 132
  4. Legend of the Burning Sands Roleplaying Game, p. 246
  5. Promise of the Young Ones (LBS - The Awakening flavor)
  6. Soul Stealing (LBS - The Awakening flavor)
  7. buried alive (LBS - The Awakening flavor)
  8. Great Clans, p. 249

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