Subuta has sun-darkened, worn skin and a thick brown beard. He is tall for a desert person at six feet, and well-built. A long scar goes from his left ear to his mouth, and ritual scars line his arms.
Like most chieftains among the desert people, Subuta is cunning, paranoid, and distrusting. He sees even friends as potential enemies and is constantly on alert. He has risen to power by defeating many other chieftains, through force, trickery, and playing off others against each other.