The Bedine were a proud warlike race that inhabited the southern Anauroch regions but were concentrated in the region known as the Sword.[1]


They had brown-hued skin, brown eyes, and black or brown hair[1] and were of average height and weight for a humanoid creature of Faerun.[3] Those rare instances of blue eyes or blonde hair were a product of "outlander blood".[1]


In −339 DR, a group of humanoids immigrated from Zakhara using a portal. They intermingled with some surviving Netherese and over time their culture became what was called the Bedine. They maintained knowledge of their spoken language, Midani, or Uloushinn,[2] but had all but forgotten their native written language. Over the centuries since, traders introduced them to the Thorass alphabet.[4]


Honor was prime among the Bedine's beliefs. Their harsh existence, full of death and hardship, molded their culture to believe the gods would measure them based on their behavior in the Fugue Plane.[5]

The Bedine were divided into over 100 tribes with the largest having more than 300 members.[1] Some tribe names were: Alaii, Artinn Ruabi, Bai Kabor, Bait Mahwa, Binwabi, Bordjia, Clelarra, Desai,[6] Dakawa, Dursalai, Felfaarin, Goldor, Iriphawa, Ju'ur Dai, Kellordrai, Lalajar, Mtair Dhafir, Mahlajai, Qahtan, Raz'hadi, Ruwaldi, Shremala, Ulaarjar, Yethtai, and Zazalaar.[2] Each tribe was ruled by a sheikh. However the sheikh's ultimate power was limited by tradition and important decisions made by the tribe's council of elders.[5]

Some clothing played a symbolic role in Bedine culture. Many Bedine wore kufiya scarves on their head. An igal held the kufiya on the head and indicated a person's statue and pride; it could be made of camel hair and precious gems.[6] A type of sleeveless coat was called an aba.[6]


The Bedine worshiped the old Netherese gods in name: A'tar, Elah, Kozah, N'asr, and Shaundakul. Scholars, however, agreed that these deities were in fact the Faerunian pantheon of Lathander, Selûne, Talos, Cyric or Kelemvor, and Beshaba.[7] "Shaundakul" was actually Beshaba using the old god's name in a personal plot to annoy him.[8]


The Cult of the Sacred Skull gained a foothold among the Bedine for a time. It was surreptitiously led by a mind flayer who was ultimately the voice of one or more phaerimm.[8]



The Bedine are likely inspired by the Bedouin people of north Africa and the Middle East.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ed Greenwood (1991). Anauroch. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood (1991). Anauroch/Inside cover. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  3. Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 139–140. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  4. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ed Greenwood (1991). Anauroch. (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  7. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ed Greenwood (1991). Anauroch. (TSR, Inc), pp. 70–71. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.