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The Gurs, also known as Selûne's Children or the people of the highway, were a nomadic human people.[1][3]

DescriptionEdit

Like their Rashemi kin,[1][2] Gurs were typically a stout, strong, and sturdy people, with thick black hair, dark eyes, and dusky skin.[3]

Society & CultureEdit

By the 14th century DR, the Gurs were divided into two distinct cultures, those who traveled throughout the Western Heartlands and those living in the Endless Wastes.[4] A few settled in some of the poorer sections of cities such as Baldur's Gate, Elturel, and Iriaebor.[1][3]

The Gurs of the Western Heartlands were arranged by large extended families. A nomadic people, they traveled from settlement to settlement in assorted caravans, picking up random jobs and selling or trading any unwanted goods. Some found work as soothsayers and diviners. Those few who settled in cities struggled to survive in their poorer quarters. Gur culture placed a high value on honor, but they suffered long-standing prejudices from other folk.[1]

The Gur of the Endless Wastes were on friendly terms with the Oigur and the Tuigan tribes.[5] Their lands bordered those of the Fankiang and Zamogedi tribes.[6]

Religion & MagicEdit

The Gurs of the Heartlands mainly followed Selûne the Moonmaiden, goddess of wanderers and navigation.[1] However, some Gurs of prophetic bent were also known to worship Savras, Lord of Divination, with a faith secretive to outsiders. This likely explained the survival of his faith during his long period of imprisonment. Thus, Gurs were often gifted oracles and known for their talent in soothsaying and divining.[1]

Like their Rashemi kin, some Gurs possessed "the Sight", an unreliable gift for glimpses of the past and snatches of history.[1]

LanguagesEdit

Within their own tribes, the Gurs of the Heartlands spoke Gurri, a patois or creole tongue with roots in the Imaskari languages, but with influence from many other tongues, many thought long-dead—in particular, Halardrim, an ancient dialect of the Rashemi language.[1][7] The Gurs used the Thorass alphabet. They were also proficient in Chondathan, which they used when communicating with those outside their culture.[1]

The Gurs of the Hordelands continued to speak a related dialect of the Imaskari language.[7][8]

PopulationEdit

Gurs made up only about 1% of the human population of the Western Heartlands,[1] but this was perhaps their greatest population in Faerûn.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Gurs were believed by scholars to be mainly of Rashemi descent, owing to their strong similarity with the natives of Rashemen. They were also likely to have acquired ancestry among other ethnicities on their travels. Fragments of lore originating from the period around the first-century Dale Reckoning could be found that described the Gurs as a group of nomads. What was known of the early Gurs suggested that they were refugees fleeing the long-ago war between Raumathar and Narfell.[1]

The Gurs were well known in the Western Heartlands of Faerûn by the 14th century DR.[1]

In the Hordelands, when Yamun Khahan came to power, the Gurs joined with his Grand Army of the Tuigan against the Zamogedi, hoping to improve their standing among the tribes of the Endless Wastes. Because the Oigur were afraid of the anger of the Yamun Khahan, they allied themselves with the Gur in supporting the Tuigan.[5]

Notable GursEdit

AppendixEdit

InspirationEdit

The Gurs are explicitly inspired by the Roma people, commonly called "gypsies".[7][9]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  4. Thomas M. Costa (2016-11-22). Questions for Eric L. Boyd. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2017-04-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Cards). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.
  6. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Map: The Horde). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Thomas M. Costa (1999). “Speaking in Tongues”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #4 (TSR, Inc), p. 29.
  8. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 17. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 60. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.

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