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Ghours were a type of demon created by the demon lord Baphomet within his Tower of Science.[3] They served as the ambassadors and advisers for the Horned Lord's cultists on the Material Plane.[4]


Towering over most other beings, ghours resembled 20-foot tall (6 meters) ogres with many minotaur-like traits, most notably the massive horns that jutted out from their skulls. Covering their muscled builds was a thick and hairy hide, as well as other bestial features. Adding to their minotaur-like image were their hooves in place of feet.[3]


A ghour crushing its enemies.

While not quite as strong as goristros, ghours were dangerous powerhouses in their own right. Their various spell-like abilities extinguished the powers of good, and their very presence created a choking aura of evil. Once per minute, ghours could exhale an enormous column of noxious gas, sapping the strength from those who failed to avoid it. Each day, they could release a powerful bellow, stunning if not deafening those nearby. Not only were they capable of telepathic communication, but they possessed an acute sense of smell.[1]

When provoked, ghours shouted with all their might to disorient their foes before breathing their vile gas. After doing so, they rampaged through the battlefield like a raging bull, goring anyone that stood in their way and pummeling everyone else.[1]


Among the many creations of Baphomet, ghours were seen as a sign of his favor. They worked among both ogres and minotaurs alike, as well as with any renegade giants that joined Baphomet's cause. They also resided within the Tower of Science in the Endless Maze, like other experiments of the Horned Lord.[1]


Within the Ice Spires mountains, west of Anauroch and north of Citadel Adbar, was a tribe of ogres thoroughly devoted to Baphomet. They were larger, stronger, and more active than most other ogres, and it was speculated this was due to the influence of a ghour.[1]

Within the region of Thar, a ghour was reported to have been gathering the quarreling ogre tribes under his banner and uniting them with promises of restoring their legacy and kingdom.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 33–34. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard Baker and James Wyatt (2004-03-13). Monster Update (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. Edited by Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 168. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  4. James Jacobs (March 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Baphomet: Prince of Beasts”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #341 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 27–28.