Society & Culture
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. A few settled in some of the poorer sections of cities such as Baldur's Gate, Elturel, and Iriaebor.
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.
Religion & Magic
The Gurs of the Heartlands mainly followed Selûne the Moonmaiden, goddess of wanderers and navigation. They thought of themselves as "children of Selûne". 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.
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. The Gurs used the Thorass alphabet. They were also proficient in Chondathan, which they used when communicating with those outside their culture.
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.
In the Hordelands, when Yamun Khahan came to power in the 1350s DR, 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.
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- Therin, a thief and strongman of Pinch's gang.
Described as "gypsylike", the Gurs are inspired by the Roma people during Europe's Middle Ages when they were called Gypsies, which is a contraction of "Egyptian". However, this application is now considered to be derogatory, though it and other meanings remain common in the English language and in popular culture.
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