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The Tuigan were humans from Taan, also known as the Endless Wastes, the vast steppes that stretched between Faerûn and Kara-Tur.


The original tribal lands of the Tuigan were in the central Wastes. Their lands bordered those of the Dalat, Naican, Khassidi, Zamogedi, Quirish, and Oigur tribes.[1]


In 1358 DR, the Tuigan tribes united under Horselord Yamun Khahan.[2] The first tribe to join with them were the Naican, who at one time had shared pastures with the Tuigan. When the Tuigan campaigned against the Zamogedi, the Gur quickly joined them. Next, the Oigur were forced to join. By the end of Yamun Khahan's campaign, only the Fankiang still actively rebelled against him, though he had technically conquered them too.[3]

Under Yamun Khahan's banner, the Grand Army of the Tuigan invaded the nations of Semphar, Khazari, Shou Lung, Thay, Rashemen, and Thesk. They were defeated at Phsant in 1360 DR by King Azoun IV of Cormyr leading an alliance of nations throughout Faerûn.[2]


Tuigans had yellowish-bronze skin with black hair and broad, flat features.[4] Tuigan men traditionally shaved the crown of their heads and braided the sides and back of their hair.[3]


Yamun Khahan, Illustrious Emperor of the Tuigan.

The Tuigan were organized by tribes. The name "Tuigan" was actually the name of one of the major tribes. They were closely related to the inhabitants of Kara-Tur. The tribes spoke Tuigan and used the Thorass alphabet. Tuigans could also be found in Semphar, Thay, Thesk, Narfell, and Rashemen.[4]

In summer, Tuigan men enjoyed hunting snow-beasts in the mountains.[5]

The Tuigan mostly ate meat, and vegetables were almost unknown among them. Kumiss was a common alcoholic beverage. Many in Faerûn falsely believed that Tuigans ate insects.[6]

The Tuigan had an open feud with the Fankiang and were on friendly terms with the Naican and Gur tribes of the Wastes.[3]


Behind the scenes[]

Tuigans are modeled after the Mongols.


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