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The Goran, a fictional gnome culture from a wetlands climate.

The Gor Culture

This culture is called the Gor. Its people are the Goran, and they are a gnome society.

They speak Gor. Gor is an abrupt language. It uses an abugida writing system, with characters composed of circles, dots, and sharp angles. The sample phrase "Hello! It is good to see you, friend." in Gor is said "kazkul! Dal bil kopar tel gir, gethdo. "

They originally came from a wetlands region.

Common Names

Male Names

  • Taen
  • Ghostilen
  • Baron
  • Bilen
  • Giðkal'en
  • Ki'Gilon
  • Baren
  • Delen
  • Doan
  • Befdiparon

Female Names

  • Daðgea
  • Doðpel'e
  • Gakile
  • Kabala
  • Tazhbare
  • Pikea
  • Teðdore
  • Peret
  • Keftiret
  • Bizkikelet

Family Names

  • Puðgarger
  • Galkel
  • Bapul
  • Kizbekardel
  • Keghaltel
  • Pidir'tel
  • Pafpirtel
  • Kaðtazpirdel
  • Geger
  • Gerdel

Buildings

Buildings have walls made of heavy wooden boards with large decorative arches, and roofs are slanted and made of thatch. Doors are made of heavy wood and onion-shaped. Windows are large and triangular. For decoration, wealthier houses and communal buildings often have small pools just outside.

Music

This style of music has a single rhythm with a fast beat. It is loud, with simple harmony. It has a simple melody with a low pitch in a major key. Usually, it has a smooth timbre.

Clothing

As the Goran hail originally from a wetlands region, their clothing style is appropriate for that kind of place. They often wear the following:

Male Clothing

  • robe with short sleeves
  • sandals
  • sash

Female Clothing

  • long-sleeved robe
  • boots
  • sash around the waist

Common colors include subdued grey, light green, and bright red. Decoration tends towards complex embroidery.

For jewelry, some of the following are common:

  • entwined hide anklets
  • large hide chokers
  • thin hide anklets adorned with gems

Food and Drink

Common main dishes for the Goran include:

  • savory and bitter slow-roasted pumkinseed with salt
  • savory and spicy broiled largemouth bass with salt
  • salty and pungent broiled pumkinseed in spiral wheat noodle soup with salt
  • savory and bitter broiled silver carp with salt
  • sweet and salty broiled sunfish

Common desserts include:

  • elderberry pie
  • elderberry tart
  • sweetened crisp
  • sweetened

The most common alcoholic beverages are:

  • very strong elderberry brandy made with salt that's golden-hued
  • weak wheat beer made with elderberry that is dark
  • strong wheat liquor made with elderberry and salt that is golden

As far as eating customs go, they have the following:

  • use moderate spice
  • serve food cold

Religion

The Goran have a polytheistic outlook. They gather in temples.

Deities

The deities of the Goran are as follows:

Delen

Delen is the god of knowledge. He is pretty. He is wise. His holy item is a necklace, and his holy symbol is a book.

Galan

Galan is the god of hope, evil, and spring. He is spider-bodied. He is frisky. His holy item is a staff, and his holy symbol is a flower.

Pis'Gakilen

Pis'Gakilen is the god of summer. He is tidy. He is proud and pleasant. His holy item is an orb, and his holy symbol is a radiant sun.

Bithgira

Bithgira is the goddess of nobility. She is plump. She is boisterous. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a crown.

Tevdean

Tevdean is the god of protection and water. He is enormous, with metallic skin. He is mercurial and greedy. His holy item is a shield, and his holy symbol is a gauntlet.

Batele

Batele is the goddess of strength. She is heavily-muscled. She is insidious and cynical. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a fist. Batele is a friend of Der'et.

Der'et

Der'et is the goddess of horses. She is weak. She is jittery and vicious. Her holy item is a horse skull, and her holy symbol is a horse's face. Der'et is a confidant of Batele and fights with Tethpelen.

Kisghare

Kisghare is the goddess of time and dusk. She is youthful. She is cynical. Her holy item is a hourglass, and her holy symbol is a half-circle. Kisghare trysts with Tethpelen.

Gazhkel'an

Gazhkel'an is the god of death. He is attractive. He is belligerent and nervous. His holy item is a sickle, and his holy symbol is a skull. Gazhkel'an trusts Tethpelen and is a confidant of Tilan.

Tilan

Tilan is the god of autumn. He is blind. He is destructive and lecherous. His holy item is a ring, and his holy symbol is a leaf. Tilan is an ally of Gazhkel'an.

Tobeet

Tobeet is the goddess of art and mercy. She is plain. She is creative and compassionate. Her holy item is an orb, and her holy symbol is a paint palette. Tobeet is the enemy of Datelen.

Piret

Piret is the goddess of light and air. She is handsome. She is fae. Her holy item is a staff, and her holy symbol is a radiant sun. Piret is the daughter of Kabala and is the hated foe of Keðdalen.

Keðdalen

Keðdalen is the god of the sun. He is beautiful. He is fae and creative. His holy item is a necklace, and his holy symbol is a radiant sun. Keðdalen wars against Baskera and wars against Piret.

Kabala

Kabala is the goddess of nature, trickery, and oceans. She is bark-skinned. She is cunning and practical. Her holy item is a staff, and her holy symbol is a face bearing an evil half and a good half. Kabala is parent of Piret, worries about Kichgeteron, and is the hated foe of Datelen.

Datelen

Datelen is the god of music. He is entracing. He is fierce and reflective. His holy item is a harp, and his holy symbol is a lyre. Datelen is the hated foe of Tobeet and is the hated foe of Kabala.

Gapadiret

Gapadiret is the goddess of thunder. She is tidy. She is absent-minded and short-tempered. Her holy item is a necklace, and her holy symbol is a drum. Gapadiret is hopeful for Kachkiron.

Kachkiron

Kachkiron is the god of balance and law. He is handsome. He is creative and quiet. His holy item is a sword, and his holy symbol is a hammer. Kachkiron enjoys the company of Gapadiret.

Gepile

Gepile is the goddess of earth, thieves, and winter. She is white eyes. She is practical and fierce. Her holy item is a coin purse, and her holy symbol is an icicle. Gepile is the mother of Tethpelen.

Tethpelen

Tethpelen is the god of the moon. He is slender. He is sad and jittery. His holy item is an amulet, and his holy symbol is a crescent moon. Tethpelen fights with Der'et, desires Kisghare, is hopeful for Gazhkel'an, and is child of Gepile.

Kichgeteron

Kichgeteron is the god of persistence and wisdom. He is bald. He is knowing and clever. His holy item is a necklace, and his holy symbol is a scroll. Kichgeteron envies Kabala and is the rival of Baskera.

Baskera

Baskera is the goddess of foxes and animals. She is bird-headed. She is fierce and tricksy. Her holy item is an amulet, and her holy symbol is a beast. Baskera is the enemy of Keðdalen and fights with Kichgeteron.