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The Girsh are an antagonistic faction in Caves of Qud. The player starts off with a lower reputation with the Girsh (at -800) than any other faction, and the Girsh are in turn hated by many other factions.

The Girsh appear prominently in the history of the Gyre, a series of seven plagues that affected Qud towards the end of the sultanate.

Water Ritual Liquid

cloning draught

Initial Player



Others: Hate-100 Reputation

in Learning

moon stair locations

in Sharing

moon stair locations

Old?Whether this faction existed during the
sultanate, which determines if they:
  • can be obliterated
  • can be fabricated
  • can be Cherubim
  • no

    ID?Use this ID to Wish for faction reputation
    Example: factionrep:Girsh:100


    Creatures in the Girsh Faction

    Items that affect Girsh Reputation

    Item Reputation
    girshling fangs 100 girsh reputation
    incandescent fangs 100 girsh reputation
    rank fangs 100 girsh reputation
    zigzag fangs 100 girsh reputation


    Before the end of the sultanate, a swarm of girshlings is said to have attacked crops, as one of the seven plagues of the Gyre. This is referenced in the history of Resheph:

    In 3 BR, the Gyre widened, and the first triad of plagues afflicted the land. The water was poisoned with salt, girshlings ravaged the fruit and wheat, and tongues rotted away in the mouths of kith and kin. Resheph walked below the chrome arches and healed the sick.

    The Girsh Nephilim appeared as the seventh and final plague of the Gyre:

    In 1 BR, the Gyre widened, and the final plague afflicted the land. The Girsh Nephilim rose from their cradles on the Moon Stair and slouched toward Qud to eat its young. Resheph rose to meet them in battle and cast them back.

    Elder Irudad references both of these plagues after completing the quest What's Eating the Watervine?:

    The Gyre was a series of seven plagues that spread through and out of Qud a thousand years ago. One of these plagues was a scourge of girshlings, and they heralded the coming of the seventh plague, the Girsh Nephilim. These were terrible demons who ate the young of kith and kin. Resheph slew them, but now that girshlings are back, we don't know what to make of the Nephilim.

    He also claims that Resheph was responsible for defeating the Girsh elsewhere in his dialogue.

    In Frivolous Lives, Vol. I, it is said that the descendants of Abram I believe that he was in fact responsible for driving back the Girsh, although the author casts doubt upon this belief; the description of Abram I's feats (which also include dissolving his kingdom, something most lore attributes to Resheph instead) imply that the legends may have conflated the two.

    The Gyre wights worship the Girsh Nephilim, attending their cradles and the shrines to them scattered across Qud.