Then came a new thing - the Horse. Some said it was Hippogriff mutilate, some said it was Hyalorís plaything, other said it was one of Kargzantís children. Whatever the case, it came and invaded the Plains and began eating all the grass.
Grandfather Gopher, realising that all the grass was being eaten and his children would be hungry, decided to speak to Horse and to ask it not to eat all the grass. Off he went to Horse and asked it not to eat all the grass otherwise grandfather Gopherís children would go hungry. "Nay", said Horse, "for then my children would be hungry." And with that Horse stamped hard on Grandfather Gopher, driving him deep within the ground.
Grandfather Gopher was annoyed by this and scampered around beneath the ground until he reached where his children were and called out to them. Quickly, they burrowed after him and found out what had happened. The younger ones kept a lookout in case Horse came looking for them while Grandfather Gopher and his children hatched out a plan.
Horse and his children liked to drink from a certain river on the Plains, so grandfather Gopher crept beneath the ground near to where the river was. He made many holes in the ground by burrowing to the surface and looking out. When Horse came near with his Children, Grandfather Gopher looked out and challenged him. Horse charged forward with his children into the trap. Although Horse managed to avoid the trap, his children did not and many twisted their legs in the holes, falling lame and broken. Even though Horse was furious and trampled on the ground, he could not hurt Grandfather Gopher as he was already underground.
From that time on, Horses and Gophers have always been enemies.
The cult is enemy to the Horse cults and therefore to most of the people of Pent. It only survives by staying underground where the Nomads cannot find them.
It is rumoured that there are Gopher Cities deep within Pent where Great Temples may be found, although nobody has ever seen these and lived to tell the tale. Most temples are shrines, although a few Gopher Clans can mount Minor Temples.
The cult is led by its Hsunchen Shamans and has no inter-temple links, except being on friendly terms with other temples. It is rumoured that Gordon the Gopher, a Gopher Hero from before Time, is returning to lead the Gopher Clans against the Nomads but nothing has been proven.
Grandfather Gopher is friendly to Dagorma as he sacrifices to her so that she does not eat his flesh while he is underground.
Were Gophers have the following Statistics:
STR x0.75 CON x1 SIZ x0.5 INT x1 POW x1 DEX x2 Move 3 above ground, 2 through a Gopher Tunnel, 1 while burrowing Armour: 1 point fur, only damaged by magic or Runic weapons. Bite (1D6) 25% + Bonus Hit locations as Horse (ironic, isnít it?)
Thanks to Trotsky for naming these as the Gord-Un. It couldn't have been bettre if I had planned it.