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Vur Horston
Gender Male
Species Human
Age 12
Relatives Larten Crepsley (cousin)
Status Deceased (Book series)
Background Information
Book Universe The Saga of Larten Crepsley
First Book Appearance Birth of a Killer

Vur Horston is a character from The Saga of Larten Crepsley. He is Larten's cousin and best friend, who dies in the first book.


He is described as a frail-looking boy, despite being the same age as Larten. Just like his cousin, he has his hair dyed orange.


Vur is sweet-tempered, friendly, and considerate. He also tends to calm down the hot-headed Larten whenever he gets into trouble. Despite his frail appearance, he turns out to be smarter than he looks. After being pushed around by Traz too much, Vur decides to retaliate, but this results in his death.


The Saga of Larten Crepsley

Birth of a Killer

« No. We'll be getting our heads daubed today. If we're not early, Traz will beat us. »

(Vur and Larten about to go to work)

Vur's father had died due to an accident at work while his mother died of a disease. He was then adopted by his aunt and became best friends with Larten after sharing a loaf of bread with him. When they turned eight, they were sent to work in a textile factory under a foreman named Traz, who Larten's father had also worked under as a child. Traz had an irrational hatred towards Vur, as he noticed the boy was smarter than he looked.

One day Vur made a mistake, which Traz took the opportunity to took his anger on the boy. He beat him with cocoons and insulted his mother, causing Vur to retaliate and hit the man with a wet cocoon. Angry, Traz drowned him in a vat, which resulted in his death. Later on, Larten then kills Traz in revenge.

In the years to follow, Larten used his cousin's name as an alias.


  • He wanted to become a trader and often daydreamed with Larten about a happier future.