History TabletopGame / Greyhawk

17th Apr '17 6:29:11 PM BattleMaster
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* VainSorceress: Iggwilv, the Witch of Perrenland, the mother of Iuz and on-again-off-again consort of the demon Graz'zt. She appears as a stunningly beautiful young woman and sadistically kills anyone who sees her true form--a hideous crone.

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Iggwilv, the Witch of Perrenland, the mother of Iuz and on-again-off-again consort of the demon Graz'zt. She appears as a stunningly beautiful young woman and sadistically kills anyone who sees her true form--a hideous crone.crone.
** Wee Jas, the Lawful Neutral goddess of death and magic, is noted for being both beautiful and vain.
2nd Apr '17 12:10:52 PM WildCardCourier
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* ''The Gnome Cache'' (released in issues 1-3 and 5-7 of ''Magazine/Dragon'' magazine by Garrison Ernst, a possible pseudonym or pin name for Gary Gygax) - set in the original home campaign version of Greyhawk

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* ''The Gnome Cache'' (released in issues 1-3 and 5-7 of ''Magazine/Dragon'' ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine by Garrison Ernst, a possible pseudonym or pin name for Gary Gygax) - set in the original home campaign version of Greyhawk
2nd Apr '17 12:10:07 PM WildCardCourier
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The setting is named after the great Free City of Greyhawk, a sprawling metropolis of wizards and thieves located next to the legendary dungeon of Castle Greyhawk. These locations are at the heart of 'the Flanaess' - the northeast end of Oerik, the largest continent on the world of Oerth. Ravaged by centuries of warfare, contested by dozens of races and organizations, the Flanaess is crawling with monsters to slay, ruins to loot, and vile magicians to foil. A very generic [[HeroicFantasy heroic fantasy]] setting, but one which suits the game's needs perfectly. In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' settings, the world of ''Greyhawk'' is part of a [[TheMultiverse larger universe]] that also includes ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' and ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''.

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The setting is named after the great Free City of Greyhawk, a sprawling metropolis of wizards and thieves located next to the legendary dungeon of Castle Greyhawk. These locations are at the heart of 'the Flanaess' - the northeast end of Oerik, the largest continent on the world of Oerth. Ravaged by centuries of warfare, contested by dozens of races and organizations, the Flanaess is crawling with monsters to slay, ruins to loot, and vile magicians to foil. A very generic [[HeroicFantasy heroic fantasy]] HeroicFantasy or SwordsAndSorcery setting, but one which suits the game's needs perfectly. In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' settings, the world of ''Greyhawk'' is part of a [[TheMultiverse larger universe]] that also includes ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' and ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''.



* ''Gord the Thief''

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* ''The Gnome Cache'' (released in issues 1-3 and 5-7 of ''Magazine/Dragon'' magazine by Garrison Ernst, a possible pseudonym or pin name for Gary Gygax) - set in the original home campaign version of Greyhawk
* ''Gord the Thief''Rogue'' (released from 1985 to 1988 by Creator/GaryGygax) - set in the original home campaign version of Greyhawk



* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Averted. While the gods of Oerth ''can'' derive extra power from worship, they do not need it to survive or be gods. Boccob, who has the not very reassuring nickname "The Uncaring", is worshiped by very few people, yet is still a greater god for example. Many deities with huge followings are less powerful than other deities with smaller ones.

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* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Averted. While the gods of Oerth ''can'' derive extra power from worship, they do not need it to survive or be gods. Boccob, who has the not very reassuring nickname "The Uncaring", is actively worshiped by very few people, yet is still a greater god for example. Many deities with huge followings are less powerful than other deities with smaller ones.
31st Mar '17 12:45:32 PM Paireon
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Baklunish people are similar to real-world Middle Easterners. The Olmans and the Flan are clearly based on Native Americans - the Flan on northern First Nations (Cree, Sioux, Iroquois, etc.), and the Olman on the southern nations, especially [[{{Mayincatec}} the Maya and Aztecs]]. It's implied that the Rhenee ''are'' Roma, having arrived on Oerth from another place called "Rhop"--possibly Europe. The Great Kingdom of Aerdy had a UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire vibe to it, while Perrenland and the Theocracy of the Pale evoke medieval Switzerland and TheTeutonicKnights, respectively.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Baklunish people are similar to real-world Middle Easterners. The Olmans and the Flan are clearly based on Native Americans - the Flan on northern First Nations (Cree, Sioux, Iroquois, etc.), and the Olman on the southern nations, especially [[{{Mayincatec}} the Maya and Aztecs]]. It's implied that the Rhenee ''are'' Roma, having arrived on Oerth from another place called "Rhop"--possibly Europe. The Great Kingdom of Aerdy had a UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire vibe to it, while Perrenland and the Theocracy of the Pale evoke medieval Switzerland and TheTeutonicKnights, respectively.respectively, and the barbarians of the Thillronian Peninsula are pretty much HornyVikings.
31st Mar '17 12:40:45 PM Paireon
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** Another would be Kyuss, TheWormThatWalks (that's [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast his actual title]] AND a totally accurate description]]), [[WasOnceAMan an ancient human priest]] [[DeityOfHumanOrigin currently in mid-ascent to godhood]] who's the originator of a number of worm/bug-related undead, aberration, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs and undead abberation]] monster species, currently a gigantic, vaguely humanoid mass of wriggling worms attempting to usher in the Age Of Worms, which will mark his ascension (which between that or Tharizdun's end goal would be worse [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is largely a matter of opinion and semantics]]).



** The Ancient Suloise and Baklunish Empires, which basically destroyed each other in a magical nuclear war.
** The Great Kingdom of Aerdy, established by Oeridian tribes fleeing the Twin Cataclysms that destroyed the above-mentioned Suel and Baklunish nations. It once spanned most of the Flanaess, although it has since collapsed. It's two successor states, the United Kingdom of Ahlissa and the Great Kingdom of Northern Aerdy, are borderline (especially the former) and both are competing to claim the legacy of their parent empire.

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** The Ancient Suloise and Baklunish Empires, which basically destroyed each other in a magical nuclear war.
war dubbed the Twin Cataclysms.
** The Great Kingdom of Aerdy, established by Oeridian tribes fleeing the Twin Cataclysms that destroyed the above-mentioned Suel and Baklunish nations. It once spanned most of the Flanaess, although it has since collapsed. It's Its two most recent successor states, the United Kingdom of Ahlissa and the Great Kingdom of Northern Aerdy, are borderline (especially the former) and both are competing to claim the legacy of their parent empire.empire (earlier splinter nations like [[TheKingdom Furyondy and Nyrond]] or [[TheAlliance the Iron League]] tend to be considerably nicer though).



** The Scarlet Brotherhood intends to become one, but its internal struggles and rebellions among its conquered territories have prevented it.

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** The Scarlet Brotherhood intends to become one, but its internal struggles and rebellions among its conquered territories have prevented it.it (it doesn't help that for all their skill at playing TheChessmaster and DiabolicalMastermind, their military capabilities are comparably lacking).



* EvilVersusEvil: Evil groups like the Horned Society, Iuz, the Scarlet Brotherhood, the Aerdi kingdoms and Turrosh Mak are just as apt to fight and plot against each other as they are the forces of good.
* EvilVersusOblivion: Almost all of the setting's conventional villains (orc warlords, decadent nobility, secret assassin cults and even full-on demon lords) oppose any effort to wake, free, or aid Tharizdun.

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* EvilVersusEvil: Evil groups like the Horned Society, Iuz, the Scarlet Brotherhood, the Aerdi kingdoms kingdoms, Stonehold and Turrosh Mak are just as apt to fight and plot against each other as they are the forces of good.
* EvilVersusOblivion: Almost all of the setting's conventional villains (orc warlords, decadent nobility, secret assassin cults and even full-on demon lords) oppose any effort to wake, free, or aid Tharizdun. The ''Age of Worms'' Adventure Path could have some villains (especially the churches of Hextor, Vecna and Erythnul, due to a cult of heretical dupes from all three religions) also act against the rise Kyuss and the coming of said Age of Worms (none of the three are particularly keen on the continent being overrun by weird undead spawn and worm-monsters).
31st Mar '17 8:35:29 AM Paireon
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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: This is practically a tradition, and a major reason why Oerth does not have as many epic-level NPC's as the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''. Legendary characters frequently ascend to at least demigod status. Notable examples include Zagyg (very recently), Vecna, Wastri, Zuoken and Al'Akbar. Several characters are currently in the process of divine ascension, including Heward, Kelanen, Keoghtom, Kyuss and Muryland. St. Cuthbert was allegedly once a mortal, but is said to have become a deity in ancient times.

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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: This is practically a tradition, and a major reason why Oerth does not have as many epic-level NPC's as the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''. Legendary characters frequently ascend to at least demigod status. Notable examples include Zagyg (very recently), Vecna, Wastri, Zuoken and Al'Akbar. Several characters are currently in the process of divine ascension, including Heward, Kelanen, Keoghtom, Kyuss and Muryland.Murlynd. St. Cuthbert was allegedly once a mortal, but is said to have become a deity in ancient times.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Baklunish people are similar to real-world Middle Easterners. The Olmans and the Flan are clearly based on Native Americans - the Flan on northern First Nations (Cree, Sioux, Iroquois, etc.), and the Olman on the southern nations, especially [[{{Mayincatec}} the Maya and Aztecs]]. It's implied that the Rhenee ''are'' Roma, having arrived on Oerth from another place called "Rhop"--possibly Europe. The Great Kingdom of Aerdy had a UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire vibe to it.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Baklunish people are similar to real-world Middle Easterners. The Olmans and the Flan are clearly based on Native Americans - the Flan on northern First Nations (Cree, Sioux, Iroquois, etc.), and the Olman on the southern nations, especially [[{{Mayincatec}} the Maya and Aztecs]]. It's implied that the Rhenee ''are'' Roma, having arrived on Oerth from another place called "Rhop"--possibly Europe. The Great Kingdom of Aerdy had a UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire vibe to it.it, while Perrenland and the Theocracy of the Pale evoke medieval Switzerland and TheTeutonicKnights, respectively.
18th Mar '17 9:57:45 AM JM1982
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* DefectorFromDecadence: Many of the more good-aligned Suel people in the Flanaess are the descendants of people who broke away from the remnants of the Suel Imperium as they fled into the Flanaess. Only the most hardcore devotees of the Imperium continued to the far south of the Flanaess, where they became the modern Scarlet Brotherhood.
20th Feb '17 1:04:26 AM jormis29
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* {{Retcon}}: After Gygax and Kuntz both left TSR, in the ''Greyhawk Wars'' storyline, Kuntz's character Lord Robilar betrayed his friends, killing some of them; Kuntz was none too happy. Twenty years later, Wizards of the Coast published ''Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk'', in which it's retconned that Robilar had been replaced by an evil double from a MirrorUniverse.

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* {{Retcon}}: After Gygax and Kuntz both left TSR, Creator/{{TSR}}, in the ''Greyhawk Wars'' storyline, Kuntz's character Lord Robilar betrayed his friends, killing some of them; Kuntz was none too happy. Twenty years later, Wizards of the Coast published ''Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk'', in which it's retconned that Robilar had been replaced by an evil double from a MirrorUniverse.



* WhatMightHaveBeen: Gygax had planned to write a series of expansions covering the rest of the supercontinent Oerik (of which the Flanaess is only the northeastern portion), but his recurring absences from Lake Geneva to work on [[WesternAnimation/{{DungeonsAndDragons}} the animated series]] and [[DevelopmentHell potential movie deals]] in Hollywood forestalled that (and ultimately helped lead to his ouster from TSR at the end of 1985). [[http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Oerik An official map]] of the entire continent was eventually released in ''Dragon Annual #1'' in 1996, and later publications such as the ''Chainmail'' relaunch in 2001 and the Canonfire! fan site added more details.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Gygax had planned to write a series of expansions covering the rest of the supercontinent Oerik (of which the Flanaess is only the northeastern portion), but his recurring absences from Lake Geneva to work on [[WesternAnimation/{{DungeonsAndDragons}} the animated series]] and [[DevelopmentHell potential movie deals]] in Hollywood forestalled that (and ultimately helped lead to his ouster from TSR Creator/{{TSR}} at the end of 1985). [[http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Oerik An official map]] of the entire continent was eventually released in ''Dragon Annual #1'' in 1996, and later publications such as the ''Chainmail'' relaunch in 2001 and the Canonfire! fan site added more details.
22nd Jan '17 6:28:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* CrossoverCosmology: Iuz is the grandson of both [[Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales Baba Yaga]] and (maybe) [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]].

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* CrossoverCosmology: Iuz is the grandson of both [[Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales Baba Yaga]] and (maybe) [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]].
9th Jan '17 1:19:14 AM allium
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* ''Quag Keep'' (released in 1978 by Creator/AndreNorton)
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