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The Greyhawk Wars

In the year 582 CY was when everything began.  It started in the north with the barbarians in the Hold of Stonefist.  There was a tale going around that all but one of five magical swords called the Swords of Corusk had been found.  When the final one  was located a rumor had begun that a great god would come and lead them to greatness.  The sword was never found but a man named Vatun suddenly appeared out of nowhere and claimed to be this great god and led three tribes of the barbarians against Stonefist.  Stonefist was taken and suddenly their leader changed his allegiance. It's believed this was done magically.

In the same year under the leadership of Vatun, the Fists moved in and occupied the Duchy of Tenh. No one bothered to help them because they were of priggish Suloise decent.  Apparently due to their arrogance everyone must have sat back and smiled as they were invaded.  Soon though Vatun made a mistake and his gathering of hordes collapsed.  He commanded the barbarians to invade Ratik, but they flatly refused.  There had been a long standing alliance between the barbarians and Ratik against humanoids native to the Bone March.  Doubt began to grow as to this Great God of the North Vatun.  Of course the barbarian's great god was none other than Iuz the Old in disguise.  But Iuz no longer needed them.  He was ready to move on into the east and west.

Iuz moved into the Horned Society with the aid of fiends running through the streets of Molag.  Iuz set up station and began to rule from that city.  Furyondy stood up and took notice at this point and in a near panic beseeched an alliance with the Shield Lands.  Afraid that Furyondy was trying nothing more than a bold attempt at annexation they refused.  For their folly they fell to Iuz's main body of troops along with the Bandit Kingdoms.

Furyondy held its eastern border in CY 583 with the Battle of Critwall Bridge while in the north Crockport was taken after a massive force of humanoid mercenaries moved into the capital Chendl. Many battles still waged and finally it was that Furyondy and Iuz were drained.  Then suddenly the Great Kingdom struck out with great masses and on more than one front.

Even though Nyrond was wary of Aerdy, they moved in and attacked at the Fists that were rampaging through the Duchy of Tenh.  Once there they found they couldn't stand against them long and then their assumptions about Aerdy proved correct.  Aerdy moved south and southeast into the Iron League, west into Almor and inevitably toward Nyrond.  During the winter of that year things settled a bit.  The Iron League allied with Nyrond but then a secession split the League.  A Prince of the Lordship of the Isles was replaced by a cousin who announced his favor of the Scarlet Brotherhood.  And then Nyrond also had to watch out for the Bone March that began threatening it as well as Ratik.  Things seemed more settled in the west, but Iuz had been far from sitting on his hands.  He was welcomed in Ket who saw chances to annex Bissel.  Once spring came in CY 584 bloody battles began all over again.

All of a sudden the orcs of the Pomarj rose up out of nowhere with a half-orc leader.  They moved into the eastern sections of the Principality of Ulek and also the southern lands of the Wild Coast. Queen Yolande of Celene refused to aid in any way so the orcs were stopped at the Pass of Celene by dwarves, gnomes, humans and a few elves.  All were outraged and infuriated at the Queen over this.  But the half-orc leader, Turrosh Mak, was happy with what he'd taken and he knew there was no force strong enough anywhere nearby to pose a threat to him.

In the north Ket made its move against Bissel and eventually  Bissel had to surrender.  It may have not happened that way but at this same time a horde of giants and humanoids moved out of the Crystalmist Mountains and right into the Grand Duchy of Geoff, Sterich, and Yeomanry.  It was called the giant troubles and no one agreement has been reached on what caused it.  It is believed that Zuggtmoy, freed from the Temple of Elemental Evil held an alliance with Iuz and along with Underdark aid from Lolth drew the giants out. The object of it all was to give the Keoland and Furyondy alliance something else to worry about from the west while tied up in the north with Iuz therefore making it impossible to overrun Iuz's forces.  

Belvor of  Furyondy along with elves and rangers from the Vesve Forest did defeat Iuz's drive into Furyondy, secured Chendl and Veluna held off Kettite.  

The utter collapse of the Great Kingdom happened with the secession of the North Province. Triggering this secession was Overking Ivid V who was decidedly mad and executed his own nobles in charge of directing the armies when his attempts on Nyrond failed.  After this he had them raised again as undead.  Nyrond defeated Aerdy and the nobles of the Great Kingdom had Ivid assassinated.  Then the priests of Hextor appeared and raised Ivid to undead status.  Now instead of simple executions he implored whole massacres.  Therefore along with help from the humanoids of the Bone March the North Province said goodbye to the Great Kingdom leaving nothing more than infantile states, most ruled by undead.

The Scarlet Brotherhood had supported the Iron League merely to have something between themselves and Ivid.  When the Great Kingdom fell apart however, the Brotherhood wanted the Iron League to surrender.  When this demand was met with refusal the Brotherhood retorted with its usual flair and assassinations of nobles and rulers suddenly became very common. The Brotherhood took over the Azure Sea and along with the Sea Prince's land they wanted Gradsul, but couldn't manage it.  Not all of the Iron Leauge met with a tragic end.  In Ironwall Cobb Darg had always known support came from the Brotherhood and as Idee and Onnwal were falling to the group he had every agent of the Brotherhood executed or exiled. Also the swamps of Sunndi held off all attempts on it.

Then finally at the close of 584 CY of all people the Scarlet Brotherhood began spreading word of peace.  In Harvester of 584 CY in the Free City of Greyhawk, untouched by the war, came the Day of the Great Signing.  But something happened in the Grand Hall where the peace treaty was to be signed.  No one knows exactly what happened, but apparenty after a magical battle ensued through Old City two members of the Circle of Eight were dead, unable to be resurrected, their clones destroyed.  Otiluke and Tenser.  It is said that one of their own, Rary of Ket turned traitor for unkown reasons slaying two of his own.  Rary fled with Lord Robilar to the Bright Desert.  Why this occured, no one knows for sure.

Despite this The Pact of Greyhawk was signed and that was the 'official' end to the Greyhawk Wars. Border skirmishes and the like continued on and areas formed counterstrikes to regain lost lands for several years beyond Harvester of 584 CY

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