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
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
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
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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