All right boys and girls...here we go. I'm guessing that most of you
who are checking out this section might not know too much about the world
of Greyhawk. Those that are veterans to Oerth might choose not to
read over things they already know, but of course by all means all are welcome!
I'm going to try to explain things as best I can without throwing in
too many names and places that might confuse someone who doesn't know the
geography of the Flanaess that well. Most of my reference material in
composing this description of mine came from the Greyhawk Players Guide.
TSR asks that direct text not be quoted so I'm going for an overview
of info I've drawn from this book and all sorts of places.
So here's the story...
From what we understand, the history of the Flanaess began with only a group
of people called Flanne or the Flan. They were the simple hunter type.
In the west however there were two other races of people. One
was the Suel Imperium and the other was the Baklunish Empire. They
ended up waging war upon one another for year after year. It went on
and on until the inevitable refugees began to filter across into the east,
the Suel gang heading into the west part of the Flanaess and the Baklunish
group along with a tribe of humans called Oeridians headed toward the north
and very center of the Flanaess.
The war finally ended with fierce magic exchanged destroying the Suloise
and Baklunish lands. The Baklunish calmed down a bit after their homeland
was destroyed by the Suel and they turned the Suel Imperium into what is
now the Sea of Dust. They set up shop on the east side of the Dramidj Ocean.
The Suloise and Oeridian survivors however still had a bit of spunk
left so they fought all over the central Flanaess with one another and everyone
else that happened to already live there. Nice fellows, aye?
Apparently this went on for two centuries. It turns out that the Oeridians
controlled most of the Flanaess by alliances with the Flanne and demihuman
groups against the Suel. From this rose the Great Kingdom that controlled
almost all of the Flanaess. It began to fall apart though after three
hundred years in 254 CY when Ferrond became what is now Furyondy and then
eventually became Furyondy and Veluna. Slowly but surely other states,
provinces and countries began to emerge by revolt, civil feuding, and then
decisions to secede from the Great Kingdom due to outlandish taxation happening
in the south.
While all this was going on in the east, over in the west a little place
called Keoland also began to rise and expand in power. It was created by
less violent members of the Suel and Oeridian tribes. It grew to quite
an impressive size reaching from the Crystalmists to the Pomarj. But
of course over time it lost nearly everything it had gained while to the
north the Baklunish had become horse nomads and ruled the northern steppes.
The time when the city of Greyhawk reached its first time of 'aren't
we wonderful' was in 375 CY. Before this though, orcs were growing
like crazy and took over the Pomarj in 513 CY.
Insert Iuz. Here comes this half-demon, half-human called Iuz the Old.
He suddenly appears and grabs his own set of lands to the north of
the Shield Lands and the Nyr Dyv. Then a group called the Scarlet
Brotherhood comes into play. They've been isolated in an area called the
Tilvanot Peninsula and their major aim is to make the Suloise race the master
race of the Flanaess. They were discovered around 373 CY. They
have their fingers into everything including the manipulating of governments
through their agents and a very frightening practice of cross breeding monsters
and humans basically to simply see what they can make.
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