Monday, April 2, 2018

Greyhawk's World: Events of the West-Central Flanaess

Since my first effort at continuing the Greyhawk's World articles was so well-received (and I had so much fun doing it), I thought it only proper to keep going. For those who don't know, Greyhawk's World was a series of articles in Dragon Magazine from the early 80's describing the ongoing events of the Greyhawk campaign in the years CY 577 and 578, right after the Gazetteer itself was published.

This one was a bit trickier than the first, since some of the events described herein were already covered in previous articles, albeit from the point of view of Iuz and the Horned Society.

Hopefully I did a good enough job of making everything fit together, as well as setting the stage for what will ultimately be called the Greyhawk Wars (ugh... I don't mind the concept per se, but that name is terrible). So I tried to make sure nothing herein would contradict that timeline.

What should leap out is just how much the Gygax and Kuntz articles were setting the same trajectory as was eventually taken by Zeb Cook and Carl Sergeant in Greyhawk Wars and From the Ashes. The wars between Iuz and Furyondy and the Vesve, the wars between the Great Kingdom and the Iron League and Nyrond/Almor, and lots more. I'm not sure if Gygax would have broken up the whole Great Kingdom, but its fascinating to re-read those old articles and see just how much they presaged the events that happened after Gygax left.

You can see a thumbnail of the article in the upper-right. You can download the whole thing here.

Update (4/14/2018): The file has been updated to correct an error in the timing of the events of Temple of Elemental Evil.