Greyhawk Wars


Greyhawk Wars

:"This page refers to the fictional war, for the wargame based on these events, see: Greyhawk Wars (game)"

In the Dungeons & Dragons "World of Greyhawk" campaign setting, the Greyhawk Wars raged across the whole of the Flanaess from 582-584 CY.

History

Initial hostilities were provoked by the evil demigod Iuz, but rapidly expanded to cover most of the Flanaess as opportunistic nations used the conflict to further their own ends. This conflict saw the unification and expansion of the Orcish Empire of the Pomarj as well as a desperate attempt by the Great Kingdom to reclaim its former glories.

The wars were ended in 584 when the final truce was brokered in the Free City of Greyhawk, and the war has come to be named for the city as a result.

Publication

In the late 1980s, TSR, Inc., the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, had been disappointed by declining sales of the Greyhawk product line. TSR therefore decided to make a significant change to the setting to re-invigorate customer interest and sales of Greyhawk-related materials. The Greyhawk Wars was the in-game catalyst used to allow TSR game developers, principally Carl Sargent, to take the setting in a new direction.

The storyline leading up to the Greyhawk Wars is presented in the 1991 adventure modules "Five Shall Be One" [] , "Iuz the Evil" [] , and "City of Skulls" [] .

The tone of Sargent's post-Wars material was intentionally darker and more grim than pre-Wars TSR publications. These changes generated mixed reactions from fans of the setting, failed to sufficiently revive sales and led to TSR's cancellation of the product line in late 1993.

References

*Cook, David. "History of the Greyhawk Wars." "Wars" (TSR, 1991). Available Online: [http://www.nyrond.org/turbine/page/university/greyhawkwars.html]

*Holian, Gary, Erik Mona, Sean K Reynolds, and Frederick Weining. "Living Greyhawk Gazetteer" (Wizards of the Coast, 2000).

*Moore, Roger E. "" (TSR, 1998).

External links

* [http://www.highprogrammer.com/alan/gaming/dnd/greyhawk/map/ Pre- and Post-Wars maps of the Flanaess] .
* [http://myweb.cableone.net/tedra/greyhawkwars.html A detailed history of the Wars] .
* [http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Greyhawk_Wars The Greyhawk Wars at the Greyhawk wiki] .


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