- World of Greyhawk timeline
This is a fictional timeline of the "
World of Greyhawk" campaign settingfor the " Dungeons & Dragons" role-playing game. All dates use the Common Year (CY) reckoning established by the Great Kingdom of AerdyFact|date=October 2007.
The following terms are sometimes used to describe eras in the history of eastern
Epoch of Magic(presumably including all of known history prior to 576 CY but definitely ending some time before 998 CY).
Age of Glory(Suel dominance).
Age of Great Sorrow(decline of the Great Kingdomof Aerdy.
Age of Worms(the Waiting Age, a time of death, decay and writhing doom that lurks in the shadows of every tomorrow).
The Roll of Years
A summary of historical events follows.
*The Kingdom of Sulm comes to prominence.
*The Kingdom of Sulm begins to decline.
*The Kingdom of Sulm is destroyed by its last king,
Shattados, using the Scorpion Crownin an attempt to gain perpetual dominion over his subjects. The crown turns Shattados into a gigantic scorpion, and his people into manscorpionsand dune stalkers. The land itself is transformed into the Bright Desert.
Lyzandredborn in a small town in the ancient Baklunish lands, probably relatively close to the Suel borderlands. (" Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad" 2)
*Lyzandred discovers a portal to a demiplane closely aligned to
Oerthand transforms it into a storehouse of magical objects best kept from evil hands. (" Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad" 2)
*Lyzandred, trapped in his private demiplane, finally succumbs to death and becomes a lich. ("
Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad" 2)
*Beginning of the
Baklunish-Suloise Wars. ("Guide" 9)
*First employment of humanoid mercenaries. ("Guide" 9)
Oeridmigrations east of peak point. ("Guide" 9)
Mages of Powercall down the Invoked Devastationupon the Baklunish. In retaliation, Baklunish spellcasters bring down the Rain of Colorless Fireupon the Suloise Imperium, transforming the empire in the Sea of Dust. ("Guide" 9)
*Surviving Baklunish migrate north to the shores of the
Drawmidj Ocean. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 9)
*Foundation of the Kingdom of
Aerdy. ("Guide" 9)
Battle of a Fortnight's Length. The Kingdom of Aerdy defeats Nyrondal cavalry squadrons to become the regional superpower. Aerdy thereafter becomes known as the Great Kingdom. ("Guide" 9)
*The Common Year is established as the system of reckoning by Grand Prince
Nasran Iof the Great Kingdom of Aerdyin 645 OR (1 CY), when he declares universal peace throughout his the land, and takes the title of Overking. At this stage the borders of the Great Kingdom of Aerdy extend all the way to the City of Greyhawk. ("Guide" 9)
Lyzandreduses a potent spell to pull a giant meteor into Oerth's atmosphere. The resulting fireball streaks across the Oljatt Sea, where it is noted by the astronomer Selvor the Younger(among others), who interprets it as an omen presaging "wealth, strife and a living death." The resulting impact in the eastern Abbor-Alzsends shockwaves far and wide, interrupting an experiment by a cadre of Suel wizards at the Star Cairns, in the Cairn Hills. (" Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad" 2)
*The Order of the
Knight Protectors of the Great Kingdomis shaken by Sir Kargoth’s pact with Demogorgon, when he unleashes a demonic terror upon the Great Kingdom. The abomination is destroyed, but Kargoth sways thirteen other Knight Protectors to follow him. They become the first of the death knights.
*The death knight Sir
Farianof Lirthamis destroyed.
Age of Great Sorrowcommences. ("Guide" 9)
Kargoth's castle, Fharlanst, destroyed by the Knight Protectors of the Great Kingdom.
*The Viceroyalty of
Ferronddeclares independence from the Great Kingdom.
Zagigand his adventuring band delve the Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad. Zagig remains for a short time to learn at the lich's feet and gains inspiration that will aid him well in the later construction of his masterpiece, Castle Greyhawk. (" Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad" 2)
Zagig Yragerneelected Mayor of the Free City of Greyhawk. "( Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk)"
Oerid- Baklunishnomads gradually move into and claim the steppeland east of the Yatil Mountains, pushing eastward as far as the Griffs. ("Guide" 9)
Zagig Yragernebegins construction of Castle Greyhawk. "( Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk)"
*Keolandish armies press into
Ketand Veluna, but are later forced out. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 10)
Nyrondestablished when junior branch of Aerdy House Rax-Nyronddeclares itself independent of Great Kingdomrule. ("Guide" 9, 10)
*Invasion of northern barbarians into
North Provinceprevents the Great Kingdom from retributive action against Nyrond.
Theocracy of the Paleand Urnstalso secede from Great Kingdom.
Keolandat peak. ("Guide" 9)
The Free City of Greyhawk achieves its first period of greatness under the rulership of
Zagig Yragerne. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 10)
Halmadarthe Cruel, a Shield Landswarlord, gains the Hand and Eye of Vecna, conquers the region near Delcombon, and lays siege to Critwall. Ultimately he is drugged by his followers and interred alive in the Kron Hills.
Turmoil Between Crowns. Scions of the Celestial House of Naelaxdestroy the House of Raxto assume the Malachite Throneand rulership of the Great Kingdom. ("Guide" 9, " Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 10)
*Keoland and Furyondy go to war, resulting in the secession of the Keolandish regions of
Gran March, Bissel and the Yeomanry.
*Excessive taxation and repression leads to a general rebellion in the southern
Great Kingdom. This event leads to the foundation of the Iron League. ("Guide" 9, " Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 10)
*Bandit Kings sack
Trigol. ("Guide" 9)
*Rise of the
Sea Princes. ("Guide" 9)
*Assassination of nearly all of the House of Rax, with the exception of
Ivid Iwho accedes to Malachite Throne.
County of Urnstgains independence from Nyrondat the Council of Rel Mord. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 6)
Sunndijoins the Iron League. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 10)
Iuzgrows. Humanoid invasions become common. ("Guide" 9)
City of Greyhawknationalizes the Cairn Hills smelting trade. ("Dungeon" #124.62)
*First known outbreak of the Red Death plague in the
County of Urnstbecomes palatinate under the Duchy of Urnst. Greyhawk becomes a free city. ("Guide" 9)
Iuzimprisoned by Zagig Yragerne.
*Rise of the
Horned Society. ("Guide" 9)
*Humanoids take the
Pomarj. ("Guide" 9)
Obmiis granted his freedom by king Snurre Ironbelly, and continues to serve as an advisor to the fire giant king.
*Savage humanoids invade the
Bone March. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 5)
Bone Marchfalls to humanoids. ("Guide" 9)
*Evil forces construct a small chapel outside the village of
Nulb, in the Viscounty of Verbobonc. The chapel grows to become the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Battle of Emridy Meadows. Defeat of the Horde of Elemental Evil. Temple of Elemental Evilsacked.
*Keoish coastal town of Saltmarsh threatened by
sahuagin. ("See events of U1-U3)"
* Iuz is inadvertently freed from imprisonment below
Castle Greyhawkby Robilarand Riggby.
Scarlet Brotherhoodfirst reported on the Tilvanot Peninsula.("Guide" 9, " Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 10)
Furyondy/Provost of Velunakidnapped. ("Guide" 9)
Snurre Ironbelly's hall raided by adventurers. "(See events of G3)"
Savant-Sagecompletes the " Guide to the World of Greyhawk". "(Guide 9)"
*The plague known as the Red Death sweeps across the Flanaess.
Halmadarthe Cruel escapes his prison; slays majority of Circle of Eight. "See events of " Vecna Lives!"."
Vecna's ploy to become a greater god fails. Diraq Malcinex, Heart of Vecna, slain. "See events of " Vecna Lives!"."
* A series of regional conflicts erupts into the continent-wide battle that eventually becomes the
*The war is sparked when
Iuz, masquerading as a god named Vatun, incites the Northern Barbarians into war against Stonefist, conquering it quickly. The leader of the Fists, Sevvord Redbeard, soon allies himself with Iuz. ("From the Ashes" 6)
*The Duchy of
Tenhis conquered by the Fists/Northern Barbarian armies. ("From the Ashes" 6)
*Before a planned assault on
Ratik, the Northern Barbarians mutiny, refusing to fight any further for a "god" they have lost faith in. ("From the Ashes" 6)
*Other armies of Iuz conquer the
Horned Society, creating a mass slaughter in the capital of Molag. ("From the Ashes" 6)
Shield Landsrefuse an offer of alliance with Furyondy, and are soon overrun by Iuz's forces. The Bandit Kingdomsfall to Iuz in the same offensive. Lord Holmer, leader of the Knights of Holy Shieldingis captured and taken to Dorakaa. ("From the Ashes" 6)
Scarlet Brotherhoodinvades the Hold of the Sea Princes. (" Player's Guide to Greyhawk" 5)
Battle of Critwall Bridgeresults in victory for Furyondy, securing the eastern borders of the realm against Iuz. Soon after, Furyondy's northern border collapses under an assault from Iuz-allied humanoids attacking from the Vesve Forest. Crockportfalls, and Chendl, Furyondy's capital, is placed under siege. ("From the Ashes" 6)
Nyrondmoves against the Hold of Stonefist, striking first in the Phostwood, but staying close to the borders of the kingdom. ("From the Ashes" 7)
*At the same time, the
Great Kingdomattacks on a broad front against the Theocracy of the Pale, Almorand Nyrond. Almor is conquered in short order. ("From the Ashes" 6)
Iron Leagueenters into alliance negotiations with Nyrond, even weathering the defection of the Lordship of the Isles to the Scarlet Brotherhood. ("From the Ashes" 7)
The Battle of Innspamarks the peak of the Aerdyinvasion of Nyrond. The battle results in a decisive defeat of the Great Kingdom's armies. Mass executions follow, ordered by Ivid V. "(unbeknownst to much of the Flanaess, Ivid murders loyal generals and turns them into undead servants. Ivid is subsequently assassinated by remaining generals, and risen as an undead animus by priests of Hextor.)" Mass killings of the Aerdy populace instigated by Ivid. ("From the Ashes"' 8)
*The North Province secedes from the Great Kingdom. ("
From the Ashes" 8)
Scarlet Brotherhoodbegins campaign of assassinations in Iron Leaguestates with an aim to destabilize their governments. Cobb Dargof the Free City of Irongateorders the execution of every known Scarlet Brotherhood agent within the city. ("From the Ashes" 9)
*The Wars end with a Brotherhood-inspired general peace treaty, the
Pact of Greyhawkin the month of Harvester. ("From the Ashes" 9)
**On the same day,
Raryinstigates a massive magical battle within the Great Hall and attempts to assassinate the other members of the Circle of Eight, killing only Otilukeand Tenserbefore fleeing into the Bright Desertto form his own kingdom. ("From the Ashes" 9)
Sewarndtattempts to seize the throne of Nyrondfrom his father, King Archibold III. The plot is foiled by Sewarndt's brother, Lynwerd.
Great Kingdomcomes to an effective end, as it splinters into two major states (The United Kingdom of Ahlissa and the North Kingdom of Aerdy) and numerous minor states. Ivid V, the Overking, rules Rauxesas essentially a no-man's land.
**The priesthood of Hextor officially deposes Ivid V as Overking.
Archibold IIIof Nyrondabdicates, leaving the throne to his son Lynwerd.
*Canon Hazen of
Velunacauses the " Flight of Fiends" through use of the Crook of Rao. Most (but not all) evil-aligned outsiders are banished from the Flanaess.
Hand of Vecnaresurfaces in the central Flanaess, in the possession of a Vecnan priest named Darl Quethos. "(Dungeon #132)"
Riggbythe Patriarch dies in Verbobonc. His body is returned to the Free City of Greyhawkfor his funeral. "( Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk)"
Iuzattempts to invade the Free City, via the dungeons of Castle Greyhawk. "( Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk)"
* Although unbeknownst to most, Lord
Robilaris returned to Oerth after an absence of 15 years. "( Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk)"
** "For the purposes of the
Living Greyhawkcampaign, 597 corresponds to 2007 in the Gregorian calendar."
Pluffet Smedger the Elderexamines a centuries-old copy of volume 3 of "Catalogue of the Land Flanaess, being the Eastern Part of the Continent of Oerik, of Oerth," by the Savant-Sageof Greyhawk. This volume, entitled "A Guide to the World of Greyhawk," is discovered in the library of the Royal University of Rel Mord. Smedger is impressed by the "Guide's" freshness and thoroughness. ("Glossography" 2)
*In this era, magic is not a lost art, but apparently a fading one. ("Glossography" 2)
Pluffet Smedger the Elderpublishes his "Glossography for the Guide to the World of Greyhawk" at the Royal University of Rel Mord. ("Glossography" cover)
Age of Worms Timeline
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World of Greyhawk Fantasy Game Setting" (TSR, 1983).
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