The Ffolk Return
Grand History of Geoff
One of the troubles with the past is it keeps getting bigger and bigger. Every year, there are more events to remember and more stories to tell. I feel for the younger scops. They are going to have a task ahead of them. And I hate to see what will happen in another century.
Be that as it may, if you are going to go stumbling around this world, you should know about the history of the Flanaess in general and Gyruff in particular. That way, you will know what is what and why things are the way they are.
This scribe is writing down my words and changing them around. Making a timeline, he says. Humph. History is a story. It should be told as one in proper narrative fashion. But he insists that this way is easier for people to understand. He’s getting a good bit of it wrong too. Editorial license, my fanny. I’ll read over his summaries and correct the most blatant errors.
Common Year/Flan Tracking
According to legend, the giants dwell in the Crystalmists, the Barrier Peaks, and the Stark Mounds. They use the meadowlands as pastureland for their herds.
According to legend, the elves live in the great forests in the Sheldomar Valley. Their knowledge of magic is strong and they war with the Dragons who are also strong with magic.
According to legend, the Flan are created by Beory and Pelor. The Flan tribes wander eastern Oerik in nomadic tribes as hunter gatherers.
Worship of Beory, the Earth Mother, is very strong throughout the Flan tribes. Her druids have a position higher than clan chief. Beory’s children – Ehlonna and Obad-hai – have a small but growing following. Pelor is present but has no organized priesthood.
As the Flan grow in number in Gyruff, the giants notice their presence and start attacking the Flan tribes. The conflict becomes bitter and gruesome when the Flan learn that the giants will eat prisoners.
Worship of Pelor increases as the Flan tribes struggle against the giant’s. Trithereon reveals himself to the Flan.
According to legend, Pelor teaches the Flan how to make the longbow. Whether that is true or not, the Flan use this powerful weapon against the giants.
The first bard wanders the Sheldomar Valley. Known only as Kindler, the bard claims to be seeking his muse. His ability to work magic through his music separates them from standard minstrels.
The Flan and the Elves have long lived beside each other peacefully. In an attempt to bring the humans in as allies against the dragons, the elves offer to share their knowledge of magic. They train the first wizards in Gyruff.
c. – 200
To counter the human alliance with the elves, dragons make the same offer to the humans. Dragon magic relies on draconic blood to work. The next generation sees the first human sorcerers.
The Flan tribes are divided on which side to take in the war. Some take the elves; some take the dragons. Some choose neither. Ultimately, the Flan have little effect on the conflict.
Llywellyn, the Great Druid-King, leads the Flan tribes of Gyruff in a crusade against the giants. The giants are pushed into the mountains. Llywellyn unites the tribes living in Gyruff into a loose confederation.
With the giants gone, the Flan discover the gnomes who live in the Stark Mounds. The two races establish friendly relations.
The Druids of Beory oversee the erection of the Stones Pillars in the heart of the Sheldomar Valley. The Flan begin tracking the years from this event.
The first dwarves arrive in the Crystalmists. They traveled from the far north, seeking good stone and rich veins of ore. The Flan tribes begin trading with them.
The descendents of Llywellyn, the Great Druid King, are no longer able to keep the Gyric confederation together. The tribes in Gyruff splinter into rival factions and begin feuding with each other.
The Reaping. Many of the Druids of Beory die suddenly. This includes the Great Druid. Beory seems to distance herself from the world. Her priesthood wanes. Without the strong leadership from Beory, the druids of Ehlonna and Obad-hai start to feud openly.
A lesser Gyric noble offends one of the Dwarven clans in the Crystalmists. The dwarves close their gates to Flan trade.
The Druid’s War. A radical sect of Obad-hai burns several groves to Ehlonna. Open war between the two druidic orders results.
The priesthood of Pelor negotiates a peace between the druidic orders of Ehlonna nad Obad-hai. Not only does it end the fighting, but solidifies the ascendancy of Pelor’s followers into the vacuum left by Beory’s withdraw.
The scops first appear. They are bards who claim to have found the muse that Kindler was searching for. They quickly become known for their command of languages, history, and legends.
The Crystalmist dwarves reopen trade with the Flan tribes.
Nerull’s Bane. A terrible plague sweeps through the Flan tribes of Oerik, reducing their strength and numbers.
The Oeridian horse barbarians unite into a single confederation to resist incursions by the imperial Baklunish.
The great Baklunish and Suloise Empires begin to war with each other.
Suloise migrations begin. The Suel cross the Hellfurnaces through the Kendeen Pass. Suel emerge into what would become the Yeomanry. Many of the Suel steal, kill, and lie their way across the continent. The Suel enslave any Flan they come across and offend the demi-humans.
Heeding their prophets who said that great glory awaits them, the council of hetmen of the Oeridian tribal confederation chooses to migrate eastward, through the gap in the Barrier Peaks and the Yatil Mountains.
Oeridians move east through what would become Ket and then east into the heartland of Flanaes. As they do so, they absorb the Flan tribes they run across.
The Suel wizards summon the Invoked Devastation upon the Baklunish Empire. In retaliation, Baklunish sorcerers bring down the Rain of Colorless Fire, which destroys the Suel Empire.
The survivors of the Rain of Colorless Fire cross the Hellfurnaces through the Passage of Slerotin which is a magically created tunnel. Two of the last Suel houses through the tunnel, Rhola and Neheli, take possession of the Sheldomar Valley, driving the Flan before them.
Several tribes of Oereidians move south into the Sheldomar Valley and encounter the Suel. The two races clash in sporadic fighting with the Suel on the losing side. Many of the Suel cross the Lortmils or stay in the southern reaches of the Sheldomar Valley.
Gyruff is ignored for the most part. The elves and the gnomes dislike both the violent Oeridians and the conniving Suel. Protected by the gnomes in the Stark Mounds and the Elves in the Dim Forest, the Flan in Gyruff live in peace without fear of migration from the other human tribes..
The iron plow is introduced to the Flan by a few Oeridian and Suel settlers who make it to Gyruff, while seeking to escape the warfare in the main valley. Farming becomes possible in rocky Geoff, and the wandering Flan tribes begin to establish farms. Within a few generations the clans have broken up into individual families that have settled onto steadings and crofts.
The Oeridians and Suel immigrants bring new faiths to Gyruff. Heironeous, and Pholtus primarly, but also Hextor.
Kingdom of Keoland founded. The warring Suel and Oeridian tribes wear themselves out and their conflict is replaced by cooperation and peace. A prince of the strongest Suel tribe, marries a princess of the greatest Oeridian tribe. With their union, the Kingdom of Keoland is founded, ruling Oeridian and Suel alike in the Sheldomar valley.
The elders of the larger steadings begin to replace the role of clan chiefs in Gyruff.
Migrating Oeridians and found a small trading post on the Selintan River, which they name Greyhawk after the small gray hawks native in the region.
Gorna is built with the help of the sylvan elves of the forests and the gnomes of the Stark Mounds.
The clergy of Heironeous offend the druidic orders when they begin to codify Flan law. The Gyri repect the priests of Heironeous for their wisdom and devotion to justice. The steading elders support their efforts, as it weakens the hold of the druids and the clan chiefs.
The clergy of Heironeous complete their codification of Gyric law. It is named the Arianwen Code in honor of Arianwen, high priestess of Heironeous in Gyruff.
Founding of the Kingdom of Aerdy.
Battle of a Fortnight’s Length. The Nyrondese cavalry is defeated by Aerdi forces commanded by House Rax. Nyrond is added to the Kingdom of Aerdy.
The Yeomanry joins the expanding Kingdom of Keoland.
Keoland settles the region between the Lortmil Mountains and the Rushmoors, naming it the Gran March. The native Flan are either absorbed into the new state or pushed into the foothills of the Ulek states and Gyruff.
Nasran of House Cranden is crowned Overking in Rauxes.
c. 60/c. 2210
The last of the nomadic clans in the far west of Gyruff settle down into steadings and crofts.
c. 100/c. 2250
Viceroyalty of Ferrond is established.
c. 150/c. 2300
The Rhenee first appear.
Kingdom of Keoland extends its influence over the Ulek states.
Age of Great Sorrow.
The Kingdom of Keoland begins to make foray’s into Gyruff. Their initial parties are met by Gyric skirmishers who make short work of the Keoish in the forests and hills. The Keolanders send larger forces in, and the Gyric are pushed our of the land south of the Realstream and north of the Rushmoors.
Viceroyalty of Ferrond separates from the Great Kingdom to become the Kingdom of Furyondy. Thrommel I is crowned in Dyvers.
Iowerth the Farsighted unites the far-flung steadings of Gyruff to fight the Keolanders. Iowerth takes the title “Brenin” and leads the Gyric warriors to a series of victories over the Keolanders
Davyth ap Iowerth becomes Brenin after his father’s death. Davyth marries the daughter of the llwyr of Gorna and makes the Eagle Peak – Gorna’s castle – the permanent seat of his court.
Both Keoland and Gyruff grow tired of the perpetual warfare along the border. Brenin Edywain the Glib and the King of Keoland sign the Wealsun Proclamation, peacefully incorporating Gyruff into the Kingdom of Keoland. Brenin Edywain is given the title “Grand Duke of Geoff.” Geoff is a mis-transcription of Gyruff.
c. 330/c. 2480
Sterich is settled as a client state of Keoland by a mix of Gyri and Keolanders. Edywain’s nephew is appointed Earl of Sterich by the King of Keoland.
Hochoch founded north of a ford in the Realstream.
Keoland pushes into Ket and Veluna. Grand Duke Arnod II of Geoff fails to supply any troops, claiming that the imperial messenger bearing the mustering order had never arrived.
The royal house of Rax-Nyrond splits from the Great Kingdom, establishing the Kingdom of Nyrond.
The Battles of Molvar and Lopolla end Keolandish expansion to the north.
The Yeomanry withdraws its forces from Keoland’s campaign in protest to the aggressive policies of Keoland.
Zagig Yragerne “the Mad” begins construction of Greyhawk Castle.
The Great Fire of Gorna. Much of Gorna burns when a cooking fire gets out of control during a hot, dry summer.
Voorman Perren unites the cantons of Perrenland.
The King of Keoland permits the nobles of the Gran March to elect their own Commandant.
Turmoil Between the Crowns. The entire House of Rax of Aerdy is assassinated. Ivid I of House Naelax ascends to the throne.
The Short War. Keoland invades Furyondy but is soundly defeated, when its subject states, the Yeomanry, Ulek, and Gyruff, refuse to support the war.
The Ulek Rebellion. The Ulek states rebel against the Keoland. Keoland is forced to rush troops to the eastern Sheldomar Valley, which ends any further campaigns to the north.
Irongate secedes, joined by Idee and Onnwal to form the Iron League.
Rise of the Sea Princes. Rich buccaneer captains settle the lands south of the Hool Marshes.
The discovery by of a desiccated, poisoned corpse beneath
the grounds of Eagle Peak leads to war between Keoland and Gyruff, when magical divinations reveal that it is the courier with the order summoning Gyric forces to Keoland’s northern offensives. Keoland invades through the Stark Mounds and is defeated by the Gyri at the bloody Battle of Gorna. Some claim that powerful magic employed by the wizard Vargalian on behalf of the Gyri had a dire origin. Many of the slain Keolander warriors remain in the Stark Mounds as undead swordwraiths to this day. Regardless, the defeat was profound, and resulted in great humiliation for King Tavish III and an increased sense of independence from Eagle Peak.
King Tavish III of Keoland is slain in battle against the Sea Princes at the Siege of Westkeep. Tavish IV ascends to throne and ends Keoish imperialism
Sunndi rebels against the Great Kingdom and joins the Iron League.
The Ulek States are granted independence from Keoland.
c. 470/c. 2620
The Yeomanry is recognized as an independent country by Keoland. Relations are normalized after a century of tension and guarded hostility.
Upon the death of his supposed father, Iuz becomes one of the minor despots in the Howling Hills. He immediately begins a long and successful campaign to conquer his neighbors.
The unthinkably rich Count Granus of Pregmere made a play to have the capital moved to Pregmere and to have himself installed as Grand Duke. Grand Duke Rohan III took exception to this and Geoff was gripped in civil war. When Grand Duke Rohan III was slain in early fighting, three other counts to joined the fray, challenging both Granus and Rohan’s heir for the title.
Greyhawk declares itself a free city
The Hateful Wars begin as the Ulek states and Celene assault known humanoid strongholds throughout the Lortmil Mountains.
Count Granus is slain by an arrow while besieging Oytmeet. His son, Rohan, completes the siege of Oytmeet, and presses for peace with the other counts.
After four years of bitter internal strife, Rohan, count of Pregmere, assumes the title of Brenin and is crowned Rohan IV. With a surprisingly gentle spirit and even-handed philosophy, he pacifies his wounded nation.
Zagig, the Mad Archmage of Greyhawk, imprisons Iuz and several other evil powers beneath Castle Greyhawk.
Rohan IV grants the first town charter in Gyruff to Gorna.
The last of the humanoid warrens in the Lortmills fall to the might of the dwarves and the elves, and the Hateful Wars conclude. Scattered bands of humanoids scatter through the surrounding countries, but their strength is broken. At least so the demi-humans believe.
Rise of Horned Society.
By marching through the Lortmills and into the Suss Forest, a large band of humanoids manages to escape the victorious elves and dwarves. The beasts reach the poorly defended and sparsely populated Pomarj. They kill the human settlers and claim the land as their own.
Rohan IV grants a town charter to Hochoch.
The Gran March lays claim to Cuanarth (Owlbear in Common) – the land south of the Realstream and north of the Rushmoors. Marcher settlers start moving into the new province. The Gran March names the region Farvale.
Dyvers declares itself a free city.
The Gran March and Gyruff sign the Treaty of the Dividing Water, which designates the Realstream as the border between their countries.
A mage of enormous power settles in the Vale of Sorcery, which is a secluded valley in the Barrier Peaks, north of Gyruff. The wizard seals off all passage to and from the vale, which is renamed the Valley of the Mage.
Eight talented wizards formation a council to protect the Flanaess from external threats. Calling themselves the Circle of Eight, the originial council is composed of Mordenkainen, Bigby, Tenser, Leomund, Rary, Otto, Drawmij, and Nystul.
Humanoid raids into the Bone March increase to the point of being a full-fledged invasion.
The Bone March falls to humanoids
Owen is anointed Brenin of Gyruff and is invested as Grand Duke of Geoff by the King of Keoland.
Battle of Emridy Meadows. The hordes of Elemental Evil are scattered when the combined strength of Furyondy, Veluna, dwarves from the Lortmils, gnomes from the Kron Hills and elves from Celene crushes them near the village of Hommlet.
Zagig’s prisoners under the ruins of Greyhawk Castle are released by Lord Robilar. Iuz escapes, returning to his country in the north..
Existence of the Scarlet Brotherhood confirmed.
Beginning of the Greyhawk Wars
Vatun unites in the barbarians in the Thillonian Peninsula. Their combined might invades Tenh. Vatun commands the barbarians to invade Ratik. They refuse, and Vatun is revealed to be Iuz.
Iuz abandons his scheme in the northeast and invades the Horned Society, the Shield Lands, the Bandit Kingdoms, and finally Furyondy.
Iuz conquers Crockport and beseiges Chendl. Furyondy stops the advance of Iuz at the great Battle of Critwall Bridge.
Ket signs treaty with Iuz, while Keoland, the Yeomanry, the Gran March, and the Duchy and the County of Ulek sign the Treaty of Niole Dra. The Lordship of the Isles change leaders suddenly. The new Prince declares his support for the Scarlet Brotherhood.
A great force of giants and humanoids boils out of the Crystalmist Mountains and sweeps into Gyruff, Sterich, and the Yeomanry. Gyruff and Sterich fall to the hordes, but the seasoned levies of the Yeomanry fight off the giants.
Commandant Petros of the Gran March abdicates his post, naming Magnus Vridanian, a high-ranking Knight of the Watch from Shiboleth, the new commandant.
Turrosh Mak unites the humanoid rabble of the Pomarj. His forces capture the eastern half of the Principality of Ulek and the southern lands of the Wild Coast. Mak is stopped at the Pass of Celene by a mis-matched force of gnomes, elves, dwarves, and humans.
The fierce horsemen of Ket invade Bissel. The small state surrenders when no aide is forthcoming from its allies. Veluna stops the Kettites from further advancement.
The Great Kingdom of Aerdy invades Nyrond, which turns back the invading forces. Ivid V is assassinated by his own nobles and the entire kingdom erupts into civil war and chaos.
The Scarlet Brotherhood invade Onnwall, Idee, and the Hold of the Sea Princes with Hepmonaland armies, after their assassins kill dozens of important leaders. Using the Sea Princes’ lands as a base, the Brotherhood attacks Gradsul in southern Keoland but is repulsed.
The Pact of Greyhawk. After three years of war, the conflict is ended by a treaty signed in the city of Greyhawk. The peace is almost foiled by Rary and Lord Robilar who kill two members of the Circle of Eight, Otiluke and Tenser.
Tenser is restored to life but declines to rejoin the Circle of Eight.
An army composed of the Knights of the Watch, Keoland, and the Gran March begins the liberation of Sterich.
Flight of the Fiends. Canon Hazen, a high priest of Rao, uses the Crook of Rao to banish the fiends that Iuz has bound into his service.
The Knights of the Watch and the Gran March capture the city of Hochoch in eastern Gyruff.
Great Northern Crusade. King Belvor IV of Furyondy breaks the Pact of Greyhawk and attacks Iuz.
Grenell I of House Naelax cobbles the northern states of the former Great Kingdom into the Great Kingdom of Northern Aerdy.
The armies of the Knights of the Watch, the Kingdom of Keoland, and the Gran March start the liberation of the cities of the Sterich heartlands, providing the army with bases from which to mount village-by-village attacks upon the humanoid holdings to the west.
Battle of Grabford. Furyondy defeats Iuz and reclaims Critwall.
The southern states of the former Great Kingdom form into the United Kingdom of Ahlissa. Prince Xavener is crowned Overking.
King Lynwerd I of Nyrond declares all of Almor west of the Harp River to be a protectorate.
The last of Sterich is reclaimed from the giants.
Without support from the Gran March or Keoland, the Knights of the Watch free the Stark Mounds from the giants.
Seige of Crockport. Crockport falls to Furyondy and all of occupied Furyondy is reclaimed from Iuz.
Iuz loses control over the Hold of the Stonefist
Resbin Dren Emondav assumes her husband’s role as ruler of Sterich upon his disappearance.
The current year.