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      Topic: A SWARM of Articles are incoming!!!
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:36 am   Subject: A SWARM of Articles are incoming!!!
    The worst part is that they're immune to critical hits. Confused
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

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    Views: 68734

    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:14 am   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    Alright, they killed the intellect devourer!

    I love watching how your players and their characters have grown, the interplay between them, and their effectiveness in combat.

    I've probably said ...
      Topic: Religion, Myth, and Ritual Among the Rovers of the Barrens
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 7
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:05 am   Subject: Religion, Myth, and Ritual Among the Rovers of the Barrens
    It is hard to believe that this thread has been buried so deep and for so long in the past threads of the forum. Personally my Rovers are Kozak's not Amerinds but that bit of confusion goes back to th ...
      Topic: A SWARM of Articles are incoming!!!
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:47 am   Subject: A SWARM of Articles are incoming!!!
    Awesome! Happy

    Don't get too comfortable, though-there's more where that came from!
      Topic: Greyhawk city and neighbors
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 2
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:48 pm   Subject: Greyhawk city and neighbors
    For me, Greyhawk and Dyvers are allies in name only, as they are with the Duchy of Urnst. Both of these states are probably more enemies than allies, given their heated border and trade disputes. Fury ...
      Topic: (Un)Holy water...faith specific?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:36 pm   Subject: (Un)Holy water...faith specific?
    I'd choose option #3, but with the caveat that most clerics will prefer to use holy water generated by their own faiths. If possible, if they acquire any holy or unholy water from another faith, they ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 268
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    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:09 am   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...


    The Barrier Peaks module, and the monsters in it, do have a strange place in Greyhawk history. On the one hand, Gygax seemed to be using the 'alien origin' to explain some of the odder 1e monster ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:09 am   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    I was wondering if, in your Greyhawk, all of the creatures aboard the starship were aliens, or if something like the intellect devourer was native to Oerth. Did the ship crew find the intellect devour ...
      Topic: Greatest Mysteries of Greyhawk
    CruelSummerLord

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    Views: 628

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:26 pm   Subject: Greatest Mysteries of Greyhawk


    -I thought LG turned it into a slow-motion assassination thru' poisoning?

    I didn't follow LG, so I wouldn't know. I explained it by having Panshazek the Vile infect Tillit with a demonic parasi ...
      Topic: Greatest Mysteries of Greyhawk
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 8
    Views: 628

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:57 pm   Subject: Greatest Mysteries of Greyhawk
    What is up with the elves in general?

    The LGG's entry on the Valley of the Mage describes how a lot of the valley elves left the Valley and unloaded a collection of scrolls, an oaken chest and som ...
      Topic: Adventure Idea - Land Clearing
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 10
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:21 pm   Subject: Adventure Idea - Land Clearing


    I don't understand your point to this post? There is a the lost city of the suel in the Suss? If the Suel were confined to the Sea of Dust how did they come in conflict with the Baklunish? Would m ...
      Topic: Adventure Idea - Land Clearing
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 10
    Views: 686

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:53 pm   Subject: Adventure Idea - Land Clearing
    I never thought the Suel Imperium extended into the Flanaess proper. If it did, then I doubt there would have been as much conflict in the Sheldomar Valley when the Suel refugees fled through the Pass ...
      Topic: The source of greyhawk magic
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 69
    Views: 33543

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:37 pm   Subject: The source of greyhawk magic
    I dislike the whole concept of "future Oerths" in and of themselves, particularly if it implies a canonical fate for many of the peoples and elements of the world. It's one thing for Howard, Moorcock ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2021 11:43 am   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    Your players have really come into their own in their tactics and their role-playing. I love their semi-dysfunctional interactions and their still supporting each other in spite of it all, and their a ...
      Topic: organizational details for Greyhawk Thieves Guild
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 6
    Views: 1159

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:22 pm   Subject: organizational details for Greyhawk Thieves Guild
    Thanks, everyone!

    I'm curious what kind of usual connection a thieves guild representative way out in Diamond Lake would have with the guild. My sense is maybe once a month an operative travels ou ...
      Topic: The Greyhawk feel?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 8
    Views: 904

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:33 am   Subject: The Greyhawk feel?
    I posted a thread about 5 years ago called [url=http://www.canonfire.com/cf/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6238&highlight=]Define Your Ideal Greyhawk where people discussed the t ...
      Topic: organizational details for Greyhawk Thieves Guild
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 6
    Views: 1159

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:00 pm   Subject: organizational details for Greyhawk Thieves Guild
    I wrote an article about the [url=http://www.canonfire.com/cf/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=654]Greyhawk Thieves' Guild for a postfest many moons ago. It's in the form of a legal char ...
      Topic: Clergy of Zilchus: Views on Taxation
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 15
    Views: 1109

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2021 8:20 pm   Subject: Clergy of Zilchus: Views on Taxation
    The temple of Zilchus in Leukish was razed because the clerics refused to pay Justinian’s exorbitant temple tax.

    And that exploded into the Temple Coalition Revolts, where pretty much every faith w ...
      Topic: A Cane for Selczek Gobayuik
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 1
    Views: 529

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:20 am   Subject: A Cane for Selczek Gobayuik
    As I imagine it, one of the reasons Selczek Gobayuik is so disliked is partly because of his habit of constantly smoking the most obnoxiously bad-smelling pipeweed and Baklunish hashish he can find. T ...
      Topic: Clergy of Zilchus: Views on Taxation
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 15
    Views: 1109

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:45 pm   Subject: Re: Clergy of Zilchus: Views on Taxation
    Hello All,

    Got into a debate with a fellow DM/player and had to agree to disagree in the end. I won't tell you who had what position, but it came down to this, and I want YOUR collective input to ...
      Topic: Epic Rant: Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 10
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2021 1:48 pm   Subject: Re: Epic Rant: Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad

    Lyzandred is an ancient Baklunish survivor of Suloise atrocities, and he's made it his unlife's goal to separate dangerous magic from dangerous people.

    "If the worst offenders were those who hun ...
      Topic: Epic Rant: Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 10
    Views: 1194

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:53 pm   Subject: Re: Epic Rant: Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad


    What's the answer to puzzle #1? I don't care! Here's why. Much like with the sphinx in WPM, characters can bypass these challenges and just fight the encounter. However unlike WPM, this isn't opti ...
      Topic: Military Ranks in Greyhawk
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 13
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:20 pm   Subject: Military Ranks in Greyhawk
    A more formalized ranking system is one of those anomalies from real-life medieval Europe that I can accept in the Flanaess, with titles such as Sergeant, Colonel, Admiral and General. These are even ...
      Topic: Help Needed with an Adventure
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 13
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:04 pm   Subject: Help Needed with an Adventure
    How about a band of spriggans? They're to gnomes what drow and duergar are to elves and dwarves. They can morph between giant and gnome size, so they can do either frontal assaults or stealth attacks, ...
      Topic: Blazonry
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 7:13 pm   Subject: Blazonry
    Does anyone know what the symbol on Tenh's heraldry is? I can't find it amongst the glyphs in the Guide to the World of Greyhawk but it looks kind of anthropomorphic to me.

    I take it as the Flan wo ...
      Topic: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 36
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:57 pm   Subject: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium


    Although Kord is not my favourite deity I think you underestimate his influence. He's still one of the three most powerful deities in the pantheon and the grandson of the leader of that pantheon. ...
      Topic: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 36
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:17 pm   Subject: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    My depiction of Korenth Zan was heavily inspired by Robert Gould's illustrations of Elric, and so the Suel Imperium as I imagine it was heavily inspired by Michael Moorcock's Melnibone, in particular ...
      Topic: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    CruelSummerLord

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    Views: 4206

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:02 pm   Subject: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium


    The actual Suel people would have been more influenced by the gods they worshipped. These gods actually exist, have priests, cast miracles, and directly impact the lives, and souls, of the people. ...
      Topic: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 36
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:05 am   Subject: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium


    My gut feeling has always been that the common folk don't have the time to be as invested in Good vs Evil due to the fact they're busting a gut tilling fields, surviving plagues and generally surv ...
      Topic: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 36
    Views: 4206

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:59 pm   Subject: The effect of Suel gods on the makeup of the Suel Imperium
    Awesome thread topic, and exactly the kind of thing I love to speculate on.

    The first thing that comes to mind for me is that most of the Suel during the Great Migrations were thoroughly vile. The ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:26 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...



    You mentioned in a previous thread that the party is going to shrink in size a bit. How many PCs will be in the party once some of them leave? One of the reasons I love your thread is because I ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:19 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    The journey just getting to the Starfall has been just as exciting as actually starting to explore it. Your players are all very, very lucky to have you as their DM.

    You mentioned in a previous th ...
      Topic: Blackmoor Life, Society And Culture
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:30 pm   Subject: Blackmoor Life, Society And Culture
    In heychadwick's thread on discussing where to set Rime Of The Icemaiden in Greyhawk, it was noted that Blackmoor is almost completely underdeveloped. I really enjoyed Fred Weining's article on Blackm ...
      Topic: Rime of the FrostMaiden in Greyhawk?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:15 pm   Subject: Rime of the FrostMaiden in Greyhawk?
    If you're looking for the edge of civilization with a lot of less-than-moral frontiersmen and roughnecks, with a bunch of nearby barbarian types, then why not use some of the northernmost Bandit Kingd ...
      Topic: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 5
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    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:54 am   Subject: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    Awesome! Thanks so much!
      Topic: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:45 pm   Subject: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    Have Chapters Six through Eight gone through alright?
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 268
    Views: 68734

    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:25 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    So who generally plays Umbra? Is she a DMNPC, or do your other players take turns playing her? I notice she hasn't done much in the last couple of sessions.
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 268
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    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:00 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    You make me eager for Tuesday afternoons. I love large parties and your campaign logs are a pleasure to read.

    How familiar are your players with Greyhawk canon and the contents of the classic modu ...
      Topic: Distribution Of High And Sylvan Elves?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 2
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:38 pm   Subject: Distribution Of High And Sylvan Elves?
    I was reading through the 1983 boxed set books the other day, and I noted how many encounter tables listed sylvan elves, and how few listed high elves. High elves only seemed to be common in places li ...
      Topic: What's for dinner? or "I eat the shark-man"
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 21
    Views: 3828

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:05 pm   Subject: What's for dinner? or "I eat the shark-man"
    You could also go with 'killing and then eating anyone with a soul is Evil, but doing the same to creatures with spirits isn't (necessarily) so.'

    That makes sahuaghin and orcs fine to eat. And elv ...
      Topic: What age are Greyhawk Fans?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 19
    Views: 2730

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:19 am   Subject: What age are Greyhawk Fans?
    I'm 38, so I might be a kid by Greyhawk standards. I first started contributing to Canonfire when I was 20, so there's that too.

    As to what the attraction of the setting is for me, it may have to ...
      Topic: How advanced were the Pre-Cataclysmic western empires?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:30 pm   Subject: How advanced were the Pre-Cataclysmic western empires?
    I like Vestcoat's, Vlucan's and WingOfCoot's explanations about why the empires didn't grow into the Flanaess proper, and I'd add that the Yatils and Crystalmists provided formidable natural barriers. ...
      Topic: What's for dinner? or "I eat the shark-man"
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 21
    Views: 3828

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:38 pm   Subject: What's for dinner? or "I eat the shark-man"
    One of the players in my campaign was a Lizardman Druid. he always chopped lumps off of any kills in order to stock up on provisions, regardless of what/who it was.

    His justification was that it wa ...
      Topic: The source of greyhawk magic
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 69
    Views: 33543

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:45 pm   Subject: The source of greyhawk magic


    My thought was that between 591 and 998 CY, the Great War for the fate of the Oerth (and ultimately the multiverse) will be fought, where to win, the forces of Balance (or at least everyone who do ...
      Topic: What's for dinner? or "I eat the shark-man"
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 21
    Views: 3828

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:28 pm   Subject: What's for dinner? or "I eat the shark-man"
    It wouldn't necessarily be evil, but I think a lot of humans and demihumans would be disgusted at the idea of eating monsters like lizard men, minotaurs, koalinth and sahuagin, largely because they're ...
      Topic: The Great Western Gate
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:17 pm   Subject: The Great Western Gate
    The Great Western Gate might be metaphorical, in that Sterich (and arguably Geoff and the Yeomanry) are the gates protecting the Sheldomar lowlands against the giants of the mountains. They were most ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 268
    Views: 68734

    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:37 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...

    A ditz, definitely. A harridan? Nah, more like a vixen or minx.

    I have some reflections on Alignment in this campaign between posts 108 and 109. Let me say here that for this, my first 5e ga ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 268
    Views: 68734

    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:26 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    Boy, Willa doesn't like Aurora at all, does she? What's Aurora's alignment, anyway? I've seen you describe her alternately as a harridan, a ditz, etc.
      Topic: Ring of Five Questions @Greyhawkery
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:39 pm   Subject: Ring of Five Questions @Greyhawkery
    Q1. What is your favorite realm or region in the World of Greyhawk setting?

    I've always been particularly fascinated by the Grand Duchy of Geoff, showing how old and new cultures might blend togeth ...
      Topic: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 5
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    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:21 pm   Subject: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    You submitted Chapter One: Seeing the Forest And The Trees *twice*, and also Chapter Four: A Simple Question *once.*


    Missing Chapter Two and Chapter Three.

    Damn it, that's what I thought. Sorr ...
      Topic: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 5
    Views: 1396

    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:06 pm   Subject: The Honor Of The Crown Chapters?
    I have a few more chapters of The Honor Of The Crown ready, but I can't remember which ones I've submitted to Canonfire beyond the first one. Can somebody confirm them for me?
      Topic: Keoland's RW Analog
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:40 am   Subject: Keoland's RW Analog
    In writing Keoland, I've had a strange combination of royalist France and Imperial Russia, along with modern America, of all places. Strange combination, I know, but hear me out.

    The imperial Fren ...
      Topic: It started in Saltmarsh...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 268
    Views: 68734

    PostForum: Campaign Journals & General Online Play   Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:53 pm   Subject: It started in Saltmarsh...
    I've read through this whole thread, and I just wanted to say bravo. You make the setting come alive with all the little details, and I love how you're willing to go your own way when it benefits your ...
      Topic: Winter's Tales
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:34 pm   Subject: Winter's Tales
    Aside from the obvious suggestion of Vecna, the destruction of House Malhel could be equally disturbing. Depending on how old the elf storyteller is, she might actually have lived through those events ...
      Topic: The Scarlet Guide To Conquest For Fun And Profit
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:39 pm   Subject: The Scarlet Guide To Conquest For Fun And Profit
    Thanks for linking to this CruelSummerLord!

    I enjoyed reading your articulation of the Brotherhood's steps.

    Regarding the Fodder step, since it sounds like you've retained Sargent's depiction of ...
      Topic: How to "wrap up" Sea Princes?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:01 pm   Subject: How to "wrap up" Sea Princes?
    Hopefully folks won't mind me resuscitating so many old threads, but as I read old discussions, I sometimes feel moved to respond and hope that others who expressed past interest might update the comm ...
      Topic: Naval Strengths of the Realms of Greyhawk
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:25 pm   Subject: Naval Strengths of the Realms of Greyhawk
    Most of what is posted below is from my own version of things, so take it with as many shakers of salt as you want.

    The LGG noted that the Hold of the Sea Princes had the single best fleet in the ...
      Topic: L2 The Assassin's Knot
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:51 pm   Subject: Re: L2 The Assassin's Knot
    I read through this relatively recently. If it is not the first published murder mystery for RPGs, it is certainly one of the first.

    I have to ask, for anyone who has either run it or played in it ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:42 pm   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?


    I very much like the idea of cultures being as unique as they can be. There will always be comparisons to real world things, as that is that is the point of reference we have; the baseline that we ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:30 pm   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?

    People of the Plentiful hunting grounds was most likely added by the person fleshing out Gygax's notes. Very telling is the original 'Ataman'.

    My main objection is that Amerind culture makes no ...
      Topic: When Did Idee Become Idee?
    CruelSummerLord

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 7:13 pm   Subject: When Did Idee Become Idee?
    Okay, time for a question that's been nagging at me for a long time but that I only remembered to ask now. Anyone who worked on the LG Naerie campaign would be especially welcome.

    In reading the r ...
      Topic: Amedio fever
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 16
    Views: 4739

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 3:02 pm   Subject: Amedio fever
    Another thing I just realized, and I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned, yet.
    There's a user who used to be pretty popular on the boards here, Chibirias mka Maria DelTorre, was a huge advocate of th ...
      Topic: Good Scarlet Brotherhood?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 11
    Views: 3350

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 9:12 pm   Subject: Good Scarlet Brotherhood?
    It's at rpg.net, in the D&D/fantasy d20 subforum, in the "Let's Read" thread for the 3e Book of Vile Darkness. (A thread mainly discussing how terrible the book was.)

    Post 1,188.

    https://fo ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 20
    Views: 4774

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:48 am   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    What if we just declare electrum to be a base element along with all the other metals D&D uses for coinage? All of the other coin metals have their own entries on the real periodic table, so why s ...
      Topic: Which Nations Have Proper Cavaliers?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 9
    Views: 3144

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 6:41 pm   Subject: Which Nations Have Proper Cavaliers?

    Certainly nothing wrong with Native American Flan for your own campaign, but care to dispute the points I made about Flan being a conglomeration of European peoples such as Balts, Helvitii, celts, g ...
      Topic: Which Nations Have Proper Cavaliers?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 9
    Views: 3144

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:46 pm   Subject: Which Nations Have Proper Cavaliers?
    I agree with SirXaris that knights are separate from cavaliers. Wizards, rogues and clerics could all fill various roles in the Knights of the Watch or the Knights of Luna, and they would still be ful ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 50
    Views: 18297

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:09 am   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?

    Can you post or page reference the Amerind illustration?

    I was recently reading a Gygax quote about the published setting where he talks about using it instead of his home campaign version. The ' ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 50
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 10:10 am   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?

    The Flan=Amerind seems to come down to the Rovers entry. Who-ever wrote the blurb for them was thinking Amerind but Gygax's notes were describing them as Cossacks.



    Some Post-Gygax material o ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 50
    Views: 18297

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 3:17 pm   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?

    Gygax's home campaign was based on the north american map. The published Greyhawk setting is not. Also you are confusing physical appearance with culture. The areas depicted as having unadulterated ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 50
    Views: 18297

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 8:52 am   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?


    The Flan=Amerind seems to come down to the Rovers entry. Who-ever wrote the blurb for them was thinking Amerind but Gygax's notes were describing them as Cossacks. Their chief is an Ataman which i ...
      Topic: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 50
    Views: 18297

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 8:14 pm   Subject: Earthly Cultural Analogies In The Flanaess And Beyond?
    This kind of topic has always been of great interest to me and I can see value to both CSL and rasgon's approaches. For me the key is to foster consistency in my gaming world to help create a strong s ...
      Topic: Bone March and North Province
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 24
    Views: 6523

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:41 pm   Subject: Bone March and North Province


    The Bone March-Ratik alliance is not exactly secure. Gary Holian told me about the Key of Spinecastle, which inspired me to have Count Dunstan as the provisional Marquis. He needs the Key for the ...
      Topic: Bone March and North Province
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 24
    Views: 6523

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:06 am   Subject: Bone March and North Province
    I also love the mix of political intrigue and humanoid combat/dungeon crawls that exists in the Bone March, Ratik and North Province area. My own take on the Greyhawk Wars involves Bone March being ef ...
      Topic: Blackmoor Land of a Thousand Witches
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 31
    Views: 7988

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:02 pm   Subject: Blackmoor Land of a Thousand Witches
    This thread made me want to ask-what's Blackmoor's general society and culture like? Most of the canon sources don't really describe what everyday life is for Blackmoorians or what their character is ...
      Topic: Making Elves More Sympathetic?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 30
    Views: 9445

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:00 pm   Subject: Making Elves More Sympathetic?
    Okay, three more elven questions:

    1) Is CruelSummerLord's article from the postfest the only speculation/follow-up/source for what's going on in the Spindrift Isles? It's the only thing I've ever s ...
      Topic: Making Elves More Sympathetic?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 30
    Views: 9445

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:14 pm   Subject: Making Elves More Sympathetic?
    I've been thinking a lot about elves lately, so I hope it won't be interpreted as threadjacking if I post a few of my own questions:

    • For those playing editions after 1e, did you retain the elven ...
      Topic: Making Elves More Sympathetic?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 30
    Views: 9445

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:35 pm   Subject: Making Elves More Sympathetic?
    There are two trends I hate in fantasy gaming and fiction. The first is making the elves a "perfect" race that are somehow more enlightened, more moral, more skilled, and overall better than humans in ...
      Topic: Oerth Journal #31 has released!
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 13
    Views: 4610

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:05 pm   Subject: Re: Thanks
    One thing I'd like to ask is whether Oerth Journal articles have to be 'canon-compatible'.

    The reason I've never submitted anything to the OJ is because I always thought material had to be compati ...
      Topic: The Faithful Quartermasters of Iuz
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 6
    Views: 6041

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:09 pm   Subject: The Faithful Quartermasters of Iuz
    You know, I'm glad the Rant of a Malcontent is well-received.
    A lot of folks got a little bent when Ghosts of Saltmarsh came out because of the agent of Iuz in the small, out-of-the-way town of Saltm ...
      Topic: Pagshat, the Devil-Bison
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 5
    Views: 2617

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:35 pm   Subject: Pagshat, the Devil-Bison
    I just don't see an american indian culture fitting into a european-middle-eastern - eastern european style fantasy setting when there are plenty of primitive nomadic cultures from these regions to st ...
      Topic: Absurdity, zaniness, puns, and other funny stuff
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 11
    Views: 4142

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:25 pm   Subject: Re: Absurdity, zaniness, puns, and other funny stuff
    Greyhawk includes, as we all know, a number of joke-names, anagrams, zany NPCs, and even a couple of funny and bizarre gods (Wastri, Zagyg).
    Some D&D monsters that are part of the setting are ri ...
      Topic: Did The Silver Wolf Chapter Go Through?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 2
    Views: 2124

    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:25 pm   Subject: Did The Silver Wolf Chapter Go Through?
    Thank you so much!

    I hope I wasn't a pest about this-I couldn't even remember if I submitted it or not!
      Topic: Did The Silver Wolf Chapter Go Through?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 2
    Views: 2124

    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:41 pm   Subject: Did The Silver Wolf Chapter Go Through?
    I hate to ask this, but did I post the latest chapter of For Crown Or Country, the one titled Total Party Kill? I've noticed it doesn't usually take this long for something to be uploaded after submis ...
      Topic: Help Me Create the Dreamscape of Tarsellis
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 18
    Views: 5594

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:55 pm   Subject: Help Me Create the Dreamscape of Tarsellis


    The 1e version of Dragon of Dreams is just sitting, unread and unused, in my storage closet so I'll dig it out and see what there is to mine there. The idea of getting some of the players to play ...
      Topic: Help Me Create the Dreamscape of Tarsellis
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 18
    Views: 5594

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:05 am   Subject: Help Me Create the Dreamscape of Tarsellis
    Alternatively, have you played the video game Final Fantasy VII?

    In it, the hero Cloud suffers a mental breakdown when his memories are shown to be false and the villain twists his perceptions to ...
      Topic: Help Me Create the Dreamscape of Tarsellis
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 18
    Views: 5594

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:50 am   Subject: Help Me Create the Dreamscape of Tarsellis
    If you don't mind using Dragonlance sources, then the 1E adventure 'Dragons Of Dreams' and the 3E update 'Dragons of Spring' describe the Silvanesti Nightmare. The adventure centers around the nightma ...
      Topic: Breeds and Varieties of Animals
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 20
    Views: 6370

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:11 pm   Subject: Breeds and Varieties of Animals
    I'd be interested in considering what the Flanaess's buffalo population would be like. The Flan could (and may still do in some parts of the world) use techniques like 'buffalo jumps' to drive them ov ...
      Topic: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 22
    Views: 6171

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:39 pm   Subject: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    There are a few reasons:

    1) As others have pointed out, adventurers have plausible deniability. Adventurers don't have many of the same political considerations tying them down that rulers might. ...
      Topic: Minor, obscure Deities
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 40
    Views: 16433

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:57 am   Subject: Minor, obscure Deities
    Apocatequil and Xilonen: mentioned in Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan

    The Scarlet Brotherhood (page 64) claims that Apocatequil is another name for Tezcatlipoca. I think that Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan ...
      Topic: Armies of Oerth (starting with Ratik)
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 41
    Views: 27145

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:44 pm   Subject: Armies of Oerth (starting with Ratik)


    -To some extent, there's the old Dragon articles and Living Greyhawk's Nyrond Gazeteer 593 gave an update on Nyrond's navy. Other than that, there are the force cards from the Greyhawk Wars game. ...
      Topic: How Did Skepticism Justify Clerical Magic?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 10
    Views: 4422

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:27 pm   Subject: How Did Skepticism Justify Clerical Magic?
    The revival of this thread got me thinking, and I wonder whether Braeden and Holthchilde were overstating their case. Aside from places like the Pale, Iuz and probably Medegia, most Flanaess governmen ...
      Topic: Armies of Oerth (starting with Ratik)
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 41
    Views: 27145

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:02 pm   Subject: Armies of Oerth (starting with Ratik)
    Wow-you definitely put a lot of thought into this. While I appreciate your using my work, please do not take it as a definite state on canon, which I regularly ignore when I come up with something I l ...
      Topic: So I heard there was something called the Horned Society...
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 21
    Views: 5933

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:58 am   Subject: Re: Other Articles on the Horned Society
    Let me know if you find these useful.

    Yes they will be helpful, even if only by guiding where I go with my campaign.

    Thanks for all the help everyone!

    I agree that they seem to have been in ...
      Topic: Tropes And Conventions From Other Genres?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 9
    Views: 4017

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:53 pm   Subject: Tropes And Conventions From Other Genres?
    I leave out everything and play pure fantasy, as that is why I got into D&D to begin with. I enjoy genre-specific settings for the most part. Genre-mixing is all too often poorly done, and so pres ...
      Topic: Tropes And Conventions From Other Genres?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 9
    Views: 4017

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:14 pm   Subject: Tropes And Conventions From Other Genres?
    The debate on "acceptable anomalies" at Canonfire had a contribution by Tarelton that clearly explained for me why I'm so against the idea of things like robots, spaceships and laser guns in my versio ...
      Topic: Acceptable Anomalies?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 19
    Views: 6855

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:17 pm   Subject: Acceptable Anomalies?
    I try to keep my vision more medieval...

    Eyeglasses -- believed to have been invented in 1285
    Potato -- discovered circa 1492
    Tomato -- discovered circa 1492
    Tobacco -- discovered circa 1492
    C ...
      Topic: Acceptable Anomalies?
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 19
    Views: 6855

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:07 pm   Subject: Acceptable Anomalies?
    What kind of modern "anomalies" do you accept in your version of Greyhawk? By anomalies, I mean things that didn't necessarily exist in the real-life Middle Ages and were created more recently, but th ...
      Topic: Lolth Then & Now
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 8
    Views: 3780

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:15 pm   Subject: Lolth Then & Now
    To me, many planar lords such as the arch-devils, demon princes, oinodaemon, the lords of the elemental planes, and other such deities can all grant spells if they are worshiped by mortals, as the bel ...
      Topic: Spoils of War (for hired soldiers)
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 5
    Views: 2980

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:04 pm   Subject: Spoils of War (for hired soldiers)
    Building on tarelton's comments, given that Greyhawk is a world with a lot of bulk coinage, gems and other related materials available as plunder, the promise of lining one's pocket with that kind of ...
      Topic: Order of the Hart membership (esp. Veluna)
    CruelSummerLord

    Replies: 16
    Views: 6176

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:12 pm   Subject: Order of the Hart membership (esp. Veluna)
    More questions, with my take added:

    There are roughly 70 Knights in Veluna (something like that), but doubt they are equally divided across the Dioceses (and Archdiocese). I imagine there are more ...
     
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