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      Topic: Keolandish Dating and Lingua Franca
    tarelton

    Replies: 15
    Views: 676

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:34 pm   Subject: Keolandish Dating and Lingua Franca
    For languages, I dispensed with Common existing at all. No Esperanto in my Flanaess! You want to speak with that foreigner? Time to roll the dice! This forces characters to invest in language skills a ...
      Topic: City of Greyhawk - City of Hawks
    tarelton

    Replies: 18
    Views: 5199

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:27 pm   Subject: City of Greyhawk - City of Hawks
    I think we are all assuming that the entire population is within the city walls. That would be almost impossible. Most medieval cities had extensive suburbs outside the walls, thought he more defensiv ...
      Topic: Flanaess Pandemics . . . other than Red Death
    tarelton

    Replies: 11
    Views: 1968

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 2:10 pm   Subject: Flanaess Pandemics . . . other than Red Death
    Actual pandemics, i.e. a Flanaess-wide illness? Outside of the Red Death I don't remember one being mentioned, though there should be something. I also remember that there was something about a plague ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 6:04 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    My emerging way of dealing with the need for currency in various denominations is to have some governments mint coins of different values. Instead of an electrum piece, for instance, a government coul ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:51 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    DriveByPoster, I really like the idea of using common-place items as a way to add detail and flavor to the setting. In my mind, more and more, electrum coinage is a relic of the past, and it might be ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:17 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    Thanks everyone for your contributions so far to this discussion. I took a short break at work today and did learn that the Byzantines later issued an electrum coin, the aspron trachy https://en.wikip ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:06 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    Ragson, my feeling is along with yours that electrum pieces would only be in circulation in the more backward realms, particularly the humanoid dominated realms of Iuz and the Pomarj. I do think they ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:04 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    Electrum coinage is definitely an anachronism, but there are some influences which probably led to its usage lasting longer than expected.
    In the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer, it says the monetary excha ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:00 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    What if electrum were a necessary component for enchanted weapons or armor and loses this ability if separated into gold & silver? That would give nations an incentive to keep it in pure form; it ...
      Topic: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 2741

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 4:57 pm   Subject: The Troublesome Electrum Piece
    I was listening to a couple of histories books that touched on the ancient Near East, particularly the kingdom of Lydia. Lydia was most famous perhaps for its last king, Croesus, who was renowned for ...
      Topic: Divine Offspring
    tarelton

    Replies: 6
    Views: 1785

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:47 am   Subject: Divine Offspring
    I always though that Iuz would treat any offspring like Saturn did...

    After all, Iuz is constantly plotting against his sire, Grazzt, why would he create another plotter to threaten himself...
      Topic: SPOILERS!!! T1 Village of Hommlet "brigand courier"
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
    Views: 2342

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:03 am   Subject: SPOILERS!!! T1 Village of Hommlet "brigand courier"
    I looked at the Temple having two support networks that the characters would struggle against outside of the Temple:

    1. Intelligence. This included the traders, the spy at the construction site, an ...
      Topic: SPOILERS!!! T1 Village of Hommlet "brigand courier"
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
    Views: 2342

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:03 am   Subject: SPOILERS!!! T1 Village of Hommlet "brigand courier"
    I looked at the Temple having two support networks that the characters would struggle against outside of the Temple:

    1. Intelligence. This included the traders, the spy at the construction site, an ...
      Topic: Blackthorn Ogres in 576cy TOEE
    tarelton

    Replies: 4
    Views: 1333

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:02 pm   Subject: Blackthorn Ogres in 576cy TOEE
    I think there was meant to be some connection between Blackthorn and those under the Tower of War in Greyhawk Ruins.
      Topic: Why is Iuz in the Flan Pantheon?
    tarelton

    Replies: 24
    Views: 3548

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:43 pm   Subject: Why is Iuz in the Flan Pantheon?
    I'm not aware of any specific tie between Iuz and the Flan. Based on the timeline, I agree that he should be a common deity.
      Topic: Regional Products of the Flanaess By Nation (Expanded)
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
    Views: 1670

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:42 pm   Subject: Regional Products of the Flanaess By Nation (Expanded)
    Taking what everyone else as said, their is clearly the need for more detail. Some notable medieval European trade goods were:

    Baltic amber (Gems I?)
    Flemish cloth, made from English wool
    Burgund ...
      Topic: Regional Products of the Flanaess By Nation (Expanded)
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
    Views: 1670

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:35 am   Subject: Regional Products of the Flanaess By Nation (Expanded)
    Based on the Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh The Sea Princes export brandy and silk. Based on Howl From the North and Iuz the Evil the Bandit Kingdoms are major exporters of weaponry.
      Topic: T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil Refresh
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 2414

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:00 pm   Subject: T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil Refresh
    Most of my work for ToEE has been to:

    1. Understand it mechanically. By this I mean is I seek to gain a sense that if the module is played as presented, how rapidly will the characters gain levels. ...
      Topic: Oerthly Equivalents
    tarelton

    Replies: 17
    Views: 2859

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:16 am   Subject: Oerthly Equivalents
    I sometimes think a vaguely Byzantine/East Roman vibe might be a good take on Keoland.

    Something along those lines... more the idea that Keoland is the continuation of the Suel Imperium than a new ...
      Topic: Oerthly Equivalents
    tarelton

    Replies: 17
    Views: 2859

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:10 pm   Subject: Oerthly Equivalents
    I've be recently revamping my ideas of life and culture in the Flanaess. Roughly based on Carl Sergeant's works, I have largely broken the Flanaess into two sections:

    The Oeridian East. East of the ...
      Topic: Greyhawk Naval Rules
    tarelton

    Replies: 18
    Views: 5131

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:44 pm   Subject: Greyhawk Naval Rules
    I liked the rules in the 2nd Edition Forgotten Realms supplement Pirates of the Fallen Stars. They had fairly simple rules, but additionally a lot of the background material could be converted for Gre ...
      Topic: Amedio fever
    tarelton

    Replies: 16
    Views: 3001

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:25 pm   Subject: Amedio fever
    Dysentery? Malaria? Yellow Fever?

    Oh, that was not the question.

    A really interesting book I recently listened to was Lost City of the Monkey God. It is 1/3 about the legends behind a rumored l ...
      Topic: Funny Tavern Patron.
    tarelton

    Replies: 2
    Views: 1051

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:36 pm   Subject: Funny Tavern Patron.
    I'd say that a collection of "Dad" jokes would probably be best, sorted for applicability. Also, jokes about the next villages' dim-witted/immoral inhabitants are probably appropriate:

    "How many p ...
      Topic: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    tarelton

    Replies: 22
    Views: 3694

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:30 pm   Subject: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.


    ...BTW, Tarleton, what happened to your Bloody Ban' avatar? Wink

    I just noticed that... I am not sure. Good follow-up, and I loved the Tucker's Kobolds article. Even the smallest ant can bite ...
      Topic: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    tarelton

    Replies: 22
    Views: 3694

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:56 pm   Subject: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    .

    Further thoughts on this. How many nations not bordering Iuz have full standing armies as opposed to local militia manning forts and outposts?

    Mostly it would be city guards in the really big ...
      Topic: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    tarelton

    Replies: 22
    Views: 3694

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:43 pm   Subject: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    Start small finish big. :D An army of Wererats!

    I needed reminded of the power difference between adventurers and Soldiers. Especially when the terrain makes it strategically advantageous to use ...
      Topic: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    tarelton

    Replies: 22
    Views: 3694

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:28 am   Subject: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    The Oeridian states seem to be largely feudal, and thus possess a small core of King's troops and rely upon the nobles to fill out the army... Marklands speaks to this specifically with Furyondy and N ...
      Topic: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    tarelton

    Replies: 22
    Views: 3694

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:28 pm   Subject: Why send 5 adventurers when I have a perfectly good army.
    1. Plausible deniability... think of adventures like City of Skulls where a potentate wants something done, but does not want/need the credit. "Should you fail, you will be disavowed..."

    2. The mil ...
      Topic: Where to start?
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 2080

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:23 am   Subject: Where to start?
    My simple campaign that I am still developing:
    T 1-4 gets the characters to about 7-8th level (generous amounts of hirelings and henchmen to help, but also dilute XPs)
    Then WGA 1-3 Falconmaster seri ...
      Topic: River traffic and fords along the Selintan
    tarelton

    Replies: 12
    Views: 2902

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:57 pm   Subject: River traffic and fords along the Selintan
    Ummm, ummmm....

    Good point. A quick internet search shows that most medieval galleys had a draft of 2 m, and cogs drew about 3 m (Wikipedia for the galley, https://www-labs.iro.umontreal.ca/~vauche ...
      Topic: Burning Cliffs
    tarelton

    Replies: 5
    Views: 1566

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:00 am   Subject: Burning Cliffs
    Great find! I wonder what other real world sites could approximate places in the Flanaess... This might be a fun weekend activity!
      Topic: Tropes And Conventions From Other Genres?
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 2734

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:29 am   Subject: Tropes And Conventions From Other Genres?
    CSL,

    First, thank you for the compliment... every now and then a stopped clock like myself is right.

    The progressive concept of history is relatively new, and historically localized to western E ...
      Topic: Acceptable Anomalies?
    tarelton

    Replies: 19
    Views: 4620

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:28 am   Subject: Acceptable Anomalies?
    Actually, there are asiatic lions...

    While I do like using the original concepts of the human races (Oeridians = germanic tribes, Suel = Babylonians/Romans/Byzantines, Flan = Celts/Native Americans ...
      Topic: Acceptable Anomalies?
    tarelton

    Replies: 19
    Views: 4620

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:39 pm   Subject: Acceptable Anomalies?
    Greyhawk is a -- supposedly -- medieval world, but one created with 20th Century sensibilities. And newer editions of the game are even more influenced by 21st Century sensibilities.

    In other words ...
      Topic: Spoils of War (for hired soldiers)
    tarelton

    Replies: 5
    Views: 2058

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:58 am   Subject: Spoils of War (for hired soldiers)
    Kirt's descriptions are very helpful. Perrenland is one of the states of the Flanaess, along with the Suel Barbarians (Vikings) and Grand March (Teutonic Knights), that are almost directly lifted from ...
      Topic: Lolth Then & Now
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 2509

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:44 pm   Subject: Lolth Then & Now
    I thought R.A. Salvatore engineered her apotheosis through book sales...

    too soon?
      Topic: Spoils of War (for hired soldiers)
    tarelton

    Replies: 5
    Views: 2058

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:50 am   Subject: Spoils of War (for hired soldiers)
    As you say, Lanthorn, this varies by time and place, but here are some ideas from my reading on various time periods:

    In the 30 Years War, especially as the war progressed, mercenaries were promise ...
      Topic: Does Greyhawk Reflect Its Creators?
    tarelton

    Replies: 4
    Views: 2079

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:39 am   Subject: Does Greyhawk Reflect Its Creators?
    Cruel Summer Lord,

    I certainly did not know Gary, but from what I understand, he was creating a backdrop for his wargaming ideas when he developed Greyhawk, which is why his elements of it are low ...
      Topic: Order of the Hart membership (esp. Veluna)
    tarelton

    Replies: 16
    Views: 4382

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:50 pm   Subject: Order of the Hart membership (esp. Veluna)
    Isn't the 'cash economy' of D&D kind of implied, though?

    Cruel Summer Lord, this has been one of my gripes with AD&D for a while. While a cash economy does speed up the game, it also remove ...
      Topic: Order of the Hart membership (esp. Veluna)
    tarelton

    Replies: 16
    Views: 4382

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:37 pm   Subject: Order of the Hart membership (esp. Veluna)
    Regarding the finances of the Furyondy and Veluna branches, I think we are looking too closely at a cash economy like our modern one, and not considering that this is a semi-medieval world.

    The pri ...
      Topic: What Keeps You Coming Back To Greyhawk?
    tarelton

    Replies: 13
    Views: 3776

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:43 am   Subject: What Keeps You Coming Back To Greyhawk?
    To me, it has always had the perfect depth of information about the various areas, countries, etc. I know what each area feels like, whether it is the Viking feel of the Thillonrian peninsula, the cla ...
      Topic: What Keeps You Coming Back To Greyhawk?
    tarelton

    Replies: 13
    Views: 3776

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:58 pm   Subject: What Keeps You Coming Back To Greyhawk?
    Greyhawk is closer to a Tolkien or Howard-style setting, which were the stories I grew up on. Other settings seemed to always be having to one-up each other with the latest, most powerful foes, allies ...
      Topic: Non-Scarlet Brotherhood monk organizations
    tarelton

    Replies: 34
    Views: 7358

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:00 pm   Subject: Non-Scarlet Brotherhood monk organizations
    I've always liked the idea of keeping monks a class unique to the Scarlet Brotherhood. It just added that much more of an aura of mystery and menace to them...
      Topic: Sports of the Flanaess
    tarelton

    Replies: 16
    Views: 4950

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:54 pm   Subject: Sports of the Flanaess
    43-Man Squamish?
      Topic: Sports of the Flanaess
    tarelton

    Replies: 16
    Views: 4950

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:05 pm   Subject: Sports of the Flanaess
    I'd recommend football, though in its original, rougher medieval form. Terry Pratchett's Folklore of Discworld talks about this version of the game at some length, and it would apparently occupy entir ...
      Topic: Ehlonna & Obad-hai: Reason for Antipathy
    tarelton

    Replies: 13
    Views: 4247

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:09 pm   Subject: Ehlonna & Obad-hai: Reason for Antipathy
    My interpretation is that the Old Faith is practiced as pantheon worship, i.e. Obad-hai, Beory, and the other Flan gods are worshiped as a group, whereas the dominant Oeridians worship their gods as i ...
      Topic: Artifact Destruction Ramifications
    tarelton

    Replies: 6
    Views: 2349

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:41 pm   Subject: Artifact Destruction Ramifications
    “As the Morlin’s hammer descends on the Grimalkin, the statuette appears to shimmer or flinch as its doom approaches. There is a hiss as of an alley cat preparing for a fight and then the crunch/clang ...
      Topic: RUMORS - make a list for city/politic & PC dramas
    tarelton

    Replies: 2
    Views: 2196

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:56 pm   Subject: RUMORS - make a list for city/politic & PC dramas
    I'd keep most of the gossip small-scale, e.g.:

    1. The fishmonger's boy is slow-witted (apple not falling far from tree)
    2. The vegetable-seller uses untrustworthy weights (no, just a sharp trader) ...
      Topic: Niole Dra Map
    tarelton

    Replies: 2
    Views: 2154

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:44 pm   Subject: Niole Dra Map
    I always thought of Keoland as sort of being like Gondor from Tolkien's work. Thus I would lean towards using Iron Crown Enterprise's maps of Osgiliath. This city is set upon a river like Niola Dra, a ...
      Topic: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 3725

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:05 pm   Subject: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    In my opinion, serfdom is the traditional Aerdian system, and the Great Kingdom uses it as a means of control. In my vision, Furyondy and Veluna moved away from it over the last couple of centuries sl ...
      Topic: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 3725

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:36 am   Subject: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    On review for another project, based on Marklands it appears that Furyondy and Nyrond have been moving in degrees to tenancy with regards to their peasants. The nobility would prefer rents and free te ...
      Topic: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 3725

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:24 pm   Subject: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    I'd also recommend reading Tuchmann's A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. It gives an overview of peasant life, specifically in France at the time, with its ups-and-downs. Also, Tuchmann is ...
      Topic: Mysterious Places
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
    Views: 3248

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:58 pm   Subject: Mysterious Places
    I'm going to copy you. My son is in for a surprise...
      Topic: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 3725

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:26 pm   Subject: Serfdom in Greyhawk?
    Yes. If I recall correctly the Great Kingdom, Furyondy, and Nyrond all practiced serfdom based on the Carl Sergeant supplements. I suspect this is pretty common in Oeridian lands in general, so the sm ...
      Topic: Fortnight's Feast in Nyrond?
    tarelton

    Replies: 1
    Views: 1838

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:10 pm   Subject: Fortnight's Feast in Nyrond?
    I'd suggest your average Nyrondese would ask, "what festival?"

    Of course, this depends if Nyrond sees itself as the legitimate successor to Aerdy, in which cases it would celebrate those victories, ...
      Topic: Religion in the World of Greyhawk
    tarelton

    Replies: 11
    Views: 5245

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:47 am   Subject: Religion in the World of Greyhawk
    How do the people who live in the Flanaess (and beyond) treat religion? Or more accurately, how do you portray it in your campaigns?

    I have been thinking lately, somewhat inspired by The Folklore o ...
      Topic: new ideas for linking classic modules together
    tarelton

    Replies: 19
    Views: 7901

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:55 pm   Subject: new ideas for linking classic modules together
    XO42,

    I have been toying with this for several years with various theoretical campaign concepts.

    Ferrond I: This campaign would start in approx. 576 CY in the vicinity of Hommlet, moving through ...
      Topic: Creating Encounter Tables
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 4366

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:50 pm   Subject: Creating Encounter Tables
    edmundscott,

    I find it interesting that you include geography (interesting sites) on your list. That to me adds to the burden of DMing as your players may want to refer back to that site, and use i ...
      Topic: Is It Just Me, Or Does Keoland Always Lose?
    tarelton

    Replies: 32
    Views: 14435

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:41 pm   Subject: Is It Just Me, Or Does Keoland Always Lose?
    The motto of the houses of Rhola and Neheli:

    "Leave the waging of wars to others! But you, happy Keoland, marry; for the realms which Heironeous awards to others, Mhyriss transfers to you."

    Keol ...
      Topic: Moonrise/Moonset
    tarelton

    Replies: 6
    Views: 4182

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:34 pm   Subject: Moonrise/Moonset
    Curses! You are correct, I meant sun.

    You are also correct that a second body would not alter Newtonian Mechanics... but it would make the math a lot harder...
      Topic: Moonrise/Moonset
    tarelton

    Replies: 6
    Views: 4182

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:38 pm   Subject: Moonrise/Moonset
    Edmundscott,

    I was amusing myself writing a VBA almanac for Greyhawk, at one point, and moon rise and moon set times were extremely complicated if I remember correctly. A lot depends upon latitude. ...
      Topic: I need a cursed and cursing gnome
    tarelton

    Replies: 5
    Views: 3543

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:30 pm   Subject: I need a cursed and cursing gnome
    You could use the village of Osnabrolt from Vecna Lives!. The village was the hiding place of the Sword of Kas and ravaged by one of Vecna's avatars. That could easily twist someone on the path of evi ...
      Topic: Greyhawk's World
    tarelton

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:23 pm   Subject: Greyhawk's World
    I agree with Vestcoat; the Flanaess are on the verge of war based on the Gygax material. The only difference is that instead of a vast number of local unconnected wars, Greyhawk Wars linked them toget ...
      Topic: Famous Library Destroyed?
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 4906

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:23 am   Subject: Famous Library Destroyed?
    Greyhawk Wars mentions at least two sacked libraries, that of Duke Astrin of Eastfair that went "up in flames or out in rucksacks" near the end of the Turmoil Between the Crowns, as did the University ...
      Topic: Language history of Common?
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
    Views: 5480

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:55 pm   Subject: Language history of Common?
    I've never really liked the idea of a "universal" common language across the Flanaess. My approach is to multiple forms of Common. What makes them related is their basis in Old Oeridian, which can be ...
      Topic: Hop Fu, the Siv of the Vast Swamp
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 5559

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:55 pm   Subject: Hop Fu, the Siv of the Vast Swamp
    They remind me of the Rylti in Kane: Bloodstone.
      Topic: Local Color and Inspirations for Interpretation of Realms
    tarelton

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:01 pm   Subject: Local Color and Inspirations for Interpretation of Realms
    Keoland: Gondor. Specifically late Third Age Gondor, when the place is in decline. River valley civilization founded by people fleeing a cataclysm... needst I say more? Also like Spain in the 18th to ...
      Topic: idea for Yeomanry, inspired by Estes
    tarelton

    Replies: 6
    Views: 4516

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:31 pm   Subject: idea for Yeomanry, inspired by Estes
    To make the political clubs more interesting, you could have some sort of Jacobin club, violently opposed to a monarchy of any sort. Also, a disruptive, vicious club does not have to be a tool of the ...
      Topic: idea for Yeomanry, inspired by Estes
    tarelton

    Replies: 6
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:24 pm   Subject: idea for Yeomanry, inspired by Estes
    Very Return of Martin Gurre with a couple of added complications:

    1. The supposed queen has likely outlived almost everyone who would remember her.

    2. The monarchists are like proponents of Fren ...
      Topic: Salt Harbor?
    tarelton

    Replies: 4
    Views: 4554

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:55 pm   Subject: Salt Harbor?
    I'd guess it would be a place where the catch was salted before transport and resale. its probably convenient to the fishing grounds and a salt deposit or two nearby.
      Topic: Sources for ruined cities?
    tarelton

    Replies: 7
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:49 am   Subject: Sources for ruined cities?
    B4 The Lost City While it is set in a desert, it could just as easily be mountainous... basically it is in wild territory as the adventure focuses on action inside the city.
    Lost Empire of Faerun One ...
      Topic: Anazander
    tarelton

    Replies: 4
    Views: 4340

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:59 pm   Subject: Anazander
    The word "ancient" doesn't have a precise definition, but I imagine that in the Flanaess it generally applies to the Great Migrations era or before.

    Ancient history could best be described as that ...
      Topic: Furyondy line of inheritance
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 8789

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:47 pm   Subject: Furyondy line of inheritance
    I reviewed Greyhawk Adventures and the entry on Duke Karll, pages 46-7 is edifying. He ascended the throne only the death of his three older brothers and two older sisters. Thus, in the Duchy of Urnst ...
      Topic: The Great Greyhawk Survey
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 6564

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:44 pm   Subject: The Great Greyhawk Survey
    Done. I will be very curious as to the results. When is the survey closed?
      Topic: Furyondy line of inheritance
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 8789

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:19 pm   Subject: Furyondy line of inheritance
    At least one of the other Furyondian Great Houses is currently led by a women, so their does not exist a bar on women inheriting, though whether they rank equally with men (absolute primogeniture) or ...
      Topic: Greyhawk mercenary groups?
    tarelton

    Replies: 9
    Views: 7854

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:25 pm   Subject: Greyhawk mercenary groups?
    There would probably be two types of mercenary organizations in the Flanaess. One, as Sutenmi alludes to would be your elite specialists which would look a lot like an adventuring party. A real world ...
      Topic: Johydee and Arnd of Tdon
    tarelton

    Replies: 10
    Views: 7085

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:23 pm   Subject: Johydee and Arnd of Tdon
    I always liked the idea that the reason the Invulnerable Coat was this legendary artifact was that it was the first suit of chainmail ever made, and brought about a revolution in armour (and hence an ...
      Topic: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 6584

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:01 pm   Subject: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    "Mine is an evil laugh", says the Marchioness. Things appear to be proceeding to her plan. She can use the release of the wizard to gain concessions from the dwarves, who may not push their new ally t ...
      Topic: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 6584

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:38 pm   Subject: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    If the players are overly popular, the Marchioness may focus more of her energy on undermining their popularity and deligitimizing them than necessarily fighting or arresting them.
      Topic: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:19 pm   Subject: Re: What Should the Marchioness Do?


    All of these characters are Baronesses. The wrinkle in this situation is that all of the nobles of Sterich know that these three are incredibly powerful compared to everyone else. The Marchiones ...
      Topic: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 6584

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:59 pm   Subject: What Should the Marchioness Do?
    Strictly speaking, the Marchioness could, in the military sense, charge them with "failure to obey a lawful order" or perhaps desertion if nobles are required to be excused before leaving their liege' ...
      Topic: Distance Across the Flanaess
    tarelton

    Replies: 8
    Views: 6211

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:58 pm   Subject: Distance Across the Flanaess
    Since the Suel and Oeridians "passed into the Flanaess" through either the Bramblewood Gap or over/through the Crystalmist Mountains, the crest of the Crystalmists forms the westward border of the Fla ...
      Topic: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    tarelton

    Replies: 11
    Views: 8693

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:55 pm   Subject: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    I am assuming you mean early spring:

    In the Solnor, the greatest danger would be icebergs, as this is the period when they would form; there would not be any such danger in the Azure Sea or its bas ...
      Topic: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    tarelton

    Replies: 11
    Views: 8693

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:41 pm   Subject: Re: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    I am in the middle of drafting the plot for my next Company of the Silver Wolf story. As part of that, I'm trying to fit exactly when the various events happen in the calendar. The year is 576 CY, but ...
      Topic: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    tarelton

    Replies: 11
    Views: 8693

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:54 pm   Subject: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    Early winter would be a difficult time to travel by ship. Depending on latitude, rivers or lakes, which the Flanaess’ unique geography makes key lines of communication, would begin to ice-up, proporti ...
      Topic: ToEE player help
    tarelton

    Replies: 10
    Views: 8304

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:32 pm   Subject: ToEE player help
    Maybe one or two opportunities may arise for the player to escape in transit... if he doe escape or is rescued, he may possess detailed information about how the Temple moves supplies and victims arou ...
      Topic: Mayaheine's homeworld
    tarelton

    Replies: 18
    Views: 12928

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:55 am   Subject: Re: Mayaheine's homeworld
    Her Holy Symbol is practically identical to the Coat of Arms of Jeanne D'Arc.

    They are indeed similar, though it took me while to find the canonical version of Mayaheine's Coat of Arms. Pelor, May ...
      Topic: Mayaheine's homeworld
    tarelton

    Replies: 18
    Views: 12928

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:56 am   Subject: Re: Mayaheine's homeworld
    Mayaheine was a gamer from our Earth; after Pelor magically transported her to Oerth, she took on the form of her own player character, the paladin Mayaheine.


    I am having images of Ash from Army ...
      Topic: Greyhawk related art
    tarelton

    Replies: 27
    Views: 16629

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:15 pm   Subject: Greyhawk related art
    Dungeonmeister,

    That is amazing artwork... I almost feel as if I know the characters stories after viewing all of them.
      Topic: If you were to start a fresh level 1 group near Greyhawk ...
    tarelton

    Replies: 10
    Views: 8474

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:57 pm   Subject: If you were to start a fresh level 1 group near Greyhawk ...
    Interestingly enough, during boring meetings I have sketched out myriad campaign paths based on geographic starting point and time setting. For the city of Greyhawk:

    Assuming start year 576 CY (Cl ...
      Topic: An Earthquake & Tsunami Cult in Sheldomar Valley?
    tarelton

    Replies: 2
    Views: 3190

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:19 pm   Subject: An Earthquake & Tsunami Cult in Sheldomar Valley?
    In fantastic terms, there would probably be a loss of worshipers for the gods of nature, as propitiating them should have warded off such a disaster, breaking the contract between worshiped and worshi ...
      Topic: Naval Strengths of the Realms of Greyhawk
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 10038

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:44 pm   Subject: Naval Strengths of the Realms of Greyhawk
    Actually, to get a little Mahan-ish, only the Sea Barons, Lordship of the Isles, and Sea Princes are really “sea-powers” in the sense that they use their naval capability for more than raiding and coa ...
      Topic: Naval Strengths of the Realms of Greyhawk
    tarelton

    Replies: 20
    Views: 10038

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:44 am   Subject: Naval Strengths of the Realms of Greyhawk
    C. 578 CY the freshwater naval power is Furyondy, dominating both the Western Nyr Dyv and Whyestil lake. Furyondy has the advantage of being able to move ships along the Crystal/Veng river system, fun ...
      Topic: I find Oeridian nobility a bit confusing
    tarelton

    Replies: 5
    Views: 4858

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 7:30 am   Subject: Re: I find Oeridian nobility a bit confusing

    P.S. After I started to watch Game of Thrones, I became really picky about these things. How nobility works should always be coherent.

    I would disagree. While the system should not be totally inc ...
      Topic: Alternate Divine Realms
    tarelton

    Replies: 5
    Views: 4589

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:40 pm   Subject: Alternate Divine Realms
    I think that makes a great deal of sense, Armitage!

    I could even see it slowly changing over time. Before the Twin Cataclysms, each of the (known) human pantheons had their own planes, and the demi ...
      Topic: Seeking Social Interaction Adventures
    tarelton

    Replies: 12
    Views: 7825

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:27 pm   Subject: Seeking Social Interaction Adventures
    Or one could just use the current Presidential campaign to mine for ideas. Evil Grin

    This is not Ravenloft, there has to be some hope!
      Topic: Seeking Social Interaction Adventures
    tarelton

    Replies: 12
    Views: 7825

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:11 pm   Subject: Seeking Social Interaction Adventures
    One can always look to Shakespeare for courtly intrigue and machinations.
    "Aye, the play is the thing!"

    Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of The Shrew are both great potential sources of inspi ...
      Topic: Greyhawk "Undercity"?
    tarelton

    Replies: 12
    Views: 8033

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:36 pm   Subject: Re: Greyhawk "Undercity"?


    Is this a cult of slavers? Or just general chaotic mischief-makers looking to sew evil and disorder? Can I assume their base or the final confrontation takes place in the sewer system? I'm just ...
      Topic: Greyhawk "Undercity"?
    tarelton

    Replies: 12
    Views: 8033

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:07 pm   Subject: Re: Greyhawk "Undercity"?
    Do they feature prominently in any adventures or stories? The only semi-useful resource I could find was a map done by a Denis Tetreault at this site: http://melkot.com/locations/cogh/cogh.html
    ...
      Topic: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Eclavdra?
    tarelton

    Replies: 19
    Views: 11890

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:54 pm   Subject: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Eclavdra?
    CSL, you are correct. Consistent inconsistency makes memorable characters.
     
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