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    Grandmaster Greytalker

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    Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:17 am  
    Blood & Darkness

    Being recovered somewhat more fully from a miserable Gencon experience, I cracked open a copy of the Chainmail supplement, Blood & Darkness, that I purchased at the Con for the princely sum of $1 American. Of course, the Chainmail setting is ostensibly set in the far north eastern portion of the Dragon Annual Map. My purchase was "rewarded," by finding that Blood & Darkness more fully describes the origins of the Gith race (Githyanki & Githzerai) on Oerth, particularly in the underground city of Zarum in the far west of Oerik. Previously, I believed this Gith reference to be confined to the pages of Dragon magazine. Finding it now "in print" in a more substantial fashion, I feel the itch to call it "canon." However, Blood & Darkness in no way resolves the many conflicts surrounding a supposed Oerthly origin of the Gith race. There remain inconsistencies with the Gith as described in the Incursion issues of Dragon and Dungeon, as well as time/date references that suggest the Gith originated on Oerth within recorded history, as well as the need for an Illithid "conquest" of Oerth, if it is, in fact, home to the Gith. Nonetheless, Blood & Darkness does seem to "solidify" the claim of Oerth as Gith homeworld advanced in the pages of Dragon Magazine.
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    Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:32 pm  

    Hello,

    Do the Chainmail supps offer much source material on Oerik? Or, is it just vague references?

    I'd really like to flesh out the west much more.

    Which Chainmail books do you recommend for reading.

    Thanks.
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    Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:22 am  

    A few GreyTalkers wove compelling tales about the ancient connections between the Gith and the Suel. Often these ideas about the ancient Suel Imperium were Melbinonean-esque.

    Where some of the once-humans who liberated themselves from illithid enslavement ventured into the Outer Planes, others--perhaps the weakest and most treacherous--remained on Oerth. Cf. http://greyhawkonline.com/pitsofevil/viewtopic.php?t=4586

    Others have suggested that beholder nations once existed too on Oerth. These may have warred with the illithids and contended also with the aboleths down under the sea...
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    Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:16 am  

    dead wrote:
    Hello,

    Do the Chainmail supps offer much source material on Oerik? Or, is it just vague references?

    I'd really like to flesh out the west much more.

    Which Chainmail books do you recommend for reading.

    Thanks.


    Yes. The Blood & Darkness supp gives some greater info on Western Oerik (Zarum) but it is by no means like a gazeteer. IMO, Blood & Darkness is the most useful of the Chainmail supps. Other than that, I would go with the Dragon Chainmail articles.
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