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Against the Undying


Timeline of the Flanaess

The Greyhawk year consists of 364 days, split into twelve months of twenty-eight days each, and four seven-day festival weeks, each placed at three-month intervals. Different cultures in the campaign setting have their own names for the months and festivals. The months and festivals are commonly referred to as the Dozenmonth of Luna and the Four Festivals.

Normally, lay worship of deities is performed on each Godsday (weekly tithing and absolutions, for example). The holy days and high holy days are always marked by large gatherings of the faithful. Many faiths only accept initiate members on the god's high holy days, though specifics vary from faith to faith. Priests are always expected to attend and/or officiate services on each holy day. New members of the clergy are usually anointed on, just before, or just after a deity's high holy day.

Days of the Week

Days in Greyhawk are reckoned in weeks of seven days each. The days of the month are Starday, Sunday, Moonday, Godsday, Waterday, Earthday, and Freeday. Godsday is commonly associated with worship and Freeday with rest. The remaining days are considered “work days”. An interesting feature of the Greyhawk calendar is that the days of the week always occur on the same day every year, a result of the year having a number of days divisible by seven. The first of the month is always a Starday, and the rest follow as shown below.

  • Starday (Work). Always on the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd of the month.
  • Sunday (Work). Always on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd of the month.
  • Moonday (Work). Always on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th of the month.
  • Godsday (Worship). Always on the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th of the month.
  • Waterday (Work). Always on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th of the month.
  • Earthday (Work). Always on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th of the month.
  • Freeday (Rest). Always on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th of the month.

The months and festivals are based on the cycles of Oerth's moons, Luna and Celene. Luna has a 28-day cycle, while Celene's cycle is 91 days. Celene is full at the midpoint of each festival, while Luna is full at various times throughout the year. Notably, both moons are full-on Richfest 3-5.

Months & Festival Weeks of the Year

  • Needfest (Mid-Winter Festival - 1 Week)
  • Fireseek (Winter - 4 weeks)
  • Readying (Spring - 4 weeks)
  • Coldeven (Spring - 4 weeks)
  • Growfest (Start - Summer Festival - 1 week)
  • Planting (Low Summer - 4 weeks)
  • Flocktime (Low Summer - 4 weeks)
  • Wealsun (Low Summer - 4 weeks)
  • Richfest (Mid-Summer Festival - 1 week)
  • Reaping (High Summer - 4 weeks)
  • Goodmonth (High Summer - 4 weeks)
  • Harvester (High Summer - 4 weeks)
  • Brewfest (End-Summer Festival - 1 week)
  • Patchwall (Autumn - 4 weeks)
  • Ready'reat (Autumn - 4 weeks)
  • Sunsebb (Winter - 4 weeks)

Eras of the Past

The following terms are sometimes used to describe eras in the history of eastern Oerik.

Age before Ages. Constituting the early history of the multiverse, when the forces of Law battled primal Chaos.
Epoch of Magic. Presumably including all of known history prior to 576 CY but definitely ending sometime before 998 CY.
Age of Glory. Suel dominance.
Age of Great Sorrow. The decline of the Great Kingdom of Aerdy.
Age of Worms. The Waiting Age, a time of death, decay, and writhing doom that lurks in the shadows of every tomorrow.

Events of the Past

The following timeline covers the major events of the last 100 years. These events are common knowledge, but some may be rumors. Also, these accounts and dates will vary from place-to-place and race-to-race. Player characters would know most of the following, but further details would require an Intelligence (History) check DC 15, or your character, family or community must have been directly involved in the event in question; see the DM for more information on the details of each event.

476 CY

  • On Reaping 10, Veluna secedes from Furyondy. It is celebrated as the Holy Day of Serenity as a day of worship of Rao.

477 CY

  • On Harvester 13, Margrave Roll of Bissel officially declares independence from Furyondy. It is celebrated thereafter as Rollo's Day.

479 CY

  • Iuz's adoptive father, a petty lord north of Whyestil Lake, dies. Iuz assumes rulership of his estate in the Howling Hills and begins conquering nearby realms.
  • Might of Iuz grows. Humanoid invasions become common.

480 CY

  • Iggwilv attacks Perrenland from her Lost Caverns in the Yatils.

481 CY

  • Iggwilv begins her enslavement of Perrenland. The nobility flees to the realm's embassy in Exag.

488 CY

  • King Tavish IV of Keoland dies, ending Keoland's imperial period.
  • Around this year, a paranoid Suloise mage settles in the town of Cantona and constructs his magically-protected fortification. For decades, his magical wards warp and fail, resulting in a region where magic is unreliable.

489 CY

  • Kamuran the Fortunate becomes Sultan of Zeif.
  • Scarlet Brotherhood in the Tilvanot Peninsula invaded by unknown forces. It is later expunged from the Brotherhood's official histories.

491 CY

  • Iggwilv's reign of terror in Perrenland ends when she is defeated by a demon prince she summoned. Perrenland overthrows her rule and destroys her minions. A two-year famine begins.
  • Irith Van orders the construction of Hesuel Ilshar, headquarters of the Scarlet Brotherhood.
  • The Telless ve Turu Decada, a secret society dedicated to halting the spread of evil, is founded.

492 CY

  • Linia Hoistreth of Safeton dies. Her library is donated to the local sages' guild, but Slerotin's Manifesto is misfiled in a warehouse.

495 CY

  • The Cairn Hills town of Diamond Lake hosts an order of monks, preoccupied with astronomy, at the Diamond Lake Observatory.
  • The City of Greyhawk nationalizes the Cairn Hills smelting trade.

496 CY

  • First known outbreak of the Red Death plague in the Flanaess.

497 CY

  • Count Granus of Pregmere attempts to seize the capital of Geoff. Grand Duke Rohan III was slain.
  • Duchy of Urnst selects a new duke from House Lorinar, establishing a dynasty.

498 CY

  • Greyhawk becomes a free city. It severs its ties with the Great Kingdom.
  • County of Urnst becomes palatinate under the Duchy of Urnst.
  • Hateful Wars begin. Orcs and other humanoids are driven out of the Lortmils by neighboring realms.

499 CY

  • Ket besieges Thornward for a year.
  • Bakhoury subjugation begins in Zeif.

500 CY

  • By this date, Iuz the Old controls the lands north of Lake Wyestil.

505 CY

  • Zuoken stops manifesting to his faithful.
  • Iuz disappears, imprisoned by Zagig Yragerne.
  • Zagig uses nine trapped demigods to ascend to divinity, becoming the demigod Zagyg. The trapped demigods remain imprisoned, and Zagyg is not seen again.

506 CY

  • Siege of Jurnre.

509 CY

  • Mordenkainen born.

510 CY

  • Hateful Wars end.
  • The Free City of Greyhawk quietly grants official authorization to the city's Guild of Thieves.

513 CY

  • Rise of the Horned Society, formed by landholders rebelling against the lands of Iuz after his disappearance.
  • Humanoids take the Pomarj. Orcs and goblins emerge from the Suss Forest and sack Highport. With months they have conquered most of the Pomarj.

514 CY

  • The Crescent League, a secret society of warriors, is founded by refugees from the Pomarj.

515 CY

  • Battle of Opicm River.
  • A ship of Duxchan sinks, carrying thousands of gold pieces worth of pearls and precious metals.

516 CY

  • Jaran Krimeeah attempts to usurp the throne of the Great Kingdom.

517 CY

  • Journals of drow wizard Eldarath Allythyr of Erelhei-Cinclu captured when he is killed by wizards of the Society of the Magivestre of Geoff. The journals describe a book called Vecna's Ineffable Variorum.

521 CY

  • The mage Thillion Dern of Bissel dies without an heir. The Nethertome of Iggwilv is found in his possession, where it is sold at auction to a mage named Gelvin Torlar.

524 CY

  • Elven mage thief Sylvanon Sunshimmer steal's Slerotin's Manifesto. It is soon stolen from him by another thief.

525 CY

  • Tenser born in the city of Fax.
  • A mine collapses near Diamond Lake, Cairn Hills. Over 300 miners die in the disaster.

526 CY

  • On Flocktime 5, Dyvers declares independence from Furyondy. King Thrommel II accepts.

527 CY

  • The Sand Battle in Zeif.

528 CY

  • The unscrupulous mage Ulavant leads an expedition to the Whispering Cairn.
  • Drawmij born.

529 CY

  • Last heir to the line of Iolavai marries into the Silverfox family.
  • Gelvin Torlar finally agrees to sell the Nethertome to an unknown buyer.

530 CY

  • Selim the Scoundrel becomes Sultan of Zeif.

531 CY

  • Anders Land, the father of Alastor Land, is born.

532 CY

  • The mage Shanadar Vantros of the Great Kingdom acquires Acererak's Libram.

533 CY

  • Internal conflict erupts within the Greyhawk Guild of Thieves, lasting nearly two years. The guild is weakened, allowing the Beggar's Union to rise in power.

534 CY

  • Bemissa Land, the father of Alastor Land, is born.
  • Bigby born approximately this year.
  • Warnes Starcoat born.

537 CY

  • Belvor IV assumes the throne of Furyondy.

538 CY

  • Nystul born.
  • Otto born.

541 CY

  • Jaran Krimeeah's travels take him to the Valley of the Mage.

546 CY

  • The mountain dwarf Obmi is enslaved by the fire giant king Snurre Ironbelly of the Hellfurnaces.

548 CY

  • Siege of Zirat.

549 CY

  • Jallarzi Sallavarian born.

550 CY

  • Two decades of conflict begin along the Ritensa River.
  • Coldaran Land, the sibling of Alastor Land, is born.

551 CY

  • Obmi is granted his freedom by king Snurre Ironbelly and continues to serve as an advisor to the fire giant king.

552 CY

  • Alastor Land is born.

553 CY

  • Alhamazad the Wise suffers a broken leg when exploring the Pinnacles of Azor'alq, and retires to the city of Zeif thereafter.

554 CY

  • Murad the Proud becomes Sultan of Zeif.

556 CY

  • Ivid V ascends to the Malachite Throne.
  • Monsters from the Hanging Glacier of Alisedran attack the Schnai barbarians, part of a regular 20-year cycle.

557 CY

  • Robilar begins his adventuring career.

557 CY

  • Prince Drax becomes Lord of Rel Astra.

560 CY

  • Following years of small-scale raids, savage humanoids begin to invade the Bone March. A full-scale invasion occurs the following year.

561 CY

  • Mordenkainen founds the adventuring group known as the Citadel of Eight. He is inspired by Zagig's Company of Seven.
  • Lord Robilar builds the Green Dragon Inn, funded by treasure looted from Castle Greyhawk. Ricard Damaris retires from adventuring to become its proprietor.
  • Orcs and gnolls emerge en masse from the Rakers and sweep across the Bone March.

562 CY

  • The Qolat Sisterhood sees a terrible vision. Thirty-six Flan dervish priests gather at the Plain of Spears and resurrect the god Vathris the Transfixed.
  • Adventurers accidentally release Fraz-Urb'luu from imprisonment beneath Castle Greyhawk.

563 CY

  • Bone March falls to humanoids.
  • Orcs from the Rakers invade Spinecastle. Marquis Clement was slain after a long siege.
  • Gertia Land, the sibling of Alastor Land, is born.

564 CY

  • King Trevlyan III of Keoland dies without an heir. Kimbertos Skotti, Duke of Grayhill, is elected to succeed him.
  • Latmac Ranold of Duxchan becomes the new prince of the Lordship of the Isles.
  • Jian Destron, son and sole hair of Szek Edward Destron of Onwall, is born around this year.

565 CY

  • Robilar and Yrag bring the child murderer Sir Bluto Sans Pite to justice. They are rewarded by the Free City of Greyhawk with noble titles.
  • The lands for ten miles around Ice Spire, an ancient keep on the Tusk Peninsula, are suddenly transformed into an icy wasteland. Ancient pre-Aerdi magic is suspected.
  • Alastor Land runs away from home but is killed while exploring the Whispering Cairn.

566 CY

  • The Rovers of the Barrens conduct a few lights raids into the edges of the Fellreev.
  • Herzog Chelor sends men to investigate Ice Spire. Two members of the expedition are driven insane, and the rest do not survive.

568 CY

  • A temple of evil establishes an army, raiding hill folk and gnomes.

569 CY

  • Battle of Emridy Meadows. Prince Thrommel of Furyondy leads an army to defeat a horde of evil. A temple devoted to evil is destroyed.
  • Stalman Klim leaves Suderham.

569 CY to 573 CY

  • Stalman Klim founds "The Nine" (the Slavelords).

570 CY

  • Keoish coastal town of Saltmarsh threatened by sahuagin.

570 CY

  • Two decades of skirmishing along the Ritensa River finally end.
  • A group of powerful adventurers including Mordenkainen, Robilar, Rigby, and Tenser attempt to slay Iuz, who is imprisoned beneath Castle Greyhawk. They accidentally free Iuz instead. Lord Robilar is run out of town.
  • After the accidental freeing, good-aligned troops raze Robilar's estate, driving the fighter into exile.
  • The skeptical Justinian becomes Duke of Urnst. His hostility toward organized religion sparks the Temple Coalition Revolt.
  • Drow exile Tysiln San becomes apprentice and lover of Jaran Krimeeah in the Valley of the Mage.

571 CY

  • In Fireseek, Mordenkainein founds the Circle of Eight. Its initial members are Bigby, Otto, Rary, Nystul, Drawmij, Bucknard, and two others.
  • Most churches withdraw from the Duchy of Urnst after the duke burns down the Temple of Zilchus for refusal to pay higher taxes. Duke Justinian's reign ends. He dies in battle later that year when no cleric will heal him.
  • Warnes Starcoat foils a plot by Nyrondese nobles against the County of Urnst. He is appointed to the Joint Courts of Urnst. (Return of the Eight p.59)
    A fire burns part of the Celadon Forest.
  • Theobald of the Greyhawk Beggar's Union attempts to seize power in the Free City of Greyhawk. In Harvester, the city's Guild of Thieves responds to the death of a member by crushing the Beggar's Union in a raid on its headquarters, in which Theobald is ousted. Peaceful co-operation between the Guild and the Union is restored.

572 CY

  • Karll succeeds his younger brother Justinian as Duke of Urnst. An archmage known as the Seer is expelled from court.
  • The Battle of Medegia is fought between the Sea Barons and the Lordship of the Isles. The Sea Barons are victorious.
  • This year, Mordenkainen meets Alhamazad the Wise during a crisis in Zeif, becoming strong allies. Alzahamad's traitorous apprentice flees.

573 CY

  • Scarlet Brotherhood first reported on the Tilvanot Peninsula.
  • Prince Thrommel of Furyondy/Provost of Veluna kidnapped.
  • Prince Jeon assumes the throne of the Sea Princes.
  • Bigby forced from his tower in Oldridge after the conflict with the two-headed lich Xaene.

574 CY

  • Tenser joins the Circle of Eight.
  • Warnes Starcoat rises to fame when he defeats the Weird, a creature terrorizing the Gnatmarsh.

575 CY

  • Circle of Eight quietly sponsors adventurers to sack Iggwilv's former headquarters in the Tsojcanth Caverns.

575 CY

  • Warnes Starcoat defeats the sorceress Weird of Gnatmarsh. He claims the legendary Starcoat from which he gains his current name.
  • Ratik defeats an army of humanoids.
  • The River of Blood murders is stopped after Robilar and Yrag confront Bluto Sans Pite. The two are ennobled soon after.

Recent Events

576 CY

  • The plague known as the Red Death sweeps across the Flanaess.
  • Guide to the World of Greyhawk completed by the Savant-Sage.
  • Leomund retires from the Circle of Eight and Otiluke replaces him.
  • 1,000 year anniversary of the founding of the Scarlet Brotherhood. Their millennialist faction, following the prophecies of the martyred heretic Huro, believes a miracle will occur which purifies and strengthens the Brotherhood.
  • Monsters from the Hanging Glacier of Alisedran attack the Schnai barbarians, part of a regular 20-year cycle.
  • Baron Grellus of Restonford assassinated.
  • Slavelords begin operations across the Flanaess.
  • Iggwilv reappears.
  • Expedition to Blackmoor by the Archmage Marinian of Willip is lost without a trace.
  • Pietain Morvannis arrives in Greyhawk, and begins making his name at "the Pit."
  • Duke Eyeh II of Tenh killed in the Battle of Rockegg Pass against Hold of Stonefist.
  • Battle of Loftwood, a combined Ratik/Fruztii force, destroys the humanoid forces under the Vile Rune orcs of the Bone March.

578 CY

  • Iuz lays siege to Eru-Tovar.
  • Bandit Kingdoms make forays into Tenh, the Pale, Nyrond, County of Urnst, parts of the Shield Land, and Furyondy.
  • Iuz’s forces take large portions of the Vesve.
  • A great rumbling was heard as the ground across the Flanaess shook.
  • Ivid V calls for a meeting of the dukes and barons.

579 CY

  • Invasion of the Shield Lands by the Horned Society and the Bandit Kingdoms.
  • Many great evils across the flanaess were cornered and destroyed by unknown perpetrators.

580 CY

  • Evil is found to be growing again in an area surrounding an ancient temple of evil.
  • The Shield Lands fall to the invaders. Shield Landers flee to Greyhawk during the conquest by Iuz.
  • The Scarlet Brotherhood moves in the shadows across the area, plotting and scheming.

581 CY

  • Jallarzi Sallavarian replaces Bucknard on the Circle of Eight.
  • Iuz conquers Horned Society during the Blood Moon Festival.

582 CY

  • Open war breaks out across the Flanaess, history will come to call this "The Greyhawk Wars."

583 CY

  • Queen Yolande of Celene declares neutrality of her realm, and imposes a strict isolationism.

583 CY

  • Ivid V is assassinated, but somehow returns to his iron-throne.
  • Keoish elves stop the advance of the Scarlet Brotherhood army in Dreadwood, and halts the attempted invasion of Gradsul.

584 CY

  • "The Day of the Great Signing" was to have ended three years of war that ravaged the Flanaess, the Greyhawk Wars had come to an end. Instead, the day ended in a great magical fire that destroyed the building where the event was to take place. Tensor and Otiluke, lay dead, a third, Bigby was badly wounded. Rary, a member of the Circle of Eight, and his co-conspirator, Lord Robilar, were nowhere to be found. Rary’s tower in Lopolla vanished also. Months later, the duo and the tower surfaced in the Bright Desert.
  • Ket allies with Iuz, and promptly attacks Bissel.
  • Giants and evil humanoid raid the Grand Duchy of Geoff, Sterich, and the Yeomanry. Geoff and Sterich are all conquered by the invaders.
  • Keoland, Gran March, the Ulek States and the Yeomanry enter into the "Treaty of Niole Dra", a mutual-defense pact and military alliance.

585 CY

  • Warnes Starcoat, Ahlhamazad the Wise, and Theodain Eriason become members of the Circle of Eight.
  • A great tide turns against evil, which becomes known as the "Flight of Fiends".

586 CY

  • The Great Kingdom comes to an effective end, as it splinters into two major states - the United Kingdom of Ahlissa and the North Kingdom of Aerd - and numerous minor states. Ivid V, the Overking, rules Rauxes as essentially a no-man's land.

589 CY

  • Forces from Keoland invade the Hold of Sea Princes and capture Westkeep.

591 CY

  • The "yellow-sails" of the revived Slavers begin to terrorize the waters of the central Flanaess.
  • Vecna escapes an imprisonment, he return to Oerth.

596 CY

  • Hand of Vecna surfaces in the central Flanaess.

597 CY

  • Iuz attempts to invade the Free City of Greyhawk through its dungeons, but is repelled.

598 CY

Thus it begins.