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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Minstrel Tales In Chendl After The Siege

In Chendl After The Siege

War came to Furyondy and found Chendl unprepared. A desperate confederation of knights and Highfolk bought the city time, but by the month of Reaping the orcs were at the gates and Chendl was besieged.

The swords of the orcs never reached most of the population, but the teeth and claws of hunger and despair were felt by all. Some fell, some in battle, many more to grief, but most resisted, and in resisting drew a hard strength that their enemies could not shatter or overcome.

During the slow night, shattering its iron darkness, the knight-commander used to say in a low voice: 'We will not give in. We are made of stone.'

But some within the city would say, 'the poisonous ring grows more narrow all the time, the enemy is still advancing; O city without hope or strength! The stones groan, the pavement-blocks gasp, those who perish lay down like soldiers in crowded graves.'

At last the enemy became exhausted; the clouded horizon cleared, and the burnt houses loomed black: they are dead that have not held out.

The knight-commander walks out among the streets and bridges and gazes at a little cloud, and the wind chills his eyes and lips. In a low voice he talks of what happened and what will happen. 'We have fought our way out of that long darkness and passed through a storm of fire. We are made of stone. No, we are stronger than stone: we are alive.'

From 'A Spring in Leningrad' by Margarita Aliger (with minor alterations for the Greyhawk campaign).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Minstrel Tales Throng to Owen's Call

After years of struggle and exile Grand Duke Owen of Geoff was able to finally gather enough soldiers and allies to begin the battle to retake Geoff from the invading giants and their monsterous cohorts. The bard, Silvertongue, wrote this song-poem which spread across the Flanaess and drew back Geoffites and their children, now grown adults themselves. So popular did this song-poem become that adventurers, mercenary bands and volunteers from many nations answered Owen's call and joined his growing army as it began the campaign as the marched on the ruined capital of Hochoch.

Throng to Owen's Call

Men! If manhood still ye claim
If the Geoff pulse can thrill.
Roused by wrong or stung by shame,
freely, strongly still;
Let your work forgotten lie;
Shut the mill-gate, leave the stall,
Fling the axe and hammer by;
Throng to Owen's call.

Wrongs which freemen never brooked,
Wounds which have not ever healed,
Which, like crouching griffons, looked
On your father's shield.
These your instant zeal demand,
Shaking with their earthquake-call
Every rood of Geoff land,
Hark to Owen's call.

From your travels near and far.
From your mountain-caverns cold,
Through whose pines and westering stars
Stoop their crowns of gold;
Come, and with your footsteps wake
Echoes from forgotten halls;
Once again for freedom's sake,
Heed Lord Owen's call.

Up, and tread beneath your feet
All that the enemy has won:
Let your hearts together beat
As the heart of one.
Up, your banner leads the van,
Let them dread their coming fall!
Finish what your sires began!
Throng to Owen's call!

(Loosely adapted from 'To Faneuil Hall' By Whittier)

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Thief in the Tome of Horrors - Aberrant

A Thief in the Tome of Horrors
(Or Converting this Monster of a Book to 1eAD&D)


Aberrant

Frequency: Rare
No. Appearing: 2-12
Armor Class: 4
Move: 12"
Hit Dice: 8
% in Lair: 50
Treasure Type: C
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/Attack: 2d8
Special Attacks: 1 (Thrown Object 1d10 dmg) Range 20/40/60 (To Hit +0/-1/-3)
Special Defenses: None
Magic Resistance: None
Intelligence: Low
Language: Debased Suel
Life Expectancy: 30 years (maturity age 12-14)
Size: 14 feet Tall - Extended Reach - These giant size creatures have an extended reach making it likely they can strike first against normal and small sized opponents.

Physical Appearance:
See Tome of Horrors Complete (S&W version) - Addition Description - Hair Brown or Black, Eye Color Same, Skin Color light brown to pale but normally grey or streaked with dirt.

Ecology:
Aberrants are a form of giant mutation developed after the great Suel/Bakluni war and the Rain of Colorless Fire. While often confused with Giants they are actually descended from human stock. In all respects such as what they can eat and how they breed and give birth they retain human characteristics.

Aberrant tribes will normally consist of 2-12 adult males, 3-18 adult females and 12-64 children. The men hunt and gather while the females do most of the work around the tribal dwelling. Adult females are consistent with the stats for adult males though with only 6HD on average and 1d10 damage from their attacks. Aberrant females will ferociously protect their young.

Females conceive about once per year and the infant mortality rate is about 50%. The leading cause of death for female Aberrants is childbirth.

Aberrants are extremely primitive. They build little though they do make use of cloth or hide for shelters and crude structures from the wrecks of wagons or buildings. These are extremely flimsy lean-to type structures that can be stripped down and taken with them in a few moments (mainly the cloth and rope or vines). Since most weapons and items they come across are not their size they mainly use crude clubs and stones for throwing. Occasional a human-sized sword may be found among them as a knife, but used more as a tool than a weapon.

World of Greyhawk Location:

Aberrants can be found along the hills and lower mountains circling the Sea of Dust as well as the Dry Steppes along the Sulhaut Mountains and the southern Crystalmists. They have been seen at the crux of the Jotens and the Crytsalmists at the birth of the Davish River, though not in great numbers and along the southern Jotens, the Crytsalmists and the Hellfurnaces in the Yeomanry. Sightings of Aberrants have been made in the Tors and along the arm of the Hellfurnaces as far as Hokar and as far south as the strip of land west of Jekla Bay and even where the Amedio Jungle runs against the Hellfurnaces in the far south.


Cyst Fist's Pass (Near the Hornwood - Geoff)

The trepidations of the Giants and their invasion of Sterich and Geoff shifted many a tribe and monster from their normal hunting grounds. Perhaps non-more so than Furgristle and his tribe of Aberrants forced north through the high mountains and down to the hills surrounding the embattled land of Geoff. Frost giants from the Jotens and tribes of Ogre's pushed these deformed and primitive creatures from their caves and now this small band raids through the forest of the Hornwood in preparation for the winter to come.

(See Tome of Horrors complete S&W version for the adventure hook)


Alfric watched the shaft fly true as it brought down the last of the deformed monsters. The two humans with him had feathered the giant creature with a half-dozen arrows already before it fell.

"Four..." said Oswin, a middle-aged man clad in mottled green and brown. He stood a foot taller than Alfric and pulled a longbow as big as the elf.

"The others appear to be out hunting," Alfric replied as he moved forward, another arrow nocked and ready.

The smell of roasting horseflesh was strong. Stronger even than the stink of unwashed bodies, the pile of refuse that stained the hillside and the rot of badly cured hides and decaying meat.

"Where has that little bastard gotten to?" asked Kellen, the third of their party. He was about the height of Aelfric but wide with broad shoulders and back. He'd slung his bow and drawn a long chopping sword, some type of falchion with a single-edge.

"I'm up here," cried a hushed voice high with panic. "Get me down!"

As the trio crested the hill they could see a large fire-pit and the carcase of a horse blackening on a spit above it. Nearby a tree stripped of most of its branches still held a single arm reaching out toward the fire and a crude wooden cage dangling about a dozen feet from the ground. Inside a peculiar little bird hopped about. Clad in the skin of an owl-bear a bruised and beaten halfling danced about pulling at the stout wooden bars.

"Hugh!" cried Aelfric. "How you managed to survive when the rest of those merchants ended up being eaten..."

"Those stupid giants. It was that owlbear hide," Hugh called back. "They think I'm some sort of birdman... I don't know, but they think it's funny. They'll be roasting me soon enough. Get me out of here!"

"What we need is a ladder," said Kellen.

Oswin looked from Aelfric to his blocky nephew. "You'll do," he said. "Get up on his shoulder Ael and see about cutting down our little bird."

"Make it quick! Make it quick!" Hugh chirruped. "There are a dozen more of those monsters around."

"Cut your squawking," grumbled Kellen, but up above him Aelfric went to work with haste on the vines that bound the cage together.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Battles of Greyhawk (Compiled circa 2003)

Battles of Greyhawk (Compiled circa 2003)

Inspired by Mortellan's post I culled all the references to Battles and Wars which I'd collected in my Encyclopedia Greyhawkania Index (last updated in 2003)

Almorian Campaign [BTL]
LGG - 124

Bad Deep [BTL]
FTAC - 43,47
LGJ#4 - 28
SLV - 17
TAB - 8

Baklunish-Suloise War [BTL]
FTAA - 3
FTAR#1
GA - 102
LGG - 32,110,154
LGJ#5 - 20
PGTG - 9
TAB - 14
WGG - 5
WG8 - 25,105
WGR4 - 3
WOGA - 8,9

Battle Beneath The Waves [BTL]
LGG - 138
LGJ#5 - 17,21

Battle of a Fortnights Length [BTL]
LGG - 14,23,77,110,112,185
LGJ#3 - 9
TAB - 57
WGG - 5
WOGA - 8,9

Battle of a Thousand Banners [BTL]
DRG#297 - 93
DRG#302 - 98
LGG - 57,77
LOG - 8,10,17,33,34,74,92,97,112
WGG - 13
WOGA - 30

Battle of Bloody Ridge [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 28

Battle of Bloody Tears [BTL]
TSB - 44

Battle of Elredd
SEE Elredd, Battle of

Battle of Emridy Meadows [BTL]
SEE Emridy Meadows, Battle of

Battle of Jetsom Island [BTL]
SEE Jetsom Island, Battle of

Battle of Lost Hope [BTL]
WGR2 - 51

Battle of Opicm River {Battle of the Opicm River}[BTL]
WGG - 14
WOGA - 33

Battle of the Great Gate [BTL]
DG - 79,83

Battle of the Shamblefield [BTL]
SEE Shamblefield, Battle of the

Blackwater Bend, Battle of (Black Water)[BTL]
DRG#56 - 19
LGG - 134

Blazebane, Battle of [BTL]
IVID

Blood War [BTL]
RTO8 - 10,56
WGR5 - 16,91,92

Brewfest Rebellion [CAL][BTL]
DRG#293 - 93
DRG#299 - 99,100
DRG#302 - 99
LOG - 21,25,26,32,34,40,45,58,59,63,65,68,69,77,88,107
ONW1-01 - 2

Cairn Hills, Great Barrows [BTL]
TAB:AM - 4,12

Celene Pass, Battle of [BTL]
FTAA - 76
FTAC - 77,87
GW:ADV - 18

Ceshra, Purge of [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 21

Chokestone, Battle of [BTL]
IVID

Critwall Bridge, Battle of [BTL]
FTAA - 6
GW:ADV - 10
LGJ#0 - 6

Crockport, Battle of [BTL]
FTAC - 71

Csipros Erd (Geysers of Death)[BTL]
GA - 3,97,98

Duxchan Wars [BTL]
LGG - 74

Eight-House War [BTL]
DRG#241 - 47

Elredd, Battle of [BTL]
SLV - 122

Emridy Meadows, Battle of [BTL]
ATG - 80
DRG#268 - 71
LGG - 15,132
LGJ#0 - 5
RT1-4 - 5,7,13,120
WGG - 5,6
WOGA - 9,11

Ettins Mound [BTL]
DRG#208 - 48,52
IVID

Gahrus Folly [BTL]
DRG#63 - 17

Ganode Bay, Battle of [BTL]
LGG - 71

Goblin War [BTL]
DRG#253 - 45

Golden League, War of the [BTL]
DRG#302 - 99
LGG - 148,149
LOG - 11,95

Gorna, Battle of [BTL]
LGG - 48,146
LGJ#1 - 14
LGJ#3 - 25
LGJ#4 - 29

Grabford, Battle of [BTL]
LGG - 47

Great Almorian Raid [BTL]
GW:ADV - 19

Great Barrows, The [BTL]
DRG#195 - 95
FTAC - 29
TAB - 8
TAB:AM - 4

Great Northern Crusade [BTL]
LGG - 16,46,47,59,61,62,103,105,130,132,158
LGJ#1 - 29,30
PGTG - 12,27
SLV - 41,105
TAB - 20,21,23,36,83,89,109,110,117,119,122

Great War [BTL]
TSB - 2


Greyhawk Wars [BTL]
ATG - 63
DRG#195 - 94,96
DRG#204 - 53
DRG#206 - 35
DRG#225 - 50,52
DRG#230 - 8
DRG#233 - 92
DRG#241 - 44,76,80
DRG#245 - 73
DRG#256 - 51
DRG#262 - 38
DRG#263 - 47,49
DRG#268 - 70
DRG#269 - 65
DRG#270 - 60,76
DRG#281 - 39
DRG#291 - 95
DRG#293 - 92,93,94
DRG#294 - 93,95
DRG#297 - 92
DRG#298 - 84,86
DRG#300 - 89,92
DRG#301 - 89
DRG#302 - 99
DRG#AN3 - 21,22
DRG#AN4 - 20
DUN#41 - 46
DUN#53 - 35
DUN#73 - 58
FAT - 3,7
FTAA - 2,6,9,17,19,20,25,27,28,33,35-44,46,47,50,
51,54,55,57-59,82-85,89
FTAC - 3-5,8,9,11,13,17,40,41,47,49
FTAR#1
FTAR#2
IVID
LGG - 15,24,25,29,30,35,40,42,44,46,47,52,53,55,58,59
62,66,67,69,72,74,75,78,80,82,86,87,88,92,93,95,96,98
100,101,106,109,112,113,115,117,118,119,123,124,126
127,128,130,132,134,138,140,141,147,148,149,156,158
159,160,173
LGJ#0 - 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
LGJ#1 - 14,17,26,28,30
LGJ#2 - 8,29
LGJ#3 - 27,30
LGJ#4 - 4,9,29,31
LGJ#5 - 29
LOG - Dis,6,8,12,15,29,30,33,34,35,36,37,38,44,55,56,62,64
74,75,84,89,93,94,95,96,97,98,105,106,109,110,112
ONW1-01 - 13
ONW1-02 - 6,11
ONW1-03 - 4
PGTG - 4-6,10-12,16,21,23-28,30,38,48,55
POLY#129 - 39
RTO8 - 2,3,20,47,58,59
SLV - 6,32,38,48,61,79,105,120,122
TAB - 1-6,8,15,17,19,25,27-31,33,38,40,43,47,54,62
65,68-70,72,73,76,80,85,88,89,94,99,101,105,108
110,113-119,122,127
TD - 16
TSB - 5,12,17,34,83
WGM1 - 2,24
WGR4 - 2,9,10,58,90
WGR5 - 2,6,7,42,66,76,96
WGR6 - 10,62

Hateful Wars [BTL]
DRG#167 - 11
DRG#262 - 38
FTAA - 40,41,56,58
GA - 101
GW:ADV - 15
LGG - 40,66,88,117,118,121,146
LGJ#1 - 26
LOG - 11
SLV - 89,99,120,121
TAB - 19,59,60,69,119
WG8 - 25
WGG - 14
WGQ1 - 2,10,12
WOGA - 31

Hilly Pastures [PLC][BTL]
WGG - 14
WOGA - 32

Invoked Devastation [BTL]
AOE - 83
C2 - 2
DMG1 - 156
DRG#225 - 49,50
DRG#263 - 48
DRG#294 - 92
DRG#299 - 101
FTAA - 3,25,44,61,62,66
FTAC - 29
FTAR#1
GA - 89,98,99
LGG - 3,5,9,13,68,83,94,122,136,154,155,165
LGJ#5 - 17,20
MMII - 75
PGTG - 9,14,36
SOD - 152
SOOC - 71
TSC - 38
WG8 - 25
WGA4 - 47,60
WGG - 5,9,21
WGR2 - 24
WGR5 - 63
WOGA - 8,9,21,60

Irongate, Siege of [BTL]
LOG - 8,17

Jetsom Island, Battle of [BTL]
FTAA - 36
LGG - 101
LGJ#4 - 17
WGG - 15
WOGA - 34

Karndreds Meadows [BTL]
WGR4 - 58

Loftwood, Battle of [BTL]
DRG#57 - 15

Medegia, Battle of [BTL]
LGG - 71,100
WGG - 12
WOGA - 28,32

Merchants War [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 21

Opicum River {Opicm}, Battle of [BTL]
LGG - 95,151

Orcslayer Battlefield (Safeton)[BTL]
TAB:AM - 6

Padyr, Fields of [BTL]
TSB - 2

Plain of Spears [BTL]
LGJ#3 - 15
WGR3 - 28

Rain of Colorless Fire (Invisible Firestorm)[BTL]
C2 - 2
DRG#230 - 12,13,14,16
DRG#241 - 40,43,52,79,95
DRG#256 - 46,47
DRG#263 - 48,51
DRG#294 - 92
DUN#70 - 76
DUN#77 - 55
FTAA - 3,62
FTAR#1
GA - 90
LGG - 5,8,12-14,54,64,68,94,142,155,162,187
LGJ#4 - 8,12,16
LOG - 41,57
PGTG - 7,9,14,15,36,37
POLY#101 - 31
SOD - 129,132,224,234,239
TAB - 55
TD - 33
TSB - 2,3,12,15,36,47,63,76
TSC - 38
WG8 - 105
WGG - 5,8
WGR2 - 24
WOGA - 8,9,16
WOGG - 27

Red Gnoll Clashes [BTL]
DRG#291 - 95

Redspan, Battle of [BTL]
LGG - 113

Riechsvale, Battle of [BTL]
WGQ1 - 12

Rieuwood, Battle of [BTL]
GW:ADV - 14

Safeton, Battle of [BTL]
TAB - 82

Sand Battle [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 21

Shamblefield, Battle of (Caldni Virs Charge)[BTL]
DRG#290 - 100
DRG#293 -
LGG - 36
WGG - 9,10
WOGA - 20,21

Slaughter of the Sea People [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 21

Small War (Short War)[BTL]
FTAA - 4,26,29,43
FTAR#1
LGG - 32,48,50,65,130,132
LGJ#1 - 16,19
WGG - 9,10,12,18
WGR4 - 3,10
WOGA - 19,23,27,41

Steelbone Meadows [PLC][BTL]
DRG#AN4 - 21
LGG - 25,26,27,30,31
WGR5 - 48,49,59

Stornawane [CTL][BTL][TWN]
WGR5 - 66

Tolran Hill, Battle for [BTL]
WGR5 - 67

Tremnos, Battle of [BTL]
WGR2 - 24

Troll War [BTL]
N1 - 6

Turmoil Between Crowns [BTL]
DRG#302 - 98
GA - 95
GW:ADV - 4
IVID
LGG - 13,24,36,56,71,77,80,90,92,93
LOG - 8,35
PGTG - 10
SLV - 32
TAB - 12,18,102
WGG - 5,6
WOGA - 9,10

Twin Cataclysms [BTL]
DRG#293 - 90
DRG#294 - 92
LGG - 8,13,22,98,110,125,129,135
LGJ#1 - 8,11,15,23
LGJ#3 - 15
LGJ#4 - 11
LOG - 8,39,40
TSB - 63
SEE ALSO Invoked Devastation
SEE ALSO Rain of Colorless Fire

Uniting War [BTL]
DRG#241 - 42
DRG#298 - 79
TD - 2,31,33
WGA3 - 60

War Against The Imperial Pretenders [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 13

Westkeep, Siege of [BTL]
LGG - 65,101
LGJ#1 - 14,16,18
WGG - 12
WOGA - 28

Zirat, Siege of [BTL]
LGJ#5 - 21