The Sundering of Oerik ~ A Greyhawk Campaign
The History of Greyhawk
In the most ancient days, before the continent of Oerik or the world of Oerth were given their names, the great human empires of Suloise and Baklunish held sway over the civilized world. Some sages claim that these ancient people commanded knowledge, magic and technology unimaginable to the people of the present. And that they could not help but use these gifts and tools for war and domination. Small tribes, engulfed in all this strife, chose to leave their homes and migrated to the north-east. Many perished as they left the lands they knew for different climes and encountered unimagined(and unwelcoming) new races and peoples. A few stalwart tribes survived however and spread beyond the Crystalmist and Hellfurnace mountains to every corner of the continent. These tribes included the Oeridians, the Suel, the Baklunish refugees and the Flan.
Their choice to leave was not made too soon, as the wars of their homeland culminated in a great calamity, brought upon by a dark magic, that reduced the entire empire to cinders. To this day the entire region is known as the Sea of Dust. Some say that the ruins of great cities still exist and that great treasures and knowledge could be brought back. Others say that the fallout of the magic that destroyed the ancient people created hideous monstrosities that make traveling the Sea of Dust a suicidal fool’s errand. Only the tall mountains surrounding the region keep the abominations from crossing into civilized lands.
The humans spread and multiplied their numbers. The ancient elf and dwarf natives of the region could not stem the tide and became ever more insular, retreating into their forests and mountains. The orcs, goblins, bugbears and other barbaric and savage races of the region took more offense at the arrival of humanity to their lands and brought their wars and pillaging to the new upstarts. Humanity proved stalwart however and drove all obstacles before them.
The Aerdi, of the Oeridian tribes, was the most ambitious and ruthless of migrants to this new land. They conquered and claimed more territory than any other and their empire soon became known as the Great Kingdom. For nearly a thousand years the Aerdi ruled, though their kingdom had eventually spread too far and thin. But, their influence over the culture and politics of the continent was immense and irreversible. The land became known as Oerik and even the entirety of the known world was referred to as Oerth, in honor of the ancient tribe. Eventually, the rulers of the Great Kingdom became complacent, corrupt and decadent, forgetting the iron will and ruthless ambition of their predecessors. Internal feuding, backstabbing and inevitable civil war brought the kingdom to its knees. Finally, the royal Aerdi bloodline was ended with the assassination of the last Overking and the Great Kingdom has dissolved into a handful of warring empires and pretenders who would see the Great Kingdom rise again. In the shambles and confusion a new evil has arisen.