The Sundering of Oerik ~ A Greyhawk Campaign
The Kingdoms, Territories and Points of Interest of Greyhawk
As The Free City of Greyhawk is the de facto center of Oerik all directions given are in relation to that city.
The Free City of Greyhawk
Population: 75,000+ (including the city and its immediately surrounding lands)
Ruler: Lord Mayor, Nerof Gasgol
Being one of the first settlements founded after the great exodus from the west, the city of Greyhawk is one of the oldest, its records dating back more than a thousand years. Constructed on the shores of the Dagger river, Greyhawk began as a small trading post and quickly grew to become one of the most powerful in the region. As the reach of Greyhawk extended, the descendants of its founder forged an alliance, by marriage, to the powerful Hardby family who controlled a flourishing city on the shores of the Wooly Bay to the south. The Hardby’s were a family with a long tradition of wizardly and sorcerous scions rumored to be descended from the rulers of the ancient and long gone Suloise empire. Whether such speculation is true or not, the alliance created a line of powerful magic users who commanded great respect from citizens and rivals alike.
Before long however, even the powerful empire of Greyhawk succumbed to the conquering forces of the Great Kingdom. The Aerdian monarchs bent the rulers of the city to their will, forcing them to swear fealty.
The city continued to grow and prosper despite the rule of the Great Kingdom. The family’s line ended however with the rule of Zagig Yragerne. Zagig was a powerful archmage and though many thought of him as exceedingly eccentric and deranged, the city flourished under his rule, despite the fact that he rarely ever revealed himself to his subjects. Circa 375 CY, a sprawling and unusually designed fortress known as Castle Greyhawk, its construction commissioned by Zagig, was completed. It was built around his families’ ancestral home and it is rumored that the archmage used powerful magics to construct various portions of the castle. Circa 440 CY, as Zagig was approaching his 107th birthday(though, to look at him, one wouldn’t guess he was a day over forty), a great, shadowy mist suddenly poured from the castle gates to shroud the city in darkness. Strange monsters materialized from the mists and wrought havoc across the city. Eventually, the creatures were destroyed or driven back to whatever realm they hailed from. An investigation of Castle Greyhawk revealed that a powerful and terrible curse was upon the place. Magical wards were put into place and the fortress guarded day and night. Zagig Yragerne was never seen or heard from again and his fate is unknown. To this day the castle is an abandoned ruin and no one is allowed to enter it. The Hardby family was barred from assuming control of, or even entering, the city from that day forth. A council of leaders, culled from the various factions that hold sway over the city, was formed to rule it.
The city recovered and flourished as it always has in times of trouble. In 498 CY, with the decline of the Aerdian rule of the Great Kingdom, Greyhawk was able to declare its independence and became a free city.