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      Topic: T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil Refresh
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:08 am   Subject: T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil Refresh
    As I have gone about rebooting T1-4 the biggest question for me has been: “What measurable advantage do the bad guys get from spending all these resources making the TEE, Orb of Golden Death, and the ...
      Topic: Breeds and Varieties of Animals
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:06 pm   Subject: Breeds and Varieties of Animals
    Thanks for the replies, how about some homebrew?

    Dirawaen Softgait
    These palfreys were bred to take advantage of the arcane roads for which they are named. Softgait refers to the peculiar gait of ...
      Topic: Breeds and Varieties of Animals
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:12 am   Subject: Breeds and Varieties of Animals
    What are the noteworthy breeds of domesticated animals in the Flanaess that have been mentioned in published sources?

    I am trying to flesh out mundane animals for a little more flavor to my campaig ...
      Topic: Acceptable Anomalies?
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    Replies: 19
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:02 am   Subject: Acceptable Anomalies?
    In summary, I guess my technique in dealing with anomalies is to rename the object or thing if I can. That way I can fudge, and have the thing not perform just like its real-world counterpart – if I ...
      Topic: Greyhawk Wiki is back, now in its permanent home
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    PostForum: Canonfire! & GreyTalk Help and Feedback   Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:24 pm   Subject: Greyhawk Wiki is back, now in its permanent home
    Thanks to all involved.
      Topic: Dorakaa Map
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:46 pm   Subject: Dorakaa Map
    In the better late than never department:

    Thank you, that map is great!
      Topic: sacrifices
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:35 am   Subject: sacrifices
    Do we have any canonical description of what happens to the souls/spirits of those sacrificed, and what if any consequence this can have?

    One of the notions has been that the soul of the sacrificed ...
      Topic: Alchemists, Herbalists, Apothecaries
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:15 pm   Subject: Alchemists, Herbalists, Apothecaries
    Thank you for the replies, these are most helpful.
      Topic: Alchemists, Herbalists, Apothecaries
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:05 am   Subject: Alchemists, Herbalists, Apothecaries
    Who are the noteworthy alchemists, herbalists and apothecaries of the the Flanaess and Oerth? Are there any dedicated organizations?

    I recall in the City of Greyhawk boxed set that the city has ...
      Topic: Greyhawk Wiki
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    Replies: 40
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:56 am   Subject: Greyhawk Wiki
    Many thanks to all those that make the wiki and have restored it to glory!
      Topic: Anazander
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:35 pm   Subject: Anazander
    If I read your variation correctly, Asmodeus wants the Torch because it incorporates the Vallis Crystal, and he wants the Vallis Crystal so he may corrupt the world held therein.

    Might you want a ...
      Topic: What or who could kill the entire Circle of Eight?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:26 am   Subject: What or who could kill the entire Circle of Eight?
    SPOILER ALERT!

    The DM can kill the Circle of Eight as a matter of plot. It has already been done. See the 2nd ed adventure Vecna Lives.
      Topic: Johydee and Arnd of Tdon
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:13 am   Subject: Johydee and Arnd of Tdon
    When it comes to the creation of the Coat of Arnd, I keep thinking of meersalm (spelling?), the material related to invulnerability and Heironeous, having some sort of role.

    Perhaps the potency o ...
      Topic: Johydee and Arnd of Tdon
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:16 am   Subject: Johydee and Arnd of Tdon
    Both are clearly ancient Oeridians. But Johydee is specifically identified as an Aerdi tribe member. For Arnd tribal affiliation seems to be unknown. If - big if - they are contemporaries, might Ar ...
      Topic: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:19 am   Subject: Sailing And Travel In Winter?
    A further elaboration about what was said regarding sled travel in winter. Frozen over rivers often become roads for the sleds, as the frozen surface is naturally level.

    Also I think there was s ...
      Topic: Weapons by Country?
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:18 am   Subject: Weapons by Country?
    The executioner's mace is an exotic weapon associated with Kyuss, his worshipers, and by inference, the ancient Flan nation of Sulm, from which Kyuss was driven.
      Topic: New Wizard Group: The Pentad
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:55 am   Subject: New Wizard Group: The Pentad
    Nice! And the alignments of the members perhaps gives a tendency to chaotic and good which gives it a bit of distinction.
      Topic: Famous religious figures of Oerth
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 7:34 am   Subject: Famous religious figures of Oerth
    Emasstus Carcosa, Patriarch of Pholtus in Rauxes (Ivid the Undying, page 5, and a Dragon Magazine News From the Flanaess article)
    Cleric of Pholtus (not the Pale branch) who pronounced heresy upon th ...
      Topic: Famous religious figures of Oerth
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 6:23 am   Subject: Famous religious figures of Oerth
    I am assuming you do not want a recitation of mortals who became divine. (Though I did see Daoud on the list, and he has been identified as a deity.) Otherwise, Joyhdee, Daern, Vecna, Kyuss and many ...
      Topic: Seeking Social Interaction Adventures
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:23 am   Subject: Seeking Social Interaction Adventures
    Star Trek, original series, season 2, Journey to Babel (just watched it last night):

    Negotiations about which faction should have rights to mineral resources at a particular location are convened. ...
      Topic: Easan the Mad
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:35 am   Subject: Easan the Mad
    The Vesve was only briefly covered in Marklands and its nice to have a background narrative that connects the various groups and NPCs mentioned there. It is also a great explanation why the elves mig ...
      Topic: Tharizdun's Nature
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:33 am   Subject: Tharizdun's Nature
    For my purposes, Tharizdun is the end of the story - every possible story, that I or the players could tell. That is in some ways its dogma:

    "The very threads of existence must be torn asunder, ...
      Topic: The God Pact
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:35 am   Subject: The God Pact
    The number of quasi- and hero-deities native and possibly still residing in the Flanaess seems to beg for some rationale for their restraint.

    Maybe the next question is "What are the events and cir ...
      Topic: A history of the elves of Oerth
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:11 am   Subject: A history of the elves of Oerth
    Excellent work and major task to connect all those sources. Well done.

    (I just wish Erenira hadn't been invented in 4th ed. Erelhei-Cinlu is a surface city plopped into an immense cavern - a cave ...
      Topic: How often are there divine changes in GH canon?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:28 am   Subject: How often are there divine changes in GH canon?
    For major change I was thinking the Twin Cataclysms and the ramifications for the Suloise deities. So about once a millennium.

    Lesser changes, such as you listed, and also perhaps the appearance ...
      Topic: Merry Christmas
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:00 am   Subject: Merry Christmas
    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
      Topic: True Neutral, The Balance, and GH
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:18 pm   Subject: True Neutral, The Balance, and GH
    I think your distinction of the actively "True Neutral" and the neutrality of those who just don't really care is pretty accurate.

    As you have pointed out, True Neutral could be rare - druids, the ...
      Topic: Campaign Idea: War Between Arcane and Divine Magic
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:16 pm   Subject: Campaign Idea: War Between Arcane and Divine Magic
    Perhaps its the very presence of magic on Oerth that fuels, forms and maintains the prison in which Tharizdun is imprisoned. Perhaps the Oerth Stone in Castle Greyhawk serves as a conduit to the pris ...
      Topic: High Level NPCs
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:47 am   Subject: High Level NPCs
    CombatMedic

    As my post indicated the Circle of Eight was used only as an example of a group of high level individuals who might get involved in a crises (for any number of reasons as you indicated ...
      Topic: High Level NPCs
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:42 am   Subject: High Level NPCs
    One last thought.

    If you are using 3.x/Pathfinder rules, consider using the E6 or Epic 6 house rule. Simply put nobody advances beyond 6th level - they just get more feats as they gain experience. ...
      Topic: High Level NPCs
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:17 am   Subject: High Level NPCs
    For me, the challenge of high level NPCs is coming up with a consistent explanation about why such powerful people are leaving it to the PCs to solve the crises of the moment (i.e., the adventure).
    ...
      Topic: Suss Sidetreks
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:51 am   Subject: Suss Sidetreks
    By side trek, I take it to mean an incidental event that occurs while the party is pursuing its primary objective.

    I mention that because just getting to the Suss can be a main adventure after the ...
      Topic: Changing PC Alignment
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:30 am   Subject: Changing PC Alignment
    As some have already mentioned, its enough to indicate to the player that the action taken and motivation behind it was evil. Because alignment is subjective and ultimately a matter of DM opinion and ...
      Topic: Stonehold and Garel Enkdal
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:00 am   Subject: Stonehold and Garel Enkdal
    The one feature of Garel Enkdal that stands out to me is the Blackwell. Expanding its role and significance to the faithful of Gruumsh could provide an explanation for the great size of that city. P ...
      Topic: Chaotic Neutral alignment question
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:09 am   Subject: Chaotic Neutral alignment question
    Bronn, the mercenary companion to Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones is, to me anyways, a more recent example of Chaotic Neutral. He seems to be an excellent chaotic neutral adventurer example.

    M ...
      Topic: The Religion of Tenser
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:29 am   Subject: The Religion of Tenser
    In what has been published, it appears to me that he prioritizes law over good, perhaps just a bit. (I'm thinking references to the words on the doors or throne room at the Fortress of Nyr Dyv in Retu ...
      Topic: Clerics, Celibacy, Marriage & Divorce
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:55 am   Subject: Clerics, Celibacy, Marriage & Divorce
    Marriage and priests of Zilchus! I think there could be a lot of fun, and a decent adventure, arising out the negotiations and prenup agreement for a marriage involving a priest of Zilchus.
      Topic: Community project! Replacing real world-ish names
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:44 am   Subject: Community project! Replacing real world-ish names
    Your basic point is right on the mark. The labels for locations and objects can often carry too much real world baggage and restrict development of the fictional environment. But for many, Greyhawk ...
      Topic: Destroying Iuz
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:15 am   Subject: Destroying Iuz
    One more issue to consider is just how big of an impact the PC's will have, even before confronting Iuz?

    If they are indeed powerful enough to confront a demi-god (who is stronger than the various ...
      Topic: Maure Castle for higher level PCs
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:28 am   Subject: Maure Castle for higher level PCs
    Related to your idea of sealing the party into the dungeon is whether or not the party should be able to summon others to aid them (summon spells, but more especially planar binding/planar ally). How ...
      Topic: Sanitation in Greyhawk? (Warning: Possibly gross content)
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:46 pm   Subject: Sanitation in Greyhawk? (Warning: Possibly gross content)
    How much of a role would magic play in regards to sanitation? In 1st, 2nd and 3rd ed., the prestidigitation cantrip exists, and can resolve a great many issues, and is still low-powered magic.

    M ...
      Topic: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 3.0e/3.5e/d20/Pathfinder   Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:07 am   Subject: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
    You are correct in your observation that 3.x/Pathfinder decreases the special nature of magic items, bringing them down to the level of "magical gear." They are easy come - easy go, as the rules have ...
      Topic: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 3.0e/3.5e/d20/Pathfinder   Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:26 am   Subject: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
    Thieves do choose easy marks, but also marks that are worth their time. The 16th level thief NPC (rogue or whatever his class) isn't going to waste time picking the pockets of the local blacksmith (u ...
      Topic: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 3.0e/3.5e/d20/Pathfinder   Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:36 am   Subject: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
    1) Targeting the party for a theft (admittedly not very often) is not being "that DM." If it is, then may I ask how you get the players to take the threat of being targeted for larceny seriously in ...
      Topic: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 3.0e/3.5e/d20/Pathfinder   Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:04 am   Subject: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
    I don't think its being "that DM" when 1) sunder is a creature's "thing" as indicated by the feats, size and strength score in its published description - giants being a perfect example 2) its the par ...
      Topic: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 3.0e/3.5e/d20/Pathfinder   Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:03 am   Subject: Pathfinder Magic Item Creation System....Some Thoughts
    I offer the following as another possible solution.

    My group took the opposite direction. After years of playing 3.5 as if it was 1st or 2nd ed., which we had all played, we started discovering 3. ...
      Topic: Why is Iuz a Cleric/Priest?
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:06 am   Subject: Why is Iuz a Cleric/Priest?
    rasgon,

    Thank you for the answer to my question and reminding me of the spell level limitations linked to a deity's status - a notion I had completely forgotten about, but which can be a significan ...
      Topic: Why is Iuz a Cleric/Priest?
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:07 pm   Subject: Why is Iuz a Cleric/Priest?
    Could not dedication to a philosophy be a sufficient devotion for a cleric in 1st ed? Did he need a patron deity to grant spells? I just can't remember 1st ed. rules on that.

    Iuz certainly has ma ...
      Topic: Tsololandril and Geoff: suggestions solicited
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:48 am   Subject: Tsololandril and Geoff: suggestions solicited
    Correction - Erivatius is a demi-god of inertia, not entropy. So just tweek him accordingly.
      Topic: Tsololandril and Geoff: suggestions solicited
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:05 pm   Subject: Tsololandril and Geoff: suggestions solicited
    You are welcome.

    Its my recollection that in the Quicksilver Hourglass, Erivatius is from another epoch, unknown, and a blank slate. Have some fun. If you do link to Tharizdun - who is often used ...
      Topic: Tsololandril and Geoff: suggestions solicited
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:59 am   Subject: Tsololandril and Geoff: suggestions solicited
    This is Greyhawk, when in doubt, blame it all on Tharizdun, his aliases, and minions.

    SPOILERS BELOW - A LOT!

    You mentioned the Quicksilver Hourglass as an adventure to be used, and at suggeste ...
      Topic: Why the Gem of the Flanaess?
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:43 am   Subject: Why the Gem of the Flanaess?
    World of Soull: Located in the very midst of northern barbarian society. Feuding fellow barbarians, passes in the Corusk Mountains to hold, monsters of Grendep Bay, raiding the degenerates of a fall ...
      Topic: The Lake of Unknown Depths
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:38 am   Subject: The Lake of Unknown Depths
    Essentially yes,

    Wind Dukes are natives of the elemental plane of Air, spyder-fiends (Queen of Chaos' principle servants) natives of the Abyss. They possibly make appearances (in the course of run ...
      Topic: The Lake of Unknown Depths
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:07 am   Subject: The Lake of Unknown Depths
    Anced Math,

    If referring to my post, ruins could be those of either side of the Law-Chaos conflict. Indications from the Age of Worms sources suggest that the Wind Dukes had a multi-world empire. ...
      Topic: The Lake of Unknown Depths
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:19 am   Subject: The Lake of Unknown Depths
    rasgon,

    Excellent. Great connection with the Earth Stone.

    Which begs a question related to the great depths of Nyr Dyv?

    Where those who settled the Isles of Woe initially motivated by a de ...
      Topic: The Lake of Unknown Depths
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:33 pm   Subject: The Lake of Unknown Depths
    Perhaps the Battle of Pesh occurred on an even greater scale than thought. The various elemental forces were represented, especially if you utilize the Dungeon Magazine Age of Worms references (trace ...
      Topic: King Snurre's precious pets...
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 3.0e/3.5e/d20/Pathfinder   Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:42 am   Subject: King Snurre's precious pets...
    Like it. The Hill Giants had their kennel of dire wolves, the Frost Giant Jarl had his polar bear, and now you have given Snurre a worthy pet of his own.
      Topic: Erythnul and the Pomarj
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:04 am   Subject: Erythnul and the Pomarj
    A little on the role of Ravagers of Erythnul:

    Erythnul always struck me as perhaps a reaction to the significant presence of lawful deities among the Oeridians. In a tightly ruled society people w ...
      Topic: Get Anna Meyer an ENnie!
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:59 am   Subject: Get Anna Meyer an ENnie!
    Voted -

    I have to say Anna's maps have been a huge help.
      Topic: Sotillion cheating on Zilchus with Olidammara?
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:04 am   Subject: Sotillion cheating on Zilchus with Olidammara?
    Kurell and Joramy, and their respective priesthoods, might be more than willing to meddle from the sidelines and aggravate any consequences of such an affair.
      Topic: Your thoughts on D&D 5E
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    PostForum: Greyhawk- D&D 5th Edition   Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:17 pm   Subject: Your thoughts on D&D 5E
    Have read the Basic pdf, yet not played it. It is "D&D" for me. Mostly because the magic system. Still looking it over, but I am encouraged.
      Topic: Keep on the Borderlands and TOEE tie-in
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:20 am   Subject: Keep on the Borderlands and TOEE tie-in
    The Caves of Chaos in Keep on the Borderlands has the cave with the evil priests and undead – forgot which lettered cave it is. This is the logical point for all the clues leading to Hommlet as well ...
      Topic: Oeridian vs. Suel religions
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:40 am   Subject: Oeridian vs. Suel religions
    Thank you for pointing out those thought provoking distinctions between those two pantheons.

    Perhaps expand your second and fourth points regarding the Suel deities, and their familial relationship ...
      Topic: On the generations of the gods
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:27 am   Subject: On the generations of the gods
    Enjoyed it.

    I've always had difficulty trying to figure out what to do with Titans. There are all manner of good sources on where demons, devils, archons, etc., fit in the multiverse, but not mu ...
      Topic: Sandworms and the Suel
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 7
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:02 am   Subject: Sandworms and the Suel
    If the Rain of Colorless Fire created the Sea of Dust, perhaps it is the actions of worms ("dust" worms, "sand" worms, etc.) that keeps it a Sea of Dust, preventing the return of plant life, etc. Thi ...
      Topic: Armors of the Flanaess
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 11:16 am   Subject: Armors of the Flanaess
    Just a question.

    In the real world, full plate armors showed up in the fifteenth to sixteenth century AD, depending on what you mean by "full plate." Or about five thousand years after the beginnin ...
      Topic: Real World Coinage Equivalents
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:17 pm   Subject: Real World Coinage Equivalents
    In 3rd ed., a silver piece was indicated to be the daily wage for unskilled labor. A silver piece is also the daily wage for the linkboy in the previous editions - a relatively unskilled occupation. ...
      Topic: Population and Power Scales in Greyhawk
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:41 am   Subject: Population and Power Scales in Greyhawk
    I agree with your observation that the depiction of political borders creates a false sense of a political entity's exclusive power or dominance in that region. (Its wonderful that Anna Meyer's maps ...
      Topic: The Days of the Week
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:11 am   Subject: The Days of the Week
    Perhaps a change of course, perhaps not.

    Maybe the naming of the first three days is based upon the type of light they give, not the particular celestial body (why its not moonsday and starsday). ...
      Topic: The Days of the Week
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 32
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:49 am   Subject: The Days of the Week
    Do we necessarily have to equate the day of rest to the day of worship with respect to Greyhawk religions?

    Perhaps Godsday is a very active, and productive day - just doing the work related to on ...
      Topic: The Days of the Week
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:36 am   Subject: The Days of the Week
    Perhaps "Moonday" was previous, and more formally might still be, called "Moonsday." The "s" having been dropped in the latter Common Tongue or in day to day conversation and use.

    In keeping with ...
      Topic: Question #6
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:54 am   Subject: Question #6
    Richfest - two full moons, super lycanthropy day! For its annual role as an adventure hook.

    (Though in real life I like the autumn - and a beer)
      Topic: Infectious diseases of Oerth
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 23
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:05 pm   Subject: Infectious diseases of Oerth
    Despite using 3rd ed., I do like referring to the 1st ed. DMG for the random contraction of a disease.

    When a class skill is immunity to disease, randomly letting disease occurs enhances the clas ...
      Topic: Role-playing PCs with high (non-physical) stats
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 28
    Views: 11283

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:01 am   Subject: Role-playing PCs with high (non-physical) stats
    I agree with SirXaris, in that 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder skills incorporate the bonuses of the abilities, and this shows up especially in the skills for social interactions. Also, the DM's application of bo ...
      Topic: Question #4
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 47
    Views: 16095

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:57 am   Subject: Question #4
    I am far more likely nowadays to let the dice decide things. My group enjoys the occasional consequences of opposing canon-fodder who get lucky, as well as the dreaded big-bad of the adventure having ...
      Topic: Curse of the good therianthrope?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:31 am   Subject: Curse of the good therianthrope?
    A variation on the question under discussion, and more focused on rulings at the game table (regardless of edition):

    At what point does a victim of lycanthropy, who would otherwise lead a goodly-al ...
      Topic: Question #3
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 36
    Views: 17887

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:43 pm   Subject: Question #3
    Played them all, and I like 3rd the best, yet fondly remember features of 2nd ed.

    Basic and 1st ed. were glorious. They are what got me to play in the first place. I do view 2nd and 3rd eds. as i ...
      Topic: Help! One of my players want's to be Chaotic Evil!
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 16
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:17 pm   Subject: Help! One of my players want's to be Chaotic Evil!
    The real problem is the mix of alignments in the party. For your first campaign its probably a loosing proposition as others have mentioned.

    CE is not a player character impossibility though. I t ...
      Topic: Greyhawk oracles?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 22
    Views: 13369

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:12 am   Subject: Greyhawk oracles?
    If I recall correctly, and I don't have it in front of me at the moment, there is a gynosphinx in one of the adventures in Treasures of Greyhawk (named Gwendolyn if memory serves me correctly). The b ...
      Topic: POISONS.... collection, uses, and social risk
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:09 am   Subject: POISONS.... collection, uses, and social risk
    Here is one possible explanation of why any good cleric (from lawful to chaotic) as well as paladins may not use poison:

    In Greyhawk all matter is made up of one of the four elements: air, earth, ...
      Topic: POISONS.... collection, uses, and social risk
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:35 am   Subject: POISONS.... collection, uses, and social risk
    Should a LN cleric utilize a poison?

    My answer: Yes, but with a court order.

    More seriously, I've had some thoughts similar to what has been posted. Why shouldn't a paladin use certain poisons ...
      Topic: Evil Characters In Your Party? Can It Work?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 19
    Views: 13535

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:35 am   Subject: Evil Characters In Your Party? Can It Work?
    Last night was game night. I was DM. Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan - not in the mode of tournament, but as a ruin in part of larger expedition to the Amedio. Updated to 3.5. Party - mostly evil, one ...
      Topic: Temple of Elemental Evil
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:42 am   Subject: Temple of Elemental Evil
    ***SPOILER ALERT!!!***

    Copy-n-paste the text below and enlarge it to see the spoiler.

    To prevent spoiling I have edited my answer to - too bad.
      Topic: Monks
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:49 am   Subject: Monks
    To respond to your follow-up questions:

    1) I guess I definitely tie monks to a culture than a particular religion/philosophy. I certainly retain the monk in its basic form for NPCs from an "orient ...
      Topic: Monks
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:16 pm   Subject: Monks
    1) I now use the 3.5 rules, and so the monks in my campaign follow those rules - with the flaws. However, my campaign started off in 1st ed., and used that class. For 2nd ed. I created the "Psimido ...
      Topic: Kara fruit by clay
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:32 pm   Subject: Kara fruit by clay
    Seeing the fruit is really helpful. I just couldn't get any of them in my mind very well all these years. Thank you.
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 19
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:00 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    duplicate of previous post
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:58 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    duplicate of previous post - apparently got some glitch
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:57 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    a duplicate of my previous post - sorry for the duplication
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:56 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    Or maybe the flaw that you've argued repeatedly, ad nauseum, that Oerth's lifeforms are significantly different?

    Yes, just about all Oerth's life forms that play a major role in the game are signif ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:54 am   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    rasgon,

    I'll start at the end.

    If the Barrens are as densely populated as the Yeomanry, then why are they called the Barrens?

    The Barrens are definitely the Barrens to humans. Empty of other ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 19
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:56 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    rasgon,

    I don't seem to have the hang of using multiple quotes. I hope I address all your questions.

    Let me start by recalling what "population" I am addressing. I specifically referred to, an ...
      Topic: Overuse of Clone and Raise Dead?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:22 am   Subject: Overuse of Clone and Raise Dead?
    Raise dead also doesn't work when certain important bits a creature can't live without are unattached/missing.

    And determining just what part of the deceased was eaten by the monster is up to the D ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 19
    Views: 9269

    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:58 am   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    Another little bit of information for those who are trying to populate the Oerth.

    The U.S. Census once defined the "frontier" as those areas with a population density of 2 persons per square mile o ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 19
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:30 am   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    rasgon,

    Actually, I tend to disagree. In a fantasy environment where there are creatures that favor living in or immediately next to pools of lava, I think it completely appropriate for a uniform ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:36 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations


    3. Choose a population density (I chose 9 per square mile). Instead of humans per square mile, this then becomes "Societal Creature Equivalents" per square mile. Now I have to explain what I me ...
      Topic: Overuse of Clone and Raise Dead?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 38
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:45 pm   Subject: Overuse of Clone and Raise Dead?
    My opinion is that life-restoring magic goes along with the life-taking magic fairly well. This became especially trues once I shifted from all PCs having max hit points to mandatory average hit poin ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

    Replies: 19
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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:12 pm   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    Sorry about taking so long to get back to you but life interceded.

    Here is how I have gone about determining populations.

    1. Estimates of historic human populations for all of Earth (from onlin ...
      Topic: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:11 am   Subject: Beyond The Flanaess Populations
    As an initial response, should such a population estimate include subterranean/underdark populations?
      Topic: Non-Magical, Low Tech Inventions In Your Campaign?
    A-Baneful-Backfire

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    PostForum: World of Greyhawk Discussion   Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:14 am   Subject: Non-Magical, Low Tech Inventions In Your Campaign?
    Once upon a time I settled on allowing anything from the real world up to the year 1500 A.D. (I prohibit firearms as a special limitation).

    In some ways, its not a bad point in time. Armor was ...
     
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