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EltonJ
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:45 pm    Post subject: Serfdom in Greyhawk? Reply with quote

Does any of the kingdoms practice serfdom? That is, making slaves of the farmers and have them work the land for you. It's part of Feudalism. Granted there are freemen in the world of Oerth, but there also must be serfs, right?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. If I recall correctly the Great Kingdom, Furyondy, and Nyrond all practiced serfdom based on the Carl Sergeant supplements. I suspect this is pretty common in Oeridian lands in general, so the smaller Oeridian states probably do as well. Of course, post Greyhawk Wars, this might changes, much in the way the Black Death increased the value of labor, giving serfs more negotiating power.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, most of them. Some are less beneficent than others, and of those some are that way by design and others by necessity. Greyhawk is not a world of democracies, republics, or constitutional monarchies, but one of predominantly feudal monarchies and theocracies. And there are tyrants. Lots of tyrants. The Yeomanry is the most obvious exception, being a nation of freemen.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your timely response. That was pretty much what I was looking for. Smile
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