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    Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:31 am  
    KEO-ghtom and KEO-land

    Is there a particular relationship between Keoghtom and Keoland or the Keo-flan? Is he revered in some manner by Keoish History? I'm looking for a connection that may not be there. rolleyes

    When was he active in the Flanaess? How did he become a Quasi-deity? What nation was his home? Where is he now? Is he actively worshipped? He's a Quasi-deity, not a Hero-God, right?

    I found the article in Dragon #71, but it's fairly limited. If there's a better reference, please share.

    Please and thank you all, in advance. Happy
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    Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:43 am  
    Re: KEO-ghtom and KEO-land

    Skech wrote:
    Is there a particular relationship between Keoghtom and Keoland or the Keo-flan? Is he revered in some manner by Keoish History? I'm looking for a connection that may not be there. rolleyes

    When was he active in the Flanaess? How did he become a Quasi-deity? What nation was his home? Where is he now? Is he actively worshipped? He's a Quasi-deity, not a Hero-God, right?

    I found the article in Dragon #71, but it's fairly limited. If there's a better reference, please share.

    Please and thank you all, in advance. Happy


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    Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:00 pm  

    Here is some info on zKeoghtom and origin of the name
    https://ghwiki.greyparticle.com/index.php/Keoghtom
    https://odd74.proboards.com/thread/4799/who-tom-keogh
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    Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:37 pm  
    Re: KEO-ghtom and KEO-land

    Skech wrote:
    Is there a particular relationship between Keoghtom and Keoland or the Keo-flan? Is he revered in some manner by Keoish History? I'm looking for a connection that may not be there. rolleyes


    Living Greyhawk Journal #3 included an article on hero-gods of the Flanaess, including Keoghtom. According to that article, Keoghtom is thought to have been born in the Sheldomar Valley some 300 years after the Great Migrations, so there's a connection to Keoland in that sense. He's a wanderer who's traveled the whole of the Flanaess and the Outer Planes, however, and he was last seen on Oerth in the Celadon Forest. Both From the Ashes and the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer note that the Celadon is the source for the ingredients used to prepare Keoghtom's ointment.

    "The Oeridian tribes of Keogh" (as Gary Holian's Keoland article in Living Greyhawk Journal #1 calls them) were the Oeridians who entered the Sheldomar Valley and joined with the Suel houses to found the Kingdom of Keoland. It's likely that Keoghtom, "Lord Keogh," was some sort of descendant of the Oeridian Keogh tribes.

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    "Some 300 years after the Great Migrations" isn't a precise number; if the Age of Migrations ended in CY 1, beginning the Age of Kings (as Frank Mentzer dubbed the period prior to the Age of Great Sorrow in R4 Doc's Island), then he was born circa CY 300, but he's likely somewhat older than that. Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad has Zagig and his companions encountering the lich Lyzandred in CY 305; Keoghtom was likely among those companions, so he was probably born no later than CY 287, assuming he was at least 18 when he ventured into Lyzandred's crypt. The first precise date we have associated with Keoghtom is in Dragon #293, "Places of Mystery," by Gary Holian, which recounts that in CY 318 Keoghtom accompanied Zagig and Murlynd (and unnamed others) on an expedition to the lost Flan citadel of Veralos in the Rift Canyon, returning to Greyhawk circa CY 319 laden with exotic treasures. A century later, a dark spirit from Veralos attacked Keoghtom in his fastness in the Celadon, confronting him in his private sanctum and attempting to rip an amulet from Keoghtom's chest. A distraught Keoghtom wrote a letter to Heward, who I think it's implied was not on that journey, confessing the terrors they encountered in Veralos.

    Dragon #369's "Treasures of Greyhawk: Magic of the Company of Seven," by Gary Holian and Rick Miller, states that Zagig's Company of Seven formed "late in the third common century" (the third century would be CY 201-300) and "two centuries before Mordenkainen and the Citadel of Eight made their names" (the Citadel of Eight lasted CY 561-569). They parted ways "long before the close of the fourth century" (CY 301-400). Dragon #369 said there was an alchemical dispute between Keoghtom and Nolzur which created a permanent wedge in the party. This happened "more than a century ago" (counting back from CY 597) after Keoghtom supposedly borrowed one of Nolzur's formulas to aid in creating his Ointment; Nolzur has yet to forgive him for this.

    According to Dragon #369, Keoghtom co-created an item called Heward's Lyre of Truth with Heward and created an item called Keoghtom's Spidery Map after being permitted to peruse the Oerthdisc of the god Fharlanghn. At some point Keoghtom, Murlynd, and Nolzur ventured into the Cold Marshes and battled a witch-queen known as the Weird of Cold Heath; it's suggested that Iuz already existed at that point as a "nascent demigod," so this would have been between CY 479 and 505.

    Iuz the Evil by Carl Sargent listed Keoghtom as among the beings, along with Zagig, St. Cuthbert, Heward, Murlynd, and Kelanen, responsible for imprisoning Iuz beneath Castle Greyhawk in CY 505.

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    We're told that he came into the service and friendship of Fharlanghn, so probably that deity aided him in his apotheosis. Keoghtom was an alchemist, so I think it's likely his immortality had something to do with the creation of the Philosopher's Stone, but that's speculation.

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    As above, he was probably born in the Sheldomar Valley but spent his last years on Oerth in a stronghold in the Celadon Forest. LGJ #3 said he "learned the inner secrets of the Silent Ones," who have a tower in Keoland.

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    He departed from Oerth and now wanders the planes. Dragon #369 notes that his Spidery Map will not show the location of Keoghtom's extradimensional home. Iuz the Evil noted that Keoghtom dwells on some plane other than the Prime Material, putting him outside of Iuz's immediate reach. The Player's Guide to Greyhawk said he's "fond of exploring the Outer Planes and tormenting the evil lords there."

    EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror states that if Murlynd returns to his home in the Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, he is 75% likely to have Keoghtom with him. In the Glossography, it's noted that Keoghtom "seldom, if ever, sets foot on the Prime Material Plane, although he once dwelled there. He now roams the Astral and similar planes or visits the extra-dimensional planes which are home to certain of his associates, such as Murlynd."

    In Come Endless Darkness by Gary Gygax (page 60), Keoghtom (known as Lord Keogh in that book) is among the crowd of quasi-deities and personages who greet Gord in the realm of the Cat Lord, Rexfelis (along with the Mage of the Vale, Mordenkainen, Tenser, the Cat Lord himself, the Lords of the Cabal, Kelanen, Heward, Lord Donal, Murlynd, Yocasta, Nastan, and Zagyg).

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    Is he actively worshipped? He's a Quasi-deity, not a Hero-God, right?


    The Player's Guide to Greyhawk says (page 26) "recently, Keoghtom and Murlynd have ascended to hero-god status, and they now have clerics." Living Greyhawk Journal #3 (and the Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign document) treats him as a hero-god. The implication is that he must have gained divine power between CY 576 and 591. The difference between a quasi-deity and a hero-deity as the Player's Guide to Greyhawk defines it is that a hero-deity has priests and can grant spells, while a quasi-deity has no priests and cannot grant spells.

    According to LGJ #3, "Keoghtom's cult is small, though geographically and ideologically diverse." He is most popular among alchemists.
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    Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:31 am  

    On a related note, the Dangerous Journeys sourcebook, Epic of Ærth, lists a "Keoghtom's board & pieces" among the magickal devices owned by King Malcome IX of Caledonia. Being that Aerth and Oerth are sister worlds (POLYHEDRON #21 p.9 and Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk p.91), I find it amusing to imagine Keoghtom paid that world a visit during his travels.

    (The particular magickal device was never statted, but I'd design it to appear as a board game with a slot allowing for the insertion of a coin, causing the pieces to animate and move based on the battle formations of the coin's nation's army — giving an insight into an opposing army's tactics.)
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