|The arms of Ket, as depicted in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).|
|Ruler||Nadaid, Beygraf of Ket and Shield of the True Faith|
|Government||Feudal monarchy with semihereditary rulership; beygraf must have proven fighting skill and leadership (magical ability also preferred)|
|Major Towns||Lopolla (pop. 27,300), Molvar (pop. 16,000), Polvar (pop. 12,600), Falwur (13,500)|
|Provinces||Four districts centered around major trade towns, two forest districts (in the Bramblewood)|
|Resources||Silver, copper, gems|
|Coinage||Bastion (pp), greatshield (gp), wagon (ep), lance (sp), helm (cp)|
|Races||Human 93% (primarily Baklunish with some Oeridian and Suloise admixture), Dwarf 2% (hill 70%, mountain 30%), Halfling 1%, Other 1%|
|Languages||Common, Ancient Baklunish|
|Alignments||LN (dominant), N, LE, CN|
|Religions||Al'Akbar, Mouqol, Fharlanghn, Geshtai, Istus, Xan Yae, other Baklunish gods|
|Allies||Paynims (sometimes, Tusmit (sometimes)|
|Enemies||Bissel, Veluna, Gran March, Furyondy, Knights of the Watch, Iuz (sometimes), Zeif (sometimes), Ekbir (minor)|
Ket was originally a province of Zeif, but was conquered by the Brazen Horde in the early 300s CY, who permitted the bey of Ket to continue to rule as a figurehead, though the Horde bowed only to their padishah. The warriors of the Brazen Horde ruled (and plundered) Ket until the middle of that century, when Keoland invaded the state in response to the Horde's provocations.
The Keoish Knights of the Watch, allied with mercenaries from what would become Perrenland, drove out both the Horde and their puppet ally, Bey Arpad of Ket. The bey began a long campaign of resistance to the Keoish occupation from the Banner Hills. Stiffened by the discipline of Al'Akbar's True Faith, they eventually drove the "infidel" soldiers from the land and established an independent state.
No longer forced to bow to Western barbarians or infidel Easterners, Arpad declared himself Ket's first beygraf, a title derived from both Western and Eastern traditions. The mullahs of the True Faith were given power over the judiciary and most other aspects of government, though they bowed to the beygraf, the Shield of the True Faith, as their secular leader. In religious matters they deferred to the Grand Mufti of the Yatils, though the mullahs of Ket had their own separate hierarchy.
During the reign of Iggwilv over Perrenland, the Ketites allied with the local mountain dwarves to resist her demonic influence. During the Greyhawk Wars, Beygraf Zoltan allied himself with Iggwilv's son Iuz. The forces of Ket conquered Bissel, and Zoltan was assassinated four years later; the mullahs, who had not been consulted before the invasion, decided not to attempt to resurrect the beygraf. After numerous internal struggles, the moderate Nadaid emerged as the new beygraf of the land, bringing together a coalition of military, mercantile, and a minority of clerical powers.
The native folk of Ket resemble the mix of cultures that crowd the nation's marketplaces. The people are of Baklunish stock interbred with Suel and Oeridian, resulting in pale yellow, golden-brown, or tan complexions and virtually any hair color possible save the lightest yellows and reds. Racially speaking, Kettites are the least typical of the Baklunish folk.
The ruler of Ket, His Glory and Shield of the True Faith, the Beygraf, is an absolute monarch. The previous Beygraf, Zoltan, was assassinated during the Greyhawk Wars, probably due to political or religious opposition to his unexpected alliance with Iuz. In the power struggle that followed, Nadaid, a respected general, pulled together an alliance of priests, nobles, merchants and military to support his elevation to the throne and thus avert a civil war. At the end of the Greyhawk Wars, Beygraf Nadaid's decision to immediately pull the Ket army out of Bissel, which Zoltan had conquered, was not a widely popular move.
Ket's coat of arms is blazoned thus: Gules, a scimitar in pale argent, the point to the base.
- Gygax, Gary. The World of Greyhawk. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1980.
- -----. World of Greyhawk Fantasy Game Setting. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1983.
- Holian, Gary, Erik Mona, Sean K. Reynolds, and Frederick Weining. Living Greyhawk Gazetteer. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
- Ket article at Wikipedia