World of Greyhawk Timeline

This is a fictional timeline of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. All dates use the Common Year (CY) reckoning established by the Great Kingdom of Aerdy.

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Contents

Historical Ages

The following terms are sometimes used to describe eras in the history of eastern Oerik:

The Roll of Years

A summary of historical events follows.

c. -14,010

  • Sometime before this point in time the city that will one day be called Exag is abandoned by the race of Crafters. (DNG#145 "Exag, City of Clay" p. 49)

c -13000

c -7411

c -7408

c -4358

c -4217

  • Caerdiralor's capital, Myrsyrna is devastated in a sudden catastrophe. The surviving elite flee across the Sea of Gearnat, landing on the coast of the grasslands that are now the Bright Desert. Unable to escape through the Abbor Alz and hunted by the native nomadic Flan horse tribes, the refugees are driven into hiding. [2]

c. -2004

  • The Flan people spread across the Flanaess. In what is now northwestern Perrenland, a Flan tribe led by a powerful warlord named Exag, fleeing a horde of hostile lizardfolk, stumble upon a city that was built by the Crafters. An old woman in the tribe, Prizin'ha, wins the day by sacrificing herself at the top of one of the Crafter pyramids, summoning an army of earth elementals that defeat the lizardfolk. The city is renamed after Exag. (DNG#145 "Exag, City of Clay" p. 49)

c -1910

  • Under the tutoring of the semi-divine Vathris, the six tribes of the region that will one day be the Bright Desert form six kingdoms – Durha, Itar, Sulm, Ronhass, Rhugha, and Truun. The Sulm, influenced by the remnants of the refugee dark priests of Caerdiralor, begin conquering their neighbors and rises as a power. ("Places of Mystery: Dominions of the Flannae" - [3], DNG#98 "Into the Bright Desert", Rary the Traitor, Blight on Bright Sands Sourcebook, LGJ#03 "Blood of Heroes" p.15)

c -1400

  • The Kingdom of Sulm begins to decline.
  • A sudden, unexplained disease causes the koprus' kopura food source to diminish. (DRA#354)

c -913

c -903

c -594

-555

  • Lyzandred discovers a portal to a demiplane closely aligned to Oerth and transforms it into a storehouse of magical objects best kept from evil hands. (Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad 2)

-535

-484

-465

  • First employment of humanoid mercenaries. (Guide 9)

-457

-446

-421

-321

-216

  • Foundation of the Kingdom of Aerdy. (Guide 9)

-110

1

  • The Common Year is established as the system of reckoning by Grand Prince Nasran I of the Great Kingdom of Aerdy in 645 OR (1 CY), when he declares universal peace throughout his the land, and takes the title of Overking. At this stage the borders of the Great Kingdom of Aerdy extend all the way to the City of Greyhawk. (Guide 9)

141

185

198

201

  • The Shattering of Borka, in which a planet in Greyspace is destroyed by elves with the assistance from their deities, is witnessed by astrologers on Oerth. (Dragon Annual #1)

203

209

213

247

254

305

318

c. 320

320

c. 355

356

  • Kingdom of Keoland at peak. (Guide 9)

361

  • Celene expels Keoish royal garissons from within its borders. (LGG', 65)
  • Celene forces under the command of Triserron, Yolande's consort, best Keoish forces in a number of short engagements. Celene achieves full independence, Yolande elevated to queen of Celene. (LGG, 39-40). Note: conflicts with 461 CY.

375

The Free City of Greyhawk achieves its first period of greatness under the rulership of Zagig Yragerne. (Player's Guide to Greyhawk 10)

420-455

437

438

  • Keoland and Furyondy go to war, resulting in the secession of the Keolandish regions of Gran March, Bissel and the Yeomanry.

446

  • Assassination of nearly all of the House of Rax. Ivid I who accedes to Malachite Throne.

450

The County of Urnst gains independence from Nyrond at the Council of Rel Mord. (Player's Guide to Greyhawk 6)

455

461

  • Realms of Ulek and Celene effected. (Guide 9) Note: Conflicts with 361 CY.

479

  • Might of Iuz grows. Humanoid invasions become common. (Guide 9)

c 495

  • The City of Greyhawk nationalizes the Cairn Hills smelting trade. (Dungeon #124.62)

c 496

498

505

513

546

551

  • Obmi is granted his freedom by king Snurre Ironbelly, and continues to serve as an advisor to the fire giant king.

560

563

565

566

569

570s

570

  • Iuz is inadvertently freed from imprisonment below Castle Greyhawk by Robilar and Riggby.
  • After the accidental freeing, good-aligned troops raze Robilar's estate, driving the fighter into exile.

573

576

579

580

581

582

  • A series of regional conflicts erupts into the continent-wide battle that eventually becomes the Greyhawk Wars.
  • The Duchy of Tenh is conquered by the Fists/Northern Barbarian armies. (From the Ashes 6)
  • Before a planned assault on Ratik, the Northern Barbarians mutiny, refusing to fight any further for a "god" they have lost faith in. (From the Ashes 6)

583

  • Iuz returns to his homeland to restructure his nation and replace Furyondy nobles in his dominion with demons and other fiends.

584

  • Renewed giant and evil humanoid raids hit the Grand Duchy of Geoff, Sterich, and the Yeomanry. Geoff and Sterich are conquered by the invaders. (From the Ashes 7)
  • The Battle of Innspa marks the peak of the Aerdy invasion of Nyrond. The battle results in a decisive defeat of the Great Kingdom's armies. Mass executions follow, ordered by Ivid V. (unbeknownst to much of the Flanaess, Ivid murders loyal generals and turns them into undead servants. Ivid is subsequently assassinated by remaining generals and rises as an undead animus by priests of Hextor.) Mass killings of the Aerdy populace instigated by Ivid. (From the Ashes' 8)

585

586

591

596


597

598

644

  • The dwarf hero Borgazdin Broadhammer begins a reunification of scattered dwarven houses that will become known as the Dwarven Resurgence. Under his guidance, the dwarves make the first technological breakthroughs that lead to the Age of Industry. (Dragon #277)

c 963

  • Pluffet Smedger the Elder examines a centuries-old copy of volume 3 of Catalogue of the Land Flanaess, being the Eastern Part of the Continent of Oerik, of Oerth, by the Savant-Sage of Greyhawk. This volume, entitled A Guide to the World of Greyhawk, is discovered in the library of the Royal University of Rel Mord. Smedger is impressed by the Guide's freshness and thoroughness. (Glossography 2)
  • In this era, magic is not a lost art, but apparently a fading one. (Glossography 2)

998

1605

1917

  • The dwarven Citicar is introduced, becoming the bestselling automobile on Oerth that year and every subsequent year. (Dragon #277)

1932

1946

  • The dimensional accelerator rifle is manufactured throughout the human lands of the New Flanaess. (Dragon #277)

1969

1970

1975

1998

  • A mishap with a dimensional accelerator chute results in a crash, killing 20 of the 115 people aboard. (Dragon #277)

See also

Age of Worms Timeline

Bibliography

  • Athans, Philip. "Greyhawk 2000." Dragon #277. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
  • Leati, Tito. "The Ecology of the Kopru." Dragon #354. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007.
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