BAND OF IRONS

History

Things you start to learn about the area

Events in the Flanaess are dated by the c ommon Year (CY).

It is currently the spring of 579 CY

The original inhabitants of the Flanaess were the Flan tribesmen, hardy and tough nomads whose small, scattered groups made no major civilizing efforts. Some thousand years past, their lands were increasingly invaded by two groups of attackers: the Suel and the Oeridians

The Suel came northeast, most fleeing massive wars. The Oeridians were fierce invaders. They drove everyone else, native Flan and Suel, before them.

The war that the Suel fled from endued in a terrible dual cataclysm. Great Suel magicians created something called ‘Invoked Devastation’ removing all water from their enemy the Bakluni’s lands. As their enemy the Bakluni mostly defeated, retaliated by bringing forth a “rain of colorless fire” which destroyed the Suel lands ending the war with mutual destruction of both sides in ( 422 years before CY 1)

The Suel who had fled to the new lands were deemed more unpleasant than the more aggressive Oeridians. Suel lied, cheated, stole, enslaved and eventually were driven to the fringes by the local Flan and the invading Oeridians.

Approximately 700 years past, the strongest Oeridian tribe settled the rich arable lands east of the great Nyr Dyv and there founded the Kingdom of Aerdy, eventually to be named the Great Kingdom. The Kingdom grew for well over a century.

By 250 CY the Great Kingdom had begun to fragment.

By 350 CY waring kingdoms again brought massive strife to the whole of the area.

In 375 CY a great castle was built in a city called Greyhawk. Considered a folly at the time, it would emerge later as an area of great importance.

In 446 CY Assassination of many nobles and rulers resulted in a more wars, some civil wars within kingdoms

Rise of Iuz
In CY479, the land now called Iuz was only a fractious collection of paltry fiefs. Among its princelings was a minor despot of the Howling Hills who died in that year and left his barren holdings to a son of dubious origins, Iuz.

From the Book of Iuz the party knows that Iuz is the spawn of a demon and a powerful priestess.

Iuz used the strategy of dividing his opponents to weaken them, then assimilating their lands and residual forces, sowing rumors and lies to put the prince- lings at each others’ throats. He began to expand his domain far beyond its original boundaries. This is corroborated by Book of Iuz.

Refugees fleeing the lands told astonished Furyondians of Iuz’s unbelievable evils: massacres; a road of skulls built from the Howling Hills to his new capital of Dorakaa; and watchtowers along the road with beacons fed on the fuel of human fat and flesh.

Powerful barons ignored Iuz growing power If The Kingdom of Furyondy had acted then, Iuz might yet have been contained. But King Avras was opposed by southern nobles who resented excessive taxation levied to protect the northern lands, and Iuz grew steadily more powerful. All this also corroborated by Book of Iuz.

Iuz disappeared in 505 CY, imprisoned beneath the towers of Castle Greyhawk. But his armies-mostly humanoids-had learned the lessons he taught them. They held to their lands; their leaders said their master would return, and they were right.

Meddling fools managed to release the Iuz from his imprisonment in Castle Greyhawk in 570 CY, only a year after the forces of good in Furyondy and Veluna celebrated the sack of the notorious Temple of Elemental Evil in the Gnarley Forest.

To the south, the existence of the highly secre- tive and paranoiac Scarlet Brotherhood was first confirmed by returning travelers in 573 CY. It seems incredible that this monastic sect of religious militarists could have escaped notice for so long, even given their isolation. They are rumored to have vast armies to the southeast.

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