Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rulers of Greyhawk Through Editions
Ahlissa/South Province: Chelor, Reydrich, Reydrich (Xavender I is Overking of the United Kingdom of Ahlissa however).
Almor: Kevont, Szeffrin, Karn Serrand (rules from Rel Deven)
Bandit Kingdoms/Bandit Lands: Various, Iuz, Iuz (1)
Bissel: Walgar, Imran Tendulkar, Larrangin
Blackmoor: Bestmo, Besmo, Bestmo (2)
Bone March: None (last was Clement), None, None
Bright Lands: No exist, Rary, Rary (3)
Celene: Yolande, Yolande, Yolande
Dyvers: Margus, Margus, Larissa Hunter
Ekbir: Xargun, Xargun, Xargun
Frost Barbarians: Ralff, Hundgred, Hundgred Ralffson
Furyondy: Belvor IV, Belvor IV, Belvor IV
Geoff: Owen I, Owen I, Owen I
Gran March: Petros, Magnus Vrianian, Magnus Vrianian
Great Kingdom of Aerdy: Ivid V, Ivid V, (Missing, kingdom split)
Greyhawk: Nerof Gasgol, Nerof Gasgol, Nerof Gasgol
Highfolk: Loftin Graystand, Loftin Graystand, Tavin Ersteader
Horned Society: The Hierarchs, Althea, Althea
Ice Barbarians: Lolgoff Bearhear, Lolgoff Bearhear, Lolgoff Bearhear
Idee/Naerie: Fedorik Eddri, Vasiliek, Barzhaan
Irongate: Cobb Darg, Cobb Darg, Cobb Darg
Iuz: Iuz, Iuz, Iuz
Keoland: Kimbertos Skotti, Kimbertos Skotti, Kimbertos Skotti
Ket: Zoltan, Zoltan, Nadaid
Lordship of the Isles: Latmac Ranold, Frolmar, Frolmar Ingerskatti
Medegia: Spidasa, No ruler, Gartrel (rules from Nulbish)
North Province/ North Kingdom: Grenell, Grenell, Grenell I
Nyrond: Archbold III, Archbold III, Lynwerd I
Onnwal: Ewaer Destron, Kuranyie, Kuranyie/Jian Destron (rebels)
Pale: Ogon Tillit, Ogon Tillit, Ogon Tillit
Perrenland: Franz, Karenin, Karenin
Pomarj: Unknown, Turrosh Mak, Turrosh Mak
Ratik: Lexnol, Lexnol, Evaleigh
Rel Astra: Drax, Drax, Drax
Rovers of the Barrens: Kishwa Dogteeth, Durishi Great Hound, Durishi Great Hound
Scarlet Brotherhood: "Father of Obedience", Korenth Zan, "Father of Obedience" (4)
Sea Barons: Sencho Foy, Basmajian Arras, Basmajian Arras
Sea Princes: Jeon II, Hammandaturian, Hammandaturian
Shield Lands: Holmer, Katarina, Katarina
Snow Barbarians: "King of the Schnai", Ingemar, Ingemar Hartensen
Spindrift Isles (Lendore Isles): Councils of Five and Seven, Anfaren Silverbrow, Anfaren Silverbrow
Sterich: Querchard, Querchard, Resbin Dren Emondav
Stonefist/Stonehold: Sevvord Redbeard, Sevvord Redbeard, Sevvord I
Sunndi: Hazendel, Hazendel, Hazendel I
Tenh: Ehyeh, Ehyeh, Ehyeh III/ Iuz (contested)
Tiger Nomads: Cligir, Cligir, Gajtak
Tusmit: Jadhim/orem, Muammar Qharan, Muammar Qharan
Ulek, County: Lewenn, Lewenn, Lewenn
Ulek, Duchy: Grenowin, Grenowin, Grenowin
Ulek, Principality: Olinstaad Corond, Olinstaad Corond, Olinstaad Corond
Ull: Draske, Draske, Bruzharag
Urnst, Conty: Belissica/Lorgan, Belissica, Belissica (5)
Urnst, Duchy: Karll, Karll, Karll Lorinar
Valley of the Mage: "Mage of the Valley", Jaran Krimeeah, Jaran Krimeeah
Veluna: Hazen, Hazen, Hazen
Verbobonc: Wilfrick, Wilfrick, Langard
Wild Coast: (Various), Turrosh Mak (half), Turrosh Mak (half)
Wolf Nomads: Bargru, Bargru, Bargru
Yeomanry: Crispin Redwell, Crispin Redwell, Marius Lindon
Zeif: Murad, Murad, Murad
I found it fun and interesting how the complexity of ruler's names changed over editions, with authors gradually adding surnames or roman numerals; especially with barbarian rulers such as the Snow Barbarians which goes from a nameless king to a fully realized name.
Also interesting, 21/51 countries listed maintained the same ruler over a relatively short timeline of 15 years. I don't know if that's realistic or not, but given the turmoil of wars I guess it should be less.
Not surprisingly Free Cities tend to have the most stable governments and longest tenured rulers, as do the conflict free Baklunish nations. Even raucous Ull has only had one leader change in 15 years.
1) Forces of Iuz occupy the Bandit Lands but each town's rulership still technically varies.
2) Archbaron Bestmo, is called Besmo in FtA. A typo surely, not that it matters.
3) I couldn't find reference to the Bright Lands in FtA but I'm fairly sure Rary the Traitor was in the same era.
4) The secrecy of the Brotherhood is funny. So the FoB is unknown in 1983, but his identity is leaked in Greyhawk Adventures, confirmed by FtA, then it is reestablished as unknown in the LGG. Okay!
5) An old canon discussion. There was some confusion whether the ruler was Belissica or Lorgan. It seems evident Lorgan came first but was soon replaced by Belissica who is countess up through LG.