Today I had an idea to make a list of the procession of rulers in the World of Greyhawk
setting. I'm sure most long term Greyhawk fans know this stuff, but to see it all in one spot may at least make for an interesting study. Just so you know, for obvious reasons I don't have data on rulership changes in the Living Greyhawk Campaign
. I'll start from the1983 boxed set and work my way out (So the order is 1983, From the Ashes
, Living Greyhawk Gaz
). Red is an occupying ruler. Here we go.
Chelor, Reydrich, Reydrich (Xavender I is Overking of the United Kingdom of Ahlissa however).
Kevont, Szeffrin, Karn Serrand (rules from Rel Deven)
Bandit Kingdoms/Bandit Lands:
Various, Iuz, Iuz (1)
Walgar, Imran Tendulkar, Larrangin
Bestmo, Besmo, Bestmo (2)
None (last was Clement), None, None
No exist, Rary, Rary (3)
Yolande, Yolande, Yolande
Margus, Margus, Larissa Hunter
Xargun, Xargun, Xargun
Ralff, Hundgred, Hundgred Ralffson
Belvor IV, Belvor IV, Belvor IV
Owen I, Owen I, Owen I
Petros, Magnus Vrianian, Magnus Vrianian
Great Kingdom of Aerdy:
Ivid V, Ivid V, (Missing, kingdom split)
Nerof Gasgol, Nerof Gasgol, Nerof Gasgol
Loftin Graystand, Loftin Graystand, Tavin Ersteader
The Hierarchs, Althea, Althea
Lolgoff Bearhear, Lolgoff Bearhear, Lolgoff Bearhear
Fedorik Eddri, Vasiliek
Cobb Darg, Cobb Darg, Cobb Darg
Iuz, Iuz, Iuz
Kimbertos Skotti, Kimbertos Skotti, Kimbertos Skotti
Zoltan, Zoltan, Nadaid
Lordship of the Isles:
Latmac Ranold, Frolmar, Frolmar Ingerskatti
Spidasa, No ruler, Gartrel (rules from Nulbish)
North Province/ North Kingdom:
Grenell, Grenell, Grenell I
Archbold III, Archbold III, Lynwerd I
Ewaer Destron, Kuranyie, Kuranyie/Jian Destron (rebels)
Ogon Tillit, Ogon Tillit, Ogon Tillit
Franz, Karenin, Karenin
Unknown, Turrosh Mak, Turrosh Mak
Lexnol, Lexnol, Evaleigh
Drax, Drax, Drax
Rovers of the Barrens:
Kishwa Dogteeth, Durishi Great Hound, Durishi Great Hound
"Father of Obedience", Korenth Zan, "Father of Obedience" (4)
Sencho Foy, Basmajian Arras, Basmajian Arras
Jeon II, Hammandaturian, Hammandaturian
Holmer, Katarina, Katarina
"King of the Schnai", Ingemar, Ingemar Hartensen
Spindrift Isles (Lendore Isles):
Councils of Five and Seven, Anfaren Silverbrow, Anfaren Silverbrow
Querchard, Querchard, Resbin Dren Emondav
Sevvord Redbeard, Sevvord Redbeard, Sevvord I
Hazendel, Hazendel, Hazendel I
Ehyeh, Ehyeh, Ehyeh III/ Iuz
Cligir, Cligir, Gajtak
Jadhim/orem, Muammar Qharan, Muammar Qharan
Lewenn, Lewenn, Lewenn
Grenowin, Grenowin, Grenowin
Olinstaad Corond, Olinstaad Corond, Olinstaad Corond
Draske, Draske, Bruzharag
Belissica/Lorgan, Belissica, Belissica (5)
Karll, Karll, Karll Lorinar
Valley of the Mage:
"Mage of the Valley", Jaran Krimeeah, Jaran Krimeeah
Hazen, Hazen, Hazen
Wilfrick, Wilfrick, Langard
(Various), Turrosh Mak (half), Turrosh Mak (half)
Bargru, Bargru, Bargru
Crispin Redwell, Crispin Redwell, Marius Lindon
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.