The World of Greyhawk is home to some of the most famous names in Dungeons and Dragons. Here’s where we will collect background stories behind the great heroes and the great villains of the Flanaess.
She’s the grandmother of Iuz and might now be the only one left who can hold him in check. The old crone Baba Yaga has traveled the Flanaess via her flying pestle and mortar, and the lore of every land has tells some tale of the old witch and her dancing hut. Get a peek inside the world of Baba Yaga in the saga Iggwilv: Mother of Witches.
Daoud of Tusmit
Not only is Daoud of Tusmit a one-time pasha of that land and the creator of the legendary lanthorn that bears his name, he is also an ascended mortal, that is to say, a demi-god with his own devoted sect of followers. Get the whole story of Daoud as told in the folk tales of Tusmit and Ket in Daoud’s Wondrous Lanthorn (and Other Tales).
Before this necromancer became the fearsome undead master of Castle Dahlvier and head of the hexad of liches, he suffered through a brief and catastrophic marriage to Louhi the witch. Get the backstory on Castle Dahlvier and the relationship between the count and Lerrek in the story Bride of Count Dahlvier.
The Celenese hero Dothmar, wielder of the dread sword Concluder, rose from obscurity to the high court of Enstad by virtue of his prowess. He was elevated to the title of Fastaal by the Queen Yolande for his service in the Hateful Wars, after which he took a place by her side as the new Prince Consort. Follow his adventures in the Saga of Kristryd Olinsdotter.
Iggwilv: Mother of Witches
She’s called the “mother of witches,” but she’s also the mother of Iuz and the consort of Graz’zt. Few characters have been the cause of so much woe or left such a scar across the history of the Flanaess. Now get the story of Iggwilv: Mother of Witches as told in the folk tales of Ket, Bissel, and Perrenland.
The son of Iggwilv and Graz’zt, he’s the baddie of the World of Greyhawk, the Sauron of the Flanaess, and a truly unpleasant personage. After escaping the Castle of the Mad Mage, Iuz built an empire and unleashed armies for conquest in the Greyhawk Wars. Get to know the Eldritch Lord of Evil in stories by Gary Gygax like Behind the Throne of Iuz and The Fall of Molag.
Perhaps the most famous lich of the Flanaess after Vecna, the fearsome Lerrek lurks in twin gargoylian towers within the the great Vesve. But before he undertook the ceremony, he adventured with the Blood-Seeker mercenaries and briefly became the consort of Iggwilv, mother of Witches. Could Lerrek be the father of the vampiress Delzna? Find out in the story of Iggwilv: Mother of Witches.
Archmage and former member if the Circle Eight, the great Leomund is famous for his contributions to the magical studies in the world of Greyhawk. He is the creator of spells like Leomund’s Tiny Hut and Secret Chest. The story of his life is full of contradictions, but you can read about the end of Leomund’s journey in this moving tribute to his player, Len Lakofka. Read Leomund on the Edge of Forever.
His Most Ferocious Majesty, the Despot Turrosh Mak, Lord over the Orcish Empire of the Pomarj took control of the scattered humanoid tribes of the Pomarj Peninsula and, during the Greyhawk Wars, forged “an empire where none had stood.” Now get the story of the making of Turrosh Mak, Oerth’s most powerful half-orc.
Peralay of Celene
Originally a TSR action figure and NPC featured in The Shady Dragon Inn, Peralay of Celene is a hero of The Hateful Wars and wielder the dwarven blade Gnoll-Cleaver. He has often traveled in the company of Melf Brightflame and is among the best-loved heroes of the Perfect Flower Queen Yolanda. He makes his first appearance on Greyhawkstories at The Dragon’s Rest in Verbobonc.
Yolande of Celene
“Her Fey Majesty,” the “Faerie Queen,” the “Perfect Flower of Celene,” and “Lady Rhalta of All Elvenkind,” Queen Yolande rules over the elven kingdom of Celene. She was instrumental in expelling Keoland from the east and in the fight to purge the Lortmil Mountains in The Hateful Wars, a saga in which she played a major role. She also appears in the Gary Gygax novel Artifact of Evil.
There is no end to the number of tales that might be told about the illustrious Mad Arch-Mage, former mayor of Greyhawk City, and builder of Castle Greyhawk. Though he now enjoys his divine status as a minor deity of magic in the employ of Boccob, he was once an adventurer, and the founder of the Company of Seven (a precursor to the Circle of Eight). He also tutored his paramour/apprentice Iggwilv in the art of summoning and launched her infamous career: Read Tasha’s Hideous Laughter.