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 Post subject: Crown of Blackmoor
PostPosted: Feb 10, 2012 4:57 am 
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A tidbit from Greyhawk's version of Blackmoor:

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Archbaron Bestmo is said to be searching for the fabled Crown of Blackmoor. Wolf Nomads have spotted forces of Iuz roaming the Cold Marshes, avoiding Blackmoor proper. The Wolf Nomads propose an alliance with local enemies of Iuz, coordinating raids from the north and west.


Source: http://sites.google.com/site/gargaming/ ... /blackmoor

Arneson already has a lost Crown of the Elvenfolk so I wonder if we could use another Crown? Or is that one resting safely upon Uther's head during the ZGG continuity? :)

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 Post subject: Re: [GH] Crown of Blackmoor
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IIRC, that "Crown of Blackmoor" was really what in Arnesonian continuity is that "Throne of the Gods".

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 Post subject: Re: [GH] Crown of Blackmoor
PostPosted: Feb 10, 2012 8:20 am 
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Le Noir Faineant wrote:
IIRC, that "Crown of Blackmoor" was really what in Arnesonian continuity is that "Throne of the Gods".


I see nothing canonical to support this, but seems like a good enough theory. :)

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 Post subject: Re: [GH] Crown of Blackmoor
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:)

As I said, I recall it from somewhere.

But the source, I have no idea about any more. :)


Geez, old Rafe is getting old.

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 Post subject: Re: [GH] Crown of Blackmoor
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I doubt very few people outside these boards have heard of the Throne of the Gods. However, could this be tied to what you were thinking about?

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Elsewhere, Ranial the Gaunt organized resistance to the Aerdi, creating the Crown of Blackmoor in an attempt to wield the land's strange Oerthmagic against the invading armies of the Great Kingdom. Ultimately he failed, and the archbarony of Blackmoor became enfiefed to the distant empire of Aerdy, administered by viceroys of Ferrond.


Sauce: http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Blackmoor

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Hmm. Something that allows one to harness the wild magic of the land for it's own use, possibly in defense of the kingdom.

Joining the magic of the land with its mortal king. Now where have I seen that idea before?

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 Post subject: Re: Crown of Blackmoor
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The Crown of Blackmoor was originally from Greyhawk Adventures, page 78.

"This black, iron headpiece bears a large fire opal at the front. It was created by a powerful lich who used it to spread evil and destruction throughout the world, and now only the most wicked (or foolish) characters seek its powers. When the crown is placed on the head of a deceased evil character who has reached at least 18th level as magic-user, it reanimates the character as a lich."

That's all it does in Greyhawk Adventures.

The Living Greyhawk Gazetteer revealed that the Crown of Blackmoor was created by the lich-lord Ranial the Gaunt (probably named for the Ran of Ah Fooh), who used the Crown in an attempt to wield Blackmoor's Oerthmagic against the armies of the Great Kingdom. It's not clear if the Crown had additional Oerthmagic-related powers or if it just uses Oerthmagic to transform its wearer into a lich.

There's some more background in Oerth Journal #5. Ranial was a ruler of Dantredun whose family had been a noble house of Tenh. They had settled there in -176 CY, and Ranial led his rebellion a little more than 150 years later. Ranial was defeated at the Battle of Toadwash in approximately -20 CY, when he sank into the marsh. The Crown was rediscovered about 300 years later by Engren Erris, who transformed into a lich and ruled Blackmoor for three decades from his base in the town of Glendour until he was finally defeated by Archbaroness Morgaiste.


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Thanks for providing this additional information Rip! There is so much lore on Greyhawk Blackmoor to take in. I do like the connection between the Crown and Ranial/Ran though.

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Here is a connected (...duplicate...) thread on The Piazza: http://www.thepiazza.org.uk/bb/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=17810

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