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Known History: Pre-Ferric Years

History up to and concerning the Ferric era is markedly spotty, due in part to the numerous paradigm shifts in the world, as well as the attempts of early historians of Greyhawk to dismiss all that occurred before as a dark age unworthy of attention. However, it is commonly agreed upon that the earliest recorded instance of civilization began around 10,000 years prior to the construction of Greyhawk. Mortal races created nomadic, barbarian-style kingdoms, living largely at the mercy of extra planar beings that accidentally strayed into the mortal planes. Gods still walked the earth in mortal form, magic was still unplumbed, and the world was wild.

The first attempt at real civilization was made, of course, by the elves, who then began feuding with the less advanced races. It is presumed by historians that elves were the first to master the art of creating new realities via magic, as studies of the Locked World show that it can be traced back to this time period. Thus, outsiders are less common, as are gods.

Eventually the other mortal races learn that rather than fight elven culture, it would be more prudent to assimilate to it. As such, over course of centuries, all races become more or less equal, and develop primate feudal states. Evidence shows that for the next several thousand years this was the norm, until the founding of Ferris.

The Ferric Years 3,900 bcg – 600 bcg

See main article: Ferris for more detail.

It is unsure where exactly Ferris stood, but it is believed that it was located close to where Greyhawk would be built millennia later. However, much more certain is the enormous impact that the Ferric empire had on subsequent civilizations. Its culture was markedly similar to Greyhawk’s, and it shared Greyhawk’s long-lived stability and prosperity. The base of power was the city of Ferris, a metropolis enormous even by contemporary standards, where the long line of Regdar kings presided. Adventuring and commerce flourished, as the empire expanded to cover much of Toric. Thus it is considered to be the first real nation (at least on the continent). Much of the nation’s colorful character remains in such legends as The Merry Adventures of Typhodi and Beladick, The Longest Tab, and The Rescue of King Regdar the 24th. Near the end of it’s history, the world was rocked by a cataclysm that signaled the end of the city of Ferris and the empire as well. While the work of epic heroes ensured that the world managed to survive, the mortal races were left adrift for several centuries until the Reunion.

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