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World of Greyhawk
The Greyhawk setting
was the first campaign setting created for the Advanced Dungeons
& Dragons game. This setting is a place where almost anything
is possible, a fantasy land where humanity shares a world
with elves, dwarves, dragons, giants, and other creatures
of myth, folklore, legend, and elsewhere. Magic is superior
to technology here; wizards cast great spells, and warriors
wield enchanted weapons against monstrous foes.
The land of the Greyhawk setting is called the Flanaess (fla-NESS),
an eastern peninsula on a vast continent called Oerik (OH-rik),
on a world known as Oerth. Oerth is much like Earth in nature
and climate, though with many differences as well. Oerth has
two moons, for instance, Luna (a great white moon) and Celene
(a smaller aquamarine moon). The calendar followed by inhabitants
of the Flanaess has 364 days, divided into 12 months of 28
days each, with week-long holidays between each season. Summertime
is long in the Flanaess, winter is mild, and crops are usually
good. Magic may be responsible for this.
The Flanaess is a European-like region where a central group
of numerous kingdoms and states, great and petty, struggle
for supremacy and survival against countless foes. A widespread
conflict called the Greyhawk Wars greatly damaged the fabric
of life here a handful of years ago. Armies of humanoids --
brutish creatures with human and bestial features -- march
across the land. Giants and extraplanar monsters lay waste
to civilization. A decaying empire breeds lawlessness and
debauchery in its realms and threatens its neighbors. A mysterious
elite order holds several nations in its evil grip. A vile
demigod rules a northern empire as a tyrant. Barbarians, assassins,
and monsters run rampant.
Yet the Flanaess is alive and vibrant, and it has great hope
for its future. Adventurers strike out against the enemies
of civilization and order, uncover lost and forgotten treasures,
and gain the magic and monies they need to become the new
heroes and leaders of their time. There are captured lands
to be retaken, artifacts to be rediscovered and used, and
incredible lands beyond the Flanaess to explore. It is an
age of adventure with no limit to what one person can achieve.
Original "Temple of Elemental Evil"
sinister force, long though destroyed, stirs from the black
hole that spawned it. Like an ebony darkness it prowls the
land and safety is but an illusion, for it watches from every
shadow and ponders possibilities.
What began years ago with the introduction of the players
to the quiet village of Hommlet and the amazing lands of Greyhawk,
at last is complete. Here is the long awaited campaign adventure
featuring the ruins of the Temple of Elemental Evil! Evil
broods and grows beneath those blasted stones. This is your
chance to drive it back and scatter its forces again.
This product includes the village of Hommlet, the filthy shire
of Nulb, and reveals the ruins of the Temple of Elemental
Evil and the labyrinths that lie beneath, a warren of darkness.
And beyond these ruins, even more is revealed.
For the first time this product provides a complete campaign
adventure which will take beginning characters from 1st all
the way to 8th level and possibly beyond! Hours of adventuring
The original "ToEE" was a AD&D 1st Edition module
for characters level 1-4. It was published in 1985 by TSR.
The authors of the module were Gary Gygax (the inventor of
Dungeons and Dragons) and Frank Mentzer.
In May '87 a new version of "ToEE" was created that
consisted of the original "The Village of Hommlett"
module (T1) and the name-giving "Temple of Elemental
Evil" module (T2) in one book.
The adventure starts in the Village of Hommlett, in central
Flanaess. Hommlett is a hamlet-sized village that is under
control of the noble Viscount of Verbobonc. Verbobonc is a
town approximately 30 leagues west of Hommlett. The village
prospered because the lord was very mild, taxes were low and
the trade was good. That stopped the moment evil arrived!
It is unknown from where it came, but some believe it came
from the city of Dyvers or from the forestlands bordering
the Wild Coast. First only bandits, then humanoids like goblins
or kobolds start harassing the local merchants. In these troubled
times an evil cleric erects a small chapel in a place called
Nulb, only six leagues away from Hommlett. The chapel eventually
becomes a great temple of evil and so the story unfolds...
The "ToEE" adventure was created with three things
1st it was created for starting characters, 2nd it should
slowly introduce the players to the "World of Greyhawk"
setting and third the village of Hommlet should serve as a
starting point for many adventures.
"The Temple of Elemental Evil" can cleary called
THE classic AD&D adventure.
The adventure is out-of-print for many years now, but can
be bought as an ESD here.
Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil"
legendary adventure updated for the new Dungeons & Dragons
game. The Temple of Elemental Evil is one of the most well-remembered
adventure series from the early days of the Dungeons & Dragons
game. Now, veteran designer Monte Cook revisits this legendary
setting in an all-new adventure written for the third edition
Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Players will enjoy countless
hours of play as they race against an evil band of priests
attempting to unleash the dark god upon the world.
The Return To series of adventures is a collection of tremendously
popular adventures that revisits the most infamous dungeons
from the early days of the D&D game. Seasoned D&D veterans
will enjoy the nostalgia of returning to the games they played
years ago, while newer players will appreciate the chance
to play in these legendary settings.
Monte Cook has worked in the game industry for 12 years. Recently,
he has devoted himself to working on the third edition D&D
rules (in particular, writing the D&D Dungeon Master's Guide)."
In July 2001, Wizards of the Coast published a sequel to the
famous ToEE module. This adventure was written by Monte Cook
and was created for use with the 3rd Edition of the D&D
rules. This adventure is still in print and you should be
able to get it at your local game store.
about the world of "Greyhawk"
- Official ToEE site (Link)
- Troika Games (Link)
Wizards of the Coast (Link)
- Greyhawk Inn forum (Link)
- Greyhawk Chronicles
- IBNobody's ÜberFAQ (Link)