Aedorich

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Greyhawk Character
Aedorich
Homeland Atirr
Gender Male
Race Human
Age 450+ (presumed deceased)
Class Magic-user
Alignment

Aedorich of House Atirr, called Atirr Aedorich in Greyhawk Adventures and Aeodorich in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer, was a famed hero and explorer of the Great Kingdom who rose to become Lord Admiral of the imperial navy and finally Herzog of North Province.

Description

Perhaps the finest naval captain the Great Kingdom ever knew, Aedorich wielded Firannxear (Old Oeridian for "Flame upon the Waves"), a +2 flaming burst bastard sword.

Home

As Herzog, Aedorich ruled North Province from the city of Atirr.

History

In 155 CY, when Aedorich was still a young man, he was sent by his father to the university of Rel Astra (the Sorcerer's Nexus), a center of magical learning. On the way there, Aedorich's ship was caught in a sudden squall and the ship's hull was torn open on one of the protruding spires of the infamous Sinking Isle. While the crew worked the pumps and struggled to patch the hole, Aedorich sketched the weirdly phosphorescent landscape. An hour after he began, a great wave lifted the vessel clear and the travelers continued to their destination. Aedorich vowed to return.

Eleven years later, in 166 CY, Aedorich had achieved the rank of Lord Admiral and was considered the greatest naval captain of his time. Leading a young but powerful naval force from the Sea Barons, Aedorich set out from Dullstrand to invade the marauding pirates of the Lordship of the Isles, his warriors bolstered by battle-mages and clerics of Procan. In 168 CY, at the Battle of Ganode Bay, Aedorich's force finally destroyed the Duxchaner resistance. The accolades Aedorich received from this victory eventually propelled him to the rank of Herzog, ruling prince of North Province.

Under the leadership of Aedorich, members of House Atirr explored far afield, charting the eastern coast of Hepmonaland and founding the colony of Solhabenn.

Later, the now middle-aged Herzog Aedorich finally had the leisure to fulfill his earlier oath. By examining certain tomes of Suloise authorship and using the mystical arts he learned in Rel Astra, he was able to predict accurately (or, some believe, even control) the rising and falling of the mysterious Sinking Isle. There, Aedorich painstakingly cataloged panes of exotic stained glass, twisted artworks crafted by the sahuagin from lead and gold, and a book protected from the water by a lead casket. He brought his discoveries to Rauxes, giving them as tribute to the Overking but hoping to study them further in his retirement. He was especially interested in the book.

This was not to be, because two years after his last expedition to the Sinking Isle, he and all hands aboard his ship died in a storm off the coast of North Province that even his powers were unable to quell. All known records and charts of the expeditions of House Atirr and the magical knowledge that Aedorich used to gain reliable access to the island were lost in the Turmoil Between Crowns, but it is believed that remaining scions of House Rax may still have the book, at least, in their possession.

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