Earldom of the Tangles
|Earldom of the Tangles|
|Region||Empire of Iuz (Bandit Lands)|
The Earldom of the Tangles is a minor independent state within the Bandit Kingdoms. It consist of the entire forest known as the Tangles, the western portion of the Rift Barrens, as well as the plains bordering the old Shield Lands and Warfields.
The Earldom was formed by a group of adventurers devoted to Olidammara. These were a jovial people, but were continually tested by hobgoblin raids. The Earldom suffered greviously during the Greyhawk Wars during which time the Earldom was fully occupied by the forces of Iuz. Only the most inaccessible part of the Tangles forest remains in the hands of the lands original rulers.
The forces of Iuz worship their god, while the original inhabitants remain faithful to Olidammara and, to a degree, Trithereon. This recent devotion to The Summoner is primarily due to the fact that, since 585 CY, the rebel forces have been receiving considerable magical aid from clerics of Trithereon located within Furyondy.
Common, Orc, Goblin and Halfling.
Iuz currently rules the Earldom by means of his puppet, Earl Aundurach, an evil human and cleric of Iuz. Aundurach was recently made a member of the Lesser Boneheart and has proven to be a harsh and ineffective ruler. The city of Hallorn is the old capital and still serves as the seat of government for Aundurach.
Earl Aundurach has a magical scepter, which he likes to flamboyantly display. This scepter is said to be made from the bones of Reynard, the Tangles' bandit chief who was captured and slain in 589 CY.
Aundurach's charge is to rule and control all activities in the northwest portion of the Bandit Lands, though he has failed in accomplishing this.
The occupation forces of Iuz comprise the military for the Earldom, while human, elven and half-elven forces comprise the rebel forces within the Tangles' deep forest.
The city of Hallorn was briefly turned into a city of undead and zombies, thanks to Iuz' former commander, an insane priest, and his demonic allies. After the death of this priest and the Flight of Fiends, the town returned to a more normal demeanor, though one with a much more evil leaning.