Ambassadors to Greyhawk

Official foreign ambassadors to the City of Greyhawk come from the United Kingdom of Ahlissa, the City of Dyvers, the Kingdom of Furyondy, the City of Irongate, the Kingdom of Keoland, the Kingdom of Nyrond, all three Ulek states, the County and Duchy of Urnst, the Archclericy of Veluna, and the Viscounty of Verbobonc. Unofficial representatives are present from a number of other groups and realms, including the Circle of Eight, the Iron League, the Kingdom of Celene (actually the Knights of Luna), the Knights of the Hart, the Knights of the Watch, the Knights of Holy Shielding (and the small part of their retaken homeland around Critwall), the Rangers of the Gnarley Forest, Ket, Perrenland, and the Assembly of the Kron Hills (gnome clans in rebellion against Verbobonc). Only the official ambassadors from the Duchy of Urnst and Furyondy do not live in the ambassadorial complex ( Embassy Circle). Unofficial representatives are widely scattered around the city.

Most ambassadors, as expected, have interests centering on money. They would like better trade deals with Greyhawk (meaning lower import tariffs), though a few nations like Nyrond and Furyondy secretly ask for direct contributions to buttress their war-damaged economies. Alliances against common enemies (particularly the Empire of luz, the Scarlet Brotherhood, and the Orcish Empire of the Pomarj) are also high on their lists. The Domain of Greyhawk currently has border problems only with the Orcish Empire of the Pomarj (obviously) and the Duchy of Urnst (in a low-grade, annoying sort of way).

Greyhawk’s Directing Oligarchy currently faces armed threats or the threat of subversion from the three above-named enemies. The Principality of Ulek is trying to work out mutual-aid pacts and defensive strategies against the Orcish Empire with Greyhawk, but feels the Oligarchy has too narrow a vision of the problem. Both the principality and Greyhawk are greatly frustrated with Celene’s refusal to become involved in the troubles. Moreover, there are movements afoot in Narwell and Safeton for them to ally and become more independent of Greyhawk’s rule, which weakens the Oligarchy’s position. The County and Duchy of Ulek and the Knights of Luna are strongly allied with the principality and equally
angry with Celene.

Furyondy, Veluna, Verbobonc, Dyvers, the reclaimed Shield Lands, and the County of Urnst are allied against the Empire of luz. All are angry with Ket and Perrenland for refusing to cooperate against the demigod’s forces. Veluna and Keoland are furious with Ket even now for Ket’s invasion of Bissel during the Greyhawk Wars, performed after making an alliance with luz (never mind that the beygraf who signed the deal is dead now, and Ket is more suspicious of luz than before). Furyondy, Dyvers, the Duchy of Urnst, and the County of Urnst are acting to keep the Nyr Dyv safe and free of piracy; Greyhawk once supported this activity, but now leaves the work (and financing) to others.

Nyrond, Keoland, the Duchy of Urnst, and the Principality of Ulek are allied with Greyhawk against the Scarlet Brotherhood, which still has control over Onnwal and part of the Hold of the Sea Princes. The United Kingdom of Ahlissa opposes the Brotherhood, but separately. Greyhawk wants a blockade against Scant, Onnwal’s sole major port, but this would be costly, and only Ahlissa could afford it (if it had the ships, which have to be rebuilt from long misuse and neglect).

In lesser matters, the Duchy of Urnst would like to get some of its Cairn Hills mines and dwarf allies back, but Greyhawk wants to keep them. Bandits and humanoids plague the hilly border between both states. Greyhawk has asked the independent Rangers of the Gnarley Forest to step up attempts to find the Blackthorn lair of humanoids. Greyhawk would like help against the pirates in Woolly Bay (supported by the Orcish Empire and likely the Scarlet Brotherhood as well), but few northern states can send help. Rebels in Onnwal are asking for support through the Iron League, and Greyhawk likes this idea as a free Onnwal would certainly suppress piracy and open the seas to free trade and movement again. Nyrond, the Duchy of Urnst, and Ahlissa are also supportive of this plan, in their own ways. Dyvers, as always, is attempting to expand its sources of trade (at Greyhawk’s expense, if possible).

The Lord Mayor and Directing Oligarchy meet on a quarterly basis with all foreign ambassadors to the city, at the Lord Mayor’s Palace in High Quarter. This directors-and diplomats meeting can continue for several days if many important matters are being covered or a city emergency is present. These meetings can be tense affairs, though usually all present try to restrain themselves and discuss their concerns in a civilized manner. The Lord Mayor meets privately with the other Directors after the ambassadors have gone back to their homes. Some ambassadors meet with the Directors on a monthly basis, particularly those from the Urnst states, Nyrond, Furyondy, and Veluna.


Ambassadors to Greyhawk

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