Before the Greyhawk Wars, Crockport was formerly the provincial capital of Furyondy’s northern Barony of Kalinstren and was a prosperous town of 9,000 souls. It had both a naval harbor and a fishing harbor, which is shallow, since Rock Egg Isle is not far from the shoreline and it is sometimes possible to wade across to it during the autumn when the level of water in the Whyestil is low.
It was not until the conclusion of the Great Northern Crusade that it was restored to the light. In 588 CY, the Battle of Grabford provided Furyondy with a crucial victory that allowed it to encircle Crockport, the base of Iuz’s operations in the occupied lands. When the city finally fell, it was the site of uncontrolled chaos and slaughter of the occupying forces. Many fell victim to emotion in its recapture, and few good men remember the event with any degree of pride.
Today, Crockport is in ruins. The city suffered tremendous losses during the war, and even more when it was retaken. True to the character of Furyondy, the common folk refuse to surrender and have begun anew, gradually rebuilding the city. Now, only a few simple buildings are habitable including a small garrison of troops, an inn, and a small marketplace. There are rumors floating around that King Belvor has secretly visited the once-great city, and that he has grand new plans for reconstructing Crockport… perhaps even planning on another military offensive to be launched from the city.
Locations within Crockport:
The Crockpot Inn – The Innkeeper’s name is Belgros (male human Rogue L5). He is in his late twenties, with a slick and greedy air about him. He seems the type of fellow who would wheel and deal with Iuz himself if there was a profit to be had. He has long black hair and a dark shadow of a mustache. His hazel eyes absorb everything, but giveaway nothing.
The nearby island of Rockegg is a dangerous place. It seems that several vile things took residence there during Iuz’s reign, and there has yet to be any real effort made to clear it of them. During the last low autumn tide, one of the creatures, a mad owlbear, even made its way across to the shore. Anyone willing to clear the island may earn a few sheafs, as well as some reputation within the region.
History during the Greyhawk Wars: The Greyhawk Wars were not kind to Furyondy. The northern cities of Crockport and Grabford fell quickly and were lost while the capital city Chendl was besieged for months suffering significant damage. The Whyestil Lake navy was decimated and narrowly escaped complete destruction at terrible cost and only the most desperate defense in the northern provinces and the Vesve Forest stopped the advance of Evil.
With the ratification of the great Pact of Greyhawk in Harvester 584 CY, however, the wars came to an end. Furyondy and Iuz alike licked terrible wounds across a newly formed border and miles of physical and emotional devastation. Despite this, Belvor and his advisers worked behind the scenes to deal a telling blow to the enemy to the north. An alliance with Veluna, always a strong ally and moral compass for Furyondy, resulted in the recovery of the Crook of Rao and the Flight of Fiends in Coldeven 586 CY. Without his support structure of fiendish officers, Iuz’s armies lost much of their striking power and organization. Belvor knew well that this chaos would not last forever. Furyondy’s plight demanded action. At great cost to his own power and holdings, King Belvor IV initiated the Great Northern Crusade.
Finally, in 588 CY, the Battle of Grabford provided Furyondy with a crucial victory that allowed it to encircle Crockport, the base of Iuz’s operations in the occupied lands. When the city finally fell to the forces of weal, it was the site of uncontrolled chaos and slaughter of the occupying forces. Crockport had been the goal of the great Northern Crusade. Many fell victim to emotion in its recapture, and few good men remember the event with any degree of pride.
If Crockport had been the initial goal of the Crusade, however, general revenge, and the ultimate destruction of Iuz the Evil soon took its place. Recaptured lands revealed the horrible truth of the occupation—entire villages had been reanimated; Iuz’s agents knew no pity, and reveled in destruction and butchery. Exactly three years after calling the original Crusade, Belvor appeared in public in Chendl, proclaiming a “permanent and unalterable state of war” between Furyondy and the Empire of Iuz.
War has continued in the form of cross-border raids and magical assaults, spy operations, assassination and sabotage, and mercenary strikes against supply and headquarters units. Whole months pass without noteworthy actions (in the public eye, at least). Still, the ultimate goal of Iuz’s downfall burns in the hearts and minds of all Furyondians.