Greyhawk: From the Ashes
Kingdom of Furyondy
Furyondy, properly known as the Kingdom of Furyondy, is a feudal kingdom of the Flanaess, and a successor state of Ferrond.
- Proper Name: Kingdom of Furyondy
- Ruler: His Pious Majesty, the King of Furyondy, Belvor IV
- Government: Feudal monarchy, hereditary Kingship (no current heir) limited by Noble Council
- Capital: Chendl
- Allies: Highfolk, Veluna, Shield Lands, the Ulek States, Verbobonc, Dyvers
- Enemies: Empire of Iuz, Scarlet Brotherhood, Horned Society, Ket (distrusted), Rhennee (distrusted)
- Population: 1 ½ million—Human 79%, Elf 9%, Halfling 5%, Dwarf 3%, Gnome 2%,
Half-elf 1%, Half-orc 1%
- Languages: Common, Velondi (in the west), Elvish, Halfling.
- Provinces: Eight major provinces ruled by hereditary nobility (“the Seven Families”) Chendl and the Fairwain Province, Barony of Kalinstren, Barony of Littleberg, Barony of Willip, County of Crystalreach, Duchy of the Reach, The Gold County, Viscounty of the March
- Major Towns: Baranford, Caronis, Chendl, Crockport, Free Borough, Gorsend, Grabford, Greatwall, Kisail, Libernen, Littleberg, Pantarn, Redoubt, Willip
- Resources: Foodstuffs, cloth, gold, wines, fish, shipbuilding supplies
Originally part of the Viceroyalty of Ferrond known as Furyon, Furyondy claimed independence from the Great Kingdom of Aerdy in 254 CY. The nation’s first king, Thrommel I, was crowned that same year. In 288, the Furyondyian capitol was moved from Dyvers to Chendl. Dyvers would eventually secede from Furyondy in 526 CY.
Modern Furyondy is bordered by the Nyr Dyv to the east; by the Veng River, Whyestil Lake, and the Vesve Forest to the north; and by the Velverdyva River to the south and west.
The Noble Council Provinces
As of 586 CY, the population of Furyondy totaled 1,481,800 persons, the vast majority being humans of chiefly Oeridian stock. Elves, halflings, dwarves, and gnomes make up less than 20% of the total population.
The most popular deities among Furyondians are Heironeous, Rao, Saint Cuthbert, Mayaheine, Zilchus, Trithereon, Fharlanghn, and Beory. The King himself used to be a Paladin of Heironeous before he was forced to lay down his call so that he could pick up his brothers crown.
The most widely-spoken languages in Furyondy include Common, Velondi, Elvish, and Halfling.
The Kingdom of Furyondy is a hereditary feudal monarchy. The power of the kingship is limited by the Noble Council. Since 288 CY, the nation’s capitol has been Chendl.
Furyondy is noted for its foodstuffs, cloth, gold, wines, fish, and shipbuilding supplies. The Furyondy standard coinage consists of the platinum paladin (pp), gold wheatsheaf (gp), electrum knight (ep), silver sheridan (sp), and copper common (cp).
Furyondy’s nationwide road system was at one time one of the best in the Flanaess. Much of it lies in shambles, however, due to the nation’s coffers being drained by the Greyhawk Wars of 574-584CY.
Much waterborne traffic takes place along Furyondy’s rivers and across the Nyr Dyv. Whyestill Lake and the Veng are rarely used, however, due to the ever-present threat from the Empire of Iuz to the north.
Furyondy has one of the most impressive armies in the Flanaess. Augmented by adventurers and mercenary bands, the full might of Furyondy’s national infantry and cavalry forces stands at roughly twenty thousand soldiers, with roughly the same amount raised by local lords.
Taken together, then, Furyondy is easily capable of fielding a force of 20,000 men without disrupting the economy of the nation. Twice this number is reasonably sustainable and three times this number is possible with a full mobilization.
A note must, of course, be made of Furyondy’s traditional allies. Troops from Veluna, particularly clerical forces from religious orders that span the two countries, serve frequently with Furyondian forces, usually when there is open conflict with to Iuz. Highfolk similarly supplies companies of elven archers and rangers which act as scouts and elite borderers. While small in overall number, these bodies of troops provide valuable specialist service that is much respected in Furyondy.
The Furyondian Guard
Stationed in and near the capital of Chendl, the Furyondian Guard serves as the King’s personal body of troops, a crown guard.
By itself, Furyondy fields perhaps the most capable, and certainly the most battle tested, army in the Flanaess. In combination with Veluna and Highfolk, Furyondy is the preeminent military power in the Flanaess. King Artur’s patronage of independent knightly orders promises to only increase Furyondy’s striking power on the battlefield. Iuz has, no doubt, taken concerned account of his southern neighbor.
The Furyondian Royal Navy patrols the Nyr Dyv, protecting the coasts from dangerous monsters and pirates. The navy is based in Willip at the largest dockyard in the Flanaess, the Willip Arsenal.