Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Suel References

From: Acererak the Eternal <ACERERAK@AOL.COM>

Date: Fri, Aug 14, 1998 4:16 AM

Subject: Re: [GREYTALK] slerotin's passage, underoerth, the mother, drow,tharizdun

« Im sure there must be some canon that invalidates all this. If so where is it?»

I hope this reference list helps. I published it once before to GreyTalk, but it was a few months ago and you may not have received it if you just signed on.

The following compilation contains primarily Suel references but other related information has been included, as the data reflects on the combined Suel historical picture. The list progresses chronologically by printing date, followed by book name, article title, page number(s), and some Suel facts learned from reading the text. 

I hope this helps .... there are lots of "crunchy bits" here, as Lisa Stevens would say .. ..

(1980) Greyhawk FOLIO

A Brief History of Eastern Oerik, page 5-6

--- "Kendeen Pass" was the trail used by the Suel to cross over the southern Crystalmist mountains (now called the Hellfurnaces) into the east. [This pass was later destroyed by a volcano - see Dragon #241, Legacies of the Suel lmperium, page 44]

--- A coalition of Suel "Fruzt", "Schna", and mercenary barbarians mounted a major foray into Aerdian North province, but was crushed.

--- Ore, Hobgoblin, Goblin, and Kobold are referred to as Euroz, High Jebline, Jebli, Celbit respectively (see page 3, Foreword, under Humanoids). Based on later references, these are probably Flan names.

--- Dwarf, Gnome, Halfling, and Elf are referred to as Dwur, Noniz, Hobniz, and Olve respectively (see page 3, Foreword, under Demi-Humans). Based on later references, these are probably Flan names [see Dragon #241, Legacies of the Suel lmperium, page 40]

Sketch of the Rain of Colorless Fire, page 5.

(1983) MONSTER MANUAL II, hardcover book

Hordling (Hordes of Hades), page 75-76

--- The only known method of drawing more than one "hordling" to the prime material plane is the "bringer of doom", a strange device created by arcane magic during the Invoked Devastation and now lost.

(1983) ORIGINAL BOX: Guide to the World of Greyhawk book

A Brief History of Eastern Oerik, pages 8-11

--- The Suel Brought upon the Baklunish the "Invoked Devastation", which destroyed the Bakluni empire.

--- The remaining Baklunish brought down the "Rain of Colorless Fire", which destroyed the Suloise empire, and reduced it to what is now the "Sea of Dust".

--- The "Hellfurnaces" used to be referred to as the "Southern Crystalmists".

--- The majority of the migrating Suel were vile. They lied, stole, slew, and enslaved whenever they had the inclination.

--- The peaceful houses of Rhola and Neheli settled into the Sheldomar Valley (now primarily the Kingdom of Keoland).

--- The residents of the Hold of the Sea Princes, the northern Barbarian lands, the Scarlet Brotherhood (on the Tilvanot Peninsula), Amedio Jungle, Duxschan Islands, and the Tilva Straight area of Hepmonaland are primarily of pure Suel heritage.

Characteristics of Races, pages 13-14

--- Suel are fair skinned, some almost albino.

--- They have light red, yellow, blond, or platinum blonde hair.

--- Their eye color varies from pale blue or violet through deep blue, with gray occasionally occurring.

Racial and National Dress, page 14

--- Suel favor loose pantaloons topped by a baggy blouse.

--- Solid colors are usually worn.

--- Suel of aristocratic houses favor two or more solid colors.

--- All Suel favor displays of contrasting emblems or tokens on their garments.

Ancient & Current Languages, page 16

--- "Suloise" language became all but extinct due to the Rain of Colorless Fire.

--- "Cold Tongue", also known as "Fruz", is a Suel/Flan admixture spoken by the Ice, Snow, and Frost barbarians. Speakers of Suloise would find this language hard to understand.

--- "Lendorian" is an obscure dialect of Suloise spoken in the Spindrift Isles.

--- "Ancient Baklunish" is still spoken only by the modern Paynim tribes.

Sea of Dust, page 61

--- The Suel were merciless and haughty rulers.

--- The Suloise lands were inundated by "a nearly invisible fiery rain which killed all creatures it struck, burned all living things, ignited the landscape with colorless flame, and burned the very hills themselves to ash."

--- The Forgotten City is the lost capital of the Suel lmperium.

--- The Yeomanry sent an expedition to the western side of the Hellfurnaces, which returned with strange art objects and jewelry [it is implied they visited a ruined Suel city].

(1983) Greyhawk ORIGINAL BOX: Glossography book

The Lost Passage of the Suloise, page 27

--- Slerotin was the last "Mage of Power".

--- Slerotin caused a great tunnel to be magically made through the northeast mountains - a tunnel 300 feet wide, 30 feet tall, and 200 miles long.

--- The "Last Mage" sealed the tunnel when the last tribes passed out of the Empire and into the East, but the seal wore off after 1,000 years.

--- The Northeast terminus of the passage is guarded by a large black juggernaut, a stone golem variant (MM /165, 171 ).

--- The "Lerara" tribe was accidentally sealed inside the tunnel, and are now near albino.

--- These degenerate, inbred Suloise cultivate fungi for food, and use giant millipedes as draft animals.

--- The Lerara established trade with the Drow under the Hellfurnaces.

--- The Lerara worship an evil, huge, white, glowing ooze that covers a large cave. They call this monstrous rippling thing "The Mother".

--- The floor of "The Mother" cave is littered with the ancient treasures carried with the Lerara tribe as they were trapped.

(1987) SEA OF DEATH book, by Gary Gygax

--- Pages 239-240:

All mountains, even the high hills, of the ruined empire had been eaten away by the colorless fire - only nubs and mounds remained.

A great plateau withstood the colorless fire.

A river which began on the plateau, flowed there and grew, then plunged down to the land below, cutting a deep bed and feeding a great lake.

--- Pages 213-214:

A 20 foot wide underground aqueduct extended from the capital city for at least a hundred miles.

--- Pages 246-247:

The Suel wizards covered sections of the capital city with a 100 foot high stone dome to protect it from the Rain of Colorless Fire

--- Pages 266-267:

There is a conversation that suggests Suel warriors were honor-bound, but afterwards the same Suel warrior breaks that honor.

There is a description of the Temple of the Magi, wherein lies the "final key".

The theorpart (final key) was called the "Cone of the Magi" by the Suel.

Uattho was the mage-priest who guarded it (per Gary Gygax).

--- Page 188 & 190

The contents of four stone boxes are described as "coins, jewelry, uncut gems, ingots of metal."

Later, there is a more detailed description of Suel currency and valuables. There were big, golden coins, thick wheels of yellow that bore the head of a haughty-faced man on one side, and a sun on the other.

Also mentioned are silver coins, faceted gems, uncut stones, pearls, amber, ivory, and coral.

(1988) Greyhawk HARDCOVER BOOK

Sea of Dust, page 90-91

--- A few former Suel mountain towns still exist (now in ruin) in the western Hellfurnaces.

--- Suel ruins at the base of the Sulhaut mountains were forts.

--- Further into the Sea of Dust are walled Suel cities.

--- Architecture of the northern Suel basin cities is angular in design, similar to the Sea Princes and the Lendorians.

--- Architecture of the southwestern Suel basin cities consists of large domes and tall onion-topped minarets.

Twisted Forest, page 95-96

--- The "Drachensgrab Hills" were called the "Suenha Hills" by the Suel.

--- A history of the Suel people immediately following the "last disaster'' exists in the Keoish court of Niole Dra.

--- This history was penned by Uhas of Neheli.

--- Some powerful spellcasters of the Suel Empire are still alive in the twisted stone pillars.

Tovag Baragu, page 98-99

--- Centaur nomads meet annually in ceremonial commemoration of the Suelites destruction.

--- During this commemoration, the priests call down further curses on the Sea of Dust.

--- Tovag Baragu maintains the Sea of Dust's present condition (see Notes for the Dungeon Master).

Sketch of the Rain of Colorless Fire, page 7

(1988) WG7, CASTLE GREYHAWK module

Area 6: Room of Mystery, page 97

--- Zol Darklock was a shadow prince who also lived for a time as a noble of the Suloise Empire.

--- Xodast was a Suel arch-mage

--- Xodast, it was said, created the Bringer of Doom, an artifact that later played some part in the Invoked Devastation ...

--- Xodast imprisoned Zol in the small cubic artifact, "The Darkness That Holds All Shadows".

--- The cube artifact was found shortly after the devastation by a group of adventurers exploring the ruins of the Suel city "Suendrako".

--- The cube eventually came to rest in the dungeon of Castle Greyhawk

(1989) Greyhawk CITY BOX: Folk, Feuds, and Factions book

The Guild of Lawyers and Scribes, page 34

--- The city of Greyhawk's "Guild of Lawyers and Scribes" uses the ancient Suloise language for all its court documents.

--- Lawyers and scribes speak, read, and write the language very well, as it gives them a monopoly over legal records.

--- Unless a defendant speaks and understands Suloise, it would be impossible to defend himself within a court of law, and city legal records are similarly incomprehensible.

(1989) WG8, FATE OF ISTUS module

Jurnre, page 25-27 (sketch, page 26)

--- After the final Bakluni-Suel conflict, the Suel lordling lmmris of Rhola rallied his household and made his way across the Sheldomar Basin.

--- lmmris and his people were that small fraction of Suelites who were honorable and sought peace.

--- Jurnrese coins have square holes in their centers, carry the unicorn sigil of the House of Rhola, and bear the motto, "Peace in Strength" in the ancient Suel script.

Hesuel llshar, page 105-107 (sketch, page 106)

--- The most determined Suel nobility who escaped the Rain of Colorless Fire gravitated toward the Tilvanot Peninsula.

--- The climate of the Tilvanot Peninsula resembled the lost Suel homeland, a steady cool temperature and misty skies.

--- The Scarlet Brotherhood was founded in 5091 SD to prevent the "dilution of Suel virtues".

--- The Scarlet Brotherhood still speaks undiluted Ancient Suloise, and still use the ancient Suel calendar (SD).

--- The glories of the ancient Suloise society were slaveholding, assassination, ritual torture, and employment of goblinoid mercenaries to the highest magical and materials arts.

--- The Scarlet Brotherhood learned monk abilities from Kara-Tur natives.

(1990) WGA4, VECNA LIVES! module

Beyond the Crystalmists map, page 50

--- The Sulhaut Mountains were originally labeled "Suel-Haut", probably short for "Suel Halt" (per Roger Moore).

(1991) WGS2, HOWL FROM THE NORTH module

The Barbarian Lands of Greyhawk, page 5

--- All the barbarians peoples of eastern Oerik are pure Suloise.

--- The Frost Barbarians are Fruztii.

--- The Snow Barbarians are Schnai.

Karasten Meldraith, page 53

--- He is a 10th-level human, Nyrondese, male wizard of some antiquity.

--- He taught himself the Old Suloise tongue to further his research.

--- He is obsessed with myths and legends of the Suloise people.

(1992) FROM THE ASHES: Campaign book

The Star Cairns, page 36

--- Burial site of five Suloise wizards.

The Honeycombed Halls of Diirinken, page 37

--- UnderOerth home to a Derro clan calling itself the Diirinken, numbering 400-500 strong.

--- Rumors state the Derro here are rich with the treasure from ruined dwarven citadels. ["the ruined dwarven citadels" are probably "The Beauteous Cones of Baklarran" - see From the Ashes: Atlas of the Flanaess, page 67]

(1992) FROM THE ASHES: Atlas of the Flanaess

The Beauteous Cones of Baklarran, page 66-67 (city sketch, page 65)

--- Baklarran were a pre-devastation clan of dwarves.

--- They perished in the Invoked Devastation, but their homes survived.

---A soft white rock (called "tufak" in Baklunish) dissolved over time to create the cones.

--- Below the cones, great underground honeycombs of passages twist and turn. Isolated and malformed Derro are said to infest the area. [This is probably a reference to "The Honeycombed Halls of Diirinken" - see From the Ashes: Campaign book, page 37]

Suss Forest, page 53-54

--- It is said a lost and ruined city of the Suloise is hidden somewhere within.

Early History, page 3

--- Suel fled from the war with the Bakluni AND internecine strife (civil war).

--- Suel employed mercenaries, bandits, and humanoids.

--- Suel invaders of the Flanaess lied, cheated, stole, enslaved, pillaged, and killed out of hand.

(1995) MONSTROUS COMPENDIUM Annual, Volume 2

Suel Lich, page 79

--- The host of a Suel lich appears as a human with coarse leathery skin, and eyes that glow an ominous black fire. At venerable age, the host's entire head is bathed in black fire.

--- Hit dice: 15+

--- Suel liches were "some of the few creatures to survive the Rain of Colorless Fire."

--- Several of these liches migrated from Oerth to other worlds.

--- Some of these liches still roam, questing for wealth and power, while still others exist in hidden strongholds, continuing their ageless research.


--- Multiple Suel Gods articles

#86 Lendor and Norebo

#87 Kord and Phaulkon

#88 Syrul, Fortubo, and Wee Jas

#89 Pyremius, Beltar, and Llerg

#90 Phyto, Xerbo, and Osprem

#91 Lydiam, Braim, and Jascar

--- The Orbs of Dragonkind article (June 1996, #230), pages 8-16

The 8 Orbs of Dragonkind were made by the Suel.

lnzhilem II of the house of Neheli-Arztin was the fifth Mage of Power.

The partial house of Arztin ceased to exist due to retaliation for the slaying of lnzhilem II. The partial house of Neheli kept the throne with

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