Thursday, October 16, 2014

Questions about Rary and Robilar

I'm looking into Rary and Robilar for an upcoming post and I'm kind of stumped on resources. Does anyone know of some good resources to use for researching the duo?


  1. Hawk & Moor perhaps - I haven't finished reading it yet, but it does seem to go into who played what characters back in the early days

  2. In the early days of 3e, Gygax wrote a series of articles for Dragon magazine detailing some of the adventures Robilar had. Not sure which issues, though--its been a long while.

    If you can get a hold of it, "Rogue's Gallery" has Robilar's stats with a bit of background.

    As for Rary--I'm not certain unless you don't mind me referring you to AD&D 2e sources.

    1. I actually would prefer the 2e stuff if you've got any in mind.

    2. Canonfire Greywiki to the rescue!

    3. Oh mein gott im Himmel!

      "Rary was a low-level PC of Brian Blume..."

      You think maybe, just maybe, the whole storyline where Rary betrays the "Circle of Eight" may have been inspired by certain, real life, events...

  3. Obviously Rary the Traitor (2e) has the most background about those two. City of Greyhawk boxed set does a small bit on Rary. Later 3e developments are all taken with a grain of salt (such as Robilar in Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk), but there was also a good Rary/Robilar article in Dungeon (98?) by Creighton Broadhurst.

  4. You've probably already checked these out but the Dragonsfoot forums with EGG and Rob Kuntz, and Rob's blog, also cover a lot of their antics. I think an early S&T or Dragon had a report on one of Robilar's adventures involving some iron golems. The only things that stick for me are that Robilar had an army including a lot of orcs along with humans, and I saw something about the Rary PC being retired at a certain level because he wanted to be "Medium Rary" -- though I am not sure what level/class would have the title "medium" -- maybe an OD&D cleric?

  5. Here are all of the references in my Greyhawk database:

    City of Greyhawk: Folk, Feuds and Factions 25,27
    Dragon Magazine #82 58
    Dragon Magazine #194 53,54,55
    Dragon Magazine #230 12
    Dragon Magazine #233 92
    Dragon Magazine #249 90-96
    Dragon Magazine #268 70
    Dragon Magazine #269 65
    Dragon Magazine #299 99
    From the Ashes: Atlas of the Flanaess 9,10
    From the Ashes: Campaign Book 8,11,85
    From the Ashes: References Card #13
    Greyhawk Adventures 3,67,68,128
    Greyhawk Wars: Adventures 24
    Living Greyhawk Gazetteer 16,37,38,68,126,128,143,144,154,156
    Living Greyhawk Journal #0 6,7,8,9,10
    Living Greyhawk Journal #1 27
    Living Greyhawk Journal #3 15,26
    Players Guide to Greyhawk 11,21,23,26,51
    The Return of the Eight 3,5,10,20,53,54,57-60
    Slavers 127
    The Adventure Begins 2,4,37,38,62,71,76,97,98,110,122,123
    The Adventure Begins: Adventure Maps 2
    The Doomgrinder 7
    The Star Cairns 5,38,46
    WGA4 Vecna Lives! 10,14,17,20,87,88,94
    WGR3 Rary the Traitor
    WGR5 Iuz the Evil 5,37

    Arcane Puissance of the Memory By Rary:
    Dragon Magazine #82 58

    Lost Spellbook of Rary the Traitor:
    Dragon Magazine #249 90,91,93,94,95,96

    Rary's Mnemonic Enhancer:
    Players Handbook (AD&D) 78
    Player's Handbook (AD&D 2nd Edition) 162

    WGR3 Rary the Traitor:
    Dragon Magazine #191 65,68
    Dragon Magazine #194 53
    Dragon Magazine #241 43
    The Return of the Eight 54,58
    The Adventure Begins: Adventure Maps 4,5

    Dragon Magazine #37 11
    Dragon Magazine #249 92,94
    Dragon Magazine #290 22
    Dragon Magazine #291 20
    Dragon Magazine #294 95
    Dragon Magazine #295 20
    Dragon Magazine #301 16
    Dragon Magazine #AN2 96,97,98
    From the Ashes: Atlas of the Flanaess 7,9,10
    From the Ashes: Campaign Book 85
    Greyhawk Wars: Adventures 24
    Living Greyhawk Gazetteer 15,16,37,38,63,126
    Living Greyhawk Journal #0 5,6,10
    Living Greyhawk Journal #2 2,8
    Living Greyhawk Journal #5 4
    Players Guide to Greyhawk 11,23,24,26
    Rogues Gallery 46
    The Return of the Eight 3,35,42,54,57-59
    Return to the Tomb of Horrors 3
    T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil 28,34,111
    The Adventure Begins 4,37,38,61,71,76,77,98,99,111
    WG6 Isle of the Ape 6
    World of Greyhawk Gazetteer IC,12,19
    WGR3 Rary the Traitor 4,7-12,16,20,21,26,31,45,48-53
    WGR5 Iuz the Evil 5
    World of Greyhawk Boxed Set: A guide to 27,42,IBC

    Those are all of the published canon or near-canon references that I am aware of up through v3.5. My database currently does not include fan produced materials such as Oerth Journal, Dragonsfoot, Canonfire! or blogs. Nor does it include anything published only on the WotC website (I got tired of fixing broken links). Some RPGA Living Greyhawk material is included, but I currently do not have access to most of it.

    Early material on Rary is sketchy because he was a PC belonging to Brian Blume who retired him at 3rd level to forever remain a bad pun. There is a Wikipedia Page with a fair amount of background.

    Robilar was one of Rob Kuntz's PCs and there is a wealth of lore surrounding him. Some of it can also be found on Wikipedia


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