Blazon fig. 1: Black per fesse arched
gold, a mage symbol of the Black One red.
Blazon fig. 2:
Black, a fireball bendwise sinister proper.
Comments: The Valley of the Mage has been shrouded in secrecy
and conjecture as far as human memory goes. Even the long lived
elves don’t really have a complete history of the area, or
they are also concealing the truth. The two shields are relatively
new as the current ruler of the valley, Jaran Krimeeah, took up
residence near the turn of the 5th century.
Prior to the Greyhawk Wars the valley was assigned arms, fig.
2, by the Grand Duchy of Geoff’s Griffin King of Arms
as a placeholder. As the realm with the closest relations, if you
could call it that they need a symbol for that realm when making
official documents. Obviously not much thought went into it as
the fireball depicted is crude and not a widely recognized symbol
with in the science of heraldry. I find it amusing that the recording
herald placed the fireball facing sinister. Then
again, The Black
One wasn't know for his heraldic scholarship, perhaps he missed
This place holder arms lasted until the Greyhawk Wars, when the
delegation from Geoff and Sterich was received by false Black One,
Nyeru of Bissel,
and the delegates saw the arms of fig. 1 prominently displayed
in their accommodations, a Magnificent Mansion spell. As they did
the actual Black One there is doubt that this is actually the arms
of the Valley Kingdom.
However, I can confirm that the symbol at the top is the mage
mark of Jaran Krimeeah, a mark I had seen in intercepted documents
relating the Black One and his valley while I lived in Rauxes.
Nyeru would have to be sure that the Black One was truly dead or
mad to usurp this mark. So, either the Black Mage is no more or
Nyeru was acting on his behalf.
A brief note. Before the Black One's
arrival in the valley it was ruled by a Valley Elf King. There
is no known arms for this
previous Kingdom in any records that I have seen. It is rumored
that documents left behind by the last Elven King were held by
the Duke of
Geoff prior to the Greyhawk Wars, but their current whereabouts
since the Giant invasion has not been confirmed. Perhaps a description
or picture of the original arms could be found in them.
Saracenus Garasteth, Baron of Trellwood
Radiant Sun King at Arms