Friday, November 20, 2020

#FollowFriday: Tasha / Iggwilv on the Web

It is another Follow Friday here and since we are wrapping up Tasha's Week of Everything I thought it might be nice to detail some of the sites on the web and social media that feature Iggwilv, Tasha, and items from her history.

The Web

Tasha from HeroForge
Tasha from HeroForge
Lots of great stuff here really. 

Greyhawk Online has a wiki full of details.

Likewise, the Forgotten Realms wiki has some entries for her. 

She has even made appearances in Golarion from the Pathfinder wiki.  In particular as a former Queen of Irrisen.  According to the Golarion timeline, she ruled 4113 AR to 4213 AR (current year 4720 AR).
If you want some fiction about Tasha/Iggwilv then there is Tommy John Kelly's Greyhawk Stories Page
Greyhawk Online has a number of posts featuring S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.


Iggwilv from HeroForge
Iggwilv from HeroForge
Lots of people have had some words about Iggwilv in the blogging circles too. Here are some of them

James over at Grognardia gives her an uncharacteristically brief mention in his post about The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.

Sean McG has written up an extensive post on the publication history of Iggwilv, which he keeps updated at the Power Score.

Mike Bridges at Greyhawkery also has a few posts.

And of course, Greyhawk Grognard has some posts. Though he is not as enamored with the adventure as I am. 

Blogger Trent over at The Mystical Trash Heap has some thoughts on S4 as well.

Paleologos at the OSR Grimoire has a post on Drelnza the Vampiress Lord and talks a lot about the original Lost Caverns of Tsojconth

Social Media

Baba Yaga from HeroForge
Baba Yaga from HeroForge
There is a ton of social media out there. What places are best for Iggwilv and Tasha?





JB said...

Hmm...I guess I'm rusty on my Greyhawk lore. Is Tasha the same person as Iggwilv? That seems strange (and irritating, too...why can't there be more than one legendary witch in a setting that clearly has MANY legendary wizards?). And aren't Graz'zt, Iggwilv, and company unique to Greyhawk? Why are they in the Forgotten Realms? Is Iuz there, too?

I'm confused.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Why they made Tasha and Iggwilv the same I don't know, but it has been that way for a while. Of course, lots of wizards/witches use different names. Gandalf has like what a dozen or so other names?

JB said...

Gandalf does, though most appear to be (more-or-less) translations of the same term in different languages/cultures.

Yeah, after I wrote your comment I reviewed your blog and saw that I missed a lot of posts on the subject, explaining the evolution of the IP. I kind of...hate all of it. I find this type of "creative use" of an existing IP to be, well, somewhere between disappointing (at best) and immensely detestable (at worst).

But I guess it is what it is. I'm sure somewhere in there there's some poorly drawn connection between Acerak and Iggwilv as well. Probably they had a love triangle with Keraptis "back in the day."

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I like it. I see a logic to it all.
A chaotic, amoral spellcaster would have a long history of various names, guises, and identities.

JB said...

I suppose, man. But I can see also see an egotistical would-be tyrant/world dominator insisting on a single name, so as not to "dilute the brand." If there's power (fear, respect, prestige) in one's name, why use anything else? Why take the chance of NOT getting credit for some piece of awesome evil-ness that I have done?

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I see at names have power and since none are her true name then any enemy would not be able to use that name against her.

Pride is one thing, but several layers of protection is another.

Plus the older the witch or wizard is the more names they will likely have to obscure other deeds.

SirXaris said...

Regarding Iggwilv/Tash:

I believe that Tasha being an alias of Iggwilv was written into her history later in order to explain how she managed to apprentice herself to Zagyg in her youth, then abscond with many of his powerful magic items when she had learned as much as she wanted. It was a temporary alias used for a single purpose. That is all.