Saga of Old City

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Saga of Old City
Cover of the book
AuthorGary Gygax
Cover artistClyde Caldwell
CountryUnited States
SeriesGord the Rogue
PublisherTSR, Inc.
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Followed byArtifact of Evil 

Saga of Old City is a 1985 fantasy novel by Gary Gygax, set in the world of Greyhawk, which is based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Plot summary[edit]

Saga of Old City was the first novel to feature Gord the Rogue. Saga of Old City starts in Gord's childhood, and ends with his triumphant return to Greyhawk City as a young man and master thief. He learns his trade in the 'beggars' guild', and gets involved in the gang war touched off by the beggars encroaching on the official thieves' guild's territory. He travels and has a variety of swashbuckling adventures, ranging from participating in a war, to liberating a young noblewoman held hostage, to defeating a demon with a druid, Curley Greenleaf, and a barbarian, Chert.

Publication history[edit]

Gary Gygax wrote a short story, "At Moonset Blackcat Comes", that appeared in the special 100th issue of Dragon in August 1985. This introduced Gord the Rogue to gamers just before Saga of Old City was scheduled to be released.[1] Saga of the Old City was published in 1985; this and its sequel Artifact of Evil were the only two novels published under TSR's Greyhawk Adventures written by Gygax.

This was Gygax's first novel, and it was edited by Kim Mohan.[2] It was the first Greyhawk novel.[3]

In 2008 Troll Lord Games released a new hard cover reprinting of Saga of Old City.



  1. ^ Gygax, Gary (August 1985). "At Moonset Blackcat Comes". Dragon. Lake Geneva WI: TSR (100): 22.
  2. ^ "TSR Profiles". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR, Inc. (#105): 62. January 1986.
  3. ^ Winter, Steve; et al. (October 2004). 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-3498-0.