Overking was a title used by a ruler, equivalent to a king.


The orc kingdom of Vastar was ruled by an overking. Ologh the Overking held the position and created a throne himself, but died in 572 DR, leaving the position of overking vacant.[1][2][3] After a civil war, Grimmerfang seized the throne but took the title Orc-King instead.[1][3]

In 1367 DR, the archmage Yuthrygg of the Many Miracles declared himself overking of Tethyr, but this was contested by Galthaunt the Grimcloak.[4]

The same year, the rulers of the cities of Chessenta considered some joint security measures, including the installation of an overking to protect the nation as a whole. However, they determined that none of them should be raised to overking, and argued over the selection process and possible candidates. Various factions put forth their own candidates.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  2. Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 61. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 143–144. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  5. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 37. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.