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Hi! My new playeress, sister-in-law, wants to play heavily slavic inspisred wizard(-ress?) and so we come up to put her in nation that looks like the Slaves in setting. Problem is I don't know what would it be. So here is the question - what people and kingdoms are most "slavic" in Greyhawk setting?
Stonehold might be good. Perhaps the Snow/Frost/Ice barbarians. Many if not most of the nations in a Greyhawk campaign tend to be somewhat "generic" in that they are not "Germany with a different name" or "Scotland without the kilts" or some other fantasy version of real places. There's a few places that resemble real-world cultures/places but not in a hard-core way.
The slavic based myth of Baba (J)Yaga is part of Greyhawk canon. In fact, the witch queen, Iggwilv, was adopted and raised by Baba Yaga before becoming the infamous being she is today. That's the most I really know off the top of my head. Also, Yaga's dancing hut appeared in Dragon Magazine. Setting wise, I can't help as much.
As noted, the Flan-held parts of the North can be considered Slavic in flavor. This would include Stonehold, the western tundra dwellers of the Ice Barbarians, Tenha (Poland?), and probably the ethnic Flan minority of the Pale as well. (I'd argue the Rovers of the Barrens are slavic as well, but it seems very strongly that the writers were going for the pseudo-Native American feel when writing up that location. Of course, that doesn't preclude one from intrepreting the setting as they will...)
I've always felt the Rovers were supposed to be more Central-Asian in basis. The campaign nitch for the ancient Huns, or perhaps the Mongols. You know, the mounted horse-archers with a nomadic lifestyle, living in tents and raiding the neighbors for fun. I never really felt the writers were using Native Americans from North America as a basis for any groups or areas in Greyhawk campaign. Hepmonaland and tribes from other Scarlett Brotherhood regions, however, are Slap-in-the-face-obviously based on Aztecs, Mayas, Incas and some West African tribes/groups.
Anyway, as you said, it is a matter of interpretation and opinion, until the authors confess otherwise.
The Wolf and Tiger Nomad nations are lead by khans and organized into hordes, which would make them better candidates for being pseudo-Mongols. Conversely, the ruler of the Rovers is an ataman (Cossack/slavic title). I could see a very strong case for making them pseudo-Sarmatians (a horse-riding barbarian peoples linked with the Slavs); however, the campaign setting entry for them makes references to a sachem (a leadership term unique to Native Americans), hatchet and knife fighting specialists (a fighting style mainly associated with Native American fighters), and riders fighting unarmored but toting bows, lances, javelins, and sometimes hide shields (a fighting style mainly associated with Native American plains people), all of which very strongly suggests that the Rovers are actually supposed to be knock-off Native Americans. (Of course, what happens in anyone's campaign is their own business; I prefer to treat them as pseudo-Sarmatians, myself.)
The official miniatures of the Rovers of the Barrens from the 1970's looked more like cossacks, with handlebar mustaches and shaven heads with topknots.
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