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The Red Walker Posted - 20 Aug 2012 : 18:36:32
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Erin M Evans, whos works include: The God Catcher and Brimstone Angels.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.
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KanzenAU Posted - 28 Mar 2017 : 05:43:34
Hi Erin,

I'm a bit late to the Brimstone Angels series, but I just finished Lesser Evils and I'm really enjoying the tale thus far! I have a couple of quick questions:

a) In Brimstone Angels, Brin notes that it's widely believed that the Harpers assassinated a Tethyrian King ages ago. Is this the false tale of Harper involvement in the death of Haedrak II mentioned in Lands of Intrigue, or is it something else?

b) In Lesser Evils, who were the cultists of Xammux (The Many), and what were they all about?

c) In Lesser Evils, how did whoever stole the page from the Book of Tarchamus get out of the library?

d) In Lesser Evils, did you intend for there to be any chance of Tarchamus's fortified mummy-body surviving the eruption?

Cheers, and apologies if any of these questions are answered in later books.
Zeromaru X Posted - 20 Mar 2017 : 05:26:41
Greetings, dear Erin. Long time no see. I have some questions about some abeiran stuff from Ashes of the Tyrant and The Devil You Know.

1. Seeing that the Crippled Mountain was the theater of the battle where the vayemniri won their freedom and led to the foundation of Tymanchebar, that means we can locate this mountain somewhere in Skelkor. Rhodrolytharnestrix was the master of this mountain, so here is my question: what kind of relationship had Rhodrolytharnestrix with Gauwervyndhal, the ruler of Skelkor? Was he the ruler of Skelkor before the battle of the Crippled Mountain? Seeing that he was called "the Tyrant of Tyrants", that means he was somehow the strongest dragon lord in Abeir at that point (potentially even stronger than Melauthaur, ruler of Melabrauth), so I cannot picture Rhodrolytharnestrix as a servant of Gauwer...

2. In the same song, you mention a place named "Arambar Gulch". Is this place related to Wandering Stones? (the village from Bruce R. Cordell's story of the same name, where the spirit of Arambar slumbers and that is also located in Skelkor)

3. In Ashes of the Tyrant, Ashoka says that Djerad Thymar was built after the vayemniri came to Faerûn. This is somehow confirmed by one of the vayemniri prisoners that Gilgeam interrogated and killed in The Devil You Know. This prisoner says (or remembers) that Djerad Thymar was built upon Nanna-Sin's tomb using the Breath of Petron. However, in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, in the section about Skelkor (p.212) it says that Djerad Thymar was the capital of Tymanchebar, and that was sent to Unther in the wake of the Spellplague.

Are the two Djerad Thymars the same one, or at least related in some way? Or are the two totally different cities with the same name?

I have my own theory (that the one from Tymanchebar had another name, but it was renamed Djerad Thymar after it was repaired in Faerûn), but I want to know your opinion about this.

4. In The Devil You Know, Caysis says that a person cannot use magic on Abeir, because there is no Weave. This is confirmed by Farideh and Ilstan being unable to use their spells while on Verthishai Loech Ternesh. However, the FRCG talks about spells in ancient Abeir (such as that sentient magic that made the dwarves of Durnlynbold/Raurokh flee from their homes).

My doubt is: how magic works on Abeir? There were no wizards, warlocks or divine casters, but there were sorcerers? That can explain that living spell, and also, dragons are somehow innate casters.

That's all. Thanks in advance.
Zeromaru X Posted - 18 May 2016 : 21:01:58
Well, the players interested in this information are a couple in real life. He is playing a dragonborn fighter, and she an eladrin (moon elf) wizard, and they decided they wanted to mimic their relationship in the game. For now, I having him gaining his clan approval for a legal relationship, that is really the quest, following the dragonborn customs you depicted in the novels. For her, well, her parents aren't happy with her decision, but the mother is supportive. (The father not, he hates the dragonborn, and gaining his approval is another quest).

Beyond that, there are the in-game jokes about the "half-dragonelf" and that stuff.
ErinMEvans Posted - 14 May 2016 : 17:37:07
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Well, you know how players are. This gives me some idea to troll them, in fact.

Thanks for your answer.



Players have to follow their hearts...DMs have to make sure there's a mimic waiting when they get there.

I'm so curious what you plan to do! Hope it's fun!
Zeromaru X Posted - 11 May 2016 : 06:50:22
Well, you know how players are. This gives me some idea to troll them, in fact.

Thanks for your answer.
ErinMEvans Posted - 10 May 2016 : 22:21:49
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Hi Erin! This is kinda the weird question, but was brought up on my table, so here we go.

Can dragonborn fell in love with members of other species? I know in the novels they normally don't feel attracted by humanoids of other species, but is that a racial thing or just a cultural quirk?

And can dragonborn have children with them? (I know true dragons can).



I would say whatever you want to happen at your table should happen at your table!

I think it's probably possible for a cross-species romance to happen. I doubt you would get half-dragonborn, since the dragonborn lay eggs and lack a dragon's innate magic to work around that part. I'm not sure if you could have sex--the genitalia options are confusing for something that's MAYBE a monotreme, MAYBE a reptile, MAYBE something else, and who even cares because I'm not showing graphic sex? But they're descended from humans and dragons, so possible, unless it's a scaled down version of what dragons have, in which case I have no idea.

But I will say, I won't write a cross-species romance. I feel like non-human characters don't get enough relationships within their own species. I've read one too many stories with a dwarf/orc/halfling/etc slavering over a human woman, like "sexy" is a metric that peaks with "human" (Or lets be real, "elf").

Especially since what dragonborn are into probably can't even exist on a human body--shapely jaw frills or big nostril ridges, tight scales or a nice high arch on that heel spike. Rawr, baby! And while the physical isn't the be all, end all, it does seem like an important step between "good friends" and "lovers."

Zeromaru X Posted - 08 May 2016 : 17:37:43
Hi Erin! This is kinda the weird question, but was brought up on my table, so here we go.

Can dragonborn fell in love with members of other species? I know in the novels they normally don't feel attracted by humanoids of other species, but is that a racial thing or just a cultural quirk?

And can dragonborn have children with them? (I know true dragons can).
Al2O3 Posted - 05 Jan 2016 : 16:23:35
quote:
Originally posted by ErinMEvans

I asked your questions of Brian Cortijo/Garen Thal for maximum accuracy. Yes, because who is going to argue that such a kid didn't come out of an Obarskyr? Raedra might wind up having a war wizard in the delivery room just to forestall any garbage, but the kid's legitimacy shouldn't be in question. And it's happened before: Queen Gantharla's son was called Roderin the Bastard because he was born out of wedlock, but he still got to be king.

Sorry for the slow reply!


Thanks a lot for the answers! And regarding the speed of the reply, all I can say is: Congrats to having Itsy Mr E, and may the new year be a good one.
ErinMEvans Posted - 04 Jan 2016 : 22:44:25
For those of you interested: ASHES OF THE TYRANT is available now!

Here is a series of links to blog posts and podcasts about writing and dragonborn and other sundry issues: http://slushlush.com/2015/12/ashes-of-the-tyrant-roundup/

I will also be doing an AMA on r/fantasy on Wednesday, so come check it out.

Lastly, the Goodreads FR book club is reading ASHES OF THE TYRANT, starting this week. https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/117155-the-sundered-book-club

Best,
Erin
ErinMEvans Posted - 04 Jan 2016 : 22:41:16
quote:
Originally posted by Al2O3

Thanks for all the answers! I'm always impressed by how fast you respond both here and on twitter. (And speaking of twitter, I was half hoping that your wish of going into labor and be done with the pregnancy would be granted, obviously preventing you from replying here.)

The one question I should have asked before but forgot was: If queen Readra Obarskyr would have a child with a lover, would that be an Obarskyr in line for the throne regardless of who the father was or if the identity of the father was even known?

The other thing that has distracted me today is the thought of my second most favourite part of Fire in the Blood: "Who are you and where is my prissy sister?"

Last: Given your reply about making the twins part of a dragonborn clan I now almost can't wait to read AotT to see if that is what happens or if it was just sneaky author being sneaky. I the latter case I will then have trouble waiting for "The Devil you know" instead...



I asked your questions of Brian Cortijo/Garen Thal for maximum accuracy. Yes, because who is going to argue that such a kid didn't come out of an Obarskyr? Raedra might wind up having a war wizard in the delivery room just to forestall any garbage, but the kid's legitimacy shouldn't be in question. And it's happened before: Queen Gantharla's son was called Roderin the Bastard because he was born out of wedlock, but he still got to be king.

Sorry for the slow reply!
Al2O3 Posted - 11 Dec 2015 : 16:36:22
Thanks for all the answers! I'm always impressed by how fast you respond both here and on twitter. (And speaking of twitter, I was half hoping that your wish of going into labor and be done with the pregnancy would be granted, obviously preventing you from replying here.)

The one question I should have asked before but forgot was: If queen Readra Obarskyr would have a child with a lover, would that be an Obarskyr in line for the throne regardless of who the father was or if the identity of the father was even known?

The other thing that has distracted me today is the thought of my second most favourite part of Fire in the Blood: "Who are you and where is my prissy sister?"

Last: Given your reply about making the twins part of a dragonborn clan I now almost can't wait to read AotT to see if that is what happens or if it was just sneaky author being sneaky. I the latter case I will then have trouble waiting for "The Devil you know" instead...
ErinMEvans Posted - 11 Dec 2015 : 05:17:48
quote:
Originally posted by Al2O3

I just finished rereading Fire in the Blood. My probably favourite part of it right now is Raedra as regent adjourning the war council and then spending the evening learning about war and battles with Farideh.

Now, I do have some questions or things I am curious about if I understood them correctly. Since they probably contain spoilers I'll try to colour them.

1. Near the end the question of Brin's legitimisation comes up again. Assuming that it goes through, would he mostly be considered an Obarskyr (even changing his name maybe) or still mostly a Crownsilver?


So to cover all the points: Brin's already been acknowledged through his father. Off-screen, then Halance and his progeny would be legitimized, which would take him out of the line for the Crownsilver title and put him into the line for the throne. Which means that technically his last name would be Obarskyr. However, I don't think Brin would start calling himself Aubrin Obarskyr. It would take some serious circumstances.

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2. If Brin is legitimised, would that make him "Prince" rather than "Lord" (and using whatever name from the first question)?


I'm not sure, actually! I suspect that people would probably call him a prince, but I don't know that he officially gains that title. Erzoured isn't given the title of "Prince" in the texts I've seen, so I suspect he wouldn't.

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3. If Havilar and Brin decide to become a couple again and even have kids that Brin claims as his own, would that result in Cormyr having tieflings in the line of succession fairly close to the throne?


Eh...closer than goblins? But since Brin is believed (and sworn!) to have died and been resurrected he goes to the end of the line of succession--potentially even after Baerovus. So for Brin and Havilar's child to gain the throne, we'd be talking about a total massacre of the royal line without Raedra naming an heir and therefore a civil war anyway.

I think that Brin and Havilar's theoretical children would fall just ahead of the heads of the Silver families, if I recall correctly.




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4. If the question of Brin's legitimisation is settled, what scenarios are there for him inheriting a lot of responsibility? Clearly, one scenario is that he becomes King. I wonder more about his potential status in the Crownsilver family and if he could even lose the status he has.


I think this is answered among the above answers, but once he's legitimized, he loses his (contestable) place in line for the head of House Crownsilver. To be king, we'd be talking about a total massacre of the Obarskyr family tree. Probably the shortest line to a postion of responsibilty would be if Raedra had young children and she, her consort, and probably Baerovus were killed in one event, and he was named regent for them. Even still, there are other people who would be more local that might be sought out.



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5. On a scale from 1 to 10, how protective would Mehen become if the things in question 3 above happened?


The answer to "how protective would Mehen become" is probably always "10."

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6. If Mehen regains his place in his clan, is there any chance that the twins would be made a part of the clan as well?


That would be a smart thing for Verthisathurgiesh to offer, wouldn't it?
Al2O3 Posted - 10 Dec 2015 : 19:48:24
I just finished rereading Fire in the Blood. My probably favourite part of it right now is Raedra as regent adjourning the war council and then spending the evening learning about war and battles with Farideh.

Now, I do have some questions or things I am curious about if I understood them correctly. Since they probably contain spoilers I'll try to colour them.

1. Near the end the question of Brin's legitimisation comes up again. Assuming that it goes through, would he mostly be considered an Obarskyr (even changing his name maybe) or still mostly a Crownsilver?
2. If Brin is legitimised, would that make him "Prince" rather than "Lord" (and using whatever name from the first question)?
3. If Havilar and Brin decide to become a couple again and even have kids that Brin claims as his own, would that result in Cormyr having tieflings in the line of succession fairly close to the throne?
4. If the question of Brin's legitimisation is settled, what scenarios are there for him inheriting a lot of responsibility? Clearly, one scenario is that he becomes King. I wonder more about his potential status in the Crownsilver family and if he could even lose the status he has.


5. On a scale from 1 to 10, how protective would Mehen become if the things in question 3 above happened?
6. If Mehen regains his place in his clan, is there any chance that the twins would be made a part of the clan as well?

I would make me very happy if I find the answers in the novels to come.
The Masked Mage Posted - 15 Nov 2015 : 22:33:39
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

A cambion is basically a half-fiend. One parent is a fiend, one isn't.

A tiefling would be further down the line -- they are descended from cambions. A tiefling can have totally human parents; the fiendish blood can be far enough back in the bloodline that the parents are totally surprised.



I don't know if a more recent source has decided to change this, but teiflings were not exclusively descended from cambion in 2nd Ed. Planescape MC.




Before 4E, tieflings had a wide range of features and such, and one might appear almost but not quite like a normal human, while the next would be visibly non-human, and no two tieflings looked the same. 4E went for the homogenous, one-size-fits-all look, and Erin explains the change in her books.

As for my comment, I was going with the most basic explanation.

(4E actually did that one-size-fits-all approach for all planetouched; I don't know if they ever explained how genasi went from near-human with an odd thing or two to the funky people with neon stripes look).



Gotcha. I pretty much avoided 4th E as much as possible. :D
Al2O3 Posted - 15 Nov 2015 : 19:14:44
Thanks for the quick reply!
quote:
Originally posted by ErinMEvans
Graz'zt sired half-fiends (i.e. cambions) and then that trickles down to tieflings, so in that case we're talking more about grandchildren.

Ok, that makes a lot more sense to me. I do have a vague memory of a demonic tiefling being included in Fire in the Blood. Unfortunately I do not remember much of the novel due to starting reading it one evening when I went to bed and then staying awake until I had read it all about 22 hours later. I will certainly reread it as soon as I've finished The Sundering series to get more context.

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None of this matters, as Farideh--as evidenced by her interactions with Stedd in The Adversary is not really a kid person. :p

Well, she better be careful then ;)

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[...] normally I would avoid spoiling the book before it's out. But then they moved the novel to come out after the SCAG and it's kind of already spoiled. Hopefully the "how" is as important as the "what" to readers!

Here are some things I"m okay telling you:
  • Unther has not returned as of the beginning of Ashes of the Tyrant
  • I am writing another book set partly in Tymanther called The Devil You Know which should tie up loose ends
  • Most of what you learn in Ashes won't change to my knowledge as the 5E world coalesces. So if you like dragonborn as much as I do, the groundwork is there (and in Brotherhood of the Griffon) and still accurate.


And just because I am 100% sure someone will come along later and be annoyed about the fact that they thought Tymanther was going to be totally erased, Ashes of the Tyrant delves into those "how" questions: Why does Djerad Thymar remain? How exactly was this nation founded? Because I don't mess around with hand-waving when I don't have to. :p

I hope that others agree with me that the "how" is even more important than the "what". And I am always glad when I know that the "what" can't be too bad (no risk of Thymanther going away in the novel etc). Also, some of those "how" questions are part of why I look forward to Ashes of the Tyrant.

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Last question for now: None of the rule books for 5e nor the novels I've read have really explained what benefits the fiends gain from souls nor what's so great about the afterlife with a good-aligned deity. Thus it's a bit hard to see how bad a Pact Certain would really be or why Farideh should worry so much about the fate of her soul. Is that something you could explain a bit more?


So, this is one of those things for which new answers seem to keep getting generated, but this is the gist: if your soul is claimed by the Nine Hells, you're probably going to be made into fuel to keep the plane running. You might get turned into a devil yourself, a lemure, and work your way up the hierarchy, assuming some greater devil doesn't kill you in a fit of pique or use you as cannon fodder. But when this happens, you're not really yourself anymore, so far as I understand it. Whatever happens, it's not comfortable or pleasant.

If "fuel to keep the plane running" should be read literally, then it all makes perfect sense! Thanks a lot, that will probably be useful both when reading the novels and every time I roleplay a warlock.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 15 Nov 2015 : 15:11:35
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

A cambion is basically a half-fiend. One parent is a fiend, one isn't.

A tiefling would be further down the line -- they are descended from cambions. A tiefling can have totally human parents; the fiendish blood can be far enough back in the bloodline that the parents are totally surprised.



I don't know if a more recent source has decided to change this, but teiflings were not exclusively descended from cambion in 2nd Ed. Planescape MC.




Before 4E, tieflings had a wide range of features and such, and one might appear almost but not quite like a normal human, while the next would be visibly non-human, and no two tieflings looked the same. 4E went for the homogenous, one-size-fits-all look, and Erin explains the change in her books.

As for my comment, I was going with the most basic explanation.

(4E actually did that one-size-fits-all approach for all planetouched; I don't know if they ever explained how genasi went from near-human with an odd thing or two to the funky people with neon stripes look).
ErinMEvans Posted - 15 Nov 2015 : 04:19:32
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

A cambion is basically a half-fiend. One parent is a fiend, one isn't.

A tiefling would be further down the line -- they are descended from cambions. A tiefling can have totally human parents; the fiendish blood can be far enough back in the bloodline that the parents are totally surprised.



I don't know if a more recent source has decided to change this, but teiflings were not exclusively descended from cambion in 2nd Ed. Planescape MC.




The question was specifically about Farideh, who is a tiefling in the 4E/Asmodean form.
The Masked Mage Posted - 15 Nov 2015 : 03:51:16
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

A cambion is basically a half-fiend. One parent is a fiend, one isn't.

A tiefling would be further down the line -- they are descended from cambions. A tiefling can have totally human parents; the fiendish blood can be far enough back in the bloodline that the parents are totally surprised.



I don't know if a more recent source has decided to change this, but teiflings were not exclusively descended from cambion in 2nd Ed. Planescape MC.
ErinMEvans Posted - 13 Nov 2015 : 20:58:32
Hi, Al2O3!

quote:
Originally posted by Al2O3


First I would like to mention that I really like the similarities between how Asmodeus is described in the Sword Coast's Adventuerer's Guide (SCAG) and in the quote below. It's a much more compelling basis for worship than anything before (and also does not require a stolen godhood to make sense).


Thank you! While I had nothing to do with the SCAG's creation, I will toot my own horn a bit here and say I did present this version to the story people as a way to reconcile the various attributes of Asmodeus, devils, the Nine Hells, and the demons in the Abyss. I'm very glad they decided to use it.

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I also wonder a bit about how tiefling bloodlines and cambions work. It seems to me that when a mortal and a fiend get offspring together it can become either. So what decides if it is a tiefling or a cambion? You mention that Graz'zt is going to be pissed, but in the monster manual he is described as sireing cambions.


I meant more that Graz'zt probably has extra enmity for Asmodeus, given that the Ascension basically wiped out his bloodline and replaced it with Asmodeus's. Graz'zt sired half-fiends (i.e. cambions) and then that trickles down to tieflings, so in that case we're talking more about grandchildren.

quote:
A large reason I've started to wonder is that I think you mentioned that Brin and Havilar might start to discuss the pros and cons of having children together. That made me wonder what kind of children Lorcan and Farideh could have. This is not in any way meant to imply that I find it likely that Lorcan would be the father if Farideh ends up having kids.


quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert]
A cambion is basically a half-fiend. One parent is a fiend, one isn't.

A tiefling would be further down the line -- they are descended from cambions. A tiefling can have totally human parents; the fiendish blood can be far enough back in the bloodline that the parents are totally surprised.


Wooly's answer holds for non-Asmodean (i.e. "4E) tieflings. Since you ask specifically about Farideh, her offspring with Lorcan would be super-maladjusted tieflings, who would have all the same traits she does, potentially with stronger fiendish features (e.g. Farideh has pretty human skin tone and close to human hair color, but if she had a child with a cambion vs. a human, he or she might inherit red skin or silver hair or those chin barbell things the men get drawn with sometimes. Extra flags on the tail, that sort of thing). All her descendants would be Asmodean tieflings as well--the mark of Asmodeus largely overwhelms other blood.

SPOILER: (Maybe?)On the other hand, if she had a child with Dahl, I would expect that kid might get gray eyes and less purple dark hair and maybe skin tone a half-shade lighter than hers. Unless the genes can resurface the same way.

IIRC, there have been depictions of Asmodean tieflings in novels who were part tiefling and part something else (like Dahlia's son,maybe?) that have traits of their non-tiefling parent in addition to the tiefling traits. So if she hooked up with an elf, she might get a tiefling kid with pointy ears and an extended lifespan.

None of this matters, as Farideh--as evidenced by her interactions with Stedd in The Adversary is not really a kid person. :p

Other point of info (which reaffirms Wooly's comment): If you have read Fire in the Blood [SPOILER] You know that a devil (erinyes) + a tiefling= a cambion, since Caisys the Vicelord is revealed to be Sairché and Lorcan's father.

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Another question sparked by reading SCAG:
Can you tell us if Ashes of the Tyrant is supposed to be set before or after the return of Unther? It would be sad to get to know Tymanther in AotT and learn that everything changed right after the events in the novel.


This is a little hard, since normally I would avoid spoiling the book before it's out. But then they moved the novel to come out after the SCAG and it's kind of already spoiled. Hopefully the "how" is as important as the "what" to readers!

Here are some things I"m okay telling you:
  • Unther has not returned as of the beginning of Ashes of the Tyrant
  • I am writing another book set partly in Tymanther called The Devil You Know which should tie up loose ends
  • Most of what you learn in Ashes won't change to my knowledge as the 5E world coalesces. So if you like dragonborn as much as I do, the groundwork is there (and in Brotherhood of the Griffon) and still accurate.


And just because I am 100% sure someone will come along later and be annoyed about the fact that they thought Tymanther was going to be totally erased, Ashes of the Tyrant delves into those "how" questions: Why does Djerad Thymar remain? How exactly was this nation founded? Because I don't mess around with hand-waving when I don't have to. :p

quote:
Last question for now: None of the rule books for 5e nor the novels I've read have really explained what benefits the fiends gain from souls nor what's so great about the afterlife with a good-aligned deity. Thus it's a bit hard to see how bad a Pact Certain would really be or why Farideh should worry so much about the fate of her soul. Is that something you could explain a bit more?


So, this is one of those things for which new answers seem to keep getting generated, but this is the gist: if your soul is claimed by the Nine Hells, you're probably going to be made into fuel to keep the plane running. You might get turned into a devil yourself, a lemure, and work your way up the hierarchy, assuming some greater devil doesn't kill you in a fit of pique or use you as cannon fodder. But when this happens, you're not really yourself anymore, so far as I understand it. Whatever happens, it's not comfortable or pleasant.


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Thank's for great novels! I really look forward to learning more about how the twins turned so special even for being heirs of the Brimstone Angel.



You're very welcome! Thank you for the thoughtful questions!
Al2O3 Posted - 13 Nov 2015 : 13:11:11
Thanks a lot for the explanation! I sort of suspected that would be it, but was not sure.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 13 Nov 2015 : 13:05:03
A cambion is basically a half-fiend. One parent is a fiend, one isn't.

A tiefling would be further down the line -- they are descended from cambions. A tiefling can have totally human parents; the fiendish blood can be far enough back in the bloodline that the parents are totally surprised.
Al2O3 Posted - 13 Nov 2015 : 11:18:47
I was reminded yesterday about this scroll's existence and could not resist signing up. I've asked a bunch of questions elsewhere, but I guess this might be more appropriate for some of them (or for the volume).

First I would like to mention that I really like the similarities between how Asmodeus is described in the Sword Coast's Adventuerer's Guide (SCAG) and in the quote below. It's a much more compelling basis for worship than anything before (and also does not require a stolen godhood to make sense).
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Originally posted by ErinMEvans
And that’s why I think it makes sense for Asmodeus to seek out and claim divinity. He needs societies of mortals to corrupt and then claim souls—why not make that pull power too? Power from worshippers, power from the dead. Feed the sort of structures that make it easier to claim souls. That's why it also makes sense for one of his first god acts is to hurl the Abyss away. That's not going to end the Blood War, and I think he'd know that, but it buys him time to build up. (See also, snatching tiefling bloodlines. Graz'zt is going to be pissed.)

But I do think the way his worship’s been depicted doesn’t work great for this. He needs to cast a wider net than “those of you interested in human sacrifice” to get going. Fortunately, that ought to be a devil’s wheelhouse. And so I would depict the wider worship of Asmodeus as being kind of apotropaic. “Save us from the worse things.” Or even something along the lines of “absolve or absorb this transgression I made so the good gods don’t notice.” Or even "Hey man, do what you want. The gods are asking a lot from you and all Asmodeus wants is for you to be happy."



I also wonder a bit about how tiefling bloodlines and cambions work. It seems to me that when a mortal and a fiend get offspring together it can become either. So what decides if it is a tiefling or a cambion? You mention that Graz'zt is going to be pissed, but in the monster manual he is described as sireing cambions.

A large reason I've started to wonder is that I think you mentioned that Brin and Havilar might start to discuss the pros and cons of having children together. That made me wonder what kind of children Lorcan and Farideh could have. This is not in any way meant to imply that I find it likely that Lorcan would be the father if Farideh ends up having kids.

Another question sparked by reading SCAG:
Can you tell us if Ashes of the Tyrant is supposed to be set before or after the return of Unther? It would be sad to get to know Tymanther in AotT and learn that everything changed right after the events in the novel.

Last question for now: None of the rule books for 5e nor the novels I've read have really explained what benefits the fiends gain from souls nor what's so great about the afterlife with a good-aligned deity. Thus it's a bit hard to see how bad a Pact Certain would really be or why Farideh should worry so much about the fate of her soul. Is that something you could explain a bit more?

Thank's for great novels! I really look forward to learning more about how the twins turned so special even for being heirs of the Brimstone Angel.
Irennan Posted - 02 Nov 2015 : 01:36:17
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Originally posted by ErinMEvans

For Extra Life I did another post about the dialect of Draconic spoken by the dragonborn of Tymanther. I got a little carried away...but that means more lore for you!

http://slushlush.com/2015/10/lonely-planet-vayemniri-or-more-draconic-for-you/



It was an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing.
ErinMEvans Posted - 05 Oct 2015 : 20:07:24
For Extra Life I did another post about the dialect of Draconic spoken by the dragonborn of Tymanther. I got a little carried away...but that means more lore for you!

http://slushlush.com/2015/10/lonely-planet-vayemniri-or-more-draconic-for-you/
ErinMEvans Posted - 06 Aug 2015 : 20:23:02
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Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

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Originally posted by ErinMEvans

Notes about Fire in the Blood paperback and Ashes of the Tyrant's cover art
http://slushlush.com/2015/08/fire-in-the-blood-ashes-of-the-tyrant/



Do you have any say in the cover art for your books?



A little? The editor asks me for ideas when it comes to the art order. The art director passes back the early draft of the cover and I can give some feedback. Usually there's room for critical changes (in this one, I think that her eyes are not final--the artist added pupils which is not accurate, but which makes her easier to read), but ultimately I'm not an artist or a book cover designer, so I defer to their expertise.

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