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Alaundo Posted - 26 Jan 2005 : 23:16:47
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned game designer of the Realms, namely - Eric L Boyd. Eric has been a game designer for TSR\WotC for many years, with a vast array of products to his name, including Champions of Ruin, Champions of Valor, City of Splendors: Waterdeep, Faiths & Pantheons, Lost Empires of FaerŻn, Serpent Kingdoms, Races of FaerŻn and the upcoming Power of FaerŻn, to name but a few.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this Realms master.
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ericlboyd Posted - 20 Aug 2019 : 04:02:16
quote:
Originally posted by Balfrin

Hi Eric,
Thank you so much for your answers and the great idea about the Derro Clannames.
After all these years, I still enjoy your books every day!

I have a question about Mithbarak:
Why would a servant of Tiamat have captured Mithbarakaz on the Astral Plane? Is there some ancient knowledge about the dragons hidden in Iltkazar? Maybe something related to the daggers of Ochir Naal, maybe some adamantine fragment of the axe of Erek-Hus?



Hi Balfrin,

I don't know why that story was selected in Underdark, as I had not revealed the reason for the imprisonment in DDGttU. That said, it's not unreasonable, and I think you have some good ideas.

The simplest answer is that a servant of Tiamat wanted to take out a silver dragon, and saw the opportunity.

The more complicated explanation is probably due to information held by Mithbarakaz that the church of Tiamat wants. For example, it might have something to do with the Wyrmskull Throne, or it might have something to do with the hoard of Dheubpurcwenpyl.
Balfrin Posted - 18 Aug 2019 : 18:20:22
Hi Eric,
Thank you so much for your answers and the great idea about the Derro Clannames.
After all these years, I still enjoy your books every day!

I have a question about Mithbarak:
Why would a servant of Tiamat have captured Mithbarakaz on the Astral Plane? Is there some ancient knowledge about the dragons hidden in Iltkazar? Maybe something related to the daggers of Ochir Naal, maybe some adamantine fragment of the axe of Erek-Hus?
ericlboyd Posted - 17 Aug 2019 : 11:11:27
quote:
Originally posted by JasonDGraham

Is there any other source material or novels that mention the Savants of the Dark Tide / Sargauth Swimmer beneath Waterdeep? Any notes on what's happened with them in the 100+ years since City of Splendors?



I don't think anyone has played with them since.

I doubt much has changed, to be honest. They are ageless swimmers in the deep, so you can probably use the material as written for 1375 DR in the current era.

--Eric
ericlboyd Posted - 17 Aug 2019 : 11:09:30
None exists that I know of for 5e. Haven't had a chance to revisit Waterdeep in a long time from a design standpoint, but maybe someday
--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by Mankyle

Hi there Mr. Boyd

I'm nos doing for my own use an interactive pdf of waterdeep using the awesome Maps of the wards that come with Waterdeep Dragon Heist.

I'm linking locations in the map to their respective descriptions but I'm having important voids regarding some (or most) of waterdeep's noble families.

Of course, the Cassalanters, Gralhunds and Rosznars (plus some details about the Moonstars such as the matriarch and her half drow nephew) are well described in W:DH and W:DotMM, but I wanted to know if there is something akin to the Waterdeep City of Esplendors Web Enhancement.

It is very old but I still find it useful from time to time.

I would love a document with a short description of each noble family plus Adventure seeds and NPC names.

Thanks from Spain

AJA Posted - 16 Aug 2019 : 02:18:49
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd
Sigh. I knew that when I wrote it but then I was too lazy to edit it to say "first reference in a sourcebook".

"More Pages From the Mages" was one of the articles that contributed to my love of Ed Greenwood, before I even made the connection that the author of those old Dragon articles with all the evocative name drops and lore was the same guy as the Old Grey Box and The Forgotten Realms. "Tymor Threeshields" was such an amazingly awesome name that I stole it for most of my early PCs (most of whom died or DM-cheated their way through the adventure in the old DnD red box and the old solo module Ghost of Lion Castle).

But even with all that I tried to look up the reference in Dragon #62 first so, lazy or not, you're still a step ahead of me.

ericlboyd Posted - 14 Aug 2019 : 03:23:17
quote:
Originally posted by AJA

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd
The first reference to the Orcfastings War comes from Pages from the Mages, page 84.

Dragon Magazine #69, p.69, Eric.





Sigh. I knew that when I wrote it but then I was too lazy to edit it to say "first reference in a sourcebook".

--Eric
AJA Posted - 14 Aug 2019 : 00:43:47
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd
The first reference to the Orcfastings War comes from Pages from the Mages, page 84.

Dragon Magazine #69, p.69, Eric.

ericlboyd Posted - 11 Aug 2019 : 17:27:49
The first reference to the Orcfastings War comes from Pages from the Mages, page 84. The Hall of Whirling Blades is listed by implication in Demihuman Deities, page 69. The detail, such as it is, comes from Environs of Waterdeep (web enhancement), pages 13-14.

I did intend for the Hall of Whirling Blades and the Battle of Whirling Blades to be linked, albeit obscurely.

My thought was that Haela's followers emerged from their temple-hold during the initial days of the Orcfastings War to find themselves at the middle of the horde streaming down the eastern slopes of the Sword Mountains. (The orcs were equally surprised, and were not prepared for a crazed contingent of dwarven berserkers in their midst.)

Although the heroics of Haela's followers were ultimately futile, their efforts stalled the orcs just long enough that the outlying defenders of Nimoar's Hold weren't completely caught by surprise and overrun.

After the death of the dwarves, the Hall of Whirling Blades was occupied by orcs, who have claimed it nigh-continuously to the modern era.

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by KanzenAU

Hi Eric, though I've been off the forum radar for some time now, I've still been slowly consuming FR lore in the background for a while now working towards a future campaign around Waterdeep, and something that keeps sticking in my mind is the Hall of Whirling Blades.

As far as I can tell, the only mentions of it in the lore are Demihuman Deities and your Environs of Waterdeep article. My question is regarding the Battle of Whirling Blades mentioned in the 3rd edition City of Splendors sourcebook - all three of these titles are by you, and I can't help but think there must be a link in there somewhere... or not, and it was an intentional duplicate use of names (such things do happen, after all).

Is there any link between the Hall of Whirling Blades in the foothills of the Sword Mountains and the Battle of Whirling Blades fought against orcs pouring out of the Sword Mountains back in the Orcfastings War? And if so, would you be willing to expand upon that at all?

My best guess is that the dwarven temple had been used as a base by forces from Waterdeep prior to the Orcfastings War (who renamed it as the Hall of Whirling Blades for the blade-barriers there), but they were overrun by orcs in the so-called Battle of Whirling Blades, ultimately abandoning it (and orcs have laired there since).

The paragraph in City of Splendors on the Orcfastings War has captured my imagination for some time, and I must know more...

ericlboyd Posted - 11 Aug 2019 : 17:01:16
Hi,

I don't think I ever detailed any clans of Torglor. The most information I created was in Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark, page 106.

Underdark, page 141, doesn't add much.

It's quite possible that no clans of Torglor still exist. I don't see a reason Clan Ironledger couldn't have been one of the clans.

I would suggest that at least a couple of shield dwarf clan names survive (in some form) among their derro descendants, perhaps twisted by the madness of the derro and the passage of time.

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by Balfrin

Hi Eric,
I have a question about one of the subkingdoms of Deep Shanatar, Torglor. I know the patron deity was Diirinka, but I could not get any information about the dwarven clans that lived there...

Is there any information about the clans of Torglor? If not, do you think Clan Ironledger would be a good choice, as a clan member, Vronia, now lives as a Runecaster in the only remaining dwarven city of Iltkazar?


ericlboyd Posted - 11 Aug 2019 : 16:02:28
Hi

Honestly I donít really care much about which edition. Iíve always told my kids you can play DND with a single d20. Tell me what you want to do and Iíll tell you what to roll. Itís that simple. Critical successes and critical failures will be spectacular.

What annoys me is when changes in rules leads to Realms-shattering events. The stories should flow from the setting, not the rules.

Alll that said, I thought 1e was great as used in the old gray box. Iím most comfortable with 3.5e. Itís very expressive and thereís tons of material to work with, but itís also a pain in the ass to design. Nothing wrong with 5e but I donít know it well. I donít like 4e mostly because of the dramatic changes that accompanied it.

Just my opinion,

Eric

quote:
Originally posted by rodrigoalcanza

Hi Eric, your answer on another topic made me very curious to hear your opinion. I don't know if you ever talked about it. Which D&D edition do you think best represents the essence of Realms?

IMHO, I loved the 2nd Edition, especially with the Players' Option (2.5). This edition was very much in tune with the Realms lore. But I also really like the 1st and 3rd editions. The third took care of many aspects of the game, including epic levels. My problem with the third was that the rules wanted a lot of balance, and that hurt the lore. (chosen, magister, spellfire, mantles, and many special spells created in the 2nd edition were not cool in the 3rd edition).

The 5th edition has a good D&D feeling, but it has few rules and Realms lore supplements. To this day I played very little the fifth edition. So I'm not sure.

Sorry for my english.

Balfrin Posted - 11 Aug 2019 : 11:59:19
Hi Eric,
I have a question about one of the subkingdoms of Deep Shanatar, Torglor. I know the patron deity was Diirinka, but I could not get any information about the dwarven clans that lived there...

Is there any information about the clans of Torglor? If not, do you think Clan Ironledger would be a good choice, as a clan member, Vronia, now lives as a Runecaster in the only remaining dwarven city of Iltkazar?


rodrigoalcanza Posted - 29 Jul 2019 : 00:19:41
Hi Eric, your answer on another topic made me very curious to hear your opinion. I don't know if you ever talked about it. Which D&D edition do you think best represents the essence of Realms?

IMHO, I loved the 2nd Edition, especially with the Players' Option (2.5). This edition was very much in tune with the Realms lore. But I also really like the 1st and 3rd editions. The third took care of many aspects of the game, including epic levels. My problem with the third was that the rules wanted a lot of balance, and that hurt the lore. (chosen, magister, spellfire, mantles, and many special spells created in the 2nd edition were not cool in the 3rd edition).

The 5th edition has a good D&D feeling, but it has few rules and Realms lore supplements. To this day I played very little the fifth edition. So I'm not sure.

Sorry for my english.
KanzenAU Posted - 12 Jul 2019 : 12:33:11
Hi Eric, though I've been off the forum radar for some time now, I've still been slowly consuming FR lore in the background for a while now working towards a future campaign around Waterdeep, and something that keeps sticking in my mind is the Hall of Whirling Blades.

As far as I can tell, the only mentions of it in the lore are Demihuman Deities and your Environs of Waterdeep article. My question is regarding the Battle of Whirling Blades mentioned in the 3rd edition City of Splendors sourcebook - all three of these titles are by you, and I can't help but think there must be a link in there somewhere... or not, and it was an intentional duplicate use of names (such things do happen, after all).

Is there any link between the Hall of Whirling Blades in the foothills of the Sword Mountains and the Battle of Whirling Blades fought against orcs pouring out of the Sword Mountains back in the Orcfastings War? And if so, would you be willing to expand upon that at all?

My best guess is that the dwarven temple had been used as a base by forces from Waterdeep prior to the Orcfastings War (who renamed it as the Hall of Whirling Blades for the blade-barriers there), but they were overrun by orcs in the so-called Battle of Whirling Blades, ultimately abandoning it (and orcs have laired there since).

The paragraph in City of Splendors on the Orcfastings War has captured my imagination for some time, and I must know more...
AJA Posted - 04 May 2019 : 00:52:31
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

It's Im-PULL-tur.

Sorry, I'm going to need a timestamp to verify that.

JEThetford Posted - 03 May 2019 : 22:21:54
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos



I think he'd like to be able to replace that hack Eric Boyd with the all-time great Steven Schend, for example. "That was a terrible answer to that elf question. Sub in Mr. Schend!!!"



Just answer in Steven's deep Wisconsian accent and no one will tell the difference....
George Krashos Posted - 03 May 2019 : 07:04:09
It's Im-PULL-tur.

-- George Krashos
AJA Posted - 03 May 2019 : 01:19:54

Sub-titles would be my guess as well.

Me, I would just be happy with timestamps. I know the assembled mages and sages ramble and weave in and out of subjects (which I love), but just a brief time/description of where the main query starts, like;
quote:
0:00 Introduction
3:15 Eric with a terrible answer to an elf question
7:50 George talks about the correct regional pronunciations of Im-PEEL-tur vs. Im-PILL-tur
13:45 Ed discusses the nine distinct birthmarks on Alustriel's breasts
would be great.

George Krashos Posted - 03 May 2019 : 00:58:24
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos



I think he'd like to be able to replace that hack Eric Boyd with the all-time great Steven Schend, for example. "That was a terrible answer to that elf question. Sub in Mr. Schend!!!"



Harsh. But fair.

-- George Krashos
ericlboyd Posted - 02 May 2019 : 18:16:21
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos



I think he'd like to be able to replace that hack Eric Boyd with the all-time great Steven Schend, for example. "That was a terrible answer to that elf question. Sub in Mr. Schend!!!"
Barastir Posted - 02 May 2019 : 17:42:57
Subtitles, maybe?
George Krashos Posted - 02 May 2019 : 01:12:38
Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos
Zeromaru X Posted - 01 May 2019 : 01:55:27
I'd really like if those videos had subs.
AJA Posted - 01 May 2019 : 01:20:25

Mages & Sages Fans of Ed Greenwood: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHDaW5vHsjUi8KYuacj4fA

The last posted segment is still showing as four weeks ago, but their Facebook page says (Apr 24):
quote:
Addendum: the final segment of the first interview with Eric Boyd will come out this week. We had some technical difficulties we had to deal with on the last half but should be good to get it out by this weekend.

And that there's a new one to be recorded with Eric and George for May 3rd.

sleyvas Posted - 27 Apr 2019 : 21:44:53
a new mages and sages podcast came out? What's that link again?
JasonDGraham Posted - 27 Apr 2019 : 16:37:04
Is there any other source material or novels that mention the Savants of the Dark Tide / Sargauth Swimmer beneath Waterdeep? Any notes on what's happened with them in the 100+ years since City of Splendors?

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