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The Sage Posted - 14 Jul 2010 : 01:53:58
Well met

This being another collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Elaine Cunningham, whos works include: Elfshadow, Elfsong, Daughter of the Drow, Tangled Webs, Windwalker and of course Evermeet: Island of Elves, 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 author.
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ElaineCunningham Posted - 31 Aug 2015 : 14:15:59
Offhand, I can't recall the location of this mythal. Given the lack of specificity in the EVERMEET mention, it's probably best to treat this as legend rather than "fact."


quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Alas indeed.

I posted this on the 'Known Mythals' scroll:
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Mythal on the banks of 'broad, trout-filled river' that runs east to west or west to east (my bet is on the Delimbyir) that fell to a flight of dragons mentioned in Evermeet chapter 14. I don't know if Elaine Cunningham or Ed Greenwood ever gave a name or any more detail to this city.



I think I remember you saying you lost the notes and references for Evermeet in a move, but can you recall (or invent) anything about the name and location of this mythal? (I know that since it is Dan's gathered information it isn't as reliable canon as a WotC sourcebook, but I want to believe this mythal really existed in Faerūn.)

Duneth Despana Posted - 31 Aug 2015 : 14:07:10
Alas indeed.

I posted this on the 'Known Mythals' scroll:
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Mythal on the banks of 'broad, trout-filled river' that runs east to west or west to east (my bet is on the Delimbyir) that fell to a flight of dragons mentioned in Evermeet chapter 14. I don't know if Elaine Cunningham or Ed Greenwood ever gave a name or any more detail to this city.



I think I remember you saying you lost the notes and references for Evermeet in a move, but can you recall (or invent) anything about the name and location of this mythal? (I know that since it is Dan's gathered information it isn't as reliable canon as a WotC sourcebook, but I want to believe this mythal really existed in Faerūn.)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 31 Aug 2015 : 02:20:24
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

I really couldn't do otherwise than relay this:
quote:
Originally posted by Veritas

How many Kobolds do I have to slay to get another Elaine novel?


:D



No plans at the present time. Alas.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 31 Aug 2015 : 02:17:42


quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

[quote]Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

'The Tree of Souls' wasn't included in 'The Best of the Realms Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham' either. Is there a chance we'll ever get the pleasure of reading it?



I don't think WotC is interested in stories set in the past, so the chances aren't very good.
Duneth Despana Posted - 30 Aug 2015 : 22:38:35
I really couldn't do otherwise than relay this:
quote:
Originally posted by Veritas

How many Kobolds do I have to slay to get another Elaine novel?


:D
Duneth Despana Posted - 25 Aug 2015 : 07:47:36
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I was hard-hit by a couple of medical issues and had to ask to be released from the contract.

Oddly enough, Kay got sick (much more so than I, as it turns out) around the same time, and she never did complete the picture of Lamruil I'd commissioned.



Hm. A crime where the culprit was circumstances, then. I hope you are both much better now and didn't suffer too much too long back then.
'The Tree of Souls' wasn't included in 'The Best of the Realms Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham' either. Is there a chance we'll ever get the pleasure of reading it?
TBeholder Posted - 25 Aug 2015 : 03:29:28
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I was hard-hit by a couple of medical issues and had to ask to be released from the contract.

Oddly enough, Kay got sick (much more so than I, as it turns out) around the same time, and she never did complete the picture of Lamruil I'd commissioned.

The long hand of Evermeet's counter-intelligence strikes again.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 24 Aug 2015 : 17:49:38
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

I stumbled upon you mentioning you should have had a piece published in Realms of the Elves (*gasp* how time flies, I feel like I was reading the Last Mythal only yesteryear) named The Tree of Souls. I think it is a crime that it wasn't included. Truly!
How about the Kay Allen drawing of Lamruil you mentioned in the same post? Can it be seen anywhere?




WotC didn't exclude me from that anthology. They accepted a pitch for the novella "Tree of Souls" and I had a contract in hand. But I was hard-hit by a couple of medical issues and had to ask to be released from the contract.

Oddly enough, Kay got sick (much more so than I, as it turns out) around the same time, and she never did complete the picture of Lamruil I'd commissioned.

Duneth Despana Posted - 24 Aug 2015 : 17:03:59
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

It has been quite some time since I gave serious thought to Evermeet and the Crown Wars. Random thoughts still occur, and from time to time I jot them down for future contemplation. But as you observed, it seems unlikely that WotC would be interested in revisiting Faerun's past, and I have so much going on at present that I can't afford to spend a lot of time on things that have little hope of coming to fruition.

Sad, but true.



Sad indeed. But if you ever find the time to share those thoughts, I as well as several other scribes here at the 'Keep, I suspect, will wait patiently quill in hand ^_^ .
I stumbled upon you mentioning you should have had a piece published in Realms of the Elves (*gasp* how time flies, I feel like I was reading the Last Mythal only yesteryear) named The Tree of Souls. I think it is a crime that it wasn't included. Truly!
How about the Kay Allen drawing of Lamruil you mentioned in the same post? Can it be seen anywhere?
ElaineCunningham Posted - 24 Aug 2015 : 14:48:38
It has been quite some time since I gave serious thought to Evermeet and the Crown Wars. Random thoughts still occur, and from time to time I jot them down for future contemplation. But as you observed, it seems unlikely that WotC would be interested in revisiting Faerun's past, and I have so much going on at present that I can't afford to spend a lot of time on things that have little hope of coming to fruition.

Sad, but true.





quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I'd be very interested in [...] add[ing] an extensive section set during the Crown Wars. A "director's cut" version, if you will. Big ol' honkin' thing.




Would you be able to share any thoughts you've had on this? (I'm currently reading Evermeet and loving every page so far... and I thought it was curious how the Crown Wars were seemingly deliberately skipped.) I for one would love to see such a tome come to fruition, but I fear that WotC would have to greenlight it and that it isn't something they'd be interested in atm. :-/ A big thank you extending forward and backwards in time ;-P

Duneth Despana Posted - 24 Aug 2015 : 14:38:54
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I'd be very interested in [...] add[ing] an extensive section set during the Crown Wars. A "director's cut" version, if you will. Big ol' honkin' thing.




Would you be able to share any thoughts you've had on this? (I'm currently reading Evermeet and loving every page so far... and I thought it was curious how the Crown Wars were seemingly deliberately skipped.) I for one would love to see such a tome come to fruition, but I fear that WotC would have to greenlight it and that it isn't something they'd be interested in atm. :-/ A big thank you extending forward and backwards in time ;-P
Wooly Rupert Posted - 27 Jul 2015 : 21:55:17
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)



Sad to say, it has been so long since I wrote DotD that I don't recall the specific meaning of that word. I'm assuming it's an expletive, in which case the context will probably suffice.

Woolly nailed the reasoning behind the traffic of drow children. To the merchant band, everything is a commodity, and capital is a necessity. But one thing does not preclude the other. I would assume that they DO steal boy children, particularly those that show promise as fighters, to raise and indoctrinate. That's a long term investment, but almost certainly a part of their strategy.




Thank you very much for your answer. I guess I underestimated how chaotic -evil- these particular vhaeraunites were ^_^ . I guess it's logic for a merchant company to go the capitalist way: short-term gain without regards for long-term consequences ;-P .



A lot of the time, if you don't have a short-term gain, you're not going to be around to worry about the long-term consequence.

It's not like male children are a rare commodity in drow society.
Duneth Despana Posted - 27 Jul 2015 : 20:58:55
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)



Sad to say, it has been so long since I wrote DotD that I don't recall the specific meaning of that word. I'm assuming it's an expletive, in which case the context will probably suffice.

Woolly nailed the reasoning behind the traffic of drow children. To the merchant band, everything is a commodity, and capital is a necessity. But one thing does not preclude the other. I would assume that they DO steal boy children, particularly those that show promise as fighters, to raise and indoctrinate. That's a long term investment, but almost certainly a part of their strategy.




Thank you very much for your answer. I guess I underestimated how chaotic -evil- these particular vhaeraunites were ^_^ . I guess it's logic for a merchant company to go the capitalist way: short-term gain without regards for long-term consequences ;-P .
Seravin Posted - 10 Jul 2015 : 21:41:57
Hi Elaine

Finally reading Thornhold (way too late!) and wonder if the name of Alice Tinker comes from you liking Vicar of Dibley? That show has a great character with the same name played by Emma Chambers. Loving the book by the way! Can't believe it took me so long to get to it!



ElaineCunningham Posted - 10 Jul 2015 : 14:37:01
Hi, folks.

A quick note to let you know that there's a free short story posted on EGM Shorts, a flash fiction column by the small-press publisher Evil Girlfriend Media.

Hope you'll stop by.

http://bit.ly/EGMSHORTS
ElaineCunningham Posted - 10 Jul 2015 : 14:34:44
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)



Sad to say, it has been so long since I wrote DotD that I don't recall the specific meaning of that word. I'm assuming it's an expletive, in which case the context will probably suffice.

Woolly nailed the reasoning behind the traffic of drow children. To the merchant band, everything is a commodity, and capital is a necessity. But one thing does not preclude the other. I would assume that they DO steal boy children, particularly those that show promise as fighters, to raise and indoctrinate. That's a long term investment, but almost certainly a part of their strategy.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 04 Jul 2015 : 05:48:05
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

There is one thing that deeply puzzles me, though: Why was the cargo of the Dragon's Hoard drow children? One would think that the followers of Vhaeraun would hold on to young malleable souls to bolster their ranks (a need that is expressed in chapter eighteen: 'Night Above'). Thanks in advance!




Even if you want recruits, you need capital.

And people are more dedicated to a cause when they choose it for themselves... If it's forced on them, their dedication often doesn't last beyond a serious challenge to their faith in that cause.
Duneth Despana Posted - 04 Jul 2015 : 04:07:16
There is one thing that deeply puzzles me, though: Why was the cargo of the Dragon's Hoard drow children? One would think that the followers of Vhaeraun would hold on to young malleable souls to bolster their ranks (a need that is expressed in chapter eighteen: 'Night Above'). Thanks in advance!
Duneth Despana Posted - 03 Jul 2015 : 13:07:27
although I can make a guess as to it's general signification... what does tzarreth mean exactly? (as you can maybe guess I'm reading DotD and thoroughly enjoying it! so: thank you!)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:37:42
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

All of Paizo's ePub versions are easily converted to .Mobi (via calibre) and can be imported to the Kindle. I have used this method several times.



This is an excellent work-around. Just so you know, though, starting in June the Paizo novels will be published by Tor and distributed by McMillan. As part of this arrangement, the new books AND the backlist will be available in ebook format on Amazon.com and, I would assume, Nook as well (for however long B&N lasts...)
ElaineCunningham Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:35:30
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

Hi Elaine,

I was sad to see that your name was not listed amongst the contributors in Ed's Sessorium. Do you have plans to join them in the future?



Hi, Hawkins.

Ed's new project is intriguing, and I'll be following its development with interest. We talked about me taking part, and I might at some point in the future, but right now my focus is elsewhere.
Hawkins Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:17:45
Hi Elaine,

I was sad to see that your name was not listed amongst the contributors in Ed's Sessorium. Do you have plans to join them in the future?
Hawkins Posted - 03 Mar 2015 : 20:13:37
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.



Yeah, I don't know why Paizo doesn't have a Kindle version available through Amazon You can get the ePub version from the Paizo website. I'm not sure if you can read ePub files with a Kindle, but if you're interested, here's a link:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8h6j?Pathfinder-Tales-Winter-Witch


All of Paizo's ePub versions are easily converted to .Mobi (via calibre) and can be imported to the Kindle. I have used this method several times.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:32:04
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.



Yeah, I don't know why Paizo doesn't have a Kindle version available through Amazon You can get the ePub version from the Paizo website. I'm not sure if you can read ePub files with a Kindle, but if you're interested, here's a link:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8h6j?Pathfinder-Tales-Winter-Witch
Fellfire Posted - 08 Feb 2015 : 15:18:56
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Still haven't read that one. I'll get right on it. Thanks.



Alas, I cannot find this on my Kindle.

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