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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 - 10 Jan 2014 : 20:38:57
Hi, Astolfo.

Woolly is right--I'm not currently involved with the Realms and have no idea what direction the folks at WotC might be considering for the royal family. And as Woolly mentioned, I would not be able to go into detail if I *did* know.

Wish I could have been more helpful!

Best,
ec



quote:
Originally posted by astolfo

Hi Elaine,
A quick question: in any forthcoming novel or book with 5th ed. FR, are answers going to be forthcoming to the fate of the Moonflower royal family and/or their descendants?
I've always enjoyed your work, thank you for sharing with all of us!
Astolfo

astolfo Posted - 03 Jan 2014 : 03:12:28
Thank you, that makes sense.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 31 Dec 2013 : 06:30:11
I would lay odds against Elaine being able to answer... As a freelancer, they likely wouldn't consult her or advise her on such matters unless she was working on something for them, and it would likely then be covered under an NDA.
astolfo Posted - 31 Dec 2013 : 01:52:34
Hi Elaine,
A quick question: in any forthcoming novel or book with 5th ed. FR, are answers going to be forthcoming to the fate of the Moonflower royal family and/or their descendants?
I've always enjoyed your work, thank you for sharing with all of us!
Astolfo
Portella Posted - 15 Dec 2013 : 22:57:28
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Portella

Thank you Elaine and woolly. I was looking for copy on the kindle store and it's not available there




Yes, oddly enough the book is available in audio format (Nifty aside: The narrator sang the melody I wrote to the ballad Danilo's singing sword belts out in Elfshadow) but not as an ebook. If they DO publish the book in ebook form, I'm hoping they'll include the story or two that were left out because they'd been recently published elsewhere, such as "Gorlist's Dragon." I'd be interested in writing a new short story or two for the ebook format to make it more attractive to FR readers.



That would be great, I tend to buy only ebook formats now.

And elaine this was my intro to you as an author, you got my attentions pretty good if they released the ebook as is i would get it.

;)
Kris the Grey Posted - 25 Nov 2013 : 00:32:25
Elaine,

Oh really? Huh - talk about your odd coincidences! My campaign's 'today' date is presently the 13th day of Flamerule (aka July), 1371. Small (fantasy) world. Maybe I need to take a serious look at having a Liriel cameo sometime soon. Lol.

Thanks again for all the information!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 24 Nov 2013 : 22:39:24
quote:
Originally posted by Kris the Grey

Elaine,

Do you know what year DR the story takes place in?



Yep! WINDWALKER took place in late 1361 and "Answered Prayers was almost exactly 10 years later, so it would be in the autumn of 1371.
Kris the Grey Posted - 24 Nov 2013 : 18:59:35
Elaine,

Family always comes first! So, absolutely no worries about you missing ConnectiCon, as they say in sports (and all other aspects of life really), 'there is always next year!'.

Thank you very much for the insights on Liriel's 'common knowledge' exploits and the circumstances of their likely re-telling. In re-reading "Answered Prayers" it certainly seems as though Liriel is not exactly shy about living out in the open (her move with the boots would certainly inspire tales to be told about it!). I agree that the story angle might be an interesting one to explore. Do you know what year DR the story takes place in?
Kajehase Posted - 24 Nov 2013 : 16:36:24
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
but things fell into place rather suddenly for my younger son to move to Japan.


This coupled with a vague memory of a blog-post you wrote about your older son starting college kinda makes me realise how long Candlekeep's been around now.

Pretty impressive, as internet-forums go.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 24 Nov 2013 : 01:06:44
quote:
Originally posted by Kris the Grey
We both hope that someday you might find yourself writing Realms fiction once again (despite the many bumps along the road that might have kept you from doing so up to now). We also both hope to be lucky enough to make your brief acquaintance at one convention or another at some point in the future. We live in your neck of the woods, and would have run into you at one of your writers workshops (as we do a bit of amateur scribbling of our own and so love to attend those sorts of things) at ConnectiCon this last summer had you been able to attend.




I felt pretty guilty about missing ConnectiCon, but things fell into place rather suddenly for my younger son to move to Japan. That would have been his last weekend at home, and there was no way in hell I was going to be anywhere else.

I haven't been attending many conventions over the past several years, but I hope to get out and about a bit more in 2014.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 23 Nov 2013 : 13:01:06
quote:
Originally posted by Kris the Grey

Hi Elaine,
Speaking of my wife, and Liriel, she asked me to pass along the following inquiry related to our present campaign set in the Realms. If around 1371 DR a good hearted cleric/wizard of the Mystran faith, traveling in the company of a half drow bard worshipper of Eilistraee, were to make the acquaintance of both the head of the Church of Selune in Waterdeep (and thus Kyriani Agrivar as well) and Qilue Veladorn how likely might it be for either of those two august personages to mention the existence of Liriel? Not her true family heritage, but the fact that she is a goodly drow (and faithful of Mystra) roaming the lands of light? Basically, is Liriel something of a secret/traveling in hiding, or are her travels and deeds post 1371 known to the 'adventuring public'?



I think Qilue would have to be very, very sure of someone before she mentioned Liriel. Any Underdark drow who lives on the surface is going to have powerful enemies, both from among her kind and surface dwellers who see a drow--ANY drow--as a threat to be eliminated. This gives Qilue two reasons for discretion: 1) making sure that the adventurer in question isn't planning to sell out Liriel and 2) getting a sense of whether or not the adventurer will be able to handle the sort of trouble that follows a renegade Menzoberranzan drow.

It's entirely possible that stories of Liriel's exploits will be passed along; after all, well-meaning drow are not very common. So yes, some adventurers may have heard rumors and a few will have first-hand stories to tell. I suppose it's possible that at some point she and her sword-sisters saw an advantage to going high profile with a badass name for their trio and a carefully orchestrated rep. (I'm seeing how a bard could come in handy here. A PR manager, if you will.) If that were the case, then people would be more likely to know some version of Liriel's story, and Qilue would be more likely to pass along the public version. That might be an interesting story angle to explore in your campaign.

ElaineCunningham Posted - 23 Nov 2013 : 12:51:22
quote:
Originally posted by Portella

Thank you Elaine and woolly. I was looking for copy on the kindle store and it's not available there




Yes, oddly enough the book is available in audio format (Nifty aside: The narrator sang the melody I wrote to the ballad Danilo's singing sword belts out in Elfshadow) but not as an ebook. If they DO publish the book in ebook form, I'm hoping they'll include the story or two that were left out because they'd been recently published elsewhere, such as "Gorlist's Dragon." I'd be interested in writing a new short story or two for the ebook format to make it more attractive to FR readers.
Portella Posted - 23 Nov 2013 : 10:00:36
Thank you Elaine and woolly. I was looking for copy on the kindle store and it's not available there :(. I will keep my eyes open for a physical copy but good books don't show up in second hand stores here that often.

Any way I will start another trilogy of its just need to figure out which one.

Kris the Grey Posted - 23 Nov 2013 : 05:52:39
Hi Elaine,

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

It sounds like 'a goodly number' is the relative answer to my "How many Stoneshaft dwarves can a fellow expect to find in Thornhold?" inquiry. I'd put that at between a hundred and two hundred for the general operation of the keep and its defense (based on what I've seen of the same in the standard D&D literature). That gives me a much better sense, thanks! You mention mines, I'd assume those would be located at the varied clanholds elsewhere, not at/under the keep itself?

I appreciate the legal pickle you find yourself in on the lore question, not a problem that you can't answer it in a forum such as this. I do appreciate the reference to the short story in the anthology. I had read it quite a while back (when it was first released), but had understandably forgotten having done so! It does indeed give me a good sense of Bronwyn's future (post 1374 anyway!).

On a side note, along with 'Best of the Realms' I've actually read (and own) every Forgotten Realms novel you've ever written and I can say I am a genuine fan of your work. What's more, upon meeting my now wife, I set her upon the path of reading your works, and you made yourself another fan through that process. She is a particular admirer of your Liriel novels, and very much enjoyed the short story referenced above (the end of the Liriel plot line so to speak) when she finally read it last year. We both hope that someday you might find yourself writing Realms fiction once again (despite the many bumps along the road that might have kept you from doing so up to now). We also both hope to be lucky enough to make your brief acquaintance at one convention or another at some point in the future. We live in your neck of the woods, and would have run into you at one of your writers workshops (as we do a bit of amateur scribbling of our own and so love to attend those sorts of things) at ConnectiCon this last summer had you been able to attend.

Speaking of my wife, and Liriel, she asked me to pass along the following inquiry related to our present campaign set in the Realms. If around 1371 DR a good hearted cleric/wizard of the Mystran faith, traveling in the company of a half drow bard worshipper of Eilistraee, were to make the acquaintance of both the head of the Church of Selune in Waterdeep (and thus Kyriani Agrivar as well) and Qilue Veladorn how likely might it be for either of those two august personages to mention the existence of Liriel? Not her true family heritage, but the fact that she is a goodly drow (and faithful of Mystra) roaming the lands of light? Basically, is Liriel something of a secret/traveling in hiding, or are her travels and deeds post 1371 known to the 'adventuring public'?

ElaineCunningham Posted - 22 Nov 2013 : 21:12:29
Hi, Portella!

Thanks for your post--delighted to hear that you enjoyed Liriel's story!

And thanks to Wooly for the short story heads-up. "Answered Prayers" takes place 10 years after the events of Windwalker. In it, Liriel has become a cleric of Mystra, thus combining her love for magic and her clerical bias. Over the past ten years, she'd been adventuring with Thorn and Sharlarra. I loved the notion of a trio of elven sword-sisters as an adventuring party. {:)]

ec


quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Portella

Hi Elaine,

I have finished reading the liriel books and I want to say thank it was a great read i 'm happy to say I enjoyed all three books. Just wondering the last book's end seem end like to me that a lot happen so fast it was difficult to follow. I will have to give another read to understand everything that happen but I had just one little question what happen to liriel after the books end?

Thank you again and I hope you have a nice day.



In the Best of Elaine compilation, there's a new Liriel story, set several years later.

ElaineCunningham Posted - 22 Nov 2013 : 21:05:34
Hi, Kris.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no specific map of Thornhold and environs. I don't think the exact number of dwarves in Clan Stoneshaft was ever established, but giving Ebenezer's bawdy and sarcastic response to Bronwyn's question about his family name ("My Da sired himself 13 kids...."), I think it's safe to assume that it's a pretty big extended family.

Take my husband's family, for example. His father was one of ten children. About seventy years later, the family that descended from Bill's grandfather numbered in the hundreds. Children and grandchildren and in-laws and step-children and so on--it adds up fast. And when one considers the longer dwarf lifespan, families could get very large very quickly. Since caves and caverns are not conducive to suburban sprawl, I'm assuming that when things got crowded, members of the Stoneshaft clan left the clanhold to found new mining communities. So the question would be threefold: How many people were in Ebenezer's home clanhold, how many kin lived outside of this particular series of caves and tunnels, and how many from both groups decided to relocate to Thornhold. For that matter, it seems very likely to me that many of the dwarves would live both above and below ground--perhaps splitting their time between mining and guard duty in the keep. Before I could give a useful answer to the question of how many dwarves in habit Thornhold, I'd have to do some research into the economics of a medieval trading outpost and the number of warriors needed to hold a fortress against attack. Hmmm....

I have a few ideas about what the dwarves and Bronwyn might have been doing after the events of Thornhold, but since that falls under the category of "publishing unapproved lore," I must regretfully decline to share them. There is, however, a glimpse into Bronwyn's future in the story "The Knights of Samular," a new tale that kicked off the short story collection Best of the Realms Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham.




quote:
Originally posted by Kris the Grey

With a little research it would seem I've answered some of my own questions...

1368/69 was the year the Zhents took over and then the Stoneshaft dwarves liberated Thornhold (or so it would seem).

According to the 3E supplement, City of Splendors, Thornhold is being used in 1372 as:
"Clan Stoneshaft continues to operate the formidable redoubt to this day
as a merchant stopoveróthe last along the High Road before the
dangerous dash past the Mere of Dead Men."

I still haven't found a specific map (but I did find a rough description of the keep) nor do I have any idea how many dwarves make up Clan Stoneshaft.

I'd simply love to hear what you (their creator) think the dwarves (and Bronwyn) might be getting themselves up to at the keep at around this time (in the Golden Era of the 2E/3E Realms) if you'd care to share!

Wooly Rupert Posted - 22 Nov 2013 : 18:51:02
quote:
Originally posted by Portella

Hi Elaine,

I have finished reading the liriel books and I want to say thank it was a great read i 'm happy to say I enjoyed all three books. Just wondering the last book's end seem end like to me that a lot happen so fast it was difficult to follow. I will have to give another read to understand everything that happen but I had just one little question what happen to liriel after the books end?

Thank you again and I hope you have a nice day.



In the Best of Elaine compilation, there's a new Liriel story, set several years later.
Portella Posted - 22 Nov 2013 : 18:13:24
Hi Elaine,

I have finished reading the liriel books and I want to say thank it was a great read i 'm happy to say I enjoyed all three books. Just wondering the last book's end seem end like to me that a lot happen so fast it was difficult to follow. I will have to give another read to understand everything that happen but I had just one little question what happen to liriel after the books end?

Thank you again and I hope you have a nice day.
Kris the Grey Posted - 17 Nov 2013 : 02:28:25
With a little research it would seem I've answered some of my own questions...

1368/69 was the year the Zhents took over and then the Stoneshaft dwarves liberated Thornhold (or so it would seem).

According to the 3E supplement, City of Splendors, Thornhold is being used in 1372 as:
"Clan Stoneshaft continues to operate the formidable redoubt to this day
as a merchant stopoveróthe last along the High Road before the
dangerous dash past the Mere of Dead Men."

I still haven't found a specific map (but I did find a rough description of the keep) nor do I have any idea how many dwarves make up Clan Stoneshaft.

I'd simply love to hear what you (their creator) think the dwarves (and Bronwyn) might be getting themselves up to at the keep at around this time (in the Golden Era of the 2E/3E Realms) if you'd care to share!
Kris the Grey Posted - 17 Nov 2013 : 01:49:48
Greetings Mrs. Cunnigham,

I had a question about Thornhold...to whit:

What year (DR) did Bronwyn Caradoon and shield dwarves of Clan Stoneshaft take over Thornhold and what are they using it for in the years 1371-74? It sits along the High Road at the start of the Mere of Dead Men, so it would make an ideal way stop for caravans entering the Mere (as the edge of civilization so to speak).

Do you know of a map with its layout and do you have a general idea of how many dwarves inhabit it?
Barastir Posted - 22 Jul 2013 : 13:08:01
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
As for the issue of inheritance, I really don't have anything to add. To do so would require inventing and posting new lore - a history and lineage for Tintager - without the oversight or permission of WotC. And that's not the sort of thing a shared-world writing ought to be doing.

I thought it would concern a much more recent lineage, but as of posting new or uncovered lore, I see your point. About the half-elf drawing a moonblade, the reference I checked says that Arilyn's blade was already without its moonstone when she claimed it, so this is a possible path, just like the others I suggested. Thank you anyway, Mrs. Cunningham.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 21 Jul 2013 : 18:06:17
Hi, Barastir.

The properties of the Craulnober moonblade have never been established in the lore. As for the issue of inheritance, I really don't have anything to add. To do so would require inventing and posting new lore--a history and lineage for Tintager- without the oversight or permission of WotC. And that's not the sort of thing a shared-world writing ought to be doing.

Best,

ec




quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

Hi, Mrs. Cunningham! How're you doing these days? I hope everything's alright! Well, I'm here to brig you an old question, which came into my mind one of these nights, about the Craulnober blade and Elaith's survival after drawing it when he was unworthy...

Well, back in 2005 a sage from Australia, named Dargoth, asked if Elaith would not be killed when drawing the blade, since Tincheron the half-elf/ half-dragon was around at the time of the "Game of Chance" story. Your answer, back then, was this:

"A fair question. When you consider how long elves live, and how complex the ties between elven families might be, it could probably be argued that there will ALWAYS be living relatives, provided one is willing to climb the family tree high enough and wander into the outermost branches. I've never established a necessary decree of consanguinity, but I would assume that such would have to exist.

But the simple answer is that Tincheron is a young half-dragon, whose birth (or more accurately, his hatching) occurred after Elaith was rejected by the Craulnober moonblade."


At the time I first read your answer I think I accepted it as it came, and I didn't wondered about Tincheron's parents... Because even if Tincheron wasn't alive in the time of Elaith's drawing of the blade, his elf parent would be around, for him to be conceived later...

Other explanation would be that his elf parent would be already dead, and that his egg would be somehow "dormant". But then, would not he be a potential future wielder, and so an alive member of the line? Or the fact of being only half-elven would exclude him (Dargoth, at the time, remembered that Arilyn's blade accepted her although she was a half-breed, I just don't remember if the blade was already without its moonstone when it accepted her).

Well, the final and only option I find for now is that they are really distant relatives, and so he would be too far a member of the bloodline to claim the blade. What do you think about the topic? And one more quick question: have any power of Craulnober moonblade, aside from dragonfear, been revealed in published sources? I thought so, but can't find the right references.

Thank you in advance!

Barastir Posted - 21 Jul 2013 : 16:49:40
Hi, Mrs. Cunningham! How're you doing these days? I hope everything's alright! Well, I'm here to brig you an old question, which came into my mind one of these nights, about the Craulnober blade and Elaith's survival after drawing it when he was unworthy...

Well, back in 2005 a sage from Australia, named Dargoth, asked if Elaith would not be killed when drawing the blade, since Tincheron the half-elf/ half-dragon was around at the time of the "Game of Chance" story. Your answer, back then, was this:

"A fair question. When you consider how long elves live, and how complex the ties between elven families might be, it could probably be argued that there will ALWAYS be living relatives, provided one is willing to climb the family tree high enough and wander into the outermost branches. I've never established a necessary decree of consanguinity, but I would assume that such would have to exist.

But the simple answer is that Tincheron is a young half-dragon, whose birth (or more accurately, his hatching) occurred after Elaith was rejected by the Craulnober moonblade."


At the time I first read your answer I think I accepted it as it came, and I didn't wondered about Tincheron's parents... Because even if Tincheron wasn't alive in the time of Elaith's drawing of the blade, his elf parent would be around, for him to be conceived later...

Other explanation would be that his elf parent would be already dead, and that his egg would be somehow "dormant". But then, would not he be a potential future wielder, and so an alive member of the line? Or the fact of being only half-elven would exclude him (Dargoth, at the time, remembered that Arilyn's blade accepted her although she was a half-breed, I just don't remember if the blade was already without its moonstone when it accepted her).

Well, the final and only option I find for now is that they are really distant relatives, and so he would be too far a member of the bloodline to claim the blade. What do you think about the topic? And one more quick question: have any power of Craulnober moonblade, aside from dragonfear, been revealed in published sources? I thought so, but can't find the right references.

Thank you in advance!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 29 May 2013 : 12:24:57
Hi, Sightless.

Fortunately, titles aren't covered by copyright, and a quick search on Amazon.com will demonstrate that some titles are used many times. So there's no problem here. (Even LESS of a problem considering I don't have a story to go with the title...)

Sorry to hear about your fried computer! Good luck reconstructing the files.

ec


quote:
Originally posted by Sightless

The Demerol is currently having fun with my CNS, so there are probably going to be typeos, for which I am sincerely sorry. Ms. Cunningham, let me begin by thanking you for your very prompt reply, as it both confirms something suspected by one individual among the gathering previously mentioned, and putís to rest a concern by another. While listening to some of the various posts related hereto, I came across a post to a title in search of a story, called, ďAn avalanche of tiny bones.Ē Naturally, what I shall relate is of little importance, as beyond the obvious reasons, I shall mention in a moment. The story ďAn avalanche of tiny bonesĒ was a murder mystery, began by myself involving the removal of the most ulnar, or the Pinky Finger from 23 children by, ranging in ages of seven to twelve, what appears to be a serial killer. The individual in question, like most individuals fitting that catagorization, keeps the fingers as trophies. This is then the reference previously mentioned in the title. The children, or rather there parents hold a strange connection to both each other, as well as the man responsible. Throw in a few references to the Zodiac killer, the significance of twenty three, and the finger mentioned in Asian mythos, a cop that feels out of her element and an IRS agent that is involved more by chance than anything else, and you have the story. Unfortunately, all I have of the thing is whatís on tape, as my computer died when someone accidently set my roof on fire when setting off fireworks. Now, even if I was to write the entire thing down, which I shall do at some point, the only folks that would ever read the thing are close friends, as I suspect no publisher would ever touch the thing. This furether exemplifies the statement regarding the overall insignificance of the mentioning of any of this. Iím largely informing you of this, something I shall probably look back upon in wonderment, because of the urging of someone I shall leave unnamed, who I suspect wants to see if youíll take the idea and run with it. I am beginning to hope that you donít, largely as Iím completely certain that you can think of something better; but there you have it, hopefully this hasnít been an utter waste of useful time, most respectfully, Sightless.

ElaineCunningham Posted - 29 May 2013 : 12:17:56
Thanks for the kind word, Renin. Much appreciated.

quote:
Originally posted by Renin

Elaine,

I only just now have read Best of the Realms III.

Many years late coming to that party, but to see my most favorite characters come to life in many short stories I hadn't read before was fantastic. Your Realms breathes so much life, and really defines how I love to run my own campaigns.

The book also shows how much I miss those characters, and it make it bittersweet to have hints in there about the 'Reclamation' book that was unable to see print.

So thank you for all that. I just recently reread all my Arilyn books, and they are still just as fantastic as I recall. The fantasy, the imagery, the depth of emotion, and the care about the characters still rings true, even though I had not read them in well over a dozen years.

So, a long winded kudos!


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