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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 - 29 Jan 2015 : 18:36:05
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.



Hi, Brian. I'd really hoped to attend Gen Con this summer, but it looks as if I'll have to shoot for next year.
Brian R. James Posted - 29 Jan 2015 : 17:59:58
Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.
Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:31:03
“Of a sort. The tales contain riddles, and each one leads to a cache of coins and magical items hidden throughout the Northlands. You are skilled in the solving of puzzles, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them, if the need arises.”


This is what prompted my query.
Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:24:53
Most excellent. Thanks, as always, for your reply. Though the contest/treasure hunt is long over the books remain beautiful and the riddles challenging, to say the least.

Wow! I did not expect a confirmation on that second question. Awesome

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham



I'm very tempted to finish and post the next scene in this chapter, which gives a glimpse into Elaith's post-dragon-attack fate.



Should the itch return, please scratch it.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:19:56
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

First, Danilo's gift of the book of riddles, were you familiar with the two Treasure Hunt books that were very much like this IRL? I have the first one, where the hidden items were little jeweleries,studded with precious gems, worth quite a boatload, in the shape of grasshoppers and butterflies and the like. I had that book, but could never figure out the riddles. The artwork was beautiful. Just wondered if you drew inspiration from those.


No, this wasn't the basic for the riddle book. Now that you mention it, I do have a faint memory of seeing a book like the one you described, but Danilo's book was more prosaic. It's just as described--a book of little tales and anecdotes, none of which are obviously treasure-related riddles.

quote:
And secondly, the half-elf cabin-boy Azariah rescues in Ch. 3. He is describes as having a jutting lower canine, incisor, tusk? My first thought was half-orc?



Yes. Connor is half-orc, half-elven, but he considers himself to be human, as to his way of thinking, that's halfway between orc and elf. He becomes Azariah's most trusted lieutenant.


Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:13:53
No, thank you. Now a couple more questions,if I may. One I think you might answer, the other I'm sure you will not, but I've got to try. First, Danilo's gift of the book of riddles, were you familiar with the two Treasure Hunt books that were very much like this IRL? I have the first one, where the hidden items were little jeweleries,studded with precious gems, worth quite a boatload, in the shape of grasshoppers and butterflies and the like. I had that book, but could never figure out the riddles. The artwork was beautiful. Just wondered if you drew inspiration from those. And secondly, the half-elf cabin-boy Azariah rescues in Ch. 3. He is describes as having a jutting lower canine, incisor, tusk? My first thought was half-orc?
ElaineCunningham Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 16:02:51
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

*sigh* I just reread those chapters. I knew some were posted here, but I thought I remembered reading another one from your webpage way back when. They are better than I remember. I know many, myself inclded, have said this before, but your quill is dearly missed in these here Realms. Can you add any details regarding Neesha?



Thanks for the kind words, Fellfire. I did another pass before posting these chapters here, and I think they benefitted from it.

Unfortunately, I can't add a lot of detail about Neesha without revealing key plot points. I'm very hesitant to do that, since the novel isn't finished and I'm pretty sure that If I ever DID finish it, it would take some unexpected turns. But I think it's save to say that Neesha's SECOND rescue falls to Azariah...
Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 15:56:05
*sigh* I just reread those chapters. I knew some were posted here, but I thought I remembered reading another one from your webpage way back when. They are better than I remember. I know many, myself inclded, have said this before, but your quill is dearly missed in these here Realms. Can you add any details regarding Neesha?
ElaineCunningham Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 15:40:26
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

In my last query about Tincheron, you mentioned his daughter, Neesha, I think. Can you tell us anymore about her? I seem to recall a sample chapter from TSD where she was mentioned. I can't recall was that excerp here? How much did she feature in that novel?



Yes, that excerpt is in the FR Novels forum, in a thread entitled "A birthday gift for long-time Realms readers." It has been a while since it was posted, so I believe it's on the second page. There's also a chapter 3 posted from the same novel, which, in a fit of whimsy, I titled "Chapter 3."

Neesha appears in the first chapter. She's rescued by Elaith and the elves of the Wealdath from a band of orcs who are holding her hostage to ensure safe passage through elven lands. And yes, she played a significant role in the novel.
Fellfire Posted - 18 Jan 2015 : 15:29:04
In my last query about Tincheron, you mentioned his daughter, Neesha, I think. Can you tell us anymore about her? I seem to recall a sample chapter from TSD where she was mentioned. I can't recall was that excerp here? How much did she feature in that novel?
TBeholder Posted - 29 Dec 2014 : 14:03:14
... Or an aspect, whether separate or contextual. Or not even name as such, but title.
After all, elves say "Arvanaith" instead of "Arvandor" in a slightly different context/meaning, which refers to the same (and they know it).
If humans may venerate e.g. Kossuth in context "fire as a fundamental element", "flame as a boon and foundation of civilized life", "purifying flame" or "fiery destruction", why elves can't be inclined toward veneration of the same deity as "Winged Mother", "Bringer of Rain and Storm" or "Lady of Air and Wind"?
Either way, Chaotic powers are not very inclined to see different sects referring them by slightly different names as a big deal, if Tempus/Tempos and Lolth/Lloth are any examples.
Zireael Posted - 29 Dec 2014 : 10:56:57
quote:
If memory serves, this is a misspelling o Aerdrie Faenya, lady of air and wind.


You could always say it's an alias, just like Mielikki had a 2e alias of Khalreshaar.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 30 Nov 2014 : 23:52:05
If memory serves, this is a misspelling o Aerdrie Faenya, lady of air and wind. Here's a clip from a FR wiki page:

quote:
In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, Aerdrie Faenya is the elven goddess of Air, Weather, Freedom, Impulse, Fertility, and Birds. Aerdrie appears to be a tall, elven woman with feathered hair and eyebrows. A pair of large bird-like wings, with feathers that constantly change color, sprout from her back. The lower half of her body vanishes into a misty whirlwind, so that she never appears to touch the ground.[6] Her symbol is a cloud with a bird silhouette.[7] Aerdrie's realm, a floating palace called the Aerie, shifts across the border between Arborea and Ysgard; sometimes it is found in Arvandor and sometimes in Alfheim.
Zireael Posted - 30 Nov 2014 : 18:17:30
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

In the Dream Spheres the phrase "The strength of Corellon, the beauty of Hanali, the joy of Aerali" is used. Who's Aerali? Thank you in advance ^_^



"A minor member of the Seldarine" would be a safe bet.
Duneth Despana Posted - 29 Nov 2014 : 18:55:25
In the Dream Spheres the phrase "The strength of Corellon, the beauty of Hanali, the joy of Aerali" is used. Who's Aerali? Thank you in advance ^_^
ElaineCunningham Posted - 11 Nov 2014 : 22:58:58
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Question: This has probably been asked before, but what is Elaith Craulnober's take on drow? Taken individually, universally hated, or he just doesn't care anymore? (considering his own abandonment of his 'elfness')



Elaith does not like drow. He harbors the usual deep-seated elven fear/hatred of them, intensified by the fact that his family was wiped out by dark elves. Also, there's the whole dark mirror issue, and the fact that drow tactics and mores are a little too close to his own for comfort.
Markustay Posted - 11 Nov 2014 : 15:57:51
I think that was in-response to my suggestion of a 'like button', Krash.

However, I whole-heartedly agree with you - I think CK may have run its curse. 2.0 missed its window of opportunity to shine (there will be another, IF there is going to be a 5e FR campaign guide - tying a new version of CK to that release could work).

But we need something new and fresh - this place has become too much like a museum. A clunky circa 2000 web interface isn't going to get kids today (new players) very excited. A place lead by someone who has a positive outlook, who likes to talk and people will hang on the edge of their seats listening to. Not me of course... I simply don' have the beard for it.

And now I just realized this was Elaine's thread. Hmmmmm... need a good question...

Question: This has probably been asked before, but what is Elaith Craulnober's take on drow? Taken individually, universally hated, or he just doesn't care anymore? (considering his own abandonment of his 'elfness')
George Krashos Posted - 11 Nov 2014 : 00:54:55
I doubt it will hit Candlekeep. Something a tad more "official" would be better.

-- George Krashos
Xnella Moonblade-Thann Posted - 10 Nov 2014 : 20:24:52
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Lots of things to share soon, Elaine. Lots.

-- George Krashos
Sometimes I wish we could 'Like' a post the way we do on Facebook.




Maybe a feature on the 2.0 Candlekeep forums?
Markustay Posted - 27 Oct 2014 : 03:58:27
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Lots of things to share soon, Elaine. Lots.

-- George Krashos
Sometimes I wish we could 'Like' a post the way we do on Facebook.

George Krashos Posted - 27 Oct 2014 : 02:47:12
Lots of things to share soon, Elaine. Lots.

-- George Krashos
ElaineCunningham Posted - 26 Oct 2014 : 23:35:52
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Hi Elaine,

I have a couple of questions about Elfsong.

In the novel, pages 1-6, we see Garnet meeting with Grimnosh. I'm guessing this is late in 1363, as page 6 says "twice the moon waxed and waned" and then talks about spring, and the rest of the book takes place in 1364 DR.

My questions:

1) Did Grimnosh already have the harp or did Garnet ask him to go get it? I think page 3-4 suggest he already had it in is hoard, but I couldn't quite figure that out.


Grimnosh already had the harp. He got it from the village of Taskerleigh, after killed all but one of the villagers with his breath weapon.

quote:
[2) On page 57, Elaith is tracking some great treasure to Taskerleigh, but it's gone. Was he tracking the Morninglark?


Yes.

quote:
3) Assuming Grimnosh already had the harp when Garnet comes to talk to him, then when did he acquire the harp? Was it simply by chance earlier that summer in 1363 DR (meaning Taskerleigh had been destroyed for about 9 months when Elaith's band arrives) or was it much longer? If longer, how much longer?


Nine months sounds about right.

I'd love to see that timeline, when and if you're ready to share!
ericlboyd Posted - 25 Oct 2014 : 17:12:31
Hi Elaine,

I have a couple of questions about Elfsong.

In the novel, pages 1-6, we see Garnet meeting with Grimnosh. I'm guessing this is late in 1363, as page 6 says "twice the moon waxed and waned" and then talks about spring, and the rest of the book takes place in 1364 DR.

My questions:

1) Did Grimnosh already have the harp or did Garnet ask him to go get it? I think page 3-4 suggest he already had it in is hoard, but I couldn't quite figure that out.

2) On page 57, Elaith is tracking some great treasure to Taskerleigh, but it's gone. Was he tracking the Morninglark?

3) Assuming Grimnosh already had the harp when Garnet comes to talk to him, then when did he acquire the harp? Was it simply by chance earlier that summer in 1363 DR (meaning Taskerleigh had been destroyed for about 9 months when Elaith's band arrives) or was it much longer? If longer, how much longer?

Thanks,

--Eric, who's working on a timeline for the High Forest
Duneth Despana Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 20:00:36
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd


Don't want to clutter Elaine's thread to much maybe take further questions to other scroll?


You're right. I'm sorry. http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3803&whichpage=42
ElaineCunningham Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 19:12:30
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

I don't think Elaith will kill you. You are his biggest proponent. Can you confirm or deny the existence of such a compound and give me the source in which it was mentioned? A short story IIRC and not one of my favorite novels, by that I mean not Songs and Swords or the Harpers



Offhand, I don't remember which story mentioned this ring. But yes, I have no doubt that such compounds exists.

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