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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 Dec 2016 : 02:33:04
quote:
Originally posted by SABERinBLUE

On that same note, Elaine, what was it like writing for Star Wars? I know Star Wars is pretty much just fantasy with a coat of sci-if paint, but were there any particularly interesting or noteworthy mental adjustments you had to make? Additionally, I've been curious for a while about the sort of matched cover art for Dark Journey and Traitor. As your book focuses on Jaina and Mr. Stover's focuses on Jacen, were they intended as, I don't know, companion or counterpoint novels, with perhaps you and he comparing notes, or was the cover art just a publisher thing? Thanks very much!

On a side note, when introducing new players to the Realms I always tell them something along the lines of "if you want a book to read that's relevant to the campaign we're doing in some specific way, try book A or book B. But if you want an introduction to the Realms, anything by Elaine Cunningham is going to be a good read."



Thanks for the kind word, and the recommendations!

To be honest, I never noticed the similarity in the cover art between these two books. You've got a good eye for design! Cover decisions are the publisher's territory. There was no collaboration between authors on cover design. Most of the coordination was done at the LucasFilm level, but I was in contact with some of the other authors--Troy Denning, in particular, since he had a book out just before mine. I don't recall whether or not I spoke with Matt Stover, but Dark Journey and Traitor were not regarded as reflection of each other, so there wasn't the sort of collaboration that the cover art suggests.

I wrote Dark Journey twelve years ago, so I don't recall all the details of the writing process, but one thing that does linger in mind is the HUGE adjustment from doing battle choreography in a pseudo-medieval technology to writing a space battle with a bazillion ships that are zipping about every which way. Working in 3D is tough, not only to visualize, but to describe. The usual direction designators--up, down, east, west--don't apply, or at least, don't apply the same way.
SABERinBLUE Posted - 31 Dec 2016 : 01:57:15
On that same note, Elaine, what was it like writing for Star Wars? I know Star Wars is pretty much just fantasy with a coat of sci-if paint, but were there any particularly interesting or noteworthy mental adjustments you had to make? Additionally, I've been curious for a while about the sort of matched cover art for Dark Journey and Traitor. As your book focuses on Jaina and Mr. Stover's focuses on Jacen, were they intended as, I don't know, companion or counterpoint novels, with perhaps you and he comparing notes, or was the cover art just a publisher thing? Thanks very much!

On a side note, when introducing new players to the Realms I always tell them something along the lines of "if you want a book to read that's relevant to the campaign we're doing in some specific way, try book A or book B. But if you want an introduction to the Realms, anything by Elaine Cunningham is going to be a good read."
ElaineCunningham Posted - 30 Dec 2016 : 20:08:05
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi Elaine,

I believe at one point you were scheduled to write a Zekk centric SW novel. I can't recall why it was cancelled but I would have loved to have read it.


How far along were you in writing/plotting the story? What kind of Jedi and personality did you see Zekk as? My only memories are the Troy Denning books he appeared in.

Thanks!



This is true. The events of BLOOD OATH fell into the period of time between the New Jedi Order story arc and Legacy of the Jedi. The outline was completed and had been approved by Del Rey and the LucasFilm continuity team, and the manuscript was not quite half completed. I was unable to finish the manuscript due to a lengthy illness. which also caused the demise of two FR books. That was not a happy time.

It was, however, lots of fun to work with Zekk when he was the focus of his own story. He had been supporting cast, sidekick, the short side of a love triangle, even a (redeemed) villain, but never a protagonist.
Sunderstone Posted - 30 Dec 2016 : 18:45:49
Hi Elaine,

I believe at one point you were scheduled to write a Zekk centric SW novel. I can't recall why it was cancelled but I would have loved to have read it.


How far along were you in writing/plotting the story? What kind of Jedi and personality did you see Zekk as? My only memories are the Troy Denning books he appeared in.

Thanks!
Barastir Posted - 23 Dec 2016 : 13:06:21
Wonderful response, and thank you for bringing the question, Elven Avenger. I've never considered it.
Elven Avenger Posted - 16 Dec 2016 : 20:35:06
Wow! Thank you very much. This is a superb big clarification!

Thanks for dedicating your time to think and post about it! Cheers!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 16 Dec 2016 : 20:08:25
quote:
Originally posted by Elven Avenger

A spoiler warning ahead, since I have to mention some facts in the Elfshadow and Evermeet books.
Well Here I go.

Dear Elaine, sorry if this is not the right place to ask this. But, Iím in need of some clarification or at least a bit of insight of yours related to these books.
Its stated that Zaor is killed by Fenian Niítessine in Evermeet in the year 1321. Right after that, Fenian is also murdered by Kymil Nimesin using the arrow from Bran Skorslunís bow after he fails telling Kymil that he did not killed Amnestria but killed the king instead.

Then, in the future, in Elfshadow, Arylin meets Tintagel NiíTessine and is informed that said elf carries a piece of the shaft with a raven mark on it, saying it to be the arrow that killed his father Fenian in 1321. And he also says that, he is looking for revenge against his fatherís killer.

Also in Elfshadow, Arylin confirms that Bran was the one who shot Fenian that day in the past, concluding that the arrow Tintagel carries came from Branís Bow.

So, now for my question at last. Considering all this, and the passing of time. Would House NiíTessine be able to consider Bran as Fenianís killer? Would that still be a mystery for the Family? Or, yet, would the NiíTessine Family be able to find out that, was in fact, Kymil who killed Fenian, and tried to frame Bran leaving his body behind with the arrow on it?

Iím not sure if you would be able to confirm anything, but as I said, any insight from you would be very well regarded since I have nothing more of information from it!

Thanks in advance!




If memory serves, during the events of ELFSHADOW, when Arilyn met Tintagel, he did indeed believe that Bran killed his father. I imagine it took quite some time to solve this mystery, but it seems likely that the Ni'Tessine family now knows the truth.

When Kymil was captured and tried, I would assume that he was questioned through magical means. It also seems likely that elves and elven magic were involved in that questioning. The Harpers brought Kymil to trial, but they would be extremely careful to avoid any appearance of scapegoating or sweeping evidence against one of their members (Bran) under the carpet. For political reasons, they would have to ensure that Evermeet's elves knew the extent of Kymil's crimes.

It is possible, however, that some members of the Ni'Tessine family consider Bran and the Harpers to be responsible for Fenian's death, despite any evidence to the contrary. Elves, like humans, can be remarkably adept at discrediting--or for that matter, simply filtering out--any information that does not conform to their beliefs and opinions.
Elven Avenger Posted - 16 Dec 2016 : 16:58:58
A spoiler warning ahead, since I have to mention some facts in the Elfshadow and Evermeet books.
Well Here I go.

Dear Elaine, sorry if this is not the right place to ask this. But, Iím in need of some clarification or at least a bit of insight of yours related to these books.
Its stated that Zaor is killed by Fenian Niítessine in Evermeet in the year 1321. Right after that, Fenian is also murdered by Kymil Nimesin using the arrow from Bran Skorslunís bow after he fails telling Kymil that he did not killed Amnestria but killed the king instead.

Then, in the future, in Elfshadow, Arylin meets Tintagel NiíTessine and is informed that said elf carries a piece of the shaft with a raven mark on it, saying it to be the arrow that killed his father Fenian in 1321. And he also says that, he is looking for revenge against his fatherís killer.

Also in Elfshadow, Arylin confirms that Bran was the one who shot Fenian that day in the past, concluding that the arrow Tintagel carries came from Branís Bow.

So, now for my question at last. Considering all this, and the passing of time. Would House NiíTessine be able to consider Bran as Fenianís killer? Would that still be a mystery for the Family? Or, yet, would the NiíTessine Family be able to find out that, was in fact, Kymil who killed Fenian, and tried to frame Bran leaving his body behind with the arrow on it?

Iím not sure if you would be able to confirm anything, but as I said, any insight from you would be very well regarded since I have nothing more of information from it!

Thanks in advance!
sleyvas Posted - 13 Dec 2016 : 15:24:26
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Wow, I love that picture of Fyodor and Liriel on your site. Looks like it was for a redo of tangled webs? Who painted it? I might want to see if I can get a copy.



This is the original cover art for Tangled Webs. You can find the image on Todd Lockwood's website, and he is selling prints. Here's a link:

http://toddlockwood.com/book-covers/tangled-webs/



Well, that explains it. I got a couple of his prints on the wall. He and Elmore compete for my wall space.
Fellfire Posted - 13 Dec 2016 : 13:28:19
I read Blood Red Harp. Boy, that was long ago, I'll have to see if I can find it again.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 13 Dec 2016 : 01:27:35
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Wow, I love that picture of Fyodor and Liriel on your site. Looks like it was for a redo of tangled webs? Who painted it? I might want to see if I can get a copy.



This is the original cover art for Tangled Webs. You can find the image on Todd Lockwood's website, and he is selling prints. Here's a link:

http://toddlockwood.com/book-covers/tangled-webs/
sleyvas Posted - 12 Dec 2016 : 23:26:57
Wow, I love that picture of Fyodor and Liriel on your site. Looks like it was for a redo of tangled webs? Who painted it? I might want to see if I can get a copy.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 12 Dec 2016 : 20:33:09
quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

Looks very sharp Elaine! I didn't even know you had an Everquest novel. I have to check that out.



Yeah, EverQuest was an obscure and ill-fated project. The publishing company was a start-up, and it was sold while I was writing the book to a publisher that had no fantasy line whatsoever and zero interest in continuing this series. The EverQuest license expired the month my book was released, so what with one thing and another, no one saw any reason to promote or even really distribute the poor orphaned thing. It doesn't even LOOK like an EverQuest product, since the (first) publisher decided to go with a weird anime approach.

I think BLOOD RED HARP is one of my better stories, but it fell off the map shortly after publication. It's been OOP for quite a while now, so you might have trouble finding a copy.
Seravin Posted - 12 Dec 2016 : 18:33:06
Looks very sharp Elaine! I didn't even know you had an Everquest novel. I have to check that out.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 12 Dec 2016 : 14:08:00
Hi, folks.

I'm in the processing of updating my website. The Forgotten Realms page lists my books and has a page for each book. I've also added a page for Games, and will be adding my RPG writing credits and other game-related articles. I'll also be posting about games more. So if that's of any interest, here's a link:


http://www.elainecunningham.com/games/writing-for-and-about-games/
Barastir Posted - 21 Nov 2016 : 16:18:47
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
(...) I wouldn't be worried, if I were you. Not one bit. Really.


Errrr... Sure!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 12 Nov 2016 : 13:29:29
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir


Hey, I have only a name, but no idea on where to find it, and about its effects...



I'm sure Elaith will take your word on this. Yes, a Chat With The Dead spell would add a level of certainty, but hey--he's a reasonable elf, always willing to bet on the inherent goodness of human nature. I wouldn't be worried, if I were you. Not one bit. Really.
Barastir Posted - 09 Nov 2016 : 16:59:58
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

I think, Elaine, in one of your novels Elaith had a poison ring that contained a poison specific to elves. Can you tell me what it was, where it can be found, and the effects of it?



I passed your request along to Elaith, (...)




Statha (...)



Well, damn. Now Elaith is going to have to kill a whole lot of people.

Or maybe not. How many people actually read this scroll?



Hey, I have only a name, but no idea on where to find it, and about its effects...
The Red Walker Posted - 09 Nov 2016 : 01:33:05
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
Well, damn. Now Elaith is going to have to kill a whole lot of people.

Or maybe not. How many people actually read this scroll?



More than you think.

-- George Krashos



Even those of us who appear to not be around much anymore, are lurking more often than not.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Nov 2016 : 13:10:46
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

I expect nothing from others. Especially in this medium. I'm sure the German have a word for that, though I don't know it.



Pretty sure the Germans have a word for everything--including "having a word for everything."
Fellfire Posted - 08 Nov 2016 : 02:28:59
I expect nothing from others. Especially in this medium. I'm sure the German have a word for that, though I don't know it.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 08 Nov 2016 : 02:09:05
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

You may not remember one nutty fans email though I surely remember your reply.



You might be surprised. I remember most emails, oddly enough.
Fellfire Posted - 08 Nov 2016 : 02:06:17
If I could give you $XXX.00 or $X,XXX.00 or even $XX,XXX.00 to write Realms I would then share it here for everybody.
Fellfire Posted - 08 Nov 2016 : 01:57:40
You may not remember one nutty fans email though I surely remember your reply.
Fellfire Posted - 08 Nov 2016 : 01:47:01
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
Well, damn. Now Elaith is going to have to kill a whole lot of people.

Or maybe not. How many people actually read this scroll?



More than you think.

-- George Krashos



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