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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 - 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.
ericlboyd Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 18:52:34
Hi,

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

I think the two groups are unrelated other than worshipping Vhaeraun, being active in roughly the same location at different times, and having leaders with similar names.

The Dragons Hoard is active near Trollbridge circa 1361 DR. They move on to skull port. The "shattered" reference in DDGttU is referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Liriel.

Now this me making connections. Savage Frontier says no drow, page 50. The north says Misstyres drow are up by River dessRin in 1369.

FRCS says Clan Auzkovyn arrive circa 1171 DR fight wood lives for 200 years and then leave via portal. There aren't woo doves over by where Misstyres band is.

I would say Misstyres is leader of Clan Auzkovyn in 1369. He lads clAn west say from wood elves, finds a portal, and leave in 1371 DR.

Note also Abey of the Sword write up in F&P.

Eric

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Heya, Eric.

Nice catch! I feel a little stupid for not thinking of the difference in dates -_-' ... ;-P

This just makes me even more curious about the link between the two, and also... if not the events of 1361 DR what caused the band to go from 'established' (1369DR) to 'shattered' (1370).

A heartfelt thank you for your answer!


quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

So, by chance, I was literally trying to figure this out this morning.

I note the following: Nisstyre dies in 1361 DR (when Daughter of the Drow is set). Misstyre is mentioned in 1369 DR (when The North is written).

Therefore, despite the similarities, I don't think they can be the same individual unless that was Elaine's intent and there's a deeper story.

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Thank you for such a quick reply ^_^. If not you, could you point me to which writer/designer has authority on the subject?




Unfortunately, I cannot. I have not been writing in the Realms for several years now, and I don't know who's responsible for what these days. You might want to post your question on the WotC community board. It seems likely that game designers and editors check the board from time to time.





Fellfire Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 18:42:48
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
ElaineCunningham Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 18:27:56
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, who said that he's only too happy to divulge information of this nature to me and I was welcome to pass it along. But then he observed that three people can keep a secret, provided that two of them are 1) dead and 2) their corpses duly warded against Speak With the Dead spells.

So after due consideration, I think I'm going to go with "no" on this one.
Fellfire Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 18:01:08
I think, Elaine, in one of your novels Elaith had a poison-needle 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?
Wooly Rupert Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 17:05:20
I've done a bit of research on lythari, myself, and I was similarly unable to find an origin story for the race. The closest thing I've found is that the skinwalker followers of Rillifane can assume animal form -- but they cannot assume wolf form. That's hardly proof of anything, but I've always assumed there was some connection to the lythari, there.
ElaineCunningham Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 16:31:32
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
Hey Elaine, just wondering, some of us have made a somewhat connection between the Ilythiiri and the Lythari because of the similarity of the name and the idea that the original Ilythiiri were kind of wood elfish (figuring the Lythari is a corruption of the original tribal name). I was wondering if you had ever intended for that connection to be made.



Hi, Sleyvas.

I didn't invent either of these sub-races of elves or the names by which they're known, so I wasn't making any connection. To the best of my knowledge--and keep in mind it has been a few years since I delved into elven lore and I don't know what has been published recently--there is no existing "origin story" for the lythari. How they came about, from whom they descended. There's no creation myth, not even the sort of vanilla legends that filter down to humans. And since there was no official origin story, I didn't create one, not even for my own, "back story" purposes. This is a little unusual--most of the time I work with a "tip of the iceberg" approach to shared-world storytelling--but I wanted to keep the lythari mysterious. Even to me.


Duneth Despana Posted - 20 Oct 2014 : 16:17:20
Heya, Eric.

Nice catch! I feel a little stupid for not thinking of the difference in dates -_-' ... ;-P

This just makes me even more curious about the link between the two, and also... if not the events of 1361 DR what caused the band to go from 'established' (1369DR) to 'shattered' (1370).

A heartfelt thank you for your answer!


quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

So, by chance, I was literally trying to figure this out this morning.

I note the following: Nisstyre dies in 1361 DR (when Daughter of the Drow is set). Misstyre is mentioned in 1369 DR (when The North is written).

Therefore, despite the similarities, I don't think they can be the same individual unless that was Elaine's intent and there's a deeper story.

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Thank you for such a quick reply ^_^. If not you, could you point me to which writer/designer has authority on the subject?




Unfortunately, I cannot. I have not been writing in the Realms for several years now, and I don't know who's responsible for what these days. You might want to post your question on the WotC community board. It seems likely that game designers and editors check the board from time to time.



sleyvas Posted - 18 Oct 2014 : 20:12:33
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Elaine, I realize that you cannot claim to be an expert on lythari mechanics, however, in my opinion, you grasp their spirit. I would like to ask your opinion regarding the sensitivity of the lythari to silver, wolfsbane and the full moon? I realize that nothing you say in anyway reflects what has already been written, I only wonder what you think.



The lythari are not werewolves, so I see no reason for them to be affected by the usual triggers and banes. In fact, it seems to me that lythari might take up the practice of wearing silver just to make a point. I imagine that the moon cycles would play a large part in their culture, both ritual and practical matters such as hunting, but I don't see the moon forcing a change.

As for wolfsbane, I imagine lythari would have much the same reaction as a human. The plant--also known as monkshood or by its Latin name, aconite--is a deadly poison. Ingesting roots can cause death in a few hours. Just handling the leaves can cause your hands to tingle and burn. Oddly enough, it's in very common use in cottage gardens. In fact, I used to grow a lovely deep blue monkshood in one of my flower gardens, right next to the raspberry patch, but I dug it out when a new family moved in next door with two little girls who were very fond of raspberries.

My point, and I do have one, is that wolfsbane is bad news to more people than werewolves.

That said, there's no real reason to assume that the family of plants referred to as wolfsbane in the Realms is identical to the 200+ varieties of aconite we have in our particular reality. It may be that the wolfsbane of Faerun has other botanical or magical properties, some of which might have either a beneficial or deleterious effect on the lythari. It would be fun, come to think of it, if the lythari could do something completely unexpected and badass with wolfsbane. Alternately, I could see them using it as a suppressant to their lupine nature; for example, suppose there are rare cases of lythari who are team players in elf form but either rogues or violent in wolf form. It would make sense for them to be exiled from the pack, as it were, but remain part of the community while going through life on two feet. Or perhaps someone has difficulty controlling the change, or is going into a situation where control is particularly difficult, such as a battle where changing into wolf form could be deadly. Ingesting or wearing wolfsbane to prevent changing would make a great deal of sense.

Or maybe they dry and smoke wolfsbane for recreational purposes.

What? Too second edition?





Hey Elaine, just wondering, some of us have made a somewhat connection between the Ilythiiri and the Lythari because of the similarity of the name and the idea that the original Ilythiiri were kind of wood elfish (figuring the Lythari is a corruption of the original tribal name). I was wondering if you had ever intended for that connection to be made.
ericlboyd Posted - 18 Oct 2014 : 15:42:10
So, by chance, I was literally trying to figure this out this morning.

I note the following: Nisstyre dies in 1361 DR (when Daughter of the Drow is set). Misstyre is mentioned in 1369 DR (when The North is written).

Therefore, despite the similarities, I don't think they can be the same individual unless that was Elaine's intent and there's a deeper story.

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Thank you for such a quick reply ^_^. If not you, could you point me to which writer/designer has authority on the subject?




Unfortunately, I cannot. I have not been writing in the Realms for several years now, and I don't know who's responsible for what these days. You might want to post your question on the WotC community board. It seems likely that game designers and editors check the board from time to time.

DenverJack Posted - 18 Oct 2014 : 01:35:48
Hello again Elaine. I got my hands on a copy of Dragon #335 and read Game Of Chance - very interesting :-)
You've previously touched on the spell Elaith used to make 'speak with dead' type spells not function, and I was wondering if you had in mind any powers/abilities of Elaith's "special black knife," other than being of dark-elf craftsmanship?
I greatly appreciate anything you'd be willing to share.
Thanks!
ElaineCunningham Posted - 17 Oct 2014 : 13:49:09
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Thank you for such a quick reply ^_^. If not you, could you point me to which writer/designer has authority on the subject?




Unfortunately, I cannot. I have not been writing in the Realms for several years now, and I don't know who's responsible for what these days. You might want to post your question on the WotC community board. It seems likely that game designers and editors check the board from time to time.
Duneth Despana Posted - 17 Oct 2014 : 13:08:46
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

Heya,
I just created this scroll(http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19667) trying to find more information on Clan Auzkovyn.

Since they were Vhaeraunites like the Dragon's Hoard featured in 'Daughter of the Drow' and the trade organization had an enclave in the High Forest during the time Clan Auzkovyn still inhabited it, I was wondering if you had any thoughts on what relations the two organizations might have had if any, and in general if you could help me in my quest for more lore on the Clan.



Interesting project! Unfortunately, I don't have any addition insights or information for Clan Auzkovyn. It seems very probable that the two groups would be aware of each other and that they would occasionally do business. Since the Dragon's Hoard traded in both Menzoberranzan and Skullport, it would make very good sense for one of the Auzkovyn to infiltrate and travel with the merchant group in order to get information and goods that could help protect and sustain their enclave.



Thank you for such a quick reply ^_^. If not you, could you point me to which writer/designer has authority on the subject?

In my investigation I stumbled upon this bit of realmslore about drow in the High Forest:

'There is an established tribe of approximately 100
Vhaeraun-worshiping drow living at the western fringe of the
High Forest just two days south of the River Dessarin's headwaters
near the Lost Peaks. The tribe is led by a drow merchant
and wizard named Misstyre'(The North Boxed Set)

And I guess that Misstyre and Nisstyre must be the same drow. (Kinda like Phaere~Phaera, Solaufein~Solausein, Xalph~Xalth...). What surprises me is that there were 100 drow in just the High Forest enclave of the Dragon's Hoard. Can you tell me what happened to the different parts of the Dragon's Hoard after Nisstyre and Gorlist's deaths in 1361DR? Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark mentions the merchant band as 'shattered'... Where did all these vhaeraunites go? Thank you in advance once again.

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