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Alaundo Posted - 26 Jan 2005 : 23:16:47
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned game designer of the Realms, namely - Eric L Boyd. Eric has been a game designer for TSR\WotC for many years, with a vast array of products to his name, including Champions of Ruin, Champions of Valor, City of Splendors: Waterdeep, Faiths & Pantheons, Lost Empires of Faerūn, Serpent Kingdoms, Races of Faerūn and the upcoming Power of Faerūn, 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 Realms master.
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Grumpy Hamatula Posted - 20 Feb 2020 : 21:59:05
Many thanks for the reply! I'll be very interested to see it when it comes out!
ericlboyd Posted - 20 Feb 2020 : 02:54:14
Not really. A friend is working on a 5e conversion. There's a couple of maps that are hand-drawn that need a mapmaker.

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by Balfrin

Hi Eric,
this adventure sounds great! And Azazel is the most intriguing devil among the outcasts. The other devils seem to take great care to prevent him to get in contact with the material plane.

Is there an ETA for "Dragonspear Rift"?

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Because I wrote a whole adventure set in Dragonspear Castle involving Azazel. It's called "Dragonspear Rift: Unto the Breach."

Haven't released it yet.

:-)

--Eric



Balfrin Posted - 19 Feb 2020 : 11:17:58
Hi Eric,
this adventure sounds great! And Azazel is the most intriguing devil among the outcasts. The other devils seem to take great care to prevent him to get in contact with the material plane.

Is there an ETA for "Dragonspear Rift"?

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Because I wrote a whole adventure set in Dragonspear Castle involving Azazel. It's called "Dragonspear Rift: Unto the Breach."

Haven't released it yet.

:-)

--Eric

ericlboyd Posted - 18 Feb 2020 : 00:24:50
Because I wrote a whole adventure set in Dragonspear Castle involving Azazel. It's called "Dragonspear Rift: Unto the Breach."

Haven't released it yet.

:-)

--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by Grumpy Hamatula

Hi, Eric,

I have a question for you regarding Under Illefarn Anew, particularly part of its Dragonspear Castle lore.

I noted that on p. 95, you identify Baazka as a pit fiend in service to Azazel. Prior to reading this material, I don't believe I had seen anything that specified whom Baazka served, though I was aware of the existence of the rebel dukes detailed in Dragon #91.

Out of curiosity, did you base Baazka's affiliation with Azazel on published lore? If so, where might I find it? If not, might you be willing to share your inspiration for the choice?

Many thanks!

Grumpy Hamatula Posted - 12 Feb 2020 : 02:06:54
Hi, Eric,

I have a question for you regarding Under Illefarn Anew, particularly part of its Dragonspear Castle lore.

I noted that on p. 95, you identify Baazka as a pit fiend in service to Azazel. Prior to reading this material, I don't believe I had seen anything that specified whom Baazka served, though I was aware of the existence of the rebel dukes detailed in Dragon #91.

Out of curiosity, did you base Baazka's affiliation with Azazel on published lore? If so, where might I find it? If not, might you be willing to share your inspiration for the choice?

Many thanks!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 06 Feb 2020 : 15:46:57
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

No, unfortunately. I'm going to have to rewrite it for something I'm working on, so I'll share when I do.

--Eric



Well and good. I've copied what was in Polyhedron to Word, so if you need that as a starter, I'm happy to share.
ericlboyd Posted - 06 Feb 2020 : 15:19:02
No, unfortunately. I'm going to have to rewrite it for something I'm working on, so I'll share when I do.

--Eric
Wooly Rupert Posted - 06 Feb 2020 : 14:38:26
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Eric, a few months ago, I managed to lay hands on some old issues of Polyhedron. In issues 125 and 126, you wrote about Tulrun of the Tent. However, in issue 126, there appears to be some missing text. There's a big illustration which I believe caused some of the text to be either dropped or obscured, instead. On page 25 of issue 126, under Abode, the last line before the illustration is "There is even an armory, drill room, and small hunting". The next column resumes with "them to Waterdeep." It appears to be part of an adventure hook.

Can you supply the lost text, and/or do you know where I might find it?



Yeah, there is lost text. I can't find my electronic copy at the moment. (It may be old enough that it's on my 12-year-old Mac in an incompatible format.) George might have a copy. George?

--Eric



Eric, did you ever stumble across that electronic copy?
TheIriaeban Posted - 29 Dec 2019 : 17:34:39
Howdy Eric,

I am currently working on expanding upon what Volo had on Hardbuckler (48 pages so far) and it occurred to me that there would very likely be some interaction between the village and Aurora's catalog. Specifically, since Hardbuckler is out in the backwater of the Realms, I was thinking of having a deal created between Hardbuckler and Aurora where anyone that had something in storage could renew their storage term (i.e. pay for another year) at any Aurora's shop. That would be particularly attractive to adventuring groups since they could stay out where they are and not have to make a pilgrimage (so to speak) to Hardbuckler just to keep their stuff in storage. Given the write up in Cloak and Dagger, do you know when Aurora first opened her shop and how long it took for her to expand it out to the reach it has now? Thank you.
George Krashos Posted - 03 Dec 2019 : 14:34:11
quote:
Originally posted by echochonristic

Hi Eric,

Thank you so much for answering questions in this thread - it's been a lifesaver!

I've made the mistake of allowing a PC to be the heir of Morwen Daggerford, and now I'm dodging lots of questions about the Daggerford area while frantically Googling.

As far as I've pieced together, the rough guide to the recent lineage is Conan, father of Pryden, father of Merovy (deceased), Pwyll, and Brownwyn, with Pwyll becoming Duke of Daggerford in 1356 after Pryden's death.

Then in ~1480 Duke Maldwyn rules Daggerford, meaning there should be a generation or two in between.

Is there a definitive answer for what happened between the Pwyll and Bronwyn generation and the Maldwyn and Morwen generation?

Thank you so much for your time!



For what it's worth, my Daggerford lineage is as follows:

Pwyll (b. 1332) reigns from 1356-1385
Derander (b. 1357) reigns from 1385-1430 (son and sole heir of Pwyll)
Harcondyl (b.1393) reigns from 1430-1478 (second son of Derander)
Maldwyn (b.1424) reigns from 1478

-- George Krashos
echochonristic Posted - 03 Dec 2019 : 09:16:24
Hi Eric,

Thank you so much for answering questions in this thread - it's been a lifesaver!

I've made the mistake of allowing a PC to be the heir of Morwen Daggerford, and now I'm dodging lots of questions about the Daggerford area while frantically Googling.

As far as I've pieced together, the rough guide to the recent lineage is Conan, father of Pryden, father of Merovy (deceased), Pwyll, and Brownwyn, with Pwyll becoming Duke of Daggerford in 1356 after Pryden's death.

Then in ~1480 Duke Maldwyn rules Daggerford, meaning there should be a generation or two in between.

Is there a definitive answer for what happened between the Pwyll and Bronwyn generation and the Maldwyn and Morwen generation?

Thank you so much for your time!
lsls Posted - 24 Nov 2019 : 07:48:36
Hi Eric,

The duration of Karsus's Avatar spell in Netheril sourcebook was "unlimited" and in P&P was "limited". The P&P came out later so it replaced the former.

My question is what will be the states of Mystryl (didn't sacrifice herself) and Karsus (wasn't destroyed by the godly power) after the end of the spell?
George Krashos Posted - 13 Nov 2019 : 02:56:47
It's Gairackdar and it's the name of the domain of the orc tribes living in the High Forest as noted in FR5 Savage Frontier, suitably expanded upon.

-- George Krashos
AlorinDawn Posted - 13 Nov 2019 : 00:19:00
Eric - I can't seem to find any info on the orc kingdom of Graknar that you mentioned in the Sages & Mages podcast when discussing the High Forest. Can you point me in the direction of the lore and/or provide more info here on it please?

Thanks
Baltas Posted - 27 Sep 2019 : 20:21:12
- ericlboyd

Thanks for conforming it Eric, I wondered it for years

sleyvas

I'm glad I inspired you here
sleyvas Posted - 27 Sep 2019 : 17:18:46
quote:
Originally posted by Baltas

Hi Eric,

I have question about Shaundakul. In Faiths and Pantheons, it is mentioned "his existence may date back to the time of the Rus, forbears of the Rashemaar".

Does this mean Shaundakul was worshipped by the Rus, possibly even his faith originating among the Rus?

More hints of this is with the "Windwalker" artifact of the Rus - the same name as Shaundakul's Specialty Priests.



yoink, stealing... that actually makes some sense.
ericlboyd Posted - 27 Sep 2019 : 15:17:09
quote:
Originally posted by Baltas

Hi Eric,

I have question about Shaundakul. In Faiths and Pantheons, it is mentioned "his existence may date back to the time of the Rus, forbears of the Rashemaar".

Does this mean Shaundakul was worshipped by the Rus, possibly even his faith originating among the Rus?

More hints of this is with the "Windwalker" artifact of the Rus - the same name as Shaundakul's Specialty Priests.



Yeah, that's what I was hinting, without stating so definitively. Give the DM a direction to go in if they wanted.

--Eric
Baltas Posted - 27 Sep 2019 : 14:02:32
Hi Eric,

I have question about Shaundakul. In Faiths and Pantheons, it is mentioned "his existence may date back to the time of the Rus, forbears of the Rashemaar".

Does this mean Shaundakul was worshipped by the Rus, possibly even his faith originating among the Rus?

More hints of this is with the "Windwalker" artifact of the Rus - the same name as Shaundakul's Specialty Priests.
KanzenAU Posted - 03 Sep 2019 : 01:52:49
Thanks for the reply Eric - great pieces of lore, appreciate it.
ericlboyd Posted - 20 Aug 2019 : 04:02:16
quote:
Originally posted by Balfrin

Hi Eric,
Thank you so much for your answers and the great idea about the Derro Clannames.
After all these years, I still enjoy your books every day!

I have a question about Mithbarak:
Why would a servant of Tiamat have captured Mithbarakaz on the Astral Plane? Is there some ancient knowledge about the dragons hidden in Iltkazar? Maybe something related to the daggers of Ochir Naal, maybe some adamantine fragment of the axe of Erek-Hus?



Hi Balfrin,

I don't know why that story was selected in Underdark, as I had not revealed the reason for the imprisonment in DDGttU. That said, it's not unreasonable, and I think you have some good ideas.

The simplest answer is that a servant of Tiamat wanted to take out a silver dragon, and saw the opportunity.

The more complicated explanation is probably due to information held by Mithbarakaz that the church of Tiamat wants. For example, it might have something to do with the Wyrmskull Throne, or it might have something to do with the hoard of Dheubpurcwenpyl.
Balfrin Posted - 18 Aug 2019 : 18:20:22
Hi Eric,
Thank you so much for your answers and the great idea about the Derro Clannames.
After all these years, I still enjoy your books every day!

I have a question about Mithbarak:
Why would a servant of Tiamat have captured Mithbarakaz on the Astral Plane? Is there some ancient knowledge about the dragons hidden in Iltkazar? Maybe something related to the daggers of Ochir Naal, maybe some adamantine fragment of the axe of Erek-Hus?
ericlboyd Posted - 17 Aug 2019 : 11:11:27
quote:
Originally posted by JasonDGraham

Is there any other source material or novels that mention the Savants of the Dark Tide / Sargauth Swimmer beneath Waterdeep? Any notes on what's happened with them in the 100+ years since City of Splendors?



I don't think anyone has played with them since.

I doubt much has changed, to be honest. They are ageless swimmers in the deep, so you can probably use the material as written for 1375 DR in the current era.

--Eric
ericlboyd Posted - 17 Aug 2019 : 11:09:30
None exists that I know of for 5e. Haven't had a chance to revisit Waterdeep in a long time from a design standpoint, but maybe someday
--Eric

quote:
Originally posted by Mankyle

Hi there Mr. Boyd

I'm nos doing for my own use an interactive pdf of waterdeep using the awesome Maps of the wards that come with Waterdeep Dragon Heist.

I'm linking locations in the map to their respective descriptions but I'm having important voids regarding some (or most) of waterdeep's noble families.

Of course, the Cassalanters, Gralhunds and Rosznars (plus some details about the Moonstars such as the matriarch and her half drow nephew) are well described in W:DH and W:DotMM, but I wanted to know if there is something akin to the Waterdeep City of Esplendors Web Enhancement.

It is very old but I still find it useful from time to time.

I would love a document with a short description of each noble family plus Adventure seeds and NPC names.

Thanks from Spain

AJA Posted - 16 Aug 2019 : 02:18:49
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd
Sigh. I knew that when I wrote it but then I was too lazy to edit it to say "first reference in a sourcebook".

"More Pages From the Mages" was one of the articles that contributed to my love of Ed Greenwood, before I even made the connection that the author of those old Dragon articles with all the evocative name drops and lore was the same guy as the Old Grey Box and The Forgotten Realms. "Tymor Threeshields" was such an amazingly awesome name that I stole it for most of my early PCs (most of whom died or DM-cheated their way through the adventure in the old DnD red box and the old solo module Ghost of Lion Castle).

But even with all that I tried to look up the reference in Dragon #62 first so, lazy or not, you're still a step ahead of me.

ericlboyd Posted - 14 Aug 2019 : 03:23:17
quote:
Originally posted by AJA

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd
The first reference to the Orcfastings War comes from Pages from the Mages, page 84.

Dragon Magazine #69, p.69, Eric.





Sigh. I knew that when I wrote it but then I was too lazy to edit it to say "first reference in a sourcebook".

--Eric

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