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The Sage Posted - 31 Dec 2016 : 14:06:22
Well met

This being a continued collection of scrolls of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a master who needs no introduction, namely - Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms.

Ed's works include MANY FR sourcebooks and numerous novels, such as Cormyr: A Novel, Spellfire, Silverfall, The Shadows of the Avatar Trilogy and The Elminster Series, 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.

For previous entries of the many, many writings of lore by Ed, please see the 2016 entries in this collection of scrolls, the 2015 entries here, the 2014 entries here, the 2013 entries here, the 2012 entries here, the 2011 entries here, the 2010 entries here, the 2009 entries here the 2008 entries here, the 2007 entries here, the 2006 entries here, the 2005 entries here, and the 2004 entries here. 'ware, these run into over 80 pages, ye may be reading for some time. For a concise read of Ed's replies, visit the "So Saith Ed" page on the Candlekeep site.


Mod Edit: Given the continuing shorter length of this scroll, Ive now altered its title once again to accomodate any particular Ed-brand content that may come our way in 2019.
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jamesewelch Posted - 16 Sep 2019 : 14:52:20
Has the Printing Press made any progress in the last 100 years (since 3.5 edition) to present day (1490s)? Is it still rather crude and experimental or has the last century given everyone enough time to figure it out for mass production?

https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Printing_press

I think in the new Waterdeep Dragon Heist and Tomb of Annihilation adventure's Volo is selling and signing copies of his books, so that sounds like they've figure out how to do mass production (at least as of 1490s).
Brimstone Posted - 14 Sep 2019 : 04:15:41
Wishing Ed a speedy recovery from the Open Heart surgery he had this week!
Asharak Posted - 12 Aug 2019 : 10:13:58
Hi Ed,

As suggested in another post, I have a question for you about the Old Grey Box :


Is there something more about Tuirlagh "Foehammer" Nundass than :

"he slain a strange and fearsome draconian beast, which resembled a winged serpent of ivory-yellow color, that made this region its home several hundred years ago"

or about the creature who give his name to the Yellow Snake Pass ?

Or the only thing known is that Tuirlagh came from Silverymonn ?
Qilintha Posted - 04 Aug 2019 : 02:17:15
Greetings all, I was just reading the Questions to the almighty Ed from previous years and they triggered a question for Ed myself
In 2012's topic he mentions a beautiful piece of lore about the "Ghost Dragon" Araunthroun

Link here:http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15988&whichpage=38

This almost 3000 years old dragon, according to Ed, lived in the Fallen Lands and got help from some wizards to achieve immortality by draining magic from magic items ( So I'd say Shadow Weave wizards since it's a very much improved version of what a shadowslain undead creature can do). And then I noticed how also in the Fallen Lands lies Stormkeep , an huge tower accessible only through Portal or by flying...
Could it be the place where those wizards back then conceived such a ritual on the dragon...and...also the place where Araunthroun studies a way to gain back a tangible powerful body.



According to the forgotten wiki Stormkeep is often visited by dragons for healing ( that could have been always the same...as from what Ed says Araunthroun changes size when regaining form and its translucency might , from a distance fool on the scale colour during different moments of the day...or actually Araunthroun changing his shape in order to hide such a location as one of his lairs ( He was called Shapechanger after all). Also inside the Keep several vats holding limbs( human or not) in translucent oils with incredible healing powers...so it's clearly a lab of some sort...

Can Ed or THO tell me (if not stopped by NDA obviously) if my theories have at least a piece of truth or if I am totally wrong? Thanks in advance

Stormkeep link here : https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Stormkeep
Hoondatha Posted - 01 Jun 2019 : 18:37:11
Hi Ed. I've been listening my way through the "Interviews with the Old Mage" on Youtube, which have been fun, and wanted to ask a follow-up to one of the things you were discussing. In one episode you talked about how elves, when trading amongst themselves, tended to use either seeds or saplings as currency. I think that's a fascinating form of exchange, and since my players are going to be heading to Myth Drannor in the near future, it's something I might be able to bring into play.

My question is can you give some specifics about what kinds of plants and seeds were used? What made them valuable? The only Earth analogue I can think of was the Dutch tulip bubble, but that isn't of much help. I'm sure "rare and pretty flower" would be valuable to elves, but a lot of the tulips' value came from the rampant speculation. The elven version seems much more stable.

Would you be able to give an example or two from various elven realms on the old 2e gem scale? (10 gp, 50 gp, 100 gp, 500 gp, 1000 gp, 5000 gp value) That would be their original value, of course, not the "priceless" version of modern survivors. I've been thinking about this for a couple of days and I'm kind of drawing a blank.

Thanks, as ever.
The Arcanamach Posted - 05 May 2019 : 03:28:59
I think he's trying to encourage us to ask questions of them...not just limit them to Ed. And he's right, both ELB and GK have put out amazing work on the Realms and continue to do so.
JEThetford Posted - 03 May 2019 : 22:12:58
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

"Thumbs Up" AJA, thanks for the post. I hadn't really been interested in the podcast because there's so much NDA and Ed so often gets asked the same questions (from what I've seen in the past anyway) that I convinced myself it wouldn't be worth it. But bits of information like this are the bread-and-butter of immersive gaming.



George and I are not under NDA.



...which is great so when Ed says "NDA" I can toss it to you and George to run with. Now, don't be shy if you are able to at least give a little bit of info!
JEThetford Posted - 03 May 2019 : 22:11:18
Muir, your question will be asked at tonights Mages and Sages interview in which we continue with our special guest Eric Boyd.

quote:
Originally posted by muir

Ed, what currencies might be in use in the markets of Dhaztanar around 1360 DR?

muir Posted - 29 Apr 2019 : 05:07:06
Ed, what currencies might be in use in the markets of Dhaztanar around 1360 DR?
ericlboyd Posted - 06 Apr 2019 : 15:48:51
quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

"Thumbs Up" AJA, thanks for the post. I hadn't really been interested in the podcast because there's so much NDA and Ed so often gets asked the same questions (from what I've seen in the past anyway) that I convinced myself it wouldn't be worth it. But bits of information like this are the bread-and-butter of immersive gaming.



George and I are not under NDA.
The Arcanamach Posted - 06 Apr 2019 : 15:24:00
"Thumbs Up" AJA, thanks for the post. I hadn't really been interested in the podcast because there's so much NDA and Ed so often gets asked the same questions (from what I've seen in the past anyway) that I convinced myself it wouldn't be worth it. But bits of information like this are the bread-and-butter of immersive gaming.
AJA Posted - 04 Apr 2019 : 04:43:17

Listening to one of the recent "Mages and Sages" podcasts, and about halfway in one of the questions Ed was asked was about the Market of Waterdeep; as it was of particular interest to me, I did a rough transcription and thought I would post it here for anyone similarly interested; I encourage everyone to listen to it (and Eric L. Boyd's after-thoughts), directly in the podcast as well (link following at bottom)

quote:

There is not much in print, as far as I know, because that part of the notes, that part and the Walking Statues got really left out because of that 64-page limit in Waterdeep and the North. So, here we go, here's my basics, okay?

If you look at the old Waterdeep maps, around the edge of the Market, there are some buildings drawn. Those are the only permanent buildings. No more permanent shops and stalls are allowed, they're just forbidden. All of the vendors in the Market have to get a city permit and yes, this has become a source of revenue, like any real-world city but it was really instituted to prevent overcrowding (and if you don't issue too many daily permits, things can't get overcrowded, that's the intent). And on top of that, they pay a daily trading fee to the city and they have to locate where the City Watch, who are on duty at the time they're setting up, tell them to locate ("in here, this lot here," and it's chalked out). And the reason that is in place, they had to put in that rule to stop somebody boxing in somebody else's stall, or blocking off access to another stall, OR coming along and saying "oh, there's no spaces left; this laneway that they've left so people can get to other people's stalls, I'll just put my stall in it, and block everybody because hey, I'm important." So to stop that happening you have to locate where the Watch tells you to.

When you think of the stalls, they have to be non-permanent. A few of them are put up with the sort of slotted-wooden-panels-put-together thing, but almost all of them are carts, or wagons; and by cart I mean a hand-cart, something less than a wagon, so you can push by yourself, and these things have awnings added to them. And any beasts that haul the wagons to the site get unhitched and taken away from the Market; they're temporarily housed elsewhere, to the west right near Mount Waterdeep.

The actual layout, beyond those fringe buildings that are on the map, that are marked on the published maps, changes constantly; like if you don't show up, at your usual time, the little chalked area that you usually occupy, the City Watch will probably give it to someone else and then you get put somewhere else. So the actual layout changes all the time. Many shopkeepers elsewhere in the city, in the shops that you own the building or rent a building and you pay taxes on, if they're running out of stuff because people are shopping them dry, they run to the Market, buy stuff from the stalls, and top up their own stock in the shop. And they also dump stuff at the Market, they sell at hugely reduced prices overstock from their shops, stuff they can't move, to the Market vendors. The Market vendors may decide that they will willingly buy this because many of them travel to other towns and cities and say, "yeah well, I can probably dump that, or I can probably sell that, in Amn or in Tethyr." Now, these Market vendors cannot be members of any Waterdhavian guilds; they are supposed to be visiting outlanders, they're not supposed to be citizens of Waterdeep who are too cheap to buy or rent shops elsewhere in the city.

So that's my basic notes from way back when, when I was telling Jeff Grubb what the Market was, so that's the rock-bottom basics.



[ Source: Ed Greenwood, Mages and Sages Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with the Old Mage with Special Guest Eric Boyd <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJTWmDLH0wI> (roughly to 34:00 37:40) ]

Dalor Darden Posted - 13 Mar 2019 : 18:25:11
Ed, or anyone in the know:

The adventuring band mentioned in the Old Grey Box called "the Hunt"...were they actual players or more lore cooked up by Ed and never used again?

Anything you have would be of great help!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 25 Feb 2019 : 20:12:19
A thousand feet long but 60 feet at the shoulder... It's a dragon/Corgi crossbreed!
Barastir Posted - 25 Feb 2019 : 13:43:55
I've seen that Ed has answered about how big dragons can grow in Twitter with this mention:

"Klauth is just one of the larger dragons seen in the Sword Coast region. There are wyrms far to the east (...) that are far larger.
(...)
They include a gargantuan gray great wyrm, Ralauthoarindulglaw the Mountain, so large its wings cant lift it off the ground, and whose hide has been adorned down the years with fused-on sheets of rock and boulders, so that when lying at rest, it resembles a rocky ridge or mountain spur. Elminster says Ralauthoarindulglaw is about a quarter of a mile long, and about sixty feet tall at its foreshoulders, when on all fours.
(...)
So Ralauthoarindulglaw may in fact fall far short of being the largest living dragon.



Considering this dragon is more than a thousand feet long and only 60 feet tall at its shoulders, it must be almost serpentine, no? Besides, is anywhere a description of a gray dragon, or is this mention only for describing its color, and is it unique?
MoonlightDreamer Posted - 19 Feb 2019 : 11:58:24
Hello Ed and THO, longtime fan here. I hope both of you are doing well.

If I may be so bold as to ask, do the moon elves of Silverymoon have an elven name for the 'blueshine' or 'moonflower' that is often worn for special occasions in Silverymoon? For reference, the one mentioned on pg.3 of Questions for Ed Greenwood (2008).

Also, what would be fashionable for young moon elven noblemen to wear in Silverymoon?

I'd be very grateful for any answers you can provide!
Goldeagle Posted - 15 Feb 2019 : 02:49:24
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all!
After too long a radio silence (work, you understand), I bring the first part of a lore answer from Ed regarding the current roster of folk dwelling in Candlekeep (as a scribe alerted him on Twitter to the two threads here on the matter).

So here are the latest words of Ed:

AN INTRODUCTION TO CANDLEKEEP, written by me and posted at the Candlekeep site, concerns Candlekeep pre-Spellplague.

As of 1490 DR, after my novel THE HERALD, heres the roster at Candlekeep:
.........
...And there you have it. Ed tells me the second part will be the names of the current Avowed and Acolytes, the moment he can thrust aside real-world obligations long enough to find all of his notes (he did comment that almost no one seen in published Realmslore has survived until "now" in the Realms, with 1500s DR only a few years off).
Love,
THO



Hi THO
There are a few of us trying to record this in detail
I have updated my post with the information you have provided here.
http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22685

It would be great if you were able to take a look and confirm what we have collected in conjunction with yours (and Ed G).

Thanks
SABERinBLUE Posted - 14 Feb 2019 : 05:22:11
THO, I am extremely excited to see this list of Avowed; I've had to make up a bunch of names for my home game, as seen in one of those other threads. The specific numbers of the Avowed are especially interesting. That's a smaller body of people than I was expecting. It would blow my mind apart if some of the names I found their way into that list. Especially since my character, Elegy Overleaf, was promoted to Master Reader during our campaign.
Zeromaru X Posted - 13 Feb 2019 : 23:00:43
I guess that a great example of "evil god wrecking good people and good gods doing nothing" in canon is Tymanther, where Gilgeam is trying to destroy and/or enslave the dragonborn and humans and others of the Old Empires, and no good god is doing anything about it. On the other hand, the dragonborn are so baddass that perhaps they may not need any divine help to deal with Gilgeam...
Azuth Posted - 13 Feb 2019 : 21:08:03
quote:
Originally posted by Halaku
Edits in Blue by Azuth
In that case, why haven't we seen the reverse? Let's flip the situation:

Let's pick someone who is a Sammaster-equivalent for the good guys, who isn't a chosen of Mystra. This someone (We'll call him Adon, High Priest of Mystra) fights against tyranny, hate, and all the things that Cyric stands for.

Let's have a bunch of evil somebodies try to assassinate him.

Adon defeats them.

The evil somebodies say "Oh no we need backup!" and *poof* an avatar of Cyric shows up.

Adon says "Uh oh."

The avatar of Cyric makes Adon go mad and commit suicide for defying Cyric, the servants of Cyric, and the portfolio of Cyric.

The end.
This happened in Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad.




The other thing that I would point out is that if Torm had ever assassinated Fzoul Chembryl in Zhentil Keep, it would have caused a holy war between the two faiths.

On a more practical note, this likely isn't something that happens very often because I doubt the editors at TSR/Wizards/Hasbro would have allowed it, and finally, Realms novels as a whole tend to drift toward "happier" endings.

Regarding in-Realms logic, Lathander must pick his battles wisely. He can't intervene in all issues. That would cause a tipping of The Balance. However, when some of his followers cry out to him and he deems the cause worthy, and it falls within his portfolio to intervene, there's no reason he shouldn't. Lathander is a good-aligned deity, who granted his followers (in 2E) the ability to turn undead four levels higher than their actual level. So, it is clear Lathander finds undead an anathema. Sammaster was creating undead dragons. He was interfering with the natural life order. So Lathander intervened. I suspect there are other instances in Realms Lore (you'd have to ask Ed for specifics) of evil deities doing bad things to good people, but with limited resources, we only have selected printed works. It's also noteworthy that Lathander did not seek to destroy the entire Cult of the Dragon, while that may be a task he prescribes to his followers through their undead-killing mechanics.
Alexander Clark Posted - 13 Feb 2019 : 19:52:15
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Ed tells me the second part will be the names of the current Avowed and Acolytes


I wonder if there are any non-humans among them.
Halaku Posted - 12 Feb 2019 : 04:40:08
quote:
Originally posted by Azuth

quote:
Originally posted by Halaku

If I may be so bold, I've a question regarding a certain villain which has started to vex me, to the point where I've given up my years-long custom of lurking to make a post in this forum.

Namely, Sammaster, and the manner of his first death.

<snip>




From my understanding, it is within the purview of a deity to manifest either directly or indirectly (through a follower) to further his or her portfolio. They may even do so inadvertently, as was depicted in Crucible, wherein Talos impersonated Mystra to further the cause of destruction.

<snip>




In that case, why haven't we seen the reverse? Let's flip the situation:

Let's pick someone who is a Sammaster-equivalent for the good guys, who isn't a chosen of Mystra. This someone (Call him "Good Guy X") fights against tyranny, hate, and all the things that Bane stands for.

Let's have a bunch of evil somebodies try to assassinate him.

Good Guy X defeats them.

The evil somebodies say "Oh no we need backup!" and *poof* an avatar of Bane shows up.

Good Guy X says "Uh oh."

The avatar of Bane obliterates Good Guy X for defying Bane, the servants of Bane, and the portfolio of Bane.

The end.

This doesn't happen in the Realms. We don't have avatars of the evil gods appearing to clean up failed assassination attempts by finishing the job for their minions.

But in this case. In this, as far as history has revealed, near-singular case, the 'good guys' tried to kill Sammaster, failed, and then an avatar of a good god showed up to do it for them.

I'm left feeling that there's more to this story. There [b]has[b] to be, because otherwise we'd have divine manifestations showing up to handle the business their worshippers tried and failed to do, and signature personages on all sides of the alignment chart finding themselves facing a divine manifestation and then the Fugue Plane.

Since this isn't the way the Realms works... there's more to Sammaster's first death than meets the eye.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 12 Feb 2019 : 04:16:43
quote:
Originally posted by Azuth

[quote] Aside from what others have mentioned, I recall Ed saying something (in a video or audio recording) that it's important to remember that the gods are very real in Faern, and they're active.

While The Avatar Series by its nature was an over-the-top presence of deities, their presence alone isn't a particularly rare thing. Our biggest problem is a lack of source books for the fifth edition, a campaign guide and the equivalent to Faiths and Pantheons would answer this conclusively, I'm guessing.



Exactly. Well said. It isn't just a matter of faith in the Realms: the existence of the gods is a fact. And I agree, something like Faiths and Pantheons and Demihuman Deities, perhaps making it one book instead of two, would be awesome.
Azuth Posted - 12 Feb 2019 : 04:04:24
quote:
Originally posted by Halaku

If I may be so bold, I've a question regarding a certain villain which has started to vex me, to the point where I've given up my years-long custom of lurking to make a post in this forum.

Namely, Sammaster, and the manner of his first death.

<snip>




From my understanding, it is within the purview of a deity to manifest either directly or indirectly (through a follower) to further his or her portfolio. They may even do so inadvertently, as was depicted in Crucible, wherein Talos impersonated Mystra to further the cause of destruction.

Lathander has no direct opposition to dragons, but I believe he is highly oppositional to undead. So, bringing about, say, a dracolich would be something he'd be against. Depending on who was death god at the time would be indicative of the response. Myrkul would likely have been in favor of undead creations. Cyric...one never knows, but he never seemed to care about something unless it involved enhancing his powers, and Kelemvor does not approve of undead. Regardless, the Cult of the Dragon's ultimate goal (lately) was to get Tiamat into the Realms, and I don't believe followers in the Cult of the Dragon are granted spells by any of the powers.

So, my guess is that Lathander saw something he deemed oppositional to "Dawn, birth, spring, and renewal" and acted according to his best to maintain the "balance." I believe that's why it was Lathander, and not a different deity. Aside from what others have mentioned, I recall Ed saying something (in a video or audio recording) that it's important to remember that the gods are very real in Faern, and they're active.

While The Avatar Series by its nature was an over-the-top presence of deities, their presence alone isn't a particularly rare thing. Our biggest problem is a lack of source books for the fifth edition, a campaign guide and the equivalent to Faiths and Pantheons would answer this conclusively, I'm guessing.
Barastir Posted - 11 Feb 2019 : 12:03:46
I just read the fantastic tips on roleplaying Elminster in the twitter-related thread, and since I don't have an active twitter account, I thought of asking here: could you please give similar advice on roleplaying Khelben around 1368/69 DR? Thank you in advance!

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