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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 this scroll's shorter length, decided to keep using it for another year, and renamed it accordingly.
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The Masked Mage Posted - 16 Sep 2018 : 11:45:32
Either Cheese or Bratwurst.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 14 Sep 2018 : 19:08:46
<Homer Simpson>Mmmm, quasielemental cheese....</Homer Simpson>
TheIriaeban Posted - 14 Sep 2018 : 18:02:04
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

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Originally posted by TheIriaeban

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I have an NPC that can easily outdrink a pack of dwarves. He claims it's because he spent time on the Quasielemental Plane of Ale, and cheerfully ignores anyone who says that plane doesn't exist.



And where might I find a gate to this plane?



Wisconsin



So, I gotta go through the Quasielemental Plane of Cheese? No wonder it is hard to find.
The Masked Mage Posted - 14 Sep 2018 : 16:04:08
quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I have an NPC that can easily outdrink a pack of dwarves. He claims it's because he spent time on the Quasielemental Plane of Ale, and cheerfully ignores anyone who says that plane doesn't exist.



And where might I find a gate to this plane?



Wisconsin
sleyvas Posted - 14 Sep 2018 : 14:01:27
quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I have an NPC that can easily outdrink a pack of dwarves. He claims it's because he spent time on the Quasielemental Plane of Ale, and cheerfully ignores anyone who says that plane doesn't exist.



And where might I find a gate to this plane?



I just need a flagon with a small (say 2 inch radius) one-way, activatable portal. If you could only open it for an hour a day, how many barrels do you think could you fill? 2? 4? 10?
TheIriaeban Posted - 14 Sep 2018 : 02:39:06
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I have an NPC that can easily outdrink a pack of dwarves. He claims it's because he spent time on the Quasielemental Plane of Ale, and cheerfully ignores anyone who says that plane doesn't exist.



And where might I find a gate to this plane?
Wooly Rupert Posted - 13 Sep 2018 : 17:53:29
I have an NPC that can easily outdrink a pack of dwarves. He claims it's because he spent time on the Quasielemental Plane of Ale, and cheerfully ignores anyone who says that plane doesn't exist.
sleyvas Posted - 13 Sep 2018 : 13:23:09
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage

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Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

AFAIK, that and that the Positive and Negative Planes are "outside" the Great Wheel, instead of being part of the Inner planes.

If we're talking Planescape, Positive/Negative Energy planes are Inner, and there are Quasielemental planes touching both them and elemental planes (2 groups of 4).
If we're talking 3.5, mumble mumble something mumble - oh, you know just make it up yourself. If we're talking 4e, it's right between ShadowFell, FeyWild, DuckQuack and WikiHeadache.



I'd say ShadowFell, FeyWild, DuckQuack etc. would all be classified as demiplanes in the Great Wheel system.



Isn't the plane of DuckQuack a transitive plane to the elemental plane of Sonic Damage?
Wooly Rupert Posted - 13 Sep 2018 : 02:36:47
I consider the Shadowfell and the Feywild to be demiplanes that exist "between" Toril's Prime and between the actual planes of Shadow and Faerie. Both demiplanes are lesser versions of the originals, and kind of overlap Toril's Prime.
The Masked Mage Posted - 13 Sep 2018 : 00:25:53
quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

AFAIK, that and that the Positive and Negative Planes are "outside" the Great Wheel, instead of being part of the Inner planes.

If we're talking Planescape, Positive/Negative Energy planes are Inner, and there are Quasielemental planes touching both them and elemental planes (2 groups of 4).
If we're talking 3.5, mumble mumble something mumble - oh, you know just make it up yourself. If we're talking 4e, it's right between ShadowFell, FeyWild, DuckQuack and WikiHeadache.



I'd say ShadowFell, FeyWild, DuckQuack etc. would all be classified as demiplanes in the Great Wheel system.
Icelander Posted - 31 Jul 2018 : 01:36:06
I asked Eric Boyd this and he informed me that the pirates of Alkoth and the Banite adventuring bands of the Six Black Blades and the Crow Banners were from Ed and advised me to ask Ed. So, here goes:

On p. 39 of Faiths and Avatars, there is a mention of the widely feared pirate fleet of Alkoth and the Bane-worshipping adventuring groups of the Six Black Blades and the Crow Banners.

Where is Alkoth and is there anything worth telling about these pirates?

Did you have any more information in mind about these adventuring bands?
Baldorar Posted - 29 Jun 2018 : 06:04:44
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowsoul

Maybe this has been answered but here goes anyway.

Dear Ed.

Do you have a specific event that introduced vampirism to Faerun and the rest of the Realms?

Cheers!



And, another question to Ed, what about were creatures?
Neverwintan Posted - 29 Jun 2018 : 02:50:27
Hello Ed and THO,

I have a question. What areas in the real-world are closest to the Baldur's Gate region, weather/climate-wise?

Thank you for your time!
Thangorn Posted - 22 Jun 2018 : 08:28:54
Well Met noble Ed and THO,

I working on a Cormyrean Noble's campaign. I've scoured these hallowed pages and my vast library of Faerunian lore but I am missing some vital pieces of flavour.

Have you at any stage put together family mottos and heraldry for the following Cormyrean noble houses -:
Emmarask, Huntcrown, Illance, Hawklin, Summerstar, Hardcastle, Hiloar & Evenhand

I'm hoping these are all your creations, these were the most fitting for my needs from the published houses I could find.

If you could find time in your enormously busy schedule to pen a response I would be greatly appreciative.

Of course if another scribe sees this and can point me in the direction of lore that I've missed, I'd be more than happy not to waste Ed's valuable time. :)

Thanks
Fineva Posted - 27 May 2018 : 23:12:17
Thanks to THO & Ed!

I get it. So helpful.

And Mirt as James Bond means there's hope for me yet!

-Fineva
Eilserus Posted - 21 May 2018 : 06:31:55
Hi Ed and THO,

Swords of Eveningstar makes reference to the Iron War Crown, also called the Arcrown. There's also a reference to the Iron War that might involve dwarves. Given the dwarven name Arcrown, the crown's mage killing abilities, and a possible Iron War, is there more that can be shared regarding any of this?

Thank you! :)
Marco Volo Posted - 06 May 2018 : 09:35:41
Hi Ed and THO,

I found an old "D&D Lair Assault" of mine entitled "Temple of the Sky God". I had the surprise to see that Ed was credited as a designer on this.
I haven't seen that before because he is credited inside the book but not on the cover (it's Greg Bilsland and Doug Hyatt). Did Ed acted like a consultant on this adventure ?

Thanks and have a nice day.
Marco Volo Posted - 03 May 2018 : 07:01:27
Thanks THO, I was a little lost and you enmightened me.
I will patiently wait but I'm on tenderhooks too :)
The Hooded One Posted - 03 May 2018 : 02:01:59
And hi again. I bring you the first of Ed’s promised direct lore replies, this one to Fineva, re. this: “Hello Hooded Lady and greetings to Ed:
After checking the forums awhile and obtaining great answers from Wooly, Slevas, etc, just one question remains.
Tiamat as Ed says is building power, and Rise of Tiamat had a lot to do with treasure. The Dragon masks especially were required. Does this mean her power is locked in the masks (like other gods use chosen) and when she utterly destroys a mask and wearer she gains a piece of it? (Severin was yummy)”

Fineva, Ed says yes, destroying a mask and wearer does gain Tiamat some power, but it’s a little more complicated than that. The masks are foci for far more power than they hold, but by their nature are “holds” (limits) on Tiamat, so as each one is eliminated, Tiamat gains back more freedom to access more power. (Ed cautions me that even this is an oversimplification, and that your DM may of course change this, subtly or otherwise. ;} As Elminster saith, “Subtly? Hah! With humans, ’tis almost always ‘otherwise.’”)

So there you have it. More from Ed soon.
Love,
THO
The Hooded One Posted - 03 May 2018 : 01:56:59
Hello again, all.
Ed tells me the formatted (not by him, by one of the talented creatives of the Gamehole writing team) Border Kingdoms runs to JUST under 100 pages. Just so you know. ;}

Marco Volo,
For now, A Darkness In North Ward is publicly unavailable, though there are copies “out there” that Ed has given away at conventions to lucky players. This is because it’s one of the adventures Ed still runs at conventions for fun (most recently, at CritCon in Toronto, four days ago). However, eventually, somehow, it will be made available, I suspect.
As for the other adventures, here we go…
At the DM’s Guild website, Ed has begun to do annual Mirt the Moneylender linked “tales” (short fiction with crunchy Realmslore included) and adventures (a 5e D&D adventure in the same locale that year’s story is set in).
The first set of these was “All Things Through The Bright Flames,” a story wherein Mirt was sent to Ormpur by Laeral, the Open Lord of Waterdeep, as a sort of James Bond-style secret agent (the story runs a little less than 20,000 words, and at its end you get Mirt’s stats, a writeup of another NPC who features in the story, a new spell, and other Realmslore). The adventure linked to that is a dungeon crawl (so, under a little bit of the city of Ormpur) entitled “At The Sign Of The Drowned Dragon.” The Ed Greenwood Group held a contest, and the winner was Clinton Cronk, who penned an entirely different D&D adventure set in Ormpur entitled “Rattle The Sabre, Shake The Spear” that Ed describes as “very Shakespearean, urban intrigue roleplaying, and VERY thorough, so a novice DM can readily run it.”
The second year of Mirt’s missions took him to Derlusk, the “bookish” northshore port of the Border Kingdoms, for another tale-with-crunchy-Realmslore entitled “The Book That Talked Back,” which is linked to a 5e D&D adventure entitled “The Haunted Tomes Of Derlusk.”
Ed is writing the third Mirt linked pair of tale and adventure right now. He tells me he has plans to eventually do “Volo’s mini-guides” to the locales Mirt visits, as well.
The first two pairs of Ed adventures have been up at the DM’s Guild, but have been taken down to revamp their layout, and will go back up in the fullness of time (this may take months), at which time they’ll be joined by Clinton’s adventure, so they can all be purchased at the Guild. Ed requests your patience; he is busier than ever, these days!
Love,
THO
Marco Volo Posted - 02 May 2018 : 21:23:21
Hi Ed and THO,
Great news ! I hope you're doing well. Here are my questions :

1/ Will there be any way to buy the adventure A darkness in North Ward ? (I'm a fan of Waterdeep, have to ask ;)

2/ I was looking for few adventures written by Ed:
At the Sign of the Drowned Dragon
The Haunted Tomes of Derlusk
Rattle the Sabre and Shake the Spear
I'm looking for these adventures but can't find these anywhere. It would be to run them to my players. Onder Librum website is not availaible right now so i can't ask there if I can buy them in any way.

Thanks, and good game to all of you.
Brimstone Posted - 02 May 2018 : 21:05:33
Many thanks THO!!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 02 May 2018 : 19:12:34
Oh, that sounds wonderful! I'm already ready to pay for that file, as soon as it's uploaded -- Edlore is always worthwhile.
Irennan Posted - 02 May 2018 : 18:41:41
Wow, this is amazing news! Can't wait to see more Realms from Ed, it's been far too long...
The Hooded One Posted - 02 May 2018 : 18:32:02
Hello again, all!
Brimstone, I can tell you this much: Ed updated his Border Kingdoms write-ups to current Realms time (the 1490s DR) and completed them, A-Z, covering the entire BK in an overview that the GameholeCon adventure designers formatted into a handsome gazetteer that I hope will be available for sale at the DM's Guild eventually (proceeds to GameholeCon?)...
Ed crammed it full of adventure hooks, subplots, and the like.

And I believe Alex Kammer, the master gamer who runs GameholeCon, collaborated with Ed on an uberplot to underpin the GameholeCon Adventurers League adventures at this year's con, and for several years into the future. Alex came up to Canada a month or so back to spend a few days at Ed's house cooking up things.

(Ed's also at work on other things in the Realms, including his own annual Mirt story-and-lore plus companion adventure. He held a TEGG contest, and the winner, Clinton Cronk, has designed an Ormpur adventure that should go up at the Guild eventually. I'm hoping Ed will follow through on his plans to write "Volo mini-guides" for all the locales Mirt visits, too...)

Another reply tomorrow, I hope (have ferried everything to Ed for lore replies)...

Love to all,
THO

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