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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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dazzlerdal Posted - 09 Apr 2018 : 20:16:47
Hi Ed/THO

Quick question that is probably a lot more difficult than I'd imagine as I'm not sure if you had conceived of Jhaamdath way back when.

Could you possibly impart the name of the ethnicity of the people of ancient Jhaamdath. Given that the name Jhaamdath comes from Jhaam as the first warlord of the Dath dynasty I'm not sure that the people could be called the Dath but I just thought I'd check.

Also have you given any consideration to how the name Chondath came about. Is it a corruption of Jhaamdath or was there a Chond the long forgotten scion of the Dath dynasty who helped save many people during the tsunami and its immediate aftermath (or maybe sometime later during the chaotic centuries after the tsunami.

Hope everything is alright with you and yours and any thoughts you have on the matter would be most welcome.
AJA Posted - 15 Mar 2018 : 23:11:31
Howdy-Hey THO,

On the ninth (and final) page of the old City of Splendors: A Novel of Waterdeep review topic <http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3029&whichpage=9>, you describe a number of things that got cut from the final presentation of that novel, including:
quote:

an entire Gemcloak and his subplot, throughout

Would Ed be willing (able, really) to share anything on this character, and what their general plot was?


(late edit)
Also, in the 2015 Ask Ed Thread <http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=15> you passed along a reply about banking in Waterdeep that said, in part;
quote:

The Plinth....have always functioned as banks.

Given the Plinth's status as an all-faiths, "hands-off" arrangement, who is in charge of those transactions?
Irrevrykal Posted - 06 Mar 2018 : 15:42:42
Hello, THO (and Ed, by extension). Is the inn of Horl's Horn (in Iliphanar, from 2012's Forging the Realms), or Selgaunt's Horl Street, connected to the doppelganger mule breeder Horl (also from Forging the Realms)? Or are they by chance connected to Horl Bryntwynter, the trader/Cormyrian spy in Halfhap (Swords of Dragonfire)?
Baldorar Posted - 05 Mar 2018 : 09:09:50
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all.
Baldorar, when Ed was starting out (before D&D) he wrote descriptions of each place, and the characters there. When beginning as a D&D DM, he write exhaustive descriptions (the precursor of what became "boxed text" to be read aloud at the gaming table), so he'd know how to portray (act) this or that character. But by 1979 or so, with the Realms filling his head, I suspect he improvised more than anything else...from thoughts jotted down AFTER each game session, for "how the world would probably react" (to what the PCs had done) for the next game session.



I've realised I haven't thanked you yet! :) So thanks! Even more than in the Realms themselves (which I love), I'm more interested in the creative force (or should I say 'forces'? ;-) )that propeled them specially in their early years. That's why I'm always curious in how Ed and you hguys did things back then.

Markustay Posted - 27 Feb 2018 : 00:05:41
The 'Seven' is actually her 'mothers' symbol, and since she usurped (sort of) that power, she uses the Seven.

Which makes me think that the 'Seven' are something that has 'passed on', and now nine have passed on. Chosen?

Or its an edition thing.
sleyvas Posted - 26 Feb 2018 : 23:53:29
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

So we're not doing 'sevens' anymore?


From Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide

Mystra, goddess of magic NG
Arcana, Knowledge
Symbol Circle of seven stars, nine stars encircling a
flowing red mist, or a single star
Markustay Posted - 26 Feb 2018 : 23:41:58
So we're not doing 'sevens' anymore?

quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

According to Shinning South (3.xe), they were people from Lapal that fled from the yuan-ti and hid themselves behind the Walls.
Cool - I didn't think they were Dambrathi, but I couldn't remember why.

But the question still stands - What was there before the Lapalese fled to there? Anything or anyone?
George Krashos Posted - 22 Feb 2018 : 01:46:34
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I think Mirt may have been a member. Not sure why I think that, though.

Perhaps because somewhere its stated that all of them became Bluefire objects? I'm not even sure where I got that idea from, because its certainly not anything I would have come up with on my own.

EDIT:
And because we're supposed to be asking questions: Ed, what/who do you picture being in Halruaa before the Netherse went there and founded that country?

The Nine and the Neverwinter Nine are two different groups.

-- George Krashos

Zeromaru X Posted - 21 Feb 2018 : 19:31:54
As for this...

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I think Mirt may have been a member. Not sure why I think that, though.

Perhaps because somewhere its stated that all of them became Bluefire objects? I'm not even sure where I got that idea from, because its certainly not anything I would have come up with on my own.


Nope, as of the current Realms, they are resting at peace in a tomb designed for them under Castle Never, the Vault of the Nine. It seems that Valindra wants or wanted (I dunno, as the 4e storyline got screwed with 5e) to transform them into death knights, but she was unable to do so by 1479 (the starting date of the Campaign Setting). I believe in the MMO she eventually gets to do it, as the concept art of the game have this cool pic about them, but I dunno. I cannot find the quest in Youtube (I do no play the game, as I'm not a fan of MMOs).

I'm intrigued about them because, according to Neverwinter Nights 2, Halueth Never had his own Neverwinter Nine back in the 1st century DR, and since Neverwinter Nights 2 seems to be in conflict with Ed's and George's lore, I want to know actual Realmslore about them.

I believe there also was a second (or third) generation of the Nine after Nasher's time, that served his descendants (if we go by what the NCS says), but I don't know if Ed was involved in the lore for Neverwinter in 4e.
Zeromaru X Posted - 20 Feb 2018 : 00:10:22
According to Shinning South (3.xe), they were people from Lapal that fled from the yuan-ti and hid themselves behind the Walls.
Dalor Darden Posted - 19 Feb 2018 : 23:00:53
The people living in Halruaa I thought were the same as the people native to Dambrath?
Markustay Posted - 19 Feb 2018 : 20:42:46
I think Mirt may have been a member. Not sure why I think that, though.

Perhaps because somewhere its stated that all of them became Bluefire objects? I'm not even sure where I got that idea from, because its certainly not anything I would have come up with on my own.

EDIT:
And because we're supposed to be asking questions: Ed, what/who do you picture being in Halruaa before the Netherse went there and founded that country?
Zeromaru X Posted - 19 Feb 2018 : 08:25:56
Hi dear THO and Ed.

I like to know about the Neverwinter Nine. When they were founded? Were they all humans, or there were members of other races? Besides the ones from Neverwinter Nights 2, there was another notable member of the order?
Markustay Posted - 11 Feb 2018 : 17:45:43
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I know he's not going to come around and answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?



Logic says yes. However depending on size and distance of bodies might not be total eclipse.
Except for one thing... and that's the reason why I ask this.

Obscure science and math aside, I suppose I should rephrase my question - IF all the math worked out perfectly for a Lunar eclipse, would we actually get one?

From Wiktipedia:
quote:
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow).
Sunderstone Posted - 11 Feb 2018 : 16:12:55
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I know he's not going to come around ans answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?




Logic says yes. However depending on size and distance of bodies might not be total eclipse.



Amazingly Earth is the only planet in our Solar System that can have a total Solar and Lunar Eclipse. The math doesn't work our for any other planets, even ones with multiple moons.
Kentinal Posted - 11 Feb 2018 : 13:30:41
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I know he's not going to come around ans answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?



Logic says yes. However depending on size and distance of bodies might not be total eclipse.
Markustay Posted - 11 Feb 2018 : 04:13:30
I know he's not going to come around and answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?
Dalor Darden Posted - 03 Feb 2018 : 05:06:14
Hey Ed and THO!

Been a while, but something has been itching at me for a few days now and I can't seem to answer the question for myself.

I feel like originally the Orcs of YOUR Forgotten Realms worship Gruumsh and the other Orc Gods...but in everything I can find, there is no mention of Gruumsh in the Realms until the Orcgate Wars.

I had always just assumed before; but now everything I seem to find before the Orcgate Wars shows the Orcs following Demons, Devils and so on.

How did you originally envision the religious practices of Orcs (and Goblinoids in general) in your original material versus how you now use them in your writing and musings about the Realms?

Thank you both so much for your time!
CorellonsDevout Posted - 03 Feb 2018 : 00:29:27
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


P.S. Ed has just finished work on a big Realms project that word of which may or may not leak out before 2018's GameholeCon, and he's currently deep in the enjoyable toil of writing his second Stormtalons novel. Those hungry for Realms fiction can find Ed's first two Mirt tales on DM's Guild.



Oh, the tease, the tease!
sleyvas Posted - 02 Feb 2018 : 23:47:13
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

sleyvas, I'll have to check with Ed and get back to you, but I do know that Ed had older relatives who were trained in (British) heraldry, so I'm sure that had an influence, though the published Realms downplayed heraldry because "heraldry was Greyhawk" at TSR, back then.
And I know Ed has been all over the world (Australia, Germany, the UK many times, the Scandinavian and Baltic countries) in his almost 60 years.
And I don't THINK Ed and Santa are the same person, but you never know... ;}
love to all,
THO



Lol, no, the Santa thing came from an old friend of mine who came from Canada. He made sure to tell us that that North Pole was actually in Canada, and therefore Santa is Canadian. Of course, he then made sure to tell my girlfriend's daughter that all Canadians know Santa
Zeromaru X Posted - 02 Feb 2018 : 23:06:22
quote:
Originally posted by AJA

Zeromaru, Ed has mentioned the "Neverwinter Nights" broadsheet before;


well, I was not aware of that...

BTW, a reddit user compiled some of Ed's tweets about the islands surrounding Chult. I see fitting sharing that info here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Forgotten_Realms/comments/7uv1lo/isles_of_the_chultan_seas_ed_greenwoods_notes_on/
AJA Posted - 02 Feb 2018 : 01:34:58
I think we've discovered the real reason Piergeiron wore the Guardian's Gorget. "Walking Statues" my foot, more like "Madieron's Dressmaids," amirite?
Sunderstone Posted - 02 Feb 2018 : 00:45:08
quote:
Originally posted by AJA

Zeromaru, Ed has mentioned the "Neverwinter Nights" broadsheet before;

quote:
Originally posted by THO in Ask Ed 2009

"Neverwinter Nights" itself was originally the name of the local Neverwinter city newpaper (Ed actually published some issues of it, just for fun for his players), until the name was "given" to BioWare. So Ed named the game before it was a game - - and before there was a BioWare, too!


And greetings and salutations to The Esteemable Ed and The Habile THO! A couple of relatively obscure questions, if you don't mind;


(In the 1300s timeframe) Do any of the docks and wharves of Waterdeep have names? Like the "West India Docks" of London or "Fisherman's Wharf" in divers places. And if so, what are they and how did they come to be named so and such?

Also, when Palace (or Lord's Alliance) duties call for it, who helps Piergeiron into his dress mail? Palace functionaries? Promising squires at the temple of Tyr, rewarded with the opportunity? Madieron Sunstone? Similarly, when he is out campaigning, who helps him with his battle panoply?

(I suspect the answer in both cases is Madeiron, though my own personal canon is that Aleena took it upon herself to dress her father, as soon as she was big enough to lift his chestplate and helm. But Piergeiron doesn't seem the type to take his only daughter out campaigning, so the second part of the question still stands).




Better question is who helps Madeiron Sunderstone into his plate mail? For whoever or how many, I assume they need a ladder!
AJA Posted - 02 Feb 2018 : 00:18:50
Zeromaru, Ed has mentioned the "Neverwinter Nights" broadsheet before;

quote:
Originally posted by THO in Ask Ed 2009

"Neverwinter Nights" itself was originally the name of the local Neverwinter city newpaper (Ed actually published some issues of it, just for fun for his players), until the name was "given" to BioWare. So Ed named the game before it was a game - - and before there was a BioWare, too!


And greetings and salutations to The Esteemable Ed and The Habile THO! A couple of relatively obscure questions, if you don't mind;


(In the 1300s timeframe) Do any of the docks and wharves of Waterdeep have names? Like the "West India Docks" of London or "Fisherman's Wharf" in divers places. And if so, what are they and how did they come to be named so and such?

Also, when Palace (or Lord's Alliance) duties call for it, who helps Piergeiron into his dress mail? Palace functionaries? Promising squires at the temple of Tyr, rewarded with the opportunity? Madieron Sunstone? Similarly, when he is out campaigning, who helps him with his battle panoply?

(I suspect the answer in both cases is Madeiron, though my own personal canon is that Aleena took it upon herself to dress her father, as soon as she was big enough to lift his chestplate and helm. But Piergeiron doesn't seem the type to take his only daughter out campaigning, so the second part of the question still stands).
Zeromaru X Posted - 01 Feb 2018 : 18:19:44
Thanks for your answers, THO (and Ed!). Perhaps I didn't made those questions, but I'll use the answers nonetheless.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

P.S. Ed has just finished work on a big Realms project that word of which may or may not leak out before 2018's GameholeCon, and he's currently deep in the enjoyable toil of writing his second Stormtalons novel. Those hungry for Realms fiction can find Ed's first two Mirt tales on DM's Guild.



Now that you mention this, Ed said something similar on TEGG's Youtube channel. I was unsure because my ability to translate listened English is worse than my written English, but this pretty much confirms it.

BTW, just for shiggles.

Yesterday Ed hinted that something happened to Dagult Neverember (related with dragon's fire). When someone asked if this was a spoiler for the MMO, he said: "Nope. Unless you have access to a TARDIS. ;}"

And to my own remark on the topic, he said this:

Me: This was written by the true Alagondar Heir, I presume.
Ed: That would be TELLING. ;}

Also, Ed has just confirmed on Twitter that Neverwinter Nights is the name of an in-universe newspaper in the Realms (Neverwinter's newspaper, obviously).

"There's a LOT about Neverwinter that's never been published. For instance, "Neverwinter Nights" was the name of a broadsheet (newspaper) published in the city. TSR asked me if it was okay if a licensee used it for the name of their computer game. I don't think the wider world..."

You can check the whole stuff:
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/958879145164976128

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