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Wooly Rupert Posted - 09 Jan 2019 : 16:19:25
It occurs to me that Ed has been posting Realmslore on the Twitter, and not everyone has the Twitter.

So I thought a single place where such lore could be collected would be a good thing.

Ed is a frequent poster there, adding all sorts of Stormtalons and Epic Fantasy stuff, but for the purposes of this thread, I'd like to keep it focused on his Realmslore.

(I'm also stickying this thread, to make it easier to find)

Ed Greenwood (@TheEdVerse) on Twitter

The #Realmslore hashtag on Twitter
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questing gm Posted - 17 May 2022 : 01:09:58
On Common words for an asexual

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1526215588955267072
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1526239841041645572

May 16, 2022

@JRQMTM

Hey, asking as a newish DM to the Forgotten Realms, is there a word in the Common Trade Tongue for an asexual? I recall reading some terms for other sexualities on the Candlekeep Forums and the FR Wiki, but I wanted to know from you. Thanks in advance!

@TheEdVerse

Sure. As a trader using Common:

If I don’t know the gender of an individual, I’d speak of them a “one”

As in: “There were six or seven ones in Triboar that asked if I had any more swan-cauldrons to sell, so that’s six-seven sales for you if you get there before they source swan-cauldrons somewhere else.”

If I know an individual is a hermaphrodite: they’re a “two-thorn”

If I know an individual is utterly uninterested in sex: they’re a “no-thorn”

If I know an individual has been gelded/wounded and no longer has functioning genitalia: “thornless” or “shorn-thorn”

If I’m speaking of an non-gendered item (garment, tool, privy), it’s a “all-moon” item

(And none of these terms are considered pejorative.)

@AlexMcclay2000

Idk why, but “thornless” had me laughing so much.

Definitely sounds like an insult.

@TheEdVerse

The Common Tongue is rough and ready, a great leveller.

"You got yer kings and your high-nosed, painted nobles, and then you got's all the rest of us, covered with the sweat and dung of honest toil. Oh, and then there's the tax collectors, rank with the stink of DIShonest toil."
questing gm Posted - 16 May 2022 : 07:37:55
On Giant word for lightning

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1526055973651156993

May 16, 2022

@ComfrtablyNumb0

Hi @TheEdVerse, a humble Mage in a Realms game here with a question for some cool rp flavor. What's the Giant word for Lightning? My Wizard character recently learned the Simbul's Spell Matrix, and using that word as the activation would be awesome #128513; cheers & thanks in advance!

@TheEdVerse

In the Jotun tongue, lightning is uvarild (literally: "stormfire").

As opposed to literal fire in the sky (i.e. from fire magic, or a volcanic eruption), which is ildglang (literally "fireabove").
questing gm Posted - 12 May 2022 : 03:35:36
On Yan C Bin and Lissa'aere working together

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1524566912595804163

May 12, 2022

@kintsugikind1

Ed of the Greenwood, our scholars once again worry about evil alliances.

Yan C Bin and Lissa'aere both have Chan as their primary enemy--are they working together? If so, who calls the shots? How do they navigate the rivalry between Yan C Bin and Pazuzu?

@TheEdVerse

They aren't working together. Such an alliance would be VERY formidable. Yet the nature of the entities involved would make it unlikely. For which everyone else should be very thankful. ;}
questing gm Posted - 12 May 2022 : 00:04:47
On beljuril dragons

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1524390861945159682

May 11, 2022

@Irrevrykal

Greetings, learned sage. As far as I can tell, beljuril gems are only found in the Realms. Does that mean beljuril dragons (Dragon #265, the "Earthstokers" article) are also found on Toril?

@TheEdVerse

Yes. :}
questing gm Posted - 10 May 2022 : 00:31:47
On "technology" such as robots and weapons or equipment of that level hidden, crashed or found somewhere

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1523721319732240384
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1523728705193127936

May 10, 2022

@sebastiansanti1

Good morning Mr. Ed, I hope you have a good start of the week. Based on toril's extraplanar connections, is it possible that there is "technology" such as robots and weapons or equipment of that level hidden, crashed or found somewhere?

Greetings lore master!

@TheEdVerse

Oh, yes. ;}

In fact, I happen to know that...oh, but that would be TELLING. Darned NDAs.

So (sigh) that "yes" will have to do.

@sebastiansanti1

What do you know?... wait NAD? what is a NAD, I am very confused @.@

@TheEdVerse

NDA: Non-Disclosure Agreement. Meaning I can't talk about...

Things I've agreed not to talk about. ;}

However, those who were at Milwaukee-era GenCons and played in certain charity D&D sessions set in the Realms encountered some "futuristic" tech while adventuring.
Demzer Posted - 08 May 2022 : 04:15:44
quote:
Originally posted by questing gm

...
Big storm: hethtalos
...



"Talos is an elven deity confirmed!"

Jokes aside, would be nice knowing if they had/used this word before coming to Toril (i.e. while on Faerie or whatever the previous elven world was called) or if they adopted it once on the planet.

Or maybe the elves used this word all along and came in contact with some impressionable humans who were so scared of a big storm they made it a deity and called it (...)Talos.
questing gm Posted - 08 May 2022 : 01:00:43
On elvish words for up, cauldron, sky, clouds, gift and drifting

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1523068349952921600

May 8, 2022

@Mahtan87

@TheEdVerse I don't suppose you know what the elven words for cup, cauldron, sky, clouds, gift and drifting? Thank you in advance!

@TheEdVerse

Sure! Here you go!

Cauldron: tammin
Cloud: ammur
Clouds: ammur
Stormclouds/Stormfront: huthammur
Storm: huan
Big storm: hethtalos
Cup (drinking vessel): aloun
Cup (one’s hands, to hold): calann
Drifting (on water): sathu
Drifting (in air): vra
Drifting (adrift/lost/directionless): wael
Gift: taran
Sky: lurleath

{This is, of course, on Toril only, currently, for elves and not drow.}
questing gm Posted - 08 May 2022 : 00:55:56
On the kiira of House Echorn

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1522949197330272261
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1523063341203210245

May 7, 2022

@iamJimohIsiaq

I'm good na. Funny, I was looking to remember a particular quote in the battle between Elminster and the House Echorn heir. That reminds me @TheEdVerse, did the House ever manage to recover its kiira post battle?

Take the Elminster In Myth Drannor Quiz: https://funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/Literature/Elminster-In-Myth-Drannor-309430.html

@TheEdVerse

Yes, but it's a long story, that one. The kiira was borne by non-elves for some years, and their memories, within it when House Echorn recovered it, changed that family forever; they "saw more broadly" than elves were wont to do.

@iamJimohIsiaq

They dared??? N-Tel-Quessir bore the knowledge and memories of one of the greatest and oldest families of old Myth Drannor and weren't turned to dust???#129315;#129315;#129315; The allowances one takes when extinction stares you in the face

@TheEdVerse

There's an appropriate Myth Drannan elf saying:

"We were proud to be the People who never bent. Until too many of us were broken, and we came to see bending as a virtue. And bent, to still be here today to complain about our sad fall."
questing gm Posted - 04 May 2022 : 00:09:59
On the Avowed paying the book toll

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1521626829215649792

May 4, 2022

@ogrejehosephatt

Can the Avowed leave and enter Candlekeep without paying the book toll? I'm having trouble finding this answer.

@TheEdVerse

The Avowed don't need to pay the book toll. They rarely leave (usually they do so only on expeditions to recover books), but don't need to "pay admission."
questing gm Posted - 03 May 2022 : 01:24:36
On the Techsmith(Faiths & Pantheons) and Gond

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1521224118015770630

May 3, 2022

@sebastiansanti1

Good afternoon Mr. Ed, I hope you are having a good day.

I have a question about a prestige class: Who created the Techsmith(Faiths & Pantheons) and gond? Some curiosities or facts about these faerun artificers that look very advanced.

@TheEdVerse

I created Gond. I believe Eric Boyd created the techsmith. He's the man to ask about those dangerous, dangerous individuals.
questing gm Posted - 03 May 2022 : 01:12:02
On kinds of education in Waterdeep/Faerûn in general

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1521217594157588483

May 3, 2022

@LamarrTD

@TheEdVerse what kinds of education are there in Waterdeep/Faerûn in general?

How would a commoner learn to read for example?

Are there any schools for non "class" based skills?

@TheEdVerse

Every temple, and most guilds (for members, and the children of members). The wealthy (most nobles) hire private tutors.
questing gm Posted - 03 May 2022 : 01:03:04
On keyboard instrument at any dwarven city

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1521172118431485958
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1521212561299054595

May 3, 2022

@eliasvernieri

@TheEdVerse i had a oddly specific question: are the some keyboard instrument ( like a Harpsichord or Pipe organ) at any dwarven city ?

@TheEdVerse

Most dwarven cities have signal-horns (think the horn Gimli blows at Helm's Deep in THE TWO TOWERS movie) built into their stonework, for rousing city defenders to "action stations" or to cry "rally" (to a previously-agreed-upon assembly area).

A few have foot-treadle-bladder devices to pump air through such "wind chambers," and in rare cases (Deep Shanatar is one) there were hand-operated stops for affecting tone, so tunes could be played (more like a riff or motif [think trumpet fanfare] in most cases than a tune), but I tend to think of them more like "non-portable bagpipes that use stone-locked chambers rather than chanters and reeds" than I do an organ, though they often do have a seat, foot-pedals, and hand-operated stops. Harpsichord-like dwarf instruments (strings plucked) are very rare; usually dwarves play piano-like personal instruments (strings hit with hammers; hitting things with hammers is the dwarven way). Most such dwarf instruments look more like an accordion (small portable keyboard) and have metal strings. Big built-in pipe organs are found only where volcanic vents give off gases (often harmful sulphurous fumes) that can be used to power sounds.

@harelnefracture

Geez, the sheer racket would certainly make attacking a dwarf city suck even more. Because I'm shameless in my bias, my first thought went to all those poor drow ears... #128534; what's the usual equivalent of aspirin in the Underdark?

@TheEdVerse

Chewing the natural cave-wall mold known as "whitescrape" because it's dark brown-green but on top turns white, and looks like a scrape (raw exposed stone) against the natural stone. It dulls all internal pains, from headaches to "wound fire," and banishes itching.
questing gm Posted - 03 May 2022 : 00:46:35
On popular association a common magic component

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1521168817606606851

May 3, 2022

@RandomQueriant

Related to this, but parallel. I've noticed a lot of spells, and magic items, are rather thematic in their appearance and requirements. The 3.5e BoExaltedDeeds even has demon armor changing appearance if redeemed.

Is popular association a common magic component, officially?

To refine my question just a bit, from the soundbite I had room for in the previous.

Does the popular vernacular of symbols and associations, that feathers equal flight, for instance, strongly effect the expression of magic.

In our world, would it be easier to craft a "reflect" spell, that used an actual Uno® Reverse card, based on its popular symbolism, rather than, say, an ace of clubs? How about a chunk of India rubber and a bottle of glue?

@TheEdVerse

Yes. However, different spellcasters may use different somatic, verbal, and material components when casting the same spell, and end up with exactly the same effects.

Usually (but not always; in arcane magic, there are ALWAYS exceptions), both the verbal and the somatic components consist of a "call to mind" or evoking chant or phrase (the "incantation" or "the flourish/intricacies") and a release (the final trigger word or the end gesture). For items, just the release is more common (think the MCU finger-snap for the Infinity Stones. Material components vary with the culture and life experience of the caster: what symbolizes something, or is associated with it (like the old 1e "classroom stuff to generate static electricity" for lightning bolt) varies from caster to caster.

Which is one reason casters can readily improvise alternative material components if they don't have "the usual" on hand, though doing so might modify the spell effects. Many apprentices just "learn the material components" without necessarily realizing or ever knowing the symbolism/connection; for them, the spell works because they've seen their mentor cast it in the past (or someone else, or done it successfully themselves), so their mind "knows" the spell will work with these components.
questing gm Posted - 02 May 2022 : 04:50:44
On Volo the Wanderer

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520969848188465152

May 2, 2022

@doctorow

The Moonshaes, misty islands with Celtic inspiration in the storm-tossed vastness of the Trackless Sea (Moonshae, AD&D Forgotten Realms campaign supplement by Douglas Niles, Tim Hildebrandt cover, TSR, 1987) https://oldschoolfrp.tumblr.com/post/682619608

@Oldwolf1

I got 10K XP one night for calling our DM Volo The Wanderer after not seeing him for 4 months. We were the only 2 old enough in our group to know who that was. Explainations were made.

@TheEdVerse

Volo is pleased. He's just had ANOTHER drink. If he ever leaves, I'll have to restock the wine cellar. Two fifty-foot trailers worth ought to do it.

(I LIKE it when Volo wanders.)
questing gm Posted - 02 May 2022 : 01:43:46
On wizards from Planescape and Ravenloft for Wizards Three

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520410318601703425
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520788196036161536

Apr 30, 2022

@RaptorDiplo

If you were given a chance to do the Wizards 3 Articles again with the stipulation of the 3rd wizard must be from Ravenloft or planescape who would you pick?

@TheEdVerse

From Planescape: Akeldra, who wields half a dozen scepters and wands with her long, precisely-controlled hair as well as casting spells (she's an enforcer for the Lady of Pain, and sometimes Speaker [envoy] for her). [[A character I created for a Planescape GenCon adventure.]]

From Ravenloft: Tuzlarantra the Headless, an archmage whose head flies about talking and spellcasting; she long ago perfected spells that arc between, or issue forth from, both her hands and her head (when apart). She collects spells (has a huge library), and tweaks them.

@RRavensflame

Is she a Dark Lord?

@TheEdVerse

She is, but of a tiny domain, because ruling and dominating matters far less to her than it once did. She wanders the mists, and slays Dark Lords who are hostile to her.
questing gm Posted - 02 May 2022 : 01:28:42
On what happens to warlocks killing their patrons

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520787359050129412
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520853414246334464
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520798056173740033
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520802550441725952
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520809221058613257

May 1, 2022

@Clive_Hill

@TheEdVerse, what happens if a warlock kills their patron? I have a feeling this is on the cards #129300;

@TheEdVerse

Oh, dear. The warlock's power comes from their patron, so they lose it. If the patron has a similarly-powered foe and that foe believes they successfully manipulated the warlock or got their willing participation, they may step in as a replacement patron, but otherwise, no potential patron is going to trust this particular mortal again. They turned on their patron, they could turn on me! So it's far more likely the warlock would end up powerless, having to start over with their Gift, likely alone and hunted.

@AD33Reid

Could Leira use her warlock’s to discredit and humiliate the other gods? By pretending to be another god to the warlock and having that warlock perform opposite the deity’s desires?

@TheEdVerse

Leira is one of the few (Realms) deities who will, in disguise, be a patron to warlocks for such deceitful purposes. Most deities are served directly by clerics and paladins as classed characters, and seek to sway others through manifestations and their priesthoods.

@AugustoCLock

Ed my man, what the ****. Hasn't it already been stablished several times patrons merely TEACH their warlocks and magic comes from the Weave? Please don't undo years of progress in teaching people that...

@TheEdVerse

Sigh. That's what I said: "start over with their Gift."

The patron provides the channels to the Weave; the warlock must either find a new patron to provide new channels, or craft their own (do-able but not easy; think walking the Pattern in Roger Zelazny's Amber books).

@AugustoCLock

So what, if the guy who taught you something dies you forget it? Isn't access to the Weave simply a matter of using the right spell components? How can an outsider grant access to it when anyone already has access to it, with enough knowledge? That doesn't make sense, my guy

@TheEdVerse

No, access to the Weave isn't that simple. To use an analogy: we can all feel the wind, but harnessing it isn't as simple as one might think.

Divine magic, arcane magic, table magic, and so on are all different ways of accessing the Weave.

You may know how to drive a car, and know the way to, say, your workplace in your sleep...but if someone takes away the ROAD, you have to think, and drive, to find another way.

No patron, no channels, so you have to find new ones.

If you want to survive, never make the mistake of thinking spellcraft is a "science" (knowledge plus using the right material components). There's a REASON I called it "the Art."

Even veteran archwizards may misjudge what happens when spells collide, in different conditions.

@ScoBez

Really interesting to dwell on.

Some people describe magic satisfyingly as science. Some people value it lovingly as art.

Could be the difference between the wizard and your bard in your party - what do you think?

@TheEdVerse

Heh. Every bard and every wizard I've ever known would both call it an art (or "the Art"), not a science. But then, "science" isn't a term trusted in the Realms, where most folk think of it as glib alchemist-talk for "our secret process."

However, your point is good!

questing gm Posted - 30 Apr 2022 : 02:10:03
On Ed's vacation in the Realms

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520151050233253894

Apr 30, 2022

@FRWiki
You're going on vacation in the Realms - where do you go and why?

@Artie_Pavlov

I'm actually interested in what would @TheEdVerse himself would say. I bet Somewhere in Cormyr?

@TheEdVerse

It depends.

If I want to be alone in unspoiled nature: the headwaters of the Unicorn Run, in the High Forest.

If I want to hang out in the countryside: Storm's kitchen, in Shadowdale.

A night in a tavern? The Moon and Stars, in Waymoot, Cormyr.

And so on. ;}
questing gm Posted - 30 Apr 2022 : 02:04:23
On Mystara mages in The Wizards Three

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1520068659288457216

Apr 29, 2022

@YoDanno

This #Dragonlance in Dragon Magazine we stay in Issue 200 for another treat from @TheEdVerse “The Wizards Three”!

This time the Mages entertain a surprise guest! Do you know who it is?

<https://twitter.com/YoDanno/status/1520051825810219009/photo/1>

@ScottJones30

So that came out around the time the Mystara setting was switching from RC/BECMI to AD&D 2e. I am curious if any mage from the Mystara setting ever made an appearance at these Conclaves.

@TheEdVerse

No. The editorial assignment was for mages from Oerth, Krynn, and Toril to meet (Athas and "the Known World" specifically excluded). As Raistlin was NDA, I used Dalamar. Then Mordenkainen had to "go away" from the series.
questing gm Posted - 29 Apr 2022 : 01:19:50
On older books on making magic items and potions

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1519689594412929025

Apr 28, 2022

@DamItGall

@TheEdVerse you mentioned books before that explained extensively about making magic items and potions? Older books but I have no clue which ones.

@TheEdVerse

If you mean sourcebooks and rulebooks for gamers (as opposed to books published in the Realms, that characters there might consult), a good one (2e vintage) is VOLO'S GUIDE TO ALL THINGS MAGICAL by Eric L. Boyd and me.
questing gm Posted - 26 Apr 2022 : 00:17:00
On books to read to set campaigns in 5E Forgotten Realms

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1518641428347469830

Apr 26, 2022

@seo_otto

@TheEdVerse what do i have to read to set my campaign in the forgotten realms scenario of 5e?

@TheEdVerse

That depends on where in the Realms you want most play to unfold, and if you want to use the official published adventures or not.

The SWORD COAST ADVENTURER'S GUIDE is the only 5e "overview sourcebook," but the official adventures cover specific areas very well.

For instance, STORM KING'S THUNDER covers the Sword Coast North, ICEWIND DALE: RIME OF THE FROSTMAIDEN covers Icewind Dale, WATERDEEP: DRAGON HEIST does Waterdeep, and so on.

If you want to get away from the Sword Coast, Alex Kammer and I did a(n official) BORDER KINGDOMS book, and Alex, Alan Patrick, and I did a Thay book.

Other resources, like the Amarune's Almanac series at DM's Guild or ED GREENWOOD PRESENTS ELMINSTER'S FORGOTTEN REALMS (I don't title these things!) are very useful for campaigns but not as 5e specific. (Some cities haven't been covered since my 2e FORGOTTEN REALMS ADVENTURES hardcover sourcebook.)
questing gm Posted - 25 Apr 2022 : 01:06:37
On the Bellows of Milil

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1518237623663448068

Apr 24, 2022

@LeCraftator

I was wondering if you could share any information regarding the Bellows of Milil?

I know that it's an unusually powerful pipe organ held in Arbalest's House, in Athkatla. But knowing that Milil himself stayed there, I'd be surprised if it wasn't slightly magical...

@TheEdVerse

The Bellows of Milil is actually part of Arbalest’s House. That is, its swellbox, windchest, most of its pipes, its stops, and the three rooms with lifting and falling (pumping) floors that form its air reservoir and bellows are all built into the walls, floors, and ceilings of the (largely stone) temple. The entire building resonates when the organ is played, leading to deeper notes that can be felt for blocks around, and even in the harbour waters. Many parts of the Bellows are large enough to walk in, and hide in, and there are temple rumours (some of them true) about priests hiding in side-chambers within the organ, some of which can be sealed off so an occupant isn’t killed by the sound reverberations pulverizing their brains if the organ is played while they’re inside.

Other rumors (also true!) say that certain of the internal wind-passages and chambers of the organ are routes to gates/portals (upright midair ovals) created by Milil that lead to other temples, planes where the god dwells or has power or likes to visit, and locales in the wilderlands of the Realms where he likes to sing and play. Much of the temple’s treasure (in terms of perfectly-formed gemstones, not coins for everyday transactions) is hidden in false pipes amid the real ones, around the outside of the organ. The vast organ has three separate consoles that it can be played from: the main front seat with full pedals and four tiers of keyboards, a small “upper console” used by a second player to manage swells and hold drone-chords during some of the most sacred (critics sometimes use the word “fearsome”) anthems, and a hidden interior master console that can lock or silence (by disconnecting) the other consoles, and so silence the entire organ, as well as overriding the other consoles to play the organ. It is most often used to secure the organ for repairs, so priests (the only folk normally allowed to approach or touch the Bellows) can travel through it for cleaning, maintenance, and repairs.

An additional temple rumour, which has been true at some times, is that various “monsters” live within the Bellows, from wind walkers to volts. Tales of “The Wind Dragon” are entirely fanciful, but various creatures have entered the Bellows through gates and bided within for a time; certain senior priests believe that Milil himself sends some of them for his own purposes.

The Bellows has several spells built into it by Milil that are unleashed by playing particular chords (“wild” combinations that would never be played in most music-making). One of them creates a strong defensive magical ward around the temple, another unleashes a beam of magic that can be aimed to attack targets in the air, on the sea, or on the ground near the temple, and the third is some sort of mass teleport, details unknown.
questing gm Posted - 23 Apr 2022 : 03:50:38
Pureblood Yuan-ti families in Waterdeep

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1517550113488609282

Apr 23, 2022

@RpgMatch

Hey there @TheEdVerse are there any pure blood Yuan Ti families living in Waterdeep?

@TheEdVerse

I can think of at least six, but looking them up beyond mere mentions is going to take time. That's pre-2000 lore, except for the Phulshulkh, who go by "Phalkyn" these days. (W front Street of the Singing Dolphin, Sea Ward.)
questing gm Posted - 20 Apr 2022 : 00:49:10
On an dungeon-prison in the Forgotten Realms other than Waterdeep and Undermountain

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1516419338005364743
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1517598828320468993

Apr 19, 2022

@RRavensflame

Woke up at 5:30 this morning with an interesting idea or dream. Characters wake up weaponless and unarmored in a complex with no recollection on how they ended up there. What would be an excellent location for an dungeon-prison in the Forgotten Realms.

...and somewhere other than Waterdeep and Undermountain. I'm looking for large cavernous and or mountain terrain miles in length.

@TheEdVerse

It's a converted castle in a mountain range, more than it is a dungeon, but the castle DOES have cellars and dungeons with Underdark connections: see the prison-for-rebel-Cormyrean-nobles in my Sage of Shadowdale novel BURY ELMINSTER DEEP.

@RpgMatch

Hey @TheEdVerse how about also the Doomvault under Thaymount, referred to in your latest awesome book on the Land of the Red Wizards? I'm curious to know if that's ever been mapped out/designed...

@TheEdVerse

Oh, yes, it's part of the classic Dead In Thay adventure. (Brought to life by Scott Fitzgerald Gray.)

- Edited on 23/4/2022 to add new tweets
questing gm Posted - 17 Apr 2022 : 05:36:31
On the Horned Ones

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1515513853014065156

Apr 17, 2022

@Artie_Pavlov

Hi @TheEdVerse . Who are the ancient Horned Ones of the corset you mentioned in Swords of Evningstar? I don’t think there are any horned ones apart from greyhawk?

@TheEdVerse

Guys! You see, now I'm going to be inundated with lore queries about the hitherto unknown Corset Forest. And fetishists will clearcut it before whatever I type is even read.

@Artie_Pavlov

Corset Forest is canon now lol.

But who are the Horned Ones. It’s right there in the prologue, taunting me!

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@TheEdVerse

Ah, you've noticed one of the Secrets of the Realms, that has been hiding in plain sight for ages. Read through all of my Realms fiction, and see how often stag-headed figures are seen, or mentioned, or alluded to...almost as if there's a magic-wielding sylvan race...
questing gm Posted - 17 Apr 2022 : 05:24:37
On the third Manshoon mentioned in 4e and 5e

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1515027542243262471

Apr 16, 2022

@DndTravellog

So we know of the Undermountain Manshoon, and the clone of the vampire Manshoon, is there any hint we can have of the third Manshoon mentioned in 4e and 5e?

@TheEdVerse

You've read the Sage of Shadowdale trilogy, yes? And Elminster's Candlekeep Companion?

We've published more than hints, and covered more than three Manshoons. ;}
questing gm Posted - 15 Apr 2022 : 08:41:37
On setting Saltmarsh between Harrowdale and Scarsdale

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514762657533898790

Apr 15, 2022

@wilyhobbit

Hi Ed! I’m thinking of setting Saltmarsh between Harrowdale and Scarsdale to tie into a Dalelands-based 5E game. That could work, yea?

@TheEdVerse

It could indeed. If the game is set post-Sundering, then perhaps all the stirring wet evil (and lack of response from those dales AND Sembia) has something to do with the chaos and rebuilding in the wake of the fall of Shade.
questing gm Posted - 15 Apr 2022 : 08:34:11
On 1490 DR+ Cormyr lore

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514756160972283911
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514759415148253189
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514759979441475590

Apr 15, 2022

@Madlockfreak

@TheEdVerse hey Super Dm, I'm going over a majority of Cormyr lore and resources now. Blazing through Cormyr: A Novel, and going to be reading the adventures and supplements afterwards. Could you point me to some 1490 DR+ lore and some hi-res maps? Much of what is out there is 2e

@TheEdVerse

Start with: “Backdrop Cormyr” in Dragon #365, then go on to my Sage of Shadowdale novel trilogy.

Then you need to focus on the Sage of Cormyr, Brian Cortijo:

“Cormyr Royale: The Royal Court of the Forest Kingdom” in Dungeon #198, “Blades of Kings: The Cormyrean Swords of State” and “Crowns and Mantles: The Ranks and Titles of Cormyr,” both in Dragon #407.

And then you need to turn to the Brimstone Angels novels by Erin M. Evans: Brimstone Angels (2011), Lesser Evils (2012), Fire in the Blood (2014), Ashes of the Tyrant (2015), and The Devil You Know (2016).
questing gm Posted - 15 Apr 2022 : 08:21:03
On source material for learning more about aquatic/sea elves

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514755694272167943

Apr 15, 2022

@secretgiuliame

Good day to you, sir. Might I ask, which source material would you recommend for learning more about aquatic/sea elves? There doesn't seem to be a lot about their ecology in more recent publications (to my knowledge)

@TheEdVerse

I heartily recommend SEA OF FALLEN STARS by Steven Schend (TSR 11393, an oversized paperback released in 1999).
questing gm Posted - 14 Apr 2022 : 07:05:24
On the Phaulkon family in Phaulkonmere

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514393836159741958

Apr 14, 2022

@RpgMatch

Hello @TheEdVerse does the Waterdhavian branch of the Phaulkon family still reside in their Villa, Phaulkonmere, in the South Ward?

@TheEdVerse

Most of them do. A few uncles and aunts and younger sons spend much of their time at the family's country estates (up the Amphail road) or in their own new mansions in Scornubel, Secomber, and Beregost.
questing gm Posted - 14 Apr 2022 : 00:32:05
On children with greater deities

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1514373065714683908

Apr 14, 2022

@TokakuT

Hay, @TheEdVerse is it possible for mortals to have children with greater deities? And if so what would the children be like?

@TheEdVerse

If you're asking about the Realms, yes, but ONLY if the deity wants to have children with the deity. The offspring is usually "more than mortal," but what sort of powers are almost always up to the deity. Demigods, most often (gods don't like competition).

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