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arry
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Posted - 05 Feb 2008 :  11:32:49  Show Profile Send arry a Private Message
May I just say that in the real world, for example old London Bridge that had houses built on it; that there was always free passage through archways built under the houses.

The Ponte Veccio in Florence has a row of shops and houses on each side of the bridge leaving a free path down the centre of the bridge.

Edited by - arry on 05 Feb 2008 15:17:05
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Blueblade
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Posted - 05 Feb 2008 :  20:38:41  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hi. Ed, will The Sword Never Sleeps tell us anything more about the Chosen? Or are they "out of the story"?
Thanks.
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  00:48:09  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Got a sort of open-ended query (sorry) for Ed. Partially inspired by Mark Sehenstedt's Vil Adanrath (with some Black Wolf thrown in for good measure), my group's thinking of doing an all-lycanthrope campaign, with the idea being that an infected werewolf learned control from the lythari and returned to Faerun to find other lycanthropes and help them the way he was.

We tossed around the "how" for awhile, and finally came up with a travelling circus/minstrel group like you talked about last year, where everyone is secretly a lycanthrope. That would give them an excuse to wander, and it would be easier to talk new lycanthropes into joining the circus than, "Yes, come join this ragged pack that runs along the borders of civilisation."

My question is two-fold. First, how big, on average, are medium and large-sized troops of performers? We're thinking of making it a mixed troop, but at this point we're open to other ideas. The campaign will be starting somewhere along the northern shore of the Sea of Fallen Stars in the mid-1360's, if that makes a difference, though we may well be travelling all over the map.

Second, we were also thinking about adding the Harpers to this (because it wasn't complicated enough already). So, what use would they have for a travelling troop of performers of middling and increasing popularity that's already wandering all over? Obviously, carrying messages and smuggling things/people into/out of hot zones both come to mind, but I'm curious for more. Also, how would it differ if they were just Harper friends, as opposed to most of them being actual members?

Many thanks for everything you've done here at the Keep.

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Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  01:38:16  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Hoondatha

Got a sort of open-ended query (sorry) for Ed. Partially inspired by Mark Sehenstedt's Vil Adanrath (with some Black Wolf thrown in for good measure), my group's thinking of doing an all-lycanthrope campaign, with the idea being that an infected werewolf learned control from the lythari and returned to Faerun to find other lycanthropes and help them the way he was.


On the rules side, allow me to recommend Curse of the Moon. It's a $5 pdf from Sean K Reynolds's website. There's a lot of material for lycanthropes in there, including a version of lycanthropy that works better for the rules while keeping most of the were-flavor intact.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  01:43:19  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Dear Lady Hooded One, I have already begin a scroll concerning the price and size of blank spellbooks on Faerun, but may I please be so bold as to ask your opinion, based upon how Ed has run the purchasing of such things in his own past games. I favor the Aurora's Whole Realms Catalog price over the measly price in the PHB. How, pray tell, does Ed run it? I have another game session coming up this Saturday and I would like to hear as many learned opinions as I can before the matter becomes a divisive issue for my group.

I thank you in all sincerity, as always, for your tremendous efforts on behalf of the seekers of Realmslore, among whom I am proid to number myself.





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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  01:49:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. A very brief answer from Ed this time, re. this from Blueblade: "Hi. Ed, will The Sword Never Sleeps tell us anything more about the Chosen? Or are they "out of the story"?
Thanks."
Ed replies:



Yes, and: Largely. Respectively.
I'd love to be more specific, but dare not be, else my long-suffering editrix would be perfectly justified (er, make that MORE perfectly justified) in rushing up to my farmhouse in Canada and killing me. Painfully.


So saith Ed. Well, that seems clear enough.
love to all,
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  02:09:36  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Apropos of buildings on bridges, I refer the interested to the movie Perfume. Just pretend that the perfumer on the bridge says that he comes from Brooklyn and not from Provence or wherever, and you'll be okay. If necessary, turn the sound off completely when there's dialogue, because the shots of the bridge and the parts of the film about the problems arising therefrom are definitely worth a watch (and you might want to turn the sound back on when they are showing that particular exterior).




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Baleful Avatar
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Canada
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  02:26:55  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Question for Ed:
I've just returned home from a party for writers, artists, TV script writers and show runners, etc. where I was talking with a GORGEOUS lady who said that as a young lass she played in a GenCon Realms-set adventure in Milwaukee with you as Dungeon Master, where her character hid in a barrel of apples.
Do you remember this incident? Or (heh-heh) what she told me about you putting on a gown and singing falsetto to act out what a noble lady did in the adventure?
(And if all this is true, what can I do to get into a game with you as DM again? And have you do this sort of over-the-top fun stuff? Is bribery involved? Or do I have to be a pretty girl?)
Also, this lady fair mentioned that FireWorks Television had optioned the TV rights to the Realms, years ago, but the option lapsed without anything being created (except some writing by R. A. Salvatore, which leads me to suspect they were planning a Drizzt TV series). Is this true, and what's the status of the TV rights (or any secret projects) for the Realms right now?
Thanks!
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Malcolm
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  02:31:05  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO, another Realms question:
In YOUR Realms campaign, what's Shadowdale like, right now? (Population, number of farms, types of crops, doing well or otherwise, local attitude towards Voonlar and Zhentil Keep, amount of daily contact with Mistledale, how far into the woods do locals go to cut wood, forage for game, and gather mushrooms, herbs, and suchlike.) Is the place shattered by all the Zhent forays, or happy and cozy, or somewhere in between? And how much do the elves watch over it, if at all? The Harpers? How much are Storm, Elminster, and the Knights "at home"?
Thanks!
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Baleful Avatar
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Canada
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  15:33:16  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Followup question for Ed:
My beautiful party encounter also revealed that the party of PC adventurers in her GenCon-with-Ed game encountered Mirt the Moneylender. Are there more Mirt tales in the works? Or is the "new Realms" going to leave him behind?
Thanks.
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tauster
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  18:38:10  Show Profile  Visit tauster's Homepage Send tauster a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by arry

May I just say that in the real world, for example old London Bridge that had houses built on it; that there was always free passage through archways built under the houses.

The Ponte Veccio in Florence has a row of shops and houses on each side of the bridge leaving a free path down the centre of the bridge.



For all scribes interested in inhabited bridges:

There is an old accessory from Flying Buffalo's old Catalyst Series called "City book". City Book 7 is called "The King's Bridge" and features a - you guessed - bridge, complete with 25 encounters (the royal tax collector, a thieves guild, ) and oer 70 npc. The link (which is my FIRST WORKING LINK EVER in a posting - hurray!) leads to an onlineshop but perhaps you can find it somewhere as a cheaper pdf. I highly recommend it, like the other city books.

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createvmind
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  19:38:54  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hey Baleful Avatar

I think Mirt and company will have taken that spiritwalk 100 years from current year, he's already middle-age now and I don't get the sense that he would try to extend his life a great number of years if at all. I will miss him, Danilo, Pristoleph, and many others who likely lack longetivity magic, I hope novels of events within that hundred year leap are written.
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Ladejarl
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  19:51:35  Show Profile  Visit Ladejarl's Homepage Send Ladejarl a Private Message
I was wondering if Ed have any details on the following temples(including specific NPC's): The Hospice of Deadsnows, The Hall of Grand Hunts, The Sword Grotto, Oaksong Tower, and The Gilded Hall of Glittering Gems.



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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  21:11:07  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Hey Baleful Avatar

I think Mirt and company will have taken that spiritwalk 100 years from current year, he's already middle-age now and I don't get the sense that he would try to extend his life a great number of years if at all. I will miss him, Danilo, Pristoleph, and many others who likely lack longetivity magic, I hope novels of events within that hundred year leap are written.



Actually, Mirt has already used longevity magic of some sort. We don't know his exact age, but I once speculated that Mirt was at least 120, and Ed's reply was that Mirt was much older than that. Mirt looks like he's 50-ish, but the first mention of him is in 1302, and it describes him then as a "noted adventurer".

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The Sage
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  00:21:58  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
Ed and THO have confirmed that both Mirt and Durnan have used longevity potions. As has Filfaeril, and dozens more NPCs in the Realms.

From March '04 --

"I think Mirt and Durnan are both a trifle OLDER than 120. Still unpublished is the “essential Realmslore” short story in which they acquired as treasure certain drinkables that might be expressed in AD&D terms (the D&D game came along after I wrote the story) as slightly-variant Potions of Longevity. So, yes, they appear to be rather leathery/fat/worn-but-vigorous 50-ish males. The way the published Realms has turned out, the careers of Mirt and Durnan have been sadly neglected, but you will see their present-day selves adventuring together in my tale in the forthcoming Realms of Dragons anthology (end of 2004, I believe)."

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Penknight
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  00:27:34  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
If I may, I was wondering how people (elves specifically) of the Realms would say the phrase 'artistic license' when speaking about how bards like to change certain aspects of songs. Thanks so very much!

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  01:52:11  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Apropos of buildings on bridges, I refer the interested to the movie Perfume.







I loved that movie (partly because I'm interested in perfume!) and the bridge question made me think of a certain scene.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  15:21:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. I bring Ed's latest replies, this time to Baleful Avatar:


Oh, yes, I remember that GenCon adventure very well. Her "jumping up out of the apples" move was a masterwork, although I'm sure she didn't intend that all of the villains would trip and fall on all the rolling apples for the instant she needed to get across the room and plunge her knife in. Well played, anyway.
And yes, I DID put on a dress and sing falsetto. I'm afraid those days are over (except up at my cottage), because buying and packing dresses my size is just too much of a hassle. :}
As for Mirt: as of right now, his fate remains unknown. Sorry.
Re. the Fireworks option: yes, it existed, and has lapsed (Fireworks was then owned by Canwest Global, a large Canadian television network, but was sold in the midst of their option-holding period, so [I believe] Plans Changed). As for the current existence or condition of any Realms TV projects or licences, I honestly have no idea. SOMEONE still holds the rights, but I have no idea if it's just Hasbro in the wake of the reversion, or if an IP-shopping-firm has "parked" them in its stable to see if any interest arises.
BTW: I have heard there is talk "out there" among gamers that Wizards have paid me some huge amount of money or other to "say nice things about the 4e Realms."
This is NOT true (though, if WotC brass read this and WANT to bury me in huge amounts of money, they should by all means feel free to do so. I LIKE being buried in huge amounts of money!). I have said nice things about the 4e Realms when I have been impressed by what I've seen of the future, not-yet-published design work. Truth.


So saith Ed. Who is busily writing future Realms stuff himself, I suspect.
love to all,
THO
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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  18:37:25  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Question for Ed: does Mirt have any children? (That he knows about. )
Thanks in advance.
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A Gavel
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  18:47:18  Show Profile  Visit A Gavel's Homepage Send A Gavel a Private Message
I, too, have a question to pose to Ed:
In Cormyr, to what extent do the War Wizards (or Highknights, or for that matter local Watch officers) actively keep a watch on known or suspected criminals?
Or to put it more clearly, is someone who was charged with a crime but not convicted ("suspected") or convicted, served sentence, and then was released ("known") subsequently spied upon by "the authorities"? I'm not speaking of traitors to the Crown (nobles plotting coups) here, but petty criminals (thieves, swindlers who replace goods with inferior copies or "doctor" wine or other valuables to increase volume and therefore sales, and fraudsters). Thank you for any answer you may furnish.
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Asgetrion
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Finland
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Posted - 07 Feb 2008 :  20:53:11  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ladejarl

I was wondering if Ed have any details on the following temples(including specific NPC's): The Hospice of Deadsnows, The Hall of Grand Hunts, The Sword Grotto, Oaksong Tower, and The Gilded Hall of Glittering Gems.




One of the campaigns in my group featured the Deadsnows Abbey in detail... I could give you some of those details (such as NPC names) if you want to? (note: I am not the DM in that particular campaign, so I don't have any original campaign notes beyond those details written on my character sheet -- neither do I have any of the beautiful maps the DM had created).

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Penknight
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Oh, there is something else that I'm a bit curious about that perhaps Kuje or Lady Rinona can help me with. Is there a temple of Sune located anywhere in or near Silverymoon, and if there is, does it have a proper name? All of my books are currently away from me, and I can't remember at present rather or not I came across one in any sourcebook. And of course Lady Rinona, you read far more novels than I, and I would greatly value your thoughts as well. Thank you for your time, ladies and gentlemen.

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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Penknight

Oh, there is something else that I'm a bit curious about that perhaps Kuje or Lady Rinona can help me with. Is there a temple of SUne located anywhere in or near Silverymoon, and if there is, does it have a proper name? All of my books are currently away from me, and I can't remember at present rather or not I came across one in any sourcebook. And of course Lady Rinona, you read far more novels than I, and I would greatly value your thoughts as well. Thank you for your time, ladies and gentlemen.



The Dawndancer House, which is a shrine in Silverymoon of Sune that has glass windows. It's over seen by Shandalara Sindertal a tenth level human cleric that is often mistaken for a half-elf. Least that was her levels in 2e.

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The Sage
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This really doesn't belong in Ed's scroll, but I'll answer it anyway.

There exists a shrine of Sune in Silverymoon -- Dawndancer House. It's referenced in most sources that focus on the North and Silverymoon in particular.

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Penknight
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

This really doesn't belong in Ed's scroll, but I'll answer it anyway.

There exists a shrine of Sune in Silverymoon -- Dawndancer House. It's referenced in most sources that focus on the North and Silverymoon in particular.


Perhaps you're right, Sage. The only reason that I placed it here is because if one hadn't been stated in a sourcebook or novel, that Mr. Greenwood and Lady THO might get around to answering it. My deepest apologies for posing this query in this particular scroll, Master Sage.

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