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Faraer
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Posted - 11 Mar 2008 :  20:13:36  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Garen Thal
A smidge to the left, would you?
But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane.
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm
God is a Dungeon Master and we are all the PC in his game!
My version, referencing Albert Einstein and Fredric Brown: 'He does now.'
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Markustay
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Posted - 11 Mar 2008 :  21:05:28  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

If that is the case I got faulty dice! I demand a redo!!!

My initial roles weren't that bad, but lately I seem to miss all my Saves.

Lots of natural ones, too...

That reminds me of the old movie Time Bandits, where the 'Dwarves' had a map of the multiverse, because they helped God build it.

I need to rent that again...

"Don't touch THAT! It's EVIL!!!"

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Faraer

quote:
Originally posted by Garen Thal
A smidge to the left, would you?
But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane.




Wowsers... It's not often you can work a Rocky Horror reference in on a Realms forum!

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 11 Mar 2008 :  22:40:36  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Faraer
My version, referencing Albert Einstein and Fredric Brown: 'He does now.'



HA!

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Thangorn
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Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  10:36:21  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
Well met once again Ed and THO,

I have question that is really bugging me.

My 2nd Ed Faerun campaign set in 1362DR in the Dales and Moonsea, seems to have my PCs ending up in the Village of Glen in Mistledale quite alot.

I wonder whether you can reveal anything about the Dragon Egg trade mentioned there. I've come up with a reasonably plausible reason and ethical rationale why Dwarves trade in evil dragon eggs but it still bugs me.

Can you reveal how a peaceful and friendly community of dwarves can ethically sell evil dragons eggs to whoever has the coin? What reason would a good person have for buying an evil dragon egg?
Doesn't anyone with that kind of coin have half a brain and know that their expensive new pet is not just going to be grateful and become their best mate.. reminds of the story about the snake that the Indian told in Natural Born Killers.

It would be really great if you could help me out with this Ed but obviously I'll understand if you cant.

If you are reading this, thanks anyway.

Oh and I played some of your suggested music for Storm to my players a couple of times when they were in the Old Skull and they were most appreciative. Thanks for that.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  14:37:10  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. I promised dalor_darden a response to his question, shifted to this thread by the esteemed Sage: “THO
In the very many years you have been playing D&D with Ed Greenwood, I'm sure you have come to know so much about HIS Forgotten Realms. You have also gathered quite a bit of influence on just what Ed's Forgotten Realms really is like...after all, it is the player(s) who make a world truly come alive at the gaming table...just as much as the DM. I'm not sure what all there may be that would prohibit you from answering questions about the "Real" Forgotten Realms, but I thought it would be nice to at least chat about and be able to ask questions about it all.
I guess I'll start!
When playing with a DM that is very detailed in his world, what for you was the most challenging aspect of continuous play in Ed's campaign?
Also, what was the first thing about Ed's campaign world that made you take a step back and say "Hey! That is AWESOME!"
Just a couple for right now...I don't want to spend time for an essay or anything because this might not even be the right place to do this...or may not be something that should be done at all!
Thanks for your time!”

So, here we go . . .

The most challenging aspect of playing in Ed’s campaign was that it was a big step closer to “real life” than most D&D play, in that EVERY deed done or word spoken has consequences. Just as in a real-world situation, if you happen to dislike a co-worker, you have to be mindful of how you behave toward them, because it isn’t “just a game where the NPCs are brainless, do-nothing cardboard cutouts.” Self-discipline trumps “Yahoo! Let’s KILL, baby!” self-indulgence, every time.
The first thing that made me think Ed’s Realms were awesome were the feeling that it was all really REAL, that hit me right away. All of Ed’s players roleplay (act, in character), there are multiple subplots going on constantly, Ed’s very good at describing the wind, weather, and what your character can see around him- or herself, all the time, taking care of what you smell, taste, feel . . . Ed’s world feels REAL, so your doings and triumphs do, too. You can drive home smiling like an idiot in satisfaction over finally holding a crooked tax official to justice, or tracking down a long-sought fragment of lore . . .
. . . and I have, countless times.


love,
THO

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  15:04:46  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
Many thanks THO!

In truth I had expected very nearly those exact answers. My goal, as I said, was sort of a "chat about" things. It's good to hear that for so long you have been able to enjoy a quality game!

Now...if only Missoula Montana had such great players at hand, I could enjoy the same.

Wonder if I could pull that ol' James fellow into a game...

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Nevorick
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Posted - 13 Mar 2008 :  02:09:38  Show Profile  Visit Nevorick's Homepage Send Nevorick a Private Message
Lady Tho,

I would like to ask Ed for biographical information on the Cormyte warrior, Aunkspear. I am aware of the information found in VGtC. Could Ed share more with us regarding Aunkspear?

My thanks!

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arry
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United Kingdom
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I was wondering, Dear Hooded Lady, what word or words to describe the 'death' of undead creatures were/are used in Ed's games?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 Mar 2008 :  14:54:11  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Ed returns from some days of silence due to being tearingly busy again, to impart a response to Thangorn’s query: “Well met once again Ed and THO, I have question that is really bugging me.
My 2nd Ed Faerun campaign set in 1362DR in the Dales and Moonsea, seems to have my PCs ending up in the Village of Glen in Mistledale quite alot.
I wonder whether you can reveal anything about the Dragon Egg trade mentioned there. I've come up with a reasonably plausible reason and ethical rationale why Dwarves trade in evil dragon eggs but it still bugs me.
Can you reveal how a peaceful and friendly community of dwarves can ethically sell evil dragons eggs to whoever has the coin? What reason would a good person have for buying an evil dragon egg?
Doesn't anyone with that kind of coin have half a brain and know that their expensive new pet is not just going to be grateful and become their best mate.. reminds of the story about the snake that the Indian told in Natural Born Killers.
It would be really great if you could help me out with this Ed but obviously I'll understand if you cant.
If you are reading this, thanks anyway.
Oh and I played some of your suggested music for Storm to my players a couple of times when they were in the Old Skull and they were most appreciative. Thanks for that.”
Ed replies:



You’re very welcome. I love using mood music (motif themes to wordlessly cue players, in particular; for anyone reading this who isn’t sure what I mean, consider the few bars from O Fortuna played in the foggy battle scene at the end of the movie Excalibur, just before the knights start to shout, “Lancelot! Lancelot is with us!”) during play, even though I seldom have the “setup” with me, these days.
As for the Dale trade: the primary reason is alchemy; to whit, the use of dragon egg components in spell ink formulae, potions (vitality and longevity in particular), spell castings, and even the preparations of enspelled food (think giant “dragon egg omelettes” and soups).
Sembia is bursting with money thanks to its mercantile successes, and like all “awash in new money everywhere” societies, folk who have the coin to pursue means (however crackpot) of becoming younger, stronger, more beautiful, or even cheating death itself, or of boasting of their exclusivity (“I dined on red dragon eggs this even, Fhaeruld; can you top THAT? Hmm?”) are doing so, energetically.
Moreover, all this money attracts wizards seriously seeking patronage to pursue their mastery of the Art (“certainly I’ll be your pet wizard and cast all of these daily spells for you and your household, so long as you fund my private researches, in the workshop you build for me, inside your walled mansion grounds”), and some of them are using dragon eggs in researches bent on attaining lichdom while keeping the lich’s body vigorous and seemingly alive, rather than the usual gruesome decay.
Many dwarves, coming from a so-long-dwindling culture that lamented their battle losses and low fertility, have a revulsion toward destroying probably-fertile eggs of any sort; yet they certainly don’t want evil dragons (a traditional foe, competing for the gold and gems they mine and prepare) to become more numerous. So, let someone else do the destroying, and profit thereby (and earning coin and “putting coin by” are also strong dwarven traits).
You might compare it to real-world people who eat supermarket meat but who would be revolted by doing their own beast-slaughtering, or (a better analogy) pay someone else to carry away their garbage and dispose of it, rather than sorting and processing their own garbage (very few of us grind down, melt, and resell our plastics or glass).
And yes, there ARE some Sembians who want dragons as pets: that is, gate-guardians (again, a status symbol) or as tamed aerial steeds. They anecdotally know such beasts rarely “work out” in such roles, but believe that (as they themselves are so special, and have money enough to hire the best trainers), such failures won’t happen to THEM.



So saith Ed. Who showed all of us Knights many, many instances of Sembian “fall over self in headlong rush of greed” excesses, down the years. Just when we’d start to think all Sembians were mad buffoons, he’d show us some of the really cunning, clearly-reasoning ones.
(Causing us to REALLY shiver.)
love to all,
THO
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Brimstone
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quote:
Ed replies:As for the Dale trade: the primary reason is alchemy; to whit, the use of dragon egg components in spell ink formulae, potions (vitality and longevity in particular), spell castings, and even the preparations of enspelled food (think giant “dragon egg omelettes” and soups).
Sembia is bursting with money thanks to its mercantile successes, and like all “awash in new money everywhere” societies, folk who have the coin to pursue means (however crackpot) of becoming younger, stronger, more beautiful, or even cheating death itself, or of boasting of their exclusivity (“I dined on red dragon eggs this even, Fhaeruld; can you top THAT? Hmm?”) are doing so, energetically.
Moreover, all this money attracts wizards seriously seeking patronage to pursue their mastery of the Art (“certainly I’ll be your pet wizard and cast all of these daily spells for you and your household, so long as you fund my private researches, in the workshop you build for me, inside your walled mansion grounds”), and some of them are using dragon eggs in researches bent on attaining lichdom while keeping the lich’s body vigorous and seemingly alive, rather than the usual gruesome decay.
Many dwarves, coming from a so-long-dwindling culture that lamented their battle losses and low fertility, have a revulsion toward destroying probably-fertile eggs of any sort; yet they certainly don’t want evil dragons (a traditional foe, competing for the gold and gems they mine and prepare) to become more numerous. So, let someone else do the destroying, and profit thereby (and earning coin and “putting coin by” are also strong dwarven traits).
You might compare it to real-world people who eat supermarket meat but who would be revolted by doing their own beast-slaughtering, or (a better analogy) pay someone else to carry away their garbage and dispose of it, rather than sorting and processing their own garbage (very few of us grind down, melt, and resell our plastics or glass).
And yes, there ARE some Sembians who want dragons as pets: that is, gate-guardians (again, a status symbol) or as tamed aerial steeds. They anecdotally know such beasts rarely “work out” in such roles, but believe that (as they themselves are so special, and have money enough to hire the best trainers), such failures won’t happen to THEM.



So saith Ed. Who showed all of us Knights many, many instances of Sembian “fall over self in headlong rush of greed” excesses, down the years. Just when we’d start to think all Sembians were mad buffoons, he’d show us some of the really cunning, clearly-reasoning ones.
(Causing us to REALLY shiver.)
love to all,
THO

-Wow and in the 4E Realms the Shades CONQUER THAT!?!?!?


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createvmind
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  00:01:17  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
I assume that good dragons, regardless of type who got wind of this would frown on such a practice and be ready through agents or what have you intervene if they discover possibly so-called good dragon eggs are being sold? Is the fact that a person is eating a "bad dragon' the thrill or just a dragon egg period?
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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  08:25:42  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
I wonder if the Cormaerils are on the "most evil" list. Dun Dun Dun.

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Thangorn
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New Zealand
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  12:22:12  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
quote:
You’re very welcome. I love using mood music (motif themes to wordlessly cue players, in particular; for anyone reading this who isn’t sure what I mean, consider the few bars from O Fortuna played in the foggy battle scene at the end of the movie Excalibur, just before the knights start to shout, “Lancelot! Lancelot is with us!”) during play, even though I seldom have the “setup” with me, these days.
As for the Dale trade: the primary reason is alchemy; to whit, the use of dragon egg components in spell ink formulae, potions (vitality and longevity in particular), spell castings, and even the preparations of enspelled food (think giant “dragon egg omelettes” and soups).
Sembia is bursting with money thanks to its mercantile successes, and like all “awash in new money everywhere” societies, folk who have the coin to pursue means (however crackpot) of becoming younger, stronger, more beautiful, or even cheating death itself, or of boasting of their exclusivity (“I dined on red dragon eggs this even, Fhaeruld; can you top THAT? Hmm?”) are doing so, energetically.
Moreover, all this money attracts wizards seriously seeking patronage to pursue their mastery of the Art (“certainly I’ll be your pet wizard and cast all of these daily spells for you and your household, so long as you fund my private researches, in the workshop you build for me, inside your walled mansion grounds”), and some of them are using dragon eggs in researches bent on attaining lichdom while keeping the lich’s body vigorous and seemingly alive, rather than the usual gruesome decay.
Many dwarves, coming from a so-long-dwindling culture that lamented their battle losses and low fertility, have a revulsion toward destroying probably-fertile eggs of any sort; yet they certainly don’t want evil dragons (a traditional foe, competing for the gold and gems they mine and prepare) to become more numerous. So, let someone else do the destroying, and profit thereby (and earning coin and “putting coin by” are also strong dwarven traits).
You might compare it to real-world people who eat supermarket meat but who would be revolted by doing their own beast-slaughtering, or (a better analogy) pay someone else to carry away their garbage and dispose of it, rather than sorting and processing their own garbage (very few of us grind down, melt, and resell our plastics or glass).
And yes, there ARE some Sembians who want dragons as pets: that is, gate-guardians (again, a status symbol) or as tamed aerial steeds. They anecdotally know such beasts rarely “work out” in such roles, but believe that (as they themselves are so special, and have money enough to hire the best trainers), such failures won’t happen to THEM.


Now that makes a lot more sense for the dwarves that I have in mind..

Thank you so much, thats a massive amount to work with..

I'm going to assume that some humans of merit know about the trade and traffic the eggs down in Sembia and beyond and turn a tidy profit while sending the dwarves their cut, or the dwarves deal with their own agents in Sembia..? That is to say, I assume the dwarves are trafficking the eggs through "relatively" reputable sources..?

I'm also wondering at the traffic from the other end. I assume human and dwarven buyers who seek out such eggs with the express purpose of buying these eggs so evil fellows/enchantresses/dragon cultists don't get their hands on them. I am now seeing that the dwarves dont actually sell dragon eggs, but break the eggs down into their most valuable component parts for sale..?

It seems this is a difficult one for others to resolve according to their own moralities aswell.. :)

Thanks for the response once again..


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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  16:19:58  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

I wonder if the Cormaerils are on the "most evil" list. Dun Dun Dun.




I'd assume there aren't many human families where every single member is evil.


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Markustay
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The Mansons come to mind.

Also, those people in that 'Chainsaw' movie.

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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  21:36:03  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by Thangorn
I'm also wondering at the traffic from the other end. I assume human and dwarven buyers who seek out such eggs with the express purpose of buying these eggs so evil fellows/enchantresses/dragon cultists don't get their hands on them. I am now seeing that the dwarves dont actually sell dragon eggs, but break the eggs down into their most valuable component parts for sale..?



Responding to the bolded section... Ed actually said this (bolding mine):

"Many dwarves, coming from a so-long-dwindling culture that lamented their battle losses and low fertility, have a revulsion toward destroying probably-fertile eggs of any sort; yet they certainly don’t want evil dragons (a traditional foe, competing for the gold and gems they mine and prepare) to become more numerous. So, let someone else do the destroying, and profit thereby (and earning coin and “putting coin by” are also strong dwarven traits)."

So, no. They let others do the destroying and sell whole eggs... At least that's how I read that paragraph.

Zandilar
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~audaces fortuna iuvat~

As the spell ends, you look up into the sky to see the sun blazing overhead like noon in a desert. Then something else in the sky catches your attention. Turning your gaze, you see a tawny furred kitten bounding across the sky towards the new sun. Her eyes glint a mischevious green as she pounces on it as if it were nothing but a colossal ball of golden yarn. With quick strokes of her paws, it is batted across the sky, back and forth. Then with a wink the kitten and the sun disappear, leaving the citizens of Elversult gazing up with amazed expressions that quickly turn into chortles and mirth.

The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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Thangorn
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  22:20:29  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
quote:
quote:
"Many dwarves, coming from a so-long-dwindling culture that lamented their battle losses and low fertility, have a revulsion toward destroying probably-fertile eggs of any sort; yet they certainly don’t want evil dragons (a traditional foe, competing for the gold and gems they mine and prepare) to become more numerous. So, let someone else do the destroying, and profit thereby (and earning coin and “putting coin by” are also strong dwarven traits)."


So, no. They let others do the destroying and sell whole eggs... At least that's how I read that paragraph.


Seems I didnt read it properly. St Patricks day may or may not have had something to do with that :)

Thanks Zandilar

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Melgalian
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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  23:31:59  Show Profile  Visit Melgalian's Homepage Send Melgalian a Private Message
Hail, my dear friends!

Let me introduce myself: my nickname is Melgalian, an elven name, and I'm a Brazilian Forgotten Realms fanboy (proudly!) --so forgive my poor english; it is the first time that I dare subscribing such a thing. I have played amazing campaigns in the Realms for many years and I read this 'n others realmslore forums (which I try enthusiastically to translate for appreciation of no-ranks-in-language-skill folk, but the task is very hard), and until now I have never cogitated to send a message¹. And my reason for doing this is, understandably, the fourth edition of D&D.

However, I am not here to hurl my indignations at you, neither to condemn anybody (though, if someone were to ask to me, I would be able to do both :P). I'm here to talk about the vast opportunities than reveal themselves before us, designers and writers! Do you not see? Like before, in classic times, the Realms become a beautiful tale closured in a crystal ball, immerse in a whirlwind of fire and chaos! A world that already changed, so much, and therefore is made of two magnificent histories: one, in formation process, goes ahead without a certain destination; the other one leads back, to the glory lost in the past --an unchangeable, but untold tale. What I see is the details never revealed and the longing storytellers to do that!

This doesn't mean we'll write a lot of books and will earn a lot of money. We won't.. This means we'll sit in a circle of friends and talk about myths, especially in these days where both (either chronicle or chronicler) are forgotten. And for the genuine pleasure of narration! No rules, no dices, no laptops. : )

Here, in Brazil, I "found" a unpretentious group of enthusiasts with a distinctive mission: record and tell stories about the old Forgotten Realms. We search masterpieces of lore, put them together and show the results to anyone interested. And when we don't have any information about the subject... well, it's time to tell our own tales! That group was named Harpers (yeah, yeah... SO original) and their Unfinished Campaigns. I expect it to be a genuine work, with the blessing of King Greenwood.

(Phew! This is becoming HUGE!) Finally, I still have MANY questions, but for reader's sake, I will make only a few of them:

1) No more than two lines (in a column!) telling about the castles built in Dessarin Valley for many people, like the elembarans, in circa 200 DR, known as Mlembryn lands. Have you, my dear friend, any more words about that?

2) Specifically in TGHotR, the Lord of Calandor, ruin of Delimbiyran, of Phalorm, of Elembar, of Tavaray, is mentioned only as "Lord (or Duke) of Calandor". Can you provide me with a brief lineage of this House? Where was Calandor located itself (the old one, before it was ruined in a battle of dragons)?

3) (And most important) It is said that illuskan people come from the West in circa -3100 DR and (re)settled Sonnmorndin of Haunghdannar, in Arauwurbarak (Ruathym). Although I like to think about how some habits of this people where inherited from dwarven vestiges (longbeard, axes 'n hammers, the alphabet itself), I want to know what myths and origins they carried with them. What sort of gods, beliefs and customs may have survived?

Enough... for today! ; )

Stay in peace, everyone.

Melgalian




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PS: Biggest thanks for Hugo.

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 18 Mar 2008 :  00:04:24  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Melgalian,

Your english rocks, you look to make far less typos than I do and make more sense too hehe.

Welcome!

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 18 Mar 2008 :  00:41:10  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
A question that THO I'm sure can answer, but Ed of course is welcome if he is not too busy:

Its been bandied about the various chats that the monetary system used by Dungeons and Dragons, while easy to learn, doesn't reflect well a medieval monetary system where Gold is much more valuable (as it seems to be in novels by just about any author). So...the question!

Did Ed use the standard D&D monetary system or did his drive to have things so very detailed send him in the direction of making up his own more "accurate" monetary system for his home campaign...and if so, what was it?

Thanks!

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Chosen of Moradin
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Posted - 18 Mar 2008 :  03:15:35  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Moradin's Homepage  Click to see Chosen of Moradin's MSN Messenger address Send Chosen of Moradin a Private Message
Melgalian!!!!!

Now, I see a very familiar face here in the Keep!

Take a chair and a glass full of elverquist, old Master of Lore! And be welcome!


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thom
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Posted - 18 Mar 2008 :  13:21:00  Show Profile  Visit thom's Homepage Send thom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. I bring another Realmslore reply from the snowbound Ed of the Greenwood, who this time tackles this query from thom: [snip]

So saith Ed. He tells truth, and I have the psychic scars to prove it.
I have some real ones, too, but that’s another story . . .
love to all,
THO


Thank you, Ed! That's precisely what I was looking for! ::rubs hands together gleefully/evilly:: Now I can get cracking on my plans for my PCs to tangle with some Zhent beholders, and have some old wisebeards ready to give them sage advice after a few run-ins.

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ShepherdGunn
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Posted - 18 Mar 2008 :  14:05:51  Show Profile  Visit ShepherdGunn's Homepage  Click to see ShepherdGunn's MSN Messenger address  Send ShepherdGunn a Yahoo! Message Send ShepherdGunn a Private Message
Well met, all.

Just a quick question, following up on the whole Dragon Egg question (as I have a game that Dragon Eggs are an intricate part of the game), are there any other locations other than Sembia and the Dwarves that engage in a brisk Dragon Egg trade? Also, I know it would be difficult, and a bit odd, but with Calimshan being such a huge slave trade location, as well as few other nations, is there a Dragon Slave trade as well? Of course, only the truly rich and powerful (or those that think they are, would engage in such foolishness, but I'm just kinda wondering.

Also, just want to say, every time I read about Ed's games, I get jealous. I wish I was 1/10th the storyteller he was.

"Man does not live by bread alone, likewise, blades and arrows aren't the only things that can kill him."
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createvmind
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Posted - 19 Mar 2008 :  02:53:41  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,


Ed you answered a question last year, I was wondering if you could expand on it, what are the religious observances of Lizard folk?

Here's your reply to trading with scalyjaws in Lizard Marsh.

Humans in the area would crave lots of marsh plants for cooking and alchemical uses, plus eels and some of the savory clam-like swamp mollusks for their dining tables. And, yes, lizardfolk will trade (warily) with other races, if not threatened and if they can do such trading in ways that don’t require leaving the vicinity of the marsh (they feel very vulnerable away from easy reach of the waters), and don’t require a lot of speech and long bargaining. Lizard folk are NOT unthinkingly, unobservantly stupid; within their home area, they know the land and natural cycles very well, and tend to be cunning. Lizardfolk can set snares, flush out prey (working in well-organized hunting bands), are stealthy foragers, and often prepare “hideouts” in overgrown wilderness areas, to keep themselves hidden from the eyes of humans and others who may offer them harm. They are particularly learned in what swamp plants can be crushed and smeared on themselves and on undergrowth they must pass through, to entirely baffle anything trying to track or identify them by scent.
Finding fresh, clean drinkable water near a marsh isn’t always easy. It has to do with groundwater flows, not necessarily with distance. However, if one doesn’t mind drinking brownish, muck-tasting but perfectly healthy water, there are herbs that can be dropped into containers of water to “kill the squigglies” and make the water safe to drink, and also some forest plants that can be boiled, and the resulting “juice” added to marsh water to precipitate all the floating brown sediment out of the water AND alter its taste to something less strong. Other tissanes (teas) of rose petals and other floral petals can then be added to the water to make it quite pleasant to taste (selling “sweet” waters in villages along trade-routes is a widespread, sustaining industry across the Realms, because folk who know how to do it, who can freely gather the necessary plants, can do it with only pots, a fire, something to stir it with, and vessels to hold the result.
If your NPC treats the lizard folk well and fairly, showing their religious observances respect and avoiding making them overly suspicious of possible treachery (if the NPC has allies working with him/her, he/she should let the lizard folk see them approach; they will turn hostile if they think they are being surrounded, or one group are doing them ill while another distracts them), he/she should be able to develop a truce, then a working trading relationship, and eventually trust and closer alliances. He/she should avoid doing anything that might be viewed as trying to harm the marsh, cut it back, clear a way through it, or make it smaller, and should not act in a hostile manner if he/she finds the lizard folk watching him/her continuously or closely; it is their “way” to keep watch over neighbours. Just in case.
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