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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  02:35:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Okay, MY turn, fellas. Off these all go to Ed. In the interim, here's what I recall from play in the "home" Realms campaign: fogs are surprisingly rare in Suzail; the breezes tend to blow from the shore out to sea, as far as I can best recall.
I also remember lots of steeply-pitched roofs, and a lot of slate and tile roofs. Spires, not so much.
And I ALSO recall more than one rooftop chase, and a lot of falling off roofs. Damp, slippery roofs. One chase in a wild lightning storm, with blinding rain. I fell through a skylight and dropped in uninvited on a supper revel during that one (Ed does hilarious pratfall DMing VERY well )
love,
THO
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  02:55:23  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. Dalor, Ed's a little puzzled re. your question about "African type cultures," being as that continent has, over the centuries, be home to darned near EVERY sort of culture. Do you mean the sort of jungle or savannah "hunter-gatherer tribal" that most European explorers of the colonial era encountered, or . . . ?
This is, of course, completely distinct from asking "where dark or dusky-skinned peoples can be found, in the Realms." The answer to THAT (quickly consulting all of my Ed-generated notes) is: almost everywhere, thanks to trade, flee-strife migrations, and the numerous regions where such human racial tendencies were strong through environment and breeding, such as Chult, the Tashalar, Turmish, parts of the Shaar, and much of the Old Empires.

love,
THO



I mean specifically cultures. I've got a good grasp that any type of "look" can be found in the realms...but I was wondering about civilizations. Such as Zulu or Nubian and etc. I guess what I'm looking for is: are there any cultures currently in the Forgotten Realms that are African-like (from the MANY thousands) in culture I guess is the only way to put it.

Thanks!

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Kentinal
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  03:05:49  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
You said
quote:
If you're familiar with the Appalachian Mountains in the American state of Pennsylvania, where mountains form a series of parallel ridges with deep valleys between, and the bare-rock-covered-by-scrub-pine-forests Canadian Shield country, then you have a fair mental picture of the Stonelands. Agile climbers, and aerial creatures, can readily pass through it, but no large armed force can journey through it in any sort of formation, and NO horse-mounted travelers (even drow pack lizards, if one got them to the surface and somehow used to the light, would have a tough time on the precipitous, loose-gravel slopes).


The even Drow pack lizards caught my eye, but also have a problem with impasible ridges that are covered by loose-gravel slopes. I freely admit that I have not climbed the mountains, but i was under the impression that lizards were sure footed. The questions that clearly occur are a few.

You preclude pack lizards, can a riding lizard more be able to handle the near imposible travel?

I seem to recall that underdark lizards were blind (or did not have infravision/darkvision and effectively blind in unlight tunnels), however even if not. Could blindfolds adjust for being in daylight?

Infering that a major lizard trail was to be made, how long would it take to clear a path though the loose-gravel slopes, and how long would would such an open trail remain open?

After all I clearly remember lizards being able to walk on any rock including the ceiling, as long as not stepping on loose rock(s).

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Edited by - Kentinal on 29 Mar 2008 03:25:29
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  03:26:36  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again. Kentinal, from playing in the "home" Realms campaign (and scrambling around the Canadian Shield country myself, at Ed's cottage and elsewhere) I know what he meant: lizards large enough for humans to use as steeds, or as pack animals, would suffer slips and tumble-falls until a trail was cleared, because the sparse soil clinging to the rocks, and loose gravel filling many of the thousands upon thousands of clefts in the rocks, would "slip" (and take them with it) as they climbed across it.
So how long it would take to clear a trail would depend on how many lizards and cargoes (or riders) you wanted to sacrifice. Once cleared, a trail would remain clear until major avalanches or windstorms brought a lot more gravel, but would become treacherous every fall (ice) and remain that way throughout every winter.

Also, to Dalor: I don't think Ed was pointing out the diversity in Realms cultures/civilizations, I think he was pointing out that real-world Africa has hosted all sorts of cultures and civilizations, so what did you mean by "Africa type" (or "African-like")? Almost every sort of human society has existed in Africa at one time or another, from nomadic hunting societies to full-scale communal agriculture to marsh and lake subsistence fishing to slave-labor-based theocracies and even warlord empires. I suspect Ed was asking what sort, out of all of these, you were looking for.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  03:32:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Kentinal, I'll hand the blindfolded lizards question on to Ed for a proper reply. The Canadian Shield country Ed refers to is rolling, scoured-smooth by glaciers "roots of ancient mountains" rock, but broken, since, by annual freeze-thaw cycles (rainwater and spring meltwater seeps into cracks, freezes in winter, expands and widens those cracks, breaking off many small rock particles to form an endlessly-renewed supply of gravel, the cracks become crevasses and caves, and some of the rocks above collapse into them, there are eventual rocksides and even collapses of cliff-faces, crashing down to reveal a new cliff-face, behind . . . in short, there will always be "loose rock" that can cause lizards to lose their grip.
Great monster-lurking and outlaw country, but not good for any caravan or army to try to travel through, in any sort of order or keeping to any sort of straight (ish) route.
love,
THO
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  04:01:01  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Also, to Dalor: I don't think Ed was pointing out the diversity in Realms cultures/civilizations, I think he was pointing out that real-world Africa has hosted all sorts of cultures and civilizations, so what did you mean by "Africa type" (or "African-like")? Almost every sort of human society has existed in Africa at one time or another, from nomadic hunting societies to full-scale communal agriculture to marsh and lake subsistence fishing to slave-labor-based theocracies and even warlord empires. I suspect Ed was asking what sort, out of all of these, you were looking for.
love,
THO



Specifically something similar to the Mwenemutapa Empire (or Zimbabweans). Since it is one of the only cultures not severely influenced by either Islam or some other outside influence (although it did have trade with lands as far away as China) it really was the primary civilization of Africa with little to no outside cultural influences.

Something like that.

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tauster
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  09:55:09  Show Profile  Visit tauster's Homepage Send tauster a Private Message
THO, please send my thanks to Ed. His answers were really helpful, especially the insight in Aboleth personalities!

THO, can you add something from your adventures in Ed's Realms? Have you ever encountered Aboleth, or heard rumors and legends about them?
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Nevorick
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  10:01:06  Show Profile  Visit Nevorick's Homepage Send Nevorick a Private Message
Lady THO,

Although I would like to know more of the Thronestrife of Cormyr, I do not wish to bother Ed in an area still laden with NDA's. I will wait for what is to come.

Perhaps another Cormyr question will slake my thirst for knowledge.

In Cormyr: A novel, Aosinin Truesilver, is described as the cousin of King Galaghard III. In regards to this kinship, does this mean Galaghard's mother is a Truesilver? If so, what can Ed share about the Queen such as her name, when she lived, and anything else that she might be remembered for?

My Thanks!

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Thangorn
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  11:22:54  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
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Right now I’m scrambling to get yet another overdue novel done, so I’m afraid marriage details will just have to wait until I can outline a few here and a few there, in the proverbial fullness of time.


Thanks so much Ed (and THO) I am just happy to get any reply of any sort at any time and I really do appreciate the time you put in to fans of your massive creative genius. I really wasnt expecting a reply so quickly, if at all so I am super-stoked at what you've given. I get a whole new world of possibilities with every post you write for Candlekeep..

Very interesting stuff once again. That's certainly going to bust a few party paradigms I can tell you.. :)
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  16:03:39  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Thanks, Dalor, off to Ed that goes!
Now, I happen to know that Ed's away from his Realmslore at the moment, so to help Nevorick, can any of the scribes who have the super-secret family tree of the Obarskyr file step in to help, here? George? Tom? Brian?
tauster, we encountered aboleth twice, and PERHAPS a third time. Each time, we retreated (okay, fled), the last time so precipitiously that we were uncertain as to what we'd met with. With Ed as DM, even more than illithids, aboleth make your skin crawl . . .
love,
THO
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Garen Thal
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  18:01:08  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
As always, any answers regarding royals (and royal kin) that hasn't been firmly established in published realmslore must, of necessity, be a bit... evasive.

As it happens, there isn't a whole lot of information in extant records regarding Galaghard's mother, because the father of Galaghard III (Bryntarth I) kept few records and was a fairly inactive king--given the reigns of the four hundred years that preceded his accession, Bryntarth I was rather sedentary, being bookended by kings with far more historical impact than he.

To answer the direct question: yes, Bryntarth's queen (and Galaghard III's mother) was indeed a Truesilver. Beyond birthing an heir and future king, her influence on Cormyr's society was just about nil, particularly in light of the actions of later queens consort.

Which raises another issue: while Cormyr has indeed had its powerful queens--Filfaeril and similar strong personalities--it has also had its wallflowers, its trophy wives, and its vicious, grasping disloyalties. Not every queen is remembered, and certainly not very one fondly.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  23:30:39  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Baleful Avatar

A short time ago, Agnitio Veridicus posted praise of the Volo's Guides that I heartily share. Ed, is there ANY way that you can think of, of persuading Wizards of the Coast of letting you do a 4e equivalent of Volo's Guides to specific areas of the "new" Realms? How would we best go about asking? I've called WotC's Customer Service reps before on other matters, and in each case discovered I knew far more about what I was asking about than they did. I also got the distinct impression that any suggestion I might make would NOT get passed on, to anyone else in the company.
In short, in your expert opinion, how do we get to effectively request specific product ideas, these days?
Thanks!




Those concerned that Customer Service at Wizards ranks near the bottom of the barrel along with Time-Warner Cable (eight hours on hold!) ought to look at my scroll, "Why Hasbro Doesn't Give a D*** About Our Opinions." Ed has no influence on the inefficiency of their telephone personnel, and as long as Hasbro keeps turning the profits it does, they have no incentive to improve their service.

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createvmind
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Posted - 29 Mar 2008 :  23:52:40  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed can a freak occurence cause a spellcaster to become a "living spell" of sorts, if yes, would he retain any semblance of Intelligence or would he or it just be insane?

A follow-up on your reply to my query about the ridgeline between Trollbark forest and Lizard Marsh.

You told me that Foulwings keep the were-giants from expanding south, are these Foulwings augmented creatures as well, what book are they in btw?

What aquatic creatures of note occupy this region, would a Brine Naga find such a region of interest?

I'm still seeking to find out if in YOUR game there is an active powers that trades with any of these factions since I'm sure between the trolls, coveys of hags, giants and other creatures there has been an accumulation of items of value over the centuries.

Has there been any attempt made to exterminate the trolls of this region and if so why has it failed so far, I'm assuming Baldur's Gate, Waterdeep, Daggerford and other nearby settlements can't agree on dividing the areas if they commited forces to cleansing them, methods of how to cleanse them and so on?

How long does a magic potion last in a normal weave environment, meaning no wild magic, dead magic or fluctuations occured?

When you attempt to put a ghost to rest does the ghost automatically sense when you have achieved task that will allow it to rest or must you return to the ghost first?


Do half-dragon horses exist in any known area in faerun and what would the value of such a creature be, would drakkensteeds be creatures found in faerun, from Dragon Magic source book?

I assume that the Sammaster rage caused many dragons to slay offspring and crush eggs or leave them abandoned, this lead me to wonder what of all those lairs of dead dragons and the possible hoards they left behind. Do you portray dragons as knowing who their neighbors are and where their neighbors probably lair or good estimation of whereabouts, if yes, would the dragons who survived rage and got their bearings together then likely beat treasure hunters to unclaimed lairs, like would they have an advantage over most mortals? If adventurers/organizations across faerun begin acquiring the hoards would this cause an increase in hoard-seekers and thus place dragons in continued conflict even though the rage is over?

How would you view dragons faring during the spellplague?


Thanks, had alot on my mind.
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  03:39:50  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. I bring replies from Ed to Michael Lum of Skyhaven Games, and to dravenloft:
First, to Michael:

Thanks very much for the invite, Michael, but it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever again attend conventions in December, January, or February. Winters in my part of the world have simply become too harsh to risk leaving my wife (who’s over seventy) alone in a farmhouse that frequently gets snowed in and loses power (and without me around to chop wood or smash the woodpile free of ice and carry logs in, she’d freeze to death), to drive on impassable roads some 120 miles to one of the world’s worst airports (Pearson, in Toronto). It’s all just no longer worth it. In 2008, I’ll probably end up attending only four conventions, total; I’m just too busy these days to break off work. Sorry!

And to dravenloft’s query: Lady THO -- I must say, it sounds as though it is a pleasure for anyone with the honour to know you. (take that as ye will ).
I have a question for Ed, or yourself if it ever came up in the games.
What do the children of the Heartlands favour for toys? Especially Cormyr and the Dales, but any of that entire region is likely to come up.
I mean I'm picturing little clockwork dragons and cuddly stuffed cutsified owlbears and that's where my brain starts to break. Just generally what're the little folk of the lands fond of playing with and likely to be given for gifts (this last part especially, I'm fond of Lliiran clerics and have a habit of getting St Nick whims).”
Ed replies:


For common folk everywhere, the most common toys by far are small whittled wooden warriors, wizards, and dragons (followed by divers other monsters) and larger whittled dolls, often princes and princesses, dressed in clothes sewn from scraps of old rag. These are followed in popularity by “marbles” made of rounded stones, whittled-down nuts, frozen berries in winter, and, yes, blown glass, and by carved wooden toy swords.
Going a “step up” in terms of expense: elaborately-sewn, stuffed with scented herbs and ward-sick charms “hearth faeries” for cuddle-in-bed toys (these are often retained into adulthood, and for using as pillows, hugging, etc.); cast metal “little warriors” (what we would call model soldiers), dragon and other monster figurines that are large, well-painted, cast from metal, and assembled with articulated joints so they can be “posed.” Then there are knight-and-horse large figurines that are even more realistically modeled and painted, with real hair inserted, etc. Temples of Gond sell very expensive little clockwork toys, such as “revolving egg” jewelboxes that play tunes (metallic mechanical musical boxes with jewelry drawers, topped by upright ovoid “castle” or “cavern” that have several layers that rotate within each other by clockwork, so that “doors” in their sides slide open to reveal elaborately-detailed sculpted and painted scenes inside, such as feasts in castles, men fighting each other with swords, skeletons escaping manacles in a dungeon, etc.) and “marching warriors” (the familiar “walking soldier with windup key in his back”). In some large cities, a few crafters make large stuffed lions, cute dragons, and other “cuddle toys” that children can use as pillows, sleeping bags, play-steeds, and “friends.”
Next most popular among common folk are, I’m afraid, slingshots. :}



So saith Ed. Who is still very busy with novel writing, but is trying to get back to some of the neglected recent questions, ere he turns back into the archives and REALLY rolls up his sleeves . . .
love to all,
THO
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George Krashos
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  05:09:40  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Garen Thal

As always, any answers regarding royals (and royal kin) that hasn't been firmly established in published realmslore must, of necessity, be a bit... evasive.

As it happens, there isn't a whole lot of information in extant records regarding Galaghard's mother, because the father of Galaghard III (Bryntarth I) kept few records and was a fairly inactive king--given the reigns of the four hundred years that preceded his accession, Bryntarth I was rather sedentary, being bookended by kings with far more historical impact than he.

To answer the direct question: yes, Bryntarth's queen (and Galaghard III's mother) was indeed a Truesilver. Beyond birthing an heir and future king, her influence on Cormyr's society was just about nil, particularly in light of the actions of later queens consort.

Which raises another issue: while Cormyr has indeed had its powerful queens--Filfaeril and similar strong personalities--it has also had its wallflowers, its trophy wives, and its vicious, grasping disloyalties. Not every queen is remembered, and certainly not very one fondly.



As always, my esteemed friend Garen Thal has the right of it. The only thing to add is that the two inauspicious reigns of the "Bryntarths" has led to this name being very low down the totem pole for future sovereigns of Cormyr. It's not so much considered in the royal family to be bad luck to be named Bryntarth, just likely to lead to an individual and/or reign with little or no noteworthy elements. Then again, it makes you wonder why there haven't been more Duars and Dhalmasses.

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GoCeraf
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  06:44:09  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
Mr. Greenwood,

What sorts of music are prevalent in some of the Southern lands? Specifically, what sorts of music are popular in Halruaa and (at least at the moment) the Border Kingdoms? Additionally, do any of these styles of music have real-world equivalents?

For some reason, I have this weird image of the western Border Kingdoms being a prevalent place for flamenco-style music.

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Dalmar Amad
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  12:04:33  Show Profile  Visit Dalmar Amad's Homepage Send Dalmar Amad a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by GoCeraf

Mr. Greenwood,

What sorts of music are prevalent in some of the Southern lands? Specifically, what sorts of music are popular in Halruaa and (at least at the moment) the Border Kingdoms? Additionally, do any of these styles of music have real-world equivalents?

For some reason, I have this weird image of the western Border Kingdoms being a prevalent place for flamenco-style music.





Hello Mr Greenwood, Hello Lady THO,

I want to add a question to this one please.

I'm interested in music that one would hear while wandering through markets and bazars of nations like Turmish, Chessenta, Chondath and Thay. I imagine it would be a bit like music from north africa but would like to know what you would say to be a realworld example of what these regions' music could sound like.

Thanks in advance,

Dalmar

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Blueblade
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  15:46:45  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and lovely Lady THO,
What are the politics of the "man in the street" if said man is a citizen of Suzail? Support the government? Feel differently about the Obarskyrs then about Vangerdahast? Like/dislike the War Wizards? Like some Obarskyrs more than others? Like/dislike nobles? If so, one noble or noble family over another? Various noble factions and their attempts to change laws and opinions? Or do they even know much about noble factional manoeuvering?
Thanks!
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Neriandal Freit
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  17:27:24  Show Profile  Visit Neriandal Freit's Homepage  Click to see Neriandal Freit's MSN Messenger address Send Neriandal Freit a Private Message
Greetings Ed and the most gorgeous THO!

I was sitting here, looking over the Wizards site articles and thought to my self, "What was the first 'dungeon' in the realms?". Because, for example, you have Netheril Age, and that was many, many years ago.

Or, being who she is, does the Shrinshee know of the oldest 'first' dungeon? Is there any record of the first dungeon, and/or does it still exist somewhere to this day?

And entirely off subject: Ed, did you ever get a chance to look at the Redeemers of Dawn article posted here in the Compendium in October? If possible, a PM would be delightful (and more private time with THO is always lovely...even if I do like boys! )

Many thanks to ye'both!
Neriandal/Charles

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Edited by - Neriandal Freit on 30 Mar 2008 17:28:30
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 30 Mar 2008 :  20:04:49  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
I have another Realmslore question (of course).
Are there any glassblowers, or sources of a wide variety of glass bottles/phials/other sorts of containers, in Suzail? If so, where? (I don't need an exhaustive list or great detail, just a few shop names with street locations and a line of descrip about the place and proprietor.)
I know, I know, not much, eh?
Thanks.
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Zandilar
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  00:55:49  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

The mention of names for Cormyrian royalty above brought to mind a question...

How do you come up with all those wonderful names, Ed? Do you have some kind of system for doing so? Do you think about consistency of sound for each language, or do you just jumble up some letters or do you have some other method? I know you mentioned that the word "lust" in Alustriel's name was a deliberate/conscious choice, but I'm pretty sure you also mentioned that it was kind of an exception rather than a rule...

About my favorite non-Chosen character's name - is the name Myrmeen inspired by the word "Myrmidon" at all? And how common a name is it? Are there other Mymreens of note from history? Which language does the name come from (Scott Ciencen's novel "The Night Parade" has us learning that Myrmeen was raised in Calimshan - or strongly implied that was the case, but Myrmeen herself doesn't seem to be Calshite in apperance, so my guess is (most likely) Tethyrian (though I suppose she could be Chondathan or Illuskan, since people do immigrate/migrate from time to time - and, oh dear I've gone off on a tangent!))?

Back to my names query though - what names are "currently" (1375 to 1385 DR) popular in Cormyr (particularly Arabel, but I'd be interested in knowing about Suzail, Marsember, and smaller towns like Eveningstar as well)... What kinds of things to people take into consideration when naming their children - is it common to name a child after parents and grandparents, or are parents more likely to name a child based on their own whims without regard to ancestors... Nobles, I assume are more likely to follow the former, but how about common people? Are god names common for children? (Are there many Arabelans named after Tymora, for example, given Tymora appeared there during the Time of Troubles? Would such a name be considered good luck? )

I'm sure some of the answers to these questions have appeared in this forum before, and if so I humbly apologize for not going through the archives to find the answers myself... But my time is short these days.

Lastly, and I really have to slip this in knowing we're not likely to get answers, what do we know about Myrmeen Lhal's child, aside from who the father is, if anything? Gender and/or name would be nice. (This does mean I'm considering a sequel to my Blood and Snow fanfic - so it would be useful information to know.) (Jumping 100 years into the future would make it seem like some NDAs might get lifted, but I suspect we won't see that until after the new FRCG is published...)

Zandilar
~amor vincit omnia~
~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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The Hooded One
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  01:25:16  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Lovely questions, Zandilar; off to Ed they go!
This time I bring to the assembled scribes Ed’s response to this query from maransreth: “I couldn't find anything about this when searching, so thought to ask here. Question came about when doing parts of the house that needed work, especially the nursery.
What deities do the average craftsperson venerate? For example painters, carpenters, bricklayers, etc. Does it depend upon region, vocation, etc?”
Ed replies:



Almost all intelligent, civilized creatures across the Realms actively venerate a variety of deities. Only priests, paladins, would-be priests, and a few lay worshippers cleave to only one deity; the great majority of folk in the Realms, during their day, pray to and make offerings to a dozen or more deities.
For example, if your painter was starting a new project, he might pray to Lathander as the sun came up, then pray to Tymora for good fortune during the working day before tackling any important task (like blending pigments to match a hue exactly). If he had to devise anything (like a hoist to lift a bucket of paint into a high corner, or scaffolding to keep himself or another painter up in that corner, too), he might stop and pray to Gond. When the working day was done and he was about to purchase food on the way home for the next day’s meals (or his own evening meal if he lived alone and wasn’t going home to someone else who had an evening meal ready for him), he’d pray to Chauntea that “good” vegetables, cheeses, and breads be available to him. And so on.
It’s important NOT to think of the Realms in terms of real-world monotheism. Everyone in the Realms “believes in” ALL the gods.



So saith Ed. Patiently explaining the Realms everywhere, as the years pass.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  02:02:14  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Yes, I remember Ed explaining this at a long-ago GenCon seminar. He stressed that your average mason's helper or backshop baker or errand lad knew the portfolios, basic do's and don'ts, and relative status of all the deities of the region and their race, and could easily judge for themselves which god to pray to first, and how, and how much, in a given situation to best "cover their behinds."
It actually has a large effect on world-view and daily living. You're using the gods in particular combinations to best "get ahead," and otherwise behaving the way these gods want you to, in response. Or largely ignoring the gods and just trying to stay out of trouble. With the majority of the populace being somewhere in between.
Ed explained it as: those of us in modern North America who play the stock market, versus those of us who put it all in a bank, and those of us who live hand to mouth and don't care about coins.

A life lesson I've never forgotten.
Ed, will you adopt me?
BB
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  02:06:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oh, no, you don't, Blueblade!
He's adopting ME, first! And, I believe, most of the ladies who work with him at the library, who plaintively ask him to do so whenever he brings in his latest goodies for them to eat, and they're peeved at their husbands or kin.
Plus more than a few beautiful young things at conventions, who've sat in his lap and asked him that same question you just did.
So I hope you're a lot more young, female, and beautiful than I know you are, or you're outta luck, buddy . . .

love (no, really!),
THO
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  02:13:15  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Ahem. *I* would also like to put myself forward as a candidate for adoption by Ed. I'm quiet, don't take up much space, and . . . references available upon request and all of that. While I'm not female, I'm willing to dress up in ladies' clothing, and - - oh, never mind. It was fun while it lasted.
Anyway, I DO have a Realms question for Ed. In a large city (Waterdeep, Suzail) are there specialized repair shops for implements, furniture, and clothing? If so, are they good enough to do repairs that don't LOOK like repairs from a distance?
Thanks!
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