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Broken Helm
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  15:31:13  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Hello Lady THO (bows)
I have another Cormyr question for Ed. In the Realms campaign I run, one of the PCs is seeking to prove that he has royal blood. NOT as a bastard son (or descendant of same) of some Obarskyr monarch, but descended somehow from a royal brother or sister who never reigned.
I believe the player behind the character is just seeking to get a play advantage for this, but his delving after information in various libraries and with sages and oldtimers he can get drunk in taverns and pump for hearsay is a lot of fun.
My DM problem is: I know such a thing is farfetched (line of descent being somehow lost and forgotten down the years), but is it possible? I don't know enough about the Obarskyr family tree to rule on this. Reading recent posts here, it seems George Krashos, Garen Thal, and Tom Costa have a copy of it, which tells me it has been worked out, so . . . please help. I'd love to be able to give the character his blood-tie, just to see what he tries to do with it; this has been the most lively player-generated element in our campaign so far, in three-and-a-bit years of play.
Thanks!
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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  15:36:34  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Oooh, I'd like to see a swift answer to Broken Helm's question for my own campaign purposes, too! Please please please!
Ahem. I do have a question of my own. Along the Dragon Coast, Cormyrean and Sembian shores, are there seasonal "beachings" of fish (like smelts or pilchards in our real world) that people can just go down to the beach and gather in sacks?
Thanks. Yes, the questions just keep getting weirder.
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Malcolm
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  15:44:24  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Dear THO and Ed,
I have (surprise!) a Realms question. This time about books. How available are "used" books for sale in a fair-sized city (e.g. Berdusk, Elturel, Suzail)? What's the selection and condition likely to be like? And the prices?
No rush on this one. Thanks!
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Garen Thal
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  16:30:09  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
In response to Zandilar's query: yes, Myrmeen would be considered "Tethyrian" by current ethnic etymology. I cannot, obviously, comment on Ed's naming procedures, except to say that he is quite good, and that the list of names from which he can pull at a moment's notice is positively astounding.

As for current names, one male name that's been popular over the last decade or so (by "last," I mean starting in about 1370DR) is 'Thom,' a diminutive for the well-liked--and now-fallen--Warden of the Eastern Marches, Baron Thomdor. [A note: the name is pronounced THOM, not TOM, with a heavy emphasis at the TH when spoken by those from upland Cormyr, and a lighter weight, more vocalized vowel, by those from Suzail and Marsember. Think the difference between "dwarven" and "elven" pronunciation, you'll about have it.]

Lastly, Zandilar, I'm afraid any details regarding the child of Vangerdahast and Myrmeen Lhal must remain secrets for just now. If we're lucky, we'll see something fairly soon, but rest assured that the child has not been forgotten...
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Garen Thal
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  16:37:15  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Baleful Avatar
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?
There are a few 'fixer' repair shops, across the Realms, but in general, repairs in large cities are performed by specialized craftsmen that work in that style of goods already. Sure, you can go to a blacksmith to fix your wheel, but he's going to use iron bands to do it, and it's going to look like a blacksmith did the work. Likewise, a wheelwright can perform crude repairs on your grandfather's favorite chair, but good luck making sure it's level or won't creak when you lean forward to reach for the bread.

Essentially, those that are skilled enough to do a particular form of work so as to make it look authentic generally work in that field, not as generalists. One makes more money selling specialized goods to nobles than by repairing second-hand goods for commoners.
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Garen Thal
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  16:46:44  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Broken Helm

Hello Lady THO (bows)
I have another Cormyr question for Ed. In the Realms campaign I run, one of the PCs is seeking to prove that he has royal blood. NOT as a bastard son (or descendant of same) of some Obarskyr monarch, but descended somehow from a royal brother or sister who never reigned.
I believe the player behind the character is just seeking to get a play advantage for this, but his delving after information in various libraries and with sages and oldtimers he can get drunk in taverns and pump for hearsay is a lot of fun.
My DM problem is: I know such a thing is farfetched (line of descent being somehow lost and forgotten down the years), but is it possible? I don't know enough about the Obarskyr family tree to rule on this. Reading recent posts here, it seems George Krashos, Garen Thal, and Tom Costa have a copy of it, which tells me it has been worked out, so . . . please help. I'd love to be able to give the character his blood-tie, just to see what he tries to do with it; this has been the most lively player-generated element in our campaign so far, in three-and-a-bit years of play.
Thanks!
Hoo, boy...

Everyone's accounted for in the Royal Lineage (being that we've lost count of how many times we've done the counting), but I can't discuss where and when the counting has been done. NDA, and a big one, until such time as Wizards decides the Lineage can be released.

Speaking entirely outside the Lineage, it's possible that such an heir exists, untraced by the War Wizards (and, gasp, Vangerdahast), most likely having been lost track of during the early years of Cormyr. You need an for lost or altered records, and age can be one of them, but essentially it's up to you as DM--not a hidden and subject-to-approval-or-change-by-WotC file--whether and where this character's blood ties him to the Dragon Throne.
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AlorinDawn
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USA
312 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  16:48:59  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed & THO,

In my home campaign I have two mid to late teens playing rather boisterous characters that, when away from the main group, say in a town or tavern, tend to try and push the common man around (both are CN) and come off as unstable. While I tend to play NPCs in well policed areas a bit more unlikely to accept bad treatment, in less lawful areas where help might be less than timely, I normally play the NPCs a little more of the "I'll play nice with the crazed blade and magic wielding adventurer types in hopes they spend their coin and move along quickly" and a bit more sheepish in their outcry of being pushed around. The common man (the average lower level shop keeper, clerk, or craftsmen) NPC who stand up and tell the powerful folk where to get off are far and few between in most cases IMO. While each NPC can be dramatically different, I expect the common man just wants to do his work, earn a wage and go about his life that isn't interrupted by the potential of being enspelled or put to the blade of whack job adventurer.

Can either of you comment or offer any insight on NPC reactions to this type of behavior? I try to picture how shop keepers and common folk tended to react when the outlaws came to town in the old west movies... some were greedy and sucked up, some ran and hid until the ruffians went away, and others decided to test their metal.

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Edited by - AlorinDawn on 31 Mar 2008 19:09:08
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Malcolm
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  22:40:08  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Lady THO, Ed, and Garen Thal,
the recent reply to Broken Helm was very interesting. What is the likelihood of a noble family "losing track of" legitimate born-in-wedlock family members over, say, the last century? And how good would Court or War Wizard or heralds' records be, at "knowing" persons who turned up claiming noble lineage?
Thanks!
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Faraer
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  22:57:29  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
Ed, please tell us about the 'leathers' adventurers often wear in your work. Is it exactly D&D leather armour?
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Garen Thal
Master of Realmslore

USA
1041 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  23:04:51  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm

Lady THO, Ed, and Garen Thal,
the recent reply to Broken Helm was very interesting. What is the likelihood of a noble family "losing track of" legitimate born-in-wedlock family members over, say, the last century? And how good would Court or War Wizard or heralds' records be, at "knowing" persons who turned up claiming noble lineage?
Thanks!
Unless a wedding was forbidden, resulted in a disowning, was done in secret (with one party not known or under a false identity), willfully concealed (that is, by the officiant) or otherwise not recorded, the issue of such a union would only be "lost" if it were delivered in secret, exile, or in transit on a long journey, presumed dead or stillborn, or (again) willfully concealed.

Noble wives are watched extremely closely by Heralds, fathers, husbands, fathers-in-law, War Wizards, Highknights, cultists of every dark deity (Bane, Shar and Loviatar ranking roughly equal at the top three in this case, followed by Malarites at fourth, then Myrkulites and Cyricists rounding out the fifth and sixth slots), midwives, and all manner of seers, charlatans, opportunists, kidnappers, and other delightful folk the moment their pregnancy becomes a matter of knowledge anywhere approaching "public" (that is to say, around the middle of the fourth month, when both the Lady Noble's absences from revels and changes in figure become obvious, and excuses can no longer be made), so "secrecy" is in fairly short supply. And that is to say nothing of the wagging tongues of servants, courtiers, liveried folk, and other well-meaning sorts just trying to seem important when reporting that "The Lady Marliir's expecting, she is. She is! Well, it was only yestereve that she demanded--and not quietly, mind--a tray of minted eel paste. True enough, I swears it. Had to pick the leaves meself..."
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Zandilar
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  23:12:42  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by Garen Thal

In response to Zandilar's query: yes, Myrmeen would be considered "Tethyrian" by current ethnic etymology. I cannot, obviously, comment on Ed's naming procedures, except to say that he is quite good, and that the list of names from which he can pull at a moment's notice is positively astounding.
<snip>


Thank you muchly for the answer.

I agree that Ed's ability with names is astonishing... I often find myself thinking of just pulling out all his Realms books and making a list of the names (categorized by where and when they appear in the Realms geographically and chronologically, and also by race) - but then I think about how much work that would be and I don't do it... The idea, of course, would be to put it up online somewhere as a source of "genuine" Realms names for use as character names.

(P.S. I always thought Thomdor was THOM-dor, not TOM-dor. )

Zandilar
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The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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Garen Thal
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  23:16:03  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar
(P.S. I always thought Thomdor was THOM-dor, not TOM-dor. )
And it is. I'm just reiterating that the diminutive Thom is pronounced like the Thom in "Thomdor," not like that in our "Thomas" or "Thompson" (or other "Tom" name).
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

4820 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  23:27:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Faraer, I'm not sure about exactly like D&D leather armour (I'll wait for Ed to reply on that), but I can confirm that "leathers" is indeed Realms colloquial for leather armour (more specifically, one's own, form-fitted armour).
And believe me, Ed wants to visit the Sceptered Isle again, as soon as he has time. (For one thing, his wife was born and grew up in Surrey.) It's the time and money that are the inevitable rubs, these days.
love,
THO
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Garen Thal
Master of Realmslore

USA
1041 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2008 :  23:28:41  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Faraer, I'm not sure about exactly like D&D leather armour (I'll wait for Ed to reply on that), but I can confirm that "leathers" is indeed Realms colloquial for leather armour (more specifically, one's own, form-fitted armour).
And believe me, Ed wants to visit the Sceptered Isle again, as soon as he has time. (For one thing, his wife was born and grew up in Surrey.) It's the time and money that are the inevitable rubs, these days.
love,
THO
Mmm. Inevitable rubs.

I like the sound of it already...
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GoCeraf
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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  00:04:15  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
Come now, G.

Not EVERYTHING she says is an innuendo. Get'cher head outta the gutter.

Being sarcastic can be more telling than simply telling.
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althen artren
Senior Scribe

USA
774 Posts

Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  00:43:52  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message
GoCeraf,
You obviously have not read all the ask Ed posts.
Lady Hooded choses her words more carefully than
a Sembian merchant handles mellons.
Read that as you will.

Ed,
Please tell us we have some Srinshee updates in the future.
I think I have fallen in love with her. I would love to use her,
and I have copied all the stuff in previous posts, but do you have
MORE you can give?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

4820 Posts

Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  00:53:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
I expect new Realmslore from Ed in about two hours or so. Until then, lads'n'lasses, I'll just be over here, handling my melons . . .
love,
THO
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The Sage
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Good. I'm in the mood for something sweet!

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GoCeraf
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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  02:47:24  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
::facepalms::

Just my childish shot at chivalry, is all.

Althen, Sage, far too cruel. THO... just... jeez.

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Markustay
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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  02:56:12  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Good. I'm in the mood for something sweet!

Ummmm... yeaaaaahh... I'm just gonna pretend your talking about some scrumptious Ed lore here....


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  02:58:19  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by tauster

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?



Now that Ed considers it safe to discuss aboleths, would he please answer the accumulated questions about them which have been asked over the last couple of years, some of them repeats of other people's earlier questions? I can more or less recall two questions of mine, which I am probably rephrasing: "How is it possible for the memory of aboleths to precede the Days of Thunder? -- we can now guess that they have memories of Abeir -- and, definitely rephrasing: "How many points of Intelligence and/or Wisdom would a human need to have to avoid going crazy if the memory portion of an aboleth's brain were to be grafted onto his (by a Fleshwarper, for example)?" (Let's never mind the size differential in the last question -- size and shape are malleable by magic.) I eagerly await more aboleth lore from Ed and Bruce!




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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  03:52:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Now, now, Jamallo, Ed does not think it is necessarily "safe" to discuss aboleths. Note that he only answered PART of tauster's question, thus far; he is VERY carefully dancing around the still-in-force NDAs (and yes, your mention of Bruce shows me you can guess why they exist). However, Ed DOES have those questions of yours (he e-showed them to me two days back), so rest assured you're not forgotten!
This time, however, I bring Ed of the Greenwood’s Realmslore reply to this question, from Uzzy: “Do the War Wizards and other groups who defend the Obarskyrs rely upon clerical divinations such as Commune to ask various gods if an attempt is going to be made on the monarch's life? If so, which gods would they contact, what exactly would they ask, who would they have asking it and how often would it occur?
Thanks in advance Ed.”
Ed replies:



At first blush, many an observer would reason that they would make heavy use of divinations, and Purple Dragon Knight quite rightly pointed out that the Wizards of War do rely heavily on “mind-reaming” (my colloquial term for a variety of thought-reading spells that require the direct presence of the person whose mind is being peeked into, or the establishment of a prior link with that person, such as getting them to wear enspelled earrings or something of the sort against their skin).
However, the War Wizards do NOT use clerical divinations to try to anticipate any events, because it’s been actively discouraged for centuries. The elves who had to deal with Baerauble subtly hinted to him again and again that it was unlucky to call on the gods for such reasons, and even dangerous, because it would “let the dragons back in” (i.e. that the Purple Dragon and other elder, very powerful dragons would seize upon the spells to mentally influence the casters, to the point of mentally enslaving them - - though the casters WOULDN’T EVEN NOTICE). This was all hogwash (the elves just didn’t want the human interlopers to fall into the habit of using divine aid in consolidating any hold on Cormyr, or making divinations easy and routine enough to become used for regular spying on elven doings), but Baerauble had no safe way of making certain of that.
This discouragement was actively supported by Azuth and Mystra (the only entities Baerauble dared pray to for guidance), because they want to promote the use of arcane magic by everyone, NOT increase the reliance of any segment of the population - - least of all arcane spellcasters - - on thinking of “turning to the gods” any more than they all do, already, on a daily basis. In other words, rely more on the gods, and priests will always find a reason why you shouldn’t yourself pursue arcane magical studies or use, and instead turn to (and pay) them to handle all your magical needs.
So long before Vangerdahast (who doesn’t want to share power with, or trust, anyone, least of all Cormyr’s current crop of all too corrupt and self-serving high priests [note: I don’t mean they all are, I mean too many of that sort of person dominates the loftier ranks of clergy in the Forest Kingdom, as we saw at the end of DEATH OF THE DRAGON]) got into the saddle and started running the War Wizards his way, we had a situation where any War Wizard would instinctively shun using Commune or other “check in with the gods” magics to guide them in anything.
If they’re truly stumped, you might well see a local War Wizard using an intermediary to make an offering at a temple for a casting, to report back what befell, but it would be a great rarity - - and usually employed only when the War Wizard in question has reason not to trust fellow War Wizards (for example, investigating possible corruption within the Wizards of War).



So saith Ed. Creator of Cormyr, the War Wizards, Vangerdahast, and oh, yes, Azuth and Mystra, too.
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  03:55:11  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
GoCeraf: I'm sorry. Truly. I appreciate your chivalry. (And have put my melons away. Mustn't do Sage a mischief!)
THIS particular lady is, ahem, "ruined." Yet that doesn't mean she doesn't deeply appreciate and salute the chivalrous.
Thank you, sir.
love and a chastely blown e-kiss,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  03:58:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
althen artren, *I* fell in love with the Srinshee long ago. I just queried Ed, who told me the Srinshee is under NDA at the moment . . . which in itself should tell you something. I promise that I will pester him often so that the very MOMENT he can share something about her, here, he will.
And I can be VERY persuasive when I want to be. (She said innocently.)
love,
THO

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dravenloft
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. I bring replies from Ed to Michael Lum of Skyhaven Games, and to dravenloft:

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


Ah, many thanks. Though it led me to think of another sort and wonder at it's not being mentioned: Are enchanted toys exceptionally rare? I seem to recall magical trinkets in the odd novel now and then, like a music box or other decorative item. Is it correct to assume that there is some danger or other impracticality in -- say animating the little tin soldiers or the toy horses to nay when either is touched 'just so' or when you speak a certain word/phrase to them?

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