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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Apr 2008 :  22:39:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Scribes will recall how often I've mentioned how busy Ed Greenwood is, this past year. Part of that was 4e, part of that was the death of his father (and all the family stuff following from that, which of course is still ongoing), and part of it was due to his writing.
Speaking of which, it seems that Ed's nominated for multiple Origins Awards this year. Congratulations are due to Brian James, too (as well as scribes George Krashos, Eric Boyd, and Tom Costa), for sharing one of them.

Publication, Non-Fiction:
Grand History of the Realms
Wizards of the Coast
Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood

Roleplaying Game Supplement:
Castlemourn
Margaret Weis Productions
Ed Greenwood

Ed also contributed to another FOUR nominees:

(Publication, Fiction)
Astounding Hero Tales
Hero Games
Edited by James Lowder

(Publication, Non-Fiction)
40 Years of Gen Con
Atlas Games
Robin D. Laws

Hobby Games: The 100 Best
Green Ronin
Edited by James Lowder

Kobold Quarterly magazine
Open Design
Edited by Wolfgang Baur

(Ed co-won Best Roleplaying Supplement in 1990 for the Forgotten Realms Adventures sourcebook, co-won in the same category again in 2001 for the FRCS 3rd Edition, and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2003)
The winners of these, the 34th annual, 2007 Origins Awards, will be announced at Origins (the convention, in Columbus, Ohio), at the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 28th, at 8pm.
love to all,
THO


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Athenon
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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  00:55:50  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
Ed and THO,

Two quick questions!

1) Is Ed planning on attending GenCon this year even if WotC doesn't show? http://www.enworld.org/showthread.php?t=224301

2) Any encouraging words for those of us that are disheartened by the impending end of print Realms game products? It looks bad to me...

Will Maranto

Representing the Realms in the Wilds of Northern Louisiana
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  03:31:56  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Athenon!
I think Wizards WILL be at GenCon this year, when they get organized (at the last minute, as usual). Ed will attend regardless, and will meet with fellow Candlekeep scribes if we can all arrange it, and his longtime gaming friends on the usual individual let's-eat! basis.
As for the encouraging words, let me try to get hold of Ed, who is working all hours at the library this week, to cover for a co-worker's vacation . . .
love,
THO
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GoCeraf
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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  03:54:07  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
Hey, congratulations to Mr. Greenwood. Incidentally, Athenon's query brings up an interesing consideration.

THO, do YOU ever attend conventions in the disguise of anonymity? I doubt it's just me, but I've got no clue what you look like, your ethnicity, what have you. I mean, I've seen pictures of Mr. Greenwood, so I'd spot him in a crowd, but I'd imagine that aside from the few who know you as [insert your name here] AND the Lady Herald, no one would actually recognize you if you went.

Just curious

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gomez
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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  07:09:25  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Publication, Non-Fiction:
Grand History of the Realms
Wizards of the Coast
Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood



This one was very nice and useful, even if the art department screwed up several times with old art used in inappropriate places.
Now to see if they are going to let us use it...

Btw Athenon, I doubt they'll end printed Realms products... not sure where that came from?
There will definitely be a lot of FR content, such as the scenarios for the Living Forgotten Realms campaign (not exactly 'printed' material, I guess).
We are allowed to publish the blurbs for the first approved scenarios. Quite willing to shamelessly plug the Dalelands one ;)
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  08:28:07  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Ed hath said:

quote:
Regarding your question: “Just how common is it for a person to adopt a new name later in life - whether because they simply didn't like their birth name, or because they somehow "earned" a new one? Are there any cultures in Faerun that have a ceremony (or something) when the person comes of age where they get to choose a new name to replace their birth name?”
Yes, many folk in the Realms who leave their home community (often as traders or apprentices) simply take whatever new name they want to (only a few places have really organized tax rolls and the means to maintain them [Cormyr’s War Wizards being the strongest of such means]).
Mercenaries and adventurers customarily take new names when they rise to fame, if they don’t like the sound of their original name or are trying to evade creditors, angry parents, et al - - or they have nicknames thrust upon them by others.
ALL newcomers to a specific locale in the Realms will suffer pressure to alter or at least augment their name if someone in the same trade is already known locally by the same or a similar name (in some guild-prominent cities and towns, this is actually law). So if you’re a swordsmith named Telver and you set up shop in a place that already has a Telver who’s a swordsmith or a general weaponsmith or even a trainer-of-the-blade, you’ll have to use some other name, or at least become “Telver the New” or “Telver the Tall” or “Telver O’ The Beard” or “Telver the Tethyrian” or some other variant of Telver.


Well met, and be ye all hale!

I've really written (or DMed) myself into a rather unpleasant corner. One of my favorite characters is an NPC wizard who has been with the Army of the Alliance fighting the Tuigan. Outside of Telflamm (the Tuigan won the Battles of the Golden Way in my campaign and besieiged Telflamm), at night he regularly attacked the Tuigan / Shou / Semphari camp while riding upon a hideous abomination (Bloodstone's Spectral Steed) and, using a permanent tongues spell, he declared himself to be "The Black God of Death," because he habitually wears black.

Having finally received all three of the FRA 1-3 adventures, his rarely removed, self-cleaning, self-mending,black cote hardie, with its high deflection bonus and armored collar, is going to cause more than a wee bit of trouble when he meets His Mightiness Hubadai Khahan, who will -- undoubtedly! -- have heard all about "The Black God of Death" and his nighttime atrocities. This will make sitting down with him for a nice cup of kumiss to undertake the negotiations which are an essential part of the adventures ... ah ... awkward, ... to say the least. ("Your Mightiness, approaching us from ten miles to the north, riding a black horse which leaves no trail, is 'The Black God of Death' who thrice tried to kill your father, the Omnipotent Yamun Khahan, Illustrious Emperor of All Peoples!")

That being the situation, Ed, how common is it to have a contingency spell upon oneself to alter (or change or whatever they call it now) one's self-appearance automatically if one is recognized by a stranger? Is such a use of contingency even possible? Can the 3E Contingent Magic feat accomplish the same thing? Changing one's name when meeting the son of a man you've repeatedly tried to kill, hundreds of whose followers have seen you (and probably still have nightmares of you and your entourage on a hideous, winged abomination) isn't exactly an efficient way to avoid crucifixion, or being feathered by a thousand arrows from hidden snipers!

Because the FRA 103 trilogy apparently takes place before the Battles of the Golden Way (whoever wins, by the time the PCs reach the edge of Ra-Khati, Hubadai should know of his father's death), it would be conceivable that Hubadai has ridden off weeks earlier to a kuriltai to assert his right to rulership, and left a tumen behind to conquer Ra-Khati and the south of Shou Lung (and anything else they can find), but I rather fancy putting the PCs at risk because of how easy it was for them to become "angels of The Black God of Death" and slaughter dozens of Tuigan each night, so your comments on contingency are eagerly sought by me, Master of the Green Wood!.

Besides all of that, just how would Cyric react to a mortal claiming to be "The Black God of Death" before his (Cyric's) competency hearing? It's entirely possible that some Tuigan and Shou and Semphari are actively worshipping my character already (praying for him to stay away and go kill someone else!). Pre-insanity, how much would that cheese off Cyric since the newly worshipped "god" is "merely" human? Inquiring DMs with complex campaigns want to know!




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The Hooded One
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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  22:41:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Great question, Jamallo Kreen. Off to Ed it goes. I'm awaiting a Realmslore reply from him, but in the meantime have a question that GoCeraf posed directly to me, to deal with: "THO, do YOU ever attend conventions in the disguise of anonymity? I doubt it's just me, but I've got no clue what you look like, your ethnicity, what have you. I mean, I've seen pictures of Mr. Greenwood, so I'd spot him in a crowd, but I'd imagine that aside from the few who know you as [insert your name here] AND the Lady Herald, no one would actually recognize you if you went. Just curious"

Yes, you imagine correctly. Yes, I occasionally do attend conventions (especially GenCon [now "GenCon Indy"] when I can (as in, when my day job allows me the chance to)). That security-related day job is what keeps me anonymous. Ed spots and recognizes me immediately, of course, though I seldom "make myself known" to him. So, for the record, I am female, sorta white skinned, and older than you might think from my flirtations, but not older than I obviously have to be, considering my shared experience with Ed as DM. Of course, I AM a master of clever disguises.
So if you see someone female, purring and wrapping themselves around Ed whilst revealingly clad, it's probably not me. Sorry.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 27 Apr 2008 16:41:04
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Afetbinttuzani
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Posted - 26 Apr 2008 :  00:16:15  Show Profile  Visit Afetbinttuzani's Homepage Send Afetbinttuzani a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
So, for the record, I am female, sorta white skinned, and older than you might think from my flirtations, but not older than I obviously have to be, considering my shared experience with Ed as DM. Of course, I AM a master of clever disguises.
So if you see someone female, purring and wrapping themselves around Ed whilst revealingly clad, it's probably not me. Sorry.
love,
THO


Deftly executed, sister.
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GoCeraf
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Posted - 26 Apr 2008 :  01:47:22  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. Great question, Jamallo Kreen. Off to Ed it goes. I'm awaiting a Realmslore reply from him, but in the meantime have a question that GoCeraf posed directly to me, to deal with: "THO, do YOU ever attend conventions in the disguise of anonymity? I doubt it's just me, but I've got no clue what you look like, your ethnicity, what have you. I mean, I've seen pictures of Mr. Greenwood, so I'd spot him in a crowd, but I'd imagine that aside from the few who know you as [insert your name here] AND the Lady Herald, no one would actually recognize you if you went. Just curious"

Yes, you imagine correctly. Yes, I occasionally do attend conventions (especially GenCon [now "GenCon Indy"] when I can (as in, when my day job allows me the chance to). That security-related day job is what keeps my anonymous. Ed spots and recognizes me immediately, of course, though I seldom "make myself known" to him. So, for the record, I am female, sorta white skinned, and older than you might think from my flirtations, but not older than I obviously have to be, considering my shared experience with Ed as DM. Of course, I AM a master of clever disguises.
So if you see someone female, purring and wrapping themselves around Ed whilst revealingly clad, it's probably not me. Sorry.
love,
THO



Heh heh, but that female might be a clever distraction, as well.

Regardless (and please, PLEASE don't take this the wrong way), I never figured you were an early-twenty-something lady. This, of course, flowed more from your dry wit and articulate nature than from thinking your flirtatious tendency a feint.

And as per your claim to disguise mastery...

If a kindly, pretty lady ever points Mr. Greenwood out to me at a convention, and then disappears into the shadows with a purr and chaste laugh, I'll be guessing.

All the best

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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Apr 2008 :  05:06:56  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
I have been true to my word in "The Author's Forum" and today ordered anthologies of fiction for Wraith: the Oblivion, Mage: the Ascension, Warhammer, etc., most containing at least story written by "a Realms writer." Which brings to mind a big question: does Ed write for game settings published by GW, White Wolf, etc. or is he hog-tied by contractual obligations to TSR and WotC?



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althen artren
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Greetings all,

I love the passion with which everbody speaks around here.
I have a question about a place in the Elven Court. May we please have
information on the Keening Wood? A mention is given in FoMD and I would like to know
about the area and the back story about why there are several banshee all in the same area.
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

I have been true to my word in "The Author's Forum" and today ordered anthologies of fiction for Wraith: the Oblivion, Mage: the Ascension, Warhammer, etc., most containing at least story written by "a Realms writer." Which brings to mind a big question: does Ed write for game settings published by GW, White Wolf, etc. or is he hog-tied by contractual obligations to TSR and WotC?
No doubt Ed will have a more comprehensive answer coming. However, I will note that Ed has indeed written fiction for other settings published by companies other than TSR or WotC. One that immediately springs to mind is his contribution to the "Children of the Rune"* anthology published by Malhavoc Press for their Monte Cook’s Arcana Unearthed: The Land of the Diamond Throne setting. And he's discussed a few others previously in his replies here.

...

* I'll note also that a number of other FR authors also contributed to that anthology, namely:- Richard Lee Byers, Bruce Cordell, Jeff Grubb, and Thomas M. Reid.

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gomez
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Posted - 26 Apr 2008 :  15:49:04  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So if you see someone female, purring and wrapping themselves around Ed whilst revealingly clad, it's probably not me. Sorry.
love,
THO



Well, that does imply you would have your arms conventiently free to wrap around someone else
Not that I'll likely hava a chance to attend Gencon Indy soon...
I guess the chances of you or Ed ever attending a European convention is probably rather remote?

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 26 Apr 2008 :  18:46:18  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by althen artren

Greetings all,

I love the passion with which everbody speaks around here.
I have a question about a place in the Elven Court. May we please have
information on the Keening Wood? A mention is given in FoMD and I would like to know
about the area and the back story about why there are several banshee all in the same area.



It's got really good acoustics.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 27 Apr 2008 :  03:38:16  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. I have another Realmslore reply to share with all scribes from Ed of the Greenwood, this one a response to GoCeraf’s query: “Compared to ordinary cats, how do Tressym behave? Are they inclined to be playful or more withdrawn? Additionally, given their intelligence, how well do those found near civilization get along with their neighbors? Do they have the same tendencies as normal cats (painstakingly cleaning themselves, sleeping a lot, etc.)? Anything else you could say would be appreciated.
All the best.”
Ed replies:



Hi! Tressym tend to be more inquisitive, more whimsical, and yet more reasoning than ordinary cats (when I say “yet more reasoning,” I mean that they will study situations, spot most traps or creatures likely to be luring them into something, and avoid being drawn in; their curiosity or whimsy won’t overrule their judgement and wariness). Tressym will go off by themselves to think hard about complicated situations, plan rescues or forays into known danger, and will stalk and skulk with absolute silence when they have to, or when they don’t want to be seen by neighbours (e.g. when doing something they know will be seen as suspicious, such as carrying a distinctive magic item or weapon).
They tend to avoid conflict with neighbours or intruders rather than staying to defend a lair or area, but will strike fiercely if such behaviour is misinterpreted as weakness and therefore carte blanche for bullying or aggressiveness. They tend to be sly winkers rather than “difficult,” standoffish, or “superior” in their dealings with other creatures. And yes, they do clean themselves and sleep a lot, especially when they can bake in the sun. However, being dirty or wet doesn’t bother tressym as much as it does most ordinary cats.
Tressym are intelligent enough to see the needs, wants, and habits of intruders settling in to become neighbours, and shift their own locations or habits to avoid conflict (for instance, if a human arrives and cuts down the favourite tree of a tressym, it will either move to find another or if it wants to remain in the spot, will simply adopt the roof of the human’s newbuilt homestead as its new perch).
Tressym hate the smell of boiled or burnt cabbage, and the squawking of many birds, and will remove themselves from the former and seek to drive off the latter (they are quite intelligent enough to lure or lead a flock of persistent or dangerous birds into the reach of predators who will devour or destroy such a flock).
Tressym understand using streams for navigation, and the habits of most woodland creatures, and so can anticipate where predators will roam, food prey can be found, and so on.
Tressym can become as entranced with particular beings just as strongly as “lovelorn” humans can, and will often follow and spy on such individuals for months or even years, forming friendships and pet-master-like attachments if the individual responds to them with friendliness.



So saith Ed, creator of the tressym. (None of his real-life cats or dogs had wings that I ever saw, but . . .)
love to all,
THO
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 27 Apr 2008 :  05:11:47  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed & THO,

Can you tell us where some large populations of Tressyms can be found?

Thanks

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed & THO,

Can you tell us where some large populations of Tressyms can be found?

Thanks



Well, from the MC sheet in the 2E boxed set:

quote:
Tressym are found on occasion in Eveningstar's streets and trees. Northern Cormyr is the only place where they seem to breed and gather, although individual tressym, both wild and domesticated, may be found all over the temperate Realms.

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The 'Tressym' entry in Haunted Halls of Eveningstar also notes that tressym are, on occasion, kept as "loose" pets -- villagers do in fact tend toward feeding them, and sometimes seek to prevent much of the damage they cause to the local surroundings.

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GoCeraf
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Thank you for the information. It's definitely informative.

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A hypothetical question for Ed,

Since the game products in print for the Realms will soon be ceasing... Have you ever kicked around the idea of doing something similar to what Margaret Weis Productions did with Dragonlance in the 3E era (assuming WotC was interested in licensing you the right to produce FR products)? I would love to see what kind of things you could do given more creative freedom with the Realms!

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Dalor Darden
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Ed,

I was wondering about the settlement of the northern coast of the Moonsea. What cultural areas essentially were responsible for the north coast being settled? Were they dalesfolk, Vaasan, Chondathans or combinations seeking out mineral wealth?

Of special interest to me is what might have driven elves and half-elves to settle in such cities as Melvaunt?

Thanks again for your help and time!

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AlorinDawn
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quote:
Originally posted by Athenon

A hypothetical question for Ed,

Since the game products in print for the Realms will soon be ceasing... Have you ever kicked around the idea of doing something similar to what Margaret Weis Productions did with Dragonlance in the 3E era (assuming WotC was interested in licensing you the right to produce FR products)? I would love to see what kind of things you could do given more creative freedom with the Realms!



has it been confirmed that Realms products will no longer see print?

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Kajehase
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Hi Ed, I was wondering...
...would baboons be completely out of place in the Yuirwood, or could they survive in that particular climate? (Perhaps I should have asked a biologist instead, but in general they tend to not know very much about the Forgotten Realms).

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wakaman
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Hey again, Ed!

This is a question with quite a complex background, but I will try to simply it as much as possible.

A character I have had in one of my stories was an inquisitor of Halruaa. This character hunted a black dragon who was constantly escaping rather than fighting him (the reason is unimportant to the topic) and after 10 years the inquisitor finally caught and defeated the dragon - but instead of killing it, the inquisitor placed its soul inside a stone.

Now, this would seem like a normal Trap-The-Soul spell, but it becomes more complex here. He actually -used- the dragons essence to summon a physical manifestation of the dragon in time of need. However, while he did this he actually let a portion of the dragon's soul free - free to enter the inquisitors body and influence him. Through the slow decay of time, the dragon's soul, and hence hold of the inquisitors mind and body, became more and more powerful.

Eventually, it became so powerful that it was able to force the inquisitor to go back to the site at which the dragon was defeated and find a way to restore the dragon's soul into its body. But when the ritual was complete and the dragon's soul was to transfer into an apparent ressurection something odd happened: Both the inquisitor and the dragon itself fused togather - the inquisitors body consumed somehow and the dragon left in control of a body which was, rather than flesh and skin, nothing but the bones the spell had targeted. So, in fact, the dragon and the inquisitor occupied this same body of a dragon made of bone.

This is a general story I came up with, but obviously, there are many loregaps to be considered before it can be incorporated into a true FR setting. So, here are my questions:

Would it be possible to somehow harness the powers of a soul to summon a creature of its own nature in physical form but nothing else?

Would it be possible also, that such a strange, experimental magic would in itself be unstable and allow the 'leakage' of a creatures essence into its bearers own mind?

And if this is so, would it be such a leap of faith to assume that the process of freeing this kind of soul would go completely wrong? I am thinking that this dragon's soul became so intrinsically connected with that of its bearer that the dragon and the inquisitor became two tightly bound entities - and hence, attempting to rip them away from each other by freeing the dragon would cause the magic to go entirely awry and cause both souls to simply transfer into the targets of the spell- the bones, who while animated by the souls, did not turn into the dragon's original form.

Mind you, the purpose of focusing the magic on the bones was a precaution from the dragon as it knew the circumstances were somewhat different to a usual trap-the-soul spell.

I know this question seems somewhat long-winded, but it would help me greatly if I could get some official lore about this.

Awaiting your answer eagerly,

wakaman
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 27 Apr 2008 :  16:36:43  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, everyone.
wakaman, Ed's reply to you can't be "official" for the game, and can only be "official" for the Realms until contradicted in print by a WotC product (that's how the Realms purchase agreement reads). What he'll essentially be doing is what he would do as a DM (a DM who understands the Realms, and all of its checks and balances and still-secret lore, better than anyone else, mind you).
gomez, I conveniently wrap my arms around a lot of people. Smile at all the women you see at a con, because you never know . . .
Which is a coy way of saying that, yes, I do get to the OCCASIONAL European convention. As does Ed, who has been to Stockholm, Hanover, and London to appear at cons (just the few I can recall off the top of my head).
More Realmslore from Ed soon.
love to all,
THO
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