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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 13 Jan 2008 :  22:56:41  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Rinonalyrna Fathomlin, Ed says yes, it should be readily usable in the old Realms if you ignore references here and there and "devise your own trade arrangements."



That's such a relief to me. Once again, thank you.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 Jan 2008 :  23:05:51  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. coastiemike, I sent your query off to Ed, who must have been camped on his computer, because he sent a reply back right away. Here 'tis:

Hi, coastiemike. There's no such thing as an "official flower" for Silverymoon, BUT there's only one flower that anyone in Silverymoon would consider using or wearing in such a ceremony. It's called either "blueshine" or "moonflower," and is a tiny white tulip-shaped flower surrounded by six triangular green leaves. The green leaves glow a vivid blue when touched by moonlight, and the white flower glows a pearly white - - and long, long ago, Silvaeren spellcasters devised a simple cantrip that duplicates moonlight closely enough to make these flowers glow under all lighting conditions, when it's applied to them.

So saith Ed. And there you have it . . .
love,
THO

Edit: Ed neglected to mention that this flower grows wild all over the Dessarin valley, among what's called "snowdrift" (a ground-hugging flower that looks like white clover). This comes from my own notes, jotted down during play over the years.

Edited by - The Hooded One on 13 Jan 2008 23:11:32
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Mace Hammerhand
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Posted - 13 Jan 2008 :  23:25:02  Show Profile  Visit Mace Hammerhand's Homepage Send Mace Hammerhand a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO, happy new year to the both of you (still early enough to say it!)

a recent post gave me an idea: Wolfgang Baur runs his patron-supported adventure design...

Could we become patrons for you designing Realmslore for us?

With all the names being replaced by numbers that only the patrons receive the name to of course so as to not blunder into any trapy?

I know that this may be a silly question to ask at any rate, but it would be neat.

Cheers

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coastiemike
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Posted - 13 Jan 2008 :  23:37:10  Show Profile  Visit coastiemike's Homepage Send coastiemike a Private Message
Thanks for the quick reply, Mr. Greenwood. I'm sure my player will be thrilled with the information. And thanks Hooded One for forwarging and getting a reply back to me quickly.
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 14 Jan 2008 :  03:07:51  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
You're very welcome, coastiemike.
I bring yet another swift, brief reply from Ed, this time to Mace Hammerhand:


The concept is attractive, and although it's theoretically possible under the original Realms agreement, it's not under my current consulting contract, which has some time still to run. Not to mention the fact that I just don't have TIME to regularly provide quality Realmslore now or for the foreseeable future. I'm getting tired of being late on projects and disappointing people; it's not the way I want to go through life. :{
With that said, I can and do still write Realmslore for free when I can (largely here at the Keep, these days, or privately to scribes here who ask me privately, so as to keep their players from seeing what they ask and what replies I make).
So, for now at least, sorry but no.
Keep asking me, though. :}

So saith Ed. Who is still struggling to finish two major Realms-related projects, before he tackles the REST of the stuff piling up on his plate. He's not an idle lad, our Ed . . .
love to all,
THO
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Gelcur
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Posted - 14 Jan 2008 :  03:11:10  Show Profile  Visit Gelcur's Homepage Send Gelcur a Private Message
Greetings. I have another Berdusk question to go with my last about the Roseportal House. The portal in Drawn Swords is a two way portal between there and Berdusk. Where in Berdusk does it lead? I assume that the Berdusk end is under Harper control as well but if adventurers and hunters use it often I would imagine that it is not in Twilight Hall but somewhere a little more public. Could this ends be rose colored, the other end is blue, giving the Roseportal House its name?

Thank you both again in advance.

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Rogue: So what's in the general store?
DM: What are you looking for?
Rogue: Whatevers in the store.
DM: Like what?
Rogue: Everything.
DM: There is a lot of stuff.
Rogue: Is there a cart outside?
DM: (rolls) Yes.
Rogue: We'll take it all, we may need it for the greater good.
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 14 Jan 2008 :  03:16:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all!
I just received ANOTHER Ed e-mail, hot on the heels of the first! This one is in reference to this recent post, from Ergdusch: "I have just finished reading Crown of Fire!And I have to say: Wonderful! Magnificent! All this detail, the thought that seems to be put into every word to make every character andevery place come to life! I am truely impressed! And all the little tidbits of lore esp. about Cormyr.
And when reading about Myrintara I had to think about you THO. Any chance Ed did the same when creating that pleasure-queen?
Please pass on my thanks to Ed for a truely remarkable read.
I do have a question, however, regarding the entrance to the Hidden House: Is Shandril already in the Hidden House after Tessaril shoves her through the portal? Or does she reach the House after passing through the many rooms? Thanks in advance."
Ed replies:


Glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun writing that one, though I was still learning to squeeze stories into TSR wordcounts, and had to wind up the tale a trifle abruptly.
The portal is one way into the Hidden House, so Shandril is in it the moment Tessaril shoves her through. Note that sometimes doors within the House open into one place, and at other times (or when traversed in other directions) to other places. There are many ways into and out of the House, but they tend to "hide" or disappear for periods. In short, next time someone plunges through that portal, it might not take them to the same place it took Shandril, if they don't go through it at just the right time, or in just the right manner, or carrying the right "trigger token." Heh-heh, and so on.


So saith Ed. The house was a favourite refuge for us, more than once, though quite a few Cormyreans seem to be getting to know about it . . .
love to all,
THO

Edit: Whoops, I left off the last paragraph of Ed's e-mail. Here 'tis:

As for the pleasure-queens, they are based on several adventuresome ladies I knew in my youth. Our Lovely Lady Hooded didn't happen to be one of them, but I can quite see how some might think she was. There are two Realms characters inspired by, but not based on, her, but no prizes for guessing which ones; they haven't ever been given prominence in published Realmslore. Yet. Heh-heh again.


So saith Ed (again). Really done this time; sorry about that.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 14 Jan 2008 03:19:28
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Kuje
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Posted - 14 Jan 2008 :  04:21:54  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Gelcur

Greetings. I have another Berdusk question to go with my last about the Roseportal House. The portal in Drawn Swords is a two way portal between there and Berdusk. Where in Berdusk does it lead? I assume that the Berdusk end is under Harper control as well but if adventurers and hunters use it often I would imagine that it is not in Twilight Hall but somewhere a little more public. Could this ends be rose colored, the other end is blue, giving the Roseportal House its name?

Thank you both again in advance.



Hmm.

I hate to ask this but I'd, at this time, prefer if Ed or THO send you a reply to this privately because I'd like to keep Ed's answer from the twelve players in my Burdusk email game since all 12 of them are from Keep. :)

If that is an issue, then don't worry about it but I thought I'd request that Ed's answer be sent privately.....

Oh, and I'd love to know the answer to your question if Ed does send it privately.

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Ergdusch
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 14 Jan 2008 :  10:37:48  Show Profile Send Ergdusch a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all!
I just received ANOTHER Ed e-mail, hot on the heels of the first! This one is in reference to this recent post, from Ergdusch: "I have just finished reading Crown of Fire!And I have to say: Wonderful! Magnificent! All this detail, the thought that seems to be put into every word to make every character andevery place come to life! I am truely impressed! And all the little tidbits of lore esp. about Cormyr.
And when reading about Myrintara I had to think about you THO. Any chance Ed did the same when creating that pleasure-queen?
Please pass on my thanks to Ed for a truely remarkable read.
I do have a question, however, regarding the entrance to the Hidden House: Is Shandril already in the Hidden House after Tessaril shoves her through the portal? Or does she reach the House after passing through the many rooms? Thanks in advance."
Ed replies:


Glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun writing that one, though I was still learning to squeeze stories into TSR wordcounts, and had to wind up the tale a trifle abruptly.
The portal is one way into the Hidden House, so Shandril is in it the moment Tessaril shoves her through. Note that sometimes doors within the House open into one place, and at other times (or when traversed in other directions) to other places. There are many ways into and out of the House, but they tend to "hide" or disappear for periods. In short, next time someone plunges through that portal, it might not take them to the same place it took Shandril, if they don't go through it at just the right time, or in just the right manner, or carrying the right "trigger token." Heh-heh, and so on.


So saith Ed. The house was a favourite refuge for us, more than once, though quite a few Cormyreans seem to be getting to know about it . . .
love to all,
THO

Edit: Whoops, I left off the last paragraph of Ed's e-mail. Here 'tis:

As for the pleasure-queens, they are based on several adventuresome ladies I knew in my youth. Our Lovely Lady Hooded didn't happen to be one of them, but I can quite see how some might think she was. There are two Realms characters inspired by, but not based on, her, but no prizes for guessing which ones; they haven't ever been given prominence in published Realmslore. Yet. Heh-heh again.


So saith Ed (again). Really done this time; sorry about that.
love,
THO



Magnificent Reply! Thanks Ed foranswering and THO for transmitting!

Truely, magnificent! [Claps hands jolly]

"Das Gras weht im Wind, wenn der Wind weht."
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arry
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Posted - 15 Jan 2008 :  15:57:59  Show Profile Send arry a Private Message
A quick question for Ed. Do roads in 'civilised' areas have route markers/distance stones. (Not milestones as miles aren't used in the Realms.)
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tauster
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Germany
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Posted - 15 Jan 2008 :  19:54:05  Show Profile  Visit tauster's Homepage Send tauster a Private Message
'nother question for ed, this time on a less exotic theme than the last aboleth-related question...

We all know how dwarves, elves, gnomes, halflings and orcs (to name the most common humanoid races) look like. We even know quite a bit about their "racial cultures and traits" (spoken from a very generalized point of view). What we don't know yet, as far as I am aware is:

How do their voices sound like?
I think that in a dark night in the Realms, an eavesdropping thief would be able to identify that one voice in a conversation belongs to a dwarf, while the other two are a halfling and a gnome, and that the two guys around the corner are likely orcs or halforcs.

I am of course aware that this question cannot be answered for individual characters, but I imagine just as most dwarves are short and stocky and thus share a common physical trait, their voices would be similarly similar.

A further imagine that the voices would somehow "match" the other characteristics of a race. Examples: I imagine most dwarves have a deeper voice than most humans and sound, at least to human (and possibly elven) ears grumpy, while halflings have a lighter voice than humans and are often thought of as speaking with a slight "laughter-undertone". Elves on the other side sound a bit musical and have soft voices, while drow...

As you can see, I already have some ideas in mind, but I'd really would like to see (or hear) what Ed has to say about that!

...and if there would be the chance of experiencing him acting out these different races, well, that would be great! Maybe we could have someone doing a short movie on the next conference Ed attends?


Another topic: Perhaps you should think again about the patron project Wolfgang Baur does. Candlekeepers could do polls to find the most interesting realms-questions, we all agree to a number of pages or words that will come out in the end, and you... You would basically do the same thing you do here for free: handing out realmslore - but you'd get paid for it!

Don't get me wrong: I absolutely LOVE the fact that I can ask the creator of my favourite sandbox and get his answers for free! To be exact, I like that so much that I would pay for having more questions answered. I think most scribes here in candlekeep would not mind making the scroll open to the public even if they paid for it (at least I would).
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Wooly Rupert
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Here's a little-known bit of Realmslore: the actual effect of the Thunder Blessing was to give all male dwarves voices like Barry White. That's the real reason for the dwarven birthrate dramatically increasing.

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KnightErrantJR
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Here's a little-known bit of Realmslore: the actual effect of the Thunder Blessing was to give all male dwarves voices like Barry White. That's the real reason for the dwarven birthrate dramatically increasing.



Oh yeah . . .

Although I thought it had something to do with dwarven women not having beards anymore . . .

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  02:15:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. I bring Ed's latest Realmslore, this one a swift reply to tauster's question about dwarven voices:


Hi. You're quite right to say that on an individual basis, any stereotype of dwarven voices breaks down. However, there IS an accurate stereotype, which is as follows:
Dwarves DO tend to have deeper voices than humans. And more "gravelly" (rough) ones. So Barry White isn't all that far off the mark. :}
They also tend to be terse, and sound grim. That is, when speaking Common and when not in the company of only dwarves (or only dwarves and gnomes), they tend to say the words they need to say - - and no more. (Therefore: terse.) In short, flatly declarative sentences. In those deep voices, and NEVER letting their voices rise in pitch at the end of a sentence, even when asking a question. To human ears, this comes across as "being grim."
Dwarven females tend to have voices just as deep, but far smoother and more "liquid" rather than raw or rough or gravelly.
Here's the kicker, though: many dwarves are darned good mimics. Even of high, light voices. Moreover, if they're traveling traders or adventurers, or dwell in a multi-racial city, they know how the voices of other races sound when asking questions, sharpening into anger, sounding astonished or purring provocatively, and so on. They can feign (both subtly, to deceive) and very broadly (for sarcastic or comic effect) an elf of either gender trying to seduce someone, or a human trying to wheedle, or a halfling fast-talking his way out of a tight situation.
Among their own kind or in front of gnomes, dwarves aren't terse; they joke far more (most dwarves NEVER sing - - except when drunk - - in front of non-dwarves and gnomes, and only make sarcastic jests), delight in aptly describing the characters of persons in a few words (e.g. "He's so rich that the gods owe HIM money, and he sneers at their altars every morning to wag his finger and not let them forget it" or "He's as hungry for her as a frog with its tongue just too short to reach a fly"), and speak in a lovely, rolling rhythm, not in clipped, terse sentences. When they do speak that way to another dwarf, it means they're very upset. As in angry, afraid, grieving, or despairing.
In general, though, your dwarf adventurer is going to "growl" his words, or perhaps "grunt" or "snarl" them, even "rumble" them if he's a large-chested or large-bellied dwarf. most dwarves say "aye" and "look ye" and end questions with "yes?" or "no?" (E.g. "Hard trail ahead, no?" or "You've had better days, yes?").
Again, this is all a generalization. Some dwarves have high, fluting voices, and almost avoid speaking at all (except when with other dwarves, or gnomes) because of it.
Hope this helps.


So saith Ed. Creator of the Realms, and so also its linguist extraordinaire.
love,
THO
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createvmind
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  04:22:06  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

A quick question relative to my game if you please, the druid PC in my game has a dire eagle companion and wants to have a saddle crafted for it. Being a halfling I told him that the saddle maker needed him around to make adjustments on both him and the eagle. Circumstances have his companions magically translocating to another destination and the PC decides to go with them but leaves his animal companion behind, he doesn't even go to see his eagle before he leaves to prepare it for his absence.

A little background, the eagle (a juvenile at that) belonged to a merchant who sells exotic creatures in Scornubel to whoever wishes to buy them and for pets, trophies, or components. Woody (halfling druid) saw it and other creatures caged up and him and pc companions performed a late night cage break so to speak, Woody decided to make the dire eagle his companion. I told him from the beginning it would be difficult as the eagle was traumatized from the abuse it suffered, it was a juvenile and a dire creature, that it would require much attention to help it be a proper raptor and perhaps it might be better to set it free. He choose to use his animal form abilities to become an eagle to better relate to the eagle at which point I had the dire eagle attempt to be the dominant the situation against what it precieves as a lesser cousin. Eventually he begins building a bond with the eagle but has only been at it four days and has become distracted with the campaign events and now has just up and left the eagle tethered in Elturel in someone else's care. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO am I correct in assuming that before long the eagle will do everything it can to get free of it's bonds and escape back to the wilderness or will the bonds break its spirit further leaving a wretched creature as Woody's companion?

It's the morning of Marpenoth the 12th, how long would you say Woody has to get back to the eagle before things hit the fan?


Thanks

Edited by - createvmind on 16 Jan 2008 04:45:45
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Purple Dragon Knight
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quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Hello All,
[snip]It's the morning of Marpenoth the 12th, how long would you say Woody has to get back to the eagle before things hit the fan?

Wow! you're going to a lot of trouble to piss off this player. Sounds like the most fun thing for him and your campaign would be to allow him to keep his dire eagle. You DMed him through the prison break, after all...
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Ergdusch
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  13:52:13  Show Profile Send Ergdusch a Private Message
Hi creativemind!

Of course you are free to ask Ed any questions and it is a great priviledge of the Candlekeep Forum to have all these many others, esp. Ed, here to querry. However, I would recommand you to post your question again on the general discussion board for all to take a shot on. As I understand it, the nature of your qestion is more rules related (Handle animal check/Animal Empathy) rather than Forgotten Reamls specific and Ed might not actually have the answer you are looking for.

Hence, my advice: save Ed some time and put your question out there for general discussion. I will gladly give you my two cents on this than (not here as this is Ed's forum after all)....

Just a thought, no offence intended. Best Regards, Ergdusch

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createvmind
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  17:32:40  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
No offense taken, actually I'm asking how Ed plays such things within the realms or how he would view such a thing, it's quite similar to my "cleric only prays when seeking spells" question from last year. I don't view an animal companion as a minion/servant of it's owner and I'm willing to bet that those who treat their companions as such have totally different issue than the those who shower their companions with love and attention. I'm just curious about Ed's view of such things within the realms, never am I speaking on game mechanics, I have no problem managing those.


And no Purple Knight Dragon they don't get pissed off over such things, none of them have played a realms game before and were used to viewing things very statically, like having mounts that never seemed to need to be watered, feed or unsaddled, always thinking they have unlimited supply of bolts and arrows or endless amounts of rope. Or even better they once bought over 100+ pounds of livestock feed and left it on uncovered wagon along with for 3 weeks during which time it rained for 5 days straight. They were present to check on the wagon and various metal tools within the wagon but were concerned with other matters. needless to say weeks later when they decided to set out they were all like "Ohhh dang, ummm I just figured you being the druid, you would naturally take care of such things." as they now have to clean a wagon full of vermin, rotted feed and rusted tools with a little plant growing out the top of it all.

After which they tell me how they remembered just as they were going to the wagon but didn't want to say anything in hopes that I had forgotten as well, we all have good laugh and they play even better afterwards, trust me they clearly use these same " common sense/logics" when its in their favor every chance they get.

Edited by - createvmind on 16 Jan 2008 17:40:50
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GoCeraf
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  19:04:02  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
A sparse hello, as always, Mr. Greenwood and Ms. THO.

During a book dive recently, I looked at the entry for Outsiders (the description more effectively called up aligned outsiders, to be specific). According to the fluff, where a normal mortal has a body and a soul, that is to say, two separate entities, an outsider's soul and body are one and the same.

This, expectedly enough, raises a few questions. Since the vast majority of outsiders, though ignoring native outsiders, are immortal and do not have the ecological requirements of most creatures, such as eating or sleeping, what happens to their descendents that are born through pairings with mortals? Aasimars and Tieflings, depending on whether you looked at the standard or the "lesser" versions, can be anything from outsiders to planetouched humanoids.

The soul is not a biological trait for humanoids, but it stands to reason that it IS for outsiders. So what happens to the body-soul separation of second or third generation planetouched? They age as normal, and when they die they can be resurrected and all that business. Are their souls separate from their bodies, or are they just more tightly bound?

Sorry if this is annoyingly existential, but it's more than simple curiosity.

Wishing you are well, GoCeraf

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Blueblade
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  19:19:36  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Wow. From that question down to mine, which is VERY down to earth. Er, so to speak.
With the low-lying, foggy, often-flooding nature of Marsember, do they have any extensive sewer networks? As opposed to toilet drop-shafts? If so, are there magical or mechanical means of preventing water from welling up from below?
(I'm interested in escape routes/smuggling routes/avoid the Watch travel routes here, really, not every last detail about nightsoil. Really.)
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Malcolm
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  19:25:19  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Heh. A Cormyr question for me, as well. Now that Rich Baker has given us a glimpse of Cormyr's future, does Ed have any fictional plans (that he can tell us about, at this time) to touch on any part of it, between the date of Grand History onward?
I know the third Knights book will mention things Cormyrean, but I'm not thinking it will even catch up with current Realms time, let alone voyage into the future.
Thanks!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  19:51:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Malcolm, the key part of your question is "That he can tell us about, at this time."
As it happens, I asked Ed about coverage of future Cormyr, and so can give you the same reply he gave me:

At this time, nothing at all has been agreed-upon. I can confirm that I certainly have INTENTIONS of writing, at least in passing, about Cormyr's future, in our future. :} Somewhere, somehow.

So saith Ed. Saying all he can, even if it 'tisn't much.
love,
THO
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Mandras
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Estonia
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Posted - 17 Jan 2008 :  08:53:32  Show Profile  Visit Mandras's Homepage Send Mandras a Private Message
Greetings to dear Lady THO and Ed.

In 2007 I asked Ed about the family of Mirrormanes (the brothers Maskul and Xeno). I understand that Ed is very busy man who tries to answer all the hundreds of questions asked by us here and that my question was not asked very long time ago. But as the answer on that topic is of utmost importance to me (it would really help me in DM-ing my current campaign), I will be slightly impolite and will try to ask some questions again in hopes that I get at least a brief answer from Ed:

Were these NPC-s created by Ed?

Is there any background about Mirrormane family designed?

What are the origins and roots of the Mirrormane family? What was it's social class and wealth before Time of Troubles? Were they nobles or merchants or just plain commoners who made quick career after the rise of Cyric?

Was this family somehow tied or connected with Cyric before his godhood?

What did the family do before the time of troubles? Were the Maskul and Xeno members of Church of Bane?

I really would appreciate even the briefest answer on that topic.

Best Regards,

Mandras

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Oscar Wilde

Edited by - Mandras on 17 Jan 2008 08:56:33
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Jan 2008 :  15:54:28  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Mandras, let me try to provide what little information I can on the Mirrormanes.
Here we go:
Xeno was not created by Ed, but Maskul and the Mirrormane family were.
There is family background lore on the Mirrormanes, created by Ed and abandoned when other designers started working on Zhentil Keep (Ed wanted them to have a "free hand" rather than being bound by his unpublished and fragmentary lore).
The Mirrormanes were and are "nobility" in the sense that all Zhent nobles are: wealthy, successful local merchant families who give themselves the titles of lords and special privileges. Many of the Mirrormanes entered various clergies and rose through their ranks, shielding themselves a trifle from the cut-and-thrust of secular nobility feuding with each other. Yes, Maskul was a member of the High Imperceptor's trusted advisors and envoys among the clergy of Bane (Xeno of course I can't speak for, but I would assume he was also a high-ranking priest of the faith, for his later status [the "right place" he was in] to make any logical sense) before the Time of Troubles.
No one in Zhentil Keep knew or had any connection with Cyric the mortal before the Godsfall (and Cyric's rise).
I hope these "quickie" answers help. Ed was looking for his Mirrormane family lore to share with you, and probably hasn't found it yet. No surprise to anyone who's seen his study or his basement.
Otherwise (I ran these replies past him) this is pretty much what he would have told you.
love,
THO
Edit: Just to add this, to Blueblade:
Ed says this about Marsember: there are sewers, but nothing much that will provide secret routes around the city unless you can breathe water, don't mind stinking of rotting dung and dead fish, and aren't carrying anything that can be damaged by water. There ARE a few "tunnel from this cellar into the next one" linkages, though. Ed will send a proper reply when he can.

Edited by - The Hooded One on 17 Jan 2008 16:32:37
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coastiemike
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Posted - 17 Jan 2008 :  18:00:56  Show Profile  Visit coastiemike's Homepage Send coastiemike a Private Message
Another question popped into my brain as I was perusing the Forgotten Realms Atlas (computer version). While glancing ove ran area I hope to take my PCs soon (Sossal to be exact), I spotted a small speck in the middle of The Great Ice Sea. I zoomed into it and saw a small island with a dot that was labeled The Great Spire. Since my PCs are going to be in this area, any info on what The Great Spire is? Any and all info will be helpful. Many thanks in advance.
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