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Alisttair
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Posted - 10 Jun 2008 :  18:17:04  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

The ‘proper’ answer is, of course, that the fall of Netheril happened not just on one day, but over much of that year, with the immediately resulting diaspora and the rising and falling of realms spreading out over several years after that. However, I believe we can date the Folly of Karsus (the “trigger event”) to the first three days of Kythorn or the last two days of Mirtul. (Today’s Faerûnian sages disagree over just when.) George? Eric? Help!




Thanks THO, the "trigger event" is precisely what I am looking for. I looked in all the Netheril related books and can't find it (except the 2nd novel in the trilogy, which might have it, I don't know). Hopefully someone maybe has that answer, if not I will go with the above, being a sage's dispute over the first three days of Kythorn or the last two days of Mirtul (which works for me)

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The Sage
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Posted - 11 Jun 2008 :  01:10:39  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

I can't think of anything else at the moment that I need unless Ed wants to supply some fare/drinks that are typical to some of the ale houses?
Ed, in addition to Kuje's bit above, I wouldn't mind hearing about other types of games/actitives that are typical forms of entertainment hosted by some of the ale houses?

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 11 Jun 2008 :  01:35:43  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
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Originally posted by The Hooded One
For one thing, despite the nasty comments many Net-active gamers seem to make about Elminster, the silent majority of gamers who buy books can’t seem to get enough of him . . .



You tell 'em, Ed!

Thanks for the Berduskan lore, too!

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Zanan
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Posted - 11 Jun 2008 :  14:02:19  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message
I should not be so curious, no no no should not! Never should have looked into Halls of Heroes ... no no no ... (Ed will know why)

Vendui Malla Hooded One!

Thanks for conveying my message to Ed and thanks to the Grand Mage himself for taking the time to reply! Halls of Heroes is indeed a great sourcebook. Always loved the Old Grey Box style of the FR lorebooks, so much info given in such an enthralling way!

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the1eyedking
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Posted - 12 Jun 2008 :  02:26:54  Show Profile  Visit the1eyedking's Homepage Send the1eyedking a Private Message
Hello Ed

Before I get to my question I wanted to thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and to provide us with a living breathing view into the realms.

Ed is the reason I started playing D&D, the PHB taught me the rules, but Ed's stories taught me how to have an adventure.

Anyway enough rambling, my questions is: How are the contracts to supply (with weapons/armor and general supplies) the Purple Dragons and other armed forces/local militas handled ?

In my campaign Cormyr and the city of Shade are at war, with the war going poorly for Cormyr. The characters (who are Epic Level) are willing to aid Cormyr in exchange for becoming part of the landed nobility and securing their wealth through Government contracts.

Thanks in advance.

Question Everything.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 12 Jun 2008 :  17:50:14  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. This time I bring you Ed’s Realmslore response to a post from createvmind, from back in late January of this year: “Hello All, Ed I assume that sentient magic items fall into select categories, items that know they were once living creatures, items that don't know they were once living beings and items that are coded to believe they are alive. Could you elaborate on this and if any of these groups can go insane from boredom, confinement in tomb or bottom of ocean or having disruptive magics cast on it to alter it's original purpose. Do they actually have the capacity for emotions or is this a false imprint given to help create a personality. What about the passage of time, does an item view times in hours and days or some other type of cycle to help stave off the possible long years of inactivity? Any bit of knowledge on this matter would be greatly appreciated.”
Ed replies:



Hi, createvmind! There are indeed sentient magic items of all three categories you identify, the first category being by far the most numerous (because the most popular magical methods of creating sentient items incorporate the minds of living beings, fused into items either by force, or willingly as their bodies begin to die or are so badly shattered that they agree to anything to be delivered from the pain.
All sentient magic items can indeed go insane. Boredom, however, is rarely the cause, because most items are constrained by spells (directly attempting to guard against insanity through this means) from easily marking the passage of time, often being enspelled to “turn off” (go into torpor or even unwitting stasis) when certain conditions are met (such as darkness plus immobility, continuing for a certain length of time). Disruptive magics strong enough to succeed in altering a magic item’s powers, trigger conditions, or original purposes certainly could cause insanity, but note that successfully altering such things is very tricky; low-power spells are simply going to fail, and sufficiently powerful ones must be very precisely and carefully worded and cast, or they’ll cause unintended effects (such as the explosive destruction of the item).
Sentient minds do indeed have the capacity for real emotions, and due to their essential frustration at being unaware to easily affect the world around them, tend to be obsessive. They can easily exhibit fervent, undying love or hatred, brooding and scheming on ways to bind love ones to them or betray detested beings. (On the other hand, the majority of sentient magic items exhibit a cynical detachment rooted in that same inability to affect the world: “Oh, dear. Another prince who ignored me, and paid the consequences. Throw me down and fall on me, you fool, then roll aside to finish your dying. Anything to get as much of your blood as possible off me before you start feeding the flies. My, my, so easily are dreams of conquest throw aside; you should have listened to me when I warned you to be more cautious out in the woods at night . . . but do they ever listen? Really?”)



So saith Ed. Well, that was fun. Remind me to contemplate a second career as an enchanted item. One that doesn’t need batteries (yes, spare me the comments; I’ve already wallowed in all of those possibilities, thank you).
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 12 Jun 2008 :  18:57:34  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
My thanks THO and Ed for that info. And to Gelcur, Asgetrion, Damian, and the rest of Keep, once the PC's find out the info, of course the info can be made public.

Thanks again for understanding.

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createvmind
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Posted - 12 Jun 2008 :  19:30:20  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Thanks Ed,


Its great to know no matter how close I think I am on assuming what your reply would be I'm always astounded by your replies and glad for it.
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Malcolm
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Posted - 12 Jun 2008 :  23:13:22  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Aha! I'm guessing, from Kuje's post above, that Ed's said a little something privately about that Drawn Swords - Berdusk gate . . .
Which brings me to a question of my own about Berdusk: would exiled former nobles of Cormyr, fugitives from justice from Sembia and Waterdeep (I'm not talking murderers, I mean business swindlers and the like), and similar "personae non grata elsewhere" feel safe dwelling there openly? Or would the Harpers "do something about them"? Or let bounty hunters and government agents from the jurisdictions they ran from or were expelled from be allowed to openly go after them, in Berdusk?
Thanks in advance.
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Ardashir
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Posted - 13 Jun 2008 :  01:39:20  Show Profile  Visit Ardashir's Homepage Send Ardashir a Private Message
I would like to ask Mister Greenwood something about the evil deities and their priesthoods in the Realms: it's been stated that several evil clergies (of Malar, Loviatar, etc.) can and do at times operate openly in non-evil communities, such as those in Sembia or Cormyr. While this will vary from place to place, just how well do the clerics get along with local laws that might otherwise make their worship difficult, and how do the wiser clerics and local authorities ensure that things don't get out of hand, with either lawless adventurers or foolish priests starting riots?

Any such information about the Church of Malar would be especially helpful. I remember them as being present when Azoun was fighting for Cormyr (and getting quite a bit of respect for being CE butchers), and when one adds in the sort of behavior they've shown in the past, like breeding monsters to turn loose on the local area or driving wolf packs through farming villages in a hunt, I wonder how and why the Cormyrean crown puts up with them.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 14 Jun 2008 :  06:13:30  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
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May 27, 2006: Hi again, all. This time, the Sage of the Greenwood looks at RevJest's recent query: "In the supplement "The North", on page 12, it states that a stone plaque was found on the Star Mounts with the inscription: "iqebaest Vhalraetaerl". Can you shed some light on what this means, and what it's all about?"

Ed replies: I'm afraid not. That NDA still firmly applies. Sorry.


Has this NDA not since disappeared? Can you expound further now?




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IceTroll
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Posted - 14 Jun 2008 :  21:28:38  Show Profile  Visit IceTroll's Homepage Send IceTroll a Private Message
Hello, Mr. Greenwood.

I think Castlemourn is a great setting, and I'm into 4th Edition right now, so I've started converting Castlemourn into 4th Edition.

As it looks like you are insanely busy, I won't expect a reply. However, if you feel like it, I'd like to hear your thoughts and advice on the best way to handle a Castlemourn 4th Edition conversion, as well as tell me if I'm going in the right direction or not with what I have so far; the Blogger containing my backup is in the website info on my profile. I had finished the golaunt and thaele, a list of gnome feats, and was almost done with the buccaneer when my word processor crashed - causing me to lose it all. I should be able to have that rewritten and more before you get around to checking it out.

Edited by - IceTroll on 14 Jun 2008 21:35:19
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Penknight
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Hello again! My question is about paladin Orders in the Realms, mainly the Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart (from The Complete Paladin's Handbook, page 117). I know that in the game Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn that a chapter house is located Athkatla, but I was wondering if Cormyr, Waterdeep, or any of the other cities had a chapter house for the Order, and where the mother house is located of the Order. Thank you so much for your time!

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 15 Jun 2008 :  13:34:50  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

quote:
May 27, 2006: Hi again, all. This time, the Sage of the Greenwood looks at RevJest's recent query: "In the supplement "The North", on page 12, it states that a stone plaque was found on the Star Mounts with the inscription: "iqebaest Vhalraetaerl". Can you shed some light on what this means, and what it's all about?"

Ed replies: I'm afraid not. That NDA still firmly applies. Sorry.


Has this NDA not since disappeared? Can you expound further now?



Keep in mind most of Ed's NDAs don't have expiration dates. They remain in effect until someone specifically tells him otherwise.

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Athenon
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Posted - 15 Jun 2008 :  15:21:21  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
A quick question for Ed or THO:

My gaming group will soon start a campaign set in the town of Jalanthar (near Sundabar & Silverymoon) in the Year of the Ageless One (1479 D.R.). Two of us are playing elves, particularly a wood/copper elf and a moon elf. I'm curious to know if elves in the post-Spellplague Realms are more likely to worship human deities like Mielikki or Silvanus or if they are still primarily followers of the elven pantheon.

Thanks!

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createvmind
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Posted - 17 Jun 2008 :  00:56:47  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello all,

What beings prevent those who hunt sea creatures from bringing about the extinction of the whales and such? Is it Umbrelee herself or sea-druids of various pantheons or both?
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GoCeraf
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Posted - 17 Jun 2008 :  03:51:19  Show Profile  Visit GoCeraf's Homepage Send GoCeraf a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Hello all,

What beings prevent those who hunt sea creatures from bringing about the extinction of the whales and such? Is it Umbrelee herself or sea-druids of various pantheons or both?



I might be able to tackle this, actually.

The current technological level of the Realms (as far as I'm aware, a cross of Renaissance and Medieval levels) would restrict most whaling ventures, especially with the onslaught of other dangerous creatures in the realms. Aside from your mentioned sea druids and deities, there are also things like dragon turtles, actual dragons, and all manner of powerful deep sea monsters that present a great deal of danger to any would-be group of whalers. In addition, most of the ships (save those of very powerful merchant nations like Amn) stick to the coast.

I'm not sure whether compasses and other sorts of navigational technology are available, but that could also be a limiting factor. In addition, weaponry could prove to be a problem, although I know that ships can be armed with heavy medieval artillery that could probably wound or kill even large whales.

That's my two cents, spawned largely from a game in which I was a member of a Forgotten Realms anti-poaching cabal. The DM took the liberty of adding a bit of Lovecraftian myth to the game. That was not a squid attacking the whalers' ship... but we neglected to offer our assistance.

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thom
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Posted - 17 Jun 2008 :  18:48:50  Show Profile  Visit thom's Homepage Send thom a Private Message
HEY THO! I'm finally starting to pore over Volo's Guide to All things Magical for my 2nd edition campaign and the questions are coming up fast and furious. If you can answer any of them, please do, and if not please send them on to Ed.

1] Several references are made to "ground up" or powdered gems, and I know my wizard is going to want to do this. I can't for the life of me find any good references to how long this takes. I'm assuming the gems are small (1 carat or less); did the Knights ever do any grinding/powdering of gems (or have someone do it for them)? If so, how much time did that take. Or did Ed ever create a spell that would accomplish this act?

2] I love the concept of how the star ruby can be used for healing purposes when spells are cast on it. Did Ed ever come up with more of these examples; specifically my wizard PC would like to know if there are any gem/spell combinations for achieving "the epitome of strength" or the "epitome of combat ability" . So would I, for that matter!

3] I remember in several of Ed's older novels, various people crushing gems which release spells. In 2nd ed, are these gems created by using the Focal stone spell, and then casting the Dweomerflow spell and the desired spell into the gemstone? Or is it some other way entirely?

As always, thanks for any help you can give! As an aside, it's been an incredible delight to re-read Ed's work of those years. So much information and tantalizing hints packed into everything he writes!

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jun 2008 :  01:37:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message

Hello, all. Great questions, Thom and everyone, and I’ve been obediently shunting them Ed’s way. He is (as usual) insanely busy, but has broken e-silence long enough to send me some replies for Keep scribes.
To this from createvmind: “Hello all, What beings prevent those who hunt sea creatures from bringing about the extinction of the whales and such? Is it Umberlee herself or sea-druids of various pantheons or both?”
Ed replies:



GoCeraf has it exactly right. The current numbers of whalers and “reach” of their technology is very far from threatening extinction. Simply put: as things presently stand, they CAN’T overfish any stocks (that and pollution/poisoning/habitat destruction are the key causes of rapid population decline, and in the Realms such rapid declines just aren’t happening; moderate population declines can be offset by increased breeding, keeping the numbers of whales and all other edible aquatic life more or less stable (with the gauge far over in the “plentiful” range).



So saith Ed. And to this, from IceTroll: “Hello, Mr. Greenwood. I think Castlemourn is a great setting, and I'm into 4th Edition right now, so I've started converting Castlemourn into 4th Edition.
As it looks like you are insanely busy, I won't expect a reply. However, if you feel like it, I'd like to hear your thoughts and advice on the best way to handle a Castlemourn 4th Edition conversion, as well as tell me if I'm going in the right direction or not with what I have so far; the Blogger containing my backup is in the website info on my profile. I had finished the golaunt and thaele, a list of gnome feats, and was almost done with the buccaneer when my word processor crashed - causing me to lose it all. I should be able to have that rewritten and more before you get around to checking it out.”
Ed replies:



Hmm. I’m not sure how best to answer this, other than to hint that Castlemourn isn’t “done with,” as far as Margaret Weis Productions is concerned (meaning: don’t be surprised if they’re busy with the same sort of work you’re contemplating, and might release it officially in time to come). Being as they’ve bought the exclusive right to do this, I’m left not being able to legally encourage you or look over what you’ve done. It’s out of my hands right now, and in the capable grasp of Jamie Chambers. Sorry.



So saith Ed. Who will return soon with more words of wise Ed-ness.
love to all,
THO
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createvmind
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Zanan
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Posted - 18 Jun 2008 :  14:04:38  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message
Well, what can I say ... just finished Swords of Dragonfire and if anyone around wants to read a really great novel about Cormyr and the Knights, DO NOT hesitate. A raving review will be posted over at the German DnD-Gate ... and rest assured, raving is not something this revisor utilizes very often.

Malla Hooded One ... one question. When did Ed get the leave from the Wizards to write as expessively on the females' behaviour (bare here, there and everywhere and very well aware of it) as he did in this book? What a change from many other a novel. Uhm ... which is not to say that I'd promote somesuch in the future, but this element of the novel was a surprise inclusion and very ... refreshing.

(To my defence, someone else did the review on Knight of Myth Drannor I, so I'll have to wait till I lay my hands on that book to see how the females behaved therein.)

Aluve, Zanan!

(PS: Did Pennae ever expressed her thanks to that Chauntea priest "in person"? Have we any clue who that was, BTW?)

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Jun 2008 :  19:00:46  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Thank you for those words of praise, Zanan. I loved DRAGONFIRE too! Your post has been forwarded to Ed for his (hopefully quick) response.
IceTroll, Ed literally doesn't know re. Castlemourn. He isn't sure if Margaret Weis Productions will "officially be at" Origins (does any scribe here know?), but suspects someone from MWP will be attending, and he'll try to find out specifics re. what he can tell you then. So . . . by July 2nd or so, you should get a response here from him. He doesn't want your work to be wasted, and admires you for doing it all over again after your computer troubles. So hang in there, and we'll see . . .
love,
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Alisttair
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Posted - 18 Jun 2008 :  19:06:07  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message
Lady THO,
Any idea if Ed has been approached about a possible video game based on Castlemourn or if he has been approached for any FR lore for future video games (akin to Salvatore writing the story for Demon Stone)?

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Jun 2008 :  19:10:24  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Alisttair, I don't know. I don't THINK so, but of course Ed is sometimes legally prevented from discussing matters under negotiation. So of course I'll send your post along to him, for his much wiser reply.
love,
THO
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Markustay
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All love for Ed aside, I doubt Castlemourn has the established fan-base to warrant licensing from a computer-game company.

Not that it wouldn't be GREAT, but unless they also entitled it Ed Greenwood's Castlemourn, I doubt very many people would make the connection, and the licensee could simply create their own world from scratch and save themselves the money.

No negativity toward Ed's creative genius, mind you,; it's simply the way things work in the RW.

Thanks for the all answers THO, and also for the questions from the rest of you...

"Druids of Umberlee" definately has some possiblities..

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 18 Jun 2008 21:22:51
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