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createvmind
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  15:07:05  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed how do Medusa procreate? What deities did the original faerunian orcs worship before the orcgates were opened and do any still worship those gods?
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capnvan
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  15:13:34  Show Profile  Visit capnvan's Homepage Send capnvan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Ed how do Medusa procreate?



In Dragon #106, Ed wrote the Ecology of the Maedar, in which he posited the existence of a male counterpart to the medusa. As far as I know, this was not picked up for later editions of the game. But...

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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  17:40:28  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed,

Out of all the adventures modules(modules, Dragon or Dungeon, etc.)you've read over the years, which are your favorites?

Currently reading: Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King

Long live Sniffy Wigglebottom
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  19:32:36  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by capnvan

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Ed how do Medusa procreate?



In Dragon #106, Ed wrote the Ecology of the Maedar, in which he posited the existence of a male counterpart to the medusa. As far as I know, this was not picked up for later editions of the game. But...



The 4E MM has a male medusa in it. Don't remember off the top of my head if it was called a "maedar" or not.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  19:40:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. A few swift lore replies and comments, this time.

createvmind, capnvan is correct. Ed created the maedar, it wasn’t picked up for subsequent editions of the game, but it remains “canon” lore for the Realms (only, perhaps). Or so Ed was once told by a head of design for the company, who loved the maedar. Thanks for the right-up-to-date lore, Rino (I haven't really had more than a peek at Ed's new 4e MM yet)!

AlorinDawn, modesty forbids Ed including any of his own work in any “his best” adventures over the years. He really enjoyed the various adventures that were collected and updated as QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS (and duly voted for that, in the DRAGON poll), I recall that he liked Len Lakofka’s long-unfinished trilogy (Bone Hill, The Assassin’s Knot, and the third one that saw print only in the 25th Anniversary box) for its roleplaying opportunities, and liked such things as the Slavelords module where PCs start naked in a cell, and Expedition To the Barrier Peaks, for the same reasons. I will, of course, forward your query to him for a proper reply, but he may decline (out of professional politeness) to be specific about the work of others. I know he believes that it’s the DM who makes or breaks the adventuring experience, and also that he was mightily impressed with Wolfgang Baur’s approach to custom-designing adventures for subscribers. I know he disliked White Plume Mountain because it was “unfinished” (at the bottom of the inverted ziggurat) and because it gave no plausible, logical history or reason for the various traps and magic items being there. Ed likes well-done murder mysteries and other “roleplaying first” situations.

Ergdusch, I believe your “John Smith equivalent” query has been asked of Ed before, and answered, but I’ll have to search. Was it dealt with here at the Keep, moderators or senior sages?

althen artren, just at first blush, I think George Krashos has pretty much given you the same answer Ed would give, but of course we’ll see . . .

Damian, Ed tends to use “sorceresses” just the same way as you do. And the mage known as ‘the Blind’ wasn’t literally blind; it was a nickname born from his deliberately choosing to ignore something (i.e. his behaviour). What he was ignoring, I can’t recall, but Ed will remember and enlighten.

The Hermit, there are rock quarries (mostly disused and heavily overgrown by the forest) west of the Ghost Holds; aside from some ornamental cladding, all of the stone used in building what are now known as the Ghost holds would have been local. Ed will elaborate.

Whew. Things are piling up. Keep it coming, scribes!
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 18 Jul 2008 02:45:26
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Blueblade
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  19:43:00  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Your command, Hooded Lady, is my wish (he said masochistically).
Cormyr again.
Do you or Ed know of any instance in which a family in Suzail could have dead relatives interred in a family crypt in their own cellar?
Thanks!
BB
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  19:44:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
YES. We Knights blundered into at least two such cellar crypts, over the years. Stone coffins in both. As for the "why," I'll pass this on to Ed.
love,
THO
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Malcolm
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  20:20:04  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Okay, I'll do my bit to keep things coming. Kites!
Do they exist as anything more than a toy, in the Realms? If so, where and how used? If not, where and among whom are they used as toys?
Thanks!
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capnvan
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Posted - 17 Jul 2008 :  22:53:32  Show Profile  Visit capnvan's Homepage Send capnvan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

createvmind, capnvan is correct. Ed created the maedar, it wasn’t picked up for subsequent editions of the game, but it remains “canon” lore for the Realms (only, perhaps). Or so Ed was once told by a head of design for the company who loved the maedar. Thanks for the right-up-to-date lore, Rino (I haven't really had more than a peek at Ed's new 4e MM yet)!


By the way, if you have never read the article, it's well worth it. Not only is it classic "Ed" (and it is - I confess I've never loved his long fiction, but his short pieces are terrific - don't be annoyed, I feel the same way about Harlan Ellison), but the way that the maedar complements the medusa is just wonderful. Among other things, the maedar uses his stone to flesh ability to transmute shattered pieces of "statuary" (as in petrified beings) back to raw flesh for "supper".

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 18 Jul 2008 :  02:34:21  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Thanks for the right-up-to-date lore, Rino (I haven't really had more than a peek at Ed's new 4e MM yet)!



You're welcome. Hope you get more time to look at it later.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Jul 2008 :  02:44:47  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Herewith, an Ed of the Greenwood Realmslore reply for Zandilar, about the Women of the Wood. Specifically, these queries: “Heya, My campaign recently jumped from my current home brewed world to Faerun (through the backlash of a portal being destroyed), and as such I've been doing a bit of reading up on certain places and people... Unsurprisingly, they're headed for Cormyr next.
I was just reading the Dhedluk entry in Volo's Guide to Cormyr where I came across the Women of the Woods. What additional information can you reveal about them? I'm also curious about whether or not they ever butt heads with the High Hunt (for example, if the current victim being hunted is a woman). Volo suggests that the leader of the Women of the Woods, Vandara "the Vixen" Thulont, is one of Azoun's many bastards, and Elminster in a footnote acknowledges this with a wink - can you reveal if it is actually true? Or have I found yet another NDA?
This organisation is likely to come up in the campaign very soon (within a fortnight at this point!) - the group is going to end up in Dhedluk following clues regarding the High Hunt (the party is a bunch of meddlers, who usually get into things over their heads but somehow still manage to land on their feet. I think they'll give the Harpers a run for their money by the time they're through with Faerun!). Anyway, the plan is that the victim is a female noble from Immersea (I'm thinking one of the Thunderswords?) - so maybe they might run across the Women of the Woods.
Speaking of which, anyone know where I might find more detailed information about the Thunderswords and the Wyvernspurs? Also, the entire Cormaeril family was exiled, right? So they no longer have holdings in Immersea?
Edit: I just realized how incredibly broad and unspecific I was in my questions just now, so here are a few I would mind getting answers for in regards to the Women of the Wood...
1) What role, if any, did they play in the war with the Devil Dragon? How much attrition did they suffer, if at all? And did the Ghazneth decide to feast on their highly magical headquarters (according to Volo, they made their home in the ruins of Meliyekur's Magical Museum - which I would imagine would have provided the Ghazneth with magical nourishment)?
2) If the Women of the Wood still survive in the current pre-spellplague timeline, what do they think of the current arrangement of the Crown - do they approve of Alusair as Steel Regent, or do they think she should be Queen? If so, what steps are they likely to take to ensure this comes to be (if any)?
3) What does Alusair think of the Women of the Woods, if she knows of them? Vangerdahast was watching and harrying the Women of the Wood, does Caladnei continue this policy?
4) What kind of numbers do the Women of the Wood have? Do they regularly get new women joining? If so, do the Women just accept any girl or woman who comes to them, or must they meet some criteria?
5) What kind of policy do they have regarding male children of members? Are members likely to leave the Women in order to raise their sons?
6) How likely is it that the organization will survive the 100 year jump into the 4th Ed time line?
I could probably come up with more questions, and plainly some of them are just questions that interest me rather than anything that is going to come up in my campaign - particularly the last two.
Zandilar”

Ed replies:



Hi, Zandilar! It’s great to hear you’re moving into the Realms. I’ll try to keep it as happy a home for your campaign as I can, starting with these lore replies, and I’ll begin with your numbered questions. By all means ask followup questions; I’m happy to reply when I can.

1. During the Devil Dragon War, the Women of the Wood fought many bitter skirmishes against hobgoblins and goblins who tried to pass through the King’s Forest to outflank Crown forces (after several of these frays, the goblins realized they could goad the Women into appearing to give battle by setting fire to the woods). As a result, the Women suffered heavy losses.
No ghazneths bothered them, because there’s something (as yet unknown) about the magic of the ruin they dwelt in that made the ghazneths shun it.

2. A handful (perhaps nine at most) Women of the Wood survived to see Alusair’s Regency begin. They approve of her, and think she’d probably make a great Queen, but have little desire to get involved in the politics of Cormyr outside the Forest, and most of them think Alusair will get heartily sick of the Dragon Throne before long (they were right about this, as you’ll see in time soon to come); if she remains Regent for a good decade, until the boy Azoun V is old enough to be king, they’ll be content with that.
If they hear of any monarch, courtier, faction, or force that threatens the Forest (e.g. by allowing unfettered woodcutting, or clearing roads through it or establishing settlements), they’ll fight to prevent that, no matter who their perceived foe is.
They aren’t interested in going down in glorious battle; they’re interested in winning, so they will strike as stealthily as they think their survival demands, make alliances with the Harpers and anyone else who’ll aid them against such threats, try diplomatic trickery and manipulation of nobles and fostering uprisings (to keep the Crown busy and its attention elsewhere) and anything else they think will work.

3. Alusair knew many of the Women, and regarded some of them as friends; she knows they took heavy casualties during the Devil Dragon War, and that “a bare handful” are left. She will doing nothing to harm or harry them, and instead will give orders about the Forest that should result in them being left alone as much as possible. Vangerdahast is STILL watching (but not harrying) the Women of the Wood in his altered state (I’m trying to go light on spoilers here for those who haven’t read ELMINSTER’S DAUGHTER), as much as he can, but Caladnei has NOT continued his policy of regarding the Women as “not-so-sleeping perils to be watched.”

4. From those nine scarred survivors, the Women of the Wood have rapidly grown in numbers to around twenty, by taking in runaways, women hiding from family pressures or cruel husbands, escaped slaves (from the slavetakers and kidnappers in Sembia and Marsember), outlaws, fugitives from Suzail accused of crimes who are fleeing royal justice (either because they are innocent but don’t expect to be found so, or because they are ‘no contest’ [my term, not an in-Realms term] guilty and know what fate awaits them), and women who just don’t know where to go after all their kin die.
So although they certainly don’t “regularly” get new women joining, they have had many joiners in the last few seasons, arriving often. The Women have no formal criteria for accepting or rejecting (driving away) anyone who comes to them, but they are suspicious of werecreatures, more powerful shapechangers, Crown spies, Harper spies, and spies from every other sort of group, and newcomers will be watched VERY closely (no “slipping away unobserved whilst others sleep;” if this is tried, Women will be watching and spying) to make sure no information is being passed to outside contacts, War Wizards, and the like. The Women are sympathetic enough to dazed, forest-unsavvy newcomers, but have little use for those unwilling to work with others, show loyalty to the team, and “rough it” in the woods.

5. The Women welcome young males born to their members, but make it clear (teaching this from an early age) they must leave the Forest to seek lives in the city when they start showing signs of puberty (growing dark body hair, et al). Until then, they serve as the scouts, fighters, cave explorers, and grunt workers among the Women (who, by the way, don’t exclude them from discussions or bother to cover themselves so “the lads” won’t see their bodies or witness them performing bodily functions or while bathing).
A rare few adult males (mostly former “lads” among the Women) are tolerated as “friends” to meet with the Women in a few select spots on the fringes of the Forest, and exchange news. Friends serve to find out things for the Women in the cities of Cormyr, deliver items and messages, and “fetch back” (to the Women) items and messages. It’s very rare for Women to leave the forest to raise their sons, or to get them to medical aid, but it has happened (it most such cases, the Woman returns to the Forest eventually, to live out her days there).

6. I have no idea if the Women will survive (speaking as a game designer). In terms of in-Realms conditions: they are one of the groups least likely to be harmed much by the Spellplague and its chaos, so there’s no reason why not.

On to your other questions.
Vandara "the Vixen" Thulont is indeed one of Azoun's many bastards, and she survived the Devil Dragon War (but has no means of magically prolonging her life, so she’ll be long gone by the time 4th Edition is set (probably buried under the roots of a young tree deep in the Forest, as the Women like to do with their fallen, when they can). She is merry but sharp-tongued, and will age into a sort of Katherine Hepburn I’m-still-hale-don’t-mess-with-ME warrior (if events in your campaign don’t get her killed, of course :} ).
By long-standing agreement, the Wyvernspurs are NDA’d (I created the family, but Jeff Grubb adopted it and Giogi is his creation, so I’ve stepped back to give him full freedom, if he ever wants to, to tell any Wyvernspur tales he wants to in the future).
The Cormaerils were stripped of their titles and holdings, so the Crown now owns their Immersea properties (and may well be renting them out, but NOT letting go ownership of them). Not all Cormaerils were exiled, and some of them even retain or have been granted new knighthoods and Court offices, but it’s to reward their performance and loyalty as individuals, not their family name. Beliard Cormaeril, for instance, one of Azoun IV’s bastards, has long been a prominent and trusted knight and envoy of the Crown, and may soon be named a Highknight.
The ranks of the Thunderswords also include at least two bastards of Azoun IV (more on the offspring of this most lusty of kings can be gleaned from my “Realmslore” articles on the Wizards website), and there is unpublished (but WotC-owned) lore about the family. I’m quite willing, if you ask specific-scope questions like your numbered queries, above, to try to do the “dance around the NDA” and answer which specific things I can without violating the NDA, okay?
The Women of the Wood customarily hide from, and avoid, the High Hunt (they have sentinels, and so usually receive good warning about the approach of the Hunt), but on rare occasions (yes, almost always when the victim being hunted is a woman), they have tangled with the Hunt, using snares, concealed pits, and arrows to - - thus far, on every occasion - - win the day.
Members of the Hunt will slay Women if they can catch them during such skirmishes, but have abandoned all attempts to gather in strength to go and scour the Women out the Forest (the War Wizards watch for this, and attack the Hunt, not the Women, whenever it is tried, seeking to send them fleeing, not slay them [though they’ll kill if they have to, and will be brutal if anyone tries to set fire to the Forest]).
The Women have deep caves they can hide in, and hole up in when the depths of winter grow harsh. They ‘live rough’ in the forest, tend to dress in hides and not much else (though they will snitch good boots whenever they can), and enjoy simple pleasures like swimming in the forest streams. There’s not a lot more about them in my notes, because in my campagign, as in the published Realms, they remain as yet one of the “largely unused tools” I built into the Realms.
Keep me posted about your campaign, okay? I’m interested in hearing how things unfold.



So saith Ed. Creator of Cormyr, the Women in the Woods, and of course the Forest they dwell in, too. Not to mention the Cormaerils, Thunderswords, Wyvernspurs, and dang near everyone else mentioned in this reply, too (except Caladnei and Giogi).
love to all,
THO
P.S. capnvan, Ed sent me this response to your last post:

Hey, I'm not annoyed. Harlan Ellison is great company to be linked with. :}
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Hmmm...this might sound silly, but could someone give me a brief summation of exactly who the Women of the Woods are? I have to admit, I've never heard of them before now. Ed's answer gives me an idea of what they are like, but I'd love a clearer picture.

Thanks in advance.

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Concerning Medusa:
I have a 2e Monstrous Compendium sheet with the Maedar (and Glyptar) on it, and I had thought it came from MC11... but I just checked and it didn't, so now I'm not sure where I got it from.

I put all of mine together years ago into three huge binders (the two official Ones and a 3rd), and the only identifying mark on that page is the "Forgotten Realms" logo at the top.

It must of come in a boxed set, but I'll be damned if I know which one.

If anyone wants to figure it out, the Meazel is on the other side of that page.

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

Hmmm...this might sound silly, but could someone give me a brief summation of exactly who the Women of the Woods are? I have to admit, I've never heard of them before now. Ed's answer gives me an idea of what they are like, but I'd love a clearer picture.

Thanks in advance.



Check out Volo's Guide to Cormyr, the Dhedluk section. The book is available for free from the Wizards downloads page.

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Concerning Medusa:
I have a 2e Monstrous Compendium sheet with the Maedar (and Glyptar) on it, and I had thought it came from MC11... but I just checked and it didn't, so now I'm not sure where I got it from.

I put all of mine together years ago into three huge binders (the two official Ones and a 3rd), and the only identifying mark on that page is the "Forgotten Realms" logo at the top.

It must of come in a boxed set, but I'll be damned if I know which one.

If anyone wants to figure it out, the Meazel is on the other side of that page.



There were two Forgotten Realms appendices to the Monstrous Compendium -- 3 and 11. Maedar and Meazels were in MC3.

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Talwyn
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Greetings THO & Ed,

my question to Ed is this:

in a campaign I am involved in, I play a paladin of Torm. Now one of the duties of the faithful of Torm is that they help out all goodly faiths as best they can. My paladin has come across a small shrine of Eilistraee's and it's small number of priestesses and faithful. Of course he didn't detect evil in the shrines residents but it took him a bit of time to overcome his racial prejudice towards drow. He has now installed himself as a defender of the temple and its members as part of the 3 duties as he interprets them.
How would the clergy of the main temple in Tantras, and Torm himself react to this and would they support his decision to defend and aid a non human god and her followers?

I realise that Torm is more often than not set on battling Bane and other great evil deities however I'd have thought he may have taken an interest in seeing one of Faeruns more evil races being turned away from their path of darkness and would at least give some support to Eilistraee.
Also is there any examples of deities of differing races lending their help to each other in recent realms history?

Once again thanks to THO for that piece of lore in repect to Tymora's splendid mammories

Best wishes

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Well met, Lady Hooded One!

Thank you for the quick answer.

Now I only need to figute out how to say "well met" with just the right intonation (perhaps down half an octave and with a bit of breathiness) to persuade you to divulge more about the Dungeon of Swords!






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Dear Ed and Lady THO,

With all the attention on 4e, I haven't been paying attention to what Ed has been up to. What projects of his can we look forward to in these remaining months of 2008? What is coming in 2009? Thank you.
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Dear Ed of All the Answers,
I'm a dwarf trapped in a human’s body, obsessed with everything Dwarven. I'm having trouble though figuring out how the economics would work for a dwarven clan stronghold.

I’ve read “The Complete Book of Dwarves” and “Dwarves Deep” and I’ve asked about this in the ‘Running the Realms’ forum and received some good advice/hints, but haven’t yet found a satisfactory (to me) answer, perhaps you could clue me in on how it officially works in the Realms.

A dwarven clan stronghold is usually run by a king or equivalent, perhaps with a different title, but they are also clannish and communal. How do the aspects of daily dwarven life such as the mines or food operate? Who owns the mines, the king? The clan? Who gets the product (and profit)? Are the miners just working for a wage? Do they work for ‘free’ as their duty to the clan? Do they work for themselves, keeping what they individually mine?

Does it all go into a communal kitty for the betterment of the clan? Are the individual dwarves in a clan ‘capitalist’? Do they work for themselves and sell their wares to the other dwarves in the clan, or is it more of a ‘communist’ system, where everyone works for the betterment of the clan and wealth, food, clothing, etc. are doled out to whomever needs it? Where do individual dwarves get their personal wealth, especially gems and finely crafted jewelry, weapons, etc.

The above are the burning questions I have, but any other information you might like to pass on about the stout folk would also be as greedily coveted as the largest most sparkling gemstone as well! ;)
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Check out Volo's Guide to Cormyr, the Dhedluk section. The book is available for free from the Wizards downloads page.




Will do. Thanks.

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THO, could you forward this question for me? In the 3e Waterdeep supplement, Hlaavin is a greater doppleganger with the half-illithid template, what is the name of this specific illithid hybrid (i.e. a beholder with the half-illithid template is called a mindwitness)?

Thanks in advance,
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One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back. --Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

"Mmm, not the darkness," Myrin murmured. "Don't cast it there." --Erik Scott de Bie, Shadowbane

* My character sheets (PFRPG, 3.5, and AE versions; not viewable in Internet Explorer)
* Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Reference Document (PFRPG OGL Rules)
* The Hypertext d20 SRD (3.5 OGL Rules)
* 3.5 D&D Archives

My game design work:
* Heroes of the Jade Oath (PFRPG, conversion; Rite Publishing)
* Compendium Arcanum Volume 1: Cantrips & Orisons (PFRPG, designer; d20pfsrd.com Publishing)
* Compendium Arcanum Volume 2: 1st-Level Spells (PFRPG, designer; d20pfsrd.com Publishing)
* Martial Arts Guidebook (forthcoming) (PFRPG, designer; Rite Publishing)
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jul 2008 :  19:34:50  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This time a reply from me, to RodOdom:
Well, now, let’s see. I may miss some things here, but of the “okay to talk about variety,” I think Ed’s print publications over the next little while will include these (Faraer, these may prove helpful to you, too):

* Contributions to the FORGOTTEN REALMS CAMPAIGN GUIDE (August 2008) and perhaps to the FORGOTTEN REALMS PLAYERS GUIDE

* THE SWORD NEVER SLEEPS, the third and final Knights of Myth Drannor novel (Wizards hc, December? 2008)

* DARK VENGEANCE, the second Niflghar dark elf (not drow) novel (Tor Books hc, October? 2008)

* ARCH WIZARD, the second Falconfar novel (Solaris [Black Library in UK, Simon & Shuster in the USA, hc, either December 2008 or March 2009)

short stories (some titles may change, of both Ed’s stories and the anthologies):

“How Fear Came To Ornath” for WORLDS OF THEIR OWN (August 2008, edited by James Lowder, Planet Stories [Paizo; expect this one at GenCon]). Rewrite of a long-out-of-print Ed short story.

“What Dreams May Go” for LILITH UNBOUND (edited by Elaine Cunningham, Popcorn Press, forthcoming “soon”)

“Father Maims Best” for CATOPOLIS (edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Janet Pack [or Janet Deaver-Pack; don’t know how she’ll be styled in print], Tekno Books/DAW, December 2008)

“Saving The Elf Princess Again” and a eulogy for Gary Gygax, for GAMER FANTASTIC (edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes, Tekno Books/Daw, late 2008 or early 2009)

. . . and the rest of it is still secret, though word is out that Ed’s doing consulting work for Wizards on a series of stand-alone mass market paperback novels entitled “Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep.” Ed wrote the ‘Waterdeep bible’ for this series, and I know has since read at least four books in this series; the titles of the first three have been revealed already, I believe.
Believe me, the man does NOT sit idle.
love to all,
THO
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freyar
Learned Scribe

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 18 Jul 2008 :  19:36:38  Show Profile  Visit freyar's Homepage Send freyar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by capnvan

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Ed how do Medusa procreate?



In Dragon #106, Ed wrote the Ecology of the Maedar, in which he posited the existence of a male counterpart to the medusa. As far as I know, this was not picked up for later editions of the game. But...



I'm a little late to the conversation, but the maedar was officially converted to 3.5 in Dragon #355 (by Kevin Baase and Eric Jansing). Similar stats (probably by a group including the above authors) are available for 3.0 here
and for 3.5 here for free.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 18 Jul 2008 :  19:51:48  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
I KNEW I'd seen it somewhere, but couldn't remember where. Thanks, freyar!
love,
THO
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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
1073 Posts

Posted - 18 Jul 2008 :  20:57:14  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. A few swift lore replies and comments, this time.
I recall that he liked Len Lakofka’s long-unfinished trilogy (Bone Hill, The Assassin’s Knot, and the third one that saw print only in the 25th Anniversary box) for its roleplaying opportunities,

L4 should be out 'soon' acording to Dragonsfoot, though 'soon' has been quite a while

Len Lakofka is writing more modules around Restenford following on from the ones you mentioned.

I would wholeheartedly agree with THO and Ed on this, L1 and L2 are fantastic roleplay adventures with plenty of mystery and rolepaying and combat. I got to play these (for a change rather than DM!!) in Tethyr, set in the time period just before LOI by Steve Schend, they formed the start of an excellent and ongoing campaign.

Apologies for the off topic post, let normal service resume

Regards

Damian

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
Candlekeep Forum 7 May 2005

Edited by - crazedventurers on 18 Jul 2008 21:02:11
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