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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 28 Jul 2008 :  17:04:21  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. A reply of sorts from me to Jamallo Kreen this time, re. the Dungeon of Swords:
It's one of those places in the Realms that was developed by others in a different direction than Ed's original.
Which I recall as having a large, square-cross-section shaft (descending about 700 feet or so) with magical swords floating in it that attacked anyone descending over the lip of the shaft (from the underground tomb that opened into it). Treasure levels of the dungeon opened off the sides of the shaft at much deeper levels. A NASTY place, but we did end up with some powerful enchanted blades as treasure, once we learned how to control them. The canon version, however, may be quite different.
love,
THO



I wish we'd gotten to see this version... I am for some reason quite fascinated with animated magical swords. It's part of the reason I used a self-created one in two of my Hooks (and if I can figure out how to do it, I'll make it a trilogy of Hooks).

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 Jul 2008 :  18:27:07  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Jamallo and Wooly, I forgot to mention one detail: all of the magical swords were different from each other (there were nine, as I recall, not all of them "awakening to attack" with the same triggers nor at the same time), and all of them were "Ed specials" with various powers. A few of them were later published as canon weapons, with many of their minor, 'odd' powers "simplified out of existence."
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 28 Jul 2008 18:28:39
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 28 Jul 2008 :  20:11:53  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,
Just a belated thanks for answering one of my questions. I missed noticing it in Ed's multi-answer post, because it was late and I just glanced at THO's intros to see if my name was there.
So, thanks, and I'll have more questions to follow, no fear!

Edited by - Baleful Avatar on 28 Jul 2008 20:12:56
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 Jul 2008 :  23:55:56  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. This time I present Ed's reply to Malcolm, re. this question: "Hi again, Ed and THO. My question this time is a "what if you ran Realms book publishing" one.
If you could feature any Realms characters, places, or events/times in Realms novels (written by you or anyone) over the next few years, what would you highlight first?
I guess another way of asking it is: of YOUR Realms, what do you feel has been most neglected in fiction so far, neglect that should speedily be addressed?
Thanks!"
Ed replies:


Okay, bearing in mind that this is a hypothetical query, if I was running Wizards/TSR/Realms fiction publishing, the "century jump" for 4e wouldn't have happened, so I could squeeze in more stories of the Realms circa the 1370s.
I would first have highlighted Mirt the Moneylender in his own book. Then Alustriel, in a political intrigue book to show "life in Silverymoon." Then back to Cormyr to do the same for Alusair (1 book), then Vangey (1 book), then Myrmeen Lhal (1 book), then Caladnei (1 book). Then Storm would get her own adventuring book (as a Harper 'den mother,' not as a Chosen. THEN I'd do a "what it's really like to be a Chosen" book, probably centered on Dove.
Then I'd spotlight Durnan and Halaster, in a Waterdeep-set book. Then I'd turn to my NEXT dozen or so most pressing ideas...
Note that I have no idea if these would be financial successes. I'm a writer in love with my Realms, not a business-head (good or bad).


So saith Ed. Whose love for the Realms really shows.

love to all,
THO
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 29 Jul 2008 :  00:06:00  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. This time I present Ed's reply to Malcolm, re. this question: "Hi again, Ed and THO. My question this time is a "what if you ran Realms book publishing" one.
If you could feature any Realms characters, places, or events/times in Realms novels (written by you or anyone) over the next few years, what would you highlight first?
I guess another way of asking it is: of YOUR Realms, what do you feel has been most neglected in fiction so far, neglect that should speedily be addressed?
Thanks!"
Ed replies:


Okay, bearing in mind that this is a hypothetical query, if I was running Wizards/TSR/Realms fiction publishing, the "century jump" for 4e wouldn't have happened, so I could squeeze in more stories of the Realms circa the 1370s.
I would first have highlighted Mirt the Moneylender in his own book. Then Alustriel, in a political intrigue book to show "life in Silverymoon." Then back to Cormyr to do the same for Alusair (1 book), then Vangey (1 book), then Myrmeen Lhal (1 book), then Caladnei (1 book). Then Storm would get her own adventuring book (as a Harper 'den mother,' not as a Chosen. THEN I'd do a "what it's really like to be a Chosen" book, probably centered on Dove.
Then I'd spotlight Durnan and Halaster, in a Waterdeep-set book. Then I'd turn to my NEXT dozen or so most pressing ideas...
Note that I have no idea if these would be financial successes. I'm a writer in love with my Realms, not a business-head (good or bad).


So saith Ed. Whose love for the Realms really shows.

love to all,
THO


Ahhhh...what if? Reading that makes me feel like my Grandfather rocking away on the front porch thinking about the good old days!

Particularly since I have wanted to see all those come to pass and many more.

Thanks for your honesty and love Ed!

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 29 Jul 2008 :  00:53:43  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Jamallo and Wooly, I forgot to mention one detail: all of the magical swords were different from each other (there were nine, as I recall, not all of them "awakening to attack" with the same triggers nor at the same time), and all of them were "Ed specials" with various powers. A few of them were later published as canon weapons, with many of their minor, 'odd' powers "simplified out of existence."
love,
THO



These "odd" powers that were editied out is flavor that I'd like to see more of. Any chance you could share some of that "editied out" information and powers with us ?

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 29 Jul 2008 :  03:40:30  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed & THO,

Can you provide any additional information on the Whipsting weapon that is covered in the grey box set?

Thanks

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Na-Gang
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Posted - 29 Jul 2008 :  12:16:17  Show Profile  Visit Na-Gang's Homepage Send Na-Gang a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Ed replies:
"what it's really like to be a Chosen" book, probably centered on Dove.



I would love/have loved to read that. Dove is one of my favourite characters in the Realms, not just favourite of the Chosen of Mystra. Sigh, if only I'd got there before Florin...
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Zanan
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Vendui malla Hooded One!

Another question which arose while I was preparing the old Night Below campaign for tomorrow, set in the Realms, of course.

Unless I am mistaken, WotC will from now on only publish 4E material and FR lore for the 4E version of the Realms, i.e. post 1480 D.R.. Will there be a place as well as a chance to offer pre-Spellplague (as in long before Spellplague - say -2,000 D.R. to 1290 D.R.) Realmslore somewhere. Something that WotC will let us do without being harassed by lawyers and the like? Something done for free ... being e.g. presented on here? Including rules-material preferably in the easy-to-use 3,5E rules-set? I still have about a dozen or so Faith & Avatars and Demihuman Deities - specialty priest kits - converted to 3,5E on my shelf, waiting to find a place to be "published", for the sake of the gaming community. Yet, the insecurity about WotC policy on material like this lingers heavily ...

Are there any suggestions the old mage can offer?

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 30 Jul 2008 :  00:38:09  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Then Alustriel, in a political intrigue book to show "life in Silverymoon."


I'd love such a book. And the others, too, but that one really jumped out--we haven't seen that much of Silverymoon.

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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 30 Jul 2008 :  03:32:15  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
I'd love all of them. However, I won't be surprised if all Wizards wants Ed to write about is Elminster, Elminster, and more Elminster.
Perhaps Ed could have Elminster become a possessing spirit who jumps into Mirt (and we get the Mirt book), then Alustriel (and we get the . . .), then Alusair (and so on) . . .
Ahem.
Enough giving Ed evil ideas. I DO have a Realms question. Ed seem to love using beholders and beholder-like beasties. Are there some he created that we've never seen? Or a power group of beholders not yet revealed? Or any unpublished lore about the beholders who backed Fzoul in the Zhentarim?
Thanks!
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 30 Jul 2008 :  03:56:28  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
LOL! I actually suggested that the dying Mystra "jump" from mind to mind of all the protagonists in Ed's shopping list of novels (we've talked about this privately, before Malcolm ever asked Ed that "what he'd like to write" question), and so give him the excuses he needed to write them, but now that you've suggested Elminster, I'm sure Wizards would prefer that to keeping Mystra around.
It's not, after all, as if she's (ahem) Bane . . .
I'm expecting another Realmslore reply from Ed tomorrow.
He's a busy, busy boy . . .
love,
THO
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freyar
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Posted - 30 Jul 2008 :  15:40:03  Show Profile  Visit freyar's Homepage Send freyar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Vendui malla Hooded One!

Another question which arose while I was preparing the old Night Below campaign for tomorrow, set in the Realms, of course.

Unless I am mistaken, WotC will from now on only publish 4E material and FR lore for the 4E version of the Realms, i.e. post 1480 D.R.. Will there be a place as well as a chance to offer pre-Spellplague (as in long before Spellplague - say -2,000 D.R. to 1290 D.R.) Realmslore somewhere. Something that WotC will let us do without being harassed by lawyers and the like? Something done for free ... being e.g. presented on here? Including rules-material preferably in the easy-to-use 3,5E rules-set? I still have about a dozen or so Faith & Avatars and Demihuman Deities - specialty priest kits - converted to 3,5E on my shelf, waiting to find a place to be "published", for the sake of the gaming community. Yet, the insecurity about WotC policy on material like this lingers heavily ...

Are there any suggestions the old mage can offer?

Aluve, Zanan!



I'm certainly not Ed, but WotC has generally let rules conversions of 1e and 2e material to be released under the Open Game License. There used to be some discussion of this in the EN World adventure conversion library, but that's currently down (I guess due to their software upgrade).

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createvmind
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Hello All,

Ed did you create a zodiac for the realms and did any cultures use it?
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Posted - 30 Jul 2008 :  20:38:35  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
See Ed's March 1st, 2006 reply to Wooly. :)

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Originally posted by createvmind

Hello All,

Ed did you create a zodiac for the realms and did any cultures use it?


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 30 Jul 2008 :  23:21:50  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. A reply of sorts from me to Jamallo Kreen this time, re. the Dungeon of Swords:
It's one of those places in the Realms that was developed by others in a different direction than Ed's original.
Which I recall as having a large, square-cross-section shaft (descending about 700 feet or so) with magical swords floating in it that attacked anyone descending over the lip of the shaft (from the underground tomb that opened into it). Treasure levels of the dungeon opened off the sides of the shaft at much deeper levels. A NASTY place, but we did end up with some powerful enchanted blades as treasure, once we learned how to control them. The canon version, however, may be quite different.
love,
THO



700 feet?! Oy! I'm gonna get writer's cramp trying to reproduce this!

As I think I have said elsewhere, I am using the demon-creation rules from the d20 Elric game to create a swarm of swords. Each of them will be slightly different, but they'll all be deadly.

Thank you, dear Lady.


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crazedventurers
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Well Again Ed and THO

A few questions on the rural life of Cormyr, Sembia and the Dalelands.

1st part:
Do communities have agricultural shows and/or village fete's? If so are there any 'must see ones'? By that I mean a show that people are prepared to travel a goodly distance to attend (a few days travel or more), including bringing livestock to show?
Would there be any particular customs that are common across the region and customs specific to each show (to use an English example, you always get morris dancers no matter where you are in the country, but not always cheese rolling).


2nd part:
If someone is so rich that they couldn't spend their fortune in 10 lifetimes let alone one and they decide to build/extend their current country estate with the addition of grand formal gardens, including acres of lawn, avenues of trees, fountains, growhouses for exotics, arbours, promonades, massive herbacious borders etc etc, who would they go to? Is there a 'Lancelot "Capability" Brown' or two who undertake such monumental landscaping tasks?
How much influence would priests of the nature gods and/or Harpers have on such a project? (sticking their cudgel/harp in or letting it go with just a watchful eye to ensure no permananet ecological damage is done?)

If someone was new to this wealth (adventurere/inherited wealth etc) where are the 'hotspots' to buy their grand estate within Cormyr, Sembia and/or the Dalelands (c. 1370DR or so).

Thank you

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
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Agnitio Veridicus
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed replies:
Okay, bearing in mind that this is a hypothetical query, if I was running Wizards/TSR/Realms fiction publishing, the "century jump" for 4e wouldn't have happened, so I could squeeze in more stories of the Realms circa the 1370s.
I would first have highlighted Mirt the Moneylender in his own book. Then Alustriel, in a political intrigue book to show "life in Silverymoon." Then back to Cormyr to do the same for Alusair (1 book), then Vangey (1 book), then Myrmeen Lhal (1 book), then Caladnei (1 book). Then Storm would get her own adventuring book (as a Harper 'den mother,' not as a Chosen. THEN I'd do a "what it's really like to be a Chosen" book, probably centered on Dove.
Then I'd spotlight Durnan and Halaster, in a Waterdeep-set book. Then I'd turn to my NEXT dozen or so most pressing ideas...



Those all sound like excellent book ideas, and I can assure you I would read every single one.

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Zandilar
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Heya,

Goodness gracious me! What a reply! Thank you!

(I apologize in advance for any missing capitals, my keyboard is slowly dying. I fear too much World of Warcraft has taken a toll on my left shift key, which is the one i mainly use to capitalize letters... it only works intermittently at the moment. *sigh8 I may not correct them all in my "editing pass" of the post.)

quote:

Ed replies:

Okay, let’s run through these in order, as much as possible. I’d not call the Women of the Wood “peaceful.” They’re actively trying to avenge their wronged members, remember, so they are conducting night raids, swindles, rumor-spreading, and the like to do that. Essentially they’re a bandit gang that has no general quarrel with the government, only with certain male citizens. They hide in the forest because, as you surmise, that’s where they know the Women already are, and they’re seeking safety in numbers. The Women started out hiding in The King’s Forest because certain of their early members (who had troubles with nobles, powerful courtiers, and rich and ruthless merchants) literally could not think of anywhere inside Cormyr, their homeland that they did NOT want to leave, where their various nemeses wouldn’t be able to easily track them down.


Ooh, sounds intriguing. I assume that some (most?) of these vendettas go both ways? I would imagine the Women have had to elude or deal with assassins and other hire swords sent after them? Cormyr is not exactly a big place, I can't see how they'd be able to avoid such attempts on their lives forever. Getting back towards queries that may help my campaign, are there any men amongst the high hunt that might have something against one or more of the women? i think I could use something like that to complicate matters for the party. Nothing like wheels within wheels to give the PCs a headache!

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Most of those joining the Women, even today (unless it’s the dead heart of a harsh winter, when very few dare to run away from hearthfires or other warm shelter), blossom swiftly in the woods into a love of freedom from etiquette and daily cares and fusses, and the simpler life of enjoying the surroundings and just gathering food (water and bathing are never problems). It’s generally believed that the Purple Dragons and War Wizards GENERALLY turn a blind eye to the Women (and this is true, or they’d not exist at all in the Cormyr of “today”), so women running off to join them feel there is some security in the woods. Some do try to “go it alone,” but fear of rape, robbery, and perhaps being eaten by wild beasts, and apprehension over being ignorant in woodlore, drive most women into joining the Women (there have even been young lads who have dressed as females so as to gain the security of the group, though in most cases they were thrust out, as potential spies sent by the particular men various Women were running from, the moment their gender was discovered).
Some Women do return to “everyday” Cormyr outside The King’s Forest, usually when their oppressors have died or circumstances have otherwise changed so they don’t feel in the same danger, or unhappiness. (Sometimes a humbled former oppressor is a very different man. The husband who used to beat his wife bloody and/or force himself on her constantly, who is now ailing, weak, and bedridden, may cease to be a threat - - particularly to a wife who returns to nurse him as a confident, bold person who will no longer take his abuse even if he dared attempt it.)


Okay, have there been any men in spell bolstered disguise (ie: using polymorph) who tried to gain access to the group. it occurs to me that if some male of magical talent (or one with deep enough pockets to aquire a magical item substitute for polymorph or even just alter self) might be able to get back at a Woman he has a grudge against by simply infiltrating them that way, waiting for the right moment and then "pouncing" (whether that means killing her or kidnapping her or worse).

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As for males not trying the same thing: it’s easier for a man to join the Purple Dragons and request a posting far away across the realm, or run off to become a sailor - - or head for the Hullack or the Stonelands to become a “wild outlaw.” There are many independent-minded shepherding families and hermit-like individuals dwelling in subsistence-level existences on the Cormyr-side slopes of the Thunder Peaks, and showing up occasionally in the caravan-road villages and waystops to make a few coins by selling fleece, arrowheads they’ve made, and semi-precious stones they’ve chipped from rocks. Young Cormyrean males are also more likely than young females, for some reason (probably they are more willing to break family ties), to leave the realm entirely to seek happier lives elsewhere.


Do you mean to say that it is easier for a man to join the Purple Dragons than women, or do you mean they're more likely to see it as a way out of a bad situation? I am leaning towards the latter, though the hardships of life in the woods would be almost equal to the hardships of military life in some ways. (Note I have no experience of living in the wild or serving in the military - in this I have to rely on my imagination! )

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The tendency of the nobility and royalty is to favour the first born son, yes (though I worded my reply carefully to point out that the rules vary in details for almost every family). If Foril had been the second born and survived, with Tanalasta as older sister, he would indeed have been named Crown Prince upon attaining his “fitness for rule” (age of majority, in Cormyr’s case 13, unless he was deemed mentally “slow”), but she would have been Queen (with whomever she married styled “consort”). In other words, the “Crown Prince” or “Crown Princess” title means “designated heir.” The moment Tanalasta had produced a child, of either gender, that progeny would be the heir, and would precede Foril in the line of lawful succession. They would also, upon reaching their majority, been styled Crown Prince or Princess, and each successive child born of Tanalasta would have pushed Foril back a step farther in his claim to the throne.
Note that I’m speaking of law, here, and not “the right [ahem] of force;” as we’ve seen in what Jeff and I outlined of Cormyr’s past in our novel, Cormyr is not immune to the greedy and ruthlessly aambitious seeking to seize the throne with the backing of various self-serving nobles. (It would be accurate to say that Cormyr’s royal history has been shaped and is typified by a succession of sieges and assaults on the Dragon Throne by various noble cabals, families, and issue-based alliances.)


There are always exceptions. *nods* Are there any noble families in cormyr that seem more inclined to have matriarchs than patriarchs? curiosity, here, more than anything else... I won't be upset if there are none, promise!

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Yes, there is some bias against women in Cormyr, but it’s more that they can’t physically get their hands on family funds, or physically thrash and defeat an abusive spouse, that drives them to seek other means to guard their slighted rights. Remember, Cormyr has no lawyers per se, and the Watch are primarily concerned with preventing violent crimes and keeping order on the streets, not “charging into homes” to settle domestic disputes (because if there’s one thing nobles who fulminate at Court hate more than anything else, it’s ANY move by the Crown or its agents to be able to charge into THEIR homes for any reason whatsoever, and the best way to get the Crown to agree to that hands-off approach is to claim it for ALL Cormyreans, so the nobles can’t be seen to be (or accused of being) claiming “special privileges” for themselves.


ugh... that's ugly. More ugly than I'd expect from Cormyr, actually. Would I be right in assuming that a person of either gender would be pretty much sure of getting help if they were mugged or raped in the street, but if it was in the home, and especially if the crime was committed by a relative... well they're on their own?

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People across Cormyr, male and female, do indeed know that if they need help, they can contact the Harpers. It’s not commonly done (so, last resort), and it’s not usually because Harpers are travelling openly in the realm. It’s because the Harpers long ago spread stories with various tavernmasters and innkeepers, as well as local heralds and certain “local lords” (judging each of the latter by their character before making the approach) that anyone in such-and-such a place can ‘leave word for’ the Harpers, to arrange a meeting or “surprise Harper visit” by speaking certain words at the bar of this tavern at a certain time, or at this particular well or market stall, or so on. In other words, word is left, some undercover local spy for the Harpers who is overlooking the leaving of the word identifies the person asking for the Harpers, and a Harper finds that person in a time and place where they don’t think it’s a “catch a Harper” trap, to talk to them about their needs. Harpers constantly watch over and often aid the Women in the Woods, because they long ago decided that the Women were a Good Thing or at least a Good Response to Distressing Necessity.


The Harpers seem to have quite a lot of interest in Cormyr. How much is Cormyr's current benevolence is due to their interference? I'm sure they've had some effect.

Are there any Harper agents within the Women of the Woods, or have there been any among the Women who later went on to become Harpers?

quote:

We would all like to know more about events in Cormyr between the time covered in THE GRAND HISTORY OF THE REALMS and the “Year Zero” of the 4e Realms books, but your suspicion as to how it will be officially handled is, I believe, right on (with the exception of a LITTLE more than the bare succession timeline seen in that Background web article; certain Cormyr scribes are working secretly on this). So yes, you can go your own way - - and yes, it’s a pity we won’t see more of Caladnei. As to riding off into legend with Alusair . . . we’ll just have to see. (As I said, certain scribes are . . . ahem.)


It seems like they introduced her not that long ago, and now she's been got rid of... And they've gone back to a male Mage Royal. Myrmeen could have had a daughter, you know. *pouts*

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If you were to adopt the 4e rules, I would make the “tiefling” Woman of the Woods essentially human, with fiendish features, yes. If 4e in the fullness of time presents us with something akin to “alu-fiends” and “cambions” (from earlier rules sets), feel free to jazz her up again. :} Myself, I’d present her from the outset as having innate talents of heightened smell, ability to “smell magic nearby,” move quietly and with great balance, and the always-operating ability to see keenly in dark or gloomy conditions (just to underscore that she’s “a little more than human”).


I'm a little hesitant to make stuff up for 4e yet, as I haven't really had much of a chance to actually play it and see how it balances. Until I know the rules a bit better those kinds of changes might be better off being cosmetic ones. (But I will keep those ideas in mind for when i am more comfortable with manipulating the system, thanks! I might even rebuild the tiefling race if I get bold enough. )

As for my campaign moving onto the 4e rules... Unfortunately, as I mentioned in an earlier post, the game is very well entrenched in the 3rd edition rules. Switching to 4e would be problematic anyway, since one of my players is convinced it's World of Warcraft on paper and refuses to have anything to do with it (he says it's not real DnD). When i run another campaign, I would love to use the 4e rules. I've even thrown around some ideas for converting several 3e era Realms NPCs as behind the scenes movers, shakers, and PC manipulators (Alusair as a Warlord, for example)... Because while i would love to switch to the 4e rules, I don't think I can make the 100 year jump to canon 4e Realms (that doesn't mean I won't look at what material I can get my hands on for ideas - but I'd be very reluctant to pay for it... My wallet is the only way I can show wizards just how upset I am by the jump to the future and what I can only describe as the ruination of the Realms - sorry ed, I just can't like it - not when everything that drew me to the realms in the first place is gone, and what has replaced it (with a single weak exception) has not interested me at all (and in some cases, actually enraged me).

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Yes, although Delphaera would be the ideal “good hunting challenge,” as you judge, Maurara Thundersword seems the most likely next High Hunt victim.
<snip a bunch of really good ideas>


Some excellent suggestions. I'm chuckling evily to myself just reading them. I'll let you know how things go for the PCs when I manage to run a session (had another session cancelled last week... but should be on target for not this coming Saturday but the one after).

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Cormyr and Elversult have friendly relations (if a trifle wary, on Elversult’s part; they’re always on the watch for attempts to covertly, usually through wealth and mercantile efforts, to take them over or dominate their decision-making). Yes, Elversult is indeed the sort of place the Crown might send an envoy.


*files the information away for future plots*

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I’m not going to comment any farther (right now) about the end of the Steel Regency, because of some future possible plans re. saying more about this in another place, at another time. Beyond saying it has nothing to do with the genders of the principal characters involved, but about their personalities and the factional nature of Cormyrean politics. I think Damian (“crazed venturers”) stated things pretty well (in his post that begins “Well of course things are not right with her regency,” in the thread about the New Cormyr piece, in the WotC News and Releases section, here at the Keep [THO forwarded it to me]), if that’s hint enough.


I'll have to go find that thread and read it. I'm afraid I read far more over on the WotC forums than here for some reason. (I'm just lazy!)

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I am in full agreement with you that there seem to be, from what we’ve seen thus far, “no women at all mentioned in positions of power,” and I agree with you that this is a blunder for a company seeking to attract new female gamers. I happen to know that the Brand Manager and Marketing areas of Wizards of the Coast are staffed by some very competent women, of accomplishment and strong character, so I’ll mention your concern to them and reference this post to underscore that this is a consumer’s opinion, not just my own. After all, the “babes in show armour” aren’t being retired as a marketing strategy, to hook the young males, so there’s no reason to spurn the still-largely-untapped market of females they have neglected to properly court in the past. I’m not (and never have been) in a decision-making position, but I can advise and cajole (and I do!). This is one “hobby horse” I’ll be proud to ride. (For one reason, if I’m told that females aren’t the target audience, I can remind them that strong female characters fascinate and attract males, and history shows us that they’ve done so for as long as recorded history exists.)


This is the company that gave us Astrid's Parlor, which was a step in the right direction to a certain extent. It would be good if you could put a bug in their ears about this, it wouldn't be good to see them take a step forward then take two or even three steps back.

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Of course you’ll change “your” Realms to be whatever best suits your campaigns and style of play. Everyone does, and that’s just fine. As things diverge more widely from the published canon Realms, it makes more work for you as the DM, but that’s just the price for “having things your way,” which is a beauty of this game form that shouldn’t be sacrificed on that particular altar. As for the Spellplague: remember that mortals can NEVER know the truth about godly events, only the “accepted wisdom” taught by clergy and based on what the gods want their followers to think. So what has been written about the Spellplague thus far could be very wrong, and almost certainly has some details wrong. All that is known is that the Weave is gone, that Mystra has fallen silent, and that the collapse of the Weave caused a widespread (and still not entirely finished) calamity dubbed “the Spellplague.”
That’s all people dwelling in the Realms really know - - and of course, in your Realms, any or all of those three things might not have happened. Perhaps just some of the Chosen have disappeared, and there’s much strife among rival churches arguing about “something” that happened among the gods. Perhaps some lands did change, perhaps not.


I have some ideas what the "true story" is behind the spellplague, if I should happen to keep it as part of my timeline. I might post them up on my blog at some point. But I think I'd rather just continue the story of the current Realms without the unnecessary (in my opinion, of course) super-RSE.

It's more than the spellplauge though. There's far more that's been done to the Realms than I really think I should go into here. Lets just say all the NPCs and gods I liked were effected in one way or another (killed or changed to the point where they may as well be dead anyway).

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And perhaps, in the future Cormyr, male nobles have become hunting/jousting/posing snobs and “upper-class twits” clinging to a world of pomp, pageantry, and the etiquette of yesteryear (duels, perhaps), while their far more practical (and exasperated) wives TRULY run things, running the business affairs of the families and making Lady-to-Lady agreements on what disputes to just set aside, when to collectively humour their men, and acting in concert (or in strong, opposed factions) at court to influence Crown decisions and in truth lead and shape life in Cormyr. Boy, as a ham-actor DM, I could have fun with that conception! All of the monacle-dropping, large-moustache-quivering, sneering and prancing grander-than-thou Lords, and their gently-sighing, steering-them Ladies . . .


*chortles*

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And I know your Alusair as Queen question is hypothetical and must be taken with the usual other-factors-we-can-only-guess-at caveats, but in my opinion (as, ahem, the creator of Cormyr and Alusair), I think she would have reigned as a female version of Azoun IV: lots of energy, fearless in battle as loved by her soldiery for it, cheerfully bedding men in all directions whenever she felt like it (though in her case, I’d say a few women, too), impetuous and dismissive-of-tedious-pomp and bureaucracy, but willing to listen to advisers she trusts, and mellowing into an increasingly-strong monarch. I can also see her as being better than her father in regards to the succession, ruthlessly dealing with nobles and even treacherous kin as she ages, to produce a situation where there is a clear heir, a protected spare, and loyal courtiers and nobles dedicated to transferring rule to her successor peacefully, swiftly, and surely. Alusair may have been a brat in her youth, but she became the greatest ruler Cormyr never had (of the Obarskyrs; a strong case could be made for many of the Royal Mages having a better claim to that particular title than any Obarskyr).


Now that's a Cormyr I'd have liked... Not that I don't like the current Cormyr anyway, but... Well I think you know what I mean.

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1. I’m afraid I can’t really say much about the fate of Caladnei yet. There’s a nice new NDA on this one. I or another Realms creator will reveal Caladnei’s fate as soon as we best can.

Hmmm... Why do I suddenly feel wary...

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2. I’m trying to avoid saying much about the 4e Realms until I have a good heart-to-heart with certain folks at Wizards, but I don’t think it does great harm to consider that Ganarahast is the son of Myrmeen and Vangerdahast, not a grandson or nephew or something else.

Right. I had a sinking feeling that was so. The ratio of men to women falls so close to 50/50 that it may as well be 50/50, and yet it seems nearly every person who counted in the Realms had male children... Tymora must have been smiling.

Zandilar
~amor vincit omnia~
~audaces fortuna iuvat~

As the spell ends, you look up into the sky to see the sun blazing overhead like noon in a desert. Then something else in the sky catches your attention. Turning your gaze, you see a tawny furred kitten bounding across the sky towards the new sun. Her eyes glint a mischevious green as she pounces on it as if it were nothing but a colossal ball of golden yarn. With quick strokes of her paws, it is batted across the sky, back and forth. Then with a wink the kitten and the sun disappear, leaving the citizens of Elversult gazing up with amazed expressions that quickly turn into chortles and mirth.

The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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andmnk
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Hello. I've got a question on kenkus of Faerun. There's very little information on them. Where do they live? What's their culture and folklore.? How do their habitats look like (both in human and kenku communities). Where are the largest kenku communities on Toril?

Edited by - andmnk on 31 Jul 2008 16:29:47
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 31 Jul 2008 :  22:30:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. I bring you Ed's response to this query, from Sage of Stars: "Lovely Lady THO and Ed, do nobles of Cormyr ever have “dress up” ceremonial occasions where they would wear robes, coronets, etc. to denote their ranks? I’m thinking of regalia controlled by heralds, not just a fashion show."
Ed replies:


Yes, indeed. Attendance at Court whenever there's to be an investiture, nobles are going to sit in judgement on anything or anyone (such as a fellow noble accused of crimes), any Obarskyr is going to be given a title (and the feast/ball afterwards), at royal christenings and crownings (and the feast/ball after, again), and so on. There are nobles who LOVE to wear their regalia, and do so every chance they get . . . and others who prefer to show their casual regard for the Obarskyrs or the life at Court by wearing hunting gear . . . as well as everything in between.


So saith Ed. Who as I recall has portrayed nobles of all of those shades in our 'home' Realmsplay.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 31 Jul 2008 :  22:38:36  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Ed and Lovely THO,
I know that Ed can think of dozens of ways of making a 3e Realms-era character survive into the 4e Realms era, but I wonder if I can slyly ask if Ed has thought such thoughts, and acted on them?
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A Gavel
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Posted - 31 Jul 2008 :  22:39:38  Show Profile  Visit A Gavel's Homepage Send A Gavel a Private Message
Well, you can slyly ASK, but . . .
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Sage of Stars
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Posted - 31 Jul 2008 :  22:41:46  Show Profile  Visit Sage of Stars's Homepage Send Sage of Stars a Private Message
Ed and THO,
Thanks for the speedy reply. One addendum: is it a social faux pas, or worse, for a noble to wear "part" of their regalia (i.e. robes but not coronet, coronet but not robes, etc.)?
Thank you again.
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