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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  01:25:10  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
While Ed will likely have more,

Uzzy, I will note that Ed's managed to detail some specific other drugs that you may find a place for in your campaign. You could probably check them out while waiting for Ed's reply.

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  03:22:02  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed,

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and your wife's illness. I raise a toast to you and yours tonight.

Steve

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  03:43:31  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
A question I have some dealing with... I have Asperger's Syndrome (A form of high-function Autism which has major problems with socializing as part of the problems). My question is could reveal what these mental thought processes would be see as in the realms. Basically explain how the realms react, understand or help people with these disorders (Asperger's and Autism).

I am also interested in Multiple Personality disorder as well, as it seemed to be interesting for ways of a story.

Thanks,

Foxhelm

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Vangelor
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USA
182 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  05:59:49  Show Profile  Visit Vangelor's Homepage Send Vangelor a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. I have been ferrying your posts to Ed in the usual manner throughout these difficult last few days (his wife is not well and heís caring for her, as well as facing the death of his close friend BrianThomsen).

Please extend our sympathies, and let Ed know we are thinking of him.


quote:
Saith Ed:

I should also mention that among the gnomes of the North, dwelling in modest villages in the few instances in which they didnít entirely co-mingle with humans in human cities, rulers calmly resigned when they thought they were not longer the best for the job, and named the one they deemed best. If that gnome didnít want to rule, they deposed themselves on the spot, and handed things on THEIR chosen candidate. If no one wanted to rule, a council of all family elders was convened and the rulership (often by a trio or quartet) was hammered out that way; such teams usually set out to train and inspire their own (one gnome) replacements.


"And that is how the game of 'Hot Potato' came to be!" Always a delight to get another gem from Ed on the Forgotten Folk!
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RodOdom
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  06:59:53  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Lady THO, please let us know if there's anything we can do to help or make Ed or Brian Thomsen's family feel better.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  15:11:31  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by arry

quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

That was ...fast Thank you Ed and THO both. And I hope those things that can get better for Ed will get better.



Likewise. Things have been rough for poor Ed. of late



I know. Ed, I hope your wife gets better!

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Purple Dragon Knight
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  19:41:24  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

[snip]All things considered, I was a little surprised to receive this relatively swift reply from Ed to Kajehaseís query: ďI've been reading a short biography about the Swedish 17th-century queen Kristina who managed to make quite a few waves in Europe when she abdicated and converted to catholicism [snip]
Hey... what coincidence! Tony Blair just switched to Catholicism too!
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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  22:00:58  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all scribes.
I have some sad news to impart.
Brian Thomsen, former head of TSR's Books Department, the editor and instigator of some classic Realms novels, and Ed Greenwood's very good friend (not to mention a close friend of Jeff Grubb's, and a friend and guide to many, including several scribes on these boards who attended GenCon this year and talked with him about fantasy writing), passed away suddenly last night.
Death comes for us all, but it's never welcome when someone finds it young, suddenly, and with so much left to do.
I'll raise a glass.
love to all,
THO

Brian Thomsen was a mighty, witty, bubbly prince among us lesser men. He will be sorely missed indeed.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

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Blueblade
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  23:45:53  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Ed and THO, a question has arisen re. fevers in my Realms campaign: when someone gets a fever after a wound (i.e. probably an infection, probably not poison), do most folk "doing doctoring" in the Realms believe in rest, warmth, drinking lots of soup and suchlike, or do they think a fever is better cured by exertion plus lots of the right food and drink (possibly strong drink)?
I'm deliberately leaving arcane magic AND holy ministrations out of this.
Thanks for anything you can contribute!
BB
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A Gavel
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  23:49:55  Show Profile  Visit A Gavel's Homepage Send A Gavel a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,
I have been reading some of the Brian Thomsen tributes on the Net, and mentions of Julie Schwartz put me in mind of two Realms queries:
Have there ever been anything in the Realms resembling comic books?
Is there any legend or concept (religious figures, "heroes of faiths," and ruling family ancestor propaganda aside) of a "superman"? Or a super-powered member of any race, who fights evil "for us all," costume or not? (I don't mean all the rebels and Robin Hoos figures, fighting against evil rulers or a class [like "all the oppressive nobles"], I mean someone EVERYONE hears of, from youth, and can picture in their minds.)
Thank you.
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Malcolm
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  23:53:12  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
THO and Esteemed Ed,
I have another Realms question. If I live in upland Amn or Tethyr, away from the big Sword Coast cities, how easy is it for me to buy fine wire? How expensive is it, and how long a "run" of it can I readily purchase? What form is it sold in (i.e. cut off spools, or coiled around wooden bats and sold by the bat, or- -)?
Thanks in advance.
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Blueblade
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Posted - 24 Sep 2008 :  23:54:38  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Oooh! Oooh! GREAT question, Malcolm. Ed and THO, PLEASE could you also answer all of Malcolm's wire questions for Cormyr (everywhere in Cormyr)?
Thanks!
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Vangelor
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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  00:02:14  Show Profile  Visit Vangelor's Homepage Send Vangelor a Private Message
Blueblade, your question regarding common healing practices has been addressed in an earlier scroll, I believe in March of 2004. I will try to track down the thread and send you a link. I just happen to have re-read it a day or two ago.

From memory: enforced rest, with a blanket, plenty of fluids (which are administered even when they shouldn't be, such as when internal injuries are present).

Edited by - Vangelor on 25 Sep 2008 00:05:44
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Icelander
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  02:36:25  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message
Quick question; rice in FaerŻn proper? Is it grown there at all or is it just a Kara-Turan crop? And if it's grown, where is it mostly produced? And how is it priced, relative to the finest wheat? 1:1 (which, if we discount exotic status, would be a decent historical figure) or a different ratio?

I can see Thay being able to produce it economically and sell it to most of the eastern Inner Sea. 'twould be a nice addition to their staple trade goods.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  03:17:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Ed is frantically busy right now caring for his wife, handling many, many phone calls and e-mails re. Brian's death, and (oh yes) trying to finish a novel, too. He promises he'll send me more Realmslore replies as soon as he can.
In the meantime, I am still ferrying all of your queries his way, and am going to step in and answer Icelander with a "quick and slim" partial answer until Ed's real one arrives.
Icelander, from play in the "home" Realms campaign, I know that wild rice is harvested in shallow freshwater lakes and riverbanks all over the Sword Coast North and the Dales, rural Sembia, Tethyr, and Cormyr, plentifully in Unther and Mylhorand, and the rivers that empty into the Lake of Dragons. ( I imagine it's also harvested in Turmish and the Vilhon and many other places, too, but the list I've given, I can confirm from notes I made during play. Yes, Thay with its slave workers would be an ideal rice-growing land [in the right parts of it]).
Rice is therefore a locally plentiful staple where conditions permit it to grow, and hence cheaper than wheat (where it's scarce, it tends to be "unknown for the table," so the "price higher for rarity" factor doesn't come into play much). I know it can (or could, in the 1350s) readily be bought in Waterdeep, Athkatla, and Calimport, and was traded in Tharsult. So, yes, it's a Faerunian crop, and transported for sale as flour as well as grain.
I've drawn this from various notes made during play, of things our characters saw, overheard, and read in ledgers. Yes, Ed thinks of an amazing number of things.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 25 Sep 2008 03:19:27
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Icelander
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  03:44:13  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message
Thank you very much, THO. That was quick, kind and thorough of you.

Much obliged.

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Blueblade
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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  16:02:23  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Thanks, Vangelor! Okay, question answered, so I withdraw it.
And, of course ( ) replace it with a new one: Ed and THO, how would a local ruler in the Sales or a remote village in the Sword Coast North react to a group of adventurers showing up with a letter from the rulership of a large but distant place (e.g. Waterdeep, Amn, Var the Golden) requesting that the adventurers be allowed to arrest some locally prominent person because of grave but unspecified crimes committed back in that same "large but distant place"?
I'm aware that the character and views of the local ruler are a big factor and could cause a great variety of reactions, if you put the same demand to, say, twenty rulers, but has a tradition or protocol developed, over the years? Or does this just never happen this way?
Thanks!
BB
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Malcolm
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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  16:11:14  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Geez, that sorta makes my next question look a little lame.
Oh, well.
Lovely Lady THO and Esteemed Ed,
Slingshots. The simple "Y" wooden type or the larger, all flexible "Biblical war" sort. Used in the Realms, yes, because they're in the D&D rules from the beginning.
Used by little kids, though? In unsupervised play? In, say, the Dales? Or the Sword Coast North? And if so, are the kids expected to "kill for the stewpot"? Are there laws or unwritten rules about who and what you CAN'T use your sling on, even in play?
Thanks.

Edited by - Malcolm on 25 Sep 2008 16:11:39
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createvmind
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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  19:44:18  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello all,

ED in Elminster in Hell, Mystra via Halaster cast some great magic that appears to affect Asmodeus. Did Asmodeus ever learn what was done to him and by whom and if so does he have a vendetta against all things mystran? I'm wondering if he had something to do with her death?
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capnvan
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Posted - 25 Sep 2008 :  21:47:05  Show Profile  Visit capnvan's Homepage Send capnvan a Private Message
Sorry to be somewhat off topic, but I did want to add my voice on this one:
Ed, I'm sorry for your troubles. Hope things get better.
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Ardashir
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Posted - 26 Sep 2008 :  17:26:10  Show Profile  Visit Ardashir's Homepage Send Ardashir a Private Message
All my condolences to Mister Greenwood. May his troubles end swiftly and well.
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Vangelor
Learned Scribe

USA
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Posted - 27 Sep 2008 :  01:20:09  Show Profile  Visit Vangelor's Homepage Send Vangelor a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm

Geez, that sorta makes my next question look a little lame.
Oh, well.
Lovely Lady THO and Esteemed Ed,
Slingshots. The simple "Y" wooden type or the larger, all flexible "Biblical war" sort. Used in the Realms, yes, because they're in the D&D rules from the beginning.
Used by little kids, though? In unsupervised play? In, say, the Dales? Or the Sword Coast North? And if so, are the kids expected to "kill for the stewpot"? Are there laws or unwritten rules about who and what you CAN'T use your sling on, even in play?
Thanks.

Ed has discussed popular children's toys of the Realms in these scrolls before, and did specify that slingshots are popular in this role.

But he didn't describe them, or answer any of your other questions as to their accepted (or condemned) use, so I look forward to hearing what Ed has to say on down the line.
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
1537 Posts

Posted - 27 Sep 2008 :  12:27:17  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

Thanks, Vangelor! Okay, question answered, so I withdraw it.
And, of course ( ) replace it with a new one: Ed and THO, how would a local ruler in the Sales or a remote village in the Sword Coast North react to a group of adventurers showing up with a letter from the rulership of a large but distant place (e.g. Waterdeep, Amn, Var the Golden) requesting that the adventurers be allowed to arrest some locally prominent person because of grave but unspecified crimes committed back in that same "large but distant place"?
...
BB


BB, have you read Power of Faerun? If Ed didn't answer your questions explicitly in that, you should be able to infer a lot from it. I'm thinking especially of the sections on Heralds and frontier justice.





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createvmind
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Posted - 27 Sep 2008 :  17:29:52  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed can you provide any details on the process it takes to place an elemental within a golem? Are elementals knowledgable of this enslavement and thus seek to combat such things happening to their kind, do they have a society/relatonships where one elemental is concerned about the fate of another for this to be possible? Any info you can share on the topis would be appreciated?

I have an NPC mage who has crafted quite a number of golems and I'm wondering if the air elementals would try to destroy him to prevent further enslavements of their kind.
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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 28 Sep 2008 :  09:07:20  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

Another question...

Are there any intelligent shape shifting equines (horses are what I'm mostly interested in) in the Realms? Like, perhaps, were-horses? I know the concept of a were-horse is quite bizarre, given that horses are herbivores/prey animals, and lycanthropic creatures seem to be traditionally predator types. If there are, what are their general disposition (good? evil?) and habits? What kind of regions do they live in, and how rare are they? What kind of relationship do they have with Lurure? Malar? Selune? other deities?

Somehow I've never entirely gotten over my teenage admiration for the horse... and I'm surprised I never asked this before.

Also - I managed to run my group through my planned adventure concerning the High Hunt, and it went reasonably well. THe group managed to rescue Maurara (who was frightened out of her mind, but otherwise unscathed (merely suffered some scrapes and bruises from her short run through the woods - yes, the group was very quick to close the gap!). The Women of the Woods merely watched, rather than participated, and the group leader was able to talk fast enough that the Purple Dragons weren't immediately on their tails (also - Mass Whelm from the Spell Compendium (I think? could be PHB II) is a very powerful spell, especially against groups of low level Purple Dragons - and non-lethal as well). They also managed to capture the instigator and several participants of the hunt... Which leads me to another question (or maybe questions!):

What kind of trial and punishment would people participating in a High Hunt get? Would the person presiding over the trial require the party (or parties) responsible for capturing them be present to give evidence? Would the group get any type of reward from the Crown for their efforts?

Thank you for your time, Ed, despite all the troubles happening in your life at the moment.

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.

Edited by - Zandilar on 28 Sep 2008 09:08:25
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