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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  01:42:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Great. Be sure to give Ed some followup queries, when the time is right, to fill in any gaps/augment any lean bits in those files. The man's a bottomless fund of Realmslore.
love,
THO
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The Sage
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  02:06:07  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
I've got a small-ish, list compiled already. But, overall, it's slow work. Great, to be able to re-read through all this stuff again, but it is time-consuming. Plus, it doesn't help that I often just end up sitting in front of the computer getting caught up reading through several dozen replies and eventually forgetting what I'm actually supposed to be doing. Only Ed-lore can do that!

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  02:34:25  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

As you know, I'm a little less than bashful


Really? I hadn't noticed!

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Blueblade
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  03:28:49  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
A recent re-reading of Terry Pratchett's NIGHT WATCH leads me to ask: how much do members of Waterdeep's City Watch "keep to themselves" when off-duty, in the just-pre-Spellplague City of Splendors? Are they allowed to have "outside" jobs or investments? Make business trips?
Oh, and do they get holidays/vacations, or just unpaid leave when requested?
Thanks!
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  03:30:39  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Ed and THO,
While you're answering Blueblade's Waterdeep question, here's one from me.
Is anyone in Waterdeep allowed to be a member of multiple guilds? If so, are there any restrictions on their voting/rights/activities?
Thanks!
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Broken Helm
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  03:34:23  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
. . . And now that the usual suspects have asked their questions, here's the third one (me). sorry I'm late, but was for a good cause: I was busy gaming!
My question is: in Suzail and in Waterdeep, just pre-Spellplague, if I am a young female of wealthier than shopkeeper class but not noble, and I have other, older siblings so am not "heiress" of the family, what are the most respectable professions I can enter? Can I join a guild? Try for a courtiers' job? Do I start my own business or shop?
Thanks!
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  05:12:05  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

As you know, I'm a little less than bashful


Really? I hadn't noticed!

I have. And I've got the evidence to prove it.

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Sandro
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  10:20:08  Show Profile  Click to see Sandro's MSN Messenger address Send Sandro a Private Message
Adding (kinda) to the Waterdeep queries:

What would the prices for inns (good and bad) be like in Waterdeep? What about the price of meals? How would these prices compare to other places on the Sword Coast? How about Cormyr? Sembia? The Dales? Which of these places is regarded by travellers as being the best place to stay, from a hospitality standpoint?

Cheers!

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Penknight
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  10:40:24  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Sandro

Adding (kinda) to the Waterdeep queries:

What would the prices for inns (good and bad) be like in Waterdeep? What about the price of meals? How would these prices compare to other places on the Sword Coast? How about Cormyr? Sembia? The Dales? Which of these places is regarded by travellers as being the best place to stay, from a hospitality standpoint?

Cheers!

You might try Volo's Guide to Waterdeep, as well as the Volo's Guide to Cormyr, the Sword Coast, and the North. It gives a good description of the inns, the quality of the rooms, food, etc. Absolutely indespensible!

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Menelvagor
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  17:45:42  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
And in counterpoint to Broken Helm's question, what would happen if a daughter to a middle class and above family chose to become a courtesan/lady of pleasure? Obviously, this depends where, but would there be places where the family would still support her? And to add, if she chose to become a Priestess of Sharess, would the attitude still be the same if the family did not respect Sharess (I know it's not that same at all, but would the family know/care?)?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  17:56:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all! Recently, Broken Helm asked this: "Years (?) back, in this thread, Ed was asked about what he'd been reading during that week, or some short, recent time period.
I've just had to move for job reasons, and am looking to buy a shelf-load of books for my reading pleasure, not to mention looking ahead to Christmas and the inevitable family presents (I like to give books).
So, Ed and THO, could you oblige with some recent titles you've enjoyed?
I don't need an exhaustive "here's everything I read" list, nor do the books have to be new (I buy plenty of secondhand books for me), but I'm hoping I'll discover some new interesting reads. Anything from cookbooks to politics, please, not just fantasy and sf. Though I know Ed just judged the Sunbursts, and eyeballed a LOT of fantasy and sf..."
Ed replies:


Well,in this last week, I've read several things I can't talk about for legal reasons (forthcoming, that is, not "bad legal matters"), plus these:
EARTH TO TABLE: Seasonal Recipes From An Organic Farm by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett (a re-read, purely for fun)
THE UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Terry Pratchett (the latest Discworld novel)
THE MERMAID'S MADNESS by Jim Hines (good friedn and a superb writer of "fun" fantasy)
206 BONES by Kathy Reich
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
THE WOMEN OF NELL GWYNNE'S by Kaje Baker (FINALLY I could get to this)
THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES edited by John Joseph Adams
. . . and that's it. More next week!


So saith Ed.
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 10 Oct 2009 17:57:57
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gomez
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Posted - 10 Oct 2009 :  21:03:11  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

THE UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Terry Pratchett (the latest Discworld novel)



I will have to look out for this one (after I finish reading the War of the Spider Queen - I just started in Insurrection).

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althen artren
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Posted - 11 Oct 2009 :  00:09:40  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message
2 questions easily answered, good sir.

I was reading in the persistant interview and a question came to mind.
How in the world with over 180 books and stuff printed are you not
getting massive amounts of royalties? I mean, with the popularity you
have in the genre, you should be almost set for life right now. Are you
not a hard negotiator?

I know that Canadian thanksgiving is coming up. Are you hosting or cooking?
If so, whats on the menu?
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The Sage
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Posted - 11 Oct 2009 :  01:52:31  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

THE UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Terry Pratchett (the latest Discworld novel)
And what, briefly, are Ed's thoughts on Pratchett's latest DW tale? I'm curious, because I've been eagerly anticipating this release for some time, but haven't had the chance to read it, yet.

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Sandro
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Posted - 11 Oct 2009 :  04:45:22  Show Profile  Click to see Sandro's MSN Messenger address Send Sandro a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Penknight

quote:
Originally posted by Sandro

Adding (kinda) to the Waterdeep queries:

What would the prices for inns (good and bad) be like in Waterdeep? What about the price of meals? How would these prices compare to other places on the Sword Coast? How about Cormyr? Sembia? The Dales? Which of these places is regarded by travellers as being the best place to stay, from a hospitality standpoint?

Cheers!

You might try Volo's Guide to Waterdeep, as well as the Volo's Guide to Cormyr, the Sword Coast, and the North. It gives a good description of the inns, the quality of the rooms, food, etc. Absolutely indespensible!

Ah, cheers for that. I do own the Volo's Guides, but I think I'll leave the question open, in case there's anything Ed wants to add that wasn't included in those books.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 Oct 2009 :  18:10:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. A swift start to a reply for althen artren: only the very early D&D gaming products paid royalties, and fiction products only pay royalties when they're still in print. New editions using old lore rewritten and repackaged are considered "new products" and don't pay royalties even if the "old lore" did, in its earlier publication. Moreover, royalties are only paid when any advances are earned out, and some foreign publishers deduct expenses from royalties (sometimes admitting they're doing so, more often just doing it without admitting so). And Ed isn't a hard negotiator, though his current agent is - - and even that agent has experienced many instances of publishers just ignoring details of contracts and having to be firmly reminded of them.
So Ed makes a living, but is by no means rich. In fact, he's like many folks: heavily in debt re. his home expenses, generous to his family and charities whenever he can be, and happy to have enough money to support his hobbies (in Ed's case, buying books and games).
love,
THO
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Rhewtani
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Posted - 11 Oct 2009 :  19:52:32  Show Profile  Send Rhewtani an AOL message Send Rhewtani a Private Message
It occurs to me that the compilations of these responses really good use tags. Not volunteering, just ... wishing. :)
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Tormtar
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  09:39:05  Show Profile  Visit Tormtar's Homepage Send Tormtar a Private Message
Could Ed (or the lovely Hooded One) give us any more detail on the Sword Coast races held outside Baldur's Gate every year, as detailed in the Amphail entry in Volo's Guide to the North? I am particularly interested in the participants and horse owners (besides the Ilzimmer's)and whether or not there are any famous horses which often win such races c.1370's.
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Broken Helm
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  14:58:05  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
I'm blanking on where these races were mentioned, in published Realmslore. Was this in Ed's New Adventures of Volo columns in DRAGON, or in a Volo's, or - -?
Help, anyone?
Thanks.
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Icelander
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  15:11:27  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Broken Helm

I'm blanking on where these races were mentioned, in published Realmslore. Was this in Ed's New Adventures of Volo columns in DRAGON, or in a Volo's, or - -?
Help, anyone?
Thanks.


According to the post above yours, they are found in Volo's Guide to the North.

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Broken Helm
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  15:25:36  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Sorry, Icelander. I missed one word in my first post. I meant to post: "on where ELSE these races were mentioned" (that is, aside from Volo's North) because I'm darned sure they were, in something else by Ed . . . but I can't remember where.
Sigh.
Getting older, mind getting emptier . . .

Edited by - Broken Helm on 12 Oct 2009 15:26:22
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Blueblade
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  15:40:46  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hi, Ed. Okay, so I was reading NIGHT WATCH - - and so were you. Just for fun, the both of us. Just curious: are we psychically connected? Don't bother to reply if you'd rather not, but I was just curious as to what brought that particular book "back to mind" for you. Full disclosure my end: I thought of it out of the blue after some years, and went and fetched it from my back bookcase.
Thanks.
Again, not wanting to press if you feel this is private; just astonished at the coincidence!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  15:44:10  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hah, * I * can answer this one for Ed, because I've already asked him about it, as it happens.
He was asked to suggest a good "first fantasy book read, ever" for the husband of a friend, who is a cop, and thought of NIGHT WATCH because of its subject matter. He glanced through it to make sure he was right, then sat down to enjoy the whole tale again.
So there you are. Coincidence, or psychic link, or whatever.
love,
THO
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Knight of the Gate
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  16:42:54  Show Profile  Send Knight of the Gate a Yahoo! Message Send Knight of the Gate a Private Message
I'm not in the least creeped out by the fact that I also re-read NIGHT WATCH this week... no, not at all...
On topic: Re-reading Cloak and Dagger last night, I noted that in the Moonstars' entry, it is rumored that Khelben and Laeral have been using ritual magic to grant various abilities to certain agents. This got me to wondering what sort of 'powers' Ed would have the Blackstaff bestow on PC's? Not 'mission-specific' enchantments, which (I suppose) would be the most common sort of thing, but general 'you're valuable, well-placed and trusted operatives, and I want to both reward you and make you more efficient' type stuff. Also, am I right to think that it's unlikely that Khelben would give anyone these sorts of abilities without having either 1) a way to 'turn off' or nullify the power or 2) a 'backdoor' of some sort- maybe the ritual empowers the character, but it also places a mark on them through which Khelben can always find (and strike at) the bearer. Or am I misreading Khelben? From my perspective, I think Khel only trusts for a given value of 'trust', even in his nearest and dearest(given that he's seen even Laeral subverted).
Thanks in advance: I'm using the Moonstars in my current campaign- though whether the PC's ever find that out, and what they think of how they've been manipulated if ever they do is another matter...

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deusex2
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Posted - 12 Oct 2009 :  17:52:03  Show Profile  Visit deusex2's Homepage Send deusex2 a Private Message
Greeting to all. I've been looking for a while for any practical information about Anchorome. In my early post, in another part of the forum? I've been told that Anchorome was intended to be a joke dungeon, consisting of a series of islands, however later it was turned into lands, north of Maztica.

So my question is there any detailed information about that region(besides Flaming Fist's expedition)? What races live there besides people and elves? What about it's geography and topography? What local political forces exist in there?

Thank you very much for any information you can provide.

Edited by - deusex2 on 12 Oct 2009 17:54:54
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