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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 11 Nov 2009 :  18:27:33  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
A Waterdeep question, if I may.
In Castle Ward and in North Ward, how many "odd substances" get washed down the street sewers (as opposed to privy-chutes and outlets from inside buildings)? If a vividly-coloured liquid (or a lot of blood) showed up to temporarily change the hue of water draining from a particular street, court, or alley, how likely would it be for someone to notice it and spur the authorities to investigate?
Thanks!
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Broken Helm
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Posted - 11 Nov 2009 :  18:47:35  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
If I am in Arabel and need a harp re-strung AND repaired, how easy is to find craftworkers who do that? Is there competition (i.e. several equally or roughly-equally skilled persons I can go to?) Are they/he/she/it (all) backlogged, or can I get the work done quickly? (Or can I jump queues by paying extra for "emergency" repairs?) Any names of crafters, just-pre-Spellplague?
Thanks!
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Sage of Stars
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Posted - 12 Nov 2009 :  16:11:06  Show Profile  Visit Sage of Stars's Homepage Send Sage of Stars a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
"The Project" looks to be ready for your input. Contact me here or through Paramount, okay?
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NyluenathaStareyes
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Posted - 12 Nov 2009 :  16:24:39  Show Profile  Visit NyluenathaStareyes's Homepage  Send NyluenathaStareyes an AOL message  Send NyluenathaStareyes a Yahoo! Message Send NyluenathaStareyes a Private Message
Hey Ed, I was wondering if you could tell me what year it was that Djerad Kusold, the Swallowed City of Melebrauth was well...swallowed hah. I'm doing some campaign work in Laerakond and was hoping to get that date as it impacts a few NPCs I'm working up. I'm happy to use a date of my own choosing, but just wanted to see if there was any official word.

Thanks for your time!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 Nov 2009 :  19:02:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Another raft of posts off to Ed, who is tearingly busy right now but loves the questions, so keep 'em coming. Regarding your Arabel harp request, Broken Helm, I know there's more than one place/person you can go to, but the only one I remember right now is in the southwestern part of the city, in a modest upper-floor living quarters/workshop, and is an aging, gnarled human woman named Harsratha Taree.

So saith me (from Ed, of course; this comes from playing in Ed's campaign).
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  03:04:04  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. It’s my proud task to bring some new Realmslore replies from Ed of the Greenwood, this time in response to Baleful Avatar, who asked (back on page 105 of this thread): “Is anyone in Waterdeep allowed to be a member of multiple guilds? If so, are there any restrictions on their voting/rights/activities?”
Ed replies:


Usually a particular individual can’t be a member of multiple guilds, but I say “usually” because the truth is that all guilds have their own rules, that differ in specifics from other guilds. It is VERY rare for someone to be allowed to simultaneously be a full voting member of more than one guild; more often someone who has dual or multiple memberships would only be allowed to vote or hold “full” (as opposed to “apprentice”) membership in one guild. There have been, of course, a rare handful of individuals who have managed to belong to more than one guild by establishing several identities (attaining multiple memberships through deception). So, yes, there would be all sorts of restrictions in the rare instances of membership in more than one guild being held.


. . . And more recently (on page 111) Baleful Avatar asked: “Are there any half-orcs known and tolerated as members of the royal household (servants, courtiers) in Cormyr? Are there any half-orcs known and tolerated as long-established inhabitants of Suzail? Thanks! P.S. As of just pre-Spellplague. Sorry, should have specified.”
Ed replies:

In the royal household, just pre-Spellplague: not to my knowledge. Of course, half-orcs who don’t LOOK like half-orcs might be servants, courtiers, or guards in the royal household - - and of course, by all means create some if you’d like to, for your campaign. Yes, there are about sixty half-orc longtime Suzailans, mainly dockhands (ship loaders and unloaders and warehouse “cargo handlers”) who dwell in the poorer western regions of the city. They mainly adopt an amiable “surly but placid” persona so as to fit in, and have earned tolerance among their neighbours, though not always from visitors to the city or the more xenophobic nobles.


So saith Ed. Spinning Realmslore day after day, year after year, decade after decade, for us all.
Regarding matters large and small.
More soon, he promises.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  03:08:53  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
The above answer from Ed leads me to wonder: would a half-orc (who presumably is going to get mind-reamed thoroughly to check on his loyalty, possible ties to Cormyr's foes, and so on) who is deeply loyal to the Dragon Throne and who is magically talented be accepted into the War Wizards under Vangerdahast? What about Caladnei?
Would a loyal but not magically-gifted half-orc ever be made a Highknight, during the same time period?
Thanks!
BB
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  03:19:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Ed promised more Realmslore, and here it is. Just a smidgen, but it’s lore nonetheless. Back on page 106 of this thread, Kyrene posted: “Ed and/or THO and/or others,
Running through my notes on notable NPCs in Neverwinter, I came across this little throwaway comment concerning Alasturan Malatheer:
“Elminster refuses to do more than smilingly muse about what a formidable foe a song dragon wizard who retained his magecraft in gold dragon form would be—and then adds enigmatically that Mystra would almost have to take a personal interest in such an individual.”
Is/was he a Chosen of Mystra, or have I just run into an NDA wall at high speed?”
I warned Kyrene that there was indeed an NDA wall, and that it hadn’t “budged an inch,” to which Kyrene responded: “I'll take that as a "Yes, maybe" rather than a "No, definitely not" then. Is there anything Ed can tell us about Alasturan Malatheer that has not already been published and would not be behind that wall? Yes, I'm keeping it purposely vague, and so can be whatever Ed can reply with. A single word of lore is still 'more lore' after all.”
Ed now replies:


No, Alasturan isn’t a Chosen, but Mystra has many other (lesser) allies and servants (see SECRETS OF THE MAGISTER for some “types” of these). Hint, hint.
As for other lore about Alasturan, my notes contain these tidbits:

Alasturan has amassed a collection of maps and charts (apparently as a hobby, enjoying examining them even when he knows their details are fanciful, incorrect, or outdated), plays chess and some other complex board games (for fun, and often alone, not to gamble over or “smash opponents”), has done extensive experimentation and development of new spells involving runes and glyphs . . . and loves going out onto coastal headlands in fierce storms and enjoying the lashing weather firsthand.
Not much, but more facets of character. Have fun!


So saith Ed. Who is hard at work on more Realmslore for us all.
love,
THO
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Kyrene
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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  08:11:05  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Not much, but more facets of character. Have fun!


So saith Ed. Who is hard at work on more Realmslore for us all.
love,
THO


THO,

You may tell Ed that I think he is as modest as he is gracious. That little "Not much" lore is more than I could have hoped for. In plain Afrikaans I thus say, Verskriklik baie dankie!*

*Translates roughly as "Terribly lots of thanks!"

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freyar
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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  13:18:41  Show Profile  Visit freyar's Homepage Send freyar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Sage of Stars

Dear Ed and THO,
"The Project" looks to be ready for your input. Contact me here or through Paramount, okay?



Now this is just teasing!

Anything at all the rest of us plebes can know about this Project?

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Blueblade
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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  21:01:58  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Well, obviously it's something to do with movies, and is hush-hush. I'm guessing it's the Hobbit movies, but that's just my guess.
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 13 Nov 2009 :  21:31:07  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Thanks for the lore answers! I have, of course, another question.
Or three, but I'll just ask one right now. Can anyone enter the Royal Gardens on normal, everyday times? (i.e. daylight hours, nothing special going on). I'd assume the gates are guarded and anyone in the Gardens is going to either watched or escorted or both, but are they actually off limits? And does being a noble or a courtier or a member of the Palace staff make a difference?
Thanks!
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Jakk
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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  04:37:56  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Garen Thal

quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
1) Draxius: Was his lifespan and reign extended after the fact to account for chronological difficulties in previously published lore, or had he lived for so long from the time of his creation?


quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Jakk, I know that Draxius was someone else's brilliant idea (not Ed's), but that he wasn't handled the way he was because of published lore conflicts...it was just that the idea was too good NOT to use.
I'll leave it to Ed to say more, if he can.
I can elaborate a very little bit, if I may.

THO is, of course, correct; in fact, by the time I got my hot little hands on the Royal Lineage of Cormyr, Draxius' life (and his predecessors') had already beeen established. Although some royals have been created in order to make the Cormyr lore 'fit' into the established timeline, the actual crowned heads have been pretty well set for several years. Their reigns were tweaked very slightly to match published Realmslore, but a lot of work went into getting those dates right long before I ever even knew there even was a Lineage, and any tweaks to the final roll of kings (as it appears in GHotR) were done with great care.



Many thanks to Ed, THO, and Garen for the info; here's hoping we can all peruse the Lineage ourselves one day soon... but I'll keep my expectations at a safely abysmal level for the time being.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  17:40:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all! Back in mid-October (page 107), Blueblade asked: “Dear Ed and THO, A campaign question: on the main trade roads through Cormyr, there must be many bridges carrying those roads over all the streams that wander in and out of the King's Forest, through it, and so on.
Are those bridges large and high enough to hide a large armed band under? Take shelter under, in a blizzard or torrential downpour?
And do Purple Dragon patrols habitually check under them, at every pass, to see if fugitives or monsters or anyone else, or contraband or other items, are there?
Thanks!” and Asgetrion then posted: “Ooh, I'm definitely seconding this one! Let me also add a quick additional question: which of the "major" roads in Cormyr (i.e. those depicted on the maps) are actually cobbled?”
whereupon I responded: “As far as I can remember, Asgetrion, cobbled streets are restricted to the cities of Cormyr, High Horn, and the "main drags" of larger places like Wheloon. Everywhere else is hard-packed fine gravel atop dirt, with stones and moss on the flanks to slow washouts (and repaired constantly; the Purple Dragon road-patrols inspect and report constantly). With logs under the dirt in swampy spots.
Of course, I'll pass your query on to Ed, in case anything's changed.”
Ed now replies:



THO is entirely correct about the cobbles, except that cobbles are also found on every bridge that isn’t a small, simple “flat planks covered with gravel affair,” and on some stretches of the main coastal trade-road linking Cormyr with Sembia (where on-its-way-down-to-the-sea drainage dictates that cobbles are better than more-readily-washed-away fine gravel).
The main trade roads tend to have tile culverts (filled in all around with VERY broad stone-rubble shoulders) for some forty or so small rivulets and drainage ditches, but wherever a watercourse is larger and “running” year-round, they do have large and robust bridges that, indeed, a “large armed band” could hide under or take shelter under.” And yes, Purple Dragon patrols do have standing orders to check under them at every pass, by the following method: shuttered lanterns lowered on poles so their illumination shines only on one side (toward the underside of the bridge and away from the Dragon observers “behind” the lanterns), while Dragons from the patrol armed with ready crossbows peer in under the bridge from some distance away “behind” the lanterns. Or to explain it more clearly: patrolmen get bows wound and ready, then go to prepared vantage-points thirty yards or more away from the bridge on either side, then signal their readiness. Lit lanterns are then lowered, with their dark sides kept towards the observers and their light-emitting sides toward the underside of the bridge. A third and fourth lanterns are already lit and ready, but kept completely shuttered. If there’s nothing under the bridge, the observers return. If this is occurring in dark or dim conditions, all four lanterns are aimed at the surroundings while other Dragons (that is, not the returning observers) watch. The patrol reforms, the crossbows are unloaded and uncocked, the patrol crosses the bridge, the lanterns are extinguished, and the patrol moves on. Those third and fourth lanterns can serve as replacements for the two lowered lanterns if they are broken, but a fifth and sixth will then be lit to replace THEM.
This procedure sounds more cumbersome than it is, because it’s all smooth habit to the patrols.



So saith Ed. Founding Creator of Cormyr and of course the Realms around it.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  20:20:37  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
An explanatory followup from Ed, just received: he meant to say that:


The small, simple “flat planks covered with gravel affair” (uncobbled) bridges would only be those over the small tile culverts. In other words, such a bridge is twelve feet long or less, and largely covered by gravel (i.e. not necessarily recognizable as a bridge to travellers on the road), the buried planks being a means to stop heavy wagons crushing the tile culvert, which will almost always be a single "pipe" of about a foot across - - but in rare instances two or even three parallel pipes. Newer culverts are cylindrical sections of fired clay, and older ones are a flat plate of fired clay with an upside-down "U" of fired clay resting atop it.

So saith Ed. Seeing to even the smallest details.
love,
THO
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Malcolm
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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  20:25:16  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
As I sit watching football games, a thought occurs to me: do the armed forces of Cormyr have any sort of trophies that can be won, either challenge cups or annual or every-Shieldmeet affairs? Do the nobles of the realm have any? The War Wizards?
Thanks!
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Broken Helm
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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  20:28:22  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Oh, great question! I was going to ask something similar.
So, Ed and THO, here's mine:
In Waterdeep, pre-Spellplague, are there any recurring public competitions? As in, open to everyone, not just within guilds or within the nobles or private wagers between trade rivals? (I.e. not "first ship in" for the season or anything of the sort, but something, whether there's a prize or not, in which any citizen who cares to participates in?)
Thank you.
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A Gavel
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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  20:31:31  Show Profile  Visit A Gavel's Homepage Send A Gavel a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Some years back at a convention I attended (U-Con in Ann Arbor, Michigan), Ed made mention of a certain "lady to beware" in Athkatla, one Maraera Moontalar, but never said why she was dangerous or should evoke wariness.
Ed, care to share? Or is this something still NDA?
Thank you in advance for anything you can say about this, which has intrigued me since then.
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Brimstone
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Posted - 14 Nov 2009 :  22:24:41  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
Ed, THO, is there any places in the Realms were natural phenomena takes place for extended periods of time?

The reason I ask is I just finished watching a show called "Raging Planet" on the Discovery Channel. This show was about Lightning. One part of the show was about how in Venezuala, in a certain area at night about 200 days out of the year has a lightning storm for about 10 hours a night. Hundreds of years ago sailors used the storms as a "lighthouse".

So anything like this in the Realms.

Obviously it would by sacred to the Stormlord.

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Penknight
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I think that this was touched on once before, but wanted to ask just to make sure. Everyone knows of the Northern Lights, and I was just curious if there was anything like that in the Realms, and if so, where? Also, are there any tribes or religions that hold them as a sign from their deity or worship them? Thank you for your time.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 15 Nov 2009 :  00:46:58  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Broken Helm

Oh, great question! I was going to ask something similar.
So, Ed and THO, here's mine:
In Waterdeep, pre-Spellplague, are there any recurring public competitions? As in, open to everyone, not just within guilds or within the nobles or private wagers between trade rivals? (I.e. not "first ship in" for the season or anything of the sort, but something, whether there's a prize or not, in which any citizen who cares to participates in?)
Thank you.



Tymora's Luck, pages 100-4 mentions a couple of Waterdhavian lotteries... One of them was run by a halfling named Joshuan Havabuck. It was a bet on the daily tonnage of cargo arriving by ship on any given day. Since the dockmaster was known to be incorruptible, it was a pretty reputable thing. "Fast Joshy" took a gold for a bet, paid out a thousand gold, and had 10,000 players on a regular basis.

That one was in the Dock Ward. Widow Silvermane did something similar in the North Ward, and there are horse races -- with betting and odds -- at the Field of Triumph Race Track in the Sea Ward.

And there's at least a couple of gambling houses, too, discussed in Volo's Guide to Waterdeep. People in places like that will bet on just about anything.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

And there's at least a couple of gambling houses, too, discussed in Volo's Guide to Waterdeep. People in places like that will bet on just about anything.
2e's City of Splendors contains a bit of info on them also.

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Jakk
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quote:
Originally posted by A Gavel

Dear Ed and THO,
Some years back at a convention I attended (U-Con in Ann Arbor, Michigan), Ed made mention of a certain "lady to beware" in Athkatla, one Maraera Moontalar, but never said why she was dangerous or should evoke wariness.
Ed, care to share? Or is this something still NDA?
Thank you in advance for anything you can say about this, which has intrigued me since then.



Ooh! Mysterious NPC! Consider this request seconded! Thank you again for whatever you can tell us... even if it is "NDA"...

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Jakk
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Apologies, but here I go again...

I was rounding up my CK musings/rantings on the Spellplague and other topics when I found a year-old scroll about Nalavarauthatoryl:
http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2320
In this scroll, I asked about a rumoured contradiction regarding the death date of Thatoryl Elian; Garen Thal responded, but was unable to answer my question due to NDA. My question (strictly logistical in nature) is this: Is the aforementioned contradiction resolved in the Cormyr Lineage document? I expect the answer will be "NDA", but I thought I'd try all the same...

Thank you for all your efforts in pushing for the release of the Lineage, and it would be my best Christmas present ever... but I'm thinking (optimistically) Christmas 2012, so don't do anything drastic on that account...

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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okay I have abizzre question that came out of the blue.....
have any of the nobles in Cormyr that gain the position of Noble ever got the position by wining a bet??


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