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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 07 Dec 2009 :  18:21:33  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Dear Ed,
I recall listening to you talk about Tharsult years back, at a convention. Do you have any really big plots or power groups or important events up your sleeve about this strategic trading island, that haven't been published yet? If so, could you hint or even spill major beans about them?
Thanks!
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Broken Helm
Learned Scribe

USA
108 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2009 :  18:25:33  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
I need the name (and a little about the notoriety) of any Highknight of Cormyr who's known to have turned traitor, or been caught up in a scandal and seen as guilty/dishonest/disloyal in some way.
Sure, I can invent one, but I'd just as soon stick with canon if you have any candidates in mind, published or unpublished.
No rush on this. Thanks.
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Blueblade
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804 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2009 :  18:33:06  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Does Cormyr have any sort of equivalent to a passport, for frequent travelers who don't happen to be the envoys of foreign governments? Do any priesthoods issue "the bearer of this really IS our Magnificent Plenipotentary Most Holy of X" documents?
Thanks!
BB

Edited by - Blueblade on 07 Dec 2009 22:23:44
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Blueblade
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Posted - 07 Dec 2009 :  22:23:26  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Ah! Here comes another one . . .
Are there any "black sheep" courtiers in Cormyr, gone missing after a revealed swindle, mistake, treason, or just an operational screw-up, in the five years or so before the Spellplague hits?
Thanks!
BB

Edited by - Blueblade on 07 Dec 2009 23:44:37
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Malcolm
Learned Scribe

242 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2009 :  23:49:32  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
I'm hoping Ed can spill a teaser or two about his forthcoming Elminster novel. Anything at all?
Thanks!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5043 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2009 :  23:51:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ahem. Hi, all.
Well, Malcolm, there MIGHT be a ghost in it.
And I'd be very surprised if it didn't have several wizards in it (beyond the two we already know about, of course).
Yet I'll see what I can get Ed to reveal, in my usual winsome way . . .
love,
THO
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 08 Dec 2009 :  00:11:57  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
Ooh, ooh, I bet Elminster smokes his pipe in it, too, and refers to someone as "ye"!

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The Sage
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Posted - 08 Dec 2009 :  00:17:04  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

Ooh, ooh, I bet Elminster smokes his pipe in it, too, and refers to someone as "ye"!

Heh. Maybe that's why it's titled Elminster Must Die!. He finally learned about the long-term dangers involved with smoking his pipe.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Dec 2009 :  00:26:43  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
This, from Ed:


I'm afraid I can't say anything at all about ELMINSTER MUST DIE! without clearing it first with Wizards. Sorry.
I might let slip that before editing, the book did have a "ye" or two in it.
But then again, I might not. :}


So saith Ed. Who is hard at work on something Realms-ian that he can't (of course) tell me about. Which is frustrating but bodes well for us all in the long run . . .
love to all,
THO
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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
254 Posts

Posted - 08 Dec 2009 :  06:55:29  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
So Susan is editing out the "ye"s?
Tsk.

Gomez,
who is currently reading Wrath of the Blue Lady (it's a fine read so far).
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Iluvrien
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United Kingdom
49 Posts

Posted - 08 Dec 2009 :  23:47:15  Show Profile  Visit Iluvrien's Homepage Send Iluvrien a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,
Just a quick query that was suggested by a recent reread of Silverfall (a book that never fails to bring a smile... and the occasional sympathetic wince to my face, by the way) and was wondering about the past of the not-so-young Taern Hornblade, follow in footsteps (with his lips anyway) of Alustriel. I had remembered, accurately it seems, a reference to a "reckless youth" in Silver Marches and being fond of him (and of any character who serves with love from love) I had wondered about the details. Having spent a few hours searching what materials I have at hand I came up with nothing. Is there any possibility you could shed any illumination on the subject for me?

Your humble (and awe filled) servant, Iluvrien

Edited by - Iluvrien on 08 Dec 2009 23:49:29
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Knight of the Gate
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Posted - 09 Dec 2009 :  08:29:05  Show Profile  Send Knight of the Gate a Yahoo! Message Send Knight of the Gate a Private Message
So this is a question that I've struggled with asking (mainly worrying over the phrasing, hoping to elicit as much info as possible, without offending any scribes) but one I'd love to see an answer to.
We all know that the Realms are (mostly) far more freewheeling when it comes to sexuality than most of our real world. I have always taken it as read that most kinks/fetishes are (again, mostly) openly, or open-secretly, tolerated or endorsed by the populace. For instance, 3 somes, 4 somes (and More-somes) seem to be rather commonplace, and openly accepted by the average Faerunian. Not to say that Husband A wants Wife B to be one of the participants (unless he is invited too, maybe) but again, on the whole, it seems that we can guess that common kinks are mostly accepted/tolerated.
The question, then is this: What sort of intimate activity would be regarded as 'deviant' by (say) the average Cormyrian or Waterdhavian? Does this change from social class to class? In other words, is it expected that the nobility will be 'kinkier' but that commons 'should be more 'grounded' or 'normal'? Also, are there intimate acts which are universally reviled across Faerun? For instance, can we assume that things that we find reprehensible (like rape and incest) are likewise held to be universal crimes, or are there places in Faerun where there acts are tolerated, or even the norm? Of course, being as magic is always a differential when calculating how Realmsian values differ from our own, are there magically-enabled sex acts which are frowned upon or even illegal(Shapechangeing alone seems to offer a load of possible new fetishes)?
Again, any light you'd be willing to shed would be useful in allowing (at least) this DM to get a better handle on Realmsian thinking.

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Blueblade
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Posted - 09 Dec 2009 :  16:01:03  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hey, now, gomez, I wouldn't assume that "ye-s" are being edited out. I think it was just Ed being both coy AND careful. As in, even if he was free to talk about the upcoming El novel as much as he wanted to, he'd not promise something would appear in it when there IS an editorial process that could affect that. Being as Ed has praised Susan in this thread, I don't think he's taking any sort of aim at her.
I just wish there was something we could do to get some teasers out of Ed about the book. Short of buying Wizards of the Coast, that is, being as my wallet is a little lean this month.
BB
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Broken Helm
Learned Scribe

USA
108 Posts

Posted - 09 Dec 2009 :  16:07:18  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Watching a recent episode of a TV program wherein a servant of a noble family either killed to protect the family reputation or claimed to have done the killing to shield the real murderer who was a family member, I'd like to ask just how deep the loyalty of longtime retainers (say, servants who have lived with and served the same noble family for generations, as the TV show servant was portrayed as having done/been) in Cormyr is? I realize that I'm asking for a generalization and it will vary with each individual servant and with every noble family, but some of Cormyr's nobles have been portrayed as so unsavoury or "casually, constantly rude" by Ed in his Realms fiction that I'm really curious as to how much they'd be backed up by their 'most loyal' retainers?
Thanks!
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Baleful Avatar
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 09 Dec 2009 :  16:14:11  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Hmm. That spurs me to ask a question: if a servant is ordered by his/her Cormyrean noble master to commit a crime, and they do so, is obedience any sort of defense for them? Are their masters liable in any way (if there's not much doubt that the servant WAS ordered to do whatever the deed was)? And how often does this happen in cormyr, just pre-Spellplague? If a servant CLAIMED to have been ordered to, say, murder someone, how likely is it that general public opinion, among Cormyreans who heard about it, would believe the servant's claim if the noble family denied it?
Ah, I love the depths of the Realms. Whenever I start to think about things like this, the richness deepens, and MORE questions pop up . . .
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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
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Posted - 09 Dec 2009 :  22:05:56  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
I was talking in jest, Blueblade.
I know Susan is capable - she is one of the people who judge the LFR adventure summaries.
So far, she has given good comments and not shot down any of my ideas... yet. :P

Gomez
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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
254 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2009 :  17:34:22  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
The eye on te Realms article is up, but sadly only half of it is published:

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/duad/20091210b

The pdf stops after page 2.
Hopefully they fix this.
I admit it is tempting to use the Flame Door.
I am wondering what the Flame Door's position is with respect to the Shades.
Work with them? Against them? Both?
And how deal with existing organsiations, such as the Six Coffers Market Priakos (controlled by Mirabeta Selkirk)?

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Blueblade
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USA
804 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2009 :  17:35:26  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Oops. Sorry about that, gomez. My bad.
I have (surprise) another question for Ed and our lovely Lady Hooded:
Would it be possible to provide us with the names of a few (er, if there are any) Cormyrean nobles who are staunchly loyal to the Crown, circa just-pre-Spellplague, whom the Obarskyrs KNOW are loyal, and trust (as much as they dare to trust anyone)?
Thanks!
BB
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Broken Helm
Learned Scribe

USA
108 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2009 :  17:37:42  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
A Waterdeep question from me, this time, also just before the Spellplague. Are there, at that time, any really widely known satirical ditties being sung in the city ridiculing city personalities? Something impolite, but with a tune that if hummed or whistled, without actual words, even "respectable" citizens (and nobles ) will recognize?
Thank you!
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sfdragon
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Posted - 10 Dec 2009 :  19:45:40  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
I have a question for Mr Greenwood.
will there be any Eyes on the Realms on Myth Drannor?

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5043 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2009 :  23:47:24  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Another raft of excellent questions . . . and off they all go to Ed.
sfdragon, I doubt Ed is legally allowed to reveal what future columns will cover. I do know he's done ten or twelve of them already, so if Myth Drannor isn't among them, it may well be a year before Ed would get a chance to do it.
"If," I emphasize.
Right now, Ed is out ploughing (or plowing, if you prefer) icy snow, so he won't spend a THIRD day housebound. Not that he hasn't got a lot of juicy writing accomplished...
love to all,
THO
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Broken Helm
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USA
108 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2009 :  23:59:51  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Is there anything you can tell me about a War Wizard named Imcathra Haelant? The name sounds female, but it's all I have. (From notes taken from a VERY-dimly-remembered talk with Ed in the Marriott lounge about two GenCons ago.)
Thanks!
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createvmind
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Posted - 11 Dec 2009 :  01:32:41  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello,

Ed my question regards Oghma, how does his clergy not face the most opposition due to his dogma of bringing what is hidden and kept secretive to light? Is secrecy used by his clergy/followers to accomplish a means to an end, fight fire with fire strategem? Does he make pacts with the more good aligned deities, they agree to part with certain information/secrets in order to continue with their more crucial endeavors without interference? Or do the other deities simply do their best to handle Oghma's meddling, I would think Shar's followers in particular would take extreme prejudice when they came across an Oghmyte, am I wrong?
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Longtime Lurker
Seeker

51 Posts

Posted - 11 Dec 2009 :  18:32:58  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Are there any famous/infamous/legendary cases of people being murdered in Waterdeep by being hurled down wells? Are there any publicly-known cases of people who shouldn't have been in Castle Waterdeep being founded dead/murdered there?
Thank you.
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A Gavel
Seeker

USA
53 Posts

Posted - 11 Dec 2009 :  18:35:19  Show Profile  Visit A Gavel's Homepage Send A Gavel a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
I'm curious if the Sword Coast trade-roads have anything like a fast-responding "emergency breakdown service" for wagons, who come to the site of the damaged conveyance and do roadside repairs? Or rent or sell on-the-spot replacements?
Thanks.
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