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Aysen
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  02:47:24  Show Profile  Visit Aysen's Homepage Send Aysen a Private Message
Thank you Scribes, for your help with the "Spin a Yarn" links.

And since Menelvagor has raised some questions pertaining to Elminster's Daughter, I'd like to ask Ed two of my own questions about that book.

1.) What is a "gorcraw" that the guards on page 166 mention as what spooked the messenger doves? Is that some sort of predator bird or carrion bird?

2.) I liked the characterization of Harnrim Starangh as a Red Wizard who is cool, calculating, and borrowing one of Ed's lines, is "swiftly capable". One of his more interesting spells involves becoming a "shield shadow" that allows him to move through and around wardings. Ed could you please tell us more about this spell or these particular type of magicks?
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

A quick postscript here, for Ed fans:
For those who haven't heard yet, there's a short Ed piece in the TALES OF ZOBECK hardcover sourcebook from Open Design (Wolfgang Baur, of KOBOLD QUARTERLY fame and onetime DRAGON editor, too)...
Aye. This is a release I've long been looking forward to. Any confirmed dates yet, my lady?
quote:
... and there's an Ed "4e Realms" article on the Returned Abeir city of Tarmalune in the latest DRAGON, on DDI (the WotC website).
Indeed. We've a scroll already dedicated to this article, here:- http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12227&whichpage=1
quote:
Oh, and ARCH WIZARD, his second Falconfar novel, is out in hardcover. Stay tuned, as they say, for more . . .
love to all,
THO
Woot! Now all I need to do is start and finish the first book.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  15:39:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. I've sent a lot of your interesting posts and queries on to Ed, but whilst we're waiting for his replies, I thought I'd start on some housekeeping. Please note, this post and the others that follow aren't meant as replacements for Ed's forthcoming answers, okay?
First, Menelvagor asked: "So why did Mystra allow Elminster to have daughters at all, and why Narnra specifically? I apologize beforehand if this has already been asked.
Another question: Regarding Elminster's standing in the Harpers. In the raid, the Harpers appear to be willing to attack Elminster by order of Caladnei. Isn't Elminster the founder and head of the Harpers? How could they follow Caladnei in direct opposition to Elminster? If it was because they are 'loyal Cormytes', isn't that an interest conflict? And if so, why does it seem that their standing as Harpers is emphasized?"

Menelvagor, I suspect Ed is going to have dodge VERY carefully around more than a few NDAs when trying to answer you about these. I CAN tell you that your first question was discussed by we Knights, in character and during Realmsplay sessions (with, of course, Ed as DM), and the general conclusion, based in part from hints made by Storm and The Simbul, is because Mystra was preparing the NEXT generation of Chosen or other sorts of her servants, and Elminster has "hardy" genes (doesn't get sick often, has high endurance, is stubborn as stone when it comes to patiently achieving goals, etc.). The fact that most of these offspring were reared ignorant of their heritage and with no direct involvement by Elminster means that Mystra was trying to protect them against the agents of divine foes by "ignoring" them, and primarily just trying to breed an ever-growing stock of "suitable to be Chosen" descendants. (It's been said in several places in published Realmslore how few mortals can handle being a Chosen.)

As for all of your other questions, regarding the Harpers: Those Who Harp are NOT a strictly hierarchical organization. Elminster is NOT "Commander-In-Chief. To put it in real-world terms, the Harpers are a little like Israeli politicians, dickering to form coalition governments and jostling for who'll be on top; they may share the same general aims and interests, but may well have very different views as to how to proceed, and what specifically must be done. End of real-world analogy, back to the Realms: many of the local Cormyrean Harpers consider themselves THE experts (within the organization) on local, Cormyrean matters. Elminster is some semi-mythical guy who founded the Harpers, several times, in the remote past. THIS Elminster may be a new fellow using the name of the old one to gain influence, or the old one driven mad by living for over a thousand years, or simply out of touch with Cormyr in his rush to pursue world-spanning aims. I suspect their standing as Harpers is emphasized to remind the reader they are not part of Cormyr's official hierarchy, and may do things very differently than the Crown and its forces, or even work against the Crown and its forces.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 25 Feb 2009 23:15:01
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  15:43:49  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again.
Aysen, a "gorcraw" is a large, rapacious, aggressive but slow and lazy raptor AND carrion bird, a cross between a large and noisy black crow (hence the name) and a buzzard/turkey vulture. It can hunt as viciously as a shrike when desperately hungry, but is so large, and such a lousy flyer, that a lot of prey can easily avoid it, take refuge in places it can't reach, or (in the case of small children on the ground) easily swat it out of the air, even bare-handed, and jump on it to break its wings (most gorcraws won't even fly within reach of a farm labourer with spade or fork, because they know they'll be hurt or killed with ease). They're not geniuses, but they're not stupid. They ARE impatient, and won't patiently wait for weak prey to collapse or sleep - - they'll fly away to seek something else.
This all comes from Ed's notes; he will, of course, address your other query as soon as he can get to it.
love,
THO
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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  15:46:33  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Thank you very much, my lady. I especially liked the comparison to Israeli politicians - I should know how much dickering they have among them, living in Israel.

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  15:53:25  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And hello yet again.
This last one (for now) is to The Sage, re. TALES OF ZOBECK. It's out now (copyright date 2008), is a handsome "shiny cover" hardback that's actually double-sided (one front cover and an interior 41 pages [plus "front matter" pages] is a ZOBECK GAZETTEER written by Wolfgang Baur, and the other front cover - - flip the book over and upside down - - is the TALES FROM ZOBECK section, written by divers hands, of 105 pages-plus-front-matter; Ed's bit is in this larger section, is a tiny local dockside neighborhood to use in other adventures, and is 9 pages long).
The publisher is Open Design, it's OGL, and no ISBN is to be found anywhere on the danged thing. Wolf, Wolf, it's a real book; give it an ISBN so folks can order it!
Black and white interior art (not much) and maps, with lots of fun content (new monsters, new spells, lots of adventures). For those not familiar with Zobeck, Wolf created a fantasy city on a river, dominated by kobold miners and clockwork innovations. It looks like a lot of fun.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 25 Feb 2009 23:15:36
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  15:56:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Whoops, one update/correction: gorcraws are USUALLY black. They can vary quite a bit, from purple-blue to (immature young) mottled white/beige/brown "blend in with dead woods and leaves" camouflage. Thanks to hungry gorcraw eating grocraw young.
love,
THO
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The Red Walker
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USA
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  16:12:07  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Oooh, some great questions there. Off to Ed they go . . .

Red Walker, let me think about that. Pennae's passing saddened me at the time, though it was well handled and got an NPC out of the way so the PC Knights could "grow," in our home play. I'm sure Delg's death saddened Ed. I'll get back to you on this . . .
love to all,
THO




Oh hells, now that I know Pennae was an NPC I can't get the image of Ed playing her in the scene were she reaches into the front of Florin's breeches.....

In all seriousness , I bet you all had much fun whenever Ed had Pennae cross your path and were very sad to see her go. She had to have been one of your groups favorite NPC's, which would be another great question for you! But I suppose that list would be deserving of it's own scroll.

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  16:20:43  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

.......Oh, and ARCH WIZARD, his second Falconfar novel, is out in hardcover. Stay tuned, as they say, for more . . .
love to all,
THO
Woot! Now all I need to do is start and finish the first book.



I want to take the chance to recommend to anyone who enjoys Ed's work, to read Dark Lord. It has all the little things we love about Ed's work in a new and interesting place! I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Arch Wizard any day and I am looking as forward to it as any novel I have ever pre-ordered!


And Sage.....what are you waiting for good man? Read it already!

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

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Menelvagor
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  16:45:30  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Well, seeing as I was given answers and forgot to give questions, i must repair this fault:
What year does Silverfall happen in? Its obviously after 1357, as Laeral is with Khelben, and defenitely before 1374, as Khelben passes on then.
Also, is the touch of Shar Mystra frees Halaster from in Elminster In Hell happen n Silverfall? That was my impression, at least.

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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Markustay
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  18:03:37  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Okay, another thread got me intersted in mapping again, which is great because it starts making me feel positive again.

Going through the wonderful Prayers from the Faithful yet again (and find even more locales I missed), I have a question about the Lash of Loviatar entry.

This is actually more of a clarification: You mention the "Great Rising of the Orcgates" in 955 DR, which conflicts with the date for the Orcgate Wars in -1075. There is also a discrepency as to what they actually did - these Gates are said to have brought-in Orcs from "the Mountains of the North" (Green Orcs native to Faerûn). However, the text goes on to say "some say Thayan archmages experimenting with dangerous spells" - accent, mine. I would think that the less-powerful versions were the pre-cursor to the more powerful ritual used later on, but the dates have it the other way around.

This leads me to believe these later gates were an attempt to re-discover the mighty magics used earlier (which probably required an Artifact), as a more-direct and focused use for "Orc Gates' requiring less expenditure of time and energy. That sound about right?

I had a second question about the Lash, but I found the answer upon re-reading - you're a sneaky one.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again.
Aysen, a "gorcraw" is a large, rapacious, aggressive but slow and lazy raptor AND carrion bird, a cross between a large and noisy black crow (hence the name) and a buzzard/turkey vulture. <snip>
So slapping the 'Dire' template onto a crow would probably gives us a decent set of stats, no?

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 25 Feb 2009 18:10:10
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The Sage
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  23:20:56  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

This last one (for now) is to The Sage, re. TALES OF ZOBECK. It's out now (copyright date 2008), is a handsome "shiny cover" hardback that's actually double-sided (one front cover and an interior 41 pages [plus "front matter" pages] is a ZOBECK GAZETTEER written by Wolfgang Baur, and the other front cover - - flip the book over and upside down - - is the TALES FROM ZOBECK section, written by divers hands, of 105 pages-plus-front-matter; Ed's bit is in this larger section, is a tiny local dockside neighborhod to use in other adventures, and is 9 pages long).
The publisher is Open Design, it's OGL, and no ISBN is to be found anywhere on the danged thing. Wolf, Wolf, it's a real book; give it an ISBN so folks can order it!
Black and white interior art (not much) and maps, with lots of fun content (new monsters, new spells, lots of adventures). For those not familiar with Zobeck, Wolf created a fantasy city on a river, dominated by kobold miners and clockwork innovations. It looks like a lot of fun.
love,
THO
Oh, it's out already? Heh. I haven't seen it anywhere at my NSFAHLGS. Interesting. Maybe I'll have to ask about it.
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

.......Oh, and ARCH WIZARD, his second Falconfar novel, is out in hardcover. Stay tuned, as they say, for more . . .
love to all,
THO
Woot! Now all I need to do is start and finish the first book.

And Sage.....what are you waiting for good man? Read it already!
I will. I've got some other books to finish [along with those "programming books" {Arrgghhh!}] before I get to it though.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 25 Feb 2009 :  23:27:46  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. A few more swift comments from me whilst we all await ed's next sending of Realmslore.

Menelvagor, re. this: "What year does Silverfall happen in? Its obviously after 1357, as Laeral is with Khelben, and definitely before 1374, as Khelben passes on then.
Also, is the touch of Shar Mystra frees Halaster from in Elminster In Hell happen in Silverfall? That was my impression, at least."
Yes to your second question, and Ed dated Silverfall specifically, but I'm afraid I can't get to my copies or lore-notes at the moment, to check. Expect an answer tomorrow (I hope).
And of course you're very welcome. Yes, picked that Israeli analogy just for you.

Markustay, you're quite right on both matters: the Orcgate rising Ed refers to is much later than the Orcgate Wars, and the dire template on a crow should indeed give a pretty close approximation of a gorcraw.

Red Walker, Ed is a marvellous actor; you just have to "tune out" the beard and obvious male build when he's doing female characters. Also, both the players of killed off or unconscious PCs get to "step in" to play NPCs during a session, and "guests" sitting in on a session, often to learn what D&D is, got to play NPCs for short periods, too. Not to embark on your list of favourite NPCs, but I should mention at least one (aside from Dove as a party member, of course): Jhaele Silvermane, proprietress of The Old Skull Inn.
And yes, Ed can be wonderfully sneaky. Ask me someday about the . . . well, no, perhaps you'd better not. Candlekeep may want to cling to a "somewhat family friendly" designation.
love to all,
THO
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

And yes, Ed can be wonderfully sneaky. Ask me someday about the . . . well, no, perhaps you'd better not. Candlekeep may want to cling to a "somewhat family friendly" designation.
love to all,
THO
That's why we have personal chambers, my lady. Such discussion is always welcome there.

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The Red Walker
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, fellow scribes. A few more swift comments from me whilst we all await ed's next sending of Realmslore.....


Red Walker, Ed is a marvellous actor; you just have to "tune out" the beard and obvious male build when he's doing female characters. Also, both the players of killed off or unconscious PCs get to "step in" to play NPCs during a session, and "guests" sitting in on a session, often to learn what D&D is, got to play NPCs for short periods, too. Not to embark on your list of favourite NPCs, but I should mention at least one (aside from Dove as a party member, of course): Jhaele Silvermane, proprietress of The Old Skull Inn.
And yes, Ed can be wonderfully sneaky. Ask me someday about the . . . well, no, perhaps you'd better not. Candlekeep may want to cling to a "somewhat family friendly" designation.
love to all,
THO



I wont ask lady, but my PM inbox is always open and I would cherish any tidbits you would ever share!

And I was lucky nough to get a limpse of Ed's acting abilities at GenCon 08! He kmakes a good cast of a Gilbert and sullivan all by himself!

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 26 Feb 2009 :  03:02:57  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Ed has answered yet another question I wasn’t expecting him to tackle yet, this time from dearest Wooly Rupert: “Randulaith of Mirabar. He works in Undermountain and Skullport for the Eye, and has long wanted to be a Lord of Waterdeep. This is described as being a personal desire, and not as something he's doing to help out his round and eyeful employer. As of City of Splendors: Waterdeep, he's quite close to that goal. This brings up some questions.

What kind of Lord do you imagine Randulaith being? Would he be more loyal to the City, or would his loyalty to the Eye outweigh his assumed duties as a Lord? If he does care more about the City, would he cut off relations with the Eye, or continue working with it, as long as the interests of the City weren't compromised?

Are there any precautions in place to make sure prospective Lords truly have the best interest of the City at heart? I know the Lords watch and test, but I'm wondering if that's all they do, or if they do more, like the War Wizards and their mindreaming.

If the other Lords believed that a person truly had the best interests of the City at heart, would they offer a Lordship to someone they knew was evil? Randulaith could be a good example for this one, and I know some people like the idea of Elaith Craulnober eventually becoming a Lord (I'm undecided on that one, myself)...”
Ed replies:



As for the fate of Randulaith (or for that matter Elaith, and including their possible careers as Lords of Waterdeep), I’m afraid firm NDAs apply.
However, your wording (“do you imagine”) gives me more than ample wiggle room to answer this query as a personal opinion. So there we go . . . :}

Yes, given the opportunity to assume a Lordship, Randulaith would immediately be more loyal to the City than to his eye tyrant employer (but of course would try to conceal this from the Eye as long as possible, and would try to continue working with the Eye, “stickhandling” [to use an apt hockey term] as deftly as he could to protect the city’s interests and not betray the Eye.

The Hidden Lords don’t have any official way of screening new candidates to join their ranks, but unofficially Khelben and Laeral mindscry everyone, FAR more subtly than the War Wizards go about it (Laeral in particular takes pride in the person being examined having no inkling that she’s done any probing). Nor does this thought reading end when someone is accepted as a Lord; Khelben was suspicious enough to eavesdrop on the Lords fairly often - - though he and Laeral had several arguments about this; she didn’t mind him prying and knowing, but she wanted him to keep back and “Let the Lords be lords and do their own ruling, fall into their own corruption, and make their own mistakes. You can’t be ‘fixing’ everyone’s deeds and making up their minds for them in everything, Blackstaff mine!”
Most of the Lords have no idea that Khelben and Laeral do this (rumors in plenty abound in the city all the time about the Lords being the puppets of Khelben or this noble lord or that crime boss, but even the Lords have no hard evidence of their thoughts being monitored often). A few suspect it darkly (and firmly), and Piergeiron “knows” he can call on Khelben to probe someone he himself is very unsure of - - but he believes Khelben does this only reluctantly (because Laeral has badgered Khelben into acting reluctant), when the Open Lord insists on it.
Piergeiron has his own trusted mages he more often uses to pry into the affairs of Lords (though he does so with true reluctance, and as rarely as possible), and certain secret agreements with the Watchful Order (e.g. “If a Lord is murdered, and I confirm to you that the victim was a Lord, you will covertly use spells to spy on, and try to read the thoughts of, certain persons I will then name to you, and report all results back to me in confidence, or in the event of my death will report to the Lord or Lady Mage of Waterdeep”) to cast spells in the event of certain occurrences.

And, yes, if the Lords believe a person truly has the best interests of the City at heart, they would indeed offer a Lordship to someone they knew was evil. Of course, that person would be constantly spied upon, magically and otherwise, by the means I’ve already described and by others (hired guilds and private adventurers who would not be told the person was a Lord, but who would be asked to look for evidence of specific meetings, activities, etc.), from the moment they “took the mask.” Randulaith would of course be one such, if chosen, and Elaith would be another.
Now, as to whether or not the Lords would ever agree to Elaith: the Lords as of 1359 DR would definitely reject him (as would the Lords for at least three decades prior to that). As for after 1359, the decision of the Lords would depend on their changing roster (behind the masks) and upon the prevailing conditions at the time his becoming a Lord was suggested. It would also depend on WHO suggested he become a Lord (if Elaith suggested it, the suggestion would come with much suspicion; if Khelben suggested it, the suggestion would be hard to refuse but would be met with some suspicion; if Laeral or Piergeiron suggested it, the suggestion would likely be adopted but amid some misgivings and much astonishment . . . and so on).
Being evil doesn’t disqualify someone from becoming a Lord of Waterdeep, but it certainly makes that someone a closely-watched Lord, if they do take the mask. And Lords who turn evil have been swiftly and quietly murdered many a time before . . .



So saith Ed. Who certainly knows how to end on a sinister, antennae-raising note.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Ed and Lady THO,
Apropos of that reply, I seem to recall Ed once mentioning a murder mystery he ran during Realmsplay, about one of the Masked Lords being killed, and the PCs blundering about trying to find out who did it and why. Were these the Crazed Venturers or the Knights?
Thanks!
BB
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Feb 2009 :  03:08:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Neither. That was the Company of the Urdragon, one of Ed's 13-episode library campaigns. We Knights heard about the aftermath during play, however, on one of our jaunts through Waterdeep (it's amazing how many gates [in 3e, portals] link the City of Splendors with various spots in Cormyr and the Dales).
love,
THO
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Aysen
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again.
Aysen, a "gorcraw" is a large, rapacious, aggressive but slow and lazy raptor AND carrion bird, a cross between a large and noisy black crow (hence the name) and a buzzard/turkey vulture. It can hunt as viciously as a shrike when desperately hungry, but is so large, and such a lousy flyer, that a lot of prey can easily avoid it, take refuge in places it can't reach, or (in the case of small children on the ground) easily swat it out of the air, even bare-handed, and jump on it to break its wings (most gorcraws won't even fly within reach of a farm labourer with spade or fork, because they know they'll be hurt or killed with ease). They're not geniuses, but they're not stupid. They ARE impatient, and won't patiently wait for weak prey to collapse or sleep - - they'll fly away to seek something else.
This all comes from Ed's notes; he will, of course, address your other query as soon as he can get to it.
love,
THO



Thank you LHO, for this tidbit, I can cross it off my list. I look forward to reading the others sometime in the future.
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And yes, Ed can be wonderfully sneaky. Ask me someday about the . . . well, no, perhaps you'd better not. Candlekeep may want to cling to a "somewhat family friendly" designation.



That's what PM's are for, love ;)

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it's amazing how many gates [in 3e, portals] link the City of Splendors with various spots in Cormyr and the Dales).


Oh, that reminds me: are there any portals from Tarmalune to the Dalelands region? Say, into the Fall of Stars?

Gomez,
who hopes to one day have an opportunity to play one of his female PCs with Ed

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Good stuff! That really makes me like the idea of Randulaith becoming a Lord, now -- before I really wasn't keen on it. Much potential, there.

As always, thank you for your answers, and thanks too for the unexpected promptness of your reply!

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Good stuff! That really makes me like the idea of Randulaith becoming a Lord, now -- before I really wasn't keen on it. Much potential, there.
Agreed. I'm actually thinking of ways to introduce Randulaith in my campaigns now, based on Ed's recent reply.

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Hi. Ed or THO,
I've just been paging through A READER'S GUIDE TO R.A. SALVATORE'S DRIZZT etc. (the large guidebook written by Phil Athans and published this last GenCon, full of all the gorgeous art), and found myself wondering: how many of the characters in it are Ed's originals? Most are RAS creations, I know, but I was just curious . . .
Thanks.
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Thank you for that quick response - it helps with the always-changing super-timeline I'm trying to build.

On a personal note, THO, I had a GM years ago that sounds VERY much like Ed, and I would say both you and I were 'blessed' to be in the presence of 'DM Greatness'. He did everything that you say there, and managed a group of about 20 of us every weekend - and some actually preferred to play NPCs!

Once you've played with someone like that, you realize that D&D is so much more then just a game.

Anyhow, Rusty, if you're out there, I still think about those adventures you ran us through every single day. There were times in my life where those games were all I had to look forward to.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 26 Feb 2009 18:00:15
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Broken Helm

Hi. Ed or THO,
I've just been paging through A READER'S GUIDE TO R.A. SALVATORE'S DRIZZT etc. (the large guidebook written by Phil Athans and published this last GenCon, full of all the gorgeous art), and found myself wondering: how many of the characters in it are Ed's originals? Most are RAS creations, I know, but I was just curious . . .
Thanks.



Off the top of my head, I think that only three people appearing in RAS novels were creations of Ed: Malchor Harpell, Khelben Arunsun, and Alustriel.

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