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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 28 Feb 2009 :  21:30:07  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Great questions, Menelvagor. Yes, some have already been answered here at the Keep, in earlier years (the extent of casualties, for example). As for allies, Cormyr didn't have any nearby who were sufficiently powerful to aid her, who got wind of things in time [the Dales can muster few enough swords to defend just themselves, and many of them were "cut off" from Cormyr by the rampaging goblins]. Yet Ed can answer all of these definitively . . . though I must warn you that these "larger scope, larger sweep" queries take longer to get replied to than the narrow-focus, more specific ones like the Neverwinter one answered just above (that is, at the bottom of the preceding page).
love,
THO

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  01:12:17  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. To answer Broken Helm . . . not counting gods and groups (monster species, families, power groups, etc.) that get specific entries in that Reader's Guide, I notice these Ed creations:

Alustriel
Dendybar the Mottled
Dove Falconhand
King Harbromm
Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun
Malchor Harpell

And to Red Walker: no, Ed has never met the artist, and deals only with the editor of the books, Christian Dunn (who asks for suggested cover scenes, and then discusses the "draft" or prototype cover art with Ed; I believe the Dark Lord cover first had the hero hooded and a dagger in his hand, rather than the hood pushed back and a magical glow in the hand). So, yes, Ed does have input.
Ed LOVES the covers, mind you. He wishes everyone could really see the Dark Lord cover close up, without the overlying words: among the "bottom front edge" of the monster-head Rod and Taeauna are together on, where it's sprawled along the crumbling wall, are some little hidden jokes like hand calculators and the like (the art on the covers is too small, cropped off too high, too dark, and with lettering laid over top, for you to properly see all that's going on even on the hardcover, but Ed was e-sent a jpeg of the prototype art [which of course for copyright reasons he can't share with anyone] that delighted him with these small details.
(I'd check out on the Net to see if the artist has posted the original anywhere on a website, and hope you can scale up what's posted enough to see some of it.)
For fun, Red Walker, see how many small figures you can see, or see parts of, at the lower left of the ARCH WIZARD cover art. As far as I can I recall what Ed told me, there are four, five, or six in the original, but the scene has been cropped to fit the cover.
This is not a slam at Solaris, by the way; in order to make sure the art "bleeds" out beyond the visible cover, a scene is typically painted "a little too big," and then the publisher scales it up to make the critical elements (in this case, Rod facing a greatfangs) as large as possible and in the best spots on the cover for composition (balance), then adds the lettering that has to be there (title, author, any series attribution and cover blurb "sell copy").
Ed can't wait to see the art for the third cover. Me, I'm really enjoying this trilogy, and can't wait for the last book (Sequels beyond the three tomes? Who knows? Sales will determine).
love to all,
THO




THO, I can see all or parts of four small figures on my Arch Wizard covers, though some are obscured by words...so that's not a definative answer. At first glance before you mentioned it I assumed they were in scale to a huge room, but they do seem a bit small! Is there a story related reason or just a quirk I wonder?

And please tell Ed I am enjoying the Falcon Kingdoms as much as any of his works!

I was able to squeeze in Dark Warrior Rising between the 2 Falconfar books, and I really enjoy Ed's version of "dark elves" , the Niflgar and the realms below. Ed sis a good job showing Orvion's and Taerune's (sp?) evolving relationship from slave/mistress to depending on each other.
I am also enjoying the magic, from spellbalades and wards to the ones that take effect after death.

I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoy Ed's work and/or all things drow.

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"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 Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  03:28:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes.
Yes, Markustay, I was serious, though please bear in mind that Ed's 80,000-plus library includes all manner of reference and non-fiction titles, a fair number of mysteries, and lots of mainstream fiction and literary classics, not just fantasy and sf. (And no, youngling scribes, not much more than perhaps 6 percent of it or so is available online, or probably ever will be, Gutenberg Project, Google, and Amazon notwithstanding.)
As for adopting you, why I declarah, every second male scribe done say that, sooner or later! Why ever could that be, I wondah?
Ahem.
Red Walker, don't miss DARK VENGEANCE, the sequel to Dark Warrior Rising.
It sounds like you're really enjoying these Ed-romps outside the Realms; I know I did. Not great literature, just darned good entertaining reads that I can enjoy again and again. As Pierce Watters and his co-reviewer said in a recent REALMS OF FANTASY review of DWR (I'm paraphrasing here rather than quoting): a lot of books promise pulse-pounding action that never flags, but this one really delivers on that promise.
And Ed tells me he's really enjoying writing FALCONFAR, the third adventure of Rod Everlar in the fantasy world he apparently created.
As he teasingly put it:


Watch wizards die! See greatfangs tear apart stone towers to get at the tasty folk inside! Hear floating severed heads talk! Listen as Gar cusses out certain Aumrarr, and Isk tries to tame him! Spy on Taeauna abed with someone, doing something that's decidedly NOT sleeping! Behold, as armies march! Knights bury blades in each other! Villains do villainy! Earth gets invaded!


So saith Ed. Employing the usual calm, quiet Canadian understatement.

love to all,
THO
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The Sage
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  06:22:00  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
And now it's time for "The Sage asks Yet Another Forgotten Realms Question" Yay!

Seriously, Ed, here's another to add to my pile. 'Twas originally brought up by the ever vigilant Lady Herald of Realmslore herself. And it concerns, basically, this:-
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed generated TONS of stuff. A LITTLE of it later got used in the CULT OF THE DRAGON sourcebook, but the rest of it TSR gratefully received, used in some small ways (such as a Dragonlance undead dragon in the pages of DRAGON, I believe), and otherwise . . . sat on. So they own it, it's covered by a NDA, and it'll probably never see the light of day, now.
Now, Ed, I know you've talked a little about some of the stuff you've written and turned over to TSR/Wizards over the years. Really, I'm just curious what more you could tell us about some of that past and unpublished material -- NDAs aside, like the Lady Hooded One suggested in that reply I quoted above re: your dracolich material. What are some other examples of curious pieces of Realmslore from previous editions that will likely never see printed publication?

I'm not looking for any type of in-depth listing, since I know a little from your previous replies about just how much material you have turned over. Just a few new examples will do. Like your notes on the clergies and prayers and other religious stuff, or how you've talked about material for a "Trading & Traders" sourcebook. What's happened to most of that?

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Knight of the Gate
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So.
I'm new to posting on CK. Been a lurker here for eons, but, that was generally b/c when I googled some Realms esoterica, it would lead me here.
Since I registered (about a week ago), I've actually taken a look around the site, and have been really impressed. I mean, how cool, right?
But then I found this thread. And here I am, at 4 a.m., reading the thing in its entirety, when 'd intended to just read a few posts: Of course, that's when I figured that Mr. Greenwood probably accounted for 1/100th of the content here, and the rest was likely just other fanboys (and girls!) ****ing. Then I start reading and see that this man (whom I respect as an author, a game designer, a fellow DM, a creative mind, and as - most key- a brother nerd) is actually taking time to answer questions about minutia from his fans.
I am blown away.
I came to RPGs as a punk kid in rural Pennsylvania, spending time in study hall writing up NPC's for the next session, doing some world-building, and skipping football practice (the creativity I learned in gaming came in handy in many forums, not the least of which was making excuses) to game with my buddies. However, I was ready to put gaming away as a shallow excersize in escapism, as I myself was preparing to graduate and head into the military. Then I found the Old Grey Box. Here was proof that what we were doing need not be just some infantile attempt to escape from a reality that we had no good place in: Here, boys and girls, was Art.
I'm on the verge of gushing, but suffice it to say that I want to take the chance to thank Mr.Greenwood for not only his amazing work, and his unparalleled attention to his fans, but for opening the eyes of a 17 year old kid to the idea that not all fun and games were for kids.
Thanks, Ed. Keep up the good work.

How can life be so bountiful, providing such sublime rewards for mediocrity? -Umberto Ecco
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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  11:30:40  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ahem. Thanks, all.
I should mention that my then-boyfriend was one of the four guys



Ah, there's a hint on what happened to the nigthgown (or not, but let's not spoil the fantasies here).

The talk about publishing is spinning my head a bit. I don't know half the names. Then again, I don't really read that much (I'm trying to better my life though...).

Re:Evermeet. There is some talk about it in the Tarmalune article. Not much, except to say that it is a place to best avoid for anyone who isn't an elf.
Though I think right now, Evereska is more interesting as a location.

Gomez

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The Sage
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  13:15:16  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 Knight of the Gate

But then I found this thread.
Have you also seen the other "Questions for Ed Greenwood" threads for past years? There's links for them in the opening post of this thread.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  16:44:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I bring a response from Ed of the Greenwood to the Knight of the Gate:


Well met, and welcome. Thanks for your post. When THO sends me such words, it makes me smile and feel very good about all of this, setting aside my constant "publishers aren't paying me the current novel is way behind glorking LATE, how many minutes behind the keyboard can I squeeze into today" mental cares.
It IS all about keeping our dreams alive, crafting a wonderful imaginary place for us all to play in - - and making friends through doing so. Although my workload slows me in replying to lore requests as instantly as I'd like to (hey, if * I * was a DM, I want an answer NOW, not weeks or months or years hence), I LOVE working on the Realms, and helping fellow fans of the Realms get specific lore they need, and I'll probably die in the saddle some day happily still doing so.
I don't have a website, or a blog. I don't Tweet on Twitter. For one thing, I haven't time, and for another, those too often seem to be "Hey, look at me! It's all about me!" indulgences. The Realms isn't about me - - it's about us.
And yes, I'm proud of being a nerd. I'm happy to be a nerd. I have never followed the herd, or felt I've missed much by not being "up on the latest gossip about Britney or Madonna or Branjelica or Paris or Pamela or whatever the darling (or favourite train-wreck) of the moment is. Nerd-dom is a cloak to wear proudly. As The Hooded One once smilingly told a disapproving teacher in her high-school days, "That's all right, Miss Johnson. I am more than adequately armoured against YOUR disdain."
My grandparents lamented the loss of the front porch - - or rather, everyone sitting out on their front porch of evenings, chatting with the neighbours walking their dogs or just strolling past. I regard Candlekeep as our front porch. Only a really COOL front porch that's more like a castle, with a chanting choir of monks, flickering torches, and tomes full of wonders guarded by the REAL wonders: the scribes whose brains hold more than the books, and who love that which they guard.
So have my thanks, Knight of the Gate, and my friendship. And hey, ask some questions, so you, too, can wait years for the answers! :}


So saith Ed. Whose sentiments I echo. Welcome! I should add that Ed knows the southwestern rural corner of the Keystone State well, thanks to family friends who live in Perryopolis. And has both gaming friends and one of the original Realms players scattered all over the state (from the Poconos to the hallowed halls of Bucknell). So ask those questions, and flirt with me, and feel at home.
love,
THO
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  18:29:31  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Welcome to the boards, KotG... have a seat, and stay awhile.

Now, for a question, because I was answering someone else's query (at WotC) and discovered something odd....

I had always assumed that Wemics have always been part of the Realms. In fact, I had thought for awhile Ed created them... but then I found them in the (1e) MM2 written by Gary Gygax.

So, of course, I had thought all this time that Ed had just taken them for his game setting from the D&D books.

However, while checking the publishing date of that tome, I realized it was printed in 1987... wasn't that the same year TSR bought the Realms?

So I went through the book, and found a couple of other critters that I know have been in the realms for quite awhile, and probably since 'the beginning' - was this some effort on TSR's part to include monsters from this 'recent' tome in the 1st edition Realms?

The only other conclusion I can draw is that these beasties appeared in earlier Dragon articles - possibly be Ed himself - and thats causing this confusion.

So... who came up with Wemics?

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


Edited by - Markustay on 01 Mar 2009 18:30:51
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  21:06:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Markustay. No, wemics aren't Ed's creation.
Ed and I tend to forget that many scribes here haven't been along for the entire ride, and so don't "know" when things appeared by remembering sequences and dates. Heck, as time goes on, those things tend to get hazy for we grognards, too . . .
Wemics first appeared on a Monster Card (TSR briefly sold packs of Encounter Cards, like playing cards, that DMs could use for, ahem, "random" monster encounters (shuffle deck, turn up card . . . or put face-down card in dungeon room, not to be revealed until PCs get there), and then made their way into the MM2. That book was actually written by many, many people at TSR but bears Gary's name, just as the Oriental Adventures tome written by "Gary Gygax" is actually by Zeb Cook.
As I recall, there are some Ed monsters in the MM2 (and of course in the early Realms products) that were first published in DRAGON, or even snatched away from the magazine lineup to be used first in various TSR products. There was a REASON Ed was known as "the Monster Man" at TSR even before the Realms was purchased, you know. He has contributed more monsters to various editions of the game than any other single designer. The Realms "bible" turnover contained over 80 beasties, if I remember rightly.
And no, the Realms wasn't purchased in 1987. It started to APPEAR in 1987 (as a game line; it had of course been published in DRAGON from 1979 onwards). It was purchased in 1986.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 01 Mar 2009 21:08:50
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  21:29:36  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
This time, a quick response to The Sage about the unpublished Edlore that's lying around.
Well, first of all, a then-young Stephen Inniss (a Canadian gamer who lived in British Columbia then, and may still, for all I know; he contributed the lillendi to the D&D game via a DRAGON monster collection article, and an article on trained dogs and dog crossbreed beasts) collaborated with Ed on an in-depth detailing of Limbo (1st/2nd edition cosmology; the planes of the slaad) that was even longer and more detailed than Ed's Nine Hells piece (which he wrote a LOT more about, by the way). TSR asked them to work together, then killed the project a year and a bit later (but of course kept all the stuff).
Some bits and pieces of Ed planar ideas and descriptions found their ways into Jeff Grubb's first Manual of the Planes, I believe.
Ed did several lengthy and heavily-researched druid herbal magic (and natural substances to be used in spell ink formulae or potion formulae or "village healer" healing magics) articles. All nixed, for the reasons given recently in this thread.
Ed did a terms of venery article (a parliament of crows, an exaltation of larks) for Realms monsters, and "Dragon Soup," an article on recipes that used monsters as food for adventurers ("baked stirge on toast," for example). That one was killed because a dragon editor had moral qualms about eating intelligent creatures (intelligent IMAGINARY sorts of creatures, mind you). Ed did many ballads of the Realms with full lyrics and fragmentary scores. Never used because "only Dragonlance fans care about that sort of c**p."
Ed did a LOT of Realms fiction, from "To Slay A Black Raven" right up to full-length Waterdeep novels, that were requested but never used. Ed did the gnome language article that's been referred to any number of times, and a long descriptive list of the hin clans for The Five Shires that was chopped through editorial oversight and then dumped ratgher than being used. On several occasions Ed was asked to generate long rosters of wizard's sigils/runes, and did so; only a handful have ever been published.
And so on and on and on. Including a "Realms Bible" product that was never intended for general publication, but only as a handout guide for licensors (like movie companies) that would tell them what the Realms was, and include enough details to get them excited about stories that could be told in it.
I'm answering this because Ed tends to err on the side of caution when it comes to NDAs, and would probably not even mention the existence of most of these (beyond the ones he's already mentioned). Suffice it to say that there's a LOT of stuff out there, somewhere. Yes, including entire novels. Lots of short stories, lots and lots of unpublished dungeons (Ed tended to craft "mini-dungeons" that were realistic-in-size tombs or castle cellars, and build many stories or subplots around them, only to be used if the PCs went in one direction or another, rather than the classic "linear" published adventures. Though there's the large dungeon of Gauntulgrym, and most of Undermountain (STILL not published), not to mention blah blah blah blah blah . . . well, I'm sure you get the idea.
love,
THO
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Faraer
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  21:45:42  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay
However, while checking the publishing date of that tome, I realized it was printed in 1987... wasn't that the same year TSR bought the Realms?
Monster Manual II was published in 1983.
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Wemics first appeared on a Monster Card (TSR briefly sold packs of Encounter Cards, like playing cards, that DMs could use for, ahem, "random" monster encounters (shuffle deck, turn up card . . . or put face-down card in dungeon room, not to be revealed until PCs get there), and then made their way into the MM2.
Yes, Monster Cards Set 3. Each set included a few new monsters: the wemic was created by Dave Sutherland.
quote:
As I recall, there are some Ed monsters in the MM2 (and of course in the early Realms products) that were first published in DRAGON, or even snatched away from the magazine lineup to be used first in various TSR products.
None of the Dragon monsters credited to Ed are in MM2, though.
quote:
blah blah blah blah . . . well, I'm sure you get the idea.
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Uzzy
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Having just watched a programme on Victorian Art, I've a question about Realmsian art. What sort of art styles are famous in the Realms, and what do artists like to draw? The names of some famous Realmsian artists would also be appreciated!

Thanks in advance Ed and THO.
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  22:32:13  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met, all! This question specifically asks that which (in 2007 and 2008, by our reckoning) our Lady, the Hooded One, hinted might be a question which Ed was waiting for someone to ask in order to provide an answer which was (perhaps) sitting around waiting for the correct question to be asked ... or maybe I just misunderstood what she wrote a year ago. In either case, here comes some...


Talk About a Changeling


(Which is exactly the same question as that asked on another scroll, so please let's direct non-Ed discussion to that scroll and away from Ed's.)

Long ago a DM pointed out to me that his Supers character, a female human who could regenerate, was virgo intacta each and every time she had sex, which led to this bona fide, genuinely real question coming up during a session of my game, which I solemnly promised my players I would direct towards Ed: if a female who has had the flower of her maidenhood plucked is thereafter given a cure light wounds or stronger healing spell, does she revert to being virgo intacta?

Given the proliferation of magic to cause barrenness in the third edition Realms, my players and I wondered if there was a business of ... ah ... replanting the flowers of ex-maidens? If this can be done, what precautions may be taken to insure that a female is not already gravid with the child of another when she marries (or otherwise presents the garden of her womanhood to a man)? In lands wherein children born out of wedlock may fully inherit or are otherwise rewarded for presumptively having a particular father, one might not even be required to go through the elaborate preparation which might be necessary if one were submitting a potential royal bride. If a noble or a monarch such as Azoun IV plants the royal seed prodigiously hither and thither, how could one prove that a child born on the other side of some noble or royal bed was, in fact, sired by a particular male of note, if a woman can be impregnated by another male, cured of evidence that she was other than <cough> "pure," and then placed in the path of a noble or royal lecher? If the <cough> "lady" in question was impregnated (originally) while unconscious or subject to a mind-controlling enchantment, even zone of truth and similar spells would be unable to elicit from her any hard evidence that there was anything illicit about the conception (other than the fact that it was out-of-wedlock, whose licitness is often not ill-received)? What, in brief, prevents some balor or Red Wizard (see Cormyr: A Novel, for example) or an ambitious fellow of some other sort from being the actual father of some future Crown Prince -- or a future Underwarden of the King's Trout Fisheries or some such thing if the quota of princes (or princesses, for that matter) is already filled?

Inquiring DMs of low (very low) sorcery games want to know!

(And -- lawdy, Lady Hooded One! -- this question may be condensed (a lot!) when the answer is at last forthcoming. Those who desire a framework wherein to understand this question I refer to Ed's earlier answers of April 25, 2007 and March 21, 2008.)





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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  22:37:43  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Ed replies:
Hi, Damian. Various sorts of horses are bred for both the plough and the saddle, with most of the latter being sold to merchants who come out from Suzail to inspect the trained “stock” and to Purple Dragon buyers (who rely on the constant observation of local animals by the resident Dragons, to make their picks).
Most of the locals who do ride tend to use old, retired plough love to all,
THO


Thanks Ed and THO for the reply - aplogies for the delay in responding, switching broadband suppliers seems to take a looooong time in the UK now.......

Cheers

Damian
who is busily reading through 20 pages on this thread alone (and is updating the all about Cormyr thread as he does so

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
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crazedventurers
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  22:53:28  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Mondaera the Gentle is a long-ago wandering woman of the Tethyr and Amnian coastal areas, who never married or had children,

Mondaera was a kindly but very homely woman of great girth, strength, and “blacksmith’s build.”


One of the Seven exploring life from a new perspective? am wondering because this sounds like Dove Falconhand (Silverhand) to me (or at least how I have always imagined her to be)

Just wondering

Damian

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 01 Mar 2009 :  23:29:50  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen
Long ago a DM pointed out to me that his Supers character, a female human who could regenerate, was virgo intacta each and every time she had sex, which led to this bona fide, genuinely real question coming up during a session of my game, which I solemnly promised my players I would direct towards Ed: if a female who has had the flower of her maidenhood plucked is thereafter given a cure light wounds or stronger healing spell, does she revert to being virgo intacta?


I started to write quite a screed on this, but decided I should leave it to Ed. However, I will still pipe up and say that I would say no, cure light wounds and other spells (except maybe regeneration, given it will restore lost limbs) would not restore someone's virginity.

See there's a lot of ifs regarding virginity, it's quite interesting. You should do some research on the hymen and how it acts.

Not every woman is born with one (and they come in all types too - from the barely vestigial to completely covering the vagina). It is "designed" to wear away over time, and can tear/rupture (or stretch, because it doesn't always tear/rupture either) for reasons other than having sex with a man (masturbation and strenuous physical activities, even just going to the toilet and straining too hard). I am sure plenty of women in history have been abused and/or killed because they "weren't a virgin" while still really a virgin (having not 'known' a man).

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.
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The Sage
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all.
This time, a quick response to The Sage about the unpublished Edlore that's lying around.
Well, first of all, a then-young Stephen Inniss (a Canadian gamer who lived in British Columbia then, and may still, for all I know; he contributed the lillendi to the D&D game via a DRAGON monster collection article, and an article on trained dogs and dog crossbreed beasts) collaborated with Ed on an in-depth detailing of Limbo (1st/2nd edition cosmology; the planes of the slaad) that was even longer and more detailed than Ed's Nine Hells piece (which he wrote a LOT more about, by the way). TSR asked them to work together, then killed the project a year and a bit later (but of course kept all the stuff).
Oooh! I would've loved to have read that. "Old-style" Limbo was among my favourite planar locations on the Great Wheel.
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Some bits and pieces of Ed planar ideas and descriptions found their ways into Jeff Grubb's first Manual of the Planes, I believe.
Any chance we can know exactly which ideas and descriptions?
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Ed did several lengthy and heavily-researched druid herbal magic (and natural substances to be used in spell ink formulae or potion formulae or "village healer" healing magics) articles. All nixed, for the reasons given recently in this thread.
Can Ed share anymore about this herbal magic here at Candlekeep?
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Ed did a terms of venery article (a parliament of crows, an exaltation of larks) for Realms monsters, and "Dragon Soup," an article on recipes that used monsters as food for adventurers ("baked stirge on toast," for example). That one was killed because a dragon editor had moral qualms about eating intelligent creatures (intelligent IMAGINARY sorts of creatures, mind you).
Sounds good. I can understand about the editor's "moral qualms" at that time, but it's a shame that such information hasn't yet made it into published format.
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Ed did many ballads of the Realms with full lyrics and fragmentary scores. Never used because "only Dragonlance fans care about that sort of c**p."
Yeah, that's why I've spent most of the last 20 years compiling all I can on Realms musical lore, as well as developing some of my own.

As an aside though, could Ed possibly provide some specific examples for these ballads and fragmentary scores? They'd make great additions to my own notes on Realms music, and provide some further inspiration for my own detailing of minstrel-based Realmslore.
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Ed did a LOT of Realms fiction, from "To Slay A Black Raven" right up to full-length Waterdeep novels, that were requested but never used.
Why were some of them never used?
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Ed did the gnome language article that's been referred to any number of times, and a long descriptive list of the hin clans for The Five Shires that was chopped through editorial oversight and then dumped ratgher than being used.
Again, another of the parts of the Realms I find the most interesting -- anything pertaining to the forgotten folk -- and it's left out. *sigh*
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On several occasions Ed was asked to generate long rosters of wizard's sigils/runes, and did so; only a handful have ever been published.
I recall Ed talking about these before. It's a shame such material hasn't been published. I could do a lot with this sort of stuff in my campaign.
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And so on and on and on. Including a "Realms Bible" product that was never intended for general publication, but only as a handout guide for licensors (like movie companies) that would tell them what the Realms was, and include enough details to get them excited about stories that could be told in it.
Heh. I've actually tried composing my own "Realms Bible" that helps to introduce new players to my campaign. And while it does focus on canon Realmslore, I've also included a lot of my own personal Realms history as well.
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I'm answering this because Ed tends to err on the side of caution when it comes to NDAs, and would probably not even mention the existence of most of these (beyond the ones he's already mentioned). Suffice it to say that there's a LOT of stuff out there, somewhere. Yes, including entire novels. Lots of short stories, lots and lots of unpublished dungeons (Ed tended to craft "mini-dungeons" that were realistic-in-size tombs or castle cellars, and build many stories or subplots around them, only to be used if the PCs went in one direction or another, rather than the classic "linear" published adventures. Though there's the large dungeon of Gauntulgrym, and most of Undermountain (STILL not published), not to mention blah blah blah blah blah . . . well, I'm sure you get the idea.
love,
THO
Gotcha!

Oh, and if any of those extra questions I posted above in reply are too difficult for Ed to answer, then simply disregard them.

My thanks and love to you, Lady, as always, and to Ed as well. Again.

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Okay, so it's already known that I'd love to see the Waterdeep bible Ed wrote... But a lot of that stuff needs to be added onto the list of "Ooh, wanna see! Wanna see! Wanna see!". Especially the Undermountain stuff!

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The Hooded One
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Hi again, all. This, from Ed to crazedventurers:

Hi, Damian, welcome back!
No, Mondaera isn't Dove. Dove is tall and muscular, broad-shouldered but not burly, and does NOT have great girth. She does have the blacksmith's build and great strength, though. Dove isn't all that homely, either (though she's "attractive" rather than beautiful), and Mondaera was UGLY. Kindly but ugly.
More Thunderstone lore to come soon, when I can get back to it, by the way. Onwaaard!


So saith Ed. Who once quoth "Onwaaard!" when urging a horse to a gallop. It got so excited that it decided to jump a non-existent fence, and luckily didn't hurt itself. Nor did Ed fall off, though he did curse and laugh and grab at his pommel. (No, no, not HIS pommel; the saddle's pommel. We all know where the other sort of pommel is.)
love to all,
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I will try not to think overlong on those unpublished short stories and novels It is very sad. How many novels are we talking and were all of them pertaining to Waterdeep?

P.S. Added Dark Vengence to my wish list, just need to procure funding!

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The Sage
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Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Okay, so it's already known that I'd love to see the Waterdeep bible Ed wrote... But a lot of that stuff needs to be added onto the list of "Ooh, wanna see! Wanna see! Wanna see!". Especially the Undermountain stuff!

Yeah, I'd definitely agree with the "Undermountain stuff." Some of the detailing of unknown levels would be neato!

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Can I remind a few moderators that this scroll is for questions and answers of Ed Greenwood?
If not so be it.

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"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
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The Sage
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Errr... The last few posts have had questions to, and replies from, Ed Greenwood.

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Gang Falconhand
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Hi all I've got a question for Ed:

Is it true that ne'er-do-wells in Waterdeep are sometimes transported to Undermountain by the authorities in punishment for their crimes? If so, under what criteria?

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