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edappel
Learned Scribe

Brazil
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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  14:00:35  Show Profile  Click to see edappel's MSN Messenger address Send edappel a Private Message
Well, sorry for my last question, I didn't mean to annoy you all... I was just expecting to get some "hints" to DM from Ed or THO... Even so, thanks for the answers, and Erik... I'll check Game of Thrones... I will follow your advice. ;)

--- Ed Appel

*** I'm a brazilian FR fan. So, feel free to correct my writing mistakes to improve my english.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  15:03:50  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all.
edappel, the short answer is that Ed's home group have been roleplaying together for YEARS, and like most long-term groups, we've settled into a style of play that's most comfortable for us. Which is: heavy on roleplaying, light on rules (many of us are game designers or sometime game designers, by the way). So unless a player or players (or, very rarely, Ed) insists on a "full play out of this" particular combat (akin to a "recorded vote" at a government council meeting), the "knife at the throat" situation you mention would be described by Ed as the storyteller, and the players would accept it and run with it. In short, the "players trying to get an edge in a combat over monsters, other players, and/or the DM" situations which lead to yearnings for more detailed/"realistic" combat rules just don't arise very often.
Now, adopting such a style may anger some of your players, particularly if they perceive it as a "DM versus players" situation. We don't, for two reasons: Ed has ALWAYS given the PCs the edge (we always had initiative, except against guards or monsters waiting in a "prepared attack" siutation, for example) in play, preferring to balance things by giving us tougher challenges to fight and harder puzzles to solve - - AND things have developed naturally in our group, over a long period of time, to this style (BTW, we vote on important rules adoptions, etc., because Ed's cardinal rule is: "I'm here to entertain you players, not entertain myself at your expense").
love,
THO
Edit: So the postscript from Ed would be something along the lines of: you should bend, adapt, and adopt rules to best suit your playing group. As long as you all remember things will be different in a tournament played at a convention with gamers not of your group, mold the roleplaying game to be what best suits you all. That's what leads to campaigns lasting decades, and richly-detailed settings like, yes, the Forgotten Realms.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  15:08:18  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all!
Well, DOWNSHADOW finished, and yes, it's a keeper. A great book I'll re-read more than once.
As for the situation you establish in Chapter 16, Erik, my answer to your posted query is unfortunately fairly predictable:

I'd make passionate, ardent love to them all.

Yes, until none of them could stand up. Then rummage the kitchen for honey or fruit syrup or even jam, spread it on some handy areas, and do it all over again.

Just in case you're looking for a "top that" sex scene for your NEXT novel. Ed tells me Susan Morris loves to read them, even if she can't print them, but you MIGHT (I say might) still have a reputation to salvage. Ed sure doesn't . . .
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  15:16:38  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And well met AGAIN, scribes. I've just read through the preceding page, before e-mailing it off to Ed for his reading (and Realmslore replies, in the fullness of time) pleasure.
And I simply must comment on plump, buns, and the speculations of my fellow scribes...
No, of COURSE it wasn't unintentional.
However, they were the best words to describe the serious Realms topic at hand, so I used them, knowing full well that even if certain minds at Candlekeep weren't corrupted before I began work here, I've been doing my level (horizontal) best to drag them down to my level for over four years, now.
I used them solemnly, however, demonstrating that I can FAKE being subtle for a few seconds at a time, even if my subtlety is of the "stampede charging through brick wall and across the china parlor, horns lowered to skewer all the shrieking little old ladies" variety.
A girl has to have SOME fun. And these days, so many things are illegal...
love to all,
THO
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Garen Thal
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  17:56:02  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
A girl has to have SOME fun. And these days, so many things are illegal...
Ahh, but a cup of tea, properly and promptly delivered, can be oh so much fun... ;)
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Markustay
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USA
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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  17:59:37  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

No, of COURSE it wasn't unintentional.
So you would be pizza, and not Focaccia bread, because you are quite saucey?

Thy Pepperoni's are quite tantalizing, Lady Hodded One.

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


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gomez
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Netherlands
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Posted - 08 Apr 2009 :  18:17:58  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
I'd make passionate, ardent love to them all.


Hmm. That doesn't actually tell us much about the book, since that could apply to any number of situations... ;)
I may pick up Downshadow after I finish Silverfall (still not done yet, editing keeps me from reading atm), but there still is a lot of stuff I haven't read yet. I'm such a newbie...

Oh, and THO, in the Netherlandas we have far less activities that are deemed illegal... (wiggles eyebrows Magnum-style).

Gomez
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  02:18:30  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
Once I again I throw a coupl.... er, handful of questions at Ed:

In a community (large town) like Thunderstone -- in which dwarves, halflings and gnomes are present and do a lot of smithing, building, glasswork and so on -- is there any competition from the "tall" races, knowing that dwarves, for example, "outshine" them in crafts? For example, would you set up a weapons shop, if there's a dwarven-operated forge in the same town? And how many shops or craftsmen of the *same* trade (i.e. how many blacksmiths, armorers, weaponsmiths, leatherworkers etc.) would you find in a place like Thunderstone? And could there be a "sundries" shop and an "allgoods" shop in the same town, or would they be too "similar" in wares to exist simulaneously? And how "specialized" shops a "border town" of that size could have, i.e. would there be shops dealing in art objects, crystal/glass items, helms and scabbards and shields (rather than whole sets of armor or weaponry), fine ladies' gowns, rare/exotic imports, fine wines/liquors, carved boxes and chests (instead of "woodworks" shop) etc.?

Also, would said dwarves or halflings, for example, rather come to town to ply their trade (i.e. walk around the town or set up a a booth at the marketplace), or set up permanent shops there (e.g. "Dorn's Forge", "Jhallavian's Glassworks", "Blackhammer Building and Stonecraft")?

Huge, HUGE thanks once again for the great work you're doing here, Ed and Milady THO!

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
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Firhyanda
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USA
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  10:49:53  Show Profile  Visit Firhyanda's Homepage Send Firhyanda a Private Message
Greetings all just thought I would duck in with a quick question for Ed.
The realms seem to be full of magical crossroads and a wide selection of magical portals and teleportation circles that lead hither and yon until all of water deep appears to be riddled with them like Swiss cheese. I keep hearing some song about gnomes a repressed memory Iím trying to stifle. This got me thinking about doors with hinges. I am currently beginning to write my new water deep campaign which I have decided to title ďThe war of the doors begins as beforeĒ. And I am wondering if there are any famous magical doors or magical door makers in fairun that Ed of the Greenwood would care to enlighten us about. So its magical door lore Iím asking for.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  15:25:33  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Firhyanda

Greetings all just thought I would duck in with a quick question for Ed.
The realms seem to be full of magical crossroads and a wide selection of magical portals and teleportation circles that lead hither and yon until all of water deep appears to be riddled with them like Swiss cheese. I keep hearing some song about gnomes a repressed memory Iím trying to stifle. This got me thinking about doors with hinges. I am currently beginning to write my new water deep campaign which I have decided to title ďThe war of the doors begins as beforeĒ. And I am wondering if there are any famous magical doors or magical door makers in fairun that Ed of the Greenwood would care to enlighten us about. So its magical door lore Iím asking for.




Ed actually wrote an article on magical doors, back in Dragon 106. The article was called "Open Them, If You Dare". It talks of a maker of magical doors, and details (gives rules for) his dozen "standard models". It's 1E, but it should be easy enough to flip for 2E or 3.x.

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  15:48:51  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert


Ed actually wrote an article on magical doors, back in Dragon 106. The article was called "Open Them, If You Dare". It talks of a maker of magical doors, and details (gives rules for) his dozen "standard models". It's 1E, but it should be easy enough to flip for 2E or 3.x.



Nadrun the Artificer! Man, that guy's handiwork caused me a world of hurt back in the day. Recommendation heartily seconded.

(That issue was also Keith Parkinson's first Dragon cover, I think--the half-elf lady with a little fairie dragon familiar.)

My Realms novel, Sandstorm, is now available for ordering.
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The Sage
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  16:09:05  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Firhyanda

Greetings all just thought I would duck in with a quick question for Ed.
The realms seem to be full of magical crossroads and a wide selection of magical portals and teleportation circles that lead hither and yon until all of water deep appears to be riddled with them like Swiss cheese. I keep hearing some song about gnomes a repressed memory Iím trying to stifle. This got me thinking about doors with hinges. I am currently beginning to write my new water deep campaign which I have decided to title ďThe war of the doors begins as beforeĒ. And I am wondering if there are any famous magical doors or magical door makers in fairun that Ed of the Greenwood would care to enlighten us about. So its magical door lore Iím asking for.




Ed actually wrote an article on magical doors, back in Dragon 106. The article was called "Open Them, If You Dare". It talks of a maker of magical doors, and details (gives rules for) his dozen "standard models". It's 1E, but it should be easy enough to flip for 2E or 3.x.

And Ed has previously discussed portals and other assorted magical doors in some of his earlier replies here at Candlekeep.

Firhyanda, you might consider also performing a search through the "So Saith Ed" archives.

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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  18:28:59  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
I want to get my hands on Downshadow,b ut I have a question regarding it (anybody can answer):
Would one need to read Mistshore, or Blackstaff Tower to understand it? Or are these books in the smae series, but not connected except that they all happen in Waterdeep?

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Garen Thal
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USA
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  18:49:02  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Menelvagor

I want to get my hands on Downshadow,b ut I have a question regarding it (anybody can answer):
Would one need to read Mistshore, or Blackstaff Tower to understand it? Or are these books in the smae series, but not connected except that they all happen in Waterdeep?
The books are not directly connected except for the setting, but I would characterize them like guidebooks when visiting a large, popular city.

If, for example, you were a food enthusiast visiting New York, you would of course want a food guide. But you might also want a map, a guide of some museums or other cultural institutions, maybe some local tidbits.

The Waterdeep series is just such a set of books. You might come for the de Bie, but to truly enjoy the city, it's best to learn as much as you can when planning a visit.
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 09 Apr 2009 :  19:34:36  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Garen Thal

quote:
Originally posted by Menelvagor

I want to get my hands on Downshadow,b ut I have a question regarding it (anybody can answer):
Would one need to read Mistshore, or Blackstaff Tower to understand it? Or are these books in the smae series, but not connected except that they all happen in Waterdeep?
The books are not directly connected except for the setting, but I would characterize them like guidebooks when visiting a large, popular city.

If, for example, you were a food enthusiast visiting New York, you would of course want a food guide. But you might also want a map, a guide of some museums or other cultural institutions, maybe some local tidbits.

The Waterdeep series is just such a set of books. You might come for the de Bie, but to truly enjoy the city, it's best to learn as much as you can when planning a visit.


What Garen said--books are not connected, except taking place at roughly the same time (DS takes place in the spring of 1479, BST in the autumn[ ? ] with the prologue earlier than mine, MS I don't remember, and CotD I think is in the last part of the year). That said, the chronology doesn't matter at all. I didn't read anybody's draft before I finished DS, so it isn't connected.

That said, you should totally read them all, and in whatever order you like.

And yes, DS contains a number of scenes involving "tourist attractions" in Waterdeep, such as a truly excellent restaurant (called a "hearth-house") at which to eat, the 4e FR Temple of Beauty (Sune), what broad-sheets (newspapers) to read and which to toss in the trash, a few places to shop for chapbooks, masks for a ball, and ravishingly beautiful clothing, and (who could forget?) the clock tower . . . for all your time-telling, site-seeing, and/or dare-deviling needs. Not to mention a good bit about the night-life/underworld-life (Downshadow, you know).

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

As for the situation you establish in Chapter 16, Erik, my answer to your posted query is unfortunately fairly predictable:

I'd make passionate, ardent love to them all.

Yes, until none of them could stand up. Then rummage the kitchen for honey or fruit syrup or even jam, spread it on some handy areas, and do it all over again.



I just want to note for not-yet-readers that there are 4 women and 1 man in that particular scene (1 of the women being a halfling, 1 of them being something of a specialist in such matters). All in all . . . a rather unexpected party, if you know what I mean. (Ahem!)

quote:
Just in case you're looking for a "top that" sex scene for your NEXT novel. Ed tells me Susan Morris loves to read them, even if she can't print them, but you MIGHT (I say might) still have a reputation to salvage. Ed sure doesn't . . .

I haven't yet mustered the bravado/madness to send the steamiest bits that I *do* think up and *do* write down to WotC, but I shall certainly make sure to clip and set aside such scenes from the pre-edited drafts of future novels . . . just in case.

In fact . . . [clicks over to word doc]

Cheers

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Edited by - Erik Scott de Bie on 09 Apr 2009 19:37:45
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie


quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

As for the situation you establish in Chapter 16, Erik, my answer to your posted query is unfortunately fairly predictable:

I'd make passionate, ardent love to them all.

Yes, until none of them could stand up. Then rummage the kitchen for honey or fruit syrup or even jam, spread it on some handy areas, and do it all over again.



I just want to note for not-yet-readers that there are 4 women and 1 man in that particular scene (1 of the women being a halfling, 1 of them being something of a specialist in such matters). All in all . . . a rather unexpected party, if you know what I mean. (Ahem!)


A specialist in halflings?

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

And yes, DS contains a number of scenes involving "tourist attractions" in Waterdeep, such as a truly excellent restaurant (called a "hearth-house") at which to eat, the 4e FR Temple of Beauty (Sune), what broad-sheets (newspapers) to read and which to toss in the trash, a few places to shop for chapbooks, masks for a ball, and ravishingly beautiful clothing, and (who could forget?) the clock tower . . . for all your time-telling, site-seeing, and/or dare-deviling needs. Not to mention a good bit about the night-life/underworld-life (Downshadow, you know).
Oooh! Tantalising right to the last moment, eh Erik?

I especially like hearing about the part re: the chapbooks. Do you happen to name any of them specifically? I'd love to add them to the "Candlekeep Book List" that I'm re-compiling.

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Zandilar
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Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie
And yes, DS contains a number of scenes involving "tourist attractions" in Waterdeep, such as a truly excellent restaurant (called a "hearth-house") at which to eat, the 4e FR Temple of Beauty (Sune), what broad-sheets (newspapers) to read and which to toss in the trash, a few places to shop for chapbooks, masks for a ball, and ravishingly beautiful clothing, and (who could forget?) the clock tower . . . for all your time-telling, site-seeing, and/or dare-deviling needs. Not to mention a good bit about the night-life/underworld-life (Downshadow, you know).


Oooh, a clock! Is this a magical clock or a clockwork clock? (I don't recall Waterdeep having a clock tower, so I presume this is a post-100 year leap development)... Have they managed to make clockwork small enough for watches by then?



Err... I mean, I hate the 4th Ed Realms and I want nothing to do with them! (I still would love to see the answer to that question...)

(Hmm... I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for Downshadow here in Australia. Anyone know if it's out here yet? Or is it something I'm going to have to order specially?)

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quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

(Hmm... I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for Downshadow here in Australia. Anyone know if it's out here yet? Or is it something I'm going to have to order specially?)
I've yet to see it on the shelves here. And the clerk at my local book store said the shipment is scheduled for arrival sometime next week, or the week following.

If you're looking to order online, galaxybooks.com.au already has copies available for pre-order.

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I don't know how common this knowledge is, as I learned from Order of the Stick, but Dave Arneson passed away on April 7th. For those who don't know of him, he co-created the Dungeons and Dragons game with Gary Gygax back in the day.

Memories around, and all the best,
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quote:
Originally posted by GoCeraf

I don't know how common this knowledge is, as I learned from Order of the Stick, but Dave Arneson passed away on April 7th. For those who don't know of him, he co-created the Dungeons and Dragons game with Gary Gygax back in the day.

Memories around, and all the best,
Wolfram

Aye. We've two scrolls discussing this already:- Dave Arneson hospitalized and In Memoriam.

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Stranjer
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As I still havent fully finished perusing the former scrolls, I cannot be sure this hasnt already been covered. But I decided to ask anyway. One of my player in my upcoming game expressed that he wishes to be of a former noble house(preferably of Cormyr, but he said others would do if applicable), former being the key word. He wishes to, through his adventuring, re-establish his family house as nobles. I thought I'd ask Ed if there were any not well known ones. The only reference I could find was http://oracle.wizards.com/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0603C&L=REALMS-L&P=1264&I=-3 that bit. Which was written in 2006, and does detail some dispossessed noble houses. But other then the Cormaerils and Bleths, which i already knew a good amount about from Cormyr : a Novel, and the Turcassan and the Merendil's, which don't have much information on them anyway, all the rest are extinct. Can you think of any dispossessed noble houses not before mentioned? Any place for a warrior who always talks in a straightforward manner, doesnt like political intrigue, but wishes to see his family restored to "its former glory"? Or, if not new family's any details on the Turcassans and Merendils?

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Erik Scott de Bie
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So as not to distract further from Ed's thread, I'm going to reply to Sage and Zandilar's questions in my own CoS thread:

http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3930&whichpage=32

(CTRL-F "10 Apr 2009")

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Posted - 10 Apr 2009 :  07:54:18  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

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Originally posted by The Sage

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(Hmm... I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for Downshadow here in Australia. Anyone know if it's out here yet? Or is it something I'm going to have to order specially?)
I've yet to see it on the shelves here. And the clerk at my local book store said the shipment is scheduled for arrival sometime next week, or the week following.

If you're looking to order online, galaxybooks.com.au already has copies available for pre-order.




Thanks, Sage. I have some gift vouchers for Dymocks, so I'll just order it through them.

Question for Ed: Who exactly can be admitted to the War Wizards of Cormyr? My other half seems to think that because Bards can cast arcane spells, they'd qualify? (Outside of game rules, this is, by the way. I'd check the War Wizard PrC for a guide, but my books are currently in storage. I can't wait to get them back.)

To expand things a little bit - say this Bard had proved him/herself to the current Mage Royal (in this case, Caladnei) through great sacrifices for and service to Cormyr, what sort of position (if any) would she reward them with? (In this case, the Bard risked her own life and sanity to act as bait to drawn out some Cyricists who were about to cause a (potentially unstoppable) catastrophe for the Royal Family. Which, of course, lead to the War Wizards making arrests and also having the solid proof they needed to smash the ring completely.) (The game is being played systemlessly, which is why game rules are not all that important, and the character is actually mine... My other half is an evil DM. )

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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Garen Thal
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Posted - 10 Apr 2009 :  13:43:22  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

(Hmm... I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for Downshadow here in Australia. Anyone know if it's out here yet? Or is it something I'm going to have to order specially?)
I've yet to see it on the shelves here. And the clerk at my local book store said the shipment is scheduled for arrival sometime next week, or the week following.

If you're looking to order online, galaxybooks.com.au already has copies available for pre-order.




Thanks, Sage. I have some gift vouchers for Dymocks, so I'll just order it through them.

Question for Ed: Who exactly can be admitted to the War Wizards of Cormyr? My other half seems to think that because Bards can cast arcane spells, they'd qualify? (Outside of game rules, this is, by the way. I'd check the War Wizard PrC for a guide, but my books are currently in storage. I can't wait to get them back.)

To expand things a little bit - say this Bard had proved him/herself to the current Mage Royal (in this case, Caladnei) through great sacrifices for and service to Cormyr, what sort of position (if any) would she reward them with? (In this case, the Bard risked her own life and sanity to act as bait to drawn out some Cyricists who were about to cause a (potentially unstoppable) catastrophe for the Royal Family. Which, of course, lead to the War Wizards making arrests and also having the solid proof they needed to smash the ring completely.) (The game is being played systemlessly, which is why game rules are not all that important, and the character is actually mine... My other half is an evil DM. )
Entry into the Wizards of War is not merely based on whether a being can cast arcane or divine spells (with arcane as the qualification), but the manner and sort of spells the person can cast. If the bard can cast mind-altering or -invading magic, then War Wizard is the appropriate role; if the bard's magic tends toward support-role castings (for speed, strength, healing, stealth, etc.), then it's more likely that Highknight is a better fit.
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