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Markustay
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  15:20:38  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Now you guys have me thinking about creating a cool new villain in a flying chair (I've seen similar things in comics - like Modok - but usually a guy in a flying chair is one of the 'good guys').

You can never have too many cool 'bad guys'.

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  15:59:34  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message
Whether they're good guys or bad guys--individually and collectively--is kind of an open question only now being addressed in the novels and LFR modules, but the Stewards of Akanűl are said to each hold "his or her own tiny 'thronemote'" (p. 91, FRCG).

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  16:18:16  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
Is that a flying/hovering chair, or is it the term being used for the landmote they are in control of?

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  16:28:29  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

Is that a flying/hovering chair, or is it the term being used for the landmote they are in control of?



Having read that entry recently myself (a day or two ago) I'm assuming it's the latter.

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  16:43:43  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message
I'm kind of envisioning both, actually. A tiny earthmote carved into a throne. Now, whether or not they can zoom around on it is a different question--the "Shift Mote" ritual is very high level, and incredibly expensive. That said, there could easily be a lower level version for such tiny motes, and further, if House Jordain and the Five Companies can ride around the Realms on Yaulazna and even shift it in and out of the Astral Sea, I suppose it's not a stretch for the leaders of a nation like Akanűl to be able to navigate a throne in three dimensions.

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The Sage
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  16:59:54  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 Markustay

Now you guys have me thinking about creating a cool new villain in a flying chair (I've seen similar things in comics - like Modok - but usually a guy in a flying chair is one of the 'good guys').

You can never have too many cool 'bad guys'.

Heh.

I had MODAM in my Realms once. She was actually once a well-known NPC who was also a prominent psionicist and Witch of Rashemen. Unfortunately, she met a particularly nasty and violent end in my campaign, whereupon she was later resurrected and "rebuilt" by the Arcane who were secretly operating in Rashemen at the time. Of course, these Arcane were a rogue group, who kinda looked like agents of AIM, but that's a whole other campaign scenario.

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arry
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  20:09:54  Show Profile Send arry a Private Message
Having just got hold of a copy of 'Secrets of the Magister', yay eBay!; I would like to ask Ed: Who was Askravan of Nudd and what were his Seven Scarlet Curses?
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 13 May 2009 :  21:33:07  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Now you guys have me thinking about creating a cool new villain in a flying chair (I've seen similar things in comics - like Modok - but usually a guy in a flying chair is one of the 'good guys').

You can never have too many cool 'bad guys'.



I've actually been playing with a similar idea... It goes back to an older monster concept of mine (since abandoned), and was in part inspired by a still-unanswered question from 2006 (similar to the recent question on wheelchairs, actually).

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by arry

Having just got hold of a copy of 'Secrets of the Magister', yay eBay!; I would like to ask Ed: Who was Askravan of Nudd and what were his Seven Scarlet Curses?

I think Ed's [or was it Krash?] briefly touched on Askravan before. I'll have to check the archives.

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Aysen
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  06:31:07  Show Profile  Visit Aysen's Homepage Send Aysen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Now you guys have me thinking about creating a cool new villain in a flying chair (I've seen similar things in comics - like Modok - but usually a guy in a flying chair is one of the 'good guys').

You can never have too many cool 'bad guys'.



IIRC, the Wyrmskull Throne can fly about, and the sitter can cause it to shoot lightning bolts.

Also from my own games, I can remember 2 "throne villains" we faced: a ghaunadan riding a throne where the underside was a mass of crawling tentacles and pseudopods that served as its mode of attack/mobility.

Another villain we faced (a diviner) seated herself on a floating highback "throne" where the seat's lower half was huge lidless eyeball. She sat upright, in a yoga-like lotus position, cradling an orb in her lap, and each hand curled around an attendant floating sphere. To our real-life and characters' groans and winces, she grandly announced the throne as Erlanya's Eye Spire

Ahh memories :)
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The Sage
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  07:20:47  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 Aysen

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Now you guys have me thinking about creating a cool new villain in a flying chair (I've seen similar things in comics - like Modok - but usually a guy in a flying chair is one of the 'good guys').

You can never have too many cool 'bad guys'.



IIRC, the Wyrmskull Throne can fly about, and the sitter can cause it to shoot lightning bolts.
And you'd be right. Among the many actual and powerful aspects catalogued as part of the "Wyrmskull Throne's" abilities, are floating and 'breathing' lightning bolts.

The full powers of the Throne are fully detailed in The Wyrmskull Throne adventure module.

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khorne
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  09:10:03  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message
Hmm, how to formulate this one...

Ed, what's this I hear (or more accurately, remembered) about the powers-that-be wanting realms books to be written for the "average 12-year old american male?" Because from what I've gleaned of that it seems to mean a hormone-ruled adrenaline junkie who only wants to read violence and is pathologically scared of strong female character and subtle dialogue.

In my opinion, that seems like a huge insult to boys.

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Brimstone
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  10:44:09  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
I just started reading Falconfar. Very interesting.

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capnvan
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  12:57:43  Show Profile  Visit capnvan's Homepage Send capnvan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by khorne

Ed, what's this I hear (or more accurately, remembered) about the powers-that-be wanting realms books to be written for the "average 12-year old american male?" Because from what I've gleaned of that it seems to mean a hormone-ruled adrenaline junkie who only wants to read violence and is pathologically scared of strong female character and subtle dialogue.

In my opinion, that seems like a huge insult to boys.



Regrettably, almost all entertainment and media companies tend to insult their audiences.

But, to keep with the topic, a question for Ed:
Can you give us any more, well any, really, information about Melisander, "the Last Lonely Harpist" from Dragon #164? He gave us the spell Melisander's Harp. (And contributes to my curiosity about the "Lonely Harpist" title, since Mintiper also bears that epithet, and if Melisander was the "last," well, I assume you see the confusion...)

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Markustay
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  15:17:17  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
When big companies start to dump their customers into categories and niches, it's the beginning of the end.

At that point, the needs of the individual are lost and the product gets boiled-down to the 'lowest common denominator'.

Shiney packaging then begins to supercede quality...

Not that this has anything to do with anything we discuss here. <smirk>

On Topic: (sort of)
I had forgotten about the Wyrmskull Throne - good call! Ed, are there any other 'famous flying chairs' (while we are on the subject of mobility-assisstance equipment), or mages/priests/whatever that have been known to fly about in such an ostentatious manner?

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Edited by - Markustay on 14 May 2009 15:18:11
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  23:51:56  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. Off all of these queries go to Ed.
Who of course I am not (love THAT syntax), yet do remember from play more than a few "floating thrones" (many elder mages in Halruaa use them, and there are at least two hovering in the ruins of Myth Drannor, one of them being used as a nest by some raptors (and treasure storage, under their nest, by some adventurers), and the other, about seventy feet aloft, that holds the remains of a VERY-long-dead mage who was sitting in it and presumably once commanded it).
An interesting topic indeed . . .
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 14 May 2009 :  23:57:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Dark Wizard,
Embersea is the fantasy setting Ed is (very slowly) at work on, for Studio 2 Publishing. When it will see print, I'm not sure; Ed has been very busy for a long time, and only his fiction writing really brings in enough money for him to live on.
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Brimstone
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  00:12:54  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
Embersea sounds neat.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  01:38:42  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
And don't forget Eric Boyd's (greatly truncated) Toppled Thrones article in the last days of DRAGON magazine.

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  02:45:46  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message
"Last days"

It's still going strong, George!

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

And don't forget Eric Boyd's (greatly truncated) Toppled Thrones article in the last days of DRAGON magazine.

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The Sage
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  03:02:34  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
Krash *may* have been referring to the last days of the PRINTED magazine [#351] -- which contained the article he refers to.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  13:58:06  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Christopher_Rowe

"Last days"

It's still going strong, George!

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

And don't forget Eric Boyd's (greatly truncated) Toppled Thrones article in the last days of DRAGON magazine.

-- George Krashos




Strong indeed. As a house organ and easy preview avenue for a plethora of core 4E rulebooks. Nothing in it to tempt the FR junkie in me to take out a DDI subscription.

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  14:25:33  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Strong indeed. As a house organ and easy preview avenue for a plethora of core 4E rulebooks. Nothing in it to tempt the FR junkie in me to take out a DDI subscription.

-- George Krashos




Fair enough. I'm digging my subscription because I play 4E--but I'm also looking forward to the new monthly Realms material and column from Ed!

Cheers,

Christopher

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Markustay
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Posted - 15 May 2009 :  15:11:07  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Some of us 'old timers' still think magazines should be made of paper.

And damn the trees!

What did a Dryad ever do for you, eh?

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Barshevy
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The Dragon is dead. Long live the Kobold !

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