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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  00:27:26  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
I'll second Khorne's question, and for similar reasons; I was diagnosed with my Asperger's about four years ago after seeing a PBS documentary on the condition and pushing my GP for a specialist referral.

Get well soon Ed!

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If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Penknight
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  00:53:06  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
All the best to you Mr. Greenwood. Please get well soon. Without you here keeping an eye on Elminster, who knows what might occur! And Volo too, for that matter.

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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  01:17:07  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

Hmmm... Hospital is no fun. Have my best wishes for a speedy recovery, Ed!

Zandilar
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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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edappel
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Brazil
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  13:41:35  Show Profile  Click to see edappel's MSN Messenger address Send edappel a Private Message
Well.. I ever knew that gods could get sick too...
Hey THO, sorry bottering, but what happened to him? Is it serious? We are anxious here!

Best wishes to Ed. He deserves the best of the world.

--- Ed Appel

*** I'm a brazilian FR fan. So, feel free to correct my writing mistakes to improve my english.
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Barshevy
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  15:02:27  Show Profile  Visit Barshevy's Homepage Send Barshevy a Private Message
Best wishes, Ed !

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Rhewtani
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  15:08:40  Show Profile  Send Rhewtani an AOL message Send Rhewtani a Private Message
Best wishes to Ed, as well!

When there's time (though kind of urgent for me, but nothing gaming related should be altogether "urgent" when someone is ill) ...

Who was in charge of House Cormaeril in 1340? What was he like?
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arry
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  17:34:17  Show Profile Send arry a Private Message
Please get well soon Ed!
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rjfras
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  20:47:23  Show Profile  Visit rjfras's Homepage Send rjfras a Private Message
I have a question for Ed, though it is one that the Hooded One can prolly answer from her travels through the Realms.

Are calendars prevalent in the realms to normal folk? Or are they still pretty much only in temples, government offices, guilds at this point?

i.e. something like a wall calendar for the home or a desk calendar for the office of a noble or scribe, sage, etc?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  21:39:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all.
rjfras, a proper answer to your question will have to come from Ed, of course, but from my playing experience in Ed's home Realms campaign, I can say that harbormasters and guildmasters would have office wall calendars, merchants who do a lot of shipping ditto, as well as courtiers, "revelmasters" (those who arrange feasts and parties), and temple clerks (the priests who book weddings and funerals and other events not part of "the daily offices" of prayer).
I don't think homesteading farmers or ranchers would have such things, though. We once spent the night in an abandoned steading, and on the wall by the kitchen was a hook with four rows of holes beneath it. On the hook was hung a whittled wooden plaque to denote the month, and a wooden peg was moved along the holes to mark the day. On "special" days (Greengrass and the other festivals), the month plaque was replaced for the day by a special plaque for that festival.
At the time, I got the impression from Ed that most other folk dwelling nearby would have consulted the now-gone dweller in that house as to what day it was. Precise dates weren't as important to farmers as other people; the "natural calendar" of weather and seasons ruled their lives, and there are other ways for a rural person to know when it's market day at the nearest "market-moot" (or market-town), such as pennants being flown, livestock being driven past to reach the market, wagons rumbling by ditto, and so on.
love,
THO
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  23:28:19  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
Milady THO, your reply about harbormasters prompts me to ask this:

Are there any "dockmasters" in towns with docks/small harbour, and which see river traffic i.e. boats and barges with merchandise? Specifically, does the town of Thunderstone have docks (it apparently *does* have lots of fishermen according to 'Volo's Guide to Cormyr') and a dockmaster/rivermaster? Would it be a hired person, crown official/post, or would a Purple Dragon officer act in such a role (i.e. keep track of shipments and barges)?

Once again thank you in advance!

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 19 May 2009 :  23:29:38  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
And my best wishes to Ed - may he get well soon!

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  03:50:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all!
I bring Realmslore at last from Ed, who has just returned from the hospital safe and sound (though housebound for the next few days). It wasn't how he intended to return, with a reply for edappel, nor is he free of the blinding flurry of demands on his time, but he did manage to snatch a few minutes to provide this, for Rhewtani's query: "Who was in charge of House Cormaeril in 1340? What was he like?"
Ed replies:


Three people can be said to be in charge of House Cormaeril at that time:

1. Lord Dasmer Cormaeril, a patrician, dignified, handsome "straight shooter" of a man with streaks of white hair through his darker mane, who is the eldest male of the house.
2. Lady Jlanesse Cormaeril, wife of Dasmer, a white-haired, sloe-eyed, white-skinned "brittle beauty" of a woman who is always quiet, sleek, polite - - and an utter tyrant, who gently but firmly commands her husband (and through him, all he has influence over). A master of strategy, shrewd "reading" of others, and foresight, she has few equals at manipulation among the nobles of the time (Queen Fee is one of those equals).
3. Baskorm Cormaeril, younger in years than Dasmer and Jlanesse, but Dasmer's "uncle" (by descent from a dead father), a boisterous "Squire Allworthy" character (if you know your TOM JONES) who is square of jaw, ruddy of face, prodigious of tankard-capacity, roistering, rutting, jovial, swift to brawling anger but never holds grudges . . . and, from Teziir, is the master of all exiled Cormaerils and family wealth and doings outside Cormyr. Jlanesse makes him literally shiver with fear, so he ignores her existence (and any demands sent by his brother, deeming them all to really come from her). He's not quite the "rustic simpleton" he appears, either; under his guiding hand, the Cormaerils are becoming quite wealthy outside the Forest Kingdom.
So there you have it: THREE people who are all, in different ways, "in charge of" House Cormaeril at that time.


So saith Ed. Ahhh, juicy fresh Realmslore again at last!
I just wish Wizards would give Ed about a hundred thousand dollars a year to just sit and write two novels and, say, a dozen short stories every year, to tell us all the tales of these colorful characters he whips up. (Well, a gal can dream, can't she? With the assistance of her whip and a little thing that seems to constantly need new batteries?)
love to all,
THO

Edit: for spelling and grammar.

Edited by - The Hooded One on 20 May 2009 15:39:33
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Knight of the Gate
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  04:49:27  Show Profile  Visit Knight of the Gate's Homepage  Send Knight of the Gate a Yahoo! Message Send Knight of the Gate a Private Message
To begin, I (as I am sure, are many others) am delighted to hear that the Man is on the mend. And, also: You know, I would GLADLY send Ed the amount I used to spend on sourcebooks for about a page a week of whatever he felt like writing. As I see it, that's about $200 a year... If we could get five hundred of us...

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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  05:35:03  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

(Well, a gal can dream, can't she? With the assistance of her whip and a little thing that seems to constantly need new batteries?)
Interestingly, I was recently told that not even re-chargeable batteries are enough for such devices these days.

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Jakk
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Canada
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  05:48:16  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(Well, a gal can dream, can't she? With the assistance of her whip and a little thing that seems to constantly need new batteries?)
Interestingly, I was recently told that not even re-chargeable batteries are enough for such devices these days.


"not even re-chargeable batteries"? Does this mean such devices now need to be connected directly to AC power? AC is such a "standards-free" standard, with different plug and socket styles everywhere... personally, I think that's just to frustrate the proponents of free love...

Good to hear that Ed's back from the hospital. Is there anything more he can tell us about his pending web-writing for Wizbro? I'm assuming it will be part of D&DI, but if it will include a certain lineage in its future, it may well force me to subscribe...

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  06:54:45  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

Is there anything more he can tell us about his pending web-writing for Wizbro?


I asked him about that a day or two ago, and he said the NDA shield was still in place.

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Knight of the Gate
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  07:10:30  Show Profile  Visit Knight of the Gate's Homepage  Send Knight of the Gate a Yahoo! Message Send Knight of the Gate a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

[quote]Originally posted by The Hooded One

(Well, a gal can dream, can't she? With the assistance of her whip and a little thing that seems to constantly need new batteries?)
Interestingly, I was recently told that not even re-chargeable batteries are enough for such devices these days.



In the case of THO, I (as someone who could play an MD on TV) recommend a model that has a kick-stand and runs on diesel.

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

Australia
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  07:36:21  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
"not even re-chargeable batteries"? Does this mean such devices now need to be connected directly to AC power? AC is such a "standards-free" standard, with different plug and socket styles everywhere... personally, I think that's just to frustrate the proponents of free love...


There are ways around differing plug types... Besides, plug in types perform far more consistently than battery ones, IMHO.

Toys are fun. Ahem.

I wonder if there are magical toys like this in the Realms, perhaps manufactured by Sharessans? Or maybe clockwork ones invented by gnomes... I've always wondered about gnomes...


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.

Edited by - Zandilar on 20 May 2009 07:37:21
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The Sage
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  08:03:41  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 Zandilar

I wonder if there are magical toys like this in the Realms, perhaps manufactured by Sharessans? Or maybe clockwork ones invented by gnomes... I've always wondered about gnomes...
I actually did have an sophisticatedly worded "sex toy" question prepared for Ed, but I wasn't too sure on whether it'd make for appropriate discussion here at Candlekeep.

Then again, given what sometimes comes up in these discussions when the Lady Hooded One is involved, I don't supposed it'd make much difference.

What do you think, THO?

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Kyrene
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  09:54:48  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message
I did once have a Realmsian female declare this:
quote:
“I’d want that,” she whispered then giggled huskily, “Don’t think I’d get that rod of vibration working at this point anyway…”
I would therefore second The Sage's query.

Also, glad to hear that Ed is back from hospital and that THO is still 'on top' of things...

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Markustay
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In my GH days, I had an entire group of 'leather nuns' who worshipped a god called Vibronicus.

They were similar to the Mord Sith of the SoT novels, except their faith was more like Sharess', and instead of those little leather 'wands', they carried Rods of vibration, which were both weapons (inducing incredible pain in nerve-clusters)and ...'entertainment devices'.

They were actually pretty damn sinister, even though I started them out to be a running joke. I even eventually created a speciality priest-class around them with some rather interesting spells (once I took them seriously). Amazing how many truly-destructive things you can do with vibrations.

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edappel
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Brazil
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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  14:24:22  Show Profile  Click to see edappel's MSN Messenger address Send edappel a Private Message
This things remembers me 3th edition "book of erotic fantasy"... I finally found some guys that may use it.
That's why I say that here, candlekeep forum, we see that everything is possible.

--- 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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Sage, I think ANYTHING can and should be discussed, so long as we steer clear of real-world connections that can at times rightly upset people (e.g. religious and lifestyle views). Yes, there are sex toys in the Realms, from whips and dildos through use of costumes and roleplaying (including cross-dressing; any amount of rough, tough armored guards secretly wearing silken feminine scanty panties under their leather cods and "unders," to "tingling creams" and wine-dissolved aphrodisiacs. Endless nipple-clamp-dangling adornments (including at high society revels and in the "official" garb of priestesses).
However, Ed has never dwelt on such things, only mentioned them as they came up in play (e.g. Torm's running joke about pulling down the pants of guards to see "what THESE bold jacks are wearing").
Ed's Realms has never been wholly for children or innocent teens, but it's not a smut-bath either; it's an attempt at portraying ALL of life, so actions have consequences, and there are trends and a meaningful unfolding history.
Which, yes, includes lovemaking.
Not that your average wayfaring adventuress has any need for batteries. Not when there are handy bedposts in so many inns.
love to all,
THO
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Sage, I think ANYTHING can and should be discussed, so long as we steer clear of real-world connections that can at times rightly upset people (e.g. religious and lifestyle views).
Gotcha.

I'll tinker around with the question some more then, since recent discussions here have raised a few other queries.
quote:
Yes, there are sex toys in the Realms, from whips and dildos through use of costumes and roleplaying (including cross-dressing; any amount of rough, tough armored guards secretly wearing silken feminine scanty panties under their leather cods and "unders," to "tingling creams" and wine-dissolved aphrodisiacs. Endless nipple-clamp-dangling adornments (including at high society revels and in the "official" garb of priestesses).
I'll note too, that Ed has briefly discussed other similar "elements" while describing activities performed at various festhalls across the Realms.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 May 2009 :  18:52:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again.
Sage, I await with (purrrrrr) anticipation.
Asgetrion, I believe I remember Ed describing a dock (as in, singular) and some very small, narrow barges (like the canal boats of England) at Thunderstone during an early convention play session - - not the home campaign - - once, but of course your query goes off to him for a proper reply.
love,
THO
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