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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  03:56:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Ed thanks everyone for their birthday wishes (he's had a very full day :} ), and passes on two replies to the scribes perusing this thread:

First, to Drizztsmanchild:

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I don't feel a day over 70. Ahem. No, it's not Elminster's birthday (his actual birthday is - - surprise! - - NDA, but I feel confident that admitting it's not the same day as mine, and leaving MORE than 364 other days in the Realmsian year for it to be, instead, isn't breaking that NDA, quite). Elminster and I are - - thank the gods! - - very different people, not the same guy. I just play him at conventions. As Shatner said (I'm paraphrasing here), "I'm NOT a starship captain, I just play one on TV. So please don't ask me to fix things or tell you about astronomy."

Second, to Jakk:

Markustay is right. The one is Realmsplay history, and the other is what became published Realms canon. Yes, I wrote both.
I have the "home" Realms campaign, but I have also run over twenty short, set-number-of-sessions "library mini-campaigns" down the years, usually centered on a fledgling adventuring company trying to fulfill the conditions of its charter, but some of them have also roleplayed "key moments in Realms history" that THEY (the gamers, all Realms fans and experienced roleplayers) wanted to "be present at." Encounters with Dornal as the Watcher have featured in three of those.
I wrote the published version the way I did to satisfy an editor AND stay as close as possible to what happened in play; you can see how much I succeeded, but you can also see that the published version can be taken to apply to his life before it ended, and his time as Watcher that followed thereafter (after he was raised, obviously) can end up being steered very close to the longer, "play" version I described here at the Keep.
What "happened" in your campaign is, of course, up to you. In both of them Dornal can be still around as the Watcher, if you want him to be.


So saith Ed. Who is happily at work on more Realmslore for us all.
love,
THO
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Mr_Miscellany
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  06:21:07  Show Profile Send Mr_Miscellany a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,

I have more than a few questions that have sprung up in my mind, owing to my listening to Neil Gaiman read his story, "November in The Chair", itself part of a collection of stories titled "Fragile Things" (available on iTunes in audiobook format).

In this story Gaiman brings to life the various months of the year and describes them as people chatting amicably as they gather round a fire to share food and drink. Gaiman's writing mixes snippets of what you'd expect a month to look like by what season of the year it correlates too with humanizing character traits of his own invention. (Hearing Gaiman read the dialogue in character really brings it off.)

In the story, November is in the chair and so must tell a tale to the other months. He chooses to tell a cold and somewhat sad story involving a little boy that runs away and befriends a ghost.

Now suppose for a moment the months of the Faerūnian calendar held similar gatherings that took place in some otherworldly, not quite extraplanar location.

With this thought in mind, how would you describe how each month looked? Would they all be human? Might some of them be elfin, dwarven or another race?

And how might they relate to each other? Would one or more months consider the vast history of events that happened "on their watch" to be a measure of relative importance? Might other months disagree, owing to the idea that the more placid a set of tendays the better for all?

Do you suppose Shieldmeet would hold any particular importance to them? As well Midwinter, Greengrass, The Feast of the Moon, and so on?

Lastly, given that it's July currently, if Flamerule had taken the chair, what sort of story might that month tell?

I realize my inquiry is rather open ended, just as I know you're quite busy. Thus please answer as little or as much as you see fit.

Thank you (both) in advance, as always.

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gomez
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  07:23:47  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

It is indeed Ed's 50th



A bit late with wishes (dumb time zones), but still: congrats Ed! Hope you had a good day, and may there be 50 more.

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Menelvagor
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I'll join gomez both in cursing the time zones, and in wishing Ed a (belated) very happy birthday!
And to add a question, so this won't be off-topic: Which races in the Realms would have a problem with a brother/sister sexual relationship? Are there human cultures who don't care, and allow it? And what do the Seven Sisters think? (I hope this isn't an inflamtory question. If it is, tell me and I'll remove it.)

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Thauramarth
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  08:53:55  Show Profile Send Thauramarth a Private Message
I'm late, too, but I'll make up for it with a song (people, lock up your cats).

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Eldacar
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  09:28:24  Show Profile  Visit Eldacar's Homepage  Click to see Eldacar's MSN Messenger address Send Eldacar a Private Message
Late here, too - but a happy birthday nonetheless.

I've got a multi-part question to add to the pile, too. Specifically, regarding the "Name and Song Attunement" of the Chosen of Mystra. As I understand it, they can hear their own names, nicknames and so on anywhere on Toril, as well as the next nine words of the speaker. It can be turned on or off at will. Now, the question itself is: Which Chosen are the most likely to "keep it activated" more often, and vice versa? Even regarding people who don't really know it beyond the names of the Chosen, and possibly not even that (going double for the Seven, since they have the nursery rhyme which is often recited though not fully understood by some), there are a lot of people in Faerun.

Also, have enemies of the Chosen tried using it to attempt to spread disinformation? How widespread is knowledge of the ability? Or is it very little-known, and have enemies unwittingly in the past revealed their plans? Is it an ability that the Chosen prefer to conceal unless they absolutely have to, or will they reveal it to friends, allies and so on, since it can help if a friend or somebody they're watching needs aid desperately and sends a quick SOS message to somebody that they know will hear? Of course, this would also tie in to which Chosen keep the ability switched on more often, since it doesn't help much if you try and send a message but find that the receiver is busy doing something else.

Next, does it function across planar boundaries, or does it only work as long as the user is within the scope of the Weave (on Toril or in Dweomerheart)? What I mean is, can Elminster step out to, say, Sigil, and still hear his name spoken on Toril, or can somebody in Sigil speak his name and expect him to hear them? Or would he have to be in an area where the Weave exists to hear? Or does the essence of Mystra that he carries serve the same role, and communicate it to him "from itself" (so to speak) no matter where he is?

And lastly, is it a particular function of the silver fire, a special attunement to the Weave seperate from their other abilities that Mystra grants (the Seven Sisters, for example, can hear the nursery rhyme, while AFAIK Elminster, Khelben and so on can't, so there appears to be some differences), or something else?

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Atomo
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  13:06:28  Show Profile  Visit Atomo's Homepage Send Atomo a Private Message
I usually just lurk in the shadows of this forum, reading the wonderful topics... But now I need show myself to wish a happy birthday to Ed.
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freyar
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More belated birthday wishes to Ed!

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Markustay
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Okay, the belated Birthday wishes got me thinking about time portals, and of course the one that leads to Yellowstone sprang to mind, which immediately made me think of a question...

The King's Forest in Cormyr is the closest thing to a 'National Park' that I can think of in FR - are there any others?

Aside from Elven forests, of course, are there other nations that set-aside parts of their 'undisturbed wilderness'. Maybe even have 'game preserves' (for endangered species), or perhaps even 'reservations' for aboriginal groups?

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:13:57  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Thank your the the birthday wishes for Ed, who is a busy boy right now. All of your queries have been forwarded to him (Wooly, he tells me he thinks his e-mail account is "fixed," and will be reading back to examine certain messages), and I can make a start on answering Eldacar on my own, from Realmsplay experience with Ed as DM: the "hear your name" ability extends only as far as the Weave (so, NOT onto other planes), very few people outside the Chosen know of it or even suspect it (Sammaster of course is the major sort of exception, but I know he was keeping that knowledge secret so he'd have a "leg up" on his rivals), and one of the "listen all the time" Chosen was Khelben. The Simbul and Elminster also listened often, and Dove almost never.
So (and here we pass from certainty to my opinion) it wouldn't have been used to spread msinformation (again, with only Sammaster as a possible exception), and I believe it is a separate Weave attunement thing.
Ed, of course, can be far more certain and specific than I can, so we'll wait and see. And speaking of waiting and seeing, I hope Wizards remembers to post the Spin A Yarn tale on the website. Ed sent it in months ago now, so it would be up in plenty of time for GenCon, but . . .
Unless, of course, I've missed seeing it, and it's faded into view somewhere on the website that I haven't seen. Intrepid scribes, anyone want to have a go at exploring and peering?
Either regarding me or the website . . .
love to all,
THO
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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:32:11  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. Thank your the the birthday wishes for Ed, who is a busy boy right now. All of your queries have been forwarded to him (Wooly, he tells me he thinks his e-mail account is "fixed," and will be reading back to examine certain messages), and I can make a start on answering Eldacar on my own, from Realmsplay experience with Ed as DM: the "hear your name" ability extends only as far as the Weave (so, NOT onto other planes), very few people outside the Chosen know of it or even suspect it (Sammaster of course is the major sort of exception, but I know he was keeping that knowledge secret so he'd have a "leg up" on his rivals), and one of the "listen all the time" Chosen was Khelben. The Simbul and Elminster also listened often, and Dove almost never.
So (and here we pass from certainty to my opinion) it wouldn't have been used to spread msinformation (again, with only Sammaster as a possible exception), and I believe it is a separate Weave attunement thing.
Ed, of course, can be far more certain and specific than I can, so we'll wait and see. And speaking of waiting and seeing, I hope Wizards remembers to post the Spin A Yarn tale on the website. Ed sent it in months ago now, so it would be up in plenty of time for GenCon, but . . .
Unless, of course, I've missed seeing it, and it's faded into view somewhere on the website that I haven't seen. Intrepid scribes, anyone want to have a go at exploring and peering?
Either regarding me or the website . . .
love to all,
THO



I shall take on the assigned quests of my fair maiden!

I will return as soon as the first is completed!

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 - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:42:01  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Unless, of course, I've missed seeing it, and it's faded into view somewhere on the website that I haven't seen. Intrepid scribes, anyone want to have a go at exploring and peering?
Either regarding me or the website . . .



Exploring you leaves no time for exploring websites. Besides, who'd want to explore a website, given this particular alternative?

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:43:20  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
I have returned my fair lady!

But I bring grievous news:

The only thing on the Wizards site about Ed's Spin a Yarn is the announcement of the seminar.

quote:
Wizards Website
Spin a Yarn with Ed Greenwood
Join the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, Ed Greenwood, for a rollicking group storytelling experience that's always memorable and highly amusing. Fri 2 PM


They do not have the 2008 Spin a Yarn posted on the site (all the previous years are available here, at the bottom of the page).

Now about that second quest...

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

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:44:30  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Unless, of course, I've missed seeing it, and it's faded into view somewhere on the website that I haven't seen. Intrepid scribes, anyone want to have a go at exploring and peering?
Either regarding me or the website . . .



Exploring you leaves no time for exploring websites. Besides, who'd want to explore a website, given this particular alternative?



Ahh, but if the first leads to the second...

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

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gomez
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:50:31  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Intrepid scribes, anyone want to have a go at exploring and peering?
Either regarding me or the website . . .



Are there people we should poke to get it up?
I doubt it - as the people who control the website are, iirc, quite a different bunch than the people who write the web articles...

Gomez
who would very much like to peer at THO, but is currently also interested in her feedback...

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The Sage
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Posted - 22 Jul 2009 :  16:52:35  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

All of your queries have been forwarded to him (Wooly, he tells me he thinks his e-mail account is "fixed," and will be reading back to examine certain messages)...
My lady, I'm assuming this also includes my recent ethereal mail message to the Ol' Bearded One as well? Or should I re-send it?

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

I have returned my fair lady!

But I bring grievous news:

The only thing on the Wizards site about Ed's Spin a Yarn is the announcement of the seminar.

quote:
Wizards Website
Spin a Yarn with Ed Greenwood
Join the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, Ed Greenwood, for a rollicking group storytelling experience that's always memorable and highly amusing. Fri 2 PM


They do not have the 2008 Spin a Yarn posted on the site (all the previous years are available here, at the bottom of the page).

Now about that second quest...



That's the first time I've seen a link to "Never A Warpig Born" since they revamped the site a couple years ago... Either way, I've also got a scroll collecting all the links, appropriately named Spin A Yarn links.

I think since it's that time of year again, that I'll resticky it.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

I have returned my fair lady!

But I bring grievous news:

The only thing on the Wizards site about Ed's Spin a Yarn is the announcement of the seminar.

quote:
Wizards Website
Spin a Yarn with Ed Greenwood
Join the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, Ed Greenwood, for a rollicking group storytelling experience that's always memorable and highly amusing. Fri 2 PM


They do not have the 2008 Spin a Yarn posted on the site (all the previous years are available here, at the bottom of the page).

Now about that second quest...



That's the first time I've seen a link to "Never A Warpig Born" since they revamped the site a couple years ago... Either way, I've also got a scroll collecting all the links, appropriately named Spin A Yarn links.

I think since it's that time of year again, that I'll resticky it.

Actually, I found that link again about a month ago while I was digging through the WotC archives looking for articles that I might have forgotten to save during my previous delvings.

Still a good read.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. Ed thanks everyone for their birthday wishes (he's had a very full day :} ), and passes on two replies to the scribes perusing this thread:

<snip>

Markustay is right. The one is Realmsplay history, and the other is what became published Realms canon. Yes, I wrote both.
I have the "home" Realms campaign, but I have also run over twenty short, set-number-of-sessions "library mini-campaigns" down the years, usually centered on a fledgling adventuring company trying to fulfill the conditions of its charter, but some of them have also roleplayed "key moments in Realms history" that THEY (the gamers, all Realms fans and experienced roleplayers) wanted to "be present at." Encounters with Dornal as the Watcher have featured in three of those.
I wrote the published version the way I did to satisfy an editor AND stay as close as possible to what happened in play; you can see how much I succeeded, but you can also see that the published version can be taken to apply to his life before it ended, and his time as Watcher that followed thereafter (after he was raised, obviously) can end up being steered very close to the longer, "play" version I described here at the Keep.
What "happened" in your campaign is, of course, up to you. In both of them Dornal can be still around as the Watcher, if you want him to be.


So saith Ed. Who is happily at work on more Realmslore for us all.
love,
THO




Thanks very much for clearing that up, Ed. Markustay's ability to "think Realms" is once again showcased.

My current DM recently did something similar (except involving actual time travel by the PCs) in our campaign. Thanks to a malfunctioning portal in Waterdeep, we (the PCs) were transported in time and space to Cormanthyr at the close of the Weeping War. We found ourselves escorting a group of survivors out of the fallen realm, including a large number of orphaned children, mostly elven and human. One of the PCs, a female half-elven ranger, went by the surname Silverhand, chosen in complete ignorance by the player, who was entirely new to the Realms. Our DM took this and ran with it, having one of the older orphan boys develop a mad crush on said PC. When we finally returned to our own time (quite some time later), at the end of the session we (the players, out of game) were told that Nanara's boy-crush had taken her surname as his own and went on to father a boy named Dornal. The rest, most of us here all know. A brilliant piece of time-travel lore, if I do say so myself.

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

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do the grey hands still exist in 4e waterdeep??

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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I'm not entirely all up on 4e Realmslore for Waterdeep, but I do recall a tidbit in Blackstaff Tower that made me think of the Grey Hands. Let me find it.

Edit: Got it! -- pg. 191. A bit about all grey-robes possessing wands that allow them to paralyze or slow their opponents. This rang "Grey Hands" bells in my mind.

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Question time Ed. Yes, another from the Sage. And yes, again based on my obsession with Realms music.

Anyways, I was speculating on my blog earlier about this. Then I thought to come directly to you for a little further inspiration.

The main gist of my mental ramblings:-

I'm thinking about FORGOTTEN REALMS "theme music." You know, the kind of repetitive tune that you'd expect to hear throughout the game and that is purposely designed to help gamers and readers of the Realms identify with their favourite campaign world. We've had some previous examples in many of the CRPGs released for the Realms, I know. Some of the tunes from the two Icewind Dale games immediately come to mind. As does the introductory music to the first Neverwinter Nights game.

What I'd actually like to do, is try my own hand at composing something like this. Nothing too extensive. Just a short piece that I think would reflect the central/core elements of the Realms -- and stuff like characters, places, groups, etc. Obviously, those kinds of elements are wide and often diverse enough in tone and attitude that it would make it difficult for me to properly incorporate them all into a "theme song" for the Realms. But the ideas behind some of the themes inherent in the Realms, along with those supporting some characters and places, are basic enough to be related to other similar examples in many fantasy-worlds. And thus, I've got an effective basis to start from. So I want to try and build on that, all the while making sure there's suitable Realms influence. I don't want to make this too much like generic fantasy music after all.

...

So, Ed, what are your thoughts on this? And what do you think are the crucial themes/elements of the Realms that I should be trying to work into my music?

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Menelvagor
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One:
The Simbul and Elminster also listened often


Ah, but this raises the question: What did the Simbul listen for? While I am certain 'The Simbul' was said quite a lot, she would be safe in listening for her given name. After all, how many people in the Realms know who Alassra Shentrantra is?
So, to sum it up: When the chosen listen, can they also listen to nicknames, such as 'Blackstaff' and 'The Simbul', or can they only listen to their given names?

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 23 Jul 2009 :  15:22:52  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
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Originally posted by Menelvagor

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One:
The Simbul and Elminster also listened often


Ah, but this raises the question: What did the Simbul listen for? While I am certain 'The Simbul' was said quite a lot, she would be safe in listening for her given name. After all, how many people in the Realms know who Alassra Shentrantra is?
So, to sum it up: When the chosen listen, can they also listen to nicknames, such as 'Blackstaff' and 'The Simbul', or can they only listen to their given names?



Page 10 of The Seven Sisters:

quote:
Chosen can hear the Rune of the Chosen (see the Introduction of this book) and their own names -- nicknames and titles included -- spoken anywhere on Toril.


On a related note, though... So they can hear names and titles that refer to them as a Chosen. But can they hear other names, names by which they might not be known as Chosen? For example, Khelben can hear his name or his title Blackstaff. But if someone speaks of Malek Aldhanek, one of his earlier identities, would he hear it? Would he have heard it when he was Malek? If Elminster chose to spend a day every now and again as Bahb the fighter, would he hear it when someone spoke of Bahb?

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