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reiwynn
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  11:41:19  Show Profile  Visit reiwynn's Homepage Send reiwynn a Private Message
Thank you THO and Ed for the reply it's very much appreciated. Now to wait with much anticipation for Elminster must die. =)

Out of the frying pan, and into the dragons' maw.....
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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  21:30:50  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Dear Ed,
Years back you gave a talk (at one of the GenCons you were a Guest of Honor at, but I can't recall which one) during which you mentioned a merchant character who bred small lizards for cooking-pot use in the Vast, who was traveling with caravans through Cormyr and Sembia trying to establish regular buyers for his lizards, and not encountering many takers except in Marsember.
What was that character's name, did you develop any more about him, did you use him in play (e.g. with THO and the players of the Knights), and what was his fate?
Thanks!
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Blueblade
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Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  21:34:17  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
I've just found some of my notes from a chat I had with you at the Great Canadian Baycon a few years ago.
Unfortunately, I wasn't (and "amn't") a very good note-taker. So could you please tell me: what is or was "The Book That Talks Back" ?
And how did it come to "public" attention in the Realms?
Thanks,
BB
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George Krashos
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Australia
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Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  23:30:51  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
Hi Ed. Happy belated birthday and all that - as I knew about your 'surprise', I didn't get in touch before GEN-CON but will drop you an e-mail this weekend to shoot the breeze.

I was thinking the other day (dangerous, I know) about the Simbul and the Red Wizards of Thay and it sent me wondering as to whether there were any Red Wizards that she respected or perhaps (*horror*) even feared just a teensy little bit. You've long stated in published realmslore that the zulkirs of Thay are not necessarily the most magically mighty in the realm (save for Szass perhaps) so I was wondering about other, more subtle but still powerful movers and shakers in Thay.

Show us what you got! (And if that doesn't provoke a response from THO, I don't know what will ...)

-- George Krashos

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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  23:38:55  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
I had no idea that I missed Mr. Greenwood's birthday greeting. Please send along my own Happy Belated Birthday too.

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The Sage
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Posted - 03 Sep 2009 :  01:02:11  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 Joran Nobleheart

I had no idea that I missed Mr. Greenwood's birthday greeting. Please send along my own Happy Belated Birthday too.

If you scroll back several pages [back into mid-to-late-July], you'll read some happy birthday messages to and from Ed.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 03 Sep 2009 :  17:27:18  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Ed is inundated with family again (!), but reports that the book is three-quarters done (in first draft), and is still humming along.
George, one of those mighty Thayans would be a guy called "Aumoaran," about which I know only his name. We Knights saw him from afar, momentarily, once. Able to blast (most) zulkirs into nothingness without much apparent qualm, preparation, or fuss.
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THO
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Brimstone
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Posted - 03 Sep 2009 :  17:33:55  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message


Sounds scary.

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
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words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 03 Sep 2009 :  19:13:15  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Joran Nobleheart

I had no idea that I missed Mr. Greenwood's birthday greeting. Please send along my own Happy Belated Birthday too.

If you scroll back several pages [back into mid-to-late-July], you'll read some happy birthday messages to and from Ed.


Thank you, Sage.

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Menelvagor
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Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  08:33:42  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Ah, but what does the Sibul feel towrds Aumoaran? Respect or fear? And what about Lauzoril? WHat does hse feel regarding him?

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  15:29:32  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
Someone finally remembered to give us the final bit of the 2008 Spin a Yarn. According to the Archives page, it's been up since August 10th -- but I've been keeping an eye out for it, checking daily, and it wasn't there yesterday or any time before then.

Anyway, here's all the links!

Introducing "Volo Breaks a Hot Tale"
"Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (Part One)
"Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (Part Two)
"Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (Part Three)
"Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (Part Four)
"Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (Part Five)

And for the last time this year, I'll repeat that all the links for prior Spin A Yarn tales can be found in my Spin A Yarn links thread.

Edit: While updating my own page of links, I noted that this time, they compiled the entire tale into a single pdf. Here's the link (which is also on my Spin A Yarn page, noted above):
"Volo Breaks a Hot Tale" (collected pdf)

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Edited by - Wooly Rupert on 04 Sep 2009 15:47:36
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The Sage
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Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  16:33:24  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
Oooh! Another fine addition. And, also, kinda what I was hoping for in terms of a finish. This will definitely fold nicely with my currently planned Volo-based side quest in my Realms campaign running this weekend.

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Edited by - The Sage on 04 Sep 2009 16:34:34
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Blueblade
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Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  21:51:33  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
My Realmslore question for today: in Waterdeep, Cormyr, Sembia, or Amn, if Character X gets fined by the justice system, HOW do they pay it? Are they held in custody until someone brings the money? Do they have a few days to pay? Are they escorted home from the court by Watch officers who stay with them until they get the money and bring it back? Or - - ?
And what tender is acceptable? All coins accepted, or - -?
Thanks!
BB
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  02:50:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Menelvagor, when you ask: "Ah, but what does The Simbul feel towards Aumoaran? Respect or fear? And what about Lauzoril? WHat does she feel regarding him?"
I'm awfully tempted to reply:

You'll have to ask her. She's right over yonder. Ask VERY nicely, and be sure you have an escape route ready. Me, I'll stand well back.
love,
THO
P.S. Don't worry, your post has been sent to Ed. He's inundated with family right now (yes! again!), but I'm sure he'll reply soon after he digs himself out. The book is still coming along nicely, he tells me; deep in Chapter 28, right now.
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The Simbul
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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  04:53:10  Show Profile  Visit The Simbul's Homepage Send The Simbul a Private Message
Its worth noting that the Simbul's feelings toward and interactions with Lauzoril are covered fairly well in The Simbul's Gift by Lynn Abbey.

Edited by - The Simbul on 05 Sep 2009 04:56:30
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Penknight
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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  07:39:30  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
Hello again. In my campaign, something came up that I was hoping Mr. Greenwood could solve for me. A few months back, my players and my NPC succeeded in freeing Lothen of the Silver Spires from the orc tribes that had inhabited the city. My question is... when it was a living, vital city back in the days of Siluvanede, how large was the city, population wise? And if there's any further information that can be brought to light on this city, I'd be very grateful to hear it. Thank you!

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sfdragon
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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  11:29:49  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
do tell ED that I finally finished archwizard.
started slowly but it was a good read.


.... to many other good books to read.
wasnt for those blasted good for nothing book reports during school growing up I would of picked up a book long ago......

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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  16:10:49  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Heh. I'm enjoying that Ed series (Dark Lord, Arch Wizard . . .) very much, and am impatiently waiting for the third book, Falconfar.
Black Library just announced that Rebellion (publisher of Abaddon Books) has bought Solaris (no change for us in North America, because Simon & Schuster remains as the US front for both publishers).
Does Ed know yet if this delays or otherwise affects the planned (February 2010) release of the third book?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  16:14:51  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Baleful, Ed doesn't know the answers you seek. Yet.
My guess is that FALCONFAR will be delayed, because although Ed submitted a complete first draft and Solaris accepted it, negotiations were apparently well under way at that point - - so my guess is that none of the editorial work (reading the MS and requesting revisions, if any, copyediting, even perhaps procuring cover art, though THAT should have been done if the usual timetables were being followed) has taken place.
However, the book IS finished, Ed enjoyed doing it and thinks its rounds off the trilogy nicely, and we should all see it in the fullness of time.
So, stay tuned . . .
love,
THO
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Menelvagor
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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  20:19:03  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
quote:
Originally poisted by The Simbul:
Its worth noting that the Simbul's feelings toward and interactions with Lauzoril are covered fairly well in The Simbul's Gift by Lynn Abbey.


Yes, but (not to disparage Ms. Abbey's portrayal of The Simbul) I want to know what Ed feels on the subject.

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 05 Sep 2009 :  23:07:49  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. A surprise Realmslore e-mail from Ed has just arrived, this time in response to Longtime Lurker re. this: “Dear Ed, Years back you gave a talk (at one of the GenCons you were a Guest of Honor at, but I can't recall which one) during which you mentioned a merchant character who bred small lizards for cooking-pot use in the Vast, who was traveling with caravans through Cormyr and Sembia trying to establish regular buyers for his lizards, and not encountering many takers except in Marsember.
What was that character's name, did you develop any more about him, did you use him in play (e.g. with THO and the players of the Knights), and what was his fate?
Thanks!”
Ed replies:



That was Moristro “Manycoins” Haelandram from Tantras, originally from Calaunt but fled from there to its rival city, and soon farther away from the reach of his “unfriends” in Calaunt.
The “Manycoins” nickname was a mocking one, a needling slap from more successful merchants, as Moristro was something of a bumbler who was constantly running out of funds and having to borrow or improvise. However, when he hit upon stewing or fire-roasting the lizards known as “rocktails” (abundant and fast-breeding insect and plant-eaters akin in shape and looks to the real-world lizards sometimes called “bearded dragons,” though slate-gray rather than orange/white/red-streaked in hue, and far more suited to colder, damper climes than the hot-arid-terrain bearded dragons), he had something that finally supported him. He got quite good at seasoning and preparing lizards so as to be very flavorful (think a cross between venison and good roast beef, only always moist and soft rather than tough, even when reheated for the sixth time), and by persistence built up a trade among traveling merchants and backland innkeepers, who in turn slowly “sold” their patrons on eating “tails.” Marsember was full of folk who added “tails” to their daily fare with swift enthusiasm, but over the next two decades Moristro built up a solid trade throughout Sembia, the Dales, and coastal Cormyr.
The Knights met him only once, briefly, and were busy just keeping themselves alive at the time (no interaction occurred), and Moristro was getting older and stouter but wealthier, with careful building purchases in Saerloon, Suzail, and Teziir and lumber investments in Archendale and upland Sembia, when the Spellplague hit.
His fate, after that, is unknown to me, but I’d say he was close to marrying, settling down to a successful life as a shopkeeper (almost certainly in Saerloon), and having a large family to carry on his various businesses. However, in your Realms campaign, feel free to steer him elsewhere; I’ve written nothing at all “official” about him, and probably won’t have occasion to. So, have fun!



So saith Ed. Who still has family visiting but has just written a “fun little struggle scene” in the novel he’s working on, and is tired but happy.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  09:13:24  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
Hey Ed and THO,

I was curious about how Ed is related, if at all, to Cayle Lacefield? I was looking at the wedding pics from Gencon and saw that it looked like Ed was involved in the wedding. My thanks. :)

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  16:53:06  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Kuje.
Ed and Calye are old, old friends (not lovers, but good friends, who e-chat and dine out at many cons). Longtime Realms fans may recall that when TSR presented Ed with an "Elminster staff" done to look like the one painted on the first Elminster hardcover, they asked Calye - - as Chainmail Girl - - to present it to him (he was in costume as "Elminster"). I believe Calye has no living male relatives, so she asked Ed to "give her away" to Phil at their wedding, and Ed was happy to oblige.
Ed tells me it was a GREAT wedding, by the way. The bride and groom are such fun people, and their core friends ditto, with lots of zany gaming pals attending, the best wedding service from the reverend Ed has ever heard (ya gotta love it when he begins, a la Peter Cook in THE PRINCESS BRIDE, with "Mahwage!")
Ed is very happy for Phil and Cal, whom he says are a great couple. The wedding was a blast, what with the gown, the axe, Phil's VERY short kilt, the garter hijinx, the wedding cake (dice), the great hotel (Pullman railway cars permanently parked INSIDE the hotel - - third floor, yet - - serving as hotel suites) . . . the works. Ed loved it, and said Calye "looked even better than when she's in chainmail."

love,
THO

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Blueblade
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  17:02:59  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Re. this:

Ed loved it, and said Calye "looked even better than when she's in chainmail."

Impossible!

BB
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  17:07:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Gallantly said, BB. Gallantly said.
However, I think Ed meant Calye was both regal and radiant, as only brides can be on The Day, and that her happiness and the spectacular dress made her look truly exceptional.
As opposed to merely a gamer's wet dream.
I can't say, as I (sniff) wasn't there. I didn't manage to make GenCon this year, despite my sneakiest efforts. Ed tells me he doubts he can persuade them to do the wedding again for me next year, too.
(Pout)
Ah, well, I'll just have to console myself with thoughts of the consumation.
love,
THO
P.S. Er, now where in the Realms WERE we?
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