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Kuje
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  19:14:12  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
Ah very cool,

Thanks again and that's why I was curious, because it looked like Ed was giving her away, so I decided to ask.

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Broken Helm
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  22:16:23  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Watching the furor of all the "back to school" sales raging in various stores I've had occasion to be visiting recently spurs me to ask: are there "school years" or "schooling seasons" for formal tutelage in the Realms, or do those receiving formal training attend academies or whatever and just go along with however the particular academy arranges things, time-wise (meaning every academy is different)?
Do any places have either temple or state control or influence over what is taught, or laws regarding what instruction is given/tests are given/records are kept?
Thanks.
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Malcolm
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  22:19:45  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Ed and THO,
I'd like to amplify something from what Broken Helm just asked, if I may: in Cormyr, Sembia, and the Dales, pre-Spellplague, is there anything in law or custom preventing, say, a teacher or tutor or teaching institution from teaching students in a manner very critical of the ruler or government? Lying about the government/ruler/history of governing and ruling?
Regardless of whether there is or isn't, what sort of reprisals have taken place, if this happens, or can be expected? (Teachers "disappearing" or being exiled or just fired, for instance.)
Thank you.
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Jakk
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Posted - 07 Sep 2009 :  03:18:38  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
From the FR Trivia scroll...

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Well, capnvan, there were four I know of:

Brorarr, a much-scarred outcast orc with four arms, who gathered various orc brigands into a powerful band that had to be hunted down and battled several times.

Velarr Anandragon, a shipcaptain from the Vilhon who "went pirate" and got chased inland and became a bandit lord and a persistent pain in Enchara's backside for six summers, until she finally tracked him down and slew him.

Omontos Velandryl, a minor mageling on the run from Amn for murdering several sons of wealthy families during burglaries, who brought his band of murderous thugs to Esparin posing as a caravan, and "melted into the Stonelands," deciding to stay. He lasted for YEARS.

. . . And then there's the personage you're seeking in your answer, the only one of the four from Ed's notes that's been officially published yet.
Just enjoying the thread as a spectator. Ed might have more on these three, if anyone asks in his Questions thread.
We've had a hint already? Gosh, scribes, this one's easy!
love to all,
THO



I think I'll take THO up on this invitation... so, Ed, anything more that you can tell us about these bandits? Please?

Thanks!

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gomez
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Netherlands
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Posted - 07 Sep 2009 :  16:48:36  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

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)



We can always do an re-enactment, with you as the bride.

Gomez,
who wasn't present either, though Ed's report definitely made it sound like I missed something

Edited by - gomez on 07 Sep 2009 16:50:40
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capnvan
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Posted - 07 Sep 2009 :  21:03:11  Show Profile  Visit capnvan's Homepage Send capnvan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

From the FR Trivia scroll...
*snip*



I knew if I just gave it some time...


Edit: S'posed to ask a question. Repeating: any more on Melisander, of the spell and the lonely harp?

"Saving a life, though regrettable, is a small price to pay for a whole lifetime of unfettered killing."

Edited by - capnvan on 07 Sep 2009 21:04:30
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Jakk
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Posted - 08 Sep 2009 :  04:31:33  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
One more... Ed, is there anything you can tell us about the "Seven Sisters" the respectively-named year refers to, or are they firmly NDA'd? Hopefully I haven't already asked this question...

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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Blueblade
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Posted - 08 Sep 2009 :  18:37:11  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Today's Realmslore question from moi concerns street lighting in Suzail at night: oil lamps? Candle lamps?
A few stationary high-up ones, or mounted on pulleys and chains, or taken away every morning, filled up, and brought back and lit at dusk (or when?) and hung up, as needed?
If so, how good is the overall lighting? Just along the Promenade and the wealthy/nobles' neighborhoods, or - - ?
Does the port "work" at night?
And who does this? The Purple Dragons? Crown servants/special lamplighters? Or - - ?
Thanks. Bunch of questions, it turned out to be. Sorry.
BB
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 08 Sep 2009 :  19:22:07  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Ed and THO,
I have a question about pilgrimages, post-Spellplague. Do any faiths in the Realms have big, recurring ones?
Or "every faithful should do this once in their lives" ones?
Or personal, coming-of-manhood/womanhood ones?
Thanks!
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Blueblade
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Posted - 08 Sep 2009 :  20:22:09  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Heh. BA, I presume you meant to add: "And what are they?"
Right?
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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 08 Sep 2009 :  20:32:49  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Yes, I did.
Ahem: And what are they, please?
As in, for what faiths, why are they undertaken, and where do they go to (or through, if it's a sequence of places)?
And what special respect or status, if any, do pilgrims gain for completing them?
There. Done properly, this time.
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Jakk
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Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  05:50:09  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
Ed and THO,
I'd like to express my interest in (and seconding of) a few requests on this page. I'm interested in the schooling inquiries from Broken Helm and Malcolm, and in the subject of pilgrimages raised by Baleful Avatar. I'd like to expand the pilgrimages inquiry to include pre-Spellplague (and pre-Time of Troubles) faiths as well. I just got a brilliant campaign idea, and it involves a timeline reset to 1357 DR. I can't say any more about it at this time, as I don't yet know whether or not my players frequent CK.

Edit: Trivia: My 888th post!

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.

Edited by - Jakk on 09 Sep 2009 05:54:09
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createvmind
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Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  15:44:53  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello,

Can Ed comment on Moander's Rot in Darkwatch and can it be cured, does the affliction travel by touch, is it airborne only within Darkwatch or anywhere that the afflicted travels? Any info at all. It looks like Ed's style of writing so I'm assuming he wrote it.
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Blueblade
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Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  18:25:10  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Yes, I think Ed has confirmed elsewhere, some time back, that he did write the Darkwatch lore.
BB
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Rhewtani
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Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  18:57:59  Show Profile  Send Rhewtani an AOL message Send Rhewtani a Private Message
What's the source for Darkwatch?
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createvmind
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Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  19:11:11  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
In 75 DR, Moander the Darkbringer hurled his forces and the "creeping evil" against the elven city of Tsornyl, blighting much of the surrounding woods. The magic of Moander twisted all life, both follower and victim alike, into corrupt monsters, including deepspawn and shambling mounds. While the evil could not be destroyed, High Magic severed the creeping evil from Moander and imprisoned the corruption at Tsornyl (soon to be called the Darkwatch). This weakened the Darkbringer's presence in Toril, though it cost the lives of thirty-two elves, including two High Mages, to sever and bind the power.

This evil still lurks in the area known as the Darkwatch and awaits a sliver of divine energy to return Moander to life.


With additional lore in Powers of faerun and Finder's novels I believe.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  19:57:47  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
And in Volo's Guide to the Dalelands, which is available as a free download from the Wizards downloads page.

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The Sage
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Posted - 10 Sep 2009 :  00:57:08  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 Blueblade

Yes, I think Ed has confirmed elsewhere, some time back, that he did write the Darkwatch lore.
BB

That does ring a bell. I'll search the archives and see what I come up with.

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The Sage
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Posted - 10 Sep 2009 :  00:58:50  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

And in Volo's Guide to the Dalelands, which is available as a free download from the Wizards downloads page.

Also, see Cormanthyr [available as a free PDF download as well] pgs. 967.

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Blueblade
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Posted - 10 Sep 2009 :  16:13:39  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO, in the years after the 1380s, Spellplague or no Spellplague (i.e. if one doesn't have the Spellplague happen in a campaign, or does), do you see a few, some, many, or most noble families of Cormyr having extensive direct investments and residences outside the kingdom?
By "direct," I mean businesses and properties they own or co-own, not businesses run by others that they are one of many "backers" of.
I'm not looking for any exhaustive economic examinations of things, I'm really trying to get an idea of how frequent and "good" the foreign experience, interests, and involvement of Cormyr's nobles are, on a family level rather than eccentric individuals who happen to have wanderlust or want to be adventurers or are black sheep fleeing scandals or hate their folks or the realm and want to live their lives elsewhere. Are Cormyr's nobles traditionalists who dislike/mistrust/know very little accurate about "outlanders," or are they engaged in the wider world around them? I figure most of them hear news and have visited some Sembian cities and Westgate, but I'm interested in "beyond that."
Thanks.
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Amarel Derakanor
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Posted - 11 Sep 2009 :  09:59:35  Show Profile Send Amarel Derakanor a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

Dear Ed and THO, in the years after the 1380s, Spellplague or no Spellplague (i.e. if one doesn't have the Spellplague happen in a campaign, or does), do you see a few, some, many, or most noble families of Cormyr having extensive direct investments and residences outside the kingdom?
By "direct," I mean businesses and properties they own or co-own, not businesses run by others that they are one of many "backers" of.
I'm not looking for any exhaustive economic examinations of things, I'm really trying to get an idea of how frequent and "good" the foreign experience, interests, and involvement of Cormyr's nobles are, on a family level rather than eccentric individuals who happen to have wanderlust or want to be adventurers or are black sheep fleeing scandals or hate their folks or the realm and want to live their lives elsewhere. Are Cormyr's nobles traditionalists who dislike/mistrust/know very little accurate about "outlanders," or are they engaged in the wider world around them? I figure most of them hear news and have visited some Sembian cities and Westgate, but I'm interested in "beyond that."
Thanks.
BB



Good question! I'm interested in finding out more about this as well!

Edited by - Amarel Derakanor on 11 Sep 2009 10:00:25
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gomez
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Posted - 11 Sep 2009 :  12:04:16  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

This evil still lurks in the area known as the Darkwatch and awaits a sliver of divine energy to return Moander to life.



It is not very likely that Moander will return any time soon (though his name was dropped recently, it was in association with the Citadel of Fungi, not the Darkwatch), but one never knows. I do have some vague plans to use the Darkwatch, not eaxactly sure how yet. Returning Moander isn't very likely a consequence (R&D doesn't seem very keen on it), but there may be a role for him somewhere.

I believe Moander's touch causes the Darkwatch to rot and verpert everything in its vicinity and to work on the minds of those who enter it, but it is not contagious once you leave the area. The Darkwatch and how it affects a person features in Sacrifice of the Widow.

Gomez
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Bahgtru
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Posted - 11 Sep 2009 :  14:39:06  Show Profile  Visit Bahgtru's Homepage Send Bahgtru a Private Message
Hello Ed,

A few years back I posted a question about whether we would see a story involving Maderion Sunderstone and find out more about him. You indicated he was a character you wanted to write about and other had expressed interest but your schedule was packed.

With all the changes to the Realms, is it still possible that we might see a story or find out more about him.

Thank you in advance.
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Blueblade
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Posted - 12 Sep 2009 :  19:08:41  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
My Realmslore question this time around is about a Cormyrean noble (not large and powerful, but not young or newly ennobled, either) who falls behind on paying his taxes, by more than a year.
What would the consequences be? Does he lose rights or powers? Suffer confiscations? Do Crown agents hassle him? Or - - ? (Is interest charged on arrears taxes?)
Thanks!
BB
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 12 Sep 2009 :  19:12:12  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Ed tells me the first draft of the new Realms novel is done and has been e-hurled in the direction of Wizards. So of course I cajoled him to answer a few more lore queries right away, before he turns to the next matter on his highly-heaped desk . . .
love to all,
THO
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