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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  03:05:24  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Hello, my lady. I had a question about the Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart. I know that Baldur's Gate II has a part of the order in Athkatla, but I was wondering if there was a chapterhouse of the order inside of Cormyr. My character Joran is a member of them, and his daughter is a part of the Auxiliary, and I was curious if they'd have to travel to some other city and belong to a branch there (such as Waterdeep if they had a chapterhouse, or even Neverwinter), or if one was closer to home for them.

I truly appreciate the time that you spend here answering all of our questions that we ask, as well as Mr. Greenwood giving part of his time to help us also. It really does mean a lot to me. Thank you!

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Jakk
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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  03:53:31  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
Well met once more, Ed and milady Hooded One. I'm afraid that I have one more question regarding those fell pyramids of Ascore, to which I am hoping Ed can give me a simple yes-or-no answer, and I'm keeping it as general as possible in order to improve the chances of an answer.

Does Larloch have anything to do with the pyramids in any way, beyond his association with Karsus? (I'm assuming there is some sort of connection between the pyramids and Karsus, based on the answers given previously, so this I will take as given, whether correct or not.)

Given the shiny new NDA on Larloch, I'll understand completely (and be not surprised in the slightest) if the answer is NDA, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Many thanks once again to you both for being here for us!

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 28 Apr 2010 03:56:10
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bigmac
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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  04:20:40  Show Profile  Visit bigmac's Homepage Send bigmac a Private Message
well Met, I was wondering if you might know of any dungeons in or around Neverwinter, I am a noob to running the Realms. I have done some research, but havent really turned up much other than Gauntlgrym. Any help would be greatly aprreciated....BTW I think its awesome that you all take the time to give back to the FR community. Thank You

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  16:17:16  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Joran, I don't recall encountering such a chapterhouse during my admittedly brief adventurings in Waterdeep as a Knight, but your query (and those of Jakk and bigmac) have been sent to Ed.
Foxhelm, I really doubt that fans trying to get NDAs lifted accomplishes much in the short term. In some cases, however, it might be taken as an expression of interest in a particular topic, that spurs a DDI article . . . but that's a tactic that might backfire if it's seen as a recurring means of manipulating DDI content, if you see what I mean. I will nudge Ed into asking, okay?
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THO
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  16:36:43  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
I appreciate that my lady, thank you. May I also ask how hereditary titles and lands are handled in Cormyr? For example, if Joran was the last of his line rather than having a family of his own, what would happen to his family's keep Stormmantle, and the noble title that his family holds? And if/when another noble family took over Stormmantle Keep, would it be renamed, or hold on to its name? Also, if Joran adopts a child, does the child get a noble title as well, such as baron or baroness? And would the adopted child have a legitimate claim to the family holdings, lands, and titles?

Thank you for your time, and I'm also greatly looking forward to hearing about the Radiant Heart and their chapterhouses.

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Edited by - Joran Nobleheart on 28 Apr 2010 16:38:04
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  16:48:51  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
I nearly forgot to ask a question on behalf of a friend of mine. Are there any redwood or sequoia trees in the Realms, and if so, might I ask where, please?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  17:56:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ah, I can answer one of your questions myself, straight away: whenever a noble family is "extinguished" in Cormyr (by dying off, or by being stripped of noble title), its lands and holdings are forfeit to the crown or "return to the realm." That is, they pass back into the hands of the Obarskyrs, who may retain them - - or more often dole them out again, to someone newly ennobled foer service to Cormyr, later.
A keep thus changing hands may well be renamed, but from my experience playing in the Realms, old names tend to "cling" in Cormyr for generations, regardless of renamings.
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THO
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BlackAce
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Posted - 28 Apr 2010 :  20:37:25  Show Profile Send BlackAce a Private Message
Greetings, Lady Hooded One. I have a quick (probably NDA encountering) query regarding settlements in the Western Hearlands for Ed.

Could he tell us of some of the smaller villages and settlements along the Chionthar between Baldur's Gate and Elturel? I seem to recall that it's a quite a well farmed district and would love anything Ed could add to the little we know.

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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  00:04:55  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Aren't you so incredibly kind for answering part of it for me! Thank you, my lady! I was thinking that it might, and actually rather thought the name might retain its old name out of rememberance or respect for the previous family or even convenience, but could also see it being renamed as well. Looks like I was on the appropriate page, just a different paragraph. Again, thank you, and it's always a true pleasure and delight to hear from you!

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  15:42:12  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. I've been rummaging for my notes on what Ed has said about that part of the countryside (I know he sent lore files on this to computer game licensees and to TSR designers in the past), and can't yet find them, but from memory I can tell you this much:

The river has barge traffic, and docks, but not much in the way of permanent settlements due to the river often extensively flooding its banks in spring. The settlements (smallish: hamlets, villages, a few towns, walls or earthen banks are common) crown every height of land near the river, and the terrain is gently rolling hills that are farmed and ranched (riverbank areas being unfenced grazing meadows). There are oval paddocks for livestock. And darn it, I wish I could remember some of the settlement names, but I can't.
I know Ed will come through, when he can...

love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 29 Apr 2010 15:44:41
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BlackAce
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  16:04:19  Show Profile Send BlackAce a Private Message
Ah that's good to know, THO. My players will be paasing the through the area soon and I was suprised on how little there was published. Thanks for the info and my best to Ed.

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sfdragon
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  16:41:34  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
oh look I'm backagain with questions, and It LEaves me wondering if I'm going to run headfirst into another NDA...

1:What happened to Unicorn's run for 4e, and if its still there why was it left off the map?
2: What happened to the Ruins of Deep Netheril after the sea elven high mages cast their high magic on them, and the condition of the cities during 4e.( Deep Netheril was mentioned in the grand history I think)
3:Are the Le-Shay corrupt?? if so why? and when are they going to get a 4e racial write up.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  19:05:22  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
BlackAce, that was deliberate. It was to leave the creative field as open as possible for computer game designers working in Baldur's Gate (and, it was once planned, in Elturel, too).
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THO
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BlackAce
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  20:08:07  Show Profile Send BlackAce a Private Message
I thought that might be the case, (or that it was one of the areas that was left as a blank canvass by TSR for DMs,) as the Heatlands are quite detailed around the Reaching Wood but the Fields of the Dead were suprisingly blank. Thanks again.

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crazedventurers
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  20:15:56  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
"What do you mean, I can't build my novel premise on the assertion that King Draxius was a lich?"

There's devil in the detail, kids. There always is.

-- George Krashos




Is there in this case George?

Inquiring minds etc



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So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
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Markustay
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Posted - 29 Apr 2010 :  23:39:57  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Joran Nobleheart

I nearly forgot to ask a question on behalf of a friend of mine. Are there any redwood or sequoia trees in the Realms, and if so, might I ask where, please?

I do not know about Sequoias, but Redwoods are NOT native to the Realms. However, they have appeared in at least 2 places - most recently as a result of the Spellplague in upper Cormyr.

One might assume that the other patch (who's location escapes me ATM) was probably the result of the TOT (since it did not exist in 1e/Ed's original), because of the similar magical chaos. One can also assume that Redwoods are therefore indigenous to Abeir.

As far as I can recall, that other group of Redwoods is somewhere in the north/western Heartlands, but NOT in the High Forest. The ones in Cormyr are the 1st appearance of such trees in the eastern Heartlands.

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Edited by - Markustay on 29 Apr 2010 23:41:03
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  02:22:03  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Thank you, and I'll pass it along to my friend, then.

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  02:40:13  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Just curious if you could give some examples of good individuals of Evil monsters/races, like Eludecia the Succubus Paladin? If they happened to have sexy lady forms like Eludecia, I'm not going to complain.

Thank you, Ed.

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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  04:37:54  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message
I'd like to ask- Why do Elminster or the other Chosen of Mystra not have familiars? Most of them are wizards or sorcerers, and Dove is even a ranger. So why no animal companions of any kind? I've noticed that very few FR wizards seem to have one. Why is this? And if any of them HAVE had familiars, why is there no mention of it?

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Kentinal
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  05:12:39  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

Just curious if you could give some examples of good individuals of Evil monsters/races, like Eludecia the Succubus Paladin? If they happened to have sexy lady forms like Eludecia, I'm not going to complain.

Thank you, Ed.



Eludecia was the result of a WotC contest and WotC promised the winner of the creature contest would be "featured" in an adventure. I do not believe she is a canon FR character, though "Legend of the Silver Skeleton" does offer a few FR locations for where the adventure might be played.

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"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
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Menelvagor
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  08:15:52  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Okay, a question on what may be a somewhat sensitive/disturbing issue regarding Elminster and Storm:
On page 68 of Elminster In Hell, it says: "He [Elminster] sits bolt-upright in his bedchamber... The flames reflect in the eyes of the one besides him-Storm in early days, and later the fiery Witch-Queen."
We've seen other such instances - Mirt raised Asper, and they got married, with much written about it. I personally had no problem with accepting Asper and Mirt's reasons. So is it the same for ELminster and Storm? What reasons did they have? And was there no jealousy between Storm and Alassra over this?

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  11:59:10  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

Just curious if you could give some examples of good individuals of Evil monsters/races, like Eludecia the Succubus Paladin? If they happened to have sexy lady forms like Eludecia, I'm not going to complain.

Thank you, Ed.



Eludecia was the result of a WotC contest and WotC promised the winner of the creature contest would be "featured" in an adventure. I do not believe she is a canon FR character, though "Legend of the Silver Skeleton" does offer a few FR locations for where the adventure might be played.



I was thinking of Realms characters who are good members of evil races/monsters like the Succubus Paladin. I say like before her name as I wanted to use it as an example. I hope this makes sense.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  18:59:56  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Alystra Illianniis, most of the Chosen have had familiars, but lost them (the hard way) early in their careers (i.e. centuries before the time of most FR products). Mentions of them are in Ed's turnover lore, but were edited out by TSR because they were trying to cram LOTS of lore into every product, and that pparticular sort of background detail wasn't as "adventure-relevant" as other lore.
Menelvagor, your query re. Storm and Alassra is timely, and in fact too timely; see Ed's forthcoming ELMINSTER MUST DIE! for more. (I suspect Ed won't reply to you on this particular matter until after it's out.)
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THO
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Brimstone
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  20:58:27  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
Speaking of Elminster Must Die...anymore teasers handy THO?

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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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Foxhelm
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Posted - 30 Apr 2010 :  23:09:25  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Also when will we see Elminster goes Hawaiian? With all of the Seven sisters in coconut bras, grass skirts and nothing else?


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