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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 May 2010 :  17:12:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Sandro. I actually teased Ed about this very subject a few days back, and he told me that he watched the overtime period of the game the Canadiens lost to the Leafs (that got them "backing into" the playoffs by virtue of the one point they earned, unlike their loss to the Leafs the year earlier, that shut them out of the playoffs) when he was in his hotel room at Ad Astra.
Then he caught one period of Habs-Caps, near the end of the series, the last two periods of an early Vancouver game, and the last two periods of a first-round Boston victory. Then an entire Penguins-Habs game, snatches of two more games in that series, and the last period of the last game in that series. He also saw an entire San Jose second-round victory and the last two periods of the victory that put them into the Conference Final, and snatches of the Chicago-into-final victoy and three Boston-Philly games.
In other words, glimpses. That's what happens when you're a busy, busy library worker, library board chair, housekeeper, game designer, and writer. He'd probably agree with you that the Habs have "turned amazing" at the right time, considering a game he saw them play early in the season in which he figured the eighty-year-old beer drinkers at his local Legion could have strapped on unfamiliar skates and equipment, gone out on the ice, and beaten the Canadiens that night.
And to other scribes who neither know or care about hockey, well, here's another example of how weird sports sounds to non-fans.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 May 2010 :  17:21:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This time, Ed makes a Realmslore reply to Nicolai Withander, re this: "Hello ED and THO...
I was wondering about a theme that exists in almost any fantasy realm/world, and that it a Fountain of Youth, but I have never heard or read about anything similar in Faerūn? So does said fountain exist and if yes, then where?"
Ed replies:

As rjfras pointed out, The Wellspring Endless is what you're looking for.
To the lore he outlined ("Legends tell of a crystal-blue spring that surfaces amid a ring of white stones, and this is the Wellspring Endless. To drink from the pool is to live forever, regain one's youth, or forever relive nightmares while your body remains in a stupor. The pool remains undiscovered.") I'll add this:
The pool is in the Forest of Mir and has been discovered any number of times; it remains UNMAPPED and properly located, thanks to divine influence (that continually "shifts" forest features for about a mile all around it).
Whose influence? Well, here's a hint: clergy of Eldath believe it is where the goddess herself bathes, and that for any of them to try to bathe in it is blasphemous - - but among a temple's greatest treasures (if they can procure it, and a priest of the temple must do so personally; no buying such a thing from adventurers or merchants) is a vial or two of the pool's water, that can serve as the ultimate healing/restorative (brings back from the dead, restores entire body from even a few ashes or bone shards, banishes curses and even divine geas and effects, eradicates plague and green slime, and so on.
I can reveal all of this because it's been part of a long-ago RPGA for-charity adventure I ran, that participants got copies of, so this has been published (and is canon, for those keeping score ;} ).


So saith Ed. Whose Realmslore is deeper and larger than even most keen scribes guess...
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 16 May 2010 :  17:34:26  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Ed just sent me another e-mail, in which he regretfully noted that Jergal is too NDA'd for him to say much about Jergal's mortal existence before ascension. However, he added this enigmatic comment:

Much has yet to be revealed about the spellweaver race and about the racial past/development of the thri-kreen. Both of which have a connection to Jergal (in one case to his mortal self AND his divine self, and in the other only to his divine self).
There. NDAs avoided by one of deftest dances I've had to do in a long time. :}

So saith Ed. Who promises a reply to Joran re paladinhood, next.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 16 May 2010 :  17:50:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
. . . And as promised, Ed comes through.
In response to this query, from Joran Nobleheart: "Another question, if I may. How would parents in Cormyr view their child becoming a paladin? And how would parents of the nobility (especially a father that was a retired Purple Dragon Knight and a mother that's a cleric of Torm) view the fact they have a son that's a paladin? Would they be upset, or is it something to be proud of and celebrate?"
Ed replies:


Well, it depends on human nature first and foremost. That is, the characters of the parents and of the child. Parents who are anti-violence and don't want their offspring to travel, or not be able to stay in touch with friends or the local community, or who hold different faiths "first" than the child wants to devote his/her life to, as a paladin, would probably be against it. Those with other views will have more positive reactions.
In the specific example you give, the father (unless he personally had bad experiences in the past with paladins, plural) would almost certainly be proud of the son's choice. Most PDKs believe that good lives for people come through armed vigilance establishing, maintaining, and respecting law and order . . . and a paladin is seen as the ultimate vigilant warrior. Again, a PDK who encountered only fanatical, close-minded, "do anything to achieve the goal" paladins would be wary, but most PDKs encounter paladins who are wise, just, and open-minded (i.e. fully aware of the responsibilities as well as the power of being judge, jury, and executioner, and ready to observe conditions and individuals first, and ride right in and carve up evil second...so they can be absolutely certain that their own actions will ultimately be for the best).
As for the mother, her reaction will depend very much on whether or not her son wants to be a paladin of Torm or an allied god. She would have a hard time continuing a close and loving relationship with a dedicated servant of a dramatically opposed deity. Otherwise, she, too would tend to be proud. She might weep in private for fear of his hastened death and almost certain suffering, but like her husband would consider it "an honourable road in life" and be proud her son was "one of the few, the forthright few" to take it up.
If the parents considered their son hot-tempered, headstrong, or intolerant, they might have grave misgivings, though ("Agh. He's just the sort to want to be a paladin - - and to make a bad one!").
Also, both of the specific sorts of parents you mention would take a VERY dim view of a son who (even in earnest) announced his intention to become a paladin to "skip out" of a marriage or even a formally-promised, not-yet-consummated marriage, or run from debts or other major obligations. They might even try to insist that these entanglements be resolved first, if necessary by contacting priests of the faith to insist on it as part of becoming a paladin.
So nothing's necessarily simple, here.
However, in Cormyr seeking paladinhood is a career choice that is respected as well as feared, and is considered a life and status to be proud of and celebrated more widely than just by doting parents.
I hope all of this helps.


So saith Ed. Creator of Cormyr and Torm and the Purple Dragons, too!
love,
THO
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 16 May 2010 :  22:33:19  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Ok, thank you! And Joran had none of the mentioned situations come up in his life, believe me. Joran for the longest time took a view on becoming a Holy Champion like his mother, but found that the life that his father led also called to him. Joran's father wanted him to follow in the footsteps that he'd made and become a Purple Dragon Knight, but at the same time didn't want to let his mother down, either. Then, a dream came to him and opened his eyes, showing him a holy path of service to Torm, as well as the honorable path of the knight, blended into a holy union in that of the paladin, something Joran himself had never truly considered. Following the path of the Holy Knight, Joran found true meaning and purpose in his life, and was able to help others as he'd never before been able to, or would have been able to had he dedicated himself to one of the two paths he'd seen before. That was basically the story I came up with when I originally made the character, who was my first D&D character ever. He still remains my absolute favorite, with only a couple up there near him.

Again, thank you, and I really do appreciate that both of you took the time to answer my question.

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createvmind
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Posted - 17 May 2010 :  01:54:57  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I'm wondering how deaf-born children are taught to communicate across the races, how do elves deal with a child being deaf and mute children. Other than written communication of course and lip reading.

Do orcs and more barbaric and/or evil races relegate such disabled male to menial labor or slay him outright upon learning of disability? Does sire lose status, say if father/mother is leader, warlord, king and so on.

What do giants and other such races do in these situations?

Can dragons and other magical creatures be born deaf and mute or blind for that matter or does innate magic negate such a things?

If sign language is used for such cases I assume its different dependent on race, meaning a deaf and mute elf would not be able to communicate easily with a deaf and mute human from the Heartlands. NOW would a deaf and mute man from Heartlands have same sign language as man from Calimshan?

Lastly, will magic change such conditions a person is born with, I assume healing magic returns subject to their original born state, not a template of what their 'race/gender' is supposed to be, yes? So short of a Wish or Miracle spell, heal and regenerate just restore the status quo not improve birth defects. I recall somewhere you wrote that certain injuries and lost limbs can't be restored if too much time has passed. Also that taking too many healing potions back to back is harmful, what exactly happens from healing overdose?

I have more but I'll wait for response, THanks!!!!!
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Kentinal
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Posted - 17 May 2010 :  02:42:47  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Menelvagor

quote:
3.13. Does Toril have time zones?

From: Trent Raley

Toril

* Circumference = 23,400 approx
* 24 time zones
* Axial tilt is ~ 19-25 degrees
* Prime Meridian is Myth Drannor


Which begs the question: Does this have any effect on magic or culture? Does Myth Drannor have (more) importance due to being the Prime Meridian?



Well it is not likely anymore then Greenwich is more magical then any other place on Earth. One should remember that the Prime Meridian is only a reference point accepted by civilized world. The line is not just Myth Drannor but all places North and South of Myth Drannor.
The odds are that the world (or designers) decided to use Myth Drannor as 0 degree because of its importance at the time the system was agreed to.

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"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
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braunusvald
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Posted - 17 May 2010 :  04:33:07  Show Profile  Visit braunusvald's Homepage Send braunusvald a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

quote:
Originally posted by Menelvagor

quote:
3.13. Does Toril have time zones?

From: Trent Raley

Toril

* Circumference = 23,400 approx
* 24 time zones
* Axial tilt is ~ 19-25 degrees
* Prime Meridian is Myth Drannor


Which begs the question: Does this have any effect on magic or culture? Does Myth Drannor have (more) importance due to being the Prime Meridian?



Well it is not likely anymore then Greenwich is more magical then any other place on Earth. One should remember that the Prime Meridian is only a reference point accepted by civilized world. The line is not just Myth Drannor but all places North and South of Myth Drannor.
The odds are that the world (or designers) decided to use Myth Drannor as 0 degree because of its importance at the time the system was agreed to.



It's not surprising that the prime med. is listed as Myth Drannor(in game terms) being that the Elves are the most world traveled, and ego-centric races tend to spot themselves at the center of all things :) (after all thats what the british did). But for house rules I used an example of Elizabeth Haydons' Rhapsody series, and gave the prime med an aspect of the Time domain, raising its importance and its potential
Just a thought - I don't have many and they usually hurt

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Menelvagor
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Posted - 17 May 2010 :  18:39:48  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Interesting ideas. I have to think about that. Meanwhile, a few more questions. Perhaps better directed towards Steven, but he hasn't answered me yet, and sicne it deals with Mystra and Myrjala, maybe Ed's just as good:
In Blackstaff, Myaaklyr's Fourth Sermon from Myrjala to the Arathenes is quoted. Who was Myaaklyr, when did he give this sermon, and who are the Arathenes? I thought perhaps it meant people of Athalantar, but that doesn't seem right... And what does it mean that "Mystra sees and Mystra knows, every trouble found in her work, an oblation on the altar of stars"? How is a trouble in her work an offering (oblation=offering)?
Lastly, in Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves, an artifact called Myrjala's Eye is mentioned. "In short, the Myrjala's Eyes portrait allows near-direct communion with Mystra, as if one were more a priest than a wizard; should a priest of Mystra pray under the gaze of Myrjala's Eyes, there is a +10% bonus chance that Mystra herself will speak to the priest (or 2% chance to any mage) briefly."
Assuming this artifact survived the Fall (and since it was in Windsong Tower, I think that's quite reasonable), what would have hapened to it? Where could one find it? Would it still work after the Time of Troubles, when Mystra who was Myrjala no longer existed? And what would happen to it after the Spellplague?

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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.

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Zandilar
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  00:23:30  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind
Lastly, will magic change such conditions a person is born with, I assume healing magic returns subject to their original born state, not a template of what their 'race/gender' is supposed to be, yes? So short of a Wish or Miracle spell, heal and regenerate just restore the status quo not improve birth defects. I recall somewhere you wrote that certain injuries and lost limbs can't be restored if too much time has passed. Also that taking too many healing potions back to back is harmful, what exactly happens from healing overdose?



Very interesting questions there, it will be interesting to see how Ed responds... But I do have a comment about magic - there is a clerical spell in 3rd Ed at least that is pretty much called Cure Blindness/Deafness. I assume it is capable of healing conditions a person is born with or later acquires naturally, as well as magically inflicted blindness/deafness. After all, many spells clerics can cast in D&D are based on miracles performed by mythological figures of Earth (no disrespect intended towards followers of current Religious figures who are also said to have performed such miracles), which did include curing the blind (including those blind from birth), spontaneously curing diseases, and bringing people back from the dead.

It would be a poor God/dess indeed who couldn't perform such miracles through their priests.

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.
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Kyrene
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  08:21:46  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message
Ed and/or THO and/or others,

In Realmslore: Moon Doors of Silverymoon, Part Two, Ed speaks of a "blackstick" being provided with a "scrip" for callers to the mentioned premises. From the context, I assume it is something like artist's charcoal, or perhaps a sharpened stick with just the sharp end charred, used to write on the provided "scrip" with, but I would like confirmation and/or clarification of the word. I do have a definition for "scip" already, so that is not part of my query.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  18:31:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Kyrene! This query I can answer from Ed's extensive notes: a blackstick is indeed a sharpened-and-charred-one-end stick that works rather like a grease pencil (due to the nature of the Realmsian wood used, the branches of the juniper-like ground shrub thordren, which is very resinous/"oily")...it can be-charred and re-used easily and swiftly until all "used up."
BTW, there are TWO meanings of scrip (both echoed in real-world archaic English): a pouch or satchel depending from the belt, used like a purse to hold various items, and (the one here) a writing surface, usually a "scrap" or of irregular size, usually parchment, but sometimes linen or boiled treebark or other substances (like rag pulp "paper").
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  18:38:24  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This from Ed on the meridian:


Kentinal has the right of it. When the "system" was disseminated widely among the intelligent surface-dwelling races, Myth Drannor was used because it was a common reference point for most of those races (that is, a city they all dwelt in or traded with, and thus "knew" where it was). The city was PROPOSED because it represented a shining example of cooperation among the races, yes.

So saith Ed. Creator of...blah blah blah.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 18 May 2010 18:39:42
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  18:41:22  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
createvmind, I concur with Zandilar re. curing conditions a character was born with, IF the right spell (or the right wording of the incantation) is used. This comes from Realmsplay experience with Ed as DM.
Of course, your queries have been sent to him for a "proper Ed reply in the fullness of time."
love,
THO
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  19:39:22  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
If you're into scrips, definitely check out the Cadfael mystery Mook's Hood, where scrips (the pouch type) play a crucial role in the murder mystery. It's a good series overall for rural England during the succession wars of the 1100's; I wonder, has Ed read them? And if so, what does he think?

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Kyrene
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  19:40:52  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi, Kyrene! This query I can answer from Ed's extensive notes: a blackstick is indeed a sharpened-and-charred-one-end stick that works rather like a grease pencil (due to the nature of the Realmsian wood used, the branches of the juniper-like ground shrub thordren, which is very resinous/"oily")...it can be-charred and re-used easily and swiftly until all "used up."
BTW, there are TWO meanings of scrip (both echoed in real-world archaic English): a pouch or satchel depending from the belt, used like a purse to hold various items, and (the one here) a writing surface, usually a "scrap" or of irregular size, usually parchment, but sometimes linen or boiled treebark or other substances (like rag pulp "paper").
love,
THO


And some crazed-wits wonder why we love and adore you and Ed so... My thanks for a swift, voluptuous and all-revealing response above and below what I’d asked for.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  19:57:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
You're VERY welcome, Kyrene.
And, yes, Hoondatha, Ed and I have both read and re-read the Cadfael books, many times. Solid faves for both of us (Ed used to preorder them and present me with a copy of each new one, as it came out), and Pargeter ("Peters") is sadly missed.
Great books. I wish I could say the same for most of her imitators.
Sigh.
love,
THO
P.S. Ed even made a trip to Shrewsbury to see her, but left it too late: she was already in the assisted-care housing she never came out of (her last days were pretty grim; she got gangrene in one leg and it had to be amputated).

Edited by - The Hooded One on 18 May 2010 20:01:22
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 18 May 2010 :  23:58:35  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Good to hear from other Cadfael fans. I discovered them in early high school and have been rereading them ever since, and they continue to have an honored spot on my bookcase. They're great for a lot of reasons, not the least of which because they deal with a part of English history that (at least in the States) really isn't touched on in school. I know a part of why she wrote the books was to introduce people to the place she loved and a time that gets overshadowed, and think she did a great job. I'm sorry Ed missed a chance to speak with her.

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createvmind
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Posted - 19 May 2010 :  01:24:18  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Thanks.
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It just occurred to me that we haven't seen Garen Thal around the 'Keep lately... I thought that Ed might be the best one to ask as to the whereabouts of Brian Cortijo these days. Is he just really busy with other projects (Golarion, perhaps?), or is there a less pleasant reason for his absence? Hopefully the former...

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quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

It just occurred to me that we haven't seen Garen Thal around the 'Keep lately... I thought that Ed might be the best one to ask as to the whereabouts of Brian Cortijo these days. Is he just really busy with other projects (Golarion, perhaps?), or is there a less pleasant reason for his absence? Hopefully the former...

You might want check out his Facebook page, since he tends to update it every so often.

Plus, I'd imagine he's busy with other stuff today... considering it is his birthday!

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

You're VERY welcome, Kyrene.
And, yes, Hoondatha, Ed and I have both read and re-read the Cadfael books, many times. Solid faves for both of us (Ed used to preorder them and present me with a copy of each new one, as it came out), and Pargeter ("Peters") is sadly missed.
Great books. I wish I could say the same for most of her imitators.
Sigh.
love,
THO
P.S. Ed even made a trip to Shrewsbury to see her, but left it too late: she was already in the assisted-care housing she never came out of (her last days were pretty grim; she got gangrene in one leg and it had to be amputated).



So did you or Ed read her "contemporary" novel set in the same town as Cadfael's monastery? (For a generous definition of contemporary, it takes place in the early 60s if I remember the details arightly).

And I'd propose Lindsey Davis as a more than adequate successor.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 19 May 2010 :  16:27:06  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Kajehase, Ed and I have ready about sixty of Pargeter's contemporary novels, from her Felse mysteries (more titles in that series than in Cadfael's saga) to her wartime books, and many of them involve scenes in or around Shrewsbury. (So, heh, I'm not sure which particular novel you mean.) She never married (her love went off to World War II and never made it back) and was a highly-respected translator of Czech writings of all sorts into English. I should mention that Ed and his wife did their own "wander all over the landscape" tour to find most of the places mentioned in the books, or their sites (the castle was "made over" as a mansion in the 17th century, the spot where all the defenders of the castle fell after they were cut down post-hanging in ONE CORPSE TOO MANY is the local railway yard, the Abbey is entirely gone except for its parish church, that stands in a triangle of busy roads, one of which is, yes, the Abbey Foregate, Cadfael's little hut and the fields around it down to the Meole Brook are a fenced-off parking lot for a local trucking company . . . and so on).
Lindsey Davis's books are fine, but I was speaking in the narrower sense of eyeing "England in about the same time period" books (rather than the Roman Empire settings that most of Davis's bestsellers are set in). Which means P.C. Doherty predominates, under several pseudonyms, and whereas some of those are engaging tales, most are hastily written and "jar the reader's ear" re. capturing medieval feel (Doherty is better in later historical periods). There are some worthy reads, though (Michael Jacks, etc.). Also, short fiction of quality abounds (some of which can be easily found by picking up any of the series of fat mystery anthologies like THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF HISTORICAL WHODUNITS and its many sequels).
However, I should stop myself before digressing TOO much in Ed's thread. After all, I've never been known to digress before, and a gal has a reputation to maintain . . .

Jakk, I understand from Ed that Garen Thal/Brian Cortijo has been VERY busy this year with both writing and real-world matters (Brian just e-mailed Ed, but anyone who bends an eye in Paizo's direction will see some of Brian's flood of output). I know that Brian loves the Realms and aches to get to work on it (he did a LOT of work on the Royal Lineage of Cormyr, and the shape, scope, and depth of the current document is largely his doing, though of course Ed, Eric Boyd, George Krashos, Grant Christie, Bryon Wischstadt, Tom Costa, and many others have done yeoman work on it, too), particularly Cormyr, but WotC opportunities have been few . . .

love to all,
THO

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 19 May 2010 :  16:39:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Snowblood, in partial response to one of your queries from a few months back (Page 22 or so of this thread): "Dear Ed & THO, across the river Lis from Cormanthor, where the Flooded Forest now is, what was the name of the Elven Kingdom there???? Who were the rulers and what happened to them?"
I just unearthed this, from my campaign notes (derived from playing as a Knight, with Ed as DM):

Ralinthus says Aerlothlan was a family that fled from lost Lisenar after strife with other Lisen families that involved an infamous aerial spellbattle; a magic item exploded in midair when its wielder was hit by a spell, and rained down fire and wild magic that harmed many others; all the families involved were cast out.


"Ralinthus" was a sage in Elventree, but some of what he told us on various occasions was later discovered to be not just inaccurate, but either fabrications on his part or lies he repeated when he must have known they were falsehoods. "Some," I said, so what he said to us about the Aerlothlans may be true . . . or not. We DID manage to corroborate with other sources about the aerial spellbattle with the midair explosion, but those other sources were very vague about who was involved, why the battle took place, and what the aftermath was.

So saith me, drawing on Ed. Ever-more Realmslore...
love,
THO


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Garen Thal
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Posted - 19 May 2010 :  18:00:49  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
I'd imagine he's busy with other stuff today... considering it is his birthday!
'Tis true. I am officially old today.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Jakk, I understand from Ed that Garen Thal/Brian Cortijo has been VERY busy this year with both writing and real-world matters (Brian just e-mailed Ed, but anyone who bends an eye in Paizo's direction will see some of Brian's flood of output). I know that Brian loves the Realms and aches to get to work on it (he did a LOT of work on the Royal Lineage of Cormyr, and the shape, scope, and depth of the current document is largely his doing, though of course Ed, Eric Boyd, George Krashos, Grant Christie, Bryon Wischstadt, Tom Costa, and many others have done yeoman work on it, too), particularly Cormyr, but WotC opportunities have been few . . .
While I wouldn't call my recent output a 'flood,' exactly, there has been some Paizo work taking up my time, along with a bit of busier-than-normal time out in the real world, limiting my visits to fictional locales (Faerūn and Golarion, mostly, but also mythical places like Brooklyn) to that for which I can get paid.

Our Hooded Lady is, as usual, spot on about both my desire to work with and in the Realms, especially the Forest Kingdom. She knows me well. And, of course, about lineage of the Lineage.

I'll led have his thread back, now. But I'm here, of a sort.
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