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The Hooded One
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Posted - 12 Aug 2010 :  03:16:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ahhh, Sage, Sage, if it wasn't for the Lady K I'd be all over you . . . a Realms fan, a musician and can program...ohhhh....

Ahem.
love,
THO
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ahhh, Sage, Sage, if it wasn't for the Lady K I'd be all over you . . . a Realms fan, a musician and can program...ohhhh....

Ahem.
love,
THO
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I'm a bona fide Renaissance Man.

...

As for the page number, I find it intriguing. And a wonderful possibility for experimentation.

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Posted - 12 Aug 2010 :  07:47:17  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(Head wig, not merkin, though I can confirm that both sorts of wigs exist in enchanted versions in the Realms. How can I confirm? Ah, that would be telling, wouldn't it? )


And I learned another word. Realmslore: fun AND educational!

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 12 Aug 2010 :  23:03:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I post this in reply to Sian, who asked; "quick question which i'm relatively certain THO can answer without Ed
how do people (non-magicians) move from Waterdeep to Skullport and the other way around? i'm guessing that they're not battling the way through Undermountain but?"

The vast majority of traffic (cargoes and people) between Waterdeep and Skullport is by way of ships that use the Seacaves and the magical "elevator shaft" therein to move between the two places (with the Lords of Waterdeep and their enforcement arms [Watch and Guard] looking the other way, unless these routes are misused to aid in armed invasions or hurling harmful area-effect magics).
However, there's also a steady stream of passages between the two using secret or not-so-secret gates/portals located in various spots in Undermountain, that link to various spots in Waterdeep's sewers, alleyways, tombs in The city of the Dead, and cellars/attics/rooms/rooftops in specific city buildings. Careful reading of the original RUINS OF UNDERMOUNTAIN boxed set will reveal several of these, even in the portion of the uppermost level partially detailed therein.
So as long as one varies one's route through the "little bit of" Undermountain between subterranean gate and Skullport proper, "battling" should seldom be necessary.
We Knights have often traveled such routes, and so have many, many citizens of Waterdeep and visitors. So much so that Downshadow became a city neighborhood (see the excellent de Bie novel, DOWNSHADOW) over the century since the coming of the Blue Fire.
love,
THO
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 13 Aug 2010 :  05:51:50  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
Ed and THO, I have a quick and easy one:

The Lone Tower on the north shores of the Moonsea...is there anything you can share about it or the Giants Cairn in the same area?

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Kyrene
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Posted - 13 Aug 2010 :  13:18:06  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message
Ed and/or THO,

I am currently reading Crown of Fire (my first read-through, can you believe it? ), but having gotten a little wiser since undertaking my searching for 'Realmspeak' I don't read it without a notebook by my side. I shall probably have to re-read Spellfire in the same manner at some point to make sure I didn't miss anything. Anyway, I have come accross the following terms (with one left-over from the My Slice of Silverymoon articles):
  • blackroot” – Common:- “. . .the price of a tankard of blackroot, but I'm dry of words. . .” (My Slice of Silverymoon, Part Four by Ed Greenwood)

  • deathfang” – Common:- “Unthlar watched his deathfang hurtle toward Shandril's. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • dunwing” – Common:- “. . .deep in the Stonelands that a dunwing flying past squawked. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • forenoon” – Common:- “. . .his eyes against the bright forenoon sun.” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • magesight” – Common:- “. . .had some sort of magesight, the gift of Mystra or. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • skybolt” – Common:- “. . .they'd just spend a skybolt or two to deal with. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)


  • Can Ed tell us any more about these things?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

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    Ashe Ravenheart
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    Posted - 13 Aug 2010 :  13:30:16  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
    quote:
    Originally posted by Kyrene

    Ed and/or THO,

    I am currently reading Crown of Fire (my first read-through, can you believe it? ), but having gotten a little wiser since undertaking my searching for 'Realmspeak' I don't read it without a notebook by my side. I shall probably have to re-read Spellfire in the same manner at some point to make sure I didn't miss anything. Anyway, I have come accross the following terms (with one left-over from the My Slice of Silverymoon articles):
  • blackroot” – Common:- “. . .the price of a tankard of blackroot, but I'm dry of words. . .” (My Slice of Silverymoon, Part Four by Ed Greenwood)

  • deathfang” – Common:- “Unthlar watched his deathfang hurtle toward Shandril's. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • dunwing” – Common:- “. . .deep in the Stonelands that a dunwing flying past squawked. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • forenoon” – Common:- “. . .his eyes against the bright forenoon sun.” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • magesight” – Common:- “. . .had some sort of magesight, the gift of Mystra or. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)

  • skybolt” – Common:- “. . .they'd just spend a skybolt or two to deal with. . .” (Crown of Fire by Ed Greenwood)


  • Can Ed tell us any more about these things?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

    I believe the Mage Sight is similar to the Arcane Sight spell, but I'd like to see what Ed has to say on it...

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

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    The Hooded One
    Lady Herald of Realmslore

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    Posted - 13 Aug 2010 :  20:18:15  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
    Hi again, all. Kyrene, "blackroot" is akin to licorice (REAL licorice, that is), and beer made from it (so, a dark, thick, almost syrupy brew with a unique taste that has just the tiniest hint of sweetness) is also called "blackroot."
    Ed will of course provide proper answers for your terms, when he can.
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    THO
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    Dalor Darden
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    Posted - 13 Aug 2010 :  20:53:07  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
    Since THO told me to ask here:

    While researching the Dragonspine Mountains a bit...I realized that there is little to no information (that I can find) about Dragonden Pass.

    It is a prominent pass in the Dragonspine Mountains; but apparently the Tweenhill Gap has become the preferred method of rounding the mountains.

    I know the "Kobold Kingdom"...from Pools of Radiance Computer game/ Ruins of Adventure Module...is near the southern exit; but I can't see them being so much of a nuisance that this obviously marked pass wouldn't be used more and have more information about it.

    Can anyone offer anything?

    THO offered me:

    quote:

    Certainly. What does the name of the pass suggest to you?
    Yep. Dragon lair. Of an active, hungry dragon that loves to sport with - - and then devour - - those trying to get through the pass. Adventurers who can hurl spells included (they offer superior entertainment, to quell the endless ennui).
    No wonder alternative routes are favored.
    Think ancient red dragon with lots of magic items AND captive monsters, who knows how to use them, and takes delight in hunting and slaying...
    love,
    THO
    P.S. This comes from Ed's notes, so if you'd like more, pose a query to him in his Questions thread, and he'll probably respond pretty quickly (as I can "feed" him his own notes back, so he needn't hunt for them).



    So, Lord Greenwood...what say you in addition?

    Many thanks in advance...

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    Markustay
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    Posted - 13 Aug 2010 :  22:18:26  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
    quote:
    Originally posted by The Hooded One

    We Knights have often traveled such routes, and so have many, many citizens of Waterdeep and visitors. So much so that Downshadow became a city neighborhood (see the excellent de Bie novel, DOWNSHADOW) over the century since the coming of the Blue Fire.
    love,
    THO
    I suppose I have to get this novel next - its on my list.

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    Edited by - Markustay on 15 Aug 2010 04:23:04
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    Sian
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  00:15:50  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message
    thanks

    another quickie ...

    Is there any mames which is obivously fakes such as "Mr. Smith" or "John Doe"? where nearly everyone instantly writes it off as an alias

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    Wooly Rupert
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  04:55:09  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
    quote:
    Originally posted by Sian

    thanks

    another quickie ...

    Is there any mames which is obivously fakes such as "Mr. Smith" or "John Doe"? where nearly everyone instantly writes it off as an alias



    Ed noted a couple in the past, but I don't recall if we ever had a full answer to this question (I asked it myself, quite some time ago). There was this tidbit, in the discussion on charters:

    quote:
    though note that many charters contain an “alljack” name (a modern American might say a “John Doe pseudonym”) that any new or trial member assumes so that they’re covered; typical Faerûnian ones include “Jack-of-Blades” and “Harl Amendall”].




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    The Sage
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  05:23:51  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

    quote:
    Originally posted by Sian

    thanks

    another quickie ...

    Is there any mames which is obivously fakes such as "Mr. Smith" or "John Doe"? where nearly everyone instantly writes it off as an alias



    Ed noted a couple in the past, but I don't recall if we ever had a full answer to this question (I asked it myself, quite some time ago). There was this tidbit, in the discussion on charters:

    quote:
    though note that many charters contain an “alljack” name (a modern American might say a “John Doe pseudonym”) that any new or trial member assumes so that they’re covered; typical Faerûnian ones include “Jack-of-Blades” and “Harl Amendall”].





    I'm sure Steven Schend has employed similar terms in the past as well. Or was it Rich Baker? I can't remember. *Searching the archives ... *

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    Lady Kazandra
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  08:20:31  Show Profile  Visit Lady Kazandra's Homepage Send Lady Kazandra a Private Message
    quote:
    Originally posted by The Hooded One

    Ahhh, Sage, Sage, if it wasn't for the Lady K I'd be all over you . . . a Realms fan, a musician and can program...ohhhh....

    Ahem.
    love,
    THO
    P.S. Strangely auspicious, this page number . . . purr . . .

    Hey, don't let me stop you. Just don't expect me not to join in. Eventually.

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    Ashe Ravenheart
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  16:49:46  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
    What Brimstone said.

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

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    The Red Walker
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  18:53:16  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
    quote:
    Originally posted by Lady Kazandra

    quote:
    Originally posted by The Hooded One

    Ahhh, Sage, Sage, if it wasn't for the Lady K I'd be all over you . . . a Realms fan, a musician and can program...ohhhh....

    Ahem.
    love,
    THO
    P.S. Strangely auspicious, this page number . . . purr . . .

    Hey, don't let me stop you. Just don't expect me not to join in. Eventually.




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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  19:58:18  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
    I'll probably never get an answer to this question, but I'm wired enough to try: How much of Mystryl/Mystra/Midnight is the Weave, and how much of the Weave was Mystryl/Mystra/Midnight? (I assume the answer changes from incarnation to incarnation, but is that correct?) This may shed light on how Mystra is both The Weaver and The Weave.

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    reiwynn
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    Posted - 14 Aug 2010 :  20:06:17  Show Profile  Visit reiwynn's Homepage Send reiwynn a Private Message
    Just finished reading Elminster Must Die. Thank you Mr. Greenwood! Thank you very much!

    Out of the frying pan, and into the dragons' maw.....
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    Gelcur
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    Posted - 15 Aug 2010 :  01:55:43  Show Profile  Visit Gelcur's Homepage Send Gelcur a Private Message
    Glad to hear both of you reached home safely after GenCon. One of these years I really need to make the trip out there, maybe skip one of the ren faires our group normally does. I was especially interested in the fact the celebrity D&D session since Ed was taking part. It wasn't filmed to be put on the internet by any chance?

    Ed's answer in May on the Black Hand in Undermountain was enlightening. I was hoping if he could find the time to answer a few other questions. Is the Black Hand affiliated with Bane since that is one of the titles he goes by? Or maybe the Unseen? Were they also flushed out by the Living Spells after Halaster's Higharvestide?

    My other Undermountain question is a bit odd. I have been trying for the longest time to match up the locations in Waterdeep with the UM1. Things never seem to match up. The entry well should be lined up with the Yawning Portal, the Long Dark Stairs down the street with the Blushing Nymph, and the Falling stairs should be roughly under Waterdeep Castle. I'm sure its easy enough to account for the odd alignment via portals or winding stairs. I get the feeling this would be a detail Ed would have given thought to and was wondering if there was a secret or maybe something lost in editing as often happens?

    Thank you both.

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    The Hooded One
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    Posted - 15 Aug 2010 :  04:06:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
    Hi again, all. Gelcur, GenCon is a MUST (at least once) for gamers. Some fall under its spell, for others once is enough, but...try it.
    The game session WAS filmed, and when the release forms are all sorted out, you'll see it on the internet. Ed was largely quiet, because certain people pleaded with him to "keep it clean" beforehand...but Matt James, the DM (Chris Perkins), Bob Salvatore, and Larry Elmore all made up for Ed's gentle manner with plenty of noise.
    Yes, some of the odd surface/Undermountain upper level alignments are the result of editing.
    I'll leave it to Ed to give you better answers on everything from here...
    love,
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    I have a netheril question for Ed that is likely going to have me being hit with Ioluam's Greater NDA spell, but

    the spires mentioned in the frcg cormyr section that are seen in its dragonwhatever bay, is that the enclave that fell into the sea of fallen stars, or deep netheril??

    or is my geography off again

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    Hi Ed, what were the names of some of the larger settlements within the Dwarven kingdom of old Sarphil????

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    Posted - 15 Aug 2010 :  17:30:24  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
    Hope you enjoyed Gencon.

    I have a few questions, who are some of the best forgery experts in or around Waterdeep to Scornubel and are merchant writs something easy to forge? Time period, 1370's.

    Children who exhibit "powers" precognitive abilities and such and are born to common/poor folk are handled how? If sent to non-evil monastery what is done with them there? Firestarter comes to mind now as I write this.

    ..........Forgot my other questions....

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    Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  15:58:02  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
    Heh. createvmind, I'm thinking Ed's answer to your "handled how?" is going to be something like: depends on their parents/full range of possibilities. Time and again, the Realms seems every bit as complex and varied as the real world.
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