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Sandstorm
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Posted - 26 Oct 2010 :  04:06:08  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message
Mmmm... Gary Gygax's knee ;) haha!
Random question just for fun here THO. Do you happen to have an inkling as to what Gygax' actual DnD life was like? Did he DM, prefer to play... ever role with Greenwood and the likes?
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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Oct 2010 :  16:34:16  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Sandstorm
Random question just for fun here THO. Do you happen to have an inkling as to what Gary


Plenty of info on Dragonsfoot, they have a whole thread devoted to EGG

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=50&sid=03c68dd5da2536fcecb74f59bc2f7745

Cheers

Damian

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,
love to all,
THO
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althen artren
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Posted - 26 Oct 2010 :  21:47:34  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message
Future plans about Khelben the Younger, sounds interesting to me.
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  01:06:10  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Oh, forgot I asked a question here. Thank you for letting me know, and I apologize for asking something that has already been asked.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  02:37:36  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. I bring Ed of the Greenwood's swift reply to Blueblade, about a note from playing with Ed as DM scrawled on a Delthrar Dawnstorm chracter sheet, from one of Ed's Baron's Blades tournament FR adventures: "Talk to Sabron/He's the true master" . . . Ed's response is as follows:


Hi, Blueblade. Sabron is the local (northeastern border mountains and hilly farm country of Amn) old and respected "master" of old lore about who farmed and cleared what land, who made this road or trail and when, who dug that well and when, and so on. The "he's the true master" is a comment made by an old woman (the NPC Sharselle Tarmitrar, who spends her days weaving sacks for the miller, at Hardobrand's Mill). Folk near the Mill consider her the local font of remembrances, but she was telling you that the particular features you were asking about (sites in the adventure) are older than her memories, so she knows only old tales and rumors - - but the harpmaker Sabron, the "hermit of Gulk Cave," is old enough to know more than she does.
Interesting guy, Sabron. His tales' never really been told . . .


So saith Ed. Dispelling gnawing needs to know about the Realms, everywhere.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  02:41:10  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Sandstorm, I met Gary only twice; Ed met him more often, doing panels with him at several conventions over the years. I believe he and Ed played together only a handful of times, usually both as D&D players with someone else (Jim Ward, I think, on at least one occasion) as DM. I heard of Gary DMing more than playing, but I should stress that's what I heard; my personal observances of the man were far too scanty to give any accurate overall impression of what he spent most of his gaming time doing, or preferred to do.
love,
THO
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Ananta
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Finland
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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  03:40:37  Show Profile  Visit Ananta's Homepage Send Ananta a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Thanx, Red, Sage. I guess that's one (minor) bit of lore we'll never learn.

I'll note also that Ao is the name of thirteen cloud gods in Oceanic mythology. Ao is also the name of the four dragon kings in Chinese mythology.

So there's a lot of "room" to play around with, should DMs wish to forge their own interpretation for just what the Realms "Ao" signifies.


I always thought it to be Alpha and Omega, from the moment I saw the name.

Also, Ao being the name of thirteen cloud gods in Oceanic mythology and the name of the four dragon kings in Chinese mythology doesn't mean that it wouldn't represent Alpha and Omega in those, too :x


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Sandstorm
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Canada
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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  04:56:07  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message
Hey THO. You should ask Ed what his favorite character concept was. Halfling rogue, half-orc barbarian... maybe even my personal fav, the halfling barbarian ;) My first novel I wrote had a halfling barbarian in it. Most fun character to write. He was a blast. That's actually where my "Sandstorm" title comes from. What about yourself? Favorite race or class? I know this is me just assuming you play or HAVE played... but I can't imagine it's too much of a stretch.

And thanks crazeadventures. I'll have to check that site out.
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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  10:06:06  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
Tantam All

A question about picnics if I may?

I am wondering if the Obarskyrs have a favourite family picnic spot, somewhere that they can go to 'get away from it all' for a few hours and enjoy some family time together along with some food.


Also did Azoun and Fee have a favourite trysting place whilst they were courting?

Thanks

Lammath Drios

Damian

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,
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  15:56:56  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
The royal hunting lodge, in the King's Forest?
I remember Ed mentioning that they could picnic in the Royal Gardens, right beside the Royal Palace in Suzail; War Wizards and Purple Dragons just clear the gardens of everyone else and keep them out until the dining's done.
BB
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  16:23:24  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I don't usually ask rules questions, because when I see others do it I have wee-bit of a knee-jerk reaction. That's like walking into and art show and saying to the artist: "I love how straight your pictures hang - what types of hooks do you use?"

The second kind of question I normally don't ask is 'opinions' - I have a plethora of my own, and sometimes I'd rather not hear Ed's simply because I already have my own ideas for a certain thing, and if I hear how he thinks it 'ought to be' I will feel obligated to 'correct my concept' (yeah, I know I'm the DM, but I'm weird, what can I say?)

All that being said, I am going to break my own rule, but only because I am not leaning one way or the other in this situation (so Ed gets to be the 'tie-breaker').

I am of the opinion that certain magical transformations that are permanent - divine or artifact-caused - would mean that the being is changed right down to the 'genetic level'. That means until some 'higher power' changes them back, for all intents and purposes that being IS that creature (except they may have kept their own mind).

However, in the case of temporary transformations - those situations caused by mortal magic/spells - how does Ed rule on this? Is it cosmetic, or is it down to the genetic level as well? Can a Druid become a bear, mate with another bear, and have cubs? The problem is, I have seen this work both ways in canon, so I'm not sure how it 'should be'.

And related to this, in the case of organic material (people, animals, plants, etc), how would he rule if something ate something else? I know exactly how I would rule in the case of a boulder size-changed into a pebble and someone is forced to swallow it (BOOM!), but what happens if a living thing is dead and digestion has begun? Does the fact that the organic thing thus-changed has had its 'state of being' altered (from living to dead) affect it transforming back?

BTW, this question is something I have thought about plenty of times in the past - most recently for a character concept - and I am currently re-reading Bulfinch's Mythology and am reminded of this conundrum by the shear number of people turned into flora and fauna in Greek Myth. Obviously in those stories those would be genetic (Divine) transformations, but it did lead me to once-again ponder this DMing dilemma.

Like I said, this is more of a 'long-time DM asking advice from another', then a Realms question, and I apologize in advance if Ed would rather avoid this type of query. However, I think if anyone would know how this stuff works specifically within the Realms, Ed would.

Thanks --- Mark

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
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Posted - 27 Oct 2010 :  18:10:38  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

The royal hunting lodge, in the King's Forest?
I remember Ed mentioning that they could picnic in the Royal Gardens, right beside the Royal Palace in Suzail; War Wizards and Purple Dragons just clear the gardens of everyone else and keep them out until the dining's done.
BB


Thanks BB appreciate your swift reply. In hindsight I should have phrased my question more carefully.

I was wondering if there were any 'special places' away from everyone, except the most senior wizards of war and highknights, that the Obarskyrs use (although you can clear the Royal Gardens there are still soldiers around and courtiers glimpsing them out of palace windows and no doubt nobles trying to get an audience etc).

So places where even Vangy would not intrude unless the 'Kingdom was in Peril' and he needed to speak to Az and Fee urgently. We know that Azoun liked to go to Eveningstar for some 'R&R' and I was wondering if there were other places like that where the family could completely take off their crowns and be 'normal' people for a few hours.

Cheers

Damian

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,
love to all,
THO
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Markustay
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Posted - 28 Oct 2010 :  00:57:28  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Filfaeril used to go to Scornobul (before it was Scornobul). I also recall - from a novel I believe - something about a secluded spot that Filfaeril had within her gardens, where only one guard was present, and he would turn around to allow privacy when needed (like when Azoun was in the mood for a low-born frolic with his wife).

Both had secret gates to the Dales (although I have no idea if both knew about all of the others). One was used to transport Tanalasta's baby (the heir) to Shadowdale.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


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Blueblade
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Posted - 28 Oct 2010 :  02:34:30  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
That private part of Filfaeril's gardens is from one of Ed's Knights books (I THINK the first book of the trilogy, but I could be misremembering - - I think it's a Storm or Dove meets Fee scene, and a later scene when the wayward Princess Alusair is brought home by S or D). I'm away from my library right now, or I'd check and make sure before meandering verbally in a post here - - but it's definitely an Ed scene, from the Knights series.
BB
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crazedventurers
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Posted - 28 Oct 2010 :  12:37:55  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

That private part of Filfaeril's gardens is from one of Ed's Knights books - I think it's a Storm or Dove meets Fee scene, and

Aye - it is her 'secret' bower where she meets Dove however Vangy sticks his wand in and assigns a highknight to watch her with resultant knight in pain when Fee spots him etc

Cheers

Damian

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,
love to all,
THO
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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
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Posted - 28 Oct 2010 :  12:42:58  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
Well Again All

A question about Vangy's mage sigil please?

I have been reading the OGBS again and noticed Vangy has 3 triangles in the flame of his sigil - am wondering if they mean something? (knowledge wisdom and power? Azuth, Mystra and Savras? Cormyr, The Dagon Throne and the Obarskyrs?).

Cheers

Damian



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,
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 29 Oct 2010 :  02:42:51  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I bring Ed's swift lore reply to crazedventurers, re. the three triangles in Vangey's mage-sigil:

Hi, Damian!
The triangles represent Vangey's three masters/three life foci:
Mystra (and the Art = magic), Jorunhast (Vangey's tutor and predecessor as Royal Magician), and Cormyr (the Obarskyrs, the Dragon Throne; the realm to be guarded so it will survive and flourish, and that guarding to be done with magic and to preserve a realm in which magic is important and prized).
I was WONDERING when someone would ask about this . . . :}


So saith Ed. And there you have it; another little secret of the Realms revealed . . .
love,
THO

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Sandstorm
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Canada
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Posted - 29 Oct 2010 :  07:12:43  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message
I LOVE Realms secrets.

P.s. This is just for fun for everyone. I'm running a campaign, 3.5 edition, where my five buddies are all running commoners. They're now second level, returning from the city of Arabel to their farming village. 4 weeks ago real time, they killed a guard on the road trying to waylay them. My friend, (we'll call him "Kevin") is a chosen of Gond. I've told him that he has access to the spell "Mending" but that's all he knows. He hasn't told anyone. So on their way back from Arabel to their farming village, four riders wearing the Purple Dragon crest come up behind them, telling them they're under arrest for the murder of a city guardsman. To my friend Kevin, I secretly tell him that his fingers begin tingling (Gond imposing a spell upon him) What spell does thouest thing I should bestow upon him?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 29 Oct 2010 :  16:39:18  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. I bring Ed of the Greenwood's lightning-swift response to Sandstorm, re. the query immediately above:

Hi, Sandstorm. Is it your intent that Gond is aiding "Kevin"?
If so, I'd have that spell be "Touch of Revelation" (better known as "Disassembly"). It's one of my Gond magics from the original campaign that's never been published, and works as follows: all mechanical devices (however simple, but magic items are immune, as are normal items bearing a temporary dweomer because of spells previously cast on them) within 20-foot radius area of effect come apart.
That is: the saddles, stirrups, bits and bridles, and armor fastenings of the Purple Dragons would all fall into their separate component parts. Spilling them out of their saddles, rapidly leaving them half-naked and encumbered by their heaps of fallen armor, and so on. Crossbows would be useless scattered parts, etc.
Here are the limitations: the caster mentally chooses the center of the area of effect, which he/she must be able to see, and that's no more distant than thirty feet plus ten feet per level PLUS ten feet per point of intelligence. The spell takes effect on EVERYTHING within that area of effect that fails an item saving throw (so the caster's friends could be affected, and this or that Purple Dragon could escape having his or her sword-scabbard fall from its belt and the buckle around his waist part from its leather, or even have all his armor stay on), and works within 1 round. After that, nothing else is affected. The caster and all of his/her gear (worn or carried items, and anything on a mount he/she is riding), if in the area of effect, are automatically immune unless the caster wants them not to be.
So the Purple Dragons could endure a wild minute of everything falling apart on them. It will be up to the PCs to take advantage by fleeing like fury (seizing the Dragons' horses and riding bareback, pell-mell) or attacking and trying to render the Dragons unconscious or incapacitated.
Note that once the spell "goes off," that's it; it doesn't keep working. So if a Dragon's harness of weapons falls off and a PC slugs him silly, the PC could use the various detached bits of leather belting to bind the Dragon, without the spell "undoing" those bindings - - once it takes effect, that's it.
Or did you want some other sort of effect, like a "Gond's Glory" to try to cow the Dragons? (Which probably won't prevent them performing the arrest, mind you. They'll just be very impressed [ = wary] of who they're capturing.)


So saith Ed. So, back to you, Sandstorm . . .
love,
THO
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Mr_Miscellany
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Posted - 29 Oct 2010 :  22:40:52  Show Profile Send Mr_Miscellany a Private Message
Hello!

Some War Wizard questions for Ed:

Was the general attitude of War Wizards down the centuries a variable thing?

Although all War Wizards are individuals, was their training and mandate ever more of a “blast first, ask questions later” in one century vs. a “blast ye not; see all the consequences before taking any bold action” philosophy in the next century?

Or was it more of a “do as the Mage Royal does/follow his or her example in all things”?

How would you characterize the general bent and attitude of the War Wizards over the centuries and/or under each Royal Mage? Did Cormyr's expansion and growth have an effect on how the War Wizards operated?

Thank you!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Oct 2010 :  03:25:10  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, everyone.
Another quick reply from Ed, this one to Mr. Miscellany:

MM: Was the general attitude of War Wizards down the centuries a variable thing?

Ed: Yes, very much so.


MM: Although all War Wizards are individuals, was their training and mandate ever more of a “blast first, ask questions later” in one century vs. a “blast ye not; see all the consequences before taking any bold action” philosophy in the next century?

Ed: No. More the second approach than the first, except when standing orders dictated otherwise (i.e. during certain times of war). See the next answer, below.


MM: Or was it more of a “do as the Mage Royal does/follow his or her example in all things”?

Ed: YES. (Always, human nature being what it is, with some individual cases of defiance/I know better/that example was FOLLY, I think I can finesse better.)


MM: How would you characterize the general bent and attitude of the War Wizards over the centuries and/or under each Royal Mage? Did Cormyr's expansion and growth have an effect on how the War Wizards operated?

Ed: I'll get back to you in time to come on this first query; a proper answer is . . . complicated (and there are some current reasons for not being overly specific during certain "reigns" of particular Royal Magicians. As for the second: yes.


MM: Thank you!

Ed: you're very welcome. Good queries.


So saith Ed, and there you have it.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Oct 2010 :  03:29:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
A note from Ed re. the Touch of Revelation spell, two posts above: it doesn't disassemble items made entirely of the same substance (so a woven basket or garment won't be shredded or turned back into a heap of loose threads), but only affects assemblies of dissimilar materials (such as a belt of leather with a metal buckle; a "tied-fastening" belt all of leather would be unaffected). A whittled wooden "chain" would be unaffected, and ALL HOLY SYMBOLS are unaffected, regardless of whether or not they bear an enchantment.
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Oct 2010 :  03:43:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oh, and Damian: a proper reply is coming from Ed, but one "emergency meeting place" that the Obarskyrs have used when they wanted to argue/family fight/mete out family discipline in private: the Crystal Grot.
I know this, because one of my characters once saw a "memory" (think of it as a short movie clip, recorded and retained by a magic item) of a tearful young Tanalasta storming away alone, shortly after she'd departed the Grot, after having been spanked by Filfaeril.
love,
THO
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Kentinal
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The question of oil being raised again, THO has indicated any Petroleum found is treated as as hazard in an other thread.
The question occurs of what are the primary sources of oil used in the Realms?

There remains best candidates vegetable and animal, though also remains some possible mineral oils. In some ways this might also address having flame in shops as different oils burn at different temperatures.

"Small beings can have small wisdom," the dragon said. "And small wise beings are better than small fools. Listen: Wisdom is caring for afterwards."
"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
"After action, afterwards," the dragon said. "Choose the afterwards first, then the action. Fools choose action first."
"Judgement" copyright 2003 by Elizabeth Moon
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Oct 2010 :  04:02:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Mr. Miscellany, Ed just wanted you to know that your "reappearing mysterious wizards" query from earlier this month hasn't been forgotten.

Kentinal, Ed has answered all sorts of questions about various oils as lubricants, cooking ingredients, and fuels down the years, here and in many places in published Realmslore. Tallow (sheep fat) and its equivalents (other animal fats, not to mention fish fats) are often used for all three purposes, and there are many plant-derived oils that are used for various of those three purposes.

Rhewtani, I can't remember if your "Filfaeril, Bound And Willing" query has been answered yet, but if not, the answers are: no one has correctly guessed the author yet, and Azoun IV HAS been advanced as a guess (which of course means it's an incorrect guess). One that always makes Ed smile, though.

love to all,
THO
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