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The Sage
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Posted - 15 Dec 2010 :  23:24:30  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 Ashe Ravenheart

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Let it be known that the first installment in the short prose by Sirrah Ed of the Green Wood has now been published to the Paizo Web Fiction page. Entitled Guns of Alkenstar, it is a tale of murder, intrigue and gunpowder.

That is all.

[Edit: Updated the link]

That'd be right. I see this just as I'm leaving for work. Which means I can't read through it until I've made the long daily commute via train, to the workplace and my computer.

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crazedventurers
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Posted - 16 Dec 2010 :  00:34:57  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by dennis
Just as I suspected. But thanks, anyway. At least now I know it's not only Alassra who keeps the Reds' hands off her realm. I would have blamed it to the zulkirs' division. But there's only one ruler now: Tam. So the inaction must be because of someone or something else entirely...



I would assume that Larloch would step up to the plate and keep Tam in check, maybe this is his mission from Mystra and why the Chosen left him alone?

Of course the Covenant may have reformed with the old and/or new members and are renewing old rivalries?

Just a few random thoughts

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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Edited by - crazedventurers on 16 Dec 2010 00:36:54
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Mr_Miscellany
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Posted - 16 Dec 2010 :  21:04:36  Show Profile Send Mr_Miscellany a Private Message
Tried this over on the Sages of Realmslore shelf, with no luck. Thus:

Are there any noble families of Cormyr who are (or were) known for producing wizards, sorcerers and the like?

Did any noble families become ennobled through the acts of the mages in their family?

Thanks in advance!


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Dennis
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  00:02:33  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by crazedventurers

quote:
Originally posted by dennis
Just as I suspected. But thanks, anyway. At least now I know it's not only Alassra who keeps the Reds' hands off her realm. I would have blamed it to the zulkirs' division. But there's only one ruler now: Tam. So the inaction must be because of someone or something else entirely...



I would assume that Larloch would step up to the plate and keep Tam in check, maybe this is his mission from Mystra and why the Chosen left him alone?




Possible. Larloch does not want to be a god, nor world domination. But he wants to keep Toril “intact” to stage his complex, entertaining games. The price of Tam's ritual, on the other hand, is its complete opposite: annihilation.

Every beginning has an end.
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Broken Helm
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  04:38:12  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
You sure about that, dennis?
I agree with you that Larloch "feels" like that, from what we've seen of him.
But have we seen enough of him in published Realmslore to be sure?
To me, he sure feels like one of Ed's "deep," long-term tools/plot devices/this could be BIG powers...and Ed DID write a top-secret internal document for TSR that included "Secrets of the Realms," and we have been told the publisher picked up on some of those secrets right away, some not too long after, and at least one about a decade later, so . . .

(Ahem. Ed? THO? Feel free to chime in on this. I'm sorta asking obliquely what you CAN say about this, rather than trying to hijack your thread.
After all, if I say something about Larloch, or dennis does, it's just our opinion. THO knows more than we can, and Ed IS the font and creator. Of Larloch (and Szass Tam and Thay and Aglarond), not just the sandbox we all play in.)

Can you say or hint anything?
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Alisttair
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  12:10:18  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message
I just finished reading Swords of Dragonfire. I'm sure THO can answer this herself, but did the Knights in Ed's campaign (as run by the players) have similar interactions with the Purple Dragons of Cormyr (all the distrust and all)???

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  18:49:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oh, yes, indeed. The Purple Dragons are predisposed to be suspicious of adventurers who have a personal "in" with the royals (where did they come from, how did they get this tie, how will they [mis]use it in future?), and Vangey sharpened that suspicion to a cutting edge with HIS attitude towards us.
Some courtiers liked us and some didn't, some War Wizards ditto, and some Purple Dragons ditto (but Purple Dragon officers were of two sorts: commoners who'd risen from merit and experience and kept an eye on us as adventurers but weren't automatically hostile towards us...and nobles who were jealous of us or disliked us because of our close association with the royals.
None of which was helped by the habit some Obarskyrs fell into of using us as a strike force of not-so-secret "outside normal channels" agents, when it suited them.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  18:52:01  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Regarding Mr_Miscellany's query "Are there any noble families of Cormyr who are (or were) known for producing wizards, sorcerers and the like? Did any noble families become ennobled through the acts of the mages in their family?"
Ed tells me the answer to both questions is: "Yes, but only a handful." He promises us a proper answer soon.
love to all,
THO
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  18:56:35  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Ooo! That sounds interesting. THO, can you share a story or two of the Knights being used as "deniable asset troubleshooters" by Obarskyrs? And how willingly did you all go along with such things?

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Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Markustay
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  19:17:39  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Sooooo... your PCs were actually Assets that could be readily burned if necessity dictated?

I'm seeing a darker side to Ed, now. I know Cormyr had its own 'secret police' (The High Knights), but I never really thought of them as having a CIA-like agenda before.

So they practiced such things as infiltration, 'sleeper-agents', and misdirection? Then the war-wizards become like the Marvel-Comics Shield agents - the 'elite' of the 'black-ops'?

I LIKE that Cormyr has a DARKER side... Smeagol likesss it a LOT, he DOESSS.... errr... I mean Mark.

{and why do I now have the uncontrollable urge to rub my hands together, or perhaps twirl my mustache?}

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Hoondatha
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  19:40:39  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Do you even have a mustache?

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Markustay
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  20:59:03  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Yes, but it is currently un-twirlable.

I will have to remedy that, since I will be once-again donning my 'ebil DM' hat.

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

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Hoondatha
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  23:14:50  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Yeah, there's nothing quite like a DM who can twirl his mustache right there at the table. You always know you're in for a good time...

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Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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see
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Posted - 17 Dec 2010 :  23:42:09  Show Profile Send see a Private Message
Is there a particular reason why all the temples and shrines in Suzail are east of the Palace? Draw a N-S line that runs through the middle of the Royal Palace, and the Towers of Good Fortune, the Silent Room, and the shrines to Lliira, Malar, Milil, Oghma, and Tempus are all east of the line. Is there some law or curse or whatnot that dictates this, or is it just coincidence?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  04:15:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
See, Ed tells me it's not a law (or city zoning; no such thing exists, beyond the absolute power of the Crown to expropriate land and structures for particular, usually wartime, purposes) or curse that caused this.
It was the result of clergy buying large but decaying warehouses, paddocks, and smithies on the eastern side of the city (as the former and latter shut down, and the paddocks were relocated outside the walls), razing them, and building newer, grander, and larger temples and shrines there (relocating from older, more modest, and more cramped central city premises).
There ARE shrines to other deities in the central city blocks (often "upstairs" or "downcellar" in buildings that have other uses [shops, usually] on their ground floors).
In general, the dockside areas are warehousing and fish-packing and drydock facilities rather than housing; the nobles and the rich live in northernmost Suzail, north of the Promenade if possible and close to the Palace if you're wealthy enough and highest and haughty amongst the nobility, westwards as your wealth and power go down; the poor live in westernmost Suzail (slums along the inside the southwestern end of the city wall); military along the easternmost wall, particularly closest to the harbor; and everyone else lives in the middle, the most expensive (and grandest) properties being either easterly, or close to the Promenade (or both).


So saith Ed (I've paraphrased him here very lightly).
love,
THO
P.S. He tells me he was busy doing some hush-hush "rush" Realms work today . . . so it's still going on, scribes! Bwooohahahahah, and so forth...
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see
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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  07:25:18  Show Profile Send see a Private Message
Thank you!

And excellent. Shalasstalla of Azuth is definitely building her new temple in the center-west, then.
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Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  16:56:08  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message
Maybe Ed would like to reveal something (anything) about the child of Myrmeen Lhal and Vangerdahast? A friend has asked me to stat him(her?) out, but I have no idea... AFAIR the last appearance of him was with Myrmeen still pregnant.
So, is the kid more of a wizard or a ranger? Or maybe something entirely different? Is it a boy or a girl? What would he/she do in Cormyr around 1400 DR? Does he work with Alusair/Azoun V? Is he/she in the court? Or does he stay at Arabel?
Thanks in advance,
Zireael

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Asharak
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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  18:01:21  Show Profile  Visit Asharak's Homepage Send Asharak a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Asharak

quote:
Originally posted by Asharak

1346: Naval Battle of Lisen Sands.

Does anyone know more about this?

That's occur on the River Lis, but what else?

Who are the fighters?



I ask this in another thread and the scribes send me here...



quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

Time to ask Ed about this, in his thread. I have vague memories of this being discussed in a hallway at a Milwaukee-era GenCon (vague because I didn't take notes, darn it), and Ed saying then it was part of the struggle between Mulmaster and the other Moonsea ports (e.g. Zhentil Keep, Melvaunt, etc.) for control of the River Lis, but that both swamp monsters AND elves were involved in the fighting, because both of those groups quite rightly (Ed's opinion) were of the opinion that the Lis and its swamps were THEIR territory, not human. Barges and shallow-draft ships went up and down the Lis, aided by magic and sometimes hampered by magic (e.g. cast by the elves).
Anyway, that's what I remember, but Ed obviously knows all about this (hardly surprising, being as he created everything I've mentioned, probably including the battle).
BB



What about Blueblade's vague memories ? Very good or not?

"Soyez réalistes : demandez l'impossible"

Sorry for my English... it's not my native tongue.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  18:27:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Asharak, Blueblade is dead-on correct, according to Ed (who is writing a proper reply for us all, but got delayed by that "rush" Realms work I mentioned).
More from him, ASAP.
love,
THO
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Asharak
Learned Scribe

France
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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  18:41:07  Show Profile  Visit Asharak's Homepage Send Asharak a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Asharak, Blueblade is dead-on correct, according to Ed (who is writing a proper reply for us all, but got delayed by that "rush" Realms work I mentioned).
More from him, ASAP.
love,
THO



Thank you very much my Lady.

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Broken Helm
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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  18:44:52  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
Regarding the skyship trades/pirates of 4e, who used to be Halruaans: how regular/widely known are their trade-stops in, say, the Dragon Coast region, or Cormyr or Sembia? DO they make stops/landings/trading-moots? And if so, anywhere, or out in the countryside away from cities (and Watch, and taxes, and inspections) only?
Thanks!
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The Red Walker
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Lovely Lady,

Can Ed (or yourself) share anything about the time Elminster spent in Thay?

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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 21 Dec 2010 :  21:27:35  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Finally got my hands on a copy of Spellfire and reread it, and of course, had some questions:
Why is Ashemmi described as male? Is this a mistake, a different Ashemmi, or a magical form she took on for convenience?
Who was Aermhar of the Tangletrees, and why did he give his speech to the council in the Elven Court about being like the hawk in the Year of the Hooded Falcon (1291 DR)?
Did El and the Simbul's relationship really only begin so late (1357 DR, if I'm not mistaken)? I always imagined it began earlier, if not much earlier. Or is this something that was changed later on? Also, why do they seem so willing to fight? El speaks of having to prevent the Simbul from killing Shandril had she not agreed. This does not seem to fit in with what I read of the Simbul, so again I must wonder - is this an earlier version of the Simbul, with less madness adn rage and more sadness and loneliness?
Finally, reminded by Spellfire but unconnected: Is Asper dead in the present-day Realms?

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Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
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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Baleful Avatar
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Canada
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Posted - 21 Dec 2010 :  22:52:38  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Methinks that Ashemmi question has been answered before, in previous years of this thread. Ed's said some things about El and The Simbul, too (and there was a flashback scene in ELMINSTER IN HELL about their first meeting, if I remember rightly).
BA
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George Krashos
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Australia
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Posted - 22 Dec 2010 :  00:45:27  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
I dealt with the Ashemmi as a guy continuity gaffe in my Semmemmon DRAGON magazine article.

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