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rjfras
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Posted - 05 Jun 2010 :  14:15:07  Show Profile  Visit rjfras's Homepage Send rjfras a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Ed replies:

Just like the recent query about snacks, this one has so many replies that I'm sure I'll miss a lot of the euphemisms employed in the Realms. However, let's have a go at a fragmentary list:

low-coin lasses

high-coin girls (obviously, this term and the preceding one refer to rates charged - - and, usually, "quality of presentation," which is to say: to charge high rates, a female usually has to be pretty if not beautiful, actress enough to enjoy her work and to portray what the client wants [from fear to innocence to tenderness, and a liking for whatever the client's preferences are], to be clean and provocatively dressed, and to operate in less than squalid surroundings)

ladies of the evening (implies the ability to function as escorts in social situations; i.e. know how to behave at a feast or formal gathering as ladies of breeding, not merely - - or perhaps not even - - sexual partners)

bedwarmers (entirely neutral and open-society-polite term, as it can imply either gender, and everything from a personal maid who literally warms a rented bed with a bedpan and then departs, perhaps never being seen by the renter, to a regular companion hired repeatedly by a given traveler on every visit to a given establishment; usually means "good, hard-working, trustworthy prostitute")

alley girls (implies low and coarse street workers, often women who literally ply their trade in alleyways by night, usually swift "offerings" for a few coins; young boys who can scrape up a copper coin between them usually get their first sight or fondle [only] of bared female flesh by visiting an alley girl in daylight)

festhall downdancers ("festhall dancers" are usually just that: dancers, though they may flirt and dance unclad or partially so; "downdancers" is the usual shorthand term for "MORE than just dancers")

lightskirts (a mild term, usually implying prostitution but can mean merely promiscuous)

looseskirts (need not be a professional; this term really means "willing woman," but is often employed to mean prostitute by folk who dare not, or don't want to be, more explicit)

snakehips (an exhibitionist and willing sexual partner who is either contortionist or acrobatic, or "willing to try" precarious sites for trysts, such as rooftops, high tree boughs, atop wagons, high windowsills, hanging from ropes or balconies, on horseback, and so on; again, need not be a professional)

low-lantern ladies (refers to the Southern [the Vilhon, Calimshan, and points south] practice of dancing, disrobing, and then lovemaking all to the subdued amber or red light of almost-shuttered lamps that have panels of one of those two hues)

willing-arms (usually used to refer to a village whore, as in "ah, this'll be the local willing-arms")

escorts (implies the acting ability and training to function as "arm candy" in social situations such as revels, feasts, and formal gatherings as persons of breeding, not necessarily sexual partners)

hard-currency girls (a term rarely heard these days; it implied that this particular prostitute wouldn't extend credit - - but almost no one does, any more, so the term is dying out except as a leering, over-the-top "scandalous" term used in some plays - - usually by a "shocked, utterly SHOCKED, my dear!" character)

courtesan (a professional "hostess" employed by a ruler at his court, to entertain important visitors; need not have a sexual role at all, but usually does; tone of voice or local knowledge implies sexual side of profession if it exists)

warmflanks (a very "polite" way of referring to prostitutes; can be said in polite social conversations by or in the hearing of anyone, including disapproving old matrons and children)

whiplovers (originally only a slighting way to refer to worshippers of Loviatar, or S&M -enjoying cultists of Shar and Bane, its use broadened to include masochists venerating Ilmater, and finally all sexual masochists; recently, has seen use in Amn, Tethyr, and Calimshan as a term for those who offer their bodies to be whipped in return for coin)

kisscoin (a polite, affectionate term for those willing to make love for pay)

footwarmer (an utterly neutral term for a paid companion of the opposite sex, who is willing to sleep with clients; usually sex is implied, but the term literally means to provide companionship in bed for the lonely, so they have a warm body to warm their feet against; increasingly, this term is applied to aging, less athletic and adventurous prostitutes)

she-eel (a snarled near-curse, implying someone who teases, takes coin, and then slips away [or robs clients], OR an approving advertisement for someone very supple and willing to use her skills for adventurous sex or to increase the pleasure of clients)

banner (a male prostitute)

skilled-laces (a prostitute of satisfying skills and performance; the term refers, of course, to unlacing garments)

darksail (someone who makes love for pay while masked, or with identity magically disguised; originally many elves and half-elves of Waterdeep used a "shiftmask" spell that covered their faces - - except for their eyes - - in amorphous darkness; this spell is sometimes cast for hire on wealthy wives and husbands who want to "cheat" at masked revels, so if their masks are torn off, their faces still can't be seen; the spell can also be cast to cloak most of the body, so once garments are removed, the body can be felt more than it can be seen, an aid in concealing wrinkles, or identifying marks that betray identity)

slyblade (prostitute who dresses as a man, to woo female clients or as protection against the disapproving or lawkeepers, when meeting male clients who know her true identity and profession very well, or are "tipped off" by prearrangement plus a card, message, or signal)

catclaw (prostitute who likes rough sex or domination, or who will for coin try to seduce others, or act the role of a slave, spouse, conquered war-captive or former rival who is now a willing lover [in other words, benefit or enhance the status of a paying client by her acting, from wearing chains and willingly accepting abuse to pretending to have been smitten by the sexual prowess of the client)

bell-ankles (a Southern term referring to the dying practice of wearing chiming bells on the ankles when dancing or lovemaking, as audible advertisements; this custom is dying out, but the phrase still sees popular use to mean prostitute willing to entertain "walk-in" clients)

slapthighs (low-rate or coarse or willing-to-be-abused prostitute; the term is descriptive, NOT pejorative)

smilecoin lass (polite term for a friendly, "nice" prostitute, especially one who will cook for, provide conversation for, and provide a bed for the night for, a client - - not just providing sex)

goldglint darling (poetic or "overly polite" term for anyone who provides sex for payment)

playpretty (a female paid for sex by soldiers or sailors)

doxy (mistress or prostitute, especially applied to women who are the shared mistresses of a select roster of men)

warmvelvet (a young, pretty or beautiful prostitute who likes to tease or act alluring or foster an air of mystery; in Silverymoon or Waterdeep, this also means a noble or wealthy young woman "playing" at being a prostitute for the thrills [or to see if she can use this as a "road away" from an unhappy home situation])

chalice (a poetic or very polite term for a prostitute, based on the poetic reference to the female as either a cup that a male drinks from, or a vessel that receives his seed)

glimmersheath (a strikingly beautiful prostitute, or a male crossdressing prostitute; in either case, the term refers to eyecatching beauty and willingly receiving the "dagger" of the male physique)

gold tigress (a prostitute who likes to wrestle with or fight [to be "conquered"] clients, or to bite and claw them; a "tigress" without the word "gold" refers to a female who is not a prostitute but has similar sexual preferences]

I could go on and on and on, because the euphemisms are endless, but these given here are the most universally understood (even if some of them are used only regionally, travelling merchants have spread word of their meaning across Faerϋn). If one adds insults and curses to modify these, an entire new roster of phrases opens up, but I'd rather leave those to the inventiveness of individual DMs so as not to upset too many scribes reading this thread.

So saith Ed.
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rjfras
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Posted - 05 Jun 2010 :  14:18:27  Show Profile  Visit rjfras's Homepage Send rjfras a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Battle-oaths to the Red Knight (given when smiting foes or launching an attack) include these:

"Bright wit, clear thought, keen sight!"

"Forward the Game Undying!"

"Let this game now be ended!"

"Smite smart!"

Obscenities uttered by faithful of the Red Knight when personally upset include these:

"Alavaerthus!" (equivalent of "God-damn-it!" or "Jesus ****ing Christ!" [this word, pronounced "Alah-VAER-thus," was the name of a member of the Fellowship who had a large hand in founding the church of Red Knight, but went mad in a battle and sent his forces to their dooms through a series of stupid or reckless commands; "playing Alavaerthus" is an informal Fellowship expression meaning to 'totally screw up')

"Blood of the Lady!" (equivalent of "Oh my [insert strongest personal obscenities here] God!" [used as a stronger replacement for "Alavaerthus!")

"Checkmate!" (formal, usable-in-polite-company equivalent of "Damn!" or "Shit!" or "Blast!" [invoking the name of the Lady's blade])

"Keltor!" (equivalent of "Damn!" and pronounced as "KEL-tor" [spat out swiftly])

"Teskyre!" (equivalent of "Shit!" and pronounced as "Tess-kEYE-ur")

"Witless!" (equivalent of "****!" [the strongest personal oath of a faithful of the Red Knight alludes to stupidity in strategy or tactics])

So saith Ed.
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rjfras
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Posted - 05 Jun 2010 :  14:19:05  Show Profile  Visit rjfras's Homepage Send rjfras a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Lathanderite oaths request.

Here, for you and Wooly Rupert and all who are interested, are my relevant notes on the topic.

Realms exclamations appear alphabetically, followed in parentheses (with asterisks to lessen the obscenity impact) by the real-world equivalent:

"Beard!" (contraction of "[by the] Beard of Omthas!") [Omthas was an early prophet of Lathander, last heard from over six centuries ago]

"Bitterblood!" (contraction of "By the blood of Alathan!")

"By the Beard of Omthas!" ("Holy crap!" or: "Jesus!" [profane amazement])

"By the blood of Alathan!" ("Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!" or: "Bloody hell!" or "Jesus ****ing Christ!" [profane shock or disgust]) [Alathan was a high priest of a Lathanderite temple who was martyred four centuries back for preaching the faith of Lathander by the local Tethyrian duke -- who hated and feared change, and didn't want any commoners getting uppoty ideas about starting ANYTHING new]

"Darkrose!" ("Blast!" or: "****!")

"Dawnfire!" ("Shit!")

"Dusking!" ("Damnation!")

"Redblood!" ("Bloody hell!" or "Damn!" [upset Lathanderites have been heard to say things like "They even stole the redblooding candles!" so "redblooding" is the form that lets this word be used directly in place of the real-world "bloody" or "****ing"]

"Star of the Morning!" ("My word!" [usable even when speaking to superiors in the church 'polite oath' that denotes surprise or dismay])

"Starfall!" ("Damn!" or "Blast!" [ancient oath, now considered almost poetic or flowery])

"Zustrin!" ("Bloody marvellous!" or "****ing wonderful!" [used only when pleased, but so shocked or surprised as to burst out into profanity; considered poor form by clergy of Lathander]

So saith Ed.
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rjfras
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Posted - 05 Jun 2010 :  14:19:39  Show Profile  Visit rjfras's Homepage Send rjfras a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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ere are some naughty words apt to be uttered by worshippers of Bane today. Where the curse seems an invented word and no 'name origin' is given, it derives from an ancient, ill-remembered 'temple tongue' or cant used by the very early cult of Bane, to keep secret the nature of converse between priests.

"Aumarrath!" (contraction of "In memory of Aumarrath!" [Aumarrath the Tyrant-King was an early prophet of Bane, and this oath is polite enough to be used to superior clergy, denoting holy awe or satisfaction, somewhat akin to the real world: "Blood of the Virgin!" or "Name of the God!"])

"Blackfire!" ("Blood of the God!" [used in awe, admiration, or profane amazement, but never when angry or disgusted; is much less formal than "Aumarrath!"])

"Clathenar!" ("Holy crap!" or: "Jesus!" [Clathenar was an unintentional martyr of Bane whose long-ago holy service was one long sequence of disastrous screwups, so this oath is always used like a groan of dismay or spat out in despairing anger, when something has gone seriously wrong]; pronounced 'CLATH-en-ar')

"Embarranar!" (a gloating thanks to Bane for something that's gone well, or a victory, or unlooked-for aid or good fortune, roughly equivalent to a delighted: "Son of a BITCH!" or "Don't that take all!"; pronounced 'Em-bar-RAN-ar')

"Hand of Hate!" ([contraction of the rarely-heard "Feel the Hand of Hate!"] an expression only snarled at foes or victims being slain; rough equivalent of a real-world: "DIE, mother****er!")

"Holy Fist!" ("Jesus Christ!")

"Krisk!" ("Shit!")

"Lurruk!" ("Bloody hell!" or "Damn!"; pronounced 'LUR-uh-kh')

"Sark!" ("Blast!" or: "****!")

"Talar!" ("Well, damn!" [a mild expression of surprise or dismay])

"Tondrabbar!" ("To the God!" [a war-cry or exulting expression uttered when an offering is touched aflame or broken, a foe is struck, or an attack is launched (i.e. it would be the first shout of a surprise attack); pronounced 'Tawn-DRAB-bar')

"Whiteblood!" ("Bloody hell!" or "Jesus ****ing Christ!" [profane shock or disgust])

This is of course the very sort of detail dropped because of the original TSR Code of Ethics AND the desire to simplify speech (doing away with dialects/accents, and so on) to make the game more accessible when it first appeared. If your players don't feel comfortable using any of these expressions, or they seem silly when uttered, don't use them. Bane will understand. :}

So saith Ed.
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Kyrene
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Posted - 05 Jun 2010 :  14:32:39  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rjfras

prostitute ND = coin-lass, coin-lad

Ah, yes, thanks rjfras! That will certainly help. I have barely started going through all the "So saith Ed"s, so I will get to this at a much later stage. Same with "pleasure-lass". Very important that little dash in the word...

Lost for words? Find them in the Glossary of Phrases, Sayings & Words of the Realms

I am a sexy, shoeless god of war!

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gomez
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Posted - 07 Jun 2010 :  17:55:33  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene
Edit: I came accross only one reference to "coinlass", and the context doesn't make it clear enough to use as a citation.
Was "pleasurelass" in the CoS novel, or the sourcebook?



In the novel. However, can't actually find it right now.
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Kyrene
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Posted - 07 Jun 2010 :  18:57:41  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gomez

quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene
Edit: I came accross only one reference to "coinlass", and the context doesn't make it clear enough to use as a citation.
Was "pleasurelass" in the CoS novel, or the sourcebook?



In the novel. However, can't actually find it right now.


Not to worry, mate. I found references to "coin-lass" and "pleasure-lass" (with dashes) in "So saith Ed," and will therefore add them once I get around to that. Having finished with my sourcebooks for now, I'm going to tackle any Realmslore on WotC, since those have a tendency to dissapear from time to time and is therefore of slightly higher priority.

Lost for words? Find them in the Glossary of Phrases, Sayings & Words of the Realms

I am a sexy, shoeless god of war!

The Sellplague began, for all intents and purposes, in the dominions of the Corporation. Greed murdered Good Design, unraveling common sense in the cosmos and destroying her dominion. At the same time, Sales Fears and Warcraft Envy happened into alignment. This cataclysmic coincidence led to upheaval, shaking apart the primeval order, opening up holes in wallets, and reshaping everything...
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Faraer
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Posted - 03 Jul 2010 :  00:14:58  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Let me add my admiration for Kyrene's work. Two considerations to get out in the open:

1. Different sources are at different levels of immersion in the Realms vs. translation into English words and our-world assumptions -- whether we're talking about swearing, units of measure or whatever. This depends on who's writing, what they know, what editorial direction they're under, how they feel at the time, and how the work was edited. This relates to

2. Some of these terms are strictly speaking replacements for Earth-English, some run alongside it; some are the usual way of saying something, others are occasional or local or even a character's one-off coinage, sometimes several Realms terms fill the lexical space of one English one and vice versa, and it's not always clear which is which. None of the words above have the exact connotational meaning that 'prostitute' does, to give one example.
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Faraer
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Posted - 03 Jul 2010 :  00:20:29  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
'Coinlass' is used in Swords of Eveningstar; 'pleasurelass' is in Elminster: The Making of a Mage ch. 16 (The Annotated Elminster p. 255; possibly hyphenated in original edition) and appears hyphenated in Swords of Dragonfire.
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Faraer
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Two more things I've mused over: What are good ways to organize a Realms glossary? What especially typical and flavourful terms might be included in a short (few-pages-long) primer?

Two such are 'battlestrike' (Swords of Eveningstar) and 'spellbolt' (Silverfall), for the spell otherwise called 'magic missile'.
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Karth
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Posted - 30 Jul 2010 :  04:21:50  Show Profile  Visit Karth's Homepage  Send Karth an AOL message Send Karth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ed also seems to use an alternate version of 'slyblade' in the 'Storm' section of Silverfall, where it is used by Zhentarim agents in Shadowdale to refer to professional assassins - perhaps not assassins by actual character class, but certainly skilled rogues who specialize in sneaky elimination of enemy personnel. They are directed to follow a spell-disguised Storm into the jakes and see that no 'Harper tricks' are forthcoming. p.337 or so. Murderous hijinks ensue...

Great work, Kyrene. You've done us all a great service with this list.

Edited by - Karth on 30 Jul 2010 04:23:07
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Markustay
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Posted - 12 Mar 2011 :  04:20:40  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Collops! - an exclamation I am assuming means something akin to bull***t!.

Seen on pg.4, 2e Draconimicon.

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Dalor Darden
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Amazing work this is! I'm going to be able to use this so damned much! Many thanks to all who have helped put it together and Kyrene for the big effort!

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hdblue
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quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

Amazing work this is! I'm going to be able to use this so damned much! Many thanks to all who have helped put it together and Kyrene for the big effort!




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Edited by - hdblue on 30 Mar 2011 13:39:32
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Kyrene
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Posted - 11 Aug 2011 :  10:00:38  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear all,

I have been putting off this post for a long time, but I think it is finally time. I last logged into the forums sometime during January/February 2011. I last worked on this glossary about a year ago. The Realms are pretty much dead to me, as is this body of work. If anyone would like to continue with this you are welcome to contact me for my formatted master list, as well as notes on how far I got in my research (and how to keep the list organized).

Regards,
Kyrene
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Lost for words? Find them in the Glossary of Phrases, Sayings & Words of the Realms

I am a sexy, shoeless god of war!

The Sellplague began, for all intents and purposes, in the dominions of the Corporation. Greed murdered Good Design, unraveling common sense in the cosmos and destroying her dominion. At the same time, Sales Fears and Warcraft Envy happened into alignment. This cataclysmic coincidence led to upheaval, shaking apart the primeval order, opening up holes in wallets, and reshaping everything...
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xaeyruudh
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it looks i haven't posted enough to be allowed to send emails, but if nobody else is picking up the torch of expanding/updating this list then i probably will. we'll see if i have the follow-through to match the ambition. i'm starting with the additions from Ask Ed that have already been suggested here.

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xaeyruudh
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coming back to this between other projects, i have to ask... can we do this without stepping on anyone's toes? or more pointedly, steel-toed corporate combat boots?

i think it's clear that we should be fine providing definitions or translations of individual words, as long as such aren't copied in whole from the source, but what about phrases? am i going to have Hasbro agents throwing tear gas through my windows if i put up a cross-linked version of this list here, or on my blog? obviously, sources would be cited, as they are in Kyrene's list. i'm not claiming credit for anything i didn't do. i'm just wondering if citing sources is enough.

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Steven Schend
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I have to admit I'd not seen this thread before (or forgotten it) and am amazed by its breadth and depth. Thanks go to its creators and commentors all.

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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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Xaeyruudh, I wouldn't worry too much about WotC with a project like this. I find it reminiscent of another fan project that actually made it into an actual product: Grand History of the Forgotten Realms. (still have the pdf with the proto version of the end product)
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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  18:50:12  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
point about the Grand History is well taken.

and hello Steven... i'm sure we all welcome additions from your notes.
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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EDIT: OK, here's every new-to-me word and phrase I could find from the first 26 of Ed's Eye on the Realms articles. They're not formatted for the official glossary yet, but I thought I should at least get the words out there so anyone can see and use them.

EDIT: Formatting completed. Also re-sorted them by article.

Hopefully some of you will find this collection of use.


[*]“thorthen ” – Common:- a kind of melon grown in northern Sembia; also called meat melons; has a thick, mauve colored skins and a savory, orange-fleshed marrow that tastes like roast turkey flesh (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Amreth Gaunt, Master Merchant, Dungeon #172)


[*]“Arbrar” – Common:- a lost realm that is in truth the creation of members of the Flame Door Cabal (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“bright-eye cloak pins” – Common:- a kind of cloak pin popular in the winter of 1478 DR in Sembia; crafted to appear like human eyes with gems for "pupils"; thought to be consecrated to elder or fallen gods to bring helpful magical aid in times of need (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)


[*]“dajarrlith” – Common:- a wine best described as fiery, oily, spicy, orange in color, of eastern Amnian vintage; highly addictive (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“dreamdals” – Common:- a blend of cheap brandy, Arkhen wine, starfall herb and cinnamon; hawked by Sembian merchants as a liquid of "mysterious make and power"; popular in the summer of 1478 DR (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“Flame Door, the” – Common:- a cabal of merchants based in Sembia (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“frontcloak” – Common:- a term meaning a club or business used as a front or cover by its owners for secret or illicit activities (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“gladglee” – Common:- the Realmsian term for charades (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“glaers” – Common:- glass gorgets and pendants made of curved and polished glass on which are painted the portraits of a loved one; popular in the summer of 1477 DR in Sembia (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“glimmerboots” – Common:- a name for rich, well dressed Sembians who constantly seek the latest fashions, fads and trends (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“highboots” – Common:- boots that run right up to one's crotch; manufactured in Sembia in 1479 DR of exotic and rare monster hides (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“longpipges” – Common:- a tube on which several dark furs are sewn; similar in look to a feather boa; popular in the winter of 1477 DR in Sembia (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“sharoon bird” – Common:- a name given by Sembian merchants to a fearsome bird located in the central oases of Raurin that sports vivid purple tail feathers, the latter being highly sought after by the most refined and urbane Sembians to sport in their caps; the feathers are in fact dyed peacock feathers (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“skullstrike” – Common:- the Realmsian term for croquet (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“starfall” – Common:- a type of hallucinatory herb (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“swirlcloak” – Common:- a term used in the Heartlands for any fad of the moment (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“thamrall” – Common:- the Realms version of polo (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)

[*]“unfurl the grand cloak” – Common:- a term meaning "to make it big." Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Flame Door, Dungeon #173)


[*]“handkeg” – Common:- a small container for carrying foodstuffs. (Pickles, etc…) Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Tarmel Drouth, Outcast Noble, Dungeon #176)


[*]“avoid the gilded target” – Common:- a phrase used by the powerful Naernhands merchant family that urges all in the family to not seek noble titles (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The House of Naerhand: Family Games of Power, Dungeon #177)


[*]“nightcloak” – Common:- a Heartlands term common in the mid-1470s for a man or woman who leads a double life: by day they are bookish and timid heirs, but by night are dashing, sword wielding adventurer types that have something romantic about them (like a lost cause, for example) (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Hunter of False Nobles, Dungeon #180)

[*]“wildwits” – Common:- reckless, erratic or insane (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Hunter of False Nobles, Dungeon #180)


[*]“enter no drinking contest with a dragon-headed” – Common:- a dwarven overland trail saying; attributed to the legendary drinking ability of dragon headed men (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Dracohar, Dungeon #182)


[*]“waytrader” – Common:- an independent peddler (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Circle of Fangs Revisited, Dungeon #183)


[*]“althor sap” – Common:- a kind of sap that changes viscosity and shape rapidly under different temperature and light conditions; sewn into small cloth objects for interesting effects (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Rastigur Stornont, Dungeon #184)

[*]“blakkalan” – Common:- a type of wine; at least one type of sleep powder is known to remain effective for months in blakkalan wine (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Rastigur Stornont, Dungeon #184)

[*]“royal-guard gem” – Common:- a gem that acts as clearwater solution one time only, when immersed in liquid (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Rastigur Stornont, Dungeon #184)

[*]“thall” – Common:- a crayon made of soot and paste. Also called a "black stick" (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Rastigur Stornont, Dungeon #184)


[*]“chartrum” – Common:- a Sembian company owned by non-Sembian ownership; used to control shadow sails (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Silent Sail, Dungeon #185)

[*]“purse tugged” – Common:- price gouging; overcharging for something (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Silent Sail, Dungeon #185)

[*]“shadow sail” – Common:- a merchant boat whose ownership is hidden behind layers of companies or under false names in order to obscure who the real owner is (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Silent Sail, Dungeon #185)

[*]“sling wares” – Common:- doing work in warehouses or making deliveries; sorting and packaging (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Silent Sail, Dungeon #185)


[*]“jawline fringe” – Common:- a goatee (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Gergul and Mithgryn, Body Snatchers Extraordinaire, Dungeon #186)

[*]“spyseals” – Common:- matched pairs of magical threads of Halruaan make that allow for limited, brief scrying between two locations (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Gergul and Mithgryn, Body Snatchers Extraordinaire, Dungeon #186)


[*]“brightshield” – Common:- smoothest; such as one might describe a courtier as "most brightshield" (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Queen Filfaeril’s Blades, Dungeon #187)

[*]“rumorfire reputation” – Common:- a reputation gained through daring deeds or actions sure to attract attention (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Queen Filfaeril’s Blades, Dungeon #187)


[*]“spalder-splash” – Common:- a Waterdhavian term for nonsensical dross (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Wild Lords, Dungeon #190)

[*]“wildblade” – Common:- a Waterdhavian noble who rebels against rules, believes rank accords one the right to break (some) laws and shun those who behave properly (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: The Wild Lords, Dungeon #190)


[*]“Jalander's dodge” – Common:- a wine tax evasion scheme utilizing the roouddan vegetable; invented by Mathym Jalander of Amn Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Jalander's Dodge, Dungeon #191)

[*]“nosehounds” – Common:- dogs used to scent out hidden goods, such as wine (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Jalander's Dodge, Dungeon #191)

[*]“roouddan” – Common:- a vegetable; called the red turnip of Proskur; used all around the Sea of Fallen Stars (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Jalander's Dodge, Dungeon #191)


[*]“jaod” – Common:- an intelligent creature that lives in symbiosis with a warm-blooded creature it's attached to; a jaod's form can be shaped and molded (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Masks of Living Flesh, Dungeon #192)


[*]“service dagger” – Common:- a magical dagger given to veteran Purple Dragons upon their retirement; emits a magical glow equivalent to candle light when held and willed to activate (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Thormil’s Secret, Dungeon #194)

[*]“thimdrors” – Common:- a breed of short oxen; have almost lizard-like heads, are very wide at the shoulder, possess much strength and little intelligence; yields good meat for hearth-fires (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Thormil’s Secret, Dungeon #194)


[*]“alarvaun” – Common:- a kind of herb made from leaves of the vaundyr vine (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“bittergar bush” – Common:- a thistle-like shrub; small in size and dark blue in color; found in almost any non-mountainous, non-desert region (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“drace” – Common:- a kind of herb made from the leaves of the bittergar bush (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“lurruth” – Common:- a disease that causes one to rot from the inside out; usually spread by the bite of monsters (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“spellslayer wine” – Common:- wine mixed with spellstop (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“spellstop” – Common:- a substance that causes those who consume it to lose their spellcasting ability (if any) for a time (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“stingflies” – Common:- small, stinging insects that fly in swarms and make various swamp fauna (such as thelmallow flowers) their home (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“thelmallow” – Common:- a flowering plant that grows in bogs and stagnant swamps; white in color; known to attract stingflies (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195)

[*]“vaundyr vine” – Common:- a kind of vine plant with small, green, waxy leaves that grows in abundance in wet, shady areas; found in Amn, Calimshan, the Dragon Coast and Tethyr (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Spellslayer Wine, Dungeon #195

[*]“Guardian Risen, the” – Common:- a term used by worshipers of the dead god Helm for signs and portents of Helm's return in Faerϋn; ex. the Ghost Knight of Galardoun (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Ghost Knight of Galardoun, Dungeon #196)


[*]“Dark documents” – Common:- in Cormyr, Dark documents are the name given to internal security records kept by the Wizards of War (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Xraunrarr Shall Triumph,[/i] Dragon #406)

[*]“Privy documents” – Common:- in Cormyr, Privy documents are royal family writings such as wills, individual agreements, declarations of lineage and personal correspondence (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Xraunrarr Shall Triumph,[/i] Dragon #406)

[*]“undercloak” – Common:- a kind of patient, waiting treason; not actively treasonous, but waiting for just the right moment to be so (Ed Greenwood's Eye On the Realms: Xraunrarr Shall Triumph[/i], Dragon #406)

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Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 06 May 2012 19:32:05
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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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On the topic of Realms Glossary, I do recall a realms specific word for an acid-like substance used by smiths. I believe in the Spellfire books the protagonists stumble upon or get involved with a caravan carrying this stuff. I do not have the books available to me right now, any of the scribes know what this 'stuff' is called?
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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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The book is "Hand of Fire" and I thought to recall the name Blandreth.... though that is a cauldron... according to this glossary...
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Here are the words and phrases drawn from Ed's January 2012 Eye on the Realms article, with proper forum formatting:

[*]“roughslake” – Common:- a term for inexpensive, unexceptionable drinkables such as wine (Ed Greenwood's Eye on the Realms: A Surprising Vintage, Dragon #407)

[*]“Coast Fanfare” – Common:- a sweet tasting, popular Haeltower-made wine (Ed Greenwood's Eye on the Realms: A Surprising Vintage, Dragon #407)

[*]“throatquench” – Common:- a term for wine that's drinkable, but not exceptional (Ed Greenwood's Eye on the Realms: A Surprising Vintage, Dragon #407)

[*]“smallkeg” – Common:- a small container of the size a man can carry when full, without need of a cart or pack animal, with rope handles or net-like wrap around for ease of carrying, with a single hole in its widest point that's plugged by a cork (Ed Greenwood's Eye on the Realms: A Surprising Vintage, Dragon #407)

[*]“vauntras” – Thorass (Old Common):- a word often found on warding charms popular amongst the backcountry populace of the Heartlands and Sword Coast; means "keep back" or "keep from me" (Ed Greenwood's Eye on the Realms: A Surprising Vintage, Dragon #407)

[*]“pouncehawk” – Common:- a term for a spy or investigator who has the authority to affect arrests or is invested with governmental power; used in friendly commentary as a warning when one is obviously doing something illegal; "A pouncehawk will follow you right back to us if you carry stolen goods out in the open like that!" (Ed Greenwood's Eye on the Realms: A Surprising Vintage, Dragon #407)

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Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 06 May 2012 19:32:42
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xaeyruudh
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Awesome work, Jeremy. Now one of these days maybe I'll get finished organizing everything that's been added to the thread so far.

I'm pondering ways to split it, so that we can have an alphabetical index of everything but also smaller chunks of relevant things which are easier to read in one sitting.

Faraer pointed out earlier in this thread that there are different types/levels of things in this list. Those might provide good splitting points.

I'm wide open to suggestions. Or if someone else has a tight grip on it, feel free to do it.
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