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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 14 Oct 2011 :  03:03:54  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

There's a new Sevrin lore post on www.elainecunningham.com: "The Cat Tail Crusade." You KNEW there would be cats on Sevrin. It was only a matter of time before we heard from them.

You've struck a chord with me, as I'm a great lover of cat-lore for most setting -- including Sevrin now.

Interestingly, you've also promoted me to wonder whether my cat -- Sibelius -- is, by chance, engaging in similar practices when, in the past, I've seen him in a "gathering" with other neighbourhood cats.



If it's a cat coven, they're raising magic for some hidden purpose of their own. Next time they gather, get as close as you can without disrupting the proceedings. You might catch a bit of magical overflow.
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Farrel
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quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Scottish singer Andy Stewart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RjxIcEmAA4

Lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/music/Lyric.nsf/The-Humours-Of-Whiskey-lyrics-Andy-M-Stewart/B311DA795F3A4B0448256FE20008EDFE



This was quite a surprise for me... I never thought i'd like folk songs but these can grow on you

When I listened to the Wild Rover I couldn't get the tune out of my head for days... I didn't mind too much as it was backed up by your alternate lyrics
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 19 Oct 2011 :  16:08:13  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm trying something a little different on my blog. The last two Sevrin lore posts have been in the form of micro-stories, which give a glimpse into the setting but avoid the "fluff article" style.

Comments? Suggestions?
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Posted - 19 Oct 2011 :  16:31:16  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Elaine,

Can you tell me why your Star Wars novel, Blood Oath, was cancelled. I had not even heard of it until I ended up on http://www.njoe.com/ from a link that Paul posted on Twitter. Now that I am no longer blissfully unaware of it, it makes me sad that I will never be able read it.

Thanks,
Hawkins

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 19 Oct 2011 :  18:37:10  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins

Hi Elaine,

Can you tell me why your Star Wars novel, Blood Oath, was cancelled. I had not even heard of it until I ended up on http://www.njoe.com/ from a link that Paul posted on Twitter. Now that I am no longer blissfully unaware of it, it makes me sad that I will never be able read it.

Thanks,
Hawkins



Long-standing health issues, missed deadlines. It's a sadly familiar tale.
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I'm trying something a little different on my blog. The last two Sevrin lore posts have been in the form of micro-stories, which give a glimpse into the setting but avoid the "fluff article" style.

Comments? Suggestions?

Honestly, I've long been a fan of these style of narrative/"fluff" articles. Not only do they provide intriguing lore, but they often further serve to demonstrate how the lore works or applies, to the actual state of the world.

Give me more!

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 21 Oct 2011 :  02:55:22  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

I'm trying something a little different on my blog. The last two Sevrin lore posts have been in the form of micro-stories, which give a glimpse into the setting but avoid the "fluff article" style.

Comments? Suggestions?

Honestly, I've long been a fan of these style of narrative/"fluff" articles. Not only do they provide intriguing lore, but they often further serve to demonstrate how the lore works or applies, to the actual state of the world.

Give me more!




Thanks for the feedback. I'll be posting new lore on Monday. :)
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 21 Oct 2011 :  02:57:22  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This week's story, "Maintenance," is a bit of flash fiction (a story told in under 1000 words) I wrote a couple of years back. It's urban fantasy, but Forgotten Realms readers may notice a familiar element. :)

http://www.elainecunningham.com/2011/10/20/free-friday-flash-fiction-maintenance/
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 26 Oct 2011 :  20:04:51  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about about a Sevrin ghost story for Halloween? "Mistwraiths," a very short retelling of a Sevrin legend, is online at www.elainecunningham.com.

No worries--you can also have chocolate ::hands you a KitKat::
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The Sage
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Posted - 29 Oct 2011 :  04:35:25  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  Reply with Quote
Quick query Elaine...

I was looking for an older post on your blog from this month -- particularly, back on the 17th, entitled "Old Race Genetics." But I can't seem to find it now. Have you relocated/removed/deleted it?

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Edited by - The Sage on 29 Oct 2011 04:36:10
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 29 Oct 2011 :  14:49:59  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Quick query Elaine...

I was looking for an older post on your blog from this month -- particularly, back on the 17th, entitled "Old Race Genetics." But I can't seem to find it now. Have you relocated/removed/deleted it?




I deleted it, as a Very Trusted Reader decreed that it was "boring."
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The Sage
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Posted - 29 Oct 2011 :  15:15:35  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  Reply with Quote
Ah, okay.

That's a shame, though, because the title of the post intrigued me. I wouldn't have minded having an opportunity to read it before it was deleted.

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Edited by - The Sage on 29 Oct 2011 15:16:24
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 31 Oct 2011 :  15:04:00  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Happy Halloween! Today's Sevrin lore post describes the equivalent holiday--Winterborn, a festival of peace and plenty that nonetheless has its share of odd customs. (Want to know your fortune? Try crow-chasing!)

http://tinyurl.com/425n74z
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 17 Nov 2011 :  18:26:30  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Winter Wolves," a new Sevrin lore post, offers a very short and slightly twisted tale of wolves and wishes, fairies and philanderers.

http://tinyurl.com/6tk43v3
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Wooly Rupert
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Okay, I gotta say, I love the way that tale ends. There's some fun potential in that idea (yeah, it's short, but I'm still avoiding spoilers! ).

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Posted - 18 Nov 2011 :  00:54:54  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  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

"Winter Wolves," a new Sevrin lore post, offers a very short and slightly twisted tale of wolves and wishes, fairies and philanderers.

http://tinyurl.com/6tk43v3


Neat. This has actually triggered a latent concept I've been tinkering with since I last read the 3e Bastion Press Fairies tome.

I sense new hybrid winter wolf theories springing into my mind this weekend.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 18 Nov 2011 :  11:33:02  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

"Winter Wolves," a new Sevrin lore post, offers a very short and slightly twisted tale of wolves and wishes, fairies and philanderers.

http://tinyurl.com/6tk43v3


Neat. This has actually triggered a latent concept I've been tinkering with since I last read the 3e Bastion Press Fairies tome.

I sense new hybrid winter wolf theories springing into my mind this weekend.



I'm tickled that the Sevrin lore is inspiring ideas for your home campaigns. :)
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The Sage
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Posted - 18 Nov 2011 :  15:09:36  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  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

"Winter Wolves," a new Sevrin lore post, offers a very short and slightly twisted tale of wolves and wishes, fairies and philanderers.

http://tinyurl.com/6tk43v3


Neat. This has actually triggered a latent concept I've been tinkering with since I last read the 3e Bastion Press Fairies tome.

I sense new hybrid winter wolf theories springing into my mind this weekend.



I'm tickled that the Sevrin lore is inspiring ideas for your home campaigns. :)

I'm eventually hoping to compile most of what you've presented on your website into a mini-Sevrin campaign setting.

I know most of the players at my gaming table are not-so-patiently waiting for it!

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Wooly Rupert
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I know most of the players at my gaming table are not-so-patiently waiting for it!



I'm sure there's a lot they're waiting for!

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 18 Nov 2011 :  18:08:16  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
I'm eventually hoping to compile most of what you've presented on your website into a mini-Sevrin campaign setting.

I know most of the players at my gaming table are not-so-patiently waiting for it!



Keep me posted! One of the long-term plans for Sevrin is a campaign setting amd ready-to-play adventures. :)
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The Sage
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Posted - 18 Nov 2011 :  23:37:37  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  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
I'm eventually hoping to compile most of what you've presented on your website into a mini-Sevrin campaign setting.

I know most of the players at my gaming table are not-so-patiently waiting for it!



Keep me posted! One of the long-term plans for Sevrin is a campaign setting amd ready-to-play adventures. :)

Indeed, I will.

I've been teasing my players with brief snippets of Sevrin-based lore converted for the Realms in my latest campaigns. But the Sevrin material, I feel, can definitely stand on it's own as a unique setting for adventures, so I'm hoping to build up to that point eventually.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 20 Nov 2011 :  17:07:31  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There's more Sevrin lore and fairy mischief up on ElaineCunningham.com, featuring our friends Askur and Bejarki, the unfortunate fishermen from the Winter Wolves tale. :)

http://tinyurl.com/bohgn4y
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Lady Shadowflame
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Posted - 27 Nov 2011 :  17:36:40  Show Profile Send Lady Shadowflame a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hullo to you, and a couple of questions.

In one Liriel book, you use the drow term parzdiamo. In Gorlist's story, you use parzdiametkis. Is one the plural of the other? A ruder version, given Liriel used her version in front of the Promenade ladies and Gorlist picked up his version near a brothel/tavern?

Also regarding Gorlist's story, given his clear love for his mother (until she sold him) and a few other things, would you say he'd be one of those drow who could have wound up much better people, if they'd not been put in the 'be evil or die' circumstances that harden them until they become as nasty as the rest? Signs of what could have been, in a less evil society?

Have you any thoughts on what Wyn Ashgrove would have done after his part in Elfsong? He never seems to be heard from after that, and I'm really curious about him, and any extra details you might have envisioned regarding him - the kind of family he might have had, or anything else of that nature. I really liked him, with the exception of one single moment, as mentioned below this.

Danilo and Wyn discuss the use of charm spells, to prepare for facing the dragon. Danilo asks if Wyn's ever used them on anything larger than a tavern wench, and Wyn refers to the susceptibility of North-women to the spell. I was at first amused... and then queasy thereafter at the implications. Was Wyn lying for the sake of the joke? Or has there just been a case of different perspectives here? Because I find the notion of using charm spells to snare a partner uncharacteristically unethical for the general portrayal of those two gentlemen... (Only a few steps below deserving the tag 'magic roofies', in fact...) I hope this isn't offensive to you. But it did trouble me quite a bit.

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Icelander
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Posted - 27 Nov 2011 :  17:43:00  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Danilo asks if Wyn's ever used them on anything larger than a tavern wench, and Wyn refers to the susceptibility of North-women to the spell. I was at first amused... and then queasy thereafter at the implications. Was Wyn lying for the sake of the joke? Or has there just been a case of different perspectives here? Because I find the notion of using charm spells to snare a partner uncharacteristically unethical for the general portrayal of those two gentlemen... (Only a few steps below deserving the tag 'magic roofies', in fact...) I hope this isn't offensive to you. But it did trouble me quite a bit.


I took it as a joke, not something he had actually done.

Using charm spells to get sexual partners is in no way, shape or form more ethically acceptable than using Rohypnol to do the same. It's the same thing, allowing for the substitution of magic for technology. If Wyn really did that, he'd be a rapist.

As it was, I think it was a typical ribald joke.

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Lady Shadowflame
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I took it as a joke, not something he had actually done.

Using charm spells to get sexual partners is in no way, shape or form more ethically acceptable than using Rohypnol to do the same. It's the same thing, allowing for the substitution of magic for technology. If Wyn really did that, he'd be a rapist.

As it was, I think it was a typical ribald joke.


The main reason I was uncertain was because they were discussing it as relevant to not getting eaten by a dragon. In which instance joking around a bit is one thing, but one would also wonder if there was some accuracy involved.

(And since charm spells make a person friendly, without actually giving full control over them, I do view it as a step down. Basically it's terribly unethical regardless of which spell is used, but some spells are worse than others in that regard. Dominate being worse than Charm, for instance. Though really, plenty of the spells in a bard's repertoire have potentially iffy uses. Glibness plus "If we don't get it on, the world will end!", anyone?)

Plus, of course, even jokes about that kind of thing can be a bit queasy-making...

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