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The Red Walker
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Posted - 18 Aug 2012 :  00:42:27  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

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Originally posted by The Red Walker

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Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Thanks for the kind words. I must admit, the thought makes me feel a tad ancient, as well.

It also makes me wonder, for the first time in years, what happened to all the notes I'd compiled on the elves of Toril. As part of the research for Evermeet, I gathered every scrap of information I could find, ranging from novels to game products and long out-of-print comic books. But in 1998 we moved from Maryland, where the book was written, to Rhode Island, and I never DID figure out what happened to those files.



Elaine, since the newest changes in the realms might allow for novels set in th past, present or future.......is it rude of me to ask this question : if you were approached by wotc to revisit Reclamtion, is that something that would interest you? And if so would you want to attempt something with any of your other wonderful characters, ie Mateo and Tsigone. I am thinking an answer from you my prevent many postings of similar questions for you!

I only ask as the possibility of revisiting old story lines came up at the Candlekeep seminar at GenCon and I was thinking about re-reading your realms novels when finish of the last John Carter novel this weekend.





It's not at all rude to ask; in fact, I appreciate the thought and am delighted that people are still interested in these tales.

That said, I'm really not comfortable speculating on what I would or wouldn't write in a hypothetical situation. Because as we all know, there ARE NO HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS on the internet. Many things that are said in speculation are repeated as fact. That could get awkward, and is best avoided.

I've been reading about the keynote presentation at Gen Con, the new Sundering story line, and the WotC's desire to return to a "classic Realms." They've got a great team in charge of this, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. Because regardless of what I do or don't write for the Realms in the future, it'll always be home.



I anticipated an answer along those lines.....but I had to ask

And though I was only able to spend a few hours at GenCon , I heard your name come up again and again. And more than a few were heard by some key "decision makers"

As long as I enjoy reading I cannot imagine forgetting your wonderful characters that live there.

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John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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The Hidden Lord
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Posted - 28 Aug 2012 :  01:22:31  Show Profile Send The Hidden Lord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Liriel Baenrae is an awesome character.

She's more badass than Catniss Everdeen.

She more complex (worst word choice I ever made) than that girl from the Twilight.

She's more gifted than the Harry Potter.

I think Liriel would be an amazing introduction to 'DnD' for many readers.

So I was wondering, and I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but,
Is there more to Liriels story?

And do you have any desire to tell it?


Word on the street is WotC is keeping their ear to the digital ground. If a fan-stravaganza is all that's required to get WotC to want it, I'm in.


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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 28 Aug 2012 :  01:53:17  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hidden Lord

Liriel Baenrae is an awesome character.

She's more badass than Catniss Everdeen.

She more complex (worst word choice I ever made) than that girl from the Twilight.

She's more gifted than the Harry Potter.

I think Liriel would be an amazing introduction to 'DnD' for many readers.

So I was wondering, and I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but,
Is there more to Liriels story?

And do you have any desire to tell it?



Thanks for the kind word. Glad to hear you've enjoyed Liriel's story.

At this point, there isn't more to Liriel's story--that is, if you're asking if there's a story in progress. But if the right opportunity arose and the stars aligned, I think it might be fun to catch up with Liriel.

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Kajehase
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Posted - 28 Aug 2012 :  08:22:29  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
(Apologies for not covering the upcoming spoilers, I'm assuming the trilogy has been out long enough that it's forgiveable.)

I dunno Elaine. So far she's lost any illusion she may have had that her father actually cared about her, when she found a friend/mentor in Skullport, he ended up in a fishing net beneath the water, then her lover dies just as her own quest is pretty much finished - so after a while she finds religion and becomes a priestess of Mystra, who dies...

I'll give you interesting, but I'm not sure how fun it'd be.

(And now I feel like giving her a hug. Despite knowing she's not real. Bugger!)

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Spencer
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Posted - 10 Sep 2012 :  02:06:52  Show Profile Send Spencer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another Liriel series would be amazing...
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Fellfire
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Posted - 10 Sep 2012 :  04:20:58  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd take the Spider's Kiss.

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"Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but.. blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me." - Bane The Dark Knight Rises

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TBeholder
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Posted - 11 Sep 2012 :  01:01:43  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hidden Lord

Liriel Baenrae is an awesome character.
She's more badass than Catniss Everdeen.
She more complex (worst word choice I ever made) than that girl from the Twilight.
She's more gifted than the Harry Potter.
If you mean she lights a good blip on a Sue-meter without actually being one... I strongly suspect any good story of a drow adventurer would be like this.
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Originally posted by Kajehase

I dunno Elaine. So far she's [...] (And now I feel like giving her a hug. Despite knowing she's not real. Bugger!)
...I also suspect that after the Certain Developments on deities any good story of a drow adventurer got to look like this even if not conjured by an emo-mancer.
On the other eyestalk, there's Gaeadrelle Goldring, who looks as if she was designed with the sole purpose of melting sue-meters down - also without actually being one. And wasn't too lucky in the end either.

Which reminds me a few questions to our favourite author, though mostly not Realms-related.
Did you like writing that Cloakmaster novel, both the Evermeet interlude and the much "crazier" wildspace setting? Would you like to - and did you ever plan to - write something else in this vein?
Also, what about that "crystal eye" magic ship weapon thingy - was this your idea (something that would make sense for bionoids to research?) or was this detail given to you?

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 11 Sep 2012 :  01:17:22  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder
[Did you like writing that Cloakmaster novel, both the Evermeet interlude and the much "crazier" wildspace setting?

It was fun, but chaotic.
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Would you like to - and did you ever plan to - write something else in this vein?

Honestly? I'd love to write a "Firefly" novel. Since that isn't likely to happen, creating my own space opera is a very tempting idea.
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Also, what about that "crystal eye" magic ship weapon thingy - was this your idea (something that would make sense for bionoids to research?) or was this detail given to you?


This was twenty years ago, and my memory on some details is a little fuzzy. but I'm fairly certain that the crystal eye was a TSR invention.

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 11 Sep 2012 01:22:01
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 11 Sep 2012 :  01:20:28  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Kajehase
I dunno Elaine. So far she's lost any illusion she may have had that her father actually cared about her, when she found a friend/mentor in Skullport, he ended up in a fishing net beneath the water, then her lover dies just as her own quest is pretty much finished - so after a while she finds religion and becomes a priestess of Mystra, who dies...

I'll give you interesting, but I'm not sure how fun it'd be.

(And now I feel like giving her a hug. Despite knowing she's not real. Bugger!)



She'll probably take that hug, but Liriel's greatest strength, imo, is her emotional resilience. I think she might surprise you. Hell, she'd probably surprise ME.
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Firestorm
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Posted - 07 Oct 2012 :  17:04:34  Show Profile Send Firestorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Elaine!!!!

For the record, my lady and I are having twin girls tomorrow! She is scheduled for induction! One of the names we picked was Lyriel! The other is Cadence.

She agreed on the name, but wanted to change the spelling so it looked more like "lyrical", giving them both musical names lol. A half victory as she wanted to avoid Fantasy character names like nothing else.

Gave them Japanese middle names to reflect on my heritage as well.


I noticed you mention you are not writing in 4e or 5e. I must be out of the loop, but what happened to the Serpent's daughter? I was looking forward to that almost as much as reclamation!!!
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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 10 Oct 2012 :  04:49:33  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry to bother you with so many questions (I also have questions about something, it seems), but I ordered Demihuman Deities, and it came today. It's for 2e, so it's kind of old, but as an elf lover, I am always hungry for information on the Seldarine. It has the drow pantheon too, of course, and as I was scanning the info on Eilistraee, the name Qilue and Elkantar caught my eye, and I felt a little pang in my chest. I get attached to characters easily, and though Elkantar was only a minor character, I fell in love with him instantly, and I was so sad when he died in Windwalker. I'm glad he was an Eilistraeen, so I assume he went to her realm, and that's some comfort, but it was still saddening. You had a way of making me care about him And Xxzorsh! Oh gods, I loved that elf! I almost cried when he died.
That statement was leading up to my question--well, questions. Have you read Lisa Smedman's Lady Penitnt? I enjoyed that series, but since joining this site, I've been hearing people saying it wasn't canon, at least as far as the drow becoming “dark elves” with brown skin and black hair goes, which, if that is true, would explain why it hasn’t been mentioned yet. What are your thoughts on this? Eilistraee died, but Corellon prevented her realm from being destroyed, so the souls were saved, and I presume that means Elkantar as well *crosses fingers*. If you haven’t read this trilogy, you do not have to answer, but I would just like to know you thoughts on what happened to the drow and their gods.

Again, sorry for all the questions!

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 10 Oct 2012 :  13:36:23  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Firestorm


Elaine!!!!

For the record, my lady and I are having twin girls tomorrow! She is scheduled for induction! One of the names we picked was Lyriel! The other is Cadence.

She agreed on the name, but wanted to change the spelling so it looked more like "lyrical", giving them both musical names lol. A half victory as she wanted to avoid Fantasy character names like nothing else.

Gave them Japanese middle names to reflect on my heritage as well.




Congratulations! Two daughters at once is an amazing blessing.

I fully understand your wife's desire to keep away from obvious fantasy names, but I'm honored by your choice. FWIW, the word "lyrical" was one of the components that went into Liriel's name. Also, it points back to Marion Zimmer Bradley's DARKOVER setting, which was my introduction to shared-world fantasy. The planet Darkover had an small, red sun and four moons. The brightest and loveliest of the four was Liriel. I liked the symbolism of a beautiful light in a dark and dangerous place.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 10 Oct 2012 :  14:01:17  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Sorry to bother you with so many questions (I also have questions about something, it seems), but I ordered Demihuman Deities, and it came today. It's for 2e, so it's kind of old, but as an elf lover, I am always hungry for information on the Seldarine. It has the drow pantheon too, of course, and as I was scanning the info on Eilistraee, the name Qilue and Elkantar caught my eye, and I felt a little pang in my chest. I get attached to characters easily, and though Elkantar was only a minor character, I fell in love with him instantly, and I was so sad when he died in Windwalker. I'm glad he was an Eilistraeen, so I assume he went to her realm, and that's some comfort, but it was still saddening. You had a way of making me care about him And Xxzorsh! Oh gods, I loved that elf! I almost cried when he died.


For what it's worth, I almost cried when I killed him. I loved Xxzorsh's passion for life and learning. In many ways, he was a reflection of Liriel--someone who loved magic and wanted more than his world offered.

quote:
That statement was leading up to my question--well, questions. Have you read Lisa Smedman's Lady Penitnt? I enjoyed that series, but since joining this site, I've been hearing people saying it wasn't canon, at least as far as the drow becoming “dark elves” with brown skin and black hair goes, which, if that is true, would explain why it hasn’t been mentioned yet. What are your thoughts on this? Eilistraee died, but Corellon prevented her realm from being destroyed, so the souls were saved, and I presume that means Elkantar as well *crosses fingers*. If you haven’t read this trilogy, you do not have to answer, but I would just like to know you thoughts on what happened to the drow and their gods.


I haven't read this series, no. I was saddened to hear of Eillistraee's death, but not surprised. The desire to minimize the concept of "good drow" is strong among certain Realms designers and writers. From a dramatic standpoint, this makes sense. The drow were designed to be monsters--dangerous, exotic, unknowable. Part of Drizzt's power is that he is a rare, almost unique exception to the evil of his people. When you start having butt neckid starlit dancing breaking out all over the forest, featuring moonlight-pale hair and cute little ebony tushies, it starts to dilute the ZOMG teh Ebil! perception of the drow. I might not like the 4E pull-back, but I do understand it.

I can only assume that the notion of good-aligned, brown-skinned "dark elves" is canon, in that everything WotC publishes is, by definition, canon. What will become of this concept in 5E remains to be seen. Perhaps it will continue as written in 4E, perhaps it will be revealed as a localized phenomenon, perhaps these dark-skinned elves will be absorbed into another race of elves. Forest elves is the most likely. There's a lot of color variation among forest elves, so expanding the pallet of skin and hair color makes sense. Drow have cultural, physical and magical differences that support their definition as a subset of elves, but if the "dark elves" are distinguished only by their skin color, that is a very small difference indeed. From my way of thinking, that makes them....elves. But it'll be interesting so see how this issue develops.

It makes perfect sense that Corellon would gather the souls of his daughter's faithful, so I suspect Elkantar's afterlife will continue to be everything his life merited.

quote:
Again, sorry for all the questions!



No need to apologize! If I didn't WANT to talk about the Realms, I wouldn't have this thread.

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 10 Oct 2012 14:05:30
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Kajehase
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Posted - 29 Oct 2012 :  23:52:49  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's hoping you stay as dry as possible.

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 30 Oct 2012 :  00:34:40  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Sorry to bother you with so many questions (I also have questions about something, it seems), but I ordered Demihuman Deities, and it came today. It's for 2e, so it's kind of old, but as an elf lover, I am always hungry for information on the Seldarine. It has the drow pantheon too, of course, and as I was scanning the info on Eilistraee, the name Qilue and Elkantar caught my eye, and I felt a little pang in my chest. I get attached to characters easily, and though Elkantar was only a minor character, I fell in love with him instantly, and I was so sad when he died in Windwalker. I'm glad he was an Eilistraeen, so I assume he went to her realm, and that's some comfort, but it was still saddening. You had a way of making me care about him And Xxzorsh! Oh gods, I loved that elf! I almost cried when he died.


For what it's worth, I almost cried when I killed him. I loved Xxzorsh's passion for life and learning. In many ways, he was a reflection of Liriel--someone who loved magic and wanted more than his world offered.

quote:
That statement was leading up to my question--well, questions. Have you read Lisa Smedman's Lady Penitnt? I enjoyed that series, but since joining this site, I've been hearing people saying it wasn't canon, at least as far as the drow becoming �dark elves� with brown skin and black hair goes, which, if that is true, would explain why it hasn�t been mentioned yet. What are your thoughts on this? Eilistraee died, but Corellon prevented her realm from being destroyed, so the souls were saved, and I presume that means Elkantar as well *crosses fingers*. If you haven�t read this trilogy, you do not have to answer, but I would just like to know you thoughts on what happened to the drow and their gods.


I haven't read this series, no. I was saddened to hear of Eillistraee's death, but not surprised. The desire to minimize the concept of "good drow" is strong among certain Realms designers and writers. From a dramatic standpoint, this makes sense. The drow were designed to be monsters--dangerous, exotic, unknowable. Part of Drizzt's power is that he is a rare, almost unique exception to the evil of his people. When you start having butt neckid starlit dancing breaking out all over the forest, featuring moonlight-pale hair and cute little ebony tushies, it starts to dilute the ZOMG teh Ebil! perception of the drow. I might not like the 4E pull-back, but I do understand it.

I can only assume that the notion of good-aligned, brown-skinned "dark elves" is canon, in that everything WotC publishes is, by definition, canon. What will become of this concept in 5E remains to be seen. Perhaps it will continue as written in 4E, perhaps it will be revealed as a localized phenomenon, perhaps these dark-skinned elves will be absorbed into another race of elves. Forest elves is the most likely. There's a lot of color variation among forest elves, so expanding the pallet of skin and hair color makes sense. Drow have cultural, physical and magical differences that support their definition as a subset of elves, but if the "dark elves" are distinguished only by their skin color, that is a very small difference indeed. From my way of thinking, that makes them....elves. But it'll be interesting so see how this issue develops.

It makes perfect sense that Corellon would gather the souls of his daughter's faithful, so I suspect Elkantar's afterlife will continue to be everything his life merited.

quote:
Again, sorry for all the questions!



No need to apologize! If I didn't WANT to talk about the Realms, I wouldn't have this thread.



Huh, *scratches head* thought I subscribed to this thread, but I wasn't notified of your response, so that is why my reply is late.

Aww, well that shows that even writers get attached to their characters I know I do. The death of Xxzorsh saddened my friends who have read the books too, so it shows you did a good job in making us care about him.

Oh, being absorbed by the forest elves is an interesting concept I hadn't thought of. Maybe they'll eventually "blend in". The terms dark elf and drow are often used interchangeably, so it would be interesting to see if that changes too. I think the "transformation" was supposed to bring them to pre-Descent times (there have actually been some lengthy--and somewhat heated--threads discussing this very thing. A lot of people--myself included--want to know the results. A lot of people--again myself included--want E (and even Vhaeraun) back. They stood for a lot, and I like the different "choices" they gave the drow, rather than have it be Lolth or nothing.

The concept of the change be regional is interesting too. Maybe it will only affect those around the Promenade? Hmmm...though it sounded like it hit a larger area.

I'm glad you think so I only knew a little about Elkantar, but I cared about him as soon as I read about him. I'm one of those people that takes some comfort in characters having a good afterlife to go to (which is why I love Arvandor). Even though their death saddens me, knowing they've gone to a good place helps. I know they're fictional, but I still get very attached. Elkantar definitely deserves a good afterlife ^^ (as does Xxzorsh haha). Eilistraee's realm was kind of part of Arvandor too wasn't it? Not directly, but wasn't there a portal or something that connecting the two, or were they entirely separate?

Also, a friend of mine recently read Starlight and Shadows, and she was confused about the sea elves having lost their magic. She thought it contrasted with what was said in Evermeet. I couldn't really answer her because it's been years since I've read either one, but how did the sea elves lose their magic?

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 13 Nov 2012 :  00:42:23  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by CorellonsDevout
Huh, *scratches head* thought I subscribed to this thread, but I wasn't notified of your response, so that is why my reply is late.


I *know* I subscribed to this thread, but I didn't get a notification, either.

quote:
Eilistraee's realm was kind of part of Arvandor too wasn't it? Not directly, but wasn't there a portal or something that connecting the two, or were they entirely separate?


If memory serves, Eilistraee's realm was part of Arvandor.

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Also, a friend of mine recently read Starlight and Shadows, and she was confused about the sea elves having lost their magic. She thought it contrasted with what was said in Evermeet. I couldn't really answer her because it's been years since I've read either one, but how did the sea elves lose their magic?



I don't recall ever reading an explanation of why sea elves have no magic. Since I don't have my 1-3.5 edition source books (I lost thousands of books in a freak spring flood a couple of years back), I can't look up the original source.

It'll be interesting to see what changes, if any, 5th edition brings to the sea elves.

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ElaineCunningham
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quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

Here's hoping you stay as dry as possible.



Sorry I took so long to respond--for some reason, I haven't been getting notifications.

We got through Hurricane Sandy just fine. Thanks for asking!

We live in Rhode Island, a couple of blocks off the Narragansett Bay. We were very fortunate in that the expected storm surge didn't happen. Southern RI got hammered--buildings swept away, beaches disappeared, lots of flooding--but other than losing power for a day, we had no problems. We also got off easy on the nor'easter that follow Hurricane Sandy--some nasty wind and slushy, icy driving conditions, but no damage.

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CorellonsDevout
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Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout
Huh, *scratches head* thought I subscribed to this thread, but I wasn't notified of your response, so that is why my reply is late.


I *know* I subscribed to this thread, but I didn't get a notification, either.

quote:
Eilistraee's realm was kind of part of Arvandor too wasn't it? Not directly, but wasn't there a portal or something that connecting the two, or were they entirely separate?


If memory serves, Eilistraee's realm was part of Arvandor.

quote:
Also, a friend of mine recently read Starlight and Shadows, and she was confused about the sea elves having lost their magic. She thought it contrasted with what was said in Evermeet. I couldn't really answer her because it's been years since I've read either one, but how did the sea elves lose their magic?



I don't recall ever reading an explanation of why sea elves have no magic. Since I don't have my 1-3.5 edition source books (I lost thousands of books in a freak spring flood a couple of years back), I can't look up the original source.

It'll be interesting to see what changes, if any, 5th edition brings to the sea elves.



I think maybe it was because I had subscribed to "Elves, A Single Thread" and had originally asked the question there.

I remember it being part of Arvandor, or at least being close by, so it likely wasn't too much of a switch.

It will indeed be interesting to see what 5e holds for the sea elves. The only other series I've read aside from Starlight and Shadows that features them was Mel Odom's Threat from the Sea. And that's too bad you lost so much in a flood.

And I'm glad you're safe now!

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Barastir
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CorellonsDevout, I recall reading somewhere that sea elves lost their magic to the dark elves. The lore stating that aquatic elves couldn't cast spells was in their Monster Compendium entry in one of the FR Compendiums, and IIRC in Evermeet: Island of the Elves (a wonderful book and a huge reference to all things elven) Mrs. Cunningham gives us the story of the events that bring back magical power to the Alu-Tel'Quessir. About the legend itself, I suggest you to ask Lord Karsus.

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fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)

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TBeholder
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quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

CorellonsDevout, I recall reading somewhere that sea elves lost their magic to the dark elves.
IIRC there was a short story where a wemic told elves a fairy tale, contaminating what looks like a story of Akhlaur with something else.
Either way, at least Serosian sea elves were no less magically active than their surface kin - they got a mythal-wrapped city, etc.

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Kajehase
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Here's hoping you stay as dry as possible.



Sorry I took so long to respond--for some reason, I haven't been getting notifications.

We got through Hurricane Sandy just fine. Thanks for asking!

We live in Rhode Island, a couple of blocks off the Narragansett Bay. We were very fortunate in that the expected storm surge didn't happen. Southern RI got hammered--buildings swept away, beaches disappeared, lots of flooding--but other than losing power for a day, we had no problems. We also got off easy on the nor'easter that follow Hurricane Sandy--some nasty wind and slushy, icy driving conditions, but no damage.



Good to hear you and your family got through it allright. Considering the damage a slightly-bigger-than-normal autumn storm did over here a few years back I got a bit worried when a big darn hurricane was sweeping in on people I talk to on a regular basis.

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ElaineCunningham
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CorellonsDevout, I recall reading somewhere that sea elves lost their magic to the dark elves.
IIRC there was a short story where a wemic told elves a fairy tale, contaminating what looks like a story of Akhlaur with something else.
Either way, at least Serosian sea elves were no less magically active than their surface kin - they got a mythal-wrapped city, etc.



Yes, I seem to recall that story. Those wemics--always making trouble.

I would never attempt to claim that ALL sea elves in ALL editions of D&D over the entire period of Realms history have been devoid of magic. But for reasons I no longer recall, it made sense to assume that the sea elven culture of which Xzorsh was a part did not have an active magical tradition. That they were CAPABLE of magic is proven by Xzorsh's fledgling magical aptitude.
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CorellonsDevout
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CorellonsDevout, I recall reading somewhere that sea elves lost their magic to the dark elves. The lore stating that aquatic elves couldn't cast spells was in their Monster Compendium entry in one of the FR Compendiums, and IIRC in Evermeet: Island of the Elves (a wonderful book and a huge reference to all things elven) Mrs. Cunningham gives us the story of the events that bring back magical power to the Alu-Tel'Quessir. About the legend itself, I suggest you to ask Lord Karsus.



I've read Evermeet, and it remains one of my all time favorite FR novels, but it has been several years since I read it, as well as Starlight and Shadows. My friend had recently finished Starlight and Shadows, and she had Evermeet too, so she was confused about the sea elves and their magic, and it had been too long since I'd read either book for her to answer. That's why I was asking.

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Barastir
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I've read Evermeet, and it remains one of my all time favorite FR novels, but it has been several years since I read it, as well as Starlight and Shadows. My friend had recently finished Starlight and Shadows, and she had Evermeet too, so she was confused about the sea elves and their magic, and it had been too long since I'd read either book for her to answer. That's why I was asking.


I've read Evermeet long ago, but I read it again this year, so my memory is fresh. It doesn't explain why the sea elves lost their magic, IIRC, but there is a story in which another elf - a moon elf, I think - is transformed into a sea elf, and starts teaching magic to the Alu-Tel'Quessir. Later, her husband marries another elven woman, and she sacrifices herself to attack a huge sea beast that attacked their bridal ship. IIRC, that's when Evermeet stablishes their alliance with the sea creatures around.

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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CorellonsDevout
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Ah yes, I remember that sea elf, but I didn't remember her teaching magic to the other sea elves.

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