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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 20 Oct 2014 :  19:12:30  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

I don't think Elaith will kill you. You are his biggest proponent. Can you confirm or deny the existence of such a compound and give me the source in which it was mentioned? A short story IIRC and not one of my favorite novels, by that I mean not Songs and Swords or the Harpers



Offhand, I don't remember which story mentioned this ring. But yes, I have no doubt that such compounds exists.
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Duneth Despana
Learned Scribe

Belgium
243 Posts

Posted - 20 Oct 2014 :  20:00:36  Show Profile Send Duneth Despana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd


Don't want to clutter Elaine's thread to much maybe take further questions to other scroll?


You're right. I'm sorry. http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3803&whichpage=42

« There is no overriding « epic » in the Realms, but rather a large number of stories, adventures, and encounters going on all the time. [...]. Each creative mind adds to the base, creating, defining, and making their contribution to the rich diversity of the Realms. [...]. But Ed built the stage upon which all the plays are presented. Thanks Ed. » -FR Comic no.1
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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
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Posted - 25 Oct 2014 :  17:12:31  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Elaine,

I have a couple of questions about Elfsong.

In the novel, pages 1-6, we see Garnet meeting with Grimnosh. I'm guessing this is late in 1363, as page 6 says "twice the moon waxed and waned" and then talks about spring, and the rest of the book takes place in 1364 DR.

My questions:

1) Did Grimnosh already have the harp or did Garnet ask him to go get it? I think page 3-4 suggest he already had it in is hoard, but I couldn't quite figure that out.

2) On page 57, Elaith is tracking some great treasure to Taskerleigh, but it's gone. Was he tracking the Morninglark?

3) Assuming Grimnosh already had the harp when Garnet comes to talk to him, then when did he acquire the harp? Was it simply by chance earlier that summer in 1363 DR (meaning Taskerleigh had been destroyed for about 9 months when Elaith's band arrives) or was it much longer? If longer, how much longer?

Thanks,

--Eric, who's working on a timeline for the High Forest

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http://www.ericlboyd.com/dnd/
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 26 Oct 2014 :  23:35:52  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

Hi Elaine,

I have a couple of questions about Elfsong.

In the novel, pages 1-6, we see Garnet meeting with Grimnosh. I'm guessing this is late in 1363, as page 6 says "twice the moon waxed and waned" and then talks about spring, and the rest of the book takes place in 1364 DR.

My questions:

1) Did Grimnosh already have the harp or did Garnet ask him to go get it? I think page 3-4 suggest he already had it in is hoard, but I couldn't quite figure that out.


Grimnosh already had the harp. He got it from the village of Taskerleigh, after killed all but one of the villagers with his breath weapon.

quote:
[2) On page 57, Elaith is tracking some great treasure to Taskerleigh, but it's gone. Was he tracking the Morninglark?


Yes.

quote:
3) Assuming Grimnosh already had the harp when Garnet comes to talk to him, then when did he acquire the harp? Was it simply by chance earlier that summer in 1363 DR (meaning Taskerleigh had been destroyed for about 9 months when Elaith's band arrives) or was it much longer? If longer, how much longer?


Nine months sounds about right.

I'd love to see that timeline, when and if you're ready to share!

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 26 Oct 2014 23:37:01
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 27 Oct 2014 :  02:47:12  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lots of things to share soon, Elaine. Lots.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 27 Oct 2014 :  03:58:27  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Lots of things to share soon, Elaine. Lots.

-- George Krashos
Sometimes I wish we could 'Like' a post the way we do on Facebook.


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

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Xnella Moonblade-Thann
Learned Scribe

USA
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Posted - 10 Nov 2014 :  20:24:52  Show Profile Send Xnella Moonblade-Thann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Lots of things to share soon, Elaine. Lots.

-- George Krashos
Sometimes I wish we could 'Like' a post the way we do on Facebook.




Maybe a feature on the 2.0 Candlekeep forums?

"Sweet water and light laughter until next we meet." - traditional elven farewell

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 11 Nov 2014 :  00:54:55  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I doubt it will hit Candlekeep. Something a tad more "official" would be better.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus

Edited by - George Krashos on 11 Nov 2014 00:56:02
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 11 Nov 2014 :  15:57:51  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think that was in-response to my suggestion of a 'like button', Krash.

However, I whole-heartedly agree with you - I think CK may have run its curse. 2.0 missed its window of opportunity to shine (there will be another, IF there is going to be a 5e FR campaign guide - tying a new version of CK to that release could work).

But we need something new and fresh - this place has become too much like a museum. A clunky circa 2000 web interface isn't going to get kids today (new players) very excited. A place lead by someone who has a positive outlook, who likes to talk and people will hang on the edge of their seats listening to. Not me of course... I simply don' have the beard for it.

And now I just realized this was Elaine's thread. Hmmmmm... need a good question...

Question: This has probably been asked before, but what is Elaith Craulnober's take on drow? Taken individually, universally hated, or he just doesn't care anymore? (considering his own abandonment of his 'elfness')

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


Edited by - Markustay on 11 Nov 2014 15:58:45
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

2235 Posts

Posted - 11 Nov 2014 :  22:58:58  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Question: This has probably been asked before, but what is Elaith Craulnober's take on drow? Taken individually, universally hated, or he just doesn't care anymore? (considering his own abandonment of his 'elfness')



Elaith does not like drow. He harbors the usual deep-seated elven fear/hatred of them, intensified by the fact that his family was wiped out by dark elves. Also, there's the whole dark mirror issue, and the fact that drow tactics and mores are a little too close to his own for comfort.
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Duneth Despana
Learned Scribe

Belgium
243 Posts

Posted - 29 Nov 2014 :  18:55:25  Show Profile Send Duneth Despana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In the Dream Spheres the phrase "The strength of Corellon, the beauty of Hanali, the joy of Aerali" is used. Who's Aerali? Thank you in advance ^_^

« There is no overriding « epic » in the Realms, but rather a large number of stories, adventures, and encounters going on all the time. [...]. Each creative mind adds to the base, creating, defining, and making their contribution to the rich diversity of the Realms. [...]. But Ed built the stage upon which all the plays are presented. Thanks Ed. » -FR Comic no.1

Edited by - Duneth Despana on 29 Nov 2014 18:55:56
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Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
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Posted - 30 Nov 2014 :  18:17:30  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Duneth Despana

In the Dream Spheres the phrase "The strength of Corellon, the beauty of Hanali, the joy of Aerali" is used. Who's Aerali? Thank you in advance ^_^



"A minor member of the Seldarine" would be a safe bet.

SiNafay Vrinn, the daughter of Lloth, from Ched Nasad!

http://zireael07.wordpress.com/
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 30 Nov 2014 :  23:52:05  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If memory serves, this is a misspelling o Aerdrie Faenya, lady of air and wind. Here's a clip from a FR wiki page:

quote:
In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, Aerdrie Faenya is the elven goddess of Air, Weather, Freedom, Impulse, Fertility, and Birds. Aerdrie appears to be a tall, elven woman with feathered hair and eyebrows. A pair of large bird-like wings, with feathers that constantly change color, sprout from her back. The lower half of her body vanishes into a misty whirlwind, so that she never appears to touch the ground.[6] Her symbol is a cloud with a bird silhouette.[7] Aerdrie's realm, a floating palace called the Aerie, shifts across the border between Arborea and Ysgard; sometimes it is found in Arvandor and sometimes in Alfheim.

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 30 Nov 2014 23:53:25
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Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
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Posted - 29 Dec 2014 :  10:56:57  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
If memory serves, this is a misspelling o Aerdrie Faenya, lady of air and wind.


You could always say it's an alias, just like Mielikki had a 2e alias of Khalreshaar.

SiNafay Vrinn, the daughter of Lloth, from Ched Nasad!

http://zireael07.wordpress.com/
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TBeholder
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 29 Dec 2014 :  14:03:14  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
... Or an aspect, whether separate or contextual. Or not even name as such, but title.
After all, elves say "Arvanaith" instead of "Arvandor" in a slightly different context/meaning, which refers to the same (and they know it).
If humans may venerate e.g. Kossuth in context "fire as a fundamental element", "flame as a boon and foundation of civilized life", "purifying flame" or "fiery destruction", why elves can't be inclined toward veneration of the same deity as "Winged Mother", "Bringer of Rain and Storm" or "Lady of Air and Wind"?
Either way, Chaotic powers are not very inclined to see different sects referring them by slightly different names as a big deal, if Tempus/Tempos and Lolth/Lloth are any examples.

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
It's not good, Eric. It's a gazebo. -Ed Whitchurch
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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  15:29:04  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In my last query about Tincheron, you mentioned his daughter, Neesha, I think. Can you tell us anymore about her? I seem to recall a sample chapter from TSD where she was mentioned. I can't recall was that excerp here? How much did she feature in that novel?

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"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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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  15:40:26  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

In my last query about Tincheron, you mentioned his daughter, Neesha, I think. Can you tell us anymore about her? I seem to recall a sample chapter from TSD where she was mentioned. I can't recall was that excerp here? How much did she feature in that novel?



Yes, that excerpt is in the FR Novels forum, in a thread entitled "A birthday gift for long-time Realms readers." It has been a while since it was posted, so I believe it's on the second page. There's also a chapter 3 posted from the same novel, which, in a fit of whimsy, I titled "Chapter 3."

Neesha appears in the first chapter. She's rescued by Elaith and the elves of the Wealdath from a band of orcs who are holding her hostage to ensure safe passage through elven lands. And yes, she played a significant role in the novel.
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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  15:56:05  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
*sigh* I just reread those chapters. I knew some were posted here, but I thought I remembered reading another one from your webpage way back when. They are better than I remember. I know many, myself inclded, have said this before, but your quill is dearly missed in these here Realms. Can you add any details regarding Neesha?

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"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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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  16:02:51  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

*sigh* I just reread those chapters. I knew some were posted here, but I thought I remembered reading another one from your webpage way back when. They are better than I remember. I know many, myself inclded, have said this before, but your quill is dearly missed in these here Realms. Can you add any details regarding Neesha?



Thanks for the kind words, Fellfire. I did another pass before posting these chapters here, and I think they benefitted from it.

Unfortunately, I can't add a lot of detail about Neesha without revealing key plot points. I'm very hesitant to do that, since the novel isn't finished and I'm pretty sure that If I ever DID finish it, it would take some unexpected turns. But I think it's save to say that Neesha's SECOND rescue falls to Azariah...
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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  16:13:53  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No, thank you. Now a couple more questions,if I may. One I think you might answer, the other I'm sure you will not, but I've got to try. First, Danilo's gift of the book of riddles, were you familiar with the two Treasure Hunt books that were very much like this IRL? I have the first one, where the hidden items were little jeweleries,studded with precious gems, worth quite a boatload, in the shape of grasshoppers and butterflies and the like. I had that book, but could never figure out the riddles. The artwork was beautiful. Just wondered if you drew inspiration from those. And secondly, the half-elf cabin-boy Azariah rescues in Ch. 3. He is describes as having a jutting lower canine, incisor, tusk? My first thought was half-orc?

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"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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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  16:19:56  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

First, Danilo's gift of the book of riddles, were you familiar with the two Treasure Hunt books that were very much like this IRL? I have the first one, where the hidden items were little jeweleries,studded with precious gems, worth quite a boatload, in the shape of grasshoppers and butterflies and the like. I had that book, but could never figure out the riddles. The artwork was beautiful. Just wondered if you drew inspiration from those.


No, this wasn't the basic for the riddle book. Now that you mention it, I do have a faint memory of seeing a book like the one you described, but Danilo's book was more prosaic. It's just as described--a book of little tales and anecdotes, none of which are obviously treasure-related riddles.

quote:
And secondly, the half-elf cabin-boy Azariah rescues in Ch. 3. He is describes as having a jutting lower canine, incisor, tusk? My first thought was half-orc?



Yes. Connor is half-orc, half-elven, but he considers himself to be human, as to his way of thinking, that's halfway between orc and elf. He becomes Azariah's most trusted lieutenant.


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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  16:24:53  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most excellent. Thanks, as always, for your reply. Though the contest/treasure hunt is long over the books remain beautiful and the riddles challenging, to say the least.

Wow! I did not expect a confirmation on that second question. Awesome

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham



I'm very tempted to finish and post the next scene in this chapter, which gives a glimpse into Elaith's post-dragon-attack fate.



Should the itch return, please scratch it.

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"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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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Jan 2015 :  16:31:03  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
“Of a sort. The tales contain riddles, and each one leads to a cache of coins and magical items hidden throughout the Northlands. You are skilled in the solving of puzzles, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them, if the need arises.”


This is what prompted my query.

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"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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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
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Posted - 29 Jan 2015 :  17:59:58  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.

Brian R. James - Freelance Game Designer

Follow me on Twitter @brianrjames, and please be sure to check out the RED AEGIS Roleplaying Game
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 29 Jan 2015 :  18:36:05  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Hello Elaine.

Any chance you'll be attending GEN CON this summer? The theme of this year’s Candlekeep Presents seminar is Women of the Realms, and it would be an honor to have you as a guest.



Hi, Brian. I'd really hoped to attend Gen Con this summer, but it looks as if I'll have to shoot for next year.
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