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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 29 Jul 2010 :  19:50:07  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
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Originally posted by Barastir
Mrs. Cunningham, I was reading the old posts and found something about a graphic novel project.

Was it ever published, or was it cancelled?


It was published in December 2008. Dale Donovan dropped out of the project fairly early on, and I wrote the script with a lot of suggestion and feedback from Jim Lowder, the project editor.



"The Great Hunt" is a short story, not a novel. It was originally published in Dragon Magazine and reprinted in The Best of the Realms Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham. It was adapted into a graphic novel--a comic book--a little more than a year ago. Because the publisher, Devil's Due Publications, ran into some difficulties around them, I'm guessing that copies will be difficult to find.
Was it the novel where "The Great Hunt" was published? Is another of your stories there?

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Barastir
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Brazil
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Posted - 29 Jul 2010 :  21:12:51  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry, I wanted to say "Was it the GRAPHIC novel..."
And I wanted to know if there were other of your stories in this, or in other graphic novels... Excuse me if I couldn't make it clear!

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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."

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 29 Jul 2010 :  21:37:40  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

Sorry, I wanted to say "Was it the GRAPHIC novel..."
And I wanted to know if there were other of your stories in this, or in other graphic novels... Excuse me if I couldn't make it clear!



No. This was a 48-page book with two stories--one was my "The Great Hunt," the other was a Dragonlance story by Richard Knack. None of my other stories have been adapted to graphic novels.
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
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Posted - 30 Jul 2010 :  11:46:27  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
None of my other stories have been adapted to graphic novels.


It's a shame... But Mrs. Cunningham, do you see it as a possibility in the future? Have you enjoyed the experience? Well, if finding them is difficult, so wish me luck! What's the book's title, by the way?

"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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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 30 Jul 2010 :  23:40:14  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
None of my other stories have been adapted to graphic novels.


It's a shame... But Mrs. Cunningham, do you see it as a possibility in the future? Have you enjoyed the experience? Well, if finding them is difficult, so wish me luck! What's the book's title, by the way?


I don't know whether or not WotC plans to license any of their stories to a graphic novel publisher, but I CAN tell you that I probably wouldn't get involved in any such project again. For one thing, condensing a 7500-word story to 24 pages of art and dialogue is a LOT more work than you might think. I put a ridiculous amount of time and effort into the project.

The title is The Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons, Issue #7. It was published by November 2008 by Devil's Due. There's no other title. There are two different covers for this issue. One shows Arilyn backed up against a tree, fighting an orc wearing a horned helm. The other is a scene from Richard Knack's story, with two minotaurs wielding tridents. (Or possibly pitchforks.)

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khorne
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Posted - 31 Jul 2010 :  12:59:44  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mein gott, I must be blind. I only discovered that Serpent's daughter was in the works a few minutes ago, and I suffered a fan-gasm that almost made me croak! This is WONDERFUL news!!!

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Barastir
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Brazil
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Posted - 01 Aug 2010 :  06:41:05  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
I don't know whether or not WotC plans to license any of their stories to a graphic novel publisher, but I CAN tell you that I probably wouldn't get involved in any such project again. For one thing, condensing a 7500-word story to 24 pages of art and dialogue is a LOT more work than you might think. I put a ridiculous amount of time and effort into the project.

I had some idea about how hard was this, specially when you're condensing a previous work. Imagine condensing entire books... That's why I asked if you saw this perspective as possible in the future.

About the graphic novel's name, thank you. That's exactly what I wanted to know: what should I look for!

Besides, Mrs. Cunningham, one question occurred me when I read the last of your posts in the old thread: do you plan to answer some of the question left unanswered in the Swords & Songs series in The Serpent's Daughter?

"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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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 05 Aug 2010 :  15:21:09  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by khorne

Mein gott, I must be blind. I only discovered that Serpent's daughter was in the works a few minutes ago, and I suffered a fan-gasm that almost made me croak! This is WONDERFUL news!!!



Thanks! I'm pretty happy about it, too.
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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 05 Aug 2010 :  15:26:36  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir
....do you plan to answer some of the question left unanswered in the Swords & Songs series in The Serpent's Daughter?



Some questions will be answered, but the focus of the story is on Azariah rather than the fate of familiar characters.



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Barastir
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Brazil
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Posted - 06 Aug 2010 :  12:47:32  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
Some questions will be answered, but the focus of the story is on Azariah rather than the fate of familiar characters.


Thank you, Mrs. Cunningham.
Actually, I was thinking of answers that were beyond the fate of the characters. I just love Arilyn and Danilo, but since I know it's Azariah's novel, I was asking for the other loose ends... Like, for example, moonblades...

Oh, and I finished compiling the info about the blades, uniting them all in a document, but I couldn't read and organize it this far. I've been quite busy, those days!

"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)

Edited by - Barastir on 12 Aug 2010 15:07:40
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Foxhelm
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Canada
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Posted - 10 Aug 2010 :  18:02:30  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm just curious...

Have any of your characters learned of what Khelban has done with Rhymanthin, Hidden City of Hope (Mainly involved would be Elaith, Danilo, Arilyn and Bran)? What were their reaction and have any of the other then Elaith (who alignment would prevent entering) have been into the city since it's founding?


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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 15 Aug 2010 :  19:02:31  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

I'm just curious...

Have any of your characters learned of what Khelban has done with Rhymanthin, Hidden City of Hope (Mainly involved would be Elaith, Danilo, Arilyn and Bran)? What were their reaction and have any of the other then Elaith (who alignment would prevent entering) have been into the city since its founding?



In all candor, I've never given any thought to this. But I don't see that they'd have any pressing reason to go there.
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  16:53:13  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

I'm just curious...

Have any of your characters learned of what Khelban has done with Rhymanthin, Hidden City of Hope (Mainly involved would be Elaith, Danilo, Arilyn and Bran)? What were their reaction and have any of the other then Elaith (who alignment would prevent entering) have been into the city since its founding?



In all candor, I've never given any thought to this. But I don't see that they'd have any pressing reason to go there.



I was also curious of their reaction of Khelban and his death as well as what it was for. They would likely be able in time to find out about the death (Well, Danilo and Elaith might, given either closeness or knowledge of Khelban).

Just some questioning thoughts...

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  17:02:32  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

I was also curious of their reaction of Khelban and his death as well as what it was for. They would likely be able in time to find out about the death (Well, Danilo and Elaith might, given either closeness or knowledge of Khelban.



If asked, Danilo will toe the company line--noble sacrifice, greater good, yadda yadda--but in private he is exceedingly pissed off. Arilyn and Elaith are much less effected personally by Khelben's death than Dan is, but the circumstances surrounding it touch them rather closely. They did not know (until much later) about a dormant moonblade being melted down as a spell ingredient. If they did, they would have been exceedingly pissed off. They're both deeply traditional where moonblades are concerned.
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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  21:05:36  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know this is a stupid question, but what book was that in? I'm a bit behind on FR novels, I'm afraid. Aside from one or two authors, I have almost stopped reading after the Spellplague stuff. And even a little before that, to a degree. I guess I'm just not happy about the direction a lot of stories have taken because of it. I'd definitely read any more that you might put out, though! (Loved Evermeet, BTW!!)

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  21:46:41  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alystra Illianniis

I know this is a stupid question, but what book was that in? I'm a bit behind on FR novels, I'm afraid. Aside from one or two authors, I have almost stopped reading after the Spellplague stuff. And even a little before that, to a degree. I guess I'm just not happy about the direction a lot of stories have taken because of it. I'd definitely read any more that you might put out, though! (Loved Evermeet, BTW!!)

If you're asking about Khelben's death and the return of Rhymanthin, Hidden City of Hope, that's detailed in Steven Schend's Blackstaff.

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Barastir
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Posted - 20 Aug 2010 :  17:24:16  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After reading all the stories of the "Realms of Infamy" anthology, and choosing to save the best for the last (IMO), I've finally read The more things change.

Wonderful story, Mrs. Cunningham. However, considering the changes that came after the Spellplague, the future described in the end of the short story will not happen, am I right? In any way, it is a great reading!

"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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The Red Walker
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Posted - 22 Aug 2010 :  01:08:48  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like you can pre-order Winter Witch on Amazon.com, but it does not ship until Dec 7th

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Posted - 22 Aug 2010 :  12:52:18  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A question to you, Elaine, concerning another scroll:
How much elven blood is there in Danilo's veins? There is obviously enough to allow him to be spellsinger... but I'm wondering. Was the elf in his ancestry three generations back? Five? More?

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 22 Aug 2010 :  13:48:03  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

A question to you, Elaine, concerning another scroll:
How much elven blood is there in Danilo's veins? There is obviously enough to allow him to be spellsinger... but I'm wondering. Was the elf in his ancestry three generations back? Five? More?



I was thinking the elven in his blood comes from Khelben, which would mean Dan's full elven ancestor was one of Khelben's parents. But I can't remember right now how close Khelben's relation was to Danilo's mother.

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Thauramarth
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quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

A question to you, Elaine, concerning another scroll:
How much elven blood is there in Danilo's veins? There is obviously enough to allow him to be spellsinger... but I'm wondering. Was the elf in his ancestry three generations back? Five? More?



I was thinking the elven in his blood comes from Khelben, which would mean Dan's full elven ancestor was one of Khelben's parents. But I can't remember right now how close Khelben's relation was to Danilo's mother.



I'm not Elaine, of course, but based on the Grand History of the Realms and Steven Schend's postings on the old REALMS-L list, here's my best guess: Danilo is the son of Cassandra Thann (née Arunsun); she is the daughter of Zelphair Arunsun, as well as the sister of Khelben "the Younger" (who departed for greener pastures and is/was impersonated by THE Khelben). Zelphair was the son of Khelben the Elder (THE Khelben), whose father Arun Maedrym was a half-elf. so, the way I figure: between Danilo and his full elf ancestor, there's Cassandra-Zelphair-Khelben-Arun. Four generations.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 22 Aug 2010 :  17:00:27  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thauramarth

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

A question to you, Elaine, concerning another scroll:
How much elven blood is there in Danilo's veins? There is obviously enough to allow him to be spellsinger... but I'm wondering. Was the elf in his ancestry three generations back? Five? More?



I was thinking the elven in his blood comes from Khelben, which would mean Dan's full elven ancestor was one of Khelben's parents. But I can't remember right now how close Khelben's relation was to Danilo's mother.



I'm not Elaine, of course, but based on the Grand History of the Realms and Steven Schend's postings on the old REALMS-L list, here's my best guess: Danilo is the son of Cassandra Thann (née Arunsun); she is the daughter of Zelphair Arunsun, as well as the sister of Khelben "the Younger" (who departed for greener pastures and is/was impersonated by THE Khelben). Zelphair was the son of Khelben the Elder (THE Khelben), whose father Arun Maedrym was a half-elf. so, the way I figure: between Danilo and his full elf ancestor, there's Cassandra-Zelphair-Khelben-Arun. Four generations.



Thanks for fielding this one. That answers the generational question. As for spellsong, I don't believe a minimum standard for "elfishness" has been established. And since this is a second edition question, I think it's probably safe to say that the Realms has moved on and any answer we might come up with would no longer apply.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 22 Aug 2010 :  17:04:03  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

After reading all the stories of the "Realms of Infamy" anthology, and choosing to save the best for the last (IMO), I've finally read The more things change.

Wonderful story, Mrs. Cunningham. However, considering the changes that came after the Spellplague, the future described in the end of the short story will not happen, am I right? In any way, it is a great reading!



Glad to hear that you enjoyed Elaith's story. No, the ending does not substantially change. I'll have to check the old FR timelines to see what year was assigned to the final scene. If it was after 1384, then yes--that aspect will have to change. But if you assume that Azariah's meeting with Elaith and Arilyn took place before the Spellplague, it still works; in fact, in the prelude to The Serpent's Daughter--which takes place just prior to the Spellplague--Arilyn is referred to as Azariah's swordmaster.
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Barastir
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Brazil
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Posted - 23 Aug 2010 :  12:38:56  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
I'll have to check the old FR timelines to see what year was assigned to the final scene. If it was after 1384, then yes - that aspect will have to change.

Mrs. Cunningham,

according to the cronology you published in your site, the scene occurred circa 1890 DR. I believe this date must be canon, but considering it is estimated, and the dates are so close, probably an adjust could be easily made.

"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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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 23 Aug 2010 :  12:42:06  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
I'll have to check the old FR timelines to see what year was assigned to the final scene. If it was after 1384, then yes - that aspect will have to change.

Mrs. Cunningham,

according to the cronology you published in your site, the scene occurred circa 1390 DR. I believe this date must be canon, but considering it is estimated, and the dates are so close, probably an adjust could be easily made.



::nods:: It's the sort of thing easily ascribed to clerical error. And by "clerical" I mean clerk, not cleric. Just saying. ;)
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