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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
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Posted - 24 Aug 2010 :  11:37:57  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham
And by "clerical" I mean clerk, not cleric. Just saying. ;)


Got it from the context, Mrs. Cunningham. But who knows, a cleric with a miSPELLed "augury" could also make the same mistake...

"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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Icelander
Master of Realmslore

1229 Posts

Posted - 31 Aug 2010 :  20:21:50  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings and salutations, Loremistress.

Has the character Hasheth Balik appeared anywhere in novels or other canon Realmslore set after the date of the Cloak & Dagger sourcebook (1370 DR)? Does he yet live in the (to me) current world of the 1370s DR? Is there anything you can relate about his future, his allies or his enemies?

I was wondering whether it would conflict with any canon to have him be travelling on business to the Vilhon Reach in early 1373 DR. Of course, that's not to say that I will necessarily not use him if it does conflict with canon, but it's good to know these things before making a decision.

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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

2291 Posts

Posted - 01 Sep 2010 :  20:02:14  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Icelander

Greetings and salutations, Loremistress.

Has the character Hasheth Balik appeared anywhere in novels or other canon Realmslore set after the date of the Cloak & Dagger sourcebook (1370 DR)? Does he yet live in the (to me) current world of the 1370s DR? Is there anything you can relate about his future, his allies or his enemies?

I was wondering whether it would conflict with any canon to have him be travelling on business to the Vilhon Reach in early 1373 DR. Of course, that's not to say that I will necessarily not use him if it does conflict with canon, but it's good to know these things before making a decision.



Hi, Icelander. To the best of my knowledge, Hasheth appears only in my stories and "Cloak & Dagger." There is no reason why he could not be in the Vilhon Reach in 1373 DR. :)
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Icelander
Master of Realmslore

1229 Posts

Posted - 01 Sep 2010 :  23:50:35  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Hi, Icelander. To the best of my knowledge, Hasheth appears only in my stories and "Cloak & Dagger." There is no reason why he could not be in the Vilhon Reach in 1373 DR. :)


Smashing, baby!

Thank you very much for your prompt answer.

You wouldn't happen to be privy to anything about Helanna Darkstorm's 'origins' or where in Chondath this mysterious timber and ore merchant is supposed to have plyed her trade before her ascension to the Shield Council?

Or is that question better directed to another loremaster? Eric Boyd? Sean K. Reynolds? Sean Schend?

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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 02 Sep 2010 :  00:41:50  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Icelander

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Hi, Icelander. To the best of my knowledge, Hasheth appears only in my stories and "Cloak & Dagger." There is no reason why he could not be in the Vilhon Reach in 1373 DR. :)


Smashing, baby!

Thank you very much for your prompt answer.

You wouldn't happen to be privy to anything about Helanna Darkstorm's 'origins' or where in Chondath this mysterious timber and ore merchant is supposed to have plyed her trade before her ascension to the Shield Council?

Or is that question better directed to another loremaster? Eric Boyd? Sean K. Reynolds? Sean Schend?



That would be Stephen Schend's area of expertise. He was the primary developer on the "Cloak & Dagger" game product.
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
1412 Posts

Posted - 08 Sep 2010 :  12:02:00  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just ordered "The Dream Spheres", and it will arrive in "up to 42 business days". I can't wait, this is the only "Songs & Swords" book I still haven't read - even if it's not a favorite of Mrs. Cunningham. Besides, my Realms Campaign is run in 1368 DR Waterdeep and its surroundings.

"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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Dennis
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Posted - 14 Sep 2010 :  01:40:07  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Hi, Elaine!

I'm rereading The Magehound. I noticed that the Halruaan wizards specialized in a school or type of magic (divination, conjuration, necromancy, etc...), while their ancestors, the fallen Netherese, pursued wizardry without specialization. I also reread Troy Denning's The Netheril Trilogy, and found nothing that pointed out or even hinted that the Neths indeed practiced magic- specialization. But I might be wrong in this. Which leads me to my question: Did the Halruaan wizards simply follow their ancestors in the practice of magic- specialization (and that Troy simply opted to leave such practice unsaid in his books)? Did they adopt it from the Red Wizards of Thay (who also adopted it from the Imaskari)? Or did they simply practice it without reference to any race as they saw it fit to run their nation?

Also, I am quite (strangely) intrigued by the laraken. I wonder, is there any spell (other than silverfire) or type of magic that it could not absorb, or that if it would absorb, would cause its demise? Spellfire perhaps? Or the phaerimm's version of the silverfire? Or Shadow Weave-based spells? Morever, is it vulnerable to the psionic power of illithids and aboleths?


Every beginning has an end.

Edited by - Dennis on 14 Sep 2010 02:03:44
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

2291 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2010 :  13:42:00  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dennis


I'm rereading The Magehound. I noticed that the Halruaan wizards specialized in a school or type of magic (divination, conjuration, necromancy, etc...), while their ancestors, the fallen Netherese, pursued wizardry without specialization. I also reread Troy Denning's The Netheril Trilogy, and found nothing that pointed out or even hinted that the Neths indeed practiced magic- specialization. But I might be wrong in this. Which leads me to my question: Did the Halruaan wizards simply follow their ancestors in the practice of magic- specialization (and that Troy simply opted to leave such practice unsaid in his books)? Did they adopt it from the Red Wizards of Thay (who also adopted it from the Imaskari)? Or did they simply practice it without reference to any race as they saw it fit to run their nation?


The magical specialization of Halruaan wizards was a matter of canon, not something I created for the Counselors & Kings trilogy. That said, when you're writing in an area, you have to figure out WHY things are as they are. To my way of thinking, the various schools of magic developed as part of the culture without reference to Thay or any other magic-using culture. In a society where magic is rare, a generalist wizard would be a figure of enormous power. But when magic is as wide spread and such an important part of a culture as in Halruaa, specialization is a natural progression. It's a bit like the difference between a country doctor and the physicians at a world-renowned medical research facility.

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Also, I am quite (strangely) intrigued by the laraken. I wonder, is there any spell (other than silverfire) or type of magic that it could not absorb, or that if it would absorb, would cause its demise? Spellfire perhaps? Or the phaerimm's version of the silverfire? Or Shadow Weave-based spells? Morever, is it vulnerable to the psionic power of illithids and aboleths?



The laraken is a highly problematic monster. It does not exist in current Realms time, but if by some chance a spawn crawled out of the remnants of the Halruaan jungle, it could be dispatched with magic from the Shadow Weave. Illithids and aboleths is an interesting idea. I suspect that Halruaa's wizards considered that solution at some point, but decided that would be tantamount to asking a weasel to kill the fox in the chicken coop. Assuming illithids and/or aboleths COULD destroy the laraken, you'd still be left with illithids and/or aboleths.
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Dennis
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9933 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2010 :  07:01:46  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Thanks, Elaine. I figured as much. I browsed some pages of the Netheril boxed set and found out that the ancient Neths actually had only 3 specialization, all of which different from those used by the Halruaans.


Every beginning has an end.
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Katra
Acolyte

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2010 :  02:05:59  Show Profile  Visit Katra's Homepage Send Katra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mrs. Cunningham I was rereading Windwalker and When Sharlarra helped Fyodor and Lyriel out of the sewers of Undermountain the inn she was at was run by Durham. Was that supposed to be Durnan of the Yawning Portal or is this another entrance to Undermountain with a proprietor of a similar name?

Also thenk you for the enjoyment I have recieved reading your books over the years.
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Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
1190 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2010 :  09:50:40  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Katra

Mrs. Cunningham I was rereading Windwalker and When Sharlarra helped Fyodor and Lyriel out of the sewers of Undermountain the inn she was at was run by Durham. Was that supposed to be Durnan of the Yawning Portal or is this another entrance to Undermountain with a proprietor of a similar name?

Also thenk you for the enjoyment I have recieved reading your books over the years.



I thought it was Durnan. At least I'm almost sure it read Durnan in my Polish edition.

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Katra
Acolyte

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2010 :  13:48:43  Show Profile  Visit Katra's Homepage Send Katra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

I thought it was Durnan. At least I'm almost sure it read Durnan in my Polish edition.



My current copy is a 3rd printing US copy

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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

2291 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2010 :  14:21:45  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Katra

quote:
Originally posted by Zireael

I thought it was Durnan. At least I'm almost sure it read Durnan in my Polish edition.



My current copy is a 3rd printing US copy




Yes, it should have been Durnan. Every now and then a typo managed to sneak past me, the editor, the copyeditor, and the proofreader.
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Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
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Posted - 24 Sep 2010 :  16:47:34  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I remembered a discussion in the Polish forum, so I would like to ask here: what is known about the mythal cloaking Evermeet? What would be its properties around 1372 RD?
Your novels indicate there is one, the Elves of Evermeet sourcebook mentions only powerful magic/warding with no details...

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Katra
Acolyte

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2010 :  23:33:13  Show Profile  Visit Katra's Homepage Send Katra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham


Yes, it should have been Durnan. Every now and then a typo managed to sneak past me, the editor, the copyeditor, and the proofreader.



Thank you
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sfdragon
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2068 Posts

Posted - 02 Oct 2010 :  21:07:41  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a new motto... its ask lots of questions....

I need advice, can you give me advice on how to bring readers closer to my characters???

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


My FR fan fiction
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

2291 Posts

Posted - 02 Oct 2010 :  22:38:03  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sfdragon


I need advice, can you give me advice on how to bring readers closer to my characters???



Make sure your characters WANT something. Desire leads to action (or should), which catches the readers' attention. Readers want to know what happens next, and ultimately, whether the characters get what they want (and/or what they deserve.)

When you're planning a story (or RPG campaign, here are some of the most fundamental questions:
  • What does the protagonist want?
  • Why does he want it?
  • Who or what stands in his way?


Notice that all of these have to do with desire/motivation. The antagonist who opposes your protagonist will also want something, and those two sets of goals will come in conflict. At each step of story planning, ask yourself, "What does this character want?" Not in a cheesy, B-actor, "What's my motivation in this scene?" fashion, but on a very fundamental level. What are the characters' values? What's important to them? What are they willing to fight for, and what will they walk away from?

Sometimes the answer to "What does X want?" is readily apparent. The hero wants to schlep a ring to Mordor, or to be a Jedi knight. But what X wants will change, either subtly or drastically, over the course of the story. This not only develops the character, but it also gives you a change to develop, define, or even redefine the desired goal. Sometimes the character's search for that desired end is achieved in a straightforward fashion (boy gets girl), sometimes the goal is revealed to be unworthy, sometimes the characters fail to achieve their goals, sometimes the goal seems to change but in truth the character comes back to a fuller and richer understanding of his initial desires.

For example, at the beginning of ANH, Luke desperately wanted to go to the academy and train to be a pilot. Then he wanted to rescue the princess. Then he wanted to be a Jedi, like his father. Then he was drawn into the rebel cause, which led him to reevaluate the "just like his father" notion. But there's dramatic cohesion here. Luke is undertaking a Hero's Journey, discovering who he is and making the choices that his inherited talents demand of him.

A suggestion: Take several books you enjoy and figure out what the main characters want. What drives them? What are they trying to achieve (or avoid)?

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 02 Oct 2010 22:41:38
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Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
1190 Posts

Posted - 06 Oct 2010 :  20:01:10  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice. I'm writing a fanfic in Polish, so I'll certainly use that advice.

What about my question about Evermeet and mythal?

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Alystra Illianniis
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USA
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Posted - 06 Oct 2010 :  20:20:41  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
She muthed have mythed it....

The Goddess is alive, and magic is afoot.

"Where Science ends, Magic begins" -Spiral, Uncanny X-Men #491

"You idiots! You've captured their STUNT doubles!" -Spaceballs

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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 06 Oct 2010 :  20:29:07  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Zireael
What about my question about Evermeet and mythal?



Yep, I mythed that.

To be honest, I really don't recall the particulars. Evermeet's mythal is not what I'd call a minor detail, so you'd think I'd remember.
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
1412 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2010 :  13:47:44  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My copy of "The Dream Spheres" arrived on Saturday, and I started reading it yesterday... It's good to meet Danilo and Arilyn again, and to finish the "Songs & Swords" (skipping "Thornhold", right). Even if this is not the preferred book of Mrs. Cunningham, I'm already enjoying it! Thank you, Mrs. Cunningham!

"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
Forgotten Realms Author

2291 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2010 :  14:38:57  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

My copy of "The Dream Spheres" arrived on Saturday, and I started reading it yesterday... It's good to meet Danilo and Arilyn again, and to finish the "Songs & Swords" (skipping "Thornhold", right). Even if this is not the preferred book of Mrs. Cunningham, I'm already enjoying it! Thank you, Mrs. Cunningham!



Glad to hear you're enjoying the story.
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Ayrik
Great Reader

Canada
6451 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2010 :  15:14:56  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I actually don't have any questions, sorry, Elaine. I'm just offering a "me too" post (in blatant violation of Candlekeep bylaws) so I can say thank you for writing so many wonderful novels and stories. Seriously.

[/Ayrik]
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

2291 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2010 :  15:20:20  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Well, I actually don't have any questions, sorry, Elaine. I'm just offering a "me too" post (in blatant violation of Candlekeep bylaws) so I can say thank you for writing so many wonderful novels and stories. Seriously.



That's very kind, Arik. Thank you for blatantly violating Candlekeep bylaws.
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Half elven
Acolyte

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2010 :  19:52:29  Show Profile  Visit Half elven's Homepage Send Half elven a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Elaine,

I have read all your FR books and just loved the little story of the boy walking to market that encounters the wolf...

Old favors are soon forgotten.

Love your work.
My question is.. are you working on anything new material?
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