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Eldacar
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  03:32:12  Show Profile  Visit Eldacar's Homepage  Click to see Eldacar's MSN Messenger address Send Eldacar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by braunusvald

quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Does Elminster need a place to hide?



I believe Elminster's hiding place is covered in old 2E spelljamming/realms space info. Planet Coliar??? An "air" world with a safehaven near the center, With a frequent visitor a unique dragon red copper hybrid who held El in high regard


As I recall, his hiding place/stronghold is a fortress floating somewhere out in space around Toril, called "Safehold" - it contains healing potions, magical items, and all sorts of things that can help him if he happens to be in serious trouble. It was featured during the Shadows of the Avatar books (the second one, as I recall).

I've got another question to add to the pile, this one in relation to an interview that Ed gave in Dragon Magazine some years back (issue #335). In it, he was talking about the exploits of the Company of Crazed Venturers, and said that in their current spree of adventuring, they had repeatedly failed to stumble across the evidence for a Lord of Waterdeep being in the background of all the murdering of important NPCs and guild scandals that they've come across. Ed also said in that interview that he was going to avoid answering, since the Company hadn't tumbled to and resolved the problem yet.

Since it's several years onward, how did that story arc conclude (did Nain die? ...again?), and what was the identity of the lord? Did he go through with his plot and try to romance one of the Venturers (and subsequently slay them all on the way to or from the wedding feast)? Steal all their wealth and then poison them?

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Azuth
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  03:51:09  Show Profile  Visit Azuth's Homepage Send Azuth a Private Message

Ed:

Could you shed some light on what happens to the shades on the Fugue Plain awaiting "collection" from a deity when said deity dies? Also, what happens to a deity's faithful "shades" (such as Oghma's scribes in his library, as an example) if a deity dies? My apologies if you've answered this previously, but I can't find any references to it in the search.

Cheers,

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Jakuta Khan
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  12:33:31  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
@THO / ED

I have posted a quite long question or series of them several days ago.

Please apologize my lack of patience, but I would like to kindly ask if I can expect an answer or more likely not.

I could understand that the issue might even be a bit annoying...... but this is keeping my head busy for quite a while now.

If this is not going to be answered - no bad feelings from my side at all, since I can see on a daily base how busy just this one thread is.

I am looking forward to a short reply.

Kindly
Jakuta Khan
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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  14:19:23  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jakuta Khan

@THO / ED

I have posted a quite long question or series of them several days ago.

Please apologize my lack of patience, but I would like to kindly ask if I can expect an answer or more likely not.

I could understand that the issue might even be a bit annoying...... but this is keeping my head busy for quite a while now.

If this is not going to be answered - no bad feelings from my side at all, since I can see on a daily base how busy just this one thread is.

I am looking forward to a short reply.

Kindly
Jakuta Khan

As has been discussed before, Ed has questions going back to 2004. But he does have them and will get to an answer. It just may not be immediate.

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

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  14:22:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Eldacar, the Lord subplot hasn't advanced much (beyond Knights eliminating seven Lords as suspects; we eliminated one of them "for good" before realizing that the REAL villain was framing his rivals in hopes we'd do just that), so Ed won't say another word about it. Yet.
We Knights determine the direction of Realmsplay by deciding what we'll do (where we'll go adventuring) more than Ed does (that's one of the chief delights of his campaign; it's never "DM buys new adventure and runs it, no matter what" nor do any of us ever get any "feel" approaching that situation), so there are about sixty subplots "up in the air" right now; not all that actively in play, but unresolved and waiting to bite us or delight us at a moment's notice.
I have my own suspicions as to who the villainous Lord is (well, for me it's down to four suspects, one VERY unlikely, one doubtful, and two hotly suspicious - - but other Knights have different suspicions), but we'll just have to wait until we see. Possibly several more (real) years from now...
The richness of play is worth it, believe me.
love,
THO
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Jakuta Khan
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  14:32:32  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
@ashe:

thanks for this, had not seen this particular information - as the scrolls of ed are quite... Huge?

thanks for the reply anyway.

Regards
Jakuta Khan
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The Sage
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  14:54:13  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

quote:
Originally posted by Jakuta Khan

@THO / ED

I have posted a quite long question or series of them several days ago.

Please apologize my lack of patience, but I would like to kindly ask if I can expect an answer or more likely not.

I could understand that the issue might even be a bit annoying...... but this is keeping my head busy for quite a while now.

If this is not going to be answered - no bad feelings from my side at all, since I can see on a daily base how busy just this one thread is.

I am looking forward to a short reply.

Kindly
Jakuta Khan

As has been discussed before, Ed has questions going back to 2004. But he does have them and will get to an answer. It just may not be immediate.

Indeed. And just to elaborate a little further:-
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Ed's technique of answering questions doesn't follow any kind of specific pattern. Nor does he forget previously asked questions from the past few days, to the past few years. The ever-vigilant Lady Herald of Realmslore -- The Hooded One -- provides a listing of questions asked and [undoubtedly] questions answered. So please, remain patient. Both Ed and the Lady Herald will get to your query in time.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  15:06:04  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Jakuta Khan, as has just been pointed out, sometimes Ed takes literally years to answer questions, as explained many times before. He tries to be quick when he can, BUT (and so on)...
However, as it happens, you are in luck! I just received an e-mail from Ed that contained answers to your queries:


1. Would it be too wrong to have the thought of a wide-spanning secretive network of the Hobgoblins of Faerun, exchanging information etc. and plotting for THEIR goals on the strategic point of view?

Ed: Yes and no.
No, it’s wrong to think of the hobgoblin race as monolithic. Just as it’s HIGHLY unlikely you’d ever get all real-world humans to agree to work together for the same goals and in the same manner, accepting the same command hierarchy, it’s darned near impossible to get even the great majority of hobgoblins to work closely together (even with the cajoling of their priests purporting to speak the intent of deities). They’re just too competitive/distrustful, in the broadest sense of those words.
However, yes also. By which I mean the wisest, most veteran “operatives” among hobgoblins, those interested in long-term achievements and macropolitics (I’m using real-world terms here, no words or phrases ever known in the Realms), do exchange information and provide covert aid (hiding individuals on the run, providing shelter and medical care and food to hobgoblin individuals or small groups of hobgoblins [though these intruders will be constantly watched, both openly and spied upon by a second set of observers, working from a distance and/or in hiding] with others of their species. The thought is that whatever strengthens/aids hobgoblins is good/desirable, and whatever can be done against foes/obstacles of hobgoblins, without rousing foes and neutrals to action against hobgoblins, should be done.


. . . and in more detail:

a.) i.e. Hobgoblins being responsible for the huge amount of troops mobilized by the Sythilisian empire, also organizing much of the logistics etc. necessary to maintain and train a host of over 65.000 fighting individuals - and more important, stay undiscovered.

Ed: Consider that to be the work of one hobgoblin tribe, plus hobgoblin allies, who saw personal gain in the rise of that empire (wealth, food, weapons, wagons, etc. could somehow end up in their personal possession, sent off on “missions” and “lost in battle”), and a greater gain in human dominance of the Sword Coast being lessened by “giving the rest of us a lasting claw-hold.”
Yet they feared an alliance of human realms, like the one Azoun led to fight the Horde, coming together to obliberate the “monster empire” if it grew too large and powerful too fast, and considered that if such an alliance formed, the empire would be defeated and ALL monsters would be “scoured” (hunted to extinction, wherever found) up and down the Sword Coast lands. They did NOT want a general attitude to spread among humans, whatever happened, of “Watch those hobgoblins! They’re not just big orcs, they’re real trouble! They were behind it all - - hrast, they’re probably behind all the orc hordes, too! So if we hunt down every last one, we’ll be a lot better off! Let’s start that hunt NOW!”
That, plus pride in being able to accomplish what they did with as low a profile as possible (which again, made the stealing of material easier), plus an ingrained instinct of preferring to work covertly, all contributed to working behind the scenes. After all, they see humans do this successfully all the time - - and watch those who become “too loud and too proud” get dragged down by angered fellow humans.


b.) that eventually in more regions ever heard of ( orsraun mts., stonelands, copper mts. etc. ) these either local or interlinked "kingdoms" of the hobgoblins do exist for very long time periods already, but going completely unnoticed by the "civilized" races?

Ed: Oh, yes. Here’s the thing: humans think of a kingdom as a patrolled, usually settled territory with borders and fortresses and law enforcement. Hobgoblins are wandering hunter/gatherers who are habitually on the move, either in warbands patrolling an area or tribes moving from stronghold to stronghold and following wild animal migrations. Hobgoblin “kingdoms” don’t appear on maps, they don’t build roads or formal borders, and hobgoblins pride themselves on “lurking among” others. Hobgoblins know which hobgoblin tribes dominate which areas, and erect boundary “markers” (usually gruesomely-displayed corpses, with markings) to warn each other to stay away from “protected areas,” but aside from cavern-labyrinth warren strongholds (and sometimes captured/occupied former giant or human castles), hobgoblin realms don’t “look like” human territories - - so the two can overlap, often without (most local) humans really being aware of it. So yes, there are hobgoblin holdings all over Faerûn. They are less numerous and more disciplined than orcs or goblins, and thus their powerful local presence is more likely to go unnoticed for longer (whereas orcs raid in force, and pillage and burn, and can’t be ignored).


Or would it even be possible, that the hobgoblins are responsible for the fact, that the standard evil wizard or madman, or even the Zhents, etc. can almost always recruit humanoids in such vast numbers without any problems? Like the hobgoblins directly or indirectly manipulating tribes, chieftains or even subjugated versions of them into joining the ranks of these armies? - like the one gathered to destroy Evereska just after the return of the Shades??

Ed: SOME hobgoblins operate this way, and it’s far more accurate to say that they are PARTIALLY responsible. Yes, hobgoblins usually manipulate, coerce, and even breed goblins and orcs “like cattle” when they want to. However, it’s a lot of work (like, say, you suddenly acquiring several hundred pets), and so is done only for a clear purpose (except on an individual level, where one to three hobgoblins try or enjoy dominating a dozen or less orcs or hobgoblins as their servants/slaves/”gang” . . . which goes on everywhere, all the time).


these options would all suit the basic approach and descriptions you made in July last year.
And, if only one of them would be true, is there any more information on WHAT could be the long-term goal for hobgoblins to be achieved? Or HAVE they actually already achieved what they want, and are just maintaining it?

Ed: Most hobgoblins have achieved what they want: to live more or less as they please among or around humans without being bothered overmuch.
Eliminating the human realms would be difficult and very costly (possibly costing most hobgoblins their lives), and would destroy the bounty of agricultural food, wealth, wares, and so on that “comes free” with the presence of a human kingdom, to a good (disciplined, discerning) raider. Hobgoblins take what they need, and worry about taking extra only after that; some of them can be VERY patient and long-seeing (which is what makes them such formidable foes).
However, there are a FEW hobgoblin individuals who want more, and are slowly, carefully (not getting caught at this is paramount) working towards those goals - - which DO include a lessening of human power and numbers (spreading diseases might be best, some hobgoblins are thinking, but they fear widespread diseases might eventually start claiming hobgoblins) and control or decimation of other races seeking to rise into the power vacuum thus created (and guess who most hobgoblins fear most? Halflings, that’s who!). Some hobgoblins are adventuring (or manipulating/hiring human adventurers to do this for them) to try to find possibly-mythical magical items and processes that will enable hobgoblins to control dragons (as steeds, weapons of war, and guardians).
Remember, I’m speaking here in very general terms, because when it comes down to individuals and specific locales, hobgoblins are as varied as humans in opinions, approaches, aims, and prejudices. Hope this is of help!


So saith Ed. Who DOES come through with the Realmslore we all hunger for, in the fullness of time. See?
love,
THO
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Jakuta Khan
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  15:51:42  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
feeling rather ashamed now, but hey this is murphy's law...

bet if I had not posted the last impatient post, it would not been the next answered question - not by any purpose or so, just for the above mentioned law.

do a mistake, and it gets slapped right in your face immediately.

nevertheless thanks THO / ED for this more than detailed answer, although it opens up many others ;)

for the future I have understood the procedure,thanks again.

Kind regards
Jakuta Khan, the impatient one.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  17:21:42  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
No problem at all, Jakuta Khan - - and please don't feel ashamed, or constrained to ask followups or any other questions, for that matter; Ed will answer when he can, even if it's (sometimes) just to tell you that NDAs prevent him from answering...
It's all Realms, and it's all good.
love,
THO
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Portella
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  18:58:48  Show Profile  Visit Portella's Homepage Send Portella a Private Message
Wow just seen the replies to my questions thank you the hooded one for relaying my questions to Ed, how cool it is good to see the names and types of food, plus I didnt know that as part of El's work is to seed the realms with magic be it scroll, magic items or help the further advancement of the art by saving ppl etc. I would loveto be a child in game and follow El'minster on a tipical days work that would be great to read. Like you do with your children etc you get my drift.

Ed thank you for the work you have done and for generaly being a wonderfull person I have dedicated a new spell for you.

Ed'hugs Embrace
Level 1
area of effect: one person
duration 1D4 + 1 / level rounds

Description
Ed'Hugs embrace when cast on the target gives them wonderful sence of happyness, security and they feel more confident about themselves. For the duration of the spell the target get + 1 bonus to saving throws, charisma checks, inteligence checks and wisdom checks. This bonus is increased by one every level behond the first to maximum of 4.

"it was said that once embraced by Ed'hugs one would never forget...", by a victim

Purple you say?!

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Edited by - Portella on 17 Mar 2011 21:27:20
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  20:09:04  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. Portella, sent your last post on to Ed and just got this reply back:

Love it. THANK you. :}


So saith Ed. Who asked me to send you along a hug.
love,
THO
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Aryalómë
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  20:57:37  Show Profile Send Aryalómë a Private Message
Lady THO I don't think yoi got my last questions so I'll post them again:
Has Elminster ever been you Faerie and how would he describe it if he has?
Has Elminster encountered every true religous sect on Faerun?
Where did Ed (if he did) get his ideas for Sun and Moon Elves and where did he get the name Tel'Quessir from. Plus, how does one prononce it? I pronounce it like Tell kwessir.
Would Ed mind it if I ever met him, to bow down before him, grovel, and forfeit my soul to him?
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Aryalómë
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  21:32:14  Show Profile Send Aryalómë a Private Message
Well, I though he wouldn't see because they got drowned out but I also edited them a bit :)
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Jakuta Khan
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  21:56:21  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
@THO

thanks, but this was so clear to happen, as in real life.

thanks for understanding, very much appreciated.

when your impatience finally overwhelms you, Karma strikes right back ;) thankfully very often in a friendly way.

All the best
Jakuta Khan
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 17 Mar 2011 :  22:24:33  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by tradwitch1313

Well, I though he wouldn't see because they got drowned out but I also edited them a bit :)



SHE sees all questions



And hopefully for the last time :

Reposting a question only further clutters and complicates this scroll.

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Edited by - The Red Walker on 17 Mar 2011 22:25:59
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Aryalómë
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I meant to put she, sorry XC
My Nook didn't register my s....
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 18 Mar 2011 :  00:45:29  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
Corned Beef and Cabbage...yes, I'm an Irish American (even speak a smattering of Irish now...but not well); so I have to ask:

What different races have a stereotyped sort of favorite meal, and what might those meals be?

Thanks in advance!

P.S.- the whole "Green Beer" thing is insane...I wouldn't dare mess up a fine double or treble that way!

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Aryalómë
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quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

Corned Beef and Cabbage...yes, I'm an Irish American (even speak a smattering of Irish now...but not well); so I have to ask:

What different races have a stereotyped sort of favorite meal, and what might those meals be?

Thanks in advance!

P.S.- the whole "Green Beer" thing is insane...I wouldn't dare mess up a fine double or treble that way!



Yumm....
I'm mostly Scotgish with Irish and English too. Happy St. Patrick's Day THO and Ed! I'm teaching myself Scottish gaelic myself....not easy! Which bricgs me :
Is there any gaelic sounding language on Faerun?
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Markustay
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Posted - 18 Mar 2011 :  03:54:40  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Common ground!

quote:
Originally posted by Portella

Wow just seen the replies to my questions thank you the hooded one for relaying my questions to Ed, how cool it is good to see the names and types of food, plus I didnt know that as part of El's work is to seed the realms with magic be it scroll, magic items or help the further advancement of the art by saving ppl etc. I would loveto be a child in game and follow El'minster on a tipical days work that would be great to read. Like you do with your children etc you get my drift.<snip>
You can.

Read Temptation of Elminster to see one of the many things Mystra's Chosen must do (along with some others - you get a good look at what El's life is like).

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

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 18 Mar 2011 :  15:00:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. I bring you Ed's lore-reply to tradwitch1313 re. this: "Is there any gaelic sounding language on Faerun?"
Ed says:


Hi, tradwitch. Larach, the human dialect used of old in The Great Dale and Telflamm, shares many shibboleths (by which in this case I mean "word sound elements" rather than shared words) with Scottish Gaelic (and the form of it I've heard most often, which is Canadian or Cape Breton Gaelic), rather than the softer and more "like Irish" Gaelic dialects.
In the Realms, Larach survives only in a few phrases and in inscriptions among humans, but is very close is sounds AND casual everyday vocabulary to gnome and halfling dialects of the Inner Sea east (that is, anything east of the Dragonreach and the Vilhon Reach).
So if you're up on your Gaelic (i.e. hearing and speaking it often enough to be able to "catch" what's mumbled and said quickly, as in "normal" everyday casual speech), you would get about two words in ten of halfling and gnome chatter.
Listen hard, or you may never know what they're chattering about . . .
. . . and of course it could be you. ;}



So saith Ed. Creator of the Realms and its linguistics, not to mention the entire written scripts of Espruar, Dethek, and several others.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Hi all. Some sad news to report:
Ed's cousin Mike Glicksohn (a great guy, longtime sf fan, and Hugo-award-winner) died early this morning. Ed may fall silent over the next several days as the family deals with this.
love to all,
THO
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Portella
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Posted - 18 Mar 2011 :  18:03:02  Show Profile  Visit Portella's Homepage Send Portella a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi all. Some sad news to report:
Ed's cousin Mike Glicksohn (a great guy, longtime sf fan, and Hugo-award-winner) died early this morning. Ed may fall silent over the next several days as the family deals with this.
love to all,
THO


god, please send him and his family our regards and best wishes, times like this are never pleasant.

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Markustay
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Posted - 18 Mar 2011 :  18:20:59  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
My deepest condolences.

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

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 18 Mar 2011 :  19:17:55  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
My condolences as well.

I wonder if at times like these if it might be best to let this scroll sit silent until his return.

But maybe the ever growing stack of queries will be a welcome distraction upon return?

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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