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Dennis
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  04:59:43  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

I just wonder, given the LOAD of work on his plate right now, how does Ed find the time to answer our queries? ;)

Again, thank you!

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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis


I just wonder, given the LOAD of work on his plate right now, how does Ed find the time to answer our queries? ;)

Again, thank you!



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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  10:53:09  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi AGAIN, everyone! Dennis, you're very welcome, and . . .

Ed just sent me another e-mail, this one a response to Wooly Rupert’s recent query: “This will hopefully be a quick and easy one: what is asthma called in the Realms?
As an addenda, and one that I won't mind if it takes some time to answer: how is asthma treated, aside from using magic?”
Ed replies:



Hi, Wooly! In this reply, I have carefully avoided all real, real-world medicine. What follows is all pure fantasy, and applies to the Realms only . . .
Asthma has many local names in the Realms (“roren” is an old, widespread but now nigh-forgotten one, that’s still used in Rashemen, Aglarond, Impiltur, and the ?Great Dale), but is most often and most widely called “lackwind” these days.
The treatments are varied, from curative clerical spells to cantrips that oxygenate the blood without curing the condition, to local wisefolk remedies like inhaling the steam from a kettle (using clothing to hood the head so moisture can’t escape), to three or four herbal remedies that work (and dozens more that don’t). New remedies are discovered from time to time by herbalists, druids, alchemists, and priests (though monastery and temple “cures” tend to be closely-guarded secrets for as long as possible, rather than swiftly shared and spreading).

The effective remedies consist of:

1. Chewing the prickly, dark leaves and/or tiny yellow-white “flag” or “wisp” flower of a certain wild Heartlands and more northerly-growing weed (called “hammerwind” for its effects), that’s abundant but short and often overlooked (the darker-than-most-plants green leaves are the best way to spot it). They cause the lungs to pump rapidly, but the heart rate is also increased, skin goes bright red in the face, breast, and shoulders, and eyes sometimes bulge. The condition is alleviated for 1d2 days, but immediately after ingestion (and the first made rush of lung-pumping), the asthmatic may feel worn out and even weary-clumsy (“stumbling or fumbling exhaustion”).

2. Putting a single leaf of some little-known mountain flower on the tongue of the asthmatic. This works fast, but brings on euphoria (and for some, orgasm). The leaf must have been treated properly to be effective, and the plant and this “proper treatment” is apparently plentiful but little-known (except among some northern Harpers and dwarves, and the Witches of Rashemen). The leaves are small and almost perfectly triangular, and some say the plant is called “arritches,” while others refer to it as “storndown.”

3. The green, unripe “flower” (it actually looks very much like the harvested fruit of the hops plant) of the wild tortendril vine, crushed and brewed into a tea and drunk, gently and slowly alleviates asthma symptoms. It may take an hour or more for breathing to be comfortable, but if the tea is sipped (even cold and old), relief can last for days, even during exertion such as travel and moderate lifting and climbing.

4. “Auglauken” (pronounced “Aww-GLOCK-enn”) is the dried berry of a certain wild vine, that goes so brown and hard that some folk believe it is a nut. (Think: ovoid and smooth unpopped popcorn kernels.) This vine literally grows all over the known surface Realms that isn’t desert or frozen, but doesn’t produce berries all that often. Ingesting a raw, moist auglauken berry (enclosed in a slender pod often unnoticed among the side-tendrils and leaves of the vine) is as effective as hammerwind, but without some of the flushing/blushing and fierceness of the lung-pumping . . . and eating a dried one brings a gentle, lasting relief (stretching for most of the waking hours of a typical day). As a result, these berries are a staple of most healers’ and herbalists’ shops, and are not inexpensive (1 sp a berry in cities, 2 or 3 berries for 1 sp in rural areas where many folk know where and how they can be harvested). They travel and last well (often for years) if kept from the damp, or sundried within a day or two of every time they do get wet.

Hope this helps. As it happens, my wife is asthmatic, so I created this lore long, long ago.



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love,
THO




Thank you for the swift answer, friend Ed!

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createvmind
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  16:36:46  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed I have some follow up questions about Trollbark Forest but seek to avoid NDA's so can they be answered with yes or no??

Trollbark Forest....Have elves or fey ever ruled this region?

Have the trolls always been here?

The forest’s dense underbrush, thick twisting stands of ash, and many bogs make it a perfect hunting ground for monsters that can crash through thorny barriers and nests of poisonous snakes without taking permanent damage. Is this what has prevented the trolls being removed from here?

Is there another a "power/presence" beneath/within the forest that uses the Trolls as cover for and protects them from extermination?

Does something ward against scrying into the depths of the forest?

Is the cliff edge of the forest rugged diffucult terrain to traverse? Any details would be greatly appreciated.

Does something other than trolls gaurd the cliff edge of forest or consider it domain.

Do occupants of Warlock's crypt have any influence in not allowing Trollbark Forest to be reclaimed by "good forces"?

Has anyone tried to exterminate the trolls in forest during 1300's?

Are there portals beneath the forest?

Are there portals within the forest?

Are there crossroads within the forest?

Are there any draconic beings within the forest?

Any draconic beings of huge or greater size?

Are there any extraplanar beings that call forest home?

Are there unknown breeds of trolls within the forest, mutations?

Is there magical leakage of any kind in forest?

does a non-troll rule the trolls?

are their Ogres within forest?

Are their precious resources magic or not being gaurded and farmed in forest?

Has anything ever tried to destroy the forest entirely?

Do various forces work together in protecting the forest?

Would various forces/factions prevent the forest from being destroyed via magic or mundane means?

Is there something/somethings very very valuable within forest that would draw attention from either other cities or races or classes (mages for example)?

In your homebrew have anyone sought to expel the trolls from forest and were they successful?



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Dennis
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  17:00:17  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

Wow. Those are a lot. [Sorry, can't help myself.] ;)

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  17:40:14  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. createvmind, you have pined (sorry about the pun) to know about the Trollbark Forest and vicinity for years now, and have been more than patient, so Ed has decided to indulge you with swift replies. He wants to emphasize that he’s not trying to be flippant here, he’s trying to tell you as much as he can whilst skating around NDAs and current (but still shrouded in secrecy) plans. His replies work for me as DM inspirations, though not “tell all” definitives.
So here we go; your queries interspersed with Ed’s answers.


Trollbark Forest....Have elves or fey ever ruled this region?

Ed: Dwelt there, yes. Ruled, no.


Have the trolls always been here?

Ed: Presumably, but if that’s true or not is unknown to the civilized Realms.


The forest’s dense underbrush, thick twisting stands of ash, and many bogs make it a perfect hunting ground for monsters that can crash through thorny barriers and nests of poisonous snakes without taking permanent damage. Is this what has prevented the trolls being removed from here?

Ed: It sure helps, but there’s also been lack of inclination. There are fewer forces in the Realms bent on colonizing, “taming,” and clearing areas than in our real world under the most recent centuries of human dominance.


Is there another a "power/presence" beneath/within the forest that uses the Trolls as cover for and protects them from extermination?

Ed: Yes. Am I going to tell you more about it right now? No. ;}


Does something ward against scrying into the depths of the forest?

Ed: Yes. What is it? Unknown; it may well be a natural wild magic effect, or leakage from long-lost artifacts or ruins, rather than a deliberate ward or some vigilant defender. (Such are the opinions of some adventurers, anyway.)


Is the cliff edge of the forest rugged difficult terrain to traverse? Any details would be greatly appreciated.

Ed: Yes. Not only are the cliffs tall, but they are unstable/crumbling, with frequent rockfalls, avalanches, and sliding collapses triggered by climbing attempts (of all sorts of wild creatures, not just men).


Does something other than trolls gaurd the cliff edge of forest or consider it domain.

Ed: Yes. :}


Do occupants of Warlock's Crypt have any influence in not allowing Trollbark Forest to be reclaimed by "good forces"?

Ed: Unknown. They obviously benefit from its existence as a dangerous, untamed area. Again, what is this “reclaimed” you speak of? Who are these “good forces” going around the Realms scouring out large/significant/noticed parts of it?


Has anyone tried to exterminate the trolls in forest during 1300's?

Ed: Not to my knowledge.


Are there portals beneath the forest?

Ed: Quite possibly. Several Harpers and explorers suspect so.


Are there portals within the forest?

Ed: Possibly. There are tales (that may be no more than embroidered rumors, or may be rooted in something more factual) that would suggest so.


Are there crossroads within the forest?

Ed: Of what humans usually call “game trails,” yes. Of roads as in routes that wagons can traverse, no, because there are no such roads within the forest.


Are there any draconic beings within the forest?

Ed: Quite possibly. There is a small PETRIFIED dragon right at one edge of the forest, a landmark for some centuries.


Any draconic beings of huge or greater size?

Ed: In the forest? I doubt it.


Are there any extraplanar beings that call forest home?

Ed: Not that I know of, but . . .


Are there unknown breeds of trolls within the forest, mutations?

Ed: Oh, yes. Four-armed trolls, and trolls with prehensile, weapon-wielding (usually large maces) tails have frequently been reported. Some explorers report seeing trolls of unusual size, as tall as many saplings. And so on . . .


Is there magical leakage of any kind in forest?

Ed: Oh, yes. See my “ward against scrying?” reply, above.


Does a non-troll rule the trolls?

Ed: Unknown. I’m not sure a majority of the trolls are well organized enough to be ruled by anything or anyone.


Are there Ogres within the forest?

Ed: Possibly. Ogres tend to roam, and dwell opportunistically where conditions are favourable. I doubt you’ll find any deep in the forest, though; too dangerous. They like to be where they can dominate potential prey rather than spending overmuch time running, hiding, and fighting for their lives.


Are there precious resources magic or not being guarded and farmed in forest?

Ed: Certainly. Timber and forest and bog herbs and abundant edibles, for sure - - and quite possibly (those magical leakages again) magic, too.


Has anything ever tried to destroy the forest entirely?

Ed: Not that I know of. There have been fires that destroyed large areas, but these were more often caused by storm lightning strikes than by dragon flame or other creature causes - - and the dragon-caused fires are far more often uncaring/unintentional side-effects of dragon battles or hunting fights than they are deliberate attempts to destroy woodlands or “smoke out” prey.


Do various forces work together in protecting the forest?

Ed: Unknown.


Would various forces/factions prevent the forest from being destroyed via magic or mundane means?

Ed: Again, unknown. There would seem to be only one way of finding out.


Is there something/somethings very very valuable within forest that would draw attention from either other cities or races or classes (mages for example)?

Ed: Quite possibly. Right now, it’s still in the “far too little known, and so still needs to be explored to see if there’s anything in there that can make me/us rich” category, for opportunistic merchants in such places as Waterdeep, Athkatla, and Sembia.


In your homebrew have anyone sought to expel the trolls from forest and were they successful?

Ed: In the home Realms campaign (which I suppose can be called a “homebrew” to distinguish it from the published Realms, though I see things more as my campaign being the “testbed” Realms, and the published Realms as a variant echo of it), no one that I know of - - which means no one, since the 1320s DR - - has yet sought to expel or exterminate the trolls in any large-scale, concerted manner. Some small armed groups have temporarily sought to drive the trolls away from certain locations in the forest (and routes from the edge of the forest to those spots) so they could explore and hopefully plunder, but that’s a very different thing - - and has usually resulted in the trolls driving other, more fearsome monsters into contact with such foes, and responding themselves by gathering to trap, surround, and defeat such foes (not necessarily to overwhelm them, but to inflict maximum casualties as the foes are forced to fight their ways out, to deter future intrusions).


So saith Ed. As to how he finds time to answer these and others, he likes the cloning idea. Sings: “Send in the clones . . . there have to be clones . . .”
love,
THO
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createvmind
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  18:08:18  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
You answered before I wrote this, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

BTW crossroads I meant the fey ones, backroads maybe they are called?

Continued.....

Did the drought caused by shadovar manipulation of glacier affect the Trollbark Forest bogs and mire to point of making forest dry enough to be set aflame?

Did the trolls withdraw to wetter part of forest if drought did affect it?

Do elves and fey still live within the forest?

If yes are the elves "changed" in any way????? Hee heee.


Thank you again for the replies over the years, I have skirted this area cause my campaign had NPC's and PC's interested in it and I wanted to have as much of an idea to draw my ideas for what occurs if they "Tally Ho!!".

Thank you.


Edit, Ed can you astral project on same plane your body is on?

Edited by - createvmind on 03 Oct 2011 19:15:52
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Markustay
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Posted - 03 Oct 2011 :  18:21:46  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
EDIT: Your above replies on the Trollbark made me realize a simple truth about the Realms I have always known, but never consciously considered. The people of Faerûn have more of a 'primitive' (for lack of a better word) take on land ownership then in our own modern world. In other words, the land belongs to whoever works it - no-one stakes a claim on it unless it has some use to them. This helps explain the lack 'hard borders' for FR nations. I suppose the existence of non-humans and their own queer ideas of ownership (nations within other nations) has helped foster this 'open ownership' perspective. It's yours if no-one else wants it, or you have the strength of arms to hold it. Plus, you still have tribal peoples who migrate in several large regions, which also contributes to this situation. {End Edit}

Normally I would never question any of Ed's replies, buuuuut...
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Dennis: “Hi, Ed! Would Mystra recruit a devil or demon as Chosen? Or had she already done it before?”

Ed: Sorry, but this is NDA’d, too. Many far-reaching questions are, by their very nature.
I fully understand avoiding the second part of this question, but Ed can't answer the first part?

Unless someone specifically wants to do just this, I can't fathom why Ed couldn't at least say it was a remote possibility.

How about this instead - Are deities limited to only mortals when choosing their Chosen?

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Dennis: “Hi, Ed and THO! Someone who uses both divine and arcane magic is called theurge, like Rivalen. Is there a [Realmsian] name for someone who is a psionicist and arcane spellcaster? Psimage? How about for one who's a cleric [not of the God of Psionics] and psionist? Psipriest?”

Ed: The word “psionics” is not directly known in the Realms. Some sages and arcane scholars call someone who has developed some power in both spellcasting and mental workings a “panurge” but this is by no means a universally-accepted and widely-used term. And there’s no collective term for a cleric who can use psionics, because most churches have a church rank or title they already apply to that individual, and because most faiths firmly believe that psionics are granted by the gods, and so aren’t all that “different” from divine magic, being rather a “gift” or “mark of favor” of the deity on the gifted individual.
Wouldn't the word "Insipient" be applied to mage/psions? As in "The Insipient Clans"?

I know I've danced around this issue before in other questions, but it seems to me Ed has always linked natural (wild) psionic talent to a natural affinity for magic as well. Elminster would be a good example. It makes sense to me that someone with a 'strong mind' would just be better at magic then the average person (given the same amount of training, or lack there-of).

Thanks for the Asthma answers - being Asthmatic, I am surprised I had never thought of that question myself.
What about Arthritis? What would that be called?

And now for another question, inspired by the History Channel - Are there any famous examples of 'Boom Towns' in the Realms? Settlements that are either abandoned, or nearly so, after whatever resource 'dried up'?

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


Edited by - Markustay on 03 Oct 2011 18:36:30
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Thanks for the Asthma answers - being Asthmatic, I am surprised I had never thought of that question myself.


I only thought of it because I figured it would be good for the backstory of an NPC I've been fiddling with.

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Barastir
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Hi, THO and Ed!

Thank you very much for the Trollbark answers to createvmind, it will be very nice for my campaign in the region of Daggerford.

And the lore about ashtma is also very nice, I have allergic ashtma, but haven't had a crisis for a long time, since I discovered which conditions to avoid.

What brings me a question: are allergies and some natural diseases considered curses or magical manifestations in the Realms? And other that I think I read somewhere: are there magical diseases, and how can one get them (not considering curses, but maybe contagious magic afflictions).

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Markustay
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Ooh ooh!!!! {MT doing his best Arnold Horshack impression} Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter!

Errrr.. I mean... Mr Greenwood!

Has there ever been a case of someone being allergic to magic?

Question inspired by Barastir's above, obviously.

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Has there ever been a case of someone being allergic to magic?
It wasn't an allergic reaction, exactly, but I recall an instance in Secrets of the Magister [or The Magister] that suggested arcane workings would provoke violent physical reactions from certain individuals when cast in their immediate vicinity.

I liked the idea, because when I first read it, I was tinkering with a concept for an artificially-bred race [or sub-race] that was deathly "allergic" [for want of a more appropriate term] to magic.


Edit: As it turns out, I was thinking of both the wrong book and the wrong setting. 'Twas from Castle Falkenstein.

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The Hooded One
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Heh. Barastir and Markustay, I bring these words from Ed:

Hi, Barastir. Some allergic reactions are seen as "touches of the gods" (and even retribution by a god), some are seen as curses or other "dark magic" cast by enemies, some are seen as signs particular monsters (known in the area, at least in legend) are returning and are close/have touched the afflicted, some are seen as diseases, some as unintended contact with "fell plants" or small defensive magics left active by the fey or other "unseen place spirits," and so on.
The short answer is: what the reaction is seen as being varies widely by location, person afflicted, who's seeing that affliction, the past history of a family or group the afflicted belongs to, what else may have recently happened locally (temple catching fire, spell-duel between mages, etc.), and other factors.
And yes, there are magical diseases. I've revealed some in the past, but a lot more are NDA right now due to future publishing plans.

Markustay, there are MANY cases of individuals being allergic to magic, but none of them, so far as I know, have been allergic to ALL magic. Rather, they are allergic to specific types of spells (e.g. translocation) or to magics in combination with something (drunkenness, proximity to particular plants, etc.), or to combinations of magic (e.g. protective magic cast on person, they are then struck by another spell, and the combination causes a reaction). When such things are clearly the result of magical contact, they are sometimes called "the curse of Mystra" or "the disfavor of Mystra," but it's often a mystery as to how the "cursed" person earned that curse/disfavor - - particularly as such reactions tend to be rare, and sometimes one-time things (i.e. the same person doesn't react in the same way again, because the combination of magics, or the circumstances of magical exposure [proximity, strength of effect, etc.] aren't precisely the same as the earlier incident.

In short, magic retains its mystery, in these matters as in others. I doubt someone allergic to all magic could survive birth, or more than a few hours after birth, due to the innate prevalence of magic in the Realms (not just cast magic, but "natural" magics).


So saith Ed. Who must rush back to work right now, to bring us more Realms gems in the future.
love to all,
THO

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When a deity "dies," what will happen to his faithful who live with him in his domain? Will they be reincarnated?

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Thank you all very much: Ed for answering my question so wonderfully, lady THO for the care of bringing Ed's response to me, and Markustay for complementing it and allowing Ed to bring even more lore to us.

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Thank you Ed and THO for that nifty answer, TY Barastir for the compliment, and TY Dennis for giving me a wonderful story idea (I call it The Tavern of Lost Souls).

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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis


When a deity "dies," what will happen to his faithful who live with him in his domain? Will they be reincarnated?


I know for a fact this question was answered earlier... but it may have been by James Lowder. I liked the answer, regardless of origin as it made sense.

On that note, in Prince of Lies, Mystra takes Adon to a place where everyone inside is violently afflicted when exposed to magic. A sanctuary of sorts, although the name escapes me at present. Adon was very upset at Mystra bringing him there initially, if there was nothing he could do to help them. That's an example in print I recall, which of course, agrees with Ed's reply above.

My question to Ed is whether or not Azuth is/was a Chosen of Mystra after ascending to divinity as he was his own deity, albeit in service of Mystra. If so, would there be such a similar relationship between Oghma and Deneir?

Thanks THO & Ed,

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Sages and THO, in one of the old posts of createvmind about the Trollbark Forest, Ed mentioned that he would also write about the Troll Hills. Have he written about the Hills after that? If not, dear lady THO, can you please ask Ed for some info about the Troll Hills in the 1360/70s in my instead?

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Goodness radiated from the heart."

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quote:
Originally posted by Barastir

Sages and THO, in one of the old posts of createvmind about the Trollbark Forest, Ed mentioned that he would also write about the Troll Hills. Have he written about the Hills after that? If not, dear lady THO, can you please ask Ed for some info about the Troll Hills in the 1360/70s in my instead?




No he didn't and in my intial post a few years back he actually described the factions and lay of land between the Trollbark forest and the land north to the swamp/marsh.
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quote:
Originally posted by createvmind
No he didn't and in my intial post a few years back he actually described the factions and lay of land between the Trollbark forest and the land north to the swamp/marsh.


Well, so let's wait and see when Ed will send us some lore about the Hills...

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

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 08 Oct 2011 :  15:26:36  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Hello! I was just wondering if you, dear Lady THO or our Mr. Greenwood could describe the look of drow chainmail and their longswords. Are there special drow runes that are common on mastercraft swords, or anything like that? And if so, what do they represent? Also, do they have any "special" hand crossbows whose arms snap into place at a flick of a switch (I hope that makes sense, as it's the only way I can think to describe it), as we've seen in some fantasy shows, or are they very straight forward? Also, I read that duergar are the ones that craft the superior weapons in the Underdark, and even on the surface. I believe that was in the 2E sourcebook The Drow of the Underdark. I'm rather curious as to why the drow aren't masters in their own right. You read in novels about fine elven steel, but never fine drow steel. Is there a reason for this? Also, I always felt that drow swords would be darkly beautiful, and something that froze your blood with its appearance while at the same time causing you to desire the blade for its sleek elegance and craftsmanship. Am I right in thinking this, or am I off in my imaginings? Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your reply.

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Baleful Avatar
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Posted - 08 Oct 2011 :  21:38:52  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
Dear Ed,
A rumor is going around that you might be writing a new Volo's Guide (which I presume means Volo survived the Spellplague ). Is this true? And if so, what can you tell us about it? (Probably nothing, but it's worth asking anyway...)
BA
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 08 Oct 2011 :  21:46:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. I happened to be e-mailing ED about something else entirely when I espied your post, Baleful Avatar, so I asked him, and here's his lightning-swift response about writing a new Volo's Guide:

I am? News to me! Not that I wouldn't love to, but...

So there you have it. Sounds like one more rumor that's just that: a rumor.
love,
THO
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Therise
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Posted - 08 Oct 2011 :  22:08:48  Show Profile Send Therise a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Heh. I happened to be e-mailing ED about something else entirely when I espied your post, Baleful Avatar, so I asked him, and here's his lightning-swift response about writing a new Volo's Guide:

I am? News to me! Not that I wouldn't love to, but...

So there you have it. Sounds like one more rumor that's just that: a rumor.
love,
THO


If Ed actually was writing a new Volo guide (or something similar in form/purpose), I'd buy it sight-unseen... even if it's 4E!

I absolutely LOVE those kinds of supplements.

But, alas... earwax.

4E Realms was awful, but it's water under the Boareskyr Bridge. Let's make 5E Realms truly shine!
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Falstaffsrevenge
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Posted - 09 Oct 2011 :  11:35:54  Show Profile Send Falstaffsrevenge a Private Message
I have to aggree. I would also buy a Volo guide sight unseen. I loved the flippant/serious view Volo had on the world.(Sigh) I think I am one of the few that also loved the Murder mystery series from FR, for the same reason. The la-la-la mentality, then 'oh crap, we have to be serious!"

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