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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Dec 2011 :  18:12:39  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.

Markustay, off your post goes to Ed. Re. this: "In your opinion, do you think there might be covert groups here on Earth that are aware of this sort of activity, and try to monitor it (everything from clandestine groups to world governments)? Could there be exiles from magical worlds/planes living on Earth?"
I can tell you, from play with Ed: yes, very much so, to both of those questions.
Ed's Firearms articles in DRAGON provide glimpses of some of the rules details of such "Realms individuals on the loose in a modern-day Earth" roleplaying. I regret that one of Ed's illustrations, showing a D&D party attacking a GP40 diesel railroad locomotive on the move, and entitled "Taming The Iron Dragon," didn't get used when DRAGON published those pieces...
(And of course, the side-details of an Earth/Realms crossover campaign that Ed slipped into that article got edited right back out again, thanks to the company's Code of Conduct concerns. As Ed expected them to.)
love,
THO


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JamesLowder
Forgotten Realms Author & Game Designer

USA
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Posted - 17 Dec 2011 :  18:33:35  Show Profile  Visit JamesLowder's Homepage Send JamesLowder a Private Message
quote:
(And of course, the side-details of an Earth/Realms crossover campaign that Ed slipped into that article got edited right back out again, thanks to the company's Code of Conduct concerns. As Ed expected them to.)


This is a good example of TSR's fear of religious reactionaries and the usual "think of the children!" crowd causing censorship of content. Because of the whole "Satanic Panic," wherein D&D was identified as a supposed recruiting tool for the occult and the forces of Satan, the company had a firm policy against showing any connections between the real world and the game or individual settings such as the Realms.

If you want to read more about the whole Satanic Panic history, Allen Varney did a great timeline for the Escapist, which can be found here: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/days-of-high-adventure/7494-Days-of-High-Adventure-Satanic-Panic. Allen quotes from a short piece I eventually published in Kobold Quarterly #15, "Those Dark Dungeons Blues," about my experiences with the panic as a gamer and TSR staffer.

Edited by - JamesLowder on 17 Dec 2011 18:34:35
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Aeron Nancet
Acolyte

Canada
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Posted - 17 Dec 2011 :  19:39:38  Show Profile Send Aeron Nancet a Private Message
I would like to thank Ed and THO for the speedy reply. I've just been too lazy to come back and look it up ;)

May the Grace of the Valar Protect You
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createvmind
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Posted - 17 Dec 2011 :  19:50:46  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,
Ed what unique circumstance can free a spawn from master vampire not involving destruction of either or master releasing spawn?

Can anything temporarily free a spawn of master's influence and is the master ALWAYS aware when this occurs or can the master be impaired in some manner that accidentaly frees spawn?
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Ayrik
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 18 Dec 2011 :  05:32:10  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
A wish spell?

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
[/Ayrik]
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Eladrinstar
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USA
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Posted - 18 Dec 2011 :  06:35:53  Show Profile Send Eladrinstar a Private Message
Ah, thanks for clearing that up, THO.
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 18 Dec 2011 :  23:16:08  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Thank you very much for that, THO. I hope Ed may have more to add, but is probably still covered by those puritanical NDAs (and thank you also Mr. Lowder for chiming-in ).

As for the last question, I am sure there are some types of powerful undead - Liches and Ancient dead (Mummies) - that can usurp another's control, and perhaps even free an enslaved minion. I don't know if any non-undead able to do that - maybe some psionic being (and Elder Brain or Aboleth?) I don't know if simple mental prowess would be able to override a magically (curse) based compulsion, though. I suppose it depends on how the individual DM handles the Psionic/Magic connection.

I'd be interested, of course, in hearing Ed's answer.

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


Edited by - Markustay on 18 Dec 2011 23:16:47
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 19 Dec 2011 :  01:35:43  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
A little bird (or rather, ahem, a large and bearded one) tells me that it's an anniversary of the publication of ELMINSTER: THE MAKING OF A MAGE, and as part of a marketing campaign for e-books cooked by Random House and Wizards, there may be some related activity on Ed's "fan" page on Facebook.
Perhaps even, over the days ahead, we might get peeks at some hitherto unpublished really short snippets of this and that, related to that classic Realms bestseller...

love to all,
THO
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Ayrik
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 19 Dec 2011 :  02:01:08  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
I'm finding it difficult to visualize Ed perched on a telephone pole or sitting in a nest, preening his gaudy bearded headcrest and singing mellifluously to attract potential mates.

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
[/Ayrik]
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vallon
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USA
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Posted - 19 Dec 2011 :  14:01:58  Show Profile Send vallon a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

I'm finding it difficult to visualize Ed perched on a telephone pole or sitting in a nest, preening his gaudy bearded headcrest and singing mellifluously to attract potential mates.

When you put it that way, I can kinda see it...;)
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createvmind
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Posted - 19 Dec 2011 :  16:35:58  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Thank you very much for that, THO. I hope Ed may have more to add, but is probably still covered by those puritanical NDAs (and thank you also Mr. Lowder for chiming-in ).

As for the last question, I am sure there are some types of powerful undead - Liches and Ancient dead (Mummies) - that can usurp another's control, and perhaps even free an enslaved minion. I don't know if any non-undead able to do that - maybe some psionic being (and Elder Brain or Aboleth?) I don't know if simple mental prowess would be able to override a magically (curse) based compulsion, though. I suppose it depends on how the individual DM handles the Psionic/Magic connection.

I'd be interested, of course, in hearing Ed's answer.



It was my understanding that Undead being immune to psionic mental manipulation are avoided by psionic beings? No?
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 20 Dec 2011 :  03:55:24  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
As I said, I'm not sure if some UBER-powerful psionic creature could possibly 'break through', thats why I said an elder brain, as opposed to a normal illithid.

And according to the Illithiad, Mindflayers fear undead, even the simple ones. They are completely invisible to their senses (and they don't show up on Infra-vision).

In the Realms, I am fairly certain there is some sort of connection between 'wild talents' psionics and magical ability, so there may be some point at which an incredibly powerful psionic creature can compel an undead, or even break a compulsion.

Hopefully, Ed will have something to say in this regard (and sorry for this interruption to his thread).

So I will just ask a question: Ed, were there ever more 'heavenly bodies' in Realmspace then there are currently?

Hows that for a doozy?

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


Edited by - Markustay on 20 Dec 2011 03:57:32
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 20 Dec 2011 :  04:23:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, everybody.
Markustay, I bring you a blindingly-fast response from Ed, re. this:
"Ed, were there ever more 'heavenly bodies' in Realmspace then there are currently?"
Ed replies:

Certainly! There was Shaeraelle of Neverwinter, and the stunning "Dark Laraerra" of Athkatla who was widely called the Lady of a Thousand Thousand Suitors, not to mention Lornlille of the Unforegotten Eyes, and . . .
ahem.
Oh, THOSE sort of heavenly bodies. Yes, there were. All details currently NDA. Sorry.

Heh. So saith Ed. Who didn't even mention the elven beauties, or the yaun-ti halfblood Jaspra of the Forked Tongue, whom we met in Realmsplay and Ed described as "stunningly" beautiful. Hmm.
love to all,
THO
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Charles Phipps
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Dec 2011 :  04:29:30  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Hey Ed,

Oddball question but what's Manshoon's opinion on the Shade? I was thinking about the PCs being in an "Enemy Mine" situation since I can't imagine he's particularly fond of them and might be a powerful ally against them (without the Pcs knowing).

Thanks.

My Blog: http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13103 Posts

Posted - 20 Dec 2011 :  19:03:29  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I half-expected that response (all three, really). Good to know Ed doesn't disappoint.

Thank Ed for the quick reply.

{And now I can't seem to get the erotic image of a beautiful scaled woman out of my head}

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

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Jakuta Khan
Senior Scribe

496 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  10:30:20  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
Hi again Ed and THO!

Now being back, before christmas many questions sprung to my mind regarding my beloved Goblinoids anew:

1. Holorarar, does this Hobgoblin kingdom exist or not? and if, what is the approximate size and number of inhabitants it has??

2. It is stated that the cloven Mountains goblin tribes are trading coal, iron and other stuff with humans and or demihumans around their area. Any information on who this wouldbe? erlkazar?? Tethyr? the Mintar or other lake of steam cities??

3. Orsarun mountains - it says there is a great population og hobgoblins as well as many other evil humanoids - are the hobgoblins eventually organized? and if so, how ;) ?

4. As with my current campaign, if some hobgoblins would try to setup a powerbase in the giant's run Mountains, the giant's plains and the troll mountains, would the secret ( discussed before, eventually existing ) hobgoblin organization remove them right away before they draw too much attention or wait how they do, and then decide if to support him or remove them?

5. This above mentioned organization - as far as I understand it, it couldbe seen similar to the triads in china, or japanese yakuza - existing highly underground, but with a huge influence - as said before, directing masses of humanoids to evil sorcerers etc. whenever needed.
Where would they have their origin??

6. Would the goblinoid mindset, alien to our human one, accept a caste system where different castes are set for the different subraces according to their weaknesses and strengths??

well, that is it for the time being, but I hope not to bother you all too much with this.

Waiting patiently for a short reply,
Jakuta Khan
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Dennis
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Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  11:29:00  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

Hi, Ed!

If the followers of a greater deity dwindle (considerably) in number, will he be demoted to lesser deity? Is there some rough estimate of the minimum number of followers that a deity must have to keep his position?

Every beginning has an end.
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Eldacar
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Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  13:11:08  Show Profile  Visit Eldacar's Homepage  Click to see Eldacar's MSN Messenger address Send Eldacar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Certainly! There was Shaeraelle of Neverwinter, and the stunning "Dark Laraerra" of Athkatla who was widely called the Lady of a Thousand Thousand Suitors, not to mention Lornlille of the Unforegotten Eyes, and . . .
ahem.

A minor question. Would Ed have lengthier descriptions of these beauties? Or be able to note particularly good comparisons (in looks and/or beauty, i.e. who they might look similar to) to actresses/models/their ilk today?

Also, how far did the "Lady of a Thousand Thousand Suitors" title extend beyond Athkatla? Would one expect her name and/or a basic description to be known in Cormyr, or Waterdeep? Or Sembia, or Aglarond, or Thay?

"It always ends. That's what gives it value." ~Death of the Endless
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Marc
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Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  13:17:02  Show Profile Send Marc a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One



Marc, you'll have to ask TSR folks where "Damara" came from, because they added it to the Realms (rolling back one of Ed's glaciers to do so). "Vaasa" was also added ...



So Ed doesn't use Damara in his game?

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by Marc

Hi, what is the origin of the names ''Damara'' and ''Impiltur'', are they named after a person, or a tribe, or something else?



I provided an "origin" for the name of Impiltur in my DRAGON magazine article on the realm (#357).

The first leader of the people that would in time form the kingdom of "old" Impiltur was a Jhaamdathi refugee named Impil who built a keep on the site of a ruined dwarven delve (now the site of present-day Lyrabar which may or may not have ties name-wise with the ancient dwarf site) on a small hillock which people came to call Impil's Tor. Over time usage shortened the place to Impiltur and that was the name adopted by his descendants when the kingdom of the same name was founded before the raising of the Standing Stone.

-- George Krashos




Thanks, that's what I'm looking for.

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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13103 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  16:05:45  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Ed did not have Vassa and Damara - the map was altered to fit the pre-existing Bloodstone products. We have enough lore to indicate there was a recent (as in, in the past few centuries) event that helped the melting along (see both The Great Glacier and 2e Player's Guide to the Forgotten Realms for hints about a least one Moonsea North tearfall).

@Jakuta Khan - The goblinoids most likely trade with traveling merchants, who are much more willing to take such chances to make coin. Humanoids would not be allowed (usually) within human settlements, and they wouldn't trust humans (and demi-humans) representing a nearby political entity (Kingdom, citysdtate, etc) to enter their region. A similar situation exists in The North, in regards to the Uthgardt tribes. Merchant caravans are the backbone of the Realms.

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


Edited by - Markustay on 21 Dec 2011 16:16:47
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Jakuta Khan
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Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  17:08:01  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
@markustay

as usual, thanks for your input, i thought so as well, but would have loved the idea that it was different in this specific reason.

i can also picture organisations like th iron throne etc. trading with evil humanoids, but this was the reason for my question, if it actually WAS different in this region.....
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Dec 2011 :  17:13:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
This time I bring you Ed's response to this August 15th (ahem, of this year) query from Alystra Illianniis: "How would one go about freeing drow captives of other houses, rescuing orphaned children of fallen Houses, and/or recruiting young and/or disgruntled ones from under the noses of Matrons in a place like Menzo? I have this campaign with a small band disguised as traveling entertainers and merchants (like an Underdark gypsy band doing some covert mission to spirit away those drow children or adults (especially slaves and homeless) to a new home. The band is led by some Eilistraeeans, BTW. How would one go about this without getting caught (and presumably sacrificed to Lolth!)?"
Ed replies:

I'd say what chiefly determines tactics here are the beliefs of the band - - will they willingly impersonate high-ranking holy servants of Lolth? If the answer is yes, that's the best "cover guise" for collecting or recruiting drow, captive or otherwise: purport to be on a holy mission from Lolth. Of course, this may well lead to vicious armed conflict with local priestesses, but that's a likelihood anyway, and the fear most drow have for offending Lolth will lead them to be slow to act against anyone claiming Lolth's special favor or guidance. One thing to bear in mind: the novels give a false impression that Lolth herself is everywhere among the drow, paying constant attention to everything they do (so falsely claiming to be representing her interests would bring about her furious personal arrival, on the spot). Not so. She's very busy riding herd on important individual drow she wants to influence, furthering her own schemes, and deriving much personal amusement from many drow activities, some undertaken in her name and some not.
A riskier fallback tactic would be to use shapechange magics to try to impersonate yochlol, to accomplish the same ends. Yet risk is unavoidable in this mission, no matter how it's undertaken. Those desiring to avoid the Lolth angle are going to have to either do the "lightning commndo raid" or try the much slower and just as risky approach of trying to infiltrate drow house after drow house, gain a magical mental hold over its Matron or another high-ranker, and have the captives freed/transferred to the band "on their orders."
Heh. Good luck. They'll need it.

So saith Ed. Who is hard at work on yet more Realms goodies for us all, right now.
love,
THO
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Rhewtani
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I hadn't noticed this until recently and I am not sure if this was more of a 3E going forward issue or not. I am wondering if there's something to all the mentionings of different elemental quirks in Thar? Mysteries of the Moonsea (Reid, Reynolds) has a couple of sites that have key elemental features. I believe Monument of the Ancients had an elemental forge (James^2). The tribes of Thar article mentions a rife to the elemental plane of fire (Baker). Three separate projects that all bear the hints. Is that coming from some sort of common source material?
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 25 Dec 2011 :  05:14:07  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Hi Ed, and THO. I hope you're both having a good run-up to the end of the year. Will the old gang be getting back together again?

I have a pair of questions. The first I could have sworn I asked, but a search of the Keep turns up nothing, so I must be mistaken. If not, please forgive me, and hopefully Sage or Wooly can point me to where it got answered. Rereading my copy of Volo's Guide to All Things Magical, I noticed that there isn't an actual recipe for the Great Elixir, as there is for the others. However, Volo's remarks seem to indicate that there should be a recipe. Did it get cut out for space or other reasons, and can you share it with us now?

The second question is a bit more personal. If there is a Realmsplay session in the near future, would it be possible for us to afterward get a Cliff Notes version as to what kinds of mayhem, plots, mayhem, magic, mayhem, intrigue, and also perhaps mayhem that the Knights get up to?

Thanks as always, and have a wonderful holiday and end of the year!

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Ayrik
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Canada
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Posted - 25 Dec 2011 :  05:38:21  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
Volo does point out that "the so-called great elixir" is largely based on rumor and minstrels' fancy, its (perhaps ancient) origin is forgotten, and that several incorrect (and deadly) versions of the formula are known to exist. The text then implies that Elminster knows the proper formula.

Later segments of text appear to be misplaced in a haphazard fashion. This suggests to me that Volo's (Elminster's) formula was somehow lost in somebody's extradimensional clipboard. Such an oversight is clearly inconsistent with Volo's usually careful, methodical, and extraordinarily precise writing style ... I can only surmise that some agency has magically removed this powerful formula from all copies of Volo's Guide.

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
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