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Synthalus
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USA
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Posted - 28 Feb 2011 :  20:36:08  Show Profile  Visit Synthalus's Homepage Send Synthalus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Unicorns with pink ribbons and velvet covered wings. !

with Howitzers attached to there sides right?

"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
— H.P. Lovecraft (The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories)
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Ayrik
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Posted - 28 Feb 2011 :  20:56:52  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is exactly why you shouldn't drink the water in Cormyr.

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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Fingal
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Posted - 28 Feb 2011 :  21:20:19  Show Profile  Visit Fingal's Homepage Send Fingal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
20 hard drinking, hard swearing, well armed Dwarves would do me. Especially riding big, hairy war pigs. Oh yes.
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Synthalus
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Posted - 28 Feb 2011 :  22:33:13  Show Profile  Visit Synthalus's Homepage Send Synthalus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
nice touch with the warpigs fingal. question would there battle cry sound like the ozzy osbourne song?

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And with strange aeons even death may die."
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Synthalus
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Posted - 01 Mar 2011 :  12:06:52  Show Profile  Visit Synthalus's Homepage Send Synthalus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
if the forces of the Zhentarim where to join with the forces of the red wizards of thay and the empire of kara-tur is there anyone on faerun that could stop them from steamrolling over the entire world?

"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
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Wonderbringer
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Posted - 01 Mar 2011 :  14:10:23  Show Profile  Visit Wonderbringer's Homepage Send Wonderbringer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
5,000 Techsmiths/Gondar would be something to see... kept in reserve with under orders to turn out Gondsmen, with various golems and seige engines, I would foresee quite a wondrous war. Also having a few of them in the field to repair the troops and blow up any major problems would make it a nigh-unstoppable force.
That being if I wanted to bring glory and wonder to The Realms... if the aim were only death then give me a few thousand Phaerimm to feed.

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ChieftainTwilight
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Posted - 15 Mar 2011 :  21:09:58  Show Profile  Send ChieftainTwilight a Yahoo! Message Send ChieftainTwilight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have to say, I'd probably use a force of Humanoid "Monsters", because most of teh more powerful forces listed here all have alterior motives, or are just very taxing to control. Dragons? Slaad? seriously? I'd hate to think what would happen when we get close to victory and someone decides to mutiny. >.>

so, I'd probably use Orcs, Goblins, or Lesser Giants of some kind (like Ogres, or Trolls).

and a heart can only break so many times
and I've been to hell and back so many times
and I've seen folks walk away so many times
but just like anyone else I gotta stand up by myself
and a heart can only break so many times
a heart can only break so many times
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ChieftainTwilight
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Posted - 15 Mar 2011 :  21:17:04  Show Profile  Send ChieftainTwilight a Yahoo! Message Send ChieftainTwilight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I got one word for ya'...

Pikachu!

And if I can teach him how to Airbend, perform Alchemy, and go Super-Saiyan 4 so much the better.



don't keep it to just one setting, now! XD break every world barrier, why don't ya.

and a heart can only break so many times
and I've been to hell and back so many times
and I've seen folks walk away so many times
but just like anyone else I gotta stand up by myself
and a heart can only break so many times
a heart can only break so many times
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Elfinblade
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Posted - 11 Apr 2011 :  10:45:43  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt James

Man, tough question. My first incline was to go with the Red Wizards, but after careful thought, I went with the Purple Knights. There are some things that you can't account for in war, and one of them is discipline. I feel that Cormyr could field the most disciplined army on Faerun.



quote:
Originally posted by Garfed

My first inclination is to go with the Red Wizards, but after careful consideration, I went with the purple knight. There are some things you can not explain in the war, one of which is discipline. I think the energy field of Cormyr Phelan of the most disciplined army...





Hmm. Weirdness ensues.
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Fellfire
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Posted - 11 Apr 2011 :  11:56:28  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One of those two must be an Illithid, controlling the mind of the other and who knows how many other Scribes here at the 'Keep. I think it safer to burn them both.

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Elfinblade
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Posted - 11 Apr 2011 :  15:19:49  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

One of those two must be an Illithid, controlling the mind of the other and who knows how many other Scribes here at the 'Keep. I think it safer to burn them both.



I concur.
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 11 Apr 2011 :  18:26:52  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

One of those two must be an Illithid, controlling the mind of the other and who knows how many other Scribes here at the 'Keep. I think it safer to burn them both.



I concur.



Heh, it seems a spammer got thru, and was for some reason using a machine translation. I wondered at the odd wording of his post, but I didn't realize initially that he was simply quoting previous posts in the same thread. Interesting methodology, but he/she/it oddly only posted three times.

Those posts are now gone.

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Edited by - Wooly Rupert on 11 Apr 2011 18:27:04
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Elfinblade
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Posted - 11 Apr 2011 :  18:55:18  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert


Those posts are now gone.



Huzzah! The revenge of the space hamster can be dire indeed.
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Sill Alias
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Kazakhstan
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  08:27:07  Show Profile  Visit Sill Alias's Homepage Send Sill Alias a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I actually hate big fights. The world conquering could be really cool if it is acted by small group with guerila tactics. Sorry for not sounding realistic in fantasy campaign.

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Synthalus
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  20:10:09  Show Profile  Visit Synthalus's Homepage Send Synthalus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
a global forgotten realms war would be epic and the reverberations from it would be long lasting and facsinating. it would either unify the planet or destroy it.

"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
— H.P. Lovecraft (The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories)
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 14 Apr 2011 :  20:44:47  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Synthalus

a global forgotten realms war would be epic and the reverberations from it would be long lasting and facsinating. it would either unify the planet or destroy it.



I can't agree... I don't see why or how there could be a global war, particularly with issues of logistics. And I'm even more skeptical about it unifying the planet.

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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 16 Apr 2011 :  07:18:17  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I can't agree... I don't see why or how there could be a global war, particularly with issues of logistics. And I'm even more skeptical about it unifying the planet.



-The closest there was in regards to a global war was probably the Tuigan horde, and that was mostly confined to Central/Eastern Faerūn and Eastern/Central Kara-Tur. And, as evidenced in Crusade, look how hard it was for King Azoun IV to put together an army representing Cormyr, the Dales, and the Zhents. Add more players to the mix, with all of their own specific political agendas, and it gets even more complex and unwieldy.

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Thauranil
Master of Realmslore

India
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Posted - 23 Mar 2012 :  16:49:23  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made an emotional choice and picked the Hand of Mask. Could i conquer the world with them? , well probably not but it would certainly be a war to remember.
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Snow
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Posted - 23 Mar 2012 :  17:28:13  Show Profile Send Snow a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If looking at this query from a D&D rules perspective (let's chose 3.5/Pathfinder rules, for example), you would want as many primary, Tier-1 spellcasters in your ranks as possible. Meaning - wizards, clerics, etc. Since every one of the listed armies has higher-level officers and specialists, your higher-level primary spellcasters will now have significant force-multiplier capabilities via Planar Binding-style conjuration/calling spells. Those calling spells can be customized or tailored to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses when fighting a specific enemy.

So the answer here looks to be like the Red Wizards. Especially when you take into consideration the optimization aspects of Circle Magic .... and .... their unusually superior organizational discipline when compared to other aggregate gatherings of spellcasters.

Edited by - Snow on 23 Mar 2012 17:29:05
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 23 Mar 2012 :  17:37:10  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thauranil

I made an emotional choice and picked the Hand of Mask. Could i conquer the world with them? , well probably not but it would certainly be a war to remember.



Very briefly, at least.

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Dennis
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Posted - 23 Mar 2012 :  23:52:43  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

If I was going to wage war across Faerūn, I'd want more than 5000 troops.


If we go by 'brute force' alone, yes. But, 'wars' are not just hurling spells at each other, or swinging swords. Manipulation is also considered a subtle form of war, for like war in its bloody form, goal of manipulation is the same: to throw a realm off balance and eventually conquer it.

Every beginning has an end.
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

If I was going to wage war across Faerūn, I'd want more than 5000 troops.


If we go by 'brute force' alone, yes. But, 'wars' are not just hurling spells at each other, or swinging swords. Manipulation is also considered a subtle form of war, for like war in its bloody form, goal of manipulation is the same: to throw a realm off balance and eventually conquer it.



Irrelevant. You'd still need more than 5000 people to sway every single government on the planet, and to maintain that influence.

Besides, at some point, you'll need force -- either to directly use it or to threaten to. And again, for that, you need more than 5000 troops.

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Dennis
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Dennis

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

If I was going to wage war across Faerūn, I'd want more than 5000 troops.


If we go by 'brute force' alone, yes. But, 'wars' are not just hurling spells at each other, or swinging swords. Manipulation is also considered a subtle form of war, for like war in its bloody form, goal of manipulation is the same: to throw a realm off balance and eventually conquer it.


Irrelevant. You'd still need more than 5000 people to sway every single government on the planet, and to maintain that influence.

Besides, at some point, you'll need force -- either to directly use it or to threaten to. And again, for that, you need more than 5000 troops.


The Shadovar took Sembia with less than 5000 troops. Granted it's not the entire world, but one realm at a time is way better than trying to conquer them all at once; and for that, 500o troops may be sufficient, depending on how well you use them.

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Nilus Reynard
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Posted - 24 Mar 2012 :  11:00:23  Show Profile Send Nilus Reynard a Private Message  Reply with Quote
5000 Priests of Garagos.

Garagos is the deity of War, Skill-at-arms, Destruction, & Plunder. If you were fighting a war just to win, not caring about the slaughter of those considered innocents/non-combatants and the cost of the war on economies & infastructure, then the priests of Garagos would be the force that you wanted. You may go down in history as one of the most bloodthirsty warlords to ever step onto a battlefield, but if it wins the war for you.....

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Icelander
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Posted - 24 Mar 2012 :  11:10:49  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nilus Reynard

5000 Priests of Garagos.

Garagos is the deity of War, Skill-at-arms, Destruction, & Plunder. If you were fighting a war just to win, not caring about the slaughter of those considered innocents/non-combatants and the cost of the war on economies & infastructure, then the priests of Garagos would be the force that you wanted. You may go down in history as one of the most bloodthirsty warlords to ever step onto a battlefield, but if it wins the war for you.....


Meh.

When your soldiers are more concerned with individual glory, plunder and destruction than doing their jobs, you aren't going to win.

What wins wars are the boring things, the staff officers who arrange your logistics chain so that your front-line troops have food and water, the troops who dig latrines so that half your men aren't down with dysentery and typhoid fever, the officers who remember that ten disciplined soldiers who stand their ground will win over ten blood-crazed maniacs who charge them one at a time, etc.

Individual skill at arms and courage is no match for a professional military. Witness Caesar vs. Vercingetorix. The Gauls were warriors, they had passion, numbers, individual skill and a lot of courage. The Romans had engineers, clerks and soldiers. One-on-one, warriors might beat soldiers. But on the macroscale, soldiers beat warriors hands down.

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Edited by - Icelander on 24 Mar 2012 11:12:44
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