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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 06 Mar 2012 :  00:49:17  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, everyone. I also received this, from Ed, a partial reply in passing to Menelvagor's queries: "Firstly, how common is it for the women (whether noble or not) of Cormyr to engage in war? Not as a last resort; as their primary occupation. Alusair always seemed to be completely alone in this regard, but in Cormyr: a Novel, the person who seemed closest to Duar and fought by his side was Elvarin Truesilver. Was this a by-product of those desperate times, or is Alusair not the first noblewoman in the history of Cormyr to take up the sword and become a warrior?"
Ed replies:

Making war (or even border patrolling) was NOT Alusair's primary occupation.
However, I take your intent.
Many women in Cormyr have joined the Purple Dragons, taken employment as armed guards, and so on. Less than an average of, say, fifteen percent or so in peacetime, but that percentage doubles if you include (volunteer) militia membership. And rises sharply if the realm is actively at war. It comes down to more women than men being better at craftwork, and so needed not just "in the home," but to keep making and repairing things and keeping foodstuffs moving to supply garrisons and armies on the move. (And more men than women having the strength and interest to drill with polearms and swing swords.) Aside from the skilled "making of things," women have always excelled and predominated in Cormyr at horsebreeding and horse training (and the breeding and training of oxen and mules, too).
So female warriors are by no means unknown, but are certainly less common than male warriors.


So saith Ed. Who tells me some of your requests about specific individuals are NDA, but will tell you so properly when he's had the time to check details on this.
love,
THO
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TBeholder
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Posted - 06 Mar 2012 :  10:48:32  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message
Expanding on the question about what does and doesn't use Weave: what about secondary power sources (quasimagic)? Again, dead magic areas give this direct and very noticeable in-universe practical implications.
Does a mythallar's emission/emanation/reflection of the Weave/whatever, once produced, power spells up all by itself? I.e. suppose an active mythallar sits in the area of working Weave / Shadow Weave (whichever it uses); a Netherese quasimagic item powered by it enters a "dead" area, but remains in the mythallar's range - is it still working normally, or rendered inactive like a normal magic item or what?
The same for infusion quasimagic: when a faerzess-soaked drow sword enters a dead magic area - what happens? Does it shut down immediately and completely? Or does it remain a highly enchanted weapon for all intent and purpose until its radiation recharge depletes? And does it begin to deplete as soon as removed from the faerzess area or only upon entering dead magic? In either case, how were the answers to these questions changed by Liriel's patch?

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Markustay
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Posted - 06 Mar 2012 :  18:05:59  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
The Mythalars area-of-effect would stop at the border of the dead magic zone, regardless.


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The Hooded One
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Posted - 06 Mar 2012 :  18:40:37  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I should note in his reply above that when Ed says "craftwork," he means in the Realms sense (making of items sold in shops, a.k.a. "goods guildwork"), not in the modern North American "arts and crafts" meaning of the word.
Latest Ed news: the "When The Villain Comes Home" anthology is rolling along; he's penned a new short-short story about Kurdag the bomb-hurling kobold ("Can I blow it up now? Can I? How'bout NOW?") for the Shadowlands Pathfinder project that some alert scribes have spotted as a 99-cent e-story (not avilable in print form) at DriveThru, presumably elsewhere soon; the FORESHADOWS: THE GHOSTS OF ZERO book/music CD/art near-future dystopian sf anthology that Ed and several other familiar-to-D&D-fiction-readers authors have stories in is out; THE NEW HERO Volume 1 (edited by Robin Laws, and again with contributions by Ed and by other writers familiar to gamers) is gearing up for release from Stone Skin Press . . . and Ed is hard at work on lots of stuff he can't talk about yet. Truly, the man never sleeps. :}
love to all,
THO
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Icelander
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Posted - 07 Mar 2012 :  00:20:29  Show Profile  Visit Icelander's Homepage Send Icelander a Private Message
Quick question:

Obviously, the empire of Shou Lung exports silk to Faerun and just as obviously, this silk is in great demand, since it's worth it to cart it over thousands of miles.

I noticed a long time ago that Sembia appears to make its own silk and I immediately thought of the repeated attempts by nations in our history to break the Chinese silk monopoly by stealing silkworms and the secrets of keeping and breeding them. And that sounds just like something the Sembians would do. So I thought: "Cool, some enterprising adventuring merchant stole the secret of silk!". I also noticed that the secret seems to be confined to them, not shared with Heartlands powers, and that makes sense. If you manage to steal it from the original owner, you're going to be wary of anyone trying the same thing with you.

Shou silk is still sought after and worth moving over all that land, which costs a fortune, which means either that the Sembians can't meet but a fraction of the demand or that Sembian silk is somehow inferior. I suspect that it's a combination of both, but more importantly the latter. There are likely to be many problems with precisely duplicating the optimal conditions and diet, especially if you stole the breeding stock and bribed a servant to instruct you in how it's done.

But, and don't worry, there is a question here, I noticed something else, too. When I was thinking about who'd have the secret in Sembia and how rich this would make a merchant family, I remembered that the Overmaster of Sembia in the 50s and the 60s was named Yarnmaster. How does that fit into your 'textile-makers sick and tired of paying through the nose for Shou silk and send an adventurous young family member on a quest over half the world'!

So, my question is, is the Yarnmaster family involved in the Sembian silk business?

A yes or no answer would do.

But if you're feeling generous, I'd appreciate being told if any of the above is off-base, if, for example, silk making is not a secret at all in the Realms, but there is some other reason it is still profitable to cart Shou silk to Faerun. I'd also love any and all details on the state of Sembian silk making and trade, along with information on who controls the secret.

I've got players controlling a merchant house in the Vast and the ambitious Murlak Solstice, formerly of Saerloon, could get involved in trying to spread the knowledge of silk making to other... deserving parties.

*Generally, ones owned at least 50% by said Murlak Solstice, de jure or de facto.

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Markustay
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Posted - 07 Mar 2012 :  22:20:13  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
^ Good question ^

Ed, I just read an interview with you about the new comic - what era is it set in?

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Dennis
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Posted - 08 Mar 2012 :  04:35:54  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

As a follow to MT's above post:

Are we not going to see some old FR characters?

Every beginning has an end.
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LetumLux
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Posted - 08 Mar 2012 :  14:46:29  Show Profile  Click to see LetumLux's MSN Messenger address Send LetumLux a Private Message
Sorry if this has been answered before, there are so many pages of search results to wade through!

Are there any Netherese (or Loross, for that matter) words or phrases that Ed crafted with his languamancy, besides the names of the Enclaves? I've been poking around, and the most I could find was an old post from 2000 that stated “Mishkel” as a Netherese word for
"sphere" and “Alkior” as a Netherese word for "shatter". ( http://oracle.wizards.com/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0006d&L=realms-l&D=1&P=21615 )

Thanks in advance!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Mar 2012 :  18:33:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
LetumLux, I know Ed provided TSR with a brief Netherese glossary just before the original slade-penned Netheril boxed set was written, and that it wasn't used at the time. That makes it NDA by definition, but off your query goes to Ed to see if he can reveal any of its contents, or new linguistic lore . . .
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Mar 2012 :  18:37:22  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And hello again, fellow scribes.
Markustay and Dennis, I strongly suspect the answers to both of your questions are NDA by the very nature of the licensing agreement between IDW and WotC, though I think one of Ed's interviews with various comic sites and blogs and publications MIGHT reveal the time setting of the comic (an interview that isn't out yet; the "might" is due to the fact that the wording in any such interview has to be approved by Wizards before it can be published).
Dennis, I'm sure Ed will write elderly characters as well as youthful ones into the comic.
If you mean ESTABLISHED characters...well, of course such details will be NDA. Try asking Apple the technical details of their future products.
love to all,
THO
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 08 Mar 2012 :  23:26:35  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,

A Xraunrarr question, if I may: Do Xraunrarr keep humans in stasis like humans keep wine in a bottle?

I hope I haven't run smack into a brand new NDA with this question. But then again maybe I do, as this might mean something more on the Xraunrarr will be printed soon.

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Eldacar
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Posted - 09 Mar 2012 :  11:09:41  Show Profile  Visit Eldacar's Homepage  Click to see Eldacar's MSN Messenger address Send Eldacar a Private Message
I'll throw a question into the mix based around the Baldur's Gate topic in the general chat forum. It may (probably) hit NDA walls, but can't hurt to try, I guess.

Is Ed ever consulted specifically for video game adaptions of the FR setting? I mean, he may give advice or send in notes/lore if it's needed for a particular publication that WotC is planning to release, but is he ever asked specifically for input to video games? Does it happen often? If so, how does it work? Since game companies and WotC (and TSR before them) would have their own arrangement, does Ed get any input into that, even if it's just one company or the other asking for notes he has about a specific region that they're planning on using?

And, if he can say anything at all, might Ed have been consulted recently with regard to the region around perhaps, say, the Sword Coast?

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George Krashos
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Posted - 10 Mar 2012 :  06:19:31  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by LetumLux

I've been poking around, and the most I could find was an old post from 2000 that stated “Mishkel” as a Netherese word for
"sphere" and “Alkior” as a Netherese word for "shatter". ( http://oracle.wizards.com/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0006d&L=realms-l&D=1&P=21615 )



Those words are fan-created and not from Ed. Although they sound appropriately Realmsian.:)

-- George Krashos

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Markustay
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Posted - 10 Mar 2012 :  16:16:40  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Not to 'step on toes' or anything, but I have always assumed that the names in the Netheril box were translations into common/English for our benefit.

And hopefully (hint hint), someday someone will write an article about 'ancient Netheril' and we could get some of the Netherese names (UNtranslated).

I have to admit, this has been one of my fondest wishes for quite some time (since I found out where those names really came from). Maybe 5e can fix this? PLEEEEEEASE?


BTW: What language did the Netherese speak? (sorry, no longer have sources)

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


Edited by - Markustay on 10 Mar 2012 16:17:04
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 10 Mar 2012 :  17:51:21  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

BTW: What language did the Netherese speak? (sorry, no longer have sources)



Pretty sure it was Loross, as mentioned earlier.

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The Sage
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Posted - 11 Mar 2012 :  00:46:09  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
Netherese was the language of "Low Netheril," and is an ancestor of Halruuan. Loross was the language of "High Netheril" -- the floating enclaves. Both used the Draconic script according to the FRCS.

For the Netherese survivors and descendents who created Halruaa, while Halruaan itself is a descendent tongue of both Netherese and Lorass... there still may be some who revere or retain parts of the older individual languages.

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MalariaMoon
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Posted - 11 Mar 2012 :  13:30:27  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

I'm creating a Lantanese Gnome character who I envisage as something of a mercantile ambassador selling Lantanese gadgets around the Realms. I wonder if Ed can supply us with some names, and perhaps a few details concerning different Lantanese/Merchant 'guilds' (if such things exist there) and the inventions/creations they specialize in?

Many thanks!
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MalariaMoon
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Posted - 11 Mar 2012 :  13:35:51  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message
In addition to the above, I've also given him the Animal Friends feat, and I was wondering if Ed could tell us a little about some of Lantan's indigenous wildlife (particularly small feathered or furred critters).

Thanks again!
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 15 Mar 2012 :  15:55:29  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
A question for Ed from his latest Eye on the Realms article The Merendil Gold.

Does the Merendil lore regarding Alathea Merendil speak to whether or not she bore and reared children during her rumored three centuries and 43 husbands worth of life?

Spiteful and hedonistic though she may have been, I wonder just how many Merendil descendants can draw their lineage back to her—as well what effect the blood of the dragon had on them while they were in her womb?

Great article, by the way. Already itching for the next one.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 15 Mar 2012 :  17:30:11  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all!
Ed has promised me he will send me some more substantial Realmslore answers the moment he can snatch the time, but he answered Jeremy's above post with lightning speed:


Hi, Jeremy! Glad you're enjoying these Eye pieces; I had a blast doing this year's crop. :}
Although I can't yet share details (I'll check, and see what I can reveal), Alathea Merendil had quite a few children early on in her life, and they in turn had quite a few descendants.
As for the effects of the blood of the dragon: NDA right now, but hopefully soon . . .
And I can't yet let slip too much more Xraunrarr lore, but YES, they keep and have kept human prisoners, and yes, some of them have been in magical stasis.
(Cue obligatory "bwoohahaha." ;} )



So saith Ed, creator of the Realms. When the lightbulb that's the sun needs changing, he's the guy who goes and gets the folding ladder.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 15 Mar 2012 17:43:40
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Oh sweet lady you are a delight on an gray, rainy day. Please give my thanks to Ed for such a swift reply. I'm all smiles on this side of the monitor.

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Gareth Yaztromo
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Posted - 17 Mar 2012 :  13:41:08  Show Profile  Visit Gareth Yaztromo's Homepage Send Gareth Yaztromo a Private Message
Ed, this is not FR related... but I think I saw your long, lost twin. I was watching Kevin Smith's (that "Clerks" guy) new non-scripted reality show "Comic Book Men", and saw his friend Bryan Johnson (a fellow filmmaker and comic book writer who has appeared in most of Smith's films) looking a lot like you (http://www.amctv.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/cbm1-bryan-cast-590.jpg) -- i.e. beard and hair.

"Gereth Yaztromo is arguably the most famous wizard of Allansia due to his part in a number of the most well known sagas of that region from the third century AC. He is also known as one of the three Star Pupils of the Grand Wizard of Yore.."

Edited by - Gareth Yaztromo on 17 Mar 2012 13:42:37
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The Sage
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Posted - 17 Mar 2012 :  15:39:14  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
Wait. Comic Book Men has already aired on Australian television?

Which network is broadcasting the series, Gareth?

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Gareth Yaztromo
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Posted - 17 Mar 2012 :  22:20:09  Show Profile  Visit Gareth Yaztromo's Homepage Send Gareth Yaztromo a Private Message
No it hasn't been aired here yet. I was given the downloaded episodes. But I will purchase it once it comes out on DVD--I have all of Smith's films and live performances.

"Gereth Yaztromo is arguably the most famous wizard of Allansia due to his part in a number of the most well known sagas of that region from the third century AC. He is also known as one of the three Star Pupils of the Grand Wizard of Yore.."
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Ayrik
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Ed is far more than just another guy with beard and hair.

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