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Ayrik
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 04 Jan 2012 :  04:06:32  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
quote:
The Hooded One

(Ayrik: Ed doesn't smoke a pipe. Elminster does. The two are not one and the same person, any more than Ed is Mirt, or Elaith, or Storm, or The Simbul, or Azoun, or Piergeiron, or Manshoon, or Szass Tam, or any of the other thousands of NPCs Ed has created.)
Whoops. I'd always assumed that since smoking a pipe was such an ubiquitously cultivated signature trait for Elminster it must also be an affectation shared by Ed. Many of my (favourite) NPCs can invariably be identified through their expression of my own personal quirks and preferences. Perhaps Ed simply possesses superior imagination and acting skills.

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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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 04 Jan 2012 :  04:35:05  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Heres a question I think I've seen asked before, or at least one very similar, but I hope my putting a broader scope on it will allow it to be considered a new question.

If someone were to come to you, and say "I've got this world..." (I'm sure you've heard that a number of times), and wanted to have you contribute to it (for pay, of course), and you had the time (and I'm sure you've politely used that excuse to turn down projects you had no interest in), what would YOU like to write about?

Races, locales, interesting characters, organizations, artifacts, kingdoms, etc?

In other words, do you have a favorite topic that you would love to develop further?


And BTW, I buy my lottery tickets at a supermarket that sold the 206 million dollar winner here in NY the other day, which made me start thinking about what project I'd love to finish if I had the money, which made me think of this question (I have a list of talented artists, authors, and designers I would call upon, if I had deep enough pockets).

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MalariaMoon
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Posted - 04 Jan 2012 :  15:52:37  Show Profile  Visit MalariaMoon's Homepage Send MalariaMoon a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

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Another wrested a magic item from Illistyl, tried to use it - - and succeeded in alerting The Simbul and calling her to the battle. Where she fought VERY effectively on our side.



I don't doubt it!('')

I do have a question for Ed now. I'm writing an adventure in which the PCs will be searching for a lost piece of magic left behind by the wizards cabal known as the Circle of Flames (or the Circle of the Flames) in Myth Drannor. The Circle are referenced briefly in "Ruins of Myth Drannor" and a few other sources, but I wonder if Ed could tell us a little more about them?

Specifically, I'm seeking details of their school or stronghold within Myth Drannor - the ruins will be the eventual destination and main dungeon for the quest. Any tidbits on defenses or magic therein would be icing on the cake!

Furthermore, the link between the (first incarnation of) War Wizards and the Circle of Flames will be central to the adventure's plot. "Ruins of Myth Drannor" tells us survivors of the Circle of Flames trained some of Cormyr's first War Wizards. Can Ed share anything of who these mages were, and what exactly he taught them.

Hopefully none of this NDA (shhh ... don't even say the word!)

Finally, my sincerest thanks to Ed for sharing the Realms with us, and to you as his kind intermediary.

Thanks!
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 05 Jan 2012 :  18:12:08  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
MalariaMoon, you're very welcome. Off your queries have gone to Ed, to see what he can share.
In the meantime, this from Ed to createvmind:

"Ottar" was really Ilsral Ottamar of Amn, a wizard who fled deadly intrigues in that land to dwell in seclusion in Rashemen. He aided many witches with his magic and his teachings of it, and they came to respect and then (after his death) revere him.

So saith Ed. Who adds that's the "quickie, avoiding NDAs" version of lore, and more may be forthcoming later...
love,
THO

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Eilserus
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Posted - 06 Jan 2012 :  00:51:03  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Hi THO and Ed,
I was digging around in the Realms Mailing list for dalelands underdark info and found a few tidbits about the original concept of Maerimydra:

Lake of Shadows - After discussions with Ed Greenwood, I learned that the
route from Shadowdale to Maerimydra crossed a large subterranean lake. Hence,
the lake. Details currently unknown.

On September 27, 2006 Eric Boyd said: Also note that they didn't put Maerimydra where I intended it to be in CotSQ, although the placement is reasonable. Drawing on a my conversation with Ed, I intended it to be under the Moonsea (or nearly so), as you can guess from a close reading of DDGttU.
Basically the only real changes would be to make the connection via Haptooth Hill far less important and to make the infamous "sea drow" of "The Moonsea" part of this settlement (but in a radically different way than the rumors posited in "The Moonsea"). I had this weird idea at the time that the drow might have clear domes in the roof of their cavern popping up into the sea floor. So you could levitate up and stand in air on the floor of the Moonsea.

I found this very interesting information and was wondering, have the Knights ever been to Maerimydra? Does Ed's homebrew campaign have a version of Maerimydra similar to the above? The above information almost infers Maerimydra rests on the shores of the Moondeep Sea or possibly caverns very close to the bottom of the Moonsea?
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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 06 Jan 2012 :  07:50:03  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
The new year has invigorated me, and a personal problem has spurred me to ask a question: What is the status of Wills in the Realms, assuming they exist?
That is, obviously inheritance laws vary from country to country, and possibly from class to class. But are belonging divided by Wills which the deceased leaves? Can they be contested? It seems to me that anyone could find a cleric to cast Speak With Dead - can such a spell be used to invalidate an existing will, or to apply some sort of division assuming no will was left? Again, obviously the rules would vary from country to country, so I think I'd like a focus on Cormyr and Waterdeep.
As always, endless gratitude for taking the time to share the Realms and edify us.

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Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

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Wolfhound75
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USA
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Posted - 06 Jan 2012 :  15:46:19  Show Profile Send Wolfhound75 a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Have we discovered a time portal?

Seriously, I am boycotting this thread for another 5 hours. None of that weird 'upside down' time from the merry ol' land of Oz for me.



I'm a little late catching up on this thread but...

I thought chronomancy was strictly verboten!


Thanks to Ed and THO for continuing this very worthy scroll!


Good Hunting!

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"If at first you do succeed, you must've rolled a natural 20!"
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Gareth Yaztromo
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Australia
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Posted - 06 Jan 2012 :  21:44:59  Show Profile  Visit Gareth Yaztromo's Homepage Send Gareth Yaztromo a Private Message
Ed, I know this has probably been asked a million times; but will there ever be a novel (or three?) on The Four (Durnan, Mirt, Asper and Randal Morn) and how they met?

"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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Caolin
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  03:31:27  Show Profile Send Caolin a Private Message
Hello all. I got a question for Ed or anyone else knowledgeable on this topic. I'm curious about the origins of the Calendar of Harptos and the names of its months. Which civilization of Faerun created the calendar and how were the names of each month derived?

Edited by - Caolin on 07 Jan 2012 03:46:49
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Ayrik
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Canada
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  04:18:39  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
THO has already answered some questions about Harptos in this scroll. The information she provided is brief since Harptos himself was apparently only given the briefest of descriptions. Some wiki sites also claim Harptos was a wizard. Most agree that he died a long time ago.

The Calendar of Harptos itself has been documented in numerous sources. I personally suspect the colloquial names for months and days (which vary slightly from region to region) were largely passed down over centuries and their sources are largely forgotten; most seem to be named after various seasonal events of interest to farmers. Our own calendar was originally devised by the Romans and so the origin of month names are primarily based on Roman influences (names of Roman deities and emperors, plus various Latin terms) while the origin of day names are based on a mixture of Roman religious terms with the names of Norse deities worshipped by conquered Germanic peoples. References still sometimes use names derived from Celtic influences or from local kingdoms and obsolete calendar systems, though with diminishing frequency.

I believe the names in the Roll of Years are derived from the divinations and visions of various mad prophets, most notably Alaundo the Seer and Augathra the Mad. Each year is named (sometimes cryptically) after some important event which occurs or is predicted to occur within it; Realmslore has so far contrived to adhere to these predictions, though not always in obvious ways.

I've always wondered how the Roll of Years could accurately penetrate distantly future events such as the Time of Troubles and Spellplague. This suggests some prophets are capable of greater foresight for impending doom than the unaware gods themselves. It also suggests, strongly, that "free will" within the Realms is ultimately subverted by pre-fated determinism.

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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Caolin
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  04:41:17  Show Profile Send Caolin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

THO has already answered some questions about Harptos in this scroll. The information she provided is brief since Harptos himself was apparently only given the briefest of descriptions. Some wiki sites also claim Harptos was a wizard. Most agree that he died a long time ago.

The Calendar of Harptos itself has been documented in numerous sources. I personally suspect the colloquial names for months and days (which vary slightly from region to region) were largely passed down over centuries and their sources are largely forgotten; most seem to be named after various seasonal events of interest to farmers. Our own calendar was originally devised by the Romans and so the origin of month names are primarily based on Roman influences (names of Roman deities and Emperors, plus various Latin terms) while the origin of day names are based on a mixture of Roman religious terms with the names of Norse deities worshipped by conquered Germanic peoples. References still sometimes use names derived from Celtic influences or from local kingdoms and obsolete calendar systems, though with diminishing frequency.

I believe the names in the Roll of Years are derived from the divinations and visions of various mad prophets, most notably Alaundo the Seer and Augathra the Mad. Each year is named (sometimes cryptically) after some important event which occurs or is predicted to occur within it; Realmslore has so far contrived to adhere to these predictions, though not always in obvious ways.

I've always wondered how the Roll of Years could accurately penetrate distantly future events such as the Time of Troubles and Spellplague. This suggests some prophets are capable of greater foresight for impending doom than the unaware gods themselves.



Thanks Ayrik. I saw the wiki pages on the Calendar but I was more curious about where Harptos was from and where he got the month names from. I became interested due to some study I was doing on our real world calendars, so I became curious about the Realms calendars.
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The Sage
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  04:50:32  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Caolin

Thanks Ayrik. I saw the wiki pages on the Calendar but I was more curious about where Harptos was from and where he got the month names from. I became interested due to some study I was doing on our real world calendars, so I became curious about the Realms calendars.

Well, Harptos is an Ed-creation. But as for details about him, the Lady Hooded One once noted that:-

"As far as I know, Ed has only ever written a few paragraphs about Harptos, who was a short, slim, dark-haired, studious and quiet man (a scholar and inventor rather than any sort of leader)."

I'm sure Ed will likely be able to add more.

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crazedventurers
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  11:24:39  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
From the Realms-L archive posted by George Krashos on Harptos and other prophets of the Realms.

George any further lore on the 'Lost Prophets of Faerun' that you can share?

Cheers

Damian

http://oracle.wizards.com/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind9910E&L=REALMS-L&P=R3630&I=-3

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Where Kaalinth was has never been detailed, but it's a decent question for Steven, Ed et. al. Hmm... BTW, this is the only published reference to Harptos.



Auguthra is a she. Her 'dates' are found in the Revised FR Boxed Set timeline. I believe she was the first to originally name some of the Years in Alaundo's Roll of Years. Alaundo then greatly expanded her work.


The history of Alaundo of Candlekeep is pretty much a blank - all we know is that he supposedly created the Roll of Years (as we know it now), lived in Candlekeep, and was a worshipper of Savras. In off-List discussions with Steven Schend re this individual Steven notes that year names for the Realms pre-date the time of Alaundo (this was shown in LOI which for the first time gave year names for earlier than -200 DR or so, and also in Cormanthyr).

Steven has hinted that Alaundo was just the most famous of a series of prophets (some of the earlier ones might have been elves) who scribed and prophesied the Years of the Realms. We do not officially know the extent of the Roll of Years (i.e. when it began and when it finishes) but Alaundo is not the sole author of it - despite the narrow-minded view of the present monks of Candlekeep.:) Oh, IIRC there is a mention of Alaundo in one of Eric Boyd's city write-ups in DDGttU - the illithid city of Oryndoll I believe...


-- George Krashos

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
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crazedventurers
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  11:41:38  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
THO on where Kaalinth was (posted July 2010)

http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13186&whichpage=70
(towards the bottom of the page)
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Hi again, all.
Jorkens, I found this in my notes:

Kaalinth (pronounced KAY-linth) is a now-vanished coastal fortress keep, a small city of folk inhabiting one sprawling stone castle dominated by a huge tower. It was blasted down by a dragon, who laired in the ruins, only to later be defeated by a cabal of dragon-riding wizards. In the battle, the ruined keep was almost obliberated.
It has since vanished.
Some controversy about its site, Amn or Tethyr (Velen?) most likely.

From the surrounding notations I made, it's clear my character heard this from a garrulous caravan merchant who had been liberally supplied with drink (by my character). We never followed this up, so its veracity is (as they say) untested . . .
love,
THO

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
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Dennis
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  15:27:38  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

Had Alassra killed someone she didn't want to but needed to? Was it one of the things she regretted the most?

Every beginning has an end.
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Menelvagor
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  16:41:32  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
A few more questions, brought on by recent circumstances - Thursday was a Fast Day, and also 'General Kaddish Day for Victims of the Holocaust', and this made me think of some questions.
Are there Fast Days in the Realms? I assume some religions have them, obviously, but is there anything major, like the Day of Atonement, which everybody observes?
In a similar vein, are there national fast days or remembrance days? For example, did Cormyr have a Memorial Day for the victims of the Goblin Wars against the Devil Dragon? If so, when and where were these, and how long did they last? Jews still fast today, but that's religion. Hopefully Holocaust Memorial Day will be eternal, but I'm cynical. So in that respect, do nations have memorial days that became obsolete after a few generation or so? I'd think the elves have less of those because they have longer lifespans and larger tragedies, such as the fall of Myth Drannor.
Also, inspired by more musings on Symrustar Auglamyr - is it common for wizards to carry a small spellbook with there most important spells in a secret pocket, so that if they get blasted away from their belongings, they can re-learn their spells?

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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sfdragon
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Posted - 07 Jan 2012 :  22:51:07  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
outside of anything and everything dealling with Mystra, what is Elminster's and the other chosen's fondest memory?



oh boy this one may be NDA'd.... hahahahaha

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Magister's GAmbit
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Dennis
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Can an archdevil and a greater deity procreate? Do they have to be of the opposite gender?

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Menelvagor
Senior Scribe

Israel
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Posted - 09 Jan 2012 :  15:27:07  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
And yet another pair of questions, this time inspired by my re-read of Elminster Must Die. I know there's a large chance of NDA's, so I'm trying to frame them in the best possible way (forgive any clumsiness):

How likely is it that gods/goddesses removed certain individuals from Faerun to other worlds in order to have a backup host/source of power/etc? For example (purely hypothetical, really!), how likely is it that Symrustar Auglamyr was removed from Faerun by Mystra in order to preserve the power stored in her, and she will return one day to help restore/revive Mystra with the power stored in her?
In another hypothetical question, should a sequel to Bury Elminster Deep be written/published (for theory's sake, let's call it... 'Elminster Engaged', because it has a nice ring to it), what is the likelihood of other (former) Chosen of Mystra (besides El, Storm and the Simbul) showing up, such as the Srinshee, Dove, Alvaerele, Symrustar, etc?

Lastly, how substantive is the entry in Grand History of the Realms regarding Symrustar's death? That is, until that entry, no source had stated explicitly that she was dead; is this a final statement (which makes my above questions even more hypothetical), or is it supposed to mean that she's assumed to be dead (because she was last seen in an explosion 700 years ago, and her Choker which she swore would leave her throat only when she was dead was found on the battlefield)?

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."

Edited by - Menelvagor on 09 Jan 2012 17:10:11
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Markustay
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USA
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How important were aberrations in Ed's original, pre-published realms?

Just curious, is all. I believe he created the Sharns and Phaerimm (and Malaugrym, etc), so he apparently had something in-mind for his 'prehistoric' Realms.

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

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edappel
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Brazil
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Hello THO and everyone else.. After 3 years without posting here (I'm the guy who asked Ed to send a message to my friend on jail), I'm definetly worry with FR 5th edition.. I think Ed is already thinking about it and probably he has a developed answer, even so, I'm the one who is here to ask...

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Barastir
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Posted - 09 Jan 2012 :  17:58:37  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message
Edappel,

I just read an article about 5th edition, and maybe it's too early to say something, since they are proposing that its format will be build according to D&D fans, masters and gamers. However, I'm also waiting an answer. Have WoTC made any preview of Realmsian changes for this edition? For now, I don't think so, but who knows?

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Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

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createvmind
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Posted - 09 Jan 2012 :  18:16:04  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello all,

Ed what are the Malaugryms/Shadovar (when they were on Plane of Shadows attitude towards intelligent undead, are they immediately hostile or only in response to hostility? I'm also curious if they have experimented on undead out of any curiosity? Do the Malaugrym/Shadovar have the ability to warp undead in anyway (obviously with control of them) such as giving them various shadow abilities, templates or would long time exposure on such a plane eventually warp a vampire "naturally"?

Would a vampire be able to subsist on shadow creatures and if yes would feeding on such creatures begin to change the vampire, it is said there is power in blood?


Thanks

Are there or have ever been any vampiric Malaugrym/Shadovar?
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Skeptic
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Canada
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A query to Ed that should not be covered by a NDA :

I'm curious to hear anything he can say about the "wintering process" of Waterdeep's nobility. As much about those who departs for the south than those who choose to stay. Anything from the logistics of travel to the connections with Tethir’s nobility. I'm more interested about how it was circa 1370 than current time.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Hi again, all.
edappel and Barastir and everyone else, here's Ed on 5th Edition or whatever it may be called:


Folks, it's too early for me or anyone else to say anything really definite about the future D&D® game rules, because they ARE in development - - and the input of gamers like you and me is being sought, and really will have an effect on them! Playtests are being arranged, and the design process begins . . .
With that said, I am really excited by what various Wizards staffers have said to me thus far, and the designers, writers, and artists I've seen gearing up for this. I really do see a bright future ahead for D&D® and for the Realms!


So saith Ed, who was almost bouncing off the ceiling when I talked to him, earlier (you can tell; that's when he starts using the word "really" a lot ). He is happier and more confident about the game he loves and the world he's shared with us all for all these years than I've seen him in a long time. So as the high priest said, staring into the flames over the altar (I'm quoting a cleric portrayed by Ed as the DM, years ago in the home Realms campaign):
"The signs are bright, and my heart lifts. So we shall wait - - and we shall see. Rush to no judgments, but be of open mind, and behold."
Now if I know my scribes here at the Keep, speculation will be rich and rampant.
But as Ed said: rush to no judgments. Right now, his high hopes are good enough for me!
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 10 Jan 2012 04:56:21
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