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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
2165 Posts

Posted - 18 Jan 2012 :  07:19:50  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
Oops... one more question, regarding lore from Bury Elminster Deep (with spoiler tags):
When, exactly, were El and Storm Lords of Waterdeep? If exact dates are NDA, can you provide approximate times?

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
2165 Posts

Posted - 18 Jan 2012 :  10:16:52  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
quote:
Posted by The Hooded One - 17 Jan 2011
“C) Given the importance of The Weave, we're not quite sure how Mystra could die and not have another "Time of Troubles" (and that includes this very-confused DM) and would welcome insight into thoughts on this.”

Heh. So would I. Perhaps she didn’t die, hmm?
Or perhaps someone, or several someones, was just much better prepared to handle consequences, this time around (i.e. as opposed to the Time of Troubles). Remember that the Weave is NOT “all magic” or even “all the natural world forces harnessed by magic” but rather a way (and for eons, THE most popular, refined, and best understood way) of harnessing those forces. There are other systems of magic, and always have been, from Ed’s initial creation of the Realms. The Time of Troubles was (as far as we mortals can determine) a war among the gods, complete with all the turbulence attending on actual combat. Perhaps someone - - perhaps Mystra herself - - prepared matters beforehand.
THERE you go. Perhaps this is all a plot engineered by Mystra and Azuth, to force magic-using humans to be more self-reliant, to thin out the ranks of their fellow deities, and to humble (the Red Wizards, the Zhentarim) or move (Halruaa) potential trouble-sources, to establish a “New Order” they can return to, to reign over more effectively.
Or perhaps not.


quote:
Posted by The Sage - 18 Jan 2011
I find this very, very interesting Ed. And it slightly underlines some of my own pending theories about Mystra 2.0, her death, and the potential for her return. [Including delving into some old stuff involving Mystryl.]


quote:
Posted by The Hooded One - 04 Jun 2011
Note: the Nether Scrolls are not part of the Weave or linked to it. Mystra IS the Weave, and the Weave was the most flexible and accessible to most mortals system of accessing the natural powers of the world; in other words, it was the most popular system of magic but not the only system of magic; after Mystra's fall, a new and different but superficially similar (because its developers so often desired to replicate identical or very similar magical effects) Weave developed, which is what pertains at the time of the Year of the Ageless One. However, the Nether Scrolls do store so much magical knowledge that they can be seen as a "backup" copy of the Art, in case all Art is sundered or all its practitioners eliminated. As both Azuth and Mystra "worked with" the Scrolls in private, it is highly likely that they bonded themselves to particular scrolls, and so can eventually "come back" from utter destruction (probably as past versions of themselves, just as Manshoon's awakened clones are copies of his younger selves), through some as-yet-unknown-to-mortals process.


So saith Ed. Who would love to say more, but has written right up to the edge of an NDA and so been forced to stop there. Enjoy, I hope!
love,
THO


So... this has all been very interesting reading, from the 2011 scroll, and I am forced to speculate, given the ending of "Bury Elminster Deep". My theory is that Mystra's daughters (and, to a lesser extent, her other Chosen) give her a conduit back to existence, and I suspect that Larloch has done much the same thing with the other items in question (details omitted to avoid spoilers, but the simple suggestion that working with the Nether Scrolls gives one the same ability possessed by the scrolls to re-form their essence is enough to predict this). The big question from my point of view is: Halaster? And, if the Seven have all studied the Scrolls (we know that at least one of them has done so), they may be able to do the same. Ed, I look forward to your response to this speculation, even if (as I suspect) it is largely "NDA"...

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
2165 Posts

Posted - 18 Jan 2012 :  21:10:25  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
Me again... since my last verbose loitering here, I've left an intriguing possibility with Paul Kemp's scroll (and his response was equally intriguing), and found this one in another scroll regarding Winterkeep:

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

And of course, "Winterkeep" is old TSR code for "Ed's house." :}
(As in: the Muskoka cottage certain TSR employees visited, back in the day, was his sometime summer residence, but in winter, no one can get to it - - as it's water access only, on a closed-down, half-drained and frozen-over waterway - - so Ed would be at his home, "Winterkeep."_
Ed created Winterkeep in the Realms, of course, and has some VERY intriguing unpublished lore about it up his sleeve. For now.
love,
THO



Any chance of this lore being published in the near future?

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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althen artren
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Posted - 19 Jan 2012 :  02:25:32  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message
Ed,
Color me a downer, but wouldn't your continued paycheck
demand that you say that the new edition is something
that shouldn't be missed? Please accept my apoligies
for being a pessimist, but most of the changes to the
Realms have really turned me off to anything Wotc puts
out. I believe that you'd have to be a cheerleader to
help sell what will be coming out, despite whatever comes out,
diamonds or crap. Would you tell us if something coming out
didn't cut the mustard?
(Though to be fair, I have still thumbed through
the Elminster books and Blackstaff Tower when they
came out.)
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 19 Jan 2012 :  06:34:48  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
happy new year! hey, it's only page 4, and hopefully well on the way to being a great year.

question for THO, with apologies if this has been asked/answered before, and thanks for your longsuffering:

do the Knights go looking for trouble, at the new year or any other time, or does the "universe" successfully conspire to fill their plate without any assistance? do they go looking for more anyway, because more is better?

Manshoon's (or Fzoul's) birthday strikes me as an amusing time to work mischief on the Zhentarim in Daggerdale/wherever.

or dragon-control missions on the anniversary of Sylune's "death" or probably dozens of other times/places that are poignant in the First Game.

"new year's resolutions" got me thinking...

anyway, thank you!
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Menelvagor
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Posted - 19 Jan 2012 :  08:34:39  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Another question on my favorite topic, inspired by Jakk's quotes regarding the Nether Scrolls.
"the Nether Scrolls do store so much magical knowledge" - are the Nether Scrolls the only artifact to do this? Because it seems to me that Symrustar's Choker preforms a similar function, though admittedly, it only stores enough magical knowledge/Art for one mage to always have what she needs. But I was interested in the similarities, and so I wonder, what inspired Symrustar to make her Choker, who helped her with it, and whether the Nether Scrolls or similar artifacts were part of the inspiration. Moreover, since its status is unknown, might it serve a similar purpose as the Scrolls?

EDIT: Another question, brought on by rereading Cloak And Dagger. It mentions that Boesild Aerasume (Alustriel's 8th son), alone of Alustriel's sons likes Khelben,'while the others barely tolerate the Blackstaff for their mothers' sake'. Can we have some more info on the relationship between Khelben and his nephews (by marriage)? For that matter, if it's not too much, what can Ed tell us about the family relationships among the Seven Sisters and their consorts/children? Were their ever any family feuds, why, and what was the result?

"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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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 19 Jan 2012 :  16:09:03  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
If I may....

@Althen Artren: Sometimes you don't look at whats being said, you look at whats not being said.

I do not know Ed - I have never spoken to him. But just by what he (through THO) has been corresponding with us of late, as opposed to what was actually being said at the onset of 4e, I can interpret a world of difference in his attitude (weather he meant to convey that or not). If I - who do not know him personally and have little to go on except his exact wording - can note a subtle shift in mood, then I would bet my bottom dollar that his attitude has probably changed far more then I can perceive through simple 3rd-party posting.

My credentials? I used to be pretend to be a psychic on AOL back in 1990... and I have ZERO psychic ability (unless you count the ability to read people as a type of psychic talent). BTW, I didn't do it for money - I did it to prove to my family and friends how stupid people are (yeah... I never said I wasn't a jerk ), and I was very good at it. In person, you can go by body-language, but on the internet, all you have to go on is the precise wording they use, and the focus of their responses.

If I know anything at all about people, I would say for the first time in a long time, Ed is "As giddy as a schoolgirl".

EDIT: I would just like to add that this is all a matter of my opinion, and I could be completely wrong. I am just stating how I see things, through the filter of the internet, from where I am sitting - YMMV.

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


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Elseenon
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Posted - 19 Jan 2012 :  16:51:32  Show Profile  Visit Elseenon's Homepage  Send Elseenon a Yahoo! Message Send Elseenon a Private Message
Is there an explanation for elven skin colours?

There was a thread on the old WotC boards years and years ago, "Why do moon elves blush blue?" Posters asked because of a line they'd read in one of Elaine Cunningham's books. Since anything contained in a FR novel is canon, we do know that moon elves do blush blue. But why? And do the others blush according to their skin tint too?

"Couldn't hear his words, but they brought a roar of approving, tipsy laughter from his comrades and made the smiling young moon elf blush a bright shade of blue"

The conclusion of the thread was that with their fey origins elves can't have had the hemoglobin in their blood that makes human blood red, since that's iron. So, the blue/bronze/copper/brown skin tints are the result of their differing blood colours under the skin. Sun elf blushes would be bronze, etc.

They worked out what each subrace would have in their blood instead of hemoglobin to make their skins the colours they are. For moon elves they said hemocyanin.

But! Is this at all based in realmslore?

Edited by - Elseenon on 19 Jan 2012 16:59:42
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althen artren
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Posted - 20 Jan 2012 :  01:56:42  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message
I know youre a jerk, Markus, but you're
the kind of jerk i like.

Edited by - althen artren on 20 Jan 2012 01:57:06
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Jan 2012 :  04:00:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Ed has dug himself out from under enough of his truly staggering current workload (much of which he is NDA-constrained from talking about) to answer some of your queries (that I've been quietly ferrying his way these last few days), so here we go . . .

To Gelcur, re. the the Melairkyn clan rune, Ed saith:

Good guess!
However, the actual rune is two diagonally crossed stone-headed hammers (crossed in the usual "X" shape of diagonals, like piratical crossbones or the Wilkinson swords, with the heads uppermost), and just above them is an arc (ends down, center up) of three floating crowns, the crowns being represented by flat horizontal lines with three triangles jutting up from them; two shorter smaller ones at each end, and a taller larger one in the middle.

To Markustay:

You're darned right. I AM as giddy as a schoolgirl. Of course, "there's many a slip/'twixt cup and lip," but this is starting out right, in every way (meaning I have solid reasons - - that I can't share - - for my bright optimism).


To althen artren:

I was raised to say nothing, if you can't say anything nice.
However, friends don't let friends be tricked into crap. (And I understand your pessimism; you needn't apologize.)
Most of the time, things are seldom clear-cut; there's always something to like or dislike about every game product. One gamer's crap is another's useful gaming aid (because GAMERS are all different, coming at a game or session from different directions and with different experiences, some young and starry-eyed and some old and cynical, not to mention everything in between). I can say nothing at all about the 5th edition of the game, because it WILL be shaped by outside-Wizards-gamer input, so it doesn't really exist yet (as a longtime game designer, I can tell you that you can't be certain about any design by peering at initial ideas for a few rules, just as you can't be certain about the performance of a not-yet-built car by examining just some bolts that MIGHT end up holding one of its fenders on). Yet the mere fact that Wizards is seeking that input is a good sign. I'm a storytelling DM with players who are mature enough not to really need reference to rules as they play, so rules systems don't matter to me nearly as much as the Realms does - - and it's what's ahead for the Realms that's got me so excited.
I will try to do whatever I can to give the Realms a brighter future, but no one has asked me to be cheerleader. I have chosen to cheer because I feel like cheering!


To xaeryuudh:

Heh. A bit of both. The Knights are adventurers who hold war councils among themselves and choose what they're going to go out and do, so they do go looking for trouble. But a lot of trouble comes looking for them (bwoohahaha, and so forth). And you're very welcome!


To Jakk:

I have plans for the Winterkeep lore, but "near future"? Probably not. Remember, a lot of design work/fiction writing is a minimum of a year ahead . . .
My response to your theories has to be: NDA, except to add that you're wrong about some things, but onto something with others . . . :}


And this:
I lack the time yet to properly reply to Eldacar or dansonata, but will when I can. Re. Jakk's question about Dennis's query about Elminster's biggest mistake: by the end of ELMINSTER ENRAGED, longtime Realms buffs (fiction AND games, not just one or the other) should be on the right track to figuring matters out, but it won't really be "nailed down" until a later book that I can't say anything at all about, yet...
And Damian, an answer for you coming soon!


So saith Ed. Who really is busy, but happy indeed. Which should be a good sign for all of us!
love to all,
THO




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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Jan 2012 :  04:21:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all!
Here's Ed's promised response to Damian, re. this: "What are the rules on dividing loot between the Kings Local Lord and the Purple Dragon troops if they uncover a bandit/smuggling ring and break it up, kill the bandits and end up with loot (weapons, armour, money, horses, wagons, trade goods etc).
Do the rules change if the loot found is magical? (i.e. the bandit leader has a +1 sword).
Also is there a difference between how spoils might be divided in a major town like Wheloon and an up county village on the edge of the Hullack?
And lastly the crux of the issue, if an adventuring group have been paid by the Local Kings Lord to support the Purple Dragons in dealing with said bandits do they get a share of any loot or as they have already been paid do they get nowt?"
Ed replies:

The Purple Dragons will take EVERYTHING back to the King's Lord for him to examine, and there's a strict rule that everything magical will be handed over to the Wizards of War (as you'll see a side-glimpse of in ELMINSTER ENRAGED, every King's Lord has two teams of War Wizards assigned to him, and they keep watch over him as well as working "for" him). In theory, if it's a simple +1 weapon, it might be returned to a "finder," but that's rare; War Wizards like to control magic items inside the realm, by keeping them out of the hands of just about everyone.
The King's Lord (in the presence of the Purple Dragon commander and a War Wizard, not secretly, on his own) decides how all "seized goods" get reallocated, for the good of the realm - - so horses and their tack, armor, and the like might very well get handed to the Purple Dragons, the coins go into "holding" (general Crown revenues), and so on.
First of all, everything gets examined, particularly if crimes are involved (these were bandits), so as to try to learn all that can be learned (about Sembian or Zhent incursions and operations inside the kingdom's borders, etc.). If War Wizards suspect anything is enchanted, they'll cast spells to try to investigate, etc.
Then every Purple Dragon involved gets separately debriefed (questioned), the War Wizards and the King's Lord taking part, to try to piece together the most complete and accurate account of what happened.
Only after that's done, and it's all written down with recommendations about further action/investigation, will any seized things be doled out/taken away/etc.
It is customary for a King's Lord to give "nominal" rewards to Purple Dragons for things brought in, but they ARE small token items, because the soldiers were doing the jobs they have trained, taken an oath, and are being paid for.
Where all of this is taking place should make no difference at all, except in the speed of the examination (in Suzail, High Horn, and Arabel, there are LOTS of War Wizards and other skilled individuals such as Highknights and sages who can pitch in, if need be).
Lastly, what rewards/reallocation a hired adventuring band gets depends on their contract (and there MUST be one, or everyone could hire adventurers as their own private slaughter-armies, then deny later they did so, and have the absent-or-conveniently-slain adventurers be the scapegoats; after all, if I slay the King's Lord and make myself Acting King's Lord, AFTER taking care of any on-the-spot War Wizards, I may have several days to do things in, before . . . y'see? So Vangerdahast decreed long ago that there would be written, signed, attested-by-War Wizards and/or Heralds contracts) with the King's Lord. If he "forgot" to write one up, he's in BIG trouble, and will likely give them generous rewards atop their pay, in order to secure their agreement to backdating the contract so it looks as if he "did the right thing" regarding the adventurers before the bandits got taken down.
So I'd say the PCs are in for a bit of a windfall . . . ;}


So saith Ed. Heh. DMing with reference to human nature, as usual . . .
love,
THO
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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 20 Jan 2012 :  06:24:58  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all.

<chop>

To Jakk:

<snip>
My response to your theories has to be: NDA, except to add that you're wrong about some things, but onto something with others . . . :}


Heh. Well, I guessed that much, Ed... is there nothing else you can say? Never mind... if there was, you would have said it. Thanks for the partial confirmation, even if it's non-specific.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

And this:
I lack the time yet to properly reply to Eldacar or dansonata, but will when I can. Re. Jakk's question about Dennis's query about Elminster's biggest mistake: by the end of ELMINSTER ENRAGED, longtime Realms buffs (fiction AND games, not just one or the other) should be on the right track to figuring matters out, but it won't really be "nailed down" until a later book that I can't say anything at all about, yet...
And Damian, an answer for you coming soon!


So saith Ed. Who really is busy, but happy indeed. Which should be a good sign for all of us!
love to all,
THO



Hrm... now I have to go back and re-read all the older stuff, most of which I *STILL* don't have anywhere near me. At least the novels are available at the library...

Many thanks, Ed and milady THO, and a much-belated Happy Holidays to you and yours! Much encouragement has been taken from this recent WotC announcement, and I'm looking forward to more details... on which note, when can we expect said details as far as they pertain to the future of the Realms? I completely understand if you haven't been informed this far yet, or even if it's all still NDA. We do have an open playtest to work through, after all... and I may yet sign up for that, depending on what my gaming groups think of the idea.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

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Jakuta Khan
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Posted - 20 Jan 2012 :  16:46:39  Show Profile Send Jakuta Khan a Private Message
Hi Ed, Hi THO,

today the question in my mind is:

What is the rough population and the percentage ( roughly ) of the Melial- Tribe in the Skull Gorge?

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CylverSaber
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I just got this in my inbox:

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forgotten Realms Creator to Script New Ongoing
Dungeons & Dragons®: Forgotten Realms® Comic Book Series
Ed Greenwood will be joined by artist Lee Ferguson and comic legend Sal Buscema on new series



San Diego, CA (January 17, 2012) – IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., is pleased to announce the all-new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS ongoing comic book series, hitting shelves in April. Legendary writer Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms RPG campaign setting, will be scripting the comic¯his first-ever ongoing Dungeons & Dragons comic series¯and offering one lucky reader a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have his or her own character appear in the series!

Telling the tale of two all-new adventurers who find themselves caught up in a kidnapping plot they never wanted a part of, this series offers a fresh new jumping-on point for new readers and fans. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS features art by Lee Ferguson (G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes), inks by renowned comic artist Sal Buscema (The Incredible Hulk), and covers by acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons artists Tyler Walpole and Steve Ellis.

“Forty-five years ago, as a young kid sitting alone in a study crammed with books, I started creating the Forgotten Realms world,” said Greenwood. “And, well, I’m still at it. The Realms is a vast, colorful, exciting sandbox full of stories waiting to be told.”

Readers will have the opportunity to play in that sandbox, thanks to the Forgotten Realms Character Creation Contest offered by IDW and Wizards of the Coast. Eligible readers will have the opportunity to submit their D&D® character and one lucky winner will see it come to life in the hands of the Forgotten Realms creator. Chosen by Wizards of the Coast, IDW, and Greenwood, the winner will see his or her character appear in a future issue of the series, subject to the contest rules.

Given the opportunity to have your own character appear amid the non-stop action of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS, Greenwood quipped ,“you know the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Well, it applies to wishing for adventure, too!” For more details, visit the official Dungeons & Dragons website.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in April 2012. Diamond order code FEB120140.


So, my question to Ed is... are you as psyched about this as I am? This combines three of my favorite things, the Realms, Ed's writing, and comics! No, wait, Sal Buscema is in on this too... make that four of my favorite things!
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 20 Jan 2012 :  22:58:16  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by CylverSaber

I just got this in my inbox:

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forgotten Realms Creator to Script New Ongoing
Dungeons & Dragons®: Forgotten Realms® Comic Book Series
Ed Greenwood will be joined by artist Lee Ferguson and comic legend Sal Buscema on new series



San Diego, CA (January 17, 2012) – IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., is pleased to announce the all-new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS ongoing comic book series, hitting shelves in April. Legendary writer Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms RPG campaign setting, will be scripting the comic¯his first-ever ongoing Dungeons & Dragons comic series¯and offering one lucky reader a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have his or her own character appear in the series!

Telling the tale of two all-new adventurers who find themselves caught up in a kidnapping plot they never wanted a part of, this series offers a fresh new jumping-on point for new readers and fans. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS features art by Lee Ferguson (G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes), inks by renowned comic artist Sal Buscema (The Incredible Hulk), and covers by acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons artists Tyler Walpole and Steve Ellis.

“Forty-five years ago, as a young kid sitting alone in a study crammed with books, I started creating the Forgotten Realms world,” said Greenwood. “And, well, I’m still at it. The Realms is a vast, colorful, exciting sandbox full of stories waiting to be told.”

Readers will have the opportunity to play in that sandbox, thanks to the Forgotten Realms Character Creation Contest offered by IDW and Wizards of the Coast. Eligible readers will have the opportunity to submit their D&D® character and one lucky winner will see it come to life in the hands of the Forgotten Realms creator. Chosen by Wizards of the Coast, IDW, and Greenwood, the winner will see his or her character appear in a future issue of the series, subject to the contest rules.

Given the opportunity to have your own character appear amid the non-stop action of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS, Greenwood quipped ,“you know the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Well, it applies to wishing for adventure, too!” For more details, visit the official Dungeons & Dragons website.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in April 2012. Diamond order code FEB120140.


So, my question to Ed is... are you as psyched about this as I am? This combines three of my favorite things, the Realms, Ed's writing, and comics! No, wait, Sal Buscema is in on this too... make that four of my favorite things!



Oooh, more of my money going to WotC in April!

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crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  00:03:05  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all!
Here's Ed's promised response to Damian, re. this: "What are the rules on dividing loot between the Kings Local Lord and the Purple Dragon troops


Many many thanks for the very full reply, another piece of Cormyrian lore (and law!) to add to the 'less than all knowing DM tome' I use at the gaming table

Very much appreciated Ed and THO

Kindest regards

Damian
ps it has been a VERY long time since I bought a comic, but hey I can pretend to be a teenager again and go order my copy, am looking forward to reading it

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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The Sage
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Originally posted by CylverSaber

I just got this in my inbox:

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forgotten Realms Creator to Script New Ongoing
Dungeons & Dragons®: Forgotten Realms® Comic Book Series
Ed Greenwood will be joined by artist Lee Ferguson and comic legend Sal Buscema on new series



San Diego, CA (January 17, 2012) – IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., is pleased to announce the all-new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS ongoing comic book series, hitting shelves in April. Legendary writer Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms RPG campaign setting, will be scripting the comic¯his first-ever ongoing Dungeons & Dragons comic series¯and offering one lucky reader a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have his or her own character appear in the series!

Telling the tale of two all-new adventurers who find themselves caught up in a kidnapping plot they never wanted a part of, this series offers a fresh new jumping-on point for new readers and fans. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS features art by Lee Ferguson (G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes), inks by renowned comic artist Sal Buscema (The Incredible Hulk), and covers by acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons artists Tyler Walpole and Steve Ellis.

“Forty-five years ago, as a young kid sitting alone in a study crammed with books, I started creating the Forgotten Realms world,” said Greenwood. “And, well, I’m still at it. The Realms is a vast, colorful, exciting sandbox full of stories waiting to be told.”

Readers will have the opportunity to play in that sandbox, thanks to the Forgotten Realms Character Creation Contest offered by IDW and Wizards of the Coast. Eligible readers will have the opportunity to submit their D&D® character and one lucky winner will see it come to life in the hands of the Forgotten Realms creator. Chosen by Wizards of the Coast, IDW, and Greenwood, the winner will see his or her character appear in a future issue of the series, subject to the contest rules.

Given the opportunity to have your own character appear amid the non-stop action of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS, Greenwood quipped ,“you know the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Well, it applies to wishing for adventure, too!” For more details, visit the official Dungeons & Dragons website.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in April 2012. Diamond order code FEB120140.


So, my question to Ed is... are you as psyched about this as I am? This combines three of my favorite things, the Realms, Ed's writing, and comics! No, wait, Sal Buscema is in on this too... make that four of my favorite things!

Ed Greenwood AND Sal Buscema working on a comic? I think one of my comic book dreams just came true. Literally...

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CylverSaber
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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  01:06:46  Show Profile  Visit CylverSaber's Homepage Send CylverSaber a Private Message
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Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by CylverSaber

So, my question to Ed is... are you as psyched about this as I am? This combines three of my favorite things, the Realms, Ed's writing, and comics! No, wait, Sal Buscema is in on this too... make that four of my favorite things!

Ed Greenwood AND Sal Buscema working on a comic? I think one of my comic book dreams just came true. Literally...



Even though Sal is just inking, I'm still excited; after all, fantasy adventure runs in the Buscema blood :) Haven't seen Lee Ferguson's pencils before, but IDW has a track record of hiring top-notch artists.

Which brings to mind another question for Ed... are there any comic artists you'd particularly love to work with?
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Gelcur
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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  03:06:11  Show Profile  Visit Gelcur's Homepage Send Gelcur a Private Message
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

To Gelcur, re. the the Melairkyn clan rune, Ed saith:

Good guess!
However, the actual rune is two diagonally crossed stone-headed hammers (crossed in the usual "X" shape of diagonals, like piratical crossbones or the Wilkinson swords, with the heads uppermost), and just above them is an arc (ends down, center up) of three floating crowns, the crowns being represented by flat horizontal lines with three triangles jutting up from them; two shorter smaller ones at each end, and a taller larger one in the middle.


Awesome, straight to photoshop with this so my players can see it in Undermountain. Glad to hear Ed is happy and so optimistic for the future, I hope it bodes well.

Thank you again.


And Fellfire yes my sig is from a game I ran in, what now seems like a long time ago. And that rogue in question was none other than myself. And trust me a general store on wheels comes in so very handy.

The party come to a town befallen by hysteria

Rogue: So what's in the general store?
DM: What are you looking for?
Rogue: Whatevers in the store.
DM: Like what?
Rogue: Everything.
DM: There is a lot of stuff.
Rogue: Is there a cart outside?
DM: (rolls) Yes.
Rogue: We'll take it all, we may need it for the greater good.
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by CylverSaber

I just got this in my inbox:

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forgotten Realms Creator to Script New Ongoing
Dungeons & Dragons�: Forgotten Realms� Comic Book Series
Ed Greenwood will be joined by artist Lee Ferguson and comic legend Sal Buscema on new series



San Diego, CA (January 17, 2012) � IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., is pleased to announce the all-new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS ongoing comic book series, hitting shelves in April. Legendary writer Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms RPG campaign setting, will be scripting the comic�his first-ever ongoing Dungeons & Dragons comic series�and offering one lucky reader a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have his or her own character appear in the series!

Telling the tale of two all-new adventurers who find themselves caught up in a kidnapping plot they never wanted a part of, this series offers a fresh new jumping-on point for new readers and fans. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS features art by Lee Ferguson (G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes), inks by renowned comic artist Sal Buscema (The Incredible Hulk), and covers by acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons artists Tyler Walpole and Steve Ellis.

�Forty-five years ago, as a young kid sitting alone in a study crammed with books, I started creating the Forgotten Realms world,� said Greenwood. �And, well, I�m still at it. The Realms is a vast, colorful, exciting sandbox full of stories waiting to be told.�

Readers will have the opportunity to play in that sandbox, thanks to the Forgotten Realms Character Creation Contest offered by IDW and Wizards of the Coast. Eligible readers will have the opportunity to submit their D&D� character and one lucky winner will see it come to life in the hands of the Forgotten Realms creator. Chosen by Wizards of the Coast, IDW, and Greenwood, the winner will see his or her character appear in a future issue of the series, subject to the contest rules.

Given the opportunity to have your own character appear amid the non-stop action of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS, Greenwood quipped ,�you know the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Well, it applies to wishing for adventure, too!� For more details, visit the official Dungeons & Dragons website.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in April 2012. Diamond order code FEB120140.


So, my question to Ed is... are you as psyched about this as I am? This combines three of my favorite things, the Realms, Ed's writing, and comics! No, wait, Sal Buscema is in on this too... make that four of my favorite things!

Ed Greenwood AND Sal Buscema working on a comic? I think one of my comic book dreams just came true. Literally...



Ditto on that. For the first time in more than 10 years, I'm thinking I may be picking up some monthly comics.....

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quote:
Originally posted by CylverSaber

I just got this in my inbox:

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forgotten Realms Creator to Script New Ongoing
Dungeons & Dragons®: Forgotten Realms® Comic Book Series
Ed Greenwood will be joined by artist Lee Ferguson and comic legend Sal Buscema on new series



San Diego, CA (January 17, 2012) – IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., is pleased to announce the all-new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS ongoing comic book series, hitting shelves in April. Legendary writer Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms RPG campaign setting, will be scripting the comic¯his first-ever ongoing Dungeons & Dragons comic series¯and offering one lucky reader a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have his or her own character appear in the series!

Telling the tale of two all-new adventurers who find themselves caught up in a kidnapping plot they never wanted a part of, this series offers a fresh new jumping-on point for new readers and fans. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS features art by Lee Ferguson (G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes), inks by renowned comic artist Sal Buscema (The Incredible Hulk), and covers by acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons artists Tyler Walpole and Steve Ellis.

“Forty-five years ago, as a young kid sitting alone in a study crammed with books, I started creating the Forgotten Realms world,” said Greenwood. “And, well, I’m still at it. The Realms is a vast, colorful, exciting sandbox full of stories waiting to be told.”

Readers will have the opportunity to play in that sandbox, thanks to the Forgotten Realms Character Creation Contest offered by IDW and Wizards of the Coast. Eligible readers will have the opportunity to submit their D&D® character and one lucky winner will see it come to life in the hands of the Forgotten Realms creator. Chosen by Wizards of the Coast, IDW, and Greenwood, the winner will see his or her character appear in a future issue of the series, subject to the contest rules.

Given the opportunity to have your own character appear amid the non-stop action of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS, Greenwood quipped ,“you know the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Well, it applies to wishing for adventure, too!” For more details, visit the official Dungeons & Dragons website.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in April 2012. Diamond order code FEB120140.


So, my question to Ed is... are you as psyched about this as I am? This combines three of my favorite things, the Realms, Ed's writing, and comics! No, wait, Sal Buscema is in on this too... make that four of my favorite things!


Bad ass!

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Ozreth
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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  06:08:54  Show Profile  Visit Ozreth's Homepage Send Ozreth a Private Message
Hi Ed,

This is my first time asking a question on one of these and I think it's pretty cool. Thanks for taking the time out. Anyhoo my inquiry is simple enough. What are your thoughts on the reprinting of AD&D and the implications it might have on the gaming scene?

Edited by - Ozreth on 21 Jan 2012 06:09:39
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  16:18:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I bring you the latest words of Ed, in reply to CylverSaber, re. the FR Comic book:

Yes, I'm psyched. I'm working on the third issue right now, and I've been LOVING it. IDW is a great to work with, and the scripts just seem to FLOW when I'm writing. The art I've seen thus far has excited me, and re. artists I'd love to work with, IDW asked me that same thing (and I asked if Tyler Walpole could do covers). As a comics fan from way back (yes, monthly comics cost 12 cents each when I started reading; yep, I AM older than dirt) I have quite a few "dream" artists - - and some of them are even still alive (sigh). I'm doing full scripts, then sitting back and watching everybody else turn it into . . . magic.
(No, not MAGIC: THE GATHERING. ;} )


So saith Ed. The comic is one of the things that's been keeping him busy these last few months, but there are other things too, believe me.
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 21 Jan 2012 16:18:38
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 21 Jan 2012 :  16:35:25  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. More from Ed, this time in response to Menelvagor's post.
Menelvagor: "Another question on my favorite topic, inspired by Jakk's quotes regarding the Nether Scrolls. "the Nether Scrolls do store so much magical knowledge" - are the Nether Scrolls the only artifact to do this?"
Ed: No, they're not the only artifact that stores a lot of magic. Period, full stop, have you notice the recent spike in the price of potatoes? Lah dee dah... ;}

Menelvagor: "Because it seems to me that Symrustar's Choker performs a similar function, though admittedly, it only stores enough magical knowledge/Art for one mage to always have what she needs. But I was interested in the similarities, and so I wonder, what inspired Symrustar to make her Choker, who helped her with it, and whether the Nether Scrolls or similar artifacts were part of the inspiration. Moreover, since its status is unknown, might it serve a similar purpose as the Scrolls?"
Ed: The Choker stores limited magic; it's much closer to an amped-up ring of spell storing than the Nether Scrolls. It serves a similar purpose to the Scrolls, yes, but that's like saying a pogo stick serves the same purpose as a SST: both of them involve people travelling, BUT...they're hardly comparable, in terms of power/scope/capacity. Right now, origins and details of the Choker are NDA. If that makes you think there's an untold story here that someone has future plans for...you're right. :}

"EDIT: Another question, brought on by rereading Cloak And Dagger. It mentions that Boesild Aerasume (Alustriel's 8th son), alone of Alustriel's sons likes Khelben,'while the others barely tolerate the Blackstaff for their mothers' sake'. Can we have some more info on the relationship between Khelben and his nephews (by marriage)? For that matter, if it's not too much, what can Ed tell us about the family relationships among the Seven Sisters and their consorts/children? Were their ever any family feuds, why, and what was the result?"
Ed: Yes, there have been disagreements, large and small; some may well be termed "feuds" by some observers. Details, particularly of Khelben, are NDA right now, but I'll do some cross-checking and see what I can reveal...

So saith Ed. Who may not to be able to reveal all that much, given the widespread and seminal (ahem, I do mean the cleaner meaning here) nature of Khelben (one of Ed's root characters, remember), in the Realms...
love,
THO
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What's the farthest vision a diviner has ever seen? 1700's? 2000's? And who's the diviner?

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