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The Sage
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Posted - 27 Feb 2013 :  03:18:45  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 Foxhelm

Has anyone used magic to make a dimensionally transcendent/Bigger on the Inside/Smaller on the Outside moving vehicle (ie. A cart, a ship, a skyship), like the TARDIS from Doctor Who, in the realms?

If so, how common would the practice/idea be in the realms or certain areas of the realms?

Just a note... I've a very similarly-themed query already in the queue for Ed. 'Twas based on my alternative thinking about how Elminster's Hideout might actually relate to the concept of transcendental dimensions.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 27 Feb 2013 :  04:13:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Foxhelm and Sage, I just got this reply from Ed:

It's been tried many times, in many different ways, but aside from SMALL dimensional warpings (think: Bag of Holding, or the space at the top of a Rope Trick spell), the problem with tesseracts and other "bigger inside than out" magics is that they tend to be unstable in the presence of the Weave.
That is, they don't last long, or even collapse (spilling anyone and anything inside them into random dimensional destinations), unless bolstered by wards or mythal-like webs of multiple wards (which have to be adjusted and augmented fairly often).
So it can be done, but longterm successes are always going to be limited to wielders of magic who have power, skill, and time to spare for the upkeep of such creations.

So saith Ed. Who is busy doing multiple things at once right now. As usual.
love,
THO
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Darian
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Posted - 27 Feb 2013 :  08:33:51  Show Profile  Visit Darian's Homepage Send Darian a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Darian, there are indeed special "anointing" ceremonies, which Ed will say more about when he can.
He has asked for the opportunity to write more sourcebooks like "Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Guide To The Realms," but nothing has been planned thus far, so far as I know. (As you might guess, Ed could easily fill dozens of books that size with play-useful lore.)

love to all,
THO



Thank you! I would be glad to hear more about the "anointing" ceremonies :-]
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Markustay
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Posted - 27 Feb 2013 :  13:15:28  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Tulrun's Tent.

Pg.60, The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier
Pg. 9, Silver Marches

There is probably an entry for it in The Savage North and Volo's Guide to The North as well.

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crazedventurers
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Posted - 27 Feb 2013 :  19:47:40  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Tulrun's Tent


As he has been mentioned, any chance we could have some lore on Tulrun - what is favourite drink is? what spell did he enjoy creating the most? what spell he enjoyed casting the most? was he involed in any mythal making? you know the simple stuff

Cheers

Damian

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 Masked Mage
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Posted - 27 Feb 2013 :  20:57:23  Show Profile  Send The Masked Mage an AOL message  Click to see The Masked Mage's MSN Messenger address Send The Masked Mage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by crazedventurers

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Tulrun's Tent


As he has been mentioned, any chance we could have some lore on Tulrun - what is favourite drink is? what spell did he enjoy creating the most? what spell he enjoyed casting the most? was he involed in any mythal making? you know the simple stuff

Cheers

Damian



IDK if its what you want, but Tulrun had his own article in Polyhedron 126
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crazedventurers
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Posted - 28 Feb 2013 :  16:57:52  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Masked Mage
IDK if its what you want, but Tulrun had his own article in Polyhedron 126


Thanks MM, always hopeful of some more lore on a famous magic user of the Realms

Cheers

Damian
ps for those who aren't aware, Polyhedron magazine is available on the internet way back machine

http://archive.org/search.php?query=polyhedron

as well as Dragon magasine

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 Masked Mage
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Posted - 28 Feb 2013 :  18:19:57  Show Profile  Send The Masked Mage an AOL message  Click to see The Masked Mage's MSN Messenger address Send The Masked Mage a Private Message
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Thanks MM, always hopeful of some more lore on a famous magic user of the Realms
[/quote]

No problem. By the way, I forgot to mention Tulrun was a student of mine back in our glory days in Myth Drannor. That's cannon.
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The Sage
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Posted - 01 Mar 2013 :  01:30:14  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
Greetings Ed, I've another query to add to my ever-growing queue...

I've been recently thinking about reflecting the resignation of the Pope and the changes ruffling through the Catholic Church as a result, in the real world, in my Realms.

But I need a suitable Realms-equivalent to work with. So, my query is thus:- In your Realms, has there ever been a similar scenario played out through any of the many nation/Realms-wide [goodly-aligned, I suppose] religious institutions whereupon the "accepted" head of a church has stood down, rather than seen his/her time as revered leader of a faith, to term -- say, to when his/her god calls him/her to the god's side?

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Bladewind
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Posted - 01 Mar 2013 :  02:31:46  Show Profile Send Bladewind a Private Message
O O

WHOA! Awesome question, Sage! I'm personally very interrested in seeing how religious organisations in the realms view their own changes in hierarchy, and how often they occur among the goodly organsations (; partly because I expect evil clergies are likely to be prone to sudden shifts in power).

Are the highest ranking priests still active in 'earthly' affairs at all? They can willingly visit their deities realm after all...

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Razz
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Posted - 05 Mar 2013 :  03:10:16  Show Profile  Visit Razz's Homepage  Send Razz an AOL message Send Razz a Private Message
Dear Ed,
Hopefully a question that can be answered to the greatest detail allowed. Considering the locale, I am sure this might or might not be NDA, and it seems most questions concerning Baldur's Gate is.

What can be told about the Shrine to Oghma known as the Unrolling Scroll? One would figure being so close to Candlekeep to the south, that this place would be much more than a "shrine".
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 05 Mar 2013 :  20:10:25  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. I bring a reply to Markustay, re. these: "Another thread inspired me to think about Mythals - were there any Spellfire users involved in raising Myth Drannor's Mythal? How about other Mythals?"
Ed replies:

Yes. And yes.
Oh, you want specifics? Well, Elminster is one spellfire user who was involved in the raising of several Mythals, including Myth Drannor's. Let me check to see how much more I can reveal... (might take a while)...

So saith Ed. Who is a busy busy boy right now...
love,
THO
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Markustay
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Posted - 07 Mar 2013 :  19:27:04  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Thanks for that - is the fact that Eliminster has Spellfire widely known (or is this a secret you only just revealed?)

I can't recall if I was aware of this before. In your own mind, do you think Sorcery is related to Spellfire in some way? (the innate ability to 'do magic' without having to study spells).

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Ayrik
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Posted - 07 Mar 2013 :  19:37:34  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
Elminster's spellfire was widely known (to D&D readers anyhow) and referenced in more sourcebooks than I'd care to quote, circa AD&D2E at least. Although this was before any canonical definitions for silverfire were properly published, so I would allow for some confusion or contradiction in the earliest 2E examples.

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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 07 Mar 2013 :  21:01:47  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Oh sage of the Realms, excuse my poor handling or your language for, alas, I was born and raised speaking one derived from Latin... I have played Eberron mostly, and must admit that it is currently my favorite setting, but when I started playing D&D I DMed in the Realms and have fond memories of it, so much so that I plan to start playing in them again. Yet, it is difficult for me to forget some of the things I like about Eberron, and I was wondering about their possible presence in the Realms. Therefore, I would like to ask if there is currently tension between nations to the point of their being on the verge of war, and if they engage in espionage (I played a long time ago, but if I recall correctly perhaps Tethyr and Calimshan or Amn are in such a situation... is that so?). Additionally, concerning alignment nuances and difficult moral choices, is it true that the Harpers, despite their claims, have actually engaged in questionable operations and even committed wrongs? On the other hand, are there peace treaties in the Realms? Lastly, is there some sort of transnational law enforcement? I was thinking of priests of Tyr in previous editions, perhaps.
Lastly, if I may... I read that you once wrote that you were also a fan of other settings, so I'd like to ask you what you think about Eberron. Thanks a lot!
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 08 Mar 2013 :  04:29:49  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Thanks for that - is the fact that Eliminster has Spellfire widely known (or is this a secret you only just revealed?)

I can't recall if I was aware of this before. In your own mind, do you think Sorcery is related to Spellfire in some way? (the innate ability to 'do magic' without having to study spells).

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i think its mentioned in the Shandril books.......i believe elminster evens tells her.....as well as several other sources , many named in this scroll: http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9619

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Edited by - The Red Walker on 08 Mar 2013 04:31:50
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Xar Zarath
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Posted - 09 Mar 2013 :  07:24:35  Show Profile Send Xar Zarath a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO these are some questions for your consideration, if you could answer them swiftly that would be most appreciated, Thanks!

1.It has been stated that Aumvor the Undying is one of the foremost mages on necromancy, when other Netherese were busy looking up and beyond, he was gazing into the powers of death, however my question is did he know how to create a mythallar to make his own enclave?(All official lore states that he resided in a keep only)

2.Prior to Asmodeus's ascension, did he know the total amount of exiled archdevils, their names, powers etc? Are they many or just a few?

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The Masked Mage
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Posted - 09 Mar 2013 :  10:33:18  Show Profile  Send The Masked Mage an AOL message  Click to see The Masked Mage's MSN Messenger address Send The Masked Mage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Xar Zarath


1.It has been stated that Aumvor the Undying is one of the foremost mages on necromancy, when other Netherese were busy looking up and beyond, he was gazing into the powers of death, however my question is did he know how to create a mythallar to make his own enclave?(All official lore states that he resided in a keep only)



I'd think the official answer for this would be yes. Mythallars had more than one use and did not have to be used to keep an enclave aloft. How the Mighty Are Fallen has an example of this with the lichlord. If it were not for the physical descriptions I would have assumed the lichlord to be either Aumvor or Larloch. Maybe he was and we just don't know it or maybe he was just another powerful lich.

It should also be noted that the Return of the Archwizards books have created the possibility that The Fall did not destroy all they mythallars. I figure at least three or four other than the Sakkors mythallar survived, including one in Warlock's Crypt and one in what is now called Moonrise Craig in southern Semberholme (this one is a special modified Mythallar)
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 09 Mar 2013 :  16:04:12  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all.
Xar Zarath, ask and ye shall receive. Heeeere's Ed:

1. Yes, Aumvor knew how to make a mythallar. And did. :}
2. "Prior to Asmodeus's ascension"? Mortals in the Realms don't know of a time before Asmodeus was the ruler of the Nine Hells. It's he who's done the exiling, so yes, he knows their names and (vaguely; archdevils grow and develop over time, just as humans do) powers. In terms of relative numbers, outcast devils are very few - - but if you had to face them all as an army, you'd be facing seventy-odd formidable foes. Most of them are in hiding, and will avoid confrontation except on their terms (i.e. they would never form an army). Six or seven of them are "persistent troublemakers" in the eyes of Asmodeus.

. . . And in response to The Masked Mage, Ed adds:

That lichlord is indeed another lich, not Aumvor nor Larloch.
And more than a dozen mythallars have survived that I know of, though some of them are very small and low-power (size of a small room/closet).


So saith Ed! Who will be attending the launch today (3pm EST) of Julie Czerneda's brilliant fantasy novel TURN OF LIGHT at BakkaPhoenix bookstore on Harbord Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada (N side of Harbord, just W of Spadina). Ed gushed about this book when he read the MS, and has gushed every chance he's had since, so...worth picking up!
love to all,
THO
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The Masked Mage
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Posted - 09 Mar 2013 :  16:15:27  Show Profile  Send The Masked Mage an AOL message  Click to see The Masked Mage's MSN Messenger address Send The Masked Mage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi, all.
Xar Zarath, ask and ye shall receive. Heeeere's Ed:

1. Yes, Aumvor knew how to make a mythallar. And did. :}
2. "Prior to Asmodeus's ascension"? Mortals in the Realms don't know of a time before Asmodeus was the ruler of the Nine Hells. It's he who's done the exiling, so yes, he knows their names and (vaguely; archdevils grow and develop over time, just as humans do) powers. In terms of relative numbers, outcast devils are very few - - but if you had to face them all as an army, you'd be facing seventy-odd formidable foes. Most of them are in hiding, and will avoid confrontation except on their terms (i.e. they would never form an army). Six or seven of them are "persistent troublemakers" in the eyes of Asmodeus.

. . . And in response to The Masked Mage, Ed adds:

That lichlord is indeed another lich, not Aumvor nor Larloch.
And more than a dozen mythallars have survived that I know of, though some of them are very small and low-power (size of a small room/closet).


So saith Ed! Who will be attending the launch today (3pm EST) of Julie Czerneda's brilliant fantasy novel TURN OF LIGHT at BakkaPhoenix bookstore on Harbord Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada (N side of Harbord, just W of Spadina). Ed gushed about this book when he read the MS, and has gushed every chance he's had since, so...worth picking up!
love to all,
THO



Thanks THO & Ed!
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Blueblade
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Got to see Ed at the launch for Julie Czerneda's first fantasy book (big thick tome, have started it, good so far), and he was his usual affable self.
Told me he was hard at work on The Herald, the wrap-up Sundering novel, and has been writing lots of Forging the Realms columns. His Pathfinder novel has been handed in and was "a lot of fun" to write, and next up after The Herald is his Emerald Spire level "and some quick stuff," then his steampunk novel for Tor Books. Then, he told me, it will be time to turn to his next Realms novel after the Sundering.
He and Gabrielle Harbowy have "pretty much" finalized the roster for When The Hero Comes Home 2, and the stories are "superb to awesome." He, Gabrielle, and a lot of the authors who made it into Hero 2 will be at Ad Astra this year (Canada's annual big fantasy/sf convention, this year April 5th to 7th at the same hotel as last year, on Woodbine Avenue in the northern exurbs of Toronto), for "a good time" and to talk more business.
I have been one of Ed's fans for years and years, but whenever I meet him I'm impressed anew at how friendly he is and how much he boosts other writers (including beginning, unpublished ones), not to mention utterly awed by the pace the man keeps up. (He helps out lots of writers behind the scenes with unpaid "story doctoring" and encouragement and connecting them with publishers and so on, not to mention spots of ghost writing here and there, not just the stuff we know about with his name on it.)
Bravo, Ed! May you keep it up for years!!
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createvmind
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Hello Ed,

In your realms and homebrew who would be the Lao Tzu and Sun Tzu or Musahshi's in terms of books of warfare and strategy and who would be the greatest Monk class generals or advisers in terms of war stratagems?
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Hello THO and Ed,

Ed, could you tell us a little about dentistry in Cormyr, as it was practiced from about 1369 to 1479 DR?

Is working on people’s teeth a specific practice all unto itself? Or is it shared amongst other professions and trades?

Also, during that same time period, was dentistry all that different in Waterdeep than in Cormyr?

Lastly, were there any fads amongst the nobility of either Cormyr or Waterdeep during those years involving teeth?

As you might have guessed, I went to the dentist today.

Thank you both!

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).

Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 12 Mar 2013 04:50:44
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Marc
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Greetings, no questions, just want to say that the new Dragon article about Abyssal traders was one of the most interesting in the 4th edition

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Razz
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Only thing in the article that made me wince was the "dhergodemon" mention but I am sure that was more of a plug by some 4E Editor than it was Ed.
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