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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 15 Mar 2013 :  04:05:16  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
Ed, on another scroll, a scribe was wondering what it would take to make something similar to Evermead.

Have any suggestions?

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Marc
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quote:
Originally posted by Razz

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.



I sort of accepted that change - they are from chaos-tainted yugoloths banished in the Heart of Darkness purge. Their inherent elemental nature is still doubtful tough.

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Bladewind
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For an upcoming session I want to start in a small elven village, but I was wondering if such elven settlements have any smithies in them at all? If so, Ed, what forges are used by Torilian elven mastercraftsmen to craft their famous steel/mithril blades, armor and arrowheads? I cant imagine all elven craftsmen travelling to nearby dwarven or human forges for making their weapons.

I imagine they don't use traditional firewood consuming forges because they tend to eat up a lot of fuel (albeit wood, charcoal or bitumen) and pose fire threats to the forest if the nearby trees are not specially warded against extreme heat. Did elves come up with a 'cold forging method' thats relatively safe to use in their preferred forest envorins or do they require magic wards for every metalsmith in their communities? Are elven smiths perhaps forced to work outside of the forest (in specially chosen areas well isolated to the trees)?

Thanks in advance!

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Cbad285
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Posted - 16 Mar 2013 :  03:35:35  Show Profile  Send Cbad285 an AOL message  Send Cbad285 a Yahoo! Message Send Cbad285 a Private Message
I've posted this topic in the general chat, but was processed here.

Here is my question for Ed.

I work at Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren MI and I'm working on brewing a real life version of Evermead, but I do not know exactly what the mead would consist of. So the question has two parts.

What are the ingredients to Evermead

and two,

Where can I find sources that describe the taste and texture of the mead?
Any help would be much appreciated!

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 16 Mar 2013 :  16:56:37  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Cbad285, I'll try to get hold of Ed and squeeze a reply out of him for you, but from my notes, I find this much (which isn't much):

"Evermead is a rhodomel (honey with attar [[distillate of rose petals]])"

Hoping Ed can supply much more...
love,
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 16 Mar 2013 :  17:05:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And one of Ed's longtime fencing partners saw the above post and e-mailed me with more:

Ed once told me evermead is a sweet (but not cloyingly sweet) mead "spiced up" with cherry juice, vanilla beans, and rose petals - - actual rose petals. This was after I stopped making batches of mead, when diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Boy, mead gave me WHAMMO hangovers.

And there you have it: a little more. I'm not sure Ed has an actual recipe to share, mind you...
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 16 Mar 2013 17:06:18
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 17 Mar 2013 :  02:02:47  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Are there such thing as Think Tanks (Groups of collective thinking on any topic/topics) or their equalivant in the Realms? What are they called? Could you give Examples?

Please and thank you?

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Razz
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Posted - 17 Mar 2013 :  20:05:42  Show Profile  Visit Razz's Homepage  Send Razz an AOL message Send Razz a Private Message
Did my Unrolling Scroll question get seen? Apologies if it has, I am not yet used to this thread's workings yet.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 17 Mar 2013 :  21:24:33  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Razz

Did my Unrolling Scroll question get seen? Apologies if it has, I am not yet used to this thread's workings yet.



No question in Ed's thread goes unseen by him; his Lovely Hooded Emissary passes on everything to him, sometimes including discussions on other threads.

Here's the thing: Ed is one insanely busy guy. He has a creative output to rival that of the hypothetical Shakespearean monkeys, on top of a day job and other commitments. On top of that, he doesn't always have the answer to any given question readily available -- there is much Realmslore to be found piled in boxes and such in his legendary basement. And on top of that, he treads an ever-shifting minefield of NDAs and projects he has to avoid speaking on. Sometimes he can't even mention an NDA without giving something away.

So, long story short -- your question has been forwarded to Ed. He may answer within hours, you may be waiting for a few years... I've got unanswered questions going back at least 3 or 4 years, myself. I've gotten almost immediate answers, and I've gotten answers so much later that I'd forgotten I'd asked the question.

Heck, even being able to email him directly doesn't guarantee a swift answer to a lore question...

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The Sage
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Posted - 18 Mar 2013 :  01:27:20  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

Are there such thing as Think Tanks (Groups of collective thinking on any topic/topics) or their equalivant in the Realms? What are they called? Could you give Examples?

Please and thank you?

Oooo! Cool question.

As an addendum to this, Ed, I'd also be curious to hear whether any of the Realms' more prominent personages, have ever been a part of these "think tanks?"

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createvmind
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Ed, who is the most resurrected being in your campaign to date?

Who is the most infamous band of "Robin Hood" style villains, robbing merchants, caravans, other adventurers and such yet never killing anyone at least not purposely, even attempting to heal those they hurt severely? How long did they last?
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Ed, who is the most resurrected being in your campaign to date?




We know Nain Keenwhistler has the record in Waterdeep, for the most resurrections...

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The Sage
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Posted - 18 Mar 2013 :  15:09:09  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Ed, who is the most resurrected being in your campaign to date?




We know Nain Keenwhistler has the record in Waterdeep, for the most resurrections...

Which does remind me... I really need to reference every single one of those. Including the various ways in which Nain died each time.

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Razz
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Posted - 18 Mar 2013 :  22:54:46  Show Profile  Visit Razz's Homepage  Send Razz an AOL message Send Razz a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

So, long story short -- your question has been forwarded to Ed. He may answer within hours, you may be waiting for a few years... I've got unanswered questions going back at least 3 or 4 years, myself. I've gotten almost immediate answers, and I've gotten answers so much later that I'd forgotten I'd asked the question.

Heck, even being able to email him directly doesn't guarantee a swift answer to a lore question...




Ah ok, thanks for clearing it up. I forget he has to root through both NDA and cross reference with what he has or what another designer has in mind before saying anything.
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Razz

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

So, long story short -- your question has been forwarded to Ed. He may answer within hours, you may be waiting for a few years... I've got unanswered questions going back at least 3 or 4 years, myself. I've gotten almost immediate answers, and I've gotten answers so much later that I'd forgotten I'd asked the question.

Heck, even being able to email him directly doesn't guarantee a swift answer to a lore question...




Ah ok, thanks for clearing it up. I forget he has to root through both NDA and cross reference with what he has or what another designer has in mind before saying anything.



Not a problem. We all want our Edlore!

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Razz

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

So, long story short -- your question has been forwarded to Ed. He may answer within hours, you may be waiting for a few years... I've got unanswered questions going back at least 3 or 4 years, myself. I've gotten almost immediate answers, and I've gotten answers so much later that I'd forgotten I'd asked the question.

Heck, even being able to email him directly doesn't guarantee a swift answer to a lore question...




Ah ok, thanks for clearing it up. I forget he has to root through both NDA and cross reference with what he has or what another designer has in mind before saying anything.

And I know the archives themselves are still being updated, Razz, but if either you or any other scribes are concerned that you may have missed important replies to your queries, in future, simply PM me, and I'll search through the compiled files -- including those that have yet to be updated on the main site.

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wozniak1995
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Posted - 19 Mar 2013 :  14:30:34  Show Profile Send wozniak1995 a Private Message
Who is currently the best or most powerfull spellcaster in the realms?
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The Red Walker
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Was reading about the possible discovery of a Viking "sunstone" in the Englilsh channel. Got me wondering how the average realms ship without a wizard or magic items managed to navigate in foul weather. Especially extended periods without sunlight and stars.

http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/03/09/fabled-viking-sunstone-crystal-believed-to-be-found-at-bottom-of-english-channel/


edit: i meant to ask about ships without a wizard or magic items navigating in weather with no visible sun and/or stars.

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paladinnicolas
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I was wondering whether there are 'international crimes' in the Realms, that is to say wrongful acts considered as unlawful regardless of where they are committed and even if they are not considered as such under the law of one city-State or State. If so, would priests of Tyr and now Torm be the most likely official enforcers of such international norms given the justice portfolio of those deities? In such a case, do they have authorization to persecute and perhaps prosecute (logically someone different from those orders to avoid their being enforcers and juges) offenders?
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The Masked Mage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Was reading about the possible discovery of a Viking "sunstone" in the Englilsh channel. Got me wondering how the average realms ship with a wizard or magic items managed to navigate in foul weather. Especially extended periods without sunlight and stars.

http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/03/09/fabled-viking-sunstone-crystal-believed-to-be-found-at-bottom-of-english-channel/



Historically, there were several methods of navigation, referring to the stars the most famous. The sun and moon were the other points to follow for celestial navigation. Beyond that, experienced sailors can refer to landmarks (sail within sight of land or from point to point), follow known wind patterns, and follow known ocean/sea currents.

Magic would make these things unnecessary of course. A simple find the path can tell you where to go. Dragon Mag had a some spells about sailing including some for navigating.
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Tyrant
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I have a few follow ups to Eldacar's question on pg. 12 for Ed as I recently acquired the Magic of Incarnum book. Are there any known/high profile Incarnum practitioners/users in the Realms? Would they be more likely to be found in any one particular area?

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Xar Zarath
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Dear Ed and THO, with the coming of 4e, one of my pet peeves was that the succubus was changed to being a devil. My question, is Malcanthet Queen of the Succubi now an archdevil in the heart of the Abyss or does she remain a demon lord with dominion over demonic succubi? or are all succbi devils?

As a side note, are all the erinyes just beastly and ugly, or do they retain some semblace of celestial beauty?

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Foxhelm
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quote:
Originally posted by Xar Zarath

Dear Ed and THO, with the coming of 4e, one of my pet peeves was that the succubus was changed to being a devil. My question, is Malcanthet Queen of the Succubi now an archdevil in the heart of the Abyss or does she remain a demon lord with dominion over demonic succubi? or are all succbi devils?

As a side note, are all the erinyes just beastly and ugly, or do they retain some semblace of celestial beauty?



I might be able to answer it, at least the first question. The "Wandering Monster" article on Wizards of the Coast has what the development team is doing with monsters. With 5th edition... The Succubus is a Demon Again, but one which seems to be working both sides of the fence.

From the article:
quote:
Succubus-Tempting Demon. A succubus in its natural form appears as a beautiful human woman with horns and huge, batlike wings. Physically the weakest of the demons (except the pathetic manes), succubi use their magical abilities to secure servants and allies for their own protection, ruling through wit and threat rather than a raw show of power. They are not very discriminating in their choice of servitors, selecting from among other demons, devils, yugoloths, and even mortals as the opportunity arises. This might account for the mistaken impression among some mortal sages that succubi are actually devils, rather than demons. Their magical abilities reinforce this role: they can charm, suggest, dominate, and otherwise control weaker-willed creatures, as well as change shape and read thoughts well enough to maintain complex disguises. Succubi have high Intelligence and Charisma scores, but low Strength scores. They are resistant to weapon damage unless the weapon is magic or made of cold-forged iron.


The Article is:

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4wand/20121120

They had a poll too on the succubus on should she be a demon, devil both or neither?

This article from the next week show the vote:

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4wand/20121127

I hope no one minds me answering this in my own way. Now back to Mr. Greenwood.

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Kno
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What happened to Elminster's space station. Did it suffer the Spellplauge?

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Razz
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I don't understand why they couldn't leave the core D&D monster mythology alone?

Sorry. Need a new thread for that topic, I know.
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