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Arcanus
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Posted - 21 Mar 2013 :  20:27:57  Show Profile  Visit Arcanus's Homepage Send Arcanus a Private Message
Was looking at some youtube vids of ed. He seems to have lost a lot of weight in the last few years. Can we put this down to the stress of 4e?
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 21 Mar 2013 :  20:45:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. No.
Ed's lost weight for four reasons: heart surgery, onset of diabetes (both factors in changing his diet), and taking over the cooking from his increasingly frail wife - - which means he's preparing his own meals and (by and large) eating in a more healthy manner. The last reason: Ed and his wife both retired from their Toronto library jobs, which meant 120-mile commutes into work in the morning, and a 120-mile commute home, 6 and sometimes 7 days a week (yes, folks, Ed wrote all the Realms novels and columns and game products he did ON TOP of that - - so if you ever think he's taking too long to answer your questions, think about the pace he keeps).
Ed now works at a library that's only 30-some miles away. Which means he's sitting on his behind, driving, a max of 2 hours a day (shopping included), instead of 6 hours a day - - which in turn means more exertion/better health.
Add to that nursing his wife (carrying her around, bathing her, and the like) and taking over the gardening on a former farm, too, and you have a skinnier Ed.
With worse knees, he hastens to inform me. No more hockey or fencing (the sword kind, not the mending farm fences kind; he's still stuck with that) for Ed.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 21 Mar 2013 20:45:50
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Arcanus
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Posted - 22 Mar 2013 :  00:21:50  Show Profile  Visit Arcanus's Homepage Send Arcanus a Private Message
It can't be healthy to be as busy as that. I'm glad he has slowed down (a very little lol). My best to Ed and his wife.
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Seravin
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Posted - 23 Mar 2013 :  13:48:45  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message
Hi Ed/THO,

I've always been drawn to Saerloon in Sembia. I have a question about it, and wondering if you can give an answer or if it may be NDA. There are major temples to both Azuth and Mystra there, the temple to Azuth is even bigger/more important than the one in Halruaa according to Faiths & Avatars. Why is there such a connection to Mystra/Azuth in the city, which is otherwise just a major trading port? Was there a Mystra/Azuth event in the city or on the site of the city that causes it to be such a holy place for the Gods of magic? Do the Chosen of Mystra visit the churches there often?

Thanks!
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Mar 2013 :  14:05:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Here's Ed, answering Seravin's question, immediately above:

For years, Saerloon was the "forgotten" large, wealthy, and bustling Sembian port, overshadowed by its neighbor and rival, Selgaunt. Naturally, the "static" traders (shopkeepers, as opposed to great mercantile houses that have investments everywhere, fleets and caravan companies, and so on) of Saerloon wanted local attractions to build up Saerloon's brisk trade to outstrip Selgaunt's even brisker daily business (in the face of the built-in handicap of Selgaunt's location and better harbor - - and after the fall of Ordulin, the movement of much governance and administration to Selgaunt).
So those in power in Saerloon set about differentiating themselves from Selgaunt. Any growing, wealthy trading and social powerhouse will have shrines to all deities and minor temples to most gods, not always mentioned in canon products (because we never had enough wordcount to include everything), and Selgaunt and Saerloon are no exception - - but Saerloon decided to court several faiths that had a light presence locally, by providing free land, tax breaks, and limited exemptions to some local laws (i.e. within the walls of the temple, "holy law" governs, rather than secular, allowing priests to shelter taxable goods, provide refuge to fugitives [often in return for "donations"] and so on).
Two of these faiths were those of Mystra and Azuth, because Sembia also wanted to attract more resident wizards, to counter the perceived growing threats of the Zhentarim, the Red Wizards, and others (both unscrupulous mages of Westgate, and what turned out to be Shadovar agents), who often "marauded" in Sembian cities, unhampered by feeble local mages, to get at the wealth there (i.e. ruthless local Sembians would hire them to counter foes or smite trade rivals, and the hired wizards would do so but also do their own "on the side" activities to gain even more wealth, almost always indefiance of local laws).
So the city elders of Saerloon, sponsored by the wealthiest self-styled "noble" families, invited in clerics of Mystra and Azuth, to be both a cover for their own wizard-hiring and to "police" marauding mages.
(And no, none of the Chosen visit the Sembian temples or shrines of either Mystra or Azuth all that often. They don't neglect them, but they don't have cause to frequent them.)


So saith Ed, creator of Mystra, Azuth, Sembia, Saerloon, Selgaunt, and so on . . .
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Mar 2013 :  14:50:08  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. I bring Ed's reply to Dalor and to Cbad285, re. Evermead. Here's Ed:


There is no "official" recipe for Evermead, and I will bow to anything Lady Elaine Cunningham, the reigning expert on this, can provide.
However, here's the closest equivalent I have devised (a rhodomel):
Needed:
1.5 gal blackberry honey
1 pkg montrachet yeast
1/2 gal rose petals
8 oz rosewater
3 gal water (avoid chlorinated and fluorinated tap water)
1 gal cherry juice (can be from concentrate, but avoid sugar-augmented "cherry cocktail")
1 vanilla bean
2 cloves

Bring 2 gallons of water to the boil, then remove from heat and stir in honey, keeping stirring until it dissolves.
Pour remaining water into main fermenting vessel, stirring in cherry juice.
Add hot must to main fermenting vessel, and stir. Check temp, and stir in yeast when temp gets below 80 degrees (F).
Do the usual fermenting thing. :}
Shake/swirl to oxygenate, then rack onto mesh bag containing rose petal, cloves, and vanilla bean (slice bean open down length, first).
Makes 5.5 gal
As with all meads, tinker with this until you like the result.


So saith Ed. Who emphasizes that he hasn't made mead often, although he HAS had success. The sugar content tends to make him violently ill after imbibing, though (diabetic). However, Cbad's workplace, fropm its website, seems like an establishment he has to visit. Someday, somehow...

love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Mar 2013 :  15:19:49  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And here I am again, this time with a reply from Ed to Bladewind, re. this: "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 can't 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' that's relatively safe to use in their preferred forest environs 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!"
Ed responds:


Hi, Bladewine. The elves are by no means monolithic in their approaches to forging, and over the years have tried various methods of forging (including travel to mountain or Underdark caverns to do their work). However, over the years, most elves have refined two things used far more by elves (and half-elves) than by dwarves, gnomes, humans, and other smiths: surrounding the forge, anvil, and quenching-baths in sphere-of-force-like spells that contain (and therefore concentrate, so smaller heat sources can be used) flame, sparks, and heat (to protect flammable surroundings, of course), and enspelled quenching oils that contribute to tempering and therefore cut down on repeated heatings, hammerings, and quenchings to strengthen and layer blades.
So most elves use traditional forges, fueled by charcoal and/or specific culled creepers and thorn-vines, and augmented by fire retention spells, encircled by the shielding spells that protect forest greenery and the flammable forest loam "ground" (and so allow them to locate smithies in the depths of sylvan homelands).
Hope this is of help.

So saith Ed, detailer of elves for the Realms, Castlemourn, and Golarion...thus far.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Mar 2013 :  15:27:58  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And here's Ed yet again (on a roll this morning!) with an answer for Foxhelm (and The Sage):


Yes, there are "think tanks" in the Realms, but there's no overall term for them, because they tend to get called different things depending on who assembled them and why (temples host local and interfaith "councils" or "conclaves" to discuss local controversies, border disputes, rules for developing industries, guild clashes, and so on; rulers call the same things "alliances" or "councils;" and smaller private meetings are often just called "cabals" or "moots" or "meets").
I would tend to say a "think tank" has to be more than a single meeting - - or a big moot for discussion followed by a vote/sign things/settle things followup. It should mean a group, however amorphous in membership, that meets or communicates via magic or written messages over a number of years to discuss some continuing themes as well as "problems of the moment."
These sort of groups form and dissolve (often silently "fading away" rather than acrimoniously breaking up) all the time. Here are four long-lived ones:

The Dalethnar (named for Daleth, the very successful and wealthy caravan company owner of eastern Amn and Tethyr), a merchants' group that meets, usually twice a year, in various strategic Heartlands trading centers to discuss matters of shipping (such as tariffs, inspections by the authorities of various governments, remounts and provisioning, and collective response to brigandry, weights/measures and standardized containers, attempted bans/trade controls by rulers or priesthoods, and so on). Formerly dominated by Amnians, but the Sembians are muscling in.

The Ravens (this is what everyone calls the Conclave of Ravens except its members), a gathering every two years, at a different independent and usually isolated (but with multiple routes in and out, and not a lot of nearby cover) settlement in Faerun, of mercenaries. The Ravens discuss rules of conduct, which patrons (often rulers) will "go under the ban" or be limited in how many members they can hire or what conditions will be imposed on their hirings, by member "swords," thanks to their treatment of members in the recent past (for example, scapegoating and executing mercenaries after said hireswords were put in militarily impossible situations, or framed for things they did not do). Mirt of Waterdeep was briefly a member, back in his days as Mirt the Merciless, mercenary swordcaptain.

The Starflame, a "court of conduct" for independent mages that meets in Scornubel at least once a year (but more often if crises arise) to debate laws and treatment of independent arcane spellcasters by various rulers (and priesthoods, and costers, and guilds). This cabal (as most non-members refer to it) has fallen silent, or retired into secrecy, several times over four centuries or so, but risen to public prominence time and again. Famous/infamous members have briefly included the Blackstaff (Khelben Arunsun), Sememmon of the Zhentarim, and Lauraud, one of the Sceptanars (city rulers in Chessenta).

Athaenul's Seat, a gathering of livestock breeders large and small (dominated by "large") that usually assembles somewhere along the Heartlands "Throat" trade routes (linking the Sword Coast with The Sea of Fallen Stars, through Berdusk, Iriaebor, Priapurl, and other nearby settlements) to discuss prices, breeding, diseases, laws enacted by various rulers, feed crops - - and, detractors of this group insist, ways of arranging shortages so as to keep prices higher than they should be. Many noble houses of Cormyr have taken to quietly attending the Seat, not to mention Waterdhavian noble houses such as the Roaringhorns.


So saith Ed. Who promises Razz he hasn't missed or forgotten the Scroll query! The problem is that most Baldur's Gate lore IS completely NDA'd at the moment, thanks to a forthcoming adventure written in part by Ed, but mainly by Matt Sernett.
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 23 Mar 2013 16:01:20
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 24 Mar 2013 :  17:02:20  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Thank you Master Greenwood, and another question series.

We know the realms has flying ships of various makes and models.

As a fan of the Stargate series and Sci-Fi in general...

Has their been any mystical/technological development of ships, vessels or vehicles which have a teleporting transportation system? A ship which can teleport for long or short distances? Or one which can slip through another dimension/plane to shorten arrival times?

Yes, I know of the Shadowfell short cuts of the Shades/Sembia. But are there others as well? Elven trade companies which use short cuts through the Feywild? A church which uses a shortcut through the planes of their gods? Or even just as I said a teleporting ship which jumps from one point in Toril to another?

Can you talk about this or is it NDA? Or can we see this in a future article on Wizards of the Coast?

Please and Thank you.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 24 Mar 2013 :  20:01:04  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

Thank you Master Greenwood, and another question series.

We know the realms has flying ships of various makes and models.

As a fan of the Stargate series and Sci-Fi in general...

Has their been any mystical/technological development of ships, vessels or vehicles which have a teleporting transportation system? A ship which can teleport for long or short distances? Or one which can slip through another dimension/plane to shorten arrival times?

Yes, I know of the Shadowfell short cuts of the Shades/Sembia. But are there others as well? Elven trade companies which use short cuts through the Feywild? A church which uses a shortcut through the planes of their gods? Or even just as I said a teleporting ship which jumps from one point in Toril to another?

Can you talk about this or is it NDA? Or can we see this in a future article on Wizards of the Coast?

Please and Thank you.



The Realms Master, from the Forgotten Realms comic book done by DC and TSR, was capable of teleportation. It had an artifact, the Astrolabe of Nimbral, that allowed it to teleport around the Realms.

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 24 Mar 2013 :  20:18:06  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,

Ed, I have a question about socks.

If I'm a member of the Purple Dragons in 1479 DR or thereabouts, do I put my bare feet in boots before I go about my daily business, or do I put socks (or some equivalent) on before I put on my boots?

Does the onset of wintertime or a posting in the colder reaches of Cormyr have any effect on this?

Thank you both very much.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

The Starflame, a "court of conduct" for independent mages that meets in Scornubel at least once a year (but more often if crises arise) to debate laws and treatment of independent arcane spellcasters by various rulers (and priesthoods, and costers, and guilds). This cabal (as most non-members refer to it) has fallen silent, or retired into secrecy, several times over four centuries or so, but risen to public prominence time and again. Famous/infamous members have briefly included the Blackstaff (Khelben Arunsun), Sememmon of the Zhentarim, and Lauraud, one of the Sceptanars (city rulers in Chessenta).
Interesting.

What is the exact mandate of the Starflame? Does it have the collective authority to punish deliberately abusive mages who shirk the laws of various rulers and such? How does the Church of Mystra respond to the Starflame cabal? Do any cities/rulers actively support the Starflame within their areas of influence?

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The Sage
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Ed/My lady Hooded One, I'm just redirecting an earlier query I raised elsewhere to this scroll:-
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Heh. Interestingly enough, ley lines were in Ed's original Realms. Everywhere. Remembered by few, but the witches of Rashemen and the northern barbarians (now the Uthgardt) were among the rememberers.
love to all,
THO

Very interesting.

Can you elaborate some more on these ley lines in Ed's original Realms, my lady? Especially within the context of the Uthgardt and the Rashemar?


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Arcanus
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Posted - 26 Mar 2013 :  14:33:58  Show Profile  Visit Arcanus's Homepage Send Arcanus a Private Message
Lady THO, it has probably been asked before but why when Mystra died was there no replacement god of magic? Some say Shar blocked this somehow, yet we are given to believe Ao is the only one who can do this. At the risk of answering my own question-is it because Mystra never truly died and was only greatly diminished? I hope this finds you well.
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Eilserus
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Hi Ed and THO,
I was hoping you could tell us a bit more about that drow citadel in Elminster Enraged where the drow were trying to harness the silver fire. Does the citadel have a name or any history you could share? If I understood it right, the drow did fail at capturing the silver fire? I got the impression this was a near surface research outpost, due to their work and the trove of human spellbooks. Was this an outpost of Sschindylryn? Any info about the drow arraugra (ballistae) and the drowic glass armor that was referenced would be great too as I've never heard of those either.

Thank you both! :)
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Ze
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Dear Hooded Lady and Dear Ed,

this is my first post on these boards, but as a long time lurker, allow me to thank both of you for your great availability. Incidentally, forgive my English, it's not my first language.

I am setting up a Waterdeep campaign in 1370DR, around the Ruldegost Family.
Searching through the available lore, the members I found are the following:

Lady Kara, matriarch
Lord Bly, regent
Detan, infant heir

There is also a single mention of one Lord Dethnar as prominent member of the family (in Waterdeep and the North, I think), however he is not mentioned in later books, where Lady Kara appears to be the Matriarch.

Do you happen to have some more information that you may share?
Whatever happened to Dethnar? Is Bly his brother? Do you have any details on other Ruldegosts, the number of family members appearing to be 19 according to the sourcebooks?

Thanks a lot,
Ze
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quote:
Originally posted by Ze

Dear Hooded Lady and Dear Ed,

this is my first post on these boards, but as a long time lurker, allow me to thank both of you for your great availability. Incidentally, forgive my English, it's not my first language.

I am setting up a Waterdeep campaign in 1370DR, around the Ruldegost Family.
Searching through the available lore, the members I found are the following:

Lady Kara, matriarch
Lord Bly, regent
Detan, infant heir

There is also a single mention of one Lord Dethnar as prominent member of the family (in Waterdeep and the North, I think), however he is not mentioned in later books, where Lady Kara appears to be the Matriarch.

Do you happen to have some more information that you may share?
Whatever happened to Dethnar? Is Bly his brother? Do you have any details on other Ruldegosts, the number of family members appearing to be 19 according to the sourcebooks?

Thanks a lot,
Ze




Hey, I know I'm not Ed, but I did a little research that you might find useful. In the old 2nd edition Cloak & Dagger under the Knights of the shield section it goes into Bly Ruldegost a little bit. It says he's becoming romantically involved with Lady Ninvara Krimmevol of Daromar, a Tethyrian noblewoman who was banished from her country by royal edict. He's also trying to work with her family to achieve some ends in Tethyr.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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Ze
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quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
In the old 2nd edition Cloak & Dagger under the Knights of the shield section it goes into Bly Ruldegost a little bit. It says he's becoming romantically involved with Lady Ninvara Krimmevol of Daromar, a Tethyrian noblewoman who was banished from her country by royal edict. He's also trying to work with her family to achieve some ends in Tethyr.



Thanks sleyvas!
I'll look into this, although I would like not to focus too much on Bly - he already has his part of plot hooks, with his indirect involvement with the dealings of the Unseen, as detailed in the 3.5 CoS.
That's why I'd like to throw in hooks with other Ruldegost family members too, to present the players with multiple choices all the time.

But again, thanks a lot for your reply.
Ze
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The Hooded One
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Hi again, all.
Ze, Ed’s been busy rush-creating some needed Realmslore all day, but sent me this much for you:

Lord Dethnar died early on in the time period covered by published Realmslore, and Lord Bly is indeed his younger (and only) brother, and stepped in to serve as Regent to Dethnar’s son (and the heir of the house), Detan.
Dethnar’s wife, Essemra, predeceased him by half a year (she died of an “internal illness” that real-world doctors would probably have deemed cancer, and the grieving and embittered Dethnar set about settling scores with old foes, and died in a sword duel in a dark alley, one night, in Dock Ward).
The widowed (Lord Alaerik Ruldegost died in 1353 DR, poisoned by an unknown intruder probably hired by a noble or guild trade rival) Lady Kara Ruldegost is Dethnar’s mother, and is in her late nineties as of 1370 DR. She never leaves her upper room, and is withered and shrunken and largely confined to a massive highbacked chair, but has sharp wits and a tongue like a razor, and rules the household.
Lord Bly is increasingly absent from the Ruldegost manor in Waterdeep, and from family matters, his interests lying elsewhere (sleyvas has pointed the way to most of that “elsewhere”).
Leaving the heir’s upbringing in the hands of devoted longtime family servants overseen from a distance by Lady Kara.
The sixteen other living Ruldegosts are the sons and daughters of Lady Kara’s now-dead younger brother, Alauvin. Who went through three wives, all much younger than he was, in swift succession (the last two within a decade). So Alauvin and his three wives are all dead by the mid-1360s DR, but all of their offspring are still alive in 1370 DR.
The first wife, Parlarla Imbrivviyn of Athkatla, bore Alauvin two daughters, Nauvneene and Orlaethra (both tall, saturnine, and withdrawn sorceresses who prefer the company of women to that of men, and study and devouring fiction to dealing with the real world outside the Ruldegost walls; Nauvneene thinks like Lady Kara and could replace her in a trice if Kara died).
The second wife, Imra Dragonbellow of Lyrabar, bore Alauvin three sets of twin boys and two daughters: Geldor and Parbrym; Naint and Corvor; Telneth and Burdeth; Hammalarra; and Shelaenne.
Alauvin’s third wife, the wild and wanton Lorlethra Tarmahael of Saerloon, gave him a son, the dashing young rake Ramphaer, followed by five daughters: Lethlill (she and Ramphaer share a love that’s a little deeper than mere fond sibling bonds), the triplets Zorsra, Ambedaelia, and “Dethur” Dethurra (once described by Mirt as “three brainless little dolls”); and last, the impish and beautiful Trethma (whose looks and manner attract much attention at revels and other public functions in Waterdeep).
Of old, the Ruldegosts were a clan of red-faced, burly, hard-living swordsmen who married a motley array of long-suffering wives who mostly outlived them, or stayed single and rakish, and became another of the infamous “randy old Ruldegost uncles,” but by the time Alaerik became head of the house upon the death of his father Norond, all of these uncles had died out.
These older Ruldegosts were the epitome of what some guildmasters and wealthy Waterdhavian merchants derided as “idiot nobles, unfit to lead any society, governed as they are by hot tempers, selfishness, debauchery, and a life of destructive-to-others idleness.” What saved the Ruldegosts for years was their loyalty to their servants, who in turn were very loyal to them, and very competently ran family affairs.
I hope this is of help.


So saith Ed, and there you have it!
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Mar 2013 :  04:24:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oh, and I quite forgot to give Jeremy Grenemyer a quick reply, drawing on my notes and from seeing Ed's sketches, while we both wait for a proper one from Ed:

Yes, Cormyreans do have socks. And hose, for men as well as ladies, that consist of either full-foot leggings that run up to a garter belt, or ditto that lack a full foot, and just end at the ankle but have an "instep strap" that goes under the foot to keep the legging from riding up, but leaving the heel and toes bare. In winter, sometimes worn together (socks over hose), and yes, both socks and hose may be worn inside boots.

Ed will give more and better lore when he can . . .
love,
THO
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Ze
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all.
Ze, Ed’s been busy rush-creating some needed Realmslore all day, but sent me this much for you:



Whoa, that was really quick!
Thank you both so much! It's unvaluable information there, since most of the PCs will likely be related to the House servants.
Ze
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 29 Mar 2013 :  16:52:47  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Yes, Cormyreans do have socks.
Right on. That's awesome.

Thank you very much THO.

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 29 Mar 2013 :  18:33:18  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message
Hail my lovely Lady THO,

Over in another scroll here on the boards, we are discussing marriage in the Realms, everything from marriage ceremonies, regional rituals/traditions, to acceptance of non-baseline (one man one woman) marriages in the Realms, in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on the subject of marriage equality this week. Marriage isn't much addressed in the sourcebook record, we're finding. Would you or the masterful Lord Greenwood care to weigh in on the subject?

http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17685

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Xar Zarath
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Posted - 30 Mar 2013 :  04:27:01  Show Profile Send Xar Zarath a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO, recently i started a thread on the Weave today, and how the Rise of The Underdark went and so on...

The thing is with that whole Realms (well worlds event) event over, could you throw some tidbits on the Demon Weave that Lolth spun and how it worked, came into being and so on?

It would be very appreciated, thanks!

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Bladewind
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Posted - 30 Mar 2013 :  16:41:18  Show Profile Send Bladewind a Private Message
Thanks for the reply, (and sorry for my late responce), dear Ed and our lady Hooded One. Awesome details regarding an elven smithy set-up.

I've got a follow up question though. Is there a widely famous example of a such an elven smithy? One known (amongst the elves at least) for its master smiths or exceptional size/quality of its forge wards? Or are elven metalcrafts that closely a guarded secret that elves are instructed to be hush about such things?

Especially in second edition FR, I got the impression elven made weapons where endproducts of an ancient arms race and thus a closely guarded secret. Am I correct in that most races are loath to share their secrets of weapon making, and that theft of such knowledge can and have started wars? How much secrecy and control is involved in the creation of their arms, and how much of that knowledge are they willing to share with allies? The lengthy history of demihuman alliances did allow for complete transparancy at some points in time. How common is the mindset of Myth Drannor in current ages of Toril?

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