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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Sep 2013 :  23:26:57  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
. . . And hi again, all!
Whilst posting Ed's message, I couldn't help but notice the preceding post, by Demzer, and can begin to provide a partial answer:

- Has a spell battle between one of the Chosens of Mystra and a competent Spellfire wielder ever happened before?

A: Yes. More than once.

- Will there be any consequences for the Weave (thinking about dead magic zone at the site and vicinity with sorrounding wild magic zones or even weirder effects)?

A: Yes.
For more, and answers to the rest, Ed will of course have to step in and do the proper Realmslore sage thing. I'm just the ear and tongue candy here...
love,
THO
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rjfras
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 26 Sep 2013 :  23:59:40  Show Profile  Visit rjfras's Homepage Send rjfras a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed. Who is still working hard on Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore (he tells me he recently handed in the 50th Forging column, for example).
love,
THO



With WotC putting Dragon and Dungeon on hiatus for a while, will we continue to see the Forging the Realms articles or have all the ones Ed has handed in been almost all published on the WotC site now?
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Entromancer
Senior Scribe

USA
388 Posts

Posted - 29 Sep 2013 :  05:22:03  Show Profile Send Entromancer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

Hi Ed/THO, in another thread there was a discussion of the influence of Moorcock on your Realms. Specifically, the 'fact' that Moorcock's elemental lords are the same as those in the Realms (just different names). My question is, are their any equivalents in your original Realms to the various minor animal gods, such as Roofdrak, lord of canines or do the parallels end at the elementals?



The drow society reminds me of the Melniboneans, if a bit more nonsensical.

Cale's relationship with Mask reminds me of the Elric/Arioch dynamic. Not as a ripoff or anything like that; more a well-done homage.

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"Suffering builds character."--Talia Al Ghul
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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 30 Sep 2013 :  00:18:11  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

I was curious if there is anything you could share with us regarding dwarven war machines and maybe a few examples in the Realms? Historically, dwarves always lacked the arcane firepower of other races. This makes me think they must have some other "edge" to help them in their wars against the more numerous goblin races. Naturally this made me think of the dwarves using their knowledge of engineering and war machines to help make up the difference.

Thank you! :)
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woodgod
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USA
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Posted - 30 Sep 2013 :  02:55:45  Show Profile Send woodgod a Private Message
Hello Ed/THO,

One of the aspects of the Realms that always interested me was the presence of dinosaurs or behemoths. I know some people feel they are out of place, but I don't see why they should be treated differently to any other large beast just because of their relation to our world. Anyway, while there's mention of them in the Realms, I couldn't find much information on their role. How do they get on with other, more magical creatures? Are they hunted for food or trained as mounts by certain races? Do any races have any particular affinity towards them, likr Drow and spiders? Also, are there any magical variants or were-dinosaurs?

My next question can be answered by anyone, but has there been any recent mention of the Pterafolk?

Sorry if the answers can be easily found elsewhere. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 30 Sep 2013 :  06:28:19  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Eilserus

Hi Ed and THO,

I was curious if there is anything you could share with us regarding dwarven war machines and maybe a few examples in the Realms? Historically, dwarves always lacked the arcane firepower of other races. This makes me think they must have some other "edge" to help them in their wars against the more numerous goblin races. Naturally this made me think of the dwarves using their knowledge of engineering and war machines to help make up the difference.

Thank you! :)



I'm not Ed, but note that his sourcebook FR11 "Dwarves Deep", mentions that Underhome is guarded by "many traps and engines of war" (p.46). I'd love to know more also.

-- George Krashos
*unabashed dwarf fanboy*

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 02 Oct 2013 :  10:57:48  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
First of all, we are constantly asking Ed questions, but I would like to begin this post by thanking and congratulating him for having participated in writing the Murder in Baldur's Gate adventure. I enjoy it a lot and think that it is a great and fun adventure.
On the other hand, in a recent post of his Forging the Realms column in the WotC forum, describing the slaying fever, he mentions Tyr's opinion on the matter. Is it a hint that indicates that Tyr may return? That would be cool. Additionally, concerning Tyr, some people claim that he is the same deity from Norse mythology and others disagree. Is he the same one or a different one, according to Ed? Thanks!
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 02 Oct 2013 :  14:12:39  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by paladinnicolas

Dear Ed and THO,
First of all, we are constantly asking Ed questions, but I would like to begin this post by thanking and congratulating him for having participated in writing the Murder in Baldur's Gate adventure. I enjoy it a lot and think that it is a great and fun adventure.
On the other hand, in a recent post of his Forging the Realms column in the WotC forum, describing the slaying fever, he mentions Tyr's opinion on the matter. Is it a hint that indicates that Tyr may return? That would be cool. Additionally, concerning Tyr, some people claim that he is the same deity from Norse mythology and others disagree. Is he the same one or a different one, according to Ed? Thanks!



Concerning Tyr coming back......we have been told about the gods, they are "all" coming back.

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

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Therise
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 03 Oct 2013 :  16:26:37  Show Profile Send Therise a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Concerning Tyr coming back......we have been told about the gods, they are "all" coming back.


I wouldn't trust any rumor, hearsay, or supposed source. Until something's in print, it's up in the air. I was at GenCon and no one actually offered anything concrete or certain in terms of what's going away or what's coming back.


4E Realms was awful, but it's water under the Boareskyr Bridge. Let's make 5E Realms truly shine!
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 05 Oct 2013 :  16:43:59  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I realize Ed is insanely busy (more so then usual), but I hope he can provide some information on Kormul (at the southern end of Lake Lhespen in The Shaar). I have found only five mentions of it in 3e canon - all 'in passing' (simply verifying its existence, lol) - but no real info.

The odd thing is, it appears on the 3e campaign map (and many, MANY places were left off that), so I would think it has some minor significance, at least. The two relevant sources - SS & SK - only have those mentions, so I have no idea how big it is, or what is going there.

EDIT & ADDITION:
Since I am still the last poster, might as well just edit this post - Why are the Firesteap Mountains called the Firesteap Mountains? I can't find anything about them (other then that Bandits like to hangout there).

If anyone else - like Krash, Eric, Steven Schend, etc. - has anything, I'd appreciate your input as well. I know this kind of esoteric lore likes to hide in the most obscure of places.

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


Edited by - Markustay on 08 Oct 2013 16:17:09
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Oct 2013 :  18:29:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. As it happens, Markustay, I can answer your amendment. The name "Firesteap Mountains" was bestowed by a long-ago human explorer/prospector/adventurer observing a phenomenon that had been seen from afar by many, every few years for more than a century (which is why the name stuck).
The phenomenon was flames and a lot of steam (white smoke rather than the black smoke of burning), boiling up along much of the mountain range. Hence: fire and something (tea or a cauldron of broth, stew, or whatever) "steaping."
The cause of this were now-vanished local hill giants (around a hundred, though their numbers rose and fell over time, from between 40-odd up to almost 300) who'd hit upon the idea of periodically "burning off" the brush on the mountainsides (a lot of thorny brambles and clinging vines; hard work to hew trails through) to not just clear the land and stimulate berry growth (which always happened in profusion two years or so after a burn), but to force out kobolds who dwelt among the cover and plagued the giants with night "swarming" attacks, but also to drive out a lot of tree-dwelling food animals that the giants (gathered in lines) clubbed to death, cooked in the flames, dried, and then buried in larders as "chewmeat."
This all comes from Ed's notes, paraphrased through me to remove references to nearby/local lore that's as yet still secret.
love,
THO
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 09 Oct 2013 :  07:28:19  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
EXCELLENT - just the kind of stuff I was looking for.

Thank you for your speedy response, and thank goodness Ed was such a great DM (and you such a good note-taker!)


Although if we ever... ummm... met... I'd probably be the one "taking notes".

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

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 10 Oct 2013 :  05:35:23  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
Quick question about the Banites within Phlan at the time of the module "Ruins of Adventure":

Are these priests primarily beholden to the High Imperceptor in Mulmaster, or Fzoul's group in Zhentil Keep...or independent of either?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Oct 2013 :  14:50:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ah! A question that can be answered speedily! Heeeere's Ed:

Hi, Dalor. Like all "devout" Banites of the time, those in Phlan take orders and direction, and diligently report to, the High Imperceptor.
In reality, like many Banites of the time, they are increasingly scornful of his inactivity and decadence, and tailor their reports with half-truths and their obedience with hollow "letter of the word, and no more" performance. So increasingly, they're independent, though trying to appear not to be. They are wary of Fzoul (and disgusted at his increasingly open defiance of the High Imperceptor, as something "me first" that selfishly damages the entire faith), and are avoiding cooperating with him, and misleading the most obvious of his spies.
Hope that's of help. Realms forever!


So saith Ed. Who is happily at work on more Forging columns as I post this.
love,
THO
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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 10 Oct 2013 :  14:58:13  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Yaay new Forging columns! Twist Ed's arm and ask him to write one about dwarven war machines! :) hehehe
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 10 Oct 2013 :  16:18:43  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ah! A question that can be answered speedily! Heeeere's Ed:

Hi, Dalor. Like all "devout" Banites of the time, those in Phlan take orders and direction, and diligently report to, the High Imperceptor.
In reality, like many Banites of the time, they are increasingly scornful of his inactivity and decadence, and tailor their reports with half-truths and their obedience with hollow "letter of the word, and no more" performance. So increasingly, they're independent, though trying to appear not to be. They are wary of Fzoul (and disgusted at his increasingly open defiance of the High Imperceptor, as something "me first" that selfishly damages the entire faith), and are avoiding cooperating with him, and misleading the most obvious of his spies.
Hope that's of help. Realms forever!


So saith Ed. Who is happily at work on more Forging columns as I post this.
love,
THO



Many thanks THO and Ed! Always wonderful to pin down a bit of "stray" lore with hard information.

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Kajehase
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Posted - 10 Oct 2013 :  17:16:52  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
I've asked Ed if he's heard about this year's Nobel-literature-prize winner a few times, but I think this year I'll instead ask: Have you ever met Alice Munro?

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5041 Posts

Posted - 10 Oct 2013 :  18:14:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Kajehase, both Ed and I have met Alice Munro on several occasions (separately); the Canadian literary world was once a very small place, and is still pretty tiny.
Unfortunately, Ms. Munro is in poor health (she's now 82, if I recall correctly) and pretty much retired from writing. A master of the interesting short story happening to "ordinary" small-town people (usually set in Ontario, Canada).
love,
THO
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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  00:22:02  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

I was paging through the old epic 2E Menzoberranzan city book 1 and it makes reference to the drow mage known only as "the Watchspider Wizard" and the infamous "Rebel Mage" Phaerl Godeep. These both sound like interesting characters and I don't believe there has ever been another mention of them in published lore. I was curious if there is any more details regarding these two that could be shared.

Thank you. :)
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  05:10:27  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
Another quick question; this time concerning Lurkan the Reaver from ye old grey box:

quote:
Lurkan the Reaver, a mercenary "Lord" of the Sword Coast, is moving eastward to the Inner Sea lands. It is said that he intends to take up residence there, and expects to earn a living by selling his skills in the coming conflict between Zhentil Keep, Cormyr, Hillsfar, and Mulmaster; four combatants all with designs on the lands around them.


Did this fellow ever make appearance in your game beyond this clack? If so, how so? Any information on him would be great!

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Kajehase
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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  06:00:53  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. Kajehase, both Ed and I have met Alice Munro on several occasions (separately); the Canadian literary world was once a very small place, and is still pretty tiny.
Unfortunately, Ms. Munro is in poor health (she's now 82, if I recall correctly) and pretty much retired from writing. A master of the interesting short story happening to "ordinary" small-town people (usually set in Ontario, Canada).
love,
THO



82 indeed. And thanks for responding. Here's hoping she'll at least be well enough to make the trip for the Nobel week. It's quite something to experience from what I understand.

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  19:24:13  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
A pleasure, Kajehase.
Dalor, Lurkan the Reaver did indeed make that move in the "home" Realms campaign, but he surprised the Knights and just about everyone else by changing careers. He became the sort of "behind the throne" investor who props up rulers in return for near-monopolies on important local industries or shipping, and got very rich while keeping a low profile. When he wanted to fight, he hired adventuring band after adventuring band to swing swords for him.
love,
THO
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  22:32:38  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

A pleasure, Kajehase.
Dalor, Lurkan the Reaver did indeed make that move in the "home" Realms campaign, but he surprised the Knights and just about everyone else by changing careers. He became the sort of "behind the throne" investor who props up rulers in return for near-monopolies on important local industries or shipping, and got very rich while keeping a low profile. When he wanted to fight, he hired adventuring band after adventuring band to swing swords for him.
love,
THO



Excellent! With that sort of information, I'm guessing he settled "quietly" in some part of Sembia then...Thank you so much for this information!

I have but one more question from the mists of the far past...this one about Lashan of Scardale. I know he ended up a prisoner in the depths of the earth; but I know so little else about this would-be King of the Dales; beyond a brief physical description:

quote:
Lashan was 6 feet tall, dark haired with a heavy beard, very muscular, and had green eyes


Is there ANYTHING else (well, as much as possible) that you can share about this fellow?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  22:42:26  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ed of course knows a lot more about Lashan, but all I can recall is what we Knights learned. Torm ran to earth a sorceress who was willing (for a short time, until she discovered that her every use of her experimental spell drained life-force from her) to spy on Lashan from afar, for handsome fees.
What Torm essentially learned was that Lashan had a hunger for intrigue and power (not BEING a ruler with the high profile, good clothes and food, and the like, but thinking situations through and giving orders that manipulated people and affected things, changing the way things are in the world) that drove him above all else. He HAD to be a "power player," one way or another.
He also saw the Dales as a largely-untapped source of natural resources that could, united, eventually grow wealthier and more powerful than either Sembia or Zhentil Keep. He planned to use Zhentil Keep and then doublecross them with the aid of Sembian interests, but of course was used by them "first and hardest." He wasn't a coward, or afraid of playing dangerous games with himself as a pawn; he was a cool-headed gambler who lost his biggest gamble. He also misjudged some Dalefolk, thinking they'd rally to him once a charismatic leader offered himself, whereas most of them mistrusted all "grand big kings" and preferred local rule, by someone who could be cornered and yelled at if you thought he was being a fool or dishonest.
love,
THO
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Oct 2013 :  22:49:27  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed of course knows a lot more about Lashan, but all I can recall is what we Knights learned. <snip of goodness>

love,
THO



Again you are amazing! Thanks, this gives me some solid insight into his nature and drive. It seems he and Gondegal had some very similar personal traits.

As always THO, my DEEP thanks to you.

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