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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Nov 2013 :  14:42:28  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. paladinnicolas, there are academies in almost all large cities (and many smaller places within easy reach of a critical mass of nobility) that teach a variety of worldly knowledge, of everything from the latest smelting and alloying techniques to poetry that reflects the sweep of civilized history. As mentioned previously in this thread, local temples provide the same service to citizens of lesser means - - and informally, with in some cases a lot less accuracy, so do local "hedge wizards" (who don't only teach magic), "wise elders," and traveling minstrels and bards. There are also traveling festive shows in the Realms (circuses) that usually include "Old Sage" characters who impart surprisingly good and thorough knowledge, of everything from languages and mathematics to herbal remedies and current world politics.
So, yes, there are lots of sources that don't just teach magic.
love,
THO
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 24 Nov 2013 :  15:42:49  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
As always, thanks THO! You're great.
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 25 Nov 2013 :  06:46:53  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Hello Again THO and Ed!

Ed, regarding the retirement home known as Daunthers in Cormyr: are there war wizards on guard duty at Daunthers?

If yes, is there a specific, formal name given to that duty? Like Elder Watch or Oldblade Watch, for example?

When elderly Purple Dragons pass away, are they by default buried at Daunthers?

Has an extensive graveyard grown up around Daunthers over time? Or perhaps something underground?

Lastly, are old Dragons allowed to make burial wishes in terms of transport of their corpse? I.e., "Bury me north of Arabel. Bury me not at Daunthers."

Thank you both very much.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Nov 2013 :  15:28:46  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Jeremy, Ed is the gent who can give you proper answers, of course, but I can say this much: there ARE guards at all times, known colloquially as "watchers."
I can also help with these two queries: "Has an extensive graveyard grown up around Daunthers over time? Or perhaps something underground?" and "Lastly, are old Dragons allowed to make burial wishes in terms of transport of their corpse? I.e., "Bury me north of Arabel. Bury me not at Daunthers.""
The answer to the first is: yes, in the ground, in underground crypts entered through small stone houses located in the burial ground, and cremated and interred as ashes (with stone nameplate-blocks) in the walls that surround the graveyard (which is large, rambling, and has trees and paths).
The answer to the second is: yes, of course, and desires to be buried elsewhere are both common and almost always followed; the exceptions are impossibilities, like requested burial in a building that no longer exists, and farfetched, such as: bury me in a coffer placed under the bed of the monarch (of Cormyr).
Hope these are of help.
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THO
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sleyvas
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Posted - 26 Nov 2013 :  16:14:44  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Its a standard trope that entire cities/kingdoms of dwarves CAN'T beat a dragon, but if they come back around a century later with only a half-dozen guys or so, they will beat him handily.

Which always struck me as really strange, so I would also like to hear Ed's thoughts on this. I mean, seriously... you'd think they'd stop building dragon-sized entrance-ways after awhile.



Yeah, but then the giants that the dwarves like to fight couldn't invade their homes either... and that would just make life dull and their strongholds easy to defend.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Marco Volo
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Posted - 28 Nov 2013 :  11:22:47  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

Here's my question : What is the calendar of the dwarves as there are not using any human calendar ?
I have a Melairbode settlement in a level of Undermountain. There succumbed many years ago, and I have no idea about what calendar they were using at this time. What date would be figured on a rune or "stone sheet" with some official information on it ?

Edited by - Marco Volo on 28 Nov 2013 11:24:55
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Blueblade
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Posted - 28 Nov 2013 :  17:15:29  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
If you could put any new thing/story element into the Realms, right now, what would it be?
Just curious...
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Markustay
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Posted - 30 Nov 2013 :  21:54:13  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Was Miirym (Dragon #247) released from her servitude to Candlekeep when the Spellplague struck?

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

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 01 Dec 2013 :  06:52:08  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. Jeremy, Ed is the gent who can give you proper answers, of course, but I can say this much: there ARE guards at all times, known colloquially as "watchers."
If Realmslore had a taste, then your response was delicious.

Thank you very much.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

The answer to the second is: yes, of course, and desires to be buried elsewhere are both common and almost always followed (snip)


That duty...taking the dead and seeing to their last wishes: is there a name for it? Can you talk at all about any traditions that have grown up around the activity?

When I think about it, an image of four Dragons riding escort--two in front, two in back--around a cart tended by a fifth Dragon with a priest of Tyr came to mind, the cart sporting a pole with a white triangular flag depicting the deceased Dragon's rank, company badge (if any) and honors earned, so I'm wondering if that's in any way correct?

This seems like something a DM could use to break up the monotony of players traveling from A to B. To me it feels a lot better than simply rolling for random encounters.

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Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 01 Dec 2013 07:17:42
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 03 Dec 2013 :  05:23:31  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Hello again THO and Ed,

I ran across an article in the news today about a professional coin washer that works in a San Francisco, California hotel.

(In this case the coin washing started as a way to keep a lady's white gloves from being soiled, while the washing itself uses, amongst other things, buckshot.)

This got me to wondering: are professional coin washers employed in the Realms? (Particularly Sembia or Waterdeep?)

If yes, is this something dwarves or gnomes specialize in?

Do the faithful of Waukeen or Tymora wash coins as part of their religious rights or as a service to others?

As always, thank you both very much.

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

Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 03 Dec 2013 09:36:48
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 03 Dec 2013 :  20:17:30  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Dear THO, I would like to ask you or Ed another question (apart from the one on lawyers in the Realms I still hope is answered by Ed in the future :)): do the nobles of different realms or even ruling families arrange marriages of some their relatives with foreign nobles so as to gain influence abroad? Thanks as always!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 05 Dec 2013 :  16:03:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
paladinnicolas, re. noble marriages, the answer is:
Yes, they frequently do. It's one of the things that helps a Realms DM arrange realistic intrigues and conspiracies; families in one place pass on info to their kin in another, and work against rulers' actions/policies that will hurt their profits/standing/influence in one place or anther.
love,
THO
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 05 Dec 2013 :  16:43:32  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Thanks THO!
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 05 Dec 2013 :  17:50:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Jeremy, Ed will have to give you a proper answer, but I know from play with the Knights that the clergy of Waukeen in Waterdeep don't (publicly) wash coins, they exchange worn coins worshippers offer for shiny new ones (blessed in the temple to the greater glory of Waukeen, of course). I gather from hints Ed dropped (as DM, but speaking in-character as an NPC) that in some times and places clergy of Waukeen melted down and reminted suspect or counterfeit or degraded [i.e. shaved] coinage, and that most local rulers didn't mind/deliberately overlooked this because it made locally-available coins more trusted and so attracted more business, yielding them more taxes.
love,
THO

P.S. Ed tells me the duty of interring the dead according to their wishes is known as "resting with honour."

Edited by - The Hooded One on 05 Dec 2013 17:55:15
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 05 Dec 2013 :  17:52:43  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And hello AGAIN, everyone...
I just received an e-mail from Ed re. the most recent query by Markustay, about Miirym...
The short answer is: No, but the longer answer is: NDA right now, hopefully will clear by end of 2014.
love,
THO

P.S. paladinnicolas, you're very welcome, and Ed promises a proper answer re. lawyers, when he can... (He is INCREDIBLY busy right now.)

Edited by - The Hooded One on 05 Dec 2013 17:53:59
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

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Posted - 07 Dec 2013 :  13:41:56  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Nice - thanks for the answer.

In fact, that particular response - vague as it was (and probably because of the secretiveness) - leaves me much to speculate on (and look forward to.)

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

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 08 Dec 2013 :  06:14:18  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Thank you THO.

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

USA
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Posted - 08 Dec 2013 :  16:56:08  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
An odd thought struck me (as I was reading a related comic) -

Are there any places in Faerūn where the 'veil between the worlds' is so thin/weak that you can see the other side? (in other words, see whats going on in another world, even if it just appears as ghost-like images.)

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


Edited by - Markustay on 08 Dec 2013 16:56:41
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Blueblade
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Posted - 10 Dec 2013 :  19:22:00  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
I'm obviously neither Ed nor THO, but I recall sitting in as an observer (the player spots were already taken) on an Ed-DM Realms adventure at a Milwaukee-era GenCon, where the PCs visited a location (an outdoors ruin somewhere in the Stonelands) where there were several large side-by-side gates (portals) into the same location on another Prime Material Plane.
So the always-open gates acted like a row of doors or windows you could look through into that "otherwhere" (which is what Ed called it, because the players knew it wasn't in the Realms, every opening being surrounded by that blue-white tinge Ed uses a lot to signal "magic at work."
Any hope of Ed or THO confirming just where that spot in the Stonelands is? Or telling us more?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 Dec 2013 :  18:07:40  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Markustay, there are eight or nine such places that I know of from my play experience with Ed as DM, but he says he's going to hold off on a reply to that until mid-January, thanks to "publishing plans that might change in the meantime."
Other than to give me the okay to answer Blueblade: that spot in the northeastern Stonelands is known as Brendur's Pool, thanks to the fine-to-drink spring-fed pool at the bottom of the same little valley that holds the row of gates.
There's a still-secret back story to this place, involving who created those gates, and why. Secret from we Knights, that is; one of the many, many mysteries we haven't had time to delve into properly yet.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 11 Dec 2013 :  18:12:52  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Thanks for that, Lady THO! I always wondered...
At FanExpo this August, Ed did a great panel on the Realms ahead, cleverly avoiding saying much about the published FR in favor of talking about the home Realms campaign. Wherein he mentioned that neither Halaster nor Khelben, no matter how alive or dead they are, continue to "exert a lot of influence in the Realms." Care to elaborate? Even a brief tease? Please?
Thanks, whether I get silence or something juicy,
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Blueblade
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Posted - 11 Dec 2013 :  18:17:53  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
And I have another, unrelated (or is it? Bwoohahaha) question. In a recent Forging The Realms column (great series, BTW, please keep them coming!), I believe it was the Lord of the Sewers column, Ed dropped this tidbit in passing: "Ulouth Marr (that's the Lost Gem of Dweomermastery, to those who aren't sages)" . . . so, of course, this inquiring mind would love to know more about this gemstone.
Ahem.
Thanks in advance,
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astion
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Posted - 12 Dec 2013 :  07:14:00  Show Profile Send astion a Private Message
I have a question about numbers of Cormyr War Wizards (circa 1372)
and i apologize beforehand for my awful english.


As saith Ed (09/09/2013) Perhaps one person in every 900 or so has some ability to wield magic (i.e. become a wizard or sorcerer or other sort of arcane spellcaster).Again, they may never discover this - - and if they need training to develop it (i.e. become a wizard), they may never get the opportunity or the funds to be trained (nor might they WANT to; a lot of folk in the Realms fear magic). My estimate of how many people become wizards would be around thirty percent of those who could become wizards (i.e. 3 in 10 of those talented in the Art ever develop that talent).

so we talking about average of 1 spellcaster per 2700 "normal" people
and that 1 particular spellcaster can be neither lawfull good or loyal to crown. He (or she) may be in fact chaotic evil petty criminal magicuser abusing "charm person"

But entire population of cormyr is 1.5 millon people at large.
Even if Crown find and conscript by force every single "wizardy capable" person they get about 555 spell casters at all (1 per 2700 remember?)
including but not limited,-necromancers, cultist of Malar, Shar simpathizers and all other kinds of shady persons.

So, my question is:
How Cormyr manage to get about 500 (or even 2000) loyal and lawfull war wizards?

Edited by - astion on 12 Dec 2013 07:14:59
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Markustay
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Posted - 12 Dec 2013 :  13:32:12  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Thank you for the reply.

I know some portals work that way - I've seen a few in fiction and Realmslore (and then there was Telemont's scrying pool).

What I was talking about was where the 'veil between the worlds' is physically 'thin', so to speak, not portals. I was thinking maybe a person would be in a certain place and see ghost-like figures about, and think it was haunted, but really you were just see images from some other 'elsewhen' (so it could also be a time distortion as well).

And, of course, the folks on the other side might also be able to see ghost-like images of you. I've seen similar things done in comics and TV, and I was thinking about planer conjunctions - especially with The Sundering going on, magical chaos, and the whole thing with 'Abeir'.

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

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Blueblade
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Posted - 12 Dec 2013 :  15:25:50  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Re. this: "But entire population of cormyr is 1.5 millon people at large."
I follow your math and your reasoning, astion, but where does this figure come from? A recent canon source, I'm guessing...
Or for that matter, this: "How Cormyr manage to get about 500 (or even 2000) loyal and lawfull war wizards?"
...Because I remember Ed talking about how surprisingly (to me, at least) few War Wizards Cormyr had, at various points in its history. Even the 500 figure seems high to me.
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