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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  03:21:52  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
Can't seem to make those two links work, Damian. But luckily I remember what Ed said about Larloch back on the Realms-L, which is what AJA was referencing. Geez, that was in the late 90's ...

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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The Sage
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  03:34:26  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 George Krashos

Can't seem to make those two links work, Damian. But luckily I remember what Ed said about Larloch back on the Realms-L, which is what AJA was referencing. Geez, that was in the late 90's ...

-- George Krashos

It's just the one link, using the Internet's Wayback Machine. You need to copy and paste the entire link into your browser's address bar.

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Ayrik
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  04:16:17  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
A solution to "double urls" is discussed here, but only Sage or Alaundo could implement it.

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
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Knight of the Gate
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  04:57:02  Show Profile  Visit Knight of the Gate's Homepage  Send Knight of the Gate a Yahoo! Message Send Knight of the Gate a Private Message
Well-met Ed and the ever-helpful THO: It's been some time since I've posted a question, and while running my new, low-level game in Luruar, I ran across a pair of questions that I was hoping one or both of you might weigh in on.
1) what is the status of nobility in Silverymoon? Beyond the High Mage (whomever that may be at the time), I've never hear of a Silvaren referred to as 'Lord' or 'Lady'. If there is any sort of peerage, can we perhaps have a bit of lore on a selection thereof?

2) if a noble (or high ranking personage- let's say Methrammar or Jorus) were to want to entertain guests in a lavish style (not for the decadence of the thing, but as 'cover' for a meeting that would otherwise raise eyebrows'), what sort of food would be on offer? I want to really 'wow' the players with exotic delicacies and local favorites alike; or (if, somehow, a guy whos's constantly writing/collaborating/editing an endless roster of great work while maintaining a country household and holding down a day job doesn't have time to submit a 7-course meal with wine pairings) at the least, what kind of infredients would be used? What meats/cheeses/ sauces, etc are likely to make an appearance in a lavish dinner in the North?

I want to also (since it has been too long) thank the both of you again for the stellar service you do us scribes in this scroll... Everytime I read it over, I'm awed by your generosity.

How can life be so bountiful, providing such sublime rewards for mediocrity? -Umberto Ecco
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  17:38:58  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Hi Ed! I'd say I hope you aren't drowning in writing projects, but we all know that's too much to ask, so instead I will merely say that I hope your new year is going well. And same to you, THO (I hope you added "No get shot" to your list of resolutions... ;) )

Anyway, I had a quick question about Alusair: what was it that made her run away from home and disappear? We know from lots of sources that she enjoyed sneaking out whenver she could, and that she wanted to become an adventurer. We also know that she's essentially a female version of her father, so I'm guessing it was a fight with him that did it. But I was curious what the real reason was that she ran off and left for good, and didn't come back until years later, after her father's Crusade.

Thanks as always.

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Hoondatha
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A second question, this one for THO: Can you give us a Knights-eye view of Lashan's rise and fall, and Lyran's attack on the Dale? Did you play those out? I know we've covered Lashan a bit here on the board, and maybe a little of Lyran, but I'm curious what it looked like from your (the Knights as a whole) level. When did you first hear about them, how long did it become clear it was a threat, how big a role did you play in their defeat? Was Lashan around in Realmsplay for a long time before Ed sprung the threat on you, or did he rise faster?

Thanks as always for feeding our curiosity.

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crazedventurers
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  20:27:04  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Can't seem to make those two links work, Damian. But luckily I remember what Ed said about Larloch back on the Realms-L, which is what AJA was referencing. Geez, that was in the late 90's ...

-- George Krashos


interesting, the linky is not working as it should?

yes you are right it is late 90's and as I remember it like yesterday that makes me old too!!


anyhoo to clarify.....


Larloch is a onetime Netherese sorcerer (still possessed of a lot of Netherese scepters, which he knows how to make) who is now a quite insane "ultra-lich" (in this case, the term means he has many unknown powers which are up to you the DM, among them the fact that he can still learn and develop new spells, increase in levels, etc.). He's probably a 46th level evil-aligned wizard right now, and he crafted many of his own undead abilities prior to undeath, which argues that he found his own 'process' for achieving lichdom.
Larloch is served by many (60+ ?) liches, formerly archwizards, whom he guides in concert, as the leader of a telepathic-web 'Overmind.' Thus far, neither psionics nor mind-influencing magics have ever been effective against him or any of his serviotr mages, because the others in the link can withstand and overcome such influences, causing them to fail.
In theory, an attack could reach all of them through the link, but some quite powerful Red Wizards have tried and failed (Szass Tam didn't try such an attack, which may be why he survived...he remains fearful of approaching Larloch and his mages, but fascinated by the details of their lichdom, hoping it might yield him some powers.)
One of Larloch's given-to-himself powers (which - in a long, involved, and secret, personally-developed process - cost him 10 years of life and some vitality, irrelevant of course given his goal of lichdom) is automatic spell reflection (of all magic cast upon him). He can by act of will override this ability, for example when he wants to work a spell on himself; otherwise, it always operates.
Mystra (Midnight's predecessor as the goddess) is said to have allowed Larloch to acquire powers approaching those of "old Netheril" in return for 'leaking' spells to persistent adventurers he or his minions might come into contact with, but this may be no more than rumour spread by the Zhents or Red Wizards or Dragon Cultists, designed to lure adventurers into Larloch-weakening forays...
As for Larloch knowing the identities and locations of other liches/Netherese survivors...no, only the one's he's destroyed. Larloch is too self-centered to hunt down folks who don't come within his easy reach. He controls plenty of archwizards/liches already, but may decide to try to either control or destroy a new one when they come into contact. He seems to be pursuing other goals, however. Which ones? That's up to each DM....."
Larloch and his lich minions have no interest in attracting attention that would waste their time and magical resources (and perhaps, if word got around how dangerous they were, even threaten their existence in the face of a concerted attack from various magical power groups working together). Larloch is not interested in ruling Faerun...but he IS interested in creating and controlling a series of magical gates linking many worlds (parallel Prime Material Planes) and Outer Planes...and so rigging their enchantments that anyone using them comes under his control/faces his forceful removal of their magic items, information from their mind, and so forth. The gates are easy for him to create (he licked all of those problems long ago). The control enchantments have been giving him troubles for thousands of years now, and as an obsessive perfectionist, he isn't going to let this rest until he gets everything just so...nor is he going to create the gates until he's ready to put the controls on them.

In short, he's a munchkin only if played that way. All Player Characters have to learn sometime that there are folks in the Realms just too powerful to tangle with.

I'm reminded of the original Realms campaign, and the Company of Crazed Venturers attacking Shaan the Serpent-Queen (who briefly appeared in a Wizards Three DRAGON article). She was busy working magic on a small island off Mintarn. They attacked, broke her concentration, and she looked up with an irritated frown. They bid her stop, or they'd destroy what she was working on; to demonstrate, one of the Company mages touched (and disintegrated) a stone he was standing beside.

She shook her head in derision, and touched the island beneath them, disintegrating IT, and dumping the Company into the chilly sea waves for a long swim...whilst she turned back to her spellcasting, floating on nothing and ignoring them once more.

A heavy-handed lesson, but...well, Larloch's in the same league, and more. Just consider him a power of the Realms and Don't Go There.

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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Infamous
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Posted - 16 Jan 2013 :  21:05:39  Show Profile Send Infamous a Private Message
Thank you, Crazedventurers and Damian. I appreciate the information on Larloch and consider him a fascinating villain, mostly because he is not a villain per se.

But I would like to follow the guidelines The Sage just reminded us, about how this scroll is not about Larloch. I believe I need to reword my question, for clarity's sake:

Common folk are tremendously fascinating because they are like us. They breathe, they wear socks with holes in them, they enjoy beer. But the mightiest characters are part of the setting, they are like mountains and seas on a map. They are there to shape the Realms; they exist for a reason. So Ed explained that Larloch was created to be a force "in the Realms just too powerful to tangle with," and someone even the mightiest will know to "Not Go There." We know Elminster is a benevolent, crazed and all-too-knowledgeable host and guide to the players as they explore Realms. What is the purpose, the raison d'être of the Srinshee, or Ioulaum, or the Terraseer? My question is motivated by more than curiosity: it is about how Ed suggests that we would use those characters in our campaigns, lest we see them as lifeless stacks of gaming stats.


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The Sage
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Posted - 17 Jan 2013 :  01:07:18  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 crazedventurers

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Can't seem to make those two links work, Damian. But luckily I remember what Ed said about Larloch back on the Realms-L, which is what AJA was referencing. Geez, that was in the late 90's ...

-- George Krashos


interesting, the linky is not working as it should?
As I said earlier, I think Krash forgot to consider that it was a link for the Wayback Machine. So cutting and pasting of the link into one's address bar -- rather than just clicking onto it -- was a requirement for accessing the page.

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Khonger
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Hello!
I'm new to Candlekeep, but not so new to the Realms.

I have a quick linguistic question:
Are there any ties between Manshoon (his name specifically) and the Shoon Imperium/Shoonach/Shoon Dynasty? Or is the linguistic similarity in these names a coincidence?

Khong!
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The Sage
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Posted - 17 Jan 2013 :  15:07:29  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
Ed will likely have more, but I'll address this based on what George Krashos has told us in past discussions on this topic.
quote:
Originally posted by Khonger

Hello!
I'm new to Candlekeep, but not so new to the Realms.

I have a quick linguistic question:
Are there any ties between Manshoon (his name specifically) and the Shoon Imperium/Shoonach/Shoon Dynasty? Or is the linguistic similarity in these names a coincidence?

Krash once told us that "Manshoon's family was originally from those parts, but Manshoon's personal history is almost purely Moonsea. What he did after he became Manshoon of the Zhentarim, well I'm guessing he may have visited the ancestral home ... in Shoonach ... once or twice. He certainly had a spell cache there as I understand and "Cloak & Dagger" alludes to him getting stuff from there after the clones ran amok."

...

Personally, I think some tend to place a little too much emphasis on the "Shoon" component of Manshoon. I'm not saying Manshoon would ignore his Shoonach heritage, but at the same time, he's very much a self-made man [mage].

Manshoon rose to his position of power because of his being Manshoon. Not because he's relied on his heritage. He's forged his might, his power, and his position solely through his own initiative. I don't discount the possibility that he's probably borrowed from his Shoon heritage at one time or another, but I suspect he would never totally rely on just that to establish himself. It would be too much of a target for his MANY enemies to exploit. And I think everything we've learned about him -- either through Ed or his detailing in various sources -- confirms that.

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Khonger
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Ed will likely have more, but I'll address this based on what George Krashos has told us in past discussions on this topic.
quote:
Originally posted by Khonger

Hello!
I'm new to Candlekeep, but not so new to the Realms.

I have a quick linguistic question:
Are there any ties between Manshoon (his name specifically) and the Shoon Imperium/Shoonach/Shoon Dynasty? Or is the linguistic similarity in these names a coincidence?

Krash once told us that "Manshoon's family was originally from those parts, but Manshoon's personal history is almost purely Moonsea. What he did after he became Manshoon of the Zhentarim, well I'm guessing he may have visited the ancestral home ... in Shoonach ... once or twice. He certainly had a spell cache there as I understand and "Cloak & Dagger" alludes to him getting stuff from there after the clones ran amok."

...

Personally, I think some tend to place a little too much emphasis on the "Shoon" component of Manshoon. I'm not saying Manshoon would ignore his Shoonach heritage, but at the same time, he's very much a self-made man [mage].

Manshoon rose to his position of power because of his being Manshoon. Not because he's relied on his heritage. He's forged his might, his power, and his position solely through his own initiative. I don't discount the possibility that he's probably borrowed from his Shoon heritage at one time or another, but I suspect he would never totally rely on just that to establish himself. It would be too much of a target for his MANY enemies to exploit. And I think everything we've learned about him -- either through Ed or his detailing in various sources -- confirms that.



Interesting. I agree with your points on Manshoon's not relying on any "ancestral greatness" in his power.

As a student of language and words, I was mostly just interested from a purely "scholarly perspective" on any linguistic roots. Not necessarily in the "Shoon" element of the name revealing anything about the character.

Good stuff. I love this world.

Khong!
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George Krashos
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Posted - 17 Jan 2013 :  22:29:15  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
Ed's explanation on the linguistic roots of the "-shoon" name is on page 9 of my thread in the Chamber of Sages.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Khonger
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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Ed's explanation on the linguistic roots of the "-shoon" name is on page 9 of my thread in the Chamber of Sages.

-- George Krashos



Why does Manshoon desire his relatives' deaths? Are they a threat to him?

Khong!
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The Hooded One
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Hi again, everyone. I bring you the latest Edlore!
Back on January 4th, BlackAce posted: “My considerably better half, (yes, she IS watching me type- Ow!) is currently planning a Downton Abbey style PBEM of the Raventree family of Waterdeep, circa 1368. She'd love to know more about the family, especially Galinda's relationship to and with Nandos and Sarakh and who their most prominent servants are if that's at all possible to share.
Thanks and best wishes to you both.”

Ed begins his response to BlackAce (and his considerably better half!) “back to front,” as it were, with coverage of the most prominent Raventree servants, circa 1368 DR. They are nine in number:

• Redleigh Ambrynrald (steward: head of household purchasing and security, and stables)
• Tloster Maerimmon (head of house guards)
• Baerelve Storn (bodyguard)
• Albrus “Old Knight” Khlendryn (stablemaster)
• Braelyn Lindlorn (factor: traveling trade agent)
• Shelaerra Blundfeather (chatelaine: head of cooks and maids)
• Bardretha Gullwind (mistress of kitchens: head cook)
• Vesmra Andalakh (personal maid/dresser to Galinda)
• Gahladar Dreth (house shipwright)

Redleigh Ambrynrald is a raven-haired, immaculate man with a goatee, daggerboard sideburns, and a receding hairline he tries to conceal by oiling his hair and combing it over his forehead. He is exacting, but avoids being prissy by using disapproving glares and silent pointing rather than tirades. He’s by no means mute, but among the household staff never uses five words when four will do; for example, should he enter a room that is to be readied for a guest and finds its fire unlit or too small, so the room is cold, he will ring for a servant [in Raventowers, the “bells” are actually old wooden shields hung on a wall in the servants’ dining room/ready room, that are struck by wooden mallets when bellpulls rooms away are pulled, so rather than a ringing or a gong sound, what results is inaudible two rooms away from the ready room, and a hollow “thlock” within that range] or say to the servant already at hand: “Fire.” (or “Fires.”) Then add, “warmer” or “much warmer” or “warmer, the night through” or “warmer until X bells.” Then he will either turn on his heel and depart, or point wordlessly at some smaller flaw or fault, such as a chair out of place, and leave.
Ambrynrald can be quite eloquent when addressing Raventrees, guests, or wider Waterdeep when out on family business. He merely detests noisy households where the staff gossip loudly, call to each other, or—horrors!—sing or hum at their work.
Ambrynrald is fair to the household servants under him, scrupulously honest with Raventree coin, and if he has any hobbies, no one knows about them (in truth, he pens lurid chapbooks of lusty romance set in a fantastical version of Waterdeep in which all noblewomen yearn for the embraces of their older male servants, hiding these behind paneling in Raventowers and arranging for their printing when he’s out on family business; they are quite popular and earn him fair coin). He maintains social distance from the household servants, has served as the trusted confidant of Lord Nandos Raventree for decades, and keeps himself well aware of everything going on in Raventowers, especially servant romances and dealings with outsiders that might lead to thefts or worse from the household. He is respected by both the Raventrees and the staff under him. As Lord Nandos once said, “If he has a fault, we have not found it.”

Tloster Maerimmon is a burly, large-headed and even larger-handed man who shaves his head and chin, but has bristling eyebrows and vertical-stripe (from temple to jaw) sideburns. He is never unarmed and seldom out of armor; when he must wear “mere cloth” he puts on gleaming metal forearm bracers and wears a thick leather cummerbund-style “stomacher” to give his gut some protection against daggers. He’s not paranoid, but merely thinks a competent man in his profession should always be ready (for trouble). As a result, if he’s awake, he’s alert and observant, always looking for trouble brewing or weaknesses that might allow intruders into Raventowers; he’s the sort of a man who “marks” (notices and remembers) all the exits when he walks into a tavern.
Maerimmon can be quite menacing, but this is an act; he long ago discovered how much he could manipulate folk with this manner, without actually having to do or say anything regrettable. His official title is “Master of Sword,” and he is responsible for training, discipline, and deployment of the twelve house guards (he’s the thirteenth, and there’s also a young novice being trained to guard duty, Arlan Trallows, son of one of the maids, who serves as Tloster’s errand- and message-runner, and “keeps the steel honed and oiled”).
Tloster has been dubbed “Helmhead” by some other nobles because of his shaved head, but he keeps the contempt he feels for those who belittle others well hidden. A professional house guard does his work eagerly and diligently, keeps his mouth shut, and betrays nothing that can be used against him; his opinions and feelings are his own, not to be shown to anyone with eyes.
Tloster is unambitious and steadfastly loyal to Lord Nandos Raventree, and after him, the other Raventrees in order of seniority (Lady Perryn over Surakh, and Surakh over Galinda). He regards it as his duty to root out any disloyalty among the house guards or the servants—and personally train or scare it out of the guards under his command.
Tloster’s hobbies are watching dramatic plays of all sorts, and keeping up with all developments in arms and armor. His weaknesses are sweets and strong cheeses. He has a firm rule for himself that he will never indulge in the slightest romance or lust within Raventowers or with anyone of Raventowers, but on his rare days off—when Baerelve Storn takes over command of the guard—he has been known to visit several coin-lasses in swift succession (and tries to patronize favourites until they become old friends).

Baerelve Storn is a swift, silent, watchful man, always laden with concealed weapons and expecting trouble. The personal bodyguard of Lord Nandos Raventree, he is often assigned by Nandos to guard other members of the family when they are outside the gates of Raventowers. Storn (no one uses his first name, not even its owner) has a pointed, outthrust chin, and a nose to match; in profile, he looks like an open-beaked bird of prey, and was dubbed “the Raven of the Raventrees” by a noble years ago. He is a master swordsman and streetfighter, who practices catching hurled daggers and who often gives himself small doses of dozens of poisons, so as to build up his resistance to them over time. He has memorized the layout of the sewers beneath Raventowers and the streets immediately around it, as well as the mansion itself, and in his off hours often practices dashing about Raventowers or its walled grounds blindfolded or carrying a dummy weighted to be as heavy as Lord Nandos—or both.
Storn is the sort of fighter who anticipates trouble and prepares for it, and never stops anticipating, even in the midst of a fight. He will unhesitatingly do what is best to ensure the survival of whichever Raventree(s) he’s currently protecting, regardless of personal cost. He seems to have no pride or dignity, nor to know fear (attempts to intimidate him are among the few things he finds funny).
Storn has no hobbies, submerging himself in fanatical devotion to his job, but in his youth he bred and trained horses, and takes pleasure in long or fast rides when he gets the chance. He scares most of the younger women in Raventowers, but Shelaerra Blundfeather and Bardretha Gullwind have both secretly sought him out as a lover, and go to him when they get the chance—which isn’t often, as Storn is rarely off duty (officially, Tloster Maerimmon spells him in shifts for all guardianship inside Raventowers, but in practice Storn prefers to do it all himself, seeing Tloster as a well-meaning administrator who’s a fair fighting man but “not enough” to protect the Raventrees as “they should be protected.”

. . . and that's all Ed has sent me thus far. He promises more "fairly soon." Which I suspect means in a day or two, because shifts at his day job are interrupting his lore writing.
love,
THO
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CorellonsDevout
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quote:
Originally posted by Infamous

Ed wrote some time ago:

Being as this is Candlekeep, I can do no more than point you to what a Harper PC (not one of the Knights) uncovered when asking a monk of Candlekeep to research Qilue's destiny. The monk was of course limited to finding prophecies and other written histories, and reported thus: one seer saw a dream wherein Qilue wielded a sword forged of her own blood, and was hailed by knights as "the Godslayer."
However, another seer (the monk declined to identify either of his sources, BTW) said "the dark one who serves two goddesses but leads the dance for only one shall be mother to a new race, and change the face of the Realms forever."
Either way, it seems Qilue's future bids fair to be interesting.

Did this new race die stillborn, prey to editorial hazards?



I'm sorry if this question has already been answered for you. I guess I didn't subscribe to the newest Questions for Ed, but I saw your question and had to comment. Have you read Lady Penitent? That might answer some of your questions in regards to Qilue and the dark elves (it also raises other questions, however).

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Infamous
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My question was indeed answered, CorellonsDevout, but I appreciate the book suggestion! I actually heard that Lady Penitent, however heartbreaking, is good.
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I'll try to keep the side chatter here to a minimum, but yes, LP is good, though heartbreaking, and some claim there were issues with it. Unfortunately, IMO, it sounds like there isn't going to be a follow-up, something I think there should be. I could go on about this, but if you're curious about the dark elves, I recommend LP :)

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  16:04:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes.
Ed's rushing to put a roast in the oven before he leaves for his library shift (yes, the man cooks), but had time enough to send me one more of the Raventree servants, for BlackAce:


Albrus “Old Knight” Khlendryn is an elderly, kindly, sharp-witted man who has in the past been a hiresword, member of the City Guard of Waterdeep, horsebreeder, horse trainer, and sailor (some say pirate, but his nautical career was so brief that most—correctly—take this claim as wild rumor). A badly-broken leg ended his days in the saddle, and Lord Nandos Raventree took him on as a groom, where his competence and courtly manners earned him eventual promotion to stablemaster, and the immediate nickname of “Old Knight” because his treatment of noble guests had many of them thinking he was a gallant knight in earlier days.
Albrus loves horses, Lord Nandos, the rest of the Raventrees, and whittling balls-within-chains and other little toys and thumb-coffers (tiny boxes, often used to hold jewelry, that are about as long as a man’s thumb, or thereabouts). Where some smoke or hum or whistle as they work and in moments of waiting, Albrus whittles—and gives away the results to anyone in Raventowers who’s interested (there’s a growing fad among noblewomen who socialize with the Raventrees to “have an Albrus” to house one of their most prized pieces of jewelry).
Albrus is a contented man who feels he’s lived a good, full life; his ambitions are to keep the Raventree stables, horses, and coaches in superb condition, cleanliness, readiness, and order. He brews small beer for the servants, trades some of his whittling for apples for the horses (the apple barrel in a corner of the stables often functions as a message- and item-drop for the Raventree servants, as they have a plausible reason—wanting an apple—to go there), and spends the rest of the time working. He needs little sleep, is a light sleeper awakened by any entry into the stables by night (he sleeps in a stall or the hayloft), and only leaves Raventowers on rare occasions (to shop or seek the companionship of a few longtime female friends of his age).


So saith Ed, sharing Realmslore when he can. (He's been working on Zandilar's followup queries, too, he tells me, and some of ChosenofAsmodeus's questions.)
love to all,
THO
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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  23:01:06  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed. Who will get to the rest of your questions, xaeyruudh, when he can, later on in this new year.
love,
THO



Sorry, I seem to have never replied to this. Thank you both very much, and I'm glad to see that treants have some natural defenses.

I have another query, which is (naturally!) totally unrelated.

What are the names of the Ice Lakes shown on a few maps north of Luskan and west of the Black Raven river? Curiosity struck, and I (and more notably Markus) don't see them named anywhere.

Many thanks!
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 20 Jan 2013 :  00:20:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
xaeyruudh, the names of the Ice Lakes will have to be an Ed-answer.
All I have in my notes are that one of them is called "Antaerth" and another (possibly the largest, but it may just have SEEMED to largest to we Knights, while hastening past, hiking overland out of the area) is "Ondran's Grave."
Presumably because Ondran's body is/was somewhere in it (as to who Ondran was, your guess is as good as mine).
I've sent your query off to Ed, and We'll See . . .
love,
THO
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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 20 Jan 2013 :  00:40:20  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(as to who Ondran was, your guess is as good as mine)


Well, my guess is that he was the "good twin" of Offdran.

Your guess is considerably better than mine.

And with that I shall hush. Thank you!
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dravenloft
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Milady, I've a question for Ed about the popular pasttimes of places like Cormyr, Waterdeep, or the Dales.

The sports. What's popular to play and watch? Are there any, popular or not, that involve magic (be it magecraft or cleric)?

Space Opera, Planetary Romance, Speculative Fiction and similar by me.
check it out at http://universal-nexus.com
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BlackAce
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Posted - 20 Jan 2013 :  08:02:50  Show Profile Send BlackAce a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady Hooded One, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I never thought Ed would have the time provide anything like this wealth of detail! This means a lot to me. - Emma (Jay's considerably better half.)

BA edit: Awesome! Thanks Ed!

The best backstories are longer than a sentence and shorter than a page.

Edited by - BlackAce on 20 Jan 2013 09:49:48
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Markustay
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Posted - 20 Jan 2013 :  14:44:35  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
@xaeyruudh - while I commend you on getting more geography tidbits out of Ed (and THO), I have to say I am also scared - my mind went right to the same 'Offdran' thing yours did.

Thank you for all the recent responses THO and Ed - great stuff.

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


Edited by - Markustay on 20 Jan 2013 14:45:00
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