Candlekeep Forum
Candlekeep Forum
Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Active Polls | Members | Private Messages | Search | FAQ
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 Realmslore
 Chamber of Sages
 Questions for Ed Greenwood (2014)
 New Topic  Topic Locked
 Printer Friendly
Previous Page | Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 34

The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 13 Mar 2014 :  16:42:01  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ed says thank you for your good wishes, Kris the Grey. (And he sends his sympathies for what Emma is going through right now.)
Sigh.

Markustay, Ed has indeed been following that thread and LOVING it. Your suspicion as to NDAs preventing him from saying much of anything is correct, but he did go this far:

Realms fans who pay attention to Larloch, and the colors of magic in my writings, and the notion that the details (or "storytelling tools," if you will) involved in all of this might just be planned are . . . wise. ;}
Some of the speculations posted in the thread are correct.
And finally, when writing a novel, the length and shape of the narrative must take precedence over the strong urge to "put every detail in." Dozens of skilled TSR and WotC editors over the years have gently kicked me into accepting this fact. So don't look to THE HERALD to explicitly answer everything raised in the thread - - but it WILL answer some crucial bits of what's been raised and hazarded.
Essential reading for all Realms fans, really. ;}
Our lovely Lady Hooded knows how deeply I've wanted to step into that thread and confirm this or deny that...but even if I had carte blanche to do so, it would ruin the fun. Every definite answer cuts down on speculation, and makes this or that DM FEEL restricted, even if they really aren't because it just takes a few sentences of dancing sideways to get around what's been carved in stone.
By way of giving you SOME sort of reward for putting so much together so brilliantly, let me say more about Ombraldar and Shanooth.
If you followed the coastline on south and east from the realms labeled "the Utter East," you would come to Ombraldar (and some other independent city-state ports dominating a forested interior). Shanooth is much farther off, and sea-separated from that coast - - and the original Manshoon discovered it by accident when exploring gates in the 1350s, loved its embrace of learning and study, and used it several times as a refuge. This irked Elminster and several fellow Harper mages, because they felt they could no longer use it as a refuge, for fear of encountering Manshoon in the streets and having him turn the city into one more battleground.
And let me just add that Manshoon has a deeper and richer story than we've yet seen, too.


So saith Ed. Who is hard at work - - but you knew that.
love to all,
THO
Go to Top of Page

Eltheron
Senior Scribe

724 Posts

Posted - 13 Mar 2014 :  18:01:10  Show Profile Send Eltheron a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Realms fans who pay attention to Larloch, and the colors of magic in my writings, and the notion that the details (or "storytelling tools," if you will) involved in all of this might just be planned are . . . wise. ;}

*Oooooooh*

quote:
If you followed the coastline on south and east from the realms labeled "the Utter East," you would come to Ombraldar (and some other independent city-state ports dominating a forested interior). Shanooth is much farther off, and sea-separated from that coast - - and the original Manshoon discovered it by accident when exploring gates in the 1350s, loved its embrace of learning and study, and used it several times as a refuge. This irked Elminster and several fellow Harper mages, because they felt they could no longer use it as a refuge, for fear of encountering Manshoon in the streets and having him turn the city into one more battleground.
And let me just add that Manshoon has a deeper and richer story than we've yet seen, too.

After reading this, is it weird that I suddenly had an image of the city of Logopolis from Dr. Who (last episode of the Tom Baker era) pop into my head?

Awesome and fun lore! Thank you Ed and THO for this, and the commentary on the other thread where we're debating magic types and Larloch's goals.

And I very much hope that Ed's wife feels better soon and fully recovers!



"The very best possible post-fourteenth-century Realms lets down those who love the specific, detailed social, political and magical situation, with its thousands of characters, developed over forty years, and want to learn more about it; and those who'd be open to a new one with equal depth, which there just isn't time to re-produce; and those repelled, some past the point of no return, by the bad-taste-and-plausibility gap of things done to the world when its guardianship was less careful."
--Faraer
Go to Top of Page

Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13278 Posts

Posted - 13 Mar 2014 :  20:36:03  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Yes, Thank You, and our prayers are with you.

Hmmmmm... I keep forgetting Ed didn't have Zakhara. Those citystates must be close to the Yakirian empire, then (Dragon Magaazne #241... it had a map ) There is the little-known Yakmen citystate of Lipo there, where the Utter East meats Zakhara. Probably in Herne's Woods, just north of there (because you said they were in a forest, mostly).

Why is it answers from Ed always makes me want to revisit maps I have done.

EDIT: Damn... Ed can be so subtle sometimes! I just realized your/his answer implied the Harpers travel all over the world.

And Manshoon as well.


*Edited for errors

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


Edited by - Markustay on 14 Mar 2014 20:16:48
Go to Top of Page

Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
1356 Posts

Posted - 13 Mar 2014 :  21:46:10  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Maybe in 5E after a bit they will be more open to Ed detailing some of these areas? Kind of like the Border Kingdoms? Ooh and with a Mike Schley map! ;)
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
5143 Posts

Posted - 13 Mar 2014 :  23:34:36  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. Ed has been very busy these last few weeks (writing, dealing with severe winter weather where he dwells, and coping with the effects of a severe injury to his wife), and apologizes for his lengthy silences here at the Keep.
However, he HAS been reading all of your posts I've been ferrying him, when he can snatch the time, and has roused himself to make some replies.
Here's one of them:

dazzerdal and sleyvas, Tyr (known variously as "Achanatyr," "the Sword of Justice," "Arrtyr Judge Of All," and several other names (including Anachtyr), was indeed in the Jhaamdathi pantheon. And existed before that (so he's been around for at least FIVE thousand years). One small, secretive underground Tyrran cult that has existed down all those centuries (with some beholder worshippers as well as humans, and a sprinkling of elves who cleaved to rigid order) is veneration of Iltyr, the Blind But All-Seeing Eye (a huge weeping black [all pupil, no iris or sclera] eye that floats and flies about, trailing a small prehensile tail, and "speaks" boomingly in the minds of those near to it, discerning rights and intent and making judgements; very popular with individuals who desire a guide in life telling them precisely what the right thing to do is, whenever they seek moral guidance; there are secret worshippers of Iltyr among the nobility of Waterdeep and of Cormyr to this day, so if you ever find a curtained-off alcove in a nobles' mansion with a wall painting inside it that has any image that includes large, staring eyes that confront the viewer [or just one eye], you've found a private family chapel to Iltyr, something that's often explained away as "the only portrait we have of [[this or that illustrious ancestor]], but that very direct stare is disconcerting to everyone, so we keep it hidden away, just for us").

So saith Ed, illuminating a tiny glimpse of the dim past of the Realms.
love to all,
THO




I just gotta say.... that idea with a lawful minded floating blind eyeball with some kind of psychic/psionic ability..... wonderful.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
Go to Top of Page

Eltheron
Senior Scribe

724 Posts

Posted - 14 Mar 2014 :  17:39:21  Show Profile Send Eltheron a Private Message
I am curious about Selûne's Tears, more specifically about the un-named castle in the center.

Can you tell us anything more about the castle, its name, or if anyone has managed to explore it? An older reference suggests that no one who has tried to explore it has ever returned. Is it still unexplored as of 1480 DR? Thanks!


"The very best possible post-fourteenth-century Realms lets down those who love the specific, detailed social, political and magical situation, with its thousands of characters, developed over forty years, and want to learn more about it; and those who'd be open to a new one with equal depth, which there just isn't time to re-produce; and those repelled, some past the point of no return, by the bad-taste-and-plausibility gap of things done to the world when its guardianship was less careful."
--Faraer
Go to Top of Page

Mapolq
Senior Scribe

Brazil
465 Posts

Posted - 14 Mar 2014 :  18:54:32  Show Profile Send Mapolq a Private Message
Thank you, THO and Ed, and my sympathies as well.

I'm one of the scribes speculating in that thread Markustay mentioned, so you've just made me more excited about the coming stories and other products.


Never sleep under the jackfruit tree.

Tales of Moonsea - A Neverwinter Nights 2 Persistent World. Check out our website at http://www.talesofmoonsea.com and our video trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am304WqOAAo&feature=youtu.be, as well as our thread here at Candlekeep: http://www.forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12955

My campaign thread: http://www.forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16447
Go to Top of Page

Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13278 Posts

Posted - 14 Mar 2014 :  20:17:52  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Eilserus

Maybe in 5E after a bit they will be more open to Ed detailing some of these areas? Kind of like the Border Kingdoms? Ooh and with a Mike Schley map! ;)
YEAH....

I want them to Schley me.

Sorry... couldn't resist.

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

Go to Top of Page

Sunderstone
Seeker

37 Posts

Posted - 14 Mar 2014 :  20:38:55  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

I just finished Death of the Dragon and had a couple of questions about the bannerguard Kolmin Stagblade. Was he part giant or have giant blood in his heritage or was he just a phenomenally big man.

Are bannerguard's typically chosen for their size? Was he from a prominent Cormyrian family?

Thanks
Go to Top of Page

The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 16 Mar 2014 :  21:33:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Sunderstone, Ed tells me that Kolmin was a phenomenally large human (due to genetics, which MIGHT betoken giant blood in his heritage, way way back, or might not; is it does, it's so far back his family don't know about it). Many bannerguards are chosen for their large size and musculature, but they have to gain fighting skills and have the right temperment, too, to keep the position. Stagblade had the size, the disposition, and the skills.
No, he's not from a prominent Cormyrean family, he's one of the yeomen "just plain folks."
Who usually get overlooked in official histories and even in Realms fiction (though not, I've noticed, when the pen is in Ed's hands).
love,
THO
Go to Top of Page

The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 16 Mar 2014 :  21:34:18  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And Markustay, dear, just keep those awful puns coming. We love them, Ed and I.
love,
THO
Go to Top of Page

Demzer
Senior Scribe

530 Posts

Posted - 16 Mar 2014 :  22:48:23  Show Profile Send Demzer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone
Are bannerguard's typically chosen for their size?



Just to reinforce what our gracious THO said, once i was speaking with an expert of medieval swordmanship and the subject of two handed swords (big claymores and the like) use in organized europeans armies came up, he told me bannerguards were usually the only one employing such massive swords (and were chosen to do it based on their size) because they didn't need to fight 1 on 1 with enemies in close quarter fights (where the weight, slowness and reach of the blades would be hindrances) but their role was to keep throngs of enemies away from them (and the banner) long enough to let their comrades come to their aid. Thus they were required to be massive men swinging massive pieces of iron/steel more to discourage the enemy from getting near than to actually slay a large number of them.
Go to Top of Page

xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1726 Posts

Posted - 17 Mar 2014 :  20:14:35  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
Hi Ed, hope your Lady is doing better and everything is going well!

This is a woefully elementary (and scattered) question, but when "Scribe of Cormyr" is used as a title or identifier --I'm looking at the list of books of the Realms-- is it referring to a class of professional and/or public-sector jobs (like "administrative assistant" in our world), or is it a completely informal way of identifying anyone who writes stuff and may or may not find a way to occasionally get paid for it (like our columnists or bloggers)?

In case you want to add anything specific about individuals, these are the "scribes of Cormyr" from the list:
Chelm Vandor
Kastor
Kirkabey
Lodevin Parkar
Magus Firewand (Is Magus his name or a job title? If it's a title, is that a rank in the War Wizards, or a generic honorific for non-enlisted casters?)

There's also Glasgert Himlothrith, Scribe of Iriaebor, and Glarthlyn, Scribe of Silverymoon, so the same question applies to scribes of those thrones too.

Thank you!
Go to Top of Page

Cards77
Senior Scribe

USA
527 Posts

Posted - 18 Mar 2014 :  16:44:31  Show Profile Send Cards77 a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

And I'm back yet again, this time with an answer for Marco Volo, re. this: "I know Eilistraee has some worshippers dwelling in the surface of the Realms, but I was wandering if such followers "proselytize" or do things for the clergy of the Dark Maiden to be known?"
Ed responds:

Worshippers of the Dark Dancer vary just as the worshippers of all other deities do when considered en masse, but in general, no, those who venerate Eilistraee most (i.e. before all the other deities they believe in) do NOT proselytize. Theirs is a personal and private belief far more than it is a public, bold, involved-in-politics worship.

love,
THO



Interesting. I'm reading the War of the Spider Queen series atm. In book 5, the enclave of Eliastree that exists near House Jaerle in Cormanthor does indeed send priestesses back to the Underdark to "spread the word". Sounds like a suicide mission to me
Go to Top of Page

Sunderstone
Seeker

37 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2014 :  19:54:10  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all.
Sunderstone, Ed tells me that Kolmin was a phenomenally large human (due to genetics, which MIGHT betoken giant blood in his heritage, way way back, or might not; is it does, it's so far back his family don't know about it). Many bannerguards are chosen for their large size and musculature, but they have to gain fighting skills and have the right temperment, too, to keep the position. Stagblade had the size, the disposition, and the skills.
No, he's not from a prominent Cormyrean family, he's one of the yeomen "just plain folks."
Who usually get overlooked in official histories and even in Realms fiction (though not, I've noticed, when the pen is in Ed's hands).
love,
THO



Thank you Ed and THO. :-)
Go to Top of Page

Sunderstone
Seeker

37 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2014 :  20:00:12  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Demzer

quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone
Are bannerguard's typically chosen for their size?



Just to reinforce what our gracious THO said, once i was speaking with an expert of medieval swordmanship and the subject of two handed swords (big claymores and the like) use in organized europeans armies came up, he told me bannerguards were usually the only one employing such massive swords (and were chosen to do it based on their size) because they didn't need to fight 1 on 1 with enemies in close quarter fights (where the weight, slowness and reach of the blades would be hindrances) but their role was to keep throngs of enemies away from them (and the banner) long enough to let their comrades come to their aid. Thus they were required to be massive men swinging massive pieces of iron/steel more to discourage the enemy from getting near than to actually slay a large number of them.



Thanks Demzer. That actually sounds like one of the scenes from the book. I think a noble was addressing Azoun in an excitable manner but he had his bannerguard present who was so large that the noble who was on horseback still had to look upwards to Kolmin who on foot towered even higher and was wielding huge battle axe. In this instance it seems his presence was used in keeping space between nobles and the personal space of the King.
Go to Top of Page

The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 20 Mar 2014 :  17:53:42  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
xaeyruudh, when "Scribe of Cormyr" is used as a title or identifier, Ed tells me it refers to "a class of professional and/or public-sector jobs (like "administrative assistant" in our world" who have managed to write and publish works that have been "accepted" by the Court (Cormyr's civil servants) as accurate enough to be kept on record - - usually because the writer is a Court scribe, and because they reference clashing opinions, not just "one side" of any dispute.
And we'll have to wait for Ed to say more about your list of individuals, but I can say that "Magus" in "Magus Firewand" is his name.
love,
THO
Go to Top of Page

xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1726 Posts

Posted - 21 Mar 2014 :  14:42:37  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
Thank you! And I have another.

"Zatan Arrowswift, Herald of Athkatla" is the author of Magics of the South, circa 1038 DR. Was he one of the Heralds, and thus a Harper, or was the Herald of Athkatla a separate office at that time?

Regarding the title of Athkatla's Herald, which stars are being referenced?
Go to Top of Page

Seravin
Senior Scribe

Canada
784 Posts

Posted - 21 Mar 2014 :  15:38:27  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message
Hi THO,

Maybe this has been dealt with many times before, but a common topic at the Keep is the nature of goblinoids and whether they are inherently evil beings or just misunderstood products of their culture. With the latest RAS book "Night of the Hunter" the characters weigh in heavily on this question in relation to the Kingdom of Many-Arrows, and conclude that gobliniods and orcs are evil and need to be slaughtered pretty much on sight. This is the Mielikki's vision in any case presented through Catti-Brie and Bruenor. Does Ed's vision of the Realms believe that goblinoids are truly inherently evil, incapable of peaceful trading or laws/justice, deserving no quarter from "good" folk, or would he have peaceful orc or goblin kingdoms somewhere in his Realms?

Apologies if this has been answered before.

Edited by - Seravin on 21 Mar 2014 15:38:51
Go to Top of Page

Infamous
Seeker

42 Posts

Posted - 21 Mar 2014 :  23:16:31  Show Profile Send Infamous a Private Message
My birthday came and went without presents of any kind -- bummer -- but I thought I could ask for another kind of gift:

Maybe Ed can delight us all with some shocking Realmslore bit he has been waiting to tell everyone but we, clueless mortals, never figured to ask? Some non-NDA stuff? It does not hurt to ask.
Go to Top of Page

The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2014 :  01:38:00  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. Infamous, I turned around and e-prodded Ed to answer your request, and he came back with this:

Whew. So much I'd love to share is NDA. So how about this?

Before she married Azoun IV and became Queen of Cormyr, Filfaeril spent almost a month, one summer, as an adventurer, under an assumed name, to "see the world." With the full though covert approval of her family elders (though they sent along a hired adventurer-mage to try to see that she came to no harm).
Harpers also watched over her, unbeknownst to her, and as it happened, she didn't come to any harm. Though for the rest of her life she had a deep terror of beholders and illithids, for very good reasons . . . not to mention a tendency to blush whenever she saw Elminster.
This escapade caused Vangey a few moments of consternation later, because he assumed that when a young and beautiful unwed female noble drops out of a sight for a month, she's quietly having a baby - - and if it survived, such a child would be very much an "unwanted complication" for a Queen of Cormyr.
Filfaeril also had more than a few moments of adventure after she became Queen, of the scrambling along eavesdropping on Suzailan rooftops with a knife in her teeth and a backup knife in her garters . . . moments that enraged Vangerdahast but delighted Azoun. And then there was the duel between two noble matriarchs that she interrupted, stopped, and then had to best (at arms) BOTH mortified and infuriated matriarchs to truly put an end to . . . oh, there's much more about our Queen Fee I could tell, but won't yet, because it would be SO much better to tell at the right place, time, and manner.
So mayhap I should tell you instead about some of Manshoon's hidden offspring? (Nothing to do with Fee, I hasten to add.)
Or perhaps not. ;}


So saith Ed. Hoping that helps by way of a present, Infamous. Ed is frantically busy right now, but hopefully he'll have time to share more, eventually...
love,
THO
Go to Top of Page

Infamous
Seeker

42 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2014 :  02:05:50  Show Profile Send Infamous a Private Message
Gasp!

I must say ED is one of the MOST GENEROUS human beings I have ever come across. I'm sure THO will agree.

Much love.

Infamous.
Go to Top of Page

xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1726 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2014 :  02:28:41  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
Happy belated birthday Infamous!

And I agree that Ed is extraordinarily generous. Evidenced by his presence and elucidations here over the last 10 years, and on a mailing list for some time.

I'm curious about this hired mage. Was he/she already a family friend, or did they become one? Any later involvement with the Court?
Go to Top of Page

Infamous
Seeker

42 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2014 :  02:48:25  Show Profile Send Infamous a Private Message

I should add that Ed's generosity extends to people he obviously has no reason to like. I have seen him being extremely courteous toward other people (or other people's ideas even) when he had no reason to other than genuine kindness.

Great man, this Ed. So saith I.
Go to Top of Page

xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1726 Posts

Posted - 22 Mar 2014 :  23:59:59  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
In the old and wonderful 2e Drow of the Underdark, there's a list of drow cities. Erelhei-Cinlu is on the list, which implies that the list is not entirely limited to Toril. I'm hoping that as many as possible are in the Realms, though.

As far as I can tell, the following cities haven't been mentioned in Realmslore to date. I poked the scribes in this other thread, and George says I'm not missing anything. I'm hoping that you can confirm that they are, or are not, in our Underdark.

Abaethaggar, Abburth, Baereghel, Charrvhel'raugaust, Cheth Rrhinn, Faneadar, Haundrauth, Ithilaughym, Luihaulen'tar, Orlytlar, Sshanntynlan, Szithlin, Tyrybblyn, Uluitur, Undraeth, Waethe Hlammachar, Yuethindrynn

Edit: An addendum, regarding the FOR2 list. Is Llurth Dreier or Llurth Dreir the correct spelling?

Edit: Asharak pointed me to Undraeth.

Edited by - xaeyruudh on 23 Mar 2014 15:49:00
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 34 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page | Next Page
 New Topic  Topic Locked
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Candlekeep Forum © 1999-2017 Candlekeep.com Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000