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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
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Posted - 22 Sep 2014 :  20:52:24  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall
How hard would it be for a noble family from another region to become ennobled in Waterdeep? What's the process and who decides? What if a nonhuman family wanted to become ennobled in the city?


Knightfall, I'm not Ed, but there are some answers in one of Elaine Cunningham's books, Dream Spheres. Since she worked directly with Ed in a novel based on Waterdeep afterwards, they seem to be quite aligned in their thinkings about the city and their inhabitants.

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 23 Sep 2014 :  14:06:01  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I tried doing a search, in case this question was already answered (and I vaguely remember something...), but the name is so 'generic' that the search was a bit too... successful. So, forgive me if you've provided answers already, or if the answers were already in something I overlooked.

Why has no settlement formed around either end of The Stone Bridge?

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

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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 23 Sep 2014 :  15:38:35  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Isn't that the bridge that is holy to dwarves and they'd never allow it?
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 23 Sep 2014 :  15:47:44  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall

Another set of Waterdeep questions for THO and Ed.

Circa 1358-1368, are there any empty or abandoned villas in Waterdeep that are available for sale for a noble family that wants to get a foothold in the city? Or, in my case, where would the best place to put new villas for one or more new noble families created for my own campaign? How hard would it be for a noble family from another region to become ennobled in Waterdeep? What's the process and who decides? What if a nonhuman family wanted to become ennobled in the city?

Thanks for considering my questions.

Cheers!

KF



The process for becoming ennobled in Waterdeep is set out in "Ed Greenwood presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms" at pgs.50-53.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4775 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2014 :  15:55:02  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay
Why has no settlement formed around either end of The Stone Bridge?



From FR11 "Dwarves Deep" (p.54) - Dwarves revere the Bridge ... and will not suffer anyone to settle near it nor control who may cross it.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 24 Sep 2014 :  03:15:09  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Thanks Krash - thats two replies I got from you today.

I knew I remember something to that effect, but couldn't find it.

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

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Jeremy Grenemyer
Great Reader

USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2014 :  05:06:58  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,

Looking at the major roads and ways of the King’s Forest as of 1479 DR, I have a yes or no question: did any of them get their start thanks to rampaging monsters or magical calamity (or some combination of both) blazing a trail through the woods, as opposed to simply being oft-used trails that turned into roads over time?

Very curious to know a little bit of Cormyrean road history.

Thank you both, as always.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2014 :  19:15:10  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Ed is safe back home after a great Grandcon, whereat he enjoyed the company of many old friends and fellow Realms creators (Jeff Grubb, Steven Schend, Eric Boyd, Stan! and Matt Forbeck, not to mention new friends like Marc Tassin and old friends like Mark Nelson), played a little Lords of Waterdeep (even won a game, which is, he tells me, unusual when Jeff is sitting at the same table), and Made Future Plans galore.
So I handed him your latest posts, and he hath an immediate response for Jeremy:

One or two of the King's Forest roads began as hunting trails from the days when the elves "ruled" the land that is now Cormyr - - meaning, they were "drive the large game" (some of it monstrous by human standards) routes through the forest. Expanded/linked up, widened, and drainage-improved many times since. Including linking up with clearings that began as places where dragons were fought and a small area of forest ruined in the process. And were, much later, later "maintained" as human woodcutters' cutting-places.
(However, so far as I know, none of the roads began from magical calamities or rampaging monsters in human-ruled times. None of which would prevent erroneous local legends of wild spell-battles or monster-fights from springing up; there is, for example, one such tale of two dragons fighting to the death in midair above the forest, in the days when elf rule was waning and humans were moving in.)
Hope this is of help.


So saith Ed. Providing Realmslore whenever he can.
love,
THO
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Jeremy Grenemyer
Great Reader

USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2014 :  21:57:24  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hope this is of help.
Hell yeah it does! Thank you very much.

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

84 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2014 :  22:04:14  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
This may seem a crazy question, but since Ed has talked about individuals going to the Realms from Earth, and some adventures deal with Faerunians ending up in Ravenloft, I wanted to ask Ed if he has ever handled the possibility of there being a connection in the Realms or of some of its inhabitants with the world of Eberron (which I really like, and its creator, Keith Baker, is really friendly, as Ed is) or vice versa (has anyone from Eberron visited the Realms or the other way around?). Has Ed talked with Keith about this? Thanks!
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Wolfhound75
Learned Scribe

USA
215 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2014 :  23:22:27  Show Profile Send Wolfhound75 a Private Message
RE: Paladinnicolas post 2014-09-24 : 22:04:14.

That is a wonderful question! Thank you for asking it as I will dearly await the answer since it goes very well with the campaign I've been planning/running for a little over two years.


Good Hunting!

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"If at first you do succeed, you must've rolled a natural 20!"
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paladinnicolas
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 25 Sep 2014 :  11:38:29  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Thanks Wolfhound! I really hope Ed answers the question.
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
1394 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2014 :  18:32:04  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Ed is safe back home after a great Grandcon, whereat he enjoyed the company of many old friends (...) like Mark Nelson
(...)
love,
THO


Nice, I didn't know that Ed was a friend of Mark Nelson! I simply love his black & white art, the best IMHO.

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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kysus
Learned Scribe

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2014 :  19:53:48  Show Profile  Visit kysus's Homepage  Send kysus an AOL message Send kysus a Private Message
Hello again THO, I have another question for Ed that builds somewhat on my previous question though this one is more doing with architecture. So I was curious as to if the various elven nations over the centuries had different styles of architecture for their cities in the different kingdoms over time, similiar to how we have Baroque, Rococo, or gothic architecture. And was there differences from the architecture say like Eaerlann and Cormanthyr or even Evereska and evermeet from Aryvandaar and shantel Othereier? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated as im currently looking to use this sort of lore in my game that im running.
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Penknight
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USA
536 Posts

Posted - 26 Sep 2014 :  06:29:52  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
A question about drow, if I may. Really, it's more of a question about Vhaeraun. After reading about him in the drow handbook in 2E, I could have seen him being more Chaotic Neutral than Neutral Evil, especially since he promotes the drow on the surface to work with other races and become accepted. Was there ever talk about making him Chaotic Neutral? I think that would be brilliant if so. Also, if would open up another deity for drow that wasn't out and out evil. :-)

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Pathfinder Reference Document
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 27 Sep 2014 :  01:19:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Penknight, I know that Vhaeraun has drow worshippers who aren't evil, so . . .
The Sage, I'm still waiting for Ed's reply to your Zhonder query, but I've found a long-ago play note of a brief meeting some of the Knights had in said room, with a courtier, and my notation was this:
"Two entry doors and several secret doors amid the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that line the room, revealed when Varandros [[note: the courtier we met with]] arrived through one and later departed through another. Tidy, formal place rather than working environment, central table with four chairs, was warned not to peruse books but looked to be varied volumes in best of condition, only item of note: brazen (human male; not recognized as likeness of anyone we knew) head on small marble stand, center of table."
We of course await Ed . . .
love,
THO
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Australia
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Posted - 27 Sep 2014 :  03:27:36  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
Oooo! I'd love to learn more about which "varied volumes..."

My thanks, though, to you, my lovely lady, and to Ed as well.

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Penknight
Senior Scribe

USA
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Posted - 27 Sep 2014 :  06:19:34  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all.
Penknight, I know that Vhaeraun has drow worshippers who aren't evil, so . . .
The Sage, I'm still waiting for Ed's reply to your Zhonder query, but I've found a long-ago play note of a brief meeting some of the Knights had in said room, with a courtier, and my notation was this:
"Two entry doors and several secret doors amid the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that line the room, revealed when Varandros [[note: the courtier we met with]] arrived through one and later departed through another. Tidy, formal place rather than working environment, central table with four chairs, was warned not to peruse books but looked to be varied volumes in best of condition, only item of note: brazen (human male; not recognized as likeness of anyone we knew) head on small marble stand, center of table."
We of course await Ed . . .
love,
THO



Thank you. And believe me, I know about the other followers of Vhaeraun. My drow, Darkadius, was a follower of his. Even though he has changed alignments, he still follows him and helps his followers.

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Knightfall
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 28 Sep 2014 :  21:05:25  Show Profile  Visit Knightfall's Homepage Send Knightfall a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall

Another set of Waterdeep questions for THO and Ed.

Circa 1358-1368, are there any empty or abandoned villas in Waterdeep that are available for sale for a noble family that wants to get a foothold in the city? Or, in my case, where would the best place to put new villas for one or more new noble families created for my own campaign? How hard would it be for a noble family from another region to become ennobled in Waterdeep? What's the process and who decides? What if a nonhuman family wanted to become ennobled in the city?

Thanks for considering my questions.

Cheers!

KF



The process for becoming ennobled in Waterdeep is set out in "Ed Greenwood presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms" at pgs.50-53.

-- George Krashos


Thanks for the info. I must now go find where I put my copy and (re-)read that section.
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createvmind
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Posted - 29 Sep 2014 :  22:07:06  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello all,

If a Succubus was into tattoos, is that possible first off and if so how would they manage to get a tattoo to remain permanent?

Are color tattoos done in the Realms like we have in our world outside of perhaps Shou and if yes, what are the techniques used?

Thanks
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Blueblade
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USA
804 Posts

Posted - 30 Sep 2014 :  00:47:31  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
I know Ed has in the past confirmed colored tattoos exist in the Realms, but my search-fu is weak tonight...
BB
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Australia
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Posted - 30 Sep 2014 :  04:19:30  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 Blueblade

I know Ed has in the past confirmed colored tattoos exist in the Realms, but my search-fu is weak tonight...
BB

A quick search of my temporary archive listing suggests the 2007 compilation file, but I'll need to make a more direct check of that.

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nymandrathal
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Posted - 30 Sep 2014 :  04:29:20  Show Profile Send nymandrathal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
hobbitfan: it is awesome, and that takes some of Ed's time, too, and I'm afraid I got him into this gig here at the Keep. Because I wanted to share the awesomeness that is Ed with the rest of you. He is truly the greatest man I have ever met (a kind, understanding, generous friend to many).
not completely your fault THO. & it looks to my casual eye as though everyone has been enjoying the arrangement. seems it was only yesterday I was sitting in your car, tranced out & thus partly oblivious, making impertinent suggestions - although terribly politely. I am pleased to see that these matters have worked out so well for you & Ed. I hope his personal debt has been reduced significantly over time.

I wonder if he has received any "emissaries" from a certain "wizard of the north" over the past several years. he might have reliably received up to two, else one or both of the scurrilous rogues have earned a reprimand. I won't use the pseudonym again. I considered it both impertinent and unlikely enough to reliably pair an initial missive with a later arrangement, & given the apparent successful conclusion of both - one way or another - the unique title can be discarded by me without harm. though if he did receive an initial missive, with its attribution intact, he should feel entirely free at this time to communicate to you privately the substance of the matter, as the facts may strike you as amusing. they will not be published by me here. I do also recognize that if neither individual performed his task as he was enjoined this second paragraph will be quite useless & confusing, implying perhaps at least one species of madness to its less informed readers.

well, so be it, in either direction.
congratulations on over a decade of fine & useful intercession, to you.
may Ed & his Realms continue to inspire defenders, well beyond his time.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4775 Posts

Posted - 30 Sep 2014 :  12:15:53  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
Well that was suitably Harper-esque.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1767 Posts

Posted - 30 Sep 2014 :  17:25:23  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
The Selskar order (imprisoned Bazim-Gorag, mentioned in an adventure by Rich Baker in Dungeon #101 and later in Champions of Ruin) was founded by Netherese wizards circa -626 DR. The senior ranks of their order are Magus and Ar-Magus. Did these terms or the order itself come from Ed's original Netheril lore or from other designers taking it in their own directions?

I remember Ed saying he had come up with many variant systems of magic use, earlier in these scrolls, and I wonder if "a cabal of wizards cast out from Netheril" who were motivated to found a new college of magic might have been ousted for using one of those other methods.
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