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TBeholder
Master of Realmslore

1353 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2014 :  06:11:12  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message
Could you please elaborate on possibilities and limitations of the mage-sigils?
An earlier reply mentions that
quote:
all of the Chosen of Mystra can use their sigils in some ways that the sigils of ‘just plain wizards’ won’t function unless their ‘owners’ find or create special spells to imbue their sigils with such powers. Such mortals would have to cast one such spell to ‘empower’ each drawn sigil with a particular ability

But how the wizards' sigils can be used, other than basic signature with divinely enforced "unique identifier"?
Other forms of authentication ("signing" spells, "lock" triggers that works only for this wizard)?
And once there is magic that interacts with these, what are possible and "legitimate" uses of someone else's sigil other than conveying lore?
E.g. could a wizard develop some spell which is given an arbitrary sigil at casting time as a sample and then selectively detects spells "signed" with this sigil, i.e. ignoring noise of irrelevant magic auras? Or detect the sigil's rightful owner (i.e. discern from impostors without that wizard's own act)?
Speaking of which, what passes as "rightful owner"? Do clones (e.g. multiple Manshoons) count? Or simulacra? Or, can a homunculus made with the wizard's blood (and copied knowledge, and still bound as a semi-autonomous extension of the master's lifeforce) use that wizard's sigil at least when acting on the master's direct order?
Also, if sigil isn't protected after the wizard's death, and liches are to see after that on their own - how about resurrections (while the wizard is dead it was free to use, and now the wizard came back)?

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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 27 Nov 2014 :  14:43:38  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO!

Being the day of Thanksgiving I just wanted to thank you both for everything you do around here at the Keep. Your efforts truly are appreciated!
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Blueblade
Senior Scribe

USA
804 Posts

Posted - 30 Nov 2014 :  01:52:09  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Though Ed and THO, being Canadian, had their Thanskgiving a month back, I echo Eilserus: we should never stop thanking them for the time and love they devote here at the Keep to answer and appease and help us scribes.
Golden people, both of them.
BB
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DM Novus
Acolyte

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Posted - 30 Nov 2014 :  17:41:11  Show Profile Send DM Novus a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,
Does Ed have additional information related to 1351: Year of the Crown…and as it relates to the Sword Coast of Faerun region?

So far, I have collected this:

1. 1351 DR: unnamed plague spreads in Baldur's Gate, following the discover of Larloch's lair (Grand History p.140)

2. Warlock's Crypt [-399], home of the terrible Larloch, is discovered on the Sword Coast by explorerers, and the few survivors bring plague to the city of Baldur's Gate.((Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 140. Wizards of the Coast.)

3. Warlock's Crypt discovered. Plague in Baldur's Gate. (Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting)

A group of DMs are trying to plan for a number of campaigns taking place in the year 1351, and any and all details Ed could scrounge up would be great to help flesh out the campaigns…before we just go ahead and detail them out ourselves.

Any have advice? I've also posted this to Questions for Ed…hoping something from the man himself can be learned. Even knowing what type of plague would be excellent.

Thank you.

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Cards77
Senior Scribe

USA
525 Posts

Posted - 30 Nov 2014 :  19:12:16  Show Profile Send Cards77 a Private Message
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and other Fall type holidays, I was wondering if Ed had any Realms specific flavor bits about the holiday of High Harvest Tide. I've found some older posts of his about many other festivals but have not been able to find anything specific to this one. Most of what's written simply discusses it's something between Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest.

Any info or notes is much appreciated. Thank you.
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Sage of Stars
Seeker

USA
59 Posts

Posted - 01 Dec 2014 :  15:23:05  Show Profile  Visit Sage of Stars's Homepage Send Sage of Stars a Private Message
Dear THO,
Ed seems to be incommunicado at the moment. I wonder if you can ask him to drop me an e-mail?
It's becoming urgent. Tell him it's about the "other" movie project. Certain scriptwriters are trying to Force things.
Thanks!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 01 Dec 2014 :  15:24:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. Done. (SofS is subtle like a brick, she murmured, and winked.)
love,
THO
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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 02 Dec 2014 :  19:01:34  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Heh. Done. (SofS is subtle like a brick, she murmured, and winked.)
love,
THO



Well....if that exchange didn't raise questions!

Most likely that cannot be answered?

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John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Duneth Despana
Learned Scribe

Belgium
243 Posts

Posted - 02 Dec 2014 :  23:35:40  Show Profile Send Duneth Despana a Private Message
Is there more to be said about Askavar the elven realm that used to be in the wood of the sharp teeth (or Glimmerwood as it used to be called)? What are it's ties (if any) to Shantel Othreier, Firewine Bridge and/or Vehlarr, Thanks in advance!

« There is no overriding « epic » in the Realms, but rather a large number of stories, adventures, and encounters going on all the time. [...]. Each creative mind adds to the base, creating, defining, and making their contribution to the rich diversity of the Realms. [...]. But Ed built the stage upon which all the plays are presented. Thanks Ed. » -FR Comic no.1

Edited by - Duneth Despana on 09 Dec 2014 01:40:24
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 03 Dec 2014 :  04:04:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
To the Red Walker:
Probably not.
However, I WILL ask. I my own persuasive way.
love,
THO
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 04 Dec 2014 :  23:29:05  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
Hi THO/Ed

Okay, it's been years and there have been hundreds of posts by Ed/THO with no luck. Where is the love for druids in the Realms?!?

I was hoping that Ed copuld give us some druid lore (existing shrines, special druidic places, individual druids of note, existing circles not yet noted in the lore, historical druids etc etc) and given the proximity to Xmas, he can consider it a gift to us all!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Cards77
Senior Scribe

USA
525 Posts

Posted - 05 Dec 2014 :  01:42:14  Show Profile Send Cards77 a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Hi THO/Ed

Okay, it's been years and there have been hundreds of posts by Ed/THO with no luck. Where is the love for druids in the Realms?!?

I was hoping that Ed copuld give us some druid lore (existing shrines, special druidic places, individual druids of note, existing circles not yet noted in the lore, historical druids etc etc) and given the proximity to Xmas, he can consider it a gift to us all!

-- George Krashos



Hear hear! I second this! Druids play a major role in my game, and they have shaped the lore of some very special places, like the Moonshaes, etc. Yet they still remain at least in canon, more or less a mystery. NPC's are rarely mentioned, and almost never fleshed out.

I know druidic circles probably largely prefer to remain mysterious but I think we should give some more attention to a great flavorful part of the Realms.
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13095 Posts

Posted - 05 Dec 2014 :  17:20:32  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
This is a bit topical ATM, especially for me (being from NY).

I am thinking specifically about Cormyr here, but if you can think of a different example, or a better one, then whatever you think is best: At any time, has a 'royal decree' (or whatever) come down from 'on high' and been so wildly unpopular that it caused rioting/hysteria?

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

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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
Moderator

USA
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Posted - 05 Dec 2014 :  17:37:42  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

This is a bit topical ATM, especially for me (being from NY).

I am thinking specifically about Cormyr here, but if you can think of a different example, or a better one, then whatever you think is best: At any time, has a 'royal decree' (or whatever) come down from 'on high' and been so wildly unpopular that it caused rioting/hysteria?



I think the Window Tax would qualify, here, though I'd certainly like to hear about other occasions.

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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
1253 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2014 :  12:33:11  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message
Hi THO and Ed,

Let me jump on George's theme, but get way more specific.

Faerun is home to unique species of trees and other plants. Are there any resins, saps, latexes, or mucileges harvested by the Lawkeeper races (humans, elves, dwarves, etc.) that come from that Faerunian fauna?

In particular, I'm wondering about unique Faerunian trade goods akin to frankincense and myrrh.

Thanks, Eric

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sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
5029 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2014 :  16:05:17  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message
Just to jump on Eric's theme.... are there any saps that are used to make syrups similar to maple, but a totally different flavor? Are there any resins similar to amber, but an entirely different color, known to make gems?

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 09 Dec 2014 :  18:33:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hoo boy. Well, much of Ed's druidic lore was received by Wizards but (aside from what he wrote for the appendices of the HALLS OF THE HIGH KING) remains unpublished. So I'm not sure what he can share.
The herbal medicines and other natural-substance trade goods was a topic that got deliberately squashed, back in the day, for fear of attracting real-world lawsuits when kids harmed or killed themselves by ingesting X or Y, when they were known to be gamers and X or Y had been covered in a Dragon article or Realms sourcebook...so even when such things derived from Ed's own fictional, created plants, the topic got nixed.
However, that doesn't mean he doesn't have notes still squirreled away. So after he's dug himself out from his current pressing workload (a game product and two extensive short stories due by end of year, plus most of a novel and at least planning a second novel), he might have time to provide. I'll nudge him in my MOST persuasive fashion. I can go so far, off the top of my own head, to tell sleyvas that the answer to both of his questions is: "Yes."
love,
THO
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1705 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2014 :  16:53:32  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
Hi again. All's well in the North I hope!

Who are Taela and Tildaryn, for whom Taela's Trail and Tildaryn's Ride (roads into Ordulin) are named?

Edited by - xaeyruudh on 10 Dec 2014 17:49:12
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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
1356 Posts

Posted - 11 Dec 2014 :  02:44:07  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

Colderan Morn was corrupted and taught many of the dark arts by the drow. He ruled approximately 100 years ago, per Doom of Daggerdale. And we have Alokkair the Wizard-King who's been knocking around for 800 years and plans to reclaim his long-lost kingdom with the aid of the drow who live underground in the area. The drow seem to have an interest in being involved with surface spellcasters in the area.

I'm curious as to what the motivations behind these "involvements" were. What were the long-term plans of the drow for these two? Any specific dark elven families or cities behind such schemes?

On a different note, I'm really hoping we see more Forging the Realms articles. Loved that weekly dose of Realmslore. Any chance we might see a future article involving the Spiderhaunt Woods? *wink wink nudge nudge* ;)

Thank you both!
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1705 Posts

Posted - 12 Dec 2014 :  06:19:40  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
I second the call for more Forging the Realms! Though I suspect we're barking up the wrong tree, and Ed has already given them more articles and they're just not putting them up for whatever reason.

Also, I just noticed a bit about Introducers in Cormyr. Apologies if this has been dealt with in novels -- and it seems like the sort of thing that probably has been.

Does the Introducer recite the laws regardless of who approaches, or is there a little Q&A session to ascertain the traveler's familiarity with the expectations that will be placed on them within the town?

Do the larger cities also have Introducers, or is that role taken over by the Purple Dragons at the gates? Are Introducers exclusively militia members, or can Purple Dragons or other sorts of officers/officials volunteer for or be assigned to this task? Do young nobles ever serve as Introducers?

What happens when important foreigners approach? Widely known heroes, famous/infamous diplomats/emissaries, city/state rulers, etc. I suppose it's unlikely that Elduth Yarmmaster would ride calmly into Wheloon with his true face showing, but how would that be handled?

Edited by - xaeyruudh on 12 Dec 2014 06:21:45
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 13 Dec 2014 :  15:19:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
xaeyruudh, re. this: "I second the call for more Forging the Realms! Though I suspect we're barking up the wrong tree, and Ed has already given them more articles and they're just not putting them up for whatever reason."

True. Very true. There are at least half a dozen that we haven't yet seen.
And in answer to this question of yours: "Who are Taela and Tildaryn, for whom Taela's Trail and Tildaryn's Ride (roads into Ordulin) are named?"
I can from my notes (which means, of course, from Ed) tell you that Taela was the beloved of the builder of the Trail, the merchant Rorl Ossmran of Ordulin, and Tildaryn was the builder of the Ride (Antur Tildaryn, an investor and many-businesses-owner who began from humble beginnings in Yhaunn).

Eilserus, the answers to your queries are of course best given by Ed, but as a player in Ed's campaign we were told by several NPCs (including Elminster) that certain drow very much valued the surface connections in the Daggerdale area, after El and others "camped on top of" the Shadowdale connections and made them difficult for the drow to use without conflict (i.e. being noticed).

More when I can get hold of Ed (ahem)
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 13 Dec 2014 :  16:11:39  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
And hello again, everyone.
TBeholder, I've sent your excellent sigil questions to Ed, but can from my notes (i.e. from what he's already said on the subject, in the past) answer these:
"Other forms of authentication ("signing" spells, "lock" triggers that works only for this wizard)?"
Yes to both of those uses.

"Or detect the sigil's rightful owner (i.e. discern from impostors without that wizard's own act)?"
No. Doesn't seem to be a magical ability yet be known and developed, from what Ed says.

More, of course, when Ed can respond.
love,
THO
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
13095 Posts

Posted - 13 Dec 2014 :  16:55:51  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
On the down side, we haven't seen much from Ed on these boards lately.

On the up side, I can only imagine what has Ed gotten himself into that he is so gosh-darn busy, and what that means for all of us moving forward.

Question: Any chance we will ever see the moonweb (or the four rings) in lore again? Its last appearance (according to Prayers from the Faithful) was at the end of the ToT - would it have made another during the Spellplague, or perhaps immediately following the Wailing Years? (like during the Year of the Ageless One?)

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

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 13 Dec 2014 :  18:00:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. I asked Ed about how busy he was, and he listed his current projects. It took him TWELVE MINUTES just to list them, and I'm sworn to secrecy. There are some big projects in Ed's future!
He did say I could let slip this:
"Some very enjoyable planning between game designers and novelists re. lore details that won't be seen until 2016 and thereafter. Referencing 'good old' features of both the D&D game and the Realms, making this Realms creator very happy."
So there you have it. Let the speculation begin...

love to all,
THO
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Eilserus
Master of Realmslore

USA
1356 Posts

Posted - 13 Dec 2014 :  20:59:54  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Maybe a new Campaign Guide or a Volo's Guide or twenty?! Happy Dance! :)
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