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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 26 May 2011 :  20:01:42  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dennis


Hi, Paul!

In Dawn of Night, is that huge crystal [at the center of the chamber which is the focal point of Skullport's mythal-like mantle] a mythallar?



Dennis,

Ed would be the one to answer this question authoritatively but I treated it as a mythallar. A mythal is Elven High Magic, and there's no reason for anything of that kind to be in Skullport. A Mythallar, on the other hand, is Netherese in origin, and that fits with Skullport being a former Netherese outpost. I think some of the early sources sometimes used the terms interchangeably, even though they're entirely different things.

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PaulSKemp
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804 Posts

Posted - 26 May 2011 :  20:02:22  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

[quote]

But now that WotC is releasing ebooks, collections of short stories that total non-traditional word counts are possible. And, imo, would make a lot of sense.



True, ec. Here's hoping. :-)
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Saer Cormaeril
Learned Scribe

124 Posts

Posted - 26 May 2011 :  21:03:54  Show Profile Send Saer Cormaeril a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul,
In your view, what are some differences between the (wizardly) mythals of the elves (such as the one at Myth Drannor), mythals crafted by Netherese Arcanists in the Arcane Age with Lefebers Weave Mythal, and High Magic mythals (such as the Dracorage mythal and the mythal of Myth Adofaer)?

Brace Cormaeril
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Dennis
Great Reader

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Posted - 27 May 2011 :  05:16:29  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Thanks, Paul. Ed finally answered the same question, and it seems like your answer is not far from what he [long ago] intended Skullport to have.

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Cronje
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Posted - 20 Jun 2011 :  19:12:28  Show Profile Send Cronje a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Mr. Kemp,

Is the Shadowtome used by the Righteous Man in Shadow's Witness to summon Yrsillar a copy of the one detailed in The Magister or just a tome bearing the same name? If the former, was the information on the dread missing from the copy destroyed in Neverwinter, or something all copies had, but not discovered until later?
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 21 Jun 2011 :  15:47:39  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cronje

Dear Mr. Kemp,

Is the Shadowtome used by the Righteous Man in Shadow's Witness to summon Yrsillar a copy of the one detailed in The Magister or just a tome bearing the same name? If the former, was the information on the dread missing from the copy destroyed in Neverwinter, or something all copies had, but not discovered until later?



A different grimoire.
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PaulSKemp
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804 Posts

Posted - 21 Jul 2011 :  13:51:01  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Everyone,

On the assumption that some of you may be interested: I've signed with Angry Robot Books to publish a sword and sorcery duology, the books of which are entitled: The Hammer and the Blade, a Tale of Egil and Nix, and A Discourse in Steel, a Tale of Egil and Nix.

My thoughts are here: http://paulskemp.com/blog/two-book-deal-with-angry-robot/
Angry Robot press release is here:http://angryrobotbooks.com/2011/07/meet-our-newest-signing-paul-s-kemp/

I think those of you who've enjoyed my novels in the Realms will love these stories. Meanwhile, back to The Cycle of Night (Godborn is not that far off now!).
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Eltheron
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Posted - 21 Jul 2011 :  15:05:40  Show Profile Send Eltheron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Hey Everyone,

On the assumption that some of you may be interested: I've signed with Angry Robot Books to publish a sword and sorcery duology, the books of which are entitled: The Hammer and the Blade, a Tale of Egil and Nix, and A Discourse in Steel, a Tale of Egil and Nix.

My thoughts are here: http://paulskemp.com/blog/two-book-deal-with-angry-robot/
Angry Robot press release is here:http://angryrobotbooks.com/2011/07/meet-our-newest-signing-paul-s-kemp/

I think those of you who've enjoyed my novels in the Realms will love these stories. Meanwhile, back to The Cycle of Night (Godborn is not that far off now!).


Excellent, these characters just sound like FUN!

I'm also really looking forward to Cycle of Night. Question, though: if it's about Cale's son, will it be set during the post-apocalyptic years right after the spellplague or in the current era (1479-ish)? Or can you say yet?

"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
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 21 Jul 2011 :  18:31:04  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Eltheron

[quote]I'm also really looking forward to Cycle of Night. Question, though: if it's about Cale's son, will it be set during the post-apocalyptic years right after the spellplague or in the current era (1479-ish)? Or can you say yet?



Eltheron,

Godborn takes place in the current era (1479ish).
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Eltheron
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Posted - 21 Jul 2011 :  20:55:47  Show Profile Send Eltheron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by Eltheron

[quote]I'm also really looking forward to Cycle of Night. Question, though: if it's about Cale's son, will it be set during the post-apocalyptic years right after the spellplague or in the current era (1479-ish)? Or can you say yet?



Eltheron,

Godborn takes place in the current era (1479ish).


Ah, interesting, 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."
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Dennis
Great Reader

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Posted - 22 Jul 2011 :  11:12:56  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by Eltheron

[quote]I'm also really looking forward to Cycle of Night. Question, though: if it's about Cale's son, will it be set during the post-apocalyptic years right after the spellplague or in the current era (1479-ish)? Or can you say yet?



Eltheron,

Godborn takes place in the current era (1479ish).



Quite interesting. Almost everyone here at the 'Keep is looking forward to Godborn.

Will the setting be Sembia still?

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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 22 Jul 2011 :  19:49:29  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dennis

[quote][i]Will the setting be Sembia still?



Dennis, indeed. Mostly Sembia.

Paul
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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

1944 Posts

Posted - 31 Jul 2011 :  17:48:01  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a question for you, Paul. In Twilight Falling when Cale and his band of merry marauders enter the Fane of Shadows they see a statue of Mask decsribed thusly..."A one-legged human male in thieving leathers, with a cowled cloak pulled up to reveal only the lower half of his face. He seemed to be looking up at Shar from the shadows and sneering...In it's hand, the statue held a long sword that looked strikingly similar to Cale's own..." Now in Shadowrealm when Cale, Riven and Rivalen go to the temple Ephyras there is another statue of Mask. This one is depicted as "...a shorter male figure, a man clad in a long cloak. Leather armor peaked from under the cloak and he held a slim blade in each hand..." No mention is made of Mask having only one leg. Can you please explain?

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

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Fellfire
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Posted - 31 Jul 2011 :  17:55:21  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Hi, Paul:

An interesting question has been asked in Fellfire's scroll about "Black Speech" being used in your novels. Any comments you could offer about it would be very welcome.



Sorry to bother you again, but I had wondered if you'd seen this? I'm re-reading both trilogies again and the Black Speech makes me curious.

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but.. blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me." - Bane The Dark Knight Rises

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 01 Aug 2011 :  16:25:14  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Hi, Paul:

An interesting question has been asked in Fellfire's scroll about "Black Speech" being used in your novels. Any comments you could offer about it would be very welcome.



Sorry to bother you again, but I had wondered if you'd seen this? I'm re-reading both trilogies again and the Black Speech makes me curious.



Fellfire, no bother at all! I missed the question the first time around.

The Black Speech is an analog of the Dark Speech from the BoVD.
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skychrome
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Posted - 16 Aug 2011 :  03:59:51  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Paul, I just read "Conan: Phoenix On The Sword" and it somehow reminded me of Shadow's Wittness in a positive way. Did you have the possibility to read it by chance? Did Robert E Howard's rather dark writing style have an influence on you and the flavor that you wanted to give to your realms stories? Just curious... there are some elements in your writings that I really love and that I also see in Robert Howard.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Aug 2011 :  13:37:14  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Hello Paul, I just read "Conan: Phoenix On The Sword" and it somehow reminded me of Shadow's Wittness in a positive way. Did you have the possibility to read it by chance? Did Robert E Howard's rather dark writing style have an influence on you and the flavor that you wanted to give to your realms stories? Just curious... there are some elements in your writings that I really love and that I also see in Robert Howard.



SC,

Very much so, and thank you.

I like to think my most direct influences are Moorcock's Elric Work, Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories, Howard's Conan work, and RAS's Drizz't novels.
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Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Aug 2011 :  01:48:32  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tell me, please, the 13 truths of Shar. Did you invent them or is there a source? I want to formalize my worship.

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but.. blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me." - Bane The Dark Knight Rises

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 29 Aug 2011 :  16:45:28  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Tell me, please, the 13 truths of Shar. Did you invent them or is there a source? I want to formalize my worship.



Fellfire,

I invented them, but never set forth all 13. Just the first couple.
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Dennis
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Posted - 29 Aug 2011 :  16:54:56  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I once posted "Love is a lie. Only hate endures." on my FB wall. What a commotion it caused!

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 26 Oct 2011 :  15:27:08  Show Profile  Visit Artemas Entreri's Homepage Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fellfire

Tell me, please, the 13 truths of Shar. Did you invent them or is there a source? I want to formalize my worship.



Please tell me you mean your in-game worship

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Mandarb Carai an Caldazar
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Posted - 31 Oct 2011 :  22:15:14  Show Profile Send Mandarb Carai an Caldazar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met,

First I'd like to thank you for giving us one of my favourite characters of all time, let alone favourite Realms characters - Erevis Cale.

While I wait anxiously for a year (!) for Godborn I'd like to thank you for the little tidbits you've been posting on your blog, it gives me many possibilities to ponder while I wait and I love intellectual quandries . The idea that the god of thieves (possibly) stole his death from Shar during her supposed moment of triumph had me grinning like a fool. Also, teasing that Erevis might still be rescuable dispelled some of my disappointment from the end of the last trilogy. What ever ends up in the final product, I'm sure I'll thoroughly enjoy the read.

In addition to Vasen Cale's arc as a main piece of the plot, I'm left wondering if you'll be getting the rest of the band back together for the trilogy? Will we be seeing as much of the Netherese as we did previously? Will revelations of the death of the Princes' mother have consequences for The Most High's power-base in his sons? I realize that you wont be able to say much about any of those questions(and I could go on), all I'm hoping for are yes, no, or maybe for they'll get the mental gears grinding and keep me entertained while I wait.

-Blade

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 02 Nov 2011 :  14:49:15  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mandarb,

First, I'm delighted that you've enjoyed the Cale stories.

Second, Brennus, Rivalen, and Riven will all appear in Godborn. As for Mags and the others, well, I'm not allowed to speak about it yet. Likewise, I can't say anything about how the various threads introduced in other books will play out. Sorry about that. :-)

Paul

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Mandarb Carai an Caldazar
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Posted - 03 Nov 2011 :  00:14:12  Show Profile Send Mandarb Carai an Caldazar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Mandarb,

First, I'm delighted that you've enjoyed the Cale stories.

Second, Brennus, Rivalen, and Riven will all appear in Godborn. As for Mags and the others, well, I'm not allowed to speak about it yet. Likewise, I can't say anything about how the various threads introduced in other books will play out. Sorry about that. :-)

Paul





Thanks very much!

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Pazuzu
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Posted - 02 Jan 2012 :  13:55:55  Show Profile Send Pazuzu a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do you think we can complete the 13 truths? I just recall "Love is a lie. Only hate endures" and something like "Light blinds. Only in darkness we can see." I could really use these lines in my campaign and it would be nice, if Mr. Kemp himself gives me some input or maybe even ideas you had, but that did not make it into the books. Thanks!

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