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Alaundo
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Posted - 12 Feb 2004 :  19:03:54  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Dave Gross, whos works include: Black Wolf and Lord of Stormweather from the Sembia Series.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.

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CurseLord
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  00:32:45  Show Profile  Visit CurseLord's Homepage Send CurseLord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Gross, as Mistress of the Night will be coming out later this year, could you give us any tidbits about the novel or a general summery?

Also, after Mistress of the Night, do you have any other Forgotten Realms work down the road?

Also, I want to thank you for a great job on Lord of Stormweather, a great end to a great series.
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VEDSICA
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  01:58:05  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree.I liked Lord of Stormweather also.Mr.Gross.Is there any plans to bring back Tamlin in a novel???

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  04:10:30  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

I agree.I liked Lord of Stormweather also.Mr.Gross.Is there any plans to bring back Tamlin in a novel???



He makes an appearance in Twilight Falling, the first book in the Erevis Cale trilogy by Paul Kemp. Granted, that's not written by Mr. Gross, but it was nice to see the character again.
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Dave_Gross
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  15:30:00  Show Profile  Visit Dave_Gross's Homepage  Send Dave_Gross an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CurseLord

Mr. Gross, as Mistress of the Night will be coming out later this year, could you give us any tidbits about the novel or a general summery?

Also, after Mistress of the Night, do you have any other Forgotten Realms work down the road?



Thanks for the kind words and the questions. I'll give you a better reply in a few weeks, because I'm absurdly busy at the moment. In brief, Mistress of the Night is about what happens when an excessively violent priestess of Selune, Feena, and an excessively violent swordsman, Radu Malveen, come in on opposite sides of a conflict involving the cult of Shar. It's set in Yhaunn, Sembia.

I'll contribute a story to Realms of the Dragons. That's all I've got planned at the moment, other than a really long nap.

Oh, and Mr. Gross is still my grandfather. Please feel free to call me Dave.
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Dave_Gross
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  15:34:12  Show Profile  Visit Dave_Gross's Homepage  Send Dave_Gross an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

I agree.I liked Lord of Stormweather also.Mr.Gross.Is there any plans to bring back Tamlin in a novel???



No plans at the moment. I once had an idea for a story set a few years after the Sembia series and using many of the characters from those books in a Shogun-sized epic involving noble houses, temples, and other power brokers from all over the country. Tamlin would have been a major player in that story.
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  15:49:30  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross

Thanks for the kind words and the questions. I'll give you a better reply in a few weeks, because I'm absurdly busy at the moment. In brief, Mistress of the Night is about what happens when an excessively violent priestess of Selune, Feena, and an excessively violent swordsman, Radu Malveen, come in on opposite sides of a conflict involving the cult of Shar. It's set in Yhaunn, Sembia.


Oh my god, a blast from the past!! Radu Malveen and Feena of Sembia-fame?! Wow, now im looking forward to Mistress of Night more than I was already!! Cant wait for this one!!

Lord Rad

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  16:33:01  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross
No plans at the moment. I once had an idea for a story set a few years after the Sembia series and using many of the characters from those books in a Shogun-sized epic involving noble houses, temples, and other power brokers from all over the country. Tamlin would have been a major player in that story.



Oh, know that sounds very promising. Once had? Did WOTC turn this story idea down?

Thanks for the replies to the questions on this thread.
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Dave_Gross
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
38 Posts

Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  18:54:08  Show Profile  Visit Dave_Gross's Homepage  Send Dave_Gross an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SiriusBlack
Oh, know that sounds very promising. Once had? Did WOTC turn this story idea down?

Thanks for the replies to the questions on this thread.



Oh, no--I didn't mean to give that impression. I haven't pitched the idea; I only sketched out a few notes and put them in my "Ideas" folder. I did, however, tell editor Phil Athans the two titles I wanted to call dibs on.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 25 Feb 2004 :  03:22:23  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross
Oh, no--I didn't mean to give that impression. I haven't pitched the idea; I only sketched out a few notes and put them in my "Ideas" folder. I did, however, tell editor Phil Athans the two titles I wanted to call dibs on.




You didn't and my apologies. The tense confused me and my mind automatically leaped to the darkest conclusion. Glad to see that it's still a possibility one day in the distant future. Thanks again.
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Adrian Moonbow
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Denmark
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Posted - 25 Feb 2004 :  07:55:09  Show Profile  Visit Adrian Moonbow's Homepage Send Adrian Moonbow a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross
In brief, Mistress of the Night is about what happens when an excessively violent priestess of Selune, Feena, and an excessively violent swordsman, Radu Malveen, come in on opposite sides of a conflict involving the cult of Shar. It's set in Yhaunn, Sembia.



Wow! From whose side will we walk this story? I really 'liked' Radu, so I hope he will be the protagonist.

quote:

Oh, and Mr. Gross is still my grandfather. Please feel free to call me Dave.



Ah, you authors. You know how hard it is to call someone you admire so much by his first name? So, DAVE, is it a common fetish amongst FR authors to be called their first name?

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Kameron M. Franklin
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 25 Feb 2004 :  18:30:07  Show Profile  Visit Kameron M. Franklin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You're welcome to call me "Mr. Franklin."

Putting the "Mr." in front is not only formal, but very old sounding. Being only 30 myself, I don't like feeling old, even if I am 10 or more years older than most of my future readers.

"You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." --Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Edited by - Kameron M. Franklin on 25 Feb 2004 23:17:18
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Shadowlord
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Feb 2004 :  05:56:20  Show Profile  Visit Shadowlord's Homepage  Send Shadowlord an AOL message Send Shadowlord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross

In brief, Mistress of the Night is about what happens when an excessively violent priestess of Selune, Feena, and an excessively violent swordsman, Radu Malveen, come in on opposite sides of a conflict involving the cult of Shar. It's set in Yhaunn, Sembia.

I'll contribute a story to Realms of the Dragons. That's all I've got planned at the moment, other than a really long nap.

Oh, and Mr. Gross is still my grandfather. Please feel free to call me Dave.


Whatever you say, DAVE. Anyways, please refer to the spoiler below.

SPOILER (Highlight Area)
Radu Malveen's face is extra crispy, and char-broiled right now. I always wondered why he didn't get healed by a cleric. I'd like to ask the author his perspective on this. I know that some Realmsian characters are adverse to magical healing. Is Radu among them?
END OF SPOILER

The Chosen of Vhaeraun
"Nature is governed by certain immutable rules. By virtue of claw and fang, the lion will always triumph over the goat.Given time, the pounding of the sea will wear away the stone. And when dark elves mingle with the lighter races, the offspring invariably take after the dark parent. It is all much the same. That which is greater shall prevail. Our numbers increase steadily, both through birth and conquest. The dark elves are the dominant race, so ordained by the gods." Ka'Narlist of the Ilythiiri.
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Dave_Gross
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 26 Feb 2004 :  19:03:19  Show Profile  Visit Dave_Gross's Homepage  Send Dave_Gross an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowlord
SPOILER (Highlight Area)
Radu Malveen's face is extra crispy, and char-broiled right now. I always wondered why he didn't get healed by a cleric. I'd like to ask the author his perspective on this. I know that some Realmsian characters are adverse to magical healing. Is Radu among them?
END OF SPOILER



An astute question! And one that is answered in Mistress of the Night. I oughtn't spoil it here.

On the "mister" business, I suppose most people enjoy the formality of a title. If I absolutely must have one, I prefer "Master and Commander."
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Shadowlord
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Posted - 26 Feb 2004 :  20:20:13  Show Profile  Visit Shadowlord's Homepage  Send Shadowlord an AOL message Send Shadowlord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, too bad. I guess I'll just have to wait.....

Whatever yousay, Master and Commander.....

The Chosen of Vhaeraun
"Nature is governed by certain immutable rules. By virtue of claw and fang, the lion will always triumph over the goat.Given time, the pounding of the sea will wear away the stone. And when dark elves mingle with the lighter races, the offspring invariably take after the dark parent. It is all much the same. That which is greater shall prevail. Our numbers increase steadily, both through birth and conquest. The dark elves are the dominant race, so ordained by the gods." Ka'Narlist of the Ilythiiri.
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Dave_Gross
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 26 Feb 2004 :  23:15:28  Show Profile  Visit Dave_Gross's Homepage  Send Dave_Gross an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Adrian Moonbow
Wow! From whose side will we walk this story? I really 'liked' Radu, so I hope he will be the protagonist.



Both sides, alternately, for most of the story. Then something happens.
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Shadowlord
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Posted - 27 Feb 2004 :  04:08:35  Show Profile  Visit Shadowlord's Homepage  Send Shadowlord an AOL message Send Shadowlord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ah, I do hope that whatever that "something" is, it does not affect Radu that much.....

The Chosen of Vhaeraun
"Nature is governed by certain immutable rules. By virtue of claw and fang, the lion will always triumph over the goat.Given time, the pounding of the sea will wear away the stone. And when dark elves mingle with the lighter races, the offspring invariably take after the dark parent. It is all much the same. That which is greater shall prevail. Our numbers increase steadily, both through birth and conquest. The dark elves are the dominant race, so ordained by the gods." Ka'Narlist of the Ilythiiri.
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CurseLord
Seeker

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Posted - 27 Feb 2004 :  05:14:35  Show Profile  Visit CurseLord's Homepage Send CurseLord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much for answering my questions Mr. Gro....eh Dave. Its hard to get rid of habits of how to refer to people inserted in you since your early youth.

I look foward to Mistress of the Night with more anticipation now. I am also glad that many of the characters from the Sembia series are still be used in new novels.

Edited by - CurseLord on 27 Feb 2004 05:15:26
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SiriusBlack
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USA
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Posted - 27 Feb 2004 :  16:43:16  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross
On the "mister" business, I suppose most people enjoy the formality of a title. If I absolutely must have one, I prefer "Master and Commander."



Master and Commander? Hmm, sure you are not writing about Loviatar?
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Kameron M. Franklin
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 27 Feb 2004 :  18:11:30  Show Profile  Visit Kameron M. Franklin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
*Suddenly has fears that Mr. Athans has Dave is writing an alternate manuscript for Maiden "just in case" . . .* ;)

Considering the genre that title is associated with, I'd think Umberlee would be more appropriate.

"You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." --Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
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stevem
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Posted - 09 May 2004 :  23:41:11  Show Profile  Visit stevem's Homepage Send stevem a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Master and Commander" is an old British naval rank. One step below Captain. It is also the title of a truly excellent book by Patrick O'Brein, which kicked off a very good series and has a passing relationship with the movie starring Russell Crowe.

I suspect that Dave was referring to all of the above when selecting his title. Personally, I prefer "Admiral of the Fleet", but then I'm power hungry and greedy. I want a share of all prize money, even if I didn't earn it

Having said all that, I am looking forward to your new book. The Black Wolf and Lord of Stormweather were the best of the Sembia series. I think they should give Radu and Tal their own series, much like that wanna be Ervis Cale.

Steve Moss
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Valondil the Ranger
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Posted - 28 May 2004 :  00:01:32  Show Profile  Visit Valondil the Ranger's Homepage  Send Valondil the Ranger a Yahoo! Message Send Valondil the Ranger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
But, Mister Kameron, Veronica Whitney-Robinson is already writing about Umberlee in the Queen of the Depths.

--Your humble ranger,
Valondil

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Lauzoril
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Finland
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Posted - 30 Jun 2004 :  18:08:01  Show Profile  Visit Lauzoril's Homepage Send Lauzoril a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings Dave. I greatly enjoyed both of your Sembia books. All the characters were very intriguing. Which reminds me, will Talbot return someday to continue his prowlings as a Black Wolf?


"Death to the enemies of Bane."
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Dave_Gross
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 03 Aug 2004 :  05:34:38  Show Profile  Visit Dave_Gross's Homepage  Send Dave_Gross an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lauzoril

Greetings Dave. I greatly enjoyed both of your Sembia books. All the characters were very intriguing. Which reminds me, will Talbot return someday to continue his prowlings as a Black Wolf?



As a matter of fact, yes. Talbot returns in a short story included in Realms of the Dragons, which I believe is to be released in October.

I'm glad you liked the books. Thanks for the kind words.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 03 Aug 2004 :  06:42:42  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_Gross
As a matter of fact, yes. Talbot returns in a short story included in Realms of the Dragons, which I believe is to be released in October.



I'm looking forward to seeing how he's doing since we last gazed upon him.
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Feiht
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Posted - 11 Aug 2004 :  18:59:29  Show Profile  Visit Feiht's Homepage  Send Feiht an AOL message  Send Feiht an ICQ Message Send Feiht a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd like to ask as to when Mistress is supposed to be released? Amazon had it originally slated for Aug 31, but now for Nov 30. The WOTC products page says Sept. I was hoping you'd be able to clear this up for us. Thanks.
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