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 Richard Lee Byers
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Previous Page | Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 67

warlockco
Master of Realmslore

USA
1695 Posts

Posted - 22 Jan 2005 :  20:10:52  Show Profile  Visit warlockco's Homepage Send warlockco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

My rationalization is that golds would be resistant to flame, but that an extremely hot fire, like the breath of another gold or a red, might still injure them. In the real world, anything made of matter is suspceptible to damage by heat, if the heat is intense enough.
(You don't expect me to come right out and admit I screwed up even if I really did, do you?)



Richard,
Thanks for the prompt reply. And yeah, does make sense in a way
So we'll forgive ya just this once
Keep up the good work!

News of the Weird

D20 System Reference Document
D20 Modern System Reference Document
Go to Top of Page

Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 22 Jan 2005 :  21:29:51  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I pulled the info on Gareth Dragonsbane and his sidekicks out of the old sourcebook The Bloodstone Lands.
The dragonlore in the novels is all pretty much courtesy of established sources: Monster Manual, the original Draconomicon, the new Draconomicon, etc.
As far as being free to do what I liked with the story, Wizards basically said, we want a story that showcases the dragons of the Realms, involves a Rage of Dragons, and ties into the "Year of Rogue Dragons." And I took it from there. Of course, Wizards could have and would have vetoed anything in my plot that they felt would be bad for the Realms considered either as a fictional or gaming property, but they didn't object to anything I proposed.
Go to Top of Page

DDH_101
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1272 Posts

Posted - 22 Jan 2005 :  23:05:59  Show Profile  Visit DDH_101's Homepage  Click to see DDH_101's MSN Messenger address Send DDH_101 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Bloodstone Lands? Hmm... never heard of it.

BTW, Mr. Byers, would more major NPCs appear in the last book? I'm not asking for you to reveal or spoil anything but are there NPCs like Gareth Dragonsbane that gets involved in the story?

"Trust in the shadows, for the bright way makes you an easy target." -Mask
Go to Top of Page

Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
Moderator

USA
29641 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  02:03:59  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DDH_101

The Bloodstone Lands? Hmm... never heard of it.

BTW, Mr. Byers, would more major NPCs appear in the last book? I'm not asking for you to reveal or spoil anything but are there NPCs like Gareth Dragonsbane that gets involved in the story?



'Twas part of the FR series of mostly regional supplements. FR9, to be exact. There was 16 of them, 15 sourcebooks and one boxed set, and most of them were regional -- Waterdeep and the North, Moonshae, Shining South, Old Empires, etc. A couple of others focused on other things: Gold & Glory was about mercenary companies in the Realms, Dwarves Deep was about dwarves, The Magister was about stuff magical...

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Editor and scribe for The Candlekeep Compendium

I am the Giant Space Hamster of Ill Omen!
Go to Top of Page

SiriusBlack
Great Reader

USA
5517 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  04:45:45  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DDH_101

The Bloodstone Lands? Hmm... never heard of it.



A link featuring some brief information about the tome.
Go to Top of Page

warlockco
Master of Realmslore

USA
1695 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  12:57:14  Show Profile  Visit warlockco's Homepage Send warlockco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by DDH_101

The Bloodstone Lands? Hmm... never heard of it.

BTW, Mr. Byers, would more major NPCs appear in the last book? I'm not asking for you to reveal or spoil anything but are there NPCs like Gareth Dragonsbane that gets involved in the story?



'Twas part of the FR series of mostly regional supplements. FR9, to be exact. There was 16 of them, 15 sourcebooks and one boxed set, and most of them were regional -- Waterdeep and the North, Moonshae, Shining South, Old Empires, etc. A couple of others focused on other things: Gold & Glory was about mercenary companies in the Realms, Dwarves Deep was about dwarves, The Magister was about stuff magical...



Yep, those are some of my most used source material. Even if they are "outdated" they do go into more detail in the various regions than the FRCS does.
The various new regional sourcebooks just provide even more material and updated material.

News of the Weird

D20 System Reference Document
D20 Modern System Reference Document
Go to Top of Page

Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  16:57:02  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
At least one additional powerful preexisting character will show up in The Ruin. More than that, I ain't sayin'.
What the heck, I guess I will go ahead and announce something else, though. It turns out I'm doing Queen of the Depths, a novel in the Priests sequence. It's a Year of Rogue Dragons tie-in (think of it as YoRD 2.5) and those who've wondered how the Rage and all the associated ruckus are affecting portions of Faerûn not depicted in the trilogy may want to check it out.
Go to Top of Page

SiriusBlack
Great Reader

USA
5517 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  19:29:53  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers
What the heck, I guess I will go ahead and announce something else, though. It turns out I'm doing Queen of the Depths, a novel in the Priests sequence. It's a Year of Rogue Dragons tie-in (think of it as YoRD 2.5) and those who've wondered how the Rage and all the associated ruckus are affecting portions of Faerûn not depicted in the trilogy may want to check it out.



That novel was originally planned for a September 2005 release. Do you know how far it will be pushed back now?

So from dragons to writing about Umberlee and her followers? You do like destructive forces it seems.
Go to Top of Page

Lord Rad
Great Reader

United Kingdom
2080 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  21:06:42  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 Richard Lee Byers

What the heck, I guess I will go ahead and announce something else, though. It turns out I'm doing Queen of the Depths, a novel in the Priests sequence. It's a Year of Rogue Dragons tie-in (think of it as YoRD 2.5) and those who've wondered how the Rage and all the associated ruckus are affecting portions of Faerûn not depicted in the trilogy may want to check it out.



Wow!
I thought something wasn't quite right when Kameron Franklin stated that his book was to be changed from book 4 to book 3. Good luck with Queen of the Depths, Richard, i'm quite looking forward to that one

Are you able to give reason as to why Voronica isn't writing it anymore? Have you taken over her story or are you starting from scratch?

Lord Rad

"What? No, I wasn't reading your module. I was just looking at the pictures"
Go to Top of Page

Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  21:27:45  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Queen of the Depths has not been pushed back. It's still coming out in September of this year.
Which works well for anyone reading it as kinda sorta part of Year of Rogue Dragons, because the story in QotD is happening at the same time as The Rite.
I have absolutely no idea why the project wound up with me instead of continuing with Voronica. (I'm so profoundly ignorant on this particular subject that I didn't even know the previous writer was Voronica until I saw the info posted here a minute ago.) All I can tell you is, I was asked to do it, and I said yes.
I'm not working from a previously existing outline or anything like that. I made up my own plot.
Go to Top of Page

SiriusBlack
Great Reader

USA
5517 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  21:37:22  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers
I have absolutely no idea why the project wound up with me instead of continuing with Voronica. (I'm so profoundly ignorant on this particular subject that I didn't even know the previous writer was Voronica until I saw the info posted here a minute ago.)



See how helpful Candlekeep scribes can be?

quote:

I'm not working from a previously existing outline or anything like that. I made up my own plot.



I know you can't tell much. But, can you at least let us know where in Faerun the story will be set?
Go to Top of Page

George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4715 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2005 :  22:57:45  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It might also be useful, if you haven't already, to read up on the Orglara, the Shell of Spells, a "spellbook" dedicated to Umberlee, written up in Ed's "Prayers From the Faithful" game accessory. It notes some titles and other aspects of Umberlee's church.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
Go to Top of Page

Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  00:48:18  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Queen of the Depths is set in and around the Sea of Fallen Stars.
George: Thanks for the tip.
Go to Top of Page

Dargoth
Great Reader

Australia
4569 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  04:15:46  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hmmm

Wizards seem to have a thing for changing authors lately, first Mel Odom with Ressurection and now Vornica with Queen of the Depths....

“I am the King of Rome, and above grammar”

Emperor Sigismund

"Its good to be the King!"

Mel Brooks
Go to Top of Page

SiriusBlack
Great Reader

USA
5517 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  04:21:17  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Queen of the Depths is set in and around the Sea of Fallen Stars.



Thank you for providing the information on the setting. I look forward to reading this novel when it comes out.

quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth
Wizards seem to have a thing for changing authors lately, first Mel Odom with Ressurection and now Vornica with Queen of the Depths....


Plus the Mistress of the Night switch form one author to two.
Go to Top of Page

Dargoth
Great Reader

Australia
4569 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  04:56:38  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote


You could also try and get some info out of Rich Baker regarding Maelstrom its not an FR book but you could probably pull a monsters or spells out of it and put it in the FR

“I am the King of Rome, and above grammar”

Emperor Sigismund

"Its good to be the King!"

Mel Brooks
Go to Top of Page

George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4715 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  05:23:17  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Queen of the Depths is set in and around the Sea of Fallen Stars.
George: Thanks for the tip.



No problems Richard, best of luck with it!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
Go to Top of Page

wwwwwww
Learned Scribe

116 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  13:45:52  Show Profile  Visit wwwwwww's Homepage Send wwwwwww a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Byers,

You mentioned that Queen of the Depths will be like a Year of Rogue Dragons tie-in (2.5). Will it still be readable as a story in itself, without prior knowledge of certain events? The reason I ask is that there will be people who pick up the book that haven't read YotRD and will be thinking the book is a stand-alone. Will you make that possible? I think it would be a good idea to accommodate these readers. Anyway, thanks for your great efforts with FR.
Go to Top of Page

warlockco
Master of Realmslore

USA
1695 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  15:20:16  Show Profile  Visit warlockco's Homepage Send warlockco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wwwwwww

Mr. Byers,

You mentioned that Queen of the Depths will be like a Year of Rogue Dragons tie-in (2.5). Will it still be readable as a story in itself, without prior knowledge of certain events? The reason I ask is that there will be people who pick up the book that haven't read YotRD and will be thinking the book is a stand-alone. Will you make that possible? I think it would be a good idea to accommodate these readers. Anyway, thanks for your great efforts with FR.



From all indications it is a stand alone novel. Just the Dragon Rage is going on while the novel is also going on. Anything that affects the entire realms will have an effect on anything else occuring at the same time.

This is not DC Comics, where Gotham City could be burning in Batman, yet in Superman, the city is okay.
This is more like Marvel Comics, where if New York is a crater in Spiderman, it will be a Crater in Avengers also.

News of the Weird

D20 System Reference Document
D20 Modern System Reference Document
Go to Top of Page

Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  17:44:01  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Queen of the Depths will work perfectly well as a stand-alone for people who aren't reading Year of Rogue Dragons.
Go to Top of Page

Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
Moderator

USA
29641 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2005 :  23:35:28  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Queen of the Depths is set in and around the Sea of Fallen Stars.
George: Thanks for the tip.



Really? In the Sea of Fallen Stars, as in underwater?

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Editor and scribe for The Candlekeep Compendium

I am the Giant Space Hamster of Ill Omen!
Go to Top of Page

Lord Rad
Great Reader

United Kingdom
2080 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2005 :  09:02:44  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 Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Queen of the Depths is set in and around the Sea of Fallen Stars.
George: Thanks for the tip.



Really? In the Sea of Fallen Stars, as in underwater?



I would expect so. Umberlee is from the depths, as we know, so I would think there would be some underwater involvement as well as above water.

Lord Rad

"What? No, I wasn't reading your module. I was just looking at the pictures"
Go to Top of Page

BrokenRulz
Seeker

USA
29 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2005 :  18:33:11  Show Profile  Visit BrokenRulz's Homepage  Send BrokenRulz an AOL message Send BrokenRulz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BrokenRulz is back with his infrequent 2 cents about yet another Forgotten Realms book, specifically the one entitled The Rite.

With this review come both a realization and an apology. The realization being that I have been going about this all wrong-this way of rating books by comparison of other FR books we’ve all read throughout the years.

So let me say I’m sorry. Whoah! Wait a sec! What are you sorry for, you ask me? What exactly is this realization you speak of? Let me explain.

It all came to me the other night while flipping through channels just after I had finished the Rite. A guy by the name of Henry Rollins (former rockstar and actor) was on, speaking on a talk show he has on some cable channel about how he had once won a Grammy and how he had gotten so disgusted by awards and everything they stood for, mainly, competition amongst artists.

“Art is Art!” Henry yelled defiantly. “Let these Artists practice their talents for art’s sake and let’s put aside this yearly competition that is a complete sham! I once won a Grammy and gave the (bleepin) thing away!”

So this made me think. Are the FR author’s any different? It’s not like Richard Lee Byers is going to win an award or anything for writing yet another spectacular book, but even if he did, would he care? He’s doing what he wants to do, who cares what others think!
Especially some random web dude.

I’ve made a practice of taking every single FR novel I’ve read and lumped them all into a sort of ‘stars’ category, best being 10. Well no more! First of all, the novels by the newer author’s are different in their set up and character development, with some exceptions and they keep getting better at telling a story. So you know what? Let me say this about the Rite and I hope all of you who get to read it take this to heart: “The Rite brings great entertainment and is not a waste of your time.” There. That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say. No stars. No awards. Just plain fact.

Okay, okay! I’ll develop it just a bit.

Damara is a much harder core country than most other places. You’ll like that.
There are dragons in this book I ain’t never even heard of yo!

D.
Go to Top of Page

Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2005 :  20:57:44  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad you liked it, Broken!
Wooly: Yes, Queen of the Depths will have some underwater stuff. After all, it is called Queen of the DEPTHS. I believe in truth in advertising!
Go to Top of Page

Dargoth
Great Reader

Australia
4569 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2005 :  21:35:42  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I seem to recall that Umberlee spent the Time of Troubles in the Sea of Fallen stars

Hmmm I wonder if we'll find out what happaned to the House on the Cliff in Queen of the Depth

“I am the King of Rome, and above grammar”

Emperor Sigismund

"Its good to be the King!"

Mel Brooks

Edited by - Dargoth on 25 Jan 2005 21:59:59
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 67 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page | Next Page
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Candlekeep Forum © 1999-2017 Candlekeep.com Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000