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Lord Rad
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Posted - 25 Jan 2005 :  22:38:35  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
Well said, BrokenRulz. The novel styles are very different today than that earlier FR novels, and I enjoy both Different authors have different writing styles and flavors and it just makes the Realms more varied and wonderful!

Back to The Rite... I loved the scenes in Damara, especially the initial taking of the Gates etc. I thought the trick Brimstone played with the skeletal rider to fool the goblin army into believing it were Zhenghi was great.

Looking forward to The Ruin! I hope all hell breaks loose and we see devastation all over Faerun As mentioned before, that was the only thing I would have liked more of in The Rite - more random scenes of dragon rage across the land, as the story was quite localised around the party, whereas the first book did venture to other areas a little more. Both excellent books, regardless!

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

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!



Awesome! I look forward to it!

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VEDSICA
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Posted - 01 Feb 2005 :  23:48:52  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Richard,as always.Fantastic work on The Rite.I really enjoyed the addition of Gareth and Co.I enjoyed paladins when I gamed.So I would have liked to have seen a little more about them,but the trilogy isn't about them.It was nice though.Very ironic as well.Meaning that a group of paladins would team up with Brimstone.Who I really like.

Now I don't want to spoil,but what I would have liked to have seen is.That the twist that Taegen went through.Hopefully you get what I am meaning.I would have liked to have seen that played out a little more.I think that ended too quick.No matter!It was a great read,and I can't wait for The Ruin.Great Work RLB!!!!!!!!

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 02 Feb 2005 :  22:34:25  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rad, Vedsica, thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked it.
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Octa
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Posted - 14 Feb 2005 :  17:14:45  Show Profile  Visit Octa's Homepage Send Octa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finished half of the rite yesterday and will probably finish it up around 2 am or so this eve....Thanks, the action scenes are great, thanks again...
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 14 Feb 2005 :  17:25:27  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad to hear you liked the first part, Octa. Hope you'll like the end, also.
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 14 Feb 2005 :  17:36:24  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
Richard, obviously there are signs of your hobby of fencing in the character Taegan (from the Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy for those who don't know)... but are there any other character\personality similarities which you see between yourself and Taegan, or any of the characters for that matter.

Also, I have just read The Silverfish from Dragon magazine:

1) Were you approached by Dragon for this or was it your idea?
2) Why did you choose to write about Pavel?
3) When does this tale take place in relation to The Rage?
4) Is it difficult to write a short story for Dragon (I'd expect that the word count is even less than that of a short story for a novel anthology), being as you have to build up so much, run the story and wrap it up pretty well is such tight measures.

Not knowing how the Rogue Dragons trilogy ends up, and who pulls through... which other character would you like to write about from these novels if WotC were to offer you a dedicated trilogy to ONE of them, such as how The Erevis Cale trilogy was spawned from the Sembia series.

Many thanks for your time. Looking forward to book 3

Lord Rad

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Edited by - Lord Rad on 14 Feb 2005 17:37:07
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 15 Feb 2005 :  23:04:32  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Rad.
Generally speaking, I'd feel a bit egotistical and foolish trying to list ways in which I imagine I'm similar to my epic heroes, who are, after all, extraordinarily brave, resourceful, tough, etc. I guess I'm willing to say that the sense of humor and unabashed desire to enjoy life Will, Taegan, and Pavel display are qualities that I certainly hope I share. I'd also like to think I have some of Pavel's intellectual curiosity.
The numbered questions:
1. I approached Dragon.
2. Why not? I like Pavel. I also think his backstory is worth exploring. Because, if you're reading the trilogy, you've probably picked up on the fact that the guy's a genius, even though he doesn't claim it for himself nor do others generally come right out and claim it for him. Now generally, a young man like that, studying for the priesthood, would be steered into a life of scholarship and/or administrative responsibility. So how come Pavel runs around the Moonsea as part of a team of scruffy monster hunters? It seems kind of odd on the face of it, so I thought I'd tell about the pivotal moment when he acquired his thirst for adventure.
3. The story is a prequel to The Rage. Pavel has not yet finished his studies or been ordained as a priest.
4. No more intrinsically different than writing for many another market. Most markets want stories no shorter than X words and no longer than Y words, and you learn to work within whatever the limits are.
I'm hesitant to answer your final question because I don't want to shed any light on the question of who lives and who might be kicking the oxygen habit. I'll just say that I'm fond of all my protagonists, and I think that anybody who makes it out of Book Three is worthy of further exploration.
Although, you know, there's always a lot to be said for starting from scratch with new heroes. The reader doesn't know what to expect, and you don't have to worry about making up all-new problems for a hero who solved all his old problems the last time around without it seeming arbitrary or cheesy.
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Phantom_Lord
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Dear Mr. Byers,

I have a question (in regard, somewhat, to Good 'Ol Sammaster).

In the year of the many mists (DR circa I forget) a lich rises in the Desertsmouth mountains which claims to be Sammaster. After the initial confusion, cult members determine that the lich is indeed Sammaster and they all gather around him.

A few years later a company of paladins, namely The Twelve, ride out and face this evil.

What I would like to know are the identities of each of these twelve paladins if they have ever been explored, named, or even seen in any novels or games.

And if said Paladins have never been mentioned, is it safe for the DM to go ahead and make em their own.

I'm guessing they'd be mostly Lathanderites since he had issues with the Mad Chosen.

Thanks for your time.

Ponka! Kaddu!
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 24 Mar 2005 :  22:07:09  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Phantom Lord: To the best of my knowledge, the paladins in question have not been identified, but my knowledge is not all-inclusive. Somebody may have named them or even dealt with them extensively in one reference or another. If so, maybe one of the folks who reads these boards can point you to the right source material.
Of course, even if the Twelve have been identified, a DM need not feel constrained by this if it would get in the way of an adventure he wants to run. Each DM is the final arbiter of truth in his own campaign's version of the Realms, right?
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Phantom_Lord
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Posted - 28 Mar 2005 :  07:27:10  Show Profile  Visit Phantom_Lord's Homepage  Click to see Phantom_Lord's MSN Messenger address  Send Phantom_Lord a Yahoo! Message Send Phantom_Lord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you!

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monch9
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Posted - 12 Apr 2005 :  07:27:13  Show Profile  Visit monch9's Homepage Send monch9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Pavel has around eight levels in cleric, enough mojo to throw fourth-level spells, but not fifth. He may have levels in sage, also, considering all the knowledge he's acquired in the course of his studies.



Sorry, this quote has been bugging me of late. In which book do I find the Sage class? (Is it something like a bard?)

Monch
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 12 Apr 2005 :  14:00:06  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A sage is a scholar. An expert in one field of academic study or another. Pavel has extensive knowledge of a great many subjects.
I'm pretty sure there used to be a sage NPC class in 2nd Edition. Is there not in 3rd? Is there something that corresponds to it? Maybe someone who's up on all the fine points of the game system can help us out here.
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Chosen of Bane
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Posted - 12 Apr 2005 :  14:24:17  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Bane's Homepage  Send Chosen of Bane an AOL message Send Chosen of Bane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

A sage is a scholar. An expert in one field of academic study or another. Pavel has extensive knowledge of a great many subjects.
I'm pretty sure there used to be a sage NPC class in 2nd Edition. Is there not in 3rd? Is there something that corresponds to it? Maybe someone who's up on all the fine points of the game system can help us out here.



There is an "Expert" NPC class in 3rd edition. it would fit in nicely with what your are describing for Pavel.
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monch9
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Posted - 12 Apr 2005 :  15:57:26  Show Profile  Visit monch9's Homepage Send monch9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

A sage is a scholar. An expert in one field of academic study or another. Pavel has extensive knowledge of a great many subjects.
I'm pretty sure there used to be a sage NPC class in 2nd Edition. Is there not in 3rd? Is there something that corresponds to it? Maybe someone who's up on all the fine points of the game system can help us out here.



Ok, I thought I missed some sourcebook. I did find a cleric variant in the Unearthed Arcana which suits Pavel a little. It's called the Cloistered Cleric, it's somewhat of a cleric with bardic knowledge. He probably would have dipped a few levels here.

Thanks for the response.

Monch
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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

A sage is a scholar. An expert in one field of academic study or another. Pavel has extensive knowledge of a great many subjects.
I'm pretty sure there used to be a sage NPC class in 2nd Edition. Is there not in 3rd? Is there something that corresponds to it? Maybe someone who's up on all the fine points of the game system can help us out here.



Yeah there is a Sage NPC class in 2e, it was also written up in Dragon. :) It would be basically, as the other poster said, an expert in 3/3.5.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by monch9

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Pavel has around eight levels in cleric, enough mojo to throw fourth-level spells, but not fifth. He may have levels in sage, also, considering all the knowledge he's acquired in the course of his studies.



Sorry, this quote has been bugging me of late. In which book do I find the Sage class? (Is it something like a bard?)

Monch

Why look in a book when I'm right here... .

Seriously, aside from the details Mr Byrers and Kuje already provided, there's another three interpretations in 3e of the Sage class, one of which is designed as a core-class derivative of the Loremaster. The other two interpretations are from third-party resources, although I do believe the Sage class from one of them is previewed on the publisher's website.

I'll send you the details privately, along with a little project I worked on with some old members of the WotC message boards. I'm sure you'll find it interesting.

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monch9
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Posted - 13 Apr 2005 :  08:01:05  Show Profile  Visit monch9's Homepage Send monch9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Why look in a book when I'm right here... .

Seriously, aside from the details Mr Byrers and Kuje already provided, there's another three interpretations in 3e of the Sage class, one of which is designed as a core-class derivative of the Loremaster. The other two interpretations are from third-party resources, although I do believe the Sage class from one of them is previewed on the publisher's website.

I'll send you the details privately, along with a little project I worked on with some old members of the WotC message boards. I'm sure you'll find it interesting.




Thanks please do. I've been looking at the Unearthed Arcana cloistered cleric variant class and it kinda fits the mold I was looking for Pavel. (He gets some bardic knowledge stuff as well as all the knowledge skills at the expense of some martial skills. But that can be offset by some multiclassing.) I haven't gotten the Dragon Magazine which features the Pavel story, so I'm really curious how that fits.

Monch

Edited by - monch9 on 13 Apr 2005 12:17:48
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elven_songstress
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Richard I know your writing the Rogue Dragon Series but I am curious of all Dragon's which one is your favorite ?

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 19 Apr 2005 :  03:21:24  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Elven: I'm not sure I understand the question. Do you mean my favorite dragon character in my trilogy, my favorite subtype of dragon in D&D, my favorite dragon in all literature and mythology, or what?
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elven_songstress
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Oh I meant just in general you write dragon's like you understand them ^_^ I think Vercevoran has to be one of my favorites. Though for various reasons my favorite Dragon is a Deep Dragon. Thats all I meant sorry to be confusing.

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khorne
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Posted - 20 Apr 2005 :  20:09:52  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My alltime favorite is silver dragons.

If I were a ranger, I would pick NDA for my favorite enemy
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 21 Apr 2005 :  13:58:38  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now that you, Elven, have clarified your question, I find that I'm still having trouble deciding on an answer. I just like all dragons, I guess.
I do agree with you, khorne, that silvers are very cool. I'm quite fond of my Azhaq character (although he doesn't actually have a very silvery personality.)
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Now that you, Elven, have clarified your question, I find that I'm still having trouble deciding on an answer. I just like all dragons, I guess.
I do agree with you, khorne, that silvers are very cool. I'm quite fond of my Azhaq character (although he doesn't actually have a very silvery personality.)

Thanks. Silvers are my favorite because evil dragons tend to be either very stupid or so arrogant that it amounts to the same thing, Shadow dragons are a bit to much of the:"MUAHAHAAA,I`m evil!" brand, copper and bronzes are a bit to frivolous for me, and golds practically drip arrogant goodness.

If I were a ranger, I would pick NDA for my favorite enemy
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quote:
Originally posted by Lord Rad


Also, I have just read The Silverfish from Dragon magazine:



Rad, what issue of Dragon?

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