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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 21 Dec 2006 :  23:40:36  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Byers, I was wondering...Evermeet: Island of Elves was supposed to be in the POV of Danillo Thann writing about Elven history. As the nephew of one of the most influential archmages in the Realms, a bard, and a Sha'Tel'Quessir, he has access to all kinds of Elven lore. Because he is able to get lore that dates back to when the Elves first came to Toril, this demonstrates that, through oral and/or written records, the Elves have lept a fairly meticulous cataloguing of their past. Now, it is revealed that the Elves created the Rage, via the use of a High Magic ritual, and the laying of a Mythal. Now, why is it that this is "forgotten" lore? Something so monumental as a Mythal laying is not something that would go unnoticed, nor would it go undocumented. Or, are the Elves of Evermeet silent on purpose on this matter, for whatever the reason...

-I hope you can help, as I am particularly interested in this subject. Thanks a whole lot!

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 22 Dec 2006 :  01:58:56  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
At the time, it was like the Manhattan Project. Top secret. Even among the elves, only those directly involved knew it was happening. And as you know if you read the trilogy, many of those guys were wiped out in a big battle. Also, the Rage was created a VERY long time ago. Even a long-lived people like elves are going to lose track of information over enormous spans of time. just as humans do in the real world. They might retain some pieces of extremely ancient lore, but not necessarily everything.
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Ergdusch
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Posted - 03 Jan 2007 :  12:58:12  Show Profile Send Ergdusch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Mr. Byers! A great start into the year of 2007. May yoiur next books be as secussful as those from last year and may your fountain of inspiration keep streaming.

I was wondering if you or anyone else did a body count on how many Dragons were slain during the Rage. Did the many death endanger the existance of Dragons in any way? Or brought a huge inbalance between evil and good dragons on Faerun along (if there was a balance before)?

Just a few musings i came across...

Thanks in advance for your answer.

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 03 Jan 2007 :  15:04:52  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Erg. I didn't do a body count of dragons slain. I don't know if anyone else has. Obviously, a fair number of them did die, but not enough to threaten the continuation of the species. The trilogy may create a false impression of how many died across the Realms as a whole. What with dragon armies clashing. mighty professional dragon slayers taking care of business, and all that sort of thing, you saw a fair number of dragons get greased in the novels, but that wouldn't necessarily have been the case worldwide. And because, overall, not that many died, I don't think a big new imbalance between good and evil was created.
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Gemfire
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Posted - 18 Mar 2007 :  05:52:08  Show Profile  Visit Gemfire's Homepage Send Gemfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Year of The Rogue Dragons was the series that introduced me to Forgotten Realms (I was/am a Dragonlance fan for years and it occurred to me that I'd never checked out anything forgotten realms - which didn't make any sense to me). I just finished reading the series for the second time now. Do you know when we could expect further advertures of Dorn & crew? I realize you're currently writing another series, but is there anything laid out for after that for you, or anyone else?
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 18 Mar 2007 :  15:35:06  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Gemfire. I'm glad you enjoyed the trilogy.
As you mentioned, I'm currently doing The Haunted Land, and although Unclean (Book One) comes out in just a couple weeks, the trilogy won't wrap up until 2009. I don't have anything scheduled after that, although I imagine there will be more Forgotten Realms projects in my future. So unfortunately, I have no idea when I'll do a sequel to Year of Rogue Dragons, although I'd love to get back to those characters eventually.
Meanwhile, have you read my book Queen of the Depths? It doesn't have Dorn and his pals in it, either, but it is another tale of the Year of Rogue Dragons, and you might find it interesting.
My story in the Realm of the Elves anthology is a prequel to Year of Rogue Dragons set in Faerūn's remote past.
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Gemfire
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Posted - 19 Mar 2007 :  05:22:33  Show Profile  Visit Gemfire's Homepage Send Gemfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've not had the pleasure of reading that novel yet. I've only had the chance to read around 15 Forgotten Realms books total. I've read the trilogy I mentioned, some Ed Greenwood and also some R. A. Salvatore. Due to money issues I don't see myself able to go buy more books for awhile (Well, nothing from a new bookstore, I could get some for cheap at a used bookstore if they have any I suppose), but I plan on buying some of your other works when I am able (Along with more Salvatore...I've got to finish the whole Drizzt Do'Urden series, heh. You both have me hooked).
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 30 Mar 2007 :  03:12:41  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Less than two weeks to wait for Unclean!!

Yeah!!!

Richard, while you are writing a massive project such as this trilogy, do you write anything else? Or is it too time consuming?

What do you when you take a break to "get away" from writing?

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 30 Mar 2007 :  14:04:59  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When I write a novel, I prefer to focus on that project alone. When I wrote Unclean, that was all I worked on. And now that I'm writing Undead, the sequel, it's the only thing I'm working on.
But I didn't go straight from Unclean to Undead. With books only coming out at a rate of one per year, it wasn't necessary, because it doesn't take me a year to write a 100,000 word novel. I finished Unclean early last year, did a Warhammer novel, did some short fiction, and then returned to The Haunted Land.
Actually, if it's necessary to score additionaal money, I am capable of setting aside a novel in progress of to do something else. Generally, that means leaving the book for a week or two to do a short story that someone needs quickly. Although I stopped partway through The Ruin to write a whole other novel, Queen of the Depths.
In my leisure time, I like to fence and play poker, either face to face with friends or online. I used to play RPGs with friends at least once a month, but everybody's so busy that it's tough to get our group together on a regular basis anymore, and even tougher for me or any of the other guys who used to GM to find the spare time to create scenarios.
I read, watch TV, and go to the movies, also, just like everybody else, I guess.
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Cyandor
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Posted - 16 Apr 2007 :  03:51:09  Show Profile  Visit Cyandor's Homepage Send Cyandor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Byers,

I recently finished Unclean and really enjoyed the novel. I am looking forward to the rest of the triliogy.

As part of your research for Unclean did you by any chance read The Simbul's Gift? I am wondering because of how you portrayed the Zulkir of Illusion. I was wondering if you intended the Zulkir to be the same person or if you had left the identity of the current Zulkir deliberately ambiguous. Plus, I am curious if Lauzoril will have a strong enough need to call in his favor from the Simbul.

Thanks for your answer and job well done on the book.
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 16 Apr 2007 :  14:23:57  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Cyandor: I'm glad you enjoyed the novel.
I have to admit, I have not read the The Simbul's Gift. My primary sources for information about Thay in general and the zulkirs in particular were FRCS, Lords of Darkness, Unapproachable East, and the 2nd Edition sourcebook dealing with Thay, the title of which is eluding me at this moment. Dreams of the Red Wizards, or something like that, maybe?
Since I portray the Zulkir of Illusion as someone who changes her appearance the way other people change clothes, it's certainly reasonable to question whether she's really the same person seen in previous novels.
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Kuje
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Posted - 16 Apr 2007 :  15:46:28  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Dreams of the Red Wizards, or something like that, maybe?


Aye, either that or the Spellbound box set. Surprised you didn't use that if you didn't since it had a lot of updated info that Dreams didn't have since Dreams was older.

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The Sage
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Posted - 16 Apr 2007 :  16:29:56  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Since I portray the Zulkir of Illusion as someone who changes her appearance the way other people change clothes, it's certainly reasonable to question whether she's really the same person seen in previous novels.
Well, that certainly fits with the way in which Mythrell'aa was written up in Spellbound. Trying to nail down any definitive facts regarding the Zulkir of Illusion seems to be an almost impossible task. She apparently likes it that way.

Rich, I'm really eager for this particular FR novel release. As I've said many times, Thay and its Red Wizards [especially the Zulkirs] are one of my favorite elements of the eastern Realms.

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 16 Apr 2007 :  16:42:55  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I hope you like it when you get to it, Sage. As I was researching and writing it, I certainly came to share your enthusiasm for Thay. It's an intriguing place.
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Cyandor
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Posted - 21 Apr 2007 :  00:40:02  Show Profile  Visit Cyandor's Homepage Send Cyandor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For what it is worth, I would highly recommend the Simbul's Gift if you are inclined to do any more research into what looks to be a very promising trilogy

*** SPOILER WARNING - Simbul's Gift*******















It is strongly suggested, though by no means conclusive that the Zulkir of Illusion is killed at the end of the story. Hence, my question about whether the Zulkir of Illusion is the same person. Plus, Lauzoril appears to strike a deal with the Simbul. A coup by Szass Tam seems to be great reason for him to call for help. Even if those points aren't incorporated into the trilogy I think the way the Zulkirs were portrayed was quite good. Above all, it was an entertaining read.

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TomCosta
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 25 Apr 2007 :  21:10:49  Show Profile Send TomCosta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll second Cyandor. The Simbul's Gift remains my favorite stand alone novel and maybe favorite novel all together set in the Realms, but then Lynn Abbey is truly a great fantasy writer, which is not to take away from any of the other luminaries of Realms or other fantasy fiction.
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Victor_ograygor
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Posted - 28 Apr 2007 :  14:35:26  Show Profile  Visit Victor_ograygor's Homepage Send Victor_ograygor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
AAAHHHH !!!! My eyes a burning I read a spoiler and I haven’t done reading the book

(Ahh my own fault!!)

A quick question Richard… the undead baybe in Unclean is it a Atropal ore a Atrapol scion.

I am really enjoying this book


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ericlboyd
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Posted - 28 Apr 2007 :  19:18:03  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mythrell'aa also shows up in Powers & Pantheons. Look at the write-up of the Flaming Brazier at the end of the book in the temples section.

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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 28 Apr 2007 :  20:02:36  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Victor: Glad you're enjoying the story.
Xingax is an atropal scion.
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Victor_ograygor
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Posted - 05 May 2007 :  21:18:17  Show Profile  Visit Victor_ograygor's Homepage Send Victor_ograygor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Done reading.. Done thinking about the book… and forced everybody I know to buy the book.. and I used to be the one criticising the authors..

I am speechless.. I almost forgot to breathe.. when Malark het Szass Tam's..

Ahh.. Yes I only have one thing that’s really disappointing: The way Aznar Thrul died ?
A Zulkir that forgets that a outsider / Tenari can teleport…
I really can’t understand whey you chose that strange way of killing the Zulkir

I really enjoyed the book unclean, and I can’t wait to read more… keep up the good work

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KnightErrantJR
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Hey Richard, I know this might be more of an editorial question, by I thought that you might know the answer.

Upon looking at the ads for upcoming Realms books in the Gossamer Plain, I noticed that Undead is listed as March 2008, and Unholy is listed as "early" 2009, but Realms of the Dead is listed as early 2010! Not only did is seem a bit strange that the anthology would come out a year after the trilogy is done, but usually these things come out just before the last book of the trilogy (Realms of War, for example, is listed as coming out in January 2008, just ahead of Shadowrealm in May 2008).

I was just wondering if you knew anything about this or could shed any light on this.

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Zanan
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Posted - 17 May 2007 :  10:20:27  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ha ... someone "stole" my idea of freeing Mari! T'was part of my entry for the Maiden of Pain contest. Really enjoy reading this book and it will be interesting to see how Thay reshapes in the future.

One question though ... near the beginning that blood fiend witnesses a feast for the demons and devil in Thrul's castle under the premisse that they all need food to survive. Where did this notion come from? Don't get me wrong here, no critique or something, but some gamers tend to be fickle and will dispute the lore stuff (MM et al say outsiders and demons and devils in particular need no food etc., as they are powered by the souls in the Abyss or Baator - or however it works) as opposed to the novel story. And as the novel is more up to date ... ach well, never mind!

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FireKnife
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Posted - 20 May 2007 :  06:46:54  Show Profile  Visit FireKnife's Homepage Send FireKnife a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Richard, I am part way through Unclean, great stuff. I have always enjoyed your work here in the realms. Question for you, Dorn's write-up in Dragon did not have an eclfor him. What would you have given him for being a half-golem minus a few abilities. You have a knack for evil characters, did your novel in WoTSQ help in your novels about Thay?
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 20 May 2007 :  15:14:12  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Knight: I noticed that, and it seemed a little odd to me, too. But I've got nothing to do with the scheduling, so I can't shed any light on it.
I guess it means that whatever I write, it had better not be an essential must-read bridge between Novels 2 and 3.
Zanan: I guess maybe I got that particular point wrong. But nobody in the WotC offices corrected it. So maybe it's not wrong?
Offhand, I can think of a couple ways to justify it even if, technically, I did get it wrong. One would be that demons and devils are powered by the trapped souls in the netherworld as long as they too are in the netherworld. But maybe, if they wind up spending long periods of time in the mortal world, they need another form of sustenance. Another rationalization woud be that while they don't absolutely need to eat, they still hunger and still want to.
Fire: Since I'm not a game designer, I'm probably not the best person to answer your question. But just off the top of my head, I would think that Dorn's superior fighting skills and the like would compensate for the half-golem abilities that he's missing. So maybe he breaks even, EC-wise?
By the way, I felt like I pretty much had to deprive him of the missing abilities. I have kind of a twisted sense of humor, but even so, I just couldn't see writing an epic trilogy about a hero whose ultimate secret weapon is passing gas.
I guess writing Dissolution helped prepare me for writing Unclean, given that both books deal with dark societies and characters. But Dissolution was far from the first story I'd done with a sinister side to it, and everything you write sharpens your skills and makes you better able to wriie all the stories that come after.
Anyway, glad you're enjoying the book.
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FireKnife
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Posted - 20 May 2007 :  20:31:03  Show Profile  Visit FireKnife's Homepage Send FireKnife a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reply. You had me laughing with the passing gas comment. Keep up the great work.
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