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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 30 Mar 2004 :  16:19:51  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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I chose Taegan's subrace for three reasons...I'm under the impression that no character of his subrace has ever played a major role in one of the novels before. (Now watch somebody post here to tell me I'm wrong.)



Well, I have not read every FR novel. But, I do believe you are correct.

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My desire to serve up something different also influenced me when I was creating other characters, notably Dorn and Raryn, but even Pavel and Will in a subtler way.



They are a motley group. Perfect to play heroes.

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If you like Taegan, you may want to check out my tie-in story that'll be in Dragon #320. He's the central character.



Dragon Magazine can thank you for an issue being purchased. I definitely will pick up that issue. Which month is #320 going to be published?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 30 Mar 2004 :  18:21:40  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
320 will be the June issue, I think. Anyway, I'm pretty sure the issue currently on the stands is 318, so 320 can't be too far away.
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Adam
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  02:11:33  Show Profile  Visit Adam's Homepage Send Adam a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings Mr Byers

As regards psychology, which I am a bit interested in, I would like to ask which one of characters, included in Dissolution, is most likely to correspond to your actual emotional state when writing the novel and how strong are the relations between your mind (as an author, creator) and your creation (character) in this particular work.
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  02:36:22  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Adam. I don't know if I completely understand your questions, but I'm going to try to answer them anyway.
None of the characters in Dissolution is me, but there are probably bits of me in all the major ones, if that makes any sense to you. No writer can create any character except on the basis of his personal understanding of how life works and feels, which is to say, on the basis of his particular emotions and perceptions.
Dissolution, like most of my novels, had a shifting limited third-person point of view. When writing such a story, I identify closely with the viewpoint charcacter, who ever it happens to be in the particular scene I'm working on. It's sort of like method acting.
Of course, it's probably true to say that writers put more of themselves into some characters than others. Like I said, I'm intensely involved with each viewpoint character in turn while I'm knocking out the book, but months after I finish, I can look back and feel closer to some characters than others. I continue to identify with some, and perhaps that's because they're the most representative of a certain part of me. In the case of Dissolution, I feel the most persistent attachment to Pharaun and Ryld.
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Dargoth
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  02:59:42  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

In the case of Dissolution, I feel the most persistent attachment to Pharaun and Ryld.




I would have been very disturbed if you said Quenthel Rich!

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VEDSICA
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Posted - 01 Apr 2004 :  19:06:08  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just picked up my copy of The Rage today.Can't wait to crack the cover.

LIFE,BIRTH,BLOOD,DOOM---THE HOLE IN THE GROUND IS COMING ROUND SOON----BLS
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 01 Apr 2004 :  21:57:43  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I hope you enjoy it, Vedsica.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 05 Apr 2004 :  17:21:21  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers
If you like Taegan, you may want to check out my tie-in story that'll be in Dragon #320. He's the central character.



What time period will this tie-in story cover? A period before The Rage or the period between novels 1 and 2 in the series?

Thank you in advance.

SB
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 05 Apr 2004 :  19:10:25  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sirius: A period prior to The Rage. It's the tale of a pivotal moment during Taegan's formative years, when he was a very different person from the guy in the novel.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 05 Apr 2004 :  19:14:51  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Sirius: A period prior to The Rage. It's the tale of a pivotal moment during Taegan's formative years, when he was a very different person from the guy in the novel.



I thought that would be the period covered. As the novel suggests, there is a great deal of background when it comes to Taegan. Thanks again for a character with depths.
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 06 Apr 2004 :  19:41:48  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 well, just thought id mention something that raised my eyebrows...

Ive been sorting through my bookcases (to make room for yet more FR material ) when I stumbled upon a set of novels tucked into a corner, from the World of Darkness series (by White Wolf)....Lo and behold, there stands a novel for the Vampire RPG, entitled Netherworld....by Richard Lee Byers. Well whadya know Maybe ill read this one after all, FR related or not

And thats not all....look here

Lord Rad

"What? No, I wasn't reading your module. I was just looking at the pictures"

Edited by - Lord Rad on 06 Apr 2004 19:43:50
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 06 Apr 2004 :  20:49:16  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rad: I hope you enjoy Netherworld.
I actually did quite a bit of World of Darkness fiction. Besides Netherworld, I wrote the novels Caravan of Shadows, Dark Kingdoms, and On a Darkling Plain. You can also find my WoD short fiction in a number of the anthologies (if you happen to get hold of a copy of Dark Destiny, my story in the particular book is one of my favorites among all the stuff I've banged out over the years.)
From what I understand, White Wolf is bringing down the curtain on the World of Darkness I wrote about, but a new WoD will rise from the ashes. Who knows, maybe I'll get a chance to write about the new incarnation someday, too.
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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  20:34:28  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Richard,
I just finished my copy of The RAGE, OK now my review---

LOVED IT!( ala in loving color syle). Honestly though It was great, wow there were so many things I enjoyed about this book, I would suggest EVERYONE get this book!
Now that Ive given my opinion I have a question or two so---
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P.S. I cant wait to see this group stated in Dungeon mag, and Taegan and Pavel are my favorite characters!
Thanks for the great read.

PFoA
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  20:58:17  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Prince, I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed The Rage. I really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to tell me.
Alas, I don't know of any plans to publish gaming writeups of the heroes from the trilogy in either Dragon or Dungeon. I wonder if there are other folks besides you who'd like to see this. If so, maybe I could convince the editor of one magazine or the other to buy an article, then write the suckers up.
Now, the answer to your question, after a

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Essentially, Vorasaegha is a "guardian dragon" as described on pp. 16-17 of Draconomicon. But her attributes and behavior probably don't correspond exactly to what Draconomicon says they ought to be. I took the basic concept of a guardian dragon and ran with it in the way that seemed to work best for my particular story.
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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  05:16:23  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Richard,
Thanks for the anwser, I hope to see these guys in Dung or Drag mags SOON!

Ok now when do I get to read the second onehehe!

Thanks PFoA
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  16:48:05  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Prince Forge of Avalon
Ok now when do I get to read the second onehehe!

Thanks PFoA



January if I recall correctly. Shattering the Realms takes time does it not?
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Richard Lee Byers
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USA
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Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  17:20:28  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Rite does indeed come out in January, 2005.
Realms of the Dragons comes out the preceding month, and readers who enjoyed The Rage will probably want to check out my story therein. It links The Rage and The Rite. You don't HAVE to read it to appreciate the rest of the trilogy, but it may enhance your enjoyment if you do.
Plus, I think it's a pretty decent tale in its own right, and although I haven't read their stories yet, I'm confident the other FR authors have contributed some great stuff.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  17:34:46  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers
Realms of the Dragons comes out the preceding month, and readers who enjoyed The Rage will probably want to check out my story therein. It links The Rage and The Rite.


Will your story in the anthology feature Taegan? Dorn and crew?
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Richard Lee Byers
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Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  23:05:57  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Argh! You know how I hate giving away ANYTHING about an unpublished story, Sirius. I've got a complex acout it, and probably should seek professional help.
But okay, you've wormed it out of me. The story stars Pavel and Will.
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  00:04:12  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Argh! You know how I hate giving away ANYTHING about an unpublished story, Sirius. I've got a complex acout it, and probably should seek professional help.
But okay, you've wormed it out of me. The story stars Pavel and Will.



Thank you for not making me whine and thereby keeping some dignity. Pavel and Will...that should be a tale filled with some cutting commentary.
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Krafus
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  20:21:50  Show Profile  Visit Krafus's Homepage  Send Krafus an AOL message Send Krafus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello, Mr. Byers. I finished The Rage only a few days ago, and very much liked it.

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Alas, I don't know of any plans to publish gaming writeups of the heroes from the trilogy in either Dragon or Dungeon. I wonder if there are other folks besides you who'd like to see this.


I for one would like to see the stat blocks. But could please you give us right now, say, the classes and levels of the protagonists, FRCS-style? Even if I don't get to see stat blocks, I always love to know the classes and levels. Heck, I try to guess at characters' classes and levels while I'm reading FR novels.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  20:57:07  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Krafus. Delighted to hear you enjoyed The Rage.
To tell you the truth, I haven't figured out all the classes and levels of the guys in the novel. I find that I don't need to do that to write FR fiction, and in my opinion, the rules represent a simplification and abstraction of a far more complex and fluid FR "reality." This simplification is necessary to give us a playable game system, but I see no reason to observe every aspect of it religiously when I write a story. Anyway, if I do work everybody up, it will be solely for the purpose of peddling an article to Dragon.
I can give you a little bit of the info that you're after, though. Maybe should do it after a

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Raryn is an accomplished ranger. The other hunters (Dorn, Pavel, and Will) should probably all have a level or two in ranger based on what they've learned plying their trade, and what Raryn's taught them.
Mainly, Dorn's an accomplished fighter, and probably has some levels in the dragon slayer prestige class, also.
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.
Will has levels in thief and in the warsling sniper prestige class.
Taegan is possibly the toughest character to write up according to strict D&D rules. Probably he should have levels in swashbuckler, maybe duelist, and, obviously, bladesinger (the Races of Faerūn kind of bladesinger.) He has enough rank as a bladesinger to throw the occasional fourth-level spell from their list. To conform with the rules, he also needs a level in wizard. Otherwise, he couldn't qualify for bladesinger. He probably also should have at least one level in ranger to represent the skills he learned as a youth out in the woods with his tribe.
The tricky thing about tranferring these characters into gaming terms is that to meet the requirements of the rules, some of them tend to wind up with a whole heap of levels, which is not quite how I imagine them. I see them as quite formidable, but not invincible juggernauts. But that's just an artifact of the way the game works that you cope with as best you can.
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Krafus
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  21:31:28  Show Profile  Visit Krafus's Homepage  Send Krafus an AOL message Send Krafus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the prompt reply.

I understand your reasons for not having assigned classes and levels.
What I do when reading is try to determine the characters classes and levels (in a very general way) from the powers and abilities they display in the story. For example, Vambran in The Sapphire Crescent seems to be a low-level character (say, 3rd to 6th level). He doesn't have a lot of personal power, and in fact is defeated on several occasions. On the opposite side of the scale are the characters from the War of the Spider Queen - all of whom I figure to be major butt-kickers with 16 or more levels.

I figure most of the characters of The Rage to be in the 10th to 15th level range - strong enough to take care of most foes, but not powerhouses like the WotSQ characters. Taegan struck me as perhaps the most poweful of the protagonists (excepting Kara, but, well, she's a special case).
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 15 Apr 2004 :  22:04:18  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

Hi, Krafus. Delighted to hear you enjoyed The Rage.
To tell you the truth, I haven't figured out all the classes and levels of the guys in the novel. I find that I don't need to do that to write FR fiction...


Glad to hear it, Richard Heres to the fluff, not the crunch!

I cant wait to lay my hands on The Rage, it wasnt around last weekend but im hoping it will be in the stores tomorrow....else therell be hell to pay!

Lord Rad

"What? No, I wasn't reading your module. I was just looking at the pictures"
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 16 Apr 2004 :  05:49:28  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers
To tell you the truth, I haven't figured out all the classes and levels of the guys in the novel. I find that I don't need to do that to write FR fiction, and in my opinion, the rules represent a simplification and abstraction of a far more complex and fluid FR "reality." This simplification is necessary to give us a playable game system, but I see no reason to observe every aspect of it religiously when I write a story.


Please do me a favor here Richard Lee Byers. Don't ever change those feelings. They are so refreshing and nice to hear in this day and age for the FR. I just replied to a poster the other day on another message board where he was being critical of Elaine Cunningham's novel, Evermeet: Island of Elves. His big gripe? The deities limited powers were not properly shown in the novel. I know that there are game stats for deities. But, am I the only one that finds it weird to have a reader talk about gods being limited? I know I'm in the wrong forum when I encounter people reading with a novel in one hand and a rulebook in the other going, "I can't believe that God/Goddess cast two lightning bolts this round. Everyone knows a minor god can only cast one per round."

<shudder> Please just give me a good, well written tale, with three-dimensional characters and I'll gladly continue paying for the works. The Rage and your other novels have that. Thank you for such work.
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