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RichardBaker
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 15 Aug 2006 :  20:51:55  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I created the Pale Sybil for the story; she isn't mentioned anywhere else. However, a couple of the key components behind the Sybil appear in the FR sourcebook "Underdark," which I worked on extensively. For example, the abyss known as Lorosfyr is a place I created for that book. Bruce Cordell invented the Deep Imaskari, and I riffed on that by positing that a Deep Imaskari "sister city" might have been the cause of the mysterious ruins and terrible stairs found in the abyss.

When working on that part of Final Gate, I decided to put on my "A. Merritt" hat. Merritt wrote a number of stories about people going into fantastic hidden lands and worlds and confronting horrendous, inhuman evil; for example, "The Moon Pool," "The Metal Monster," "Dwellers in the Mirage," or "The People of the Pit." I like to pay homage to the Golden Age masters when I can. Lorosfyr and the Pale Sybil didn't fall far from the tree.


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Originally posted by Aes Tryl

Ummm Mr.Baker, i was wondering where else is the Pale Sybil mentioned? and if she isn't, could u give a brief introduction of this weirdly cool, magic sucking character


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RichardBaker
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

129 Posts

Posted - 15 Aug 2006 :  20:55:43  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Remember, some years pass between the end of the novel "Evermeet" and the beginning of "The Last Mythal." It's not a lot of time, but it's enough for the previous Grand Mage to head off for Arvandor and a new guy to step in. I don't know how tough Olithir is off the top of my head; for my purposes it was sufficient for him to be a relatively new and untried Grand Mage, so I suppose he's got to be in the mid-20's or they wouldn't have given him the job.

I don't have any plans to write up character stats for the Last Mythal folks anytime soon; I have other things on my plate for now.


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Originally posted by Corran Horn

Hello Mr. Baker!
I have some questions to you about LM series.
I havent read The Last Mythal series yet but unfortunately i heard some spoilers about it. I heard that in LM trilogy Grand Mage of Evermeet is Breithel Olithir. I feel little confused because in novel Evermeet and in sourcebook Evermeet Grand Mage of Evermeet was Laeroth Runemaster. So I'm asking what happened to Laeroth and why you have decided to make Breithel Olithir Grand Mage?
My second question is how powerfull is Breithel Olithir? How many levels he has?
My last question is about characters from LM trilogy. Will they be described somewhere?
In some new sourcebook or in WotC web site or elsewhere?

Sorry for my englisch.



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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 15 Aug 2006 :  23:02:16  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RichardBaker

Sorry for the late answer; I've been on vacation for the last 3+ weeks.

I imagined the ship as an enchanted seagoing vessel, not a spelljammer. I didn't really have any particular magical properties in mind, other than the idea that the ship could travel great distances in a short time by sailing on moonlit water. I don't think it was really a "teleport ship" effect as much as it would be a sort of "shadow walk" effect based on sailing in moonlight... someone aboard the ship would perceive dimly the lands/seas they were passing over/through, and it wouldn't be instantaneous.

Hope that helps!


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A quick question, Rich, about the ship of Evermeet that Amlaruil used to visit Seveiril. It has been suggested that it is a spelljammer, though I'm more inclined to think it's a special kind of flying ship that is tied to moonlight. Can you offer more clarification on what, exactly, it is?





Hey, thanks for the answer! That's pretty much what I figured it was, but I wanted to know for sure.

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Aes Tryl
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Posted - 16 Aug 2006 :  04:12:08  Show Profile  Visit Aes Tryl's Homepage Send Aes Tryl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the answer Mr Baker, the concept sounds real cool. So will we be seeing her officially statted out?
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Corran Horn
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Posted - 16 Aug 2006 :  20:29:59  Show Profile  Visit Corran Horn's Homepage Send Corran Horn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for answers Mr. Baker but i have one more question. We can see in Lost Empires of Faerun that the leader of Cearlicarn is Lady Morgwais. Who is she? I mean is she druid or sorcerer or someone else? And how powerfull is she? How many levels she has?
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RichardBaker
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Posted - 16 Aug 2006 :  20:42:26  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If I'm thinking of the right character, she first appeared in Troy Denning's "Return of the Archwizards" series. She was Galaeron's mother, and an important wood elf leader. I picked her up to be the leader of the High Forest wood elves in "Forsaken House." I assumed she was reasonably competent, but she's no Grand Mage. (It was never really important in my story to know exactly what she could or couldn't do, so I didn't make any assumptions about her game stats.) Maybe she's about a 10th-level wizard with a level or two of druid thrown in?


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Thanks for answers Mr. Baker but i have one more question. We can see in Lost Empires of Faerun that the leader of Cearlicarn is Lady Morgwais. Who is she? I mean is she druid or sorcerer or someone else? And how powerfull is she? How many levels she has?


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Sanishiver
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  07:59:15  Show Profile  Visit Sanishiver's Homepage Send Sanishiver a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Rich,

Can you give us scribes here at Candlekeep some suggestions or guidelines for how to write and structure customer feedback about the Realms, for the purpose of sending it in to Wizards of the Coast?

I understand as a rule all feedback is important, but am also certain (based on my own professional experience) that why and how feedback is written can make a great deal of difference as to whether itís fully read and understood.

Could you please advise if hand-written letters are better/worse than sending email, and also if itís appropriate to request a reply of some sort? If itís not too much to ask, can you also advise if feedback is ranked at all? That is, if some customer correspondence is obviously rules related as opposed to setting/lore related, does that automatically rank higher in priority to read or perhaps cause the feedback to be sorted into different Ďpilesí for review by different departments later?

Thanks as always!

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Corran Horn
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  13:42:03  Show Profile  Visit Corran Horn's Homepage Send Corran Horn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for answer Mr. Baker.
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RichardBaker
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  21:44:04  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hmmm... well, to start, I'd suggest typed rather than handwritten correspondence. (Of course, word processor and printer are just as good as a typewriter, 'cause who the heck has a typewriter anymore?)

If you're asking a rules question, we'd prefer it if you tried our Customer Service folks first. You can call or email them (see the title page of any FR sourcebook) and you'll get an answer fast. I will field CS-type questions when people send them my way, but the CS folks keep records of the questions they're asked and the answers provided. That gives us a company-wide history of which questions are asked about which products, whereas if you just post a question on the message boards or email a random game designer at WotC that information isn't preserved.

If you would like to offer a suggestion or make a complaint, you have three good choices. You can post it in a public forum we keep an eye on (the appropriate wizards.com message board), you can email someone at WotC, or you can send snail mail. If you want to be sure that we see it, I recommend sending your suggestion straight to *someone* rather than just posting on a board -- it's hard to sort out the signal-from-noise in a message board, after all. If you contact us via snail mail, just add "Attn: Rich Baker" in the address line, and the letter will be delivered to me. Good people to talk to here at Wotc include me; Chris Perkins, the design manager; Bill Slavicsek, director of RPG R&D; or Liz Schuh, who heads up our RPG business team.

Email sent straight to one of the above folks is OK, too -- but I'd ask that you save it for serious correspondence. We like to hear from you, but I know in my own case that I wouldn't want to feel like I ought to reply to a dozen customer emails a day.

Finally, regardless of the format you choose, I'd ask that you try to be concise, polite, and direct. Short, well-organized messages are much easier to digest than long, indirect, rambling ones. Stay on message, and seriously, try to be civil even when you're angry about something. Nothing puts my hackles up faster like folks telling me I'm a talentless hack or that I'm an evil money-grubbing soulless corporate drone. (For that matter, I'm not particularly pleased by people who go out of their way to explain how So-and-So did my job better years ago and really cared about the work, as compared to the way I approach the job.) If you're complaining about something you don't like, state the problem clearly without making it into a personal attack. Don't get shrill, don't use hyperbole, and don't shout. We carefully consider reasonable, well-thought-out criticism expressed simply and politely; we ignore people acting like jerks. There it is.

Hope that helps!



quote:
Originally posted by Sanishiver

Hello Rich,

Can you give us scribes here at Candlekeep some suggestions or guidelines for how to write and structure customer feedback about the Realms, for the purpose of sending it in to Wizards of the Coast?

I understand as a rule all feedback is important, but am also certain (based on my own professional experience) that why and how feedback is written can make a great deal of difference as to whether itís fully read and understood.

Could you please advise if hand-written letters are better/worse than sending email, and also if itís appropriate to request a reply of some sort? If itís not too much to ask, can you also advise if feedback is ranked at all? That is, if some customer correspondence is obviously rules related as opposed to setting/lore related, does that automatically rank higher in priority to read or perhaps cause the feedback to be sorted into different Ďpilesí for review by different departments later?

Thanks as always!

J. Grenemyer


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Kentinal
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  22:51:55  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Baker it is nice to see you more active at candlekeep.

The "boards that should not be mentioned" is not useable for anyone that blocks images. I do have an account there, but have to go though the rather painful (for me) process of dealing with images to make or reply to a post. Prehaps you could talk to web design team about making those boards more friendly for users that wish to comment?

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Sanishiver
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Posted - 18 Aug 2006 :  00:32:08  Show Profile  Visit Sanishiver's Homepage Send Sanishiver a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Rich,

Thanks for taking the time to provide a detailed response!

J. Grenemyer

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Lameth
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Posted - 18 Aug 2006 :  12:44:16  Show Profile  Visit Lameth's Homepage  Send Lameth an ICQ Message Send Lameth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,
can you tell us where Filsaelene disappears to?
http://www.candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7572

Whoosh and she was gone.
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Mkhaiwati
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Posted - 18 Aug 2006 :  17:25:50  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reply's to questions, and more importantly, looking ta the thread that KnightErrantJR started on the other boards. It does mean a lot. (I would've said something there but even with a cable modem, it takes so long to navigate those boards sometimes.)

I possess some of Merritt's work, but can't really get into them. I have tried a couple of times.

Since this is supposed to be a question scroll, can you give us any idea what maps might be found within the Cormyr supplement, specifically maps of towns. (i.e should I continue mapping some villages in Cormyr on my own or just wait?)

Also, do you have any other writing projects planned? I did enjoy the Last Mythal trilogy.

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Conlon
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Canada
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Posted - 21 Aug 2006 :  01:45:04  Show Profile  Visit Conlon's Homepage Send Conlon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings Mr. Baker.

I had asked this question elsewhere just moments ago, then realized I should have come directly to you. In the fantastic tome, Lost Empires of Faerun, in the Realms of the High Forest section, it is written that the dwarven kingdom of Delzoun once encompassed the Rauvin Mountains. I am running a campaign in that area presently and am wondering if there is another source which provides more detail to that specific area.

By the way, LEoF has been my go-to book for this campaign. My long-term plan is to involve the fey'ri in the High Forest, as well as the Eldreth Veluuthra, then eventually have my players become involved in the events of "The Last Mythal" trilogy - which I also greatly enjoyed.

Thanks for all of your efforts in "fleshing out" the Realms.

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Conlon, I've provided you with a number of sources you can use to learn more about the Rauvin Mountains.

See your original scroll:- http://candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7583

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RichardBaker
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 22 Aug 2006 :  00:04:24  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
She sticks with the Crusade, serving with the various healers that accompany the elven army. As it turned out I never really got back into the "hospital" again (there is one scene in Forsaken House where I did), so she never happened to cross paths with the protagonists again.

I intended for some characters to move into and out of the story, sometimes a little abruptly. Filsaelene first appeared in Forsaken House to illustrate the point that the fey'ri had sinister intentions in mind for any sun elf prisoners who fell into their hands. Having put her in the story to be rescued, I decided to have her road wind alongside Araevin's for a time before letting her go her own way. I suppose I was striving for a sense of verisimilitude; in a big, chaotic, hectic time of battles and adventures you might find different people around you at different times, and not always because someone had gotten killed and replaced.


quote:
Originally posted by Lameth

Hi,
can you tell us where Filsaelene disappears to?
http://www.candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7572

Whoosh and she was gone.


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RichardBaker
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 22 Aug 2006 :  00:09:28  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Merritt is an acquired taste, no doubt. I have a soft spot for 1940s and 1950s SF; I can't tell you how many times I've read Doc Smith's Lensman books. To each his own.

The action in the Cormyr adventure mostly takes place in Wheloon and the Vast Swamp.

I will soon be starting a new FR trilogy, but I really can't say much about it yet. I have only the sketchiest plans so far.


quote:
Originally posted by Mkhaiwati

Thanks for the reply's to questions, and more importantly, looking ta the thread that KnightErrantJR started on the other boards. It does mean a lot. (I would've said something there but even with a cable modem, it takes so long to navigate those boards sometimes.)

I possess some of Merritt's work, but can't really get into them. I have tried a couple of times.

Since this is supposed to be a question scroll, can you give us any idea what maps might be found within the Cormyr supplement, specifically maps of towns. (i.e should I continue mapping some villages in Cormyr on my own or just wait?)

Also, do you have any other writing projects planned? I did enjoy the Last Mythal trilogy.

Mkhaiwati


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Alaundo
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quote:
Originally posted by RichardBaker

I will soon be starting a new FR trilogy, but I really can't say much about it yet. I have only the sketchiest plans so far.




Well met

Now that's the kind of news I love to see first thing in a morn I'm very excited about even the slight mention of this and look forward to ye spilling some beans about this in the future, Richard

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Mkhaiwati
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Posted - 22 Aug 2006 :  15:53:15  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I can continue mapping as I am not touching those areas.

quote:
I will soon be starting a new FR trilogy, but I really can't say much about it yet. I have only the sketchiest plans so far.


I am also looking forward to it, Alaundo.

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 23 Sep 2006 :  14:38:25  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Mr Baker,
I am currently reading the first book in your Last Mythal series and might I say that Araevin is so similar to what I want my elven mage to be that I am now sad because I am 10th level and I can't change my feats to be more like him. Hahaha, anyways, you have written quite a gem. No wonder Ed says this is one of his favorite books. I really like how you portray Araevin as a capable yet also not perfect. As he finds himself rather useless during the golem fight I have also found my mage in the same situation. You obviously really thought out Araevin. Then again I am a huge fan of mages....and elves....and this series now. Araevin's party is very neat in its composition. You have written such a great story and I can't say that enough.

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Wandering_mage
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I am soooo silly, I just realized you wrote City of Ravens book, and Condemnation. Sadly I never took the time to look at the authors name long enough to realize the same author wrote both books. So now that I look like a complete idiot I shall say this, Both the above mentioned books rocked! Jack Ravenwild was entertaining and absolutley well thought out. He had charm and an almost James Bond/Aladdin/Ladies Man character feel to him. When I say Ladies Man I am referring to the Tim Meadows movie/character. WotSQ on the other hand is probably my favorite FR series. Although the Last Mythal series might steal that title. You really bring a different look with your books adding on to the greats works (Greenwood, Salvatore, Schend). It is refreshing and quite an adventure. I really need to be more observant with my realmslore and book knowledge. Sorry about the late congrats on those two books.

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RichardBaker
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 27 Sep 2006 :  21:50:32  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the kind words, Mage! I'm glad you've enjoyed my books. I plan to start another Realms series soon, but you won't see the first of those for a while yet.


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I am soooo silly, I just realized you wrote City of Ravens book, and Condemnation. Sadly I never took the time to look at the authors name long enough to realize the same author wrote both books. So now that I look like a complete idiot I shall say this, Both the above mentioned books rocked! Jack Ravenwild was entertaining and absolutley well thought out. He had charm and an almost James Bond/Aladdin/Ladies Man character feel to him. When I say Ladies Man I am referring to the Tim Meadows movie/character. WotSQ on the other hand is probably my favorite FR series. Although the Last Mythal series might steal that title. You really bring a different look with your books adding on to the greats works (Greenwood, Salvatore, Schend). It is refreshing and quite an adventure. I really need to be more observant with my realmslore and book knowledge. Sorry about the late congrats on those two books.


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Thangorn
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Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  12:52:53  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently read the first two last mythal novels after a long break from reading forgotten realms novels.. I must say these are some brilliant pieces of work right here Richard. I love books that can engage me and these certainly did that well. You are right up there as one of the best Forgotten Realms Authors in my view.

Your portrayals of the scenes with both Maalthiir and Fzoul were particularly good I thought.

I actually had a quick question about Maalthiir's personal guard of those freaky warriors with the black eyes. When Sarya Dlardrageth meets Maalthiir for the first time she mentions the taint of planar magic on these beings. I wonder whether you can elaborate on what manner of creature these might be.

forgive my ignorance if this is mentioned in the third last mythal novel as I havent found it in Brisbane, Australia yet and havent gotten around to ordering it.

Thanks



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WalkerNinja
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Mr. Baker

First let me say that I've really enjoyed your work on the realms these last few years. On to the questions...

1) Can we expect a Campaign Journal Update (as appeared in PGtF) so that we can see some of the ramifications of your latest trilogy?

2) Does Zhentil Keep now rule Hillsfar as a kind of protectorate, or did we just witness a city state evolve into a nation?

3) Does Hillsfar retain its persecution of demi-humans now that it is under Zhentarim control (it always seemed like that was Maalthir's idea anyways)?

Thanks!
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RichardBaker
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Posted - 04 Oct 2006 :  01:46:01  Show Profile  Visit RichardBaker's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks! Glad you liked the books.

I don't know if I ever really decided exactly what Maalthiir's creepy swordsmen were, other than some sort of extraplanar undead or constructs. Clearly they were much less bothered by being hacked to bits than they should have been, and they seemed to have a sort of collective mind or consciousness so that they acted in perfect unison without speaking. Beyond that, heck, I sorta just made them up. There's an old Planescape monster called a "keeper" that might just barely describe Maalthiir's guard, but I think I was really after something else, something new.



quote:
Originally posted by Thangorn

I recently read the first two last mythal novels after a long break from reading forgotten realms novels.. I must say these are some brilliant pieces of work right here Richard. I love books that can engage me and these certainly did that well. You are right up there as one of the best Forgotten Realms Authors in my view.

Your portrayals of the scenes with both Maalthiir and Fzoul were particularly good I thought.

I actually had a quick question about Maalthiir's personal guard of those freaky warriors with the black eyes. When Sarya Dlardrageth meets Maalthiir for the first time she mentions the taint of planar magic on these beings. I wonder whether you can elaborate on what manner of creature these might be.

forgive my ignorance if this is mentioned in the third last mythal novel as I havent found it in Brisbane, Australia yet and havent gotten around to ordering it.

Thanks





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