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Alaundo
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Posted - 12 Feb 2004 :  19:15:20  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a new author of the Realms, namely - Don Bassingthwaite, author of The Yellow Silk.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.

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R0GUE
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Posted - 22 Feb 2004 :  22:40:28  Show Profile  Visit R0GUE's Homepage  Send R0GUE an ICQ Message  Click to see R0GUE's MSN Messenger address Send R0GUE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Mr. Bassingtwaite. Great book!
Spoiler: highlight the text to read it.
How soon can we expect to see a story centered around Lander, the new wereboar?

I pictured Li as Jet Li the whole way through. Did you have a kung-fu or martial arts actor in mind for this character when you wrote the Yellow Silk?

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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 23 Feb 2004 :  14:04:42  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rogue -

Thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

To answer your spoiler question in completely non-spoiler terms: not soon, unfortunately. My next books with Wizards of the Coast will be venturing afield to Eberron. I'd like to go back to Lander (and Hanibaz), but the ways of writing assignments are mysterious.

Tycho and Li will be making an appearance in a story in the Realms of the Dragons anthology, though.

In terms of picturing Li as any particular actor, I didn't actually, but then I don't tend to link characters to actors. Then again, the cover art isn't exactly how I pictured him either. :) (I still think it's awesome art though - personally I think I lucked out and got the best art of the Rogues series!).

Don

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R0GUE
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Posted - 23 Feb 2004 :  21:10:16  Show Profile  Visit R0GUE's Homepage  Send R0GUE an ICQ Message  Click to see R0GUE's MSN Messenger address Send R0GUE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dbassingthwaite

(I still think it's awesome art though - personally I think I lucked out and got the best art of the Rogues series!).

Don



I most definitely concur.

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Adrian Moonbow
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  10:25:17  Show Profile  Visit Adrian Moonbow's Homepage Send Adrian Moonbow a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great book Don. It took me a weekend, but now I have read it.

I love the way you picture the bard(s) in the book, but: Shouldn't this book be part of the Bard-series? Or: Will there be a Tycho-sequel in that series?

I want more of Tycho and Li. More! More!

PS: Any link, whatsoever, to the famous danish astronomer Tycho Brahe? I didn't think so, but the name kept on grating on me...

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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  14:49:01  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Adrian -

Thanks! I would love to write more Tycho and Li if I get the chance.

I'm glad you liked the way I handled bards - they actually happen to be one of my favorite D&D classes, so I was pleased to get the chance to write one. I definitely wanted to get away from the blond courtier "lute and harp" or Harper do-gooder feel that bards generally seem to end up with and write someone down, dirty, and fairly selfish. Of course, at the same time, you can't get away from the music, wit, and magic side of bards - I didn't want that to over-power the character, so I had to figure out how to balance it.

And yes, there was a slight relation to Tycho Brahe, but only in so far as he's the only other Tycho I've heard of. There are no silver noses in the book. (Although The Silver Nose might make a good sequel title...)

Don


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BrokenRulz
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  15:10:04  Show Profile  Visit BrokenRulz's Homepage  Send BrokenRulz an AOL message Send BrokenRulz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished the Yellow Silk and I have to say it's probably my favorite of the Rogues Series. Just something about that evil little halfling that lent the story an edge, I just wanted him to die throughout the whole book! And yes, more Tycho and Li stories would be great.

D.
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R0GUE
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Posted - 24 Feb 2004 :  23:14:21  Show Profile  Visit R0GUE's Homepage  Send R0GUE an ICQ Message  Click to see R0GUE's MSN Messenger address Send R0GUE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bards are my favorite class. Thanks for answering my questions!

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dbassingthwaite
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Posted - 25 Feb 2004 :  15:08:20  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BrokenRulz

Just something about that evil little halfling that lent the story an edge, I just wanted him to die throughout the whole book!



Thanks! I really enjoyed Brin - I couldn't think of anyone doing a really psycho nasty halfling before and thought it would be interesting. It was!

Don

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 25 Feb 2004 :  17:02:41  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 dbassingthwaite

quote:
Originally posted by BrokenRulz

Just something about that evil little halfling that lent the story an edge, I just wanted him to die throughout the whole book!



Thanks! I really enjoyed Brin - I couldn't think of anyone doing a really psycho nasty halfling before and thought it would be interesting. It was!

Don



Brin is great...as a villain I mean Being a halfling takes away that age-old stereotype of the cheeky fun-loving halfling...... and replaces it with some nasty little [CENSORED]!! Excellent character. Im just past page 220 at the moment, loving every page....will comment once ive wrapped it up.

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R0GUE
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Posted - 25 Feb 2004 :  21:38:25  Show Profile  Visit R0GUE's Homepage  Send R0GUE an ICQ Message  Click to see R0GUE's MSN Messenger address Send R0GUE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And yet somehow you feel compelled to like the little snot, even if he is a murdering little gang-boss!

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Shadowlord
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Posted - 26 Feb 2004 :  05:27:06  Show Profile  Visit Shadowlord's Homepage  Send Shadowlord an AOL message Send Shadowlord a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, its obvious that evil characters definitely appeal to the masses, especially those who don't fit their general stereotype. But on another note, Excellent Work! Hmmm, however, I did have something grating on me after I read the book......

[[SPOILER]] Highlight Area
I thought that what happened to Veseene (spelling, Mr. Bassingthwaite? ) was somewhat of a waste, as I had become somewhat attached to "The Lark." Killing her seemed a bit too dramatic. Does she have official statistics for when she was younger, and not afflicted with sickness? I might be hoping to feature her in my campaign.....

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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 26 Feb 2004 :  15:24:39  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowlord
Does she have official statistics for when she was younger, and not afflicted with sickness? I might be hoping to feature her in my campaign.....



Shadowlord -

No, no stats official or otherwise for Veseene. I don't generally stat out my characters beyond having a rough sense of level equivalent, spells available, and possibly feats for main characters. In Veseene's case most of that wasn't important. My concept for her was basically that she was quite a high level bard (high enough to throw around raise/lower water, shout, and a sufficiently high summon monster spell to get a big elemental), very self-assured and charismatic (but fairly down to earth), and able to move easily between different levels of society.

As for the other part of your comment (writing around the spoiler here), I did like Veseene, too, but it was really a necessary part of the story. I can't really think of any way that it could have been done differently and still worked out for the sort of mood and moment that I wanted to create.

Thanks!
Don

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PyrateJenni
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Posted - 28 Feb 2004 :  02:25:33  Show Profile  Visit PyrateJenni's Homepage Send PyrateJenni a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just wanted to let you know Pomegranates, Full and Fineis one of my favorite "comfort reading" books. In fact, bought two copies!

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dbassingthwaite
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Posted - 01 Mar 2004 :  23:04:56  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks very much, Jenni! Pomegranates Full and Fine has always been one of my personal favorites - I'm really glad you found it meaningful.

Don

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Graxx Shadowstone
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Posted - 01 Mar 2004 :  23:33:11  Show Profile  Visit Graxx Shadowstone's Homepage Send Graxx Shadowstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dbassingthwaite
As for the other part of your comment (writing around the spoiler here), I did like Veseene, too, but it was really a necessary part of the story. I can't really think of any way that it could have been done differently and still worked out for the sort of mood and moment that I wanted to create.

Thanks!
Don


Yes, you did an extremely good job on setting "the mood". I especially like the Psychopath Halfling, Brin. Went completely against the whole "lazy, fat, and generally well liked halfling law."

(You know what I mean)
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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 02 Mar 2004 :  02:35:38  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Graxx!

BTW, on the topic of playing against type, it has been pointed out to me that my comment several posts ago about wanting to get away from the "blond courtier 'lute and harp' or Harper do-gooder" image of bards might be mistaken for a knock against the way other Realms authors have written bards - that certainly wasn't my intent. It's an accurate way of describing what I knew I wanted Tycho NOT to be, but he's certainly not the first less-than blond, less-than courtier, less-than do-gooder bard to be written for the Realms.

If anyone was inadvertantly offended by the comment, I do apologize.

Don

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R0GUE
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Posted - 02 Mar 2004 :  07:06:26  Show Profile  Visit R0GUE's Homepage  Send R0GUE an ICQ Message  Click to see R0GUE's MSN Messenger address Send R0GUE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Haha! Did Danillo come and rap your knuckles for that one?

I love Tycho AND Danillo. I wish I could write a novel for the "Bard's" series if there were to be one.

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 02 Mar 2004 :  08:41:03  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 I finished The Yellow Silk last night and just wanted to come over and say what a great story you did, Don

A nice gritty feel throughout. Spandilyon has just a dirty slummy atmosphere. made a nice change. After having not long since read The Sapphire Crescent (another fantastic novel!) it was like going from one extreme to another with Arrabar and Spandilyon.

Highly recommended!

Lord Rad

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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  00:09:34  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rad

After having not long since read The Sapphire Crescent (another fantastic novel!) it was like going from one extreme to another with Arrabar and Spandilyon.



Sorry to take so long to reply to this, Rad. Thanks very much and I'm glad you enjoyed Yellow Silk.

I haven't read The Sapphire Crescent yet, but if the cover art is anything to judge by, there would be QUITE the contrast between Arrabar and Spandeliyon.

Ironically, when I was first doing the proposal for Yellow Silk, I turned in an idea under the title of The Amethyst Flame - shot down because the gem theme was already in use for Thomas' series.

Don

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dbassingthwaite
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  00:17:27  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was rearranging files on my hard drive the other day and came up with something kind of nifty - the sketch map of Spandeliyon I turned in for Yellow Silk.

Check out the finished map (all professionally done up by Dennis Kauth) in The Yellow Silk, then go to my web site (below) and check out what he had to start with. This is the first time I've had a map in one of my books and I think it's very cool to see how my amateur map-making skills translated into something real.

Cool!
Don

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  08:29:39  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
Excellent! Did WotC give you instruction to base the location of The Yellow Silk on somewhere of your own creating or do you choose to base it somewhere new yourself? Did you find it easier to work on a new location rather than using a town which had already been developed and contained existing lore?

Thanks

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  16:54:07  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dbassingthwaite

I was rearranging files on my hard drive the other day and came up with something kind of nifty - the sketch map of Spandeliyon I turned in for Yellow Silk.

Check out the finished map (all professionally done up by Dennis Kauth) in The Yellow Silk, then go to my web site (below) and check out what he had to start with. This is the first time I've had a map in one of my books and I think it's very cool to see how my amateur map-making skills translated into something real.

Cool!
Don



Hi Don. I'm going to hijack your group for a second to also sing the praises of Dennis Kauth, one of the best hidden secrets of TSR/WotC/the Realms there is.

Dennis is the guy who, faced simply with a photocopy of a bunch of blank buildings in Waterdeep, asked if it'd be okay to make a miniatures scale model to photograph for a poster map in CITY OF SPLENDORS.

And yes, he's the Rumplestiltskin of the Mapping Department, turning into gold whatever crosses his desk. And let me confess to having made some pretty rough/crude turnovers to him that became utterly marvelous things when he was done....and yes, your map sketch, in comparison, is a work of art compared to some map sketches I've done at 4am before a turnover was due...

Steven Schend
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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  17:29:41  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rad

Did you find it easier to work on a new location rather than using a town which had already been developed and contained existing lore?



I was basically given the location (I might have been able to push it a little bit within the region of the Unapproachable East, but I think the editor was being kind to me with an undeveloped location!), which is pretty standard for most of the novel work I've done.

Actually, both new and existing locations have things to reccommend them (I've done both in various novels).

New locations are almost never entirely blank canvases - even Spandeliyon had a one paragraph description I had to work within - but they can pretty close. Generally there's more freedom to shape the location to the story, which is always convenient. There's also less temptation to take the travelogue approach by drawing familiar sites gratuitously into the story (like when TV shows go to Paris and there's always a shot of the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe).

Depending on the overall design hierarchy of the company in question, though, there's always the danger that what you're doing in your little undeveloped location will be overwritten or ignored by writers or designers later on (I think Wzards of the Coast is very good about drawing information from the novels into game canon though, so I do feel fairly safe with what I did in Spandeliyon).

Existing locations are good because you don't have to worry too much about fussing with layout, history, politics, names,etc - it's usually done for you. OTOH, you are stuck with some features that can be inconvenient to the story, but that can just make it more challenging to work around. I've found that even existing locations have lots of room to throw in little touches, though. In this sense, it's not really that much different from writing something set in the 'real' world (Chicago in my DarkMatter books, for instance) except that you can never actually go there.

Don


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dbassingthwaite
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
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Posted - 31 Mar 2004 :  17:45:22  Show Profile  Visit dbassingthwaite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend
[brI'm going to hijack your group for a second to also sing the praises of Dennis Kauth, one of the best hidden secrets of TSR/WotC/the Realms there is.



Dennis did CITY OF SPLENDORS? Ooooo!!

I am seriously in awe of Dennis. One of the first things I did when I got the first copy of Yellow Silk in my hands was flip to the map - it looks SO good.

Don

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 06 Apr 2004 :  19:43:12  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 Mage RPG, entitled Such Pain....by Don Bassingtwaithe. Well whadya know Maybe ill read this one after all, FR related or not

And thats not all....look here

Lord Rad

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Edited by - Lord Rad on 06 Apr 2004 19:44:22
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