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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  03:16:28  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Here I am back again, Hood and all, with Ed’s latest reply (my bath is growing cold, but at least I haven’t splashed the laptop yet):


Rad, I’m afraid that it’s going to be some time before you see the Tree of Life itself in print again (I know the waits seem long for all Realms fans, but we’re writing just as fast as we can, believe me!), and Dawntree in my Realmslore WotC web columns is just an idea for DMs to run with if they want to, BUT . . . there’s a superb Realms novel coming out by year-end (not by me) that is going to point the way in the direction you’re hoping for . I shouldn’t say more yet, but . . . consider the patience of elves, and try to do likewise, and in the fullness of time . . .


So saith Ed. Isn’t he just the sort of tease you occasionally want to just whack? (Warning: he never whacks back, but he TICKLES.) The Hooded One, who shares your desire for a new elf realm, Rad, and is impatient, too . . .
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The Sage
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  04:05:08  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
While this is a response that both Rad and I (and I'm sure many others) weren't hoping for, at least it is enough to keep him happy...(we can only hope...)

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Phoebus
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  06:26:50  Show Profile  Visit Phoebus's Homepage  Send Phoebus a Yahoo! Message Send Phoebus a Private Message
Well Met from the Land of the Morning Calm (for another moon or so, at any rate)--

I have a couple of questions for you, oh Hooded One, and Ed as well.

The first, for Ed:
I am planning a relocation for our campaign, and am strongly leaning toward centering our adventures in the woods of Cormanthor, and the surrounding Dalelands in general. Until this point, I have chosen to keep the Elves (and the Dwarves, to a lesser degree) more or less hidden from day-to-day action in order to accentuate their rarity and the sense of them being a race in its twilight. Now, however, the valiant band will be roaming in a land that has somewhere near 50,000 Elves in Cormanthor alone. The long and the short of it is that I am trying to settle on a vision of what these Elves will be like. I am hesitant to populate their woods with the "Monster Manual standard" community for reasons of realism (I can't see average Elf commoners returning to a home once razed by the Army of Darkness, and currently besieged by unrepentant Drow raiders), but at the same time, I don't wish to make every new stronghold a small citadel of fighters with the skill of centuries behind them.

I know that the Realms "are mind to toy with as I wish" (), but I wanted to see your vision of an Elf community in an enterprise (the Return?) such as this--both hope-filled and dangerous at the same time. Would it be more akin to Tangled Trees (bands of adventurer/champion-types of various types and levels of skill), or are the Elves trying to re-create a number of miniature Myth Drannors (the city, if not the ideal), with powerful (as I remember them from the Cormanthyr supplement) hosts vying for control of the Elven Court?

And for the Hooded One:

Which Villain (with a Capital V) truly "made" the Realms for you? Or, at least, which one did you feel came closest to being a living, complex creature with ambitions, merits, flaws, etc.?

Thank you in advance,
Phoebus
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  08:59:16  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

While this is a response that both Rad and I (and I'm sure many others) weren't hoping for, at least it is enough to keep him happy...(we can only hope...)




Yup, my day seems much brighter now Thanks Ed!

Lord Rad

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  15:51:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
To Rad, The Sage, and others: re. the elf realm, Ed asked me to add one thing to his patience request:
"Remember, please, that dire darkness comes before brightening dawn."

There. Cryptic enough? :}
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  16:35:30  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

To Rad, The Sage, and others: re. the elf realm, Ed asked me to add one thing to his patience request:
"Remember, please, that dire darkness comes before brightening dawn."

There. Cryptic enough? :}



Would that be a dire darkness borne from the elven past?
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RevJest
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  18:25:08  Show Profile  Visit RevJest's Homepage Send RevJest a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, simontrinity. To you, Ed of the Greenwood doth make this reply:


Domo arigato, Ed and Hooded One. *bows*

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Kameron M. Franklin
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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  20:10:54  Show Profile  Visit Kameron M. Franklin's Homepage
I had a question related to the creation of the Realms and spurred by upcoming release of Eberron: how did TSR's "purchase" of the setting come about? Totally empathizing with the deadline issue, if someone could point me to a link where this topic may have been discussed would be just as welcome.

"You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." --Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  03:32:35  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
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

To Rad, The Sage, and others: re. the elf realm, Ed asked me to add one thing to his patience request:
"Remember, please, that dire darkness comes before brightening dawn."

There. Cryptic enough? :}

Hmmm...it is indeed cryptic, although not unexpected, at least to me. I've come to expect such trends in most of the novels I read, especially those dealing with an ancient and beleaguered people whose trials through the past have greatly shaped their present and will come to shape their future as well. If any race in fantasy fits that trend, it is the Faerunian Elf...

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  03:46:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well met, all. The Hooded One returneth with more words from Ed (who is sick as a dog, but soldiering zombie-like through his working day at the library because it’s Spring Break off school up in Ontario, Canada, so all the kids who aren’t outside getting into mischief are in the library asking him to referee Pokemon and Magic rule disputes to them, despite him telling them frankly he’s completely unqualified to do :}):


Hi, Phoebus. Well, if I was detailing elves in Cormanthor right now, I’d lean towards this: women, children, and commoners dwelling around Lake Sember, with ward-spells, ‘instant mist’ spells, and strong armed perimeter patrols. Elsewhere in the forest, I WOULD have Tangletrees-style bands of adventurer/champion-types of various types and levels of skill, going on ‘wide patrols’ lasting a tenday or more, looping through the forest from encampment to encampment. They’re still exploring the woods, making sure that ALL the demons and devils are gone, and taking careful note of where human activity is occurring -- because they’d rather NOT confront humans before they’re strongly rooted and situated (they see it as “buying unnecessary trouble”). So, around the various dales, and around Myth Drannor’s ruins, elves are going to flit along keeping to cover as much as possible, in warbands that are ready for almost any sort of trouble, but under orders to avoid combat if at all possible.
I don’t see any buildings being erected (treehomes, yes) or elves vying for control of anything with each other yet. I urge you to rush out and buy Rich Baker’s THE FORSAKEN HOUSE the moment it sees print, but in the meantime this ‘softly, softly’ approach to the elves allows you as DM to jump either way in the future (towards either “we hide” or “here come the little fortresses, all Myth Drannors of the future”). I DO see elves contacting the Harpers and other agents to work against any Sembian investors who make any moves to “just move in an harvest this or that bit of forest,” or “make it our own personal hunting preserve, or only for our rich clients.” I hope this helps.



So saith Ed. Interestingly, the ‘home’ Realms campaign is touching on this very subject at the moment. But as for your question to me: I’ve always been most impressed with Manshoon.
Except for glimpses in Ed’s fiction (which were of course trammeled by the Code of Ethics ‘evil can’t win or even be seen to benefit from their evil deeds’ dictates), you’ve never seen the REAL Manshoon in print.
We’ve met him in play many times, and from the first he came across as a menacingly polite, sinister, utterly-controlled gentleman who just happened to be plotting several decades ahead to bring most of Faerun under his personal dominance. All lives but his own were disposable, every entity existed to be manipulated or exploited outright (with the subtle former being vastly preferable to the crude latter), and outfoxing Zhentarim underlings or opponents in games of wits was his daily entertainment. He REALLY scared me, without ever raising his voice or uttering curses or being more rude to my character than offering her some gold to betray the Knights (“I’m merely interested in where you set your price, my lady”) . . . and he still does.
I wounded him in battle, once, and he merely looked pained and murmured, “Regrettably, there will be a reckoning for this, and I never just get even. Permanent disfigurement won’t be enough. Don’t bother taking precautions. One day, when you’re defenseless, I’ll just be there. Right behind you.”
Cheery fellow.
Ed has made me jump several times since by sidling up behind me and saying, “Well met” in his Manshoon voice, just before play sessions begin. Creeped me out but good, I tell you.

And to Rad and simontrinity, Ed says: “You’re most welcome. Glad to be of help.” To SiriusBlack, he replies: “It could well be. It could very well be.” :}
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  03:48:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hood adjusted and bells on my ankles, I skip onstage once more with Ed’s latest:


Hi, Kameron! Well, this tale has been told again and again, so I’ll keep it short. Starting in 1979, I started contributing articles to “The Dragon,” as the magazine was then called, and most of these articles made references to my own world, the Forgotten Realms, which actually predates D&D by some years, having begun as a fantasy fiction setting for my own pleasure in 1967. I wrote a LOT of articles for Dragon (so many that Kim Mohan made me a “Contributing Editor”) [TSR joke: “What exactly is a Contributing Editor?”/”You’ll see when you get your paycheck.”] and some of the TSR folks read DRAGON regularly.
I made those references to the Realms for two reasons:
1. Using a mouthpiece (Elminster) I could hint (e.g. “There are rumors of orcs being seen near the old ruins”) rather than speaking with the omniscient rules author voice otherwise preferred for Dragon articles at the time (“Six orcs live in this room in the ruins . . .”).
2. I could write up a monster and have it deemed “official” (as every Featured Creature was in those days; it said so right on the page it was printed on, in the magazine) and then throw it at my players feeling morally right in doing so. Extra fun for them, too, reading all about what had savaged them. Throwing new monsters at them forced them to roleplay, but if any of them had read the monster in their issue (EVERYBODY bought Dragon in those days) and remembered details, that simulated their character hearing about this monster in tutoring or tavern tales.
It seems TSR was looking for an “campaign world setting” for the forthcoming 2nd Edition of AD&D right about then (in the end, the Realms beat that edition into print, which brought about the Time of Troubles/Avatar adjustments, but that’s another story), and TSR designer Jeff Grubb telephoned me one day and asked: “I’ve been reading your articles in Dragon. Do you really have a complete, detailed fantasy world, or do you just make it up as you go along?”
“Yes,” I replied, “and yes.”
“Good,” he said, “send it!” (Actually, I’m telescoping here. Jeff and I talked for a bit, so he had a better idea of what beast they’d be buying, and then he asked me to call his boss, Mike Dobson, at home that night. I did, and TSR bought the Realms and me as a consultant for what is by today’s standards a tiny amount, but I was quite happy because I was looking forward to getting professionally-printed maps for my players; if I did my own with pencil crayons, there was no way not to have the seas and deserts show pencil-strokes.)
I spent most of the spring and summer of 1986 sending weekly or bi-weekly typed packages to TSR (some 800 pages or so, in all), until they frantically told me to STOP (Jeff would say: “Do you have anything on dungeons? Holy symbols?” and I’d write up what I had and send it along, whereupon he’d say: “Okay, now we’d like . . .” It all started with the master map of Faerun and the various dale and city maps). Then Jeff and Karen Boomgaarden [yes, that’s the correct spelling these days, and she’s a heckuva good editor, if anyone wants to hire a freelancer] set about turning all my lore into what became the Old Grey Box. Bruce Heard (then acquisitions manager, which meant “guy who hires freelancers”) assigned me to do a D&D module (which became The Endless Stair) to ‘learn the ropes’ (Karen doing the edit), and then I handed in my magic stuff (which got turned into FR4 The Magister, just as my stuff on the North became FR5 The Savage Frontier), whilst I got to work on FR1 Waterdeep And The North. I warned them and warned them that this was a REAL city, not “eight buildings and a dozen NPCs,” and they were, well, flabbergasted when the 153 pages of maps (photocopiers distort at the edges, and I wanted all the distortions to end up in streets rather than making buildings misshapen, so I deliberately did overlaps) arrived and Jeff crawled around on the floor taping them together. The result impressed a TSR vice-president enough to make CITY SYSTEM happen -- and impressed the female design staff for quite another reason: they couldn’t get to their washroom, with the assembled map all over the floor! That’s why FR1 is in tiny or “mouse type,” and my contracts for a time after that included the line: “Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Use Mouse Type.”
Those were different days; I customarily cheerfully over-wrote on a subject by thousands of words, and it just got pruned and dropped into a bucket and tossed into a future product by someone else.
And (as you can see, looking upwards) that’s the Short Version. :}
Wanna co-write a novel? Say, “Storm Silverhand In Love,” aka “Raging Bosoms of the Realms”? Or even something serious, rather than that title?
We could suggest it at GenCon, in person, and watch Peter Archer start to tear his hair out. That’s always fun. :}


So saith Ed, and I don’t think he’s joking. Advice from Ye Hooded One: Finish and hand in the contracted one first, Kameron, before you take part in any such stunt. Ed’s . . . well, Ed, and he’s legendary for the fun he gets up to at GenCon.
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Dargoth
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  04:13:34  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
Question for Ed (for once only one question!)

Are the Devils still in Myth Drannor or have they been destroyed?

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Karth
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  05:03:05  Show Profile  Visit Karth's Homepage  Send Karth an AOL message Send Karth a Private Message
Greetings again, Ed. More questions, if you will. My questions assume YOUR campaign, not necessarily the published Realms...

1) How does an ambitious individual, say an adventuring thief or mage or fighter of common birth, go about getting himself made a recognized noble with the de rigeur coat of arms and rights of heredity? Who decides what qualifies for elevation to nobility and what does not in a free city-state like Waterdeep that is not ruled by a monarch? What would it take to get a monarch like Azoun to elevate you from nobility-minima like a knight to something more permanent and hereditary, like a duke or baron? Once you do manage to get yourself recognized as nobility, how does that status transfer from, say, Waterdeep to Cormyr or from Cormyr to Amn? Are there instances in which wealth can be the only qualifier or are deeds/service done at the behest of some ruler the only real way? What part do the Heralds play in all this?

2) How would the trading of magical items and arcane lore (spells, item and construct fabrication techniques) reasonably take place among the membership of a guild of mages such as The Watchful Order in Waterdeep? Why would the individual members of such a guild trust each other in such trading and how would it be regulated by the guild? How would introductions be made? What would occur if a member tried to cheat or attack another member in their dealings? In general, how would the accepted social protocols between members of such a guild work? What would monthly meetings be like? Are any of these sorts of lore/item transactions standardized in the guild bylaws?

I know that's alot, Ed. But I'd rather throw it all at you to answer as you will than share out a bunch of related questions piecemeal...


Hooded One: Sweethips, is it? ;) Thanks for the inside notes on Manshoon. Nice to know that Ed makes him all the debonair black-hat he can be in the 'real' realms. Question: is it fair game to guess who you are? Would you tell me if I guessed right? Expiring minds wanna know... ;)

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  05:21:24  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message
Hooded One, Ed, and all the other Lords and Ladies of the Realms(Authors,Designers etc), here at Candlekeep. I wish to express a truly heartfelt gratitude and apprecaition for your time and courtesy in sharing and allowing me to interact with you all!!!!

Again my deepest gratitude!

PFoA
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Dargoth
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  05:21:55  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
Expiring Minds?

I think Karths trying to tell us hes an Alhoon

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  05:41:50  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Karth
Hooded One: Sweethips, is it? ;)



That nickname slipped out from Ed Greenwood some time ago when he attended a WOTC chat that was being held to highlight one of Mrs. Cunningham's releases.

As I thought then, I do believe there is a story behind the nickname, but I will not be asking for any clearance. Rather, I will simply hope one day I get to meet one or both of these talented authors and perhaps then I will be bold enough to inquire. Probably not still as I'm too polite, but the temptation.....
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Wooly Rupert
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'Allo!

Okay, so it's my first time venturing on to these forums... So I don't know if this question has been asked before, or not.

Exactly how old are Mirt and Durnan? Going by what's published (the FRCS says they came out of Undermountain in 1302), both should be, at bare minimum, into their 90's. But I seem to recall reading that both had an active adventuring career before going to Waterdeep, so it's quite possible that both could be closer to 120. And if they are that old, how is it that they both seem to be much younger, like in their 50's or so?

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Karth
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Expiring Minds?

I think Karths trying to tell us hes an Alhoon

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Not at all. However, when asking impertinent questions of a lady, it is often useful to minimize any perception of yourself as a threat by being self-deprecating. Not that I think the gesture would fool our Hooded One into admitting anything she doesn't want to. Rather, sometimes the gesture alone is enough to win favor where your own cleverness is clearly lacking... ;)

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Phoebus
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Many thanks, Hidden One & Ed, for the prompt replies to my queries.

Hidden One, I have to agree with you when it comes to Manshoon... he is by far my favorite villain of the Realms (with very close competition from Sememmon and Ashemmi). To the best of my ability, I have delivered him to my players as an evil sort of James Bond (if you will), if James were to take up the role of villainous mastermind. Up until now, however, he has made only a couple of all-too short appearances (being geographically separated and all that). Our campaign's transition to a nearby area has me somewhat salivating at the prospect of introducing him as a recurring nemesis for the heroes.

Ed, one last question concerning Cormanthor. Much as I hate to ask you a "technical" question, do you feel Cormanthyr: Empire of Elves would be a fair source for portraying modern-day Elven forces? I'm trying to finalize encounters for incursions into the woods, and I'm curious if the template of the average Akh'Velahrn footman of past (a Fighter of 1d6+2 levels) would be applicable to today's defenders of the realm. I believe you've said in the past that you and your long-time fellow players have continued gaming using 2nd Edition rules... would you say that this sort of man-at-arms is appropriate for a 1372 DR campaign; is too powerful (given the new "warrior" demi-class); or is too weak (given the increased dangers of modern day Cormanthor)?

Again, I hate to bug you with such a "crunchy" question, but I only recently found out that you give advice and opinions here... and I can't help but feel excited about getting long-standing questions answered by the man that who sired the Realms.

Hooded One, should you find the time, I have one more question for you as well:

As a player (one the originals, at that), over the years, which development of the Realms has most touched a nerve in you (it can be either good or bad; an interpretation of Ed's work, an event, or anything of the sort)?
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quote:
Originally posted by Karth

Question: is it fair game to guess who you are?



If I might answer for her: No, it's not.

The Hooded One has said several times that she wants to remain anonymous. Whether that's out of a wish to be out of the spotlight (as I thought originally) or because she wants to be all "mys-terrrrr--ee-us" (far more likely), has not been made clear. Either way, we should respect that. (That's not to say that she hasn't dropped enough clues for Watson to hazard a guess without Holmes leading him around by the nose.)

Since you are new, of course, you probably hadn't seen those posts. No matter. Now you know.

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Oh man! Thanks for the stories and ideas Oh Hooded One! I definitely intend to steer my group in the general direction you mentioned.

It’s amazing how much info Ed can pack into his replies-it’s gonna take me a couple of days just to absorb/digest his answers, and work them into my campaign! Please thank him, most sincerely.

Now, Oh Hooded One, my next question’s for you. I know what Ed’s said about how NPCs worship the gods, but usually PCs have a patron god whom they follow more closely. In the ‘home’ Realms campaign how did the Knights go about venerating their various patron gods, and how did they act towards the other gods? What kinds of rituals, observances, and other little things did the Knights do when worshipping the various gods?

Again, I’m trying to get a ‘feel’ for how to encourage my PCs to act appropriately and in a more ‘roleplayingish <g> way, so as to add verisimilitude to my campaign...ANY stories, hints etc. you have would be greatly appreciated!

thom

P.S. Bookwyrm you are so right about THO; she (and Ed) have dropped plenty of hints about her identity; anyone with enuff of the Old Realms modules and copies of Ed’s chronological timeline can make a 'fairly' educated guess as to her identity...

thom
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quote:
Originally posted by Bookwyrm

If I might answer for her: No, it's not.

The Hooded One has said several times that she wants to remain anonymous. Whether that's out of a wish to be out of the spotlight (as I thought originally) or because she wants to be all "mys-terrrrr--ee-us" (far more likely), has not been made clear. Either way, we should respect that. (That's not to say that she hasn't dropped enough clues for Watson to hazard a guess without Holmes leading him around by the nose.)

Since you are new, of course, you probably hadn't seen those posts. No matter. Now you know.



Well met

Indeed, The Hooded One named herself such for a reason. Lets leave it at that

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  16:27:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hail, all. Ed’s latest replies follow, first this one (more probably not until late tonight):

Hi, Dargoth. In an epic battle, the Knights closed and destroyed the “Burial Glen” portal in westernmost ruined Myth Drannor. However, that doesn’t mean they got ALL of the devils already infesting the ruins. Many hid in gates and extra-dimensional ‘safeholds’ (many elves of the city before its ruin constructed lone, secret ‘refuge’ chambers reachable only in certain ways, and most of these are still in existence), or just fled into the forest. Adventurer incursions and elven explorations of the ruins since have scoured all, or almost all, of the devils out of the ruins . . . but that still leaves a whole lot of Cormanthor for lesser devils to lurk in. If you do find any, they’ll be lone, lurking individuals, not swaggering bands. (Either way, good luck ;})


Shudder. We ‘found’ unexpected devils, more than once, and my favourite character had half of her front torn off the bones in its initial attack. Ed spared my throat (and the neighbor’s nerves, and who knows, perhaps those of the local constabulary) by saying I didn’t have to roleplay the screaming.
THO
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Kameron M. Franklin
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  16:33:09  Show Profile  Visit Kameron M. Franklin's Homepage
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

Wanna co-write a novel? Say, “Storm Silverhand In Love,” aka “Raging Bosoms of the Realms”? Or even something serious, rather than that title?
We could suggest it at GenCon, in person, and watch Peter Archer start to tear his hair out. That’s always fun. :}


So saith Ed, and I don’t think he’s joking. Advice from Ye Hooded One: Finish and hand in the contracted one first, Kameron, before you take part in any such stunt. Ed’s . . . well, Ed, and he’s legendary for the fun he gets up to at GenCon.


Many thanks . . . and wow! I'll have to admit, one of the things I'm really looking forward to after finishing Maiden is meeting fans and fellow authors at various Cons. (I've never been to GenCon.) And I'm honored by the invitation, Ed. As Hooded suggested, though, I'm going to get through the current project first before even thinking about future possibilities.

"You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." --Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
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lordhobie
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  18:06:12  Show Profile  Visit lordhobie's Homepage  Send lordhobie an AOL message  Send lordhobie a Yahoo! Message Send lordhobie a Private Message
Ed and THO:

Many thanks to you both for enabling this wonderful discourse!

Ed, The Wizards Three series has shown us that Elminster (and presumably the rest of the Chosen) are aware of goings-on on Oerth and Krynn. Now, I realize that the average Faerunian is not aware of the existence of Oerth at all, but among the elite (Chosen, high-level Zhentarim, Thay, et al.), what kind of awareness is there of events transpiring on Oerth and Krynn? Also, are there many gates specifically leading to those two worlds?

Thanks again,
Lord Hobie
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