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Bruce Donohue
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  03:18:26  Show Profile  Send Bruce Donohue a Yahoo! Message Send Bruce Donohue a Private Message
Hello Faer,

You can check a wonderful site on Silverymoon that is verymuch canon or at least most of it that does detail the Mysterian temple.

You can do a search under: Project Silverymoon since I can't remember the site address at the moment. Actually it is a site that I recommend to many. It is very well done.

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  03:55:10  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message
Check out http://www.gemofthenorth.org/ for the Project Silverymoon information.
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  05:40:48  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
Another question for Sage Greenwood, via the lovely Lady Hooded One...

A question in another thread has made me realize that, unless I am mistaken, Velsaert of Baldur's Gate has never been detailed anywhere. As that esteemed sage of things draconic has been mentioned in many places, I find that a bit odd...

So, have you any info about him you can share?

Thanks again, to both of you!

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Bruce Donohue
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Canada
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  07:02:16  Show Profile  Send Bruce Donohue a Yahoo! Message Send Bruce Donohue a Private Message
http://www.gemofthenorth.org/temples/tob01.html

This should help Faer
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Gareth Yaztromo
Seeker

Australia
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  09:52:28  Show Profile  Visit Gareth Yaztromo's Homepage Send Gareth Yaztromo a Private Message
Ed, hey. I was wondering if you are going to create an omnibus of the Shandril trilogy as well as one for the Elminster series?

"Gereth Yaztromo is arguably the most famous wizard of Allansia due to his part in a number of the most well known sagas of that region from the third century AC. He is also known as one of the three Star Pupils of the Grand Wizard of Yore.."
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  16:34:42  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
The Hooded One, with a swift reply for Gareth Yaztromo:
Unfortunately, Ed has no say in how novels are published or republished. If Shandril's Saga ever appears as an omnibus, it will be entirely at the behest of Wizards of the Coast. The Book Publishing folks are all friends with Ed and discuss most Realms books projects with him (in private, of course), but not always...and Ed has no "control" over what's published about the Realms.
If he did, you'd see a lot of novels that many, many Realms fans have been asking for, down the years, like: the return of Bane, a Manshoon solo novel, a series of novels starring Mirt the Moneylender, Elminster raising the infant Sisters, solo novels for most of the Chosen, a followup Cormyr novel, etc etc etc...
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  16:49:17  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Metis, perhaps in the future when Ed has more time we could do the private e-mail thing, okay? For now, Ed has these for-the-voyage suggestions:

Smuggled goods, fellow passengers who are spies for: 1. someone (the Harpers?) keeping a watch on what’s going on, 2. the cargo itself (someone “safe-eyeing it” to wherever it’s headed), 3. a fellow passenger who’s an important personage from Telflamm, escaping Shadowmaster vengeance there with his/her ‘life savings’ carried along as gems, 4. another fellow passenger who’s the Shadowmaster assassin (a doppleganger?) along to slay Number Three the moment the whereabouts of the gems are uncovered, 5. the “open Harper” agent (along to distract the attention of other passengers and crew from Number One) who’s a garrulous old man with tons of colorful adventuring tales to share (some of which will point PCs at adventuring possibilities), and who carries on his body some small item that’s a focus for a spectral harpist who can emerge to defend him/warn or awaken PCs/scare folks aboard as “a haunting” -- and, some carried cargo that seems to be a focus for various aquatic undead who swarm up the sides of the hull from time to time… exciting? I’d say this is a voyage no one should be able to forget, for a long time! (Which has the added advantage of making your players think of sailing away as a last resort, from now on: overland travel for us!!!!

So saith Ed. I’m glad I’m not aboard! :} What, Ed, no lady escorts?
THO
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Bruce Donohue
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Canada
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  17:46:15  Show Profile  Send Bruce Donohue a Yahoo! Message Send Bruce Donohue a Private Message
THO at any time during your adventures with Ed, was there ever a time that the setting he introduced you to resembled or mirrored French medieval history like the Court of Love?

Ed I think that Thomas Reid hinted that he was majorly influenced by Italian history for the setting of Arrabar for his book and the merchantile style a la De Medeci (sorry if I spelt it wrong), would there be a period or a place in the realms that would have similarities to French 15th or 16th century and the grand formal settings like the Court of Love was famous for in the Dark Ages of our history?
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Metis
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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  17:58:20  Show Profile  Visit Metis's Homepage Send Metis a Private Message
Thank you Lady Hooded One, and Ed! I, of course, understand that Ed is a horrendously busy man and will just cross my fingers that my players don't visit these boards (I'd rather not ask because they'd immediately go hunting for it). I only know for certain that they prowl the Wizards.com boards.

This voyage should be interesting, tee hee. We gather to play every Sunday (Easter shall not get in our way!) so I'll let you know how the first session goes. I very much have to get to work on preparations now, thanks Ed!
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Bakra
Senior Scribe

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Posted - 10 Apr 2004 :  21:51:24  Show Profile Send Bakra a Private Message
Greetings Hooded One and Ed of the Greenwood!
Thank you for taking time out of yours busy schedules to answer my questions and everyone’s else’s questions. I plan on taking the responses and placing them in the DM folder as soon as Mr. Bubblejet 812 decideds to work for me again. Now I have two questions for you,
In our bi-monthly campaign in the Realms, an artificer from Lantan (the only human trained) and a cleric of Tempus are working together to become the Baron of the Stonelands. My first question deals with the issue of smokepowder, if created or imported into Cormyr do they need the Regents seal of approval? Does the Kingdom take half and they keep half? (okay make that three questions) As for the next question, it concerns clockwork technology. How complex can the clockworks be? I know simple children toys have been made and I think some very rich folk or cities might even have a few clocks. (not water clocks) The current plan is to man the keep with a small clockwork army of ‘tin-soldiers’…loyal, obedient, never need to sleep or eat…much less complain about the weather.
Enjoy the holiday,
Bakra Lord of the Outlying Thread
“There can only be one.”
-Highlander
“There should of only been one.”
-After seeing the third movie.

I hope Candlekeep continues to be the friendly forum of fellow Realms-lovers that it has always been, as we all go through this together. If you don’t want to move to the “new” Realms, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with either you or the “old” Realms. Goodness knows Candlekeep, and the hearts of its scribes, are both big enough to accommodate both. If we want them to be.
(Strikes dramatic pose, raises sword to gleam in the sunset, and hopes breeches won’t fall down.)
Enough for now. The Realms lives! I have spoken! Ale and light wines half price, served by a smiling Storm Silverhand fetchingly clad in thigh-high boots and naught else! Ahem . .
So saith Ed. <snip>
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  15:29:12  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well met, all. Thy Hooded Lady, bringing once more the words of Ed:


Bruce, I try NEVER to have the Realms mirror real-world history all that closely, because of its harmful effects on roleplaying (as oft stated before), although others who’ve contributed to the published Realms haven’t shared this philosophy.
The closest the Realms has come to ‘courtly love’ is Alustriel’s rule in Silverymoon. My players even referred to her as ‘the Queen of Courtly Love.’


So saith Ed. Who is deep in visiting family right now.
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 Apr 2004 :  18:12:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
’Lo, everyone. The Hooded One returns with more words from Ed:


zeathiel (Brian), you will indeed receive more lore about the Tower of Balance, but I’m afraid you may have to wait almost a year, and see it elsewhere than here (in other words, like everything else “new” about Silverymoon, future projects are involved). Sorry. In the meantime, if I were you, I’d make use of the excellent Project Silverymoon website suggested (and linked to) in this thread.
Let me provide just this tidbit: it’s widely known in the city that the clergy of the Tower are involved in ongoing work on gigantic magics (“spellwebs”) that are added to as the months and years pass, as worshippers’ offerings and divine revelations are incorporated into the ever-growing spell-constructions. What ISN’T known across Silverymoon is just what these ‘spellwebs’ DO, or are intended to do. Many different powers are spoken of, but none are confirmed (clergy refuse to speak of them in detail, even to professed believers in Mystra).


So saith Ed. Hmmm; now THAT’S a tidbit!
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  02:22:30  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well met again, gentles. Thy Hooded Lady, riding in once more with the vocalized wisdom of Ed:


Yes, Bruce, a stunningly beautiful cover for Elminster’s Daughter. I’m very pleased with it. I’m glad you liked the sample chapter -- but I should warn you and everyone who reads it not to open the complete book and expect to find more chapters set in Waterdeep therein.
The action shifts east, into another of my favourite Faerunian playgrounds. :}

Wooly Rupert, Velsaert is an interesting personage. I don’t want to crash into forthcoming Realms projects of which I should say NOTHING more right now by providing too much detail about Velsaert, but let me say this much: most folk in the Realms know him only by his reputation and writings (in the last two decades, he seems to have become more reclusive than he once was), and rumors are arising that whisper Velsaert’s apparent shyness might have something to do with changes to his body (some say talons, some say scales, some say nictating membranes over his eyes, some even speak of a tail) that might suggest a closer connection with things draconic than had been hitherto suspected. However, it’s been said before (by the long-dead wit and playwright Aunselrus of Myratma) that “rumor hisses as menacingly as a harmless grass snake, but sinks its fangs in when least expected, not when heard from most loudly.”


So saith Ed, who’s just full of surprises these days. Our next Realmsplay sessions bid fair to be interesting indeed.
THO
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TheHermit
Seeker

USA
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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  03:31:43  Show Profile  Visit TheHermit's Homepage Send TheHermit a Private Message
Ed,

I was wondering - have you always been basically a D&D/fantasy roleplayer through the years, or have you been involved in campaigns in other genres i.e. espionage, superheroes, etc.?

- "Glitz & Klax's Potions & Elixirs"/"The Sandmen", Inside Ravens Bluff, The Living City; 1990; TSR, Inc.
- "The Far Guardians' Traveler's Mission", Port of Ravens Bluff; 1991, TSR, Inc.
- "Signs Painted", Polyhedron #70; April, 1992; TSR, Inc.
- Communications Director, Coliseum of Comics, Orlando, FL - http://coliseumofcomics.com/
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SiriusBlack
Great Reader

USA
5517 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  03:59:14  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Yes, Bruce, a stunningly beautiful cover for Elminster’s Daughter. I’m very pleased with it. I’m glad you liked the sample chapter -- but I should warn you and everyone who reads it not to open the complete book and expect to find more chapters set in Waterdeep therein.
The action shifts east, into another of my favourite Faerunian playgrounds. :}



Sounds like we might get a chance to see how a certain Regent is doing in her new job. And how she's relieving any stress from said job....

Who is the artist by the way for the wonderful cover for this upcoming novel? I don't recall the name being mentioned before.
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Dargoth
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Australia
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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  04:31:21  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Yes, Bruce, a stunningly beautiful cover for Elminster’s Daughter. I’m very pleased with it. I’m glad you liked the sample chapter -- but I should warn you and everyone who reads it not to open the complete book and expect to find more chapters set in Waterdeep therein.
The action shifts east, into another of my favourite Faerunian playgrounds. :}




Hmm interesting

Is Elminsters Daughter going to be the 4th book in the Cormyr saga Ed? (Elminster does mention problems in Cormyr in the Sample chapter)

“I am the King of Rome, and above grammar”

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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth
Hmm interesting

Is Elminsters Daughter going to be the 4th book in the Cormyr saga Ed? (Elminster does mention problems in Cormyr in the Sample chapter)



Think it would be book 5 of the Elminster books more then book 4 of the Cormyr books......

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by kuje31

quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth
Hmm interesting

Is Elminsters Daughter going to be the 4th book in the Cormyr saga Ed? (Elminster does mention problems in Cormyr in the Sample chapter)



Think it would be book 5 of the Elminster books more then book 4 of the Cormyr books......



ummmmmm

Cormyr: A novel

Beyond the High road

Death of the Dragon

What am I missing?

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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

quote:
Originally posted by kuje31

quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth
Hmm interesting

Is Elminsters Daughter going to be the 4th book in the Cormyr saga Ed? (Elminster does mention problems in Cormyr in the Sample chapter)



Think it would be book 5 of the Elminster books more then book 4 of the Cormyr books......



ummmmmm

Cormyr: A novel

Beyond the High road

Death of the Dragon

What am I missing?



Don't ask me, you asked would it be book 4 of the Cormyr series. I said I think it would be book 5 of the Elminster series more then book 4 of the Cormyr series........

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by kuje31

quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

quote:
Originally posted by kuje31

quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth
Hmm interesting

Is Elminsters Daughter going to be the 4th book in the Cormyr saga Ed? (Elminster does mention problems in Cormyr in the Sample chapter)



Think it would be book 5 of the Elminster books more then book 4 of the Cormyr books......



ummmmmm

Cormyr: A novel

Beyond the High road

Death of the Dragon

What am I missing?



Don't ask me, you asked would it be book 4 of the Cormyr series. I said I think it would be book 5 of the Elminster series more then book 4 of the Cormyr series........



Im going to blame that on posting before i have my morning cup of coffee

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quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth
Im going to blame that on posting before i have my morning cup of coffee



Are we clear now? :)

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  16:05:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hail and well met, assembled scribes. Ye Lady Hooded, of course. Herewith, Ed’s long-promised list of some oaths of Tempus:


At last I’ve found time to craft and pull together from my lore-notes a partial listing of naughty words and phrases in current use among followers of the Wargod. As usual, per the original Realms agreement, these are canon or official until contradicted by in-print TSR (now Wizards of the Coast) products.

I’ll start with a few homilies (temple sayings) that aren’t considered obscene at all, but rather proverbs of the faith:
“A battle-death is a holy ending.” [which is why devout worshippers of Tempus salute corpses, burials, and graves with murmurs of, “Holy ending!”]
“Laws are but words until blood is shed for them.”
“Men fall, but Tempus rises!” [in older times, this saying was always rendered: “Men fall, but Tempus rides on!”]
“Nothing is truth that has not been tested in battle.”
“Peace stands on a sharp sword.”
“The sun rises out of blood and sets into blood, and all the time between belongs to the Lord of Battles.”

Now, a few ‘polite oaths,’ that can be used in front of priests, or by one priest to another, without any rebuke or sin at all:
“Blood of the god!” [also uttered as: “Blood of Tempus!”]
“Hooves!” [a reference to the mounts Tempus rides or stands on, Deiros and Veiros, and therefore to the god at work]
“Steel!” [short for “Thirsty steel!” (this longer form is now very rarely heard), and expresses an eager desire to take part in battle]
“Sword and Stars!” [a saying derived from the belief that stars flash to mark the god’s approval when a favored attack is made or a champion draws his or her sword for purposes of battle]
“Warhorn!” [short for “Warhorn forlorn!” (a line from a temple hymn about aid arriving too late to save the lives of heroes dying heroically in a ‘last stand’ because they upheld their duty rather than departing and so saving their lives), and expresses regret at a battle defeat or at poor tactics that resulted in losses because allies or sword-comrades came too late, or went in the wrong direction, or chose opponents or terrain poorly]
“Zelzing!” [a word from an old, now-lost battle song of Tempus, that poetically described the sound of ringing swords in battle; this is now used triumphantly to mark a blow struck, or battle joined, or a foe struck down]

And now, the “hard swearing” indulged in by believers in Tempus who have lost their tempers and let lapse all guard over their tongues. As usual, I’ve provided modern real-world equivalents in parentheses. Almost all of these words derive from ancient temple cant of the Wargod, now forgotten except for these oaths and a few sacred phrases used in altar prayers.

“Arntarmar!” (“Jesus Christ!”; pronounced “Arn-TAR-mar!” [Arntarmar was a long-ago mortal war-hero who worked wondrous victories in the name of Tempus, and died willingly on a battlefield to allow wounded and children to escape while he singlehandedly held off a vastly more numerous foe in a narrow gorge])
“Caztul!” (“F**k!” [profane shock or disgust] and pronounced “CAZZ-tuhl”)
“Gelkor!” (“Sh*t!”; pronounced with a hard ‘g’: “GEL-kore!”)
“Harcrimmitor!” (akin to shouting: “DIE, motherf**ker!” and pronounced: “Har-CRIM-ih-tor”)
“Kelstyn!” (“Blast!”; pronounced: “KEL-stinn!”)
“Malagard!” (“Well, damn!” [mild surprise or dismay])
“Ralimralar!” (a delighted: “Son of a B*TCH!” and pronounced: “RAL-im-RAL-ar!”)
“Sakros!” (“Holy crap!” [astonishment, not necessarily bad] and pronounced “SACK-roe-sss”)
“Talandor!” (“Bloody hell!”; pronounced: “Tel-an-DOR!”)


So saith Ed. My delicate, ladylike ears are still burning (mostly with the effort of trying to pretend to be more of a lady and less of a wanton slut ;}), so I’ll add just this lone example from Realmsplay:
While fighting to defend Shadowdale from one of the innumerable Zhent attacks, a few of we Knights ended up swinging swords alongside a wandering priest of Tempus, a grim and aging man who wore an eyepatch and chainmail adorned all over with welded-on swordtips taken from the weapons of foes he’d slain in battle (embracing him was a rather cutting affair, as I recall :}). When he struck at opponents, he often shouted, “By the bright blood of Thammaera!” or, “By the sweet limbs of Brelindra!” or, “By the proud beauty of Sannandra!”
When we asked him, after the fray, what these phrases meant, he told us he was dedicating this attack or that to lovers he’d had among the clergy of Tempus, who were either dead or now too disabled to fight in the field for the god themselves (Broken Blade), and so could no longer deliver such attacks themselves.
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  20:30:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, gentles. This time, This Hooded Lady brings unto thine eyes Ed’s Stonelands reply to Lord Bakra of the Outlying Thread:


Hi, Bakra. Ah, yes, Mr. Bubblejet. I find that my Mr. Printers all work much better when I threaten them, as necessary, with Mr. Hand. :}
Smokepowder: importing this into Cormyr requires a Crown license and a full explanation (to a senior War Wizard, such as Vangerdahast, Laspeera, or one of the six or so mages a single step down from them, plus Alaphondar or a Court clerk) of what the smokepowder is required FOR, where it will be stored, how and how soon it will be used, and so on.
In the case of someone officially trying to conquer the Stonelands, approval will be automatic so long as the Crown is satisfied the smokepowder will be well-guarded enough that it won’t immediately fall into Zhent hands.
The interview process will be kept as secret as possible (to keep it from the ears of nobles who might be contemplating treason), and the license may come with any conditions you as DM might want to add (can’t take it south of Waymoot, for example, or into Arabel for any reason), and costs 500 gp, which pays for the deployment of two War Wizards (and two Purple Dragon bodyguards/assistants) who become full-time spies watching over the smokepowder in the possession of your PCs.
The precise strength of this ‘watch’ over the smokepowder won’t be shared with the PCs, but they will be warned that selling, giving away, or moving and hiding the smokepowder (particularly if they try to split it up and put small amounts in many places) will result in its confiscation.
What they won’t be warned about is that if this confiscation occurs, it will be done by dozens of War Wizards with Purple Dragon bodyguards, all of them acting with alertness, weapon and spell readiness, and ruthlessness in keeping with full “at war” orders.
As for PCs creating their own: anyone trying to become Baron of the Stonelands is already under covert magical surveillance by War Wizards, and if they report the making of more than about a handkeg’s volume of smokepowder, the PCs will VERY swiftly receive a visit from an unamused Court official (bolstered by all of the above persons) with a demand for purchase of a license and assumption of all the conditions described above.
Unless confiscating, the Crown takes none of the smokepowder. (However, any authorities who discover stored smokepowder whose ownership is uncertain or denied WILL call in War Wizards to remove or destroy it.)

Lantanna-made clockworks of great complexity are known (but on the mainland of Faerun, mainly as rumors). Many nobles have quite complex toys, clocks, and even water clocks. However, clockwork ‘tin soldiers’ are another matter, thanks to the severe weather and the tasks a garrison must perform. If the PCs want “dummy soldiers” who can march along the battlements, or move in very simple formations to block an entry arch, lower pikes, and fire (not aim) loaded crossbows, fine. If PCs want to rig a means of replacing the windlass each crossbow requires with a “mass-cranking” mechanism, also fine. If PCs want (very slow) motive power for simple wagons or handcarts (not steering), or a means of helping them load (cart-mounted cranes and winches), fine again. Everything else is going to be beyond the machining competence or maintenance time (all that oiling!) of a lone Lantanna expert. Mechanicals can’t run on uneven ground/stairs, use the judgement of living warriors (aiming at a visible foe, for example), react with speed to enemy tactics, or anything of the sort. If the intent is to create ‘metal-men’ who ape the movements of a human controller (telefactoring), a lot (years!) of spell research will be necessary, and/or a lot of space (courtyards and large chambers, not confined passages or small rooms) will be needed for a cluster of rod-and-link driven mechanicals to surround the human operator, and move/act as a unit. As a DM, I’m growing an evil grin at the mere thought of PCs getting themselves into all those tin-soldier headaches . . .
Mechanicals that sprout from the faces of doors, now, and carry out repeated movements (“threshing blades,” or “fire arrow after arrow in repeating high-medium-low, high-medium-low spray fire patterns down a passage”), YES, these are quite practical. And deadly. Now my grin is changing.


So saith Ed. And having seen that grin in person, I’m shivering.
THO
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Lashan
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  21:48:25  Show Profile  Visit Lashan's Homepage Send Lashan a Private Message
Hello Ed and Hooded One,

I think I am done with questions of Tantras for the momment (but I am sure just this momment :) ). I was curious about some questions about my namesake: Lashan Aumersair. I was a bit curious about hi and his dreams of conquest. I know that Lashan did some adventuring in the Vast during his younger days, but how old was he when he took over the Dale? How did his father pass away? How long did Lashan scheme before he tried to invade? What were his techniques to invade? Any details or free-hand answers are appreciated.
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Posted - 12 Apr 2004 :  22:06:52  Show Profile  Visit fourthmensch's Homepage  Send fourthmensch an AOL message Send fourthmensch a Private Message
Olore once again, Ed. (see what happens when you make all these words with accent marks, now, when we use these newfangled machines? :))

Kuje and I were having a discussion over on the WotC boards regarding a statement you made on the October mailing list, reproduced below:

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The clergy of Siamorphe from time to time conduct "overnight" marriages, allowing one-night stands to be legal and divinely approved, but always publicly renounce this practise when angry kin complain to governing authorities . . . only to quietly resume it again, elsewhen.


I was curious about this practice and its connection to Siamorphe; it seems like it might more rightly be in the provenance of Sune or Sharess. Could you explain why the clergy of Siamorphe would want to legitimize one-night stands?

On a semi-related note... I know that sexual mores are considerably more relaxed in Faerun than on earth (quite refreshing, actually, especially in comparison to where I live :)), but I have noticed that in some of the stories mentioned in this thread there are cases of people in serious relationships sowing some serious oats. The example that comes to mind is the Simbul burning out the minds of several Red Wizards by sleeping with them (what a way to go...) while she was involved with Elminster. It seems obvious that she and the old mage love each other. Do the lax mores extend even to "swinging" between committed or married couples?

I want you to go home and ponder the meaning of the word subversive.

Gully Foyle is my name
And Terra is my nation
Deep space is my dwelling place
The stars my destination.
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