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Athenon
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  00:11:51  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
THO,

Thank you for your time and enthusiasm with these questions for Ed. I have a few questions of my own:

1) My party (based in Harrowdale Town) will soon be traveling to Calaunt to confront one of the Merchant Dukes. Can you give me any additional information about the "feel" of that city or its layout? I enjoyed your description of it in the Ravens Bluff Book.

2) I thought the Silver Marches book was great - I particularly liked your descriptions of the different valleys/mountain ranges/geographical features of the area. Any chance that a similar product will be produced for the Dalelands, Cormyr or Sembia in the near future?

3) Do you have any interesting pearles of wisdom for the Harrowdale area? It's been a great base for a campaign so far, but I'm just curious if there's anything about the area that has not seen the light of day.

Thanks again for all the wonderful products over the years.

Will Maranto

Representing the Realms in the Wilds of Northern Louisiana
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  00:32:09  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed, grinning evilly as he buffs his halo. You don’t fool ME, old Weirdbeard! Oh, no! I’ve seen your other side, felt the edge of your tongue (it felt very nice, actually ), know better than to...well, no, I think I’ll stop now. Blueblade and Wooly are probably already straining for control at their keyboards.
THO


Ah, my dear Lady Hooded One! You know me so well!

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Purple Dragon Knight
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  00:58:44  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed, grinning evilly as he buffs his halo. You don’t fool ME, old Weirdbeard! Oh, no! I’ve seen your other side, felt the edge of your tongue (it felt very nice, actually ), know better than to...well, no, I think I’ll stop now. Blueblade and Wooly are probably already straining for control at their keyboards.
THO


Ah, my dear Lady Hooded One! You know me so well!

This place is starting to sound like an SCA weekend... ha ha ha!
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  03:03:29  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message
<<< 3) Do you have any interesting pearles of wisdom for the Harrowdale area? It's been a great base for a campaign so far, but I'm just curious if there's anything about the area that has not seen the light of day. >>>

I'm not Ed, but there's some intriguing Realmslore in "Extinction" by Lisa Smedman about Harrowdale (a little bit) and the Cold Field (in particular).

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fourthmensch
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  03:06:03  Show Profile  Visit fourthmensch's Homepage  Send fourthmensch an AOL message Send fourthmensch a Private Message
Ed,

I love all the faith-related oaths that you have given to us in these last thirty pages or so, but I have a slightly different request. I'm interested in general slang that various peoples in the Realms use in their daily lives (some of which I've picked up from your novels and comments, such as dark and empty, bind me, highcoin ladies, etc).

This might be slightly more touchy, but I was wondering if you had any lurking lore-notes about racial epithets. I recently read Lynn Abbey's The Simbul's Gift and noted that the Thayans called Aglarondan half-elves "chattel-quessir," which I think is great (and quite clever). Are there similar derogatory terms for other races?

I know you're already deluged with our little questions and requests, so I'll sit quietly until you have time to pass along a response to the increasingly flirtatious Lady Hooded.

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

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Faraer
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  13:01:28  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
Published Realms portmanteau terms (such as 'highcoin ladies') are many and uncollected, though I have a list in progress. "The Everwinking Eye: Words To The Wise" in Polyhedron #74 has some terms members of races call themselves and each other. (I'll scan and post them if I can find the issue and no one objects.)
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Dargoth
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  14:14:22  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
Got another question for Ed

What can you tell us about the Fire Elementals that live underneath Mount Hotenow near Neverwinter?

What types of Fire Elementals are present, who leads them etc

What can you tell us about Mount Hotenow itself?

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

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"Its good to be the King!"

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  16:32:00  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Faraer

Published Realms portmanteau terms (such as 'highcoin ladies') are many and uncollected, though I have a list in progress. "The Everwinking Eye: Words To The Wise" in Polyhedron #74 has some terms members of races call themselves and each other. (I'll scan and post them if I can find the issue and no one objects.)



I should like to see that list, myself.

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Bookwyrm
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  17:13:27  Show Profile  Visit Bookwyrm's Homepage  Click to see Bookwyrm's MSN Messenger address Send Bookwyrm a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Purple Dragon Knight

While posting this thread and listening to Led Zeppelin simultaneously, I seem to have stumbled on a theory that would allow a particle to go faster than the speed of light (and no, I don't do drugs). Anybody here knows who I should talk to about this, or if I should talk to someone at all? (I'm a Mechanical Engineer, not a Physicist...)



While I'm coming in a bit late, and you may already have an answer to this, I can likely tell you where you went wrong. Or at least give you some idea. Send me an email containing your theory, and I'll do my best.

(Appologies to Mr. Greenwood for the aside. )

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Faraer
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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  17:21:35  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
Here's the Racial Nomenclature section from "Words To The Wise":
quote:

This section collects a few widely used terms for intelligent races of the Realms. The names in parentheses refer to those who usually use such terms. If no parentheses appear, assume that the name is in general use (certainly among surface-dwelling humans and merchant folk of all races).
Drow: the Dark Elves, The Accursed (other elves).
Dwarves: the Stout Folk.
Elves: the Fair Folk, the People (elves, of themselves, collectively).
Gnomes: the Quiet Folk.
Halflings: the Quick Folk, the Sly Folk (humans and dwarves).
Humans: the Manyhanded (halflings, elves; a.k.a “The Manyhanded Curse”), Brittle Bones (orcs), Oroosh (= “never-stopping talkers”; treants), Hurbryn (= “heavy-footed ones”; brownies, halflings, korred, satyrs).
Korred: the Dancing Folk.
Ogres: Beast-Men.
Orcs: the Mighty (orcs, of themselves), Slaugh (= “pigs” among some elves; this term literally translates as “mud-wallowing-dogs,” and is beginning to be heard in use by half-elves, dryads, and some other forest-dwelling folk).
Satyrs: the Free Folk.
Svirfneblin “deep gnomes”: the Deep Folk.

Collective terms most widely encountered are:
Meat = all intelligent prey (orcs).
The Proud Peoples = dwarves and elves collectively (humans).
Ugrukh (“broken bones”) = wounded, defeated, slaves or those too weak to defend themselves or to be worthy of attention [used of all creatures] (orcs).
Worms = lesser goblinkin (orcs).
My "Realms Glossary" is too sketchy to post yet, sorry.
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Archmage Daraath
Acolyte

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Posted - 05 May 2004 :  21:13:56  Show Profile  Visit Archmage Daraath's Homepage Send Archmage Daraath a Private Message
Hi, I'm Daraath the Hobgoblin archmage, and I have some questions for Ed.

When Bast absorbed Zandilar, the resulting Goddess Sharess ended up in three seperate Patheons, yet see still only a Demi-Goddess, with a divine rank max of 5. Between all her aspects, She has large amounts of followers in Calishan, Ravens Bluff, Yuirwood, that ancient Eygpt place that I can't spell. So how does Zantilar with a rank of five + Bast with maybe a rank of 5 + Sharess with a rank of 5= a Demi-Goddess with a rank of five. Should she not at least be at least a lessor Goddess, if not intermediate? and wouldn't most frustrated teenage boys be worshipping her, instead of say Sune? Think about like this, Sharess is like the cool hip pornstar, where as Sune's the Bounce Ripper novelist, as lustful teenager which would pick?

Also I've read a posting some where that stated the Zandilar and Bast weren't the only Gods that went into the making of Sharess, which other Gods were absorbed? Will you ever write a novel or something about Bast/Sharess's journeys?

My second line of questions concerns the nature of the relationship between White Dragons and Silver Dragons. I here they get along together, unlike most Chromotic dragons and Metallik dragons which have no contact with the other side(example, Gold and Bass dragons don't buddy to Green and Reds.) My question is this, what is the relationship that Silver Dragons have with White Dragons, would they ever cross bred, and if so what would the offspring be?

Lastly, what's your feeling on internet fan fiction about FR.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 06 May 2004 :  04:27:38  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, fellow scribes. The Lady Hooded steps out of the night to the light of our shared fire once more, with another answer from Ed:


Thanks for dredging up the Realms linguistics, Faraer. I’ll see if I can find a few more as-yet-unpublished terms to add to them, in the weeks ahead. I’ll tackle a few more of your questions right now:
I believe the FRCS dates the Zhentarim conquest of Daggerdale at 1336 because what’s being referred to therein is the most definitive and complete occupation of the dale, wherein the Zhents established laws and enforcement, built roads and fortifications, and dwelt everywhere (as opposed to establishing on-road guardposts and garrisons and raiding the dale continuously from them). Daggerdale “fell” (with the Morns going into hiding ‘for the first time’) soon after the fall of Teshendale, but wasn’t continuously occupied, especially in winter -- and it became a magnet for outlaws, dalefolk who wanted to fight the Zhents, bored young Cormyrean and Sembian adventure-seekers, and folk from the Vast wanting to seize land for themselves . . . all of whom delighted in killing Zhents. So Daggerdale has had a troubled history for a long time.
The timeline in the FRCS is of necessity simplified, and yes, there are errors. I agree with you that the statement about the most common form of government in the Heartlands being the feudal monarchy IS an error (perhaps the Faerunian source material consulted by the writer of that section was Cormyrean in origin). “Most successful” would probably be nearer the mark, considering the longevity of the Obarskyr dynasty and the overall safety and prosperity of the realm of Cormyr. Almost all Heartlands and more northerly farmers in the Realms are indeed freemen, though a case can be made for serfdom (in fact if not in name) in Tethyr (before the Black Days), and in Calimshan right now -- and arguably those latter two countries have more land area yielding more crop outputs due to climate, so perhaps one can say some form of serfdom is a part of the “highest output” farmlands. The most common Realms term for the equivalent of a serf is “bondsman,” meaning someone who holds lands under a contract (“bond”) that sets forth conditions. The duties and rules don’t directly correspond to those of real-world serfs, either in England or on the Continent.
Certainly the duchies of Tethyr and the border baronies of Amn, like Cormyr, are “feudal” in nature, but that term isn’t used to mean serfdom. It merely means the local lord has to render military support to the ruler when called upon, and in turn has the power to commandeer portions of local crop yields from the farms under the local lord’s protection (and in some cases “yeomen warriors” from among the farmhands) when the need arises.
So far as I know, NO farmer in the Dales is anything but a freeman or a hired “crofter” working and living on lands owned by another, and paying rent to the owner in the form of either coin or a portion of the crop yields.
In Sembia and upland Cormyr, crofters are the norm: except in strips of land fronting along all major roads and in the most remote locales, almost all of the tilled land is owned by one wealthy family or another. In ‘downland’ Cormyr (roughly: south of Immersea and Waymoot), wealthy families may own large numbers of seperate individual city buildings or smallhold farms, but their properties are amongst the smallholds of independent Cormyrean citizens (‘freefolk’).
I’m not a fan of tinker gnomes in the Realms except as VERY rare, comic-relief individuals (or families). The folk of Lantan and other Gond-worshippers fill the necessary ‘Professor Branestawm/Rube Goldberg’ mad inventor niche quite capably, and I see individual, urban-dwelling (in predominantly human trading cities) halfling and gnome families as the source of small, clever inventions (intricate double locks, fold-down doorstops, removable boot scrapers that double as other useful implements, heat-reflecting stove hoods and fans whose blades are turned by the heat of cooking-fires, and so on).
I see the native gnomes of the Realms (except for the ‘deep gnomes’ of the Underdark) as being the quiet collectors-and-refiners of good ideas from all cultures, who keep low profiles, and make good livings through trading useful items. For instance, I think the majority (and the best) of spectacles, magnifying glasses, spyglasses, and other devices involving glass lenses in the Realms are made by gnomes. Gnomes have perfected the most practical intricate non-magical locks and hinges, long ago mastered industrial-output papermaking and bookbinding, are experts on waterproofing (garments and portable containers for scrolls and flat paper), and are working on building bigger and better looms for “everyday” cloth. Many gnomes are working to perfect wire, and fashion everyday items from wire.
I’ve got to get that gnometalk Volo article into print some day. Hmm; perhaps with Volo shorn from it, it could become a WotC web piece. Must talk to the good folks . . .


So saith Ed. As for me, I must go now, before I say something else to earn that “increasingly flirtatious” reputation (for which much thanks!).
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 06 May 2004 :  04:29:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Dost thou like what thou dost see? Yes, it can all come off, except for the hood . . . or I’d not be: The Hooded One.
And that I am.
Bearing, as usual, the latest Words of Ed:


simontrinity, I’d love to write a LOT about Cylyria Dragonbreast, because she’s another of those fascinating loose-end/prime mover Realms NPCs, but I believe doing so, here and now, would hamper other creative people in their own future projects. I’d say this is another of those unfortunate NDA things. For now. Would you like to hear about her ‘black sheep’ little sister? :}

Dargoth, the archdevils have been very active in the Realms, but not in the same high-profile manner as various demon lords. It’s a matter of style (the preferred devilish way is sly and subtle manipulation of mortals: brutish force is for lesser devils and lesser beings of all sorts, such as, ahem, demons) and self-preservation (unless one happens to be an outcast devil, in which case one is frantically searching for allies, dupes, and ‘secret weapons’ on Toril and elsewhere, one operates fleetingly outside of the Nine Hells, except through intermediaries, because every moment one spends away from one’s own ruled level is a moment that an ambitious underling or rival archdevil can use to wreak havoc [or subtly damage] one’s own rule and military strength).

Alathayn, your point about Set is a good one, and there’s of course no reason at all that Set can’t be worshipped by individual Thayan NPCs or PCs in your campaign. The problem that has hampered widespread veneration of Set among Thayans is the autocratic, ruthless tactics of Set’s clergy in Mulhorand. Wizards seeking to rise in personal power tend to be unwilling to embrace a faith in which they know priests are going to pop up and try to control them -- and they’re also going to be very wary of that same faith spreading amongst their underlings and apprentices, because they’ll believe those same priests are inevitably going to order the faithful to do something that challenges the authority of the wizard (suggesting the apprentices and underlings slay the wizard, for example, or steal crucial magic from him). Red Wizards tend to look to deities who allow wizards to personally grow in power without suffering the dictates or energetic intrigues of a controlling priesthood.

As scribes can see, I’m selectively answering parts of questions right now, trying to tackle some of those I can easily and swiftly answer before too many queries get backed up. If you notice I’ve only answered some parts of your questions, please don’t think I’m ducking the other bits: I’ve just set them aside until the Waterdeep novel is done, that’s all.
Which reminds me: those of you who read ELMINSTER’S DAUGHTER will discover several works of fictional Realms literature referenced therein. Through the ‘good offices’ of Volo (I know, you hadn’t dreamed he had any), I have procured one page -- just one-- of Rauthur’s favourite reading material, and I’m debating just how to get it into the hands of fans of the Realms. I must discuss this highly sensitive matter with my friends in Book Publishing at Wizards first, but I’m open to ah, creative suggestions . . .


So saith Ed. As for me, this Hooded Lady remembers that page very well. I think it would make great background reading material. That is: I’m sure you’re all familiar with one-page advertisements for various things that have what purports to be the page of an open book in the background, partially obscured by something else -- with tantalizing snippets of VERY interesting prose drawing you into the ad. I wonder if Ed could get someone at Wizards to use his ‘Purple Page’ in that manner. Hmmm (stretches langorously, remembers she’s wearing just a hood, and pauses to adjust it rakishly)
THO
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 May 2004 :  05:45:12  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Dost thou like what thou dost see? Yes, it can all come off, except for the hood . . . or I’d not be: The Hooded One.
And that I am.
Bearing, as usual, the latest Words of Ed:


simontrinity, I’d love to write a LOT about Cylyria Dragonbreast, because she’s another of those fascinating loose-end/prime mover Realms NPCs, but I believe doing so, here and now, would hamper other creative people in their own future projects. I’d say this is another of those unfortunate NDA things. For now. Would you like to hear about her ‘black sheep’ little sister? :}

(snip)

Hmmm (stretches langorously, remembers she’s wearing just a hood, and pauses to adjust it rakishly)
THO




I should like to know more about that little sister!

And the more we see of the Lady Hooded One (pun intended ), the more obvious it is that she really enjoys teasing us!

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George Krashos
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
And the more we see of the Lady Hooded One (pun intended ), the more obvious it is that she really enjoys teasing us!



Yes, it does appear that she likes it when we "butter" her up ...

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Maskanodel
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Posted - 06 May 2004 :  14:50:01  Show Profile  Visit Maskanodel's Homepage  Click to see Maskanodel's MSN Messenger address Send Maskanodel a Private Message
Dear Ed
I was looking at some old pictures of Elminster and compared to the new pictures found in some 3e sources, it's obvious that he has changed a lot. Old El, 2e El I guess, had more of a Gandalf-like appearance, with the flowing robes and pointy red hat, covering his long hair and uber-beard. The arch-typical wizard from literature, it seems. New Elminster, 3e El, seems to have a more regal bearing about him. Neatly trimmed hair and beard, and the lack of a hat, as well as generally nicer looking clothes.

Whose desicion was it to change Elminster into his current state?? Was it one of WotC's idea to update El's appearance to a more 3e flavour, or was it a conscientious effort on your part to differentiate El from the archtype wizard?? Did the hype of the then-upcoming Lord of the Rings movies make you decide to change Elminster so he wouldn't be confused with Gandalf??

Thanks
Maskanodel

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SiriusBlack
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I'm just under a third of the way through Elminster's Daughter and have a question regarding a character in the novel. A spoiler warning follows.

Spoiler

Warning

for

Elminster's

Daughter

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Glarasteer Rhauligan makes an appearance within this new novel. I recall him from Death of the Dragon, in a very emotionally moving scene where Alusair realizes something.

Are these two novels the only time this character has made an appearance in a Realms product? Additionally, is this a character that Ed Greenwood first featured in gaming with his players, just made him up for a novel, or something else?

Thank you in advance for any reply. I am really enjoying the novel. I also noticed someone being called "Hooded One" within the novel. How interesting....
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quote:
Originally posted by SiriusBlack

I'm just under a third of the way through Elminster's Daughter and have a question regarding a character in the novel. A spoiler warning follows.

Spoiler

Warning

for

Elminster's

Daughter

**

Glarasteer Rhauligan makes an appearance within this new novel. I recall him from Death of the Dragon, in a very emotionally moving scene where Alusair realizes something.

Are these two novels the only time this character has made an appearance in a Realms product? Additionally, is this a character that Ed Greenwood first featured in gaming with his players, just made him up for a novel, or something else?

Thank you in advance for any reply. I am really enjoying the novel. I also noticed someone being called "Hooded One" within the novel. How interesting....



The dealer of turret tops and spires was in Cormyr: A Novel, which I believe was his first introduction. I don't recall whether or not he was in Beyond The High Road.

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Purple Dragon Knight
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He was in High Road too I believe... appeared shortly with the other Harper-lady. He seems to be the kind of guy that appears everywhere for no obvious reason, always at the good place at the good time... hmm... maybe he's really Elminster under a Disguise Self (a la Tantras module! )
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RevJest
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
simontrinity, I’d love to write a LOT about Cylyria Dragonbreast, because she’s another of those fascinating loose-end/prime mover Realms NPCs, but I believe doing so, here and now, would hamper other creative people in their own future projects. I’d say this is another of those unfortunate NDA things. For now. Would you like to hear about her ‘black sheep’ little sister? :)



Indeed I would!

- Simon

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Alathayn
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Posted - 06 May 2004 :  21:25:42  Show Profile  Visit Alathayn's Homepage Send Alathayn a Private Message
Thanks, Ed, that's a great answer! and thanks to you hooded one as well, for delivering it. Makes me wonder what happens if a Set worshiping red wizard tries to melt the two thinks (Priest of Set and Red Wizard). Well he would propably be slain soon enough "for leaving the traditions of the Red Wizards".
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Hi, SiriusBlack. Ed’s toiling away on the Waterdeep book right now, and asked me to quickly answer your Rhauligan question.
No spoilers for ELMINSTER’S DAUGHTER follow, but merely a summary of all we know about Rhauligan.

Glarasteer Rhauligan wasn’t (as far as I recall) in BEYOND THE HIGH ROAD, which Troy wrote. He was introduced in CORMYR: A NOVEL, got ‘his own story’ in REALMS OF MYSTERY (“The Grinning Ghost of Taverton Hall”), and appeared as a supporting character in Ed’s REALMS OF SHADOW story (“When Shadows Come Seeking A Throne”).
In addition, Ed’s Dragon Annual piece on Cormyr included the Purple Dragon Highknight prestige class, and explained that the Highknights are something akin to the James Bonds of the Cormyrean government (Rhauligan is, of course, a Highknight).
Ed confirms that he created Rhauligan long, long ago for fiction purposes (an as-yet-still-secret long-term plot idea that predates TSR’s publication of the Realms, and that may never see print if the published Realms takes another direction), used him in play exactly ONCE with us Knights (he remained a non-speaking, nameless background character assembled in a room with some Knights, and was never developed more fully because our characters didn’t say or do things that would have caused that level of involvement in play), and put him into the Cormyr novel to give Dauneth Marliir a plausible way into protected Palace and Court areas.
Rhauligan is a Harper, a bit of a rogue, and has demonstrated his personal loyalty to Alusair and Filfaeril often enough in the past to be trusted to remain far more independent and mysterious than many Highknights (though Vangerdahast insisted on prying into the minds and habits of all Highknights, Rhauligan included). The Crown turns a blind eye to the smuggling and minor-stolen-item-fencing activities Rhauligan’s turret-top sales business has often provided a cover for.

So saith Ed. Rhauligan’s obviously becoming one of Ed’s favourites, and Ed once remarked to me that he’d love to do a book wherein Mirt, Rhauligan, Sharantyr, and Storm all get thrown together in some sort of adventure. I want to assure you and all scribes who read this that I forcefully expressed my extreme enthusiasm for this idea. Ah, several times.
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 07 May 2004 :  18:30:40  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well met again, gentles. This time, I’m tackling Maskanodel’s question (for Ed, who’s still pounding away at his keyboard as I post this).
This has been asked before, and Ed emphasized that almost all of the Chosen would be piles of bone-dust by now if they were unaugmented mortals like me and thou. He pointed out that all of them can choose the bodies and appearances they customarily inhabit (within limits; they can’t use the silver fire to give them stable augmentations to their abilities or physiques, so no growing tails or wings at will; spells must be used). The Simbul made a career down the years of Realmsplay of appearing as various birds, cats, fenceposts, discarded hats, and even stranger things. So the old wizard you see is Elminster’s chosen appearance of the day.
Obviously, he changed his favoured appearance.
What REALLY happened is that Wizards of the Coast wanted a different look for El for 3e to move him away from looking like the popular conception of Gandalf/Merlin/whatever. Precisely why they did that is an answer only they can give, but moving El away from Gandalf could quite easily be a part of it. Ed didn’t object, but it wasn’t idea. As I recall overhearing him say to Jim Butler of WotC (in the lobby of the Milwaukee Hilton, at GenCon) at the time: “Sure, as long as El and Khelben don’t end up looking too much like each other to confuse people.”

I’ve handed the Sharess and Dragonbreast ‘dark sister’ queries to Ed, and he’ll get to them ASAP, but I know he’s off to the Avid Reader in Cobourg tonight for another ELMINSTER’S DAUGHTER signing. After the inevitable reading (of some Bezrar and Malakar scenes, I believe), this one ought to be the most cozy “family chat” atmosphere of the entire tour, so if you have deep Realmslore queries and can get there, this’ll be your best chance to quiz Ed for an hour or so . . .
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 07 May 2004 :  18:39:13  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Thy Lady Hooded yet again, tying up some loose ends.

Dargoth: I'm sorry. Ed tells me Mount Hotenow is one of those can’t-say-a-word-due-to-NDAs topic.

Alathayn, I’d say that your Red Wizard venerating Set will just have to keep things secret -- and show me a Red Wizard who DOESN’T have secrets!

Now, I myself have a question for a questioning scribe:
Athenon, you’re already familiar with the Calaunt information in the FORGOTTEN REALMS ADVENTURES hardcover rulebook, right?

Fair riding, all, for now!
THO
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 07 May 2004 :  19:11:34  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi, SiriusBlack. Ed’s toiling away on the Waterdeep book right now, and asked me to quickly answer your Rhauligan question.



Personal service from The Hooded One? Hmm....I feel so.....special.

quote:

So saith Ed. Rhauligan’s obviously becoming one of Ed’s favourites, and Ed once remarked to me that he’d love to do a book wherein Mirt, Rhauligan, Sharantyr, and Storm all get thrown together in some sort of adventure. I want to assure you and all scribes who read this that I forcefully expressed my extreme enthusiasm for this idea. Ah, several times.



Add my enthusiasm for such a story as well, even a short story in an anthology. Rhauligan is quite an interesting character.

Thank you THO for taking the time to reply. Oh and if Ed Greenwood is ever too busy to reply to a question because he's involved with Waterdeep please tell him that this scribe will gladly take details on Waterdeep in lieu of answering one of my questions.

Especially if those details involve a certain moon elf.
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