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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 03 Nov 2004 :  01:13:47  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Ed answers kuje31’s latest:


kuje, Sandrew the Wise IS that busy, and DOES get around that much. A rising star in the faith, he was ‘called’ from Neverwinter to Silverymoon to receive instruction from senior priests of Oghma. He resided in the Gem of the North for about a season in doing so, worshipping and serving the Binder in Silverymoon -- and then sent off to Waterdeep, to take charge of the temple there.
Sandrew is very tall and very charismatic, with a mellifluous voice and deeply-hooded eyes that blaze “with zeal,” as other priests of Oghma like to say. They DO seem to emit a golden light at times (his pupils are a strange butter-yellow hue), and some folk have mistaken him for a god, or the servant of a god, when meeting him. Sandrew dresses simply, in ankle-length robes of white shimmerweave (while conducting ‘high rituals) or beige homespun (the rest of the time). He wears several magical rings, carries a magical staff, and wears slippers that have toes that can sprout sleep-venomed daggerblades when he needs to defend himself. Sandrew’s chief talents lie in NEVER forgetting a reference, or where he saw it, and in perceiving how best to state or impart something for his intended audience (as Kitten of Waterdeep once put it, “he can make even the outrageous seem reasonable”).


So saith Ed. Another Realmslore query dealt with (dusts hands briskly, reaches for mug of tea). Ah, this is the life. Feet up, Realmslore flooding into my computer, Ed’s teasing merrily everpresent . . .
love to all, until next,
THO


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Capn Charlie
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Posted - 03 Nov 2004 :  08:10:53  Show Profile  Visit Capn Charlie's Homepage  Click to see Capn Charlie's MSN Messenger address  Send Capn Charlie a Yahoo! Message Send Capn Charlie a Private Message
Many thanks once more, Ed.

Trust me, your descriptions of how brutal war can be in the realms is not so much of a surprise, only unnexpected in that he(and I must admit, I) were expecting the realms to be a bit more rosy and pleasant than that... and we are both happy that it is not.

No real surprises about the Lizardman info, except for that about the rite of passage... very interesting. I will most likely use that before too awful long, perhaps in conjunction with the lizardmen that have taken up residence in turmish.

As for the Thayan information... no apologies are neccesary, and in fact, I am more intrigued by the fact that there are NDas about that area, currently, and the prospect(even if I am mistaken) of more products coming along about one of my favorite areas is more than sufficient recompense for my not getting a few nuggets of info right now.

Once again, from my players and me, Thank you.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 03 Nov 2004 :  15:13:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. I bring Ed’s latest:


Blind Ranger, you’re quite welcome. Oooh, and a Lordship! Thank you, I’ll take very good care of it . . . I’ll just put it on this shelf over here, and . . . there we are . . .
There’s no “official” postal service in the Realms, with stamps and uniforms and suchlike, but all peddlers, minstrels, caravan wagon-merchants, trading coster offices, and caravan masters have traditionally taken verbal messages, written messages, and small packages (usually a canvas ‘purse’ sewn together and sealed against damp with pitch or sap before being sewn inside a second layer of canvas) for delivery to distant places, in return for quite steep fees (so common folk use such means only in emergencies). The cost reflects the fact that the delivery person may pay someone else, partway along the route, to do the last leg of the delivery, and still wants to make a few coins of profit after doing this. It would be rare to find any tangible message being delivered for less than a 6 gp ‘up front’ charge, unless it’s “just to the next village or two along” a shared road.
Heralds and court envoys regularly deliver official messages and royal communications, of course.
All priesthoods maintain a regular message service between temples (and can use spells to deliver short verbal messages ‘directly’), and often offer a cut-rate service to faithful worshippers (who have already given regular or substantial offerings to the temple) for including their messages along with the temple reports, written prayers and sermons, and holy decrees.
Lastly, shippers of large cargoes will often make several copies of a message for their intended recipient, and slip it inside crates or coffers that are then closed and sealed. Sometimes these are of the “If the finder of this delivers it unopened to Durth Merrilees of Merrilees Tapestries on the Way of the Dragon, Durth will pay a reward of 4 dragons” variety (this example obviously being for a message inbound to Waterdeep).
Note that this can take some time, and many messages never arrive. Note also that there’s really no such thing as privacy unless codes are used, because in many cases a ‘local village scribe’ does the initial writing for the sender, and anyone can open and read (or even alter) the message en route. Many folk employ ‘private codes’ of this sort: plain everyday writing, but certain phrases have a previously-arranged ‘private meaning’ (example: “Aunt Maerl continues to do well, and asks after you” really means: “Our investment scheme is flourishing, and that extra money you offered to put into it is now needed”)
There are armed, experienced, mounted couriers within Cormyr and Sembia (operating only within the boundaries of those countries), because there’s enough wealth and population density to support such services. They typically deliver small packages swiftly and reliably, in return for 25 gp or more fees.
As for the general spread of information (news and rumors), it spreads by priests spell-talking to distant priests, via ‘wandering’ peddlers and minstrels and the Harpers, via trading costers, and with every ship and caravan (alert readers of my accounts of the Realms from 1979 onwards should recall what THO knows well: every arrival of a caravan to stay the night at the Old Skull spurred most of Shadowdale to turn out to “hear the latest” news).
There are even newspapers (“broadsheets”) published in many cities (see my Realmslore WotC website column for some details of those printed in Waterdeep), and these travel with all of the above. The arrival of a ‘new’ (sometimes seasons-old) broadsheet in a remote village is cause for a social gathering at the local tavern for the best reader to entertain everyone for an evening.
Thanks for the question, Blind Ranger, and keep ’em coming!

So saith Ed, who's enjoying spinning the Knights novel right now. I can't WAIT to read it. Sigh.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 03 Nov 2004 :  17:12:57  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
:) This should be a easy question to answer.....

We were discussing drow gestation over on another topic and some of us still use the 2 years, for elves, that was in the Complete Book of Elves. Can you give us realmslore on how long the elven gestation is?

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Faraer
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Posted - 03 Nov 2004 :  17:33:36  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
& could I have my yes/no on whether Colin McComb's elven 'reverie' is part of your Realms?
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Posted - 03 Nov 2004 :  18:27:06  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Faraer

& could I have my yes/no on whether Colin McComb's elven 'reverie' is part of your Realms?



And as a add one to this because it's come up reapeatedly on the WOTC boards, do drow sleep like humans or do they enter reverie or do they do both depending on if they are still connected to the Weave....?

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
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Posted - 04 Nov 2004 :  00:02:25  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. I present Ed’s latest words:


Bookwyrm, Faerun IS getting crowded. From the original Fiend Folio onwards, the number of hitherto-unknown races has increased sharply, and as the Realms was the official home of the 2nd Edition of D&D, every last one of them had to be shoehorned in. The apparent overcrowding was made worse when a lot of the ‘wide open spaces’ were trimmed from the Realms map for 3e (in other words, the “empty spaces between the human cities and realms, where one could meet with all manner of talking critters” suddenly just weren’t there anymore).
However, I’ve always postulated that the continent of Faerun, at least, is a verdant breadbasket that can feed LOTS of folk (except in its desert and frozen bits -- hence the orc hordes sweeping south to raid from time to time). It HAS to be that way to feed all of these folk, and there HAVE to be a lot of folk, or (most of the species of) dragons (a very-firmly-bolted-on element of the game) would starve.
TSR from the first downplayed the sexual side of things, and so my hints that, hey, there seems to be “something in the air” here: everyone’s coupling like bunnies, and babies are born in relentless profusion, have always been omitted or watered-down. To my way of thinking, this fertility MUST be present, or none of the races would ever produce enough bodies to fight all of these wars and still have civilizations (of sorts) standing -- or to fill the slave markets (and country) of Thay.
I plant a radish, and sixteen sprout. I make love to a partner, and twins or triplets arrive; the next time we couple, pregnancy occurs almost immediately (the females of Toril must be internally as strong as oxen!).
Something else should be noted, too: check out page 10 of the DM’s Sourcebook of the Realms, in the original Realms boxed set (“Old Gray Box”), wherein the map of the United States is size-compared to the Heartlands. We’re talking a LARGE area, please remember.
After all of this, if things still seem uncomfortably crowded to you (especially given the dominance of humans atop the soil, and drow below), make many of the peoples very scarce ON FAERUN, but more numerous on other continents of Toril (so they can arrive on trading ships, and leave a scattering behind across the lands, but be very rare “here”). That’s what I did with the dwarves, the gnomes, and to a large extent with the elves. The halflings I spread thinly everywhere humans dwelled, and then gave their own kingdom ‘way down south.’ The flind, gnolls, ogres, and giants were my real problem, and you’ll notice I shoved them into remote, inhospitable locations. My original players will recall that there’s an entire continent dominated by giants, and another landmass (that they’ve explored but little) that seems to consist of vast rolling grassy plains, inhabited by lots of centaurs, wemic, gnolls, flind, and so on.


So saith Ed. I can certainly attest to the lusty side of Realmsplay, but it seems some of you (hello, Wooly . . . and Sirius . . . and Karth) have already figured that out.
love to all (breathlessly),
THO
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zeathiel
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Posted - 04 Nov 2004 :  00:25:01  Show Profile  Visit zeathiel's Homepage Send zeathiel a Private Message
Another question(s) for Ed Greenwood,

When did the army of Silverymoon become the Knights in Silver instead of a general army/militia. Also when did the Argent Legion officially come into being?

Again, my thanks

Edited by - zeathiel on 04 Nov 2004 00:28:52
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Bookwyrm
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Posted - 04 Nov 2004 :  03:08:35  Show Profile  Visit Bookwyrm's Homepage  Click to see Bookwyrm's MSN Messenger address Send Bookwyrm a Private Message
Aren't the Knights just the regular core of the army, not the whole? Most nations at the level of Silverymoon, at least in our history, didn't have a standing army, or only had a core of "regulars" (i.e., the knights of feudal Europe) that bolstered a conscripted or volunteer army that came up as needed. (I believe that this is where we get the idea of "officer" versus "enlisted," but I don't have facts on that.)

Thanks for the answer, Mr. Greenwood. Mostly it's what I figured -- both the problem of placing standard races in your own world, as well as the time of "let's just dump things on the Realms, because that logo sells even better than that of the core line." (I often wonder if that's a net compliment or insult, but that's under the bridge and out in the bay.)

Once again, I want to get a copy of the OGB, but that's just a little hard to find for a new player with limited resources. Certainly that comparison map would give me a new perspective on the Realms that is hard to get right now.

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Taelohn
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Posted - 04 Nov 2004 :  04:19:43  Show Profile  Visit Taelohn's Homepage  Send Taelohn an AOL message  Click to see Taelohn's MSN Messenger address Send Taelohn a Private Message
Sorry to bother again, but while we're speaking of the lusty side of Realmsplay...

It has been said spellfire is heredity - I'm not sure if that means 100% odds, but there's a good chance of it (so far as I know). A player in my group has a PC that wields spellfire - and he (the character) is set to be a father, come a few more months. When it was mentioned that the child could eventually inherit spellfire, he (the player) started thinking... would it be possible that some other folks out there might want such a thing?

Ladies that would pay him to get them pregnant, in other words, so that they could have a child with various spiffy powers. You see how the plan would appear to be beneficial to him - but of course, it would likely mean he'd have to go around announcing that he has said power, which may draw less desirable attention.

In addition, odds are that most non-mages out there would have no clue what spellfire is... and those that do may consider the potential dangers of a child manifesting that to outweigh the benefits (whether through accidently destroying things or harming people, or whether by causing foes to come after the child).

Would anyone pay for such a thing (if so, how much?), or should he go back to earning gold the hard way (so to speak)? How much would his own station or charisma factor into it? (I've heard that some people wanted to bear Azoun's children... but hey, that was Azoun). Is the general idea sound (all my kids will have super-powers! - and that could be a lot, with the 'coupling like bunnies' mentality), or are there other things to consider?
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Kuje
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Posted - 04 Nov 2004 :  08:02:40  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
This is from Kezghan,

Could THO or Ed maybe supply the levels, aligns, races, classes, deities, gender/sex, for the Knights as they are in 1372?

Kuje's Note: I also mentioned to him that Heroes Lorebook is probably the most "recent" set of stat's for them. :) But he was looking for more then that....

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
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Posted - 04 Nov 2004 :  14:38:17  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Herewith, Ed makes reply to Gerath Hoan:


Ah, Gerath, you’ve stumbled across an Untold Secret of the Realms. Way back when Barb Young was editing DUNGEON Adventures magazine, she asked for short, simple adventures (“Side Treks” and slightly-larger equivalents). I did one for her (“Irongard,” published in issue 18), but we never got around to publishing my second one, “The Haunted Well.” I still have it, somewhere, a simple little three-chamber (or so) 2nd Edition dungeon, and may in time publish it somewhere and somehow. It’s, yes, a wayside well that’s locally deemed to be haunted. Though its water is just fine (drinkable), overnight camping near it is strongly discouraged.


So saith Ed. Who’s not telling you the whole story, in part because we Knights left some unfinished business there.
love to all,
THO
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Faraer
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"The Haunted Well", then, is something I'd very much like to see; the kind of thing I wish more of had been published. Would it be hard to 3E it up and get it on wizards.com?

I think Wizards has deliberately avoided looking too closely at the Knights in its 'present', out of courtesy to Ed's campaign: it would amount to looking into the future.
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Torkwaret
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Greetings Ed !

I recently stumbled upon a certain interesting creature, which is sadly described with but a few words. I am refferin to the "flying, skeletal undeadbeing that seeks to slay all elves" in the description of Myth Rhynn. Will there be something more revealed about this mysterious thing in a 3.5 product ? Perhaps you can provide some information too ?

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Bonjour monsieur Ed de la Forêt Vert,

Pouring over my realms-maps I noted a little detail which has been gnawing at me since. Is the fact that the word Boarskyr in Boarskyr Bridge an anagram of Obarskyr just a funny coincidence or something more?

Yes yes, I know it's a silly question, but it's been driving me nuts ever since I noticed it. And oh... is that the Hooded One's leash lying around on the floor unattended?

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quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

And oh... is that the Hooded One's leash lying around on the floor unattended?



Of course not! I'll share, but I'll not leave the leash unattended!

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George Krashos
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quote:
Originally posted by Torkwaret

Greetings Ed !

I recently stumbled upon a certain interesting creature, which is sadly described with but a few words. I am refferin to the "flying, skeletal undeadbeing that seeks to slay all elves" in the description of Myth Rhynn. Will there be something more revealed about this mysterious thing in a 3.5 product ? Perhaps you can provide some information too ?



See "Volo's Guide to Baldur's Gate II", p.122 and as for the "being's" origins, look at Dragon#206, p.76. As for a 3.5 version, well, you never know ...

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First time I've posted here; I'd be grateful if the ever-flirtatious Hooded One would relay this to Ed...

While I'm busy working on my War Wizards article and gathering notes for my next couple of Cormyr projects, I did take note Ed's following words:
quote:
However, I’ve always postulated that the continent of Faerun, at least, is a verdant breadbasket that can feed LOTS of folk (except in its desert and frozen bits -- hence the orc hordes sweeping south to raid from time to time). It HAS to be that way to feed all of these folk, and there HAVE to be a lot of folk, or (most of the species of) dragons (a very-firmly-bolted-on element of the game) would starve.
TSR from the first downplayed the sexual side of things, and so my hints that, hey, there seems to be “something in the air” here: everyone’s coupling like bunnies, and babies are born in relentless profusion, have always been omitted or watered-down. To my way of thinking, this fertility MUST be present, or none of the races would ever produce enough bodies to fight all of these wars and still have civilizations (of sorts) standing -- or to fill the slave markets (and country) of Thay.

It seems obvious to me from this that the peoples of Faerûn would place a high value on fertility and childbirth. I would also think that adults would have a rather higher mortality rate than the medieval/renaissance real world due to orc hords, dragon attacks, adventurers getting killed, and so forth. I know that the Realms is more gender-equal than the real world, but still, I'd think that men make up a higher proportion of solders or adventurers than women and thus make up a correspondingly larger proportion of deaths. If that's so, then the logical conclusion is that there are going to be a fair number of widows out there who are still in their childbearing years.

In the Realms, given the high value placed on fertility and childbirth, would there be significant social pressure on these widows to continue bearing children (either out of wedlock or through remarriage)? I would think that this would also result in there being much less stigma against, and much more acceptance of, bastard children except where such impacts noble or royal inheritance.

And another wild and wicked thought occured to me. For some reason, reading Ed's words also brought to mind the old feudal custom of Prima Nocta (I hope I spelled that right), First Night, illustrated in the movie Braveheart where a feudal lord has the right of First Night with commoner brides on their wedding nights. That practice was not generally benign, but in combination with Ed's words I thought of a variation. If childbirth is such a value, and a widowed woman of childbearing years can't soon find a new husband, might it be a right of her to request, and a lord's duty to perform, coupling for the purpose of getting more children on the widow and this particular form of adultery (if the lord is married) would not be considered a sin or violation of vows? Of course it would be a given that children of this custom would not be heirs or have any claim on the lord. Would this be a custom anywhere in Faerûn? (It might go some way to justify some of the renowned Obarskyr proclivities, anyway, and provide some degree of justification)

Oh, and one other question... Ed was gracious and wonderful enough to discuss Cormyr's Imperial Navy with me on the REALMS-L list, and was looking froward to my chapter on the Blue Dragons. It's been out for a while now, on both the mailing list and here on Candlekeep, with major modifications to bring it in line with his own lore. Has he had a chance to glance over it?

Thanks!

Jerry


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Well met, Jerryd, welcome to Candlekeep

A fine work indeed!

Oh, Hooded One, just incase ye haven't ventured down the corridor to the chamber in which Jerry's work on the military of Cormyr is located, here is the scroll in question.

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The Hooded One
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Thank you, Alaundo. I suspect Ed's most recent NDAs are going to stop him from even commenting on Jerryd's (ahem, Jerry D--'s) Cormyr files, but I'll pass them on, never fear.
Hello, all. Bookwyrm, you mentioned you lacked access to the Old Gray Box. I know there’s been some monkeying with the FR map since then. Among other things, it’s shortened the distance between the Sword Coast and the Sea of Fallen Stars, but before that ‘telescoping of wide open spaces’ occurred, a due east-west line across the Heartlands land mass of Faerun, from the Sword Coast to the city of Telflamm, was just a shade greater than the distance across our real-world United States of America at its widest point (from about Eureka, California to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina). That’s what the page Ed mentioned depicts.
On to his latest answer:


kuje31 and Faraer, I must begin by apologizing to Faraer for taking so long to answer his Reverie query, which was asked here months back. Briefly, I see the elves (including the drow) as evolving, so that definitive answers no longer fit each and every individual elf. For most drow, gestation takes, yes, two years -- but just as for Faerunian and real-world humans, there are premature-birth children who survive and thrive, sometimes after as little as eleven months of pregnancy.
As Elaine Cunningham said, elsewhere here at Candlekeep: “I postulated that natural adaption would result in other solutions, but also assumed that their elven natures, including the ability to enter reverie, were fragmented by their environment. So I left the issue unresolved, describing various drow in different situations. Some drow slept, some entered a form of Reverie, and some, such as Gromph, could not sleep at all. (It also occurred to me that the drow would likely have developed some sort of brief but deeply restorative meditation -- a very useful skill for warriors, priestesses and wizards who, for whatever reason, cannot afford to take their eyes off their enemies for long.) . . . there are references in the earlier lore to support these possible options: dreamless sleep, sleep with a dream phase, elven reverie.”
I’ve always treated surface elves AND drow like this: this elf does this, this elf does that, and no definitive statement can be made for the entire race, any longer.
So, yes, Colin McComb's elven Reverie is part of ‘my’ Realms, but not all elves go into Reverie all the time. Some don’t sleep at all (until they get sick or are wounded, whereupon they typically ‘crash’ in a semi-coma for tendays at a time, only to snap out of it ‘just fine’ and go on sleepless as before). How upset or wounded a particular elf is, drow or otherwise, affects which of the three options Elaine outlined ‘govern’ that particular elf. There’s also the deeper ‘stasis Reverie’ that elves who “sleep” for long periods (like the Srinshee) enter.
MOST surface elves don’t sleep, but do Reverie (not very often). MOST drow sleep as humans do, tormented by dreams, but don’t need to sleep very often (they can ‘remain awake’ for days, though that doesn’t mean they can run for days on end, or fight unceasing for days on end: physical exertion causes weariness of the body for elves just as it does for humans. Dwarves and gnomes CAN perform prolonged physical exertion for longer than other races, and halflings can engage in complicated mental exertion (adding up sums, sorting, remembering genealogies) for longer than other races without making mistakes due to mental fatigue.
Again, these are gross generalizations, of the sort that if I made them of real-world human sub-races I’d be rightly accused of “stereotyping.” However, I make no apologies for having some elves do one thing at a particular time and another thing later on, or this elf doing something different from that elf. It’s one of the features that lends them this fey ‘aura of mystery’ in the eyes of Faerunian human characters, and real-life human gamers.

So saith Ed. Who’s still happily writing away on SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR (or whatever it’ll eventually be called).
love to all,
THO
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Wooly Rupert
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Originally posted by Jerryd

Oh, and one other question... Ed was gracious and wonderful enough to discuss Cormyr's Imperial Navy with me on the REALMS-L list, and was looking froward to my chapter on the Blue Dragons. It's been out for a while now, on both the mailing list and here on Candlekeep, with major modifications to bring it in line with his own lore. Has he had a chance to glance over it?



I, for one, quite liked that piece. And welcome to these halls!

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Sourcemaster2
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O Lady from the Hood, I've been a bit too nervous to post before now, but your chaste nature and innocent soul have lured me here. I’ve got a few mojo-related questions, so I won’t beat around the bush (so to speak). 1) Mystra controls the Weave and her absence causes magic to go wild, but if she were to somehow be destroyed beyond recreation, could mortals eventually learn to adapt their spells to function normally? 2) Psionics is uncommon in the Realms, but is it ever seen as a threat by the gods? Not as a weapon, but in that it offers a source of magic not dependent (directly or indirectly) on the divine? 3) Just how much control do Faerunian clerics have over the spells they are given? Can a priest trust that the spells he prays for will be granted, or will the gods deny a spell they believe will be used for unworthy aims? Might a deity slip in a different spell if it thinks it will be needed, or is such intervention extremely rare? I'll bow out now, noble Lady, and leave you to your pristine pleasures.

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Posted - 05 Nov 2004 :  03:49:29  Show Profile  Visit TheHermit's Homepage Send TheHermit a Private Message
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And another wild and wicked thought occured to me. For some reason, reading Ed's words also brought to mind the old feudal custom of Prima Nocta (I hope I spelled that right), First Night, illustrated in the movie Braveheart where a feudal lord has the right of First Night with commoner brides on their wedding nights.

Just to point out here, but there's not really much evidence that the medieval practice of jus primae noctis (law of the first night) (or droit du seigneur (the lord's right), if you prefer) existed. It may have perhaps existed in a limited fashion in some areas of Europe (mostly as a way to levy more taxes/fees), but certainly not to the extent believed in modern popular culture, and certainly not in England or Scotland during the time of Edward I. (Braveheart should come with a label that says "Not to be mistaken for actual history.")

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 05 Nov 2004 :  15:07:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Thy Hooded One. Ed is busy ferrying wife to medical appointments for the first half of today, and I’ll not presume to answer for him, but I feel moved to point out a logical fallacy in your post, Jerryd.
I’m not disagreeing with your conclusions about widows (and I doubt Ed will, given what I’ve seen of the Realms in well over a decade of Realmsplay), but this sentence of yours is suspect: “It seems obvious to me from this that the peoples of Faerûn would place a high value on fertility and childbirth.”
You’re assuming superb communications, clerical near-unanimity, and a societal consensus here. Folk tend to value highly what is rare and unusual, not what is commonplace. If fertility and pregnancy are everpresent, it’s merely “the normal state of affairs,” and for most common folk there’s little awareness of overall population losses, only of local deaths and bereavements.
kuje31, please tell Kezghan that his request for particulars of our Knights characters can’t be honoured. As Faraer pointed out, it amounts to sabotaging our campaign (however unintentionally), and is in fact written in to the release forms we all signed, so long ago, for each of our characters.
Ed will return with more replies as soon as he can.
love to all,
THO
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Originally posted by TheHermit
Just to point out here, but there's not really much evidence that the medieval practice of jus primae noctis (law of the first night) (or droit du seigneur (the lord's right), if you prefer) existed. It may have perhaps existed in a limited fashion in some areas of Europe (mostly as a way to levy more taxes/fees), but certainly not to the extent believed in modern popular culture, and certainly not in England or Scotland during the time of Edward I. (Braveheart should come with a label that says "Not to be mistaken for actual history.")



Too true - but in a fantasy world like the Realms with lots of evil gods and cults, you could see it being quite prevalent in places like the backward fringes of Calimshan, Unther and Thay.

Oh, and I loved your sig. Made me grab my "Inside Raven's Bluff" accessory and look you up! Thanks Joe.

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