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Kentinal
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Posted - 17 Dec 2004 :  23:10:24  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
Got distracted so you might have recived an answer. My take on the question is that Drow as a race is not welcomed most places on the surface, a few visiting watched closely certainly can be tolorated as traders and most likely do have a hiddn presence in most cities.

"Small beings can have small wisdom," the dragon said. "And small wise beings are better than small fools. Listen: Wisdom is caring for afterwards."
"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
"After action, afterwards," the dragon said. "Choose the afterwards first, then the action. Fools choose action first."
"Judgement" copyright 2003 by Elizabeth Moon
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  02:21:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Ed tackles the matter of “Dargoth’s dragons” this time:



Dargoth, you and George between you have nailed down the copper dragon locales west of the Dragonreach and south of the Moonsea. The Dales are pretty well scoured out (thanks to Zhent and Cult of the Dragon activities, and lots of warfare in recent decades) of copper dragons right now, what with the Thunder Peaks harbouring other sorts of wyrms.
If neither Glen nor the Desertsmouth Mtns will do, I’m afraid your PCs will have to look as far afield as the (foothills of the) Earthspur Mountains bordering the Vast, and the Orsraun Mountains, nigh Starmantle. I can’t see much more than eggs and a few dragon hatchlings (in human or other custody and hiding) being found in the eastern dales, just now. (I am of course assuming your campaign isn’t currently featuring The Rage, or the many armies in the field of the unfolding The Last Mythal trilogy.) However, the simple use of a gate (3e portal) can whisk that PC sorcerer to a copper dragon lair elsewhere in Faerûn. If you’re feeling really generous, you could even give him the means to get whisked back home again. :}



So saith Ed. Who hasn’t forgotten the platters of other waiting Realmslore requests, and promises to deal with them all, eventually. (If he lives so long!)
love to all,
THO
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Kentinal
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  02:49:48  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all.
...
If you’re feeling really generous, you could even give him the means to get whisked back home again. :}






Hi there *S*

Err a two way portal, it appeared to me that at least some were one way. As the gods will of course or other magics could be used.

You have been kind in posting replies to questions and some appear to believe I have perhaps not properly asked questions in this thread. I now ask some questions. Some of which may not be answered. I will try to ask only a few.


The 10th level spells not being the same as Epic spells concerning that ban? (short version if at all, my quick answer would be they are 9.5 spells *wink* )

That Shar also banned 10th level spells?
If so does Shar grant, or allow her followers to use, Epic spells?

Can Chosen be killed? (this not deity related)

How many Chosen are there?

Do all deities have a Chosen?



"Small beings can have small wisdom," the dragon said. "And small wise beings are better than small fools. Listen: Wisdom is caring for afterwards."
"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
"After action, afterwards," the dragon said. "Choose the afterwards first, then the action. Fools choose action first."
"Judgement" copyright 2003 by Elizabeth Moon
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RevJest
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  04:44:08  Show Profile  Visit RevJest's Homepage Send RevJest a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by zeathiel

Greetings all,

Another question for Ed or THO,

Are drow considered welcome in Silverymoon? The Silver Marches book states...."The prevailing spells of Silverymoon's wards are known to include: antipathy to all evil-aligned demons, devils, dragons, drow, duergar, giants, goblinoids, mind flayers, orcs..." but also goes on to state "All except drow are welcome in the Gem of the North...". Alas, some confusion. Are just evil drow shunned or all? I also seem to recall Drizzt visited Silverymoon and walked freely there.



Drizzt can roam around quite a bit in the North, thanks to his well known reputation. If he can walk the streets of Waterdeep, I think he can wander Silverymoon without a major problem. Especially since he's a friend of Lady Alustriel's.

Now, are there lots of Eilistrean Drow wandering Silverymoon? Probably not. Regrettably, the followers of the Dark Maiden don't have the sort of widespread good reputation ol' Drizzt enjoys. It's also easier for people to believe an occasional rare drow may turn good, than it is to believe that a whole bunch of them are roaming around.

Plus, while King Bruenor will speak for Drizzt, no other dwarves are speaking for any other drow. Remember that the Silver Marches have several dwarven realms. Would the rulers of those realms trust Alustriel much if she let drow roam her city in numbers? Ah, I think not! :)

- S

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  05:21:54  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

Can Chosen be killed? (this not deity related)


Sure, look at Syluné.

quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

How many Chosen are there?


For Mystra, a bunch (a dozen, I think). For the other deities, too many!

quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

Do all deities have a Chosen?


Sweet mother, let's not give them ideas!

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SirUrza
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  06:49:36  Show Profile  Send SirUrza an AOL message  Send SirUrza an ICQ Message Send SirUrza a Private Message
Pardon me for not reading 77 page but is Ed still working on that Knight trilogy or has that been pushed back for something else?

"Evil prevails when good men fail to act."
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Verghityax
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  09:21:55  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message
Dear Ed,

1) Could You provide me with any info on recent events concerning the Blacktalons Mercenary Company? And one more thing. In "Gold & Glory" sourcebook it is said that Khosann, the leader of the company, has somehow overthrown the former leader. What was the former leader's name and what were the circumstances of this happening?
2) Could You give some more info on Bloodaxe Mercenary Company? Especially about their history, the names of the four living dwarfs that belonged to the company when it was formed and remain with it to this day and how are the Bloodaxes going on nowadays in Sundabar.

Edited by - Verghityax on 18 Dec 2004 16:42:48
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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  15:45:24  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by SirUrza

Pardon me for not reading 77 page but is Ed still working on that Knight trilogy or has that been pushed back for something else?



Yes, unless something has changed, that novel is one of the projects he's currently working on.
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SirUrza
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  21:49:17  Show Profile  Send SirUrza an AOL message  Send SirUrza an ICQ Message Send SirUrza a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by SiriusBlack

quote:
Originally posted by SirUrza

Pardon me for not reading 77 page but is Ed still working on that Knight trilogy or has that been pushed back for something else?



Yes, unless something has changed, that novel is one of the projects he's currently working on.



That's good to hear. :)

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Kentinal
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Posted - 18 Dec 2004 :  22:19:05  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by simontrinity

quote:
Originally posted by zeathiel

Greetings all,

Another question for Ed or THO,

Are drow considered welcome in Silverymoon?



Drizzt can roam around quite a bit in the North, thanks to his well known reputation. If he can walk the streets of Waterdeep, I think he can wander Silverymoon without a major problem. Especially since he's a friend of Lady Alustriel's.

Now, are there lots of Eilistrean Drow wandering Silverymoon? Probably not. Regrettably, the followers of the Dark Maiden don't have the sort of widespread good reputation ol' Drizzt enjoys. It's also easier for people to believe an occasional rare drow may turn good, than it is to believe that a whole bunch of them are roaming around.





Well only better I can do is offer sites like this: http://www.gemofthenorth.org/netbook/appendix3.html

" There are also rumors of Dark Ladies who celebrate their goddess, Eilistraee, under the moonlight in the wilds around Silverymoon."

Pefering not to be killed, often the followers of the good Goddess are low key, they also would more likely be found in out laying forests and tunnels then often in the city.

"Small beings can have small wisdom," the dragon said. "And small wise beings are better than small fools. Listen: Wisdom is caring for afterwards."
"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
"After action, afterwards," the dragon said. "Choose the afterwards first, then the action. Fools choose action first."
"Judgement" copyright 2003 by Elizabeth Moon

Edited by - Kentinal on 21 Dec 2004 09:11:38
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 19 Dec 2004 :  03:51:45  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. To PDK, Ed speaks thus:



You’re welcome! Regarding your perception of the ‘races of men:’ I’d say that VISIBLE “psionically gifted humans, elves, etc. are very rare in the Realms.”
Many, many more individuals have weak, feeble wild talents (that SOMETIMES allow them a few seconds of feather fall, or seeing invisible creatures, or anticipating what’s going to be attempted by others in the next combat round; to paraphrase CHEF: “that sort of thing”) but very much fear to reveal their powers to others, and will literally only dare to try to use them in life-threatening situations. So, yes, as you conclude, psionically-gifted humans “should be treated as individual/unique creatures when encountered.”


So saith Ed, who is so busy right now that even I (who know him and his busy-ness well) am awed.
love to all,
THO

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Karth
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Posted - 19 Dec 2004 :  06:52:17  Show Profile  Visit Karth's Homepage  Send Karth an AOL message Send Karth a Private Message
Hmmm... Hooded One, that makes me wonder if I should even ask this right now. But it is a detail that I have sudden need of and it can't really wait due to oh, so demanding players.

Cartographers in Suzail: who are they and where are they? What is the likely extent of their wares and are they under any crown restrictions? If you can answer it from your PC's experiences without bothering good old Uncle Wierdbeard while he's so busy: so be it. I'd be happy with useful intel from either of you... ;)

Thanks Much,

-Karth
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Purple Dragon Knight
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 19 Dec 2004 :  07:14:08  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all. To PDK, Ed speaks thus:
-------------------
You’re welcome! Regarding your perception of the ‘races of men:’ I’d say that VISIBLE “psionically gifted humans, elves, etc. are very rare in the Realms.”
Many, many more individuals have weak, feeble wild talents (that SOMETIMES allow them a few seconds of feather fall, or seeing invisible creatures, or anticipating what’s going to be attempted by others in the next combat round; to paraphrase CHEF: “that sort of thing”) but very much fear to reveal their powers to others, and will literally only dare to try to use them in life-threatening situations. So, yes, as you conclude, psionically-gifted humans “should be treated as individual/unique creatures when encountered.”
-------------------
So saith Ed, who is so busy right now that even I (who know him and his busy-ness well) am awed.
love to all,
THO
Most excellent!

So my final question would come down to this: what do we have more in the Realms -- psionically gifted "wild talents" or Spellfire channelers?

(and to be completely annoying, what would you say their respective ratio would be, say, in a town of 5,000 men? -- i.e. would you see it as 4 wild talents per 1000 pop; 0.5 spellfire user per 1000 pop? -- what's more common in the Realms: people who have unexplainable bone-setting skills through Spellfire healing and/or mystical monks that "glow in the night", their fists imbued with Spellfire; OR people who have weird, unique powers derived from psionic inner gifts?)

Edited by - Purple Dragon Knight on 19 Dec 2004 07:16:41
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 20 Dec 2004 :  01:37:08  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. To Imvarda "Beal" Vodu, Ed saith:


I’m very sorry, but all of your very good and proper requests about Szass Tam’s background must remain unanswered by me right now, for NDA reasons. He does feature in some Realms fiction, and I do hope to enlighten you more in future. I just can’t do so right now, for WotC legal reasons.



However, to Wooly Rupert, Ed is able to impart a trifle more:



I trust that other scroll you refer to has discussed St. Sollars the Twice-Martyred? (Based on Ed Sollars, a real TSR employee who was “at the imperiled end of the line” every time the company was forced to enact layoffs. Not included in the Realms by me, BTW, and my spelling of his surname might be incorrect.)
Wooly, I have followed a strict personal policy of never introducing real people by name into the Realms. Characters played by real people, yes, of course (most of the Knights of Myth Drannor and the Company of Crazed Venturers, plus a scattering of others from my various library campaigns, not to mention all the NPCs I’ve portrayed around gaming tables, down the years). That’s not to say other writers haven’t done this, without my knowledge; you’ll have to ask them.
Personalities of real people finding their way into characters in the Realms, now, is something I do all the time - - but never wholesale. In other words, I NEVER take a real person and ‘give them a Realms name and appearance’ to create a Realms NPC. Instead, as all writers do, I observe real people talking, acting, and otherwise living in the real world around me and take a pinch of this way of speaking here, a whiff of that beauty there, a peck of this world-view or opinion, and so on, mixing and matching many little ingredients of many real people to ‘make real’ individuals I create (imagine).



So saith Ed, Bearer Not of the True Word but of many true words.
love to all,
THO
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Baalster
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Posted - 20 Dec 2004 :  10:27:14  Show Profile  Visit Baalster's Homepage Send Baalster a Private Message
On my favourite subject, Moonsea (and surrounding areas):
There was some great write-ups on the two cities of Melvaunt and Thentia, first in Polyhedron magazine, then in the Moonsea sourcebook.

As a scribe always hungry for more, I would like to see more information about the shady side of those two cities ? Thieves guild. With that much trade going through the two cities, surely someone wants a cut of the action. Smuggling operations, cooperations with other groups in the area and elsewhere.

With best wishes for the upcoming holidays to everyone,
Baalster

The North is indeed as they say in the Vilhon Reach - a land of "hard, brutal men in leather and furs who swing overhasty swords."
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Borch
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Posted - 20 Dec 2004 :  21:54:07  Show Profile  Visit Borch's Homepage Send Borch a Private Message
Greetings,

here comes another request for the ever-busy Ed, on certain buildings in Baldur's Gate and their inhabitants.

What can be told aout the following:

The Waterqueen's House and its staff.

The Hall of the Lady and its staff.

The Seatower of Balduran.

The Black Dragon Gate (are there names for the other gates, why is it named the wy it is)

Manycoinshouse and the Merchants League of the Gate.

That's it, and enough at it it seems, I'm already fearing that three letters, NDA.

To end this, a final, and different question for Ed:

When answering these requests, just how much of the answers come from memories. If an answer can't be given in this way, what do you do? Do you litterally plunge into your cellar-full-of-Reamslore and search until you find waht is needed or do you make it up most of the time?

Was just thinking about this, so I felt like asking...

Thanx again to Ed and THO and happy holidays to all


Sprich aus der Ferne,
heimliche Welt,
die sich so selten
zu mir gesellt
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 20 Dec 2004 :  23:51:29  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Four questions for MR. Greenwood...

1)If I were to pay you a stinking lot of money to create a campaign world and novels on a setting that wasn't a traditional fantasy RPG, what would be the top three settings you would like to create for an RPG?
2)If you could have any collection of superpowers, whither as a hero or villain, what would they be?
3) If a televison like device was introduced to the realms (Or you were paided to do a comedy articule for an April issue of Dragon on the same idea), what shows do you think would be popular? I love Eliminster?
4)It can be said that you have a strong connection to Eliminster. I'm curious as to which other characters you have a strong bond to? Especially the darker and/or eviler characters?

Thanks, I hope that I haven't bother you, but have brought some entertainment.

Ed Greenwood! The Solution... and Cause of all the Realms Problems!
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Melfius
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quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

Four questions for MR. Greenwood...

1)If I were to pay you a stinking lot of money to create a campaign world and novels on a setting that wasn't a traditional fantasy RPG, what would be the top three settings you would like to create for an RPG?
2)If you could have any collection of superpowers, whither as a hero or villain, what would they be?
3) If a televison like device was introduced to the realms (Or you were paided to do a comedy articule for an April issue of Dragon on the same idea), what shows do you think would be popular? I love Eliminster?
4)It can be said that you have a strong connection to Eliminster. I'm curious as to which other characters you have a strong bond to? Especially the darker and/or eviler characters?

Thanks, I hope that I haven't bother you, but have brought some entertainment.



Foxhelm, these are some WONDERFUL questions and I can't wait to hear the answers!

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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

Four questions for MR. Greenwood...

3) If a televison like device was introduced to the realms (Or you were paided to do a comedy articule for an April issue of Dragon on the same idea), what shows do you think would be popular? I love Eliminster?



*chuckle*

Buffy the Paladin of Kelemvor

Jander (the orginal Good Vampire)

Lawful and Good (An FR version of the Law and order)

CSI Waterdeep

The Chembryls (FR version of the Sopranos)

The West wing (Set in the Royal Palace in Cormyr)

Town Watch (FR version of COPS, camera crew travels around with Town watch patrols from different cities every week)

Who wants to win a Million Gold Pieces?

Survivor:Chult (Show involves 10 contestants being dropped into the middle of the Jungle of Chult, every week one person is voted out of the Jungle and is fed to the nearest hungry TRex)


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Melfius
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Posted - 21 Dec 2004 :  03:33:38  Show Profile  Visit Melfius's Homepage  Send Melfius an AOL message Send Melfius a Private Message
What about Monday Night MageDuels?

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 21 Dec 2004 :  03:42:30  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Ed speaks to Dargoth’s theory of other gods having Chosen:



An interesting idea, Dargoth. One that I can’t confirm or deny for NDA reasons (heh-heh), and of course that no mortal being dwelling in the Realms could ever know the truth of (because high priests and even the gods themselves could - - and in many cases, already demonstrably do - - lie about such things). Kentinal proposes a just-as-valid possible alternative, and as kuje31 implies with his take-this-elsewhere request, this is one of those topics that scribes can energetically disagree upon, and debate at great length. As I’ve said many a time before: when it comes to matters divine (and even of planar mechanics), most mortals can never learn absolute truths, or be certain that they’ve done so.
In other news, scribes such as Capn Charlie, Melfius, Jerryd, Gerath Hoan, and Gray Richardson should be aware that I have their Realmslore questions and requests, and will get to them when I can (what with the time of year and various Realms-related writing projects, I can only quote Peter Sellers: “Now is not the time, Kato!”). I’ve not forgotten you, and do need some WotC clearance on some matters to avoid offending against NDAs.
Life doesn’t get simpler as you get older. It just gets more painful.



So saith Ed, the poor overworked dear. I’ll have to give him some personal TLC when next I see him (very soon, I hope). Strikes pose, licks lips, and purrs, “Wish me luck.”

THO
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

I’ll have to give him some personal TLC when next I see him (very soon, I hope). Strikes pose, licks lips, and purrs, “Wish me luck.”

THO




Can I get in line for that, too (the receiving TLC, not giving it to Ed! )?

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Gray Richardson
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It warms the cockles of my heart that with all that's going on for Ed--especially now during the holidays--he would take the time to mention he has my question in his thoughts. My very best holiday wishes go to Ed and his family and that he gets to relax and spend lots of time with them free from the cares of his busy schedule.

And for you Hooded One, my holiday wish is that you are rewarded with all the "luck" (and everything else!) you desire.

Seasons Greetings!
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Milil
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Mr. Greenwood and Mylady THO,

I am very grateful for the replies to my queries, however it came a bit too late for me to incorporate it into my paper. However, the paper I wrote was for a minor course and if I can somehow find a way to work this into my capstone or a 4th year research project by broadening the scope to include other cross-media phenomenon I will be sure to include everything I have learned here. It has been great to hear from all the authors on the subject and has really helped deepen my understanding of the complexity of your work. My hat is off to all of you!

Cheers!
David Lemm
University of Alberta, Edmonton.
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The Hooded One
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Hello, all. Herewith, Ed makes answer to zeathiel:



Drow are definitely unwelcome in Silverymoon.
Your quotations from the text I penned (and Rich Baker edited) for THE SILVER MARCHES are correct, but I confess I can’t see any confusion. The first quotation is describing a magical property of the city wards, and the second is describing the attitude of Silverymoon to visitors from among the ranks of “The People of the Silver Marches” (the title of that chapter), and of the races known to dwell in the region who may be encountered (as traders) traveling in the Marches. As no member of the League of the Silver Marches counts drow as among its citizens (“people”), the second passage is dealing with what happens if drow (of any sort) show up at the gates of Silverymoon: they won’t be allowed to enter (just as Drizzt was not allowed to enter, in Bob’s novel STREAMS OF SILVER).
Because of the strong presence of elves and half-elves in Silverymoon (where Alustriel is trying to, in some respects, recreate Myth Drannor, remember?), drow are too much feared and hated to be openly welcome. Waterdeep is a human-dominated cosmopolitan trading city where coins rule and half the creatures of Faerûn rub shoulders; its tolerance is legendary and a foundation-stone of its mercantile success - - yet even in the City of Splendors, most folk react with either unease or open dislike to drow.
That’s not to say that a DM can’t make exceptions, or have particular individuals treated differently. Yet if *I* was a drow who wanted to enter Silverymoon, I’d adopt a very good disguise.
Alustriel can, of course, (by use of ward-tokens, as discussed in THE SILVER MARCHES) allow Drizzt to enter the High Palace or various other locations in the city without his having to enter via a city gate and walk the streets. Drizzt or any other drow can accompany a ruler of a League member and enjoy diplomatic immunity (as simontrinity alluded to when posting “while King Bruenor will speak for Drizzt,” but you can be sure such individuals will be VERY closely watched (by members of the Spellguard as well as more mundane spies - - and by other eyes than merely those belonging to the city authorities and Harpers, too).
simontrinity is quite correct in saying that it’s “easier for people to believe an occasional rare drow may turn good, than it is to believe that a whole bunch of them” [good drow, that is] “are roaming around.”
No, there aren’t lots of drow worshippers of Eilistraee OPENLY wandering the streets of Silverymoon, but there ARE probably sixty or more dwelling in the city in disguise, and many more in the lands around Silverymoon and around Everlund (as Kentinal suggested). My Lady Hooded can provide details of where and how the Knights met with drow worshippers of Eilistraee. :}



So saith Ed, and yes, I can. Being candid by nature about matters sensual, let me just put it this way: the lands along the Rauvin between Silverymoon and Everlund are FAIRLY safe, being under the patrolled protection of both places. In this area are a number of small, private fortified manor houses that serve as rather exclusive inns (often patronized by caravan companies, adventuring bands, and parties of envoys). Some of them offer the services of some rather exotic ladies-of-pleasure who are, ahem, good at dancing, not shy about being unclad, and have skin of, yes, obsidian hue. Any Silvaeren who care to pay any attention at all to social news of Silverymoon knows of these “dark ladies,” even if they’ve never seen them or ventured to any of these manors.
We Knights have stayed at several of them. As I recall, Torm had to be physically peeled away from a favourite lady when it came time for us to depart the manor of Vesprae’s Gates - - and even Florin gets a wistful look on his face when Lady Vesprae herself is mentioned. (Dove teases him by uttering that name from time to time, just to see him look uncomfortable and mournful, all at once.)
love to all,
THO

Oh, and a postscript to David Lemm:
Ed’s “Uncle George” (actually his cousin, once removed) W.G. Hardy, was once chancellor of the University of Alberta. And a Canadian writer of note (author of Alberta: A Centennial History; City of Libertines; The Scarlet Mantle; The Bloody Toga, and others).

Edited by - The Hooded One on 22 Dec 2004 04:10:22
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