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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 12 Mar 2004 :  04:24:18  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Dear Friends,
This is my first time at this fabled Keep of Lore, I've heard from another great sage ( Mr. Richard Baker) that certain great personages sometimes visit here, and though he was unable to anwser my query, perhabs someone her might be able to help with my research.
My question Araumycos- Who or what is it? Is it sentient?
What does it guard? Why do the gods of Toril never speak of it?Does it guard anything? Why are the shades intrested in what it covers?

Ive taken the time to read the FRCS pg 211, the Underdark pg 126, but all that does it hint at something else, any help would be greatly appreciated. My thanks to all.

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Yes, I've done a little research on this great fungus before. Here's a little of what I've discovered so far -
quote:
Araumycos: Araumycos, a great fungus, fills the Underdark beneath the High Forest between one and three miles from the surface. Possibly the oldest living organism in the Faerun, the fungus predates the empires of the elves. It cannot reach beyond the borders of the forest above it and pieces of it taken away quickly die, so it may be magically or symbiotically tied to the forest. While susceptible to fire, acid, and similar attacks, it is immune to magic and no endeavor has eradicated much of it for long. In fact, it sometimes unleashes mental attacks upon its aggressors. Occasionally entire portions die, revealing ruined cities or colonies of fungus-folk, but the cause and origin of the growth remains unknown.
It's taken from the WotC website.

You may also want to check through the crosswinds.net website. I believe they had some information (both official and fan-created) on their site, the last time I was there.

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 12 Mar 2004 :  07:13:06  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sage,
Thank you very much for taking the time to anwser my question even though I have this info already.
I did try crosswinds. net website but I found some company, do i have the wrong domain name?
And have you ever heard anything else cannon or no about Araumycos?
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Besides what I have already presented, the source materials in the two FR tomes you've mentioned, and the information that was located at the crosswinds.net site...I've been unable to uncover anything more (official) about the great fungus.

Sorry...

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 12 Mar 2004 :  07:55:58  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well,
Thank you I appreciate your time and effort, I've heard that Mr Greenwood sometimes is kind enough to anwser some questions here
(Mr Baker said he would be the person to ask this quetion to); so I'm hoping and praying, If you hear my plea "O ye grand sage of Faerun".
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I'd repost this in the novel section on these boards, where Ed is fielding questions. :) Your'll probably get a quicker answer in that thread.....

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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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 12 Mar 2004 :  08:46:18  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Kuje31 I just did that.
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Posted - 16 Mar 2004 :  04:43:29  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Prince Forge, have you uncovered anything further about the great fungus, Araumycos?...

I only ask because I have some friends from the UK emailing to me their fan-created work-up for this entity that they created several years ago. I'll send it to you, once it arrives.


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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 16 Mar 2004 :  08:52:57  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Sage,
The Hooded One was kind enough to pass some info from Elminster himself (Very intresting info I must say) , the Scroll is in the Novel section under Questions for a person known as Ed Greenwood
( what a strange name eh?)

I would greatly appreciate your assistance and information from your friends also, my thanks PFoA.
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Posted - 16 Mar 2004 :  09:51:32  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great to hear .

If I may, I'll pass along your email address to them, so they can send it direct. If your not too happy with that, just let me know, and I'll send it out to you instead...

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 16 Mar 2004 :  10:08:24  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sure, Go right ahead thats fine with me. Thanks

PFoA
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The Sage
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Posted - 16 Mar 2004 :  10:20:11  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not a problem them

Whilst I was talking to my friends, they also spoke of some Araumycos servants that they've also worked-up, as well as a PrC based along similar lines as the 'Thrall of Juiblex' from BoVD. Would you be interested in any of this materials as well...?

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 16 Mar 2004 :  18:26:01  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ABSOLUTELY, there is NO such thing as TOO MUCH REALMSLORE!!!!

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Posted - 17 Mar 2004 :  00:40:49  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Excellent...

Anyway, I've passed along your email address, so expect to hear from my friends soon...

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 18 Mar 2004 :  05:34:53  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sage, please take the time to let me know who I will be getting mail from , as I tend to delete any emailes that I dont know who they are from, thank you.


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Oh, okay then.

I can't remember the email service they use (whether it is hotmail, dragonlance.zzn, or whatever), but the first portion of their address in always onewiththevorlons. Just keep an eye out for that address, and you shouldn't have any problems...

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George Krashos
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In Eric Boyd's notes on DDGttU he wrote the following:

"The name "Araumycos" is derived from the dwarven word "great" as defined in FR11 - Dwarves Deep, p.11 and "mycos" an alternate root for "fungus". This idea springs from a phone conversation with either Ed Greenwood or Steven Schend in whic the discovery of a gigantic fungus in the wilds of canada was discussed."

As Araumycos was Eric's creation, I'm not sure that Ed will be able to shed much light on it. In fact, save for the info in DDGttU and FRCS III, there isn't anything else 'canon' on this phenomenon. Basically. do whatever suits you with Araumycos - it's unlikely to be contradicted 'officially' for a long time, if at all.

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 21 Mar 2004 :  07:15:57  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you George,
I found Ed's comments on Araumycos Very intresting though he did defer to Eric, as a matter of fact it seems Eric has worked on the High Forest alot, Araumycos, the GF tree, Mintipers chapbooks, etc.

Would any one know if he visits these Forums or how i might contact him with a few questions?

PFoA
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Ed does not come directly to these forums, but he answers questions thru one of his former players. The forum is here:

http://www.candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1901

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 21 Mar 2004 :  17:29:40  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually Wooly, I meant Eric Boyd, I hate to keep nagging Ed with my questions. Thanks

PFoA
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George Krashos
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Eric (as well as being a super approachable guy) can be contacted through his website: www.ericlboyd.com

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Prince Forge of Avalon
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Posted - 23 Mar 2004 :  07:06:06  Show Profile  Visit Prince Forge of Avalon's Homepage Send Prince Forge of Avalon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you again George!

By the way I asked Alaundo to give you and Steven a permanent sticky under FR rpg products, he was kind enough to email me back and tell me he was already thinking about doing such a thing .

PFoA/Joe
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Posted - 23 Mar 2004 :  08:40:14  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Prince Forge of Avalon

Thank you again George!

By the way I asked Alaundo to give you and Steven a permanent sticky under FR rpg products, he was kind enough to email me back and tell me he was already thinking about doing such a thing .

PFoA/Joe



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this was fun to read
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George Krashos
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I'd suggested something re Araumycos for the Sundering event but am thinking that it doesn't fit with WotC's plans for that event in the context of the upcoming FR sourcebook for 5E.

When it's all done and dusted, I might say more.

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Posted - 09 Aug 2014 :  20:45:18  Show Profile  Send The Masked Mage an AOL message  Click to see The Masked Mage's MSN Messenger address Send The Masked Mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alaundo

quote:
Originally posted by Prince Forge of Avalon

Thank you again George!

By the way I asked Alaundo to give you and Steven a permanent sticky under FR rpg products, he was kind enough to email me back and tell me he was already thinking about doing such a thing .

PFoA/Joe



Well met

Indeed, such scrolls will be available shortly



Shortly? So say 2016? :P
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