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sleyvas
Great Reader

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Posted - 15 Mar 2016 :  18:49:47  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Eilserus

quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

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Originally posted by Markustay

Unless the D&D Ed isn't human. He could have had his brain transferred to a robot, or got cloned, or he had 'fey blood' all along, etc., etc.... the possibilities are endless.



Ed's workload alone means that he isn't human...



Could be clones of Ed or he's part of the Borg Collective. Tough to say!



Simulacrums. Clones fight each other.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Rymac
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Posted - 15 Mar 2016 :  20:03:05  Show Profile  Visit Rymac's Homepage Send Rymac a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

And now you have me picturing Ed in Michael Keaton's place in the movie Multiplicity.

"You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it's not as sharp as... well... the original."

Now he can blame some of his not-so-stellar bits on that guy.



That's how I imagined it was well, although without the genetic defects. But multiple versions of Ed cooperating rather than competing. There was a good stretch back in the day when Ed was churning out tons of Realms lore.

- Ryan
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Marco Volo
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Posted - 17 Mar 2016 :  19:47:24  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message
Hi all,

Sorry if the question has been asked. Can Ed share with us any words about "accent" in Realms languages ? Is the common tongue spoken by an Amnian recognizable from a Watherdhavian common, etc ?

Thanks in advance
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Clegane
Seeker

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Posted - 24 Mar 2016 :  02:49:18  Show Profile Send Clegane a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

Is Hartsvale still around? Is the Hartwick family still in good stead and ruling?

Thanks
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Azuth
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USA
402 Posts

Posted - 24 Mar 2016 :  05:18:08  Show Profile  Visit Azuth's Homepage Send Azuth a Private Message
Lady In the Hood:

I know I've asked this before, but I'm at a crossroads (literally) in my campaign and I'm uncertain how to proceed, and seek Ed's guidance. It's fair to say without spoiling things too much that Candlekeep is in a state of...disrepair...at the end of The Herald and yet in the latest quasi-Sourcebook it seems as if all is well and good there. One of my players wants to seek lore from the lore masters of Candlekeep and I'm not certain of its state, or if they're accepting petitioners right now. I suspect that part or all of a direct answer is covered by NDA, but can Ed provide any insight as to whether or not the Keep is accepting petitioners (or even better, in any condition to accept petitioners) in the current official campaign year? I can rough in the details from there, but (and I) don't like avoiding things simply because they're not covered in source books, yet we equally dislike when new, published novels contradict what's happened in the game.

Thank you, most beloved THO, for any illuminations you might provide.

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Eilserus
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Posted - 27 Mar 2016 :  21:37:45  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Happy Easter Ed and THO.

Wishing you both a great day with family and friends!
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Eli the Tanner
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 02 Apr 2016 :  14:36:47  Show Profile  Visit Eli the Tanner's Homepage Send Eli the Tanner a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,

I was curious as to whether there is a connection between Ruatheene of the Zhentarim and Rautheene from Ed's armour-squeezed visits of the Wizard's Three?

Cheers
-Eli the Tanner

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see
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Posted - 03 Apr 2016 :  01:30:48  Show Profile Send see a Private Message
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Originally posted by Markustay
I know most die-hard fans won't like that, because it means the 4e/5e time has always been the 'now', and everything we fell in love with is the distant past, but its the only thing that makes everything fit together nicely.



I note pages 117-118 of the 1st edition Manual of the Planes establish that there are plenty of alternate Primes which have the same physical and magical factors as any given version of the Forgotten Realms (0,0), and temporal factors ranging from 1 (continents and species similar, societies and individuals different) to -7 (very similar except it exists up to a millennium in the past or future).

Which is to say, whatever Realms that the Elminster that visits Ed Greenwood is from (and are we really sure there's only one Eliminster, instead of several different ones?), there's also one, right now, that's 1357 DR and described accurately by the Old Gray Box.
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khorne
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 06 Apr 2016 :  00:24:26  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message
Ed, what's the general attitude towards trans characters in the Realms? Are there big regional differences?

If I were a ranger, I would pick NDA for my favorite enemy
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Arivia
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Canada
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Posted - 06 Apr 2016 :  00:42:31  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by khorne

Ed, what's the general attitude towards trans characters in the Realms? Are there big regional differences?



Seconding this. It's extremely relevant right now. Also Ed, do you have any details on how trans people transition in the Realms, socially and physically? (Myself and a few of my trans friends have been debating this endlessly!)

THO once said she'd post how trans people are referred to in the Realms, but I don't think it ever happened.
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hashimashadoo
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
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Posted - 06 Apr 2016 :  02:08:26  Show Profile  Visit hashimashadoo's Homepage  Click to see hashimashadoo's MSN Messenger address Send hashimashadoo a Private Message
Ed has said in the past that the GENERAL attitude is that all aspects of sexuality are tolerated pretty much everywhere - they are neither encouraged nor discouraged. On the other hand, local prejudices vary widely, especially in human dominated areas as, unfortunately, prejudice is a very human thing.

Factors are usually religious in nature, based upon the doctrine of the church that has dominance in that area, yet the priesthoods of practically every god actively avoid discrimination.

Out in the wilderness, anything goes, conversely, the bigger the settlement, the more accepting/willingly uncaring the residents are, meaning one would only have to worry about adhering to an intolerant status quo in small communities. Even in small, religious communities, matters like this are rarely a big deal due to the nature of worship in the Realms (i.e. practically everybody on a basic level is polytheistic) and the fact that there are much bigger things to worry about such as rampaging orc hordes and the like.
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That's what Ed's said in the past (about 4 years ago). On a personal note, you have to remember that magic has been available for millennia that would allow a transgender person to relatively easily become the sex that they wanted to be. In our world, the ability to change sexes is a VERY new technology and our culture hasn't had the time to catch up as they have in the Realms.

That's not to say a Crinti matriarch wouldn't consider punishing a man who used magic to transform into a woman for example - she might erroneously believe that they were trying to rise above their station. A Vremmyoni might possibly have to remain as such if he transitioned but on the whole, I think the majority of people wouldn't even notice if someone who's transformed into the opposite sex wasn't born that way.

Edit: In the last hour, Ed posted his reaction on Facebook to some of the negative reactions to the trans NPC in Baldur's Gate: Seige of Dragonspear.

https://www.facebook.com/TheEdVerse

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Edited by - hashimashadoo on 06 Apr 2016 04:14:40
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Thieran
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Germany
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Posted - 07 Apr 2016 :  14:44:16  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message

Dear Ed,
I have been away from Candlekeep for quite a while now, but I came back here just to tell you how much I appreciate your statement regarding the 'controversy' surrounding Siege of Dragonspear. Kudos to you!
This is one of the occasions where one can clearly see why the Realms, created by you, are such a great place.
Thanks and best wishes from Germany,
Thieran
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dazzlerdal
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United Kingdom
3468 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2016 :  20:56:58  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message
Hi Ed

Quick and probably off limits question here but would you care to speculate the name (or title, i.e. the unseen, or of the Great Spear) of the last of the Seven Lost Gods tackled by Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul.


Your faithful realmsian servant (who is currently adding a spit and polish to Netheril The First Age and eventually all the way up to the Shadowed Age).

Gary

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Clegane
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Posted - 11 Apr 2016 :  06:31:08  Show Profile Send Clegane a Private Message
To Ed or THO,

I would like to ask some questions about Madeiron Sunderstone. How did he get the surname Sunderstone? Was it something that was assumedd based on life experience or was it a name brought from his homeland of Hartsvale?

Being a direct line descendant of the giant demigod the Hartkiller and the first King of Hartsvale Brun, he possessed the great size but did also he possess the same supernatural strength that manifested in the royal Hartwick line?

Did he consider his lineage consequential? Was it something he shared with Piergerion or his friends? Would it have any impact on how they felt about him? Did he ever lament being separated from his homeland? At what age and circumstances did he leave Hartsvale and come south to the Inner Sea? Did an experience draw him to being a Paladin and serving Tyr or was it based on the nature of his personality?

Did he and Piergeiron become acquainted before Piergeiron became the Open Lord? Were they of a similar age to each other? Did Madeiron work his way into becoming the Open Lord's champion?

Thank you much!

Clegane
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hashimashadoo
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
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Posted - 11 Apr 2016 :  18:12:54  Show Profile  Visit hashimashadoo's Homepage  Click to see hashimashadoo's MSN Messenger address Send hashimashadoo a Private Message
Ed,

Can you please shed some light on the unnamed tanar'ri lord that Alustriel, Lynx and Tulrun abandoned Silverymoon to go fight in 876 DR? I know you never specifically said tanar'ri lord, but Eric Boyd did in an issue of Polyhedron.

I figure it must have been a big deal for Alustriel to have up and left her beloved city, taking all of her apprentices with her, to go start a fight with a demon.

Secondly, I know I asked this during a particularly busy time in your career, but did you ever ponder on my query of November 2014?

quote:
Originally posted by hashimashadoo

Most generous sage of sages, I am curious.

What ever happened with the drow infiltration of Scornubel detailed in Silverfall?
Also, did you ever come up with some more detail on Telnarquel, mentioned in the same tome, such as anything remarkable about it before it was abandoned (other than its seclusion of course).

Thank you as ever for listening to our incessant queries and thank you to the lovely THO for delivering your responses and gracing us with her presence.

Wow, that sounded toadier than I intended.



As always, you magnificent, magnanimous man, you have my heartfelt thanks and I wish you and Jenny the best.

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Wrigley
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Czech Republic
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Posted - 13 Apr 2016 :  17:13:34  Show Profile  Visit Wrigley's Homepage Send Wrigley a Private Message
I would like to repeat my questions from last year in hopes they will be answered.
1) Could you shed some light on Roll of the years? Any tidbits about Augathra, Alaundo or Maglas will be great.
2) As Nine hells are canonicaly later creation by fallen angels, do you have any information on how Baator looked like before that?
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 13 Apr 2016 :  17:45:51  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
There is no need to repeat your question. No question in Ed's thread goes unseen by him; his Lovely Hooded Emissary passes on everything to him, sometimes including discussions on other threads.

Here's the thing: Ed is one insanely busy guy. He has a creative output to rival that of the hypothetical Shakespearean monkeys, on top of a day job and other commitments. On top of that, he doesn't always have the answer to any given question readily available -- there is much Realmslore to be found piled in boxes and such in his legendary basement. And on top of that, he treads an ever-shifting minefield of NDAs and projects he has to avoid speaking on. Sometimes he can't even mention an NDA without giving something away.

Add into that mix a new publishing venture...

So, long story short -- your questions have been forwarded to Ed. He may answer within hours, you may be waiting for a few years... I've got unanswered questions going back at least a few years, myself. I've gotten almost immediate answers, and I've gotten answers so much later that I'd forgotten I'd asked the question.

Heck, even being able to email him directly doesn't guarantee a swift answer to a lore question...

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 Apr 2016 :  21:54:54  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all!
I'm still alive (and so is Ed), just busybusybusy.
I recall Ed answering some Madeiron Sunderstone questions SOMEWHERE recently, but let me answer a few of Clegane's queries off the top of my head (drawing on my experiences as a player in the "home" Realms campaign):
How did he get the surname Sunderstone? Was it something that was assumedd based on life experience or was it a name brought from his homeland of Hartsvale?
A: He was born with it (it's his family name).

Being a direct line descendant of the giant demigod the Hartkiller and the first King of Hartsvale Brun, he possessed the great size but did also he possess the same supernatural strength that manifested in the royal Hartwick line?
A: Madeiron was tremendously strong in our dealings with him. As in, briefly hold up collapsing building while inside it (so others could escape) strong.

Did he and Piergeiron become acquainted before Piergeiron became the Open Lord?
A: Yes.

I realize these are fragments at best, but they're tidbits I can contribute without getting a response from Ed. Whose nursing of his wife takes most of his time, these days, with his own publishing venture coming second (through financial necessity coming ahead of the Realms at the moment).
Ed's next Realms novel, DEATH MASKS, comes out in early June, just to confirm...
love to all,
THO
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Clegane
Seeker

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Posted - 14 Apr 2016 :  01:12:30  Show Profile Send Clegane a Private Message
THO,

Thank you much for the answers. I don't know how much it means from a web board stranger, but please extend my best wishes to Ed and his wife for wellness and his other endeavors. Sharing that he is dealing with the most important of issues in life, I hope the sharing generates tremendous positive energy and prayers headed he and his wife's way.

I hope to get to Gencon or one of his appearances one day and say thanks in person but as a lover of the Realms which I am sure are legion in number, I gotta believe he has many wishing the best, I know I am one. He hasn't just shared his creative imagination with us through game products and novels but in creating a real community with the fans and creators around a love of the Realms. In my short time on the board, it's clear through your participation and forwarding Ed's imaginings to us and the contributions of so many others, the Realms are nurtured and shared in many ways and are alive and well.

Thanks,

Clegane

Edited by - Clegane on 14 Apr 2016 01:13:35
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 14 Apr 2016 :  02:11:47  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Dear THO, could you please ask Ed about the current state of Tethyr and Amn? The Swoed Coast Adventure's Guide does not clarify if Murann still exists or is still dominated by monsters? Also, the lands of intrigue are my favorite in the Realms, and I would like to ask Ed both if their treatment in official materials reflects his vision on those lands and if he would like to explore them in future materials. Thanks as always!
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Zeromaru X
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Colombia
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Posted - 19 Apr 2016 :  09:12:48  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message
Well, I just asked some questions to Ed on twitter, before I knew this forum existed. I want to share the questions and the answers here, for the record.

1st Question: hello, Ed! A big fan of FR here! Can I ask you something? What happened to Returned Abeir after the Sundering? Thanks in advance

Answer: Heh: NDA, I'm afraid. Which in itself should tell you something. ;}

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/682029506744422401

2nd Question: I have another nerdy question today: If gods doesn't exist in Abeir, why they use Io creation myth for dragonborn in SCAG?

Answer: "gods doesn't exist in Abeir"? Since when???

My answer: Reading 4e FRCS, Ao gave Toril to the gods, and the twin planet, Abeir to the primordials (I know, 4e messed up things)

Ed's answer: Yes, but part of the definition of godhood is the power to perceive AND and answer prayers (bestow divine spells) across worlds.

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/688921844691390464

3rd Question: Hi, Ed, how're you doing? I want to know if dragonborn of bahamut and abeiran ones are related in some way. Thanks in advance.

Answer: I'm fine! Yes, they are. No, no one human or dragonborn remembers how. Just a few VERY old dragons. The trick? Getting themToTalk

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/722271292758585344

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopher’s path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...

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Irennan
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Italy
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Posted - 19 Apr 2016 :  13:55:18  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Well, I just asked some questions to Ed on twitter, before I knew this forum existed. I want to share the questions and the answers here, for the record.

1st Question: hello, Ed! A big fan of FR here! Can I ask you something? What happened to Returned Abeir after the Sundering? Thanks in advance

Answer: Heh: NDA, I'm afraid. Which in itself should tell you something. ;}

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/682029506744422401

2nd Question: I have another nerdy question today: If gods doesn't exist in Abeir, why they use Io creation myth for dragonborn in SCAG?

Answer: "gods doesn't exist in Abeir"? Since when???

My answer: Reading 4e FRCS, Ao gave Toril to the gods, and the twin planet, Abeir to the primordials (I know, 4e messed up things)

Ed's answer: Yes, but part of the definition of godhood is the power to perceive AND and answer prayers (bestow divine spells) across worlds.

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/688921844691390464

3rd Question: Hi, Ed, how're you doing? I want to know if dragonborn of bahamut and abeiran ones are related in some way. Thanks in advance.

Answer: I'm fine! Yes, they are. No, no one human or dragonborn remembers how. Just a few VERY old dragons. The trick? Getting themToTalk

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/722271292758585344



Thank you for sharing.

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Clegane
Seeker

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Posted - 20 Apr 2016 :  19:13:38  Show Profile Send Clegane a Private Message
To THO,

As a followup to my Madieron questions, I gather from you answer and familiarity with Madeiron that the "home" Realms campaign probably included a lot of the more well known characters from the novels and game materials. What were some of the prominent PCs and NPCs fans might be familiar with in the "home" campaign centered around Waterdeep? Am I right in assuming the character roster in the the original Waterdeep and the North supplement were played or used as frequent NPC's?

Thanks,

Clegane

Edited by - Clegane on 20 Apr 2016 19:50:19
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Rivenhelm
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Posted - 27 Apr 2016 :  23:06:11  Show Profile Send Rivenhelm a Private Message
Lovely THO & Ed (lovely in his own way),

Quickie Eveningstar map question. What is the large (possibly the largest) building almost directly south of the Temple Granaries? Seems like an awful large edifice to not be mentioned, or am I missing some hidden reference?

In our last session over the weekend I decided to run the "explosive encounter" between the circle (more of an arc) of nine levitating fireball-hurling mages in front of the Halls. I would dub my version more of a slaughter than an encounter. Perhaps I made the Company of the Unicorn too underpowered or undermanned, or both, but as I played out the mock encounter it was a short-lived three round affair. In my play through they were surprised by the hovering menaces when attempting to gain entrance into the halls, and despite the fact that they tried to flee in earnest they were quickly cut down. Looking back, nine mages that can cast fireballs, even at minimum level requirements, would be more than a match for most "hero level" adventures. My players wisely watched from the shadows of the surrounding woods rather than leap to the aid of the beleaguered group -- and the only way I saw the gave the Unicorns any hope of survival. Without going into lengthy detail one member did survive, but technically it was a swift TPK. I feel like I short-changed the library version of the group somehow, and I am meaning to make amends to the spirit of that group.

I know from a previous question of mine, some NDA's an spoilers may apply, but I'd like narrow my original inquiry about that event. First was there ever a name to the circle of mages? Was "the encounter" with the Company of the Unicorn a pitched battle, ambush by the mages, ambush by the company, and/or full-out retreat by one or the other? In a note I penciled in my module I wrote "mages eventually defeated by/with the help of the Knights of Myth Drannor"; which suggests two encounters. Is this how it played out in the home campaign or library campaign? Feel free to put what input you're allowed THO. Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

Thanks as always!!

Love & Well Wishes to Jenny too!!!


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Rivenhelm
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Posted - 27 Apr 2016 :  23:42:29  Show Profile Send Rivenhelm a Private Message
Oops. It should probably read: "In our last over-the-weekend play session..."

I wish I played last weekend!!! Copy & paste error there.


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