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Sunderstone
Seeker

37 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2017 :  21:20:19  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To Ed and THO,

Does Ed still play, develop lore, or think about characters and events in the pre-spellplague era Realms?

Thanks!
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Irennan
Great Reader

Italy
2581 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2017 :  21:27:48  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

To Ed and THO,

Does Ed still play, develop lore, or think about characters and events in the pre-spellplague era Realms?

Thanks!



Not THO, but as far as I know, Ed's Realms didn't even get to the ToT, so--if he still has time to run FR--I guess the answer is yes.

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Hoondatha
Great Reader

USA
2384 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2017 :  22:48:34  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Ed. I have a question about elven nobles that I'm hoping you (or perhaps some of the other lore lords here like Steven Schend) can answer: what did they do to earn money?

I'm hoping for some ideas on what elven nobles of both the gold/silver ages and the later Cormanthor/Myth Drannor era did to keep their coffers full. Clearly from the descriptions of elven revels and nobles in general in El in Myth Drannor, there's a lot of wealth flowing around. What did elves do to create it?

Somewhat linked, how did elves of all eras go about mining? All the smithcraft going on requires plenty of metals, both iron and things more exotic. But I've never read about elven mines, nor does is seem a very "elven" thing to do. And for much of elven civilization the dwarves weren't even in Faerun, let alone available as trading partners (and we all know that the dwarves and elves often have issues).

Can you shed some light on these subjects? Many thanks, as always.

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Zeromaru X
Learned Scribe

Colombia
235 Posts

Posted - 10 Mar 2017 :  07:23:45  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, dear Ed and THO.

I have a question for Ed, or for anyone who can answer. I know Amn and Baldur's Gate* were the only countries that had a presence in Maztica. Yet, reading the FRCG and the Tarmalune article, I don't see they had a presence in Laerakond, and I find this odd. Instead, we have Waterdavian and Neverwintan presence in Tarmalune, and even Luskani presence in the Dusk Ports.

I can get why there weren't Faerunian colonies in Laerakond (there was a proper civilization there, with countries and all), but I find odd that a country like Amn would let pass such an opportunity to trade exotic goods with a civilization from another world (and, if Laerakond was returned to Abeir -no pun intended- with the Second Sundering, such goods will became even more expensive due to their rarity).

So, my question is: Is there a reason why Baldur's Gate and Amm didn't traded with the Abeirans? I can imagine an answer on my own —the Abeirans weren't defenseless nor ignorant about the worth of their stuff (while the Maztican were like our prehispanic peoples in that regard: they believed worthless crystals were as valuable as gold), but I like to know if there is a more interesting canon reason for this.

Thanks in advance.

*Baldur's Gate is not a proper country, but you get my idea here.

Toward the cobalt, there is a shining Earth. That is where sadness begins. All that we love is returning there...

Edited by - Zeromaru X on 10 Mar 2017 07:28:17
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AJA
Seeker

USA
18 Posts

Posted - 15 Mar 2017 :  04:53:39  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

My lengthy silence is inescapable and work-related


Well, hopefully no new unwanted bodily piercings this time. As Bakra once said,
quote:
Lady Hood please don't forget, Concelment is not Cover!


On to Everlovin' Ed:

Who is Thentias Margaster (yes, I know who he is, but a bit more description if you would) and why is he called "Lord of Lords."

And who in Waterdeep actually calls him that?

AJA
YAFRP
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createvmind
Senior Scribe

490 Posts

Posted - 23 Mar 2017 :  16:42:39  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello All,

Where are the fault lines across faerun and why aren't there more earthquakes in inhabited regions? How does an earthquake spell actually impact the earth area afterwards if at all?

Thanks
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TBeholder
Master of Realmslore

1367 Posts

Posted - 27 Mar 2017 :  18:46:59  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello, Ed and The Hooded One!

According to the earlier lore, Sulasspryn was undermined (without anyone noticing) and collapsed by the drow on a vendetta, who for some reason chose to show their displeasure and make a point in the way so hard and expensive it would stand out even for the followers of Kiaransalee, rather than something simpler and more traditional, like assassinating the "Drowbane" clan one by one with some particularly unpleasant poisons.

According to "The Vellurith, Part One", the place was gradually turned into an umbrella hanging over a cup of purple worm lemonade - which makes a lot more sense.

However, this opens other questions: if the drow apparently spied upon and later claimed the place, and all this (except the rumor-mongering) was done below the ground - and never mind the sneaky beholder, but it involved a bunch of the duergar - they probably would have noticed something. So how did these drow react? What did they know and do about these events?

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
It's not good, Eric. It's a gazebo. -Ed Whitchurch
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Hoihe
Acolyte

Hungary
6 Posts

Posted - 19 Apr 2017 :  00:10:26  Show Profile Send Hoihe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Ed and the Hooded one!

I've a pair of questions regarding elves. If relevant, before Time of Troubles is the date.

First question:
Can thiramins exist between elves of the same gender?

Second question:
If there's a human, who through much effort and work to please the Seldarine was reincarnated into an elf (while retaining memories, but had their level reset to 1 as sacrifice from early epics), will they be able to enter Evermeet? Again, the time is before time of troubles, so Retreat is high!
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1726 Posts

Posted - 19 Apr 2017 :  04:02:45  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not Ed and his answer will obviously be better, but I can't see Evermeet or the elves being aware of a visitor's "previous life" at first glance.

If the human were merely polymorphed or magic jarred into an elf, they might probably encounter hostility. But once reincarnated, the individual *is* an elf.

However... reincarnation does not grant cultural familiarity. An elf who acts like a human will draw attention like a beating heart in a crypt. Once enough offended elves complain, an "in charge" elven priest or wizard would investigate and probably soon discover the truth. And it seems to me that elves, particularly gold elves but all of them really, would prefer to eject (if not vaporize) the "aberration."

As long as the "hey-now-you're-an-elf" can keep his mouth shut, avoid bumping into anyone, and wear suitable elven clothing and scents, to avoid drawing attention, he/she could be fine. Any mistake, though, could be fatal for the "imposter" and all companions.

Just my two coppers.
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Hoihe
Acolyte

Hungary
6 Posts

Posted - 22 Apr 2017 :  15:10:19  Show Profile Send Hoihe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by xaeyruudh

I'm not Ed and his answer will obviously be better, but I can't see Evermeet or the elves being aware of a visitor's "previous life" at first glance.

If the human were merely polymorphed or magic jarred into an elf, they might probably encounter hostility. But once reincarnated, the individual *is* an elf.

However... reincarnation does not grant cultural familiarity. An elf who acts like a human will draw attention like a beating heart in a crypt. Once enough offended elves complain, an "in charge" elven priest or wizard would investigate and probably soon discover the truth. And it seems to me that elves, particularly gold elves but all of them really, would prefer to eject (if not vaporize) the "aberration."

As long as the "hey-now-you're-an-elf" can keep his mouth shut, avoid bumping into anyone, and wear suitable elven clothing and scents, to avoid drawing attention, he/she could be fine. Any mistake, though, could be fatal for the "imposter" and all companions.

Just my two coppers.


Said new-elf is obsessed with being a proper elf, tempered with chaotic good morals! Should work easy-enough.
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rweston
Acolyte

Canada
14 Posts

Posted - 28 Apr 2017 :  23:52:28  Show Profile  Visit rweston's Homepage Send rweston a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello all,
I'm de-lurking after a decade with a query.
I recall seeing some lore from Ed several years ago that mentions that repeated summoning spells can cause tears or rips in the planar boundaries - making it possible for monsters from other planes to "slip through" into Faerun. I've spent the last week scouring these forums and have rediscovered a ton of fantastic lore - but I can't find the above mentioned nugget.
Can anyone point me to it - or can THO or Ed please confirm I've not started to succumb to the inevitable mental deterioration that happens to wild-casting wizards and long-time DMs...

Thanks in advance,
Rory Weston
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