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Posted - 12 Feb 2018 :  20:03:59  Show Profile Send MayNovember a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Question for sages. Reading through the Old Grey Box, DM's Sourcebook of the Realms, page 25 under Luvon Greencloak's entry I find mention of '...before the Elves of Cormesta retreated to Evermeet'. I'm curious if this is a typo, or if Cormanthor was originally known as Cormesta, or is it some other place, site, or thing altogether?

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Posted - 12 Feb 2018 :  20:43:34  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This question was asked before and no answer achieved at that time.

However later that year
21 August:-

Hi again, all.
Jorkens, "Cormesta" was a tent settlement located in various spots on the edges of the great forest that contains the ruins of Myth Drannor and borders or surrounds many of the Dales.
In other words, it was moved about by the elves to avoid Zhentarim and brigand depredations, plus attempts by wealthy Sembians to dominate it. The elves established it in the late 1330s, and it appeared in various forms until around 1362 DR or so; they intended it to be a "trading fair" where humans and other races could meet and trade with elves, hopefully without blundering deeper into the forest.
It served its purpose, but wasn't a shining success - - other than as a way for the elves to learn and identify some of the Sembian and Zhent traders who were most keen to acquire elven magic and goods, by whatever means (bribery, murder, robbery, etc. as well as through trade). Luvon saw its usefulness in this regard (as in: "Brings the b***tards to one place, so we can save on time and foot-sores and arrows in taking them down," though those actual words would never, of course, be uttered by Greencloak), but did not think that its establishment was that great an idea. For one thing, its moving about led to wild tavern-tales and expeditions to search for "lost Cormesta," and beliefs about all sorts of magic elves used to hide the place, which would of course be very useful to humans if hey could get their hands on such Art, by any means.
All the above comes from Ed's notes and discussions with him over the years.


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"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
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Edited by - Kentinal on 12 Feb 2018 20:46:46
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Posted - 12 Feb 2018 :  22:22:55  Show Profile Send MayNovember a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow thanks Kentinal, that is more than I imagined.
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Posted - 13 Feb 2018 :  14:14:04  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, he asked that in "Questions for Ed Greenwood" thread.

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Edited by - TBeholder on 13 Feb 2018 14:14:45
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