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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 25 Jan 2019 :  03:11:38  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On drow delicacies:


1/11/19
@djtigon
i am still curious, what types of exotic foods would be considered Drow delicacies? Things that can't be found coming anywhere but in the finest kitchens in Menzoberranzan and the likes? #Realmslore


@TheEdVerse
Moon worms: a species of glow-worms (think of real-world white grubs, but glistening white and "fat earthworm" shape, i.e. bulging segments) that taste like cashews raw, and can be fried, and if fried or jarred for long enough with honey make a sweet some drow nigh kill for.

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On Manshoon having some of Mystryl's silver fire:


10/29/18
@coolguy73360922
In "Spellstorm" El wrested a spark of Mystryl's divine fire from Manshoon. How did Manshoon get it?


@TheEdVerse
She instilled it into him. He (along with Volo, which is how Volo survived the Spellplague and the passage of nigh a century, and Mirt, and a host of others) was one of the many, many beings across Toril she infused with some of her divine fire so she could "come back" after the Sundering. In The Sage Of Shadowdale trilogy, you can read of M's refusal to obey Mystra (as a Chosen, or at all). Mystra foresaw the Sundering and knew her weakened Chosen would become targets for her foes, so she put "herself" into many (some unwitting).


@coolguy73360922
Mystra? But in novel, the divine fire belong to Mystryl not Mystra.


@TheEdVerse
It wasn't the first time Mystra had used that trick, with Manshoon (she did it during the Time of Troubles). The spindle of Mystryl's fire inside that particular Manshoon clone came from then. Mystra inherited or collected all of the silver fire that had been Mystryl's that other deities didn't ensnare. Mystra is unique among the deities of the Realms in that she is the Weave, and so is "everywhere" in Toril, and can feel and sense magic flows, spellfire, divine fire/silver fire--and readily gather it to herself because the Weave is HER. (If you want to grab something, you only have your two hands at the location you stand, whereas Mystra has millions of hands, all over the world.) Yes, Mystra could seize the spindle, but she would not only destroy Manshoon in the process, she'd damage herself (the Weave) by creating a localized rift (dead magic PLUS leakage into other planes in both directions, surrounded by a fringe of intense wild magic). Mystra is all about mortals using more and more magic, creating and innovating with magic, and therefore magic becoming ever more prevalent, so she is NOT going to just destroy powerful mages to get what she wants...but using a mortal mage who'll obey her (El, a Chosen) to get it from Manshoon (even if doing so will kill Manshoon) is okay with her. Not ideal, but if necessary... Each successive Mystra knows less about "being Mystra" than the previous one (like newly-awakened Manshoon clones lacking the recent experience/history of earlier Manshoons), but reacquire their memories and expertise from contact with Chosen (like El) and other long-lived mages and other wielders of the Art (e.g. Larloch, Saharel, the Srinshee) and "reading" what these mortals know/remember...so Mystra now has quite a few of Mystryl's memories and those of her earlier selves, as filtered through others (and so knows about Mystryl's doings, Manshoon's deeds, the spindle, etc.). Yes, it's confusing to us, in large part because most deities deliberately don't keep mortals fully informed, but also because most deities play a very "long game" (they are working against opposed deities and what is real that they ant altered to further their own aims and ideals with what to mortals is an impossibly long timeframe: aeons rather than ages or centuries, making tiny changes here and there and over there, too, that will bring about changes in reality they favour over MANY mortal lifetimes

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As with many of my projects, this one continues, in fits and starts, when time and whim coincide...

I'm trying to remember to add the dates to the Tweets, but I don't always recall to do that. And I'm not going back to redo older ones, sorry.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

On drow delicacies:


1/11/19
@djtigon
i am still curious, what types of exotic foods would be considered Drow delicacies? Things that can't be found coming anywhere but in the finest kitchens in Menzoberranzan and the likes? #Realmslore


@TheEdVerse
Moon worms: a species of glow-worms (think of real-world white grubs, but glistening white and "fat earthworm" shape, i.e. bulging segments) that taste like cashews raw, and can be fried, and if fried or jarred for long enough with honey make a sweet some drow nigh kill for.



Hmmm, I never really thought about it, but what kind of insects actually live in the earth. The only thing coming to mind are ants, but I can see drow making use of various insects as food, and then the exoskeletons might be used for things like bowls for slaves, etc...

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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Anyone with Twitter able to copy down Eds tweet about Alaron and the ffolk made on 1st November 2018 at 9.57 pm

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George Krashos
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Posted - 26 Jan 2019 :  03:34:43  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Anyone with Twitter able to copy down Eds tweet about Alaron and the ffolk made on 1st November 2018 at 9.57 pm



The Ffolk and the Northlanders were traditional foes (the Northlanders regularly raided the Ffolk), but over time, increasing trade-ties and intermarriages (and the dwindling martial might of the Northlanders, that made raiding at will increasingly seem obviously foolish to them as it was clearly sailing to death) made raids fewer and fewer. That, coupled with a decade in the mid 1300s DR of harsh winter/shortened growing seasons and therefore food shortages and therefore starvation or cooperation to survive, made the two peoples increasingly live together and work together. So the peoples did merge. Northlanders fish and sail merchant voyages more than the Ffolk do, as the Ffolk remain more “tied to the land.” Yet the Ffolk dominate the shared culture because of their numbers, their close connections to the land, and their skills (they’re better at providing food and water, medicine, and shelter). The Ffolk still cringe at cities that pave and despoil and have no green growing things, and no wildlife. So, Caer Callidyrr is a city built around the original castle that, like their other and water, medicine, and shelter). The Ffolk still cringe at cities that pave and despoil and have no green growing things, and no wildlife. So, Caer Callidyrr is a city built around the original castle that, like their other citizens co-exist with (and kill for family stewpots). {Silverymoon on the mainland is a larger and more beautiful city that’s also green, growing, and “lies gently upon the land” rather than crowding and paving everything.} The Ffolk live WITH the land rather than “imposing upon it.” The Northlanders have no disagreement with that, because they’ve seen that it works. And as the years pass, Ffolk and Northlanders more and more become one. (EdVerse Twitter: 2/11/18)

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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 27 Jan 2019 :  22:48:07  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On gods, the timeline, and Elminster stealing from Ed's kitchen (I'm going to post the full chain, for completeness sake):

@TacoRaptorJesus (21/01/19):
What prevents evil gods of one material plane from attacking any other? Racial gods (Moradin, Corellon, etc.) can cross over, so why don't/can't others? Is there only one Yondalla for all planes, or a a different Yondalla for each one?

@ChrisPerkinsDnD
There is one of each god, and most gods are drawn to worlds where they have worshipers. Asmodeus, for example, has worshipers on many worlds. Some gods, like Tiamat, adopt different names on different worlds. #wotcstaff

@LouAnders (27/01/19)
Hi @ChrisPerkinsDnD does Ehlonna have worshippers in Toril @TheEdVerse?

@TheEdVerse
Yes. Over the centuries, there's been enough traffic between the worlds/spheres that deities of Oerth and Krynn have followers in Toril (and Abeir), and vice versa.

@Jon_4L
At what time period was Earth temporarily reconnected to Toril? I could imagine Shakespeare gaining a following in Faerun.

@TheEdVerse
Judging by the frequency with which Elminster shows up at my various back doors, and drops casual comments about what he saw, experienced (and mainly drank and ate) at historical Earth times and events, I'd say Earth and Toril have been constantly connected for a long, long time. But perhaps those connections aren't so easily found and used if you aren't a veteran old archwizard with meddling tendencies. ;}

@Jon_4L
I love that the 5e books have "disclaimers". They mentioned you knew a great many archwizards in one, so I guess my question at this point is "does Elminster give autographs?" XD

@TheEdVerse
He does. However, some who've misused ther Art and earned his or Mystra's ire haven't much liked the way Elminster wrote his autograph upon them. ;}

@ZeromaruX
This begs a question. Is there any explanation for the time jump? I mean, one day Earth and Faerūn were conected at year 1372, the other day in Faerūn 100 years had passed. Was the speed of the... Um, "timeline conection" affected by the Spellplague as well?

@TheEdVerse
As Dr. Chandra said near the end of 2010: The Year We Make Contact: "I...I don't know."

In another thread of this same chain:

@RealWraith182
Elminister's Quintessential Earth: Travel and Restaurant Guidebook

Ooooh it'd be a blast to have the Old Mage as a tour guide!

@TheEdVerse
Oh, stop, stop! Before I have to beg Wizards for an expense account to dine my way across Ye Olde Earth as Elminster's "No, DON'T fireball these miscreants!" escort and long-suffering scribe. And start popping out endless travel guide volumes. And making bail.

@ZeromaruX
I know Elminster only shows up at your house because he wants to steal from your kitchen. Every time you lose a sweet, it was him.

@TheEdVerse
I think you've laid bare the truth. Modern-Earth desserts and drinkables. Pecan pie, pina coladas, tequila sunrises, Amaretto, pralines'n'cream ice cream...it never ends. He's the first person I've ever seen spray canned whipped cream onto crispy bacon, and SMILE at the result.

Added a few hours later:

@TheEdVerse
Butter tarts, I forgot to mention the Old Mage's love for butter tarts. Perhaps because there are never any in my house, starting about two seconds after I cross my threshold with any. (Even ANCIENT archmages work FAST.)

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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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 27 Jan 2019 :  23:04:48  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On Palarandusk:

@ZeromaruX (26/01/19)
Hi @TheEdVerse how u been? I hope you're doing well.

What can you tell me about old Palarandusk? Is he still alive in 1490s Realms?

Thanks in advance :)

@TheEdVerse
The last I heard (from Elminster), he was very much still alive, but altered in some way by the Spellplague and Sundering that made him even more dangerous, when he wants to be. He prefers, of course to lurk.
#Realmslore

@ZeromaruX
Thank you again

@TheEdVerse
A pleasure! Someday I should delve more into the aims, hobbies, and meddlings of all surviving elder dragons in the Realms. They are more active kingpins and behind-the-scenes "prime movers" than liches and beholders, by far.
#Realmslore

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Zeromaru X
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On Clerics/Mystics/Specialty Priests/Knights of various gods:


@jayeedgecliff (27/01/19)
@TheEdVerse it occurs to me to wonder: Faiths & Avatars discusses Clerics/Mystics/Specialty Priests/Knights of various gods in excruciatingly mechanical detail but is less clear on the what this means to the people themselves. Are Sp Priests selected by the god vs clerics sort of elect themselves to service? Mystics, tbh, confuse me; and I mean the rest are, I suppose, variations on the concept of paladins (ie, Needles of Meiliki … which looks misspelt)

@TheEdVerse
It varies, but usually specialty priests are "appointed" from regular novice (or rising) clergy ranks by senior clerics who notice talent (the s-p candidate MUST willingly accept), and is ultimately approved/stripped of status by the deity (i.e. "constant performance review"). Paladins the same way, except that more of them personally appoint/pledge themselves directly to the deity (overnight vigil), and the deity speaks or sends visions/signs to them to indicate acceptance/rejection. The emphasis on deity avatars and avoidance of faith detail at that time, to avoid real-world religious backlash robbed us of much lore that should have been provided for ROLEPLAYING (daily rituals and prayers, do's and don'ts, secret and public secular aims of priesthoods. etc.).
#Realmslore



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On nobles and reincarnation

@nbdyhome (27/01/19)
@TheEdVerse in Waterdeep, if a noble were killed and resurrected in a new form, do they need to go through any process to prove they really are who they say they are? I meant reincarnated...

@TheEdVerse
Oh, yes, because if not accepted, they "lose their place" in the lineage (lose titles, can't inherit any family property, etc.). In Cormyr, it's even the law for royalty, and established internal custom in many noble houses. Process varies, but always involves attempted mind-reading/detect lie (with hired clerical and/or mage assistance/scrutiny) as they're asked questions about their past that "only the real person would know correct answers to." Some families are narrow enough in views that it doesn't matter: they won't be accepted as a "true" family member in a new form...unless later on they're only one left standing of their generation, or otherwise have "earned" their status (akin to how Tyrion Lannister's father treated him).
#Realmslore

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On changes in lore (In-universe explanation)

@Jon_4L (27/01/19)
@TheEdVerse my DM for Curse of Strahd has noted that the current book, as well as the Adventurer's League story, varies a great deal from the original Ravenloft story. How much of it can be blamed on The Second Sundering and The Spellplague, and what can we blame the rest on?

@TheEdVerse
Nigh impossible for us mortals to know. Though the Second Sundering and Spellplague altered a lot of things, it's always been difficult for mortals of one setting and time to grok the "reality" of deities and their powers, aims, and doings, the stuff of dimensions/worlds, and how places we find ourselves in relate to other places. At best, our sourcebooks attempt to describe what deities sometimes mislead mortals about, or hide from us, things beyond our ken, and what is complex and everchanging. Or as Elminster might put it: "Not all humans who drive cars know what makes them go. Yet they drive. If ye find yourself within Strahd's reach, staying alive and free might best be thy foremost priority, not squaring various fireside tales."
#Realmslore

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On bowstrings:

01/25/2019

@PastorGall
is bowstring in the realms made like to how he used to do it back then? Also, are there special types of bowstring in the realms?


@TheEdVerse
Short answer: Yes, and yes. But here we go...

Bowstrings are made of a wide variety of materials across the Realms, many of them the same as historical real-world fibers: linen, hemp and other plant fibers, rawhide and sinew (warning: lose elasticity when wet!), and silk. In the Realms, drow use spidersilk (giant spider types of the Underdark) to string their bows, and elves have special bowstrings made of combinations of wood-dwelling spidersilk, squirrel and even deer rawhide, long elven hair, spun silver (treated with spells and moonstone). The Tuigan and wemics use horsehair in combination with long-grass fibers, and so on, in many regional variations (e.g. jungle plant fibers).

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On Halaster creating gates:

01/25/19

@TheKOTM4
Roughly how long does it take Halaster to create a new gate in Undermountain? Temporary or Permanent.


@TheEdVerse
NOT long. About an hour for a permanent one if there are no strong existing enchantments in the gate locale to contend with (longer for each enchantment, and a lot longer for certain wards and effects, including other nearby gates [too many gates, too close = dimensional rift tears open). A REALLY temporary gate for his own use (“step through and gone”) = under a minute. Temporary but usable by many, and larger than just a person: 20 minutes approx.
All times longer OUTSIDE of Undermountain, mind you.

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I decided to re-ask a long ago question, and got an almost immediate response!

On kercpa in the Realms:

27 Jan 2019
@Greysil_Tassyr
Those little humanoid squirrels, the kercpa. They were Core D&D back in the days of 2E. Are there kercpa in the Realms? If so, where can they be found, and are there any notable members of the race?


@TheEdVerse
Their numbers have fallen sharply in the Realms due to concerted attacks by fey races and goblins, but they can still be found in large numbers (no one knows exactly how many due to their secretive and active nature, and the cover provided by their forest homes) in the eastern High forest, the Lluirwood, and the Forest of Amtar, and in smaller numbers in Shilmista, the eastern Chondalwood, and The Great Wild Wood. They've also been seen in Laerakond. Notable individuals: a far-traveled adventurer, Rilstajar "the Rapier;" a legendary prankster heroine who's probably long dead and whose exploits are embellished with many new tall tales named Lyracheelie "the Leaf;" and a tireless explorer and trader, Suldarn of the Many Acorns (a "joke title" given in derision he liked, embraced, and now bears proudly). The kercpa increasingly keep to themselves, fearful of diseases brought by humans and of being wiped out by their many foes, but are otherwise of merry nature, hedonists who live in the present, knowing life is fleeting

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On Waterdeep's Masked Lords after Death Masks:

Dec 8, 2018

@MurderHGames
Quick question, if I may (could be NDA): A number of Masked Lords were revealed in Death Masks but survived. Were they allowed to remain Lords or replaced after the events of the novel? Many thanks!


@TheEdVerse
Up to you (or your DM). The Masked/Hidden Lords vote to accept or expel their fellow lords, so a Lord who tried to murder or expose the identities of fellow Lords would likely be kicked out, but the "masked" custom is for their own protection (and to avoid endless harassment from citizens; it's for their benefit and convenience, rather than a rule, decree, or law that breaking can get you in trouble. So likely they are still Lords. (However, if you need them not to be for personal campaign story needs, go right ahead and change the Lords' roster.)

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On the names of the gods:

29 Jan 2019

@AdamDravian
Elminster’s Guide to the Realms says that Sune is pronounced SOON and that SUE-nee is a more recent pronunciation. How is it pronounced in your home Realms? Did you write the pronunciation guides that are featured in the “Grey Box” and FR5?


@TheEdVerse
"Soon" in the home Realms. The pronunciation guides in FR0 and FR5 were compiled in-house (@GramrgednAngel would have had to edit down long screeds to fit into the GB and likely FR5) from pronunciation lists I provided or was asked to generate once my weird names hit TSR eyeballs


@AdamDravian
Very interesting. I've been wondering about this for years. So in the home Realms: Beh-HAHL or Bahl? Low-vee-A-tar or Low-VEE-a-tar? MAY-lar or MAH-lar? Mahsk or Mask? MERR-kool or MER-kul?


@TheEdVerse
In the home Realms:
Bahl
Low-VEE-a-tar or Low-VIE-ah-tar (Southern)
MAH-lar
Mask
MEER-kool (Myr = “Meer,” just as Tyr is “TEER”)
But across Toril, as across our real world, you will hear a wide variety of pronunciations. And the gods hear them all. ;}

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@AdamDravian
Ed, thank you so much for indulging my curiousity, but this now brings up another question. Since gods hear whenever their name is spoken (as a kind of cacophonous white noise), doesn’t that confuse things if the god’s name is the same as a common word, like “soon” or “mask”?


@TheEdVerse
Yes. Even gods can't concentrate on everything at once (though if they've ALREADY decided to focus on particular individuals or places, they CAN filter out everything else and "be there" as eavesdroppers). And a good thing for us mortals, too! We get away with a lot that gods might otherwise punish. (You might say the art of being an effective god is mastery of multitasking.) Please note: when a deity's name is uttered in prayer, in a temple, while clutching a holy symbol, or by a paladin or someone making a sacrifice/offering, it "sounds different" to divine ears (and so can be told apart from other utterances and soundalikes, so someone saying "mask that before you paint the trim" or "The bread'll be done soon" isn't heard by those deities in the same tone as their names).

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On Ehlonna:

Jan 27, 2019

@LouAnders
Hi @ChrisPerkinsDnD does Ehlonna have worshippers in Toril? @TheEdVerse ?


@ChrisPerkinsDnD
That’s really up to you. Since magic quivers of Ehlonna are things you can find in Toril, it’s possible one could find worshipers of Ehlonna as well. #wotcstaff


@TheEdVerse
Yes. Over the centuries, there's been enough traffic between the worlds/spheres that deities of Oerth and Krynn have followers in Toril (and Abeir), and vice versa.

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On non-evil drow:

Nov 24, 2018

@CTBriscoes
can you help me convince players that not all drow are evil? I want to point to wholly benign drow societies of the Underdark. Do any exist?


@TheEdVerse
The existence of Drizzt and of the goddess Eilistraee and all of her drow followers are living and divine proof that not all drow are evil. And yes, there are non-evil drow living in the Underdark, but they don't get much press.


Dec 9, 2018
@SterlingLenheim
I would think any such community would be extremely well hidden and secretive or suffer Lolth's retribution. After all she can not allow such free will to upset her carefully maintained status quo. Correct?


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Yes and no. Lolth isn't half as powerful as she thinks she is, or her drow clergy think she is. The Underdark is a big place, with a LOT going on, and she's busy picking or ongoing battling thousands of fights at once (as a lot of Underdark inhabitants don't want her rule), so...

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On expelled Lords of Waterdeep keeping quiet:

Jan 29, 2019

@Greysil_Tassyr
An prior question asked about Waterdeep's Masked Lords, post-Death Masks. You mentioned that Lords could be expelled by a vote of the other Lords. What's to keep an expelled Lord quiet on the identities of the other Lords, and other state secrets?


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Threat of exile, seizure of all city wealth and property, and having your mind turned inside out by the Blackstaff and the Watchful Order. Plus the hatred and loathing of your fellow Lords and their private personal retribution. For starters. ;}

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On Elminster's favorite apples:

Oct 29, 2018

@UmbralCoffee
Hi @TheEdVerse! With Highharvestide nigh upon us, what specific Faerūnian apple is the favorite of Elminster (eating or baking apple)? And where might I find it within the Realms?


@TheEdVerse
El's favourite apple is the Graele's Green, which can be found growing wild (as well as in orchards) from easternmost Amn east through Cormyr and all of the Dales to the Vast, and into westernmost Impiltur. (It's closest to the Golden Russet variety of our world.) EatingANDbaking


@UmbralCoffee
Wow! That’s terrific, Ed. Thank you so much! My party will go on an orchard hunt for some Graele’s Green on their traipse toward Dagger Falls this upcoming tenday. Happy Holidays, my friend!


@TheEdVerse
And to you, too! Happy apple munching! Daggerdale is known for its abundant wild gooseberries, BTW. Between that and the birds and small game that feast on the wild edibles and are readily added to stewpots or campfire skewers, travelers there can readily forage, and eat well.

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On "South Ward" versus "Southern Ward" in Waterdeep:

Nov 6, 2018

@metzpaul
Southern Ward vs South Ward. Volo's Waterdeep Enchiridion contradicts Volo's Guide to Waterdeep.


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Times change, fashions change, lingo changes. In this case, it's a generational thing in Waterdeep. So if you happen across old, white-haired Waterdhavians, stick to "South Ward." If you're talking with anyone who looks young: "Southern Ward" (except nobles, who shun change).

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

On Ehlonna:

Jan 27, 2019

@LouAnders
Hi @ChrisPerkinsDnD does Ehlonna have worshippers in Toril? @TheEdVerse ?


@ChrisPerkinsDnD
That’s really up to you. Since magic quivers of Ehlonna are things you can find in Toril, it’s possible one could find worshipers of Ehlonna as well. #wotcstaff


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Yes. Over the centuries, there's been enough traffic between the worlds/spheres that deities of Oerth and Krynn have followers in Toril (and Abeir), and vice versa.





deities of Oerth and Krynn have followers in Toril (and Abeir)


A very interesting answer for those of us who have proposed that some gods exist in Abeir and Toril both now.


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This answer:

quote:

@AdamDravian
Ed, thank you so much for indulging my curiousity, but this now brings up another question. Since gods hear whenever their name is spoken (as a kind of cacophonous white noise), doesn’t that confuse things if the god’s name is the same as a common word, like “soon” or “mask”?


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Yes. Even gods can't concentrate on everything at once (though if they've ALREADY decided to focus on particular individuals or places, they CAN filter out everything else and "be there" as eavesdroppers). And a good thing for us mortals, too! We get away with a lot that gods might otherwise punish. (You might say the art of being an effective god is mastery of multitasking.) Please note: when a deity's name is uttered in prayer, in a temple, while clutching a holy symbol, or by a paladin or someone making a sacrifice/offering, it "sounds different" to divine ears (and so can be told apart from other utterances and soundalikes, so someone saying "mask that before you paint the trim" or "The bread'll be done soon" isn't heard by those deities in the same tone as their names).


Gives me great pause as I know of at least two instances of a deity's temple being corrupted or taken over by an evil god and nothing happening in terms of divine retribution or ANY kind of response from a deity when their name is being used to do something completely counter to their ethos. The one we discussed here was when a temple of Tymora(I think?) was being run by a child molesting priest that assaulted young Artemis, and apparently nothing came of it for decades. You'd think that gods who know when their name is being spoken in a temple would realise something awful is going on by someone pretending to be their priests. Sigh.

The other was when a temple of selune was taken over secretly by Cyric/Shar and apparently Selune didn't know about it...which I could actually understand a bit more since Cyric and Shar have lies and secrets in their portfolio and would try to cover this up with their divine power, unlike just a rogue sex offender pretending to be a goodly priest which SHOULD NEVER EVER GO UNCHECKED BY A GOD IF THEY CAN DO WHAT ED SAYS THEY CAN DO HERE.
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quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

This answer:

quote:

@AdamDravian
Ed, thank you so much for indulging my curiousity, but this now brings up another question. Since gods hear whenever their name is spoken (as a kind of cacophonous white noise), doesn’t that confuse things if the god’s name is the same as a common word, like “soon” or “mask”?


@TheEdVerse
Yes. Even gods can't concentrate on everything at once (though if they've ALREADY decided to focus on particular individuals or places, they CAN filter out everything else and "be there" as eavesdroppers). And a good thing for us mortals, too! We get away with a lot that gods might otherwise punish. (You might say the art of being an effective god is mastery of multitasking.) Please note: when a deity's name is uttered in prayer, in a temple, while clutching a holy symbol, or by a paladin or someone making a sacrifice/offering, it "sounds different" to divine ears (and so can be told apart from other utterances and soundalikes, so someone saying "mask that before you paint the trim" or "The bread'll be done soon" isn't heard by those deities in the same tone as their names).


Gives me great pause as I know of at least two instances of a deity's temple being corrupted or taken over by an evil god and nothing happening in terms of divine retribution or ANY kind of response from a deity when their name is being used to do something completely counter to their ethos. The one we discussed here was when a temple of Tymora(I think?) was being run by a child molesting priest that assaulted young Artemis, and apparently nothing came of it for decades. You'd think that gods who know when their name is being spoken in a temple would realise something awful is going on by someone pretending to be their priests. Sigh.

The other was when a temple of selune was taken over secretly by Cyric/Shar and apparently Selune didn't know about it...which I could actually understand a bit more since Cyric and Shar have lies and secrets in their portfolio and would try to cover this up with their divine power, unlike just a rogue sex offender pretending to be a goodly priest which SHOULD NEVER EVER GO UNCHECKED BY A GOD IF THEY CAN DO WHAT ED SAYS THEY CAN DO HERE.



As best as I can see, it's possible for one deity to hide things from another deity, even in the latter's own temple. Look at Vhaeraun and the traitor-priestesses of Lolth.

Honestly, I do agree with you; both examples you cite seem to have occurred because existing lore was not adhered to. I can't speak to the first example (I long ago stopped reading those novels), but in the second case, it was written in an era where Plot and Kewl were far more important than minor concerns like sticking to established lore.

So I look to examples where we know of things happening below divine radar, but having an explanation, and I extrapolate.

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On thermometers

@webjr1981
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I know that time-keeping isn't a big deal in the Realms (3 bells, etc), but do thermometers exist?

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"Weather glasses" exist in the Realms: what our real world calls "Galileo thermometers" (sealed glass vessels with mixtures of liquid in them and floating glass sphere "bubbles" to denote various temperatures.
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