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keftiu
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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  07:58:24  Show Profile Send keftiu a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Looking specifically for FR content, though I wouldn't to hear about others. More focused on lore; crunch is useless to me,

4e fangirl. Here to queer up the Realms.

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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  11:18:44  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's a place you can start: a listing of Realms articles in the print version of Dragon.

https://www.aeolia.net/dragondex/realms.html

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Barastir
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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  13:26:20  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On Realms-specific articles, I like very much the "Down-to-earth divinity" (from Dragon Magazine #54) and a non-canonized article on the Green Elves of Faerūn (Dragon #222). As for other articles, although I like a lot of them, I prefer the one with combat tactics for wild animals in 2e (Dragon #187), and those about low-magic items, along with many from the "Bazar of the Bizarre" section.

EDIT: Inclusion of the magazine issue numbers.

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)

Edited by - Barastir on 06 Feb 2020 11:35:04
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George Krashos
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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  13:56:19  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dragon #110.

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"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Storyteller Hero
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Posted - 05 Feb 2020 :  14:01:45  Show Profile  Visit Storyteller Hero's Homepage Send Storyteller Hero a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jeff Grubb wrote a short story titled "Reunification" for DRAGON 247 that brings a sense of closure to the Forgotten Realms comic book series.

I was really glad that it was written since the ending of the series left a bit of dissatisfaction for the reader.



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AJA
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Most of my favorite articles are Ed's early ones (like Pages From the Mages), and have been reproduced in a number of other products.

I'm currently partial to DRAGON #335, which has two Elaine Cunningham articles (one the only real in-depth look at New Olamn, and the other an Elaith short-story). Also, all of Steven Schend's Waterdeep and Undermountain articles (#211, #227, others I'm forgetting)


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Delnyn
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Posted - 07 Feb 2020 :  04:32:59  Show Profile Send Delnyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I liked Dragon 75 and 76 the most. Ed Greenwood's articles on the Nine Hells.
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I used to tear apart the novels, finishing most in only a day or two. Seeing my favorite characters come to life both statistically and artistically in articles called “Rogues Gallery” was always a treat.

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Baltas
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Well, aside fro the mentioned articles here, we have Tom M. Costa's article "Speaking in Tongues" from Dragon Magazine Annual 1999/Dragon Annual 4, which details the (human) linguistics of the Realms, and still has a lot of interesting lore within in (ie do you know Lantanna is an Imaskari language?).

There is also the "The New Adventures of Volo", "Volo's Guide", "Wyrms of the North" series of articles by Ed Greenwood:
https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/The_New_Adventures_of_Volo
https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Volo%27s_Guide
https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Wyrms_of_the_North

I also recommend articles by Brian R. James, including "Grand History of the Realms: The Moonshaes" from Dragon #362; "Sarifal" from Dragon #376; "Chessenta" from Dungeon #178; "Hall of the Frostmaiden" from Dragon #367; "Monument of the Ancients" (co-written with his brother Matt James) from Dungeon #170.

Outside the Realms, but still being able to use it, there are "History Check: Corellon and Gruumsh" by Jeff LaSala Dragon Magazine #408 (curiously the writer used suggestions by Markustay); The Codex of Betrayal, and Demonomicon of Iggwilv series of articles, as well as Ecology of the Succubus from Dragon Magazine #417.

Edited by - Baltas on 09 Feb 2020 00:31:25
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