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Qilintha
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Posted - 13 Feb 2020 :  10:18:09  Show Profile Send Qilintha a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
As topic suggests, Are there Chosen of Mystra of fiendish heritage? Demons,Devils? It's clear being Manshoon and Sammaster chosen of Mystra that the Lady of Secrets is neutral to her core soo...is there the possibility? Like Abraxas , a demon lord from the Fiendish Codex.
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Abraxas was a demon lord also called The Unfathomable. He busied himself finding out more about the workings of magic, discovering magic words and spells, unearthing lost arcane secrets, and finding and creating powerful talismans. His layer of the Abyss was the 17th; known as Death's Reward.[1][2]


I know he is not a demon directly connected to the Realms , just throwing an example. Did Ed ever answer a question about it?

Grumpy Hamatula
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Posted - 13 Feb 2020 :  12:41:13  Show Profile Send Grumpy Hamatula a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd be curious about this one as well.

Off the top of my head, I would think that baatezu and tanar'ri wouldn't be eligible to be Chosen, as they are, by definition, not mortals. However, "fiendish heritage" opens up the possibility of half-fiends/cambions, tieflings, and the like, the latter of which are certainly considered mortals.

On a more general level, I tend to view Mystra as a neutral arbiter who always favors what advances the Art and preserves the Weave, so it would be possible that her goals could intersect those of a fiendish faction from time to time. Dispater, for instance, is known to host the Forbidden Library in Dis, IIRC, and many a mage has gone down an evil path to gain access to its secrets. In addition, at least according to the AD&D 2e Guide to Hell, baatezu spellcasters who use the Art (instead of innate abilities) do exist, even if they are relatively rare.

In terms of personal experiences as a DM, I have run a campaign in the past in which Mystra's goals temporarily aligned with those of a Baator-aligned faction. The baatezu and their mortal agents were trying to foil some tanar'ri scheming that threatened the Weave, so Mystra was willing to provide some very conditional assistance to that faction and/or to accept its conditional support of her agents' activities. The alliance was a tense one, and it was certainly temporary, but my rationale for it was that preserving the Weave trumped any moral conflicts in that particular instance.

Edited by - Grumpy Hamatula on 13 Feb 2020 12:43:55
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cpthero2
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Posted - 17 Feb 2020 :  23:46:33  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Seeker Qilintha,

Neutral...I can get behind that as a colloquial definition of what Mystra really is, which is what drives at this whole idea of fiendish, etc.: her ethic is that of a teleologist, or in other words, she is worried about what happens in the end, not what happens on the way. She is most certainly not worried about considerations such as virtue (think Eudaimonia in ethics, which is a subset of Aristotelian ethics), or what happens between point A and point B.

The reason I bring that up is, though I do not believe there to be any sort of fiendish Chosen now, you could easily have a fiendish Chosen in my opinion. I mean, look who she has had as a Chosen thus far: Khelben? My god, the man is a sociopath, and immoral as it comes to any sort of ethic that would relate to a deontological ethic in life.

Mystra is very much morally ambiguous, but then again, there isn't anything wrong with that in that sort of "god" perspective. She is there to fulfill a role, nothing more. Ao is happy when she makes the Weave go.

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by Qilintha

As topic suggests, Are there Chosen of Mystra of fiendish heritage? Demons,Devils? It's clear being Manshoon and Sammaster chosen of Mystra that the Lady of Secrets is neutral to her core soo...is there the possibility? Like Abraxas , a demon lord from the Fiendish Codex.
quote:

Abraxas was a demon lord also called The Unfathomable. He busied himself finding out more about the workings of magic, discovering magic words and spells, unearthing lost arcane secrets, and finding and creating powerful talismans. His layer of the Abyss was the 17th; known as Death's Reward.[1][2]


I know he is not a demon directly connected to the Realms , just throwing an example. Did Ed ever answer a question about it?


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ericlboyd
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Posted - 18 Feb 2020 :  00:36:50  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
None have been revealed, but if you had to ask me for a candidate, I might suggest Shangalar the Black.

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cpthero2
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Posted - 18 Feb 2020 :  00:59:27  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric,

I might say hell yes! :)

I agree with you. He would be an amazing Chosen of Mystra. I mean, Mystra is not good, and the Chosen are not good as a requirement (whatever good is). I am of the mind that back in the 13th century, Nybor of Thay should have been. She was well known for creating spells, some of which are known to be of the most powerful enchantment spells of the day.

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quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

None have been revealed, but if you had to ask me for a candidate, I might suggest Shangalar the Black.

--Eric


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Ayrik
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Posted - 18 Feb 2020 :  04:23:16  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mystra is a "human" goddess. Made by humans, for humans.

Fiends already tend to worship other Powers (the sorts who would hang out in Lower Planes and are evil-aligned enough for fiends to find appealing). Or maybe they worship false Powers, Archfiends, monstrous abominations, etc. My point is that fiends don't really find Mystra attractive - though I suppose a cambion, alu-demon, tiefling, or other human-blooded individual could firmly embrace their humanity and reject their fiendish heritage. (Realmslore does have a few such characters though they're hardly the stuff of semi-divine exarchs and things tend to turn out rather badly for them, Magadon is a fine example.)

Why stop at fiends? Why not elven "Chosen", dwarven "Chosen", even orcish "Chosen"? All these races practice magic in some form or another and Mystra's portfolio includes all magic.

[/Ayrik]
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cpthero2
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Posted - 18 Feb 2020 :  04:26:47  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader Ayrik,

Hell, I cannot disagree with you on that front. Looking at early Realms, it was painfully human centric. Of course, it is what it is. I am not beating up on Ed. It is just how and where people's minds went back then. Now days, I think people are more cognizant of other races, ethnicities, etc.

I completely agree they should get that all figured out for the other gods.

Great point.

Now, to start the cage match: which author(s) or designer(s)?

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Mystra is a "human" goddess. Made by humans, for humans.

Fiends already tend to worship other Powers (the sorts who would hang out in Lower Planes and are evil-aligned enough for fiends to find appealing). Or maybe they worship false Powers, Archfiends, monstrous abominations, etc. My point is that fiends don't really find Mystra attractive - though I suppose a cambion, alu-demon, tiefling, or other human-blooded individual could firmly embrace their humanity and reject their fiendish heritage. (Realmslore does have a few such characters though they're hardly the stuff of semi-divine exarchs and things tend to turn out rather badly for them, Magadon is a fine example.)

Why stop at fiends? Why not elven "Chosen", dwarven "Chosen", even orcish "Chosen"? All these races practice magic in some form or another and Mystra's portfolio includes all magic.


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TBeholder
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Posted - 18 Feb 2020 :  21:41:14  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Probably no, since in the end a fiend is just a less-than-divine creature "of the plane", and unlike planar mortals subject to transformations. A deity "adopting" one would probably turn it into something more compatible.
More importantly, it seems to be a reasonable assumption that all Chosen are Primes, since their job is to hold and tend the Weave, which is on Prime/Realmspace.
Mystra could have proxies for running important errands out on the planes, but that's different. Azuth does, for that matter.

quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Why not elven "Chosen", dwarven "Chosen", even orcish "Chosen"? All these races practice magic in some form or another and Mystra's portfolio includes all magic.

Because she does it for a certain purpose, not to collect a herbarium.
Orcs and Dwarves traditionally don't do arcane magic. Dwarves even used to have involuntary magic resistance.
There were at least 3 elven Chosen.
Duethaea Lauraunfeir - deceased.
Embrae Aloevan - gone mad (though not as fast and disastrous as Sammaster).
[spoiler] [spoiler] - was of uncertain "alive" status on transformation (the day Myth Drannor's mythal was made) and gone on to exist as sometimes-corporeal "ghost in the mythal".
Also, half-elf Alvaerle Tasundrym, retired/promoted Magister.

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
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cpthero2
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Posted - 19 Feb 2020 :  00:23:55  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Master TBeholder,

Great point on the Elven Chosen.

It does seem though humans being the ones with the most amount of Chosen, that there is a large and disproportionate amount of power tossed their way, especially when you look at Dwarves as you just made a point about.

Best regards,



quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

Probably no, since in the end a fiend is just a less-than-divine creature "of the plane", and unlike planar mortals subject to transformations. A deity "adopting" one would probably turn it into something more compatible.
More importantly, it seems to be a reasonable assumption that all Chosen are Primes, since their job is to hold and tend the Weave, which is on Prime/Realmspace.
Mystra could have proxies for running important errands out on the planes, but that's different. Azuth does, for that matter.

quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Why not elven "Chosen", dwarven "Chosen", even orcish "Chosen"? All these races practice magic in some form or another and Mystra's portfolio includes all magic.

Because she does it for a certain purpose, not to collect a herbarium.
Orcs and Dwarves traditionally don't do arcane magic. Dwarves even used to have involuntary magic resistance.
There were at least 3 elven Chosen.
Duethaea Lauraunfeir - deceased.
Embrae Aloevan - gone mad (though not as fast and disastrous as Sammaster).
[spoiler] [spoiler] - was of uncertain "alive" status on transformation (the day Myth Drannor's mythal was made) and gone on to exist as sometimes-corporeal "ghost in the mythal".
Also, half-elf Alvaerle Tasundrym, retired/promoted Magister.


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George Krashos
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Posted - 19 Feb 2020 :  01:27:39  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder
[spoiler] [spoiler] - was of uncertain "alive" status on transformation (the day Myth Drannor's mythal was made) and gone on to exist as sometimes-corporeal "ghost in the mythal".



Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

-- George Krashos

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cpthero2
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Posted - 19 Feb 2020 :  02:27:50  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Master TBeholder,

That just seems ominous the way that question came from Great Reader Krashos, haha.

I am interested as well though. :)

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quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

Probably no, since in the end a fiend is just a less-than-divine creature "of the plane", and unlike planar mortals subject to transformations. A deity "adopting" one would probably turn it into something more compatible.
More importantly, it seems to be a reasonable assumption that all Chosen are Primes, since their job is to hold and tend the Weave, which is on Prime/Realmspace.
Mystra could have proxies for running important errands out on the planes, but that's different. Azuth does, for that matter.

quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Why not elven "Chosen", dwarven "Chosen", even orcish "Chosen"? All these races practice magic in some form or another and Mystra's portfolio includes all magic.

Because she does it for a certain purpose, not to collect a herbarium.
Orcs and Dwarves traditionally don't do arcane magic. Dwarves even used to have involuntary magic resistance.
There were at least 3 elven Chosen.
Duethaea Lauraunfeir - deceased.
Embrae Aloevan - gone mad (though not as fast and disastrous as Sammaster).
[spoiler] [spoiler] - was of uncertain "alive" status on transformation (the day Myth Drannor's mythal was made) and gone on to exist as sometimes-corporeal "ghost in the mythal".
Also, half-elf Alvaerle Tasundrym, retired/promoted Magister.


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TBeholder
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Posted - 24 Feb 2020 :  12:57:08  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

A certain elven noble who in Elminster in Myth Drannor got impaled on a statue's sword.
But then was seen running around messing with people. And showering fiends with silver fire.

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
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cpthero2
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Posted - 24 Feb 2020 :  15:20:09  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Master TBeholder,

Ahhh....of course. Yeah, Laeral and that damn Crown of Horns. Rough times for her.

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quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

A certain elven noble who in Elminster in Myth Drannor got impaled on a statue's sword.
But then was seen running around messing with people. And showering fiends with silver fire.


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Delnyn
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  02:11:12  Show Profile Send Delnyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Master TBeholder,

Ahhh....of course. Yeah, Laeral and that damn Crown of Horns. Rough times for her.

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

A certain elven noble who in Elminster in Myth Drannor got impaled on a statue's sword.
But then was seen running around messing with people. And showering fiends with silver fire.




That would be Symrustar Auglamyr, who killed Malimshaer during the Weeping War.
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cpthero2
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  02:29:18  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Seeker Delnyn,

Are you talking about the battle at Shadusk Glade?

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quote:
Originally posted by Delnyn

quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Master TBeholder,

Ahhh....of course. Yeah, Laeral and that damn Crown of Horns. Rough times for her.

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

A certain elven noble who in Elminster in Myth Drannor got impaled on a statue's sword.
But then was seen running around messing with people. And showering fiends with silver fire.




That would be Symrustar Auglamyr, who killed Malimshaer during the Weeping War.


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Delnyn
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  03:07:01  Show Profile Send Delnyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker Delnyn,

Are you talking about the battle at Shadusk Glade?

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by Delnyn

quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Master TBeholder,

Ahhh....of course. Yeah, Laeral and that damn Crown of Horns. Rough times for her.

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

A certain elven noble who in Elminster in Myth Drannor got impaled on a statue's sword.
But then was seen running around messing with people. And showering fiends with silver fire.




That would be Symrustar Auglamyr, who killed Malimshaer during the Weeping War.




Aye.
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cpthero2
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  05:32:19  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Seeker Delnyn,

I may be misremembering here, but she didn't die by impalement. She died when she immolated dude and herself in the process. As I recall, his skeletal remains crashed near someone.

Am I not recalling that correctly?

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quote:
Originally posted by Delnyn

quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker Delnyn,

Are you talking about the battle at Shadusk Glade?

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by Delnyn

quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Master TBeholder,

Ahhh....of course. Yeah, Laeral and that damn Crown of Horns. Rough times for her.

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by TBeholder

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


Missed this reference TBeholder. Care to share?

A certain elven noble who in Elminster in Myth Drannor got impaled on a statue's sword.
But then was seen running around messing with people. And showering fiends with silver fire.




That would be Symrustar Auglamyr, who killed Malimshaer during the Weeping War.




Aye.


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Delnyn
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  09:31:15  Show Profile Send Delnyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker Delnyn,

I may be misremembering here, but she didn't die by impalement. She died when she immolated dude and herself in the process. As I recall, his skeletal remains crashed near someone.

Am I not recalling that correctly?

Best regards,




Yes, she died. Mystra subsequently resurrected her and made her a Chosen. *Insert heavy sigh*
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Brimstone
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What about Mystryl? Larloch was one of her Chosen. Maybe she had some "Fiendish Chosen".

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thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
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then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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cpthero2
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  16:28:55  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Seeker Delnyn,

Hmm...I believe I am confusing something here. I thought you were correcting me on Master TBeholder's comment regarding a certain Elven noble?

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quote:
Originally posted by Delnyn

quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker Delnyn,

I may be misremembering here, but she didn't die by impalement. She died when she immolated dude and herself in the process. As I recall, his skeletal remains crashed near someone.

Am I not recalling that correctly?

Best regards,




Yes, she died. Mystra subsequently resurrected her and made her a Chosen. *Insert heavy sigh*


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Delnyn
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  19:01:00  Show Profile Send Delnyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker Delnyn,

Hmm...I believe I am confusing something here. I thought you were correcting me on Master TBeholder's comment regarding a certain Elven noble?

Best regards,



quote:
Originally posted by Delnyn

quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Seeker Delnyn,

I may be misremembering here, but she didn't die by impalement. She died when she immolated dude and herself in the process. As I recall, his skeletal remains crashed near someone.

Am I not recalling that correctly?

Best regards,




Yes, she died. Mystra subsequently resurrected her and made her a Chosen. *Insert heavy sigh*





Too bad I donated my copies of the Elminster series and The Fall of Myth Drannor. Lady Auglamyr was introduced in Elminster in Myth Drannor, but that book did not delve into the Weeping War. The elven noble should be someone else. My apologies to the premature identification. -Delnyn
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cpthero2
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Posted - 27 Feb 2020 :  20:28:54  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader Brimstone,

That doesn't seem like a bad consideration to look at. It makes you wonder how that would have come about though, specifically.

Thoughts?

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quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

What about Mystryl? Larloch was one of her Chosen. Maybe she had some "Fiendish Chosen".


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