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Ergdusch
Master of Realmslore

Germany
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Posted - 11 Jan 2007 :  08:27:46  Show Profile Send Ergdusch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ergdusch wrote:
Hello Mrs. Smedman!

I recently bought 'Realms of the Elves' and read your short story which is included in that anthology. Matter of fact, I enjoyed your book very much now my question is:

Is it anyhow related to the new upcoming trilogy of Lady Penitent? Or to any other novels or stories you wrote?

I posted this question at the Candlekeep Forum, but noticed later that your last post dates back to Jan 2006. So I wonder if you withdrew from this forum alltogether, which would indeed mean a great loss to us users.

Thanks for your answers and good luck with your upcoming novel release next month.

'Ergdusch' (at Candlekeep)

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Lisa Smedman answered:


Hi,
I haven't officially withdrawn from the forum. It's just that I'm so darn busy I forget to check in... often for months at a time! I not only work a "day job" in addition to writing an average of two novels a year, but also have a four-year-old son to care for, so that keeps me pretty busy. To top it off, this week my dog just had a litter of pups, born premature, which require round the clock care!
To answer your question, the story in Realms of the Elves is a totally separate entity from the novels. Just something that I wanted to explore. WOTC basically told the contributors to that anthology to write "something to do with elves" and gave us free rein after that. I wanted to explore how a crusade can turn nasty, and Necessary Sacrifices is the result.
Glad you enjoyed it, by the way.
I'm looking forward to the first book of my new trilogy hitting the stores next month. I think WOTC did an awesome job of the cover. Very dark and spooky. I just handed in book 2 (first draff) and now have to plunge into book 3.
Cheers, Lisa


"Das Gras weht im Wind, wenn der Wind weht."
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Ergdusch
Master of Realmslore

Germany
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Posted - 11 Jan 2007 :  08:31:55  Show Profile Send Ergdusch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ergdusch wrote:
Dear Lisa!

One last thing before i leave you 'in peace' : can you tell me which of the known covers WOTC have finaly chosen for your new novel??? The three known novels you can find here.

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Lisa Smedman answered:

Wow, that's a very cool website. I had no idea there were "alternative" covers. As far as I know, the bottom one is the one they're going with. It's the one my editor emailed to me a while back.
Please do go ahead and post my replies to Candlekeep. I'll try to log on as soon as I can and catch up on the questions.
Thanks again, Lisa


That might answer at least one questions that float around these boards.


"Das Gras weht im Wind, wenn der Wind weht."

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Zanan
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Posted - 26 Jan 2007 :  18:12:55  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just had a first glance at Sacrifice of the Widow and read the Sava chapters ... please, if I am allowed to say so ... no more god-games. These two lasses may be chaotic, but we have just come to terms with the new hierarchy and straight away, it is all turned into chaos again. How long will we now have to wait again to see what happens to the clergy of the fallen deity? A rhetorical question - as I think back that even by now we have no info on simple matters like the length of the Silence, almost two years after WotSQ VI has been published. *sigh*

One hopes that the Wizards' guidelines for the novel includes something world-shaking again ... or shall I say Web-shaking.
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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 27 Jan 2007 :  15:40:14  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A nightshift and 311 pages later ... people, get your hands on this one! Surely among the finest pieces of Realms-literature I have been reading in the last years - including WotSQ.
Non-stop action and a must-read for anyone wanting to know all the latest on Qile and all the other Eilistraeens, the Cormanthor drow, and a survivor of Ched Nasad thought dead.

For Mrs. Smedman ... a couple of questions. Did the Wizards gave you a blueprint on how the drow pantheon should look like after this trilogy? Could you get the chief designers into this and urge them to have a run-down of events and the outcome ready once the trilogy is over? For it seems quite a number of things will change during this trilogy and quite a bit of material - even pretty up to date one - will become outdated.

And a whish ... please leave Kiaransalee out of the family quarrels of the drow pantheon. We do need an evil drow deity left to play with as DMs, you know

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Zanan
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Posted - 01 Feb 2007 :  16:44:38  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A question about something Qilu is concerned about early on in the novel. She mentions trouble with other drow faiths, namely that of Vhaeraun, Kiaransalee, and Ghaunadaur, even though the Kiaransaleens seem not to bother about the Eilistraeens. (p. 52f)
Assuming that Qilu is in the Promenade near Waterdeep while she thinks of drow priestesses ministering in the "distant north" and a ghostly Crone haunting these parts: Am I right in assuming that you were referring to the Vaasa and Damara region, not to the north of Waterdeep? Just to get my bearings right.

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

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Ethriel
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Posted - 08 Feb 2007 :  06:09:07  Show Profile  Visit Ethriel's Homepage  Send Ethriel an AOL message Send Ethriel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey, Lisa, just finished the first book and I have a big question to ask.

SPOILERS FOLLOW:





Can you tell us if vhaeraun is really out of the game? He's such a fascinating God and character, with an excellent clergy and system, along with exceptional relationships and the nature of what happened was....really anticlimactic. Can you please shed some light? The wait to September'd kill me not knowing!
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Braveheart
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Posted - 15 Feb 2007 :  14:29:08  Show Profile  Visit Braveheart's Homepage  Send Braveheart an AOL message  Send Braveheart an ICQ Message Send Braveheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Ethriel
<br>SPOILERS FOLLOW:





Can you tell us if vhaeraun is really out of the game? He's such a fascinating God and character, with an excellent clergy and system, along with exceptional relationships and the nature of what happened was....really anticlimactic. Can you please shed some light? The wait to September'd kill me not knowing!



C'mon Ethriel, you should know by now that you'll have to wait for the last book of the trilogy (and probably the last pages of the last book) before this question will be answered.

Jarlaxle: "Do keep ever present in your thoughts, my friend, that an illusion can kill you if you believe in it."
Entreri: "And the real thing can kill you whether you believe in it or not."
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Backward Masking
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Posted - 15 Feb 2007 :  18:22:15  Show Profile  Visit Backward Masking's Homepage Send Backward Masking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Waiting is half the fun, Ethriel.

"I'm afraid your friend Mathis, is really my friend Mathis."
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Kaladorm
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 27 Feb 2007 :  15:50:28  Show Profile  Visit Kaladorm's Homepage Send Kaladorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Throught the war of the spider queen novels, I found the constant blatant reminders of 'the dark elf nature not to trust etc etc' to get a little tired. Along the lines of 'X didn't feel sorry for the persons death. Dark elves don't feel remorse'.

However I think you captured it brilliantly when saying 'Pharaun would miss him. Perhaps for days'. It perfectly captured the mindset without resorting to 'telling' me yet again what dark elves think.

Well done
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nbnmare
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Posted - 27 Feb 2007 :  17:39:23  Show Profile  Visit nbnmare's Homepage Send nbnmare a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm thinking that by the end of the trilogy, at least one character will end up ascending to godhood. Personally I'm routing for Q'arlynd .

Judging by the numerous hints throughout Sacrifice of the Widow, I also think it quite likely that Ghaundaur and Kiaransalee will be appearaning in the remaining two books.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 27 Feb 2007 :  22:55:45  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Kaladorm

Throught the war of the spider queen novels, I found the constant blatant reminders of 'the dark elf nature not to trust etc etc' to get a little tired. Along the lines of 'X didn't feel sorry for the persons death. Dark elves don't feel remorse'.




Agreed, although to be fair that's been a staple of drow books since the early Drizzt novels.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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Kaladorm
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Posted - 27 Feb 2007 :  23:36:49  Show Profile  Visit Kaladorm's Homepage Send Kaladorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd like to see some more of Kiaransalee. I first found out about her when I was designing an NPC, and always thought she was a great deity, but would love to see more of her 'personality' as it were.
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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 16 Aug 2007 :  22:59:40  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At long last I am writing that revision of Sacrifice of the Widow (also in preparation of Storm of the Dead) and there are few things I'd like to ask. In Expedition to Undermountain, a number of the Promenade'rs make an appearance, such as Cavatina. Are those characters stat-wise listed post- or pre-SotW, i.e. did you spoke to the designers of that book in this respect?

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

Visit my "Homepage" to find A Guide to the Drow NPCs of Faern, Drow and non-Drow PrC and much more.
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Zanan
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Posted - 25 Aug 2007 :  22:37:18  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just to let you know, after an exchange of a few mails, Lisa confirmed that Cavatina's stats in EtU reflect her "power" after Sacrifice of the Widow.

For those interested, she is given as a Darksong Knight* 8 / Cleric 14.

*Fighter with substitution levels as given in Champions of Valor.

On another note, while reading the novel again I noted that one might come under the impression that the Vhaeraunite slain by Halisstra while conveying a message to Iljrene (Promenade Battle Mistress) might be Malvag. That is not the case though. Halisstra slew both males, though more happened to Malvag later on.

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

Visit my "Homepage" to find A Guide to the Drow NPCs of Faern, Drow and non-Drow PrC and much more.
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ywhtptgtfo
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Posted - 05 Sep 2007 :  05:07:58  Show Profile  Visit ywhtptgtfo's Homepage Send ywhtptgtfo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ms. Smedman: The original title of the second book was "Game of the Ancients". What exactly does that title imply? Was it originally intended to refer to the drow ancestors in the crown wars or some plotlines that were disgarded?

Edited by - ywhtptgtfo on 05 Sep 2007 11:36:01
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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 11 Sep 2007 :  13:57:53  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Vendui Mrs. Smedman!

In a recent e-mail you mentioned that some of the characters got a Character Profile over at the Wizards. Most likely via the product page:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/frnovel/959167400

Now, as the link does not work, can you name the characters profiled so far?

Thanks in advance,

Zanan!

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Phelp Der Zemit
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  00:42:46  Show Profile  Visit Phelp Der Zemit's Homepage Send Phelp Der Zemit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would just like to say I love the new series (though Vhaerun was my favorite god, *Heavy Sigh* all good things must come to an end I suppose), and that is were my first question comes from. Around what level is Q'arlynd, I pegged him around 13 or 14, and a spell focus in Evocation, And Conjuration (maybe illusion not sure) and I tried to find most of his magic items. Any other stats would be welcome. I would like to TY in advance for any Information you might send our way.

"We are all creatures of ambition, even if that ambition is to free ourselves of responsibility. The desire to escape ambition is, in and of itself, ambitition, and thus ambition is an inescapable truth of ratational excistance."


-Drizzt Do'Urden-


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Yazzuie
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USA
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Posted - 02 Oct 2007 :  18:54:56  Show Profile  Visit Yazzuie's Homepage Send Yazzuie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Vendui Mrs. Smedman!

In a recent e-mail you mentioned that some of the characters got a Character Profile over at the Wizards. Most likely via the product page:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/frnovel/959167400

Now, as the link does not work, can you name the characters profiled so far?


That character profile link was broken when Storm of the Dead was given a page. The character profile on the Storm of the Dead page links to the original profile from Sacrifice of the Widow. Here's the direct link to the character profile;

http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/Wizards/?doc=fr_sacrificewidowcp


To err is human, so be something else...
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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 02 Oct 2007 :  22:25:06  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that info!

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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maransreth
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Australia
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Posted - 21 Nov 2007 :  08:04:00  Show Profile  Visit maransreth's Homepage  Click to see maransreth's MSN Messenger address Send maransreth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
**SPOILERS BELOW FROM STORM OF THE DEAD**





Question for Lisa about the background history listed in Storm of Dead -

Did you come up with the Miyeritar dark elves having good tendencies, Ilythiiri having evil tendencies, PLUS the deal with Faerzress? Or was this the brainchild of someone else?

Personally I have to say I can't wait for the final book to see what will happen with Qilue and the Eilistraee/Vhaerun plots.
I personally think that the Crescent Blade has been infected by Lolth when it was remade, and it is affecting Qilue. This is seen with the word "not" not being whole.
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Zanan
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Posted - 10 Mar 2008 :  18:09:03  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Was just reading the spriggan story in Realms of War. Almost forgot about them. Really enjoyed that one, Mr. Smedman, especially the appearances of the dryad!

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 11 Mar 2008 :  13:44:24  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, that dryad was my favorite.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Kieran_Immerdusk
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Posted - 10 Apr 2008 :  19:53:45  Show Profile  Visit Kieran_Immerdusk's Homepage Send Kieran_Immerdusk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Just to let you know, after an exchange of a few mails, Lisa confirmed that Cavatina's stats in EtU reflect her "power" after Sacrifice of the Widow.

For those interested, she is given as a Darksong Knight* 8 / Cleric 14.

*Fighter with substitution levels as given in Champions of Valor.

On another note, while reading the novel again I noted that one might come under the impression that the Vhaeraunite slain by Halisstra while conveying a message to Iljrene (Promenade Battle Mistress) might be Malvag. That is not the case though. Halisstra slew both males, though more happened to Malvag later on.



Possible Noob question, but what is EtU? I wouldn't mind seeing stats for any of the protagonists of the Lady Penitent books...
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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 13 Apr 2008 :  23:11:11  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kieran_Immerdusk

quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Just to let you know, after an exchange of a few mails, Lisa confirmed that Cavatina's stats in EtU reflect her "power" after Sacrifice of the Widow.

For those interested, she is given as a Darksong Knight* 8 / Cleric 14.

*Fighter with substitution levels as given in Champions of Valor.

On another note, while reading the novel again I noted that one might come under the impression that the Vhaeraunite slain by Halisstra while conveying a message to Iljrene (Promenade Battle Mistress) might be Malvag. That is not the case though. Halisstra slew both males, though more happened to Malvag later on.



Possible Noob question, but what is EtU? I wouldn't mind seeing stats for any of the protagonists of the Lady Penitent books...



EtU = Expedition to Undermountain.

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

Visit my "Homepage" to find A Guide to the Drow NPCs of Faern, Drow and non-Drow PrC and much more.

Edited by - Zanan on 14 Apr 2008 09:09:40
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Kieran_Immerdusk
Acolyte

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Posted - 16 Apr 2008 :  17:55:41  Show Profile  Visit Kieran_Immerdusk's Homepage Send Kieran_Immerdusk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks!

Edited by - Kieran_Immerdusk on 16 Apr 2008 18:06:08
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