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Kuje
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Posted - 22 May 2005 :  16:54:07  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Asgetrion

Well met, o The Hooded One!


Ed discussed the Heralds in his 04 or 05 thread. If you don't want to wade through those threads you can download his answers in my sig. Those files are Word .DOC's and you use the search feature. :)

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Edited by - Kuje on 22 May 2005 16:57:49
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 May 2005 :  17:52:37  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by kuje31

quote:
Originally posted by Asgetrion

Well met, o The Hooded One!


Ed discussed the Heralds in his 04 or 05 thread. If you don't want to wade through those threads you can download his answers in my sig. Those files are Word .DOC's and you use the search feature. :)



Ah, my mistake Thanks, kuje, I will download your files Thank you also for the hard work you have done in compiling them!

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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Si
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Posted - 22 May 2005 :  20:11:49  Show Profile  Visit Si's Homepage Send Si a Private Message
Ah, many thanks for your reply as always Ed, the Stipend and privileges to which I referred are the ones granted by the 'average' noble family, if there is such a beast. As I think I said in my question, one of my players is playing a 'Name' and is making excellent roleplaying capital out of just how little a famous Name gets him in Waterdeep when the local branch of the family regard you as a bumpkin from the back of beyond.
As an aside, why is the Cormyrean Navy referred to in some products as the Imperial Navy, whither the Empire?

'Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; The creatures of power slide out from under with a wink and a grin.'
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  01:12:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Asgetrion, Ed replies very swiftly about tallhouses (he’ll polish off your other requests next time):



Tallhouses vary like all other sorts of numerous buildings. Almost all of them are narrow, and have side walls either touching the side walls of adjacent tallhouses or very close to those walls, with minimal distance (or a ‘sidle-alley,’ which is an alleyway too narrow for any sort of handcart or small conveyance to traverse, only beings agile enough to be able to occasionally turn sideways, twist around obstacles such as downspout pipes, and so on) between one tallhouse and the next.
Beyond that, they vary widely. MOST of them have entrances at both back and front (usually a street-level entrance and a ‘duck-down’ (stone steps, down into a little stone-lined landing) entrance into the cellar. MOST of them have outside stairs linking to the upper floors (often via balconies), and these are more often on the ‘back’ of a tallhouse (dropping down into a walled and gated garden) than on the front or street side, but of course SOME tallhouses face directly onto streets at both ends (so there’s no ‘back,’ only two ‘fronts’). Many tallhouses have garbage or laundry chutes and/or common chimneys, passing from the cellar up through the roof, or to a ‘jarra’ (or roofshed; ‘darshield’ is a more Northerly term, used roughly north of a straight line drawn through Amn and the Lake of Dragons). In snow-heavy areas, tallhouses have steep roofs, sometimes with dormers, but in warmer climes they tend to have flat roofs sporting gardens or water cisterns.
Some tallhouses (about 25 percent) have interior flights of stairs (zigzags), but more often they have a spiral central stair (about 40 percent) or no interior stair at all (35 percent).
The layout of interior rooms, and the facilities, depend on climate and use of the particular building. Remember that most toilet facilities are chamberpots or ‘sluice-privies’ (go into the closet or behind the curtain, sit on the throne, flush when done by pouring jugs of water down the hole). Again, in warmer climes, a pull-chain valve may bring wash or flushing water down from the roof cistern.
Some tallhouses are the dwelling of a single person or family, and will have room uses laid out as the owner (or a previous builder or occupant) desires/desired.
The majority of tallhouses (80 percent) are rental properties, and tend to have one tenant (or tenant family) per floor (65 percent of rental tallhouses), or in some cases (15 percent of rental houses) a floor split between two tenants. However, in some cases, as many as eight business offices share a floor - - and in poorer neighborhoods, a floor may be divided into as many as ten or twelve tiny rooms, all rented to different tenants.
In all cases, each tenant will have their own chamberpots and kitchen facilities, or be forced to use a communal outdoor brick oven and/or privies at the end of the back garden. (In the case of tenants who occupy entire floors, cooking tends to be on a back balcony to minimize fire risks and cooking smells, except perhaps in the coldest winter weather, when warmth is desired.)
Think small iron-cauldron wood stoves with iron legs, resting on layers of stones and used to heat surrounding ‘walls’ of stacked stones that can be carried to beds or other rooms to radiate warmth, with said stoves all having metal-cylinder chimneys led through the rooms horizontally (for warmth and to yield a hanging place to dry damp clothing) to windows where shutters can be opened to let out the smoke.



So saith Ed. Arndils and Sembian upcountry estates on the morrow.
love to all,
THO
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Bendal
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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  01:38:13  Show Profile  Visit Bendal's Homepage Send Bendal a Private Message
Yet another question:

In Monsters of the Realms, it mentions that there are quaggoth who have interbred with orcs to create a half-breed race underneath the Evermoors. It says they are much stronger than orcs but slightly weaker than the pure quaggoth race. Are there any stats for these half-breeds? These guys would be a perfect long-term group of opponents for my PC's!
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Karth
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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  09:28:07  Show Profile  Visit Karth's Homepage  Send Karth an AOL message Send Karth a Private Message
Simple question for Ed: What is the ground level, outside diameter of the guard towers in the city wall of Marsember?

I need it to help establish an overall map scale for the city. It seems never to have been included in any published map to date.

For extra credit but not vital: How thick are the walls? Any ideas about the appearance of parapets and crenellation on towers and walls? Do the towers in the Gate House areas (Western Gate and Naval Harbor) differ?

Thanks Ed and THO,

-Karth
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  18:59:09  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
Well met again, THO!

Warm thanks to you (and also for Ed, of course :) for the answers! Hopefully Ed will also have something to say about my (long list) above. You may ignore all questions about the Heralds, since Ed has answered these in earlier threads (I found the answers, Kuje :)

Again, my warmest thanks to thee, Lady!

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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crazedventurers
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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  19:05:38  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
can't say I have seen official stats - so feel free to make them up yourself tht way you get the perfect bad guys for yur campaign

cheers

Damian



quote:
Originally posted by Bendal

Yet another question:

In Monsters of the Realms, it mentions that there are quaggoth who have interbred with orcs to create a half-breed race underneath the Evermoors. It says they are much stronger than orcs but slightly weaker than the pure quaggoth race. Are there any stats for these half-breeds? These guys would be a perfect long-term group of opponents for my PC's!


So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
Candlekeep Forum 7 May 2005
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Kuje
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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  19:16:50  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Asgetrion

Well met again, THO!

Warm thanks to you (and also for Ed, of course :) for the answers! Hopefully Ed will also have something to say about my (long list) above. You may ignore all questions about the Heralds, since Ed has answered these in earlier threads (I found the answers, Kuje :)

Again, my warmest thanks to thee, Lady!



Glad you found them. Was just trying to help so Ed didn't have to repeat himself. :) I'm bossy like that, I guess.

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Bendal
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Posted - 23 May 2005 :  22:57:43  Show Profile  Visit Bendal's Homepage Send Bendal a Private Message
Crazed,

Yes, I kind of figured that's what I'd need to do. Perhaps make them 3HD but without some of the special abilities. I do wonder what to call them, though.

Quorcs? Oggaths?
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 24 May 2005 :  00:13:35  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Not Quorcs, not unless you're going to make them very tan and give them very big ears

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Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 May 2005 :  02:16:57  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, fellow scribes. Asgetrion, Ed replies to your other structure questions:



Upcountry Sembian dwellings vary widely, of course, but of the hunting lodges and country estates that have walls, these walls tend most often to be high stone or wood walls around which trees and thorny shrubs have been planted to create tall, impenetrable hedges. Of course, some (due to age, collapse, neglect, adjacent trees, etc.) are readily scaled or penetrated through stream-culverts and gates, and others are not.
Bare wooden palisades are almost unknown (except as ‘emergency fixes’) and ‘blended into the landscape’ (concealed by foliage, and looking like things ‘sorta grew that way’) barriers are the norm.
Some of the oldest ‘highruns’ (compound walls) use earth-bank moats and hills, formerly ‘dry’ and bare but now of course in almost all cases overgrown and in the case of the moats, flooded by snow-melt, rainwater, or springs into wet-moat-like swamp tangles.
It’s important to keep in mind that in most of upcountry Sembia tends to be forested or covered with orchards, with ‘open fields’ small and few. In other words, except when travelling along lanes, these overgrown barriers shouldn’t easily be seen: they’re just part of the general ‘overgrown greenery.’

As for the half-elven ‘arndils,’ almost all of them are of wood or mostly of wood (many are built into hillsides so as to have earth cellars, and thereby acquire some stone stretches of walls due to natural boulders left in place), but almost all of them incorporate living trees, and have roofs covered with earth upon which mosses, flowering herbs, and other plants are grown. The intent is to both blend into the landscape visually, and to be a part of its natural plant life. Many have stone or tile floors (usually flagstones set into dirt), but stone isn’t otherwise all that popular (unlike in dwarven or gnome dwellings). Cooking is often done in an outdoor stone oven handy to, but separated from, an arndil. Again, arndils vary; such a close link with nature isn’t always possible (but will be compensated for, when an arndil can’t be in a forest and doesn’t incorporate living trees as part of the walls, roofs, and furnishings, by furnishing the interior with small lightcatching pools of water and a profusion of green-leafed potted plants, numerous enough to create the feeling of verdant wild growth).



So saith Ed. More essential Realmslore, fellow scribes.
love to all,
THO
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 24 May 2005 :  15:44:19  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Bendal

Crazed,

Yes, I kind of figured that's what I'd need to do. Perhaps make them 3HD but without some of the special abilities. I do wonder what to call them, though.

Quorcs? Oggaths?



Orggoths? Orgroths? You may also come up with a completely different type of name.

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 24 May 2005 :  15:45:58  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
To the Hooded Lady and Ed, again my warmest thanks! This helps me a lot with my all-too-curious players

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 24 May 2005 :  15:48:27  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
Hopefully Ed will also answer my questions about Cormyrean guilds and local authorities, if only allowed by NDA

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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AlacLuin
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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  01:43:41  Show Profile  Visit AlacLuin's Homepage Send AlacLuin a Private Message
I don’t make it here to candlekeep all to often, but was directed here by someone **cough*kuje*cough** suggesting I’d get the best storyline answer from Mr. Greenwood. So, here I am, later then expected, and I apologize if this was asked on my behalf and I missed it.

This question is whether or not Spellfire is an aspect of the body or the soul of the wielder.
We know that spellfire ability is hereditary, so I lean to the side of it being an aspect of the body, although I know this may not be a completely correct assumption.
Here are examples of what I’m asking.
I’m not asking Mr Greenwood for a “ruleing”, I’m interested in the story aspect.

1 A spellfire character dies, and is reincarnated into a different body. Will the new body have the spellfire ability?

2 A dracolich dies, its soul transfers back to it’s phylactery.
Now, the dracolich’s soul is unable to return to its own body and takes over the closest reptilian body. The closest body it has available is a lizardman (is this possible?) that happened to have the spellfire ability.
Will it then grow into a dracolich with spellfire?


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  02:35:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. AlacLuin, wonderful questions, will send them to Ed forthwith (replies can take some time, I hope you’re aware: Ed is deep in Deadline Doom right now). However, herewith, Ed replies to Hoondatha’s request for Realms-specific terms of address:



Hoondatha, local slang terms for lad, lass and the like vary widely across the Realms, by age and social class of the speaker as well as by locale. There are WAY too many in use to fully answer your query, and of course they’re constantly changing (see the Waterdeep novel Elaine and I did for a subtle sampling of current Waterdhavian ones).
However, simply “lad” and “lass” are perennially and widely used. Here follow a handful of equivalents (all of them subtly different in connotation or precise definition, of course, or they’d have died out already):

Lad, blade (a young reckless, high-spirited, or pranksome youth, especially noble or wealthy; ‘highcharger’ is another Sword Coast equivalent), jack (also means older male or male servant, as part of a compound word such as ‘doorjack,’ ‘stablejack,’ and so on), fist (someone who’s strong or should be able to help with a physical task), boots (a traveller, usually seeking employment or good fortune), stick

Lass, maid (in many rural areas, ‘maid’ is short for maiden, and means unmarried and presumably virgin young female - - but in most cities, ‘maid’ means young female not obviously married to a male, or accompanied by a male partner, and makes no judgement whatsoever as to virginity or availability), dunlass (young girl, tomboy, girl seen out alone when the speaker thinks she shouldn’t be), hipskirts (polite term for a nice-looking woman, used by either gender wishing to express friendly mild admiration but NOT rudeness or [necessarily, yet] any flirtatious invitation)

Almost all forms of address are REALLY insulting only when combined with other words and tones of voice, and/or context. Lots of folk in the Realms can curse quick colourfully (surprise!) and insults are therefore many and varied (if they survive into the final draft, you’ll really get a sampling early in SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR, when an angry young noblewoman is assailing a servant with a hot and colourful verbal tirade), but here are a few widely-used general insults:

neck, horse, lout (always applied to a male, to mean someone who behaves rudely, and stupidly, stubbornly, or selfishly; the rough equivalent of ‘sh*thead’ or “a right bastard”)

haunch, dungshill, tornscabbard (always applied to a male, to mean a troublemaker who likes to start fights and/or beat up others, or vandalize, or bully, or play pranks; someone who’s seen as having a mean streak, or to be sadistic)

wench (female in a subservient position, e.g. a servant; insulting only if said to someone nastily, or to a female who’s NOT a servant or subservient [i.e. shouted by a backalley lout at a wealthy lady], or if said to a male)

longclaws (spitfire, bitch or witch, which are also terms used in the Realms, always applied to females of shrewish disposition [hot-tempered and harsh-tongued, or bullying])

rarecrown (as in “a proper rarecrown,” this word means the sort of ‘Mrs. Grundy’ female who likes to control the behaviour of others around her, and pass judgement on everyone, and have such judgements agreed with [or else!])

jackslice (a murderous woman, or one who will get even through violence, either poisoning, or manipulating or deceiving others, including law-keepers, into harming those she dislikes or who’ve disagreed with her; someone dangerous; “an old jackslice” is the Realms term for what rural Europeans a century back would have called “an old witch;” the word “jackslice” derives from someone who literally sliced or tried to use a knife on a male - - or at least on his genitals)

kisscloak (flirt, applied to females; is a term of affection or even admiration, equivalent to “she’s such a tease!”)

winker (lecher, applied to both genders)

kisscock, lickhips, boldshake, daedra (all of these are insulting terms for a slut [in the modern American meaning of a wanton woman] or prostitute; note that there are many, many euphemisms for prostitutes used when one doesn’t want to be really insulting, and that ‘boldshake’ is mild enough to be used freely in mixed company, or not taken as an insult by those who don’t want to feel insulted)

staggers, oldbottle, slurk (drunkard, especially a lazy drunk who does no work or little work, and can be found drunk at all hours; applied to both genders)

spincoin (a two-faced, deceitful person of either gender)



So saith Ed. Fragmentary and brief as it is, this is essential Realmslore [ATTENTION ALL REALMS AUTHORS!]. Somehow I don’t see WotC editors letting “kisscock” into print unaltered, but the others could prove very useful in writing future Realms fiction. I want to emphasize that these are just a small sampling of the many, many terms that Ed’s used in Realmsplay and in various Realms fiction and articles, down the years.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  02:39:55  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by AlacLuin

I don’t make it here to candlekeep all to often, but was directed here by someone **cough*kuje*cough** suggesting I’d get the best storyline answer from Mr. Greenwood. So, here I am, later then expected, and I apologize if this was asked on my behalf and I missed it.


Grins. :)

And nope, I was waiting for you to come and ask since I have a flood of questions Ed hasn't answered. :)

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Edited by - Kuje on 25 May 2005 02:42:24
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Melfius
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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  03:31:37  Show Profile  Visit Melfius's Homepage  Send Melfius an AOL message Send Melfius a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by AlacLuin

2 A dracolich dies, its soul transfers back to it’s phylactery.
Now, the dracolich’s soul is unable to return to its own body and takes over the closest reptilian body. The closest body it has available is a lizardman (is this possible?) that happened to have the spellfire ability.
Will it then grow into a dracolich with spellfire?


I feel SO sorry for your players!

Although, I must admit, I am kinda wondering about the answer myself!

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Garen Thal
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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  03:49:24  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
[H]erewith, Ed replies to Hoondatha’s request for Realms-specific terms of address:

Fragmentary and brief as it is, this is essential Realmslore [ATTENTION ALL REALMS AUTHORS!].
Essential Realmslore indeed. *cackle*
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Kajehase
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed. Fragmentary and brief as it is, this is essential Realmslore [ATTENTION ALL REALMS AUTHORS!]. Somehow I don’t see WotC editors letting “kisscock” into print unaltered, but the others could prove very useful in writing future Realms fiction. I want to emphasize that these are just a small sampling of the many, many terms that Ed’s used in Realmsplay and in various Realms fiction and articles, down the years.
love to all,
THO




*probably wakes the downstairs neighbours laughing*
Not my question, but mille grazie Ed and the Hooded One, if there's anything that helps make a setting come alive for me it's this sort of linguistic details.

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
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AlacLuin
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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  06:38:07  Show Profile  Visit AlacLuin's Homepage Send AlacLuin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all. AlacLuin, wonderful questions, will send them to Ed forthwith (replies can take some time, I hope you’re aware: Ed is deep in Deadline Doom right now).


Aye, perfectly aware this can take time, or even he can answer (NDAs, not wanting to step on future rulings.. etc etc..)
I do appreciate the time Ed, and you spend putting up with us asking (sometimes very obscure) questions.
The amount of lore I’ve gleaned from thread is amazing
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 25 May 2005 :  19:52:35  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Many thanks all, this was wonderful. It's always nice to be able to toss coments to friends in crowded places and not have others understand. Ah, the true joys of knowing a foreign language!

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 May 2005 :  00:32:54  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ed makes reply to The Blue Sorceress:



Well met, Lady Blue! I salute anyone who rides (my best friend as I was growing up was Richie Elder, of the famous Canadian Olympic equestrian family, and I lived just south of the original Windfields Farms of E.P. Taylor, famous horsebreeder, Queen’s Plate winner, and so on; the point is, I had horses all around me, and often strolled across the valley to the polo barns to watch the fun, or spent a lazy weekend afternoon strolling among E.P. Taylor’s fat old mares in the back field, or got out to the Elder farm near Aurora, to watch them train over the jumps, or ride with the Hunt). In short, I love horses, and riding, and even jousting (though you’d probably not be surprised by just how furious a trainer gets when he discovers some young lout is riding a thoroughbred bareback with a long pole for a lance, at another thoroughbred ridden by ANOTHER lout who’s also holding a lance; luckily for all, the horses were WAY too smart to let us get those lances anywhere near where they could have accidently injured anyone). An adventuresome lass once raced me along some grassy rides through a forest on a lovely moonlit night, with both of us on horseback, yes, but (ahem) that’s another story . . .
Which is by way of gently coming around to tell you that although I love horses, I’ve little to add to the superb work done by Realms scribes, notably Eric Boyd and Tom Costa, and Tony Mekelberg, that THO tells me have already been served forth or linked to, here. I did once prepare an article on some of the horsebreeders and tamers of the Sword Coast (and the bloodlines they were recording and augmenting), and submitted it to The Dragon back in 1980, but it was the first of several articles to go missing, and I’ve since mislaid my copy of it. For the record, I like the scribes’ sources I’ve mentioned here well enough to deem them “official” by me (WotC may well have other opinions, of course). I hope that’s enough to go on - - ah, is it? :}



So saith Ed. More next time, fellow Realms lovers.
love to all,
THO
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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 26 May 2005 :  10:44:02  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

Just a very quick question...

I just finished reading Elminster's Daughter (and a very entertaining read it was - if a touch frustrating at times (for lack of detail, and for focusing in on characters I wasn't so interested in, and who only played a minor role in the whole saga - mostly by being in the wrong place at the right time, or is that right place at the wrong time? (and yes, I refer to the two smugglers))), and noticed something of an inconsistancy in the text concerning Caladnei.

Troy Denning gives her quite a strong description in his novel "The Seige"... In it, he describes her as tall and willowy, with (long) red hair and amber eyes...

However, her description in Elminster's Daughter is completely different. No mention of height, but dark hair and very dark brown eyes that go ruby red when she's angered, and Narnra notes at one point that Caladnei's pupils are royal blue (presumably this is some kind of mutation due to magic wielded by her parents during the pregnancy, or perhaps from the magical talent in their blood which they obviously passed along?).

FRCS gives no detail on what she looks like, not even her picture therein gives anything away... Though her stat block has her being 5'03" in height (which is not exactly what I would call tall, since I'm taller than that and don't concider myself to be tall!)

Now only one of them can be her true description (which would mean the other was one made by the use of alter self or similar transmutation magic)... So which one is it?

...Quick? Ha! I think I need to learn how to write my questions a touch more briefly and with fewer tangential comments and observations.

Zandilar
~amor vincit omnia~
~audaces fortuna iuvat~

As the spell ends, you look up into the sky to see the sun blazing overhead like noon in a desert. Then something else in the sky catches your attention. Turning your gaze, you see a tawny furred kitten bounding across the sky towards the new sun. Her eyes glint a mischevious green as she pounces on it as if it were nothing but a colossal ball of golden yarn. With quick strokes of her paws, it is batted across the sky, back and forth. Then with a wink the kitten and the sun disappear, leaving the citizens of Elversult gazing up with amazed expressions that quickly turn into chortles and mirth.

The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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