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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  01:12:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes of Realmslore. To Jamallo Kreen, Ed makes reply to this query of thine: Is there an overlap between the ranks of the watchlords “and the Hidden Lords, or are they kept separate? I'm curious to know if Waterdeep, a merchant state with a strong military, deliberately excludes Watchlords from the Hidden Lords, or tries to have a representative one among them, since they are appointed by the Open Lord? . . . The Hidden Lords are supposed to be a representative cross-section of the City, but some may want to exclude that particular section for fear of a coup or corruption.”
Ed speaks:


There’s no prohibition on personnel of the Watch or the Guard being Hidden Lords (the Open Lord is of course ceremonial head of both, and in the time of Piergeiron, a capable “real” head of both, too), but in practise no actively serving members of either the Watch or the Guard tend to be made Masked Lords. Elaine Cunningham and I have written an about-to-be-released novel, CITY OF SPLENDORS, that touches on some discussion of who may be, or should be, a Lord of Waterdeep (NDAs forbid more specific information from my quill here and now), but the thinking is that the Hidden Lords should be a counterbalance against those who wield daily authority in the streets, and should represent most strongly those who don’t get a strong voice in Waterdhavian society (courtesans and housemaids and other workers who don’t have guilds, housewives, independent merchants and moneylenders, widows of the wealthy, shunned members of the nobility (the “drones” who may have wealth enough to live in idleness, but who are shut out of running or speaking for their families) - - and so on.
Perhaps it’s most accurate to say it’s frowned upon, among the Lords, to admit to their ranks members of the military or police, high-ranking officers in particular. To put it in real-world terms, if a club open only to janitors who clean large bank buildings was looking for a president, they’d be very unlikely to choose the president or vice-president of any bank (and very uneasy if such a personage was somehow installed in their presidency). Waterdeep views lawkeepers as necessary evils, and money (and the freewheeling acquisition of same) as “lord of all,” rather than glorifying its military strength or preparedness, or thinking thoughts of empire. The flag-waving, proud-of-our-strong-military stuff that, say, the modern real-world USA indulges in would puzzle a Waterdhavian (to them, that’s what Tethyr and Luskan and Calimshan do, not “we sensible coin-chasers”).



So saith Ed. Another little piece of Realmslore slides deftly into place. (*CLICK*)
love,
THO
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  03:49:03  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, fellow scribes of Realmslore. To Jamallo Kreen, Ed makes reply to this query of thine: Is there an overlap between the ranks of the watchlords “and the Hidden Lords, or are they kept separate? I'm curious to know if Waterdeep, a merchant state with a strong military, deliberately excludes Watchlords from the Hidden Lords, or tries to have a representative one among them, since they are appointed by the Open Lord? . . . The Hidden Lords are supposed to be a representative cross-section of the City, but some may want to exclude that particular section for fear of a coup or corruption.”
Ed speaks:

(ker-snip)

So saith Ed. Another little piece of Realmslore slides deftly into place. (*CLICK*)
love,
THO



Thank ye much. Now I have another incentive to ... get ... that ... book!

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Damian Naïlo
Acolyte

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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  05:18:26  Show Profile  Visit Damian Naïlo's Homepage  Send Damian Naïlo an AOL message Send Damian Naïlo a Private Message
Hello.

This is the first time I write a comment in this topic, and I was trying to wait a little longer (until I deemed myself "worthy" of it), but there has been a question that has been nagging at me for a long while (a year or so).

I was wondering about the Lady's College and the Conclave of Silverymoon in general. How is it organized? How are teachers and staff members selected to work at the College? How often does the College change teachers or hire new ones? How is a normal day in the Lady's College? And (maybe the most important question) just how much control does Alustriel (or Taern Thornblade, for that matter) have over the Lady's College (if she has any control over it at all, which I seriously hope so)?

Thanking both Ed and his kind messenger, The Hooded One; sincerely hoping not to be much of a bother; and apologizing in advance if this has been previously discussed in some other source (I'll probably die reading every little bit of Realmslore...it would be a wonderful way to die, though),

Damian Naïlo of Excelsior Town

"Why won't you look at me!? It's always Alustriel this, Alustriel that......look at me, for Mystra's sake!"
-Ilya Silverstar, from my campaign

Edited by - Damian Naïlo on 01 Aug 2005 05:20:17
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Pipers Youth
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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  09:13:17  Show Profile  Visit Pipers Youth's Homepage  Send Pipers Youth an AOL message Send Pipers Youth a Private Message
Mister Ed Greenwood,

First let me start off by saying...Gods above, how come I haven't stumbled upon Candlekeep years before wandering the Wizards forums!? This is such a great site, and I had no clue that there was a way for us readers to contact our favorite Forgotten Realms authors. It's so comforting to know that you aren't afraid to idly chat with fans, get to know what they think, and be so...open. I'm sure that's the word I was looking for. I'm a rabid fan of your work, and I just wanted to say thanks for giving me days of splendid literature. Your truly a good man Ed.

Anyway my first question refers to the government of Waterdeep.

After a criminal is convicted, and sentenced to execution by a magister, whether it be commoner, solider, or noble, do the magisters keep a record of their deaths? Or is it judge, and strait to the gallows?

Lastly when you wrote your article on the character profile on Silverfall, did that come from a dream? Where did you get the inspiration for that? While reading it, I was succumbed by bouts of laughter.

Thankyou Ed, and Hooded One!
Jason

"I...I truly wish Vangerdahast was still irritating half of Cormyr by running things in his usual capable fashion. He'd handle things so much better than I do."

-Caladnei, Mage Royal

Edited by - Pipers Youth on 01 Aug 2005 22:33:42
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webmanus
Learned Scribe

Sweden
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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  12:23:01  Show Profile  Visit webmanus's Homepage  Click to see webmanus's MSN Messenger address Send webmanus a Private Message
Hi again,

I am elaborating Daggerdale, and would like to have some guidelines regarding dwarves and clans in Daggerdale. Using figures from Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, there are c 1,400 dwarves in Daggerdale.

I have, for example, written the following text:

The Dwarven Clans of Tethyamar
Of the numerous clans (c 20) from Oghrann that settled in Tethyamar remains only ten clans. Five clans stayed in the Dale and the other five moved on and settled in Cormyr, other parts of the Dalelands, the Moonsea, and other lands of the Inner Sea. The clans that remained in the Dale are the Brightblade, the Greatanvil, the Oreseeker, the Timekeeper, and the Vanguard. The clans that left the Dale are the Deepdigger, the Doubleaxe, the Iron House, the Steellink, and the Truehammer.

Please note that, I base the above text, with information from "Lost Empires of Faerûn" (sidebar about the Mines of Tethyamar, page 134 - 135) and added my own stuff (interpreting "numerous clans" as 20 clans and, making up ten clan names).

My definition of "stayed" and "moved" is that, wether the chief and the elders of the clan have moved or stayed. For example, although Deepdigger Clan moved from Daggerdale, some Deepdigger families may have stayed in the Dale. The clan chieftan and the elders might have settled down in, for example, Cormyr, and built a new hold or settled down in a unoccupied hold (maybe, after killing one orc or two). The Deepdigger dwarves in Daggerdale, recognise the chieftan in Cormyr, and some members of the clan might travell between the Deepdigger communities. Of course, the clan could be stronger if all its member were located in the same place.
Furthermore, although some clans might have become completly extincted (all members of the clan are dead). I can also imagine the case when a clan has almost become extincted. An almost extincted clan would have families left, here and there, but no new chieftan would have been elected, and there would be no clan council of elders. How big could such a clan be? Well, all from 1 - 1,000 members ...

Thus, those c 1,400 dwarves in Daggerdale, would they all be members of one and the same clan, or could they be members of up to 20 clans?!? Guidelines, please?

Aaahh ... the Brighblade ... if I interpreted your answer to Dargoth in "Questions for Ed Greenwood (2004)", they were not a Tethyamar clan ...

Best regards,
Manuel

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The Sage
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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  14:45:54  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Part five of Spin a Yarn:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=books/fr/spinayarn2004p5

Part six of Ed's Spin-a-Yarn is now up:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=books/fr/spinayarn2005p6

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  15:58:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Just a note for Realms scribes: the Wizards website not only has the end of THE NIGHT TYMORA SNEEZED, it has a CITY OF SPLENDORS interview with Ed and Elaine, it has CoS wallpaper, AND it has Ed’s latest MAKING OF A MAGE outtake story, the long-lost fight-fest DARK TIMES IN HASTARL.
No wonder Ed’s so tired . . .
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 01 Aug 2005 16:00:26
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Gray Richardson
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  00:48:09  Show Profile  Visit Gray Richardson's Homepage Send Gray Richardson a Private Message
O radiant Hooded One, I would like to ask a question that has been plaguing a group of us over on the FR Cosmos Forum: What is the name of the mysterious Orc World to which Thayd opened a portal, bringing the Grey Orcs to Faerûn which began the Orcgate Wars. And does Ed have any thoughts about where the world might be located? Or any other thoughts he would like to share about this world?

Thanks in advance!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  01:40:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all scribes!
Asgetrion, Ed and I both say: glad you liked ELMINSTER’S DAUGHTER! Hope you’ve found the Best of Eddie book, and don’t miss “The Night Tymora Sneezed” on the WotC website, to keep you going until CITY OF SPLENDORS comes out. And I guess I already am our Lhaera, though there’s no way I’m adopting the mincing lisp and flouncing . . . (I would, however, climb into Elminster’s bed any time he so much as hinted!)
I, too, love Ed’s habit of pouring “Realmslore colour” into his fiction, to make it truly seem real. As for your questions about hamlets and villages and the like, Ed’s reply to Torkwaret on page 16 of this 2005 thread should give you a general picture: every settlement has a well, but not necessarily a mill. However, folk seldom have to travel more than half a day to mill things (or they’d not get back before dark). Here’s Ed’s reply about mills:



Most of the settled Realms is well-watered, but where there are no water-driven mills, windmills are one method, but far more common is a horsepower mill: a grinding capstan of stone wheels on a circular stone track, moved by pushing on the spoke-timbers of a rotating upright axle (or, in the case of some very old surviving ones in larger southern cities, huge stone wheels that a mule actually “walks inside” like a circular treadmill).
One example of a capstan or horsepower mill can be seen early in the first Conan movie: the affair Conan is chained to, trudging around and around, as we see him go from boy to young man. In the Realms, these are usually worked not by human-power (except in slave-owning areas of the Shining South, such as monster-ruled Veldorn), but rather by mules, donkeys, horses, or oxen: you bring your own team (pulling your cart of grainsacks), unhitch them, hitch them to the capstan-beams (the “spokes”), and set them to work.
A few Realms cities and towns (those on rivers near seacoasts, where a regular tide pushes water temporarily upriver) also have tidal mills. These inefficient affairs are prone to storm-pounding water damage to sluices, “pond” sides, and wheels, also tend to silt up and have to be “dug out again” regularly, and of course are limited to working when the tides dictate. A tidal mill is simply some sort of pond or water enclosure, sometimes dug right out of the river mud, in which rising tidal waters are collected, trapped behind a barrier (just as a drainplug prevents water running out of a bathtub), and after the tide recedes and everything is left “high and muddy,” the water is let out through a sluice channel to turn the millwheels - - which are often connected via long axle-spars to shore (or rather stone quay ) -based grinding wheels.



So saith Ed. He’ll be back with your “who rules the little bits?” reply tomorrow.
love,
THO
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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  01:40:54  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Just a note for Realms scribes: the Wizards website not only has the end of THE NIGHT TYMORA SNEEZED, it has a CITY OF SPLENDORS interview with Ed and Elaine, it has CoS wallpaper...
These I already knew about...

quote:
...AND it has Ed’s latest MAKING OF A MAGE outtake story..., the long-lost fight-fest DARK TIMES IN HASTARL.
No wonder Ed’s so tired . . .
love to all,
THO
But this, I didn't. Thanks for the news THO .

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  01:44:44  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
My pleasure, Sage. Always, my pleasure . . . and I hope it always will be.
love,
THO
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HunterOfStorms
Seeker

Australia
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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  03:01:26  Show Profile  Visit HunterOfStorms's Homepage Send HunterOfStorms a Private Message
Greetings and many thanks once again to The Hooded One and Ed for so patiently and graciously feeding the ravenous hordes of Realmslore seekers.

Yet another question to add to the stack.
I realise that this is a rather broad query and will be heavily influenced by regional attitudes and politics, so I'll restrict myself to asking about a handful of specific regions.
Would Ed please describe what, if any, 'recognised border' (or even disputed border, if he feels like it ) controls exist between countries such as Damara and Impiltur, The Dales and Sembia, Sembian ports, Cormyr and Sembia?

Trade is an important component of travel between these regions and even between friendly nations such as Damara and Impiltur, I would expect that travellers, expecially merchants, might be processed in some manner. For example: Are travel papers (as a form of passport) used anywhere and who issues them? What range of Customs tax might be expected? What steps might be in place to try to ensure that travellers are who they say they are and on legitimate business, especially if from some nation half a continent away?

My most humble gratitude should Ed find a spare moment in his boundless free time (yesss ... drifting off into a fantasy land here I think ...) to contemplate a reply to such nebulous queries.

<executes a sweeping court bow and retires to lurkdom once more>
Hunter

<still hopping up and down waiting for the 2 latest novels to reach a local store <sigh>>
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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  14:42:35  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
Here's a question for Ed, on behalf of a number of posters over at WotC -

quote:
In Cormyr - A Novel, there is a reference to a group of necromantic bad guys who were enemies in Cormyr - The Witch Lords. They were fought and defeated by King Galaghard with the help of the elves in 900DR.

Is there any more information anywhere on these bad guys - the Witch Lords who they were and what - if anything - became of them?


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 03 Aug 2005 :  01:41:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well met again, scribes of Realmslore. I bring you Ed’s second reply to Asgetrion’s question: “Who is "the local authority" in all those small settlements in Cormyr? Most of them do not have a local lord given in any accessory, so are there any 'mayors' or 'village elders' who hold power in the Crown's name? Or, in case there are no significant central figures, maybe the purple dragon patrols deal with any major issues?”
Ed speaks:



Yes, small settlements in Cormyr are policed by regularly-rotated Purple Dragon patrols (at the beginning of CROWN OF FIRE, we see the barracks in one such border settlement). A “full strength” Purple Dragon posting in a border or dangerous area is two shifts of twelve Purple Dragons each; this is sometimes reduced to eight per shift in “downland” or “safe” postings.
However, the Purple Dragons don’t “rule” the settlement per se (though they hold the real authority to arrest, apply Crown law, and otherwise order folk around). There are always village elders, and these are either termed “Speakers” (if recognized as the leader of the place by acclamation) or “Mayors” (if elected by all landowners, in a competition; the norm in any place of over 100 people or so). Their duties include informing all citizens of changes in laws and suspected local transgressions against the laws, post all Crown proclamations, and maintaining stabling and shelter for visiting heralds, royal envoys (and envoys from the nearest local lord), War Wizards, and Purple Dragon commanders - - as well as reporting regularly to all of the people they must provide shelter for. To do their jobs properly, most Speakers or Mayors employ mounted message-riders of their own, so they can send news out in a timely manner instead of just waiting for the next “official” to stop by and demand lodging.
Both mayors and speakers tend to be the heads (or the most outgoing and respected members) of locally-prominent families. They may have bodyguards who act as sheriffs (arresting and jailing, escorting and warning) “in town” when Purple Dragons are absent or otherwise occupied.
All of the sorts of people (listed above) that mayors and speakers must provide shelter for can serve as temporary judges and/or prisoner escorts if THEY (not the mayor or speaker) desire to - - and yes, they may convey, or in their absence Purple Dragons or escorts arranged by the mayor or speaker may, convey miscreants or requests for tricky legal rulings to the nearest local lord (so yes, villagers of the hamlet of Gorthin DO turn to the lord of Wheloon for “Crown law”).
Nobles seldom act as mayors or speakers, but often try to influence such officials (and when lawkeepers come calling on them, said nobles almost always demand special treatment because of their noble status; remember from my discussions with Jerryd in this thread that most noble households have a resident War Wizard, keeping watch over the nobles). Most nobles prefer to avoid the disputes and time-wasting duties of local rule, and the local disfavour anyone trying to do such jobs inevitably earns in the eyes of some - - and it’s very handy to have someone else do all of that, and just invite him up to the mansion for a friendly meal and chat whenever you want to sway him to do something in your favour.



So saith Ed. Spinning Realmslore wherever he goes. Apropos of which, here’s ANOTHER swift reply (this time to The Sage), in the matter of the Witch Lords:


I would love to say more about the Witch Lords, but I’m afraid there’s a firm, hard, still-shiny NDA forbidding me to utter a syllable. Which in itself should, of course, tell you something. :}
Let me be tauntingly mysterious for a moment and say that at least four scribes of Candlekeep (not counting my lovely Lady Hooded, of course) know more. I’m not going to identify them to you, of course. :}



Ah, that’s my naughty Ed!
More Realmslore tomorrow!
love to all,
THO
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Let me be tauntingly mysterious for a moment and say that at least four scribes of Candlekeep (not counting my lovely Lady Hooded, of course) know more. I’m not going to identify them to you, of course. :}
Of course... .

Thanks Ed . I'll pass this along to the WotC boards.

quote:
Ah, that’s my naughty Ed!
Not as naughty as you my Lady... Ouch! What was that for?

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Mournblade
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WOW!!!!!

I did not realize the caliber of Sages that have now come within these hallowed walls. I have been gone for a long time!

Glad to see I am now amongst the company of the most learned!


A wizard is Never late Frodo Baggins. Nor is he Early. A wizard arrives precisely when he means to...
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Mournblade
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Hail and well met Ed!

I knew I had a question for you but for the life of me could not rememebr it until now.

I am trying to find an area of the realms that represents the Geology of the American Southwest, Like Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. I do not mean wild west lifestyle, I mean more of the rocky desert terrain, complete with Cactus, Cougars, and the FEEL of those western environments.

Most of the deserts in the realms seem to be Sandy dune desserts like those of the middle east and africa.

Is there any area of the realms specifically Faerun, that would suit the Geology of the American Southwest? (other than of course Maztica).

I have been in the realms for a while.. but I just cannot seem to find a place that fits.

Thank you very much for your time!

Until Swords Part!

Mournblade


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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 03 Aug 2005 :  12:42:14  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
My deepest thanks to Ed and thee, Lady Hooded One! Your contribution to this forum is invaluable and greatly appreciated. May Ed's beard grow long and turn to white, and may all the gathered scribes and sages here in Candlekeep run out of quills and parchments before the day of Realmsdoom hath finally come...

Please tell Ed that hopefully he takes pride in being a librarian. We may not be well paid or publicly appreciated, yet I consider it to be the best possible profession in the world



"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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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 04 Aug 2005 :  02:08:54  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, scribes. Well said, Asgetrion. To quote Spider Robinson: “Never piss off a librarian. They are the Secret Masters of the universe: they CONTROL INFORMATION!!!!”
Ahem.
This time around, Ed undertakes to answer Elfinblade and now Jamallo Kreen on Faerûnian tea and coffee matters:



Unlike coffee, few teas in the Realms are shipped far, or sold for high prices (though there are “clubs” of tea-fanciers in Athkatla, Calimport, and other rich cities, of wealthy connoisseurs who’ll pay much for favourite blends).
This isn’t because tea isn’t popular or well thought of. It’s because the majority of teas in the Realms are what we modern real-world sorts call “tissanes” or “infusions” or (for the bulk of them) “herbal teas.” In other words, boilings of the leaves of various plants other than ‘tea.’ Moreover, the vast majority of teas are made from local wild plants, and travelers in the Realms expect teas to vary in taste from place to place - - so not a lot of long-distance shipping goes on. Within a realm, yes, and from hinterlands into a city, but most crofters and other country folk view tea as something they glean themselves, from wild bushes they (or their children) can “pluck leaves from” as opportunity and need arises. The leaves are usually kept in metal coffers with “sticky-rim” inner lips of the lids, to keep air out (and unlike our real world in past times, the container is worth a lot more than the tea!).
Most teas are made by pouring boiling water onto a container full of leaves, and then straining the leaves out (often for re-use, after “drying on a shield in the sun,” in the poorest households, though no one brews entirely with re-used leaves; instead, they add a little to fresh leaves). The tea is ALWAYS drunk clear, never with milk. However, Jamallo’s “Murky brew made from powdered leaves whisked in a bowl” is the norm in the Shining South, and in ports where travelers from many places mix, all sorts of tea-making habits and techniques are used and copied. Tea in most dining-houses (restaurants) replaces the real-world “dusty glass of water on the table.”
Jamallo, coffee is consumed in a great variety of ways in Faerûn, from a thick black near-syrup stirred into sweet liqueurs in Sembia and Chessenta, to roasted beans eaten whole, to the more familiar brew (drunk black, sometimes with medicines or mint leaves sprinkled over the surface, and “stewed in a pot over a fire or hearth,” and hence much stronger than what most of we real-world moderns are used to). The brew is the most popular method in Calimshan, the Tashalar, the Heartlands and the North, but peddlers, explorers, and adventurers often chew the beans as they travel.
I answered Elfinblade earlier about the coffee trade [THO note: see Page 18 of this 05 thread], but let it be said that except for places that have docking or gate-entry fees levied by the conveyance (a wagon, or a ship), no one levies import or export duties on tea (“Tea? TEA? Pass, merchant, and may you know better fortune within than to have to trade in tea!”). Even if you showed up with a caravan-full, you’d not be charged duty (though you might thereafter be watched, as a madman or a liar actually “up to something else”). And yes, Stig, I’ve not forgotten the other trade-goods in your initial question, and WILL get to them. Sometime. I promise.



So saith Ed. Weary but unbowed, as he labours mightily to bring forth Realmslore galore from too many and too secret projects to share with you now.
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 05 Aug 2005 :  01:38:14  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Ed makes reply to Jamallo Kreen on the topic of tomb-entering and tomb-robbing:



Your DM, of course, may disagree, but my take on this topic is that the gods of Mulhorand would NOT bring down undead or curses upon an intruder into a tomb who merely copied inscriptions and took nothing, UNLESS said intruder engaged in much deliberate vandalism. If things were broken accidentally, the result would probably be terrifying nightmares until offerings were made, or another act of atonement undertaken (by obeying a priest of the right faith, consulted on the matter). Said nightmares would depict the “guilty intruder” making atonement as a way out of being stalked by implacable, unstoppable undead, and depict the intruder resealing or at least re-warding the tomb. Favorable dream-visions (perhaps even directing the way to a hidden treasure) might be sent to someone who recovered a lost relic and took it straight to a priest or temple rather than seeking to sell it or bargain with it, IF AND ONLY IF a deity wanted that relic “back in circulation.”
In like manner, Thoth and Isis (and Mystra and Azuth) may be pleased if a tomb intruder brings forth their own copies of inscriptions, scrolls, and spellbooks - - but Nephthys (as Protector of the Dead) would NOT be, and most interred wizards and priests are protected by curses, wards, or triggered-by-intrusion spells that don’t care a whit about the motives of intruders, only about the act of their intrusion, and will lash out with whatever effectiveness they still possess. If the intruder survives, they should expext lectures, demands for offerings, and perhaps floggings from clergy of Nephthys (minimized if they repent, come bearing offerings before priests see them and demand such, and agree very politely or abjectly to perform acts of atonement). Intruders who don’t worship Nephthys needn’t go to such lengths, but had better take care to keep themselves out of situations where they need the aid or assistance (e.g. healing) of clergy of that goddess; their reception will be stony (and yes, Nephthys does communicate the faces and names of tomb intruders to priests as they pray before altars, or in their dreams); the clergy don’t have to discover that a tomb has been entered, and by whom, for themselves.



So saith Ed, Master of Realmslore.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 06 Aug 2005 :  02:45:38  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all! It’s housekeeping time again, in which Ed will quickly deal with (or defer) a number of queries, in no particular order:



To Jamallo Kreen, re. Jergal: He certainly “has assured his continued survival by being flexible enough to let would-be usurpers have his portfolio and then stepping in when they "die,"” as you quite correctly observe, but as to what he is, and his motives: woops, bright, shiny new NDA.

To Borch, yes, I’m afraid your Cloak Wood query has run into NDA troubles, and Lathtarl’s Lantern has run into new ones!!
However, I WON’T forget them, and live under the eternal flappingbanner of hope (as they say). I beg your patience some while longer. At least you got Shavinar. (sigh)

To Gareth Yaztromo: I doubt I’ll ever have time to write an autobiography, the way my writing life is racing along these past two decades! And yes, certainly I’ll watch Narnia (again, if I have time!). I feel like the Red Queen, only without a crown and wearing a worse dress! :}

To Asgetrion: I, too, fervently wish to be involved in a Cormyr regional sourcebook, if such a thing ever comes to pass. I hope my previous postings covered your heralds queries, because they’re now NDA-ed, which is a cute way of saying something is forthcoming, sometime, in some form, that covers them. I’ll answer you about Cormyrean guilds, and local lords versus the nobility, as soon as I can.


To Melfius: you asked about Dolblunde. You have UNDERDARK, and have read the entry on page 143 therein, right?


So saith Ed. Who’ll return next time with more meaty Realmslore.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 06 Aug 2005 02:48:13
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sillaric_culdanin
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Dear Ed and THO, my deepest thanks for the incredible treasure trove of lore contained in this scroll of wisdom. My question is about the rather distant past and Earlann in particular. I asked a similar question on the WotC and was given a very clear and published realms wise accurate(yet unfortunately disappointing ) answer from the learned Sage Krashos. If NDAs permit can you give any information on the ruling family of Earlann (if there was a "ruling family") or how it was ruled...and equally as important was the realm both ruled and peopled by Wood Elves or ruled by Moon Elves and mostly peopled by Wood Elves? Thanks in advance whether you are able to help or not as I know your time is more precious than gold...

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Hiya Ed,

This might be one of those, "I can't get into this to deeply because it's a sensitive topic."

But, I was reading some of my pagan books and was wondering if you could expand on human/race and animal sacrifice in FR. :) Deities that it's part of thier beliefs, lands/nations/settlements where it's practiced, does it grant any powers, etc, to the faithful. Stuff like that. :) You can decide what other details you might want to add, because it is, as I said, a sensitive topic. Of course we know the drow do it but there's not much written about it on the surface. :)

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Edited by - Kuje on 07 Aug 2005 17:53:59
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 07 Aug 2005 :  01:15:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. I bring Ed of the Greenwood’s reply to Asgetrion in the matter of drainpipes:



Well met again! There’s a huge variety of rainwater-channeling architecture from place to place in the Realms. For instance, in the Sword Coast and Moonsea North areas, log buildings with roofs made of log, moss-chink, slather-mud, and wood shingle or shake (or combinations of same), tend to have nothing more than “corner tongues,” (projecting wooden logs carved with snallow channels down the length of their upper surfaces) which “shoot” water away from the house to (try to) prevent flooding inside.
Grander buildings, of stone (the ones with the corner gargoyles made of stone you mention), tend to have tile, tar-sealed slate or even metal-plate-over-log roofs, descending to metal gutters (“eavestroughs,” some modern real-worlders would say) that channel water to the corners, and those gargoyles do the same “spit out the water from the corner” job that the corner tongues mentioned above do.
Many buildings in Waterdeep and more southerly cities have rainwater cisterns on the roof, to collect water and use it for washing. City buildings also have the “downspout” gutters you refer to, and it’s very rare, except in the most elaborate temple/abbey architecture, to find buildings outside cities that have such features.
Most downspouts are of tile sections, sealed with a cement of sorts (mud and lime mix), if in the warm South, where hard feezes are infrequent. In castles everywhere, they tend to be large stone-lined shafts, made waterproof with cement. In cities from Tethyr to Luskan, you’ll find iron downspouts and gutters, and also downspouts and gutters made of hollowed-out stone sections (sealed with cement), and on poorer buildings, you’ll find logs, or bound-together log sections (again, sealed with cement) serving as downspouts and gutters (these of course seldom last more than a season without preservative spells, no matter how thickly they’re tarred).
Nobles and the wealthy may use sculpted stone, but are especially fond of ornately-cast, fanciful metal pipes (sections that bolt together, are sealed with pitch or cement inside by means of long daubing-paddles), and on the outside are shaped to resemble giant scaled serpents, dragons, and the like.
Despite tavern-tales, few external downpipes are strong enough to take the weight of climbing thieves, lovers, eloping or fleeing folk, servants bearing secret messages, or eavesdropping kings. :}



So saith Ed. Who hopes to return with more Realmslore soon.
love to all,
THO
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Ladejarl
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Posted - 07 Aug 2005 :  16:29:16  Show Profile  Visit Ladejarl's Homepage Send Ladejarl a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Si
I know Ed's is NDA'd to death with the Waterdeep stuff, so to raise a neighbouring question would Ed give us any important events/nascent plots in Daggerford recently?
Cheers



I'll second that and add a specific question or two:

I have been comparing the maps of Daggerford from the FR Atlas CD and the Under Illefarn module with the map/art in The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier accessory. I have noted the the latter shows corner turrets on the parapets of the towers of the walls of both the city and ducal castle, while the former does not. What is correct?

The map in the Guide to the Savage Frontier allso shows some elaborate additions to Delfens tower (including minarets?) and
gabled dormers at core of the ducal castle and various buildings.

The castle is more like a fortified mansion than a fortress is it not?

Is it known which parts of Faerun Delfen traveled in when adventuring?
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