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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  01:41:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. My turn to jaw this time, whilst Ed buckles down and worksworksworks, and my words are a reply of sorts to Steven Schend:

Hi, Steven! Drawing on my memories and notes (the latter are direct dictation of Ed’s descriptions during play), here’s what I can tell you of Malchor Harpell and Nain Keenwhistler:

Malchor: in facial features, looks like Doctor Strange (only with a “chin fringe” VERY neatly-cropped beard, a la Bruce Heard, and no shock of white hair). Forbidding glossy black eyebrows, eyes so very dark blue as to seem black. Sardonic, intellect instantly apparent when he speaks. Capable of very dry humour, tends to be calm and patient (though he may emit small sighs of resignation) in the face of danger, idiocy on the part of companions, and so on. Now an “elder statesman” of his family due to his intelligence, worldly experience, and skill at getting various wacky Harpells to work together and to reach agreements. He has this status despite the fact that there are plenty of eccentric, take-guff-from-no-one elder Harpells dwelling in Longsaddle.
Malchor isn’t “fearless in battle,” but seems so to many fellow adventurers because he can and does maintain an outward calm no matter what’s happening. He’s pragmatic, not overly proud, and like most mages only seems to lust after new magic (spells he hasn’t seen before in particular). However, he won’t do foolish or reckless things to acquire magic, because “Every day Mystra sends forth more magic than I can ever master in all my life; if I gain not yon spell or tome, another will happen along in my days ahead. My duty is to fully know and fully use the spells I do have.”
Although Malchor isn’t arrogant, he regards courtiers, military officers, nobility, and even rulers as “no better than the rest of us,” and calmly treats them as equals.
He prefers dark, simple (monochrome, no adornments and NEVER any patterns in the fabric) robes and cloaks (black and gray are favoured).

Nain I know a lot less about, because in most of the play I was involved in he was “Malchor’s nigh-silent second fiddle.” He was tall, laconic, young (younger than Malchor, that is), more cautious than Savengriff and “one for following orders.” He obeyed Malchor and looked to him for direction, adhering to the orders he’d been given (and he always asked for orders) if ever he had to operate on his own or be in charge of anything. He said little, but watched and listened and remembered (and so could report events, words said, and descriptions in devastating detail later). A “team player” who’d go into a situation where he knew he was going to get hurt or look bad, because it would benefit the party as a whole, or the aims they were pursuing.

That’s pretty much all the useful lore I have. Poor Ed is struggling to finish something for the WotC website and work at the library and shop to replace the depleted household larder after trips to two conventions and do a flood of radio interviews for CITY OF SPLENDORS (though Elaine has done yeoman service handling most of them) and deal with a flood of lore requests from Wizards. However, he’ll return with more Realmslore ASAP.
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THO
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  01:54:55  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Wooly, yes, please! I’ll find a suitable “front” e-account for you to send that to, and then flip it to Ed.


Shall I use the email addy you used to earlier this day contact me, my lady? Or have you another you'd prefer I use?

I have another question to add to Ed's queue. When last we saw Baelam the Bold, he was in Myth Drannor. Where is he now, and what's he been doing? And if there's any more lore you can provide on him, beyond the write-ups he's had in Dragon and the Ruins of Myth Drannor boxed set, I'd love to see it.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  01:59:40  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
That account will be fine, m'lud. I sometimes don't check it for a week or two (as you now know), but (ahem) you can flog me for such shortcomings.
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THO
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George Krashos
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  02:45:04  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
I have another question to add to Ed's queue. When last we saw Baelam the Bold, he was in Myth Drannor. Where is he now, and what's he been doing? And if there's any more lore you can provide on him, beyond the write-ups he's had in Dragon and the Ruins of Myth Drannor boxed set, I'd love to see it.



You obviously haven't picked up "City of Splendors: Waterdeep" yet, Wooly. We get some good background on Baelam and some idea of matters related to him going on in Waterdeep.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  03:16:10  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos


You obviously haven't picked up "City of Splendors: Waterdeep" yet, Wooly. We get some good background on Baelam and some idea of matters related to him going on in Waterdeep.

-- George Krashos




Well, he is mentioned in connection to the Wonderstar Garrison, but that's all rumors. And most of the background about the man himself we had seen in the other sources I mentioned.

If he now is in Waterdeep, it still leaves the question of what all he did in Myth Drannor and the points between there and the City of Splendors. And if he's not there, my question is still valid.

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  13:40:18  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message
THO, many thanks. I figured I'd be doing the fans and the story a disservice if I didn't account for and provide at least a scene with some of Khelben's greatest apprentices in BLACKSTAFF. Too bad I can't show Khelben's teaching of his greatest apprentice; it's a family publication after all, and what he and Laeral do is their own business.

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The Sage
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  14:24:11  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 Steven Schend

Too bad I can't show Khelben's teaching of his greatest apprentice; it's a family publication after all, and what he and Laeral do is their own business.
Maybe not. But you can try to leave subtle hints... eh?

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  15:03:46  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Steven dearest, the title is BLACKSTAFF, remember! Not one little through the ajar-bedchamber-door glimpse of Laeral riding the Bla . . . (ahem)? Not one? Even for Mr. Athans to cough and choke over, before he slashes it? Like Ed’s famous “sacrificial lamb” scenes? To protect your OTHER text?
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  17:33:41  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Too bad I can't show Khelben's teaching of his greatest apprentice; it's a family publication after all, and what he and Laeral do is their own business.



"Who's your Chosen? Who's your Chosen?"

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  17:35:48  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Even for Mr. Athans to cough and choke over, before he slashes it? Like Ed’s famous “sacrificial lamb” scenes? To protect your OTHER text?
love,
THO




Ed actually wrote scenes as sacrificial lambs? Clever... Too bad we can't read some of those sacrificial bits.

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Posted - 01 Sep 2005 :  18:41:27  Show Profile  Visit Goldforge's Homepage Send Goldforge a Private Message
I've posted this elsewhere in the forum for normal members to read and offer opinions, but I'd very much like Ed's opinion too, so here is my question again-

I'm playing a game based on the 3e rules and I've recently got into a heated debate concerning Druids and why every Druid other than Mielikki Druids can't wear metal armour. My arguement was that Druids of Talos, because they venerate storms and natural disasters should not be subject to his rule. Talos himself hates nature(The plant and animal kind of Nature, i'm guessing) so why would he sanction his Druids from using Metal if it is considered an affront to Nature? Why would Talos not allow his Druids to use a material that other, more goodly and nice, Deities of Nature label as an affront.

We debated for a while, and we couldn't even come up with half a reason why Druids of Mielikki are allowed to use Metal. It's especially odd that Talassan Druids can't when they have more of a reason to wear Metal then their Mielikki Druid counterparts.

Were certain Nature Dieties such as Auril and Talos left forgotten when it came to listing diety specific class rule exceptions? Could someone tell me, with facts or an authoritive voice, why Talassan Druids can't wear Metal armour?
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Posted - 02 Sep 2005 :  01:44:09  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
I'm also going to throw this to you Ed and THO,

I'm curious to hear you thoughts about this debate about NPCs. Are the Chosen of Mystra more important overall then commoners and laborers, which make up most of the world?

I'm in a huge debate with two people who are trying to prove that Mystra's Chosen are the more important then commonors or laborers since the Chosen are "special."

I continue to say that commoners and laborers are just as important as the Chosen. Yes, the Chosen have more "power" but we are not discussing power, we are discussing which are more important overall.

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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Sep 2005 :  02:40:48  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
Ah yes... I'll be interested to hear Ed's thoughts on this as well.

We are already aware of what the FRCS states regarding the make-up of most of the human population in the Realms, so Ed's comments here should only re-inforce that and end this nonsense debate.

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Steven Schend
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Too bad I can't show Khelben's teaching of his greatest apprentice; it's a family publication after all, and what he and Laeral do is their own business.



"Who's your Chosen? Who's your Chosen?"



Sorry, Wooly. That's El's line for when he's >ahem< `communing' with Mystra.

Khelben's definitely more the type of guy to deliver a 6-hour back/body rub.."for `tis the only way to be certain ALL the kinks are out..." And Laeral's never been one to stop him on that....

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Melfius
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Posted - 02 Sep 2005 :  03:15:34  Show Profile  Visit Melfius's Homepage  Send Melfius an AOL message Send Melfius a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Sorry, Wooly. That's El's line for when he's >ahem< `communing' with Mystra.


You know, I've wondered if that sort of 'communing' has stopped since The Simbul, um, became El's 'Chosen'?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 02 Sep 2005 :  03:57:18  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. Melfius, that “communing” stopped when “the old” Mystra was replaced by Midnight. Despite his reputation in the eyes of some, El isn’t automatically the lover of whoever is wearing Mystra’s mantle.)

I bring Ed of the Greenwood’s reply to Jamallo Kreen’s music queries:



Hi. I’ve covered your queries about best real-world music as examples of Realms “Top 40” already, on Page 64 of the 2004 Questions for Eddie thread (now lurking alone on Page 2 of the Chamber of Sages), and will amplify and augment what I said there (and what’s seen print in issue 123 of DRAGON, in “Music of the Forgotten Realms”) by saying that “up to the minute pop music” in human Faerûn is advancing on two fronts: the light, piping romantic ballads (akin to Shakespeare’s “O Mistris Mine” from Twelfth Night, as performed in a cut “published” most recently on the Dorian CD collection “Elizabeth’s Music”), and the emphatic, short-rhyming-couplets, pointed and often saucy or defiant/insolent declamations not requiring much singing voice style exemplified by Steeleye Span’s “The King” on (their) PLEASE TO SEE THE KING classic LP (now of course CD), which in the Realms is used for social comment (bitching about rulers and conditions) songs and tavern “rutting songs,” bawdy ballads that everyone joins in on the choruses of. Instrumentation isn’t yet strongly moving in the direction of bowed strings as it did in the real-world, so much as it’s remaining with flute-like woodwinds and carefully-timed [to slow or stop-measure dance cadence, as heard in “O Mistris Mine,” referred to above] plucked strings, as in the beautiful “Elspeth of Nottingham” found on both the original LP and the much-truncated Red Bullet CD issue of FOCUS III by the group Focus (yes, they of “Hocus Pocus” fame).
As for lost songs: sheet music is a rarity in the Realms, where most songs “exist” in the heads of minstrels and bards, sometimes “recorded” and preserved in ghost pipes spells and similar magics. Songs get corrupted and deliberately changed by everyone who performs them, to update or make more pleasing the lyrics and to deal with personal vocal and instrument-mastery limitations - - so there are LOTS of “lost” songs, or songs surviving only as brief riffs, refrains, or a saucy or spicy line of lyric, now stitched into other, quite different songs. It’s generally accepted that songs are living, everchanging things, and only bards and sages take any care about preserving old versions (except in cases of unpopular rulers, where folk may defiantly and secretly sing “old versions” of songs that praise the previous monarch but have now officially been altered).
All that is remembered (by mortals, anyway) of the lost battle-song of Tempus is that it was a slow march, performed with hand-drum, sword-hilts rapped on belt-buckles or scabbards, and voice, in grim cadence rather like the real-world “Brian Boru’s March” and that it remembered the battle-dead, told them they’d not be forgotten, and that their causes would be fought on by the living. It concluded with the desire - - and the promise to foes - - that when the time and occasion were right, Tempus would let the unseen spirits of the dead be there to witness and guide swordarms when the living struck to settle the old score which they’d died fighting for. This fighting of the living, at the end of each verse, was marked by a shouted “Zelzing!”
All that remains of the song in popular memory is a few fragments, thus:

Blood not forgotten
Staring skull faces see all
Fear to spur us, anger to goad us, cold promise to stalk us
Tattered banners taken up, swords swung in the names of those now gone
When their foes come within our reach, up steel and ZELZING!

. . .
Tempus guide us, Tempus provide us
Chances to smite foe and win fray and ZELZING!


As for “other celebrated lost songs,” the best-known are “Down Dragon,” a long and stirring dragonslaying ballad, and “My Lady Lost Today,” a lament for a dead lover that was said to have left raucous taprooms in stunned and muffled weeping when performed by the best bards - - taprooms full of folk who through their tears pleaded to hear it again.
All that we have of Down Dragon is the snippet “armor so bright tumbling,” and all we have of “My Lady Lost Today” is: “Let bird choke silent and bright sun turn away/The wide Realms all ended: my lady’s lost today.”



So saith Ed. Who before his throat operation had a stunning deep voice (Paul Robeson, anyone?) and can still sound impressive.
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THO
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Zandilar
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Posted - 02 Sep 2005 :  09:38:46  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Steven dearest, the title is BLACKSTAFF, remember! Not one little through the ajar-bedchamber-door glimpse of Laeral riding the Bla . . . (ahem)? Not one? Even for Mr. Athans to cough and choke over, before he slashes it? Like Ed’s famous “sacrificial lamb” scenes? To protect your OTHER text?



Careful with that word... Uhh.. I'm refering, of course, to "slash".
(The link is to wikipedia's article on Slash Fiction, for those who have no clue what I'm rambling about!)

I had to do a double take just then... (Asking myself, just who's he slashing Laeral or Khelben with? )

This is a "You know you've read too much slash when..." moment, I guess.

Zandilar
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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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The Hooded One
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Posted - 03 Sep 2005 :  02:21:25  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Ed provides a reply to Hoondatha’s early April request: “. . . I couldn't find any signs of any of the realms of elves (unlike the dwarven realms in Dwarves Deep). Which makes it hard to create rally flags, et al. So my question is: what were the signs of the various big elven realms? (Specifically, Myth Drannor, Aryvandaar, Miyeritar, and Ilythiir) Also, did Myth Drannor change its pennant (for lack of a better term) when the mythal was raised, or did they keep the old Cormanthyr sign?”
Ed speaks:



Elf families have banners and badges (the former trailed behind airships or borne on lancetips to denote the head or heir or important member of a house being conveyed, and also flown from tower-tops to denote such a personage being “in residence”), but their realms did NOT have “battle-banners.” Such heraldry came into use when elves dwelt with other races, so (for instance), Cormanthyr had no battle-banners, but Myth Drannor did: a horizontal-long-axis oval of twelve twinkling white-haloed-in-purple manypointed stars, floating on a field (vertical-long-axis-oval) of deep forest green.
The banners usually took the form of a triangular cloth mounted on a cross-spar affixed to a spear just behind its head, said triangle’s lower point trailing off into a long, long straight-sided tail, ending in a chevron-dag like many pennants, with the Ring of Stars “arms” of Myth Drannor displayed on the triangle, and (much smaller) at the “mouth” end of the pennant tail, where it separated into the two points of the dag.
Mythal cities where several races dwelt in harmony adopted arms; all-elf cities that raised mythals did not.
At first, of course. In the end, many decaying elf cities did all sorts of strange things, heraldic and otherwise, as their societies splintered into conservatives, “reformers” and liberals trying all sorts of new ways, ideas, and customs, and so on.



So saith Ed. Who’s no longer thin enough to properly playact an elf, and was never haughty enough.
love,
THO
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Ed,

Boz from the WOTC boards was wondering if you could give us any more lore about Argolcheir the demon lord. He was mentioned in your article back in Dragon #116 (p55) as a brief mention, having been good and destroyed by Khelben and Laeral.

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George Krashos
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Ah one of my favourite DRAGON articles of all-time. Oh, and it should be Arlgolcheir the demon-lord. Yes, tell us more of matters fiendish in the Realms.

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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Ah one of my favourite DRAGON articles of all-time. Oh, and it should be Arlgolcheir the demon-lord. Yes, tell us more of matters fiendish in the Realms.

-- George Krashos




Ah, I just cut and pasted what Boz said. :)
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 03 Sep 2005 :  19:22:50  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


I bring Ed of the Greenwood’s reply to Jamallo Kreen’s music queries:


(snip)




And I thank 'e both, fair lady. I am still curious, though, as to the music favored by the conductor of the Ivy Mansion house band -- such as it is.

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The Hooded One
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Hello again, fellow scribes. I come bearing Ed’s replies to Rain’s questions: “I often get the impression from various sources that the Chosen of Mystra are a bunch of high level good characters who run around killing evil (and I can imagine people in the realms thinking that as well), but what they are really doing is furthering the use of magic and stopping the ones who would restrict it, so regarding that: Has Mystra (apart from Sammaster) had any Chosen who were clearly evil? Have The Chosen ever had to perform ‘evil’ tasks to help further Mystra's cause? And (this may be a weird question) do the Chosen or their allies (for example The Harpers) know what Mystras overall point with the Chosen are?”
Ed speaks:



First of all, thanks for your kind words, and I hope the various swift and timely scribes’ replies to you about Realmspace have taken care of your lore needs for The Dawn Heralds, the Wanderers, and the Tears of Selune.
Now as for the Chosen: Mystra has indeed had evil Chosen (NDAs prevent me from saying much about who, when, why, and so on), but learned that evil beings, whatever their promises to her or initial intent, always drifted into “control” of magic (heavy restrictions), rather than just strategically letting this person but not that person have a particular spell or lore-knowledge. In other words, they always moved towards a situation in which a chosen few (beholden to them or under their overt control) had access to powerful magic, and worked against others enjoying that same access. Even when their intended end result was, say, an empire run by wizards (Thay, for example), the means to creating that empire would be control of magic - - and this control would inevitably corrupt, leading them to value control over dissemination of magic (“Nay, Holy Mystra, the people aren’t ready to be handed that magic yet. Let me just prepare them properly first!”/“YOU SAID THE SAME WORDS TO ME SIX SEASONS AGO! WHEN *WILL* THEY BE ‘READY’? EVER?”).
Yes, all of the Chosen have performed evil tasks (killing wizards, sorcerers, priests, and warriors who sought to control magic, deny magic to others, or use magic to enslave or terrorize others, for instance: even if a “bad guy” was being removed, the murder was still murder) to advance Mystra’s aims. Magic has been stolen by Chosen, copied or duplicated against the wishes of (or laws crafted by) its owners by the Chosen, some of the Chosen have tricked, killed, and betrayed (into death-traps) particular rulers, and so on.
Of course the Chosen understand their cardinal role (helping Mystra spread the use of magic throughout Faerûn, by undertaking specific tasks she orders - - some of which they may not understand or see the point of, at all). Most allies of the Chosen know Mystra’s creed, too (note that it’s incorrect to view the Harpers as staunch allies of the Chosen; what they are is personal friends in many cases, and power groups whose interests [opposing overly-strong rulers] often coincide, leading them to often work together or at least not oppose or expose each other.
Chosen often go temporarily insane or forget things (Elminster’s mind-battle in ELMINSTER IN HELL is an example), but if you encounter Chosen portrayed in game play or Realms publications as not knowing or agreeing with this role, either you’re seeing other creatures masquerading as Chosen, or encountering the work of a player or DM who doesn’t understand the Chosen, and DOES see them as “Ed’s meddling old goat wizards and superbabes serving Miss Goody Two-Boots Magic to defeat evil and spread overly-sweet goodness across the Realms.”



So saith Ed, who is Storm and Mystra and Halaster and Khelben and Mirt and Alusair just as much as he is Elminster.
A sad announcement, now: Ed must finally fall silent for a week (until next Monday, at least), and I scheduled one of my location assignments to coincide with it so scribes wouldn’t be deprived of Ed for TWO weeks (mine and his). So see you all next Monday, I hope. Don’t stop posting those questions and comments, now. The unanswered pile is pushing Ed towards immortality fast.
love to all,
THO
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Mkhaiwati
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Posted - 04 Sep 2005 :  20:27:28  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message
Greetings!

I have many questions regarding Cormyr, but I will try to restrict myself to just one until I finish going through all of Mr. Greenwoods replies from the last few years. In fact, other members of this community may answer my question before it even reaches Mr. Greenwood. My question is this:

In the book Elminster's Daughter, the description of Glarasteer Rhauligan has him wearing a harper pin, which would make him a member of the old Harpers, not the Moonstars. Is this a correct assumption on my part? (and yes, I do know what happens when you assume.) If he isn't part of the Tel'Teukiira, is there anyone within Cormyr who is?

Okay, that was a two-part question, and I hope that an NDA doesn't swoop down and grab anyone.

Thank you in advance,

Mkhaiwati

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Mkhaiwati

In the book Elminster's Daughter, the description of Glarasteer Rhauligan has him wearing a harper pin, which would make him a member of the old Harpers, not the Moonstars. Is this a correct assumption on my part? (and yes, I do know what happens when you assume.) If he isn't part of the Tel'Teukiira, is there anyone within Cormyr who is?


Neither Cloak & Dagger nor City of Splendors: Waterdeep list Glarasteer among the ranks of the Tel'Teukiira.

Both list Myrmeen Lhal as a Moonstar, though. An Arabellan halfling, Joser Minstrelwish, is also listed in Cloak & Dagger as a member of the Tel'Teukiira.

I suppose that Glarasteer could also be in the Moonstars, but I tend to doubt it.

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