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Gareth Yaztromo
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  13:06:12  Show Profile  Visit Gareth Yaztromo's Homepage Send Gareth Yaztromo a Private Message
Hey Ed, I was wondering (just finished "Hand of Fire") is Hesperdan as old or older than Elminister? And is there any other of your works with this evil wizard in it?

"Gereth Yaztromo is arguably the most famous wizard of Allansia due to his part in a number of the most well known sagas of that region from the third century AC. He is also known as one of the three Star Pupils of the Grand Wizard of Yore.."
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Phelan
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  16:02:21  Show Profile  Visit Phelan's Homepage Send Phelan a Private Message
Hello, mr Greenwood.
I’m journalist from Russia. I work in biggest magazine about sci-fi and fantasy. We would like to publish interview with you. If it is interesting for you, pkease write to me at phelan@journalist.com.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 19 Sep 2005 :  17:12:06  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Gareth Yaztromo

Hey Ed, I was wondering (just finished "Hand of Fire") is Hesperdan as old or older than Elminister? And is there any other of your works with this evil wizard in it?



Hesperdan also appears in the short story "How Wisdom Came to the Maimed Wizard", which appeared in the recent anthology The Best of the Realms, Book II: The Stories of Ed Greenwood (a.k.a. "The Best of Eddie")

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And for those without the novel itself, Ed's short story is also available online at WotC:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=books/fr/maimedwizard

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Sep 2005 :  23:52:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello once more, fellow scribes. I bring to you this time three informational notes, and Ed’s latest replies to The Sage.
First the notes:
All scribes who enjoy Ed’s fiction should make sure not to miss the fourth “outtake” from ELMINSTER; THE MAKING OF A MAGE, entitled “Revenge Among Thieves.” It can be found in the Wizards Book archives page, and was actually posted back in August. I missed seeing it, despite knowing it was going to appear, and I haven’t found any mention of it here at Candlekeep, so . . . at your service, gentles.
The non-Realms project I mentioned has begun to appear on the WotC Legendology page: it’s a novelette entitled “Oroon Rising.”
Ed will “fall silent” here at Candlekeep this coming Saturday (September 24th), and perhaps the Sunday as well, as he’ll be Guest of Honour (again) at Phantasm in Peterborough, Ontario (it’s at the Market Hall Theatre in the downtown, at 336 George Street North: look for the obviously historic-age clock/bell tower). Ed will be running a workshop on getting published on Saturday, from 10am-2pm, then running a (2nd Edition, with the usual Baron’s Blades characters as PCs) Realms roleplaying session from 3-7pm, answering questions during the 7-8 dinner break, and then on Sunday running the same Realms roleplaying session again, from 10am-2pm. Phantasm is a long-established, small, informal local con, so if you really want a chance to talk to Ed at length, this is it!
And now, Ed’s words to The Sage:


Hi. Regarding the non-Realms project: it’s finished and turned in. How soon it will appear is up to certain web folk at WotC, but I believe I’ll be able to enlighten you further soon.
Regarding this query of yours: “What can you tell us about other previous "Gemcloak"-like organisations (and I use the term loosely) who may have decided to ply their "trade" in Waterdeep? Certainly, every noble or wealthy family in the City of Splendors has the potential to "breed" such individuals, but I'd like to know more about specific groups that may exist (or perhaps existed in the past) that we have never even heard about.”
There are and have been constant cabals and cliques of young nobles; some of them even survive as the nobles age to become “old fat nasty uncles” (that’s the stereotype, regarding lechers who delight in shocking and scandalizing at feasts; you saw passing glimpses of a few of them in the revel Elaith held, in CITY OF SPLENDORS). Like the ‘gangs’ (and I’m using this term very loosely, to apply to groups who “hang out together” as opposed to armed and possibly criminal street bands of youths who have initiations and gain wealth and power through the reputations they build by doing illicit and daring things) most real-world youth form in high school, the nobles of Waterdeep are constantly forming (and shifting, and re-forming) groups who “go on social prowls” together.
Female nobles seldom gather in groups to do adventurous or even ‘on the street’ expeditions, unless said groups are two or at most three friends, who may go shopping together (along with many servants to handle their money, carry their purchases, and protect them). Female groups tend to be ‘gossip circles’ who gather at each other’s villas, or ‘go off together’ to talk at revels and feasts. VERY occasionally the most daring female nobles will “put on mens’ clothing” and go to visit a tavern (or even a higher-class festhall), or get in a coach together for a daring (with much squealingin excitement and peering about) “rumble through Dock Ward.”
However, the prankplaying, sword-swinging, mischief-in-the-streets behaviour you saw the Gemcloaks exhibit (complete with the “ultimate in naughtiness” hideout in DOCK Ward!) in CITY OF SPLENDORS is almost exclusively male noble behaviour (and occasionally adopted by the sons of very rich non-noble merchants, aspiring to be noble, or guildmembers’ sons, “pretending” at being both for a lark and so they can damage someone’s shop or goods or person and have it blamed on “idiot wastrel nobles.”
As you can guess, these groupings are far too numerous, short-lived, and mutable to even attempt to list. Few of them both to give themselves names or uniforms, though they tend to delight in using passwords and writing cryptic coded notes to each other signed only with (adopted, not heraldic) symbols. So there have been thousands of Gemcloak-like organizations, but only about a dozen recent or still active “named” cabals that I can recall. Most of them begin as ways to enhance reputation and so be able to bed more lasses (on the one hand) and (on another) to justify to disapproving elders and parents group activities (such as tavern-crawls and festhall “wild wenching expeditions”) in Dock Ward or other “disreputable” parts of the city, by passing them off as investments and business-related, conducted through the group.
Here are a few of the named cabals:



So saith Ed. I’ve sweetly chopped him off in mid-speech so as not to run up against the post-length-limit, but I promise those groups he speaks of will appear here tomorrow.
Furious, Sage? Chase me and chastise me (I implore you). Get your whip, and I’ll giggle and wait right here until you return, before fleeing . . .
(And the usual rules apply: if I ever get out of your sight, ahead of you, I’ll remove and drop an item of clothing, so you can follow the trail.)
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Sep 2005 :  00:17:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Here, as promised, are the Waterdhavian noble groups Ed’s briefly listed, for The Sage and for us all:


THE BRIGHT BLADES OF NORTH WARD: now (since the unfortunate death of young and handsome Asmurar Kormallis, “the Golden God”) led by the thuggish younger Phull sons Dundelmer and Trioth, these eight or so noble sons include no direct house heirs. They love fighting (not fair fights or fisticuffs, but running their blades through people) and dislike outlanders - - and as a result, tend to visit Dock Ward taverns and festhalls often, where they target drunken, disorderly, or violence-loving visiting sailors and drovers. Rumored (correctly) to be involved in slayings, shop-pillagings, and “masked rapes of guildmasters’ wives,” as a result of debts incurred to Waterdhavian criminals who take such services as “partial payments” of such debts. As one Watch officer put it gloomily: “The Brights? Cruelty excites them - - worse luck for everyone else in the Deep.”

THE BLACKLEGS: led by the fat, food-loving debaucher (and aging uncle of his house) Roarthoes Margaster, this is the oldest of the infamous nobles’ cabals. Many of its members have seen forty winters, and are now overweight and much plagued by gout and other illnesses associated with high living. Known to be involved in providing drink, drugs (and it’s rumored, poisons), and lowborn bedmate lasses to various nobles, the Blacklegs have largely retired from their infamous “brawl with all comers” swordfights down various Dock Ward alleys (wherein they trusted to personal magic items to keep themselves alive, and didn’t consider themselves “fullbloods” [= real members] unless they’d been badly wounded at least once), to meeting in North Ward and Sea Ward taverns to scheme over investment opportunities, shady and otherwise, and the right times to import casks of drinkables so as to command the highest prices. The Blacklegs are some fourteen strong, but only about five of them are really active. They collectively sneer at “young thickheaded bucks” (younger nobles who gather in groups to “cut up wild”), and collectively leer at “young lasses these days,” often arranging largescale pandering parties as alternative sneakaway entertainments at particularly boring noble social gatherings (so that noble-born men - - and occasionally women, too - - can sneak away from boring speeches and stilted dances to another part of the estate for daring and fun sex, and then slip back into the “proper” goings-on). Prominent Blacklegs include the mincing, monacled Korlgan Lathkule, and the monstrously fat, scented-bearded dandy Relligo Ilvastarr.

THE TALONS: Sponsored by the crippled and aging “noble uncle” Laeroth Hothemer to be his entertainment and his agents (so he can still influence events in Waterdeep), these young, desperate-to-prove-themselves lads are contemptuously known as “Laeroth’s Lads” by other noble cabals, who tend to regard them as foolish, meddling, reckless young boys who must be under the sexual dominance of Laeroth. This is very far from the truth: Laeroth prefers ladies (and lots of them!), and the only matters sexual he involves the Talons in is to occasionally spy on the doings of (merchant-class and lowborn) ladies he has his eye on, to learn their allegiances, hobbies, likes and dislikes so as to be able to both lure and entertain them best. (Laeroth likes to have many lovers, befriend them, and keep them as friends; he can walk only short distances on his many-times-broken, weak and spindly legs, wheezing and supporting himself on sticks, and is no physical threat to anyone, nor much of a social catch. Most of his lovers like him very much, and keep in touch. For one thing, he expects his ladies to want to be fed and wined well, and given new dresses of their choosing, almost every time he sees them.)
On the streets, the Talons are led (right now; as they age, youths tend to leave the group to gain more independence, or to show their parents they’re distancing themselves from “that debauched old toad Hothemer”) by the handsome, glib-tongued Branthos Husteem, his sidekick the tall and pompous Elmrose Hunabar, and his rising rival Martrym Eltorchul.

THE WHAELWHIRL BUCKLERS: Started by the (now middle-aged) Omnsur Jardeth as a way of impressing ladies and his noble elders with his bravery, the Bucklers have from the first claimed to be a fellowship of well-armed adventurers who regularly scour out the upper levels of Undermountain, paying particular attention to “perils that might soon erupt up into our fair city if not dealt with.” They hint darkly about involvement with various Masked Lords, and being used as secret agents by “the Castle.”
This is all so much hoo-hah, and always has been. The Bucklers like to tell stories of their adventurers (this monster fought, that fell wizard forced to flee for his life; see this scar?), but in truth spend most of their time swaggering in “show” armor into Castle Ward and Trades Ward taverns and clubs, giving everyone “lean and darkly dangerous” looks, and drinking with whatever ladies such behaviour attracts (yes, they often drug the drinks of those who don’t seem willing enough to share beds). Omnsur and the older Bucklers never do more than this, because they don’t regard the Bucklers as having any other use - - but increasingly, younger Bucklers are growing restless and wanting to have REAL adventures. Not so much down in Undermountain or anything really dangerous, but how about cutting a few of these increasingly cocky guildsmen down to size? And curbing some of the petty criminals, by hunting down the bolder ones and maiming them really thoroughly? (One Buckler chased a sneak-thief whom he saw departing an upper window of his family’s mansion, and took great delight in running the man’s biceps and thighs through with his sword, leaving the man unable to even crawl away; the Buckler retrieved the stolen jewelry, left the man for the Watch to find, and hasn’t stopped telling his story to fellow Bucklers, ever since.)

THE SUNSADDLES: Perhaps closest to the early Gemcloaks in outlook and behaviour, these ten young noblemen (formally “the Sunset Saddles,” though no one at all uses that name anymore) are bored and seek entertainment in playing pranks, playing “chase and find” games across the city, and duelling (not to the death, but to some silly achievement like cutting off an opponent’s codpiece and then hurling it through a certain window). Members include Zorn Agundar, Halark Dezlentyr, Delzil Crommor, and the youngest, quietest Eagleshield daughter, Murelle (a small, dark-haired, lithe lass who wears mens’ clothing when “out with the Saddles,” and speaks in obscenity-laced growls to try to sound male). Zorn, Halark, and Delzil are the real leaders of the group.
The Saddles were responsible for the precipitous closing of the Sword and Spur gambling club in Castle Ward (when they revealed in striking fashion - - involving couples caught in flagrante being run through the streets in their beds, enspelled to maintain their embraces as said beds were loaded onto coaches, and sent on a tour of Sea Ward, North Ward, and Castle Ward - - that it was a front for guildmasters’ wives and other bored wealthy non-quite-noble wives to prostitute themselves to nobles in return for business favours). They were also involved in the trashing of a hunting lodge outside Red Larch where the notorious Maesmur “Millioncoin” Brokengulf was meeting Luskanite merchants to arrange various shady business dealings, and are often in the thick of Dock Ward tavern brawls, where they delight in humiliating drunkards by “spanking with swords,” tripping, hurling through furniture or into chamberpots, and then departing as the REAL violence erupts.


So saith Ed. Who comes through again with juicy Realmslore for Waterdeep campaigns. Couple this with his Waterdeep News web snippets (and relevant “Realmslore” web columns), CITY OF SPLENDORS (both the novel and the 2nd Edition boxed game set), the relevant chapters of ELFSHADOW, ELFSONG, and SILVERFALL and Ed’s relevant “Realms of” stories, VOLO’S GUIDE TO WATERDEEP, and Eric Boyd’s recent superb sourcebook, and any DM has more than enough to bring “the Deep” to vivid life for a decade or so of game play.
Go for it!
love,
THO
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Dargoth
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Posted - 21 Sep 2005 :  01:46:50  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
A question for Ed

Whats going on in Darkhold these days and whose calling the shots?

When the FRC came out it strongly suggested that the Cyricists had control of Darkhold. However in City of Splendors (under the Malchior entry) it seems that the Banites have started to take over Darkhold.

Thanks in advance

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 21 Sep 2005 :  02:33:42  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


The non-Realms project I mentioned has begun to appear on the WotC Legendology page: it’s a novelette entitled “Oroon Rising.”



Part one is now up:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fict/20050920a

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed. I’ve sweetly chopped him off in mid-speech so as not to run up against the post-length-limit, but I promise those groups he speaks of will appear here tomorrow.
If there hadn't been so many outages of the forums here at Candlekeep yesterday, I might have been able to read this earlier . Oh, to be deprived of such lore for so long from the quill of the Old Bearded One... .

Thank you Ed .

quote:
Furious, Sage? Chase me and chastise me (I implore you). Get your whip, and I’ll giggle and wait right here until you return, before fleeing . . .
(And the usual rules apply: if I ever get out of your sight, ahead of you, I’ll remove and drop an item of clothing, so you can follow the trail.)
love,
THO
Hehe... Oh my Lady, you know how to tempt this humble old sage. But what would my dear Lady K say about such "activities"?

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Furious, Sage? Chase me and chastise me (I implore you). Get your whip, and I’ll giggle and wait right here until you return, before fleeing . . .
(And the usual rules apply: if I ever get out of your sight, ahead of you, I’ll remove and drop an item of clothing, so you can follow the trail.)
love,
THO
Hehe... Oh my Lady, you know how to tempt this humble old sage. But what would my dear Lady K say about such "activities"?




If you're lucky, she'd join you!

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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Furious, Sage? Chase me and chastise me (I implore you). Get your whip, and I’ll giggle and wait right here until you return, before fleeing . . .
(And the usual rules apply: if I ever get out of your sight, ahead of you, I’ll remove and drop an item of clothing, so you can follow the trail.)
love,
THO
Hehe... Oh my Lady, you know how to tempt this humble old sage. But what would my dear Lady K say about such "activities"?




If you're lucky, she'd join you!



*Waits to see if Wooly gets beaten with the Rod of Significant other*

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The Sage
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quote:
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If you're lucky, she'd join you!
If that were the case, I wouldn't know where to begin .

But enough of my wishful thinking, we really should return to questions for Ed.

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Kajehase
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

If you're lucky, she'd join you!
If that were the case, I wouldn't know where to begin .

But enough of my wishful thinking, we really should return to questions for Ed.




Right you are Sage. So in that spirit, greetings once more Sir Ed of the Green Wood and Lady Hooded One, I bring you a query of a linguistic and geographical nature, namely, has there been made up any established geographical terms (river, north, lake, stream, forest, and so on) in the various Realms-languages?

I am thinking of making a map of the Dales with the various place-names written in Chondathan (for the benefit of some Ruathen PCs out on a jaunt), and thought I should ask before I started making up my own words (which in my opinion is always a good way to pass a slow evening).

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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Spidroth esq.
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Greetings to Ed and our dear Hooded Lady. I've a lore request to make this day. Please, tell me of Lantan!

I've found very little on this nation of Gondar inventors, the few paragraphs within in the 3rd edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, and Gonds entry in Faiths and Avatars seems to be the the whole of it besides small snippets of text all relating to Lantanna trade in places along the Sword Coast and merchant realms to the south.

I've read over a few other inqueries that were sent your way last year about the technological aspects of Lantan, but I wish to know more.

Anything you might share on this island nation that hasn't been covered before would be greatly appreciated.

~ A hopeful new scribe of Candlekeep, and longtime fan, Spidroth esq.
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khorne
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Well, now that we have seen plenty of examples of noble bands with the cranial capacity of an undead goblin, are there any young nobles who form bands that "mean business" as in trying to be serious adventurers, and(preferably) surviving? As in: a young noble has been gone for over a year from home, when he comes home his father is pissed of and asks him what he`s been doing, and as a means of reply he hauls up the skull of some horrible monster and/or precious jewelry from his backpack.

If I were a ranger, I would pick NDA for my favorite enemy
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ericlboyd
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It's an unofficial fan resource, but AJA has done a great job detailing Lantan here: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Castle/2566/lantan.htm

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reldra
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Just wondering...a name LIKe Reldra or the name Reldra? I am Reldra. I have been reldra on the net since 1995 and own the domain name reldra.com, and of course use it as a roleplaying name.


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Hello again, fellow scribes. Herewith, Ed concludes his reply to Kuje:



The Boar presides over the kitchen staff (stolid middle-aged women with names like Reldra and Immra, and darting-fast, ratlike young men rescued from the streets, with names like Orlarrin and Jelst) and the servers (mainly retired bodyguards and hireswords, with names like “Red” and Lorgel, Juth and Morryk, and a surprising range of talents for plumbing and painting and carpentry).
The two hostesses and two doorlars (if illness or injury reduces their numbers, an upstairs lady helps out as hostess, and a server steps in as doorlar) report to Ambra.
The hostesses are tall, dark, exotic-looking Jemlarra (from Nimbral), who’s a superb mimic and actress and likes to wear gowns side-leg-slit all the way up to her waist; and Dautha (of Westgate, a honey-huksy-voiced “bright young thing” with blonde hair, ample curves, and a false but superbly-done “innocent” manner; she often “inadvertently” shows flesh, with a completely straight, earnest face).
The senior doorlar is Jharak (“Old Jhaer”), a long-nosed, narrow-chinned, bearded man who chuckles a lot and looks rather piratical. He’s a grumbler, but loves jokes and making people laugh, and is very popular among the “family” of staff at the Lady. The junior doorlar is the glib-tongued, smoothly self-controlled, young and handsome Vreldur, from Sembia, who’s continually chided by Ambra for his willingness to kiss and grope matronly diners who express an interest in him (Old Jhaer they joke with, but Vreldur they WANT). He may yet be dismissed - - or may become the only upstairs “Lord of the House” in the Purple Lady.
The sixteen Ladies of the House are a wide mixture of human (with one half-elf) women of all shapes and sizes. All enjoy sex, all have wardrobes and training that allow them to act with elegance in formal situations, and all of them love Ambra and try to get along like sisters with each other, regarding her more or less as their mother. Four of them are relatively inexperienced, and Ambra is “gentling” them into full roles.
The most beautiful among the Ladies is the tall, sleek, demure Nathelle, but the most popular is the wildest and most acrobatic, a muscular, young-looking, nipple-pierced and buttock-branded (left cheek, with a leaping dolphin) “nimble nymph” by the name of Lalurra (nickname among the staff only: “Lure-lass”). The sharp-tongued Narauntha can take the most abuse (pain, restraint, and endurance-testing activities) of all the Ladies, and is the busiest. Sharmra looks like a high-class lady, and can act the part, and has two loyal followings of clients: those who want to treat her as a high-class lady, and those who want to play at humiliating her as one.
Two of the Ladies look very much alike, and are sometimes requested by clients as “the Twins.” Both are lush-figured (and the same clothing size), short, bouncy brunettes who can adopt a “oh yes” eager manner in an instant, or plead for mercy “because they’ve been bad.” Their names are Maleira and Harbrenla.



So saith Ed, who figures he’s given you enough to spin a series of short stories.
Enjoy!
love,
THO


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Jamallo Kreen
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What the heck wuz the black Yellow Snake Pass veil of "nothingness," anyway? What happened to people and things which entered / passed through it? Is it still there?

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Posted - 22 Sep 2005 :  03:39:56  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. I bring divers little replies from Ed this time:


To Wooly Rupert: thanks for the VolosBG pdf. Much appreciated. Yes, aside from the purely game-mechanics-related material, almost all my own lore, but rewritten by someone else. Good to have as reference material.

Kajehase, Faraer has answered you prefectly: “incantatrixes aren't well enough understood to say why they're almost all women, though doubtless some sages have theories.” The Realms collectively just doesn’t know yet, and certainly no mortal character within it can have anything more than pet theories (though priests and sages may pretend otherwise).

Elrond Half Elven, you’re very welcome. I hope you continue to enjoy the Realms in the years ahead. The idea of the spheres wasn’t mine; it came from TSR, not just as a way to link their game settings, but also as a way to turn the focus of D&D at the time away from demons and devils (who would reappear as “baatezu” and “tanar’ri”) and the planes (that was the secret of the Arcane: to distract races into spelljaming whilst they tried to dominate the planes). As far as I (as an outsider, who talked with the two successive Marketing VPs of the time) understand it, the reasons for this were twofold: to be able to deny the “holy roller” evangelists of the time who liked to wave MONSTER MANUALS at television cameras and thunder: “The word ‘devil’ is in this book 87 times! The word ‘demon’ is in here 38 times!” (take them out, and then bring them back with different names, and you can simply respond that said evangelist is lying); and to give the R&D folks time to redesign the planes for the Planescape line.
And yes, Spelljammer certainly is fun-kooky. :}

Dargoth, the ease with which a character can track down a being in Faerûn who owns a copy of a “named” FR spell (e.g. Laeral’s Rapturous Caress or The Simbul’s Tonguelash) depends of course on the character and how they conduct their attempts to track folk down. Walking up to strangers who happen to be wizards and asking if they have a specific spell in their spellbooks usually enjoys about the same success rate as nerds achieve when they walk up to beautiful female strangers on busy streets and ask to sleep with them. :}
Ahem. However, to answer you another way: most of these spells would, in CCG terms, be “Uncommon” to “Rare” unless they are of very low level and non-harmful (i.e. can be used to enhance a ‘helpful’ reputation of those who use the Art, rather than being used as weapons). Such magics are usually distributed primarily through apprentices of the famous mages who crafted them, and then slowly spread through sales, thefts, and trades of magic. Joining the Watchful Order of Magists in Waterdeep would get you ready access to most of the non-combat ones, as would becoming a trusted Harper who ‘runs with’ the right NPC Harpers.
I’ll have more to say to you about Larloch, anon.



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THO
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Posted - 22 Sep 2005 :  04:27:44  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
Ed,

Help us end this debate.

What would happen to Realmspace/Toril/Faerun if the Weave was completely destroyed or Mystra was and no deity replaced the Weave or her? You've hinted in the past but some posters need more then hints to get the clear picture. And is Chauntea more powerful then Mystra because Chauntea has a higher divine rank according to Faiths & Pantheons even though you've repeatedly said Mystra is more powerful.

I've also referenced Magic of Faerun where it discusses the Weave and that it resides in everything in Realmspace/Toril/Faerun but that passage was ignored by the posters who are argueing this.

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Man, they did me a favor when they banned me from that site!

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

To Wooly Rupert: thanks for the VolosBG pdf. Much appreciated. Yes, aside from the purely game-mechanics-related material, almost all my own lore, but rewritten by someone else. Good to have as reference material.


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From all I've read, the 'controversy' with the 'Christian' fanatics did nothing but good for TSR's sales, so the company's latterday attitude perplexes me.

'Uncommon', 'Rare': Not CCG terms, Forgotten Realms Adventures terms! I'd love to see just a list of some of the Common spells not yet revealed: farspeak etc. and the many non-adventuring spells that have never seen print (some of which have been mentioned, such as sound-dampening magics).

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Posted - 22 Sep 2005 :  19:22:16  Show Profile  Visit Greenpiece's Homepage Send Greenpiece a Private Message
Greetings Ed!

I've seen mention of two weapons used by Gruumsh and was curious about the history of them. I've seen mention of his favored weapon being The Bloodspear, and also seen mention of it being a weapon called Elfslayer...Are these infact the same weapon or different ones? Whats the history behind them? Does he prefer one over the other?

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Sep 2005 :  03:44:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Another collection of mini-replies from Ed:


To Asgetrion: thanks very much for the rave review of SILVERFALL. I’m very glad you liked it, because although it’s flawed by the “pass the baton” format my editor insisted on and by my own inability to tell the story without running over my wordcount (leading to abrupt endings), I’m very pleased with it yet a lot of Realms fans seemed to overlook it or hate it. The “Ed loves his Mary-Sues” brigade really rode it hard, betraying their utter lack of understanding of the Realms many times (the ladies are darn near gods, folks, and portrayed that way, NOT characters I’m hopelessly in love with).
Hope you’ve enjoyed “Best of Eddie” and CITY OF SPLENDORS. As to how I find the time to write them all: no sleep. Work myself to near-heart-attacks and spreading obesity. Love doing so. Next. :}

To EvilKnight: I have recorded some play sessions, long ago (cassette tape recorder era), and yes a video probably WOULD be adult-only fare. Although the lore-preservation idea allures, I’ve simply (see my comments to Asgetrion, above) no time to do podcasts. Revenue stream? Oooh, that’d be nice. Preferably one that didn’t flow straight from my pocket to the nice tax people, this time. :}

Mkhaiwati, if I had more time and money I’d build a mansion with my own airport, stuff it full of food and hot tubs and gamers, and run week-long Realms sessions constantly - - so anyone who wanted to could join the “home” Realms campaign. Unfortunately, game design and novel writing doesn’t really bring in all that much money, and I’ve no time to do anything like that. Sorry. THO just gave you a taste of the subplots: we keep things far more complex than, say, Joss Whedon televison scripts. The ‘good campaign’ principles aren’t secrets, of course; I’m not surprised you and I crafted similar ones after thinking about what we wanted in our campaigns for more than a few minutes. If I ever find a spell for spinning myself more time, however, I’ll let scribes here know when the Realmsplay starts!

SiriusBlack, I don’t think you can go wrong with good, full-bodied dry red wines when entertaining a certain Mr. Archer. However, being named in a dedication doesn’t get you even one copper piece. Hey, I wrote half the thing, and I probably won’t be seeing many of them, either! :}



So saith Ed, who’s still hard at work writing Realms masterpieces. Oh, the secrets up his sleeves! (When he runs out of sleeve space, he reaches under my blouse and stuffs some secrets up here and there. Ooooh, and THERE, too.)
love,
THO
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