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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 02 Nov 2005 :  17:00:45  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message
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Originally posted by Borch

I can take a whack at these ...

quote:
I'd like to know all there is to know about the archmage Briel, his daughter Brielbara and the School of the Arcane. Apart from Eric Boyd's writeup on Aumvor, and Pages from the Mages, I know no other source on these. Any help is, as always, greatly appreciated.


Aside from Champions of Ruin, the original reference to Briel comes from Pages from the Mages, page 26. The original reference to Brielbara comes from a 1-liner in Forgotten Realms Adventures, page 76. No other known sources.

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The second question concerns the Wizard of the Crag, who seemed to elude my notice until Serpent Kingdoms. I'm very much interested in his past up to his catacalsmic demise described in the book.


The Marsh of Chelimber write-up in Serpent Kingdoms is built from the following sources: Elminster’s Ecologies: The Serpent Hills, page 28, Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting: A Grand Tour of the Realms, pages 88-89, 97, Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting: Cyclopedia of the Realms, pages 59-60, Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast, page 89, 136.

Dunkapple Castle is discussed in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, page 224 and Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast, page 136.

I think you'll find all the past references to the Wizard of the Crag therein.

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PS Note there's a timeline screw-up in SK regarding the Principality of Boareskyr. If George sees this, I'm sure he can remind me what was wrong and what we worked out should have been changed.


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George Krashos
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Oh yeah, I forgot about those "Serpent Kingdoms" lore errata. I'll have to get them into a proper semblance of order. Consider it on the List of things to do.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  20:43:28  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Greetings again, Ed and the Lady Hooded One!

Today I'm curious about hurricanes in the Realms... I just came thru yet another one, and it got me to thinking about these storms in the Realms...

So, do parts of the Realms see hurricanes? What parts? How often? Do certain mages or priests get any kind of warning? Have been any particularly destructive ones?

And if Ed wants, he could add tornados to that. :)

Actually, I'd like to add on to this request as well.

I'd like to know about earthquakes in the Realms... Specifically, their occurences, any important or destructive quakes that have happened in the past which may not have been mentioned in the canon material?

I'm assuming there may have been the odd one which wasn't caused by geological instability...



Forgive me for throwing my two danters at something which may have already been answered, but this morning I ran across an adventure seed in Lost Empires of Faerun which speaks directly to the question: it's "Volcanic Countdown" on page 94. Vulcanism in the High Forest region is likely related to the same geologic phenomena which created Neverwinter's volcano, whose name, unfortunately, escapes me at the moment, but which may be familiar to a lot of PCs. (Fortunately I was wearing boots at the time I ran across this seed, so it hurt very little.)

DMs who want to create an apocalyptic volcanic event should look for the "Nova" episode "Volcano Under the City," which describes the perils facing Goma, DR Congo. A"dead" city which was struck by a CO2 cloud could be far scarier than evidence of a demonic incursion in the city: hundreds, possibly thousands of bodies of humans, animals, and monsters, all just dead of no apparent cause, dropped in their tracks. (Insert creepy Theramin music.)

ADDED 5 November: In Unnapproachable East it is stated that earthquakes occur at Rashemen's old battlefields, too.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  22:01:38  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met, Ed & THO!

Please forgive me if this has been answered already, but what (in Earth Prime terms) are the prevailing artistic styles of the different regions of Faerun, especially on coinage? Technologically Waterdeep seems to be comparable to mid-15th century Italy, but that doesn't imply that it's artistic style is the same.

I am not unfamiliar with numismatic art history, and know that a dramatic change took place in Earth's 15th century, from cartoonish full-face images to (presumably) accurate "Renaissance" portraiture. (The coinage of England from the Wars of the Roses to Henry VII Tudor is splendidly illustrative of the change-over.) Is the numismatic art of the Realms stylized, like Medieval Earth portraiture, or does it attempt to accurately render the image of each person and thing portrayed?

Is perspective known in Faerunian painting, and if so, is it used throughout the Realms, or only in certain "advanced" areas?

Do the various churches have rigid artistic traditions which have gone unchanged for centuries as Byzantine art was (and as Orthodox icon painting still is)?

Painting (portraiture in particular) is fairly important in my campaign, and I am very interested to hear what El has told Ed on this subject.

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sillaric_culdanin
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Posted - 04 Nov 2005 :  21:27:53  Show Profile  Visit sillaric_culdanin's Homepage Send sillaric_culdanin a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,

I have another query (please accept this as a *BUMP* for my Earlann queries of a couple months ago also ), this time regarding how coins are minted in the Realms. Do any major powers utilize any steam or magic powered machinery to mass-mint coins or are they cast by hand? Thats it...thank you both once again for your tireless hard-work and support of the gaming community.

Last living Paladin and Adept of the Ruby Legion of Alankier

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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  15:36:26  Show Profile Send Mumadar Ibn Huzal a Private Message
Placing yet another request for lore on the ever growing pile of endless questions:

In Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast on Asbravn (page 149), a nomad people are mentioned: The Horsemen. Volo's writing suggests that these people either left for Tunland or for the Savage North. Do these people belong to the Talfir (see LEoF), or are they yet another group?
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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  17:57:32  Show Profile Send Mumadar Ibn Huzal a Private Message
Oh, I'll add one more... A little while ago the topic of horse breeds came up in this thread. The Asbravn article in VGttSC mentions a breed of long-horned horses being bred in the region. Has this been further detailed, or did it die out - as in a breeding experiment which ended?
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The Sage
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  05:57:59  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 Sage

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

I'm not sure if a scribe has already noted this here at Candlkeeep, but the third part of Ed's Oroon Rising is now up at WotC's Legendology website.
love,
THO

I was just going to mention that my lady .

Here's the link:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=legendology/dnd/article6


Now with Part 4:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fict/20051105a




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Dargoth
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  07:22:33  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
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Originally posted by The Hooded One


Oh, yes, and another sigh: as I warned earlier, Ed will be offline and incommunicado for the next three days or more. He’ll return as soon as he can.
love,
THO





Hmm its been around 10 days since The Hooded one made this post... If they dont come back soon then theres going to be several Candlekeep scribes needing visit Realmlore Anonymous!!

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Kuje
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Posted - 07 Nov 2005 :  07:51:20  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


Oh, yes, and another sigh: as I warned earlier, Ed will be offline and incommunicado for the next three days or more. He’ll return as soon as he can.
love,
THO





Hmm its been around 10 days since The Hooded one made this post... If they dont come back soon then theres going to be several Candlekeep scribes needing visit Realmlore Anonymous!!



I know! I was just thinking this earlier and I started twitchin. :) Especially since I'm also waiting to hear back from them about something else.

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Dargoth
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Posted - 09 Nov 2005 :  01:21:16  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
There hasnt been a Tornado or Blizard in Canada which could have taken out Eds net access has there?

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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

There hasnt been a Tornado or Blizard in Canada which could have taken out Eds net access has there?



Not that I heard and I'm only 2 hr's away and we usually get Canada's weather patterns. Damn great lakes!

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Talinthonis
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Posted - 09 Nov 2005 :  03:20:54  Show Profile  Visit Talinthonis's Homepage Send Talinthonis a Private Message
As far as I know (and I'm canadian, not far from where Ed dwells if I believe what I read) there has not been any major weather disaster lately... I guess we can only speculate and blame Shar for keeping this secret hers ;)
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The Sage
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Posted - 09 Nov 2005 :  03:42:18  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
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Originally posted by Talinthonis

I guess we can only speculate and blame Shar for keeping this secret hers ;)
Or rather, perhaps the Lady Hooded One .

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Dargoth
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Posted - 10 Nov 2005 :  04:31:07  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
Due to the "silence of Ed" I propose we form an adventuring party to travel to Eds home plane (more commonly known as Canada) to find out why hes not granting Realmslore!

Black females with white hair and wielding snake whips need not apply

Does anyone know where we can get a Ship of Chaos?

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

Does anyone know where we can get a Ship of Chaos?
The 2e Planes of Chaos boxed set .

Hehe... .

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Taelohn
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There hasnt been a Tornado or Blizard in Canada which could have taken out Eds net access has there?


I live in Ontario, and we actually had a pretty strong storm (and a small tornado) here the other day... though I think Ed lives quite a ways off, so I couldn't say if anything similiar happened there (hopefully not).


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Arivia
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Posted - 11 Nov 2005 :  07:00:29  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Taelohn

quote:
There hasnt been a Tornado or Blizard in Canada which could have taken out Eds net access has there?


I live in Ontario, and we actually had a pretty strong storm (and a small tornado) here the other day... though I think Ed lives quite a ways off, so I couldn't say if anything similiar happened there (hopefully not).


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Yep, Ed's about 1/3 to 1/2 a province away from that storm(it was really fun to walk home through, by the way!)
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 11 Nov 2005 :  13:34:07  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message
I'm not lovely and I'm not hooded, but I can pass along the following to the restless scribes amidst the stacks ...

===
Hello to all scribes. Ed Greenwood here, with an
apology for my silence and a request for your
understanding.

At the end of October, my wife and I took a rare jaunt
across the province to visit with one of my sisters in
her new abode. We rarely get away from home these
days, and so took the opportunity to cram shopping
stops at specific stores, attending a few plays at
Stratford before the season winds down, and attending
a retirement dinner for a longtime library co-worker
into our trip. Ah, the joys of multitasking.

When we returned home I charged right back into my day
job and the joys of trying to write a 110,000 word
novel in two weeks. (Try it sometime. It's certainly .
. . exciting.) At the same time, the Wizards
floodgates opened up again: flurries of calls and
e-mails from designers, editors, and novelists to
check this, review that, and provide timely
Realmslore. I love doing this (hey, I've done it for
you folks almost daily for two years, right?), but
Wizards MUST come first, or I'm impeding the flow of
published products that keep the Realms rolling along
for everyone to enjoy. At the same time, health
problems arose in my family and in me, a new round of
radio interviews to publicize City of Splendors
started up, the end-of-season yardwork involved in
acres of gardening landed on my lap - - and the lovely
Lady Hooded stopped calling and e-mailing.
She is my gentle, loving cattle prod. She prods and I
groan, turn back to the stack of Realmslore queries,
answer one of them, and turn back to getting on with
the novel.

The first Knights novel is hard going. I CAN'T just
tell their saga, because Wizards (silly people) won't
agree to letting me publish about two hundred
full-length novels, with footnotes and chronologies
and maps. Instead I have to weave a slimmed-down story
that matches all the Realmslore references already
published and doesn't disappoint too many of you by
leaving important events offstage. So I'm drowning in
nostalgia, and running out of time, and writing
writing writing, and loving it.

Wherefore a weekend passed before I even noticed my
lovely tormentor (if she teases you guys, think what
she does to ME) had fallen silent. Another few days
passed (remember, I have to drive 40 miles to a
library and work for half of most days, and then drive
back home, doing chores on the trip and squeezing
writing into early mornings, late evenings, and so on)
before I did anything about it.

THO has two jobs, one of which we can talk about a
little bit (the editing one) and another that we
can't. She went on assignment on the stay-silent job,
and got injured, and is still incommunicado, though
I've been assured she's going to be all right.
In the meantime, I've got five big projects to get
done before the new year rolls around, the first draft
of the first Knights novel being top priority (and due
in less than a week, now!). I just CAN'T stop and have
fun doing Realmslore replies right now, though I
promise to return as soon as I can. The moment the
lovely Lady Hooded is back in business, I'm sure
she'll pester me in her usual irresistable way, and
I'll spit out an answer or two for her to post here. I
intend to celebrate finishing the novel by taking a
day to really plow deep into your questions, but then
again I might get run over by a raging wheelbarrow
tomorrow.

So please bear with us both. Technical troubles are
merely temporary.

Ed

===

--Eric

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Thanks Eric .

Reading over this... I'm reminded of the reasons why I appreciate the great work of the Old Bearded One and why I value his input here at Candlekeep so much. He's all about life, the Realmslore, and everything!

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Chosen of Moradin
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Posted - 11 Nov 2005 :  14:35:36  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Moradin's Homepage  Click to see Chosen of Moradin's MSN Messenger address Send Chosen of Moradin a Private Message
Thanks, Eric

It´s good to know that all is ok (or going to be ok) with our dear Lady Hooded and with the Bearded One...

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Well met

Many thanks for bringing this news over to us, Eric, and for Ed to take the time to provide us with the facinating list of chores and updates . Please pass on our best wishes to Ed and to hope that things are all well again soon (and also that the Hooded Ones injuries are soon mended).

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quote:
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Please pass on our best wishes to Ed and to hope that things are all well again soon (and also that the Hooded Ones injuries are soon mended).



I will second that!

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Alaundo

Please pass on our best wishes to Ed and to hope that things are all well again soon (and also that the Hooded Ones injuries are soon mended).



I will second that!



I was going to come up with something suitably elaborate to say, but instead of writing something where I'm sure even I would lose my bearings I'll settle for saying: I third that!

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And may I just say to Ed and the Hooded One that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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