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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  00:14:30  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. In answer to some private queries from concerned scribes: no, I wasn’t joking about bullets. And no, I can’t say any more (a gal’s gotta keep SOME secrets, and I’m afraid I signed a paper some years back that said I would). Herewith, a reply from Ed to The Sage, regarding the current status of Castlemorn:


Hi, Sage! I, too, am eager to see this puppy published. If I can claw the necessary time away from family and chores before the end of the year, I want to go over its text to restore a consistent “voice” (I wrote it as a non-D&D-specific setting, and Fast Forward turned it into a d20 setting for commercial reasons; this is fine with me, but in the process a lot of text was generated by other pens than mine, and I just want to polish some of the prose. Studio 2 is indeed the new home of the book, and the art is GORGEOUS. Scribes who don’t give two hoots about one more fantasy setting might want to snap up the book just for the eye candy!
P.S. Glad you liked the Crimmor DRAGON article. There are more in the works, plus (thanks to the great Erik Mona) a surprise coming up, too. Can’t say more yet. :}



So saith Ed. So that’s the “fix” Krash referred to.
BTW: to David Lázaro: Ed thanks you for the congrats (he had to sweat blood to even try to squeeze in half of the events, characters, and “fun scenes” he wanted to put in this book, and promises one thing to every reader: it will be PACKED), and your request to drop the equine lore request is duly noted.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  00:18:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, Sage. An e-mail from Ed arrived JUST after I posted, to tell me (among other things), that he submitted "Oroon Rising" with 17 chapters, and that thus far the web postings have followed those chapters exactly. So expect ten more instalments of "pulpy" old-time D&D goodness.
love,
THO
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The Sage
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  00:21:35  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
Ah, this is indeed great news . My thanks again Ed .

An "Erik Mona" surprise you say? Curious ...

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Scarabeus
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  03:46:02  Show Profile  Visit Scarabeus's Homepage  Click to see Scarabeus's MSN Messenger address Send Scarabeus a Private Message
quote:
“Laudays” (festivals).
I say “more than seven” because some local temples celebrate an additional Lauday or two, to commemorate local guardians and protectors of note (almost always individuals who gave their lives to protect others). None of these additional festivals are observed in Cormyr.



Ahem... while I'm not fully versed in english language, if the festivals are not "observed" in Cormyr, this would mean that they are not celebrated right ?
But the text from the following festivals (ANNTARRAVIN, MAELRA and STORMGUARD) seems to indicate otherwise. I'm confused a little.

Merci

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  05:59:30  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
I think that means that the one or two extra Laudays that are celebrated regionally are not celebrated in Cormyr, just the ones detailed . . .

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  06:50:28  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
Another question, spawned by what I was reading (The Chronicles of Narnia)...

Was the Underdark always part of the Realms, or was it something that was added later? Ditto for drow: did the Realms always have dark elves, or were they a later addition? And if dark elves in the Realms pre-dated drow, what were they like?

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Kuje
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  08:51:08  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,

I was pondering the Chosen of Mystra and some of your past replies about Mystra, and her power, and her investing her power in mortals. This led me to ponder Mystryl, who seemed even more powerful then Mystra and Midnight/Mystra.

So my pondering led to me this thought: Did Mystryl have any Chosen like Mystra and Midnight/Mystra does? If so, are any of them still "alive?" Or did they all die when she "died?" If there is anything else that you might want to add to this pondering of mine then it's more then welcome.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  15:45:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oooh, Kuje, dear: you tread into darkly perilous ground, approaching (gasp) a secret of the Realms that has been sitting in plain sight for lo these many years, just waiting for a brilliant scribe to pounce upon.
Heh-heh. Which is a grand way of saying Ed won't answer you directly. You'll have to wait (for some time) for a rather more public answer.
Heh heh heh.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  15:52:06  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Scarabeus, KnightErrantJR is indeed correct.
Ed was saying he didn't detail the additional laudays because they weren't observed (yes, celebrated) in Cormyr, which is where the questor's campaign is based. All of the laudays Ed did detail are celebrated almost everywhere in the known Realms, among faithful of Helm. This includes Cormyr.
love,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  17:38:49  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 The Hooded One

Oooh, Kuje, dear: you tread into darkly perilous ground, approaching (gasp) a secret of the Realms that has been sitting in plain sight for lo these many years, just waiting for a brilliant scribe to pounce upon.
Heh-heh. Which is a grand way of saying Ed won't answer you directly. You'll have to wait (for some time) for a rather more public answer.
Heh heh heh.
love,
THO



Pesky NDA's.

Now that makes me hesitant to use that idea in a future article. :(

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  18:36:58  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
I wonder if that means that one or more of the Netherese survivors is/was a Chosen of Mystryl...

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Chosen of Moradin
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  18:41:04  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
Or someone (aparently) older than Netheril...

Chosen of Moradin, looking suspiciously to an bearded crazy old guy under Waterdeep....

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Kuje
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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  19:03:24  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,

This might be under NDA but I had to ask this for Daimyotx:

"Okay - I consider myself fairly knowledgable about the Realms & D&D, however I came across something that has me wondering.

There are still a few novels that I haven't read, and since I decided to brush up on some, I got my hands on Realms of the Underdark, first printing 1996.

Now the 2nd story in this anthology is titled A Slow Day in Skullport by Ed Greenwood. There is a brief scene in it where Elminster, Laeral, & Halaster are conversing, and Halaster said something that piqued my interest.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Realms of the Underdark (©1996 TSR, Inc.), A Slow Day in Skullport by Ed Greenwood
"What little sanity I have I owe to him," Halaster replied, "and I respect him for his mastery of magic--and his compassion--more than any other living mage. Yet, for what he did to me... what he had to do to me... I bear him no great love."

Now what, exactly, is this referring to? Can someone point me to a novel or sourcebook with more information regarding whatever Halaster is referring to? Anything would be appreciated."

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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Dec 2005 :  21:27:47  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message
quote:
Chosen of Moradin, looking suspiciously to an bearded crazy old guy under Waterdeep....



Skeptic looks at Warlock's Crypt...
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The Sage
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  00:23:56  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 Wooly Rupert

I wonder if that means that one or more of the Netherese survivors is/was a Chosen of Mystryl...

Hmmm... Put this together with Ed's 27th of February 2004 reply and you get some rather curious and intriguing results!

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  02:38:46  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I wonder if that means that one or more of the Netherese survivors is/was a Chosen of Mystryl...

Hmmm... Put this together with Ed's 27th of February 2004 reply and you get some rather curious and intriguing results!




And to make things easier for everyone, said post can be found here:
http://www.candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1901&whichpage=2

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  03:23:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Thank you, Jamallo Kreen. ’Tis good to be back, and Happy Yule to you, too!
And Hel - LO, there, Wooly (she breathed). Long time no tease . . .
Ahem. I can answer your question (“Where does the nickname "Weirdbeard" come from?”) all by myself.
The Weirdbeard name comes from Ed’s niece, who when riding around on him like a horse (when she was seven or eight), dubbed him “Uncle Weirdbeard.” Ed loved the name, and it stuck. No less than three female players (myself included) have been known to stroke him and coo, “Ohhh, darling Weirdbeard” in blatant attempts to sway the DM into being merciful to our characters. (As Ed is inherently merciful, it usually works.)
So there. (wink)
love,
THO
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  03:30:56  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
There you have it Wooly . . . you'll have to start letting your whiskers grow wild so THO has something to stroke . . . er . . . nevermind . . .

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  03:37:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Kuje, please tell Daimyotx that Ed makes reply to his query thus:


I’m afraid you’ve stumbled across an as-yet-untold tale of the Realms (so no novel or sourcebook exists that will help you). I certainly plan to share it with all Realms fans someday, yet I can now let slip these very paltry tidbits:

Halaster respects Elminster’s (demonstrated, in magic done to him or in his presence, and I’m going to reveal here and now that it was the former) mastery of Art and his compassion (towards Halaster, of course), yet Halaster was not pleased by something El did to him, and “had to” do to him, almost certainly to carry out Mystra’s orders, and almost certainly because of Halaster’s insanity (insane behaviour).


So saith Ed, and there you have all that can be told at the present time. Just wallowing in 'almost certainties,' here . . .
love,
THO
P.S. Now, KnightErrantJR, don't get me started. 'Tis already warm in here, and I'm starting to purr . . .
In the words of Queen Filfaeril : "Ah, my lord, but when stroke becomes pull, THEN the Dragon will roar."
Ahem.

Edited by - The Hooded One on 23 Dec 2005 03:47:05
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Arivia
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  03:51:44  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I wonder if that means that one or more of the Netherese survivors is/was a Chosen of Mystryl...

Hmmm... Put this together with Ed's 27th of February 2004 reply and you get some rather curious and intriguing results!




And to make things easier for everyone, said post can be found here:
http://www.candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1901&whichpage=2



Okay, wait.

Do you mean it's intriguing if you add the Netherese survivors bit to the Chosen of Mystryl bit, or do you mean adding the nicknames for Ed bit to the Weirdbeard bit?
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Archwizard
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Dornal Silverhand is an interesting character I would like to see more of, especially after reading Ed's response to a question on him. There's a lot of depth and emotion there. His story really taps into the feel of mythology with immortality (rather the inability to die), lifetimes of loss, and the favor (and curse) of a goddess.
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Skeptic
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Interesting NPCs for me :

Marune "the Masked"

(Of course I know he was covered in CoS, but not enough for me, he's the main NPC of my campaign..)
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Kuje
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  06:40:13  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
My thanks Ed and THO for the quick reply about Hally. :)

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

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Kuje
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Posted - 23 Dec 2005 :  22:34:38  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
Another WOTC post for Ed,

Createvmind asked me to ask, "Can a spellcaster duplicate a doompits effects, create a doompit elsewhere, and can a spark be moved about?"

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

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Dec 2005 :  16:13:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. This time, Ed makes reply to MW Turnage, about this query: “I recently reread 'Elminster at the Magefair' in Realms of Valor. Roughly when was this supposed to have occurred? It doesn't sound as if Storm had travelled all that much with Elminster, nor does it sound like many of those at the Magefair knew who he was? Was this after his return from one of his lengthy off-Toril absences?”
Ed makes reply:



Hi, Mark. “Elminster at the Magefair” is set in the Year of the Dark Dragon, 1336 DR. At the time of this tale, Storm HADN’T travelled all that much with Elminster (certainly not in recent years, or overland by foot and on horseback, as opposed to teleporting here and there).
You’re quite correct: many of the mages attending the Magefair didn’t know who Elminster was, and here’s why: he seldom attends Magefairs in his own guise, the majority of regular attendees at Magefairs tend to be young, rising, ambitious wizards (in this, it’s somewhat akin to real-world writers and gamers, vis-a-vis conventions), and to most wizards across Faerûn, “Elminster” is a semi-mythic name, of some probably-long-dead mage who’s infamous for doing this, that, and the other, and may or may not really be one of Mystra’s Chosen, but in any case isn’t real (or at least “around,” to be met with) today.
This is one of the unfortunate distortions caused by Realms fiction (the result of TSR and later WotC editors wanting me to write Elminster, Elminster, and more Elminster): many observers of the Realms tend to think Elminster and the Seven have something of the widely-accepted social status in the Realms of rock stars or Hollywood celebs, known and constantly talked about by all. The truth is, for the majority of arcane spellcasters, they’re names out of legend or tall tavern tales, who may or may not really have done this or that. Most wizards in the Realms certainly don’t live their lives ever expecting to meet Elminster. And, yes, El had been keeping a low public profile for some years prior to the story, living and working (on behind-the-scenes stuff, not coercing rulers and having public confrontations with VIPs) in various disguises or personas while in Faerûn and travelling often to other planes and continents.



So saith Ed. Who’ll return with more Realmslore tomorrow. Promise.
love,
THO
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