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El Magnifico Uno
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  15:38:28  Show Profile  Visit El Magnifico Uno's Homepage Send El Magnifico Uno a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Whereas long hair is for mullets, hicks, and Ren-faire fanboys...
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  18:11:40  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

Hey Steve.

I recently read you saying that Khelben has longish (maybe shoulder-length) hair. Aww, is that really the case? I'm asking because I always pictured him with a more cropped hairstyle, myself. I think if his hair is long, he should get it cut.

And I can't resist asking...are there any sexy scenes with Khelben in the upcoming Blackstaff novel?



Well, since he can appear however he wishes thanks to Mystra's gifts, his hair is adaptable. I tend to see him as pictured on the novel cover--slightly longish/shoulder-length hair that never seems to get in his eyes. <shrug> Your mileage may vary, of course.

As for sexy scenes, that really depends on what one considers sexy, hm? If you're asking if there are seduction or love scenes, not so much, I'm afraid. If you're wanting to see the exact moment where Khelben....whoops. Almost whipped the Cloak of NDA away too soon! I can't give you details, but I think you'll be happy with some of the many secrets and scenes of Khelben's past that you get in the novel. At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven

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Lameth
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Germany
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  19:23:44  Show Profile  Visit Lameth's Homepage  Send Lameth an ICQ Message Send Lameth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend
At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven



Yes, we want more. More books!!!!!
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Kajehase
Great Reader

Sweden
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  21:12:19  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven



Well, me and Wooly have already decided what your next novel should be

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  22:49:29  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven



Well, me and Wooly have already decided what your next novel should be



You going to tell me? Or should I guess?

Khelben vs Gamera, the Scion of Gargauth?

Seriously, I'm drawing a blank, if you guys have mentioned it before here.

Steven
The very tired writer...

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  22:50:09  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lameth

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend
At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven



Yes, we want more. More books!!!!!



Okay. Here's hoping the publishers are listening then....

SES

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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  22:52:54  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Steven,

Maybe you can help me on this question (in Eric's thread).
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  22:59:28  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Skeptic

Hi Steven,

Maybe you can help me on this question (in Eric's thread).



Not so much right now; those sound similar and probably came from the pre-edit version of LOI. Given that I've no access to those maps right now, I'd only be guessing where they're at. I'll try and track down the info, but what exactly do you need to know? Locations? Details? GPS stats?

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Kuje
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  23:03:58  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  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven



Well, me and Wooly have already decided what your next novel should be



You going to tell me? Or should I guess?

Khelben vs Gamera, the Scion of Gargauth?

Seriously, I'm drawing a blank, if you guys have mentioned it before here.

Steven
The very tired writer...



Grin,

It involves a certain half-drow of Waterdeep that runs a certain tavern that likes to Smile. :)

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  23:14:18  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...

Steven



Well, me and Wooly have already decided what your next novel should be




You going to tell me? Or should I guess?

Khelben vs Gamera, the Scion of Gargauth?

Seriously, I'm drawing a blank, if you guys have mentioned it before here.

Steven
The very tired writer...



Grin,

It involves a certain half-drow of Waterdeep that runs a certain tavern that likes to Smile. :)



Ah, the lascivious adventures of Kyriani "Love 'em and Leave 'em" Agrivar.....

Yeah, that'd be a lot of fun....and I could wrap a Moonstars plot around it, as she's one of Khelben's direct agents. Perhaps a reunion book by sending her down Tethyr way to reunite with her old pals not seen since the AD&D comic folded (or LOI saw print).

`twould be a whole lot of fun....but I suspect WotC might rather have other characters highlighted... Still, if the drumbeats demand the mistress of Selune's Smile in a novel, I'd love to work with ol' Purple Eyes...

SES
Who can't remember if he mentioned Kyri gets a few short cameos in BLACKSTAFF...but guesses he's done so now if not before....

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Edited by - Steven Schend on 01 Jul 2006 23:15:07
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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 01 Jul 2006 :  23:42:16  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend
Not so much right now; those sound similar and probably came from the pre-edit version of LOI. Given that I've no access to those maps right now, I'd only be guessing where they're at. I'll try and track down the info, but what exactly do you need to know? Locations? Details? GPS stats?



Only a vague idea of what they are could be interesting. In my current "spin-off epic" campaign, Saradush is Banite-controled (after it's destruction in BG novels) and has become a well guarded military base, so any location near is interesting.
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 02 Jul 2006 :  02:56:05  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Who can't remember if he mentioned Kyri gets a few short cameos in BLACKSTAFF...but guesses he's done so now if not before....



Yup, you did. You used that to publically trump me and claim the title of "Kyri's Biggest Fan".

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 02 Jul 2006 :  04:17:14  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Well, since he can appear however he wishes thanks to Mystra's gifts, his hair is adaptable. I tend to see him as pictured on the novel cover--slightly longish/shoulder-length hair that never seems to get in his eyes. <shrug> Your mileage may vary, of course.


Thanks for the answer. Hmm, I like Khelben, so I guess any hairstyle could work...although I do have my preferences.

quote:
As for sexy scenes, that really depends on what one considers sexy, hm? If you're asking if there are seduction or love scenes, not so much, I'm afraid. If you're wanting to see the exact moment where Khelben....whoops. Almost whipped the Cloak of NDA away too soon! I can't give you details, but I think you'll be happy with some of the many secrets and scenes of Khelben's past that you get in the novel. At least I hope so...and I hope it leaves people wanting more...



Hmmm, that could be a double entrendre (another one!). If Khelben just takes his shirt off, I'd consider that sexy. Thanks, Steve! I can't wait to read your book...I eagerly await July 11.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 05 Jul 2006 :  07:50:37  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is there any way Khelben could hurry up the book distribution for 'Blackstaff' Master Schend? Pretty please. Also, is there an official waiting list in Waterdeep for becoming Khelben's apprentice? I have a Gold elf mage that needs some schooling in the way of the art. Plus, what would it be like to study magic with Khelben? Is he all about restraint and thinking ahead to consequences like Belgarath in David Eddings Belgaraid books? Or is he kinda wildly daring and impatient towards magic thus giving his students a hard time? In 'The Cloak of Shadows" book Khelben's tower got a little description but I daresay I am curious still. Any info you would like to provide I would love to hear. Thanks for your time Sir Schend!

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EvilKnight
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USA
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Posted - 06 Jul 2006 :  00:15:24  Show Profile  Visit EvilKnight's Homepage Send EvilKnight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have not read Silverfall but the excerpt from The Glass Prison gives a brief glimpse of what the apprentice corp is like in Blackstaff Tower.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 06 Jul 2006 :  01:01:04  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wandering_mage
Plus, what would it be like to study magic with Khelben? Is he all about restraint and thinking ahead to consequences like Belgarath in David Eddings Belgaraid books? Or is he kinda wildly daring and impatient towards magic thus giving his students a hard time?



I'm not Steve, but I'd say the former. That doesn't mean he wouldn't give his students a hard time, though...

Also, you see glimpses of Blackstaff tower (and what it might be like to live there) in City of Splendors: A Novel of Waterdeep.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 06 Jul 2006 :  03:02:59  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From the RotA series I gathered that Khelben really liked his privacy but rarely got it. Which leads me to think that he either doesn't spend that much time in Waterdeep or he really hooked up his tower with some hard core wards that keep out noise, riff raff, and other unpleasant city related bothers. I know there are wards to muffle the noise from experiments he does in his tower. I am very curious about the courtship between Khelben and Laeral. From the timeline of Khelben's life that Wooly provided me with I gathered that Khelben actually left the citadel of the nine for a time to do something and then came back for Laeral to save her from the vicious Crown she wore. What a romance! Steve, you got style with that bit of work. Even my non-DnD playing wife can appreciate that kind of stuff.

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atlas689
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Posted - 06 Jul 2006 :  04:06:37  Show Profile  Visit atlas689's Homepage  Send atlas689 an AOL message Send atlas689 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well maybe after your done with your Moonstars reunion book which i think would be very interesting indeed, maybe... Netheril: A Novel. Not anything to do with the Netheril Trilogy but rather beggining to the Avatar Spell. Nothing like it has been done and I would love to see one of my two favorite authors of the Realms (yes I know I only read the prologue but "I like your style... I like your moves"...ay anybody see Starsky and Hutch...maybe not) you or Ed write such a book. Ah but what the hell, who am I, I'm just a schmuck and well your well your... Steven Schend Author of Blackstaff. Anyhow just puting down my thoughts, Sweet water and light laughter till next we meet!
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 07 Jul 2006 :  03:54:35  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wandering_mage

From the RotA series I gathered that Khelben really liked his privacy but rarely got it. Which leads me to think that he either doesn't spend that much time in Waterdeep or he really hooked up his tower with some hard core wards that keep out noise, riff raff, and other unpleasant city related bothers. I know there are wards to muffle the noise from experiments he does in his tower. I am very curious about the courtship between Khelben and Laeral. From the timeline of Khelben's life that Wooly provided me with I gathered that Khelben actually left the citadel of the nine for a time to do something and then came back for Laeral to save her from the vicious Crown she wore. What a romance! Steve, you got style with that bit of work. Even my non-DnD playing wife can appreciate that kind of stuff.



From what you've said here, you AND your wife are going to like the book, indeed. There's quite a few grace notes regarding Laeral, the Crown, and various and sundry other issues between her and her soulmate.

Steven

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GothicDan
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Ed's Netheril was nothing like the Netheril published by TSR... I don't know how he'd feel about writing a a book about Karsus.

I can't even begin to ponder Mr. Schend's own position. :)

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 07 Jul 2006 :  10:36:38  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am sure Steve would be able to whip something up but his true mastery is all things Elven and Sword Coast....ish. Then again from what I have seen Steve could depict Netheril (and probably sneak in some of the stuff Ed wanted all along).

P.S.-Nice signature Dan. I am a fan of self made DnD quotes.

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GothicDan
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Thank you. :)

And, if I remember correctly, it's not things about Netheril that Ed wanted to mention, but never were - the entire concept of what Netheril was supposed to be was sort of mutilated. Eric Boyd has done somewhat to redeem it, though!

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"That attitude should be stomped on, whenever and wherever it's encountered, because it makes people holding such views bad citizens, not just bad roleplayers (considering D&D was structured as a 'forced cooperation' game, and although successive editions are pointing it more and more towards a me-first, min-max game, the drift away from 'we all need each other to succeed' will at some point make it 'no longer' D&D)." - ED GREENWOOD

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 12 Jul 2006 :  13:50:10  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Master Schend your book rocks! Really this is even better than I had anticipated. You do not disappoint!

Illum
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GothicDan
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I couldn't find it! *Sobs*

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"Fiends and Undead are the peanut butter and jelly of evil." - Me
"That attitude should be stomped on, whenever and wherever it's encountered, because it makes people holding such views bad citizens, not just bad roleplayers (considering D&D was structured as a 'forced cooperation' game, and although successive editions are pointing it more and more towards a me-first, min-max game, the drift away from 'we all need each other to succeed' will at some point make it 'no longer' D&D)." - ED GREENWOOD
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Wandering_mage
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I have a question for the Scribe named Schend! Why have you taken so long to start writing novels!? I am working 12 hours shifts at work and spending time with my family and in between I am reading Blackstaff as I eat my breakfast and shave. I read for 5 minutes in the parking lot at work. I read for and hour before I go to bed and I am rereading whole chapters to enjoy the detailed story that lies in the pages of your work of art! Mostly I am this crazy excited because I feel as if I started to know the character that is Khelben during march this year. With the help of those here at Candlekeep I was even better informed. And then you write a book that puts together so many things about the man that is Khelben. You have my thanks Sir!

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