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ksu_bond
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 18 Jul 2006 :  05:29:58  Show Profile Send ksu_bond a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I humbly ask for everyone's forgiveness as this will be the third time I've said this....but a deep heart-felt thank you to you Mr. Schend. I thoroughly enjoyed your novel and had a hard time putting it down, which made it difficult trying to run a garage sale in 100 degree heat. More importantly I echo all those who wish and hope that we will soon get more novels from the author that gave us Blackstaff.
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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 18 Jul 2006 :  14:50:41  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I second that. For like the third time.

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GothicDan
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Me too!

I haven't even read that far yet (darn time), but I am very much enjoying it.

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Purple Dragon Knight
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 19 Jul 2006 :  04:33:13  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ksu_bond

I humbly ask for everyone's forgiveness as this will be the third time I've said this....but a deep heart-felt thank you to you Mr. Schend. I thoroughly enjoyed your novel and had a hard time putting it down, which made it difficult trying to run a garage sale in 100 degree heat. More importantly I echo all those who wish and hope that we will soon get more novels from the author that gave us Blackstaff.

Hope you were not trying to finish it BEFORE the end of your garage sale so you could SELL it!! well, were you, PUNK?!?
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 19 Jul 2006 :  04:40:32  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the kind comments, folks.

I've been on the road since Monday last and only shambled home late tonight. Will delve into the book discussions tomorrow, but wanted to send up a flare that I'm back, I'm alive, and only slightly frumpled around the edges. Will report back after I unload the moving van, go to my first yoga class, and have a few beers. Not necessarily in that order, mind you....

SES

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KnightErrantJR
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 19 Jul 2006 :  04:47:27  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Beer before yoga man . . . beer before yoga . . .

"Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder."--Saint Thomas Aquinas

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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What Mr Schend neglects to inform you is that he's just brought back all his 'stuff' from the West Coast. Which means he is now sitting on a trove of realmslore, notes and information. Well, spill!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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GothicDan
Master of Realmslore

USA
1103 Posts

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Give us things, Steve!

Many things!

Or I may stir up the rabble upon ye!

:)

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Purple Dragon Knight
Master of Realmslore

Canada
1792 Posts

Posted - 19 Jul 2006 :  05:42:22  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for all the kind comments, folks.

I've been on the road since Monday last and only shambled home late tonight. Will delve into the book discussions tomorrow, but wanted to send up a flare that I'm back, I'm alive, and only slightly frumpled around the edges. Will report back after I unload the moving van, go to my first yoga class, and have a few beers. Not necessarily in that order, mind you....

SES

'Frumpled' around the 'edges?'
Sir, I have only been 'frumpled' once in my life, and it involved a New Zealand nurse who did not want to keep many things a secret.
And no, I've never been in New Zealand: it's just that them gals travel a whole lot you know... [ahem, I was in England, for those who keep scores]
Ah-hummm.... b a c k t o R e a l m s l o r e , p l e a s e ! [as I sit alone in my hotel room, very lonely and perhaps denied of my daily conjugal frumpling]
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 20 Jul 2006 :  11:38:42  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 George Krashos

What Mr Schend neglects to inform you is that he's just brought back all his 'stuff' from the West Coast. Which means he is now sitting on a trove of realmslore, notes and information. Well, spill!

-- George Krashos




No, George. It's more like I'm surrounded on all sides in 3 rooms by boxes upon boxes of old out of print games, books, and comics that all need to be sorted and cataloged AS THEY COME OUT OF THE BOXES (as I'll never do it once they're on the shelves already) and put on the shelves (which coincidentally need assmebling as well).

Trove of Realmslore, perhaps, but it needs unearthing. Perhaps I'll be done with this by GenCon....

Steven
Who must admit it's a lot like Yule with each box revealing things he's not seen in at least 3 years and thought he'd long lost

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 20 Jul 2006 :  11:39:23  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 GothicDan

Give us things, Steve!

Many things!

Or I may stir up the rabble upon ye!

:)



I prefer my rabble shaken, not stirred, sirrah.

SES

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 20 Jul 2006 :  11:41:28  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 Purple Dragon Knight

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for all the kind comments, folks.

I've been on the road since Monday last and only shambled home late tonight. Will delve into the book discussions tomorrow, but wanted to send up a flare that I'm back, I'm alive, and only slightly frumpled around the edges. Will report back after I unload the moving van, go to my first yoga class, and have a few beers. Not necessarily in that order, mind you....

SES

'Frumpled' around the 'edges?'
Sir, I have only been 'frumpled' once in my life, and it involved a New Zealand nurse who did not want to keep many things a secret.
And no, I've never been in New Zealand: it's just that them gals travel a whole lot you know... [ahem, I was in England, for those who keep scores]
Ah-hummm.... b a c k t o R e a l m s l o r e , p l e a s e ! [as I sit alone in my hotel room, very lonely and perhaps denied of my daily conjugal frumpling]



Methinks we define frumpled differently....but yours sounds more fun than mine.

SES

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
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Lord Karsus
Great Reader

USA
2885 Posts

Posted - 21 Jul 2006 :  02:17:52  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-Mr. Schend, I want to let you know that as soon as I am finished with Blackstaff (Which is great so far), I'll be asking you about the meanings of all those Elven words. So, get those notes ready, I guess...

(A Tri-Partite Arcanist Who Has Forgotten More Than Most Will Ever Know)

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Wandering_mage
Senior Scribe

688 Posts

Posted - 21 Jul 2006 :  12:30:50  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Candlekeep has an elven dictionary in the traveler's lore/unofficial lore section. I have been copying it into my journal for later use, but I noticed many familiar words, even after reading Blackstaff. That might help. Cinna ebrath!

Illum
The Wandering Mage
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Hoondatha
Great Reader

USA
2393 Posts

Posted - 21 Jul 2006 :  12:59:42  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Steven! Since you're now back, why aren't you joining in with the great lovefest that is the Blackstaff Book Club thread? I get warm and fuzzy feelings every time I browse through it.

So nice to be able to unequivocably love a Realms novel again.

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 22 Jul 2006 :  06:51:08  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hoondatha

Hey Steven! Since you're now back, why aren't you joining in with the great lovefest that is the Blackstaff Book Club thread? I get warm and fuzzy feelings every time I browse through it.

So nice to be able to unequivocably love a Realms novel again.



Yes, I feel the same way.

"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."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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Lord Karsus
Great Reader

USA
2885 Posts

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quote:
Originally posted by Wandering_mage

Candlekeep has an elven dictionary in the traveler's lore/unofficial lore section. I have been copying it into my journal for later use, but I noticed many familiar words, even after reading Blackstaff. That might help. Cinna ebrath!



-Yeah, I know. I was the one who compiled it! Thanks though...

(A Tri-Partite Arcanist Who Has Forgotten More Than Most Will Ever Know)

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Lord Karsus
Great Reader

USA
2885 Posts

Posted - 23 Jul 2006 :  02:53:57  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-Ok, Mr. Schend. You've gotta lotta 'splainin' ta do!

-So, I finished Blackstaff, and it truly was one of the greatest Realmsian novels I've read. Thank you for penning that story down.

-Now, if you don't mind, could you dig out your notebooks and give me the translations for these Elven words/phrases. As I stated before, I have a fairly large Elven Dictionary (Which can be found here: www.angelfire.com/rpg2/dagnirion/elven.html), and I am always looking for new words to add in. Thanks in advance for whatever light you can provide. Alright, here we go:

Manth'elh'Ascalhorn
Maelathen (some kind of wine)
Manth'ehl'Malavar
Faer'tel'miir
Ol Ahnvae Sehanine
A'su'nys
Osi'nys
A'a'sum
Evae'n
Siilathaeraes
Kiiratel'Uvaeranni
Maornathil (Tsarra's Blade)
E'e'a'sum
Cor'Selu'Maraar'Miyertaari
Rymanthiin
N'vaerymanth
Sukarat
Sinaglar
Numil
Tuul
Edemp
A'layr
Perivaernikerym (Raegar's weapon)
Avael
Avaess
N'quel
N'sukarat'layr
Myth Akherynaar
Teless
Ivaakh
Osu'nys

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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
Moderator

USA
30084 Posts

Posted - 24 Jul 2006 :  11:39:11  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And now we have an Author Profile for our esteemed Sage Schend:
Author Profile: Steven E. Schend

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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Something I saw in another thread made me wonder about this... Are you working on anything else WotC-related right now?

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Mkhaiwati
Learned Scribe

USA
252 Posts

Posted - 24 Jul 2006 :  22:53:53  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have several questions for you, Mr. Schend. (Mr. Anderson?)

First, however, I would say congrats on a wonderful book. I read other scribes glowing reviews and I can only add on to that.

The questions I have concern certain oaths/sayings that some characters have within the book. I am not sure if they are contained within already published lore, if you made them up, or are NDA, but here is what I am curious about:

On page 149, Khelben swears to Gamalon saying "Do you need me to pledge by the Nine who Remain, the Six Argent Guardians, or the Twelve Mysteries, among other things?"

Page 189, the Pentad say to Khelben, "We all take Oacenth's Vow and Dragmar's Promise to heart." I can figure out Oacenth's Vow, but Dragmar's Promise?

Page 222, when Khelben is leaving Blackstaff Tower, "Good luck, the speed of gods, the wishes of Those who Watch, and the Moon's Benison upon us all."

It seems that there was other sayings, also, but I didn't write them down.

thanks
Mkhaiwati

"Behold the work of the old... let your heritage not be lost but bequeath it as a memory, treasure and blessing... Gather the lost and the hidden and preserve it for thy children."

"not nale. not-nale. thog help nail not-nale, not nale. and thog knot not-nale while nale nail not-nale. nale, not not-nale, now nail not-nale by leaving not-nale, not nale, in jail." OotS #367

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2006 :  01:46:37  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A benison is a blessing, so Khel was saying "Moon's (Selune's/Sehanine's) blessing".

"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."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
7106 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2006 :  04:03:40  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And by the way, I'd still love to know if any of the "newly risen" mages on the High Moor are eligible bachelors. I have a certain lady mage/ex-apprentice of Khelben/Moonstar who's a single woman... She has asked me to play matchmaker for her.

"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."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)

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RodOdom
Senior Scribe

USA
509 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2006 :  05:13:09  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Schend, has it ever been revealed what caused the mass-deaths on the Whamite Isles? Thanks in advance.

Edited to add: oops, nevermind. A more careful reading of the excellent Sea of Fallen Stars book by Mr. Schend answered my question.

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2006 :  14:56:15  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 Dagnirion

-Ok, Mr. Schend. You've gotta lotta 'splainin' ta do!

-So, I finished Blackstaff, and it truly was one of the greatest Realmsian novels I've read. Thank you for penning that story down.

-Now, if you don't mind, could you dig out your notebooks and give me the translations for these Elven words/phrases. As I stated before, I have a fairly large Elven Dictionary (Which can be found here: www.angelfire.com/rpg2/dagnirion/elven.html), and I am always looking for new words to add in. Thanks in advance for whatever light you can provide. Alright, here we go:

Manth'elh'Ascalhorn


This should be "Manth'elh'nar Ascalhorn" but I forgot to tinker with it at 2nd draft. Manth'elh'nar means "place of pride's fall" and is associated with places that fell out of their own hubris (like Netheril, Ascalhorn, Malavar's Fall, etc.)

I deleted the rest of the list as most of them can be figured out with what's already out there for the elven glossary. (Yes, that's a challenge to ye Realms fans. ) Still, there's enough new things that I'll toss these notes your way:

Lore crystals of Uvaeren = Kiiratel’Uvaeranni

Elven name for sharn = fhaorn’quessir

ol ahnvae Sehanine.”( “on Sehanine’s Night.”) This is what the elves call the Feast of the Moon, after their own moon goddess.


Osu Father (parent O, male su) OH-soo
Osi Mother (parent O, female si) OH-see
U’osu Father of father, grandfather OO-oh-soo
I’osu Mother of father, grandmother EE-oh-soo
U’osi Father of mother, grandfather OO-oh-see
I’osi Mother of mother, grandmother EE-oh-see
Tan brother TANN
Nys sister NISS
Os’nys Aunt OHSSS-niss
osu’nys Aunt (sister of father) OH-SOO-niss
osi’nys Aunt (sister of mother) OH-SEE-niss)
Os’tan Uncle OHSS-tann
osu’tan Uncle (brother of father) OH-SOO-tann
osi’tan Uncle (brother of mother) OH-SEE-tann
Tyss(ir) cousin (either gender) TEES/TEESur
a’su’tan Niece (from brother) ah-SOO-tann,
a’su’nys Niece (from sister) ah-SOO-niss
e’su’tan Nephew (from brother) eh-SOO-tann,
e’su’nys Nephew (from sister) eh-SOO-niss

Sum Child SOOM
e’sum Son EH-soom
a’sum Daughter AH-soom
e’e’sum Grandson, “son of son” EH-EH-soom
e’a’sum Grandson, “son of daughter” EH-AH-soom
a’e’sum Granddaughter, “dtr of son” AH-EH-soom
a’a’sum Grandaughter, “dtr of dtr” AH-AH-soom

Lemme know if I've missed any other phrases you want translated. There are a few that don't have translations, and to do so would ruin some mysteries, but you won't know which ones until you ask.

Steven
PS: Apologies if the tab fields don't translate over for easier reading

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