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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 13 Mar 2007 :  00:23:38  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 khorne

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

I was just reading some old replies of your, and wondered...

Do you think that Khelben saw a dark reflection of the love he held for Laeral in the love between Sememmon and Ashemmi?

I know that you said that you are a romantic, but the question might be asked of Khelben?

(Pardon any spelling mistakes, I have trouble with remembering spelling of things.)



Mayhaps.....mayhaps indeed....

There are a few parallels among those two pairs of lovers, not the least of which is Khelben's striving to free Laeral from the Crown of Horns (and Sememmon's failure to prevent Manshoon from using a helm of alignment change on Ashemmi years ago)....

Steven
who knows Khelben's far more of a romantic than he ever got to show in print...


SPOILER


Was it that alignment change that was undone in Blackstaff? If so, what is Ashemmis alignment nowadays?



Hard to say as I don't recall the exact particulars, but I believe she used to be statted with a LE alingment. I'd be hard pressed to see her as LG, as she's kinda like Khelben with the old 1E LN with Good tendencies now.....but that's just this one's opinion....

SES

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 13 Mar 2007 :  15:19:35  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I'd guess CG, since that's the alignment opposite from LE. :) But of course only Steve can truly say for sure.

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 16 Mar 2007 :  12:59:35  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 Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

Well, I'd guess CG, since that's the alignment opposite from LE. :) But of course only Steve can truly say for sure.



Sounds good to me, Lyrna.

Steven
of whose player characters, 90% tend toward CG

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 16 Mar 2007 :  13:23:47  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Steve.

"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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Steven Schend
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Posted - 20 Mar 2007 :  11:41:08  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm getting married tomorrow afternoon. Will be offline for the rest of the week, methinks. Take care, all.

Steven

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The Sage
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Best wishes to you and your lady love friend Steven.

May the Mistress of Good Fortune smile down on you both.

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turox
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Posted - 20 Mar 2007 :  15:39:02  Show Profile  Visit turox's Homepage Send turox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Steven, sweet water and lots of laughter until you grace our halls with your presence again. I wish you and your new bride all the possible happiness.

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Wooly Rupert
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Congratulations, Steven! Have fun!

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Posted - 20 Mar 2007 :  18:31:25  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met

Congratulations indeed, Steven Hope all goes well and the day is fantastic for ye both.

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 20 Mar 2007 :  19:53:16  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Well, I'm getting married tomorrow afternoon. Will be offline for the rest of the week, methinks. Take care, all.

Steven



Best of wishes to you Steven . . .

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 20 Mar 2007 :  22:58:01  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, best wishes!

"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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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 20 Mar 2007 :  23:10:35  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-Go get 'er! :)

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Jorkens
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Posted - 21 Mar 2007 :  07:06:21  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congratulations Steven and good fortune to you both.
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Purple Dragon Knight
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Posted - 22 Mar 2007 :  01:27:24  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
May Berronar, Sheela Perryroyl, Sune and Lathander preside over your week of merriment!

We must all endeavor to increase the population of North America (i.e. did you know that there aren't enough babies born every year to sustain our civilization in the long run? we're actually seeing a net decrease at this point, and this will get worse after the baby boomers are gone...)

So yeah, Schend: get to it!
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Lemernis
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Posted - 22 Mar 2007 :  02:07:52  Show Profile  Visit Lemernis's Homepage Send Lemernis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Best wishes, have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon!
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 22 Mar 2007 :  10:36:12  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would say good luck but your a gamer with a girlfriend/fiancee/wife, which means that you already have supernatural luck.

Also remember that she's always right and your always wrong. Even when she says that Ed wrote Blackstaff, she's right and your wrong.

May you have a long life together and may I actually be funny for once.

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Lemernis
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Posted - 22 Mar 2007 :  13:04:44  Show Profile  Visit Lemernis's Homepage Send Lemernis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Steven I know it'll be a while for you to answer, but I'll go ahead and post the question now.

The Isle of Skaug, detailed in LoI, looks like a really fun place. And an interesting place for players to get a glimpse of three different cultures living side by side (Tethyrian, Amnian, and Calishite). Your outline in LoI prvodes a rich location for a DM to develop by filling in various details. I'd be very grateful for any further thoughts or ideas you can offer on this location.

Here are my plans for it so far. I'd like to emphasize:

* the mix of Tethyrian, Amnian, and Calishite cultural influences to the island's permanent population
* visitors who regularly do business in Skaug are from all over western Faerun
* the island's enormous wealth actually keeps the place pretty well kept (for a pirate isle); it is presumably maintained by a slave population (i.e., slaves taken on the high seas)

The island's residents' primary identity would be as 'pirate' first, no doubt, i.e., belonging to that brotherhood. And specifically who they sail with. I'd like to develop the pirate culture a bit, I think. I don't know much about pirates but I'd imagine they probably have to commonly swear blood oaths of loyalty to their captains--although I'm not sure how reliable any such oaths could really be. Treachery is undoubtedly common. Anyway, I'll be taking a look at some RPG sites devoted to pirate culture for some inspiration (I recall seeing at least one site of this type in the past, anyway).

Again, I think the pirate identity would always come first. But to some extent, for a good number of the island's residents, identification with one's land of origin would probably remain fairly strong. I don't see being a pirate erasing those tensions. So I don't picture this island as a melting pot, for example. Rather, my guess is that the mix would more likely reinforce the three main cultural identities as very distinct. The three nations of LoI are all strong economic competitors, something I'm sure has affected the cultural attitudes. There'd be strain between Tethryians and Calishites, since Tethyr was subjegated by Calimshan for so many centuries. Tethyrian elves harbor a particular hatred for Calishites, since Shoonites almost wiped them out. Amnians are going to tend to relate better to Calishites as a rule. Etc. Anyway, I'm interested in developing the cultural dynamics when all three cultures are brought together on a small island.

Edited by - Lemernis on 22 Mar 2007 13:50:25
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khorne
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Posted - 22 Mar 2007 :  18:56:17  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Well, I'm getting married tomorrow afternoon. Will be offline for the rest of the week, methinks. Take care, all.

Steven

Congratulations, Khel..."ahem", Steven.

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 25 Mar 2007 :  11:41:20  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 Lemernis

Steven I know it'll be a while for you to answer, but I'll go ahead and post the question now.

The Isle of Skaug, detailed in LoI, looks like a really fun place. And an interesting place for players to get a glimpse of three different cultures living side by side (Tethyrian, Amnian, and Calishite). Your outline in LoI prvodes a rich location for a DM to develop by filling in various details. I'd be very grateful for any further thoughts or ideas you can offer on this location.

Here are my plans for it so far. I'd like to emphasize:

* the mix of Tethyrian, Amnian, and Calishite cultural influences to the island's permanent population
* visitors who regularly do business in Skaug are from all over western Faerun
* the island's enormous wealth actually keeps the place pretty well kept (for a pirate isle); it is presumably maintained by a slave population (i.e., slaves taken on the high seas)

The island's residents' primary identity would be as 'pirate' first, no doubt, i.e., belonging to that brotherhood. And specifically who they sail with. I'd like to develop the pirate culture a bit, I think. I don't know much about pirates but I'd imagine they probably have to commonly swear blood oaths of loyalty to their captains--although I'm not sure how reliable any such oaths could really be. Treachery is undoubtedly common. Anyway, I'll be taking a look at some RPG sites devoted to pirate culture for some inspiration (I recall seeing at least one site of this type in the past, anyway).

Again, I think the pirate identity would always come first. But to some extent, for a good number of the island's residents, identification with one's land of origin would probably remain fairly strong. I don't see being a pirate erasing those tensions. So I don't picture this island as a melting pot, for example. Rather, my guess is that the mix would more likely reinforce the three main cultural identities as very distinct. The three nations of LoI are all strong economic competitors, something I'm sure has affected the cultural attitudes. There'd be strain between Tethryians and Calishites, since Tethyr was subjegated by Calimshan for so many centuries. Tethyrian elves harbor a particular hatred for Calishites, since Shoonites almost wiped them out. Amnians are going to tend to relate better to Calishites as a rule. Etc. Anyway, I'm interested in developing the cultural dynamics when all three cultures are brought together on a small island.



Not much to add here other than "Good work, and good luck."

Seriously. You've already put as much or more thought into Skaug as I did years ago.

Only suggestion--make sure every captain/pirate has his/her own reason for being a pirate. One of the easiest might be a few expat Tethyrian nobles who fled the Black Days and their children contine their aggressive anti-government stances...especially against the new regimes.

Steven
who also isn't changing his name because of the wedding

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 30 Mar 2007 :  04:04:08  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Steven,

Congratulations on the Nuptuals!!!

Will we ever learn more of what you reffered to as "The Adventures of Laeral and the Blackstaff's Babies"??

Are you working on anything presently?(A realms Novel?)
We don't want to pry, but you are way to talented to not do more Novels!!(If that is something you want to do that is)

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Penknight
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I just saw that you were getting married, Mr. Schend. I would like to send along all of my best wishes to you and a congratulations as well.

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 02 Apr 2007 :  15:12:14  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 and good wishes. The wedding went off without a hitch, though the all-day rain and all-night thunderstorm made us feel like we'd been blessed by multiple pantheons with special solos by Talos, Thor, and the Thunderbird of Native American mythos.

As for the "Adventures of K&L's Babies," that's not for me to say at present. Lips are sealed with the stitching spelling out NDA. Same goes for what I'm working on, though I will tell you that I'm on horrible deadlines to finish a big project soon (and have kicked a pirate story out the door this morning as well).

Another thought on Skaug came to me as I wrote my pirate story..... If you've a wizard helming your pirate ship, you'd be a fool not to have some air elementals on hand to ensure you good winds (or at least better than those of your prey), water elementals to ease the currents your way, not to mention a wood golem as your figureheads. That is, if you're already a wizard who's gone pirate. I suspect it'd be too expensive for a pirate to hire a wizard for such things....but marrying one isn't out of the question either....

SES

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 03 Apr 2007 :  02:28:36  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for all the kind comments and good wishes. The wedding went off without a hitch, though the all-day rain and all-night thunderstorm made us feel like we'd been blessed by multiple pantheons with special solos by Talos, Thor, and the Thunderbird of Native American mythos.

As for the "Adventures of K&L's Babies," that's not for me to say at present. Lips are sealed with the stitching spelling out NDA. Same goes for what I'm working on, though I will tell you that I'm on horrible deadlines to finish a big project soon (and have kicked a pirate story out the door this morning as well).

Another thought on Skaug came to me as I wrote my pirate story..... If you've a wizard helming your pirate ship, you'd be a fool not to have some air elementals on hand to ensure you good winds (or at least better than those of your prey), water elementals to ease the currents your way, not to mention a wood golem as your figureheads. That is, if you're already a wizard who's gone pirate. I suspect it'd be too expensive for a pirate to hire a wizard for such things....but marrying one isn't out of the question either....

SES




So your lovely new bride is a wizard? ;)

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 03 Apr 2007 :  21:26:30  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for all the kind comments and good wishes. The wedding went off without a hitch, though the all-day rain and all-night thunderstorm made us feel like we'd been blessed by multiple pantheons with special solos by Talos, Thor, and the Thunderbird of Native American mythos.

(snip)

SES



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Lemernis
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Posted - 05 Apr 2007 :  14:40:33  Show Profile  Visit Lemernis's Homepage Send Lemernis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

The wedding went off without a hitch, though the all-day rain and all-night thunderstorm made us feel like we'd been blessed by multiple pantheons with special solos by Talos, Thor, and the Thunderbird of Native American mythos.


Rain on the wedding day is supposed to augur good fortune, perhaps because it symbolizes a union of the heavens and earth? Anyway it's said to be good luck!

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

have kicked a pirate story out the door this morning as well


Cool! Arr.

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