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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 27 Nov 2007 :  12:22:20  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 Mkhaiwati

since you've mentioned the Emerald Eye and the fact that something very closely resembling Mon-El's cape made it into the Realms, I gotta ask.....

Does this make Khelben and Laerel the Bouncing Boy and Triplicate Girl/Duo Damsel of the Realms?

I've actually always been a fan of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, myself. They actually took on Ambush Bug and a version of Darkseid, if'n I remember correctly.



Nah--K&L are far closer to Grimbor & Charma. (Yes, I'm just kidding, but I figure it'll get a silly chuckle out of Ed...and they just happened to be the villains in the first LSH story I ever read.)

SES

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  23:00:53  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, should I be glad I get that reference?

:-)

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 08 Jan 2008 :  20:15:59  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi folks. <kicks up some dust and opens the windows to blow away some cobwebs>

No FR news for you today, but I'm happy to announce (and yes, I've cleared this with Alaundo) that my first short story that ISN'T owned by a corporation as work-for-hire has been published. FELLOWSHIP FANTASTIC (ISBN 0756404657) is out in stores now from DAW, and it's all about teamwork, brotherhood, and groups--you know, Fellowships! My story is a contemporary urban fantasy piece that's only the first step in exploring a whole new world of stories. I've already sold another short story in that universe to Tekno Books and hope to finish a novel in this setting some time this year. I've been playing around with the ideas for more than 7 years now, and it's time.

For those who want a direct link, here's the link


Thanks for stopping by; hope anyone who picks up the anthology enjoys the stories (mine and others).

Steven

Mod edit: Made the big ol' honkin' link into something not so big or honkin'.

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 08 Jan 2008 :  20:18:24  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Apologies for the long link; I'm a luddite when it comes to figuring out how to shorten those and link to them....

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Apologies for the long link; I'm a luddite when it comes to figuring out how to shorten those and link to them....



No worries, friend Steven. I have cleaned up your post. I long ago had to figure out how to do it on my own, and only then did someone point out that all the coding stuff is on the Forum FAQ.

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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 09 Jan 2008 :  01:28:36  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Excellent news Steven! I'll definitely check out your story in Fellowship Fantastic. Can you reveal anything about the setting in which your other short story and novel will be set in?

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 09 Jan 2008 :  04:36:33  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 Brian R. James

Excellent news Steven! I'll definitely check out your story in Fellowship Fantastic. Can you reveal anything about the setting in which your other short story and novel will be set in?



The second short story shares only one character (Oscar) from the first one in FF, and it technically takes place slightly earlier than "Gambit" does. As I've no ability to mention the title or when it will be released, I have to beg off further plugging. That story involves libraries and cursed books.

As for the novel, it's set in Seattle (for now) in a bookstore, but it'll span a number of dimensions, a few flashbacks for story purposes, and hopefully show you just how much history should be gleaned from comics and pulps instead of history books. As for when it'll happen, I have to finish it before I can sell it....

Steven

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Uzzy
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 16 Jan 2008 :  20:12:07  Show Profile  Visit Uzzy's Homepage Send Uzzy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Steven.

I'm planning a game in Westgate, and noted that a Thayan Enclave there popped up in the time between Cloak and Dagger and Lords of Darkness. Now, I'm wondering what reactions the various power groups around Westgate would have to this. Would some noble families be sponsoring it? Would the Thayans and Night Masks have an agreement of sorts?

Thanks for your time. Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by - Uzzy on 16 Jan 2008 22:52:51
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 17 Jan 2008 :  16:29:28  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 Uzzy

Hello Steven.

I'm planning a game in Westgate, and noted that a Thayan Enclave there popped up in the time between Cloak and Dagger and Lords of Darkness. Now, I'm wondering what reactions the various power groups around Westgate would have to this. Would some noble families be sponsoring it? Would the Thayans and Night Masks have an agreement of sorts?

Thanks for your time. Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated.



Well, the best advice I can grant here is to point you in Eric Boyd's direction. Westgate's always been his baby far more than mine, and he's apt to have far more ideas than I might here.

As for my opinions, there's always someone looking to make more coin, and they hardly care with whom they consort, so sure there might be some nobles backing the Thayans (in exchange for smuggled slaves, er "new servants" or other rarer things).

As for the Night Masks and the Thayans, who knows? In some ways, it might be more fun for your campaign to have them at odds. Then you've got the choices and gray-moral-areas of "which group is more evil and with whom should we ally to rid ourselves of the greater evil?"

Steven

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Uzzy
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United Kingdom
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I decided to have the Night Masks and Thayans at each other's throats, to add to the complexity in my campaign. Thanks for the advice Steven, I'll ask Eric in a second.

I've got another question. Amazon.co.uk just put up Blackstaff Tower, however, they called it Blackstaff Tower: Ed Greenwood's presents Waterdeep, written by Steven Schend and Ed Greenwood. The link is here.

Is this just Amazon getting something wrong? Or is there more to your next novel?
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 26 Jan 2008 :  18:27:03  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 Uzzy

I decided to have the Night Masks and Thayans at each other's throats, to add to the complexity in my campaign. Thanks for the advice Steven, I'll ask Eric in a second.

I've got another question. Amazon.co.uk just put up Blackstaff Tower, however, they called it Blackstaff Tower: Ed Greenwood's presents Waterdeep, written by Steven Schend and Ed Greenwood. The link is here.

Is this just Amazon getting something wrong? Or is there more to your next novel?



Amazon.com has a better entry, though the title's still a bit wobbly.

The series (of which my book is the first entry) is "Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep." I'm not sure how/why he's listed as a contributor at the UK site. Ed's seen the ms, so he knows what he's "presenting," at the very least.

I'll check with my editor to see how much I can talk about, and I'll have to get back to ye.

Steven

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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 26 Jan 2008 :  19:33:46  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend


Amazon.com has a better entry, though the title's still a bit wobbly.

The series (of which my book is the first entry) is "Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep." I'm not sure how/why he's listed as a contributor at the UK site. Ed's seen the ms, so he knows what he's "presenting," at the very least.

I'll check with my editor to see how much I can talk about, and I'll have to get back to ye.

Steven



An entire series based on Waterdeep? Oh, wowsers, that sounds great! My fave place in the Realms gets some 4E lovin'!

... Though it's a bit too bad that Elaine has stated that Reclamation is the only Realms book she's got in the queue. I'd love to see her do another book in the City of Splendors, even if it is in 4E.

And your blurb on Blackstaff Tower makes it sound quite interesting. I'm looking forward to it!

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The Sage
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Posted - 26 Jan 2008 :  23:42:58  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  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend


Amazon.com has a better entry, though the title's still a bit wobbly.

The series (of which my book is the first entry) is "Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep." I'm not sure how/why he's listed as a contributor at the UK site. Ed's seen the ms, so he knows what he's "presenting," at the very least.

I'll check with my editor to see how much I can talk about, and I'll have to get back to ye.

Steven



An entire series based on Waterdeep? Oh, wowsers, that sounds great! My fave place in the Realms gets some 4E lovin'!

... Though it's a bit too bad that Elaine has stated that Reclamation is the only Realms book she's got in the queue. I'd love to see her do another book in the City of Splendors, even if it is in 4E.

And your blurb on Blackstaff Tower makes it sound quite interesting. I'm looking forward to it!

Indeed. I rather like the idea of a new novel series featuring Waterdeep as the main setting. There's still plenty of tales left to be told.

Sounds good Steven.

...

Actually, it'd be nice to see this type of treatment for some of the other more "populous" cities of the Realms as well.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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USA
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Posted - 26 Jan 2008 :  23:58:25  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Steven, count me as someone looking forward to your novel, even if I'm a bit sad that it will take place in the "new" Realms.

"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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Verghityax
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Dear Steven,
I would like to know what is the current status of the Storm Horn - Valkur's temple in Murann - since the capturing of the city by Sothillisian army?
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 28 Jan 2008 :  18:27:25  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 Verghityax

Dear Steven,
I would like to know what is the current status of the Storm Horn - Valkur's temple in Murann - since the capturing of the city by Sothillisian army?



I'll have to confer with Herr Boyd on this one and get back to you. He's the scribe who's done more moving along the Sythillisian plotline of late.

Steven
who promises to have more later, but he's busy this week...

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Lord Karsus
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-Steve, I've got a quick question. Adding the prefix 'N' to an Elven word turns it into it's opposite, in basic terms. The Elven equivalent of 'Anti', in it's most basic sense. The Elven High Magic ritual known as 'Corrosion/Erosion' is, in Elven 'N’Tel’Orar'. Would this mean that 'Tel'Orar' basically means 'Pure', 'whole', or something to that effect?

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Steven Schend
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USA
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Posted - 03 Feb 2008 :  20:56:36  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

-Steve, I've got a quick question. Adding the prefix 'N' to an Elven word turns it into it's opposite, in basic terms. The Elven equivalent of 'Anti', in it's most basic sense. The Elven High Magic ritual known as 'Corrosion/Erosion' is, in Elven 'Nļæ½Telļæ½Orar'. Would this mean that 'Tel'Orar' basically means 'Pure', 'whole', or something to that effect?



N'tel-orar is the term?
N' is a negative prefix that means the whole term contradicts the literal meaning of the word to which the "n" is attached.

"Tel" normally stands for "lore, history, lengends;" as a root word, is also can mean "ages" and be literal and figurative at once--it stands both for aging and history in this context.

"Or" and "aar" (which gets shortened by one "a" as a suffix) both mean forest or woodland, which is also a synonym for elves as "home" and/or "land."

Putting this all together, you get "not-aging-forest/home;" in effect, the High Magic both advances time/aging to weather away anything in the area of effect, but it also removes all traces of history/"home" there and thus sort of return the area to neutral states.

Too weird? Now you know why I translated it as "corrosion" instead of being literal about it. Elvish doesn't always have exact translation tracks into English.

Steven

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Ladejarl
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Posted - 06 Feb 2008 :  13:59:07  Show Profile  Visit Ladejarl's Homepage Send Ladejarl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
Indeed. I rather like the idea of a new novel series featuring Waterdeep as the main setting. There's still plenty of tales left to be told.



I for one would like to know how the magic that prevents Waterdeep
from plunging into Undermountain survived the Spellplauge. I was
half dreading another Tilverton.




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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Ladejarl

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
Indeed. I rather like the idea of a new novel series featuring Waterdeep as the main setting. There's still plenty of tales left to be told.



I for one would like to know how the magic that prevents Waterdeep
from plunging into Undermountain survived the Spellplauge. I was
half dreading another Tilverton.




The Sellplague conveniently flowed around certain highly magical areas. Which makes perfect sense -- because when all magic is going haywire, concentrations of it will of course not be affected! Of course, this doesn't explain why Waterdeep's Walking Statues went wild (they were hosed, but the city's other magical areas weren't?) or why Halruaa detonated (by the flowing around reasoning, it should have been relatively untouched)...

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The Hooded One
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Steven, I just wanted to say I very much enjoyed your FF story, and look forward to more. Ed wants everyone to know that STEVEN ALONE wrote BLACKSTAFF TOWER: whatever any Amazon listing says, Ed wrote the "bible" for the "new Waterdeep" (that Brian James mentioned in another thread here at the Keep) and had editorial input on TOWER (Steven even visited Ed to discuss it for a few days).
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Lord Karsus
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quote:
N'tel-orar is the term?
N' is a negative prefix that means the whole term contradicts the literal meaning of the word to which the "n" is attached.

"Tel" normally stands for "lore, history, lengends;" as a root word, is also can mean "ages" and be literal and figurative at once--it stands both for aging and history in this context.

"Or" and "aar" (which gets shortened by one "a" as a suffix) both mean forest or woodland, which is also a synonym for elves as "home" and/or "land."

Putting this all together, you get "not-aging-forest/home;" in effect, the High Magic both advances time/aging to weather away anything in the area of effect, but it also removes all traces of history/"home" there and thus sort of return the area to neutral states.

Too weird? Now you know why I translated it as "corrosion" instead of being literal about it. Elvish doesn't always have exact translation tracks into English.

Steven



-Sounds good. Thanks.

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AlorinDawn
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Steven,

I've a few questions about the Moonstars. I'm going with the assumption you likely wrote the Moonstars part of Cloak & Dagger (One of the few books in my collection I'd kick an old lady down thw stairs if she tried to take it).

One of the characters in our campaign has taken on the role of the Delimbiyr agent for the Moonstars. Can you please provide some insigt on how said agent (a member for two year or a little less in game time) would fit in the org chart and with whom he would interact with the most? I see Blackstaff interacting mainly with his senior staff and expecting them to adminsiter to the lower ranking members with whom he has limited contact.

In Ed's The Code of the Harpers supplement he provided us a very insightful year in the life of a Harper Agent. Could you please provide something similar for a Moonstar agent? Lastly, as if I hadn't asked enough already, are there any tidbits O' lore concerning the Moonstars you could share?

Thank you

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Fillow
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France
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Dear Steven,

I wrote few days ago a question about Khelben in another thread but I don not know if you saw it. So I dare to copy/paste it within your own topic :
I'm confronted to a strange question about Khelben, when he was still alive of course !
I was told he was often watching over a peticular weapon-weaver (certainly by magical means) in order to prevent this weapon been caught by villains.

I proposed it could be Arilyn's Moonblade but I was said there was another person that Khelben monitored by magic means.

Do you remember somethinf like that ?
Thanks a lot... for reading this and for all you do for us !

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 24 Feb 2008 :  20:17:10  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 Fillow

Dear Steven,

I wrote few days ago a question about Khelben in another thread but I don not know if you saw it. So I dare to copy/paste it within your own topic :
I'm confronted to a strange question about Khelben, when he was still alive of course !
I was told he was often watching over a peticular weapon-weaver (certainly by magical means) in order to prevent this weapon been caught by villains.

I proposed it could be Arilyn's Moonblade but I was said there was another person that Khelben monitored by magic means.

Do you remember somethinf like that ?
Thanks a lot... for reading this and for all you do for us !



I suspect the magical weapon you're thinking of is Azuredge, a magical artifact crafted by Ahghairon in Waterdeep and infused with the soul of the Warlord Lauroun. I set up an adventure hook in the 2nd Editon CITY OF SPLENDORS to allow the PC party to get ahold of the axe to give them ties to the city (and to give them an immediate, if unknown, hook with Khelben).

That's the only one I'll admit to setting up in print. Granted, there's likely to be others, given how Khelben liked to keep tabs on great things and potential agents.....

Steven
who'll hint that Azuredge has a role to play in the novel Blackstaff Tower...but that's all he'll admit to at present...

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