Candlekeep Forum
Candlekeep Forum
Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Active Polls | Members | Private Messages | Search | FAQ
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 Realmslore
 Chamber of Sages
 Questions for Steven Schend
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Previous Page | Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 65

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2010 :  15:53:46  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 Menelvagor

Finally managed to organize my last questions regarding Blackstaff:
Who are the 6 Argent Guardians, the 9 Who Remain, and the 12 Mysteries?


Again, this was me going all faerie-tale convention as an author. I do have some notes about some of them, but they'll take some time to unearth, polish up, and present here (assuming, after I check, they don't contain some NDA material that'll clam me up again).

Still, I have to ask--isn't that line a bit more interesting by NOT knowing the details of those? If they're considered powerful oaths and vows among Mystra's Chosen, isn't that more intriguing than actually knowing the exact details? After all, even crazy-powerful wizards and godly servitors ought to have some legends and powers that cow them...and detailing them simply reduces their impact (at least in my opinion). What say you, folks?

quote:
Who is Asraf yn Malik el Kahaman yi Manshaka? How does Tsarra know him? And what do 'yn', 'el' and 'yi' mean? Son of? From?


Tsarra only knows of him as one of Khelben's Tel'Teukiira (and he was first mentioned in CLOAK & DAGGER); he's a former Harper turned vampire turned Moonstar who operates (?) among the southern Realms for Khelben. As for his name, it is "Asraf, son of Malik of the (house/family) Kahaman from Manshaka."

quote:
What can you tell us more of the Chapel of the First Magister?
What can you tell us of Myaaklyr's 4th Sermon From Myrjala to the Arathenes? When was it given? What were those before it? Who was Myaaklyr? Who were the Arathenes?


All this I do have some notes on and would like to develop further, but for now, it's under NDA (and is woefully incomplete). I'm going to inquire about writing some or all of it up for Steve Winter at DDI and seeing if he'll be interested in allowing some old lore out from under an NDA. We'll see how this goes.

The short answer to cover a lot of your questions, though, is to think of ecclesiastical distinctions, sermons, and church politics in the early days of any religion, and that'll fill in some blanks on what you're asking there.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2010 :  16:00:18  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 Elfinblade

Steven, scribes.

I was wondering about a spell that Khelben cast in 'Blackstaff', as Malek. In the spell duel with Varret Tryshaln, where Khelben cast one of his 'simplest and newer spells', the spell that manipulated the cloth of Varret's robes, cloak and hood, thus constricting him. Is this spell to be found in any rulebooks, or have you jutted it down elsewhere? I would love to know the stats and name of that particular spell.

-Stig-



I never detailed it as a full spell, as I kept thinking of it as a cantrip/Level 0 spell fit for apprentices. After all, did you think that wizards in training didn't have to do laundry for their masters? That's the core of this spell--a simple magic that wrings fabrics and woven materials and would be marvelously effective if said fabrics were immersed in water. In the context used, the spell also proves handy for distracting a wizard from completing a spell. Mechanically, it's nothing more than causing the fabric to bunch up, but it's still enough to slow, hamper, or stop someone's exact movements.

That, to me, was a core idea for Khelben--he always found more ways to use the simplest magics in unexpected ways, rather than come up with more name-level big-boom spells. (Or, to quote the Great Red Dragon from Jeff Smith's BONE, "Never use an ace when a two will do, kid." )

Steven

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2010 :  16:19:33  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Had some time the past few days to cover some long-standing questions here (thanks for your patience, folks), but time's going to get short again soon. Still, I wanted to make sure folks weren't totally neglected or thinking me stand-offish.

On some of the questions above (SOFS related), I'll need to dig deep into my notes, as I may have the full answers therein, but it'll take some time to unearth.

Short answers on some other hanging questions:

I always saw the friction between Bran & Khelben to be less instigated by any one particular incident and more a clash of personalities. You've all been in a situation where you're working with someone and (s)he just rubs you the wrong way for no apparent or immediate reason, right? That's how I saw Bran's problems with Khelben--nothing in particular but decades spent compiling one complaint or irritation after another until it hit the wall with the Schism. As for whether or not Khelben felt the same way or gave it much thought at all, he never said.

I don't have much more lore/thoughts on the Zhentish plans or actions in Chondath and Reth, sorry. Seems like your questions and thoughts have more depth and detail than I've put to the Zhent question in at least 10 years, honestly. Go with your gut as per the size and contingent of invaders, but keep this in mind--Fzoul MAY have set up Glorganna's tasks as a test as much as they were a goal. Whether she succeeded or failed was irrelevant as much it was a way to either temper her as an ally or destroy her as a less-capable pawn. (Remember that Fzoul, as much as he was a priest of Bane, learned a lot of tricks and maneuvers from Manshoon, a guy who knew how to expand his power and reduce that of anyone he couldn't control, often in one or two simultaneous moves).

Sorry Enwy--no lyrics from this writer. Perhaps from Ed, as I suspect the name came from a chapter heading from one of his novels?

For all else, pray more patience, as I either don't have the answers at hand, said answers are trapped behind NDAs, or I have not enough time to spend herein right now.

Take care, gentles, and thanks to all those asking for my next work. I did publish some work in Pathfinder #33 and 35 via Paizo, but it's too soon to talk about any upcoming work. Trust that you all will be among the first to know of it, when it happens or can be made public.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com

Edited by - Steven Schend on 16 Oct 2010 16:25:15
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2010 :  16:23:01  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 Kyrene

Steven,

Did you ever receive my email asking questions about Calimport? I emailed it a while ago (through the "Email Poster" button I think), but seem to not have made a note of when, nor copied what I had asked in it. Should I attempt a re-ask in this scroll (ie. how limited is your time here at the 'keep anyway) if the answer is "No"?



It may have gone astray, Kyrene, so apologies (either due to technology or this one's faulty memory).

Please do ask again here and I'll answer as soon as I can; bear in mind I doubt I'll be able to detail anything on NPCs of the city and their current fate, as I've not kept up on exactly what's happened down Calimport way (and I don't want to step on any NDA toes, given that certain authors have major characters tied into the city).

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Elfinblade
Senior Scribe

Norway
377 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2010 :  17:16:29  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wonderful tidbits Steven. Thanks for taking your time to answer
Go to Top of Page

Menelvagor
Senior Scribe

Israel
352 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2010 :  18:27:16  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much for the answers, Steven. As I said, I'm actually glad you didn't answer some of them, because I have some ideas of my own I may want to incorporate. After all, when you're on a plane search for info about a Chosen of Mystra from Myth Drannor, you may have help...

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
Go to Top of Page

Kyrene
Senior Scribe

South Africa
648 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2010 :  08:23:30  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Please do ask again here and I'll answer as soon as I can; bear in mind I doubt I'll be able to detail anything on NPCs of the city and their current fate, as I've not kept up on exactly what's happened down Calimport way (and I don't want to step on any NDA toes, given that certain authors have major characters tied into the city).

Steven


Nothing that specific. It’s more some general clarifications, so that I can add the relevant phrases and terms to the ‘Realmspeak’ glossary.

Alright, if I recall correctly, the most important question would be, what language are words like “amlakkhan,” “jhasina” and “Nallojal” in? Am I right in assuming it’s Alzhedo?
A “shyk” is described as being a rank of major, whereas a “qayadin” a general. However the latter is specifically stated as being either one in the “Sadimmin” (Calimshan’s army) or “Qysaghanni” (the syl-pasha’s guardians). Does the same hold true for a “shyk,” or would one only find that rank in the regular “Sadimmin”?
What is the difference between the “Nallojal” (Calimshan’s navy) and the “Qysanallojal” (the Imperial Navy of Calimshan)?
A “ralbahr” is described as being a rank of admiral in the “Nallojal”. Is there also one for the “Qysanallojal”?
Is “bicenta” (a gold coin of Calimport) of the same language as the examples in the first question, or is it a Common word? Can you recall where I might read about other currency used in Calimshan (or Calimport specifically)?

I think that was the gist of it. I’d appreciate any answer you can give when you have the time.

Lost for words? Find them in the Glossary of Phrases, Sayings & Words of the Realms

I am a sexy, shoeless god of war!

The Sellplague began, for all intents and purposes, in the dominions of the Corporation. Greed murdered Good Design, unraveling common sense in the cosmos and destroying her dominion. At the same time, Sales Fears and Warcraft Envy happened into alignment. This cataclysmic coincidence led to upheaval, shaking apart the primeval order, opening up holes in wallets, and reshaping everything...
Go to Top of Page

Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
1190 Posts

Posted - 26 Oct 2010 :  11:30:16  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Jhasin" and "jhasina" are most certainly alzhedo.

Here goes my own question to Mr. Schend:
Maybe he could reveal something about Khelben Arunsun the Younger, including his planar travels. Would it be possible to meet him in Sigil? What would his levels be? Circa 15? 20?

I know there's an NDA on Khelben Ravencloak, so yes or no to the questions would be enough.

SiNafay Vrinn, the daughter of Lloth, from Ched Nasad!

http://zireael07.wordpress.com/
Go to Top of Page

althen artren
Senior Scribe

USA
778 Posts

Posted - 24 Nov 2010 :  21:44:24  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So Steven, how are you holding up Pops? Feel 10 years older yet with your
first kid?

This should be a simple question. We know that Tsarra cannot duplicate all
the powers that Khelben had, due to she is a non-Chosen, lower level, and
a sorcerer/arcane archer to boot. So, intimite enemies of the Blackstaff
might see different tactics that may make them question, "What?"

So the meat of the question is, does the "office" of the Blackstaff have powers
that can be used by whoever is the current Blackstaff represenative? Similar to
what Ed has said about the Mage Royal office in Cormyr where Vandy's success can
call upon distant wands or hanging spells or whatnot?
Go to Top of Page

althen artren
Senior Scribe

USA
778 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2010 :  00:07:55  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Also I have found some conflicting info about Khelbens timeline
and would like u to clarify:

808-816DR As Malek Aldhanek in Stornater (Blackstaff Novel)
809-816DR As Cloistered Monk At Candlekeep (Cloak and Dagger) Found out the danger in the prophecies.

Another question: Why would Khelben worry about cleaning out spelljamming wrecks out of the Inner Sea
in the 900's DR?

1118DR Linked newly built Blackstaff Tower to Silver Safehold (C&D)
1150DR Builds Blackstaff Tower (Grand History)
Go to Top of Page

Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
1190 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2010 :  11:19:44  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by althen artren

Also I have found some conflicting info about Khelbens timeline
and would like u to clarify:

808-816DR As Malek Aldhanek in Stornater (Blackstaff Novel)
809-816DR As Cloistered Monk At Candlekeep (Cloak and Dagger) Found out the danger in the prophecies.

Another question: Why would Khelben worry about cleaning out spelljamming wrecks out of the Inner Sea
in the 900's DR?

1118DR Linked newly built Blackstaff Tower to Silver Safehold (C&D)
1150DR Builds Blackstaff Tower (Grand History)



Seconded. I'm in the process of describing Khelben in Polish to my friends and I'm trying to dig up as much as possible about him.

SiNafay Vrinn, the daughter of Lloth, from Ched Nasad!

http://zireael07.wordpress.com/
Go to Top of Page

LetumLux
Seeker

17 Posts

Posted - 14 Dec 2010 :  09:28:28  Show Profile  Click to see LetumLux's MSN Messenger address Send LetumLux a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Who is Asraf yn Malik el Kahaman yi Manshaka? How does Tsarra know him? And what do 'yn', 'el' and 'yi' mean? Son of? From?




quote:
Tsarra only knows of him as one of Khelben's Tel'Teukiira (and he was first mentioned in CLOAK & DAGGER); he's a former Harper turned vampire turned Moonstar who operates (?) among the southern Realms for Khelben. As for his name, it is "Asraf, son of Malik of the (house/family) Kahaman from Manshaka."


Is there a feminine naming convention like this, also?
yn = son of
??? = daughter of

Thanks in advance!
Go to Top of Page

Zireael
Master of Realmslore

Poland
1190 Posts

Posted - 25 Dec 2010 :  10:58:56  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll pop in and ask if Steven could share something more about:
a) Arun Maerdrym (Khelben's father)
b) the Duel-Ring of Ghuraxx, mentioned in Blackstaff pg. 112
Thanks in advance,
Zireael

SiNafay Vrinn, the daughter of Lloth, from Ched Nasad!

http://zireael07.wordpress.com/
Go to Top of Page

Dalor Darden
Great Reader

USA
3338 Posts

Posted - 17 Jan 2011 :  21:31:04  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had a question regarding the landmark called the "Echoing Canyons of Kush" that is on the coast of Calimshan between Almraiven and Suldophor...

What are the Echoing Canyons of Kush? Can you provide any details?

EDIT:

I almost forgot the other reason I needed to ask questions of you!

Tharsult. Is it safe to assume that Tharsult is a safe port of call for a pirate who needed to sell goods gained at the expense of others? Is it dominated at all by the Rundeen...anything at all would be great! Many thanks!

Visit my Blog Page to find things for YOUR Forgotten Realms!

Edited by - Dalor Darden on 17 Jan 2011 21:35:34
Go to Top of Page

Bahgtru
Seeker

29 Posts

Posted - 09 Feb 2011 :  15:14:46  Show Profile  Visit Bahgtru's Homepage Send Bahgtru a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello,

I was wondering if there is any thing in the works that would be Orc centric and might involve crossover with the Astral Sea and Gruumsh's role as God of Destruction and Chaos and war with Bane?

Also, did Hartsvale survive the Spellplague and are the descendants of Brianna Hartiwick and Tavis Burdrn still the rulers?

Thanks in advance.

Edited by - Bahgtru on 12 Feb 2011 15:43:37
Go to Top of Page

althen artren
Senior Scribe

USA
778 Posts

Posted - 24 May 2011 :  04:01:26  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message  Reply with Quote
while you may not be able to do any of khelben's bloodline,
are there any of Maerdrym members you can tell us about?
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  17:08:39  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Many apologies that it took me almost a year to respond to this, as my files are a heinous mess at times (when I have to keep changing computers as old ones die beneath my fingers). Still, I finally found some old notes on Alzhedo et al and will attempt to answer long-standing queries.

quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Please do ask again here and I'll answer as soon as I can; bear in mind I doubt I'll be able to detail anything on NPCs of the city and their current fate, as I've not kept up on exactly what's happened down Calimport way (and I don't want to step on any NDA toes, given that certain authors have major characters tied into the city).

Steven


Nothing that specific. It�s more some general clarifications, so that I can add the relevant phrases and terms to the �Realmspeak� glossary.

Alright, if I recall correctly, the most important question would be, what language are words like �amlakkhan,� �jhasina� and �Nallojal� in? Am I right in assuming it�s Alzhedo?


Yes, they're all Alzhedo, though I don't have direct/complete translations of what the words mean literally (though they have their meanings via context in EMPIRES et al).

quote:
A �shyk� is described as being a rank of major, whereas a �qayadin� a general. However the latter is specifically stated as being either one in the �Sadimmin� (Calimshan�s army) or �Qysaghanni� (the syl-pasha�s guardians). Does the same hold true for a �shyk,� or would one only find that rank in the regular �Sadimmin�?


Shyks are found in both, though there's far less need for as many ranks within the Qysaghanni as their numbers are far less numerous (and the prestige of being in the syl-pasha's trust weighs as much or more than a mere title/rank).

quote:
What is the difference between the �Nallojal� (Calimshan�s navy) and the �Qysanallojal� (the Imperial Navy of Calimshan)?
A �ralbahr� is described as being a rank of admiral in the �Nallojal�. Is there also one for the �Qysanallojal�?


Yes, ranks are duplicated among both navies; the only difference between the dual military structures were that one answered to the syl-pasha alone and without any restrictions, while the other ostensibly served the state of Calimshan more than it served whomever sat upon its throne.

quote:
Is �bicenta� (a gold coin of Calimport) of the same language as the examples in the first question, or is it a Common word? Can you recall where I might read about other currency used in Calimshan (or Calimport specifically)?


I believe bicenta may be a holdover term from Shoon times for the coin, rather than being an Alzhedo word; its usage in Common is more adoption than assimilation or translation (like when non-English speakers refer to transmogrify or other odd words...or an older example would be "rendezvous" as an English term even though it's obviously French in origins and never changes).

As for other notes on Calishite currency, I think all the info I had on money and coins went into print, but if any ever turns up, I'll work to get the info here.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  17:13:12  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 Zireael

"Jhasin" and "jhasina" are most certainly alzhedo.

Here goes my own question to Mr. Schend:
Maybe he could reveal something about Khelben Arunsun the Younger, including his planar travels. Would it be possible to meet him in Sigil? What would his levels be? Circa 15? 20?

I know there's an NDA on Khelben Ravencloak, so yes or no to the questions would be enough.



I'm afraid the NDAs laid upon Khelbens of all stripes, manners, and times are heavy and among those paid attention to by WotC. Thus, I can't say much more than "most likely possible;" and "whatever you need/want them to be."

Sorry I can't share more on the man, but I take those NDAs seriously.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  17:43:14  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 althen artren

So Steven, how are you holding up Pops? Feel 10 years older yet with your
first kid?


Just a bit, though it's wonderful to see the little guy now up and walking (or veering wildly around in his approximations of walking and running before he figures out what balance is).

quote:

This should be a simple question. We know that Tsarra cannot duplicate all
the powers that Khelben had, due to she is a non-Chosen, lower level, and
a sorcerer/arcane archer to boot. So, intimite enemies of the Blackstaff
might see different tactics that may make them question, "What?"

So the meat of the question is, does the "office" of the Blackstaff have powers
that can be used by whoever is the current Blackstaff represenative? Similar to
what Ed has said about the Mage Royal office in Cormyr where Vandy's success can
call upon distant wands or hanging spells or whatnot?



Yes, the office of the Blackstaff (as conferred upon the bearer of the title via the rank's assumption and acceptance by the True Blackstaff) carries with it a great amount of unrevealed and hidden powers.

Said powers are primarily tied to the knowledge of the previous Blackstaffs (as embodied by their spectral personas) and the Tower itself (with all its still-immeasurable stores of magic in both item and spell forms). Given the involvement of Khelben (and other Bs) in bulwarking or crafting the spell defenses within Castle Waterdeep, the Palace, and the city itself, there are many myriad secrets and powers the Blackstaff can tap that may have been long forgotten by all others (especially when Khelben's simulacrum can remind Vajra of the existence of some magic or mundane secret still untold).

In specifics to Tsarra, the biggest difficulty she had was marrying her arcane archer abilities with the Blackstaff role and cloaking how she delivered far-reaching spells (and many more than usually available to AAs, as fitting with use of Khelben's lost lore or nefarious spell crafting) without revealing she used a bow to deliver them. In fact, the omnipresent illusions she wore for over 20 years became the heart of her misdirections and ways to confound those spoiling for a fight; once the deception was revealed, she didn't abandon the use of illusions--just the wearing of Khelben's form. And one can do an awful lot to avoid greater enemies by simply appearing a score of feet away from where you actually stand.

However, I think the novel BLACKSTAFF TOWER showed one of the strengths of the Blackstaff in the many alliances, hidden friends, and long-standing arrangements known only to a Blackstaff and those involved or trusted. Don't believe for a minute that all of Khelben's or Tsarra's or Kyriani's or any other Blackstaff's machinations are solely limited to Blackstaff Tower (even if the short-sighted enemies of the same have over the centuries); after all, Khelben helped refound the Harpers at least twice and the Moonstars once, so his secrets and his plans are far wider reaching than one domicile and city.

One of Maskar Wands' few public comments on Khelben appeared in a memoir only ever read or made available to his immediate family members states it clearly: "To befriend a Blackstaff is a burden of infinite consternation only equalled by that friend's ability to repay one's friendship a thousandfold with steadfast loyalty and more astonishing magic than most see in a dozen lifetimes. Earning a Blackstaff's enmity is equally daunting and filled with amazing magics, though it often shortens one's lifetime as a result."

And last but not least, don't forget that the BLACKSTAFF novel made a permanent link between the holder of the Blackstaff's rank/office and the duplicate Tower--N’Vaerymanth (in Rhymanthiin). Thus, even if there were canonical reasons for wiping out every magical item that the Blackstaff allegedly ever had in Blackstaff Tower in Waterdeep, a simple mental spell can slip the Blackstaff to N'Vaerymanth where any necessary for one's adventure or story may have been secreted for its own protections. And everything I've stated above re: the Blackstaff building relationships with citizens or placing other secrets into the city while building/protecting it is equally true of Rhymanthiin (a city about which I can say very little due to NDAs, alas).

Hope these nuggets of ideas help, althen.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  18:08:17  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 althen artren

Also I have found some conflicting info about Khelbens timeline
and would like u to clarify:

808-816DR As Malek Aldhanek in Stornater (Blackstaff Novel)
809-816DR As Cloistered Monk At Candlekeep (Cloak and Dagger) Found out the danger in the prophecies.

Another question: Why would Khelben worry about cleaning out spelljamming wrecks out of the Inner Sea
in the 900's DR?

1118DR Linked newly built Blackstaff Tower to Silver Safehold (C&D)
1150DR Builds Blackstaff Tower (Grand History)



While the timeline crossovers could be waved away as typoes, I'll tackle it thusly--

Part of Malek Aldhanek's background story and history was his status as a Candlekeep devout monk and scholar (all true). Many say he was actively and solely involved as a scholar there during those times, though the novel bears a different story. Know that Tsarra was not the first to wear an illusory shape to convince others that Khelben (or whomever his identity was at said time) was in one place whether he truly was or not. In truth, Khelben/Malek kept in touch with his compatriots in Candlekeep while helping Laeral establish her realm far to the noth, often teleporting among safeholds throughout the North to maintain communications between "himself" and his allies at the keep. They used a lot of then-lost information from the keep to help construct Stornanter both architecturally and arcanely. Alas, nonmagical things like greed and poisons and other led to his (and that realm's) undoing there, not the things against which he bulwarked the walls and stones of Stornanter.

The one who posed as Malek in Candlekeep when Khelben/Malek was north with Laeral was a student of his named Tsalem of Threehills Dell, a farming hamlet a half-day's ride off the great trade roads between Candlekeep and Athkatla. Threehills Dell has not existed, nor have any heard of or spoken of the settlement in more than 400 years.

As for why Khelben spent time beneath the sea cleaning out spelljamming wrecks and other things? Twofold reasons:

A) A wife he loved greatly had died (and he believed the fault lay with him for a time) and he mourned greatly, but had little wish to do so publicly (and few can recognize tears when living in salt water).

B) If he did not claim or destroy many of the powerful things left lying about where anyone of questionable morals might find or use them, any resulting destruction from the use of said plunder was his own irresponsible fault. (At least, that's how I saw his mind working at that time...)

Last but not least, the 1118 DR reference to Blackstaff Tower should have been a reference to Arunsun Tower, which it was dubbed for many years until after the death of Zelphar Arunsun and the public assumption and adoption of the Blackstaff mantle by "Zelphar's son."

Clear as mud? Always glad to obfuscate (as Khelben taught me).

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com

Edited by - Steven Schend on 05 Sep 2011 18:14:59
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  18:11:13  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 LetumLux

quote:
Who is Asraf yn Malik el Kahaman yi Manshaka? How does Tsarra know him? And what do 'yn', 'el' and 'yi' mean? Son of? From?




quote:
Tsarra only knows of him as one of Khelben's Tel'Teukiira (and he was first mentioned in CLOAK & DAGGER); he's a former Harper turned vampire turned Moonstar who operates (?) among the southern Realms for Khelben. As for his name, it is "Asraf, son of Malik of the (house/family) Kahaman from Manshaka."


Is there a feminine naming convention like this, also?
yn = son of
??? = daughter of

Thanks in advance!




Alzhedo naming conventions are covered in EMPIRES OF THE SHINING SEA but I just dug up old note on the matter, so here's the skinny:

ym [pr] slave of / bastard spawn of / unrecognized issue of
yn [pr] son of
yr [pr] daughter of

Note that naming of daughters links to the mother's name, not the father's (so Ariana yr Tora el Bakran = daughter of Tora in the Bakran family).

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  18:21:58  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 althen artren

while you may not be able to do any of khelben's bloodline,
are there any of Maerdrym members you can tell us about?



Not to sound flippant here, but nope. NDAs stand at the doors of the Maerdrym family crypt where all their secrets lie. Sorry.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  18:25:09  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 Bahgtru

Hello,

I was wondering if there is any thing in the works that would be Orc centric and might involve crossover with the Astral Sea and Gruumsh's role as God of Destruction and Chaos and war with Bane?

Also, did Hartsvale survive the Spellplague and are the descendants of Brianna Hartiwick and Tavis Burdrn still the rulers?

Thanks in advance.



Welcome, Bahgtru, and thanks for asking, but I've got little or nothing to do with either Hartsvale or orc-centric works either in planning or past work. Thus, I'm afraid I'm not really able to answer your questions in any reasonable way.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  18:34:17  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 Zireael

I'll pop in and ask if Steven could share something more about:
a) Arun Maerdrym (Khelben's father)
b) the Duel-Ring of Ghuraxx, mentioned in Blackstaff pg. 112
Thanks in advance,
Zireael



As I said above, I can't answer anything about Arun or any of the Maerdryms without stepping on some big NDAs and other authorial toes, alas.

As for the Duel-Ring of Ghuraxx, I've got some notes somewheres on that I'll hope to dig up sooner than it took me to dig up the Alzhedo notes.....but not today. At the least, I remember it's an item crafted for magical dueling and its primary power gave its wearer spell identification in far faster fashion than normally able and the ability to siphon off X-amount of raw power from all spells directed at the wearer within the last hour to be later funneled into a final gambit of a spell (if necessary) regardless of the type or impact of said spells.

And yes, that would allow for abuse by its wearer--one of the reasons Khelben laid claim to the ring to keep it out of scurrilious hands long ago. Ghuraxx, a notorious cheater at Magefairs, would often pump his ring up with a dozen low level divination spells in order to cast a chain lightning spell through his ring that inflicted twice its normal maximum damage.

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
Go to Top of Page

Thieran
Learned Scribe

Germany
292 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2011 :  20:27:16  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much, Mr Schend, and very good to hear from you!
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 65 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page | Next Page
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Candlekeep Forum © 1999-2017 Candlekeep.com Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000