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AlorinDawn
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 21 Mar 2008 :  21:30:26  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric,

In the Waterdeep, City of Splendors 3.5 book the Moonstar Prc lists stealthy and investigator as required feats. I think this is a bit too rogue/bard focused for the amount of spellcasters involved with the group and it goals/aims. While I agree both feats certainly assist in the group goals, could you perhaps provide an alternate feat for spellcasting member who achieves stealth & snooping via his spells rather than a feat that requires them to take CC skills?

Thanks

Currently reading: Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King

Long live Sniffy Wigglebottom

Edited by - AlorinDawn on 22 Mar 2008 02:39:52
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Fillow
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Posted - 15 Apr 2008 :  20:51:55  Show Profile  Visit Fillow's Homepage  Send Fillow a Yahoo! Message Send Fillow a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,

A wondeful and so pretty scribe advised me to come and ask you this matter which bother me for few days :

In F&A, p.34, it is said that the gem which is on the top the Old Staff, Azuth's staff, is called The Spirit Stone.
In F&P, p.14, it is said the gem is called the Donjon of facets
Do you know why this change happened ? Are there two names for the same gem ?
These both sourcebooks seem to be the only ones where the artefact is named.

I was also said that maybe :
"the Spirit Stone" is the name of this particular gem, and a "Donjon of facets" is WHAT it is.

Thanks a lot for reading Eric.

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BlackDahlya
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Posted - 08 May 2008 :  02:54:25  Show Profile  Visit BlackDahlya's Homepage  Click to see BlackDahlya's MSN Messenger address Send BlackDahlya a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Mr. Boyd.

First of all, I want to tell you that I love your novels and I am always looking forward for your next work.

Now, I come here with a question that's been plaguing me. I have read the WotSQ series one or two years ago, and I just created a drow who is a Shadow Dragon disciple. I don't remember which were the characteristics of drow from House Jaezred Chaulssin; whether or not they had draconic traits.

Regarding Shadow Dragon Disciples, would they have any visible draconic traits, besides the wings? As in scales, teeth, some resemblance to a Shadow Dragon's head? Or is it possible that they can look as any other drow, and the wings are the only sign of their dragon blood?
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althen artren
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USA
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Posted - 06 Sep 2008 :  16:40:35  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Spells stilled, Friend Boyd:

Everything okay? We haven't heard from you in close to a year.
Just wanting to see if your still around.
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Rolindin
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Posted - 20 Nov 2008 :  11:54:22  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr Boyd when you can answer, would you answer this question.
Was it you who did the work on the nodes: feats and spells in the champions of ruin ?
Or was it one of the other ones listed, Wil Upchurch, or Jeff Crook?
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dfemling
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Posted - 25 Nov 2008 :  07:24:37  Show Profile  Visit dfemling's Homepage Send dfemling a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good day Mr Boyd, thank you for all the work you have done for the FR community. I have started to gather lore on the mage Tulrun when i ran across the Polyhedron #125 Wooly Rupert posted in the "[Silver Marches] Tulrun" thread. I would like to know if there is anyway to get the second article(if there is a legal source, not asking to break copy rights:) ) or were to find the out of date Polyhedron #126 mag. I love the depth of his story, and have drawn up some personnal NPC's that entwine with Ecamane, and his incredible history.

Thank you for your time, and again thanks for the work on the realms, i have played in them for almost 20 years! I am always amazed at all the different lore out there, it is little discoveries like this article that truly allow me to fall in love with the realms over and over again!

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Thieran
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Posted - 28 Nov 2008 :  01:35:49  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Vendui!

Thanks for that info. So ... that sword has been retrieved by the House from Maerimydra (where it is mentioned to be resting in Lost Empires of Faerūn) before the latter fell? Nice to see such a continuety in the history of that region.


Yep.




Lost Empires states that the blade lies hidden beneath the Lloth temple in the ruins of Maerimydra - so it couldn't have been retrieved before the city fell, could it?
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Zanan
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Posted - 28 Nov 2008 :  11:48:51  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The sword is in the hands of the drow in Shadowdale, those of House Dhuurniv, who keep it and want to barter with the elves about it and a possible alliance.
Sadly, we weren't told at the end of the relevant chapter what happened officially to the Matron Sisters as well as the sword, which could have retrieved by the heroes - a rather cheap option IMHO.

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

Gęš a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

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Thieran
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Posted - 28 Nov 2008 :  12:15:03  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Many thanks!
However, I am also very much interested in how House Dhuurniv got the sword in the first place, and was a bit confused by Mr Boyd's - whom I would like to thanks for all his great work at this point - agreement with your suggestion that the sword was retrieved by them before Maerimydra fell, as, to quote myself, LEoF states that the blade lies hidden beneath the Lloth temple in the ruins of Maerimydra - so it couldn't have been retrieved before the city fell, as you had suggested. So did they retrieve it after Maerimydra's fall, or is the information provided in LEoF to some degree false?
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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 29 Nov 2008 :  17:02:29  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

The sword is in the hands of the drow in Shadowdale, those of House Dhuurniv, who keep it and want to barter with the elves about it and a possible alliance.
Sadly, we weren't told at the end of the relevant chapter what happened officially to the Matron Sisters as well as the sword, which could have retrieved by the heroes - a rather cheap option IMHO.


Unless, of course, one of those heroes happens to be a half-elf (or even worse, a good-aligned drow ) that bonds with the sword due to a higher calling and winds up becoming the Arms-Major of Myth Drannor, much to the chagrin of the snooty Sun & Moon elves...

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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althen artren
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Posted - 29 Nov 2008 :  18:34:24  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That Ashe is actually a great idea that I may use.
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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 30 Nov 2008 :  07:14:16  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by althen artren

That Ashe is actually a great idea that I may use.



Remember, the half-elf's name is A-S-H-E...

What can I say, he's my favorite!

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Ionik Knight
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Posted - 16 Dec 2008 :  17:15:47  Show Profile  Visit Ionik Knight's Homepage Send Ionik Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric,

My campaign starts before the demise of Eilistraee and I was wondering if there is any reason she would not accept a Fey'ri seeking redemption?

Thanks

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Jesters to left of them,
Clowns in front of them
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 18 Dec 2008 :  21:11:42  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ionik Knight

Eric,

My campaign starts before the demise of Eilistraee and I was wondering if there is any reason she would not accept a Fey'ri seeking redemption?

Thanks



I'm not Eric, but I would assume that she would accept any sincere petitioner into her fold, mainly because her teachings focus on tolerance.

"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)

Edited by - Rinonalyrna Fathomlin on 18 Dec 2008 21:12:14
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Afetbinttuzani
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Posted - 14 Mar 2009 :  05:58:32  Show Profile  Visit Afetbinttuzani's Homepage Send Afetbinttuzani a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,

I have a question about something mentioned in the 4E FRPG. In the "Deities of Toril" section in the description of Selūne is says that her followers:
"Seek out creatures who bear the curse of lycan-thropy, curing those who hope to end their affliction and destroying those who have suc-cumbed to the beast within" (p. 152).

This implies that lycanthropy is a curable affliction, whereas the 4E Monster Manual indicates that it is "hereditary" and cannot be contracted by infection. Do priestesses of Selūne have some extraordinary means of removing lycanthropy?

Afet bint Tuzanķ

"As the good Archmage often admonishes me, I ought not to let my mind wander, as it's too small to go off by itself."
- Danilo Thann in Elfsong by Elaine Cunningham

Edited by - Afetbinttuzani on 14 Mar 2009 06:01:06
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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 14 Mar 2009 :  06:08:18  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OH MY GOD.

I had to read the entry myself in the Monster Manual for 4E.

Are you kidding me? Werewolves are BORN ONLY?!?

That being said, I would have to assume there is no cure to lycanthropy. Selūnites may help rehabilitate lycanthropes to good alignment as a 'cure', but I can't see any rules basis for removing lycanthropy since it's genetic and not a disease or curse.

Great, now I'm going to bed angry...

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Afetbinttuzani
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Posted - 14 Mar 2009 :  15:34:44  Show Profile  Visit Afetbinttuzani's Homepage Send Afetbinttuzani a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

OH MY GOD.

I had to read the entry myself in the Monster Manual for 4E.

Are you kidding me? Werewolves are BORN ONLY?!?

That being said, I would have to assume there is no cure to lycanthropy. Selūnites may help rehabilitate lycanthropes to good alignment as a 'cure', but I can't see any rules basis for removing lycanthropy since it's genetic and not a disease or curse.

Great, now I'm going to bed angry...


I was thrown by that as well. It“s a pretty significant change from previous editions. That said, the notion that you can become a lycanthrope by being bitten is, I“m told, a characteristic introduced in modern horror fiction, and not part of the centuries old lycanthrope mythology.

Maybe the cure they are talking about is Selūnite gene therepy

Afet bint Tuzanķ

"As the good Archmage often admonishes me, I ought not to let my mind wander, as it's too small to go off by itself."
- Danilo Thann in Elfsong by Elaine Cunningham
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Afetbinttuzani
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Posted - 31 Mar 2009 :  02:43:22  Show Profile  Visit Afetbinttuzani's Homepage Send Afetbinttuzani a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric, here“s another question:

Do you have any thoughts on the fate of the New Moon Pact in the post-Spellplague Realms? Related to this, do you have any thoughts on what the impact might be in Selūnite circles of the change in 4E of lycanthropy from a contractible disease-like affliction to a hereditary condition?

I ask because I am currently DMing FR 2E campaign in which one of the party members is a dwarf/wereraven cleric of Selūne. In the 2E campaign, I had been planning to have her encounter the NMP and possibly become a member, and pursuing a 2E adaptation of the New Moon Hunter prestige class path. But we are currently considering switching to a FR 4E campaign in which the player would like to still play the dwarven/wereraven Selūnite character. I“d still like pursue the NMP connection.

Afet bint Tuzanķ

"As the good Archmage often admonishes me, I ought not to let my mind wander, as it's too small to go off by itself."
- Danilo Thann in Elfsong by Elaine Cunningham
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Jakk
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Canada
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Posted - 24 Jul 2009 :  01:52:59  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,

I was referred to you by Brian "Garen Thal" Cortijo regarding this question (quoted from my post to his scroll):
quote:

I was looking for information on Araumycos after re-reading "Underdark", and all I could find on CK was a five-year-old scroll with no new information. Specifically, I was inspired by the end of the following section:
quote:
On rare occasions, enormous patches of Araumycos die, revealing ancient civilizations ripe for plunder beneath. When this happens, every city of any size in the North—surface or Underdark—sends one or more search parties in to bring back whatever they can. Parties of Shadovars from the Empire of Shade seem particularly interested in what lies below Araumycos, and they have burned away various parts of it with acids since their return, obviously in search of something particular.

If there's anything that can be said about what the Shades were looking for, I'm very interested. I suspect that my answer is going to be either "NDA" or "in the novel..." (hopefully the latter; I'd rather read than wait for Caina to defrost.)


Anything you can tell me is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

Edited by - Jakk on 25 Jul 2009 00:43:16
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 25 Jul 2009 :  07:01:12  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There is no answer to this one. I know that this was a 'dangling realmslore hook' (I think I'm going to start using 'DRH') that Eric left behind.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Jakk
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Posted - 26 Jul 2009 :  04:06:11  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cool! I have my own answer.

Edit: We should add "DRH" to a list of common CK abbreviations, if such a thing exists... hopefully The Sage or Wooly will notice this... or maybe I'll just PM them with this text.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

Edited by - Jakk on 16 Aug 2009 02:17:25
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Thieran
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Posted - 13 Aug 2009 :  16:13:41  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Mr Boyd, I have got a question regarding the Warblade/"Shadowdale: The Scouring of the Land".
It is stated there that the drow of House Dhuurniv are in possession of the Warblade at that time - my question is whether you could tell us a little bit more about the circumstances of its retrieval.
Lost Empires of Faerūn states that the sword is hidden beneath the ruins of Maerimydra - as the city was destroyed only in 1372 DR, and LEoF supposedly mirrors the state of things sometime in 1374 DR, this suggests that the Warblade was recovered at some stage between 1374 DR and the beginning of "Shadowdale: TSotL".
Edit: This is actually confirmed by the Warblade description in "Shadowdale: TSotL" which states that the blade lay hidden beneath the ruins of the Lolth temple in Maerimydra until recently- and as "Shadowdale: TSotL" is set in the winter of 1375, this probably means sometime in 1375.

But did House Dhuurniv initially retrieve the Warblade themselves, or did they obtain it after it had been retrieved by someone else (who came across it more accidentally)? How did they find out about its whereabouts?
Thank you very much in advance!

Edited by - Thieran on 19 Aug 2009 23:37:20
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Jergal
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Canada
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Posted - 23 Dec 2009 :  00:03:51  Show Profile  Visit Jergal's Homepage  Click to see Jergal's MSN Messenger address Send Jergal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings Mr. Boyd. I just want to thank you for all your work with Forgotten Realms. Thanks for all the memories and I wish you and your family well this holiday season.

Dan.

Jergal - Lord of the End of Everything

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Someonelse
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Posted - 17 Apr 2010 :  17:41:18  Show Profile  Visit Someonelse's Homepage Send Someonelse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Well, I'm not Eric, but I'd say that despite his 'lowly' Cloakmaster title, Marune is pretty much an independent, free agent in the Shadow Thieves. If you read his entry in "Cloak & Dagger" you realise that as one of the organisation's original founders, he's got significant clout and power behind him. I'd say that quite simply he doesn't think much of the new, 'upstart' Shade of the Sword Coast North, considers operations in Waterdeep to be outside her purview and control and reports to the Shade of Baldur's Gate (when he feels like it of course), because he's always done so - and no-one, not even Rhinnom, is likely to tell him different.

-- George Krashos




Yep. BTW, it was my supposition that Marune was off inventing spells during his 25 years "in exile". In my original concept, he had been working on an epic spell that essentially allowed shadow walkers (as the spell in the Player's Handbook) to "peer into the Material" within the area of effect. This didn't make the editorial cut, but might be fun to play with in a Shadow Thief-focused campaign.

--Eric

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Someonelse
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Posted - 17 Apr 2010 :  17:43:40  Show Profile  Visit Someonelse's Homepage Send Someonelse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
WTF?

I don't know why that happened, but I didn't write any of that.

that's weird.
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