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ksu_bond
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Posted - 11 Aug 2013 :  06:27:48  Show Profile Send ksu_bond a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Boyd,

I've been curious if there is any connection between the Talfir city of Talis and the Talis Deck or the term talisman?

Kind Regards,
[KSU] Bond
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Demzer
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Mr Boyd,

in your Savage Tidings: Gazing Into the Abyss article on Dragon Magazine 357 you explain the Legend of Astaroth (the abyssal lord). Is there anything more you could share about Astaroth?
Specifically, was he slain by Gargauth on Toril or in the Abyss? Is there a rough estimate of when that happened?

Many thanks for all you've done for the Realms.
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Fellfire
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I'm searching for any information on the Azerkyn clan of dwarves that I can find. My search yields hits in this scroll, but I do not know how to narrow down forty pages of results. Does anyone know where I can find this information in this topic?

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George Krashos
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Posted - 13 Jul 2014 :  15:17:17  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Azerkyn were created for "Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark" in the write-up of the dwarven realm of Iltkazar. There is little information on them so let your imagination run wild.

-- George Krashos

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

Edited by - George Krashos on 13 Jul 2014 15:18:08
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 24 Aug 2014 :  15:34:03  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Azerbloods (as a playable race) are detailed in Dragon #350.

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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 31 Aug 2014 :  06:55:31  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Who is the Horned Wyrm of Quaervarr slain by Barundar Battlehammer; mentioned in Mintiper's Chapbook: Moonlight's Triumph? Dragon I assume? Did he/she have another name, or is there more to know about it?
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 31 Aug 2014 :  12:19:29  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by xaeyruudh

Who is the Horned Wyrm of Quaervarr slain by Barundar Battlehammer; mentioned in Mintiper's Chapbook: Moonlight's Triumph? Dragon I assume? Did he/she have another name, or is there more to know about it?



Quaervarr is a small village of humans and half-elves on the edge of the Moonwood near Silverymoon. (VGttN, pages 209-210, and Silver Marches, page 79-81).

The "Horned Wyrm of Quaervarr" is otherwise undetailed and I never gave it a name, as far as I can recall. I believe I intended it to be a title given by bards for a green dragon that dwelled in the depths of the Moonwood. The green dragon was probably not truly a wyrm ... probably a mature adult green dragon. Although evil, the Horned Wyrm of Quaervarr probably had some bardic abilities and some sort of detente with the elves of the Moonwood, which the dwarf who killed him simply ignored.

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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 31 Aug 2014 :  16:27:37  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Eric! I wasn't sure if you'd created him or if it was building on a reference I'd missed somewhere. I dig it.
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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 11 Sep 2014 :  16:24:45  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Emuin Nightshade is quoted on page 53 of Champions of Ruin. Google yields nothing more. Is there more to know about him (her?) or was he made up for the quote?
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 11 Sep 2014 :  18:20:30  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by xaeyruudh

Emuin Nightshade is quoted on page 53 of Champions of Ruin. Google yields nothing more. Is there more to know about him (her?) or was he made up for the quote?



I didn't write that section, and I suspect it was made up for the quote.

Sorry,

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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 11 Sep 2014 :  19:59:29  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cool, thank you.
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Knightfall
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Canada
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Posted - 02 Oct 2014 :  20:34:27  Show Profile  Visit Knightfall's Homepage Send Knightfall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Noble Houses of Waterdeep web enhancement for "City of Splendors: Waterdeep" notes that Chostal Nandar has a younger brother named Horingar "Elfslayer" Nandar. Did Ed create that character or did you?
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  02:24:29  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall

The Noble Houses of Waterdeep web enhancement for "City of Splendors: Waterdeep" notes that Chostal Nandar has a younger brother named Horingar "Elfslayer" Nandar. Did Ed create that character or did you?



Don't recall, but I suspect it has something to do with the implications of this article:

Dragon #270, p 94

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Knightfall
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Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  05:21:14  Show Profile  Visit Knightfall's Homepage Send Knightfall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall

The Noble Houses of Waterdeep web enhancement for "City of Splendors: Waterdeep" notes that Chostal Nandar has a younger brother named Horingar "Elfslayer" Nandar. Did Ed create that character or did you?



Don't recall, but I suspect it has something to do with the implications of this article:

Dragon #270, p 94

Thanks for pointing out that article. I'm sure Horingar's name does have something to do with the conflicts with the elves of Ardeep. Very informative.
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  11:10:28  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Demzer

Mr Boyd,

in your Savage Tidings: Gazing Into the Abyss article on Dragon Magazine 357 you explain the Legend of Astaroth (the abyssal lord). Is there anything more you could share about Astaroth?
Specifically, was he slain by Gargauth on Toril or in the Abyss? Is there a rough estimate of when that happened?

Many thanks for all you've done for the Realms.



There's not that much more on him, unfortunately. I was building off Dragon #91, page 30, and what I wrote in Powers & Pantheons.

I always saw Astaroth as part of an earlier generation of demon lords whose time has long past. I imagined Gargauth slew him in the Abyss. (Gargauth has always been one to venture ot other planes.)

Timing-wise, I imagine it happened before the fall of Pelevaria (see Gargauth's entry in Powers & Pantheons and A Grand History of the Realms), but the "timescale" of gods has never been closely correlated to that experienced by mortals.

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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  11:10:59  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ksu_bond

Mr. Boyd,

I've been curious if there is any connection between the Talfir city of Talis and the Talis Deck or the term talisman?

Kind Regards,
[KSU] Bond



None known, but I like the idea of making one in your campaign.

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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
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Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  11:14:30  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That part came from Ed, so I'd suggest asking him on his scroll.

quote:
Originally posted by Icelander

I don't know if the esteemed sage still views this scroll, but if so, I have a question.

On p. 39 of Faiths and Avatars, there is a mention of the widely feared pirate fleet of Alkoth and the Bane-worshipping adventuring groups of the Six Black Blades and the Crow Banners.

Where is Alkoth and is there anything worth telling about these pirates?

Did you have any more information in mind about these adventuring bands?

If you threw them in to spur GM creativity, I have no objections to fleshing them out myself, but I don't want to contradict actual lore before I get a chance to decide if I like it.


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Knightfall
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Canada
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Posted - 04 Oct 2014 :  02:29:08  Show Profile  Visit Knightfall's Homepage Send Knightfall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric, I have followup questions about the Noble Houses of Waterdeep WE.

How firm are the alignments and deities listed for each house in the table? What happens if a young noble from, say, House Agundar decides to shun the ways of Talos. Would he or she be ostracized from the family?

Also, when a house lists Holdings outside of Waterdeep, does that mean that the noble house is considered ennobled in that community? Or does the noble house have to be listed under the Ennobled heading to be considered ennobled in other lands.

For example, the Roaringhorns are listed as having holdings in Amphail* and the County of Valashar. The house is listed as ennobled for not only Waterdeep (948 DR), but also for Cormyr (1016 DR) and Tethyr (1369 DR). Now, I realize that in Tethyr it would be a given that the house is both ennobled and has holdings, but what is the family's status in Cormyr?

Is it as simple as being ennobled with no holdings? Or was it simply a not-enough-space consideration for the PDF?
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Also, what's your opinion regarding adding in new noble houses to Waterdeep? (I'm in the process of adding roughly 12 new houses for the homebrewed version I'm working on.) What sort of prejudices would a nonhuman family face in becoming ennobled in the city? (FYI... I asked these questions on the thread for Ed, and THO, too.)

*Controlled through its proximity to Waterdeep, I assume.

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sleyvas
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Eric, just curious, when NOT writing realmslore are you in IT? There's something about how you write that's always reminded me of tech writing that I do when coming up with a procedure or policy or just telling people where they can go shove it.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 04 Oct 2014 :  11:23:53  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Eric, just curious, when NOT writing realmslore are you in IT? There's something about how you write that's always reminded me of tech writing that I do when coming up with a procedure or policy or just telling people where they can go shove it.



Not sure whether I've been complimented or insulted! :-)

My day job involves managing network and software engineers.

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 04 Oct 2014 :  11:46:07  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall

Eric, I have followup questions about the Noble Houses of Waterdeep WE.

How firm are the alignments and deities listed for each house in the table? What happens if a young noble from, say, House Agundar decides to shun the ways of Talos. Would he or she be ostracized from the family?


I would say relatively weak.

As in there's a "default" alignment and a default "deity", but, to some extent, family comes first no matter what they believe. If a young noble is of diametrically opposed alignment and or worship, he or she will find a lot of things about their family distasteful. However, unless they openly break from the family or shove their diametrically opposed faith in everyone's faces, their family won't care that much.

quote:
Also, when a house lists Holdings outside of Waterdeep, does that mean that the noble house is considered ennobled in that community? Or does the noble house have to be listed under the Ennobled heading to be considered ennobled in other lands.

For example, the Roaringhorns are listed as having holdings in Amphail* and the County of Valashar. The house is listed as ennobled for not only Waterdeep (948 DR), but also for Cormyr (1016 DR) and Tethyr (1369 DR). Now, I realize that in Tethyr it would be a given that the house is both ennobled and has holdings, but what is the family's status in Cormyr?

Is it as simple as being ennobled with no holdings? Or was it simply a not-enough-space consideration for the PDF?


Ed's a better expert than I, but let me give my best shot. (I think there was something on this in the 2e boxed set by Steven.)

A noble house of Waterdeep is only "noble" in Waterdeep, unlisted in the "Ennobled" heading. So House Amcathra is only "noble" in Waterdeep, even if they having listed holdings in Silverymoon.

A few houses (e.g. Roaringhorn) are ennobled elsewhere as well (e.g. House Roaringhorn) and tend to be large sprawling families.

Even if they are ennobled only in Waterdeep, Waterdhavian noble houses usually have holdings up and down the Sword Coast, and many spend their winters in Amn or Tethyr. After all they are merchant nobles and no one likes to winter in Waterdeep if they can afford to be elsewhere.

A member of House Amcathra could expect to be treated like a lord in Amphail or any surrounding community (probably from Leilon to Daggerford and from the coast to Secomber), although technically they are not ennobled in those lands.

A member of House Amcathra who tries to use his title and expect deference in Baldur's Gate or Tethyr or Silverymoon is going to get a reaction based on circumstances. If they hold something valuable that the listener wants (e.g. a trade concession), they are likely to get fawning deference. If they are acting pompous in front of people who don't care, they are likely (at best) to muttered jokes about "Lord of the Northwest Pigsty" or the like or (at worst) to get a beating in a back alley. Basically most lands (Tethyr, Waterdeep) are used to visitors from far-off places (e.g. the Moonsea, Impiltur, the Border Kingdoms) who sport modest or fancy titles and claim nobility in some far-off land. Those titles mean only what the circumstances warrant.


quote:

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Also, what's your opinion regarding adding in new noble houses to Waterdeep? (I'm in the process of adding roughly 12 new houses for the homebrewed version I'm working on.) What sort of prejudices would a nonhuman family face in becoming ennobled in the city? (FYI... I asked these questions on the thread for Ed, and THO, too.)

*Controlled through its proximity to Waterdeep, I assume.



Ed's a better expert, so I would defer to him. I think there may be some details in the 2e boxed set, but I don't recall exactly.

In general, I think Waterdhavian society expects its nobles to be human. Half-breeds are not welcome, and non-humans are really not welcome. I think Elaine might touch on this in "Dream Spheres".

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BenN
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Posted - 04 Oct 2014 :  12:04:48  Show Profile Send BenN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by Knightfall

The Noble Houses of Waterdeep web enhancement for "City of Splendors: Waterdeep" notes that Chostal Nandar has a younger brother named Horingar "Elfslayer" Nandar. Did Ed create that character or did you?



Don't recall, but I suspect it has something to do with the implications of this article:

Dragon #270, p 94


Hi Eric, thanks for the info. Although I'm a WotC subscriber, I can't find Dragon magazine articles or back catalogue anywhere on the net. If you have any advice for this, I'd be very grateful!
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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 04 Oct 2014 :  14:38:14  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While I won't advocate for illegal file-sharing, you'll find that googling "Dragon 270 pdf" is pretty helpful.

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Knightfall
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Posted - 04 Oct 2014 :  23:58:50  Show Profile  Visit Knightfall's Homepage Send Knightfall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your answers, Eric. Very helpful.
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ericlboyd
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Posted - 05 Oct 2014 :  00:14:20  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

Eric did you manage to squeeze any Deity specfic spells from F&A, P&P and DhD into Champions of Ruin?



I didn't write the spells chapter. Not sure if any were drawn from the 2e material or not.

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