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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 20 Jul 2005 :  00:26:55  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Hail, Eric! I have derived mickle enjoyment from your books.

I am puzzled by one glaring absence among the Mulhorandi panthon: Ptah. Ptah is worshipped as a Greater or Intermediate Power by spacers and Earthlings, but he seems not to be worshipped at all on the surface of Toril. Why not? Can he grant spells on Toril, given that he presumably has worshippers within the crystal sphere of Realmspace?



Powers & Pantheons explains this. He decided to have no influence in Realmspace.


Thanks, Kuje. I reread the introduction to their pantheon (it's been a while!). That explains why Ptah was not worshipped by the Mulan on Toril, but it doesn't mention his extra-Torilean influence in Realmspace (or lack of same). I'm still wondering if Ptah can grant spells within the crytal sphere and now, my memory refortified by P&P, I wonder whether he discourages worship of himself on Toril. The original contraints on the two pantheons are now gone and he can now act there with a truly divine dignity (instead of having to work through a meat puppet). If one of his clerics from Earth or from space set up a temple to Him on Toril, would He grant spells and make Himself known?

(Yes, yes, I know, "Not for humans is knowledge of the doings of the gods," but I'm seeking the knowledge of DMs here, not the puny knowldege of ordinary humans.)


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Wooly Rupert
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I'm moving this question to here, since it appears to be aimed at Eric Boyd.

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Eric, I have been given to understand that in Dragon #198 Skip Willimans answered a query regarding Deneirath language ability. Is that clarification incorporated into 3E Faiths and Avatars (or is it even relevant in third edition?).

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Kuje
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I was just about to do that but I was trying to figure out how to.

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TomCosta
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For those interested in Ptah, I'll post my old write-up of him and how he fits in the Realms and Reamspace.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 21 Jul 2005 :  01:53:53  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TomCosta

For those interested in Ptah, I'll post my old write-up of him and how he fits in the Realms and Reamspace.


Thanks, Tom.

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 08 Aug 2005 :  19:29:33  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thought I give Ed Greenwood a break and see if Eric might know this...

Could you tell me more about the noble families of Waterdeep? Especially which ones might have Planetouched and Elven cousins. Or those that might take up the cause of a god such as Finder Wyvernspur.

Thanks.

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Wooly Rupert
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Originally posted by Foxhelm

I thought I give Ed Greenwood a break and see if Eric might know this...

Could you tell me more about the noble families of Waterdeep? Especially which ones might have Planetouched and Elven cousins. Or those that might take up the cause of a god such as Finder Wyvernspur.

Thanks.



You might want to ask Steven Schend, as well. Waterdeep has been a playground of his in the past.

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warlockco
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Posted - 17 Aug 2005 :  06:47:59  Show Profile  Visit warlockco's Homepage Send warlockco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric,

Got a question about Huntmistress Dhusarra yr Fadila el Abhuk originally of Undermountain: The Lost Levels, that you used in your Blood of Malar adventure in Dungeon #126.

She was originally a Ftr11/Clr14 and you have her a Ftr4/Clr9, shouldn't she be a Ftr4/Clr14 at the very least?
Or was the level picked to make her appropriate for the adventure?

Thanks

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 17 Aug 2005 :  18:20:38  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by warlockco

Eric,

Got a question about Huntmistress Dhusarra yr Fadila el Abhuk originally of Undermountain: The Lost Levels, that you used in your Blood of Malar adventure in Dungeon #126.

She was originally a Ftr11/Clr14 and you have her a Ftr4/Clr9, shouldn't she be a Ftr4/Clr14 at the very least?
Or was the level picked to make her appropriate for the adventure?

Thanks



I trust in Eric's number-crunching vastly more than my own, so I'd say he adjusted things to fit CR and the new way of looking and statting / balancing vampires (including the Libris Mortis stuff as well, which is new).

Me, I'm just mildly annoyed that the artist of the DUNGEON piece made her a caucasian woman instead of her actual darker skin tone.

Steven
Who'd love to see Dhusarra in an FR movie played by the lovely Gina Torres (Zoe from FIREFLY/SERENITY)

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warlockco
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Posted - 17 Aug 2005 :  22:15:01  Show Profile  Visit warlockco's Homepage Send warlockco a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Aye, the new art for her was nice, but too light in skin tone. As to Gina Torres, I think she might be a bit too dark. To me Monica Bellucci from (The Dr, Tears of the Sun or Persephone, Matrix) would be about the right look as far as complexion goes.

Edit: Just had a thought, she might have been made so pale, because of being a vampire maybe.


As to the levels, I can understand the downgrade due to CR contraints for the adventure, but otherwise.... just feels like we are giving the short end of the stick when it comes to her divine powers.

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 19 Aug 2005 :  03:08:35  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by warlockco

Eric,

Got a question about Huntmistress Dhusarra yr Fadila el Abhuk originally of Undermountain: The Lost Levels, that you used in your Blood of Malar adventure in Dungeon #126.

She was originally a Ftr11/Clr14 and you have her a Ftr4/Clr9, shouldn't she be a Ftr4/Clr14 at the very least?
Or was the level picked to make her appropriate for the adventure?

Thanks



I picked a level appropriate for the adventure.

In general, I'm a giant fan of Realmslore consistency, but I don't think that should apply to mechanics between settings.

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 19 Aug 2005 :  03:12:12  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm

I thought I give Ed Greenwood a break and see if Eric might know this...

Could you tell me more about the noble families of Waterdeep? Especially which ones might have Planetouched and Elven cousins. Or those that might take up the cause of a god such as Finder Wyvernspur.

Thanks.



City of Splendors (2e) has a great deal of info about the noble families of Waterdeep. The Waterdeep WE might include some more info as well.

Only one family has acknowledged elven descendants ... House Dezlyntyr (sp?). At least one other has unacknowledge elven ancestry. See "Dream Spheres" for more info and a discussion about why non-humans are so rare.

A few families have feats like Snake Blood or Dragonblood appearing occasionally. Again, possibly included in the Waterdeep WE.

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warlockco
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Posted - 19 Aug 2005 :  04:40:11  Show Profile  Visit warlockco's Homepage Send warlockco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by warlockco

Eric,

Got a question about Huntmistress Dhusarra yr Fadila el Abhuk originally of Undermountain: The Lost Levels, that you used in your Blood of Malar adventure in Dungeon #126.

She was originally a Ftr11/Clr14 and you have her a Ftr4/Clr9, shouldn't she be a Ftr4/Clr14 at the very least?
Or was the level picked to make her appropriate for the adventure?

Thanks



I picked a level appropriate for the adventure.

In general, I'm a giant fan of Realmslore consistency, but I don't think that should apply to mechanics between settings.

--Eric



Okay,
Thanks Eric

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 26 Aug 2005 :  08:43:40  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Eric,



This reaches back to Faiths and Pantheons. I just noticed something in the web enhancement that strangely never occured to me before. For all of the gods listed as having an order of monks, Helm is not among them. That isn't a colossal problem, becuase that in general means just that a monk that is a member of the church of Helm is fairly rare and not a specific member of an order. While I can easily picture a monk of Helm being a member of the Everwatch Knights (in fact, one in my campaign is a member of them), I was just wondering if there was a particular reason that Helm didn't have a monk order, or if you just decided that every god shouldn't have one and you drew the line at Helm . . . or maybe that was Mona's gig, lol.

At any rate, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter, and thanks in advance for your time.

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Kerby
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Posted - 30 Aug 2005 :  13:43:17  Show Profile  Visit Kerby's Homepage Send Kerby a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Any news on the post I made a while back? I'd still be interested to find out the answer.

Cheers - Kerby

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Lirdolin
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Posted - 04 Sep 2005 :  12:55:23  Show Profile  Visit Lirdolin's Homepage Send Lirdolin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Eric
and Hello to everyone else as this is my first post on these boards.

Could it be that there is an error in City of Splendors: Waterdeep? (pg129)
It states that Halasters apprentice Arcturia turned into "a vile form of undead" / "worm that walks" after her death. First, the worm that walks is no undead creature but an ooze (the book entry offers the lich as an option to the worm that walks).
And why should Arcturia, the mage who painstrikingly recreated herself into an deathly-beautiful half-fey creature, take steps to rise as apile of worms? After all, she changed herself to get Halaster fall in love with her.
I would have guessed that she would use her singel 8th lev, spell to "clone" herself. It's much safer than the risky non-epic version of the worm ritual. She might be insane, but not that insane?

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Octa
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Posted - 07 Sep 2005 :  01:44:47  Show Profile  Visit Octa's Homepage Send Octa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eric- I have a question about the arena in Waterdeep, since it is not well described in the new book- Are there gladiatorial fights there? Are they to death? How well do the age of worms gladiator modules fit into the usual FR uses of the arena?

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webmanus
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Posted - 10 Sep 2005 :  22:31:42  Show Profile  Visit webmanus's Homepage  Click to see webmanus's MSN Messenger address Send webmanus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,

Do you think that realmslore about Teshar might be publised by the wizards in a near future?

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 11 Sep 2005 :  00:23:58  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Octa

Eric- I have a question about the arena in Waterdeep, since it is not well described in the new book- Are there gladiatorial fights there? Are they to death? How well do the age of worms gladiator modules fit into the usual FR uses of the arena?





I think it's a little bit of a stretch from Waterdeep's Field of Triumph to the Age of Worms gladiatorial arena. I see the former as more of a arena for civic celebrations, and less a site of regular gladiatorial combats. That said, I see no reason why you can't shade it more towards the Age of Worms conception if you are playing the Age of Worms in the Realms. When my conversion notes for the Champion's Belt are published, you'll see how I suggest doing it.

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 11 Sep 2005 :  00:25:11  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by webmanus

Hi Eric,

Do you think that realmslore about Teshar might be publised by the wizards in a near future?

/Webmanus



I'm not aware of any upcoming Realmslore on Teshar in the near future, which is not to say that there won't be any, but I doubt it.

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ericlboyd
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Posted - 11 Sep 2005 :  00:28:08  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mumadar Ibn Huzal

Eric,

On the topic of the Talfir, I believe (iirc) that Krash mentioned you were instrumental in inserting bits and pieces of this topic into published Relamslore. Barring NDA's and such, what more 'unofficial' lore could you share.

Just two of the questions I have on the Talfir are:
- what level of technology/engineering did they have?
- with one of their cities under the canopy of the Reaching Wood, what was their relation with the forest?



Both good questions, but I haven't figured it out yet. I could make a guess, but I'd rather leave it up to the DM for now. If I get another opportunity to revisit the area, I'll try to address this issue.

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webmanus
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Posted - 11 Sep 2005 :  05:06:33  Show Profile  Visit webmanus's Homepage  Click to see webmanus's MSN Messenger address Send webmanus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,

You have quoted my Teshar question, but written nothing. Does that meen that you have noticed my question, but you have nothing to add, write, or that you plan to write something? I am a bit confused here.

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Verghityax
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Posted - 11 Sep 2005 :  09:08:35  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Eric,
I have two questions to You, this time concerning Beshaba:

1. In 2nd edition Faiths & Avatars there is a description of Beshaban funeral - the Passing. It is said there that the body of dead Beshaban cleric is being floated down the river amid floating candles. I would like to know if the body is either being put on a draft or is it thrown into the river just like that?

2. Would You be so kind to spare me some additional info on the Black Fingers' assassins? Anything would be useful since there is so little about them in the sourcebook. I would also like to create a Black Finger assassin prestige class so some guidelines would be really appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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webmanus
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Posted - 11 Sep 2005 :  09:11:13  Show Profile  Visit webmanus's Homepage  Click to see webmanus's MSN Messenger address Send webmanus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Eric. I see now that you have updated the quoted post.

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Arnwyn
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Posted - 12 Sep 2005 :  04:24:31  Show Profile  Visit Arnwyn's Homepage Send Arnwyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A question:

Is there a particular reason why, in the "Blood of Malar" adventure (Dungeon #126), Hala Myrt was changed from a fat human male Ftr5 (Volo's Guide to Waterdeep) to a female human commoner?
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