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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  15:10:18  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Guess there are few people who do not see her as one of the most popular FR chars.
I'm glad to hear you say that, though I haven't seen her mentioned that often, either here at the Keep or on the WotC boards. I think of all my characters as a small and scrappy insurgency.

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skychrome
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Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  15:20:44  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Guess there are few people who do not see her as one of the most popular FR chars.
I'm glad to hear you say that, though I haven't seen her mentioned that often, either here at the Keep or on the WotC boards. I think of all my characters as a small and scrappy insurgency.
Cheers


That's because she has been main character in one book only so far (Downshadow cannot really count). Erevis Cale was not all over the forums neither when there was only Halls of Stromweather and Shadow's Witness. The first trilogy was required to change that.

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  15:49:06  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know, I'm kinda thinking from a writing standpoint--particularly with her as-yet unrevealed post-Spellplague history--Twilight actually works better as a supporting character, rather than a main. It frees her up for what I want to do with her: have her be mysterious and aloof, so you never really know what's going on in her head.

It's like how Riven works better as a secondary character. You're constantly guessing whether he's really on the side of the hero (Cale) or setting him up for a betrayal.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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Brimstone
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Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  16:26:40  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like that approach Erik.

That way she won't 'over shadow' my pc's in the Realms.

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skychrome
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Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  17:33:32  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Damnit Erik, don't try to weasel out of the Fox-novel-series! Or the wrath of all used-books-stores of Waterdeep shall come upon thee (and thou shall be smitten with a copy+5 (adamantine reforced hardcover) of "Adulteries of Lady Alustra"

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
4586 Posts

Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  18:22:17  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

That way she won't 'over shadow' my pc's in the Realms.
Heh. You should worry about her under-shadowing them.

quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Damnit Erik, don't try to weasel out of the Fox-novel-series! Or the wrath of all used-books-stores of Waterdeep shall come upon thee (and thou shall be smitten with a copy+5 (adamantine reforced hardcover) of "Adulteries of Lady Alustra"
Oh, I still hope to write at least some of the "Fox and the _________" series. We'll just see what form it takes.

(I also wonder if Twilight doesn't show up in the Adulteries . . .)

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Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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sfdragon
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Posted - 31 Mar 2010 :  19:21:24  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do think she would, my own moon elven ranger thinks Light is a perv...


an

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Seter
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Posted - 26 Apr 2010 :  10:51:31  Show Profile  Visit Seter's Homepage Send Seter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello there Mr. De Bie :)

I am currently in the process of creating an Elven Bladesinger characrer which I will portray. I have gathered much information about Bladesingers from the Web and from a book from the Fighters Series. I do have certain questions that I didnt find an answer to yet and perhaps you could shed some light there.

1. In several sources there is a mention to the Seven Forms and the Haera(Center) - Both said to be essential for a new Bladesinger trainee to control before moving on in his training. There is no reference however as to what those things really are, certainly not in detail. Any ideas?

2. How does a Bladesinger maintain his control over the Bladesong art? A daily training or was it so drilled into his head that its a second nature by now?

Of course any additional information to the Bladesingers can be most welcomed :)


Thanks in advance!


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Archimedes of Syracuse
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Posted - 26 Apr 2010 :  12:39:19  Show Profile  Visit Archimedes of Syracuse's Homepage Send Archimedes of Syracuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Eric i just wanted to stop by and let you know what an amazing author you are (lol you have heard this many a time but one more probably wont hurt). iv read all 3 of your stand alone books all of which are my favorite of the 4 options. and ghost walker is def my favorite stand alone in all the realms great character development and your action writing style influences mine and should be highly admired. anyways thats about that. OHHHH but if you could, just cause iv been wanting to know since i read it those years ago, what was it like writing ghostwalker rhyn was such a sad character yet had so much life. uhhh you wrote him so well. good day to you eric a fellow tennis lover.

P.s when will you bee getting your own 3 book series i feel like youve been in the realms for a while why has this not happened yet. id love to see you build up a character over the span of 3 books garuntee youd probably over take lisa smedman as my fav FR author if you did.

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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
4586 Posts

Posted - 26 Apr 2010 :  15:58:24  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met, Seter--

There are lots and lots of different schools of bladesong, so what one person uses can vary widely from what others use. Keith Strohm's Bladesinger, for instance, assumes a different sort of bladesong than any of the styles I've talked about. It's like variant styles of fencing, or martial arts, or anything of that nature.



quote:
Originally posted by Seter

1. In several sources there is a mention to the Seven Forms and the Haera(Center) - Both said to be essential for a new Bladesinger trainee to control before moving on in his training. There is no reference however as to what those things really are, certainly not in detail. Any ideas?
Those aren't ringing any bells, and it's been several years since I read any part of Strohm's Bladesinger (if they're mentioned there). The Haera principle sounds like a meditative/"no mind" state, however, which refers to an important calmness of mind and spirit during swordplay. "Seven Forms" are also reminiscent of the eight parries (or seven, if you don't consider #5 to be a true parry) in fencing, so I suspect that refers to 7 particular bladesinging moves.

Remember that bladesong is also deeply grounded in the rhythm and meter of song, its movements choreographed almost like a ballet for both maximum damage output and minimism of movement--conservation of energy, like any good fighting style is. Whether your bladesinger sings as s/he fights or not, the rhythm of the bladesong is always going on somewhere in her/his mind or subconscious.

For some cinematic inspirations as to how this functions, check out movies like The Last Samurai and Equilibrium.

quote:
2. How does a Bladesinger maintain his control over the Bladesong art? A daily training or was it so drilled into his head that its a second nature by now?
Just as a katana is sharpened with every cut, so a bladesinger reinforces his/her art through constant repetition of songs, practice, and meditation.

quote:
Of course any additional information to the Bladesingers can be most welcomed :)
Check out about 4-5 posts down on this page of my scroll: http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3930&whichpage=29


Also, hey Archimedes:

quote:
Originally posted by Archimedes of Syracuse
Hey Eric i just wanted to stop by and let you know what an amazing author you are (lol you have heard this many a time but one more probably wont hurt). iv read all 3 of your stand alone books all of which are my favorite of the 4 options. and ghost walker is def my favorite stand alone in all the realms great character development and your action writing style influences mine and should be highly admired.
Thank you sir! I’m glad you enjoy.

quote:
OHHHH but if you could, just cause iv been wanting to know since i read it those years ago, what was it like writing ghostwalker rhyn was such a sad character yet had so much life. uhhh you wrote him so well.
I’m one of those writers who believes that good literature comes from a place of very deep, powerful emotion--in this case, it was pain, which infused my work. The Ghostwalker is very loosely based on a character type I used to run: dark, angsty, and vengeance-driven. Once I had the character firmly developed, everything just unfolded around him, and I wove his story seamlessly as I went along. The whole book just kind of flooded through me, with me being just the vessel. I was writing about my life, about injustices and rectifying them, about finding love and losing it . . . man, it was just a really good, really powerful experience.

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P.s when will you bee getting your own 3 book series i feel like youve been in the realms for a while why has this not happened yet. id love to see you build up a character over the span of 3 books
As for writing a Realms trilogy, that’s entirely up to WotC, my friend. As I continue to publish and my books continue to sell well, it draws more positive attention from the PTB (powers that be). So if you really want to see a Realms trilogy from me, keep buying/reading my stuff (and post reviews/tell your friends/etc as well)!

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
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Posted - 07 May 2010 :  14:35:24  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Erik,

Can you tell a bit more about the crypts (or catacombs?) in 'A Body in a Bag'? Where are those crypts located?

Gomez
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sfdragon
Great Reader

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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  05:00:27  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey ERik do you have any tips and advice on writing stories

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  06:37:16  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gomez, I keep meaning to get a good answer to your question, but I keep running out of time to do it. So here's the answer: Silverymoon (particularly the Silverymoon of 4e) is built on crypts and old ruins just like everywhere else in the Realms. The crypts being utilized in the story represent some of these. The interred dead are centuries old or older.

sfdragon, I have a whole blog post on the subject: http://eriksdb.livejournal.com/218027.html

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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sfdragon
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Posted - 07 Jun 2010 :  19:43:04  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm confused by something Erik.
the Tymora article
and the thread with it
http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/24974993/Channel_Divinity:_Tymora

explain to me please.
what is Erevan doing here??

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 07 Jun 2010 :  20:22:49  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh hey, I didn't even know that went up.

And ha ha! Erevan gotcha!

It was all a prank.

The correct version should be going up any time now.

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Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

Also check out my Realms work, most recently Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, out now on e-readers everywhere! (Kindle, Nook)

Edited by - Erik Scott de Bie on 07 Jun 2010 21:45:09
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  06:31:20  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just thought I'd stop into share a few words:

SHADOWBANE

A Forgotten Realms novel.

Fall 2011.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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Bakra
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  13:10:26  Show Profile Send Bakra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

Just thought I'd stop into share a few words:

SHADOWBANE

A Forgotten Realms novel.

Fall 2011.

Cheers




Excuse me while I do a dance. Snoopy Supper-time style!!

I hope Candlekeep continues to be the friendly forum of fellow Realms-lovers that it has always been, as we all go through this together. If you don’t want to move to the “new” Realms, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with either you or the “old” Realms. Goodness knows Candlekeep, and the hearts of its scribes, are both big enough to accommodate both. If we want them to be.
(Strikes dramatic pose, raises sword to gleam in the sunset, and hopes breeches won’t fall down.)
Enough for now. The Realms lives! I have spoken! Ale and light wines half price, served by a smiling Storm Silverhand fetchingly clad in thigh-high boots and naught else! Ahem . .
So saith Ed. <snip>
love to all,
THO
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Ruul
Seeker

USA
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  13:15:19  Show Profile  Visit Ruul's Homepage  Send Ruul an AOL message Send Ruul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great news!!
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sfdragon
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  14:06:18  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

Just thought I'd stop into share a few words:

SHADOWBANE

A Forgotten Realms novel.

Fall 2011.

Cheers



excellent
execellent


why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Ruul
Seeker

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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  14:24:33  Show Profile  Visit Ruul's Homepage  Send Ruul an AOL message Send Ruul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can you give us any more info Erik? Setting, time period, anything at all?? =)
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Brimstone
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  14:58:22  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

Just thought I'd stop into share a few words:

SHADOWBANE

A Forgotten Realms novel.

Fall 2011.

Cheers



It's about time!

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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Brimstone
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  15:01:35  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ruul

Can you give us any more info Erik? Setting, time period, anything at all?? =)


Let's see.

Setting: Forgotten Realms.

Time period: 1480ish.

Hopefully Foxy will be in it!

Am I about right Erik?

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  15:16:32  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I guess if you're gonna twist my arm about it . . .

Luskan.

Only a lunatic would break *into* the filthiest, deadliest, worst city in the Realms.

But when the woman who gave him back his life is taken into that awful place, the man called Shadowbane will get her out.

Come plague, come demons, come treachery, he'll get her out . . .

Even if he has to kill every wretched son of a dog in that whole stinking city.


Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Ever thought of a career writing tag lines for movie trailers?

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

Ashe's Character Sheet

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Ruul
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USA
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Posted - 08 Jun 2010 :  15:42:45  Show Profile  Visit Ruul's Homepage  Send Ruul an AOL message Send Ruul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

Well, I guess if you're gonna twist my arm about it . . .

Luskan.

Only a lunatic would break *into* the filthiest, deadliest, worst city in the Realms.

But when the woman who gave him back his life is taken into that awful place, the man called Shadowbane will get her out.

Come plague, come demons, come treachery, he'll get her out . . .

Even if he has to kill every wretched son of a dog in that whole stinking city.


Cheers




Oh my!! Thanks Erik! Looking forward to it.
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