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Kuje
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Posted - 22 Feb 2006 :  05:14:29  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

My thanks, Ed and THO as usual. And yes, that was more then I expected and it expanded on the "besides the obvious." :)

Grin, now I need to pick another NPC to ask about.



No way you cant have Ed all to yourself!



Oh, no fair! :) But..... Oh, all right.

However, there are still many outstanding 2004 and 2005 replies from various posters.... Hint, hint, Ed. :)

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 22 Feb 2006 :  15:45:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oh, Ed knows that, all right.
His problem is threefold:
1. Total lack of time. Ed is actively writing or editing SIX projects (plus yours) right now, with another eleven sitting on his desk staring mutely at him, waiting. This means he just CAN’T go off into the basement (or the library of diskettes and Zip disks in his study, either), looking up older Realmslore. It also means he often has to drop everything to deal with emergencies (and the recent WotC layoffs have spawned a lot of those). Ed loves to answer your questions, but he’s as busy as the head of any major company or country - - without having any staff to support him. That means some of the larger-scope questions, or the really, really obscure points, just have to wait.
2. The minefield of constantly-shifting NDAs, and unfolding WotC and Paizo projects and articles Ed is aware of, but can’t publicly talk about. And doesn’t want to screw up.
Many scribes ask about matters that a lot of Realms fans have wanted “cleared up” long ago. Other scribes ask about interesting things unfolding in recent books (e.g. the Shadovar). Still others ask about basics (agricultural practices, land-law).
All of these things SHOULD be answered, and Ed wants to, but often other folks are already at work on answers, or MIGHT answer them as their novel or game sourcebook tromps through relevant real estate, or uses relevant NPCs. So Ed is duty-bound (and legally bound) to keep quiet. Sometimes even admitting that he’s keeping quiet will tip off Realms fans about something in the future that shouldn’t be revealed yet. So he waits…and waits…
3. Rules queries that shouldn’t be directed to Ed in the first place. You know, the “let’s use Ed’s opinion as a weapon in my ongoing argument about X” requests.
4. Questions about the gods, ditto. Yes, Ed created the great majority of deities specific to the FR setting. Yes, he detailed them, and provided spells for them. No, he’s never had the chance to put into print their prayers and rituals properly, or what daily life is like both for a humble priest and for an ambitious upperpriest in the upper echelons of church hierarchy. Yes, he wants to. No, he can’t move on this without WotC cooperation. And everyone, from other fiction writers to WotC designers to every FR fan, has their own, different - - often fiercely different - - ideas of what’s “right” and “true” about the gods. To Ed, most of this (arguing about the Dawn Cataclysm, for example, or Eilistraee) is just like arguing about the weather: fun (when it doesn’t turn nasty), but ultimately useless to the roleplaying experience (mortals can never know the truth, so the truth doesn’t matter: what matters is what priests and fiathful worshippers IN THE REALMS think).
And so on. Yes, these are basics I’m reiterating, but it’s time to repeat them for all. Ed has a huge electronic file of ALL the queries not yet fully answered that have been posed in this thread. Not one gets forgotten, and Ed tries to answer one a day no matter how busy he is. So he’ll get to them, unless the gods take him from us first. Promise.
(No matter how lovingly I have to persuade him. And you know how lovingly THAT can be.)
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 22 Feb 2006 :  16:34:31  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
Aye,

I know. I was just being a PIA since a few people have been asking, "Hey, what happened to my question? Ed never answered me yet." And I got tired of going, "You gotta have patience, he'll get to it."

That's also why I'm trying to choose NPC's that might not be under NDA and there's gotta be a few more I can found out of the 8,000+ that have appeared in lore. :)

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Kes_Alanadel
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Posted - 22 Feb 2006 :  20:16:06  Show Profile  Visit Kes_Alanadel's Homepage  Send Kes_Alanadel a Yahoo! Message Send Kes_Alanadel a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Aye,

I know. I was just being a PIA since a few people have been asking, "Hey, what happened to my question? Ed never answered me yet." And I got tired of going, "You gotta have patience, he'll get to it."

That's also why I'm trying to choose NPC's that might not be under NDA and there's gotta be a few more I can found out of the 8,000+ that have appeared in lore. :)



Mayhaps you should just copy what THO wrote (and btw, thanks THO for all the lore you pass along), and paste it everytime someone bothers about not getting an answer yet.

*runs off*
~Kes

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Hoondatha
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Hey, don't run. I, personally, think it's a great idea. Whack people over the head with a large enough stick enough times and they'll hopefully get the idea. Eventually.

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Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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George Krashos
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Posted - 23 Feb 2006 :  00:17:44  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

Oh, Ed knows that, all right.
<SNIP>
So he’ll get to them, unless the gods take him from us first. Promise.
(No matter how lovingly I have to persuade him. And you know how lovingly THAT can be.)
love to all,
THO



Which is why, given that I have an electronic line to the man, I don't e-mail Ed except in the direst of Realmslore emergencies or when I've got something for him to read which may let him put his feet up for five minutes and a smile on his face. Everytime my mouse cursor hovers over the "Send" button I inwardly wince, thinking of the hundreds of similar messages that'll be arriving along with it.

And yet Ed always is eager and cheerful to help out and respond. The man is a gem.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 23 Feb 2006 :  01:07:51  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Awwww, George. How nicely said. He is, indeed.
Hi again, fellow scribes. This time, Ed gives createvmind’s mirror questions the exhaustive treatment. Here’s createvmind:
“I was curious as to the nature of mirrors in the realms, I seek to make use of them in a spell but I'm not clear if they are "true mirrors" in the sense of what we use in RL. Also are mirrors rare across the lands and would a true mirror give people pause, create superstitions, I'm assuming Barbarians of most races would find mirrors disconcerting etc.... If I had a spell that created a wall of mirrors before a group of low to medium intelligent humanoid monsters would that give them pause. Do mirrors reflect any type of magic rays, spells besides the obvious like light spells, I'm assuming a ray of light before a mirror would be reflected back at caster. Are Faerun mirrors crafted well enough, flat surface, etc..... to be able to do such things describe above. More importantly who makes mirrors and what would the cost be of a very well crafted medium person full length mirror?”
And here’s Ed’s reply:



Hi! Most mirrors in the Realms are an everbright or similar glossy reflective silver metal coating ON METAL (as opposed to most modern real-world mirrors, which are silvered glass, subject to breakage and to “foxing” (damp or even mold attacking the reflective coating). So their images tend to be “softer” (less sharp and precise in outline) than our modern real-world mirrors, though they function just fine (yes, as “true mirrors” in the RL sense, too).
Mirrors aren’t particularly rare. LARGE mirrors are, because they’re expensive and heavy (if metal) or fragile (if glass). So every peddler, most priests, and most women of what we might call middle or upper class will have hand-mirrors (shaped metal reflectors, the size of their faces or smaller, fashioned all of one piece, handle and ‘glass.’ Shopkeepers and wealthy and noble persons are quite likely to own one or more stand-up, ankle to head mirrors, set in tilt-frames (what is often called a “cheval glass” in our real world), and put one in each robing room or bedchamber.
Certain folk believe (with justification, in the form of tales spread about spells) that spells, souls, and even fell creatures can be ‘trapped’ and stored, either imprisoned or for stealthy release at some opportune later time, and may be wary of a magic-using stranger with a mirror, or a mirror positioned in a room (or carried by a being) they’re already apprehensive about. Barbarian tribes of the North are among these “wary” folk, though it’s the rural folk of the South who fear mirrors more (thanks to more fell tales about mirrors making the rounds of the coasts of The Shining Sea and the Golden Water).
Anyone (barbarian, humanoid monster, or otherwise) will be disconcerted by mirrors suddenly appearing where they aren’t expected - - because “everybody knows” magic is everywhere in the Realms, and this is obviously magic (potentially - - and even if sudden, ‘probably’ - - hostile), right? Are these traps I can get sucked into, or a foe will step out of?
So, yes, “a spell that created a wall of mirrors before a group of low to medium intelligent humanoid monsters would” certainly “give them pause.” They wouldn’t fear the mirrors so much as they fear whatever force or intellect that put them there, and the aims or intent that mirror-provider might be pursuing. Unintelligent monsters are startled and spooked by anything that appears suddenly, and anything that presents an image of themselves (or something they perceive not as themselves but rather as a specimen of their own kind) to them is something that will spark fear or apprehension or anger (or all three).
As for “Do mirrors reflect any type of magic rays, spells besides the obvious like light spells, I'm assuming a ray of light before a mirror would be reflected back at caster,” my response can only be: some do, some don’t, and there’s only one way to find out. Usually non-magical mirrors can’t “beat” magic, but magic that can by its own nature be deflected or reflected will be. Most Faerûnian mirrors are crafted well enough to reflect, “bend” light, and even focus light (this is a world of gemcutters, remember), though it should always be remembered that crafting a land lens that magnifies is easy; crafting one that magnifies by a particular amount or degree is hard, and it’s even harder to make identical lenses. (Which is why a jeweler’s loupe costs 20 gp in D&D, and a magnifying glass 100 gp.)
Most Faerûnian mirrors have a curved-back-at-the-edges cross-section and aren’t deliberately fashioned to be concave or convex (i.e. they’re not intentional “funhouse-distortion” mirrors), and they can get scratched or marred readily. If made by someone not skilled and practiced in making mirrors, they tend to have a slightly ‘rippled’ surface (like modern real-world bathroom tiles that are glossy-bright but have surfaces that aren’t quite flat).
Armorers make mirrors (and train their apprentices to practice buffing armor to a sheen by having them work on mirrors). Finesmiths and glaziers make mirrors, and in some towns and cities other crafters “also do” mirrors - - folk you might not expect to make mirrors, but their guild somehow took up this field long ago, and of course will never willingly relinquish it. See Table 4-2 in the ARMS AND EQUIPMENT GUIDE: mirror-makers and repairers can include any or all of: armorer, brazier, coffinmaker (in a thorp, hamlet, or village only), coppersmith, gemcutter, goldsmith, horner (rarely, usually in small settlements where folk ‘double up’ on professions), jeweler, limner, locksmith (rarely), pewterer (note that everyday pewter can’t take a reflective finish, but superior pewterers can concoct pewter-like alloys that can; these tend to be brittle, especially in cold temperatures), polisher, sculptor, silversmith, weaponsmith.
Prices of mirrors vary with demand, time taken to fashion them, the skill of the maker (i.e. what else they could be earning, if they used the mirrorcrafting time for something else) and the cost of the base materials, of course, but a “new” steel hand mirror, in good condition, costs 10 gp (DMG Table 3-8), and a really classy, decorated large masterwork mirror 200 gp (note that a masterwork heavy steel shield, on the same DMG table, costs 170 gp, so an unadorned mirror would be in the same range, probably 150 gp, and extrapolate up from that for the adornment). “Rainbow” reflection mirrors, and magical mirrors, of course, go up in price from that base area.
So your “very well crafted medium person full length mirror,” of steel but unadorned, would be about 150 gp (mounted in its own standup frame, and with fitted wooden protective carry-covers). The mirror alone, probably 120 gp. The mirror “blank” (unpolished), or a marred mirror, 80 to 100 gp. Smaller or larger sizes would of course affect these ranges, too.
Note that really small mirrors, sewn into clothing (such as the sleeves and bodices of eyecatching gowns), soar up in price from mere “small palm-sized or smaller mirrors.” So do matching sets of mirrors.



So saith Ed, who’s (ahem) more than scratched the surface of this bright topic with his reflections. (All right, I’ll stop now. Not mocking the question, just being playful.) More Realmslore next time.
love to all,
THO
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Wooly Rupert
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There was, in one of the old "Wizards Three" articles, a magical mirror called a spell mirror. 'Twas in "3 Wizards Too Many", Dragon 196. The mirror was introduced by Mordenkainen.

Basically, a spell mirror is a little glass mirror that reflects a single spell (set when the mirror is created). If someone has a spell mirror anywhere on his/her person, it'll reflect that one particular spell off in a random direction.

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Dargoth
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Perhaps it might be best if we give Ed a couple of weeks off without adding any further questions to the queue it might help reduce the pile of outstanding realmslore questions.......

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Scarabeus
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Posted - 23 Feb 2006 :  03:51:02  Show Profile  Visit Scarabeus's Homepage  Click to see Scarabeus's MSN Messenger address Send Scarabeus a Private Message
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Originally posted by Dargoth

Perhaps it might be best if we give Ed a couple of weeks off without adding any further questions to the queue it might help reduce the pile of outstanding realmslore questions.......

That's an idea. I myself try to ask as few question as possible since every anwser is precious. Anyway, whatever the question asked, Ed always seems to find a way to make the answer more than interesting. Thus I feed upon is words.

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createvmind
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Thank you much, priceless.
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Volo
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I'm VERY much in favour of a moratorium on new questions until, say, the end of the Olympic games? Consider how much we've already asked of the Great Font of All Knowledge and His Beautiful Herald, and how much is on his plate. We don't want his head to explode, do we?

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Neriandal Freit
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quote:
Originally posted by Volo

I'm VERY much in favour of a moratorium on new questions until, say, the end of the Olympic games? Consider how much we've already asked of the Great Font of All Knowledge and His Beautiful Herald, and how much is on his plate. We don't want his head to explode, do we?



TO LATE!

But I support the idea of placing someone over this thread to stop replies to it, while letting THO answer questions by Ed and let him tackle the questions a bit he already has, rather then continuing piling more onto it.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Volo

I'm VERY much in favour of a moratorium on new questions until, say, the end of the Olympic games? Consider how much we've already asked of the Great Font of All Knowledge and His Beautiful Herald, and how much is on his plate. We don't want his head to explode, do we?

I'm afraid we'd likely need to extend that "couple of weeks off" by a serious margin or two.

I know some of us, myself, Kuje, and a few other scribes still have many outstanding questions posed to Ed from both '04 and '05. It's pretty much the reason why I've put a hold on the eight or so questions to Ed I've got sitting on my desktop at the moment.

I think it's best that we should all just take THO's recent post (on 22 Feb 2006 : 15:45:21) to heart and follow on from there.

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Originally posted by The Hooded One

Oh, Ed knows that, all right.
His problem is threefold:
1. Total lack of time. Ed is actively writing or editing SIX projects (plus yours) right now, with another eleven sitting on his desk staring mutely at him, waiting. This means he just CAN’T go off into the basement (or the library of diskettes and Zip disks in his study, either), looking up older Realmslore. It also means he often has to drop everything to deal with emergencies (and the recent WotC layoffs have spawned a lot of those). Ed loves to answer your questions, but he’s as busy as the head of any major company or country - - without having any staff to support him. That means some of the larger-scope questions, or the really, really obscure points, just have to wait.
2. The minefield of constantly-shifting NDAs, and unfolding WotC and Paizo projects and articles Ed is aware of, but can’t publicly talk about. And doesn’t want to screw up.
Many scribes ask about matters that a lot of Realms fans have wanted “cleared up” long ago. Other scribes ask about interesting things unfolding in recent books (e.g. the Shadovar). Still others ask about basics (agricultural practices, land-law).
All of these things SHOULD be answered, and Ed wants to, but often other folks are already at work on answers, or MIGHT answer them as their novel or game sourcebook tromps through relevant real estate, or uses relevant NPCs. So Ed is duty-bound (and legally bound) to keep quiet. Sometimes even admitting that he’s keeping quiet will tip off Realms fans about something in the future that shouldn’t be revealed yet. So he waits…and waits…
3. Rules queries that shouldn’t be directed to Ed in the first place. You know, the “let’s use Ed’s opinion as a weapon in my ongoing argument about X” requests.
4. Questions about the gods, ditto. Yes, Ed created the great majority of deities specific to the FR setting. Yes, he detailed them, and provided spells for them. No, he’s never had the chance to put into print their prayers and rituals properly, or what daily life is like both for a humble priest and for an ambitious upperpriest in the upper echelons of church hierarchy. Yes, he wants to. No, he can’t move on this without WotC cooperation. And everyone, from other fiction writers to WotC designers to every FR fan, has their own, different - - often fiercely different - - ideas of what’s “right” and “true” about the gods. To Ed, most of this (arguing about the Dawn Cataclysm, for example, or Eilistraee) is just like arguing about the weather: fun (when it doesn’t turn nasty), but ultimately useless to the roleplaying experience (mortals can never know the truth, so the truth doesn’t matter: what matters is what priests and fiathful worshippers IN THE REALMS think).
And so on. Yes, these are basics I’m reiterating, but it’s time to repeat them for all. Ed has a huge electronic file of ALL the queries not yet fully answered that have been posed in this thread. Not one gets forgotten, and Ed tries to answer one a day no matter how busy he is. So he’ll get to them, unless the gods take him from us first. Promise.
(No matter how lovingly I have to persuade him. And you know how lovingly THAT can be.)
love to all,
THO


I appreciate Ed sharing this with us THO, as it helps to put this whole "Questions for Ed" into a perspective that many scribes sometimes do not fully appreciate.

In fact, Big Al I wonder if maybe, this particular post from Ed should perhaps be repeated elsewhere here at Candlekeep (on the first page of this scroll for example). At least, to give all potential posters to this scroll a fair idea of what to expect when they pose their question -- a guideline for example, for posting questions to Ed.

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The Hooded One
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No, folks, no. Don’t stop sending questions; Ed loves them, and the more “easy” ones that cross his desk, the more he can answer right away.
Meaning: some scribes happen to ask about matters Ed has just researched, thought about, or created material for, either for our home campaign or to help a WotC staffer or licensee. The latter matters are themselves NDA, of course, but Ed’s a clever lad, and can usually spin you SOME sort of answer that doesn’t offend against the NDA or do what the NDA is designed to prevent: tip everyone off about whatever the future official project is.
I just thought Kuje’s gentle joking reminder was a good cue to remind scribes why Ed can’t “receive-question-answer-question” in any discernable order. Ed is in danger of falling silent again due to workload, but if scribes answering questions fall silent, too, everything will just grind to a halt.
Ed’s a guy, and guys are like magpies or kittens: their attention and interest is easily drawn by bright, shiny, new objects.
So keep those new bright shinies coming. . . .
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THO
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

No, folks, no. Don’t stop sending questions; Ed loves them, and the more “easy” ones that cross his desk, the more he can answer right away.
Meaning: some scribes happen to ask about matters Ed has just researched, thought about, or created material for, either for our home campaign or to help a WotC staffer or licensee. The latter matters are themselves NDA, of course, but Ed’s a clever lad, and can usually spin you SOME sort of answer that doesn’t offend against the NDA or do what the NDA is designed to prevent: tip everyone off about whatever the future official project is.
I just thought Kuje’s gentle joking reminder was a good cue to remind scribes why Ed can’t “receive-question-answer-question” in any discernable order. Ed is in danger of falling silent again due to workload, but if scribes answering questions fall silent, too, everything will just grind to a halt.
Ed’s a guy, and guys are like magpies or kittens: their attention and interest is easily drawn by bright, shiny, new objects.
So keep those new bright shinies coming. . . .
love to all,
THO


Agreed -- definitely agreed.

And for the record, I wasn't advocating a halt to questions for Ed... merely that potential posters be made aware of the comments THO posted above about what Ed can and cannot answer and as a suitable point to show scribes something more than just what Kuje said earlier -- "You gotta have patience, he'll get to it."

This is more substantial at least, and gives posters a fair idea of what to expect .

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed’s a guy, and guys are like magpies or kittens: their attention and interest is easily drawn by bright, shiny, new objects.



Hey, not all of us guys are lik -- ooh, what's that?



Of course, that does explain the buckles on certain types of attire...

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Bonjour THO&Ed!

I am most intrigued how Marimmar became the infamous "Mage Most Magnificent" (from Spellfire for those who don't know him).
Hell Ed I loved to read about him (as I devoured...errr...enjoyed all the rest of the Series, but this guy was just sooo special [at least for me] ).
A pity that his fate was sealed so early in the story.
@ our Hooded Lady Herald: Did you ever meet that guy during your adventures ?
Thank you both very much in advance I highly appreciate all your efforts to supply the lore-hungry travelers at our cozy little keep .
Any spotted language mistakes may be denounced but not blamed on me, it is not my native tongue...

Until we meet again!

Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn.

Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yeah, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land.
Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him, for he is the harbinger of death.

Edited by - At your Behest on 24 Feb 2006 11:44:13
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Feb 2006 :  00:50:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh-heh. Yes, we met Marimmar, all right. He was staring so hard at the bosom of a local tavern dancer that she pulled open her bodice, snapped, "Like 'em? Can't have 'em!" and restored things to place and went on, leaving him going purple.
Hi again, fellow scribes. George (she whispered breathlessly), I hope you’ve noticed how I ahhh, RESTRAINED myself in not replying to the recent opening you left me, about your contortions.
And as for this, from Foxhelm: “Perhaps that’s the next anthology: Realms of Elminster. Another best of Ed Greenwood anthology.” I have to say: don’t tempt the man. Actually, he’s too busy with divers top-secret projects right now to even contemplate such a thing. REALMS OF WAR is the next “Realms of” anthology (though it’s currently just that title, nothing more; Ed apparently knows the title of the one after that, too, and also who the next ‘Best of’ anthology features {no, it’s not Ed; it’s someone else’s turn}).
This time, Ed tries to answer Mkhaiwati’s question: “When children (or adults for that matter) are being taught writing, math, geometry, gem-magic powered rocket science, whatever: What do they write upon? Do they use wax tablets, chalkboards, paper, etc?”
Ed replies:



Kentinal was quite right in posting: “It depends. FR has all the materials you list. Regional aspects both culture and resouces will effect what is available for writing.” As it happens, this is a topic I just wrote up for the Realmslore columns on the WotC website, so ere long my answer should appear there, but I’m afraid it’s NDA here and now.



So saith Ed. Sorry, Mkhaiwati, but this is one of those unfortunate coincidences. Sigh.
love to all,
THO

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 24 Feb 2006 :  01:31:33  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, fellow scribes. George (she whispered breathlessly), I hope you’ve noticed how I ahhh, RESTRAINED myself in not replying to the recent opening you left me, about your contortions.
love to all,
THO



Considering "restraint" may not be THO's forte, I don't know whether to be thankful or offended!

On other matters, considering that we may have overloaded Ed somewhat (still waiting for my lore on Ilmater ... ), a question to THO popped into my head the other day when reading about Torm's activities in Waterdeep. It seems like some of the KoMD engage in solo adventures. If so, how did Ed handle such situations as DM and how did you know what was going on as players? Did you learn about Torm's adventures "in character", from him presumably, or did you learn of them OOC and just separate game and outside-game stories from what your character "knows"?

Oh, and one last question: Did the KoMD ever fight or face off against any dragons (the evnts in the novel "Spellfire" obviously not included)?

Thanks THO, to quote my younger cousin: "You rock!".

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Rolindin
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Posted - 24 Feb 2006 :  05:21:14  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message
Question about Slivermoon and it's history, How far back to fallen cilivations does the city go.
as far back as netheril, or further?
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Kajehase
Great Reader

Sweden
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A rope bridge is built across Silverymoon Ford in 384 DR, and by 574 DR the site has grown into a small trading community.

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett
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Athenon
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Ed and THO,

I just got the WotC module "Red Hand of Doom." Overall it seems like a really good product. Being the diehard Realms fan that I am, I was most pleased to see that Mr. Baker wrote it to be dropped into the Realms in the area east of Shiertalar, the area that I believe is referred to as the Channath Vale. I'm curious to know what you envision the culture of the inhabitants to be like. It seems like an area of the Realms that has so far been undocumented. Your musings would be greatly appreciated!

Also, any chance we'll see "Elminster Speaks" back at GenCon this year?

Thanks!

Will Maranto

Representing the Realms in the Wilds of Northern Louisiana

Edited by - Athenon on 24 Feb 2006 06:33:03
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 24 Feb 2006 :  17:31:23  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

REALMS OF WAR is the next “Realms of” anthology (though it’s currently just that title, nothing more; Ed apparently knows the title of the one after that, too, and also who the next ‘Best of’ anthology features {no, it’s not Ed; it’s someone else’s turn}).



I am anxiously waiting for this one - hopefully it contains short stories of ancient battles, and not just recent ones (such as Azoun's Crusade ;)

I would have LOVED to read another "Best of" from Ed, since I expect that the "The Best of Eddie" sold really well

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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