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Kuje
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Posted - 27 Mar 2006 :  19:14:20  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 Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Hiya Ed,

You know, I wonder how many questions I've asked that haven't been answered yet? Anyhow, here's another.

I was pondering the Unseen as I'm coding the cleric file for Alaundo and I'm wondering this: Does Selune know that Acolyte Respen Moongleam is "dead" and that his form has been taken over by a doppleganger? Why does she continue to grant spells to him then, if she does know. It seems a bit odd to me that she'd grant spells to a doppleganger that killed her worshipper and taken his form and life.



I thought that when a greater doppleganger killed someone like a cleric or paladin, they lost all divinely-granted abilities and the ability to cast spells above second level... I'm away from my sources, but I'm thinking that's the case.

As for the spells thing... I'm noticing that that rule has an odd parallel in the Spelljammer universe. In Spelljammer, any cleric could regain 1st and 2nd level spells, regardless of where he was. If he wanted higher-level spells, either the deity had to be local (worshipped in the sphere), have an agreement with the local deity to cover each other's clerics, or the cleric would have to cast a certain spell to "call home" so his deity could answer his prayers.

So what I'm thinking is that the granting of 1st and 2nd level spells is an unconscious thing that the deity doesn't have to think of or pay attention to -- it happens by default. Anything above that, or any other abilities, and the deity has to pay attention, which would enable them to notice what's happened to their follower.



True and I forgot about the spelljammer rule till you mentioned it, but it still seems a bit odd that he's still listed as a cleric of Selune as a doppleganger and so I keep the question the plate and see what Ed has to say. :)

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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 27 Mar 2006 :  19:54:21  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

Greetings to thee Ed and THO.

I am in dire need of some linguistic and some gastronomical lore.

I dont know whether you know these particular words from before, or if you would be so kind as to "invent" them for me now. I am looking for some translations from English to Tethyrian(?).

1: Shimmering black lights. (i realize single word translations may differ from entire sentences, but here it is the sentence i need translated)

2: Spiral (like in a spiral of stairs)

3: Murky Depths (Same as #1)

And now for some food/drink lore if you have time for it :P

In Tethyr, do you have any local dinner meals? I am looking in particular at specific meals from the northern reaches of Tethyr, near the coast.
Same goes with beverages. Not necessarily spirits or ale (although tis welcome if you would give a few ale specialities) but maybe if they drink milk? from goats, or cows perhaps? What about fruit juices? This is a land rather far south in Faerûn, i would guess they had certain juices and such. Wine from grapes perhaps?

Anyhow, thanks for the effort you put into answering us lorefreaks who believe lore is one of the aspects of role-playing in the realms that is the most important. It is really appreciated :)

-Stig-



The first language in Tethyr and for all those of Tethyrian ethnicity is Common. Which is translated wholesale into English in the sourcebooks. Of course, that doesn't mean the things you wanted translated doesn't have another name anyway

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Thauramarth
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Posted - 27 Mar 2006 :  19:58:38  Show Profile Send Thauramarth a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

As for the spells thing... I'm noticing that that rule has an odd parallel in the Spelljammer universe. In Spelljammer, any cleric could regain 1st and 2nd level spells, regardless of where he was. If he wanted higher-level spells, either the deity had to be local (worshipped in the sphere), have an agreement with the local deity to cover each other's clerics, or the cleric would have to cast a certain spell to "call home" so his deity could answer his prayers.

So what I'm thinking is that the granting of 1st and 2nd level spells is an unconscious thing that the deity doesn't have to think of or pay attention to -- it happens by default. Anything above that, or any other abilities, and the deity has to pay attention, which would enable them to notice what's happened to their follower.



If I recall correctly, the Spelljammer rule refers to an even older rule (I think it was in the 1st Edition Legends and Lore, though I'd have to check to be absolutely certain). The rule back then was that a cleric gets 1st and 2nd level spells based on the mere belief that (s)he is praying for them to an actual divine being. Spells of 3rd to 5th level required the intervention of a minion of the Boss Power on par with a demigod, which acts as an intermediary to the Power (or IS the power, if it is "merely" a demigod), and spells of 6th and 7th level required a line to the Boss Power itself.

The rule was taken over, I think, by Ed in the Avatar series of modules (p. 6 of FRE1 - Shadowdale: "Clerics cannot gain spells of third level or greater through prayer from the moment the storm begins." This followed, I think, the original rule, since once the gods were cast down in Avatar form, they were no longer able to grant spells, either by delegation (3rd-5th level) or directly (6th-7th level). The Spelljammer rule flowed (no pun intended) out of that one, since if the priest is in a crystal sphere where his power has no access, he still believes that his god is real, and thus he gets 1st and 2nd level spells.

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Kuje
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Posted - 27 Mar 2006 :  20:38:03  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
Sigh,

Can we take the spell debate to a different scroll please. :) I just wanted Ed's answer in this scroll.

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Elfinblade
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Posted - 27 Mar 2006 :  21:15:20  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

Greetings to thee Ed and THO.

I am in dire need of some linguistic and some gastronomical lore.

I dont know whether you know these particular words from before, or if you would be so kind as to "invent" them for me now. I am looking for some translations from English to Tethyrian(?).

1: Shimmering black lights. (i realize single word translations may differ from entire sentences, but here it is the sentence i need translated)

2: Spiral (like in a spiral of stairs)

3: Murky Depths (Same as #1)

And now for some food/drink lore if you have time for it :P

In Tethyr, do you have any local dinner meals? I am looking in particular at specific meals from the northern reaches of Tethyr, near the coast.
Same goes with beverages. Not necessarily spirits or ale (although tis welcome if you would give a few ale specialities) but maybe if they drink milk? from goats, or cows perhaps? What about fruit juices? This is a land rather far south in Faerûn, i would guess they had certain juices and such. Wine from grapes perhaps?

Anyhow, thanks for the effort you put into answering us lorefreaks who believe lore is one of the aspects of role-playing in the realms that is the most important. It is really appreciated :)

-Stig-



The first language in Tethyr and for all those of Tethyrian ethnicity is Common. Which is translated wholesale into English in the sourcebooks. Of course, that doesn't mean the things you wanted translated doesn't have another name anyway



My thoughts exactly . I guess almost ever region has it`s own local varieties. And that`s whats important for me in these particular words, and sentences, as they are part of a story that would greatly enhance the "genuine feel" of the campaign to the players.
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 Mar 2006 :  02:06:45  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, scribes. Kajehase recently posted this: “Here's one for Ed to answer when he's done with all the proper Realms-questions (which I suppose, would be at least a decade or so after he's turned into an arch-lich) that I came up with whilst doing my paper-route in a freezing -18 degrees Celsius last morning: How does all those bearded inhabitants of the Realms' northern parts deal with the frost forming in their facial hair on a cold winter day if they can't get inside?”
As a bearded cold-climate man himself, Ed couldn’t resist answering:



They put up with it. :} Hence the Sword Coast North word for “bloke” or “mate” or “average joe” or “some guy”: “snowmouth.” Ice and snow on long beards can be sucked to derive drinks of water, and of course ice roughly broken off takes embedded hair with it. Many in the North cultivate beards and a completely unshaven state to keep as warm as possible, so the “snowmouth” image is common. It tends to keep mustaches trimmed so the mouth isn’t covered with snow or ice.
Which reminds me of Gerath Hoan’s hirsute question; I’ll get to that one tomorrow. Er, as you say: when I’m done with all the proper Realms-questions.



So saith Ed, thy bearded Realms oracle.
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Octa
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Posted - 28 Mar 2006 :  17:25:37  Show Profile  Visit Octa's Homepage Send Octa a Private Message
Well, on my freezin paper route, it was too cold to want to drink ice water, I can only imagine what things would be like for me in the great white north if I'm freezing my tail off in sunny Maryland.

Ed, by the way in your description of Marsember, you hit the climate here on the banks of the chesapeake to a 'T', although most of the cities are on hills overlooking sheltered and formerly swampy harbors, DC itself was once a massive swamp (and probably still is in the eyes of our northern neighbors, yuck yuck although a different kind of swamp).

The funny thing is that when the first English colonists came to maryland in 1632 (Catholics running from protestant kings), they thought the place was god awful hot, tropical even, However they were impressed with the fishing. I guess over 400 years though you get used to it.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 28 Mar 2006 :  22:48:28  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
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Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

[quote]

Ed's novel "Shadows of Doom" from the 'Shadow of the Avatar' trilogy.

-- George Krashos







I read the section set in Spellgard (Saharelgard) and it has sparked a few questions which I hope Ed will please answer:

During the Time of Troubles, how did Saharel keep her magic functioning normally when it was ferblondget everywhere else?

Also, she states that she doesn't have the heat-draining ability of other liches. I notice that descriptions of archliches do not emphasize a connection to the Negative Energy Plane which other liches possess. Do they have such a connection, and if not, what "fuels" them instead?

Finally, does Spellgard have Netherese inscriptions which would contribute to a character's Spellcraft knowledge even without having a conversation with Saharel?

I eagerly await your brilliantly illuminating responses, Ed!


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 28 Mar 2006 :  23:06:23  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Apropos of 1st and 2nd level spells, I have a question for Ed regarding clerics and their spells. ("The gods. They always want to know about the gods....")

Ed, you have repeatedly said that only the gods can grant clerical spells in Toril, but seeing these queries about 1st and 2nd level spells makes me wonder if your rule is absolute, or if those low level spells may be fueled by "belief," as per standard D&D rules (and as in Krynn)? It seems to me (but what do I know?!) that beast cults and demon cults would be much more likely to have adherents if their priests could manifest some spells without Shar or some other deity meddling in their faith.

Also, given 3E's heavy overlapping of what used to be distinctively clerical and arcane spells, who have been the arcane impostors in Toril's history, fobbing themselves off as deities, priests, or prophets while casting arcane spells which they have claimed to be divinely granted?


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Kuje
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Posted - 28 Mar 2006 :  23:46:34  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
As much as I didn't want to discuss the 1st and 2nd level spells, Ed has said in the past that those spells do come from belief and they don't have to come from deities, so Jamallo, that does answer some of your question as well as mine. :)

But I still wanted an answer about why some of the deities allow dopplegangers to impersonate thier followers. :)

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 28 Mar 2006 :  23:54:00  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

As much as I didn't want to discuss the 1st and 2nd level spells, Ed has said in the past that those spells do come from belief and they don't have to come from deities, so Jamallo, that does answer some of your question as well as mine. :)

But I still wanted an answer about why some of the deities allow dopplegangers to impersonate thier followers. :)



Thanks, kuje.


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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Mar 2006 :  02:45:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again. As promised, Ed herewith tackles Gerath Hoan’s question: “With one question answered, I thought I might ask Ed another, this one with much potential for humour, if handled in a certain way. Some fellow gamers and myself were discussing facial hair and the conversation predictably turned to styles in the Realms. Therefore my question for Ed is could he elaborate on the fashions of facial hair, as sported by human men, throughout the "Heartlands" of the Realms? I'm particularly interested in the differences between the various classes of folk (eg commoner, merchant and noble) and between lands (by the "Heartlands" I'm mostly thinking of Waterdeep, Cormyr, Sembia and the Dales, with the Sword Coast and Western Heartlands to a slightly lesser extent). If that question is too vague and there's too much information to give in one answer, then I'd like to hear about the styles adopted in Cormyr, Sembia and Waterdeep by nobles and rich merchants above all other categories. I hope Ed finds this question as fun as I do, I'd like to think that he finds answering our Realmslore questions just as much fun as we have asking them.”
Ed replies:



Of course I have great fun answering Realmslore questions; it affirms my reason for existing (and doing all the crazy gamer things I do, by telling me other crazy gamers need me).
This time, I feel moved to answer this question rather seriously: in the Heartlands of the Realms, a majority of men have facial hair, in a wide (or wild, if you prefer) variety of styles. In Calimshan and the South, hair may be oiled or perfumed to keep it smelling nice and free of bugs, and this practice tends to get sneered at in the North, but other than that, all fashions prevaill; other than on the local “in this particular royal court” level, there’s no really “fashionable” sort of beard.
In general, eastern and southern folk in the Realms (and hirsute women) tend to shave the chin bare and have more long mustaches, “daggerboard” long sideburns, and the like, than do northern folk (who tend more to full-coverage beards, cut either long or short as profession and daily safety or practicality dictate). Van Dyke or longer “lipspike” beards also tend to be fashions of the Vilhon and the Shining South more than they are seen in the North. But as I said, these are gross generalizations.
Hair length confers status (or is linked to manhood, puberty, or reputed properties) generally only in barbarian tribes, and men whose “full beards” consist of cheek and/or chin fuzz aren’t sneered at as somehow inadequate for “not being able to grow” full beards.
It should be noted that many cantrips and TRULY EFFECTIVE (if expensive) ointments (all having long and fanciful names like “Embelder’s Efficacious Divine Dew,” and a collective name of “thurdrixes,” singular “thurdrix”) exist in the Realms for altering hair colour and stimulating hair growth (sometimes at astonishing speed: inches per day), and those who make use of them can markedly alter their appearance. There are even drinks reputed to affect hair growth, but most of these are useless, or are skin dyes or even recreational drugs sold as hair growth treatments to avoid stigma or legal bans.
Something entirely edited out of the Realms until now has been the popularity in Calimshan and more southerly regions of bearded courtesans and pleasure-dancers: beautiful, scantily-clad women who have neatly-styled beards, often of vivid blue, purple, or mauve hue. These are known as “sarken,” and some men go wild at the sight of them. Some sark-women cover their beards with face-veils except when performing or engaging in intimacy (they eat and drink only in private), and others dispense with all veiling and masking, considering their sarken to conceal their modesty (they’ll shave themselves in front of a partner, to excite him). This Realmslore was handed to TSR back in 1986, but seemed to REALLY upset someone, because it vanished, completely and repeatedly (as in, several times over the years I was asked to send the same notes to them because of the geographical areas covered in them, as new people tackled new projects, and each time all mention of sarken immediately disappeared).
Skilled barbers (as opposed to “saerfell” or hairdressers) are rarer than they should be; many families cut each other’s hair crudely, as needed, or even shorten hair by the backwoods method of soaking it in mud at the desired length, and burning off the (kept clear of mud) length of hair below the muddy part. Body hair is often trimmed or removed, particularly in the South, by oiling and then scraping the body, and women often pluck unsightly hairs (around their nipples, around moles or scars, and the like).
However, it’s wrong to think that the presence or absence of beards or their styles in the Realms is linked to class, wealth, nobility or royalty, or any other status, aside from minor religious fashions - - beyond the “passing popularity” of a populace adopting beards like the beard of a popular leader (such as Azoun IV of Cormyr).



So saith Ed, the Bearded One (I’ve seen him in harem costume once, for a fancy dress ball, and he’s more the fat-bellied, hairy-all-over stereotype than he is the shapely dancer, I’m afraid).
love to all.
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Mar 2006 :  02:56:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. First, a public service announcement: as I mentioned earlier, Ed’s trundling off to be a Guest of Honor at the 25th Anniversary AD ASTRA sf convention in Toronto (www.ad-astra.org) from now through Monday, and so will probably fall e-silent until Tuesday - - because I’m going to pull some strings and zip down there to join him (in disguise, of course). His family, who will be housesitting, love to play computer games, so Ed’s phone lines and computer will probably be tied up morning, noon, and night until he gets home (unless they melt down first). So Ed’s lore replies will have another little hiccup.
However, scribes, PLEASE don’t stop those questions coming. They keep Ed happy (I was going to say sane, and then thought better of that) and amuse me, too - - and I’m going to see if I can hack into a certain handy computer system and read this thread, though I certainly won’t be able to post.

Now, to Realms matters. This time, Ed makes reply to The Sage in the matter of Brazilian publishing and this: “Ed, you've talked a little about the duties of the courtesan and courtier in terms of function in royal courts and places of power and how they relate to visiting foreign dignitaries and the like. But I'm actually more curious about actual royalty visiting other realms... to keep this specific, how would a visit to the Forest Kingdom by a foreign royal ruler from another realm be handled inside Cormyr itself? Obviously, there are traditions to satisfy and the usual security measures and political wranglings to get out of the way first... but what happens during an actual visit? I'm looking for more lore than the few snippets that have been hinted at in both novels and sourcebooks in the past.”
Ed makes reply:



Hi, Sage. As for the posting from the gentleman from Brazil, WotC of course owns and controls all of my Realms work. The only other significant fantasy fiction series I have to offer, if he’s interested, are the five Aglirta novels (1. The Kingless Land, 2. The Vacant Throne, 3. A Dragon’s Ascension, 4. The Dragon’s Doom, and 5. The Silent House)

Concerning your royal visits question: as this is lore I worked up for Chapter 1 of POWER OF FAERUN (but didn’t use) AND for a certain secret writing project by someone other than me, I’m afraid it’s already wrapped up nicely as a (forthcoming) 2-part Realmslore WotC web column, and so I can’t repost it here. However, I can say this much:
Obviously, visits vary greatly depending on who’s involved, the purpose of the visit, and what’s going on in Cormyr at the time (public mood), but in general, there are “private visits” (show up without any public fanfare or proclamations, go to the Palace or a royal castle as the guest of the monarch or regent, and then do whatever the visit is for, either hunting in the King’s Forest or negotiating a treaty or plotting future diplomacy and trade stances with each other and against a third country, or whatever) and there are “state visits.”
As I’ve alluded, private visits are just that, and can involve almost anything. They’re informal, and generally only occur between rulers who are friends or at least long acquaintances.
State visits, on the other hand, follow itineraries that I’ve baldly summarized in the aforementioned Realmslore columns.



So saith Ed. Who is now even busier than before, with some non-Realms stuff awakening and landing on his head. As he put it, “Ah, but it’s nice to be wanted - - but do they all have to want me at once?”
BTW, he just voted for the Nebulas, and says there are some great tales on the final ballot this year (novels in particular). Me, I can’t help but chuckling over one of the short story titles: “Still Life With Boobs.”
love to all,
THO
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Now, to Realms matters. This time, Ed makes reply to The Sage in the matter of Brazilian publishing...
Thanks Ed... I'll pass your message along. And thanks THO for the relay, as always .

quote:
Concerning your royal visits question: as this is lore I worked up for Chapter 1 of POWER OF FAERUN (but didn’t use)
I actually had a feeling that was the case... after I'd had the opportunity to read through the sections in PoF about ambassadors and advisors and the court. I thought... "surely Ed wouldn't have missed an opportunity to cover something like this" .

quote:
...AND for a certain secret writing project by someone other than me, I’m afraid it’s already wrapped up nicely as a (forthcoming) 2-part Realmslore WotC web column, and so I can’t repost it here.
Oooh! Now I like the sound of that. Any idea on when it may be "along" in the REALMSLORE column? I'm not pushing for anything definitive... just a general estimation?

And, as always... both you and THO have my thanks.

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Jamallo Kreen
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I have a heap o' questions about architecture which may well have been answered previously. If so, I would appreciate being directed to those answers, please. If not, will Ed please enlighten us so that we visualize the Realms more like his image of them?

What are the general architectural styles of large, non-castle buildings in Faerun? I vaguely recall reading somewhere that tallhouses (or at least upper class tallhouses) have stone ground floors with wooden superstructures, but -- in real world terms -- what do the exteriors look like? Half-timbered Tudor, ancient Roman apartment block, or ... what? What of noble's mansions in relatively safe areas such as the major cities? Romanesque fortified villas ... Norman chateaus ... Spanish baroque, or ... what? Is Piergeiron's " palace" just a castle with a lot of windows or does it have murals, external niches with statuary, fluted columns, and miscellaneous "gingerbread"? I know that stained glass windows are known in Faerun, but what about flying buttresses and the pointed arches of Gothic architecture -- are they used? What of above-ground, non-disguised temples (outside of Mulhorrand, Chessenta and Unther)? Do they look like ancient Greek or Roman temples, or superhumanly large Egyptian temples, or are most of them (as some clearly are) European Christendom styled, with central aisles leading to a main altar and with side chapels?

Are true hemispherical domes in use outside the pseudo-Arabian areas such as Calimshan and Zakhara? (I note the domes of Hlondeth's Aviary of Extaminos, illustrated on page 93 of Serpent Kingdoms, but those are presumably made of glass, not stone.)

Are mosaic walls and/or floors common? If so, in which regions, and are they geometrical like Arab mosaics or do they portray scenes? If the latter, what is the preferred subject matter (aside from festhall mosaics, whose subject matter we can pretty much guess!) ... family history ... heroic scenes of celebrated adventurers ... religious themes ... what?

Are there regions in which one or more of the three "Classic" orders of columns -- Ionic, Dorian, and Corinthian -- predominate, or are these even used in Faerun? (Mulhorrand presumably has Egyptian-styled lotus-topped columns, but what about the rest of Faerun?)

Windows are mentioned many times in writing about the Realms, but -- generally speaking -- what is their preferred shape if architects have their 'druthers -- round, vertical rectangles, horizontal rectangles, or some other shape? The Aviary of Extaminos is based on rhomboids joined into uneven hexagons, but that may well be a significant exception to general rules, given for whom it was built.

In the Conan stories (and I don't recall if this was from the typewriter of Robert E. Howard himself or of Lin Carter or L. Sprague de Camp), "serpent-man" architecture was very distinctive, with the low risers of stairs being one feature I vividly recall. What are the notable features of Sarrukh architecture which would make it distinctive in the eyes of adventurers (aside from serpentine sculptures)? Given that not all Sarrukh had feet, I suppose there are a lot of ramps, but did they even build staircases? I seem to recall that Oreme has stairs, but in 30,000 years they might have been built by another race than the Sarrukh. Has Yuan-ti architecture followed Sarrukh styles, or do they build after human(oid) styles when they are not obliged to disguise their buildings?

Finally, a very specific question about Waterdeep's west Gate: does the dragon carved on it face the city or the sea?

Ed says he loves questions. This post should give him plenty of material for answers!


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Now here's a question which I don't recall ever having been asked here: in what year of our Common Era did Ed first "discover" the Forgotten Realms?


On an unrelated note, aside from bards and courtiers, are there courtesans in the Realms who are not prostitutes, but who simply serve as professional entertainers, companions, and/or escorts? If so, who have been the famous ones in Realms history, the ones about whom poems have been written and songs sung? From our European history, although they undoubtedly prostituted themselves, Aspasia and Phryne spring to mind from Greece, and also Veronica Franco, The Honest Courtesan of Venice. Who would be their Realms counterparts?

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This message is just to announce to Mr. Greenwood that I have send to him the questions, so feel free to asnwer them whithout any type of hurry. Again thank you.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Now here's a question which I don't recall ever having been asked here: in what year of our Common Era did Ed first "discover" the Forgotten Realms?


Ed started/wrote stories for FR when he was 8 years old and it was in the mid to late 60's. 1967 actually, since I just checked since his first tale has been reprinted in Best of the Realms Book II: Stories of Ed Greenwood. :)

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quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Now here's a question which I don't recall ever having been asked here: in what year of our Common Era did Ed first "discover" the Forgotten Realms?


Ed started/wrote stories for FR when he was 9 years old and it was in the mid to late 60's. 1967 or 1969 I believe the years were. Somewhere around there. :)



Wow! Thanks. I suppose that makes the Realms older than Greyhawk. OT: Yah, yah I know it's off topic, but does anyone here know offhand whether Tekumel preceded Greyhawk or not? As I recall, Tekumel arose from M.A.R. Barker's childhood fascination with languages and with the Indian subcontinent and pre-dated D&D; I think Greyhawk was conceived specifically as a locale for early D&D. (Even more OT -- vanity, vanity, saith the Preacher! -- my game world was actually inspired by Bugtussle, hometown of the Clampett family, long, long, loooong before I discovered D&D; all that has survived from those ancient days of world-building is the shape of a single bay. Blimey. I like this train of thought! I'm going to cross-post this to the Adventruring forum, so as not to clutter up Ed's scroll. I'd love to know the origins of other people's campaign worlds and the extent to which they have merged them with Ed's Forgotten Realms.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

I have a heap o' questions about architecture which may well have been answered previously. If so, I would appreciate being directed to those answers, please. If not, will Ed please enlighten us so that we visualize the Realms more like his image of them?



I second this question - I would love to learn more about architecture of different cultures in the Realms. Jamallo, Ed wrote some wonderful stuff about Northkeep's architecture back in 2004 or 2005 (can't remember which).

I would also like to learn more about architecture in ancient kingdoms - such as Jhaamdath and Netheril :)

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I have a question for Ed about Netheril.

I've been having an arguement over on the wotc boards about just how advanced the Netherese were technologically speaking.

Not in the sense of which of their inventions would map to which of ours, but rather, how far they had developed the idea of magic for the common man, magical industries, and the component orientation with which current day technology is built.

For example, if you want to make an electrical device, you're liable to find that most of the basic components are already in existence, and just need to be bought and put together.

Did the Netherese develop such a technological attitude, or were they basically individual artists with lots of knowledge.

I personally fall on the technological side, since i don't believe that the common man gets technology/magic without mass production and the like already in the game.

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Also i assume that the Netherese had magical specialists focussed on making magical items, of a much higher level than are available to current day Faerun. How specialized would such mages be, what benefits might they have, and what losses(like possibly sacrificing spells for better item creation ability)

... and basically how would such mages then relate to the populace at large, and to the archmages of the individual enclaves?

It is my opinion that old Netherese archmages were more likely to have support of this sort, than the benefits of let's say casting in a circle of high mages
(something of a more individual and technological orientation, than the type of magic the elves came up with)
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Ed and THO,

I wanted to ask the Great Master of the Greenwood a question about elven knighthood in Evermeet. What sorts of knighthood exist among the Evermeet elves and what are the different ranks/orders of these organizations? I liked the information hinted at in the "Elves of Evermeet" book, but there were few specifics.

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Oroon Rising - Chap. 12 is now posted.

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Athenon, you might want to also ask Elaine the same question to see whether she can offer any thoughts on such a topic for Evermeet.

Merely as a curiosity, I'd like to see what comes up...

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Hooded One: Do you and Ed have Excel? (Or a means of viewing Excel Spreadsheets?)

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