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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 May 2006 :  02:40:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes. Ed makes reply this time to Jamallo Kreen’s query: “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?”
Ed speaks:



Yes, there are (and have been) many courtesans, on various official payrolls around the Realms (notably in Calimshan, Tethyr, Amn, Waterdeep [see my posts on Shyrrhr, earlier in this thread], Silverymoon, Iriaebor, Cormyr, and Alaghôn, just to name a few places off the top of my head), who are professional entertainers, companions, escorts, and/or hostesses to visitors “to court.” (And not prostitutes, at least until age robs them of their looks and effectiveness, and they lose their positions.) Most lordlings of small independent cities employ and highly value such persons, who may also serve as the commanders of their spies (and even their lovers). A handful are such skillful manipulators that the rulers serve them more than they serve the rulers.
The most effective of these courtesans keep low profiles, of course, becoming famous only as word of them spreads, and therefore the famous ones are all dead. They include the Veiled Dancer of Calimport (name forgotten, but immortalized in the anonymously-composed ballad of the same name, each verse of which ends with the improbable appearance of the dancer, silently dancing: across a battlefield, in a moonlit glade where lovers are trysting, on thin air outside a castle turret window hundreds of feet in the air, out from behind a throne where a king has just been slain, out of the door of a long-sealed crypt when it’s opened to put that dead king to rest, and so on), who flourished over four centuries ago; Tharlaskra of the Bells, who dwelt in Athkatla and chimed gently as she moved, due to the many tiny bells affixed via piercings to her skin (the focus of the ballad “She Rings Her Bells For Me” by the now-dead bard Muraevus “Merrysong” Ruroerlar); Dayatharra of Luskan, who was loved by many seacaptains of old, and is remembered in several ballads, including the famous “Sailing Back Home to Love” by the bard Breldur Arskitarr of Neverwinter; and Joysarra of Zazesspur, who is the “Lady of the Haunting Eyes” in the ballad of that name by the minstrel Ronsil Haeladtongue of Zazesspur.



So saith Ed, shedding light on another small corner of Realmslore.
love to all,
THO
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Sian
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Denmark
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Posted - 11 May 2006 :  08:18:18  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message
Which countries have traveled to Maztica other than Amn (whom i know was the first to discover it with a carrack) here the last decade or so, what kind of settlements do they have over there, and how is the relationships inbetween the Faerünian people and the general relationship between the diffent groups and the natives?

Is there any former group of people from Faerün that discovered Maztica berforehand but stayed there or is just plain forgotten? (know that there is some dwarves in the northen dessert who traveled though a giant tunnel below the ocean after a collapse which closed the way back, but thats about it)

lastly, what kind of monsters and plants are the most common in Maztica?

what happened to the queen? she's much more hysterical than usual
She's a women, it happens once a month

Edited by - Sian on 11 May 2006 08:21:41
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The Sage
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Posted - 11 May 2006 :  13:16:16  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
Ed isn't the best person to ask about Maztica-specific questions, Sian... since he really had little to do with both its creation and development. Certainly, he may be able to share his thoughts and ideas about Faerunian-specific material as it may relate to Maztica since its introduction, but not anything from a Maztica-basis.

These are questions that would be better handled by Doug Niles. Also, I suggest you take a look through the free PDF download of the 2e Maztica boxed set from WotC to learn more:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/downloads

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 11 May 2006 :  13:49:30  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message
I have a rather tricky question. I have heard and read about the Naturalist guild in the Fall of Myth Drannor and some say that there is a Cormyrian guild of Naturalists. Now due to geographical closeness, and the probablity being pretty good that there were survivors from the first Naturalist guild of Myth Drannor (whether by traveling at the fall of Myth Drannor or something like that) are both guilds (new and old) related? How closely related are they if not directly? Are there any guild member families that have worked to rebuild the Naturalist guild from Myth Drannor in Cormyr to continue the work of their earlier family members? Any information you have would be very interesting to know. Thank you very much for your time.

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Kuje
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Posted - 11 May 2006 :  17:05:30  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 The Sage

Ed isn't the best person to ask about Maztica-specific questions, Sian... since he really had little to do with both its creation and development. Certainly, he may be able to share his thoughts and ideas about Faerunian-specific material as it may relate to Maztica since its introduction, but not anything from a Maztica-basis.

These are questions that would be better handled by Doug Niles. Also, I suggest you take a look through the free PDF download of the 2e Maztica boxed set from WotC to learn more:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/downloads




Actually, the better lore on this is in the Lands of Intrigue box set, which is on that list. Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Amn, and a few others have places there. I.E. New Waterdeep, I forgot what BG's is called, and there Helmsport for Amn.

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 Sage
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Posted - 11 May 2006 :  17:23:53  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Ed isn't the best person to ask about Maztica-specific questions, Sian... since he really had little to do with both its creation and development. Certainly, he may be able to share his thoughts and ideas about Faerunian-specific material as it may relate to Maztica since its introduction, but not anything from a Maztica-basis.

These are questions that would be better handled by Doug Niles. Also, I suggest you take a look through the free PDF download of the 2e Maztica boxed set from WotC to learn more:- http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/downloads




Actually, the better lore on this is in the Lands of Intrigue box set, which is on that list. Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Amn, and a few others have places there. I.E. New Waterdeep, I forgot what BG's is called, and there Helmsport for Amn.

Just to clarify... I mentioned the Maztica boxed set as the reference for the posters third question.

Also, VGtBGII makes a brief comment on Amnian operations in Maztica.

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createvmind
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  01:27:20  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello again,

Has the Shade tampering with weather created any kind of tornado area/alley? Does there exist such a class of fronts that affect the lands of Faerun and exactly where are such stats for tornadoes to be found if anyone recalls?

Happy Mother's Day to those applicable.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  02:06:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, scribes. Kuje fairly recently asked: “I warned you, Ed, that I'd find some more NPC's I'd like to know more about. :) And so, sticking with my fascination with Waterdeep NPC's I'm going to ask about Mhaere Dryndilstann and Tamsil.
What does Durnan's wife and daughter look like? Clothing and the materials it's made out of, jewelry, weapons, physically markings, etc, would be great, if you want to supply them. Thier personality. Do they help at the Yawning Portal? Some of thier history would be grand. What does his wife do as a cleric of Lathander? Do they know he's a Lord? Is this his only wife or has he had more? What about other children? What do they think of Mirt and the adventures Durnan and Mirt have had/still have? And as usual, I'll leave it with: Add anything else you want to add that you think we should know or you want to impart. :)”
Ed replies:



Kuje, I’d love to answer these questions properly, but NDAs strongly prohibit at the moment. So I’m going to run through your questions in order, saying as much as I can:
Both have strong-featured ‘good looks’ (not striking beauty, but not ugly, either), daughter is Durnan’s height but has a face (and of course a figure :}) more closely resembling her mother’s. Both customarily wear belt knives and no jewelry, though the daughter went through a “gewgaws to the eyebrows” phase during her teens. They are brisk, kindly hard workers, alert and lively, knowing the gossip (through listening as they serve at the bar) but passing little of it on. Yes, they do work at the Portal (as well as sewing work smocks, simple gowns, and towels as a sideline), and yes, they know Durnan is a Lord of Waterdeep (though in general, it’s “never discussed”).
Durnan had two wives when he was younger; both were killed and he took revenge (he’s never been married to two women at once). Yes, he has other children (two younger daughters from this marriage). They all love Mirt, warts and lecherous teasing and hard drinking and dragging Durnan off into trouble and all. Though they don’t call him anything other than “Mirt” (or “Old Walrus” or Old Wolf” or “Wandering-Hands Trouble”), he occupies the social position of a beloved uncle in Durnan’s family.



So saith Ed. Who’s hard at work on deeply secret matters right now (and cackling maniacally from time to time).
love,
THO
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  03:28:05  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by MadRat

Well met!
I was looking for a symbol of an ancient Netheril. I'm looked through many books and asked on the "Sages of Realmslore" board but found nothing and was directed to Ed.
So I have a question for Ed: What was the symbol or flag of Netheril as a whole. Also, I'm interested, was that symbol the same in the early pre-mythallar era and in The Golden Era of Netheril? And what was the symbols of particular enclaves, if there was any? The Xinlenal, the first enclave of Netheril, enclave of Ioulaum, is the one I most interested in. And also what was the mage sigil of Ioulaum?



Interesting questions! I'd love to know the sigils of the famous wizards, too.

I think that I can hazard a guess regarding a symbol for Netheril as a whole: I doubt that they would have one. The Archwizards were fiercely independent and some of them were quite insane. I don't think that more than two floating enclaves of "High" Netheril would have ever agreed about anything. Some of the settlements of "Low" Netheril might have sometimes formed leagues under a single banner, though, and early Netheril (pre-Iolaum) may have had a single symbol.

General Mattick, inventor of the Magic Missile, wasn't even an Archwizard but was clearly a bloodthirsty maniac. I don't recall offhand, but his army may have come from several enclaves, and whatever banner they used (if it wasn't just his own personal symbol), might come close to being regarded as "the" Netherese flag.

Another possibility for a "national" flag might be whatever flag was used by Netherese spelljamming ships, unless each ship owner used the flag of whatever enclave he or she came from. The flag of Yeoman's Loft might have been regarded in Realmspace as "the" flag of Netheril. One might even compose a story in which the withdrawl of Netheril from spelljamming activities was actually due to haughty wizards refusing to send out their ships under some other city's flag, no matter what the conventions of other space-going cultures might be.

To again quote Montaigne, however: "What do I know?"


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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  03:50:21  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
I was thrilled to read the broadsheet notice, “Nobles Demand Halt to Sale of Paintings.” My good friend, Pyotr van App is an astoundingly good artist. (Someone from your sphere once said something to me about “16 ranks of Craft,” which I take it is a compliment to painters on your world, but means nothing to me.) Two days hence he was planning to paint a portrait of Piergeiron’s daughter. The Phull family’s activities can only create a greater public interest in portraiture and make Pyotr’s work more desirable as an investment. I urge Waterdhavians to make appointments for sittings now, as Pyotr has a strictly limited schedule for portrait work.



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Kuje
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  05:15:21  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
Well,

That was a bit disappointing. :( I tried to ask questions that might have not been NDA. Oh well.

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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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  08:39:26  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
To Master of the Greenwood Estates and Most Respected Lady Herald does a humble sage and librarian, once again, send a longscroll filled with questions:

1) In Eveningstar there is a ridge/hill called "Pillar Rock", with a reference to an old tomb cave in its base. Who is buried there? Did the people of Eveningstar bring their dead there in "the olden days"? Or is it a possible adventure location?

2) Where do the people of Eveningstar bury their dead? In the temple (Lathander's) lands? In the temple crypts?

3) I read about the Broken Sword secret society in Polyhedron 95. Why do they accept humans as members? And what kind of humans would want to ally themselves with beings that seek to eliminate humans?

4) Do the Broken Sword have any priests/divine spellcasters as members or allies? Which deities would they (or their allies) worship? For example, are Garagos, Iyachtu Xvim, Malar, and Bane seen as "lowly human deities", with preference to Gruumsh and other monstrous gods?

5) Would the Broken Sword and Eldreth Veluuthra ally themselves with each other? The Victorius Blade hates humans and orcs (which the Broken Sword has as members) but their goals are very similar, and I remember reading somewhere that these elves are not beneath allying themselves with monsters if it serves their purposes?

Thank you, Ed, for your previous answers! I think a "Realmslore"-article about dwarven and elven grammar/vocabulary would be much appreciated by the sages and scribes here at Candlekeep :)

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Edited by - Asgetrion on 13 May 2006 01:28:33
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Verghityax
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  08:44:52  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady Hooded One,

A long time ago I asked you about the placement of some locations in Elturel and not so long ago the same about Iriaebor. You said that this information was under NDA. My current question is: is this info still under NDA? If yes, how long may it take for this info not to be under NDA anymore?
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Never
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Posted - 12 May 2006 :  22:56:58  Show Profile  Visit Never's Homepage Send Never a Private Message
The Hooded One:
"…and (my personal favourite) the elves that shat sapphires…"

I know a gold elf who *thinks* she shats sapphires. [grumble, grumble, grouse]

I'm so, so very guilty for no reason or rhyme;
Infinite victims, infinitesimal time.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  00:11:37  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Back in September of last year, Jamallo Kreen posted: “I have a RULES question which may well belong elsewhere, but Ed may be able to provide insight which settles the matter for the more formal amongst us: is the creature known as the "ur-priest," who can "steal" divine power to do clerical magic even possible within Realmspace? Admittedly the things of the Gods are known to the Gods, etc., but the DM is something of an Overpower; as such, being a DM, I'd like to know if allowing an ur-priest to function according to the written rules is possible in "real" Realms gaming, or if some deity (Gargauth, for example) would knowingly and deliberately power the spells of the ur-priest for reasons which are (probably) nefarious? (I could imagine a Good or Neutral deity, far-seeing Savras, for instance, powering spells for such a priest in the expectation of eventually acquiring him or her as a worshipper, but Gargauth or Cyric or Bane would probably do it just to raise heck and create eventual despair; a demon lord or devil would probably be delighted to grant spells to an ur-priest and then appear some time later contract and pen in hand and an announcement that only a signature is necessary for the spells to keep on comin'.)
I'm sorry if I seem to be flogging an expired equine, but I have a Thayvian PC in my campaign, and the player has hopes of him becoming an ur-priest. I have said that is not a guaranteed available class, but I would like to know what options Ed and others consider to be available for such a PC before I slam the door on the PC. (Eternal damnation for the character is one of the possibilities -- mwahahahahaaaaaa! -- but not the only one. "Hey, everybody! Field trip to Hell! XP! XP!")”
Ed replies:



Certainly it’s possible, both for running ex-clerics of dead gods, as stated under the “Adaptation” heading, and for the stealing-divine-power character. Please note, however, that your supposition is correct: no mortal is deceiving a god and “getting away with it.” Rather, a deity IS deliberately granting the ur-priest spells to let the ur-priest function as a “wild card loose cannon” and benefit from the results. (This may of course end in stopping the flow of spells if the ur-priest no longer benefits the deity, or even ending such granted powers at the same moment as priests of that deity show up to do battle with the ur-priest and publicly vanquish him, to the greater glory [enhanced public reputation] of the deity. So being an ur-priest in the Realms is by no means a long-term secure career.)
Some deities by their nature would have nothing to do with ur-priests or such tactics, but in the Realms of old, Leira loved to ‘run’ such mortals. Gargauth and Talos did and still do, though they will limit what spells the ur-priest gains, and support only a few isolated individuals (so, no temples or “unholy strike forces” full of multiple ur-priests). This makes it difficult to play a PC ur-priest, but easy to have NPC ur-priests.



So saith Ed. Who may just have explained some of the strange foes we Knights met, down the years. Or not, as the case may be.
love,
THO
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  01:46:06  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, fellow scribes. Ed makes reply this time to Jamallo Kreen’s query: “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?”
Ed speaks:

(and does so in a thrilling manner)




That is sooooo cool, Ed! Thanks! And thanks to you, too, of course, beauteous Hooded One!


I add my voice to those who request Ed to record some Realms music. I really want to hear this ballad of the Veiled Dancer!


!


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  01:48:46  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Hello again,

Has the Shade tampering with weather created any kind of tornado area/alley? Does there exist such a class of fronts that affect the lands of Faerun and exactly where are such stats for tornadoes to be found if anyone recalls?

Happy Mother's Day to those applicable.



Perusing my recently acquired heap o' old Dragon mags, I read across the article on the decanter of endless water and now wonder why people haven't planted them in Anauroch, Raurin, etc.? The Shades seem to have gone to an awful lot of trouble to fetch water to the desert....


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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Hello again,

Has the Shade tampering with weather created any kind of tornado area/alley? Does there exist such a class of fronts that affect the lands of Faerun and exactly where are such stats for tornadoes to be found if anyone recalls?

Happy Mother's Day to those applicable.



Perusing my recently acquired heap o' old Dragon mags, I read across the article on the decanter of endless water and now wonder why people haven't planted them in Anauroch, Raurin, etc.? The Shades seem to have gone to an awful lot of trouble to fetch water to the desert....





The Zhents have already done that they created a bunch of man made Oasis using Decanters of Endless water that spann the length of Black Road

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Drakul
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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  14:50:44  Show Profile  Visit Drakul's Homepage  Click to see Drakul's MSN Messenger address Send Drakul a Private Message
Ed, I am curious as to what denizens reside in the Clawrift. I know that thousands of kobolds can be found there, but I want to know if there are more malevolent denizens within the Clawrift.

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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  19:22:23  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. Back in September of last year, Jamallo Kreen posted: “I have a RULES question which may well belong elsewhere, but Ed may be able to provide insight which settles the matter for the more formal amongst us: is the creature known as the "ur-priest," who can "steal" divine power to do clerical magic even possible within Realmspace?

(snip)

Rather, a deity IS deliberately granting the ur-priest spells to let the ur-priest function as a “wild card loose cannon” and benefit from the results.

(snip)




Oooooooh, Master of the Green Wood, you give me such ... ideas!



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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  19:26:53  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth


(snippy snippy snip snip)

The Zhents have already done that they created a bunch of man made Oasis using Decanters of Endless water that spann the length of Black Road



Thanks, Dargoth. Would you please tell us where that's written up? I want to follow up on this for my own campaign.


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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 13 May 2006 :  19:57:51  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
(Lotta consecutive posts by me here, folks. Am I wallowing in my own ignorance or luckily asking the same questions others have? I apologize if my frequesnt posts seem intimidating to some readers, but I have thousands of factoids to acquire before I can consider myself even an apprentice loremaster of the Realms.)

In this post, I answer (or rather, Skip Williams answers) one of the string of questions I asked a couple of weeks ago vis-a-vis greenstone amulets. In a "Sage Advice" column some years ago, Skip Williams answered someone else's questions about them and stated that they begin to automatically recharge when they reach zero charges. Thus, even though they look "burned out" at that point, they recover, unlike a burned out Ioun stone. Skip did not, however, answer the other questions which I recently asked Ed, such as whether some amulets are created with less than 44 charges, and whether an amulet will recharge itself to 44 despite its (possibly lower charged) state when created. I eagerly await Ed's responses to those and my other questions.



I have a few other questions, too! (Big honking surprise, eh what?). What are some typical values for various types of books which are needed to comprise a wizardly research library? I know, as a historian, that on our Earth books were enormously expensive in Europe between the decline of Rome (and its book-copying industry) and the introduction of the printing press. 3rd edition D&D makes blank books ridiculously cheap, though, and I know that Waterdeep and some other cities have a burgeoning printing industry, so just what are the current price tags on bestiaries, herbals, and books on matters of arcana and of natural philosophy? Candlekeep (the real one, not this cybernetic one!) has a requirement that a new visitor deposit a book of "new" knowledge with them, -- Mel Odom gives a price tag of 10,000 (!!!!) "gold pieces" for such a thing -- but what is (under 3E) a more typical cash value for books new to Candlekeep? Also, does Candlekeep permit visitors to enspell themselves so that they may remember what they read and then transcribe their day's reading on blank leaves or books of their own within their own guest cells at Candlekeep? Are spells which permit magical transcriptions of books permitted in the reading rooms, since some of these do not require dangerous bottles of ink which might be spilled over precious volumes? Does Candlekeep have (or plan on having) a print shop to mass produce its more important (or more popular) books?

Are there any cities or larger realms which have copyright laws? If so, do they require that copies of newly copyrighted books be deposited at a central library?

On a much more tangential note, who have been the famous scientists of the Realms (other than that Netherese aeronautical fellow from Yeoman's Loft)?



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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth


(snippy snippy snip snip)

The Zhents have already done that they created a bunch of man made Oasis using Decanters of Endless water that spann the length of Black Road



Thanks, Dargoth. Would you please tell us where that's written up? I want to follow up on this for my own campaign.





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Drakul
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I thought that quote came from The Night Parade a book in the Harpers Series.

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The Hooded One
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Hello again, fellow Candle-bearing scribes. This time Ed tackles this, from Kuje: “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.”
Dearest Wooly then reminded Kuje 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, and reminded us all of the old “regaining 1st and 2nd level spells ‘by default, anywhere’” concept, which Ed has confirmed elsewhere. Thauramarth pointed out its age and broad application, which Ed also hereby confirms.
He also has these words for Kuje:



Of course Sêlune knows. :}
It’s a little hard to hide something like that from a deity. And in this case, the first and second level spells WOULDN’T automatically be regained, because the doppelganger is merely copying Moongleam’s shape, not occupying it, and therefore no one who’s ever been a devout worshipper is involved.
However, Sêlune IS granting the doppelganger spells, up to 4th level thus far, hoping the creature will begin to worship her [remember, in the Realms, everyone “believes” because everyone KNOWS the gods are real; it’s worship the deities are after]. It remains to be seen if the creature will.



So saith Ed. VERY interesting.
love to all,
THO
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