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Kuje
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 05 Jun 2006 :  23:31:36  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 RodOdom

quote:
Originally posted by Jorkens

The now dead Rhauntides, the sage of Deepingdale is also a character i have been interested in for years. Is there something of the mages history you could share with us?



Rhauntides is dead?



Yes, check the FRCS. :) I learned this when I finally read the FRCS cover to cover awhile back. :) And I was going to ask Ed about his apprentice leaving and where she went but I figured that was NDA and so I sighed and went, Nah, don't bother. Grin.

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

My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/kuje

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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
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Posted - 06 Jun 2006 :  01:08:01  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 RodOdom

quote:
Originally posted by Jorkens

The now dead Rhauntides, the sage of Deepingdale is also a character i have been interested in for years. Is there something of the mages history you could share with us?



Rhauntides is dead?



Yes, check the FRCS. :) I learned this when I finally read the FRCS cover to cover awhile back. :) And I was going to ask Ed about his apprentice leaving and where she went but I figured that was NDA and so I sighed and went, Nah, don't bother. Grin.

I asked Ed back in August '05.

George tinkered with the description in Highmoon regarding Shaunil Tharm when the FRCS was in development. Originally, Rhauntides died in 1371 DR and Shaunil wasn't even mentioned. Though George did conceptualise an adventure which deals with just what Shaunil Tharm is up to. We just haven't learned anymore as yet...

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2006 :  02:40:46  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. New scribe Miri - Jala recently posted: “Dear Ed and THO, First off, I would like to thank you Ed for the wonderful characters you have brought to us! I have become an avid reader of the Forgotten Realms since I found them last year. I have a lot of books to catch up on!
I have a question on one of my favorite characters, Elminster. Does he have any sons? I know he has daughters including Narnra, Laspeera, and Queen Filfaeril. If so, who were the mothers? Maybe a son by Mystra herself hidden somewhere? Maybe he's got a son almost as old as he is.
On a side note...Could you give us any detail about the Gen-Con convention. When you'll be signing and doing seminars? Are there going to be any D&D gaming you'll be participating in? I've no experience in it but would like to see what its about.”
Ed replies:



Well met, and welcome, Miri - Jala. I’m glad you’ve found the Realms, and I hope it remains a warm, inviting home for your dreams for years to come!
Elminster does have sons, yes, and a few of them are still alive. Over his thousand-some years of lusty living, he’s sired quite a few offspring, though not nearly as many as he would have done if Mystra hadn’t been applying her silent “you’re one of my Chosen, and I don’t want you to father anyone just now, so here’s my birth control” powers so often.
Narnra is a “direct” daughter of Elminster; Laspeera and Filfaeril were bending the truth a little to make her feel better when they spoke thus: they’re among Elminster’s many grand and great-grand, and great-great-grand (and so on) -children.
Elminster’s seed seems to favour female offspring over males, but yes, it’s quite possible he’s got a son almost as old as he is. I would say more, but I’m dodging NDAs like crazy here. Let me just note that MYSTRA decides when or if any of her Chosen will “cause” children, and if any such offspring will have any aptitude for magic or become Chosen. If you can get access to THE SEVEN SISTERS sourcebook (a 2nd edition tome I wrote some years back), more of this is hinted at; THE SECRETS OF THE MAGISTER sourcebook I penned is also fun related reading, too. SISTERS has some fiction snippets, SECRETS very few, so if you’re enjoying the Realms for fiction and not gaming, try not to spend much to get a glance at these; I’ll rely on the moderators and veteran scribes of Candlekeep to pass on to you if either of these books is a free download, and where such e-sources may be found.
As for GenCon: the “original” GenCon, now GenCon Indy, is a huge convention; so big that I tend to recommend to first-time attendees that they don’t try to sign up for much of anything, but just see the exhibit hall, the art exhibit, and attend seminars and new game launches and just gawk and have fun. Then they’ll know EXACTLY what they want to try to get registered for in their second year. As usual, my schedule (set by Wizards of the Coast, the GenCon staff, the friends I want to see and dine with, and usually a few other companies I’m writing for [this year, that might well mean that a teaser or two for a little something of mine called “Castlemourn” is finally seen at the con], or - - as in this year - - the lovely Elaine Cunningham working tirelessly to set up a signing schedule for game fiction authors, at the con) isn’t “set” yet. Here are my preliminary plans: no actual gaming that I know of, yet (at GenCon, such events usually end up being “auction seats off for charity” sessions, and I only run 2nd edition “roleplaying not rules,” gaming novices very much welcome so I can draw newcomers into the hobby and show local mayors, police chiefs, and other dignitaries that we’re NOT dangerous security risks and crazies, but amiable fun crazies :}); my usual Spin A Yarn the audience-provides-story-elements-and-I-write-
a-website-Realms-tale (with Linae Foster as my “straight woman” this year, I believe, rather than Mary-Elizabeth Allen, who’s retired from Wizards - - I should warn you that this seminar tends to get rather, ahem, lewd); PERHAPS a Secrets of the Realms or Realms All-Stars panel or something of the sort (with Wizards staff and me sitting with them, saying as little as possible about forthcoming products), and the aforementioned author signing. I’m afraid my schedule seldom gets finalized until mere days before the con, but I go to GenCon to meet people and have fun, I hang around for all of it, and I don’t charge for autographs; I’m happy to hang out and just talk with gamers who want to talk with me, if I haven’t already promised to be somewhere specific at sometime specific and do something else. So if you do make it down and see me, stop and say “Hi!” I don’t bite (er, at least on the first date :}).
I urge you - - and every gamer - - to attend GenCon at least once. It’s a huge trade fair (more games and game “stuff” like glowing dice and T-shirts and fantasy art then you’ll ever see anywhere else in one place, for sale) and gamer conflab, usually hectic, overcrowded, and lots of fun. Some love it, some don’t like the experience - - but everyone should give it a try. See you there, I hope.



So saith Ed. Who hopes to see more of the Candlekeep stalwarts at GenCon this year, and his old friends from the Realms-list, too. He didn’t mention how FULL his schedule gets, every year: don’t be surprised if you see him hurrying everywhere, when you do see him.
I just might attend for a day or two, myself (in disguise, of course).
love to all,
THO
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Neriandal Freit
Senior Scribe

USA
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Posted - 06 Jun 2006 :  04:17:12  Show Profile  Visit Neriandal Freit's Homepage  Click to see Neriandal Freit's MSN Messenger address Send Neriandal Freit a Private Message
It'd be wonderful to encounter your lustfullness THO when your in my domain, as I do only live just an hour and half away from GenCon Indy's location

Come south to where I'm at and I'm sure you and someone will love to roll down the great hills and bath nude in the babbling creeks

"Eating people is wrong...unless it's on the first date." - Ed Greenwood, GenCon Indy 2006

Edited by - Neriandal Freit on 06 Jun 2006 04:18:16
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HunterOfStorms
Seeker

Australia
21 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2006 :  06:19:41  Show Profile  Visit HunterOfStorms's Homepage Send HunterOfStorms a Private Message
Hi again Ed, just doing my bit to keep adding to the piles of questions, no doubt stacked extradimensionally by now, in your queue.

I've been looking at compiling a descriptive list of woods suitable for carving etc. for a player of mine and my first stop has been with the Volo's guides and Ecologies. And a wonderful source of detail they are too :) The newer editions don't have quite as much information, but still usueful. However, I'm intrigued by the passing references to Barausk and Rosecork trees in Elminster's Ecologies (the Settled Lands Chapter). Barausk (found in Harrowdale and Deepingdale) is well described as a tree and has the property of drying iron hard. Rosecork is only decribed as being native to the Isle of Prespur and "virtually fireproof and becoming increasingly popular with builders".

Lovely stuff, but I'm greedy, I want more :) Would you be so kind as to expand on these two varieties perhaps? The colour and grain of the wood and whether it suitable or useless for carving, inlay etc.?

And if Elminster could wave his magic wand and bring you (and maybe even GenCon (the one and only)) to Australia someday, I'm sure there are many Realms fans who would be delighted to trek across the continent in order to shake your hand.

Hunter
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 07 Jun 2006 :  01:27:36  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This time, Ed tackles this query from the obsolete: “i asked elaine this question but she wasnt sure about it. so maybe you can better help me. do you know who the two persons on the front cover of, city of splendors novel are?”

As it happens, I’ve already asked Ed the same question, and he revealed that he’d gently and teasingly asked Peter Archer the very same thing. No answer has been forthcoming from J.P. Targete thus far, so Ed concocted an answer for we players “to suffice until something more definitive comes along.” Here it is:



The darkly handsome male is Baldovar Zulpair, a young noble fascinated by adventurers. He’s showing a visiting Silvaeren adventurer, the knight protector Charrara Snowriver, the splendid view of Waterdeep afforded by the highest balcony in Piergeiron’s Palace, trying to impress her so he can bed her.
It isn’t going to work.



So saith Ed. Who didn’t think the characters looked sufficiently like any of the protagonists in CITY OF SPLENDORS to pass for them, but that the male was wealthy and quite possibly noble (it MIGHT be Beldar Roaringhorn, but then again . . .), but that the female couldn’t be a Waterdhavian native, who could get an even more impressive view of the city on any clear-weather day by simply climbing the higher trails up Mount Waterdeep that feature briefly near the end of the novel. Ed would have wanted to see Beldar or Taeros showing the city to Naoni or Lark, but one can’t have everything.
Though I, for one, am not going to stop trying.

P.S. HunterOfStorms, Ed did tour the eastern coast of Oz, from Brisbane in the north down through Adelaide (conventions in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, ABC television and radio, bookstore and gaming store appearances in Woolongong, Toowoomba, Sydney, and I’m sure some other places he forgot to mention to me), in a five-week stint in 1994 with “Uncle” Wes Nicholson, touring for ELMINSTER: THE MAKING OF A MAGE. He’d love to return, but he’s so blamed busy writing that he can’t see a chance to for at least five years, and maybe ten. Sigh.
love,
THO
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HunterOfStorms
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Australia
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Posted - 07 Jun 2006 :  02:01:30  Show Profile  Visit HunterOfStorms's Homepage Send HunterOfStorms a Private Message
It's a shame I missed that opportunity (and in Adelaide too <sigh>), Lady THO. And while I fully understand how hectic Ed's life must be, in Canada alone, it doesn't stop me wishing that Australia was maybe a little closer to Canada geographically :) or that Ed was many cloned <heheh>. Still, hope may spring eternal ...

Hunter
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Miri - Jala
Acolyte

USA
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Posted - 07 Jun 2006 :  02:05:50  Show Profile  Visit Miri - Jala's Homepage Send Miri - Jala a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(snip)
my usual Spin A Yarn the audience-provides-story-elements-and-I-write-a-website-Realms-tale (with Linae Foster as my “straight woman” this year, I believe, rather than Mary-Elizabeth Allen, who’s retired from Wizards - - I should warn you that this seminar tends to get rather, ahem, lewd);
(snip)
I’m happy to hang out and just talk with gamers who want to talk with me, if I haven’t already promised to be somewhere specific at sometime specific and do something else. So if you do make it down and see me, stop and say “Hi!” I don’t bite (er, at least on the first date :}).
(snip)




Thanks Ed for taking the time to answer my questions about Elminster and GenCon Indy. Its greatly appreciated. Your Spin A Yarn seminar sounds like its going to be really interesting...can't wait to see what you come up with. What did you mean by Linae Foster as my “straight woman”...? As for the biting...wellll...you can skip the "not on the first date" rule , just make sure there aren't any tell-tale teeth marks afterward. From what you and THO said, you are going to be a very busy man! If you would like help with anything at the Con, errands run, gopher this, gopher that, I'd be happy to lend a hand. Just let me know.
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 07 Jun 2006 :  04:07:25  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Miri - Jala

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(snip)
my usual Spin A Yarn the audience-provides-story-elements-and-I-write-a-website-Realms-tale (with Linae Foster as my “straight woman” this year, I believe, rather than Mary-Elizabeth Allen, who’s retired from Wizards - - I should warn you that this seminar tends to get rather, ahem, lewd);
(snip)
I’m happy to hang out and just talk with gamers who want to talk with me, if I haven’t already promised to be somewhere specific at sometime specific and do something else. So if you do make it down and see me, stop and say “Hi!” I don’t bite (er, at least on the first date :}).
(snip)




Thanks Ed for taking the time to answer my questions about Elminster and GenCon Indy. Its greatly appreciated. Your Spin A Yarn seminar sounds like its going to be really interesting...can't wait to see what you come up with. What did you mean by Linae Foster as my “straight woman”...? As for the biting...wellll...you can skip the "not on the first date" rule , just make sure there aren't any tell-tale teeth marks afterward. From what you and THO said, you are going to be a very busy man! If you would like help with anything at the Con, errands run, gopher this, gopher that, I'd be happy to lend a hand. Just let me know.



I don't know if this still applies, as it's been a few years since I've been able to see Ed/Elminster in action at Gen Con.....

As a former TSR spokesperson on hand at Elminster Speaks seminars of yore, I can say it's a tough job being the one to try and interrupt Elminster/Ed as he goes into the exact yoga postures necessary to truly understand the religions of Sharess and Eilistraee, exactly which appetites of Mirt's are the strongest, and just how many erogenous zones are found on the adult elf.

In short, the designated "straight-person" is there to toe the line on "what's proper to discuss about the Realms" and Elminster gaily picks up that line and jumps rope with it.

Steven Schend
Who thankfully just gets to skulk in the audience and enjoy this year...

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com

Edited by - Steven Schend on 07 Jun 2006 04:09:02
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RodOdom
Senior Scribe

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Posted - 07 Jun 2006 :  06:05:13  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,

Currently I'm running a game taking place primarily within Evermeet and Evereska. One thing that we have largely glossed over is money in elven society. Currency and market prices aren't mentioned in the Evermeet sourcebook. How are elven economies structured? Are they any different than those of humans?
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Scarabeus
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Canada
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Posted - 07 Jun 2006 :  07:05:31  Show Profile  Visit Scarabeus's Homepage  Click to see Scarabeus's MSN Messenger address Send Scarabeus a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by RevJest
From published Realmslore we know that Mielikki, Florin's goddess, told him to marry Dove. So obvious divine fingerprints abound! No surprise that the lad may have a destiny before him.

- RJ


Sure it looks that way. But it can be an interesting paradox because Ed said not long ago that " [...] for the gods to gain and lose power by gaining and losing worshippers, and for PCs to truly be heroes, fate and destiny CAN’T exist." But it surely does for novel characters.

- Scarabeus

Edited by - Scarabeus on 07 Jun 2006 07:21:59
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 08 Jun 2006 :  00:26:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Good point, Scarabeus. Very good point.
I think Ed would acknowledge the paradox but at the same time point out he was speaking of infallible predestination, whereas what Mielikki did was meddling: trying to set up mortals to do thus-and-so, but not necessarily guaranteeing they'll do it, or guiding them along the way (after the initial commandment), or escorting or protecting them. (Who knows how many other matings she's tried to arrange, in hopes one of them "bears the right fruit"?)
Hi again, everybody. This time, I’m going to tackle a query myself (after consulting with Ed, of course). Swordsage recently posted: “Noticed lately that many authors are selling old gaming material (notes, outlines etc.) on places such as E-Bay. Would Ed ever consider doing this? Can he do this given he sold the rights to the Realms to TSR/WotC?”
Ed wouldn’t consider doing that, no. In his mind, TSR (and so, of course, WotC and now Hasbro) owns everything he sent to them - - not the stuff still in his house, because Bruce Heard, then Acquisitions Manager at TSR, at one point said, “Stop sending us stuff! The cubicles we’re dumping it all in are full! The rest is yours; keep it!” and both Jim Ward, Creative Manager of TSR at the time, and V-P Mike Martin confirmed (I’m paraphrasing here): “If we didn’t ask you for it, it’s yours. However, you can’t publish anything in the Forgotten Realms anywhere else.”)
TSR has on several occasions asked for copies of original novel manuscripts or the “big” Waterdeep maps or other maps to give away as prizes at conventions, and Ed has obliged. So give away, yes. Sell on e-Bay: never.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Jun 2006 :  00:30:49  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Oh, I almost forgot:
Miri - Jala, Ed says Steven's answer re. "straight person" is just fine, except that at Spin A Yarn Ed plays Ed, and the poor WotC person is also the stenographer: they write down all the audience-suggested story elements, and later type them into Word, and e-mail Ed the list. Which he then incorporates into the tale. Last year's tale will probably get handed to Wizards around July 1st or so (Ed got that list just last month).
love,
THO
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RevJest
Learned Scribe

USA
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Posted - 08 Jun 2006 :  01:01:31  Show Profile  Visit RevJest's Homepage Send RevJest a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Scarabeus

quote:
Originally posted by RevJest
From published Realmslore we know that Mielikki, Florin's goddess, told him to marry Dove. So obvious divine fingerprints abound! No surprise that the lad may have a destiny before him.

Sure it looks that way. But it can be an interesting paradox because Ed said not long ago that " [...] for the gods to gain and lose power by gaining and losing worshippers, and for PCs to truly be heroes, fate and destiny CAN’T exist." But it surely does for novel characters.


Destiny with a small 'd'. :)

- RJ

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Swordsage
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 08 Jun 2006 :  01:32:46  Show Profile  Visit Swordsage's Homepage Send Swordsage a Private Message
Thanks THO. I was pretty sure that this would be the response, but I just wanted to check - it would be great to see some of the material that sits in his basement.

The Swordsage
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Athenon
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USA
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Posted - 08 Jun 2006 :  05:51:18  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
Greetings Ed and THO!

Is it an oversite that Wizards has not scheduled an "Elminster Speaks" seminar at GenCon the last couple years, or do they for some reason not like channeling of the Old Sage? Thanks for hours of entertainment reading this forum.

Will Maranto

Representing the Realms in the Wilds of Northern Louisiana

Edited by - Athenon on 08 Jun 2006 05:52:06
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Scarabeus
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Canada
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Posted - 08 Jun 2006 :  06:50:14  Show Profile  Visit Scarabeus's Homepage  Click to see Scarabeus's MSN Messenger address Send Scarabeus a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Good point, Scarabeus. Very good point.
I think Ed would acknowledge the paradox but at the same time point out he was speaking of infallible predestination, whereas what Mielikki did was meddling: trying to set up mortals to do thus-and-so, but not necessarily guaranteeing they'll do it, or guiding them along the way (after the initial commandment), or escorting or protecting them. (Who knows how many other matings she's tried to arrange, in hopes one of them "bears the right fruit"?)

I see. Very good point either. Now I understand the philosophy. So in a way, any event set in motion does not necessarily reach a set predestination. But the odds of reaching it can be tempered with in many ways and to a very high degree. The line is thin indeed. Your example makes me think of Jherek in Threat from the Sea.

I guess it can be compared to an author writing a book. Like an overlord he set a story in motion up to it's conclusion. But even if the odds are high for the final product to happen that way, you never know what unknown forces (hummm ... let's say an editor )may have in store.

-Scarabeus

Edited by - Scarabeus on 08 Jun 2006 07:13:52
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 09 Jun 2006 :  01:45:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hmm, yes, let's say that, indeed.
Hello again, fellow scribes. This time, Ed makes answer to this query, from WalkerNinja: “In the 2E boxed set, great effort was taken to show how members of different regions viewed each other (i.e. Dalelanders think "X" of Sembians). I note that Cormyr is mostly made up of ethnic Chondathans and Tethyrians. How Cormyreans of different human subraces view each other? Is there any racial tension between these groups, and do stereotypes exist about/between them?”
Ed replies:



No, because the divisions in Cormyr are so strongly class-based (nobles versus commoners) and geographic (Arabel and Marsember have revolted against the rule of the Dragon Throne often, and resent “smug Suzailans,” while most of the rest of Cormyr regards the folk of Marsember as “decadent, crooked slavers and smugglers, more like those pirates of Westgate than REAL Cormyreans” and the people of Arabel as “greedy backcountry thicknecks who bully the Court into giving them far too much coin and attention and their own way, by threatening to revolt every summer or so!”). These divisions are usually submerged in the “we must all stand together” national pride that comes from worrying about Sembian expansion constantly, and the recent war against the Devil Dragon (see DEATH OF THE DRAGON), and that national pride overrides any racial tensions. Remember that Cormyr is a trading nation (and so constantly sees a lot of outlanders from afar in its major settlements and along its major trade-roads; see my reply to Sarkile in an “omnibus” reply on page 17 of the 2005 vintage of this thread), and that any hatred or fear of these strangers is weak in cities (for whom such cosmopolitan living is the norm) and in the rural backlands, gets lumped in with the resentment of the big cities seen in the ballad “The Cormyte’s Boast” (see p. 165 of VOLO’S GUIDE TO CORMYR), which epitomizes that nationalistic spirit I mentioned in my preceding sentence. Moreover, much racial intolerance is rooted in unfamiliarity, and service in the Purple Dragons (plus the postings of Dragons all over the realm), and visits to the festhalls of the large cities, both bring Cormyreans into the (sometimes intimate) company of “other races,” and break down those attitudes quickly.



So saith Ed. Who has written elsewhere in the past that while geogrpahical rivalries and even hatreds are just as strong in the Realms as in the real world, racial tensions among human sub-races are much less - - because almost all humans grow up rubbing shoulders with dwarves, elves, and other intelligent races markedly more different from themselves than a human from several kingdoms away whose dress, customs, and skin colour differs from theirs.

And a postscript to Neriandal Freit: ahh, all this talk of rolling down hills, bathing nude in babbling creeks, indulging in lustfulness . . . you tempt me sorely. You do. I just may take you up on that. Up, indeed.
love to all,
THO
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cloraxe
Acolyte

Canada
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Posted - 09 Jun 2006 :  17:14:00  Show Profile  Visit cloraxe's Homepage  Click to see cloraxe's MSN Messenger address  Send cloraxe a Yahoo! Message Send cloraxe a Private Message
Hi Ed,

This question really doesn't have anything to do with the Forgotten Realms. I was just wondering if you were ever planning a trip back to Brookbanks. I would love to continue that campain that you started in the lower room. I still have my character that you created for me.

Hope all is well,

Mike
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 10 Jun 2006 :  21:11:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again. Kentinel recently posted: “A question about "The Promenade", looking at 176 where there is clearly indicated that many live there (very few numbered or described). What was the population then and what is it now? The question seeks to understand how Eilistraee communities work/evolve.”
Ed replies:



Due to the secrecy of the priestesses (born of their very real fears for security, in a hostile Underdark close to Skullport, where worshippers of Vhaeraun and others who might hate or desire to eliminate or at least raid them are often seen), no one can be certain about how many folk dwell in the Promenade. Laeral judged not more than 170 lay worshippers (that is, not including the actual clergy) at most, and the number was generally closer to 60 or so, which is about what it might be now.
“Now” meaning before [NDA].
You’re not looking at a community of Eilistraee as much as you’re looking at an abbey or monastery that just happens to be underground, so my answer can’t hope to address any trend or process within Eilstraeean communities in general. Most such communities have grown in population and then declined again more recently, as worshippers have spread out, no longer feeling as threatened and therefore no longer banding together so strongly. However, [NDA] may bring about [NDA].
In one sense, NDAs prevent me from giving any really useful answer, and in another, the question is too broad to receive a useful answer. It’s like trying to understand how real world Christian communities work/evolve: there are so many different communities, on different continents and following different sorts of Christianity, that the communities can be as different as chalk and cheese. The same follows for Eilistraee: despite the fact that she can personally appear to faithful to express her will and her tenets (and so avoid a lot of the sectarian violence or disputes that mar our real world), she can still be worshipped in very different ways, and her followers dwell in all manner of communities. The Realms is polytheistic, remember; scribes won’t get the “real feel” of the Realms so long as they persist in thinking of the majority of Realms inhabitants (as opposed to just the clergy, fantatics, and the minority who dwell in lands dominated by one or just a few faiths) as worshipping “One True God.” Everybody believes in, and worships (if only in appeasement) LOTS of gods.



So saith Ed. Who understands the desire all scribes have to better understand the Realms, but wants to keep underlining the fact that it’s a complex place, with no clear, juicy “here’s the Secret Way All Things Work” private lore to share with scribes.
The more complex, nuanced, everchanging, and confusing it is, the more “alive” it is. The more abstract and simple it is, the easier it is to handle. That’s the teeter-totter all designers balance on, and Ed’s stance farther from the pivot point on the complex side is one of the things that has kept the Realms alive as a published game setting for more than twenty years now.

P.S. to cloraxe: Ed says:
Sure it's a Realms question: that campaign WAS set in the Realms with me as DM, after all. I do plan to drop in to Brookbanks some day (my parents only live five miles or so away), but probably just for a 'flying visit' to see my old co-workers. My life is just too blamed busy for more than that, right now, and the years are passing . . .


So they are. Ed's now thirty years older than most high-school students (he realized with a shock yesterday, whilst giving a talk to an audience of students about being a writer).
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 11 Jun 2006 :  01:46:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Dargoth recently mused in this thread: “I wonder if Blackstaff will deal with Khelbens recent loss of status (At least on the eyes of some of Waterdeeps residents)”
Ed makes reply:



I can’t, of course, reveal any of the contents of Steven Schend’s completed, accepted, and soon to be published novel BLACKSTAFF. So I’m afraid you’re just going to have to wait to learn the answer to your query.
In the meantime, a peek at the (brief) scenes involving Khelben in CITY OF SPLENDORS will give you a strong hint as to how much Khelben would care about any loss of social status (and has he lost any, really?).
Khelben will also have a cameo in SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR (the first Knights of Myth Drannor novel, out in August of this year), but its events are set in the past.



So saith Ed. Creator of Khelben, who reported to me that he enjoyed Steven’s novel immensely, and can’t wait for the next one.
love to all,
THO
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Dargoth
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Posted - 11 Jun 2006 :  06:00:56  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
Thanks Ed

One of my players will be running a Illuskan (Northsmen) barbarian in my next campaign so Ive been reading some of the material old 1ed/2ed material on them and have a few questions......

How closely do the Northsmen resemble the Viking/Danes? (They come across as being very "Vikingesque" in FR2)

Are Northsmen PCs and NPCs likely to be treated with a level of hostility in the Sword Coast region due to their history of raiding?

In FR2 Moonshae it says the Northsmen ussually raid the Folk Kingdoms in the Moonshae islands but they also launch raids against targets on the Sword Coast. Presumable modern fortified cities like Neverwinter, Luskan, Waterdeep and Baldurs Gate would be to powerful so where have the Northsmen raided in recent years?

Under the Gods of the Northsmen in FR2 it says that after a particularly successful battle the Northsmen have been known to sacrifice prisoners to Tempus. This would seem to conflict with Tempus code of conduct in F&P. Are those Northsmen who practicing Human sacrifice actually worshiping Gargos instead of Tempus? or Do the Northsmen worship a heretical version of Tempus dogma? (ie Heretic of the Faith)

Thanks in advance

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RodOdom
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Posted - 11 Jun 2006 :  18:03:10  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,

Is there one name that covers the peninsula that the Vast and Implitur is on? Thank you.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 12 Jun 2006 :  01:31:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all! createvmind recently asked: “Are there any plans to reveal what is in Myth Rhynn in the Wealdath, if no NDA could you give us a snippet of what may be or have "recently-1372 to current" traipsed/reside through/in the corrupted Mythal and it's ruins?”
Ed replies:



Although it’s looking increasingly less likely that published Realmslore will get around to exploring Myth Rhynn, there are in fact TWO NDAs (one rooted in Wizards’ Book Department, and the other part of a computer game license) preventing me giving any lore-answer about Myth Rhynn at this time. I have no real idea how soon I’ll know otherwise, though I can speculate: 2008. Perhaps.



So saith Ed. Who’s up to his proverbial beard-roots in Realms work as I post this. We’rw working him hard, scribes, rest assured! (See? This whip is brand-new; I had to replace it, I wore the last one out on Ed’s backside, in less than a year . . .)
love,
THO
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Neriandal Freit
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Posted - 12 Jun 2006 :  01:34:01  Show Profile  Visit Neriandal Freit's Homepage  Click to see Neriandal Freit's MSN Messenger address Send Neriandal Freit a Private Message
Ed, simple question..

Someone stumbles into your vast libaray of Realms lore and happens to read stuff. Oops, some of it happens to be NDA!!! Ahh!

What happens?:P

(I thought it was time for a fun question)

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