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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 12 Jun 2006 :  04:55:39  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message
People forget that NDA really stands for Non-disclosure Assassins. Those are the people who get sent in this sort of thing. Ed might have another solution.

quote:
Originally posted by Neriandal Freit

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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Macresto
Seeker

Denmark
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Posted - 12 Jun 2006 :  11:45:01  Show Profile  Visit Macresto's Homepage Send Macresto a Private Message
Greetings

I currently run a campaign that will eventually end with the characters being the reason why humans were allowed to settle in the Dalelands and thus the reason for the raising of the Standing Stone. (I like it big!)
Before THAT can take place, they need to travel a long way (they are now south of Thay). Allthough my campaign's explanation for the Standing Stone obviously isn't loyal to official game lore I would like the rest of my campaign to be strictly within the boundaries of official lore.

Therefore I would like to ask Ed the following question:

How would you describe the layout of the realms just a few years prior to the raising of the Standing Stone.
Cities, countries, races, religion, geography. Anything has interest.

I would like to thank Ed for taking his time to provide us all with all these little gems of Lore and of course the good people running this site.

My very best regards...
Macresto
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createvmind
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Posted - 12 Jun 2006 :  22:32:14  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Thanks Mr Greenwood,

Since I've hit the NDA wall, are the Troll Hills and more exactly the ridge line from Lizard Marsh to Trollbark Mountains NDA as well. Because I would like to know what if any minerals and gems I could mine out of there if I were able to evict the trolls and any other possible tenants. Are there other tenants within those mountains?

And are the Bowshot, The Way Inn, Liam's Hold and Gillian Hill still there, occupied along the Trade Way?

Thanks in advance.

Edited by - createvmind on 13 Jun 2006 02:03:35
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 13 Jun 2006 :  14:47:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, scribes. This time Ed makes reply to RodOdom’s queries: “In the Realms adventuring seems to be the path for meteoric social advancement for many men and women of common birth. Is there anything that prevents virtually any young person with a dagger or cantrip from running off in search of adventure? On a larger scale, what problems would hordes of wandering, hungry adventurers with foreign loyalties present to local rulers and how do they deal with those problems?
P.S. there are only so many dungeons to go around!”
Ed speaks:



createvmind and TheHermit quite rightly pointed out that fear of death, and a known high mortality rate amongst adventurers (after all, what do you think most peddlers and caravan merchants stopping at the local tavern talk about, after monster sightings and politics of lands distant enough to be “safe” discussion topics?), discourage many.
Folk in the Realms live in a world where violence is very real, most folk have seen monsters (even if only in cages or as carrion), and there’s much talk of spectacular uses of magic, dragons swooping out of the sky to tear castles or ships at sea apart, and so on.
As for preventions of runaways: having an accepted social place, and the support and aid of family (with a reliable supply of food), is a big one. Lots of bored or dissatisfied younglings TALK about running off and having splendid adventures, and they may dream about it nightly - - but very, very few of them ever dare to do it. My next novel, SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR, will show you one of the rare success stories, and how another obstacle (“You need a charter to bear arms here in Cormyr, or it’s the dungeons for you!”) is overcome by those younglings. Yet they are one of the rare exceptions. Most runaways aren’t like Shandril: they don’t “fall in” with companions who treat them well, they don’t have something like spellfire up their sleeves, and they don’t survive for long. And you can be sure that fearsome tales of the gruesome deaths of those who did run away are preached by priests of Chauntea and other deities who want youths to stay at home and remain with their families, and by minstrels and anyone else seeking to “entertain,” everywhere.
As for the problems adventurers present to rulers: lawlessness and an armed challenge to their authority, of course, guilty of “driving monsters to where they savage innocent folk” and “raiding a few hogs and andering livestock” at the very least. The aforementioned charters are one way strong rulers regulate adventurers; most rulers regard adventurers as dangerous brigands or even rebels who must be slain, disarmed, exiled, imprisoned, or at the very least given “honest work” (go slay that dragon for us all, or become my envoys to those distant and dangerous orc holds). Adventurers are also handy scapegoats to blame anything bad on (poor harvest? the gods were angry with yon adventurers, and wanted to be sure they kept moving by having too little to fill their bellies! murders or monster depredations? the work of yon adventurers, or their carelessness in riling up lairs of beasts but not killing them all! . . . and so on), and the very best sort of strike force to manipulate into a fight with known local problems (gangs, cultists, thieves’ guilds, and rebels). They can also be hired as your new mercenaries, and promptly given the most dangerous patrols or forays (after all, they’re completely expendable).



So saith Ed. Who whilst roleplaying various ruling NPCs in the home Realms campaign has done (or tried to do) all of those nasty things to adventurers. Including us.
love to all,
THO
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RodOdom
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Posted - 13 Jun 2006 :  16:55:19  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Most enlightening, thank you!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  01:19:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. And now, Ed tackles this, from Neriandal Freit: “Ed, simple question: Someone stumbles into your vast library of Realmslore 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)”
Ed replies:



It is indeed time for a fun question! I’ll go get the wheelbarrow and shovel, to bury the remains. ’Tain’t pretty when mere mortals read That Which They Were Not Meant To See, and their brains blaze up like bonfires, their eyes pop and sizzle and run down their chins like wet-cooked eggs, and the smoke and tongues of flame billow up out of their ears and vacated eyesockets, heading for the nearest ceiling in a roaring hurry, until all that’s left above the neck is a blackened, collapsed shell. Even Volo can’t salvage anything for one of those horrible recipes of his.
This doom only strikes down those who KNOW they’re perusing NDA material, of course. Like all the cartoon characters who run off cliffs and don’t fall until they look down and notice they’re sprinting along on empty air, they’re safe as long as they’re innocent.
Yet I can’t take that chance. There’s only so many gamers who buy Realms stuff, and Wizards doesn’t want me to decrease the supply of customers - - so I have to control access to the library. By putting it deep in my unlit, low-ceilinged, haunted basement, the Cellar of Grim Doom, where glowing (and no doubt radioactive) spiders scuttle, boxes upon boxes of books sag back into the dirt from which they came, and unlabelled boxes of faint pencil scratches upon thousands of scraps of rotting paper contain my vital Realms writings. To translate requires teams of highly-trained scientists (and I just don’t let anyone in a white lab coat who comes to the door in past me; instead, I misdirect them to the local cathouse where the local highly trained amorous grannies distract them for a year or so each).
Unless, of course, The Hooded One is visiting. No man alive (and precious few women) wins past HER distractions. She’s famous at a certain university for distracting some policemen who were trying to enter a domicile in search of someone who didn’t want to be found, by sitting down and (blocking a stairway) licking herself like a cat (yes, legs thrust out in succession so her tongue could reach certain warm regions, with the same air of languid, aloof disdain). However, that was years ago and her back is no longer quite so supple, she tells me (never mind under what circumstances she tells me).
There are also, of course, the house gargoyles and certain other defenders, including [NDA]. Whoops, now I’ve let them out, and they’ll no doubt [NDA] and [NDA] and, I suppose, [NDA] too. Darn. Guess it’s better not to stumble into my vast library, after all. I mean, look how it’s affected ME! :}



So saith Ed. Reminding me of an episode that I shall be proud of for the rest of my life. (Especially the comment from the oldest cop: “Geez, lady, will ya stop it? I’ve gotta wear these pants for the rest of my shift, ya know! Gawd, will ya stop? Please? Awww!”) Sigh. No, I can’t bend like that anymore. Which is why I need males.
love to all,
THO
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The Cardinal
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*shakes head* I normally wouldn't take up valuable space here with Needless prattle but For once the Cardinal is Gobsmacked and Speechless.

Regardless Let Ed Know to Keep up His Good Work, and May you, THO continue to keep us scribes informed.


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Kuje
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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  01:38:41  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
Hey Ed,

I've always wondered if you could tell us more of Kyrial Alathar Pellinore, son of Chiros Pellinore. Third Lord of Everlund and proud servant of Tyr.

This guy always interested me ever since I saw him mentioned a few times in the Spelljammer black boxed texts in some of the Spelljammer material but I've never really seen any FR logo'd material on this person.

Does Everlund have some spelljammers? Does Kyrial captain any spelljammers? Or what's the deal with him? :) So basically, I'm just asking for any general details about him....

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Dargoth
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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  01:39:48  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
A question for Ed with regard to Frost Giant deities

Whats the relationship like between Auril, Thrym, Kostchtchie (Demon Lord of Frost Giants) and Zzutam (The wanabe Elemental god from Prince of Lies) in the FR

Does Kostchtchie exist in the Forgotten realms? Or does Thyrm take his place in the Realms? (ie the same way Ghaunadaur has taken Jubliex place in the realms)

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Neriandal Freit
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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  02:05:45  Show Profile  Visit Neriandal Freit's Homepage  Click to see Neriandal Freit's MSN Messenger address Send Neriandal Freit a Private Message
quote:

So saith Ed. Reminding me of an episode that I shall be proud of for the rest of my life. (Especially the comment from the oldest cop: �Geez, lady, will ya stop it? I�ve gotta wear these pants for the rest of my shift, ya know! Gawd, will ya stop? Please? Awww!�) Sigh. No, I can�t bend like that anymore. Which is why I need males.
love to all,
THO


Why do I get this funny feeling that it's either entirely true, or 90% true?

Thank you for the enlightening NDA question Ed, THO

"Eating people is wrong...unless it's on the first date." - Ed Greenwood, GenCon Indy 2006
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Ulitharid
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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  06:29:14  Show Profile  Visit Ulitharid's Homepage Send Ulitharid a Private Message
Question for Ed,

As the game has progressed, new systems have been added without what would appear to be too much fuss in regards to implementing them into standard realmsore(at least imo, though yours might be quite different). However, and this might be a redundent/already asked question, but what about Incarnum and Truespeak in relation to traditional "magics" i.e psionics/magic.

At least to me, they seem to be unique enough mechanically and fluffwise to bypass the current implementation of magic systems in the realms(i.e tapping into the weave/shadow weave) in that truespeak are the primal words of creation, such that a weave of some sorts is completely unnecessary, and one's potential mastery of the multiverse through truespeak is limited only by the potential of the individual in question, as opposed to divine interventia via portfolios.

i also feel the same way about incarnum, in that, while power-from-the-soul is itself not a new idea, the concept behind incarnum and harnessing the essence of souls seems so out of the box, as to be a sin to chain it to the standard boundries of typical magic/deific patronage.

so, i guess to move onto a more specific question rather than detailing my thoughts... how would you handle implementing incarnum/truespeak into the realms(if at all), and what would be the corresponding lore that you'd put behind the "new" systems?
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Wow, that's quite a visual!

I'll be happy to help you do a reenactment, my Lady!

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Kuje
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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  08:31:11  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
Ulitharid,

True names have been a part of FR for a long time, at least going back to 1e. I assume this is what you mean when you say true speak. :)

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Ulitharid
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Posted - 14 Jun 2006 :  15:23:47  Show Profile  Visit Ulitharid's Homepage Send Ulitharid a Private Message
To an extent, but mostly i mean the system of truespeak as proposed by ToM. i understand that truenames are nothing new =)

Edited by - Ulitharid on 14 Jun 2006 15:25:50
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 15 Jun 2006 :  00:15:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. RodOdom asked: “Dear Ed and Lady THO, Is there one name that covers the peninsula that the Vast and Implitur is on? Thank you.”
Ed replies:



No, I’m afraid not.
It’s true that in the latest (3rd edition) projection maps of Faerûn the region wherein the Vast and Impiltur are located LOOKS somewhat like a peninsula. However, in older projections it doesn’t - - and to folk dwelling in Faerûn it REALLY doesn’t, thanks to the mountain ranges curling through it. So the thought of that chunk of mainland being a peninsula never enters their heads (they live on it rather than in the water in the middle of the Sea of Fallen Stars [or several miles straight up above the waves], remember, and can’t “view it from afar” except as this band of land, then a range of mountains, a scattering of independent ports, more mountains, and then another realm over here . . . hence, they’ve never come up with a collective name.
Faerûnian world-views tend to be far closer to the land and localized than ours are, because of the natures of their lives (rural farming or ranching, or locale-based work like mining, logging, or artisan and crafting work out of a fixed-location workshop). Only a relatively small part of the population (rulers and their envoys and advisers, sages, priests of high rank, adventurers and mercenaries, merchant costers and sailors, power groups like the Harpers, and a few other folk that we roleplayers pay a lot of attention to) regularly has occasion (beyond speculating on the latest gossip from far-off lands) to think of their world in terms of strategic overviews (“looking down on a mental map from above”). Most folk think of the Realms in terms of the little bit they know, and trade routes extending in various directions through an increasingly-misty string or sequence of fabled far-off places that they’ve been told those trade routes lead to.



So saith Ed. Bringing a timely reminder of a very interesting point to us all.
love,
THO
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RevJest
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Posted - 15 Jun 2006 :  09:31:24  Show Profile  Visit RevJest's Homepage Send RevJest a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

It’s true that in the latest (3rd edition) projection maps of Faerûn the region wherein the Vast and Impiltur are located LOOKS somewhat like a peninsula ...


I wonder how the Northmen feel about the island of Gunderlun disappearing from the face of Faerun.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 Jun 2006 :  03:42:47  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Taelohn recently posted: “Some time ago, Ed mentioned that he originally intended for spellfire-wielders to be unable to use teleportation magic, or have it used upon them, as it would cause them to explode.
Though I don't remember where it was mentioned (one of the Spellfire novels?), I seem to recall that Elminster (alone amongst the Chosen?) has not only silver fire, but spellfire as well. Is that the case?
If so, how does that coincide with the teleport = explosion bit? Elminster's been teleporting around for centuries... would he have somehow been exempt from this issue? Or was he not given spellfire at all until after the explosion idea was nixed?”
Ed replies:



Elminster figured out how to manipulate the Weave to call forth spellfire. Any of the Chosen who became sufficiently attuned to the Weave (by using it for centuries), and took the time to experiment and study, could theoretically duplicate what Elminster did, and end up with spellfire too. Several of them (no, I’m NOT going to reveal which ones) already have. Such Chosen can avoid being blown apart by balancing Weave energies around themselves (and so teleport AND have spellfire). However, it’s important to remember that just because a Chosen of Mystra CAN figure out how to do something, it doesn’t mean they will ever have time or inclination to do so. Most of the Chosen are like very, very busy house painters: they COULD learn to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but they’re REALLY busy with all of these other projects, over here, that are far more pressing and interesting - - and then this crisis hits, and that one . . . and so the centuries pass . . .



So saith Ed. I’ll also remind everyone here and now of Ed’s many less-than-gentle hints about the sanity of the Chosen who last for so long.
Also, a public service announcement to all scribes: Ed will (probably) fall silent from now until Monday night, because he will have a very good friend (and Realms master) as visitor. Ed tells me that they'll be [NDA] and [NDA], too, and the friend may or may not say more . . . unfortunately, I won't be there, or we'd undoubtedly indulge in some [NDA], too!
love to all,
THO
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Swordsage
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Posted - 16 Jun 2006 :  06:53:17  Show Profile  Visit Swordsage's Homepage Send Swordsage a Private Message
Very good friend and Realms Master ... Eric Boyd is away in Cambridge UK at the moment ... would it be Steven Schend? Or some other Realms Master we are unaware of?

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Zeboaster of Ordulin
Acolyte

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Posted - 16 Jun 2006 :  15:05:51  Show Profile  Visit Zeboaster of Ordulin's Homepage  Send Zeboaster of Ordulin an AOL message Send Zeboaster of Ordulin a Private Message
quote:
Very good friend and Realms Master ... Eric Boyd is away in Cambridge UK at the moment ... would it be Steven Schend? Or some other Realms Master we are unaware of?


Rumor has it that Mr. Krashos is away from Candlekeep for some time. Perhaps it is for a pilgrimage to Places Most Remote?

I note that Ed will be in my beloved home, Ann Arbor, in November as the GoH at U-Con. With both Ed and Eric potentially in town at the same time, I would not be surprised to find myself spying upon various Realms denizens via my tall perch above the University of Michigan campus as the veil between worlds is thinned by the presence of two Realms Loremasters!

Zeboaster, a distinguised and effete character known for his sarcasm and perfumed beard, is currently in hiding after making one too many witty and/or truthful remarks.

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Hoondatha
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Whoa! As a fellow Ann Arborite, thanks for the warning. I'm going to have to buy a calender specifically to ink in that weekend...

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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Gray Richardson
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Jun 2006 :  22:13:26  Show Profile  Visit Gray Richardson's Homepage Send Gray Richardson a Private Message
Hi Ed,

I was wondering if you could tell me about taxes in Suzail. Is there a sales tax on the kinds of items that adventurers might want to buy? Things like food, ale, lodging, both basic goods and the more expensive kind: special inks, spellbooks, finely crafted armor and magic items. What about on services like stabling and hiring a messenger or guide? How are such taxes collected? What are the rates? And do they vary based on the type of good or service?

What if an adventurer were to sell his own items, would he owe the crown a portion? How would he go about paying that? And what might be the penalty if he failed to give the crown its due?

Also, what about property taxes? Are there taxes on the sale of land? Any periodic taxes on owning land? How often might they be collected? Quarterly? Annually? Monthly? Are you required to go and pay your taxes or does a tax collector come round and collect?

Thanks in advance for your kind answers!

What other surprising taxes, tarrifs or fees might an adventurer in Suzail stumble across?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Jun 2006 :  01:47:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Back in March, Mkhaiwati posted several questions. Ed now tackles the first and easiest of them: “I am not sure if you have heard of the phrase in show business "Will it play in Peoria?" meaning, will middle america like the play. What Realmsian equivalent will that be? I figure Waterdeep would be a close approximation of Broadway, but what about the smaller cities?”
Ed replies:



The expression is of course familiar to me; your question was, in fact, one that Jeff Grubb specifically asked me back in 1986. The Faerûnian equivalent is: “Will it make the village smith smile?” (Which has been shortened in everyday usage to: “But will the smith smile?”)



So saith Ed. Short and sweet. (By the way, here’s an addendum from my notes, of Ed DMing us years ago: the Realmsian way of asking “Will the locals approve?” is “Ah, but will THAT pass the old crone by the well?”)
love to all,
THO
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 20 Jun 2006 :  02:49:21  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One



The expression is of course familiar to me; your question was, in fact, one that Jeff Grubb specifically asked me back in 1986. The Faerûnian equivalent is: “Will it make the village smith smile?” (Which has been shortened in everyday usage to: “But will the smith smile?”)






That's cute.

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Chyron
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Posted - 20 Jun 2006 :  05:06:35  Show Profile  Visit Chyron's Homepage Send Chyron a Private Message
A question for Master Greenwood, and I do apologize if this has been asked before...(if so then please do not trouble him as the scirbes here can point me ot the correct scroll )

The official roll of years stops in 1600. Much has been written in terms of the past, including some jaunts involving time-travel. But I wonder how Mr. Greenwood sees time and 'the future' in the Realms.

Do the realms have a future? Is the progrssion of things (time - technology) slower? Is Faerun ever likely to move beyond 1600? In a Faerun 2001 DR does he forsee world of orcs in suits, skyscrapers, taxis, technology and magic (the closest gaming equivalent I can think of is Shadowrun) or is the world moving at a much slower pace and never meant to achieve such a period in his mind?

Just My Thoughts
Chyron :)

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Wooly Rupert
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The Roll of Years that we know of stops at 1600 DR because it's far enough in the future to keep things going for a long time (at the rate of current releases, it'll be a thousand years before Realms-time reaches 1600!), and because that's as far out as the guys making the list wanted to take it. They'd already done an impressive job, compiling the countless "Year of" references that already existed, putting them all on a list, and filling in the hundreds of blanks.

So, to answer part of your question, the fact that the Roll stops at 1600 does not indicate that's when Armageddon, Ragnarok, or a huge Going Out of Business sale is going to happen.

And, as I said, that's the list *we* have. Folk in the Realms -- particularly at Candlekeep -- prolly know of a more comprehensive Roll that includes many years past the Year of Unseen Enemies.

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