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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 20 Jun 2006 :  13:48:46  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zeboaster of Ordulin

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!



Make it three....I'm planning on attending as well.

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RodOdom
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Posted - 20 Jun 2006 :  15:52:02  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,

How does the Elven calendar work? How are they reckoning their years?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Jun 2006 :  02:18:07  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. Ed tackles RodOdom’s questions: “One of bits of Realmslore I find really interesting is the ondonti, those pacifistic orcs currently hiding out north of the Ride. My question is, have there been any attempt by elves or humans to "civilize" the goblin races? By peaceful means such as cultural exchange, or even less enlightened methods like conquest?”
Ed replies:



Yes, repeated attempts by humans, but none by the elves (except magical experimentations on the minds of individual captured orcs, by some elven spellcasters seeking a way to make orcs more “useful” or at least less fecund and warlike, and hence less dangerous as neighbours). Human attempts have included everything from attempts - - all failures - - to conquer and govern (small, newly-settled hamlets of orcs, with a firm human rule, laws, and police, using the orcs as paid grunt labour in mining-work), to train (by taking orc slaves and using human slaves to exhaustively tutor and oversee them in “civilized” dress, speech, and work; the orcs could obey very well, but were always just waiting for a chance to break out of their slavery and butcher everyone involved in their oppression), and even by trading “ensure good behaviour” Court captives (I’ll send you my son and you send me yours) to try to foster better relations (the orcs always tortured and slew such exchanged humans, not caring what reprisals the humans took).
That doesn’t mean such overtures won’t be tried again, or that they won’t eventually work. Obould and other smart orc leaders have seen the value of “blending in and playing nice” - - for a time. It remains to be seen how far they can move their race in that direction; orc obedience tends to last just as long as tyrannical leadership (over them) does.



So saith Ed. Who has, he tells me, no plans to include experiments with orcs in any of his novels anytime soon.
love to all,
THO
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Kaladorm
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Jun 2006 :  10:27:05  Show Profile  Visit Kaladorm's Homepage Send Kaladorm a Private Message
For some reason I found that reply very amusing, and interesting.
Thanks THO and Ed, and to RodOdom for asking the question.
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Jorkens
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My dearest Hooded One, I must bother you with an other question for Ed.

What is the size of the major Faerunian rivers? I am thinking of average width and depth. In the sources I have seen the only information is the sailabilty of the waterways, but nothing more. I also wondered about the riverbanks on the major rivers; are we talking heavy vegetation, grassy banks or marshes. The Ashaba is pretty easy to guess, but i am wondering about rivers like the Chionthar and Winding Water.

I am sorry for increasing the already mounting heap of questions, but I cant remember ever seen anything on this subject.

Thank you for any information you can give on the subject.
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VonRaventheDaring
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Posted - 21 Jun 2006 :  15:42:06  Show Profile  Visit VonRaventheDaring's Homepage  Send VonRaventheDaring a Yahoo! Message Send VonRaventheDaring a Private Message
That was a very informative question/answer, but i would then have to ask this where did the blue goblins in the realms come from? I am assuming that blue goblins exist in the Realms, but then how did they come about, illithid experiments, or something done by powerful magic or psionic empires of old? hmmmm.

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RodOdom
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Posted - 21 Jun 2006 :  15:45:38  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Great thanks again to Ed and Lady THO. An orc in a doublet and hose - I can see why they just had no choice but to eat those crazy humans.
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LoneHeroDragon
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I don't have hours to read every question ever asked or every answer ever given, so this question may have already been covered, but I'll ask it anyway and keep out of flailing distance.

Is there any information in the Mysteries of the Moonsea Campaign setting, that should be coming out soon, about the Border Forest and the mountains directly north of it?

Also, is there any way of contacting Ed Greenwood for serious professional questions? Or if not, who should I contact if I'm seriously interested in writing a novel for Forgotten Realms? I have an idea that a lot of people think is a good one, but before I start writing it, I'd like to see if they'd be interested in any way. I'd rather not waste my time if there's absolutely no chance. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Rich Horrocks
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 21 Jun 2006 :  18:00:43  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by LoneHeroDragon



Is there any information in the Mysteries of the Moonsea Campaign setting, that should be coming out soon, about the Border Forest and the mountains directly north of it?


Not that I've noticed, but I'm still working my way thru the Melvaunt section. If you ask in the Mysteries of the Moonsea scroll, someone will be able to help you.

quote:
Originally posted by LoneHeroDragon

Also, is there any way of contacting Ed Greenwood for serious professional questions? Or if not, who should I contact if I'm seriously interested in writing a novel for Forgotten Realms? I have an idea that a lot of people think is a good one, but before I start writing it, I'd like to see if they'd be interested in any way. I'd rather not waste my time if there's absolutely no chance. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.



While many of us would love to write in the Realms, it's a sad fact that Wizards does not, so far as I know, accept unsolicited manuscripts. They prefer to say, "Hey, you, write a novel with this plot."

However, if you want some advice, then I'd recommend the Author's forum scroll.

Ed's got a huge amount of stuff on his plate, and these questions would likely take a while for him to get to. By going to the threads I mention, you'll get help a lot quicker. The latter thread has many authors replying, so you've get multiple viewpoints, which is always good.

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LoneHeroDragon
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Posted - 21 Jun 2006 :  18:15:26  Show Profile  Visit LoneHeroDragon's Homepage  Send LoneHeroDragon an AOL message  Send LoneHeroDragon a Yahoo! Message Send LoneHeroDragon a Private Message
Well.... Maybe I could submit the plot for consideration. Who knows? Maybe they'd like it. I know a lot of readers would. I've asked a lot of my friends and random people who read Forgotten Realms and they all thought it was amazing. Even if I don't get to write it, at least if it got accepted, my idea would be shared with millions of readers. *shrugs* Thank you, by the way.

Anyone else with answers?

Rich Horrocks

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Wooly Rupert
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Ed and my Lady Hooded One, I found a question floating in the ethers...

quote:
Originally posted by EricKRod

Mr. Greenwood,

I was just wondering what your original intentions were with this dale that had been destroyed so long ago. Was the Dusklord really evil and consorting with demons? Or were the other dales feeling threatned?

I had planned in my FR campaign world to have a very powerful Paladin of Lathander, who claimed a tie to the bloodline of the Dusklord, to return to the dale at the head of an army of followers and priests of Lathander and Chauntea. His goal is to start a new begining by naming the land 'Dawndale' and reseeding the ground with the aid of the priests of Chauntea. At the North end of the dale he will place a keep, run by his cousin a priest of Lathander. At the south end of the dale, near the woods edge, his other cousin, a powerful Ranger, will be in charge.

Not knowing enough of the background behind the Dusklord, I was wondering if you could enlighten me?

Thanks,

Eric in Vegas


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The Hooded One
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Posted - 22 Jun 2006 :  03:28:12  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This time Ed makes answer to TheHermit, in the matter of: “In the entry for Essembra in Volo's Guide to the Dalelands, the statue of the Mantled King is mentioned as having been enchanted by a mischevious wizard. But the promised detail is never given, as far as I can find. Have I missed it all these years, or was it something that got caught by the heavy hand of editing?”
Ed replies:



Hi, Joe. Yes, the details I gave were caught by that editorial heavy hand you mentioned, even though I tamed them down quite a bit from what I originally wrote, which follows:

The statue of Aencar Vigilant has an illusion cast on it that makes it seem to respond to those who touch any part of it while examining it, and to those who try to cast spells on it.
The statue appears to wink at most people, blow kisses to some, or turn its head and grin (some have described it as a “leer”), or swing open its breastplate to reveal a very voluptuous - - and faintly glowing - - pair of bare and decidedly feminine breasts, or do the same with its codpiece to appear to urinate into the air (upon which occasions its male member glows brightly). Other, rarer illusory actions have also been observed, but they seem to correspond to specific spells cast on or in the vicinity of the statue.
The statue also has a power that seems rooted in another, older magic: it can emit the call of a warhorn, sounding far off but drawing nearer.
Many passing mages have tried to remove the illusory enchantments from the statue, but all have failed. More than one has said even stronger magics protect the statue - - and that it may therefore have great powers, as yet unrevealed, that await Essembra’s time of need.

So saith Ed. Who had the statue exhibit some of those powers during our visits to Battledale. Torm amused himself greatly, of course.
love to all,
THO
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 22 Jun 2006 :  03:39:43  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
...or swing open its breastplate to reveal a very voluptuous - - and faintly glowing - - pair of bare and decidedly feminine breasts, or do the same with its codpiece to appear to urinate into the air (upon which occasions its male member glows brightly).



Oooh, that's naughty!

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Wooly Rupert
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Not only do I love that level of detail, but I love the mischief of it all, too!

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GothicDan
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That is an awesome statue...

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Athenon
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Posted - 22 Jun 2006 :  19:08:11  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
Ed and THO,

I have a Dungeon Master-oriented question for Master Greenwood. I remember reading about the exploits of the Knights of Myth Drannor in the 1e product "Hall of Heroes." I really enjoyed that brief recounting and can't wait for Swords of Eveningstar. One of the things that I remember from that passage is that the Knights explored Gauntlgrym.

I'm planning to run a GenCon adventure for my group set largely in that ruined city and I was hoping that you'd give me some tips for conveying the feel of the place (I have read the sources FR5, The North Box and Underdark 3e).

Thanks in advance and as always for many hours of Realms enjoyment here!

Will Maranto

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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

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quote:
Originally posted by Athenon

Ed and THO,

I have a Dungeon Master-oriented question for Master Greenwood. I remember reading about the exploits of the Knights of Myth Drannor in the 1e product "Hall of Heroes." I really enjoyed that brief recounting and can't wait for Swords of Eveningstar. One of the things that I remember from that passage is that the Knights explored Gauntlgrym.

I'm planning to run a GenCon adventure for my group set largely in that ruined city and I was hoping that you'd give me some tips for conveying the feel of the place (I have read the sources FR5, The North Box and Underdark 3e).

Thanks in advance and as always for many hours of Realms enjoyment here!



Look at last year answers, I asked about it when I read the last Drizzt trilogy.
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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Skeptic

quote:
Originally posted by Athenon

Ed and THO,

I have a Dungeon Master-oriented question for Master Greenwood. I remember reading about the exploits of the Knights of Myth Drannor in the 1e product "Hall of Heroes." I really enjoyed that brief recounting and can't wait for Swords of Eveningstar. One of the things that I remember from that passage is that the Knights explored Gauntlgrym.

I'm planning to run a GenCon adventure for my group set largely in that ruined city and I was hoping that you'd give me some tips for conveying the feel of the place (I have read the sources FR5, The North Box and Underdark 3e).

Thanks in advance and as always for many hours of Realms enjoyment here!



Look at last year answers, I asked about it when I read the last Drizzt trilogy.



It's actually under a Jan 6, 2006 reply. :)

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Athenon
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Thanks Kuje - Sorry to be repetitive! I do, now, remember reading that reply; it had just slipped my mind. It looks like THO didn't enjoy the experience...

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Orog-Hai
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Hi Ed, I have some questions.

I was wondering if you could answer me how Mulhorand, Unther and Chessenta looked like in your original Realms. I'm particularly interested in their religion,i.e. the God Kings. Were they part of your original Realms. I'm also interested about how Calimshan looked like in original Realms(I think someone said it wasn't entirely turkish). My last question is about racial pantheons. Did they exist in original Realms,a nd if they didn't what gods would non-human races worship? Did you drop any of your original gods from the final version?

Thank you, and I apologize if you answered any of these questions previously.
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Originally posted by Orog-Hai

Hi Ed, I have some questions.

I was wondering if you could answer me how Mulhorand, Unther and Chessenta looked like in your original Realms. I'm particularly interested in their religion,i.e. the God Kings. Were they part of your original Realms. I'm also interested about how Calimshan looked like in original Realms(I think someone said it wasn't entirely turkish). My last question is about racial pantheons. Did they exist in original Realms,a nd if they didn't what gods would non-human races worship? Did you drop any of your original gods from the final version?

Thank you, and I apologize if you answered any of these questions previously.



He has. :) But Ed might answer them again. :)

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 23 Jun 2006 :  00:56:26  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, scribes. Herewith, Ed tackles RevJest’s queries: “Master Greenwood, Two questions in regards to the previously mentioned Volo's Guide to All Things Magical.
1. If Elminster doesn't know how to create a safehold, how did he acquire his?
2. Who or what is The Sorceress in Grey? Can you tell us more about her?”
Ed replies:



1. Elminster was given his Safehold by a grateful Azuth, in thanks for services rendered. The god led Elminster to a safehold created by someone else (who was deceased; only Azuth knows who that someone was), and attuned it to El (to try to keep him sane longer, by giving him a place to “get away” from Mystra, whilst being her lover). Curiously, Elminster’s memories of this are very hazy, and slipping away swiftly . . .

2. I am very sorry, but the all-too-familiar NDA wall is up again. Hopefully I can reveal more in a year or so. Sigh.



So saith Ed. Sigh, indeed. We Knights have seen the Sorceress, but it was not a happy occasion.
Ed tells me he’ll fall silent for one day, or at the most two, but then return. In the meantime, he’d like to propose a question to all of you: before the Knights of Myth Drannor trilogy ends, which Knights-related characters, situations, and events do you most want to see?
He makes no promises, mind, but he DOES want to know what you’d all like to see.
love to all,
THO
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Kaladorm
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I must admit I'm curious as to the reason (whether in-realms or out-of-realms) why Torm (the Knight of Myth Drannor) and Torm (the god) have the same name.

Granted having the same name isn't exactly an impossiblity, but I find it amusing such radically different 'people' if you will have the same name.

Plus Torm is my idol (Along with Jack Ravenwild and Silk from The Belgariad series by David Eddings)
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The Hooded One
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Ah, I can answer this one.
One touch of realism that Ed had in the original Realms, that TSR largely expunged for the sake of clarity and simplicity, was lots of characters with the same first names (how many "Johns" do you know?), a demon and a devil with the same name (Astaroth, if I recall correctly) so those making the SLIGHTEST mistake in the ritual for one could end up with the other arriving, not under their control at all (!), and, of course, lots of children named after gods (Torm the thief being one of those - - and, yes, his personal character, as played by Victor Selby, tending to make this a mockery of what the god stands for). So in the "home" Realms there are LOTS of name confusion incidents; it all makes for more and better roleplaying.
love,
THO
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Kaladorm
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This leads me to wonder then, as we know gods get their power simply by a person intoning their name (although obviously more so from their faithful), whether the gods power came from a sincere intoning of their name or not.

Every time one of the other knights reprimanded Torm, would Torm the God become slightly more powerful. Bet that one would mess with his mind (aha Torm by misbehaving we rebuke you and so make the god of duty a bit stronger, get over that one )

Random musings :)
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