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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 14 Jan 2006 :  02:57:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. This time out, Ed tackles Eric Boyd’s New Years question: “What one bit of Realmslore or one story do you wish someone had asked you to relate?”
Ed speaks:



Hi, Eric! And happy very belated New Year back to you! (And to all who wished me thus.) As usual, you’ve handed me a toughie. The longest-standing answer has to be: I wish TSR had asked me to write endless novels of the adventurous life of Mirt, progressing from his early days to his Conan-like exploits with Durnan to his mercenary career to his present wheezing old rogue days. I STILL want a chance to write at least one Mirt novel. Dang it.
But then, I wish I’d been asked to do a long series of Knights of Myth Drannor novels (at least a dozen), so I could have explored their lives properly. I’m getting a “sort of” chance to do that now; scribes will understand that comment better by the time the third book is published.
As for the Realmslore: in general, I wish there had been a chance to explore, at length in print, what products get produced where, and all the trade routes, flows of goods, currents and prevailing winds, major underground and portal transportation routes . . . all of that.
Perhaps I can address all of these deficiencies, in time. However, I’m not getting any younger. :}



So saith Ed. No surprises for me here, but a good solid answer that I hope the folks at WotC read and heed. Well.
love to all,
THO
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Rowan
Acolyte

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Okay then Rupert, I'll take it over to the Sages forum.
Cheers!
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 14 Jan 2006 :  10:32:44  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
Hello Ed and Lady Hooded One, and many thanks once again for all the Realmslore you provide us here!

I was wondering if Ed could give us a glimpse at dwarven grammar and vocabulary beyond what was in 'Dwarves Deep'? For example, such as how possessive/genetive case works in dwarven. Would 'Durlik's axe' be 'Durlikuld' or 'Durlikkuld'?

Maybe Ed has also written dwarven battle songs he would share with us? (would they prefer horns or drums, or perhaps some other instrument when marching to battle?)

Then I would like to ask some details about mines... are the mines railed in the Realms, and is there any difference between how dwarven mines differ from those of the other races? If the mines are not commonly 'railed', are elevators used to travel between 'levels'?

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
-- Askarran of Selgaunt, Master Sage, speaking to a curious merchant, Year of the Helm
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Ladejarl
Seeker

Norway
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Posted - 14 Jan 2006 :  15:10:19  Show Profile  Visit Ladejarl's Homepage Send Ladejarl a Private Message
quote:
Ladejarl, the presence of the wood elves has kept the Misty Forest a little light on human druids, but my notes record a handful


Bring my thanks to Ed m'Lady, hi has realy given me something to work with.


"There should be much less violence, and more nudity and kinkiness in the world."

Edited by - Ladejarl on 14 Jan 2006 15:11:00
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createvmind
Senior Scribe

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Posted - 14 Jan 2006 :  20:35:52  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello Mr. Greenwood

The Armand from MM3 is said to occupy Faerun within the Anarouch desert, my question is how would you depict them culturally, does a female have breast/multiple breast-teats and give birth to one offspring only. Would twins or triplets be considered good fortune within a tribe? And what names would they have within their own langauge and within common if their names were translatable. Would their vocal speech be high pitched or guttural, all these things I ask from what you see within your mindseye.

Thank you.
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 15 Jan 2006 :  01:25:37  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Hail and well met!

I have a few questions about Chosen of Oghma (possibly answered elsewhere, so if so, will someone please supply me a link to the location?). Does Oghma currently have Chosen? What are the criteria he uses? Do they have the same perks which we have seen so much of among Mystra's Chosen (extended youth, special powers, etc.)? Are any of Oghma's Chosen potted plants?


I also have a question about Mystra/Midnight's memories: does Mystara-sub-2 remember the lives of Mystryl and Mystra-sub-1 as if they had occured to Her? Does She have a personal recollection of what it felt like to have Karsus attempt to usurp Her powers?

Apropos of Karsus, is there any self-aware trace of his consciousness left on Faerun (or in the Astral Plane)? The founders of Karse believed that it was so, and I am wondering if there is anything there for "modern" cultists to latch on to and adore.

Finally (for today!), of what deity is the idol in the Gorge of the Fallen Idol, and which culture erected it? Inquiring adventurers want to know!

I know, I'm always asking about the gods, but they are fascinating, Ed, just fascinating....


I have a mouth, but I am in a library and must not scream.


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 15 Jan 2006 :  01:37:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, everyone. This time, Ed makes swift reply re. the Latin question (egads, sounds like international geopolitics: "Tensions over The Latin Question deepened today when . . ."):



George, Jamallo Kreen, and all:
To save you looking up the Latin, the two opening quotations from ELMINSTER IN HELL in that tongue are as follows:
“confutatis maledictus, flammis acribus addictus” is from Mozart’s Requiem, and translates as “The damned and accursed are convicted to the flames of Hell.”
“etiam sanato vulnere cicatrix manet” translates as “Even when the wound has healed, the scar remains.”



So saith Ed, who adds that "pertinent to the tale" Latin epigrams decorate most of his Realms novels, awaiting the unwary.
love to all,
THO
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 15 Jan 2006 :  01:38:52  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks to the day (Friday the 13th), I thought I'd query on something open-ended and then something a tech more specific:

Ed, are there any FR cultural and/or racial superstitions you'd care to share with us that we've not heard of? (Along the lines of "everyone" knows of if not exactly shares the superstition, ala "Friday the 13th is a day of unluck."

(Snip)

Take care, all, and have good weekends!

SES



I refer you to "a good read" entitled 13: The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition, by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004). The fear of Friday the 13th arose in 20th century America and was a "manufactured" superstition; there is no good evidence of a fear of Friday the 13th before the 1920s.

Since Faerun is beginning to undergo the technological and social changes which correspond roughly to Earth's Renaissance, I suspect that many "new" superstitions are a-borning right now in the Realms, such as:

"It's bad luck to meet a Lantan Gnome" (he might be packing smokepowder, with all of its attendant dangers);

"It's bad luck to begin a journey wearing the color ______" (Azoun did and look what happened to him!);

"It's good luck to drink Maztican chocolate" (if you can afford it, you are probably in a socio-economic position of comfort already, so good things are probably happening to you anyway); etc.

Apropos of the latter "superstition," I expect that many chapbooks are being sold touting the wonderful medicinal powers of all sorts of new imports from Maztica and post-Crusade Kara-Tur. Many European fortunes were built on such products, and many of the nouveau riche perpetuated their memories through the endowment of libraries, schools, and museums. (Sir Hans Sloane comes to mind.) "The times they are a-changin'" in the Realms!

Alas, I cannot prove a word of it!


I have a mouth, but I am in a library and must not scream.


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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 15 Jan 2006 :  19:28:30  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message
Hi, I think Ed will like this one..

First, according to the flavor of the Realms (and not the current editions rules) does a cleric must includes the name of his deity in the "verbal component" of his spells ?

If yes, can he uses a more obscure alias ?

Second, when a spell mentions that the cleric must show his deity's symbol, can this symbol be disguised as a mundane item or even as another deity symbol ? (Of course in respect of the deity's dogma!)

These questions come from the cleric of Bane in my current campaign that doesn't like to live in Waterdeep (The party forced him to add a "illusion" effect on his full plate carved with his deity symbol )

Thanks..

Edited by - Skeptic on 15 Jan 2006 19:31:04
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
1537 Posts

Posted - 16 Jan 2006 :  01:26:07  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, everyone. This time, Ed makes swift reply re. the Latin question (egads, sounds like international geopolitics: "Tensions over The Latin Question deepened today when . . ."):



George, Jamallo Kreen, and all:
To save you looking up the Latin, the two opening quotations from ELMINSTER IN HELL in that tongue are as follows:
“confutatis maledictus, flammis acribus addictus” is from Mozart’s Requiem, and translates as “The damned and accursed are convicted to the flames of Hell.”
“etiam sanato vulnere cicatrix manet” translates as “Even when the wound has healed, the scar remains.”



So saith Ed, who adds that "pertinent to the tale" Latin epigrams decorate most of his Realms novels, awaiting the unwary.
love to all,
THO




Mozart doth "speak to my condition," as George Fox saith.

Make of that what you will.

I have a mouth, but I am in a library and must not scream.


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 Jan 2006 :  02:28:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Ed replies to these queries from Firhyanda: “Assuming that the star elves were to return to the Yuirwood en masse from their extradimensional exile, what would the reaction of the Aglarondan people and / or The Simbul be to such an event? Can you imagine any set of circumstances that would cause the star elves to annex Wizards’ Reach in the name of Aglarond kicking out the Red Wizards? How inclined would star elf society be to oppose slavery and / or the Red Wizards on moral grounds? How well did magic lore survive the exile of the star elves? Do they still have the ability to do high magic and are they inclined to? Thank you so much for the Realms, Mr. Greenwood.”
Ed speaks:



Firhyanda, you’re very welcome (though “Mr. Greenwood” is still my dad; I’m “Ed” :} ), and I hope you enjoy our shared playground for years to come. As for your questions (wince), I hope you’ll appreciate that NDAs prevent me from answering any of them too closely, theoretical or not. So with that said, here we go . . .
The reaction of The Simbul and the folk of Aglarond to any mass return of the star elves would of course chiefly depend on the behaviour of the star elves.
Assuming the elves weren’t openly hostile, it would one of (cautious) welcome, hoping the star elves would ‘cleanse’ the Yuirwood by inhabiting it and governing it, eliminating prowling monsters and preventing Thayan spying and creeping expansion.
I could indeed envisage the Wizards’ Reach being taken over by the star elves, who would immediately begin to “re-green” it, eliminate the worst monsters, pirates, brigands, and Thayans. This would occur because the star elves would want the space to expand into, and freedom from having Red Wizards on their doorsteps, not as part of officially allying with Aglarond (The Simbul would do her best to steer any hotheads among the folk of Aglarond from treating or speaking of the star elves as Aglarondan subjects at all, trying to establish the star elves as friendly independent allies and ignore the traditional claims of Aglarond to rulership of the Yuirwood).
Of course, all of this depends on the star elves not making war on Aglarond. If they were foolish enough to do so, they would wreck the human kingdom, but pay a huge price in doing so (thanks to The Simbul and all the arcane aid she could call on) - - and the Red Wizards would gleefully pounce on the weakened remnant and seize the entire peninsula.
Star elf society would oppose the Red Wizards out of disgust at the brutalization of the land (every bit of it put to agricultural or industrial use, remember?) the Thayans practice, the Red Wizards’ use of magic to dominate and oppress, and out of fear of being taken as slaves and worked to death or mind-reamed for their magical knowledge. They might or might not justify this on moral grounds (I don’t know, but strongly suspect they would dress up the reasons I’ve just listed in a “These Red Wizards are an abomination that must be shattered and swept away before all Faerûn is despoiled” guise).
I also don’t know how star elven magic (and the remembered lore and history of magic) has developed during their ‘time away.’ They DO retain powerful magic, but whether it’s “high magic plus” or twisted into something different is an open question at the moment; to some extent, high magic depends on being rooted in the land in which its practitioners dwell.
This all boils down to this: the morals, attitudes, social organization, and precise magical powers of the star elves remain largely mysterious, though we can safely assume they’ll be different from other elves, and will be magically powerful. As to all specifics: we’ll just have to wait and see.



So saith Ed, master of Realmslore. Who often spends hours at GenCons and with we Knights happily discussing “Realms what ifs” just like these, over mugs of hot soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or cider (Bailey’s for me, thank you). Think I’ll get out a mug now in celebration: here’s to you all!
love,
THO
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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 16 Jan 2006 :  02:35:47  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message
Quick note for the Hooded Lady : You can remove from Ed stack of queries, the one about the Roaring Dragon House. It won't have anymore use in my current campaign and I know that he doesn't have too much spare time.

Edited by - Skeptic on 16 Jan 2006 02:37:21
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Verghityax
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 16 Jan 2006 :  06:49:00  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message
Dear Ed of Greenwood,
Several months ago I asked You about locations in Iriaebor: "Where are placed all the locations apart from few of them that are marked on the Iriaebor's map in FRA? And here rolls the list:
1. Give Me Wings to Fly
2. The Well-Dressed Wizard
3. The Black Boar Inn
4. The Sign of the Dreaming Dragon
5. The Old Talking Ox
6. The Blacktalons Citadel
7. Shrine to Auril
8. Shrine to Lathander
9. Shrine to Talos
10. Shrine to Tempus
11. Shrine to Tymora
12. Night Skulls' headquarters
13. The Men of the Basilisk headquarters
14. House of Ambraddon
15. House of Nathlar
16. House of Prespos
17. House of Ahlimon
18. House of Piyarathur
19. House of Syntel
20. Thousandheads Trading Coster base
21. Dragoneye Dealing Coster base"

Soon I'm starting my campaign there and it would be really useful to know this stuff
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Beirnadri Magranth
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Posted - 16 Jan 2006 :  07:26:16  Show Profile  Visit Beirnadri Magranth's Homepage  Send Beirnadri Magranth an AOL message Send Beirnadri Magranth a Private Message
when i was a junior in highschool (3 years ago) i wrote an essay about dungeons and dragons etc. it was decent adn reading it now it has its ups and downs. but the point is that I had interviewed mr greenwood via email. I dont think i ever got a chance to send him the completed paper!! if there is some address i can send it to i would be able to sleep better at night... finally! haha

-andrew

"You came here to be a martyr in a great big bang of glory... instead you will die with a whimper."
::moussaoui tries to interrupt::
"You will never get a chance to speak again and that's an appropriate ending."

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Kuje
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Posted - 16 Jan 2006 :  07:28:27  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
Here's another question to add to my ever expanding pile. :)

I've been reading a Mesopotamian mythology book and came across An, who is a creator deity that sounds a lot like Ao. Also there's mention of the tablets of fate from this mythology.

"An (Sumerian) A primordial sky-god, regarded as the creator of the world and progenitor or ancestor of all the Gods who followed Him. His attributes are obscure and his rulership of the heavens is vague and ill-defined; He seems to have been a distant figure without much immediate impact on the human world."

So Ed,

Is that where TSR got the idea for Ao, the tablets of fate, and the like for the ToT's?.... or you have no idea. If not, where did they come up with Ao? A lot of people believe that his name is based off of Alpha and Omega, but that seems off to me.

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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Karth
Learned Scribe

USA
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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  00:17:20  Show Profile  Visit Karth's Homepage  Send Karth an AOL message Send Karth a Private Message
Howdy THO. Nice to see you up and around...

A quick one for Ed, if you will. As I'm sure the Lady Hooded knows quite well, you never can tell what sort of silly situation a player will get his PC into.

Thus, I am here with the need to know what a person cornered in a tavern/nightclub privy in the heartlands - Marsember, The Masked Merfolk, if we must be specific - would find ready at hand. Realms equivalent of toilet paper? What is the Realms equivalent of toilet paper anyhow, and how would it be stored/dispensed? A cupboard with cleaning gear and supplies? Some variation on a bidet? A small plate of gravy?

Think: MacGyver (or THO herself, apparently) in a Realms privy.

Also, what stops various deadly slimes/oozes from crawling up the average privy plumbing from the sewers beneath and turning an urgent visit into a sudden grave for various unsuspecting folk?

Yes, one could fairly ask exactly what sort of nutty campaign I'm running here.

To answer such a question I would, of course, smile mysteriously.

Cheers,

-Karth

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  00:25:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. Hoo-boy, Karth, THAT’S a Realmslore question! (I’ll send it off to Ed straightaway.)
In a recent reply to Dhomal, I posted: “Maztica was not in Ed's original Realms, but flying ships (elven defenses of Evermeet, plus a 'flying Dutchman' style ever-sailing-the-air-haunted-vessel) were” and Wooly Rupert promptly pounced on this one, asking to know more.
Ed obliges:



Ah, yes. Our Lovely Lady Hooded was speaking of “The Lost Ship,” a skyship (yes, George Krashos was right, Wooly; he almost always is!) as described in that long-ago DRAGON article, that just MIGHT be described in a forthcoming Realmslore column or two on the Wizards website. Watch for it!



So saith Ed, tireless spinner of Realmslore.
love to all,
THO
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  00:32:01  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 Jamallo Kreen

I have a few questions about Chosen of Oghma (possibly answered elsewhere, so if so, will someone please supply me a link to the location?). Does Oghma currently have Chosen? What are the criteria he uses? Do they have the same perks which we have seen so much of among Mystra's Chosen (extended youth, special powers, etc.)? Are any of Oghma's Chosen potted plants?
If fact he does... Sephris Dwendon is the "Chosen" of Oghma (and yes, I answered this in Eric's scroll as well).

quote:
I also have a question about Mystra/Midnight's memories: does Mystara-sub-2 remember the lives of Mystryl and Mystra-sub-1 as if they had occured to Her? Does She have a personal recollection of what it felt like to have Karsus attempt to usurp Her powers?
Jamallo, I assume you mean Mystra-sub-2 rather than Mystara?

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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  00:52:48  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

I have a few questions about Chosen of Oghma (possibly answered elsewhere, ...(snip)

If fact he does... Sephris Dwendon is the "Chosen" of Oghma (and yes, I answered this in Eric's scroll as well).


Mercy buckets.

quote:

quote:
I also have a question about Mystra/Midnight's memories: does Mystara-sub-2 remember the lives of Mystryl and Mystra-sub-1 as if they had occured to Her? Does She have a personal recollection of what it felt like to have Karsus attempt to usurp Her powers?
Jamallo, I assume you mean Mystra-sub-2 rather than Mystara?




You assume correctly. I often conflate the two.

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Kuje
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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  05:45:26  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
Here's a change of pace for me, and a question that doesn't involve the deities and the planes. :) I know how much Ed dislikes those questions but a lot of FR's worship has never been detailed. :) And well, I like to research mythology as well as the people who live in FR... which is why I tend to ask a lot of planar, deity, and NPC questions.

Anyhow. I've always wondered about Shyrrhr.

What does she look like? What does she like to wear both as formal dress, which I'm assuming she has one? Her casual dress? and.... evening wear, shall we say. What is her history? What does she like to do for entertainment/fun? Again, besides the obvious. :) Why does she have the title she has? What does that title entail, besides the obvious? What does her home look like in Castle Ward? And of course, anything else Ed might want to add about her.

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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George Krashos
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Now that THO is out of the firing line for a while (thankfully), I was wondering if she can share any adventuring remembrances with us regarding Myth Drannor? Any stories of brave, heroic deeds against hordes of devils, Banites and worse? Or did the KoMD skulk around trying to avoid the notice of the many dangerous denizens to be found there?

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Karth
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  07:37:27  Show Profile  Visit Karth's Homepage  Send Karth an AOL message Send Karth a Private Message
THO said:
quote:
Hoo-boy, Karth, THAT’S a Realmslore question! (I’ll send it off to Ed straightaway.)

Aw shucks, maw...
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  10:08:48  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
Well met, Karth!

I think Ed answered the question about "toilet paper" in the Realms last year - if I remember it correctly, he might have said that they commonly use a barrel full of dry hay (or moss?), at least in tallhouses. I may be wrong here, though

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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 17 Jan 2006 :  13:40:39  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 Asgetrion

Well met, Karth!

I think Ed answered the question about "toilet paper" in the Realms last year - if I remember it correctly, he might have said that they commonly use a barrel full of dry hay (or moss?), at least in tallhouses. I may be wrong here, though

Ed talked about Tallhouses... yes.

Here's the full reply -

"May 23, 2005: Asgetrion, Ed replies very swiftly about tallhouses (he’ll polish off your other requests next time):

Tallhouses vary like all other sorts of numerous buildings. Almost all of them are narrow, and have side walls either touching the side walls of adjacent tallhouses or very close to those walls, with minimal distance (or a ‘sidle-alley,’ which is an alleyway too narrow for any sort of handcart or small conveyance to traverse, only beings agile enough to be able to occasionally turn sideways, twist around obstacles such as downspout pipes, and so on) between one tallhouse and the next.
Beyond that, they vary widely. MOST of them have entrances at both back and front (usually a street-level entrance and a ‘duck-down’ (stone steps, down into a little stone-lined landing) entrance into the cellar. MOST of them have outside stairs linking to the upper floors (often via balconies), and these are more often on the ‘back’ of a tallhouse (dropping down into a walled and gated garden) than on the front or street side, but of course SOME tallhouses face directly onto streets at both ends (so there’s no ‘back,’ only two ‘fronts’). Many tallhouses have garbage or laundry chutes and/or common chimneys, passing from the cellar up through the roof, or to a ‘jarra’ (or roofshed; ‘darshield’ is a more Northerly term, used roughly north of a straight line drawn through Amn and the Lake of Dragons). In snow-heavy areas, tallhouses have steep roofs, sometimes with dormers, but in warmer climes they tend to have flat roofs sporting gardens or water cisterns.

Some tallhouses (about 25 percent) have interior flights of stairs (zigzags), but more often they have a spiral central stair (about 40 percent) or no interior stair at all (35 percent).

The layout of interior rooms, and the facilities, depend on climate and use of the particular building. Remember that most toilet facilities are chamberpots or ‘sluice-privies’ (go into the closet or behind the curtain, sit on the throne, flush when done by pouring jugs of water down the hole). Again, in warmer climes, a pull-chain valve may bring wash or flushing water down from the roof cistern.

Some tallhouses are the dwelling of a single person or family, and will have room uses laid out as the owner (or a previous builder or occupant) desires/desired.

The majority of tallhouses (80 percent) are rental properties, and tend to have one tenant (or tenant family) per floor (65 percent of rental tallhouses), or in some cases (15 percent of rental houses) a floor split between two tenants. However, in some cases, as many as eight business offices share a floor - - and in poorer neighborhoods, a floor may be divided into as many as ten or twelve tiny rooms, all rented to different tenants.

In all cases, each tenant will have their own chamberpots and kitchen facilities, or be forced to use a communal outdoor brick oven and/or privies at the end of the back garden. (In the case of tenants who occupy entire floors, cooking tends to be on a back balcony to minimize fire risks and cooking smells, except perhaps in the coldest winter weather, when warmth is desired.)

Think small iron-cauldron wood stoves with iron legs, resting on layers of stones and used to heat surrounding ‘walls’ of stacked stones that can be carried to beds or other rooms to radiate warmth, with said stoves all having metal-cylinder chimneys led through the rooms horizontally (for warmth and to yield a hanging place to dry damp clothing) to windows where shutters can be opened to let out the smoke.

So saith Ed.

Arndils and Sembian upcountry estates on the morrow.

love to all,
THO"

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Greetings

Thanks so much for you replies to my queries regarding the starelves Ed and Lady Hooded One. THO try this if you are fond of Baileys 1 part baileys 1 part butterscotch schnapps’ and 2 parts hot coco my preferred beverage for desert nights by the campfire.
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