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The Hooded One
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Posted - 27 Jul 2006 :  19:53:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, everyone. Ed tackles two related posts this time: first, from RodOdom: “Have the Malaugrym had any dealings with that other shape-shifting race, the dopplegangers?” and second, from createvmind: “The above post just made me wonder if there are female Dopplegangers and what would be offspring of her and Malaugrym?”
Ed replies:



Oh, yes, the Malaugrym have had dealings with dopplegangers (mainly enslaving them; quite a few dopplegangers have ended up as agents of Malaugrym). And yes, Malaugrym and dopplegangers are cross-fertile and have had offspring, but NDA as to just who, and on what powers that who has. :}



So saith Ed. Who’s sitting on something VERY interesting. About which, of course, I cannot say more.
love to all,
THO
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createvmind
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Posted - 27 Jul 2006 :  20:03:44  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Thats a start and something to look forward to.
Thanks
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Chosen of Moradin
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Posted - 27 Jul 2006 :  20:06:43  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Moradin's Homepage  Click to see Chosen of Moradin's MSN Messenger address Send Chosen of Moradin a Private Message
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Originally posted by createvmind

Thats a start and something to look forward to.
Thanks



Really! Thanks Ed and THO!

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 Jul 2006 :  01:56:58  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, everyone. This time Ed makes reply to Kuje’s post: “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....”
Ed speaks:



Yes, at least two (and probably more) of the mansions of Everlund are grounded and overgrown (but still usable; in emergencies, they’d come bursting up out of the ground, shedding garden earth, vines, and the like) spelljamming vessels. One of these (which looks like a simple three-floor stone keep, bulging out into a cylindrical tower at its northeast cormer) is Kyrial Pellinore’s home.
Kyrial is a much changed man, in recent years. He “fell away” from Tyr, and then returned to the god, but not before faking his own death (over a decade ago), to get out of all civic duties and end a dispute with an angry husband that was shaping up into something that might have riven the ranks of Everlund’s Elders.
He now poses as his own cousin, come back “from afar” to bring up “the young Pellinores” (Aunglautha, Neerelle, and Jahanrisse, the three daughters, now beautiful but rebellious teens, of Kyrial’s now-deceased younger brother Bran; Bran and his wife Klarra were killed fighting off wolf-riding orcs who raided Everlund in a howling blizzard some years back). The three young ladies know his secret, but haven’t let it slip out. Yet.
Kyrial is tall, aging but still athletic and handsome, broad-shouldered and goatee-bearded. He was once stern, just, and warlike, then became a scourge-of-the-ladies, and is now just, kind, gallant, and now much less driven to conquer all the good-looking females in sight. (His spelljamming is also largely behind him.) These days, he’s interested in covertly defending Everlund (avoiding much of its society and politics, and working with Harpers and local druids and rangers to patrol the surrounding countryside as scouts, so no raiding bands will ever get close to Everlund again without its defenders being warned and ready), and in living quietly with his new lady: Emmura Silverlock (LG female moon elf Rgr6/Wiz7/Bladesinger4), whom he rescued from Zhentarim captivity while adventuring (she had been “experimented upon” magically by Zhent mages and beholders, and is under a “curse” [recurring magic Pellinore has not yet found a way to remove] that every few days causes one of her limbs to alter into scaled snake-body form or taloned, furred panther-like form (transformations that cause her agony), and stay that way for 1d4+1 hours, changing back with the same pain. Aunglautha, Neerelle, and Jahanrisse know of this affliction, but no one else in Everlund does - - because no one in Everlund has ever knowingly seen Kyrial’s mysterious “Lady Silverlock” (there’s much rumor about her). She (or one of the three younger ladies, pretending to be her) dons an iron mask and an all-concealing cloak and ankle-length robes, if anyone visits unexpectedly.
Obviously, there’s a tale here I’m not telling anyone, yet.
Time . . . I need to find a spell that will give me a lot more writing time . . .



So saith Ed, Master Spinner of Realmslore, Cryptic and Otherwise.
love to all,
THO
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Posted - 28 Jul 2006 :  02:16:31  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
Interesting. :)

Hmm silverlock..... that names sounds familiar from something else... hmmm.

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createvmind
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Posted - 28 Jul 2006 :  20:14:21  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Blackstaff................"Wow"


I mean really wow, stayed up until 3am, couldn't put it down till I finished.

WOW

Edited by - createvmind on 28 Jul 2006 20:16:21
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Jul 2006 :  01:15:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, assembled scribes. Ed herewith tackles createvmind’s queries: “Hello Ed, How does one find out the all the secret names of a deity that they don't serve especially if the person is not evil therefore above torturing that deities loyal follower? And does this knowledge confer any power or leverage to the person?”
Ed replies:



As to your first question: I don’t know. You’ll have to roleplay it to find out. (Hint: joining the priesthood of that deity and ascending its ranks to receive names in instruction, study of religious tomes, and through prayer is the best way to discover ALL the names of a deity. Those unfriendly to a faith, who try to learn about the deity of that faith, will encounter hostile and prepared resistance from worshippers of that faith as they gain more and more names, because the deity will become aware of it and instruct its faithful accordingly. Peeking at holy texts in temples one sneaks into - - and then leaving, without taking or desecrating anything, is the swiftest way to learn more than one secret name at a time . . . provided, of course, that you search the right book in the right place in the right temple, and manage to get in and out whilst doing the minimum amount of harm to any priests encountered.)
The answer to your second question is: Yes. First, knowing some names makes possible the performance of certain prayers, leading to the granting and casting of otherwise “forbidden” or “restricted” spells. Second, knowing some names confers actual rank within many priesthoods (“Oh! If you know THAT, the god must consider you fit to be a THIS!”). And third, knowing more and more secret names of a deity draws you closer and closer to understanding their true nature, falling under their sway, and becoming a fanatical worshipper of them. [Yes, this IS a roleplaying instruction to DMs. :}] In short, learning a few secret names of a deity can be useful in PC dealings with clergy of that deity, give a PC lore they can sell or trade to NPCs, and help in PC understanding of what said clergy is doing, locally. Learning more than a few secret names of a deity is only helpful to PCs who want to embrace that deity and rise in the service of that deity. As a weapon to use against that deity or that deity’s clergy, it’s more dangerous to the wielder than to intended targets (deities make sure of this).



So saith Ed. Creator of the gods of Faerûn, from Shar to Mystra to Eilistraee to Lurue.
love to all,
THO
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GothicDan
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So saith Ed. Creator of the gods of Faerûn, from Shar to Mystra to Eilistraee to Lurue.
love to all,
THO


Wonderful commentary, THO. :)

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RodOdom
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Posted - 29 Jul 2006 :  04:50:13  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,

Thanks so much for revealing that relationship between the shape-changers. I am very suprised about their cross-breeds and hope to find out more about them one day.

Here's a question about Elminster, but not really about Elminster. If I understand correctly, the Old Sage is not so much Superman, zipping around saving the day, as he is the Kevin Bacon of the Realms. All the good guys are linked to him somehow, and he uses his connections to put the right people together for the right challenge. Has there ever been anyone in history who comes close to Elminster's role in the forces of good?
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 29 Jul 2006 :  05:19:39  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
I don't think of Elminster as a "Superman" figure, either.

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createvmind
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Posted - 29 Jul 2006 :  07:43:16  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
I think he meant more of a james bond/ McGuyver type....Superman errrr.. something along those lines.

Thank you for the truename reply, I'm once again rewriting my adventure due to seemingly planting my stories in areas the REAL writers are now currently digging up. Having been evicted from several locales it was no surprise last night to read Blackstaff and say "Ohh well we WONT be building that little hamlet in said location anymore."

If not NDA and you are creator of him, is Gwaeron Windstorm his truename and if no can you hint at one...hee hee.

Edited by - createvmind on 29 Jul 2006 07:47:25
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

I think he meant more of a james bond/ McGuyver type....Superman errrr.. something along those lines.

Thank you for the truename reply, I'm once again rewriting my adventure due to seemingly planting my stories in areas the REAL writers are now currently digging up. Having been evicted from several locales it was no surprise last night to read Blackstaff and say "Ohh well we WONT be building that little hamlet in said location anymore."

If not NDA and you are creator of him, is Gwaeron Windstorm his truename and if no can you hint at one...hee hee.



I think RAS created Gwaeron Windstrom...

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quote:
Originally posted by RodOdom

If I understand correctly, the Old Sage is not so much Superman, zipping around saving the day, as he is the Kevin Bacon of the Realms.



Ooh! Let's play Six Degrees of Elminster! We'll start with Matteo...

PS, using deities is cheating.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 30 Jul 2006 :  03:04:26  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
No, Wooly dearest, Ed created Gwaeron Windstrom. Trust me. I have a pencil lore write-up of Ed's from 1981 (when no one in gaming had yet heard of Bob Salvatore), that provided my character a quick paragraph of lore information about Gwaeron.
Speaking of Realmslore, and deities . . .
This time, Ed responds to Uzzy’s post: “Hello Ed! Another question about Lliira from me. Ive been looking through various bits of lore about Lliira, looking for a reason as to why Lliira has two Portfolios, those of Freedom and Liberty. They certainly get mention in various Lliiran based feats, etc, but with Lliira being described often as a flighty and detached Goddess, I dont see where she has Freedom and Liberty from (except maybe having Freedom due to her dancing nature, Freedom of Movement and all that)
Basically, what im asking is this. Where is this part of Lliira coming from? Would revolutionaries/freedom fighters really worship Lliira? Because, even with Lliira having those Portfolios, I dont see it happening. Perhaps shes just neglecting those Portfolios?
Thanks in advance.”
Ed replies:



I see your point. I suspect you’re using one pair of particular meanings of “freedom” and of “liberty,” whereas I and other Realms designers are using other meanings.
First, let’s look at some basic dictionary definitions (from a Pocket Oxford, edited down by me to remove etymology, etc.):
“FREEDOM: personal or civic liberty; liberty of action (to do); frankness, undue familiarity
take freedoms with: boldness of conception; exemption (from): privilege possessed by city or corporation; membership, citizenship
freedom of: free use of company, city, house”
and
“LIBERTY: Being free, freedom, freedom personified, right or power to do as one pleases or to do;
at liberty: free, disengaged, having the right or permission to do;
(natural liberty, civil liberty, etc.)”

Now, as one might expect, those definitions refer to each other, but they’re pretty clear once you disentangle the various meanings. They can be simplified down into "freedom" being the actual lack of restraints, rules, barriers, and so on, on behaviour, and explicit permission to be free; and "liberty" being the "feeling free" mental attitude of the free, that lets them understand their freedom and take advantage of their freedom by actually ACTING in a free manner.
Or one can match the meanings with the words the other way around; the fact that the two words have become so confused, over the years, is due to loose usage (see immediately below).
By your mention of revolutionaries and freedom fighters, you seem to be linking “freedom” and “liberty” firmly with warfare (what I call the “Fourth of July speechwriter’s” use of those words; for example, the phrase “freedom is on the march” is an oxymoron to someone not thinking of freedom in militaristic terms, just as “freedom reigns” is an oxymoron unless the speaker is using “reign” in the benevolent sense, to mean something light-handed whereas “ruling” means dungeons and headsmen and soldiers bursting into homes to root out miscreants).
Please don't misunderstand me: I am NOT saying freedom and liberty aren't worth fighting for (nor that they can usually be gained without fighting for them).
And the Realms has more than a few deities who govern (many aspects of) fighting. However, by and large, Lliira isn’t one of them.
The Scarlet Mummers (details upcoming in a Realmslore web column on the WotC website, as I told you in an earlier post) are the main exception: they ARE fighting clerics within the priesthood of Lliira, but their role is mainly defending the faith and Lliiran worshippers. They do attack adherents, temples, and clergy of Loviatar, and act against those who seek to stamp out or punish revelry. They do so in order to keep other priests of Lliira from having to take up arms or break off being carefree and happy.
Lay worshippers of Lliira, however, aren’t ever expected (by Lliiran clergy) to fight with weapons to promote freedom and liberty. (Though they won’t be chastised by Lliiran clergy for, say, drawing a dagger to defend themselves, as that’s also an act of personal freedom.) They are enjoined to act as if they are free, so as to make a locale, society, and situation more free. (Freedom is the act of doing what we want, so if we all try to do what we want, we’ll be free - - or at least, more free.) For instance: in a town with strict laws and large numbers of heavily-armed Watchmen poking their noses (and drawn swords) everywhere, the mood will likely be law-abiding, but also very quiet, wary, even fearful. A Llliran’s way is to laugh, dance, frolic, tell jokes to and about the Watch, and “act carefree.” Not to attack the Watch, but to make everyone carefree and heart-light (or at least happier). Break the tension. Offer wine and small gifts to the Watch and everyone else. Enjoin mourners at a funeral to stop weeping and being grim, and tell stories about funny things the deceased said or did. Try to get into male-only societies and clubs if they’re female, and vice versa if they’re male, and ask continually why everything isn’t open to everyone. (But do so in a playful way, not an antagonistic manner.)
Glance back at those dictionary definitions. Out of the various meanings of Freedom, a devout Lliiran promotes liberty of personal action, boldness of conception, frankness, and familiarity - - to a Lliiran, there’s no such thing as “undue familiarity;” nothing is ‘too much’ (in the public baths, the Lliiran is the guy who cheerfully comments on the sizes of all the penises around him - - and his own).
In other words, a Lliiran is always trying to (peacefully and politely, working through legitimate channels) change laws that restrict (e.g. “women can’t come in here” or “all taverns must close at dawn”), always speaking the truth (where someone wearing a horrible and expensive new hat asks a neighbour if they like it, and the neighbour to be polite says it’s nice, a devout Lliiran says cheerfully that it’s horrible), and treating everyone like an intimate friend (there are no taboo subjects, which can be embarrassing, but also liberating - - that word again - - because a visitor, just arrived in town, can complain to a Lliiran she’s never met before that her underthings are itching, and ask how to wash them or alter them to fix that). Lliirans are always in the forefront of new ideas, new styles of art and music, and always supporting (and working to make sure they’ll be successful) festivals of misrule (where the servants are served by their masters for a day, or guild apprentices run riot)
Back to the dictionary definitions, to Liberty this time. A devout Lliiran celebrates and promotes in others the joy of being free, the right to do as one pleases - - again, working against restrictive laws, breaking minor written and unwritten rules (“No singing in here!” Lliiran response: start trilling away) where societal safety won’t be harmed (a Lliiran is NOT an insensitive, airheaded idiot, and won’t joke about dead babies to a bereaved mother or shout “fire!” in a crowded chamber), and breaking their own and others’ routine. “Enjoy the moment!” is a Lliiran saying; “Do something different!” is another. “Why not?” is a favourite Lliiran response to just about anything.
It’s very important not to use freedom or liberty in a militaristic sense when speaking of this goddess or her followers. These are the people who put flowers in the mouths of guns, and do the “free love” thing, speaking out against oppression and aiding the oppressed but NOT fighting the oppressors. They are the Gandhis, not the men with guns. They are NOT the anarchists and freedom fighters who use bombs or slayings or open warfare to try to change things. They may work with, and heal, hide, and help such fighters, but those fighters are more likely to venerate or be clergy of Tyr, Lathander, Tempus, Torm, Garagos, or even Helm or Red Knight.
Whereas clergy of Ilmater concentrate on enduring oppression, clergy of Lliira make fun of oppressors and try to lighten the hearts of the oppressed. Lliiran clergy who know of an armed plot to overthrow an oppressive regime would NOT help fight against that regime with weapons - - but they WOULD (if asked) spread word of plots and preparations (“gather here at dusk” and “hide your coins and be ready to travel”), help bankroll the freedom fighters, provide diversions and shelter and healing, mock and hamper armed authorities seeking to quell the rebellion, and so on. They will WORK FOR freedom, but not FIGHT FOR freedom (and so are often labelled “flighty” and “uncaring” by others, labels you echoed in your post).



So saith Ed. Helping to make clearer why all those similar divine portfolios really are distinct, and need different deities backing them up.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Yay,

More Lliira lore. Kuje is happy since she and Sharess are two of my favorite deities. As if people couldn't tell, since I've asked about them repeatedly. :)

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GothicDan
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A very nice reply, that one! :)

This part made me laugh:
quote:
(in the public baths, the Lliiran is the guy who cheerfully comments on the sizes of all the penises around him - - and his own).


Heh heh.

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Awesome. Lliira's my favourite diety too. Thank you very much for the response. :)
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That lore actually makes Lliira a more attractive deity to me, as well. I'd not paid much attention to her, before.

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The Hooded One
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Well met again, all. This time, Ed makes reply to GothicDan’s post: “To the great and wonderful Ed Greenwood: I was considering making a Sun Elf character for roleplay (and possibly later as the main character in a writing piece), and in looking over possible Gold Elf Houses, Alastrarra caught my eye. I know that this House played a major part in Elminster's past (a la the novel). But I was wondering, is there any information known to you about the House as it stands today, in modern Faerun? Are they powerful? Prevalent? Weak? Declining? Primarily resident in Evermeet only, or also with branches in Silverymoon and/or Evereska? Connections to the Eldreth Veluuthra?
Any knowledge at all would be very much appreciated. :) Thanks in advance!”
Ed speaks:



“The great and wonderful Ed Greenwood”? Don’t know the guy. I’m just Ed. :}
However, I probably am the best person alive to attempt to provide any new Realmslore about House Alastrarra. So, here goes:

Today, this family is small in numbers, considered “old, respected, and minor” (very much as their repitation has always been), and holds a low public profile, eschewing strong stands or actions in elven commerce, politics, or military ventures. So they wield little influence or power, but are respected (as “true, staunch” elves, representing well-behaved, conservative elven society).
There are no more than about sixteen Alastrarran elves left on Evermeet, but more than forty in Evereska - - where they dwell in sprawling mansions of shaped, living wood (trees and shrubs) in extensive landscaped gardens. A favourite family sport is magically taking falcon shape and hunting (not to slay, only to find, catch up to, and then turn away), and as a result most family members know the countryside around Evereska, and events there, very well. Some elderly female Alastrarran elves are expert weavers (and so make magical garments from time to time) and harp-makers (ditto).
The head of the house in Evermeet is the truly ancient elf Imrae “Starshoulders” Alastrarra (CG female sun elf Rgr4/Sor18, who is a tall, gaunt, frail, almost wraithlike friend to many she-elves, who come to sip wine with her and talk, thankful of a haven from the often-fierce gossip and feuding among highborn elf ladies - - because Imrae simply refuses to take part in such disputes, ignoring insults and slights, and being gently friendly to all). She’s a beloved friend to many, widely respected for her “gentle, loving” nature, and although she uses her influence in small ways all the time to patch up disputes and mend or strengthen friendships, she chooses to have no voice in the weightier politics of Evermeet.
The real day-to-day leader of House Alastrarra, however, is Olond Alastrarra, who heads the branch of the family in Evereska. A white-haired, vigorous LG male sun elf Rgr11/Wiz9 of grand voice, handsome features, arresting charisma, and masterfully shrewd and intrigue-mastering mind, he pays close attention to all that goes on in Evereska, and advises his kin in just what to say and how to act so as to maintain the family style of lying low and keeping out of trouble. Perhaps his favourite saying is: “We are Alastrarra. We say little, watch and learn much, do the right things - - and will endure when louder, prouder elves are fallen and swept away by their follies.” Most of Evereska thinks Olond cares for little more than his gardens, but all of House Alastrarra know better.
Possible successors to Olond include the young, energetic, and carefully diplomatic in public and loyal to Olond’s directives brothers Melander and Imyrar Alastrarra (Melander is a Rgr9 and Imyrar a Ftr6/Sor2). If Olond wants them to be at a particular feast or meeting to watch what happens, they;ll be there. If he wants them to jaunt (House Alastrarra knows the whereabouts and details of using many portals) halfway across Faerûn to procure something or speak to someone, they do so. With alacrity. They trust Olond (and their trust is not misplaced) to better House Alastrarra and all elves, and find purpose and meaning in serving him.
. . .



I’ve split Ed’s reply here, to avoid running into the post size limit, and will provide scribes with the second half tomorrow.
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Oooh! I love it.

Great stuff Ed. I sense a House Alastrarra "lore-drop" coming in my campaign very, very soon.

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Yeah, that was a great lore block.

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Excellent ! One of my games has been centered in Evermeet and Evereska.
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Wow, thank you so much Ed! (Great and wonderful nonetheless!)

I really like how you've characterized Alastrarra so far - the fact that their influence is centered in Evereska is really fitting wonderfully into the character's background. That's where I was 'planning' the primary Alastrarra manse to be before you commented. The fact that there's a good deal of evidence for it is amazing!

And I really like the dichotomy of the 'two' house heads. Very different figures, but both very commendable and capable!

I can't wait to see the 'rest'. ;)

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Okay, another question occurs to me... What about Realmsfolk who are paralyzed, specifically from the waist down? Do wheelchairs exist in the Realms? Are there any other resources, particularly magical ones? How are these folk treated? And have their ever been any prominent paralyzed people, particularly mages? (Alliteration not intended!)

As always, thanks for your time and lore!

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For Ed...

I'm more than a little hesitant to add to my own backlog of questions for Ed to answer ... but a discussion with a fellow scribe over an aspect in another setting got me thinking about how this aspect is reflected in the Realms.

It's about inbreeding, specifically... among the many royal families -- human and demihuman -- and/or long established noble families across the Realms. I know about instances of inbreeding in published Realms material already, for example... like that which is somewhat common among long isolated Underdark races, as well as the inbreeding that occurs among the ruling class of the Gugari people in the Hordelands. There are slight references in other sources... mostly with regard to noble families looking to keep favorable traits within their own family, but I'm looking more for Ed's personal take here and how he's handled the concept in his home Realms campaign, as well as any additional thoughts and/or lore he'd like to sure with me.

I realise this can be a sensitive subject, and if you feel it's inappropriate to answer here, I'll understand if you do not wish to elaborate. However, I'm intrigued by this somewhat, and I'd like to learn a little more about how such an aspect is realised in the Realms.

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