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GothicDan
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So the Faithless would basically be labeled as utterly delusional and insane in the Realms...

Nice. :)

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"That attitude should be stomped on, whenever and wherever it's encountered, because it makes people holding such views bad citizens, not just bad roleplayers (considering D&D was structured as a 'forced cooperation' game, and although successive editions are pointing it more and more towards a me-first, min-max game, the drift away from 'we all need each other to succeed' will at some point make it 'no longer' D&D)." - ED GREENWOOD
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Wonderful--I find the subject of religion in the real world fascinating, and it's nice to finally learn even more about how religious belief is dealt with in the Realms. Thanks Hooded One, an Ed.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 07 Aug 2006 :  00:41:09  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
All right, Ed, well met once again--I have a question for you. :)

A friend of mine recently asked me for some information about a place (now in ruins) called Harrowsmouth, which is referenced in the 2E Cult of the Dragon supplement. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about this place either, so I did some searching; apparently, the ruins are located in the southeastern Anauroch, but that's all the information I found, and my fellow scribes here didn't know much about this place either, and suggested I ask you about it. :)

My friend would very much appreciate it if you could give us some nice, juicy details about this region--as much as you like.

Thanks in advance,

Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 07 Aug 2006 :  21:30:17  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message
THO,
I hope this is the right format to thank you for all your hard work. I am reading the 2004 replies for "ask Greenwood" as of late, and your stories of the knights deeds and the great fun you all had makes me so happy that I feel as if I am reading a book. And a damn good one too! (I can't wait for Swords of Eveningstar!) By your writing on Ed and how he tries to make GenCon fun for every one I was really impressed. The amount of kindness Master Greenwood has shows in his writings, his deeds, and his great mentorship to so many great designers and writers. I am stunned into amazement. Please let Greenwood know that I am damn proud to be gaming in Forgotten Realms and that he has my thanks (as do you THO). Keep up the great work!

Illum
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 08 Aug 2006 :  00:31:36  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. This time Ed makes reply to Winterfox (and Lore Seeker, and Neriandal Freit and The Sage), about this (Winterfox’s query): “A general question, for Ed and anyone who wishes to answer: on the NWN board, a poster insisted that Faerun = roughly thirteenth-fourteenth century Earth. Rino and I said no, not really. Said poster replied with a quote:
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From the 1987 Forgotten Realms: Cyclopedia of the Realms by Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb, and Karen S. Martin:
The Forgotten Realms are a world very similar to the Earth of the 13th and 14th centuries. Most of the area under discussion here has until recently been covered by wild forests and unsettled grasslands. Civilization is still a novelty in much of this world...
The people of these realms (including man, dwarf, elf, gnome, and halfling) are similar in mindset and advancement to the men of the 13th century. City-states are common, and nations on the increase as more of the wild lands are pushed back and gathered under a single king or government... Literacy and the quest for knowledge in[sic] on the rise, with the recent introduction of printed hand-bills in Waterdeep.
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Quoi?
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Lore Seeker added: This is how Wikipedia describes Faerun........
“Economically and technologically, Faerûn is comparable to Western Europe during the late middle ages. Gunpowder (here called smoke powder and different in its composition from historical gunpowder) is starting to make an appearance, but much of the armament is still dominated by swords, spears, bows, and the like. Most of the population consists of farmers, organized somewhat loosely in a semi-feudal system. There are also a number of notable cities, and trade between nations is common, comparable to the Renaissance era. Likewise, there are regions where more barbaric tribes and customs persist.”
I think the level of advancement of civilization varies from region to region but overall, the above description sounds relatively accurate. But I would think this is best left answered by the creator himself, Mr. Greenwood.
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and Winterfox responded: Well, to be sure, the discussion in question was more about language. The poster said he feels Middle English is the closest to the language used in Faerun because he thinks the Realms is comparable to 13-14th century Earth; I argued that the level of technology overall brings it closer to the Renaissance, and therefore closer to Early Modern English.
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Neriandal Freit chimed in: I'll go ahead and say it for everyone, Realms/Faerun IS NOT like nor is meant to appear like 13-14 century EARTH or ladder periods there of it.
Just because they have castle, robes and wars does not make it like that.
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And Lore Seeker added: Ah, but now we must consider the varying dialects of English spoken. I assume it would vary just as greatly as it does here in the U.S. and other English speaking countries. Also, level of education in the different regions of Faerun would have a major impact on spoken English as well. For instance, I would think the average person living in Silverymoon would be much more well spoken than someone living in some small farming village or even a place like Ten Towns.
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The Sage summed up: Ed has repeatedly said that Faerun is mostly not based on -- or rather similiar to -- Earth cultures, except for the parts that TSR added on. His most recent discussions on this are in the '06 replies.
-- Now, fellow scribes... let's try to keep the "Realms is comparable" discussions to another scroll and leave this one dedicated just to questions for Ed.
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Whew. Ed replies:



As I’ve said many a time before, here at Candlekeep and elsewhere, trying to view the Realms in terms of real-world history just doesn’t work, except on a personal level. The text Winterfox cited, from the Cyclopedia (and not written by me) is doing just that personal level thing: it’s attempting to explain “what the Realms is” to someone completely unfamiliar with it, and possibly new to fantasy roleplaying. It’s akin to a history teacher drawing a swift analogy (“think Venice, only without the canals” ) and is as inaccurate and invalid on the level of specific details as all such analogies.
Where real-world comparisons break down, always (leading us, on Internet discussions, down sidetracks into arguments about Roman battlefield superiority or ancient Chinese medicine or the advent of stirrups in warfare or “what if the Nazis had done thus and so” debates), is when we move beyond the personal level of helping someone understand “the basics” about the Realms into using real-world comparisons in wider discussions among gamers. I realize that inevitably we must and will make real-world comparisons - - or comparisons to what we think we know of Earth history (or other fantasy settings, like Middle-Earth) from what we’ve seen at the movies or read in books - - because we’ve got to have SOME frame of reference to understand this elephant all we blind people are trying to examine, and the real world is what we all share. The problem is, we don’t all share the same experience of it. My schooling can’t be replicated by posters at Candlekeep because most of my professors are dead now, for one thing. :}
Neriandal Freit is quite right to say that the Realms isn’t like any historical period of Earth (and how can it be? We lack zap-bang magic, dragons, and truckloads of summonable monsters, just to name three factors in passing), and was never intended to be viewed in that way. “Technology” and “social advancement” (and please note that those terms in and of themselves betray real-world value judgements; folk in Faerûn, particularly survivors from Netheril, may disagree sharply with the notion that the passage of time brings “progress”) does indeed vary from place to place in the Realms, as Lore Seeker pointed out, and does indeed seem more Renaissance than medieval (as Winterfox and Rinonalyrna Fathomlin quite correctly argued on the NWN board) in some locales and regions.
However, huge chunks of Realms real estate ARE “sorta” like “roughly thirteenth-fourteenth century Earth.” And as the text in the Cyclopedia said, literacy IS on the rise (as overland trade increases in number of travellers, amount of goods carried, and penetration of trade routes deeper and deeper into “neglected” hinterlands), in the short-term “peace” between orc hordes and “really big Realms-shaking disasters.” City-states ARE the most common form of “civilized” society.
The problem comes when one tries to move from shorthand understandings of the Realms to specifics. “Oh, so if they’ve got city-states, they must have X, BECAUSE THEY DID IN OUR REAL WORLD.” The “because” just doesn’t follow, in many cases.
Here, Winterfox, you’ve presented me with a classic case of that “next step:” the debate on NWN board about real-world languages because of views of the “state of advancement” in the Realms.
Unfortunately for everyone concerned, it just doesn’t follow (no matter what the factors, unless they happened to be a large-scale invasion of people through a gate/oops, portal, from England “back in the day”) that written or spoke tongues in the Realms would be closer to Middle English or Early Modern English - - or Old High Norse, for that matter.
Our real world doesn’t and didn’t have long-lived, very “civilized” elves (or dragons, or dwarves) living with, around, and among humans, in many cases “there first” before the humans, and using their own languages regardless of what humans did. In the case of the Realms, one of course in North America equates the Common Tongue with English, and the Common Tongue has spread because of the high birth rate and energetic travels and settlings of humans, and the ongoing trade-travelling that goes on among human-dominated settlements. One can argue that this is analogous to the real-world spread of English through exploration and colonization and the timing of the British Empire (and the spread of Christianity, for that matter), but of course the Realms has no monotheism and has had many empires, most of them non-human - - and one must scramble to find common factors between the Realms and the real-world. Like much academic debate, arguments tend to be made by ignoring elements that don’t fit one’s views or hypotheses, and linking together (into increasingly flimsy and grandiose castles in the air) those that do.
Not that I’m blaming any scribes for holding such views. Unless you’re part of my original gaming group, there’s no way your experience of the Realms can be of anything but the published Realms - - and someone who reads ALL the Realms novels and game products will find many instances of overt real-world elements and even people (e.g. the Dalai Lama!), authors assuming real-world customs and inventions and habits, and so on. Some of these make me more than roll my eyes and gnash my teeth, but - - they’re done. Moreover, from the beginning of the published Realms (check Jim Lowder’s posts here, about being assigned to edit out my Realms dialect writing from SPELLFIRE), there’s been the practical necessity of changing my personal fantasy world to something twelve-year-old American males who just want a good fast adventure read to enrich their enjoyment of the game stuff they’re buying (TSR’s original target audience, remember), will be able to understand enough to enjoy. I’m not disagreeing with this necessity (Jim has often told the tale of having to explain what my line of dialogue for Elminster meant to fellow staffers: “Think ye me a codloose winker?”). I’m pointing out that the “prithees” and “Good my lord, how dost thou, I trow?” elements have largely gone away, in printed Realms fiction, in favour of “Yup. Nope. And one for my horse, too!” plain, “everyday” emphatic American speech. It may help clarity in storytelling, but on the other hand if we were all wading through largely impenetrable Realms novels with huge glossaries at the back to guide us through the dialogue, I suspect Winterfox and Rinonalyrna Fathomlin could never have found themselves in such a debate about which version of “heritage English” is prevalent in the Realms, or that Realms languages are “closest to.”
When it comes to languages, Lore Seeker said it best when he pointed out that local variances in education, dialect, and interaction with “the wider Realms” are going to create so many differences in language complexity and usage from place to place that trying to decide if an overall level or structure of language is like “Middle or Early Modern anything” is . . . largely pointless, and difficult to reach agreement on, anyway.
I completely disagree with the “economically” and “semi-feudal” wording in the Wikipedia quote, by the way - - but agree that as a “this isn’t, strictly speaking, true, but if you think of it in this way, you’ll ‘get it’ in overall outline; just don’t trust it on a details level” description, the Wiki entry, as quoted, works. That’s the problem with truly detailed worldbuilding: in one key respect the Realms IS identical to our real world: it’s so complex, and can be viewed in so many ways from so many starting sets of values and understandings, that it’s just as subject to furious debate as our real world is. All too often. :}
What’s deeply ironic to me is that this very discussion is one I had with Jeff and Karen back in 1986, as they gently told me that this or that aspect of the Realms was going to have to “go away” or “change” to fit TSR’s needs in adapting the Realms to D&D. As an old museum guard used to say in my childhood in Toronto: “Nothing new to see here, folks; move along, move along . . .”



So saith Ed. Prithee, sainted Master Mine, wilt thou do me the deepest honour of a backrub, when next we meet in fleshly directness? (Oh, yeah, one more thing: your turn to provide the wine, big boy.)

P.S. Realmslore returneth after GenCon. A few days after GenCon, that is, folks; Ed drives to the con and back, visits with family along the way, drops by Stratford to take in some plays (and shop!), and usually dives deep into extra projects or glitches he gets told about at the con.
Ed hopes to arrive in Indy Wednesday, but has meetings and dinners and ceremonies (yep, all three!) waiting for him, if he gets there in time (to say nothing of the usual shlepping of bags up to the hotel room, and then wandering off to wait in line forever for his con badge), so he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to say hi to any Candlekeep scribes that night. However, if you can catch him anytime after that until late Sunday night . . .

P.P.S. To confirm: yes, Zanan, the yochlol are Gary Gygax’s creation, and would be “core Greyhawk” because that’s all there was, at the time.

P.P.P.S. Oh, and to Rinonalyrna Fathomlin: no, I don’t know what sort of fungus that was, and Ed can’t remember, either. Yes, it IS creepy. With none of the fun of the other thing we used to do when camping (try this ONLY if you don’t mind insects crawling on you): the guys used to catch fireflies in jars, and after dark gently insinuate them, by hand, deep into the hair of gals who had long, flowing hair (which was most of us, in the 60s and 70s). The visual effect of the bugs flaring into full radiance, on a lass (like, ahem, me) sitting in the forested darkness, could be stunningly beautiful. Ah, those were the days . . .

P.P.P.P.S. Wandering mage, you're very welcome. * I * can't wait until the Knights trilogy advances chronologically to where we're in Shadowdale, and Torm and Rathan are in on the fun . . .
I'll pass your thanks on to Ed straightaway.
love to all,
THO
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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

We lack zap-bang magic, dragons, and truckloads of summonable monsters, just to name three factors in passing)


Im going to have to disagree with Ed here

What about Nuclear weapons, Ex Wives/Girlfriends and Lawyers?



*chuckle*


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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, fellow scribes. This time Ed makes reply to Winterfox (and Lore Seeker, and Neriandal Freit and The Sage)...
Thanks Ed.

This particular reply is going in the Candlekeep FR FAQ... along with your "Mary Sue" replies. It'll be on hand and ready to post, just like your other similar replies, each time this type of topic comes up here and over at WotC.

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EvilKnight
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Posted - 08 Aug 2006 :  01:59:38  Show Profile  Visit EvilKnight's Homepage Send EvilKnight a Private Message
quote:
quote:Originally posted by The Hooded One

We lack zap-bang magic, dragons, and truckloads of summonable monsters, just to name three factors in passing)



Im going to have to disagree with Ed here

What about Nuclear weapons, Ex Wives/Girlfriends and Lawyers?


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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 08 Aug 2006 :  02:56:10  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

P.P.P.S. Oh, and to Rinonalyrna Fathomlin: no, I don’t know what sort of fungus that was, and Ed can’t remember, either. Yes, it IS creepy. With none of the fun of the other thing we used to do when camping (try this ONLY if you don’t mind insects crawling on you): the guys used to catch fireflies in jars, and after dark gently insinuate them, by hand, deep into the hair of gals who had long, flowing hair (which was most of us, in the 60s and 70s). The visual effect of the bugs flaring into full radiance, on a lass (like, ahem, me) sitting in the forested darkness, could be stunningly beautiful. Ah, those were the days . . .



Hmmm, when I was younger I used to catch fireflies with my hands and let them crawl on me a bit, so perhaps I wouldn't mind that (though my hair is shoulder length)...

And I have to say, that answer Ed just gave us is wonderful, and very informative. Thank him for me, and thank you for bringing it to us.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Skeptic
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quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

Wonderful--I find the subject of religion in the real world fascinating, and it's nice to finally learn even more about how religious belief is dealt with in the Realms. Thanks Hooded One, an Ed.



Thanks for such a detailed answer to Ed,

If we are lucky, we'll get again some religious details because that was the 1/3 question about it I recently posted here.

P.S. For THO : If the difference between this one and the one where I put the last sentence of the 2004 in bold isn't clear for Ed, I can edit it.

Edited by - Skeptic on 08 Aug 2006 03:19:43
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Kajehase
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Greetings once again to the Sage Greenwood and the Lovely Lady Herald of Realmslore.

This time I come bringing two queries.

1. Continuing my (or Ed's, really) exploration of the Chondathan language, would it be possible to get the Chondathan names of the various noble titles used in Cormyr (along with the English word they most closely equate to)?

2. A question that ties in loosely with the question Skeptic had answered on August 7th - which "churches" have the most active internal theological debates?, and about which topics?
(I realise the answer to the second one could probably fill a series of sourcebooks, but if I had to choose one religious group to be enlightened about I'd probably prefer the followers of Sune, but you pick yourself)

Oh, and have fun/hope you had fun at GenCon.

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Verghityax
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Dear Ed,

I've been wondering if you possibly have any lore about Zund, the creator of Zundbridge, since in Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast there is only some lore about the bridge itself.

Edited by - Verghityax on 08 Aug 2006 22:01:22
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Fellow scribes,

Can we please try to keep the non-Ed-question posts to a minimum? It's cluttering the scroll and making it difficult for both scribes and visitors to these halls to find the replies they're looking for. If you have something to add to what another scribe has said, or something that doesn't directly relate with what Ed has said earlier... take it to another scroll or send a PM.

I don't want to get on any one scribe's case here, as we've all done it from time to time. It just seems to be fairly regular at the moment. So, again, let's keep those types of replies to a minimum.


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Asgetrion
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quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

Greetings once again to the Sage Greenwood and the Lovely Lady Herald of Realmslore.

This time I come bringing two queries.

1. Continuing my (or Ed's, really) exploration of the Chondathan language, would it be possible to get the Chondathan names of the various noble titles used in Cormyr (along with the English word they most closely equate to)?

2. A question that ties in loosely with the question Skeptic had answered on August 7th - which "churches" have the most active internal theological debates?, and about which topics?
(I realise the answer to the second one could probably fill a series of sourcebooks, but if I had to choose one religious group to be enlightened about I'd probably prefer the followers of Sune, but you pick yourself)

Oh, and have fun/hope you had fun at GenCon.



I second the first question!

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Jerryd
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I'd like to third the first question, and add a few of my own regarding Cormyr's nobility! (These questions have been in my own stack for a long time, and this seems an appropriate time.)

Power of Faerûn discusss the generalities about how noble titles are earned — mainly, by pleasing or aiding the ruler in a big way. That's pretty vague and broad, though, and there are a variety of titles that could be awarded. First there are the hereditary versus the extraordinary (or life) titles, then there are the specific titles: dukes/duchesses, marquesses(marquis?margraves?)/marchionesses, earls/counts/countesses, viscounts/vicountesses, and barons/baronesses. Let's say that the king decides to grant a title to someone who has 'pleased him in some big way'. Great. Now, what factors go into deciding *which* title will be granted, and whether it'll be ordinary or extraordinary? What criteria make the difference between ennobling the person as a duke versus a marquess? What factors lead the king to think 'I'll make him an earl instead of a baron'? The degree of the pleasure or service? The size or value of the lands either granted or already owned? How badly the ennobling will annoy someone the king doesn't like? Or (facetiously speaking) how many bastards the king sired upon the ennobled man's wife? :) All of the above?

Then, once the man has the title (let's say earl just for example), what does that mean, exactly, in comparison to dukes or barons? We know that Cormyr is not a feudal kingdom — all power and authority comes straight from the king. It's my impression that nobles of higher status (like dukes) cannot enforce orders or decrees on nobles of lesser status (like barons) solely by virtue of their title; there's no legal power or authority of one noble over any other noble just because one has a higher title. Does that mean that the hierarchy of titles is solely a social convention or matter of etiquette — who stands first in the reception line, who enters and leaves the carriage first, who sits closer to the king at the banquet table, the degree of the elevation of the nose one is socially entitled to? If specific noble titles grant more privilege than mere social status yet not any power to enforce one's will upon lesser nobles, then what other intermediate privileges or perqs distinguish each level of nobility?

Then about the earls and barons. In real-world noble hierarchies, earls and barons are equivalent and regional - earls are primarily Anglo-Saxon, while barons are primarily continental. Both are used as Cormyrean titles in Realmslore, however. In Cormyr, how do ears and barons differ? Are they still equivalent, or does one have higher perecedence than the other?

Finally, in Power of Faerûn several members of the Belorgan family are mentioned, in particular one Raedlar ("Red") Belorgan, and Red is specifically spoken of as still being alive. However, in chapter 29 of Cormyr: A Novel he is clearly killed after a failed attempt to assassinate Tanalasta. Surely he wouldn't be allowed to be resurrected, given that (a) he attempted to commit an act of high treason and (b) it's against the law in Cormyr to raise nobles?
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Garen Thal
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quote:
Originally posted by Jerryd

Then about the earls and barons. In real-world noble hierarchies, earls and barons are equivalent and regional - earls are primarily Anglo-Saxon, while barons are primarily continental. Both are used as Cormyrean titles in Realmslore, however. In Cormyr, how do ears and barons differ? Are they still equivalent, or does one have higher perecedence than the other?
Leaving the meatier questions to Ed, and assuming that you mean earls and counts, my explanation (which may not be the one Ed gives) is as follows:

While technically equivalent in rank and precendence, earls have the slight edge in status, the reason being that "count" is not a native Cormyrean title. Rather, it is a legacy title from one of other realms absorbed into the Forest Kingdom over the centuries (Esparin or Marsember; Arabel never developed a structured, independent nobility before being incorporated into Cormyr the first time around). Families whose ancestral title was Count of X retain that naming (Bhela, for example), but new titles are earls (such as the new Earl of Starwater). Families native to Marsember (like the Scorils or Eldroons) are more likely to be counts than earls, if their rank on joining the nobility of Cormyr was high enough.

Since the old blood families see 'foreign' nobles--older or not--as less than they are, earls of Cormyr tend to look down, at least a bit, on counts.

Note that this arrangement would mean that lesser nobles of the Marliir clan--beneath the patriarch, Duke Raynar Marliir--might have a count or two among them, but no earls, they having been the rulers of Marsember before its absorption in 1227DR.

As for the whole marquess/marquis/margrave thing, I use "marchion," personally.
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Kazzaroth
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Posted - 09 Aug 2006 :  14:48:37  Show Profile  Visit Kazzaroth's Homepage Send Kazzaroth a Private Message
Well, I quote myself incase if my question was missed (I would be glad also if told that Ed cannot answer my question because of some contract agreement). I excusme my poor typing and perhaps grammar mistakes in my post :(. I write poorly even in my own native language :P.

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Originally posted by Kazzaroth

Hello Ed and THO,

I have (severall) question regarding Talfirs and about my own theory and quesses. There was not much information about Talfirs in Races of Faerun and when checking on the map I noticed the Talfirs old territory according Empires of Faerun resided south from Evermeet and so far in that area is marked grey, meaning area does not belong any city nor nation according the basic Campaing Setting book. Is there particullar reason for that? I did not find much information about Reach Woods and Reach River either.

So, question is more that did Talfirs somehow 'meld' into Tethyrian tribal population when it almost literally swarmed over in their world wide wandering (explaining bit why Tethyrians have Talfir Song bardic tradition). But anycase I wondered about more of Talfirs customs and their history and how Shadowking was viewed in that time. Thanks appearance Shadow Magic in Tome of Magic I wondered was Shadowking practioner of that art (and was it part of Talfirs tribal culture)?

If that is so, then I am intrested to know how present Faerun someone learns shadow magic or does some few selected arcanists research plane magic to learn it and use it or research about legends of Shadowking etc. So how shadow magic would be viewed in Faerun in generall and can common/most folk mistake shadow magic to shadow weave magic (which in this case are two sepparated things)?

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RodOdom
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Dear Ed and Lady THO,

How are the mentally handicapped viewed in the Realms? Have any of them had any roles of historical note?
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Sian
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well Rod ... one of Elminsters uncles suffered from megalomania

what happened to the queen? she's much more hysterical than usual
She's a women, it happens once a month
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RodOdom
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Ah, right. I was thinking more in terms of what we would call today as "developmentally challenged" rather than mentally ill. But that is interesting too.
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Randal_Dundragon
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Hi all, im a bit new to the board but i decided i liked the way this place feels so i think ill give her a try...

Anyway, Ed i have a question in regards to Cormyr.
With all the wars and betrayels and everything else thats been going on there how has that effected the nation and its people. How are people handling it and what are they doing to rebuild it? are the former orcish and goblin armies and troops still at large around the country or have they been pretty much taken care of?

I have more questions but i dont want to take up to much of this board.

P.S sorry if this has been awnserd before, like i said fairly new here so i havnt had a chance to peruese the forums as much.

Thanks in advance :D

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Not Ed, but will offer one posible answer to "developmentally challenged" with the cavert it Depends on the culture.

With a magic rich world and herbs that actually work with great degree of certaincy, those afflicted are cured (Some societies though will kill instead). Remember this is a world of 95 percent litericy (if not higher) and magic uses make tomes to increase stats, able to regenerate, reincarnate and apply lessor cures. Ed has indicated the the Chosen are insane because of their long life but nobody is trying to put them in a home *wink*

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"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
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Edited by - Kentinal on 11 Aug 2006 21:10:43
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Asgetrion
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quote:
Originally posted by Kazzaroth

Well, I quote myself incase if my question was missed (I would be glad also if told that Ed cannot answer my question because of some contract agreement). I excusme my poor typing and perhaps grammar mistakes in my post :(. I write poorly even in my own native language :P.



Please be patient... Ed has a big pile of questions to be answered, and sometimes the answers lie buried somewhere in an endless heap of boxes in his cellar, so he literally has to "delve" into a dungeon and search through thousands of old papers to find the correct one(s).

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Kazzaroth
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quote:
Originally posted by Asgetrion

quote:
Originally posted by Kazzaroth

Well, I quote myself incase if my question was missed (I would be glad also if told that Ed cannot answer my question because of some contract agreement). I excusme my poor typing and perhaps grammar mistakes in my post :(. I write poorly even in my own native language :P.



Please be patient... Ed has a big pile of questions to be answered, and sometimes the answers lie buried somewhere in an endless heap of boxes in his cellar, so he literally has to "delve" into a dungeon and search through thousands of old papers to find the correct one(s).



Ok, I will wait then :).
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Found this one floating in the aether:-

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Gentlesir,

First, thank you for the world, I've been a fan for many years, and have many of the game products, but have yet to DM in the world (I'm just starting my first time as DM in any world - and it will be in Faerun).

I've just found this site while researching the campaign area for this campaign (Giant's Plain and the eastern edge of The Greenfields, where Comyr noble wannabe's are trying to carve out some new holds and exploit the natural resources).

I'm trying to find more info on lost empire of Arunduth (Lost Empires of Faerun - on the map but there appears to be no information), and the Dodkong of Cairnheim's "crown of Obadai" (Underdark - again, I can't seem to find any further information), both of which I hope to use in my campaign.

Is there somewhere I didn't find with more info on either of these topics?

Thank you, sir.

Karen G.

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