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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  01:55:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Ed is still overwhelmed with getting through three urgent projects, but plays hooky for long enough to make reply this time to varyar, in the matter of: “Hi Ed and THO, I'm curious if the elves have any particular names for the Outer Planes, and in general what their view of extraplanar affairs (the Blood War, Cyric's shenanigans, etc) might be compared to a human perspective (if there is 'a' human perspective). Many thanks in advance!”
Ed replies:



varyar, as you inplied, I’m not sure there is a single clear “human perspective” on extraplanar goings-on such as the Blood War (given how little most folk in Faerûn know about such things, and the filters - -usually priesthoods - - they hear what information they do get, through).
Nor am I so sure the elves have a single coherent view of such matters. The general elven attitude towards the Blood War would be that it’s undeniable proof that the races involved are insane and worthy only of destruction (as that seems to be all they devote themselves to), and that the antics of human deities are also proof that humans are an immature race who go insane whenever handed too much power - - but all stereotypes are very likely to be inaccurate on an individual-case basis.
Again, the elves have many names for the various planes, but one collective name for the Outer Planes is “Uvahlura,” an old name that has come to mean, roughly, “other-than-here places of extremes.”



So saith Ed. Who wants to remind all scribes that: “races rarely think in neat collective terms; elves and dwarves in particular, as long-lived, individualistic and creative races who possess strong individual characters, tend to hold a very wide variety of views on life and procedures and places and groups of beings.”
love to all,
THO
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Beirnadri Magranth
Senior Scribe

USA
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Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  05:46:52  Show Profile  Visit Beirnadri Magranth's Homepage  Send Beirnadri Magranth an AOL message Send Beirnadri Magranth a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by kalin agrivar

Hi, I’m not sure about the rules about bumping up a question but I asked this on page 58 and shortly afterward THO went away, Ed has heavy deadlines and THO asked the question “what would you like to see”

I hate nagging and don’t mean too...I would just really like an answer (if it is available) for my project and I’m afraid that my question got lost in the excitement

quote:
Originally posted by kalin agrivar

I have a question for Ed

When you first designed the maps for Faerun did you add or make any notes on the weather systems? Especially the prevalent winds (wind belts and jet streams) and ocean currents (for the inner sea and the outer oceans)? Do you know of anyone that has done so? And if you did, did you place the forests and such in consideration of winds and precipitation?

I am trying to build a few maps, especially pre-Sundering global maps...and it would really help!



As the planet rotates like Earth, I’m guessing the prevalent winds are the same? Ans where is Toril's equator?

Thank you very much




Just should point out that air-current patterns are not necessarily defined by rotation of the planet. It has more to do with temperature of the atmosphere (which in Faerun seems to be erratic- what with desserts next to arctic tundras et al.). It is also based on the surface texture and wind resistance. Take Jupiter for example, different stripes go in different directions because of vast changes in heat and energy. Winds are many times quicker in part because the surface is a sea (no wind resistance).

EDIT: just cleaned up some grammar

"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."

-Judge Brinkema

Edited by - Beirnadri Magranth on 06 Oct 2006 15:07:50
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Kalin Agrivar
Senior Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  15:22:12  Show Profile  Visit Kalin Agrivar's Homepage  Click to see Kalin Agrivar's MSN Messenger address Send Kalin Agrivar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Beirnadri Magranth
just should point out that air current patterns are not necessarily defined by rotation of the planet. it has more to do with temperature of the atmosphere and surface (which in Faerun seems to be erratic. It is also based on the surface texture and wind resistance. take jupiter for example. different stripes go in different directions bc of vast changes in heat and energy/ the winds are quick bc the surface is a sea.



this is all true...I was thinking more theoretically, about drag/friction of the atmosphere on the planet surface and the possible inertia of the atmosphere...thus would reversing a planet's rotation change wind directions

now, back to the thread

Kalin Xorell El'Agrivar

- High Mage of the Arcane Assembly
- Lore Keeper of the Vault of Ancestors
- 3rd Son of the Lord of the Stand
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Lord Karsus
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 29 Sep 2006 :  07:07:56  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message
Hey, Ed!

-I was wondering if you could perhaps enlighten us about some of the prevalent philosophies and/or philosophers of the Realms. Surely, with deities that are quite literal and quite active, philosophies/philosophers of the Realms are going to be somewhat different that philosophers/philosophies that we have on our little ol' blue planet. As always, thank you for all of the time that you give us! We are not worthy!

(A Tri-Partite Arcanist Who Has Forgotten More Than Most Will Ever Know)

Elves of Faerûn
Vol I- The Elves of Faerûn
Vol. III- Spells of the Elves
Vol. VI- Mechanical Compendium
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Verghityax
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 30 Sep 2006 :  08:45:04  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message
Dear Ed,

Recently I was reading "Letters From Hell", a book about Jack the Ripper and I started to wonder if there are any famous serial killers in the Realms?
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Delzounblood
Senior Scribe

United Kingdom
578 Posts

Posted - 30 Sep 2006 :  22:27:59  Show Profile Send Delzounblood a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Verghityax

Dear Ed,

Recently I was reading "Letters From Hell", a book about Jack the Ripper and I started to wonder if there are any famous serial killers in the Realms?




OOOHHHH!

Good question, pray tell a list of FR's Most wanted serial killers.

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createvmind
Senior Scribe

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Posted - 02 Oct 2006 :  01:24:46  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Aren't all adventurers of any relative level serial killers?
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Verghityax
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 02 Oct 2006 :  07:00:27  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Aren't all adventurers of any relative level serial killers?



Well, that's not the type of serial killers I had in mind
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 02 Oct 2006 :  15:06:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Dargoth recently asked: “Which of the following types of criminal activity does Elaith Craulnober run in Waterdeep?
Protection rackets
Prostitution
Drug dealing
Gambling
Kidnapping for Ransom
Robberies
Counterfeiting
Murder for Hire
Smuggling of legal and Illegal goods
Slavery
Anything I missed”
Ed replies:



All of the above.
Or to put it another way: Elaith runs various “toughs” (street thugs and more intelligent agents) who handle such things for him, “such things” being everything on your list and then some (the “anything I missed”). Personally, Elaith sees to problems that arise with these various operations (see CITY OF SPLENDORS for a glimpse of some of his agents; there are usually at least three, and more often six, layers of operatives between him and the thug in the alley with the dagger), and otherwise personally attends to: sophisticated blackmail (and “hidden manipulation”) of wealthy merchants, so as to influence goods supplies and therefore prices (so he can sell his goods at maximum profit), and so as to provide “fall guys” and “cover” for his smugglings of legal and illegal goods. He almost never personally has anything to do with slavery, drug deals, protection shakedowns, or murder for hire (though he does do murders, as part of the aforementioned “problem solving”). Elaith is becoming both bored and jaded with “brute force” criminality, and increasingly skilled at, and interested in, developing his means of covert influence, so he can control things in Waterdeep WITHOUT open (and illegal) uses of force. He long ago discovered that the guy who robs someone gets away with stuff he can carry, and gets hunted down - - but the guy who buys several houses, causes a few “accidental” fires in adjacent properties so as to buy them cheaply, and then sells the block for far higher prices, gets away with huge amounts of coin, and gets considered “smart” and “successful.”



So saith Ed. Who has plans of his own for Elaith, but will defer to Elaine in matters Elaithian.
love to all,
THO
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DavidTrim
Acolyte

USA
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Posted - 02 Oct 2006 :  20:55:31  Show Profile  Visit DavidTrim's Homepage Send DavidTrim a Private Message
Would Cormyr give adventuring charters for a group with some Sembians in it?
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Lenora Ilvastarr
Seeker

USA
22 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2006 :  15:42:28  Show Profile Send Lenora Ilvastarr a Private Message
Well met. I want to thank Ed Greenwood and THO for this wonderful scroll and for all they have done to bring the Realms to life for us. I hope I'm not asking for too much, but these questions have been in my mind for a long time. I fear they've finally burst out.

1) Would it be possible to learn anything about the Truesilver family of Cormyr? (I understand the dreaded NDA monster may make an appearance). Also, how do the noble families of Cormyr feel about their daughters joining the army or navy? Sons, obviously, would most likely have no trouble. Would it be along the lines of- "Yes, our regent is a wonderful woman, but no daughter of mine is going to ride about playing soldier."

2) Another family I'm interested in, as you can see by my name, is the Ilvastarr family. Can you tell us anything about them, or will the dread NDA monster once again come into play?

3) What kind of dances and music were prevalent in Myth Drannnor? How did the various races affect each other culturally?

4) Along the same vein as the above question, what types of games do the various races enjoy?

If anyone else can help with the last 2, it would be great.

5) One thing I've always wondered. What was it like for Elminster to raise Storm, Dove, and Laeral? After all, here was an archmage (a bachelor, to boot) suddenly getting three young girls to raise. Storm, from all reports, was quite the hellion. How did Elminster cope with his sudden fatherly duties?

6) What would the elven word for Ringwraith be? I'm going to be running a Realms-style LOTR campaign soon. And just out of curiosity, if the LOTR were to somehow occur in the Realms, where in the Realms would you think the events would play out?

Whew, like I said earlier, I hope that's not too much. I understand Ed is rather busy most of the time (Heh, understatment of the century ) and I am a patient person.

Sweet water and light laughter until next we meet.
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
1564 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2006 :  18:15:55  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Verghityax

Dear Ed,

Recently I was reading "Letters From Hell", a book about Jack the Ripper and I started to wonder if there are any famous serial killers in the Realms?



All high-level worshippers of Bhaal or Cyric?

Seriously, one such worshipper is mentioned in Faiths and Avatars

"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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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2006 :  18:17:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. I should have another Realmslore reply from Ed in five or six hours, to post here, but a quick tackling of some matters I can address from in-game experience as a player in Ed's "home" Realms campaign:
To DavidTrim: YES, Sembians (or any other outlanders who aren't visibly drow or other "no-nos") can indeed be members of chartered Cormyrean adventuring bands.
To Lenora Ilvastarr: re. #5; are you familiar with the relevant short story in THE BEST OF THE REALMS, Volume 2: THE STORIES OF ED GREENWOOD?
This is actually a topic Ed would LOVE to explore more fully, someday, but . . . the Knights trilogy has to be finished first, and then there'll be something of a surprise, Ed has hinted. Not that he's said one word of useful details, mind you . . .
love,
THO
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Dargoth
Great Reader

Australia
4569 Posts

Posted - 04 Oct 2006 :  12:59:10  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all. Dargoth recently asked: “Which of the following types of criminal activity does Elaith Craulnober run in Waterdeep?
Protection rackets
Prostitution
Drug dealing
Gambling
Kidnapping for Ransom
Robberies
Counterfeiting
Murder for Hire
Smuggling of legal and Illegal goods
Slavery
Anything I missed”
Ed replies:



All of the above.
Or to put it another way: Elaith runs various “toughs” (street thugs and more intelligent agents) who handle such things for him, “such things” being everything on your list and then some (the “anything I missed”). Personally, Elaith sees to problems that arise with these various operations (see CITY OF SPLENDORS for a glimpse of some of his agents; there are usually at least three, and more often six, layers of operatives between him and the thug in the alley with the dagger), and otherwise personally attends to: sophisticated blackmail (and “hidden manipulation”) of wealthy merchants, so as to influence goods supplies and therefore prices (so he can sell his goods at maximum profit), and so as to provide “fall guys” and “cover” for his smugglings of legal and illegal goods. He almost never personally has anything to do with slavery, drug deals, protection shakedowns, or murder for hire (though he does do murders, as part of the aforementioned “problem solving”). Elaith is becoming both bored and jaded with “brute force” criminality, and increasingly skilled at, and interested in, developing his means of covert influence, so he can control things in Waterdeep WITHOUT open (and illegal) uses of force. He long ago discovered that the guy who robs someone gets away with stuff he can carry, and gets hunted down - - but the guy who buys several houses, causes a few “accidental” fires in adjacent properties so as to buy them cheaply, and then sells the block for far higher prices, gets away with huge amounts of coin, and gets considered “smart” and “successful.”



So saith Ed. Who has plans of his own for Elaith, but will defer to Elaine in matters Elaithian.
love to all,
THO




So basicly Elaith doesnt care how or what rackets his agents run so long as he gets his cut?

“I am the King of Rome, and above grammar”

Emperor Sigismund

"Its good to be the King!"

Mel Brooks
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Delzounblood
Senior Scribe

United Kingdom
578 Posts

Posted - 04 Oct 2006 :  14:49:12  Show Profile Send Delzounblood a Private Message
Ed or THO
Just a quick one. A question regarding the formation of the dwarven race?

I know that dwarves from a theological point of view are formed from the Hammer Blows of Moradin etc............. But in several books, Namley The Races of Faerun, Dwarves are mentioned as outsiders who came to this plane from somewhere else and not native to Abeir-Toril.

My question is this, Where did they stem from? Is there any canon regarding this? and where can I find it?

I am wanting to give both the theological and inter-planar versions equal mention in my book but I am finding little canon on this, Could you help??

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 04 Oct 2006 :  15:17:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes. Ed continues to be tearingly busy, but has time to say to kalin agrivar that he did, indeed, plan prevalent wind and ocean currents in the Realms, and hopes to be able to provide a proper answer in the fullness of time (remember, folks, he’s fighting to get three novels, a game product, and a heap of web columns and DRAGON articles done before year-end!). He also wanted to say a hearty “you’re welcome” to RevJest for the kind words about CITY OF SPLENDORS and BEST OF THE REALMS Volume 2: THE STORIES OF ED GREENWOOD, and to hope RevJest is enjoying SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR (Ed is enjoying penning the sequel, SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE).
Modesty forbids Ed to comment on DavidTrim’s amazement “with Ed as a person and an answer font,” but hey, as one of his longtime players, I firmly agree. He is an amazing guy, and one of kindest and most understanding human beings I have ever met.
Ed did, however, tackle DavidTrim’s question: “My question (and I am strictly a 1e&2e player): If a priest were to have their holy symbol tattooed on their body in a consecrated ceremony in their church would said tattoo work as a holy symbol for turning and spell casting. Like say having said tattoo on the back of their hand or palm and not wearing gauntlets. Thanks.”
Ed replies:



It depends on the deity.
For Gond: no, absolutely not, because Gond is represented by a (usually metal, preferably made or partially made by the priest) device (usually with moving parts, such as cog wheels), as his holy symbol.
For most of the nature deities: yes, though please note that the holy symbol would only “work” if the tattoo incorporates a sacred substance associated with the deity, that has been “blessed” or “sanctified” to the deity in a devout ritual. For example, a powder of ground acorn and/or crushed oak leaves for Silvanus, ground cultivated grains for Chauntea, shards of ice for Auril, and so on. These substances are typically introduced under the skin, through wounds made by other priests during the ritual (and typically bathed in holy oils), and then “seared” by a brand that may or may not destroy them, the tattooing then being done (by devout worshippers or priests of the deity) “over” or to incorporate the brand.
For Mystra, the incorporated item is typically a gem or metal token bearing the dweomer of a magical spell (a light spell or faerie fire will suffice), and the tattoo will be a rune with magical meaning, though it CAN’T be an actual spell-effect symbol (as in the various “Symbol of” spells given in the PHB) and still function as a holy symbol.
In general, a DM should ensure that this use of a holy symbol does incorporate an actual holy symbol (and is thus a way of carrying it around “under the skin”), rather than just being a drawing. Note that the nature of some deities, such as Moander, means that doing this will harm or even destroy the body of the priest over time.



So saith Ed. Who sounds from the tone of his reply as if he’s writing rules at the moment (one of his current projects would definitely involve doing so, but NDAs keep him mum about the details).
This reply was delayed a bit, BTW, because (disagreeing completely with the interpretation of Ed's reply to Dargoth that Dargoth has just expressed in his latest query) I wanted to get Ed's take on this.
Here it is:


No, I would NOT agree at all that: "So basically Elaith doesn't care how or what rackets his agents run so long as he gets his cut?"
On the contrary. Elaith cares very much what his agents do AND how they do it (how much evidence they'll leave behind, profile they'll earn with lawkeepers, and effects they'll have on their reputations with the public, and therefore their influence). What I was saying is that Elaith carefully shields himself away from certain activities through several layers of agents. It's not that he's trying to get his "cut" from everything, it's that he wants some of his agents to have sideline businesses (that he can reveal to rivals or even the authorities if need be, to eliminate no longer wanted agents; and for their own performance, allowing them to have their own "secrets" and beliefs they can "get away with something, even against Elaith"). Elaith WILL move swiftly and ruthlessly to stop activities he doesn't want happening, at a particular time, in a particular manner, or involving particular victims. I want to be very clear on this.


So saith Ed.
love to all,
THO
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DavidTrim
Acolyte

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 04 Oct 2006 :  17:40:03  Show Profile  Visit DavidTrim's Homepage Send DavidTrim a Private Message
Thank you Ed and THO for the quick replies to both of my questions.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 05 Oct 2006 :  03:44:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
A pleasure, DavidTrim, a pleasure . . .
Hi again, fellow scribes.
This time Ed tackles some elf-related queries from Vangelor: “First, is the word "ardavanshee" singular or plural (or both) in construction? And is it gender-specific? Is the useage limited to "citified" elves, as in Myth Drannor, Evereska, and the towns of Evermeet, or would the green elves in their hidden glades call their delinquent youth by this term as well?
Second, regarding those aforesaid green elves: Am I correct in assuming that, however "primitive" their woodland societies may seem by comparison to the high civilizations of Evereska and Evermeet, green elven culture has its own richness of traditions and customs that in its own way rivals that of their less reclusive cousins? What are some noteworthy features of wild elf culture, in various areas of Faerûn?
Third, imagine a young lore-singer of a remote green-elf tribe who, led by visions and the decrees of his tribe's seers, sets out to familiarize himself with the other cultures of the Realms, and enrolls in the bardic college at Silverymoon. Obviously, he would have little coin for tuition. Are scholarships available? Would the tales and songs of his own people (mostly unknown even to other elves) be valued enough to help pay his way?
And finally, how would the locals be apt to react in Alustriel's city when said elf stubbornly preferrs to go naked, or in as little as the climate permits, and forsakes his dormitory cot to sleep in some accomodating tree, and occasionally catch his own lunch if he spies a juicy rabbit? Would the constabulary object? (Yes, this is my character - I simply am curious as to how the locals might respond in Ed's Realms).
Best of luck to Ed in unearthing himself from an avalanche of deadlines, NDA's, and other busy-ness, and to Her Hooded Grace in avoiding gunshot wounds and hot pursuits in inconveniently long gowns!”
For my part: thanks for the wishes of good fortune. As scribes can probably guess, I usually peel offending garments, or hold them up in my teeth (THAT makes policemens’ eyebrows rise, let me tell you - - or perhaps it’s what they can see, that’s no longer “underneath”). Ed also says thanks for the good wishes, and passed on to me these formal replies to your queries:



The word "ardavanshee" is used both in the singular and plural, for elves of both genders, and is used among all elves (though its usage is most popular among more urban elves). So, yes, green elves might well use it.
And yes, green elven culture is rich in tradition and customs, though rather than fashion and sculpture and books, these are centered on natural cycles of life (the weather, populations of flora and fauna the elves live among, and so on), living things (training growing things into shapes, rather than carving them), and also involve long sung (often with harp and other instrument accompaniment) oral histories of families (all members mentioned, emotional reactions to deeds and characters of the individuals incorporated, in what sounds to most human ears as long, wandering, often atonal vocalizations; if you want an example of an atypically orgasmic passage from such a “laeralae,” play the wordless female vocal part of “The Great Gig In The Sky” from the Pink Floyd album DARK SIDE OF THE MOON). As for “noteworthy features of wild elf culture,” these tend to be tree planting and nurturing, and “reclamation by the wild” plantings and encouragement of wildlife, all over Faerûn. (In other words, features that many other races and cultures won’t even recognize as the actions of a culture, as opposed to “nature growing wild.”)
Now, as for your character: the laeralae would be valued (as, indeed, they are “mostly unknown even to other elves”), and he wouldn’t be belittled as a “savage” or the laeralae or his culture as “crude music making” or anything of the sort. However, they wouldn’t be payment, either.
Your lore-singer would be offered room and board (and allowed to perform in the city’s clubs, taverns, salons, and at various private feasts or even, if he can attract one, for a personal patron, to earn extra coin) in return for service to the college, of two sorts: teaching other students, and going on “tasks” (missions) for the college, to find valued instruments and written or recorded music, establish contact with/negotiate with/deliver messages to known instrument-makers, composers, and music collectors of note, and to escort students (or students-to-be) between their distant homes and the college.
As for his garb or lack of same, and “wild” habits: Silverymoon is COLD for most of the year, but if he wants to go naked or nearly naked, that’s his business. Some establishments and some citizens will refuse him entry or welcome if he doesn’t cover his privates, and others couldn’t care less. Personal cleanliness (smell) would both them more than unclad condition. If he owns the tree he wants to sleep in, that’s fine. If he wants to sleep in someone else’s, the local lawkeepers will react according to the owner’s reaction. And as for catching rabbits: no rabbit running around inside the city is going to be “wild.” It’s going to be the property of someone, and if it’s a pet, he can expect great hostility. If it’s a “meat rabbit” or breeding rabbit, he’s going to be expected to pay “top coin” replacement costs, if he’s seen eating it. However, there’s “wild” forest, with plenty of trees to sleep in and bunnies to devour, right outside the northern city gates (Northbank Silverymoon), and the folk of the city are quite used to rangers and others who go out the gates on many nights to hunt, tryst, travel, stroll and think, meet others, and so on. If he doesn’t expect to get back inside before dawn, he’ll encounter no problems at all from the authorities. (If he always sleeps in the same tree, it’s easy to find from local trails, and he takes no precautions, a local thief might visit him - - but then, unless one has a ready market for elf meat or organs, it’s hard to derive profit from robbing a naked elf sleeping with no possessions.)



So saith Ed. Creator of Silverymoon, laeralae (no relation to Laeral the character, BTW), and (oh yes) the Realms.
love to all,
THO
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Lenora Ilvastarr
Seeker

USA
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Posted - 06 Oct 2006 :  14:50:28  Show Profile Send Lenora Ilvastarr a Private Message
Thank you, THO, for the reply. I have not read that book yet. I'll get a hold of a copy as soon as possible.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5036 Posts

Posted - 06 Oct 2006 :  15:11:06  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hey, no need to blush. It's not as if there aren't literally hundreds of Realms fiction pieces. The book's a treat, though; don't miss it.
Hello again, all.
Back in (this) April, Neriandal Freit asked: “Ok, so this is like the 4th question I have and I feel weird for asking another one but I thought it was worthwhile, while listening to Enya. Is there any sort of spells known that can 'record' music? Say does the music (or chanting) get 'recorded' into a say gem or other magical device, and allow for play back of it? My thinking was what if a Cleric was sort of by himself and wanted to hear his or her songs to their god being played while they where in a area that made them anxious, and knowing that the music would help themselves.
Edit: Or perhaps if they were the last of their group, and they know they needed to keep their morale up and hear music they knew and loved.
Thanks once more”
Ed replies:



Hey, you’re very welcome. Yes, there are spells that can record music and other sorts of sounds, though almost always NOT so that a magic can be unleashed. Ghost pipes (as I originally created them, and as various bands of original Realms players encountered them, in the Haunted Halls) had this power, and various published and unpublished Realms magics (and, yes, items), have had the ability to “record” and then “play back” sounds. They could thus be used to provide music, relay speeches and written messages, and even allow others to listen to “this weird sound I heard in the ruins; what is it?” or “What beast makes that call?”
In the vast majority of cases, these magics don’t allow spells or even activation words to be transmitted; attempts to record them APPEAR to work, but simply fail on playback. Also in the vast majority of (recordable-now, as opposed to “ancient found magic”) cases, these magics are single-use: play the sound back once, and it’s gone and the magic is exhausted.
As various helpful scribes have already posted, published Realmslore contains a variety of artifacts and magic items that “sort of” do such recording, although as pointed out, some of them record memories of what was overheard, and therefore may introduce inaccuracies. A TSR and now WotC design dictate has been to avoid or sharply limit “spell recording” means, so as to cut down on non-spellcasters being able to hurl magic EXCEPT by use of limited-use magic items that are sometimes limited to certain classes or alignments or both.



So saith Ed. Who’s probably created, over the years, more monsters, spells, and magic items for the D&D game than any other person. (And I’m just considering published material, not his reams of personal notes.)
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 07 Oct 2006 :  01:11:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all. atlas689 recently posted: “Dear Ed and THO, First off thanx for everything you do here at Candlekeep as I'm sure it takes up much of your time and effort. My question is simple are any of the following NPC's still alive currently in Faerun?
Aesperus: Male Human Lich
Kyristan the Dead King: Male Human Lich
Darien: Male Human
DelRoy Harpell: Male Human Wiz 23
Arconi: Male Human Wiz 30
Baden: Female Human Wiz 31
Kyllyrd: Male Half-Elf
Mellomir: Male Human Wiz 27
Nchaser: Male Human Wiz 27
Thanx for everything!”
Ed replies:



You’re welcome. Hmmm, quite a body count. Well, as you know, death is not always “final” in the Realms. I know that Nchaser is undead and active, and that the others are, ahem, “currently dead.” That could, of course, change. :}
Ah, I’m such a subtle hinter . . .



So saith Ed. Who in the last sentence above means “subtlety” spelled “brick in the face”
Please note that he said nothing more about Nchaser in his reply. That’s deliberate, I’m afraid, as in: NDA.
love,
THO
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RodOdom
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USA
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Posted - 07 Oct 2006 :  15:08:54  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our (merciless?) barrage of questions. Here's another for your consideration:

What's the geologic age of Toril? The earliest date mentioned in the Serpent Kingdoms sourcebook -35000 DR, the start of the Age of Thunder. Were there billions of years of unrecorded history before that period?

Edited by - RodOdom on 07 Oct 2006 15:11:18
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Arcanum
Acolyte

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Posted - 08 Oct 2006 :  03:20:46  Show Profile  Visit Arcanum's Homepage Send Arcanum a Private Message
Dear Ed,

¡¡¡¡We know five High Heralds' specialties, e.g. Crescentcoat is the most active investigator and debater, but how about the four vanished offices (Huntsman, Manyshields, Blue Blade and Starscepter)?

¡¡¡¡P.S. Thanks to Lady THO, the roles of Huntsman and Manyshields have been revealed. Maybe you can tell us more about them? After all, realmslore is never enough.

¡¡¡¡Thank you.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Oct 2006 :  15:27:08  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. In Canada, it's Thanksgiving time, which means family visiting, which means Ed's replies may get slow or sporadic for a day or two.
However, he's sent me one now.
This time Ed considers these queries from RodOdom: “Dear Master Ed and Lady THO, What is the general attitude in the West and Central Heartlands on the issue of charity? A household falls on hard times, what would be the response of the community? To what extent have attitudes of social generosity been influenced by the churches?
Also how would people feel about outsiders to the community? For example, starving adventurers, human refugees of famine, or dwarves fleeing orcish invasion?
Much thanks!”
Ed replies:



Food, water, and shelter (firewood for warmth in winter, shade from hot sun, basic barrier protection from beasts) are “all” folks in hard times need in most places in the Realms, because temporary “disappearances” avoid most tax collections, and there’s usually “free” land one can squat on, rather than pay rent. Most folk live close to the land, knowing how to glean basic foodstuffs, and there’s not much overly polluted water in the Realms, so access to drinkable water (outside of “hard desert” areas that are uninhabited for precisely that reason) is usually readily available, too. So charity is a matter of tending the sick, and providing food, water, and firewood to the disabled. Community members who aren’t surly or known thieves or known bullies will usually find gifts of meals and such on their doorsteps; outsiders will be more warily treated, or directed to local temples.
Almost all rural temples (and monasteries) provide basic food and water for handfuls of “half-wits,” the disabled, orphans, lepers and other disease-sufferers (and even, in some cases, lycanthropes) in return for basic labour (splitting and stacking firewood, dung-shoveling and transport, watering and tending crops, peeling potatoes and other crops for kitchen cooking, picking of fruits, vegetables, and herbs), and sometimes also the destitute or outlaws claiming sanctuary. [This should partially answer your earlier query about treatment of the mentally ill, too, though I’ll answer it properly when I can.]
Local treatment of adventurers, the displaced, and those who’ve fled battle or been left behind, wounded will depend on existing local attitudes (“these some of the dwarves who’ve raided us for years? Well, kill them!”) and on what’s happened recently (is the community overwhelmed by refugees? have other adventurers marauded locally in the past?) If locals don’t try to kill such “problems” outright, or direct them to areas of danger where a known monster will eliminate them (or they will dispose of it, making them therefore worthy of aid), the locals will either provide aid (shelter in my barn, and here’s some stew and water and bread; please be gone in the morning) or bring local priests to examine the “problems” and decide if the church will provide aid. Note that adventurers and outlanders of known “enemy” lands are treated very warily, but that some individuals may want them to “stick around” to help provide protection against expected raids - - especially if winter is approaching; every “good sword” is needed against wolves in some northern locales, and the able-bodied can go hunting or firewood-gathering in deep snow where others cannot.



So saith Ed. Who has thought about all of this (one of the reasons the Realms is so realistic and enduringly popular with gamers).
love to all,
THO
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WalkerNinja
Senior Scribe

USA
561 Posts

Posted - 09 Oct 2006 :  13:33:56  Show Profile Send WalkerNinja a Private Message
Lady of the Hood, and Master of the Greenwood, Greetings

A previous poster recently asked if Elaith participated in a laundry list of illegal activities, including gambling and prostitution. I was under the impression (from what has been written here, and in published sources) that gambling and prostitution were legal activities in Waterdeep (and indeed in much of the Realms). Just look at the sheer number of, ahem, "festhalls." I'm just a little confused about this, I guess. Perhaps he, or rather, his operatives, force folk into prostitution to cover their gambling debts? But then, wouldn't this just be an exchange of services against a legal debt? Could you perhaps clarify.

I guess most folks take it for granted that these are illegal activities, and that I am just a little too libertarian in my thinking. I recently had a player try to set up a crime syndicate based on gambling and prostitution and I had to ask him, "How is it that you are going to profit illegally from a legal activity?"

Thanks!

-Walker

*** A Forgotten Realms Addict since 1990 ***
Treasures of the Past, a Second Edition Play-by-Post game for and by Candlekeep Sages--http://www.rpol.net/game.cgi?gi=52011
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