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Thangorn
Learned Scribe

New Zealand
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Posted - 18 Dec 2006 :  02:56:35  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
Greetings Ed & THO,

I trust the creation of new facets of the realms is coming along smoothly. Further to my question regarding Zhentish "nobility" I wanted to ask you a quick question about Storm Silverhand.

When you think about Storm's musical abilities and what she actually might sound like when performing are there any real life contemporaries/parellels that come to mind?

Thanks


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Kuje
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Posted - 18 Dec 2006 :  17:20:57  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
Hiya Ed,

I was doing some research for some articles and noticed in Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast a reference to the Great Frost of 1346DR in the Corm Orp entry. This reference caught my interest because of the caps on those two words, making it seem like it was a large event... Could you give us some more lore about that event?

Also, Volo's Guide to the North has a Travelers' Lore section in the Neverwinter write up of the Moonstone Mask about Elminster being found head downward in a chimney/laundry chute. How, and why, did he manage that?

And last question for this set of questions. Could you give us some lore about the plants that are grown in Neverwinter? I'm asking because I may use this info in a future article for Keep.

Edit: THO can you check your email. I have send a private question to Ed.

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 18 Dec 2006 :  17:43:59  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
I have some hesitations on asking these question as they tend to be morose, but it is of importance to Realms fans.

If something was to happen to happen to Ed (God Forbid!), would would happen to the Forgotten Realms? Would alrights be reverted to Wizards or whomever owns it? Or would it go to Ed's heirs like certain works of fiction (like Tolkien)?

Has Ed been training an apprentice/s that might be able to help keep his spirit alive in the Realms for years to come? Does Ed ever think of what might become of one of his greatest literary creation after his passing? Does he see it as one of his legacies to future generations?

Sorry for bring the spectre of death or illness in, but it was a question that has been troubling my mind and likely some of the players of the realms in the dark of night.

Let's just hope that Ed lives to be over a hundred.

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Kentinal
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Posted - 18 Dec 2006 :  18:09:58  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message
Foxhelm , WotC owns FR now, no death would change or transfer ownership, unless the rights are sold to an individual. Ed has the right to provide canon that has not made print, as the creator of the Realms, however if current owner disaggrees their printed material is canon not Ed's words.

To get more back on topic a followup question.

The number of followers of Eilistraee was rather stuning.
You said
"I’d say a little more than 22% or so of all drow in Faerűn worship Eilistraee"
and
"Drow who ONLY worship Eilistraee are almost entirely her clergy, and are probably between 10 and 12 percent of all drow."

There was some discussion about this in some other threads and some were wondering if the percentages perhaps over stated?
It would also be interesting to know percentages of worshipers of other races if you have an estimate. Something along the lines Eilistraee worshipers are <foo> percent Drow, <foo? percent half-elf, <foo> percent fair elf (perhaps seperated into the sub surface races), and so on.

The overall percentages of Drow would appear to make Eilistraee Drow a powerful force in that they would not war amonst themselves and do have at least some surface allies. Is it your vision that in time that Eilistraee will become the primary Drow religion any time in the future?

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 18 Dec 2006 :  18:17:40  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Sorry, I wasn't sure how much control that Ed had. I am still curious about what Ed has done to prepare the Realms in case anything had happened to him.

It's just in many ways, Ed is a secruity blanket. Many people might not like aspects of the realms (The new planes, the number of gods), but many take comfort in the fact that Ed has some major input in the events as creator. He created the realms and has the ability to enhance it as well.

Well, thanks for the partial answer.

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Zanan
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Germany
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Posted - 19 Dec 2006 :  09:12:56  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal
Is it your vision that in time that Eilistraee will become the primary Drow religion any time in the future?



What shocking a thought. And pretty unlikely, as I doubt that numbers alone make a deity, even though you may get this notion relying solely on the info in F&P.
Yet, we'll wait and see. The drow scrolls from further above have yet to caught the archmage's attention.

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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 19 Dec 2006 :  17:30:55  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Hiya Ed,

Also, Volo's Guide to the North has a Travelers' Lore section in the Neverwinter write up of the Moonstone Mask about Elminster being found head downward in a chimney/laundry chute. How, and why, did he manage that?



I'm guessing he was talking to "the Laughing Wyrm" (whose real name I am not going to attempt to spell without having DoF at hand)

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Kajehase
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Posted - 19 Dec 2006 :  17:35:50  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
Hi Ed and tHO, thank you yet again for your continuing enlightenment of us lore-hungry scribes.

This time I have a multi-part question about Aglarondan currency:

What is the name of the currency used in that nation (supposing it has one of its own)?

What does the coins look like?

How is the currency viewed in other nations, i.e is it considered a good, trustworthy mint, or something best melted down and transformed into trade bars?

And finally, where are the coins made?

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  00:59:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, scribes. Another Realmslore reply from Ed of the Greenwood, this time in response to Swordsage’s: “Just a quick supplementary question to Ed's rabies response, are any of these 'cures' edible in their own right or are they eaten only for curing purposes?”
Ed says:


Foambane, quarrada, and amthannas (which must be scraped off rocks, to be harvested) are all edible but not very pleasant (too bitter) - - and eating them BEFORE one gets rabies DOESN’T build up any immunity or prevention. Fire eyes are small mushrooms, with a heavy, oily flesh that’s variously described as “waxy” and “soapy.” They can be eaten, but make most mammals queasy; the stomach revolts if too many are consumed in a short time (they aren’t poisonous, do no real damage, and don’t cause “the runs,” just involuntary vomiting).
Some southerners steam quarrada in butter that’s been herbed (that is, mixed with a secret mixture of powdered herbs), transforming its bitterness into a “smoky” taste and its texture to something akin to artichokes. This means of preparation is little known north of Calimshan.



So saith Ed. Who seldom misses a chance to increase our collective Faerűnian culinary skills.
love to all,
THO
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Blackwill
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  08:07:36  Show Profile  Visit Blackwill's Homepage  Click to see Blackwill's MSN Messenger address Send Blackwill a Private Message
Well met once again lady THO and mister Greenwood,

I have a simple question that cropped up in a discussion with a fellow scribe.

Bananas, do they exsist in the realms? And if they do, where would they grow? Where to would they be exported, and would they be a rich man's food or common place?

Thank you.

~Blackwill
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  12:53:03  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blackwill

Well met once again lady THO and mister Greenwood,

I have a simple question that cropped up in a discussion with a fellow scribe.

Bananas, do they exsist in the realms? And if they do, where would they grow? Where to would they be exported, and would they be a rich man's food or common place?

Thank you.

Ed will likely have more, but I can answer most of this. Bananas do exist in the Realms, and in orchards throughout Zakhara.

Monkey spiders, in the Realms, are said to feed on bananas.

One of the material components for the spell, "Caddelyn's Catastrophe", is a banana peel.

There are banana groves in Mezro.

Banana plantations exist throughout Luiren also. The halflings are said to sometimes export bananas to other locations throughout the Realms.

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Thauramarth
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  13:27:32  Show Profile Send Thauramarth a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,

Is it possible to divulge any lore on Sarthor, the Harper infiltrator in the Zhentarim, who sacrificed his life to allow Shandril to create a Crown of Fire? Amongst other things - did he start our as a Harper and infiltrate the Zhentarim or was he a Zhentarim "turned" by the Harpers?

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Blackwill
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  15:02:28  Show Profile  Visit Blackwill's Homepage  Click to see Blackwill's MSN Messenger address Send Blackwill a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Blackwill

Well met once again lady THO and mister Greenwood,

I have a simple question that cropped up in a discussion with a fellow scribe.

Bananas, do they exsist in the realms? And if they do, where would they grow? Where to would they be exported, and would they be a rich man's food or common place?

Thank you.

Ed will likely have more, but I can answer most of this. Bananas do exist in the Realms, and in orchards throughout Zakhara.

Monkey spiders, in the Realms, are said to feed on bananas.

One of the material components for the spell, "Caddelyn's Catastrophe", is a banana peel.

There are banana groves in Mezro.

Banana plantations exist throughout Luiren also. The halflings are said to sometimes export bananas to other locations throughout the Realms.




Thanks for the info. Seems that the info given makes bananas local food for very southern regions. I'm curious how far north this gets exported too though.

~Blackwill
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Longtime Lurker
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  18:58:55  Show Profile  Visit Longtime Lurker's Homepage Send Longtime Lurker a Private Message
Another lore question for the Master.
A long time ago, at a GenCon (Parkside, I think), Ed said there was a "big, crucial-to-Realmslore" story involving two of the Seven Sisters.
Are we ever going to see this story? Or hints about it, at least?
Thanks!
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Malcolm
Learned Scribe

242 Posts

Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  19:01:27  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Dear Ed and THO,
how good is "intelligence" in Athkatla, in Amn? If someone is caught cheating as a merchant in Waterdeep, how soon and how widely do average street merchants and shopkeepers in Athkatla hear about it?
P.S. When are we ever going to see your second City of the Realms in DRAGON?
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A Gavel
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USA
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  19:15:10  Show Profile  Visit A Gavel's Homepage Send A Gavel a Private Message
Lady THO,
It will come as no surprise to Ed, I'm sure, that I'm interested in magisters (judges, justices, magistrates) in Cormyr. Can he share some names, descriptions, uniforms, court procedures, etc.?
Please?
Great site, and great dollops of Realmslore. Much thanks.
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Baleful Avatar
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  20:19:28  Show Profile  Visit Baleful Avatar's Homepage Send Baleful Avatar a Private Message
I seem to recall Ed saying the second city was turned in to DRAGON, text before the summer and maps in July.
So I guess it's their call . . .
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Blueblade
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USA
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  20:31:10  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
I have a suggestion, if Lady THO will indulge me.
We scribes increasingly ask lore questions that force Ed to write little essays to answer them properly.
I LOVE those essays, don't get me wrong, but I'm sure Ed is busy busy busy right now with family at holidays (to say nothing of * cough * SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE *cough*), and I'd like to propose that scribes pepper Ed with queries he can answer with yes/no or one word, like this:
In Cormyr, do Blue Dragons wear uniforms or badges that are blue?
If Dove or Laeral walked up to the gates of Silverymoon, or along its streets, would she be recognized by the general populace?
Right, those are my two.
Scribes?
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Malcolm
Learned Scribe

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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  21:27:02  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Hey. Great idea, Blueblade.
Okay, here's one from me:
Are the people in Daerlun friendlier to Cormyr than their trade rivals in Selgaunt and other Sembian cities, or not?
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Broken Helm
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USA
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  21:29:29  Show Profile  Visit Broken Helm's Homepage Send Broken Helm a Private Message
And mine: will Ed, by the end of Swords of Dragonfire, give us a clearer roster of the noble families of Cormyr?
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WalkerNinja
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Posted - 20 Dec 2006 :  22:03:29  Show Profile Send WalkerNinja a Private Message
Here's mine.

Are the three major families of Melvaunt significantly invested in Melvauntan real-estate? If so, what percentage is owned by them?

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The Sage
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Posted - 21 Dec 2006 :  00:05:16  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blackwill

Thanks for the info. Seems that the info given makes bananas local food for very southern regions. I'm curious how far north this gets exported too though.
Well, based on the examples we have...

Monkey spiders tend to feature most prominently in cities across the southern reaches of Faerun. So the export and growth of bananas occupies a large portion of the various economies in southern Faerun.

Caddelyn was said to occupy a tower from a mountain north of the Great Glacier. He may have purchased bananas during his travels, perhaps through the south, or obtained them from markets further north and closer to the Great Glacier itself (like Impiltur for example -- being a major trading country on the Sea of Fallen Stars means Impiltur probably receives its fair share of "exotic fruits" from the south). At most, I'd say most markets in many of the trading posts in and around the Inner Sea have samplings of bananas taken from southern exporting concerns, like Luiren for example.

Shining South doesn't specify where Luiren exports its shipments of bananas to, other than a few other locations in the south.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Dec 2006 :  01:59:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Great idea, Blueblade.
Ed and I both heartily approve.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Dec 2006 :  02:12:23  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes. Ed just send me a Realmslore reply, so . . .
Hearken this time to Ed’s words about Jamallo Kreen’s queries: “Well met, Master of the Green Wood!
I have some question about Divine Salient Abilities and how they relate to some of the Faerunian deities, and another, more general question about the Torilian divinities. ("Not another question about the gods!?" Yes, another question about the gods....) I'm addressing this to your busy self because it is the Powers of Faerun about which I want specific answers -- other crystal spheres, other rules -- it's Realmspace's gods upon whom I want the skinny.
There are three specific Divine Salient Abilities whose workings amongst the gods and goddess of Realmspace particularly interests me: Divine Recall (which Oghma and Tyr both have) and Know Secrets and Know Death (both of which Shar has, and the latter of which Kelemvor -- and probably Jergal) have.
Does a deity's Divine Recall permit the deity to "remember" portfolio-specific events which occurred before the arrival or ascension of the deity? For example, does Tyr "remember" the enactment of laws made prior to his arrival on Faerun in -247 DR?
Can a Faerunian Power use the Know Secrets ability upon another Faerunian Power? For example, can Shar look at Mask and instantly know his latest scheme, or eyeball Kelemvor and learn Mystra's Truename?
Can a Faerunian Power use the Know Death ability upon another Faerunian Power? For example, would Shar have known which deities were going to get their eggs scrambled in the Time of Troubles (or who was going to get it before or after the ToT if the ability wasn't functioning then)?
If Faerunian Powers can use Know Secrets and Know Death upon one another, are they bound by Ao (or grudging courtesies) not to reveal what their abilities reveal to them?
More generally, do the human-like Powers of Realmspace dream? There is a supposition in Planescape that even dead deities from other crystal spheres and different planes can dream (if nothing else!), but do the non-Elven humanoid Powers of Realmspace dream at all? (If dead Torilian gods sleep lightly, one can imagine that Auppenser is probably sleeping lightest of all, but quien sabe?)”
Ed replies:



No, a deity's Divine Recall does not permit the deity to "remember" portfolio-specific events which occurred before the arrival or ascension of the deity. If deities can find mortals or other gods who did witness such events, they can compel (mortals) or cajole (deities) sharing of these memories, which are gained with the viewpoint (and ‘slant’) of the original rememberer.

No, a Faerűnian Power can’t successfully use the Know Secrets ability upon another Faerunian Power. They can try it, but it won’t work, and they will know that it’s failed. Greater Deities will “feel” attempts to learn their secrets in this way, and if the spy is sufficiently inferior in abilities (power ranking) to them, they may be able to successfully fool the spy by “leaking” false “secrets,” to manipulate the lesser deity.

No, a Faerűnian Power can’t successfully use the Know Death ability upon another Faerunian Power. Attempts to do so will sometimes (if a greater deity tries to use the ability on a deity of much less power) reveal glimpses of mortal deaths that have already occurred, and ‘mattered’ to the deity being spied upon for some reason - - but the deity being spied upon WILL be aware of the spying.

Yes, the human-like Powers of Realmspace DO dream, a topic about which future Realmslore from my pen will say more. For now: NDA, sorry.



So saith Ed. Who dreams about the Realms when awake and asleep, and luckily for us all, writes a lot of it down.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 21 Dec 2006 :  02:12:33  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
THO,

Did my email go through from two days ago? Just asking because Alaundo is going to get impatient about that article. I know Ed's busy, which is fine. Just making sure the email got through.....

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