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The Sage
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Posted - 31 Dec 2006 :  23:32:58  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  Delete Topic
Well met

This being a continued collection of scrolls of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a master who needs no introduction, namely - Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms.

Ed's works include MANY FR sourcebooks and numerous novels, such as Cormyr: A Novel, Spellfire, Silverfall, The Shadows of the Avatar Trilogy and The Elminster Series, to name but a few.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.

For previous entries of the many, many writings of lore by Ed, please see the 2006 entries in this collection of scrolls and the 2005 entries here, and the 2004 entries here. 'ware, these run into over 80 pages, ye may be reading for some time. For a concise read of Ed's replies, visit the So Saith Ed page on the Candlekeep site.

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Gray Richardson
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Happy New Year Ed & Lovely Hooded One! I was wondering if dwarves ever use or have used golems or constructs to aid them in the tedious task of digging their mines, halls and grand underground cities?
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Gray Richardson
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Here is a question about dwarven agriculture: do dwarves ever use continual daylight spells to farm above-ground crops like wheat, barley or corn in underground caverns?
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Gray Richardson

Here is a question about dwarven agriculture: do dwarves ever use continual daylight spells to farm above-ground crops like wheat, barley or corn in underground caverns?

Hmmm... Just a thought...

I would think, possibly, that a type of "lesser" glowstone that uses a continual daylight spell, could be fashioned by the dwarves in order to be utilised in such a capacity.

These lesser glowstones may focus more on their daylight-giving properties, rather than their weapon and/or recharging functions.

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 01 Jan 2007 :  00:22:48  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Happy New year Ed, THO, and all my fellow scribes! I hope the new year brings an overflowing cornucopia of Realms lore our way.

Be safe

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RodOdom
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Happy New Year !
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 01 Jan 2007 :  04:48:43  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well said, AlorinDawn!
And Happy New Year back to all scribes!
I'm hoisting a glass here, and Ed just phoned; he came up from his basement keyboard (pounding on it all day to generate new Realmslore for us all) to share a toast with his lady, ere returning to work (!) crafting more glorious Realmslore for us all!
Love to all! (Drops gown to floor, stands proudly bared, raises glass at computer screen)
THO

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Penknight
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Well said, AlorinDawn!
And Happy New Year back to all scribes!
I'm hoisting a glass here, and Ed just phoned; he came up from his basement keyboard (pounding on it all day to generate new Realmslore for us all) to share a toast with his lady, ere returning to work (!) crafting more glorious Realmslore for us all!
Love to all! (Drops gown to floor, stands proudly bared, raises glass at computer screen)
THO

Wow. Ok, now I'm glad I'm a scribe. So, how are you doing?

Happy New Year, and a best wishes to all scribes and inhabitants of the Realms.

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Kajehase
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A happy new year to you Ed and the Hooded One. May it be filled with plenty of Realmslore (and perhaps a little time off to keep the enthusiasm going)

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Hawkfeather
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Happy New Year to all of you! And thanks Ed (and, of course, THO) for the answer about the Zentharim and the Heralds.

I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind (and if there's no NDA about it). I started a new game last year that is located in the Shaar. So I have a question about Shaarmid and another about the nomads. Who/Which are the rulers, the laws, the power groups, hidden cabals (if there's any), temples, shrines, guilds and notable persons of the city? As for the nomads, Shining South soucerbook states that the various tribes differ "in dress, horse coloration, dwelling styles, weapon styles and decorations". Could you give us a more precise description about this differences?

Any information you could share will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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Mkhaiwati
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Posted - 01 Jan 2007 :  15:59:37  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message
Happy New Years Ed and THO,

A little background to this question first. My wife loves the artwork of Edward Blair Leighton, Frank Dicksee, Waterhouse, and others of that style. One of her favorites is God Speed by Leighton, showing a lady tying a favor around the arm of a mounted knight. (call me a romantic, if you will, but I like it, too.)
Aside from the purple scarf worn by a lady in Cormyr, are there any traditions of favors being given or worn by either sex in Faerun? I would expect there would be a lot of changes for race, culture, and region, but are there any generalities you could share?

Thank you for all the work and answers you provide, and to THO for being the link (and lore support hotline for some) to Candlekeep.


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Jorkens
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A happy New Year to Ed and the Sweet Lady of the Hood.

A short question for the ever increasing pile; in the 1ed. Campaign setting at page 6 it is stated that weeks in the Realms are known as Eves, Tendays, Domen. Hyrar and Rides. I just wondered, where and among whom are these names used. Also, do these same culture /peoples use other names for the months and seasons ?

Jorkens ( as always eager for a word from the Hooded One)
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 01 Jan 2007 :  16:39:25  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Mkhaiwati, Ed has an upstairs room joining the (new) master bedroom to the older part of his house, that's known as "the gallery" because it's where a lot of fantasy art (prints, not originals; Ed's never made much money from his writing) is on the walls - - and a HUGE print of God Speed (accompanied by a smaller version of the companion painting, wherein a queen is dubbing a kneeling knight) is hanging in pride of place!
love,
THO
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Zanan
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Ah, Kalendis Ianuariis, 2760 years after the founding of Roma Aeterna. Those were the days ...

Happy New Year to Ed and the Hooded Lady!



And as I see Selūne's equivalent outside the window, was Toril actually given a Solar system and named companion planets? Speaking of which, one sourcebook said that Toril was actually a moon, which raises the question ... of which planet? See, the questions in 2760 gone thick and fast!

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Besshalar
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Posted - 01 Jan 2007 :  21:36:54  Show Profile  Visit Besshalar's Homepage  Click to see Besshalar's MSN Messenger address Send Besshalar a Private Message
Greetings Ed and THO,

I feel that the lore that there has been on the Deepspawn is rather scarce and that their entry in the monster manual is a very general one and doesn't really have any indication as to what these creatures are after . Also by all accounts they don't really seem creatures of genius intellect as they seem to always appear more as cloning automats for other creatures. So I would appreciate any and all elaboration on the deepspawn . Thank you oh and a happy new year !!!

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Kuje
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Posted - 01 Jan 2007 :  22:35:26  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

And as I see Selūne's equivalent outside the window, was Toril actually given a Solar system and named companion planets?


Yes, Realmspace is detailed in the sourcebook of the same name in the Spelljammer line of sourcebooks. This info is also, partially, mentioned in the back of the FRCS. The FRCS mentions three of the known planets even though there are more.

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Lord Karsus
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Originally posted by ZananSpeaking of which, one sourcebook said that Toril was actually a moon, which raises the question ... of which planet? See, the questions in 2760 gone thick and fast!



-What sourcebook was that!? As Kuje pointed out, the Realmspace sourcebook details...well, Realmspace. Toril is most definitley not a moon of another planet.

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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Dagnirion

quote:
Originally posted by ZananSpeaking of which, one sourcebook said that Toril was actually a moon, which raises the question ... of which planet? See, the questions in 2760 gone thick and fast!



-What sourcebook was that!? As Kuje pointed out, the Realmspace sourcebook details...well, Realmspace. Toril is most definitley not a moon of another planet.



That's what I was wondering but I wasn't going to ask in this thread, but since you did.... :)

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

And as I see Selūne's equivalent outside the window, was Toril actually given a Solar system and named companion planets?


Yes, Realmspace is detailed in the sourcebook of the same name in the Spelljammer line of sourcebooks. This info is also, partially, mentioned in the back of the FRCS. The FRCS mentions three of the known planets even though there are more.

You'll also find a lot of the lore, paraphrased in parts, at the spelljammer.org website.

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RodOdom
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed's never made much money from his writing



Somewhat surprising to me, considering how the Forgotten Realms is practically a ubiquitous brand-name of fantasy these days.
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Lord Karsus
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quote:
Originally posted by RodOdom

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed's never made much money from his writing



Somewhat surprising to me, considering how the Forgotten Realms is practically a ubiquitous brand-name of fantasy these days.



-I'm sure that it's WotC that is making the "big bucks".

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Rolindin
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I have read different sorces on dwarfs and the kinds of foods they have under ground.
A question for Mr. Greewood is do the dwarfs of the realms also have blind fish in their halls, do they breed them for their halls in pools?
Do the dwarfs have different kinds of underground fish, that are different from blind fish? If so what kinds of different kinds of fish would they have, that the dwarfs could breed for a food sorce.

If this is no trouble for you to answer Mr. Greenwood.

I can imagion different dwarf families that make up the clans having their own pools of blind fish. With each family having bragging rights as to how big they can make the blind fish grow. With each family having their own different spices (underground mushrooms and other types of things) to add flavors to the blind fish or other types of fish (blind fish is the only type I have heard of or read about so far).

Edited by - Rolindin on 02 Jan 2007 02:06:34
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 02 Jan 2007 :  05:25:48  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed and THO,

Couple O questions...

Is coffee drank in the Realms (I think I remember it being offered in Aurora's Whole Realm Catalog)? If so, can you tell me how popular coffee is, where it's grown, and the prices it commands?

In The Power of Faerun the marshall was lightly discused. What would be an appropriate income range for a marshall?

Thanks =)

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quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed and THO,

Couple O questions...

Is coffee drank in the Realms (I think I remember it being offered in Aurora's Whole Realm Catalog)? If so, can you tell me how popular coffee is, where it's grown, and the prices it commands?

In The Power of Faerun the marshall was lightly discused. What would be an appropriate income range for a marshall?

Thanks =)



check out the trade map on pages 88 and 89 of the FRC Coffee is listed on the map

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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed and THO,

Couple O questions...

Is coffee drank in the Realms (I think I remember it being offered in Aurora's Whole Realm Catalog)? If so, can you tell me how popular coffee is, where it's grown, and the prices it commands?

In The Power of Faerun the marshall was lightly discused. What would be an appropriate income range for a marshall?

Thanks =)



check out the trade map on pages 88 and 89 of the FRC Coffee is listed on the map



It's also used in Zakhara a lot. They have a whole coffee ceremony, especially amongst the nomad tribes.

I even think Ed's discussed coffee in his replies before.

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Kuje
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Hiya Ed,

Short question here.

Thoele Raervrun in the Oeble write up in Power of Faerun says that he's been enspelled into a minotaur shape. I'm wondering if the listing of him being human is a error?

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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