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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 03 Apr 2007 :  21:18:41  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by althen artren

THO wrote: "However, please don’t expect Ed to reply to each and every question in a multi-query post at the same time. Some easy answers (like this one, above) will be dealt with swiftly, and others may wait years (so neither Ed nor I have “forgotten” the questions in your two posts that aren’t answered in THIS post, and Ed will get to them, in the fullness of time)."

I have read through all the previous Ask Ed years and understand. A lot of the time, I won't expect answers to my questions due to understanding of the business arraingements that Ed made. I am just thankful to have a chance at getting my questions answered especially with "fluff" that seemingly got cut from supplements. Just stick to the diet, your words has been around my entire gaming career (all 20+ years) and it would be "less" having you around. Kind of like when Jim Henson died, the sun felt a little sadder.

(snip)



As I discovered (to my great surprise) when I looked over kuje's compiled Ed answers for 2004 and 2005, Ed's answers to our question are roughly equivalent to a full-length book ... every year.
If Ed wrote that book instead of answering us, he'd be the richer (in cash) and we'd be the poorer (in knowledge), so ...

ALL HAIL ED OF THE GREEN WOOD!




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HEAR HEAR!!!
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The Hooded One
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Indeed. Ed is very generous, and I hope we don't collectively burn him out. I ask him about that from time to time, and he always says he doesn't mind in the slightest, but I wonder, sometimes, if it's because I'm crawling all over him, asking him.
Wooly, I hope you have your reply e-mail from me, by now. And no, I'm afraid Ed isn't QUITE out of the woods yet, to clear his keyboard enough to furnish new columns. He has family descending on him (for an Easter visit), has just plotted a short story and a novella for two separate anthologies, and is starting his taxes. He just finished proofing (proofreading) two of the three novels he'll have published this year, and is starting on another novel, a game sourcebook, and his second serialized Castlemourn story for GAME TRADE magazine. He just prepared the budget for the local library board he chairs, and of course continues in the day job, too, and is currently reading "about twelve books a week" for judging the World Fantasy Awards. So the platter isn't staggering, but isn't near-empty yet, either.
The fun will begin again later this year, Ed tells me, when he'll be writing the NEXT three novels all at once (Knights 3, Niflheim 2 for Tor, and Falconfar 2 for Black Library/Solaris).
By the way, has anyone seen a "hard print copy" of the Castlemourn campaign setting, yet?
Now, to the Realmslore reply for this day . . .
Ed hath heard the pleas of Kazzaroth, but mutters in my ear that there are reasons those older questions can’t be properly answered yet. He did, however, entertain a few of the new ones (again, the others aren’t dismissed; they join the ever-growing pile), to whit: “How do wizards/sorcerers in general in the Realms view powerful bards who can cast fairly powerful bardic spells? What do commoners think about a bard who can literally crumble a castle with high vocaled singing or create powerful mind affecting spells/abilities? Would the bard still be viewed as a ‘entertaining minstrel’ or would their repute as casters (note; not as performers but as casters) scare potential performer patrons off?
Also I have wondered is bards’ singing (basically bardic music feature use) somehow related to Weave? Meaning that does Weave ‘sing’ to the bards and does Weave have some sort voice or musical element (which can be heard only by those who are deeply attuned to the Weave, perhaps including experienced/powerful bards) what bards are exploiting when they cast bard spells?
I have read that times when spellfire or high magic rituals (or other sort powerful spellcasting nearby) have been used, some fellow arcane casters and Chosen of Mystra have sensed disturbance in the Weave and it had sometimes described like someone is playing harp off tune or someone is playing a harp well. I wonder, is that a metaphor or do Chosen of Mystra really ‘hear’ the disturbance of the Weave?”
Ed replies:



There’s no general attitude towards bards on the part of wizards or sorcerers; some individuals have prejudices, but part of my creating an ever-expanding infinity of spells, spell processes, confusion about magic, alternative systems of magic, and so on, is to keep magic in the Realms as it should be: a vast, mysterious field full of wonder, beyond any one mortal’s comprehension, so there’s “always something new,” and so that if you see a spell being cast and make an assumption about the caster level of its source, it’s just that: an assumption, and not a certainty. I want to keep “elbow room” for DMs and Realms fiction writers (and yes, obviously this is at odds with game design, and its need for specifics).
So, WISE wielders of magic respect everyone else, because you never know when yonder patched-elbows minstrel will smash down a wall with a Great Shout or a plucked harp - - just as you never know when that little bird (or tavern doxy, kneeling nearly-nude at your feet looking up hopefully and trying to negotiate a good price for her charms) will turn out to be The Simbul in disguise, and with her temper growing short. :}
Commoners tend not to fear powerful bards overmuch unless that particular person caused a great calamity or much destruction in their community or that they personally witnessed, in the past. Why? Well, EVERY bard and most minstrels have all sorts of wild tales told about them (that they caused this ruler’s haughty wife to disrobe and dance for them with their “obviously magical” singing, or blasted their way out of a castle dungeon by destroying most of the castle with a sung spell or “magical chord” on their lute, or that they broke a harp string deliberately and caused every sword - - or swordarm - - in a room to snap like a twig), and so people stop believing such chatter, except as juicy entertainment, until they see proof with their own eyes. And the bards and minstrels are the television, rock concerts, and latest news reports of the Realms, all rolled into one; people in isolated or rural areas hunger to see and hear them. So the “scaring off” you mention does happen, yes (particularly in a castle or town preparing for war, when a ruler fears that a bard or minstrel might be an agent for the enemy, arrived to do mischief), but is rare.
The Weave is just one mortal conception of all the magic, all over the Realms, and “magic” is really “natural forces, and ways we can call on them.” So yes, bardic singing and playing that has magical effects is calling on ever-flowing, mainly invisible natural forces that are at work in the Realms and are integral to the world, but such bardic activity “accesses the Weave” in a different manner than, say, the spells of wizards. The Weave is a way of seeing and talking about natural forces and their patterns, and the Weave IS the goddess Mystra.
Some bards, and other individuals who are sorcerers or wizards (or for that matter, cobblers or shepherds), can “hear” the Weave in their heads, but it’s rare for anyone to hear the Weave aloud - - and such occasions are almost always discordant janglings caused when something “goes wrong” or great power is suddenly unleashed. So, yes, some individuals may believe the Weave sings to them, and may be inspired by what they “hear.”
More often, the Weave (the flow of natural forces, remember) is felt rather than heard. (A vibration in one’s bones or teeth or entire body, like deep organ notes too low in pitch to hear, but that resonate through one.) This is how most spellcasters and all Chosen of Mystra perceive “disturbances in the Weave” (or, if one prefers, sudden dramatic surges or shifts in the everpresent flows of natural forces). So they “really feel it” more than they “really hear it,” but no, it’s not just a metaphor.



So saith Ed. Creator (though not namer; that would be longtime Realms editor and designer Julia Martin) of the Weave.
love to all,
THO

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

but I wonder, sometimes, if it's because I'm crawling all over him, asking him.



What person could possibly mind such a thing? Hell, where do I sign up for such treatment?

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Wooly, I hope you have your reply e-mail from me, by now.


Indeed! Thanks to both of you -- I quite appreciate it.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

And no, I'm afraid Ed isn't QUITE out of the woods yet, to clear his keyboard enough to furnish new columns. He has family descending on him, has just plotted a short story and a novella for two separate anthologies, and is starting his taxes. He just finished proofing (proofreading) two of the three novels he'll have published this year, and is starting on another novel, a game sourcebook, and his second serialized Castlemourn story for GAME TRADE magazine. He just prepared the budget for the local library board he chairs, and of course continues in the day job, too, and is currently reading "about twelve books a week" for judging the World Fantasy Awards. So the platter isn't staggering, but isn't near-empty yet, either.



Well, I was hoping it would be soon, but I guess not. I'll be waiting, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

By the way, has anyone seen a "hard print copy" of the Castlemourn campaign setting, yet?
There was some chatter over at EN World last week from a few members who claimed to have seen and purchased hard copies of the Castlemourn campaign setting. I've not heard anything since, however... at least from them.

Australian RPG stockists are still suggesting it is "coming soon" with no definitive release date.

quote:
The fun will begin later this year, Ed tells me, when he'll be writing the NEXT three novels all at once (Knights 3, Niflheim 2 for Tor, and Falconfar 2 for Black Library/Solaris).
"Black Library" you say... I'm curious my Lady, could Ed possibly share any tidbits about this particular work?

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Isn't the Black Library associated with the Warhammer setting?

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There are two 'Black Library' groups that I am aware of.

The one you're referring to is largely responsible for publishing novels and fiction for the WARHAMMER/WARHAMMER 40K settings.

I'm not sure which Ed's involved with, though given the 'Solaris' mention as well, I'm assuming his novel is for the 'Black Library/Solaris' group of Black Industries, which does publish both WARHAMMER/WH40K fiction and sci-fi/dark fantasy novels.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

There are two 'Black Library' groups that I am aware of.

The one you're referring to is largely responsible for publishing novels and fiction for the WARHAMMER/WARHAMMER 40K settings.

I'm not sure which Ed's involved with, though given the 'Solaris' mention as well, I'm assuming his novel is for the 'Black Library/Solaris' group of Black Industries, which does publish both WARHAMMER/WH40K fiction and sci-fi/dark fantasy novels.




Well met

Aye this is certainly intriguing. Black Library have started to take in WotC authors for Warhammer novels of late (Richard Lee Byers has The Enemy Within due out in the next few months). Solaris is more of a mixed bag of genres and styles.

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Aye... I neglected to mention that 'Solaris', along with being responsible for sci-fi/dark fantasy novels mostly, also occasionally publish fantasy tales as well.

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I'm not sure how much Ed is "cleared" to say about this trilogy right now, but if you surf to:

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/dark-lord/dark-lord.asp

. . . you can read a little about DARK LORD, the first book (due out September 07), vital stats:
hardcover, ISBN 13: 978-1-84416-519-3 and ISBN 10:
1-84416-519-1
I know Ed has turned in the final draft of the MS.
Elsewhere on this same site, there's a press release announcing the purchase of the entire trilogy.
I'll see what additional info I can careXXX ah, cajole out of Ed.
love to all,
THO


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"Dark Lord", awesome !

Here's another landscape picture. It's not from Wikipedia, but a French fan-site where they have shot some very impressive LARP-style photos out in the wilderness.

http://tuatha.club.fr/En.marge/Eagle%20sight.jpg

The site BTW is http://tuatha.club.fr/En.marge.htm

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Nice Picture Rod0dom :-)
I also use that kind of pictures when my players are going to new places. I'm not sure exactly why but the picture (first link) let me think more to Maztica than to Faerün (not jungle ofcourse :p)
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

I'm not sure how much Ed is "cleared" to say about this trilogy right now, but if you surf to:

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/dark-lord/dark-lord.asp

. . . you can read a little about DARK LORD, the first book (due out September 07), vital stats:
hardcover, ISBN 13: 978-1-84416-519-3 and ISBN 10:
1-84416-519-1
I know Ed has turned in the final draft of the MS.
Elsewhere on this same site, there's a press release announcing the purchase of the entire trilogy.
I'll see what additional info I can careXXX ah, cajole out of Ed.
love to all,
THO





Very cool premise!

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What a wonderful cover and a neat synopsis. Sounds like a great story.

With a late September release, though, it looks like there aren't going to be copies in time for GenCon. Guess I'll have to hound Ed for a signature at a later date. (He doesn't visit Seattle much, does he?)

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quote:
Originally posted by boddynock

Nice Picture Rod0dom :-)
I also use that kind of pictures when my players are going to new places. I'm not sure exactly why but the picture (first link) let me think more to Maztica than to Faerün (not jungle ofcourse :p)



The first picture is from somewhere in the highlands of Wales, Britain. So it wouldn't surprise me if it has some similarities to some Andean valleys.
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

I'm not sure how much Ed is "cleared" to say about this trilogy right now, but if you surf to:

http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/dark-lord/dark-lord.asp

. . . you can read a little about DARK LORD, the first book (due out September 07), vital stats:
hardcover, ISBN 13: 978-1-84416-519-3 and ISBN 10:
1-84416-519-1
I know Ed has turned in the final draft of the MS.
Elsewhere on this same site, there's a press release announcing the purchase of the entire trilogy.
I'll see what additional info I can careXXX ah, cajole out of Ed.
love to all,
THO
Thank you, my Lady.

Hmmmm... Sep. '07. That may just be in time for the Lady K's birthday -- enough reason for her to receive Dark Lord as a gift and for me to then snatch it away and read it first!

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Well, you'll have quite a choice of Ed novels, by then:
SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE (Knights 2)
DARK WARRIOR RISING (Niflheim 1, from Tor)
and
DARK LORD (Falconfar 1)
And no, Ed doesn't get to Seattle much. He loves it, and would love to visit Jeff & Kate (Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak) again, plus the rest of his old TSR friends still resident in the shadow of Ranier, but . . . plane flights aren't cheap on a writer's budget, and there's this little matter of time . . .
Speaking of which; hello again, all. This time I bring you Ed’s response to createvmind’s question: “Are there Tar Pits in Faerûn above or below ground?”
The Sage promptly provided lore aid thus: “The Pits of Mystra, in the Helmlands, are above ground. And, as I recall, the tar pit featured in the Moonshae trilogy was above ground as well. Ed will likely have more.”
Indeed Ed does; his reply follows:



There are also above-ground tar pits in Chult, in Veldorn, in the Alamir Mountains bordering the Lake of Steam and on some of the islets in the Lake of Steam, in Ulgarth, and in several other areas well southeast of Ulgarth.
Down in the Underdark, there are tar rivers whenever specific conditions are met on the borders of lava flows (through veins and “tubes”), and “pits” where these rivers flow into or through, but don’t entirely fill, caverns. So although those conditions are only rarely met, that still means thousands of tar pits, most of them quite small, exist (usually several in a small area, such as a string of caverns close to each other, along the line of a “hot rift” or “searflesh flow”).



So saith Ed. Who once coated three Knights of Myth Drannor in tar. We managed to get out of it, but couldn’t move - - until we unbuckled our armor and left it behind. To promptly face attack when nude or near-nude. Certain players took a long time to forgive Ed for THAT one. Particularly the character who faced foes who set her tarry hair on fire.
Making up, after, was fun, though.
love to all,
THO
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So Ed can't write off a meeting with Jeff and Kate as a business expense to Wizards if they talk about the Realms?

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Ed can't write anything off to Wizards. He isn't, and never has been, an employee of TSR or Wizards.
He's just a gamer who writes a lot of stuff good enough to get published. As a freelancer, yes, he writes off all the usual, legal things when doing his taxes.
If he didn't, he'd have been in the red right back in 1979.
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

So saith Ed. Who once coated three Knights of Myth Drannor in tar. We managed to get out of it, but couldn’t move - - until we unbuckled our armor and left it behind. To promptly face attack when nude or near-nude. Certain players took a long time to forgive Ed for THAT one. Particularly the character who faced foes who set her tarry hair on fire.
Making up, after, was fun, though.
love to all,
THO
I can only imagine...

Still, it would've been quite a site -- and quite a find for thrill seekers as well, I would also think... in more ways than one.

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Ahem, yes. :}
Well, Tor has put up some information about Ed's "non-drow" dark elf novel, DARK WARRIOR RISING.
Surf to:

http://www.tor-forge.com/darkwarriorrising


It's a Tor 304-page hardcover,
release date September 18th, 2007
ISBN:978-0-7653-1765-0
(ISBN-10:0-7653-1765-6 )

And I asked Ed a little about it; his answers were very exciting. I "must read" for this lass!
love to all,
THO
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I read the words "non-drow" and Ed and I think... YES!

September's going to be quite a month for Ed fans.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

And no, Ed doesn't get to Seattle much. He loves it, and would love to visit Jeff & Kate (Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak) again, plus the rest of his old TSR friends still resident in the shadow of Ranier, but . . . plane flights aren't cheap on a writer's budget, and there's this little matter of time . . .


Aye, I hear you, lady. Words well and truly spoken.

If Ed ever does visit, of course, he's cordially invited to a pint with me. And I would be charmed of your company anytime, good THO.

Cheers


P.S. Of course, there's always GenCon '07 as well -- I've made my reservations to attend that particular fest, and I look forward to trying to pry Ed away from his legions of adoring fans for the sake of a drink.

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Originally posted by The Hooded One

He just prepared the budget for the local library board he chairs, and of course continues in the day job, too, and is currently reading "about twelve books a week" for judging the World Fantasy Awards.
Wow!!! That's impressive!

I'm lucky if I can get through just one book a week. Actually, this does raise an interesting question. You say Ed of the Greenwood is reading twelve books a week for the WFA, which I'm assuming is a casual rate for Ed. So, on average, exactly how many books would Ed usually read at the same time?

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