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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Apr 2007 :  15:39:39  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Dargoth, I don't know if we'll see the Teziir writeup in the last few issues of the physical DRAGON, and neither does Ed. It's a larger city (more map) than Crimmor, and would take even more space, so that would be a factor against printing it. On the other hand, the staff at Paizo has had it since April 2006 (the text, since February 2006; it took Ed longer to do the maps and graphics, both street graffiti and banners of businesses), so they may have commissioned illos and maps that they don't want to waste.
We'll just have to see.
love,
THO

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 20 Apr 2007 :  18:09:16  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed/THO,

An email has been sent to Lisa Adams. I will keep you informed as soon as I get a response.

Thanks

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Long live Sniffy Wigglebottom
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 20 Apr 2007 :  18:47:54  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
A few quick questions about magical weapons and other items.

1) Are there a weapon property that acts like the bane ability but with reguard to religious patron instead of creature type? An Infidel Weapon Property, perhaps?

2) I have got interested in some of the ideas from the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion expansion pack called Shivering Isles that deal with the theme of madness like bipolar disorder (The land is divided in two with Mania being and right world and Dementia being the darker world).

One thing they have is a sword called Dawnfang that changes to a different blade call Duskfang between dusk and dawn. The former is like a flaming weapon, the latter is a frost weapon. Both gain powers from killing foes.

Are there weapons, armour or magical items that change their nature depending on selected situation. Like gain different powers depending on the Sex/Race/Class/Type of user, season, time of day, religious patron or other circumstances.

Well, those were on my mind. Answer them when you can. I hope it causes Realmanics to think about the possiblities. Thanks again.

Foxhelm

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Apr 2007 :  19:26:22  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Foxhelm


Are there weapons, armour or magical items that change their nature depending on selected situation. Like gain different powers depending on the Sex/Race/Class/Type of user, season, time of day, religious patron or other circumstances.


There's at least one in published Realmslore... It's called Moonblaze, and is wielded by Lady Vajra Valmeyjar; Royal Warlord; Duchess of Ankaram, Regent Royal for Princess Cyriana. It's described in the Tethyr book of the Lands of Intrigue boxed set, pages 78-9. The boxed set itself is one of the many freebies available from the Wizards downloads page.

quote:
Moonblaze: Vajra's long sword was a simple well-made blade from Brian the Swordmaster of Waterdeep, but it was enchanted by the goddess Selûne herself to aid Vajra in a battle against a tanar'ri. In the dozen years since then, Vajra has christened the blade Moonblaze and defined its powers. The blade generates a magical cold flame (affects foes despite immunities to cold or fire), which deals double damage against Shar's worshipers and triple damage against extraplanar creatures (not native to Faerûn). The flames wax and wane with the cycle of the moon's light, generating from a bare flicker equal to candlelight to a roaring blue-white flame as bright as daylight. The flames and the power of the blade alter as per the phases of the moon:

Moon Phase       Hits Targets as /Initiative Bonus
New              Silver weapon/-1 initiative
Quarter          +1 silver weapon/-2 initiative
Half             +2 silver weapon/-3 initiative
Three-quarter    +3 silver weapon/-4 initiative
Full             +4 silver weapon/-5 initiative


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Foxhelm
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Posted - 20 Apr 2007 :  21:44:08  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
I had an idea of a Blade sacred to Tyche having a mind split after her division, become a dual persona blade. One persona would be a blade sacred to Tymora that would have the bane effect against worshippers of Beshaba, the other persona would be sacred to Beshaba and have the bane effect against worshippers of Tymora.

Just a thought in relationship to my question.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 21 Apr 2007 :  00:26:10  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
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Originally posted by Tormtar

Hi THO and Ed,

Let me add my admiration for the details of the Marsember Watch!



Agreed, those details were amazing. I liked the bit about the one who likes caring for kittens. Thanks.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 21 Apr 2007 :  01:50:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
A pleasure, Rinonalyrna Fathomlin! But Ed's not done yet!
(But wait! There's more!)
This time, I present the second half of Ed’s swift reply to Blueblade’s request for Realmslore: “I'm looking for some local tax collectors and police/Watch for Marsember; names and ranks of a handful of guys and gals who'd operate at street level, actually going into shops to say, "Hey, you haven't paid, so pay up."”
Ed replies:



Tax Bailiffs: In Marsember, these “trusties” (known as “graspers” or “the squeeze” by the general populace) only operate in public with a full Watch patrol as escort. The underbailiffs do collections and seizures, in streets and shops, the Watch arresting anyone who offers them violence. The Bailiff of the Rolls remains in his office, inside one of the wall-towers (working with various Crown clerks and scribes); the underbailiffs report back to him.

Bailiff of the Rolls: Orgarl Hardiman (LG hm F3/Exp3): Gruff, sarcastic, and cynical, fat old Hardiman is well-known in Marsember, and grudgingly respected for how he does his job about as much as he’s disliked for what he does. He will always give the desperate another tenday to pay, and will patiently listen to their gripes and pleadings, stand them drinks, and suggest ways to pay or cut their costs by dealing with cheaper moneylenders or business partners. Orgarl never forgets a face or an amount owing, and spends much of his day sitting behind a heaped-with-papers desk (he knows EXACTLY where every last document is, in the heaps and elsewhere in his office), keeping meticulous records up to date. He’s fussy, balding, large-headed, and shuffling, with bristling gray-white eyebrows, penetrating green eyes, a beaky nose, and triple chins. He’s a devastating mimic when he wants to be, tends to speak sharply and caustically to those who disagree with him, and seems fearless, simply staring at anyone who threatens him. He is scrupulously honest (something no previous Bailiff of the Rolls in Marsember was thought to be), and welcomes War Wizard peerings into his mind, so they’ll know that and trust in him.
Orgarl lives alone, sometimes visits a select few festhalls to pay the youngest-looking lasses to sit in his lap, kiss him, cuddle or embrace him, or stroke his hair (both of them fully clothed), and never anything more (it’s not sex he’s looking for, it’s feeling wanted; he gets overly lonely). Yet he tends to be suspicious of women who want to befriend him (as he’s been betrayed in love before, long ago but more than once). He’s happy doing his job, and would be happy doing it until he died - - but also wouldn’t mind being promoted to a Court position in Suzail, where he could “clean up and diligently tend” to more records.

Underbailiff: Geldrar Tronstur (LN hm F2/Exp1): Old, tall, weatherbeaten, and sharp-voiced, Geldrar is a veteran of much swordswinging action in the Dragons. Never a good weapon-wielder, he became sickened by the life of a warrior, and crippled by the cumulative pain of many old, ill-healed wounds. Now he limps grimly through life, “reduced” to being a bailiff but determined to do the job correctly and well. He’s a “by the book,” attentive man, who anticipates trouble and is usually ready for it. His well-muscled body is covered with white scars (although his face was spared), and he knows how to be very correct and discreet, giving him a certain attraction among the older widows of Marsember.
Geldrar has no ambitions, and intends to eventually retire to a small cottage in some small upcountry place and live out his last days pursuing his long-held dream: becoming a writer of “hot-bottom” (soft porn) romance chapbooks, the sort written for women and purportedly by women (so not under his own name, of course, though he doesn’t intend to keep what he does secret, just enjoy shocking any fans who seek him out).

Underbailiff: Hornar Shieldson (LE hm F2): Sometimes called “Fangs” or “Master Softthreats” by his fellows, Hornar is the only truly evil “squeeze” in Marsember. Blond and burly, with long sideburns and reddish-brown eyes, he has been at his job for almost a score of years (he started very young) and is very good at it, always alert and usually able to sense falsehoods. He enjoys being menacing, threatening those who offer defiance or claim inability to pay, and doesn’t mind beating the stuffing out of someone who takes a swing at him first. Inflicting pain and breaking bones gives him pleasure, but he does think laws should be strictly followed, and goes after the corrupt with zeal (his alignment does NOT mean he’ll ever cheat the Crown or break rules, only that he’ll not be kindly or forgiving whenever he isn’t ordered to, and will take every opportunity to inflict pain and scare people [not just to win their obedience, but to see and smell their fear]).
As a result, he gets ordered to the fore in dealing with the nastiest non-payers, and so regards himself as the “best” in Marsember at collecting monies owed the Crown. He sees nothing wrong in earning a reputation for cruelty, believing it’s “right” to do so, and saves much time and trouble by cowing the populace into obedience.
Hornar likes inflicting pain in his personal life, too. Never married, he frequents festhalls where he can bind and flog lasses, or force himself on them. However, he’s not interested in maiming them or making them fear him; what excites him is their willingness to submit and “play along” with his behaviour (offering him whips or bindings to use on them, for example). Hornar likes being alone (“making his own way in life,” as he puts it) and likes his job, but believes he should and will eventually be promoted to replace a retiring Orgarl Hardiman, because his “effectiveness” makes such a result “only right.”

Underbailiff: Jarsorr Windsummer (NG hm F1): Young, handsome, blond and brown-eyed, this swift-tempered young Arabellan has often been described as “dashing.” He can run blindingly fast, spends most evenings “wenching” his way around the taverns and clubs (successfully, and has the knack of keeping as friends most of the maids he beds), and is glib-tongued and persuasive. He seems to have a knack for “smelling” falsehoods and deceits, and is careful to conduct himself properly when in uniform.
By night, “Jarr” adopts open-fronted tunics, colourful sashes, and “drop-front” leather breeches with swashbuckling fashion-designed seaboots and a gleaming-hilted sword (that hilt is of intricately-fashioned silver; a rapier with a hand-basket of curling, sweeping wire) that he’s only drawn thrice, in all his life. He’d not dream of being seen around the taverns in his duty uniform. He can be very charming and gallant, and truly enjoys the company of women of all ages and appearances, not just those willing to yield their charms to him - - which in turn makes him “good company” in the eyes of most tavernmasters and serving-wenches (the latter accept his occasional slaps and caresses cheerfully, as he never pinches and will accept “no” for an answer; and will even defend them against drunkards who won’t, without thought of claiming a “reward” for doing so). Windsummer is restless, but not necessarily ambitious; he’s searching for some direction in his life, but hasn’t yet found it, and isn’t prepared to do anything drastic in his seeking; he’s just drifting along being a good underbailiff and not worrying how many years he spends doing so.

Underbailiff: Mulkyn Ansrarl (LN hm F1): A huge, burly, monster-shouldered man who looks more like a tall woodstove than a human, Mulkyn has a huge, toad-like head, warts, a low and gravelly voice, and a great tolerance for pain. His hands are larger than most human heads, and he is very strong; he has been known to tear hasps with locks and chains still attached, right out of stout wooden doors. He is calm, obedient to orders, and very calm and slow to lose his temper. Mulkyn obeys his orders, but is neither stupid nor slow to act, and can’t be tricked into letting a miscreant past by clever talk pointing out gaps in the logic of his orders, or seeking to distract him; he will take hold of the miscreant and simply not let go. He always goes armed, with a visible belt-dagger, but another up his sleeve, and a slender mace down one of his boots. He is utterly fearless; threatening him with a spell-blast or undead attack won’t sway him from obeying orders. He can duck, dart, and sprint much more swiftly than his looks lead most people to think. In short, he’s the perfect underbailiff.
He’s content in his job, never thinks of what the future might hold, and isn’t ambitious. He has a secret weakness for sweets and buying and playing with small toys (miniature warriors, model ships, and the like), and lives alone in a very modest attic apartment. He seems utterly uninterested in sex, and deals with everyone not in the Dragons or the Watch as equals, not caring what their age, gender, or race is.



So saith Ed. Who’s now neck-deep in taxes, and doing much weary sighing.
love to all,
THO
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 21 Apr 2007 :  20:00:10  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed & THO,

OMG OMG Dragon and Dungeon gone............man, don't that beat all. this news has made me run about my house like the little screaming kid from the Mel Brooks movie Robinhood: Men in Tights




'Twas Corbin Allred.

This computer went wonky when I last used it, so I'm not sure if my expression of gratitude to Ed was successfully passed on: thanks for your detailed answer on god-slaying, Ed ... now tell us about who has killed which gods in your home campaign!


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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 22 Apr 2007 :  00:17:14  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message
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Originally posted by Kuje

With that out of the way and this recent debate leads into something I've been wondering about for awhile now. :)

Ed, do any of the races know of, or use, circumcision? If you would, also answer if there are any races/nations/etc that operate on female genitalia.... I phrased that as gently as I could think of.

Before someone has a fit, I'll give warning. I don't want to hear it. I discussed this with a mod before I posted it and that mod is also interested in hearing what Ed has to say. And I'm in a even worse mood after hearing about Dragon/Dungeon, so I don't want to read anyones problems with my topic. Thanks.



I apologize in advance to the squeamish.

Believe it or not, I was searching for something like this earlier today. But when you type in circumcision and "the Realms" or "initiation rites" and the Realms (or any number of other permutations) in google, you get all sorts of strange results, none of which really shed any light on things. I was mainly interested in the sorts of initiation rites performed by different cultures. There's no reason to believe that such things are prevalent, but I would like to hear what Ed has to say.

On the same note, I have a faint recollection of reading about some sort of - how should I put it - sterilization ceremony in one of Elaine's Councilors and Kings novels. Is there any precendent for sterilization, eunuchs, castration, or similar processes, whether magical or surgical?

See what kind of can we've opened up here?

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Zandilar
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Posted - 22 Apr 2007 :  01:43:47  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein
On the same note, I have a faint recollection of reading about some sort of - how should I put it - sterilization ceremony in one of Elaine's Councilors and Kings novels. Is there any precendent for sterilization, eunuchs, castration, or similar processes, whether magical or surgical?

See what kind of can we've opened up here?



Heh... This is interesting stuff I have to say. I'd be interested in reading answers to these questions too.

However, I must say, in such a magic rich world I sincerely doubt that such proceedures would be performed wholely surgically... Magic can achieve a lot of things, and it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that most small towns or even primitive tribes might have a cleric, adept, or shaman that can use 0 or 1st level divine spells. That means access to Cure Minor Wounds (useful for stopping bleeding), and Cure Light Wounds (for more substantial injuries, like during actual casteration or sustained during an initiation rite) - if not an actual spell or minor magical ritual to circumcise, castrate, or even spay/neuter animals.

From a personal point of view, the circumcision of women is a horrific concept, and not just because I'm a woman. It's used for control. It kills most sexual sensations (by destroying the nerves in sensitive places), and thus is generally used (in combination with sewing them mostly closed) to ensure that women in those tribes/regions don't stray from their men. There is no other reason for it, it serves no other purpose (and it isn't uncommon for women to die as a direct or indirect result). The Realms being a much more gender equal place than Earth, I doubt female circumcision really has a place. (Though I can stand to be corrected, if there are exceptions or if I'm just plain wrong.)

Zandilar
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~audaces fortuna iuvat~

As the spell ends, you look up into the sky to see the sun blazing overhead like noon in a desert. Then something else in the sky catches your attention. Turning your gaze, you see a tawny furred kitten bounding across the sky towards the new sun. Her eyes glint a mischevious green as she pounces on it as if it were nothing but a colossal ball of golden yarn. With quick strokes of her paws, it is batted across the sky, back and forth. Then with a wink the kitten and the sun disappear, leaving the citizens of Elversult gazing up with amazed expressions that quickly turn into chortles and mirth.

The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.

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Dargoth
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Posted - 22 Apr 2007 :  01:58:09  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
Eytan if you check out Kujes files you should find some stuff on Princess Alusair of Cormyr which mentions magical sterilization

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 22 Apr 2007 :  02:41:30  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. This time, I present a brief answer from Ed to Faraer, re. this posted back in November: “I think I suggested this as a "Realmslore" topic, but if it's not on Ed's table-groaning list, and if it won't be covered much in Knights III, I'd love to know more about the Circle of Shadowdale, the Battledale Seven, druidic circles in general, Aubaerus the Ravenmaster... I think the druids have influenced much behind the scenes in the history of the Dales.”
Ed replies:



The druids have indeed heavily influenced the unfolding history of the Dales, but almost always working as individuals, meeting one-on-one with individuals (the druids communicate among themselves, especially within the circles they belong to, as to what to do and how to do it, but their attempts to influence non-druids are almost always private “catch them alone” one-on-one meetings, because they believe - - quite rightly - - that establishing personal relationships is the most effective way to influence hardy, independent-minded Dalesfolk).
As as result, druids have been very effective in shaping Dale attitudes to living in harmony with the land, but have left almost no historical political traces for human sages to notice and write about.
Druids won’t be covered much in Knights III, and a lot of relevant lore here is being saved for forthcoming projects, but I can say that with the elves returning in numbers to the former Cormanthan lands, the circles active in the Dragonreach have largely shifted north to Daggerdale and the Border Forest, or south to Deepingdale and Battledale, seeking to keep an expanding Sembia from felling and plowing forest at the rate they had begun to threaten to do. Such efforts are of course complicated by what’s unfolding in Sembia right now (see Paul Kemp’s current trilogy), and may well meet with limited success. Expect to see some druids retreat west into Cormyr, and start quietly set to work taming some of the non-sylvan-native evils that stealthily moved into Hullack Forest over the last century or so.
What evils? Ah, I see NDAs swinging shut, dark and menacing, all around me . . . I will say more on matters druidic when I can, but that “when” may be some time off, I’m afraid. Lots on my plate just now, what with two last minute editing scrambles, a full-length game book deadline looming, rush material for the Wizards website and DRAGON, taxes, outlines for three of the four novels I still have to write this year, and some long-promised short stories and novellas dancing in front of me demanding attention, too. Still, many writers would trade major organs to land the work I’m facing, so I can hardly complain. Er, more than this. :}



So saith Ed. Who despite his mention of complaining, there, is one of the most PATIENT and long-suffering, truly professional writers I’ve ever met, in my years of toiling in the publishing trenches. His wife probably values all his dishwashing above that, though.
love to all,
THO
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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 22 Apr 2007 :  12:48:13  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

Eytan if you check out Kujes files you should find some stuff on Princess Alusair of Cormyr which mentions magical sterilization



Wow! Wonders never cease.

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createvmind
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Please ignore my Gloves of storing query, I've realized that the glove is not dimensional at all, maybe I'm thinking of a similar Faerunian item I saw somewhere, but I now see the Player will be fine with this scenario.
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AlorinDawn
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quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed/THO,

An email has been sent to Lisa Adams. I will keep you informed as soon as I get a response.

Thanks



I promise the fact I'm quoting myself does NOT indicate lunacy

I am keeping you two (Ed & THO) informed as I indicated in the above post. I have received feedback from Lisa Adams and it seems the workshop I suggested is a go! I will send Lisa a more detailed yet concise description of the workshop so it will fit in the Pentacon booklet. I must say I'm rather excited to see this happen. Thanks for being so receptive to the idea.

Do any of my fellow scribes in these hallowed halls also foresee attending Pentacon?

Currently reading: Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King

Long live Sniffy Wigglebottom

Edited by - AlorinDawn on 22 Apr 2007 16:44:43
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 22 Apr 2007 :  19:24:58  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed & THO,

Back to game related inquiries!

Recently my gnomish bard and his companions came upon a very ancient treasure hoard. The DM told us we found 25 8 inch tall carved wooden figures of elven heroes which my bard was able to deduce were from some period of the Crown Wars in near perfect shape. In addition we located a magically preserved scroll hoard which provided information on each figure and his/her place in elven history. We also found a small music box of intricate design from the same time period. Can you provide some idea of what value these items might bring if sold in Waterdeep?

Thanks

Currently reading: Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King

Long live Sniffy Wigglebottom

Edited by - AlorinDawn on 23 Apr 2007 04:15:21
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Ed/THO

With the years of kindly providing answers to these threads, have fans ever asked a question that wasn't considered until it was asked here?

I ask because I'm continually amazed by the amount of detail Ed has put into the Realms. I know it's a long standing world, but the man sleeps right? =)

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Garen Thal
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quote:
Originally posted by Wenin
I ask because I'm continually amazed by the amount of detail Ed has put into the Realms. I know it's a long standing world, but the man sleeps right? =)
Ha. Hahaha. BWAHAHAH! Ahem... sorry.

Ed's the 'hardest-working man in the fantasy business,' without peer. There may be some that, in the end, are more prolific when it comes to actual published work (though I doubt it; I just haven't checked), but Ed also spends an inordinate amount of time, energy, and writing assisting colleagues, providing backlore for various Realms projects, and answering questions here (equivalent to a full-length novel, every year for the last four years), in addition to his convention appearances, community work, day job, and his amazing support to other authors as a sounding-board, mentor and friend. There are those of us who remind him to slow down and take a rest every now and again, but he's usually typing a different novel with each hand when we do it. [No, not really. But it sometimes seems like it.]

So yes, Ed sleeps. Not nearly as often or as much as most would like. I think he's next scheduled for a nap sometime in mid-May.

But only if he makes his wordcount...
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Dargoth
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

Dargoth, I don't know if we'll see the Teziir writeup in the last few issues of the physical DRAGON, and neither does Ed. It's a larger city (more map) than Crimmor, and would take even more space, so that would be a factor against printing it. On the other hand, the staff at Paizo has had it since April 2006 (the text, since February 2006; it took Ed longer to do the maps and graphics, both street graffiti and banners of businesses), so they may have commissioned illos and maps that they don't want to waste.
We'll just have to see.
love,
THO



The Paizo guys are fairly active over at Enworld so Ive created a thread asking where going to see it in dragon before their licence runs out


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Posted - 23 Apr 2007 :  13:55:39  Show Profile Send WalkerNinja a Private Message
Ed & THO

In the most non-specific way possible, will the WotC online incarnation of Dragon and Dungeon provide more opportunities for Realms content or less? Do you two view this as a positive move, or a negative one?

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createvmind
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Posted - 23 Apr 2007 :  17:29:11  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Does Faerun have Nor-Easters storms? Has the Shade tampered weather extremes created any unusual type of weather effects of this magnitude anywhere? And more importantly have the druids who reside in regions affected thus and learned it was created unnaturally used their powers to try and re-balance the areas they have sworn to protect? Do druids now have a certain enimty for beings capable of causing such widespread or long term damage to nature and are figuring how to address this?
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Ahoy, Ed & THO.

I was thinking about the recently-mentioned notion of Vecna extending his influence to Faerûn, as well as the Wizards Three, when this occurred to me... the "current" events in the Realms and in other settings (like Greyhawk) aren't always happening at the same time, are they?

Some time ago, I read an article called "A Temporal Chronology of the Primes" (http://www.geonomicon.com/chronology/chronology.htm) which used Ravenloft as a means of determining how the timelines of Greyhawk, Dragonlance, the Forgotten Realms, and Dark Sun would compare to one another (by matching up the date a given character entered Ravenloft using the Barovian calender, with the date given for that same event using the character's home setting's calender).

Using that timeline, some events that "occurred" at roughly the same time in the real world (like the War of the Lance and the Time of Troubles) end up occurring almost coterminously in-game as well... however, some settings have advanced more quickly than others since then (like Dragonlance "skipping ahead" a generation when they introduced the children of the Heroes of the Lance).

Using that timeline, Vecna's ascension (from a demigod to a true deity) wouldn't happen until sometime after 1396 DR. Even the defeat of the Circle of Eight at Vecna's hands wouldn't occur until 1378 DR... yet (as I'm sure you recall from your vantage point in the armour ) Elminster and Mordenkainen discussed that very event during the first meeting of the Wizards Three (DRAGON #188).

Did their meetings take place in the future (relative to the published Realms)? Is there some time travel involved when traveling between worlds (perhaps Mystra shunts visitors "from the future" to the "current time")? Or is that timeline wrong (perhaps due to time flowing oddly in Ravenloft)?

I'm sorry if this is nitpicking; I'm just curious as to how you'd make events from different settings "fit in" with one another. While Wizards of the Coast may not be too keen on cross-setting stuff anymore (with the decline of Planescape and Spelljammer, and the introduction of the new Realms cosmology), I always enjoyed the Wizards Three articles.

(It's too bad they never met Raistlin, though. )
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Posted - 24 Apr 2007 :  21:59:49  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Ed, I'm running the Crusade against the Tuigan, and the reading of a book called Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton raises this question: how non-evil, non-chaotic armies supply themselves when travelling great distances in Faerun?

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Edited by - Jamallo Kreen on 24 Apr 2007 22:00:40
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createvmind
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Flour and salted meat would probably be standard provisions from what I've read in novels at least above ground, although definition of great distances is probably key factor.
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The Hooded One
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Hello, all. Ed apologies for falling briefly silent. Finishing his taxes coincided with a conflab about a future novel (someone else’s) and last-minute editing questions on no less than THREE Realms-related projects, and SOMEthing had to give.

Taelohn, your temporal queries are extremely er, timely (no, I’m not trying to make a lame joke, I’m noting that Ed was dealing with just that matter yestereve, for reasons that can’t yet be discussed. However, he’ll be happy to answer your queries as soon as he’s free to.

WalkerNinja, I’m afraid neither Ed nor I can answer your question about “the two Ds” ceasing print publication under the Paizo banner, right now. For one thing, we can’t weigh its positives and negatives properly, yet. By now, one of the other secrets we knew has become public (the non-renewal of the Dragonlance license), but certain other things we’re privy to, and watching for (which will be indicators of which way things are likely to turn out), haven’t happened yet. Ed really doesn’t think it’s appropriate for him to say anything (other than to remind folks at Wizards that he’s still officially a Creative Editor of DRAGON, after all these years, and he still has a “life subscription” to DRAGON and is still alive, though the life of the magazine might now be considered to be in question). Let me just say that Alaundo is right to have dark misgivings on these matters.

Jamallo Kreen, you’re very welcome, and I’ll reply to you on behalf of Ed, to this: “now tell us about who has killed which gods in your home campaign!” Answer: no one has killed a god (that we know about, at least). One party of PC adventurers (the Crazed Venturers) fought Iyachtu Xvim, and some of us (PCs) have had personal dealings with Mystra and Azuth and Mielikki (in Florin’s case, QUITE personal ), but . . . no slayings. It’s just not that sort of campaign.

Wenin, as far as I know, Candlekeep scribes have never yet asked a question on this thread and its annual predecessors that Ed and/or we players and/or TSR/WotC designers hasn’t at least considered at some time beforehand. However, on at least a dozen occasions, questions have been asked for which Ed hadn’t yet crafted any Realmslore, so he sat right down and wrote some, for replies here (no, we’re not going to say which ones; that’s part of bolstering the “illusion of shared reality”). And yes, I have it on good authority (his long-suffering wife, who gets to hear the snores) that Ed sleeps; sometimes for as long as five-and-a-bit hours a night. Garen Thal is right, though: he IS the hardest worker in fantasy writing and game designing I know, bar none. And yes, he believes there’s no such thing as “too much detail.” Individual gamers can (and should feel free to) ignore all the details they don’t want, but if you’re paying for Realms products and you want that detail, Ed feels there should be some way to give it to you, in a timely manner.

Speaking of which, Ed DOES have some Realmslore to impart, this time regarding this recent query from Kuje: “Ed, do any of the races know of, or use, circumcision? If you would, also answer if there are any races/nations/etc that operate on female genitalia.... I phrased that as gently as I could think of.”
The Sage expressed his interest in hearing Ed’s reply, and Eytan Bernstein then echoed: “I apologize in advance to the squeamish.
Believe it or not, I was searching for something like this earlier today. But when you type in circumcision and "the Realms" or "initiation rites" and the Realms (or any number of other permutations) in google, you get all sorts of strange results, none of which really shed any light on things. I was mainly interested in the sorts of initiation rites performed by different cultures. There's no reason to believe that such things are prevalent, but I would like to hear what Ed has to say.
On the same note, I have a faint recollection of reading about some sort of - how should I put it - sterilization ceremony in one of Elaine's Councilors and Kings novels. Is there any precedent for sterilization, eunuchs, castration, or similar processes, whether magical or surgical? See what kind of can we've opened up here?”
and Zandilar posted: “Heya, Heh... This is interesting stuff I have to say. I'd be interested in reading answers to these questions too.
However, I must say, in such a magic rich world I sincerely doubt that such proceedures would be performed wholely surgically... Magic can achieve a lot of things, and it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that most small towns or even primitive tribes might have a cleric, adept, or shaman that can use 0 or 1st level divine spells. That means access to Cure Minor Wounds (useful for stopping bleeding), and Cure Light Wounds (for more substantial injuries, like during actual casteration or sustained during an initiation rite) - if not an actual spell or minor magical ritual to circumcise, castrate, or even spay/neuter animals.
From a personal point of view, the circumcision of women is a horrific concept, and not just because I'm a woman. It's used for control. It kills most sexual sensations (by destroying the nerves in sensitive places), and thus is generally used (in combination with sewing them mostly closed) to ensure that women in those tribes/regions don't stray from their men. There is no other reason for it, it serves no other purpose (and it isn't uncommon for women to die as a direct or indirect result). The Realms being a much more gender equal place than Earth, I doubt female circumcision really has a place. (Though I can stand to be corrected, if there are exceptions or if I'm just plain wrong.)”
Dargoth then directed Eytan to Ed’s earlier posts (archived by Kuje): “you should find some stuff on Princess Alusair of Cormyr which mentions magical sterilization”
Ed now speaks:



Thanks, all. In the Realms, sterilization is usually accomplished magically (which has the benefit of usually being reversible, so you can let a young prince/princess or other heir/heiress “have fun” without causing unwanted bastards), or (in rural areas) by cutting out the male testes and then cauterizing the wound, sometimes as an clerical rite (either with magical or herbal pain-deadening, or not), and sometimes to create the equivalent of “eunuch harem guards” (BTW, these are as rare in the Realms as they were in real life, and as in real life, the penis is seldom removed except as a cruel punishment).
Certain priesthoods (Loviatar, for example) do use piercings, brandings, scarifications, and other ritual practices that embrace pain (salt put into wounds, for example), but aside from piercings, the female genitalia are left alone. A priestess of Loviatar wants to continue to have the ability to feel pain, not have sensation cut off forever (and her genitalia are likely to be whipped - - often with stinging nettles - - in rituals, or endure the wax of melting candles carried in a manner you can guess at, NOT be permanently scarred). There’s no cultural basis in Faerûn for female circumcision.
The basis for all such behaviour in the Realms is religious or (more rarely) locally cultural, NOT racial.
Some priesthoods cut off foreskins or introduce beads under the skin all over the male member, or even pierce the member (to hold dangling talismans normally hidden except in holy inner temple rituals). These may be isolated sects, or only practiced in some temples, or among “secret societies” of zealots within a faith - - and in any event usually mark the achievement of a certain holy rank, or augmentations (yes, more talismans) as ranks increase.
Among the Netherese diaspora there were all sorts of “odd” beliefs (held or just suggested by the various archwizards) that have since become further twisted by time and misunderstandings, into purely local practices (often coming-of-age rituals, which can be as tame as vigils or forest chases, and as severe as ceremonial deflowerings, brandings, or circumcisions.
In short, there’s nothing shameful or “disgusting” about tattoos, or brands (except obvious slave or “this person is a traitor” brands) or piercings (nipple, ear, labial, etc.) but they are more uncommon than common across Faerûn. Remember, in a polytheistic world, especially in locales (ports and capitals) where trade-travel is frequent, tolerance of “different ways” is high; the real-world small-town repression and disdain for “those who are different” is far rarer in the Realms. Having multiple races (not just humans with different skin colours) and “everybody knowing all the gods are real, not just one” will cause that, inevitably.
So, Eytan, if you need a priesthood (or a ruling noble family, or a secret society or cult) to have a circumcision ritual, feel free to add it. However, there has to be a reason why not every reader of Realms novels and game products doesn’t already know about it. In other words, it’s likely to be secretive (or at least done within a faith), and locally-based, not something that applies all across a country or continent. (I’m reminded of the old real-world joke about the village that only had one sharp knife, so the boys had to line up about half a year before they came of age . . . )



So saith Ed. Who is trying to be helpful without being TOO explicit. He didn’t tell you about the priestesses of Loviatar with the frontal triangle of chains joining their, er, prominent bits, or some of the other sights that certainly made Torm of the Knights open his eyes wide and make inevitable comments . . .
Ahem. love to all,
THO
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