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Kajehase
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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  14:15:22  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
For some reason, the scene/character I'd most like to see something on at the moment would be Texter the paladin doing his thing out in the wilderness or settlements of the Sword Coast North. The two glimpses we've gotten of him in Elfsong and City of Splendours begs for more - and they're short enough that I don't think it'd be tranpling on Elaine's work either.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  15:14:57  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Thangorn


* Manshoon's split personalities (hells.. you could even write a whole Manshoon anthology following the path of the various Manshoon clones, that'd be fun ;) )


I've commented on wanting this one before.

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KnightErrantJR
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Another vote for more Mirt and Durnan stories.

And another for more Manshoon lore.

And yet another for some Company of Crazed Venturer Lore.

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The Sage
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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  17:29:21  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
I'll second all of the suggestions offered so far.

A few more to add...

- A clergy-related tale that features a few tidbits on divine rituals particular to the deity being worshipped [preferrably any one of the original gods Ed outlined in "Down-to-Earth Divinity" from DRAGON #54].
- A story about bards, or sages, or loremasters.
- A story that takes place in or around Furigar.
- A tale featuring the exploits of any one of the adventuring companies described in the Border Kingdoms material.
- And while this may not directly touch on territory Richard Lee Byers may be dealing with in his current trilogy... I'd really like to see a story featuring some of "young" Szass Tam's early exploits in Thay.

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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  17:30:22  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:
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quote:
Originally posted by Thangorn


* Manshoon's split personalities (hells.. you could even write a whole Manshoon anthology following the path of the various Manshoon clones, that'd be fun ;) )


I've commented on wanting this one before.

Indeed. An anthology would be an ideal source for a series of tales that focus on the individual clones of Manshoon because, as Ed has said, there are actually more than the "official three" Manshoon clones running around in the Realms.

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Dhomal
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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  18:10:19  Show Profile  Visit Dhomal's Homepage Send Dhomal a Private Message
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Heh - I agree - a Manshoon short story collection would be neat! Some of the stories could even be particularly short - especially if said clone only managed to survive a couple of days - say - running into another clone looking to make use of a stash of magic...

Personally - I would like to see either some of the exploits of the Knights of Myth Drannor IN Myth Drannor, or barring that - any Other group that explored Myth Drannor. And in regards to this - Especially any interaction thay may have had at The Wind Riders Throne. Yeah - I'm a Shaundakul junkie I guess. :)

Also - any fun and adventure that can be told about the High Forest would be neat too.

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Jamallo Kreen
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I concur on Mirt and Durnan, but I'd really like to know more about Gemidan, the precocious mage. He's all grown up by 1374 DR, but what's he like now? (In my campaign he went into business with Maskar Wands, making and selling "fruit" which can taste however the eater wants it to, merely by speaking the flavor as a command word.)




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Ladejarl
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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  20:29:12  Show Profile  Visit Ladejarl's Homepage Send Ladejarl a Private Message
A day in the life of a Orc tribe; perhaps somthing akin to the tribe on the High Moor (Elminsters Ecologies) that raises sheep and wolfs, but can't seem to figure out why the sheep keep disappearing.

A day in the life of Sememmon and Ashemmi.

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Skeptic
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The story of how Lhestyn, the Masked Lady, got rid of the Shadow Thieves in Waterdeep (1298 DR) followed by the story of Marune, the Masked, who planned his revenge from this day until 1374 DR.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 12 May 2007 :  21:45:43  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

I concur on Mirt and Durnan, but I'd really like to know more about Gemidan, the precocious mage. He's all grown up by 1374 DR, but what's he like now? (In my campaign he went into business with Maskar Wands, making and selling "fruit" which can taste however the eater wants it to, merely by speaking the flavor as a command word.)







I've been thinking of dusting off Gemidan, myself. I see him as being older and wiser, and scarred -- mentally and physically -- by harsh lesson learned while growing up.

I am pretty certain, though, that Gemidan is a creation of Steven Schend.

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The Sage
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Posted - 13 May 2007 :  02:09:37  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
Indeed, he is.

Some thoughts from Steven on Gemidan, back in Dec '04 -

"Gemidan is, to be sure, a few years older and quite possibly a little wiser and more experienced. Can't recall the time frames of COS, but we can probably guess that he's hitting puberty with all its attendant growth spurts, voice changes, acne problems, and social difficulties with whatever gender he deems attractive.

Beyond that, I've no idea. In my current mood, I'd say the Arcane Brotherhood sent back his bracers (with hands still in them) back to Blackstaff Tower with a note saying "Send larger apprentices next time."

Honestly, Gemidan's not one of my better ideas and thus he'll remain on the pile of concepts left open to GMs everywhere to do what they will with him. Have fun, and apologies for not having more direction than this.

Steven

[…]

My only real answer as to why I'm not as enamored with Gemidan as I once was is simply age. I'm 12 years older than when I wrote City of Splendors, and the idea just doesn't appeal to me as much. He's far too many exceptions to the norm (prodigy at young age, apprentice to Khelben, adventurer without supervision, etc.) and the idea becomes too "twee" for me now. <shrug> He's still an interesting character, but I'd have to find a lot of things to do to/with him before he'd interest me greatly again.

The initial concept was to surprise Khelben and challenge him, as he barely has the patience to deal with young adults, let alone children; this is true at least publicly and in the context of his teaching students; some nobles have learned that one of the few ways to pry even the smallest of secrets out of the Lord Mage of Waterdeep is to send their smallest child toddling over to ask innocent questions of him while he smolders in the corner at a nobles' revel he could not avoid. Granted, Khelben is aware of this, and rarely tips his hand truly, but while every adult is rightfully afraid of his presence, he takes care not to terrify the young (or at least not until they are old enough to understand their own actions and queries).

For the character himself, I envisioned him as a prodigy and a huge pain in the ass for everyone--Dennis the Menace with magic, for all intents and purposes. He'd be the classic look-before-you-leap hero and those with whom he adventures spend more time getting him out of scrapes than actually planning things. In short, he was a goofy little idea that could be fun in short spurts within a game, but over time, the idea just comes off as "game bits of humor" rather than solid world-building and real character creation. If he works within the scope of your campaign, by all means use him. I'm just not attached to him any longer."

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And now, a question for Ed... though, I'm still more than a little hesitant to add to my backlog of questions -

Ed, this is regarding the divinatory practice of palmistry. What more can you tell me [other than the few tidbits we've learned about in previous Realmslore] about its notable practioners in the Realms? In which cities and countries may it still enjoy widespread use? Are there places where it must, unfortunately, be practiced in secret? And, also, are there locations in the Realms where palmistry may have come into conflict, either directly or in secret, with already established churches and/or state-religions?

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 13 May 2007 :  02:58:22  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Which brings me to an idea that I’ve been kicking around for a while. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to do this, but if I could (somehow and somewhen), what are the “scenes you’d like to see” if I wrote some Realms short stories covering them? Moments or confrontations or events we already know about or can infer have happened by reading published Realmslore, that don’t primarily involve characters created by others, or “heavily adopted” by others (meaning: I’d rather not trammel Elaine’s hands by doing more Elaith moments, or Steven’s by using Khelben overmuch)? Which characters (of mine, including background NPCs or “bit part” characters) would you like to see more of?
To all scribes who read this, please post your desires in this thread. This is NOT a promise I can or will make, that you’ll “definitely” see new fiction from me addressing, somewhere. However, I would like to know whom you feel we’ve neglected, or events and scenes you’d like to see told in more depth, or for the first time. I carry a giant, rather confused mental tapestry of the Realms in my head, all the time, and sometimes forget what has been put into print and what’s just sitting in my head; it would be nice to have some of the holes in the print version pointed out to me again.





I'd love to find out more about how some of the more famous couples in the Realms first met and got to know each other. How about a young Filfaeril courting, and/or being courted by, a young Azoun? I've been wondering what Filfaeril's life was like back when she was younger. I also wouldn't mind seeing scenes with Sylune with her husband back when they were Lord and Lady of Shadowdale.

Thanks once again,

RF

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Auralis
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Had a few questions in regards to the High Harpers, namely, who and what they might be. It seems, after looking through several sourcebooks that there are mentions again and again (specifically in the FRCS, though curiously no mention whatsoever in Code of the Harpers) regarding High Harpers, but absolutely no in depth information regarding them. Are the High Harpers simply the most senior Master Harpers as mentioned in Code of the Harpers (ie- Elminster, Storm, and the like), or are they some other, hidden-quite-well folks that the FRCS alludes to as being elected by secret ballet? If the latter, is there any information you could provide on them, who they might be (aside from the oh so brief mention of a High Harper Paladin of Milil in City of Splendors: Waterdeep), and if they receive any blessings from the harper deities beyond that of a Master Harper? Thanks!
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quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

I'd love to find out more about how some of the more famous couples in the Realms first met and got to know each other. How about a young Filfaeril courting, and/or being courted by, a young Azoun? I've been wondering what Filfaeril's life was like back when she was younger. I also wouldn't mind seeing scenes with Sylune with her husband back when they were Lord and Lady of Shadowdale.

Thanks once again,

RF

I have to agree. I am a big fan of both Cormyr's late King Azoun as well as a fan of Sylune, though my personal favorite of the Sisters is still Laeral. You know, if Laeral happens to be single now, I have a PC here of mine that would be perfect...

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Rolindin
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Posted - 13 May 2007 :  10:43:05  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message
First I would like to thank Mr. Greenwood for answering the questions he has done so far from me.
A question that has crossed my mind is about Orcals in Faerun, does Faerun have Orcals?
If Faerun does have Orcals, do they show them selves every so often to give warnings to leaders of different countries?
If Orcals are in Faerun where would their hidden city be located.

I hope this is not too much of a stretch for Fearun, but a Orcal class does exest in d&d, and does make a hard class to play (in some ways). With their mystical, magical and other abilities.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 13 May 2007 :  15:40:49  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Great replies and questions, scribes; please keep them coming! (Sage, NEVER hesitate to add to your pile of unanswered questions. The more the merrier, and none uf know when our askings might spark Ed into something really stunning and new...)
This time Ed responds to Blueblade’s query: “Morning, Ed and THO. Time for another (heh heh) Cormyr question: are there hiring fairs, farmers' markets, horsesellers, and so on outside the city gates? Or is that not allowed?
If it is allowed, are there certain dates only? And is any semi-permanent presence (e.g. tenting in the same spot for a season) okay? And (larger question) what's the protocol for roadside camping throughout the realm? Can I stay in one spot by the side of the road and sell things?
Thanks!”
Ed replies:



No you can’t (stay in one roadside spot and sell things), unless you buy the land and put up a building to sell from (and also, if you wish, dwell in). Expect steady scrutiny from Purple Dragon patrols.
Yes, you can sell goods whenever you stop traveling and camp, but unless you have a good reason (e.g. broken wagon wheel, REAL beast-of-burden emergency, not just “the oxen pulled up lame”), those same Purple Dragon patrols will expect you to move on, every day. (Those who disagree and plead strenuously will be mind-scryed from afar by War Wizards to ascertain whether they’re telling truth or just making excuses for tarrying.) Some peddlers travel VERY slowly, because they’re on foot and heavily loaded, or have only a few mules (and are heavily loaded), but they do keep moving. Or else.
(Or else what? Hauled to the nearest magister, usual sentence confiscation of some goods or levy of cash fine, plus “decree of direction,” which may be anything from “do this unpaid labour for a few days, while we house and feed you” to “convince us of your true plans, here and now, in the realm” [with War Wizard mind-scrying applied, of course] to “get out of Cormyr just as fast as you can, starting NOW!”)
As for your tenting by the gates question:
Every spring, on a different ten-day-stretch each year (the date cried locally around the realm by heralds and Purple Dragons) there are horse fairs held outside the gates of Suzail and of Arabel. Over the years, a few “other stalls” have crept in (first equine accessories such as tack and blankets, then conveyances drawn by horses, and in recent years food tents and all manner of small-goods sales), though the local Purple Dragons work firmly to keep the numbers of these down. Such events are still prohibited in Marsember (it was tried one year, but alchemists from Westgate specializing in poisons and drugs to disable foes showed up, as well as hand-crossbow vendors from Sembia).
Otherwise, no merchants are allowed “around” (nearby) city gates, either inside or outside (beggars, snatch-thieves, and cryers for inns [“Come to the Red Flower, saer! Best meals, clean beds, clean ladies to share them with!”] have several times in the past become an absolute nuisance, offending visitors and impeding the flow of carts and wagons by darting out in front of them, crowding into and then deliberately blocking the path of pedestrians, and so on).
Well away from the gates of Suzail, at the north end of Jester’s Green, merchants are allowed to set up tents in summer. The maximum stay is a tenday, enforced by Purple Dragons who keep a VERY close eye on who’s there and what their goods are (the Crown doesn’t want poisons sold, armies covertly assembling near Suzail, slavers operating to receive drugged kidnap victims, doppelgangers or other perils “getting to” citizens by posing as lovely lady prostitutes, and so on).
“Tent city” merchants are NOT allowed near Arabel or Marsember. They are allowed at Waymoot and Wheloon, in specifically-maintained and patrolled “paddock” areas owned and heavily patrolled by the Crown. War Wizards scry these areas diligently and often, as the Crown (rightly) fears spies or “swordswinging agents” of Sembia, Thay, Zhentil Keep, Westgate, and various rebel interests will gather in such areas if they aren’t vigilant. Just last summer a handsome young man claiming to be “the son of Gondegal” was murmuring his identity and requesting support from folk in the northeastern part of the kingdom. Twice he vanished (with magical aid, it’s believed) when Crown agents closed in on him.



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I, of course, LOVE hooks in MY little adventures. Mmm-hmm. And chains, and . . .
love to all,
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Posted - 13 May 2007 :  16:17:33  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 The Hooded One

(Sage, NEVER hesitate to add to your pile of unanswered questions. The more the merrier, and none uf know when our askings might spark Ed into something really stunning and new...)
I know, I know...

I've also got a fairly in-depth astronomy-themed question coming, that I want to pose... but I also want to pin down some major references first -- to save Ed some time having to point them out.

I'll get back to you.

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Kuje
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As for what I'd like to see:

Some tales about the children of some of the NPC's. A lot of the Knights, and/or people associated with the Knights, have children that are grown up but nothing has been written about them. (Might be a touchy, I can't write about them, subject.) Edit: Maybe some info about Alustriel's other children since Meth has been used a lot lately. I'd especially like to know more about those female children that you teased us with. :)

So, as a second choice, I'd love to see some stories about/based in the Nelanther Isles and some tales of the pirates or other NPC's that make their homes in those isles.

For a third, half-orcs have been in the setting since 1e but we have hardly no lore on them. (Course, we don't have much on some of the other demihumans either, ah well.) But maybe some tales about how half-orcs are treated, etc. Or maybe some stories about how some of the other half-races are treated in "civilized" nations/cities....

On a related note: How's the Spin a Yarn from Gencon 06 coming? Only three months, or so, left till 07 and I'm curious to see if some of my ideas managed to survive the cutting. :) Plus, I know a few people who want to read that Spin a Yarn.

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Now, onto a question that I've been pondering for awhile.

Whatever happened to the two hounds that Storm had in the early material? Where did she procure them? What where their names? Did they have any puppies? Etc. Details Ed, please! :)

Which leads me into my question.

Could you detail any famous animals, be they normal animals or dire animals, that have had their actions become part of the history of a nation/city? I'll let you pick what city/nation that you want to use, how many animals you feel is sufficient to answer the question, etc. :)

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Purple Dragon Knight
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Kuje: you probably already know this, but there is a city of half-orcs in Vaasa, featured in the latest R.A. Salvatore novel ('Road of the Patriarch'). Not a lot of details on their daily life, but we get the general feeling that they are a valued asset for Damara. One DM could locate half-orc towns in similar frontier areas of certain realms, with little or no effect on existing canon. But I, too, *do* look forward Ed's official answer on this!
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As for my ideas for short stories by Ed:

1. Some adventures of the Lathander High Priest in Marsember (the one who sponsors the Cormyrean Navy; detailed in Volo's Guide to Cormyr). Edit: could he be a sponsor of that new 'promise land' detailed in Champions of Valor? the new theocracy in the making, backed up by several clergies that are on the side of good?

2. The story of Aunkspear, and how he came to be known. For sages who do not remember about him, here be an exerpt from Volo's Guide to Cormyr:

KING GALAGHARD III OF CORMYR: “Only three hundred of us left? What a disaster!”
AUNKSPEAR: “Nay lord, it is a great victory.”
KING GALAGHARD: “A victory?”
AUNKSPEAR: “Aye. Any battle ye survive is a great victory.”

3. Anything on Elminster and the Simbul would be great, with a small preference on the Simbul's interaction with her court and government... (i.e. some plot in Aglarond... something that would have us believe that there is room for adventuring in that oh-so-perfect land where nothing happens! )

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Rolindin
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From Mr. Greenwood's lastes answer, comes a question of simular nature. That comes to my mind.

So does Corymer have traveling menistarils shows, circus type shows, or any other kind of mucical travling type shows.

The second question would be does corymer have gypsies that travel around the contry, maybe even through the country. Keeping up their traveling route's every year?


I ask this because of the traveling enterment troops in our own history, and because I made such a traveling troop for the realms that is called the Zeandril. Kind of based off the Bartmen and Baliey early circus style.
With chance games, performers, singers, muscians, fortion telling, story telling, different kinds of monsters in cages, illusion shows, famous stories and tellings from the past with illusions, and clowns and the rest, but realms style.

does Corymer have such traveling entainers, that may be gypsie like in some ways.

Edited by - Rolindin on 14 May 2007 00:56:38
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Hello all,

What magic works within Candlekeep if thats not NDA, If NPC has Rary's Telepathic Bond with someone and enters Candlekeep library can he speak via the magic?
Teleportation, divination and such that can be done, if this has been mentioned before then ignore please.

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Hello again, everyone. This time Ed responds to this recent query from Charles Phipps: “Hey Ed, it's been a long time since I've asked a question. As usual, our bumbling heroes are curious about another element of Cormyr life as they settle into the courtly life. I believe their official titles are "Royal Consorts" which Vangy discovered never required there only to be one. Of course. My question, is basically related to the fact that there's two young offspring running around the court in the Lady Lord of Arabel's new child and Little Azoun. I'm also thinking of introducing Caladnei's child, even though we couldn't say who the father is amongst the PCs or elsewise.
To cut to the chase....
Do God parents exist in the Realms? What would be the expected duties of our PCs if they were named so for our young pair of Royal Relations?”
Ed replies:



Yes, godparents exist in the Realms, though they’re not called “god parents” or anything similar (“gray mentors” is a common Heartlands term; “shieldfolk” is more commonly used in Inner Sea coastal areas). In Cormyr, they are known as “high guardians,” and are responsible for sponsoring the child in the following situations: paying for clothes and food (if parents can’t provide), seeing to schooling (if parents can’t), gifting the child with armour (if they want it), and rearing them [or paying someone else for rearing them] (if something “happens” to the parents). So at heart they’re sponsors (many high guardians pay for weddings and even burials of “their” children, when the time comes). Sometimes they give birthday gifts, and sometimes the children they “stand for” are expected to perform (except for children who excel at fencing, horsemanship, or some other athletic pursuit they’ve been trained for, “perform” here means: sing, play music, or recite an original or well-known memorized oration) for them.
In all cases of disagreement over handling of the child between parents and high guardians, the parents automatically have deciding say, unless the local authorities (magister, local Purple Dragon commander, or the Court) say otherwise (which they do when parents are insane or publicly acting to punish, harshly control, or harm the child [witnesses to such behaviour exist, in number and testimony that suggests habitual cruelty, not a lone occurrence of rage]).
Note that poor folks don’t have “high guardians.” This practice is for the wealthy (particularly socially-climbing “wannabe nobles”) and the noble.
However, in Cormyr, no royalty (by birth, marriage, or Court status) or “high officer of Court (e.g. Royal Magician, Court Wizard, Chamberlain, etc.) would be allowed to stand as high guardians for other royalty; it’s seen as a conflict of interest (if Guardian X has influence over Young Royal Y, he could twist Young Royal Y’s beliefs so as to form a faction, or covertly enspell Young Royal Y, or slay or geld Young Royal Y, and so affect the succession).
I’m not saying such meddlings are likely to succeed, given the general suspicion at Court and the vigilance of the War Wizards and everyone else; I’m saying the Royal Magicians long ago set things up to avoid all possibility of such things happening - - or other Cormyreans having any justifiable cause to BELIEVE such things could be happening.
In like manner, Cormyrean royalty aren’t allowed to stand as high guardians for Cormyrean nobles (it can be seen as exercising undue influence over the noble so as to secure personal loyalty or a covert ‘binding,’ or a chance to use the noble as a hostage to force their family to act or not act in some manner).
So in Cormyr, nobles can be high guardians for other nobles, but royalty can only be high guardians for non-nobles (highly unlikely, but done in rare occasions in gratitude for “special service” such as saving the life of a royal; Woodcutter X saves a young prince or princess, who then stands as high guardian to Woodcutter X’s child), or nobles of other realms.
Now, nothing in this post should be taken as forbidding UNOFFICIAL, informal (publicly known at Court or otherwise) mentoring or sponsoring, even if such treatment is done lavishly for years. Those sort of relationships often occur at Court. (Be aware that either a formal high guardian or an informal mentor is going to be watched covertly by War Wizards and Highknights, these days, to prevent the exploitation of the younglings they’re standing for, doomed or inappropriate romances kindling, and so on.)



So saith Ed. Interesting campaign implications, Charles; a “no but yes” for your PCs.
Kuje, Ed sent the Spin A Yarn in before the end of 2006, and it's been up on the WotC website for some time. Really.
love to all,
THO
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