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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 16 Jun 2007 :  16:24:07  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
ED & THO,

Can you share any information on marriage rituals in the Realms?

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The Sage
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Posted - 16 Jun 2007 :  16:42:11  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
Ed did share with us partly detailed marriage ceremonies involving the faiths of Sharess and Lliira. They're in his compiled reply files for '05. And there is a Tymoran ceremony in Ed's Spellfire.

And here's another bit from Ed, taken from the FR Mailing List in Oct. '03 -

"[I]t depends on the faith and the individual church. Formal marriages (i.e. with written contracts and witnesses, as opposed to a simple private ceremony followed by a party if the couple want it/can afford it) are rare among those who don’t have significant wealth or land to pass on. Some faiths assume a marriage is forever (most of these have been amended to “until death,” to prevent undead terrorizing the living by insisting on returning to the house and climbing into bed with them), but most ARE, as you speculate, based on “for as long as love lasts.” In some places and faiths, this leads to a swinging lifestyle, but in most places, the public disapproves of those who abandon spouses without good moral reason (the only difference I see between most of the Heartlands of the Realms and the prevalent real-world modern Western society view is that in the Realms, short-term or seldom-consummated affairs aren’t seen as sufficient “moral reason” to end a marriage). Spouse-beating, however, IS. One is expected to remain with a spouse, and tend them in illness or dying. (And yes, there are a fair number of caravan merchants who have wives in various cities, usually without one knowing about the others, though a few even write back and forth, or journey with the merchant from time to time, to visit each other.)

Formal marriages always have SIMPLE clauses outlining what happens to lands and goods when a union ends, and many weddings involving nobility insist on both parties formally and in writing (with priests using magic to make sure the participants aren’t being magically compelled to act in a certain way, blackmailed, or coerced by drugs or other means) ending the marriage, not just one—so spouses who hate each other can keep each other bound in marriage (unless one manages to have the other killed, a risky proceeding because in Cormyr, Sembia, Waterdeep, Silverymoon, and most other “civilized” places, the slayer of a spouse forfeits all property to the government).

Again, there are faiths (those closely tied to nature in particular) who conduct and recognize both “forever” and “short-term” marriages (usually “two summers,” “three summers” or “ten summers”), which may of course be renewed. The clergy of Siamorphe from time to time conduct “overnight” marriages, allowing one-night stands to be legal and divinely approved, but always publicly renounce this practise when angry kin complain to governing authorities . . . only to quietly resume it again, elsewhen."

'Twas also included in the '04 compiled replies from Ed.

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 16 Jun 2007 :  18:01:32  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Thanks O' Sagey one!

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 16 Jun 2007 :  18:39:36  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Hello All,

Can you possibly shed light on different types of spellbooks, or objects to store spells on, I recall in Shadow stone novel that some kind of stick was the heroes spellbook. Do mages try to find different ways of writing their spells so they lower the chances of it being stolen?



Ed's 2nd edition book, Pages From the Mages is a superb reference for spellbooks of all shapes and sizes. You may also want to check out the Scarred Lands book on "Wizards & Bards," which has a significant section on spellbooks.

One of my own characters (a survivor of the Arduin "Spellweaver" class -- not the race) uses the equivalent of a quipo (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quipo), a string with shorter, intricately knotted strings descending from it. It's completely incomprehensible to those not trained in its use. I wonder (perhaps Ed would tender an opinion) if Read Magic would even be able to decipher it, since it explains spells cast in a system totally different than normal spellcasting. (For one thing, all spells are considered "silent," and there are no material components, just intricate somatic gestures.)



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RodOdom
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Posted - 16 Jun 2007 :  19:24:42  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
quote:
So saith Ed. Who can tourist-tour the Realms in his head, whenever he wants. He tells me he’s spent some happy hours in boring meetings, in the past, doing just that.


Thank you so much ! It's times like these I thank Tymora that I'm one of the undeserving so-and-so's who own a copy of the Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas.


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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Jun 2007 :  01:14:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hail and well met again, fellow scribes. This time Ed makes answer to Reefy, in the matter of this query: “Greetings to Ed and the Lady Hooded One, I have two questions.
What can you tell me about the famed Agannazar? I'm interested in his appearance, personality, mannerisms etc.
The same goes for the mysterious Mistmaster.
I have mined what little printed sources on the subjects I can find.”
Ed replies:



I’m afraid the Mistmaster is and remains under NDA. Sorry.

As for Agannazar: shoulder-length blond hair, with “daggerboard” sideburns (“the Elvis look”) and a high forehead. Beaky nose, bushy blond eyebrows, piercing emerald eyes (and I mean PIERCING: glare like laser beams, and had a habit of whirling around to fix people with stares), testy manner, sharp voice. Tended to be restlessly alert (“hyper” is how many modern real-world folk would describe him), but not a gabbler: usually silent unless spoken to. Strode forward purposefully, head forward (the “vulture stalk,” some who saw him at MageFairs called it).
Tended to dress in deep red cloaks, over red or purple silk shirts, breeches and boots (NEVER robes unless “dressed up” to attend a nobles’ revel or attend a royal court). Body covered with a thick pelt of fine yellow hair, but face always clean-shaven.
Frowned all the time; when thinking, often spread the fingers of one hand out like a spider, planted them on a tabletop or windowsill, and bent over to stare down at them, standing or sitting immobile for long periods. Tended to hum (and say “umm-hmm” deep in his throat) when contented, never whistled. Tuneless singer and knew it, so avoided singing. Vain; didn’t like to be embarrassed.
When I called him “testy,” I meant: didn’t suffer fools gladly, didn’t like to have folk disagree with his opinions or judgements, or question his decisions or deeds (however, he held opinions only on matters he’d seen and thought about, mainly magical; he wasn’t a windbag or know-it-all, and detested mages and priests who were).
A loner, whose dealings with the opposite gender were few and of this manner: liked to watch nude dancers (usually in clubs or “higher-class” taverns where patrons were not encouraged to call out comments, throw coins, or otherwise intrude on performances). If the dancers were beautiful elves or half-elves, Agannazar could watch for long periods, and “watching was enough.” If the dancers were human, he usually, after watching for some time, paid for a room and a lass to share it with, but insisted the room be utterly dark and the woman blindfolded and a passive participant; he would tip handsomely and make love vigorously, but never utter a word.
Agannazar traveled widely, created about two dozen spells (most of them concerned with fire effects, and most of them refinements of other, older enchantments), often “hired on” for short periods as a guard-mage with costers or wealthy merchant families, avoided shady dealings and seldom went adventuring, and liked to cook exotic dishes, doodle swift caricatures (from memory, later, not as taunting “performance art” face-to-face) of persons he met and disliked. He was intensely interested in what other wizards were up to, and often paid informants (such as the apprentices of other mages, out drinking) to “tell him the latest.”
That do?



So saith Ed. Who spun this up in about two minutes from what he remembered of Agannazar when he roleplayed that mage (and described him to we Knights) when we “saw” Agannazar in a spell that had “recorded” three-dimensional images, with sound, of persons who in the past had cast magic in the room the spell was in. In other words, the room now held a series of short “movies” that could be played back repeatedly for viewing by someone who knew how to call on this spell.
Ed did, of course, create Agannazar in the first place.
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Math: 10 percent Drow are clergy devoted to Eilistraee, it stikes me as likely that only 25 percent of all Drow are directly devoted to a single diety, Lolth and Vhaeraun being those that might have more in total.

At best I can figure the math that Lolth has 25 percent of females devoted only to her.

Vhaeraun it is harder to guess but 5 percent of males strikes me as a good number. Perhaps we should increase it above the 10 percent that Eilistrae has.

Eiether way it appears Drow are mostly clergy, we are looking at something like 45 percent of all Drow being so (Whith others that might duel serve or have as patrons).

The math does not make senese to me at all.

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"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
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George Krashos
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Posted - 17 Jun 2007 :  07:09:11  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hail and well met again, fellow scribes. This time Ed makes answer to Reefy, in the matter of this query: “Greetings to Ed and the Lady Hooded One, I have two questions.
What can you tell me about the famed Agannazar? I'm interested in his appearance, personality, mannerisms etc.
The same goes for the mysterious Mistmaster.
I have mined what little printed sources on the subjects I can find.”
Ed replies:

<SNIP>




Awesome. And thank-you.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 18 Jun 2007 :  03:38:42  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. George, you're very welcome!
This time Ed answers KnightErrantJR about this: “Here is a question in commemoration of the impending end of Dungeon Magazine. Since Iggwilv is about to be statted, for the first time, in the final few adventures of the Savage Tide adventure path, and since we've already gotten a bit of a glimpse of Elminster's meeting with Mordenkainen, as well as a few bits of info regarding Vangerdahast and Khelben's experiences with some of Oerth's more powerful wizards (in the Forgotten Realms Adventures harcover back in 2nd edition) . . . well, here goes:
Has Elminster (or any other famous Realmsian wizard) met with the dastardly Iggwilv, and if so, under what circumstances?
Thanks in advance.”
Ed replies:



So far as I know (meaning: Elminster, Storm, and Laeral insist not, and they’re the only sources who ever drop into my study aside from one brief and highly uncomfortable visit by The Simbul), the answer to that one is: No. At least, not knowingly; I have to keep reminding myself that The Simbul isn’t the only wizard who wears other shapes than her own more than she strolls about as herself. (An aside: she has a wardrobe full of tattered black gowns, not just one, so it’s not a single filthy rag she never changes but rather a “look.” Most of her gowns are little better than peek-a-boo “skeletons” of fabric, but she doesn’t mind a whit. Barefoot and wild-haired, she simply doesn’t care what she looks like or if she’s showing skin. She does NOT pose provocatively, slink about alluringly, or care what anyone else thinks of her.
Iggwilv probably dresses and behaves rather differently. :}



So saith Ed. Creator of The Simbul but not Iggwilv (Gary Gygax, I think, but I’ve only chatted with the elder TSR folks twice or thrice; Gygax, Arneson, Brian Blume, Len Lakofka . . . and Greyhawk was never as enthralling to me as Ed’s Realms, so not as many details of “old Greyhawk stories” stuck in my memories, I’m afraid.
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Posted - 18 Jun 2007 :  03:47:37  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
Thank you rather kindly THO and please extend my thanks to Ed as well. The Realms have always been much more enthralling to me as well, but its always fun to know how the cross planar traffic happens to cut, one way or the other!

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Hello Ed. :) I have two questions, but they can be answered at your leisure (one at a time if you'd like), and if either of them have been touched on before, I'd appreciate it if someone would point out the year and month.

My first question is about "paladin love"--what is appropriate behavior for a paladin regarding relationships and love-making? I frequent the forums for the Neverwinter Nights 2 CRPG, and not surprisingly, one of the topics that players love to discuss all the time is the subject of the in-game romances. The romance option for female player characters happens to be a paladin, and there is a particular group of players (mostly female) who love to talk about him (and the other male characters in the game), and a recent topic that came up is how paladins are "supposed" to act in matters of love? Although I'm fully aware that Faerun has very different sexual mores than the real world, I have to admit that I--and many of the other ladies--tend to have an old-fashioned, idealistic view about how paladins form relationships and how they behave towards the people they are in love with. My rationale for this is that since paladins aren't supposed to act like the "average joe" in all the other aspects of their life, they probably shouldn't behave in all the same ways many other people do when it comes to love. I also am sort of a sucker for the idea of "courtly love". I was wondering what your opinion is about this topic: for example, do you think most paladins would be comfortable with the idea of being "friends with benefits" with someone? Or, having a one-night stand if both parties agreed ahead of time that that was all there was to it--just one night of enjoyment in each other's company, but no further obligations besides that? How would most paladins approach the subject? I, and several other ladies, look forward to hearing your opinion.

My next question is solely my own, and something I've been wondering about for a long time. Is Faerun much like the real world (the Western world, at least) in the sense that there's a lot of anxiety about aging and the way growing older affects one's appearance? I know that some old characters, like Elminster, don't seem to be uncomfortable with looking old as well as being old, but this doesn't seem to be the case with many others! It's very common, as far as I can tell, to come across characters who look younger than they actually are. I was wondering why that might be the case--it definitely seems to suggest that some people in the Realms, as in the real world, think that a person hits their peak at a very young age, and after that one needs to struggle to erase all signs that one is not a spring chicken. I was also wondering if there are human cultures in the Realms that actually see growing older (and even perhaps looking old) as a good thing, and that people hit their peak in their later years as opposed to when they are young and untried (and kind of stupid).

Thanks once again,

Rinonalyrna

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 19 Jun 2007 :  00:47:03  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ahhh, LOVELY questions, RF!
I have sent them off to Ed for replies (though I'm not sure whether he'll be able to get to them before he flits off to Michigan in a few days time), but I can provide a partial answer to the second one: many of the characters who seek to appear younger are either adventurers or vulnerable females; they don't want others to get any idea that they are less than vigorous and formidable, so avoid being robbed, raped, murdered, etc.
love,
THO
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About the paladins, I'm going to say that it would vary from faith to faith also. I mean, Sune's paladins are going to see it a lot different then say, Helm's. :)

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 19 Jun 2007 :  00:55:15  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
I agree, Kuje. I'm SURE Ed will say so (watch for this my prediction to ring true), yet I can't wait to hear what his answer will be, because I recall him arguing years and years ago with a certain TSR designer about making paladins MEAN something, not just have them be "fighters who can heal and stand in judgement over other PCs."
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Thanks, I can't wait to see the answers myself. And yes, a lot of girls at this particular forum think it probably varies by faith (and by the way, they are quite excited for Ed's answer).

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
I can provide a partial answer to the second one: many of the characters who seek to appear younger are either adventurers or vulnerable females; they don't want others to get any idea that they are less than vigorous and formidable, so avoid being robbed, raped, murdered, etc.
love,
THO



Ah, that definitely makes practical sense. Thanks for answer.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

I agree, Kuje. I'm SURE Ed will say so (watch for this my prediction to ring true), yet I can't wait to hear what his answer will be, because I recall him arguing years and years ago with a certain TSR designer about making paladins MEAN something, not just have them be "fighters who can heal and stand in judgement over other PCs."
love,
THO

I would be inclined to agree.

I can see some of the various faiths having completely different doctrines involving love and paladins. It may be that groups of deities with similar portfolios even adopt similar attitudes towards their paladins and love. Certainly, as Kuje indicated above, Sune's beliefs would likely encourage her paladins to pursue romantic involvement with others in an attempt to foster their goddess's portfolio -- the activities of the Sisters and Brothers of the Ruby Rose would seem to support this -- when compared to the clergy of Helm. Helmite paladins, on the other hand, may have very strict guidelines to follow when becoming involved in romantic affairs... simply because love is such a powerful force that could potentially lead to Helmites violating their duties in order to protect their loved ones who may also be at risk, consequently putting others in jeopardy. Thus, a certain amount of 'romantic detachment' may be encouraged in most paladin orders connected with the faith of Helm.

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The Hooded One
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Hi again, fellow scribes. This time I bring Ed’s response to Adrix, re. this: “Hail Ed and the Hooded One; I have what may seem a trivial question to pose, and one I hope has not yet been covered in your volumes of answers here at Candlekeep. What makes up traveling rations, specifically, is there anything unique to the realms or various regions contained within? Also, does popcorn exist in the Realms, and if not or so, what snacks do exist?
Sorry, I’m hungry...”
Ed replies:



No need to be sorry you’re hungry, Adrix. I’m almost ALWAYS hungry. :}
Just as in our real world, the Realms holds a great variety of snacks, including those our Lady Hooded gave you.
Let me run through a quick (and far from complete) list. Where places are listed, they are locales where said “handfoods” (munchies) are especially popular:

hand pies (meat-and-gravy-filled, savoury palm-sized pastries of an astonishing variety of ingredients and tastes, from curries, to leek-with-bacon, to minted lamb): the Heartlands, the Dales, Savage Coast North
salted, roasted seeds (especially pumpkin and loalurr [pistachios]): the Tashalar
handwheels of sharp yellow cheeses (some with ground nuts or diced olives inside, or laced with zzar or various other “cordials” [liqueurs]): the Heartlands, the Dales, Savage Coast North
raisins: the Heartlands, coasts of the Sea of Fallen Stars
date cakes (pressed flat ovals): Calimshan, the Tashalar
fig cakes (pressed flat ovals): Calimshan
cranberry cakes (pressed flat ovals): Sembia, the Vilhon, Turmish
dried apricots: the Tashalar, Luiren, Var, Estagund
dried sausages: the Shaar, the Tashalar
quince sticks (cakes of dried quince pressed together with various beetles, around edible klooer roots [licorice-like roots of a parched wilderland bush]): Vilhon, Shaar, Var, Estagund
honeydrops (thumb-sized candies of honey mixed with an edible gum and spices to give flavours and stop the honey from melting and running in hot conditions): Calimshan, the Vilhon, Mulhorand, Raurin, Chessenta
sugar cakes (like real-world petit-fours: sugar icing-drenched confections of baked cake that have been laced with jams or chocolate or herbal distillates, for flavour): everywhere (but tend to be paltry in supply, and expensive)
cherrybread (like real-world “Christmas cake” or fruitcake: various diced fruits, marinated in spirits, cooked in a molasses-cake and sold as small whole loaves or slices wrapped in leaves): the Border Kingdoms, the Vilhon, coasts of the Sea of Fallen Stars
blood-drops (beets, sliced very thinly, fried in oil, and then dusted with salt and various spices, from sugar, cinammon, and nutmeg to the various hot spices; we might call these “vegetable crisps”)
potato cakes (like real-world Irish “wedge”-shaped griddle cakes)

There are lots more, but most large markets during summer and autumn, across most of Faerûn, should have most of these for sale. Yum.



So saith Ed. Who loves his snacks.
love,
THO
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 19 Jun 2007 :  05:03:33  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed & THO,

Can you tell us of a time someone from a world with technology on par with our modern day earth or better visited the Realms and what the outcome was? Did the visitors overpower the Realms folk and rule them, or were they unprepared for a world full of magic and get overwhelmed and ruled themselves?

Thanks

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quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed & THO,

Can you tell us of a time someone from a world with technology on par with our modern day earth or better visited the Realms and what the outcome was? Did the visitors overpower the Realms folk and rule them, or were they unprepared for a world full of magic and get overwhelmed and ruled themselves?

Thanks




Well, modern tech doesn't work in FR since the physics of FR is different. So, I doubt anyone using modern tech could take over. Note: I'm referencing the 1e and 2e box sets where it clearly says that modern earth tech doesn't work in Realmspace.

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Wow! Thanks Ed and THO ... that should sate my hungry adventurers appetites greatly, while on the go. Blood-Drops sound tailor made for our Fellowship of Blood! Thanks again, as it's the little things that make all the difference!

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Posted - 19 Jun 2007 :  06:05:03  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

[snip]Let me run through a quick (and far from complete) list. Where places are listed, they are locales where said “handfoods” (munchies) are especially popular:[snip]
Why? why did I have to scroll through this thread at 1am? just before bed? why? [heading downstairs for a post-midnight snack...]
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Penknight
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Posted - 19 Jun 2007 :  14:05:10  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
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Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

My first question is about "paladin love"--what is appropriate behavior for a paladin regarding relationships and love-making? I frequent the forums for the Neverwinter Nights 2 CRPG, and not surprisingly, one of the topics that players love to discuss all the time is the subject of the in-game romances. The romance option for female player characters happens to be a paladin, and there is a particular group of players (mostly female) who love to talk about him (and the other male characters in the game), and a recent topic that came up is how paladins are "supposed" to act in matters of love? Although I'm fully aware that Faerun has very different sexual mores than the real world, I have to admit that I--and many of the other ladies--tend to have an old-fashioned, idealistic view about how paladins form relationships and how they behave towards the people they are in love with. My rationale for this is that since paladins aren't supposed to act like the "average joe" in all the other aspects of their life, they probably shouldn't behave in all the same ways many other people do when it comes to love. I also am sort of a sucker for the idea of "courtly love". I was wondering what your opinion is about this topic: for example, do you think most paladins would be comfortable with the idea of being "friends with benefits" with someone? Or, having a one-night stand if both parties agreed ahead of time that that was all there was to it--just one night of enjoyment in each other's company, but no further obligations besides that? How would most paladins approach the subject? I, and several other ladies, look forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks once again,

Rinonalyrna

Great question indeed, Lady Rino.

Lady THO, could you also ask Mr. Greenwood to add in how female paladins are supposed to act in kind, if there are any differences?

In 2nd Edition, I played a male paladin of Torm that fell for a female half-celestial servant of Torm, and they had a brief one-night "encounter". When another PC asked my paladin about my "...duties and responsibilites to the Lady," my character looked at him and said: "I am also a man. Do I not also have a responsibility to my own heart? Am I to be left with nothing, save my duty? Why should my life be bereft of love?"

Well, that was how I dealt with the situation. There is a great deal more to it than that, but I won't post that here. I hope my situation helps some, Lady Rino. I always tried to play him as a magnanimous soul, and he remains one of my favorite characters to this day.

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createvmind
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Posted - 19 Jun 2007 :  23:37:43  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed how many contingency-type spells are too many, is there a limit and I've seen you often describe even known magic as sometimes having unpredictable effects so would too many contingencies possibly cause the subject to get caught in a magic-loop of sorts with the spells bouncing/reflecting/ merging/ repeating and the subject unable to stop it?

I just picture a paranoid made in trying to perpare for every circumstance winds up bouncing himself through various planes and transformations unintentionally. If I've asked this already then ignore, sometimes can't seperate deja vu's from actual events. :(
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 20 Jun 2007 :  00:44:27  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
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Originally posted by Penknight
In 2nd Edition, I played a male paladin of Torm that fell for a female half-celestial servant of Torm, and they had a brief one-night "encounter". When another PC asked my paladin about my "...duties and responsibilites to the Lady," my character looked at him and said: "I am also a man. Do I not also have a responsibility to my own heart? Am I to be left with nothing, save my duty? Why should my life be bereft of love?"

Well, that was how I dealt with the situation. There is a great deal more to it than that, but I won't post that here. I hope my situation helps some, Lady Rino. I always tried to play him as a magnanimous soul, and he remains one of my favorite characters to this day.



Yes, thanks for sharing. It seems plausible to me that a paladin might want something more than simply their duty (after all, they're still human).

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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