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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 09 Jul 2007 :  02:14:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow fans of the Realms. This time I bring you Ed’s response to this from Rolindin: “If you don't mind a quick question Mr. Greenwood. The question is this have you ever thought about writing a book or series with another author?
Such as Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory, Sara Douglass, L. E Modesitt, jr, R. A. Salvatore, Philip Athans, Douglas Niles, Lynn Abbey, Harry Turtledove or any other author.”
Darling Wooly (ohhh, to run my fingers through soft, sleek, shining hamster fur! It is to drift into rapture . . .) rightly pointed out that Ed co-wrote three Realms novels: Cormyr (with Jeff Grubb), Death of the Dragon (with Troy Denning), and The City of Splendors (with Elaine Cunningham).
To that I can add a fourth TSR collab: The Diamond (with Rob King; it’s much shorter, but on the other hand was done in a bare day or so), and of course the work Ed did on the Sembia series (the truth is that Ed confers with many, many writers behind the scenes to hand them Realmslore, discuss countries and characters they plan to use in their books, and so on). Ed has of course co-written many, many games products, for Kenzer and Margaret Weis Productions as well as TSR/WotC, and even co-designed the Mornmist (a name Ed came up with) fantasy setting with Lynn Abbey for Vision Books, some years back. He’s also working on a still-secret project with various authors, right now . . .
But enough from me; Ed of course has a reply for Rolindin on collaborations, on his own behalf:



Of course I don’t mind, and certainly I’ve thought about collaborations, have done some, and will probably do more in the future. Despite the extra work (inevitable when chapters must go back-and-forth, a plot worked out or at least discussed together, and so on), I love doing collaborations. They do eat up a lot more time than doing a work alone (a collaboration is very rarely “half the work” of a solo novel), and time is something I rarely have any to spare of, but I do enjoy collaborative work because I always ask the other writer to decide how they want to “handle” the collaboration, so it’s almost always a different process from the last time I worked with another writer, and so always interesting.
I have read and enjoyed the work of every writer on your list (I regularly “blurb” Sara Douglass and Bob Salvatore books), have met five of them, and consider four of them friends, seen another (Misty Lackey) across a room at a convention, and wouldn’t hesitate to sit down with any of them and try to write a book, if asked to.
“Asked to” by the other writer, or our agents, or a publisher, that is. These days, my time is spoken for years in advance, I have three series of novels on the go at once, and I suspect the same is true for all of the writers you list, and know it is true for five of them. So there has to be a serious arrangement in place, to chisel out time in my schedule for such a time-eating project, because I do make my living as a writer (I don’t “write on the side” and live on money that comes from other work), and I do like to eat, keep possession of my home, and so on.
If you’d like to see such a collaboration, please gain control of a wealthy publisher and order them to contact your dream team of collaborators, and we’ll leap into the bed together and get to work (on choosing more appropriate metaphors, if nothing else :} ).



So saith Ed, who has written or co-written some 170 books now, if my count isn’t too far off. I know he lost track long ago.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 09 Jul 2007 :  02:19:56  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hi, Ed and Lady THO,
ziresta recently asked (among other things) about Lliira worship in Cormyr.
I’d like to ask about the Cormyrean worship of the soundalike goddess, “Leira,” the illusion and deception one, before the Time of Troubles. HOW was she worshipped? I don’t need NPC names or precise temple locations or anything, just some idea of how the faith operated - - and so, what they might have left behind. Thanks!
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Posted - 10 Jul 2007 :  03:12:21  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
Hiya Ed,

I was browsing through your replies from this year and I was wondering if you could expand on your mention of finishing schools that are in some of the large cities. You specifically mentioned Waterdeep and Silverymoon, mostly in the reply from Jan of this year.

So could you note a few more details about the schools and maybe those in a few other cities? I know, this might turn into a large topic but I was curious about those places and so I was seeking more lore.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Jul 2007 :  03:26:42  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, fellow scribes. Good request, Kuje! Off it goes . . .
And in the return direction, this time Ed responds to Blueblade’s recent question: “Dear Ed and Lady THO, Some DMing pointers, if you will...
I want to incorporate a murder mystery into a nobles' revel in Cormyr. How should I foreshadow, or should I? Build up characters without being obvious? Etc. Thanks!”
Ed replies:



This is one of those questions that I could write a long series of articles about, and still not cover completely (no, THO, no, DON’T start writing “long series of articles on murder mystery” down on my endlessly-expanding ‘to do’ list! I’ve got THREE more novels to write this year, to say nothing of mumble mumble and mumble mumble - - oh, and don’t forget mumble mumble, either!).
So I’m going to answer this one in general terms. Urban-setting play works best (when PCs are staying in one city or town for a time) like a TV sitcom or Coronation Street: when there’s a “core” cast of recurring characters and a secondary cast of seldom-seen but remembered faces supporting characters, established by the DM and brought back repeatedly in play. Think of how Terry Pratchett handles the Watch-centered Discworld books: there are new characters particular to each novel (and a high body count among them), but “tried and true” characters who dwell in Ankh-Morpork step into each book. If you do the same, and “cheat foreshadow” by having rumors and scandals and juicy stories about some of these NPCs circulate at revels and in the city streets BEFORE the one where your murder occurs, so that the PCs are already forming opinions about this core cast of characters, the death will “matter more,” the “suspecting and detecting” will really become workable, and the ongoing campaign will be richer regardless of what happens concerning the murder and the murderer. The secret of any successful campaign is “characters that matter,” lively play that builds colorful memories and incorporates PC achievements, and therefore an unfolding history that players identify with, enjoy, and take pride in. All of that begins with your core cast of NPCs. Bring them to life, and everything else will follow . . .



So saith Ed. Who of course speaks from golden experience.
love to all,
THO
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Kaysae
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Posted - 10 Jul 2007 :  03:38:50  Show Profile  Visit Kaysae's Homepage Send Kaysae a Private Message
I believe Four From Cormyr presented just such a scenario in one of the mini-adventures. It was pretty good and is available for free on the Wizards old edition download page.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 10 Jul 2007 :  04:44:13  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kaysae

I believe Four From Cormyr presented just such a scenario in one of the mini-adventures. It was pretty good and is available for free on the Wizards old edition download page.



Which is here: the Wizards downloads page.

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Faraer
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Posted - 10 Jul 2007 :  12:34:24  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
Ed and Ms One, Meldread, who asked the monolatry question, passes on his 'Huge thanks'. Appeasement is what I'd been calling propitiatory worship. "Down-to-earth divinity" indeed talks about 'placating ("lip-service worship") another', and several other sources talk about appeasing gods -- so this did get to print.
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Penknight
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  02:00:58  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
I would like to ask a few paladin questions, if I may. When a paladin passes on, what happens to his belongings exactly? Do they get interred with him, (armor, shield, holy avenger, etc.), or do they go to his surviving family? If one of the paladin's children became a paladin, would they receive their father's holy weapon? What if that person already had a holy weapon? Would it go then to the church? How exactly are these decisions reached, also?


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  03:32:15  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Herewith, more Realmslore words from Ed of the Greenwood, this time in response to Rolindin’s query: “Mr. Greenwood: I read your answer to the aging question. Here's something along that line; I have a question, too. It seems to me that the answer is more a human answer; what about the other races?
Do the elves, half elves, dwarves, and halfings have some of the same aspects? Do the other races still try to keep young in certain ways magical and non magical, to stay young. Or do they respect their elders and think that they are beautful, such as a older dwarf, elf, halfling "woman"?
Has the human element (trying to look young) influenced the other races and they try to stay young and hide their age in certain circumstances?”
Ed replies:



Individuals of all races try to stay vigorous, and a lot of what we think of as “human nature” is (as I postulate in the Realms, anyway) actually “universal nature:” children and youths tend to be reckless and consider themselves invincible; minds tend to become more conservative with advancing age, and so on. However, the demi-human races (elves, dwarves, gnomes, and halflings) and their halfbreeds, too, tend to have lower birthrates than humans, older cultures, and to “live more in tune with nature” as opposed to taming nature as much; even when elves “garden” forests, dwarves and gnomes reshape rock, and halflings weave and craft weirs and the like, they do so with a greater understanding of what nature forces truly are, and their place in harmony with them, than city-dwelling humans in the Realms.
As such, they tend to see aging as inevitable and beauty and worth in all beings of all ages.
This is, of course, a general statement; on an individual level it breaks down.
Vain individuals, or those who see it as necessary for their own advancement or the good of their family, clan, community, or even race to “remain young” or be able to fool others into thinking them young will often use herbs, carefully controlled diet and activity (avoid salt air, winter travel in harsh conditions, hard work that might scar, etc.) and, yes, magic to appear young.
Elves in particular often use magic to wear more beautiful shapes if they want to win the interest of young elves, and of course many of these races will use magic to change their personal appearances so as to appear to be another race (human, for example) so as to escape special notice or racism or even actual persecution when among other races (elves or even half-orcs in a human city, for example), or to increase utility (ugly dwarf who needs coin and is willing to work as a prostitute might want to appear as a beautiful human, to increase takings or even the chance of being “hired” at all).
So, yes, some of these races do try to “appear young” in many circumstances, but it usually has nothing to do with any human influence.
Human culture in the Realms, by the way, does not place the same emphasis on youth that our modern Western real-world culture does (it may SEEM that way when reading some Realms novels, but on the other hand, remember this: life is so much harder in the Realms that fewer old people survive, and unmarred beauty is prized because it is rarer; most people get scars and wrinkles and sunburnt or mottled skin just through daily living). You can by all means have “your” Realms campaign have the same attitudes as a particular modern real-world country or culture (Hollywood, for example), but the Realms I am striving to show all gamers doesn’t quite have those attitudes.



So saith Ed. Who doesn’t control the actual words used in any Realms product (as with any other writer, editors stand between him and the page) and so can’t always mitigate the tendency of Realms products to too closely reflect our “changing attitudes of the moment,” or the culture the products are published in (modern, Christian-dominated, Hollywood-culture America). He wants Realms products to be easily understandable by, and enjoyable to, we gamers, but to subtly and continually remind them that (I’m quoting Ed here, from a seminar he once gave at a con that I taped) “the Realms isn’t Hollywood medieval Earth. It can be if you want it to be, but you’ll have to twist it here and stretch it over there, to make it so.”
love to all,
THO
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Penknight
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Oops, forgot one, heh. In Baldur's Gate II there is a headquarters for the Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart in Athkatla. Are there other headquarters in the Realms as well, or at least chapter houses in major cities, such as Suzail and Waterdeep? Sorry for not posting this with the rest of my questions, ma'am.

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Silverstar1610
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  15:10:50  Show Profile  Visit Silverstar1610's Homepage Send Silverstar1610 a Private Message
Hi Ed,

I'm new to the forum, and I haven't ranged over it very widely. I'm also not yet a great scholar of Realmslore, so this question might have been answered elsewhere. If so, sorry, and a prod in the right direction would be greatly appreciated :)

What would be involved in a Sunite wedding ceremony?

Thanks in advance for any response.
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Blueblade
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  15:14:08  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Another Cormyr question, if I may.
I figure that wagon shipping between Cormyr and Sembia is heavy and fairly constant (except when deep winter snows hamper). But how frequent is overland shipping in the other direction: from Sembia west (both to the Sword Coast, and just "around the end of" the Lake of Dragons to the south shore of the western Sea of Fallen Stars. Or is it all, despite Westgate and piracy, waterborne, with westward caravans all mustering in Teziir and the other ports on the southern shore?
Thanks!
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Kuje
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  15:40:08  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Silverstar1610

Hi Ed,

I'm new to the forum, and I haven't ranged over it very widely. I'm also not yet a great scholar of Realmslore, so this question might have been answered elsewhere. If so, sorry, and a prod in the right direction would be greatly appreciated :)

What would be involved in a Sunite wedding ceremony?

Thanks in advance for any response.



It has not and I hope Ed answers this because some of us are still begging for more info on the ceremonies of the deities. Yeah, I know Ed, it's a old subject but some of us want that info! :)

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Drunken Master
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  15:46:52  Show Profile  Visit Drunken Master's Homepage Send Drunken Master a Private Message
Well met, Ed & THO,
I have a question regarding one of my favorite adventures ( and one of the first ones I ever ran): the "School of Wizardry" adventure from the FR Gray Box. I'm updating the adventure and using it in my 3.5 Myth Drannor campaign, and after having searched the web and various FR sources, I can't find a definitive answer as to just which school old Azimer the lich lairs under. Is there an "official" location for this adventure, such as The Irithlium or Six Tyryl Towers? AND, can you supply any additional lore about Azimer other than what is presented in the adventure?
Thanks!
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The Sage
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  16:16:43  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 Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Silverstar1610

Hi Ed,

I'm new to the forum, and I haven't ranged over it very widely. I'm also not yet a great scholar of Realmslore, so this question might have been answered elsewhere. If so, sorry, and a prod in the right direction would be greatly appreciated :)

What would be involved in a Sunite wedding ceremony?

Thanks in advance for any response.



It has not and I hope Ed answers this because some of us are still begging for more info on the ceremonies of the deities. Yeah, I know Ed, it's a old subject but some of us want that info! :)

Indeed. Unfortunately, wedding ceremonies are one of the many neglected ceremonies/rituals that Ed's never had much opportunity to detail, officially, through the Realmslore. He did share with us partly detailed ceremonies involving the faiths of Sharess and Lliira however. They're in his compiled replies here at Candlekeep. And there is also the Tymoran ceremony in Ed's Spellfire.

Additionally, Silverstar1610, here's another bit from Ed, taken from the FR Mailing List in Oct. '03, that may prove useful in the time between now and Ed's reply -

"[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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Silverstar1610
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Posted - 11 Jul 2007 :  16:34:03  Show Profile  Visit Silverstar1610's Homepage Send Silverstar1610 a Private Message
The Sage,

Thanks. I haven't ploughed my way through all of the threads yet, so I hadn't come across that bit of information yet :)

Kuje,

This is the kind of thing I'm fascinated by, the everyday details of the common folks' lives. And I've often wondered why it's so hard to find details of clerical ceremonies and so on, so I guess, now I know!

The reason I'm asking is because of a character of mine on a NWN persistant world, who married a Sunite paladin. Due to the circumstances of their lives at the time, they had a very brief, short, simple ceremony, but I'm intrigued as to what sort of ceremony they would have had if things had been different.

Hello to everyone, and thanks for being so friendly, by the way :)

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Zandilar
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Heya,

I was just musing about a story I have just finished writing (fan fiction that's not likely to see the light of day anywhere - it's not a shining example of my work, I'm afraid), when I realised I'd forgotten to include the protagonist's familiar at any point in the story - despite including one in her write up.

So thus my questions - why is it that almost all of the wizards and sorcerers of note in the Realms don't seem to have familiars? I can think of one or two notable exceptions (Tessaril Winter, Lady Lord of Eveningstar), but as a general rule, familiars seem fairly rare. Is this simply because the only wizards and sorcerers we see write ups for, or who make appearances in stories don't have them, but really familiars are quite common? Or is it because they really are rare?

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quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

Heya,

I was just musing about a story I have just finished writing (fan fiction that's not likely to see the light of day anywhere - it's not a shining example of my work, I'm afraid), when I realised I'd forgotten to include the protagonist's familiar at any point in the story - despite including one in her write up.

So thus my questions - why is it that almost all of the wizards and sorcerers of note in the Realms don't seem to have familiars? I can think of one or two notable exceptions (Tessaril Winter, Lady Lord of Eveningstar), but as a general rule, familiars seem fairly rare. Is this simply because the only wizards and sorcerers we see write ups for, or who make appearances in stories don't have them, but really familiars are quite common? Or is it because they really are rare?




Well, going through the 3/3.5e NPC's, almost all of the sorcerers/wizards have a familiar. I know that they were rare in the 1e/2e lists but now there's tons of them. :)

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 12 Jul 2007 :  02:40:17  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes. Ed responds to Zandilar this time, specifically her query: “Heya, A quick question, but probably not a quick answer...
How do people become clerics (or druids, or rangers, or paladins, or any other class that derives it's power from divine favour)? Do people just decide to become a cleric and enroll in the local priest school? Or do they receive some sign from their deity, some calling that they can't ignore? If it's the latter, I suppose it would vary from deity to deity, but are there any sort of common themes to the calling/sign?
Edited to add: Oh, and is it possible for a divine related class character to serve more than one deity? I'm looking at Qilue here, but she's quite different to your run of the mill PC type.”
Ed replies:



The short answer to your first question is: it varies. Usually the person (growing up in a world where many deities exist and are worshipped, remember) has reached puberty and started to receive vivid dream-visions from various divine servants. If they respond to some visions (desire to see more, and ask local clergy or deity-tied persons such as temple guards, paladins, hermits, and so on about the visions or about a particular deity) in the right ways, more are sent, and the person chooses to respond. No one is “forced” into worship or holy service.
The person then “steps forward” to contact a temple, passing preacher, or undertake a vigil at a known holy site to receive more guidance (a vigil will result in more vivid dreams or a manifestation [visible sign, such as Lathander’s holy glow coming briefly into existence around the person’s head and upon the altar or holy stone, marker, or site]). They then make contact with the organized church, and each faith has its own way of taking in supplicants - - in some cases, it varies from temple to temple.
And yes, it IS possible for a “divine related class character to serve more than one deity.” It’s rare, both due to the nature of worship/devotion and the rarity of close divine “sharing,” and it MUST be a matter of extensive roleplaying. As a result, the DM must want to explore this as much as the player, so for it to successfully be incorporated into a campaign, the DM must have the say over whether or not he or she wants to explore this (allow it). “Serving two masters” is never easy, and should result in ongoing moral dilemmas, tests, and the occasional tug-of-war between the two deities over the deeds and loyalties of the character. It can form a great “heart” for a one-on-one (one player and one DM, or at most two players and a DM) campaign, however.



So saith Ed. THE Creator, and therefore the expert on the deities of the Realms. (Though Eric Boyd and Julia Martin, to name just two, are no slouches in this regard either.)
love to all,
THO
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Zandilar
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Posted - 12 Jul 2007 :  08:49:50  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, fellow scribes. Ed responds to Zandilar this time, specifically her query: “Heya, A quick question, but probably not a quick answer...
<snip answer>



Oh yes, thank you very much! Just the sort of answer I needed.

Zandilar
~amor vincit omnia~
~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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Kuje
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Posted - 12 Jul 2007 :  15:43:41  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
Ed,

There's some confusion about the Undermountain sourcebook. I've seen it both privately and publicly. So I'm asking: is the new sourcebook part of FR canon? A lot of people are confused if it is or is not since it doesn't have the FR logo and its a generic sourcebook.

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

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Ladejarl
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Posted - 12 Jul 2007 :  16:27:32  Show Profile  Visit Ladejarl's Homepage Send Ladejarl a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje
Yeah, I know Ed, it's a old subject but some of us want that info! :)


Hear, hear! With vanilla sprinkles.

"There should be much less violence, and more nudity and kinkiness in the world."
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 12 Jul 2007 :  18:01:00  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
Ed,

Do you plan to attend GenCon this year? When do you intend to do the Spin a Yarn deal if so? A friend of mine and I were considering heading over to Indy for a day on Saturday and hoped we would be able to stop by and say hello to you (and demand Realms lore at sword point if necessary!)

Currently reading: Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King

Long live Sniffy Wigglebottom
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Drunken Master
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Spin a Yarn is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th; mid-afternoon, I forget exactly when. I will be attending for sure.

Erik Nowak
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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 12 Jul 2007 :  21:39:29  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Ed,

There's some confusion about the Undermountain sourcebook. I've seen it both privately and publicly. So I'm asking: is the new sourcebook part of FR canon? A lot of people are confused if it is or is not since it doesn't have the FR logo and its a generic sourcebook.



Yes, afaik.

Grand History of the Realms will refer to the key event that most folks are upset about.

--Eric

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