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Malcolm
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Posted - 31 Aug 2007 :  14:14:46  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Kuje, if the WotC-published Realms does jump more then ten years ahead in time, won't that HELP you and everyone else who wants to play or write fanfic or adventures without RSEs crashing through them? The eye of the storm passes, leaving you room to play in the calm left behind? I'm sure we can still prevail on Ed to answer lore queries and fill in the gaps in The Missing Years, or whatever they turn out to be (remember, we don't yet know if the whole Realms is making the jump, or just RAS's novels, or just all Realms novels).
However, I really arrived here not to talk about this time-shift thing, but to ask Ed and THO a question about Lantan: how much of an effect do you see Lantanna "tech" devices having on daily life in the Sword Coast? Are they going to stay small-scale (self-closing hinges, self-refilling oil lanterns) or get bigger (mechanical threshers, fast and precise large-scale saws, etc.)?
Thanks!
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Faraer
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Posted - 31 Aug 2007 :  14:47:17  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade
Specifically the sort of "fuzzy frontier" along the seacoast where Cormyr and Sembia meet. How do both realms police or patrol this border? Obvious military presence (checkpoints? border tolls?) or covert (War Wizard on the Cormyrean side) surveillance? Or ...?
You have the opening chapters of Crown of Fire?
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Kajehase
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

In the meantime, I have a question for all scribes: what region of the Realms is the least well-detailed, right now, but most needs better detailing?

THO



The areas I'd feel are in most need of an update would be (in no specific order): The Moonshae Isles, the Dragon Coast, and Murghom/Semphar.

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Verghityax
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Posted - 31 Aug 2007 :  15:57:15  Show Profile  Visit Verghityax's Homepage Send Verghityax a Private Message
As many others, I vote for Lantan. And besides that, Sembia, Murghom and the Bloodstone Lands should get more attention.
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Ayunken-vanzan
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Lantan is really worth of a more detailed description of land and history, so I vote for Lantan, too.

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Athenon
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Posted - 31 Aug 2007 :  17:34:26  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
I still think Cormyr deserves a major update. While it's certainly been given more coverage than a place like Lantan, there's so much lore that has never seen print (and certainly not in the 3.0+ era) that it begs for a good sourcebook. It seems like a good 1/3 of the lore revealed in this scroll over the last three years pertains to Cormyr (there's probably more info here than in the in-print Realms).

PS: I realize the 4.0 FRCS may do this. Are we likely to see Shade invaders marching on Arabel? I'm really wondering...

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Uzzy
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  01:21:06  Show Profile  Visit Uzzy's Homepage Send Uzzy a Private Message
My vote goes for Dambrath. Something about a land ruled by whip wielding half drow that appeals.

Anyway, another quick question Mr Greenwood. I was wondering what coinage they use in Zhentil Keep and Hillsfar (pre invasion by the Zhentarim). Thanks in advance once again!
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Hawkfeather
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  01:55:44  Show Profile  Visit Hawkfeather's Homepage Send Hawkfeather a Private Message
I vote for the Vast, the Ride, the Shaar and Sembia.
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Thangorn
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  10:21:09  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
I vote for the Dalelands, Cormyr and Waterdeep.. :)

just kidding..

in order of (purely personal) priority -:
1. Sembia
2. Bloodstone Lands
3. Turmish

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  18:43:02  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One



(snip)

Ed replies:


Yes, War Wizards spy on particular noble families as a matter of standing policy, in two ways:
1. The “house wizards” hired by, and on staff at, almost all noble households are either War Wizard plants or are regularly “mind-reamed” by War Wizards, who view their thoughts and memories, and spy on those households through them.

(snip)

love to all,
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Well met!

Pray tell us, Ed, what spells do the War Wizards use to do this mind reaming? As a DM I want to know.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  18:50:52  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(snip)

In the meantime, I have a question for all scribes: what region of the Realms is the least well-detailed, right now, but most needs better detailing?
(snip)
Thanks, and love to all,
THO



Welllll ... I'd like more information about the continent of Mohawk-wearing elves north of Maztica, about the area east of Thay and Mulhorand and west of Ra-Khati (besides the information in Storm Riders, etc.), about the ancient history of the area now covered by the High Ice, and also about how Zakhara fits into the overall scheme of things on Toril. Then there's that other continent, which spelljammers see and never discuss....


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  18:55:50  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

In the meantime, I have a question for all scribes: what region of the Realms is the least well-detailed, right now, but most needs better detailing?



Well, I will say that I think sometimes lack of detail can be a good thing. However, I will say I wouldn't mind seeing more information on places like Chult, Tashalar, the Shaar, the Plains of Purple Dust, the Lake of Steam region, the Ride (near Moonsea) and all the little "in-between" places that have been neglected over the years.



The Plains of Purple Dust. YES! More, more, more! The Imaskari imperial capital apparently popped up in 1374 or thenabouts, so the area is probably shrouded by a mist of NDA, but whatever Ed can tell us to promote our interest in this region would be gratefully appreciated!


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Warrax
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  22:28:08  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
Jehoshaphat...

This thread is huge and it's only for this year? Blood and ashes, I should have joined Candlekeep AGES ago...

I should open by thanking Ed for letting everyone into his playground world; I've spent many years now enjoying the fruits of his labor (and of the other contributors, of course) and wish to express my fervent gratitude for this wonderful world which I can call my sandbox. Thanks so much for all your hard work and detail-oriented approach!

If I may, I would like to ask a question about the Harpers that I hope isn't NDA'd out of the range of things you can answer:

With the emergence of the Tel'Teukiira in the Western portion of the Realms, just how active do the Harpers remain in that region? I'm about to run a campaign in that region (set in 1375 DR) and I'm trying to get a feel for the Harpers' level of involvement so I can decide on the full range of implications for the keystone element of the plot.

Thanks!
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 01 Sep 2007 :  23:03:16  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Then there's that other continent, which spelljammers see and never discuss....





As I've commented before, it's entirely likely that there was nothing there for them to talk about... Of course, that chucks my out the window my idea of a Netherese survivor state being on one of the other continents, but oh well.

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Warrax
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  00:27:52  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
I've another question, though I'm almost certain it's under the auspices of the ubuquitous and malevolent 'NDA:'

What happened to the Manshoon that purchased sanctuary with The Simbul?
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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  01:19:01  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
Officially, I don't believe we've learned anything [I can't recall at the moment] beyond what was revealed in Cloak & Dagger regarding that particular clone of Manshoon. All we've been told is that a Manshoon clone spent some time with the Simbul, and that he's not there now. And while I'm hoping Ed may indeed have more... it's likely this little tidbit is indeed safely looked away behind an NDA.

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Warrax
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  01:31:54  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
As I said, I expect it to be protected by the sinister NDA entity but I have to ask. I know that in the PBeM I'm trying to start up (as soon as Alaundo makes mention of it here, hopefully, lol) that I will be running with that loose thread as if pursued by an angry, hungry tiger with Haste cast on it.

EDIT - Has anyone asked about Azalar, Dove's son?

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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  02:37:48  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
Re: Azalar

Warrax, you may want to take a look at the new Shadowdale module.

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Warrax
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  03:06:51  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
I'll consider it, for sure, thanks.
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Na-Gang
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  08:47:39  Show Profile  Visit Na-Gang's Homepage Send Na-Gang a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

The Plains of Purple Dust. YES! More, more, more! The Imaskari imperial capital apparently popped up in 1374 or thenabouts, so the area is probably shrouded by a mist of NDA, but whatever Ed can tell us to promote our interest in this region would be gratefully appreciated!





Excuse me? Imaskar's back? Wherein didst this happen?
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Na-Gang
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  09:00:14  Show Profile  Visit Na-Gang's Homepage Send Na-Gang a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
what region of the Realms is the least well-detailed, right now, but most needs better detailing?



Well, dear lady, in no particular order, how about:

Lantan
Ulgarth
Veldorn
Estagund
Var the Golden
Vaasa
The Tortured Land
Murghom
Semphar
Durpar
Nimbral
Nathlekh, City of Cats
Tharsult
Mother-of-Mists (the small island south of Lantan)
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Zanan
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quote:
Originally posted by Na-Gang

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

The Plains of Purple Dust. YES! More, more, more! The Imaskari imperial capital apparently popped up in 1374 or thenabouts, so the area is probably shrouded by a mist of NDA, but whatever Ed can tell us to promote our interest in this region would be gratefully appreciated!





Excuse me? Imaskar's back? Wherein didst this happen?



Part at least returned with Deep Imaskar. Lore on that can be gleaned from Underdark. A recent novel also featured a pair of Imaskari, quite good a read as well - if only I could remember its title.

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Brenigin
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Darkvision by Bruce Cordell?
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The Sage
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Darkvision is indeed the novel Zanan referred to earlier. 'Tis part of "The Wizards" series.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 02 Sep 2007 :  22:55:38  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Ed still has family visiting and a wild workload related to his library day job and the flurry of personal queries he’s fielding due to the 4th Edition announcement (even with NDAs preventing him from saying much of anything, he still has to politely respond to queries from the many, many friends), but he has managed to send me another brief Realmslore response. This one is to createvmind’s mid-July query: “I wonder if this question has a simple answer, do the lower lvl illsion spells also change the shadow of the creature under an alternate guise?”
Ed replies:



I’m not the right source to properly answer rules queries, and don’t know if any reply I do give will be rendered obsolete by 4th Edition. However, if I confine myself to answering what I as a DM have ruled, during play in my ‘home’ Realms campaign and various Realms sessions run at conventions: yes, the illusion spells do affect personally-cast shadows (though carried items that have their own magical auras may adversely affect this benefit). They do NOT affect flour, thin sheets of cloth dropped from above, or other means of physically outlining the actual shape of an illusion-disguised creature, from revealing “the truth.”
However, scratch a different sage, and you might well get a different answer. As a DM, I tend to be lenient on characters; it’s the roleplaying I’m interested in, not tricks and traps and physical combat.



So saith Ed. One weary and overworked (as usual!) world creator, game designer, and author (he’ll be writing six novels this year!). Who tells me his stint at judging this year’s World Fantasy Awards has resulted in final choices (though of course what those choices are remains secret).
I mention these things as my own response to those who love to criticize Ed’s novels: he can’t be THAT lousy a writer, or he wouldn’t get published so often, or chosen by the best fantasy professionals to judge this year’s best fantasy books.
Ed’s one of the world’s nice guys, so he rarely defends himself - - so from time to time, I’ll do that for him.
love to all,
THO
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