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Sanishiver
Senior Scribe

USA
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Posted - 06 Sep 2007 :  05:41:02  Show Profile  Visit Sanishiver's Homepage Send Sanishiver a Private Message
Hello THO/Ed,

Awhile back you helped me with a very useful response on what would happen if a bubble of heavy magic were to burst forth in Cormyr.

I’d like to supplement that question/answer with a follow up, also for the aid of my Realms Campaign.

Suppose there exists a modified ‘layer’ of magic all through Cormyr that is somewhat like a mythal, but vastly larger in size and much, much more subtle in effect (or better described as the Weave all throughout Cormyr, but modified long ago by Giants and/or Dragons in certain ways), where this layer of magic allowed an ancient being like The Devil Dragon to snatch any War Wizard into her maw that used a Teleport spell in the opening stages of the War, and to this day prevents dragons within its confines from succumbing to rage whenever the King Killer star shines in the night sky.

Now suppose rumor surfaces amongst dragons and their ilk of the impending approach of the King Killer star in current-day Faerûn, with a second rumor that the old Realm of Thauglamorious will protect any dragon in its confines from the star’s effects, thanks in part to a freak occurrence of heavy magic bursting forth in Cormyr, that has rejuvenated the last great quasi-mythal (for lack of a better term) known to Dragon Kin in the Realms.

Now suppose some of these dragons decide to up and relocate themselves (many with their hoards!) to Cormyr to ride out rage, and/or seek out Thaug’s lair in the hope they’ll to gain control of the quasi-mythal.

....with all this supposed, and keeping in mind Cormyr is still dealing with the after-effects of the Heavy Magic discharge, I have three general questions:

1) How might Cormyr respond if 10-20 such dragons relocated to Cormyr from all over the Realms over a short time –say 1 to 2 months?

2) How might you (if you were the DM) drive your Epic Level players batty....er, rather, ‘make things interesting’ for them (with one of them a fledgling Baron of the Stonelands) if Cormyr gave *the players* the job of sorting out lair locations and imposing Cormyrean law (such as it is) upon any dragons found in the Realm?

3) Are their Draconic rules of behaviour ala the Feint of Honor Illiphar and Thauglamorious abided by that might govern the ways in which these 10 - 20 Dragons seek to influence Cormyr and its environs as they compete with each other for lair locations and in their efforts to unearth lore about the Quasi-Mythal?

As always, thank you in advance for your help and advice, for dropping hints here at the ‘Keep that turned me on to this campaign idea, and for sharing so much more of the Realms with us.

J. Grenemyer

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Edited by - Sanishiver on 06 Sep 2007 06:00:31
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 06 Sep 2007 :  21:36:32  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met, all!

Ed, I have a question prompted by Paul S. Kemp's Erevis Cale trilogy. In Selgaunt time reckoning seems tied to "clock time," and Cale apparently gets his nightly zap from Mask at Midnight by the clock, not at the mid-point between sunset and sunrise. The temple bells apparently don't ring between 10 p.m. (by the clock) and some time around dawn (probably the "fifth" or "sixth hour," again "by the clock").

I know that I have asked you about timepieces of the Realms before, but this goes a bit deeper: are there places in the Realms where people's minds have become attuned to "clock time" (as opposed to "local time" gauged by the Sun and Selune), and if so which locales are they? Athens anciently had a mechanical clock which was frequently consulted by the citizens, but do some areas of the Realms have a significant public clock by which people set their personal schedule? Or are such precise time reckonings just a convenience for authors who don't want to bog down their books with the minutiae of describing to us clock-users that hours are variable when using sundials, and noon and midnight occur at a different "time" every day? As I said before, Ed, please enlearn us! (We, after all, can't mind-ream you of all your Realmslore at once -- it's against the law.... )


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 07 Sep 2007 :  03:19:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes. I bring you the latest lore-reply from Ed of the Greenwood, the time to a query that Blueblade posted on behalf of another Realms fan: “If someone ends up "on the run" from the law in Amn, and flees to Waterdeep, or Cormyr, or Sembia, do any of those places have "agreements" with Amn that mean the running person is automatically "in trouble with the law" and subject to immediate arrest from local lawkeepers, the moment they get news from Amn (and how soon and how ungarbled and/or detailed would that "news" be?)?
I talked to this guy” [the “another Realms fan”] “for a little while, and we're both well aware that bounty hunters or others from Amn could of course follow the running person and try to take revenge or capture him - - but if the running person hasn't offended against rulers back in Amn, would "the law" in any of those three places give an official hoot about the runner's alleged crimes committed in Amn?
Thanks, Blueblade”
Ed replies:



None of those places have agreements that deem the fleeing person “automatically” afoul of lawkeepers in the place fled to, but all of them by custom have requested the arrest of runaways who have murdered or tried to murder heads of state or (truly) high-ranking courtiers - - and those arrests (and returns of the arrested to the place fled from) have been made where possible.
However, if the runaway merely stole a crown or plundered a royal treasury, or is alleged to have beaten (but not deliberately set out to murder) a ruler, or eloped with an heir or had an illicit love affair with an heir (as opposed to kidnapping or raping an heir), or there is any doubt about the story of the offense, or the ruler “wounded” in some way by the runaway is of a place not part of the same political alliance or on friendly terms with the place fled to, such a request will be ignored.
Bounty hunters acting openly in defiance of local laws would NOT be ignored, which is why most such “snatchers” do just that: covertly kidnap a quarry and spirit them back out of the place they’re captured in, to face justice in the place they fled from.
So, no, the intrepid adventurer who robs one of the rulers of Amn (perhaps punching a few guards getting away, or stealing a kiss or two from the ruler’s loved one) and races to Waterdeep would NOT be arrested by the Lords of Waterdeep, but probably would be chased by divers bounty hunters, or even assailed by Waterdhavian bounty hunters if he bragged too loudly or news about him travelled swiftly and loudly enough.



So saith Ed. Who has dealt with such matters a time or two in our ‘home’ Realms campaign. The time Torm seduced a baroness of Tethyr, for example.
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 08 Sep 2007 :  21:41:32  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hi again, Ed and Lady THO, another FR question for the Master:
what reputation do the War Wizards of Cormyr have in Sembia? Zhentil Keep? The Sword Coast cities, like Waterdeep? Silverymoon?
Whew. Lots of question marks, so I'll stop now.
Blueblade
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5043 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  01:47:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. This time Ed responds to Skeptic, re. this: “A first question to Ed about some of his past novels (others will come). I recently noticed that in Elminster in Myth Drannor elven sub-races are not mentioned at all. Why?”
Ed replies:



The various elven sub-races aren’t really mentioned because editors got to such mentions and almost entirely removed them (although if you set my novel down beside Steven Schend’s superb CORMANTHYR, you can rapidly confirm the sub-races that various “probable” [from my descriptions in the narrative] moon or gold elven families truly are). I was well over my wordcount when I turned in that book, so I really can’t kick at any editorial prunings.



So saith Ed. Creator of Myth Drannor and so on. Who says a little more about such matters in the annotations in THE ANNOTATED ELMINSTER (wherein, so far as Ed knows, the text of ELMINSTER IN MYTH DRANNOR will appear unaltered from its published version).
love to all,
THO

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  02:03:46  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


So saith Ed. Creator of Myth Drannor and so on. Who says a little more about such matters in the annotations in THE ANNOTATED ELMINSTER (wherein, so far as Ed knows, the text of ELMINSTER IN MYTH DRANNOR will appear unaltered from its published version).
love to all,
THO




Ohhhhhhh...very interesting!!
This all but answered my question. I wondered if Ed kept copies of his books before the editing happened to them?

And if so does he need someone at times to help organize his bookshelves? ;)

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"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  02:27:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Ed has copies of the original versions of MOST of his books. The one exception is SPELLFIRE, written in those BC (Before Computer) days. Ed had so little turnaround time for his final draft that he had to take his almost-500-page photocopy "master copy" of the first draft, and generate a second draft by cutting and pasting retained paragraphs between newly-typed ones - - which is why the twice-as-long-as-printed original can't be pieced together again.
And Red Walker, if you ever saw Ed's bookshelves, you'd not hint at being allowed to help organize them. Strong, intrepid adventurers have descended into Ed's writing cellar in search of classic fantasy tomes . . . and never been seen again.
Ed usually sits naked in the dark, the glow of the computer screen the only eerie light source, as he types at lightning speed and the books on the tiers upon tiers of shelves behind him LEAN forward to try to read over his shoulder . . .
Think I'm just kidding?
Heh. Heh. Steven Schend, at least, knows better.
love to all,
THO
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  02:36:29  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Ed has copies of the original versions of MOST of his books. The one exception is SPELLFIRE, written in those BC (Before Computer) days. Ed had so little turnaround time for his final draft that he had to take his almost-500-page photocopy "master copy" of the first draft, and generate a second draft by cutting and pasting retained paragraphs between newly-typed ones - - which is why the twice-as-long-as-printed original can't be pieced together again.
And Red Walker, if you ever saw Ed's bookshelves, you'd not hint at being allowed to help organize them. Strong, intrepid adventurers have descended into Ed's writing cellar in search of classic fantasy tomes . . . and never been seen again.
Ed usually sits naked in the dark, the glow of the computer screen the only eerie light source, as he types at lightning speed and the books on the tiers upon tiers of shelves behind him LEAN forward to try to read over his shoulder . . .
Think I'm just kidding?
Heh. Heh. Steven Schend, at least, knows better.
love to all,
THO



THO, you are incorrigable!!!!

Aha! So those intrepid adventurers who try to put their hands where they dont' belong are transmuted into living books.

Brilliant!!

And I believe you, after all Steven always knows better!!

P.S. The Swords of Dragonfire is just the latest of Ed's works to go onto my Re-read for the pleasure of it stack!!

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Edited by - The Red Walker on 09 Sep 2007 02:38:21
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  02:42:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well, now. You SAY I'm incorrigible (she purred provocatively) . . . but are you prepared to help me prove it?
love,
THO
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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  03:22:53  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Well, now. You SAY I'm incorrigible (she purred provocatively) . . . but are you prepared to help me prove it?
love,
THO



Your wish is my command my Lady!! As long as it's just you and your black choker!! ;)

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  08:05:01  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Well, now. You SAY I'm incorrigible (she purred provocatively) . . . but are you prepared to help me prove it?
love,
THO



Your wish is my command my Lady!! As long as it's just you and your black choker!! ;)



Dude, if you had any sense at all you would prefer her serving the chip dip all nekked like!

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  12:03:36  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
Ed did tell me at GEN-CON that he made a recent discovery in his basement. A box next to his furnace/boiler that had had the misfortune of suffering water damage and then being warmed up so that its contents fused into one totally solid mass - he described it as like a huge, thick cracker. He could (barely) identify what the contents had been but they were unfortunately gone for good ...

-- George Krashos

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createvmind
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Posted - 09 Sep 2007 :  19:44:36  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed is it possible to get a little info in Elturel and how the city leader is managing to keep the city one of the "safest" havens within the Heartlands, is it with coin, fair leadership, iron rule? Has th city been infiltrated by tainted ones, zhents, Shadow thieves and other such organizations and is the ruler aware of this and able to pit them against each other? In your eyes has the city suffered any setbacks bringing the year current to 1375, the rage, drought, etc....


Thanks
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  03:57:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, everybody. This time Ed responds to Kentinal’s query: “How does Ed feel about a Living RF, that most likely will have many players used to Living GH or other Living settings?”
and couldn’t resist also addressing Wooly Rupert’s followup: “Living RF? Rinonalyrna Fathomlin? I know what you mean, but that's one of those typos that's too fun to ignore!”
Ed would like it known that he’d far rather meet a living Rinonalyrna Fathomlin than a dead one, because he’d like to chat (over dinner, perhaps, and NO, fellow scribes, don’t go reading into that what I think you will! Ed still vaguely remembers how to be a perfect gentleman), but handed me this more serious reply:



The Realms hosted the Living City campaign for years, and although I’m no fan of metaplots developed in secrecy (without consultation with me or other “lorekeepers of the Realms”) or that reference real-modern-world people or business processes too closely, I quite enjoyed doing the CITY OF RAVENS BLUFF sourcebook that finally tied it all together.
So as long as we’re all on the same page regarding the “reach” of a Living RF campaign, I think it’ll be great, pouring a lot of life, verve, and adventuring energy into the Realms. I prefer the “superior roleplaying” over “getting points by doing this or that specific thing” tournament approach, and was vastly impressed by what I saw of Ian Richards, Ratty, Smiffy, and all the other dedicated, enthusiastic UK RPGA folks running the RPGA events at GenCon UK some years back; with Ian running the entire RPGA as he does now, a Living RF can only be a Very Good Thing.
Which I will await with interest (I’m still a Charter Life Member of the RPGA, and last time I checked was a 12th level judge and 6th level player, though that was over a decade, not to mention several computer breakdowns and points systems, ago).
Come to think of it, I’m still officially a Regional Director of the RPGA, empowered to write “certs” (though I understand certs no longer exist, and my Regional Directorship probably doesn’t either - - yet, ahem, please note no one ever bothered to actually TELL me so).



So saith Ed.
A public service announcement for scribes in the southern Ontario area (such as Warrax). Ed will travel to Australia to attend Reefcon, Spring Revel Down Under, and the Cairns Junior Writers' Festival (all in Cairns, Queensland) in early October, but "something secret" (I'm thinking an FR summit) means he will unfortunately miss Phantasm in Peterborough this year.
He will, however, for anyone wanting to travel to Port Hope, Ontario, be giving a reading at some point after 7 pm on Thursday, September 27th at the Port Hope Public Library (the main Mary J. Benson Branch, at 31 Queen Street, on the banks of the Ganaraska River just above where it empties into Lake Ontario; this is the library where Ed works part-time). It's actually the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Port Hope Public Library (one of those volunteer organizations that fundraise for libraries, and are typically dominated by seniors); Ed is evidentally the entertainment.
What he'll read from, he doesn't yet know (remember, he has three new novels out: DARK WARRIOR RISING from Tor; DARK LORD from Solaris; and SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE from Wizards, but SWORDS is the book whose cover appears on the meeting notice, so Ed's leaning towards that. This is your chance to hear Ed (a superb reader) perform, and ask him about Realmslore, or getting published, or (ahem) signing the body part of your choice, WITHOUT the crowds of GenCon. Just a suggestion.
(And being as it's a library, they might even serve tea, coffee, and cookies. Or even gooey cake.)
love to all,
THO
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  04:10:28  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

Ed will travel to Australia to attend Reefcon, Spring Revel Down Under, and the Cairns Junior Writers' Festival (all in Cairns, Queensland) in early October, but "something secret" (I'm thinking an FR summit) means he will unfortunately miss Phantasm in Peterborough this year.
[Ninth Doctor voice]Fantastic![/Ninth Doctor voice]

It would seem as though the race is on. I'll have to shuffle a few things around here, but I think I can probably make it by October.

I appreciate the details, my Lady.

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Edited by - The Sage on 10 Sep 2007 04:13:30
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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  04:43:27  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:

A public service announcement for scribes in the southern Ontario area (such as Warrax). Ed will travel to Australia to attend Reefcon, Spring Revel Down Under, and the Cairns Junior Writers' Festival (all in Cairns, Queensland) in early October, but "something secret" (I'm thinking an FR summit) means he will unfortunately miss Phantasm in Peterborough this year.


Queensland? Bah... And at such short notice too. Doubt I'll be in a position to travel up there.

Kind of interesting to know though. It never occured to me that Queensland might have any kind of a Role Playing population, let alone one large enough to support a con! Most of the cons I know about occur in Melbourne and Canberra.

Any possibility he might detour down to Melbourne? (I ask, knowing exactly what the answer is... So either I'll find my way to QLD next month, or else I'll just have to miss out.)

Edit: Having talked to my other half about this, I may be able to go after all... Wheee!

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.

Edited by - Zandilar on 10 Sep 2007 11:05:03
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Thangorn
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New Zealand
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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  12:44:29  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
quote:
Ed will travel to Australia to attend Reefcon, Spring Revel Down Under, and the Cairns Junior Writers' Festival (all in Cairns, Queensland) in early October


Zomg! are these public events? where can I find info about them if so? Incidentally, how would you take being bothered by a Queensland scribe for a short time?

After sixteen years of exploring the creation you've inspired, I think it would be a pleasure to meet you.


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Zandilar
Learned Scribe

Australia
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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  15:13:24  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by Thangorn

quote:
Ed will travel to Australia to attend Reefcon, Spring Revel Down Under, and the Cairns Junior Writers' Festival (all in Cairns, Queensland) in early October


Zomg! are these public events? where can I find info about them if so? Incidentally, how would you take being bothered by a Queensland scribe for a short time?

After sixteen years of exploring the creation you've inspired, I think it would be a pleasure to meet you.


Google is your friend.

ReefCon
Spring Revel Down Under
The Cairns Junior Writers' Festival does not appear to have a current website.

I should add that for some strange reason, neither the Con nor the Revel make mention of Ed's appearance. If I were the organizers of the event, I'd be making a big deal of it.

I wanna go, but looking into it, the cost is pretty much out of reach. (My partner says that it would work out cheaper for us to offer to fly Ed down to Melbourne for dinner at the Flower Drum (one of the most exclusive restaurants in Melbourne!), but knowing how packed tight his schedule is... )

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.

Edited by - Zandilar on 10 Sep 2007 15:14:42
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  16:24:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Understood, Zandilar. Back in 1994 Ed did a con at a school just outside Canberra, then Wes Nicholson drove him and spouse and two other gamers down to Melbourne (which he loved, though it was COLD) for a con - - and then drove them all the way back up to Brisbane for another con! (TV and radio appearances, mainly using the ABC main studios in Sydney, were interspersed.)
Ed as a Canadian is used to driving long distances, but even he said the drive down to Melbourne and back "made his sitter tired."
Ed will only appear briefly at ReefCon (something about a roleplayed wedding dinner), and the Writers' Festival is open to high school students only, I think (there's a PDF brochure on the Trinity Bate State High School site), but Spring Revel Down Under is apparently the big annual RPGA convention (which moves around the country, to a different site every year). It's at the Showgrounds in Cairns, not the dockside Convention Centre.
And yes, details of exactly what Ed will "do" at the cons are still being finalized, but he is always happy to meet fellow gamers, chat, talk about the Realms, sign things, give advice to writers, and so on. "By the fans, for the fans, and I'm a fan" as Ed said of his con philosophy, in his GoH speech back at a GenCon somewhere in the 20s in numbering (I forget which one; Ed's been a GenCon GoH 8 or 9 times, and in memory they all tend to mingle together).
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 10 Sep 2007 16:30:53
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Warrax
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Canada
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Posted - 10 Sep 2007 :  21:52:41  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

He will, however, for anyone wanting to travel to Port Hope, Ontario, be giving a reading at some point after 7 pm on Thursday, September 27th at the Port Hope Public Library (the main Mary J. Benson Branch, at 31 Queen Street, on the banks of the Ganaraska River just above where it empties into Lake Ontario; this is the library where Ed works part-time). It's actually the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Port Hope Public Library (one of those volunteer organizations that fundraise for libraries, and are typically dominated by seniors); Ed is evidentally the entertainment.
What he'll read from, he doesn't yet know (remember, he has three new novels out: DARK WARRIOR RISING from Tor; DARK LORD from Solaris; and SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE from Wizards, but SWORDS is the book whose cover appears on the meeting notice, so Ed's leaning towards that. This is your chance to hear Ed (a superb reader) perform, and ask him about Realmslore, or getting published, or (ahem) signing the body part of your choice, WITHOUT the crowds of GenCon. Just a suggestion.
(And being as it's a library, they might even serve tea, coffee, and cookies. Or even gooey cake.)
love to all,
THO



Any chance on getting some directions to this place from a major highway like the 400? I don't even know where Port Hope is, but I'd definitely love to attend.
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 11 Sep 2007 :  00:00:28  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Certainly. Port Hope is east of Bowmanville (itself east of Oshawa), on the 401. The signs say Port Hope has 3 exits, though the first one is WAY out in the country. If you're travelling eastbound from Toronto, watch for a service centre on your side of the highway. Then take the third exit after that (Hwy 28/Port Hope/Bewdley it will say, or Hwy 28/Port Hope/Peterborough). It's the exit AFTER Hwy 2 Welcome/Port Hope.
Go south (off-ramp curves to an intersection, turn right and then left at the next light, which is the bridge that carries Hwy 28 back over the 401). So you're turning AWAY from the 401, south. Follow that road (Mill Street/Hwy 28) south down into town, bear left at the fork, go right down to a light underneath a railway viaduct. Turn right at that light, cross the river, turn right immediately on the west bank, heading back north on Queen Street, the library is the first building on the right (between Queen Street and the Ganaraska River, at 31 Queen St., has its own parking lot beside/south of the library building.) There's also on-street metered parking, and an overflow lot just west of the library, across a park (it has a bandshell in it).
Hmmm, does any of this make sense?
love,
THO
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Mkhaiwati
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Posted - 11 Sep 2007 :  01:30:48  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message
Greetings again. In case I forgot to mention this last time, thanks for the replies you have provided us here at Candlekeep.

I have a question concerning natural catastrophes. Other scribes have asked about earthquakes, but how about large fires? (Forest or plains) I am curious how the various people (especially clergy) deal with them. Do they look at them as natural phenomena, with a chance for regrowth and rebirth; or as something to be fought against tooth and nail (or water and dirt)to save the natural surroundings?

Thanks again.

BTW, did you catch the trout last week and how did you cook them?

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Warrax
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Posted - 11 Sep 2007 :  03:12:21  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Certainly. Port Hope is east of Bowmanville (itself east of Oshawa), on the 401. The signs say Port Hope has 3 exits, though the first one is WAY out in the country. If you're travelling eastbound from Toronto, watch for a service centre on your side of the highway. Then take the third exit after that (Hwy 28/Port Hope/Bewdley it will say, or Hwy 28/Port Hope/Peterborough). It's the exit AFTER Hwy 2 Welcome/Port Hope.
Go south (off-ramp curves to an intersection, turn right and then left at the next light, which is the bridge that carries Hwy 28 back over the 401). So you're turning AWAY from the 401, south. Follow that road (Mill Street/Hwy 28) south down into town, bear left at the fork, go right down to a light underneath a railway viaduct. Turn right at that light, cross the river, turn right immediately on the west bank, heading back north on Queen Street, the library is the first building on the right (between Queen Street and the Ganaraska River, at 31 Queen St., has its own parking lot beside/south of the library building.) There's also on-street metered parking, and an overflow lot just west of the library, across a park (it has a bandshell in it).
Hmmm, does any of this make sense?
love,
THO



September 27th, you say? That seems do-able. Any idea roughly how long it'll take to get there from the 400 and 401 on a thursday afternoon?

EDIT - Realistically, there was supposed to be a "thank you" in this message somewhere. :D

Edited by - Warrax on 11 Sep 2007 03:12:56
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 11 Sep 2007 :  04:11:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Warrax, you're very welcome. Just snuggle up, no need for thanks . . .
The time needed to reach Port Hope depends, of course, on traffic. From 400 and 401, you've got to cross most of Toronto, and hit the eastbound traffic, which is "steady heavy" on Thursdays (folks outbound to cottages in the Kawarthas, truckers and shoppers from Montreal returning home from Toronto) until the rush-hour commuters heading home make it REALLY heavy (starting around 3:30pm). They thin out a bit at Oshawa, and more at the 35/115 interchange.
I would say 2 hours. The meeting doesn't start until 7 pm, and I don't think Ed will be the first "attraction," so to speak. However, if you left things until 5 pm to start driving, you'd have a "hairy slow" height-of-rush-hour drive. So, 4:30?
Ed commuted from Don Mills home well past Port Hope for 14 years (yes, and wrote all the published Realms stuff while doing so!), and usually made it home in 1.5 hours unless accidents or construction made it worse. His slowest commute took 8 hours (driving at a crawl on black ice on a closed-down 401 all the way, to get to his wife in hospital), and his fastest (to get a visiting diplomat TO hospital, with police escort) was 50 minutes (apparently Dodge minivans can really move, when urged to do so ).
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 11 Sep 2007 04:13:16
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Zandilar
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Posted - 11 Sep 2007 :  04:13:11  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Understood, Zandilar. Back in 1994 Ed did a con at a school just outside Canberra, then Wes Nicholson drove him and spouse and two other gamers down to Melbourne (which he loved, though it was COLD) for a con - - and then drove them all the way back up to Brisbane for another con! (TV and radio appearances, mainly using the ABC main studios in Sydney, were interspersed.)
Ed as a Canadian is used to driving long distances, but even he said the drive down to Melbourne and back "made his sitter tired."


I wouldn't think Melbourne was as cold as Canada could be though. I think Canberra can get pretty cold too, since it's at such a high elevation. Sounds like it was around Easter, and because I'm fairly sure he's been to our Easter convention, I'd guess the convention in Melbourne was Conquest?

But that sounds quite exhausting! The drive from Melbourne to Brisbane is quite long!

Speaking of which, we may be able to justify/afford to go up if we could find another four to six people willing to pitch in and hire a car (or people mover) to drive (Any more Melbournians on the forum want to go? )... Cairns is even further north than Brisbane though, so it would be a very long drive (three or four days, I'd imagine, two days if you just driver swapped and did the whole trip without stopping).

Zandilar
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