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Randal_Dundragon
Learned Scribe

USA
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Posted - 24 Sep 2007 :  00:12:46  Show Profile  Visit Randal_Dundragon's Homepage Send Randal_Dundragon a Private Message
Mr. Greenwood, I was wondering if you could tell me what Mage schools are in faerun and what exactly they teach (Any particular areas of Magic) and maybe who is leading them?

Its simple really, Your an idiot and im simply a figment of your imagination
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Sep 2007 :  01:27:11  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. This time Ed pounces on a recent question from createvmind: “Hello All,
Ed I assume the various creatures in Faerűn have unique smells, just as one here can clearly smell the difference between a dog and a fish, so with this train of thought I wonder if shapechangers like the Maluagrym, Rakshaha, Dragons and Dopplegangers and such have a unique smell that would possibly alert a being familiar with them to discern their true nature?”
Ed replies:


NICE question. Dragons have various “metallic tang” smells when in their own form, but don’t have a strong “smell” at all when in human form (or Mirt and Durnan would have sussed out the “lady” in my REALMS OF THE DRAGONS story - - and NO gold dragons would be able to “hide” for long among humans, in Waterdeep or elsewhere). Malaugrym are humans with a shapechanging ability (they are “the Blood of Malaug,” and he was a human mage) and smell like humans. Doppelgangers don’t have a smell at all, EXCEPT when scorched or burned (whereupon they have a horrid “cooked slime” smell rather than the bacon-like smell of human flesh). Rakshasa have a tiger-like smell that they bathe daily to “keep down” (they only get really “whiff” if they’ve sweated for two days or more, and eaten raw meat, but know this well, and work to quell it). None of these creatures (except the Rakshasa, in conditions I’ve just noted) has a strong enough smell for dogs or other scent-trackers to reliably identify or follow. A “sniffer” might notice that a human (actually a doppelganger) doesn’t seem to have any scent AT ALL, but it’s rare that they get the chance, because the Realms, from the wilderland outdoors to crowded cities and muddy tavern years along high roads, abounds in smells.



So saith Ed, Old Bloodhound of the Realms.
Love to all,
THO
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Rolindin
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Posted - 24 Sep 2007 :  10:43:25  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message
Hello Mr, greenwood.
A quick question, I do know your busy and such.
Back on page 52 about the retirment of war wizards.
The question that come to my mind is this.
The retired war wizards that train be it in for a family or they take on students.

What do they look for in a student to train as a future war wizard.
What qualites are they looking for?

When their training is finished, does the retired war wizard introduce them to the board ( for the test), or is that left up to another war wizard. by this I mean does the retired war wizard train them just so far and then send them to another active war wizard to polish their training and that wizard then introduces them to the test board?
what is the common practice for a retired war wizard, to trian the student so far and then stop. Then send the student to a active war wizard or does the retired war wizard train them and present them to the test bopard?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Sep 2007 :  15:30:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all! This time Ed responds to Warrax’s query: “Ed, I have a question for you that's completely unrelated to the Forgotten Realms, if that's OK?
When you were writing 'The Kingless Land,' did you spend much time developing Aglirta first or did you get a basic gist of everything and develop the setting as you progressed through the plot?
Incidentally, while the story (and the series) is great itself, I think the opening sequence of that book may be my favorite opening to any fantasy book.
OK, we need coin so that we can get in out of the cold and get some food in us before everyone tries to kill us for being outlaws, what do we do?
I know, I know! We steal a dress!
Great stuff, really. :D”
Ed replies:


Oh, I’d not say it’s completely unrelated, because it’s still worldbuilding.
As it happens, I came up with the setting first, because the idea of the verdant river valley hemmed in by dangerous/inhospitable hills and crags, that in turn constricts all the humans together in a series of warring baronies, is what intrigued me. It’s a GREAT roleplaying campaign setting, if properly handled (fallen/missing king, ambitious barons fighting little wars with each other constantly, everyone else just trying to survive, wealthy “common ground” independent port city at the river mouth, etc.). To that I bolted on the haunted/everchanging cursed palace (the ultimate dungeon; I even gave it its own book, THE SILENT HOUSE, as a capstone to the series), and then let my characters (editorial commandment: one will correspond to each of the four D&D “root” character class types) loose in it.
I wanted to explore HOW (and why) such a band of adventurers would ever get together, so the dress was my way of roping the beautiful lady who happens to be a mage into the group (I knew I wanted to start with two “war buddies”). And, yes, I chose a dress to poke fun at the “gee, look at this convenient treasure just heaped up here in this room Conan staggers into; that NEVER happens, no?” fantasy trope.


So saith Ed. Who creates worlds for a living, and right now is hard at work on new Realms goodies for us all.
love to all,
THO
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  02:56:23  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
My apologies, Lady Hooded One, but I just can't find my query to Ed regarding certain Chronomantic spells, so I repost it now, amended and corrected: I know Ed doesn't approve of the Chronomancer class, but are spells such as Scry the Ages and Temporal Eye (from the Chronomancer book itself), which allow a scryer to check out other times, usable in the Realms?


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Edited by - Jamallo Kreen on 26 Sep 2007 02:57:16
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Warrax
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Canada
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  16:27:28  Show Profile  Visit Warrax's Homepage  Click to see Warrax's MSN Messenger address Send Warrax a Private Message
Sargh! I can't make it to the library tomorrow; it's my dad's birthday and we're going out to dinner. Hopefully I'll be able to catch you the next time you swing by this area...

Thanks for the reply regarding Aglirta! So you built the setting first and then loosed your maddened characters therein, yes? I need to grab The Silent House.... Sarasper was all manner and hue of entertainment.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  18:58:12  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met! If it's not NDA, will Ed please tell us what specific type of undead the Skulls are (demiliches, perhaps), or are they sui generis?


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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  19:11:54  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
I, too, have a query unrelated to the Realms, Ed: based upon your recommendation I checked out Michael A. Stackpole's Secret Atlas series, and the blurb on the first book's cover referred the reader to (as I recall) wavewolf.com, Stackpole's official web site, for a glossary and pronunciation guide. Alas, there was nothing of the sort there, and the whole site had a "gutted" look. Do you, Ed, or perhaps someone else here, know where such a pronunciation guide and glossary may be found? It's dizzying to read more than a few pages of those books without some sort of vade mecum. A big trilogy? Ai, yi, yi, yi, yi!


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Edited by - Jamallo Kreen on 26 Sep 2007 19:27:57
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Nevorick
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  19:19:32  Show Profile  Visit Nevorick's Homepage Send Nevorick a Private Message
Greetings to all gentle Candlekeep scholars, Lady THO, and Ed,

If it has not been buried in the bottomless mines of NDA, I was wondering if we could learn which royal pairing produced the two princesses of Cormyr, Princess Elmyra and Princess Hlassela? Also has any other information regarding the duo been published in anything other than Dragon #69?

Tsk, Tsk, my lady...Do not be getting any rowdy ideas, now. I was only referring to the issue, nothing more. ;)

Your humble servant,
Nevorick Julahasa, Bard of Waterdeep

"What happens in Waterdeep, stays in Waterdeep."
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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  20:35:25  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Well met! If it's not NDA, will Ed please tell us what specific type of undead the Skulls are (demiliches, perhaps), or are they sui generis?



You mean in his "home" campaign ?

3.5E Skulls can be found in ELB's CoS. (and an unofficial version in ELB and TC monsters guide)
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  21:31:46  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

I, too, have a query unrelated to the Realms, Ed: based upon your recommendation I checked out Michael A. Stackpole's Secret Atlas series, and the blurb on the first book's cover referred the reader to (as I recall) wavewolf.com, Stackpole's official web site, for a glossary and pronunciation guide. Alas, there was nothing of the sort there, and the whole site had a "gutted" look. Do you, Ed, or perhaps someone else here, know where such a pronunciation guide and glossary may be found? It's dizzying to read more than a few pages of those books without some sort of vade mecum. A big trilogy? Ai, yi, yi, yi, yi!





You may have the wrong website... The only Stackpole site I know of is http://www.stormwolf.com
The glossary is here:
http://www.michaelastackpole.com/?p=36

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createvmind
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Posted - 26 Sep 2007 :  22:09:01  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed, Is it possible to teleport an opposing creatures armor or item by touching it, has anyone in your home games ever attempted such a thing and if so how did you play it out? I for some reason think that a person has to touch the flesh of a ally to translocate them, thus the ability to take them out of chains and shackles via the spell. So that lead me to thinking how to take just objects on or carried by a person and how to do such a thing within Faerun, not D&D spell mechanics.

Thanks for the quick reponse on the odors query :)
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freyar
Learned Scribe

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  01:23:09  Show Profile  Visit freyar's Homepage Send freyar a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO (boy, does that sound familiar!),

Going back through the old WotC Realmslore articles, I've just read about the Waterdeep broadcryers and am wondering what broadsheets or similar publications are like in other major cities of the Realms. I admit to a specific interest in Silverymoon, as I'm running a campaign there at the moment. Many thanks!

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Penknight
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USA
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  03:56:11  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Penknight

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?



Just a respectful bump, if I may.

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Chosen of Moradin
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  12:19:32  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Moradin's Homepage  Click to see Chosen of Moradin's MSN Messenger address Send Chosen of Moradin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by freyar

Dear Ed and Lady THO (boy, does that sound familiar!),

Going back through the old WotC Realmslore articles, I've just read about the Waterdeep broadcryers and am wondering what broadsheets or similar publications are like in other major cities of the Realms. I admit to a specific interest in Silverymoon, as I'm running a campaign there at the moment. Many thanks!



IIRC, Ed´s already talked about Silverymoon and Everlund broadcryers, here in the Keep. Take a look in Kuje´s compilations for that info.

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freyar
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Canada
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  15:43:36  Show Profile  Visit freyar's Homepage Send freyar a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Chosen of Moradin
IIRC, Ed´s already talked about Silverymoon and Everlund broadcryers, here in the Keep. Take a look in Kuje´s compilations for that info.



Will, do, thanks!

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  15:52:04  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
Just a small question of littl import, but as my sleep has dwindled as the birth of our 2nd child(1st son) draws near(Fri 5:30am est) I am getting less and less sleep.
I was just curious as to how much sleep Ed usually gets between all that he has going on?

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Kuje
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  16:51:42  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 The Red Walker

I was just curious as to how much sleep Ed usually gets between all that he has going on?



Not much. :) There's been a few references about it in Ed's replies since 2004. No, I don't have dates for them because.... it wasn't something I paid much attention to, unlike Realmslore. :)

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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Kajehase
Great Reader

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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  17:28:46  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
Hi again Ed and the Hooded One. Here's something that's been sort of bugging me since I read the loooong debate Ed and a poster had about the War Wizards of Cormyr not being organised like the US army (in purpose and style of operation they've always reminded me more of STASI, but nevermind).

Exactly how much of the Obarskyr's current troubles with the Cormyrean nobles stem from resentment (on the nobles' part) over the way that Vangerdahast and the War Wizards would stick (is sticking) their noses into everything?

Oh, and though Vangey's one of my favourite characters, I must say that the thing I'm looking forward most to in Swords of Dragonfire is seeing the adolescent Princess Alusair.

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RodOdom
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  17:30:51  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Ed, any tips for reading faster? I have a ceiling-high stack of fiction and non-fiction books but cannot manage finishing a chapter or two every night. Help !
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Kajehase
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  17:45:21  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
Try to move your eyes as little as possible while you read.

Oh, and even more simply. Read more.

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Kuje
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  17:50:25  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 RodOdom

Ed, any tips for reading faster? I have a ceiling-high stack of fiction and non-fiction books but cannot manage finishing a chapter or two every night. Help !



I'm curious about how Ed will answer this.

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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Markustay
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  18:03:42  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I didn't get an answer on my "Halfling midgets" question, but thats Okay, I realize the man is busier then a Moonsea Harper.

Anyhow, I have a new question - one that will help make a painful decision I am considering.

With all the stuff Ed has going on, including his new commitments to the 4e FRCS, does he plan on continuiing work on Castlemourn?

I want to pick-up the setting, but not if its going to be a dead-end.

Thanks in Advance - Mark

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Edited by - Markustay on 27 Sep 2007 18:04:38
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RodOdom
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Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  18:33:36  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

Try to move your eyes as little as possible while you read.



Ouch !
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AlorinDawn
Learned Scribe

USA
312 Posts

Posted - 27 Sep 2007 :  18:45:39  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I didn't get an answer on my "Halfling midgets" question, but thats Okay, I realize the man is busier then a Moonsea Harper.

Anyhow, I have a new question - one that will help make a painful decision I am considering.

With all the stuff Ed has going on, including his new commitments to the 4e FRCS, does he plan on continuiing work on Castlemourn?

I want to pick-up the setting, but not if its going to be a dead-end.

Thanks in Advance - Mark



Mark,

Even if Castlemourn is a dead end, the setting is well worth picking up and going with just on the single product. I had asked Ed in a previous thread if there were any more plans for Castlemourn, and iirc he indicated that he and Margaret Weis wanted to do more with the setting.

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