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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 10 Oct 2007 :  02:01:33  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Odd question from my players; Whose the God of Spirits and Liquor in the Realms?

As a joke answer I told him Ilmater, but I'm curious who you think it is.

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Penknight
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Posted - 10 Oct 2007 :  03:41:21  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
Wouldn't Chauntea be the one to fill this role?

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 10 Oct 2007 :  06:52:01  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Maybe. But you could also figure it's Llirra's job or even Talona depending on it.

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Uzzy
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Posted - 10 Oct 2007 :  09:21:16  Show Profile  Visit Uzzy's Homepage Send Uzzy a Private Message
I'd give it to Lliira, seeing as she's the goddess of joy, happiness, carefree celebration and festivals. And hey, I'm a Lliira fan!

Edited by - Uzzy on 10 Oct 2007 09:22:02
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Asgetrion
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Posted - 10 Oct 2007 :  22:23:45  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

Odd question from my players; Whose the God of Spirits and Liquor in the Realms?

As a joke answer I told him Ilmater, but I'm curious who you think it is.




Perhaps the closest equivalent would be Vergadain?

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Thangorn
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Posted - 11 Oct 2007 :  14:14:06  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

Maybe. But you could also figure it's Llirra's job or even Talona depending on it.



Lol.. No Talona is only the Goddess of Hangovers I'm sure I've seen that written in her portfolio somewhere :)

And you can blame Beshaba when you wake up somewhere.. unsavoury after a night on the Dwarven Spirits..

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Markustay
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Posted - 11 Oct 2007 :  16:50:00  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

Odd question from my players; Whose the God of Spirits and Liquor in the Realms?
It would be St.Dionysius, who serves Ilmater, so you are correct.

Getting drunk is a traditional way of fending off pain and suffering.

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Edited by - Markustay on 11 Oct 2007 16:51:43
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The Sage
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Fellow scribes, once again, let's try to keep the non-Ed chatter to a minimum, eh?

I'm sure Ed will have something to add upon his return.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 12 Oct 2007 :  02:51:07  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met! I apologize for the verbosity of the blather which follows, but it's "one of those questions," and please feel free, my good Lady of the Hood, to delete the first two paragraphs when posting Ed's eventual reply....

Last night, while probing around in "the things of the gods" (I know that Ed hates that almost as much as they do, what with socks and relics getting rearranged, and some misplaced or even nicked, but it's what I do -- it's my personal brand of hubris) ... ahem! ... while poking about in the things of the gods I discovered what may have long been apparent to others, but which came as a complete revelation to me: even though all deities are "Outsiders," some are more "outside" than others (specifically, more than mere ascended mortals).

Most deities are 20 HD Outsiders, and their hit point listing always begin with that stat: 20D8 + (20 x Con modifier). Ascended mortals, however, do not have those extra hit points, only hit points from their various character classes. This is true of the Forgotten Realms and (per Deities & Demigods) true of Olympus and Egypt as well. Even the reborn Bane, who may have more character classes than any other being in Realmspace, only gets character level hit points, while I suspect that even the lowliest and most inconsequential non-ascended demigod probably has 20D8 +20xConMod hit points on top of whatever character level hit points he or she has.

Which brings me to my question: how did those deities acquire those 20 Outsider hit dice, anyway? Were they created as 20 hit die beings who then acquired character levels, adventuring somewhere out in the planes (a good argument for Planescape 4.0!) or did they rise from lowly 1 HD (or possibly even less) Outsiders to 20 HD and then go adventuring, or did they spring forth full-blown from Whatever with 20 hit dice and character levels? (We all know what a precocious thief Hermes was, while the ascended hero Herakles had to earn every hit point he has.) Or is rising to godhood out on the Planes like a prestige class which simultaneously earns one Outsider levels along with character levels? None of the (current) ascended deities of Faerun were Outsiders prior to ascension, but if some hypothetical 20th level monk became an Outsider, then adventured on the Planes, and then came back to be elevated to Faerunian divinity, would he be earning Epic monk levels out on the Planes, or non-determinate Outsider levels?

I would love to here Ed's take on this, and begging his pardon, would also like to pose the query to Monte Cook, Eric L. Boyd, and possibly some others -- I'm sure that there are numerous explanations for this "Divine Outsider" phenomenon!



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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 12 Oct 2007 :  02:56:22  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
And this is an odd question here to Ed for when he gets back from his no doubt DECADENT Australian adventures! Yes, he could have a Kangaroo burger, how controversial!

Racial diversity in the Realms. Not so much whether it exists amongst humans but would anyone bat an eyelash at different ethnicities in Faerun? Say, perhaps if someone from Kara-Tur was wandering wound in his kimono and looking for trouble?

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Daviot
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Posted - 12 Oct 2007 :  04:21:58  Show Profile  Visit Daviot's Homepage  Send Daviot an AOL message Send Daviot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps
Racial diversity in the Realms. Not so much whether it exists amongst humans but would anyone bat an eyelash at different ethnicities in Faerun? Say, perhaps if someone from Kara-Tur was wandering wound in his kimono and looking for trouble?


I can't tell you the Ed answer, but based on Races of Faerūn and my experiences, I can give you the Daviot answer:
Yes, but not so much as on Earth and it depends on where you are. If in Thesk, with its Shou expatriate population or a cultural melting pot like a metropolis, it's not going to matter much. In a rural area or monoculture, people will take notice. Even a fairly average Chondathan man is going be out of place in Rashemen (and more specifically, due to the culture, given extra suspicion) in much the same way that a Shou man is going to be out of place in the Silver Marches.

One usually has far more to fear from the soft-spoken wizard with a blade and well-worn boots than from the boisterous one in the ivory tower.
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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 12 Oct 2007 :  21:06:12  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Hehehe, good points Daviot.

Oh and one last question. Well, we all know Gondegal at TSR ended up in the Demiplane of Dread. However, I was curious what would have happened to The Lost King if he'd stayed in the Realms?

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Kuje
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Posted - 12 Oct 2007 :  21:29:31  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 Charles Phipps

Hehehe, good points Daviot.

Oh and one last question. Well, we all know Gondegal at TSR ended up in the Demiplane of Dread. However, I was curious what would have happened to The Lost King if he'd stayed in the Realms?




Ed has discussed him more the once and I believe that Ed basically answered this before. Check the compiled logs.....

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 12 Oct 2007 :  21:59:32  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Sorry; all I found was Arabel after his disappearance, that he has a son claiming to be his heir running around, and that people fear the rise of another one.

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Edited by - Charles Phipps on 12 Oct 2007 22:06:39
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Zandilar
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Posted - 13 Oct 2007 :  00:02:23  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

I have another question, not sure if it's been answered before (if so, could someone point me in the right direction? Yes I know I'm lazy)...

What is the origin of lycanthropes in the Forgotten Realms? Are all Lycanthropes cursed creatures)? If so, who cursed them?

Are there any exceptions to them being cursed? For example, both Werebears and Werecats are Good aligned (LG and CG respectively) - why would anyone curse a person to be Good? A Good deity? They pass along their "curse" by bite like all the other Lycanthropes, so I guess they must be - but their good alignment seems to be more a blessing to me... But perhaps that's because I'm biased towards good myself.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 13 Oct 2007 :  01:43:07  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met, all!

I just read "Volo's Guide to Lost Regalia of the North: the Toppled Thrones" (Dragon 351, Jan 2007) and had a question which I'm sure many here can answer in Ed's stead: tell me please, what was Uthtower and its relation to Phalorm, and where may I find info on the same? A character in our campaign has his eye on that area and I may run the "Mere of Dead Men" Dungeon adventure series. Thanks in advance!


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 13 Oct 2007 :  01:46:31  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

And this is an odd question here to Ed for when he gets back from his no doubt DECADENT Australian adventures! Yes, he could have a Kangaroo burger, how controversial!

Racial diversity in the Realms. Not so much whether it exists amongst humans but would anyone bat an eyelash at different ethnicities in Faerun? Say, perhaps if someone from Kara-Tur was wandering wound in his kimono and looking for trouble?




I'm too pressed for time to look it up now, but in Crusade the leader of the Cormyrian infantry (whose name I can't recall) was described as a black-skinned and green-eyed human, but there was nary a reference to his ancestry.

Chultans and Mazticans are related and both races have entered northern and central Faerun in some numbers recently, with no one responding in any particularly negative manner that I've heard.


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 13 Oct 2007 :  01:50:00  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met!

A question for Ed which I don't think has ever been addressed here: on Earth many cultures have traditionally regarded sneezing and/or coughing as a time when the soul can leave the body and/or evil spirits enter it. On Toril, what are the attitudes of various cultures towards coughing and sneezing (including Maztica and Shou Lung and their neighbor states, if you please, Ed)? Do people bless a sneezer, or ward that person's expelled evil spirit from themselves, or what? Inquiring scribes want to know!


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arry
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I have just finished going through all of Ed's threads. All I can say is thank you Ed for all the information you have given throughout the years. We are all deeply indebted to you and to the Hooded Lady. You have already answered most of my questions. Apologies if you have answered this before and I missed it, but are the major trading roads in the Realms (particularly Heartlands and The North), surfaced or not? If they are, with what?

Dear Hooded Lady, why do I get the impression that apart from your eponymous hood concealing your features (save for lips curved in an enigmatic smile), you don't wear a great deal
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arry
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I would also say thank you to Ed for a very liberating moment (no, not that kind ) when he revealed that in his Realms Maztica, The Horde, et.al don't exist.

That means I can make stuff up I remember though that one of your continents was dominated by Giants. Is there anything more that you can say that isn't covered by [NDA]
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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 14 Oct 2007 :  06:20:19  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Geebus Ed, I'm sorry to ask you 3 questions in a row without giving you a chance to respond but I completely Torm-ing forgot to ask you this question when I finished City of Splendors.

Ed, could you tell us about Piergeiron's lusty daughter? Weirdly, she's who I wanted to hear most about in the book and we never even got to see her on camera.

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bradc
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Hi:

I have a couple questions I hope Ed can answer sometime in the next few days. If the Lady Hooded One could let him know about these, I would appreciate it.

I'm writing an article about Neverwinter Nights 2 for apple.com/games, and I want to do a sidebar about the Forgotten Realms. It will basically be a top-level history of the world's place in D&D and how it came about, so I have some top-level questions I'd like answered so I can quote him. I think his comments will help spice up the sidebar a bit.

Thanks!

- Brad

1. Why did you create the Forgotten Realms?

2. Why do you think the Forgotten Realms continues to be so popular with fans?

3. Why do you think the Forgotten Realms continues to be used so often in role-playing games that use D&D rules?

4. Who is your favorite Forgotten Realms character and why?
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Bahgtru
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Hi Ed,

I'm still hoping you get to tell that Madeiron Sunderstone story, even with the upcoming 4E. Is there still hope?

Thanks for everything and for staying on the horse.
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by bradc

I have a couple questions I hope Ed can answer sometime in the next few days. If the Lady Hooded One could let him know about these, I would appreciate it.
Unfortunately, Ed can only answer questions when he can, and there's usually a lengthy queue for most of the questions asked to him. Unless he decides to answer them immediately upon his return from Australia, you'll likely have to wait like the rest of us and remain patient that Ed will answer best, when he is able.
quote:
I'm writing an article about Neverwinter Nights 2 for apple.com/games, and I want to do a sidebar about the Forgotten Realms. It will basically be a top-level history of the world's place in D&D and how it came about, so I have some top-level questions I'd like answered so I can quote him. I think his comments will help spice up the sidebar a bit.

Thanks!

- Brad

1. Why did you create the Forgotten Realms?

2. Why do you think the Forgotten Realms continues to be so popular with fans?

3. Why do you think the Forgotten Realms continues to be used so often in role-playing games that use D&D rules?

4. Who is your favorite Forgotten Realms character and why?

Since time is apparently a concern for you, Bradc, you may want to dig through the compiled reply files that contain all of Ed's replies made here at Candlekeep since Feb. '04. I'm suggesting this, because he's tackled several of these types of questions in the past, especially your 1. and 4. queries.

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Edited by - The Sage on 15 Oct 2007 01:06:21
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bradc
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Where would I find those compiled reply files?

Thanks for the help, Sage.
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