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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 15 Oct 2007 :  01:34:52  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by bradc

Where would I find those compiled reply files?

Thanks for the help, Sage.



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Kuje
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Posted - 15 Oct 2007 :  01:35:44  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 bradc

Where would I find those compiled reply files?

Thanks for the help, Sage.



In my sig. :)

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bradc
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Posted - 15 Oct 2007 :  02:03:06  Show Profile  Visit bradc's Homepage Send bradc a Private Message
Again, many thanks for all the help, everyone. I appreciate it.
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 15 Oct 2007 :  20:19:07  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all! Ed hath returned!
And he begins by answering bradc's questions, thus:


1. Why did you create the Forgotten Realms?

I created the Realms purely for my own entertainment. As a young child reading through my father’s library, I wrote many stories about “what happened next” to my favourite fictional characters, then started inventing characters of my own, and telling tales about them. One was Mirt the Moneylender (a mix of Falstaff, Glencannon, Nicholas van Rijn, and others), a fat, wily old merchant swindling his way down the Sword Coast. By 1967, when I was seven years old, I knew that the Sword Coast was in “The Forgotten Realms,” and the world grew from there. I wasn’t trying to create a game setting or a bestselling fictional fantasy world; I was just entertaining myself.



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

In my opinion, the Realms is popular because it feels REAL; it’s full of a cast of colourful, well-developed characters with stories of their own, the places where they live are deeply detailed (so actions have consequences, and events affect nearby locales), and the setting offers a welcoming home for a wide variety of stories and styles of play; you can be a pirate, an arctic explorer, a scheming noble or merchant in a large and wealthy city, or explore vast subterranean “worlds” beneath the landscape. The Realms has it all, in great detail, and has built up a history that makes events and character achievements seem to matter.



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

I believe the depth and variety offered by the Realms makes it interesting to many gamers, and flexible enough to offer a home to all sorts of playing styles and interests. Game “worlds” offer time-pressured Dungeon Masters a ready-made setting (with coinage, politics, roads and trade flowing along them, fashion and faiths and all of the rest of “everyday life” already detailed), so players and DMs can focus on adventures, so as to best enjoy their all-too-scarce playing time. The Realms has all the detail anyone needs for a lasting “home” for any campaign.



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

Though this many disappoint you, I truly don’t have a favourite. I have some I like more than others, such as Mirt, Storm Silverhand, and the Knights of Myth Drannor (the characters portrayed by my longtime players), but I simply can’t pick any single character out of the literally thousands I’ve created, and the hundreds other creators have added to the Realms. I believe it has to be that way, for me to handle my creation properly as I continue to detail it. If I fell in love with, say, Elminster (as many who are unfamiliar with the Realms mistakenly believe I have), it would distort and stunt the growth and ongoing flexibility of the setting.


So saith Ed. Who tells me that his Realms-work remains as frantic as ever!
He'll return on the morrow, with a Realmslore reply, of course.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  02:56:16  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
THO,

I sent a private email to you, let me know if you receive.

Thanks.

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bradc
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  02:58:04  Show Profile  Visit bradc's Homepage Send bradc a Private Message
Wow! Thanks, THO! Much appreciated.
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  04:05:13  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
To THO and my Bearded Mentor, his Edness . . .

In Swords of Eveningstar, Tanalasta, when discussing what she would do if disaster befell her parents with Vangerdahast, said that she would summon the overpriests of Chauntea, Helm, Torm, and Tyr.

What I am wondering is where these overpriests might be found. I've looked through all of my Cormyr sources, and I can't find any major temples to these gods, but I am curious about this in part because I know these gods are fairly well known and worshiped in Cormyr.

I found a mention in Volo's Guide to Cormyr that Vangerdahast was reluctant to allow the Chaunteans to build a fortified abbey near Arabel to serve as a focal point for their faith, and the only references I can find to Helm are ruined temples and shrines.

So beyond where these faiths' overpriests might be found, are there any abbeys or temples out in the wilderness or off the beaten path in Cormyr of these gods?

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  04:24:44  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
Sorry for the back to back questions, but this one is one that I wanted to ask for a while now.

In the FRCS it mentions that sorcerers and wizards can adopt a personal mage rune which is protected by Mystra herself. When there were only wizards, I would assume that they learned about crafting their own personal identifying rune as part of their training, but do sorcerers just intrinsically know that they can create their own rune once they manifest their powers, or do they have to learn how to craft their rune or learn at least that they can?

Also, on the same topic, do other arcane casters learn to craft personal runes? For example, warmages, beguilers, or dread necromancers (since they are kind of "specialized" sorcerers, I can see the same rules applying to these classes). What about "warrior type" arcane casters, like hexblades and duskblades? Finally, would a warlock have a mage's rune, or does the "borrowed" nature of his talent with the Art preclude his ability to craft his own mage rune?

Thank you once again THO and Ed.

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Mkhaiwati
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  04:34:10  Show Profile  Visit Mkhaiwati's Homepage Send Mkhaiwati a Private Message
while not Ed or the eternally-lovely Hooded One, in canon Chauntea has the Harvest Altar in Arabel, Helm had the Altar of Shields in Tilverton and Sentinel Rock near Espar, Torm has the Citadel of the Rampant Eagle at Eagle Peak and the House of Duty in Halfhap. There is a ruined temple to Tyr in the ruins of Darkenshield (Four from Cormyr)

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  04:54:51  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Mkhaiwati

while not Ed or the eternally-lovely Hooded One, in canon Chauntea has the Harvest Altar in Arabel, Helm had the Altar of Shields in Tilverton and Sentinel Rock near Espar, Torm has the Citadel of the Rampant Eagle at Eagle Peak and the House of Duty in Halfhap. There is a ruined temple to Tyr in the ruins of Darkenshield (Four from Cormyr)



Yeah, I knew about the Altar of Shields, but that wasn't there in the timeframe of Swords of Eveningstar, because at that point in time, according to the old FRA, Tilverton only had a "shrine" to Helm. I also thought that the Harvest Altar was a shrine as well, at least at the time of VGTC. Thanks for the Eagle Rock reference, I missed that the first time around, but after you mentioned it I found it in Faiths and Avatars.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 16 Oct 2007 :  21:34:49  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Sorry for the back to back questions, but this one is one that I wanted to ask for a while now.

In the FRCS it mentions that sorcerers and wizards can adopt a personal mage rune which is protected by Mystra herself. When there were only wizards, I would assume that they learned about crafting their own personal identifying rune as part of their training, but do sorcerers just intrinsically know that they can create their own rune once they manifest their powers, or do they have to learn how to craft their rune or learn at least that they can?

Also, on the same topic, do other arcane casters learn to craft personal runes? For example, warmages, beguilers, or dread necromancers (since they are kind of "specialized" sorcerers, I can see the same rules applying to these classes). What about "warrior type" arcane casters, like hexblades and duskblades? Finally, would a warlock have a mage's rune, or does the "borrowed" nature of his talent with the Art preclude his ability to craft his own mage rune?

Thank you once again THO and Ed.



Please add Shadow Weave users to that list. I'm very curious as to whether Mystra respects their sigils since she can't really grok the Shadow Weave herself.


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Jamallo Kreen
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I hope I'm not repeating myself, but Ed, will you please tell us about astrology in the Realms? Does it "actually" work? Is there a zodiac, and if so, what are its signs and the traits associated with them? (In human Faerunian terms, please, although I would not be averse to learning dwarven and halfling and Shou terminology, too.) If there are zodiacal signs, when does the astrological year begin? In Dragon 340 it was said to be Ches, but it didn't indicate whether it was the first of the month, sometime during the month, or the quarterly holiday at the end. (However canonical an article in Dragon might be, let us also acknowledge the possibility that the article presented only one viewpoint. Gods know that there are more than enough competing and conflicting astrological systems here on Earth! Interested scholars may want to try using an astrologogical computer program and altering the parameters from "tropical" zodiac to "sidereal," and vary the "house" options among the three or four which are commonly used -- bearing in mind that Indian and Chinese astrology is completely different and traditional Chinese astronomy uses different constellation boundaries than are used in the West. I have been able to generate almost a dozen different "valid" natal horoscopes for myself just by using different systems or different parameters within the same system. *sigh* )




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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Oct 2007 :  18:47:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Kuje, your e-mail arrived and has been passed on to Ed. He's dealing with a library board crisis right now (as so many busy people learn, if you go away on trips, you always pay for it thanks to a pileup of things that occur in your absence), but plans to reply to you late tonight.
love,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 17 Oct 2007 :  19:06:06  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 Hooded One

Kuje, your e-mail arrived and has been passed on to Ed. He's dealing with a library board crisis right now (as so many busy people learn, if you go away on trips, you always pay for it thanks to a pileup of things that occur in your absence), but plans to reply to you late tonight.
love,
THO



Woop, cool. Thanks much to both of you!

Bummer about the library problem. :(

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Oct 2007 :  19:24:56  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?
(The book of course stays with the Knights, and follows immediately after SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE. No, I can't be more specific about the plot.)
Don't worry, Ed has it all plotted out and largely written; he's looking for your feelings about it, folks, not to work out a story for him. :}
love,
THO
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Skeptic
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The only thing I want in Ed's books is a dramatis personae

Edited by - Skeptic on 17 Oct 2007 19:28:58
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Kuje
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Posted - 17 Oct 2007 :  20:00:10  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 Hooded One

My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?
(The book of course stays with the Knights, and follows immediately after SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE. No, I can't be more specific about the plot.)
Don't worry, Ed has it all plotted out and largely written; he's looking for your feelings about it, folks, not to work out a story for him. :}
love,
THO



Hmmm. I've been satisfied with how the current trilogy is going so I don't have much to add to this or any thoughts really about what is missing.....

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 17 Oct 2007 :  20:10:37  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
quote:
My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?
(The book of course stays with the Knights, and follows immediately after SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE. No, I can't be more specific about the plot.)
Don't worry, Ed has it all plotted out and largely written; he's looking for your feelings about it, folks, not to work out a story for him. :}
love,
THO


I can only speak for myself, but I hope this is what you'd like to hear.

1. Do more of: I wouldn't mind if Ed upped the level of backstory and introspection on some of my his characters. The frentic paces of the story sort of hurt my ability to appreciate the villains and some of the characters. Where folk like Florin, Pennae, and others come from would be appreciated.

2. Less of: I love the "All Hell Breaking Loose" nature of the Dragonfire books but they've been twice in a row and I wouldn't mind a book examining more of the characters. Don't take this as a criticism Ed, but I find it ironic that City of Splendors spent many a page examining the lives of some unlikeable boorish rich dullards yet we're glossing over the character of Florin Falconhand.

;-)

3. Characters I'd like to see more of: In addition to the usual Cormyr Royal Family (we can't get enough of them), I wouldn't mind seeing more of Laspeera and Vangey. But I very much would like some more character background and building on the Knights themselves. Pennae and Florin especially.

And if possible, Manshoon actually manipulating events to some sort of victory on his behalf even if the Knights succeed. Show him as the genius we know him to be.

4. Events Glossed Over: I know you love your action but I'd personally love to see a "Florin returns to the Shire" style scene. The Knights of Eveningstar/Myth Drannor have saved the Realms twice (3 times with Alusair). It'd be good to see how their old friends react to them if they've achieved some measure of fame/infamy at this point.

Heroes have families ya know!

5. Things he should really highlight?: I wouldn't mind getting a better picture of the Zhents level of influence and other bad guys throughout Cormyr. We know they're up to no good but a picture of how deep rooted the bad guys are would help me assertain the threat level.

6. Scenes like to see: Alusair learning combat from Florin Falconhand or otherwise using him as a basis to become the warrior she will be today, Florin's future relationship with Dove getting started, actually visit Myth Drannor for a brief time, and giving the Wizards a rest.

Seriously Ed, I love you, but how many Wizards of Zhentil Keep have you killed? They must be running out like the CoD is running out of Dracoliches in Spellfire. Give us some evil Warriors for a change! One who can duel Florin!

7. Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated?: It's a part of the books I enjoy but they tend to jump around a tremendous amount. I wouldn't mind the narrative skipping a little less and focusing more on individual groups at a time.

8. Levels of Sex: I'd like to see a little more to be honest. Don't just have the boys and lasses hop into bed but something a trifle more built up would be nice. I very much enjoyed Florin's relationship with Miss Crownsilver and was disappointed to see her offed.

9. Amount of Introspection: Definitely more Swords of Eveningstar Scenes where they think about why they want to be adventurers.

10. Amount of combat: Less is more. I'd like to see the All Hell breaking loose replaced with a little more personal dueling and higher quality foes that take time and intelligence to defeat versus the Hordes of Mooks.

quote:
The only thing I want in Ed's books is a dramatis personae


God yes.

Actually, I'd like an Appendix. Not all of us have perfect memories for Realms Lore and a Little Eberron style encyclopedia like they put in the back of their books or Tolkien would be great. That goes like this for one obvious example.

Alusair: 13 year old Princess of Cormyr, precocious. Alusair is the second daughter of King Azoun and Queen Filfariel. The sister of Tanalasta.

The more detailed the better but this would help a lot.

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Jorkens
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There is little I can think of that I would want differently, I will just wait and see. If it where anything I would say that long action scenes are not my thing, but that has not been a tendency in these books anyway. So any characters you can think of, as long descriptions as you are allowed, and in general, just do what you do best. Write the books as you want to write them.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?
(The book of course stays with the Knights, and follows immediately after SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE. No, I can't be more specific about the plot.)
Don't worry, Ed has it all plotted out and largely written; he's looking for your feelings about it, folks, not to work out a story for him. :}
love,
THO



I would love to see more character introspection (though of course, not to the level of self indulgent navel-gazing), more reflection on how far the Knights have come, and how they react to in-story events. I'd prefer to see less running around in a dungeon such what happened in the last book--although parts of that were humorous, I have to admit that it DID grow repetitive after a while. Of course, fit in as much character interaction as possible--that's what I love about your books.

Take care,

Rinonalyrna

PS: Edited for clarification.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Zandilar
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Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?



Argh... I'd have suggestions, if only I'd been able to get my hands on a copy of Swords of Dragonfire!!!

Last time I checked, Milsims didn't have it. Borders doesn't have it, and tell me that I'll need to order it from them and they'll import it especially for me. Or else, I suppose I could just import it myself through Amazon.

The really frustrating thing is, it's not the only book I'm having problems with... A Grand History of the Realms, Sacrifice of the Widow, and Storm of the Dead are all on my list of books to get and none of them have arrived here in Melbourne, so far as I've been able to ascertain. (Though I probably should bug Milsims again, see if they've managed to get stock.)

I have never had this kind of problem before with Forgotten Realms products, so it is rather worrying. Borders - their stock is practically wall to wall Salvatore (including his latest releases), with a few other very old titles from the beginning of last year (as far as I've been able to tell). Milsims is usually very good, but I've had problems with them in the last year as well (plus they're not exactly local)...

Anyway, rant over. I really enjoyed Swords of Eveningstar, and am quite glad I managed to get it. I was a little disappointed with the death of young Lady Crownsilver, though.

Zandilar
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As the spell ends, you look up into the sky to see the sun blazing overhead like noon in a desert. Then something else in the sky catches your attention. Turning your gaze, you see a tawny furred kitten bounding across the sky towards the new sun. Her eyes glint a mischevious green as she pounces on it as if it were nothing but a colossal ball of golden yarn. With quick strokes of her paws, it is batted across the sky, back and forth. Then with a wink the kitten and the sun disappear, leaving the citizens of Elversult gazing up with amazed expressions that quickly turn into chortles and mirth.

The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?
(The book of course stays with the Knights, and follows immediately after SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE. No, I can't be more specific about the plot.)
Don't worry, Ed has it all plotted out and largely written; he's looking for your feelings about it, folks, not to work out a story for him. :}
love,
THO

I'm rather happy with the way it is, Ed. You've once again managed to strike a decent balance between creative story-telling and wholesome action... an aspect of your stories that I've always found thoroughly satisfying. And then there's the Realmslore, that you've peppered generously throughout the entire trilogy so far... just keep it coming!

There's really nothing I would suggest you need to "do more of."

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The Red Walker
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Do more of what Ed does best.

1. Sex
2. Off color hilarity.
3. Talk about sex that happened "offstage"
4. Run Around until utterly out of breath, but still able to carry on several different threads of conversation and jokes.
5. Save a kingdom or three.
6. Foil plots unknown to them.
7. Did I mention Sex?

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Ed, I've sent you an email.

Hopefully our lovely Lady Herald of Realmslore will let me know whether it reaches you intact.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

My pleasure.
And for all scribes: as Ed finishes up the last Knights of Myth Drannor book, he'd like to know all of your opinions:
are there things you want him to do more of, in its prose? Less of? Characters you think have been slighted? Events glossed over? Things he should really highlight? Scenes you'd like to see? Mistakes in pacing and/or presentation you don't want repeated? Level of sex? Amount of introspection? Amount of combat?




Maybe a collection of new short stories? That would give him the freedom to focus on what he wants. And becasue Ed creates such fully realized characters and situations, I think each of his short stories would be more entertaining than most of the 500, 600-page behemoths out there !

Edited by - RodOdom on 18 Oct 2007 18:07:13
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