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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  00:48:42  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Blueblade, Ed has chatted with me very briefly via phone this afternoon, and here are some answers:
1/
REALMS OF WAR: Ed can't say much about this (NDAs), but I think I glimpsed it on my last visit. If I'm right, it will have something to do with Mirt and Amn, probably in the past (i.e. younger Mirt). But quote me not, okay?

2/
The wedding address: yes, it happened, Ed has a written text, several gamers in Oz have signed copies as collectibles, and Ed will probably share the text more widely someday. When (ahem) he has time for such things.

3/
As for the "goodie" (an interview with Princess Alusair, I believe), I haven't seen it on the site. Ed has provided e-texts to Wizards (twice, I think). As to why it hasn't shown up: I don't know, though I suspect the Gleemax/D&DInsider launch work has something to do with it.

Ed will return with more Realmslore replies when he can. One note to riot the outsider: Ed missed mention of one detail in his reply to you: his original heraldic badge has the crescent moon "on it back," with the curved horns uppermost, not upside down (that was the doing of the 2nd-logo-version artist).
love to all,
THO

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  01:12:20  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
*bangs shield with warhammer* TEMPUS!

*charges American Library Association*

This should clear up his work schedule!

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  01:36:26  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

*bangs shield with warhammer* TEMPUS!

*charges American Library Association*

This should clear up his work schedule!




Not sure how much you're gonna help by battering the American Library Association, unless they have taken over Canada, which I suppose is possible.

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  02:38:53  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
I'm building up EXP.

Canadian Libraries have 2 CL higher than American ones.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  03:09:58  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

I'm building up EXP.

Canadian Libraries have 2 CL higher than American ones.




Indeed. It's because of the exchange rate. It's the same reason that British libraries are worth twice the XP.

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Skeptic
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  03:58:52  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
Indeed. It's because of the exchange rate. It's the same reason that British libraries are worth twice the XP.



The US and CAN $ are worth the same currently. However, we still suffer from higher prices for no real reason.

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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  04:00:40  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
Fellow scribes... we seem to be drifting from the purpose of this particular scroll. Let's keep things on track, eh?

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  04:58:07  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
*watches Library Pit Fiend gurgle and die*

But I was just ready to move to the Second Layer of the 9 Floors!

Oh well.

Could you tell us a little bit more about the God of Thieves personality, Ed? I've always liked Mask and he got the shaft rather badly in Realmsfiction until recently. Is he as evil as all that or just a rogue who happens to be very amoral at what he does?

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Athenon
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  17:56:22  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
Ed and Lady THO,

I have a question for you regarding an obscure corner of the Realms. I'm thinking about setting an upcoming campaign in the north central part of Faerun in the area of the Turnback Mountain/Gaethluntar/Tortured Land. As far as I can tell, there's very little published Realmslore about this strip between the Great Glacier and Anauroch. I'm interested in any details of this area and particularly what the settlements of Whitehorn and Ilinvur are like. Thanks as always!

Will Maranto

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Edited by - Athenon on 24 Oct 2007 19:53:22
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Hawkins
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  18:13:43  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message
Ed,

I am not sure if you can answer this, but will there be any coverage of the continents of Kara-Tur, Zakhara, Maztica, Osse, Anchorome and/or Katashaka in the 4e FRCG?

Thanks,
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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 24 Oct 2007 :  21:23:36  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
I think Ed isn't the one to ask on that because none of them are "his' Realms.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  01:48:34  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met, all!

Having just completed, blear-eyed and a bit shell-shocked, The Learning Company's 32 lecture course introducing opera (a darn fine course, too), I am burbling with questions which I know that Ed, with his prodigious knowledge of the vocal arts, will (okay: "may") be pleased to answer.

We know that "opera" exists in Sembia, but I have a lot of qquestions about it (now that I know which ones to ask!). Are opera divided between recitative and arias, or are they just speeches with musical interludes? Are the themes historical/religious/mythological opera seria,or are they opera buffa with "just plain folks" -- nobles and their servants, pompous professionals, etc. -- as are so many Waterdhavian plays? Do composers write their own libretti, or are there professional libretto writers (bards, perhaps)? Alluding once again to my favored topic of classical literature in Faerun, is there a stock of old plays which are considered particularly suited to operatic adaptation? (I think of the Mulhorandi "Passion Plays" as an example, or perhaps ancient Talfir bardic epics or song cycles, if anyone can still understand them without having levels in Loremaster!) Is Chondathan vowel-friendly and suited to melisma, or is consonant-heavy and requiring of a syllabic style, as German requires? Are melodies in Sembian operas symmetric (duple or triple, as in Western Europe) or asymmetric (as in Russian and other Slavic opera)? Is Sembian opera considered to be a "high brow," "low brow" or "noble" entertainment (or just popular for all)? Apropos of the recent questions regarding philosophy, are there competing theories of musical theory and philosophy regardining opera (and music generally)? Is ornamented ("Baroque" or coloratura) singing practised in Sembian opera? Are "white voices" used (legally or otherwise) as singers, and if so, are they used in sung religious services or staged plays or both? Do singers or musicians or conductors become celebrities in their own right, and if so, who are the most celebrated? Is opera spreading from Sembia outward (Chondathan is, after all, spoken in Cormyr and Waterdeep, both of which can afford to foot the bill for several opera companies, have they a mind to do so.) Finally, what are the economics of the opera business in Faerun: what does it cost to commision and to stage an opera, who gets paid how much, and what are typical ticket prices?

Thank you in advance for what I know will be a well-considered reply (or two or three!).


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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  02:04:14  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
We should get a Question FAQ for Ed in the first post.

:-)

1. Try searching So Saith Ed for your stuff first or better yet, reading it.
2. No kara-tur, Maztica, etc stuff.

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Wooly Rupert
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There was a good bit of commentary on opera in Tymora's Luck, at the beginning of each section. It was all in-character, from a variety of characters (each written by the original author). Unfortunately, Fizban's quote wasn't used. But it's my fave of the lot!

quote:
"There is no greater fan of Opera than I! Opera is insightful! Opera explores the human condition! Opera's weight has fluctuated from time to time, but I think that is all part of the fun of watching her. Opera is a powerful force in media. I never miss a show even if the subject is "My dwarven lover hates that I'm an Elf, on the next Opera!" Opera may be an acquired taste (just like chicken) but I'll be her fan so long as her ratings are still good."--Fizban the Fabulous


And seriously, the opportunities to quote Fizban are simply too few!

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  02:12:06  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

There was a good bit of commentary on opera in Tymora's Luck, at the beginning of each section. It was all in-character, from a variety of characters (each written by the original author). Unfortunately, Fizban's quote wasn't used. But it's my fave of the lot!

quote:
"There is no greater fan of Opera than I! Opera is insightful! Opera explores the human condition! Opera's weight has fluctuated from time to time, but I think that is all part of the fun of watching her. Opera is a powerful force in media. I never miss a show even if the subject is "My dwarven lover hates that I'm an Elf, on the next Opera!" Opera may be an acquired taste (just like chicken) but I'll be her fan so long as her ratings are still good."--Fizban the Fabulous


And seriously, the opportunities to quote Fizban are simply too few!



That is funny.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Having just completed, blear-eyed and a bit shell-shocked, The Learning Company's 32 lecture course introducing opera (a darn fine course, too), I am burbling with questions which I know that Ed, with his prodigious knowledge of the vocal arts, will (okay: "may") be pleased to answer.
Oooh! These are fantastic questions Jamallo, and they touch upon a particular aspect of the Realms that's always close to my heart... as Ed knows from the many musical-related questions I've piled upon him in the past! His replies are going to be well worth the wait...

BTW, if you don't mind, I'd like to tack on one or two extra queries of my own? I just don't have time at the moment, though...

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sleyvas
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Ok, my wife jumped all over the "Gandalf is Gay" thing when it was announced. Now, she's harping that "Dumbledoor is Gay". So, before she stumbles over the name Elminster... is there any chance that we could convince Mr. Greenwood into writing some gratuitous sex scenes for Elminster <g>? I know we'd have to twist his arm and all, but I think for the "good of the realms" its necessary <g>. Oh, and Long Live Old El

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  16:44:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
You know, I've been teasingly asking for Elminster porn for YEARS . . .
love,
THO
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Garen Thal
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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  18:23:51  Show Profile  Visit Garen Thal's Homepage Send Garen Thal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

You know, I've been teasingly asking for Elminster porn for YEARS . . .
love,
THO
Oh, no no. Knowest not how to tease at all, my Hooded Lady. Ahem...
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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  20:22:05  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

You know, I've been teasingly asking for Elminster porn for YEARS . . .
love,
THO



How Spin-A-Yarnish of you THO.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 25 Oct 2007 :  20:39:17  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Jamallo Kreen

Having just completed, blear-eyed and a bit shell-shocked, The Learning Company's 32 lecture course introducing opera (a darn fine course, too), I am burbling with questions which I know that Ed, with his prodigious knowledge of the vocal arts, will (okay: "may") be pleased to answer.
Oooh! These are fantastic questions Jamallo, and they touch upon a particular aspect of the Realms that's always close to my heart... as Ed knows from the many musical-related questions I've piled upon him in the past! His replies are going to be well worth the wait...

BTW, if you don't mind, I'd like to tack on one or two extra queries of my own? I just don't have time at the moment, though...




Thank you, Sage!

Please do add on extra questions. The course (How to Listen to and Understand Opera -- four parts with eight lectures per part) was a tremendous experience. I learned as much about opera in the past month as I had learned in a lifetime of listening to the Texaco Metropolitan Opera broadcasts (I'm dating myself -- ) and its fantastic "Opera Quiz" segment, and decades of listening to, first The Opera Shelf, and then its successor, The Opera Show. The best news? I checked it out for FREE from my local library!

I asked so many very detailed questions because I knew that Ed knows from music, and I thought that he'd get a kick of telling us detailed details of Faerunian music (and language and philosophy, too).

I eagerly await Ed's answers (which should come in about 2008 or early 2009, I know, but still... ).


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Charles Phipps
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Oct 2007 :  05:38:14  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

You know, I've been teasingly asking for Elminster porn for YEARS . . .
love,
THO



I confess, Ed has been teasing us with Elminster living as a woman (with all that it implies) plus Lhaeo/El jokes all the time (though in L's case, I think it's just humor). It wouldn't surprise me a bit to find out that he's Bi.

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sleyvas
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quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

You know, I've been teasingly asking for Elminster porn for YEARS . . .
love,
THO



I confess, Ed has been teasing us with Elminster living as a woman (with all that it implies) plus Lhaeo/El jokes all the time (though in L's case, I think it's just humor). It wouldn't surprise me a bit to find out that he's Bi.




LOL, you know what's scary..... I almost would rather picture him into "bestiality" with a furry demoness with bat wings, fangs, snake eyes, spider legs, and a frog tongue.... before I ever picture him with Lhaeo. Yuck

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Skeptic
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quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas
LOL, you know what's scary..... I almost would rather picture him into "bestiality" with a furry demoness with bat wings, fangs, snake eyes, spider legs, and a frog tongue.... before I ever picture him with Lhaeo. Yuck



I would prefer to picture him joining Alassra when she enjoy a lightning storm naked and flying
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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 26 Oct 2007 :  22:31:51  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
I give a quote from Fuji Goemon, Ronin of the Realms.

"If there is anything that would ever turn me off wanting to spend the night in the arms of a Daughter of Mystra it is the realization that Elminster was probably there first."

I asked how he felt about Kyriani of Waterdeep and Aleena Paladinstar.

"Just keep Khelben's nightly activities a secret, okay?"

Speaking of which, does Ed answer questions about Waterdeep's lasses and ladies as well as Cormyr.

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Edited by - Charles Phipps on 26 Oct 2007 23:51:17
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