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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Jan 2007 :  15:23:08  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well met again, scribes. As promised, this time Ed tackles a query from Rinonalyrna Fathomlin about inheritances: “Thanks for the information--I can see why wills and laws regarding them might be better off staying on the less-detailed side. I would love it if Ed could give a teensy-bit more information about how Cormyrean law would distribute the assets of an estate (ie. does it always go to next of kin no matter what the deceased person desired?). If not, I understand.”
Ed replies:



If a Cormyrean dies and no legitimate blood relative (cousin is closest) survives, property reverts to the Crown. In any event, land, money, and goods are held and administered by the Crown until an heir is located (for nobles: search forever if there’s any doubt (“doubt” meaning missing persons who are recorded in the rolls of the Heralds and/or in the ledgers at the Royal Court in Suzail, which are duplicated at another hidden, secret location in the kingdom, thought by most to be a vault in or beneath High Horn, but by some to be an underground “dungeon” reached via portals from somewhere near Jester’s Green); for kin of knights: search twelve summers; for commoners: search three years).
Titles, surnames, and the like can’t be denied by a deceased: you can leave your son or daughter nothing (or the rebuking “single used copper coin of the realm”), but you can’t literally “disown” them. However, the desires of the deceased are generally followed absolutely regarding dispositions to children, with two exceptions: wedded spouses can’t be left with little or nothing while children reap the loot; nor can disabled parents, relatives, or spouses; they “must be provided for.” The Crown will do this for the truly poor, but it will exact a share from willed property to “ground” its support if Court pursers judge that a deceased tried to leave property to some beneficiaries without “discharging obligations” for support of others (note that the Court considers all matters carefully, dismissing the claims of false relatives or persons who sponge off their kin for years, and then claim they have a right to go on doing so from the estate; War Wizards will mind-read claimants and priests examine their bodies to make sure they’re infirm).
With all of this said, when it comes to able-bodied children old enough to fend for themselves (age 12 for males and puberty or 13 for females, whichever comes later), a deceased parents’ wishes are usually considered absolute.
If dear old Pa gives Rory the eldest a sack of silver coins and the words “This is more than I started with; go out and win a good life for yourself!” and gives Launcein the younger lad “my wagon and horses, to be given to Master Traevyn in return for prenticing Launcein for two years, as we agreed to” [note: as long as there’s either a written agreement, or guild witness, or Traevyn confirms the bargain; otherwise, Launcein just gets the wagon and horses, to do with as he pleases] and gives the youngest, his daughter Mrelda, “the house, such as it is, and with all else therein,” to dwell in or sell off or try to make a living taking lodgers or doing laundry or starting a brothel or trying to lure a husband - - the Court is going to accept this, even if the three kids aren’t happy. The three kids are free to swap or reach altered distributions among themselves, IF they agree without coercion or dispute - - but if there’s any dispute, Court bailiffs (veteran Purple Dragons and senior courtiers, working together and with the support of priests and War Wizards, if they need such) will step in and enforce dead Pa’s wishes.



So saith Ed. That do to work with, Rinonalyrna? I’m sure Ed can say more if you ask narrow-scope specific followups; again, this is a topic he’s been as vague as possible on for years, to avoid trammeling novel writers (though he set the Obarskyr rules down years ago, and amended them only slightly when working with Jeff Grubb on that classic of Cormyr lore, CORMYR: A NOVEL).
love to all,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 22 Jan 2007 :  23:11:54  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Intense chatter over the Super Bowl these last few days prompts me to ask Ed for more Realmslore, specifically:
in the Heartlands, are there any team sports that involve fairly stable-membership traveling teams that go places to compete? In, say, a circuit or annual "grudge matches"?
If so, any details Ed cares to share?
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 23 Jan 2007 :  01:15:47  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


So saith Ed. That do to work with, Rinonalyrna?
THO




Yes, certainly! Thanks to both of you. I have to admit I'm surprised that disabled/destitute people are actually provided for no matter what--as far as I know there's no law like that in real life (where I live, anyway :) ), although I believe there are similar laws in real life that prevent a spouse from being left with no money. Very generous.

Actually, there is one more thing I was wondering about: I know that most newer wills contain a self-proving clause that states that the testator was not a minor, was of sound mind, and was under no undue influence or constraint. Is there anything similar to that in Cormyr? Being the fastidiously lawful realm that it is, I figure there might be.

Thanks again,

Rinonalyrna

"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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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 23 Jan 2007 :  02:11:23  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
All these Cormyr questions have made me want to send my group that way hehe.

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Markustay
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Posted - 23 Jan 2007 :  21:18:02  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

Intense chatter over the Super Bowl these last few days prompts me to ask Ed for more Realmslore, specifically:
in the Heartlands, are there any team sports that involve fairly stable-membership traveling teams that go places to compete? In, say, a circuit or annual "grudge matches"?
If so, any details Ed cares to share?

Excellent question, and one I have never even thought about before. We have Quidditch matches in Harry Potter, and Blood Bowl games in WH, so why not something akin to the Olympics for the Realms? I'd love to here Ed's take on this as well.

Good subject for an article, I would imagine.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 23 Jan 2007 21:18:44
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RodOdom
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Posted - 24 Jan 2007 :  04:43:27  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Ed's Castlemourn Campaign Setting is now shipping at Amazon !

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1931567220/102-1274568-6220903
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The Sage
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Posted - 24 Jan 2007 :  05:38:47  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
Neat.

Now all I need to do is confirm the Australian release date.

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RodOdom
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Posted - 24 Jan 2007 :  15:19:28  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
When I receive my copy, which forum would be appropriate to discuss it?
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MaxKaladin
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Posted - 24 Jan 2007 :  18:10:11  Show Profile  Visit MaxKaladin's Homepage Send MaxKaladin a Private Message
I'm curious if Ed can elaborate on the statement "able-bodied children old enough to fend for themselves (age 12 for males and puberty or 13 for females, whichever comes later)". I'm aware that it wasn't unusual historically for societies to consider one an adult at ages our society would consider too young, but I always had the impression that this was one of those areas where Faerûn differed from historical societies and that the typical age of majority in Faerûn was probably similar to those of modern western nations.

Thus, I'm curious: Is this the legal age of majority in Cormyr? Does this imply that someone who lost his or her parents at that age would be expected to survive on their own rather than winding up with a legal guardian or sent to live in an orphanage or something like that? How does this work if they decide to take up some dangerous occupation like signing on as a sailor, joinig the army or the obvious example of adventuring? Does it imply that they're subject to adult punishments for any lawbreaking? Finally, is this fairly typical for Faerûn or is Cormyr unusual in this respect?

Ok, technically it's a lot of questions but they're all sort of related.

This would seem broadly relevant given the number of adventurers who have a background involving being orphaned at a young age when their entire village was destroyed by {Monster} and all of their family was killed, giving them a burning desire for revenge against {Monster}. Especially given recent events in Cormyr...

It also has a campaign-specific relevance for me as I'm planning a plotline where the PCs will be trying to track down a specific item a now-dead adventurer owned and one of the ways of finding it will involve tracking down his orphaned son in Cormyr...




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The Sage
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Posted - 24 Jan 2007 :  23:32:14  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 RodOdom

When I receive my copy, which forum would be appropriate to discuss it?

I've discussed this with Big Al, and he and I both think that ONE special scroll on the D&D Products shelf should be set aside for specific CASTLEMOURN discussion.

You can find the scroll here:- http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8715

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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 25 Jan 2007 :  03:13:27  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Blackstaff novel spoiler follows! Caveat lector!
















Well met, Lady Herald of Realmslore!

Recently I asked Ed o' the Green Wood if there were any in the Realms who worked as (for want of a better term) anti-Olin Gisiae, seeking knowledge for its own sake, despite those who want it kept secret.

Others mentioned the church of the Binder as a place I should seek, and I recalled The Leaves of Learning web enhancement, but now, having begun reading Steven Schend's Blackstaff novel, I perceive that perhaps they were trying to call my attention to that book, but oh-so-carefully, without revealing any spoilers. Well, in the interests of relieving Ed of some of the burden my own question placed upon him, please tell him that he may answer my earlier question with the assumption that I know (or soon will know) about espionage carried out by the Font of Knowledge in Waterdeep, and the involvement of Raegar, Damlath, and Gustyl "the Curious." He needn't edge near any NDAs hovering over the novel or risk treading on Steven's toes, or repeat anything which Steven revealed in the novel. I also espied ahead a reference to "the Pentad," of which I shall have learned more by the time Ed gets around to my question, so that, too, may be omitted, at least insofar as Blackstaff is concerned. (YES! I am actually requesting less information on a topic! ... At least insofar as Steven Schend has so recently dealt with it.)

I will say, however, that any information which Ed may share about Sandrew the Wise and Gustyl "the Curious" (who are both still alive in my campaign setting) would be most, most welcome. And Sangalor, too! Let's not forget Sangalor! If ever there was a character in the Realms deserving of a detailed backstory, it's he ... er ... it.

Many thanks for your ever-kind attention to my eternal curiosity, Lady Hooded One!


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Rolindin
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Posted - 25 Jan 2007 :  11:57:25  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message
A question crossed my mind since so much of Corymr has been talked about.
This would be my question for Mr. Greenwood:
What kind of spy system does Corymr have, do the Harpers help the kingdom if they has one in place?
How does this spy system work against say the Thayens and other evil kingdoms.
If this topic has been brought up before then could someone tell me where to find the answer at.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Jan 2007 :  15:10:00  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This time, Ed replies to Wooly Rupert, in regard to my mention of Alusair at age thirteen appearing in the forthcoming SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE: “Speaking of which, how old was she on her visit to the Inn of the Dripping Dagger (the visit mentioned in Volo's Guide to Waterdeep, when the patrons taught her profanity and how to throw daggers)?”
Ed replies:



Late fourteen, as I recall. I can’t check all of my relevant notes right now, and one of them implies she might have been “just” fifteen, but I believe fourteen is more likely.



So saith Ed, and checking back on some of my sporadic pencil scribbles, I’m thinking fourteen, too. “Fourteen going on fifteen,” as they say.
P.S. Rolindin: the Highknights are the "James Bond" types of secret agents for Cormyr, the War Wizards do most surveillance (aided and abetted by loyal retired Purple Dragons dwelling all over the realm), and (especially outside the borders of the realm) the Harpers assist, too (through the personal relatiponship between Dove and Filfaeril, as shown in Ed's current trilogy about the Knights of Myth Drannor). Ed will of course provide you with a proper reply eventually.
love,
THO
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Blueblade
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Posted - 26 Jan 2007 :  02:05:07  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hi, Ed and THO. Another lore query for the Great Bearded One.
At the most recent GenCon, Ed (just before the young WotC lady jumped into your lap --brave girl!), you answered a question about how loving and gentle and open Alustriel seemed to be by saying, "Ah, but she has more than a few daggers in her garters."
Now, was this just a figure of speech, meaning she has powerful spells or magical defenses? Or magical daggers? Or "skeletons in closets"? Or psionics? Or she's insane? Or . . . something else?
Thanks!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Jan 2007 :  02:07:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, scribes. This time Ed makes answer to Rollo Ruttikin, re. this: “Well met Hooded One! I have always wondered about the various Volo's Guides and the assorted recipes for different things like Dragon Stew.
Aside from some of the FR ingredients, are these recipes real or imaginary? Are they inspired by true dishes that one could possibly concoct if one had the time and talent to do so? Of course I realize that certain ingredients would need to be subsituted. Whatever the case may be, Ed sounds like he would be an amazing chef!
This is important to me because I am fat. Thanks!!”
Ed replies:



Amazing eater, yes (or was; for health reasons, I’m having to be far more careful now than I used to be). Amazing chef, no. I’ve never lived in a household where I’ve been allowed to do my own thing in the kitchen (except for washing dishes; I wash a LOT of dishes). I learned to cook on Scout camping trips, and am “okay” preparing a VERY limited roster of meals. However, I’ve watched and listened to many good cooks, read lots of recipes and herblore, and could probably become an average cook, given the opportunity. I’m a fantasy writer, and although I understand seasonings quite well (herbs and spices and how they work or don’t work have always fascinated me), those recipes are inventions. I’d treat them with great caution.
If you wanted to make Dragon Stew, for instance, I’d substitute beef or pork for the dragon meat, and then sit down with a large selection of good cookbooks (use a public library if you don’t have your own selection already) and compare beef or pork dishes, the procedure and the seasonings, and adjust amounts (and substitute ingredients for my sometimes-fantastical ones). Many published recipes have to be tinkered with, in the kitchen, to make them better, or to work at all - - but when comparing my recipes with “real” recipes, go with the real one, every time!
See page 15 of the 2005 vintage of this thread for my earlier reply on this topic.



So saith Ed. Whom I know enjoys watching RESTAURANT MAKEOVER or even GOOD EATS and IRON CHEF AMERICA from time to time, when in hotel rooms.
love to all,
THO
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Markustay
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Posted - 26 Jan 2007 :  06:15:46  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Rolindin

What kind of spy system does Corymr have, do the Harpers help the kingdom if they has one in place?
How does this spy system work against say the Thayens and other evil kingdoms.

To elaborate further, if I may, on what THO said -

SPOILER ELERT!

I'm in the middlle of El in Hell right now, and just past an interesting passage that touches on this very thing.

In that part, Vanderghast is about to put a magical hurtin' on a disloyal noble; disloyal meaning he hasn't paid his taxes in years, and clearly tells the wizard he has NO INTENTION to. Elminster shows up and pays the mans taxes with interest (36,000GP+!) and basically tells Vangy to 'get lost'. Vanderghast is of course quite pissed, and wonders just how many 'spies' the Harpers have within Cormyr. There is also a similar scene where Vanderghast is shocked to learn Blackstaff can teleport in and out of the Palace without upsetting any wards.

These two parts of the book would indicate to me that the Harpers follow the old addage "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer".

In other words, they will share 'Intelligence' with Cormyr... but only if it suits their cause. I'm sure they would even leak vital info to Thay, if it would be in the best interest of the 'big picture'.

Just my take, I'll go back to my lttle corner now........

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 26 Jan 2007 06:16:07
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Rolindin
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Posted - 26 Jan 2007 :  11:35:50  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message
Would Vanderghast be suprised that his former teacher Blackstaff could do such a thing?
Or did blackstaff leave out some things in vanderghast early training, and not share the information with vanderghast: since Vanderghast has been learning magic afer leaving Blackstaffs school.
Would not vanderghast suspect that his former teacher could do such a thing and not tell him?
after all Blackstaff would keep even some spells to him self, so as to keep his magical advantage over his many enemys.
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RodOdom
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Posted - 26 Jan 2007 :  19:36:55  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,

What colors are the seas of Faerun? Would it be determined by phenomena similar to our real world ( green where phytoplankton blooms, clear where waters are poorer in nutrients, etc.)

Edited by - RodOdom on 26 Jan 2007 19:37:23
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Purple Dragon Knight
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Posted - 27 Jan 2007 :  04:53:28  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message
Wow! lots of good stuff on my beloved nation these days. Love it!

However, my old father, who was a Purple Dragon himself, used to say something that I keep close to my heart when the ale runs a little to fast and the girlfriends rotate a wee bit too frequently: too much of a good thing can be worse than not enough!

So, in the fear of soundin' like ol' Aunkspear himself: your highness, let us hear about gnomes now! let the nobles play together for a while, as we already must face them when taxes are due! We want to know about gnomes, how they fight, how they protect their homes, what they eat, and how they organize their villages in general. Are there gnomes in Cormyr? if so, where? what about the other parts of Faerun? where are the most notable "gnome-holds" out here? 'Tis old Dragon's heard of High Haaspur, a place in the southwest Earthfast, and Songfarla, east of the mountains that are east of Thay. Heard of something near some woods close to Candlekeep as well, but don't remember where. Aside from that, nothin' else springs to mind. Where have all the gnomes gone?

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Dargoth
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Posted - 27 Jan 2007 :  04:53:40  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message
A question for Ed

What class is Dumal Erard in the 3ed Realms?

In the First edition Waterdeep and the North hes a Monk

In the Second edition City of Splendors hes a Paladin

Has he returned to his first edition roots and become a monk again?

Also what monk order does Iltmul (Citadel of the Mist) belong and which god does he serve?

Thanks in advance!

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 27 Jan 2007 :  15:41:16  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. This time I bring you Ed of the Greenwood’s response to scribe Jamallo Kreen, regarding the 2e sourcebook entitled REALMSPACE: “Who conceived the idea of Those Who Walk -- the hundreds of thousands of people who walk endlessly in a perfect (?) circle within the crystal sphere of Realmspace? Ed? "Slade"? Some long-forgotten editor at TSR? Inquiring DMs want to know.”
Ed replies:



So far as I know, Slade created Those Who Walk. When in arrived at TSR pre-GenCon one year, Bruce Heard (then Acquisitions Manager for TSR, which meant he handled all freelancers, including me) asked me to review Slade’s draft manuscript for the book, and Those Who Walk were in it then.



So saith Ed. Who is often nostalgic for the zany TSR past (from the safe distance of someone who never had to work there).
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 29 Jan 2007 :  03:38:38  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
My, it's gone all quiet, all of a sudden . . .
Hi again, all. This time I have Ed’s answer for Tormtar, re. this: “Dear Ed and THO, a couple of questions based around the same main theme: A member of my group recently asked me about the state of education in Faerun. Now, as a university history lecturer, it got me thinking. How are the offspring of nobles educated in Faerun (although I know it will vary geographically and culturally)? Are they taught by a number of personal tutors (probably drawn from relatives, local lower ranking clergy, specifically employed sages and even specialised family retainers) or are they sent to organised institutions (colleges or universities) as is hinted at in the ‘Enlightened Student’ entry in Champions of Valour? Also, how do the merchant classes educate their children (in cities with extensive guilds I would imagine that they play a role in organising and perhaps delivering education)? Finally, not to leave the common folk out, how are the children of commoner’s educated (if at all)? Are there certain faiths out there which attempt to provide education?
Thanks to both of you for providing any info you can amidst your hectic schedules and thanks for taking the time to provide us with so much Realms Lore in the first place.”
Ed replies:



The simple answer is: it varies greatly from place to place.
Everyone can receive VERY basic instruction in tasks from local guilds (along the lines of “don’t do this, or you’ll blow yourself up/cut yourself; instead, call in the guild!”), in local lore from local courtiers/civic scribes (“that property belongs to Lhannath the miller, from the old dead felsul down to the creek; formerly it belonged to the weaver Rustragus, and before that - - I have all the dates here”), and from priests of almost all faiths about who the gods are, what their portfolios and beliefs are, where their temples and current civic projects are, and so on (with emphasis on the beneficial importance of their own faith, of course, but with very little “lying” propaganda; in the polytheistic Realms, it’s considered a sin by all to deceive about any faith).
There are “high” sages (researchers, too expensive for most folk below the wealthy merchant or guild level, and often consulted by rulers and nobles) and “low” sages (neighborhood shopkeepers who dispense small-scale information from their acquired knowledge and personal libraries; the former sort of learning tends to be very good, and the latter repeats any errors that might be in their books; most commoners hire low sages to tutor their children, on specific matters, building on what they can get for free from priests). The high sages are the ones who debate with each other, write chapbooks, and sponsor adventurers to recover lost books (or pay well for books brought to them “on spec”).
Much common knowledge is built up locally from gossip, rants and facts in chapbooks, and from talking with peddlers and caravans stopping in town overnight; minstrels and caravan workers make many coins carrying or delivering messages, and telling “the news” (sometimes colorful invented stories). That’s why caravans are so socially important in waystop settlements like Shadowdale.
Bards, heralds, and various faiths (particularly monastic orders) set up organized schools, but the vast majority of these are in large cities (e.g. Waterdeep and Silverymoon), and of these urban schools, the majority are “academies” (which function as what we could call “finishing schools” - - that is, although they impart lore, their primary purpose is to teach etiquette, deportment, an accent, fashion do’s and don’ts, a world-view, and so on, so as to aid in social climbing or success).
Private tutors are much used among the nobility, who often want to have their young disciplined without doing such distasteful work personally, AND want all the results of a good academy [see above] without “the rabble” knowing their little Launsarra went to Madame Theorla’s Peerless Academy of Social Quality [if Launsarra does turn up at such a place, it either means her family is too impoverished to hire a good tutor, or more likely Launsarra beats and terrorizes tutors, or even poisons them or pushes them off balconies, when her temper gets the better of her].
You are quite correct as to the origins of most tutors (add old impoverished nobles from elsewhere, plus retired military officers, to the list for weapons-training and discipline).
Yes, the larger guilds often establish tutors in more than just the “hands on” work of the guild, but these tend to be for guild members only, and not made known to the wider public at all. Some guilds “grow” this arm of their staff into private investigators (because they want to know what rival guilds are up to, courtiers are planning or thinking about them, and so on), and said staff often hire adventurers “of discretion” to handle the more dangerous eavesdropping, kidnapping, spying, and thieving assignments involved.
Lastly, the level of common education varies greatly from place to place, depending on the attitudes of rulers. In general, the trading places (such as Amn, Sembia, and Waterdeep) want a literate populace who can do basic math; it cuts down on cheating, unrest, and theft, and provides more customers hungry for “wonders from afar” and with coin enough to buy such things. Commoners in places with militias (such as Cormyr) are trained and drilled in local geography, map-reading, discipline and taking orders, the local chain of command/how to access local lords and their staff to report or demand things, how to read and write, how to draw way-symbols and interpret them, and so on. Purple Dragons get posted all over the realm, and so have a wider world-view and pick up all sorts of local lore, such as the brands used by local horse-breeders, where specific sorts of caravan-goods come from, and so on; as so many folk everywhere have done military or militia service, this gives most of the population a shared grounding in lore.



So saith Ed. Who added to me that he could go on for pages and pages, but simply hasn’t the time. As usual.
love to all,
THO
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Kuje
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Posted - 29 Jan 2007 :  04:44:53  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
Grin,

Well, I bombarded Ed with enough questions for awhile. I'm waiting back on some answers before I post some more from my list. :)

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Penknight
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Posted - 29 Jan 2007 :  05:37:41  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message
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Originally posted by Kuje

Grin,

Well, I bombarded Ed with enough questions for awhile. I'm waiting back on some answers before I post some more from my list. :)

Same here. I actually felt bad about asking two questions so close together. But if it makes you feel better Lady THO, then let me just say... "Hello!"

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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 29 Jan 2007 :  06:38:15  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message
Yes, I've asked him far too many questions.

My next one can wait a couple of days.

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