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Zandilar
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Posted - 16 Dec 2007 :  21:21:13  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

I'm going to make a guess and say Lathander's church is probably deeply involved in sports, particularly athletics.

I wonder if his church hosts something like an Olympiad?

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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Posted - 16 Dec 2007 :  23:48:32  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
Blueblade, Malcolm... you might want to search through Ed's previous replies. I know he's mentioned particular Realms-sports before. He'll likely have more to add, of course, but these already existing replies will be something you can enjoy while awaiting his responses.

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Kuje
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  00:49:43  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
Just a quick note:

I've finally got some free time so my .doc file of Ed's replies has been caught up since it was 2 months behind.

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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createvmind
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  03:23:48  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All.

I am curious about the fate of elementals that are used in creation of constructs/golems, especially in the case of the Nimblewright which actually has a consciousness. Is the elementals identity replaced with a false consciousness or is the elemental aware of it's current state but unable to break free of the bindings placed upon it? Another thing, since this seems to be an enslavement, possible destruction of another being is this considered an evil act as far as you're concerned?

I have such a construct in my game and I'm wondering if adverse magical forces can actually affect the nimblewright, causing the constructs created-conscious to be aware/struggle with a another conscious within itself, that of the bound elemental.

Lastly can wizards create constructs with an option that the elemental used to power the golem is automatically returned to it's plane upon the golems destruction, for those who have somewhat of a heart?

Thanks as always
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  05:08:08  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all!
Zandilar, Ed is incommunicado at the moment (I understand the raging snowstorm afflicting most of Northeastern USA and Southeastern Canada has killed his power and telephone lines, so no computer, no e-mail, no phones, and he's likely using the fireplace for heat, and cooking outside with his old charcoal barbie), but I can start to answer your questions about War Wizards.
Ed once told us that the War Wizard recruits rise and fall from year to year, but an average would probably be about a dozen a year that the Crown and other War Wizards considered suitable - - of whom slightly less than half would survive Vangerdahast's treatment/winnowing.
On a later occasion, Ed said Caladnei is much easier on her War Wizards, both novices and veterans, so fewer flee the realm or quit in disgust - - but she's absolutely paranoid about letting a traitor slip into the ranks of the War Wizards, and has been (unofficially) calling on Dove, who in turn calls on other Chosen and Harpers if she needs them, to make certain no Red Wizard, Zhentarim, Cult of the Dragon, or other "sinister power group" agents get into the War Wizards.
Which means Caladnei "breaks" fewer War Wizards, but catches almost all of the bad eggs, so slightly MORE than half of her annual recruits survive the testing and training and "settling in."
War Wizard losses are way down from the Devil Dragon War period, but are rising again as more sinister (Shade-backed) activities from Sembia occur.
Hope this helps. More when Ed can reply.
love,
THO
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Zandilar
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  05:52:32  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Zandilar, Ed is incommunicado at the moment (I understand the raging snowstorm afflicting most of Northeastern USA and Southeastern Canada has killed his power and telephone lines, so no computer, no e-mail, no phones, and he's likely using the fireplace for heat, and cooking outside with his old charcoal barbie), but I can start to answer your questions about War Wizards.
<snipabit>



Thank you, that was very interesting and useful information! I'll try and send some of our sunny weather up there... sounds like you all need it up there more than we do!

Zandilar
~amor vincit omnia~
~audaces fortuna iuvat~

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.

Edited by - Zandilar on 17 Dec 2007 05:53:02
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Kuje
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  05:54:11  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 Zandilar

Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Zandilar, Ed is incommunicado at the moment (I understand the raging snowstorm afflicting most of Northeastern USA and Southeastern Canada has killed his power and telephone lines, so no computer, no e-mail, no phones, and he's likely using the fireplace for heat, and cooking outside with his old charcoal barbie), but I can start to answer your questions about War Wizards.
<snipabit>



Thank you, that was very interesting and useful information! I'll try and send some of our sunny weather up there... sounds like you all need it up there more than we do!



Indeed. :(

Sigh, southern Lake Ontario, where I live, got 2 feet of snow between today and tomorrow, so north of the lake can't be much better, which includes Canada and up into where Ed lives.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  06:12:43  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
*Whimper!*

The last snow we got was lake effect snow, several years ago, about an hour north of here. I miss seeing snow -- or even seasons.

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crazedventurers
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  14:15:11  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all!
Ed once told us that the War Wizard recruits rise and fall from year to year, but an average would probably be about a dozen a year that the Crown and other War Wizards considered suitable - - of whom slightly less than half would survive Vangerdahast's treatment/winnowing.



Can I ask where they get them from? do War wiazrds activeley go out recruiting apprentices to train up? is there a wizard school in Cormyr when novices can learn their craft? do they take (as a matter of course) non-Cormytes into their ranks?

My players have been asking very similar questions, as they are wondering if/where the magic school is and how do they recruit apprentices/get into the war wizards/what the general make-up is of War Wizards (mainly cormytes/how many in total approximately/does every town/village have at least one in residence etc)?

Thanks

Damian

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  19:18:00  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Purple Dragon Knight



(snip)

I remember from "Grand Tour of the Realms" that Evereska had somekind of College of "Plane-Hopping" wizards; it would be certainly interesting if this College campus owned real-estate in Sigil...

(snip)




May we have a citation for this please? (Or, if it's in the pdf, just say so -- I can look it up on my computer, because Adobe indexes, even if Wizards doesn't.)

I echo a request for more information from Ed on magical training in Evereska!





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Jamallo Kreen
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quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

As I settle in front of my television set, with a blizzard raging outside and football players clashing on snowy fields on the screen, I am moved to ask Ed or THO:
Are there any team sports (aside from mock battles or real raiding/fighting) that are played in Cormyr, outside, in the winter? In the snow?
Thanks!
BB



Addendum: Are the paintings of Pieter Brueghel the Elder a good illustration of these?



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The Hooded One
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Posted - 17 Dec 2007 :  23:53:14  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all!
Damian, Ed is still (literally!) snowed under, but I can have a stab at starting to answer your question, from my experiences playing in the Realms with Ed as DM ("starting" means of course I've still sent your query along to Ed, for his reply in the fullness of time).
AFAIK, there are no formal schools of wizardry in Cormyr. What does exist is a dozen or so mages who are poor enough that they take on apprentices from time to time (especially when approached by rich Cormyrean families; if these are noble families, taking on someone as an apprentice is darned close to a real-world "royal command performance" in that one does NOT refuse). The War Wizards magically spy on ALL resident wizards in the Realm, and covertly approach apprentices (particularly as their apprenticeship ends) if what they have seen (and mind-probed!) of the apprentice strikes them as good War Wizard material.
This is the way most War Wizards are recruited: on an individual, secretive basis, AFTER the candidate has usually been "tested" (manipulated by War Wizards, sometimes with Highknight or Harper or Crown envoy assistance) several times, to see what their true morals, greed, and loyalties are.
Remember, Vangey and Laspeera weren't looking for "good" people so much as "loyal to Vangey first" persons who were gifted in the Art (not necessarily powerful; training the War Wizards can give) and can obey and act well and keep secrets ("their mouths shut," Ed once put it, when speaking as Vangey). Caladnei is a little more picky (she doesn't want evil or ruthless folks, because she thinks she has enough of the latter in the ranks already, and doesn't want any of the former, ever), and Laspeera is utterly loyal to Caladnei, now that she's taken her measure of Caladnei and judged her "just fine" for Cormyr.
There TENDS to be a prejudice against outlanders, meaning they have to "prove themselves" more often and better than native-born Cormyreans, but if a War Wizard is regarded highly by Laspeera or Caladnei, that now means other War Wizards fully respect them, too (this wasn't always the case under Vangerdahast, because many War Wizards thought - - correctly - - he "played favourites," placing loyalty to him above loyalty to the realm, or to an Obarskyr).
Every noble household either has a War Wizard as "house mage" or spies heavily on that house mage, and every "duty mage" attached to a local lord is, again, either a War Wizard or spied upon diligently by War Wizards. In addition, War Wizards wander in disguise everywhere, in the three cities and in Waymoot and Dhedluk and in the way-stops just west of Daerlun especially, watching and listening.
Wherever you are in Cormyr, a War Wizard (or at least their scrutiny) is never far away. Just venturing near certain spots (e.g. some wings of the Royal Palace, Mouth O'Gargoyles) will get you "looked at" immediately, and with suspicion. This means seeing where you go and who you have business dealings with, for at least a short period thereafter.
Oh, and marching up to anyone and expressing a desire to join the War Wizards REALLY gets you watched suspiciously, NOT "invited in."
I hope this helps. Ed will, of course, have more, but I think I've covered all the basics.
love,
THO
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 18 Dec 2007 :  03:45:59  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
I know our beloved Bearded One is snowed under, but when he digs himself out, lovely THO, if you could ask if he could impart any information on the mysterious Cholandrothipe, the former beloved mage of Feather Falls. Any tidbits would be greatly appreciated.

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Neriandal Freit
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Posted - 18 Dec 2007 :  03:55:53  Show Profile  Visit Neriandal Freit's Homepage  Click to see Neriandal Freit's MSN Messenger address Send Neriandal Freit a Private Message
Question that perhaps has been asked before, but I thought I would ask since it came to me while driving on my forklift at Menards today.

Does Faerun it self (as in the people of) celebrate Holidays in general such as many do with Christmas (Yule), Halloween, Hanuka, Kwanzaa, etc.? Example being the nobles and wealthy of Waterdeep gather this that and this around that time of year and celebrate xxx holiday?

Not particularly based to any one god or being, but just as a general tradition?

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Purple Dragon Knight
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Posted - 18 Dec 2007 :  05:36:21  Show Profile  Click to see Purple Dragon Knight's MSN Messenger address Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

I know our beloved Bearded One [snip]
Watch out Knight... this talk is getting a little Cthulu~ish!

Besides, you know he's not stuck right now... right? have you forgotten that around this time of year, around these Canadian parts, one can hear the distant sound of wood being chopped in the nude, with the occasional bellowing laughter?
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Zandilar
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Posted - 18 Dec 2007 :  08:07:12  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

The last reply about War Wizards inspired another question... well, reminded me of one I was originally going to ask but forgot about...

Does Myrmeen Lhal have a "court" wizard? How does the government of Arabel interact with the War Wizards?

Zandilar
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~audaces fortuna iuvat~

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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Faraer
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Posted - 18 Dec 2007 :  16:38:47  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
Neriandal, all Faerūn celebrates Midwinter, Greengrass, Midsummer (and Shieldmeet), Higharvestide, and the Feast of the Moon; whichever of the deity-specific festivals are locally prominent; and (often, in various ways) the solstices and equinoxes. A good number of local celebrations are also mentioned: for instance, Waterdhavians observe Fleetswake, the Fair Seas Festival, Waukeentide, Leiruin, Trolltide, Founders' Day, and Ahghairon's Day, that we know of.
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The Hooded One
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Actually, PDK, I had always thought that Ed (who has been known in the hot height of summer to wear only boots and a headband whilst chopping wood) just invented that scene to show how unconcerned Storm was about her body ("comfortable in her skin" after so many hundreds of years), but he recently told me that it was based on a real neighbour.
She's quite old now, but I strolled along the creek from Ed's woodlot, and yes, she does indeed chop wood wearing only boots and a smile. She waved to me cheerfully, causing a lot of Canada Geese to fly up.
Yes, we Canadian lasses are tough...
love,
THO
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crazedventurers
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Posted - 18 Dec 2007 :  20:50:19  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message
Thank you very much - will come in very handy on Saturday for the game!

best wishes

Damian

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi, all!
Damian, Ed is still (literally!) snowed under, but I can have a stab at starting to answer your question, from my experiences playing in the Re


So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
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quote:
Originally posted by Faraer

Neriandal, all Faerūn celebrates Midwinter, Greengrass, Midsummer (and Shieldmeet), Higharvestide, and the Feast of the Moon; whichever of the deity-specific festivals are locally prominent; and (often, in various ways) the solstices and equinoxes. A good number of local celebrations are also mentioned: for instance, Waterdhavians observe Fleetswake, the Fair Seas Festival, Waukeentide, Leiruin, Trolltide, Founders' Day, and Ahghairon's Day, that we know of.

Indeed. We know of many: Faerūnwide festivals such as Midwinter, the equinoxes, and Shieldmeet; widespread religious festivals [described in the Faiths & Avatars books]; local secular festivals [scattered throughout many sources]. A significant number of them have been compiled here at Candlekeep.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Actually, PDK, I had always thought that Ed (who has been known in the hot height of summer to wear only boots and a headband whilst chopping wood) just invented that scene to show how unconcerned Storm was about her body ("comfortable in her skin" after so many hundreds of years), but he recently told me that it was based on a real neighbour.
She's quite old now, but I strolled along the creek from Ed's woodlot, and yes, she does indeed chop wood wearing only boots and a smile. She waved to me cheerfully, causing a lot of Canada Geese to fly up.
Yes, we Canadian lasses are tough...
love,
THO



Heh, that's interesting to know. For my part, I figured that Storm stripped down like that simply for comfort.

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Well, physical activity does do a lot for keeping the body warm. Last night the temperature at work (I deliver morning newspapers) was 10 below freezing, and I still did most of it in t-shirt and not particularly thick tracksuit pants (and a cap, it's all about wearing the right cap and shoes).

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And some people are more comfortable in cooler weather than others... Last year, I was playing in the snow with my niece and nephew. I was wearing regular clothes, and a flannel shirt over my t-shirt -- and I was quite comfortable.

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Jamallo Kreen
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Well met, all! I hope one and all have a happy Yule. May your Sun be reborn and may you not face Fimbulwinter!


Now, a question for Ed: is it likely that Chauntea and/or Silvanus would grant druidical spells and powers to someone who was of Neutral alignment but had a different patron (e.g. Oghma, who is also Neutral)?


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The Hooded One
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And I agree, Rino; I'm sure this vigorous elderly lady has always done her woodchopping in the nude for comfort (most felling, bucking, and splitting being done in warm months, with splitting in winter being done as warming exercise for NEXT year's woodpile unless one is desperate [out of wood]).
Not that I recommend anyone handle an axe bare-shinned, and NEVER never never a chainsaw (if the chain breaks and snaps back, it can be a bone-deep slice for bare flesh . . . or just torn clothing if wearing the proper gear).
Ed chuckled when we talked about this, and pointed out that he's gone spelunking and mountain climbing (in his younger, more spry days) and encountered, at various times, fellow cavers or climbers of both genders wearing little more than boots, sunglasses, and smiles (sometimes a wristwatch, and usually lots of belts, knapsack straps, etc.).
I don't, however, recommend wearing any sort of armor when otherwise nude. Armor goes over leather padding for a REASON.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 22 Dec 2007 03:34:34
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