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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 26 Dec 2007 :  01:27:05  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Well said sir, well said.



Indeed!

"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."
--Richard Greene (letter to Time)
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 26 Dec 2007 :  16:10:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
From Ed and myself,
Thank you all for the nice words and friendship throughout the year! We do this for all of you, and value the fellowship and laughs and shared fun above all else.
Faraer, I wouldn't try peeling off the sticker; I believe it WILL tear the lightweight cover material, regardless of precautions taken. If I was trying to remove it, I'd start the peel from both ends, put thin table knife blades (NOT razor blades) under the peel (warm the knives SLIGHTLY to loosen the adhesive) and slowly, SLOWLY work the knives towards each other (remove knife, reheat, place in again, inch it a little farther in; you can leave this process ongoing or paused for days, allowing the lifted label ends to curl up and touch each other).
A better process would be to find or make some beige Forgotten Realms logo stickers (using the RIGHT sort of stickers; the cheap ones have adhesive that actually rots after a few years, turning sticky and brown like old Sellotape used to), and cover over the offending white barcode sticker.
Myself, I'd leave it be. I wish they hadn't applied it, but they did, so I'm (sorry for this groaner, folks) stuck with it.
As for it being Volume 1: I hope. It certainly SHOULD be, once Ed has written another Elminster novel, it's had a good long run, and they have decided to retire it . . . but in the publishing world, matters have a habit of not staying still, and the publishing of Realms books could be very different by then.
love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 26 Dec 2007 21:34:59
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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 26 Dec 2007 :  18:48:38  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all. I bring a Christmas-tide response from Ed of the Greenwood to Jamallo Kreen, re. these two related queries: “Does Araumycos ever produce spores? If it does, may these be planted elsewhere and grow into another fungus-thing, even if cuttings of Araumycos won't transplant? And -- being a mycophile I must ask -- what does it taste like -- at least when sauteed in a light butter sauce?”

(snip)

There’s only one way to find out, and the experiment can quite well be terminal. Myself, in that cataclysm, I’d not bet on the fungus to sustain and protect....




Which brings to mind a catchphrase of my favorite character: "Here, taste this."




I have a mouth, but I am in a library and must not scream.


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The Red Walker
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Posted - 28 Dec 2007 :  00:50:40  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One



As for it being Volume 1: I hope. It certainly SHOULD be, once Ed has written another Elminster novel, it's had a good long run, and they have decided to retire it . . . but in the publishing world, matters have a habit of not staying still, and the publishing of Realms books could be very different by then.
love to all,
THO



By decided to retire "it", is the "it" the Elminster series?

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John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 28 Dec 2007 :  07:27:36  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
It took me rereading that sentence a few times as well, but no, what she meant by "it" was "the new Elminster novel." Meaning it's come out in hardcover, sold until it doesn't, then come out in paperback and sell for a good long while. So in the omnibus we'd get, what, El in Hell, El's Daughter, and [The Elminster to be Named Later]? Or am I missing one?

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.

Edited by - Hoondatha on 28 Dec 2007 07:29:21
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 28 Dec 2007 :  13:08:56  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message
Well met again Ed and THO.

I've been reading Green Ronin's Advanced Gamemaster's Guide, and there is a concept in it that sounded interesting. Them mention "self limiting magic" being a possible option in a setting, where a character might swear an oath to someone that their magic will never affect a certain group or type of people.

Essentially the oath has to be made to someone, and it has to be all or nothing ("none of my spells will ever affect . . . " and the party or group named has to be something that the person in the setting could identify (" . . . gold elves," for example).

This sounded like an interesting concept, and I was wondering if such an oath is possible in the Realms. It seems like something that Mystra and Azuth would indeed enforce, but is it possible, and has such a thing ever happened.

(The book mentions a wish being the general "out" for this oath, or an atonement spell cast so long as the person to whom the original oath was made to is willing to allow the character their freedom, though in this case, I could picture the atonement having to come from Mystra's or Azuth's clergy).

At any rate, thank you kindly for your time.

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Jamallo Kreen
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 28 Dec 2007 :  19:09:05  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Well met again Ed and THO.

I've been reading Green Ronin's Advanced Gamemaster's Guide, and there is a concept in it that sounded interesting. Them mention "self limiting magic" being a possible option in a setting, where a character might swear an oath to someone that their magic will never affect a certain group or type of people.

Essentially the oath has to be made to someone, and it has to be all or nothing ("none of my spells will ever affect . . . " and the party or group named has to be something that the person in the setting could identify (" . . . gold elves," for example).

This sounded like an interesting concept, and I was wondering if such an oath is possible in the Realms. It seems like something that Mystra and Azuth would indeed enforce, but is it possible, and has such a thing ever happened.

(The book mentions a wish being the general "out" for this oath, or an atonement spell cast so long as the person to whom the original oath was made to is willing to allow the character their freedom, though in this case, I could picture the atonement having to come from Mystra's or Azuth's clergy).

At any rate, thank you kindly for your time.



Not long ago Dragon had an article on "Archaeologists," and they were given the option of taking a feat which did not affect objects. If Whizzo can drop a 10d6 fireball, but he is an antiquarian sort, he could blast the bejeezus out of a library filled with goblins and harm nary a page of the books nor their shelves, nor that cool Turmish rug the goblins were using as an incubator for their accursed spawn. Cool, eh? In my campaign, this feat is going to be reserved for those who have one of the deities of knowledge as a patron, and possibly the artist's patron, Finder Wyvernspur.



I have a mouth, but I am in a library and must not scream.


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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 29 Dec 2007 :  02:33:58  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Hoondatha, you've counted right; there's an unwritten "Elminster To Be Named Later" novel to make up the next trilogy. I know what Ed's planning, but I also know that no contracts have been signed yet, so his plans are . . . just that.
KnightErrantJr, oaths to Mystra, Azuth, and other deities of magic have some sway over arcane spells in the Realms, but oaths to other gods tend to govern only divine spells (and merely influence arcane spells). The key word here is "influence." In any given situation (location, items present, opponents and any oaths or divine allegiances they may have, etc.) there may well be multiple augmenting or warring influences at work . . . preventing anything from being "certain" or "absolute," and making everything . . . interesting.
I'm speaking now from Realmsplay experience with Ed as DM. The problem is, most mortal PCs have no way of learning the "whole truth" or even in many cases any shred of the truth, about situations, places, and events they are walking into. So such an oath should be considered a guideline: don't blast a group of characters that includes one you've oathsworn not to affect and "trust absolutely" in that oath to protect them. Do it as a last resort, but don't treat the oath as firm, unbeatable armour.


So saith me. Consulting once with Ed over this reply to make sure he's in agreement (he is).
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Dec 2007 :  16:09:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
Herewith, a reply to this query from createvmind: "Lady I am curious how you guys/gals dealt with summon monster spells, if you summoned a fiendish spider did Ed consider it an evil spell and thus you as a caster risked corruption so to speak and did you only get to summon what was listed as alignment acceptable creatures or were you able to stray from that listing?"
We didn't do much monster summoning, because Ed made it fraught with peril. ANYTHING could show up (including the memorable whale that arrived in our far-from-water location and crushed our foes, dying itself (check the tables in the 1st Edition DMG for said critter; this was a clerical magic), and named individual creatures (e.g. devils) always had namesakes (e.g. demons of the same name, or vice versa) who could show up instead, in an uncontrolled state!
Yes, you could summon anything, with the alignment/sinning consequences. No, it was never wise to summon much more than handy mounts, beasts of burden, carrier-pigeon-like birds or harriers to down an enemy's carrier-pigeon-like birds, or appropriate-to-the-landscape predators to frighten locals (e.g. wolves, bears). Jhessail avoided being slain once by convincing some ophidian and yuan-ti serpent-priests she was "holy" (she summoned snakes when they were too distant to properly see her summoning, stripped, borrowed another Knight's protection against poison magic item ere the rest of the Knights hurriedly departed, hid the item in a body cavity, and writhed around on the ground slapping and stroking her summoned vipers, who repeatedly bit her whilst she pretended to be in ecstasy as a result; it worked).
So Ed tended to discourage use ofmonster summoning magics just by play situations; we often used them to help us out of dungeon cells or to carry messages or items where we dared not go ourselves, but very seldom used them in battle as controlled critters. UNcontrolled, charge-into-the-foe-amid-general-confusion critters, yes...

love,
THO
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 30 Dec 2007 :  16:41:46  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

ANYTHING could show up (including the memorable whale that arrived in our far-from-water location and crushed our foes, dying itself (check the tables in the 1st Edition DMG for said critter; this was a clerical magic),


Well, at least it wasn't a bowl of petunias.

I wonder how many will catch that reference...

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 30 Dec 2007 :  16:48:45  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

ANYTHING could show up (including the memorable whale that arrived in our far-from-water location and crushed our foes, dying itself (check the tables in the 1st Edition DMG for said critter; this was a clerical magic),


Well, at least it wasn't a bowl of petunias.

I wonder how many will catch that reference...



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createvmind
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Posted - 30 Dec 2007 :  17:07:14  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Thank you so much Lady,

Between the druid PC and now master conjurer in my game I think it's time they realize the possible drawbacks of summoning creatures as if they are ordering chinese take out.


Edited by - createvmind on 30 Dec 2007 17:07:52
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Kuje
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Posted - 30 Dec 2007 :  17:19:29  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 Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

ANYTHING could show up (including the memorable whale that arrived in our far-from-water location and crushed our foes, dying itself (check the tables in the 1st Edition DMG for said critter; this was a clerical magic),


Well, at least it wasn't a bowl of petunias.

I wonder how many will catch that reference...



And I hope it didn't say, "Oh no, not again!"

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The Sage
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Posted - 30 Dec 2007 :  22:47:44  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
You know, I've always wanted an Improbability Drive!

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Daviot
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Posted - 31 Dec 2007 :  05:29:06  Show Profile  Visit Daviot's Homepage  Send Daviot an AOL message Send Daviot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

You know, I've always wanted an Improbability Drive!


Nah, that's teleporting, especially when you're either:
-In the Underdark
-Not sure where you're going to begin with.

And an early Happy New Year to Ed, THO, and my fellow scribes.

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Thangorn
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Posted - 31 Dec 2007 :  07:02:46  Show Profile  Visit Thangorn's Homepage Send Thangorn a Private Message
Happy New Year Ed & THO..

Thanks for all the wonderful realmslore you've shared with us this year

Bottoms Up!!


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Alaundo
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Posted - 31 Dec 2007 :  10:04:56  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message
Well met

Indeed, a very happy to THO and Ed and many thanks for thy continued supply of lore over the past year.

Could I please request that my fellow scribes refrain from posting any more requests for lore to Ed and THO as this scroll will be locked later today (this then allows THO to better synchronise the crossover into the upcoming 2008 scroll ). You may resume your requests in the 2008 scroll.

Many thanks.

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The Sage
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That being the case, and since Australia has now entered '08 [and I've a question I want to ask! ] please be aware that this scroll will now be closing, with Ed's Realmslore answers and The Hooded One's grace and charm starting fresh in a new scroll for 2008.

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