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Sian
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Posted - 23 May 2007 :  11:47:52  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message  Reply with Quote
*laughs*

bug WoTC and demand to know whom the jerk is :P

what happened to the queen? she's much more hysterical than usual
She's a women, it happens once a month
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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

Hmm... I don't know who writes the little introductions, but they got the hexblade's book wrong.



That doesnt suprise me the Corymyr: The Tearing of the Weave article is still up

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/ag/20070321a

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 24 May 2007 :  11:20:00  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sian

*laughs*

bug WoTC and demand to know whom the jerk is :P



Feel free to mention it to the people at the website. Small errors are bound to creep in, but I can see how it can be annoying.

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Sian
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Posted - 06 Jun 2007 :  05:40:40  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/frcc/20070606

interesting

what happened to the queen? she's much more hysterical than usual
She's a women, it happens once a month
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Dargoth
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Posted - 06 Jun 2007 :  05:43:33  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sian

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/frcc/20070606

interesting



Hmm I cant get into it my browser keeps telling me the connection timed out

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The Sage
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Heh. Whenever I read the word 'Factotum', I immediately think "PLANESCAPE."

Bookmarked for later perusal.

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 06 Jun 2007 :  20:25:51  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
First off, I really enjoyed the fact that you used both followers of Marthmmor Duin and a Netherese chronomancer in part of the factotum article, and I also enjoyed the Sembia "adventurer's club" as well. One of my favorite parts of the Realms is that adventurers are part of the social order of the Realms, so things like this popping up make perfect sense and reinforce that concept. Really good work on the background material.

I do wish that it had been a bit more "factotums need a patron deity" than simply saying that a god has to be involved somehow. I am glad that you did clarify that it wasn't some personal ability of the individual factotum, and this certainly isn't any shortcoming on your part Eytan, but I worry even a little "light through the door" (i.e. see factotums don't need a patron god, neither does my druid/cleric/paladin, what have you, I can do what I like and some god will grant me spells as long as I'm the right class). I'll admit, I'm probably nitpicking this a bit more that I normally would though, since, even though I like the background material, I still don't like factotums (just having a hard time warming up to the class).

I really liked your approach to spell theives, and it reminded me of when the esteemed George Krashos mentions trying to keep Realmslore "inclusive rather than exclusive." By tying this to godsblood, you can definately say that there has been an increase in spell theives since the Time of Troubles, but this also doesn't rule out spell theives that might have originated from other incidents of a god's blood having been spilled, or even harvested (yes, I'll admit it, this got the gears turning to use some of the material in Monte Cook's Requiem for a God sourcebook as well).

Excellent Realmslore additions Eytan, sorry for the slight criticism.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 06 Jun 2007 :  20:33:13  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's quite alright KnightErrantJR. Not every comment has to be sunshine and roses. I am dealing with every class, but just like everyone else, I don't like every class equally. In order to work some classes into the Realms, its necessary to do think hard about how to work them into the cosmology and magical systems in place. We don't want the classes to be too narrow in their origins, but we also don't want an "anything goes" frame of mind.

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 06 Jun 2007 :  22:15:24  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, and its definately as I said, the Realmslore aspects were great, and I look forward to dropping these into a campaign sometime. You are correct, not every new class is created equal, and as much as I'm interested in seeing what you do with it, its probably going to take a miracle to change my opinion on Incarnum (not that its your job to sell the system to me).

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Dhomal
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  06:19:46  Show Profile  Visit Dhomal's Homepage Send Dhomal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello-

I must admit I only skimmed the factotums, and was doing the same witn the Spellthieves - when I saw Shaundakul's name! Whoa - put on the brakes and go back to Go! :) I went back and read the whole section on the Spellthieves - which I was not too familiar with in any case - and loved what you did! I especially like knowing that you did your ToT homework and included Shaundakul in the list! I may have to work this into one of my future Shaundakul articles for the Compendium!

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  11:36:46  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Oh, and its definately as I said, the Realmslore aspects were great, and I look forward to dropping these into a campaign sometime. You are correct, not every new class is created equal, and as much as I'm interested in seeing what you do with it, its probably going to take a miracle to change my opinion on Incarnum (not that its your job to sell the system to me).



Incarnum is a big challenge, probably the biggest in terms of adaptation. We'll have to wait and see how it goes.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  11:37:34  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dhomal

Hello-

I must admit I only skimmed the factotums, and was doing the same witn the Spellthieves - when I saw Shaundakul's name! Whoa - put on the brakes and go back to Go! :) I went back and read the whole section on the Spellthieves - which I was not too familiar with in any case - and loved what you did! I especially like knowing that you did your ToT homework and included Shaundakul in the list! I may have to work this into one of my future Shaundakul articles for the Compendium!

Dhomal



I scrounged for every ToT reference to a god I could find.

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sleyvas
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I must agree with KEJR on the factotum piece with requiring a patron deity (though I don't have dungeonscape and haven't even seen the class). I cringed when I read that they had divine abilities without a patron. I can see others trying to do this with archivists in the realms, but its better that if they're divine in any way they pick a patron.

>>Incarnum is a big challenge, probably the biggest in terms of adaptation. We'll have to wait >>and see how it goes.

I'll upfront say all I've done is read the rules for this so far. I've yet to playtest them. I'm not so averse to them as much as I am the Tome of Magic classes (though I am extremely intrigued by the class that uses vestiges as a concept, it needs some game balance write up).
As a result, I've kind of thought a little bit on this, and if it helps, so much the better.
Its written up that there is a Temple of the Sapphire Eidolon in the remote Uthangol mountains of the Eastern Shaar. The Sapphire Hierarchs who inhabit it are devoted to law. Near where their temple is located is Shaundalar, center of the short-lived Theocracy of Eltabranar which was devoted to Myrkul and formed with the aid of the Knights of Myrkul and the demon lord Eltab. Were the Sapphire Hierarchs forced into the Uthangol mountains when their other temples were destroyed in Shaundalar? Was Shaundalar an area where incarnum based magics were being discovered (the wild areas seem perfect for totemists, and incarnates and soulborn could be the civilized groups)? The Sapphire Hierarchs are all clerics as well, so who are their patrons? Helm? Hoar? Tyr? Savras? These would all seem to work with their philosophies (Savras is a bit of a stretch, but he is stronger in the south). Since they stand opposed to beings that try to break the natural laws or deny their fates (such as undeath), it would stand that they definitely wouldn't have liked Myrkul's theocracy. There might even be some totemists/clerics worshipping Nobanion. This could definitely be an interesting place, with possibly influence from multiple deities.
As to the base casters themselves, incarnates and totemists would both fit in well among the Rashemi witches. Perhaps this is even where Rashemi picked up the idea of wearing masks was due to totemists. The idea of using the power of spirits to perform magic just seems to fit this country. I can see soulborn there as well, but I believe that they would be specifically found amongst the male population (and seen as handi-capped soulmelders compared to the witches).
Many of the abilities of incarnates show up as a glowing, but insubstantial whatnot on a characters arm, face, etc... I can see some incarnates referring to these as "soul-mantles" which might have been confused by other people as "spell mantles".

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  21:57:25  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

I must agree with KEJR on the factotum piece with requiring a patron deity (though I don't have dungeonscape and haven't even seen the class). I cringed when I read that they had divine abilities without a patron. I can see others trying to do this with archivists in the realms, but its better that if they're divine in any way they pick a patron.



Factotums don't get to do major things with divine magic, like casting Heal or Raise Dead or anything like that, but they do get to heal a little and turn undead if they spend their inspriration points in that manner. I get that part of the "flavor" of the factotum is that they carry around all of these holy symbols and lucky charms and that their "divine ability" is really just them remembering that sometimes clerics do this is a given situation, and if they have inspiration points, that happens to work, but I guess I'm a pain when it comes to even minor erosions of established concepts, not because they are themselves an issue, but because someone else might come along and push the boundary even further along.


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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  22:02:25  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As far as Incarnum goes, I never really got around to finding a home for it in my campaigns because it felt so alien to how my campaign works, and I didn't like the completely new set of terminology and ways of doing things. That having been said, when I was looking into it, I thought that Ra-Khati would be a good origin point for Incarnum, and from there it might have spread to Khazari, what is now Koumira, Solon, and into some of the lesser known, "eastern edge" lands, like Murghom.

And as far as killing two birds with one stone, if Ra-Khati was mentioned, the leader of that hidden nation could be given an alternate title other than the Dhali Llama . . . (which has always been about as distracting to me as if one of the faiths of Faerun had someone refered to as the Pope as its leader).

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sleyvas
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  22:17:26  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Got sidetracked.
I can see totemists tied to the Church of Malar as well as other nature deities.
I can see there being soulcasters (the prestige class) in Rashemen as well. The study of soul magic and wizardry would seem to fit the witches.
If the idea behind the Theocracy of Eltabranar seems to float well, then the area would at least be aware of the use of incarnum. A country devoted to Myrkul and familiar with incarnum just screams that it would be the area where the necrocarnists came from. In fact, perhaps some of the Knights of Myrkul were soulborn/necrocarnates and/or incarnate/necrocarnates.
With the great rift so near to this area, it would only make sense that they might have learned something of this art as well. Thus, some of the gold dwarves might be ironforge soulmasters.
At that temple we were talking about earlier, I can see some warrior types getting into the incandescent champion, incarnum blade, or even witchborn binder classes. The witchborn binder seems to me a very "Hoar"'ish prestige class.
Umbral disciples would obviously be an interesting addition to the churches of Mask and Shar.
Ok, hopefully this sparked some ideas that might help if you're still writing the article. Feel free to use any of it, it'd just be interesting to see what twist you'd put on things.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  22:33:42  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with the idea that divine magic requires a patron. In this one specific instance, I had to go against the grain, simply due to the nature of the factotum class. Making them choose a patron really goes against the entire idea of the class. They are drawing on the power of the gods, but not on any one particular god. In this way, they are more like ur-priests (or even bards) than clerics.

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 07 Jun 2007 :  22:39:39  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I get that, and I was trying (and most likely not succeeding) in my post above to say that I can kind of see that since is not fully divine magic, just "sort of," that its not quite like saying, for example, archivists don't need a divine patron. I've just butted heads with too many people that for some reason want divine magic in the Forgotten Realms to work like "core" divine magic.

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monch9
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Next one is up.

Swashbucklers, Marshals, and Dragonfire Adept

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/frcc/20070613

*** Jarlaxle is mentioned :) :) :)

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 13 Jun 2007 :  11:08:20  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by monch9


Next one is up.

Swashbucklers, Marshals, and Dragonfire Adept

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/frcc/20070613

*** Jarlaxle is mentioned :) :) :)

Monch



Wow! I had no idea this one was coming out today. I figured it'd be out next week.

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dwarvenranger
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Posted - 14 Jun 2007 :  00:37:18  Show Profile  Visit dwarvenranger's Homepage Send dwarvenranger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well done. I would have liked to seen updated level on Jarlaxle though. Got any stats for him laying around?

If I waited till I knew what I was doing, I'd never get anything done.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 14 Jun 2007 :  11:44:00  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's really beyond the scope of these articles to do big NPC write-ups. Also, I don't want to step on the toes of a Bob Salvatore.

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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

I agree with the idea that divine magic requires a patron. In this one specific instance, I had to go against the grain, simply due to the nature of the factotum class. Making them choose a patron really goes against the entire idea of the class. They are drawing on the power of the gods, but not on any one particular god. In this way, they are more like ur-priests (or even bards) than clerics.


Would this not depend on how black & white us as players/DMs take the patron deity requirement?

Just because there is a rule that a character needs to have a patron deity does not have to stand in the way of the factotum class. FR is after all a polytheistic culture and someone with a plethora of holy symbols and some limited power could still function with a patron deity who might or might not grant these spells - certainly, the character would not need to know. (And some deities actually enjoy masquerading as another)

I always see a patron deity as a divine being that a character (PC or NPC) might favor over other deities, but predominantly because that deity's ideals/dogmas match with the character's outlook on life and behavior (whether conscious or sub-conscious) and likely influenced by the character's background and upbringing (though this need not be the defining factor)

In other words, in my opinion, the requirement for a patron deity could still stand without endangering the factotum class…
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EytanBernstein
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Your idea isn't bad Mumadar, though I think most people interpret that you must select a specific deity. That doesn't have to limit your game, but for the most part, divine spellcasters must choose a patron deity. It's quite possible that factotums don't think they are getting their powers from a deity, but they are indeed. This is similar to a cleric who worships a dead god, not realizing that another god (like Cyric) is granting their powers.

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KnightErrantJR
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quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

Your idea isn't bad Mumadar, though I think most people interpret that you must select a specific deity. That doesn't have to limit your game, but for the most part, divine spellcasters must choose a patron deity. It's quite possible that factotums don't think they are getting their powers from a deity, but they are indeed. This is similar to a cleric who worships a dead god, not realizing that another god (like Cyric) is granting their powers.



Or a heretic that is getting their spells from a god diametrically opposed to the god they think they are following, or even Ur-Priests, which Ed said in his responses, do gain spells in the Realms, but from various evil deities whose power is not being stolen, but just loaned out to these heretics to cause chaos and havok for whatever reason, while allowing them to maintain the illusion that they are "stealing" the power of the gods.

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