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sfdragon
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Posted - 02 Apr 2008 :  09:31:36  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
can you tell us Kiril's stats please?

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Hawkins
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Posted - 07 Jul 2008 :  16:22:01  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Bruce,

Just wanted to let you know that I read and finished Darkvision and Stardeep last week and I enjoyed both immensely (even with the allusion to Abeir being "lost" and the Abolethic Sovereignty as plugs for the 4e Realms), and they have inspired me to maybe continue reading in the 4e Realms even if I do not decide to buy the campaign guide and player's guide (which at this point is not likely).

Thanks,
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Wulgreth
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Posted - 25 Jul 2008 :  13:36:57  Show Profile  Visit Wulgreth's Homepage  Send Wulgreth an ICQ Message Send Wulgreth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Bruce, I was reading your supplement "Underdark" and stumbled upon a huge violet area on the map that is called The Pit of Jhaam. My players are all psionics hailing from Chondath and the Chondalwood, and the pit is right below this area, so I definitely need to come up with something when they'll pass through it. Did you leave that area undescribed on purpose or did you come up with some idea that never made it to the book? There is no information whatsoever on that place, but it's HUGE and of different color not listed on the legend...
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Jakk
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Posted - 19 Oct 2008 :  07:40:16  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Bruce,
Another Underdark question for you:
What are the Shadovar looking for beneath Araumycos? If this is NDA'd, I understand... but can you at least give us a hint? Is it something that's mentioned in a past product anywhere?
Oh... one more thing... why no poster map? (I feel the same way about Lost Empires; I'm not singling you out here.)
Thanks!

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Ifthir
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Posted - 19 Oct 2008 :  20:39:13  Show Profile  Visit Ifthir's Homepage  Click to see Ifthir's MSN Messenger address Send Ifthir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bruce, I was just now fully getting down to reading thoroughly the Underdark sourcebook (Awesome reference btw), and I had a question.

If you could, might you elaborate on some ambiguity regarding High Lord Planner Illis Khendarhine? His stats on page 138 of the Underdark 3E sourcebook allot him 6 levels of Archmage, which appears to be in conflict with the Archmage prestige class limit of 5. Might you clarify if you get a moment? Thanks.
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Atom Man
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Posted - 23 Mar 2010 :  21:51:58  Show Profile  Visit Atom Man's Homepage Send Atom Man a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished the first two books in the Aboleth trilogy.

Honestly, I thought you were headed for a trainwreck trying to import Lovecraftian themes into a setting already teeming with magic and monsters. But, by George, you pulled it off.

Kudos.
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sfdragon
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Posted - 23 Mar 2010 :  23:05:41  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Bruce was looking in the PHB3 the other day and cracked a smile on the Cerulean PP in it, so much I had to do a double take on it.

now only if I can find the money to buy a copy....

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Snowblood
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  13:11:09  Show Profile Send Snowblood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Bruce....how far back in their history does the Imaskari interaction with the leshay go????? What were the books they received from them? Is this all NDA or stuff yet to be developed????

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Dennis
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Posted - 30 Oct 2010 :  07:05:49  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, Bruce! I finished reading Plague of Spells months ago but didn't know that you have a section here. Anyway, it was fun. I'm not a fan of elves, but the half-elf hero was interesting enough. And I'm waiting for my copy of City of Torment.

Anyway, I'm now reading Darkvision, and I'm wondering....did you base Ususi's name on some language? It's just that “susi” in our national (Filipino) and my native (Cebuano) language means “key,” and Ususi is finding the keystones to the Celestial Nadir.

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Markustay
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Posted - 30 Oct 2010 :  17:58:41  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
@Snowblood: Mark Sehestedt appears to be going into some ancient Taan (The Wastes) history regarding the Elves (and possibly their Fey connection since the Elves in question are Lythari).

Their are several groups of Elves in the Wastes/Raurin region, and at least one ArchFey (Hro'nyewachu in Akhrasut Neth). Considering Mark's interest in the area (two stand-alone novels) and current trilogy in-the-works, I would say it is probably NDA. That passage in Bruce Cordell's novel may tie-in, or may not, but my guess is that their are plans for the entire region involving the Fey, ancient Imaskari, and possibly aberrations (Pandorym was an Elder Evil).

Anything you write may be invalidated, which is why I stopped working on my Hordelands Netbook project (I need to see where Mr. Sehestedt goes with it before I can work the history out... again). Although I love his writing, he appears to be going in somewhat different direction then I would have with certain things (which doesn't mean they are bad - NOT AT ALL - I just need to re-think everything).

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Ecaporaso
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Posted - 22 Jan 2011 :  22:28:31  Show Profile  Visit Ecaporaso's Homepage  Send Ecaporaso an AOL message Send Ecaporaso a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just finished the Abolethic Sovereignty Trilogy. It was awesome.

I'm crossing my fingers that you will resurrect Raidon Kane and Cynosure :)
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BruceCordell
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 20 Mar 2013 :  20:04:46  Show Profile  Visit BruceCordell's Homepage  Send BruceCordell an ICQ Message Send BruceCordell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Last night a message alert from the Candlekeep forum appeared in my inbox. Apparently my email service was filtering those messages, but one luckily slipped through.

I was surprised to find that since I'd last got an alert, several people asked me questions about my Forgotten Realms novels, which I hadn't seen or been aware of prior to last night. Oops.

In an attempt to right that wrong, I'm going to hit the forum a few times a week, and answer one question (or series of questions) related to my novel each time.

As happy coincidence has it, Audible has put up all my novels in audiobook format, and I'm am listening through them. I'm about half way through City of Torment right now. So, everything should be fresh in my mind again. Well, everything strictly related to the novels. We'll see about other topics :-)

Alright, without more ado, let's take a look at the first question. It's a multi-part, so I'll probably be quick on each question.

Alright, without more ado, let's take a look at the first question. It's a multi-part, so I'll probably be quick on each question.

1) Can you tell us more details about Xxiphu, and about aboleth in the Realms in general?

ANSWER: I go into some detail on Xxiphu in the 3 novels that follow Stardeep. Essentially Xxihpu is revealed to be a primordial aboleth city that came into the world so long ago that it was _mostly_ petrified. However, with a bit of jostling and other not-very-wise messing around by modern-day folks, the city was awakened, whereupon the Eldest Aboleth tried to fulfill its first function, which was to bring down the walls between Toril and the Far Realm.

2) Are most of them [Abolth) simply in the lowerdark or are there more than just Xxiphu in their own "neighboring plane"? (The latter would make these places of horror more accessible for adventures, that's partially why I ask)

ANSWER: Most aboleths are not part of Xxiphu--they're from a later, um, "migration." The aboleths of that city are an elder strain.

3) Do Faerun's aboleth know of Xxiphu or is it even for them more like a legend/myth?

ANSWER: The later-arrived aboleths knows of the Xxiphu, but are not part of it.

4) In case they know of Xxiphu's existence, do they want to liberate it or are they happy that the "big shots" are locked away, so the current aboleth are the biggest fish (sorry for the pun) in the pond?

ANSWER: The regular aboleths individually have different motivations (if you can call what percolates through the minds of these things that).

5) Are there any known or mythical interactions between aboleth and the other inhabitants of the Realms?

ANSWER: The most recent interaction, starting with Nogah of the kuo-toa finding the petrified eye of the Eldest Aboleth, is probably the most known and significant.

6) Do you think aboleth can project into the Astral Plane?

ANSWER: Some could, though most can't.

quote:
Originally posted by tauster

Hi Bruce,

I just finished "Stardeep" (SPOILERS AHEAD, everyone!) which I enjoyed thoroughly. I liked the depiction of Sildeyuir and the Star Elves as well as the different, more "technical/modern" feeling of the magic in Stardeep's fortress.

...but now I'm extremely curious about Xxiphu, the Aboleth Sovereignty (I guess that's one and the same, right?). So the question is:
Can you tell us more details about Xxiphu, and about aboleth in the Realms in general?

More specifically:

1) How many aboleth cities do you suspect are in the realms?
2) Are most of them simply in the lowerdark or are there more than just Xxiphu in their own "neighboring plane"? (The latter would make these places of horror more accessible for adventures, that's partially why I ask)
3) Do Faerun's aboleth know of Xxiphu or is it even for them more like a legend/myth?
4) In case they know of Xxiphu's existence, do they want to liberate it or are they happy that the "big shots" are locked away, so the current aboleth are the biggest fish (sorry for the pun) in the pond?

5) Are there any known or mythical interactions between aboleth and the other inhabitants of the Realms?
I don't need a recollection of established lore (I already did an extensive lore check), instead I'm looking for what you would add to that. Conflicts between aboleth and the ancient elven realms for example. I can even imagine that the dwarven spawn wars were caused by aboleth influencing them - after all, dwarves do not typically work well together with aberrations like deepspawn, so I suspect they were driven by some outside force...


Since you wrote "the Illthiad" and co-authored "Underdark", I guess you are kind of an expert on aberrations :o) - thus, another question, on which I don't necessarily need a "rules-answer", just your personal opinion:
Do you think aboleth can project into the Astral Plane?
(2e rules about the planes preferred, at least in my campaigns...)
I'm running the 2e boxed set "Night Below" which features a complete aboleth city in the underdark that the PC have to destroy (or at least parts of it). I imagine that my players will try to tackle it from the astral plane, shifting back and forth for more mobility. While the most important buildings are protected against such tactice, I can imagine that the city is kind of "duo-planar", in the sense that some of the aboleth use the astral plane for better mobility (because it's your intellect that determines your speed there) instead of slowly crawling from building to building. The city has illithid as well, who also might use the astral plane. ...or is the Astral inaccessible in the lowerdark?

And finally: anything else you can share about my favourite evil fish guys?

Sorry for such a bunch of questions! They kept piling up for the last few months...


Edited by - BruceCordell on 20 Mar 2013 20:06:28
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BruceCordell
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Posted - 22 Mar 2013 :  04:01:44  Show Profile  Visit BruceCordell's Homepage  Send BruceCordell an ICQ Message Send BruceCordell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sfdragon

can you tell us Kiril's stats please?



Kiril's stats are, or at least were, High Elf Fighter 9. Of course, with Angul in hand, she could easily surpass that when push came to shove.
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Bladewind
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Posted - 30 Mar 2013 :  16:19:42  Show Profile Send Bladewind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Could you be tempted to reveal Anguls stats and powers as well?

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Bladewind
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In another thread people were asking what the Underchasm looks like when standing on one of its edges. Can one look to the otherside? Is it dark because of its connection to the Deepdark, or are there areas in its deepest trenches that are still illuminated at noon?

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Veritas
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Posted - 11 Aug 2013 :  15:50:47  Show Profile  Visit Veritas's Homepage Send Veritas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished the Abolethic Sovereignty (I'm late to the party, I know).
Two questions pervade.

1) Why would the builders of that citadel in the void make a key to open it? From the novels, it seems like the structure was designed to keep the Far Realms locked. Maybe they went through and intended to come back?

2) Who were those builders anyway?

Edited by - Veritas on 11 Aug 2013 15:51:16
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BruceCordell
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Posted - 11 Aug 2013 :  17:43:50  Show Profile  Visit BruceCordell's Homepage  Send BruceCordell an ICQ Message Send BruceCordell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Excellent!

1) The keys were made to lock the Far Manifold. After that, they should've been disposed of. However, because each key had great power over aberrations already lose in the multiverse, they weren't.

2) The builders included the elder elves (eladrin nobles). The Watch on the Outer Void and the Keepers of the Cerulean Sign (as well as the dungeon/prison of Stardeep) are remnants of this first effort.

quote:
Originally posted by Veritas

Just finished the Abolethic Sovereignty (I'm late to the party, I know).
Two questions pervade.

1) Why would the builders of that citadel in the void make a key to open it? From the novels, it seems like the structure was designed to keep the Far Realms locked. Maybe they went through and intended to come back?

2) Who were those builders anyway?

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Veritas
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Posted - 13 Aug 2013 :  04:54:49  Show Profile  Visit Veritas's Homepage Send Veritas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bruce! I enjoyed the books. It was different than I was expecting. I still wonder about the Winter tower eladrin's motivations. Was she just mad? She seemed powerful and old enough not to need a place in some post apocalyptic far realms hierarchy.
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Gyor
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Now the you work for Monte WotC, are you allowed to write for the Realms even as a Freelancer now?
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Gyor

Now the you work for Monte WotC, are you allowed to write for the Realms even as a Freelancer now?



Unless he signed a contract with a rather strict non-compete clause, I don't see why he wouldn't be able to freelance for WotC or for anyone else.

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Zeromaru X
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Hi, Bruce. I'm reading the novels of the Abolethic Sovereignity, I cannot avoid to notice you used the "4e evil stars" in the novels. Specially Caiphon, but you used other stars as well. I have a few questions, hope you can answer.

1. Are all the 4e evil star part of "Realmspace"? Even stars you didn't mentioned like Hadar or Allabar? (stars mentioned in 4e Monster Manual 3)

2. What kind of relationship has Nihal with Kyuss?

Thanks in advance.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Unless he signed a contract with a rather strict non-compete clause, I don't see why he wouldn't be able to freelance for WotC or for anyone else.

I can see why he wouldn't WANT to have anything to do with Wizbro.
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Wooly Rupert
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Obviously, he wanted something to do with them at one point, since he wrote books for them.

Pretty sure WotC hasn't quite reached the level of enlightenment necessary to embrace hentacles, though.

Seriously, though, more than one past author has expressed interest in working with WotC again. Some have expressed a desire for a little more compensation for doing so, but I've seen more authors say they'd go back to the Realms than I have seen say they wouldn't.

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BruceCordell
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Posted - 26 Jan 2017 :  18:35:05  Show Profile  Visit BruceCordell's Homepage  Send BruceCordell an ICQ Message Send BruceCordell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Hi, Bruce. I'm reading the novels of the Abolethic Sovereignity, I cannot avoid to notice you used the "4e evil stars" in the novels. Specially Caiphon, but you used other stars as well. I have a few questions, hope you can answer.

1. Are all the 4e evil star part of "Realmspace"? Even stars you didn't mentioned like Hadar or Allabar? (stars mentioned in 4e Monster Manual 3)

2. What kind of relationship has Nihal with Kyuss?

Thanks in advance.



1. They potentially could be, but Caiphon is the only Far Realms/Star Pact entity I specifically brought in. Depending on how things go in Key of Stars, there could be far more, and more explicitly.

2. In my conception, these beings are different entities, despite some thematic similarities.

3. Thanks for reading the series! :)
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