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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 10 Aug 2010 :  03:08:34  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

I think the Varm are a tribe now...

Centuries past The Ride was indeed known as the Varm, named after the predominate tribe of horse nomads in the region. Today the Varm tribe is greatly diminished, their numbers ever lessened by more aggressive tribes like the Vaegould. Despite their current ill fortune, the Varm remain the only trueblood descendants of the progenitor culture which founded the Citadel of the Raven.

So, yes the Varm is both a geographic location and the name of a human tribe with a storied legacy.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 10 Aug 2010 :  03:37:32  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote


Wait...the Varm are "pureblood" of the original race eh?

Sweet! I nailed that one on the head...

Now...what about these Horreb eh?

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Brian R. James
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Posted - 11 Aug 2010 :  16:22:02  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm impressed by all the research you're doing for The Ride Dalor. I look forward to reading your work on the region when it's completed. As to your PM (which I cannot respond to because my Candlekeep mailbox is full), I have no plans currently to write anything more for the region. Though at some point I'd welcome an opportunity to write a sequel to Monument of the Ancients.

As to the Horreb: I like the path your following with the Thri-kreen and the Spellweavers. I'd also suggest to you that the Horreb likely had contact with the empires of Mulhorand and/or Unther. I envision the pyramid on Sorceror's Isle being an embassy of sorts within Horreb controlled lands.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Aug 2010 :  18:13:18  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

I'm impressed by all the research you're doing for The Ride Dalor. I look forward to reading your work on the region when it's completed. As to your PM (which I cannot respond to because my Candlekeep mailbox is full), I have no plans currently to write anything more for the region. Though at some point I'd welcome an opportunity to write a sequel to Monument of the Ancients.

As to the Horreb: I like the path your following with the Thri-kreen and the Spellweavers. I'd also suggest to you that the Horreb likely had contact with the empires of Mulhorand and/or Unther. I envision the pyramid on Sorceror's Isle being an embassy of sorts within Horreb controlled lands.



I had thought about the origins of the Pyramid too...especially because it is metallic.

Then I found this in Dragon #338 concerning the Spellweavers:

quote:

"...In this forgotten time, the Spellweaver empire consisted of a vast league of colonies, called nodes, which spanned the multi-verse. Huge pyramids of stone and steel..."



Now, the pyramid on sorcerers isle isn't as massive as these; but it goes on in the article to speak about the collapse of the empire and the left behind remnants founding small enclaves.

I've considered the origins of the Spellweavers heavily, and the Thri-Kreen as to how they are intertwined, and I think I've come to a wonderful idea.

More soon for all. The ideas have meshed and coalesced, so now I just have to fine tune the writing.

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 11 Aug 2010 :  18:40:48  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

SNIP...... As to your PM (which I cannot respond to because my Candlekeep mailbox is full),


Brian,

Markus, The Sage or another scribe gave me a cheat around the full box. Just click on the scrbes name , them click to send them a pm and it will let you send one regardless of how many pm's are stuffed in your inbox!

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Bakra
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Posted - 11 Aug 2010 :  19:04:36  Show Profile Send Bakra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

I'm impressed by all the research you're doing for The Ride Dalor. I look forward to reading your work on the region when it's completed. As to your PM (which I cannot respond to because my Candlekeep mailbox is full), I have no plans currently to write anything more for the region. Though at some point I'd welcome an opportunity to write a sequel to Monument of the Ancients.

As to the Horreb: I like the path your following with the Thri-kreen and the Spellweavers. I'd also suggest to you that the Horreb likely had contact with the empires of Mulhorand and/or Unther. I envision the pyramid on Sorceror's Isle being an embassy of sorts within Horreb controlled lands.



I had thought about the origins of the Pyramid too...especially because it is metallic.

Then I found this in Dragon #338 concerning the Spellweavers:

quote:

"...In this forgotten time, the Spellweaver empire consisted of a vast league of colonies, called nodes, which spanned the multi-verse. Huge pyramids of stone and steel..."



Now, the pyramid on sorcerers isle isn't as massive as these; but it goes on in the article to speak about the collapse of the empire and the left behind remnants founding small enclaves.

I've considered the origins of the Spellweavers heavily, and the Thri-Kreen as to how they are intertwined, and I think I've come to a wonderful idea.

More soon for all. The ideas have meshed and coalesced, so now I just have to fine tune the writing.



The pyramid on Sorcerer’s Isle may be bigger than it looks. There could be hidden levels leading deeper into the earth or the hidden levels could be residing on a pocket plane. Yarash spent most of his time building large equipment then running mutation experiments. So it could be possible he never had a chance to fully explore the place. Or maybe he has fully explored it. We really don’t know how deep the machinery went in the game.
Some extra information you probably don’t need to know: I believe Yarash experimentations on the lizardmen came from old scrolls from one of the Creator Races. (the Sarrukh)

I hope Candlekeep continues to be the friendly forum of fellow Realms-lovers that it has always been, as we all go through this together. If you don’t want to move to the “new” Realms, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with either you or the “old” Realms. Goodness knows Candlekeep, and the hearts of its scribes, are both big enough to accommodate both. If we want them to be.
(Strikes dramatic pose, raises sword to gleam in the sunset, and hopes breeches won’t fall down.)
Enough for now. The Realms lives! I have spoken! Ale and light wines half price, served by a smiling Storm Silverhand fetchingly clad in thigh-high boots and naught else! Ahem . .
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Aug 2010 :  20:20:44  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Funny you mention that!

I had thought that it could only be the tip of the iceberg!

I don't want to muck up Brian's area; so I'll start a new thread.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 12 Aug 2010 :  04:43:26  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Brian,

You wrote the bit on Vaasa, and you and your brother Matt wrote the Monument of the Ancients adventure; so I thought this would be a good one for you:

The Vercy Wood. What can you tell me about it. Pre-Spellplague it did not exist at all...so I'm guessing it is a woodland of new growth that has grown over the past hundred years OR it is a magical wood of some sort that sprang up. What have ye fine sage?

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Rhewtani
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Posted - 24 Aug 2010 :  23:44:43  Show Profile  Send Rhewtani an AOL message Send Rhewtani a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
... possibly Tyranthraxus (though the details of that entity's subjugation haven't seen print yet).



Wonder if Bane's name had been Baron Schodt long ago.
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 24 Aug 2010 :  23:50:03  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rhewtani

quote:
... possibly Tyranthraxus (though the details of that entity's subjugation haven't seen print yet).



Wonder if Bane's name had been Baron Schodt long ago.







Man...I tell you what...you are really thinking outside the box today Rhewtani!

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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 31 Aug 2010 :  22:10:43  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

[quote]Originally posted by Brian R. James
Brian,

Markus, The Sage or another scribe gave me a cheat around the full box. Just click on the scrbes name, them click to send them a pm and it will let you send one regardless of how many pm's are stuffed in your inbox!

Thanks for that kind sir. That "feature" has been driving me nuts!

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Brian R. James
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Posted - 31 Aug 2010 :  22:15:23  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden
The Vercy Wood. What can you tell me about it. Pre-Spellplague it did not exist at all...so I'm guessing it is a woodland of new growth that has grown over the past hundred years OR it is a magical wood of some sort that sprang up. What have ye fine sage?

You could look at it in one of two ways. A) The woods have always been there, just never before appeared on a map of the region B) The woods appeared sometime over the last hundred years, possibly as a result of the Spellplague.

The reason why the woods appear on the Monument of the Ancients map is because they also appear on the 4E Campaign Guide map. As far as unpublished lore on the Vercy Woods? Nope. I have none. Feel free to expand upon it as you wish.

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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

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Posted - 31 Aug 2010 :  23:24:36  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

SNIP...... As to your PM (which I cannot respond to because my Candlekeep mailbox is full),


Brian,

Markus, The Sage or another scribe gave me a cheat around the full box. Just click on the scrbes name , them click to send them a pm and it will let you send one regardless of how many pm's are stuffed in your inbox!

That would be me.

When you've been a die-hard gamer as long as I have, you learn a LOT about cheating at stuff.

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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
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Posted - 08 Dec 2010 :  01:04:12  Show Profile  Visit Matt James's Homepage Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have lore for it including it's namesake. It revolves around a Gnoll tribe that inhabits the area.

Edited by - Matt James on 08 Dec 2010 01:04:46
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Markustay
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Posted - 08 Dec 2010 :  01:13:15  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do tell.

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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 08 Dec 2010 :  01:35:07  Show Profile  Visit Matt James's Homepage Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Do tell.



Well it's not official but I can do a write-up if you want. I wanted to expand upon it in a Realmslore article but never got the chance.
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BEAST
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Posted - 09 Dec 2010 :  16:56:10  Show Profile  Visit BEAST's Homepage Send BEAST a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So is a master timeline of all revealed events that occurred during the Spellplague publicly available? Or is that just for DDI subscribers?

There was a great article that, I believe, Brian or Matt wrote on the WOTC site a few years back entitled "The Spellplague: The Wailing Years", which gave a good overall summary of the event. But now it appears to have been swallowed up by DDI. Even an attempt to use the Wayback Machine to find an archived version of the page leads to a DDI wall.

I'm mainly looking for an official source to link to regarding the Spellplague's start and end for my Drizzt Chronology. The Ghost King and "Iruladoon" both tie in closely with the event, and I want to be able to point to external online documents, if possible.

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 09 Dec 2010 :  17:07:53  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BEAST

So is a master timeline of all revealed events that occurred during the Spellplague publicly available? Or is that just for DDI subscribers?

There was a great article that, I believe, Brian or Matt wrote on the WOTC site a few years back entitled "The Spellplague: The Wailing Years", which gave a good overall summary of the event. But now it appears to have been swallowed up by DDI. Even an attempt to use the Wayback Machine to find an archived version of the page leads to a DDI wall.

I'm mainly looking for an official source to link to regarding the Spellplague's start and end for my Drizzt Chronology. The Ghost King and "Iruladoon" both tie in closely with the event, and I want to be able to point to external online documents, if possible.



From over in the Previous Edition Downloads scroll:

quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

From the Wayback Machine (remember to copy & paste starting at http, the link info doesn't work because of the nature of the link):

Countdown to the Realms
Magic of the Realms - www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080130a&pf=true" target="_blank">http://web.archive.org/web/20080217023703/www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080130a&pf=true
Spellplague: The Wailing Years - www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080227a&pf=true" target="_blank">http://web.archive.org/web/20080304014127/www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080227a&pf=true
Year of the Ageless One - www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080111a&pf=true" target="_blank">http://web.archive.org/web/20080310195729/www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080111a&pf=true

I linked to the Printer Friendly versions so it saves on ink. If you want, email me through my account here with your email address and I can send you the PDF copies I made.


I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 11 Dec 2010 :  06:03:50  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt James

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Do tell.



Well it's not official but I can do a write-up if you want. I wanted to expand upon it in a Realmslore article but never got the chance.



Don't feel constrained by having to have great ideas be "official" because none of us do! LOL

Seriously, share what you can!

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Matt James
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Posted - 12 Dec 2010 :  13:59:38  Show Profile  Visit Matt James's Homepage Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't want to ink up Brian's scroll too much. Maybe I'll put it in another section or we can petition Sage to give me a scroll to use.
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 13 Dec 2010 :  04:43:24  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm for you having a scroll...I don't see why you shouldn't when you've obviously authored canon material.

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The Sage
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Posted - 13 Dec 2010 :  05:15:51  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  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt James

I don't want to ink up Brian's scroll too much. Maybe I'll put it in another section or we can petition Sage to give me a scroll to use.

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BEAST
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Posted - 13 Dec 2010 :  07:22:51  Show Profile  Visit BEAST's Homepage Send BEAST a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

From over in the Previous Edition Downloads scroll

Thanks for those links, Ashe. I'm glad that at least you were able to kick the Wayback Machine and get it to work!

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Or see my sig...

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althen artren
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Question Bryan, did your word document of the Grand History
have more entries in it than the published Grand History had?
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