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CorellonsDevout
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USA
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Posted - 07 Mar 2016 :  03:55:06  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I enjoyed it

Sweet water and light laughter
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Irennan
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Italy
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Posted - 07 Mar 2016 :  04:06:57  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I didn't post here, because I had already made a thread when Mournblade asked, and thought that it would have been redundant to comment here too.

To all Facebook-using FR fans, you might be interested in checking out this page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/450517575051806/
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R P Davis
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USA
17 Posts

Posted - 15 Mar 2017 :  00:30:23  Show Profile  Visit R P Davis's Homepage Send R P Davis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a few things posted to DMs Guild, found here.

Nothing of Realmslore, because I'm not at all qualified, but since it must be Realms to go up on DMs Guild if it's an adventure or location, it's Realms.

Edited to add: One thing I discovered is it's damned difficult to put a town, no matter how small, in the Realms, if it's created of whole cloth. The more I drill down, the more populated the dratted place is. Of course, after I put Eastbrook in Archendale, I found a map of the Dalelands which shows some of my assumptions about distance and stuff are false.

I'm inspired, though, to select a small settlement somewhere in Cormyr or - since George is here! - Impiltur to set another adventure starting location. Now I know about Candlekeep, I can at least run my ideas past people who know infinitely more about the Realms to see if my ideas are contradicted somewhere in canon.

Cheers,

Bob
www.r-p-davis.com

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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Posted - 15 Mar 2017 :  03:33:23  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Off topic, but I have to throw this in.

R P: it may feel difficult to place a whole new town/city in Cormyr or the Dales, if you want to avoid overwriting things already written in previous editions... but as far as I can tell the 5e Realms are still pretty sparsely detailed. It would be easy for the Spellplague and the Sundering and their associated natural/unnatural disasters and mutant monsters and population movements to have wiped out any given town, which DMs can replace with your work. Writing in 5e also reduces the need to be an "expert" on Realmslore to basically zero. If your settlement makes sense (meaning there's places for people to live and places to work and places to get groceries and equipment) and you can add some ties to other nearby settlements (trade, alliances, rivalries, etc) then it's good stuff.

If you really want a tract of land you can do *anything* with, without any danger of stepping on toes or being contradicted by upcoming WotC products, raise your flags on one of Toril's other continents, or the other planets/moons in Toril's sphere, and create some "keyed" portals from your lands to Faerun. Keyed meaning it requires a certain talisman or spell or time-of-day (or anything else) to use the portals. This handily explains how your civilization has grown and thrived and even interacted with Faerun without anybody on Faerun really knowing anything for certain about your people.

Never shy away from creating new lore.

Please never fall into the trap of thinking that there are no stones left unturned, even in heavily populated areas... that way lies the wrong-headed blasphemy of the 4e design.

My 2 cents. Enjoy the Realms!

Edit: And yes, definitely feel free to ask questions and bounce ideas off us. We have hard noggins!

Edited by - xaeyruudh on 15 Mar 2017 03:35:46
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 15 Mar 2017 :  07:59:18  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by R P Davis


I'm inspired, though, to select a small settlement somewhere in Cormyr or - since George is here! - Impiltur to set another adventure starting location. Now I know about Candlekeep, I can at least run my ideas past people who know infinitely more about the Realms to see if my ideas are contradicted somewhere in canon.



Xaeyruudh is right - don't be scared to put something in. Oh and Impiltur has heaps of room for small towns and a gazillion villages, not to mention ranches and farming collectives in the Uplands. I'd love to see what other people can do with the place.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus

Edited by - George Krashos on 15 Mar 2017 07:59:31
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 22 Nov 2017 :  19:51:26  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ixinos, Island of warrior-Women is now up on the DMsGuild, by my buddy Anthony Edwards.

I did the map and the cover, and helped a lot with the lore. The map of the island is from the original one I did about a decade ago, but I 'freshened it up' for this 5e release. I am trying to complete the regional map that you see on the cover today, so you may want to wait until after the update (otherwise I can mail you that map separately). You can see a small piece of the map on the cover there. One way or another, it will be 100% complete by Black Friday.

And THAT map will be sized and match the maps I plan for my regional guides, when they start coming out, and also the regional map that will be including in something Krash is working on (so from this point on, all my maps should work together, which is something I've been working toward for a very long time now).

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 22 Nov 2017 19:51:59
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Dalor Darden
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USA
3352 Posts

Posted - 23 Nov 2017 :  00:19:37  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Ixinos book is live now for sure; and even after the addition of the map by Markustay, an updated file notice will be sent to previous buyers.

I'm just happy to finally have it available again for public consumption!
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sleyvas
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Posted - 23 Nov 2017 :  14:47:32  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmm, I had never noticed Ixinos before. What original resources is it from? I found a thread you had here in 2008 where you were discussing ties to Akanax, and I'm headed towards there with a very much "girl power" motto (granted, it won't be Amazonian, as they'll have their men). BTW, I'm looking at the 4e map and its missing from there, and it was in the area near Akanul... did you do any involvement of it with Abeir?

EDIT: So, having noted your work around here for a while and of course Markustay as well.... figured I'd buy it. So, I can answer my own question of the above, as an initial glance looks like you didn't fill in much of any history after the spellplague?

I'd like to take this place to Abeir and bring it back and possibly reference your work after reviewing it more. In so doing, I plan on having them being introduced to the worship of Inanna. I'd have them helping "reconquer" Akanax while its on Abeir in say the last 20 years before the transfer back. This new Akanax would have humans, half-elves, half-drow, drow, wood elves, crintri, centaurs, and wemics. The worship of Ramman and Inanna would be prominent in this new Akanax, but also the Red Knight, Eilistraee, and Sehanine Moonbow (whom some see a relationship to the Untheric dream goddess Ningal, who is wife of the moon as Nanna-Sin).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 24 Nov 2017 03:20:40
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Dalor Darden
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USA
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Posted - 23 Nov 2017 :  18:30:36  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Hmmm, I had never noticed Ixinos before. What original resources is it from? I found a thread you had here in 2008 where you were discussing ties to Akanax, and I'm headed towards there with a very much "girl power" motto (granted, it won't be Amazonian, as they'll have their men). BTW, I'm looking at the 4e map and its missing from there, and it was in the area near Akanul... did you do any involvement of it with Abeir?



The material is "new" but gives no contradiction to existing canon as published by TSR/WotC at all. This particular book is 5e and the "Era of 4e" is somewhat vague in material for Ixinos. The ties to Akanax are EXCEEDINGLY tenuous and ancient...but the Ixinosan culture is decidedly ancient Chessentan/Greek.

As for the 4e Map. Like Ilighon and Wavecrest, Ixinos became part of Turmish's lands during the 4e era due to the receding waters of the Sea of Fallen Stars. It's all in there though.

EDIT: the original mention of Ixinos is in Gold and Glory under the entry for the She-Wolves Mercenary Company.

Edited by - Dalor Darden on 23 Nov 2017 18:33:12
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sleyvas
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USA
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Posted - 24 Nov 2017 :  03:34:03  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Hmmm, I had never noticed Ixinos before. What original resources is it from? I found a thread you had here in 2008 where you were discussing ties to Akanax, and I'm headed towards there with a very much "girl power" motto (granted, it won't be Amazonian, as they'll have their men). BTW, I'm looking at the 4e map and its missing from there, and it was in the area near Akanul... did you do any involvement of it with Abeir?



The material is "new" but gives no contradiction to existing canon as published by TSR/WotC at all. This particular book is 5e and the "Era of 4e" is somewhat vague in material for Ixinos. The ties to Akanax are EXCEEDINGLY tenuous and ancient...but the Ixinosan culture is decidedly ancient Chessentan/Greek.

As for the 4e Map. Like Ilighon and Wavecrest, Ixinos became part of Turmish's lands during the 4e era due to the receding waters of the Sea of Fallen Stars. It's all in there though.

EDIT: the original mention of Ixinos is in Gold and Glory under the entry for the She-Wolves Mercenary Company.



Ah, so if it stayed, then that won't work for where I was going. However, with the return of Akanax with a military culture and a prominence of both women and men warriors, I could see ties developing quickly.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
14555 Posts

Posted - 25 Nov 2017 :  06:14:40  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Even though I worked on the regional map all day, it took a little longer than expected. I got into stuff I probably shouldn't have, but the final product will be that much better for it.

I fleshed-out Chessenta a little bit (it was way too sparse, especially around the lake). After the map is added (tomorrow morning), I plan to do a 1-page map key to be added to the book, and possibly a 'web enhancement' (can a digital book have a web enhancement? Isn't that just 'adding more stuff'? LOL), mostly because I should explain (and point-out) the non-canon bits. I have no time frame on the WE because I am not even sure how detailed I am going to make it. Considering the ties Ixinos has with Chessenta (the 'Greek' flavor), it seems fitting to have a little something about that region anyway.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 25 Nov 2017 06:15:04
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
14555 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2017 :  03:28:51  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I sent the regional map out to Dalor, so anyone who was kind enough to buy this product, the updated version should be available by tomorrow. Thank you for your support.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 26 Nov 2017 03:29:35
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Dalor Darden
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USA
3352 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2017 :  21:17:14  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Markustay's awesome regional map is now included in the book!

Man, as always his map amazes me!
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