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The Sage
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Posted - 30 Dec 2010 :  23:53:51  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
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

(and believing that long-suffering moderators should get some rewards for their too-often-unappreciated service to us all [yes, Sage, we love you too, and when Ed can snatch the time to tackle matters musical . . .]).


Offering you service, my Lady, is already quite the reward!

Agreed.

Of course, it should also go without saying that we're more than capable of providing *other* services as well. You need only name the time and the chamber, my lovely Lady.

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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  03:16:25  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message
Lol! You cads! I, too, am anxiously awaiting the response on matters musical.Which reminds me- does Ed have any Underdark specific instruments in the Realms? It can be included in Sage's answer, if he likes.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:03:02  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I bring you now Ed of the Greenwood’s reply to a neglected 2008 question, this one from Lord Hobie and asked back on the eleventh of February of that year (Page 12 of the 2008 thread, here at the Keep): “Regarding the topic of 'childhood bugaboos:' given that the Realms is chock full of 'real' monsters who would scare the wits if not the life out of many adults, what 'night-time monsters' do parents of the Realms cajole or threaten with? I seem to recall that the Night Serpent was known to be invoked for such purposes, but wondered if there were others...”
At the time, I gave Lord Hobie this swift reply: “lordhobie, there are LOTS of local "bugaboos," plus faith-related ones. Ed will furnish you with a proper lore reply in the fullness of time, but I can recall The Haunted Helm (empty, floating/flying helm) in Cormyr, and the ghost of a dead local ruler, the Baron of Blacksaddle, in the Border Kingdoms (see p 134 and 135 of POWER OF FAERUN).”
Ed tells me he dare not delve into the faith-related bugaboos, or he’ll still be typing a year from now, but would like to add to The Haunted Helm, the ghost of the dead baron, and some others hinted at since, these:
• In Waterdeep, “Drowned Jack” rises, dripping, from the harbor, to slither like an eel along the alleys, sewers, and streets (up walls if he must), to reach the sleeping-places of bad boys and girls and strangle them, or sometimes just warn them by sticking his long, slimy, rotting fingers up their noses or in their ears or down their throats, until they rouse from sleep in pain and alarm. He’s the faceless, slimy, black-rotting-flesh-over agile, strong, and FLEXIBLE bones undead remains of a sailor who drowned in the harbor long ago, with his bad deeds unatoned for; he’s determined to scare others into not sharing his fate.
• In Amn (and, in recent years, in Sembia, though there he’s sometimes called the Thief-Wraith), the Coin Shadow drifts through walls, a cowled and hooded wraith of incorporeal blackness, to steal a coin from a bad child—and “taint” that child with its chill (by passing through the child’s sleeping body, typically causing instant, painful wakefulness) and so confer bad luck that will keep that child far poorer than good children, this taint building up with its every visit . . . for every bad deed.
• In Tethyr, the flesh-less (but drenched with sticky red-black blood that drips endlessly) skeletons of knights and guards slain in long-ago regicides will come, rusting swords and daggers in hand, to “mark” every bad child, for every deed. Minor deeds will bring one skeleton (that can pass through walls and doors), but major ones will bring three or more to surround the child and glare silently at him or her as they thrust their bone-chilling blades forward to touch and “mark” the bad child. And with every mark, a year of your life fades away, and you feel a little colder . . .
• In Cormyr, Guthtarl will come for you! A fat, white-fleshed bastard son of an oldblood noble family who became a War Wizard but betrayed his country and was blinded and exiled for it (this is all true, except for the blinding, which is an embellishment; the real Guthtarl temporarily went blind after his exile, when a spell he was experimenting with “blew up” in his face), Guthtarl appears as a white, slime-glistening worm, a bulbously fat man from the waist up, and a giant dew-worm (in shape) from the waist down, though all of him can stretch out of shape to get through (sometimes very) thin places, like the opening under a door. He crawls along, blindly groping his way, somehow SMELLING bad children. He can cling to ceilings if need be, and cast silent spells that create deep shadow, to avoid detection by grownups, and WILL find bad children, and will grope for them with his cold, slimy, soft and deformed fingers . . . His touch brings on illnesses (usually nasty colds), and he can smell bad thoughts in the mind of someone he’s already visited, and will come back if they say or do anything bad, to grope again, every visit bringing something worse (usually warts or rashes, then witherings and reeking breath and explosively-voiding bowels . . .)



So saith Ed. I’m splitting this reply, as with the others, to avoid choking the posting function with an overlong post, and as usual, I’ll try to post the second half of Ed’s bugaboos lore right away . . .
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:03:50  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all! Herewith, the second half of Ed’s bugaboos 2008 lore reply:



• In the Dales, Old Reth, with his axe, comes for the false, the bad, and the unworthy. Tall and gaunt, his footfalls always silent because his boots actually float about a fingerwidth above the ground, this long-dead woodcutter has burning eyes and wears rotten homespun, with a large, shapeless hat shading his face—all but his two enraged, burning eyes. He says nothing, but merely points reprovingly at bad ones—then reaches forward and lets fall his axe. Which passes right through you, reaching you no matter how distant he may seem to be, making no visible wound and spilling no blood, but actually slices a little life out of you, every time . . . usually a year of your life for a very bad deed, ten years if you cause the death of someone else who was not attacking you, but only a tenday or a month for more minor misdeeds (like minor thefts or lies that only do a little harm). Some elder folk of the Dales can see “the Mark of Reth” on those he’s visited, and know at a glance exactly how bad you have been, by how much he’s marked you. They’ll know whether or not to trust your word, do business with you, let you marry into their family, or tell you a secret . . .
• All around the Moonsea, the skulls will rise up. Up out of the grave of someone who died violently, long ago, gray and staring, usually human but for very grave evils, stag-horned. They will silently drift toward evil children, able to fly and pass through solid walls, doors, and window-shutters. Children who see them coming will usually see half a dozen or more, all heading for different miscreants, all with jaws hanging open, empty dark eyesockets somehow unerringly SEEING the one they come for, no matter how that one hides or flees. They pass through you and give you nightmares [bad dreams, not the black horse-like infernal steed] for many nights afterwards, the severity of these terrors tied to the darkness of your misdeed. And they remember you, and come for you again and again, silent in their cold, increasingly contemptuous disapproval. They did not fight and die so insolent children could misbehave . . .
• Around the Shining Sea (Calimshan, Lapaliiya, the Tashalar, Tharsult, etc.), Ogluth comes for those who commit evil acts. Ogluth is the sickly blue-white, translucent ghost of a yawning-jawed, mad-eyed beholder, huge and slow and silent, who drifts with patient ponderousness after evildoers. Adults can’t see him, but can’t avoid him; he passes through them and they collapse unconscious, as he steals from them one important memory (where treasure or something precious is hidden, or the names of distant kin, or the route to somewhere important and familiar [that will now seem unfamiliar as they get lost on the way to it], or something else they would dearly love NOT to forget) and drifts on. Bad children can see him coming, but can’t escape him either, for he can pass through anything, and even drift into your dreams . . .
Always, he steals a memory of something precious. And if ever you lose all your memories to him, you’ll be no smarter than a worm, unable to think or speak, a drooling prisoner of your own silent, witless body . . .



So saith Ed. Who adds that these night terrors are by no means comprehensive; there are literally scores of others, invoked locally by parents, disapproving neighbors, and so on.
And with that little shiver laid before us (geez, Ed, I was urging you to write childrens’ books, but now, I’m not so sure!), let’s move on to 2009, and another neglected lore query . . .
love to all,
THO
P.S. Though if you did a childrens’ book that’s really for adults, something along the lines of “Little Elminster and the Night Terrors”. . .
Say, Nina, are you reading this?
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:04:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. This time, Ed has come through with a 2009 query “reanswered,” and I’ve split it into two parts to avoid choking the forum while trying to post.
Rhewtani asked: “I understand that the city Tsornyl was destroyed by a Moander-related creature in 75 DR. The House of Tsornyl lost most of its members in that incident.
What was the basic status of the House in the later eras (specifically, 1340s-1350s)?
I know the city was reduced to a village. Did the House regain any footing or does it eventually die out?"
Ed answered in June of 2009 (Page 67 of the 2009 thread, here in the Chamber of Sages): “There is indeed still a House Tsornyl, though these days they are few in number, go by another name, and are powerful in another place in the Realms.”
I mentioned then that “a proper answer from Ed is still forthcoming, but he wanted you to know right away that the family line persists.”
So here, at last (thanks to the recent lifting of NDA due to some changing design plans), is that ‘proper reply,’ for your reading pleasure:



In 75 DR the Cormanthan elves of House Tsornyl became tainted by Moander’s rot whilst destroying the Creeping Evil he sent to afflict them. Most Tsornan elves died swiftly and horribly inside the wards thrown up around Tsornyl to contain the Foul God’s corruption. Sick and starting to decay, a handful of the most magically powerful elders of the family managed to create a gate (portal) to bypass the wards and take themselves elsewhere—far across the Realms, to Luernla (“refuge-place of mine”) an isolated island in the Beacon Rocks that Nueltrara Tsornyl had come across years earlier, and used for illicit trysts with a lover (Iyrindym Oordraekur, who was the married [to Jhaeress “Wyrmgoad” Oordraekur, a fiery-tempered elf sorceress famous as a hunter and tamer of dragons in her reckless youth] head of House Oordraekur) until both tired of the perils of their lusting, and saw each other no more.
Back in her greener days, Nueltrara had cached some personally precious mementoes and some magic items on the tiny wooded isle. Upon reaching Luernla through the gate, the Tsornyl matriarch destroyed the gate in a ritual that involved the murder of her detested wastrel nephew Alavaer Tsornyl. She then sacrificed most of her magic items—and her own life—in a great working of magic that purged her Tsornyl kin of Moander’s corruption but also gave them undeath in the process.
All sixteen of the surviving members of House Tsornyl fled the island via various spellworkings. Fourteen of them survive to this day (1370s DR). They are all now a unique sort of elven undead, retaining the spellcasting abilities they had in life (almost all of the Tsornyl elders were either sorcerers or wizards) and having all the powers and abilities of a vampire lord except the ability to create vampire spawn. They can also gain additional second winds whenever they sacrifice a spell—or permanently drain a magic item, which must be in their grasp—to do so.



So saith Ed, taking us in a VERY interesting direction. I’ll post the second and final part of his reply momentarily, if the Internet gods smile . . .
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:05:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes! As promised, the second half of Ed’s reply to Rhewtani about the unfortunate House Tsornyl:



Fearing attack by any servants of Moander or Cormanthan elves who identified them (for House Tsornyl had some bitter rivals, many of whom had eagerly advocated the obliberation of the city of Tsornyl and all in it, to “purge the taint that will otherwise destroy us all, wood and root and leaf and elf,” within the hearing of the House Tsornyl elves trapped within the wards), all of the House Tsornyl elves met together after their flight from Luernla to work common magics to alter their appearances—and take a new family name.
They have since gone their separate ways, and now inhabit Secomber, Riatavin, Zazesspur, and Velen (among other places up and down the Sword Coast, almost always close to a large wild wood such as the High Forest or the Wealdath). All of them now resemble pale-skinned, graceful and slender humans (with fine bones, suggesting elven blood), who have light blue hair and indigo-hued eyes, and now use the family name of “Marthram.” The story they will tell (only if asked) is that they are a “very old” and now scattered human family whose origins “have been lost to memory, over time,” but that they have always been “honorable, if quiet” folk.
(This is pure fiction; the fourteen House Tsornyl survivors are all very proud, ambitious individuals, who nurse grudges and thirst for wealth and behind-the-scenes power. They work together from time to time, and take care never to cross or work against each other, but otherwise live independent lives. They will give each other shelter or minor aid without hesitation, if asked. Most of them care not a whit for laws or principles, so long as they get their own way, but they are all capable of patience and superb acting, if need be.)
Some of the younger, less principled, more active “Marthrams” are (to give the human first names they now go by, reserving their real elven names for recognition-signals among the family, if encountered in magical disguises or unexpected places or circumstances) the males Alandor, Baerlyn, Cadreth, and Doamurl and the females Anathys, Evendra, Fildrara, Ghaele, and Jarathma. Alandor plays a handsome gallant who loves to sing and entertain ladies, and to “faciliate” trade possibilities for others (profiting himself thereby). Cadreth is a ruthless, accomplished killer. Anathys and Ghaele are “pure poison” when they unleash their icy, get-more-than-even disapproval of any who don’t agree with them or fall in with their plans, but Jarathma is always sweet, always gentle, and always three for four steps ahead of any other master of manipulation; she almost always gets her own way and makes coins from the way things are done, wherever she is and whatever she’s involved in (which for some years was gem-trading and the design and sale of expensive gowns worn by the richest and haughtiest human ladies in Amn and Tethyr).
The most senior surviving female of the family is the malicious, reclusive Tlurendra (her real, elf name is Tlaethe), and the most senior surviving male is Olondor (elf name Ondoreand), who is a master manipulator and financial strategist who has very quietly become one of the wealthiest investors and landlords in Zazesspur, profiting from the hard work of literally hundreds of small merchants—and taking ruthless revenges on any who cheat him.



So saith Ed, winding up another rich Realmslore reply for a question that’s hitherto been only cryptically answered. Now, on to a 2010 unanswered query . . .
(Expect it soon.)
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:06:12  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all. Ed came through!
So I bring you now Ed’s lore reply to an unanswered question from this year’s thread (split into parts for posting, as usual). This one comes from Alystra Illianniis: “I have a question relating to Eilistraee as well. I have a PC who is wanting to get married, and was wondering what kind of ceremonies they use, how long do they last, what sort of vows, celebrations, etc, could one expect? Where would it be held, and when? Okay, that's actually several questions, but thanks in advance for any assistance!”
Ed replies:



Hi, Alystra Illianniis. This answer applies to situations where both partners who desire to wed venerate the Dark Dancer before other deities. For “mixed marriages,” the priestess of Eilistraee they find will consult with clergy of deities the non-Eilistraee-first partner venerates above others, and craft a modified ceremony accordingly.
So here we go, assuming that someone has found a priest or priestess of Eilistraee and asked them to perform a “love-binding” (which is what the faith of the Dark Dancer calls marriage) . . .
Such a request cannot be refused for reasons of personal inclination (i.e. the clergy not wanting to), only for reasons of “unworthiness,” as revealed hereafter.
A priest of Eilistraee will only love-bind when no priestess is available, and junior priestesses will defer to priestesses who have performed more wedding ceremonies (this is “the will of Eilistraee,” and mortals have not been told why she prefers matters this way).
By way of preparation, the priestess who will perform the wedding meets separately with the individuals to be wed (“supplicants”). Supplicants need not both be drow, or of the same race, or of differing genders, but MUST reveal their true natures to the priestess (i.e. the union is invalid, and the priestess will be made aware of this by the power if the goddess during the ritual, if one or both of the partners is using illusions or shapeshifting to appear to the world around as something other than what they are, or is not wholly who they claim to be [examples of this: a doppleganger impersonating someone, someone with a tsochar inside them, etc.]). When the priestess is alone with the supplicant, she casts a spell on them to ascertain when truth is told, then questions them as to their love for their partner, their motives in seeking to be united, their willingness to serve Eilistraee faithfully and venerate her “in truth.”
If satisfied with what she learns, the priestess prays with the individual to “call down Eilistraee’s regard” upon them both. She will know if she gains this attention, and the supplicant will usually see her eyes turn to bright, pupilless glows of silver (she goes “moon-eyed”).
When this happens, both priestess and supplicant disrobe, embrace (wrap arms around each other and press their bodies together, almost always face to face; this is NOT a sexual uniting], and dance together, the priestess “leading” the movements and silently praying to Eilistraee for a sign of blessing (for the binding), or a sign of warning or denial. The Dark Dancer will unerringly spot any treachery the priestess may have missed, but in all other cases will eagerly bless the union—which after both supplicants are “danced and found worthy,” can take place immediately, or at any future time.



So saith Ed. I’ll post the second part of his reply immediately, if I can!
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:06:45  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, fellow scribes, and here you are, Alystra Illianniis! The second part of Ed’s reply about Eilistraeean weddings:



A love-binding (wedding) will always take place at night, under the moon (i.e. a non-overcast, moonlit night). The most favourable spot is a forest glade where Eilistraee is often worshipped with dance; failing that, a bare hilltop or rocky height will serve; lacking that, any level ground that’s not covered by manmade construction (or other creature-built things, altars to Eilistraee being the sole exception) and is bathed in full moonlight will do. Favoured above all others is any spot where Eilistraee herself has been seen or has manifested.
The ritual can begin whenever the moonlight first touches the chosen spot, and the supplicants are present. If there are well-wishers/an audience/a congregation present (and there should be at least two witnesses, one a dedicated, active worshipper of Eilistraee and one not), they stand at the edges of the place of the ritual; if they are sufficient in number, the presiding priestess will ask them to form a ring around the supplicants, as far back as the boundaries of the spot (e.g. standing trees) permit.
If circumstances permit (i.e. safety of the participants, even in cold winter weather), the supplicants will have disrobed before entering the spot of the ceremony, and been dressed in ankle-length overrobes by the priestess, who will be similarly clad (barefoot, robes only). When the ceremony begins, the priestess disrobes, works a minor spell that causes moonglow to manifest around her (and the altar, if there is one), then calls on Eilistraee to “watch this binding, and make it firm” and then upon the witnesses (and the other watching audience members, if any) to “witness this union of love.”
The priestess will then produce a large “loving cup” full of wine—a black, sweet, smoky-tasting vintage consecrated to the goddess and prepared by clergy of Eilistraee—and direct the two supplicants to face each other and drink from it simultaneously. She then takes it from them, bids them kiss, and while they are doing so, removes their robes, touching each of them in the small of the back while doing so and causing moonglow to manifest around them (a glowing white aura).
She then parts them, clasps their hands together, and bids them ask Eilistraee for Her blessing “with all their hearts.” After they have both done so (usually female first, but it’s up to the supplicants; if they can’t swiftly decide, the priestess will direct one of them to speak first), the priestess declares them “bound before the Goddess,” claps her hands, and the festivities begin.



So saith Ed. I’ll post the third and final part of his reply as swiftly as I can.
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:07:20  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all! Here’s the third and final part of Ed’s lore reply about Eilistraeean weddings:



These festivities vary with the circumstances (a need to be stealthy due to wartime or personal danger, fierce cold or winter weather, etc.). If there are other clergy of Eilistraee (or other deities) present, they at this time move to form a circle at the edges of the place where the ceremony is held, in a ring facing outwards, weapons drawn, to defend the “Bound” (the wedded couple) and the celebrants during the dancing (this may be a very real service, or merely a ceremonial duty, depending on the where and when of the wedding.
The presiding priestess then begins a rhythmic chant to the goddess (which will be echoed by any other Eilistraeean clergy present, and often by other worshippers who’ve attended such a ceremony before; it’s simple, repetitive, and rather haunting [imagine the “sunrise, sunset” refrain from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, that rises and falls twice, then on its third descent becomes a syncopated staccato five-note fall, and from then on sweeps into the same rise, but always has the five-note descent]) and casts a minor spell that will carry this music on without anyone having to sing (though typically she and other priestesses will keen a harmony “above it” from time to time, as the dancing continues).
Dancing then begins, led by the presiding priestess. The Bound must dance, with each other and then with the witnesses, though the form this dancing takes can be whatever is comfortable or physically possible for those involved (wild leaps down to elders with canes merely swaying and murmuring, or an agile dancer gyrating around a not-very-mobile one).
Usually the priestess leads the Bound into an initial dance while the celebrants watch, then stops dancing and lets them dance amorously together while she (the priestess) murmurs a prayer to Eilistraee for her boon upon the couple. Then general dancing begins, the priestess drawing celebrants to join the Bound.
Sometimes all or some of the celebrants disrobe for the dancing, sometimes the Bound consummate the marriage there and then amid the dancers, and sometimes the ceremony turns into a general orgy, with many or all of the dancers plunging into lovemaking. Food and drink may or may not be served, as the participants desire.
The moonglow around the body of the priestess is “given” (conferred, more faintly and lasting a shorter time) to all she touches—and most priestesses will embrace all celebrants and dance with them.
It’s customary for the dancing to go on until the moonglow fades from the body of the priestess or dawn comes (whichever happens first); the spell used by most priestesses causes their glow to last for a little over an hour [yes, of our real-world time], and any conferred glows to die with hers or a little earlier). She will usually end the musical spell at this time, and lead the Bound, the celebrants, and any guardian clergy away to where they will spend the rest of the night (an inn, temple accommodations, private homes, or a single large dwelling). Sometimes, however, the musical magic is left alone, to sound in the spot of the ceremony until it fades entirely, half a day later. On rare occasions, in warm summer weather, slumber may occur on the spot, within the guardian clergy, until morning.



So saith Ed. Ending his reply to Alystra Illianniis and his march through the years smiting down thus-far-neglected questions of Realmslore, to usher us all into a brighter, better 2011 (it is to be fondly hoped!).
So enjoy, all—and don’t stop those questions from coming!
love,
THO
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manaeater
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This was very interesting hmm... i was right when i said that they will be probably naked)) i guess Ed didn't fogot about my questions.
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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  04:44:52  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message
Wow! Thanks to ye, Hooded One, and a triple-decker thanks to Ed for this fantastic answer. I giggled a bit at that bit about the orgy, but I suppose I should have expected that, since it's Dark Dancers! (And the fact that most of them are drow had NOTHING to do with that, eh? ) I love this, and will be using it shortly for my love-struck couple- of which, incidentally, the lady is a lovely (2nd ed) half-dragon/Moon elf lass who would be best described as a follower of Angharrad. Thanks so much again!

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The Sage
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Well met

Could I please ask that my fellow scribes refrain from posting any more requests for lore to Ed and THO as this scroll will soon be sealed [this then allows THO to better synchronise the crossover into the upcoming 2011 scroll]? You may soon resume your requests in the 2011 scroll, when I've opened it.

Thank you.

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  16:07:57  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
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Not lost! Promise! Ed hath confirmed, and it's on his "small real soon heap."

As for "mastered art" and a certain blade, that obviously means controlling or overriding or destroying powerful magic . . . but as to what magic, in which circumstances, and how, that is NDA right now, because it hasn't happened yet, but very well might, before the reading eyes of Realms fans/scribes.
Which is more or less all I can say, thus far.
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THO




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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  16:14:48  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
And with that being the case, and since Australia has now entered 2011, 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 2011.

Casts Seal Scroll.

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And with that being the case, and since Australia has now entered 2011, 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 2011.

Casts Seal Scroll.




But there's still 12 hours of 2010 left here!

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Posted - 31 Dec 2010 :  17:06:15  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
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

And with that being the case, and since Australia has now entered 2011, 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 2011.

Casts Seal Scroll.




But there's still 12 hours of 2010 left here!

I know, I know. But I like to keep things all in order. And, besides, I'm probably going to sleep for the next 12 or so hours anyway... and I didn't want to forget something as important as Ed's scroll.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

And with that being the case, and since Australia has now entered 2011, 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 2011.

Casts Seal Scroll.




But there's still 12 hours of 2010 left here!

I know, I know. But I like to keep things all in order. And, besides, I'm probably going to sleep for the next 12 or so hours anyway... and I didn't want to forget something as important as Ed's scroll.



You could have asked someone closer to Ed's time zone to do it... Like a certain Giant Space Hamster living in the Eastern time zone...

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Yeah, I suppose. But it's become something of a New Year's tradition for me now. And I'm nothing if not consistent when it comes to sticking to my "Candlekeep traditions."

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