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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5368 Posts

Posted - 07 Oct 2018 :  02:23:41  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Brilliant. I know Ed has all these - I've seen them. I'll ping through the question to him.

-- George Krashos

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

USA
95 Posts

Posted - 01 Nov 2018 :  02:49:30  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yo Ed,

After an evening spent listening to the oeuvre of Jackie Wilson, is it odd that the next Waterdeep-based adventure I want is one that involves the PCs commandeering a Walking Statue made ambulatory by the awesome tunes of the resident PC bard to attack the Ghaunadan-created slime barrier around the corrupted Maernos Shrines?

You know,
quote:
Blackstaff: I'm afraid the vibrations will shake her to pieces. We should have padded her feet.
Piergeiron: I don't think they make hob-nails in her size, Khelben.



AJA
YAFRP

Edited by - AJA on 01 Nov 2018 03:35:52
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KanzenAU
Senior Scribe

Australia
759 Posts

Posted - 13 Nov 2018 :  00:17:11  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Ed and the Hooded One,

I'm hoping either of you can provide some information of Waterdeep's city gates - how they look, how they're guarded, the kind of traffic they get, that kind of stuff. I've been looking all over but can't seem to find much on them, besides some excellent information provided some years back about when the gates are shut.

Thanks in advance, and hope you're both keeping well.

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Marco Volo
Learned Scribe

France
185 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2018 :  08:31:05  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Ed and THO,
I've seen on the DMsGuild presentation of the Haunted Halls that there was in your original module a "Silent House hideout" in or around Eveningstar.
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/16833/FRQ1-Haunted-Halls-of-Eveningstar-2e?it=1

Can you confirm or deny that information and if you confirm it, can you say something more about it ?
Thanks,
Marco

Edited by - Marco Volo on 26 Nov 2018 08:31:41
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Marco Volo
Learned Scribe

France
185 Posts

Posted - 04 Dec 2018 :  07:50:17  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi again to you all,
It's a question for Ed or THO :)

I was wandering if the lord bandit Rivior of Eveningstar had a special ("favourite") deity among the human pantheon ? (It is for having a little shrine in my version of the Haunted Halls).
I imagine there also should be an "all faith" shrine for his men, right ?

Thanks,
Marco

Edited by - Marco Volo on 04 Dec 2018 07:53:26
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1824 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2018 :  20:57:48  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just now saw this, and failed my saving throw vs distraction. Let's hope I didn't also fail my math skill roll.

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

I just need a flagon with a small (say 2 inch radius) one-way, activatable portal. If you could only open it for an hour a day, how many barrels do you think could you fill? 2? 4? 10?



The decanter of endless water is a similar item, capable of disgorging 1, 5, or 30 gallons per round.

Instead of 1 gallon per round, I prefer to visualize the flagon filling itself in one round -- it just seems more natural/useful. If the "portal" can open for an hour each day, 6 seconds at a time, then it can "create" 600 flagons of ale over the course of 24 hours. The flagon probably has a capacity of 2 imperial pints (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagon), or 1.1 liters, or 2.4 US pints. Thus 600 flagons is equal to 150 imperial gallons or about 180 US gallons (Google conversion). UK beer barrels are typically 36 imperial gallons, so the flagon could fill 4+1/6 such barrels each day. Most US beer barrels have a 31 gallon capacity, so the flagon could fill about 5.8 of these barrels per day.

At 5 gallons (Imperial or US) per round, an hour of activations would "create" 3000 equivalent gallons per day.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5368 Posts

Posted - 06 Jan 2019 :  04:06:04  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ed tells me that he's slowly getting out from under a few non-Realms paid writing gigs, is casting an eye toward a host of outstanding Realmslore queries and is slowly churning through his boxes of old notes, lore fragments and other bits looking for gold. I hope he'll be in a position to answer a few queries soon. In the interim - while it might not be a social media conduit that you favour - Ed is providing quite a bit of lore via his @TheEdVerse twitter feed. If you're not already following, I'd suggest as a fan of the Realms that it might be in your interests to do so.

-- George Krashos

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

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2019 :  21:01:54  Show Profile Send Halaku a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If I may be so bold, I've a question regarding a certain villain which has started to vex me, to the point where I've given up my years-long custom of lurking to make a post in this forum.

Namely, Sammaster, and the manner of his first death.

After he had his 'epiphany', and founded the Cult of the Dragon, he became quite the target. If I understand the lore correctly, a mixed group of Harpers and priests of Lathander ambushed him and some fellows on a "Let's preach the good word to some dragons!" mission, with the intent to assassinate him. When the ambush / assassination went poorly, the priests cried out for aid, Lathander sent an avatar who attacked him, Sammaster's magics gave him the equivalent of a paper cut, at which point the avatar mocked Sammaster and obliterated him.


Is there... more to this story? Because as I currently understand it:

1. Good guys try to jump bad guys.

2. Bad guys handily repel the good guys.

3. Good guys say "We're going to lose the fight we picked, we need backup or we're all going to die and our target's going to get away!"

4. One of the gods that the good guys worship shows up with the equivalent of an "I.W.I.N. Button" and bad guys, without anything at all they can do to level the playing field, promptly get destroyed. The good guys even get a new relic out of it, to show the superiority of 'their team'.

This just seems... incredibly lopsided to me. We don't have cases of the forces of evil trying to ambush / assassinate someone on the side of good, failing, and getting an avatar of an evil god to show up and blot their primary opponent off the face of Faerun for them. Even if we take the Chosen of Mystra out of the equation as valid targets (due to Her relationship with them) I would think that if a Sammaster-equivalent force for good was ambushed by bad guys who realized that they bit off more than they could chew, and had an avatar of Bane / Lolth / Tiamat / whomever show up to squish the good guy like a bug, leaving the bad guys to celebrate their successful bushwacking, people who think it unfair, and poor storytelling.

Which means either how Sammaster died at the hands of Lathander was equally unfair... or there's more to the story to explain why it was okay for a god (a good god, no less) to personally show up to defend his worshipers and make their assassination attempt a success, but it wouldn't be okay for other gods (especially the evil ones) to do the same to individuals who vexed their clergy.

So I guess my question is... what am I missing, here?

Thank you in advance for any clarification you can provide regarding this event.

Sincerely, Halaku

You say "admirer of Larloch" like it's a bad thing.
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dazzlerdal
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United Kingdom
4260 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2019 :  22:08:49  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just my thoughts here but in all honesty I think this is how the gods should be depicted.

It wasn't a god that turned up, it was an Avatar, and he was summoned there (which I believe cost the life or sanity of the summoners so there was considerable sacrifice involved) and it was impossible for those assembled to even look at him without going mad.

There should be little or nothing you can do to damage a god, that sammaster drew blood is a testament to his brilliance.

If all such deific depictions were in this manner then the fiction and sourcebbok range would be better for it. God's are awesomely powerful and to kill one is nigh impossible, they don't just turn up, you have to summon an Avatar, and to do so is costly.

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Halaku
Acolyte

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2019 :  22:20:51  Show Profile Send Halaku a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

It wasn't a god that turned up, it was an Avatar, and he was summoned there (which I believe cost the life or sanity of the summoners so there was considerable sacrifice involved) and it was impossible for those assembled to even look at him without going mad.




While I understand that, post-Spellplague, the powers of Faerun have become more "hands-off" in general, what's to stop a group of priests worshiping any of the evil gods from trying to ambush a powerful hero, and summoning an avatar of their own god to kill the hero when they fail, even at the cost of their own lives? One would assume that this sort of martyrdom would be considered a positive thing, especially if it ended up taking the life of a hero that stands against what one's deity represents (in the way that Sammaster's Cult of the Dragon went against Lathander's teachings) but we don't see that happening in the history of the Realms, regardless of which edition the rules set happened to be in play at the time... except when the Harpers and Lathander's priests did it to Sammaster.

Which, in turn, certainly gives the impression that there's more to this story.

You say "admirer of Larloch" like it's a bad thing.
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CorellonsDevout
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USA
2281 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2019 :  22:28:00  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like godly involvement and seeing how they interact with their followers, be it directly (such as an avatar. The deity itself appearing would be too much for mortals), or indirectly, such as a vision or signs. Post-Spellplague (or more so, post-Sundering), the gods interact more indirectly, so an avatar showing up is less likely, though not impossible. I think the way a deity interacts, and how they choose to do so (such as Lath appearing) is going to depend on the deity. Evil deities (with some exceptions), may be less wont to appear at their follower's request to help them assassinate an enemy. More likely, they will give their priest/cleric spells to help aid the priest/cleric in slaying the enemy.

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