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Al2O3
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Posted - 05 Jan 2016 :  16:23:35  Show Profile Send Al2O3 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ErinMEvans

I asked your questions of Brian Cortijo/Garen Thal for maximum accuracy. Yes, because who is going to argue that such a kid didn't come out of an Obarskyr? Raedra might wind up having a war wizard in the delivery room just to forestall any garbage, but the kid's legitimacy shouldn't be in question. And it's happened before: Queen Gantharla's son was called Roderin the Bastard because he was born out of wedlock, but he still got to be king.

Sorry for the slow reply!


Thanks a lot for the answers! And regarding the speed of the reply, all I can say is: Congrats to having Itsy Mr E, and may the new year be a good one.
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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 08 May 2016 :  17:37:43  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Erin! This is kinda the weird question, but was brought up on my table, so here we go.

Can dragonborn fell in love with members of other species? I know in the novels they normally don't feel attracted by humanoids of other species, but is that a racial thing or just a cultural quirk?

And can dragonborn have children with them? (I know true dragons can).

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ErinMEvans
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Posted - 10 May 2016 :  22:21:49  Show Profile  Visit ErinMEvans's Homepage Send ErinMEvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Hi Erin! This is kinda the weird question, but was brought up on my table, so here we go.

Can dragonborn fell in love with members of other species? I know in the novels they normally don't feel attracted by humanoids of other species, but is that a racial thing or just a cultural quirk?

And can dragonborn have children with them? (I know true dragons can).



I would say whatever you want to happen at your table should happen at your table!

I think it's probably possible for a cross-species romance to happen. I doubt you would get half-dragonborn, since the dragonborn lay eggs and lack a dragon's innate magic to work around that part. I'm not sure if you could have sex--the genitalia options are confusing for something that's MAYBE a monotreme, MAYBE a reptile, MAYBE something else, and who even cares because I'm not showing graphic sex? But they're descended from humans and dragons, so possible, unless it's a scaled down version of what dragons have, in which case I have no idea.

But I will say, I won't write a cross-species romance. I feel like non-human characters don't get enough relationships within their own species. I've read one too many stories with a dwarf/orc/halfling/etc slavering over a human woman, like "sexy" is a metric that peaks with "human" (Or lets be real, "elf").

Especially since what dragonborn are into probably can't even exist on a human body--shapely jaw frills or big nostril ridges, tight scales or a nice high arch on that heel spike. Rawr, baby! And while the physical isn't the be all, end all, it does seem like an important step between "good friends" and "lovers."


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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 11 May 2016 :  06:50:22  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, you know how players are. This gives me some idea to troll them, in fact.

Thanks for your answer.

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ErinMEvans
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Posted - 14 May 2016 :  17:37:07  Show Profile  Visit ErinMEvans's Homepage Send ErinMEvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Well, you know how players are. This gives me some idea to troll them, in fact.

Thanks for your answer.



Players have to follow their hearts...DMs have to make sure there's a mimic waiting when they get there.

I'm so curious what you plan to do! Hope it's fun!

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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 18 May 2016 :  21:01:58  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, the players interested in this information are a couple in real life. He is playing a dragonborn fighter, and she an eladrin (moon elf) wizard, and they decided they wanted to mimic their relationship in the game. For now, I having him gaining his clan approval for a legal relationship, that is really the quest, following the dragonborn customs you depicted in the novels. For her, well, her parents aren't happy with her decision, but the mother is supportive. (The father not, he hates the dragonborn, and gaining his approval is another quest).

Beyond that, there are the in-game jokes about the "half-dragonelf" and that stuff.

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopher’s path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...

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Zeromaru X
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Colombia
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Posted - 20 Mar 2017 :  05:26:41  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings, dear Erin. Long time no see. I have some questions about some abeiran stuff from Ashes of the Tyrant and The Devil You Know.

1. Seeing that the Crippled Mountain was the theater of the battle where the vayemniri won their freedom and led to the foundation of Tymanchebar, that means we can locate this mountain somewhere in Skelkor. Rhodrolytharnestrix was the master of this mountain, so here is my question: what kind of relationship had Rhodrolytharnestrix with Gauwervyndhal, the ruler of Skelkor? Was he the ruler of Skelkor before the battle of the Crippled Mountain? Seeing that he was called "the Tyrant of Tyrants", that means he was somehow the strongest dragon lord in Abeir at that point (potentially even stronger than Melauthaur, ruler of Melabrauth), so I cannot picture Rhodrolytharnestrix as a servant of Gauwer...

2. In the same song, you mention a place named "Arambar Gulch". Is this place related to Wandering Stones? (the village from Bruce R. Cordell's story of the same name, where the spirit of Arambar slumbers and that is also located in Skelkor)

3. In Ashes of the Tyrant, Ashoka says that Djerad Thymar was built after the vayemniri came to Faerūn. This is somehow confirmed by one of the vayemniri prisoners that Gilgeam interrogated and killed in The Devil You Know. This prisoner says (or remembers) that Djerad Thymar was built upon Nanna-Sin's tomb using the Breath of Petron. However, in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, in the section about Skelkor (p.212) it says that Djerad Thymar was the capital of Tymanchebar, and that was sent to Unther in the wake of the Spellplague.

Are the two Djerad Thymars the same one, or at least related in some way? Or are the two totally different cities with the same name?

I have my own theory (that the one from Tymanchebar had another name, but it was renamed Djerad Thymar after it was repaired in Faerūn), but I want to know your opinion about this.

4. In The Devil You Know, Caysis says that a person cannot use magic on Abeir, because there is no Weave. This is confirmed by Farideh and Ilstan being unable to use their spells while on Verthishai Loech Ternesh. However, the FRCG talks about spells in ancient Abeir (such as that sentient magic that made the dwarves of Durnlynbold/Raurokh flee from their homes).

My doubt is: how magic works on Abeir? There were no wizards, warlocks or divine casters, but there were sorcerers? That can explain that living spell, and also, dragons are somehow innate casters.

That's all. Thanks in advance.

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KanzenAU
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Posted - 28 Mar 2017 :  05:43:34  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Erin,

I'm a bit late to the Brimstone Angels series, but I just finished Lesser Evils and I'm really enjoying the tale thus far! I have a couple of quick questions:

a) In Brimstone Angels, Brin notes that it's widely believed that the Harpers assassinated a Tethyrian King ages ago. Is this the false tale of Harper involvement in the death of Haedrak II mentioned in Lands of Intrigue, or is it something else?

b) In Lesser Evils, who were the cultists of Xammux (The Many), and what were they all about?

c) In Lesser Evils, how did whoever stole the page from the Book of Tarchamus get out of the library?

d) In Lesser Evils, did you intend for there to be any chance of Tarchamus's fortified mummy-body surviving the eruption?

Cheers, and apologies if any of these questions are answered in later books.

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ErinMEvans
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
288 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  20:04:49  Show Profile  Visit ErinMEvans's Homepage Send ErinMEvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi there!

So, a lot of your questions are a little tricky, for meta reasons. Since Abeir wasn't well developed, it lacked things like a map or agreement over how much of Abeir "Returned Abeir" constituted. Additionally, some things were changed. The implication, for instance, is that Tymanther/Tymanchabar and Akanūl literally landed on top of the lands they displaced, crushing them and destroying them forever and ever. But then with 5e they wanted to restore Unther, etc., so that was retconned to be a very violent changeover.

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Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Greetings, dear Erin. Long time no see. I have some questions about some abeiran stuff from Ashes of the Tyrant and The Devil You Know.

1. Seeing that the Crippled Mountain was the theater of the battle where the vayemniri won their freedom and led to the foundation of Tymanchebar, that means we can locate this mountain somewhere in Skelkor. Rhodrolytharnestrix was the master of this mountain, so here is my question: what kind of relationship had Rhodrolytharnestrix with Gauwervyndhal, the ruler of Skelkor? Was he the ruler of Skelkor before the battle of the Crippled Mountain? Seeing that he was called "the Tyrant of Tyrants", that means he was somehow the strongest dragon lord in Abeir at that point (potentially even stronger than Melauthaur, ruler of Melabrauth), so I cannot picture Rhodrolytharnestrix as a servant of Gauwer...


I would assume that the Tyrant of Tyrants is a a) predecesssor of Gauwervyndhal (the Battle of the Crippled Mountain begins the foundation of a dragonborn nation, but it's still many, many, many years before Tymanchebar proper) and b) probably a geographic neighbor--I imagine the early dragonborn nation is less than settled. The Crippled Mountain remains in Abeir, not in Skelkor.

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2. In the same song, you mention a place named "Arambar Gulch". Is this place related to Wandering Stones? (the village from Bruce R. Cordell's story of the same name, where the spirit of Arambar slumbers and that is also located in Skelkor)

They are related, but they are not geographically proximate. Arambar Gulch is meant to be a canyon carved by the Dawn Titan, Arambar.

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3. In Ashes of the Tyrant, Ashoka says that Djerad Thymar was built after the vayemniri came to Faerūn. This is somehow confirmed by one of the vayemniri prisoners that Gilgeam interrogated and killed in The Devil You Know. This prisoner says (or remembers) that Djerad Thymar was built upon Nanna-Sin's tomb using the Breath of Petron. However, in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, in the section about Skelkor (p.212) it says that Djerad Thymar was the capital of Tymanchebar, and that was sent to Unther in the wake of the Spellplague.

Are the two Djerad Thymars the same one, or at least related in some way? Or are the two totally different cities with the same name?


This is retconning, to be honest. If the arrival of Tymanchebar is so violent it's mistaken for crushing Unther whole, then I cannot believe that their structures remained intact while Unther's did not. IIRC, the wording is a little vague about the specifics of Djerad Thymar in Abeir, and I squeezed right in.

I would make the argument that the FRCG is not written by dragonborn and so is using the appearance of destruction to assume that, well, that place probably dropped out of the sky whole. Or...

quote:
I have my own theory (that the one from Tymanchebar had another name, but it was renamed Djerad Thymar after it was repaired in Faerūn), but I want to know your opinion about this.


This could work too.

quote:
4. In The Devil You Know, Caysis says that a person cannot use magic on Abeir, because there is no Weave. This is confirmed by Farideh and Ilstan being unable to use their spells while on Verthishai Loech Ternesh. However, the FRCG talks about spells in ancient Abeir (such as that sentient magic that made the dwarves of Durnlynbold/Raurokh flee from their homes).

My doubt is: how magic works on Abeir? There were no wizards, warlocks or divine casters, but there were sorcerers? That can explain that living spell, and also, dragons are somehow innate casters.

That's all. Thanks in advance.



That is the gist. There are no gods, and so there is no Mystra, and so there is no Weave, per se. The plane is largely sealed from the Hells (although this may be only since Asmodeus became a god). All magic in Abeir has to account for that. Which means all the interesting wild cases probably have lots of room to grow! And lots of spaces for new kinds of magic ideas!

The Dawn Titans had magic, and so I like the idea of Dawn Titan artifacts and remnants being magic sources. Dragons too. If it's self-contained, self-generating, then I think it's fair.

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ErinMEvans
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  20:11:36  Show Profile  Visit ErinMEvans's Homepage Send ErinMEvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi there!

quote:
Originally posted by KanzenAU

Hi Erin,

I'm a bit late to the Brimstone Angels series, but I just finished Lesser Evils and I'm really enjoying the tale thus far! I have a couple of quick questions:

a) In Brimstone Angels, Brin notes that it's widely believed that the Harpers assassinated a Tethyrian King ages ago. Is this the false tale of Harper involvement in the death of Haedrak II mentioned in Lands of Intrigue, or is it something else?


Honesty, I don't remember, but that is very probably it. Possibly something else in Code of the Harpers, since I used that pretty heavily.

quote:
b) In Lesser Evils, who were the cultists of Xammux (The Many), and what were they all about?


Xammux is/was/is believed to be an outsider along more Lovecraftian lines. It is in the FRCG, I believe, and because I wanted to use that cavern, I built Tarchamus around that name. So does Xammux exist and just used the same cavern because magic or is this just a corruption of Tarchamus? Don't know. But I would not mess around with cultists to an elder god who like to screw around in caverns full of hydras.

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c) In Lesser Evils, how did whoever stole the page from the Book of Tarchamus get out of the library?


The same way the heroes did: up the air shaft. I figured they're the one who collapsed the first shaft.

quote:
d) In Lesser Evils, did you intend for there to be any chance of Tarchamus's fortified mummy-body surviving the eruption?

Cheers, and apologies if any of these questions are answered in later books.



No. But if someone wanted to put that in a game of theirs, I would not be bothered!

Best,
Erin

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KanzenAU
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Posted - 07 Apr 2017 :  01:33:25  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reply! Very much looking forward to getting to the Adversary after I finish up the first two Sundering books.

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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 07 Apr 2017 :  02:07:32  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your answers. And sorry for asking tricky questions. I feel many stuff was left unresolved, and that bugs me.

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Mirtek
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Posted - 03 Jul 2017 :  22:18:39  Show Profile Send Mirtek a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Erin,

you can probably answer my question whether The Devil You Know will receive a paperback. It's almost 10 month now and as it's not even for pre-order yet I am getting worried that with the end of the novel line WotC won't bother with the usual paperback release. I have the kindle edition, but I'd love the paperback to complete my FR novel collection. Would be sad if the series remains forever incomplete on my shelf.

PS: I am aware of the hardcover, but for sake of uniformity I only collect FR novels in paperback. Since not every FR novel got a hardcover but every hardcover also got a paperback (except one lost during transition from TSR to WotC)

Thanks.
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Zeromaru X
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Colombia
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Posted - 25 Jul 2017 :  18:00:21  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi dear Erin,

I've read your article about the Harpers in Dragon 430. It filled my mind with lots of ideas, and I have a pair of questions and I hope you can answer them.

-In my current 4e Neverwinter Campaign (well, "current"—its advancing very slowly due to RL stuff) my brother is playing with the Harper Agent theme. I plan to deal with Cymril's treachery in the next arc. We are playing in the 1480 DR, so, was Tam aware of Cymril's activities at this point? I know he was unable to contact Cymril in the novels, but the novels do not dealt with Cymril's stuff.

-Do you know was race Cymril was? I do not remember you mentioned her race in the novels, but I'm maybe misremembering.

-Was the Fisher involved with Cymril's treachery? I know Tam dealt with the Fisher's treachery in the novels, but maybe I can relate both treacheries into one xD.

Thanks

EDIT:
I will take this opportunity to ask about other thing as well.

Was Clytemorrenestrix's Xorvintaal (the God Catcher) related to Brimstone's Xorvintaal (Brotherhood of the Griffon)? Or it was a different Xorvintaal?

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopher’s path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...

Edited by - Zeromaru X on 27 Jul 2017 18:44:36
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