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Baldorar
Acolyte

Spain
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Posted - 27 Jan 2018 :  09:05:28  Show Profile Send Baldorar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi THO,

Thank you for taking your time to answer our questions. And thanks to Ed too.

Just one quick question:

I know that you play mostly sandbox type games. How does Ed put to writing which people are in which place, orwhat objects might you find here and there. How does he key his dungeons? To what extent does he improvise and to what extend does he write things? Does he just write down some key notes before sessions so that all the rest springs up to memory at play or does he write down lenghty descriptions of what's, for instance, on Room 8 of this or this other dungeon/location?

Maybe you can answer this yourself, but I'll be very thankfull in anyway!

Thank you and best regards!
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Fineva
Seeker

Canada
68 Posts

Posted - 27 Jan 2018 :  09:52:49  Show Profile Send Fineva a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Hooded Lady and greetings to Ed:
After checking the forums awhile and obtaining great answers from Wooly, Slevas, etc, just one question remains.
Tiamat as Ed says is building power, and Rise of Tiamat had a lot to do with treasure. The Dragon masks especially were required. Does this mean her power is locked in the masks (like other gods use chosen) and when she utterly destroys a mask and wearer she gains a piece of it? (Severin was yummy)

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Sunderstone
Learned Scribe

83 Posts

Posted - 29 Jan 2018 :  04:45:31  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi THO and Ed,

In Forgotten Realms Adventurers, Haldyn Stormkin, one of the Dukes of Calaunt is said to a man of great stature and strength with a height of 9 feet. What is the nature of his Goliath like size?

Thanks,

Sunderstone
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
Moderator

USA
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Posted - 29 Jan 2018 :  05:18:30  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi THO and Ed,

In Forgotten Realms Adventurers, Haldyn Stormkin, one of the Dukes of Calaunt is said to a man of great stature and strength with a height of 9 feet. What is the nature of his Goliath like size?

Thanks,

Sunderstone



Platform shoes. He's actually only 5'1" and very insecure.

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Sunderstone
Learned Scribe

83 Posts

Posted - 29 Jan 2018 :  07:58:35  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Sunderstone

Hi THO and Ed,

In Forgotten Realms Adventurers, Haldyn Stormkin, one of the Dukes of Calaunt is said to a man of great stature and strength with a height of 9 feet. What is the nature of his Goliath like size?

Thanks,

Sunderstone



Platform shoes. He's actually only 5'1" and very insecure.



Those are some serious shoes!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5054 Posts

Posted - 30 Jan 2018 :  00:43:29  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello again, all.
Sunderstone, Ed saith this:

While there's much local (Calauntan) gossip about the Duke having giant blood in his heritage, and it may very well be true, no one alive knows. His mother and father both stood more than six feet tall, and he had a seven-foot-something uncle (all three are dead now), so it's definitely family genetics. However, the Duke has two (infant) sons, and thus far they're of normal stature.

Baldorar, when Ed was starting out (before D&D) he wrote descriptions of each place, and the characters there. When beginning as a D&D DM, he write exhaustive descriptions (the precursor of what became "boxed text" to be read aloud at the gaming table), so he'd know how to portray (act) this or that character. But by 1979 or so, with the Realms filling his head, I suspect he improvised more than anything else...from thoughts jotted down AFTER each game session, for "how the world would probably react" (to what the PCs had done) for the next game session.

And that's it from me for now, as the blizzard is getting bad right now and I must get out behind the wheel and break trail through it...
love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5054 Posts

Posted - 30 Jan 2018 :  00:48:46  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message  Reply with Quote
...And DenverJack, thank you! It's good to be back! The nature of my day job means I'll probably not be as loquacious as in days of yore, but I WILL try to get to Candlekeep more often than in 2016 and 2017!
Right, off into the Great White North...
love to all,
THO
P.S. Ed has just finished work on a big Realms project that word of which may or may not leak out before 2018's GameholeCon, and he's currently deep in the enjoyable toil of writing his second Stormtalons novel. Those hungry for Realms fiction can find Ed's first two Mirt tales on DM's Guild.
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Sunderstone
Learned Scribe

83 Posts

Posted - 01 Feb 2018 :  00:40:28  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello again, all.
Sunderstone, Ed saith this:

While there's much local (Calauntan) gossip about the Duke having giant blood in his heritage, and it may very well be true, no one alive knows. His mother and father both stood more than six feet tall, and he had a seven-foot-something uncle (all three are dead now), so it's definitely family genetics. However, the Duke has two (infant) sons, and thus far they're of normal stature.

Baldorar, when Ed was starting out (before D&D) he wrote descriptions of each place, and the characters there. When beginning as a D&D DM, he write exhaustive descriptions (the precursor of what became "boxed text" to be read aloud at the gaming table), so he'd know how to portray (act) this or that character. But by 1979 or so, with the Realms filling his head, I suspect he improvised more than anything else...from thoughts jotted down AFTER each game session, for "how the world would probably react" (to what the PCs had done) for the next game session.

And that's it from me for now, as the blizzard is getting bad right now and I must get out behind the wheel and break trail through it...
love to all,
THO




Thank you!
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Sunderstone
Learned Scribe

83 Posts

Posted - 01 Feb 2018 :  00:45:58  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To THO and ED,

In the Gold and Glory Realms Accessory these individuals are listed as lieutenant unit leaders in the Flaming Fist. Does Ed have any descriptions or background for these persons he could share?

Koruelve
Lendali Firehair
Herculus the Hammer
Delandria
Morgan Redwing
Skot-sar of Berdusk
Kalvistalk the Hunter

Thanks,

Sunderstone

Edited by - Sunderstone on 02 Feb 2018 00:26:08
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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1136 Posts

Posted - 01 Feb 2018 :  18:19:44  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your answers, THO (and Ed!). Perhaps I didn't made those questions, but I'll use the answers nonetheless.

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

P.S. Ed has just finished work on a big Realms project that word of which may or may not leak out before 2018's GameholeCon, and he's currently deep in the enjoyable toil of writing his second Stormtalons novel. Those hungry for Realms fiction can find Ed's first two Mirt tales on DM's Guild.



Now that you mention this, Ed said something similar on TEGG's Youtube channel. I was unsure because my ability to translate listened English is worse than my written English, but this pretty much confirms it.

BTW, just for shiggles.

Yesterday Ed hinted that something happened to Dagult Neverember (related with dragon's fire). When someone asked if this was a spoiler for the MMO, he said: "Nope. Unless you have access to a TARDIS. ;}"

And to my own remark on the topic, he said this:

Me: This was written by the true Alagondar Heir, I presume.
Ed: That would be TELLING. ;}

Also, Ed has just confirmed on Twitter that Neverwinter Nights is the name of an in-universe newspaper in the Realms (Neverwinter's newspaper, obviously).

"There's a LOT about Neverwinter that's never been published. For instance, "Neverwinter Nights" was the name of a broadsheet (newspaper) published in the city. TSR asked me if it was okay if a licensee used it for the name of their computer game. I don't think the wider world..."

You can check the whole stuff:
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/958879145164976128

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 01 Feb 2018 18:23:33
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AJA
Learned Scribe

USA
82 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2018 :  00:18:50  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Zeromaru, Ed has mentioned the "Neverwinter Nights" broadsheet before;

quote:
Originally posted by THO in Ask Ed 2009

"Neverwinter Nights" itself was originally the name of the local Neverwinter city newpaper (Ed actually published some issues of it, just for fun for his players), until the name was "given" to BioWare. So Ed named the game before it was a game - - and before there was a BioWare, too!


And greetings and salutations to The Esteemable Ed and The Habile THO! A couple of relatively obscure questions, if you don't mind;


(In the 1300s timeframe) Do any of the docks and wharves of Waterdeep have names? Like the "West India Docks" of London or "Fisherman's Wharf" in divers places. And if so, what are they and how did they come to be named so and such?

Also, when Palace (or Lord's Alliance) duties call for it, who helps Piergeiron into his dress mail? Palace functionaries? Promising squires at the temple of Tyr, rewarded with the opportunity? Madieron Sunstone? Similarly, when he is out campaigning, who helps him with his battle panoply?

(I suspect the answer in both cases is Madeiron, though my own personal canon is that Aleena took it upon herself to dress her father, as soon as she was big enough to lift his chestplate and helm. But Piergeiron doesn't seem the type to take his only daughter out campaigning, so the second part of the question still stands).

AJA
YAFRP
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Sunderstone
Learned Scribe

83 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2018 :  00:45:08  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AJA

Zeromaru, Ed has mentioned the "Neverwinter Nights" broadsheet before;

quote:
Originally posted by THO in Ask Ed 2009

"Neverwinter Nights" itself was originally the name of the local Neverwinter city newpaper (Ed actually published some issues of it, just for fun for his players), until the name was "given" to BioWare. So Ed named the game before it was a game - - and before there was a BioWare, too!


And greetings and salutations to The Esteemable Ed and The Habile THO! A couple of relatively obscure questions, if you don't mind;


(In the 1300s timeframe) Do any of the docks and wharves of Waterdeep have names? Like the "West India Docks" of London or "Fisherman's Wharf" in divers places. And if so, what are they and how did they come to be named so and such?

Also, when Palace (or Lord's Alliance) duties call for it, who helps Piergeiron into his dress mail? Palace functionaries? Promising squires at the temple of Tyr, rewarded with the opportunity? Madieron Sunstone? Similarly, when he is out campaigning, who helps him with his battle panoply?

(I suspect the answer in both cases is Madeiron, though my own personal canon is that Aleena took it upon herself to dress her father, as soon as she was big enough to lift his chestplate and helm. But Piergeiron doesn't seem the type to take his only daughter out campaigning, so the second part of the question still stands).




Better question is who helps Madeiron Sunderstone into his plate mail? For whoever or how many, I assume they need a ladder!
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AJA
Learned Scribe

USA
82 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2018 :  01:34:58  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think we've discovered the real reason Piergeiron wore the Guardian's Gorget. "Walking Statues" my foot, more like "Madieron's Dressmaids," amirite?

AJA
YAFRP
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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1136 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2018 :  23:06:22  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AJA

Zeromaru, Ed has mentioned the "Neverwinter Nights" broadsheet before;


well, I was not aware of that...

BTW, a reddit user compiled some of Ed's tweets about the islands surrounding Chult. I see fitting sharing that info here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Forgotten_Realms/comments/7uv1lo/isles_of_the_chultan_seas_ed_greenwoods_notes_on/

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sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
7599 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2018 :  23:47:13  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

sleyvas, I'll have to check with Ed and get back to you, but I do know that Ed had older relatives who were trained in (British) heraldry, so I'm sure that had an influence, though the published Realms downplayed heraldry because "heraldry was Greyhawk" at TSR, back then.
And I know Ed has been all over the world (Australia, Germany, the UK many times, the Scandinavian and Baltic countries) in his almost 60 years.
And I don't THINK Ed and Santa are the same person, but you never know... ;}
love to all,
THO



Lol, no, the Santa thing came from an old friend of mine who came from Canada. He made sure to tell us that that North Pole was actually in Canada, and therefore Santa is Canadian. Of course, he then made sure to tell my girlfriend's daughter that all Canadians know Santa

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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CorellonsDevout
Great Reader

USA
2276 Posts

Posted - 03 Feb 2018 :  00:29:27  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


P.S. Ed has just finished work on a big Realms project that word of which may or may not leak out before 2018's GameholeCon, and he's currently deep in the enjoyable toil of writing his second Stormtalons novel. Those hungry for Realms fiction can find Ed's first two Mirt tales on DM's Guild.



Oh, the tease, the tease!

Sweet water and light laughter
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Dalor Darden
Great Reader

USA
3595 Posts

Posted - 03 Feb 2018 :  05:06:14  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Ed and THO!

Been a while, but something has been itching at me for a few days now and I can't seem to answer the question for myself.

I feel like originally the Orcs of YOUR Forgotten Realms worship Gruumsh and the other Orc Gods...but in everything I can find, there is no mention of Gruumsh in the Realms until the Orcgate Wars.

I had always just assumed before; but now everything I seem to find before the Orcgate Wars shows the Orcs following Demons, Devils and so on.

How did you originally envision the religious practices of Orcs (and Goblinoids in general) in your original material versus how you now use them in your writing and musings about the Realms?

Thank you both so much for your time!

AD&D for me!
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15675 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2018 :  04:13:30  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know he's not going to come around and answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?

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


Edited by - Markustay on 11 Feb 2018 17:41:55
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Kentinal
Great Reader

4356 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2018 :  13:30:41  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I know he's not going to come around ans answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?



Logic says yes. However depending on size and distance of bodies might not be total eclipse.

"Small beings can have small wisdom," the dragon said. "And small wise beings are better than small fools. Listen: Wisdom is caring for afterwards."
"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
"After action, afterwards," the dragon said. "Choose the afterwards first, then the action. Fools choose action first."
"Judgement" copyright 2003 by Elizabeth Moon
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Sunderstone
Learned Scribe

83 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2018 :  16:12:55  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I know he's not going to come around ans answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?




Logic says yes. However depending on size and distance of bodies might not be total eclipse.



Amazingly Earth is the only planet in our Solar System that can have a total Solar and Lunar Eclipse. The math doesn't work our for any other planets, even ones with multiple moons.
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15675 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2018 :  17:45:43  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I know he's not going to come around and answer, but just for shiggles...

We know (I think) that Toril has regular eclipses, right? I believe I recall reading about that, probably here at the 'Keep. Regular Solar eclipses.

But do Lunar eclipses occur?



Logic says yes. However depending on size and distance of bodies might not be total eclipse.
Except for one thing... and that's the reason why I ask this.

Obscure science and math aside, I suppose I should rephrase my question - IF all the math worked out perfectly for a Lunar eclipse, would we actually get one?

From Wiktipedia:
quote:
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow).

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


Edited by - Markustay on 19 Feb 2018 20:43:15
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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1136 Posts

Posted - 19 Feb 2018 :  08:25:56  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi dear THO and Ed.

I like to know about the Neverwinter Nine. When they were founded? Were they all humans, or there were members of other races? Besides the ones from Neverwinter Nights 2, there was another notable member of the order?

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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15675 Posts

Posted - 19 Feb 2018 :  20:42:46  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think Mirt may have been a member. Not sure why I think that, though.

Perhaps because somewhere its stated that all of them became Bluefire objects? I'm not even sure where I got that idea from, because its certainly not anything I would have come up with on my own.

EDIT:
And because we're supposed to be asking questions: Ed, what/who do you picture being in Halruaa before the Netherse went there and founded that country?

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


Edited by - Markustay on 19 Feb 2018 20:53:14
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Dalor Darden
Great Reader

USA
3595 Posts

Posted - 19 Feb 2018 :  23:00:53  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The people living in Halruaa I thought were the same as the people native to Dambrath?

AD&D for me!
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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1136 Posts

Posted - 20 Feb 2018 :  00:10:22  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
According to Shinning South (3.xe), they were people from Lapal that fled from the yuan-ti and hid themselves behind the Walls.

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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