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Wooly Rupert Posted - 09 Jan 2019 : 16:19:25
It occurs to me that Ed has been posting Realmslore on the Twitter, and not everyone has the Twitter.

So I thought a single place where such lore could be collected would be a good thing.

Ed is a frequent poster there, adding all sorts of Stormtalons and Epic Fantasy stuff, but for the purposes of this thread, I'd like to keep it focused on his Realmslore.

(I'm also stickying this thread, to make it easier to find)

Ed Greenwood (@TheEdVerse) on Twitter

The #Realmslore hashtag on Twitter
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questing gm Posted - 18 Jul 2024 : 14:18:54
On delfarnbread

Jul 17, 2024


@TheEdVerse In Travel Talk: Barovia from Dragon+ #6, you mention "toasted delfarnbread with spiced snail-butter" (Volo speaking about his dealings with Qelver)

What is delfarnbread, and where does it hail from in the Realms?


Delfarnbread is made with malt barley, so it's akin to what's sold in modern-day North America as "malt bread," only saltier, drier, and more tan-brown. Named for the baker who popularized it, it's made today all over the Dales, Sembia, Cormyr and new sites westwards.
questing gm Posted - 18 Jul 2024 : 14:16:18
On rebooting the Forgotten Realms and dangerous cheese

Jul 17, 2024


hail and good fortune to you @TheEdVerse I have two questions for you

1] supposing you had been invited to work on a rebooted forgotten realms that and had started again from the year of the Prince [aka the grey box] would you change anything as far as the continuity developed?

For example would you have have had the time of troubles develop differently? Would it have happened at all? Would you develop storylines or people in directions differently to how they went down originally?

2] could you tell us about the most dangerous cheese in the realms, and why its banned in the halfling realm of Lurien?


Let me answer your second question first. "Most dangerous cheese" depends on who's answering or framing the question, but see this:


...and now to your first query. TSR controlled the storylines of the published Realms, but if we were starting over and I was given that control, I would avoid all RSEs (Realms-Shaking Events) like the Time of Troubles, Spellplague, and Second Sundering.

Big changes would only happen with lots of foreshadowing/buildup in many published releases, and only after we'd covered the entire surface world, and a good bit of the Underdark and celestial (Tears of Selune, etc.) Realms, too, at least once over.

Build up before you tear down.

There were also things I never got the chance to do (completed detailed city? Ath Cliath, which I'm doing with Andrew Valkauskas and Mike Schley for #FateOfTheNorns right now, because I never got the wordcount to do it with Waterdeep...or Suzail, or..) and many DM's campaign toolbox releases (the Haunted Halls was supposed to be 96 pages and completely detail Eveningstar, not 32 pages and just do highlights of the Halls, likewise Undermountain).

Moreover, Books and Games would work together closely, so what authors craft for novels are fully described in game terms with the authors approval and involvement, so the Realms can really grow in all directions with each writer getting proper treatment.

And so on. This is a big topic. ;}


I'd rally love ti see this vision of your take Life. This kind of FR would be a really vibrating, living, pulsating piece of art/fiction/world


Yes. If the Realms feels alive, it's richer for us all, and will outlive us all.
questing gm Posted - 18 Jul 2024 : 14:12:09
On Drow junk/snack food

Jul 17, 2024


Drow junk/snack food - like, what sorts of unhealthy but yummy fried things would they sell on the streets?


Spiders? (Like in Cambodia)


Deep fried spiders (usually frying oil: pack lizard fat) dusted with certain mushrooms and cave lichens for seasoning. The legs curl up in the oil. Crunchy, rust brown, yummy.

Certain cave glow-worms, raw, are considered a delicacy by drow. Squirmy. Glistening white, segmented, fat, and short. Tastes like a fishy banana.
questing gm Posted - 18 Jul 2024 : 14:10:00
On Helmites and Selűnites working together more regularly

Jul 17, 2024


@TheEdVerse Hey Ed, question for you!

I know of some documented cases where Helmites & Selűnites have worked together, such as the Fellowship of the Purple Staff. Could and would Helmites and Selűnites work together more regularly?

Context in the following tweets on why I ask!

I've been a longtime follower of Helm since I was a kid in the '80s, but I have only begun following Selűne and Shar more closely in the past decade (I'm more of a Darkcloak for Shar, promise).

The reason I was drawn to them was Selűne, who to me, shares similarities with Helm.

Their dogma/tenets from their Churches share a few things in common, at least from my interpretation of them:

- Domains & Influences: Life, Twilight, Light
- They both count Shar as a common enemy
- Both protect and guide those in the dark
- Followers pray for spells at night

My PC, Feora Firecam, worships Helm during the events of BG3 but ends up also sending prayers and worshipping Selűne after the events of Act 2. Post-BG3, she wants to start a group of Helmites and Selűnites to be protectors that thwart Sharran plots and schemes.

And I know that with my own story, the world is my oyster. But with a few things I've laid out here, I just wondered if such a thing were more plausible than not or if there had ever been times not mentioned where Selűnites and Helmites have worked together in common cause like with the Fellowship of the Purple Staff?


Yes, they could and would. Among the mortal priesthoods spread across the Realms, there are constant alliances, pacts, and even armed expeditions wherein faiths whose current needs, not just dogmas, run together/share common ground, work together against common foes/obstacles.

So, yes, Helm and Selűne clergy can and do work together often. Seldom officially "before all the Watching Gods," but always with the approval of high-ranking priests. Just as the clerical forces of evil deities work together.

Always neglected in official lore due to the Code of Conduct and concerns about real-world believer backlash, but it's been in the Realms since before D&D. Interfaith feuds, negotiations, misunderstandings, out-and-out wars, and backdoor skirmishes are an essential part of the Realms.

But in your campaign only if you want them to be, of course.
questing gm Posted - 18 Jul 2024 : 14:07:13
On elves wiggling their ears

Jul 17, 2024


@TheEdVerse I ask this question to resolve a discussion/ argument me and some friends have been having: in terms of @dnd lore, can elves wiggle their ears?

I hope I am not bothering you and have a blessed day



SOME elves can wiggle their ears.

In the Realms, most real elf (of all subraces) youngsters (within 4 years of birth) can, and most wild and aquatic elves and avariel of any age can wiggle their ears. Most others cannot, or will not.
questing gm Posted - 14 Jul 2024 : 05:34:00
On a cleric who is a worshiper of Zeus or Poseidon

Jul 12, 2024


Sir @TheEdVerse is there a possibility of creating a cleric in the fifth edition who is a worshiper of Zeus or Poseidon? a friend really wanted to know this


Sure. Amaunator/Lathander, Torm, or Tyr would grant spells to a cleric of Zeus, and Umberlee would grant them to a priest of Poseidon.


Would they have to come from another plane or would they be from Toril?


They would likely come through a gate/portal from another world (Prime Material Plane). There are a handful of worshippers of Prometheus in the Realms, but "Zeus" is mainly a name known to sages, the Avowed, and adventurers who like to colourfully curse (without knowing whom they're invoking).
questing gm Posted - 14 Jul 2024 : 05:31:44
On the name of Hullack Forest was when the Elves lived there

Jul 12, 2024


@TheEdVerse Oh Great Sage, would you be able to tell me what the name of Hullack Forest was (near Cormyr) when the Elves lived there before the coming of the humans? And what that name might translate into in common?


Certainly! Of old, the Hullack wasn’t an isolated forest, it was part of the southwestern end of the great forest of Cormanthor. The elves referred to that part of the great wood as “Dragon End” due to the presence of dragons in the Stormhorns and the Thunder Peaks, who hunted in that area.

In Elvish, it was (and still is) “Orm” [dragon] + “Aar” [woodland] + “sharan” [end, edge, boundary, farthest reach]: Ormaarsharan.

Save for a few elves who instead call it “Waeluir” (or Luirarra Lost, meaning the place a 3) long-ago beloved elf sorceress, Luirarra, died).
questing gm Posted - 14 Jul 2024 : 05:29:03
On Kheben Arunsun having a relationship with a vampire

Jul 12, 2024


Sir @TheEdVerse , I'm playing a character who is a descendant of a Damphyr descended from Kheben Arunsun and Nyressa Fless, is there any possibility of him having a relationship with a vampire?


Certainly. Any female vampire might want a dhampir as a follower, and if that dhampir’s character was such that love arose between them, the relationship could become a love match rather than just “master and dominated ally.”

Moreover, any descendant of Nyressa Flass would want allies, for fear of Szass Tam sending endless Red Wizards on eradication bent. Be aware that your character would become a Red Wizard target, too.
questing gm Posted - 14 Jul 2024 : 05:26:11
On what were Elminster and the other Chosens doing during the Last Mythal series

Jul 12, 2024


Hi @TheEdVerse! So I am not fully done reading the super fun Last Mythal series, but my question is, what were Elminster and the other Chosen (save Storm who was there and Khelben #128546;) doing during the cataclysmic events of this series? Halaster craziness?


The Chosen of Mystra were VERY busy at this time (1375 DR) preparing new Weave anchors, wards, and mantles to minimize the destruction that might be caused by what Halaster was working to do (that he failed in, causing the earthquake that rocked Waterdeep), and what the Twisted Rune, the Arcane Brotherhood, and certain beholder cabals and illithid schemers might try, with Thayan and Zhent armies on the march. The Chosen do a lot of gluing and holding the world together, while others recklessly try to break it.
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 12:05:43
On drow and tattoos

Jul 10, 2024


I figured I should go straight to the source on this one @TheEdVerse Drow and tattoos? Inquiring minds are having a discussion that’s pretty split down the middle.


Well, here's the thing: as drow of old used tattoos to mark slaves, many drow detest tattoos. However, early Lolth priestesses used progressively-augmented tattoos (down their right inner thighs, eventually to the ankle) to mark ascending clerical rank.

Drow who don't venerate Lolth usually dislike tattoos (on drow) for that reason, in addition to the slavery. However, among Vhaeraun worshippers in the early 1300s DR, a fashion arose to tattoo around one's right eye (bare ring around the eye, then an elaborate design radiating out over brow and cheek on one side of the face only). This was regarded as beauty enhancing, not a mark of devotion to the god.

In addition, certain drow sorceresses hit upon the notion of storing self-renewing spells in right forearm tattoos.

So as you can see, drow are split, just as the gamer debate is. Most drow detest tattooing, seeing it as marring drow natural beauty. However, drow who see themselves as ugly usually reason that they have nothing to lose by getting tattoos.

And a drow who bears slave tattoos and gets the opportunity to do something about them will almost always expand the tattoos into a larger, more beautiful design that seeks to obscure the original slaving marks.


This is incredible info thank you!


My pleasure! Always happy to talk lore with you! (Though it's past three in the morning here and I have to show up at work tomorrow, so I'll stagger off to bed now.) ;}
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 10:22:08
On Ao dealing with a god/goddess doing a terrible job of fulfilling it's duties

Jul 9, 2024


@TheEdVerse if a god/goddess was doing a terrible job of fulfilling it's duties or downright neglecting them, what are the methods he'd use to deal with the issue if he didn't want to "get his hands dirty" (Have someone or something take care of it instead of him)?


Ed saith: Give the deity’s rival deities more power, and disrupt the deity’s hold over their portfolio in the same stroke, with visions and magical energy sent through major temple altars of those rivals.


Interesting info, but who is “he” referring to, in this case?


Ao the Overgod, indeed.
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 10:19:32
On Miior in "The Haunted Halls of Eveningstar"

Jul 9, 2024


@TheEdVerse Hi Ed! As someone who has been running personalized variations of your module "The Haunted Halls of Eveningstar" to introduce new players to AD&D for many years, I've always wondered about Miior—Is there more to her character/story? (art by the amazing @AnIllustrator)


Okay, here's the short version...

Miior was the consort of the bandit lord Rivior. When Queen Enchara of Esparin lured Rivior out of the Haunted Halls, and ambushed and slew him, she sent a small band of warriors, along with her ally, the adventurer-wizard Thorond Halavur, into the Halls to secure it (make certain Rivior didn’t have a secondary force still inside). They slew the few bandits still there, except for Miior, who barricaded herself in Rivior’s bedchamber and defended herself with spells.

Thorond wore her down (ran her out of spells) with spells of his own, and then the Esparrans charged in. Thorond used a vial of venom (that he forced her to drink) to make Miior helpless, searched her and took away her wands and spellbooks, then chained her in the closet and cast temporal stasis on her. He intended to return later to question her thoroughly, but was killed in fighting several days later.

After chaining Miior, the Esparrans then plundered the bedchamber and the rest of the Halls (in a hasty, slapdash manner; they were mainly searching for bandits in hiding), and Thorond cast a powerful ward to “wall off” Miior and that area of the Halls from opportunistic explorers and monsters (a ward that was broken by later adventurers only shortly before before THE HAUNTED HALLS OF EVENINGSTAR unfolds, which is why no one finds Miior before the PCs in that adventure).

Miior is smart, quick-witted, and observant, a seasoned adventurer. If rescued by PCs, she will likely try to befriend them, and even become the lover of one or more, for two reasons: she always wants to be linked to a stronger male as a protector, provider, and dupe (someone she can frame and/or steal from), and she is looking for a real lifemate (in other words, she will feign “falling for” a PC adventurer, strong and wealthy human male preferred, but either gender and any race if someone else seems more useful, and she’s a consumate actress, but she can very easily genuinely fall in love with either her “chosen dupe” or someone else, and with that love will come loyalty, so she may later stand beside and support her dupe, returning swindled loot, and become his/her staunch partner.

Miior is essentially a good person, but has the wiles of an adventurer who’s been burned a time or two. She was born in Chessenta, into a servant family, but her powerful Gift manifested young, and she got trained as a “house wizard” by a minor Chessentan noble who hoped to use her as a weapon against other nobles. Unfortunately, he lost his life in battles with rivals, who hunted his forces to extinction—save for Miior, who was captured for her beauty rather than slain, by soldiers who didn’t know she was a mage, used magic to escape, and fled, adventuring her way across Turmish and through Westgate and into Cormyr. Seeking a life for herself that didn’t involve being someone’s "house wizard" and controlled, she ended up in the Stonelands, among bandits…and eventually into the arms of the strongest, most successful bandit, Rivior.

[And that's the short version. :} ]


Nice pic of Miior, by the way. Captures her face and hair very well from my mental vision of her.


Amazing! So much I never knew and can now incorporate into the next time I introduce players to the Haunted Halls of Eveningstar. Thank you very much for the generous response, Ed!#128171;#128591;#128153;


My pleasure! It's up to you, of course, how much Miior knows about magic items hidden elsewhere in the Halls, that she might want to acquire before leaving, perhaps with PC adventurers not knowing or being duped into helping her.
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 10:16:47

Jul 8, 2024


Please enjoy this tavern tale set in the Forgotten Realms. It's got murder, betrayal, outlaws, ghosts, a chase, and much more!

My latest video is called, A NIGHT IN THE HAUNTED CASTLE. ;}

#forgottenrealms #realmslore #dnd
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 10:14:41
On ceremony or ritual memorial for unburied loved one

Jul 8, 2024


this might be the wrong place to ask, but working on a story for characters. the elf found out his love (that were unbonded because different paths) perished in the fall of myth drannor. is there a ceremony or ritual he would perform, like a memorial, since he is not able to bury


Yes, there is a song of remembrance he would compose, listing the dead love’s achievements in life and/or the qualities that made the lamenting singer love this individual, that the elf would sing at sunset, in a place beloved by the departed or failing that, on a height that preferably overlooks lands the dead individual knew.

Moreover, if the lamenter knows of an unfinished task or obligation, large or small, the dead elf didn’t manage to fulfil, it’s an act of love to fulfil it.
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 10:10:37
On Kazra Louantrar

Jul 8, 2024


Who is Kazra Louantrar?


Kazra Louantrar was a Chosen of Eilistraee during the Second Sundering. Remembered for leading drow of the Dancer in battle against Lolth priestesses, and vanquishing them. She died heroically in the battle, so worshippers of Eilistraee sometimes swear by her name.
questing gm Posted - 11 Jul 2024 : 09:50:41
On the name for the central building for the Lady's College in Silverymoon

Jul 8, 2024


@TheEdVerse Apology’s to bother you but I was curious, I’m doing some fan writing for my dnd character’s backstory & I have her main source of knowledge coming from the lady’s college in Silverymoon. By chance is there a name for the central building there? Thank you in advance!


The many-turreted main building of the Lady's College (best depicted on the 3e map of Silverymoon) is known formally as The Lady’s House, and bears the far more widely used nickname “Ladyspires” (or, “The Ladyspires”).
questing gm Posted - 04 Jul 2024 : 10:44:56
On what to call a group of dragons


What should I call a group of dragons? Flock? Pride? Pack? Other?


There are a number of terms of venery in official Realmslore, depending on what the wyrms are doing, e.g. a flight of dragons, a dreadful of dragons, a scourge of dragons, a council of wyrms, etc.
questing gm Posted - 03 Jul 2024 : 04:29:21
On beliefs about months and dates for weddings

Jul 3, 2024


@TheEdVerse Hello Ed! My Waterdeep: Dragonheist character is getting married and I'm throwing a one-shot in the near future about it. I started to wonder if there are any beliefs about months and dates for weddings - such as some days being more unlucky to have a wedding etc?


Certainly! Never get married on Deadwinter Day (Midwinter) unless you want the marriage bed to soon be cold and loveless.

Get married on Greengrass if you want lots of children for the union (twins, triplets, etc.)

Get married on Shieldmeet only if all parties to the wedding are political and enjoy negotiations and agreements…or the marriage won’t last.

Get married on Highharvestide if you want the union to enrich all involved (worldly prosperity).

Never get married on the Feast of the Moon unless you want the marriage to be haunted by dead ancestors whispering advice or disapproval.

And then there are specific family beliefs and traditions rooted in past family history (many noble families have these).
questing gm Posted - 03 Jul 2024 : 03:24:53
On swearing in a god's name

Jul 3, 2024


what’s the lore accurate DnD way to say “jesus ****ing christ”


So in the Realms, everyone sane believes in all the gods, wherefore they swear by either the deities they most revere, or that anger them the most.

So for Mystra, THE goddess (of magic), the equivalent oath would be: “Elminster Farruking Aumar!”

For Chauntea, it would be “Janness Farruking Harvestmother!”
For Bane: “Iyachtu Farruking Xvim!”
For Shar: “Dazhra Farruking Headless!”
…and so on.

However, in the Realms, the style of holy swearing is more often “By the [attribute] of [deity]”

So: “By the Unholy Madness of Cyric!” or “By The Unfailing Lash of Loviatar!” or “By the Blessed Blood of Ilmater!”


Can you give the example of holy swearing for Hoar?


By the smiting lightnings of Hoar!
By the three thunders of the Doombringer!
Jaxanaedegor Farruking Doomfall!


O Sage Greenwood... how do I curse as an Eilistraee worshiper?


Like this:
By the Divine Dances of the Goddess!
Pissed Off:
Kazra Farruking Louantrar!
By the Bared Beauty of the Dark Dancer!


#129315;#129315;#129315;#129315;Elminster annoys the Lady of mysteries that much???


Heh. No, that sort of oath is what other mortals swear by, citing a divine servitor (0r literal son or daughter) of a deity.


#129325; I could already picture Mystra rolling her eyes, pulling her hair, just cos Elminster exists to torment her#129315;#129315;#129315;


They were lovers, so there's torment and "torment." ;}


What are the swears for a Myrkulite?


Ketheric Farruking Thorm!
By the endless bones of the Lord!
By the tireless smile of the Reaper!


More drow insults please! I’ve been saying ibilth far too long! #128514; Lolth born insults in particular would be swell #129392;


Sure! Here are some widespread ones:

In the style of the OP’s requested oath equivalent:
Danifae Farruking Yauntyrr!

Eltiah Lolth!
Transliteration: Spit/Spurn Lolth
Translation: Lolth Spit!
Meaning: Lolth disapproves!

Ua tah phind thlah ea Lolth!
Ua tah (By the) + Phind (deadly) + Thlah (kiss) + Ea (of) + Lolth!
By the deadly kiss of Lolth!

Sakrask ea Lolth!
Damnation of Lolth! (or: Lolth damn you!)

Dobluth = outcast
Duthlur = unclean
Elamshin = destiny, the will of Lolth
Laelwael = madness, insanity, raving and/or wild, erratic behavior
Ogglin = rival, opponent, enemy
Uln’hyrr = liar
Wael = fool
Waela = foolish, unaware/unwary




3 more!

Kapr ea Lolth! Kapr (bite) + Ea (of) + Lolth! = Bite of Lolth! [used by drow in the Realms when we in the real-world might say “God DAMN!” i.e. flare of exasperation]


Kulrag qlor! Kulrag (insulting, offensive to me/us) + qlor (garbage/trash/refuse)

This second one is used when we might say: Don't give me this sh*t!

Kottaglath! Kotta (dung) + glath (head) So: sh*thead or dung-for-brains

There. Now you can curse out the daily drow around you. ;}


What about for Eilistraee ?#128064;


In the style of the OP’s requested oath equivalent: Qilué Farruking Veladorn!

Mild oath, like “Darn!” for us: Happy dancing hollyphants! And: Happy dancing hollyphants to you!

Formal oath: Dance fail you!

Fiercer personal cuss:
May you fall in the Dance!
(sometimes shortened to just “Fall!”)

More biting personal insults:

Maiden Spurn You!




May Lolth have you!


My partner plays a rich half-elven bard of Oghma from Neverwinter. They studied at Candlekeep for a long time and aquired tomes and artifacts for them as an adventurer. Any particular turns of phrase I could share with them?


Oh, yes. The Avowed of Candlekeep have quite a few favorite phrases.
“The tomes know, and tell. They always tell.”
“Lore is neither a hoard-pile nor a finished thing. Lore is lifelong pathways. Our lives run out before we reach the ends.”

“Knowledge is more than a candle in the dark. Knowledge is a bridge between us all.”
“Lore contradicts not just due to lies, but because we see the same things differently. Lore tells about ourselves, not just about what it describes.”
“You can’t eat lore, but lore can tell you where the edibles are.”
“Lore is the cloak that never fails when storms claw.”
(They have lots more homilies, but these should be a good start.)


So wait... Is "By the tits of Sune" appropriate or is it "by the fiery hair of Sune"?


Polite: By the matchless charms of Sune!
Colourful: By the welcoming warmth of Lady Firehair!
Slightly raunchy: By the hot ruby kisses of Sune!
Avid: Caresses of Sune!


Makes me wonder how would the Gond version be like.


OP Requested Format: Hont Farruking Anarmand! [Hont Anarmand was a priest of Gond who rose to fame in Tethyr before dying in a crash of his corkscrew-rotor flying machine that didn’t work.]

Polite swear: Cogs and bolts!

Stronger swear: Boilerblast!

Even Stronger swear: By Machinery Misused!

Strongest Swear: Wrath of Gond! (Be upon You!)


On whose tits would you swear on in the realms?


The publicly polite one in the Realms is:
Milk of Chauntea!
(which is short for:
By the milk of Chauntea, that gives life to us all!)

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questing gm Posted - 30 Jun 2024 : 02:24:43
On some dwarven words for family relationships

Jun 28, 2024


@TheEdVerse Hi Ed! I was wondering what some dwarven words for family relationships were?

My cleric is in self-imposed exile but is probably going to encounter her brother soon due to some political shenanigans in the Dwarven Valley #129763;


Okay, here we go...

Note: In the Realms today, many dwarves use the Common Tongue studded with words in Dwarvish. Terms such as aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, and nephew are in Dwarvish rendered thus: “aunt” is sister-of-father or father-sister (“kralvade-karra”), and a cousin is son-of-aunt or aunt-son (“kralvade-karra-aurvel”) or daughter-of-uncle or uncle-daughter (“kralvade-kral-auva”).

aurvel: son
auva: daughter
ilith: deal, agreement, trust of one’s word or honor
karra: my heir or I am the heir of (female)
karravade: mother of (speaker or another)
kral: my heir or I am the heir of (male)
kralvade: father of (speaker or another)
krauth: immediate kin, daily living-with family (bloodkin as opposed to friends and companions)
larrul: to weep
luthkarra: sister by birth/blood
luthlarkarra: sister by marriage
luthkral: brother by birth/blood
luthlarkral: brother by marriage
mur: to disagree
murmel: to argue, debate
murmelings: arguments, criticism, words of dissention
runedar: home, familiar place, haven
sakrauth: trusted kin
samman: trusted friend, shield-brother (battle companion)
taerin: love (true love, ‘deep’ love)
tah: converse, discourse, discussion
tahul: to speak, to discuss
thalorn: kindness, caring, good deed
tulvade: an elder or senior (dwarf of a community, clan or family)
uldoum: favored dwarven settlement, meaning favored by the speaker, which is a formal way of saying “I am of that settlement”
vakrauth: distant bloodkin (lineage, not just of the same clan)


Hi Ed,

Would "uncle" and "aunt" also be rendered from the mother's side or is the heirship ("karra"/"kral") always spoken of as inheriting from a male?


Rendered from both sides (I just happened to give male side in that example).

Twitter is a real pain for long lore missives (hence my Greenwood's Grotto Discord server and my Patreon).
questing gm Posted - 28 Jun 2024 : 01:17:19
On doppelgangers in the Realms

Jun 28, 2024


Doppelgangers, doppelgangers everywhere! ;}

Join me as I take a look at these shapeshifting imposters (known to themselves as Shallar) and expose the truth about just how many of them are lurking in the Realms! #realmslore #forgottenrealms #dnd


questing gm Posted - 22 Jun 2024 : 07:03:50
On first video of Sembia

Jun 22, 2024


This is the first of several videos I have recorded on Sembia, the "land of fat rich merchants."

After a long and difficult Netherese occupation, the attitudes of Sembia's nobility have changed! #dnd #forgottenrealms #realmslore

questing gm Posted - 18 Jun 2024 : 01:38:44
On House Halaut coat of arms

Jun 18, 2024


@TheEdVerse Hey Ed, starting your Novel Spellstorm because of an interest in Cormyr nobility for a character idea I had and just wondering, did you ever visualize what House Halaut coat of arms was sorta leaning on this house for a character and would love to stay in lore.


Sure! In modern heraldic cant, House Halaunt’s blazon is thus:

Arms: Pean on a Bend Sable fimbriated Or between two Eagles displayed Argent beaked legged and crowned Or three Estoiles Argent.

Crest: Rising from a Mural Crown Or a Sun irradiated proper.

Supporters: On the dexter a Pegasus Argent crined unguled and winged Or and on the sinister a Lion guardant winged at the shoulders Or the whole upon a Grassy Mound proper

In everyday speech, this is:

A face-on shield of slate gray with a gold-edged diagonal gray stripe crossing it from upper left to bottom right, with three silver six-wavy-pointed stars spaced evenly along the stripe. Above and below the stripe are mirrored fields of gray with many small identical gold charges that all look like a point-up equilateral triangle of gold balls with a straight-down three-pointed tail decending from the triangles, spaced in a pattern all over them, and centered in the lower left and the upper right fields are two silver eagles, wings raised and splayed out, gold legs also splayed out, beaks to the left (so, heads side-on), and these eagles are wearing little gold three-squared-off-pointed crowns. Floating just above the shield is a side-on golden crown that has four squared-off points (spikes); these points are the crenelations of a castle wall (battlements), because the crown itself is made up of visible gold blocks (you can see the joints between them, so it looks like a brick wall humped in the center like a footbridge over a river that curves up and down in an arc).

Rising up out of the crown (so that its bottom rays are “behind” the crown’s inner two crenelations/points) is a sun: a gold disc with five straight rays or points (up, left, right, and two diagonal lower ones), with a second layer of wavy golden rays behind it, so that there’s a wavy ray between each straight point.

A silver pegasus is standing on its hind legs, on a ground made up of little green (grassy) humps, holding up the viewer’s left side of the shield. It is looking straight at the other supporter (so, head side-on to the viewer) and has uplifted golden wings (big feathers) and golden hooves. On the right side of the shield, also standing on its hind legs on the grassy ground, is a red-clawed golden lion, also with uplifted big-feathered golden wings, but it’s snarling right at the viewer (head turned to face the viewer).

Underneath is a gold-hued scroll (its back surface is shown at either end, where it’s curved in a frozen “flapping-tail” position, and is revealed to be scarlet) bearing a motto (not officially part of the blazon, but still regulated by the High Heralds), which reads in the Common Tongue: “Stand True"

And there you have it: the blazon/arms of House Halaunt.
questing gm Posted - 17 Jun 2024 : 14:38:46
On dragons playing strategy games

Jun 17, 2024


Hey @TheEdVerse — have you ever wondered....... :-)



Oh, yes. In the Realms there are dragons who play strategy games against each other that involve unwitting human rulers, adventurers, and wayfaring merchants. That's been part of the setting since before there was D&D.
questing gm Posted - 14 Jun 2024 : 18:01:52
On the canal near Innarlith connecting the Nagaflow to the Lake of Steam

Jun 14, 2024


@TheEdVerse Was the canal near Innarlith connecting the Nagaflow to the Lake of Steam finished & is it still extant? It is only on maps in the Watercourse trilogy(?). IF this exists, what prevents a city on it from becoming a MAJOR trade hub rivaling any Sword Coast port? Thx!



The canal was finished. However, it started to silt up due to the velocity with which the Nagaflow emptied through it almost immediately, and the canal quickly became impassible to deep-draft ships: only small boats, coracles, and rafts could pass through it reliably. On several occasions, larger ships “ran aground” in it and became obstacles that had to be set afire (to burn to the waterline), and then the hulls dragged out with the assistance of water elementals and the like. Eventually barge travel began along it, but was immediately plagued by fighting between mercenary forces hired by various Calishite straps, the Zhentarim, and various merchant costers who set up bases in Innarlith and in encampments and nearby keeps. Barges were sunk, burned, boarded and taken, retaken, and then ships were hired to blockade the Lake of Steam end of the canal, then deliberately sunk to block the Lake of Steam end of the canal (as the silt brought from the Nagaflow piled up around these hulks)…all in the name of controlling canal traffic to enrich this or that interest.

In the end, the canal never became a fast, profitable trade route for anyone, because the fighting was still going on when the canal was utterly destroyed in the Second Sundering (in 1482 DR), blocked by a mountain range from Abeir that changed the course of the Nagaflow 107 years after the canal was completed. When the Sundering was done (Abeir and Toril had “passed through” each other and moved on—for now), the canal was little more than tortured ground, full of mountainous heaps of loose rock, and no water. With various Red Wizards sent to spy on, and prevent, any Zhentarim (or anyone else’s) attempts to dig a new canal.

So, entrenched interests successfully prevented this new competition for trade flows between the Sword Coast and the Sea of Fallen Stars.
questing gm Posted - 11 Jun 2024 : 08:52:49
On beholders dealing with logs and specks in their eyes

Jun 11, 2024


Do beholders know how to deal with the logs in their eyes yay the specks in others. Now there's a condundrim


Beholder spittle, swiped out of their maw with one eyestalk and swabbed in any other eye, cleans it without irritating it. Don’t try this your own spittle!
questing gm Posted - 11 Jun 2024 : 08:47:34
On Clarorna Amaerityl

Jun 11, 2024


She looks like she means business. Who is she? @TheEdVerse #Realmslore


That’s Clarorna Amaerityl, wizardess of Athkatla, often hired by House Selemchant when they ran into mercantile resistance that might involve violence. Known to be researching longevity alternatives to lichdom, as her years weigh on her (she’s over ninety, though she looks about 48 winters old) and her body starts to ache, pain, and become increasingly frail. Her everpresent pain has noticeably shortened her temper.

A brilliant woman who is kind to simple and common folk, but expects the wealthy and powerful to behave responsibly. Has been known to speak very bluntly to the Council of Five when she thinks their policies are cruel or shortsighted.

A formidable foe in a fight, thanks to her chain contingency spells, that unleash four to six “hanging” spells in succession, once triggered, that usually whisk her away from a fray to healing elsewhere, and unleash various “parting shot” magics.

A friend to Laeral, but cool to Alustriel. Regards Elminster as a useful “loose cannon,” and has been known to jest with him.
AJA Posted - 10 Jun 2024 : 01:45:08
questing gm, thank you for continuing on with your efforts here. I continue to get a great kick out of coming in here every week or so and finding bundles of Edlore, just waiting to be read!

– One minor housekeeping note, there was no dates given in your post for the pair of On "awesome facts" about Ilmater and Malar tweets (both Jun 05, 2024)

questing gm Posted - 10 Jun 2024 : 01:21:54
On mimic reproduction

Jun 10, 2024


@TheEdVerse How do mimics reproduce?


I'm tempted to reply "Very carefully."

However, there is a canon answer for this: when a mimic eats enough to grow too big for its personal body chemistry, it splits into two smaller mimics.
questing gm Posted - 10 Jun 2024 : 01:19:02
On Elminster's magical pipe

Jun 9, 2024


Why not repost this fellow hmmm?



Do you have the D&D stats for the five pipes? #128521;

Did @TheEdVerse ever give Elminster a magical pipe? #129300;


He did. There's a published, canon article describing Elminster's Eversmoking Pipe, in all of its magical might.

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