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questing gm
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 Aug 2023 :  12:48:26  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On the Realms' most unexpected vampires

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1695818727218901009

Aug 27, 2023

@TheEdVerse

New video!

Allow me to introduce you to some of the Realms' most unexpected vampires. Here I share 1... 2... 3! 3 vampires for your games, ha-ha (I couldn't resist)! ;}

Curious what a vampire dragon might look like? How about a mimic?

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKdx9LlQEoY>
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questing gm
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On mages from another world without the Weave forced to cast through manipulation of the Weave

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1697266801812324489

Aug 31, 2023

@groudon466

@TheEdVerse When a mage from another world without the Weave or an equivalent (perhaps one from the Inner Planes) comes to Toril, are they forced to cast through manipulation of the Weave instead? Or can they cast with their own methods as usual?

@TheEdVerse

They can cast with their own methods. (Some spells may not work, or may vary in effects or duration.) The Weave is the "superhighway" conduit to accessing the raw energies of the world, but you can walk. Or take a dirt road through the fields.
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questing gm
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On Susprina's story on YouTube

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1697589975074701569

Sep 1, 2023

@TheEdVerse

With the NDA official lifted (in place since 1991), we just brought Susprina's story to YouTube! I'm so happy to finally be able to talk openly about Elminster's Mysterious Drow Apprentice, and what wonderful tale it is!

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQBgqdEArYE>
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questing gm
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On Dragonward in Waterdeep in 5E

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1697792171552719191

Sep 2, 2023

@crowley4004

@TheEdVerse Dragon Heist states that a Dragonward is keeping dragons outside of Waterdeep (besides Aurinax). But I'm finding sources of multiple dragons in Waterdeep in the 14th and 15th centuries. (Most sources from 3e). Is the Dragonward a new addition in 5e?

For example, apparently a steel dragon in the guise of a human (Jalanvaloss) lives in Waterdeep, and a blue dragon came to a Raptoran sorceress in Waterdeep seeking help. Did these characters circumvent the dragonward or is this a retcon? Thanks in advance.

@TheEdVerse

I created the Dragonward before D&D existed (1968, if I recall correctly).

Tokens (enchanted items) and other means exist to circumvent or slip through the ward, and some of them have been covered in published Realmslore down the years. So, no, not a 5e addition.
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TBeholder
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Digging in my old archives (prompted by Italian Archmage Karsus):

quote:
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/829551256234577921
9 Feb 2017

TheEdVerse>
Adventurer and pirate Karvren Shrangrel of Harrport is sponsoring “new” adventuring bands, connecting them to clients.
# StormtalonsWhispers https://t.co/sKPUBeGHFs https://pic.twitter.com/sKPUBeGHFs

TBeholder> @TheEdVerse
This.
It puzzles me when adventurers are common, but no mediators/brokers, only inns with dark corners… http://www.weregeek.com/2007/12/07/

TheEdVerse> @TBeholder
Heh. You haven't played in the Realms with me as DM. Annoying go-betweens, courtiers, and "fixers" are everywhere. ;}

TheEdVerse> @TBeholder
But I've had my share of fun in dark corners. Hur-hur.

(that comic is now here)

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
It's not good, Eric. It's a gazebo. -Ed Whitchurch

Edited by - TBeholder on 06 Sep 2023 02:43:47
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questing gm
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On nation or major faction that tried to demand fealty from Elminster

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1698330503449866368

Sep 3, 2023

@Xjandinast

@TheEdVerse It was nice seeing Elminster in BG3, seems like he is a cleric of sorts even in the books.

Was there ever a point where a nation or major faction tried to demand fealty from Elminster for the "greater good" with a show of force on standby.

@TheEdVerse

Early on in the careers of the Chosen, yes. Since Mystra has made her views on such coercion very clear, not so much. ;}
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questing gm
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On what the undead in Warlock's Crypt do for fun

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1699807238817194145

Sep 7, 2023

@Bigguycc

@TheEdVerse Thinking of giving my player the options to graze the edge of warlocks Crypt. I was curious, in case they get captured or go into it, what the undead there do for fun?

@TheEdVerse

The many liches who serve Larloch trap intruders, enspell them to become agents for their many schemes, and send them back out into the world compelled to carry out their commands.

The liches are carrying out Larlochs wishes, but also competing endlessly with each other, vying for more influence with Larloch. Considering his fate at the hands of the Srinshee, theyre in for a surprise.

I will be covering this in a future video (on my YouTube channel, and in more depth on my Patreon).
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questing gm
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On Gorstag from Lords of Darkness (2e)

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1699807968282255568

Sep 7, 2023

@ItalianKarsus

@TheEdVerse hey... I was looking for data on Gorstag, Shandril's boss back in Highmoon. I noticed Lords of Darkness (2e) mentions an adventurer, Gorstag, who said once "Save your breath for running".

Is it the same Gorstag?

@TheEdVerse

It is.

His life-tale is long and interesting. I'll do a video on it, in time. :}
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questing gm
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On the sensitivity of the base of a tiefling's tail

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1700165490813915223

Sep 8, 2023

@ChillHill1123

@TheEdVerse Just how sensitive is the base of a tiefling tail? Is it an erogenous zone? For research purposes... ;}

@TheEdVerse

On top, it's a place that can itch, so scratching it can bring relief. Underneath...oh, yes, it's...arousing.

Or (ahem) so I'm told.

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questing gm
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On Murdane

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1702421869591457918

Sep 15, 2023

@TheEdVerse

If you haven't seen last week's #realmslore, please watch my video on the goddess, Murdane!

Only ever having appeared briefly in Grand History of the Realms and Faiths and Pantheons, Murdane is a deity that fans have been wondering about for years. :}

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13yvrBNMPx4>
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questing gm
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On Wingless Wonders

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1702769282109645227

Sep 16, 2023

@TheEdVerse

Does anyone remember this fun little monster from my write-up in The Dragon Magazine?

In my newest video, I talk all about the wingless wonder as I reflect on the importance of finding "the story" in things.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZvuRIYCqCA>
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questing gm
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On arches (and architecture) in Thay

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1702860733921329489

Sep 16, 2023

@DndTravellog

@TheEdVerse A curiosity has beset me in just what exactly are the architectural hallmarks of Thay, are Arches common? Do they fall for the wizards favoured tower motif?

@TheEdVerse

Arches are. See THAY Land of the Red Wizards, the book Alex Kammer, Alan Patrick, and I did (on DM's Guild, hardcover, soft, or e-). I cover Thayan architecture therein. Thayan mages have walled compounds with, yes, internal towers (attached to mansions).
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questing gm
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On eating nautiloids

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1703210120979599421

Sep 17, 2023

@RedNoBlue

Hi @TheEdVerse I hope you've been well.

I had a question about nautiloids.

Could you eat it? Like, crashed mind flayer ship, those ship tentacles sure look tasty!

@TheEdVerse

Sure. The tentacles are REALLY tough (like a thick callous) and bitter; properly marinated, taste like burnt almonds (LOTS of flesh, so bring friends).

Cook THOROUGHLY, or mind-links will survive, and mind flayers who controlled the tentacles will control YOU.
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questing gm
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On popular colors worn by priestess and priestesses of Eilistraee

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1703211172047044871

Sep 17, 2023

@Michael75535436

@TheEdVerse, what are the popular colors worn by priestess and priestesses of Eilistraee?

@TheEdVerse

Throat to wrists & ankles: black with silver highlights (shoulders, nipples, elbows, knees, thighs) to represent moonlight.

Cloaks and overmantles: midnight blue (deep rich blue, one shade darker/more purple than royal blue, with random scattered TINY stars=sparkles).

@Michael75535436

Thank you so much. Do you know of any depictions of these followers in art? I ask because I want to make my Eilistraeean character look as authentic as possible.

@TheEdVerse

Not that I can recall. Most artists went straight to the nekkid drow ladies dancing in a circle under the moonlight. I have my rough sketches somewhere in those two shipping containers...
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questing gm
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On how baelnorns are made

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1703471499485594044
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1706130478627975635

Sep 18, 2023

@Chibie_vet

@TheEdVerse Hi Mr. Greenwood #128513; I'm a still a bit new to DnD, but I read you're sometimes able to answer questions. I've been reading up on lore for the Baelnorn. My character has reason/need to learn all she can about them & how they're made. Could I leaner it in Candlekeep?

@TheEdVerse

I created the baelnorn, and everyone else saw them first in the Ruins of Myth Drannor boxed set. Yes, there are several tomes in Candlekeep that cover how elves become baelnorn. It is almost always a voluntary choice, to enter a lich-like state to exist beyond death as a guardian (in Myth Drannor, of family crypts, but elsewhere they serve as guardians of living kin, of communities they love, or of sites important to them, such as temples, groves sacred to a deity they are close to, and so on; some even function as trapmakers, or loremasters training living elves, particularly in spellcraft).

One usually becomes a baelnorn through participation in a High Magic or divine ritual (and it is these rituals that are recorded in rare and well-hidden books, such as those found in the reached-via-portals-only, bedrock-surrounded Inner Chambers of Candlekeep). They invariably require the assistance of other spellcasters.

The other ways of becomimg a baelnorn are via dedication rituals after achieving actual lichdom (phylactery and all) or through the divine boon of one of the Seldarine, usually granted only after fervent prayer or when an elf the deity has noticed and approves of the service of is stricken and dying, and to save them the Seldarine makes them a baelnorn.

@groudon466

Are there any child baelnorns? The thought is strange, but just whimsical enough that an elven deity might have made a child into one in a moment of inspiration or desperation, no?

@TheEdVerse

It's possible, but highly unlikely. I don't know of any. Ethically and practically, a baelnorn should be one who's lived a long life (so, experienced, competent veteran) and is fully aware of the "forever" choice they're making. NOT someone whose life is before them.

- Edited on 28/9/23 to add new tweets

Edited by - questing gm on 28 Sep 2023 12:39:04
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questing gm
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On Balduran's race

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1704330939990491180 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1704515325910262226

Sep 20, 2023

@zasheenda

@TheEdVerse @larianstudios I am just so confused by Baldur's Gate 3 and want some clarification on Balduran's race. Was he an elf or a human?

@TheEdVerse

He was human. (See his entry in the FR Wiki.)

@zasheenda

Thanks for replying! Actually, that's exactly why I am asking, because we have a debate over his race while editing the FR wiki. The Baldurs Gate 3 has murals painting him as an elf, while no former DND material specified his race. Should the @baldursgate3 change the mural then?

@TheEdVerse

Murals can reflect an artist's ideals (an elf making the mural wanted to claim him as an elf?), but although Balduran wasn't my creation, he's definitely been a human from his beginnings as a character; that featured in discussions re. his getting Gate investors.
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questing gm
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On shipping around the Scar

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1705006785109577975 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1705006786564997480

Sep 22, 2023

@luckshade

@TheEdVerse This is a good question. On top of that, would the river Ashaba be deep enough and wide enough to support shipping in and out of the Scar? #realmslore

@TheEdVerse

By the 1490s DR, navigation on the various tributaries above the Pool of Yeven is only by very small open boats and nutshells (coracles), or barges, poled to hold against the current, or paddled to move with it. Below the Pool, barges and the equivalent of real-world York boats and catamarans (two identical hulls, platform between with rudder), where the river was wider, but still shallow, and slower-moving than above the Pool.
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questing gm
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On infrastructure surrounding waste removal in the Forgotten Realms

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1705307995532378459

Sep 23, 2023

@TheEdVerse

I've made a video answering a question that I am asked much more frequently than you would imagine!

Come with me to explore the infrastructure surrounding waste removal in the Forgotten Realms!

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtOLD-XFbZU>
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questing gm
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On dhamphirs

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1705433459437506828 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1705433460897128927 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1705679739174760449

Sep 23, 2023

@bruno_hgmm

Hey @TheEdVerse , could you explain if there is a relationship between the damphir and hexblood races with faerun? I'm running a dnd campaign in faerun and two players will use these races. I want to introduce them in a natural way, but I don't know how to fit them. You help me?

@TheEdVerse

The most straightforward way is to have the same hag who created the hexblood be the hag who has a pact with the dhampir. Likely a night hag, and it has to be predatory and the dhampir must share its hunger. (As a DM, I always favor a hunger for dreams, as it leads to maximum storytelling possibilities.)

@CaiqueSuika

@TheEdVerse still on damphir theme:

It's possible (lorewise) for a Halfelf who got turned on a Damphir, but retained his good nature to keep his bond with his moonblade?

@TheEdVerse

Yes. If his good nature is retained, and he's done nothing to disgrace his house (like feed on his kin without their permission) or any mission/purpose baked into the moonblade, that is.
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questing gm
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On asking Gond to make gunpowder work again

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1706129137826488767 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1706306860351942847

Sep 25, 2023

@Jos3_343

Hi @TheEdVerse ! One of my players asked me a question I wasnt sure how to answer. Whats stopping a gunslinging Paladin from asking Gond to make gunpowder work again? Smokepowder gets dispelled and can leave one at the mercy of powerful spellcasters, which could be fixed!

@TheEdVerse

Nothing at all is stopping the paladin from asking. The question is, will Gond do so?

And I'm thinking the answer is no.

Gond will save THAT "big change" for when it will tip the balance of power in his favor in the next crisis among the gods.

@smolbep

If gunpowder is neutralized by a spell Gond had Mystra incorporate into the weave, does that mean that gunpowder would work in a dead magic zone?

@TheEdVerse

Yes. Gunpowder will flash and/or explode (if confined, as in a firearm or "bomb") in a dead magic zone. One more reason why Azuth's main task, work also carried out by his Chosen and Mystra's, is to eliminate dead magic zones by "reweaving" the Weave.
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questing gm
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On how would the Githyanki view Thay and it's Red Wizards

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1706365793934377280

Sep 26, 2023

@Koronersreport

A weird world-building question for you, @TheEdVerse. How would the Githyanki view Thay and it's Red Wizards? Both seem to work on a sort of structured meritocracy (or mageocracy in Thay's case) and both serve an undead ruler aspiring to godhood.

@TheEdVerse

This happened in the "home" Realms campaign: Githyanki being openly contemptuous of the "childish clumsiness" and misuse of power among the Red Wizards, as opposed to being dedicated unwaveringly to a cause/mission.

The other pot/kettle is always blacker. ;}
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questing gm
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On where in the realms is Kedgeree most commonly eaten

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1710165583633801652 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1710170282000863317

Oct 6, 2023

@Artie_Pavlov

Hi, @TheEdVerse for #Cooking in the #ForgottenRealms i'm working on Kedgeree next - beef, ham, taters, and parsnips in green simmersauce. Where in the realms is it most commonly eaten? It sounds like something from the Dalelands and Silver Marches. Also, what is a good garnish?

@TheEdVerse

Its most commonly eaten along the Heartlands overland trade routes (Scornubel, Elturgard, Berdusk, Iriaebor, easternmost Amn, the Sunset Vale, Priapurl, Elversult, and Teziir), though its spread to the Dales, the Silver Marches, the Vilhon Reachs southern shore and the lands south of that, as far as (and including) the Border Kingdoms. Its still spreading, via caravan merchants, along the trade routes.

Rosemary is one good garnish, and so is lemon pepper (but go easy on the latter).

{The green simmersauce is like real-world green curry.}

@Cederhill

I wonder if there is anything akin to South Carolina style hash which has an interesting history.

@TheEdVerse

If you mean South Carolina Barbecue Hash, yes, butIve eaten so many variants, Id better specify: in the Realms, such a hash is thick, not runny, and includes all the bits and pieces of hogs, like tongue and the rest of the head meat and brains, kidneys, and hearts (but not trotters; they went into other dishes). Like South Carolina hash, this sort of hash in the Realms has potatoes and usually onions (or leeks, or shallots) in it, as well as mustard, garlic, and some hot spicesbut the seasoning mix varies widely from cook to cook; this is a way to use up leftovers.

In the real world, Ive usually had such a hash served over rice, and this would be done in the Realms, too, but often in the Realms this dish is served over green beans or cabbage or other greens (like diced artichokes or even sunchokes) that are otherwise bland and bulky. Tomatoes may even get included, though this is detested by some diners.

This hash in the Realms goes by various local names, the most popular of which include Hoghall (shortened from Hogs-all-for-the-dining-hall), brownback, yellowfire, and goldcloak.
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questing gm
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On famous cats in the Realms

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1710165583633801652 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1710841107259510996

Oct 6, 2023

@Papat0k

Soooo would it be heresy to name this sweet little new cat Guenwhyvar even though she's not a black cat? #129300;

Quick! @TheEdVerse ! I need the names of some other famous cats in the Realms!

@TheEdVerse

Sure! Grabbing just the female names from my notes I can find in a hurry

A tressym pet of Storm Silverhands: Little Anvil

Sylun had three or four cats at a time for most of her time dwelling in Shadowdale, including: Midnight Bones, Sharranthra, Bellszarra (inevitably shortened to Bells), Ladydaggers, Tigg, Quillaquerra, Phaera Furrdragon, Arqueene, Rallarue, and Tantamma

Queen Filfaeril had at least two cats at a time throughout her marriage to Azoun IV, and they included: Yanthra, Stillfeather, (inevitably shortened to Whisper), Dazaerre, Lady Talons, and Skweeve

Lord Piergeiron of Waterdeep had one cat at a time, and his included: Lioness, Baerabravva (said to be named for a catlike, purring, plump unwed noble aunt who courted Piergeiron aggressively), Taela, and Troona

Manshoon had one cat at a time in the days before he rose to power in Zhentil Keep, and this line of feline pets included: Tzingazaerra, Houloone, and Reljaws

Balduran of Baldurs Gate is known to have kept cats, including: Lady Tiger, Azeera, and Ithquil

Sharantyr of the Knights of Myth Drannor had two cats at a time in the 1360s DR, including: Daeradaggers, Malynx, and Tuthtuth

...and that's all I can find at this time of night, with my real cat clawing me to come to bed. ;}

@thebeardedfan1

Also, what are the origins of the tressym?

I lost all my Forgotten Realms books in a housefire and I am sure there was an entry for them in a module.

TheEdVerse

I introduced them in The Haunted Halls of Eveningstar module (along with the Lock Lurker).
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questing gm
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On equivalent to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich in the Realms

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1710180021157986662 https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1710466700485763120

Oct 6, 2023

@ericremyjordan

I was wondering @TheEdVerse if there is some equivalent to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who creates sandwich in order to gamble late into the night?

<https://twitter.com/ericremyjordan/status/1708514513748889947/photo/1>

@TheEdVerse

In both Cormyr and Waterdeep, there have been nobles who long ago adopted the custom of eating handpies (think Cornish pasties: savory pastries filled with cooked meals) filled and seasoned to their tastes and not overly messy to eat (so, thick syrupy sauces or none at all, not watery/runny) so they could pursue various pastimes away from their home dining halls (or country lodge feasting tables). However, none of these are celebrated for innovations in the thinking of present-day Realmsfolk, either during the 1300s DR or the 1400s DR; cities across Faern adopted handpies as street food for laborers and shopkeepers centuries ago.

The closest we come to the Earl of Sandwich (as in, a noble remembered for a lasting food innovation named for him) in the Realms is a certain Lady Calyth Steeldance Ebonhawk (pronounced Kh-AL-ith and the nickname came from her habit of donning silvered plate armor to dance in at revels, rather than gowns, which kept many dance partners at bay), a woman of spirit and whimsical sense of humor. She liked to eat highly-seasoned pastes of minced meat, with a dessert of cinammon-flavored almond paste, but hated to sit down and interrupt what she was doing to dine, so she had servants follow her with wine to hand her goblets of, as she requested, and wore a belt-satchel containing leaf-wrapped (to guard against spillage; she didnt eat the leaves) mussel-shells that had been emptied of their mussels, washed and dried, and then stuffed with either the meat paste (think: deviled ham with very-finely-diced pickles) or the cinammon-almond paste). Shed dig out a shell, part its halves with a thumb, use her fingers to scoop the paste into her mouth, lick her finger clean, and go on with her day, slaking her thirst with wine.

These snacks are known as calyths to this day, and many noble ladies still do this, though the habit hasnt spread outside the ranks of Cormyrean nobility (and copycat Sembian wannabe nobles). However, many traveling merchants and cooks know what a calyth is.

@JohnMoreyAuthor

Mr. Greenwood, I bow to your excellent worldbuilding. Now I have an idea of what kinds of snack foods to serve in the fantasy casino once it gets running!

@TheEdVerse

Ah! Casino! All the best gambling houses on the Sword Coast, Marsember, and Sembia also serve spiced clams: steamed in the shell, open shells kept warm submerged in poultry broth until served. As served, adorned with a smear of curried thock-sauce (like hummus).
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On the biological viability of kobolds and tieflings

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Oct 7, 2023

@2Mahnas

@TheEdVerse Mister Greenwood we the community of @TieflingMelissa have a purely hypothetical question.

Are Tieflings and Kobolds biologically viable? We need a ruling regarding the sudden arrival of 85+ kobolds at her cottage bearing a striking resemblance to her kids.

@TheEdVerse

Yes, of course!

Just as with human-human couplings, not every union results in pregnancy, and certain couples will never conceive, but yes, a tiefling and a kobold can have offspring. Most children "favor" one parent's race over the other, but note that "most."
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On Aearaera Roszarre

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Oct 8, 2023

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Looking for a way to intro your party more info about THAY without needing to resort to a hostile Red Wizard? ;}

Watch my newest 2-part video on Aearaera Roszarre, an incredibly savvy merchant, hailing from Thay, with many hidden gifts! #realmslore #dnd

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Out of genuine curiosity, is there another way to ask Mr. Greenwood a question? I'm one of those that really doesn't use any social media of any sort, so another way of posing a query would be fantastic.

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On Chosens and anchors

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https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1717018845297131993

Oct 24, 2023

@ATLanderWrites

So not all Chosen are anchors, right? Ive been playing BG3 and I assumed Gale was an anchor before he pulled a Karsus 2.0, which would make his whole story (tried to return Mystrals power and swallowed up with an anti magic bomb) that much worse/more ironic.

@TheEdVerse

Correct! Not all Chosen are anchors. Most anchors aren't beings, but items (the more immobile, the better) like the Athora. Beings are mobile and hopefully hidden-in-nature anchors...but, yes, not all Chosen are anchors.

@CatalogFantasy

One question for Ed Greenwood. Can Weave Anchors (except living beings like the Chosen) have additional or hidden magical abilities/functions (like artifacts and multiple spell-laden magical items) and with some research and experimentation be activated when conditions or command activating words are met. I can see spell glyphs or even Living Spells residing in area that are Weave Anchors.

@TheEdVerse

Oh, yes. Many of them do. The Athora, for instance, makes all of Thay magical. Moonwells, and sacred groves, have their own innate magic. That's the very thing that makes them suitable as Weave Anchors.

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On common knowledge of Ao

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Oct 28, 2023

@Lillaeana

@TheEdVerse sorry to bother you for a dumb question, but is Lord Ao's existence common knowledge among the populace of Toril?

@TheEdVerse

There are no dumb questions except the ones folks don't dare to ask!

By the 1460s DR, the populace of Toril knows there're something called "Ao the Overgod," but priests of other gods say little about him, and what they do say is vague and contradictory.

@Lillaeana

I assume that Gale from BG3 knowing as much about him as he does is NOT common then?

Was he known about before the time of troubles by mortals?,

@TheEdVerse

Yes, by sages and the Chosen of Mystra and all deities and many senior clergy of many gods. To other mortals, he was the stuff of minstrels' tall tales.
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On Asmodeus as Ahriman and Jazirian

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Oct 28, 2023

@sephirothii

Dear @TheEdVerse questioning have is it true or not true that Asmodeus actually a titan size snake named Ahriman and with Jazirian created the outer realms?

@TheEdVerse

Not true. Neither.

Asmodeus has occasionally taken serpent shape, large and small.

I'm not sure what you mean by "outer realms," but although he likes to paint himself as a master controller, Asmodeus struggles to even shape, let alone create, the layers of the Hells.
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