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Charles Phipps
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 29 Feb 2008 :  20:34:58  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Heya, I loved the Shining Plains article but you removed some of the Nobanion stuff there.

Could you tell us what changed from your original Nobanion write-up that it became obsolete information?

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ShadezofDis
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Posted - 29 Feb 2008 :  20:40:14  Show Profile  Visit ShadezofDis's Homepage Send ShadezofDis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

Heya, I loved the Shining Plains article but you removed some of the Nobanion stuff there.



I didn't see anything about the Shining Plains in the article, did I miss something or are you confusing the Golden Plains with the Shining?
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Charles Phipps
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Posted - 01 Mar 2008 :  07:08:01  Show Profile  Visit Charles Phipps's Homepage Send Charles Phipps a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I meant to say Shining South.

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ShadezofDis
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Posted - 01 Mar 2008 :  16:05:08  Show Profile  Visit ShadezofDis's Homepage Send ShadezofDis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Phipps

I meant to say Shining South.



Cool. Just makin sure.
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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 01 Mar 2008 :  17:16:43  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Shining South is definitely going through some upheaval during the Spellplague (if you’re planning on transitioning your campaign from 3rd Edition to 4th I recommend you steer your characters away from this region).

The Shining Plains on the other hand will suffer much less physical chaos, but the specific changes I cannot reveal yet. I can say that neighboring Erlkazar has more prominence in 4E.

And no I cannot say anymore about Nobanion.

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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 01 Mar 2008 :  17:25:51  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Time of Troubles also introduced physical chaos throughout the Realms. Case in point was the Prismatic Mountains which appeared in the novel Shadowdale. I asked that you reread Chapter 11 to show that I didn’t randomly include these glass mountains because they were ‘cool’ but because their very existence was already steeped in the lore of the setting.
quote:
Originally posted by GS
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James in the Richard Baker scroll

Reread Chapter 11 in the novel Shadowdale, GS. Nothing is ever added 'just for the sake of it'.
I will Brian, thanks. I have not read that book in years. But why am I reading that chapter?

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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Mar 2008 :  00:25:31  Show Profile Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

I can say that neighboring Erlkazar has more prominence in 4E.
Neat.

Though, I'm hoping it doesn't deviant too much from what Steven Schend earlier established for the region. Granted, there's very little on Erlkazar published officially, but there were some very curious and intriguing threads coming up in that older material. I'd like to see them have some acknowledgment in future Realmslore -- to see how they shaped Erlkazar into the realm it is in 1479 DR.

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GS
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Posted - 02 Mar 2008 :  03:00:55  Show Profile  Visit GS's Homepage Send GS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

I asked that you reread Chapter 11 to show that I didn’t randomly include these glass mountains because they were ‘cool’ but because their very existence was already steeped in the lore of the setting.


I'm not trying to start an argument here, but when I said "adding for the sake of it" I did not mean that game designers added stuff because they thought it was 'cool', but rather that they 'were forced to (ok maybe not)' or 'thought it would generate sales (which of course they must)' when they added new monsters and prestige classes to each new supplement. Don't get me wrong, I think that each new addition was well thought through and so on, but surely the Umpteenth dragon/monster/class/spell had some diminishing returns to them?

I admit that I didn't know that there were prismatic mountains in the Realms. I don't, unfortunately, own all the accessories from second and first edition. I didn't even know that the Realms were a D&D 'invention' until about 6-7 years after I first started to read the novels. Getting back to the point: I started buying accessories at the end of 2E and have bought everything that 3E has published. But I felt that, as the newer supplements were published, that the focus shifted away from lore and adventure hook towards 'classes and monsters'. I am thinking, in particular, of Champions of Ruin/Valour and Dragons of Faerun.

I have been writing the 'script' of many a D&D session for almost ten years, and the thing that I have needed the most from the accessory books is lore. Whether it is about the landscape, cities, people or whatever, I do not care. True, I can invent most of it myself, and often I have. Yet no one creates better Realms lore then you guys. That is why I feel so, so... something!... when the newer books had more pages devoted to classes/spells/monsters/adventure rather than the lore.

Again, I understand that these books must generate sales (right?), and I respect that. You guys also know better than I what most people want from these books. My earlier post was, in a way, merely a remark of what I, myself, want, or don't want, from the accessories, nothing more.

Oh well, I think that you guys (guys includes women!) are doing a marvelous job and all the 'flak' that you are getting is, mostly (hehe), unjustified. The direction that you have taken the Realms is unexpected, but I am intrigued to say the least.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 02 Mar 2008 :  03:13:29  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GS
I didn't even know that the Realms were a D&D 'invention' until about 6-7 years after I first started to read the novels.


Not to detract from your main point, but I would like to point out that the FR was a story setting before it was a game setting. Ed Greenwood first wrote about the Realms back in 1967, before there even was a D&D.

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GS
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Posted - 02 Mar 2008 :  03:19:04  Show Profile  Visit GS's Homepage Send GS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

Not to detract from your main point, but I would like to point out that the FR was a story setting before it was a game setting. Ed Greenwood first wrote about the Realms back in 1967, before there even was a D&D.


Yes, Rinonalyrna, you are right, thank you.
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Swordsage
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Posted - 02 Mar 2008 :  08:47:33  Show Profile  Visit Swordsage's Homepage Send Swordsage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

The Time of Troubles also introduced physical chaos throughout the Realms. Case in point was the Prismatic Mountains which appeared in the novel Shadowdale. I asked that you reread Chapter 11 to show that I didn’t randomly include these glass mountains because they were ‘cool’ but because their very existence was already steeped in the lore of the setting.



I would hardly classify anything written in the "Avatar" trilogy as "steeped in the lore of the setting". What you've done is simply re-introduce and perpetuate someone else's 'cool' idea back when 1E transitioned to 2E. On that note, please don't read anything written by Dale "slade" Henson between now and when you finish writing for the fourth edition Realms.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 02 Mar 2008 :  14:57:30  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It doesn't matter where the idea came from -- what matters is that it is something he drew from existing Realmslore. Like the Avatar novels or not, they are canon.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 03 Mar 2008 :  02:08:45  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GS

quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

Not to detract from your main point, but I would like to point out that the FR was a story setting before it was a game setting. Ed Greenwood first wrote about the Realms back in 1967, before there even was a D&D.


Yes, Rinonalyrna, you are right, thank you.



You're welcome.

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Lady Kazandra
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Posted - 03 Mar 2008 :  10:43:36  Show Profile  Visit Lady Kazandra's Homepage Send Lady Kazandra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

It doesn't matter where the idea came from -- what matters is that it is something he drew from existing Realmslore. Like the Avatar novels or not, they are canon.

I agree. I'd rather see something drawn from pre-existing Realmslore, even if it is from the "Avatar" trilogy, than have some new piece of info that feels like its been "forced" to conform to the Realms.

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ShadezofDis
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Posted - 03 Mar 2008 :  13:25:26  Show Profile  Visit ShadezofDis's Homepage Send ShadezofDis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lady Kazandra

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

It doesn't matter where the idea came from -- what matters is that it is something he drew from existing Realmslore. Like the Avatar novels or not, they are canon.

I agree. I'd rather see something drawn from pre-existing Realmslore, even if it is from the "Avatar" trilogy, than have some new piece of info that feels like its been "forced" to conform to the Realms.



Yep. In fact I'd go so far as to say that my favorite thing about the Forgotten Realms is that, for the most part, the future builds upon the past.
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

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Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  18:37:57  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

The Time of Troubles also introduced physical chaos throughout the Realms. Case in point was the Prismatic Mountains which appeared in the novel Shadowdale. I asked that you reread Chapter 11 to show that I didn’t randomly include these glass mountains because they were ‘cool’ but because their very existence was already steeped in the lore of the setting.
I re-read it at the bookstore (I couldn't find my copy) and they were in there, plain as dasy. They seem to connect the northern and southern portions of the Thunderpeaks.

My best guess is that the Thunderpeaks are a Glass/crystal mountian range on Abeir (Since it's Toril's 'Bizarro World'), and on that planet the Range was never shattered by the Tearfall. When the barriers between realities collapsed (the Weave?), the 'missing' portion of the range shunted over from Abeir, just as it had done the last time the Weave was 'fluctuating'.

Not that I like it, but it does fit in-between established lore and the new stuff. Nothing a few Mountain Giants with Sledge hammers can't fix in a day or so (they are GLASS, after all). Must be tough to look at when the sun hits, though - I suppose those Lantanese Gnomes will be doing a brisk business in Shade... Errr... sunglasses in Cormyr in 4e.

BTW, Redwoods are NOT native to Toril (I checked the FAQ here), but have appeared before in the Forest of Wyrms. Brian has them appearing in the Helmlands now. Another guess - Redwoods ARE native to Abeir, and they've been sneaking over for awhile.

I picture Abeir looking a lot like the Island of Lost Toys form that old Christmas special... except in this case, its the world of best-forgotten ideas.

Obviously they can NEVER detail Abeir, since they need it as a plot-device to add whatever they want, whenever they want. It's almost like the Deeepspawn of game settings.

And once again, this has NO reflection on Brian, who has done his best to hand us USEABLE pieces of 4e lore, instead of broad, sweeping statements that amount to ZERO information.

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


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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 12 Mar 2008 :  20:01:35  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No, the Redwoods actually came from California, not Abeir.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Hawkins
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Posted - 17 Apr 2008 :  16:47:16  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Brian,

Could you hint at the nature of your work on the 4e Realms? I do not know what is and is not covered by the NDA you are working under, so I thought it was worth asking.

Thanks,
Hawkins

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Brian R. James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

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Posted - 18 Apr 2008 :  02:12:59  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hinting is no fun. I'll just tell you.

I was asked to assist in the completion of the FRCG after an unfortunate family emergency drew Ed Greenwood away from his writing for a short time. My first responsibility was the condensing of Ed’s 100 page dossier on 4E Waterdeep into 6 pages printed pages. A task I was more than eager to accept! (And no I cannot send you a copy of Ed’s notes Wooly!) Then I moved on to fleshing out the text on the Dalelands and the Moonshaes. I was happily assigned the history section as well as (non-magical) treasures. Beyond that I wrote the regional overview and poured through the manuscript looking for lore inconsistencies.

I have since worked on two 4E articles for D&D Insider, ‘Spellplague: The Wailing Years’ and a backdrop piece on Cormyr (which has an amazing map Markus!). Brian “Garen Thal” Cortijo was invaluable on the Cormyr article and he was quite a pleasure to work with.

My work on the FRCG ended in December (beyond the occasional follow-up conversations with Bruce or the editors), and the web articles were completed around the end of February. Since then I’ve been working on a project I’m not yet at liberty to discuss (other than to say I’m teamed up with Eytan Bernstein; another amazing designer).

quote:
Originally posted by HawkinstheDM

Brian,

Could you hint at the nature of your work on the 4e Realms? I do not know what is and is not covered by the NDA you are working under, so I thought it was worth asking.

Thanks,
Hawkins


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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

(And no I cannot send you a copy of Ed’s notes Wooly!)


Aw, poo. Well, if you can't send a copy of the notes, can you send the actual notes?

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Hawkins
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Posted - 18 Apr 2008 :  16:23:39  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the elaborate response Brian! Keep up the good work, also, the concept of you and Eytan working together makes me excited!

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Dalor Darden
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Hey Brian, quick question for ya:

In GHotR, on page 71, the listing for 356 DR states that King Ashar of Valashar gets his butt kicked by King Azoun I and is executed...

Then on page 72 under the listing for 376 DR it states that Crown Prince Azoun I kicks Ashar's behind and ultimately sacks Ithmong...

Which of these should we consider the actual event?

Azoun I on page 77 is listed as being born in 358 and ruling from 391 to 425...so I'm assuming the second instance is accurate; but I just want to make sure that perhaps there isn't a missing entry for the year 356 DR or something.

Thanks for all the great work!

EDIT NOTE: this isn't appearing for some reason...thought maybe an edit would pop it for Brian to see.

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Brian R. James
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Posted - 22 Apr 2008 :  05:03:58  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings Dalor,

This particular event has been problematic for years. Lands of Intrigue p.30 dated this event at 336 DR. Empires of the Shining Sea p.44 lists 376 DR as the year, but mentions Azoun as King instead of Crown Prince. Both of those listings are corrected by the 3rd-Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, which definitively dates the event at 376 DR, with King Ashar’s defeat by Crown Prince Azoun I.

Oddly enough, the 356 DR entry is not in my old PDF, nor my turnover to WotC so it must have been inserted by someone else. Anyway, it's my opinion that 376 DR is the more accurate date.

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Dalor Darden
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quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Greetings Dalor,

This particular event has been problematic for years. Lands of Intrigue p.30 dated this event at 336 DR. Empires of the Shining Sea p.44 lists 376 DR as the year, but mentions Azoun as King instead of Crown Prince. Both of those listings are corrected by the 3rd-Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, which definitively dates the event at 376 DR, with King Ashar’s defeat by Crown Prince Azoun I.

Oddly enough, the 356 DR entry is not in my old PDF, nor my turnover to WotC so it must have been inserted by someone else. Anyway, it's my opinion that 376 DR is the more accurate date.




Thanks Brian!

I don't suppose your original PDF had something for the 356 DR? Or for that matter...would you even be able to say so?

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Wooly Rupert
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There's nothing in the pdf for 356. I checked the last available version of the file.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 22 Apr 2008 :  05:48:25  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Wooly!

Guess its a mystery!

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Ergdusch
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quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

*big snip*

.. a backdrop piece on Cormyr (which has an amazing map Markus!). Brian “Garen Thal” Cortijo was invaluable on the Cormyr article and he was quite a pleasure to work with.

*another snip*



I am not up to date with the D&D Insider, so I have to ask: Has this backdrop piece of Cormyr been published aready?

"Das Gras weht im Wind, wenn der Wind weht."

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Garen Thal
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quote:
Originally posted by Ergdusch

quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

*big snip*

.. a backdrop piece on Cormyr (which has an amazing map Markus!). Brian “Garen Thal” Cortijo was invaluable on the Cormyr article and he was quite a pleasure to work with.

*another snip*



I am not up to date with the D&D Insider, so I have to ask: Has this backdrop piece of Cormyr been published aready?
It hasn't. Believe me: I am watching for its release as closely as anyone.
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Steven Schend
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Posted - 22 Apr 2008 :  21:47:44  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Greetings Dalor,

This particular event has been problematic for years. Lands of Intrigue p.30 dated this event at 336 DR. Empires of the Shining Sea p.44 lists 376 DR as the year, but mentions Azoun as King instead of Crown Prince. Both of those listings are corrected by the 3rd-Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, which definitively dates the event at 376 DR, with King Ashar�s defeat by Crown Prince Azoun I.

Oddly enough, the 356 DR entry is not in my old PDF, nor my turnover to WotC so it must have been inserted by someone else. Anyway, it's my opinion that 376 DR is the more accurate date.




Hm. Can't blame that on someone else, as I'm the one who did the timelines for both products. Was this date checked vs. Sea of Fallen Stars as well, where the final fate of Cormyr's flagship was noted?

I'll have to go dig up my notes on that; I suspect the kerfuffle may have been due to my placing a date ala "Cormyr-reckoning" instead of Dalereckoning (or at least it's a convenient cover...).

As Garen Thal and others are more knowledgeable on Cormyr's royal line, let's ask them to queue up as well and let us know if Prince Azoun was old enough in 336 (or too old in 376) to fight a war for his dad.

I suspect that 336 ended up being too early and thus I re-corrected the date in Empires (as the latter product). The date might be (should be) referenced in SOFS as well.

Apologies for the mixups in history. Now you get a tiny taste as to why the Realms Historical Database took so much work behind the scenes and was deemed too costly (time and money wise) to produce.

Steven
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George Krashos
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The date provided in LoI didn't correlate with the information we had on Azoun in the chapter from Cormyr: A Novel when he first encountered Amedahast. The various chapters in that novel had dates attached to them.

As such, when EotSS came along, Steven fixed the date using the 'new lore trumps old' policy. The 376 DR date is correct.

A CR to DR date "error" is what Eric and I used to align the dates re Prince Talryn of Impiltur in Pirates of the Fallen Stars and Sea of Fallen Stars to the dates given in FR6 Dreams of Red Wizards re the kings of Impiltur (well, at least the current dynasty). That one worked rather neatly as it turned out.

I also remember the last minute flurry to change the last surviving paladin-prince of Impiltur's name to "Nord" in Sea of Fallen Stars to marry up with the lore in FR4 The Magister.

I won't go into all of the last minute fixes that unfortunately missed the editorial deadline. We always did our best to get it right though.

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