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questing gm
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Posted - 03 Jul 2024 :  03:24:53  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On swearing in a god's name

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808237138418278476 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808239123318321343 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808240446839443801 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808241515468411141 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808243439823380853 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808711444487107019 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808717357147111816 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1809042267442724867 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1809057371722846355 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1809052101189816471 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810025053557272833 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810507414682161225 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810517247938433143

Jul 3, 2024


@bhaalsprincess

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


@TheEdVerse

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!”


@dr_chupacabra

Can you give the example of holy swearing for Hoar?


@TheEdVerse

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


@mapltree

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


@TheEdVerse

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


@iamJimohIsiaq

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


@TheEdVerse

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


@iamJimohIsiaq

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


@TheEdVerse

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


@NicholasClayDri

What are the swears for a Myrkulite?


@TheEdVerse

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


@kickspiderqueen

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


@TheEdVerse

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


@kickspiderqueen

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!


@TheEdVerse

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]

And:

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. ;}


@Pyrosoutherner1

What about for Eilistraee ?#128064;


@TheEdVerse

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!

And:

Legless!

And:

May Lolth have you!


@BanzhafSimon

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?


@TheEdVerse

1.
Oh, yes. The Avowed of Candlekeep have quite a few favorite phrases.
“The tomes know, and tell. They always tell.”
And:
“Lore is neither a hoard-pile nor a finished thing. Lore is lifelong pathways. Our lives run out before we reach the ends.”

And:
“Knowledge is more than a candle in the dark. Knowledge is a bridge between us all.”
And:
“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.”
And:
“You can’t eat lore, but lore can tell you where the edibles are.”
And:
“Lore is the cloak that never fails when storms claw.”
(They have lots more homilies, but these should be a good start.)


@ThymeJam

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


@TheEdVerse

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!


@SharpWitYT

Makes me wonder how would the Gond version be like.


@TheEdVerse

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!)


@FaustoRolero

On whose tits would you swear on in the realms?


@TheEdVerse

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!)


- Edited on 4/7/24 to add new tweets
- Edited on 6/7/24 to add new tweets
- Edited on 11/7/24 to add new tweets

Edited by - questing gm on 11 Jul 2024 09:49:18
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On beliefs about months and dates for weddings

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808244212506451976

Jul 3, 2024

@glowcrow

@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?


@TheEdVerse

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).
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On what to call a group of dragons

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1808710181938663648

@Author_JimGould

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

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On the name for the central building for the Lady's College in Silverymoon

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810017047859880336

Jul 8, 2024

@Tiefling_Zehlla

@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!

@TheEdVerse

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”).
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On Kazra Louantrar

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810024152184557753

Jul 8, 2024

@Doomprophet115

Who is Kazra Louantrar?

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On ceremony or ritual memorial for unburied loved one

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810029783843307987

Jul 8, 2024

@NobodyZarae

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

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On A NIGHT IN THE HAUNTED CASTLE

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810310802135547916

Jul 8, 2024

@TheEdVerse

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

https://youtu.be/n9qj1fXSu80
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On Miior in "The Haunted Halls of Eveningstar"

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810503879986999489 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810746413111988648

Jul 9, 2024

@Altohu2

@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)

@TheEdVerse

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. :} ]

@TheEdVerse

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

@Altohu2

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;

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On Ao dealing with a god/goddess doing a terrible job of fulfilling it's duties

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810515746872545738 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810515748193718345 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810744887576604772

Jul 9, 2024

@Michael75535436

@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)?

@TheEdVerse

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.

@AceofDragons1

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

@TheEdVerse

Ao the Overgod, indeed.
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On drow and tattoos

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1810931386276061405

Jul 10, 2024

@kickspiderqueen

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.

@TheEdVerse

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.

@kickspiderqueen

This is incredible info thank you!

@TheEdVerse

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.) ;}
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On what were Elminster and the other Chosens doing during the Last Mythal series

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1811456405875855640

Jul 12, 2024

@HeroOfTheForge

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?

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On Kheben Arunsun having a relationship with a vampire

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1811458901637841239

Jul 12, 2024

@MundoSociedade

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?

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On the name of Hullack Forest was when the Elves lived there

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1811463534259081538

Jul 12, 2024

@AndrewF_Writer

@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?

@TheEdVerse

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).
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On a cleric who is a worshiper of Zeus or Poseidon

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1811467224940519509 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1811468610625323080

Jul 12, 2024

@MundoSociedade

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

@TheEdVerse

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

@MundoSociedade

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

@TheEdVerse

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).
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On elves wiggling their ears

https://x.com/PauzeenO/status/1813266827977330954

Jul 17, 2024

@PauzeenO

@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

[https://x.com/i/status/1813266827977330954]

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On Helmites and Selûnites working together more regularly

https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1813314627259752857 https://x.com/TheEdVerse/status/1813392261138260034

Jul 17, 2024

@PaladinFeora

@TheEdVerse Hey Ed, question for you!

I know of some documented cases where Helmites & Selûnites have worked together, such as the Fellowship of the Purple Staff. Could and would Helmites and Selûnites 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 Selûne 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 Selûne, 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 Selûne after the events of Act 2. Post-BG3, she wants to start a group of Helmites and Selûnites 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 Selûnites and Helmites have worked together in common cause like with the Fellowship of the Purple Staff?


@TheEdVerse

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 Selûne 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.
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On Drow junk/snack food

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@JohnMoreyAuthor

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

Mushrooms?

Spiders? (Like in Cambodia)

@TheEdVerse

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.
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On rebooting the Forgotten Realms and dangerous cheese

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Jul 17, 2024

@Chuo_Dori

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?

@TheEdVerse

Let me answer your second question first. "Most dangerous cheese" depends on who's answering or framing the question, but see this: https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Luiren_spring_cheese

@TheEdVerse

...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. ;}

@Ghorguz

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

@TheEdVerse

Yes. If the Realms feels alive, it's richer for us all, and will outlive us all.
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On delfarnbread

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Jul 17, 2024

@horizon241

@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?

@TheEdVerse

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.
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