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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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sleyvas Posted - 05 Oct 2022 : 20:39:03
quote:
Originally posted by questing gm

On Elminster's stunt double

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1577513450955218945

Oct 5, 2022

@RpgMatch

It's live! Here's the link to purchase:

https://edgreenwood.net/product/unsupervised-wizard-mug/

@TheEdVerse

That mage mugging on the mug is definitely NOT Elminster. The Old Mage just dropped by to gloweringly tell me so.

(It's his stunt double.)

Oh.

NO, it's not!

(He heard me and spoke IN MY HEAD to tell me so. Very unnerving.)

And then he muttered something about me getting him one.

Just realized now...by the way he chided me, the Old Sage has just CONFIRMED that he has a stunt double.

That explains so much...




"stunt double" is FR common to English translation for "simulacrum"
TheIriaeban Posted - 05 Oct 2022 : 19:16:58
Ahhh, so El has one or more simulacrum that will pretend to be him. That does explain a lot...
questing gm Posted - 05 Oct 2022 : 10:04:34
On Elminster's stunt double

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1577513450955218945

Oct 5, 2022

@RpgMatch

It's live! Here's the link to purchase:

https://edgreenwood.net/product/unsupervised-wizard-mug/

@TheEdVerse

That mage mugging on the mug is definitely NOT Elminster. The Old Mage just dropped by to gloweringly tell me so.

(It's his stunt double.)

Oh.

NO, it's not!

(He heard me and spoke IN MY HEAD to tell me so. Very unnerving.)

And then he muttered something about me getting him one.

Just realized now...by the way he chided me, the Old Sage has just CONFIRMED that he has a stunt double.

That explains so much...
questing gm Posted - 04 Oct 2022 : 11:35:32
On Mirt as a Masked Lord

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1577155326394085376

Oct 4, 2022

@IslamAndDragons

Howdy @TheEdVerse!

Re: Mirt as a Masked Lord

Everybody *knows* he's a Masked Lord, right? Not tabloid speculation, but legitimately knows because he doesn't care to keep it secret, right?

@TheEdVerse

That's right. In the mid-1300s DR, ere he got magically trapped (and vanished from circulation for more than a century), everyone knew Mirt was a Lord, because he attended and voted unmasked and spoke openly. So folk took complains and suggestions to him.
PattPlays Posted - 01 Oct 2022 : 02:42:55
quote:
Originally posted by questing gm

On Arvyn Umbryl of the Smiling Satyr near Loudwater, circa 1370

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574922691009810439

Sep 28, 2022

@smparlin

Again, good sir! Could you shed some light on what one Arvyn Umbryl of the Smiling Satyr near Loudwater looked like, circa 1370?

@TheEdVerse

Arvyn has a gravelly voice and in affable manner. He’s of middling height, burly build, fair-haired but going white, hair worn shoulder length but is clean-shaven, has ice-blue eyes, a hooked nose, and a developing paunch.

No tattoos, but an old sword-scar diagonally across left forearm. Tends to wear heavy, sturdy boots, leather breeches, and an open-front cotton “swash” or pirate shirt, with a leather apron over it. Always armed with a belt knife and a dagger sheathed down the inside of either boot.

He has a rarely-seen wife, Marra (she keeps to the kitchens), but three capable, strong, taller than him, energetic daughters who run errands for him, serve patrons, and even see to horses (eldest to youngest: Dauntra, Shammarra, and Lantrue, who’s the most impish/humorous). They’re a happy family.



I love using this inn in my 1487 game! They stuck a harper teleporter underneath. I love the big feast hall aesthetic and the authority anyone has when they say "this big thing is mine, welcome."

Those magic axes on the wall sure are an entertaining form of security, too! A great spot- though I tend to place it a little further south-west from Loudwater. Big hill, overlooking the river, just out of earshot of the bustling population center, and able to see two grand forests! A magical little location that has thankfully survived another hundred years.
AJA Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 23:33:12

Well, only way to know for sure is to ask Ed!

Speaking of, Ed has provided notes on other religious marriage ceremonies before. I found these (looking because I thought he had previously described Mystran marriage). Not from Twitter, but hopefully no one will mind as they are topic-related;
quote:
Originally posted by the Questions for Ed Greenwood, 2005 thread

Sharess, as you might expect, doesn’t mind WHO gets married (in other words, beings of the same gender, beings of different races, beings already married to others, beings very closely blood-related to each other - - all sorts of unions are okay, as well as the more traditional ‘male and female of the same race’ pairings). All that Sharess insists is that love and passion (demonstrated physically, through lovemaking) exist within the union, and that both partners of the union be ‘unjealous’ enough that both partners in the union will be free to flirt (includes at least kissing and caressing) with other beings not part of the union.

The actual ritual is as follows:

Only two beings can be wed at a time (although both can engage in later rituals, immediately after a wedding is concluded, if they desire to end up in a marriage bond of more than two individuals).
Clergy of Sharess prepare each partner, in private, for the ceremony, bathing them, anointing them with oils, applying cosmetics to them, and even (if they desire and pay for such) augmenting their natural appearance with minor illusions. As the being about to be wed is being prepared, skilled clergy talk to them of their love for the being they are about to marry, encouraging them to describe the charms and graces of their partner-to-be, and bring them to a state of excitement.
The beings about to be wed are clad only in open mesh cloaks (scraps of fishing nets are often used), and led out of doors (regardless of the weather, climate, or terrain, the wedding itself must be performed outdoors, usually in a temple garden) in some place where a feast can be held and the two partners can be led towards each other in a procession.
Each partner-to-be (who are called “the Offered” by the clergy of Sharess) cradles a trained temple cat in their arms, and they walk with clergy of Sharess (almost always priestesses) who sing and chant soft, low-voiced songs to the goddess.
At the ‘right’ time, while still out of sight of each other, the priestesses simultaneously command the partner they’re with to kiss the cat passionately, and then let go of it.
The cats usually kiss and lick the partner, and may or may not scratch them (this is to be borne stoically if they do), and then ‘climbs down’ the net-like garment, and runs off through the garden in search of the other partner-to-be. The trained cats typically run straight to where the other partner-to-be is, climb up their net-like garment, and deliver the kiss from their fellow Offered (again, licks and scratches must be accepted along with it). [There have been cases where cats have been prevented from completing this ritual, or even killed my mischance; the clergy who walk with the Offered are ready to spell-transform themselves into cat form and ‘step in’ to perform this vital part of the ritual, if necessary.]
The moment both Offered have received the kiss, a spell cast by the presiding priestess takes effect, and the partners-to-be are momentarily mind-bonded, able to see through each other’s eyes. (This ‘seeing and feeling’ some small part of the mind of the other sometimes causes them to fall right out of love with each other in a hurry.)
By means of this seeing, they can usually swiftly find each other (despite the ‘weird’ feeling of seeing through the other’s eyes), and (through love and rising passion, aided by Sharessan spells) rush together, to consummate the wedding on the spot. Yes, that means the happy couple physically engage in lovemaking, side by side with their two messenger-cats, and all of the attending Sharessan clergy (plus any guests). The temple has previously prepared a feast of mead, light wines, and what we would call ‘finger food,’ and hedonistic lovemaking continues for some time. The favoured time for a Sharessan wedding is just before dusk, so the orgy can continue throughout the night. If it’s winter or storming (NOT viewed as a bad omen, by the way), the initial consummation is ‘on the spot’ and usually outdoors, sometimes in a bower heated by a ring of small fires, but the ongoing frolic moves indoors.
During the fun, Sharessan clergy will insist that each Offered publicly disclose one of their personal faults to the other (“I snore loudly” or “My feet smell” or “I can’t resist skirt-chasing every dark-haired Calishite I see”). This must be honest, though it can be frivolous, and the clergy forewarn and even coach the partners-to-be, beforehand (i.e. the request to disclose doesn’t come as a surprise). All previous weddings and child-bearing unions (no matter how unofficial or illegal) either Offered has previously been involved in MUST be disclosed to the clergy and the other Offered, or the ritual ends right there.
The ritual isn’t actually complete until the orgy ends and both of the Offered have slept (usually together, and if not, always in the physical company of Sharessan clergy) and awakened again - - at which time both are solemnly (and seperately) asked (by Sharessan clergy) if they desire to be united to the being they Offered themselves to, and whose Offer they in turn enjoyed. In other words, they are given a last chance to back out. Sharessan clergy freely offer private counsel (advice for wedded life ahead, or how to deal with specific flaws or tendencies of the partner chosen) at this time, and will even , if one Offered desires it, bring the two Offered together to continue counselling with both, face to face. If both Offered accept the other, they are henceforth known as Accepted, their names are entered in temple rolls, and they are magically translocated (by teleport spells, usually, though portals can be used) to a place of their mutual choice, if they want to go somewhere (Yes, a honeymoon! Or an escape from smothering parents, creditors, or even the authorities!), and the clergy keep the chosen destination secret from everyone for at least a year (longer unless family of the Accepted plead for disclosure because they fear something bad has befallen the Accepted).
It’s customary for either the partners-to-be or their families to make donations to the hosting temple or shrine of Sharess (to cover the cost of the wedding feast), and in some cities priestesses quietly offer drugged wines (usually to induce wild passion) for those who pay extra (in other words, the father of the bride might try to stir the ardour of his long-uninterested wife by discreetly arranging with the clergy to ‘add a little something’ to her wine or to everyone’s).


Lliiran weddings, it won’t surprise you to learn, are dancing affairs. Like the clergy of Sharess, the church of Lliira will join together beings of all races, genders, and blood relationships, but NOT if any of the parents of either Joyous (as the bride and groom to be are both called) objects, and not if either Joyous is already married to another, still-living being.

The ritual unfolds thus: in a secluded bower or walled garden or inside a temple to Lliira (these three venues listed in descending order of desirability), all wedding participants gather. Anything that is, purports to be, or could reasonably be used as a weapon must not be brought to the gathering (and Joybringers will whisk such items away by magic if they are present, detecting them by means of spells if hidden). Participants are encouraged to wear the wildest costumes they want to, and join in the dancing.
The music, musicians, and refreshments are as chosen by the wedding participants, and continue until the two Joyous want the actual wedding to take place (i.e. everyone they want to be there has arrived and everyone’s warmed up). Then the Lliiran clergy cast certain spells, and the Twelve Dances begin. Some of the spells enable all the people present to fly (within a very limited spherical field), others generate the soaring music of the Dances, and still others put the movements of each dance into the minds of the participants, so people who’ve never been to a Joyfasting (Lliiran wedding) before know the moves without thinking, FEELING the moves of the unfolding dances (note that this means the maimed, infirm, and non-dancers can enjoy being swept along in the dances, up into the air and moving freely along with everyone else). Most of the music of these dances is heard inside the heads of the participants (and in places of danger or hostility, can be rendered silent to all outsiders by choice of the presiding clergy), but the swelling tunes are stirring and uplifting, each dance of the Twelve arousing and emotionally moving everyone involved. Most dancers will sing wordlessly along to the rising tunes, and by the time the Twelfth dance ends on a peak of arousal and high notes, everyone is whirling swiftly, well aloft, around the feet of the two Joyous, who are swept together in consummation of their union above everyone’s heads, shedding their costumes as they go (it’s considered a mark of the favour to touch - - not keep - - any part of a costume as it falls, whirled around and around among the dancers by the magic rather than plummeting to the ground). Everyone but the Joyous then sinks gently to back to the ground, and the two Joyous make love high in the air, ‘kept up there’ by the Lliiran clergy.
The ritual ends with the presiding Joybringer asking the two Joyous if they’re content to be Fasted together (married), and Lliiran magic brings their replies to the ears of all participants - - whereupon the two Joyous vanish in a burst of spectacular fireworks (magical illusions rather than actual fireworks), and the Joybringers put on a music and light show (again, except in hostile or dangerous surroundings) to entertain the wedding guests whilst the two Joyous are whisked magically away to a previously-selected spot (usually a bedchamber far from all the revelry, but sometimes an escape to a secret destination far across the Realms).
It’s customary for the presiding Joybringers to gift a potion to each of the Joyous (usually one of Cat’s Grace and one of some sort of healing, but it can be anything not directly harmful or hostile to the imbiber). The potions will be labelled, not mysterious to the Joyous receiving them.




TheIriaeban Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 22:42:09
Thank you. Since Mystryl was doing starflight way back in the day for weddings, I would have been surprised to see it NOT used in the modern day. A misplaced note makes more sense.
AJA Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 21:36:28
quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban
Interesting that Ed didn't mention starflight as part of a night time ceremony. I wonder if that means it was no longer practiced after the Spellplague/Second Sundering?

Certainly could be, from a worldbuilding perspective. But could also be that it just slipped his mind while he was extemporizing a response. See his follow-up tweet: (bolding emphasis mine)
quote:

Naitomea @Naitomea215
Replying to @TheEdVerse
Was this written lore than you had to find and type out or did you quite literally make this up?

Ed Greenwood @TheEdVerse
Replying to @Naitomea215
Heh. I make it all up.
I can't find the scanty notes I made years ago, after my players asked about Mystran weddings and I told them my thoughts, but my overstuffed old head reminded me, so I started writing (as it was one of the outstanding Realmslore queries).



TheIriaeban Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 16:50:49
Interesting that Ed didn't mention starflight as part of a night time ceremony. I wonder if that means it was no longer practiced after the Spellplague/Second Sundering?
questing gm Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 10:45:03
On Mystran wedding ceremonies

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574925603828281344

Sep 28, 2022

@BrunoLWilliam

Ed, could you tell us about Mystran wedding ceremonies ? It would mean a lot to me and my character who is soon to marry.

@TheEdVerse

Sure!

Mystran wedding ceremonies tend to be short and simple (more complicated for me to clearly describe than to do).

If one or both participants (NOT a third party) can work flying or levitation magics, it’s customary to rise into the air in an embrace (and kiss) once vows are said. However, this is an optional “touch of grace,” not a requirement.

In a Mystran wedding, a mage or priest of Mystra (or failing that, an elder person trusted by both of the individuals to be married, who has personally prepared The Ring) officiates, and the individuals to be married are both escorted to them, separately, by someone they love and trust (often a parent, but may be kin or a friend). There’s usually an audience (or at least a witness).

The officiator greets the audience: “In the name of Mystra, be welcome,” and strikes a handbell or gong (deeper tone preferred to higher) to begin the ceremony.

This is the signal to the escorts, who bring the individuals (who begin at locations out of sight of each other) to be married to the ring (ideally from different directions). Customarily the couple-to-be wear finery they like (of any style of dress).

The Ring is a circle on the floor or ground, large enough for the officiator and the individuals to be wed to stand in together, that is defined by seven blue-white stars, with two gaps left in the ring that can be filled by two additional stars. Usually, these nine stars are flat paper symbols of royal blue stars bordered in white (a wizard or priest of Mystra would use magic to cast star-like floating, glowing, three-dimensional images); see the symbol of Mystra illo on the Mystra page at the FR Wiki.

If the officiator stands at the 12 o’clock position within The Ring, and the audience is ranged from the 4 through 8 o’clock positions, the gaps where stars are missing would be at the 4 and 8 positions.

The escort leads the person to be wed. The escort carries a light source (conjured handfire, candle, lantern, or even a flashlight aimed upwards), and the person to be wed carries a star of Mystra.

When the escort reaches The Ring, they stop just before “their” gap, extinguish their light source, and step aside and back (to join the audience). The person to be wed advances to stand in the gap, and the officiator greets them: “In the name of Mystra, be welcome.”

They respond by saying, “In the name of Mystra.” Then they step through the gap, turn, and place their star in the gap, to complete The Ring (of nine stars).

The individuals to be wed can do this in unison, or one after the other, whatever they and the officiator prefer or circumstances such as time of arrival cause (who goes first or if they do it simultaneously has no significance).

The two individuals then approach to stand on either side of the officiator, facing each other. The officiator asks them, “Do you wish to become one?”

The customary response is “I do. WE do.” (Again, it can be delivered in unison or succession, and the choice and who goes first doesn’t matter.)

The officiator then announces, “Before Mystra, these two desire to become one.”

One of the individuals (it doesn’t matter who goes first, though if there is a difference in ages, it’s customarily the older person) then says to the other, “I am [they give their name as they prefer to style it, but surname included], and I give myself to you.” And they kiss their own fingertips and extend their self-kissed hand, palm out and upright.

The other person to be wed does the same, and then they both step forward until their self-kissed fingertips touch. They hold their hands together, and the officiator raises an enchanted wand if they bear one, or their hand (with conjured handfire if they can; right or left, it doesn’t matter) to touch the joined hands, and says, “The blessing of Mystra, Our Lady of Mysteries, be upon this union. Laugh together, and work magic together, and be greater thereby.”

The officiator then removes their hand and steps back out of The Ring, whereupon the couple embrace and kiss.

The officiator and the escorts then intone, “Mystra witness!” and the escorts step forward to remove all of the stars, working from audience side around to the back, and give them to the officiator, so The Ring is no more—and the ceremony is ended, and the mingling and chatter usually starts.

If done at night, and it’s safe and practical to do so, the stars may be replaced by candles in bowls or braziers on chains, or other open vessels that can be comfortably and safely carried. However, these must remain lit throughout the ceremony, or it must be redone, so beware high winds and low fuel.

If an exchange of rings is desired (it’s optional), these are customarily worn by one half of the couple to be on one of the fingers they kiss, then touched together when they put their hands together, and then they begin their embrace as a couple by exchanging (donning each other’s) rings.

Music is entirely optional, but if used, is traditionally played just to accompany the escorted approach of the participants (which is usually unhurried), and after The Ring is taken up and the ceremony is ended.
questing gm Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 10:27:22
On traditional confectionary partaken during Deadwinter Day or any Faerun holiday

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574923693524152320

Sep 28, 2022

@DndTravellog

Hope you're enjoying the relatively mild winter so far in Canada. This season I've been diving more into yuletide cakes and wondered if Deadwinter Day or any Faerun holiday had a traditional confectionary partaken during it?

@TheEdVerse

In the Heartlands, the Vilhon, and the Sword Coast North, Greengrass, the first day of spring, is marked by the consuming of onion cakes (think cornmeal fritters or flat-sided hushpuppies made with diced, lightly fried onions).

In Chessenta, on Deadwinter Day, skulls are eaten: small white-sugar-icing-coated sweet dough balls made with heavy cream, flour, eggs, and a lot of sugar, and pinched at one spot after “rolling round,” to yield the rough shape of a sphere with a thinner jaw.

And Midsummer Night feasts are a time for making and enjoying all sorts of confections; everyone makes their own favourites.
questing gm Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 10:20:54
On beljuril gem and beljuril dragons

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574922970153336832

Sep 28, 2022

@Artie_Pavlov

Hi @TheEdVerse a quick OOU and IU question. OOU, what's the origins of beljuril gem?

and IU - there were beljuril dragons mentioned in Dragon magazine 265, do they exist in the realms?

@TheEdVerse

Out of universe: I made them up. ;} I do that a lot.

Yes, beljuril dragons exist in the Realms, but under Faerûn are rare indeed (eightto keep dwarves and gnomes who might otherwise approach their lava-flow-warmed deep cavern homes, one of which is deep beneath the easternmost Spiderhaunt Peaks (north of Semphar). or nine adults). They are reclusive, using their psionics
questing gm Posted - 28 Sep 2022 : 10:13:48
On Arvyn Umbryl of the Smiling Satyr near Loudwater, circa 1370

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574922691009810439

Sep 28, 2022

@smparlin

Again, good sir! Could you shed some light on what one Arvyn Umbryl of the Smiling Satyr near Loudwater looked like, circa 1370?

@TheEdVerse

Arvyn has a gravelly voice and in affable manner. He’s of middling height, burly build, fair-haired but going white, hair worn shoulder length but is clean-shaven, has ice-blue eyes, a hooked nose, and a developing paunch.

No tattoos, but an old sword-scar diagonally across left forearm. Tends to wear heavy, sturdy boots, leather breeches, and an open-front cotton “swash” or pirate shirt, with a leather apron over it. Always armed with a belt knife and a dagger sheathed down the inside of either boot.

He has a rarely-seen wife, Marra (she keeps to the kitchens), but three capable, strong, taller than him, energetic daughters who run errands for him, serve patrons, and even see to horses (eldest to youngest: Dauntra, Shammarra, and Lantrue, who’s the most impish/humorous). They’re a happy family.
questing gm Posted - 26 Sep 2022 : 10:48:42
On beasts that exist for a moon druids wildshape

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574060828730351616

Sep 25, 2022

@XolahProphet

I've hit a snag, an oversight! The lot is lost and missing, right! I need to know of beasts that exist for a moon druids wildshape, CR 6. Ones they've seen, common and rare and don't say mammoth or dinosaur.
Where to look, there's no Sespech book.

@TheEdVerse

A druid can wildshape any creature they've observed enough in the wild to understand its life particulars (so they're going to choose something climate-appropriate). Some popular choices: badger, bear, boar, capybara, python, stag, tapir, wildcat, wolverine.
questing gm Posted - 26 Sep 2022 : 10:41:55
On dwarven heat sources for furnaces and forges

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574059270886359044

Sep 25, 2022

@GHWorldsmith

@TheEdVerse how do Realms’ dwarves heat their furnaces and forges? I know one site (Sundbarr) has lava, another a trapped elemental. Do all dwarfholds have a unique or supernatural source? Seems if it was wood they’d cut so much there’d be eternal war ‘tween dwarves and druids?

@TheEdVerse

Almost all subterranean dwarven (and gnome) forges use "open" lava flows or the heat of nearby magma flows for their heat; dwarves are both efficient and see this as working with nature/the will of the gods. So, nothing "unique."

Dwarves prize "forgestones," rare enchanted items: very hard, durable (not brittle) stones, such as rock crystal, bearing permanent magics so they heat up and cool down on command, without themselves being harmed (so they can "power" a forge without need for fuel).

@GHWorldsmith

Thanks! I didn’t realize there was so much volcanic activity across the landscape.

@TheEdVerse

With dwarven plumbing to carry/pump heated water and so transfer heat over distances, the magma that's EVERYWHERE down deep enough can be brought upwards to the shallower Upperdark in select places. Dwarf communities develop around the rarer natural upvents.
questing gm Posted - 26 Sep 2022 : 10:33:50
On Illithid knowledge of the going ons on Toril

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1574052252104675328

Sep 25, 2022

@frank_oni_oni

Greetings sir.

"There is nothing on Toril they do not already know-" Kimmuriel

Would you agree that the illithids have the most total knowledge of the going ons on Toril?

@TheEdVerse

No. Illithids guard information jealously, not sharing outside of a community and seeking to tie personal status within a community to being "in the know," so they don't easily, widely, or swiftly share. This hampers their world-views in a heavy and ongoing manner.
questing gm Posted - 24 Sep 2022 : 07:06:10
Powerful magic in Cormyr

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1573499714451947522

Sep 24, 2022

@Greysil_Tassyr

Friend Ed, I find myself pondering Cormyr. A lot of very powerful types have been drawn there, over the millennia, and there's a heck of a lot of magic in its history. Is the Forest Kingdom home to something akin to the Athora?

And if so, do the rulers of the land have some connection to this thing?

@TheEdVerse

Yes, and yes, and NDA.

Which doesn't prevent me from reminding you of the Crystal Grot, and the vestige of Mystra, and the magic left behind with the Lords Who Sleep.
questing gm Posted - 24 Sep 2022 : 07:03:25
On Ilamatari clerics self flagellating

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1573498429891821587
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1573501286758105095

Sep 24, 2022

@icequeenerika

To @TheEdVerse how important is seeking out suffering and pain as religious or holy ritual for the faithful of Ilmater? Prayers from the Faithful mentions a “First Suffering” and subsequent rituals done by the martyr Althea the Abased to the point where she has to walk with two canes. Are all of Ilmater’s rituals like this? Would it be possible for a priest of Ilmater to focus on healing and carrying the pain of the indigent and oppressed and NEVER undergo rituals of receiving pain from themselves or others? Is there possibly a difference in beliefs between worshipers who do perform self-flagellation and the like and others who do not but accept pain and suffering to aid others? Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the subject.

@TheEdVerse

Most Ilmatari clergy who advance in the regard of the deity accept pain and suffering to aid others rather than self-inflicting.

Self-inflicting is usually done only as self-punishment for transgressions from tasks set for Ilmatari by superiors.

@icequeenerika

Great, thanks Ed!

@TheEdVerse

My pleasure.

In the original Realms campaign, the only Ilmatari cleric who sought out harm for himself was driven to do so by dream-visions that he believed were sent by the god as guidance.

Most Ilmatari thought self-harm was "cheap show" rather than real devotion.
questing gm Posted - 24 Sep 2022 : 03:07:19
On black dragon names

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1573100399405715457

Sep 23, 2022

@webjr1981

Can you help me name a Young Black Dragon? It has several Shambling Mounds as servants and lives in a swamp.

@TheEdVerse

Sure!

Take your pick: Aerammarglas, Glazalarlam, Imrylgloth, Ralaglaud, Voarulglammandar.
questing gm Posted - 24 Sep 2022 : 02:53:31
On Mintas Rhelgor

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1573099278632992771

Sep 23, 2022

@mihmille

@TheEdVerse on the Waterdeep trail map in Narfell there is a site called Mintas Rhelgor. Can you provide more info or are you lock by NDA?

<https://twitter.com/mihmille/status/1572918537576124416/photo/1>

@TheEdVerse

Checking my NDAs to see if I can say more. This may take a while.

Can confirm: is a ruin, is a stone and earthen bank/ditch fortress, is old.
questing gm Posted - 24 Sep 2022 : 02:50:06
On city serfs

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1573098101476589568

Sep 23, 2022

@damondion45

@TheEdVerse does any FR novel show an example of a city equivalent of serfs? I would like my Waterdhavian noble to be responsible/protective for more then the household servants Could they be more then employees? Tenants, archery and sword teachers, smiths

@TheEdVerse

Not that I know of. I avoided historical serfdom in the Realms. However, quite a few nobles have a few "swordsworn" or "bloodsworn" loyal retainers that they enter into personal oaths with, as well as "just" paid servants and tenants.

questing gm Posted - 11 Sep 2022 : 02:59:09
On dwarf solemn oaths

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1568670356046598147

Sep 11, 2022


@Greysil_Tassyr

Friend Ed, this will hopefully be a quick and easy question... When a dwarf wants to swear an oath (of the solemn vow variety), what would they swear by? Their axe? Their father's beard? Moradin? Something else?

@TheEdVerse

Popular solemn dwarf oaths:
By the beards of my ancestors
On the grave of my grandsire/grandmare/father/mother
By the gods who blessed my birth
By the honor of the [[my clan]]
questing gm Posted - 05 Sep 2022 : 10:23:00
On trade between Hlondeth and the Naga/Serpent folk in the Sespech region

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1566632438696185856

Sep 5, 2022

@XolahProphet

I have a suspicion there's some sort of trade between Hlondeth and the Naga/Serpent folk south, in the Sespech region.

I was wondering if that thought holds water.

Also, could any Sarrukh still be alive in that area?

@TheEdVerse

Heh. Your suspicion is very correct. From the south: wine, scents, herbs, spices, and poisons. From the north: textiles (used mainly for awnings), mosaic tiles, and aloe-based ointments.

Sarrukh: I've never see any, but it's possible. They're GOOD at staying hidden.
questing gm Posted - 30 Aug 2022 : 10:31:57
On Telpir as of 1357 DR

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1564273994685157377

@rwgs76

Dear Mr. @TheEdVerse , as of 1357 DR, is Telpir an independent city-state or part of Turmish? If the former, what kind of government does it have? What title does its monarch / ruler receive? Thanks in advance.

@TheEdVerse

Telpir is (and was, in 1357) a “friendly ally” of Turmish, with a firm trading pact that included “port haven” rights (damaged ship of either can enter the “approach waters” of the other’s harbor, fly the distress flag, and are entitled to a speedy tow and repair, not having to negotiate for such services). At times, the citizenry of Telpir was dominated by folk from Turmish. However, it was never “part” of Turmish. Its border with Turmish was within sight of Telpir’s city walls (which formed a semicircle around the landward edges of the city, not extending along its shore), a low drystone wall marked by rickety wooden lookout towers that had a history of falling down during fierce storms.

Telpir had a voting advisory council of nine elected by in-city landowners (every four summers), the Archave, who made overall policy decisions and conveyed them to a ruling Lord of Telpir, who was responsible for policing and sanitation and law courts, and other “daily operational” matters. Some Lords “creatively interpreted” the policy directives sent by the Council, and others acted more as a spokesperson/figurehead. Most of the time, the head of the Tower of the Morning (Telpiran temple of Lathander) had as much influence with the Lord as the Archave did.
questing gm Posted - 30 Aug 2022 : 10:23:34
On Corrant

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1564268620565430277

Aug 29, 2022

@XolahProphet

The ruined city of Corrant, about a Km across. A well-planned balance of aquatic stone ruins to overgrown wide tracts of water marsh. A temple was at the center of the ruin. Now back above ground for 100 years in a wet, Naga filled area. Do you have a map, Sir?

@TheEdVerse

I’m afraid not. Developing Corrant was an in-house staff project; the only draft map I saw was a very rough sketch, and I don’t have a copy. It would be covered under my NDA, anyway.

Corrant and other Cities of the Sword look rather like many North American college campuses: grand buildings seemingly built at random, rather than with any sort of urban planning (grid streets, or grand straight avenues, separating areas of like-use structures). Hodgepodges, in other words.

It’s important to remember that temples in Jhaamdath were like lounges/clubs, because for many in the urban part of the psiocracy (as opposed to farmers), faiths were a “hobby diversion” (like being the fan of a modern real-world football club) pursued for entertainment/a personal edge (like being part of a betting pool), NOT exalted. So temples wouldn’t be at a center site of any importance, unless they took over a building erected for another purpose.

Auppenser was the exception, but devout worship of him was personal mental development, pursued through private meditation, NOT in “great holy rites” in a big building. Faithful were encouraged to find their ideal “private place” to “be one with the god,” and it was often a corner of a garden, or even in a closet. If you wanted guidance, you met with a psiarch. Usually in his or her topiary-filled personal back garden, where they had constructed THEIR ideal private place.
questing gm Posted - 29 Aug 2022 : 11:19:33
On paladins running out of spells

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1564034833164439552

Aug 29, 2022

@andy1973

One thing that strikes me...is that a paladin is a servitor of a deity...so how can said paladin run out of spells?

@TheEdVerse

In the Realms, even deities can run out of spells if Mystra or Ao throttle their access.

And paladins are mortal servants of deities, not pass-through conduits for the god's unfettered divine power. (If they were, their mortal frames would be destroyed.)
questing gm Posted - 29 Aug 2022 : 11:15:48
On worg worshipping gods

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1563892202958364672

Aug 28, 2022

@lsalgado97

@TheEdVerse do worgs in Faerun worship any gods? Being intelligent as they are and having their own speech, I believe religion would be a thing, albeit not as organized as humanoids'. Would they worship the same god as their goblinoid masters, or do their own thing?

@TheEdVerse

They worship Malar, as "The Great One," who rewards them when they pass by accepting them into the Great Hunt that never ends; bloodlust time, when they can savage former masters along with all other juicy prey.
questing gm Posted - 27 Aug 2022 : 09:24:59
On Stamislot

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1563397370800287744

Aug 27, 2022

@Artie_Pavlov

What and where in the Hells is "Stamislot"? sounds Vassan or Rashemi #forgottenrealms #dnd i hate when a lore is dropped and no elaboration anywhere in sight. Any idea @TheEdVerse ?

<https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Two-Headed_Wyvern_of_Stamislot>

@TheEdVerse

Stamislot was an abandoned, ruined keep where the two-head wyvern laired. Named for the infamous "robber baron" who once inhabited it, Relve Stamislothar. It still stands in rolling wilderland hills NW of the NW end of the Snowflake Mountains.
questing gm Posted - 27 Aug 2022 : 03:43:35
On broadsheets in Neverwinter

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1563190498864402432

Aug 26, 2022

@BaronCelric

Are broadsheets only available in large cities, or do they make their way into the surrounding countryside?

What are the broadsheets called in Neverwinter? I'd like to introduce gossip/background info in an adventure like Lost Mines of Phandelver in them.

@TheEdVerse

Via merchants and small peddlers, they make their ways everywhere, but can take months to travel across the Heartlands.

Neverwinter has: Neverwinter Nights (scandal, gossip, high society, ads for clubs and eateries and feasts); The Word (daily news and rumors), The Quill of Amandros (recent competitor to the Word, far less respectful of powerful citizens and civic government); Lahrassa's Laugh (poems, short fiction, gossip; infamous for vicious satires of prominent locals, done in the style of bad chapbook fiction).
questing gm Posted - 24 Aug 2022 : 12:58:14
On "Eater of Dwarves” (or something similar) in the Dwarven tongue

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1562239625372000256

Aug 24, 2022

@VernieriElias

@TheEdVerse a very specific question:

How would on say “Eater of Dwarves” (or something similar) in the Dwarven tongue in Faerun?

@TheEdVerse

Eater of Dwarves = Arg-Ahrraem

From arg: devour, eat (implies completely consume, finish) + ahrraem: the term used by the dwarves to mean themselves as a race

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