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questing gm
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Posted - 04 Nov 2022 :  09:30:57  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On the Hethcanters

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1588350650739576832

@CommonplacePub1

Good afternoon @TheEdVerse!

You've kindly introduced a couple of Hethcanters via your Twitter replies. These are Lady Brunzarra Hethcanter, the second person to hold the office of Lady of Graces, and Ildra Hethcanter, matriarch of the Hethcanter farm in Immersea.

There's also Hethcanter, first to write of the Scalamagdrion, whom you introduced in Pages from the Mages III in Dragon #92.

Was Brunzarra the holder of a unique title that died with her? Were the Hethcanters ennobled? Is she or Ildra related the mage Hethcanter?

Thanks!

@TheEdVerse

The Hethcanters are what in our real world might be called “landed gentry.” They don’t have hereditary noble titles, but they are locally powerful, wealthy, “always there” families who often have members holding local civic posts or Court posts in Suzail (as Brunzarra did), and a few family members earn their own titles, and/or knighthoods. The Hethcanters are indeed descended from the mage Hethcanter, and both Brunzarra and Ildra are members of “those Hethcanters” (there are some unrelated Hethcanters in Sembia, Tsurlagol, and Telflamm). During the reign of Azoun IV, there were three Sir Hethcanters (knights who rode with the Purple Dragons, of various ages), and Lord Oratham Hethcanter was garrison commander of High Horn in the reign of Rhigaerd II (he died fighting bandits in the Stonelands). Young and handsome adventurer Paresper Hethcanter, formerly of Immersea, is currently one of the six partners who own the Nightgate Inn (just outside Suzail); he owns the smallest share. His father Rharvuld is a superb furniture maker whose wardrobes are much sought-after by wealthy ladies of Suzail. He has some connection to the War Wizards that he doesn’t talk about.

And lastly, Lyrele Hethcanter is said to currently serve the Crown (of Cormyr) in some undercover fashion; some believe she may be a Highknight, as of old.

@Artie_Pavlov

Did he get the share in the late 15th century?

@TheEdVerse

Yes. He made a pile adventuring, didn't know where to park it, and hit upon the idea of buying out the aging, ailing smallest partner (Shaluta Drennan, a retired widow of a ship captain from Marsember) among the inn's owners.

- Edited on 5/11/2022 to add new tweets

Edited by - questing gm on 05 Nov 2022 00:01:04
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questing gm
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Posted - 07 Nov 2022 :  09:08:58  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On Kiputytto as Loviatar's sister

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1589445581113413632
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1592278506591121409

@RyanAbr59182648

Hey, Ed! Studying Finnish myths, I read that Kiputytto is seen as Loviatar's sister (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalma_(goddess)). Since Kiputytto existed in Toril as a god killed by Talona, is that partly why Loviatar torments Talona, or are Kiputytto and Loviatar unrelated in Toril?

@TheEdVerse

That's indeed why Loviatar torments Talona (K and L were sisters in Toril).

@Artie_Pavlov

Sooo... is Kiputytto back after the Second Sundering? Is she like Xvim - an echo? or is her divinity gobbled up by Talona? #realmslore questions are neverending!

@TheEdVerse

Kiputytto and several other deities were devoured and destroyed by Moander, as they returned to Toril. Making Moander more powerful...hence the Chosen fighting against him, behind the scenes. They have succeeded in deceiving him into breaking his alliance with Shar.

- Edited on 15/11/2022 to add new tweets

Edited by - questing gm on 15 Nov 2022 09:39:04
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questing gm
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Posted - 08 Nov 2022 :  08:09:38  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On Halaster destroyed

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1589814268219695106
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1589819595518795778
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1589984399558578178
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1589984894280949761

Nov 8, 2022

@scrollforinit

Good evening, @TheEdVerse! I'm starting to think about the ending of Dungeon of the Mad Mage. In your Realms, what would happen if Halaster were destroyed by adventurers?

@TheEdVerse

A lot of Undermountain magic tied to him would briefly go wild, and Chosen and other servitors of Mystra (weaveghosts, etc.) would be "sent in" to stabilize matters. Gates/portals would open in Undermountain and certain monsters would flood in (e.g. some dragons who covet the place for a lair). Some of Halaster's experimental spells would "run wild" without him, and some apprentices who were hiding from him would be emboldened and "go public," and so on.

Lots of "and so on." ;}

@CatalogFantasy

Was "tying" Halaster to the Undermountain a mistake in the eyes of Mystra?

@TheEdVerse

Mystra doesn't see things that way; she's all about providing magic to all sentients and letting them use it creatively (hence her not stopping Karsus). She didn't tie Halaster to Undermountain; he did that.

She likely thinks most mortal actions are mistakes. ;}

@VikGray

On a serious note

Wouldve it mean that amount of her Chosen would increase? Or is it already many to seal such "leaks in Weave".

@TheEdVerse

No increase, she has lots of servitors and time would be of the essence (no time to recruit and train).

@scrollforinit

That sounds suitably epic. And Halaster himself: CAN he, in fact, be destroyed? Or is he almost trapped in the Weave at this point, doomed to come back again and again?

@TheEdVerse

He will survive as a (mad) voice in the Weave, and may well come back (being given other bodies to possess and inhabit, with Mystra's aid).

- Edited on 9/11/2022 to add new tweets

Edited by - questing gm on 09 Nov 2022 01:00:11
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questing gm
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Posted - 09 Nov 2022 :  08:40:17  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On electoral systems

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1590196349064347648

Nov 9, 2022

@JohBri

@TheEdVerse Hail, Goodman Greenwood!

'Tis Election Tuesday (no, not a holiday) here in the USA, and I think we'd all love to learn something about popular electoral systems of the Realms. What are some offices elected 'by the people'? How does the system work?

Cheers!

@TheEdVerse

Hi! Really busy with design work tonight, but let me say a few words about local elections for “village lord” (mayor) and harbormasters (in ports) in Amn and Tethyr. In the smaller places where they are elected, as opposed to appointed (in the larger places, it’s often a “reward posting” for investors handed out by local nobles or wealthy and powerful locals).

Voters in such elections are stakeholders: property owners in a settlement, or owners of docks and warehouses and shipyards in ports. They go before a local herald (with a local priest as a witness, if there’s a shrine, temple, or monastic community locally; if more than one deity is locally represented, each will have a representative) to vote verbally (out of earshot of others) for their chosen candidate (any local resident can stand), and for each vote, a pebble is put into a jar labeled for that candidate, and all jars are safeguarded by the herald and the clergy (often in a secure structure to minimize tampering). When the election time is deemed over (it may be as long as a tenday, but by local custom is usually three or four days, dawn to dusk), the pebbles are counted by the herald and all clergy in unison, and the high total wins. If there’s any dispute or anomaly (more pebbles than local voters, for example), a new election is held, but any incumbent running again does NOT stay in office until it’s done; rather, clergy step in to serve.
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questing gm
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Posted - 11 Nov 2022 :  23:01:50  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On tattoos amongst various races in Faerûn

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1591122020502482945

Nov 12, 2022

@logidoggy

Hey Ed! How common are tattoos amongst various races in Faerûn? Do different cultures use different methods and substances?

@TheEdVerse

Henna bodypainting (sometimes quite elaborate, but wears off with skin layers) is quite common, especially south and east from the Vilhon, but permanent tattoos less so. Guilds and cults sometimes use brands (as, of course, do slavers).

Yes, different methods and materials are used from place to place and culture to culture. In Veldorn and the Shaar, there's a lot of use of cinnabar and other red-hued substances injected just under the skin (don't do this for real: the mercury in cinnabar gets absorbed by the body).
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questing gm
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Posted - 13 Nov 2022 :  10:48:43  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On "Amarast"

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1591543767118798848

Nov 13, 2022

@Artie_Pavlov

Hi @TheEdVerse a question dated back to azure bonds. In the novel, Akabar and Dimwart say "Amarast" to each other. Is it Turmic? what does it mean? Or are they just naming river and are very bad at it? :D

@TheEdVerse

Originally a Turmic word, but long ago (thanks to traveling merchants using it) became a Common Tongue word, too, with the same meaning: "fare well until next we meet." (Used the same as the Elvish expression: "Merry part.")

Nothing to do with any rivers. ;}
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questing gm
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Posted - 15 Nov 2022 :  09:42:36  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On divergence between original homebrew forgotten realms from the published materials.

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1592297663814598656

@CaptGraybeard13

So I have to ask @TheEdVerse. How much of a divergence is there between your forgotten realms (original homebrew version) especially if it's still running from the published materials. I have wonderful this ever since I heard you still ran it.

@TheEdVerse

Geographically, not a lot, actually. Aside from: no Maztica, no Kara-Tur, my original Moonshaes persist.

Also, the Time of Troubles hasn't happened yet (and likely never will: my players vote on things). In "my" Realms, the gods show up in person a LOT less often.
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Posted - 21 Nov 2022 :  09:25:42  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On extent of a beholder's dreaming power

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1594401051205304320

Nov 21, 2022

@lethallencos

I’m sure he’s much too busy to answer, but just on the off chance…

@TheEdVerse can Beholders dream up anything into existence, or only other types of Beholders? Could they dream up a new species? A Drow? Could they wake up with fabulous golden hair one morning?

I know that with the pysche of a Beholder being what it is, it's not necessarily *likely* for them to dream those things. But I've been pondering it so much and I'm just so curious what the extent of their dreaming powers are lol

@TheEdVerse

A beholder can alter themselves without limit by their dreaming, because any internal changes are done instinctively (i.e. they don't have to understand every facet of how things work).

The moment they're dreaming of another entity than themselves, they DO have to understand every last detail of the functioning bodily systems of that entity, to 'dream them up.' So even though beholders are geniuses, they almost always are A) transforming an already-living creature of the same sort (mammal, reptile, etc.) as what envisage, and B) are really "reskinning" a beholder in terms of organs and inner workings, because that's what they understand (unless they've done a LOT of breeding, dissections, and other examinations, of other sorts of creatures).

And in the same way that most kids trying to "make up" new monsters usually think of a stuck-together assembly of features (jaws, talons, tentacles, wings, etc.) of various creatures they're already familiar with, that's how a beholder trying to dream up a new species is usually going to arrive at something: a hodgepodge of known bits and pieces. If a beholder makes developing new species (long-term breeding for selected traits program, surgical and magical experimentations, etc.) its chief focus of interest, they may achieve stable new species beyond these 'limits of time and attention' with a surprising degree of success.
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questing gm
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Posted - 25 Nov 2022 :  09:11:06  Show Profile  Visit questing gm's Homepage Send questing gm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On nobles conquering frontiers

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1595924274551947265

Nov 25, 2022

@JRQMTM

I was wondering, how common is it for lesser nobles in the realms to try and gather followers and try to conquer/settle the frontiers in the Realms? Would it be unheard of for one to try and claim unsettled land as his own in say the Savage North?

@TheEdVerse

It's common for wealthy wannabe nobles (successful merchants) and lesser nobles to hire adventuring bands and small mercenary companies to do it for them. Risking their necks doing it themselves is much rarer.
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questing gm
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On same sex marriages in the Realms

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1595818754939797504
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1595923737953636354
https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1596245186065096706

Nov 25, 2022

@SorcerousRonin

Are same sex marriages an option (or common) for the nobility of the Realms? In our history it was common for nobles to marry and have children for family duty, and have lovers on the side (for both gay or straight sorts), but would this be as true in the Realms?

@TheEdVerse

Yes, marriage to produce heirs and keep the line going, with (publicly known and accepted) lovers on the side is the way in the Realms. Same-sex unions for "third and below" sons and daughters are fairly common, but they are almost never formal marriages UNTIL whoever in the family will inherit first has had three or four healthy children who've made it alive out of infancy. (Lineage is far less important to folk in society who don't own lots of land.)

@JonBolds

I imagine that Roman-style adoption for same sex couples/couples who don't have children is pretty common in the more republic or senate style merchant states like Hillsfar etc, right?

@TheEdVerse

Right.

@RpgMatch

This one got me thinking:

What are infant mortality rates for a magic-infused realm like Faerûn?0. I would imagine proximity to clerics would be life or death…

@TheEdVerse

The rates can be high in bad winters or when diseases spread. The game gives us a skewed view of "easy" availability of magic, but yes: even the temples of evil deities look after their neighbours; if trouble comes to their doors, they want support, not ready foes.

- Edited on 26/11/2022 to add new tweets

Edited by - questing gm on 26 Nov 2022 00:36:26
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On bustards

https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/1595820125999058949

Nov 25, 2022

@Artie_Pavlov

Bustards from the village of Mornbryn’s Shield. Curtesy of @TheEdVerse and I actually started trying to make foods from dnd into real edible things haha

https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/User:Artyom.pavlov/Characters/Juniper_Churlgo/Juniper%27s_Companion_to_Venturesome_Cookery

<https://twitter.com/Artie_Pavlov/status/1595572985720864771/photo/1>

@TheEdVerse

This looks SO good.

In the Realms, there are always side-bowls of tart sauces (antipastos or chutneys, to us) for individual diners to ladle onto forkfuls of something like this. It's how inns (and householders) "rescue" meals that might otherwise be meager or bland.
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Originally posted by questing gm

On bustards
<https://twitter.com/Artie_Pavlov/status/1595572985720864771/photo/1>
@TheEdVerse
This looks SO good.
In the Realms, there are always side-bowls of tart sauces (antipastos or chutneys, to us) for individual diners to ladle onto forkfuls of something like this.

This sounds a lot healthier than chupaqueso.

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