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Not a problem!

I've finished the tasking my boss gave me... I also complained to him that his tasking kept me from reading the BattleTech pdfs I'd purchased this morning!

My boss is also my DM... I don't think he's going to give me the XP I asked for, for doing that task.



Anyway, here we go!

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On Myrkul:


@clackclickbang

A few questions for you, Ed!

1.) Was Myrkul a mortal, lich, or other form of intelligent undead before his ascent to godhood,

2.) If mortal, why did he not give himself over to undeath, and 3.)
Why did he possess four arms, or was this just the case for his avatar?


@TheEdVerse

Sure. Sorry for the delay; due to a video game, there’s actually an NDA attached to Myrkul that I’ve been (slowly) unearthing and examining to see what I can say. Which, it turns out, is a lot, so here we go...

As recounted in the 2e sourcebook FAITHS & AVATARS, Myrkul Bey al-Kursi was Crown Prince of Murghôm, and an adventuring necromancer of some accomplishment. Although he made all but the last few preparations for his own lichdom, and experimented with cloning magic to create spare organs for himself, and even spare arms (having seized notes on magically-assisted grafting and sinew and tendon creation from Haask of Ironfang Keep), he never became undead nor augmented his own body (beyond personal protective magics) ere ascending into godhood.

Instead, he (and the mortal Bane and Bhaal) went adventuring in hopes of slaying gods and seizing their divine power, and so achieve immortality by becoming gods themselves, all of them seeing divine power being preferable to fighting off slow decay as undead (a view reinforced, in Myrkul’s case, by the relative ease with which he and his adventuring companions destroyed great numbers of undead). In the infamous game of knucklebones, the three decided their fates before the deity Jergal, who willingly surrendered his rule of the underworld. Myrkul came second (to Bane) in the game, and became Lord of the Dead, ruler of the underworld.

As a living man, Myrkul looked normal (and only ever had the usual two arms). His divine avatar has four skeletal arms and a skeletal chest, with a scaly face (of skin stretched over an almost-visible skull), and from the waist down he’s wasted flesh and sinew over bone.

Deities can appear as they wish, except in moments of great weakness or overextension of their power, so Myrkul’s avatar is how he wants to seem to others. The skeletal, scaly, and wasted elements are to maximize mortal human fear of him, and the four arms are his preferred number of limbs to carry and wield all sorts of things (all four arms are fully articulated at all joints, as is his neck, so they can all “bend backwards” at the elbows, shoulders, and wrists, and his arms can ‘face’ behind his back, as can his head, if he wishes). This allows Myrkul to wield or flourish an oversized scythe and at the same time cast spells or gesture, without awkwardness or loss of style. (And Myrkul is a proud, vain being; style is important to him.)
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On Netherese names:

Oct 18, 2020


@Vrgazze

could you help me? I will play with a male Human High Netherese from the Arcane Age that travel time to 1490. Could you help me giving characteristic names and surnames(family names) for this character? Is there any Loroos dictionary?


@TheEdVerse

Sure. This topic comes up here at Twitter every year or so, and I’ve answered it many times, so please be aware that I’m generalizing here.

Netherese rarely use surnames. Except for noble or ruling families (like the Tanthuls,of Thultanthar). Here are some other examples of those ‘high’ surnames:
Arimmon, Glest, Heirakaunt, Larezmiir, Maeraklaervel, Norlyal, Orivven, Yadanth

Given names often use double-a constructions, end in ‘ol’ more than the namings of other times and cultures, often begin with M, and often include ‘oun’ or ‘aun.’

Male examples: Aglaren, Bezoarn, Clarbrennus, Dyrar, Eirol, Ethuud (pronounced “Eth-OOD”), Lamorund, Malant, Mlaarol, Naraeyn, Orthol, Rivalagorn, Skord, Tabrakh, Vaereth, Yulvaun.

Female examples: Althyroun, Aelroune, Cathaele, Ethree, Haele, Jounraele, Kalathe, Maeraele, Nyrindral, Noeene, Olone, Ryndra, Saaraunra, Tylue, Uele (pronounced “Oo-ell”), Vyruil, Woave, Yakla, Yariil, Zoale, Zoare, Zorele.

Unfortunately, I don't think there is any publicly-available Loroos dictionary, just an internal (and NDA'd) Wizards "dropbucket o'added words" file.
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On the Northmen worshiping Tempus as a storm god:


@silviosalles

In the 1e Moonshae booklet, 3 of the Gods of Fury are worshipped by some northmen. But their main deity is Tempus, as a storm god.

Have Tempus defeated Talos, casting him away from the Moonshaes and taking storm powers in the process? Have the Earthmother helped him?


@TheEdVerse

No, there’s been no war between Tempus or Talos, nor has the Earthmother aided either openly (I say “openly” because some senior clerics and sages think she is meddling, to cause what I’m about to mention).

The Northmen worship Tempus as a storm god because repeatedly, when they went into battle (raiding or attacking, or defending) and called on Tempus, a storm blew up almost instantly, with rain or sleet driving down on the fray, and lightning bolts playing about. So the local belief arose that Tempus sends storms.
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On operas:


Sep 8, 2020


@WaddellErik

Hi there. @TheEdVerse ! I’m wondering if there are any famous operas performed at theatres in the Realms?


@TheEdVerse

Oh, yes. There are four really famous human operas that get performed many times and in many places across Faerûn, every year: The Lovelorn Knight, Alvaericknar, The War Of Three Castles, and Downdragon Harr.

The Lovelorn Knight:
A knight falls in love with haughty woman after haughty woman who doesn’t love him. Sad and despondent, he is heartbroken when he discovers THE woman, only to discover she prefers the company of women, so he goes to an evil sorcerer to be made into a woman so he can woo her. The magic works, the courtship succeeds, and they are happy together until the sorcerer tries to slay them both and steal their castle and riches; he succeeds, but as ghosts they defeat him, and continue their love match in the crumbling castle they now haunt.

Alvaericknar:
The merry misadventures of a rascal who outwits foe after foe, swindling them in the process, until he robs a lich who slays Alvaericknar. But the merry rogue has played a trick, and arranged that his horrible demise takes place in a spot of active enchantments, so he’s magically forced into undeath. As an undead, he goes right on being a swindling, fun-loving rascal, only now he doesn’t need food or drink or shelter.

He still likes wine and the ladies, though.

The War Of Three Castles:
THE opera for those who love heavy, martial marches and triumphant horncalls and heroic deaths in battle, this saga concerns three warring kingdoms whose kings hate each other, and each decide to obliterate their rivals and conquer their realms, no matter what the cost. Each hurls his warrior princes and princesses into battle, at the heads of the realms’ armies, and of course they fight each other, wound each other, plunge into the Underdark when the ground beneath them collapses, and there, amid the tombs of long-dead kings, they nurse each other back to health and fall in love with each other in so doing: two princes and one princess, who can’t choose between the princes but is adamant that she shall have them both, equally, or neither. She prevails, and they decide to wed each other in a three-crowns union, even if their fathers execute them for it. Yet when they struggle back to the surface, fighting loathly worms to do so, they discover all three kings dead, the kingdoms laid waste by marauding monsters after their armies had annihilated each other, and the few surviving peasants only too happy to have peace—in a new, united, three-crowns realm (where everyone seems to sing in melodious chorus).

Downdragon Harr:
A princess, the only heir to a throne, is transformed into a dragon by a wicked sorceress who uses magic to transform herself, and take the place of the princess. Only to murder the king, and so succeed him as a ruling, unwed queen. Her first royal decree is to command all knights of the realm to go forth and slay every dragon they can find (the dragons are all basso profundos). There is much slaughter of wyrms, but the knight who happens upon the transformed princess wields a magic sword, and as he gravely wounds her, it shatters the magic upon her, and she returns to her true form. They fall in love (in a famous duet, “Too Long Apart, United Now, One Heart”) and the knight persuades Harr, the oldest, most powerful dragon of all, who has slept for the last century, to act as their steed as they fly to the royal castle to confront the queen. She sees their approach and uses mighty sorcery, that drains the life from most of her courtiers and all of her guards, to slay the dragon as it dives down on the castle—but in death, it slays her, crashing into the castle and crushing her to pulp under its great bulk as it slides to a (dead) stop. (It sings in death, and so does the queen from somewhere under it.) The princess and the knight begin their happy rule, and wedded bliss, atop the carcass of the great dragon (right away, before it begins to stink).

There are also half a dozen halfling comic operas (think bawdy Gilbert & Sullivan; dwarves and gnomes love these, too) that are constantly performed, with patter song lyrics altered to fit the locale and the latest news, all of them with utterly improbable plots involving mistaken identities, misunderstandings in bedchambers, executioners running about missing everyone who can sing with their axes, and hairy male singers who end up in feminine lingerie. Their titles are Ravalar’s Roister In The Cloister; Yeomen, Bowmen, and The Taming Maiden; The Seven Drunken Swordswingers Of Silverymoon; The Haunted Bedpan; The Laughing Statue Of Beltragar; and The Night Six In-Use Beds Fell Into The Castle Moat.

Someday (I should live so long) I’ll write them all, and try to persuade
@TheOperaGeek to star in them.
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On preserving venoms:


@RidianG

So i know the venom breaks down rather fast if harvested. Have alchemists or poison crafters in FR ever developed a stabilizing agent to prevent this issue?

@TheEdVerse

Oh, yes. Arethra’s Amalgam, made from a secret blend of three different herbal distillates (drakentongue, feverfew, and tansy), a pinch of powdered moonstone, and a drop of basilisk blood, is a nigh-universal stabilizing agent that not only preserves the properties of liquids it’s added to, and is itself safely ingested, it also maintains hues of mixture AND keeps them mixed together. Sometimes known as “reth” for short, it’s a reddish-pink, translucent, gummy liquid. It has a shelf life of twenty years or more, if not allowed to boil (which ruins it instantly), and turns brown when it’s “no good.” Commonly sold by the 4-ounce vial for 12-20 gp (low end in a busy large-city shop that has a large stock of them, and prices quickly slide to the high end of the range in rural or wilderland areas, where there’s a scarce supply).
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On priests of Kelemvor and Myrkul interacting with dying people:


@LeslieCourtne14

How do priests of an evil deity like Myrkul treat the dying vs the priests of a god like Kelemvor, for example?


@TheEdVerse

Kelemvor is judge of the dead; his clergy urge the dying to do acts that will let their souls go where they want them to be. Myrkul oversees death, and his priests comfort the dying and alleviate their pain and console them and see that they set their affairs in order, so that although "just plain folks" may fear Myrkul and his clergy, they accept death as inevitable and not to be cheated (by them). Myrkulytes have always garnered offerings and acceptance by 'being there' for the dying.
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On pronouncing "Chardansearavitriol"


@webjr1981

can you help me pronounce Chardansearavitriol.


@TheEdVerse

Sure. Phonetics follow:

“Char-DAN-seer-ah-vitriol”

(Fast on the beginning, bring your voice down in pitch, and louder, and slower, on the “DAN,” and then rise in pitch and gallop through the rest of it.)
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On purple dye:


@LysbethRaven

Is there an equivalent of the Imperial Purple from the Eastern Roman Empire/Byzantine Empire in Faerûn? It is the dye that was made from a specific type of mollusk. And it stank like hell to create.


@TheEdVerse

Tyrian purple/imperial purple is known in the Realms, under the name “Oldblood” or “Heartsblood” for its hue, as are the rock snails it’s derived from (Murex to us, “hunting knight snails” in the Realms). The hue doesn’t have the lofty/high-ranking connotation in the Realms that it did to the ancient Romans, but does have the expense (because it’s so difficult and time-consuming to gather enough snails for a good dye batch). As in the real world, several species of sea snails from various farflung places in the seas of Toril will yield an enduring purple dye when exposed to sunlight (and these days, as snails become fewer and fewer, they are usually NOT crushed, but rather kept alive and milked, which takes a lot of work and is usually done by young or aged family members of fisherfolk families). Almost all of these species are predatory “rock snails.” Freshwater snails of the Realms (like the Browncurl and the Hornspire) tend to yield enduring BROWN dyes when their secretions are exposed to sunlight. This is the sort of lore topic and detail Steve Fidler and I try to sneak into the AMARUNE’S ALMANAC series of sourcebooks from Vorpal Dice Press (available at the DM’s Guild as e-releases).
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On roads:


@Medan_DM

Thanks for answering! When you mentioned roads... What kind of roads are in Sword Coast at the end of 15 century DR, for example? Say "High Road", or "Trade Way"? Is it wide cobbled kind of road, or dirt road?


@TheEdVerse

I answer similar queries every 2 months or so, so this answer is a retweet:
Some major roads in places like Waterdeep are wider than 50 feet; the idea being that you can easily turn a large wagon drawn by three pairs of oxen yoked in harness one in front of the other. (See real-world American brewery wagons, back in horse-drawn days.)

Dotted-line-on-maps roads/wagon trails have at least 30 feet of ‘crown’ (traveled area), with a grassy verge of about another three or more feet per side before pitching down into grass-lined drainage ditches, on either side. The idea here being that wagons can easily pass each other without danger of wheels catching, or projecting-to-the-side loads snagging on each other. So, 30-foot minimum, except when cutting through rock (mountain passes/prime ambush areas!), and wherever the road comes out onto exposed bedrock, the cleared area widens into a layby/stopping area/turning area.

Follow up question: In town (in Amphail) would the Long Road be dirt, cobblestones, or Roman road?

In Amphail, it would be a combination of crushed-rock gravel, crushed-old-pottery-roof-tiles gravel, and flagstones. (So, yes, Roman roads. ;} ) Dirt is to be avoided, as it turns into mud and potholes too readily.

For this mud-and-potholes reason (which in turn causes subsidences and eventually building collapses), cities that have sewers/gutters/catchbasins and other ‘guided drainage’ will have a layer of cobblestones over top of the gravel. Cobblestones are heavy and expensive, so will be used elsewhere only if necessary.

(Cities have residents who can be taxed annually, or by special levies, to pay for paving work.)

Swampy areas tend to have ‘log roads’ (VERY bumpy), with gravel and dirt laid over them and relaid every spring (winter frost and frost heave logs up, and the rest of the time they slowly sink into the swamp, so many such roads are several log-layers deep), or more often if need be.
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On sailing from Waterdeep to Port Nyanzaru:

Aug 5, 2020


@pukunui81

Roughly how long would it take to sail from Waterdeep to Port Nyanzaru?


@TheEdVerse

Depends on the weather, strength of prevailing winds and currents (which vary by time of year AND weather elsewhere), and what you’re sailing (sail area, hull drag; caravel faster than cog or nao, costal raker faster still).

But on average, a newish, fast large cargo caravel could make a clear-weather but never becalmed voyage in 21 days. So that’s “best case;” add on days to that total for ports of call along the way, detours for pirate or storm avoidance, and so on. (The return trip, which is against currents and winds, typically takes 26 days, “best case.”)


@pukunui81

Looking at maps, it seems to me like the most obvious route would be to sail from Waterdeep past Mintarn to the Moonshaes, then straight down to Chult (to bypass the pirate-infested Nelanther Isles and the Tethyr Peninsula).


@TheEdVerse

Certainly, but you’re now in the very decision-making position that most seacaptains find themselves in: do you make the faster run, closer at all times to land and in calmer, less stormy waters, but risking pirates and running aground on shoals or being driven ashore by storms because you’re nearer to land?

If you take the “outer run” you’ve described, sailing times increase from best-case south/outbound 21 days and best-case north/return/inbound 26 days to: best-case south 26 days and best case north 31 days, with about a 30 percent greater chance of storms bad enough to blow you well off course (almost always east towards the coast), and around a 55 percent chance of heavy weather bad enough to shred a sail and cost you some lines [rigging ropes].

Sailors must make these life-and-death, profit-and-loss choices all the time. Which is why many carry extra masts and complete extra sets of sails (costing them profits by taking up cargo space).
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@RogerBohn

Fascinating thread about sailing ships. Do you happen to have references?

Also, would sails stored below decks for long periods be at risk of damage eg mold?

Before jets airplanes made similar choices. Go around bad weather or thru it? See Ernest Gann, others.


@TheEdVerse

Yes, sails below decks are at great risk from mold. Which is why (stiff new sails and the difficulty of the crew getting them rigged in rough seas/bad weather is another) new sets of sails tend to get rotated into use, when prolonged good sunny weather and a "good" anchorage (with sun-baked rocks sails can be laid out flat to dry on, with room to turn them over) coincide, for a layover when the ship and sails can be repaired, and the ship can be reprovisioned or even reballasted.

References? I've sailed tall ships, long ago, and none of them sank. ;}

You mean references for the Realms? Me.

As the Creator, I AM the reference for the Realms. Despite my goofy appearance.
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On satyrs:


@MisrulesTheDay

Master Sage! The addition of Theros to the D&D multiverse has me wondering, how are satyrs regarded in the Realms? Do you ever see satyr adventurers & what would be the reaction of the general public? Monsters among us?


@TheEdVerse

Most “just plain folks” in the Realms have never seen a satyr, and hear of them only in tavern tales that play up their trickster, dangerous denizen of the woodlands, horny reputations. But an adventurer who played pipes, sang, danced, or stood quietly and spoke with others, or drew weapon when warranted, like other adventurers that satyr was with, would be stared at (as someone unusual, so fascination and not necessarily hostility) and accepted. Depending on how much a particular individual had heard about the description of a satyr, they might not even recognize an adventurer satyr as a satyr, and might think of the adventurer as a spell-transformed human or a woodland fey who might be “okay” if in the company of a druid or an elf the individual trusted. Satyr adventurers aren’t rare in wilderland and forest areas of the Heartlands and north (until one gets so far north that the trees run out), but they are very rare in human cities.

The general reputation of satyrs is that they’re glib, charismatic, randy thieves who’ll have sex with anyone (all genders and ages) given the slightest encouragement (note the latter: folk will think they have to ‘watch themselves’ around a satyr, especially if offered drink by the satyr, not that every satyr is a run-amok rapist). They’d laugh at a satyr’s jests, but would watch sharp to make sure the jokes weren’t covering up pickpocketing attempts.
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On chilling and selling bottled beer and milk:


May 19, 2020

@bedirthan

@TheEdVerse in the Realms are bottled milk and beer served in ten packs due to the ten day?


@TheEdVerse

No. ;}

Milk and beer are transported by the cask (big) or keg (the "barrel" you're used to) or handkeg (small, rope handles both ends or in a net around it, for easy handling), and only poured out of these into flasks for serving. Some large city establishments (large inns, big taverns, clubs, guildhalls) have tuns (GIANT casks, that never move, rest in cradles, and have spigots) in their cellars that are filled from incoming casks.

Milk and beer are usually poured out of such storage containers into glass flasks or stoppered decanters only for serving. Only the high-volume establishments listed above would bottle them, and it's a matter of funnel-pouring into bottles (the funnel being topped up before uncapping, and pre-sized to hold a "bottle-full"), then the filled bottles corked and either chilled or later serving, or taken straight to table, depending on what liquid's inside and how particular patrons prefer the temperature of their quaff.

Some places (like a real-world British off-license, back in the day) may fill a jug or ewer brought by patrons to a side-window, and a few will sell a bottle of beer (not expecting to ever get the bottle back, so priced accordingly), but no one sells "packs" of beer, cider, or anything else. Many places sell a handkeg of ale (ranging from about 8 US gallons, so a very rough equivalent to half of a modern real-world "pony keg" or "quarter barrel," up to a whole one) and the cost is typically 1 gp (2 sp for the keg, so refunded upon return).

Which doesn't mean your characters couldn't start a fad of assembling and selling packs...which just might catch on!
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@pendelook

I love reading about the mundane, day to day details of realms life.


@TheEdVerse

Me, too. It makes it all seem more real, and you can hang thousands of adventures off those details, and give PCs and NPCs 'day jobs' galore. All good. :}


@LeslieCourtne14

How would they chill liquids?


@TheEdVerse

Most taverns and eateries have an ice-cellar. (Lots of blocks of ice. Purchased from ice-sellers. In summer, Auril clergy make LOTS of coin selling ice they've made.)
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On Selûnarra:


@FrankMcCormick

Whatever happened to Selunarra, Shade's "good twin"?


@TheEdVerse

Selûnarra (Opus) itself (the floating city) crashed and was destroyed at the same time as almost all of the other flying cities of Netheril (in the event remembered as Karsus’s Folly”). It was widely and correctly believed among Netherese survivors (almost all of them of Low Netheril, meaning they were ground-dwellers serving those aloft in the lfying cities) that many Opans survived by magically teleporting elsewhere just before the wild Weave-surge caused by Karsus trying to seize the power of Mystra. The rest were snatched to safety by the goddess Selûne.

The first group were scattered across Toril, and were both bewildered at the sudden ending of their lives of luxury, and horrified at what had happened. They soon found themselves fleeing and fighting off all manner of creatures who’d resented what the Netherese had become and done, and wanted them destroyed.

The second group were delivered by Selûne’s grace to a distant, wild continent of Toril, where they had to start over, homesteading in the wilderness. Most of them chose to live simple, quiet subsistence lives, using magic as a last resort rather than a casual daily tool.

Their fate in “today” Realmsdate? NDA.
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@Greysil_Tassyr

But this seems to be in conflict with other information. Lost Empires of Faerûn and The Grand History of the Realms both say the city was saved; LEoF explicitly has the city intact in Selûne's divine realm.


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"Seems to be" is key, here. Selûne recreated the city, as a home for those who wished to continue to dwell in it. Almost none did. Both LEoF and the Grand History are written by unreliable narrators looking at the past from much later; everything in them is subject to the same distortions of history that happen in the real world, when we moderns look back and misinterpret writings and artefacts of ancient civilizations from our modern points of view.

This is absolutely key to understanding the Realms: from my earliest writings about it, long before it was a D&D world or D&D even existed, we were seeing the Realms through the eyes of unreliable narrators. The published D&D Realms setting has always been "brought to us by" Elminster (and Laeral, and Volo, and a few others, and I've repeatedly warned all readers and gamers who'll listen that they are unreliable narrators. Some sages WANTED Opus/Selûnarra to survive, so they wrote it so.

You see, in the early days of D&D there were many "canon warriors" or "rulebook lawyers" who would argue with DMs at the gaming table that they were straying from What Had Been Written (in other words, they wanted to use their metagame knowledge in-game).

The use of unreliable narrators builds in a canon, in-game justification for DM creativity/changes, which in turn returns the game to a roleplaying experience, not an "insider-trading advantage" experience.
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On Sharess/Bast:



@JDPaladin

@TheEdVerse, question... Is Sharess still a thing in 5e? Or has the Second Sundering claimed another deity?


@TheEdVerse

Of course, there is still Sharess. Bow before her, and feel her caress. ;}


@Ouren

She's not listed in the Sword Coast book or the 5E phb.

Did she revert to Bast during the second sundering?


@TheEdVerse

Sharess is still around, but is one deity who lost many temples and public veneration in the wake of the Sundering. Such matters are always in flux, so it remains to be seen how long she stays obscure. Chances for sloth and hedonism have been few for many, recently.


@Ouren

Thanks so much for answering! Since The Sword Coast mentioned Mulhorandi Pantheon, but Sharess is not mentioned in anywhere I could find, I thought she might have reverted to Bast (who is listed in the PHB, but Sharess is not).


@TheEdVerse

You're very welcome! Sharess is still Bast, and the majority of her surviving "her-first-before-other-gods" followers right now venerate her as Bast, so that fits. :}
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On the souls of sacrifices:


May 16, 2020


@Kendradream

from a convo on Reddit:what happens to souls of goodly creatures sacrificed to evil deities? Does the evil deity devour their soul, or is it enough to feed of their pain during sacrifice? Do the souls still end up with their intended (good) god?


@TheEdVerse

The soul should, unless something else happens to it, eventually end up with the god they have most reverenced (=good deity).

Although some deities “devour” souls, as do some creatures, both are really always consuming the emotions (and some memories) attached to the soul; the devoured soul itself will recoalesce, later, and drift to its intended goal. Such damaged, lessened souls are nearer to empty vessels than those who die and go more directly into the embrace of ‘their’ deity.
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On strawberries:


@Artie_Pavlov

Wisest @TheEdVerse we know strawberry exist in the realms and is eaten raw for breakfast. Are there any interestingness local uses? Wine? Strawberry tapenade roasted wolf chops? Are the berries huge or tiny like wild strawberries are on Earth?


@TheEdVerse

Wild strawberries vary in size according to how much water, sun, and soil nourishment they get, and have always been eaten as raw berries in the Heartlands and farther south.
In the Vilhon, Tethyr, and Chessenta, they’ve long been cultivated, being a “manure crop” (the bushes get farm animal manure root dressings). Strawberries are made into strawberry wine, strawberry puddings and tarts, and used as an ingredient in hearth pottages (stews).
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On insults in Ten Towns:


@Vvghfhvf

Got a quick question. What are some of insults, slang, or names that people of the Ten Towns would use to describe southerners that are vacationing (adventuring) in Icewind Dale?


@TheEdVerse

As aforementioned, “warmskins” is the polite term across the region north of the Spine of the World from people who come from the south.

“Trophy-kissers” is a less polite term for people who come to hunt, but don’t want to endure cold, direct danger from beasts and the land (crevasses, snowstorms, exposure, falling through ice into frigid waters, etc.) so much as they want a huge pelt, rack of antlers, set of tusks, monster skull, or other trophy to take home so they can brag about their bravery in hunting and personally slaying the trophy source, and so are likely to either rely on paid guides to do all the dirty work of a hunt, or just buy a trophy outright from some Ten-Towner (folk of the region have all learned to keep such trophies in their rafters or “cold-crawlspaces” [attics, not in contact with the ground!!!] for just such opportunities; they can make more from one such sale than some of them will earn in two or three seasons of hard daily work!).

“Soupbrains” is an even less polite word for idiot southerners (if you don’t just want to say “idiot southerners”), and refers to the local belief that living in too warm surroundings melts your brains to soup, so you do inane things, all the time.

“Ironlicker” is about the same level of open contempt for idiocy, referring to southerners who don’t know that human tongues freeze to cold metal.

And then things start to get linguistically ruder, fast, from “Doesn’t know enough to cover his backside in a blizzard” through “Thinks every goat’s an ice dragon” to “Can’t outthink a frozen-stiff corpse” and “So spineless and stupid as to be just waiting to be killed by the gods.”

The Ten Towns equivalent of “f**khead” is the word “raddank,” which means “dangerous, reckless, unkind-to-others shit-for-brains.”

And if someone makes you REALLY angry, and you hail from one of the Ten Towns, you’re likely to refer to that person as a “dragonf**ker.” Because only an utter mad bastard would seek sexual congress with a dragon.
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On the Border Kingdoms book being canon:


@Yargniathus

There's a debate going on regarding the canonicity of The Border Kingdoms in FR wiki. The argument is that since the only proof there is about it being canon atm is the line in dmsguild product entry, nothing from WotC that we see, it isn't canon. Can you help?


@TheEdVerse

Certainly. Anything I write about the Realms, by definition, is canon, unless or until contradicted/rendered out-of-date by Wizards-published writing. That's in the original Realms agreement, that Wizards inherited from TSR; Wizards can't change the agreement without negotiating with me (so I'd know about any change). So it's canon, by definition. (Folks on the FR wiki should know this; it was all explained years back.) The BK book is also canon because Alex Kammer made sure it was okay with Wizards to call it so.

I know some fans like to decide for themselves what's canon or not, in any IP, but no one but players in my home Realms campaign would have seen more than DRAGON-glimpses of the Realms without the agreement, so it's the baseline for FR canon.
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On the Court Herald of Iriaebor:


Apr 19, 2020


@AlexMcclay2000

Quick question @TheEdVerse, In Power of Faerun it gives an example of the Court of the High Tower of Iriaebor, and since I'm working with Iriaebor I thought I'd ask something. Power of Faerun mentions a Court Herald that commands two heralds-in-training. Now is that the same Local Herald that is mentioned in FOR4 – The Code of the Harpers pg 76, Oakenstaff? If it is, I thought that Local Heralds were the lowest tier, yet in Power of Faerun it seems that the Court Herald, Oakenstaff, commands two heralds-in-training known as Master Vigilants.
Help?


@TheEdVerse

A “Court Herald,” by definition, is not part of the High Heralds, but a courtier on staff to that ruler, at that court, who keeps track of protocol (who gets invited to events, where they get seated, what coaching/guiding to the venue and within the venue, if any, they receive, and so on). They are more of a protocol scribe than a true herald, but they DO police the blazonry like a ‘real’ herald (i.e. with many folk not knowing how to read or read well, they use heraldic badge drawings to denote the seat or table place setting for a particular guest).

So, no, that Court Herald is NOT Oakenstaff or any Local Herald. ;}

Court Heralds who demonstrate a proper mastery of heraldry might get hired as a Local Herald (elsewhere) if ever dismissed by their employer (i.e. from their Court Herald post).

{The situation is somewhat akin to a modern real-world politician serving as an Attorney-General but not necessarily personally being an attorney. Some jurisdictions require persons named to such posts to be qualified as attorneys, others don’t.}
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On the current Magister:


@TheArtistArcane

Whatever happened with the Magister of Mystra? That was probably one of my favorite pieces of lore from back in the day and seem to never hear anymore about the office.

And would it be possible for a newcomer to claim that title in lore?


@TheEdVerse

The Magister went insane and then her head literally exploded when the Weave ‘went wild’ at Mystra’s death/the onset of the Spellplague. So there was no Magister for some time. Then there was a flurry of ambitious young spellcasters challenging for the office, and either gaining it only to soon be themselves challenged, or failing and dying in the duel.

The office is claimed by challenging and spell-defeating the current Magister, so that’s how a newcomer could become Magister. On rare occasions, a Magister resigns (usually to accept death or to enter Mystra’s service as a Weaveghost, leaving their body behind) or perishes by misadventure, and a likely successor may be approached by a manifestation of Mystra or Azuth, or a Weaveghost servitor of Mystra, to take the post. If they accept, they gain the insights and abilities of the office instantly (described by some as “the ultimate rapture”).

There have even been Magisters who have peacefully surrendered to a challenger, handing over the office without strife.

Elminster hasn’t revealed to me who is Magister at this moment, and neither has any other Chosen or servant of Mystra.
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On the Dark Moon/New Moon Heresy:


Jan 21, 2018

@TheBookZombie

Oh great and powerful @TheEdVerse, creator of the Realms, he who is more or less Ao, was the Dark Moon/New Moon Heresy begun before or after the Time of Troubles?


@TheEdVerse

The BELIEF that Shar and Selune are but two faces of the same goddess is a very old one, but the organized, named Dark Moon/New Moon heresy was begun by Alorgoth as a ruse to lure followers into his clutches, very soon after the Time of Troubles.


Oct 28, 2020

@ASpoonNamedJher
I'm gonna necro this and ask, is there further information on this? 'Power of Faerûn' has a small excerpt on it, but not a lot of clarifying details. Was this a situation of keeping it vague for gamemasters to make up their own material?


@TheEdVerse

It was keeping coverage scanty so DMs who didn’t want to deal with religious schisms in their Realms campaign didn’t have to; we weren’t basing published adventures on it or tying it to the secular rulership of a place (and so, making it unavoidable for DMs).

So here’s a smidgen more: the heresy has far outgrown Alorgoth’s scam (which was to lure worshippers to the Twofold Temple, where he slew them). The clerics of both deities who succumbed to this heresy received spells from Shar, and Shar believed she was duping and weakening Selûne by means of this heresy, but—like a judo throw that twists, and so uses, an opponent’s own force and impetus against them—Selûne was using the situation to ultimately weaken Shar and her mortal followers, without any open warfare (Shar believed she was prevailing, but Selûne was learning not only full details of Shar’s clergy and their schemes and the precise location of their wealth and other resources, but testing her own clergy and worshippers; some would fail her and cleave to Shar, but others would in the end use their cooperation with Sharrans to frustrate Sharran plans, seize Sharran resources, and lead Sharran clergy and agents into untenable overreachings where their evil would be exposed, and they’d suffer reprisals from others for their actions).

Shar’s besetting weakness is her overconfidence, which blinds her to the faults in her plans, or leads her always to the conclusion (often justified) that failures in those plans are due to the fallibility of her human followers. Selûne starts from the assumption that mortals are fallible, and have their own rights (they are not, and should never be treated as, mere tools). So this heresy continues because it’s still benefitting Selûne, while Shar still believes it’s benefitting her. However, the inevitable losses (deaths) mean that the numbers of mortals involved in this heresy is dwindling, and they are far more heard of, than seen, these days (the cult is increasingly ‘going underground,’ [not literally]). Shar sees this as success (we’re getting down to the really effective mortals, the cream of the crop; loss and destruction and chaos and mortal despair are all “wins” to her, remember) and Selûne sees this as succeeding in deeply impairing Shar’s influence and power in the Realms, especially when it comes to acting against Selûnite clergy and faithful worshippers.

As Elminster says, “One of these goddesses is right—and it isn’t Shar.”
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@MissMartinsen

It always made sense to me how Shar's prevailing narcissism both insulated her from the opinions of her peers, as well as isolated her from her worshippers. It's almost pitiful that the Lady of Loss doesn't realize she herself can never truly be 'found'.


@TheEdVerse

"God is an iron" as the saying hath it.
In the Realms, many gods are irons. ;}

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On the demipower slain by Shaundakul during the Time of Troubles:


@luckshade

In your mind, which demipower did Shaundakul destroy in Myth Drannor during the Time of Troubles?
Faiths & Avatars pg. 143


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Most sages of the Realms believe Shaundakul destroyed the gnoll deity Gorellik in Myth Drannor during the Time of Troubles, but I think he slew an even older and more savage gnoll demipower: Raurautha the Devouring Mother, whose form was that of a voraciously-hungry, constantly hunting, pouncing, and devouring, bestial giant regenerating she-gnoll—after she pounced on him but impaled herself on his weapons in doing so.

And Shaundakul revealed that he could subsume divine flesh, transforming its regenerative powers into an ability to fuse with his own substance, so he grows stronger and that which he melts into him ceases to exist as its former self.
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@Greysil_Tassyr

Is this ability one that's unique to Shaundakul, or rare among deities? Had Shaundakul done this before, perhaps on the path to apotheosis?


@TheEdVerse

It’s a rare, not unique ability; for obvious strategic reasons, those who know they have it (most don’t) keep it quiet. AFAIK, Shaundakul hadn’t done this before, and may not even have known he could until this battle.
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On the Dungeon of Swords:


@AlexMcclay2000

Hey @TheEdVerse, I have a question about the Dungeon of Swords. I looked at Candlekeep for some info and The Hooded One mentioned that most of it is NDA'd. That being said, is there any more information that you could give on the place that is not in published sources?

The Sources that I found the info in were Elminster's Ecologies App 2, Lost Empires, Serpent Kingdoms, 3e FRCS, and a bit of info in Candlekeep.

If you can't say any info about the dungeon, could you mention a bit about the magical swords that are in there? THO mentioned that you made them really unique with many powers and minor abilities, she said that they were almost like people.

As always thanks for all your work, and I hope you have a wonderful day!


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Sorry, it’s the swords themselves that most of the NDAs apply to, though TSR did request, and get from me, and does own, the dungeon itself (a small subterranean complex/short adventure), so I can’t publish it.

What I can tell you is that the dungeon was a trapped and guarded treasure cache for these swords, and that some of them fly about (point first) defending the rest, which hang in an underground shaft (magically hovering in place).

All of the swords are sentient, and have not just a past history, but goals/aims of their own, so bearing one might not necessarily be fun for some folk; they’d consider they were slaves to a strong-willed magical weapon with a mind of its own, that can badger them as often as it desires to, speaking in their minds (i.e. the sword can deprive them of sleep if it wants to, to get its own way).

The Dungeon was my up-my-sleeve (1976 or 1977, if I recall correctly) solution to the problem of a stable group of gamers having to split up due to leaving home for a distant university or job, moving, and so on: the DM can end up running individual characters in their own adventures, perhaps joining new adventuring bands, because “their” swords are taking them to different places in the Realms, to do different things.
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On the fall of elven warrior Reluraun:


@rwgs76

Dear @TheEdVerse, do you have any info of when the elven warrior Reluraun died? Thanks!


@TheEdVerse

Reluraun fell in the autumn of 464 DR; his slayers included evil arcane spellcasters (avenging evil dragons Reluraun had slain) who visited magical curses on the elf hero that drove him insane and turned him chaotic evil.
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On the farmer Taburg Shen of Eveningstar, and a couple bakeries:


@Sartana87

Hello @TheEdVerse! What can you say about the farmer Taburg Shen, a mysterious name on the map of Eveningstar?

Or what can you say about Eveningstar's bakery, not mentioned in the Volo's Guide to Cormyr ? Thanks and be well.


@TheEdVerse

Taburg Shen is a quiet, polite but not outgoing, farmer of mushrooms (extensive cellar under his elevated-on-pilings house), mixed human food crops, and hay. He grows many herbs and does tree grafts to grow various tree-fruit for family use. Shen’s family hails from Durpar, by way of Chessenta; his now-deceased father Thontravur was brought to Shadowdale to settle as a young child, by his parents, and Thontravur romanced and married Velveira Almarrand, a wealthy Sembian daughter who fled her parents’ expectations and arranged marriage for a solitary subsistence life in Shadowdale; Taburg was their eldest child (his younger sister Randarla was a restless adventuring sort who joined the Harpers, traveled, and eventually died of Zhent violence in a forest ambush in Tethyr) and dwells on the farm he inherited from them with his small family: wife Shalarla, of Daggerdale stock, and three strong, capable daughters who are accomplished hunters and trappers, and help elves often against Zhent and woodcutter depredations into the forests.

(If your Realms campaign is set more recently, Shalarla outlived Taburg, to a ripe old age, and like him is buried on the farm. The burial was done by their three daughters, who now share the farm, unmarried and taking various lovers from time to time, and farming as their parents did.)

The three daughters, eldest to youngest, are: Haethe (“HAY-thh”); Raedaerle (“Ray-DARE-ull”); and Tarsarra (“Tar-SAR-uh”), Tarsarra being accomplished at arms, an energetic climber of trees and cliff-faces, and known for making literally-pain-killing wine from herbs and wildflowers found on the farm, Raedaerle being the great beauty and an accomplished cook and baker, and Haethe being the strongest and a good horse and ox trainer and tender (doctor).

As for Eveningstar’s bakery: many farms have their own sideyard bake-ovens (little mortared domes of stone with a wooden door, like a pizza oven), but the dale has had at least two bakeries from the mid-1300s DR onwards.

The most famous of these is the Eveningstar Bakery on the main road.

For many years, it was the home of its owner and baker, the gruff, tall and gaunt Urda Malo, an orphan from Riatavin who ate and drank prodigiously yet never gained weight and always felt hungry; she lived alone and made “superb” daily bread and even better sweet pasteries that local Evenor bought and ate as avidly as traveling merchants did.

As she grew old and frail, she hired live-in assistants, all local Evenor women, who became the bakers, and ran the Bakery together after Malo slipped into a senile dotage (they cared for her until her death of winterchill fever), and their descendants still do.

The other bakery in Shadowdale stood a little way south down the road to Mistledale, where the Temple Approach Way (the road that ran to face the southern entrance to the Temple of Chauntea, after the swamp was drained, and that temple was built) met the Mistledale Road, the SW-most building of the trio bracketed by roads, on the E side of the Mistledale Road.

It was the home and shop of Anthan Lokalarr, baker (who retired to Shadowdale from Selgaunt’s high prices and constant intrigue, in 1377 DR), and founded The Roundloaf. Which didn’t really compete with Malo’s bakery, but sold just one thing, almost exclusively to wagon-merchants buying in bulk: hard-crust roundloaves of nourishing bread coated in cinammon-oil-treated wax to slow mold growth until it could be sold, mainly throughout Sembia.
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@Sartana87

That is a great answer, thank you Ed, as always! For the second bakery, you're talking about Shadowdale, but it is supposed to be Eveningstar, right?


@TheEdVerse

Yes! Sorry about that. I was reading from my (faded pencil and paper) files and typing them into a computer file, to answer you, and copied out the passages about The Roundloaf from the wrong pages due to them being out of order, probably from the last time I rummaged through them to answer a TSR telephone query, back in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Sigh.

Okay, Dispel Confusion time: Thontravur Shen and his Sembian bride Velveira Almarrand fled Shadowdale to escape ongoing harassment hired by Velveira’s parents, hastily joining a caravan that took them into Cormyr, where Thontravur bought a farm in Eveningstar, which is the farm (complete with apple orchard) Taburg Shen inherited (that’s shown on the coloured version of the published Eveningstar maps).

So Malo’s bakery is in Eveningstar, and The Roundloaf is in Shadowdale.

Here’s what I SHOULD have told you about the second Eveningstar bakery: two blocks south of the High Road along the Starwater Road, on the west side of the road, stands Harhund’s House, the home and bakeshop of Ulvar Harhund and his six daughters (his wife Alra died in childbirth, along with a seventh daughter). Their wares don’t really compete with the loaves and cakes of the Eveningstar Bakery; the Harhunds make just one thing for human consumption: oat cakes.

Most of what they bake is horse bread: field peas, beans, bran, or whatever else the local Evenor farms produce an overabundance of, mixed with a little wheat or barley flour to make a heavy wet dough, and baked into small, dense loaves used to feed livestock in winter (and often stored inside homes, around the hearth, to keep them dry and inhibit mold growth, so they’re rock-hard and typically smashed with an axe or hatchet before being fed to the animals). Humans CAN eat horse bread in a pinch, but it usually tastes terrible. Brigands often steal it from barns, then slice and fry it in a gravy made from wild animals or stolen chickens, boiled down.

By the 1470s, Ulvar is dead and most of…his daughters have married gnome artisans from Suzail, and their sons and daughters have become the roofers and plumbers (guttering from roofs into troughs, cisterns, and rain barrels) for Eveningstar, cutting slate in their own quarries and making their own slow-rust alloys for pipes and gutters, as well as continuing the bakery, which has branched out into becoming a sack factory for coarse-woven grainsacks (and cheap caps worn by most locals).

Thanks for the catch, Corentin. Otherwise, Harhund might have remained hidden for years.
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@Sartana87

Thank YOU, Sir. We now have a Realms answer (I love the lore you put in there) and a trivia about your calls with TSR. Lucky us! Have a nice day!

Oh by the way, are the Harhund a gnome family? (You said the daughters married gnome artisans).


@TheEdVerse

Yes, the Harhunds are (all) gnomes.
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On the Forgotten God of the Yak Folk:


@PinkGeek008

I saw your deep lore questions & answers and so I have a wild one (and disclaimer, it's more multiversal than just FR).

So, evil Yak Folk believe they come from a Forgotten God / Faceless God who is represented by a very big hooded figure. In service to this god they came from the elemental plane of earth and had fought against the Dao (and won). But not just that, they generally sought after destruction and had rites with all four of the basic elements. (I wiki'd some of this but its from both 2e and 5e (Storm King's Thunder).

Now, this interested me so I looked up "Forgotten God" and only found another reference to this "Forgotten God" known also as Voidmazix: https://dandwiki.com/wiki/Forgotten_God_(3.5e_Deity).

From 3.5e, Voidmazix is a god seeking/being entropy and destruction, sealed away by the other gods in its own realm.

All of that sounds a lot like another god who has been intentionally "forgotten." The Chained God, Tharizdun (AKA the Evil Elemental Eye) is an evil god of destruction with ties to destruction, sealed in his own realm, and has multiple other aspects with which he has influenced entire races/subraces/cultures. And Tharizdun is a god who has touched many different material planes in his various aspects.

What's your take on these three similar entities or is there an official distinction or connection between them? Is it just coincidence?


@TheEdVerse

Oh ho ho, you have indeed stumbled upon something. Sitting there in plain sight, yet not spoken of.

In my case, that "not spoken of" is due to a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). Sorry!
Let me merely observe that many coincidences aren't really...coincidences. Mmm-hmm.
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On the Galena Mountains:


@AlexMcclay2000

Hey @TheEdVerse, quick question. I'm going to run King Lareths council in the Galena Mountains on the 14th of Marpenoth, 1372 DR In around 12 hours. How tall are the Galena Mountains, and what temperature would it be around that time of year?

Thanks!


@TheEdVerse

So Marpenoth is the Torilian equivalent of October, and the Galena range (named by TSR, by the way, after a resort they used to go to on retreats, which was of course named for the mineral) is roughly as northerly as “halfway north up Canada” in climate terms. The Galenas themselves are tall, jagged fangs of very sharp, rugged rock, tall enough to be permanently topped with ice and snow (which at that latitude means they must all be over 8,000 feet in elevation; my notes have them as around 11,000, with the tallest summits being just over 14,000). The range is only about 25 miles wide, with nigh NO level ground, and cascading streams and rivers rather than navigable ones (the Galena Snake being the most well-known named river), plus of course lots of hostile resident giants, orcs, hobgoblins, and goblins. There are rich iron, silver, and bloodstone deposits (and heck, to make the name fit, lots of galena). So in October, daytime in-sun temperatures would be above freezing in the lowest reaches of the mountains only. At night, particularly with windchill, “deep freeze” indeed. Yes, exposed PCs could readily freeze to death. PCs in caverns would likely be okay, but not comfortable. The Galenas are not known for gales or frequent high winds, though.
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@AdamDravian

Speaking of the Galenas, the map on p.9 of Elminster’s Forgotten Realms shows that your home Realms had only a few mountains east of Thar. Is there a mountain range north of where that map cuts off, as in the published Realms, or was that added along with the Bloodstone Lands?


@TheEdVerse

That map is just part of one 8.5"x11" map panel (out of 55 of them). There is a mountain range north of that, and glaciers, and lots of rugged frozen country, stretching north and east (if you go far enough east, you reach Sossal).
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@AdamDravian

Are the mountains to the north shaped roughly the same as in the published Realms (a kind of reverse L)? As you might recall, I have an ongoing project in which I'm creating a variation of the Fonstad map that attempts to better reflect your home Realms.


@TheEdVerse

In my original Realms, “the Glacier of the Blue Knife” covers most of the mountains east of where “THAR” is written, and winds among their tallest peaks (you can JUST see horizontal lines denoting its edge on that Page 9 map).

That glacier is the southwesternmost tongue of The Great Ice Desert, a huge glacial ice sheet that buried the rest of the mountain range (which, under it, as one proceeded north, curved slightly to the northwest and then curved far farther back around to the northeast, and trailed away into ridges [under the ice] and then almost level ground. (I should get you photoblasts of my original maps.)
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On the God-Kings of Mulhorand:


@danieljfoulds

can you post a list of Kings of Mulhorand from its founding to current times? Your world is amazing!


@TheEdVerse

Herewith, the God-Kings of Mulhorand, thanks to Realms lorelord George Krashos.

(Almost all mortal descendants of the deity Horus-Re; they reigned until their deaths unless otherwise noted):

Horusret I “the Anointed” born -1077 DR, reigns -1045/-926; first of the “Undying Ones.”

Ramenhorus I b. -969, r. -926/-623 (dies in battle against Narfell)

Horustep I “the Shining” b. -653, r. -623/-339

Horuseres I b. -361, r. -339/4 DR (disappeared in a sandstorm on the Plains of Purple Dust)

Horuseres II “the Eternal” b. -30, r. 4/921 (slain by the green dragon Chathuulandroth)

Mahorustep Ib. 886, r. 921/922 (dies fighting Red Wizards of Thay)

Horustep IIb. 888, reigned for part of 922 DR (dies fighting Red Wizards of Thay)

Ramenhorus IIb. 895, reigned for part of 922 DR (dies fighting Red Wizards of Thay)

Thothibistep Ib. 861, r. 922/925 (Incarnation of Thoth; intended to rule until a suitable incarnation of Horus-Re can take the throne, but slain by the wizard Nezrak following the Spelldoom)

Thothibistep IIb. 885, r. 925/929 (stood aside when a suitable incarnation of Horus-Re could ascend to the throne; died 969 DR)

Akonhorus I “the Valiant” b. 919, r. 929/955 (slain in 976, in the Rising of the Orcgates)

Ramenhorus IIIb. 941, r. 955/1098 (dies fighting Red Wizards of Thay)

Rehorustep I b. 1066, r. 1098/1248 (killed by sahuagin while on a sea voyage)

Rehorustep II “Beastslayer” b. 1210, r. 1248/1320 (dies on a hunting expedition in the Eastern Shaar)

Akonhorus II b. 1291, r. 1320/1357 (assassinated by the Fangs of Set; last of the “Undying Ones”)

Horustep III b. 1346, r. 1357 onwards.
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@ZeromaruX

Did Horustep III survived the Spellplague? Who is the current ruler of Mulhorand as of 1492?


@gkrashos

No he didn’t. All of Mulhorand was swept into Abeir during the Spellplague, paving the way for the establishment of High Imaskar.


@ZeromaruX

Since there are known survivors of that event, there was a slim chance for him.
Anyways, thanks for your answer, :)

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On democracies in the Realms:


@NessusResident

My question, mostly for roleplaying purposes is: Is there anywhere in the canonical Realms that actually has or has had democracy, that could be used as an in-game reference/model?


@TheEdVerse

If you can call the real-world USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand "democracies," then the Lords of Waterdeep are certainly a "democracy." There are also many city-states in the Realms that have ruling councils (majority votes decide policies).


@NessusResident

Isn't Waterdeep an oligarchy? I mean democracy, as in somewhere all citizens (or at least a large subset, such as those who own property) decide by vote who's in charge. As far as I understand it, the Masked Lords decide who will be Masked Lords, with no input from the people?


@TheEdVerse

Here's the problem with that: there are no TRUE democracies. Even ancient Athens, in which in theory all citizens had a vote, excluded women and all slaves. Canada. the UK, and most Commonwealth countries are, or started as, constitutional monarchies. The USA is a republic, and arguably as much or more of an oligarchy as Waterdeep (the Masked Lords CAN be chosen from all walks of life, and don't have to own property [they DO have to have an address in the city, but can rent or stay in an inn], whereas the US electoral college memberships are controlled by two entrenched political parties). Many city-states in the Realms have even more "democratic" ruling Councils: the guilds elect one rep, the nobles another, the burghers (wealthy moneylenders = local banks) a third, and so on. Most real-world modern folks use the terms "democracy" and "freedom" very loosely. Looking objectively at Waterdeep and the modern USA, I'd say Waterdeep is the more democratic place. In both places, wealth tends to equal power, so wealthy people tend to get into "the corridors of power" if they want to. Olden-days Waterdeep, where either warlords or nobles ruled, wasn't democratic, but the Masked Lords are masked to prevent coercion, and their ranks (although tending towards corruption by the "old boys' network" factor of people who are Lords choosing friends or business colleagues or relatives to be appointed to the Masked Lords) have been filled, in recent centuries, by people who "aren't" something (as in: aren't nobles, aren't guildmasters, etc.) which has led to the fractious Lords' meetings seen in DEATH MASKS, and Lords at odds with the Masked Lord (Neverember and after him, Laeral, were chosen because they were outsiders, not longtime city residents who might be part of one camp or another). So the Lords have to bargain with each other, issue by issue, to get votes needed to pass a new law or regulation or city policy, and many things get modified in the debate. So lawmaking is by majority vote, and the people voting represent all of the citizenry (high and low, all races and genders and ethnicities) which is the essence of democracy.

EVERY real-world democracy can be labeled (this one's a constitutional monarchy, that one's a republic, or this one's an oligarchy, that one's a theocracy, etc.), but as we saw in DEATH MASKS, the Masked Lords aren't free of public pressure at all, and their personal agendas (or those of the group they represent, or belong to) get derailed time and again by public demands, and by the groups they belong to not having monolithic views. And there are also criminal interests (the Xanathar, Bregan D'aerthe) who like all of this political mess and confusion, because it gives them freedom to operate in the loopholes and cracks, so they try to keep it going, in part by working to keep Masked Lord membership diverse so nobles or guildmasters never dominate (again).
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