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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 03 Apr 2007 :  20:15:44  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it is more of a "favorite family" question. Again, though, with the prominence of noble families, it's not all that easy to find noteworthy, non-noble families.

And I don't think such a list can be exhaustive. Look at the number of noble families in the City of Splendors -- and that's just one city-state. You could likely fill an entire thread just listing the known nobility of the Realms.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 04 Apr 2007 :  00:12:54  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
I think it is more of a "favorite family" question. Again, though, with the prominence of noble families, it's not all that easy to find noteworthy, non-noble families.




But again, that begs the question of why the question isn't simply "What's your favorite family?".

Not that it's an important issue, just something I started thinking about.

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yargarth
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Posted - 05 Apr 2007 :  05:55:34  Show Profile  Visit yargarth's Homepage Send yargarth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

Of course, the pashas are considered nobles...



It was my understanding that the pashas rose throught the ranks until the had enough influence to start there own "house". They were not born into it so how could they be considered royalty? As it is stated in some book or another artemis surprised a few pashas by not starting his own "house" when he got older. That was just my understanding of it.

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Marquant Volker
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Posted - 05 Apr 2007 :  10:39:37  Show Profile Send Marquant Volker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Obaskyrs all the way! A bloodline rather colourfull as descriped in Cormyr:A Novel.
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 05 Apr 2007 :  13:43:23  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by yargarth


It was my understanding that the pashas rose throught the ranks until the had enough influence to start there own "house". They were not born into it so how could they be considered royalty?



Who says one has to be born into royalty? In some systems, it may not be necessary. Besides, plenty of royal houses begin with someone crowning himself/herself.

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Kajehase
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Posted - 05 Apr 2007 :  16:19:31  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by yargarth

quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

Of course, the pashas are considered nobles...



It was my understanding that the pashas rose throught the ranks until the had enough influence to start there own "house". They were not born into it so how could they be considered royalty? As it is stated in some book or another artemis surprised a few pashas by not starting his own "house" when he got older. That was just my understanding of it.



If you look in the most recent sources for how Calimshan is governed, Empires of the Shining Sea and Calimport, you'll notice that most of the pashas are in fact directly related to either the big kahuna - the Syl-Pasha - or one of the other influential families.

Not that this mean a Calimshani can't rise from obscurity, it's just very very hard

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Posted - 02 Dec 2007 :  18:57:38  Show Profile Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Elestar
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Posted - 23 Dec 2007 :  21:34:03  Show Profile  Visit Elestar's Homepage Send Elestar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of course I have the highest opinion of House Moonflower from the given list.
I have not bad relation with House Durothil at all, but it won't say that respectable noble house is my favorite.
(Alltough everyone likes his or her own clan the most. Isn't it so?)

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Zireael
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Posted - 16 Aug 2010 :  19:55:37  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just saw this poll. Voted Baenre, second place Obarskyrs, third Moonflower, fourth Nihmedu.

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Kilvan
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I... I voted for the Tanthuls. *runs for cover*
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Quale
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Posted - 16 Aug 2010 :  20:07:25  Show Profile Send Quale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cormaeril, then Extaminos, Karanok, Wyvernspur, Wands ...
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Alystra Illianniis
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I agree with Sage, though I voted Baenre. It was really a toss-up between them, the Moonflowers, and the Thanns. And I'm not sure they count as noble, but what about the Harpells? I love that zany wizard bunch!!

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Dennis
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Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  06:37:22  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kilvan

I... I voted for the Tanthuls. *runs for cover*



Same here.

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ChieftainTwilight
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  06:05:51  Show Profile Send ChieftainTwilight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
where in teh Nine Hells is THANN!? I demand to know!

I side with Sage.

... and also choose Baenre out of the list, but Thann would so be my pick if it were there. I dig the whole thing going on between Khelben and Danilo.

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Dennis
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No one voted for the Harpells? A bunch of crazy folks with formidable powers is a sure fun to be with!

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Firestorm
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  07:12:39  Show Profile Send Firestorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kilvan

I... I voted for the Tanthuls. *runs for cover*


I second that one
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Elfinblade
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  08:01:33  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Quale

Cormaeril, then Extaminos, Karanok, Wyvernspur, Wands ...



Mostly agreed on these Quale, although i would switch them around a bit , but i am not familiar with the Extaminos? Where are they from?
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Zireael
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  08:05:30  Show Profile  Visit Zireael's Homepage Send Zireael a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

quote:
Originally posted by Quale

Cormaeril, then Extaminos, Karanok, Wyvernspur, Wands ...



Mostly agreed on these Quale, although i would switch them around a bit , but i am not familiar with the Extaminos? Where are they from?



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Dennis
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The Jedea, rulers of Mordulkin, are some of the great, too.

Others should be part of the poll's choices.

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Edited by - Dennis on 13 Apr 2011 08:20:37
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The Sage
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  08:36:14  Show Profile Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

... but i am not familiar with the Extaminos? Where are they from?

See the entry for the Cathedral of Emerald Scales in Powers and Pantheons, Serpent Kingdoms, Champions of Ruin, and Lisa Smedman's "House of Serpents" trilogy.

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Bladewind
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I like several: the tethyrian Strohms and Rhindauns, waterdhavian Roaringhorns, Wands, Raventrees and Hawkwinters, impulturan Elethlims, silverymoons Threskaals, evereskan/cormanthyrian Ulandorrs, Moonflowers and Mistwinters. Obarskyr are awesome aswell of course.

Most of these families have had a hand in shaping Fearuns history for the Good.

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Elfinblade
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  11:40:05  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

See the entry for the Cathedral of Emerald Scales in Powers and Pantheons, Serpent Kingdoms, Champions of Ruin, and Lisa Smedman's "House of Serpents" trilogy.


Thank you Sage and Zireael. I have Venom's Taste lying around here somewhere on the waiting list, still havent gotten around to reading that. Have you lot read that trilogy? Worthwhile? Wondering if i should push Venom's Taste a few notches up on the waiting list..
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GRYPHON
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The Moonflowers are also an interesting group...
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Fellfire
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quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

Thank you Sage and Zireael. I have Venom's Taste lying around here somewhere on the waiting list, still havent gotten around to reading that. Have you lot read that trilogy? Worthwhile? Wondering if i should push Venom's Taste a few notches up on the waiting list..




It was a prety good series. You'll especially enjoy it if you are fond of psionics and Yuan-ti. The Serpent Sibyl plays a role as a major villain.

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The Sage
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Posted - 13 Apr 2011 :  16:49:57  Show Profile Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

Have you lot read that trilogy? Worthwhile? Wondering if i should push Venom's Taste a few notches up on the waiting list..

Well, just elaborating a little on what Fellfire said above... you should consider my opinion somewhat biased, because I'm something of a fan of the scaly-folk. So the "House of Serpents" trilogy was definitely able to succeed in that regard. Plus, the setting for the trilogy features an oft-neglected part of the Realms, so we learn all kinds of cool new Realmslore for the region too.

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The Red Walker
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I'd vote Thann if it were an option.

What was the key family from Scions of Arrabar trilogy....what a facinating sereies and family...I think I will put it on the re-read pile!

I voted Moonflower simply for the connections to Arilyn then Dan and the Queen's friendship with Laeral.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

Have you lot read that trilogy? Worthwhile? Wondering if i should push Venom's Taste a few notches up on the waiting list..

Well, just elaborating a little on what Fellfire said above... you should consider my opinion somewhat biased, because I'm something of a fan of the scaly-folk. So the "House of Serpents" trilogy was definitely able to succeed in that regard. Plus, the setting for the trilogy features an oft-neglected part of the Realms, so we learn all kinds of cool new Realmslore for the region too.



The Vilhon Reach is indeed an intriguing section of Faerūn. The novel mostly take place in Hlondeth i take it? Due to it's Yuan ti influences?
I have mostly read 4ed novels the past months. Some 3ed novels with less focus on spellscarred people could be in order. As soon as i finish City of the Dead.
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The Sage
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quote:
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The Vilhon Reach is indeed an intriguing section of Faerūn. The novel mostly take place in Hlondeth i take it? Due to it's Yuan ti influences?
Pretty much. It includes some of the surrounding environs too.

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