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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, D&D, Wizards of the Coast, FORGOTTEN REALMS, Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms, all other Wizards of the. Watermarked PDF + Softcover Color Book (Standard) Now, Elminster's Forgotten Realms put the final nail in 4e's coffin: not only was it. From publisher blurb: The Forgotten Realms is the most successful and alter ego of Elminster, Archmage of Shadowdale, Ed Greenwood presents the Realms .
Appearance[ edit ] Elminster appears as a gray-bearded man of weathered visage, with a hawk-like nose and alert, dancing eyes. He speaks in a gruff tone and generally wears nondescript attire. He is almost always smoking a meerschaum pipe that spouts vile-smelling blue or green smoke. He can, however, be imperious, grave, and terrible. Furthermore, he is a natural storyteller and a consummate actor. He rarely reveals the full extent of his true nature to anyone who is not an extremely close friend. He can portray himself as a trickster , rake , stern father figure, fool, or any other stereotype that he wants to assume, depending on what he wants to accomplish or what reaction he wants to elicit from those around him.
They've also produced three mass-market Realms PDFs, including two more adventures and one mini-sourcebook. They wrote: "We basically went to Ed and said hey, why don't you take all your campaign notes, all the information you've been putting together for your FR campaign and let's compile it into a book. Show us the Realms as you've developed it in your campaign setting and let's get that to everybody.
It's our celebration of the Forgotten Realms and pulling back the curtain to show you what the designer of the campaign setting has done.
When Greenwood handed the Realms over to developer Jeff Grubb and TSR in the '80s, he sent them numerous packets of Realmslore material that detailed the world. Elminster's Forgotten Realms for the first time ever reprints about 30 pages of those notes, making it a crucial historical reference for fans of the setting.
The earliest packets date back to and are each labeled "An [Xth] Look at the Realms". They're type-written and sometimes illustrated.
Though the first packet was "just" 15 pages, longer page packets followed. Each week, Grubb would ask Greenwood to detail something, and he would, sending out the response by snail mail. Of the "looks" excerpted in Elminster's Forgotten Realms, the 7th is the longest, listing a count of pages!
The details depicted in these brief excerpts are amazing. One packet includes a person-by-person census of Shadowdale. With so much detail, it's no wonder that TSR decided to publish a whole setting — and it's no wonder that it quickly became TSR's most deeply and most supplemented world! The details depicted in these brief excerpts are amazing.
One packet includes a person-by-person census of Shadowdale. With so much detail, it's no wonder that TSR decided to publish a whole setting — and it's no wonder that it quickly became TSR's most deeply and most supplemented world! Exploring the Realms. They were each major overviews of the Realms … and totally unlike this new reference.
Like those books, this one is all about the details of the Forgotten Realms: the small-picture Realmslore rather than the big descriptions. It's about how people live their lives, not where political boundaries are drawn.
It's entirely fluff, but richly detailed fluff. The details of Elminster's Forgotten Realms are divided into six major parts: life in the realms; laws and orders; hearth and home; money matters; gods and followers; and the art i. Even sections that seem like typical gaming fare aren't.
Thus, the section on gods doesn't just talk about the deities that people worship, but also why the people of the Realms tolerate evil churches and how temples raise funds. The setting of Elminster's Forgotten Realms was somewhat surprising for fans.
Sentences here and there touch upon events as late as the s, but they're mostly asides and additions, not the core of the content. About the Creators.
Part of this ever-changing won't use or want everything in this book. Yet if world is a steady stream of new nonplayer charac- it spurs adventure ideas, or provides elements an ters NPCs , which make up the cast of thousands overworked Dungeon Master can pick up and that is the Realms.
The key to the Realms is not use rather than having to think through and cre- just that it has a past, but that things happen; ate anew, it will be useful. It's not an attempt to history is being made every day. So, over time convince anyone to abide by every detail of canon, and game editions , prices fluctuate and cur- but rather to provide lore for those who want to rency morphs.
If values given here in gold pieces use it, to make more time for unfolding adven- gp , silver pieces sp , and copper pieces cp tures around the gaming table. Real-world medieval or Renaissance condi- Merchants overcharge when they can, and under- tions, arts, world views, religious beliefs, or charge when they must. Subplots and intrigues abound. I love them, to the Realms, just as steampunk fiction is seldom and so do my players.
This means mysteries large accurate Victoriana.
So, DMs should feel free to and small, little secrets and big ones, clever and twist matters to make their Realms seem excit- sinister behind-the-scenes villains if I wrote ingly-or unsettlingly-different.
Sherlock Holmes, his landlady would eventually By my deliberate design and my players' pref- turn out to be a sweetly manipulative crime boss, erences, play in my home Realms campaign has hiding behind his notoriety and proximity , and always featured these three characteristics.
I try to keep my players so 1. Player characters have the freedom to do busy their characters have a hard time finding their own thing. Play unfolds in a large and enough time to go off adventuring; there have detailed setting so I really can allow PCs the free- seldom been less than a dozen subplots in play dom to choose to stroll north today, instead of at a time. Tied to this is the clear understanding returning to that mystery in the alley to the south that people, groups, and events are all connected they stumbled into yesterday.
No Dungeon Mas- in the Realms, so every word and deed has con- ter's carrot-and-stick, no railroading. I present sequences, just as in real life. Of course, in the the world, and the players around the table decide Realms, the stakes are higher, the pace faster, and where to poke their characters' noses.
They con- the mundane and boring elements are minimized. At conventions spurred me to build it into the Realms. This in for two decades, on three continents, the Baron's turn made it seem more real to my players, mak- Blades hired bodyguards and agents of the baron ing their imaginary achievements matter more. Then rose the Swords of Eveningstar, ture. It's all been a lot of fun, and along the way who became the Knights of Myth Drannor.
With the Realms has gained far more lore and depth other players, I explored the Realms in short-term than could ever be published. Mount up and join the ride! It's a reminder to me and everyone that when writing about the Realms-deities in particular! The flying beastie statted out in 2nd Edition format, somewhere in my houseful of handwritten Realms lore notes is seemingly none too pleased about what it thinks I'm going to write.
Wise little beastie. NIP included herein, and can be SUm! In , I began sinking the upper floor ofTSR's Lake Geneva headquarters under the weight of many, many typewritten sheets. The principal sufferer was Jeff Grubb, a superlative game designer who became a great frzend-:and who fzrst suggested that TSR acquzre the Realms.
Every week, Jeff asked for specific lore, and I assembled and typed zt up, and sent zt off Thzs zsfrom thefzrst of many packages; my response to being asked to briefly outline major regions of the Realms for anyone unfamiliar with the world.
Usually twenty-odd pages, they included detailed maps of the "home" village or city neighborhood, and simplified, error-and-omission- filled regional maps. This is one of the latter, showing what player characters in the Swords of Evenings tar knew about the lands immediately around the Forest Kingdom.
It echoes the style of an expensive map one could download from a Faerunian merchant. So what's it like, living in the Realms? The existence, The flippant answer is "More exciting than you power, and influence of the divine are unques- would like. Specific directives given by disasters, it's hard to see things otherwise-yet mortal clergy might be taken on faith-or more Faen1nians do.
Unless hardship or outright di- often, questioned or reinterpreted-but everyone saster lands in their laps, they tend to regard such knows the gods are real. The wants of one god necessarily conflict with another Talos of storms and destruction Individual, urban-dwelling in predominantly versus Lathander of creation ; and mortals can human trading cities halfling and gnome fami- never perfectly understand what the gods are up lies gain acceptance by making themselves useful to.
Moreover, it's understood that deities are falli- in the eyes of other citizens. They are the chief ble and can't govern the future, though they work source of small, clever inventions intricate dou- to correctly foresee and influence it. They do the laundry, fix small everyday ob- ing to advance the influence and aims of this deity jects, make speedy deliveries, and seek and find and thwart or lessen the influence and aims of that what paying humans are missing like a window one, so as to tug the Realms closer to what you per- catch of this precise style to replace yon broken sonally want it to be.
There are less noble aims. Humans numerically and culturally dominate Urban-dwelling gnomes in the Realms usually the civilized surface Realms.