Shae wrote:Thanks for the update.
I'm glad to see Greenwood's added a bit more on the specifics of at least some of the Eilistraeens' status, after no real official "word" for a long while, though I confess that I'm rather surprised Eilistraee herself would just suddenly appear in a major city like Waterdeep in front of a crowd. (Granted I don't have access to the relevant passages so IDK about the actual circumstances about it, that's just the impression I'm getting from your summary.) Greenwood did say she was a bard, so I can't even say it seems OOC or anything. I suppose it just seems quite an abruptly public move for a goddess who until now we've only seen appearing seemingly rather privately, more or less, to her own followers individually or otherwise in very small numbers (though then again it's not like her Moonshards are likely to be big, anyway). Agreed, it should be interesting to see where this goes, at least.
Irennan wrote:There isn't a scene where Eilistraee appears in front of a crowd (although it is possible that there was one, and it was edited out), but it is explicitly said that Eilistraee has personally (recently) appeared dancing in the moonlight just under the walls of Waterdeep, up the road to Amphail (with the consequences that I've already described), w/o any specific motivation that led her to manifest.
a temple in a city like Waterdeep could lead to a renaissance for the faith and its goals. It could grant more visibility to the Eilistraeeans (even attract more people to faith, and its life-celebrating nature), and dispel the misconceptions about the moondancers, making the surface dwellers understand what they actually stand for, and work to achieve (more than the Promenade ever could).
On a side note, It hasn't been *that* long since we received official word on Eilistraee, the SCAG being the latest book that did that.
There is a thought that crossed my mind when we were talking yesterday or the day before. About Eilistraeen and Vhaeraun being "dead" for a century or so. It's funny to think about one aspect of it. Mystra, like a true mother that's fed up. Locked the two in the Weave. It's amusing to think about her playing the role of mother and locking them in until they can get along.
Kaote Bruchedaine wrote:I mentioned this to Irennan a couple days ago while talking to him over Facebook. I figured it was worth mentioning here.There is a thought that crossed my mind when we were talking yesterday or the day before. About Eilistraeen and Vhaeraun being "dead" for a century or so. It's funny to think about one aspect of it. Mystra, like a true mother that's fed up. Locked the two in the Weave. It's amusing to think about her playing the role of mother and locking them in until they can get along.
Irennan wrote:2) It is explained in ''Silverfall'' that Mystra's goal is to nurture magic wherever it is found, including creatures of magic like the drow. She wants the drow to flourish, but that's not possible under Lolth. Her dogma forces a lot of talent and potential for actual magic development to be squandered in trivial matters like attempting to backstab each other to gain ''status'' in the eyes of Lolth. Lolth's dogma of hoarding all the power for oneself also violently clashes with Mystra's goal of letting magic and its power spread and be easily accessible by as many as possible. That some of the potentially greatest spellcasters in Toril are brainwashed by this idea, becoming enemies of the development of magic, and that their skills are wasted, doesn't seem to sit well with Mystra. It's then natural that she values Lolth's enemies that actually work to let the drow flourish (like Eilistraee and Vhaeraun do, not like Corellon or the Seldarine) as good allies to have.
Leema Har'gachi wrote:Irennan wrote:Also, what happened to the Spidermage? I haven't heard anything about him since seconds edition and the short story R.A. Salvatore wrote with him in it.
Saradreza Oussmtor/Faithful of Eilistraee:
The scantily clad Sword Dancers of the good-aligned drow goddess of song, beauty, swordsmanship, hunting and moonlight stand out among the other groups. While drow, these beautiful women are friendly and welcoming of everyone. They see the chance to retake Maerimydra and the aiding the drow of Szith Morcane as a chance to rally drow with no interest in remaining under the shackles of Lloth's tyranny. The high priestess of their small circle is Saradreza Oussmtor. She is charismatic and warm-hearted and views this opportunity for cooperation as the best chance to spread their goddess's message. For the pre-assault objectives, the Faithful are considering aiding in convincing the Friendly Dead to ally in the attack.
With the final blow, Graz'zt's form fades away and it is as if a weight has been lifted from your mind. You have done it. Against impossible odds you have forced the Dark Prince back into the Abyss. Without their demonic allies, the allied forced streamed into the city and your victory assured theirs. Maerimydra is liberated! In the days that follow, the drow of Szith Morcane join with the faithful of Eilistraee to occupy the city. The mind flayers of Ryxyg and the myconids of Sporedome join all of the factions in sending members to help rebuild and set up small trading enclaves in the city. On the surface, the government of New Hillsfar and the rebels of Elventree come together in a new openness that has not been seen for generations. Both commit themselves to sending supplies to the starving of Mulmaster and troops to march on Phlan. Your victory has united people above and below the Moonsea! Yet in the quiet of the night, after celebrating your success and mourning the dead, you wonder what became of young Elisande and her goat?
And so the desperate attempt to retake Maerimydra has failed. While dealt a deep blow, the forces of the Dark Prince remain ensconced and strong. In the days that follow, the drow of Szith Morcane and the faithful of Eilistraee go their separate ways, preventing any hope for reunion and moderating of the drow in the Moonsea. The mind flayers of Ryxyg and the myconids of Sporedome grow ever distrustful of the surface dwellers and retreat to their respective homes, fearing the next swarm of derro from Ravagestone. On the surface, the government of New Hillsfar and rebels of Elventree never truly come together and many worry that Hillsfar will return to the xenophobic tendencies of past generations. Aid to the starving of Mulmaster and forsaken Phlan is in short supply. You have bought the people above and below the Moonsea more time, but how long remains unknown. Yet in the quiet of the night, while fretting over what could have been and mourning the dead, you wonder what became of young Elisande and her goat?
If the characters liberated any slaves, Maforie, or half-demon babies, the factions take custody of them and plan to see to their care. All of the characters are assumed to successfully travel home after the adventure.
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