|August 14, 2008||Posted by Troy E. Taylor|
What’s the Crock Pot? Just a simmering bowl of lentils and herbs, with a dash of DMing observations. Don’t be afraid to dip in your ladle and stir, or throw in something from your own spice rack.
Beaten to the punch
Before the last of my Remaking the Realms posts hit the Stew Pot, those crafty Wizards of the Coast dropped a freebie excerpt on us. We now have the “official” description of the Silver Marches, as it will be detailed in the upcoming Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting.
What’s in a name?
The Silver Marches are now called Luruar, a name that rolls trippingly off gnome tongues, to be sure. The heir of Silverymoon is Alustriel’s son Methrammar Aerasume (whose last ‘e’ in his name has an accent mark — an accent mark?!?). And what was once the separate woods of Moonwood, Druarwood, Cold Wood and Night Trees is now a single green expanse called the Glimmerwood.
Well, at least I can pronounce “Glimmerwood.”
I like the creative decision to expand the northern forests. It’s a logical expression of the Points of Light concept, that the forests of the North have grown wilder during the retreat of civilization.
But here’s a cautionary note for DMs. I imagine the original designers of the Forgotten Realms created each woodland to be distinct for a reason: so it was easy for DMs to pair each adventure locale with specific monsters and to design each wilderness adventure around a specific theme. The Moonwood being the home of the lycanthropes and the Cold Wood home to the Uthgardt tribesmen, for example. Does blurring those boundaries make it more difficult for DMs to design their adventures, or does it actually provide more freedom? Time will tell.
Also to consider: With the High Forest already occupying the southern edge of the region, do DMs really need another vast forest for wilderness adventures? Has any variety and flavor been lost by this decision to go green?
Lady Alustriel’s fate
The official timeline has Alustriel survive the spellplague and pass leadership of Silverymoon to her son before her eventual passing. Anyone have any thoughts on this?