[novel] Realms of the Deep: The Threat from the Sea

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[novel] Realms of the Deep: The Threat from the Sea

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Wizards of the Coast released a Forgotten Realms anthology of stories, called Realms of the Deep: The Threat from the Sea:
Amazon wrote:Realms of the Deep (Forgotten Realms) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999
by Philip Athans (Editor)

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When armies of evil rise up from the seas around Faerûn, no one is safe.

A young mage battles at the side of Khelben Arunsun to defend the city of Waterdeep.

A merman struggles to fulfill his desperate mission to reach the Sea of Fallen Stars.

Twelve all new stories by such Forgotten Realms stars as Mel Odom, Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham, Troy Denning, Lynn Abbey, and Clayton Emery.
Havard has been talking about under-sea campaigns in several other topics, and I wondered if any of these 12 stories give enough detail on an underwater part of Toril to allow someone to run a game there.

I've had a look at the contents:
  • Hard Choices - Lynn Abbey
  • Fire Is Fire - Elaine Cunningham
  • Messenger To Serôs - Peter Archer
  • The Place Where Guards Snore At Their Posts - Ed Greennwood
  • Lost Cause - Richard Lee Byers
  • Forged In Fire - Clayton Emery
  • One Who Swims With Sekolah - Mel Odom
  • The Crystal Reef - Troy Denning
  • The Patrol - Larry Hobbs
  • Star of Tethyr - Thomas M. Reid
  • Persana's Blade - Steven E. Schend
  • And The Dark Tide Rises - Keith Francis Strohm
  • Appendix: The Calendar of Harptos
Has anyone read this book?

The stories are obviously not from one underwater kingdom (if one is connected to Waterdeep and another is connected to the Sea of Fallen Stars) but are any of them set close enough together that the locations in both of them could both feature in an underwater campaign?

Are there any aquatic races that feature in multiple stories? Is it possible to infer details about underwater "countries" or "nations"? Or do the people under the sea live in city-state like places?

Would any of the stories convert to a tabletop plot easily?
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Re: [novel] Realms of the Deep: The Threat from the Sea

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It's a good book, I've read and enjoyed it but none of the stories on their own provide enough for a campaign, in most cases not even the hint of a campaign. It is attached to a novel trilogy, 'The Threat from the Sea' ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_F ... om_the_Sea ), which covers more ground, so to speak, for aquatic adventures in FR and is worth a read. Also,The Coral Kingdom in the Druidhome trilogy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_F ... me_Trilogy) involves adventures in a sahuaghin kingdom.

The Sea of Fallen Stars is the best source book for undersea FR adventures. http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/fr/fallen.htm
See also:
Wyrmskull Throne http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/fr/wyrm.htm

I recently (before the new book came out) reran the U series, and so I hunted far and wide for resources to help me flesh-out the undersea world around Saltmarsh. U2 and U3 ( http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/dd1/u2.htm & http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/dd1/u3.htm), by the way, are very useful for undersea adventures in FR, I've set them near Daggerford, south of Waterdeep, where they mesh nicely N5 Under Illefarn.

Other useful products for undersea adventures include:
Of Ships and the Sea http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/dd1/ships.htm
The Sea Devils http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/ma/ma-devils.htm
Evil Tide http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/ma/ma-s1.htm
Night of the Shark http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/ma/ma-s2.htm
Sea of Blood http://tsr.bothgunsblazing.com/ma/ma-s3.htm

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Re: [novel] Realms of the Deep: The Threat from the Sea

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I'm late to this post, but I will confirm there's very little detail to run a game from in these shorts. They're pretty good, but even the main trilogy lacks a lot that would help a campaign except for some fluff to help get a feel for what it might be like to actually live underwater.

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