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Does the mouth of a Warforged move when it's talking? Or does it have some internal, magical speaker-like system? Perhaps a combination of the two?

Based on the illustrations depicting Warforged characters I'd think the last option - the combined one - most likely, but a quotation / reference from an official source would be most welcome. :)

Edit, to make it clear that I'm looking for an official answer, or the expert confirmation of the lack of an official answer. (The "would be most welcome" part of the previous paragraph should be read with this meaning in mind.)

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It will be; search engines are most of the reason I edited the title actually. I like your original title too, but being able to recognise a question in search (engine) results is also a thing I like. –  doppelgreener Aug 16 '14 at 9:43
Question titles need to describe the question, not be completely random. –  Just Greg Aug 16 '14 at 9:52
How does that look as a compromise title? –  SevenSidedDie Aug 16 '14 at 15:02
whenever I see this conflict in post naming, I quote the same post: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/1143/… His original seemed fine to me. –  wraith808 Aug 16 '14 at 21:09
@OpaCitiZen: You don't see the google-user masses doing anything. You just see new users joining the site, and you see the view counts on questions. But titles being clear about what the content is is important. This site exists as an aid for the internet and world in general, not just regular users of this site who understand how to use its tags and are searching for it here specifically. (Even if they're awesome: every one of those awesome titles is a succinct summary of the question, not so with the original here.) –  doppelgreener Aug 16 '14 at 23:24

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Warforged in some of the illustrations appear to have a functional mouth/jaw, but how necessary that is for talking (for example, how understandable they would be if gagged) is up to the GM.

I recommend simply deciding what is necessary for a warforge to be able to speak (unimpeded mouth/jaw, partially unimpeded mouth/jaw, or just a speaker embedded in the back of their throat) as a quick decision and moving on. The entire point of the GM is for questions like this to be answered simply where there is no RAW or any RAW is buried in like a forum thread by a guy who saw the creator of eberron once over a crowded train station ten years ago. Simpler just to create an answer for yourself, and probably more reliable too.

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Do they have functioning jaws? Yes. Although warforged don't need to eat or drink just to survive, the rules state that they are capable of eating and drinking (for example, to use a potion or benefit from a heroes' feast). It's not hard to imagine a warforged drinking without jaws, but eating without jaws is much more of a stretch.

Do they speak by moving their jaws? No. Warforged may have jaws, but they don't breathe, so they have some other means of producing sound: a speaker-like system, as you suppose. But that doesn't mean they can't move their jaws when they speak; it only makes it unnecessary. It could still be part of the core programming of a warforged, as a cosmetic UI-type thing. Even if it isn't, they could still choose to do it.

Do they move their jaws when they speak? The rules don't say. Maybe the novels do. Having not read them, my personal interpretation is that it depends on the attitude of the individual warforged. If they want to put humanoids at ease (or are actively exploring their living aspects), then they move their jaws just like living humanoids do. If they've embraced the machine, or just don't care what humanoids think, then they don't bother to move their jaws.

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Are there sources for this information, or are these your calls as a potential DM? –  Hey I Can Chan Aug 16 '14 at 14:16
Just because they don’t have to breathe doesn't necessarily mean that they can’t. –  KRyan Aug 16 '14 at 15:03
@HeyICanChan: The stuff about them being able to eat and drink comes from the race's description. Heroes' Feast is specifically called out as an example of something they can benefit from (and reiterated in the description of the Warforged Juggernaut, as one of the items that a sufficiently-advanced juggernaut can't benefit from anymore). The bit about the warforged not breathing also comes from the description. The rest is, admittedly, my call. –  The Spooniest Aug 16 '14 at 18:43
It would look weird, their jaws opening and closing, if their lips didn't move. –  Jason_c_o Aug 16 '14 at 23:00
I always assumed that warforged process potions and other magical consumable by pouring them into specially prepared compartments in their bodies, where the magic is extracted. Such a gimmick that sometimes look like functional humanoid mouth and jaws, but this fact is purely a matter of aesthetics and design not necessarily present in every warforged, and has no relation whatsoever with the talking function. I would even doubt that a warforged really needs to chew his food... –  MACN Aug 17 '14 at 9:18

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