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Did the events in Spider Queen turmoil cross over to 5e?

I read all of the Spider Queen books including the fall of most of the Pantheon for deities for drow. Since Vhaeraun and the other drow deities met their demise. Can males that were clerics to the ...
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What is the difference between arcane and eldritch in D&D lore?

As the title says, I am curious if the D&D lore mentions the differences between arcane power and eldritch power. I noticed that eldritch is mostly associated with "evil" aspects of the mythology,...
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What does Menzoberranzan look like?

Running a 5e campaign, I know a lot has changed about Menzo. For instance Lolth is no longer the sole power with her children coming back. My campaign is taking us to Menzoberranzan, but I don't ...
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What types of food are typically grown in the Underdark?

I'm currently working on a story arc where a bunch of Drow have just had their major food supply threatened by a demon of the Underdark, and as a consequence they are rising to the surface and ...
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When in-universe does 5E D&D take place?

I'm reading up on the lore of Forgotten Realms and wondering when in-universe 5E takes place, since my character is from Mulhorand and I want to know if The Spellplague has taken place yet, for his ...
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Would an elf raised by dwarves still have elvish as a language?

In a Forgotten Realms scenario I'm running, an elven maiden was rescued, but in critical condition, by a dwarven party who happened upon her as her tribe was slaughtered by orcs. She gave birth to her ...
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How much power do unemployed gods have?

I've recently read the Yu Shan book for Exalted and I was intrigued by the unemployed gods — those that lost their domain to the Wyld and have not gained any new position in the Bureaucracy. They don'...
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What do Superiority Dice represent in-universe?

Fighters have a lot of abilities that are "believable" -- that is, they can represent something that could be a real-world equivalent that is mundane and non-magical. For example, "Second Wind" is a ...
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In my D&D 5e game, I have a custom cosmology, and I'm currently working on a concept for an afterlife plane where any sentient creature who enters is sorted by alignment and guided to the ...
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How and why does Vecna's curse transform wizards into Nothics?

The description for the Nothic in the 5e Monster Manual contains the following text: Rather than gaining the godlike supremacy they crave, some wizards who devote their lives to unearthing ...
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What other villages were affected by the events leading up to Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Running Hoard of the Dragon Queen, “Episode 3: The Dragon Hatchery” on Roll20 and I'm editing the map of the Sword Coast to show only the Greenfields and the route they marked. I also want to put Xs ...
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Why are Ogryn accepted in the Imperium of Man?

The standard pillars of the Imperium of Man stand as Purge the xenos/burn the heretic/kill the mutant. So obviously they violently oppose all mutant races, heretics and aliens. But the Ogryn are ...
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Is there an official reason the Forgotten Realms is stuck with “medieval” technology?

Why has technology in the Forgotten Realms not progressed further than it has at the point when most adventures take place? Is it because races that live longer tend to be older and hold back ...
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How does D&D 5E Wizard's magic work, in Lore terms?

Not asking about the mechanics, but about the "lore" for the purpose of eg novel or short story. Before, memorisation was represented in the following, IMHO coherent way: You prepare a spell and ...
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What predicates a being having their own afterlife realm in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting followers of gods are sentenced by Kelemvor and his servants to go to their god's realm after death (unless possibly they made a pact with a devil or ...
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What are the requirements for a warlock patron in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting what ability is required for a creature to be able to grant a creature warlock powers?
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What's more powerful than a Fortune?

In AEG's Secrets of the Shadowlands (2004) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition (that's also officially licensed by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition), the feat ...
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What happened in 1999?

So, I realize that asking "what is the truth" in a Mage (Revised) game completely defeats the purpose :P. But still — in broad terms, what happened in 1999? What source books should I be looking in? ...
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Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh?

Do minotaurs from Dragonlance eat human flesh? I am interested in running one from that setting who ended up in a different realm (through Spelljammer shenanigans) and I was wondering what their views ...
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Do Red Court Infected count as mortals?

I'm going to be running a game using the Dresden Files RPG and have a player planning to play a Red Court Infected. For purposes of creating and maintaining thresholds and magic circles are Red Court ...
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Do Basic D&D and 2nd edition AD&D Mystara have separate canon timelines?

I've been DMing a 2nd Ed. AD&D Mystara Campaing for a while, but the more I read about the lore of the old suplements from the setting (basic D&D), the more I think the timeline in the 2nd Ed. ...
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What does Netheril's coat of arms look like?

Where can I find an image or a description of the Netherese coat of arms? I have looked in several supplements (2nd edition Netheril: Empire of Magic, 3rd edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, 3....
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Which races existed before the gods?

The D&D 5e Monster Manual says this in the aboleth section: ABOLETH: Before the coming of the gods, aboleths lurked in primordial oceans and underground lakes. They reached out with ...
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Are there female djinn?

I've been writing my back story for one of my characters who is an Air Genasi, and I was thinking of making the mother of my character the djinni, but I can't find any literature that references a ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, are Druids fundamentally against necromancy?

In my group, we have an undead skeleton necromancer and a Druid. The Druid is very, very against necromancy and the undead because he is under the assumption of "that's how Druids are role played ...
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Is there a compilation/timeline of the default 13th Age setting history?

I would like to run a game of 13th Age after working with my players through a worldbuilding session of Microscope. In order to have some prompts and framework for us to build on (or replace), I ...
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How to Add Lore while Engaing the Senses to my Narritive? [closed]

How do I engage my player's senses as a GM, so as to provide an immersive experience for my players, without going into too much detail? How do I add a sense of lore to my world during prep, and ...
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Are Drow Cities Illuminated?

I am delving into DM'ing a Drow campaign. Despite having read numerous novels and publications spanning from TSR to WotC to Paizo, I am now having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of their ...
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Do owlbears lay eggs?

Well, do they? And has this changed across editions? I'm interested in "canonical" answers. While not something a typical Monster Manual entry would cover (am I wrong?), there may well be an article ...
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Is there more lore on the Elemental Plane of Fire than what's in the Manual of the Planes?

The information in the Manual of the Planes on the elemental plane of Fire is fairly minimal. Is there any more information available on the nature and character of the plane of Fire? I'm specifically ...
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Why did the designers make it so chromatic dragons can't shapechange?

In 5e, the Monster Manual states that each kind of Metallic Dragon gains the Change Shape ability by the time it is Ancient or Adult. However, no such ability is ever mentioned for Chromatic Dragons. ...
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When is Shieldmeet?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide states on page 15 that Shieldmeet is a Quadrennial holiday between Flamerule and Eleasis. This is also the case in accordance to the wiki. The Dungeon Master's Guide ...
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What is the name of the ancient red dragon that lives near Darkmoon Vale?

As it is now the third time I've forgotten the name of this dragon and again I'm not sure in which book it is in, I'm going to ask here. Near the Darkmoon Vale (thus north of Andoran in the mountains,...
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What is the proper elven name for Wood and Wild Elves?

In the Sword Coast Adventure Guide, both the Wood and Wild elves are said to go by the elvish name of "Sy'Tel'Quessir" (Page 106) Do they both have the same name? Are Wood elves considered by other ...
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Where can I find the lore on the Snake style of Bladesingers?

In the new Sword Coast Adventure Guide for 5e, there is a small blurb about the Snake style of bladesingers who use a whip, and focus their magic on poison and disease. Normally this would be enough ...
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Are there published books within the Forgotten Realms?

When I played 2nd Edition Ravenloft, it was known within that setting that Van Richten's Guides were something that actually existed within the campaign, not just something that we all bought from TSR....
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Are there any Halloween type holidays in the Forgotten Realms?

My group's game session got bumped to tomorrow, Halloween! I feel like I should try to attempt something in the spirit of Halloween. Does the Forgotten Realms have a holiday that is similar to a "day ...
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What is the diet of a silver wyrmling?

Over at dragons.wikia, it is mentioned that silver dragons only eat three or four times per month but how often would a baby dragon eat? Surely a growing child would need to eat more than this? I am ...
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Was the Ravnos antediluvian a wight?

I am talking here about Zapathasura, the Ravnos antediluvian: Yes, he is that black thing. Not really beautiful. He woke up in 1999, and after a terrible rampage — during which he destroyed his ...
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Can ifrits be royalty? [closed]

I've been doing some digging for lore purposes, and possible side quests for my friends in our current game. i was wondering if it is possible for ifrits to have a kingdom or city to themselves. And ...
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How do the seasons affect a dragon's behavior?

At the end of the last story arc of my campaign, the party managed to get all their tax money back by killing their corrupt lord, only to have it stolen by a young dragon who would be a difficult (but ...
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How can a samurai train Jiujutsu if they can't touch people in public?

Jiujutsu is one of the most common bushi skills, and is trained in dojos in many schools of many clans. However, as it is the art of unarmed combat (or with improvised weapons, but I think this part ...
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What are the funerary rites of Gnoll worshipers of Erythnul?

I'm playing a Gnoll Cleric who worships Erythnul in a D&D 3.5e game. Sadly one of my party members died in our last session (he's not a Gnoll). I would like to do something with his body (not just ...
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Where can I find Bullywug lore?

In D&D 4th Edition (the edition I play), Bullywugs are featured in the Monster Manual 2. However, the lore about them in this book is very thin, barely touching n anything about the race itself. ...
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What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
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What requirements must a person meet to be given the faery knight mantle?

Last night I ran a fun scene with one of my players putting himself into the debt of a Sidhe, and then proceeding to continuously dig the hole deeper. End result is I used him as an opportunity to ...
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What are the views on sexuality in Warhammer?

Are there any canonical statements about the views of various races, societies, and factions in Warhammer on the subject of sexuality? For examples, Does Imperial law have an opinion on ...
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How did Erin Tarn escape the Vampire Kingdoms?

My Vampire Kingdoms sourcebook says Erin Tarn has not been heard from since her expedition into- well, the vampire kingdoms- but I'm fairly certain she made it out alive; am I mistaken, and if not, ...
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How to summon an Invisible Stalker?

In the Monster Manual you can find the lore on this matter: Invisible stalkers are creatures native to the Elemental Plane of Air. They sometimes serve wizards and sorcerers, who summon them to ...
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Outsider interested in or specialising in art

I'm looking for a type of Outsider with a racial focus on the arts (ideally the visual arts) - preferably from Golarion, but I'd take something good from other lore also such as from Faerun or ...