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Yes...depending Alignment causes a lot of arguments around the D&D community. There are a pair of rock-solid methods: the Sanctify the Wicked spell, and the redemption rules, both of them found in the Book of Exalted Deeds. The BoED can be a controversial book in some groups, but those rules are a definite method of getting the lich back on the straight ...


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Yes. Mike Mearls and others on the WOTC RPG team, have said on several occasions that Realms is the default setting for 5e. When I was working on third and fourth there was this dialogue of "Should we just embrace The Realms as the core setting?" And we were always very wary of a big backlash. Honestly people have complained, but I think when you look ...


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Evil? We're SAVING the world! No one thinks they're the villain. Outside of a few very adolescent power fantasy type cults, nearly every other cult is based in imagining it's doing something for either the greater good or at least the good of it's members, and has rationalized all the things it has to do in that regard. Sacrifice a baby? The baby was ...


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All FR gods and other setting proper nouns are the intellectual property of WotC - probably copyright, maybe some trademark, maybe even some trade dress... The specifics aren't all that important in this case. Technically, legally, and unless you have a bunch of money and lawyers to try to fight it, you need permission to use them. This kind of use is NOT ...


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"Souls" - This is a distinction that the rules do not make. There is no definition of "soul." In AD&D 1e there was a distinction between who had "souls" and who had "spirits" (like elves) but in later editions that's left to your own pet view of Catholic theology and is not part of the game. The resurrection spell (and raise the dead, and reincarnate) ...


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They're there for you, the DM, to create something. The usual complaint about the Forgotten Realms is that too much is already written, making it hard or impossible to learn the setting for DMs, let alone the poor players, or for DMs to fit in anything of their own. Having "blank lands" like this scattered around the setting leaves room for DMs' own ...


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You’ll have to calculate monsters’ CMB and CMD, since 3.5 did not use those, and you’ll have to redo NPCs’ skills, since Pathfinder changed those a fair bit. You will also have to update humanoid characters’ ability scores, racial features, and class features, since Pathfinder changed a few of those, too. This should be ...


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The player handbook page 118, when describing the School of Necromancy subclass feature says: Most people see necromancers as menacing , or even villainous, due to the close association of death. Not all necromancers are evil , but the forces they manipulate are considered taboo by many societies. There is room in the novels for non evil necromancers ...


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You cannot copyright a name. Still, this doesn't mean you can use them freely, because characters can be copyrighted. The deities in Forgotten Realms are no doubt fictional characters with individual characteristics, so they are subject to copyright. This means that, you can use the names, but if you also borrow the characteristics (appearance, moral ...


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Officially the only events in 5e's storyline with the Thay have involved some necromantic debacles... Two sundering related adventures happened between 4e's official end of publication and the release of the PHB. Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle kicked off the Sundering event which is a reboot of the Forgotten Realms lore and The Red Wizards were the ...


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The closest thing to an official sound for the drow language might come from TSR's The Drow of the Underdark (1991), which describes some drow vocabulary and phrases. The book describes drow speech as follows: Drow are as eloquent and musical in their speech as other elves, and are capable of readily reproducing the sounds of other languages. Most drow ...


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Taking some measurements, the scale is clearly wrong. Looking at the castle-shaped building in the section labelled 12 with a true-distance measuring tool (I'm using GIMP's Measure Tool), I find that its central block is about 12 pixels from river-side front to back. Measuring the scale using the same tool, 15 pixels is 20 feet, making the castle sans towers ...


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The group I game with most of the time runs a Forgotten Realms campaign setting. We have played it in 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 and now use Pathfinder. There is very little change that we have to make. For 90-95% of it we just use the Pathfinder rules as is. We simply remade our characters for each edition as needed and custom FR specific monsters are converted to ...


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Okay, let's take a look. Actually, yes. Book of Exalted Deeds introduces Sanctified creature template and the spell to create such creatures. Also, there is an inherently good kind of lich - the baelnorn. There may be more purely mechanical means to change alignment. Sure. Any character smart enough to become a lich should be capable of devising a plan to ...


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From the description of the Necromancy school in the basic rules v1 (emphasis mine) Necromancy spells manipulate the energies of life and death. Such spells can grant an extra reserve of life force, drain the life energy from another creature, create the undead, or even bring the dead back to life. Creating the undead through the use of ...


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Yes, not all warlock powers originate from pacts. Warlock powers can also stem from magical heritages, and in fact, this seems to be common. This is made explicit in Complete Mage, page 7. Warlocks typically claim that [their] proficiency with magic comes from their bloodline - or, in some cases, from a pact made with powerful entities that permanently ...


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Yes there was, the cataclysmic event is called the Spellplague. Mystra dies, huge upheavals happen for a decade including natural disasters, arcane magic goes away for a time, etc. I don't think it escaped any Realmsian's notice, that's for sure; the effects were blatant and profound. The 4e guide is set in 1479 DR while the 3e one was in 1372 DR, so ...


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It can be fun, for sure, but when doing this you have to be careful, and remember that in the books those characters may be the stars, but in your game it's the PCs who are the main characters and the stars. It becomes even more tempting than ever to run the game for your NPCs instead of for your PCs when the NPCs are popular literary characters.


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I wrote about this for Dragon magazine! The shade has a 3.5 update in Dragon #322 (August 2004). It's divided into a Savage Species style progression for the article, but is otherwise functionally identical to the version in both the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001) and Races of Faerun (2003), except for the following changes: Level adjustment is ...


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There is, RAW, no concept or definition of "owning" a plane While gods can have divine realms, the Forgotten Realms concept of whole Outer Planes ruled over by a small number of gods is both unique to that setting (meaning rules in other sources such as Deities & Demigods do not support it) and not given parameters within that setting. The Outer Planes ...


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There are no published 5e Forgotten Realms supplements as of yet, and they have changed the Realms a good bit with each new edition. If you don't care about "keeping up with the new timeline," the most supported classic starting location is far and away: Shadowdale Sourcebook and Adventure Coverage This town in the Dalelands is given some detail in the ...


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Not exclusively. Does the #dnd tabletop RPG have one official setting? The answer is yes. That setting is the multiverse, which includes all #dnd worlds. – a tweet by @JeremyECrawford (Emphasis mine.) In case you're wondering (just like I was) who Jeremy Crawford is, and how serious / official is what he says, he is (...) one of the two lead ...


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This will be based mainly on Pathfinder, as this is the system I play in. Adjust for your own rules. Note that for a lot of your questions, there is no very specific RAW answer (this is often the case with Antimagic Fields). I indicated all the RAW points and the most probable/logical result, but in the end there is still a lot of room for DM interpretation. ...


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I'd say all of Bruenor's major deeds and some of the minor ones, but only up until he left the throne for his final adventure with Drizzt. So I'd say for a guideline the stuff that happened in the crystal shard. The story about Bruenor and the black dragon when he first returns to Mithral hall. The war with the dark elves, and the war with the orcs and the ...


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I don't think you need to search very far - See these quotes from the warlock class description (Complete Arcane P. 5-6) WARLOCK Born of a supernatural bloodline, a warlock seeks to master the perilous magic that suffuses his soul [...] [...] Adventures: Many warlocks are champions of dark and chaotic powers. Long ago, they (or in some cases, ...


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There's nothing published that I'm aware of. I have a reasonably good knowledge of the Forgotten Realms material presented in Living Forgotten Realms modules, and I don't know of any night sky material there, either. Candlekeep has an unofficial article about the subject, which is based on official material. There is also a comprehensive discussion thread ...


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There's a fundamental assumption error here. High level D&D parties, especially ones with access to 9th level spells don't need to ever enter dungeons unless it is for their own amusement. We begin by articulating strategies of 18th level casters faced with an imposing dungeon: Their central strategy is to force the "defenders" to emerge from behind ...


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Discussion from 2010 suggests the wall is still there, and unbelievers are on a timer before they're cemented into the wall of the faithless. Quoth: It's still there until they specifically say it's not. We've been told to assume that unless something is described as different or gone, then it's still there. Details of the wall: Some minimal ...


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If the ability was not replaced or otherwise affected by a substitution level, it works the same way as if the substitution level was not taken. Please note that Paladin4/Crescent Moon Knight 2 is actually a Paladin 6 with a different set of class features. Namely, the first substitution level replaces Paladin's 4th level and trades turn undead class ...


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Sort of: The Players Handbook does not support any specific world over another. The sample characters, domain descriptions, and other sections in the book use examples that cover the gamut of game worlds. The list of deities in Appx B in the PHB covers 4 ancient earth pantheons (Celtic, Norse, Greek, and Egyptian), and the major game worlds for D&D ...



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