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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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The Wall of the Faithless was not actually made by Kelemvor, it was made by Myrkul. I am not 100% certain how canon Neverwinter Nights 2 is for Forgotton Realms lore, but in that game, Myrkul claims he had constructed the Wall to dispose of unclaimed, faithless souls. However, there could be multiple other reasons for him to do this. For starters, it is ...


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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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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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Alright, this is going to delve into both canon and conjecture, as it must for such a nebulous topic. I'll break them down so we know which is which. The Many Gods of the Dead As has been noted (correctly), the Wall of the Faithless was established by Myrkul. His successor Cyric kept the Wall erected largely out of malice and sadism, never questioning its ...


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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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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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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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Yes, the old deities are really coming back. Along with the list of old deities in the Forgotten Realms section of the gods listed in the updated basic rules, (and the gods listed amongst many pantheons in the Player's Handbook) there is also the "Sundering" story line. The Player's handbook lists 39 divine for the Forgotten Realms setting with their domains ...


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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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Just like in the real world, this varies a lot. Every community of "nature" types is different and can't be put neatly into one of two buckets labelled "will react with violence" and "won't react with violence." Even within one of the categories you called out, it varies because every person, and every community made up of people, have different goals and ...


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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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From the Basic rules (Player's book, v0.2) 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. So, you could be a necromancer who focuses on the "life" side of their powers. I'd say ...


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Dugmaren Brightmantle seems like a good candidate. From the Wikipedia page: Dugmaren Brightmantle is the dwarf deity of scholarship, discovery, and invention. Dugmaren shares the Dwarven Mountain on the Outlands with Dumathoin and Vergadain. Dugmaren appears as an elderly dwarf with sparkling blue eyes. His domain isn't strictly light, but those ...


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Yes, your interpretation is correct. For sake of explanation, we will use Silverymoon: The Wards of Silverymoon The city of Silverymoon is protected by a powerful magical effect called a mythal. This potent form of elven high magic forbids the casting of several types of spells, causes other spells to be permanently in effect, and allows the ...


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I believe it is mostly to be taken abstractly, but specified when your story needs it. I know when I make cities for my games, I usually leave whole neighborhoods as amorphous collections of boxes that I can fill in when need arises. Most of the creators of the Forgotten Realms are basing their city creations on Late Medieval, Early Renaissance Europe - ...


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I concur with Joshua in that for an individual making magic items is more expensive in terms of time and resource than previous editions. That for organizations it definitely within their means to produce magic item. On page 129 we have this rule for crafting magic items. Multiple characters can combine their efforts to create a magic item if each of ...


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The three deities you reference (Bhaal, Myrkul, and Leira) are listed in Appendix B of the 5E Players Handbook (p. 294).


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There is no official word on the Forgotten Realms lesser deity Shaundakul in 5e. He has not been mentioned in Realms materials since 3e, but has never been confirmed as dead. As far as Shaundakul in 5e, the closest to an official word is probably Realms author Erik Scott de Bie's long-running (nearly 3 years now) two-part thread, "One Canon, One Story, One ...


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This is not intended to be a full answer, more like an addendum to the others that give you more specific advice. Nonetheless, I think this is as crucial as anything else here: Consult your DM. Always. You're not going to play in the official Forgotten Realms in the strictest sense of the expression. Only devs and writers working for Wizards do that. ...


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Since you already know the year, and are using the Forgotten Realms Calendar Tool to pick the day based on the lunar cycle, I intend to restrict this answer to solely determining the month. Also, I'm not going to bother using the Forgotten Realms versions of month names because doing so would make it harder to follow my logic. I'm leaving the conversion up ...



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