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Break it up. A gem that large is literally priceless. As in, it's worth so much that no one will be willing to buy it for more than a tiny fraction of its value. Imagine that happened on earth. Its value would be several hundreds of billions of dollars. Who would pay that much? Now think about trying to sell chunks of it. You could much more easily sell a ...


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According to the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, 2nd Edition supplement Sea of Fallen Stars (1999), the Sea is mostly saltwater with some freshwater: Most of the races within the Inner Sea breathe only saltwater, since that is more than 99% of its total volume. However, near the coastal shallows and at inlets where rivers drain into Serôs, brackish ...


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It's fine unless you're level 18 To see how Purple Dragon Knight (PDK) stacks up let's compare it to a fighter archetype from the PHB. Since we're worried about PDK being underpowered we only need to find one already accepted archtype that it is comparable to. We're going to use Champion because it is broadly similar and it's abilities make an for easy ...


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First of all, you don't need any rules precedent to integrate time travel into your campaign, as D.M. its your prerogative to add any feature into your world that you please. That being said, there is some precedent that is applicable in this situation! In the source book The Plane Above - The Secrets of the Astral Sea we get a direct, although short, ...


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It’s just the usual conflict between rules and narrative that is all over D&D 3.5. In reality, The Crystal Shard, where the forging was first described, was written in 1988, long before the 3.5 rules were written.1 As it turns out, D&D 3.5 is not just poor at emulating all manner of characters from other media (cf. character build for Gandalf in D&...


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To get a handle on how big this gem could be: quartz, a relatively light semi-precious gemstone, is about 160 lbs per cubic foot. That means your one-ton rock is probably under 12 cubic feet, or under 3x3x3 feet in dimension. So your primary concern is weight, not size. Some options, which may need to be combined depending on what you have available: Hire ...


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Although this has an answer for the Forgotten Realms, the “normal setting” in the PHB is not the Forgotten Realms and there is no canonical answer for just D&D 5e by itself. The DMG goes into more detail about setting, but the basic concept is that the “default” setting of D&D 5e is mostly unwritten so that the DM can build it up from various pieces ...


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In general, the other languages within the Forgotten Realms do have numerals. For example, the Draconic Alphabet with numerals can be found on the Forgotten Realms Wikia. Though I could not find written Primordial or Supernal alphabets, given that the other written instances of alphabets have numerals, I think you are safe to say they all do. However, I ...


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Seawater is colloquially used to mean saltwater. While there are a few named seas that aren't saltwater and oceanographers do not use sea scientifically - most seas are saltwater. What makes a body of water salt versus fresh water comes down to 3 factors: how big is the body, how old is the body, and how many tributaries enter the body. The Sea of Fallen ...


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My question: Is this possible? Yes, it's possible, whether or not the fiend and the god/goddess get along. There is no RAW prohibition from the multiclass, no matter how awkward it looks. From a purely RAW standpoint, I don't think that Warlocks can lose their powers, but would his good deity even bother with someone who sold their soul to a devil? ...


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In all my reading of Realms material over the years, I've never seen the “Roman” approach to other pantheons practiced or even referenced. Other pantheons are generally acknowledged as real, just foreign—a natural effect of living in a world where the individual gods regularly and undeniably manifest in person. Instead, what you tend to see mentioned while ...


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The fact that a spell is marked "necromantic" doesn't mean that it's evil or that it has to do with undead; there's an important difference between necromancy-the-school-of-magic and necromancy-the-actual-act-of-creating-undead. The book doesn't explicitly say that any god will ban you from using any spell, but it's true that the use of certain spells might ...


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I'd highly recommend that you purchase or borrow Out of the Abyss, since it is the only source of information about Menzoberranzan in 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. The information is pretty huge and is about 20 pages long. There are lots of physical descriptions. Furthermore there is tons of material about the Underdark. If your adventure is taking ...


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The wiki page you're reading is probably wrong. It doesn't cite a source for its information. There aren't any sources in 5th edition D&D that help us find the answer (the Monster Manual has nothing of note about silver dragon diets), so I've dug through older fluff to get a picture of what a silver dragon eats: The Draconomicon, a 3.5 sourcebook, has ...


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If one of your spellcasters can learn Shadow Bridge, you can march your two str-20 characters across the summoned shadow bridge, pick up the gem, and carry it across to the other side. I forget the rules for carrying weight, and especially the rules for sharing weight between two users. If you cannot carry the weight by yourself, Shrink (ritual) may help. ...


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I don't believe that there are any specific rules-based issues to worry about, aside from some prestige classes, feats, gear, etc. being harder to acquire (if the prerequisite is that an elf makes the thing, or only elves know the spell, or it's an elf prestige class that requires training from another member, or ...). Changes to the world/rules-as-written ...


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By default, The Players Handbook and The Dungeon Master's Guide include a price guide for contracting wizards to cast spells for the group based on the level of the spell, however.. The versions of the above spells that you've provided don't have any kind of material component. If you're using a house rule it's very important that you mention that when ...


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Since this is a bit of a wall of text, the upfront answers to this question are "you can worship two gods, but only get power from one outside of a couple specific circumstances" and "blackguards of Luthic are a-okay." Moving on, though: Worship of Two Gods: Maybe There are a couple important rules regarding this question scattered about in various books. ...


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From what I see about 5e Elves and Dwarves it seems like it depends but let's assume this situation: Typical Tolkien-like structure of languages. What we have first is Dwarven and Elfish are alien. Those languages have no correlation to each other - Elfish borrowed some things from Welsh and Finnish, Dwarven - closer to Semitic family of languages. To ...


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Plants and Fungi Not surprisingly there are edible mushrooms and plants that adapted to the Underdark. There are hundreds of different wines produced from fungi. "Spiderblood" is a one of the most expensive and seasoned with spider's venom. Barrelstalk is a fungus as big as a tree. Only the inner flesh is edible. In the centre there is a large reservoir ...


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The primary known author within the Forgotten Realms is Volothamp Geddarm, who writes extensive travel guides. These are, of course, also out-of-universe sourcebooks. There are other authors and other books within the setting, but none are even close to being as well known as Volo and his guides in-universe or out.


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The main book, Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, gives the canonical holidays on page 77, under the heading "The Calendar of Harptos" in the "Time and Seasons" section.


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Yay, I get to dust off some old books! Third and Second edition sources The AD&D 2nd edition Faiths and Avatars supplement covers Kelemvor in detail. I'll be quoting from his entry from the more recent 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms book Faiths and Pantheons. It says this about him: Cleric Alignments: LE, LG, LN ... Kelemvor urges his clerics to ...


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I know it isn't the first answer you're looking for, but this link is a free huge hi-res map of the Sword Coast direct from WotC with a map scale. It looks like it would be pretty easy to figure out the distances on that map, using that scale. For example, I figure the journey from Waterdeep to Triboar, based on this map, is about 300 miles.


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You may only have one spell-granting god (with the exception of gods are are actually a bunch of dudes, like the Sovereign Host in Eberron). Page 32, PHB: Deity, Domains, and Domain Spells: Choose a deity for your cleric. Sample deities are listed on Table 3–7: Deities and described on page 106–108. The cleric’s deity influences his alignment, what ...


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Broadly speaking, Wizards keeps the clock moving forward in the Forgotten Realms, and doesn't generally release adventures and other content that happened chronologically in the past from previous content. The earliest D&D 5e playable content, the Tyranny of Dragons adventure series, starts in 1489 DR. The Spellplague stops being a major force in the ...


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The two most thorough compendiums of deity and domain information are imarvintpa’s Deity Search and Curmudgeon’s Cleric Domain List. Neither lists anything with “xv” or “iya.” This strongly suggests that the god is never defined in 3rd edition, as both sources are extremely comprehensive. On the off-chance that either had skipped web material, I also ...


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The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide is Correct When in doubt, refer to more recent materials first. At least, that's the rule I'd use in this case. Errata is constantly being discovered in the earlier materials of D&D 5e. So it may be a better idea to refer to the most recently released content (In this case, the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide) as ...


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According to the Forgotten Realms wiki, Ao, a god, created the multiverse. So, Aboleths and the mortal life they enslaved would need to have existed before or outside the multiverse. Which they were since Aboleths are natives of the Far Realm. Natives of the far realm are all aberrations (but not all aberrations are from the Far Realm e.g. Drider, Owlbear) ...



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