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Every part of a vampire that isn't its heart is effectively armor. Severing a vampire's arms & legs won't kill it. Destroying its lungs or breaking its back won't kill it. It likes having those things, true, but it can survive without them to go hole up somewhere and heal. From a perspective of "what needs to be protected, and what is protecting it", ...


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Vampires Were Always Hard to Hit The original release of OD&D didn't explain why. The Vampire was assigned the armor class of 2, which was the equivalent in OD&D of plate mail and shield. This may have been related to its level as a monster (7-9 HD) and thus a reflection of how tough it was even for higher level characters to do significant ...


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If it was physically capable of speaking, it would be able to speak the languages it knew in life. It still retains its knowledge of them, so knowing how to speak a language is not the problem. The problem is that a skeleton lacks lips, a tongue, vocal cords, a voicebox, and lungs. Speaking is simply impossible. The Monster Manual entry on skeletons says: ...


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Solars are not cognate to pit fiends Solars are angels, or aasimon, beings of generic goodness and service made and invested with power by the gods but independent of them. They have no canonical counterpart in Law, Chaos or Evil. They are so powerful because they are the highest non-proxy, non-avatar servants of the gods themselves. Planetars and devas ...


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The spell Conjure Elemental, cast as a 6th level spell, can summon an Invisible Stalker. It's available to Druids and Wizards at 9th level, but obviously they will have to wait until 11th level to cast it as a 6th level spell. If you know the name of an Invisible Stalker, you could also summon it with Gate, a 9th level spell available to Clerics, Sorcerers ...


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There is no disease condition or damage type in D&D 5e as noted here in this Stack Exchange question. Hence no corresponding immunities, etc. A case could be made that if a monster is immune to poison they are also immune to disease as two mechanics are similar when listed as an attack or effect. But in the RAW text no monsters and very few other things ...


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Why is the Solar so powerful compared to other beings from the planes? Short answer: It's a tradition, since the introduction of that creature in Dragon Magazine issue #64, 1e edition AD&D, and subsequently Monster Manual II. (A lot of stuff rolls over from edition to edition). A Solar is the most powerful of spirits, usually directly ...


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An Invisible Stalker can be summoned by casting Conjure Elemental using a 6th-level or higher spell slot. Planar Ally also has the potential to summon one if the primordial being the PCs are trying to beseech decides to send one to help.


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By RAW default, no. As explained by others it has no basic, default, means of expressing language. Concerning your edit: It's not about learning the language, it's the capability of the spell/energy powering the skeleton(s). Undeath is not in itself an impediment to speech. (ie: Liches) Therefore you need to extrapolate a bit. The RAW description quoted ...



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