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I'm creating a character for a game set in the Forgotten Realms. My character is going to be a winter Eladrin.

I have been reading the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes section about the elves and more specifically the Eladrin, but I'll admit that I don't have a lot of experience with anything "fey"-related.

Which source books and/or publications should I read if I wanted to know more about 'lore-accurate' Feylords, Archfeys, Eladrin nations/cities and the Feywild in general?

I am looking for "pure lore" no matter what edition it is from. I still have a lot of FR books from AD&D 2nd edition and D&D 3rd edition... I'd like to know which one to read, if I am to open that dusty box!

I have been reading on the subject and it is unclear to me if Eladrin are new from 4th edition or if they existed before. Besides those 2 editions' references, this one from a 4th edition wiki, I only found information about elves that might hint at the existence of the Eladrin, but nothing "canon" lore-wise.

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Eladrin

Much of the following is taken from the Wikipedia page on Eladrin, as they are very scattered in appearances.

2e

  • Planescape: Monstrous Compendium Appendix II
  • Warriors of Heaven (first appearance as a playable race)

3e

  • Monster Manual (Under celestial)
  • Manual of the Planes (again under celestial)
  • Savage Species (as a race and playable class)

3.5e

  • Monster Manual (revised edition)
  • Book of Exalted Deeds (also features the Court of Stars, paragons and other key beings)
  • Fiendish Codex I: Heroes of the Abyss (details the role in the tanar'ri uprising)

4e

  • Player's Handbook (Core race living in the Feywild)
  • Monster Manual
  • Forgotten Realms Player's Guide (moves moon/sun elves as subgroups of Eladrin)
  • Heroes of the Fallen Lands (again as a core group)
  • Player's Handbook II (paragon path), Monster Manual II, Martial Power (paragon path)

5e

  • Dungeon Master's Guide (as subrace of elves)
  • Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Feywild

  • Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild (4e) - Presents history, stories, settings, player races and subraces, adventure hooks and options.
  • Beyond the Crystal Cave (4e) - Adventure module from Season 7 of D&D Encounters, not a sourcebook but does detail the feywild and has interactions with inhabitants
  • Complete Guide to Fey (3.5e 3rd party book) - Rules for Fey hosts, courts, cycles, player races, creation of new fey races. Attempts to be a complete fey sourcebook for the 3.5e system.
  • The Feywild (5e DM's Guild release) - Lore, history, maps, locations along with rules for subclassing, crafting and several new monsters and magic items.
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  • \$\begingroup\$ I usually look for sources on Wikis first, but completely zapped that one ! My thanks. \$\endgroup\$ – Catar4 Aug 5 at 23:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Good summary! I think it might be improved by expanding a little on how their general depiction has changed between editions but otherwise this is a solid list of resources. Also, you should note that that last DMsGuild product is homebrew. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Aug 6 at 4:53

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