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I'm curious if the works of R.A. Salvatore and the like are considered canon source material for D&D campaign games. Or if they are treated more like fanfictions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you specifically only really care about the Forgotten Realms, or are other official D&D settings also in scope? \$\endgroup\$ – Carcer Jan 24 at 15:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know this is gonna make me sound like even more of a Noob but.... What else is there besides the Forgotten Realms? Thats the only one ive ever really heard of that I know for sure is D&D. \$\endgroup\$ – Bradley Lindsey Jan 24 at 19:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ Loads! There have been lots of officially published D&D campaign settings and many of those settings have had novels and similar tie-in media published. Dragonlance and FR are very big on this, Eberron has a fair share, etc. The answer to your question probably depends specifically on which setting you're talking about, so you might want to specify FR if that's what you're interested in. \$\endgroup\$ – Carcer Jan 24 at 19:16
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They most likely are, but Salvatore contradicts or omits several lore details

First of all, welcome to SE!

As for your question, even determining what is canon for Forgotten Realms is kinda tough. Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms, says in regards to "canon":

any published source relating to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. This means that if it is for sale in paper (or digital) form then it is official Realmslore.

Additionally:

Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms, and according to the original agreement between him and TSR, everything he writes and says regarding the Forgotten Realms is canon, unless or until superseded by published material from TSR or WotC.

This link, however, shows that Salvatore wasn't particularly adhering to some details of the setting for his novels, so his additions may conflict with other, also-technically-canon novels and the sourcebooks.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you cite the sources of those quotes? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jan 23 at 20:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast I can't pin down an official source, but everywhere I've looked says that Ed Greenwood's contract with Wizards and TRS explicitly says whatever he has on his basement full of notes is canon whenever he publishes it. Will keep looking. UPDATE! As of enworld.org/threads/asmodeus-in-5e-faerun.458294/…, I've found an official explanation by Ed himself regarding his contract and the canonicity of his work and, by extension, other published works. \$\endgroup\$ – Tsugihagi Jan 23 at 20:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ It might be worth noting that Salvatore's books date back to AD&D, well before the question's concerns about D&D 3.5. (After all, that darn drow is one of the reasons AD&D, 2nd rangers became two-weapon fighters.) \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jan 23 at 20:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan "that darn drow...." Is that a Roddy McGristle reference? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jan 23 at 21:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BradleyLindsey worth noting that Guenhyvar isn't an animal companion--she's possibly a figurine of wondrous power, but more-likely just a bespoke item summoning the Platonic ideal of pantherness from the Astral Plane. But definitely the reason that rangers nowadays have to have a companion option. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jan 23 at 21:28

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