Prior to D&D5e, Forgotten Realms lore included situational methods and circumstances that could change the way spells and spellcasting worked. For example, the 1e product Volos' Guide to All Things Magical includes a lengthy section on the use of various materials as special spell components. Using, say, a star sapphire in the casting of globe of invulnerability would increase level of spells warded off by the globe (see VGtATM p. 51). On the other hand, consuming the herb spellbane detailed in the 2e product Volo's Guide to Cormyr would entirely suppress spellcasting ability for a period of time (VGtC p. 110).

Faerûn has changed a lot across editions, however, and nowhere is that more true than in the way magic and spells work. Maybe those old methods of amplifying or weakening spells and spellcasting are still effective, or maybe they aren't. Is there any lore either way in 5e-era publications, i.e., in the Realms as they are post-Second Sundering, circa 1489 DR? Are there any other, different but comparable methods available?

To be clear, I'm interested in methods that are ephemeral and external to the caster and/or target -- not innate abilities, learned skills, divine gifts, etc. Magic items are acceptable to the extent they actually engage with lore specific to Forgotten Realms. For example, a generic 5e wand of the war mage technically alters spellcasting ability, but not in any way that depends on the spellcaster being in Faerûn. Special substances (magical or otherwise) showing up in Forgotten Realms lore are fair game. Even Faerûnian locations with special properties that change the way spells function would fit the bill.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Wouldn't, just by way of example, all +1/+2/+3 magical items fit the description of an external, non-innate thing that augments spellcasting power? \$\endgroup\$ – Rykara Mar 3 at 23:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Would the Alterations to Magic in Barovia be an example of something you had in mind? resurrection madness or the cosmetic spell modifications? \$\endgroup\$ – Jon Aristotle Mar 4 at 0:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Rykara Fair question. I framed this as a lore question rather than a rules question in an effort to avoid purely mechanical stuff, but maybe that doesn't quite come across? \$\endgroup\$ – screamline Mar 4 at 0:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ I kind of see what you're getting at but I'm not quite sure where the line between lore and not lore is drawn. Your reference to Globe of Invulnerability seems squarely in the former category, for example. \$\endgroup\$ – Rykara Mar 4 at 1:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JonAristotle I don't think so. I'm not super familiar with Ravenloft, but my understanding is that all resurrection magic is affected all thorughout Barovia; it's not a situational change specific to any particular casting of a resurrection-type spell. \$\endgroup\$ – screamline Mar 4 at 15:38

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