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The original release of Dungeons & Dragons third edition from 2000, not including the v3.5 revised edition.

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What are Faerunian elven bonding (marriage) rites like?

Is there any Forgotten Realms lore (3e/3.5e era preferred, but 2e sources could work as well) that describes or shows the basic flow of an Elven bonding (marriage) rite, or provides clues as to what ...
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How can I justify a gnome samurai in Faerûn? [closed]

A new player wants to join a game I'm running. The campaign is set in Thesk in Faerûn, and the player wants to play a gnome samurai. I'd like to find a way to make this work, but I keep running into ...
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How does a monk jump as far as they want?

In the Order of the Stick webcomic, This was back when OOTS still occasionally made jabs at the D&D 3.5 rules. Roy describes her behavior in strip #406 page 2 panel 10 like this: It's like ...
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Can a PC who takes the form of a deepspawn spawn monsters?

A PC uses the spell shapechange to assume the form of a deepspawn (Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn 32–3). Can the PC use the deepspawn's spawn ability? If so, are such spawn forevermore under ...
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Why do I see so much hate online for double progression prestige classes AKA “theurges”? [closed]

There are a number of “theurge” Prcs in D&D 3.5 and D&D 3 — classes that progress both their own and the base class's spellcasting — and I've notice a lot of hate for them that I don't ...
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How to add descriptive role-playing flair if I'm not good at improvising?

This question is inspired by an answer to another question here. I originally tagged this with system-agnostic but was informed that some systems actually have ...
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How do constitution modifier changes affect current HP?

We are quite new to playing D&D and recently noticed that when you gain or lose constitution modifier, you will gain or lose hitpoints. Now we are having a few issues with this, mainly being: ...
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Are there official full stats for a Titan's Great Warhammer?

The Titan entry in the Monster Manual or SRD mentions that Titans use a "great two-handed warhammer" which is a gargantuan weapon that does 4d6 damage. Are there actual official 'rest of the stats' ...
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Is there any feat to protect against a grapple that has reach?

I am trying to find a feat to protect my character against grapple attempts from creatures with a reach of 10ft or more. We're playing a low magic campaign and after a fight with a mooncalf (in which ...
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What book had Rituals to “upgrade” animal companions to keep them viable at higher levels?

I'm specifically looking for the resource/book/reference that I found basically the following: It was an entry, showing how those with Animal Companions could have their companion undergo a Ritual at ...
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Do Age Category adjustments remain after becoming immortal?

An adventurer or villain has reached Middle Age or higher and then somehow becomes immortal (be it by way of Lichdom, Vampirism, becoming a deity, or some other twist of fate). What happens to the ...
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Who were the Ancient Baatorians?

Manual of the Planes (2001) says Though the Nine Hells is governed by devils, some sages believe that the devils commandeered the Nine Hells from a far older, stranger race now simply called ...
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When does the bonus damage from Mortalbane apply when added to a DoT effect?

The Mortalbane feat (Book of Vile Darkness, p. 49) adds bonus damage to spell-like abilities when used on mortals: A mortalbane ability is a damaging spell-like ability that deals 2d6 points of ...
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Is there supplementary material that improves the adept NPC class?

The NPC class adept is considered a tier 4 class, so it's theoretically more versatile than tier 5 classes like the fighter, monk, paladin, soulknife, and so on, and the class is a reasonable choice ...
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Looking for an anti-drow “thundering” warhammer

Many years ago, our group played a module that was, I believe, either 3e or 3.5e Dungeons & Dragons that contained a warhammer. Whenever this warhammer was in the presence of drow, the wielder ...
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What were the winning prestige classes?

Wizards of the Coast in Jan. 2001 sponsored a prestige class contest on the company's messageboards, and, I assume, announced the results mid-April. Unlike the earlier spellwriting contest that saw ...
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Are there alternate rules for round and turn management for Pathfinder, 3E or 3.5E or d20 (in general)? [closed]

Are there other ways to manage time, rounds and turns in PF, 3E or 3.5E or d20 in general? Current rules are ok, but they seem a little bit like turn based videogames. What could we do to feel the ...
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Was Improved Grab modified during system revision?

Is the Improved Grab ability different in 3.0? Like, I don't know, maybe no special size restriction, or it working like the 3.5 version's -20 without an actual -20 penalty? For reference, the ...
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Were the veth's spells per day and spells known ever corrected?

While digging through and compiling aging material, I happened upon the Greyhawk-specific prestige class veth (link is to the Internet Archive version; the original apparently gone). The class ...
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Specialist Wizard became an Incantatrix. Two specalizations?

Gwendolin the Elven Arcanist is a Transmuter Wizard (banned schools: necro, evocation) that became an Incantatrix (Magic of Faerun ver.): Upon becoming an incantatrix [...] the incantatrix is a ...
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What was the source of this Magic Items PDF found on Wizards' website?

This "New Magic Items" PDF, found in the files section of the Wizards of the Coast website, has been shared around on various forums and linked in handbooks over the years. It has several fairly ...
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Was the Keen weapon enhancement cost ever altered or subject to errata?

I suppose the question could be restated: Has Keen always been a +1 enhancement in 3e and 3.5e? I've been playing this game for some years now, as has another player who also frequently runs the ...
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Who pays the XP cost for a spell the Eidolon casts?

The epic spell Eidolon creates a magical duplicate of the caster, "fully rested" and with all the spellcasting potential of its level. Including the ability to cast spells with a XP cost. Who pays ...
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Which identical image appears in each of these editions' DMGs?

The just-for-fun prestige class conventioneer (or, if that doesn't work for you, here) that was posted on Wizards of the Coast Web site in 2001 possesses the special ability convention savvy. The ...
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How does Windrider interact with polymorph?

Dnd 3e's Masters of the Wild introduced the Windrider prestige class. Windriders can designate a mount (subject to some restrictions) and give it various bonuses, including bonus HD. A fifth-level ...
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How do incarnate construct and half-golem interact?

Monster Manual II introduced half-golems: you can have a golem limb attached to replace a missing one, and if you fail a will save, you gain the construct type. Savage Species introduced the ...
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How can I figure out a jermlaine's racial bonuses to skills?

The jermlaine from the Monster Manual II were given a non-cohort LA of +0 by the 3.5 revision, making the jermlaine an appropriate race for a PC. Using the standard array, a jermlaine's ability ...
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How does 3.0 mounted charge work?

In DnD 3.0 (before the 3.5 revision), how exactly does charging on a mount work? I've checked the PHB and the DMG, but neither has a lot of detail. Specifically, who (mount or rider) takes what kind ...
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What methods existed for boosting caster level in D&D 3.0?

What methods existed for boosting caster level in D&D 3.0 (before 3.5)? I'm looking for straight boosts, so something like the good domain boost to good spells only is not relevant (unless there's ...
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How did DnD 3.0 barbarian optimization work? [closed]

I started thinking about this after my wife demanded that I optimize a 3.0 barbarian character. I never paid much attention to martial optimization back in 3.0 though, so I don't know how to think ...
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Who invented Difficulty Class?

As far as I can see, one of the watershed changes with D&D 3e, which has survived down into 5e, was the replacement of a plethora of different systems for determining success to a d20-roll-over ...
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When reflective spell resistance works against vampiric touch, what happens?

The special ability reflective spell resistance of the nerra says A nerra has a special type of spell resistance that causes any targeted spell it successfully resists to bounce off and reflect ...
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Must a soul eater take a standard action to use its energy drain?

The prestige class soul eater (Book of Vile Darkness 66-7) gains at level 1 the supernatural ability energy drain, which says A soul eater gains the ability to drain energy, bestowing negative ...
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What happens to a creature that passes its save against the Fanfare spell?

The Fanfare spell (Song and Silence) describes its effect as follows: Fanfare creates a trumpet blast so loud that it can shake the foundations of buildings or stop an army in its tracks. Every ...
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Where do new druids come from?

Other classes have easy explanations for how they came to be: fighters and monks trained, wizards studied, clerics and paladins prayed, sorcerers and oracles were born that way, and so on, so forth. ...
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Is there a way to create a magic item at less than its absolute minimum caster level?

Without using psionics, is there a way to reduce the absolute lowball minimum caster level of a spell completion magic item or spell trigger magic item? Likewise, is there a way to brew a potion at a ...
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What's up with the domain Vile Darkness?

Usually when an in-game thing like a feat, magic item, spell, or, like in this case, a cleric domain gets reprinted in a later text, that later text's version of the thing takes precedence over all ...
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Does 3.0 Polymorph as originally printed in the PHB leave max hit points unchanged? Even through a level change while polymorphed?

In the PHB 3.0 on page 236, polymorph other has a permanent duration. It swaps the target's physical stats (strength, dexterity, constitution) out for those of some arbitrary monster. However, it ...
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Does a dual-casting prestige class exist in D&D 3.0?

Are there any prestige classes the same as or similar to Mystic Theurge before the 3.5 update? I would consider a class fundamentally the same if it fully advanced both arcane and divine casting, and ...
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Master of flies questions

I'm looking to get into master of flies (Savage Species p.80) and I have a few questions about it. The swarm has the same number of hit points as the original creature and can be damaged by fire ...
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How does the psionic power disable work?

I am puzzled by the 1st-level psion/wilder power disable [telepathy] (Expanded Psionics Handbook 93), which says You broadcast a mental compulsion that convinces one or more creatures of 4 Hit Dice ...
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Can a leshay employ Power Attack with its leshay weapons?

The leShay (originally Epic Level Handbook 202-3) was overhauled during the 3.5 revision, but its supernatural ability leshay weapons remained unchanged: Each leShay carries two personal melee ...
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What exactly are the “usual benefits to hit points” mentioned in Bear's Endurance?

My sorcerer has just reached level 11 and I am to select my last level 2 spell. I started out with a mere 9 in my constitution ability score and despite getting a toad familiar and finally getting my ...
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What are the origins of Vermin Lord? [closed]

What exactly is the origin of vermin lord? Vermin Lord are spellcasters who focus on the use of vermin, slightly turning into one of them by developing insectoid wings and chitinous plates. I have ...
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Was L5R 2nd Edition based on or compatible with D&D 3.0?

The second edition of Legend of the Five Rings is a game published in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast — the first time an L5R edition was published by WotC and the same year that they published Dungeons &...
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How does a Small or bigger creature use a horned helmet?

The horned helmet (Races of Faerûn 155, 156) (25 gp; 4 lbs.) is a martial Small weapon (hence light in dnd-3.5e terms) with which a Medium creature deals 1d4/×2 points of piercing damage. Already, I ...
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Are there official, complete statistics for these exotic weapons?

The Wizards of the Coast Web site hosts Battle Sheets! that convert figures from the Chainmail Miniatures Game into Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition. Some of these Battle Sheets have dwarves armed ...
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How does two-weapon fighting work when using an off-hand triple dagger?

The triple dagger (Arms and Equipment Guide 6, 10) (10 gp; 1 lb.) is—with some minor adjustments due to the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 revision—a light exotic melee weapon that deals 1d4 points of ...
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Is the Create Crawling Claw spell valid in v3.5?

The monster "crawling claw" (an animated amputated hand, a la Thing) seems to have a muddled history of revisions across D&D 3e and 3.5. In the 3.0 book Monsters of Faerun (29), a crawling claw ...
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...