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Are Aarakocra and Kenku related?

As far as I can read, the oldest lore on Kenku states that they are avian humanoids who lost their wings and speech when they defied their god. However, I can't help draw striking, yet vague links ...
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What is the origin of the Gauntlets of Ogre Power?

I am playing a new D&D 5e game with an experienced GM. It is a two-shot with 8th level characters. He initially allowed each player to choose an Uncommon magic item. When I chose the Gauntlets of ...
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Where can I find lore about the Shadow of Ao?

So I was perusing the wiki when I stumbled upon this: The Shadow of Ao was a powerful artifact said to have been lost after the sundering of Abeir-Toril. Abilities: Legend had that the Shadow of Ao ...
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Are there rules and/or lore in any edition of D&D for managing time-travel paradoxes?

Background & motivation On this question about weather prediction, user dsollen commented that someone could potentially use Druidcraft to predict the future, using the following steps: Make a ...
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Do any official materials (from any edition) explain why non-native outsiders breathe air?

"Outsiders breathe, but do not need to eat or sleep". That just seems weird to me. Outsiders are so different to material-plane native organisms that they don't even need to physically ...
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Do 'light hammers', as depicted in D&D, being throwable have any historical precedent? [closed]

I've been trying to find a 'realistic' or at least believable depiction of a light throwing hammer, that would be the equivalent to the 'Light Hammer' in D&D 5E (which has the thrown property). ...
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What were these CYOA-style books?

In the (late?) '80s I "played" some books. They were choose-your-own-adventure-like, but with a big caveat: there was a character sheet (within the first few pages, or maybe the inside of ...
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What do you do when one of your players is being difficult?

I am running a campaign and have been for about 5 months now. All of my players are pretty new to D&D. All except one. He is honestly my worst player despite all of his experience. He is ...
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Im new to role playing games.Where should i start? [duplicate]

I've played Skyrim but I really want to know where to start for dungeons and dragons.
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How do aquatic races write underwater?

There are lots of situations where underwater races will want to send messages to each other, write in spell books, create maps, etc. Are there any examples out there in D&D lore (any edition, any ...
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What are some easy all-in-one options to play TTRPGs online with only phones? [closed]

So, the short version of all this is that my local D&D group will no longer be able to meet in person for the foreseeable future. Some of them /only/ have their smartphones to use: no tablet, no ...
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Are there any published materials about different body sizes?

I'm wondering if there's any official published material on different body types such as overweight/underweight (as well as short and tall characters) in the history of Dungeons and Dragons. ...
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In-world justification for stacking rules?

Inspired by this question on World Building, I'm curious if the bonus stacking rules from various editions of D&D have ever had an in-world justification published. From what I've found, there's ...
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Have oozes ever been a playable race?

I would like to play as a gelatinous cube with class levels. The game is 5e and I know no such option is available in 5e but in previous editions lots of things were possible. Has there at any time in ...
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Does the Cult of the dragon have a religious maxim?

My players are going to fight the cult of the dragon next session and I was looking for some sort of dogma/motivational phrase/maxim or guideline that the goons of the cult might say to themselves ...
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Are There Alternatives to Dice Discussed in any D&D Literature?

On a family camping trip we found that we had left our dice on the kitchen table at home, and we have a family tradition of not using phones or other devices while camping. And yet D&D must be ...
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Can the soul of a creature get swept up by a Psychic Wind while going through the astral plane after dying?

I heard that in the "standard" setting for D&D, when your character dies, their soul goes travelling through the Astral Plane until they eventually end up in the outer plane they belong ...
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Who is the High God?

Spelljammer indicates Krynn (world of the Dragonlance setting) exists in a shared universe with the rest of D&D. Krynnspace is a crystal sphere containing the world Krynn Astinous (Krynn’s most ...
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Did gnolls reproduce differently in previous editions?

I'm working on incorporating gnolls and the demon lord Yeenoghu into a campaign, and I am wondering where all the gnolls come from. Volo's Guide to Monsters describes the origins of gnolls: Whenever ...
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Where in D&D published material did the nomenclature "ability check" first appear?

Looking through the Redbox and the Bluebox I noticed that there are abilities and there are checks. But there is no cohesive concept of an "ability check". Then I looked in Gygax' AD&D ...
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In what edition did Volo first appear?

In what edition did Volo first appear? I was talking to my friend about Volo's Guide to Monsters and he said Volo is from a previous edition. He wasn’t sure which, but said it was not from the 5th ...
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What are the mists of Ravenloft

The mists of Ravenloft can appear anywhere in the multiverse and anyone venturing into them will find themself hopelessly lost before maybe arriving in Ravenloft with no means of escape. I've been ...
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How to detect predisposition for magic in dnd? [closed]

In my campaign we inherited 2 children. My mage character would like to know if one or both of the kids could become magic users. How to do that? Is there a spell, ability check, or other ability to ...
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How have the various planes changed over the different editions of D&D, including changes of terminology? [duplicate]

Dungeons and Dragons has been around for a long time now, and whilst there are a lot of questions and some very good answers covering a lot of the mechanical and lore-related differences between the ...
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What is the Blue Dragon wing span size compared to other dragons?

This is more of a lore question, but I can't find any information on it in the 5e Monster Manual. Hopefully there is a lore wizard out there who knows something about this. I recently bought some of ...
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How to I run the Tomb of horrors better? [closed]

I'm having trouble with the Tomb of Horrors. My party is mostly newer players except for one veteran player, who happens to power build with another newer player (the overpowered clerics from Tasha's ...
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What is your favorite RPG for younger people? [closed]

I have played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons with my younger siblings, but I have found that they can lose interest quickly with all of the complicated rules and slow combat. They want more of the ...
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Can an army of psionic characters create a crystal sphere in the astral plane?

My favorite part about D&D is the extensive lore and metaphysics, so I like to make non-canon additions to my own game's world which are in line with established D&D lore/canon. New, but not ...
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With Whom or Where Can I Play D&D [duplicate]

I’m new to D&D and want to play with someone if anyone could introduce me to the game and invite me to your online table (is that what you call where you play D&D) I would be very greatful
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What are the Easter Eggs in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft?

So, in this article on the Dungeons and Dragons website about Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, the following list of Easter eggs in the book are mentioned: The mystical symbol formed by the Sigil ...
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Where was Baldur's Gate (the fictional city) first described?

The city of Baldur's Gate is famous since the original Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II video games. Was the city created specifically for the video game, or did it exist prior to the video game? If ...
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How to describe & roleplay past torture, prejudice and gender discrimination without upsetting fellow players too much?

In the next adventure I'm going to play a drow male, who was casually bullied, whipped etc. by females of the drow society. That's how that society works, after all. It's in the books. He now has a ...
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Could sorcerer's blood double as dragon's blood?

Considering Introduced into Sharn by Daask, dragon's blood is a potent and highly addictive stimulant. In addition to inducing euphoria, it can enhance spellcasting ability or even temporarily imbue ...
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What do neutral alignments really mean compared to their lawful/chaotic counterparts? [closed]

I have read many different explanations on the 9 alignments and the 6 extremes all click, but call me stupid I just cannot get my head around the 3 neutral variations (Neutral Good, Neutral, Neutral ...
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Are there drow deities that encourage cooperation with surface elves, and possibly reunion / conquer?

Inspired by How do I encourage Drow players to not make Drizzt clones? I'd love the concept of truly evil drow cleric adventuring on the surface and trying to cooperate with surface elves, hating ...
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80's or 90's "Dungeon" magazine adventure - players are shipwrecked on a noble's island, and attend a party

My daughter is home for college and has asked her friends over to play (and me to DM). A request was made for a combat-light short adventure with mystery elements. I am trying to remember a specific ...
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Where can I find lore about the Ichor Lance?

This particular artifact has caught my attention. I can barely find any lore pertaining to it. It has a blurb about how it was used by Zagig and Iggwilv to imprison Fraz-Urb'luu in Greyhawk but that'...
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Are there any gods or godlike entities in D&D associated primarily with fear?

I have been looking through the list of deities in the 5e Player's Handbook, as well as some of the big nasties in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, but there don't appear to be any deities that are ...
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How can a DM nerf the circle of the moon archdruid ability to prevent infinite hit points? [duplicate]

So I know a lot of people argue that infinite wild shape "isn't that overpowered" but I still think gaining upwards of 200 hit points per turn is a bit broken, especially compared to other ...
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Are there any official references to the "a cat is a deadly encounter for a commoner" meme?

I have encountered several times the claim that cats are rather deadly encounters for any commoner and the difference between a commoner and an adventurer is, that the adventurer actually would have a ...
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Is there a canonical date for Returning Day?

Returning Day apparently celebrates the day that Balduran returned to Gray Harbor. Does any source give a specific date that this occurs on, in the Harptos Calendar?
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Does D&D have any sort of interaction that affects constitution saves similar to how Evasion affects Dexterity saves?

If I remember correctly, D&D 5e has a class feature for multiple classes called Evasion, where your Dexterity saves prevent all damage on a successful save and still stop half of the damage if you ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens when a god dies?

By the end of next session, due to my PCs (through a mixture of burning temples, using dark magic, and killing avatars) a god in the Forgotten Realms that the PCs have a rivalry with will probably be ...
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How would a devil get around using its true name on a contract?

In the lore, knowing a devil's true name allows you to summon it and grants you power over it. Devils LOVE contracts, but surely they need to put their full names somewhere on the contract to be ...
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Is there a specific group of Adjectives that are used in Dungeons and Dragons to describe spells that get progressively better?

I know in Dungeons and Dragons there are a vast amount of Adjectives that describe spells that are documented (Minor, Major, Lesser, Greater) where specific words denote progressively better effects, ...
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What is the name of this book with an adventure on the backside?

I'm trying to find a book again that I had decades ago. It was a book for the Dragonlance setting. It had a map on the backside with the city, the inn from the first novel, and the surrounding area. ...
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What is the origin of non-evil/non-hostile Yuan-ti?

I've recently been made aware that some 'deep lore' may imply the existence of canonically good Yuan-ti groups. Is there an origin to this 'Good' group of Yuan-Ti? Graeme Barber implies this may be in ...
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Are there any races that follow the God Nerull in D&D?

I have found many a wiki that talk about the god Nerull from Greyhawk in D&D, and they all talk about how his followers are necromancers and murderers. I feel like I'm missing something though in ...
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How does the Day/Night cycle work on the Elemental Plane of Fire?

So I found out, that there is a curfew every night in the City of Brass on the Elemental Plane of Fire. This makes me wonder: How does a day/night cycle work on the Elemental Plane of Fire? Is there a ...
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When is it appropriate to contest a DM? [closed]

Ι am struggling to find helpful information about when it is appropriate for a player to challenge a DM's decision. There was a recent question which triggered this "old chestnut" for me: ...

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