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What are the origins of the Displacer Beast?

The displacer beast is one of the game's iconic monsters. But it does not seem to come from the same kind of medieval bestiary like the gorgon, or from cheap plastic toys like the owlbear or bulette. ...
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Do magic items work in the outlands or lose power the closer they get to the spire?

So I am running a planescape campaign. My party just went into a color pool on the astral plane and got deposited in the outlands. They just got a magic carpet and I have a feeling they will try to ...
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What prevents a God from giving full power to a cleric?

Each god has an agenda. This is propagated to the clerics, in the sense that if a cleric follows a certain god, (s)he does so because the god's agenda reflects the mindset of the cleric. Thus, a god's ...
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How do I approach my DM about keeping my character balanced and involved after a lot of player churn and uneven play time?'

I am unsure if these kinds of questions are allowed, but if they are, I would like your advice on a situation for I would like an outside perspective. I am completely new to DnD. I never watched any ...
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Do creatures age at the pace of the creature they've shapeshifted into?

If a dragon, or really anything, was to shape shift into an animal with a different aging rate, would the dragon (or other creature) age at their age rate? For example, humans age about 10 times ...
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What published resource first introduced the svirfneblin?

Similar to What published resource first introduced the duergar? I'm curious about when these little deep gnomes first got a stat block. The earliest I know about them was in Baldur's Gate II (the ...
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What published resource first introduced the duergar?

What published resource first introduced the duergar? Specifically, I'm interested in when they first given a stat block (if there were allusions to them earlier). I think it was an AD&D module, ...
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Can a true dragon die of old age?

Does a true dragon have a maximum lifespan or old age maladies that can kill them? or do they live functionally forever unless slain via violence? Is there an edition difference where they can die of ...
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Are there any other published attestations of Zorquan, besides Draconomicon (1990) & Cult Of The Dragon (1998)?

I haven't found any mention of Zorquan, draconic god of "dragon-ness" (perhaps most famed as a critic of the draconic holy wars), except the two books Draconomicon (1990), & Cult Of The ...
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Which D&D deity's religious practices and beliefs are the most comprehensively detailed in official published material?

I've been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson lately, and the thing I love most about his worlds, aside from the magic systems, is the treatment of religion. The characters have personal beliefs that ...
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Are there any examples of chests hidden by the Leomund's Secret Chest spell being found?

The description of the spell Leomund's secret chest says: You hide a chest, and all its contents, on the Ethereal Plane. [...] This question asks where the chest is hidden, with the single answer ...
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What healing spell did Cadderly cast on Ivan Bouldershoulder?

In the R.A. Salvatore books Cleric Quintet, Ivan Bouldershoulder was seriously injured. Cadderly put a ring of Regeneration on, then cast a spell that removed the wounds from Ivan and they appeared on ...
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Do Baldur's Gate coins have names like Neverwinter and Waterdeep in Forgotten Realms?

The minted coins of Waterdeep and Neverwinter within the Forgotten Realms setting have names established in the published lore. However, I have been unable to find anything similar for Baldur's Gate. ...
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Were some of the NPCs in 'Waterdeep: Dragon Heist' player characters at some point?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure has some rather colorful NPCs that, as part of their backstory, were adventurers exploring the Undermountain in the past. Among them are: Durnan, the propietor ...
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What's the origin of the Mimic?

The Mimic is an iconic figure of the modern fantasy genre, best known for disguising itself as a treasure chest to tempt and ensnare adventurers and turn them into a meal. It's shown up in D&D (ca....
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What controversial things has Oghma done that might test the faith of a cleric who worships him?

There are probably no gods who are completely good acording to "modern standards". A few days ago, I read here this post on the /r/DnDNext subreddit talking about how Corellon is kind of a ...
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Is there a functional reason for wizards to live in towers so often?

The concept of wizard towers seems to predate D&D, but has there been a functional reason for this added to D&D? I'm going to be using the answer specifically in 5e, but wizard towers ...
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Are there any rules about "energy" in any D&D version? [closed]

I am developing a turn-based combat game that uses D&D rules (as much as possible) as its foundation. The relevant rules are around concepts such as movement, distance, range, HP, AC, to hit, and ...
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What creature can be weaponised to counter a modern Air Force? [closed]

I need a monster, preferably a flying one, that can be used by an army to fight a modern Air Force. The modern air force here is equivalent to the USAF, with jet fighters and B-52 bombers and all. Its ...
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Looking for a specific softcover book from the 90's, one in a series of 3 I think, had white cover about overpowered artifacts

I had the book in question at one time and lost it during a move. The front and back covers were glossy and white with not the greatest art. I think it was the 2nd in a series of 3, but I could never ...
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What do Salamanders eat?

In the D&D 5e Monster Manual, most elementals state explicitly that they do not require food or drink. This is not the case for salamanders. By omission, they need to eat and drink. The Forgotten ...
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What historical information is there for Wish being used to create magic items?

In the description for the Wish spell, one of the examples given is You create one object of up to 25,000 gp in value that isn't a magic item. The object can be no more than 300 feet in any dimension,...
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Are there in-universe explanations for the game mechanic of "remembering" spells for daily use? [duplicate]

There exists a specific game mechanic for spell casting in the Dungeons and Dragons system (at least in version v3, v3.5 and also in Pathfinder v1, probably in others also) which seems to be driven by ...
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Specific published image of the Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing

I am trying to track down color art for the Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing (first appearance in S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks). I believe I first saw it some time since around 2013. Things I remember: ...
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Is it appropriate to address characters by their race in D&D?

Simply, calling an elf an elf or a dwarf a dwarf in a non-defamatory, non-insulting way: is it justified to call this out as racist language in a D&D game? More specifically, we have a player, ...
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Which D&D board game is best for beginners and can I create custom hero? [closed]

as the question says, I am considering buying the D&D board game. I can't decide which game to buy, but I've narrowed it down to The Legend of Drizzt, Wrath of Ashardalon, Temple of Elemental Evil,...
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Anyone ever explained why D&D still calls them spell "levels"? [closed]

It's a common source of confusion that player "levels" and spell "levels" are related, but not equal (eg, new players really don't understand why they can't cast level 2 spells at ...
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Is there a common in-universe term to refer to civilized mortal humanoids in D&D?

Out-of-universe we would call them "playable races" or "character races". Is there an in-universe term to refer to a member of a civilized humanoid race, for example humans, elves, ...
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Are half-Hobgoblins canon or even possible?

Half-orcs, half-elves, and even half-ogres abound in nearly all editions of D&D. However, I cannot recall any instances of half-hobgoblins in the source books or even canon literature. They are ...
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Who (or what) created the atropal?

Atropal are described in the 5th Edition adventure Tomb of Annihilation: An atropal is a ghastly, unfinished creation of an evil god, cast adrift and abandoned long ago. Since an atropal was never ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, did Mystra’s ban apply to magic used by the gods? [duplicate]

In the FR universe, before Mystra's ban, spells up to 12th level could be cast relatively easily by mortals. It’s safe to assume the gods could do the same. Were the gods affected by the ban on spells ...
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How does an Otyugh move?

The Otyugh is typically depicted with three legs, three tentacles, and an asymmetric body layout. While many have asked questions about the Otyugh like the number of melee attacks or the grapple, ...
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Are Yuan-Ti capable of falling in love with each other?

I have a few ideas of an adventure involving a large group of Yuan-Ti. The backstory of the adventure would include two Yuan-Ti falling in love with each other, and hence trying to get whatever is ...
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Has Raise Dead ever been an anti-undead counterpart of Slay Living?

I have always assumed, seen in play, and ruled that Raise Dead functions as Slay Living, but targets undead instead of living creatures and requires no material component. However, while planning a ...
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What was the first original liminal being in D&D?

The first edition monster manual, and the OD&D sources that predate it, have the traditional mythological liminal beings - centaurs, chimeras, satyrs, sphinxes... But was David Sutherland's ...
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What is the etymology of the term "drider"?

Gary Gygax took the word 'drow' from a Scots cognate of troll, with one of the meanings being 'dark elf'. David Sutherland III introduced the 'drider' in module Q1, as a drow that has been transformed ...
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How do dwarves age relative to humans?

I'm trying to figure out how dwarves in dungeons and dragons, mainly in lore, age relative to humans, specifically behaviourally? My preference for lore references is the Forgotten Realms but if there ...
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Why do all D&D languages use an alphabet system with the same number of letters as English? [closed]

Pretty straightforward question, in a world of elves, dragons, and dwarves, how come they all use an alphabet system with direct equivalence to English? Did all races base their writing system off of ...
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What happens when magic is removed from the Forgotten Realms? [closed]

I am planning on running a homebrew campaign, whose ultimate premise is that a villain is attempting to garner enough power to be able to eliminate all magic from existence. I am planning on setting ...
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What crimes would constitute a 'Universal Crime' or a 'Crime against Nature/Existence'?

The question popped into my head while watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it sprung from the un-modified interaction between Slughorn and the young Tom Riddle. If you aren't familiar ...
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How many high mages participated in the First Sundering?

Several sources point to the ritual requiring only 12 high mages: Uaul'Selu'Keryth. In your tongue, the name might be translated as "At War with the Weave". When twelve High Mages last ...
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What are some of the the first examples of feats in D&D?

I was ruminating over a book I owned a while ago, TSR's Celts Campaign Sourcebook for AD&D 2nd ed. Since I no longer have the copy I used to own I found a new (to me) one to read through it. I ...
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What is the history of the Toll the Dead spell?

The thematics of the Toll the Dead cantrip (XGtE, p. 169) have always seemed... strange to me: [...] the sound of a dolorous bell fills the air around [the target] for a moment. The spell seemingly ...
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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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