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What early D&D book features a black-&-white illustration of Ao playing a board game with Tiamat?

I don't know that the image was explicitly labeled "Ao & Tiamat", so it could have been almost any giant humanoid, playing a board game with a multi-headed draconic creature. The board ...
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What is the complete lifecycle of souls in the Nine Hells?

The Descent into Avernus adventure provides more information about what happens to souls in the Nine Hells/Baator than was previously available - soul coins and their uses, in particular. It's also ...
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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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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 proprietor ...
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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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Looked at a different rolling (3d6, 3d6, average) for D&D characters in AnyDice and the result didn't come out as expected. What am I missing?

One of the historical dice mechanics in AD&D that can be used is: 3d6 twice for each attribute and pick the best of each pair of rolls. Normal 3d6 once gives a mean of 10.50. Rolling two sets of ...
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Is there any explanation or discussion regarding the change in the Bard class from its AD&D1ed orignal implementation?

If I recall correctly, the Bard in AD&D1ed was a true dual (triple) class character who had to progress as a pure fighter, then a pure thief, and then finally could begin to progress as a bard. In ...
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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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What is the origin of the Vorpal Sword?

This question reminded me of the peculiar "vorpal" swords. Vorpal blades are great flavor, but in many editions of the game, they also have been quite overpowered -- in 1e, it really was not ...
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What gods/deities live in the Nine Hells?

In Forgotten Realms lore, what gods or deities make their home in one or more layers of the Nine Hells? (Asking for all editions of the D&D). I get that each layer is ruled over by a "lord&...
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Where is the isle of Axard located?

Fizban's Treasury of Dragons puts the lair of Raulothim, an ancient Emerald Dragon, in the Pits of Stars: Raulothim is an ancient emerald dragon who dwells in an extinct volcano known as the Pit of ...
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What is "Vancian" magic in D&D?

In discussions of D&D, especially discussing older editions, the term Vancian sometimes comes up: "Vancian" spellcasting, "Vancian" magic system. But this word doesn't actually ...
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Can my username include a D&D monster?

I had planned on creating a Twitch/YouTube channel. My username on PS4 and other places contains the name of a D&D monster (the bugbear.) Would my channel ever be in danger of action against it ...
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In which editions is it possible for D&D druids to shapeshift/wild shape and breed in their animal forms?

I was talking to some gaming friends during today's happy hour, and this came up. Druids can shape-shift into animals. They can remain in their animal forms for a rather long period of time. Can they ...
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Awakened forest/valley/piece of land. Was there any official monster like that?

The question is about DnD, any version. Was there any official monster ever published that had a description of being an awakened piece of land in general (with whatever the land had on it) and could ...
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Does any source published prior to 5th Edition attest that Strahd von Zarovich is the first vampire ever?

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft calls Barovia the "Domain of the First Vampire", and later says this about Strahd in the chapter 3 section on Barovia (emphasis mine throughout): The nature ...
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What is Pathfinder's relationship to D&D?

Pathfinder is often conflated with D&D, 4e I think, but it isn't actually named "Dungeons & Dragons." What is Pathfinder's relationship to D&D, and how does it fit in with the various D&...
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What is the "Othur" referenced in the name of the poison "Burnt Othur Fumes"?

D&D has a poison which goes by the name "burnt othur fumes". What is an "othur"? Google provides me with the fact that in 3.5, pathfinder and 5e, "burnt othur fumes" have some effect on ...
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What's the story behind kobolds being little lizards?

In tradition, kobolds were fey creatures associated with mischief, similar in appearance to gnomes or gremlins, often with the ability to become invisible (like the kobold Pumuckl popularized in a ...
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What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate?

Is it possible, and if so, what happens when a metallic and chromatic dragon mate? I'm most interested in blue and bronze dragons. I'm interested in lore from all editions except the fourth edition. ...
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How far is it from Undermountain to Skullport?

In the Adventure "Dungeon of the Mad Mage", Skullport is connected to the dungeon of Undermountain via various tunnels and the river Sargauth. However, the adventure does not seem to ...
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Open/Masked Lords of Waterdeep: council voting, term limits, impeachment, election

I've been trying to get to the bottom of how the system of government in Waterdeep works and while there are many resources available I've struggled to find specific answers to these questions: Are ...
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What information is there on the latitude of different countries/cities in the Forgotten Realms setting?

My party has relocated our 'base' to the island of Lantan, and I'm wondering what latitude it's at in the Forgotten Realms setting. According to the Forgotten Realms Wiki, in 3e Waterdeep was at about ...
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What are the creative origins of the Storm Giant?

Giants have been part of D&D since the very beginning, with the hill giant, stone giant, frost giant, fire giant, and cloud giant featuring in the original version of the game, and the storm giant ...
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How old is Lathander?

I know some gods are rather young – mortals from hundreds of years ago that ascended - but I assume Lathander is much older. Have Lathander's origins ever been officially stated? How old is Lathander?
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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Is the lore in Baldur's Gate 3 canon?

Is the lore in the video game Baldur's Gate 3 canon? The story in the game can play out differently depending on choices you make, so anything related to that obviously isn't canon. But is e.g. ...
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What is the origin of the simulacrum spell?

Simulacrum is a peculiar wizard spell that is widely held to be broken when it comes to power level, and is the source of so many rules questions that it is one of the very few spells has its own tag, ...
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Do lycanthropes age faster based on their form?

Many lycanthropes take the form of short lived creatures such as rats. Lycanthropes fully become the animal they change into during the full moon, that is to say all statistics not solely physical ...
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Are there published encounters that send you into an illusion or dream state?

Our DM in a recent adventure had us transported into a matrix like illusion when we used a portal. We thought we were traveling back to Undermountain from an orbiting satellite that was occupied by ...
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Are there any published maps of Rhymanthiin and also 'The Path of Light' linking it to the Misty Forest?

I have found a fair amount of info and lore about Rhymanthiin, particularly its creation and even some descriptions of parts of it, including information about The Path of Light, but no maps or even ...
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What is the origin of the name Yan-C-Bin?

I'm planning a story arc for my D&D campaign that will heavily involve the elemental plane of air, with Yan-C-Bin being the BBEG at the end. The name Yan-C-Bin is very strange, and I'm wondering ...
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Can a human who has had their body stolen by an intellect devourer undergo Ceremorphosis?

As the question asks: Can a human who has had their body stolen by an intellect devourer undergo Ceremorphosis? More importantly - would they allow such a transformation? I have taken a read through ...
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Has the role of Xanathar ever been vacant?

Looking at FR Wiki's list of Known Xanathars, has there ever been a time where the title of Xanathar wasn't held? Has it ever been held by a creature other than a beholder? Either with a catspaw/...
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What are the dimensions of a Red Great Wyrm's leg bone?

I'm trying to figure out the cross sectional area of the smallest part of a Red Great Wyrm's leg bones to mathematically determine how much force it has to be able to withstand in order for said Great ...
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When and where was the first mention of Xanathar in any D&D publication?

I've been told the beholder monster first appeared in Greyhawk (1975), but what was the first appearance of Xanathar in particular? Title and year would be nice.
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Would The Map Of The Sword Coast In The Front Of Tyranny Of Dragons Be Considered A Province, Kingdom, Or Continent Scale?

I need an answer to this because I'm trying to figure out the distance between some of the towns for chapter 4. Now, I'm not running this chapter as it is because...well...if it's boring to read it's ...
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Are there any spells that allow a Druid to create a focus out of a living tree previous to 5E?

In my previous question, I asked if there was any means, in RAW or RAI, DnD 5e, for a character to create a druidic focus out of a living tree, as described in the PHB: A druidic focus might be a ...
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In Dragonlance, what color is goblin blood?

In the Dragonlance setting of D&D, what color is goblin blood?
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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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Can half-Elves interbreed with half-Orcs?

Can half-elves and half-Orcs interbreed with each other and who will be born in this case?
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Other than in The Book of Vile Darkness, are there any other books/modules that refer to drug use?

In 3.5 there was a section in The Book of Vile Darkness (TBoVD) where if refers to fantasy use of drugs, such as "Devilweed" among others (pp. 41-44). It includes quite a lot information ...
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Shouldn't Magic Missile be a Divination Spell instead of Evocation? [closed]

Don't take me wrong, but in all editions I've seen so far, Magic Missile is a spell that launches darts or orbs of pure magical force (thus, it's an Evocation Spell). Inside its descriptions, it says ...
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What is the origin of the Beholder?

The Beholder is one of the games most iconic monsters. It is on the title of the Fifth Edition Monster Manual. It has spawned a whole collection of creatures, including undead Death Tyrants, Gazers, ...
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Which adventures feature Illithids?

Does anyone know which adventures have Illithids? I am looking for a tier two adventure or one for levels 7-9 in other editions. I am looking for adventures that primarily focus on Illithid as a ...
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Which D&D edition is this board game inspired from?

Recently, a coworker told me they have started playing D&D with friends and they have shown me pictures of their gaming materials... and they really look like one of those introductory D&D ...
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What is the history of vampires having high natural armor class?

Based on this question to Order of the Stick #1002 featuring combat between the main protagonist and a vampire, I wonder what is historical motivation for D&D vampires being tough to hit, not ...
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Is there a concept in D&D where you can assume a 20 on a roll because you can retry as much as you want?

I don't know why, but for a long time I though that a "natural 20" meant that a skill check was done under circumstances where the player can just retry an action until they get a 20, so the ...
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I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?

I'm no gamer at all, so this could be like a very silly, basic question for you guys. The thing is that I always read about "Dungeons and Dragons" game (not the video game, but the normal game to play ...
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History of Tarrasque in RPGs

The tarrasque is one of the iconic monsters of Dungeons and Dragons, designed to be a creature that is nearly impossible for players to deal with - or at least challenging them to be creative. But in ...

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