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Questions tagged [dungeons-and-dragons]

Questions relating to Dungeons & Dragons as a whole, or to multiple versions of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Can creatures other than devils make pacts enforceable by the ruby rod?

Inspired by Can PCs create their own magically enforceable contracts? it occurred to me that the usual enforcement of contracts is the natural law enforced by the ruby rod owned by Asmodeus (If I am ...
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How can I find out about the game world without meta-influencing it?

I'm a fairly new D&D player and as you can see from one of my other questions I'm attempting to play as spoiler free a game as possible. With this in mind I try and keep my reading about D&D ...
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Has Christianity ever been given stats?

Background We have plenty of material through several editions of D&D for several pantheons of old - Norse, Greek, Egyptian, and etc. Have there ever been published material for Christianity? Or ...
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What differences exist between adamantine and adamantite in all editions of D&D?

I have stuff in my notes about adamantine's durability and ability to autocrit against structures and objects (5e), reduce critical hits to normal ones (5e) and act as a virtually indestructible ...
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Can a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer?

In the Baldur's Gate III announcement trailer, we can see what seems to be a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer. What is happening there? Are Mind Flayers created by transforming other creatures?...
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Are D&D PDFs sold in multiple versions of different quality?

I'm looking for official PDFs (all editions of D&D). I wanted to give drivethrurpg a try, but I wonder: do different PDFs version of the same book exist (in different quality)? Subsidiary ...
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What happens when a steel dragon dies in its human form?

When a steel dragon is about to die from old age, it supposedly goes into hiding to recall all the memories of all the human lives it has lived, but what if a steel dragon is killed during battle ...
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What is known about tabaxi language and terminology, particularly the word “tabaxi” and the name of the Cat Lord?

According to this Dragon+ article, the term tabaxi originates with the race of cat people (at least in the Forgotten Realms setting as of D&D 5th edition): Tabaxi with a capital T is the ...
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Does any lore text explain why the planes of Acheron, Gehenna, and Carceri are the alignment they are?

Acheron is between pure law and lawful evil; Gehenna is between pure evil and lawful evil; and Carceri is between pure evil and chaotic evil. But this seems wrong to me. It seems to me that Acheron ...
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Is there an Undercommon word for beholders, as “illithid” is for mind flayers?

This answer states that "illithid" is Undercommon for mind flayer. Is there a similar word for beholder?
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When should I fudge dice rolls?

When I started my first D&D campaign as a DM, I accidentally rolled and confirmed a crit on a PC from a goblin. It was an instant kill as our campaign had no cleric. That time I decided to fudge ...
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How can the DM most simply and fairly choose 1 out of an odd number of characters to be targeted by an attack or effect?

When DMing and randomly determining a character to take damage or an effect, it's easy to roll a die if you have an even number of characters. But what about if you have an odd number of characters? ...
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Where does the distinction between “Mind Flayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mind Flayer is an Illithid, and vice versa. And I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mind Flayers refer to themselves or their race as ...
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What years/year ranges in the Forgotten Realms correspond to what D&D editions?

The current edition of D&D (5th) has adventures in the Forgotten Realms set in 1489-1493 DR. During what years in the Forgotten Realms are adventures from each edition set? (Answers should ...
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How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods?

How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods? More specifically, I'm interested in the Dead Three: Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. Do historians of the world know the circumstances ...
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Is there a map of Silverymoon with every street named?

Is there a street map of Silverymoon, one with every street and alley named?
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Is there any official lore that describes the hierarchy in temples of Pelor?

Is there any official lore for any setting in D&D that describes a hierarchy of clergy in temples dedicated to Pelor? Something similar to the deacon/priest/diocesan bishop/archbishop etc. in the ...
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How do I calculate the volume of a given quantity of coins?

Question A rectangular chest is filled to the brim with 1,000 unevenly piled gold coins, each weighing one third of an ounce. How big is that chest? Is there a formula I can use for routinely ...
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Which creature is depicted in this Xanathar's Guide illustration of a war mage?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything on page 59, there is an image of a war mage with some kind of creature on his shoulders. The creature looks vaguely like a Ki-Rin to me, but since Ki-Rins are ...
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What is an “Ardragon”?

The Zhentarim have according to the 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 22, chapter Factions and Organisations > Renown) the following ranks: “Fang (rank 1)” — Like the tooth “Wolf (rank 2)” — ...
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What is the origin of the expression/trope “Rocks fall, everyone dies”

I think most people are familiar with this scenario (either first hand or via media). The PCs are going off the rails, the GM gets fed up, and then suddenly, Rocks fall, everyone dies This is more ...
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Are there any D&D novels featuring shardminds?

The shardminds were introduced in D&D 4E. So, are there any published D&D novels featuring shardminds? I don't mind the setting of the novel (Forgotten Realms, Eberron, etc), I just need to ...
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Is there a published adventure in any D&D edition where the dungeon is a construct?

Does anyone know if a campaign exists that takes the PCs through a dungeon, where they are looking for a construct, only to realize at the end that the dungeon itself is the construct? I am asking ...
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Since which edition is the origin story of the elves told by Mearls canon?

Mike Mearls details "The Origin of Elves in Dungeons & Dragons" in a short video published on D&D Beyond's Facebook account. Since which edition is the information he shares considered canon, ...
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Who is that demon on the cover?

One of the most enduring and iconic images from the history of D&D is Trampier's cover for the 1ed AD&D Player's Handbook. You know the one: orange demon idol with the thieves prying out the ...
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Where can I find official depictions of the written alphabets/scripts of the various languages of D&D?

To add more flavor, I want to create documents written in the actual script. I remember awhile back seeing examples of the Common/Elven/Dwarven alphabets for instance, but can not recall where I can ...
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How much to bend “the rules” about populating a world?

All right, I have a question about creating a world and populating it with appropriate monsters, etc. I created a world a little while back, loosely based off of the world found in Michael Stackpole'...
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Why are Solars so powerful compared to other Outsiders in D&D?

Going through a number of D&D books that feature the Solar I noted that it is amongst the most powerful monsters in the book, frequently only matched in level and power by the likes of the ...
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Do the spells of the paladin's oaths works like cantrips? [closed]

When a paladin gets to the third level, it can choose an oath from the paladins oaths. This oath gives certain abilities and spells that act "naturally" for the oath. This means that it doesn't need ...
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Why aren't Halflings Hobbits?

Just curious, given how heavily from Tolkien D&D drew, and the fact that games like Wizardry used Hobbits, is there a good design reason why Gygax and company used Halflings (a term that also ...
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Why are psionics controversial?

I have recently had a conversation with some of my friends about psionics and their place in the D&D universe, both lore-wise and gameplay-wise. We were discussing the psionics as an optional part ...
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Can a new player join a group only when a new campaign starts?

I moved into a house share with my friends (ages 24-29), and they play role-playing games on weekends at the house, but they won't let me join in because they say it's not fair to the players that ...
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What is Wonderstone and are there any references to it pre-1982?

What is Wonderstone? Is there any source indicating that it was created pre-1982? I'm trying to find a reference to wonderstone in D&D pre-1982.
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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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What is the Ordial Plane and is it canon?

I have seen several references to something called the "Ordial Plane" to exist in Planescape. From what I can tell it is the third Transistive Plane which houses the bodies of the gods and the ...
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Why does dandwiki have a poor reputation?

Dandwiki has a markedly poor reputation in the online RPG community; material from it is often dismissed out of hand, and users are encouraged to avoid it and to not incorporate work posted there into ...
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Has the Underdark ever been a separate plane to the Material Plane?

I play D&D 5e; I am not that familiar with the other editions of D&D. However, I'm looking for lore on the Underdark from any edition, since the settings (e.g. the Forgotten Realms) are still ...
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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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Does 3d6 per attribute represent the entire (human) population or just adventurers?

In more "old school" D&D editions charterer creation required the generation of character attributes by rolling 3d6 for each one of the six (most commonly) attributes (Strength, Dexterity, ...
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Is there a guide to implementing realistic army logistics in D&D? [closed]

I just read Grain into Gold. If you don't know it, it is a guide for creating a realistic medieval/fantasy economy. I just wanted to know if there is any equivalent for fantasy army management, ...
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Are there specific descriptions of what each of the racial languages sound like?

Running adventures with varied races of NPC, I run into a lot of times where I simply say "It sounds like they're speaking Elvish/Orcish/etc etc". I'd like to know if perhaps there are descriptions of ...
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Are there any canonical correlations or known overlaps between D&D settings' various timelines that could be used to determine when they correspond?

D&D canon has demonstrated numerous times that the various campaign settings are in fact, connected to each other. Powerful beings from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and even Athas have found ways ...
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Edition transitions in the Forgotten Realms

I know that the Spellplague was the Forgotten Realms transition from D&D 3.5e to D&D 4e, and the Second Sundering was the transition from D&D 4e to D&D 5e, so - What major events in ...
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Is the D&D universe the same as the Forgotten Realms universe?

Recently my friend and I were discussing this question. He’s convinced the default universe of D&D is the Forgotten Realms, but I have my doubts about that. I did read that certain cosmic events ...
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What were the first publication dates of the Big Bads in the Elder Evils?

Elder Evils (2007) is a supplement for world or multiverse-ending Big Bads published by Wizards of the Coast. It contains nine primary antagonists (see below) with a host of subordinate or supporting ...
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Alternative Underdark Mounts

I am currently working as the DM for Out of the Abyss and have a Paladin in my party. This means at level 5, I need to come up with a Mount for her. Due to the Underdark being the Underdark, ...
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What regular Faerûn-wide events are there?

I'm wondering if there are any regular, realm-wide events (about every century or so) that would affect the Material Plane. Either nearly everybody knows it's happening, or just that strong magic-...
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Is there a list of famous heroic characters of D&D?

Edition #359 of the Dragon Magazine presented a list of notable villains (across many settings) in the article 1d20 Villains: D&D's Most Wanted; Preferably Dead. It included Strahd von Zarovich ...
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Is Forgotten Realms geo-location data copyrighted, or free to use?

I am in the process of creating a gis map of Toril, starting from the Faerun Continent. (More details are in this question on GIS.SE: Starting a QGIS project for a fantasy world map from raster images....
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Hoar's dogma seems to indicate to value true justice above the law. Are there further details on this in other sources?

One of Hoar's dogma (Uphold true and fitting justice and maintain the spirit of law, not the letter of law) seems to point to the fact that to a devotee of hoar justice is more important than law and ...