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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to model the behavior of D&D's chaotic evil Orcs on? [closed]

Instinctively, I find myself modeling a tribe of Dungeons & Dragons Orcs as similar to Klingons from Star Trek, or Vikings, or even a gang of bikers or skinheads. But none of these models truly ...
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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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Have different types of normal clothes ever done anything in DND?

In 5e there are common clothes, travellers clothes and fine clothes, but I don't think they actually have any rules around them. I have found there isn't much in the way of clothing materials on older ...
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Am I allowed to use the name Greyhawk in a group name and website name?

I have been running a 5e D&D group for several years with the tentative title "Spoils of Greyhawk" since the main campaigns have been placed in the World of Greyhawk. I am now looking to ...
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Is there any lore about faerzress being used for portals?

The 1st edition of D&D introduced the Underdark with the Adventure D1, D2, and D3, later compiled into the Queen of Spiders supermodule. One characteristic feature of the Underdark was that long-...
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Is there an AI that is capable of DMing using the 1983 Mentzer Basic DnD rules? [closed]

I'd like to solo play using the 1983 Mentzer Basic DnD rules (red box). Is there an AI that can deploy the rule set if I provide dice rolls and do the record keeping? Either published modules or ...
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What is the world record for the longest D&D marathon?

I have been looking for a while to find the world record for the longest Dungeons and Dragons marathon because me and my friends had a plan to try and attempt to beat it and give the money from the ...
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If a Defiler native to Athas managed to get to another Material Plane, could they still use Defiling magic?

From what I understand, in Dark Sun, Defilers can destroy the plants around them to make their magic more powerful. If a Defiler from Athas somehow ended up in another material plane (don't care which,...
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Is there any in game explanation from any edition of D&D for why Greyhawk Powers/Outsiders lost their psionics?

In the original edition of D&D (white box plus supplements version), Outsiders (meaning those who are not from the Prime Material plane, and more specifically Powers; I'm aware that this is ...
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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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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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What are known portals to the Hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I know that there is (or at least, used to be) one portal in the dungeons under Dragonspear Castle that linked the castle to Avernus, the first level of the Nine Hells. Are there other such fixed ...
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Through various editions of D&D, why would you use a shortbow rather than a longbow?

Since my beginnings with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons until now (playing Wrath of the Righteous, having played 2e and Pathfinder in between), I'm still asking myself: Is there, in term of D&D ...
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How have the Shadar-kai changed over the editions and is there any consistency to be found in the lore between editions?

In D&D 5e, the Shadar-kai are a sub-race of elves. However, it seems that in 4e, the Shadar-kai were humans. In both cases, they lived in the Shadowfell and served the Raven Queen, so it doesn't ...
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Does being in the Shadowfell (5E) in any way affect spells that players cast?

The 5E DMG mentions only that the plane has a hatred of light and lacks color, mentions the Domains of Dread, and then gives an optional rule for despair. Does the Plane of Shadow cause radiant damage ...
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What is the in-game origin of the D&D clone spell?

What is the in-game origin of the clone spell? I'm looking for the inventor (or the first inventor) of the clone spell within the multiverse of D&D settings. Since D&D settings have a ...
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What are known portals to the Abyss in Greyhawk?

In the 2nd Edition Module WGR6, The City of Skulls, the players are to infiltrate Doraaka, Iuz' capital, to rescue a prisoner. They however cannot teleport there because, as the Master Elementalist ...
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Where did the term cantrip originate?

Forogtten realms wiki contains information about the history of cantrips in DnD, going back to first edition. Cantrips first appeared in print in Dragon magazine and were then reprinted in the First ...
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What is the etymology of Mind Blank?

The spell mind blank protects you from divinations. For most spells, I can figure out how their name reflects what they do: mind fog produces fog that makes your mind foggy; meteor swarm creates a ...
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What is the best way to learn 5E coming from 3.5E? [duplicate]

I have been playing 3.5E for the past 7 years. My group wants to try 5th edition. What is the best way to get started for me and my group? What are the major differences between 5E and 3.5E that we ...
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Which Adventures have a Sun Blade?

This is going to be a question to all the old-bees. Which D&D adventures (any edition) have a sun blade as a magic item? I thought Temple of the Frog did, but cannot find it in the module.
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Which D&D edition is good for newbies? [closed]

I'm totally new to D&D, having only played 2 games, neither of which I GM'd, one being 3.5, the other being heavily home brewed version of 3.5. I want to GM a game. I have a group ready, but I was ...
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Are there consistent rules or lore guidelines about what creatures cannot be magically put to sleep?

I've recently become unreasonably annoyed by sleep effects and how the game seems to handle them. There is a story tied to this: I play a level 11 bard in our bi-weekly 5e game. Our party was recently ...
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Is there any more lore on Maleffluent?

I'm doing a campaign in 5e and I'm going to be bringing my PC's into 'The Forgotten Terror' scenario from the Ruby of Aggarath (Dagger, not domain.) It will have my own spin on it and rules will be ...
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Is there a guide/reference for possible character hairstyles in D&D Forgotten Realms universe?

I was playing a D&D session as a female cleric of Qotal and, at some point, the party encountered some kind of wind monster. As I tried to cast spells requiring concentration, the DM argued that I ...
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Who is "Tucker" from the Dragon magazine article "Tucker's Kobolds"?

Tucker's Kobolds, from an article in Dragon magazine issue 127, is an example of challenging higher-level player characters with lower-level monsters. Who is the real person behind "Tucker", and is ...
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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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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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