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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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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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In Dragonlance, what color is goblin blood?

In the Dragonlance setting of D&D, what color is goblin blood?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How to reconcile Planescape's multiversal gods with the Time of Troubles?

The Forgotten Realms setting's cosmology famously clashes with the Great Wheel cosmology, but large parts of it, for example the tree placement of their Outer Planes, can be easily dismissed as "...
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DND while travelling [closed]

Me and My friends every weekend travel for about 3 hours (each saturday and sunday). I was wondering if there was a way to play dungeons and dragons with them while travelling in the cab (for free) , ...
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Can I make a entirely homebrew D&D campaign? [closed]

Can I make a entirely homebrew D&D campaign? Or do I have to follow the books for D&D?
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Are there any monsters in D&D lore that focus on devouring memories?

Are there any monsters in D&D that would feed on memories/emotions? I know about illithid and intellect devourers, but I was hoping there might be another type of monster that is known for that ...
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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 reason could a Mind Flayer colony get involved with lycanthropy? [closed]

Recently I ended a campaign centered around lycanthropy where a few lycantropes were acidentally let loose and wild, in the same world with other players I hinted towards mindfalyers starting to make ...
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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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Is speed or momentum preserved if a moving object is shrunken or if the shrinking is dispelled? [closed]

Shrinking a projectile and then removing the effect after launching it (for example, shooting it across an anti-magic field) raises the question whether the now restored (and larger) projectile ...
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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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Can a Bard restart a Glamour Bard's Enthralling Performance after being interrupted or is the ability used for that day?

I have a friend playing with a Bard and wants to use the class ability, but he is asking me if the person he wants to enchant leaves the place for a moment during the use of the ability he can ...
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What loot has the highest value to weight ratio in D&D?

Reading "What are Astral Diamonds Made of?" made me wonder: what is the most valuable treasure in the game per pound? I mean, treasure that actually does have a price, have a weight, and is ...
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What are Astral Diamonds made of?

In any edition of Dungeons and Dragons, or in any related fiction in any campaign setting, is there official word for what Astral Diamonds actually are? Lacking that, any hints or clues in any ...
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How would a Grung Cleric work?

I am a major Grung appreciator, so I'd like to play one. My idea is for a Grung cleric, but I have worries about how this would work. Mainly because most healing spells are contact-based. Because of ...
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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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Looking for a product with a specific inn in a drow city

Our last play session with me as rotating DM ended with the party about to enter the (classic Greyhawk version) Vault of the Drow. Currently, I am a player in another DM's game, but when it cycles ...
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Should Tiamat's cold breath target the ability score indicated in its save?

The party is looking at facing Tiamat as the 20th-level epic boss fight that will end the campaign. The evoker has only four spell slots that can directly affect her, due to her limited magic ...
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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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When was the Hither-Thither Staff introduced in D&D?

In the movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, one of the magic items the characters come across over the course of the film is a Hither-Thither Staff. This wasn't invented for the film; ...
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How should I handle an unidentified deck of many things?

I know some people hate and fear the deck of many things, but as a GM running a high-lethality sandbox campaign, there's many things I like about it - and I'd like to deploy one for my players to find....
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Which source gave the option for a spellcaster to use wishes as verbal component?

I vaguely remember that I have seen a Dungeons and Dragons subclass, variant or feat that allowed a spellcaster who studied Genies or was related to them to cast spells by using spoken wishes as ...
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Which editions of D&D had Initiative rules like 5E's Speed Factor Initiative?

D&D 5E has a variant Initiative rule called Speed Factor Initiative which has two differences compared to the standard Initiative rule: Initiative is rolled every combat round In addition to ...
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Can I use the name Vecna for a different character in my own work?

I am creating my own ttrpg and have reached the pantheon section. I was wondering whether or not I could use the name Vecna (not necessarily the same character) without receiving a lawsuit. Is it ...
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Why would Ah­maergo have a giant stone slab with a Maze trap in his room?

In the adventure "Waterdeep: Dragon Heist", part of the adventure takes place in One of the two things the location contains is a: But why? Why the hell does the owner have such a random ...
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Why are all monasteries human?

In "Hero builders guidebook" a recurring theme is that all monasteries are in human lands only, with the book not even mentioning the idea of other races founding them. This makes it ...
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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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Is there any canon support for Sympathy and Contagion in Greyhawk?

I am going to be playing a GURPS Fantasy game set in Greyhawk using some of the rules from the Thaumotology book, which include Contagion: two things that have been in close contact are magically ...
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I'm new to D&D: where to begin?

I'm extremely new to Dungeons and Dragons and I have no idea where to start. I currently do not own any of the books or materials but really would like to get into the game. How does one start ...
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What is Dungeons & Dragons' unique intellectual property?

With the recent OGL discussions and the probability of people moving out of D&D and making their own games and systems, it got me thinking... What does Dungeons & Dragons own in terms of races,...
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