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Do Owlbears hibernate?

Do Owlbears hibernate like bears or stay active all winter like owls? Even the full page description of Owlbears in the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual is silent on this topic. I don't have back ...
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What demons are related to the demon lord Dagon?

I'm planning an underwater adventure for D&D 5e that will contain an underwater portal to Dagon's layer of the Abyss (the 89th layer, called the Shadowsea, apparently). The portal will have demons ...
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Where do chwinga come from?

In Tomb of Annihilation dnd-5e first sees chwinga, "small, shy elemental spirits" who are vaguely helpful to the characters if allowed to run their course. Are chwinga new (in D&D) to 5e, or did ...
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Is there an celestial equivalent to an imp/quasit?

Introduced in the early editions of D&D, imps and quasits were presented as devil/demon familiar options for evil spellcasters, and as of fifth edition, this aspect of them hasn't changed. ...
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When did the gith break free of the mind flayers?

In my recent question, How did the Duergar break free of the Mind Flayers?, in this answer it is stated that the Duergar freed themselves from the mind flayers in the year "c. –4000 DR". However, I ...
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How did the Duergar break free of the Mind Flayers?

It is known that the Duergar (a.k.a. Grey Dwarves, evil dwarves from the Underdark) were once slaves of the mind flayers, but then managed to break free. However, I can't find much information on how ...
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How do you go about reaching the Far Realm?

How do you go about reaching the Far Realm? I appreciate the lore found in 5e so far about the Far Realm: Is there any official lore on the Far Realm? What are all the creatures related to the ...
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What are the official opposing schools of magic?

I understand that, in some editions of D&D, there has been this concept of opposing schools of magic, and that specialising in one school may prevent you from learning as another (in the context ...
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Do kobolds lay eggs, and if so how long do they take to hatch?

Which came first, the Kobold or the egg? In our 5e campaign, we found a nest with Kobold eggs and I wanted to hatch one and bring it up as my own, but alas I fell off a moving wagon and the Kobold ...
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Does the race of half-orcs on Khorvaire in Eberron have its own name?

I recall that the half-elves of the continent of Khorvaire in the world of Eberron have their own name, the Khoravar. Is there a similar special name for the half-orcs of the continent of Khorvaire?
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Any known instances of friendliness or friendship between opposing dragons?

As known dragons are not necessarily enemies of each other despite different alignments. What I am wondering is are there any known instances of friendliness or friendship between chromatic and ...
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My own Party are ruining the game for me. What should I do?

In D&D I play a ranger who lost an eye in battle therefore having a disadvantage. Me and my party of 6 friends went inside a tavern to rest just before we went on our main quest together. In the ...
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Is there any lore to suggest that celestials or fey can only be killed on their home planes similar to fiends?

This answer to a different question (about D&D 5e) says: To open, lets look at a sample of the rules that say you cannot permanently kill such a creature outside of their home plane... ...
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Have any psionic specific adventures or modules ever been published for D&D by TSR or WotC?

Have any psionic specific adventures or modules ever been published for D&D by TSR or WotC? Any edition is fine, as my impression is that there are not really any. Answers are preferred to be ...
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Was the lifespan of yuan-ti purebloods in 5e changed from previous editions?

The 5e playable race states that they live about as long as humans in rare cases up to 120 years. But all the lore I can find on them says they live up to 2000 years. I am not too familiar with the D&...
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What does “CMV” in “CMV hypothesis” stand for?

While reading some of the archives of the Mimir.Net mailing list I encountered the "CMV Hypothesis". In short, it says: Under the CMV hypothesis, Eladrin, Guardinals, Asuras, and Aasimar are all ...
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What humanoid or monster races have a matriarchal society?

What humanoid or monster races have a matriarchal society? It is obvious Drow are: RULE OF MATRIARCHS Females are the top figures in drow society. At the head of each house is someone who is ...
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Why are the beholder deities chaotic evil?

In 2e Planescape material and the Monster Mythology accessory, the beholder gods are listed as chaotic evil. The Great Mother has a realm in the Abyss, and Monster Mythology specifically notes her ...
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Which editions of D&D used these various cosmologies as their default?

There seem to be multiple ways to arrange the planes in D&D. There's the Great Wheel cosmology, the World Axis cosmology and the World Tree cosmology. The D&D 5e PHB (Appendix C, p. 303 ...
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What's in a Dead God?

On pages 46-47 of the 5e DMG, under the section regarding the Astral Plane, it states: Visitors occasionally stumble across the petrified corpse of a dead god. Is there any lore about the ...
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What is Dark Speech?

In the D&D 5e DMG, the artifact called the Book of Vile Darkness has the following property (pp. 223-224): Dark Speech. While you carry the Book of Vile Darkness and are attuned to it, you can ...
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What are awesome things that D&D had historically that are (or were) missing in 5e? [closed]

For example, I had NO IDEA that in earlier editions of the game, there were rules for spending gold on strongholds and keeps and other cool structures. Makes all that gold characters accumulate much ...
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Character creation for fun. Is this strange? [closed]

After asking a few questions and some of the responses I've received it has made me wonder. Does anyone else enjoy creating characters, unique weapons or gear, or creatures just for fun and to ...
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Are there any examples in published D&D material of how to destroy a lich's phylactery?

According to the D&D 5e Monster Manual, regarding destroying a phylactery, it says: Destroying a lich's phylactery is no easy task and often requires a special ritual, item, or weapon. Every ...
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Did the Xakhun ever make it into official production sources?

The Xakhun were a subrace of Drow, introduced in Dragon Magazine #244, along with the accompanying descriptions of their airships, powered by a gemstone called Uhl. They believed that Lloth wanted ...
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Do the competition scorecards for D&D tournaments have the same ranges of scores?

D&D tournaments were judged according to a system whereby each party was given points for accomplishing specific tasks and taking certain actions in a competition dungeon. [see this question] I ...
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Were the gith originally human before the illithids enslaved them?

Firstly, I will point out that I am only really familiar with D&D 5e and the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on D&D 3.5e and set in the Forgotten Realms; incidentally, if the ...
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How were Dungeons and Dragons tournaments judged?

While reading another question I was introduced to the notion of a D&D tournament. According to the wikipedia article on the D&D Championship Series, the basic idea of these tournaments is ...
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What was the first adventure to use boxed text?

James Introcaso recently wrote a blog post titled, "We Can Do Better Than Boxed Text", where he outlines the benefits and drawbacks of boxed text. This has raised the question, who started it and how ...
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Have PCs Historically Played Through More Campaigns Than is Currently Typical?

I'm relatively new to D&D, only having tabletop experience with 5e and a bit of 3.5, along with some scattered exposure to earlier editions through video games. I've heard references to ...
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Where should I look to start learning about the lore of the Forgotten Realms?

I'm a GURPS oldschool player, playing GURPS 3e since 2000, using GURPS Magic, GURPS Fantasy and the Core Rules. I have heard a lot of things about D&D and specially about the Forgotten Realms, ...
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What is homebrew? Should I use it in normal games? [closed]

I keep on hearing about homebrew in D&D and I was just wondering what it meant.
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What do I need to buy to get started with D&D? [duplicate]

Obviously, the Starter Set. But when I see the catalog of my game shop I saw there's Dragonfire, Dungeon Masters Guide, and Monster Manual. But do I need all these to have an interesting D&D ...
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Is there a spell, magical item, or any other method to accurately calculate how long ago an object/construct was created?

I'm interested in D&D 5e but I will also accept answers from previous D&D versions as well as similar systems (e.g., Pathfinder 1e/2e). Janathiel II, famous historian, cartographer, and the ...
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Reward players for dumb actions regarding NPC interactions or not? [closed]

To setup the scene. In a political intrigue game (with fighting). The game was advertised where both elements can be of use but one or the other won't always net all the solutions when I pitched it to ...
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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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What has been published about the legendary tarrasque's mind? Can the tarrasque feel love?

I want answers related to any published Dungeons & Dragons materials from any edition, as well as any licensed novelizations. For the one-off tarrasque fight I'm running, my players are looking ...
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Which (if any) fiends die of old age?

I've seen people say that fiends can live forever, but never a source for where this fact is from or when/why it's the case. At least in 3.5e various things refer to creatures' "time being up" without ...
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How do gelatinous cubes reproduce?

Last time when our party encountered a gelatinous cube, we wondered how they reproduce. We instinctively agreed that they reproduce like amoeba - by mitosis or cell division. However, I'm curious: Is ...
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How do I get my family to play D&D with me? [closed]

I have not played D&D in a long time, and I have never been a Dungeon Master. I want to play again. How would I get my family to play with me? I don't have a close group of friends. What would I ...
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Do multiple resistances combine into immunity? [closed]

If my character for D&D has resistance to spells and magical damage (a yuan-ti) and if a class feature also gives resistance to spells and magical damage, does that mean my character would have ...
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What is the history of the Eldritch Knight as a class/character option?

When was the Eldritch Knight first introduced, and what is the basis for the kind of character? Obviously there's the space for some kind of cross between a mage and a warrior in D&D and other ...
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Does Celestial Warlocks' Radiant Soul feature increase damage on concentration spells? [closed]

Starting at 6th level, your link to the Celestial allows you to serve as a conduit for radiant energy. You have resistance to radiant damage, and when you cast a spell that deals radiant or fire ...
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Is there an in-setting explanation for how dragons breathe fire?

I'm currently in the process of writing a new campaign setting in which many classical mythical creatures have been rendered extinct for various reasons, one such creature is the dragon. My initial ...
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How is “slaad” pronounced?

Is there any official pronunciation guideline for how to pronounce "slaad"?
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What are these circled numbers under the Modifier Numbers? [closed]

What is the circled number in the modifier section? How do you use it?
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When did 5 foot squares become standard in D&D?

Perhaps showing my age here, but in "The Good Old Days", 10-foot squares were a standard map size. Each square on the map was 10 feet, and a 10-foot wide corridor was normal. Now, having started ...
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Why, from a lore perspective, are druids the only class who can cast the Flame Blade spell?

I am only really familiar with D&D 5e, and whatever of D&D 3.5e I was exposed to whilst playing NWN2 some number of years back, but as far as I am aware, only druids have the spell flame blade ...
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Young, one out of two of the only girls and British [duplicate]

Okay, so I'm 13/14, a dnd nerd, a beginner, in a dnd club and has seen enough of the Internet to be pretty f---ed up. I live in Cambridge, England and I really wanna find a good dnd group. I've never ...
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What published intelligent race has the shortest lifespan?

I'm looking for the published intelligent race (INT 3+) with the shortest lifespan. No need to be a playable race. Any edition will do, but 3.5 is preferable. Hoping for something with a lifespan of ...

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