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What do mailed letters look like in the Forgotten Realms?

I've got a noble NPC that will be sending an important letter to the PCs, but I can't decide how that should work. I imagine he'd be paying a courier to bring it straight to them, so size and shape ...
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When did Wizard of the Coast purge the 4th Edition content of its website?

It is a fact that Wizards of the Coast did at some point remove all content for 4th edition D&D from its site when 5th Edition had come around. Since then, there is no mention of 4th edition on ...
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Is there a layer of hell associated with forging or constructs?

I have an idea for a campaign where a particular villain makes a deal with a an archduke of one of hell's layer and that archduke supplies/assists them with evil constructs or helps them build them/...
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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, does it ever state his origins?
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When did the Barbarian class get introduced to D&D?

In D&D 5e, Barbarians are a core class for the game, and Conan the Barbarian has been cited by E. Gary Gygax as one of the major literary influcences on the game, and is also listed in Appendix N, ...
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Do true dragons use echolocation?

I know true dragons have Blindsight, but in terms of lore, how does it work? Do they use echolocation? Something else? Or has it not been specified? I am most interested in 5e lore, but I'm definitely ...
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Why do characters level up? [closed]

Is there any reason given to why characters in D&D get experience points and level up? Is there a background reason given in any of the campaign worlds or rules anywhere? Is there any description ...
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What is the Legend Lore spell actually doing "under the hood"?

I've been wondering how the spell legend lore actually works, and the best way I can come up with to phrase the question is to use the phrase "under the hood". I know how the spell works in ...
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Which are Illithid Adventures?

Does anyone know which adventures have Illithids? I am looking for a tier two adventure or one for levels 7-9 in other editions.
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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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Is using an elemental for power for a ship ethical, or can it be?

In Eberron, airships can be powered by bound elementals. This seems like a form of slavery or torture for a potentially sentient creature. A creature that is intelligent enough to have a language ...
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Are ordinary members of dragonmark houses citizens?

Not technically citizens of any nation, the matriarchs and patriarchs of each house live in splendor within their enclaves and emporiums located throughout Khorvaire. Is this true for ordinary ...
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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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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 playable races are there with insect-like features besides Thri-Kreen?

In the recent Spelljammer book releases for D&D 5e, there is the option of playing a race with "insectile features", i.e. Thri-Kreen. (AAG, p.15) I want to know what - if any - other ...
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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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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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Is there a canonical corrupted, opposite, or otherwise chaotic Modron?

In any published edition of D&D or D&D fiction, is there lore for a modron that has somehow been corrupted by chaos? A "fallen" modron, akin to fallen angels? Or a creature similar ...
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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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Is any reason given for the Blackstaff magic item trapping the souls of its owners on death?

I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected? asks how you might go about being resurrected if you're the Blackstaff (the title of the wielder of the Blackstaff magic item; yes it's confusing, I'll ...
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Is there any lore explanation in Forgotten Realms for the change from Infravision to Darkvision?

A long time ago, some races and monsters had the Infravision trait, which allowed them to see in the dark the heat traces of living creatures. This had very interesting aspects. The drow's sign ...
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Has there ever been any class with the ability to smite neutral?

In the history of D&D and Pathfinder, has there ever been any class with the ability to smite neutral? We know about the smite evil of the paladin, the smite good of the blackguard, and I can ...
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Have spaceships always cost about the same as putting armor on your horse?

With the release of Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, the Spelljammer setting has come to 5th edition. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I can turn a regular boat into a spaceship for as little ...
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What is the highest level spell ever published by TSR or WotC for any edition of D&D?

What is the highest level spell ever published by TSR or WotC for any edition of D&D, and what source might it be found in?
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When did subscribers actually receive their Dragon Magazine issues? [closed]

Would a subscriber receive issues the month before the posted month on the cover of each issue? None of the publishing info on the old Dragon magazine uploads/scans have anything about expected ...
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What is the origin of the Contact Other Plane spell?

Contact Other Plane is an unusual spell in that it carries the risk for the caster to go temporarily insane, a rider retained through all editions of the game. Similar spells, such as Divination do ...
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In which editions of D&D have druids been able to Wild Shape into owlbears?

In the trailer for the movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, we see a druid character use the Wild Shape ability to turn into an owlbear (timestamped link to trailer). Notably, this ...
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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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Where do the souls that worshiped Kelemvor go?

If the souls of the faithless go to the Wall, the souls of the false get punished or put to work, and the souls of the faithful go to their god's realm (and true atheists go to Nessus for Asmodeus to ...
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Is it a good idea to implement illegal drugs in my campaign? [closed]

I'm thinking about making a campaign where players with high enough intelligence can make a drug called "Metaphtamine" which can be used to buff yourself with a chance of negative side ...
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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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Are there any known methods or suggestions for reverting a Shadow Dragon to original form

So my question is simple. There is a shadow dragon in my campaign who was previously a gold dragon. He remembers vaguely his past and wishes to revert back to his original form. I thought of True ...
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Elf from a previous multiverse (D&D Lore)

A few years back I remember reading on a Dungeons and Dragons related wiki about an elf who was a survivor for the previous multiverse/universe, but couldn't find it when I looked for it recently. I ...
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Is it possible to cast spells above 9th level in a crystal sphere that is not under the influence of Mystra?

Mystra's Ban was a decree that the goddess Mystra made about the mortal use of powerful magic. In -339 DR Karsus seizes Mystryl's powers through the casting of Karsus's Avatar, but they are too great ...
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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 are the origins of the Displacer Beast?

The displacer beast is one of the game's iconic monsters. But it does not seem to come from the same kind of medieval bestiary like the gorgon, or from cheap plastic toys like the owlbear or bulette. ...
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Do magic items work in the outlands or lose power the closer they get to the spire?

So I am running a planescape campaign. My party just went into a color pool on the astral plane and got deposited in the outlands. They just got a magic carpet and I have a feeling they will try to ...
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What prevents a God from giving full power to a cleric?

Each god has an agenda. This is propagated to the clerics, in the sense that if a cleric follows a certain god, (s)he does so because the god's agenda reflects the mindset of the cleric. Thus, a god's ...
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How do I approach my DM about keeping my character balanced and involved after a lot of player churn and uneven play time?'

I am unsure if these kinds of questions are allowed, but if they are, I would like your advice on a situation for I would like an outside perspective. I am completely new to DnD. I never watched any ...
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Do creatures age at the pace of the creature they've shapeshifted into?

If a dragon, or really anything, was to shape shift into an animal with a different aging rate, would the dragon (or other creature) age at their age rate? For example, humans age about 10 times ...
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What published resource first introduced the svirfneblin?

Similar to What published resource first introduced the duergar? I'm curious about when these little deep gnomes first got a stat block. The earliest I know about them was in Baldur's Gate II (the ...
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What published resource first introduced the duergar?

What published resource first introduced the duergar? Specifically, I'm interested in when they first given a stat block (if there were allusions to them earlier). I think it was an AD&D module, ...
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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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Are there any other published attestations of Zorquan, besides Draconomicon (1990) & Cult Of The Dragon (1998)?

I haven't found any mention of Zorquan, draconic god of "dragon-ness" (perhaps most famed as a critic of the draconic holy wars), except the two books Draconomicon (1990), & Cult Of The ...
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Which D&D deity's religious practices and beliefs are the most comprehensively detailed in official published material?

I've been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson lately, and the thing I love most about his worlds, aside from the magic systems, is the treatment of religion. The characters have personal beliefs that ...
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Are there any examples of chests hidden by the Leomund's Secret Chest spell being found?

The description of the spell Leomund's secret chest says: You hide a chest, and all its contents, on the Ethereal Plane. [...] This question asks where the chest is hidden, with the single answer ...
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What healing spell did Cadderly cast on Ivan Bouldershoulder?

In the R.A. Salvatore books Cleric Quintet, Ivan Bouldershoulder was seriously injured. Cadderly put a ring of Regeneration on, then cast a spell that removed the wounds from Ivan and they appeared on ...
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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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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 propietor ...
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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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