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What entity might inhabit the weapon of a Tiefling Hexblade with Levistus bloodline? [closed]

I'm planning to play a Tiefling Hexblade with Levistus bloodline. The weapon of this Hexblade should be inhabited by an entity that was sent by Levistus. What entity could that be? Demons don't work ...
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What high-end fantasy fabrics and textiles exist in the Forgotten Realms?

Dungeons and Dragons has defined many fantastic and interesting metals (mythril, adamantine...) and leathers (dragon scales, Leather golem armour...). The lore also likes to call out food and drink as ...
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Is there any specific order to the four Elements when people talk about them? [closed]

In Dungeons and Dragons, the four elements are Air, Earth, Fire, and Water (like the planes and the elementals). In the lore, is there any specific order to these elements, for example the order ...
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How do you determine a dragon's gender?

How do you determine the gender of a dragon, without resorting to asking them? A number of published D&D adventures have dragons in them that are clearly identified as male or female. However, ...
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Where can more information be found about Dragonmoots?

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, Dragonmoots are briefly mentioned in chapter 14: And again on chapter 9: Other than these two instances there seems to be nothing else to be found, at least in D&...
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Are there any examples in D&D lore (all editions) of metallic or chromatic dragons switching alignment?

In a previous question I asked about a dragon antagonist I am planning. I originally intended this to be a chromatic dragon because I believed they are always evil, but an answer to that question got ...
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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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What is the earliest example of a variant monster in a published D&D adventure?

In an answer to another question I made the point that using non-standard variants of published monsters has been common practice since the early days of D&D. This was based on my own experience, ...
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Do pocket watches exist and how much do they cost in d&d in the worlds of classic fantasy?

Do pocket watches exist, how much do they cost and how much do they weigh in d&d in the worlds of classic fantasy? Like Faerûn, Dragonlance, or Greyhawk? I am interested in the ability to track ...
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What's the difference between a jelly, a pudding, and other oozes?

Several types of named oozes exist in 5th edition, but the naming conventions are strange. Black puddings and ochre jellies exist, alongside simple grey oozes. Do these names signify anything? ...
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How do I engage someone who is playing his character poorly?

I am DMing a game where one player has never quite seemed happy. He regularly questions rulings and gets quite hurt when he tries to do things with his character and they don't succeed. He is playing ...
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Is there an official explanation for the fluff of why magical healing is less effective on creatures with lots of hit points?

I'm most familiar with D&D 3.5e and 5e, which both have pretty similar ways of describing hit points. The 3.5e SRD says Hit points mean two things in the game world: the ability to take physical ...
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What is this series of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay adventures where the goal of each was to get an elemental gem of power?

Many years ago (24+), I had a set of 4 Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay adventures split between 2 books. Each adventure's goal was to try and claim an elemental gem of power. The gems were tremendously ...
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Are demiliches just husks with no memories?

I did some minor snooping about liches and one idea popped into my brain for a enemy idea: "What if an old friend of the party (NPC) turned into a lich for a noble reason and when he started to ...
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Do the races of D&D have different core temperatures?

Are there any official sources of bioinformatics (for lack of better word; though mapping the elven genome might be a useful way to figure out their longevity...hmm...) for the races of Dungeons & ...
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What editions of D&D are derived from the d20 system?

The tag wiki on this website says: For questions about the d20 System, an RPG system originally published in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast. The d20 System was developed alongside D&D 3e and is a ...
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Why are so many languages written using the Dwarvish script?

If you look at the list of Standard Languages, you'll see that most of them use Dwarvish as their script: Common: Common Dwarvish: Dwarvish Elvish: Elvish Giant: Dwarvish Gnomish: Dwarvish Goblin: ...
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In Forgotten Realms lore, can gods use spells above 9th level?

After Karsus’s folly, Mystra imposed a ban on use of magic above 9th level (I believe there are specific conditions for 10th level spells, but that’s not the main issue here). However, I believe the ...
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Why do all metals corrode when attacking a Rust Monster, yet it itself can only target ferrous metals

When you attack a rust monster, the following may apply: Rust Metal. Any nonmagical weapon made of metal that hits the rust monster corrodes. [...] So, bronze for example being a metal would corrode....
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What's the historical interaction between the Wish spell and increasing ability scores?

I vaguely recall Wishes in 1e affecting ability score increases going something like this: a single Wish spell could increase any ability score to 16 you needed another Wish spell to get to 18 then ...
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When were Orcs changed from lawful evil (as in AD&D 2e) to chaotic evil (as in D&D 5e)?

When I played AD&D 1e and 2e Orcs were listed as lawful evil in the Monster Manual. Lawful Evil as their alignment was consistent with other similar races like Goblins, Hobgoblins, and Bugbears. ...
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Why is the term pureblood used for the lowest rank in the yuan-ti caste system?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the chapter on Yuan-ti tells us that they tend to live in a caste system, where the Abominations are the top rank, the Malisons† are the middle rank, and the purebloods ...
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When did D&D first move away from instant death?

Early editions of D&D direct that a character dies when reaching 0 hp, that is, instantly. Hit Points and Hit Dice Any creature reduced to 0 hit points (or less) is dead. Page B6 (D&D Basic ...
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How can I outfit the Caves of Chaos to fit contextually with the Dragonlance setting? [closed]

I have been tasked with running The Keep on the Borderlands adventure module. Although it is normally set in Greyhawk, I’m interested in placing the adventure in a Dragonlance campaign setting, in the ...
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Are there any plant species that grow only in the Feywild?

Are there any plant species that grow only in the Feywild? (Trees, shrubs, flowers, etc.) Information about both the Feywild (from the 4th and 5th editions) and its predecessor, the plane of Faerie, ...
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Are there symbols representing the Feywild, the Shadowfell and elemental planes?

Are there symbols representing the Feywild, the Shadowfell and elemental planes (of Air, Fire, Earth and Water)? The player’s handbook of the 5th edition contains symbols for outer planes, are there ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became “neutral evil fiends” in 5e?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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In the Dragonlance setting, what is the Cataclysm?

It appears the event is central to the Dragonlance setting as it informs the calendar; early years appear annotated “pre-Cataclysm” (PC). Example year 5000PC. What is the cataclysm, how did it come to ...
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What is the origin of the Leadership concept in D&D?

In 3.5 D&D there is a Leadership Feat. It allows you to gain a cohort and some followers, a whole bunch of followers if your score is high enough. But, what is the origin of this Leadership ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became devils?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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Do Illithid tadpoles have a specific name?

So Illithids trigger ceremorphosis by inserting a tadpole into a subdued creature (lovely), but do the tadpoles have a name other than tadpoles? As far as I can see my 5th edition books only use the ...
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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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What in-universe reasons exist that explain why a druid can use metal weapons but not wear metal armour?

In 5e, we are told that a druid shouldn't wear metal armour: Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields (druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal) I believe this was true in older ...
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Is there a “Shadowdark” or similar in the Shadowfell like how there's a Feydark in the Feywild?

The Material Plane (or Prime Material Plane) has an underground realm known as the Underdark. There are planes in 5e that were introduced in 4e, the Feywild and the Shadowfell, that are reflections of ...
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Are there different planes of existence in Dragonlance?

Throughout editions, there has been the astral plane as well as other planes. Which planes are in the Dragonlance setting?
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What are the fanner beasts?

I'm reading some of the original lore for Dark Sun, and the dray are described as herding "fanner beasts", supposedly some sort of lizard-like creature. But I can't find any information ...
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Acceptable background by level

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with backgrounds from D&D 5e. It happens a lot that the story you create for your character sometimes is not well aligned with what happens afterwards in-game. ...
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Has there ever been an official “Room of Death”?

D&D knows Mimics and their relatives, the Lurker and Trapper. They are aberrations that mimicpun intended the floor and ceiling and have been used in conjunction with a stunjelly for years to make ...
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How large is the planet of the Forgotten Realms?

My answer to this question: How far can a ship "see" in 5e? prompted the question whether the Forgotten Realms are on a disc or a planet. It is a planet, as evident from the answer to this ...
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What creatures exist (besides the Githzerai) that associate psionics with anything besides Intelligence?

My understanding of psionics in D&D is that it is usually tied to Intelligence. Going by player classes, the UA Mystic class was Intelligence-based, and going by monsters, many of them who are ...
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How do you pronounce “geas”?

How is the word "geas" in the spell Geas/Quest meant to be pronounced? I've found conflicting information on the internet and none that I could trace to a reputable source.
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Is a lich aware of its phylactery being destroyed?

The party, going up against a lich, finds out the location of its phylactery and how to destroy it. They get to its phylactery without the lich knowing about it and manage to destroy the phylactery. ...
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Where do D&D Orcs come from?

I've always assumed that with all modern fantasy, D&D included, their racial archetypes for their inhabitants always had their roots from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. And in part, I do believe ...
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How can I make theater-of-the-mind dungeon-crawling/location exploration fun and engaging?

I've been struggling with making exploration of locations/dungeon crawls engaging for the players. This is occurring for me in several systems including D&D 3.5e, D&D 5e, and Numenera. I've ...
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What archfey exist in Eberron lore that would make a suitable warlock patron?

I'm planning on making an Archfey warlock for an upcoming Eberron game. To flesh out my character's backstory, I want to know more about what kind of "fey" entities such a warlock might form ...
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Where can I find more information on the Gloaming Court/Gloaming Fey?

Recently I have stumbled upon some lore that refers to the "Maiden of the Moon", who is apparently one of the "Gloaming Court". There seems to be very little information out there ...
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In Waterdeep, is magistrate another word for magister?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, both magistrates and magisters are mentioned throughout. The lore chapter, ch. 9, "Volo's Waterdeep Enchiridion," discusses the role of magister in depth, but ...
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What are domains in dragonlance?

I’m starting to look at other settings than Forgotten Realms and am interested to know how domains function in the Dragonlance fiction. I saw this question and it mentions Dragonlance domains and its ...
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How would pre-galifar texts and observers date major events like the War of the Mark?

Running the adventure in "Eberron: Rising from the Last War", there's a ghost of a gnome that died during the War of The Mark, which takes place at roughly -500 YK. The ghost still thinks he'...
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Is the “Immortals Handbook” series official WotC material?

Is the Immortals Handbook series official WotC material? Regardless of any thoughts on the general quality, as sources seem conflicted on that, my question only relates to how official these books are....

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