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Can Dragonbait read or write Common, since he is able to understand it?

In D&D 5e, Tomb of Annihilation includes Dragonbait, a saurial. His stat block claims that he can understand Common but not speak it, due to the strange way in which saurials communicate. From ...
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Where can I find official lore information on Saurials?

In D&D 5e, Tomb of Annihilation includes Dragonbait, a saurial. This is a race that I have gathered in my online research existed in previous editions of D&D, but besides the slivers of ...
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Looking for a late 80's (or possibly early 90's) D&D one-shot adventure based around a bar room brawl

About 20-25 or so years ago, our group played a D&D one-shot adventure that was entirely based around a bar room brawl. It started out with us in the inn post-adventure, and then developed over ...
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Which published campaigns that melds D&D and paranoia was my DM talking about?

Years ago I was a player in a game that started as a really intense, high action D&D one shot and then within about an hour we learnt that we were in a simulation designed to help us function ...
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What was this Giant, Metal Death Monster I remember?

Does anyone remember a giant metal type monster from one of the older versions of D&D? I have a vague memory of some sort of monster that the gods of death might send in to balance out the ...
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What is a joiner, with regard to Waterdeep's “Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners”?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners (listed in the introduction of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a joiner in this context? Merriam-Webster ...
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What is a cordwainer, with regard to Waterdeep's “Most Diligent League of Sail-makers and Cordwainers”?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Most Diligent League of Sail-makers and Cordwainers (listed in the introduction to Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a cordwainer in this context? Merriam-...
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Is there supposed to be a huge difference in power between demon princes and archdevils?

The Book of Vile Darkness for 3e introduces statblocks for both demon princes and archdevils, and with a couple exceptions, they all have HDs in the mid-to-high 30s. Then Fiendish Codex I comes along ...
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What happens to clones of a deepspawn created if/when the deepspawn dies?

I am running a D&D 5E homebrew campaign where a powerful creature akin to a deepspawn is consuming and creating spawn of powerful beings in various governments and organizations to puppet a ...
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Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with?

Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with? In particular, I'm not interested in speculation or opinions, but rather if such a thing has ever been outright stated in any ...
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What honorific do priests of the Sovereign Host use?

Eberron Campaign Setting and Faiths of Eberron refer to the faithful of the Sovereign Host as “vassals,” and indicate that the various congregations of vassals are led by “priests,” in a mostly-...
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In Eberron, is it possible for a character to be a member of two or more Guilds?

TL;DR: A character who is a member of the Blademarks Guild of House Deneith was invited to join the Clifftop Adventures' Guild and he accepted, will there be any consequences for him? Detailed ...
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How did elven cities like Myth Drannor or those of Evermeet feed their populations?

In the AD&D supplement book for elves, it is said that elves eat little meat, do not raise livestock, and survive on the fruits of the forest. This raises the problem of feeding any population ...
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How do you pronounce Yuan-ti?

I've heard Yuan-ti pronounced in various different ways by different people or video games (but some of these would have been English people and some would have been American, so there's that aspect ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, how did elven populations feed themselves?

I’m building a world for a future campaign, it will feature elven civilizations. In order to place and design cities, I wish to know how FR handled food in elven populations. What do elves eat? Are ...
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Is Troll Mitosis possible?

A Troll has incredible regenerative abilities. They can even regrow lost bodyparts, including their head. Hence, my question: Does each part that is severed from a Troll eventually grow into a ...
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How old can Trolls get?

Trolls have an insane regenerative ability, being able to regain lost hitpoints in a flash and even regrow lost bodyparts. My question: Does this have any effect on their lifespan? I understand that ...
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The Espruar script seems to have changed from past editions. Is there an in-universe explanation given for the change?

Whilst exploring the internet, I’ve found a variety of different official scripts for Elvish. From my understanding of it, Rellanic is a generic one (not tied to a setting), and Espruar is Forgotten ...
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What books deal with gith (any variety) and the Astral Plane?

I am looking for inspiration for a gith-based campaign in D&D 5e and hoping that people can point me to whatever official books contain gith (of either persuasion) or the Astral Plane in which ...
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Learning or preparing a spell over Telepathic Bond?

Just wondering... Would a telepathic bond spell cast on my helper npc (another wizard of equal or greater level; stationed in a magic library) allow them to "stream" my spellbook's contents to me as ...
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What is the name of the three small islands west of The Cloakwood (and Baldur's Gate)?

These islands just west of the Cloakwood and Baldur's Gate appear in every map I can find depicting the Sea of Swords, but are never tagged. Before you google, the islands just southwest of The ...
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What official lore events have marked the changes between editions?

KRyan's answer to "How would a group get from Toril to Ravenloft and back?" mentions that: Only two characters have ever managed to free themselves from Ravenloft, and the only one to actually ...
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What is the name of this Ravenloft adventure where imprisoned PCs control NPCs in the past?

In this Ravenloft adventure, PCs suddenly find that they are now inhabiting the bodies of unknown characters at a ball held, as far as I remember, by Strahd von Zarovich at his castle. What is this ...
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How do you pronounce Firbolg?

This has really been bugging me. I have always pronounced Firbolg as Fur-bolg, but I have heard other people pronounce it like Fear-bolg. What is the official pronunciation?
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What adventure has ever used a “Groundhog Day” plot?

We are considering writing an adventure using a Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow approach where the party respawns at midnight or after a PC death but thought it would be good to take inspiration ...
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Can you play D&D 5E online solo? [duplicate]

I'm new to D&D and not played before. I don't have friends who play the game and am wanting a way to start off on my own to learn the basics. Does anybody know of any way to play online solo? ...
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What D&D setting or universe resembles Warcraft's Outlands?

A few years ago, I wrote a homebrew campaign. For a few levels of the campaign, the players are teleported from a city within the Forgotten Realms setting into another dimension of the multi-verse. I ...
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What signature food or beverage is each outer plane in the Great Wheel Cosmology known for?

Is there a list or reference somewhere showing what meals and / or beverages each outer plane in the Great Wheel Cosmology is best known for? I am putting together a campaign idea for my PCs, a ...
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If Tiamat is killed in the Nine Hells, does she die permanently?

The entry on devils (p. 68) in the Monster Manual states the following: "Devils that die in the Nine Hells are destroyed forever - a fate that even Asmodeus fears." This makes it clear ...
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Was Baldur's Gate always a “Nest of Vipers”?

The Baldur's Gate described in Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus has a "well earned reputation as a den of vipers (p.10)": As the adventure begins, the situation is especially dire: However, when ...
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Early-1990s basic D&D adventure - had three dragons in a ruined keep of squabbling mooks

This was a DnD adventure I recall playing in the early 90s. There were three adventures all closely connected: a black dragon, a green dragon (which uses illusions to make itself seem like three ...
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Is there more information on the spell Galder's Tower available from previous editions?

I'm playing 5e, and planning my 3rd level spell acquisitions. I came across the spell Galder's Tower. The spell description says: You conjure a two-story tower made of stone, wood, or similar ...
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How do I tell my friends that I feel like some of the PCs are being left out?

I am playing in a D&D campaign and there's two main problems I have: My character's personality is very bard-like, but I didn't know what bards were so now another PC is filling that role and I ...
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Are Half-Elves supposed to have a slender build like Elves, or are they supposed to have a build that's intermediate between Humans and Elves?

The Player's Handbook's weight descriptions for Half-Elves are inconsistent. The Half-Elf section in Chapter 2 (pg. 38) says: They range from under 5 feet to about 6 feet tall, and from 100 to 180 ...
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What is the origin of the goliath race in the Forgotten Realms?

I've always assumed that the goliath race are half-giants or pygmy giants or something like that. Something related to giants. In the descriptions of the goliath race in 5e (in Volo's Guide to ...
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Do we know what skin tones humans can have in D&D lore?

This question is inspired by What different skin colour can a tiefling officially have? From the 5e Tiefling player race description, Infernal Bloodline section (PHB, p. 42): Their skin tones cover ...
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What does a typical goliath look like?

After reading this question, it seems that there's very little to go on from D&D 5e regarding what a goliath typically looks like. We have an image, but that's just an example of one individual ...
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When did Monks make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Druids and Artificers. This series of question is ...
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What different skin colour can a tiefling officially have?

I'm interested in knowing how different colours a tiefling's skin may can be, with official backing. By official backing, I mean, there are plenty of fan-images out there of tieflings of all sorts of ...
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What lore exists to explain tieflings with blue skin?

Tieflings (in 5e, at least) have either "human skin colour", red skin, or somewhere in between. I think 4e changed how tieflings look between 2/3/3.5e and 5e, standardising the red skin/Asmodeus look, ...
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When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Artificers. This series of question is based on the ...
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I'm playing a Marilith demon who is leader of a evil campaign. After hitting very high levels, how should I go about keeping the party together? [closed]

During a while of playing a 2e session with multiple 3.5e conversions, I have recently (In the past 7 years) experimenting with playing Evil campaigns and playing Monster characters such as Mind ...
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How did the role of animal companions change between different editions of D&D, and which classes had access to them?

In D&D 3.5, druids had animal companions. In D&D 5e, only the Beast Master ranger subclass seems to get one. This made me wonder about the history of this feature in general. Which classes ...
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What is the precedent for what happens to a warlock's character levels if their patron dies?

Let's say my multi-class Warlock 3 / Wizard 17 and his party have just killed his patron, fulfilling a life long dream to be free of an ancestral Pact with the evil fiend. He has zero interest in ...
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When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Artificers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? based on the initial question regarding Warlocks by aaron9eee: ...
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When did Artificers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity arose after reading When did Warlocks make their first appearance in D&D and how do they differ between editions? by aaron9eee: A quality answer would have more than just a release ...
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When did Warlocks make their first appearance in D&D and how do they differ between editions?

I'm gathering lore about Warlock class origins in D&D. A quality answer would have more than just a release date, and would ideally cover what makes each edition's version different from other ...
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Is half-orc and half-elf a possiblity?

I'm involved in a home brew where my DM has allowed me to play as a combination of half-orc and half-elf. My character has the stats of a half-orc that simply has a slightly increased lifespan and ...
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How to handle rolls for in-game DND game [closed]

My group is playing a scenario set in the modern everyday world (late 20th century) and we have got into a position where the characters must play a DND game. The outcome of this game is important ...
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Which Great Elder One wants to be symbiotic with a world and rule it as part of its body?

My player wants to be a warlock of the Great Old One. The campaign would be in the Forgotten Realms setting (D&D 5e). He wants to make a pact with an entity that wants to gather all knowledge in ...

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