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How to help my players track gold in multiple currencies?

In my current game I have implemented a faction system where the relationships with and between the various factions have a direct impact on how the game plays out. One of the factors it impacts is ...
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What is the state of the Zhentarim faction around 1489 DR?

How are the Zhentarim holding up around the time of the Tyranny of Dragons campaign? I haven't been able to find much information: SCAG doesn't have anything on them at all, and the campaign books ...
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What is required, system-wise, for a character to be a member of the Pathfinder Society?

The Pathfinder Society organization is introduced in the Character Guide handbook, and it says the following on page 108: Membership Requirements present oneself at the Grand Lodge in Absalom, prove ...
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Is there any information about the Covenant in Waterdeep?

One of my D&D players plays a wizard from Neverwinter. He found notes about the "Covenant" and told me that he wants to find any member. Can you tell me - are there any pieces of ...
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Is there an organisation similar to the Illuminati?

I am making a character who is a conspiracy theorist. If the setting were the modern world he would see the touch of the Illuminati on everything that happens, and talk about the secret cabal that ...
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Are there any trans-humanist factions in Eberron?

In the Eberron source book, there is an entry for using prosthetics that are akin to adding a portion of a warforged to your body. Are there any groups that are similar to transhumanism in that they ...
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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 do NPCs from the 5 major Forgotten Realms factions know one of the party members is a member of their faction?

I'm currently running LMoP for 4 players. One of them has already joined the Lords' Alliance, and I expect another to join the Emerald Enclave in the near future. I'm planning to run SKT next, and ...
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How would the Zhentarim try to recruit a party?

My party has unknowingly done a large favor for an important member of the Zhentarim by rescuing his daughter. They don't know he is a member of the Zhentarim, and did the rescue for selfless reasons. ...
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How do the Zhentarim communicate with their agents and what support can they provide?

Let's say you are a Zhentarim faction agent. What methods do the Zhentarim use to communicate with agents, what kind of information and support can they offer? I’m wondering how to have this come up ...
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Are there Xanathar Guild operations outside Waterdeep?

I'm about to play in a game set in Baldur's Gate, and the DM's running the adventure are sticklers for the canon with little leeway. In D&D Faerun lore, do thieves' guilds, the Xanathar Guild ...
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What the starting values and ranges of Tier and Status for factions?

I'm a bit confused by Tier and Status for factions. The magnitude table on p. 280 shows that Tier ranges from 0 to 6, but doesn't mention Status. p. 263 mentions improving status with a faction 'past ...
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How can I make negative consequences for failure of faction missions by characters into productive play for players?

In the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, there is a faction mission for the Harpers to: However, the Harper in our party has failed in a way that is not obvious to them (the player or the character)....
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How are the Zhentarim and Black Fist related?

As far as I can gather, the Order of the Black Fist is Phlan's ostensibly – but perhaps not actively practicing – Banite military. The Zhentarim – AKA The Black Network – at one point were worshippers ...
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Where can I find mechanics to manage a character's career/advancement within an organization?

I run a game where characters apart of their mechanical advancement can become part of various organizations to gain standing and influence. At the moment the barbarian became chief of a small tribe, ...
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Is Waterdeep faction membership mutually exclusive? [duplicate]

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist has multiple factions which PCs can belong to, or join. These include Lord's Alliance, Emerald Enclave, Bregan D'aerthe, etc. If a PC matches the requisites for more than one ...
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Can any PC in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure join the Lords' Alliance after this event?

The requisite to join the Lords' Alliance faction in Waterdeep is to be a local resident (p. 16 of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure): To become a member of the Lords' Alliance faction in ...
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Do the Zhentarim fire members for killing fellow members?

A PC became a member of the Zhentarim and two weeks later killed another one. I don’t know if there are rules within the Zhentarim against killing fellow members. Would the Zhentarim fire a PC member ...
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Can a 5th-level or higher Adventurer's League character join a new faction?

The document Renown Benefits v1.01 states: Characters are free to join a faction as their membership allows. While most have no special requirements, some do (for example, members of Bregan D'...
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Would it be suitable for the Zhentarim to order a PC who is in the Zhentarim to find Artus Cimber in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of them (an undead gnome ...
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Does a Boros Skyknight have to mount their Skyjek Roc, or can it act independently?

In Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, after a Boros Legionnaire is level 5 and has renown of at least 5, the player can become a skyknight (p. 43). The text states: Skyknights mounted on Skyjek rocs ...
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Is a multi-guild party manageable?

I'm trying to write a campaign in D&D 5e, using the Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica in order to appeal to my players. (They really love MTG, and the VTM-y feel of the book.) Sadly, they don't want ...
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How to deal with non-faction members helping on faction tasks?

I am running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. One of my PCs, Balastar, has been invited to carry out a task for the Zhentarim, who are selling themselves as a legitimate business. Balastar brought another ...
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How much do the general public/players know about Xanathar's "Guild"?

I'm running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and curious as to how much of an open secret Xanathar's Guild is. If someone has lived in Waterdeep for 20 years, a year, 2 months, a tenday, how much are they ...
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What is the point of the PCs being awarded titles?

I'm reading through the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, and the side quests that can be had from some of the people in town. After finishing those quests, the characters can be approached by the ...
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How can I introduce an “enemy” faction NPC without players killing them?

I have a campaign I'm running that heavily involves cultists working to save the planes in a kind of "we live here too and would prefer not to die" motivation. There is a cultist that one of the ...
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How to balance a Communist pregen PC for a Paranoia one-shot?

I am designing a Paranoia one-shot with pre-generated characters. I'd like to make at least one of the characters belong to the Communist secret society. However, that group is so universally hated ...
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What is an "Ardragon"?

The Zhentarim have according to the 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 22, chapter Factions and Organisations > Renown) the following ranks: “Fang (rank 1)” — Like the tooth “Wolf (rank 2)” — ...
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Soldier Background - Military Rank & Specialty (PHB 140)

The local library has a D&D group that's starting and they suggested to create a character ahead of time. For my half orc barbarian I've chosen the Soldier Background, but I'm not sure what ...
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What is the relationship between Pathfinder Society and Aspis Consortium?

I am working on a self-written campaign that sticks tight to the original campaign setting of Golarion (including offical PFS Adventures). Since my party are field agents of the Pathfinder Society ...
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Is it possible to join multiple factions?

I'm playing Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) with my friends. When I read the adventure, I noticed that there are multiple opportunities to join different factions. What happens if a character has an ...
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What Good-aligned wizarding factions are there?

I play a 10th level neutral good gnome wizard. The majority of my party (barbarian, arcane trickster, warlock, Ranger, and druid) are part of factions in game. I've been trying to find a group in the ...
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