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How has the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) changed through the editions of D&D?

A follow-up on this Q&A regarding the origins of the Holy Avenger and similar "holy" weapons in the Forgotten Realms, and in D&D more generally. As noted there, the Realms have experienced ...
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How deep is the Underdark? What is its max and median depth?

How many miles under the ground do the Underdark tunnels and caves typically go? One? Five? A hundred?
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What was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. For purposes of a campaign to be set in the ...
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When designing an adventure, how can I ensure a continuous player experience in a setting that's likely to favor TPKs?

I am planning to design a Adventure which has a strong political flavor and is taking place in the Nine Hells. Its gonna be an evil campaign. I plan to let the heroes start at level 15 and require the ...
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How does the Master of Shadow prestige class affect the Shadowcaster class?

I am playing a Forgotten Realms (3.5e) campaign as a Shadowcaster and I was looking into taking the prestige class Master of Shadow. Would this prestige class effect whether or not I can get ...
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What constitutes the appearance of a male medusa in the Forgotten Realms in 1492 DR?

In 1e MM 248, maedar was a male subrace of the meduse. In Dragon Magazine #355, maedar were added to the creature catalogue (3.5e). In 4e MM 187, male meduse are inferior to the female meduse of the ...
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Are there canon rules about mutations caused by the spellplague (as we can see it in the MMORPG Neverwinter)?

In the MMORPG Neverwinter, we have some low level area and quests where we can fight creatures that, as we learn rapidly, are people that have mutated because of the spellplague. I have searched for ...
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What would +1/+2/+3 items be called in game?

This is something that I have been wondering for a long time. Now obviously the DM could just have it have its own name such as Bonecutter and everyone just calls it that but is there any term that ...
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What did Tieflings look like before Asmodeus “claimed” them?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide says in its section on tieflings (p. 118) that during the Time of Troubles, Asmodeus ascended to godhood and (with some help) "claimed" all tieflings as his own. ...
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Is there a lore explanation to the Improved Spell Capacity feat?

I have been glancing through the epic feats. I ran into a feat called Improved Spell Capacity, which allows a caster to cast up to 25th-level spells. As far as my lore knowledge goes, after the ...
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Is “Tabaxi” still canonically the name of a human tribe in Chult?

I'm running a campaign set in Chult. In making sure I know the setting well, I came across this entry on the Forgotten Realms wiki, which notes This article is about the tribe of Chultan humans. For ...
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Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR?

Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR (Forgotten Realms' Dalereckoning)? I'm currently preparing a campaign section that will involve an ambitious devil that is preparing to climb the ranks and their way ...
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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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Besides a rebuild, how can you become native to Toril if you currently aren't?

The sarrukh possesses the supernatural ability manipulate form. The ability is one of the game's most powerful and versatile and it's essential for the overpowered kobold Pun-pun. However, the special ...
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Can a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer?

In the Baldur's Gate III announcement trailer, we can see what seems to be a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer. What is happening there? Are Mind Flayers created by transforming other creatures?...
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How is it possible for this NPC to be alive during the Curse of Strahd adventure?

According to most wiki pages surrounding the character, With this information in mind, if most adventures in the Forgotten Realms take place during 1491 DR, then how old would this NPC technically ...
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Which is the common name of Mind Flayers?

Would the average person in the Forgotten Realms call Mind Flayers "Mind Flayers" or "Illithid?"
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What years/year ranges in the Forgotten Realms correspond to what D&D editions?

The current edition of D&D (5th) has adventures in the Forgotten Realms set in 1489-1493 DR. During what years in the Forgotten Realms are adventures from each edition set? (Answers should ...
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In the current era, do any wizards survive from 1372 DR?

The D&D 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting places its base year at 1372 DR. Someone once told me that, at a point between this and the year of the current D&D 5e products, a sundering of the ...
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Is there a map of Silverymoon with every street named?

Is there a street map of Silverymoon, one with every street and alley named?
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How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods?

How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods? More specifically, I'm interested in the Dead Three: Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. Do historians of the world know the circumstances ...
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Do these creatures from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign speak Common?

There are some creatures in the plot of ToA that my players will interact with. The problem is that their stat block says they speak only their specific language, which my players' characters don't ...
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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 PCs be Summoned?

Context My 5e homebrew world is set in the same cosmos as Faerun, but on a different world, so this is a Forgotten Realms question. I want to introduce a mercenary guild that issues magical items to ...
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Are there any official roles and/or names for the days of a tenday?

Most places and communities in Faerûn seem to be using the Calendar of Harptos. A calendar that divides the year into 12 months of 3 tendays each, and a total of 5 holidays mushed between some of ...
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What type of creature would “canonically” want to take over a Goblin hideout?

I am running a The Lost Mines of Phandelver. The party has just completed the Cragmaw Hideout encounter in an interesting way: I realize that I am the DM and I can put whatever I want there and make ...
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Is the Living Gem the Calimemnon Crystal?

Page 20 of the AD&D 2e book Running the Realms describes the item found by Shond Tarovin known as the Living Gem: In Schamedar (Calimshan), the adventurer-wizard Shond Tharovin has announced ...
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How did nobles fill their armies in Amn, near Baldur's Gate?

Is there some common way that a landlord in Amn gets soldiers in his army, such as mobilized peasants? How many of them could be in typical army? I am pretty new in D&D, and I am trying to ...
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Is the offspring between a demon and a celestial possible? If so what is it called and is it in a book somewhere?

I have a friend trying to make a hybrid between a celestial and a demon in 5e. I know the Aasimar exists (human/celestial) and I know the Tiefling exists (Human/demon) but what if you cut out the ...
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Is the D&D universe the same as the Forgotten Realms universe?

Recently my friend and I were discussing this question. He’s convinced the default universe of D&D is the Forgotten Realms, but I have my doubts about that. I did read that certain cosmic events ...
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What regular Faerûn-wide events are there?

I'm wondering if there are any regular, realm-wide events (about every century or so) that would affect the Material Plane. Either nearly everybody knows it's happening, or just that strong magic-...
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Is Forgotten Realms geo-location data copyrighted, or free to use?

I am in the process of creating a gis map of Toril, starting from the Faerun Continent. (More details are in this question on GIS.SE: Starting a QGIS project for a fantasy world map from raster images....
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Hoar's dogma seems to indicate to value true justice above the law. Are there further details on this in other sources?

One of Hoar's dogma (Uphold true and fitting justice and maintain the spirit of law, not the letter of law) seems to point to the fact that to a devotee of hoar justice is more important than law and ...
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When does the spin-off board game “Betrayal at Baldur's Gate” take place in the Forgotten Realms setting?

The board game Betrayal at Baldur's Gate is set in the Forgotten Realms universe in the city of Baldur's Gate. The description leads with "The Shadow of Bhaal has come over Baldur's Gate". I assume ...
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What makes the Forgotten Realms “forgotten”?

If the Forgotten Realms are forgotten, who forgot them? Certainly not the inhabitants. Is there a lore explanation for why the Forgotten Realms are forgotten?
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Would becoming a ghoul be a viable option to prevent a devil from getting your soul upon death?

My character promised a devil her soul upon her death. She was young and stupid, don’t judge her. I talked to my GM and we came to the conclusion that resurrection, true resurrection and raise dead ...
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Can I use a rust dragon as a mount? [closed]

I'm relatively new to D&D, and after playing a bit with some friends, picked up a few books to learn more. In one book, "A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGON RIDING", I was introduced to the idea of ...
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What are Faerunian elven bonding (marriage) rites like?

Is there any Forgotten Realms lore (3e/3.5e era preferred, but 2e sources could work as well) that describes or shows the basic flow of an Elven bonding (marriage) rite, or provides clues as to what ...
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Are there any resources from other editions that are a good companion to the 5th edition Waterdeep adventures?

The 5th Edition adventure Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is an urban style adventure based in a very large city. While the adventure itself is good and provides a lot of resources in the city, it is lacking ...
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What happens if a dragon in Waterdeep has permission to enter the city revoked?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (in a sidebar on p. 6) gives details of In it it states: Of specific interest are the way(s) a dragon can get permission: This makes it pretty clear that a ...
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Why do most dwarven city names in the Forgotten Realms have a suffix of -bar?

I am running a 5e campaign based in the Silver Marches of Faerun of the Forgotten Realms universe. I noticed that some of the cities in and around the Silver Marches area have a suffix of -bar, and I ...
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How can I justify a gnome samurai in Faerûn? [closed]

A new player wants to join a game I'm running. The campaign is set in Thesk in Faerûn, and the player wants to play a gnome samurai. I'd like to find a way to make this work, but I keep running into ...
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Are components harvested off a dragon inherently magical?

After our party slew a frost dragon, my character harvested a few dragon teeth off of the corpse. I now want to have someone craft weapons out of those teeth (DM does allow crafting of magical items.) ...
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Which deity would best fit a morally ambiguous rebel group fighting for freedom and equality in their home city? [closed]

The characters in the campaign I’m currently running are very liberal and open-minded when it comes to non-human races. They even try to give non-humans that are typically viewed as evil (e.g. orcs) ...
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Which 1st edition D&D module takes place last with regards to the DR timeline?

I’m trying to find info on the last module for 1st Edition AD&D which occurs before Forgotten Realm's DR (Dalereckoning) years advance into 2nd Edition AD&D. I’m not trying to find the last ...
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How much would an average adventurer in the Forgotten Realms know about the Great Wheel Cosmology? [closed]

In the D&D 5e group I'm playing in we're currently wondering how much our characters (all level 7) would know about the planes in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting (we're playing SKT, though ...
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What official descriptions & maps exist for Neverwinter around 1489DR?

Thanks to the Spellplague and the Second Sundering the city of Neverwinter has gone through massive changes since the previous editions. Thus much of the information about it, that was valid in ...
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How exactly does the Feywild time warp work?

I'm trying to understand how the Feywild time warp effect works. (Note that use of wish spells, or any other effect that alters the time warp effect for only particular creatures, are out of scope of ...
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Does the Raven Queen replace Myrkul?

I'm confused on the relationships between Raven Queen and Myrkul. They sound like they have a very similar job description - they both are the one you see when you die, and they both like to scare ...
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When does the soul leave the body after death?

In D&D (Forgotten Realms) lore, is there any kind of answer for how long it takes the soul to leave the body after death? If not, is there any answer implied by other rules or effects (such as ...