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For questions related to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons. It was created by Ed Greenwood and published by TSR in 1979. It is the setting used for most D&D 5th edition adventures. Several novels, games, and comics are also set in the Forgotten Realms.

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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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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 large is the city of Elturel?

The question is how long is the perimeter of Elturel's city limits, defined by the city walls and the river Chiontar. I currently have one player who got himself a mount with a 120' flight speed and I'...
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Is a moon considered to be on the same Material Plane as the planet it orbits?

I was thinking about an adventure where my player characters have to travel to Selûne and come back with a creature found on the moon. However, the creature would be too large for travel by ship (at ...
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Is there a God of the Sea other than Umberlee in the Forgotten Realms?

In the near future I'll be taking part in the campaign of Waterdeep: Dragon heist. I'm currently working on my character for it, which will most likely be a human Tempest Cleric with the Sailor ...
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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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Can spells stolen from a Shadow Weave user be cast by a Knight of the Weave/Spellthief character?

The Knight of the Weave prestige class has an entry requirement that the character cannot be a Shadow Weave user. I am assuming that this means you cannot have the Shadow Weave Magic feat. If you also ...
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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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What is the source of the powers of an oathbreaker?

As I understand, in the Forgotten Realms, when a paladin breaks their oath (assuming the optional class option from the DMG is used) they can change their subclass to an oathbreaker. It functions just ...
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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 magics do high level spellcasters strive for after the Spellplague?

Once a spellcaster has reached 17th level and can cast 9th level spells, what more power can they try to obtain? Before Mystra’s ban, there were 10th and higher level spells. Back in D&D3.5 there ...
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Is the pure lake part of Darklake the same as Evermoors lake?

In the "Out of the Abyss" adventure module, there's a map with the Darklake in the Underdark, and in the middle of the "lake" there's what appears to be a lake. It looks to be the ...
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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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Can NPCs detect that a PC is hiding/dissimulating their race? If so, how? [closed]

I'm working on a campaign (DnD, 5e-based, Forgotten Realms with some customizations) in which my party would go through a land in which one of my players is not welcome, because of her race. She's an ...
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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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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 information do we have about the High Forest, circa DR 1486?

I'm looking to learn more about the High Forest, specifically any kingdoms or other settlements in the region. I'm currently running the Out of the Abyss adventure, and am anticipating that the PCs ...
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Is there a common in-universe term to refer to civilized mortal humanoids in D&D?

Out-of-universe we would call them "playable races" or "character races". Is there an in-universe term to refer to a member of a civilized humanoid race, for example humans, elves, ...
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Where is the demarcation line for northern climate in Forgotten Realms?

My players primarily operate in and around the Sword Coast. I have only really used weather a few times. I considered everything south of the Spine of the World to be temperate. The players are ...
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Why was the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting for 3e not updated to 3.5?

The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (3e) was a supplement published in 2001. Then, in 2003, D&D 3.5e was released... I have been waiting for a 3.5 version of the Forgotten Realms Campaign ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, did Mystra’s ban apply to magic used by the gods? [duplicate]

In the FR universe, before Mystra's ban, spells up to 12th level could be cast relatively easily by mortals. It’s safe to assume the gods could do the same. Were the gods affected by the ban on spells ...
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How do dwarves age relative to humans?

I'm trying to figure out how dwarves in dungeons and dragons, mainly in lore, age relative to humans, specifically behaviourally? My preference for lore references is the Forgotten Realms but if there ...
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What happens when magic is removed from the Forgotten Realms? [closed]

I am planning on running a homebrew campaign, whose ultimate premise is that a villain is attempting to garner enough power to be able to eliminate all magic from existence. I am planning on setting ...
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How many high mages participated in the First Sundering?

Several sources point to the ritual requiring only 12 high mages: Uaul'Selu'Keryth. In your tongue, the name might be translated as "At War with the Weave". When twelve High Mages last ...
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Are there any Druid Circles which membership of would be irreconcilable with membership in the The Emerald Enclave?

I am a first-time DM and our entire group is relatively new to 5e, and none of us have played a druid before. I am running the Lost Mines of Phandelver module with my group. My party is about to reach ...
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How do I roleplay Ziraj The Hunter?

Stipulated that the question in the title is an opinion so that's not the question I'm asking. Background: We are playing Waterdeep Dragonheist and, very temporarily, we are playing the Doom Raiders ...
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How did towns mundanely protect themselves against Dragons or bring them to the ground?

Not every town has a party of adventurer's ready to take on big monsters. What methods are expected to be feasible in the combination of system (as of fifth edition) and setting (northern regions of ...
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Does Faerûn have timezones?

I read this tweet by RPGBOT.net: In #DnD5e a lot of magic items reset at dawn. Dawn is a geographically-dependent time. What time "dawn" occurs changes based on where you are. There is ...
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Why are ball bearings so common in the Forgotten Realms?

A standard starting item in some packs is "a bag of 1000 ball bearings." Now, I am still a D&D newbie, but it seems to me that the cart is way before the horse here. Heavy-load-bearing ...
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How do aquatic races write underwater?

There are lots of situations where underwater races will want to send messages to each other, write in spell books, create maps, etc. Are there any examples out there in D&D lore (any edition, any ...
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Price of Volo's Guide to Monsters?

A character goes to a bookseller and wants to buy Volo's guide to Monsters. With support from your expert opinion, how would you price the book? The bookseller has the book in stock, somewhere in the ...
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Can an army of psionic characters create a crystal sphere in the astral plane?

My favorite part about D&D is the extensive lore and metaphysics, so I like to make non-canon additions to my own game's world which are in line with established D&D lore/canon. New, but not ...
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What makes a heavy armor in Chult for Chultans?

Recently, our DM asked us to create an alternate character in case ours is killed. So I want to play along and create a Chultan fighter from Port Nyanzaru who's sent by the merchant princes to help a ...
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Where was Baldur's Gate (the fictional city) first described?

The city of Baldur's Gate is famous since the original Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II video games. Was the city created specifically for the video game, or did it exist prior to the video game? If ...
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Politics of Daggerford in Rise of Tiamat

My players are about to embark on Rise of Tiamat but have not yet attended the first council meeting. One of the PC's is a paladin of Lathander, so I expect there will be interaction between them and ...
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Are there drow deities that encourage cooperation with surface elves, and possibly reunion / conquer?

Inspired by How do I encourage Drow players to not make Drizzt clones? I'd love the concept of truly evil drow cleric adventuring on the surface and trying to cooperate with surface elves, hating ...
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What locations do these Official Forgotten Realms inspired Magic the Gathering cards reference?

There is a Magic: the Gathering set, which has cards inspired by The Forgotten Realms, but which locations (if any) are on these land cards? Venturing beneath the desert sands, you've discovered an ...
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What is the current state of Maztica?

I am planning to use a custom setting which is a kind of fantasy/Wild West crossover for my new 5e campaign. I'm aware there is actually the New World counterpart in Forgotten Realms called Maztica, ...
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Is there a canonical date for Returning Day?

Returning Day apparently celebrates the day that Balduran returned to Gray Harbor. Does any source give a specific date that this occurs on, in the Harptos Calendar?
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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens when a god dies?

By the end of next session, due to my PCs (through a mixture of burning temples, using dark magic, and killing avatars) a god in the Forgotten Realms that the PCs have a rivalry with will probably be ...
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Are there RAW mechanics that a Necromancy Wizard can use to animate dead with consent?

I want to create a necromancer in the Forgotten Realms setting. One that gets some kind of consent for their necromancy when it comes to using other creatures' corpses, be it from each creature that ...
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As of 5E, is Fistandantalus dead?

The Sword Coast Adventurers Guide lists "the deathless wizard Fistadantalus" as a possible candidate for the Undying (an alternative patron for the warlock class) yet the Dragonlance wiki ...
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What are common routes from Shadowdale to Waterdeep?

The party I DM has completed their adventures in the Dalelands (Shadowdale and Daggerdale) and wants to travel to Waterdeep. The party is fairly low level, so their travel will be non-magical and not ...
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Do external, non-innate methods exist in Faerûn circa 1489 DR to situationally alter the efficacy of spellcasting?

Prior to D&D5e, Forgotten Realms lore included situational methods and circumstances that could change the way spells and spellcasting worked. For example, the 1e product Volos' Guide to All ...
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Does Shar have a stake in the Blood War?

I am currently playing a character in Descent into Avernus who worships Shar. While my character has their own goals, I'm trying to learn more lore about Shar's dealings with devils and demons and if ...
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Where and How are the legendary characters during Rime of the Frostmaiden?

I'm DMing ROTF for players that have a very deep knowledge of the lore of the Forgotten Realms, it doesn't bother me at all, but I would like at least to be prepared enough anyway to properly address ...
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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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Which Sword Coast port has bugbears loading and unloading ships?

I remember reading in some published book (most probably from the 3e era but I'm not sure; surely not from 5e) that in a certain port in the Sword Coast (I'd say Waterdeep, but Neverwinter and Luskan ...
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