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Questions related to the Forgotten Realms campaign settings of Dungeons & Dragons.

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What is the in-universe explanation for “Waterdhavian” being the adjectival form of Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide uses the term "Waterdhavian" throughout, suggesting an etymology for "deep" here that is different than simply the English word deep, but this is never addressed in ...
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From SCAG, what deities would support the other gods?

I have a Cleric that I'd like to play, with a specific domain and playstyle, but funnily enough, I don't have a deity! I am using the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide for my decision. My cleric will ...
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In the history of the Forgotten Realms, has a Nightmare ever been cleansed of evil?

Okay, so this is a bit of a weird question, but as the title says, has there ever been a case in the history of Dungeons & Dragons where a Nightmare has ever been turned back to good? I've only ...
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Are any languages similar enough to be partly understandable?

I am running a campaign, and somehow my 4 friends have managed to pick 11 different languages in addition to Common (which they all have). Of these 11, one (Elvish) is known by two people, but the ...
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What is the time frame? [closed]

I played last year at GenCon 2017. Still have my sheets and magic item. I was only third level. Can I use that same info to sign up again and finally get a DCI #? I ask because I would like to play a ...
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Sourcebook for Forgotten Realms in D&D 5e?

After years of RPG abstinence, I am currently exploring the 5th edition of D&D with the Starter Set. While previous editions had dedicated sourcebooks that would describe the geography, culture, ...
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Location of The Cloak of Stars brothel in Silverymoon

Can anyone out there tell me where on the map of Silverymoon, the location of The Cloak of Stars brothel, run by Felicia Morgenstern is? Other place it tells you if not the street, it'll say on the ...
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Post Second Sundering, what keeps evil gods from defecting from the new paradigm of non-interference?

In 5th Edition Forgotten Realms, the designers' intent is that the gods have withdrawn from the world and for the most part leave mortals to make their own fate - Matt Sernett and Chris Perkins talk ...
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What differentiates “Gods” from other entities in the Forgotten Realm cosmology?

I am creating a campaign world that is supposed to be a “refuge from the gods”: no true deities can come here, no intervention in the affairs of mortals. People came here from the Forgotten Realms to ...
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Does a Helm Paladin become fallen if he does this? [closed]

I am DM'ing the official adventure "Expedition to the Demonweb Pits". As the game progresses the party (Human paladin, LG Dwarf cleric, N Human rogue) will find themselves in a situation where: My ...
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Godly non-interference and godly summoning [Rise of Tiamat spoilers]

I'm running the Rise of Tiamat campaign, and a fundamental question about when gods do/can and don't/can't interfere directly in mortal affairs (particularly via manifesting avatars on the Material ...
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Is there a dragon-level threat to the dragons in the Forgotten Realms?

In Forgotten Realms, few things are as feared and iconic as the Dragon. There may be more powerful beings, but few of them are well-known. The Dragon is decent on land, a powerful flier, some even ...
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What is under the Underdark?

Amongst D&D players, especially those familiar with the Forgotten Realms setting, the existence of the Underdark is well-known. This world beneath the surface has even made it into many other ...
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Would children age normally in the outer planes?

I know that in the Astral Plane children don't age (or more specifically no one ages), but is there anything regarding how children would age in the outer planes? I'm wondering specifically about a ...
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Do pets and mounts age in Myth Drannor's uncorrupted mythal?

Do animals like pets and mounts age in the mythal of Myth Drannor, before the fall? To clarify, I am asking about the Mythal in its full glory, circa 600~660 DR. Before the weeping war.
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How do I know what terrain is where in the Forgotten Realms?

I am a DM using the Storm King's Thunder adventure book, and the party is currently in the midst of the very open-ended Chapter 3, as they wander around various places interacting with the world of ...
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Why can't WoC make up their minds and publish an Official map of Faerun? [closed]

The few maps they have vary greatly. For example, sometimes the Anauroch is like an ellipse, sometimes it's almost u-shaped, extending past some of the northern mountain ranges. The Dales, Moonsea and ...
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What type of creatures are Uthgardt Barbarians?

I'm currently DM for a game of Storm King's Thunder, and I'm trying to understand the Uthgardt Barbarians and what they exactly are. The description starting on p. 65 of the Storm King's Thunder book ...
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How long is an Elvish generation?

I can't seem to find any good resources on this. How old is the typical elf when they first have children? How many generations would typically be alive at one time from a single family? Is it in the ...
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How do people travel in The North of Faerûn during winter? [closed]

I am currently planning a adventure in the north of Faerun around Neverwinter / Icewind Dale / Silverymoon. The adventure should take place somewhere between Eleint 1371 DR and Hammer 1372 DR. As it ...
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Is there an official book about the different races and classes of the realm of Faerun? [closed]

Is there an official book made by wizards of the coast that discusses the different races and classes of the realm of Faerun?
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If I were a poor orphan in Neverwinter, what district would I likely live in?

I've been running a new group the past several weeks. We are all 40+ yr old dudes who have just recently come back to D&D after 20 year layoffs.... So my lore/background was that the group all ...
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Which Outer Planes are ruled over by a single god or entity in the Forgotten Realms?

Asmodeus rules over the Nine Hells/Baator in their entirety - all of the other Archdevils answer to him. Which of the other Outer Planes, if any, are ruled/overseen by a single god or powerful entity? ...
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Are there heroic or good Yuan-Ti? [closed]

What I've read seems to suggest "no". I haven't found anything in the SCAG that suggests this as true. I'm aware that in Adventurer's league there was a reference guide for the monsters in Volo's ...
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What's the percentage population of non-human races in D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I am sure I remember reading that non-human races in the Forgotten Realms were less common than humans in one of the rule books. Is there an official percentage value for the populations of non-humans ...
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Overview of common languages per plane

For my current campaign I'm exploring lore options regarding planar travel for NPCs and PCs. Where in the books can I find more information about which languages are common in which planes?* I'm ...
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How did Josidiah lose Guenhwyvar?

The Forgotten Realms Wiki entry on Guenhwyvar says Josidiah used the figurine after it was gifted to him, but when he returned from his quest in the Underdark, he no longer carried Guenhwyvar's ...
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Which deities in the Forgotten Realms were once mortal?

My research indicates that the gods who were once mortals include the following: Azuth was once the mortal champion of Mystra and ascended to godhood after imprisoning Savras. Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul ...
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Do pre-written modules exist regarding the role the drow played in the Crown Wars? [closed]

I'm building a campaign that includes the drow and read about the Crown Wars which has elements I'd like to include. In addition to pulling ideas from these articles I would like to know if any pre-...
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The description of politics, geography etc of Forgotten Realms

I remember there was a separate book for D&D 3.5 describing all about Forgotten Realms. My question is - is there a book which describes it for 5e?
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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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Researching sources to make a Forgotten Realms character?

What sourcebooks should I get to make a fully-themed Forgotten Realms character in 3.5e? Looking for setting information on: Races Classes Regions Feats Religions Prestige classes
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Why do duergar have Sunlight Sensitivity?

I vaguely know that the backstory of the Drow from earlier editions involves their Sunlight Sensitivity coming in part from the curse that banished them, and not purely from their long existence ...
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What is canon for the creation of the Great Desert of Anauroch?

On the Forgotten Realm’s Wiki, Anauroch is described as the result of phaerimm casting lifedrain spells which transformed the fertile lands of Netheril into the desert that it is today. But there is ...
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What is the impact of resurrection in the Forgotten Realms?

I am not very familiar with the Forgotten Realms lore. I know that resurrection spells may have a great impact on the story and on how death is perceived by the players. I would like to know what is ...
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Has the Halfway Inn outside of Evereska ever been detailed in a published adventure?

The Halfway Inn is described in The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide as being commonly referred to as “Evereska’s Trading Post” straddling the forest and mountains of the elves of Evereska and the edge ...
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Where can I find a high-resolution full map of Toril? [closed]

Is there anywhere I can find a full map of Toril? I'd like one with Kara-tur, Faerun, etc in a good resolution, at around the Time of Troubles. Instead I just find low resolution maps like this one, ...
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What year is it in Forgotten Realms during Tomb of Annihilation?

I am new to Forgotten Realms and I'm running the Tomb of Annihilation module. What year is it at the start of the adventure? Is there an official calendar someplace? Thanks!
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What happened in Maztica to make Tabaxi emigrate?

I am currently playing a Tabaxi Druid, Circle of the Moon. I wanted to flesh out his backstory, so I read up on them in Volo's Guide to Monsters. In a box on page 113, it said: In the Forgotten ...
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Does a soul consumed by a lich's phylactery avoid the afterlife?

Per the Lich's Soul Sacrifice description, both the body and soul of the imprisonment spell's target are trapped inside the phylactery. The description also states that this imprisoned "creature" is ...
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How big an advantage would wealth confer to the development of a character?

The question is specifically applied to D&D 3.5 and the world of the Forgotten Realms. A little background first. I am designing an adventure where I plan to have one of the NPCs-not exactly an ...
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Discrepancy across FR products about Deadsnows

I'm about to run a D&D 5E campaign that centers around the village of Deadsnows in the Silver Marches. I'm using the Blood and Gold campaign as a template and branching out in several directions / ...
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What is the availability of Maztica Imported Food in the Realms?

To celebrate 20 years of campaign, my wife's party is holding a party ingame (its a feast to celebrate the founding of the adventuring party) and a party in real life (because why not). So they are ...
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Can Guenhwyvar communicate?

I was wondering if the panther companion of everyone's favorite drow ranger can communicate or be communicated with. Does she have above average intelligence? Does she "speak" in the books? Can ...
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Specialist Wizard became an Incantatrix. Two specalizations?

Gwendolin the Elven Arcanist is a Transmuter Wizard (banned schools: necro, evocation) that became an Incantatrix (Magic of Faerun ver.): Upon becoming an incantatrix [...] the incantatrix is a ...
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What is the general education level of people in the Forgotten Realms?

Do people in the Forgotten Realms have any standardized education? Do children go to school? How much education would people have in general? I can't say I know or understand how schooling in our ...
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Is there a resource that describes the fauna of the Forgotten Realms more specifically?

This is in relation to my other question. Is there a resource available that describes where the creatures of D&D are found more specifically? How common or rare they might be in that area or ...
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Are PCs able to appraise the difficulty of an encounter?

Are PCs able to judge, innately or via some skill check, how difficult a fight will be? My assumption is that the adventurers have some knowledge of certain beasties and baddies, and can understand ...
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Are unmarried individuals in the Forgotten Realms expected to keep chaste?

In the society and cultures of the Forgotten Realms narrative, are unmarried men and/or women expected to keep chaste? Since this is about the game world's culture rather than any particular edition, ...
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Is there a way in the Forgotten Realms to Time Travel?

Does time travel or chronomagic exist in the Forgotten Realms? I'm working on an idea for a Halruuan airship equipped with a device that allows time and dimensional travel, so I'm looking for ...