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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 year did Mount Hotenow erupt?

Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide is very vague about what year this happened: Nearly half a century ago, Mount Hotenow (the nearby volcano that perpetually heats the river flowing through the city) ...
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Is the lore in Baldur's Gate 3 canon?

Is the lore in the video game Baldur's Gate 3 canon? The story in the game can play out differently depending on choices you make, so anything related to that obviously isn't canon. But is e.g. ...
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Are Faerûnian tieflings a people unto themselves?

When it comes to tiefling population dynamics, the only relevant things the PHB has to say are that tieflings "are derived from human bloodlines," "subsist in small minorities," ...
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Has the role of Xanathar ever been vacant?

Looking at FR Wiki's list of Known Xanathars, has there ever been a time where the title of Xanathar wasn't held? Has it ever been held by a creature other than a beholder? Either with a catspaw/...
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What lifestyle expenses are associated with the Yawning Portal?

The party has just begun Dungeon of the Mad Mage. After their first trip down the well, they have sensibly taken Durnan up on his offer of rooms in the Yawning Portal where they can stay in between ...
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Downtime Business Plan Help?

DMs, I need your expertise. I have a 1 year downtime between campaigns (ingame) and I'm in Waterdeep. I want to become something between Littlefinger and Varys (from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and ...
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What are known portals to the Hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I know that there is (or at least, used to be) one portal in the dungeons under Dragonspear Castle that linked the castle to Avernus, the first level of the Nine Hells. Are there other such fixed ...
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How does the Beast Transformation optional rule for the Beastlands work?

I'm a little confused about how to handle the Beast Transformation optional rule for the Beastlands (DMG, pg. 60). What happens when a creature drops to 0 hp before the spell becomes permanent (i.e., ...
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Do gods in 5e still have a "portfolio"?

Having studied the sources available to me on the 5th edition, I did not find any mention of the portfolio. We only know that now all the gods except Ao and demigods are inferior gods and nothing is ...
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How to reconcile Planescape's multiversal gods with the Time of Troubles?

The Forgotten Realms setting's cosmology famously clashes with the Great Wheel cosmology, but large parts of it, for example the tree placement of their Outer Planes, can be easily dismissed as "...
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Would The Map Of The Sword Coast In The Front Of Tyranny Of Dragons Be Considered A Province, Kingdom, Or Continent Scale?

I need an answer to this because I'm trying to figure out the distance between some of the towns for chapter 4. Now, I'm not running this chapter as it is because...well...if it's boring to read it's ...
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What portions of the Delimbiyr River are navigable by ship?

Some images of the Sword Coast show the Lizard Marshes south of the mouth of the Delimbiyr, and others show it ending at the Lizard Marshes. The description from Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd ...
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How many characters can ride a dinosaur?

Tomb of Annihilation has a price list of tame dinosaurs, and there are regular dinosaurs races in Port Nyanzaru. There are multiple pieces of artwork in Tomb of Annihilation that include people riding ...
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Which official rules books and adventures are based in the world of Toril, or have a setting accessible from Toril?

I recently started trying to look at lore of the Forgotten Realms and Toril, and it has made me curious which rule books (such as the Player's Handbook and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything), setting ...
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Can a human who has had their body stolen by an intellect devourer undergo Ceremorphosis?

As the question asks: Can a human who has had their body stolen by an intellect devourer undergo Ceremorphosis? More importantly - would they allow such a transformation? I have taken a read through ...
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How far does the direct light of the Companion reach?

In the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus module, the Companion is an object that has saved Elturel in the past, and is now in the process of dooming the city. I'm the DM for a BG:DiA party that has ...
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Is "Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms" a reliable source for Forgotten Realms lore for D&D 5e campaigns?

I am researching the Forgotten Realms universe to improve my GM skill in the 5th edition and came across a fact that upset me: there is not a single source in 5e that would fully describe the state of ...
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What are Shadows, in Forgotten Realms lore?

Where do shadows and shadow magic belong to in the world of the Forgotten Realms? I mean, the first thing that comes to mind is the undead 1/4 CR creature called "Shadow". I know that Shar ...
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Are there any published maps of Rhymanthiin and also 'The Path of Light' linking it to the Misty Forest?

I have found a fair amount of info and lore about Rhymanthiin, particularly its creation and even some descriptions of parts of it, including information about The Path of Light, but no maps or even ...
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Is Erelhei-Cinlu in Faerûn?

I have a major campaign extension looking to take characters from 1st to 20th level, starting with linking Lost Mine of Phandelver to (via various add-ons to LMoP itself) adapted versions of D1, D2, ...
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How many days travel is it from Shadowdale to Myth Drannor? [closed]

The group is headed back to Shadowdale after there little mission. How many days travel would it be to get from Myth Drannor to Shadowdale?
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What do mailed letters look like in the Forgotten Realms?

I've got a noble NPC that will be sending an important letter to the PCs, but I can't decide how that should work. I imagine he'd be paying a courier to bring it straight to them, so size and shape ...
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How do magic items work when used by an Avatar of a God?

So unbeknownst to my group I DM for, the young child in the village they are at is an aspect of Chauntea, Goddess of the Harvest. Having recently acquired a Bag of Beans, one party member gave 2 beans ...
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How old is Lathander?

I know some gods are rather young – mortals from hundreds of years ago that ascended - but I assume Lathander is much older. Have Lathander's origins ever been officially stated? How old is Lathander?
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In the "Princes of the Apocalypse" adventure, why is Wyvern Tor marked on the Dessarin Valley map?

I am preparing to DM the Princes of the Apocalypse published adventure. In the map of the Dessarin Valley region, Wyvern Tor is marked as a site. However, I skimmed over the whole tome but I couldn't ...
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Is there a true-neutral Great Old One patron in Forgotten Realms?

Is there any true-neutral Great Old One, or at least a passive-evil entity, for my chaotic-stupid character? I am playing a Warlock 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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How can I best learn the foundations of the Forgotten Realms lore required for basic gameplay?

I'm playing DnD 5e for many years now, and I love it. I love playing it so much that I felt like I wasn't playing enough of it, so I went from playing only with my friends to playing online in public ...
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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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