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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 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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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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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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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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Which races existed before the gods?

The D&D 5e Monster Manual says this in the aboleth section: ABOLETH: Before the coming of the gods, aboleths lurked in primordial oceans and underground lakes. They reached out with ...
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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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What in-game time span was covered in the various Forgotten Realms campaign settings?

Since I am fairly new to FR I was wondering what time span was covered in the different edition-spanning campaign settings for FR. Specifically, what was the default starting year of the AD&D 1st ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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When did Baldur's Gate's Outer City come to be?

Last weekend I was re-reading the setting booklet from Murder in Baldur's Gate. Since the only game I have in this area is happening closer to the Year of Wild Magic than the Year of the Awakened ...
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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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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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Can Dwarven fighters or any non-casting Class create "magic" weapons?

I would like to discuss how did Bruenor Battlehammer craft Aegis-fang. According to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Manual, Bruenor does not have any spell casting class and no mention of an Inscribing ...
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How do we transition from D&D 4e's world to D&D 5e's world?

My group started in late Dec 14th with D&D 4e, in the Points of Light. My players have expressed an interest in making the switch to 5e. D&D 5e is set in Forgotten Realms, a completely new and ...
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Is Forgotten Realms the default setting in 5e?

In D&D 3.x, the core books stated that the default setting was Greyhawk and the first few adventures were set in it (e.g. The Sunless Citadel, Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil). In D&D ...
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Is it possible to destroy a soul?

Is there any method for a creature to destroy a soul, such that it is utterly wiped from the multiverse? No afterlife, no wall of the faithless etc etc I was thinking about the nature of the ...
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Did Kelemvor lose the death domain to Myrkul?

I was reading the Basic Rules (V2) and Appendix B has a table with the Forgotten Realms' deities. In this table, Myrkul is listed as the "god of death", while Kelemvor is "god of the ...
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Is there a guide/reference for possible character hairstyles in D&D Forgotten Realms universe?

I was playing a D&D session as a female cleric of Qotal and, at some point, the party encountered some kind of wind monster. As I tried to cast spells requiring concentration, the DM argued that I ...
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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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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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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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Is there any way for a Mind Flayer to go back to their original human(oid) form?

According to 5e lore, the Mind Flayer / Illithid lore reproduces via ceremorphosis: a tiny illithid-creature eats its way into the (sentient) target's brain, forcing transformation to occur some time ...
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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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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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Where would Teleportation Circles be in Forgotten Realms?

Long range teleportation in D&D 4e seems to work by teleportation circles Linked Portal Reverse Portal Planar Portal However the book says nothing about where these portals might appear. Where ...
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Cameo Characters? [closed]

There are some good books in the Forgotten Realms library. Do you use cameo characters form these books? If so how do you balance them with your campaign? I know there was a campaign that came with ...
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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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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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Are there any official maps of the Seventon Alliance?

I have checked the AD&D books Netheril: Empire of Magic and Lost Empires of Faerun, and the 3E book Grand History of the Realms. Are there any official maps of the Seventon Alliance and the ...
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What is the status of the nation of Tashalar in the Forgotten Realms as of 5e?

As far as I understand, the Chultan Peninsula became an island for a time during 4e, and after the Second Sundering the regions around the Mhair Jungle were restored. Tashalar, an established and ...
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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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How much should a wizard charge for casting teleport spells?

At a point in my game players will try to teleport to a distant place (from Moonsea to Icewind Dale, which is more than 1200 miles). Five people will be teleported (4 PCs and 1 NPC). I looked for ...
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To what domains does Iyachtu Xvim grant access?

The feat Godsblood Spelltheft has as its benefit the ability to select a domain granted by Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson who assumed his father's hatred and tyranny portfolios for about a decade until he ...
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What and where was the Cloak Tower?

What I Want to Know In the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS), there is a building called Cloak Tower. The NCS says this about Cloak Tower: The tower takes its ...
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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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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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When does Hoard of the Dragon Queen start?

One of my players is attempting to write journal entries as session summaries, and I was wondering what date (approximate is fine), Hoard of the Dragon Queen begins. I know from my research that the ...
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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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