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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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What events in Forgotten Realms lore marked transitions from one edition to another?

I know that the Spellplague was the Forgotten Realms transition from D&D 3.5e to D&D 4e, and the Second Sundering was the transition from D&D 4e to D&D 5e, but I'm curious about other ...
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

With Forgotten Realms being the default setting for 5e, I am curious if there is the possibility for a necromancer, specifically a wizard, to be considered not evil: In terms of alignment In terms of ...
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Regional Feats Prereqs

Did it change between 3.0 and 3.5 that you can use ranks in Knowledge Local to qualify for regional feats and if so what page and book is this at?
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Why did Ed Greenwood and R.A. Salvatore dislike the Spellplague arc? [closed]

The Forgotten Realms campaign setting includes an world-changing event called the Spellplague, which provided lore reasons for many of the mechanical changes introduced by Dungeons & Dragons 4e. ...
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Why are the Faithless condemned to the Wall of the Faithless after death?

If you live in the Forgotten Realms and die without worshipping a deity, you are sentenced to the Wall of the Faithless by Kelemvor to serve as another proverbial brick in the Wall. But why does this ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there an official Forgotten Realms map for D&D 5e?

Is there an official Forgotten Realms map out for D&D 5e yet? Any book or map I can purchase if it is not available online? As of now, I have the Starter Set which comes with the just the Sword ...
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Where does an unaligned creature's soul go after death?

In the DMG section on "Bringing Back the Dead" (chapter 1, p. 24), it describes what happens when a creature dies: When a creature dies, its soul departs its body, leaves the Material Plane, ...
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Is there an official reason the Forgotten Realms is stuck with “medieval” technology?

Why has technology in the Forgotten Realms not progressed further than it has at the point when most adventures take place? Is it because races that live longer tend to be older and hold back ...
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When did Karsus's Folly become a canon part of the FR lore?

In a recent discussion following the question about edition transitions in the Forgotten Realms, the exact point when Karsus's Fall became part of the canon of FR lore was debated. When the Arcane Age ...
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How would a group get from Toril to Ravenloft and back?

If there were some adventurers who were living in, for example, Neverwinter, and heard rumors about Ravenloft, is it possible for them to get there? Are there people living in Toril who know how to ...
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What does a Kenku's speech sound like?

Introduced in Volo's Guide to Monsters, Kenku can only speak by imitating sounds they've heard — they're unable to speak with their own voices (p. 110): Although unable to speak in their own voices,...
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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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When in-universe does 5E D&D take place?

I'm reading up on the lore of Forgotten Realms and wondering when in-universe 5E takes place, since my character is from Mulhorand and I want to know if The Spellplague has taken place yet, for his ...
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Where can I find more lore about fey and eladrin?

I'm creating a character for a game set in the Forgotten Realms. My character is going to be a winter Eladrin. I have been reading the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes section about the elves and more ...
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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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How can I explain a race from Eberron showing up in Faerûn?

I know Eberron and Faerûn are different planes, but I have players who want to play warforged. What connections exist between the planes to facilitate a Eberron race ending up in Faerûn? I am looking ...
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What does Drow Speech sound like?

I am about to play a Drow Rogue-Fighter and I want to roleplay my character well, and this includes doing a voice. What is the proper voice for a [charismatic] Drow [Rogue-Fighter]? I was thinking ...
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What is the difference between a god and a primordial?

Out-of-universe, I gather that the primordials were introduced to the FR in 4e, and the elemental lords - Akadi, Grumbar, Kossuth and Istishia - were retconned as primordials. Information on the ...
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Why does arcane magic work outside Toril?

I'm currently DMing a campaign in the Forgotten Realms, but I want to later on add some Planescape and Spelljammer stuff in the story, allowing the PCs to travel beyond the world of Toril to other ...
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Warlock/Cleric: Would the Fiend and a God Get Along?

I have a character in the Forgotten Realms, Orryn, who is a gnome whose village was burnt down, who forged a pact with a pit fiend to gain Warlock powers. This was all to avenge his people and he is ...
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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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Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?

I'm currently the DM for a group playing a 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign in the Neverwinter Campaign Setting. In a recent adventure, my players asked me some unexpected questions, I said "...
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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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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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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 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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Who is the god Ao?

I have seen numerous mentions of "the Overgod" Ao but other then being obscenely powerful, I have not found any information on him. So, who is Ao and what is his portfolio?
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Are D&D novelizations considered canonical source materials?

I'm curious if the works of R.A. Salvatore and the like are considered canon source material for D&D campaign games. Or if they are treated more like fanfictions.
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Transporting players from Faerun to Athas (Dark Sun) [closed]

Am looking for some idea's on how one would send his/her current players to Dark Sun from Forgotten Realms, allowing the players to remain content & happy, keeping their precious characters due to ...
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Is there a good-aligned tempest domain deity?

I made a lawful good Blue Dragonborn Cleric of the Tempest Domain. I was going to use him in the Adventurers League, but none of the Forgotten Realms storm gods fit my character. Talos, the storm god, ...
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Are the Gods in the Forgotten Realms setting under copyright?

I'm in the midst of writing a story involving Cyric and Tharizdun butting heads over a group of mortals attempting to obtain one of Cyric's toys and destroy it. (based on a 2 dungeon master, dungeon ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens to a human PC when they die?

In the Forgotten Realms, what happens to a human PC when they die? Do they have a soul? Where does it go? Do the resurrected remember their after-death experience?
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In Forgotten Realms lore, can gods use spells above 9th level?

After Karsus’s folly, Mystra imposed a ban on use of magic above 9th level (I believe there are specific conditions for 10th level spells, but that’s not the main issue here). However, I believe the ...
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Where are the heroes of Faerûn during Tyranny of Dragons according to other adventures?

I know that as the DM I can make up whatever I want and put the heroes of Faerûn wherever I choose in the story. What I am looking for is answers that are in other modules (published adventures) that ...
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Are Amaunator and Lathander addressed separately?

I have not read any book except the "Sword Coast Adventurers Guide" for 5e for FR-Lore. In my game the god "Amaunator" plays a huge role, but on the FR-Wiki page it says that Lathander and Amaunator ...
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Is it possible to join multiple factions?

I'm playing Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) with my friends. When I read the adventure, I noticed that there are multiple opportunities to join different factions. What happens if a character has an ...
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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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Where should I look to start learning about the lore of the Forgotten Realms?

I'm a GURPS oldschool player, playing GURPS 3e since 2000, using GURPS Magic, GURPS Fantasy and the Core Rules. I have heard a lot of things about D&D and specially about the Forgotten Realms, ...
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Is there any trace of Abeir as a separate entity from Toril, pre 4e?

The 4th edition manuals for the Forgotten Realms setting talk about two separate planes, Abeir and Toril, being separated by the overgod Ao in a faraway past. The planes then swap some geographical ...
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What about the areas without description in the Forgotten Realms?

I've noticed places in Toril without any sort of description. When I searched about it online, not even the Forgotten Wikia had anything about some of these places. Let's use the Kryptgarden as an ...
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What is the difference between a god and a non-god power in Forgotten Realms?

What is the difference between a "god" and a non-god power in the Forgotten Realms? I assume that a "god" can grant cleric spells and that a non-god power cannot. I am assuming D&D 5th edition.
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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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How common is homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms?

For whatever roleplaying reason, I've decided that my Male Human Wizard is gay. After an exhausting week of dungeon crawling, he's heading down to the nearest medium to large-sized city for some R&...
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Are elves native to Faerun/Toril, or are they immigrants from elsewhere (like the Feywild)

Where did the D&D 5e elves come from? (In-universe sense). Based on some comments under this answer, this map of the Feywild, the fact that elves have Fey Ancestry (see PHB), and the following ...
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What does Menzoberranzan look like?

Running a 5e campaign, I know a lot has changed about Menzo. For instance Lolth is no longer the sole power with her children coming back. My campaign is taking us to Menzoberranzan, but I don't ...
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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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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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