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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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When did the gith break free of the mind flayers?

In my recent question, How did the Duergar break free of the Mind Flayers?, in this answer it is stated that the Duergar freed themselves from the mind flayers in the year "c. –4000 DR". However, I ...
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How did the Duergar break free of the Mind Flayers?

It is known that the Duergar (a.k.a. Grey Dwarves, evil dwarves from the Underdark) were once slaves of the mind flayers, but then managed to break free. However, I can't find much information on how ...
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Does Forgotten Realms setting count as “High magic”?

Could you please provide some sources about that? I am asking about the categories listed in the DMG in the Starting Equipment equipment table, and for calculating price of enchantment items and such ...
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Is the Living Gem the Calimemnon Crystal?

Page 20 of the AD&D 2e book Running the Realms describes the item found by Shond Tarovin known as the Living Gem: In Schamedar (Calimshan), the adventurer-wizard Shond Tharovin has announced ...
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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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Can non-humanoid monsters live in a human society?

If a monster lives up to the law for a certain city, would they be allowed to live in it? I'm not talking about basic monsters like orcs and goblinoids, or shape-shifters (including dragons), but more ...
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What is the relationship between these two characters?

In the Baldur's Gate section of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, it is mentioned that the former Grand Duke was Dillard Portyr (emphasis mine): The current Grand Duke is Ulder Ravengard, who is ...
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How big is the Waterdeep City Guard?

Does anyone know the approximate size of the standing Waterdeep army? Also, what percentage of the army would consist of magic users and/or high-ranking officials? We are playing D&D 5e, but I ...
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What or where is the Elven Afterlife?

My first D&D 5e character will be a Sun Elf. I hope he won’t die any time soon, but I would like to know what would happen to my character if he bites the dust. Or at least what he thinks would ...
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What years, in DR, were the three dead (Bane, Bhaal and Myrkul) mortal?

I've not been able to find the specific date, at which these three were mortal. Does anyone know? Is it perhaps not specified? I know that they were slain around 1358 DR, but at this point they had ...
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Can my character collect royalties from being an author?

My character is a half-elf, aged academic globetrotter researching ruins, fauna and flora - anything he can get his hands on really. In his 100+ year career it stands to reason that along with any ...
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Do elves of Evermeet use money?

Evermeet was created as elven heaven. So, do they use money or gold there? If so, do they trade with other Arvandor or Feywild cities with money or something? Where I can read about such things? ...
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Did the spellplague change the cosmology of other crystal spheres too, or just realmspace?

The spellplague changed the cosmology of Forgotten Realms into the world axis cosmology. Great wheel no more, world tree no more (it seems I missed/skipped this one). But did the spellplague affected ...
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Where in the Forgotten Realms is the hobgoblin Academy of Devastation?

Is there a specific location where hobgoblins live and where they train for magic? If it’s secret, what might be an appropriate location for it (from a GM perspective)? Volo’s Guide to Monsters (...
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What are Kelemvor’s divine servants?

Besides his mortal worshippers, the Doomguides, how does Kelemvor enforce his will on the material plane (or anywhere besides the Fugue Plane, really)? Does he have angels in his service? Maybe not ...
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How do immortals deal with a mortal cheating death?

So D&D characters come back from the dead all the time during campaigns through use of magic, and no one really raises too much of a fuss about it. That's fine. But if a character (and I'm more ...
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How do you pay Yugoloths?

Yes, I'm back with another Yugoloth question. So Yugoloths are known as mercenaries, primarily for Devils in the Blood War but also for powerful mortals and other beings, if the price is right. My ...
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Were the gith originally human before the illithids enslaved them?

Firstly, I will point out that I am only really familiar with D&D 5e and the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on D&D 3.5e and set in the Forgotten Realms; incidentally, if the ...
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How do yugoloths propagate (make more of themselves)?

So from what I understand, the Lawful Evil Devils primarily perpetuate their race by making deals with mortals in exchange for their souls. A mortal who accepts this deal will rise as a lemure in the ...
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Do any printing presses exist in the Forgotten Realms?

Is it possible to print books/placards/newspapers/whatever in the Forgotten Realms? Or are all texts hand-written?
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As of 1492 DR, who are the Masked Lords of Waterdeep?

As of 1492 DR, who are the Masked Lords of Waterdeep? The ones that I know of are:
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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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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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How can I explain a race from 5e 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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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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Faerûn: Why is there a gap in the Trade Way?

In Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, Mike Schley's map shows a series of gaps in the Trade Way/Coast Way between Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Sconubel, and points east. The version available for free on ...
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Are there Xanathar Guild operations outside Waterdeep?

I'm about to play in a game set in Baldur's Gate, and the DM's running the adventure are sticklers for the canon with little leeway. In D&D Faerun lore, do thieves' guilds, the Xanathar Guild ...
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Ways to cure a body part that was turned to stone?

During the very first session of my current campaign, my character's fist was turned to stone. Quite a few sessions later, I'm getting a bit irritated with only having one functioning hand. What ways ...
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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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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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What's a reasonable temperature of a dungeon in the Underdark, maintaining balance with a character built to keep the environment cold?

I have a player who will be changing the temperature in a large radius and most of the campaign will be in a large underground dungeon. The player's build is built around him using magic & keeping ...
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What happens if a dragon in Waterdeep has permission to enter the city revoked?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (in a sidebar on p. 6) gives details of In it, it states: Of specific interest are the way(s) a dragon can get permission: This makes it pretty clear that a ...
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How much information is there about the Wall of the Faithless and the crusades against it, and where can I find it?

I'm getting ready to DM a Forgotten Realms campaign against the Wall, but I'm not sure if I have all the information I could have. This will be a sequel to the last campaign we had, where one of the ...
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In D&D 5e's lower magic approach, how would the Red Wizards of Thay's magic item business work out?

D&D 5e makes magic items much less common than previous editions. Also, the Forgotten Realms are the assumed background even in the Core Rules. One of the most interesting groups in Faerun are ...
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Are there any Chosen left in Faerûn following the Second Sundering?

Throughout Toril's history, its various deities have engaged in a practice of vesting mortals with power and purpose. Those mortals are sometimes called Chosen. The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide ...
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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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How long does it take to sail to Evermeet from the Neverwinter harbor?

Imagine Bob the elf who is a passenger on the ship travelling to Evermeet from the Neverwinter harbor (sailing from the Material Plane to the Feywild). Captain of the ship is an elf who already ...
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Is Gravenhollow suffused by faerzress?

In the adventure module Out of the Abyss, Gravenhollow is an area of particular importance, and I could see my party returning to it often to benefit from the resources it offers. As such, it is ...
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Are there any Halloween type holidays in the Forgotten Realms?

My group's game session got bumped to tomorrow, Halloween! I feel like I should try to attempt something in the spirit of Halloween. Does the Forgotten Realms have a holiday that is similar to a "day ...
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What is the size of Neverwinter?

In miles, feet, or kilometers, what size is Neverwinter from north wall to south wall and also from the west wall to the east side?
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How is Chult pronounced?

How is "Chult" pronounced? Is it /tʃʌlt/ or /tʃʊlt/ in IPA?
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How do I pronounce the “Taol” coin from Waterdeep?

In the city of Waterdeep, there's a coin called a "Taol" worth 2 gp. I find the description of the coin in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist on page 169, but it's not on the pronunciation guide on page 4. I'm ...
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Is Zhent just the term for any member of the Zhentarim?

I'm starting to get confused by the term "Zhent" as I read it in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and how it is used. Is it just a term for any member of the Zhentarim? I attempted to look this ...
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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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Which of the Walking Statues does this art in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure depict?

The following art, Walking Statue of Waterdeep by Sidharth Chaturvedi, was made as interior art for the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. However, there doesn't seem to be any consensus in Reddit ...
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Whose portrait is printed on the Waterdhavian gold coin?

Reading Waterdeep: Dragon Heist for an upcoming campaign, I'm writing a few teasers about the world in preparation. I know that the "dragon" is the local name for the gold coin minted in Waterdeep, ...
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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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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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What would +1/+2/+3 items be called in game?

This is something that I have been wondering for a long time. Now obviously the DM could just have it have its own name such as Bonecutter and everyone just calls it that but is there any term that ...

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