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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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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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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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Are there any references for the night sky of Toril?

Where can I find details about the constellations and night sky characteristics of Toril? Is this information presented in any of the released books?
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Are “sambar” (electrum) coins minted and used in Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 13 ("Coin of the Realms") says that the various coins (copper, silver, electrum, gold, and sometimes platinum) are generally referred to by people in the world ...
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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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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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Is Shaundakul still alive in 5e?

I'm creating a 5e character and looking at deities, Shaundakul would be perfect for me. However, there has been no mention of him since 3e so I'm not sure if he's a valid deity for my fifth edition ...
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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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Is there a detailed map of Castle Waterdeep?

I am DMing a one-could-say difficult party. The campaign setting itself makes it very difficult as I have decided to provide the characters with a full sandbox experience. They decided to visit ...
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How can I be a necromancer blast-caster combination? (Clarified/continued) [duplicate]

I'm thinking spells that would help my battle field control, spells high power evocation, good necromancy spells and anything worthwhile for any wizard. Nothing has to be all of the above, just good ...
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What are the rules for changing religions?

One of my players started as a believer of Bane in Faerun and secretly tried to undermine the group. Now, since the group helped him a lot along the way and saved his life, he helps people while being ...
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What happened to the “h” in “Waterdhavian”?

Traditionally, the adjective form and demonym of the city of Waterdeep has been "Waterdhavian". It's spelled that way across many D&D 5E books, including the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, many ...
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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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Is it possible for a person to be tricked into becoming a lich?

A great evil has been prophesied and a powerful wizard knows that he is unable to stop it himself. His plan is to create several heroes who will be able to fight the evil despite the event taking ...
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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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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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Are there any other half-fiends except for Draegloths that were created intentionally by a mortal race?

According to the Forgotten Realms wiki article on Draegloths, they are perhaps the only variety of half-fiend that was created regularly and intentionally by a mortal race. (Monster Compendium: ...
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Does the Order of the Silver Chalice still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of the characters is a Knight of the Silver Chalice. I believe that this organization was originally founded in Waterdeep. Do they still ...
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Does the Order of the Aster still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of my characters is part of the Order of the Aster. What is their presence in Waterdeep (circa 1492 DR)? I was able to find some information ...
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What kinds of names do the people of the nation of Cormyr use?

It is unclear what kind of name could be used for a PC from Cormyr. There is no such nation in the PHB. What kinds of names do the people of the nation of Cormyr use?
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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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How does one become a Waterdhavian noble?

While I had naively thought of a "noble" as being just somebody in a rich, influential family, I'm reading through Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and it seems to be much more than that (at least in Waterdeep)...
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In the current era, do any wizards survive from 1372 DR?

The D&D 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting places its base year at 1372 DR. Someone once told me that, at a point between this and the year of the current D&D 5e products, a sundering of the ...
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When are the seasons in the Forgotten Realms calendar?

I'm planning on starting to run Waterdeep: Dragon Heist soon, and part of the premise is that since the city looks and feels different in different seasons (people are less likely to be milling about ...
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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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Do Forgotten Realms paladins have to follow a deity?

As can be seen in this question, with the relevant quote from the Players Handbook: Player's Handbook, page 82: Although many paladins are devoted to gods of good, a paladin’s power comes as much ...
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What would happen to an adventurer's personal identity when turning into a God?

I recently played RP with some friends, and one these friends is also one who's playing in the D&D campaign I DM (Lost Mine Of Phandelver). While they were explaining me their home-made RP system,...
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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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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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What happened with Ubtao?

What happened with Chult and Ubtao during 4e? Ubtao's gone, and Dendar the Night Serpent was released and became a god. How and why did those events transpire?
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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 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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How is Sword Coast North governed?

Many D&D 5e adventure modules take place in the Sword Coast of Faerûn, such as Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMOP). LMOP has information regarding various factions and mayorship but is light on other ...
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How has the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) changed through the editions of D&D?

A follow-up on this Q&A regarding the origins of the Holy Avenger and similar "holy" weapons in the Forgotten Realms, and in D&D more generally. As noted there, the Realms have experienced ...
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Is there a map of Silverymoon with every street named?

Is there a street map of Silverymoon, one with every street and alley named?
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What Good-aligned wizarding factions are there?

I play a 10th level neutral good gnome wizard. The majority of my party (barbarian, arcane trickster, warlock, Ranger, and druid) are part of factions in game. I've been trying to find a group in the ...
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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 was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. For purposes of a campaign to be set in the ...
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How deep is the Underdark? What is its max and median depth?

How many miles under the ground do the Underdark tunnels and caves typically go? One? Five? A hundred?
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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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How wealthy are the rich in the Forgotten Realms?

I'm building a campaign that includes a Plutocracy style government. The several wealthiest people in each city govern that city, and the wealthiest of those join to govern the entire empire. I ...
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How does the Master of Shadow prestige class affect the Shadowcaster class?

I am playing a Forgotten Realms (3.5e) campaign as a Shadowcaster and I was looking into taking the prestige class Master of Shadow. Would this prestige class effect whether or not I can get ...
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What constitutes the appearance of a male medusa in the Forgotten Realms in 1492 DR?

In 1e MM 248, maedar was a male subrace of the meduse. In Dragon Magazine #355, maedar were added to the creature catalogue (3.5e). In 4e MM 187, male meduse are inferior to the female meduse of the ...
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Are there canon rules about mutations caused by the spellplague (as we can see it in the MMORPG Neverwinter)?

In the MMORPG Neverwinter, we have some low level area and quests where we can fight creatures that, as we learn rapidly, are people that have mutated because of the spellplague. I have searched for ...
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How much do the general public/players know about Xanathar's “Guild”?

I'm running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and curious as to how much of an open secret Xanathar's Guild is. If someone has lived in Waterdeep for 20 years, a year, 2 months, a tenday, how much are they ...
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What did Tieflings look like before Asmodeus “claimed” them?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide says in its section on tieflings (p. 118) that during the Time of Troubles, Asmodeus ascended to godhood and (with some help) "claimed" all tieflings as his own. ...
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Is there a lore explanation to the Improved Spell Capacity feat?

I have been glancing through the epic feats. I ran into a feat called Improved Spell Capacity, which allows a caster to cast up to 25th-level spells. As far as my lore knowledge goes, after the ...