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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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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 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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Edition transitions in the Forgotten Realms

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, so - What major events in ...
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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 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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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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Why did Ed Greenwood and R.A. Salvatore dislike the Spellplague arc?

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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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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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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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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Is it possible to join multiple factions in 5e?

I'm playing LMoP with my friends and while I read the adventure I notice there are multiple opportunities to join different factions, so I wonder what happens if a character has an alignment ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to create and run a realistic cult?

I am starting a new campaign in D&D 3.5 using Forgotten Realms, and the main antagonist of the campaign will be the Cult of the Dragon. I have been reading the "Daily D&D" by Ed Greenwood ...
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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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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 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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Godly non-interference and godly summoning [Rise of Tiamat spoilers]

I'm running the Rise of Tiamat campaign, and a fundamental question about when gods do/can and don't/can't interfere directly in mortal affairs (particularly via manifesting avatars on the Material ...
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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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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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Post Second Sundering, what keeps evil gods from defecting from the new paradigm of non-interference?

In 5th Edition Forgotten Realms, the designers' intent is that the gods have withdrawn from the world and for the most part leave mortals to make their own fate - Matt Sernett and Chris Perkins talk ...
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Recommended Forgotten Realms Novels for 5e? [closed]

For someone who has never read any FR novels what are recommended as a primer for running the 5E modules? I intend to read the guidebooks but prefer pointers to novels that best capture the "feel" 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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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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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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Are the Old Deities coming back for D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I was surfing on the internet, and I have encountered rumours that in the 5th edition of DnD in Forgotten Realms world, the Old Deities will come back (Bhaal, Myrkul, Leira etc.) What is more, I have ...
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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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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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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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Magic Dead Zones and rules clarifications

I would like clarification on some points, if possible with rule sources, regarding Magic Dead Zones (and, maybe, Anti-Magic Fields): Do potions work at all? In an MDZ, there is no conduit for ...
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How do I use the DMG Foraging system in Chult?

The DMG lays out rules for foraging, and lists the DCs as such: \begin{array}{ll} \textbf{DC} & \textbf{Food and Water Availability}\\ 10 & \text{Abundant food and water sources}\\ 15 & \...
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Are the Gods in Forgotten Realms under copyright?

I'm in the midst of writing a story involving Cyric and Tharizdon 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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Is Wave Echo Cave connected to the Underdark?

Inspired by RedTera's comment on DaleM's answer to another question: I also thought Wave Echo Cave was connected to the Underdark but couldn't find where it was mentioned. Do you have reference? ...
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Which Outer Planes are ruled over by a single god or entity in the Forgotten Realms?

Asmodeus rules over the Nine Hells/Baator in their entirety - all of the other Archdevils answer to him. Which of the other Outer Planes, if any, are ruled/overseen by a single god or powerful entity? ...
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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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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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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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Is there mundane higher education in the Forgotten Realms?

I've played D&D forever, but mostly in homebrew settings; I've never delved into the lore of the published settings. But now I'm playing in an Adventurers League game set in the Forgotten Realms, ...
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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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What's up with RPGA Living Campaign player rewards cards?

The Wizards of the Coast archives host the following RPGA Living Campaign player reward cards: Living Greyhawk (3/2003 to 6/2008): Set 1, Set 2, and Set 3. Legacy of the Green Regent (5/2003 to 7/...
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Are there any recommended weights, costs, or lead times for siege weapons?

The party that I'm the DM for recently got use of an airship, which came with a ballista and harpoon. The first thing that one of the party members wanted to do was purchase even more siege weapons to ...
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How to make 3 person D&D (2 players, 1 DM) workable? [closed]

Unnecessary backstory: My group has been slowly shrinking over the last year, from 5, to 4, now down to three (starting to wonder if my personal hygiene is sub par or something.) The two players who ...
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Is there a map for the feywild equivalent of Faerûn?

It is stated somewhere between the books in D&D 4e that the Feywild is a lot like Toril when its about its geographical shape. Even though, it isn't the same. And I'm looking for those small ...
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What is the fair market price of a Tressym in Forgotten Realms?

In Forgotten Realms there is this ultimate cat-lover pet, the Tressym. It is an intelligent winged cat. It is described in the Storm King's Thunder book. I probably will need a new familiar: What ...
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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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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, ...