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Did gnolls reproduce differently in previous editions?

I'm working on incorporating gnolls and the demon lord Yeenoghu into a campaign, and I am wondering where all the gnolls come from. Volo's Guide to Monsters describes the origins of gnolls: Whenever ...
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In what edition did Volo first appear?

In what edition did Volo first appear? I was talking to my friend about Volo's Guide to Monsters and he said Volo is from a previous edition. He wasn’t sure which, but said it was not from the 5th ...
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What are the mists of Ravenloft

The mists of Ravenloft can appear anywhere in the multiverse and anyone venturing into them will find themself hopelessly lost before maybe arriving in Ravenloft with no means of escape. I've been ...
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Who governed the area of Rahadoum between -2764 and 2555 AR?

I'm trying to piece together the history of Rahadoum. It's clear that the modern nation of Rahadoum didn't exist until around 2555 - 2560, but I can't quite figure out the prior political history of ...
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Divine spellcasting aside, can the actual symbol of a deity have any effects which are not purely symbolic?

I wasn't able to find much lore regarding effects of holy symbols apart from "allows divine spellcasters to channel deity energy" and "require blessing from associated church to work&...
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How do I determine when Adventurer's League modules take place compared to the timeline of the main campaign?

I am running the Adventurer's League Module Raiders of the Twilight Marsh for family this coming weekend, but I am not especially familiar with the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. In order to avoid ...
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What is the Blue Dragon wing span size compared to other dragons?

This is more of a lore question, but I can't find any information on it in the 5e Monster Manual. Hopefully there is a lore wizard out there who knows something about this. I recently bought some of ...
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Can an army of psionic characters create a crystal sphere in the astral plane?

My favorite part about D&D is the extensive lore and metaphysics, so I like to make non-canon additions to my own game's world which are in line with established D&D lore/canon. New, but not ...
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What makes a heavy armor in Chult for Chultans?

Recently, our DM asked us to create an alternate character in case ours is killed. So I want to play along and create a Chultan fighter from Port Nyanzaru who's sent by the merchant princes to help a ...
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Where was Baldur's Gate (the fictional city) first described?

The city of Baldur's Gate is famous since the original Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II video games. Was the city created specifically for the video game, or did it exist prior to the video game? If ...
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Does an Underdark exist in D&D worlds other than the Forgotten Realms?

Basic Rules, pg. 307: Underdark Cities. The dark elves build fantastic cities in enormous caverns where food and water are abundant... etc. I realize we don't have settings books for Dragonlance, ...
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Where can I find lore on the Heart of Darkness?

On the General of Gehenna's Greyhawk wiki page I saw this According to one legend, it was the General of Gehenna who created the tanar'ri and baatezu from the "impurities" within the ...
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How does the Rokugan timeline diverge between the 4th and 5th editions of L5R?

L5R 4th edition was very big on offering the whole empire timeline as a playing field. However, while I am getting myself a treat of the 5th edition core book commented on, it became apparent quite ...
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Could sorcerer's blood double as dragon's blood?

Considering Introduced into Sharn by Daask, dragon's blood is a potent and highly addictive stimulant. In addition to inducing euphoria, it can enhance spellcasting ability or even temporarily imbue ...
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Are the Nine Hells separate planes or a single plane?

Are the Nine Hells/Baator considered a single plane of existence in D&D 5e, or are each of the nine layers considered their own separate planes? For example, would the spell Scrying, which ...
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Is there a canonical source for the Arcane Trickster's magic?

I've been curious about the source of the Arcane Trickster's magic. All the player's handbook offers about the source of magic for this subclass is as follows: PHB p. 97 Some rogues enhance their ...
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On Werewolves and Hybrid Metis

I'm the secondary storyteller for a Werewolf: The Apocalypse game. Our group is made out of mostly urban figures - specially Glass Walkers and Bone Gnawlers - playing out a very finance-oriented pack ...
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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 can I find lore about the Singing-Luminous Eye of the Speakers?

I was reading through Narriseminek's wiki page when I saw this: The name of Narriseminek's domain is sung and incomprehensible to non-proteans, but is commonly called the Drifting Mountain of ...
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Is there an in-universe reason why each wizard uses different notation in their spellbook?

One of the best things about being a wizard in D&D is the wide array of spells that, in principle, you have access to. To prevent this from being over-powered and over-whelming, you can't just ...
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How would Eilistraee react to being worshipped by characters outside her target demographics?

I know that for example some gnomes worship Gond (human god) as well as certain elves follow Mystra (also human god), but how would deity like Eilistraee (whose entire existence revolves around drow) ...
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What locations do these Official Forgotten Realms inspired Magic the Gathering cards reference?

There is a Magic: the Gathering set, which has cards inspired by The Forgotten Realms, but which locations (if any) are on these land cards? Venturing beneath the desert sands, you've discovered an ...
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What is the current state of Maztica?

I am planning to use a custom setting which is a kind of fantasy/Wild West crossover for my new 5e campaign. I'm aware there is actually the New World counterpart in Forgotten Realms called Maztica, ...
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What is the ranking of the Big Ten in 2080?

What is the ranking of the Big Ten in 2080, and how does it differ from what we had in sr5's Market Panic in 2078? The ranking then was: Mitsuhama Computer Technologies Saeder Krupp Renraku ...
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Does the spell Misty Step transit through the Ethereal Plane?

In older D&D lore, most teleportation type spells worked like a short and (almost?) instantaneous transit through the Ethereal Plane. I'm working on a monster species with Succubus ancestry, being ...
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Is there a canonical date for Returning Day?

Returning Day apparently celebrates the day that Balduran returned to Gray Harbor. Does any source give a specific date that this occurs on, in the Harptos Calendar?
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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens when a god dies?

By the end of next session, due to my PCs (through a mixture of burning temples, using dark magic, and killing avatars) a god in the Forgotten Realms that the PCs have a rivalry with will probably be ...
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How would a devil get around using its true name on a contract?

In the lore, knowing a devil's true name allows you to summon it and grants you power over it. Devils LOVE contracts, but surely they need to put their full names somewhere on the contract to be ...
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Can World of Darkness vampires drink water?

Vampires in "Vampire: the Masquerade" can't eat normal food. Not only do they not get any nourishment out of it, it tastes foul to them and if they swallow it they'll immediately vomit (...
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Why can't Wall of Force be dispelled?

According to the fifth edition spell text, Wall of Force [...] can't be dispelled by dispel magic. Is there an in-world reason why this is the case (for any D&D setting)? Why can Wall of Force ...
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Does the Dragonlance setting feature angels, demons and planes?

Years past I read the novels and many setting books for Dragonlance. I never stumbled upon any of these but as I got asked by one player: Does Krynn feature any angels or demons or devils? And hand ...
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What is the origin of non-evil/non-hostile Yuan-ti?

I've recently been made aware that some 'deep lore' may imply the existence of canonically good Yuan-ti groups. Is there an origin to this 'Good' group of Yuan-Ti? Graeme Barber implies this may be in ...
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Lore of relation between warlock and wild magic

I have a question about wild-magic areas in D&D. I'm playing D&D 5e but my question is more lore related. I can accept a dead-magic answer (the same logic applies here) :) Do wild-magic zones ...
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Are there any races that follow the God Nerull in D&D?

I have found many a wiki that talk about the god Nerull from Greyhawk in D&D, and they all talk about how his followers are necromancers and murderers. I feel like I'm missing something though in ...
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How does the Day/Night cycle work on the Elemental Plane of Fire?

So I found out, that there is a curfew every night in the City of Brass on the Elemental Plane of Fire. This makes me wonder: How does a day/night cycle work on the Elemental Plane of Fire? Is there a ...
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How can the agent of a devil “capture” a soul?

Devils always want more souls for the Blood War. Mostly, they get those from lawful evil mortals. But as various lore - and this question What groups of souls go to the Nine Hells according to lore? - ...
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Who Was The Second Vampire Ever In Pathfinder?

When looking at Vampires on the Pathfinder wiki, it says that Zura, the Demon Lord of Cannibalism and Vampires, was the first Vampire to have ever existed, which seems natural enough. Also on the page,...
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What are common routes from Shadowdale to Waterdeep?

The party I DM has completed their adventures in the Dalelands (Shadowdale and Daggerdale) and wants to travel to Waterdeep. The party is fairly low level, so their travel will be non-magical and not ...
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Do Elves reach social maturity later than humans?

In most long-lived player character races' descriptions I see comments about how fast they physically mature and when they're considered adults. What I am wondering is how fast they socially mature. ...
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Where can I find more lore on the Lady of Pain?

D&D 5e lore has precious little to say about the Lady of Pain. A search of DNDBeyond yields only 3 references in the entire 5th Edition corpus. From the Dungeon Master's Guide: The city is the ...
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Does Barovia measure time in weeks or tendays?

Barovia has its own calendar and measures its year in 12 "Moons" lasting a full lunar cycle. The adventure text in Curse of Strahd mentions weeks. Does this mean the Moons are broken into 4 ...
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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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Is there a full-text version of the Litany?

The quick and dirty "precepts" are readily available in many different sources; but I've looked everywhere I can think of, all the way back to 1st edition material, and cannot find the full ...
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Are there any instances of any rules for Tabaxi that say they only need 4 hours of rest?

One of my players has just started playing a tabaxi, she is sure she read rules that as a racial trait she only needs 4 hours for a long rest. However neither of us can find rules stating this. She is ...
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Does a Zealot Barbarian need a God? [closed]

From a standpoint strictly based on the lore of the "default" setting of D&D 5e (or even previous editions, if necessary): If, for example, an Eldritch Horror from the Far planes were to ...
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What are the circumstances of Traxigor's transformation and do they explain how he retained his magical abilities as an otter?

Traxigor is an Archmage with a rather unique morphology, who is encountered during Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: Traxigor was polymorphed into an otter years ago, and decided he preferred the ...
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Does Shar have a stake in the Blood War?

I am currently playing a character in Descent into Avernus who worships Shar. While my character has their own goals, I'm trying to learn more lore about Shar's dealings with devils and demons and if ...
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Where can I find information about the characters named in official D&D 5e books?

I'm wondering where the characters in the titles of official D&D 5e books came from. What is the lore behind Tasha, Xanathar, Mordenkainen and Volo? Where can I learn more about their stories? Is ...
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Where and How are the legendary characters during Rime of the Frostmaiden?

I'm DMing ROTF for players that have a very deep knowledge of the lore of the Forgotten Realms, it doesn't bother me at all, but I would like at least to be prepared enough anyway to properly address ...
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Is there any information about Covenant in Waterdeep?

One of my D&D players is a wizard from Neverwinter. He found notes about the "Covenant" and thought to me that he wants to find any member. Can you tell me - is there any pieces of ...

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