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What is the history of the Toll the Dead spell?

The thematics of the Toll the Dead cantrip (XGtE, p. 169) have always seemed... strange to me: [...] the sound of a dolorous bell fills the air around [the target] for a moment. The spell seemingly ...
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Which Planes Border the Astral Plane in the Great Wheel Cosmology?

After going through the Great Wheel Cosmology and going through the various wikia articles on the subject, I feel it's unclear which planes border the Astral one in D&D 5e. I've found plenty of ...
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Are Aarakocra and Kenku related?

As far as I can read, the oldest lore on Kenku states that they are avian humanoids who lost their wings and speech when they defied their god. However, I can't help draw striking, yet vague links ...
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How did towns mundanely protect themselves against Dragons or bring them to the ground?

Not every town has a party of adventurer's ready to take on big monsters. What methods are expected to be feasible in the combination of system (as of fifth edition) and setting (northern regions of ...
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What would the Aarakocra language sound like?

I've been looking for this for a while, and I've only been able to find what the script would look like, and not what it would actually sound like. I know it's not directly necessary, but I would like ...
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Does Faerûn have timezones?

I read this tweet by RPGBOT.net: In #DnD5e a lot of magic items reset at dawn. Dawn is a geographically-dependent time. What time "dawn" occurs changes based on where you are. There is ...
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What is the origin of the Gauntlets of Ogre Power?

I am playing a new D&D 5e game with an experienced GM. It is a two-shot with 8th level characters. He initially allowed each player to choose an Uncommon magic item. When I chose the Gauntlets of ...
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What happens if a vampire tries to enter a residence without an invitation?

A vampire "can't" enter a residence without an invitation. Forbiddance: The vampire can't enter a residence without an invitation from one of the occupants. Source : Monster Manual, p. 297....
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Where can I find lore about the Shadow of Ao?

So I was perusing the wiki when I stumbled upon this: The Shadow of Ao was a powerful artifact said to have been lost after the sundering of Abeir-Toril. Abilities: Legend had that the Shadow of Ao ...
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Are there rules and/or lore in any edition of D&D for managing time-travel paradoxes?

Background & motivation On this question about weather prediction, user dsollen commented that someone could potentially use Druidcraft to predict the future, using the following steps: Make a ...
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Is there any lore regarding the calendar of Sigil?

For the sake of keeping track of my campaign, I've been looking for any guidance regarding the structure of a year in Sigil. In my searching, I've found a wiki page associated with a Neverwinter ...
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Is witch the equivalent of the warlock of D&D (lorewise)?

As a warlock fan in D&D 5e, I wanted to see if it is possible to play something like that in Pathfinder. I looked into a little bit, and it feels like the witch is the one. Is it correct to say ...
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Do any official materials (from any edition) explain why non-native outsiders breathe air?

"Outsiders breathe, but do not need to eat or sleep". That just seems weird to me. Outsiders are so different to material-plane native organisms that they don't even need to physically ...
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Why are ball bearings so common in the Forgotten Realms?

A standard starting item in some packs is "a bag of 1000 ball bearings." Now, I am still a D&D newbie, but it seems to me that the cart is way before the horse here. Heavy-load-bearing ...
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How do aquatic races write underwater?

There are lots of situations where underwater races will want to send messages to each other, write in spell books, create maps, etc. Are there any examples out there in D&D lore (any edition, any ...
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In-world justification for stacking rules?

Inspired by this question on World Building, I'm curious if the bonus stacking rules from various editions of D&D have ever had an in-world justification published. From what I've found, there's ...
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Does the Cult of the dragon have a religious maxim?

My players are going to fight the cult of the dragon next session and I was looking for some sort of dogma/motivational phrase/maxim or guideline that the goons of the cult might say to themselves ...
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Can the soul of a creature get swept up by a Psychic Wind while going through the astral plane after dying?

I heard that in the "standard" setting for D&D, when your character dies, their soul goes travelling through the Astral Plane until they eventually end up in the outer plane they belong ...
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What is the spell Vierna uses in Book One of the Legacy of the Drow (pg 150) to create webbing that cannot be cut by any weapon? [closed]

In the legacy of the drow, Drizzt's sister Vierna used a wand to create a web (obviously a create web spell), then she "produced a packet of fine dust, and, beginning a second chang she sprinkled ...
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Question about cosmology in 5e [duplicate]

I have a question about cosmology. I googled for a long time, but did not find the answer to this question anywhere. We have a prime material plane, inside of which crystal spheres(also called worlds) ...
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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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