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What high-end fantasy fabrics and textiles exist in the Forgotten Realms?

Dungeons and Dragons has defined many fantastic and interesting metals (mythril, adamantine...) and leathers (dragon scales, Leather golem armour...). The lore also likes to call out food and drink as ...
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Is there any specific order to the four Elements when people talk about them? [closed]

In Dungeons and Dragons, the four elements are Air, Earth, Fire, and Water (like the planes and the elementals). In the lore, is there any specific order to these elements, for example the order ...
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How do you determine a dragon's gender?

How do you determine the gender of a dragon, without resorting to asking them? A number of published D&D adventures have dragons in them that are clearly identified as male or female. However, ...
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Are there any rules for the creation and forging of Electrum?

Are there any specific rules for the creation of electrum? I have found some sources saying it was naturally occurring in some editions (as noted in the forgotten realms wiki) but I haven't located ...
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Where can more information be found about Dragonmoots?

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, Dragonmoots are briefly mentioned in chapter 14: And again on chapter 9: Other than these two instances there seems to be nothing else to be found, at least in D&...
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Are there any examples in D&D lore (all editions) of metallic or chromatic dragons switching alignment?

In a previous question I asked about a dragon antagonist I am planning. I originally intended this to be a chromatic dragon because I believed they are always evil, but an answer to that question got ...
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Are there examples in lore of a dragon learning new spells like a wizard?

I am working on the first main antagonist for my campaign, DnD 5th edition. This will be a green or blue dragon who has the ability to shape change into a human and is a magic user. The dragon will be ...
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Is the negative energy plane underneath Golarion?

I had always been under the impression that Golarion and the negative energy plane were on entirely different metaphysical planes. This would mean that you couldn't simply move from one to the other ...
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Are Norse Dwarf Chaos cults plausible?

I've decided to run a little campaign for a four player group and they together came up with a glorious idea that certainly produced a solid laugh. They ALL want to play as Norse Dwarves, each ...
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What magic college could I have gone to before Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

I'm joining a running campaign of HotDQ where they just finished a chapter (I don't know which, but the DM says everyone's level 4) and I'm looking for a lore-friendly magic college to be part of. I'm ...
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Do pocket watches exist and how much do they cost in d&d in the worlds of classic fantasy?

Do pocket watches exist, how much do they cost and how much do they weigh in d&d in the worlds of classic fantasy? Like Faerûn, Dragonlance, or Greyhawk? I am interested in the ability to track ...
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What deities are common knowledge along the northern parts of the Sword Coast? (post-1480 DR)

Specifically between Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, which religions are common knowledge in the years following 1480 DR? Common knowledge being that if a player character grew up in this area, they ...
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What's the difference between a jelly, a pudding, and other oozes?

Several types of named oozes exist in 5th edition, but the naming conventions are strange. Black puddings and ochre jellies exist, alongside simple grey oozes. Do these names signify anything? ...
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What is the current situation of Cyric in the Forgotten Realms?

I am DMing a homebrew campaign in the Forgotten Realms. The subplot involving the cleric is heavily linked to the past history and current situation of some of the gods. I am now interested in the ...
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Are a Redcap's boots actually its feet?

The Redcap described in Volo's Guide to Monsters is a chaotic evil fey that looks like a demonic garden gnome. They have a strange property - they burst out of the ground wearing heavy iron boots. ...
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What events are depicted in these frescos from the “Shield of the Hidden Lord” DMsGuild module (which expands on the Descent into Avernus adventure)?

There is an unofficial module on DMsGuild named "Shield of the Hidden Lord" by M.T. Black - who is one of the writers on the official adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, so I ...
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Are demiliches just husks with no memories?

I did some minor snooping about liches and one idea popped into my brain for a enemy idea: "What if an old friend of the party (NPC) turned into a lich for a noble reason and when he started to ...
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Do the races of D&D have different core temperatures?

Are there any official sources of bioinformatics (for lack of better word; though mapping the elven genome might be a useful way to figure out their longevity...hmm...) for the races of Dungeons & ...
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Do existing benefits of the piety system continue to work in planes other than Theros?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros book introduces mechanics for Piety (p. 36): The strength of your devotion to your god is measured by your piety score. As you increase that score, you gain blessings ...
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Examples of using Dream spell in official material

The Dream spell gained a lot of power in 5th edition, and while perhaps a bit "meh" at a first glance, on a second thought it seems incredibly powerful for a mere 5th level spell (so needs ...
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Why are so many languages written using the Dwarvish script?

If you look at the list of Standard Languages, you'll see that most of them use Dwarvish as their script: Common: Common Dwarvish: Dwarvish Elvish: Elvish Giant: Dwarvish Gnomish: Dwarvish Goblin: ...
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In Forgotten Realms lore, can gods use spells above 9th level?

After Karsus’s folly, Mystra imposed a ban on use of magic above 9th level (I believe there are specific conditions for 10th level spells, but that’s not the main issue here). However, I believe the ...
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Why do all metals corrode when attacking a Rust Monster, yet it itself can only target ferrous metals

When you attack a rust monster, the following may apply: Rust Metal. Any nonmagical weapon made of metal that hits the rust monster corrodes. [...] So, bronze for example being a metal would corrode....
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Can one capture the 'soul' or 'spirit' of a dying Illithid/mind flayer with a 'Ring of Mind Shielding'?

Do illithids or 'mind flayers' have a spirit &/or soul to be captured in a Ring of Mind Sheilding? This is related to a previous question regarding the mind flayer return to a (previous/humanoid) ...
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Is there any way for a Mind Flayer to go back to their original human(oid) form?

According to 5e lore, the Mind Flayer / Illithid lore reproduces via ceremorphosis: a tiny illithid-creature eats its way into the (sentient) target's brain, forcing transformation to occur some time ...
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Why is the term pureblood used for the lowest rank in the yuan-ti caste system?

In Volo's Guide to Monsters, the chapter on Yuan-ti tells us that they tend to live in a caste system, where the Abominations are the top rank, the Malisons† are the middle rank, and the purebloods ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became “neutral evil fiends” in 5e?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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In the Dragonlance setting, what is the Cataclysm?

It appears the event is central to the Dragonlance setting as it informs the calendar; early years appear annotated “pre-Cataclysm” (PC). Example year 5000PC. What is the cataclysm, how did it come to ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became devils?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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Do Illithid tadpoles have a specific name?

So Illithids trigger ceremorphosis by inserting a tadpole into a subdued creature (lovely), but do the tadpoles have a name other than tadpoles? As far as I can see my 5th edition books only use the ...
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How have the Shadar-kai changed over the editions and is there any consistency to be found in the lore between editions?

In D&D 5e, the Shadar-kai are a sub-race of elves. However, it seems that in 4e, the Shadar-kai were humans. In both cases, they lived in the Shadowfell and served the Raven Queen, so it doesn't ...
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What in-universe reasons exist that explain why a druid can use metal weapons but not wear metal armour?

In 5e, we are told that a druid shouldn't wear metal armour: Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields (druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal) I believe this was true in older ...
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Is there a “Shadowdark” or similar in the Shadowfell like how there's a Feydark in the Feywild?

The Material Plane (or Prime Material Plane) has an underground realm known as the Underdark. There are planes in 5e that were introduced in 4e, the Feywild and the Shadowfell, that are reflections of ...
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Are the Githyanki and the Githzerai a single race with two subraces, or two separate races?

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, the introduction to "Chapter 4: Gith and Their Endless War" states (p. 85; emphasis mine): If the two races were ever to team up against the illithids, [...] ...
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Do Githzerai hatch from eggs?

We know that Githyanki hatch from eggs from this question. Is there a specific source that says the Githzerai hatch from/lay eggs?
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How large is the planet of the Forgotten Realms?

My answer to this question: How far can a ship "see" in 5e? prompted the question whether the Forgotten Realms are on a disc or a planet. It is a planet, as evident from the answer to this ...
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What is the status of the nation of Tashalar in the Forgotten Realms as of 5e?

As far as I understand, the Chultan Peninsula became an island for a time during 4e, and after the Second Sundering the regions around the Mhair Jungle were restored. Tashalar, an established and ...
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What Golarion god of the dwarven pantheon dislikes hammers?

I've created a dwarven monk (Pathfinder First Edition) and I'm thinking about the story my character has. Dwarves are usually associated with axes or warhammers but that doesn't fit the theme of a ...
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What existing materials could be precedence for The Great Wheel of Eurovision? [closed]

Eurovision has been around since 1956 and DnD just a little bit less. What existing materials could be used as precedence for an EPIC annual contest between bards, where each of the Outer planes in ...
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Examples of the “powerful being” and the “attention” they give to an artifact being destroyed by Disjunction

So I was reading the description of mages disjunction trying to look for a way to make mechanics for rulebreaker from FSN and noticed it said that mages disjunction has a 1% chance per CL to destroy ...
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Is a lich aware of its phylactery being destroyed?

The party, going up against a lich, finds out the location of its phylactery and how to destroy it. They get to its phylactery without the lich knowing about it and manage to destroy the phylactery. ...
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Where do D&D Orcs come from?

I've always assumed that with all modern fantasy, D&D included, their racial archetypes for their inhabitants always had their roots from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. And in part, I do believe ...
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The Dwarven Afterlife?

I'm building a campaign and in it, my PCs need to retrieve the soul of a now-dead dwarven king. This mission would take them to one of the outer planes to find his soul and bring him back to the ...
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What archfey exist in Eberron lore that would make a suitable warlock patron?

I'm planning on making an Archfey warlock for an upcoming Eberron game. To flesh out my character's backstory, I want to know more about what kind of "fey" entities such a warlock might form ...
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Is there an organisation similar to the Illuminati?

I am making a character who is a conspiracy theorist. If the setting were the modern world he would see the touch of the Illuminati on everything that happens, and talk about the secret cabal that ...
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What creature has the sharpest fangs?

I was working on an analogy in a sales pitch to a blacksmith. "I can make your longsword sharper than the fang of a ...." My immediate reaction was to fill in the blank with a dragon. I ...
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Where can I find more information on the Gloaming Court/Gloaming Fey?

Recently I have stumbled upon some lore that refers to the "Maiden of the Moon", who is apparently one of the "Gloaming Court". There seems to be very little information out there ...
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What happened to Nobanion between 4e and 5e?

The deity Nobanion has a Forgotten Realms wiki article for 2e, 3e and 4e, but not 5e. Does the absence of a 5e article indicate that he canonically does not exist during the time/events/context of 5e?
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Are there any canine gods in the Forgotten Realms pantheon?

Are there any gods in the 5e Forgotten Realms pantheon that are specific to canines? I know the Forgotten Realms pantheon in some D&D editions has contained Nobanion who "was a primal spirit ...
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What god would a good dog on the North of the Sword Coast worship?

I have had the heads up that one of my players will be interrogating a resurrected dog about "what God is really in charge". (The players will have to cast speak with animals.) What God ...

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