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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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Which Sword Coast port has bugbears loading and unloading ships?

I remember reading in some published book (most probably from the 3e era but I'm not sure; surely not from 5e) that in a certain port in the Sword Coast (I'd say Waterdeep, but Neverwinter and Luskan ...
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Where can I find info on World Axis (4e) Sorrowsworn and Nightwalkers?

To the best of my knowledge, in 4th edition, Sorrowsworn were defined as powerful psychopomps who maintain the preservation of the cycle of death and rebirth, and/or as Exarches of the Raven Queen, ...
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What is the relationship between Hobgoblins and Goblins?

I am nearly starting a new campaign. I want to have every race a cool backstory to build on it, and I am wondering, what is the relationship between Goblins and Hobgoblins? Is the Hobgoblin just an ...
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How do dragons in the Forgotten Realms feel about The Cult of the Dragon?

There's plenty of information around about The Cult of the Dragon in the D&D Forgotten Realms campaign setting. As the Realms Wiki summarises: The Cult of the Dragon venerated dragons, evil ...
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Dragon Age RPG: Can a Mage Bind Spirits to Items Like Cannons?

My experience is limited to the Dragon Age games and a few RPG books (namely, a 2015 Core Rulebook, Players' and GM's Guide v1.2) and I've played Inquisition as an attempt to prime myself to write an ...
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What planes have time warping effects?

In the 5e DMG travel to the Feywild is accompanied by a time warping effect, which is determined by rolling on a random table. My wizard (semi-inspired by an ancient ball of fun from Critical Role) is ...
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Which instrument of the Bards correspond to which Bard college?

The DMG entry for the Instrument of the Bards says: Seven types of these instruments exist, each named after a legendary bard college. Do the colleges mentioned here refer to "Bard college&...
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Why do elves suffer aging effects in 3.5E? [closed]

D&D 3.5 rules specify the effects of aging when reaching middle, old, and venerable age. These effects are the same for all races, with only the age at which they’re reached changing. Forgotten ...
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What has Mordenkainen done to maintain the balance?

I understand that Mordenkainen has become a wizard who strives to 'maintain the balance'. My understanding of which involves ensuring that neither good, evil, law or chaos become too strong (though my ...
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What is the “Ultimate Book of The Master”

Dragon magazine #82 features an article from Bruce Heard referencing magical research. One early chapter contains the following line: To begin finding the answer to that question, we must first roll ...
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What does the term “svirfnebli” mean, and how is it different to “svirfneblin”?

A recent answer to a question has led me to obtain an e-book for The Dark Elf Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore. The section I am reading uses the word "svirfnebli" as well as "svirfneblin&...
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What does a Deep Gnome home look like?

Are there any official descriptions of Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin) homes? I am making some research notes for how my magnificent mansion might look, and have searched for descriptions of a Deep Gnome ...
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What is the status of the nation of Chondath in the Forgotten Realms of 5th Edition D&D?

The 4th Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide indicates that Chondath was among the lands "most changed by the Spellplague" (p. 50), inasmuch as the entire nation was "obliterated&...
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Are there any descriptions of the casting of Identify in official writings?

I am making a list of how my wizard would cast spells, specifically using the components supplied. Sometimes this is pretty obviously a joke which I can play upon, but sometimes the components don't ...
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Are there streets where cars can drive in the Ork/Seattle Underground?

I'm working on writing a Shadowrun (sr5) mission that partly takes place in the Ork/Seattle Underground, and something I've been wondering is if there are any streets down there. My current ...
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What element would Genasi children of mixed element parentage have?

Two of the players in my campaign are Genasi, who are expecting a child. I'm doing research into Genasi's for this new side plot. Although I'm not sure what element(s) they would have. One parent is ...
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Are there any elemental plane rules or details?

I have been reading through Volos Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes and gained a lot of interesting knowledge of various facets of the D&D universe, namely the 9 hells, abyss, ...
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Lore Jockey players

I've been having problems with a player where he'll trying to get me to homebrew rules for him based on these lore points. Recently he wanted to get his blade serrated to do bleed damage. After ...
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Did the Thousand-Year War involve all dragons?

The description of the dragon giant war is ambiguous, on the one hand it says that all dragons fought in the war but the dragons were led by Tiamat and Garyx. I know that Garyx was worshipped by some ...
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In lore from previous editions/stories, has Annam ever returned?

I am working on a campaign setting idea where Annam returns and then triggers a series of cataclysmic events. Much of my inspiration for this is the initiation of Ghehenna in the world of darkness ...
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Has a demon ever switched sides in the blood war?

Within the background of the blood war the Demon Graz’zt is presented as a former devil who switched alignments and joined the demon ranks. Is there any example within the lore of DnD (from any ...
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Why do hobgoblins hate elves?

The section of the Monster Manual on hobgoblins (page 185) says under the "Strategic Thinkers" section that hobgoblins: hate elves and attack them first in battle over any other opponents, ...
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What is the Mage Hand spell lorewise and how did it change throughout the editions?

What exactly is a character conjuring? Is it a ghost, a construct made out of raw force, their astral/ethereal/etc body part? Do they choose the side of the hand (left or right)? Could they summon ...
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What is the “strange platypus-like creature” referenced in abberant mind's origins?

I don't recall any “strange platypus-like” creature in D&D, let alone one appropriate for the Aberrant Mind. I can only think of Perry the Platypus from the Phineas and Ferb cartoon. Nevertheless ...
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Where do dragon souls go after their deaths?

As far as I know, mortal souls go to the plane Fugue and after 100 years Kelemvor sends them to their gods' planes to serve. But where do dragon souls go? Do Chromatic and Metallic dragon souls go to ...
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Can only Wizards become Liches?

I am in the process of world building for a new game. My ultimate antagonist is going to be a lich, but the bit of research I have done so far all refers to liches having to be wizards, due to the ...

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