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What is origin of mankind according to common wh40k beliefs?

In wh40k universe, the Imperium of Man is based on religion that generally says "emperor protects" etc. But is there some religious explanation regarding origin of mankind? I'm pretty sure ...
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What in the lore makes Krakens immune to lightning?

I don't understand, thematically, why a sea creature would be immune to lightning. Where exactly does a Kraken gain its immunity to lightning from? My players are going to fight a Kraken soon and I'd ...
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What prevents a God from giving full power to a cleric?

Each god has an agenda. This is propagated to the clerics, in the sense that if a cleric follows a certain god, (s)he does so because the god's agenda reflects the mindset of the cleric. Thus, a god's ...
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What published resource first introduced the svirfneblin?

Similar to What published resource first introduced the duergar? I'm curious about when these little deep gnomes first got a stat block. The earliest I know about them was in Baldur's Gate II (the ...
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What is the limit of a Kalashtar's communication with its Quori in dreams and visions?

I know that the Quori and the human part can never fully communicate, but what is the limit of such communicaiton? Would for example, an orphan Kalashtar be able to discover or be given the name of ...
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Did Shadowrun ever have a halfling equivalent?

As far as I can remember, and have been able to research, no Shadowrun setting has a halfling equivalent. The pseudo-prequel setting earthdawn is also missing this equivalent. Has this always been the ...
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Can NPCs detect that a PC is hiding/dissimulating their race? If so, how? [closed]

I'm working on a campaign (DnD, 5e-based, Forgotten Realms with some customizations) in which my party would go through a land in which one of my players is not welcome, because of her race. She's an ...
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Which D&D deity's religious practices and beliefs are the most comprehensively detailed in official published material?

I've been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson lately, and the thing I love most about his worlds, aside from the magic systems, is the treatment of religion. The characters have personal beliefs that ...
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Are there any examples of chests hidden by the Leomund's Secret Chest spell being found?

The description of the spell Leomund's secret chest says: You hide a chest, and all its contents, on the Ethereal Plane. [...] This question asks where the chest is hidden, with the single answer ...
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Do Baldur's Gate coins have names like Neverwinter and Waterdeep in Forgotten Realms?

The minted coins of Waterdeep and Neverwinter within the Forgotten Realms setting have names established in the published lore. However, I have been unable to find anything similar for Baldur's Gate. ...
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What is the general stance of the Camarilla on the existence of dhampirs?

Let's say that players are Camarilla agents, and I, as the storyteller, make them aware of the existence of a dhampir (humans born with one of their parents being a thin-blood, and — by V20 rules — ...
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What is the state of the Zhentarim faction around 1489 DR?

How are the Zhentarim holding up around the time of the Tyranny of Dragons campaign? I haven't been able to find much information: SCAG doesn't have anything on them at all, and the campaign books ...
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What controversial things has Oghma done that might test the faith of a cleric who worships him?

There are probably no gods who are completely good acording to "modern standards". A few days ago, I read here this post on the /r/DnDNext subreddit talking about how Corellon is kind of a ...
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Is there a functional reason for wizards to live in towers so often?

The concept of wizard towers seems to predate D&D, but has there been a functional reason for this added to D&D? I'm going to be using the answer specifically in 5e, but wizard towers ...
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What happens when a Ghost's haunted location is destroyed or it is otherwise unable to finish its business?

There was an old ghost captain of a Spelljammer, who crashed his jammer and was bound to haunt it until he could resolve his guilt over the death of his crew due to his incompetence. But then the ...
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If a fey steals a character's name, how can they steal it back? [closed]

I want to run a oneshot where the names of the whole party have been stolen by fey, somehow. I don't know fey lore, so I'm asking for ways they might get their names back. Would they need to barter ...
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Does lore count as Rules-As-Written?

The monsters in the Monster Manual have two sections: a statblock, consisting of actual game mechanics and statistics, and a write-up about the creatures background, adressing such things as their ...
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Where do souls go upon death and when are they free to be raised?

Where do souls go when they die in 5e? Is it still an outer plane matching their alignment like in earlier editions? Are the souls of evil creatures going to the lower planes? The spells that can ...
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In Curse of Strahd, if Strahd is able to allow the Vistani to come and go as they please, can he also grant this ability to PCs?

None of the RAW I've seen has really explained how Strahd grants the Vistani the ability to pass through the deadly mists... But if he can allow them to come and go, what is stopping Strahd from ...
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Are outsiders stronger in their native planes?

In the campaign I'm playing in, there is internal conflict in the upper planes, and one of the lead instigators is a solar. We've killed it multiple times, but it keeps coming back with reinforcements....
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What information do we have about the High Forest, circa DR 1486?

I'm looking to learn more about the High Forest, specifically any kingdoms or other settlements in the region. I'm currently running the Out of the Abyss adventure, and am anticipating that the PCs ...
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Non-Metahumans with Adept powers

In Shadowrun lore, as well as in Running Wild, Street Grimoire, and other places, spirits, dragons, and other things can have the abilities of a mage (though spirits can't conjure most of the time). ...
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How would you protect yourself from the Negative Plane?

I was looking at Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes and noticed for the Nightwalker info that it said "The plane sucks the life and soul from such audacious [living] creatures" and "Those few ...
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In official lore, what magic is forbidden in Strixhaven?

In both the Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos D&D book and the Strixhaven Magic: the Gathering card flavour texts, forbidden magic is referenced. However, I can’t seem to find what is actually ...
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What do Salamanders eat?

In the D&D 5e Monster Manual, most elementals state explicitly that they do not require food or drink. This is not the case for salamanders. By omission, they need to eat and drink. The Forgotten ...
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Is there a common in-universe term to refer to civilized mortal humanoids in D&D?

Out-of-universe we would call them "playable races" or "character races". Is there an in-universe term to refer to a member of a civilized humanoid race, for example humans, elves, ...
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Is there a player's primer for The Wild Beyond The Witchlight?

The first paragraph of the introduction of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight states: The information in this book is intended for the DM’s eyes only. If you’re planning to play through the adventure ...
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Are half-Hobgoblins canon or even possible?

Half-orcs, half-elves, and even half-ogres abound in nearly all editions of D&D. However, I cannot recall any instances of half-hobgoblins in the source books or even canon literature. They are ...
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Who (or what) created the atropal?

Atropal are described in the 5th Edition adventure Tomb of Annihilation: An atropal is a ghastly, unfinished creation of an evil god, cast adrift and abandoned long ago. Since an atropal was never ...
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Can Strixhaven students join two colleges?

So, in Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos, it's mentioned that characters choose to join one of the five Colleges during their second year. However, it's possible for characters to have abilities themed ...
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How can I best learn the foundations of the Forgotten Realms lore required for basic gameplay?

I'm playing DnD 5e for many years now, and I love it. I love playing it so much that I felt like I wasn't playing enough of it, so I went from playing only with my friends to playing online in public ...
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Literacy rate of Rokugani

Rokugan is a setting taking heavy influence from the '80s and '90s perception of medieval Japan (through a north-American lens) and strewing in influences from other East-Asian countries, creating the ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, did Mystra’s ban apply to magic used by the gods? [duplicate]

In the FR universe, before Mystra's ban, spells up to 12th level could be cast relatively easily by mortals. It’s safe to assume the gods could do the same. Were the gods affected by the ban on spells ...
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How does an Otyugh move?

The Otyugh is typically depicted with three legs, three tentacles, and an asymmetric body layout. While many have asked questions about the Otyugh like the number of melee attacks or the grapple, ...
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Are Yuan-Ti capable of falling in love with each other?

I have a few ideas of an adventure involving a large group of Yuan-Ti. The backstory of the adventure would include two Yuan-Ti falling in love with each other, and hence trying to get whatever is ...
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What was the first original liminal being in D&D?

The first edition monster manual, and the OD&D sources that predate it, have the traditional mythological liminal beings - centaurs, chimeras, satyrs, sphinxes... But was David Sutherland's ...
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How do dwarves age relative to humans?

I'm trying to figure out how dwarves in dungeons and dragons, mainly in lore, age relative to humans, specifically behaviourally? My preference for lore references is the Forgotten Realms but if there ...
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Why do all D&D languages use an alphabet system with the same number of letters as English? [closed]

Pretty straightforward question, in a world of elves, dragons, and dwarves, how come they all use an alphabet system with direct equivalence to English? Did all races base their writing system off of ...
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What happens when magic is removed from the Forgotten Realms? [closed]

I am planning on running a homebrew campaign, whose ultimate premise is that a villain is attempting to garner enough power to be able to eliminate all magic from existence. I am planning on setting ...
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What crimes would constitute a 'Universal Crime' or a 'Crime against Nature/Existence'?

The question popped into my head while watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it sprung from the un-modified interaction between Slughorn and the young Tom Riddle. If you aren't familiar ...
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How many high mages participated in the First Sundering?

Several sources point to the ritual requiring only 12 high mages: Uaul'Selu'Keryth. In your tongue, the name might be translated as "At War with the Weave". When twelve High Mages last ...
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In Curse of Strahd, why were the Belviews transformed into mongrelfolk?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure book for D&D 5e, in chapter 8, section S.14 (page 151), there's a section that reads as follows: So my question is: why would transform the Belviews into ...
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Vampires of the Levant

The Levant is the one region that is home to two of the Abrahamic religions: Judaism and Christianity. While most Vampires see themselves as cursed by the Abrahamic god (they carry Caine's curse after ...
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How much context will I not understand if I start with Campaign 3, Episode 1 of Critical Role, "The Draw of Destiny"?

Campaign 3, episode 1 of Critical Role, titled "The Draw of Destiny", aired on October 25, 2021 on YouTube. I would like to know if this would be a seamless starting point for someone who ...
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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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