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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 5e Forgotten Realms

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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In Waterdeep, is magistrate another word for magister?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, both magistrates and magisters are mentioned throughout. The lore chapter, ch. 9, "Volo's Waterdeep Enchiridion," discusses the role of magister in depth, but ...
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What are domains in dragonlance?

I’m starting to look at other settings than Forgotten Realms and am interested to know how domains function in the Dragonlance fiction. I saw this question and it mentions Dragonlance domains and its ...
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How would pre-galifar texts and observers date major events like the War of the Mark?

Running the adventure in "Eberron: Rising from the Last War", there's a ghost of a gnome that died during the War of The Mark, which takes place at roughly -500 YK. The ghost still thinks he'...
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What is the current status of Thay and its economy?

In the last century between 3.5E (~1372 DR), and 5E (~1489), Thay went through the civil war in which the lich Szass Tam won, and banished other wizards making necromancers and undead arcanists the ...
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What is the lore behind why soul coins have the symbol of Bhaal on them?

I am struggling to find an image of both sides of a Soul Coin (Baator’s currency), but everywhere I've looked, I've only found only one side bearing a letter and the other side depicting a skull with ...
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Can Dragonbait read or write Common, since he is able to understand it?

In D&D 5e, Tomb of Annihilation includes Dragonbait, a saurial. His stat block claims that he can understand Common but not speak it, due to the strange way in which saurials communicate. From ...
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How aware are Forgotten Realms characters of the underlying mechanics of the world? [closed]

I have read Are casters aware of spell slots?, but this question is aimed at the mechanics in general, not just spell slots In our own world, there are millions of people working around the world ...
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Where can I find official lore information on Saurials?

In D&D 5e, Tomb of Annihilation includes Dragonbait, a saurial. This is a race that I have gathered in my online research existed in previous editions of D&D, but besides the slivers of ...
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How did the Zhentarim get this NPC's blood?

On SKT page 156, it says How did they get this drop of blood? Why do they have it in their possession? I'm probably missing something very obvious here, because it sounds very strange to me that ...
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How are modrons chosen to be promoted?

I am about to run an encounter of the week featuring modrons that includes combat encounters with monodrones and duodrones. The stats for modrons state: Cogs of the Great Machine. If a modron is ...
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What are the 5E origins of the Mind Flayers?

The 3rd Edition D&D sourcebook Lords of Madness says the illithid species originated in the distant future and somehow traveled to the distant past to avoid extinction. A trilogy of 2nd Edition ...
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What was this Giant, Metal Death Monster I remember?

Does anyone remember a giant metal type monster from one of the older versions of D&D? I have a vague memory of some sort of monster that the gods of death might send in to balance out the ...
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What is a joiner, with regard to Waterdeep's “Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners”?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners (listed in the introduction of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a joiner in this context? Merriam-Webster ...
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What is a cordwainer, with regard to Waterdeep's “Most Diligent League of Sail-makers and Cordwainers”?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Most Diligent League of Sail-makers and Cordwainers (listed in the introduction to Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a cordwainer in this context? Merriam-...
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Are there any restrictions for teleportation at Elturel & Berdusk?

I think I saw it somewhere that both or only one of these cities prevents teleportation into them or out of them. But now I can't find any evidence about it. Could you please tell me if it is true ...
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What is the scene depicted in the second “Waterdeep Digital Background” art?

In the Free Remote D&D Resources archive that Wizards of the Coast is providing, for April 30, 2020 there is a "Waterdeep Digital Backgrounds" zip file that includes artwork that one might be able ...
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What happens to clones of a deepspawn created if/when the deepspawn dies?

I am running a D&D 5E homebrew campaign where a powerful creature akin to a deepspawn is consuming and creating spawn of powerful beings in various governments and organizations to puppet a ...
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Which Forgotten Realms deity would be most likely to tell his/her followers to expand civilization and settle new frontiers?

In my experience, some players will be clerics, druids, or rangers that advocate that nature should reclaim lands or that civilization should be stopped. I want to play a cleric that believes that ...
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Is there an official description of the appearance and culture of tribal orcs?

I play on a Neverwinter Nights persistent world module that uses the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rules. The module is not using the Forgotten realms setting. I'm editing and updating the module's ...
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What offspring would result from a high elf mother and a shadar-kai elf father?

I got into a debate with one of my players. They claimed that their character having a (full) high elf mother and a (full) shadar-kai elf father would be considered a high half-elf, and should use the ...
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Regarding the history of Lathander and Amaunator in the Forgotten Realms, what is the “Deliverance”?

I am DMing a homebrew campaign, and I am developing a subplot related to the cleric's background. This subplot involves the gods Lathander and Amaunator. I am mainly interested in the Dawn Cataclysm ...
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Are there any canon examples of texts written in elvish?

I’m referring to the Elven language of the Forgotten Realms, usually written with the Espruar script. Are there any examples of messages, poems, paragraphs, ...? More specifically, ones that make ...
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Do Githyanki lay eggs in 5E?

The chapter "Citadel of Gith Reborn" from the 2nd edition adventure book Vortex of Madness says that Githyanki lay eggs despite being humanoid. The 5e Monster Manual entry for Githyanki doesn't say ...
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Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with?

Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with? In particular, I'm not interested in speculation or opinions, but rather if such a thing has ever been outright stated in any ...
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What honorific do priests of the Sovereign Host use?

Eberron Campaign Setting and Faiths of Eberron refer to the faithful of the Sovereign Host as “vassals,” and indicate that the various congregations of vassals are led by “priests,” in a mostly-...
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How did elven cities like Myth Drannor or those of Evermeet feed their populations?

In the AD&D supplement book for elves, it is said that elves eat little meat, do not raise livestock, and survive on the fruits of the forest. This raises the problem of feeding any population ...
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What is relationship between dwarves and elves in Forgotten Realms?

It is common knowledge that elves and dwarves don't like each other. But I'm curious if there were historical events which forged their views on each other in the lore of Forgotten Realms, on any ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, how did elven populations feed themselves?

I’m building a world for a future campaign, it will feature elven civilizations. In order to place and design cities, I wish to know how FR handled food in elven populations. What do elves eat? Are ...
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What is the wage of a Flaming Fist officer?

What is a Flaming Fist officer's wage? Do they count as skilled mercenaries who are paid 2gp per day?
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Is there a lore explanation why each setting might have different deities?

As far as I know, the multiverse of D&D 5E consists in different worlds all residing in the Material Plane, but the rest of the planes (Transitive Planes, Inner Planes, Outer Planes...) are shared ...
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Is Troll Mitosis possible?

A Troll has incredible regenerative abilities. They can even regrow lost bodyparts, including their head. Hence, my question: Does each part that is severed from a Troll eventually grow into a ...
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How old can Trolls get?

Trolls have an insane regenerative ability, being able to regain lost hitpoints in a flash and even regrow lost bodyparts. My question: Does this have any effect on their lifespan? I understand that ...
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The Espruar script seems to have changed from past editions. Is there an in-universe explanation given for the change?

Whilst exploring the internet, I’ve found a variety of different official scripts for Elvish. From my understanding of it, Rellanic is a generic one (not tied to a setting), and Espruar is Forgotten ...
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Do Kellid barbarians from Numeria have a typical / trademark weapon?

I am going to play the Iron Gods Adventure Path soon and I am rolling a Kellid tribesman. I'd like to be as faithful to the existing lore as possible, using some traditional weapon, but I have no ...
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Do gods need to be worshiped?

I am working on my first homebrew setting using a spelljammer sort of cosmology, and I have run into some confusion. So far, my understanding is that gods in D&D only exist where they have ...

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