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Is using an elemental for power for a ship ethical, or can it be?

In Eberron, airships can be powered by bound elementals. This seems like a form of slavery or torture for a potentially sentient creature. A creature that is intelligent enough to have a language ...
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What are the fictional differences between the original Iron Kingdoms and Requiem?

I played and really enjoyed the Iron Kingdoms campaign setting for the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Now they’ve returned to Dungeons & Dragons with Iron Kingdoms: Requiem for the ...
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Besides Volo's Guide, do any of the other published sourcebooks have in-universe counterparts?

Volo's Guide to Monsters, published by Wizards of the Coast in 2016, is a monster book, expanding on the monsters available to DMs. The book's namesake, Volo, is a real character in the Forgotten ...
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Open/Masked Lords of Waterdeep: council voting, term limits, impeachment, election

I've been trying to get to the bottom of how the system of government in Waterdeep works and while there are many resources available I've struggled to find specific answers to these questions: Are ...
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How large is the city of Elturel?

The question is how long is the perimeter of Elturel's city limits, defined by the city walls and the river Chiontar. I currently have one player who got himself a mount with a 120' flight speed and I'...
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Is there a canonical corrupted, opposite, or otherwise chaotic Modron?

In any published edition of D&D or D&D fiction, is there lore for a modron that has somehow been corrupted by chaos? A "fallen" modron, akin to fallen angels? Or a creature similar ...
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Why can't any oath give powers similar to that of a Paladin?

According to PHB p.82 the Oath itself is a source of power for paladins (emphasis mine). Whatever their origin and their mission, paladins are united by their oaths to stand against the forces of ...
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Is any reason given for the Blackstaff magic item trapping the souls of its owners on death?

I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected? asks how you might go about being resurrected if you're the Blackstaff (the title of the wielder of the Blackstaff magic item; yes it's confusing, I'll ...
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Is there any lore explanation in Forgotten Realms for the change from Infravision to Darkvision?

A long time ago, some races and monsters had the Infravision trait, which allowed them to see in the dark the heat traces of living creatures. This had very interesting aspects. The drow's sign ...
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Under extreme/idyllic conditions, could Cult of the Dragon necrofy Tiamat?

I'm trying to assess the plausibility of whether the Cult of the Dragon could have grown strong enough to turn Tiamat into a Dracolich. Note I'm referring to the legacy cult under Sammaster, not the ...
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Has there ever been any class with the ability to smite neutral?

In the history of D&D and Pathfinder, has there ever been any class with the ability to smite neutral? We know about the smite evil of the paladin, the smite good of the blackguard, and I can ...
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Where would Zorquan (Forgotten Realms' dragon god of dragonness), be today?

Related: What is the difference between a god and a primordial? (see section regarding Dragon gods) Related: Where do dragon souls go after their deaths? Related: Are there any other published ...
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How do I get access to the Space Mirrors?

It's well established in World of Darkness, that the technocracy has an array of space mirrors, not too dissimilar from Icarus from James Bond: Die Another Day. There is one very prominent use of this ...
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Does the Marut have a reason to hunt and kill Strahd?

So the Marut is an Inevitable from Mechanus who enforces the natural law of death. And Strahd has lived an unnaturally long life. Does this mean that Marut will try to hunt and kill Strahd?
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Was the Tremere Curse not allowing the Banu Haqim to feed off each other deliberate or accidental?

The Clan weakness of the Assamites was, starting with the Convention of Thorns till the modern nights, the Tremere Curse: Due to the Tremere blood-curse, should an Assamite consume the blood of ...
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In which editions of D&D have druids been able to Wild Shape into owlbears?

In the trailer for the movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, we see a druid character use the Wild Shape ability to turn into an owlbear (timestamped link to trailer). Notably, this ...
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Does any source published prior to 5th Edition attest that Strahd von Zarovich is the first vampire ever?

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft calls Barovia the "Domain of the First Vampire", and later says this about Strahd in the chapter 3 section on Barovia (emphasis mine throughout): The nature ...
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What happened to Pseudo?

Pseudo was a heroic Grue metamorph in 2E Freedom City's Freedom League (I have a vague memory that he was not in the 1E book, but I might be wrong on that count). In the 3E Freedom City book, he's no ...
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Where do the souls that worshiped Kelemvor go?

If the souls of the faithless go to the Wall, the souls of the false get punished or put to work, and the souls of the faithful go to their god's realm (and true atheists go to Nessus for Asmodeus to ...
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What is the source of the powers of an oathbreaker?

As I understand, in the Forgotten Realms, when a paladin breaks their oath (assuming the optional class option from the DMG is used) they can change their subclass to an oathbreaker. It functions just ...
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I'm wanting to have a twist were Tiamat gets turned into a dracolich before, during or after the big fight

I'm just having trouble figuring out if that's possible. Would she have to lose her godhood even if she was willing? Or is it just not possible at all? What's scarier than the 5 headed dragon queen? ...
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What sources of magic would oppose each other?

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I honestly did not know how to search for it properly as my question is more broadly than the arcana class Wizards use, which is often what I find. ...
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In which editions is it possible for D&D druids to shapeshift/wild shape and breed in their animal forms?

I was talking to some gaming friends during today's happy hour, and this came up. Druids can shape-shift into animals. They can remain in their animal forms for a rather long period of time. Can they ...
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Are there any known methods or suggestions for reverting a Shadow Dragon to original form

So my question is simple. There is a shadow dragon in my campaign who was previously a gold dragon. He remembers vaguely his past and wishes to revert back to his original form. I thought of True ...
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Elf from a previous multiverse (D&D Lore)

A few years back I remember reading on a Dungeons and Dragons related wiki about an elf who was a survivor for the previous multiverse/universe, but couldn't find it when I looked for it recently. I ...
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Is it possible to cast spells above 9th level in a crystal sphere that is not under the influence of Mystra?

Mystra's Ban was a decree that the goddess Mystra made about the mortal use of powerful magic. In -339 DR Karsus seizes Mystryl's powers through the casting of Karsus's Avatar, but they are too great ...
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Do wizards not cast spells in their free time? [closed]

So the common consensus seems to be that spell slots and the restrictions that come with them are an in-universe truth that characters are aware of, to varying degrees. But that implies a few strange ...
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Has Zariel been redeemed in the timeline of D&D Adventurers League?

In Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus, one of the main possible endings features the redemption of the archdevil Zariel. However, I understand that Adventurers League is run as its own ongoing ...
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Where is the isle of Axard located?

Fizban's Treasury of Dragons puts the lair of Raulothim, an ancient Emerald Dragon, in the Pits of Stars: Raulothim is an ancient emerald dragon who dwells in an extinct volcano known as the Pit of ...
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What would be the outcome of ingesting a part of a Deity?

Is there anything in 3.5e lore about a mortal ingesting the body parts or blood of a Deity? Or the effects that something like that would have on a PC? For context, I play a Dragonborn Bard in ...
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What magics do high level spellcasters strive for after the Spellplague?

Once a spellcaster has reached 17th level and can cast 9th level spells, what more power can they try to obtain? Before Mystra’s ban, there were 10th and higher level spells. Back in D&D3.5 there ...
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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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