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Elf (adjective) vs. Elvish vs. Elven

Are there rules on when to use elf (as an adjective) versus elvish versus elven in D&D? For example, would any of the following sentences be more or less correct than the others? "Many of them ...
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Would garou tribes be alright with a kinsfolk joining the Second Inquisition? [closed]

Is there anything within lore, that might suggest as to whether different Garou groups who have them, would be alright with homid kinsfolk leaving them to try join the Second Inquisition/FIRSTLIGHT? ...
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What would +1/+2/+3 items be called in game?

This is something that I have been wondering for a long time. Now obviously the DM could just have it have its own name such as Bonecutter and everyone just calls it that but is there any term that ...
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In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, why does the cult follow this road?

This question contains spoilers about Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I want to know why the Cult of the Dragon took the road they took, instead of a different road that seems more logical to me. Is ...
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What did Tieflings look like before Asmodeus “claimed” them?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide says in its section on tieflings (p. 118) that during the Time of Troubles, Asmodeus ascended to godhood and (with some help) "claimed" all tieflings as his own. ...
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What is the lore reason for Giant Spiders being immune to mind-affecting spells?

The Giant Spider is immune to all mind-affecting spells. To me this seems arbitrary and I was wondering if there was a in-world justification for it, or if it's a reference to some other story or ...
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Do grungs have a written language?

It is unclear. Do grungs have any written language at all? And if they do, which script do they use for it?
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Is there a lore explanation to the Improved Spell Capacity feat?

I have been glancing through the epic feats. I ran into a feat called Improved Spell Capacity, which allows a caster to cast up to 25th-level spells. As far as my lore knowledge goes, after the ...
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Why did the Camarilla accept the Banu Haqim (Assamites) but refuse the Ministry (Followers of Set)?

I have read from the web and the Camarilla book that Banu Haqim are part of the sect. I also read that they refuse the Ministry (and betray them). But I don't understand why. Banu Haqim are known ...
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Are Primal Spirits considered “fey” in terms of Warlock patrons?

I am trying to choose a patron for a grung warlock. I want to choose this creature as his patron, but I am not sure about its nature: is it fey or what? It is called a "Primal Spirit of the jungle" in ...
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What is a Gloomblade (the magic item) in D&D lore?

In Adventurers League Season 6 (for Tales from the Yawning Portal), there were two adventures that mentioned the gloomblade: DDAL06-02 The Redemption of Kelvan DDEP06-02 Return to White Plume ...
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What happens to a wizard's magic when they are swallowed by a tarrasque?

I was watching this video about the Tarrasque when I saw that its stomach fluids strip magic. I was wondering if a Wizard is swallowed by a Tarrasque, does the wizard lose his innate magic or is it ...
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How many planes are there? [closed]

I'm new to D&D and I thought I read about teleporting to different planes. How many planes are there and what are they like?
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What exactly is a fey/fiend/celestial spirit?

A few spells mention using spirits, specifically fey, fiend or celestial spirits, usually regarding summoning them to take the form of another creature. A few examples are listed below: Conjure ...
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Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR?

Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR (Forgotten Realms' Dalereckoning)? I'm currently preparing a campaign section that will involve an ambitious devil that is preparing to climb the ranks and their way ...
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What are familiars really?

What actually IS a familiar, speaking from a Lore point of view? I'm not asking what the use of a familiar is, or what kind of creatures can be a familiar- But in essence, what truly IS a familiar? ...
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How are the Zhentarim and Black Fist related?

As far as I can gather, the Order of the Black Fist is Phlan's ostensibly – but perhaps not actively practicing – Banite military. The Zhentarim – AKA The Black Network – at one point were worshippers ...
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Can creatures other than devils make pacts enforceable by the ruby rod?

Inspired by Can PCs create their own magically enforceable contracts? it occurred to me that the usual enforcement of contracts is the natural law enforced by the ruby rod owned by Asmodeus (If I am ...
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What does the “titan” monster tag mean?

I've noticed that a few creatures have the "titan" tag (here's a D&D Beyond search) but I'm not sure what that tag means. I noticed the other day in my Monster Manual when looking at the ...
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Can I contact a specific devil?

I am playing a wizard who died and then made a deal with a devil to come back to life. The terms of the contract were that he brings me back, and in exchange, I give him my first born and the soul of ...
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What differences exist between adamantine and adamantite in all editions of D&D?

I have stuff in my notes about adamantine's durability and ability to autocrit against structures and objects (5e), reduce critical hits to normal ones (5e) and act as a virtually indestructible ...
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Can a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer?

In the Baldur's Gate III announcement trailer, we can see what seems to be a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer. What is happening there? Are Mind Flayers created by transforming other creatures?...
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Do magic auras in Pathfinder have colours?

As described in Occult Adventures, the Aura of a creature has a color corresponding to its emotional state, and a vital force aura with a faint rosy hue with a pattern of fine lines that can tell you ...
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What is known about tabaxi language and terminology, particularly the word “tabaxi” and the name of the Cat Lord?

According to this Dragon+ article, the term tabaxi originates with the race of cat people (at least in the Forgotten Realms setting as of D&D 5th edition): Tabaxi with a capital T is the ...
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Does any lore text explain why the planes of Acheron, Gehenna, and Carceri are the alignment they are?

Acheron is between pure law and lawful evil; Gehenna is between pure evil and lawful evil; and Carceri is between pure evil and chaotic evil. But this seems wrong to me. It seems to me that Acheron ...
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How is it possible for this NPC to be alive during the Curse of Strahd adventure?

According to most wiki pages surrounding the character, With this information in mind, if most adventures in the Forgotten Realms take place during 1491 DR, then how old would this NPC technically ...
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How old was this woman (from Tomb of Annihilation) at her death?

How is it possible? Page 92 of the ToA adventure says: So, group A was killed at moment 1. Okay. Later in the adventure, it says on p. 165: So, person B was killed at the same time. Okay. Page ...
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Is there an Undercommon word for beholders, as “illithid” is for mind flayers?

This answer states that "illithid" is Undercommon for mind flayer. Is there a similar word for beholder?
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What Cannot be Nanofabricated From CHON?

Context My campaign's party is situated on an habitable oceanic world (specifically Droplet), but away from civilisation. They have a Nautiloid variant, with the usual internal nanofabricator and an ...
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What's the difference between genies and archomentals?

I was under the impression that genies were the rulers of the Elemental Planes. But I've also read conflicting information about how "archomentals" are the rulers of the Elemental Planes. Are they ...
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Which is the common name of Mind Flayers?

Would the average person in the Forgotten Realms call Mind Flayers "Mind Flayers" or "Illithid?"
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In the current era, do any wizards survive from 1372 DR?

The D&D 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting places its base year at 1372 DR. Someone once told me that, at a point between this and the year of the current D&D 5e products, a sundering of the ...
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Why would a member of the Gruul Clans be kicked out? [closed]

I'm working on a plot hook to start a new campaign. Originally we were going to do the Ravnica adventure, so my PCs chose a guild... but since we are all new to D&D I decided it would be best to ...
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Is there a map of Silverymoon with every street named?

Is there a street map of Silverymoon, one with every street and alley named?
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Is there any official Lore on Keraptis the Wizard, apart from what is in White Plume Mountain?

In the 5E release of Tales from the Yawning Portal there is the Module White Plume Mountain. On page 95 it states the previous lore of Keraptis the Wizard: Thirteen hundred years ago, the wizard ...
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Will this series of events work to drown the Tarrasque?

Here's the challenge: I, a level 17 Bard taught by the College of Compulsion (a homebrew subclass), am hired by some random bumpkins to go and get rid of the Tarrasque all by my lonesome, for 5 silver ...
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How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods?

How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods? More specifically, I'm interested in the Dead Three: Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. Do historians of the world know the circumstances ...
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By VTM 5e, are the Kindred in the VtMB2 clan reveal trailers breaking any Camarilla laws?

For reference: As of this question being posted, the current released Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 clans are - Brujah, Tremere and Toreador (not counting Thin-blood). This is prompted by ...
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Is there any official lore that describes the hierarchy in temples of Pelor?

Is there any official lore for any setting in D&D that describes a hierarchy of clergy in temples dedicated to Pelor? Something similar to the deacon/priest/diocesan bishop/archbishop etc. in the ...
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Do these creatures from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign speak Common?

There are some creatures in the plot of ToA that my players will interact with. The problem is that their stat block says they speak only their specific language, which my players' characters don't ...
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Do the Zhentarim fire members for killing fellow members?

A PC became a member of the Zhentarim and two weeks later killed another one. I don’t know if there are rules within the Zhentarim against killing fellow members. Would the Zhentarim fire a PC member ...
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Are there any official roles and/or names for the days of a tenday?

Most places and communities in Faerûn seem to be using the Calendar of Harptos. A calendar that divides the year into 12 months of 3 tendays each, and a total of 5 holidays mushed between some of ...
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On what date do the events of the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure happen?

I bought the D&D 5e Starter Set a few weeks ago, and I'm beginning to think about how to drive the scenario as I've already read it and I'm at the stage to get familiar with the rules. Yesterday ...
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Is there any official lore on the Far Realm?

I cannot find any official details on the Far Realm for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. Is there any published lore on the topic or is it supposed to be open ended?
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Is there any published lore that shows Mind Flayers can extract and farm brains?

I was doing some research on Mind Flayers and read/heard that Mind Flayers will occasionally extract a brain and use it to research the effects of Psionics, and that they enjoyed the mad thoughts they ...
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Is it safe to handle a denarian coin indirectly?

I'm currently a new player in a campaign which does have a Denarian in it and has OOC had jokes made about my PC being tricked into touching one of their coins, which has made me curious and want to ...
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What happens to psykers when a black ship doesn't collect them?

Allegedly a planet is only visited by a black ship once every 100 years or so. So what happens to psykers found when there is no ship slated to come by anytime soon? After all, they can't just let a ...
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Would it be suitable for the Zhentarim to order a PC who is in the Zhentarim to find Artus Cimber in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of them (an undead gnome ...
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Would blood bags help a Red Court Infectee manage their hunger?

Just someone reading up about the lore and templates in the system and wondering: Is there anything on, if a Red Court infectee were to have access to and drink from blood bags, would that help ...
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Are there existing rules/lore for MTG planeswalkers?

I'm a D&D fan and Magic: The Gathering fan. I'd heard that Wizards of the Coast says that Magic: The Gathering planes are Dungeons and Dragons planes. I was so excited and full of idea of ...