Questions tagged [lore]

For questions about a setting's in-world details or background.

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What makes Half-Orcs stronger than full Orcs?

This is something that's been bothering me for quite a bit now. If you take a look at the description of the Orc race in Volo's Guide to Monsters, it states: Orcs are vicious raiders, who believe ...
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What type of creatures are Uthgardt Barbarians?

I'm currently DM for a game of Storm King's Thunder, and I'm trying to understand the Uthgardt Barbarians and what they exactly are. The description starting on p. 65 of the Storm King's Thunder book ...
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How long is an Elvish generation?

I can't seem to find any good resources on this. How old is the typical elf when they first have children? How many generations would typically be alive at one time from a single family? Is it in the ...
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Why is creating a golem not considered evil? [closed]

Creating a golem requires binding an earth elemental to it. It is akin to enslaving an intelligent being (the stupidest of them, small earth elementals, have an intelligence of 4 , minimum for ...
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Is there a way to leave Ravenloft?

I've heard that once you enter Ravenloft, you cannot leave. This is a bother for the planar adventurer who accidentally stumbles into that realm. Are there any ways to leave Ravenloft, in any edition ...
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Can Different Elf Subraces Produce Offspring? [duplicate]

We're playing a homebrew D&D 5e game in which the players will all be from an elven kingdom and I'm curious if different subraces of elf are capable of having children together. For example: ...
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Is there a class for being a shard of a deity in 5e?

I have an NPC I built that, well, I hadn’t intended to get quite this tied up in the story. But, hey, that’s how it goes sometimes. I want to make a full character for them, but I’m not sure if there ...
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Who were the Ancient Baatorians?

Manual of the Planes (2001) says Though the Nine Hells is governed by devils, some sages believe that the devils commandeered the Nine Hells from a far older, stranger race now simply called ...
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If I were a poor orphan in Neverwinter, what district would I likely live in?

I've been running a new group the past several weeks. We are all 40+ yr old dudes who have just recently come back to D&D after 20 year layoffs.... So my lore/background was that the group all ...
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What was the initial relationship between the Emperor & the Chaos Gods?

Considering that the Emperor seemed to need the power of the Chaos Gods to build the basis of the imperium. (I think there are some references about this in the book, ‘The sigilite’) Is there any ...
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Is there a Forgotten Realms campaign setting book for D&D 5e?

To immerse myself into the world of the Forgotten Realms I wanted to pick up a book or source materials of the lore. Is there a comparable book like it exists for Pathfinder with the Inner Sea World ...
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Why was Tremere unable to become immortal as a mage?

According to the books, a mage with five dots in life sphere could use Perfect Metamorphosis. Perfect Metamorphosis: The mage can alter their own Pattern according to their wishes. They may assume ...
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What do lizardfolk villages look like?

I'm working on a D&D 5e campaign's setting that includes a lizardfolk village in a relatively central location, in or near a deep jungle city ruled by dragonborn. Based on previous D&D ...
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Why are there no compasses in the Warhammer World?

In the Core rulebook for WFRP 2nd Edition there is a note in the Navigator Career (page 78) that says "since there are no compasses in the world, all ships employ a skilled navigator". I remember ...
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Can a Mind Flayer cook brains into other foods?

So a Mind Flayer eats brains as a diet. But can they cook brains into other foods? The book says they need the brains to survive but from what I read the brains don't need to be alive. Does that mean ...
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Are there heroic or good Yuan-Ti? [closed]

What I've read seems to suggest "no". I haven't found anything in the SCAG that suggests this as true. I'm aware that in Adventurer's league there was a reference guide for the monsters in Volo's ...
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What's the percentage population of non-human races in D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I am sure I remember reading that non-human races in the Forgotten Realms were less common than humans in one of the rule books. Is there an official percentage value for the populations of non-humans ...
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How is the contradiction in this NPC's backstory in Curse of Strahd resolved?

This question includes NPC lore spoilers for Curse of Strahd, proceed at your own risk. While running Curse of Strahd and prepping ahead, I have happened upon a rather glaring contradiction in the ...
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Overview of common languages per plane

For my current campaign I'm exploring lore options regarding planar travel for NPCs and PCs. Where in the books can I find more information about which languages are common in which planes?* I'm ...
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Defining Realms, Worlds, Kingdoms, Planes, Dimensions and the Multiverse

I have always been confused when trying to think in terms of worlds, realms, and kingdoms. Additionally, I am confused at the difference between planes and dimension. So, what is the difference ...
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How did Josidiah lose Guenhwyvar?

The Forgotten Realms Wiki entry on Guenhwyvar says Josidiah used the figurine after it was gifted to him, but when he returned from his quest in the Underdark, he no longer carried Guenhwyvar's ...
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What is the origin of deities gaining power from worship?

Among players of various editions of Dungeons & Dragons, there is the idea that a deity's power, perhaps even existence, is derived from the number of people who worship them. A deity who gains ...
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Do pre-written modules exist regarding the role the drow played in the Crown Wars? [closed]

I'm building a campaign that includes the drow and read about the Crown Wars which has elements I'd like to include. In addition to pulling ideas from these articles I would like to know if any pre-...
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The description of politics, geography etc of Forgotten Realms

I remember there was a separate book for D&D 3.5 describing all about Forgotten Realms. My question is - is there a book which describes it for 5e?
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Was there ever a published “world of tarrasques”?

Sometimes I pick in some discussions hints about a "Tarrasque planet". Is it an official place? Was it published in what book / magazine / source material? P.S.: I know the default stance is to take ...
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What is corpsicum?

On page 439 of the Starfinder Core Rule Book, a description of notable locations on Castrovel ends like this: ...or Candares, with its endless waterfalls and dangerous cliffside corpsicum ...
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Why do duergar have Sunlight Sensitivity?

I vaguely know that the backstory of the Drow from earlier editions involves their Sunlight Sensitivity coming in part from the curse that banished them, and not purely from their long existence ...
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What is canon for the creation of the Great Desert of Anauroch?

On the Forgotten Realm’s Wiki, Anauroch is described as the result of phaerimm casting lifedrain spells which transformed the fertile lands of Netheril into the desert that it is today. But there is ...
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If the daughter of a night hag avoids her mother long enough can she delay becoming one too?

The daughters of other hags all seem to fully turn into them automatically once 13, except with night hags according to lore. With them it’s said that there must be 13 rituals done on their daughters ...
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Reliable source regarding life just after Aegon's conquest [closed]

I am planning to run my game of thrones game right after Aegon has conquered Westeros. Are there any lore guides regarding the situation during that time?
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What is the impact of resurrection in the Forgotten Realms?

I am not very familiar with the Forgotten Realms lore. I know that resurrection spells may have a great impact on the story and on how death is perceived by the players. I would like to know what is ...
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Has the Halfway Inn outside of Evereska ever been detailed in a published adventure?

The Halfway Inn is described in The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide as being commonly referred to as “Evereska’s Trading Post” straddling the forest and mountains of the elves of Evereska and the edge ...
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Since which edition is the origin story of the elves told by Mearls canon?

Mike Mearls details "The Origin of Elves in Dungeons & Dragons" in a short video published on D&D Beyond's Facebook account. Since which edition is the information he shares considered canon, ...
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Where did the dwarves start their sky quest?

I know that Torag told the dwarves, who were then living in the Darklands, to go up to the surface; this is described in a lot of sources. But I could not found yet at what layer of the Darklands they ...
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What happens to an unconscious Troll if all the pieces are eaten?

I'm building an ecology that revolves around an infinite food source being eaten by Trolls, who then make more Trolls, which they then kick out of the cave because they don't fit around the food ...
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What year is it in the Forgotten Realms during the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am new to Forgotten Realms and I'm running the Tomb of Annihilation module. What year is it at the start of the adventure? Is there an official calendar someplace? Thanks!
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What are other sources with information about Lathander?

Backstory I'm playing a Bard in my current campaign of D&D 5e and I'm just taking a level in cleric with Lathander as my god (after being inspired/trained by a Paladin of that same deity). ...
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What are the consequences for an illithid rejecting his brain diet?

So I had this idea about a rogue illithid, fighting against his own race. He will be chaotic evil or chaotic neutral, I have not decided yet. But while he does this it is simply too dangerous, or too ...
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What kinds of Metallic Dragons were ever shown in D&D products? [closed]

Everyone knows the iconic metallic dragons that come in almost every single core monster book, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, Brass. Let's call those the "core five" There were some others, like dunno ...
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Discrepancy across FR products about Deadsnows

I'm about to run a D&D 5E campaign that centers around the village of Deadsnows in the Silver Marches. I'm using the Blood and Gold campaign as a template and branching out in several directions / ...
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What is the availability of Maztica Imported Food in the Realms?

To celebrate 20 years of campaign, my wife's party is holding a party ingame (its a feast to celebrate the founding of the adventuring party) and a party in real life (because why not). So they are ...
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What sound does an owlbear make?

A discussion in my gaming group led to us wondering: what does an owlbear sound like? Many monsters, especially those as iconic and strange as this one, have had long-winded descriptions across the ...
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Is there a prescribed way to address a vampire Prince?

In our Chronicles of Darkness game, my (mortal human) character has reason to send correspondence to the local vampire prince. Is there a specific form of address to use towards them? My character ...
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Can Guenhwyvar communicate?

I was wondering if the panther companion of everyone's favorite drow ranger can communicate or be communicated with. Does she have above average intelligence? Does she "speak" in the books? Can ...
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Are unmarried individuals in the Forgotten Realms expected to keep chaste?

In the society and cultures of the Forgotten Realms narrative, are unmarried men and/or women expected to keep chaste? Since this is about the game world's culture rather than any particular edition, ...
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Why didn't Takhisis get Soth returned from Ravenloft during his long stint?

Does it imply that the Dark Powers are more powerful than Takhisis? If so, then why didn't they nab Takhisis herself?
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How are Psykers detected/found?

We were playing a Black Crusade roleplaying game (I am the GM), and the discussion came to how the Imperium finds the Psykers hidden within the populace. The Lexicanum wiki states on their info about ...
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Where in Faerun can a character receive medical training?

I'm making a DnD 5e character who specializes in the Medicine skill and has the Healer feat. Canonically, what institute of learning in Faerûn could provide the character with this training? Im ...
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Is there mundane higher education in the Forgotten Realms?

I've played D&D forever, but mostly in homebrew settings; I've never delved into the lore of the published settings. But now I'm playing in an Adventurers League game set in the Forgotten Realms, ...
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What happened with Ubtao?

What happened with Chult and Ubtao during 4e? Ubtao's gone, and Dendar the Night Serpent was released and became a god. How and why did those events transpire?