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Questions tagged [lore]

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

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When did Karsus's Folly become a canon part of the FR lore?

In a recent discussion following the question about edition transitions in the Forgotten Realms, the exact point when Karsus's Fall became part of the canon of FR lore was debated. When the Arcane Age ...
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Where can I find more detailed information about Sossal?

Sossal is a distant realm north-east of the Great Glacier. It is described in just a few paragraphs in AD&D 2nd's The Horde and the Grand Tour of the Realms and seemingly completely ignored in ...
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Besides Larloch, what other prominent Realms wizards know how to make a mythallar?

Being an active Sorcerer-King of Netheril, Larloch probably still has the knowledge (if not the means) of crafting a mythallar. There's Rhaugilath who is also a sorcerer-king, but since he is under ...
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What's happening with the Sword of Kas in 5e?

I can find some info about the sword and the fight with Kas and Vecna. But where is Kas' Sword these days? Is there any official information about it? Who got it after the fight? Where did it get ...
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Are there any resources that compare Forgotten Realms cities?

I am looking for information about the main cities in the Forgotten Realms for developing a backstory. Are there any resources out there that compare what makes one city different than another? What ...
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Why did the ancient Elven High Mages create the Dracorage Mythal?

The Dracorage Mythal: Created during the Time of Dragons by High mages of the Fair Folk, this High Magic effect tied a Faerûn-wide mythal to the King-Killer Star. The Dracorage mythal ...
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Which was the first sky citadel?

I remember that I have read somewhere that there was one citadel that was marked as the first one but I do not remember where I have read that. I checked some wiki entries and the book Dwarves of ...
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Get started with shadowrun as GM (lore and books) [closed]

Some friends of mine really like shadowrun and I would like to start a new group with them as a GM (probably Shadowrun 5). Now I am very much new to shadowrun as the setting and while I have heard of ...
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What deity holds the Time Portfolio in Faerun's modern times (from the Time of Troubles to after the Second Sundering)?

The time portfolio (not to be confused with the 3e+ time domain - I'm talking strictly about lore here) is one of the most elusive portfolios to track in Realms lore. From the Realms wiki on ...
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Are Amaunator and Lathander addressed separately?

I have not read any book except the "Sword Coast Adventurers Guide" for 5e for FR-Lore. In my game the god "Amaunator" plays a huge role, but on the FR-Wiki page it says that Lathander and Amaunator ...
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From what language(s) did Common evolve?

According to the Forgotten Realms wiki, the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (3rd edition) material from Wizards of the Coast asserts that Common is only a simple trade language: Common was little ...
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Do Yuan-Ti Purebloods lay eggs?

The Yuan-Ti are an odd race. They come in a variety of different physiological shapes (pureblood, halfblood, abomination, and anathema), but are all (theoretically?) biologically compatible. Serpent ...
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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

The description of the Gith, particularly the Githyanki portrays them as them deadly, implacable enemies of Mind Flayers, so much so that they took down the unbelievably vast and powerful ancient ...
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Is a High Elf's cantrip innate or is it learned?

Where does a High Elf get their Wizard cantrip? Is it innate? If innate, is it hereditary (so that an Elf would have the same cantrip as one of its parents, and share it with siblings)? Or is just the ...
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What is the world of Faerûn like after the events of Rise of Tiamat?

Are there any references for what the world of Faerûn is like after the events of Rise of Tiamat, assuming a band of characters successfully stopped the return of Tiamat to Faerûn? What facts are ...
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By which path did the orcs invade the Five Kings Mountains?

I am reading the Pathfinder's Companion: Dwarves of Golarion. In the "History" section, they write that the Orcs attacked the Five Kings Mountains again and again over the centuries: 1st column of ...
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What are some canon noble houses in 5e?

I like making characters for future campaigns and have come up with a Harpy bard PC of noble birth(background). The idea I wanted to go with is that she is born in an offshoot branch of a canon noble ...
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What relationship do dwarves and half-orcs have in Golarion?

I am just writing an adventure around the dwarven and orc history. In my party I have a dwarf and a half-orc (we have not played yet). Reading the Pathfinder Handbook Dwarfes of Golarion it is quite ...
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When were the dusk elf females slain?

A friend of mine is going to start a 5E campaign soon, using the Curse of Strahd published adventure. I'm working on my character in anticipation of this. I'm planning on being a dusk elf, based on ...
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What happens when a Night Hag dies on the Material plane?

I know that Devils, Demons and Yugoloths, when slain on the Material Plane, are simply reformed on their native plane of existence. To kill such creatures, they must be struck down on their native ...
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What exactly sets the Unseelie Court apart from the Seelie Court?

I have played fairly little Dungeons and Dragons before the fifth edition, and have some gaps in my knowledge of the lore. One of the bigger holes concerns the nature and differences of the courts of ...
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What kinds of playing cards are used in the Forgotten Realms?

Well, there are lots of different suits for cards in real life.. Do we know what kind of cards NPC's usually play with for gambling and such in the Forgotten Realms?
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How can magic be harvested in Golarion?

In the Inner Sea World Guide in the Mana Wastes section is written that the Calikang leave the desert to harvest magic. The reason is to set the magic free when returning to the Mana Wastes to the ...
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Why are Polish and Austrian client names mixed Polish and German

According to Shadowrun's Wikia and this answer, all country-specific versions of the client nickname "Mr. Johnson" follow the scheme of: [local honorific] [plausible-sounding local surname] or ...
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When were full-body cyborgs first prototyped, and mass produced?

As I know at least in the late 60s full body cyborgs exist (thus a cyborg with just a metasapient brain). I'm wondering though when the first ones existed (prototypes and also mass produced). Is there ...
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Elven Afterlife

My first D&D 5e character will be a Sun Elf. I hope he won’t die any time soon, but I would like to know what would happen to my character if he bites the dust. Or at least what he thinks would ...
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Do lycanthropes form “societies”?

The basic question here is; do lycanthropes form societies / packs / familial groups, and if so, are there any official or semi-official descriptions of what they're like? The Background I'm GMing ...
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Where do new druids come from?

Other classes have easy explanations for how they came to be: fighters and monks trained, wizards studied, clerics and paladins prayed, sorcerers and oracles were born that way, and so on, so forth. ...
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How well is the Time of Troubles known after the Second Sundering?

What would a PC be able to know with regards to the history of Faerûn by the time of 5th Edition? I want to make a character who is fascinated by the events of The Time of Troubles and how divinity ...
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Do (some) Halflings have pointy ears like Elves?

I was under the impression that Halflings in D&D look pretty much like little humans. But when I browse online concept art and fan art, I see a lot of Halfling images with Elf-like pointy ears... ...
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Alternative Underdark Mounts

I am currently working as the DM for Out of the Abyss and have a Paladin in my party. This means at level 5, I need to come up with a Mount for her. Due to the Underdark being the Underdark, ...
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Are elves native to Faerun/Toril, or are they immigrants from elsewhere (like the Feywild)

Where did the D&D 5e elves come from? (In-universe sense). Based on some comments under this answer, this map of the Feywild, the fact that elves have Fey Ancestry (see PHB), and the following ...
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When did the first Mass Embrace mentioned in the source books or other official materials take place?

By "first" I mean "the most ancient in the fictional history of the World of Darkness". Again -- only answers from official sources, please, no guesses.
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How wealthy are the rich in the Forgotten Realms?

I'm building a campaign that includes a Plutocracy style government. The several wealthiest people in each city govern that city, and the wealthiest of those join to govern the entire empire. I ...
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I'm looking for information on ancient civilisations in D&D 5e [closed]

My party are engaged in the exploration of ancient ruins and underways in support of a party of elven archeologists. My character is a mountain dwarf with a special proficiency in identifying the ...
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Is there a root language from which multiple Forgotten Realms languages were derived?

I am looking for an analogue to Latin for the world of D&D. To modern English speakers, Latin is not well known, but since it is still taught in some areas and it supplies a lot of vocabulary to ...
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Dates of regional tribunals

Is it somewhere in the official sourcebooks of 5th Edition mentioned the years of the regional Tribunals?
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Who, how and when created the combo Disciplines?

There are many Discipline powers scattered around different books that require knowledge of several Disciplines to master them -- they are called Combination Disciplines. Usually they give very ...
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Tiefling - Explanation on the “Virtue” name “Carrion” as suggested in the 5e PHB

As you may (or may not) know, a Tiefling has often a "Virtue" name that embodies the Tiefling willingness to find a place in the world. Among those "Virtue" names the following are suggested in the ...
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Where can more information about Droaam be found?

To me the idea of a nation of monsters trying to establish itself as a world power is an interesting concept. Are there resources besides the Eberron Campaign Setting for more information about the ...
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Books & Lore Within Greyhawk

I'm currently running a 3.5e campaign set in Greyhawk and several of my players have become interested in the bookshops in town. In particular, the wizard wants to go down a forbidden knowledge path ...
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Are romantic tattoos bad luck in D&D?

I'm currently running a 3.5e campaign set in Greyhawk and one of my players, a half-orc fighter, has begun a romantic relationship with one of the NPC's. During some down time, she decided to visit ...
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What is the difference between a god and a primordial?

Out-of-universe, I gather that the primordials were introduced to the FR in 4e, and the elemental lords - Akadi, Grumbar, Kossuth and Istishia - were retconned as primordials. Information on the ...
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What is the origin of, “Never eat or drink anything a Greater Fey offers you?”

Over the course of about 4 years listening to D&D actual-plays, I've heard time and time again that if a Greater Fey offers you a meal, you're not supposed to accept it. The phrase is used like an ...
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Are spectators born the same way as beholders?

According to Volo's Guide to Monsters, beholders reproduce by dreaming of beholders. Do all beholder types, like gazers and spectators, also procreate this way?
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How is a Ghost different from a Spectre?

I know they have different stats and all, but they are pretty similar. What is the "fluff" behind each creature? The Monster Manual even says Spectres are often mistaken for Ghosts. I know Ghosts ...
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Is there any feat/condition/encounter that gives a character grey eyes?

We are going to start a D&D 3.5 campaign. One of the players said that he wants to play a character something like "kissed by angels" or "a character who encountered something divine before and ...
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Is there a canonical relation between the Celestines and God?

To my understanding: According to Demon the Fallen, God is the Creator of Everything, which pretty much consists of Earth and its multiple overlapping realms and the cosmos, which is otherwise barren....
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What happened to Everlund, Deadsnows, Quaervarr and Newfort?

I have been reading the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. It mentions some of the former Silver Marches communities but not Everlund, Deadsnows, Quaervarr and Newfort — they don't even appear on the map....
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How would you sever the material plane from the rest? [closed]

I won't bore you with my world and plot details, but the end goal for the BBEG is to cut the material plane entirely from the other planes, thereby: Eliminating all forms of magic Preventing gods ...