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What is the home of the drow in Flanaess?

In Faerun, Underdark is the home of the Drow. What is its equivalent in the lands of Flanaess? Is there also some sort of Underdark there, or is there something else?
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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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Are there female djinn?

I've been writing my back story for one of my characters who is an Air Genasi, and I was thinking of making the mother of my character the djinni, but I can't find any literature that references a ...
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What is the Black Spider's Goal?

I'm DMing the starting campaign for the Lost Mines. Our group, is largely money based. Most of them go and do side quests and other jobs for money of notion. I want them to feel motivated to defeat ...
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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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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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What happened in 1999?

So, I realize that asking "what is the truth" in a Mage (Revised) game completely defeats the purpose :P. But still — in broad terms, what happened in 1999? What source books should I be looking 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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Do any of the Demon Lords in Out of the Abyss have lieutenants?

Background: I am currently running an Out of the Abyss campaign for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. The group has gotten pretty far, they have I am also straying off the book a bit as most ...
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What Makes Idigam Unspeakably Alien in Practice?

From time to time in discussions of the setting, the Idigam are mentioned as these eldritch, unspeakably alien entities from another time. The summary about them says as much, but doesn't go into ...
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Do warforged have souls?

The 5e Unearthed Arcana: Eberron (v1.1) says: Although they are constructs, they have much in common with living creatures, including emotions and social bonds, and perhaps even souls. This last ...
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Why is this weapon searching for a new owner?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, Meloon Wardragon wields Azuredge, the legendary greataxe (p. 189): Players discover that (p. 210)... So, my question is: My players have handled that problem with a ...
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What are the funerary rites of Gnoll worshipers of Erythnul?

I'm playing a Gnoll Cleric who worships Erythnul in a D&D 3.5e game. Sadly one of my party members died in our last session (he's not a Gnoll). I would like to do something with his body (not just ...
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When in-universe does 5E D&D take place?

I'm reading up on the lore of Forgotten Realms and wondering when in-universe 5E takes place, since my character is from Mulhorand and I want to know if The Spellplague has taken place yet, for his ...
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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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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 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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Does non-Athasian magic work on Athas?

Most magic on Athas functions solely by defiling, or life draining. Even preserving magic works the same way, only the consequences are less severe. But magic on other Primes doesn't function this ...
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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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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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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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How do dwarves get their food?

The Basic Rules says, "Dwarven kingdoms stretch deep beneath the mountains", and various other sources give a similar picture, of dwarves living in subterranean communities. Does the 5E source ...
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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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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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Do Forgotten Realms paladins have to follow a deity?

As can be seen in this question, with the relevant quote from the Players Handbook: Player's Handbook, page 82: Although many paladins are devoted to gods of good, a paladin’s power comes as much ...
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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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Does Feywild lore from 4e books correlate with 5e?

I am currently DMing a 5e group for my wife, our son, my friend and his son. My wife wanted to be some type of fey pixie as a race so we found one on D&D Beyond that she liked and I agreed to let ...
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Does the Raven Queen replace Myrkul?

I'm confused on the relationships between Raven Queen and Myrkul. They sound like they have a very similar job description - they both are the one you see when you die, and they both like to scare ...
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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 is commonly known about Bruenor Battlehammer?

My Fighter is a proud Dwarf from the Mithral Halls. He is a history buff, with proficiency in history, a personality trait of "I know all the stories," and a perfectly healthy obsession with the ...
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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 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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What punishment befalls devils who break their contracts?

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 10), it is stated that Asmodeus' Ruby Rod binds all devils to the letter of the law of their contracts. Failure of a devil to keep their end of the bargain in a ...
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Have the “celestial beings” from Hunter: the Reckoning been confirmed/denied as angels in fluff?

In the Classic World of Darkness' game line Hunter: the Reckoning the player characters are usually visited by some angelic looking beings. Or they get messages from them or otherwise communicate. At ...
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Who would be the closest to a god of wine in the Forgotten Realms?

Who would be the closest to a god of wine in the Forgotten Realms? I'd prefer to stay within existing FR lore and not import Dionysus or somesuch god from "outside." Possible candidates: Chauntea, ...
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What's the deal with Pazuzu?

I've read that Pazuzu is some superdevil—I mean, demon lord, and he can be summoned by saying his name three times, and he grants wishes, but why? I haven't heard of him ever offering a binding ...
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Is there more lore on the Elemental Plane of Fire than what's in the Manual of the Planes?

The information in the Manual of the Planes on the elemental plane of Fire is fairly minimal. Is there any more information available on the nature and character of the plane of Fire? I'm specifically ...
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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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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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Who are the high mages of Netheril (FR)?

In the Forgotten Realms, there once was the great magocracy of Netheril lead by the High Mages of Netheril, created in the year -2758 DR. Who were/are the members of the High Mages of Netheril?
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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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Are the Material Planes comprising the various campaign settings surrounded by a shared set of outer planes?

I'm working on an extra-planar supplement for DM's Guild, and it got me wondering: Is the 5e cosmological model that the material planes are comprised of all DnD settings, official and otherwise (...
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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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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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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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Why, from a lore perspective, are druids the only class who can cast the Flame Blade spell?

I am only really familiar with D&D 5e, and whatever of D&D 3.5e I was exposed to whilst playing NWN2 some number of years back, but as far as I am aware, only druids have the spell flame blade ...
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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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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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What are the requirements for a warlock patron in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting what ability is required for a creature to be able to grant a creature warlock powers?
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Is there an Aberration with a Negative Energy Breath Weapon at all in the lore?

Whether it's from D&D (any version) or Pathfinder doesn't really matter, this is lore/flavor intended anyways so I don't need the mechanics. I just need the name of the creature and where I can ...