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What published intelligent race has the shortest lifespan?

I'm looking for the published intelligent race (INT 3+) with the shortest lifespan. No need to be a playable race. Any edition will do, but 3.5 is preferable. Hoping for something with a lifespan of ...
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Where can I find storylines or background information about fiends?

First some background: I and four friends started playing D&D 5e. None of us has ever played D&D, including myself, but since the idea to give it a shot was mine, I volunteered to read the ...
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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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Are “sambar” (electrum) coins minted and used in Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 13 ("Coin of the Realms") says that the various coins (copper, silver, electrum, gold, and sometimes platinum) are generally referred to by people in the world ...
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Does a gnoll speak both Gnoll and Abyssal, or is Gnoll a dialect of Abyssal?

In the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Monster Manual, the gnoll statblock lists their language as Gnoll. However, in Volo's Guide to Monsters, the section on gnolls indicates that they communicate with ...
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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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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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How do we know what content is in/from the different settings?

How do I know what is in the different settings? (e.g. races, classes, landmarks, and history). I can't find anything in the PHB except the Gods of the different settings. Is there a guide to know ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold's offspring a Dragonwrought, a Half-Dragon, or a normal Kobold?

Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon? gives arguments for and against dragonwrought kobold being a "True Dragon". For this question, I assume that dragonwrought kobold is a dragon as stated in one ...
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Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage proposal?

I have a friend who played D&D 4e longer then me. One day we were adventuring in Kobold Hall and I convinced a female kobold to join our group. Soon after my character gave the kobold a weapon, my ...
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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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Is it possible for a person to be tricked into becoming a lich?

A great evil has been prophesied and a powerful wizard knows that he is unable to stop it himself. His plan is to create several heroes who will be able to fight the evil despite the event taking ...
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Are there any other half-fiends except for Draegloths that were created intentionally by a mortal race?

According to the Forgotten Realms wiki article on Draegloths, they are perhaps the only variety of half-fiend that was created regularly and intentionally by a mortal race. (Monster Compendium: ...
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Does the Order of the Silver Chalice still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of the characters is a Knight of the Silver Chalice. I believe that this organization was originally founded in Waterdeep. Do they still ...
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Does the Order of the Aster still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of my characters is part of the Order of the Aster. What is their presence in Waterdeep (circa 1492 DR)? I was able to find some information ...
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Was there an Amulet of Yendor in any of the D&D official, or 3rd party published material?

Amulet of Yendor is a main artifact in many rogue-alike games, for example Rogue itself, NetHack and Pixel Dungeon families of computer / mobile games. It also appeared in many places as a homage or ...
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What kinds of names do the people of the nation of Cormyr use?

It is unclear what kind of name could be used for a PC from Cormyr. There is no such nation in the PHB. What kinds of names do the people of the nation of Cormyr use?
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How much power do unemployed gods have?

I've recently read the Yu Shan book for Exalted and I was intrigued by the unemployed gods — those that lost their domain to the Wyld and have not gained any new position in the Bureaucracy. They don'...
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How does one become a Waterdhavian noble?

While I had naively thought of a "noble" as being just somebody in a rich, influential family, I'm reading through Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and it seems to be much more than that (at least in Waterdeep)...
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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 are the Faithless condemned to the Wall of the Faithless after death?

If you live in the Forgotten Realms and die without worshipping a deity, you are sentenced to the Wall of the Faithless by Kelemvor to serve as another proverbial brick in the Wall. But why does this ...
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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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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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More publications on Miska the Wolf-Spider?

I'm curious about Miska the Wolf-Spider, 2nd (Known) Prince of Demons, in Dungeons & Dragons Great Wheel Cosmology. Miska was raised to power by the "Queen of Chaos" after stripping the title ...
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What would happen to an adventurer's personal identity when turning into a God?

I recently played RP with some friends, and one these friends is also one who's playing in the D&D campaign I DM (Lost Mine Of Phandelver). While they were explaining me their home-made RP system,...
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What Lore Changed Between Editions?

Now that the second edition of Eclipse Phase is out, I would like to know what bits of lore are different in second edition. I know most of it was meant to stay intact, but that doesn't mean that ...
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Is there another name for the Core Domains?

Is there a name for the lands of Barovia, Mordent, Darkon, etc which make up the Core Domains of first edition? I've only ever seen them referred to as the Core Domains but it seems to me that this ...
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What happens to an intellect devourer when it has no colony or master?

Essentially an intellect devourer's purpose is to lead unaware people back the the colony of mind flayers for their insidious purpose. However, I am unsure happens when the colony is no more. They ...
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What is the relationship between these two characters?

In the Baldur's Gate section of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, it is mentioned that the former Grand Duke was Dillard Portyr (emphasis mine): The current Grand Duke is Ulder Ravengard, who is ...
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Who is the god Ao?

I have seen numerous mentions of "the Overgod" Ao but other then being obscenely powerful, I have not found any information on him. So, who is Ao and what is his portfolio?
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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?
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Is there any lore about whether a creature can see themselves and their gear while invisible?

I've separately asked about the mechanics of whether an invisible creature can see themselves and their own gear in D&D 5E. And from a rules perspective, it's pretty clear that they can't. But ...
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Where can I find more lore about fey and eladrin?

I'm creating a character for a game set in the Forgotten Realms. My character is going to be a winter Eladrin. I have been reading the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes section about the elves and more ...
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What happened in Maztica to make Tabaxi emigrate?

I am currently playing a Tabaxi Druid, Circle of the Moon. I wanted to flesh out his backstory, so I read up on them in Volo's Guide to Monsters. In a box on page 113, it said: In the Forgotten ...
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What happens to a demon's body on the Material Plane after its death? [duplicate]

Is it possible to kill a demon on the Material Plane, and then take its leather and meat from his body after it dies? Or would its body would disappear right after killing it?
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Does non-Athasian magic work on Athas?

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 way. ...
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How is Sword Coast North governed?

Many D&D 5e adventure modules take place in the Sword Coast of Faerûn, such as Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMOP). LMOP has information regarding various factions and mayorship but is light on other ...
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Do devils have to speak their true name backwards?

In reading the 1992 Forgotten Realms novel Pools of Darkness, I have not seen any evidence of this in other D&D books or actual D&D rules. So, is this just Pools of Darkness or is it an ...
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How has the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) changed through the editions of D&D?

A follow-up on this Q&A regarding the origins of the Holy Avenger and similar "holy" weapons in the Forgotten Realms, and in D&D more generally. As noted there, the Realms have experienced ...
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How much time/lifespan does the sun of Athas have left?

I realize that magic ignores physics, and that RPGs are notoriously inaccurate... but I'm curious if a close enough or approximate answer can be deduced from the existing lore. Given that, do the ...
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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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What kind of anatomy does a centaur have?

My friend showed me a D&D meme about centaurs (see below). This got me wondering if centaurs also having two sets of lungs, two livers, two hearts (like a Time Lord?), and so on, or if centaurs ...
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How common is homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms?

For whatever roleplaying reason, I've decided that my Male Human Wizard is gay. After an exhausting week of dungeon crawling, he's heading down to the nearest medium to large-sized city for some R&...
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What do Unicorns want?

I am making a Celestial Warlock who has made a pact with a particularly powerful Unicorn, as suggested in XgtE. One thing I want to do is flesh out the pact and my patron, but I am struggling to find ...
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What was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. For purposes of a campaign to be set in the ...
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Ecology of green slime: What happens to it once it has dropped, if it's immobile?

I own two books describing Dungeons and Dragons green slime: the Monstrous Manual for 2nd Edition and the Dungeon Master's Guide for 3.5. In both, green slime sticks to a ceiling until, upon detecting ...
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How deep is the Underdark? What is its max and median depth?

How many miles under the ground do the Underdark tunnels and caves typically go? One? Five? A hundred?
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What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate?

Is it possible, and if so, what happens when a metallic and chromatic dragon mate? I'm most interested in blue and bronze dragons. I'm interested in lore from all editions except the fourth edition. ...
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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

I had an interesting thing happen in my last session of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. My players' characters are in a dragon-heavy adventure. A player tried to do a Perception check to detect ...
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Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?

I have always assumed that for an urban region (including the suburbs) the ratio between vampire and human population was about 1:10k and 1:50k for the biggest, capital cities. The rural region would ...