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Are there any examples in published D&D material of how to destroy a lich's phylactery?

According to the D&D 5e Monster Manual, regarding destroying a phylactery, it says: Destroying a lich's phylactery is no easy task and often requires a special ritual, item, or weapon. Every ...
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When, in DR, were the three dead (Bane, Bhaal and Myrkul) Mortal?

I've not been able to find the specific date, at which these three were mortal. Does anyone know? Is it perhaps not specified? I know that they were slain around 1358 DR, but at this point they had ...
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Why are some Pathfinder lodges secret?

I'm relatively new to Golarion, the Paizo published campaign setting for Pathfinder. Mostly I experience it through Pathfinder Society adventures. As I understand it, the Pathfinder Society is a ...
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Do elves of Evermeet use money?

Evermeet was created as elven heaven. So, do they use money or gold there? If so, do they trade with other Arvandor or Feywild cities with money or something? Where I can read about such things? ...
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Who is the narrator of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide book?

Some of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide appears to be written from an in-universe character in first person. Evidence of this can be found throughout, but as an example, from the section on ...
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Which nations did the Warforged fight for in the Last War on Eberron?

I'm currently creating a Warforged character for a one-shot, so I need to decide who he/she/it fought for in the Last War (Warforged were created as weapons, so each of them must have fought for or at ...
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Who or what is The Vampyr?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, in Amber Temple, area X42, the following is described (p. 196): Reading on, this vestige grants any creature who accepts its gift the option of becoming a vampire if ...
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Is there lore that reveals where the first seed from the Wizard of Wines winery went?

In Curse of Strahd, I can't find any indication of what happened to the first seed beyond this info: Is there any indication from another source of what happened to the seed? Or is it just an open ...
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Did the Xakhun ever make it into official production sources?

The Xakhun were a subrace of Drow, introduced in Dragon Magazine #244, along with the accompanying descriptions of their airships, powered by a gemstone called Uhl. They believed that Lloth wanted ...
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Why would a Lizardfolk become an adventurer?

I'm struggling to find a motivation for a Lizardfolk character to join an adventuring party or to go out and discover the world. Reading the description from Volo's Guide to Monsters, I'm getting ...
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What Pets or Livestock Would Drow Have?

I know Drow love their sapient slaves, but what about less intelligent creatures to keep as pets or livestock, or other purposes. Is there any official word on this for 5e or even previous editions?
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What are Kelemvor’s divine servants?

Besides his mortal worshippers, the Doomguides, how does Kelemvor enforce his will on the material plane (or anywhere besides the Fugue Plane, really)? Does he have angels in his service? Maybe not ...
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How do immortals deal with a mortal cheating death?

So D&D characters come back from the dead all the time during campaigns through use of magic, and no one really raises too much of a fuss about it. That's fine. But if a character (and I'm more ...
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How do you pay Yugoloths?

Yes, I'm back with another Yugoloth question. So Yugoloths are known as mercenaries, primarily for Devils in the Blood War but also for powerful mortals and other beings, if the price is right. My ...
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Were the gith originally human before the illithids enslaved them?

Firstly, I will point out that I am only really familiar with D&D 5e and the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on D&D 3.5e and set in the Forgotten Realms; incidentally, if the ...
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Can a changeling be born from a Tiefling parent?

I am considering my next character to be a changeling with a tiefling parent. A child has a 50/50 chance of being either, when born to a human. Is there existing lore where a changeling and tiefling ...
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Does the Maztican goddess of love, Kiltzi, support homosexuality?

I'm playing a character who is gay. He's always been gay and has never felt attraction to women. I wanted to pick the Maztican goddess of love, Kiltzi, but I read that: her favored form of devotion ...
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How do yugoloths propagate (make more of themselves)?

So from what I understand, the Lawful Evil Devils primarily perpetuate their race by making deals with mortals in exchange for their souls. A mortal who accepts this deal will rise as a lemure in the ...
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Are the Dark Powers mentioned in Curse of Strahd from the Shadowfell or from the Amber Temple?

I am running the Curse of Strahd and one thing seems inconsistent. In chapter one it says Unwilling to go the way of his father, Strahd studied magic and forged a pact with the Dark Powers of the ...
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In official Pathfinder lore, are there any examples of magic users capable of overwriting rules of magic spells completely?

Are there any magic users that are capable of overwriting magical laws to a degree that would be required to remove any limitations and completely perfect existing spells? To be clear, I’m looking ...
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Could a significantly powerful caster use create demiplane, permanency and astral projection to gain nigh-immortality?

A scenario for a villain I came up with at one point was an insanely powerful mage who keeps her real body in a demiplane with the timeless trait. In order to beat the heroes she only sends astral ...
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What decides who awake?

I have had a discussion that Hikikomori (modern day hermits that have no psychological disorder and do not leave the house of there parents because they do not want to face society and there ...
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Where in the Forgotten Realms is the hobgoblin Academy of Devastation?

Is there a specific location where hobgoblins live and where they train for magic? If it’s secret, what might be an appropriate location for it (from a GM perspective)? Volo’s Guide to Monsters (...
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Do any printing presses exist in the Forgotten Realms?

Is it possible to print books/placards/newspapers/whatever in the Forgotten Realms? Or are all texts hand-written?
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As of 1492 DR, who are the Masked Lords of Waterdeep?

As of 1492 DR, who are the Masked Lords of Waterdeep? The ones that I know of are:
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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens to a human PC when they die?

In the Forgotten Realms, what happens to a human PC when they die? Do they have a soul? Where does it go? Do the resurrected remember their after-death experience?
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Where should I look to start learning about the lore of the Forgotten Realms?

I'm a GURPS oldschool player, playing GURPS 3e since 2000, using GURPS Magic, GURPS Fantasy and the Core Rules. I have heard a lot of things about D&D and specially about the Forgotten Realms, ...
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What are the names of Thorgrim Grudgebearer's sons?

I'm creating a Mind-map of the lore of warhammer (in french) in order to be accurate when I create stories for my home-made scenarios. It allow players to meet real character of the lore, sometimes ...
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Is there a spell, magical item, or any other method to accurately calculate how long ago an object/construct was created?

I'm interested in D&D 5e but I will also accept answers from previous D&D versions as well as similar systems (e.g., Pathfinder 1e/2e). Janathiel II, famous historian, cartographer, and the ...
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Is there any canon reason why urban werewolves haven't destroyed vampires (or vice versa)?

Werewolf:TA has a couple of tribes of urban werewolves: the Glass Walkers and the Bone Gnawers. Plus those members of the Black Spiral Dancers who hang about in Pentex boardrooms or areas of urban ...
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Is there a guide/reference for possible character hairstyles in D&D Forgotten Realms universe?

I was playing a D&D session as a female cleric of Qotal and, at some point, the party encountered some kind of wind monster. As I tried to cast spells requiring concentration, the DM argued that I ...
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How does Shelyn feel about Philters of Love, according to the lore?

One of my players off-handedly mentioned the possibility of acquiring a Philter of Love, which has the following description: Philter of Love This potent preparation causes a creature who ...
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Are there Xanathar Guild operations outside Waterdeep?

I'm about to play in a game set in Baldur's Gate, and the DM's running the adventure are sticklers for the canon with little leeway. In D&D Faerun lore, do thieves' guilds, the Xanathar Guild ...
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Is the Greenskin Invasion defeated at Nuln the same one that captured the High-King of the Dwarfs, Kurgan Ironbeard?

I'm creating a mindmap of the background of the world of WFRP (in French) and I want to know if those two events in the history of the Old World are linked. The Greenskin Invasion came from the south ...
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Does 5e have a Manual of the Planes?

I'm building a Warlock with an Archfey patron, and I want to read more about the Feywild. I remember the AD&D Manual of the Planes and it had information from all the planes. Does 5e have one of ...
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Are the female elves in this AL adventure actually Dusk Elves?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, there are a unique subrace of elf called dusk elves, and the adventure has this to say about them: So it seems that, during the time that the adventure takes place, ...
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Does the map of Barovia extend beyond the top and bottom of the map?

I'm currently running Curse of Strahd and plan on extending the adventure beyond the end of the published material. There are a couple of areas that the party have not gone to and I do not expect they ...
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How do gelatinous cubes reproduce?

Last time when our party encountered a gelatinous cube, we wondered how they reproduce. We instinctively agreed that they reproduce like amoeba - by mitosis or cell division. However, I'm curious: Is ...
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Does a lich die if its phylactery is destroyed, or can it simply not rejuvenate anymore?

I'm planning a lich as a BBEG villain in an upcoming adventure. I want it to be possible for the party to find the phylactery before facing the lich, as well as discovering how to destroy it. If ...
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What could prevent a vampire from learning magic-related disciplines?

In my actual campaign of Vampire: the Masquerade, I actually made an SPC that knows all disciplines except all magic-related disciplines (blood magic, necromancy, etc.). As I created it, this made me ...
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How to deal with a non-force-sensitive character trying to harvest a saber crystal?

Three of my characters are close to lvl 7 and plan to enter the crystal cave on Mygeeto to harvest their own kyber crystal for their future weapons. This will be a standalone sidequest for them. One ...
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When does a character cursed with lycanthropy become aware that they are cursed?

I'm running Curse of Strahd for a group of friends, and last session they had an encounter with werewolves. I made all the wolves (and werewolves) attack a single character, since that's how I thought ...
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Are these two Barons von Dammenblatz the same person?

The first story of Rough Nights & Hard Days has the protagonist Baron Eberhardt von Dammenblatz of Wissenberg. The fourth book's cover blurb mentions Baron Otto von Dammenblatz from White Dwarf #...
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What is the history of the Eldritch Knight as a class/character option?

When was the Eldritch Knight first introduced, and what is the basis for the kind of character? Obviously there's the space for some kind of cross between a mage and a warrior in D&D and other ...
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What is the connection between the Shadowfell and Strahd/the plane of Barovia?

I'm preparing to run Curse of Strahd, and one of my players wants to play as a Shadar-kai who is loyal to the Raven Queen. In the adventure's set up, it says (p. 9): For obvious reasons, I'd like to ...
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Is there an in-setting explanation for how dragons breathe fire?

I'm currently in the process of writing a new campaign setting in which many classical mythical creatures have been rendered extinct for various reasons, one such creature is the dragon. My initial ...
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What is the complete list of good-aligned gods of hunting?

I'm building a group of bandits who worships a hunting god for D&D 5e. The god needs to be of a good alignment. The bandits are being mislead by the leader of a cult in a nearby city. What's the ...
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Are there any Chosen left in Faerûn following the Second Sundering?

Throughout Toril's history, its various deities have engaged in a practice of vesting mortals with power and purpose. Those mortals are sometimes called Chosen. The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide ...
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Is it possible to travel to Ravnica from Toril?

Does Ravnica exist in the same universe as Toril? Is it possible to visit it with a Gate spell, for example? Or maybe it is in the very different universe?
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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 ...