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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 ...
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Do Primordials form a new Fetish Soul after Fetish Death?

I'm wondering if Primordials reform their Fetish Souls after Fetish Death? On one hand, we've got Adrian turning into Adorjan after Lilike's death and there doesn't seem to be any mention of a new ...
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Why can only humans dual-class and only demihumans multiclass?

Is there an in-game explanation as to why some races can multi-class and others can dual-class? For example, is there an explanation in an article or book somewhere saying that It's the will of the ...
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What do kua-toa young look like?

Since Kua-toa are walking fish (kind of like murlocs from Warcraft), are their young like large fish with appendages, or do they look smaller versions of the adults? I am playing D&D 5e, but if ...
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What does a jungle giant village look like?

I'm a ranger with a backstory around a jungle giant killing my mother which sets me off from learning druidic things (from my mother) to dedicating my life to tracking and killing this giant. The ...
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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 is the nature of Tiamat's imprisonment?

Background: In HotDQ, one of my PC's is a Tiefling who grew up orphaned and wandering the Nine Hells. (I find it a little farfetched, but I'm trying not to step on people's creativity unnecessarily.) ...
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What are the origins of Vermin Lord? [closed]

What exactly is the origin of vermin lord? Vermin Lord are spellcasters who focus on the use of vermin, slightly turning into one of them by developing insectoid wings and chitinous plates. I have ...
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Is slavery legal in Magnimar?

Can a person legally keep slaves in Magnimar and Varisia as a whole? Any official references would be greatly appreciated.
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Who is that demon on the cover?

One of the most enduring and iconic images from the history of D&D is Trampier's cover for the 1ed AD&D Player's Handbook. You know the one: orange demon idol with the thieves prying out the ...
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What degree of immortality has metahumanity achieved in the Shadowrun canon?

Considering that today's (transhumanist) science is actively looking for ways to prolong human life and perhaps to even achieve a kind of immortality in the long run, it seems logical to suppose that ...
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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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What books have more about the Greyhawk deities Istus and Ralishaz?

My group and I are beginning to start a game of dnd-5e. While beginning to build our new characters we have noted that in the appendix B of the Player's Handbook among Greyhawk deities there are a ...
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Has a god ever changed alignment?

Is there an example of a god changing alignment in the published lore of D&D settings? I'm brainstorming for a future campaign and want it to revolve around a Good or Neutral god of knowledge who ...
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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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Did the events in Spider Queen turmoil cross over to 5e?

I read all of the Spider Queen books including the fall of most of the Pantheon for deities for drow. Since Vhaeraun and the other drow deities met their demise. Can males that were clerics to the ...
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What is the difference between arcane and eldritch in D&D lore?

As the title says, I am curious if the D&D lore mentions the differences between arcane power and eldritch power. I noticed that eldritch is mostly associated with "evil" aspects of the mythology,...
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What does Menzoberranzan look like?

Running a 5e campaign, I know a lot has changed about Menzo. For instance Lolth is no longer the sole power with her children coming back. My campaign is taking us to Menzoberranzan, but I don't ...
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What types of food are typically grown in the Underdark?

I'm currently working on a story arc where a bunch of Drow have just had their major food supply threatened by a demon of the Underdark, and as a consequence they are rising to the surface and ...
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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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Would an elf raised by dwarves still have elvish as a language?

In a Forgotten Realms scenario I'm running, an elven maiden was rescued, but in critical condition, by a dwarven party who happened upon her as her tribe was slaughtered by orcs. She gave birth to her ...
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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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What do Superiority Dice represent in-universe?

Fighters have a lot of abilities that are "believable" -- that is, they can represent something that could be a real-world equivalent that is mundane and non-magical. For example, "Second Wind" is a ...
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In my D&D 5e game, I have a custom cosmology, and I'm currently working on a concept for an afterlife plane where any sentient creature who enters is sorted by alignment and guided to the ...
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How and why does Vecna's curse transform wizards into Nothics?

The description for the Nothic in the 5e Monster Manual contains the following text: Rather than gaining the godlike supremacy they crave, some wizards who devote their lives to unearthing arcane ...
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What other villages were affected by the events leading up to Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Running Hoard of the Dragon Queen, “Episode 3: The Dragon Hatchery” on Roll20 and I'm editing the map of the Sword Coast to show only the Greenfields and the route they marked. I also want to put Xs ...
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Why are Ogryn accepted in the Imperium of Man?

The standard pillars of the Imperium of Man stand as Purge the xenos/burn the heretic/kill the mutant. So obviously they violently oppose all mutant races, heretics and aliens. But the Ogryn are ...
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Is there an official reason the Forgotten Realms is stuck with “medieval” technology?

Why has technology in the Forgotten Realms not progressed further than it has at the point when most adventures take place? Is it because races that live longer tend to be older and hold back ...
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How does D&D 5E Wizard's magic work, in Lore terms?

Not asking about the mechanics, but about the "lore" for the purpose of eg novel or short story. Before, memorisation was represented in the following, IMHO coherent way: You prepare a spell and ...
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What predicates a being having their own afterlife realm in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting followers of gods are sentenced by Kelemvor and his servants to go to their god's realm after death (unless possibly they made a pact with a devil or ...
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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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What's more powerful than a Fortune?

In AEG's Secrets of the Shadowlands (2004) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition (that's also officially licensed by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition), the feat ...
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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? ...