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House Deneith vs…House Deneith?

In Eberron during "The Last War" House Deneith, like all dragonmarked houses, remained neutral and sold their services to the highest bidders. But as mercenaries/soldiers this could lead to some ...
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Can non-human fantasy races be vampires in D&D?

I don't recall ever hearing about dwarven, elven or halfling vampires in D&D. Is the vampirism curse something that is only human specific? I'm planning to introduce dwarven vampire lord to my ...
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What happens to a wizard's magic when they are swallowed by a tarrasque?

I was watching this video about the Tarrasque when I saw that its stomach fluids strip magic. I was wondering if a Wizard is swallowed by a Tarrasque, does the wizard lose his innate magic or is it ...
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Are the positive and negative planes inner or outer planes in the Great Wheel cosmology model?

Are the positive and negative planes inner or outer planes in the Great Wheel cosmology model? I'm unsure of which they are in the 5th edition Great Wheel cosmology model. I know they are inner ...
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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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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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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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Is the D&D universe the same as the Forgotten Realms universe?

Recently my friend and I were discussing this question. He’s convinced the default universe of D&D is the Forgotten Realms, but I have my doubts about that. I did read that certain cosmic events ...
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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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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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Where do you go when you die?

Following in the line of this question, I know quite a bit about V:TM, W:TA, M:TA, and Mummy, but sadly I have almost no knowledge of the rest. What happens to the spirit/soul of oWOD creatures (...
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Are there any other ways to travel between the layers of the Nine Hells besides the River Styx?

I'm planning on creating an adventure where the party become trapped in Nessus, the 9th layer of the Nine Hells, and must make their way through the layers of the Nine Hells up to Avernus, the 1st ...
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Has the Underdark ever been a separate plane to the Material Plane?

I play D&D 5e; I am not that familiar with the other editions of D&D. However, I'm looking for lore on the Underdark from any edition, since the settings (e.g. the Forgotten Realms) are still ...
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Do vampires have a theory on the origins of werewolves?

Werewolf lore claims that vampires are manifestations of an entity they call the Wyrm, which obviously contradicts the Vampires' legend of being created by Caine. So do vampires have their own 'myth' ...
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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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How to Even Begin Understanding the Underworld's Geography/Cosmology?

Each time I get curious about WtO and try reading about parts of its setting, I hit a lot of crosslinks but am having trouble envisioning the basic zoomed-out geography and how they all relate to each ...
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What are the consequences for an illithid rejecting his brain diet?

So I had this idea about a rogue illithid, fighting against his own race. He will be chaotic evil or chaotic neutral, I have not decided yet. But while he does this it is simply too dangerous, or too ...
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Are there no more elemental planes in 4th Edition?

I'm thinking of starting a campaign that will have the players travel to one of the traditional elemental planes, such as the Elemental Plane of Water or the Elemental Plane of Air. Do these no longer ...
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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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Which is the common name of Mind Flayers?

Would the average person in the Forgotten Realms call Mind Flayers "Mind Flayers" or "Illithid?"
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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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Do grungs have a written language?

It is unclear. Do grungs have any written language at all? And if they do, which script do they use for it?
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Is there any indication that high level spells could return to the Realms? [closed]

In the Forgotten Realms (before Mystra's ban) the great arcanists of Netheril designed and frequently used spells such as Proctiv's move mountain, a 10th level spell used to raise a mountain and turn ...
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How are Psykers detected/found?

We were playing a Black Crusade roleplaying game (I am the GM), and the discussion came to how the Imperium finds the Psykers hidden within the populace. The Lexicanum wiki states on their info about ...
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Are eladrin celestial or fey?

This question was sparked by looking into the lore about eladrin after reading the comments under this question. According to this wiki page, Celestial eladrin [...] were fey celestials native ...
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Why would a mimic be a con artist?

So this question popped up in the world building SE yesterday asking how mimics move and someone answered with their recollection of a Dragon Article on "The Ecology of the Mimic" by Ed Greenwood. ...
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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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When does the spin-off board game “Betrayal at Baldur's Gate” take place in the Forgotten Realms setting?

The board game Betrayal at Baldur's Gate is set in the Forgotten Realms universe in the city of Baldur's Gate. The description leads with "The Shadow of Bhaal has come over Baldur's Gate". I assume ...
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How many dragons exist in Dragonlance, post War of the Lance? (e.g. 360 AC)

How many dragons of any color do you expect to exist: in the Dragonlance setting post War of the Lance (360 AC) in Ansalon (not interested in Taladas, etc.) of any one color (I will extrapolate the ...
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How are the Zhentarim and Black Fist related?

As far as I can gather, the Order of the Black Fist is Phlan's ostensibly – but perhaps not actively practicing – Banite military. The Zhentarim – AKA The Black Network – at one point were worshippers ...
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Discrepancy across FR products about Deadsnows

I'm about to run a D&D 5E campaign that centers around the village of Deadsnows in the Silver Marches. I'm using the Blood and Gold campaign as a template and branching out in several directions / ...
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Do non-elven gods become more powerful over time?

As far as I understand, gods in the Forgotten Realms become more powerful if they get more souls of their worshippers in the afterlife. According to Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 37, under "...
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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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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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Are there any lore reasons why an Archfey or a Celestial patron would give a character a fiendish familiar, or vice versa?

My game group is pretty RP heavy and I'm playing a Warlock for this campaign. I'm in the first stages of character creation, and I know I want to do Pact of the Chain. I like the Imp as a familiar for ...
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What happens to an unconscious Troll if all the pieces are eaten?

I'm building an ecology that revolves around an infinite food source being eaten by Trolls, who then make more Trolls, which they then kick out of the cave because they don't fit around the food ...
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Do these creatures from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign speak Common?

There are some creatures in the plot of ToA that my players will interact with. The problem is that their stat block says they speak only their specific language, which my players' characters don't ...
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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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What are the views on sexuality in Warhammer?

Are there any canonical statements about the views of various races, societies, and factions in Warhammer on the subject of sexuality? For examples, Does Imperial law have an opinion on homosexuality?...
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What is corpsicum?

On page 439 of the Starfinder Core Rule Book, a description of notable locations on Castrovel ends like this: ...or Candares, with its endless waterfalls and dangerous cliffside corpsicum ...
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Post Second Sundering, what keeps evil gods from defecting from the new paradigm of non-interference?

In 5th Edition Forgotten Realms, the designers' intent is that the gods have withdrawn from the world and for the most part leave mortals to make their own fate - Matt Sernett and Chris Perkins talk ...
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Who were the Ancient Baatorians?

Manual of the Planes (2001) says Though the Nine Hells is governed by devils, some sages believe that the devils commandeered the Nine Hells from a far older, stranger race now simply called ...
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What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
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How do Fire Genasi with burning hair sleep?

I'm currently developing a character concept for a Moon Druid I'll be playing in Storm King's Thunder soon, and I've been thinking about going with a Water Genasi. So far, so good, until I googled ...
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Source for Pelor, the Burning Hate's claim that Pelor refused to destroy a vampire

In the old Wizards forum post Pelor, the Burning Hate, several sources are mentioned for the conjecture put forth, that Pelor is actually evil. Some of these have specific page references, some do ...
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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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How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods?

How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods? More specifically, I'm interested in the Dead Three: Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. Do historians of the world know the circumstances ...
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Are there any official roles and/or names for the days of a tenday?

Most places and communities in Faerûn seem to be using the Calendar of Harptos. A calendar that divides the year into 12 months of 3 tendays each, and a total of 5 holidays mushed between some of ...
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Where are the heroes of Faerûn during Tyranny of Dragons according to other adventures?

I know that as the DM I can make up whatever I want and put the heroes of Faerûn wherever I choose in the story. What I am looking for is answers that are in other modules (published adventures) that ...
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What's the percentage population of non-human races in D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I am sure I remember reading that non-human races in the Forgotten Realms were less common than humans in one of the rule books. Is there an official percentage value for the populations of non-humans ...