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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How jealous is Lolth?

I’m making a drow, and part of his backstory is that he learns to worship another goddess; the platinum dragon Bahamut. You have to be L/G to worship him, but Lolth is still a part of drow life, so ...
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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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How would drow react to players having/using/becoming spiders?

Since the drow worship a spider goddess, how would they react to: a party accompanied by a giant spider (actually a druid in wildshape) a party member wild shaping into a spider mid-combat a party ...
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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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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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What are the starting countries for races in Eberron (PHB, VGtM, GGtR, SCAG, WGtE)?

When I DM D&D, I want my players to write about their character's background. But even if I know some races' "starting countries", I don't know them for all races. I define starting countries as ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did the Camarilla accept the Banu Haqim (Assamites) but refuse the Ministry (Followers of Set)?

I have read from the web and the Camarilla book that Banu Haqim are part of the sect. I also read that they refuse the Ministry (and betray them). But I don't understand why. Banu Haqim are known ...
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Are Red Court Vampires/Infected affected by the saliva of other Red Court Vampires/Infected?

In The Dresden Files RPG, Red Court Vampires(RCV)/Infected have the supernatural power Addictive Saliva (YW162). The power itself does not say anything about it conferring immunity to the saliva of ...
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What happens to psykers when a black ship doesn't collect them?

Allegedly a planet is only visited by a black ship once every 100 years or so. So what happens to psykers found when there is no ship slated to come by anytime soon? After all, they can't just let a ...
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What is the natural lifespan of an animal companion?

Specifically, for those animal companions that have real life counterparts (wolves, camels, whatever) is the expected lifespan meant to be the same? In the case of a wolf, google tells me that wolves ...
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Is there an Undercommon word for beholders, as “illithid” is for mind flayers?

This answer states that "illithid" is Undercommon for mind flayer. Is there a similar word for beholder?
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By VTM 5e, are the Kindred in the VtMB2 clan reveal trailers breaking any Camarilla laws?

For reference: As of this question being posted, the current released Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 clans are - Brujah, Tremere and Toreador (not counting Thin-blood). This is prompted by ...
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What deity do celestials/aasimars worship?

I am creating an aasimar character who is devoted not only to her father's (celestial) faith but also to the preservation of nature. However, while making this character, I realized that, although I ...
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How would a Dragonborn (or Dragon) refer to its own breath weapon?

I'm currently running a DnD 5e campaign in a homebrew setting where Dragons and Half-dragons are the main antagonists. I am planning a non-combat encounter where the group meets a Half-dragon that ...
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What book can I read to familiarize myself with D&D 5e's world and lore? [closed]

I've never played any table top D&D before. I am going to start playing the 5e edition with a group I've never played with before. After reading the basic rules I want to become more familiar ...
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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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How many families constitute a Major Clan in Legend of the Five Rings?

In Legend of the Five Rings, a list of families is presented for each Major Clan. There are some in the source book (usually 4 or 5 for each Clan), and some others in additional books. However, does ...
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What did Tieflings look like before Asmodeus “claimed” them?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide says in its section on tieflings (p. 118) that during the Time of Troubles, Asmodeus ascended to godhood and (with some help) "claimed" all tieflings as his own. ...
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Is there a way to leave Ravenloft?

I've heard that once you enter Ravenloft, you cannot leave. This is a bother for the planar adventurer who accidentally stumbles into that realm. Are there any ways to leave Ravenloft, in any edition ...
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Which of the Walking Statues does this art in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure depict?

The following art, Walking Statue of Waterdeep by Sidharth Chaturvedi, was made as interior art for the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. However, there doesn't seem to be any consensus in Reddit ...
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Are there any Halloween type holidays in the Forgotten Realms?

My group's game session got bumped to tomorrow, Halloween! I feel like I should try to attempt something in the spirit of Halloween. Does the Forgotten Realms have a holiday that is similar to a "day ...
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Which Dresden Files novels are “spoiled” by the core rpg books?

I'm currently reading my way through the Dresden Files novels as a background to playing the game. (Related: Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?). I now want to know how many ...
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Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR?

Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR (Forgotten Realms' Dalereckoning)? I'm currently preparing a campaign section that will involve an ambitious devil that is preparing to climb the ranks and their way ...
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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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Can I contact a specific devil?

I am playing a wizard who died and then made a deal with a devil to come back to life. The terms of the contract were that he brings me back, and in exchange, I give him my first born and the soul of ...
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How could low-generation vampires have survived without childer?

The accepted answer to this question says that antediluvians (and perhaps other low-generation vampires) require the blood of other kin to survive. In fact, if their generation is low enough they may ...
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If I were a poor orphan in Neverwinter, what district would I likely live in?

I've been running a new group the past several weeks. We are all 40+ yr old dudes who have just recently come back to D&D after 20 year layoffs.... So my lore/background was that the group all ...
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Has the Halfway Inn outside of Evereska ever been detailed in a published adventure?

The Halfway Inn is described in The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide as being commonly referred to as “Evereska’s Trading Post” straddling the forest and mountains of the elves of Evereska and the edge ...