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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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Can an elf warlock trance?

Reading Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, I realized that the thing that makes elves trance and remember all the stuff they have experienced in the past is the fact that they all are still connected to ...
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Are there heroic or good Yuan-Ti? [closed]

What I've read seems to suggest "no". I haven't found anything in the SCAG that suggests this as true. I'm aware that in Adventurer's league there was a reference guide for the monsters in Volo's ...
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Does the Halfling deity Brandobaris have any known offspring?

I'm writing an adventure that features an Emyprean, who for story purposes would ideally be an offspring of Brandobaris. I'd like to know if there are any offspring of Brandobaris referenced in any of ...
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Examples of the “powerful being” and the “attention” they give to an artifact being destroyed by Disjunction

So I was reading the description of mages disjunction trying to look for a way to make mechanics for rulebreaker from FSN and noticed it said that mages disjunction has a 1% chance per CL to destroy ...
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Is there a lore explanation to the Improved Spell Capacity feat?

I have been glancing through the epic feats. I ran into a feat called Improved Spell Capacity, which allows a caster to cast up to 25th-level spells. As far as my lore knowledge goes, after the ...
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Who is known to worship Bahamut besides dragons?

I have been researching to create a character background in D&D 5e of a Draconic bloodline sorcerer Tiefling noble (a stretch I know, but I have an idea to make it work). I cannot seem to find a ...
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Where can I find more detailed information about Sossal?

Sossal is a distant realm north-east of the Great Glacier. It is described in just a few paragraphs in AD&D 2nd's The Horde and the Grand Tour of the Realms and seemingly completely ignored in ...
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Can ifrits be royalty? [closed]

I've been doing some digging for lore purposes, and possible side quests for my friends in our current game. i was wondering if it is possible for ifrits to have a kingdom or city to themselves. And ...
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Are there streets where cars can drive in the Ork/Seattle Underground?

I'm working on writing a Shadowrun (sr5) mission that partly takes place in the Ork/Seattle Underground, and something I've been wondering is if there are any streets down there. My current ...
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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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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 exactly do “Domains of Dread” function?

So I've never played Curse of Strahd or anything in the Ravenloft campaign setting - but I'm working on my own campaign world and I was reading through some texts and found out about Domains of Dread. ...
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Sourcebook for Forgotten Realms in D&D 5e?

After years of RPG abstinence, I am currently exploring the 5th edition of D&D with the Starter Set. While previous editions had dedicated sourcebooks that would describe the geography, culture, ...
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Why are Polish and Austrian client names mixed Polish and German

According to Shadowrun's Wikia and this answer, all country-specific versions of the client nickname "Mr. Johnson" follow the scheme of: [local honorific] [plausible-sounding local surname] or ...
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Where can more information be found about Dragonmoots?

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, Dragonmoots are briefly mentioned in chapter 14: And again on chapter 9: Other than these two instances there seems to be nothing else to be found, at least in D&...
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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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Lore about Gibbeth

I am a big friend of solid background and since I read about the warlock in Wish Upon a Star from Dungeon Magazine 366, I am quite curious about the Star Pact and well... the stars. I am not very ...
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How do awakened trees generally behave, according to lore?

Would an tree under the effects of an awaken spell be talking or mostly silent? I know it can at least definitely talk, as the listed effects of an awaken spell are the following: After spending the ...
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Where is Laerakond (“Returned Abeir”) after the Second Sundering?

The Forgotten Realms wiki entry on Laerakond says: Laerakond [...] was a large, horseshoe-shaped landmass, west of the Trackless Sea and north of the Great Sea. (...) Laerakond was located near ...
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What is the Elemental Chaos like?

What is the Elemental Chaos like (visually) in D&D 5e? The DMG more or less covers the air, water, earth, and fire planes, but says nothing on the Elemental Chaos nor what it's like. My only guess ...
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Hoar's dogma seems to indicate to value true justice above the law. Are there further details on this in other sources?

One of Hoar's dogma (Uphold true and fitting justice and maintain the spirit of law, not the letter of law) seems to point to the fact that to a devotee of hoar justice is more important than law and ...
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How do elves develop as they get older, and could an elven child be a PC?

Some time ago one of my player asked me if she can play and "elven child" (an Asrai, or Wood Elf). Something comparable to human 12 years old girl. The more I think about elven childs/elders the ...
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What is the current situation of Cyric in the Forgotten Realms?

In the Year of Blue Fire (1385 DR), Cyric, with the aid of Shar, murdered Mystra, causing the Spellplague. We can read in The Grand History of the Realms (page 159) that Tyr, Lathander, and Sune move ...
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What is the nature/vegetation like in Seattle?

From what I understand the animal life in Seattle is severely mutated due to the environment (or rather, the pollution thereof), which leads me to wonder, does this apply to nature/vegetation as well? ...
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Official source material for Judas Iscariot background

Is there official content regarding the story of Judas Iscariot and what has happened to him in Vampire lore?
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What does the term “svirfnebli” mean, and how is it different to “svirfneblin”?

A recent answer to a question has led me to obtain an e-book for The Dark Elf Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore. The section I am reading uses the word "svirfnebli" as well as "svirfneblin&...
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How can a samurai train Jiujutsu if they can't touch people in public?

Jiujutsu is one of the most common bushi skills, and is trained in dojos in many schools of many clans. However, as it is the art of unarmed combat (or with improvised weapons, but I think this part ...
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Do we know what skin tones humans can have in D&D lore?

This question is inspired by What different skin colour can a tiefling officially have? From the 5e Tiefling player race description, Infernal Bloodline section (PHB, p. 42): Their skin tones cover ...
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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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Which Forgotten Realms deity would be most likely to tell his/her followers to expand civilization and settle new frontiers?

In my experience, some players will be clerics, druids, or rangers that advocate that nature should reclaim lands or that civilization should be stopped. I want to play a cleric that believes that ...
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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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How can PCs discover embedded Deep Scions against their will?

The deep scion is a monster detailed in the fifth edition supplement Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 135). I'm unaware if deep scions have featured in previous editions of DnD. Deep scions are people ...
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Are there any resources that compare Forgotten Realms cities?

I am looking for information about the main cities in the Forgotten Realms for developing a backstory. Are there any resources out there that compare what makes one city different than another? What ...
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Can Dragonbait read or write Common, since he is able to understand it?

In D&D 5e, Tomb of Annihilation includes Dragonbait, a saurial. His stat block claims that he can understand Common but not speak it, due to the strange way in which saurials communicate. From ...
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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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Pelor's punishment of the Undead & creation of vampires

I am looking for the source (book) that has this myth. I have seen it mentioned many times but never the full myth. Does it exist in writing or is the blurb about the existence of the myth the only ...
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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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What lore is available on how summoners discover their eidolon?

I recently agreed to GM a small Pathfinder campaign with three players who are interested in playing as a group of Summoners. They have requested that, at the start of the campaign, we play out a ...
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Was Baldur's Gate always a “Nest of Vipers”?

The Baldur's Gate described in Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus has a "well earned reputation as a den of vipers (p.10)": As the adventure begins, the situation is especially dire: However, when ...
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What lore exists to explain tieflings with blue skin?

Tieflings (in 5e, at least) have either "human skin colour", red skin, or somewhere in between. I think 4e changed how tieflings look between 2/3/3.5e and 5e, standardising the red skin/Asmodeus look, ...
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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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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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What kinds of playing cards are used in the Forgotten Realms?

Well, there are lots of different suits for cards in real life.. Do we know what kind of cards NPC's usually play with for gambling and such in the Forgotten Realms?
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What is the stance of magic users towards Vampires?

The rules states that vampires, and all the subspecies, feed upon the very Essence of their prey. Since your Essence score influences your Magic and Resonance attributes, and loosing Essence by any ...
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When is Shieldmeet?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide states on page 15 that Shieldmeet is a Quadrennial holiday between Flamerule and Eleasis. This is also the case in accordance to the wiki. The Dungeon Master's Guide ...
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Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?

So, the DMG confirms that Takhisis and Tiamat are the same. Under the Dragon Orb description in the DMG: The dragon essence within the orb might want many things: the annihilation of a ...
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Why do level 4 and 5 Druid spells seem to change tone? [closed]

I am playing a Druid for the first time (D&D 5e) and am quite enjoying it. My character recently hit level 9, and I noticed that the 4th and 5th level spells seem to shift in tone dramatically ...
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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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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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