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For questions about NPCs (non-player characters). NPC refers to any character in an RPG whose decisions and actions are handled by the game master (or a designated assistant) rather than by a player.

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Is a Grey paladin of Asmodeus possible?

So, I came up with a concept for an NPC character for pathfinder 1.e that involved a grey paladin with the pact servant trait not just being basically a pseudo hellknight, but being a direct worshiper ...
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Which kind of evil will I should assign to an immortal character? [closed]

I've been playing a D&D campaign with some friends for a while, we made 4 sessions already and between these sessions, there's strange man who appears to aid or guide them towards an objective. ...
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Are there official sources that include stat blocks for NPC Monks?

NPCs emulating character classes are many. A very incomplete list would include: Abjurer, Archer, Blackguard, Bard, Champion, Conjurer, Diviner, Druid... You get the idea. Among the monsters there's ...
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Do characters understand the concept of a "Critical hit"?

Can characters/NPCs understand what a crit (Nat 20) is? If so, can they tell that Adamantine Armor negates crits? Context: I'm trying to figure out if there's any good reason Tier 4 PCs wouldn't bring ...
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Should GM characters ever roll tests against difficulty dice?

I'm running a superhero campaign in Cortex Prime. During our bank robbery session, one of the robbers managed to escape with the cash and jump in the getaway car, which started to drive off. Our ...
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How to handle a plot twist for a character arc?

One of the characters of our roleplay is an elf with amnesia. His background is that he lost his memory and is looking for someone but doesn't remember who he was. I asked the player for more details ...
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Why does this 7th-level spellcaster NPC only have slots and prepared spells appropriate to a 3rd-level spellcaster?

In Tyranny of Dragons, on page 184, an NPC stat block makes no sense. I’ve checked the errata and have found no correction. It says the NPC “is a 7th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his ...
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Important NPC needs to die in a fight - narrative or dice?

I hope someone can give me a good answer to my question: In my campaign there is a NPC, an important NPC. But for story reasons they should die. I want to do this in a big fight (with the NPC helping ...
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Rogue Trader RPG NPC Wounds

hopefully you folks can answer this for an older game system I've been trying to run. I'm new to this so maybe I'm missing something. To start, I don't know if the wounds listed on statblocks are ...
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Is there a grand scheme at work for buying worship?

This involves two player characters: A wealthy cleric and a sorcerer with detect thoughts. They are cooperating whereby the cleric is giving gold to NPCs for free, simply asking them to pray to a god ...
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How to fix Orm Shieldbreaker's build? [closed]

Spoilers for Giantslayer book 5: if you suspect you're one of my players, don't read further! Preamble ramble Anvil of Fire, the fifth installment of the Giantslayer original Adventure Path for ...
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How can I convert a Cypher System character between PC and NPC?

I have a player who has decided that she wants to move on to playing a new character in a long-running Numenera game. So, I want to convert the existing character into an NPC. Since Numenera/Cypher ...
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How can I get my PCs to stop harassing this character from Dragon of Icespire Peak that isn't supposed to do anything no matter what they do?

We're playing the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure (from the Essentials Kit). My PCs are trying to get Adabra Gwynn in the Umbrage Hill Quest to come to Phandalin with them, and they are very ...
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What's the (currently) correct way to specify monster/npc spellcasting?

I'm fairly new to DnD and I wanted to create my own NPC's. What is the currently accepted "correct" way to specify spellcasting for a monster/npc? Does it go under the "actions" ...
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Why do these enemies add bonus damage to their longbow attacks?

This question contains minor spoilers for the Kingmaker adventure path I am using the new version of the Kingmaker adventure path (the one released for Pathfinder 2e). During the rushlight tournaments ...
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How can a DM communicate to the players that subtlety is needed in a mystery adventure?

I am a beginner DM and also a player. In our current adventure (Rise of Tiamat), where I am a player, we are tracking some shady individual (Mr. X) involved with a cult. We recently entered a tavern, ...
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How to present background information and NPC backstories?

The books for a published adventure I've GM'd recently (PF1's Wrath of the Righteous) contain a lot of background information about NPCs, events and locations, which is very fun to read for me as a GM ...
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Can NPC scouts make a bonus action shortsword attack? [duplicate]

In the game I'm playing, the DM gave each member of the party control over an NPC in combat, in addition to our own characters. My NPC is a scout, so she can use her action to make 2 melee attacks ...
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How do allied Supporting Characters (NPCs) work in Dune combat?

I'm struggling to work out what to do with allied Supporting Characters (allied NPCs) during a skirmish conflict in Dune. Some parts of the rules seem to imply the GM treats them like they would an ...
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Are there published stats for regular soldiers in Pathfinder 2e?

The Pathfinder 2e Gamemastery Guide includes stats for a bunch of NPCs, including bandits, pirates, and (city) guards, but it doesn’t include any kind of soldiers. Looking at the online indexes for ...
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Are there balanced alternatives to Leadership?

The Leadership feat has always interested me, but many times I have seen people call it overpowered, unbalanced, and ripe for abuse by min-maxing players. And these are all fair points, not just about ...
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When do monsters not have average hp?

The Monster Manual (7) says: A monster's hit points are presented both as a die expression and as an average number. For example, a monster with 2d8 hit points has 9 hit points on average (2 x 4 1/2)....
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When rolling initiative for DM-controlled creatures, does their Dexterity modifier apply?

When the DM is rolling initiative for its monsters, does their Dexterity modifier apply, or does the DM just roll a d20 on its own?
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Do lifestyle expenses alter by the number of people in a family?

I was toying with the idea of my character, a Chronurgy Gladiator, sending gold home to support his family (mother, father, and two younger sisters). This idea was spurred from the oddly succinct ...
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Strategy to roleplay conversations between groups of NPCs?

I'm a newish DM, and I'm having a hard time coming up with a strategy to roleplay conversations between NPCs. For example, in the game I'm currently running, there is a "town council" ...
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What happened to Pseudo?

Pseudo was a heroic Grue metamorph in 2E Freedom City's Freedom League (I have a vague memory that he was not in the 1E book, but I might be wrong on that count). In the 3E Freedom City book, he's no ...
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How prepared is "too prepared" for an endgame-like NPC?

I'm currently running a guild heavy campaign with the two major guilds being the Bandit's Guild and the Adventurer's Guild. The bandits guild runs in territories where noble rank and lord rank bandits ...
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Can an NPC Duergar end a size change early? [duplicate]

Let's say a regular NPC Duergar is Large, and wants to hide behind something Smallish, or a Mind Master is currently Tiny and he knows he'll be making Athletics checks in less than a minute. Their ...
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What child NPCs appear in official published adventures?

I'm working on a supplement for Strixhaven where the players take the roles of counselors at a magical summer camp. I wanted to list some potential tie-ins to other products, specifically where child ...
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Is there a way for a same-sex couple to have biological offspring?

One of my player characters disguised themselves as a prince to marry a princess in order to steal something. Along the way, the PC and the NPC fell in love for real. The problem is that they are both ...
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How might I instantiate this NPC concept in a fun way within the systems of DnD 5e? (think Picture of Dorian Gray crossed with Dr Jekyll)

I have this concept for an NPC that I would like to throw into a world I am building for my friends. We are all novices to dungeons and dragons. The NPC is a Baron in a backwater village that sits in ...
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What's the procedure for monsters/NPCs using stealth?

I've been GMing PF2e for a few months, but I still struggle with understanding stealth, especially when it comes to enemies. An example from an upcoming dungeon I'm planning: There's a room with an ...
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Were some of the NPCs in 'Waterdeep: Dragon Heist' player characters at some point?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure has some rather colorful NPCs that, as part of their backstory, were adventurers exploring the Undermountain in the past. Among them are: Durnan, the proprietor ...
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Shortcuts for GMs preparing a boss sheet

Due to time constraints, I simply do not have the time any more to read through the list of all the feats, all possible enchantments, and all the prestige classes, to then build a boss. What are the ...
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How can I protect an NPC's death scene from interfering PCs with cure magic?

In my current campaign, a plot point is going to involve the PCs finding a dying man who has been kept prisoner and beaten repeatedly over a long period of time. He is able to give the party some ...
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What is the difference between a DMPC and an NPC? [duplicate]

Most of the references to DMPCs I see in fora and stuff seem to be describing characters played by DMs who want to have their cake and eat it too—both to DM and to play. In these references it’s often ...
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How can an NPC replace some pages of a book with different pages, without leaving a trace of manipulation?

A NPC in my adventure (set in Eberron), which I lead as DM, wants to replace some maps in a book with different maps. The person removes the maps by cutting out the pages containing them and somehow ...
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How is cantrip damage determined when cast by NPCs? [duplicate]

A Green Hag (MM, p. 177) has an Innate Spellcasting trait that includes the spell vicious mockery. The description of the vicious mockery cantrip states, in part: [The target] must succeed on a ...
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In Curse of Strahd, why were the Belviews transformed into mongrelfolk?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure book for D&D 5e, in chapter 8, section S.14 (page 151), there's a section that reads as follows: So my question is: why would transform the Belviews into ...
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How do I respond to players who keep asking powerful NPCs to help them in ToA?

I'm playing Tomb of Annihilation(ToA) with my group right after playing Waterdeep Dragon Heist. The group have met powerful characters like Vajra Safahr, the open lord Laeral Silverhand, Mirt, Artus ...
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Dominate Person but without them realizing?

So I was looking through the Enchantment Wizard and am interested in how the spell Dominate Person interacts with the 14th level ability Alter Memories Specifically this text from the class ability. &...
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Can monsters use lair actions on targets in any part of their lair?

My previous experience with Lair Actions has been when the party fought Strahd (a vampire lord in Curse of Strahd) and Arauthator (an adult white dragon in Rise of Tiamat). Both of these creatures ...
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Weapon modifiers before/after a weapon's title in a stat block: where do they come from, and how are they used?

Where are these modifiers before and after a weapon's title on a stat block coming from? Also, how are these used when rolling for an attack? Melee +1 dagger +10 (1d4+4 plus poison), or +1 dagger +8 (...
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What is an orb of dragon's breath?

My players have just started Rise of Tiamat and are likely to encounter a Dragonsoul in their next session. The Dragonsoul NPC in Rise of Tiamat has an Action called "Orb of Dragon's Breath" ...
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Are there any official references to the "a cat is a deadly encounter for a commoner" meme?

I have encountered several times the claim that cats are rather deadly encounters for any commoner and the difference between a commoner and an adventurer is, that the adventurer actually would have a ...
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How do you balance encounters between NPCs?

Right now, I’m planning a situation where faction “a” is going to fight faction “b” and the players pick a side, and the side which the players choose is fairly likely to win, in which they have to ...
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When an NPC is under the effect of Dominate Person, can they cast spells under orders?

If a PC casts dominate person on an NPC, can they (the PC) require the NPC to cast spells? Some of the spells I had in mind were fireball, dominate, etc.
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Can you lower your AC on purpose?

For roleplaying reasons I would like to make a NPC appear weaker than it actually is. When the players first fight it, it should seem to have a very low AC and miss many attacks. Is this possible in ...
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Is there a RAW way to resurrect the dead as an undead slave without changing its stats?

The trivial answer, of course, would be "Wish", but perhaps there is something more specific that I overlooked. I'm asking for a plot-device in my homebrew campaign. The idea is that the big ...
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How can this regular hobgoblin from the Acquisitions Incorporated adventure "The Orrery of the Wanderer" use a Spell Scroll?

The official D&D 5e book Acquisitions Incorporated published by Wizards of the Coast includes an adventure, The Orrery of the Wanderer. In a section of Episode 2 (p. 116), a hobgoblin carries ...
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