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Is there any lore about faerzress being used for portals?

The 1st edition of D&D introduced the Underdark with the Adventure D1, D2, and D3, later compiled into the Queen of Spiders supermodule. One characteristic feature of the Underdark was that long-...
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Are there published encounters that send you into an illusion or dream state?

Our DM in a recent adventure had us transported into a matrix like illusion when we used a portal. We thought we were traveling back to Undermountain from an orbiting satellite that was occupied by ...
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Were there multiple tripartite portals in the Greyhawk Castle?

I'm sorry that I have a kind of esoteric question, but it has been bothering me for some time, and I cannot find a resolution. There supposedly was a tripartite portal somewhere in the deepest levels ...
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What are known portals to the Abyss in Greyhawk?

In the 2nd Edition Module WGR6, The City of Skulls, the players are to infiltrate Doraaka, Iuz' capital, to rescue a prisoner. They however cannot teleport there because, as the Master Elementalist ...
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What are known portals to the Hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I know that there is (or at least, used to be) one portal in the dungeons under Dragonspear Castle that linked the castle to Avernus, the first level of the Nine Hells. Are there other such fixed ...
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Can creatures inside the Rope Trick hear the sounds from outside?

The text of Rope Trick (PHB pg. 273) quotes Those in the extradimensional space can see out of it as if a 3-foot-by- 5- foot window were centered on the rope. and ...creatures that can see the ...
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How does Dimensional Anchor work on a permanent dimensional gateway?

Does Dimensional Anchor work if cast on a permanent dimensional gateway of conjuration (summoning)? Or can it blocks the passage of summoned creatures? From the rules the description of dimensional ...
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Can a closed Magnificent Mansion portal be detected and identified?

The spell Magnificent Mansion states the following (emphasis mine) : You conjure an extradimensional dwelling in range that lasts for the duration. You choose where its one entrance is located. The ...
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Could Locate Object be used to locate a portal?

The spell locate object states: "Alternatively, the spell can locate the nearest object of a particular kind, such as a certain kind of apparel, jewelry, furniture, tool, or weapon." I'm ...
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Where do you end up when you cast Dimension Door from an extradimensional space?

There are a number of limited, extradimensional spaces, for example the ones created by demiplane, a bag of holding, or a portable hole. Say you are in a closed portable hole, bag of holding or ...
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Can a small flying vehicle enter Sigil through a portal?

Say a party of adventures were in a flying vehicle about the size of a large rowboat and went through a portal to Sigil. Would the ship be allowed in?
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What is the distance to points in another dimension, if there is a portal or gate to it?

This answer (let's call it A) argues that normally the distance to another plane is infinite. This answer (call it B) states that you can be affected by fireball damage while in a portable hole hole, ...
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Can you cast spells through planar gates? [duplicate]

Is it possible to cast spells through planar portals, like those created by the gate spell or a portable hole? There are some cases such as Rope Trick, that have explict language to block this. Gate ...
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Can a Glyph of Warding target a creature through a portable hole?

First I would open the portable hole, then cast Glyph of warding inside the hole with the trigger "When I remove an object from the portable hole and it touches another creature that creature ...
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What happens to a spirit that crosses a portal from the umbra into the material world?

Say a mage with Spirit 4 creates a gateway between the Umbra and the Material World. What happens when a spirit in the Umbra crosses that gateway into the Material World? A relevant quote about ...
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What happens when the exit of an Arcane Gate is blocked by a creature or object? [closed]

What happens when the exit of an Arcane Gate is blocked by a creature or object? Specifically, what happens if the portals intersect, or are facing each other (in almost the same square)? Does the ...
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Is the Planeshifter's "portal under their control" a fixed location or no?

About the portal, the prestige class demiplane seed ability (Manual of the Planes, p32) only says, "It has a single portal entry, which the planeshifter may control for access." What rules would be ...
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What options are available to a Portable Hole owner?

I am a new DM, trying to understand the magic of the Portable Hole. I've read through as many previous posts on Portable Hole shenanigans as I could, but none seem to answer my questions. One of my ...
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Traveling through the Astral Plane

I'm new to D&D and I don't understand all of its concepts, for example, Astral Plane. From what I understand, you can travel there physically through a portal and travel to other planes this way. ...
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Is this "Arcane Wormhole" spell based on Portal, balanced?

Directly inspired by the portals from the videogame Portal. This spell is designed to create two identical wormholes on a flat surface that allow instantaneous, adjacent teleportation between them ...
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What's the orientation of the hole in the Rope Trick spell?

The Rope Trick spell description specifies: Holding one end of a 60-foot or shorter rope causes the other end to rise up until the rope is fully perpendicular to the ground. At the high end, a portal ...
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Can Detect Portal detect a Bag of Holding and other such items?

I have been looking at the Ranger Horizon Walker subclass and I was wondering if Detect Portal can detect a Bag of Holding and other such items? From what I understand a portal is a link between two ...
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Is a teleportation circle’s shimmering portal always open?

There is some disagreement regarding the status of a shimmering portal for a permanent teleportation circle. My understanding is that the permanent circle has a permanently open shimmering portal. ...
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What's the difference between a rift to the Astral Plane and a gate to the Astral Plane?

In the description for the Portable Hole both "a rift to the Astral Plane" and "a gate to the Astral Plane" are mentioned. See the exert below (emphasis mine): If a bag of holding is placed within ...
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Can the Gate spell draw a creature larger that 20 feet in every dimension through the portal it creates?

The gate spell says: When you cast this spell, you can speak the name of a specific creature (a pseudonym, title, or nickname doesn't work). If that creature is on a plane other than the one you ...
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Can I use the Arcane Gate spell as an auto kill? [closed]

The arcane gate spell says the any matter passing through the right side of the one of the portals comes out of the right side of the other portal. So, I noticed that if you put the two portals next ...
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What happens to matryoshka Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansions?

The following situation happened towards the end of our last session(I am the DM): A player cast Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion, so they could take a break to heal up their comrades and rest a bit....
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Can I see through my Familiar's senses/communicate with my Familiar if they are on the other side of an Interdimensional Portal?

This question has been created to help adjudicate the question of whether a Familiar may communicate with their master inside of a Bag of Holding. Suppose that 5' away from a Wizard is a portal to the ...
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Are there methods to allow players to create permanent gates between planes/demiplanes? [duplicate]

My players are wondering if they can create permanent ways between their demiplanes (created by the demiplane spell) and between the planes the campaign takes place in. They, over time, have made many ...
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How can one create a permanent walk-through-portal to another location?

I'm looking for a way to create a permanent portal between two locations (on the same or on different planes, though the latter is more important), without using homebrew (UA is fine) or relying on DM ...
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How many creatures can step through a Teleportation Circle before it closes?

The party has just rescued 100 slaves. How many of them can conceivably enter a teleportation circle before the spell ends? It seems absurd to think all 100 can make it. The teleportation circle ...
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Are you considered out of range of spells and weapons when inside the hole of a Portable Hole?

Let’s say you place a Portable Hole against a wall, then walk inside its hole. Then, an evil wizard casts a fireball in the room where you put the hole. Considering you are now in an extra-dimensional ...
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What would happen if I put an Immovable Rod (or in general an object) into a closing portal?

Visiting the lost mansion of a conjurer, where portals were opening for a few seconds, a sorcerer tried to keep open one that led to the Elemental Plane of Fire blocking it with an Immovable Rod. I'm ...
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Is there a spell that is a combination of "Gate" and "Transport"?

I am DMing a group of five players in a long term game with D&D 3.5e and players are the leaders of a nation (One of them is the king actually). They are now very close to start a war with another ...
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Can a Paladin's Divine Sense ability detect good and evil through a portal?

Can a paladin use Divine Sense to detect strongly evil or good forces through a portal generated by the Gate spell? Example: My Paladin is 10ft away from a portal, and on the other side of the portal, ...
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Does the interior of a portable hole rotate to adhere to the hole's orientation?

I've always accepted that you could place a portable hole on any flat surface, but I've never really thought about it. Let's say I was a eccentric Faerûnian wine collector who recently got his hands ...
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Does the Horizon Walker ranger's Portal Lore feature detect portals that are currently inactive?

The Horizon Walker Ranger subclass gains a Portal Lore feature (quoted from Unearthed Arcana; I don't have Xanthar's Guide to Everything to compare the feature): Portal Lore At 3rd level, you gain ...
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Can I have an interplanar portal return someone to the wrong time or place?

I'd like to create a scenario where the PCs enter some sort of portal for interplanar travel but when they return, they aren't in the same time period OR they aren't in the same location. And they ...
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Can magic pass through planar portals?

Most versions of D&D have some version of the gate spell, as well as other means of creating “portals” between planes. Usually the spell descriptions contains language similar to this from 5th ...
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How invulnerable can you make a gate door?

There exists a mighty stronghold on a bountiful greater demiplane. The only way in is through a permanent planar gate on the material plane, around which has been built a great and legendary door. ...
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Can Gated Fiends/Celestials Die Permanently?

I am specifically trying to reconcile the wording from the DMG, p.47, with what I know of how planar creatures work. Traveling through the Astral Plane by means of the astral projection spell ...
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Where do you go when a Portal closes from the other side?

What would happen to the PCs who Which plane do they end up on?
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What do we need to do to enjoy 3.5e-like Portal Magic in Pathfinder?

In 3.5 play, WotC published a bunch of game-mechanic rules for portals and portal magic. You could find them in Manual of the Planes, Planar Handbook, some of the F.R. sourcebooks and even spell ...
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Does matter spontaneously move through a gate?

A gate spell is cast, let's say to the elemental plane of water. Now I have a portal with air on one side and water on the other. Gate says: and anyone or anything that moves through is shunted ...
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Can a portal to the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Radiance be used to do damage?

I want to open a portal to the Quasi-elemental Plane of Radiance that'll unleash a big ol' laser that'll probably ruin some monster's day. (Currently I'm considering using dimension door to do it.) Is ...
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Can you pick up and move a gate?

The gate spell creates a 5-20 ft. hoop that connects 2 locations. Can I simply pick up the hoop and carry it with me?
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What happens if a large vehicle collides with an arcane gate?

If Arcane Gate is cast at a point where a vehicle that is too large to pass through would collide with it, should there be damage to the vehicle? Would the gate collapse? What if part of the vehicle ...
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Have the requirements for building a portal changed?

The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting is the only source I'm aware of for the feat Create Portal (34). The feat is untouched by errata and has as its only prerequisite the feat Craft Wondrous Item (PH ...
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Can Bag of Holding + Portable Hole Turn Enemies Inside-Out?

First, the player is swallowed by a large monster, such as the Tarrasque or a Dragon. Next, the player puts a bag of holding into a portable hole. This opens a gate to the Astral plane inside the ...
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Plane shifter Hole of Oblivion (patent pending)

A Warlock who takes the Planeshifter paragon path can use an ability at level 12 called Quick Portal. At 15, that same Warlock could learn Create Teleportation Circle and say create a teleportation ...
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