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Do Githyanki lay eggs in 5E?

They do Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes dedicates its fourth chapter (starting at p. 85) to the gith, expanding upon the material found in the Monster Manual. On page 87, under the heading "Only the ...
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Do Githzerai hatch from eggs?

The Githyanki and Githzerai are both Gith Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes details that the Githyanki and Githzerai are simply two factions of being a Gith: But after they won their freedom, two factions ...
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Were the gith originally human before the illithids enslaved them?

Githyanki/Githzerai were described as originally human when first introduced The githyanki and githzerai were first officially introduced to AD&D by the 1st edition Fiend Folio sourcebook (...
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What spellcasting ability is used for the Githzerai race's version of the Detect Thoughts spell?

Intelligence is always used for this Detect Thoughts check As you note, the description of the spell specifies that an Intelligence check is needed. This is independent of the caster's spellcasting ...
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Do Githzerai hatch from eggs?

The Githyanki and Githzerai are warring factions of the same species, Gith. From MToF: But after they won their freedom, two factions among the gith disagreed on what kind of civilization they would ...
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Are the Githyanki and the Githzerai a single race with two subraces, or two separate races?

The Githyanki and Githzerai are warring factions of the same race, Gith. From Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes: But after they won their freedom, two factions among the gith disagreed on what kind of ...
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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

Military Culture, Training & Determination, Dragons & Magic You have asked "Is there a description of the tactics the Gith employ against Mind Flayers that would allow them to all but ...
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Are Githyanki under Nondetection all the time?

Githyanki from 3.5e and 4e do not have nondetection or any similar power. In the 3.5e Monster Manual, pg. 128, gives us the spellcasting feature for Githyanki: Psionics (Sp): 3/day—daze (DC 9), mage ...
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Does a githyanki's silver sword instantly kill an astral traveler on a critical hit?

Yes, a githyanki will kill an astrally projected creature on a critical hit (which occurs 5% of the time for each non (dis)advantaged attack). However, since they can't kill you at all if they don't ...
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Does the Githyanki's racial spellcasting ignore all spell components, or only the material components?

None of the Components—Verbal, Somatic, nor Material—are required for these spells In the Player's Handbook, in Chapter 10, Spell Components are explicitly described as encompassing the Verbal, ...
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Is there a playable githyanki available?

There is an Unearthed Arcana Githyanki. While it's not official, there was an Unearthed Arcana, which is the closest thing we have to an official githyanki. https://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/...
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How can the Githyanki Supreme Commander move while insubstantial?

The Githyanki Supreme Commander could Ready movement. The Supreme Commander could take the Ready action to ready a move and sets the trigger for the moment they become insubstantial. Later in the ...
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What books deal with gith (any variety) and the Astral Plane?

You're fortunate in that Githyanki lore has remained remarkably consistent across the various editions. Even their 4e lore, which shifted them to an entirely new cosmology, preserved their lore in ...
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Are the Githyanki and the Githzerai a single race with two subraces, or two separate races?

They are one race with two subraces The history of the githzerai and githyanki are detailed in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, in "Chapter 4: Gith and Their Endless War". The Gith were ...
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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

The Gith used metal tools. The Illithids did not. According to a githzerai religious text found in the video game Planescape: Torment, the primary advantage that the proto-gith slaves had in their ...
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What is the etymology of the term 'Gish'?

A githyanki fighter/mage The term "gish" first appears in an official D&D product in the AD&D Fiend Folio (1981), p.43, where it refers to a githyanki fighter/magic-user: 2 'gish': ...
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When did the gith break free of the mind flayers?

Canon: Specific & Vague When looking at the history of D&D lore on this issue, we have to confront the fact that the majority of sources are nonspecific about how far in the past the uprising ...
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Can a githzerai PC be a psionicist in AD&D 2e?

Not by the rules, but the DM can allow it Rules as written, Githzerai characters cannot be psionicists, even if they have a natural bend towards psionics. The Planescape Campaign Setting states (p. 12)...
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How are Githyanki effective against Mind Flayers?

It's also canon that the Githyanki are happy to use magic and magic items, whereas most Illithids regard magic as taboo. Magic tends to have a longer range than psionics so Githyanki cavalry (...
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What books deal with gith (any variety) and the Astral Plane?

In Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, level 16 (The Crystal Labyrinth) includes a a keyed map (p. 211) and description (p. 214-220) of the Stardock, an asteroid which serves as a base for Githyanki ...
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Can a githzerai PC be a psionicist in AD&D 2e?

There is an alternative to Nobody's answer if you consider The Player's Options books. In "Player's Options: Skills & Powers" the githzerai is available as character race and in ...
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How can the Githyanki Supreme Commander move while insubstantial?

The Githyanki Supreme Commander can get bodied Since the supreme commander remains insubstantial until the start of its turn, forced movement (for example via the 'shove' action) can result in its ...
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