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He's a wizard I mean, he's one of the most powerful wizards the multiverse has ever seen. It's not really surprising he hasn't died of old age-- Clone, for example, is only an 8th level spell and Mordenkainen, if we're using multi-edition lore stuff like the question presupposes, has invented 9th level spells (i.e. Mordenkainen's Disjunction). There are ...


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Many dragons are shape changers; most of those that aren't can cast spells including polymorph spells. They can write books by turning into things with opposable thumbs.


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Azuth from FR might be a candidate. He is not a god of magic, but of wizards, and is mostly interested in the structured study of magic. From wikipedia: The clerics of Azuth teach wisdom and restraint. This means that Azuth is often not the favoured god of sorcerers with their fiery, instinctual use of magic, and bards with their somewhat fanciful ...


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This is not lore, but is instead focused on D&D 5E mechanics. In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there is a Spell called Druid Grove which magically creates a warded area--and if you repeat the spell in the same location for a year, the magic becomes permanent (until dispelled). As for size The area can be as small as a 30-foot cube or as large as ...


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It's Not a Cleric Thing According to both and Wikipedia's entry on Pelor and Canonfire!'s entry on Pelor--a site which documents a lot of Greyhawk1 stuff--Pelor requires neither chastity nor celibacy of his worshipers or representatives. Just in case none of the gods listed on Canonfire! mentioned sexual practices, I searched a little more and found that "[...


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The dark wanderer's answer is of course correct. I'd like to add some supporting Greyhawk lore and potential explanations for Mordenkainen's apparent longevity. According to the D&D 3e Epic Level Handbook, p. 309, which describes Mordenkainen circa 591 CY: His apparent age is around 40 (though his true age is twice that). This places his birth at ...


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There is no lore about this in D&D. (Granted that proving a negative is impossible, I will confidently make that claim, to my knowledge.) In general, lore from the D&D rules themselves is limited to spells, monsters, races, and classes, and everything else is left more-or-less undefined, so that it can be up to the designer of a particular campaign ...


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Sure. This original Greyhawk map, also known as the "Darlene" map; has a scale of 1 hex = 30 miles per the World of Greyhawk Glossography from the 1e boxed set: Each map hexagon is 10 leagues across (30 miles). Travel rates are given in miles per day. It's about 4 hexes from Dyvers to Greyhawk, so that's about 120 miles. For more maps and info you ...


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Via various forms of magic, or by compelling other, weaker creatures to do it for them (possibly by magic). Any dragon of appreciable age has access to magic that will allow them to write. A single class level of Wizard is enough to cast arcane mark, unseen servant, mage hand, summon monster or other spells that could allow the dragon to write. Most ...


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While most dragons are capable of changing shape via one means or another (as Dale M already mentioned), even altruistic dragons are typically very materialistic, and with their incredible lifespans, most of the ones smart enough to write books have realized that knowledge is even more valuable than gold and enchanted items. I fully expect most books with ...


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According to the wiki entry for Kanchelsis, deity for vampirism, there is an alternate creation myth that attributes the myth to an article entitled "Core Beliefs: Pelor" by Sean K. Reynolds, appearing in Dragon magazine #346. It's not much, but I've found the text for "Punishment of the Undead" which describes the myth and redemption (...


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The Underdark Although the Forgotten Realms popularized the Underdark and its role as home of the drow, the Underdark actually pre-dates that setting1, and canonically it forms the home of the drow in the World of Greyhawk setting too. According to the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer, many entrances to the Underdark are located underneath the Hellfurnaces, a ...


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Here's the big version of one of the maps you linked to. Zoom in to 100% resolution and you'll see the scale in the bottom right of the image: 1 hex = 65 miles. This map was included with the D&D 3rd Edition Living Greyhawk Gazetteer, so it's about as official as any source you're going to find. Note that the political boundaries represent the world as ...


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On the one hand, I feel like answering this with "Read a book!" On the other hand, I'm not sure I can wish 428 pages of Gygax's prose on anyone. So, here's a summary. I regret to inform you I am not making any of this up. Yarth was the original name for what was released as Epic of Aerth, Gary's next game Mythus/Dangerous Journeys. So one interpretation ...


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I'm not a lawyer or giving legal advice on a course of action, only explaining my understanding of relevant law and licensing. There are two things here: copyright and licensing. They cannot be mixed up if you want a clear picture of what's permitted. Because each use completely different rules, they can have different, even opposite answers! Therefore you ...


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Yes, in the Greyhawk campaign; unknown for Blackmoor The Martian creatures had to have been played in Greyhawk in order to get into OD&D book 3. There is evidence that Erac's Cousin (an Ernie Gygax PC) adventured in Mars/Barsoom, when Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz were DMing the Greyhawk campaign. Mike Mornard confirmed this. (He played in those early ...


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Masters of the Wild web enhancement - Druids Grove (3.5e), which was a pdf addon to the corebook Masters of the Wild, contains the following info: Must haves: First, there must be a place for the druid to sleep. This can be a natural shelter, such as a cave, or one built from natural materials, such as a sod hut or tree house. Next, there must be a good ...


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Okay, this keeps popping up in my feed due to the up-votes, so I was finally motivated to research this one myself. Here's what I've found: The F.S.S Beagle, exploratory vessel of the Galactic Federation - Captain Bork Riesling, commanding - was the crashed starship in Blackmoor... aka: the City of the Gods (Module DA3). The marooned F.S.S Beagle was also ...


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Those were part of the organized play program. They weren't intended for home game use, per se, but earning them in play at RPGA events allowed using them in later ones. I remember them being awarded as prizes for either participation and/or successful completion of events, but I wasn't active in the programs at the time. According to the Living Greyhawk ...


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No. Pelor's clerics aren't celibate Pelor is "a" sun god, and one of his official nicknames is "The Sun Father". Furthermore, Complete Divine has, for example, the following (p.117): As befits a sun god, Pelor’s major festivals take place on solstices and equinoxes, and many weddings and rites of passage take place on the cusp of a new season. ...


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Saltmarsh is traditionally, and currently, placed in Gary Gygax's World of Greyhawk setting; on the continent of Oerik, on the sub-continent of the Flanaess, on the coast of the Kingdom of Keoland. First I'll look at the 1980 World of Greyhawk Gazetteer (Folio) for an overview (p. 5): CLIMATE AND SEASONS The Flanaess is particularly blessed in regard to its ...


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Ask Your DM There's nothing in the 3.5 sourcebooks that says the Clerics of Pelor are required to take or follow any kind of vow of celibacy. But the world that you're playing in is created by your DM, and in that world maybe there is such a rule. You will have to ask him for the answer. We simply can't answer the question.


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According to the Wikipedia entry, they celebrate and perform rituals in the following manner: Rituals Hextorian services feature chanting, wind instruments sounding discordant notes, shouts and screams, and iron weapons striking against solid objects. Hextorians swear mighty oaths in battle, such as "Strength in victory!" "Mercy is for ...


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Tattoos are reasonably common in Greyhawk. Their usage varies from culture to culture. They are mostly found as symbols of religious devotion (public or secret - tattoos of Wee Jas, Nerull, etc. are used to identify other cultists), but they are also found as "recreational use" - here's the description of a Greyhawk City Marine captain... His forearms ...


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The only guidelines for class breakdown in a given settlement, either the tables in the DMG or WotC's more detailed Web Enhancement, deal with each class as an abstract. There's never been an official table/rule for how many of which specialist wizard or which god's clerics there are in a given area. This is likely because the exact breakdown is going to be ...


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No While it was certainly possible to run the three supermodules T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil (L1-8), S1-4 Scourge of the Slavelords (L7-11), and GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders (L8-14) in sequence, it wasn't necessary - and, while when they published the combined SotS they mentioned using it to continue ToEE, ToEE doesn't mention it and most folks ran them ...


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There is an Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign document for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk campaign. Its version 2.0, dating back to March 2005 (D&D 3.5e), is still downloadable from the Wizards of the Coast website. Quoting parts from that document: Areas of Concern/Portfolio: Independence, Outlawry, Feasting, Hunting Titles: The Archer, ...


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Here is a screenshot from the world's most accurate currently available map of the Viscounty of Verbobonc. And here is the distance measurement from the map legend. Both were screenshot at 300% scale, though converting them into images for posting here has distorted the ratio between the two images. Using the scale on my graphics software as a ruler, the ...


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Yes, various cities and states have their own formal criminal codes. While there is no one standardized legal system across the Flanaess, the Free City of Greyhawk in particular has a formally written criminal code with specific punishments, as described in the City of Greyhawk boxed set. While other cities or kingdoms may have the elaborate formal systems ...


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There is a well researched and sourced index of most books mentioned in Greyhawk lore here: https://planejammer-the-infinity-arc.obsidianportal.com/wikis/tomes-and-grimoires Many of the authors are all the "big names" you'd expect, famous mages like Otto, famous liches like Acererak... The most famous occult book in Greyhawk is the Demonomicon of Igglwilv,...


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