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How is it possible for this NPC to be alive during the Curse of Strahd adventure?

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 ...
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Out of the Faerûnian and Greyhawkian pantheons, which magic deity would be a good fit for a specific witch-hunting cult?

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 ...
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What more is known about star-faring civilization(s) that crashed upon Oerth?

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 ...
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What's in a druid's grove?

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 ...
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How is it possible for this NPC to be alive during the Curse of Strahd adventure?

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 ...
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Where do souls go upon death and when are they free to be raised?

Plane of Deity with a fallback to alignment Perhaps frustratingly if you expect it to be related to the planes, the DMGs section on Bringing Back the Dead is found at the end of the Magic in Your ...
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Are romantic tattoos bad luck in D&D?

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 ...
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What is the home of the drow in Flanaess?

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 ...
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Were there Martians in Greyhawk?

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 ...
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What's in a druid's grove?

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 ...
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Is Erelhei-Cinlu in Faerûn?

Erelhei-Cinlu is on Oerth There is no officially published conversion to 5e from WotC for the D-Series modules, but for several other modules 5e has issued recommendations on relocating things from ...
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What is the climate like in the area of Saltmarsh?

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. ...
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Are there any official guidelines for laws and punishments in the Flanaess?

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 ...
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What Greyhawk deity is this?

This is likely Sotillion, the Summer Queen, Queen of Ease. She was not solely Dragon material, though she was mentioned at the very least in vol. 264. Based on the earliest citation on this ghwiki ...
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What's up with RPGA Living Campaign player rewards cards?

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 ...
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Are there any races that follow the God Nerull in D&D?

Ghouls According to Dungeon Magazine #70, Kingdom of the Ghouls, p. 71: The god of the ghouls is unknown to outsiders; often called the Lord of Rot and Shadow, or simply the Lord of All Ghouls, many ...
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Am I allowed to use the name Greyhawk in a group name and website name?

Note: I am not a lawyer, and do not pretend to be one. I pretend to be a hobgoblin. Get real legal advise if you want to be sure. The word is protected Greyhawk appears to be a registered trademark of ...
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Are romantic tattoos bad luck in D&D?

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 ...
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What Greyhawk deity is this?

This would be the goddess Sotillion, Lady Harvest, Queen of Ease. While having been mentioned as early as 1983 in the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Game Setting, there has been an article about her in ...
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Is there a name for the grand Greyhawk campaign?

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 ...
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Where can I find lore on the Heart of Darkness?

The only source that I have been able to find that goes into any depth about the Heart of Darkness is "A (More) Complete Guide to the Aligned Outer Planes", an AD&D (2e) Planescape third ...
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How long is the road from Hommlet to Rastor?

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,...
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What are other sources of information about Gadhelyn?

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 ...
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What are the demographics of Specialist Wizards vs. Generalists?

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 ...
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Is there any canon support for Sympathy and Contagion in Greyhawk?

The iconic example, Fireball, supports elements of Sympathy. Since as far back as at least first edition AD&D, Fireballs have relied on a pinch of bat guano, which is about 40% nitrogen and 6% ...
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Is there any canon support for Sympathy and Contagion in Greyhawk?

Examples of contagion and sympathetic magic exist throughout the the material components of AD&D 1e spells: Mending: requires two lodestones that attract one another. Two objects "sticking&...
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What are known portals to the Abyss in Greyhawk?

List of published portals to the Abyss Thanks to @Kirt for unearthing this thread where rasgon did a lot of the heavy lifting. Dragon's Maw, from the adventure Tammermauts Fate, originally appeared ...
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Books & Lore Within Greyhawk

There is a well researched and sourced index of most books mentioned in Greyhawk lore here: https://web.archive.org/web/20170102205612/https://planejammer-the-infinity-arc.obsidianportal.com/wikis/...
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What's up with RPGA Living Campaign player rewards cards?

RE2) The cards were distributed by the publisher via mail for rewards for judging in or hosting events (as evidenced by the (now dead) rewards link in many of the links in the Q). Each time you ...
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Is there any canon support for Sympathy and Contagion in Greyhawk?

The Orb of Golden Death As other answers have noted, the material components of spells in first edition (for which the default setting was Greyhawk), often show sympathetic magic and sometimes ...
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