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Does an Ooze (Gelatinous Cube) float?

Digging around, I can't find a definitive Monster Manual based answer here. But, there is a little piece from one of the published adventures for D&D 5E. From Out of the Abyss (Spoilers, ...
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What crimes would constitute a 'Universal Crime' or a 'Crime against Nature/Existence'?

Multiversal crimes There are some big, cosmic no-no’s in D&D. Many are impossible or very difficult for a mortal to accomplish (e.g. gods who don’t belong there¹ walking the Material Plane in the ...
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What sound does an owlbear make?

Owlbears Screech In 5e: An owlbear's screech echoes through dark valleys and benighted forests, piercing the quiet night to announce the death of its prey. 4e: The 4e owlbear has an encounter power ...
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What is the precedent for what happens to a warlock's character levels if their patron dies?

A warlock is defined by a pact with an otherworldly being. Why would they think that killing the patron ends the pact? Sadly for your warlock, the obligation comes from the pact, not the patron. No ...
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How did towns mundanely protect themselves against Dragons or bring them to the ground?

Hope the dragon doesn't come I'm being a little facetious obviously, but in the fiction of Forgotten Realms for most towns (as opposed to a large city) without nearby adventurers the plan for a dragon ...
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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

Disclaimer: This answer was written before the addition of the 5e tag. The content below may not be applicable to that specific edition of D&D. D&D 3.5's Draconomicon actually has several ...
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What do Unicorns want?

There's not a lot to go on in official 5E materials, but there's a few clues in the monster description which we can extrapolate from. Note that since the default setting in 5E is Forgotten Realms, ...
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How would a devil get around using its true name on a contract?

It’s impossible to prove a negative, but I’m rather sure there is nothing official that covers this. To that end, here are all the most likely sources across all of D&D to cover something like ...
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What is a spell slot in-lore, and how does it justify the limits on casting spells?

Spell slots represent the caster's mental limits D&D 5th edition's Player's Handbook, p. 201, under Spell Slots, describes them thusly: Regardless of how many spells a caster knows or prepares,...
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What happens if a vampire tries to enter a residence without an invitation?

They cannot enter You've put in the relevant quotes in your answer, they simply can't enter and that's all the info that 5e has given us. With no details provided by source books, the DM is free to ...
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Is there an in-universe reason why each wizard uses different notation in their spellbook?

It’s how real-world alchemists did things Which is likely something that Gygax—and Vance, assuming Vance’s novels also including writing spells down—would have known. There are famous alchemists. ...
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Do owlbears lay eggs?

Owlbears do indeed lay eggs. One of my personal favourite features of AD&D 2nd Edition is that most every monster entry includes details on their appearance, behaviour, social organization (if any)...
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How common is homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms?

What the Player's Handbook says In Chapter 4, "Personality and Background", the Subsection "Character Details" has a header titled "Sex" that makes the following remarks (emphasis mine): Sex ...
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Is there a guide/reference for possible character hairstyles in D&D Forgotten Realms universe?

You should be more assertive Can my character have this hairstyle It is your character, so ultimately it's up to you. If you say she has a ponytail, she does. female characters usually do not ...
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Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage proposal?

In "official D&D 4e rules"? No. But if by "friend" you mean "my DM", then the answer might be yes. On the other hand, if by "friend" you mean a fellow player, they are most likely yanking your ...
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How common is homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms?

It certainly exists in the Realms, but the sources don't give a reliable sense of how commonplace it is. In a quote in this article, Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood says that there are gay ...
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What makes the Forgotten Realms "forgotten"?

I wondered this before myself, I found that Wikipedia had most of my answers. The Forgotten Realms is a fantasy world setting, described as a world of strange lands, dangerous creatures, and ...
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When did Warlocks make their first appearance in D&D and how do they differ between editions?

1974, 1990, or 2004, depending In each of these years, a new option was introduced to D&D that was labeled “warlock.” It wasn’t until 2004 that the warlock was its own class, but 1990 had warlock ...
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What is a spell slot in-lore, and how does it justify the limits on casting spells?

As you noted, according to the PHB: Regardless of how many spells a caster knows or prepares, he or she can cast only a limited number of spells before resting. Manipulating the fabric of magic and ...
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What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate?

A unique and highly unusual new dragon offspring, who is typically sterile The D&D 3.5 sourcebook Draconomicon (2003), p.27 asserts that dragons of different types can produce hybrid offspring: ...
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Why are elves immune to a ghoul's paralyzing touch?

Gary Gygax (2007): Elves' positive energy makes them immune to paralysis from ghouls Gary Gygax answered exactly this question on a forum in 2007, (typo original): When I devised the ghoul for the D&...
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What in the lore makes Krakens immune to lightning?

Krakens have powers that relate to lightning and storms The Kraken as described in the 5e Monster Manual has a Lightning Storm ability that can shoot lightning bolts around it. A monster being ...
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What is the precedent for what happens to a warlock's character levels if their patron dies?

Nothing happens, at least in 5e. The Pact only initiates your power; you don't need the Patron after that. The answer to the question you linked was wrong. Becoming a Warlock is a one-time infusion of ...
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Is Troll Mitosis possible?

A troll's severed body parts remain 'connected' to the troll. Severed parts die when the troll regenerates them. I am drawing my information from the 'Variant: Loathsome Limbs' sidebar under the ...
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What does the "titan" monster tag mean?

The DMG provides insight: they are divine creations. The DMG states on page 11 (emphasis not mine): Quasi-deities have a divine origin, but they don't hear or answer prayers, grant spells to ...
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What are some canon noble houses in 5e?

D&D 5e is a set of rules and bits and pieces of lore ideas, but it has no setting. There are no maps of the “D&D 5e world”, no noble houses — nothing except the bits of background on the races....
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What would +1/+2/+3 items be called in game?

They Would Be Called "Magic" A +1/+2/+3 weapon, shield, armor, ammunition, etc. have historically been referred to as a "magic" version of that item: magic weapon, magic shield, magic arrow, etc. (...
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How can I develop my character's background when I know nothing of the game's lore and want to avoid spoilers?

It's time to talk to your DM. You clearly have ideas about the general shape of your backstory, but you need to know some things that "everyone in the setting knows" and you need names, places and ...
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Will this series of events work to drown the Tarrasque?

This question ultimately boils down to this: Can the Tarrasque (even if it has Regeneration) drown? Yes* *: Assuming absolutely everything goes precisely as you expect it to. From the Basic Rules......
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