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A badly chosen approach to a situation can guarantee narrative failure in spite of mechanical success. I'm fairly confident that's what happened here. From the info you've given, the situation was that your character had a cultist at his mercy. Just describing them as a cultist suggests a primarily fanatic devotion to a cause greater than themselves, and in ...


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Is this a valid "response" to a successful intimidation check? Only Your GM Knows Any response can be valid because your GM knows things that you and your PC don't. Maybe this NPC reacts like this when he's intimidated because of something that has happened to him in the past. In this case, the answer would be YES. Maybe your GM did not foresee the ...


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I don't know if there are any specific rules in DnD, but I had that problem quite often in my Pen&Paper party aswell. I like playing quite fleshed-out NPCs and my players became attached to a few, so simply killing them off won't do it, but although I haven't found a perfect solution here are some suggestions: Split the Party while players should never ...


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NPCs don't have classes Only PCs have classes. NPCs have a statblock that fully encompasses everything they are capable of. They may have features in common with PC classes, but they may have extra features a PC cannot replicate, or be lacking features that a similar PC possesses. Referring to the Basic Rules for 5E (replicated in the Monster Manual) we ...


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This post from MCG details a possible way of thinking about creature design and gives a brief overview of MCG's design philosophy: One of the main reasons I love GMing the Cypher System is the low prep time needed to create a memorable encounter. While preparation in most games focuses on stat blocks, Cypher System preparation focuses more on cool ideas, ...


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Dragons change their physical characteristics, but not their cognitive capabilities. Ancient Copper Dragons have the ability to change their shape (MM 110 edited for clarity) Dragons in general (MM 84-118) only gain the ability to change shape at the age category (MM 86) adult or ancient depending on their colour: Change Shape. The dragon magically ...


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Let them play the NPC's, for the most parts. In a recent Warhammer Fantasy game, we played on a ship. So the GM had us make a bunch of NPC crewmembers. Officer Ranks mostly - Captain, Doctor, Master Gunner, Ship Carpenter, Cook, etc. - the idea was to always have someone for people to play, if their characters are off-screen at any time. We never really ...


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Dillard Portyr is Liara Portyr's uncle The release of the adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus has clarified this issue. For example, in chapter 1, the Basilisk Gate section (emphasis mine): This is also mentioned in other passages of the book, leaving their relationship now clarified.


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Only for Silverhand I can't speak for previous editions, but do note that stat blocks are not compatible between editions as the rules surrounding them are quite different. To find a official version of a given monster, you can use the monster search function on D&D Beyond. Doing so for the three names you've listed only gives a result for Laeral ...


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