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Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a very popular pen-and-paper role-playing game which has gone through several editions over almost 4 decades

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What is the origin of the “clerics can create water” trope?

All Dungeons and Dragons edition I'm familiar with have its Cleric character class. Apparently, D&D Cleric is a trope of its own. Many D&D "clerical" spells were still inspired by popular ...
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Are there any writings and resources regarding Ashardalon and his presence in Firestorm Peak?

I recently got the Wrath of Ashardalon board game and want to extend my experience by reading more about the setting. However, I couldn't find any by googling. I only found the wiki entry for ...
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Was the trident (named Wave) in the AD&D “White Plume Mountain” adventure a reference to anything specific?

The first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons adventure "White Plume Mountain," by Lawrence Schick, was a quest to recover three extremely powerful magical weapons. Since its original 1979 ...
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Dungeons and Dragons novel where girl accidentally wishes to be strong [duplicate]

Does any one know the name of the novel, written before 1995, from one of the Dungeons and Dragons series, where a girl accidentally wishes to become strong at the start of the novel? I remember that ...
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Where did the concept of single-use spell scrolls originate?

It has been a standard rule in Dungeons & Dragons for as long as I can remember that spell scrolls are single-use items. Once a spell is cast from the scroll (or, sometimes, even if an ...
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To what extent were Dungeons & Dragons were-rats based on The Swords of Lankhmar?

Wererats are fairly iconic monsters for Dungeons & Dragons, but they are different in a number of ways from the other "lycanthropes" listed in the game rules. It occurred to me recently that when ...
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How did D&D-specific fantasy elements end up in Capcom's “The King of Dragons”?

This is a question about the fantasy background of a video game. In the 1990s, Capcom produced a large number of side-scrolling beat-em-up video games. Many of these had science fiction or fantasy ...
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What was the inspiration for the 'draco vulgaris'?

Is the draco vulgaris (first described in Guards! Guards! (1989) inspired by the pseudodragons found in Dungeons and Dragons? I recently learned about them and find many similarities: small winged ...
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Has Elantris been inspired by Dungeons & Dragons?

I'm reading throught Elantris from Brandon Sanderson (great book by the way) and I'm also a D&D (3.5) DM with a great love for psionics. What struck me was the similarity between the Elantrians ...
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In Critical Role campaign 1, did Keyleth ever cast Revivify?

My friend is convinced she remembers Keyleth (moon circle druid) using Revivify at some point. Revivify is not a Druid spell, but she swears up an down she remembers Keyleth casting it in Critical ...
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What are the rules of the Guildpact?

In anticipation of the release of the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica book for D&D I was researching how the Guildpact works and what it's rules were. On Gamepedia's Magic: The Gathering Wiki I ...
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Dungeons & Dragons novel about a flying machine

I read this book about 15 years ago, so it is that old at the very least. I remember it was a Dungeons and Dragons novel. I'm not sure about the main characters, but there was a party of adventurers ...
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Was the creature guarding the camp in the Dungeons and Dragons movie a beholder?

In the 2000 movie Dungeons and Dragons we see a creature that looks like a floating meatball with eye stalks. While at first glance, it looks like a beholder. But did the script say that's what it ...
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Is the origin story told in The Unbroken Circle of Zerthimon true?

In the 1999 RPG videogame Planescape: Torment, based on D&D's Planescape setting, there's an NPC named Dak'kon who is a zerth, a subfaction of the githzerai race, themselves a splinter of D&D'...
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Can a warlock pact be inherited

Either in the sense that the pact Is passed down from parent to child or in the sense that a parent could make a pact for an unborn child without their permission? (I understand that ultimately its ...
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Trying to remember the name of a book I read

I read a book, about a party of adventurers fighting a lich and his armies of undead trying to take over the continent, very high fantasy. It has been a long time and details are fuzzy, but it could ...
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Book where RPG characters are portrayed as real

I'm looking for a Book where RPG characters are portrayed as real. Then at the end it shows that the RPGers are being played by another nested reality of RPGers and there is a bomb in the room. ...
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What exactly happens when one attempts to “turn undead?”

From my (exceptionally amateur) understanding of D&D, turn undead basically allows you to turn the undead away by making them run or cower or otherwise lose their morale. Simplified, only good ...
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Where does the accepted image of fantasy clothing come from?

When I picture characters in a "medieval" fantasy setting like Lord of the Rings or D&D, I tend to think of them looking kind of badass - lots of hooded cloaks, leather armour, and improbable ...
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What did Profion put into Damodar's head?

In the Dungeons & Dragons movie from 2000, evil wizard Profion magically places some kind of creature into the head of his lieutenant Damodar. The creature serves two purposes, both enhancing ...
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What would be the alignment of a Slaanesh worshipper?

Would a Slaanesh worshipper necessarily have an evil alignment in D&D? can't a character be a hedonistic Slaanesh worshipper without mutating and going insane, if so, why?
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Why does Raistlin Majere often look ill and weak?

I haven't kept up on Dragonlance lore very well throughout the years. I am still seeing quite a bit of art on various searches for Raistlin. Why is he often depicted as weak and/or ill? Last I really ...
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Are there any D&D novels with Demogorgon or other popular demon lords as antagonist? [closed]

There have been hundreds of D&D novels published over the years but I am having trouble finding any that have Demogorgon or other popular demon lords as antagonists. Are there any? I do not care ...
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What is the origin of D&D's Dragonborn, in fiction?

I'm trying to get a handle on the Dragonborn (humanoid dragon creatures) from D&D. For all the other races (Elves, Dwarves etc) I can reference mythology, or settings like Tolkien's middle earth. ...
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Why is drider a form for a fallen drow?

The drow cursed by Lolth is transformed into the half-spider form and despised from now on by other drows. The spider is a hallowed animal and killing a spider is punished by death in drow's society. ...
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Does Harry Dresden 'Level Up' After Each Book?

I spun this out as an offhand comment on this question but it made me think about it. When we first meet Harry in Storm Front his powers are quite weak for a wizard and as the series progresses he ...