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Why isn't the druid affected by her enchanted cuffs?

During the druid and barbarian's first encounter with the gelatinous cube, the druid plunges her hand with the cuff into the cube. When she pulls her hand out, it is also pulled through the cuff, ...
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What is the origin of the “clerics can create water” trope?

A lot of cleric spells in early D&D were explicit Bible references; the one that comes immediately to mind is Sticks to Snakes, which is based on Exodus 7:12 (thanks to @RossThompson for this ...
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Is the D&D 5e magic item "Ioun stone" derived from the magic of Mandor from Zelazny's "Amber"?

Ioun stones are specifically derived from the later Dying Earth stories, featuring Rhialto the Marvelous, by Jack Vance. In the first two Rhialto stories, the IOUN Stones are merely powerful items ...
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Looking for a specific “Dungeons & Dragons” related movie

I suspect you are combining two memories. Aside from the insistence it was not animated you are describing the animated Dungeons & Dragons TV series 1983 to 1985 on CBS. ...
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Book where RPG characters are portrayed as real

Gamearth by Kevin J.Anderson. It is a trilogy and there is a (brief) Wikipedia article describing the series here. The scratching off a river hexagon is when they players are trying to remove it from ...
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Dungeons & Dragons novel about a flying machine

You're probably thinking of the Dragonlance novel, Darkness & Light. Darkness and Light begins in the town of Solace at the time the companions decide to pursue rumors of war and embark on ...
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What was the inspiration for the 'draco vulgaris'?

I'd be very surprised if D&D Pseudodragons were the initial inspiration for Draco Vulgaris. As the TV Tropes page says, small pet dragons predate them in a significant way. The tropes page guesses ...
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Is the D&D 5e magic item "Ioun stone" derived from the magic of Mandor from Zelazny's "Amber"?

It's highly unlikely. Ioun Stones (in D&D) date from at least as early as 1979, in the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide, while the first of the second set of Amber ...
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Where did the concept of single-use spell scrolls originate?

Although Vancian magic was the basis of much of the original Dungeons & Dragons magic system, I do not recall any instances of single-use scroll's in Vance's Dying Earth stories.* However, there ...
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D&D book where water could be boiled into gunpowder

This is Guardians of the Flame (TV Tropes link) by Joel Rosenberg. Guardians of the Flame is a fantasy series by Joel Rosenberg about a group of roleplaying college students who abruptly find ...
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Does the Dungeons & Dragons Movie (2000) take place in any known setting?

According to e-mail correspondence between Robert Blezard "Knightfall" (a D&D fan) and movie writer David Arneson, Izmir was made up for the movie: Specifically, Knightfall asked: I ...
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Does the Dungeons & Dragons Movie (2000) take place in any known setting?

The Dungeons & Dragons movie was not fit into any of the then-existing campaign worlds that had been released by TSR or its successor Wizards of the Coast. There was some tentative talk of using ...
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To what extent were Dungeons & Dragons were-rats based on The Swords of Lankhmar?

At this point, no one seems to remember, although the connection seems very likely. However it wasn't Gygax who introduced wererats to the game or coined the term. The were-rat was first one of the ...
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High fantasy book, possibly "Forgotten Realms", including Leviathan-like undead a necromancer creating experimental undeads

This is the Forgotten Realms novel Undead, by Richard Lee Byers, from 2008. From the Realms Wikia article: Meanwhile, undead kraken-like behemoths emerged from the ground behind the Council’s ...
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What exactly happens when one attempts to "turn undead?"

Clerics and Paladins have the divine favor of their chosen gods. When rebuking or turning undead it is really the gods working through the clerics. This is why using a holy symbol of the faith is ...
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Where does the accepted image of fantasy clothing come from?

Silliness lies in the eye of the beholder. In the early silent pictures, you can see a Harold Lloyd character being made fun of for wearing out of date clothes from a few decades back. In the 1960's, ...
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Is the D&D 5e magic item "Ioun stone" derived from the magic of Mandor from Zelazny's "Amber"?

Ioun Stones are likely sourced from Jack Vance's fiction The Ioun Stone comes from Jack Vance's Dying Earth series, which is where the "fire and forget" spell casting of D&D came from ...
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Is the origin story told in The Unbroken Circle of Zerthimon true?

The "canonical" history of the people of Gith has been gradually expanded over many years, including with some changes over time. For example, the first appearance of the races was in the Field Folio,...
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In Critical Role campaign 1, did Keyleth ever cast Revivify?

According to the Tal'Dorei Campaign Stats page on CritRoleStats, Keyleth never cast Revivify. On that page under Rankings, there's a link to a spreadsheet of all spells cast during the campaign. Link ...
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Dungeons and Dragons novel where girl accidentally wishes to be strong

This could be Pool of Radiance, a Forgotten Realms story based on, iirc, an early computer game. The book was first published in 1989. Shal Bal is the apprentice to a powerful, kindly master who is ...
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Does the Dungeons & Dragons Movie (2000) take place in any known setting?

As far as I know, it is in a setting of its own, created for the movie. Actually, the page for the film on the Italian Wikipedia states the setting was made for the movie, although it shares ...
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Can D&D werewolves actively decide whether to turn someone or not?

A werewolf (or indeed any form of lycanthrope) has zero control over whether its bite can pass along the 'curse of lycanthropy'. Once someone has sustained damage from a "bite" attack roll (indicating ...
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Why does Raistlin Majere often look ill and weak?

Raistlin had a weak body from the beginning. As mentioned in the previous answer, he nearly died shortly after being born, but was nursed to life by his half-sister Kitiara. Furthermore, during the ...
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Was the creature guarding the camp in the Dungeons and Dragons movie a beholder?

They're beholders. Snails identifies them thusly in a voiceover a few seconds before the scene pictured (when they climb up the grapple lines) Snails: Ridley, look--Beholders. Ridley: Relax, ...
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Why is Bahamut the Grand Master of Flowers in the new MTG set?

Possibly a hint towards the future? Bahamut is known to disguise himself as a human surrounded by seven canaries in order to advance good causes. It would appear he is doing that in his card. This is ...
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Is Boo really a miniature giant space hamster?

As far as I know, no proof was provided in the Baldur's Gate games. However, in the Forgotten Realms Magic: the Gathering tie-in set, "Adventures in the Forgotten Realms", the Minsc, Beloved ...
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How to make any sense of religion and dead gods in Baldur's Gate 3?

From the Forgotten Realms wiki entry: With all of his children dead, all of Bhaal's essence was freed, allowing for his resurrection. Bhaal was revived, and reclaimed the murder domain from Cyric. ...
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What are the rules of the Guildpact?

I am currently working through the same thing as you are. For something as important and central to the world of Ravnica, the Guildpact isn't very well described. Fortunately, it seems that the story ...
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Looking for a specific “Dungeons & Dragons” related movie

The six kids part and the TV series are spot on in the other answer. I'd also like to add that there have actually been at least two "Dungeons & Dragons" live action movies: Dungeons &...
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What exactly happens when one attempts to "turn undead?"

They channel positive energy. But this is NOT the same as being really positive. Good clerics and paladins and some neutral clerics can channel positive energy, which can halt, drive off (rout),...
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