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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 catch). It's possible that it originates in the Old Testament (which comes from Torah). In the Book of Numbers, Moses, who was the people's spiritual leader, got ...


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Raistlin was born like this, with a very weak body. Because of his disability, he focused on developing his mind, becoming one of the most powerful wizard that ever existed in the Dragonlance Universe. But with all that magic, his body remained weak. The Wikipedia entry says it all. Raistlin Majere and his twin brother Caramon were born in the town of ...


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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 a map: The hexagon of a lone village was inundated and changed without a trace. Melanie thought of the villagers, the people, their homes and fields. The ...


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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 is a much older likely inspiration for the existence single-use spells in written form: the master-runes from The King of Elfland's Daughter, by Lord Dunsany. ...


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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 their own personal quests for five years. Sturm Brightblade and Kitiara Uth Matar both decide to go north to Solamnia to learn more about their families. ...


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tl;dr: Most likely, the 3.5 edition dragonborn are derived from earlier 1st edition reptilian/draconian creatures, which were likely inspired by earlier humanoid reptiles (such as the Silurians from Doctor Who). D&D Precursors to Dragonborn The earliest examples of a creature resembling a dragonborn in D&D lore, that I am aware of, comes from the ...


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There is plenty of evidence that Harry does not operate under the rules for D&D in any meaningful way. Harry can cast several spells in the first book which are far more powerful than a low-level arcane caster could use (for example, Gust of Wind could never launch an elevator in the way Harry is forced to). Harry's spells do not have anything like the ...


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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 that the Trope maker (i.e. work that popularized it) was Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey, a 1970 work, but the also appear in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le ...


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There are a few possibilities, but all of the earliest ones come from Chinese mythology. Dragon/Human Hybrids The oldest mention of a dragon/human hybrid is probably Nu-wa, a deity in Chinese mythology mentioned as early as 875 BC. Nu-wa's body was essentially that of a mermaid or centaur, only dragon-based. Her upper body resembled a beautiful woman, yet ...


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In a word, no. All of the changes in Harry's abilities as a wizard come from several clearly identifiable sources that are clearly discussed in the books. Study, practice, research, and preparation: It is the nature of Wizards in Harry's universe be constantly working on their craft. Harry makes the point in several places that there are limits to how much ...


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The Gord the Rogue novels by Gary Gygax: Sea of Death, Night Errant, City of Hawks, Come Endless Darkness, Dance of Demons - all involve many of the "Demons of Name" - Demogorgon, Grazz't, Juiblex, and literally dozens of others. Much of the action takes place in the Abyss, so demons abound.


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Driders are not spiders, so just because they combine elements of spider physiology does not make them automatically revered. The origin and societal roles of driders hasn't been terribly consistent in D&D settings, but generally a drow gets turned into a drider specifically as a punishment, either by Lolth or by more powerful drow. Spiders are ...


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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 required. The stronger the cleric (in narrative terms: more experienced and stronger faith; in RP terms: higher level and higher charisma) the more the gods are ...


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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, young whippersnappers had a whole different style and thought all the previous styles of non-groovy people were square. In the 1970's, mainstream clothes ...


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Although this is probably more adept for rpg stack, I'll answer. Slaanesh is not only a god whose worshippers are hedonistic. They are totally insane, crazy and chaotic. This limitates your alignments to the "Chaotic" branch. Also, they enjoy and find pleasure in pain, getting it and causing it to others, this also limitates de "Good" branch of the ...


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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 legions and proceeded to massacre the southern troops. That sounds very distinctly similar to what you're describing. There are also a lot of other things ...


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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, in which it was stated unambiguously that before they were enslaved by the mind flayers (illithids), the race that became the githyanki and githzerai were ...


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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 Twin Cities monsters introduced by Dave Arneson and his players. Who precisely is responsible is unclear, but wererat first appears in David Megarry's ...


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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 killed, and she inherits his belongings, one of which is a Ring of Wishes When Shal Bal of Cormyr's master, Ranthor, receives a message from his old friend ...


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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 here. On the Keyleth tab, it lists her as casting the following 3rd level spells (highlighted in green). Revivify (3rd level) isn't on the list. That's not ...


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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 team over at WoTC is consistent in their desciptions of the Guildpact's power. Based on various flavor texts, original Ravnica: City of Guilds, Dissention, and ...


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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, Snails. We'll just sneak around 'em. You might wish to note that given the crudity of the CGI (and the fact that they don't interact with any of the actors) ...


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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 test, Raistlin made a bargain with the old lich (undead wizard)1 Fistandantilus. Raistlin got even weaker, as Fistandantilus exchanged part of Raistlin's life ...


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Evidence from the Books Yes, Harry gains in knowledge and power in between most of the books. He gains some during a few of the novels. That said, Harry doesn't "level up" in a manner similar to D&D characters. Exception Spoiler: For the most part, Harry does gain in power and ability over time, with some very clear jumps at certain points for good ...


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As a DM I choose to regard this transformation as a bizarre form of blessing granted in a form of a trial. Since Lolth herself and her worshipers are wicked and cruel - her attention, be it an act of punishment or a granted favor are sacred to all drow. Such a harsh divine interference may result in various outcome however. If a subject of transformation ...


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I should point out that in the novels Homeland (first in Dark Elf Trilogy), Legacy, and the short story Fires of Narbondel (Realms of the Underdark, written by Mark Anthony but focuses on Drizzt and House Do'Urden) Driders were depicted as mindless, sexless (in FoN at least), blubbering, pitiful wretches- not something you'd want to become. Also it was ...


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A demon According to relevant sections in the film's official novelisation the creature is described as being a "demon". Beyond that, there's really no further useful info. Then, as if the worst were surely done, something dark and wet poked its snout from Damodar’s nose. Something pale as death slid from his ears. Damodar shrieked in terror as the ...


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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), or destroy undead. Evil clerics and some neutral clerics can channel negative energy, which can halt, awe (rebuke), control (command), or bolster undead. ...


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I remember seeing somewhere describe what the creatures was supposed to be, but now cant find it. It does appear to be the reason he comes back in the second movie. From Wikipedia: Approximately one hundred years after the events of the first film, Damodar (Bruce Payne) has survived his defeat by Ridley Freeborn, having been cursed by his former ...


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Ashardalon, the great red dragon, started as a background character and antagonist in the last chapter of an 8-module adventure series for Dungeons & Dragons 3e in 2000-2002. The first, last (where the dragon actually appears), and one other were written by Bruce Cordell. There do not seem to be any novels dealing with this character, so only the ...


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