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* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: A god who kills another god can acquire that god's portfolio. Ibrandul used to be the god of caverns, dungeons and the Underdark, but he was killed by Shar during the Time of Troubles. Shar took his portfolio for herself, and also began granting spells to his worshipers.
2nd Aug '17 3:31:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ScrewYouElves: The Realms' elves tend to be either xenophobic {{Noble Savage}}s or the sad relicts of a great culture that fell past the point of decadence [[EndOfAnAge more than a thousand years ago]] (a lot of bitterness ensues) and mostly act on the defensive. Of course, in their time they ''did'' many great deeds -- [[HorribleHistories not all of which]] they would [[NeglectfulPrecursors care]] to [[DisproportionateRetribution advertise]] -- but now they put up more of a haughty show than any real actions or abilities (going to weave a new mythal, anyone?).

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* ScrewYouElves: The Realms' elves tend to be either xenophobic {{Noble Savage}}s or the sad relicts of a great culture that fell past the point of decadence [[EndOfAnAge more than a thousand years ago]] (a lot of bitterness ensues) and mostly act on the defensive. Of course, in their time they ''did'' many great deeds -- [[HorribleHistories [[Literature/HorribleHistories not all of which]] they would [[NeglectfulPrecursors care]] to [[DisproportionateRetribution advertise]] -- but now they put up more of a haughty show than any real actions or abilities (going to weave a new mythal, anyone?).
29th Jul '17 10:47:44 AM nombretomado
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* WretchedHive: [[XMeetsY meets]] NotSoSafeHarbor in Skullport (TruceZone oblivious to concepts like "contraband" or "piracy", with a lot of street crime), Westgate (trade port and pirate haven nearly dominated by Night Masks thieves), Zhentil Keep and some other Moonsea cities.

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* WretchedHive: [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] NotSoSafeHarbor in Skullport (TruceZone oblivious to concepts like "contraband" or "piracy", with a lot of street crime), Westgate (trade port and pirate haven nearly dominated by Night Masks thieves), Zhentil Keep and some other Moonsea cities.
15th Jul '17 8:57:37 AM Theriocephalus
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* BloodMagic - Mostly elven, mostly forgotten, partly [[TheDarkArts forbidden]], sometimes suicidal, usually quite impressive. 'Blood Dragon' is a vengeance/{{last stand}} spell ''requiring'' [[TakingYouWithMe the caster's death]] that sends at the target a big, nearly unstoppable, flesh-dissolving magical construct. 'Bloodstars' turns seven droplets of the caster's blood into sharp projectiles that ''explode'' if they hit and draw blood.

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* BloodMagic - BloodMagic: Mostly elven, mostly forgotten, partly [[TheDarkArts forbidden]], sometimes suicidal, usually quite impressive. 'Blood Dragon' is a vengeance/{{last stand}} spell ''requiring'' [[TakingYouWithMe the caster's death]] that sends at the target a big, nearly unstoppable, flesh-dissolving magical construct. 'Bloodstars' turns seven droplets of the caster's blood into sharp projectiles that ''explode'' if they hit and draw blood.



* ExpansionPackPast: effectively what happens each time a new setting is grafted onto the Realms - ''Kara-Tur'', ''Al-Qadim'' and ''Maztica'' were all located in previously undocumented areas of Toril.

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* ExpansionPackPast: effectively Effectively what happens each time a new setting is grafted onto the Realms - -- ''Kara-Tur'', ''Al-Qadim'' and ''Maztica'' were all located in previously undocumented areas of Toril.



* InterspeciesRomance - Half-Elves in most place don't even cause a lifted eyebrow, but it's not the only case. Myth Drannor was named after an elf who loved a dwarven lady (and yes, on Toril female dwarves got beards, male elves don't).
** [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=69#160874 Here]]'s clarification from Ed Greenwood on all those half-orcs.

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* InterspeciesRomance - InterspeciesRomance: Half-Elves in most place don't even cause a lifted eyebrow, but it's not the only case. Myth Drannor was named after an elf who loved a dwarven lady (and yes, on Toril female dwarves got beards, male elves don't).
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don't). [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=69#160874 Here]]'s clarification from Ed Greenwood on all those half-orcs.



* MythArc: ''Cormyr Saga'' alone gives compressed variant. The novel ''Cormyr'' is an interleave of "present day" story chapters and small flashback stories that depict Cormyrean history. The HowWeGotHere part forms at once necessary background for the main story, some parts of big StoryArc and also parts of epic History Arc that connects with "present" StoryArc in next books.

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* MythArc: The ''Cormyr Saga'' alone gives compressed variant. The novel ''Cormyr'' is an interleave of "present day" story chapters and small flashback stories that depict Cormyrean history. The HowWeGotHere part forms at once necessary background for the main story, some parts of big StoryArc and also parts of epic History Arc that connects with "present" StoryArc in next books.



* NeglectfulPrecursors: [[HatePlague Dracorage]] is one of "best" examples. Building a magical device that periodically drives all dragons in the world [[AxeCrazy Claw Crazy]]? Well, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo one just have to do whatever one can]]. Leaving damn thing active, accessible and not adequately guarded, ''indefinitely'' after decisive victory? Great idea: not only dragons have to kill much more people than ''they'' want to, but sooner or later it may fail to turn off and someone can tamper with either comet or mythal in the way that leaves the hellish condition on. Which almost happened twice.
** Some elven mages left a few trapped fiends with an "impossible" CurseEscapeClause and apparently didn't set up safeguards other than verbal warnings, which degenerated to horror stories for children in about 1800 years. Then there were three ''very'' annoyed greater nycaloths, the whole army of their kin gated in and roaming around, the fall of Myth Drannor... Ah, and these were summoned in first place to retrieve artifacts stolen by elves to keep them out of hands of irresponsible humans. Netherese later ''did'' cause {{Gotterdammerung}}, so for once this consideration was quite valid. But early Netherese were taught by elves to begin with. It's hard to count [[CrossesTheLineTwice just how many times]] such recursions cross the line.
* NeuroVault - If after all those years of examining SealedEvilInACan inside the can [[spoiler:Prince Melegaunt Tanthul]] died and just carried all this knowledge with him, it would be... rather unfortunate, right?
* NeutralNoLonger - Lots of, notably Catlinda (Company of Catlash), who became an adventurer after her father gone insane when she exposed and slain doppleganger who killed (and replaced) her mother. Or some elves who helped [[ReligionOfEvil Cyricists]] after Knights of Samular [[WhatTheHellHero acted]] as classic [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Anal]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero -- Karsus tried to become a god by using the first 12-level spell to borrow some divine power from the only deity he should have left alone. The result is: destroyed Netheril, killed goddess, no 11-level and higher spells on Toril anymore and 10 level working only when relevant gods are ''sure'' it's a good idea, Karsus being a god just long enough to understand how much he screwed up everything and then [[AndIMustScream trapped for ages]] as almost-dead almost-god. What's left of him is a red boulder that seeps blood.
** Karsus shows up as a [[FateWorseThanDeath vestige]] in the "Pact Magic" section of the ''Tome of Magic'' book. He refuses to be summoned near active spells, indicating he's at least partially [[AndIMustScream aware of his current situation]].

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* NeglectfulPrecursors: NeglectfulPrecursors:
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[[HatePlague Dracorage]] is one of "best" examples. Building a magical device that periodically drives all dragons in the world [[AxeCrazy Claw Crazy]]? Well, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo one just have to do whatever one can]]. Leaving damn thing active, accessible and not adequately guarded, ''indefinitely'' after decisive victory? Great idea: not only dragons have to kill much more people than ''they'' want to, but sooner or later it may fail to turn off and someone can tamper with either comet or mythal in the way that leaves the hellish condition on. Which almost happened twice.
** Some elven mages left a few trapped fiends with an "impossible" CurseEscapeClause and apparently didn't set up safeguards other than verbal warnings, which degenerated to into horror stories for children in about 1800 years. Then there were three ''very'' annoyed greater nycaloths, the whole army of their kin gated in and roaming around, the fall of Myth Drannor... Ah, ah, and these were summoned in first place to retrieve artifacts stolen by elves to keep them out of hands of irresponsible humans. Netherese later ''did'' cause {{Gotterdammerung}}, so for once this consideration was quite valid. But early Netherese were taught by elves to begin with. It's hard to count [[CrossesTheLineTwice just how many times]] such recursions cross the line.
* NeuroVault - NeuroVault: If after all those years of examining SealedEvilInACan inside the can [[spoiler:Prince Melegaunt Tanthul]] died and just carried all this knowledge with him, it would be... rather unfortunate, right?
* NeutralNoLonger - NeutralNoLonger: Lots of, notably Catlinda (Company of Catlash), who became an adventurer after her father gone insane when she exposed and slain doppleganger who killed (and replaced) her mother. Or some elves who helped [[ReligionOfEvil Cyricists]] after Knights of Samular [[WhatTheHellHero acted]] as classic [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Anal]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero -- NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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Karsus tried to become a god by using the first 12-level spell to borrow some divine power from the only deity he should have left alone. The result is: destroyed Netheril, killed goddess, no 11-level and higher spells on Toril anymore and 10 level working only when relevant gods are ''sure'' it's a good idea, Karsus being a god just long enough to understand how much he screwed up everything and then [[AndIMustScream trapped for ages]] as almost-dead almost-god. What's left of him is a red boulder that seeps blood.
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blood. Karsus shows up as a [[FateWorseThanDeath vestige]] in the "Pact Magic" section of the ''Tome of Magic'' book. He refuses to be summoned near active spells, indicating he's at least partially [[AndIMustScream aware of his current situation]].



** The Dracorage Mythal. Free the world from the dragons' domination by disorganizing them: a good idea. [[NeglectfulPrecursors Leave behind]] the device with nigh-unlimited service life not only making dragons aggressive every few years, but capable of making one big nightmare of the whole world just by failing to turn off: not very good idea. This one had ''two'' very close calls. First the dragons not knowing what exactly got them tried to destroy the visible comet -- which gone wrong and produced Tears of Selune -- so the mythal's activating key almost got stuck in either Toril's moon or one of the new satellites. Later perhaps the best metamage in the world gone batshit insane, found and "hijacked" the mythal itself. These elves are not only nice, but also very foresighted People, aren't they?
*** In their defense, a while after they created the mythal the elves fought a several-thousand-year long string of world wars among themselves that resulted in a lot of stuff getting lost and forgotten.

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** The Dracorage Mythal. Free the world from the dragons' domination by disorganizing them: a good idea. [[NeglectfulPrecursors Leave behind]] the device with nigh-unlimited service life not only making dragons aggressive every few years, but capable of making one big nightmare of the whole world just by failing to turn off: not very good idea. This one had ''two'' very close calls. First the dragons not knowing what exactly got them tried to destroy the visible comet -- which gone wrong and produced Tears of Selune -- so the mythal's activating key almost got stuck in either Toril's moon or one of the new satellites. Later perhaps the best metamage in the world gone batshit insane, found and "hijacked" the mythal itself. These elves are not only nice, but also very foresighted People, aren't they?
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they? In their defense, a while after they created the mythal the elves fought a several-thousand-year long string of world wars among themselves that resulted in a lot of stuff getting lost and forgotten.



* NobleDemon - Lauzoril: he really cares about his kid, renounced undeath and is a bit too honest for zulkir or master of Charm school.

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* NobleDemon - NobleDemon:
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Lauzoril: he really cares about his kid, renounced undeath and is a bit too honest for zulkir or master of Charm school.



* NostalgiaFilter - Most elves suffer a near-terminal case of this.

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* NostalgiaFilter - NostalgiaFilter: Most elves suffer a near-terminal case of this.



* NudeNatureDance - The Good-aligned female Drow worshippers of Eilistraee dance nude outdoors in the moonlight.
* ObfuscatingStupidity - As Elminster's scribe Lhaeo played little obnoxious ObstructiveBureaucrat. After he covertly turned into Haedrak III he plays less than bright lordling and dabbler in magic absent-mindedly playing with his familiar instead of listening to any SeriousBusiness discussed before him. While his personal power isn't great, he has SeenItAll, have an ideal memory, is very observant, good enough investigator to tell nosy ''Khelben'' something new about the events under Blackstaff's own nose and as deft with his spells--including a few Elminster developed personally for him--as it can be expected from a guy apprenticed to the Old Mage for two dozen years.

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* NudeNatureDance - NudeNatureDance: The Good-aligned female Drow worshippers of Eilistraee dance nude outdoors in the moonlight.
* ObfuscatingStupidity - ObfuscatingStupidity:
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As Elminster's scribe Lhaeo played little obnoxious ObstructiveBureaucrat. After he covertly turned into Haedrak III he plays less than bright lordling and dabbler in magic absent-mindedly playing with his familiar instead of listening to any SeriousBusiness discussed before him. While his personal power isn't great, he has SeenItAll, have an ideal memory, is very observant, good enough investigator to tell nosy ''Khelben'' something new about the events under Blackstaff's own nose and as deft with his spells--including a few Elminster developed personally for him--as him -- as it can be expected from a guy apprenticed to the Old Mage for two dozen years.



* OlderThanTheyLook - Fyodor takes some time to get accustomed to the idea of Liriel being mature enough for a relationship. For one, she's small for a drow. For two, as a drow, at the age of [[labelnote:39]] 1361 DR, born 1322 DR[[/labelnote]], she looks more like 12.
** In ''The Bargain'' by Elaine Cunningham the true age of Arilyn "Moonblade" rather shocked [[spoiler:Hasheth]]. Calishites usually marry very young, so...

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* OlderThanTheyLook - OlderThanTheyLook:
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Fyodor takes some time to get accustomed to the idea of Liriel being mature enough for a relationship. For one, she's small for a drow. For two, as a drow, at the age of [[labelnote:39]] 1361 DR, born 1322 DR[[/labelnote]], she looks more like 12.
** In ''The Bargain'' by Elaine Cunningham Bargain'', the true age of Arilyn "Moonblade" rather shocked [[spoiler:Hasheth]]. Calishites usually marry very young, so...



* OminousFloatingCastle - Netherese Enclaves, Flattery Wyvernspur's castle, Temple in the Sky.

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* OminousFloatingCastle - OminousFloatingCastle: Netherese Enclaves, Flattery Wyvernspur's castle, the Temple in the Sky.



* OverusedCopycatCharacter - Drizzt is the [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Drizzt poster child]].
* PepperSneeze - Raidon Kane, in Stardeep.
* PersonOfMassDestruction - Just about any high-level spellcaster.

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* OverusedCopycatCharacter - OverusedCopycatCharacter: Drizzt is the [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Drizzt poster child]].
* PepperSneeze - %%* PepperSneeze: Raidon Kane, in Stardeep.
* PersonOfMassDestruction - PersonOfMassDestruction:
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Just about any high-level spellcaster.



* PhlebotinumOverdose - It was mentioned many times that spells may interfere and an excessive release of strong spells, especially in the presence of massive enchantments, may rise up to the scale of FantasticNuke: supposedly, through this effect one drow city in a civil war turned into what is known as The Great Rift.

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* PhlebotinumOverdose - PhlebotinumOverdose:
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It was mentioned many times that spells may interfere and an excessive release of strong spells, especially in the presence of massive enchantments, may rise up to the scale of FantasticNuke: supposedly, through this effect one drow city in a civil war turned into what is known as The Great Rift.



* ThePollyanna - Lathander is the god of optimism in all but name ("there is always another morning") and there seems to be more of obliviousness than defeating the circumstances. Many his followers are like this too: Muragh Brilstagg, Rod of Lathander, was cursed to have his awareness stuck in his body after dying and soon reduced to a skull able only to talk and roll around using his jaw. The priest remained TalkativeLoon loudly preachful about others' faults he was -- which got a wizard to curse him in the first place -- through it all.
** Lathander ought to add Bad Ideas to his divine portfolio. He dreams up grandiose, cockamamie schemes (such as changing all the gods into carbon copies of himself, which caused the Dawn Cataclysm) and never once considers the consequences, nor does it ever occur to him that others (gods and mortals alike) might be less than delighted with the prospect.
* {{Precursors}} - Before humans, Toril was dominated by elves. Who in turn broke the dragons' rule. Before dragons there were Creator races.

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* ThePollyanna - Lathander :Lathander is the god of optimism in all but name ("there is always another morning") and there seems to be more of obliviousness than defeating the circumstances. Many his followers are like this too: Muragh Brilstagg, Rod of Lathander, was cursed to have his awareness stuck in his body after dying and soon reduced to a skull able only to talk and roll around using his jaw. The priest remained TalkativeLoon loudly preachful about others' faults he was -- which got a wizard to curse him in the first place -- through it all.
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all. Lathander ought to add Bad Ideas to his divine portfolio. He dreams up grandiose, cockamamie schemes (such as changing all the gods into carbon copies of himself, which caused the Dawn Cataclysm) and never once considers the consequences, nor does it ever occur to him that others (gods and mortals alike) might be less than delighted with the prospect.
* {{Precursors}} - {{Precursors}}: Before humans, Toril was dominated by elves. Who in turn broke the dragons' rule. Before dragons there were Creator races.



* PurpleIsPowerful - The Knights called the Purple Dragons.
* ThePurplePeopleEaterEffect - Was the prophecy that dragons will rule the world AfterTheEnd, or that ''dead'' dragons will rule? The Cult of the Dragon interprets it the second way.
* RazorWings: The 'Sharpwings' spell. It gives a dragon's wing buffet double the damage of a claw attack while keeping its knockdown efect. Without any visual changes.
* RebelliousPrincess - [[{{Meganekko}} Miliana]] Da Sumbria (''The Council of Blades''). Liriel Baenre, technically, counts too. Alusair "[[LadyOfWar The Steel Princess]]" of Cormyr had a loud dish-breaking disputes with her father just about every time she returned to the palace.

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* PurpleIsPowerful - PurpleIsPowerful: The Knights called the Purple Dragons.
* ThePurplePeopleEaterEffect - ThePurplePeopleEaterEffect: Was the prophecy that dragons will rule the world AfterTheEnd, or that ''dead'' dragons will rule? The Cult of the Dragon interprets it the second way.
* RazorWings: The 'Sharpwings' "Sharpwings" spell. It gives a dragon's wing buffet double the damage of a claw attack while keeping its knockdown efect. Without any visual changes.
* RebelliousPrincess - RebelliousPrincess: [[{{Meganekko}} Miliana]] Da Sumbria (''The Council of Blades''). Liriel Baenre, technically, counts too. Alusair "[[LadyOfWar The the Steel Princess]]" of Cormyr had a loud dish-breaking disputes with her father just about every time she returned to the palace.



* SdrawkcabName: The pit fiend Tanetal, a servant of Bane in the Phlan trilogy, repeated "Latenat" at the end of at least every other phrase.

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* SdrawkcabName: SdrawkcabName:
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The pit fiend Tanetal, a servant of Bane in the Phlan trilogy, repeated "Latenat" at the end of at least every other phrase.



* SecretTestOfCharacter - Harpers sometimes do such things. [[JerkAss Vangerdahast]] at least once used Secret Test Of Loyalty--those who answered his proposal with an attempt to kill him on the spot were deemed truly loyal to Cormyr's crown.
* ShoutOut - A lot.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter - SecretTestOfCharacter: Harpers sometimes do such things. [[JerkAss Vangerdahast]] at least once used Secret Test Of Loyalty--those who answered his proposal with an attempt to kill him on the spot were deemed truly loyal to Cormyr's crown.
* ShoutOut - ShoutOut: A lot.



* SinisterMinister - The priest in charge of Selûne's church in Memnon.
* SociopathicHero - Artemis Entreri, Erevis Cale
* SorcerousOverlord - Many examples through history, including the Shoon Empire. Also, one Thamdarl "the Wizard Unseen" of whom, in a typical Realmslore fashion, we know only a single epigraph from his memoirs.
* SpotOfTea - Raidon Kane enjoying tea, due to his Kara-Turan heritage.

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* SinisterMinister - SinisterMinister: The priest in charge of Selûne's church in Memnon.
* SociopathicHero - %%* SociopathicHero: Artemis Entreri, Erevis Cale
* SorcerousOverlord - SorcerousOverlord: Many examples through history, including the Shoon Empire. Also, one Thamdarl "the Wizard Unseen" of whom, in a typical Realmslore fashion, we know only a single epigraph from his memoirs.
* SpotOfTea - SpotOfTea: Raidon Kane enjoying tea, due to his Kara-Turan heritage.



* StarCrossedLovers - Amnestria Moonflower, a princess of the Evermeet ruling dynasty who in the end chose a human. Her nice kin were [[DisproportionateRetribution rather]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment imaginative]] in screwing over these two.

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* StarCrossedLovers - StarCrossedLovers:
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Amnestria Moonflower, a princess of the Evermeet ruling dynasty who in the end chose a human. Her nice kin were [[DisproportionateRetribution rather]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment imaginative]] in screwing over these two.



* TheStarscream - See TheDragon above.
* StarSpangledSpandex - Ao.

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* TheStarscream - %%* TheStarscream: See TheDragon above.
* StarSpangledSpandex - %%* StarSpangledSpandex: Ao.



* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom - "Nybor's Joyful Voyage" spell. That the same Nybor devised a whole ''line'' of AgonyBeam spells maybe counts as a subtle hint. It [[TeleFrag unsafely teleports]] one victim to random place 1d100 miles away from the point of origin (including [[ThrownOutTheAirlock straight up]] and down).

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* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom - SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: The "Nybor's Joyful Voyage" spell. That the same Nybor devised a whole ''line'' of AgonyBeam spells maybe counts as a subtle hint. It [[TeleFrag unsafely teleports]] one victim to random place 1d100 miles away from the point of origin (including [[ThrownOutTheAirlock straight up]] and down).



* SupernaturalGoldEyes - A rare drow feature, notable but not dominant in Baenre (first house of Menzoberranzan).

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* SupernaturalGoldEyes - SupernaturalGoldEyes: A rare drow feature, notable but not dominant in Baenre (first house of Menzoberranzan).



* TakeThat - In ''The Simbul's Gift'': Lauzoril became Zulkir by [[KlingonPromotion killing his predecessor]] and mentor in a duel. Then he found an old guy's granddaughter locked away on the estate and soon married her. Granddaddy turned her into a CloudCuckoolander, [[ForYourOwnGood trying to protect her]] and/or because later she would constitute a danger. Lauzoril later swore his magic will never touch his daughter, even to straighten her crooked tooth, and if this will be his demise, so be it. That's one of the ''major villains''. Thing is, it was printed soon after the [[http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Robin_Borne_(Earth-9500) Hobgoblin 2211]] story, Hasbro-to-Hasbro missile.

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* TakeThat - TakeThat:
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In ''The Simbul's Gift'': Gift'', Lauzoril became Zulkir by [[KlingonPromotion killing his predecessor]] and mentor in a duel. Then he found an old guy's granddaughter locked away on the estate and soon married her. Granddaddy turned her into a CloudCuckoolander, [[ForYourOwnGood trying to protect her]] and/or because later she would constitute a danger. Lauzoril later swore his magic will never touch his daughter, even to straighten her crooked tooth, and if this will be his demise, so be it. That's one of the ''major villains''. Thing is, it was printed soon after the [[http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Robin_Borne_(Earth-9500) Hobgoblin 2211]] story, Hasbro-to-Hasbro missile.



* TalkingThroughTechnique: The Drow HandSignal language.

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* TalkingThroughTechnique: TalkingThroughTechnique:
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The Drow HandSignal hand signal language.



* TooDumbToLive: In the old sourcebook ''Spellbound'', there's a group of humans in Thay who have taken to worshiping Lolth. Their drow liaison periodically takes select favorites back with her to the Underdark. They're never seen again, but surely that's just because they're having too much fun down with the drow... What's more, Thay is a slaving, backstabbing society itself, so you'd really think they'd know better.

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* TooDumbToLive: In the old sourcebook ''Spellbound'', there's a group of humans in Thay who have taken to worshiping Lolth. Their drow liaison periodically takes select favorites back with her to the Underdark. They're never seen again, but surely that's just because they're having too much fun down with the drow... What's what's more, Thay is a slaving, backstabbing society itself, so you'd really think they'd know better.



* TrappedBehindEnemyLines - Drizzt Do'Urden in The Lone Drow.

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* TrappedBehindEnemyLines - TrappedBehindEnemyLines: Drizzt Do'Urden in The ''The Lone Drow.Drow''.



* TropesForDummies - {{Canon}}ically, every [[FictionalDocument Volo's Guide]] is a mix of brilliant investigations and silly hearsay. The most infamous was "Volo's Guide to All Things Magical", which the author sold to someone (in FR comics). Its "second edition" [[note]][[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 from Wizards' site]], free[[/note]] claimed that v.1.0 contained a lot of [[Literature/AnarchistCookbook recipes on how to kill oneself in amusing ways]] and so much sensitive information that not only did Volo hesitate to introduce himself within hearing range of any other wizard ever after, but Elminster ''personally'' hunted down and destroyed every last copy.
** During the introduction to ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'', Volo mentions that Elminster decided that ''Volo's Complete Guide to the Behavior of Nymphs'' was "too naughty for print."

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* TropesForDummies - TropesForDummies: {{Canon}}ically, every [[FictionalDocument Volo's Guide]] is a mix of brilliant investigations and silly hearsay. The most infamous was "Volo's Guide to All Things Magical", which the author sold to someone (in FR comics). Its "second edition" [[note]][[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 from Wizards' site]], free[[/note]] claimed that v.1.0 contained a lot of [[Literature/AnarchistCookbook recipes on how to kill oneself in amusing ways]] and so much sensitive information that not only did Volo hesitate to introduce himself within hearing range of any other wizard ever after, but Elminster ''personally'' hunted down and destroyed every last copy.
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copy. During the introduction to ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'', Volo mentions that Elminster decided that ''Volo's Complete Guide to the Behavior of Nymphs'' was "too naughty for print."



* {{Unperson}} - While the Harpers imprisoned [[spoiler:Finder]] they [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment also removed him from all records and suppressed his songs]]. Not a small task, given that the target was a noble, widely known bard and great artificer at once. They even make him forget his own name. Of course, later it [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfired]]. In the end they "restored" him when not only the cat was out of the bag, but [[spoiler:he ascended to the demipower status]], and the story ended up rather embarrassing for both sides.
* UnrelatedEffects - According to the ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=4987 Menzoberranzan]]'' [[{{sourcebook}} boxed set]], in some drow traditions wizards suspecting they are being watched ([[ProperlyParanoid most of them most of the time]]) disguise actual working, tactical properties or even natures of their spells with "frills" -- bogus rituals, spell components and special effect cantrips. If such a wizard is in serious danger, he can always drop this charade and cast the same spell "as is", much faster than those who spied upon his experiments would expect.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes - It seems anyone who can be presented as an "acceptable target" dealt with this. Of protagonists, Jander Sunstar (vampire) and Liriel Baenre (drow). And let's not start on the whole [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Bhaalspawn Bhaalspawn]] problem... Flavour text of ''The Seven Sisters'' features a wizard who ran into the dell where followers of Eilistraee (including Qilué) danced--''"aww... how cute... ''firestorm''! [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh Oops.]]"''. Dark Ladies obviously have to deal with such things time and again, and most are neither protected by Mystra's daughter and her wards, nor deterred by her from answering in kind. It was limited to a mild annoyance in Ravens Bluff -- in a hardy SeenItAll city only local drunks made a nuisance of themselves.
* VestigialEmpire - Unther
* VillainProtagonist - The ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' series is a StoryArc-spanning adventure for the sake of a ReligionOfEvil. Though ''some'' of them were quite decent even by non-drow standarts [[spoiler:or "got better" later]].

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* {{Unperson}} - {{Unperson}}: While the Harpers imprisoned [[spoiler:Finder]] they [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment also removed him from all records and suppressed his songs]]. Not a small task, given that the target was a noble, widely known bard and great artificer at once. They even make him forget his own name. Of course, later it [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfired]]. In the end they "restored" him when not only the cat was out of the bag, but [[spoiler:he ascended to the demipower status]], and the story ended up rather embarrassing for both sides.
* UnrelatedEffects - UnrelatedEffects: According to the ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=4987 Menzoberranzan]]'' [[{{sourcebook}} boxed set]], in some drow traditions wizards suspecting they are being watched ([[ProperlyParanoid most of them most of the time]]) disguise actual working, tactical properties or even natures of their spells with "frills" -- bogus rituals, spell components and special effect cantrips. If such a wizard is in serious danger, he can always drop this charade and cast the same spell "as is", much faster than those who spied upon his experiments would expect.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes - VanHelsingHateCrimes: It seems anyone who can be presented as an "acceptable target" dealt with this. Of protagonists, Jander Sunstar (vampire) and Liriel Baenre (drow). And let's not start on the whole [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Bhaalspawn Bhaalspawn]] problem... Flavour text of ''The Seven Sisters'' features a wizard who ran into the dell where followers of Eilistraee (including Qilué) danced--''"aww...danced -- ''"aww... how cute... ''firestorm''! [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh Oops.]]"''. Dark Ladies obviously have to deal with such things time and again, and most are neither protected by Mystra's daughter and her wards, nor deterred by her from answering in kind. It was limited to a mild annoyance in Ravens Bluff -- in a hardy SeenItAll city only local drunks made a nuisance of themselves.
%%* VestigialEmpire: Unther.
* VestigialEmpire - Unther
* VillainProtagonist -
VillainProtagonist:
**
The ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' series is a StoryArc-spanning adventure for the sake of a ReligionOfEvil. Though ''some'' of them were quite decent even by non-drow standarts [[spoiler:or "got better" later]].



* WellIntentionedExtremist - Paladin orders have the unfortunate tendency to go over the top. Knights of Samular (see WhatTheHellHero) proved themselves as [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Anal]].
** Golden elf Kymil Nimesin formed the "Elite Guard" conspiracy: they planned a coup and managed to kill the king of Evermeet -- which is a fact most gold elves consider their collective shame. Why? Out of oblivious utopism.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist - WellIntentionedExtremist:
**
Paladin orders have the unfortunate tendency to go over the top. Knights of Samular (see WhatTheHellHero) proved themselves as [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Anal]].
** Golden The golden elf Kymil Nimesin formed the "Elite Guard" conspiracy: they planned a coup and managed to kill the king of Evermeet -- which is a fact most gold elves consider their collective shame. Why? Out of oblivious utopism.



* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway - Once a group of adventures including a ''very'' easy on the eye [[LadyOfWar female human fighter]] entered a monsters-infested castle. Pretty typical? She has two exotic assets: a WhipSword and a [[PsychicPowers wild talent]]. Not ''[[{{Brainwashed}} Domination]]'', not ''[[StuffBlowingUp Detonation]]'', not even ''[[PalantirPloy Clairvoyance]]''. ''[[{{Telepathy}} Mindlink]]'' -- ability to ''talk'' mind-to-mind with just about anything. Typical adventurers leave a ruin a few days later, with a lot more of personal property and [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank serious blood loss]]. Gayrlana "Lady Bloodsword" was ''not'' typical. By the time she left the Mindulgulph Castle she was the leader of a little, but strong --and mostly non-humanoid-- [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary company]]. And it was ''[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs her]]'' castle. And this was just the beginning. Some suspect that the Mindulgulph Company's leader is a [[HalfHumanHybrid part]]-[[MagnificentBastard drow]] not just because she's a DarkSkinnedBlond.
* WhatTheHellHero - Knights of Samular, while hunting for the demon Vladjick, attacked an elven community that denied them passage, all because of the paladins' "WithUsOrAgainstUs" thinking. Now, for ''some'' inexplicable reason many elves have a very, very dim view of ''some'' paladins. Strange people, aren't they? The same paladin order on a lesser scale:

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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway - WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Once a group of adventures including a ''very'' easy on the eye eyes [[LadyOfWar female human fighter]] entered a monsters-infested castle. Pretty typical? She has two exotic assets: a WhipSword and a [[PsychicPowers wild talent]]. Not ''[[{{Brainwashed}} Domination]]'', not ''[[StuffBlowingUp Detonation]]'', not even ''[[PalantirPloy Clairvoyance]]''. ''[[{{Telepathy}} Mindlink]]'' -- the ability to ''talk'' mind-to-mind with just about anything. Typical adventurers leave a ruin a few days later, with a lot more of personal property and [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank serious blood loss]]. Gayrlana "Lady Bloodsword" was ''not'' typical. By the time she left the Mindulgulph Castle she was the leader of a little, but strong --and mostly non-humanoid-- [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary company]]. And it was ''[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs her]]'' castle. And this was just the beginning. Some suspect that the Mindulgulph Company's leader is a [[HalfHumanHybrid part]]-[[MagnificentBastard drow]] not just because she's a DarkSkinnedBlond.
* WhatTheHellHero - WhatTheHellHero:
**
Knights of Samular, while hunting for the demon Vladjick, attacked an elven community that denied them passage, all because of the paladins' "WithUsOrAgainstUs" thinking. Now, for ''some'' inexplicable reason many elves have a very, very dim view of ''some'' paladins. Strange people, aren't they? The same paladin order on a lesser scale:



* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer - Magocracies, some old-time elves and most Drow have a bad habit of using magic instead of calling someone to fix a problem the mundane way. This tend to make [[PhlebotinumOverdose consequences]] nastier, especially if multiple structural repairs are few centuries overdue by the time that all folds.

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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer - WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Magocracies, some old-time elves and most Drow have a bad habit of using magic instead of calling someone to fix a problem the mundane way. This tend to make [[PhlebotinumOverdose consequences]] nastier, especially if multiple structural repairs are few centuries overdue by the time that all folds.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever - There are perhaps several dozen characters in the realms who have virtual immortality.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever - WhoWantsToLiveForever: There are perhaps several dozen characters in the realms who have virtual immortality.



* WholePlotReference - Some of the novels do this, including one trilogy that was ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' [[RecycledInSpace in Forgotten Realms]]. Not that it was bad.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes - Lark of Suzail panically feared snakes. Guess ''where'' Elminster sent her to do research for ''Ecologica''? Right, into Serpent Hills (the foreword is titled "That's not a stick"). Now guess ''whom'' he recommended her as a guide...
* WithDueRespect - there hardly will be any larger case than a greater god confronted by his own paladin. Of course, Lathander ''is'' rather irresponsible by nature. Labelas Enoreth -- on account of acting deranged during the Time of Troubles (as the personification of TimeAbyss, he lost touch with mortals) -- was abandoned by the priest he possessed. Whom upon regaining full godhood he talked back into the fold and elevated to proxy status.

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* WholePlotReference - WholePlotReference: Some of the novels do this, including one trilogy that was ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' [[RecycledInSpace in Forgotten Realms]]. Not that it was bad.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes - WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Lark of Suzail panically feared snakes. Guess ''where'' Elminster sent her to do research for ''Ecologica''? Right, into Serpent Hills (the foreword is titled "That's not a stick"). Now guess ''whom'' he recommended her as a guide...
* WithDueRespect - there WithDueRespect:
** There
hardly will be any larger case than a greater god confronted by his own paladin. Of course, Lathander ''is'' rather irresponsible by nature. Labelas Enoreth -- on account of acting deranged during the Time of Troubles (as the personification of TimeAbyss, he lost touch with mortals) -- was abandoned by the priest he possessed. Whom upon regaining full godhood he talked back into the fold and elevated to proxy status.



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - Elminster, Halaster, The Simbul, and others.

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Elminster, Halaster, The the Simbul, and others.



* TheWorfEffect - Time and again -- even Elminster was repeatedly used for this. There's AlwaysABiggerFish. Always.

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* TheWorfEffect - TheWorfEffect: Time and again -- even Elminster was repeatedly used for this. There's AlwaysABiggerFish. Always.



* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe - Elminster uses this almost constantly, but thinly, ye know?
* YouAllMeetInACell - ''Finder's Bane''.

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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe - YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Elminster uses this almost constantly, but thinly, ye know?
* YouAllMeetInACell - %%* YouAllMeetInACell: ''Finder's Bane''.



* YourCostumeNeedsWork - On one occasion, Azoun IV met a man disguised as him who promptly assumed that he was someone else dressed up in an attempt to [[ReallyGetsAround attract the ladies]].

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* YourCostumeNeedsWork - YourCostumeNeedsWork: On one occasion, Azoun IV met a man disguised as him who promptly assumed that he was someone else dressed up in an attempt to [[ReallyGetsAround attract the ladies]].



* ZergRush - Basically how King Obould "won" his war in the North.

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* ZergRush - ZergRush: Basically how King Obould "won" his war in the North.
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* {{Precursors}}: The Imaskari, the Netherese, ancient Elven empires... the Imaskari and Netherese are back and active again come 4E.
* PrideBeforeAFall: Netherese arcanists' arrogance was so huge they beleived deities are merely very tricky mages whose "secret" can be discovered. Most archwizards refused to receive healing by divine magic out of fear that gods may slip there something that would deprive them of [[AGodAmI their own chance at godhood]]. Naturally, this stupidity helped a lot of arcanists to die early, but the only one who ''did'' manage to temporarily become a god through spellcasting wasn't so optimistic.
** As a less important noble (!) in Cormanthor described the situation in elven civilization before its fall--

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* {{Precursors}}: The Imaskari, the Netherese, the ancient Elven empires... the Imaskari and Netherese are back and active again come 4E.
* PrideBeforeAFall: PrideBeforeAFall:
** The
Netherese arcanists' arrogance was so huge they beleived deities are were merely very tricky mages whose "secret" can be discovered. Most archwizards refused to receive healing by divine magic out of fear that gods may slip there something that would deprive them of [[AGodAmI their own chance at godhood]]. Naturally, this stupidity helped a lot of arcanists to die early, but the only one who ''did'' manage to temporarily become a god through spellcasting wasn't so optimistic.
** As a less important noble (!) in Cormanthor described the situation in elven civilization before its fall--fall:



* PrivateMilitaryContractors - Oh, yes. There was a chapter on them in the old boxed set and even a separate supplement for 2nd edition, ''Gold and Glory'' [[note]]:[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 from Wizards' site]] still gives some old sourcebooks for free[[/note]].
** The biggest--1600 members, once before Time of Troubles 2000 (!)--is the Flaming Fist company which doubles as Baldur's Gate's standing army. Not that there were operations big enough to force it to choose priorities. They sent 300 to Horde Wars, then some to kick pirates' asses, and there was still more than enough of them at home to not give anyone a false hope.

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors - PrivateMilitaryContractors: Oh, yes. There was a chapter on them in the old boxed set and even a separate supplement for 2nd edition, ''Gold and Glory'' [[note]]:[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 from Wizards' site]] still gives some old sourcebooks for free[[/note]].
**
free[[/note]]. The biggest--1600 biggest -- 1600 members, once before Time of Troubles 2000 (!)--is -- is the Flaming Fist company which doubles as Baldur's Gate's standing army. Not that there were operations big enough to force it to choose priorities. They sent 300 to Horde Wars, then some to kick pirates' asses, and there was still more than enough of them at home to not give anyone a false hope.



* ReligionOfEvil - Bane, Bhaal, Cyric, Shar, [[XtremeKoolLetterz Iyachtu Xvim]] et al.

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* ReligionOfEvil - ReligionOfEvil: Bane, Bhaal, Cyric, Shar, [[XtremeKoolLetterz Iyachtu Xvim]] et al.



* RetCon - All unexplained continuity differences between editions.
* RevolvingDoorRevolution: The Border Kingdoms near the Lake of Steam are composed of a slew of small baronies ruled by powerful adventurers, each seeking to carve out a scrap of land and rule it as they see fit. Then another adventurer comes along, bumps them off, and sets himself up as the new baron, et cetera. A fluff piece titled [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/mb/20040915a "Master Tactician"]] has a cleric of the Red Knight[[note]]LawfulNeutral minor goddess of military strategy[[/note]] working on conquering the baronies to stabilize the region, but we never find out if she succeeded.
* SaintlyChurch - Torm, Bahamut, et al.
* SandWorm - Purple worms and related creatures; you probably don't want to waltz through the Raurin Desert for a weekend picnic.
* ScrewYouElves - The Realms' elves tend to be either xenophobic {{Noble Savage}}s or the sad relicts of a great culture that fell past the point of decadence [[EndOfAnAge more than a thousand years ago]] (a lot of bitterness ensues) and mostly act on the defensive. Of course, in their time they ''did'' many great deeds -- [[HorribleHistories not all of which]] they would [[NeglectfulPrecursors care]] to [[DisproportionateRetribution advertise]] -- but now they put up more of a haughty show than any real actions or abilities (going to weave a new mythal, anyone?).
* SenseFreak / TheHedonist: The [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8518&whichpage=46#185829 followers of Sharess]] (Bast + Zendilar) are pretty much a down-to-earth variant of [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Sensates]].
* SharedUniverse - Over the years, multiple designers and authors have come and gone, all of them leaving some kind of mark on the setting, for good or for ill.
* SchizoTech - There's some very advanced stuff, but it's built case-by-case, not meant for mass production or even compatibility. Many of Underdark races have rather advanced mechanics (pumps, hoists, etc), Gondsmen (especially gnomes) sometimes go all-out MadScientist, elven (including drow) artificiers occasionally make very advanced prosthetics. Naturally, [[{{Magitek}} magic opens extra possibilities]], too. Drow artisans are known to routinely stash stuff like adamantine wire saws or pneumatic needle guns -- unlike crossbows these are effectively single-shot, but far more concealable and thus useful for situations when one good shot is all it takes to get away alive.

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* RetCon - RetCon: All unexplained continuity differences between editions.
* RevolvingDoorRevolution: The Border Kingdoms near the Lake of Steam are composed of a slew of small baronies ruled by powerful adventurers, each seeking to carve out a scrap of land and rule it as they see fit. Then another adventurer comes along, bumps them off, and sets himself up as the new baron, et cetera. A fluff piece titled [[http://www."[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/mb/20040915a "Master Tactician"]] Master Tactician]]" has a cleric of the Red Knight[[note]]LawfulNeutral minor goddess of military strategy[[/note]] working on conquering the baronies to stabilize the region, but we never find out if she succeeded.
* SaintlyChurch - SaintlyChurch: Torm, Bahamut, et al.
* SandWorm - SandWorm: Purple worms and related creatures; you probably don't want to waltz through the Raurin Desert for a weekend picnic.
* ScrewYouElves - ScrewYouElves: The Realms' elves tend to be either xenophobic {{Noble Savage}}s or the sad relicts of a great culture that fell past the point of decadence [[EndOfAnAge more than a thousand years ago]] (a lot of bitterness ensues) and mostly act on the defensive. Of course, in their time they ''did'' many great deeds -- [[HorribleHistories not all of which]] they would [[NeglectfulPrecursors care]] to [[DisproportionateRetribution advertise]] -- but now they put up more of a haughty show than any real actions or abilities (going to weave a new mythal, anyone?).
* SenseFreak / TheHedonist: SenseFreak: The [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8518&whichpage=46#185829 followers of Sharess]] (Bast + Zendilar) are pretty much a down-to-earth variant of [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Sensates]].
* SharedUniverse - SharedUniverse: Over the years, multiple designers and authors have come and gone, all of them leaving some kind of mark on the setting, for good or for ill.
* SchizoTech - SchizoTech: There's some very advanced stuff, but it's built case-by-case, not meant for mass production or even compatibility. Many of Underdark races have rather advanced mechanics (pumps, hoists, etc), Gondsmen (especially gnomes) sometimes go all-out MadScientist, elven (including drow) artificiers occasionally make very advanced prosthetics. Naturally, [[{{Magitek}} magic opens extra possibilities]], too. Drow artisans are known to routinely stash stuff like adamantine wire saws or pneumatic needle guns -- unlike crossbows these are effectively single-shot, but far more concealable and thus useful for situations when one good shot is all it takes to get away alive.



* SideStoryBonusArt - "Wizards Three" articles, spin-a-yarn stories.

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* SideStoryBonusArt - SideStoryBonusArt: "Wizards Three" articles, spin-a-yarn stories.



* SoulJar - Liches are masters of this sort of thing. Also, being locked in a magical item (whether voluntarily or as a FateWorseThanDeath), while exotic, is a rather well-known possibility.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe - "The Simbul" is sort of honorific after the name of a long-forgotten goddess, but she was called that way long enough that very few living people know even the first fact, let alone who "Alassra Shentrantra" is.

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* SoulJar - SoulJar: Liches are masters of this sort of thing. Also, being locked in a magical item (whether voluntarily or as a FateWorseThanDeath), while exotic, is a rather well-known possibility.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe - SpellMyNameWithAThe:
**
"The Simbul" is sort of honorific after the name of a long-forgotten goddess, but she was called that way long enough that very few living people know even the first fact, let alone who "Alassra Shentrantra" is.



** Lansharra, a.k.a Symgharyl Maruel, better known as The Shadowsil.
* SplitAtBirth - Tymora and Beshaba were "born" when Selûne sundered Tyche tainted by Moander.
* StairwayToHeaven - The Celestial Stairs.
* StateSec - War Wizards of Cormyr. [[HundredPercentAdorationRating Obarskyrs]] ''mostly'' manage to hold this bunch within the bounds of decency, but they jump "for the good of the realm!" so high that even legitimate monarchs and crown heirs had good reasons to distrust them a lot. Generally, the balance of power is -- War Wizards vs. Nobles vs. Crown. E.g.:

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** Lansharra, a.k.a Symgharyl Maruel, better known as The the Shadowsil.
* SplitAtBirth - SplitAtBirth: Tymora and Beshaba were "born" when Selûne sundered Tyche tainted by Moander.
* StairwayToHeaven - StairwayToHeaven: The Celestial Stairs.
* StateSec - StateSec: The War Wizards of Cormyr. [[HundredPercentAdorationRating Obarskyrs]] ''mostly'' manage to hold this bunch within the bounds of decency, but they jump "for the good of the realm!" so high that even legitimate monarchs and crown heirs had good reasons to distrust them a lot. Generally, the balance of power is -- War Wizards vs. Nobles vs. Crown. E.g.:



* {{Stripperiffic}} - This is actually '''reconstructed''' by drow society! It's common for drow girls to expose a lot of skin due to FanService, but considering most females in drow society can [[BarrierWarrior protect themselves with magic]], wearing a sexy outfit is akin to announcing your spellcasting ability and confidence. This is actually [[LampshadeHanging mentioned]] in ''The Drow of the Underdark.''
* SuperRegistrationAct - "All mages of 5th or greater level who enter Cormyr must register before the next sundown with a king's herald, a local lord, or at the Court. Once on the rolls, they're welcome at meetings of the Council of Mages."
** This being a highly magical setting, a law not applicable to all priests, adepts of the [[PsychicPowers Invisible Art]], people who just got a nifty magic item and so on doesn't instill order too much. But it does: a) help to compile lists of Cormyrean resident mages so that the War Wizard recruiters (or draft notices) know where to go, and b) gives an extra measure of control on adventuring parties, because any of them that didn't stop to register their wizard can be kept in town simply by arresting their arcane caster and forcing the rest to either abandon him or pay his bail.
* TheSyndicate - The Zhentarim, The Twisted Rune, The Knights of the Shield, Iron Throne et al.
* TimeAbyss - Lots of people outlived everyone and everything they saw, several times. Honorary prize goes to Labelas Enoreth, elven god of time who detached from the living so much that, when forced to incarnate during the Time of Troubles, he went mad. Top prize goes to The Srinshee -- elven guardian ex-undead who was already ancient in "reasonably ancient" times and knew a tale of every little trinket in the whole ''cave complex'' stuffed with piles of these. Consolation prize goes to Elminster, though even some living humans are older by a thousand years or so -- when he's in a bad mood, time catches up with him every other phrase:

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* {{Stripperiffic}} - {{Stripperiffic}}: This is actually '''reconstructed''' by drow society! It's common for drow girls to expose a lot of skin due to FanService, but considering most females in drow society can [[BarrierWarrior protect themselves with magic]], wearing a sexy outfit is akin to announcing your spellcasting ability and confidence. This is actually [[LampshadeHanging mentioned]] in ''The Drow of the Underdark.''
* SuperRegistrationAct - SuperRegistrationAct: "All mages of 5th or greater level who enter Cormyr must register before the next sundown with a king's herald, a local lord, or at the Court. Once on the rolls, they're welcome at meetings of the Council of Mages."
** This
" That said, this being a highly magical setting, a law not applicable to all priests, adepts of the [[PsychicPowers Invisible Art]], people who just got a nifty magic item and so on doesn't instill order too much. But it does: a) help to compile lists of Cormyrean resident mages so that the War Wizard recruiters (or draft notices) know where to go, and b) gives an extra measure of control on adventuring parties, because any of them that didn't stop to register their wizard can be kept in town simply by arresting their arcane caster and forcing the rest to either abandon him or pay his bail.
* TheSyndicate - TheSyndicate: The Zhentarim, The Twisted Rune, The Knights of the Shield, Iron Throne et al.
* TimeAbyss - TimeAbyss: Lots of people outlived everyone and everything they saw, several times. Honorary prize goes to Labelas Enoreth, elven god of time who detached from the living so much that, when forced to incarnate during the Time of Troubles, he went mad. Top prize goes to The Srinshee -- elven guardian ex-undead who was already ancient in "reasonably ancient" times and knew a tale of every little trinket in the whole ''cave complex'' stuffed with piles of these. Consolation prize goes to Elminster, though even some living humans are older by a thousand years or so -- when he's in a bad mood, time catches up with him every other phrase:



* TooMuchForManToHandle - Dragonmagic is said to involve channeling enough power to instantly kill several times over any little two-legged creature trying to do the same. Elven High Magic is likewise inherently inaccessible for anyone else. Karsus' inability to work as the guardian of the Weave even for a few seconds proved that either it's a female-only position, one needs to ascend normally, or both.
* ToxicPhlebotinum - the Shadow Weave magic.
* TransplantedHumans - It's implied (the "Forgotten" part refers to them from Earth's standpoint) that the Mulhorandi and Utheric peoples are descended from Egyptian and Mesopotamian people the Imaskari "forcibly" imported, umpteen-thousand years ago.
* TruceZone - Some trade cities. Ravens Bluff was an interplanar trade center and, though most gates were closed long ago, it was shaped into its current form and steered behind the scenes by an archpriestess of Waukeen -- the net result is that even drow (though not aarakocra, strangely) can usually walk out in the open without trouble. Skullport, a WretchedHive [[TheNecrocracy ruled by spell-hurling flying skulls]] whom no one wants to annoy, not that provoking any local power group is safe. Sshamath, the city where one tavern has enchanted floors for unusual guests - such as fire-dwelling ones; knowledge that the city's chock-full of drow wizards who don't like disruptions in their trade seems to prevent most trouble.

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* TooMuchForManToHandle - Dragonmagic TooMuchForManToHandle: Dragon magic is said to involve channeling enough power to instantly kill several times over any little two-legged creature trying to do the same. Elven High Magic is likewise inherently inaccessible for anyone else. Karsus' inability to work as the guardian of the Weave even for a few seconds proved that either it's a female-only position, one needs to ascend normally, or both.
* ToxicPhlebotinum - the ToxicPhlebotinum: The Shadow Weave magic.
* TransplantedHumans - TransplantedHumans: It's implied (the "Forgotten" part refers to them from Earth's standpoint) that the Mulhorandi and Utheric peoples are descended from Egyptian and Mesopotamian people the Imaskari "forcibly" imported, umpteen-thousand years ago.
* TruceZone - TruceZone:
**
Some trade cities. Ravens Bluff was an interplanar trade center and, though most gates were closed long ago, it was shaped into its current form and steered behind the scenes by an archpriestess of Waukeen -- the net result is that even drow (though not aarakocra, strangely) can usually walk out in the open without trouble. Skullport, a WretchedHive [[TheNecrocracy ruled by spell-hurling flying skulls]] whom no one wants to annoy, not that provoking any local power group is safe. Sshamath, the city where one tavern has enchanted floors for unusual guests - -- such as fire-dwelling ones; knowledge that the city's chock-full of drow wizards who don't like disruptions in their trade seems to prevent most trouble.



* UnreliableExpositor - Most of the time when anything resembling a FictionalDocument is in sight. Specifically, Volo's Guides. Subverted in ''[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/archfr/mc Mintiper's Chapbook]]'' -- a Realmslore ''textbook on'' Unreliable Exposition. ''Elminster's Ecologies'' -- e.g. the history of [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090515 High Moor]].

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* UnreliableExpositor - UnreliableExpositor: Most of the time when anything resembling a FictionalDocument is in sight. Specifically, Volo's Guides. Subverted in ''[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/archfr/mc Mintiper's Chapbook]]'' -- a Realmslore ''textbook on'' Unreliable Exposition. ''Elminster's Ecologies'' -- e.g. the history of [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090515 High Moor]].



* UnreliableIllustrator: Klauth, Dragon of the North is said to be a red dragon. His picture in the 3rd edition campaign guide shows him as a white dragon.
* UpToEleven - The Arcane Age. Magic wasn't bound by [[VancianMagic Vancian]] rules and the maximum spell level instead of 9 was, well, '''11''' (there was 12-level spell cast once, but that being ''[[AGodAmI Karsus's Avatar]]'', [[{{Gotterdammerung}} they would be better off without this one]]).
** To elaborate, Karsus, with that single spell, took control of the Weave and became the new god of magic for a few minutes. If the former goddess of magic, Mystryl, hadn't sacrificed herself, the Weave would have been utterly destroyed.

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* UnreliableIllustrator: Klauth, Dragon of the North North, is said to be a red dragon. His picture in the 3rd edition campaign guide shows him as a white dragon.
* UpToEleven - UpToEleven: The Arcane Age. Magic wasn't bound by [[VancianMagic Vancian]] rules and the maximum spell level instead of 9 was, well, '''11''' (there was 12-level spell cast once, but that being ''[[AGodAmI Karsus's Avatar]]'', [[{{Gotterdammerung}} they would be better off without this one]]).
**
one]]). To elaborate, Karsus, with that single spell, took control of the Weave and became the new god of magic for a few minutes. If the former goddess of magic, Mystryl, hadn't sacrificed herself, the Weave would have been utterly destroyed.



* WeaksauceWeakness - A horrible magic-eating monster known as a Nilshai can be utterly killed with a few large handfuls of table salt.
* WeirdScience - The laws of physics on Abeir-Toril work differently than those on Earth.
* WizardDuel - Happens all the time. Also, via specific ritual, wizards can prepare a screened arena for "Mageduel", which allows them to fight without holding back, killing each other or restructuring the landscape in process. It's introduced and protected from meddling by relevant deities, as some one-upmanship helps overall magical development, while the death of wizards obviously doesn't... and it makes an enticing show when it's safe for bystanders.
* WretchedHive - [[XMeetsY meets]] NotSoSafeHarbor in Skullport (TruceZone oblivious to concepts like "contraband" or "piracy", with a lot of street crime), Westgate (trade port and pirate haven nearly dominated by Night Masks thieves), Zhentil Keep and some other Moonsea cities.
* YearInsideHourOutside - True on some planes and demi-planes.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt - Aside of taking minimum divine status via [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu deicide]], title and powers of a defeated Magister are transferred to the winner. Safe mageduel is allowed, but usually such battles are to the death. Traditionally, ambushes without a proper challenge and even mistakes count, unacceptable candidates being simply killed off by the next claimant. Up to "The Night of Fourteen Magisters" (former Magister Almer, Zunroun and ''nine'' of [[CloningBlues dozen of his clones]] ''at once'', his treacherous apprentice, the tavern's emergency mage, ''his'' treacherous apprentice). Later this was amended, but Magister's life didn't become ''much'' safer.
** Finder Wyvernspur managed to become a demigod after defeating Moander, God of Decay. Unfortunately for him, becoming a god by defeating one means taking on that god's portfolios. Since he was ChaoticGood, he dropped all of Moander's evil-based domains, which left him with dominion over...rot. Yippie. He managed to parlay this into change and renewal of art and music, an exceptionally narrow portfolio that has left him with a grand total of two clerics and maybe a hundred lay worshippers, most of whom he assisted when he was mortal and thus worship him more out of thanks than any real devotion to his principles. Along with the lack of [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly a fanbase]], his portfolio is constantly being nibbled at by other deities, even good ones like Lathander, who has dominion over rebirth in a more general sense and wants to make Finder subservient to him or downright steal his portfolio entirely. On the plus side, he managed to [[IntercontinuityCrossover score]] [[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Fizban]] as an even-more-divine mentor, so good for him.

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* WeaksauceWeakness - WeaksauceWeakness: A horrible magic-eating monster known as a Nilshai can be utterly killed with a few large handfuls of table salt.
* WeirdScience - %%* WeirdScience: The laws of physics on Abeir-Toril work differently than those on Earth.
* WizardDuel - WizardDuel: Happens all the time. Also, via specific ritual, wizards can prepare a screened arena for "Mageduel", which allows them to fight without holding back, killing each other or restructuring the landscape in process. It's introduced and protected from meddling by relevant deities, as some one-upmanship helps overall magical development, while the death of wizards obviously doesn't... and it makes an enticing show when it's safe for bystanders.
* WretchedHive - WretchedHive: [[XMeetsY meets]] NotSoSafeHarbor in Skullport (TruceZone oblivious to concepts like "contraband" or "piracy", with a lot of street crime), Westgate (trade port and pirate haven nearly dominated by Night Masks thieves), Zhentil Keep and some other Moonsea cities.
* YearInsideHourOutside - YearInsideHourOutside: True on some planes and demi-planes.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt - YouKillItYouBoughtIt:
**
Aside of from taking minimum divine status via [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu deicide]], title and powers of a defeated Magister are transferred to the winner. Safe mageduel is allowed, but usually such battles are to the death. Traditionally, ambushes without a proper challenge and even mistakes count, unacceptable candidates being simply killed off by the next claimant. Up to "The Night of Fourteen Magisters" (former Magister Almer, Zunroun and ''nine'' of [[CloningBlues dozen of his clones]] ''at once'', his treacherous apprentice, the tavern's emergency mage, ''his'' treacherous apprentice). Later this was amended, but Magister's life didn't become ''much'' safer.
** Finder Wyvernspur managed to become a demigod after defeating Moander, God of Decay. Unfortunately for him, becoming a god by defeating one means taking on that god's portfolios. Since he was ChaoticGood, he dropped all of Moander's evil-based domains, which left him with dominion over... rot. Yippie.Yippee. He managed to parlay this into change and renewal of art and music, an exceptionally narrow portfolio that has left him with a grand total of two clerics and maybe a hundred lay worshippers, most of whom he assisted when he was mortal and thus worship him more out of thanks than any real devotion to his principles. Along with the lack of [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly a fanbase]], his portfolio is constantly being nibbled at by other deities, even good ones like Lathander, who has dominion over rebirth in a more general sense and wants to make Finder subservient to him or downright steal his portfolio entirely. On the plus side, he managed to [[IntercontinuityCrossover score]] [[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Fizban]] as an even-more-divine mentor, so good for him.



* AGodAmI - Many Netherese archwizards gone beyond FlatEarthAtheist state and believe the whole godhood thing is a conspiracy of uber-mages who found some secret. They hoped to get the same one day, and fearing tricks that could prevent them from this, even refused to receive healing spells -- [[TooDumbToLive with predictable results]]. Karsus has a more sane view on the divinity, which is why he managed to become the only man who ''did'' achieve godhood via spellcasting. For a minute or so. [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Not that he didn't immediately regret this very much]].
* AgonyBeam - Nybor's line of pain spells (Gentle Reminder / Mild Admonishment / Stern Reproof / Wrathful Castigation).
* AnimatedTattoo - One of the splatbooks provides rules for Living Tattoos.
* AntiHero - Erevis Cale.
* AntiVillain - Artemis Entreri
** Obould Many-Arrows
** Prince Rivalen and Price Brennus.

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* AGodAmI - AGodAmI: Many Netherese archwizards gone beyond FlatEarthAtheist state and believe the whole godhood thing is a conspiracy of uber-mages who found some secret. They hoped to get the same one day, and fearing tricks that could prevent them from this, even refused to receive healing spells -- [[TooDumbToLive with predictable results]]. Karsus has a more sane view on the divinity, which is why he managed to become the only man who ''did'' achieve godhood via spellcasting. For a minute or so. [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Not that he didn't immediately regret this very much]].
* AgonyBeam - AgonyBeam: Nybor's line of pain spells (Gentle Reminder / Mild Admonishment / Stern Reproof / Wrathful Castigation).
* AnimatedTattoo - AnimatedTattoo: One of the splatbooks provides rules for Living Tattoos.
* AntiHero - %%* AntiHero: Erevis Cale.
* AntiVillain - %%* AntiVillain:
%%**
Artemis Entreri
** %%** Obould Many-Arrows
** %%** Prince Rivalen and Price Brennus.



** What noble family of Cormyr has ''not'' been portrayed in a negative light? Completely, few, but occasionally, everyone -- even Obarskyrs had [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Boldovar_the_Mad Boldovar]].
*** Oh, and when [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12023&whichpage=10#251963 a fan asked]] for Cormyrean nobles who could murder one of their own family members and kick out his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend and betrothed]] in nothing more than what was on her or in her possession immediately after his death, Ed answered there's about twenty out-of-published lore, but he will write ''four''. And gave three, but at this point [[{{Squick}} no one asked for more]]. Each was a BigScrewedUpFamily, and in case you missed the point about mature campaign style, the [[BloodBath Elizabeth Bathory]] {{expy}} was not even the worst one. As most "shining" examples of depraved nobles he wrote one Cormyrean and one Waterdhavian families [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=24#214603 here]] -- in the same spirit of TheAristocrats "in all their tainted glory".

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** What noble family of Cormyr has ''not'' been portrayed in a negative light? Completely, few, but occasionally, everyone -- even Obarskyrs had [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Boldovar_the_Mad Boldovar]].
***
Boldovar]]. Oh, and when [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12023&whichpage=10#251963 a fan asked]] for Cormyrean nobles who could murder one of their own family members and kick out his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend and betrothed]] in nothing more than what was on her or in her possession immediately after his death, Ed answered there's about twenty out-of-published lore, but he will write ''four''. And gave three, but at this point [[{{Squick}} no one asked for more]]. Each was a BigScrewedUpFamily, and in case you missed the point about mature campaign style, the [[BloodBath Elizabeth Bathory]] {{expy}} was not even the worst one. As most "shining" examples of depraved nobles he wrote one Cormyrean and one Waterdhavian families [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=24#214603 here]] -- in the same spirit of TheAristocrats "in all their tainted glory".



** Doesn't really affect Dark Elves. While Drow nobles are indeed vicious and cruel, commoners are usually just as evil and only lack the power and resources to cause as much damage.
*** Still ones from the merchant clans are safer to their own and partners than ones from the noble houses. And it seems that lower-status drow are more likely to form stable teams and save each other (making a ''[[MakesUsEven sport]]'' of it) even if they are just as eager to claw their way up. By necessity, of course -- there are [[DividedWeFall group survival]] situations, reputation bites in the ass, BetterTheDevilYouKnow, and all that. Nobles just have worse prospects of alliances and can afford to be complete jerks.
* ArtifactOfDoom - The Crown of Horns, Crenshinibon (The Crystal Shard), Cyrinishad, Kezefbane...
* AttackAnimal - Wyverns originally were weapons made by Aearee (a [[{{Precursors}} creator race]]) to use against Lammasu (according to ''The Grand History of the Realms''). The stream of wizardly projects involving some or other custom-made weaponized HybridMonster reemerged in the human era and shows no sign of drying up. [[CounselorsAndKings Akhlaur]] experimented with "cat-man warrior" idea and later created laraken. Red Wizards make "chosen ones" (these are [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters unstable]], though) from slaves and darkenbeasts (these work well... outside of direct sunlight) from any normal animals. Then there was a project of perfect assassins as "Living Construct" described in ''The Finder's Stone Trilogy'' (it [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters messily backfired]], of course).

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** Doesn't really affect Dark Elves. While Drow nobles are indeed vicious and cruel, commoners are usually just as evil and only lack the power and resources to cause as much damage.
*** Still
damage. Still, ones from the merchant clans are safer to their own and partners than ones from the noble houses. And it seems that lower-status drow are more likely to form stable teams and save each other (making a ''[[MakesUsEven sport]]'' of it) even if they are just as eager to claw their way up. By necessity, of course -- there are [[DividedWeFall group survival]] situations, reputation bites in the ass, BetterTheDevilYouKnow, and all that. Nobles just have worse prospects of alliances and can afford to be complete jerks.
* ArtifactOfDoom - ArtifactOfDoom: The Crown of Horns, Crenshinibon (The Crystal Shard), Cyrinishad, Kezefbane...
* AttackAnimal - AttackAnimal: Wyverns originally were weapons made by Aearee (a [[{{Precursors}} creator race]]) to use against Lammasu (according to ''The Grand History of the Realms''). The stream of wizardly projects involving some or other custom-made weaponized HybridMonster reemerged in the human era and shows no sign of drying up. [[CounselorsAndKings Akhlaur]] experimented with "cat-man warrior" idea and later created laraken. Red Wizards make "chosen ones" (these are [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters unstable]], though) from slaves and darkenbeasts (these work well... outside of direct sunlight) from any normal animals. Then there was a project of perfect assassins as "Living Construct" described in ''The Finder's Stone Trilogy'' (it [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters messily backfired]], of course).



* BadassGrandpa - Elminster and Khelben Arunsun, among others.

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* BadassGrandpa - BadassGrandpa: Elminster and Khelben Arunsun, among others.



* BazaarOfTheBizarre - The Dark Bazaar of Calimport.
* BattleCouple - Most known are SwordAndSorcerer pairs.

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* BazaarOfTheBizarre - BazaarOfTheBizarre: The Dark Bazaar of Calimport.
* BattleCouple - BattleCouple: Most known are SwordAndSorcerer pairs.



* BecomingTheMask - Vangerdahast's brilliant scheme to blackmail noble lady Shaerl Rowanmantle with her "[[ClassyCatBurglar theft against boredom]]" to become a Cormyrean agent in Shadowdale. After adventures together and a romance with the Dale's lord she became a co-ruler there (and he perfectly knows how his wife met him), she didn't care much about what War Wizards may tell anyone. In ''Shadow of the Avatar'' one of Vangey's subordinates told her that he thinks it's the time for Shadowdale to "join" Cormyr -- and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome how it ended]]?
* BizarreAlienBiology - Mind flayers, for starters. Anything with the creation type "aberration".
* BlackSheep - Drizzt Do'Urden is the Black Sheep of House Do'Urden. Zaknafein Do'Urden as well, to a degree.

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* BecomingTheMask - BecomingTheMask: Vangerdahast's brilliant scheme to blackmail noble lady Shaerl Rowanmantle with her "[[ClassyCatBurglar theft against boredom]]" to become a Cormyrean agent in Shadowdale. After adventures together and a romance with the Dale's lord she became a co-ruler there (and he perfectly knows how his wife met him), she didn't care much about what War Wizards may tell anyone. In ''Shadow of the Avatar'' one of Vangey's subordinates told her that he thinks it's the time for Shadowdale to "join" Cormyr -- and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome how it ended]]?
* BizarreAlienBiology - BizarreAlienBiology: Mind flayers, for starters. Anything with the creation type "aberration".
* BlackSheep - BlackSheep:
**
Drizzt Do'Urden is the Black Sheep of House Do'Urden. Zaknafein Do'Urden as well, to a degree.



* BloodyMurder - Silver fire, old elven BloodMagic, 'Blood Lightning' spell...

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* BloodyMurder - BloodyMurder: Silver fire, old elven BloodMagic, 'Blood Lightning' the Blood Lightning spell...



* BoyMeetsGhoul - ''[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinayarn2005 The Lady of the Mists]]''.

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* BoyMeetsGhoul - BoyMeetsGhoul: ''[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinayarn2005 The Lady of the Mists]]''.



* BrainUploading - ''Nybor's Psychic Imprint'' (at least, in 3rd ed [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/mb/20041215a Nybor's Small Codex]]).
* CainAndAbel - Even with deities. Tymora and Beshaba are "[[SplitAtBirth sisters]]" and enemies; according to [[CanonForeigner some]] versions of mythology, Selûne and Shar are twin sisters. No, [[Myth/GreekMythology Selene]] [[AdaptationExpansion did not have an evil twin out to destroy her and all creation]]. Then again, Selene was also [[Franchise/SailorMoon not a schoolgirl]]. The drow gods Vhaeraun and Eilistraee were also (fraternal) twins; the Chaotic Good Eilistraee was the younger.
* CanNotTellALie - It's one of the laws Jordaini of Halruaa must obey. Or die.
* CantArgueWithElves - used straight, subverted, averted and in any way possible.
* CharactersAsDevice - Many characters, in sourcebooks and novels, seem to only exist to further a specific plot, and then are never mentioned ever again. A KudzuPlot reinforces this trend.
* TheChessmaster - a lot of them, from Zhentarim to Harpers.
* ChivalrousPervert - Guess who? It became a running gag. Just from memory: scoring ''innumerable'' human, elven and half-elven ladies (half of whom at some time before or after either were villainesses or just tried to kill him), several ''avatars of a goddess'', daughters of the same goddess who attacked him before; having daughter from a dragon (polymorphed into human, but he ''knew'') [[FoeYay who served the enemy]] of the abovementioned goddess; flirting with ''watchghost'' ([[spoiler:in ''Elminster's Daughter'']]), ''archlich'' ([[spoiler:in ''Shadows of Doom'']]) and ''lich'' ([[spoiler:in ''Temptation of Elminster'']])... ''The Drow of the Underdark'' starts with narrator finding him chatting with a drow lady -- his ex-apprentice [[TwoPersonPoolParty semi-submerged in his private pool]] and clearly [[SorryToInterrupt upset by this stranger's arrival]].

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* BrainUploading - BrainUploading: ''Nybor's Psychic Imprint'' (at least, in 3rd ed [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/mb/20041215a Nybor's Small Codex]]).
* CainAndAbel - CainAndAbel: Even with deities. Tymora and Beshaba are "[[SplitAtBirth sisters]]" and enemies; according to [[CanonForeigner some]] versions of mythology, Selûne and Shar are twin sisters. No, [[Myth/GreekMythology Selene]] [[AdaptationExpansion did not have an evil twin out to destroy her and all creation]]. Then again, Selene was also [[Franchise/SailorMoon not a schoolgirl]]. The drow gods Vhaeraun and Eilistraee were also (fraternal) twins; the Chaotic Good Eilistraee was the younger.
* CanNotTellALie - CanNotTellALie: It's one of the laws Jordaini of Halruaa must obey. Or die.
* CantArgueWithElves - CantArgueWithElves: used straight, subverted, averted and in any way possible.
* CharactersAsDevice - CharactersAsDevice: Many characters, in sourcebooks and novels, seem to only exist to further a specific plot, and then are never mentioned ever again. A KudzuPlot reinforces this trend.
* TheChessmaster - a TheChessmaster: A lot of them, from Zhentarim to Harpers.
* ChivalrousPervert - ChivalrousPervert:
**
Guess who? It became a running gag. Just from memory: scoring ''innumerable'' human, elven and half-elven ladies (half of whom at some time before or after either were villainesses or just tried to kill him), several ''avatars of a goddess'', daughters of the same goddess who attacked him before; having daughter from a dragon (polymorphed into human, but he ''knew'') [[FoeYay who served the enemy]] of the abovementioned goddess; flirting with ''watchghost'' ([[spoiler:in ''Elminster's Daughter'']]), ''archlich'' ([[spoiler:in ''Shadows of Doom'']]) and ''lich'' ([[spoiler:in ''Temptation of Elminster'']])... ''The Drow of the Underdark'' starts with narrator finding him chatting with a drow lady -- his ex-apprentice [[TwoPersonPoolParty semi-submerged in his private pool]] and clearly [[SorryToInterrupt upset by this stranger's arrival]].



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder - Cyric, in his days as a mortal.
* ClassyCatBurglar - Bored noble lady Shaerl Rowanmantle indulged in thievery for amusement. And even though she underestimated the guard's vigilance, an attempt to blackmail her into service just made her co-ruler of the place she was supposed to spy upon and [[HilarityEnsues brought Cormites some hilarity]] later. Narnra Shalace the "Silken Shadow" ([[spoiler:in ''Elminster's Daughter'']]).
* CloningBlues - The basic spell [[OnlyOneMeAllowedRightNow has limitations]], but there are twists. The unique ''Manshoon's Stasis Clone'' spell circumvents this, and according to ''[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinyarn2003a Only a Woman Can Take This Sort of Abuse]]'' (though it's a [[SideStoryBonusArt spin-a-yarn story]], not canon), it emulated Tarrasque's life cycle.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder - ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Cyric, in his days as a mortal.
* ClassyCatBurglar - ClassyCatBurglar: Bored noble lady Shaerl Rowanmantle indulged in thievery for amusement. And even though she underestimated the guard's vigilance, an attempt to blackmail her into service just made her co-ruler of the place she was supposed to spy upon and [[HilarityEnsues brought Cormites some hilarity]] later. Narnra Shalace the "Silken Shadow" ([[spoiler:in ''Elminster's Daughter'']]).
* CloningBlues - CloningBlues: The basic spell [[OnlyOneMeAllowedRightNow has limitations]], but there are twists. The unique ''Manshoon's Stasis Clone'' spell circumvents this, and according to ''[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinyarn2003a Only a Woman Can Take This Sort of Abuse]]'' (though it's a [[SideStoryBonusArt spin-a-yarn story]], not canon), it emulated Tarrasque's life cycle.



** Deepspawn can create copies of whatever creature it devoured. Unlimited, as long as it got enough of food.
*** [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090581 The Spawn Wars]] - Wars between dwarven kingdoms circa -9000 DR involved lots of deepspawn-bred troops. Which had aftereffects on dwarven spirit immediately (what with having lots of "second-class citizens") and vitality later -- "the Spawned" were banned from breeding, but this obviously didn't ''always'' work, and some blame on this factor the decline in birth rates that ultimately contributed to the number of unpopulated dwarven ruins. Oh, and this also left a few still living deepspawn (with dwarven samples, obviously) here and there...
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment - [[{{Unperson}} What]] the Harpers did to Finder Wyvernspur. Also, in "[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinyarn2003a Only a Woman Can Take This Sort of Abuse]]".
* CoolPet - In [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Groonpeck's Field Guide to Terrifying Denizens of the Air, with special appendices for Acheron, the Elemental Planes, and the Abyss]] the NonHumanSidekick of [[spoiler:[[RebelliousPrincess Miliana]] da Sumbria]] was called ''"[[Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned sacred, untouchable, and extremely dangerous; avoid at all cost]]"''. And when a book on critters like dragons, invisible stalkers and vrocks rates some silly bird like that, it ''[[MusicalAssassin is]]'' cool. Shopscat manages to fit it being just a normal raven.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Guilds (and Knights of the Shield) overthrew the monarchy in Tethyr. And then things quickly rolled downhill, for everyone. Including themselves (in the long run, smoldering civil war isn't good for business).
* CreepyCrows - Aside from the obvious use as familiars: Ravens Bluff is named after unusual local birds (big ravens that leave a curse if killed). Ravens are constant motif in the books of Elaine Cunningham, from Liriel's representation in a prophetic vision and later nickname to Shopscat, [[CoolPet pet raven]] of Curious Past shop in ''Thornhold'', able to say several phrases and whose sharp beak discouraged many a thief.

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** Deepspawn can create copies of whatever creature it devoured. Unlimited, as long as it got enough of food.
***
food. This caused some issues in [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090581 The the Spawn Wars]] - Wars Wars]], wars between dwarven kingdoms circa -9000 DR that involved lots of deepspawn-bred troops. Which troops, which had aftereffects on dwarven spirit immediately (what with having lots of "second-class citizens") and vitality later -- "the later. "The Spawned" were banned from breeding, but this obviously didn't ''always'' work, and some blame on this factor the decline in birth rates that ultimately contributed to the number of unpopulated dwarven ruins. Oh, and this also left a few still living deepspawn (with dwarven samples, obviously) here and there...
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment - CoolAndUnusualPunishment: [[{{Unperson}} What]] the Harpers did to Finder Wyvernspur. Also, in "[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinyarn2003a Only a Woman Can Take This Sort of Abuse]]".
* CoolPet - CoolPet: In [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Groonpeck's Field Guide to Terrifying Denizens of the Air, with special appendices for Acheron, the Elemental Planes, and the Abyss]] the NonHumanSidekick of [[spoiler:[[RebelliousPrincess Miliana]] da Sumbria]] was called ''"[[Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned sacred, untouchable, and extremely dangerous; avoid at all cost]]"''. And when a book on critters like dragons, invisible stalkers and vrocks rates some silly bird like that, it ''[[MusicalAssassin is]]'' cool. Shopscat manages to fit it being just a normal raven.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - CorruptCorporateExecutive: Guilds (and Knights of the Shield) overthrew the monarchy in Tethyr. And then things quickly rolled downhill, for everyone. Including themselves (in the long run, smoldering civil war isn't good for business).
* CreepyCrows - CreepyCrows: Aside from the obvious use as familiars: Ravens Bluff is named after unusual local birds (big ravens that leave a curse if killed). Ravens are constant motif in the books of Elaine Cunningham, from Liriel's representation in a prophetic vision and later nickname to Shopscat, [[CoolPet pet raven]] of Curious Past shop in ''Thornhold'', able to say several phrases and whose sharp beak discouraged many a thief.



* CrossOver - Sometimes happens (it's a [[KudzuPlot well-interwoven]] world), sometimes is [[HilarityEnsues hilariously]] averted with two characters ''from the same city'':

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* CrossOver - CrossOver: Sometimes happens (it's a [[KudzuPlot well-interwoven]] world), sometimes is [[HilarityEnsues hilariously]] averted with two characters ''from the same city'':



* TheDarkLord - Szass Tam, The Princes of Shade, Manshoon, Fzoul...
* DarkSkinnedBlond - Occurs semi-regularly in the Calishite human ethnicity. And, of course, dark elves. And their descendants, Crinti.
* DealWithTheDevil- Erevis Cale's deal with Mephistopheles during the Twilight War trilogy.
* DefeatByModesty - It varies. Some (e.g. elves) just rarely give a damn, some (mostly humans) do. Inverted in ''Laeral's Disrobement'' spell -- trap releasing another spell when its substrate is severely damaged or removed from its unwilling wearer--the most (in)famous use involved Sylune and her gown; before activation there also were some slavers who wanted to brand her, their log-built stronghold and [[StuffBlowingUp Meteor Swarm]] spell charge.
* DefeatMeansFriendship - Aside from warriors resolving their issues, xenophobic elves forced Elminster to play this game with them ''ad nauseam''. Some didn't make it through, however.

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* TheDarkLord - TheDarkLord: Szass Tam, The the Princes of Shade, Manshoon, Fzoul...
* DarkSkinnedBlond - DarkSkinnedBlond: Occurs semi-regularly in the Calishite human ethnicity. And, of course, dark elves. And their descendants, Crinti.
* DealWithTheDevil- DealWithTheDevil: Erevis Cale's deal with Mephistopheles during the Twilight War trilogy.
* DefeatByModesty - DefeatByModesty: It varies. Some (e.g. elves) just rarely give a damn, some (mostly humans) do. Inverted in ''Laeral's Disrobement'' spell -- trap releasing another spell when its substrate is severely damaged or removed from its unwilling wearer--the most (in)famous use involved Sylune and her gown; before activation there also were some slavers who wanted to brand her, their log-built stronghold and [[StuffBlowingUp Meteor Swarm]] spell charge.
* DefeatMeansFriendship - DefeatMeansFriendship: Aside from warriors resolving their issues, xenophobic elves forced Elminster to play this game with them ''ad nauseam''. Some didn't make it through, however.



* TheDragon - Fzoul and Manshoon alternated as the Dragon to each other.

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* TheDragon - TheDragon: Fzoul and Manshoon alternated as the Dragon to each other.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim - Gwydion the Quick and Rinda the scribe are two of the main characters of ''Prince of Lies'', and are killed by Malik in the opening chapters of ''The Trial of Cyric the Mad''.
* DrowningMySorrows - Wulfgar, for a certain period of his life.
* DysfunctionJunction - It seems that Magefairs tend to host a dozen of swaggering fireball-tossers seeking a duel, a hundred of gossipers and half a hundred of ''accomplished nuts'' sharing their mad theories.
* EmbarrassingTattoo - [[TheChosenOne Jherek]] in ''The Threat from the Sea'' ran away from his pirate father, but he has a tattoo that identified him as a crewmember of the nastiest pirate ship on the sea. Naturally, such a feature was rather career-limiting at best.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim - DroppedABridgeOnHim: Gwydion the Quick and Rinda the scribe are two of the main characters of ''Prince of Lies'', and are killed by Malik in the opening chapters of ''The Trial of Cyric the Mad''.
* DrowningMySorrows - DrowningMySorrows: Wulfgar, for a certain period of his life.
* DysfunctionJunction - DysfunctionJunction: It seems that Magefairs tend to host a dozen of swaggering fireball-tossers seeking a duel, a hundred of gossipers and half a hundred of ''accomplished nuts'' sharing their mad theories.
* EmbarrassingTattoo - EmbarrassingTattoo:
**
[[TheChosenOne Jherek]] in ''The Threat from the Sea'' ran away from his pirate father, but he has a tattoo that identified him as a crewmember of the nastiest pirate ship on the sea. Naturally, such a feature was rather career-limiting at best.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas - Cyric's father murdered his mother when he was a baby. The ''Cyrinishad'' is mostly about how wonderful he is, but he takes the time and page space to describe her as beautiful and talented. There also seems to be a bit of MadonnaWhoreComplex going on; she's exalted as the literal mother of a god, while he constantly refers to Mystra as "The Harlot."
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes - Cara's foster mother in ''Thornhold'' is a Cyricist who pings strongly on a Detect Evil, but she appears to be genuinely protective of her charge and forbids her to pray to Cyric or even wear his sacred color.
* EvenEvilHasStandards - sometimes, especially with AffablyEvil. Also played for laughs: Hrolf '[[BoisterousBruiser the Unruly]]' managed to get imprisonment and confiscation instead of usual fine in the near-lawless WretchedHive of Skullport not because he's a ''pirate'' ([[DemBones skulls]] don't worry about such trifles), but because he raised the concept of debauch to a whole new level. This man didn't got his nickname for nothing.
* EvilCounterpart - The City of Shade, and the City of Opus.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas - EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Cyric's father murdered his mother when he was a baby. The ''Cyrinishad'' is mostly about how wonderful he is, but he takes the time and page space to describe her as beautiful and talented. There also seems to be a bit of MadonnaWhoreComplex going on; she's exalted as the literal mother of a god, while he constantly refers to Mystra as "The Harlot."
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes - EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Cara's foster mother in ''Thornhold'' is a Cyricist who pings strongly on a Detect Evil, but she appears to be genuinely protective of her charge and forbids her to pray to Cyric or even wear his sacred color.
* EvenEvilHasStandards - EvenEvilHasStandards: sometimes, especially with AffablyEvil. Also played for laughs: Hrolf '[[BoisterousBruiser the Unruly]]' managed to get imprisonment and confiscation instead of usual fine in the near-lawless WretchedHive of Skullport not because he's a ''pirate'' ([[DemBones skulls]] don't worry about such trifles), but because he raised the concept of debauch to a whole new level. This man didn't got his nickname for nothing.
* EvilCounterpart - EvilCounterpart: The City of Shade, and the City of Opus.



* EvilOverlord - Fzoul Chembryl, Manshoon, Sememmon, Telamont Tanthul, et al.

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* EvilOverlord - EvilOverlord: Fzoul Chembryl, Manshoon, Sememmon, Telamont Tanthul, et al.



* ExcaliburInTheRust - Fyodor in the ''Starlight And Shadows'' trilogy has a two-handed sword, clearly too heavy... and ''blunt''. Far too many people didn't think it was serious until they learned a few little details: first, it's enchanted and works as if was sharp enough for any purpose except "friendly fire". Second, while most people can lift it with a visible effort, the owner is built like a smith (and was one) and always carries the damn thing with him, so he can use the ugly piece of metal as intended. Third, as TheBerserker, in rage he swings it with enough strength to crash a minor golem and enough speed to hit a superhumanly fast drow fencer.
* FallenHero - Scyllua Darkhope, a former paladin of the god of justice turned to the service of the god of tyranny. She's also a DarkActionGirl.
* FantasticNuke - there are some.

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* ExcaliburInTheRust - ExcaliburInTheRust: Fyodor in the ''Starlight And Shadows'' trilogy has a two-handed sword, clearly too heavy... and ''blunt''. Far too many people didn't think it was serious until they learned a few little details: first, it's enchanted and works as if was sharp enough for any purpose except "friendly fire". Second, while most people can lift it with a visible effort, the owner is built like a smith (and was one) and always carries the damn thing with him, so he can use the ugly piece of metal as intended. Third, as TheBerserker, in rage he swings it with enough strength to crash a minor golem and enough speed to hit a superhumanly fast drow fencer.
* FallenHero - FallenHero: Scyllua Darkhope, a former paladin of the god of justice turned to the service of the god of tyranny. She's also a DarkActionGirl.
* FantasticNuke - there FantasticNuke: There are some.



* FingerInTheMail - In one novel in the series, the crimelord who has the halfling Regis captive has one of his men give Drizzt and friends (out to save Regis) a package when they reach his city: a halfling's severed finger. [[spoiler:Not only is it from Regis, the crimelord does it ''again'' as they're breaking into his lair.]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself - Sometimes, notably drow (it's a valid "illusionary costume", in a "risque" way). With ''[[CthulHumanoid mindflayers]]'' this was mostly played for laughs.
* ForgottenSuperweapon - Pandorym, Kezefbane...
* FourthWallMailSlot - In ''[[SideStoryBonusArt The Wizards Three]]'', though of course not novels. Once Mordenkainen's apprentice ''challenged to the spell duel'' one fan who worded dissatisfaction with her appearance in ''The Wizards Three'' impolitely, and once Elminster commented at the readers' dirty imagination.
* FreakinessShame - Wings in the case of Jasmine.
* FreeTheFrogs - "Leave Chitines Alone!" notion of some Ched Nasad drow, mentioned in ''War of the Spider Queen''. That wouldn't be so utterly mind-boggling... if the main argument wasn't that they follow the same ReligionOfEvil which ''approves'' ChronicBackstabbingDisorder of drow so much. No wonder Pharaun just laughed at a question whether he's one of those.
* FromBadToWorse: In the Avatar Crisis, the forced descent of all the gods into mortal bodies caused havoc with the Weave -- outside of the several-mile radius which surrounded an avatar, magic was unpredictable, either not working at all, working with a quirk, going wild, or blowing up in your face. It was spellcast at your own risk. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then Helm killed Mystra]]... and things went entirely insane, magically.

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* FingerInTheMail - FingerInTheMail: In one novel in the series, the crimelord who has the halfling Regis captive has one of his men give Drizzt and friends (out to save Regis) a package when they reach his city: a halfling's severed finger. [[spoiler:Not only is it from Regis, the crimelord does it ''again'' as they're breaking into his lair.]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself - ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Sometimes, notably drow (it's a valid "illusionary costume", in a "risque" way). With ''[[CthulHumanoid mindflayers]]'' this was mostly played for laughs.
* ForgottenSuperweapon - ForgottenSuperweapon: Pandorym, Kezefbane...
* FourthWallMailSlot - FourthWallMailSlot: In ''[[SideStoryBonusArt The Wizards Three]]'', though of course not novels. Once Mordenkainen's apprentice ''challenged to the spell duel'' one fan who worded dissatisfaction with her appearance in ''The Wizards Three'' impolitely, and once Elminster commented at the readers' dirty imagination.
* FreakinessShame - FreakinessShame: Wings in the case of Jasmine.
* FreeTheFrogs - FreeTheFrogs: "Leave Chitines Alone!" notion of some Ched Nasad drow, mentioned in ''War of the Spider Queen''. That wouldn't be so utterly mind-boggling... if the main argument wasn't that they follow the same ReligionOfEvil which ''approves'' ChronicBackstabbingDisorder of drow so much. No wonder Pharaun just laughed at a question whether he's one of those.
* FromBadToWorse: FromBadToWorse:
**
In the Avatar Crisis, the forced descent of all the gods into mortal bodies caused havoc with the Weave -- outside of the several-mile radius which surrounded an avatar, magic was unpredictable, either not working at all, working with a quirk, going wild, or blowing up in your face. It was spellcast at your own risk. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then Helm killed Mystra]]... and things went entirely insane, magically.



* GodWasMyCopilot - ''Finder's Bane''

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* GodWasMyCopilot - %%* GodWasMyCopilot: ''Finder's Bane''



* GrammarNazi - Interpret this little footnote from ''Volo's Guide to All Things Magical'' as you want:
--> Elminster: Do not, for instance, utter the word "indubitably" when in the Hall of Floating Helms in the Palace in Suzail--unless, that is, ye ''enjoy'' being caught in the midst of swarming lightning bolt spells.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything - The Leaves of One Night.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe - Dorn Graybrook lost much of the left side of his body to the red dragon, and for this reason was turned into half-golem. And took [[TheDragonslayer some issues with dragons]].

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* GrammarNazi - GrammarNazi: Interpret this little footnote from ''Volo's Guide to All Things Magical'' as you want:
--> Elminster: Do not, for instance, utter the word "indubitably" when in the Hall of Floating Helms in the Palace in Suzail--unless, Suzail -- unless, that is, ye ''enjoy'' being caught in the midst of swarming lightning bolt spells.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything - GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Leaves of One Night.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe - HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Dorn Graybrook lost much of the left side of his body to the red dragon, and for this reason was turned into half-golem. And took [[TheDragonslayer some issues with dragons]].



* HandsomeLech - Obarskyrs tend to be very charismatic and a bit too... passionate. Azoun IV was quite outstanding in both regards, so Cormyr got ''lots'' of {{Royal Bastard}}s--there's even a feat for it. His daughter Alusair is a well-known heart reaper too, though in her case consequences are prevented by magic.

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* HandsomeLech - HandsomeLech:
**
Obarskyrs tend to be very charismatic and a bit too... passionate. Azoun IV was quite outstanding in both regards, so Cormyr got ''lots'' of {{Royal Bastard}}s--there's even a feat for it. His daughter Alusair is a well-known heart reaper too, though in her case consequences are prevented by magic.



* TheHatMakesTheMan - The Crown of Horns makes its wearer crazed and violent.
* HeelFaithTurn - Something like this implied to be a part of the past Shield of Innocence (''orog paladin'') was reluctant to talk about. Since Thamdarl "the Wizard Unseen" named his memoirs ''Tyrant's Throne to the Arms of a Goddess: My Road To Mystra'', this seems to be his case too.
* HereditaryCurse - The ''Avatar Trilogy'' has Kelemvor Lyonsbane, last scion of a family of cursed mercenaries. The curse began when his ancestor betrayed a powerful sorceress and was cursed to never again act purely for profit, or transform into a murderous panther. However, with the birth of his son, the curse reacted to the boys innocence [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and reversed itself]]. From then on, Lyonsbanes could ONLY act on anothers behalf out of thoughts of profit.
* HeroicMime - Saurials cannot speak in the audible for humans range, so Dragonbait managed to go about his missions without any verbal communication, though later learned the thieves' hand code.
* HorseOfADifferentColor - It's almost a RunningGag when applied to paladins' special mounts.

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* TheHatMakesTheMan - TheHatMakesTheMan: The Crown of Horns makes its wearer crazed and violent.
* HeelFaithTurn - HeelFaithTurn: Something like this implied to be a part of the past Shield of Innocence (''orog paladin'') was reluctant to talk about. Since Thamdarl "the Wizard Unseen" named his memoirs ''Tyrant's Throne to the Arms of a Goddess: My Road To Mystra'', this seems to be his case too.
* HereditaryCurse - HereditaryCurse: The ''Avatar Trilogy'' has Kelemvor Lyonsbane, last scion of a family of cursed mercenaries. The curse began when his ancestor betrayed a powerful sorceress and was cursed to never again act purely for profit, or transform into a murderous panther. However, with the birth of his son, the curse reacted to the boys innocence [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and reversed itself]]. From then on, Lyonsbanes could ONLY act on anothers behalf out of thoughts of profit.
* HeroicMime - HeroicMime: Saurials cannot speak in the human audible for humans range, so Dragonbait managed to go about his missions without any verbal communication, though later learned the thieves' hand code.
* HorseOfADifferentColor - HorseOfADifferentColor: It's almost a RunningGag when applied to paladins' special mounts.



* HumanPopsicle - Or ''elf-demon hybrid'' popsicle, to be more precise. The fey'ri were imprisoned and then the imprisoning civilization fell, leaving them to wake up 5,000 years later when the magic on the fortress above was severed.
** Elminster was a 'human dust catcher' in an old Netherese tomb for a century or so at the beginning of ''Temptation of Elminster''. And [[LateToTheTragedy found out]] that [[spoiler:Myth Drannor became a fiend-ridden ruin, surprise]] (though either Mystra or Azuth cared to soften impact by sending visions).
* IdentityAmnesia - Kheil of Sentinelspire.
* IGaveMyWord - Elminster swore to never kill Fzoul nor Manshoon in an agreement [[EnemyMine with one of their common foes]], in favour of stopping yet another common foe. "So high a price", indeed.
* ImAHumanitarian - An interesting twist. Creators of [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/mc/mc20010829e one mythal]] instead of specifically listing a few nasty critters blocked "any being that had consumed the flesh of men", a rite of passage in nearby orc tribes. Thus ghouls, most evil dragons and fiends, and so on are straight out too. But the Nethertusk Horde did walk in--no more Myth Glaurach. It was puzzling how a mythal failed back then if it still keeps monsters out several centuries later, until a journal of one orc shaman found in the Herald’s Holdfast explained it. After the first wave of rampaging orcs was stopped and slaughtered, Gruumsh told his shamans what's up. So, the next generation of orcs was prohibited from eating their foes. Orcs aren't as brainy as illithids, but they aren't idiots either.

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* HumanPopsicle - HumanPopsicle:
**
Or ''elf-demon hybrid'' popsicle, to be more precise. The fey'ri were imprisoned and then the imprisoning civilization fell, leaving them to wake up 5,000 years later when the magic on the fortress above was severed.
** Elminster was a 'human "human dust catcher' catcher" in an old Netherese tomb for a century or so at the beginning of ''Temptation of Elminster''. And [[LateToTheTragedy found out]] that [[spoiler:Myth Drannor became a fiend-ridden ruin, surprise]] (though either Mystra or Azuth cared to soften impact by sending visions).
* IdentityAmnesia - IdentityAmnesia: Kheil of Sentinelspire.
* IGaveMyWord - IGaveMyWord: Elminster swore to never kill Fzoul nor Manshoon in an agreement [[EnemyMine with one of their common foes]], in favour of stopping yet another common foe. "So high a price", indeed.
* ImAHumanitarian - ImAHumanitarian: An interesting twist. Creators of [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/mc/mc20010829e one mythal]] instead of specifically listing a few nasty critters blocked "any being that had consumed the flesh of men", a rite of passage in nearby orc tribes. Thus ghouls, most evil dragons and fiends, and so on are straight out too. But the Nethertusk Horde did walk in--no more Myth Glaurach. It was puzzling how a mythal failed back then if it still keeps monsters out several centuries later, until a journal of one orc shaman found in the Herald’s Holdfast explained it. After the first wave of rampaging orcs was stopped and slaughtered, Gruumsh told his shamans what's up. So, the next generation of orcs was prohibited from eating their foes. Orcs aren't as brainy as illithids, but they aren't idiots either.



* IndianBurialGround - Played with. Elven tombs attract thieves, but are not safe at all, even if not patrolled by armed forces (like in vicinity of Evereska). Or, Battledale farmers thought, if backed up by few mercenaries and wizards, they could fill and use a swamp even after mold men neighbours told them it's their burial ground. It turned out that both "their" and "burial" should be understood rather broadly. Less than in one year farmers who ran away quickly enough thought they were damn lucky to survive at all. [[note]]''Elminster's Ecologies'', # 1111[[/note]]
* IntercontinuityCrossOver - used really well in ''The Wizards Three'' from 'neighbour' crystal spheres (see above). More canonically,

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* IndianBurialGround - IndianBurialGround: Played with. Elven tombs attract thieves, but are not safe at all, even if not patrolled by armed forces (like in vicinity of Evereska). Or, Battledale farmers thought, if backed up by few mercenaries and wizards, they could fill and use a swamp even after mold men neighbours told them it's their burial ground. It turned out that both "their" and "burial" should be understood rather broadly. Less than in one year farmers who ran away quickly enough thought they were damn lucky to survive at all. [[note]]''Elminster's Ecologies'', # 1111[[/note]]
* IntercontinuityCrossOver - used IntercontinuityCrossOver:
** Used
really well in ''The Wizards Three'' from 'neighbour' crystal spheres (see above). More canonically,



* JerkAss - Mostly heroic incarnations are Vangerdahast (at least until retirement), Khelben (a bit less, mostly due to MoralityPet effect).
* JerkassFacade - sometimes Elminster (e.g. fun with slug sandwiches he remembered in ''Elminster in Hell''), but usually Lhaeo does this for him. Liriel played this with Xzorsh up to KnifeOutline level to keep him from being [[TooDumbToLive unguarded around any other drow he could meet]].

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* JerkAss - JerkAss: Mostly heroic incarnations are Vangerdahast (at least until retirement), Khelben (a bit less, mostly due to MoralityPet effect).
* JerkassFacade - sometimes JerkassFacade: Sometimes Elminster (e.g. fun with slug sandwiches he remembered in ''Elminster in Hell''), but usually Lhaeo does this for him. Liriel played this with Xzorsh up to KnifeOutline level to keep him from being [[TooDumbToLive unguarded around any other drow he could meet]].



* KarmaHoudini - Artemis Entreri. For all of the evil stuff he has done, he is still many people's favorite character.
** He ''is'' an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]-- Or at least, he was for a good chunk of page-time. Plus, (Lawful) EvilIsCool.
*** Most of his evil actions tend to be justified or overshadowed by the evil that the people around him do, and he has paid for a lot of it, knocked off a cliff, stuck in menzoberran and forced to ally with Jarlaxle, and then is mindscrewed somewhat by Jarlaxle.
* KillerRabbit - Several, including literal ones (according to ''Elminster's Ecologies'').
* KillerYoyo - Cadderly got "[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Cadderly_Bonaduce#Cadderly.27s_spindle-disks an archaic weapon used by ancient halfling tribesmen of southern Luiren]]". Made of rock crystal... by Salvatore, ''[[RuleOfCool of course]]''.

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* KarmaHoudini - KarmaHoudini: Artemis Entreri. For all of the evil stuff he has done, he is still many people's favorite character.
**
character. He ''is'' an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]-- Or assassin]] -- or at least, he was for a good chunk of page-time. Plus, (Lawful) EvilIsCool.
***
EvilIsCool. Most of his evil actions tend to be justified or overshadowed by the evil that the people around him do, and he has paid for a lot of it, knocked off a cliff, stuck in menzoberran and forced to ally with Jarlaxle, and then is mindscrewed somewhat by Jarlaxle.
* KillerRabbit - KillerRabbit: Several, including literal ones (according to ''Elminster's Ecologies'').
* KillerYoyo - KillerYoyo: Cadderly got "[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Cadderly_Bonaduce#Cadderly.27s_spindle-disks an archaic weapon used by ancient halfling tribesmen of southern Luiren]]". Made of rock crystal... by Salvatore, ''[[RuleOfCool of course]]''.



* LadyOfWar - Princess Alusair of Cormyr. Storm Silverhand is as incredibly dangerous and attractive as all Seven Sisters, and her pupils Chesslyn Onaubra and Sharantyr fit the description as well.

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* LadyOfWar - LadyOfWar: Princess Alusair of Cormyr. Storm Silverhand is as incredibly dangerous and attractive as all Seven Sisters, and her pupils Chesslyn Onaubra and Sharantyr fit the description as well.



* LaserBlade - "Chromatic Blade" spell creates a temporary weapon -- glowing [[RazorFloss needle-thin]] ray of HardLight working as ''[[AbsurdlySharpBlade sword of sharpness]]'' and counteracting many spells of "[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic]]" type.
* [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Stupid]] - Knights of Samular [[GoodIsNotNice aren't very nice people]] as it is (see WhatTheHellHero), but in ''Thornhold'' a young knight right from the monastery was given a mission requiring some understanding and diplomacy, which helped him to quickly make himself look a bigger JerkAss than Khelben and end up as a ButtMonkey for everyone including a little girl.

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* LaserBlade - LaserBlade: "Chromatic Blade" spell creates a temporary weapon -- glowing [[RazorFloss needle-thin]] ray of HardLight working as ''[[AbsurdlySharpBlade sword of sharpness]]'' and counteracting many spells of "[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prismatic]]" type.
* [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Stupid]] - LawfulStupid:
**
Knights of Samular [[GoodIsNotNice aren't very nice people]] as it is (see WhatTheHellHero), but in ''Thornhold'' a young knight right from the monastery was given a mission requiring some understanding and diplomacy, which helped him to quickly make himself look a bigger JerkAss than Khelben and end up as a ButtMonkey for everyone including a little girl.



* LoveTriangle - all variants, notably one around Galaeron Nihmedu which transformed several times, including {{Polyamory}} and ended up [[spoiler:better than one could suspect, though it was sort of foreshadowed]].
* LoveableRogue - lots of, including Eladar the Dark [[spoiler:a.k.a. Elminster Aumar]] and [[spoiler:his daughter]].

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* LoveTriangle - all LoveTriangle: All variants, notably one around Galaeron Nihmedu which transformed several times, including {{Polyamory}} and ended up [[spoiler:better than one could suspect, though it was sort of foreshadowed]].
* LoveableRogue - lots LoveableRogue: Lots of, including Eladar the Dark [[spoiler:a.k.a. Elminster Aumar]] and [[spoiler:his daughter]].



* MagpiesAsPortents - Ravens are constant motif in the books of Elaine Cunningham, including Liriel's representation in a prophetic vision and later nickname.

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* MagpiesAsPortents - MagpiesAsPortents: Ravens are constant motif in the books of Elaine Cunningham, including Liriel's representation in a prophetic vision and later nickname.



* MasterApprenticeChain - There are traceable chains of 4-5 wizards or longer, and lots of offhanded mentions of someone being apprenticed to Elminster (whose teachers are known from ''Elminster's Saga'') or other Chosen (at least half of whom, including Khelben and Sammaster, also learned from Elminster at some point or other). Back in Myth Drannor "Arun's Son" (not named Khelben yet) was a pupil of Mentor Wintercloak (secretly allowed in the city before it was opened to non-elves). They all had apprentices -- Mystran dogma is clear about [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3684&whichpage=62#101819 spreading the use of arcane magic]], after all. Some of these (like [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Malchor_Harpell Malchor Harpell]]) grew to the top rung and in turn got their own pupils...
** APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Again, the Mystran dogma teaches to spread magical knowledge, so they, especially Elminster, train a lot of people with talent and not looking terminally irresponsible. Some of whom later played in the teams any good Mystran have to cull given an opportunity, all the way down to Cult of the Dragon. Sammaster in particular stands out here.
** MerlinAndNimue: Elminster started his career with falling for one of his mentors, Myrjala "Darkeyes" Talithyn, and some of his own apprentices enjoyed not only learning magic from him -- apparently including one drow lady enjoying TwoPersonPoolParty with him in one {{sourcebook}}. His former apprentice "The Shadowsil" in the backstory of Ed Greenwood's novel ''Spellfire'' left to take up a life of evil.
* MechanicalHorse - Not a common aspect, but one NPC in the book ''Power of Faerûn'' has one.

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* MasterApprenticeChain - MasterApprenticeChain: There are traceable chains of 4-5 wizards or longer, and lots of offhanded mentions of someone being apprenticed to Elminster (whose teachers are known from ''Elminster's Saga'') or other Chosen (at least half of whom, including Khelben and Sammaster, also learned from Elminster at some point or other). Back in Myth Drannor "Arun's Son" (not named Khelben yet) was a pupil of Mentor Wintercloak (secretly allowed in the city before it was opened to non-elves). They all had apprentices -- Mystran dogma is clear about [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3684&whichpage=62#101819 spreading the use of arcane magic]], after all. Some of these (like [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Malchor_Harpell Malchor Harpell]]) grew to the top rung and in turn got their own pupils...
** APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Again, the Mystran dogma teaches to spread magical knowledge, so they, especially Elminster, train a lot of people with talent and not looking terminally irresponsible. Some of whom later played in the teams any good Mystran have to cull given an opportunity, all the way down to Cult of the Dragon. Sammaster in particular stands out here.
** MerlinAndNimue: Elminster started his career with falling for one of his mentors, Myrjala "Darkeyes" Talithyn, and some of his own apprentices enjoyed not only learning magic from him -- apparently including one drow lady enjoying TwoPersonPoolParty with him in one {{sourcebook}}. His former apprentice "The Shadowsil" in the backstory of Ed Greenwood's novel ''Spellfire'' left to take up a life of evil.
* MechanicalHorse - MechanicalHorse: Not a common aspect, but one NPC in the book ''Power of Faerûn'' has one.



* MemoryGambit - It's normal both for drow on high positions and high-level wizards to be CrazyPrepared. So in ''Extinction'' (War of the Spider Queen) [[spoiler:Gromph Baenre]] did it. An opponent thought everything was under control... and lived just long enough to realize what's going on.
* MerchantPrince - The country of Amn is ruled by the Council of Six, each a merchant-king with more money than they can spend. In descending order of seniority they are the Meisarch, Tessarch, Namarch, Iltarch, Pommarch and Dahaunarch.
* MillionMookMarch - The Tuigan Horde, King Obould's Army of Many-Arrows.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum - The best one is the Ravenstar from ''Inside Ravens Bluff, the Living City''. Two wizard brothers discovered most of their heirloom was turned into flying galleon. Turns out it's not a con, and merchant ([[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]], duh) delivers it, along with the user's manual. Then they dismissed "through space" part. For a vessel powered by ''[[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} major helm]]'' even suborbital cargo runs would be a waste of possibilities, and that not counting a non-standard device built in. They use Ravenstar to... haul a circus, around less than one continent. Ah, and sometimes for moonlight cruises.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution - Orc Problems in the North? Kill 'em all. Some drow (who fixes more problems that causes) draws a special attention from Lower Planes? Send a ''warship'' after her. Contrabandists with smokepowder? Kaboom!
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone - Wulfgar has this reaction after [[spoiler: he hallucinates that Catti-Brie is a demon and hits her]] in ''The Silent Blade''.
* MythArc - ''Cormyr Saga'' alone gives compressed variant. The novel ''Cormyr'' is an interleave of "present day" story chapters and small flashback stories that depict Cormyrean history. The HowWeGotHere part forms at once necessary background for the main story, some parts of big StoryArc and also parts of epic History Arc that connects with "present" StoryArc in next books.
* TheNapoleon - Triel Baenre has the already-unenviable task of measuring up to her formidable mother's long reign. Given this, she's especially sensitive about being short even for a drow.
* NeglectfulPrecursors - [[HatePlague Dracorage]] is one of "best" examples. Building a magical device that periodically drives all dragons in the world [[AxeCrazy Claw Crazy]]? Well, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo one just have to do whatever one can]]. Leaving damn thing active, accessible and not adequately guarded, ''indefinitely'' after decisive victory? Great idea: not only dragons have to kill much more people than ''they'' want to, but sooner or later it may fail to turn off and someone can tamper with either comet or mythal in the way that leaves the hellish condition on. Which almost happened twice.

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* MemoryGambit - MemoryGambit: It's normal both for drow on high positions and high-level wizards to be CrazyPrepared. So in ''Extinction'' (War of the Spider Queen) [[spoiler:Gromph Baenre]] did it. An opponent thought everything was under control... and lived just long enough to realize what's going on.
* MerchantPrince - MerchantPrince: The country of Amn is ruled by the Council of Six, each a merchant-king with more money than they can spend. In descending order of seniority they are the Meisarch, Tessarch, Namarch, Iltarch, Pommarch and Dahaunarch.
* MillionMookMarch - MerlinAndNimue: Elminster started his career with falling for one of his mentors, Myrjala "Darkeyes" Talithyn, and some of his own apprentices enjoyed not only learning magic from him -- apparently including one drow lady enjoying TwoPersonPoolParty with him in one {{sourcebook}}. His former apprentice "The Shadowsil" in the backstory of Ed Greenwood's novel ''Spellfire'' left to take up a life of evil.
* MillionMookMarch:
The Tuigan Horde, King Obould's Army of Many-Arrows.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum - MisappliedPhlebotinum: The best one is the Ravenstar from ''Inside Ravens Bluff, the Living City''. Two wizard brothers discovered most of their heirloom was turned into flying galleon. Turns out it's not a con, and merchant ([[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]], duh) delivers it, along with the user's manual. Then they dismissed "through space" part. For a vessel powered by ''[[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} major helm]]'' even suborbital cargo runs would be a waste of possibilities, and that not counting a non-standard device built in. They use Ravenstar to... haul a circus, around less than one continent. Ah, and sometimes for moonlight cruises.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution - MurderIsTheBestSolution: Orc Problems in the North? Kill 'em all. Some drow (who fixes more problems that than she causes) draws a special attention from Lower Planes? Send a ''warship'' after her. Contrabandists with smokepowder? Kaboom!
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone - MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Wulfgar has this reaction after [[spoiler: he hallucinates that Catti-Brie is a demon and hits her]] in ''The Silent Blade''.
* MythArc - MythArc: ''Cormyr Saga'' alone gives compressed variant. The novel ''Cormyr'' is an interleave of "present day" story chapters and small flashback stories that depict Cormyrean history. The HowWeGotHere part forms at once necessary background for the main story, some parts of big StoryArc and also parts of epic History Arc that connects with "present" StoryArc in next books.
* TheNapoleon - TheNapoleon: Triel Baenre has the already-unenviable task of measuring up to her formidable mother's long reign. Given this, she's especially sensitive about being short even for a drow.
* NeglectfulPrecursors - NeglectfulPrecursors: [[HatePlague Dracorage]] is one of "best" examples. Building a magical device that periodically drives all dragons in the world [[AxeCrazy Claw Crazy]]? Well, sometimes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo one just have to do whatever one can]]. Leaving damn thing active, accessible and not adequately guarded, ''indefinitely'' after decisive victory? Great idea: not only dragons have to kill much more people than ''they'' want to, but sooner or later it may fail to turn off and someone can tamper with either comet or mythal in the way that leaves the hellish condition on. Which almost happened twice.


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* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Again, the Mystran dogma teaches to spread magical knowledge, so they, especially Elminster, train a lot of people with talent and not looking terminally irresponsible. Some of whom later played in the teams any good Mystran have to cull given an opportunity, all the way down to Cult of the Dragon. Sammaster in particular stands out here.
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* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' - since the 2012 ExpansionPack.

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* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' - -- since the 2012 ExpansionPack.



* AlternativeCalendar - The Calendar of Harptos, Elven Rysars...
* AncientConspiracy - There are a few.

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* AlternativeCalendar - AlternativeCalendar: The Calendar of Harptos, Elven Rysars...
* AncientConspiracy - : There are a few.



* AndManGrewProud - Most famously Netheril, but also Imaskar and Jhaamdath. As a subnote, some of the humans who survived the fall of Netheril fled to the nearby Elven city of Ascalhorn...where they proceeded to show they hadn't learned their lesson one bit by daring to consort with demons and devils. End result, creation of fey'ri, corruption of Ascalhorn into Hellgate Keep, and fall of Eaerlann.
* AnimatedArmor - FR is the home of a construct known as "helmed horror". [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=16#212616 There are variants]], of course. Unlike a golem, it needs to be possessed by a mortal, so methods of procuring the "pilot" vary, e.g. War Wizards in Cormyr give some criminals an option to get some hands-on action (with the body in a high-security prison, some magical conditioning and removal of possible "sensitive" memories), less law-abiding artificiers may kill and compel, and it's not like a badly crippled warrior can't occasionally volunteer for this.
* AwesomeButImpractical - Most folk's opinions on firearms in the Realms. In large part this is due to intentional FantasyGunControl on the part of Gond the Wonderbringer.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking - The higher levels frequently attributed to individuals in positions of authority.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil - The reason why various evil entities haven't taken over the world, and why various good entities don't control the world.

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* AndManGrewProud - AndManGrewProud: Most famously Netheril, but also Imaskar and Jhaamdath. As a subnote, some of the humans who survived the fall of Netheril fled to the nearby Elven city of Ascalhorn...where they proceeded to show they hadn't learned their lesson one bit by daring to consort with demons and devils. End result, creation of fey'ri, corruption of Ascalhorn into Hellgate Keep, and fall of Eaerlann.
* AnimatedArmor - AnimatedArmor: FR is the home of a construct known as "helmed horror". [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=16#212616 There are variants]], of course. Unlike a golem, it needs to be possessed by a mortal, so methods of procuring the "pilot" vary, e.g. War Wizards in Cormyr give some criminals an option to get some hands-on action (with the body in a high-security prison, some magical conditioning and removal of possible "sensitive" memories), less law-abiding artificiers may kill and compel, and it's not like a badly crippled warrior can't occasionally volunteer for this.
* AwesomeButImpractical - AwesomeButImpractical: Most folk's opinions on firearms in the Realms. In large part this is due to intentional FantasyGunControl on the part of Gond the Wonderbringer.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking - AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The higher levels frequently attributed to individuals in positions of authority.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil - BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The reason why various evil entities haven't taken over the world, and why various good entities don't control the world.



--> the nobles of Cormyr--including the royal Obarskyrs--were notorious for having many bastard offspring. Most of these turnshields, as they were called in polite company, were sent away [...] Some became skilled artisans loyal family retainers, or even "[[SpareToTheThrone heirs in reserve]]". But too many became coinless wastrels wandering distant realms as forgotten kin, hating their noble connections and without the means to reap revenge.

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--> the The nobles of Cormyr--including Cormyr -- including the royal Obarskyrs--were Obarskyrs -- were notorious for having many bastard offspring. Most of these turnshields, as they were called in polite company, were sent away [...] Some became skilled artisans loyal family retainers, or even "[[SpareToTheThrone heirs in reserve]]". But too many became coinless wastrels wandering distant realms as forgotten kin, hating their noble connections and without the means to reap revenge.



* BottomlessPit: The Underchasm. Which is practically a nation sized hole.
* CallARabbitASmeerp - Tressym are winged cats; Rothe are a yak-like herd animal, related (presumably) to musk oxen.
* CannonFodder - Orcs, Goblin, et al.
* CanonForeigner - The Neverwinter Nights games.
* CanonImmigrant - A few aspects of the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights video games becoming official canon.
* CantTakeAnythingWithYou - The Netheril boxed set rules for time travel placed severe restrictions on bringing items and even spells through time.
* CaptainErsatz - Not counting pantheons ripped off straight as well as individual deities ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mielikki Mielikki]], I'm looking at you), and aside of all {{fantasy counterpart culture}}s, "Selûne" = Selene + Luna. (and a [[HeavyMetalUmlaut circumflex]] for [[XtremeKoolLetterz extra flavor]]). The Greeks and the Romans should obviously have no complaints here, being [[AncientGrome ripped off equally]].

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* BottomlessPit: The Underchasm. Which Underchasm, which is practically a nation sized hole.
* CallARabbitASmeerp - CallARabbitASmeerp: Tressym are winged cats; Rothe are a yak-like herd animal, related (presumably) to musk oxen.
* CannonFodder - CannonFodder: Orcs, Goblin, et al.
* CanonForeigner - CanonForeigner: The Neverwinter Nights games.
''Neverwinter Nights'' games and associated characters.
* CanonImmigrant - CanonImmigrant: A few aspects of the Baldur's Gate ''Baldur's Gate'' and Neverwinter Nights ''Neverwinter Nights'' video games becoming have become official canon.
* CantTakeAnythingWithYou - CantTakeAnythingWithYou: The Netheril boxed set rules for time travel placed severe restrictions on bringing items and even spells through time.
* CaptainErsatz - CaptainErsatz: Not counting pantheons ripped off straight as well as individual deities ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mielikki Mielikki]], I'm looking at you), and aside of all {{fantasy counterpart culture}}s, "Selûne" = Selene + Luna. (and a [[HeavyMetalUmlaut circumflex]] for [[XtremeKoolLetterz extra flavor]]). The Greeks and the Romans should obviously have no complaints here, being [[AncientGrome ripped off equally]].



* CelestialBureaucracy - Kara-Tur's Celestial Bureaucracy.

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* CelestialBureaucracy - CelestialBureaucracy: Kara-Tur's Celestial Bureaucracy.



* ChurchMilitant - paladin orders. Large ones are also ''much'' more inclined to slip into WellIntentionedExtremist routine than individual paladins. Danilo Thann once [[Quotes/ChurchMilitant stated they're nightmare incarnate]], though he's not too picky or easily scared, and admires paladins one by one. Several Lawful churches are rather militant themselves. Of course, in case of Tempus followers the warfare is [[BloodKnight the whole point]], but they tend to participate in other people's wars rather than wage their own.

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* ChurchMilitant - ChurchMilitant: The paladin orders. Large ones are also ''much'' more inclined to slip into WellIntentionedExtremist routine than individual paladins. Danilo Thann once [[Quotes/ChurchMilitant stated they're nightmare incarnate]], though he's not too picky or easily scared, and admires paladins one by one. Several Lawful churches are rather militant themselves. Of course, in case of Tempus followers the warfare is [[BloodKnight the whole point]], but they tend to participate in other people's wars rather than wage their own.



* CityOfAdventure - Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter...

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* CityOfAdventure - CityOfAdventure: Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter...



* CloakAndDagger - See GambitPileup. There's even a {{Sourcebook}} named "Cloak and Dagger". Which covers only the most important handful of such groups.
* CometOfDoom - The "King-Killer Star" ([[spoiler:chosen as the trigger for the Dracorage Mythal]]).
* ContinuityPorn - To be expected from a setting as vast, old, and collaborative as this one.
* CoolAirship - Those famous Halruan skyships.

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* CloakAndDagger - CloakAndDagger: See GambitPileup. There's even a {{Sourcebook}} named "Cloak and Dagger". Which covers only the most important handful of such groups.
* CometOfDoom - CometOfDoom: The "King-Killer Star" ([[spoiler:chosen as the trigger for the Dracorage Mythal]]).
* ContinuityPorn - ContinuityPorn: To be expected from a setting as vast, old, and collaborative as this one.
* CoolAirship - CoolAirship: Those famous Halruan skyships.



* CoolHorse - Never a shortage of this. After all, there are three regions full of horse nomads or semi-nomads plus multiple horse-breeding centers famed over half of the continent.
** HorseOfADifferentColor - Drow ride wall-climbing lizards, duergar ride spiders, Far Hills dwarves ride giant bats, sea elves ride giant seahorses, some humans ride hippogriffs or griffons, Shadovar ride vaserabs (lean and mean pterosaurs). Then there are more rare variants, such as dire volwes. On the Great Glacier, one tribe has remorhaz cavalry. Unique cases cover just about everything capable of carrying a humanoid.
** SapientSteed - Pegasi, Asperii, Nightmares, elven Moon-horse (teu'kelytha).
* TheCommandments - It's unreasonable to expect standards in a boiling pot of imported, adopted and emerging cultures following several ''pantheons''. But at least paladins generally agree on "Paladin's Virtues" from ''Quentin's Monograph'' -- though differ in priorities and interpretations.

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* CoolHorse - CoolHorse: Never a shortage of this. After all, there are three regions full of horse nomads or semi-nomads plus multiple horse-breeding centers famed over half of the continent.
** HorseOfADifferentColor - Drow ride wall-climbing lizards, duergar ride spiders, Far Hills dwarves ride giant bats, sea elves ride giant seahorses, some humans ride hippogriffs or griffons, Shadovar ride vaserabs (lean and mean pterosaurs). Then there are more rare variants, such as dire volwes. On the Great Glacier, one tribe has remorhaz cavalry. Unique cases cover just about everything capable of carrying a humanoid.
** SapientSteed - Pegasi, Asperii, Nightmares, elven Moon-horse (teu'kelytha).
* TheCommandments - TheCommandments: It's unreasonable to expect standards in a boiling pot of imported, adopted and emerging cultures following several ''pantheons''. But at least paladins generally agree on "Paladin's Virtues" from ''Quentin's Monograph'' -- though differ in priorities and interpretations.



* CorruptChurch - Selûne's church in Memnon. Torm's church in Tantras, during the Time of Troubles. [[OhCrap He was not pleased]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Merchants band together all the time, openly or secretly, and as often as not don't care much whether they act decently, or even legally. So merchant cabals include mafia-like ones like Men of the Basilisk, or Rundeen who set pirates against their rivals and dabble in slave-trade.

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* CorruptChurch - CorruptChurch: Selûne's church in Memnon. Torm's church in Tantras, during the Time of Troubles. [[OhCrap He was not pleased]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - CorruptCorporateExecutive:
**
Merchants band together all the time, openly or secretly, and as often as not don't care much whether they act decently, or even legally. So merchant cabals include mafia-like ones like Men of the Basilisk, or Rundeen who set pirates against their rivals and dabble in slave-trade.



** There are groups such as Iron Throne or Knights of The Shield that outwardly (even for their own low-ranking members) look like "yet another strong merchant group", but on the inside are more fiendish. Sometimes, literally.

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** There are groups such as Iron Throne or Knights of The the Shield that outwardly (even for their own low-ranking members) look like "yet another strong merchant group", but on the inside are more fiendish. Sometimes, literally.



* CutLexLuthorACheck - Thay has Researcher and Imperialist parties. Imperialists prevailed and led conquests, constantly failing mainly because ''everyone knows'' this is what they're trying to do and are constantly on guard against them. After several failed campaigns, the Imperialists' charismatic leader got disillusioned and switched sides, another affiliated zulkir was slain (''The Simbul's Gift''), and Researchers with their notion that war's bad for business naturally won. Red Wizards of Thay started selling them magic items. Not only making scads of cash, but making the other nations dependent on them.
** A few red dragons more greedy than agressive use their iconic BreathWeapon to get long contracts as living furnaces. They constantly receive quality food, trickle of gold into the hoard (which given dragons' life expectancy adds up to a decent pile) and at least some awe -- and not only risk-free, but with extra protection for the lair.
* DarkIsNotEvil - Realms has ''a lot'' of {{undead}}, including new ones. But since "negative energy" (un-life force) is a primal force much like elements, {{undead}} as such aren't obliged to be StupidEvil. ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=2942 Lords of Darkness]]'' has a reminder:

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* CutLexLuthorACheck - CutLexLuthorACheck:
**
Thay has Researcher and Imperialist parties. Imperialists prevailed and led conquests, constantly failing mainly because ''everyone knows'' this is what they're trying to do and are constantly on guard against them. After several failed campaigns, the Imperialists' charismatic leader got disillusioned and switched sides, another affiliated zulkir was slain (''The Simbul's Gift''), and Researchers with their notion that war's bad for business naturally won. Red Wizards of Thay started selling them magic items. Not only making scads of cash, but making the other nations dependent on them.
** A few red dragons more greedy than agressive use their iconic BreathWeapon to get long contracts as living furnaces. They constantly receive quality food, a trickle of gold into the hoard hoards (which given dragons' life expectancy adds up to a decent pile) and at least some awe -- and not only is it risk-free, but it comes with extra protection for the lair.
* DarkIsNotEvil - DarkIsNotEvil:
** The
Realms has have ''a lot'' of {{undead}}, including new ones. But since "negative energy" (un-life force) is a primal force much like elements, {{undead}} as such aren't obliged to be StupidEvil. ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=2942 Lords of Darkness]]'' has a reminder:



* DeathWorld - Some of the [[AnotherDimension outer planes]], especially places like the Abyss, the [[{{Mordor}} Barrens of Doom and Despair]], and so forth. Changed in 4E.

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* DeathWorld - DeathWorld: Some of the [[AnotherDimension outer planes]], especially places like the Abyss, the [[{{Mordor}} Barrens of Doom and Despair]], and so forth. Changed in 4E.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - The various deicides that have happened over the settings history.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The various deicides that have happened over the settings history.



* DivineRanks - Literally called that in game materials, but mortals in the world aren't really aware of them, nor does it matter much.

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* DivineRanks - DivineRanks: Literally called that in game materials, but mortals in the world aren't really aware of them, nor does it matter much.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim - The fates of multiple ''nations'' and even a continent in the transition to 4E.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim - DroppedABridgeOnHim: The fates of multiple ''nations'' and even a continent in the transition to 4E.



* EldritchAbomination - A few local monsters are borderline cases. Phaerimm, [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong parasitic]] "spell-grubs". Sharn - even weirder, but mostly benign ones, trying to keep Phaerimm in check (and [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] them to begin with), usually don't mess with anyone else even if invited to and repay if they think they owe to someone.
** ...Until the Spellplague hit. Now they're the helpful (if [[MadOracle inherently cryptic]]) leaders of an (admittedly [[AntiVillain sympathetic and playable]]) group of {{Evilutionary Biologist}}s who want to cover the world in it.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - The Spellplague, the AppliedPhlebotinum excuse for the 4th Edition changes.

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* EldritchAbomination - EldritchAbomination: A few local monsters are borderline cases. Phaerimm, Phaerimm are [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong parasitic]] "spell-grubs". Sharn - are even weirder, but mostly benign ones, benign, ones trying to keep Phaerimm in check (and [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] them to begin with), with) and usually don't mess with anyone else even if invited to and repay if they think they owe to someone.
** ...Until
someone... until the Spellplague hit. Now they're the helpful (if [[MadOracle inherently cryptic]]) leaders of an (admittedly [[AntiVillain sympathetic and playable]]) group of {{Evilutionary Biologist}}s who want to cover the world in it.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt:
**
The Spellplague, the AppliedPhlebotinum excuse for the 4th Edition changes.



* EnemyCivilWar - The Zhents hate the Netherese (Shade), Cyric hates Bane, The Red Wizards hate both (not to mention each other), and the Netherese hate everyone. Cult of the Dragon raids Zhents, who retaliate. Applies to most Underdark denizens as well, especially phaerimm. Who also hate Netherese. And this feeling is reciprocated. The survivors of Manshoon's violence hate everybody who opposed them, nobody likes the drow, and ''nobody'' likes it when Illithids get cranky.

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* EnemyCivilWar - EnemyCivilWar: The Zhents hate the Netherese (Shade), Cyric hates Bane, The Red Wizards hate both (not to mention each other), and the Netherese hate everyone. Cult of the Dragon raids Zhents, who retaliate. Applies to most Underdark denizens as well, especially phaerimm. Who also hate Netherese. And this feeling is reciprocated. The survivors of Manshoon's violence hate everybody who opposed them, nobody likes the drow, and ''nobody'' likes it when Illithids get cranky.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The goddess Red Knight deliberately keeps her pre-ascension name a secret. The same goes for the second Mystra even while she was human; "Midnight" was her nickname and few besides Cyric and Kelemvor know her birth name was [[spoiler:Ariel Manx]] (she gave it to Kelemvor to pay for his services, and Cyric overheard).

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The goddess Red Knight deliberately keeps her pre-ascension name a secret. The same goes for the second Mystra even while she was human; "Midnight" was her nickname and few besides Cyric and Kelemvor know her birth name was [[spoiler:Ariel Manx]] (she gave it to Kelemvor to pay for his services, and Cyric overheard).



* TheFairFolk - Distant and historical in 1st-3rd Editions. A prominent part of the planes in 4th.
* FalseFlagOperation - In the Dales, for a time Lolthite drow raided locals just to provoke retaliation against local Vhaeraunites. With human factions, it's rather hindered on a large scale by the Heralds. Also, if a living wizard chose a personal sigil, an attempt to misuse it provokes a whole bundle of curses from Mystra and Azuth (unpleasantness ranging from minor mental damage to apparition of a hand shacking its finger at the offender and exclaiming "falsely done!" at random intervals).
* FantasticDrug - The "cheeeese". Works only on halflings -- for everyone else it looks, smells and tastes like an extremely disgusting cheese, but that's all. Appeared in a VerySpecialEpisode of FR Comics, where Foxy who was hooked on it before thought he can afford to taste a small piece once. And passed most of the issue in a mix of out-of-body experience, flashbacks and horrid hallucinations, ending with a comforting sermon from their recently recovered alcoholic paladin.

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* TheFairFolk - TheFairFolk: Distant and historical in 1st-3rd Editions. A prominent part of the planes in 4th.
* FalseFlagOperation - FalseFlagOperation: In the Dales, for a time Lolthite drow raided locals just to provoke retaliation against local Vhaeraunites. With human factions, it's rather hindered on a large scale by the Heralds. Also, if a living wizard chose a personal sigil, an attempt to misuse it provokes a whole bundle of curses from Mystra and Azuth (unpleasantness ranging from minor mental damage to apparition of a hand shacking its finger at the offender and exclaiming "falsely done!" at random intervals).
* FantasticDrug - FantasticDrug:
**
The "cheeeese". Works only on halflings -- for everyone else it looks, smells and tastes like an extremely disgusting cheese, but that's all. Appeared in a VerySpecialEpisode of FR Comics, where Foxy who was hooked on it before thought he can afford to taste a small piece once. And passed most of the issue in a mix of out-of-body experience, flashbacks and horrid hallucinations, ending with a comforting sermon from their recently recovered alcoholic paladin.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture - most of them.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture - most FantasyCounterpartCulture: Most of them.



* FantasyKitchenSink - "Everything" has a place in the Forgotten Realms.
* FantasyWorldMap - Much better than most.
** LeftJustifiedFantasyMap - Averted somewhat. There's a very extensive world map, not just the continental map we usually see.
* FictionalDocument - at least Volo's guides and ''Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue'' are supposed to be actual books printed in the Realms. Some others, like ''Elminster's Ecologies'', are based on in-world texts to a lesser degree.

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* FantasyKitchenSink - FantasyKitchenSink: "Everything" has a place in the Forgotten Realms.
* FantasyWorldMap - %%* FantasyWorldMap: Much better than most.
* FictionalDocument:
** LeftJustifiedFantasyMap - Averted somewhat. There's a very extensive world map, not just the continental map we usually see.
* FictionalDocument - at
At least Volo's guides and ''Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue'' are supposed to be actual books printed in the Realms. Some others, like ''Elminster's Ecologies'', are based on in-world texts to a lesser degree.



* FloatingContinent - Lots of them in the 4th Edition "reimagining", termed "earthmotes".

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* FloatingContinent - FloatingContinent: Lots of them in the 4th Edition "reimagining", termed "earthmotes".



* ForeverWar - The Blood War.
** [[spoiler: Until it ended.]]

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* ForeverWar - ForeverWar: The Blood War.
**
War, an internal genocidal conflict between the demons and the devils that has been raging in the Lower Planes since before most mortal races ever existed and is expected to continue more or less forever. [[spoiler: Until it ended.]]



* GambitPileup - whole organizations like the Cult of the Dragon, Zhentarim, Red Wizards and suchlike all try to snake or claw their way to top via large-scale schemes, which practically ensures they clash with each other when least expected. WordOfGod states that sometimes Zhents rolled their IdiotBall due to being used as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s by Thay and Malaugrim.

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* GambitPileup - whole GambitPileup: Whole organizations like the Cult of the Dragon, the Zhentarim, the Red Wizards and suchlike all try to snake or claw their way to top via large-scale schemes, which practically ensures they clash with each other when least expected. WordOfGod states that sometimes Zhents rolled their IdiotBall due to being used as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s by Thay and Malaugrim.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - There sure were a lot of brothe--er, ''festhalls'', filled with pretty prosti--er, ''dancing girls'' in the 2nd Edition Realms.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
**
There sure were a lot of brothe--er, ''festhalls'', filled with pretty prosti--er, ''dancing girls'' in the 2nd Edition Realms.



* {{God}} - Ao's boss makes His only appearance thus far in the Avatar Trilogy.
* GodEmperor - The God-Kings of Mulhorand.

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* {{God}} - {{God}}: Ao's boss makes His only appearance thus far in the Avatar Trilogy.
* GodEmperor - GodEmperor:
**
The God-Kings of Mulhorand.



* GodsHandsAreTied - Gods cannot act ''against'' their portfolio at all (Oghma[[note]]god of knowledge[[/note]] in Avatars cycle stood on a razor-edge when he hid a location of the pile of misinformation, and Mystril[[note]]god of magic[[/note]] presumably was unable to prevent the casting of ''Karsus's Avatar''[[note]]a spell used by a mortal to become the god of magic, with disastrous results[[/note]]), and the rules limit them even in withholding their boons.

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* GodsHandsAreTied - GodIsEvil: Every god (even the "good" ones) forced Kelemvor to return to ''holding the souls of every single mortal creature hostage in order to keep their power intact (see one above)''. Kelemvor tried to claim ''all'' petitioners without patron "his by default" -- as Walinda noted (''Finder's Bane''), outside of an united pantheon it wrecks the power balance. He didn't propose other variants not involving the Wall.
* GodsHandsAreTied:
Gods cannot act ''against'' their portfolio at all (Oghma[[note]]god of knowledge[[/note]] in the Avatars cycle stood on a razor-edge when he hid a location of the pile of misinformation, and Mystril[[note]]god of magic[[/note]] presumably was unable to prevent the casting of ''Karsus's Avatar''[[note]]a spell used by a mortal to become the god of magic, with disastrous results[[/note]]), and the rules limit them even in withholding their boons.



** GodsNeedPrayerBadly - The powers of deities are partially dependent on the number of followers they have.
** GodIsEvil - Every god (even the "good" ones) forced Kelemvor to return to ''holding the souls of every single mortal creature hostage in order to keep their power intact (see one above)''.
*** Kelemvor tried to claim ''all'' petitioners without patron "his by default" -- as Walinda noted (''Finder's Bane''), outside of an united pantheon it wrecks the power balance. He didn't propose other variants not involving the Wall.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Played with--priests of Leira, former goddess of deception and illusion (before Cyric killed her with Godsbane, Mask's sword avatar), were forbidden from using the spell ''true seeing'' or any magic item which produced a similar truth-telling effect. If they did, they would be driven irrevocably mad.
* GoodGuyBar - The World Serpent Inn mentioned in several sourcebooks was built in its own demiplane by an archmage from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Toril]], [[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]] and [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Illithid]] as a [[TruceZone neutral ground]] when Sigil turned out to be too violent and inconvenient for quiet business and rest. Not only is it connected to many worlds, but is accessible to powers, and some gods visit it to relax and chat with creatures they deem interesting. It's a GoodGuyBar since no one wants to annoy peacefully grazing deities, and some clients in a common room ''can'' turn out to be gods on a tea-break. And even if there aren't any, TheBartender is an avatar himself -- if some god just likes to meet new people and thinks it's funny, why not?
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch - The Witches of Rashemen: The Hathran and the Durthran.
* {{Gotterdammerung}} - Also known as "Karsus's Folly", the only incident of reaching godhood through the spellcasting. While borrowing the divine status from a deity doesn't look like a safe endeavour as it is, the guy's worst mistake was choosing the goddess of magic, which left her choice of [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled killing them both immediately or dying together]] a bit later and leaving the world without useable magic at all. Thus most powerful magic became impossible or dangerous to use and TheMagocracy Karsus tried to save was utterly destroyed.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything - Candlekeep, a repository of all human knowledge. It has ''at least'' one backup in a pocket dimension that's closer to this trope.
* HalfHumanHybrid - Too many to list, most prominently half-elves and half-orcs.
* HatePlague - Dracorage.
* TheHecateSisters - The drow pantheon's three goddesses are Eilistraee (called the Dark Maiden), Lolth (called the Dark Mother), and Kiaransalee (a goddess of the undead whose priestesses are called Crones).
* HeroSecretService - Harpers are generic meddlers, but there are also personal hero-centric organisations, like Moonstars (Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun, Mystra's Chosen) and Soft Claws (Zundaerazylym "the Laughing Wyrm", ancient steel dragon).
* HeroWithBadPublicity - Due to his killing of Mystra in the Time of Troubles -- which made too many dead-magic and wild-magic areas -- Helm isn't as popular as he used to be. [[WhatTheHellHero The work of some of his followers hasn't helped his image either]].
* HiddenElfVillage - Evermeet, Evereska. Cormanthor before it became Myth Drannor. Also, Teuveamanthaar in the High Forest, although it was hidden out of self-preservation (from the demons of Hellgate Keep) rather than any sort of moral judgment or rejection of the rest of the world.
* HighFantasy
* {{Hobbits}} - The Halflings of Lurien.
* HolyCity: Generally, [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090488 places visited by the gods during Times of Troubles]] became holy sites of their followers. There are more traditional places of worship, though:
** Skuld where residences of Mulhorandi pantheon's manifestations are located. Menzoberranzan, the sacred city of Lloth/Lolth from the start (named after her prophet and the city's founder Menzoberra the Kinless). Athkatla is a pilgrimage site for followers of Waukeen -- itself being nicknamed "the City of Coin" and it's marketplace (the size of a good stadium and [[BazaarOfTheBizarre providing nearly anything]]) called "Waukeen's Promenade".

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** GodsNeedPrayerBadly - * GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The powers of deities are partially dependent on the number of followers they have.
** GodIsEvil - Every god (even the "good" ones) forced Kelemvor to return to ''holding the souls of every single mortal creature hostage in order to keep their power intact (see one above)''.
*** Kelemvor tried to claim ''all'' petitioners without patron "his by default" -- as Walinda noted (''Finder's Bane''), outside of an united pantheon it wrecks the power balance. He didn't propose other variants not involving the Wall.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Played with--priests with -- priests of Leira, former goddess of deception and illusion (before Cyric killed her with Godsbane, Mask's sword avatar), were forbidden from using the spell ''true seeing'' or any magic item which produced a similar truth-telling effect. If they did, they would be driven irrevocably mad.
* GoodGuyBar - GoodGuyBar: The World Serpent Inn mentioned in several sourcebooks was built in its own demiplane by an archmage from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Toril]], [[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]] and [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Illithid]] as a [[TruceZone neutral ground]] when Sigil turned out to be too violent and inconvenient for quiet business and rest. Not only is it connected to many worlds, but is accessible to powers, and some gods visit it to relax and chat with creatures they deem interesting. It's a GoodGuyBar since no one wants to annoy peacefully grazing deities, and some clients in a common room ''can'' turn out to be gods on a tea-break. And even if there aren't any, TheBartender is an avatar himself -- if some god just likes to meet new people and thinks it's funny, why not?
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch - GoodWitchVersusBadWitch: The Witches of Rashemen: The the Hathran and the Durthran.
* {{Gotterdammerung}} - {{Gotterdammerung}}: Also known as "Karsus's Folly", the only incident of reaching godhood through the spellcasting. While borrowing the divine status from a deity doesn't look like a safe endeavour as it is, the guy's worst mistake was choosing the goddess of magic, which left her choice of [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled killing them both immediately or dying together]] a bit later and leaving the world without useable magic at all. Thus most powerful magic became impossible or dangerous to use and TheMagocracy Karsus tried to save was utterly destroyed.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything - GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Candlekeep, a repository of all human knowledge. It has ''at least'' one backup in a pocket dimension that's closer to this trope.
* HalfHumanHybrid - HalfHumanHybrid: Too many to list, most prominently half-elves and half-orcs.
* HatePlague - %%* HatePlague: Dracorage.
* TheHecateSisters - TheHecateSisters: The drow pantheon's three goddesses are Eilistraee (called the Dark Maiden), Lolth (called the Dark Mother), and Kiaransalee (a goddess of the undead whose priestesses are called Crones).
* HeroSecretService - HeroSecretService: Harpers are generic meddlers, but there are also personal hero-centric organisations, like Moonstars (Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun, Mystra's Chosen) and Soft Claws (Zundaerazylym "the Laughing Wyrm", ancient steel dragon).
* HeroWithBadPublicity - HeroWithBadPublicity: Due to his killing of Mystra in the Time of Troubles -- which made too many dead-magic and wild-magic areas -- Helm isn't as popular as he used to be. [[WhatTheHellHero The work of some of his followers hasn't helped his image either]].
* HiddenElfVillage - HiddenElfVillage: Evermeet, Evereska. Cormanthor before it became Myth Drannor. Also, Teuveamanthaar in the High Forest, although it was hidden out of self-preservation (from the demons of Hellgate Keep) rather than any sort of moral judgment or rejection of the rest of the world.
* %%* HighFantasy
* {{Hobbits}} - {{Hobbits}}: The Halflings of Lurien.
* HolyCity: HolyCity:
**
Generally, [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090488 places visited by the gods during Times the Time of Troubles]] became holy sites of their followers. There are more traditional places of worship, though:
** Skuld Skuld, where residences of the Mulhorandi pantheon's manifestations are located. located.
**
Menzoberranzan, the sacred city of Lloth/Lolth from the start (named after her prophet and the city's founder Menzoberra the Kinless). Kinless).
**
Athkatla is a pilgrimage site for followers of Waukeen -- itself being nicknamed "the City of Coin" Coin", and it's its marketplace (the size of a good stadium and [[BazaarOfTheBizarre providing nearly anything]]) being called "Waukeen's Promenade".



* HotSkittyonWailordAction - Humans, Elves and Dragons being able to reproduce with just about anything.
* HybridMonster - Fey'ri and Tanarukk, hell-touched Elves and Orcs, respectively.

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* HotSkittyonWailordAction - HorseOfADifferentColor: Drow ride wall-climbing lizards, duergar ride spiders, Far Hills dwarves ride giant bats, sea elves ride giant seahorses, some humans ride hippogriffs or griffons, Shadovar ride vaserabs (lean and mean pterosaurs). Then there are more rare variants, such as dire volwes. On the Great Glacier, one tribe has remorhaz cavalry. Unique cases cover just about everything capable of carrying a humanoid.
* HotSkittyonWailordAction:
Humans, Elves and Dragons being are all able to successfully reproduce with just about anything.
* HybridMonster - HybridMonster: Fey'ri and Tanarukk, hell-touched Elves and Orcs, respectively.



* InNameOnly - Many 2e sourcebooks, that had 'Forgotten Realms' on the cover, but weren't very setting-specific or relevant.

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* InNameOnly - InNameOnly: Many 2e sourcebooks, sourcebooks that had 'Forgotten Realms' on the cover, but cover weren't very setting-specific or relevant.



* TheJuggernaut - [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Tarrasque Tarrasque]].
* KudzuPlot - So many plot lines that were mentioned and alluded to over the course of the years never materialize into anything. Roleplaying purpose and SharedUniverse nature of setting add up to this. The same for interesting secondary characters -- see also CharactersAsDevice -- whether authors want it to be this way or not.

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* TheJuggernaut - TheJuggernaut: [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Tarrasque Tarrasque]].
* KudzuPlot - KudzuPlot: So many plot lines that were mentioned and alluded to over the course of the years never materialize into anything. Roleplaying purpose and SharedUniverse nature of setting add up to this. The same for interesting secondary characters -- see also CharactersAsDevice -- whether authors want it to be this way or not.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis - It's a classic part of {{Canon}}. PlayedForLaughs time and again, e.g. in ''[[SideStoryBonusArt The Wizards Three]]'' articles where El rebukes ("Ye have dirty mind..."), threatens and mildly abuses Ed. Leads to FourthWallMailSlot.
--> '''Elminster''': And now, look ye, that rascal, rogue, and jackanapes Ed of the Greenwood's been at it again--passing on precious lore (words I spoke in confidence, mind ye) to folk at Creator/{{TSR}}, who've promptly published it for all to view. Has he no shame? (''Pages from the Mages'', introduction)
* LivingShadow - even aside of standard D&D undead, and transformation spells. Some (mostly shadow mages) get infused with essence of Demiplane of Shadows as a comfortable form of semi-undeath. Advanced shadow magic can be used to animate one's shadow as an independent sentient creature (and usually promptly make it less independent). Shadow is defined as "it ''is'' what you ''aren't''" and remembers everything it could see during the life of those who cast them, so they tend to be personal terror for "owners". [[spoiler:When Melegaunt Tanthul had to do it, spell's subject wasn't happy at all, even though his shadow was rather good guy.]]
* LostColony - Shade was an evil one of these, to the Empire of Netheril
* LostTechnology - Mostly lost {{Magitek}}. The Imaskari Empire, the Netherese Empire, Ancient Elven Empires...

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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis - LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: Averted somewhat. There's a very extensive world map, not just the continental map we usually see.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis:
It's a classic part of {{Canon}}. PlayedForLaughs time and again, e.g. in ''[[SideStoryBonusArt The Wizards Three]]'' articles where El rebukes ("Ye have dirty mind..."), threatens and mildly abuses Ed. Leads to FourthWallMailSlot.
--> '''Elminster''': And now, look ye, that rascal, rogue, and jackanapes Ed of the Greenwood's been at it again--passing again -- passing on precious lore (words I spoke in confidence, mind ye) to folk at Creator/{{TSR}}, who've promptly published it for all to view. Has he no shame? (''Pages from the Mages'', introduction)
* LivingShadow - LivingShadow: even aside of standard D&D undead, and transformation spells. Some (mostly shadow mages) get infused with essence of Demiplane of Shadows as a comfortable form of semi-undeath. Advanced shadow magic can be used to animate one's shadow as an independent sentient creature (and usually promptly make it less independent). Shadow is defined as "it ''is'' what you ''aren't''" and remembers everything it could see during the life of those who cast them, so they tend to be personal terror for "owners". [[spoiler:When Melegaunt Tanthul had to do it, spell's subject wasn't happy at all, even though his shadow was rather good guy.]]
* LostColony - LostColony: Shade was an evil one of these, to the Empire of Netheril
* LostTechnology - LostTechnology: Mostly lost {{Magitek}}. The Imaskari Empire, the Netherese Empire, Ancient Elven Empires...



* MadGod - Cyric.
* MagicDance - Variant magic users known as Spellsingers (AD&D2 ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=2461 Wizards and Rogues of the Realms]]'') or Spelldancers (D&D3 ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=868 Magic of Faerûn]]'', toned down version) practice long elaborate dances istead of brief {{Magical Gesture}}s, which allows to get around VancianMagic limitations. Circle Dance/Circle Charm spell.
* MagicKnight - Elven Bladesingers, Eagle Knight and Jaguar Knight of Maztica.
* TheMagocracy - Both Thay and Halruaa ([[DroppedABridgeOnHim until it exploded]]) were these. Netheril. Sshamath. Rashemen (''[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Rashemen de facto]]''). Athalantar, transiently.

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* MadGod - %%* MadGod: Cyric.
* MagicDance - MagicDance: Variant magic users known as Spellsingers (AD&D2 ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=2461 Wizards and Rogues of the Realms]]'') or Spelldancers (D&D3 ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=868 Magic of Faerûn]]'', toned down version) practice long elaborate dances istead of brief {{Magical Gesture}}s, which allows to get around VancianMagic limitations. Circle Dance/Circle Charm spell.
* MagicKnight - MagicKnight: Elven Bladesingers, Eagle Knight and Jaguar Knight of Maztica.
* TheMagocracy - TheMagocracy: Both Thay and Halruaa ([[DroppedABridgeOnHim until it exploded]]) were these. Netheril. Sshamath. Rashemen (''[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Rashemen de facto]]''). Athalantar, transiently.



* {{Mayincatec}}: Maztica. ([[RefugeInAudacity Even the name!]])
** Modified by the sheer ''extent'' of the FantasyCounterpartCulture aspect of it: Maztica is ''not'', as the Mayincatec trope would have it, generic ancient South American culture -- the various cultures found on the continent are ''far'' too close to the actual cultures of Central and South America for that (even the Faerûnians start acting more like European counterparts the moment they show up!).
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy - The Sword Coast (More or Less) the rest of the setting is not.
* MedievalStasis - Somewhat averted, (until 4th Edition). There's a literal god of technology and invention, and the setting was really more early Renaissance than medieval. [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks And then they blew it up,]] ignoring this element in favor of [[FloatingContinent floating islands]].

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* {{Mayincatec}}: Maztica. ([[RefugeInAudacity Even the name!]])
**
name!]]) Modified by the sheer ''extent'' of the FantasyCounterpartCulture aspect of it: Maztica is ''not'', as the Mayincatec trope would have it, generic ancient South American culture -- the various cultures found on the continent are ''far'' too close to the actual cultures of Central and South America for that (even the Faerûnians start acting more like European counterparts the moment they show up!).
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy - MedievalEuropeanFantasy: The Sword Coast (More (more or Less) Less), while the rest of the setting is not.
* MedievalStasis - MedievalStasis: Somewhat averted, (until 4th Edition). There's a literal god of technology and invention, and the setting was really more early Renaissance than medieval. [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks And then they blew it up,]] ignoring this element in favor of [[FloatingContinent floating islands]].



* MindProbe - Generally varies from "uncommon, but well-known" to "not as uncommon as locals would like to believe"; the common term for less subtle techniques is "[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=22#214305 mind-reaming]]". Of coursem there's enough of other methods, whether more invasive or more sneaky (such as [[DreamWeaver use of induced dreams]] to steal memories).
* MixAndMatchCritters - Bhaal creating Owlbears and Perytons.
* MoralGuardians - The Zhentarim and occasionally other evil organizations began to be portrayed as Keystone Kops, at times, because evil was not allowed to prevail.
* {{Mordor}} - Thay (though the worst part is ruled by the nicest of them), Zhentil Keep... Played with in Netheril's case--Phaerimm reduced the entire region was an incredibly harsh magic-blighted desert. Now that the ensemble BigBad Princes of Shade came along, it's quickly grown back to warm, temperate grasslands and forests.
* MultilayerFacade - According to ''Volo’s Guide to All Things Magical'',

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* MindProbe - MindProbe: Generally varies from "uncommon, but well-known" to "not as uncommon as locals would like to believe"; the common term for less subtle techniques is "[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=22#214305 mind-reaming]]". Of coursem there's enough of other methods, whether more invasive or more sneaky (such as [[DreamWeaver use of induced dreams]] to steal memories).
* MixAndMatchCritters - MixAndMatchCritters: Bhaal creating Owlbears and Perytons.
* MoralGuardians - MoralGuardians: The Zhentarim and occasionally other evil organizations began to be portrayed as Keystone Kops, at times, because evil was not allowed to prevail.
* {{Mordor}} - {{Mordor}}: Thay (though the worst part is ruled by the nicest of them), Zhentil Keep... Played with in Netheril's case--Phaerimm reduced the entire region was an incredibly harsh magic-blighted desert. Now that the ensemble BigBad Princes of Shade came along, it's quickly grown back to warm, temperate grasslands and forests.
* MultilayerFacade - MultilayerFacade: According to ''Volo’s Guide to All Things Magical'',



* MusicalAssassin - banshee, harpia, some monstrous cricket (in ''Elfsong'')...
* MusicForCourage - what bards are supposed to do.
* TheNecrocracy - Skullport, named after its unusual rulers -- ''flying skulls''. Also, Thay as of 4E after the takeover by the lich Szass Tam, its long-time Zulkir of Necromancy.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers - As for diseases, sometimes played straight, but ''should'' be averted by in-depth DM's. For instance, some poisons don't affect dwarves, and while there are some pandemics that affect things along the lines of "all mammals", there are plenty of specific, endemic diseases.

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* MusicalAssassin - banshee, harpia, MusicalAssassin: Banshees, harpias, some monstrous cricket crickets (in ''Elfsong'')...
* MusicForCourage - what MusicForCourage: What bards are supposed to do.
* TheNecrocracy - TheNecrocrac:- Skullport, named after its unusual rulers -- ''flying skulls''. Also, Thay as of 4E after the takeover by the lich Szass Tam, its long-time Zulkir of Necromancy.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers - As for NoBiochemicalBarriers: In the case of diseases, sometimes played straight, but it ''should'' be averted by in-depth DM's. For instance, some poisons don't affect dwarves, and while there are some pandemics that affect things along the lines of "all mammals", there are plenty of specific, endemic diseases.



** Also, [[FantasticDrug cheeeese]] is halflings-only.

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** Also, [[FantasticDrug cheeeese]] the FantasticDrug "cheeeese" is halflings-only.



* NonMammalMammaries - Most notably, yuan-ti purebloods, but they're [[{{Squick}} bred from captured human stock]].

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* NonMammalMammaries - NonMammalMammaries:
**
Most notably, yuan-ti purebloods, but they're [[{{Squick}} bred from captured human stock]].



* OddJobGods - as one of the greatest minds in the Multiverse put it,

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* OddJobGods - as OddJobGods: As one of the greatest minds in the Multiverse put it,



* OhMyGods - "By Mystra's Lost Spell!". ''"Mask and mother-bitching Tymora, they ARE [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself real]]!"''. Time of Troubles added "By the first Mystra and the second".

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* OhMyGods - OhMyGods: "By Mystra's Lost Spell!". ''"Mask and mother-bitching Tymora, they ARE [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself real]]!"''. Time of Troubles added "By the first Mystra and the second".



* OnlyTheChosenMayWield - meets ComesGreatResponsibility in [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Blade-rite blade-rite]], most notably Elfblades and Moonblades.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent - In addition to the standard barbaric mountain orcs, the Realms is also home to two other subraces, the highly spiritual (but equally savage) gray orcs and the more powerful and advanced subterranean deep orcs (also known as orogs), who are basically a race of EliteMooks.
* PhysicalGod - One of the most common tropes of the setting. This is literally true during the Time of Troubles.
* {{Pirate}} - Whenever salt water is in sight, with [[BoisterousBruiser larger-than-life]] Hrolf 'the Unruly' on top. Lots of 'em in ''The Threat from the Sea'' trilogy.
* PortalNetwork - Extensive, though not open for public. There are even a [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/archfr/pg series of articles]] each describing a group of such gates in several parts. And a [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/mc/mc20010829f stable Ethereal pathways network]].
* PortalToThePast - Three are exactly three of these, and all are closely watched by the elven [[TimePolice Knights Paradoxical]], as well as the deities of magic.

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* OnlyTheChosenMayWield - meets OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Meets ComesGreatResponsibility in [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Blade-rite blade-rite]], most notably Elfblades and Moonblades.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent - OurOrcsAreDifferent: In addition to the standard barbaric mountain orcs, the Realms is also home to two other subraces, the highly spiritual (but equally savage) gray orcs and the more powerful and advanced subterranean deep orcs (also known as orogs), who are basically a race of EliteMooks.
* PhysicalGod - PhysicalGod: One of the most common tropes of the setting. This is literally true during the Time of Troubles.
* {{Pirate}} - {{Pirate}}: Whenever salt water is in sight, with [[BoisterousBruiser larger-than-life]] Hrolf 'the Unruly' on top. Lots of 'em in ''The Threat from the Sea'' trilogy.
* PortalNetwork - PortalNetwork: Extensive, though not open for public. There are even a [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/archfr/pg series of articles]] each describing a group of such gates in several parts. And a [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/mc/mc20010829f stable Ethereal pathways network]].
* PortalToThePast - PortalToThePast: Three are exactly three of these, and all are closely watched by the elven [[TimePolice Knights Paradoxical]], as well as the deities of magic.



* PowerTattoo - Mainly used by the Red Wizards of Thay.
* PraetorianGuard - The Purple Dragons of Cormyr.
* {{Precursors}} - The Imaskari, the Netherese, Ancient Elven Empires... The Imaskari and Netherese are back and active again come 4E.
** RecursivePrecursors - Before that, the dragons ruled Toril, and before ''them'' there were so-called Creator Races.

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* PowerTattoo - PowerTattoo: Mainly used by the Red Wizards of Thay.
* PraetorianGuard - PraetorianGuard: The Purple Dragons of Cormyr.
* {{Precursors}} - {{Precursors}}: The Imaskari, the Netherese, Ancient ancient Elven Empires... The empires... the Imaskari and Netherese are back and active again come 4E.
** RecursivePrecursors - Before that, the dragons ruled Toril, and before ''them'' there were so-called Creator Races.
4E.



* RecursivePrecursors: Before the Imaskari, the Netherese and the ancient Elves, the dragons ruled Toril, and before ''them'' there were the so-called Creator Races, responsible for creating a great deal of the setting's varied sapient races, especially the avian, reptilian and amphibian/piscine ones.



* SapientSteed: Pegasi, Asperii, Nightmares, elven Moon-horse (teu'kelytha).



* ScrewYouElves[=/=][[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Elves]]: In ''Return of the Archwizards'' a little remark of an elf from Evermeet managed to seriously flip out at once Elmister (learned from elves, saved even one who died of a suicidal spell just to get at him), Khelben (not a PuppyDogEyes half-elf wannabe out to prove his worth anymore, but still eager to jump the blade for them) and Laeral (almost--she just doesn't, short of artifact possession), and got an Evereskan elf to at least make a point.

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* ScrewYouElves[=/=][[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Elves]]: ScrewYouElves: In ''Return of the Archwizards'' a little remark of an elf from Evermeet managed to seriously flip out at once Elmister (learned from elves, saved even one who died of a suicidal spell just to get at him), Khelben (not a PuppyDogEyes half-elf wannabe out to prove his worth anymore, but still eager to jump the blade for them) and Laeral (almost--she just doesn't, short of artifact possession), and got an Evereskan elf to at least make a point.
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** Lathander ought to add Bad Ideas to his divine portfolio. He dreams up grandiose, cockamamie schemes and never considers the consequences, nor does it ever occur to him that others (gods included) would be less than delighted with the prospect.

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** Lathander ought to add Bad Ideas to his divine portfolio. He dreams up grandiose, cockamamie schemes (such as changing all the gods into carbon copies of himself, which caused the Dawn Cataclysm) and never once considers the consequences, nor does it ever occur to him that others (gods included) would and mortals alike) might be less than delighted with the prospect.
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** Lathander ought to add Bad Ideas to his divine portfolio. He dreams up grandiose, cockamamie schemes and never considers the consequences, nor does it ever occur to him that others (gods included) would be less than delighted with the prospect.
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*** Only the orc pantheon would have a god of stupidity (Bahgtru).
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* AutomatonHorses - Not a common aspect, but one NPC in the book ''Power of Faerûn'' has one.


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* MechanicalHorse - Not a common aspect, but one NPC in the book ''Power of Faerûn'' has one.
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