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''Forgotten Realms'' is a campaign setting for the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' fantasy role-playing game, created by author and game designer Ed Greenwood. Commonly referred to as simply The Realms, it became the most popular setting with ''D&D'' players. The primary focus of the setting is the continent of Faerūn, part of the world of Abeir-Toril, an Earth-like planet with many real world influences.

The setting is also notable for having a number of sub-settings that often featured a FantasyCounterpartCulture: [[ArabianNightsDays Al-Qadim]], [[TheTimeOfMyths Arcane Age]], [[HordesFromTheEast The Horde]], [[FarEast Kara-Tur]], and [[{{Mayincatec}} Maztica]]. Abeir-Toril is also a part of {{the multiverse}} described in the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' settings; with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_spheres celestial spheres]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' being neighbours. And in ''[[SideStoryBonusArt The Wizards Three]]'' articles; Elminster, Mordenkainen, and Dalamar have parties together... ''[[LiteraryAgentHypothesis in our world]]''. The Realms are also a major source for darklords and other imported [=NPCs=] of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting (like Jander Sunstar).

Has a [[Characters/ForgottenRealms character sheet]], which is by no means near complete. Also [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/ its own wiki]] (not quite comprehensive either) and "official" [[http://candlekeep.com/ fan site]] (where WordOfGod usually can be obtained, whether from archives or present writers and game-developers)[[note]] Oh, and [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12023&whichpage=40#259426 a link back here]], so the authors may have a little fun too.[[/note]]

!!Works that are set in the ''Forgotten Realms'' include:
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons''
* ''ComicBook/DungeonsAndDragonsCutter''
* ''ComicBook/ForgottenRealms''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/BrimstoneAngels'': Ongoing post-Spellplague series starring a tiefling warlock and her companions, plus heavy involvement of Nine Hells politics.
* ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'': A generally well-regarded trilogy set in one of the Realms' less-explored regions.
* ''Literature/TheClericQuintet'': A, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin quintet]] following the early years of the priest Cadderly Bonaduce. Spun off from ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' by the same author.
* ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'': An ongoing saga written by Greenwood himself, starring his CreatorPet Elminster of Shadowdale.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': R.A. Salvatore's flagship novel series chronicling the adventures of chaotic good drow ranger Drizzt Do'Urden.
** ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'': Serves as a sort of prequel that focuses on Drizzt Do'Urden's past.
** ''Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy'': First introduced Drizzt.
** ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDrowSeries'': Even ''more'' Drizzt.
* ''Literature/TheSellswords'': A spinoff from the Drizzt novels starring his rival Artemis Entreri and the drow mercenary lord Jarlaxle Baenre.
* ''Literature/TheYearOfRogueDragons'': A trilogy chronicling the events of the titular year 1373 DR.
* ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'': A six-part saga set in the Faerun's Underdark, includes more drow.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': The definitive AD&D Second Edition CRPG, revolving around the children of Bhaal, the god of murder. This is the game that made Creator/BioWare famous.
** ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance'', a hack-and-slash "spinoff" of the ''Baldur's Gate'' {{RPG}}s. Same name, same city, different story.
* ''VideoGame/DemonStone''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' - since the 2012 ExpansionPack.
* ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder''
* Most of the ''VideoGame/GoldBox'' games.
* ''VideoGame/IcewindDale''
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', the king of D&D Third Edition [=CRPGs=]. Its engine was used in modified form in several later games including ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''.
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', its 3.5E sequel by Creator/ObsidianEntertainment.
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!! The setting features:

* TheAlliance:
** The Lords' Alliance on the western coast, a group of city-states including Waterdeep and Neverwinter that have banded together for mutual defense.
** The Ten Towns of Icewind Dale as well, though until roughly the 1360s they fought among themselves for fishing rights as often as they fought their local enemies. The scrimshaw trade with points south eventually enriched them to the point where they stopped feuding for the most part.
* AlternativeCalendar - The Calendar of Harptos, Elven Rysars...
* AncientConspiracy - There are a few.
** The Heralds are not as much "secret" as "low profile" organization dedicated to tracking bloodlines and register and police coats of arms. Harpers for a time were a branch of Heralds before split due to different agenda, but retained good relations. Other than that, Heralds are backed up by lots of strong magic, and obviously there are a lot of very powerful people interested in their work, and a few deities whose portfolio align with this so closely (especially Oghma and Siamorphe) their followers are always eager to help such an inherently blessed work... "[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12023&whichpage=37#258661 which is why]] nobles or brigands have to be shrieking mad before they will even consider using someone else's badge or full coat of arms on their armor, [[FalseFlagOperation to deceive witnesses as to who's doing nasty things whilst wearing that armor]]".
* 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.
* BarbarianHero: Uthgar Gardolfsson, who raised an army, destroyed a corrupt mageocracy, and united several towns and settlements under his rule. Eventually he was killed in battle against a giant, but he was such a badass that the god of battle, Tempus, raised Uthgar to godhood after his death.
* BarbarianLonghair: The Uthgardt and Icewind Dale barbarians are usually depicted this way (ref. the usual depiction of Wulfgar, son of Beornegar on the cover art of the [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden books]]).
* BastardBastard: An ''absurd'' amount of Cormyrean young nobles look [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20061101a embarrassingly alike]], due to the [[HandsomeLech attitude and habits]] of Azoun IV. Some have joined coups, some are loyal to the official Obarskyr line's rule.
** Quoth [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/duad/20100319 Ed Greenwood]],
--> 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.
* BenevolentMageRuler:
** King Gareth Dragonsbane of Damara is an epic-level paladin and cleric of Ilmater. His magics are divinely given and tied to him remaining LawfulGood, and in the course of gaining the throne he helped drive out an occupying army from neighboring Vaasa's SorcerousOverlord.
** Also, three of the Seven Sisters, all of whom are [[TheChosenMany Chosen of Mystra]] and powerful sorceresses, ruled realms as these. Alustriel Silverhand (ChaoticGood) spent 134 years as the High Lady of Silverymoon before stepping down, then was chosen as ruler of the Confederation of the Silver Marches two years later, and in both cases her rule proved a boon to the whole region. Meanwhile her sister Alassra is ChaoticNeutral but ruled as the Witch-Queen of Aglarond for decades, fighting hard to keep the country from being conquered by neighboring Thay. Meanwhile Laeral Silverhand is the wife of Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun of Waterdeep and though she doesn't actually rule the town (it has a council of lords rather than a single ruler), she is heavily involved in its running.
* BigBad: The Rage of the Dragons, The Time of Troubles, The Shadovar, et al.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: [[http://www.candlekeep.com/fr_faq.htm#_Toc16090539 According to Ed Greenwood]], the Realms actually runs on this, and it's merely intended to ''appear'' like a conventional fantasy world.
-->'''Ed Greenwood''': Part of my writing goals have been to underscore the following things: "do-gooders" often [[WhatTheHellHero do more harm than good]], for the best of motives (Elaine's also been playing with this one); 'good' to one party is not 'good' to another (the old saying, "for one man to gain freedom, another must lose it"); and the best meddlers are those who can see farthest, not the brute-force-right-now brigade (which is what most PC parties of necessity are, and therefore their punishments/reward are immediate).\\
One postscript I almost forgot: with Elminster in particular and all of the Chosen, Steven and I (at least) are delving into "how insane do you go from living so long with godly power and gods messing with your mind?" Everything El and the other Chosen do should be read in this light; they're NOT sane. I've been hinting at this for a long time, but you have to catch the hints (like the good/happy endings, this was a Code of Ethics thing, which is why we can't show villains poisoning, or succeeding, or telling you their detailed plans that someone in the real world might copy or claim as inspiration, etc.).
* 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.
* BloodbathVillainOrigin: Sammaster.
* 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 and aside of all {{fantasy counterpart culture}}s, "Selūne" = 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]].
* CartesianKarma: The game had a lot of this, including Laeral Silverhand donning a relic of the local evil death-god and catching a bad case of artifact possession. Of course, as a {{semidivine}} being herself, she recovered after the crown was destroyed, but people threw suspicious glances for some time. Eventually this died down to lame taunts about bad luck with headgear from a political opponent, though.
** ''Elminster Ecologies'' [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 appendix II]] is [[FictionalDocument narrated by]] a rather grumpy druid, so the approach is rather simple, and not quite unreasonable:
-->'''Bara''': More than once have I come upon some mess caused by adventurers only to have them tell me that they couldn’t prevent an incident's occurrence because their mage was "under the control of an ancient and malevolent artifact of evil". If you ''must'' come to the High Moor and you ''must'' hunt treasure there, be ''careful''. Check things for curses ''before'' you pick them up and play with them. Being mind-controlled doesn’t give you free reign to come in and muck up the region I protect.
* CelestialBureaucracy - Kara-Tur's Celestial Bureaucracy.
* ChestBurster: Phaerimms reproduce like some wasps. They paralyze the subject with a sting, then inject an egg; the larva consumes the victim from the inside out.
* 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.
* CitadelCity: Phlan.
* CityOfAdventure - Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter...
** As Chansrin (who accompanies the Watch when bored, hoping for a chance to hurl spells) put it, she remains in Scornubel because
--> All the adventure in Faerun will come to ''me''!
** Hill's Edge. It sits between the Zhentarim of Darkhold, the Free Traders of Westgate, Lords' Alliance and Harpers' headquarters -- as a trade route / weaponsmithing town no one wants to turn it into war zone, but there's a lot of hard kicking under the table, up to High Priestesses of Lliira and Cyric (allied with Harpers and Zhents respectively) [[SpaceColdWar waging a cold war]] for the status of the town's spiritual Queen Bee. The climate is harsh and common local sport is monster-hunting. The net result is that an average guy walking down the street is at least 4th or 5-th level fighter -- that's while in DeathWorld of ''DarkSun'' "commoners" [[HADToBeSharp had to be tough]] enough that adventurers start at 3-rd level.
* 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.
** As to the "Cool" part, skyships undoubtedly look great and raise Halruaa's reputation [[IncrediblyLamePun to the skies]], but are mostly kept at home for a reason. While their levitation system is a big magocracy's state secret, its maneuverability is capped by a magic equivalent of ballast cisterns shown in FR comics and (as {{Mystara}} sources point out) sail skyships can't go to the wind without weather control magic, which adds its own limitations. They also aren't much cheaper than a [[{{Spelljammer}} minor helm]] which is less reliable in the air, but can be slapped on anything and still travel to other planets.
* 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.
* CorpseLand: The "Battle of Bones" area, named after an event that changed it forever. Due to drought and expanding Anauroch desert, a lot of goblinoids (more than a quarter million ''combatants'') had to migrate, humans and allies (more than half of that) were determined to stop them in a convenient pass and much slaughter ensued.
* CorruptChurch - Selūne'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.
--> '''[[http://wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/dueotr/20101203 Ed Greenwood]]''': It has been said that most merchants die not of lawbreaking or lack of coin but of running afoul of a cabal--one they belong to, two or more they belong to that end up having conflicting aims or activities, or just one they happen to be in the way of.
** 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.
* TheCorruption: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the Spellplague. It's just ToxicPhlebotinum that can be used for good or evil.
* 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:
--> But vampires have helped travelers and battlefield survivors. Liches have trained, advised, or chatted amiably with adventurers. Skeletons have marched out of crypts in besieged cities to snatch up children -- their descendants -- and bear them to safety. The great paladin Ralgorax, the "Sword of Tyr"...
** Ralgorax wasn't unique. Tyr also has Miltiades (''The Heroes of Phlan''). "[[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight I have a duty to attend to, and screw the natural order of things]]" is a normal attitude for his faithful.
** There's a Faerūnian proverb “black as a black opal", meaning sort of darkish, but not really black (or in figurative sense, evil) at all.
* DeadManSwitch: Setting various contingency spells to one's death is such an obvious solution that there's a special kind of undead ('[[InfernalRetaliation Blazing Bones]]') created when a spellcaster protected with such magics is killed by fire while casting something. Also, dragon magic includes 'Death Matrix' spell, which does nothing until the dragon is dead, then explodes in an inferno of scales, bones, flesh and dragonbreath -- oh, and it's unaffected by normal dispel.
* 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.
** One [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt can take divine rank]] by deicide, but it's assumed that this very act requires a help of another deity (e.g. Finder was presumably sponsored by Tymora) in normal situations. In the Time of Troubles gods presumably could be killed by mortals on their own, but the deaths of Bhaal and Myrkul involved powers of Mask and Mystra respectively, and ascension explicitly involved an affirmation by Ao after the deed.
* DivineConflict:
** In general, the many groupings of gods in the setting are interminably at war with each other and/or with the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent denizens of the fiendish planes]]. The gods of knowledge battle the gods of destruction, the gods of justice battle the gods of tyranny and corruption, everybody hates the orcish pantheon, etc.
** The conflict between Selune, goddess of the moon, and Shar, goddess of darkness, goes all the way back to the creation of Toril. Among other things it resulted in the creation of Mystryl, the original goddess of magic.
** The FourElementEnsemble of deities representing fire, water, wind, and earth are each locked in battle with [[ElementalRivalry the one representing their opposite element]].
** 1358 DR, the Year of Shadows, is best known as the year of the Time of Troubles or the Godswar. After Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul stole the Tablets of Fate from Ao the Overgod, Ao banished every god in the whole pantheon to the surface of Toril until the Tablets were recovered. The various avatars continued to battle each other both in person and through intermediaries, and several were killed.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tempus]], the god of war, and his proteges [[TheCaptain Valkur]] and [[LadyOfWar the Red Knight]] are all arrayed against Garagos, the [[MultiArmedAndDangerous six-armed incarnation]] of savage bloodlust (and former god of war in the Netherese pantheon before he was displaced by Tempus and went ''really'' crazy with the bloodlust). This one's interesting because Tempus, being one of the most powerful deities in the Realms, [[IfIWantedYouDead could explicitly stomp Garagos flat fairly easily if he wanted to]], but for a WarGod he's a fairly decent guy and isn't interested in absorbing bloodlust into his portfolio (he only views war as worthwhile when there is peace to contrast it with).
** The Seldarine, the elven pantheon, all battle the Dark Seldarine, the drow pantheon.
* DivineRanks - Literally called that in game materials, but mortals in the world aren't really aware of them, nor does it matter much.
* TheDreaded: The Simbul, aka Witch-Queen of Aglarond aka Scourge of Thay used to cause mindless panic in Red Wizards' ranks, due to a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge tendency]] towards [[AxCrazy killing them]]. Zhentarim weren't in that much of a trouble but eventually came up with curse "go hunt Elminster" after tried enough that even they learned how this usually ends.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim - The fates of multiple ''nations'' and even a continent in the transition to 4E.
** The continent, at least, was merely written out, not actually destroyed -- the Spellplague involved parts of Abeir replacing parts of Toril ([[FridgeLogic never mind that all previous lore, including the parts about what it means, had Abeir-Toril as the full name of the world]])... and vice-versa -- the continent still exists, it's just not on Toril anymore.
* 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.
** Also the Time of Troubles, which was the excuse for the AD&D ''2nd'' edition changes back in the day.
* 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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Followers of the deity [[ChaoticEvil Malar]], who hunt people ForTheEvulz, are forbidden to kill the young and pregnant. They also have a holiday where they pledge to provide for widows and orphans and such over the winter, and if someone actually wins the [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame High Hunt]] they usually get a boon or other prize of some kind.
* 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).
* EvilRedhead: Some depictions of Fzoul Chembryl. In ''Shadowdale'', a pre-ascension Cyric calls him out right before shooting him by yelling "Red hair!"
* EvilutionaryBiologist: The Order of Blue Fire. While they ''claim'' to be a support group for the [[{{Mutants}} spellscarred]], they actually want to send the Spellplague back into full bore, thus spellscarring everything and everyone. Interestingly, [[AntiVillain they aren't inherently evil]], [[HeroAntagonist and in fact are often good]].
* 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.
* ExtranormalPrison: The Spellhold, a prison designed specifically to hold rogue mages.
* 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.
** ''Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue'' offers (with limitations) Luiren Spring Cheese, a mild version that has effect "similar to strong wine" on halflings and is eaten as "aperitif" (no strong intoxication or side effects from doses less than 1/2 lb). And apparently less repulsive to humans -- at least, can be made palatable in right recipes.
* FantasticNamingConvention: The dwarves and many humans of Chondathan ethnicity (i.e. white people from west-central Faerun) use LukeNounverber ''very'' frequently.
* FantasticRacism:
** Some humans are inclined to it; many powerful species deem everyone else inferior; but in pure xenophobia elves beat everyone around more often than not. Theirs is the "honor" of forming both the church of Shevarash dedicated mostly to hatred of the Drow and Eldreth Veluuthra -- an elf supremacist group dedicated to the proposition that humans are vermin to be eradicated from Faerūn. Of course, there was also the Elite Guard -- Gold Elves who deem even Moon Elves inherently unworthy... Still, the Black Archer's followers sometimes work with non-elves, Eldreth Veluuthra sometimes work with ''Drow'' (some Vhaeraunites), and the assassination of King Zaor greatly ashamed most Gold elves.
** Shevarash himself, on the one hand, preaches hatred, but on the other, has the clear purpose of proactively defending elves from their archenemies (unless or until Shar will succeed in corrupting him, that is). He expanded the list to illithids and more; conversely, he's in peace (if uneasy) with Eilistraee. Of course, just how much this affects their followers in the field is an open question: obviously, the prime reason to become a "drow-hunter" is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge indiscriminate vengeance]], the oath sounds simply "until the last drow is dead", and Sword Dancers tend to be converted Lolthites -- even more flinchy than before and for all their good intentions not half as nice as they'd like to be (''The Seven Sisters'' and ''Silverfall'' shows this side).
** The Drow are just as haughty, but mostly [[HatesEveryoneEqually hate everyone equally]] (except holy/unholy wars) starting with their kin; due to their extreme pragmatism, traders work fine with humans, illithids, duergars, deep gnomes or whatever.
** The Golden Dwarves of the East Rift believe themselves to be superior to most races, even other dwarves, and look down particularly on creatures of an abhorrent origin. They however possess a very positive opinion of humans, impressed by the role they have carved into the world for themselves.
* FantasticRankSystem: The Cormyrean "Purple Dragons" (standing army) have [[http://www.candlekeep.com/library/articles/cormyrforcesa.htm#A111 their own system.]]
* FantasyCounterpartCulture - most of them.
** Explicitly, if ''very'' obscurely, averted for Unther and Mulhorand, who (before the Spellplague, anyway) ''looked'' like blatant counterparts to Mesopotamia and Egypt... but they are the descendants of slaves taken from another world, and buried in all the still technically canonical fluff the setting has acquired over the years is a confirmation that that world was ''[[TransplantedHumans Earth]]''.
* FantasyGunControl: By decree of Gond, god of craftsmen, gunpowder physically doesn't work. He does allow limited amounts of smokepowder, an alchemical substitute, to exist in the hands of his church. The Thayans also have some very clumsy cannons that use liquid propellant and aren't scalable to man-portable size.
* 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.
** "Quentin's Monograph" (a treatise on the nature of alignment and paladinhood by a retired paladin), known only in excerpts.
* FloatingContinent - Lots of them in the 4th Edition "reimagining", termed "earthmotes".
* ForeverWar - The Blood War.
** [[spoiler: Until it ended.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: The god Helm was usually known as an impassive stickler for the rules, but he had a soft spot for children. There's been in-universe speculation that he lost a loved one--who might have been his child or young sibling--which served as his CynicismCatalyst (it's canon that he lost a lover in the Dawn Cataclysm, but there's nothing confirmed about a child).
* FunctionalMagic
* 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.
-->'''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=23#214361 Ed's player]]''': aboleths [...] if run as Ed does, wherein they lurk unseen behind the scenes and work through manipulated, unwitting mind-influenced (not controlled; that'd be far too unsubtle) agents, whilst also mentally eavesdropping on [=PCs=] or anyone else delving too closely into their operations... THEN they become fun indeed. Especially if they tangle with illithids or alhoon trying to do the same thing. A campaign can become conspiracy-theory-hell for [=PCs=]!
* GenderBender: There are spells for that. Also, Mystra had [[Literature/TheElminsterSeries young Elminster]] walk as "Elmara" for some years and
-->'''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=67#159733 Ed Greenwood]]''': "One cannot truly feel the Divine Dance of Eilistraee PROPERLY except as a female, and so her (still very rare, few, and generally secretive about it) male priests must spend some time as a female (not just for the duration of a ritual, but they must do some everyday living as a female)."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - There sure were a lot of brothe--er, ''festhalls'', filled with pretty prosti--er, ''dancing girls'' in the 2nd Edition Realms.
** "Festhalls" is a catch-all category covering a wide range of entertainment. Typical ones combine "escorts" with dancing scene and restaurant, i.e. more like a "night club", but variations range up to "somewhat decadent high-ish society club", TheMatchmaker agency and/or the main concert hall.
* {{God}} - Ao's boss makes His only appearance thus far in the Avatar Trilogy.
* GodEmperor - The God-Kings of Mulhorand.
** King Obould was known among his subjects as 'Obould-Who-Is-Gruumsh' after he was [[SuperEmpowering blessed by said god as his champion]].
* 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.
** [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=74#163956 Gods play by the rules]], understanding that breaking them is ultimately to everyone's detriment. With a few exceptions like Cyric -- which is why he's called mad, after all.
** [[invoked]] The original Mystryl was ChaoticNeutral, her successor Mystra was LawfulNeutral, then she was killed by another god and replaced with a NeutralGood mortal who ascended to her office and found the hard way she's bound by the same rules. So she allows everyone equal acess to the "weave" (which controls magic) she controls, including those of 'Evil' alignment.
*** Contrasting with the Shadow Weave, where people who attempt to use it without worshiping the controling goddess usually go insane.
** GodsNeedPrayerBadly - The powers of deities are partially dependent on the 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 [[ForgottenRealms Toril]], [[{{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".
* HonorBeforeReason: Taken to a divine level in "The Trial of Cyric the Mad". [[MadGod Cyric]] is put on trial and threatened with destruction because his insanity makes him a threat to the stability of the pantheon. He makes no secret of the fact that he intends to have the ''Cyrinishad'' read into evidence. The ''Cyrinishad'' is a book of epic propaganda telling the highly-sanitized story of Cyric's mortal life, enchanted by Cyric himself to brainwash anyone who hears its words from start to finish one of his worshippers, even gods. The pantheon's greater gods serve as Cyric's jury and would have no choice but to hear the ''Cyrinishad'' if he introduces it, and so pull out all the stops to keep the book hidden from his worshippers. [[OhCrap They fail]]. Thus, when Cyric's [[DirtyCoward most worthy]] follower shows up at the trial with the book, all Heaven and Hell break loose, with half the gods ready to destroy the mortal and each other before being bound to Cyric's will. [[LawfulGood Tyr]], God of Justice and the trial's judge, forbids them to interfere. To his reasoning, Cyric faces death and has the right to present any evidence he may to prove his innocence; to him, a pantheon of brainwashed deities bound in service to a MadGod is a small price to pay to avoid violating the sanctity of his trial.
* HotSkittyonWailordAction - Humans, Elves and Dragons being able to reproduce with just about anything.
* HybridMonster - Fey'ri and Tanarukk, hell-touched Elves and Orcs, respectively.
* IllegalReligion: Several countries in Faerun outlaw the worship of Talos (not to be confused with the deity from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series), the god of storms, destruction and natural disasters.
* InNameOnly - Many 2e sourcebooks, that had 'Forgotten Realms' on the cover, but weren't very setting-specific or relevant.
* IrrevocableOrder: Happened in ''[[ForgottenRealms Elfsong]]'' -- [[MagnificentBastard Elaith]] politely informed the would-be victim that he changed his mind on the issue, but the executing agency isn't confirmed to be called off. [[spoiler:And then thought a little more and chose to fight the hitmen he sent.]] [[NobleDemon He's funny like this]] sometimes.
* 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.
** According to some authors, ExecutiveMeddling trend was [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1888&whichpage=7#36407 in favour of making of new characters instead of development of existing ones]], with few obvious exclusions -- which explains a lot. At least sometimes it's justified: Galaeron Nihmedu after being a protagonist in his own [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Return_of_the_Archwizards trilogy]] was PutOnABus to Vaasa for at least [[HappilyEverAfter two]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer reasons]] -- he's unlikely to reappear until there will be either some novel about this hell-hole or Evereska nearly doomed again.
** According to the [[WordOfGod Lady Herald of Realmslore]], it was Ed's own guideline keeping the SharedUniverse from turning into the stage of limited stories:
--> "[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11313&whichpage=1#229210 For every one of my loose ends you tie up or explain, create three new ones and weave them into the Realms]]".
* 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 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...
* LuckManipulationMechanic: During 2nd Edition certain clerics of Tymora, the goddess of luck, have the granted power to re-roll a die once per day. Similarly some clerics of Beshaba, goddess of misfortune, have the ability to force enemies to re-roll their dice.
* 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 Faerūn]]'', 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.
* MassiveRaceSelection: Played straight, even though most of the rarer ones are geographical isolates, no one -- including a sage -- shows any strong reactions when the first saurial appears. Mindulgulph Mercenary Company alone recruited anything capable of working for reward from [[FrogsAndToads grippli]] and kenku to treants and beholders to thri-kreen and loxo.\\
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Shaar has Loxo -- humanoid elephants with two trunks. [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Thri-kreen]] live there too, supposedly also on Anchorome continent and a few colonies elsewhere, reaching near Phlan.
* {{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 Faerūnians 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]].
** There was Netheril trilogy and [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 campaign]] lo-o-ong ago. It has flying enclaves and {{Magitek}}; it just wasn't mixed with "modern" Realms.
** The world might have been on the verge of discovering gunpowder, but it had been in the technological equivalent of the Middle Ages for well over several millennia already (the first elven kingdoms were established more than twelve millennia before the Age of Humanity), so MedievalStasis still applies. Cultures changed, which is a partial aversion, but that's that about it.
* 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'',
--> Several well-known mages in cities up and down the Sword Coast sell complex spell disguises (for 1,000 gp per layer, with the simplest having eight layers and most running to at least double that) for use by wizards who dare not attend a Mage Fair as themselves. (Wizards of any age or accomplishment seem to acquire enemies, or at least unscrupulous rivals, as easily as most of us breathe.)
* 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.
** Canonically, many poisons are selective. Varrakas and orvas affects all mammals. Huld works on non-humanoids, and even then with exclusions. "Dwarfbane" is self-explanatory. Witchweed only affects arcane casters.
** Also, [[FantasticDrug cheeeese]] is halflings-only.
** [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=72#162748 From Ed Greenwood's answers]]: ''most'' critters are immune to rabies, but some of them still can be carriers, 'which is why human lore insists orc and goblin bites “carry poison”'.
** In a novel, one idealistic lady tried "humans but not elves" substance on a wrong target, though by this time she ''could'' get more wise to his little quirk (Chosen of Mystra are immune to poisons)... if she'd bothered with data acquisition for merely "unwashed human beast".
----> '''Lady Laurlaethee Shaurlanglar''': ...That moonwine you drained oh so elegantly was laced with enough srindym to kill a dozen overambitious human magelings.
----> '''Elminster Aumar''': Well, that's certainly blunt enough. Being a thirsty beast -- and one of course quite devoid of proper manners, I wonder if I might have some more of this excellent wine. I believe the srindym improves it somewhat.
* NonMammalMammaries - Most notably, yuan-ti purebloods, but they're [[{{Squick}} bred from captured human stock]].
** As of the 4e transition, [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Dragonborn Dragonborn]]. They're even functional, apparently.
* OddJobGods - as one of the greatest minds in the Multiverse put it,
--> '''[[EldritchAbomination Ilsensine]]:''' There are so many gods worshiped in that world it's hard to keep track of them all. We wouldn't be surprised to find they have a god there with dominion over the tableware and ale mugs. (''Finder's Bane'')
** Especially since...
-->'''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=79#166235 Ed Greenwood via THO]]''': ALWAYS remember that except for fanatics, clergy, or the oppressed (such as, many drow in cities dominated by Lolth-worship), all intelligent beings in the Realms worship -- if only in appeasement -- many deities.
-->'''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15988&whichpage=45#397623 Ed Greenwood via THO]]''': in the Realms, everyone (with rare exceptions who are seen as less than sane) "believes in" (and worships) ALL the gods. A small handful of the populace (less than five percent) dedicates themselves to one god above all others. (Because the game has clerics/priests and paladins as character classes, and healing is a power of such individuals and is incredibly useful, and because organized faiths have wide social effects in the Realms, we pay more attention to zealots/one-deity-above-all persons than we otherwise would.)
-->'''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=20#213859 Ed Greenwood via THO]]''': ...go to clergy of this deity about this matter (having a child, for instance) and that deity for another (success in business, or good crop yields). Just as a real-world sick person who has access and the resources to do so can and will consult more than one doctor. There’s nothing morally wrong with this, in general (though it might anger or exasperate some priests), because the simultaneous belief in, and existence and influence of, multiple deities is the Realms norm.
** Also, it was said that gods barely notice anything that doesn't help or hinder their portfolio. And the specific faith's view on things certainly is colored by what they consider "really important". See, e.g. [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=19#213657 Helmite]] and [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=20#213859 Oghmite]] views on marriage.
* 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.
* PossessionBurnout: The result of any deity possessing a human.
* 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.
* 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--
--> '''Lady Evendusk''': we'd better work as hard as we can to see that Eltargrim is still our Coronal, and not [...] one of the oh-so-noble sons of our three highest houses. They may consider humans and the like no better than snakes and ground-slugs, but they look upon the rest of us elven Cormanthans as no better than cattle.
* 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.
* ProudMerchantRace: The Sembians.
* ReligionOfEvil - Bane, Bhaal, Cyric, Shar, [[XtremeKoolLetterz Iyachtu Xvim]] et al.
* ReroutedFromHeaven: Souls that end up in the Fugue Plane (those that were religious but didn't devote themselves to a specific patron deity, those who betrayed their creed, and atheists) can have this happen to them. The baatezu (a.k.a. devils, LawfulEvil fiends) have an agreement with the Fugue Plane's administration that they can try to talk unclaimed souls into going with them, while the tanar'ri (a.k.a. demons, ChaoticEvil fiends) simply resort to mass kidnapping.
* 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.
** Of course, there's a lot on the path of herbalism and alchemy, from poisons to dyes to rust protection coating to stranger odds and ends.
** Not even starting on exotic metals available from ores, metallurgy is quite advanced, thanks mostly to the dwarves, who try to make strange alloys all the time -- though elves had steel very good even without enchantments. Stainless steel is routinely used for potion containers and more unique accomplishments include steel poisonous specifically to orcs (by dwarves with some human and elven help), though this one caused some alarm as to whether further development may end in "bringing ruin to all", and eventually the secret was lost with the kingdom where this was done.
** Part of the problem is, the Gondsmen like to keep their advanced tech to themselves, particularly smokepowder weapons. They're kinda the closest thing in the Realms to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s'' Machine Cult: they see tech as religious secrets rather than mundane items to make money off of. Meanwhile the drow are, of course, AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* SideStoryBonusArt - "Wizards Three" articles, spin-a-yarn stories.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Silver is the metal most associated with and suitable for magic. Magic items that involve moon-related magics, electricity/lightning and energy discharges (e.g. Magic Missile) will automatically make all saving throws related to item creation magic if they're 60% (or more) silver by weight.
* 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.
** "The Sibilant Shade" or "the Voice in the Shadows", who loves her anonimity.
* SplitAtBirth - Tymora and Beshaba were "born" when Selūne 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.:
--> [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12023&whichpage=14#253553 War Wizards would be interested]], BUT (and here’s the last point) they can’t just go [[MindProbe mind-reaming]] everyone. For one thing, doing so is illegal in most circumstances, unless royal permission is received (and Azoun wasn't in the habit of freely giving it).
--> For another, many nobles have acquired mind-protecting magic, some of which “slaps back” at anyone trying a probe (the War Wizard) and some of which either foils probings or so damages the mind of the protected person that they are driven (permanently or temporarily) raving mad. As in, so actively mad that it can’t be concealed from the public. Again, other nobles will collectively take a VERY dim view of this, and there are many nobles who dislike the Obarskyrs or the powers of the Crown already, and won’t miss an opportunity to hamper them. To say nothing of nobility in Marsember and Arabel, with a goodly part of the commoners in those places backing them to the proverbial hilt, who are watching for excuses to rebel or protest or demand War Wizard or Crown powers be stripped away.
* StealthPun: The god Hoar makes his home in the Doomcourt, where the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost#Hoar_frost walls are limned with frost]]."
* StockGods: The setting has so [[{{Pun}} goddamned]] many we gave them [[StockGods/ForgottenRealms their own page]].
* {{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:
--> I'll be all right. Stop soaking my robes with tears, look ye! They cost me three silver pieces, they did, in -- ... Well, in a place gone now. (''Shadows of Doom'')
** Oh, and Halaster Blackcloak "the Mad Mage"? Even before [[spoiler:Netherese found those scrolls, Lord Hilather defeated a wannabe usurper in [[TheMagocracy Imaskar]]. He's one of the few Imaskari artificiers who survived after Horus and company stomped TheEmpire -- entered the stasis in -2488 DR, left in 128 and gone on exploring the brave new world. Made some items for one of [[SorcerousOverlord Shoons]], built a tower around there]], then popped up building a tower near modern Waterdeep in 168, and got a little caught up in exploration of local caverns.
* 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.
** Ravens Bluff ''was'' the setting of the Living City campaign (the first Living-style campaign from the RPGA) and lots of weird PC races were allowed as special characters.
* 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]].
** There was a [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20050608a two]]-[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20050615a part]] article named simply "Trusting in Lore".
** ...yet somehow many fans still take for established "facts" ''anything'' anyone says in novels. Even in ''Evermeet'' -- which is explicitly framed as a collection of stories retold by several generations of elves -- and some on the subjects mere mentions of which caused pain or shouting matches after more than ten millenia, such as Crown Wars -- to a human, who gathered them as a gift to his half-elven lover. It's not like there could possibly be any amount of what [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10427&whichpage=25#215062 Faerunian elves themselves]] politely call [[ArtisticLicense moonbreeze]], right?
* 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.
* TheVirus: Special mention to The Spellplague. If you catch it, you either die, mutate horribly ("Plaguechanged"), or get a nifty little blue tattoo that lets you use special magic, known as a "Spellscar". Some even go on a trip specifically to get infected, and there's a {{Cult}} based around the tattoos.
* 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]] [[{{Dragonlance}} Fizban]] as an even-more-divine mentor, so good for him.
** Also happens on a mental level in the backstory of the drow demigod Selvetarm. Selvetarm was originally neutral, but slew a quasi-divine spider demon to impress Eilistraee. He wasn't expecting to be smacked in the face with its overwhelming evil essence. It went FromBadToWorse.
* ZombifyTheLiving: The curst creature template from the 3.5E supplement ''Lost Empires of Faerūn'', created by casting ''bestow curse'' on a dying subject followed by ''create undead'' or ''create greater undead''.

!! The specific stories and accesories contain the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Many, many examples.
* AffablyEvil: Jarlaxle. The kind of acceptance Drizzt took several decades of good deeds and angst to accomplish, Jarlaxle can reach in about five minutes because of how much of a nice guy he comes across as. In the Sellsword Trilogy, he manages to win over a bar full of semi-xenophobic mercenaries with his wit and charm. Those who don't approve of his AlwaysChaoticEvil ancestry, he manipulates into starting a fight that gets them thrown out. (While Drizzt ''had'' done some societal trailbreaking for Jarlaxle, those specific mercenaries say they've never heard of Drizzt before.)
** Lauzoril, Zulkir of Enchantment, an infernally charismatic bastard, whether dealing with weaker ("people he has ordered slain in their presence have gone to the executioner smiling") or stronger (his encounter with The Simbul was ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]'', as normally she kills Red Wizards on sight). He also essentially first entered a separate peace treaty, extolling [[CutLexLuthorACheck oncoming trade competition]] on the same breath.
** The city of Sshamath -- they still venerate Dark Seldarine, though not exclusively, and still have [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder very deadly rivalries]]. But their Conclave (which includes a ''drow vampire'') works toward greater cooperation between various interests and power groups. They did half-abolish slavery (in regard to races who are considered capable of magic, as well as individuals who can demonstrate it) and generally are trying to be as nice as they can -- in the name of large-scale magical development, trade and prosperity. And are ''much'' less xenophobic than the theocratic drow... or most surface elves.
** A plot hook in the third edition campaign setting called "I'd Like to Get My Things Back" involves the Zhentarim wizard Sememmon hiring the player characters to retrieve some of the possessions he left behind in Darkhold and leaving them with "as many gold pieces as it takes to make the [=PCs=] gasp" even if they turn him down, in hopes that they might be inclined to accept another job from him in the future.
* 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.
* AristocratsAreEvil
** 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".
** Waterdhavian nobles are just as prone to "nobility decay" and even less law-abiding: lots of them are or were smugglers at best and slave-traders at worst.
** 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).
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: During the Time of Troubles, when Bane came to Tantras to steal back one of the Tablets of Fate, he inhabited the body of an obsidian statue which he [[MakeMyMonsterGrow made grow to gigantic proportions]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild by absorbing the lives of Bhaal's followers]] ([[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after they were slain by Myrkul]]). In order to combat him, Torm merged the body of his avatar with that of a lion statue he had brought to life, thus creating a lion-headed man, who also grew to giant size by absorbing the lives of his followers (in this case, [[HeroicSacrifice given willingly]]). They then proceeded to duke it out and nearly destroy Tantras.
* AutomatonHorses - Not a common aspect, but one NPC in the book ''Power of Faerūn'' has one.
* BackstabBackfire: Subverted in "The Silent Blade" by R.A. Salvatore. Drizzt Do'Urden and Artemis Entreri have engaged in a duel to the death to determine once and for all who is the better fighter. Entreri ultimately loses, although even Drizzt acknowledges that his loss has more to do with bad luck than any lack of skill on his part. Entreri doesn't care, and tells Drizzt to finish him since he cannot live with the knowledge that he was beaten. Drizzt refuses, and begins to walk away. Entreri runs at him from behind and cries out in rage—his goal, as it turns out, is to alert Drizzt to his attack so that Drizzt will be forced to kill him. And Drizzt does defend himself by turning around and stabbing Entreri. However, a protective spell cast on Entreri without his knowledge protects him and mortally wounds Drizzt instead.
* BadassGrandpa - Elminster and Khelben Arunsun, among others.
* BadBoss: Elaith Craulnober, at least in "Games of Chance." He finds a man called the Gondblessed who can use technology to simulate and affect magic and strongarms him into his employment. He then gives him a project: use the technology to modify the requirements of the Craulnober moonblade so that his daughter Azariah, a sun elf, can wield it without getting fried. Once he realizes that this technology also means ''he'' can wield the moonblade, [[MyGreatestFailure when he already knows he's unworthy of it]], he accuses the Gondblessed of desecrating it and promptly kills him. On the side, he also smashes [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the life's work of generations of the guy's ancestors]].
* BazaarOfTheBizarre - The Dark Bazaar of Calimport.
* BattleCouple - Most known are SwordAndSorcerer pairs.
** Drizzt and Catti-brie.
* 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.
** Liriel Baenre. And for loyal priestesses knowing that she [[spoiler:became [[TheChosenOne Zedriniset]] before going rogue]] didn't make her more endearing.
** Giogi Wyvernspur, though eventually ''proper'' nobles, his liege, his LoveInterest and even [[JerkAss Vangerdahast]] think otherwise.
** Danilo Thann, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob ostensibly]].
* BloodyMurder - Silver fire, old elven BloodMagic, 'Blood Lightning' spell...
* BlowGun: In one novel, the pirate hunter Captain Deudermont is darted by a thug who wanted to claim the black-market bounty on him. Apparently, his darts are made from cat claws (don't ask how those could be used as darts) and no other ammunition is compatible with his blowgun.
* BrainDrain: Knights of the Golden Rooster in Ravens Bluff often complain that other knightly orders tend to "take their best". Looking from the other end, one of the Roosters' main roles is to be an "entry-level" order for common people or adventurers and a route to higher responsibilities -- old Roosters are those who chose to stay for the [[StiffUpperLip style]].
* 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, Selūne and Shar are twin sisters. No, [[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]].
** Jarlaxle.
* 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.
** The conspiracy in ''Azure Bonds'' as the most devious and overcomplicated case.
** "The Night of Fourteen Magisters" was the nastiest straight example (dozen of Zunroun's clones, ''nine'' of whom lived to get Magister's powers at once -- plus the original).
** "Manshoon Wars", the result of Manshoon's Stasis Clone being finally broken. Lord Orgauth and Fzoul Chembryl killed Manshoon, expecting one clone with non-updated memory (thus not knowing of their treachery) to reappear. Instead, ''four'' Manshoons teleported in, trying both to get their master spellbook and avenge themselves. Soon ''at least'' 40 normal (and very desperate) clones of him were runing around. HilarityEnsues, as well as trading spells, un-squirreling magic item and killing or bribing lots of other magic-users. The clones who were converted to any form of undeath, permanently polymorphed or simply left Realmspace weren't ''compelled'' to kill all others, but this changed little.
** 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.
--> '''Shopscat''': Think about it.
* CrossOver - Sometimes happens (it's a [[KudzuPlot well-interwoven]] world), sometimes is [[HilarityEnsues hilariously]] averted with two characters ''from the same city'':
--> '''Elaine Cunningham''': ...something I wrote in response to the perennial question, "What would happen if Drizzt and Liriel met?" For those who might be interested in my take on the matter, [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1888&whichpage=6#36209 here 'tis]].
** [[http://www.elfwood.com/~meiyin3/When-Drizzt-meets-Liriel.3030110.html There]]'s even fanart -- sadly, only the first half of their supposed "dialog" is depicted.
** Despite this, it's alluded in the text and later [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that the guy who "deflowers Liriel and teaches her to throw knives, both at her request, and not necessarily in that order" was [[spoiler:Jarlaxle]].
*** Just pointing out the [[spoiler: {{Squick}} involved, as he's her [half-]uncle.]]
** Even more straightforward (with a bonus frightening insight into lady Elaine's mind) [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1888&whichpage=61#163396 here]].
* 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.
* DisproportionateRetribution - The CoolAndUnusualPunishment visited on Finder was ''a bit'' too much. And never mind collateral damage, like robbing thousands of people (including yet unborn) of mighty fun, or the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inevitable result]]. Harpers are good guys, right?
** The elves aren't much better. The ancient nation of Jhaamdaath once invaded the ancient elven realm of Nikerymath (present-day Chondalwood). Did the elves invade back? No, they used epic magic to ''drop a tidal wave on the entire country'', which is why you can no longer find 'Jhaamdath' on the map. This also caused comparable destruction to the other side of the shore, that is, Aryselmalyr Empire of sea elves. Who, if their cousins remembered about their presence, in a few days could hold already mutinous Jhaamdath by the... ports. Then again, everyone else in Seros evidently saw this as a good thing, or at very least political independency, as other locals were persecuting sea elves the next 15 years, between attempts to fill the power vacuum. Of course, if they paid attention as much as to Jhaamdath itself, they'd notice it's already in the state of near-rebellion occasionally breaking into an open mutiny, so it couldn't need all that much pushing to fall over.
** And let's not forget [[StarCrossedLovers princess Amnestria]].
* DistinguishingMark: Bronwyn Caradoon in ''Thornhold'' has a leaf-shaped birthmark on her rear.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Walinda of Bane]] at the end of ''Finder's Bane'', once [[spoiler:the banelich makes it clear that he only tolerated a female priestess as a means to his end, without realizing that he still needs her to complete the ritual that will revive Bane in his body]].
* DoomedHometown: Time and again. Once a dragonrider burned a village to kill one of younger sons of late king, but accidentally left alive a single shepherd boy. Who later turned out to be the son of the killed prince... name's Elminster Aumar.
* 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.
** Also Alias's evil tattoos in ''Azure Bonds''. She acts embarrassed by them, but it's more because they cause her to kill people she doesn't want to kill.
* 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.
* EvilCripple: Jezz the Lame, a leader of the drow House Jaelre who wears a leg brace after it was broken and healed improperly.
* EvilOverlord - Fzoul Chembryl, Manshoon, Sememmon, Telamont Tanthul, et al.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids:
** It was a major plot point with Lazouril (Zulkir of Enchantment).
** Dag Zoreth may or may not be the case: he kept his daughter well away from [[ReligionOfEvil his business]] and allowed his sister to take custody with less fuss than one could expect, though it's possible he just didn't care much. He takes advantage of the former when he needs an innocent descendant of Samular to [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield use an ancestral artifact]], but is still perturbed when her mother only views her as a tool.
* 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.
--> '''Elminster:''' That is the direct effect of Geryon's Death Spell. Spells of this sort are directly forbidden, although it is difficult to punish transgressors as they are usually dead before the spell reaches this stage!
** In ''The North'', a laboratory accident during the creation of "Chigliak's Hotpot" left a 200' diameter area devoid of snow, trees and grass around the wizard's house, with sand glazed closer to the epicenter and remaining pieces of the walls scattered up to 200 yd. The only thing found intact was one human foot still wearing an ''anklet of immunity from fire'' (obviously, slightly misenchanted). Chigliak, in addition to being a {{Pyromaniac}}, was too much of a jerk for anyone to care about his resurrection.
** During the elven Crown Wars, High Mages of Aryvandaar turned Miyeritar into blasted plains with "Killing Storm" spell. Rather thoroughly, as the place is most known as "High Moor" -- there's not a lot of things that could grow in this area even over 11 millenia later.
* 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.
** Then there's the recent Spellplague...
* GenreSavvy - Drizzt does not bother chasing after the crystal shard because he knows that as soon as he destroys it something else evil will pop up.
* GhostShipping - ''[[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/mirrorstone/Article.aspx?doc=fr_spinayarn2005 The Lady of the Mists]]''.
* GodWasMyCopilot - ''Finder's Bane''
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: In the ''Evermeet'' novel, King Zaor is pressured into making a political marriage; he keeps going with his lover, Amlaruil. The queen ends up drugging and raping another elf in order to conceive a heir--who is then fried on the spot when he tries to draw his "father's" moonblade.
* 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 [[TheHunter some issues with dragons]].
* HandyFeet: One of the drow characters from novels has such dexterous toes that he's able, when Bound and Gagged, to perform the necessary gestures to cast a spell with his feet.
* 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.
** Volo's indiscretions are not limited to gathering and dispensing information. For one:
-->'''[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wn/20030827a Elminster]]''': If Lord Laerlos Silmerhelve ever reads this, there won't be a fortress strong enough or distant enough in all Toril to save the skin of Volothamp Geddarm from the vengeance of the Silmerhelves. I hear Ravithara wants the father of her baby to return to her side, too.
* TheHatMakesTheMan - The Horn of Crowns 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.
** In ''Pool of Twilight'' one paladin's first attempt to summon a charger brought [[spoiler:a large pig]].
** [[TheChosenOne Jherek]] in ''The Threat from the Sea'', as a sea warrior, has no use for horses. Eventually, he got the loyal "mount" that dwarfs most normal kinds of paladin mounts... put together. Though even this didn't stopped him from further attempts to convince himself he's not a paladin despite any painfully obvious evidence.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: In ''Swords of Dragonfire'', Elminster threatens Manshoon of the Zhentarim into standing down by mentioning some of the secrets he knows. One of the things he mentions is the full wording of the various pacts with the Beholders, and that they involved mating with... ''something'' {{squick}}ish. Possibly one or more Beholders.
* 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.
* ImmunityDisability: In the Pools of Radiance trilogy, Kern was born immune to magic. Unfortunately, this makes him immune to magic healing and teleportation. With concentration, Kern can ''sometimes'' suppress this immune.
* 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,
--> While it is suspected that Elminster has visited Oerth and Bigby has visited Toril, it is known that Mordenkainen and Vangerdahast both competed magically for the hand of a young extra-planar beauty (both lost, by the way).
** Blackstaff had an encounter with Bigby "apparently not on the best of terms" resulting in a mention that "the old goat comes up with [[HelpingHands one good gimmick]] and [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer beats it to death with a rock]]" -- and creation of Khelben's Warding Whip.
* 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.
* InTheBlood:
** Zaknafein Do'Urden is a "good guy", and skilled with the blade. Thus, so is his son, Drizzt. To a lesser extent, Vierna, Drizzt's full sister, is noticeably gentler and more reasonable than their half-sisters...until she goes through the ''advanced'' brainwashing techniques of the Church of Lolth.
** "Silken Shadow" (in [[spoiler:''Elminster's Daughter'']]) ended up with [[LoveableRogue much the same occupation]] as so-called "Eladar the Dark" before he cast his first cantrip. For that matter, [[spoiler:Tanalasta Obarskyr]] was a bookworm and after conversion to Chauntea [[TookALevelInBadass developed an iron determination]]... not unlike her grandfather.
** [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Dornal Silverhand]] and Storm Silverhand, both being rangers and playing complete YouMustBeCold on strangers, though in different circumstances.
** According to the Lady Penitent Trilogy, most of the drow have demon blood through the balor Wendonai, and those with the best chance for redemption are descended from the "good" dark elf kingdom of Miyeritar.
* 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]].
* KangarooCourt: At the beginning of the second book of the Avatar Trilogy, Midnight stands trial in Shadowdale, accused of killing Elminster at the end of the last book. Not only is she gagged throughout the proceedings out of fear that she'll use magic, the court freaks out when her "public defender" tells them that he ungagged her before the trial ''so he could get her side of the story.'' Not only did notables like Lord Mourngrym and one of the Seven Sisters participate in this farce, she ended up being rescued by ''Cyric''.
* 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 [[TheyJustDidntCare of rock crystal]]... by Salvatore, ''[[RuleOfCool of course]]''.
* KingIncognito: During the Time of Troubles, Torm left his initial avatar pretending to be him while he wandered Tantras in secret, investigating the actions of his priests.
* 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.
* LampshadeHanging: In ''Sacrifice of the Widow'', a priest of Vhaeraun presents a plan to send their god through an interplanar gate to Arvandor to assassinate Corellon Larethian. Jezz the Lame asks if he's ''trying'' to get Vhaeraun killed. [[spoiler:He isn't, but the result is the same.]]
* 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.
** For a specific example: he had no clue why said little girl didn't want to come with him after he ''killed her foster mother in front of her, right after killing her foster father.'' After all, the woman he killed was a Cyricist.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: In ''Daughter of the Drow'', a human warrior amuses a drow mage (who saved him from carnivores and tried to claim as a slave) with a folk tale about how "old favors are soon forgotten". Then [[spoiler:managed to get away and added the phrase to his "farewell" as he ran off]].
* 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]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: At the end of ''Shadowrealm'' [[spoiler:it's revealed that Shar is Mask's mother]].
* MagicIsAMonsterMagnet: A magnet for the Phaerimm, to be exact.
* MagpiesAsPortents - Ravens are constant motif in the books of Elaine Cunningham, including Liriel's representation in a prophetic vision and later nickname.
* MainliningTheMonster: Dwarven settlements sometimes keep captive [[MookMaker deepspawn]] as a food source, feeding them livestock so the aberrations will make numerous copies of meat animals. This can easily backfire on the deepspawn-keepers, if one of their captive monsters ever manages to sink its teeth into something more dangerous than cattle.
* ManchurianAgent: In addition to missing memories, Alias had a bunch of "missions", but didn't know what it was until she was in position to do it. Which inadvertently hindered her self-investigation more than being conditioned to attack anyone trying to remove this, and only slightly less than the blanket protection from divinations.
* 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.
* MeetTheMeat: Some dragons like to start with talking before tasting. Like in ''Azure Bonds'':
--> '''Mist''': You must forgive me for not knowing anything about you, but I've been so out of touch. I am Mistinarperadnacles Hai Draco. [[FriendlyAddressPrivileges You may call me Mist]]. And I'll call you... supper? Yes, it's about time for a light, early supper. So nice of you to deliver yourself.
* 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 ([[{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]], duh) delivers it, along with the user's manual. Then they dismissed "through space" part. For a vessel powered by ''[[{{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.
** 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.
** The Harpers' great idea to imprison an irresponsible and arrogant artificer off-plane where he can't do anything and [[{{Unperson}} remove him from the history]]. Quickly became less than safe when one of the few last traces of the evidence fell into hands of wrong guys who forced him to work with them.
** 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.
** In "The Pirate King", Captain Deudermont leads an army to overthrow the ruler of Luskan, the evil lich archmage Arklem Greeth. Despite the best efforts of Drizzt to help him, he ultimately winds up [[FromBadToWorse making things worse]].
* NoManOfWomanBorn: Three yugoloths were once trapped in Myth Drannor, in a magical prison that required a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil flawlessly virtuous red dragon]] to open. Centuries later, an unwitting mage decided to tinker with a red dragon egg to, among other things, make the hatchling Lawful Good.
* NobleDemon - Lauzoril: he really cares about his kid, renounced undeath and is a bit too honest for zulkir or master of Charm school.
** ''Some'' Princes of Shade: while flooding large part of the desert they found time to warn locals and offer their help with evacuation--in rather clumsy way, but they ''tried''. Melegaunt Tanthul acted responsibly and honestly with his incidental partners, though it's not quite clean how random was the initial accident.
* NoodleIncident: It's not known--except [[NoodleImplements a few bizarre details]]--''what'' Aerilaya (green elf druidess referenced in a few elf-related Realmslore sources) did that she had to leave the continent.
* NostalgiaFilter - Most elves suffer a near-terminal case of this.
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Chosen Ones are humans transformed into humanoid monsters by the [[TheMagocracy Red Wizards of Thay]]. They are downright [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/mof_gallery/MonFaePG28.jpg morbidly thin]].
* 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 dozens years.
* OffingTheOffspring: In novels that built up to the transition to 4E, [[spoiler:Lolth killed her grandson Selvetarm (on at least one level of reality) and was indirectly responsible for the death of her daughter Eilistraee, and Shar reabsorbed the divine essence her son Mask. In the latter case, this doubled as TheReveal]].
* 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...
--> '''Arilyn''': I'm a ''half-elf'', remember? I'll probably outlive your grandchildren. [...] For as many years as you ''and'' your mother have lived, I've been a hired warrior.
* OminousFloatingCastle - Netherese Enclaves, Flattery Wyvernspur's castle, Temple in the Sky.
* [[OurElvesAreBetter Our Dark Elves Are Better]]: Carried out to extremely aggravating levels by R.A. Salvatore, who takes great pains to show how dark elves can effortlessly see through the most complicated {{plan}}s can get past any trap or precaution, and are overall far superior in magic, intrigue, knowledge and skill to any of the pathetic humans they come across.
** Averted with Berg'inyon Baenre. Like most drow, he thinks himself greatly superior to humans. But he [[spoiler: meets his end in a CurbStompBattle against Artemis Entreri.]] Also averted with Matron Baenre and her insistence on attacking Mithral Hall after the Time of Troubles. That really wasn't very smart of her, and Menzoberranzan was significantly weakened after taking great losses against Mithral Hall's defenders.
** Elves were too, but they became mostly useless relicts long ago, which led them to The Retreat: turning Cormanthor into Myth Drannor was the last strong attempt to counter the consequences of the decadence. And it held water only as long as the Coronal who started this was alive.
* OverusedCopycatCharacter - Drizzt is the [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Drizzt poster child]].
* PepperSneeze - Raidon Kane, in Stardeep.
* PersonOfMassDestruction - Just about any high-level spellcaster.
** Any spellfire wielder (like Shandril Shessair) also qualifies.
* 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.
** Make one permanent extradimensional pocket, and you have a very secret stash. [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20060628a Make few hundreds in one city, and they turn the continuum into old rag]], and then some ugly fiend jumps in and bites off your head before you can say "Hey, it's supposed to be a totally teleport-proof place!". Eek.
** In the Heroes of Phlan trilogy, we are treated to a case of Foetal PhlebotinumOverdose : one pregnant spellcaster used so much magic during her pregnancy that her son ended up immune to all magic. [[BlessedWithSuck Including healing spells.]]
* 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.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Occasionally happens, such as this (from ''Lands of Intrigue''):
-->'''King Haedrak''': After rereading the ''Chronicla Tethyria'', the offcial history commissioned by King Alemunder III, I believe my grandfather’s [[FantasticRacism hatred of elves]] caused
-->'''King Haedrak''': any mention of human-elven unions, political or sanguine, to be covered up. All the ills of Tethyr are wrongly laid at the feet of Tethir’s elves or the pashas of Calimshan.—
* {{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.
--> '''Queen Filfaeril''': [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20060614a Vangerdahast could be busily marrying both our daughters right now, and declaring himself Emperor-Wizard of all Cormyr.]]
--> '''King Azoun''': (snorting) If he tries, he'd better lash up Tana's tongue and Luse's sword hand, first, or he'll have the shortest reign of any --
--> '''Queen Filfaeril''': (giggling) Hold that thought, my lord. That's a mind-view I can savor.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Erevis Cale]].
* RefugeInAudacity: Tzigone (''CounselorsAndKings''); (of course, it helps that she's [[spoiler:utterly immune to magic]]). Also, the penchant of some drow for "[[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself authentic drow costumes]]". No, really? Drow--here? Clothed only in... ''[[{{Stripperiffic}} this]]''? And not trying to cut anyone? You never saw an illusion before?..
* RightBehindMe: At the end of ''The Two Swords'' a drow priestess curses out and generally derides the orcs she's been working with; her companion is horrified to see that King Obould is behind her and not taking it well.
* RightfulKingReturns: The restoration of the monarchy in Tethyr.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Danilo Thann (''Songs and Swords'' novels) was a very competent wizard/bard and member of the Harpers who pretended to be a stupid fop clumsily dabbling in magic to keep away unwanted attention.
* RoyalBastard: An ''absurd'' amount of Cormyrean young nobles look [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/rl/20061101a embarrassingly alike]], due to the [[HandsomeLech attitude and habits]] of Azoun IV. Some joined coups, some are loyal to the official Obarskyr line's rule.
* ScreamingWarrior: Twibbledorf Pwent.
* 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.
--> Evereska is ''being overrun by phaerimm'', and your people are worried about ''humans''?
* SdrawkcabName: The pit fiend Tanetal, a servant of Bane in the Phlan trilogy, repeated "Latenat" at the end of at least every other phrase.
** [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6641&whichpage=2#130898 Snilloc]] -- a wizard from the Covenant, inventor of some classic spells (made by [[http://index.rpg.net/display-search.phtml?key=contributor&value=Dave%2BCollins&sort=system Dave Collins]], possibly except Snilloc's Cream Pie, [[JokeItem joke spell]] by Elaine Cunningham).
* 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.
** ''Volo's Guide to All Things Magical'' even has a mocking reference to the Literature/AnarchistCookbook of all things.
** The original ''Forgotten Realms'' sourcebook included the spell "Spell Engine", which was almost identical (given the differences between the two works' underlying magic rules) to the "Warlock's Wheel" from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' series.
* SinisterMinister - The priest in charge of Selūne'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.
* StandardPowerupPose: The cover of Ed Greenwood's novel ''Crown of Fire'' shows the main character Shandril Shessair using the title ability. See it [[http://www.o-love.net/realms/covers_large/pic_har9.jpg here]].
* 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.
** In Cormanthor, a pair of elves from feuding families once secretly asked their ruler to help. All he could do was assist in staging their "deaths" and make them both baelnorn. Of course, Guardian Paramours, while together, still were kind of liches, but even this was seen as an improvement.
* TheStarscream - See TheDragon above.
* StarSpangledSpandex - Ao.
* StayInTheKitchen: Kelemvor's initial attitude toward Midnight in the Avatar Trilogy. He initially refuses to take her into the group despite her magical skills because she's a woman. After she does join, he assumes that she's going to be doing the cooking even though she's a LethalChef.
* 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).
--> The "joyful" nature of Nybor's voyage refers to the joy of the spell's caster rather than that of its target.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes - A rare drow feature, notable but not dominant in Baenre (first house of Menzoberranzan).
* SupernormalBindings: The gods bet [[AnimalisticAbomination Kezef the Chaos Hound]], an {{expy}} of [[NorseMythology Fenrir]], that they could forge a chain that would hold him. Gond, god of craftsmen, forged the chain and buried its anchor miles deep in the rock of Pandemonium, and Mystra, goddess of magic, wrapped him in a self-repairing magical curtain. The two traps successfully held Kezef for millennia until he was freed by one of Cyric's plots.
* SuperRegistrationAct: The kingdom of Cormyr requires all adventurers within their borders to register with the government.
* SwordAndSorcerer: As {{Battle Couple}}s, Fyodor with Liriel (''Starlight And Shadows'') and Arilyn "Moonblade" with Danilo Thann (''Songs and Swords''). Others include Ryld Argith with Pharaun Mizzrym (''War of the Spider Queen'').
* 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.
** Maalthiir, the ruler of the city of Hillsfar (which, among other things, bans nonhumans), was previously classified as Neutral. ''Mysteries of the Moonsea'', which lists him as Neutral Evil, takes issue:
-->Though many argue that he is neutral because of his devotion to trade, Maalthiir is a greedy, selfish, evil man; no person could endorse arbitrary executions or torture and not be evil.
* TakingYouWithMe: Aside from specific incidents there are at least two spells that involve the caster's own death: Red Wizards' ''Gur's spell-lash'' (exploding for the wizard's own hit dice worth of damage) and Elven ''Blood Dragon'' (someone gets hounded by a near-unstoppable magical construct with a flesh-dissolving touch).
* TalkingThroughTechnique: The Drow HandSignal language.
** [[spoiler:Galaeron Nihmedu]] when he had [[ToxicPhlebotinum a problem with magic]] himself, and wanted another spellcaster to reveal an invisible enemy, slowly moved his fingers through the proper spell's somatic component until it was recognized as such and cast.
* TeleportInterdiction: The spell "Proof from Teleportation".
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld:
--> '''Alias''': Riding a wagon along protected trading routes in a guarded merchant caravan doesn't make you an adventurer. Until you've hiked more than twenty miles a day, slept in a ditch, and eaten something that tried to kill you first, you're not an adventurer. Anyone who isn't an adventurer is a greengrocer.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The drow shadowdancer Hamadh the Unseen in ''City of the Spider Queen'' is one of the few characters who both worships Vhaeraun and is explicitly nonevil (as opposed to the cleric of Vhaeraun in the same group, who is). [[spoiler:He may be used for a PlayerPunch]].
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Lots, perhaps most (in)famously the Nether Scrolls (though they're harmless to the reader) and Cyrinishad (not real lore, just a sheet of bullshit, but it can brainwash a ''deity'').
* TooMuchForManToHandle: In ''Elminster's Daughter'' Caladnei was bold enough to demand from Elminster ''and'' Simbul to talk in a way everyone could hear instead of with the mindlink they obviously used. It turned out that there were more than two participants and when Mystra agreed with this request, Caladnei (and everyone present) learned the hard way why exactly direct contact with deities is rarely used even by priests strong enough to do it every day. They were barely able to move after this bit of fun -- and she was ''nice''.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines - Drizzt Do'Urden in The Lone Drow.
* TrappedInVillainy: Prior to his apotheosis, the mercenary Kelemvor Lyonsbane would transform into a dangerous werepanther due to a family curse if he did something out of kindness.
* TreeTopTown: Teuveamanthaar, [[VestigialEmpire last remnant of Eaerlann]] and [[HiddenElfVillage preserved for centuries]] by the druids of the Tall Trees, is a particularly conspicuous textbook example, spared from [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair the destruction and dissolution which befell the rest of the kingdom]] so that one day the elves could return to it again.
* 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."
* TroubleFromThePast: The supplement ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Lost Empires of Faerūn]]'' suggests several fantasy variations of this as plot hooks.
* TruceZone: In the 1st Edition supplement ''ForgottenRealms Adventures'', temples of the deity Mask are neutral meeting sites for all thieves guilds in a town.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Derro and clan Duergar vs. illithids, drow vs. shadow dragons at Chaulssin, chitines vs. drow at Ched Nasad. [[spoiler:Alias]] the living construct vs. her creators (at least, they got the "perfect death machine" part mostly right).
* UndeadAuthor: In ''Shadowdale'', a still-human Cyric "entertains" his traveling companions with stories of adventuring parties dying horribly in Myth Drannor. Midnight points out that there's no way to know what happened to them if nobody survived; one possibility suggested is that Cyric was with them and fled before the dying part.
* UnicornsAreSacred: In order to create the Tome of the Unicorn (which was made of metal plates), a wizard named Shoon killed 12 unicorns and bathed the plates in their blood. This was considered an especially evil act in a world where evil deeds are quite common.
* {{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 ''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]].
** Artemis Entreri. Although he eventually turned out to be something like an AntiHero x 10, his stats should still read [[CharacterAlignment Lawful]] [[LawfulEvil Evil]].
* VoiceChangeling: Giogioni Wyvernspur was known among his peers for doing a good impression of his king -- until he met someone [[ManchurianAgent conditioned]] to kill the guy with this voice, anyway.
* 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.
---> '''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1888&whichpage=5 Elaine Cunningham]]:''' He sees himself as a revolutionary who wishes to overthrow the monarchy in favor of a republic. He is further incensed by the fact that that royal family are moon elves, who he sees as less worthy than--[[FantasticRacism indeed, inferior to]]--the gold elf race. For much of the history of Faerūn's elves, power has resided in the hands of the gold elves. Kymil seeks a return to past glories.
** Khelben Arunsun ''is'' a great and mighty hero when there's some or other immense threat. When there are none, he will find something anyway. Blackstaff shows signs of this in most novels by Elaine Cunningham, but it's not a [[ArmedWithCanon disagreement on board]]: according to Ed Greenwood, [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/wn/20021218a seeing a polymorphed steel dragon on a revel]] is enough for him to "casually toss a ''wyrmbane'' spell her way". Or his old obsession with smoke powder. He usually balances on the border of this, slipping back and forth, with Laeral [[MoralityPet holding him back]].
** Vangerdahast sincerely wants to protect and champion Cormyr. On the other hand, it's given him, among other things, a very real problem with paranoia, a tendency to "[[MindProbe mind ream]]" or otherwise secretly test anyone who catches his attention at unpredictable moments, and led him to both reform the [[StateSec War Wizards of Cormyr]] to a more aggressive shape and instigate the various restrictions placed on wizards. His nature as the power behind the throne means even the king (who considers him an old friend) and queen (who is a Harper agent ''and'' runs her personal spying network) tend to trust him only as far as they can throw him (good thing that Azoun was a strong man). Ultimately, in ''Elminster's Daughter'', this leads him to [[spoiler:first create a spell that will bind dragons to forever serve as Cormyr's defenders, then turn himself into a dragon and cast that same spell on himself]].
* 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:
--> '''woman in Gladestone''': I have no love for orcs, but I know what is happening, and I do not place all the blame on the monsters who attacked. What choice do the displaced orcs have when their hunting grounds are taken from them? They must raid towns and farms in order to survive, and so they do.
** Let's not discuss Elminster's brilliant idea of ''letting'' the Tuigan Horde rampage across the Heartlands, because God forbid that Cormyr actually do anything horrible like allying with other good and neutral nations to form a temporary mutual defense pact. Fortunately, in perhaps the only example in the setting of Elminster not getting his way, everybody ignored him and went with Azoun's plan instead.
*** Tuigans attacked Thay, were let go alive on condition of joining the next war on Thay's side. Which is how they were "invading Thesk": got kicked out of Rashemen so hard that Red Wizards had to part a lake to save them. Still dangerous, but after two meatgrinders like this in a row, there was a reasonable doubt whether to panic. On the other hand, Zhents got an excellent chance to infiltrate a great area, and used it.
*** Cormyr is frequently seen as a domineering and grasping state and isn't trusted much, especially in Dales ''and'' after the "inclusion" of Tilverton. [[ProperlyParanoid For good reasons]], as ''Shadow of the Avatar'' shows. Obarskyrs themselves tend to act as a redeeming feature, but still. And of course...
----> Never before in the history of this fair realm have so many owed so much to the coffers of the king. Never fear but that he'll come collecting in short order...and his price shall be the lives of his debtors, in some foreign war or other. He'll call it a Crusade or something equally grand: but those who die in Cormyr's colors will be just as dead as if he'd called it a Raid To Pillage, or a Head Collecting Patrol. It is the way of kings to collect in blood. (Albaertin of Marsember, ''A Small But Treasonous Chapbook'')
** Lathander seems to be a bigger meddler than all mortal wizards put together. First he causes the Dawn Cataclysm, then allows himself to be fooled into attempt to "fix" some of its consequences...
*** There was supposed to be some general chill in relations after the Dawn Cataclysm, and he got some troubles for the latter, but [[ThePollyanna he's freakin' Lathander]].
*** Plus, it then turns out the whole thing was actually Amaunator being "reborn" as Lathander, which changed back right after the Spellplague...
** What a certain order of [[KnightTemplar Helmites]] (the Companions of the [[WellIntentionedExtremist One True]] [[CrystalDragonJesus Vision]]) [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything did in Maztica]] not only ruined the ([[HeroWithBadPublicity already tarnished]]) reputation of their deity, it caused the paladins themselves to have to spend a number of years making amends for their racist slaughter, create new orders dedicated to preventing such atrocities in the future as well as pass laws forbidding it--[[ReformedButRejected and they]] ''[[ReformedButRejected still]]'' [[ReformedButRejected are distrusted and closely watched by some Faerunians even today]].
*** Ironically, they are ''also'' are busy undoing side-effects of their god doing his job ''right'': the greatest stain on his reputation are dead-magic and wild-magic zones that appeared after Time of Troubles and were quickly nicknamed "Helmlands".
** Torm's followers now have the "Penance of Duty" -- atonement for persecution by their church's short-lived theocracy during the Time of Troubles and, since the incident personally involved the second Midnight/Mystra, the "Debt of Destruction" -- removal of the Weave damage. The Order of the Golden Lion specifically is dedicated to paying these debts. All of this exists, in fact, because once Torm found out what his corrupt clergy were doing in his name, he ''himself'' called them out.
* 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.
* WhenIWasYourAge: In ''Cloak Of Shadows'', Storm tried to inspire young Harpers complaining about having to raise early, then Elminster finished them off with a handful of tall tales:
--> '''Storm''': What sort of Knights and Harpers is Faerun breeding these days? Why, when I was your age...
--> '''Sharantyr''': I know, I know. [...] Then you had to run two miles to the river to bathe and draw enough water for all the horses to drink, run back with it, and get the axe to go out and chop firewood for the kitchen fires, before y--
--> '''Elminster''': When I was your age, axes hadn't been invented yet. Nor horses. We ''walked'' every­where to gather our firewood.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever - There are perhaps several dozen characters in the realms who have virtual immortality.
** Drizz't Do'Urden holds closely to this. For most of his book appearances, he hovers around the century mark, putting him equivalently in his mid-twenties. Much angst goes into his thoughts on his relationship with Catti-Brie, who throughout the books moves from her early twenties to somewhere in her late thirties. Amazingly, during the "Transitions" trilogy, Salvatore bridges the gap between 3rd and 4th edition continuity, moving the timeline up by [[spoiler: well over a hundred years]]. Think of what that means for a minute: No more [[spoiler: Catti-Brie (even if she were still alive), Regis (same deal), Wulfgar (if he were not PutOnABus), and no Artemis Entreri, among others]]. And, as of the events in ''Gauntylgrim'', [[spoiler: Bruenor has also died]]. This makes one of the only times in literary history where a character who has worried about outliving all of his friends and those around him [[spoiler: actually has]]. Though as of ''Gauntylgrim'' it seems that [[spoiler: Artemis might survive as Barrabus the Grey]].
* 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.
** Enoreth specifically gets this to great effect in the issue of the FR comic in which he returns to offer to grant the former crew of the ''Realms Master'' one wish each by way of apology, free of charge, no strings attached...and everyone he makes the offer to in turn ''turns him down''. It ends on a positive note -- it's once he finally understands that no, he ''can't'' simply wave his divine hands and just make up for everything like that that Vartan (the priest in question) declares his willingness to start mending fences in turn.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - Elminster, Halaster, The Simbul, and others.
* WizardClassic: Elminster follows in this venerable tradition.
* TheWorfEffect - Time and again -- even Elminster was repeatedly used for this. There's AlwaysABiggerFish. Always.
--> '''Lyra Sunrose''': By the time we reached the outskirts of the city, one bear had already bolted into the brush, scrambling in the general direction of Anauroch as fast as his paws could take him. The other bear was whining like a whipped kitten, digging his claws into the ground and refusing to move. I had my arms around his neck and was trying to drag him forward when I heard something thunder overhead. A red dragon was roaring out of Myth Drannor, wings beating furiously, its face wrenched in stark terror! I didn't wait to see what was chasing it. (''Elminster's Ecologies'')
* WouldHurtAChild: In the ''Realms of the Elves'' story "Necessary Sacrifices," a group of followers of Shevarash demonstrate their belief that their god's command to kill drow is ''not'' limited to adults.
* YankTheDogsChain: As a mortal human, Kelemvor Lyonsbane dreamed of becoming a hero but was prevented by an ancestral curse that forbade him to perform good deeds without getting paid. Then he replaced ex-friend Cyric (who'd previously killed him) as the god of the dead in a revolt and promised to bring justice; he also reunited with his lover, who'd become the new Mystra. ''Then'', when he tried to implement reforms (like getting rid of the Wall of the Faithless, giving the virtuous False a pleasant afterlife, and telling Mask "No, you can't have the dead man who left your faith because you disguised yourself as the nicer goddess he converted to"), the other gods pressured him into rescinding them. And as a result he ended up breaking it off with Mystra, whereupon Cyric [[KarmaHoudini drank their tears and laughed, as he not only pulled this scheme off but was able to use it to justify staying a god himself]].
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe - Elminster uses this almost constantly, but thinly, ye know?
* 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]].
-->"Who are you?" he demanded. "I paid top coin for this guise, and Malagar guaranteed that they'd rent no other 'Crowned Purple Dragon of Cormyr' costume to anyone else! Took me forever to get the beard glued on right, too! So get yours off, this instant!"
* ZergRush - Basically how King Obould "won" his war in the North.

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