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* PurgatoryAndLimbo: The Fugue Plane, where all souls are drawn upon death, is a flat, gray wasteland under an equally colorless sky, the sole features of which were the City of Judgment, ruled by Kelemvor, god of the dead, and the Wall of the Faithless.
** Mortals were left to wander the city for ten days before being collected by the servants of their gods, during which time they would be tempted by devils to join the latter's ranks (or be kidnapped by [[OurDemonsAreDifferent the tanar'ri]].
** The False, those who betrayed their gods in life, served their penalties here, which could vary from being forced to serve as a guide or guard in the city to an eternity of torture, depending on their crimes.
** The Wall of the Faithless is one of the more controversial elements of the cosmology, in-universe: created by Kelemvor's predecessor Myrkul, it is where the souls of those who worshipped no gods in life (even if they were unaware they had to) are pressed into the wall itself and left to suffer until they finally [[CessationOfExistence disintegrate into nothingness]]. Some saw the Wall as a harsher punishment than even that faced by the False (those who betrayed their gods) or souls damned to the Hells, which was as Myrkul intended -- it ensured that the gods would always have [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly a steady supply of mortal belief]].


* LovableAlphaBitch: Jalanvaloss a.k.a the Wyrm Of Many Spells. A [[OurDragonsAreDifferent steel dragon]] who disguises herself as a human noblewoman in Waterdeep. While she is rather manipulative and greedy, she does care about Waterdeep, and even acts as a sort of guardian angel towards it (though no one knows her human form is really a dragon except for a few).



* LovableAlphaBitch: Jalanvaloss a.k.a the Wyrm Of Many Spells. A [[OurDragonsOurDifferent steel dragon]] who disguises herself as a human noblewoman in Waterdeep. While she is fairly manipulative and greedy, she does care about Waterdeep, and even acts as a sort of guardian angel towards it (though no one knows her human form is really a dragon except for a few).

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* LovableAlphaBitch: Jalanvaloss a.k.a the Wyrm Of Many Spells. A [[OurDragonsOurDifferent steel dragon]] who disguises herself as a human noblewoman in Waterdeep. While she is fairly manipulative and greedy, she does care about Waterdeep, and even acts as a sort of guardian angel towards it (though no one knows her human form is really a dragon except for a few).

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* SentIntoHiding: When Prince Haedrak Rhindaun of Tethyr was born, his existence was kept secret. When he was only six months old, his name was changed to "Lhaeo" and he was sent to the mage Elminster for safekeeping. Twelve years later, the populace of Tethyr rose in rebellion and killed the entire rest of the royal family, leaving Prince Rhindaun as its last member. He stayed in Elminster's care until he was 33 years old, when he was convinced to begin his attempt to regain the crown of Tethyr.

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* DarkestAfrica: Chult is this [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs with dinosaurs!]]

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* LoserDeity: Garagos, the god of [[WarGod War]], [[RapePillageAndBurn Plunder, Destruction and Mindless Slaughter]] is sometimes portrayed as one of these, due to the fact that he must share his portfolio of war with Tempus, god of [[WarIsGlorious Honorable Combat and Glory]]. Tempus is undoubtedly the more popular and powerful of the two gods, and it is widely believed that Tempus could easily slay Garagos and only refuses to do so [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt because it would result in him having to claim Garagos's portfolio as his own]], potentially changing his fundamental divine nature. Garagos, needless to say, has an enormous chip on his shoulder about the whole situation.


* ParodiesForDummies: {{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."



* 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."


** 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.

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** 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]]'', ''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.



* 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]]?

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* 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]]?Cormyr.

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* GodOfEvil: Zigzagged. There are no gods ''of'' evil, but there are plenty of evil gods (occupying the lower slots on the Alignement table, Chaotic, Neutral and Lawful Evil). Of particular note are Shar, goddess of night, darkness and nihilism, the Dead Three, gods of tyranny, death, murder, decay, and other nice stuff, Cyric, god of trickery and betrayal, and Beshaba, goddess of bad luck and misfortune.

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* HomosexualReproduction: The first two gods, Shar and Selûne, were both female, and created the goddess Chauntea. "Creating" is not quite the same as reproduction, but the point still stands that Chauntea had two moms. Mystryl was also created by the union of Shar and Selûne, but this time it was unintentional.


* AlternativeCalendar: The Calendar of Harptos, Elven Rysars...

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* AlternativeCalendar: The Calendar of Harptos, Elven Rysars...Rysars, the Netherese calendar, the time song of serôs...
** The most official one is Dale Reckoning. The latest event was the end of the Era of Upheaval in 1489, and beginning of the present era in 1490.

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** The Third Party (and therefore unofficial) d20 setting ''Nyambe'' rounds this out with a fairly well-researched version of fantasy Africa, and is clearly designed to work as part of the Realms.

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* {{Expy}}: Ao, the creator deity of the Prime Material Plane, is an omnipotent creator, but 'only' created the universe, and left the planets and life and stuffs up to other deities he created. [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Sure sounds like a certain other creator deity who's name is two syllables long]].

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** The 5e module ''Waterdeep: Dragon Heist'' is one between Xanather, Manshoon, the Cassalanters, Jarlaxle Baenre and the players all trying to get their hands on a massive horde and/or disrupt each other from doing so, with various other factions dealing with the fallout of their actions and the gang war between Xanather and the Zhentarim.


** 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 ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' "commoners" [[HADToBeSharp had to be tough]] enough that adventurers start at 3-rd level.

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** 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 a common local sport is monster-hunting. The net result is that an average guy walking down the street is at least a 4th or 5-th 5th level fighter -- that's while in fighter. Compare this to the DeathWorld of ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' "commoners" [[HADToBeSharp had ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'', which is a post apocalyptic setting. In order to survive in this sort of climate, commoners [[HadToBeSharp have to be tough]] enough that tough]], so adventurers start at 3-rd level.3rd level. That's at least a level higher.

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