|“|| You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM you are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to the all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow.
― Gary Gygax
Summary of This Verse
Dungeons and Dragons was the first roleplaying game to exist, and set the stepping stone in place for both video game RPGs and traditional games like Warhammer. It has a very wide lore, differing immensely between editions, and has been the inspiration for many later fiction.
Power of This Verse
D&D features many different pantheons of deities, some vastly above Vecna, who, at his most powerful, could damage the entire infinite D&D multiverse. All these deities are locked in an eternal stalemate with each other, and yet the Lady of Pain is above the rest of the pantheon. Ao the overgod is transcendent over the entirety of one of these pantheons, ruling over the gods of Abeir-Toril and having created its crystal sphere.
Beneath the deities, power is considerably lower. Demon princes and lords of Hell have considerable power, enough to control and rule over entire planes of existence and challenge some of the weaker deities. Elder evils and primordials are similarly powerful, and the strongest are capable of defeating gods outright. However, the focal point of the verse are adventurers - humans and humanoid beings whose powers come from experience and magic - and the monsters they battle. The weakest adventurers are barely better than an untrained human, while the strongest ones, though phenomenally rare, can face any of the above entities, barring perhaps the Lady and Ao. Dragons and larger monsters are also one of the chief threats of the setting, with the stronger ones possessing Town-level attacks and potentially planetary-scale reality warping. The verse also features a remarkable level of variety in abilities across its many supplements, and no small amount of hax - even comparatively weak adventurers have been shown to possess Durability Negation, for instance.
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