Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms/Trivia

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Cards throughout Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms directly reference the Dungeons & Dragons franchise.

D&D references[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location Description Depicted or referenced in
Toril The planet commonly referred to as "The Realms".
Faerûn A sub-continent in the northern hemisphere of Toril.
Maelstrom The main stronghold and seat of power for the storm giants on the floor of the Trackless Sea. Island (#269)
The Underdark The vast network of caverns and caves underneath Faerûn. Swamp (#273)

Characters[edit | edit source]

NPC Magic subtype(s) D&D equivalent Description Depicted or referenced in
Aramil Elf Wizard Elf Nametaker A sorcerer Power Word Kill
Bruenor Battlehammer Dwarf Shield Dwarf King (multiple reigns) of Mithral Hall. Friend of Drizzt Do'Urden and a member of the Companions of the Hall. Bruenor Battlehammer
Drizzt Do'Urden Elf Ranger Drow Ranger A drow ranger who has forsaken both the evil ways of his people and their home in the Underdark, to become the legendary hero of the North.[1] Booster art; Drizzt Do'Urden
Ebondeath Zombie Dragon Dracolich A black dragon who became a dracolich. MTG Arena pet
Ellywick Tumblestrum Planeswalker Human Bard Bard of the Universe, featured in the 2021 sourcebook The Wild Beyond the Witchlight. MTG Arena sleeve
Guenhwyvar Cat Black Panther A large black panther from the Astral Plane. Companion of Drizzt Do'Urden. Booster art; Drizzt Do'Urden
Icingdeath Dragon White dragon A white dragon who spent most of his time sleeping on a bed of ice that covered his hoard.
Inferno Dragon Red dragon An ancient red dragon who has mastered fire magic.
Lolth Planeswalker Deity The Queen of Spiders, Goddess of the drow. Lolth's ultimate is 8, referencing the eight legs of a spider.[2] Lolth, Spider Queen
Iymrith Dragon Blue dragon A a very powerful blue dragon sorcerer.
Old Gnawbone Dragon Green dragon A green dragon who tried to influence the politics of Waterdeep and Neverwinter through her own criminal gang.
Tasha Human Wizard Human Archmage A demonologist who is a master at summoning fiends, planar exploration, and necromantic magic. Tasha's Hideous Laughter
Tiamat Dragon God Chromatic dragon and Deity A supremely strong and powerful evil five-headed Dragon goddess. The name is taken from Tiamat, a goddess in ancient Mesopotamian mythology. Tiamat
Xanathar Beholder Beholder One of the most infamous beholders of the Forgotten Realms. A crime lord. Key art[3]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Monster Magic subtype(s) D&D equivalent Description Depicted or referenced in
Behir Serpent Behir A great serpentine monster with twelve legs and electrical breath. Tasha's hideous laughter
Beholder Beholder Beholder A floating orb of flesh with a large mouth, single central eye, and many smaller eyestalks on top with powerful magical abilities. Iconic type for Dungeons and Dragons. Baleful Beholder
Black Dragon (Skull Dragon) Dragon Black dragon The most vile tempered and cruel of all chromatic dragons. Solitary creatures. MTG Arena pet
Blue Dragon (Storm Dragon) Dragon Blue dragon Orderly creatures that keep fairly well-ordered, hierarchical societies. Using their natural talents for hallucination, they are more likely to be mocking and manipulative than outrightly cruel or murderous . Booster art
Bugbear Goblin Bugbear A massive humanoid race distantly related to, but larger and stronger than, goblins and hobgoblins. Den of the Bugbear
Dragonborn Dragon knight Dragonborn Humanoid dragons with dedication to honor. Key art[3], Nadaar, Selfless Paladin
Drow Elf Drow A generally evil, dark-skinned, and white-haired subrace of elves. From the Orcadian and Shetland dialects of the Scots language as an an alternative form of "trow" Swamp (#273)
Flumph Jellyfish Flumph Mysterious and benevolent creatures that drifted through the Underdark. They feed off the psionic energy of evil creatures, and often provide information to adventurers. Flumph
Frost Giant Giant Frost giant Large giants that can be found in most cold environments of Faerûn. Crude and of low intelligence, but cunning fighters. Drizzt Do'Urden[2]
Halfling Halfling Halfling Humanoid creatures similar in shape to humans, but around half their size. Based on J. R. R. Tolkien's hobbits. Prosperous Innkeeper
Mind Flayer ? Mind flayer Humanoids with octopus-like, ridged heads and four tentacles surrounding a lamprey-like mouth. Using their psionic abilities, they seek to expand their dominion over all other creatures, controlling their minds to use them as hopeless slaves and devouring their brains for sustenance. Booster art
Storm Giant Giant Storm giant One of the most intelligent and respected races of giants, adapted to surviving in underwater conditions. Island (#269)
Tiefling Tiefling Tiefling Humanoids that descent from demons, devils or other fiends who had bred with humans. They have horns, non-prehensile tails, and pointed teeth.

Spells[edit | edit source]

Spell D&D equivalent Description
Power Word Kill Power word, kill A power word that instantly kills mortal creatures
Tasha's Hideous Laughter Tasha's hideous laughter An enchantment spell that causes its target to fall into crippling bouts of laughter.

Magic items[edit | edit source]

Artifact D&D equivalent Description
Portable Hole Portable hole A circular cloth which is placed on a surface to create a hole or extraplanar space.
Vorpal Sword Vorpal sword A sword that has specific properties which simplify beheading. Inspired by the Vorpal Sword in Lewis Carrol's poem "Jabberwocky".

Maro's AFR Teaser[edit | edit source]

Mark Rosewater gave his traditional teaser with the following hints.[4]

First up, here are some things you can expect:[edit | edit source]

  • a new enchantment subtype —
  • a card granting -11/-11 —
  • a creature with a death trigger that make an equipment token —
  • a legendary creature that makes a legendary Hamster creature token —
  • something only seen previously in Un-sets comes to black border — Secondary decks (Contraptions in Un-sets, Dungeons here)
  • an artifact that’s a musical instrument that creates harmony counters —
  • a card that can keep your opponent from winning the game —
  • an ability that cares about attacking with a certain amount of power of creatures —
  • cards that let you decide where the story goes —
  • a card that creates a legendary creature token named Vecna —

Here are some snippets from rules text that appear in the set:[edit | edit source]

  • “Enchanted permanent is a Treasure artifact” —
  • “Ward – discard a card.” —
  • “Exchange your hand and library” —
  • “Skeletons, Vampires and Zombies” —
  • “Spend this mana only to cast Dragon spells or activate abilities of Dragons.” —
  • “for each different mana value among nonland cards in your graveyard.” —
  • “Then if you have fewer than three cards in hand, draw cards equal to the difference.” —
  • “Whenever you cast a creature spell that doesn’t share a creature type with a creature you control or a creature card in your graveyard,” —
  • “You may cast [THIS CREATURE’S NAME] from your graveyard if a creature not named [THIS CREATURE’S NAME] died this turn.” —
  • “When its power becomes 20 this way,” —

Here are some type lines from the set:[edit | edit source]

  • Creature – Dwarf Citizen —
  • Creature – Tiefling Wizard —
  • Creature – Human Elf Monk —
  • Creature – Elf Spider —
  • Creature – Gnome Warlock —
  • Creature – Halfling Rogue —
  • Creature – Bird Bear —
  • Legendary Creature – Dragon Knight — Nadaar, Selfless Paladin
  • Legendary Creature – Devil God —
  • Legendary Creature – Beholder —

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sleep Sound (Video). Dungeons & Dragons. YouTube (May 20, 2021).
  2. a b All Things Drizzt (Video). Dungeons & Dragons. YouTube (May 20, 2021).
  3. a b Jason Rainville (January 19, 2021). ""Xanathar Key Art"". Twitter.
  4. Mark Rosewater (June 23, 2021). "Maro’s Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Teaser". Blogatog. Tumblr.