dnd 5e – Is the earth elemental’s Earth Glide trait as potentially game-breaking as I think it is?

I don’t see any reason for it to not work, on the other hand, I don’t see how it is broken either.

First off: yes, fighting an Earth Elemental in a completely earthy terrain with no worked structures gives it a good advantage. So does fighting a Water elemental (or even better example: a Water Weird) underwater. And yes, some creatures are a pain to defeat without proper spellcasting. The reason being: most monsters and encounter guidelines were probably designed assuming a somewhat balanced party. If you try to fight a Black Pudding with nothing but Swords will get you TPK’d as well.

But I am not even sure this is the case here.

Readying actions is a thing.

So, the Fighter with +7 in Athletics says “After the earth elemental shows up and attacks once, I will grapple it”. There you go, speed reduced to 0, Earth Elemental can not escape. The Earth Elemental is only Large, so it can be Grappled by any Medium creature. Bonus points if anyone casts Guidance on the Fighter, or, even better, it’s a Raging Barbarian that gets advantage on the check.

Cheap works for both sides

The Wizard casts Levitate. Being a Divination Wizard, they force the Earth Elemental to roll a 1 in its Saving Throw. The Earth Elemental is now effectively useless because it has no ranged attacks, so the party will just attack it from range and kill it.

About the Earth Glide = Losing Track thing

I’m not too sure about that granting insta-advantage. Usually, you would need to Hide in order to do that. Otherwise, the monster is not exactly trying to, well, hide itself and be sneaky on its attacks. With its amazing -1 Dex, I doubt it is quiet enough that the characters who are actively paying attention wouldn’t notice it coming out of the ground before attacking.

The Monster is Dumb

And finally, the Earth Elemental has a whooping 5 Intelligence and 10 Wisdom. I’m not sure it would even behave like that. Most likely it would just get enraged and start slamming the PCs or something dumb like that.

where on earth – Is this image, taken about 1900, actually from Nuremberg?

I would suggest asking the Nuremberg Municipal Museums about this image or others tagged as Nürnberg.

Local museums are often interested in receiving such images taken by visitors since sometimes angles, viewpoints or a timeframe may complement their existing collections.

Based on @Arthur’sPass answer, which looks to me like a realistic candidate, the details on the right of your image might be of interest to a local museum in Zürich.


Nuremberg Municipal Museums
Direction and Administration
Hirschelgasse 9-11
90403 Nuremberg
Tel. +49 (0)911 231 – 54 21
Fax +49 (0)911 231 – 54 22

Florian Dierl M.A.
Department Head, Culture of Remembrance

dokumentationszentrum@stadt.nuernberg.de


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where on earth – Houses on a hill by a beach: what city or neighborhood is this?

What city or neighborhood is in the following image, which depicts houses on a hill by a beach?

Houses on a hill by a beach

The image is cropped from a Playboy magazine photoshoot of model Katie Vernola. The photoset is entitled “Pretty Chic” and was released on April 24, 2012. I have cropped out the model to show only the neighborhood in the background. Because Playboy is an American magazine, I suspect the location is in the United States (though that is not certain because Playboy sometimes uses international locations).

I have tried reverse-image-searching, but Google Images gives no useful results and TinEye just returns the photoset I’ve already described above.

I also tried asking at http://www.where-is-this.com, but the mods there removed my picture because they thought it wasn’t interesting enough. 🙁

dnd 5e – Cheap Earth Elemental tactics

I don’t see any reason for it to not work, on the other hand, I don’t see how it is broken either.

First off: yes, fighting an Earth Elemental in a completely earthy terrain with no worked structures gives it a good advantage. So does fighting a Water elemental (or even better example: a Water Weird) underwater. And yes, some creatures are a pain to defeat without proper spellcasting. The reason being: most monsters and encounter guidelines were probably designed assuming a somewhat balanced party. If you try to fight a Black Pudding with nothing but Swords will get you TPK’d as well.

But I am not even sure this is the case here.

Readying actions is a thing.

So, the Fighter with +7 in Athletics says “After the earth elemental shows up and attacks once, I will grapple it”. There you go, speed reduced to 0, Earth Elemental can not escape. The Earth Elemental is only Large, so it can be Grappled by any Medium creature. Bonus points if anyone casts Guidance on the Fighter, or, even better, it’s a Raging Barbarian that gets advantage on the check.

Cheap works for both sides

The Wizard casts Levitate. Being a Divination Wizard, he forces the Earth Elemental roll to be a 1 in its Saving Throw. The Earth Elemental is now effectively useless because it has no ranged attacks, so the party will just attack it from range and kill it.

About the Earth Glide = Losing Track thing

I’m not too sure about that granting insta-advantage. Usually, you would need to Hide in order to do that. Otherwise, the monster is not exactly trying to, well, hide itself and be sneaky on its attacks. With its amazing -1 Dex, I doubt it is quiet enough that the characters who are actively paying attention wouldn’t notice it coming out of the ground before attacking.

The Monster is Dumb

And finally, the Earth Elemental has a whooping 5 Intelligence and 10 Wisdom. I’m not sure it would even behave like that. Most likely it would just get enraged and start slamming the PCs or something dumb like that.

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blockchain – Is a hypothetical Bitcoin network on Mars guaranteed to fork from the one on Earth?

Electromagnetic waves take between ~4 and ~24 minutes (mean: ~14 minutes) to travel a one-way trip between Earth and Mars. Suppose I set up a Bitcoin network on Mars. Is it guaranteed to eventually fork from the Bitcoin network on Earth?

I would expect the Bitcoin network on Mars to fork from the one on Earth, because Bitcoin’s target inter-block time is 10 minutes, which is less than average time it takes for electromagnetic waves to travel between Earth and Mars. Am I correct?

dnd 5e – Does the spell Earth Tremor require loose stone?

With the absent of specific definitions and predefined ways of phrasing, you should assume natural English language being used. Thus, part before the condition, namely:

You cause a tremor in the ground within range. Each creature other than you in that area must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, a creature takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage and is knocked prone.

Always works. At least, as long as there is anything that can be reasonably called “ground” (subject to DM rulings). See What is “the ground”?

The part that is subject to the condition is the sentence which starts with that condition:

If the ground in that area is loose earth or stone, it becomes difficult terrain until cleared, with each 5-foot-diameter portion requiring at least 1 minute to clear by hand.

It could be unclear if further sentences in the same paragraph are subject to that condition or not, but there are no more sentences in this paragraph, so this argument would be moot.