How can I recover an important gmail password that I’ve forgotten [on hold]

Forgotten a gmail account that I’m using to apply for grad jobs. Im waiting on several emails back but got locked out of the account. is there any program that or way i can use to try and recover it. Gmail recovery wont work. I can remember the exact day I changed it, just not the actual password.

Many thanks

When are the seasons in the Forgotten Realms calendar?

I’m planning on starting to run Waterdeep: Dragon Heist soon, and part of the premise is that since the city looks and feels different in different seasons (people are less likely to be milling about in the Winter, for instance), one should select a season that the adventure starts in.

When I take notes as DM, I like to track what is happening on which in-game day, so that as time passes I can tell when the holidays fall and just generally what’s happening in the rest of the world while the adventurers are doing things.

Waterdeep, being in the Forgotten Realms, uses the Calendar of Harptos described in the DMG on p. 33 and in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist book on p. 7. What I can’t seem to find, though, is this: When do the seasons take place on the calendar?

Both those references say that the months “roughly correspond to the months of the Gregorian calendar”. And well, it’s a 365¼-day (on average) calendar, so that makes sense. So does that mean, that Spring, say, is from roughly the 21st day of Ches (the 3rd month) to the 21st day of Kythorn (the 6th month)? (This is assuming, of course, that Waterdeep is in “the North” and thus uses Earth’s Northern hemisphere naming of seasons?) Given that there’s a holiday named Midsummer after the 7th month, this seems like it would roughly make sense (at least if all of the population using this calendar follows Northern hemisphere naming).

I know that it won’t really have any impact on our table’s story, but I’d like to know when the seasons take place “officially” so I can pick when this adventure should start.

Do Forgotten Realms paladins have to follow a deity?

As can be seen in this question, with the relevant quote from the Players Handbook:

Player’s Handbook, page 82:

Although many paladins are devoted to gods of good, a paladin’s power comes as much from a commitment to justice itself as it does from a god.

However, while not an official ruling, this series of tweets from Ed Greenwood counter this and states that in FR, they are required to follow a deity:

One becomes a paladin by hearing and accepting a call to holy service. That acceptance is cemented by an oath. If a paladin transgresses against their oath, the usual absolution, as the PHB states, is to seek absolution from a cleric of the same faith. Paladins DO worship deities, and like any other mortal, may receive requests from mortal priests or divine servitors, or messages directly from a deity […]

[…] Although you, as a paladin, serve a god or alliance of good gods (to literally fight evil, and do so largely ‘in your own way’ […]

[…] However, if your deity commands you to do something (like obey or work with a mortal priest) and you don’t, you shouldn’t expect to retain your paladinhood. What makes you a paladin is a “sacred oath,” and therefore the support of the gods […]

Is this a valid ruling backed up with material from a sourcebook (And if so, which one), or is this just an unofficial stance/interpretation of a staff member?

How common is homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms?

For whatever roleplaying reason, I’ve decided that my Male Human Wizard is gay. After an exhausting week of dungeon crawling, he’s heading down to the nearest medium to large-sized city for some R&R with a pocket full of hard-earned gp and would love to try to pick up a date.

How common is homosexuality in the default 5e setting? Yes, I know the practical, in-game answer is to ask my DM, but maybe he doesn’t have much information either. Is this covered anywhere? Can a typical resident, or even adventurer, just expect to ask around for directions to nearby gay bars or hangouts and have a decent chance of getting help, or is this something that would be significantly difficult and/or dangerous to try? For comparison, in our world, this would probably not be an issue at all at a bookstore in Boston. Riyadh, not so much.

  • Is homosexuality common and practiced openly?
  • Is it common, but hidden, such that successfully making the appropriate contacts, knowing the right signs or lingo or whatever might require a lore check or an underworld contact?
  • Is homosexuality rare or vanishingly rare, such that most people would be shocked to even consider such a thing?
  • Are there specific backgrounds or places where this is more common? (e.g. followers of a certain god, members of specific races, etc.?)

If this is covered better in previous game editions, I’m open to them as long as they don’t blatantly contradict 5e.

What was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. Where did the notion of the paladin wielding a special sacred weapon first cross into official material for the Forgotten Realms?

In case it helps, I trace the holy avenger back to early editions of D&D where it was presented as but one token of a broader type: the holy sword. The first printed appearance of the holy sword I can find is in AD&D 1e’s Supplement 1: Greyhawk, which presented the holy sword as if it were a class feature part-and-parcel of the paladin:

Paladins with any form of “Holy Sword” are virtually immune to all magic (see MONSTERS & TREASURE, MAGIC & TREASURE, Swords).

(See p. 8.) Two kinds of holy sword were offered there, namely the holy sword +5 and the sword of sharpness. (See pp. 46-47.) In AD&D 1e, the DMG likewise described the holy avenger (technically named “Sword, +5, Holy Avenger”) as “a holy sword.” (See p. 165.) And the 1e PHB again treated the holy sword like a class feature, though without actually describing the properties of the weapon itself:

If a paladin has a “Holy Sword” (a special Magic Sword which your referee is aware of and will explain to you if the need arises), he or she projects a circle of power 1″ in diameter when the Holy Sword is unsheathed and held; and this power dispels magic . . . at the level of magic use equal to the experience level of the paladin.

(p. 22; emphasis mine.) In 2e, the PHB (see pp. 27-28) did essentially the same. At least two 2e volumes specific to the Realms go on to mention holy avengers (though not holy swords):

  • Faiths & Avatars mentions holy avengers in reference both to characters with the Crusader kit (p. 184), and to the weapon carried by the avatar of Torm: “Duty’s Bond, a massive two-handed holy avenger +5 with all the powers of a sun blade as well” (p. 163).

  • Warriors and Priests of the Realms mentions the holy avenger, but curiously only in reference to evil Crusader characters. (See p. 64.)

Both Faiths & Avatars and Warriors and Priests of the Realms show publication dates in 1996.

However, given that Faiths & Avatars couches its write-up of Torm in terms of his activity during the Time of Troubles, it is conceivable that an earlier-published Realms novel might have portrayed Torm in his mortal life as a paladin wielding Duty’s Bond or some like weapon.

Are these the earliest-published references to holy avengers (or holy swords) in the Realms? Or is there an earlier origin, perhaps in 1e rulebooks or an early novel?

What constitutes the appearance of a male medusa in the Forgotten Realms in 1492 DR?

In 1e MM 248, maedar was a male subrace of the meduse.

In Dragon Magazine #355, maedar were added to the creature catalogue (3.5e).

In 4e MM 187, male meduse are inferior to the female meduse of the matriarchal race due to their weaker gaze abilities.

In 5e MM 214, a medusa is female or male without any difference in statistics (they also use the plural medusas instead of the etymologically correct meduse).

So male meduse are an established part of 5e-lore that are no longer inferior or have statistics different from female meduse. When I search for images of 5e male meduse, I do not find a single WotC published depiction of a male medusa.

The only descriptions that the 5e MM 214 offers for a medusa after their transformation is:


monstrous form and caprice.

and the depiction of a female medusa.

Is that all material that 5e offers for me to make my description of male meduse in the Forgotten Realms?

I am creating an encounter chain that relies on the description of five separately occurring male meduse. The setting is the Forgotten Realms (after the Blue Breath of Change, in 1492 DR if that is relevant). I am fully aware that I can make up the descriptions as I see fit, but I want the description to be as close to canonical as possible.

I am not interested in answers along the lines of “you are the DM make it up.” I am interested in incorporating specific lore into my game.

How to reset a kid’s forgotten phone lock-screen password?

My 6-year-old grandson has now made two (ancient) phones useless by changing his password, and then forgetting it. He only uses phones in my house every few weeks.

On my Windows 10 LAPTOP, he has a “Standard” account. I’m the Administrator. Using that configuration, If he forgets his password, I simply reset it and then tell him the value.

Is it possible to do the same thing on an Android phone?

I think there are apps to prevent him downloading stuff, but I haven’t found any app that would allow an Administrator to reset a forgotten password.