Gods

The gods primarily keep their distance from mortal affairs, but their worshipers can still hold a fair amount of power when granted a portion of their strength. The gods themselves may be fighting in the heavens, but any conflicts known are all caused solely by their mortal followers.

Bane
The Black Lord, the Black Hand, the Lord of Darkness

Symbol:              Green rays squeezed forth from a black fist
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Portfolio: Strife, hatred, tyranny, fear
Worshipers: Conquerors, evil fighters and monks, tyrants, wizards
Clerical Alignments: LN, LE, NE
Domains: Evil, Destruction, Hatred, Law, Tyranny
Favored Weapon: The Black Hand of Bane [Morningstar]

Serve no one but Bane. Fear him always and make others fear him even more than you do. The Black Hand always strikes down those who stand against it in the end. Defy Bane and die – or in death find loyalty to him, for he shall compel it. Submit to the word of Bane as uttered by his ranking clergy, since true power can only be gained through service to him. Spread the dark fear of Bane. It is the doom of those who do not follow him to let power slip through their hands. Those who cross the Black Hand meet their dooms earlier and more harshly than those who worship other deities.

Brandobaris
Master of Stealth, the Irrepressible Scamp

Symbol:              A footprint
Alignment: Neutral
Portfolio: Stealth, thievery, adventuring
Worshipers: Adventurers, bards, risk takers, rogues
Clerical Alignments: CN, N, NE, NG, LN
Domains: Halfling, Luck, Travel, Trickery
Favored Weapon: Escape [Dagger]

Seek excitement and danger wherever your feet take you, for risk-taking leads to life’s greatest rewards. Lust for the thrill, not for the treasure, for greed obscures the true prize of the experience. At the end of the day, the man with the wildest tale is the most honored in the eyes of the Irrepressible Scamp.

Erevan Ilesere
The Chameleon, the Green Changeling, the Fey Jester

Symbol:              Starburst with asymmetrical rays
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Portfolio: Mischief, chance, rogues
Worshipers: Bards, revelers, rogues, sorcerers, tricksters
Clerical Alignments: CE, CG, CN
Domains: Chaos, Elf, Luck, Trickery
Favored Weapon: Quickstrike [Short Sword]

Change and excitement are the spice of life. Live on the edge, unbound by the conventions of society in a spirit of constant self-reinvention. Puncture the self-righteousness, sanctimony, and pretension that pervades orderly society with mischievous pranks that both amuse and enlighten.

Fenmarel Mestarine
The Lone Wolf

Symbol:              Pair of eyes in the darkness
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Portfolio: Outcasts, scapegoats, isolation
Worshipers: Druids, outcasts, rangers, rogues, spies
Clerical Alignments: CE, CG, CN
Domains: Animal, Chaos, Elf, Plant, Travel
Favored Weapon: Thornbite [Dagger]

The world is a harsh and unforgiving place, with uncompromising demands on those who would forge their own path. Rely not on others for protection, for betrayal comes easily, but on the skills of camouflage, deception, and secrecy. Follow the way of the Lone Wolf, for his is the path of self-sufficiency.

Flandal Steelskin
Master of Metal, the Great Steelsmith

Symbol:              Flaming Hammer
Alignment: Neutral Good
Portfolio: Mining, physical fitness, smithing, metalworking
Worshipers: Artisans, fighters, miners, smiths
Clerical Alignments: CG, LG, NG
Domains: Craft, Gnome, Good, Metal
Favored Weapon: Rhondang [Warhammer]

The treasures of life are buried within Flandal’s embrace, and only hard labor, dedication, and great craftsmanship, as taught by the Master of Metals, can reveal that hidden beauty. Dig mines, extract ores, and forge suits of armor, weapons, and other items of metal. Strive to refine known techniques, invent new processes, and stay physically fit.

Ghaunadaur
That Which Lurks, the Elder Eye

Symbol:              Purplish eye on purple, violet, and black circles
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Portfolio: Oozes, slimes, jellies, outcasts, ropers, rebels
Worshipers: Aboleths, fighters, oozes, outcasts, ropers
Clerical Alignments: CE, CN, NE
Domains: Cavern, Chaos, Drow, Evil, Hatred, Slime
Favored Weapon: An amorphous tentacle [Warhammer]

All creatures have their place, and all are fit to wield power. Those who hunt weed out the weak and strengthen the stock of all. Those who rebel or walk apart find new ways and try new things and do most to advance their races. Creatures of power best house the energy of life, which Ghaunadaur reveres and represents. Make sacrifices to the Eye, persuade others to sacrifice themselves to Ghaunadaur or in service of the Eye, further knowledge and fear of Ghaunadaur, and in the end give yourself to Ghaunadaur in unresisting self-sacrifice. Convert all beings to the worship of Ghaunadaur. Slay all clergy of other faiths, plundering their temples and holdings for wealth to better your own lot and to further the worship of Ghaunadaur.

Gond
Wonderbringer, Lord of all Smiths

Symbol:              A toothed metal, bone, or wood cog with four spokes
Alignment: Neutral
Portfolio: Artifice, craft, construction, smithwork
Worshipers: Blacksmiths, crafters, engineers, inventors, woodworkers
Clerical Alignments: Any
Domains: Craft, Earth, Fire, Knowledge, Metal, Planning
Favored Weapon: Craftmaster [Warhammer]

Actions count. Intentions are one thing, but it is the result that is more important. Talk is for others while those who serve Gond do. Make new things that work. Become skilled at forging or some craft, and practice making things and various means of joining and fastening until you can create devices to suit any situation or space. Question and challenge the unknown with new devices. New inventions should be elegant and useful. Practice experimentation and innovation in the making of tools and the implementation of processes, and encourage these virtues in others through direct aid, sponsorship, and diplomatic support. Keep records of your strivings, ideas, and sample devices so that others may follow your work and improve on what you leave behind and encourage others, such as farmers and hunters, to think of new tools, improved ways of crafting and using their existing gear, and new ways of doing things. Observe, acquire, and store safely the markings of others and spread such knowledge among the Consecrated of Gond. Discuss ideas and spread them so that all may see the divine light that is the Wonderbringer.

Hoar
The Doombringer, Lord of Three Thunders

Symbol:              Black-gloved hand with a two-faced head
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Portfolio: Revenge, retribution, poetic justice
Worshipers: Assassins, fighters, rogues, seekers of retribution
Clerical Alignments: LE, LG, LN
Domains: Fate, Law, Retribution, Travel
Favored Weapon: Retribution’s Sting [Javelin]

Uphold true and fitting justice and maintain the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law. Fitting recompense will always accrue for one’s actions. Violence will meet violence and evil pay back evil, but good will also come to those who do good. Walk the line of the Doombringer’s teachings, seeking retribution, but do not fall into the trap of pursuing evil acts for evil’s sake, for that way is seductive and only leads to one’s downfall. Vengeance must be sought for all injustices, and all punishments must fit the crime. Revenge is sweetest when it is sharpened with irony. All attacks must be avenged. Those who do not respond to attacks against their person or that which they hold dear only invite future attacks.

Ilneval
The Horde Leader, the War Maker

Symbol:              Bloodied Longsword
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Portfolio: War, combat, overwhelming numbers, strategy
Worshipers: Barbarians, fighters
Clerical Alignments: CE, LE, NE
Domains: Destruction, Evil, Orc, Planning, War
Favored Weapon: Foe Smiter [Longsword]

Strength is as much a function of the mind as one’s body. Train hard and think craftily in preparation for war, for all life is an endless battle. Unite your tribe into a raging storm, for there is great strength in numbers if all can work in concert. Once the time for combat is nigh, however, charge into the fray undaunted and let the blood fly where it may. Only through personal courage do you prove yourself fit for the mantle of leadership.

Lathander
The Morninglord

Symbol:              Sunrise made of rose, red, and yellow gems
Alignment: Neutral Good
Portfolio: Athletics, birth, creativity, dawn, renewal, self-perfection, spring, vitality, youth
Worshipers: Aristocrats, artists, athletes, merchants, the young
Clerical Alignments: CG, LG, NG
Domains: Good, Nobility, Protection, Renewal, Strength, Sun
Favored Weapon: Dawnspeaker [Light or Heavy Mace]

Strive always to aid, to foster new hope, new ideas, and new prosperity for all humankind and its allies. It is a sacred duty to foster new growth, nurture growing things, and work for rebirth and renewal. Perfect yourself, and be fertile in mind and body. Wherever you go, plant seeds of hope, new ideas, and plans for a rosy future in the minds of all. Watch each sunrise. Consider the consequences of your actions so that your least effort may bring the greatest and best reward. Avoid negativity, for from death comes life, and there is always another morning to turn a setback into a success. Place more importance in activities that help others than in strict adherence to the rules, rituals, and dictates of your seniors.

Loviatar
Maiden of Pain, the Willing Whip

Symbol:              Nine-tailed barbed scourge
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Portfolio: Pain, hurt, agony, torment, suffering, torture
Worshipers: Beguilers, torturers, evil warriors, the depraved
Clerical Alignments: LE, LN, NE
Domains: Evil, Law, Retribution, Strength, Suffering
Favored Weapon: Painbringer [Scourge]

The world is filled with pain and torment, and the best that one can do is to suffer those blows that cannot be avoided and deal as much pain back to those who offend. Kindnesses are the best companions to hurts, and increase the intensity of suffering. Let mercy of sudden abstinence from causing pain and providing unlooked-for healing come over you seldom, but at whim, so as to make folk hope and increase the Mystery of Loviatar’s Mercy. Unswerving cruelty will turn all folk against you. Act alluring, and give pain and torment to those who enjoy it as well as those who deserve it most or would be most hurt by it. The lash, fire, and cold are the three pains that never fail the devout. Spread Loviatar’s teachings whenever punishment is meted out. Pain tests all, but gives strength of spirit and true pleasure to the hardy and the true. There is no punishment if the punisher knows no discipline. Wherever a whip is, there is Loviatar. Fear her – and yet long for her.

Osiris
Lord of Nature, Judge of the Dead, Reaper of the Harvest

Symbol:              White crown over a crossed crook and flail
Alignment: Lawful Good
Portfolio: Vegetation, death, the dead, justice, harvest
Worshipers: Attorneys, druids, embalmers, judges, paladins, rangers, seekers of rightful vengeance
Clerical Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Good, Law, Plant, Repose, Retribution
Favored Weapon: Just Reward [Light or Heavy Flail]

Goodness, honor, and order are the natural state, and that which leads to evil, treachery, and chaos is by rights unnatural and unlawful. Goodness and harmony come from living with maat rather than fighting it. An organized approach brings the most good for all. Laws exist to bring prosperity to those under them. The king and his representatives set laws as guidelines for honorable action within the Empire’s tradition. Those guidelines must be applied with honor; when honor is lacking in their application, the fair judgement of Osiris is law. The justice of Osiris is a lack of partiality. Be not angered without justice. Great is justice when it is even-handed; in the eyes of truth, a peasant and the king are as one.

Red Knight
Lady of Strategy, Guildmaster of the Lanceboard

Symbol:              Red knight chess piece with stars for eyes
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Portfolio: Strategy, planning, tactics
Worshipers: Fighters, gamesters, monks, strategists, tacticians
Clerical Alignments: LE, LG, LN
Domains: Law, Nobility, Planning, War
Favored Weapon: Checkmate [Longsword]

War is won by those with the best strategy, planning, and tactics, regardless of the apparent odds. Any fool can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with fortune’s aid. Only a master strategist can ensure lasting victory. War is a series of battles. Losing a battle does not necessarily indicate the war is lost. Seek out your opponent’s weaknesses and recognize your own; avoid an opponent’s strengths and play to your own. Only by focusing one’s own strengths on an opponent’s vulnerabilities can triumph be ensured. In times of war prepare for peace; in times of peace prepare for war. Seek out your enemy’s enemies as allies, and be prepared for compromise. Life is an endless series of skirmishes with occasional outbreaks of war. Be ready – and have a contingency plan.

Shar
Mistress of the Night, Lady of Loss, Dark Goddess

Symbol:              Black disk with deep purple border
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Portfolio: Caverns, dark, dungeons, forgetfulness, loss, night, secrets
Worshipers: Anarchists, assassins, avengers, nihilists, rogues
Clerical Alignments: CE, LE, NE
Domains: Cavern, Darkness, Evil, Knowledge
Favored Weapon: The Disk of Night [Chakram]

Reveal secrets only to fellow members of the faithful. Never follow hope or turn to promises of success. Quench the light of the moon whenever you find it, and hide form it when you cannot prevail. The dark is a time to act, not wait. It is forbidden to strive to better your lot in life or to plan ahead except when directly overseen by the faithful of the Dark Deity. Consorting with the faithful of good deities is a sin except in business dealings or to corrupt them from their beliefs. Obey ranking clergy unless it would result in your own death.

Sune
Firehair, Lady Firehair

Symbol:              Face of a red-haired, ivory-skinned beautiful woman
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Portfolio: Beauty, love, passion
Worshipers: Lovers, artists, adventurers
Clerical Alignments: CG, CN, LG (paladins only), NG
Domains: Chaos, Charm, Good, Protection
Favored Weapon: A silken sash [Whip]

Beauty is more than skin deep. It issues from the core of one’s being and reveals one’s true face to the world, fair or foul. Believe in romance, for true love will win over all. Follow your heart to your true destination. Love none more than yourself except Sune, and lose yourself in love of the Lady Firehair. Perform a loving act each day, and seek to awaken love in others. Respond to love at least once in a day. Encourage beauty wherever you find it. Acquire beautiful items of all sorts, and encourage, sponsor, and protect those who create them. Keep your body as comely as possible and as attractively displayed as situations warrant. Let hairstyle and clothing best suit your personal appearance, striving to stir and delight others who look upon you. Moreover, hide not away, but always seek to present yourself to those around you in a pleasing variety of garbs and activities so as to move them with love and desire. Love those who respond to your appearance, and let warm friendship and admiration flower where love cannot or dares not.

Thard Harr
Lord of the Jungle Deeps

Symbol:              Two crossed scaly clawed gauntlets of silvery-blue metal
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Portfolio: Jungle survival, hunting
Worshipers: Druids, inhabitants of jungles, rangers
Clerical Alignments: CG, CN, NG
Domains: Animal, Chaos, Dwarf, Good, Plant
Favored Weapon: Clawed Gauntlet [Spiked Gauntlet]

Like the great tigers of the jungle, be strong and wary of beasts, whether they walk on two legs or four. Live in harmony with nature and gain the protection of the Lord of the Jungle Deeps. Seek to understand what you do not, but be wary of bringing unknown gifts into your lair. Honor the ways of your people, but assume not that Thard’s way is the only way – just the best way for his children.

Vergadain
Merchant King, the Short Father, the Laughing Dwarf

Symbol:              Gold Piece
Alignment: Neutral
Portfolio: Wealth, luck, chance, nonevil thieves, suspicion, trickery, negotiation, sly cleverness
Worshipers: Merchants, rogues, wealthy individuals
Clerical Alignments: CN, N, NE, NG, LN
Domains: Dwarf, Luck, Trade, Trickery
Favored Weapon: Goldseeker [Longsword]

The truly blessed are those whose enterprise and zeal brings both wealth and good luck. Work hard, be clever, seek the best bargain, and the Merchant King will shower you with gold. Treat others with respect, but shirk not your responsibility to try to strike a deal better for you than for them.

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