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Some very simple things first...Understand the differences between 'deity' and 'religion'. If your character sheet has the listing, 'deity' on it, it is not doing you any favors. Cross it out and replace it with 'faith' or 'religion'. A religion is normally the man-made, socially organized, interpretation of the place of the gods or philosophy in that ...


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Considering only core and "core plus" (books that mention gods as part of the default setting)… Rao may fit your needs admirably: the Flan god of reason, serenity, and peace, his followers avoid violence—except when absolutely necessary to defend the rationally-chosen course of action. As we well know from humanity's history, many conflicts arise from the ...


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There is not a canonical "D&D" answer. The answer differs per campaign world. I know it's a little weird - the D&D 3 core books don't present themselves as a generic system per se; they hint at a shared cosmology with the gods, certain roles for the races, etc. that makes it seem like there's a larger world there. But it's just a hollow shell, to ...


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For a D&D reference I'll point you to the related Wikipedia article (it bears a good summary of the Raven's Queen back history). For a real-world mythological reference, this post goes to a fairly good level of analysis on Greek and Norse mythologies.


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No, there's no overarching "truth" about where the gods come from in the implied setting of D&D 3.5. It's left up to the DM to detail this (if ever), like usual with blanks in published settings. However, if you dig into more specific D&D settings, you'll find creation myths that are more or less "the truth". In Greyhawk (from whence most of ...


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Nerull was a jerk who wanted to be king of the gods. The other deities were happy when the Raven Queen croaked him—happy enough to raise her to godhood in his place—but didn't want a repeat performance. So they tweaked her portfolio a little, and she later added a couple extra domains of her own. To prevent her from becoming a tyrant in the ...


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The Rules Compendium, page 41, states Not all the gods live in astral dominions -...Avandra, Melora and Torog travel the world, and both Sehanine and Vecna wander the whole cosmos.


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In 4th ed, the only real mechanical differences you get from following a specific god are that it determines the types of Channel Divinity powers available to a Divine character, and perhaps allows some additional feats, paragon paths or backgrounds. Also, note that a Warpriest, an Essentials cleric, gets different powers based on the type of god (domain) ...


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There is an optional rule called retraining from Ultimate Combat supplement. Keep in mind that this is from supplement and this rule is optional even if your DM actually applies that book, so consult your DM before using this solution. Class Feature Many choices you make about your class features can be retrained. It takes 5 days to retrain one ...


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Buy Book of the Righteous, from Green Ronin. It is the most complete "create a whole living breathing religion" supplement ever produced for D&D. Beyond that, take inspiration from the complexities of real world religions. The "Dwarves facing the sacred mountain" is a good one. Also remember Rl religions are not homogeneous, there are all kinds of ...


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This is from Deities & Demi-Gods page 56 Deities do not have challenge ratings.Entities of this sort are so far above the realm of mortal heroes that determining their level of power in re Relation to mortals becomes almost meaningless. After that it also goes on to say... If you feel the need to calculate a Challange Rating for a deity,try ...


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Religion Does Provide A Better Life Priests of the Sovereign Host often provide their services to the people, and attribute positive phenomena to the good gods of the pantheon. While there's no outright proof that the gods interfere in the world or even that they exist at all, their priests do still wield divine magic, and that's gotta account for ...


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You seem to be on the right track (at least so far as RAW is concerned). Rules for creating a god are laid out in the SRD: Most deities are 20 HD outsiders with 30 to 50 character levels as well. These additional character levels beyond an effective character level of 20th follow the rules for epic levels. Avatars are created via a divine feat. The ...


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Define the base tenets, not just the "spheres". Define the nature of the religious "text". Is it Oral Recitations (Hymns, songs) Written texts (Scripture) continuing revelation Tradition pure ritual define who is in charge ranks of clergy who picks clergy how long clergy are trained for how the clergy promote within their system define what is required ...


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Assuming that you're setting agnostic, a forgotten realms Tormish paladin could certainly be holier-than-thou: Torm: Torm became the master of Celestia after the heroic self-sacrifice of the legendary Tyr (who perished decades ago when defending the upper realms against an overwhelming demonic incursion). He now shines as the beacon of pure law in the ...


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Manual of the Planes has a large number of references and on page 60 give some details on her realm. Open Graves: Secrets of the Undead also gives a lot of information scattered thorugh out it's pages. Page 22-23 has a whole section write up on her.


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By RAW, you can cast Flame Strike all you want. This kind of restriction is technically a roleplaying thing. By the rules, there is nothing to prevent you from casting Flame Strike as a cleric of Auril. The only restrictions on what spells a cleric can cast based on his chosen deity are alignment-based, not based on energy types. However, you're likely ...


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I'm only familiar with the 4E version of Eberron, and the one book I read, The City of Towers. It sounds to me like you're talking primarily about the Sovereign Host religion, so that's where I'll focus my answer. Religion Can Improve Your Life I'm not sure why you say that 'the gods are silent'. I don't recall reading anything anywhere that gave me that ...


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Nerull trapped and tormented souls in Pluton (a domain of the Astral Sea in the Points of Light setting), plotting to become the king of the gods... until his mortal consort killed him and acquired his portfolio. [She was] a haughty mortal sorcerer-queen whose death brought her into Nerull’s realm. The Lord of the Dead sought to bind her to him as his ...


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Adventurer Conqueror King System is also substantially focused on this kind of thing. You might look there for inspiration or consider switching over. Obviously, something to talk to your GM/Judge about. Here's the company link. http://www.autarch.co/ Ultimate Campaign is a pathfinder product designed for that purpose. To boot, the rules are nicely ...


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James at Grognardia has a unique take on his Dwimmermount Dwarves. One of the best I ever seen. My more Tolkienish version can be found here. Basically all the non-human, non-elves sentient races were magically mutated from base human stock by demons during the Godswar at the beginning of history. The Dwarves were one of the early attempts but were found to ...


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The other answers give good replies. What I will add is that remember that religions are comprised of people. The ceremonies, rituals, and customs add a lot to how the players perceive the religion (or any organization) but where comes down to is the people that are part of the religion. Think both of the typical and the atypical members. Remeber not to make ...


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I cannot find any with a brief look through relevant books for Avandra. Since Avandra is the Goddess of Travel, it could be she does not have a realm, preferring to roam the planes. According to Wikipedia, with no clear source: Like Avandra, Melora has no astral dominion, preferring to wander the cosmos.


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No... The Alignment Scale and D&D 4e Its important to note that Alignment was at the time of 4e's development a sacred cow. Now less so, but it was included because it was seen as a necessary part of a "D&D" game and they were trying to sell an edition to a player/fanbase who were already skeptical of design changes. While choosing your character ...


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Although 2nd-party, according to Hal Maclean's article "Seven Deadly Domains: Spells for Sinners" (Dragon #323 62-6) the pride Domain is available from the following gods. Core Bahamut Beltar Corellon Larethian Heironeous Hextor Iuz Lolth Moradin Pelor Pholtus Tiamat Vecna Wastri Wee Jas Eberron Dol Arrah il-Yannah the Mockery Onatar Forgotten ...


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According to the Wikipedia entry, they celebrate and perform rituals in the following manner: Rituals Hextorian services feature chanting, wind instruments sounding discordant notes, shouts and screams, and iron weapons striking against solid objects. Hextorians swear mighty oaths in battle, such as "Strength in victory!" "Mercy is for ...


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There's no connection. Deities and Demigods has a vague suggestion in the footnote on page 26: Most deities are 20 HD outsiders with 30 to 50 character levels as well. And that's it. Just add as many class levels as you feel necessary to represent the "mortal" abilities of the deity.


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Unfortunately Not The extraordinary ability rage granted by the prestige class eye of Gruumsh says An eye of Gruumsh can fly into a rage just as a barbarian can, with all the same benefits and drawbacks (see page 25 of the Player’s Handbook). An eye of Gruumsh’s class levels stack with his barbarian levels (if any) for determining the number of times ...


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I haven't seen you mention a setting, but the Church of the Silver Flame is what you're asking for, down to the holier than thou. The Silver Flame is not an anthropomorphic deity. It is a celestial force comprised of a vast multitude of noble spirits. It neither requires sacrifices of gold or spices, nor does it want praise in the form of prayer. ...



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