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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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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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Sehanine is a Goddess that urges her followers to follow their own path in life, regardless of other people's sense of duty and moral, and she is the Goddess of love. How a God/Goddess will react to a character's change, depends on a lot of factors actually: You should take the following into consideration: How important is your player to the Goddess and ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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It depends. Mechanically, the big thing to keep in mind is that in 4e, deities can't strip casters of their powers. Sehanine may choose to punish him in other ways, but he will still be a cleric. The rest is largely flavor. Sehanine is relatively easygoing, as gods go, so if he stays relatively close to Sehanine's ethos and doesn't actually make war on the ...


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The monster manual has rules for creating monsters starting on page 296, I would recommend reading the entire section to get a feel for what the CR of a creature should be based on its abilities, ability scores, etc. Drawing from those rules, in a very general way: CR is about 1.5 times it attack modifier plus 2, CR is roughly 13 plus total AC, Monsters ...


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I'd think hard about the source of the religious practices. In our history, some religious practices can be seen as practical advice. E.g., many religions have prohibitions against marrying a close relative. Why? Well, the gods or God said so, but it's also just a bad idea. Taboos often arise from that sort of practical consideration, even if they wind up ...


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You can also add other general practices from real-life religions. Like finding a cleric to confess your transgressions to before heal spells will work on you. Or tithing 10% of your silver to the sacred pool to gain a blessing. There are other things you can do as well. If your character is militant, they may be called on to lead a battle against ...


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I realize this doesn't fit your edited guidelines, but I think this is a key (general) point where most RPG religions are lacking: Add a little mythology. It doesn't have to be a lot. Even a single simple story about each god (with cameos providing extra appearances) should do it. This has the benefit of bringing the religion alive in a show-don't-tell ...


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Many pagan religions were concerned with rituals to keep evil forces at bay or guarantee the successful functioning of the world as we know it. Sometimes people sacrificed to gods to keep them placated. Sometimes people sacrificed or otherwise observed in order to keep the fields fertile, the sun rising in the morning, or in the case of the Maya, the ...


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This is a complex question, for reasons I'll get into further down, but here's the Truth, as best as I've been able to determine based on pre-fourth edition sources: Nobody knows. The D&D Multiverse is so ancient, so full of history, that its origins are lost even to myth. Here's my evidence: As has been established over the years, even the gods of ...


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Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, is CN; all the 9 gods with Revelry as a domain are CG in a startling lack of originality (Cayden, Cernunnos, Desna, Hembad, Keltheald, Kofusachi, Marishi, Reymenda, Thisamet). If he looks too cuddly, you should see Stephen Chow's latest movie Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons where he's the bad guy. But I'd instead be ...


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I like to make up holidays. Like so: Bahamutmas: The date of Bahamut's birth, or perhaps the day of the birth of his first children with Tiamat. The chronicles are unclear and the dragons aren't clarifying. It is said that Bahamut has a child who poses as each of the races (yeah, player races). This holiday, for non-dragons tends to be about them, ...


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Without laying out some cash for a source book, do it the hard way - trial and error. Get a willing accomplice, some copies of the PC character sheets, and run a few encounters until you feel that the Avatar is balanced enough for the actual campaign. Playtesting - it's a good thing :)



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