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Questions tagged [religions-and-deities]

Many RPG settings have custom faiths and pantheons; use this tag when your question is about them.

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What is an Avatar of a God?

I'm confused with what an avatar really is. I understand it's the materialized form of the deity itself, right? Or, is it a part of the deity taking a physical form? What happens if you kill the ...
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What information is available on the Lamashan holiday of Allbirth?

I'm looking for information on the Lamashan holiday of Allbirth. I've searched high and low but I was unable to find anything that describes it. Since it takes place at the end of Lamashan, my ...
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Is a Kuo-Toa god on the same power level as those found in other pantheons?

The kuo-toa, according to the Monster Manual (p. 198), have a unique power detailed in the section God Makers: Kuo-toa worship gods of their own insane creation, but if enough kuo-toa believe that ...
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Who would be the closest to a god of wine in the Forgotten Realms?

Who would be the closest to a god of wine in the Forgotten Realms? I'd prefer to stay within existing FR lore and not import Dionysus or somesuch god from "outside." Possible candidates: Chauntea, ...
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Natural phenomena caused by Aroden’s death

I know about the Worldwound and the Eye of Abendego. But is there anything else mentioned in the official books in terms of consequences of Aroden's death on the world?
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What counts as “direct contact” for becoming a Contemplative?

I'm the GM of a party. The cleric wants to become a Contemplative. There's a special restriction on that prestige class stating: Must have had direct contact with one's patron deity or a direct ...
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Dungeons and Dragons god symbols in real life crafts [closed]

I understand that the D&D deities of the multiverse and various setting pantheons are protected by copyright laws, as are official artworks, but is there anything prohibiting a hobbyist from ...
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Who is known to worship Bahamut besides dragons?

I have been researching to create a character background in D&D 5e of a Draconic bloodline sorcerer Tiefling noble (a stretch I know, but I have an idea to make it work). I cannot seem to find a ...
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Deity Life And Death ability

Can a deity use the Life And Death ability even if it is not in his Salient Divine Abilities list and his portfolio does not have the relevant Suggested Portfolio elements, like in this particular ...
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From SCAG, what deities would support the other gods?

I have a Cleric that I'd like to play, with a specific domain and playstyle, but funnily enough, I don't have a deity! I am using the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide for my decision. My cleric will ...
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What demons are under the dominion of Baphomet?

I am researching Baphomet and would like to include some of his demonic minions in a campaign. I have done some research and can only find information about more mundane threats such as Minotaurs, ...
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How to balance a campaign where the gods are dead, making divine classes infeasible? [closed]

Ok so I’m a new-ish DM. I’m not familiar with the lore of D&D 5e, like I don’t know a lot about gods or the pantheon or anything like that. However, I want to write a campaign where all of the ...
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Post Second Sundering, what keeps evil gods from defecting from the new paradigm of non-interference?

In 5th Edition Forgotten Realms, the designers' intent is that the gods have withdrawn from the world and for the most part leave mortals to make their own fate - Matt Sernett and Chris Perkins talk ...
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What differentiates “Gods” from other entities in the Forgotten Realm cosmology?

I am creating a campaign world that is supposed to be a “refuge from the gods”: no true deities can come here, no intervention in the affairs of mortals. People came here from the Forgotten Realms to ...
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Does a Helm Paladin become fallen if he does this? [closed]

I am DM'ing the official adventure "Expedition to the Demonweb Pits". As the game progresses the party (Human paladin, LG Dwarf cleric, N Human rogue) will find themselves in a situation where: My ...
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What are the implications of running a game with only 2 Major Deities: God and the Devil?

I've been wanting to simplify the general pantheon of 5th Edition down to 2 major moral forces, mirroring the horizontal spectrum of the alignment system: (Good [Neutral] Evil) It seems simple ...
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Godly non-interference and godly summoning [Rise of Tiamat spoilers]

I'm running the Rise of Tiamat campaign, and a fundamental question about when gods do/can and don't/can't interfere directly in mortal affairs (particularly via manifesting avatars on the Material ...
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How can I handle the concept of evil temples in the larger world? [closed]

In an evil region or country, what is the motivation for people to follow evil gods? I get the whole worshiping-out-of-fear thing and the idea of appeasement, but are there any other models of society ...
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Can a multiclass character worship different deities?

Paladin 3 (Oath of Conquest) / Cleric 1 (Forge Domain) Source: Xanathar's Guide to Everything. How are character categories interpreted correctly? As a paladin, has he sworn an oath of Tempus and at ...
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What is the history of the stories and imagery around Asmodeus?

I recently purchased the D&D 5e book Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and found the devils really interesting. I know there was a section in... 2nd edition(?) where there were no devils or demons ...
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Are any deities associated with Incarnum?

Are any deities or similar powerful entities associated with incarnum, the magical substance from Magic of Incarnum that allows meldshapers to shape and bind soulmelds?
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How does a deity know when a worshiper violates dogma?

For example, if a paladin of Pelor starts beating beggars or orphans on a daily basis, threatening them so they don't talk about it to anybody, how would Pelor find out his worshiper is doing ...
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Are organic constructs also favored by Brigh?

Brigh is, according to the Pathfinder Wiki, the goddess of invention, and it seems that any construct that could be considered "alive" is of particular interest to her. On the other hand, Flesh ...
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Which Outer Planes are ruled over by a single god or entity in the Forgotten Realms?

Asmodeus rules over the Nine Hells/Baator in their entirety - all of the other Archdevils answer to him. Which of the other Outer Planes, if any, are ruled/overseen by a single god or powerful entity? ...
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What creature types are Gods?

Protection from Evil and Good states that it protects from aberrations, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead. What category do Gods fall into? Are they their own category? The origin of ...
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Which deities in the Forgotten Realms were once mortal?

My research indicates that the gods who were once mortals include the following: Azuth was once the mortal champion of Mystra and ascended to godhood after imprisoning Savras. Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul ...
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What is the origin of deities gaining power from worship?

Among players of various editions of Dungeons & Dragons, there is the idea that a deity's power, perhaps even existence, is derived from the number of people who worship them. A deity who gains ...
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Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

I gave one of my players a handout of the major Gods in Faerûn as I am running Storm King's Thunder pretty soon. My player wants to be a Chaotic good paladin and is not interested in any of the ...
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How can I run a game where the players are lesser deities [closed]

I am going to be DMing a game in which the players all start as lesser gods in a pantheon of gods with 3 tiers. They start at the lowest tier in each of four branches of the pantheon, life, death, ...
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Are there any stats or guidelines for deities' stats?

Earlier editions of D&D had rules for how powerful deities were if you were ever to fight one, including class levels, statblocks and special powers. Does D&D 5th edition have any stats on ...
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What's the term for a character who doesn't worship or pledge allegiance with any gods?

My character believes and accepts the fact that there are multiple deities responsible for creating and influencing the world. She acknowledges their existence, powers, capabilities, and the like, but ...
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What are the benefits of worshipping a god? Do alignment differences matter?

I am helping one of my players make their character, a Dragonborn Ranger, and we are both struggling when discussing his god, so I have a couple of questions... Does the god need to share his ...
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How do I make a god ally NPC for the party?

I have this idea for a godlike NPC. They will most likely be a noncombatant neutral party to the players. Basically an NPC that exists for the sake of introducing or advanding the plot. But there is ...
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Is there a god of hating tyrannical gods or a god of hating magic? [closed]

Are there any deities that my character would worship with his current beliefs? I am looking for any canon D&D 3.5e deity that hates other deities for abusing their power, or that hates the use of ...
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What are other sources with information about Lathander?

Backstory I'm playing a Bard in my current campaign of D&D 5e and I'm just taking a level in cleric with Lathander as my god (after being inspired/trained by a Paladin of that same deity). ...
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Are there mechanics for god creation through sufficient faith?

My friend told me the story of Orcus cultists who had created a fake religion in order to invade the city only to have the god of that religion become a real god and defend the city against them. Are ...
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How do I convert a god from 3.5 to 5e?

I am currently a player in a d&d 5e campaign in which we are going to use a homebrew god prestige class. My DM is homebrewing most of the gods (with stats that PCs can fight) from scratch and I ...
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Why didn't Takhisis get Soth returned from Ravenloft during his long stint?

Does it imply that the Dark Powers are more powerful than Takhisis? If so, then why didn't they nab Takhisis herself?
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Out of the Faerûnian and Greyhawkian pantheons, which magic deity would be a good fit for a specific witch-hunting cult?

One of the hostile entities I'm creating for a campaign I'm working on is a cult of witch-hunters (elven, to be precise) who are motivated to hunt witches by a belief that witchcraft/warlockery (aka ...
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What happened with Ubtao?

What happened with Chult and Ubtao during 4e? Ubtao's gone, and Dendar the Night Serpent was released and became a god. How and why did those events transpire?
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Does Merthuvial's BAB deduction apply before or after Divine Power sets BAB to level?

I'm using the legacy weapon Merthuvial (Barrow of the Forgotten Kings, pgs. 19-21) which requires, in part, one to pay a personal cost in the form of loss to BAB (Weapons of Legacy, p. 9). However I'...
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If you slay a deity on the Prime Material Plane does it die or does it return to its home plane?

I am wondering if they are similar to demons, in that when they are slain on the prime material plane they are banished back to their own plane instead of dying permanently? Of course excluding the ...
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Can a demigod drown? [closed]

I'm starting a new 5e campaign with my players where they are all demigod, inspired by this blue text https://imgur.com/gallery/7zzpt They are still figuring who they want to be and what God they ...
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How to stat gods in AD&D Second Edition?

I know in the first edition many gods were completely statted and presented in Legends & Lore, but the books I've found on gods in the second edition only have their avatars statted. This is kind ...
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Is there a good-aligned tempest domain deity?

I made a lawful good Blue Dragonborn Cleric of the Tempest Domain. I was going to use him in the Adventurers League, but none of the Forgotten Realms storm gods fit my character. Talos, the storm god, ...
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Does Baalzebul have a particular non-evil deity that opposes him?

I want Baalzebul (from the 3.5e Book of Vile Darkness) to be a behind the scenes villain in a custom adventure I'm preparing. There will be a priest that's worshiping him. Is there a 5E PHB deity ...
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Are there any non-evil Faerûnian deities that are against dragons?

I want to create a character who is dragon slayer. And I kinda want a deity to worship and use as "assistance" when killing dragons. So is there any deity that is against dragons and also within good ...
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Might I need to change my PC's god to move to another AL table?

I'm entering Tier 2 in Adventurers League, and when I do I'll be switching to a different, already established group and DM. The one that fits my schedule best with openings at the table is also using ...
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What deity holds the Time Portfolio in Faerun's modern times (from the Time of Troubles to after the Second Sundering)?

The time portfolio (not to be confused with the 3e+ time domain - I'm talking strictly about lore here) is one of the most elusive portfolios to track in Realms lore. From the Realms wiki on ...
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Where can I find more information about the Cat Lord?

I'm writing my own D&D universe and there are two deities I've chosen from the official setting to incorporate: Lolth and the Cat Lord The Cat Lord seems to be depicted as a deity for the Tabaxi ...