Questions tagged [religions-and-deities]

For questions about religions and deities in tabletop role-playing games, usually when relating to custom faiths and pantheons within a campaign setting or the worship thereof. (See also: the [divine] tag.)

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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens when a god dies?

By the end of next session, due to my PCs (through a mixture of burning temples, using dark magic, and killing avatars) a god in the Forgotten Realms that the PCs have a rivalry with will probably be ...
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Are there any races that follow the God Nerull in D&D?

I have found many a wiki that talk about the god Nerull from Greyhawk in D&D, and they all talk about how his followers are necromancers and murderers. I feel like I'm missing something though in ...
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Does a Zealot Barbarian need a God? [closed]

From a standpoint strictly based on the lore of the "default" setting of D&D 5e (or even previous editions, if necessary): If, for example, an Eldritch Horror from the Far planes were to ...
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Lore help sought: how might my players change a deity's domains?

The short setup: my players believe they've angered a major deity and want to atone for their actions. Since the deity in question is Desna, who wants to reclaim the Beasts domain from Lamashtu, one ...
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Does Shar have a stake in the Blood War?

I am currently playing a character in Descent into Avernus who worships Shar. While my character has their own goals, I'm trying to learn more lore about Shar's dealings with devils and demons and if ...
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What Greyhawk deity is this?

I was doing my weekly browsing of the paizo forums, when this post caught my eye. Greyhawk deity that was published in a number of the Dragon magazine. Her portfolio includes comfortable life, her ...
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what is the equivalent of Lathander from the Dawn War Deities

A player getting his cleric ready for a campaign I am creating has told me he usually plays Forgotten Realms and his usual deity is Lathander, this is not a deity I am familiar with. Largely I am ...
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Are there any good-aligned tempest gods with a portfolio focused on lightning?

Are there any tempest gods that are both good-aligned and focused on lightning/thunder? It's fine if it's not exact but almost all of the good-aligned tempest gods are more focused on sailing and the ...
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Can a PC become a god / powerful celestial?

This recent question seemed to be received well (Can a PC become a Devil?), so I thought I’d ask this one which I’ve been wondering about for a while. Is it possible for a PC to ascend to godhood? A ...
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Do firbolg clerics have access to the giant pantheon?

Does a firbolg cleric from the forgotten realms have access to the giant pantheon? I am looking for an answer from a mechanical standpoint but also from a lore standpoint.
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Does the Halfling deity Brandobaris have any known offspring?

I'm writing an adventure that features an Emyprean, who for story purposes would ideally be an offspring of Brandobaris. I'd like to know if there are any offspring of Brandobaris referenced in any of ...
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Why did the spellplague happen after Cyric killed Mystra?

From what I understand, when a god kills another god he gets their portfolio. Wouldn't this mean that when Cyric killed Mystra he should have just gotten her portfolio over magic, spells, and the ...
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Where is Ptah in the PF2e pantheon?

I'm a bit confused. https://2e.aonprd.com/Deities.aspx doesn't list Ptah, but the first edition PRD does: https://aonprd.com/DeityDisplay.aspx?ItemName=Ptah. Does anyone know what happened to Ptah ...
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How does Atheism work in D&D [closed]

I know that in earlier editions of D&D Asmodeus worked to encourage atheism to gain souls. Reading this fact got me wondering, how does an atheist (Someone who does not believe in the existence of ...
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Are Norse Dwarf Chaos cults plausible?

I've decided to run a little campaign for a four player group and they together came up with a glorious idea that certainly produced a solid laugh. They ALL want to play as Norse Dwarves, each ...
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Is it possible for a cleric in the Forgotten Realms to get his power from Thor?

I am looking for an answer referring to the logistics lore-wise and in terms of mechanics in general.
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What language would be appropriate for texts to be written in about Thor (Forgotten Realms)?

In our LMoP campaign, there is a Cleric whose deity is Thor. He has come across several texts that discuss Thor (myths and religious texts). What language would those texts most likely be written in? (...
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What deities are common knowledge along the northern parts of the Sword Coast? (post-1480 DR)

Specifically between Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, which religions are common knowledge in the years following 1480 DR? Common knowledge being that if a player character grew up in this area, they ...
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How does the Avatar spell function if my character worships a god that isn't listed under the spell?

I'm about to start a 3rd level campaign centered around upper-class intrigue and pirates, so I figured I'd try playing a Cleric of Ng to fit a setting with implicitly ambiguous morals. However, I'm ...
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What suitable deities could a drow paladin from the Underdark worship?

I want to make a drow paladin in D&D 3.5 edition from the Forgotten Realms; however, I am having some trouble picking a deity. My DM has already told me that I cannot make a paladin of Eilistraee ...
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What is the current situation of Cyric in the Forgotten Realms?

In the Year of Blue Fire (1385 DR), Cyric, with the aid of Shar, murdered Mystra, causing the Spellplague. We can read in The Grand History of the Realms (page 159) that Tyr, Lathander, and Sune move ...
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Is it allowed to use Forgotten Realms gods in homebrew material meant for publishing?

We are making an adventure that we wish to publish on DMguild and maybe in print. The Goddess Shar comes up in this, is this allowed? Game: 5e dnd in the forgotten realms setting.
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Can I gain Piety from multiple Deities on Theros?

There is a character in the Theros Beyond Death MTG cards who appears to have gained Piety from two deities at once, Eutropia, the twice favoured. Her flavour text reads: Nylea speaks to her in the ...
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Can a god travel between planes and or dimensions in D&D and can they enter the Prime Material Plane?

In the Forgotten Realms setting, can gods freely travel between dimensions or planes of existence? I don't think they can, or there would be chaos. But maybe a powerful god like Bahamut or an Overgod ...
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Do existing benefits of the piety system continue to work in planes other than Theros?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros book introduces mechanics for Piety (p. 36): The strength of your devotion to your god is measured by your piety score. As you increase that score, you gain blessings ...
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Can I use magic gifted by a deity if I'm not a paladin, warlock, or cleric of that deity?

So, I'm wanting to create this homebrewed God called "The Crow Lord" (basically a less depressing and edgy version of the Raven Queen) and I'm fairly new to D&D and I'm a bit confused. ...
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What Golarion god of the dwarven pantheon dislikes hammers?

I've created a dwarven monk (Pathfinder First Edition) and I'm thinking about the story my character has. Dwarves are usually associated with axes or warhammers but that doesn't fit the theme of a ...
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What happened to Nobanion between 4e and 5e?

The deity Nobanion has a Forgotten Realms wiki article for 2e, 3e and 4e, but not 5e. Does the absence of a 5e article indicate that he canonically does not exist during the time/events/context of 5e?
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Are there any canine gods in the Forgotten Realms pantheon?

Are there any gods in the 5e Forgotten Realms pantheon that are specific to canines? I know the Forgotten Realms pantheon in some D&D editions has contained Nobanion who "was a primal spirit ...
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What god would a good dog on the North of the Sword Coast worship?

I have had the heads up that one of my players will be interrogating a resurrected dog about "what God is really in charge". (The players will have to cast speak with animals.) What God ...
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Is the Piety system restricted to only the deities of Theros?

The new sourcebook Mythic Odysseys of Theros includes the Piety system, which allows the player to earn buffs and abilities depending on their relationship with their deity. The book defines all of ...
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Would Zorquan be a Unity domain patron?

Would Zorquan (Ancient Dragon god of dragonness, concerned only with the survival of dragons as a species) be a Unity domain patron deity of the draconic pantheon, as far as Cleric domains go? It ...
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What was this Giant, Metal Death Monster I remember?

Does anyone remember a giant metal type monster from one of the older versions of D&D? I have a vague memory of some sort of monster that the gods of death might send in to balance out the ...
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Which Forgotten Realms deity would be most likely to tell his/her followers to expand civilization and settle new frontiers?

In my experience, some players will be clerics, druids, or rangers that advocate that nature should reclaim lands or that civilization should be stopped. I want to play a cleric that believes that ...
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Regarding the history of Lathander and Amaunator in the Forgotten Realms, what is the “Deliverance”?

I am DMing a homebrew campaign, and I am developing a subplot related to the cleric's background. This subplot involves the gods Lathander and Amaunator. I am mainly interested in the Dawn Cataclysm ...
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What honorific do priests of the Sovereign Host use?

Eberron Campaign Setting and Faiths of Eberron refer to the faithful of the Sovereign Host as “vassals,” and indicate that the various congregations of vassals are led by “priests,” in a mostly-...
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Is there a lore explanation why each setting might have different deities?

As far as I know, the multiverse of D&D 5E consists in different worlds all residing in the Material Plane, but the rest of the planes (Transitive Planes, Inner Planes, Outer Planes...) are shared ...
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Do gods need to be worshiped?

I am working on my first homebrew setting using a spelljammer sort of cosmology, and I have run into some confusion. So far, my understanding is that gods in D&D only exist where they have ...
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What god(s) best embody my philosophy? [closed]

I know that 'unaligned' is not a thing in 5th edition, but I am making a character who believes in the cycle of life and death, that no actions really change things and eventually all things succumb ...
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What demons are related to the demon lords Juiblex and Zuggtmoy?

Juiblex and Zuggtmoy are demon lords, and the 5e material I have access to include the Monster Manual, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and Out of the Abyss. The Monster Manual doesn't have much to say ...
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Would Cayden Cailean punish this action? [closed]

my character has the background of gladiator and I want him to have this combat where he drinks alcohol, and the toss a little alcohol to the battlefield in Honor of the fallen. Would this little ...
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What demons are related to the demon lord Dagon?

I'm planning an underwater adventure for D&D 5e that will contain an underwater portal to Dagon's layer of the Abyss (the 89th layer, called the Shadowsea, apparently). The portal will have demons ...
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Is the D&D Pantheon as invincible as it appears?

I've recently taking up the ill-advised task of skimming Deities and Demigods. Numerous times throughout this book, the idea of PCs killing off the gods is entertained. For example, page 31 says that ...
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Are There Names for Religions?

I've looked around and haven't found anything that satisfied my curiosity on this subject. IRL, we have names for our religions, Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, etc. But in D&D the focus always seems ...
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Different worlds sharing gods in Multiverse

In 5th Edition, the DMG says in the Divine Rank sidebar that: Some gods are worshiped on multiple worlds and have a different rank on each world, depending on their influence there. The greater ...
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Are there any anti-slavery war deities who also have the Lust domain?

I'm looking for any deities accepted in 3.5 for my character to follow. The character is also CN if that helps any. The domains I'm looking for would be lust and battle/war but also hates oppressors ...
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What's in a Dead God?

On pages 46-47 of the 5e DMG, under the section regarding the Astral Plane, it states: Visitors occasionally stumble across the petrified corpse of a dead god. Is there any lore about the ...
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Can a PC have more than one deity whom they worship?

Can a PC worship more than one deity, and if so, what would be the pros and cons?
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What years, in DR, were the three dead (Bane, Bhaal and Myrkul) mortal?

I've not been able to find the specific date, at which these three were mortal. Does anyone know? Is it perhaps not specified? I know that they were slain around 1358 DR, but at this point they had ...
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Is the Channel Divinity feature negated in an antimagic field, since it channels “divine energy”?

Are Channel Divinity powers not usable in antimagic fields? The antimagic field spell says, in part (emphasis mine): Spells and other magical effects, except those created by [...] a deity, are ...

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