Questions tagged [religions-and-deities]

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What is origin of mankind according to common wh40k beliefs?

In wh40k universe, the Imperium of Man is based on religion that generally says "emperor protects" etc. But is there some religious explanation regarding origin of mankind? I'm pretty sure ...
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What prevents a God from giving full power to a cleric?

Each god has an agenda. This is propagated to the clerics, in the sense that if a cleric follows a certain god, (s)he does so because the god's agenda reflects the mindset of the cleric. Thus, a god's ...
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Are there any other published attestations of Zorquan, besides Draconomicon (1990) & Cult Of The Dragon (1998)?

I haven't found any mention of Zorquan, draconic god of "dragon-ness" (perhaps most famed as a critic of the draconic holy wars), except the two books Draconomicon (1990), & Cult Of The ...
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Which D&D deity's religious practices and beliefs are the most comprehensively detailed in official published material?

I've been reading a lot of Brandon Sanderson lately, and the thing I love most about his worlds, aside from the magic systems, is the treatment of religion. The characters have personal beliefs that ...
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Can Memories Stolen by the Raven Queen Be Restored?

Spells like modify memory can be undone with a greater restoration spell. What about memories literally stolen? The Raven Queen collects memories and other things and keeps them in her Fortress of ...
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What controversial things has Oghma done that might test the faith of a cleric who worships him?

There are probably no gods who are completely good acording to "modern standards". A few days ago, I read here this post on the /r/DnDNext subreddit talking about how Corellon is kind of a ...
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Homebrew world: What sort of events would keep gods from interacting in a world? [closed]

I have a dnd world I am working on creating at the moment. It is a spinoff of the original dnd concepts. However, I have run into an issue. My big bad guy of this campaign is trying to become a lich. ...
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Who (or what) created the atropal?

Atropal are described in the 5th Edition adventure Tomb of Annihilation: An atropal is a ghastly, unfinished creation of an evil god, cast adrift and abandoned long ago. Since an atropal was never ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, did Mystra’s ban apply to magic used by the gods? [duplicate]

In the FR universe, before Mystra's ban, spells up to 12th level could be cast relatively easily by mortals. It’s safe to assume the gods could do the same. Were the gods affected by the ban on spells ...
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What happens if a Paladin has a crisis of faith?

We have a long-running D&D 5e game in which there is a Paladin who worships a god invented by the Kuo-toa. Per the Monster Manual: Kuo-toa worship gods of their own insane creation, but if enough ...
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Vampires of the Levant

The Levant is the one region that is home to two of the Abrahamic religions: Judaism and Christianity. While most Vampires see themselves as cursed by the Abrahamic god (they carry Caine's curse after ...
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Does the Cult of the dragon have a religious maxim?

My players are going to fight the cult of the dragon next session and I was looking for some sort of dogma/motivational phrase/maxim or guideline that the goons of the cult might say to themselves ...
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Who is the High God?

Spelljammer indicates Krynn (world of the Dragonlance setting) exists in a shared universe with the rest of D&D. Krynnspace is a crystal sphere containing the world Krynn Astinous (Krynn’s most ...
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Divine spellcasting aside, can the actual symbol of a deity have any effects which are not purely symbolic?

I wasn't able to find much lore regarding effects of holy symbols apart from "allows divine spellcasters to channel deity energy" and "require blessing from associated church to work&...
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What was this religious-themed RPG from 90s/2000s about a war between heaven and hell to get souls as fast as possible?

I'm trying to remember the name of a tabletop RPG I once ran across. This was a religious-themed game in the early 2000s, or possibly the late 90s. The only thing I can really remember is that there ...
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Are there any gods or godlike entities in D&D associated primarily with fear?

I have been looking through the list of deities in the 5e Player's Handbook, as well as some of the big nasties in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, but there don't appear to be any deities that are ...
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How would Eilistraee react to being worshipped by characters outside her target demographics?

I know that for example some gnomes worship Gond (human god) as well as certain elves follow Mystra (also human god), but how would deity like Eilistraee (whose entire existence revolves around drow) ...
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Can I have Godzilla and the Titans as gods?

I'm running a homebrew D&D 5e game in which I'd like to use Godzilla and the other Titans from the Godzilla canonical universe as gods. I've looked online about how I can do this but I found ...
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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 player's character 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 player's character to ascend ...
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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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How do I determine which warlock pacts/patrons are best suited to which entities on Theros?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros book lists, for each of the gods, the domains most associated to them, as well as a list of suggested classes for the god's champions. Here is an example for Athreos (p. ...
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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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