Questions tagged [religions-and-deities]

Many RPG settings have custom faiths and pantheons; use this tag when your question is primarily about such religions or deities or the worship thereof.

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Is there a complete list of good-aligned gods of hunting?

I'm building a group of bandits who worships a hunting god for D&D 5e. The god needs to be of a good alignment. The bandits are being mislead by the leader of a cult in a nearby city. Are there ...
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Are there any Chosen left in Faerûn following the Second Sundering?

Throughout Toril's history, its various deities have engaged in a practice of vesting mortals with power and purpose. Those mortals are sometimes called Chosen. The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide ...
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Do non-elven gods become more powerful over time?

As far as I understand, gods in the Forgotten Realms become more powerful if they get more souls of their worshippers in the afterlife. According to Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 37, under "...
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Do good-aligned gods place curses on creatures when angered to a significant degree?

In literature, many deities are seen to curse those that anger them. In Pathfinder (Golarion) lore, are there instances of good-aligned god(s) enacting nasty curses (perhaps so nasty that it could ...
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Can celestials serve evil deities?

From what I’ve read, evil-aligned celestials are an extreme rarity, but evil-aligned deities exist. I’ve even heard that if a celestial turns evil, they stop being a celestial. Celestials supposedly ...
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Are there GURPS Illuminati side books?

Wondering here if there aren't similar books that could be used together with GURPS Illuminati, similar, a common cross-over between GURPS Magic and GURPS Fantasy, maybe with elements of GURPS Conan. ...
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How does the Commune spell work when cast by someone with the Ritual Caster feat or a warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation?

The D&D 5e spell Commune is a Cleric spell that contacts the Cleric's chosen divine proxy and asks them three 'yes or no' questions. It is a ritual spell, so a Warlock with Book of Shadows or ...
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What are the rules for changing religions?

One of my players started as a believer of Bane in Faerun and secretly tried to undermine the group. Now, since the group helped him a lot along the way and saved his life, he helps people while being ...
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Is it possible for a mortal character to be transformed into a deity? If so, how? [closed]

I'm creating a custom campaign for Dungeons & Dragons 5e, but I have a lot of questions regarding deities and pantheons. I created an NPC, a female elf rogue, Robin Hood-style. She steals from ...
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Do Forgotten Realms paladins have to follow a deity?

As can be seen in this question, with the relevant quote from the Players Handbook: Player's Handbook, page 82: Although many paladins are devoted to gods of good, a paladin’s power comes as much ...
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What would happen to an adventurer's personal identity when turning into a God?

I recently played RP with some friends, and one these friends is also one who's playing in the D&D campaign I DM (Lost Mine Of Phandelver). While they were explaining me their home-made RP system,...
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Who is the god Ao?

I have seen numerous mentions of "the Overgod" Ao but other then being obscenely powerful, I have not found any information on him. So, who is Ao and what is his portfolio?
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How can a deity take away powers it grants to a cleric?

I'm playing a cleric of the Life Domain who worships Sune. During the game I've faced a situation when I needed to interrogate an NPC. During interrogation my character hit the NPC in the face several ...
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How can I deal with a player trying to insert real-world mythology into my homebrew setting?

I have just started GMing a homebrew campaign with a group of relatively inexperienced players. I have only played with one of them before (I have GMed for him as well as been a fellow player with him)...
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What is known about tabaxi language and terminology, particularly the word “tabaxi” and the name of the Cat Lord?

According to this Dragon+ article, the term tabaxi originates with the race of cat people (at least in the Forgotten Realms setting as of D&D 5th edition): Tabaxi with a capital T is the ...
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What should I do about a religious player who refuses to accept the existence of multiple gods in D&D? [closed]

I am working on a campaign which I am going to run for a group of friends, all of whom are new to D&D. I was discussing available classes with one of the players, more specifically classes with ...
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How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods?

How much do people of Toril know about the ascension of gods? More specifically, I'm interested in the Dead Three: Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. Do historians of the world know the circumstances ...
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Is there any official lore that describes the hierarchy in temples of Pelor?

Is there any official lore for any setting in D&D that describes a hierarchy of clergy in temples dedicated to Pelor? Something similar to the deacon/priest/diocesan bishop/archbishop etc. in the ...
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Would an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location work against deities searching for someone?

Would an amulet of proof against detection and location work against a deity that was trying to find someone?
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What deity do celestials/aasimars worship?

I am creating an aasimar character who is devoted not only to her father's (celestial) faith but also to the preservation of nature. However, while making this character, I realized that, although I ...
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Hoar's dogma seems to indicate to value true justice above the law. Are there further details on this in other sources?

One of Hoar's dogma (Uphold true and fitting justice and maintain the spirit of law, not the letter of law) seems to point to the fact that to a devotee of hoar justice is more important than law and ...
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How can I encourage (and help) players to play, and roleplay, clerics?

Every time my group starts a new campaign or adventure with new characters, the caveat is that they must try and play something new and different. None of them have played a cleric, ever. The ...
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Why does Pharasma allow the Monastery of Veil to exist?

Disclaimer: This question might present some spoilers regarding Ustalav and the Monastery of the Veil. If you're a player about to play a campaign including those elements and don't want to ...
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Is a Sarenrae Paladin who threatens and coerces teammates into following a code of honor, in violation of that code of honor? [closed]

Our party is going through a Kingmaker-type campaign and is currently made of: One splendid half-orc, ex Gladiator, CN and pretty friendly Two twins tieflings, a CN Rogue-Sorcerer and a CN Rogue-Bard,...
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Which deity would best fit a morally ambiguous rebel group fighting for freedom and equality in their home city? [closed]

The characters in the campaign I’m currently running are very liberal and open-minded when it comes to non-human races. They even try to give non-humans that are typically viewed as evil (e.g. orcs) ...
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Encouraging piety in classes besides Paladin/Cleric [closed]

As a DM who has almost always played with inexperienced or casual players, I find many or most of those players trend towards homogeneity. They choose a patron deity and alignment when they roll up, ...
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What is allowed to be a holy symbol?

One of my players is playing a Blood Hunter from the D&D beyond site. He wants to have his character be the Ghost Hunter based subclass and have his backstory be that he grew up in a ghost hunting ...
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Is it possible to pose as a cleric of a different god?

Normally for most abilities and spells a cleric must brandish his holy symbol. The symbol itself is intrinsicantly linked to the god he prays to. Now though in some cases the cleric doesn't want ...
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Does the Raven Queen replace Myrkul?

I'm confused on the relationships between Raven Queen and Myrkul. They sound like they have a very similar job description - they both are the one you see when you die, and they both like to scare ...
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What are other sources of information about Gadhelyn?

Backstory I'm planning to play a Half-Drow Warlock (Hexblade) whose patron is a lesser elvish deity. Long story short: the character escaped the Underdark under guidance of its patron. The patron I ...
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How jealous is Lolth?

I’m making a drow, and part of his backstory is that he learns to worship another goddess; the platinum dragon Bahamut. You have to be L/G to worship him, but Lolth is still a part of drow life, so ...
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Are there any official Grung deities? (the D&D frog-like Grungs)

Grungs have no deities listed in 5th edition. Are there any deities at all? (in other WotC/TSR material such as adventure supplements, previous-edition stuff, D&D novels etc) (Re-asking ...
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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 ...