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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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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Has Christianity ever been given stats?

Background We have plenty of material through several editions of D&D for several pantheons of old - Norse, Greek, Egyptian, and etc. Have there ever been published material for Christianity? Or ...
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Can a D&D campaign be successfully used as a Sunday school teaching instrument?

I am an RPG guy who is also active in my religious community. Recently I was asked to conduct a class at my local mosque (my religion's equivalent of a church) for kids ages 7-12. To make it ...
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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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Are paladins required to follow a god?

One of my players just submitted a character sheet for a paladin who doesn't follow or worship any god. This seemed strange to me, but looking at the Player's Handbook, the only relevant line I could ...
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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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How does one become a god?

How does one become a deity? I read Deities and Demigods, but some things are either not explained or not mentioned at all. Do you have to get a blessing from a god with 20+ divinity? Can you achieve ...
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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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How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?

I'm currently running a 3-year long campaign that is coming to an ending in which God is likely to appear as an NPC. Since this is the end of the campaign I won't need to manage it for very long, but ...
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Why are the Faithless condemned to the Wall of the Faithless after death?

If you live in the Forgotten Realms and die without worshipping a deity, you are sentenced to the Wall of the Faithless by Kelemvor to serve as another proverbial brick in the Wall. But why does this ...
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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 does it mean to be born with a spirit instead of a soul?

The HeroQuest write-up of the Kolat cult says, of Kolatings: some attract dedicated practitioners from those disaffected and dispossessed people born with spirits instead of souls. Does this ...
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Has a god ever changed alignment?

Is there an example of a god changing alignment in the published lore of D&D settings? I'm brainstorming for a future campaign and want it to revolve around a Good or Neutral god of knowledge who ...
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Warlock/Cleric: Would the Fiend and a God Get Along?

I have a character in the Forgotten Realms, Orryn, who is a gnome whose village was burnt down, who forged a pact with a pit fiend to gain Warlock powers. This was all to avenge his people and he is ...
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How can you add character to in-game religions?

I'm thinking mostly from a DnD3.5 background, but am open to input for any setting - even non-fantasy - but my focus is on fantasy settings. How can you add character to religions so that they're ...
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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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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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When a cleric not devoted to a deity picks the domain War, can he pick any weapon?

A cleric can opt "to have no deity" yet such a cleric still "select[s] two domains to represent his spiritual inclinations and abilities" (Player's Handbook 32). If such a cleric picks the domain War (...
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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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Where did the misspelling 'Lloth' originate?

In the past you could sometimes come across the deity Lolth being spelled 'Lloth'. I once heard it was a typo that somehow kept being repeated. Where did the spelling 'Lloth' first appear?
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What is the difference between a god and a primordial?

Out-of-universe, I gather that the primordials were introduced to the FR in 4e, and the elemental lords - Akadi, Grumbar, Kossuth and Istishia - were retconned as primordials. Information on the ...
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How can I prevent my Good-aligned spider deity from being confused with Lolth?

I have been working on a custom campaign setting for D&D 5e for a while now, and one of the key themes of the setting is "the races aren't what you think they are at first glance". The drow in ...
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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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Can Clerics have divine power without it being provided by a god?

I have an experienced player wanting to create a tempest cleric who doesn't worship a god. His back story will be something along the lines of 'walking through a storm one day he is hit by lightning, ...
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Where can I find the symbol of Orcus?

I was reading Volo's Guide to Monsters and came across the Bodak. The book says: A worshipper of Orcus can take ritual vows while carving the demon lord's symbol on its chest over the heart... I'...
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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 ...
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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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Religion in Forgotten Realms - praying to other race's god

I play dwarven paladin sworn to Haela Brightaxe (dwarven goddess of war luck). Now, our party is travelling and there are no dwarven settlements, we encounter human ones instead. So, obviously, there ...
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How much power do unemployed gods have?

I've recently read the Yu Shan book for Exalted and I was intrigued by the unemployed gods — those that lost their domain to the Wyld and have not gained any new position in the Bureaucracy. They don'...
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Can a cleric of an evil god use healing spells?

I'm new to D&D and started with 5e. I was reading through the cleric class and it says that it's main purpose is to heal the party, but they also that they are chosen by a deity or god or they ...
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Do the rules have information on how to kill a deity?

Recently, a reoccurring antagonist in my campaign has stolen a reward from my players. The reward was meant to be gold, and an extremely potent and rare poison that kills on contact. I am planning to ...
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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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Does the Maztican goddess of love, Kiltzi, support homosexuality?

I'm playing a character who is gay. He's always been gay and has never felt attraction to women. I wanted to pick the Maztican goddess of love, Kiltzi, but I read that: her favored form of devotion ...
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Are there examples of official characters who do not follow any gods?

The honest real world answer is that I joined a campaign late, and created by character in a rush. I had never played Pathfinder and didn't have time to research the different gods to pick a suitable ...
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Where can I find (in-universe) holy texts to quote?

My friends and I are starting a 5e campaign, and I have a Dragonborn Paladin of Bahamut nearly ready to go. As I was working through, the personality trait "I quote (or misquote) sacred texts and ...
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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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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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Are the Old Deities coming back for D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I was surfing on the internet, and I have encountered rumours that in the 5th edition of DnD in Forgotten Realms world, the Old Deities will come back (Bhaal, Myrkul, Leira etc.) What is more, I have ...
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What powers do deities gain from believers?

In the (A)D&D multiverse, when a deity gains believers, he/she/it also gains power. But how much might is gained as the number of followers increases? As an example, when Elan's puppet deity has ...
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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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Reasonable stats for a god (DR 25) [closed]

I'm constructing a god based on a video game boss to assist a DM friend of mine, which means that ultimately it is intended that the players may (or perhaps WILL) confront his avatar. Given this, I ...
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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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What's up with the domain Vile Darkness?

Usually when an in-game thing like a feat, magic item, spell, or, like in this case, a cleric domain gets reprinted in a later text, that later text's version of the thing takes precedence over all ...
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Are the Gods in the Forgotten Realms setting under copyright?

I'm in the midst of writing a story involving Cyric and Tharizdun butting heads over a group of mortals attempting to obtain one of Cyric's toys and destroy it. (based on a 2 dungeon master, dungeon ...
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If a celestial gets corrupted and turns evil, does it get converted to a fiend?

We know of multiple celestials (Malkizid, Thah Rahalar) that served evil deities. After their fall, do they necessarily become fiends or devils? Inspired by this question.
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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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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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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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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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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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