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Do Japan's "Kami" have a divine rank?

Do Japan's "Kami" have a divine rank? Japanese Shintoism is a type of animism, and it seems that Kami exists in rice fields, toilets, and even grains of rice. Will all of them have divine ...
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Were clerics without a god limited in how many levels they could gain?

It's been almost two decades since I last played D&D, so my memories of it are slightly fuzzy. I know that third edition allowed clerics to follow an ideal rather than a god, and still get spells ...
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What is a Cleric in D&D?

I was recently involved in an argument in a D&D subreddit where I was told repeatedly that I do not understand what a D&D cleric is. I have always understood clerics to be priests of some kind ...
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What are Hestia's spheres of influence?

For my cleric character, she worships Hestia. I want to know what domains Hestia has control over(besides Life) so I can better determine how my cleric should progress in her faith.
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Is there a grand scheme at work for buying worship?

This involves two player characters: A wealthy cleric and a sorcerer with detect thoughts. They are cooperating whereby the cleric is giving gold to NPCs for free, simply asking them to pray to a god ...
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Do gods in 5e still have a "portfolio"?

Having studied the sources available to me on the 5th edition, I did not find any mention of the portfolio. We only know that now all the gods except Ao and demigods are inferior gods and nothing is ...
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How to reconcile Planescape's multiversal gods with the Time of Troubles?

The Forgotten Realms setting's cosmology famously clashes with the Great Wheel cosmology, but large parts of it, for example the tree placement of their Outer Planes, can be easily dismissed as "...
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Deity Suggestions [closed]

the character I'm making for my next campaign is a female drow cleric to Lolth. She believes wholeheartedly that Lolth is a good goddess. Eventually, she will face the truth that Lolth is actually ...
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Can I use the name Vecna for a different character in my own work?

I am creating my own ttrpg and have reached the pantheon section. I was wondering whether or not I could use the name Vecna (not necessarily the same character) without receiving a lawsuit. Is it ...
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Are quasi-gods really unable to hear the prayers of their followers?

On page 11 of the Dungeon Master's Guide we can read: Quasi-deities have a divine origin, but they don't hear or answer prayers, grant spells to clerics, or control aspects of mortal life This could ...
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Is there any in game explanation from any edition of D&D for why Greyhawk Powers/Outsiders lost their psionics?

In the original edition of D&D (white box plus supplements version), Outsiders (meaning those who are not from the Prime Material plane, and more specifically Powers; I'm aware that this is ...
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Is there an incarnation of Death in D&D?

Simply put, I was wondering if there was a lawful neutral god whose portfolio is transporting the souls of the dead from the Material Plane to judgement. Marvel has Lady Death, the Greeks have ...
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Does Primal Base commited to Omnipresence count for the sake of calculating evolution?

To clarify the scenario I have in mind is a deity using limited omnipresence on their biggest temple on a particular plane since the religious dogma they cultivated involves them always being in that ...
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How do magic items work when used by an Avatar of a God?

So unbeknownst to my group I DM for, the young child in the village they are at is an aspect of Chauntea, Goddess of the Harvest. Having recently acquired a Bag of Beans, one party member gave 2 beans ...
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What benefit is provided by divine abilities?

The P2E Archives of Nethys deity list includes a column for a list of "Ability" scores/boosts associated with each deity. It isn't mentioned in my copy of the Core Rulebook, so I'm guessing ...
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Is this a good homebrew pantheon? [closed]

For my homebrew setting, I was wondering if this pantheon was balanced, with enough deities for every role and not too much overlap. Ink-The god of knowledge, study, and learning. They have made it ...
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How old is Lathander?

I know some gods are rather young – mortals from hundreds of years ago that ascended - but I assume Lathander is much older. Have Lathander's origins ever been officially stated? How old is Lathander?
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What should I do when a player who plays clerics doesn't want to use any of my deities?

So, my D&D group is pretty set in stone and has been for a while. One player almost always plays Clerics. Its his favorite class. I'm going to be the DM for a new campaign, this is my second time ...
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Is there a God of the Sea other than Umberlee in the Forgotten Realms?

In the near future I'll be taking part in the campaign of Waterdeep: Dragon heist. I'm currently working on my character for it, which will most likely be a human Tempest Cleric with the Sailor ...
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Where would Zorquan (Forgotten Realms' dragon god of dragonness), be today?

Related: What is the difference between a god and a primordial? (see section regarding Dragon gods) Related: Where do dragon souls go after their deaths? Related: Are there any other published ...
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How can I create a mechanic for players to evolve the relationship with their deity?

For context: recently one of my players asked me if a mechanic could be created to evolve his relationship with his deity (Eldath), like he had seen in another game. I suspect this request was made ...
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Where do the souls that worshiped Kelemvor go?

If the souls of the faithless go to the Wall, the souls of the false get punished or put to work, and the souls of the faithful go to their god's realm (and true atheists go to Nessus for Asmodeus to ...
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Can a cleric of the grave's god be Sarenrae?

Would I be reasonable to argue that in 5e, a cleric of the grave's god can be Sarenrae as she is originally a Pathfinder god with the subdomains Restoration and Resurrection? (Sarenrae is already in ...
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Is it possible to cast spells above 9th level in a crystal sphere that is not under the influence of Mystra?

Mystra's Ban was a decree that the goddess Mystra made about the mortal use of powerful magic. In -339 DR Karsus seizes Mystryl's powers through the casting of Karsus's Avatar, but they are too great ...
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Can you make a sacrifice for dark gods in d&d 5e? [closed]

Ok so here is the story. We are currently having a campaign of neutral/evil characters, we take what we want and of of course there are always consequences of our actions. We have acquired a deck of ...
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What would be the outcome of ingesting a part of a Deity?

Is there anything in 3.5e lore about a mortal ingesting the body parts or blood of a Deity? Or the effects that something like that would have on a PC? For context, I play a Dragonborn Bard in ...
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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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