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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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 can I run a game where the players are lesser deities [closed]

I am going to be DMing a game in which the players all start as lesser gods in a pantheon of gods with 3 tiers. They start at the lowest tier in each of four branches of the pantheon, life, death, ...
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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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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 stats or guidelines for deities' stats?

Earlier editions of D&D had rules for how powerful deities were if you were ever to fight one, including class levels, statblocks and special powers. Does D&D 5th edition have any stats on ...
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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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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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Which deities in the Forgotten Realms were once mortal?

My research indicates that the gods who were once mortals include the following: Azuth was once the mortal champion of Mystra and ascended to godhood after imprisoning Savras. Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul ...
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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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Should you always become a Specialty Priest when you qualify for it?

Going through Faiths & Avatars and its sorta-followup Powers & Pantheons I saw the various Specialty Priests listed there, and some of them looked pretty neat with all sorts of unique ...
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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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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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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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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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What deity holds the Time Portfolio in Faerun's modern times (from the Time of Troubles to after the Second Sundering)?

The time portfolio (not to be confused with the 3e+ time domain - I'm talking strictly about lore here) is one of the most elusive portfolios to track in Realms lore. From the Realms wiki on ...
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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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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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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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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 is the history of the stories and imagery around Asmodeus?

I recently purchased the D&D 5e book Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and found the devils really interesting. I know there was a section in... 2nd edition(?) where there were no devils or demons ...
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Is there a dwarf god for the Light domain?

Is there a dwarven deity for whom the Light domain would be applicable? Obviously, with GM buy-in you can take any domain for any deity, but I'd prefer to create a thematically consistent character. I'...
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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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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 ...
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What are the deities available to Adventurers League clerics?

I've been going through Google and I can't seem to find a legal deity listing for Adventurers League. What are the deities available to clerics? Are there any constraints, like choosing from ...
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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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How to stat gods in AD&D Second Edition?

I know in the first edition many gods were completely statted and presented in Legends & Lore, but the books I've found on gods in the second edition only have their avatars statted. This is kind ...
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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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Are any deities associated with Incarnum?

Are any deities or similar powerful entities associated with incarnum, the magical substance from Magic of Incarnum that allows meldshapers to shape and bind soulmelds?
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Clerics in Mystara - Which divine spheres does each Immortal allow?

Can anyone help me because I can't find any reference to what, or how many Divine Spheres each Immortal allows to their clerics. I own the Karameikos, kingdom of adventure book, and it tells about ...
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Can a warlock make a pact with a god?

Are there rules for a warlock making a pact with a chaotic, evil, or chaotic evil god?
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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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Are organic constructs also favored by Brigh?

Brigh is, according to the Pathfinder Wiki, the goddess of invention, and it seems that any construct that could be considered "alive" is of particular interest to her. On the other hand, Flesh ...
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Which Outer Planes are ruled over by a single god or entity in the Forgotten Realms?

Asmodeus rules over the Nine Hells/Baator in their entirety - all of the other Archdevils answer to him. Which of the other Outer Planes, if any, are ruled/overseen by a single god or powerful entity? ...
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What creature types are Gods?

Protection from Evil and Good states that it protects from aberrations, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead. What category do Gods fall into? Are they their own category? The origin of ...
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What is the origin of deities gaining power from worship?

Among players of various editions of Dungeons & Dragons, there is the idea that a deity's power, perhaps even existence, is derived from the number of people who worship them. A deity who gains ...
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What's the term for a character who doesn't worship or pledge allegiance with any gods?

My character believes and accepts the fact that there are multiple deities responsible for creating and influencing the world. She acknowledges their existence, powers, capabilities, and the like, but ...
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Are there Statistics Blocks for Warlock Patrons?

I am playing a Warlock who plans on turning on his Fiendish patron, and I was wondering if there were specific stats I should consider. Or if I could do this at all (kill him/her). Are there stats ...
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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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How do I convert a god from 3.5 to 5e?

I am currently a player in a d&d 5e campaign in which we are going to use a homebrew god prestige class. My DM is homebrewing most of the gods (with stats that PCs can fight) from scratch and I ...
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How to determine stats of the rulers of the Nine Hells?

When reading in the DMG about the Nine Hells, I got curious what Asmodeus' powers actually might be. I was assuming I would find this in the MM, but I couldn't find even a hint. The section about the ...
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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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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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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 ...