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 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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Are Amaunator and Lathander addressed separately?

I have not read any book except the "Sword Coast Adventurers Guide" for 5e for FR-Lore. In my game the god "Amaunator" plays a huge role, but on the FR-Wiki page it says that Lathander and Amaunator ...
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Is there a god of hating tyrannical gods or a god of hating magic? [closed]

Are there any deities that my character would worship with his current beliefs? I am looking for any canon D&D 3.5e deity that hates other deities for abusing their power, or that hates the use of ...
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Are there mechanics for god creation through sufficient faith?

My friend told me the story of Orcus cultists who had created a fake religion in order to invade the city only to have the god of that religion become a real god and defend the city against them. Are ...
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What are other sources with information about Lathander?

Backstory I'm playing a Bard in my current campaign of D&D 5e and I'm just taking a level in cleric with Lathander as my god (after being inspired/trained by a Paladin of that same deity). ...
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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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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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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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Why didn't Takhisis get Soth returned from Ravenloft during his long stint?

Does it imply that the Dark Powers are more powerful than Takhisis? If so, then why didn't they nab Takhisis herself?
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Does Merthuvial's BAB deduction apply before or after Divine Power sets BAB to level?

I'm using the legacy weapon Merthuvial (Barrow of the Forgotten Kings, pgs. 19-21) which requires, in part, one to pay a personal cost in the form of loss to BAB (Weapons of Legacy, p. 9). However I'...
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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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Can a demigod drown? [closed]

I'm starting a new 5e campaign with my players where they are all demigod, inspired by this blue text https://imgur.com/gallery/7zzpt They are still figuring who they want to be and what God they ...
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To what domains does Iyachtu Xvim grant access?

The feat Godsblood Spelltheft has as its benefit the ability to select a domain granted by Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson who assumed his father's hatred and tyranny portfolios for about a decade until he ...
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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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Who are the gods/deities with most followers?

I would like to know who among the deities of the Forgotten Realms has the most followers. I'm planning to create an Order on my campaign that unites followers from the greatest gods that works as ...
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Does Baalzebul have a particular non-evil deity that opposes him?

I want Baalzebul (from the 3.5e Book of Vile Darkness) to be a behind the scenes villain in a custom adventure I'm preparing. There will be a priest that's worshiping him. Is there a 5E PHB deity ...
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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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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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Might I need to change my PC's god to move to another AL table?

I'm entering Tier 2 in Adventurers League, and when I do I'll be switching to a different, already established group and DM. The one that fits my schedule best with openings at the table is also using ...
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Which Faerunian God would be responsible for law enforcement and trials?

In the SCAG it says that Amaunator is the god of "declaring laws under the light of the sun" and that he cares that the "rule of law persists". Tyr is the "God of Justice" but not necessarily in ...
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How do you progress Divine Rank?

I am looking through the Deities & Demigods book for D&D 3.5 and it lists all the different powers and feats/salient abilities, but it does not touch on progressing your Divine Rank. Is this ...
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Creating magical spheres for Deities in D&D 3.5?

When creating Goddesses and Gods in the past editions of D&D I have chosen the spheres I wanted for them based on what flavor fit for the type of deity I was creating. Not having the separation of ...
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Is Talos not an aspect of Gruumsh anymore in 5e-era Forgotten Realms?

I'm setting my campaign in 5e Forgotten Realms and I have a cleric of Talos in my group. While I was dusting off my knowledge of the Forgotten Realms (I skipped the whole spellplague and 4e stuff in ...
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Delivering the soul of a teammate without killing them [closed]

I have a pact with the Raven queen. I have to deliver souls. My problem is that I now have to deliver the soul of a teammate. How can I solve this problem without killing them, like copying a soul or ...
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Can an Oracle take feats that require you to worship specific deity?

I'm making a Life Oracle for an upcoming campaign, who has the "Merciful" third-party Curse, but scaled up a little more (basically unable to directly take a life that is not undead). He'll be almost ...
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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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Where is Myrkul's return detailed?

Due to the Second Sundering, old Gods have returned in the Forgotten Realms. I know that my favourite god from AD&D, Myrkul, has become alive once more. Now I'm looking for any available official ...
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Do we know why St Oswin was canonised?

Next session my group will be arriving in Triboar, which as far as I am aware is named in honour of St Oswin Boldfist's defeat of three large boars, according to the Terror at Triboar Dungeon Masters ...
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How can a cleric cast a spell meant for clerics of a deity other than his own?

Some cleric spells have deity designators. For example the spell dread blast says Level: Cleric 4 (Cyric) Is there a way for a cleric to use this spell without worshiping Cyric?
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Can a god not appear and interfere on Golarion?

Is there any source that says that a god can not directly appear on Golarion? We were talking about some bad guys in the Golarion history and I was wondering, why e.g. Torag did not just appear and ...
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Can a D&D god lie to his cleric? [closed]

In short, my characters are in a position where they're interacting with aspects of the gods in a mysterious underworld that they have to puzzle their way out of. Of course, things would be easy if ...
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Where can be found details about the domains Icebergs and Snow?

Frostburn lists on Table 2–5: Deities of the Frostfell (42) Levistus as granting his clerics access to the domain Icebergs and Vatun as granting his clerics access to the domain Snow. These domains ...
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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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Forgotten Realms God of the Sea

I'm running a narrative that revolves around consumption, centered around three factions that worship evil gods based around that theme. I have a group of gnolls and cultists that worship Yeenoghu, ...
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Is Laduguer alive presently?

In 1383 DR Laduguer was destroyed, along with Deep Duerra, by the Morndinsamman, but I heard somewhere that he resurfaced later on. Is that supposed to be true?
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(How) can the Nameless One interact or interfere with mortals?

Background Information A few friends of mine and myself recently got together and played 2 adventures of The Dark Eye (TDE). As a GM, I made the mistake of not clarifying that heroes are good by ...
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Is Bahamut still alive in the Forgotten Realms in 1489 DR?

I was reading about Bahamut in the forgotten realms wiki, and in it it states that he died. However it also states that he is a god. So I'm curious, is Bahamut still alive or did he simply die on the ...
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What domains are eligible to be chosen for the Godsblood Spelltheft feat?

The Godsblood Spelltheft feat says, in part, to Select a domain from one of the deities involved in the Time of Troubles on the following list: Anhur, Bane, Bhaal, Clangeddin Silverbeard, ...
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Is Helm a dead god during Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Since Horde of the Dragon Queen starts in the year 1489 and Helm was slain in 1384, it seems he should still be dead later on. I know a lot of the dead deities were brought back during the Sundering ...
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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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What is the difference between a god and demigod?

Are there any official 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons source books that define the difference (origin, power, attainment, etc.) between a god and a demigod?
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Is Gwaeron Windstrom a god or a demigod?

Gwaeron Windstrom is listed as a Forgotten Realms God of Tracking in D&D 5e Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. However on page 134 he is said to sleep in a grove near the town of Triboar. I'm ...
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Is it possible to create Blackguard of Pelor?

We're just starting a campaign, and a player wants to create a very distinct character... a Pelor's Blackguard. Yes, a PELOR Blackguard. Is that possible to create Blackguard that follows Pelor in 4e? ...
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What are the origins of the Raven Queen?

What is known of the Raven Queen's origins? Citing sources is a plus.
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Did Kelemvor lose the death domain to Myrkul?

I was reading the Basic Rules (V2) and Appendix B has a table with the Forgotten Realms' deities. In this table, Myrkul is listed as the "god of death", while Kelemvor is "god of the dead". Since I ...
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Is there a canonical relation between the Celestines and God?

To my understanding: According to Demon the Fallen, God is the Creator of Everything, which pretty much consists of Earth and its multiple overlapping realms and the cosmos, which is otherwise barren....
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Did the events in Spider Queen turmoil cross over to 5e?

I read all of the Spider Queen books including the fall of most of the Pantheon for deities for drow. Since Vhaeraun and the other drow deities met their demise. Can males that were clerics to the ...
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Can any D&D god grant a Cleric spells?

In D&D 3.5e and the official expanded books, it seems Greyhawk has about 10,000 different gods; some just mentioned in a table somewhere. There's nothing that I can find in the rulebooks, but I ...
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What's more powerful than a Fortune?

In AEG's Secrets of the Shadowlands (2004) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition (that's also officially licensed by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition), the feat ...
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Can a PC be forced to convert to another deity by a ranking priest/priestess and holy symbol? [closed]

Here's a situation; Our game world allows for traditionally non PC monsters to be PC (i.e. Orcs, Goblins, Illithid, Ogres). At one point a monster character I was playing became temporarily paralyzed. ...