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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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 books have more about the Greyhawk deities Istus and Ralishaz?

My group and I are beginning to start a game of dnd-5e. While beginning to build our new characters we have noted that in the appendix B of the Player's Handbook among Greyhawk deities there are a ...
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What role do deities play for non-Divine classes?

The title kind of explains it. What role does deity worship/interaction play for non-cleric/paladin types? Do deities ever grant boons to non-cleric/paladins that are still devout in worship?
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Source for Pelor, the Burning Hate's claim that Pelor refused to destroy a vampire

In the old Wizards forum post Pelor, the Burning Hate, several sources are mentioned for the conjecture put forth, that Pelor is actually evil. Some of these have specific page references, some do ...
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Which Good Forgotten Realms gods accept the use of necromancy?

I just started learning D&D and my Dwarven Healer (Cleric of the Revered mother) has to pick from among a list of spells. These include necromantic spells, such as Inflict Wounds, which I don't ...
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Can I play a follower of a deity similar to Xom?

I have barely any experience in tabletop RPGs, but a friend of mine is planning to host something fantasy-esque (I suspect 3.5) in the near future, so I got the urge to try something similar to Xom's ...
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Are there any established artifacts of Garl Glittergold?

Recently Garl Glittergold has taken a larger than expected role in my game and I'm looking for artifacts related to him. After searching for awhile I've been unable to find any. I'm aware that I can ...
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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 predicates a being having their own afterlife realm in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting followers of gods are sentenced by Kelemvor and his servants to go to their god's realm after death (unless possibly they made a pact with a devil or ...
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How would divine intervention work with an evil God? [closed]

Currently I am playing a death domain cleric who worships Takhisis but I am a little confused on what the effect of Divine Intervention actually does. It suggests a cleric spell or domain spell could ...
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Is the Greyhawk pantheon protected “Product identity”?

A bit off the usual topic here but I thought I'd see if anyone knew: Specifically, I'm wondering whether I could make and sell non-game products (like t-shirts, for example) that feature Greyhawk ...
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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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Does Kelemvorian doctrine allow lying / cheating, and under what circumstances?

In the Forgotten Realms campaign I'm playing, we are a group of agents (but not clerics) of Kelemvor, god of death and the dead. The other characters in the party are all Lawful aligned, except me (...
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Where can I read more about religions in Forgotten Realms?

I started playing the DnD 5e starter campaign recently, and the character I've chosen is a Dwarf Cleric aligned with Marthammor Duin. I've decided to play him as a bit of a zealot, and so I don't feel ...
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Would St. Cuthbert accept goblins and orcs as religious converts? [closed]

I'm playing a (LG) Cleric of St. Cuthbert in a D&D 3.5 game set in Warhammer's world. In our adventures we came upon a group of goblins and orcs, who are basically evil creatures, but we kind of ...
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What benefits or powers does a cleric gain from choosing a deity?

Is there any benefit from choosing a god? What are they? Do they change per level? Is it available to use at all times? Do they involve rituals? What are the prerequisites?
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If the Raven Queen claimed Nerull's portfolio, why doesn't she preside over souls in an/the afterlife?

As this answer outlines, the Raven Queen was a mortal until she killed Nerull and took his stuff. Why is her portfolio different from his, then? She's got Winter and Fate (Nerull didn't), but doesn't ...
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Keeping Tyr's favor [closed]

The Forgotten Realms' wiki for the Church of Tyr states that To keep Tyr's favor, one must respect fallen enemies, never make sacrifice of a corpse, and keep one's alignment lawful good. What do ...
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What are the funerary rites of Gnoll worshipers of Erythnul?

I'm playing a Gnoll Cleric who worships Erythnul in a D&D 3.5e game. Sadly one of my party members died in our last session (he's not a Gnoll). I would like to do something with his body (not just ...
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Where does Gozreh live?

Where does the god Gozreh live? His alignment suggests purgatory, but his flavour suggests he would prefer a more natural environment.
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Can an evil character worship a good deity?

I am making a bard character, that will be a complete diva, throwing glitter everywhere, hitting on anything that moves, I poured an insane amount of points into charisma, and have chosen the most ...
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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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Which of the gods in Points of Light were completely new in that setting?

Points of Light features a relatively small number of gods for a D&D setting. Most of them are either gods used in multiple settings (Bahamut, Moradin, Gruumsh, Corellon, Lolth), a fair deal from ...
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Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?

So, the DMG confirms that Takhisis and Tiamat are the same. Under the Dragon Orb description in the DMG: The dragon essence within the orb might want many things: the annihilation of a ...
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What does the Cleric alignment requirement mean for Clerics with no deity?

The Cleric rules say: Alignment: A cleric's alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. But you can also be a cleric with no deity: ...
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How do “the masses” address clerics/paladins & other members of the clergy?

In 3.5 (Greyhawk) How do people in general refer to/address members of the various clergy? Granted, inside the church hierarchy the clergy have their official ranks & titles they can use to ...
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How much money does a god have, and what equipment does he spend it on?

In Dungeons and Dragons 3.5's Deities and Demigods gods are given gear. I'm thinking it's good for world-building and, y'know, just in case to figure out a god's gear when creating one. Pathfinder, ...
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Can a creature in Golarion revere multiple deities?

In the Golorian setting can a creature meet prerequisites for feats and requirements for prestige classes and traits that mandate the patronage or worship of different deities? Specifically, can a ...
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Pelor's punishment of the Undead & creation of vampires

I am looking for the source (book) that has this myth. I have seen it mentioned many times but never the full myth. Does it exist in writing or is the blurb about the existence of the myth the only ...
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What exactly is the World Serpent in pre-4e D&D?

Going through the book Serpent Kingdoms I have seen several references to a being called the World Serpent. From what I have gathered it was some kind of over-deity from which the deities of the ...
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Where is the history of Greyhawk deities and dragons written?

I would like to find and read the lore of gods and dragons of Greyhawk — how they were originally created, how they have changed, and so on. I searched a bit but I couldn't find anything. What book ...
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Can Ex-Clerics start worshipping a new god? [duplicate]

If a cleric falls out of line from their Deity s/he becomes a ex-cleric and loses s/he powers but if said character started worshipping a Deity that is in their new allingment would s/he have to start ...
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Can a character change alignment and deity during the campaign?

Here's the situation: my PC's alignment was neutral, but I don't feel like it matched the personality I wanted him to have. Can I change my character's alignment and, as consequence, his deity?
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Which Golarion deities would support and encourage a Witch-Hunter Inquisitor among their faithful?

I'm putting together a Witch Hunter Inquisitor with the Black Powder Inquisition for an Adventure Path campaign, but I'm not quite sure which gods would be particularly interested in counting a ...
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Barbarian's Rage + Eye of Gruumsh's Rage = Greater Rage?

I was wondering if a Barbarian's Rage with an Eye of Gruumsh's Rage would stack to make Greater Rage. It would make sense to me since you can have two classes with Uncanny Dodge which turns into ...
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How to build an organisation in pathfinder?

My char plans to create a religious organisation. Facts Name: "Order of the Starfall" (OS) Base of Operation: Sandpoint What dos OS wants to achieve? Live the old ways Aroden suggested Hope and ...
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How can the Relationship of Golarion Inhabitants to Deities be described?

While playing in Golarion I realized that most of the other PCs created their stories in a way that they distrust or even hate deities. As a paladin this is quite hard and I started asking myself how ...
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What happened to Nerull in 4e?

I've been following a story from 3.5e to 4e related to Nerull... but in 4e he does not exist! :o what happened to him in 4e?
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Why did the gods take the Raven Queen's authority over the dead? [duplicate]

Why did this happen? and now that Nerull is dead in 4e, and the Raven Queen rules over the death itself, who rules over the death?
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What CR adjustment should I make for Divine Rank 0

How do I calculate the the CR adjustment when adding Divine Rank 0? Note: Yes, I know that not everyone agrees with the CR but it is a useful overall guide. So, with that being said I need to make ...
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Is there an in-setting explanation for the existence of religion in Eberron?

Most real world religions, current and past, are (very generally) based on either the idea of a pleasant afterlife for the faithful (or avoiding death through reincarnation), or appeasing angry gods. ...
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Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?

I'm trying my hand at making stats for a deity in D&D 3.5 (god of music, if it makes a difference) using the rules given in Deities and Demigods. So far everything makes sense except one thing: I ...
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How do you make Dwarves Religious in a custom Fantasy setting?

This is a follow up to How can you add character to in-game religions? If you're building a fantasy setting where you want really rich, tradition-filled religions, what would you do to give Dwarves ...
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Need info about the holidays of Hextor deity (Greyhawk setting)

So, my players are planning on joining Hextor's faction for an infiltration questline. But they need to rack up some brownie points with the church first. While looking for what kind of opportunities ...
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Can a cleric of Auril cast Flame Strike?

Okay, I've created an Neutral Evil Cleric. I worship Auril, the Frostmaiden, who abhors fire. What should I do if I've taken the War domain, and I have Flamestrike? Would it lose the fire damage,and ...
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Which D&D 3.5 deities grant the pride domain?

The pride domain appears in the D&D 3.5 Spell Compendium, but does not list any gods that grant it. Does anyone know of an official source with any gods with this domain? I've read in some places ...
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Change Of Heart (Deity)

One of the players is a level 5 Avenger with Sehanine as his deity. Would changing his deity or acting against its "laws" result in him getting punished by Sehanine, and if yes how?
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How to change cleric domains

Quick question, can a cleric change his domains? The domain I want to switch to is within my deity's domain list, so I don't need to switch faith. Thanks!
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Golarion deity closest to Dionysus?

I have a character concept for a Cleric with a focus on alcohol, celebration, madness, and fertility. In Greek mythology, Dionysus would be a perfect fit. In Golarion, I think my best bet may be ...
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Where do Avandra and Melora reside?

Reading through the descriptions of the different planes in the Manual of the Planes, I couldn't help but notice that these two goddesses were completely unmentioned. Kord, Moradin and Bahamut reside ...