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What should I do about a religious player who refuses to accept the existence of multiple gods in D&D?

In my experience, regardless of what RPG system you use (at least almost, I'm sure there are exceptions), you're going to run into situations where the game's reality is fundamentally different from ...
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Can a D&D campaign be successfully used as a Sunday school teaching instrument?

I'm trained in conducting faith-based lessons for children focused on morality and virtues, in facilitating spiritual empowerment programs for junior youth, and in tutoring youth engaged in service-...
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How can I deal with a player trying to insert real-world mythology into my homebrew setting?

Deal With This As You Would Any Player Overstep As it happens, I have had players try to insert real-world but inappropriate cultural influences into a setting of mine. In my case it was Japanese ...
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What should I do about a religious player who refuses to accept the existence of multiple gods in D&D?

I actually almost had a player like this He insisted to be a cleric of One God and make his character's main goal to punish daemon worshipers - that is, everybody who does not believe in One God. We ...
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What is an Avatar of a God?

One of the major conceits of D&D’s gods is that their very presence powerfully affects reality around them. They literally cannot go anywhere without warping reality to be more in line with ...
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PC cleric lost holy symbol - what now?

Your player has the right of it, mostly All of the following information can be found for free in the D&D 5e Source Reference Document PDF as well as on the official 5e online supplement D&D ...
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What's in a Dead God?

One example is the morkoth, as described in Volo's Guide to Monsters. Spawned by a God. Long ago, a deity of greed and strife perished in the battles among the immortals. Its body drifted through ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, what happens when a god dies?

Oh, Very Very Yes If you want some dead gods, come on down to the Avatar Trilogy, where Bane got Banedead, Bhaal rolled over, Myrkul went from being God of the Dead to dead of the god, and other such ...
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What should I do about a religious player who refuses to accept the existence of multiple gods in D&D?

Problem 1: the player doesn't understand player and DM roles This may not be solvable. And it may be. Don't play until this is settled. I tried to explain that it's a fictional universe in ...
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PC cleric lost holy symbol - what now?

You can make a Holy symbol by following the rules for this downtime activity below: Crafting: You can craft nonmagical objects, including adventuring equipment and works of art. You must be ...
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Can a D&D campaign be successfully used as a Sunday school teaching instrument?

[Establishes credibility: I have taught Sunday school/run church youth groups and have used role-play (both freeform and RPGs) in that context. Though, admittedly, never D&D. I have played plenty ...
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How do I make a god ally NPC for the party?

Let's say I, a first-level fighter, want to lift a mountain with my bare hands. Do I roll a strength check? No, because it's impossible. If Zeus is walking the earth, and some lowly mortal decides ...
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Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

Paladins are not tied to their deity (or lack of a deity) any more than anyone else In previous editions, paladins gained their power from there dedication to their deity or alignment and could even ...
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What should I do about a religious player who refuses to accept the existence of multiple gods in D&D?

This is a rough situation to be in, and is one that I have actually dealt with before. I tried approaching it from three different angles (and one of them actually worked). Approach 1 - Nature of ...
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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?

Deities basically never come to the Material Plane. When they do, it has huge ramifications for that plane as well as for the Outer Planes, and that tends to cause lots of problems and anger all the ...
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What are the implications of running a game with only 2 Major Deities: God and the Devil?

This is not homebrew. Quite the opposite, the Dungeon Master's Guide mentions dualism as a valid religious system, see page 11, "Other Religious Systems", emphasis mine: In your campaign, you can ...
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Does the Maztican goddess of love, Kiltzi, support homosexuality?

There is no canonical answer Maztica, whence that particular deity comes, is not detailed in 5e material at any length. Indeed, that deity is not mentioned in any available 5e product. Male ...
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Can I use magic gifted by a deity if I'm not a paladin, warlock, or cleric of that deity?

Any character can worship a god, but only certain classes actually benefit from it in terms of game mechanics Appendix B: Gods of the Multiverse (from the basic rules or PHB) describes that people may ...
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Has a god ever changed alignment?

Here are four examples from the Forgotten Realms, with clear in-game stories explaining the cause of the changes: Mystra, the goddess of magic, has had multiple incarnations. In her initial ...
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Where can I find more information about the Cat Lord?

The Cat Lord is not a deity Until the 5th Edition Volo's Guide to Monsters, none of the many variations of "Cat Lord" in D&D canon rose past rank 0 "quasi-deity," and even that was only a sidebar'...
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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?

Azuth from FR might be a candidate. He is not a god of magic, but of wizards, and is mostly interested in the structured study of magic. From wikipedia: The clerics of Azuth teach wisdom and ...
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What differentiates "Gods" from other entities in the Forgotten Realm cosmology?

In the Forgotten Realms, Deities are those whom Ao has officially marked as deities. This answer is generally true for previous editions of Forgotten Realms. It's possible that some changes may be ...
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What happens if a Paladin has a crisis of faith?

Paladins are not powered directly by their god, but by their oath A paladin may address their god while making the Sacred Oath—but their god is there only as a witness. The oath is much, much bigger ...
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What should I do when a player who plays clerics doesn't want to use any of my deities?

A non-deity Cleric (Nature Domain) can solve your problem I do that in my Salt Marsh campaign - which is ostensibly set in the World of Greyhawk. What I have chosen to do as DM is use the Forces and ...
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What should I do about a religious player who refuses to accept the existence of multiple gods in D&D?

One player should not be allowed to force his personal views on the other players. If he has a problem with Paladins, he's not going to react well to Clerics either. This player needs to realize that ...
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Do gods need to be worshiped?

In the Forgotten Realms setting, there is an Overgod, Lord Ao. (see also this question) He was credited as the creator of the cosmos, and even existed beyond concepts such as alignment and divine ...
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Can Clerics have divine power without it being provided by a god?

Yes. A cleric, druid, or paladin can choose to follow a cause they passionately believe in as opposed to a deity. The PHB (see Appendix B) notes that it is perfectly acceptable for a DM to decide that ...
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Can a multiclass character worship different deities?

Firstly, Paladins do not need to worship a god at all, since "Although many paladins are devoted to gods of good, a paladin's power comes as much from a commitment to justice as it does from a god." (...
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What god would a good dog on the North of the Sword Coast worship?

If it can understand morality enough to have an alignment, it can worship whatever deity it chooses to This is a bit of a strange situation; in comments, you mention how its stats are as per the ...
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How can I create a mechanic for players to evolve the relationship with their deity?

Theros' Piety Mechanic The official sourcebook, Mythic Odyssey of Theros has a ruleset that reflects what you're describing. I have used it multiple times in my games to help my players have a closer ...
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