Deities rule the various aspects of human existence: good and evil, law and chaos, life and death, knowledge and nature. Across the world, people and creatures worship a great number of varied deities. Most often these deities are worshiped among the common races, by adventurers, and by villains.
The god of magic, Boccob, is neutral. His titles include the Uncaring, Lord of All Magics, and Archmage of the Deities. Boccob is a distant deity who promotes no special agenda in the world of mortals. As a god of magic and knowledge, he is worshipped by wizards, sorcerers, and sages.
Boccob's priesthood is usually a somber group that takes its pursuit of knowledge and arcana very seriously. The clerics of the Archmage of the Deities wear purple robes with gold trim. Rather than meddle in public affairs and politics, they keep to themselves and their own agendas.
He wields The Staff Of Boccob.
The god of the elves, Corellon Larethian, is chaotic good. He is known as the Creator of the Elves, the Protector, Protector and Preserver of Life, and Ruler of All Elves. Corellon Larethian is the creator and protector of the elf race. He governs those things held in highest esteem among elves, such as magic, music, arts, crafts, poetry, and warfare. Elves, half-elves, and bards worship him.
The domains he is associated with are Chaos, Good, Protection, and War. His favored weapon is the longsword. Gruumsh is his nemesis, and it is because of Corellon's battle prowess that Gruumsh is called "One-Eye".
He wields Sahandrian, his +5 Keen Speeding Chaotic Longsword, and Kalwynrian his +5 Mighty Composite Longbow (+10).
Ehlonna, the goddess of the woodlands, is neutral good. Her most commonly encountered title is Ehlonna of the Forests. Ehlonna watches over all good people who live in the forest, love the woodlands, or make their livelihood there. She is pictured sometimes as an elf and sometimes as a human. She is especially close to elves, gnomes, half-elves, and halflings. She is also worshipped by rangers and some druids.
She wields Jenevier a +5 Holy Mighty Composite Longbow (+9).
The god of slaughter, Erythnul, is chaotic evil. His title is the Many. Erythnul delights in panic and slaughter. In civilized lands, his followers (including evil fighters, barbarians, and rogues) form small, criminal cults. In savage lands, evil barbarians, gnolls, bugbears, ogres, and trolls commonly worship him.
The priesthood of Erythnul maintains a low profile in most civilized lands. In savage areas, members of the priesthood are known as bullies and murderous tyrants. Many evil humanoids worship Erythnul, but their priests do not cooperate with each other to advance the overall goals of the religion. Clerics of Erythnul favor rust-red garments or blood-stained robes.
He wields Agony his Unholy Chaotic Frightful +5 Morningstar.
Fharlanghn, the god of roads, is neutral. His title is Dweller on the Horizon. Fharlanghn's wayside shrines are common on well-used roads, for he is the deity of travel, roads, distance, and horizons. Bards, other wandering adventurers, and merchants favor Fharlanghn.
Fharlanghn's clerics are wanderers who seek to help fellow travelers. Fharlanghn's clerics dress in nondescript brown or green clothing, and they move around very frequently. A traveler who comes to one of Fharlanghn's wayside shrines, which are common along most well-used roads, won't find a particular cleric watching over a particular shrine more than once.
He wields Travelers Friends, his +5 Quarterstaff, one end has sped, the other defending.
The god of the gnomes, Garl Glittergold, is neutral good. He is known as the Joker, the Watchful Protector, the Priceless Gem, and the Sparkling Wit. Garl Glittergold discovered the gnomes and led them into the world. Since then, he has been their protector. He governs humor, wit, gemcutting, and jewelrymaking.
The domains he is associated with are Good, Protection, and Trickery. Garl's favored weapon is the battleaxe. He is renowned for his jokes and pranks he pulls on other deities, though not all his victims laugh off his jests. Garl once collapsed the cavern of Kurtulmak, the god of the kobolds. Since then, the two deities have been sworn enemies.
Clerics of Garl Glittergold serve gnome communities as educators and protectors. They teach the young valuable gnome lore and skills using a light-handed humor. They also protect their fellow gnomes, ever watchful of the forces of evil humanoids that might threaten their community.
He wields Arumdina a +5 Speed Dancing Ghost touch Battleaxe.
Gruumsh, chief god of the orcs, is chaotic evil. His titles are One-Eye and He-Who-Never-Sleeps. Gruumsh calls on his followers to be strong, to cull the weak from their numbers, and to take all the territory that Gruumsh thinks is rightfully theirs (which is almost everything).
The domains he is associated with are Chaos, Evil, Strength, and War. Gruumsh's favored weapon is the spear. He harbors a special hatred for Corellon Larethian, Moradin, and their followers. In ages past, Corellon Larethian put out Gruumsh's left eye in a fight.
Gruumsh, the evil god of the orcs, maintains a religion based on intimidation and fear. His clerics strive to become chieftains of orc tribes or advisors to the chief. Many pluck out one of their own eyes to emulate their deity.
He wields The Bloodspear, his +5 Keen Chaotic Unholy Spear, that changes size.
The domains he is associated with are Good, Law, and War. His favored weapon is the longsword, and he is worshipped by paladins, good fighters, and good monks. His archenemy is Hextor, his half-brother.
The religious hierarchy of Heironeous is organized like a military order. It has a clear chain of command, lines of supply, and well-stocked armories. Clerics of Heironeous fight against worshippers of Hextor whenever they can and spend the rest of their time protecting the civilized lands from the threats of evil.
He wields Justicebringer, his +5 Holy Defending Ghost Touch longsword.
The god of tyranny, Hextor, is lawful evil. His titles are Champion of Evil, Herald of Hell, and Scourge of Battle. Hextor is the six-armed god of war, conflict, and destruction. Hextor's worshipers include evil fighters and monks.
The domains he is associated with are Destruction, Evil, Law, and War. His favored weapon is the flail. He sends his followers to commit evil, and their special purpose is to overthrow the followers of his half-brother Heironeous wherever they are found.
Strength and power govern Hextor's priesthood. Although evil, it is not as secretive as other dark religions. Temples of Hextor operate openly in many cities. Clerics of Hextor wear black clothing adorned with skulls or gray faces.
He wields The Executioner,his +5 Lawful Unholy Ghost Touch Light flail.
He wields Kelmar, his +5 Intelligent Adamant Dragonbane Greatsword.
The god of the dwarves, Moradin, is lawful good. His titles include the Soul Forger, Dwarffather, the All-Father, and the Creator. Moradin forged the first dwarves out of metal and gems and breathed life into them. He governs the arts and sciences of the dwarves: smithing, metalworking, engineering, and war.
He wields Soulhammer, his +5 Holy Lawful Throwing Returning Warhammer.
The god of death, Nerull, is neutral evil. He is known as the Reaper, the Foe of all Good, Hater of Life, Bringer of Darkness, King of all Gloom, and Reaper of Flesh. Nerull is the patron of those who seek the greatest evil for their own enjoyment or gain.
The domains he is associated with are Death, Evil, and Trickery. His worshipers, who include evil necromancers and rogues, depict him as an almost skeletal cloaked figure who bears a scythe, his favored weapon.
The Reaper is feared across the lands. His rust-red garbed clerics are murderous psychopaths who work in secret, plotting against all that is good. They have no overall hierarchy, and they even work against each other at times.
He wields Lifecutter a +5 Keen Speeding Brilliant Energy Scythe.
Obad-Hai, the god of nature, is neutral. He is known as the Shalm. Obad-Hai rules nature and the wilderness, and he is a friend to all who live in harmony with the natural world. Barbarians, rangers, and druids sometimes worship him.
The domains he is associated with are Air, Animal, Earth, Fire, Plant, and Water. Because Obad-Hai strictly adheres to neutrality, he is a rival of Ehlonna. Obad-Hai plays a shalm (a double-reed woodwind musical instrument, also spelled "shawm") and takes his title from his instrument. His favored weapon is the quarterstaff.
Clerics of Obad-Hai have no hierarchy. They treat those of their order as equals. They wear russet-colored clothing and maintain hidden woodland shrines that are usually located far from civilization. They keep to the wilderness and to themselves, rarely getting involved in society.
He wields Stormstouch a +5 Quarterstaff, with one end Defending and Shocking Burst, the other Speed and Icy Burst
The god of rogues, Olidammara, is chaotic neutral. His title is the Laughing Rogue. Olidammara delights in wine, women, and song. He is a vagabond, a prankster, and a master of disguise. His temples are few, but many people are willing to raise a glass in his honor. Rogues and bards are frequently among his worshipers.
Olidammara's religion is loosely organized at best, and few temples are dedicated solely to him. That said, his clerics are numerous. They usually work among urban folk or wander the countryside. Olidammara's clerics often work at some other profession, in addition to operating as clerics (typically serving as minstrels, brewers, or jacks-of-all-trades), and thus can be found almost anywhere doing or wearing anything.
He wields Swiftstrike, a +5 Keen Chaotic Speeding rapier
Pelor, god of the sun, is neutral good. His title is the Shining One. Pelor is the creator of many good things, a supporter of those in need, and adversary of all that is evil. He is the most commonly worshiped deity among ordinary humans, and his priests are well received wherever they go. Rangers and bards are found among his worshipers.
The clerics of the Shining One work to aid the poor and the sick, and thus most common folk look upon them with great favor. Pelor's temples are sanctuaries for the impoverished and diseased, and his yellow-robed clerics are usually kind, quiet folk, roused only in their opposition against evil.
He wields The Sun Scepter, a +5 Flaming Disruption Heavy mace.
The god of retribution, St. Cuthbert, is lawful neutral. He is known as St. Cuthbert of the Cudgel. St. Cuthbert exacts revenge and just punishment on those who transgress the law. Because evil creatures more commonly and flagrantly violate laws than good creatures do, St. Cuthbert favors good over evil, though he is not good himself. (His clerics can't be evil.)
The no-nonsense order of St. Cuthbert does not suffer fools gladly or abide evil in any way. His clerics concern themselves with the needs of the common people over nobles or the well educated. They are zealous in their desire to convert others to their faith and quick to destroy their opponents.
He wields the Artifact, The Mace of Cuthbert a +5 Disruption holy Lawful heavy mace.
Vecna, the god of secrets is neutral evil. He is known as the Maimed Lord, the Whispered One, and the Master of All That is Secret and Hidden. Vecna rules that which is not meant to be known and that which people wish to keep secret.
The domains he is associated with are Evil, Knowledge, and Magic. He usually appears as a lich who is missing his left hand and left eye. He lost his hand and eye in a fight with his traitorous lieutenant, Kas. Vecna's favored weapon is the dagger.
Vecna's priesthood is made up of isolated cells of cultists who seek dark, arcane secrets to further their evil schemes. Black and red are the clerics' favored colors.
She wields Afterthought, a +5 Unholy Wounding Ghost Touch Dagger.
Wee Jas, the goddess of death and magic, is lawful neutral. Her titles are Witch Goddess, Ruby Sorceress, Stern Lady, and Death's Guardian. Wee Jas is a demanding goddess who expects obedience from her followers. Her temples are few and far between, but she counts many powerful sorcerers and wizards (especially necromancers) among her worshipers.
Wee Jas' priesthood has a strict hierarchy. Her clerics are known for their discipline and obedience to their superiors. They work as officiators at funerals, maintain graveyards, or operate libraries of arcane lore. They wear black or gray robes.
She wields Discretion, a +5 Keen Lawful Ghost Touch Dagger.
The goddess of the halflings, Yondalla, is lawful good. Her titles include the Protector and Provider, the Nurturing Matriarch, and the Blessed One. Yondalla is the creator and protector of the halfling race. She espouses harmony among halflings and stalwart defense against their enemies. Her followers hope to lead safe, prosperous lives by following her guidance.
She wields Hornblade, A +5 Speeding Lawful Defending short sword.
AasterinianThe goddess of invention, Aasterinian is chaotic neutral. Her title is the Messenger of Io, and her portfolio is learning, invention, and pleasure. Her followers' alignments are chaotic, and they are usually wanderers who travel in disguise or secrecy. She encourages them to think for themselves rather than relying on the word of others. Aasterinian's followers have friendly relations with Garl Glittergold, Fharlanghn, Olidammara, and similar deities.
AstilaborThe goddess of wealth, Astilabor is neutral. Her titles include the Acquisitor and Hoardmistress, and her portfolio is acquisitiveness, status, and wealth. She represents the natural draconic desire to acquire treasure and power, but she dislikes the naked greed displayed by Tiamat and Tiamat's followers. Astilabor's followers' alignments are any with "neutral" in the name, and they are friendly toward followers of Moradin and Garl Glittergold (since those gods respect the value of a gem or coin as much as anyone). However, they distrust followers of Olidammara, whom they believe to be thieves at heart.
BahamutThe god of good dragonkind, Bahamut is lawful good. His titles include the Platinum Dragon, King of the Good Dragons, and Lord of the North Wind, and his portfolio is good dragons, wind, and wisdom. His followers' alignments are lawful good and neutral good, and they are friendly toward followers of Heironeous, Moradin, Yondalla, and other lawful good deities; followers of Tiamat are considered their enemies, since he is Bahamut's chief foe. Although all good dragons pay homage to Bahamut, gold, silver, and brass dragons hold him in particularly high regard. Other dragons, even evil ones (except his archrival Tiamat), respect Bahamut for his wisdom and power.
ChronepsisThe god of fate, Chronepsis is neutral. His titles include the Silent and the Watcher, and his portfolio is fate, death, and judgement. Chronepsis is a passionless observer of the world. He passes judgement on all dragons when they die, deciding where their souls go in the afterlife. Unlike Lendys, Chronepsis is uninterested in justice: he merely observes what is and what is not. He is also uninvolved in the activities of the living, and it is said that only a cataclysm of world-shaking proportions could rouse Chronepsis from his disinterest. His followers' alignments are neutral, and they count other faiths neither as allies nor enemies. Of the other deities, only Boccob the Uncaring shares a similar outlook with Chronepsis, but neither deity cares enough to forge an alliance.
The domains Chronepsis is associated with are Death, Dragon, Knowledge, Fate, Planning, and Time. The scythe (or claw) is his favored weapon.
FalazureThe god of decay, Falazure is neutral evil. His title is the Night Dragon, and his portfolio is decay, undeath, and exhaustion. He is the lord of energy draining, undeath, decay, and exhaustion. It is generally accepted that Falazure created (or had a hand in the creation of) the first undead dragons, such as dracoliches, vampiric dragons, and ghostly dragons. His followers' alignments are any with "evil" in the name, and they count all members of good-aligned faiths as their enemies; they may occasionally ally with the forces of Nerull, but such instances are rare.
The domains Falazure is associated with are Death, Dragon, Evil, Darkness, and Undeath. The scimitar (or claw) is his favored weapon.
GaryxThe god of destruction, Garyx is chaotic evil. His titles include Firelord, All-Destroyer, and Cleanser of Worlds, and his portfolio is fire, destruction, and renewal. He symbolizes the sheer power and destructive force of dragonkind, and some argue that Garyx is actually insane, as a result of his long occupation of the Windswept Depths of Pandemonium. His followers' alignments are chaotic neutral, neutral evil, and chaotic evil, and although Garyx shares traits in common with Kord and Erythnul, he has no interest in alliances.
The domains Garyx is associated with are Chaos, Destruction, Dragon, Evil, Fire, and Renewal. The sickle (or claw) is his favored weapon.
HlalThe goddess of humor, Hlal is chaotic good. Her titles include the Jester and the Keeper of Tales, and her portfolio is humor, story-telling, and inspiration. Of the dragon gods, she is the most friendly to nondragons (even Aasterinian enjoys a reputation of playful danger). Her followers' alignments are neutral good, chaotic good, and chaotic neutral, and many of them pay homage to both Hlal and Olidammara simultaneously; Hextor and Vecna are among Hlal's chief enemies because of their portfolios.
The domains Hlal is associated with are Chaos, Dragon, Good, Trickery, and Rune. The short sword (or claw) is her favored weapon.
IoThe lord of the gods, Io is neutral. His titles include the Concordant Dragon, the Great Eternal Wheel, Swallower of Shades, the Ninefold Dragon, and Creator of Dragonkind, and his portfolio is dragonkind. Io the Ninefold Dragon is neutral, for he encompasses all alignments within his aspects. He can (and does) appear as any dragon type, from the smallest pseudodragon to the largest great wyrm. His followers' alignments are any alignment, and Io counts no other faiths as his enemies.
The domains Io is associated with are Dragon, Knowledge, Magic, Strength, Travel, Wealth, and Spell. The scimitar (or claw) is his favored weapon.
LendysThe god of justice, Lendys is lawful neutral. His titles include Scale of Justice, the Balancer, and Weigher of Lives, and his portfolio is balance and justice. Unlike Chronepsis, who judges the life of a dragon only after its death, Lendys metes out justice during a dragon's life. His scales are a tarnished silver, some say because he cares more about judging others than tending to himself. Lendys is the arbiter of dragonkind, serving as judge, jury, and executioner alike. When a dragon has committed an injustice against dragonkind, Lendys (or one of his trio of great wyrm silver dragons) is dispatched to deal out appropriate justice. Punishments are severe, and appeals unheard of. His followers' alignments are all lawful, and they get along well with followers of St. Cuthbert; they get along poorly with those who follow a chaotic deity such as Kord, Olidammara, or Erythnul.
The domains Lendys is associated with are Destruction, Dragon, Law, Protection, and Retribution. The longsword (or claw) is his favored weapon.
TamaraThe goddess of life, Tamara is neutral good. Her titles include Her Beneficence and Her Mercy, and her portfolio is life, light, and mercy. Tamara is the kindest and most benevolent of the draconic deities. Some mistake this quality for weakness, though such beings don't make the same error twice. She appears as a luminously beautiful silver dragon, her eyes shining with the brightness of the sun itself. Her followers' alignments are all good, and they do not hesitate to stand against evil or tyranny; Tamara counts Pelor among her staunchest of allies, and Falazure, Hextor, Nerull, and Erythnul among her enemies.
The domains Tamara is associated with are Dragon, Good, Healing, Strength, Sun, and Family. The scimitar (or claw) is her favored weapon.
TiamatThe god of evil dragonkind, Tiamat is lawful evil. Her titles include the Chromatic Dragon and Creator of Evil Dragonkind, and her portfolio is evil dragons, conquest, and greed. All evil dragons pay homage to Tiamat; green and blue dragons acknowledge her sovereignty most readily. Good dragons have a healthy respect for Tiamat, though they usually avoid mentioning her or even thinking about her. In her natural form, Tiamat is a thick-bodied dragon with five heads and a wyvern's tail. Each head is a different color: white, black, green, blue, and red. Her massive body is striped in those colors. Tiamats have many consorts, including great wyrm dragons of the white, black, green, blue, and red varieties. Her followers' alignments are neutral evil and lawful evil. Tiamat claims not to need allies, though most believe she has bargains with many archdevils and lawful evil deities such as Hextor. Her enemies are numerous, including Heironeous, Moradin, and, of course, Bahamut.
The domains Tiamat is associated with are Destruction, Dragon, Evil, Greed, Law, Trickery, Hatred, Scalykind, and Tyranny. The heavy pick (or bite) is her favored weapon.