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AuldDragon Posted - 12 Feb 2014 : 10:35:26
I've been a huge fan of the Faiths & Avatars format created by Julia Martin and Eric Boyd, and I always wanted a fourth book to be published, companion to Faiths & Avatars, Powers & Pantheons, and Demihuman Deities. Since there's no chance now of seeing an official one, I decided to create my own, updating the deities from DMGR4 Monster Mythology, as well as some others. I write these from the point of view of 2nd Edition, incorporating primarily only that canon, and focusing on the whole 2e multiverse, so where possible, I mention canon from all 2nd Edition settings. I post the main entries on my blog, and then will update this thread.

If you’ve been enjoying these entries, please consider supporting the project on Patreon or Ko-Fi:
https://www.patreon.com/MonsterMythology
https://ko-fi.com/aulddragon

Bugbear (and Other) Pantheon:
Grankhul the Hunter: http://bit.ly/1TTie59
Hruggek the Decapitator: http://bit.ly/1XX3cus
Meriadar the Patient One: http://bit.ly/1RTjyNC
Skiggaret the Deranged One: http://bit.ly/1X3bgdU
Stalker, the Hateful Shadow: http://bit.ly/1O7VbB3

Goblin Pantheon:
Bargrivyek the Peacekeeper: http://bit.ly/1U3efkG
Khugorbaeyag the Overseer: http://bit.ly/24ne4Cb
Maglubiyet the Mighty One: http://bit.ly/1TNW2UB
Nomog-Geaya the General: http://bit.ly/1ss21aV

Kobold and Urd Pantheon:
Dakarnok the Raider: http://bit.ly/1UBjZAN
Gaknulak the Trapmaker: http://bit.ly/1TTjqVU
Kuraulyek the Horned Thief: http://bit.ly/1PaE0de
Kurtulmak the Cunning: http://bit.ly/1PsgPAp

Orcish Pantheon:
Bahgtru the Leg-Breaker: http://bit.ly/1UmIK0I
Gruumsh One-Eye: http://bit.ly/1VCla5n
Ilneval the Horde Leader: http://bit.ly/24nfwV7
Luthic the Cave Mother: http://bit.ly/1UBjd6N
Shargaas the Night Lord: http://bit.ly/1sTJO5O
Yurtrus White-Hands: http://bit.ly/25FbI7s

The Ordning:
Annam the All-Father: http://bit.ly/1U0cJOR
Diancastra, the Wanton Wanderer: http://bit.ly/1PaEzUo
Grolantor the Steading Lord: http://bit.ly/1U3fGQ5
Grond Peaksmasher: http://bit.ly/24nggt6
Hiatea the Huntress: http://bit.ly/1XpIe9p
Iallanis the Tender One: http://bit.ly/1X3cvd4
Karontor the Deformed One: http://bit.ly/1O7VU5v
Memnor the Deceiver: http://bit.ly/1UBjLcS
Skoreaus Stonebones, the Living Rock: http://bit.ly/1UBjLcS
Stronmaus the Storm Lord: http://bit.ly/289ALyn
Surtr the Black: http://bit.ly/289ABqP
Thrym, the King of Ice: http://bit.ly/25Corob

Gnoll Pantheon:
Gorellik the Loner: http://bit.ly/1UBjXZy
Refnara the Moon-Biter: http://bit.ly/1PspJ11
Yeenoghu the Demon Prince of Gnolls: http://bit.ly/1UBk87a

Ogre Pantheon:
Mirklak the Orcslayer: http://bit.ly/1VCpPnK
Vaprak the Destroyer: http://bit.ly/1TTm1zk
Ysshara the Lorekeeper: http://bit.ly/1t7fJk7

Interlopers on the Giant Pantheon:
Baphomet, Demon Lord of Minotaurs: http://bit.ly/1U3lSrf
Kostchtchie, the Demon Prince of Wrath: http://bit.ly/1XpQeHa

Draconic Pantheon (Io's Children):
Aasterinian, the Messenger of Io: http://bit.ly/1XpQuWH
Arcanic the Learned: http://bit.ly/1WzDlK9
Astilabor the Hoardmistress: http://bit.ly/1PaJGDQ
Bahamut the Platinum Dragon: http://bit.ly/2gcEmW6
Chronepsis the Death Dragon: http://bit.ly/1O7Yx7l
Elemtia the Tempest: http://bit.ly/1U3m1uJ
Faluzure the Night Dragon: http://bit.ly/1ZcdvtA
Garyx the Firelord: http://bit.ly/1X3g6In
Hlal the Jester: http://bit.ly/2aI5MoG
Io the Ninefold Dragon: http://bit.ly/2iuNgmv
Kalzareinad, The Keeper of Dark Wonders: http://bit.ly/1VCqHc5
Kereska Wonderbringer: http://bit.ly/2fbhbMv
Lendys the Balancer: http://bit.ly/1U3nzos
Rais, The Cogitative One: http://bit.ly/20Y18Sg
Sardior the Ruby Dragon: http://bit.ly/2bMvFiS
Tamara the Merciful: http://bit.ly/2dMW2KH
Task the Wrester: http://bit.ly/29aUTaK
Tiamat the Chromatic Dragon: http://bit.ly/22DC4Bx
Zorquan the High One: http://bit.ly/1UjK9W9

Aerial Deities:
Jazirian the Eternal Serpent: http://bit.ly/1UmSlo6
Koriel the Vigilant: http://bit.ly/2kszfGg
Stillsong the Singing Sphere: http://bit.ly/2pAAh5J

Aquatic Deities:
Anguileusis the Abiding One: http://bit.ly/2lcZsdz
Blibdoolpoolp the Sea Mother: http://bit.ly/2tK3Pzc
Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons: http://bit.ly/2V7sVn3
Eadro the Deliverer: http://bit.ly/Eadro
Ilxendren the Demonray: http://bit.ly/2svK8MH
Panzuriel the Enslaver: http://bit.ly/2CJf7IQ
Persana, Guardian of the Deep: http://bit.ly/2OXzuFW
Sekolah the Great Shark: http://bit.ly/2iyzGR3
Surminare the Selkie Queen: http://bit.ly/2nsA7cU
Trishina the Waverider: http://bit.ly/1t7h0rg
Water Lion the Sharkslayer: http://bit.ly/2x7BNwt

Avian Deities:
Krocaa the Crimsonfeather: http://bit.ly/2BL3ddK
Quorlinn the Filcher: http://bit.ly/2iTi41K
Remnis, the Great Lord of the Eagles: http://bit.ly/2J4orfd
Syranita, Mistress of the Aarakocra: http://bit.ly/2qFphWC

Reptilian and Amphibian Deities:
Laogzed the Devourer: http://bit.ly/2vo4pox
Merrshaulk the Serpent Lord: http://bit.ly/Merrshaulk
Parrafaire the Naga Prince: http://bit.ly/2epLsHv
Ramenos the Great Frog: http://bit.ly/1sTUIsi
Semuanya the Survivor: http://bit.ly/2SzBYfM
Sess'innek the Emperor Lizard: http://bit.ly/2EuSHcW
Shekinester the Three-Faced Queen: http://bit.ly/Shekinester

Centaur Pantheon:
Brilros the Battle Stallion: http://bit.ly/2XmYvhK
Chitza-Atlan, the Guardian of the Gateway to the Underworld: http://bit.ly/2NCr5HT
Fanthros Storm-Hooves: http://bit.ly/2KKZH9m
Kheiron the Educator: http://bit.ly/35T1VNf
Linroth Fleet-Hoof: http://bit.ly/2PvXvUv
Naharra the Mother-Mare: http://bit.ly/32kSzIc
Skerrit the Hoofed Lord: http://bit.ly/1t7gQQH

Lycanthrope Pantheon:
Balador the Master of Mead: http://bit.ly/2MMJ7qp
Daragor the Wolflord: http://bit.ly/2GIbUL7
Eshebala the Vixen Queen: http://bit.ly/2LoZOLw
Ferrix the Prowler: http://bit.ly/2N5fGSg
Squerrik the Ratlord: http://bit.ly/24nmVDV

Dark Fae Powers:
Cegilune
The Queen of Air and Darkness

Seelie Court:
Caoimhin the Kindly: http://bit.ly/2obZk0g
Damh the Horned Beast: http://bit.ly/2xy2LQx
Eachthighern
Emmantiensien the Treant-King: https://bit.ly/2wKVVKH
Fionnghuala the Mistress of Swans: http://bit.ly/20Y1bNS
Nathair Sgiathach the Prankster: http://bit.ly/2ZOPwYY
Oberon
Squelaiche the Court Jester: https://bit.ly/3gkuybw
Titania
Verenestra

Beholder Pantheon:
Great Mother, the Hive Spawner: http://bit.ly/2UgrWn2
Gzemnid the Gas Giant: http://bit.ly/2MjGnS1

Deities “missing” from Demihuman Deities:
Diinkarazan
Diirinka the Betrayer: http://bit.ly/387V7Mo
Klikral
Nebelun the Meddler: http://bit.ly/1TO1req
Tethrin Veraldé the Shining One: http://bit.ly/2MjGnS1

Myconid Pantheon:
Psilofyr the Spore Lord: https://bit.ly/2Dnsl0L

Illithid Pantheon:
Ilsensine
Maanzecorian

Undead Deities:
Kanchelsis
Mellifleur

Miscellaneous Underdark Deities:
The Dark God
The Elder Elemental God
Juiblex
Piscaethces
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AuldDragon Posted - 01 Aug 2020 : 23:23:00
Psilofyr the Spore Lord: https://bit.ly/2Dnsl0L

A contemplative and peaceable deity, Psilofyr is the myconid deity of community and philosophy. It is an ancient power, manifesting as a type of fungal world tree archetype. It dislikes animal life, seeing them as inherently destructive and violently destructive, although it has softened towards races like the svirfneblin that have proven themselves allies to myconids.

Jeff
PattPlays Posted - 19 Jul 2020 : 02:40:55
I just want to say that I searched for a monster that A.J. Picket called a 'Scourger' relating to Fraz-Urblu and the only result on the entire website was this forum on page 9.

Why does this happen to me? I finally stop researching Orcus (see my created threads) and the Raven Queen's origins and then the only result for a completely unrelated term leads me straight back to more mind shatteringly coincidental forum postings that I now have to deep dive into to get more Kiransalee/Orcus/Grazt/Raven Queen research.

>_>' This place is so magically convinent it's stressful...

Edit: SKURCHUR! Dragon 333. A freaking lack of correct spelling led me here.
Incredible.
AuldDragon Posted - 02 Jul 2020 : 03:35:11
Squelaiche the Court Jester: https://bit.ly/3gkuybw

Squelaiche is the patron of leprechauns, and the Court Jester of the Seelie Court. He is a trickster, but his jests and jibes always carry lessons to those they target. He is the only member of the Inner Circle who isn’t related to Titania.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Jun 2020 : 17:39:36
Tethrin Veraldé the Shining One: https://bit.ly/2MjGnS1

One of a number of minor elven deities who appeared in the pages of Dragon Magazine, Tethrin Veraldé, the elven god of bladesingers and battle magic, had an abbreviated Faiths & Avatars style writeup in Dragon #236, which I have expanded upon.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 02 Apr 2020 : 00:10:32
Emmantiensien the Treant-King: https://bit.ly/2wKVVKH

One of the outer circle members of the Seelie Court, Emmantiensien is still an important member of the Court. He forgets nothing, making him an excellent sage, and he guards a powerful ancient magical crystal that grants him and the Court substantial powers.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Mar 2020 : 21:32:30
Diirinka the Betrayer: http://bit.ly/387V7Mo

Diirinka is the treacherous and cruel patron of the degenerate dwarves known as derro. Exiled from the Morndinsamman for his crimes against his brother and mortal dwarves, he hides in Pandemonium, paranoid that his enemies, especially the illithid god Ilsensine, will find and destroy him.

Jeff
TheIriaeban Posted - 02 Feb 2020 : 18:28:23
<stage whisper>"Did you SEE what she was WEARING? And that EYE Shadow."<rolls eyes>
Wooly Rupert Posted - 02 Feb 2020 : 14:40:52
quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

Okay, I can understand the others, but what did Diinkarazan do to deserve the Great Mother's emnity? He's a greater danger to the derro than to the Great Mother.



They met on a blind date. He took one look at her, screamed like a little girl and ran off, and she's never forgiven him for that.
AuldDragon Posted - 02 Feb 2020 : 08:09:31
quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

Okay, I can understand the others, but what did Diinkarazan do to deserve the Great Mother's emnity? He's a greater danger to the derro than to the Great Mother.



He existed. :)

Jeff
LordofBones Posted - 02 Feb 2020 : 07:36:00
Okay, I can understand the others, but what did Diinkarazan do to deserve the Great Mother's emnity? He's a greater danger to the derro than to the Great Mother.
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Feb 2020 : 22:12:04
Great Mother, the Hive Spawner: http://bit.ly/2UgrWn2

The Great Mother of the beholders is a bizarre being of contradictions. It is a chaotic entity where its spawn are lawful, and while it is the source of beholders’ power, it is also the ultimate origin of all the different breeds of beholder and kin, and thus at least partially responsible for their xenophobic internal wars.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Jan 2020 : 19:52:02
Nathair Sgiathach the Prankster: http://bit.ly/2ZOPwYY

While one of Io’s Children, Nathair Sgiathach (NEIGH-er SKEY-ak) feels more at home among the small folk of the Seelie Court, and is patron of faerie dragons and pseudodragons. His power is a valuable aid in protecting fairy folk, but unfortunately his irreverent attitude makes for a less valuable advisor to Titania, Queen of the Fairies.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Dec 2019 : 19:28:08
Kheiron the Educator: http://bit.ly/35T1VNf

One of the most famous centaurs, Kheiron is the offspring of the Titan Cronus, but does not share his disposition towards the Olympians. As such, he is included in both that human pantheon and the centaur pantheon, and has branches of his clergy among both races. Throughout his history, he has taken special interest in educating would-be heroes, and his mythology includes many long lists of the heroes he has educated.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Nov 2019 : 21:37:29
Ferrix the Prowler: http://bit.ly/2N5fGSg

Sibling to Balador, Ferrix is a playful and inquisitive deity, and patron of the weretigers. She is a huntress, but gets a greater thrill from the hunt than the kill. She likes to explore and learn, but unlike her brother, she has not the wisdom to differentiate mundane and trivial knowledge.


Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Oct 2019 : 22:36:45
Caoimhin the Kindly: http://bit.ly/2obZk0g

The smallest member of the Seelie Court is Caoimhin (KOO-ev-inn), patron of the little killmoulis. He is a timid and grumbly deity who is keenly aware of his own weaknesses, but has an inner strength where his friends and allies are concerned.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Sep 2019 : 19:11:12
Naharra the Mother-Mare: http://bit.ly/32kSzIc

Naharra is the final member of the small centaur pantheon mentioned in Dragon Magazine #105, and rounds out the family group that serves Skerrit. She is the centaur deity of lover, motherhood, and fertility, and as a deity of family, represents the ancestor spirits that many centaur shamans contact for advice.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Aug 2019 : 18:58:29
Daragor the Wolflord: http://bit.ly/2GIbUL7

The bloodthirsty and rapacious patron of werewolves and seawolves, Daragor is a wanderer who delights in nothing but sating his bloodlust. While he wanders the Lower Planes butchering the fiends and travelers he finds there, he sends his avatars to do the same on the Prime Material Plane.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 04 Jul 2019 : 07:09:32
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

quote:
Originally posted by AuldDragon

Damh the Horned Beast: http://bit.ly/2xy2LQx

Child of Titania and Oberon, Damh (pronounced DAV) is the revelrous patron of satyrs and korred. Despite his love for wine, women, and song, he is the physically strongest member of the Seelie Court, and the first to come to defense of sylvan lands.

Jeff



My first thoughts were "man, he'd be a good racial deity for the goat folk/ibixians of the 3.5e monster manual 3". However, while they're compared to satyrs in their entry, they're particularly noted as being more barbarous. Still given Damh's physical nature he might make a good deity for them, just not necessarily their main one.



Tapann might also be a good choice, or the centaur deities.

Jeff
sleyvas Posted - 03 Jul 2019 : 19:45:22
quote:
Originally posted by AuldDragon

Damh the Horned Beast: http://bit.ly/2xy2LQx

Child of Titania and Oberon, Damh (pronounced DAV) is the revelrous patron of satyrs and korred. Despite his love for wine, women, and song, he is the physically strongest member of the Seelie Court, and the first to come to defense of sylvan lands.

Jeff



My first thoughts were "man, he'd be a good racial deity for the goat folk/ibixians of the 3.5e monster manual 3". However, while they're compared to satyrs in their entry, they're particularly noted as being more barbarous. Still given Damh's physical nature he might make a good deity for them, just not necessarily their main one.
AuldDragon Posted - 02 Jul 2019 : 04:44:54
Damh the Horned Beast: http://bit.ly/2xy2LQx

Child of Titania and Oberon, Damh (pronounced DAV) is the revelrous patron of satyrs and korred. Despite his love for wine, women, and song, he is the physically strongest member of the Seelie Court, and the first to come to defense of sylvan lands.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 03 Jun 2019 : 02:28:24
Brilros the Battle Stallion: http://bit.ly/2XmYvhK

Another member of the centaur pantheon, Brilros is the child of Fanthros and Naharra, and sibling to Linroth. He represents war, battle, and strength, and like his sister, is a youthful and vigorous power. He leads centaurs in the defense of their lands, and teaches their warriors strategy and tactics.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 06 May 2019 : 17:10:54
quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

In myth, the Tamamo-no-Mae possessed a concubine and corrupted King Zhou of the Shang dynasty, then corrupted an Indian prince, then went back to China, then finally ended up in Japan. She's so infamous that she's known as one of the Three Great Youkai of Japan.

Given the prevalent seduction theme, Eshebala could have ties to the fox.



Right, but that's all in the Japanese myth, right, where India essentially serves as "a land far away"? It might be based on some Indian myths, but they're heavily altered. Besides, while werefoxes are inspired by kitsune, they *aren't* kitsune, and Eshebala is an interloper. The closest thing to the fox shape changers in Indian myth are rakshasas, which are already existent in D&D.

Jeff
LordofBones Posted - 06 May 2019 : 07:04:43
quote:
Originally posted by AuldDragon

quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

Given the antics of the most infamous real-life kitsune, would it be accurate to add the Japanese and Vedic pantheons to Eshebala's list of foes? After all, Tamamo-no-Mae menaced Japan, India and China.



I don't know any references to fox spirits in Hindu mythology, but I definitely could have missed it. If you have a source I'd definitely be interested in reading about it. I didn't list any members of the Japanese pantheon in part because she doesn't really actively do much other than pamper herself and take things for herself. There's not really much conflict there. The reason I added the Celestial Bureaucracy is because her she is disrupting orderly operations by essentially stealing agents who have jobs to do, even if minor.

Jeff



In myth, the Tamamo-no-Mae possessed a concubine and corrupted King Zhou of the Shang dynasty, then corrupted an Indian prince, then went back to China, then finally ended up in Japan. She's so infamous that she's known as one of the Three Great Youkai of Japan.

Given the prevalent seduction theme, Eshebala could have ties to the fox.
AuldDragon Posted - 02 May 2019 : 00:46:57
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Just wondering, did you make up the layer name? If so, I love it.

Domain Name: 193rd Layer/Vulgarea


Nope, that's from Planescape. :)

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

My first thoughts (which granted, this isn't a major deity and she may even be dead) were "might she get along with Kiga the Predator". She gets along with Malar... but maybe that's because he's masculine. I was thinking along the lines of "she doesn't like the goddess of weretigresses, Ferrix… but she might get along with a more bloodthirsty cat goddess that she can manipulate through false praise and/or defaming Ferrix".


She doesn't "get along with" Malar so much as she uses him to get at her brother Daragor. She would have to see something in an alliance/association with Kiga. In general, she is almost completely disinterested in divine politics and other powers, unless she can get a direct personal benefit.

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

I like the part about her getting along with Cegilune despite both being Lunar Powers. It might be interesting if Cegilune's trades are to give Eshebala some control over lyncanthropes.


Well, specifically Eshebala claims some power over the moon, but doesn't actually have any. It's mostly hubris on her part. Cegilune puts up with it for reasons unknown, but as much as Eshebala sees herself as using Cegilune, it is absolutely the other way around. :)

Jeff
sleyvas Posted - 01 May 2019 : 22:44:51
quote:
Originally posted by AuldDragon

Eshebala the Vixen Queen: http://bit.ly/2LoZOLw

As Queen of the Foxwomen, Eshebala embodies the same vain and shallow obsession with beauty and material wealth found in that lycanthropic race. She has a decidedly cruel streak as well, and seeks to destroy things and creatures she has n further use for, or that which she cannot acquire.

Jeff



Just wondering, did you make up the layer name? If so, I love it.

Domain Name: 193rd Layer/Vulgarea

My first thoughts (which granted, this isn't a major deity and she may even be dead) were "might she get along with Kiga the Predator". She gets along with Malar... but maybe that's because he's masculine. I was thinking along the lines of "she doesn't like the goddess of weretigresses, Ferrix… but she might get along with a more bloodthirsty cat goddess that she can manipulate through false praise and/or defaming Ferrix".

I like the part about her getting along with Cegilune despite both being Lunar Powers. It might be interesting if Cegilune's trades are to give Eshebala some control over lyncanthropes.


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