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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.

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
Linroth Fleet-Hoof: http://bit.ly/2PvXvUv
Naharra
Skerrit the Hoofed Lord: http://bit.ly/1t7gQQH

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

Dark Fae Powers:
Cegilune
The Queen of Air and Darkness

Seelie Court:
Caoimhin
Damh the Horned Beast: http://bit.ly/2xy2LQx
Eachthighern
Emmantiensien
Fionnghuala the Mistress of Swans: http://bit.ly/20Y1bNS
Nathair Sgiathach
Oberon
Squelaichie
Titania
Verenestra

Beholder Pantheon:
Great Mother
Gzemnid

Deities “missing” from Demihuman Deities:
Diinkarazan
Diirinka
Klikral
Nebelun the Meddler: http://bit.ly/1TO1req

Illithid Pantheon:
Ilsensine
Maanzecorian

Undead Deities:
Kanchelsis
Mellifleur

Miscellaneous Underdark Deities:
The Dark God
The Elder Elemental God
Juiblex
Piscaethces
Psilofyr
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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.

AuldDragon Posted - 01 May 2019 : 17:08:52
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
LordofBones Posted - 01 May 2019 : 08:15:01
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.
AuldDragon Posted - 01 May 2019 : 07:29:04
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
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Apr 2019 : 05:41:38
Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons: http://bit.ly/2V7sVn3

Powerful enough to claim the title of Prince of Demons, Demogorgon is a foul lord of of the Abyss who has achieved true divinity. Favoring the intelligent shallow-water rays known as ixitxachitl, he focuses on domination and the draining of life energy from victims in order to increase his own power.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Mar 2019 : 19:21:21
Chitza-Atlan, the Guardian of the Gateway to the Underworld: http://bit.ly/2NCr5HT

The most unusual centaur deity is Chitza-Atlan, an interloping undead deity who is said to guard the passage to the underworld and the afterlife. Little is known of his origins, but he has connections with the lord and lady of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli and Mictanchihuatl, and is known to the Olman peoples of Oerth.

Jeff
sleyvas Posted - 18 Feb 2019 : 22:56:59
quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

AuldDragon...are you aware of any of the deities mentioned in this article? I'm not 100% sure what/where it's from but it is from a file I have on Thar and I'm pretty sure I acquired it from Dazzlerdal. Anyway, here it is:

quote:
“Very well”, the leucrotta said at last. “You people think we’re animals, don’t you? By now you know that we’re far more. We “leucrotta”, as you call us, do have some unique ways of looking at the world. We see through the eyes of the Pack, and the Pack guides us”.
“The Pack?” I asked.
“Yes. They are our; what’s your word of it?, our gods”.
That the leucrotta are intelligent was a revelation. That they worship a previously unknown pantheon of gods and goddesses was nothing short of unbelievable.
According to Olaf, the leucrotta worship a group of archetypal predators known as the Pack. This Pack is led, not surprisingly, by the great leucrotta, Toknana. The Pack ranges across the plains of the Abyss, preying upon the tanar’ri, sending prey animals to deserving leucrotta, and defending the species against its enemies.
Toknana is assisted by a number of other archetypal creatures, such as Hruba the Chimera, Ylarria the Red Dragon, and Voal the Hydra. In addition, numerous leucrotta, chosen from the finest and most cunning hunters on Faerűn, also run with Toknana across the Abyss, and are sometimes dispatched to the Prime Material Plane to assist mortal leucrotta if they are threatened or need new tricks to help them deceive and capture prey.
The heroic example of Toknana and his Pack, who fear nothing and hunt even the most powerful of prey, form the basis of the leucrotta’s world view.
They have been awarded the world as their hunting ground, and those who prove the most dangerous and resourceful (which in the leucrotta’s mind also means “most deceitful”) will be united with Toknana in a land where they can hunt without fear of death or reprisal.




Awesome find... I'd go possibly another path and have them not be gods, but rather "primal spirits" of some monster types like a primordial (Kezef the Chaos Hound is a primordial, so is Dendar the Night Serpent). Possibly they were somehow enhanced magically. Maybe they're akin to "vestiges" and what happens is a leucrotta can "bind" Toknana to himself and get some non-standard binder abilities.... but maybe he only binds to leucrotta, etc... and when he does the leucrotta in question grows exceptionally large and dangerous.
AuldDragon Posted - 18 Feb 2019 : 18:13:57
Yep, I'm aware; I drew the other Ogre deities from the same source. :)

I haven't really decided how to handle them yet, in part because from the material, they're clearly not worshiped by any humanoids or other semi-civilized creatures that have religious rites, wrship locations, etc. My inclination is to treat them originally as aspects of Gorellik that have been usurped by Malar, mainly to preserve the dwindling power of Gorellik. Hyenas are believed to have inspired the mythological leucrotta (hence the scientific name Crocotta), and both Gorellik and Toknana are pack leaders. The other beings in the "pack" don't really fit IMO, but other than the dragon, they could be echoes of the Monsters of Legend from one of the Planescape Monstrous Compendium appendices, which are archetypal monsters (sphinxes, hydra, etc.). I wouldn't make the red dragon packmember Ylarria one of the dragon deities, though, since they wouldn't be subservient to a non-draconic god, so worship of them should still be directed in reality to the original power.

I'd probably feel differently if all of the members of the pack were leucrotta who represented different aspects of leucrotta life.

Jeff
George Krashos Posted - 18 Feb 2019 : 11:50:22
Elminster's Ecologies - The Great Gray Land of Thar booklet (p.14).

-- George Krashos
The Arcanamach Posted - 18 Feb 2019 : 08:18:00
AuldDragon...are you aware of any of the deities mentioned in this article? I'm not 100% sure what/where it's from but it is from a file I have on Thar and I'm pretty sure I acquired it from Dazzlerdal. Anyway, here it is:

quote:
“Very well”, the leucrotta said at last. “You people think we’re animals, don’t you? By now you know that we’re far more. We “leucrotta”, as you call us, do have some unique ways of looking at the world. We see through the eyes of the Pack, and the Pack guides us”.
“The Pack?” I asked.
“Yes. They are our; what’s your word of it?, our gods”.
That the leucrotta are intelligent was a revelation. That they worship a previously unknown pantheon of gods and goddesses was nothing short of unbelievable.
According to Olaf, the leucrotta worship a group of archetypal predators known as the Pack. This Pack is led, not surprisingly, by the great leucrotta, Toknana. The Pack ranges across the plains of the Abyss, preying upon the tanar’ri, sending prey animals to deserving leucrotta, and defending the species against its enemies.
Toknana is assisted by a number of other archetypal creatures, such as Hruba the Chimera, Ylarria the Red Dragon, and Voal the Hydra. In addition, numerous leucrotta, chosen from the finest and most cunning hunters on Faerűn, also run with Toknana across the Abyss, and are sometimes dispatched to the Prime Material Plane to assist mortal leucrotta if they are threatened or need new tricks to help them deceive and capture prey.
The heroic example of Toknana and his Pack, who fear nothing and hunt even the most powerful of prey, form the basis of the leucrotta’s world view.
They have been awarded the world as their hunting ground, and those who prove the most dangerous and resourceful (which in the leucrotta’s mind also means “most deceitful”) will be united with Toknana in a land where they can hunt without fear of death or reprisal.
AuldDragon Posted - 01 Feb 2019 : 19:02:38
Balador the Master of Mead: http://bit.ly/2MMJ7qp

Of the lycanthrope deities, the only benevolent power is Balador, Father Bear to the werebears. He is a protector of wildlands, and a wise and paternal guardian to his followers. While shy, he is a lover of good tales told around a fire over a shared mug of mead.

Jeff
sleyvas Posted - 03 Jan 2019 : 12:57:22
quote:
Originally posted by AuldDragon

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Nice last name addition. Also, as odd as it may sound, the holy symbol made me smile. His association to pegataurs as well seems right, and I'd actually recommend asperii as well.

I particularly want to thank you for this, as I was wanting to introduce these 4 centaur deities in Katashaka after you introduced them to me by referencing the article in dragon #103, but to have them cross racial boundaries to several tauric races (centaurs, ram-like "bariaur-kin" as the Faerunians have named them, Hybsil, Nyaalaku <larger antelope folk than Hybsils>, and Zebrataurs).



Glad you liked it! I think the hybsils and asperii would be drawn to other deities primarily; the asperii would probably be drawn to Eachthighern or Lurue, and hybsils would probably be drawn to the primary Seelie court and Skerrit in general. Zebrataurs would probably be drawn to the four from Dragon 103 more than Skerrit though. :)

Jeff



Well, for the Hybsil, I see them favoring the OTHER centaur gods amongst those four (Naharra the fertility and love goddess, Linroth the goddess of speed, and for the males Brilros god of strength), more than this guy. Also, this is for an area where the Fey courts will hold no sway. Skerrit works as well though, and I do have him listed as an option. I'm also noting in my notes I gave Linroth the portfolio of dancing as well... not sure why, but I'm guessing I'm seeing her as a goddess of courtship/the chase (as a servitor goddess of her mother).


On the asperii though, I gotta admit, I hadn't thought to specifically tie them to THIS deity UNTIL I started reading more about him. Given the asperii's love of riding winter winds and playing in storms, they do seem like the type that may favor this guy. Lurue and Eachthighern would also seem to fit as well (and I'm putting Lurue in the area where this is, but not Eachthighern). But interestingly enough, I could see some druidic asperii, and it could be interesting to develop magic items that they might use in order to enable their spellcasting (perhaps an item that specifically allows asperii to use a telepathic voice to replace verbal components? Somatic components via twitching ears, shaking mane, and nose.... I just got an image of bewitched in my head where she's twitching her nose).
AuldDragon Posted - 03 Jan 2019 : 01:14:25
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Nice last name addition. Also, as odd as it may sound, the holy symbol made me smile. His association to pegataurs as well seems right, and I'd actually recommend asperii as well.

I particularly want to thank you for this, as I was wanting to introduce these 4 centaur deities in Katashaka after you introduced them to me by referencing the article in dragon #103, but to have them cross racial boundaries to several tauric races (centaurs, ram-like "bariaur-kin" as the Faerunians have named them, Hybsil, Nyaalaku <larger antelope folk than Hybsils>, and Zebrataurs).



Glad you liked it! I think the hybsils and asperii would be drawn to other deities primarily; the asperii would probably be drawn to Eachthighern or Lurue, and hybsils would probably be drawn to the primary Seelie court and Skerrit in general. Zebrataurs would probably be drawn to the four from Dragon 103 more than Skerrit though. :)

Jeff
sleyvas Posted - 02 Jan 2019 : 13:22:55
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Originally posted by AuldDragon

Fanthros Storm-Hooves: http://bit.ly/2KKZH9m

This month features the second of the four centaur deities that were listed but not detailed in an old Dragon Magazine articles on centaurs. Fanthros is the patriach of the small clan of four deities, who all serve under Skerrit the Forrester. Among the small centaur pantheon, Fanthros is the deity of weather, the sky, and agriculture.

Jeff



Nice last name addition. Also, as odd as it may sound, the holy symbol made me smile. His association to pegataurs as well seems right, and I'd actually recommend asperii as well.

I particularly want to thank you for this, as I was wanting to introduce these 4 centaur deities in Katashaka after you introduced them to me by referencing the article in dragon #103, but to have them cross racial boundaries to several tauric races (centaurs, ram-like "bariaur-kin" as the Faerunians have named them, Hybsil, Nyaalaku <larger antelope folk than Hybsils>, and Zebrataurs).


I'm also just now noting some similarities that may lead to some heresies that could be fun. Basically, in Anchorome there are the thunder twins which are "great spirits" modeled after native american mythology. I was mirroring this in my "Metahel" pantheon that resembles but differs from the Norse pantheon, with a storm god named Thoros who births twins on different mothers (yeah, makes no sense, but neither does Heimdahl having nine mothers) that resemble somewhat Magni and Modi. He also has a daughter that is tied to runes/magic. Here we have another instance of a storm god birthing twins, and one of these is actually a god of strength as well. I'm not saying they would be the same beings, but rather that mortals might debate such. I also introduced another Metahel horse being somewhat resembling Sleipnir with my version of Loki (I've adapted the little spoken of Valigan Thirdborn), which I'm naming Besparr the Many-Legged. Who the "horse" was that Valigan Thirdborn mated with? Hells, for all we know it might be this god, might be Eachthighern, or something else entirely. That also being said, I might even change the concept of Besparr the Many-Legged to instead be a giant caribou with many legs, but have him linked to beings such as asperii, hippocampi, etc... I might even hint that Besparr the Many-Legged is both male and female, as some form of conjoined twin... and thus 8 legs.


Moedae, Lord of Bravery and Mounted Combat, one of the Thunder Twins - This god rides a silver-furred Asperii that can also change into a Hippocampus when it goes beneath the waves. Magnaear is seen as a restless god and he rides across the heavens seeking out new challenges to test himself against. He is the son of Sifya and Thoros.
Magnaear, Lord of Strength, one of the Thunder Twins – Magnaer is noted as being extremely strong and hairy. This god is noted as having a female bear companion, Balanis, who periodically changes shape into that of a woman. It is rumored that her ability to change shape was a gift bestowed by Magnaer, and he did thereby accept the curse that he himself must periodically wander the world as a bear himself. Other stories say that Magnaear received Balanis as a bride-price for a service performed for another deity known as Father Bear or Balador, having come to Balador's aid when he was attacked by a great werewolf named Daragor. It is said in that story that Magnaear was bitten by Daragor and that Balador changed Magnaear's curse by mixing his blood with that of Balanis during their marriage ceremony. There are stories that these two did birth a race of intelligent bear folk, and nearly anytime the two of them are seen they are followed by three young, inquisitive bear cubs. Unlike his aggressive brother, Moedae, Magnaear is known for simply wanting to relax and eat, but he is always called out by foolish giants and other creatures who seek to best him in combat. He is the son of Yaernsacsa and Thoros.

Thoordra Thorosdottir, goddess of runes and truename magic, daughter of Thoros and Sifya – Thoordra is a dutiful daughter who serves to inspire those who seek to employ runecraft. She is depticted in art as a shapely red headed goddess of large but well-placed girth. It is said that it was she that recovered the eye of her grandfather, Asagrimmr, from an ancient place of power. She then delivered it to her father, Thoros, when he lost his own eye. It was also Thoordra who helped nail Thoros to the world ash when he sought to delve the mysteries of his father's eye to learn the mysteries of rune magic. Thoordra listened to the fevered meanderings of Thoros for sixteen days, all while protecting her father from the assaults of giant and demonkind. Between fighting, she tended to her father, bringing him mango juice and cleansing his wounds with water from Eldunna's Goldenheart Spring. She also made note of the many mystical markings which covered his body during these fevered dreams, markings which would change shape and/or come and go as time passed. As a result, she learned much of rune and truename magic. However, she sought more, and so her father and she did plot to steal more knowledge of runecraft from the dwarves. Thoordra did entreat a dwarven god of wisdom, whose name seems to vary, but whose ugliness was brought on by the great size of his egg shaped head. Thoordra proposed that she and this dwarven god should become betrothed to her, and met with him in “secret” to tryst with him and they did make vows to one another. When Thoros “learned” of this betrayal he claimed that the dwarven god of wisdom must prove his intellect if he wanted to claim a daughter as fine as his own. It is said that in his haste to prove his wisdom and thus gain her love, that the god revealed the secrets of dwarven runecraft, and thus proved himself a fool not worthy of Thoordra. He was thus slain and Thoordra absorbed much of his power, and it is whispered that his stone body floats in the astral to this day.

Besparr the many-legged – Lord of horses, Asperii and Hippocampi. It is said by the Metahel that Besparr is born of a pairing of Valigor the Runtborn Giant while in the form of a mare and a great primordial horse. Besparr appears as an eight legged horse of white fur and a silver mane that can ride the winds, but he can also enter the sea in the form of a hippocampi. Primarily worshipped in Anchorome, his worship has spread to Katashaka with the coming of the Metahel. In Anchorome he is worshipped by centaurs, asperii, Poscadari Elves, Metahel humans, avariel elves, and aquatic elves.
AuldDragon Posted - 02 Jan 2019 : 06:36:52
Panzuriel the Enslaver: http://bit.ly/2CJf7IQ

Panzuriel is the evil of the depths, partially banished long ago by Deep Sashelas and an alliances of oceanic deities. He raises a rabble of followers wherever he can in order to lay waste to the civilizations on the sea floor, although his favored followers are the kraken and morkoth.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 02 Dec 2018 : 17:41:53
Fanthros Storm-Hooves: http://bit.ly/2KKZH9m

This month features the second of the four centaur deities that were listed but not detailed in an old Dragon Magazine articles on centaurs. Fanthros is the patriach of the small clan of four deities, who all serve under Skerrit the Forrester. Among the small centaur pantheon, Fanthros is the deity of weather, the sky, and agriculture.

Jeff
AuldDragon Posted - 06 Nov 2018 : 04:57:51
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Originally posted by sleyvas

Well done. BTW, I'd put this deity also as an ally of Lurue. The way both of them are portrayed as travelling the world, I can just picture a race similar to what you described with Hermes, but with Lurue using gates, teleportation, and other magical tricks to stay one step ahead.... but maybe Linroth finally wins and Lurue rewards Linroth's cunning by gifting her a magical animal companion... maybe a small amazingly fast talking hummingbird? I can picture the two getting into highjinks together and the hummingbird being able to go where she can't. Maybe even the talking hummingbird talks SOOO fast that noone else can understand it except speedy Linroth.



I could see a lot of that. I mainly went with Greek rather than any other connections because of Kheiron (Chiron) and the real-world mythic origins of centaurs. :)

Jeff
sleyvas Posted - 05 Nov 2018 : 15:49:40
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Originally posted by AuldDragon

Linroth Fleet-Hoof: http://bit.ly/2PvXvUv

One of the four minor centaur deities mentioned in Dragon Magazine #103, Linroth is a deity of speed, traveling, and merchants. I drew some inspiration from nomadic steppe peoples for the write-up, as well as some elements from Greek mythology.

Jeff



Well done. BTW, I'd put this deity also as an ally of Lurue. The way both of them are portrayed as travelling the world, I can just picture a race similar to what you described with Hermes, but with Lurue using gates, teleportation, and other magical tricks to stay one step ahead.... but maybe Linroth finally wins and Lurue rewards Linroth's cunning by gifting her a magical animal companion... maybe a small amazingly fast talking hummingbird? I can picture the two getting into highjinks together and the hummingbird being able to go where she can't. Maybe even the talking hummingbird talks SOOO fast that noone else can understand it except speedy Linroth.

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