Beyond The Shore
Being an enumeration of the known gods of this world…
There are literally thousands of gods in the world and not even the oldest and wisest sages claim to know the names and natures all of them. Most temples and churches in the world are dedicated not to a single deity, but are rather filled with shrines to many gods—typically any and all that the builders of the edifice had knowledge of, and often with space set aside for as-yet-unknown gods. There are gods representing every minute aspect of life. There may be both a god of persimmon trees and a god of rotting persimmon fruit, gods of men who lust after elven maids, and gods of men who lust after elven males. No portfolio is too petty or too specific for there to be a god to oversee it.
Most common people are Pantheists. They tend to be highly spiritual and superstitious, praying often. They do not have patron deities, but rather pray to whatever god or gods might have power over the present situation. If they do not know what god rules their current predicament, they will go with the generic and pray to them all. Sometimes a particularly charismatic priest will convince a small village to devote the majority of their worship to a single deity. In these rare cases, the god in question may gain sufficient power to have more than one priest (sometimes as many as three or even four).
Clerics, Druids, Inquisitors, and similar classes always worship their own single, specific god. Indeed, no god grants spells to more than a single faithful servant (none is so powerful as to do more). These priestly characters may be of any alignment, and may choose any domains they wish—even alignment domains opposed to their own (there may be a god of good men who have evil thoughts for example). Those that gain proficiency with a “deity’s weapon of choice” may choose any single martial weapon of their choice. Players are encouraged to make up the details of their chosen god.
Regardless of deity or domain, no character can cast the Raise Dead spell, nor any similar spell with a casting time of 1 minute or greater that would restore life to a dead character (see Life, Death, and What Comes After).
The one exception to this general pantheism is Dormin, the god of the giants. Dormin is the only god of any significant power (by traditional D&D standards), and is the only god able to grant his priests the ability to raise the dead—and, indeed, the only god powerful enough to have more than one divine spellcaster in their service. Dormin’s faithful are monotheistic, seeing all other gods and their priests as beneath them (which is true). Similarly all other priests (and the vast majority of the common folk) view Dormin as the ultimate source of Evil, and his followers as the worst kind of heretics.
Divine spellcasters in Dormin’s service may be of any non-Chaotic alignment, treat the Dragon Pistol as their favored weapon, and have access to the Curse, Darkness, Isolation, Light, Resurrection, and Souls domains, and the Banishment, Heresy, Possession, and True Death inquisitions.
One cannot possibly list all of the petty gods of the world. The All-Embracing church recognizes the gods of Egypt, the gods and deified emperors of Rome, the gods of the Germanic peoples, the gods of Mycenaea, the god of Abraham, the gods of the Indians, the gods of the Hindus, the gods of the Australian aborigines, various Saints, the gods of the various Fey races, the gods of various Realms lost and forgotten, and thousands of others.
Here are but a few of the known gods.
|Deity Name||Portfolio||Domains||Deity’s Priest|
|Dormin||Giants, Dark Magic, Resurrection||Curse, Darkness, Isolation, Light, Resurrection, Souls||Multiplicitous|
|Besmara||Piracy||Greed, Oceans||Sandara Quinn|
|Polmomnu||Moonplum Trees||Agriculture, Moon||Father William|
|Vorn||Civic ironworks rusted by rain||Cold Iron, Decay|
|Tittivilla||Breeding of horned animals||Lust, Fur|
|Saint Siavacia||Humans who wish to become snakes||Cannibalism, Scalykind|
|Gnowee||Women who search for lost children||Sun, Travel||Jessica Duncaster|
|Enki||Written inscriptions in metal or clay||Artifice, Earth||currently none|
|“Chris”||Renaming of people or ships||Innuendo, Prophecy||Chandra Goodwin|
|Anuket||The lower cataracts of the Nile||Rivers, Catastrophe|
|Babi||Undead virility||Undead, Monkey|
|Kui||Dirt under huts||Home, Earth|
|Baphomet||Men with the heads of ruminants||Strength, Fur|
|Vesta||Sacred/Temple Prostitution1||Divine, Lust|
|Tittivilus||Typographical errors||Language, Entropy|
|Leanan Sidhe||Inspiration||Artifice, Imagination|
|Amphitrite||Salt water||Oceans, Song|
|Resgatelento||Slow and gradual rehabilitation of criminals||Judgement, Redemption, Reformation, Sin2|
|Fishguts||Piscine entrails||Cannibalism, Flotsam||Adrien Tolbert|
|Demogorgon||Carnivorous Apes||Monkey, Demon|
|???||Prince of Demons3||Demon, Resurrection||Ukug ‘Rummy’ Rummm|
1 Not to be confused with everyday prostitutes who do not work in temples.
3 While the title “Prince of Demons” is often bandied about by religious and planar scholars, no one knows who this being is. The Prince is said to be the original author of the Demonologia Sexualis and to rule over the deepest layers of the realm of the dead, converting deceased souls into unspeakable monstrosities. It is said that his chosen prophet can bring these dead spirits bodily into the world, overriding even Dormin’s monopoly on the powers of resurrection — though at terrible cost.