Gods of the Multiverse

Religion is an important part of life in the worlds of the D&D multiverse. When gods walk the world, clerics channel divine power, evil cults perform dark sacrifices in subterranean lairs, and shining paladins stand like beacons against the darkness, it’s hard to be ambivalent about the deities and deny their existence.

Many people in the worlds of D&D worship different gods at different times and circumstances. People in the Forgotten Realms, for example, might pray to Sune for luck in love, make an offering to Waukeen before heading to the market, and pray to appease Talos when a severe storm blows in-all in the same day. Many people have a favorite among the gods, one whose ideals and teachings they make their own. And a few people dedicate themselves entirely to a single god, usually serving as a priest or champion of that god’s ideals.

Your DM determines which gods, if any, are worshiped in his or her campaign. From among the gods available, you can choose a single deity for your character to serve, worship, or pay lip service to. Or you can pick a few that your character prays to most often. Or just make a mental note of the gods who are revered in your DM’s campaign so you can invoke their names when appropriate. If you’re playing a cleric or a character with the Acolyte background, decide which god your deity serves or served, and consider the deity’s suggested domains when selecting your character’s domain.

D&d Pantheons

Each world in the D&D multiverse has its own pantheons of deities, ranging in size from the teeming pantheons of the Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk to the more focused religions of Eberron and Dragonlance. Many of the nonhuman races worship the same gods on different worlds—Moradin, for example, is revered by dwarves of the Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, and many other worlds.

The Forgotten Realms

Dozens of deities are revered, worshiped, and feared throughout the world of the Forgotten Realms. At least thirty deities are widely known across the Realms, and many more are worshiped locally, by individual tribes, small cults, or certain sects of larger religious temples.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Auril, goddess of winter NE Nature, Tempest Six-pointed snowflake
Azuth, god of wizards LN Knowledge Left hand pointing upward, outlined in fire
Bane, god of tyranny LE War Upright black right hand, thumb and fingers together
Beshaba, goddess of misfortune CE Trickery Black antlers
Bhaal, god of murder NE Death Skull surrounded by a ring of blood droplets
Chauntea, goddess of agriculture NC Life Sheafofgrain or a blooming rose over grain
Cyric, god of lies CE Trickery White jawless skull on black or purple sunburst
Deneir, god of writing NC Knowledge Lit candle above an open eye
Eldath, goddess of peace NC Life, Nature Waterfall plunging into still pool
Cond, god of craft N Knowledge Toothed cog with four spokes
Helm, god of protection LN Life, Light Staring eye on upright left gauntlet
Ilmater, god of endurance LC Life Hands bound at the wrist with red cord
Kelemvor, god of the dead LN Death Upright skeletal arm holding balanced scales
Lathander, god of birth and renewal NC Life, Light Road traveling into a sunrise
Leira, goddess of illusion CN Trickery Point-down triangle containing a swirl of mist
Lliira, goddess of joy CC Life Triangle ofthree six—pointed stars
Loviatar, goddess of pain LE Death Nine-tailed barbed scourge
Malar, god of the hunt CE Nature Clawed paw
Mask, god of thieves CN Trickery Black mask
Mielikki, goddess of forests NC Nature Unicorn’s head
Milil, god of poetry and song NC Light Five-stringed harp made ofleaves
Myrkul, god of death NE Death White human skull
Mystra, goddess of magic NC Knowledge Circle ofseven stars, or nine stars encircling a flowing red mist, or a single star
Oghma, god of knowledge N Knowledge Blank scroll
Savras, god of divination and fate LN Knowledge Crystal ball containing many kinds ofeyes
Selune, goddess of the moon CC Knowledge, Life Pair ofeyes surrounded by seven stars
Shar, goddess of darkness and loss NE Death, Trickery Black disk encircled with a border
Silvanus, god of wild nature N Nature Oak leaf
Sune, goddess of love and beauty CC Life, Light Face ofa beautiful red-haired woman
Talona, goddess of disease and poison CE Death Three teardrops on a triangle
Talos, god of storms CE Tempest Three lightning bolts radiating from a central point
Tempus, god of war N War Upright flaming sword
Torm, god of courage and self-sacrifice LC War White right gauntlet
Tymora, goddess of good fortune CC Trickery Face-up coin
Tyr, god of justice LC War Balanced scales resting on a warhammer
Umberlee, goddess of the sea CE Tempest Wave curling left and right
Waukeen, goddess of trade N Knowledge, Trickery Upright coin with Waukeen’s profile facing left

The Life and Death Domains

Many deities in this section suggest the Life domain, particularly if they are closely associated with healing, protection, childbirth, nurturing, or fertility. As described in the chapter 3, though, the Life domain is incredibly broad, and a cleric of any non-evil deity can choose it.

A number of other deities, mostly evil ones, suggest the Death domain, which is detailed in the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Most clerics who choose this domain are evil NPCs, but if you want to worship a god of death, consult your Dungeon Master.

Greyhawk

The gods of Greyhawk come from at least four different pantheons, representing the faiths of the various ethnic groups that populated the continent of Oerik over the ages. As a result, there’s a great deal of overlap in their portfolios: Pelor is the Flan god of the sun and Pholtus is the Oeridian sun god, for example.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Beory, goddess of nature N Nature Green disk
Boccob, god of magic N Knowledge Eye within a pentagram
Celestian, god of stars and wanderers N Knowledge Arc of seven stars inside a circle
Ehlonna, goddess of woodlands NG Life, Nature Unicorn horn
Erythnul, god of envy and slaughter CE War Blood drop
Fharlanghn, god of horizons and travel NG Knowledge, Trickery Circle crossed by a curved horizon line
Heironeous, god of chivalry and valor LG War Lightning bolt
Hextor, god of war and discord LE War Six arrows facing downward in a fan
Kord, god of athletics and sport CG Tempest, War Four spears and four maces radiating out from a central point
Incabulos, god of plague and famine NE Death Reptilian eye with a horizontal diamond
Istus, goddess of fate and destiny N Knowledge Weaver’s spindle with three strands
luz, god of pain and oppression CE Death Grinning human skull
Nerull, god of death NE Death Skull with either a sickle or a scythe
Obad—Hai, god of nature N Nature Oak leaf and acorn
Olidammara, god of revelry CN Trickery Laughing mask
Pelor, god of the sun and healing NG Life, Light Sun
Pholtus, god of light and law LG Light Silver sun or full moon partially eclipsed by a smaller crescent moon
Ralishaz, god of ill luck and insanity CN Trickery Three bone fate-casting sticks
Rao, god of peace and reason LG Knowledge White heart
St. Cuthbert, god of common sense and zeal LN Knowledge Circle at the center ofa starburst of lines
Tharizdun, god of eternal darkness CE Trickery Dark spiral or inverted Ziggurat
Trithereon, god of liberty and retribution CG War Triskelion
Ulaa, goddess of hills and mountains LG Life, War Mountain with a circle at its heart
Vecna, god of evil secrets NE Knowledge Hand with eye in the palm
Wee Jas, goddess of magic and death LN Death, Knowledge Red skull in front of fireball

Dragonlance

The gods of the world of Krynn are three families: seven gods of good headed by Paladine and Mishakal, seven of neutrality headed by Gilean, and seven of evil headed by Takhisis and Sargonnas. These deities have been called by many different names and held in varying levels of esteem by different peoples and cultures through the world’s history, but they are the only gods of this world— their place fixed in the stars as constellations.

Gods of Good

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Paladine, god of rulers and guardians LG War Silver triangle
Branchala, god of music NC Light Bard’s harp
Habbakuk, god of animal life and the sea NC Nature, Tempest Blue bird
Kiri-Jolith, god of honor and war LG War Bison’s horns
Majere, god of meditation and order LG Knowledge Copper spider
Mishakal, goddess of healing LG Knowledge, Life Blue infinity sign
Solinari, god of good magic LG no clerics White circle or sphere

Gods of Neutraility

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Gilean, god of knowledge N Knowledge Open book
Chislev, goddess of nature N Nature Feather
Reorx, god of craft N Knowledge Forging hammer
Shinare, goddess of wealth and trade N Knowledge, Trickery Griffon’s wing
Sirrion, god of fire and change N Nature Multi-colored fire
Zivilyn, god of wisdom N Knowledge Great green or gold tree
Lunitari, goddess of neutral magic N no clerics Red circle or sphere

Gods of Evil

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Takhisis, goddess of night and hatred LE Death Black crescent
Chemosh, god of the undead LE Death Yellow skull
Hiddukel, god of lies and greed CE Trickery Broken merchant’s scales
Morgion, god of disease and secrecy NE Death Hood with two red eyes
Sargonnas, god of vengeance and fire LE War Stylized red condor
Zeboim, goddess of the sea and storms CE Tempest Turtle shell
Nuitari, god of evil magic LE no clerics Black circle or sphere

Eberron

The world of Eberron has many different religions, but the most important revolves around a pantheon called the Sovereign Host and their malign shadow, the Dark Six. The gods of the Sovereign Host are thought to have dominion over every aspect of existence, and to speak with a unified voice. But the Dark Six are the primitive, bloody, and cruel gods who offer a dissenting voice. Eberron‘s other religions are very different from the traditional D&D pantheons. The monotheistic Church of the Silver Flame is devoted to fighting against evil in the world, but plagued by corruption in its own ranks. The philosophy of the Blood of Vol teaches that divinity lies within all mortal beings and reveres the undead who have secured that immortality. Various mad cults are devoted to the demons and horrors imprisoned in Eberron’s Underdark (called Khyber, the Dragon Below). The followers of the Path of Light believe that the world is heading toward a glorious future where the shadows that cloud this world will be transformed into light. And two related nations of elves revere their ancestral spirits: the Undying Court, preserved as spirits or even undead forms, and the glorified Spirits of the Past, the great heroes of ancient wars.

The Sovereign Host

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Arawai, goddess of fertility NG Life, Nature Sheaf of wheat tied with green ribbon
Aureon, god otlaw and knowledge LN Knowledge Open tome
Balinor, god of beasts and the hunt N Life, Nature Pair of antlers
Boldrei, goddess of community and home LG Lite Fire in a stone hearth
Dol Arrah, goddess of sunlight and honor LG Light, War Rising sun
Dol Dorn, god of strength at arms CG War Longsword crossed over a shield
Kol Korran, god of trade and wealth N Trickery Nine-sided gold coin
Olladra, goddess of good fortune NG Life, Trickery Domino
Onatar, god of craft NC Knowledge Crossed hammer and tongs

The Dark Six

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
The Devourer, god of nature’s wrath NE Tempest Bundle of five sharpened bones
The Fury, goddess of wrath and madness NE War Winged wyrm with woman’s head and upper body
The Keeper, god of greed and death NE Death Dragonshard stone in the shape ofa fang
The Mockery, god of violence and treachery NE War Five blood-spattered tools
The Shadow, god of dark magic CE Knowledge Obsidian tower
The Traveler, deity of chaos and change CN Knowledge, Trickery Four crossed, rune-inscribed bones

Other Faiths of Eberron

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
The Silver Flame, deity of protection and good LG Life, Light, War Flame drawn on silver or molded from silver
The Blood of Vol, philosophy of immortality and undeath LN Death, Life Stylized dragon skull on red teardrop gem
Cults of the Dragon Below, deities of madness NE Trickery Varies
The Path of Light, philosophy of light and self—improvement LN Life, Light Brilliant crystal
The Undying Court, elven ancestors NC Knowledge, Life Varies
The Spirits of the Past, elven ancestors CG War Varies

Nonhuman Deities

Certain gods closely associated with nonhuman races are revered on many different worlds, though not always in the same way. The nonhuman races of the Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk share these deities.

Nonhuman races often have whole pantheons of their own. Besides Moradin, for example, the dwarf gods include Moradin’s wife, Berronar Truesilver, and a number of other gods thought to be their children and grandchildren: Abbathor, Clangeddin Silverbeard, Dugmaren Brightmantle, Dumathoin, Gorm Gulthyn, Haela Brightaxe, Marthammor Duin, Sharindlar, Thard Harr, and Vergadain. Individual Clans and kingdoms of dwarves might revere some, all, or none of these deities, and some have other gods unknown (or known by other names) to outsiders.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Bahamut, dragon god of good LG Life, War Dragon’s head in profile
Blibdoolpoolp, kuo-toa goddess NE Death Lobster head or black pearl
Corellon Larethian, elf deity of art and magic CG Light Quarter moon or starburst
Deep Sashelas, elf god of the sea CG Nature, Tempest Dolphin
Eadro, merfolk deity of the sea N Nature, Tempest Spiral design
Garl Glittergold, gnome god of trickery and wiles LC Trickery Gold nugget
Grolantor, hill giant god of war CE War Wooden club
Gruumsh, orc god of storms and war CE Tempest, War Unblinking eye
Hruggek, bugbear god of violence CE War Morningstar
Kurtulmak, kobold god of war and mining LE War Gnome skull
Laogzed, troglodyte god of hunger CE Death Image ofthe lizard/toad god
Lolth, drow goddess of spiders CE Trickery Spider
Maglubiyet, goblinoid god of war LE War Bloody axe
Moradin, dwarf god of creation LG Knowledge Hammer and anvil
Rillifane Rallathil, wood elf god of nature CG Nature Oak
Sehanine Moonbow, elf goddess of the moon CG Knowledge Crescent moon
Sekolah, sahuagin god of the hunt LE Nature, Tempest Shark
Semuanya, lizardtolk deity of survival N Life Egg
Skerrit, centaur and satyr god of nature N Nature Oak growing from acorn
Skoraeus Stonebones, god of stone giants and art N Knowledge Stalactite
Surtur, god of fire giants and craft LE Knowledge, War Flaming sword
Thrym, god of frost giants and strength CE War White double-bladed axe
Tiamat, dragon goddess of evil LE Trickery Dragon head with five claw marks
Yondalla, halfling goddess of fertility and protection LG Life Shield

Fantasy-Historical Pantheons

The Celtic, Egyptian, Greek, and Norse pantheons are fantasy interpretations of historical religions from our world’s ancient times. They include deities that are most appropriate for use in a D&D game, divorced from their historical context in the real world and united into pantheons that serve the needs of the game.

The Celtic Pantheon

It’s said that something wild lurks in the heart of every soul, a space that thrills to the sound of geese calling at night, to the whispering wind through the pines, to

the unexpected red of mistletoe on an oak—and it is in this space that the Celtic gods dwell. They sprang from the brook and stream, their might heightened by the strength of the oak and the beauty of the woodlands and open moor. When the first forester dared put a name to the face seen in the bole of a tree or the voice babbling in a brook, these gods forced themselves into being.

The Celtic gods are as often served by druids as by clerics, for they are closely aligned with the forces of nature that druids revere.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
The Daghdha, god ofweather and crops CG Nature, Trickery Bubbling cauldron or shield
Arawn, god oflife and death NE Life, Death Black star on gray background
Belenus, god ofsun, light, and warmth NG Light Solar disk and standing stones
Brigantia, goddess of rivers and livestock NG Life Footbridge
Diancecht, god of medicine and healing LC Life Crossed oak and mistletoe branches
Dunatis, god of mountains and peaks N Nature Red sun-capped mountain peak
Goibhniu, god ofsmiths and healing NG Knowledge, Life Giant mallet over sword
Lugh, god ofarts, travel, and commerce CN Knowledge, Life Pair of long hands
Manannan mac Lir, god ofoceans and sea creatures LN Nature, Tempest Wave of white water on green
Math Mathonwy, god ofmagic NE Knowledge Staff
Morrigan, goddess of battle CE War Two crossed spears
Nuada, god ofwar and warriors N War Silver hand on black background
Oghma, god ofspeech and writing NG Knowledge Unfurled scroll
Silvanus, god of nature and forests N Nature Summer oak tree

The Greek Pantheon

The gods of Olympus make themselves known with the gentle lap of waves against the shores and the crash of the thunder among the cloud-enshrouded peaks. The thick boar—infested woods and the sere, olive-covered hillsides hold evidence of their passing. Every aspect of nature echoes with their presence, and they’ve made a place for themselves inside the human heart, too.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Zeus, god of the sky, ruler of the gods N Tempest Fist full of lightning bolts
Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty CG Light Sea shell
Apollo, god of light, music, and healing CC Knowledge, Life, Light Lyre
Ares, god of war and strife CE War Spear
Artemis, goddess of hunting and childbirth NG Life, Nature Bow and arrow on lunar disk
Athena, goddess of wisdom and civilization LC Knowledge, War Owl
Demeter, goddess of agriculture NG Life Mare’s head
Dionysus, god of mirth and wine CN Life Thyrsus (staff tipped with pine cone)
Hades, god of the underworld LE Death Black ram
Hecate, goddess of magic and the moon CE Knowledge, Trickery Setting moon
Hephaestus, god of smithing and craft NG Knowledge Hammer and anvil
Hera, goddess of marriage and intrigue CN Trickery Fan of peacock feathers
Hercules, god of strength and adventure CG Tempest, War Lion’s head
Hermes, god of travel and commerce CG Trickery Caduceus (winged staff and serpents)
Hestia, goddess of home and family NG Life Hearth
Nike, goddess of victory LN War Winged woman
Pan, god of nature CN Nature Syrinx (pan pipes)
Poseidon, god of the sea and earthquakes CN Tempest Trident
Tyche, goddess of good fortune N Trickery Red pentagram

The Egyptian Pantheon

These gods are a young dynasty of an ancient divine family, heirs to the rulership of the cosmos and the maintenance of the divine principle of Ma’atithe fundamental order of truth, justice, law, and order that puts gods, mortal pharaohs, and ordinary men and women in their logical and rightful place in the universe. The Egyptian pantheon is unusual in having three gods with the Death domain of different alignments. Anubis is the lawful neutral god of the afterlife, who judges the souls of the dead. Set is a Chaotic evil god of murder, perhaps best known for killing his brother Osiris. And Nephthys is a chaotic good goddess of mourning. Thus, although most clerics of the Death domain (found in the Dungeon Master’s Guide) are villainous characters, clerics who serve Anubis or Nephthys need not be.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Re-Horakhty, god of the sun, ruler of the gods LG Life, Light Solar disk encircled by serpent
Anubis, god of judgment and death LN Death Black jackal
Apep. god of evil, fire, and serpents NE Trickery Flaming snake
Bast, goddess of cats and vengeance CG War Cat
Bes, god of luck and music NC Trickery Image of the misshapen deity
Hathor, goddess of love, music, and motherhood NC Life, Light Horned cow’s head with lunar disk
Imhotep, god of crafts and medicine NC Knowledge Step pyramid
Isis, goddess of fertility and magic CG Knowledge, Life Ankh and star
Nephthys, goddess of death and grief LG Death Horns around a lunar disk
Osiris, god of nature and the underworld LN Life, Nature Crook and flail
Ptah, god of crafts, knowledge, and secrets CE Knowledge Bull
Set, god of darkness and desert storms LE Death, Tempest, Trickery Coiled cobra
Sobek, god of water and crocodiles N Nature, Tempest Crocodile head with horns and plumes
Thoth, god of knowledge and wisdom   Knowledge Ibis

The Norse Pantheon

Where the land plummets from the snowy hills into the icy fjords below, where the longboats draw up on to the beach, where the glaciers flow forward and retreat with every fall and spring—this is the land of the Vikings, the home of the Norse pantheon. It’s a brutal clime, and one that calls for brutal living. The warriors of the land have had to adapt to the harsh conditions in order to survive, but they haven’t been too twisted by the needs of their environment. Given the necessity of raiding for food and wealth, it’s surprising the mortals turned out as well as they did. Their powers reflect the need these warriors had for strong leadership and decisive action. Thus, they see their deities in every bend of a river, hear them in the crash of the thunder and the booming of the glaciers, and smell them in the smoke of a burning longhouse.

The Norse pantheon includes two main families, the Aesir (deities of war and destiny) and the Vanir (gods of fertility and prosperity). Once enemies, these two families are now closely allied against their common enemies, the giants (including the gods Surtur and Thrym). Like the gods of Greyhawk, gods in different families sometimes have overlap in their spheres of influence: Frey (of the Vanir) and Odur (of the Aesir) are both associated with the sun, for example.

Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol
Odin, god of knowledge and war NG Knowledge, War Watching blue eye
Aegir, god of the sea and storms NE Tempest Rough ocean waves
Balder, god of beauty and poetry NC Life, Light Gem-encrusted silver chalice
Forseti, god of justice and law N Light Head ofa bearded man
Frey, god of fertility and the sun NC Life, Light Ice-blue greatsword
Freya, goddess of fertility and love NC Life Falcon
Frigga, goddess of birth and fertility N Life, Light Cat
Heimdall, god of watchfulness and loyalty LG Light, War Curling musical horn
Hel, goddess of the underworld NE Death Woman’s face, rotting on one side
Hermod, god of luck CN Trickery Winged scroll
Loki, god of thieves and trickery CE Trickery Flame
Njord, god of sea and wind NG Nature, Tempest Gold coin
Odur, god of light and the sun CG Light Solar disk
Sif, goddess of war CG War Upraised sword
Skadi, god of earth and mountains N Nature Mountain peak
Surtur, god of fire giants and war LE War Flaming sword
Thor, god of storms and thunder CG Tempest, War Hammer
Thrym, god of fire giants and cold CE War White double-bladed axe
Tyr, god of courage and strategy LN Knowledge, War Sword
Uller, god of hunting and winter CN Nature Longbow