24 Hour Pantheon.


 We have a game on Sunday and I am putting a bit of effort into world building for the PCs. I want to put them in a frontier environment and the goal is to explore annd establish a colony/town for themselves somewhere. Elements of the Kingmaker Adventre Path will be used but the focus is on a single settlement.

 Ayway I'm throwing around various thoughts on the cosmology I want to use and the Pantheoen. The cosmology will not be  that important but I was a quick and rapid Pantheon covering most of the roles that the 3.5 and 4th ed gods had.

 I'm not to worried about mixing and matching gods from various settings. I am crap at naming gods however but I do not want silly names used or titles. Bane falls into silly name syndrome along with Wee Jas and the Raven Queen is out as well.  

 Zehir is a bit differnet though and I like the name and the Yuan Ti will be one of the major factions so he will make it in.

 So guys you can help me come up with a quick Pantheon of gods on short notice. Any god from any edition of D&D, Camapign setting, Pathfinder and homebrew is fine.  

 Ones I like so far.
Amauntor (Sun/Law/Time)
Avandra (Luck)
Desna (Moon)
Erathis (Civilization)
Gorum (War)
Melora (Nature/Sea)
Nethys (Magic)
Saranrae (Healing, Sun)
Zehir (Poison/Assassins/ Serpentfolk)

 Portfolios may change as so far it is based on names I like. Erathis may become a male nature god for example. Not sure about Amauntor/Saranrae or even if I will havve 2 sun gods and a separate healing god. oh well I need around 20 names covering the major portfolio's.
 

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How about taking a "real" pantheon and using it in your game?
Roman, Mesopotamic, Celtic, etc.

Take its list of gods and a quick description of each, then add the attributions of "Luck, Sun, Was, etc" for each.

Mesopotamic is a fun one, rarely used.
And it even has Tiamat (although he's more like a giant snake and not a many-headed dragon as usually portrayed in D&D).

Could be fun. 
Not a fan of RL pantheons in D&D

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Not a fan of RL pantheons in D&D



I agree, they need to take out all the real life Deities in D&D so that some people aren't offended.
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 Its not that Lokiare I just don't like using the Norse/Egyptian/Greek etc pantheons in a D&D game and I do not like copies of them in game or using fantasy versions of those civilisations.

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 Its not that Lokiare I just don't like using the Norse/Egyptian/Greek etc pantheons in a D&D game and I do not like copies of them in game or using fantasy versions of those civilisations.



You are aware that a few of the FR dieties are drawn from RL pantheons & given FR backgrounds, aren't you?
They took the name & what they were responisble for & plugged 'em right in....
I'd throw Torog into the mix, he was always my favorite deity personally. And if the domains he covers don't seem to be enough i'd bet giving him a couple more domains (and possibly pulling him from the underdark) would suit him quite well. Though personally I like him underground as the deity people fear to speak of.
I'd recommend the 4th edition pantheon, variety without overlapping
- scroll down to 4th edition deities in this article - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%...

alternatively from d&d world pantheons -

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Forgotten_...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dragonlanc...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greyhawk_d...




Key things for D&D - Where is the character from and why do they do what they do? / Recurring NPCs - allies and enemies / Plot, World and Personal Events.

 Its not that Lokiare I just don't like using the Norse/Egyptian/Greek etc pantheons in a D&D game and I do not like copies of them in game or using fantasy versions of those civilisations.



You are aware that a few of the FR dieties are drawn from RL pantheons & given FR backgrounds, aren't you?
They took the name & what they were responisble for & plugged 'em right in....



 Yup and I don't like those deities either.

 I don't like the name Torog Ahearn.

 Blake I am using some of the 4th ed names, I don't like a few of the deities (Bane, Raven Queen, a few others). 

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