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* {{Mascot}}{{Mascot}}: Of the Forgotten Realms setting in general.

* WizardBeard
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* WizardBeardWizardBeard: Varies depending on the depiction, but most sources give him a Merlin-esque beard reaching down to his chest.

* TheAce: As one of the most skilled fighters and most well-travelled rangers he is considered this by his party members, the ranger community and adventurers throughout Toril. ** It's mentioned that had Drizzt chosen he could have been a powerful wizard. He's apparently naturally good at everything.
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* TheAce: As one of the most skilled fighters and most well-travelled rangers he is considered this by his party members, the ranger community and adventurers throughout Toril. ** Toril. It's even mentioned that that, had Drizzt chosen chosen, he could have been a powerful wizard. He's apparently naturally good at everything.

* {{Badass}} * BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty. Swapped after Wulfgar TookALevelInJerkass when getting married to Cattie-brie.
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* {{Badass}} {{Badass}}: He's one of the best fighters in the realms. His equal has yet to be found. * BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty.Betty for Cattie-brie's Archie. Swapped after Wulfgar TookALevelInJerkass when getting married to Cattie-brie.

* BlackSheep: He becomes this to House Do'Urden after he flees Menzoberranzan at the end of ''Homeland''. ** Could also apply as a WhiteSheep.
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* BlackSheep: He becomes this to House Do'Urden after he flees Menzoberranzan at the end of ''Homeland''. ** Could ''Homeland''. Given the [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad nature of Menzoberranzan society]], this can also apply as make him a WhiteSheep.

* FantasticRacism: He was a victim of this during his earliest decades on the surface due to the notoriety of his [[AlwaysChaoticEvil race]]. In fact, a major part of the early series deals with his struggle against this trope. ** Not that he's immune to it himself. When fighting against King Obould and his orcs, he thought it absurd that the orcs didn't "know their place", though he does catch himself on it and reevaluate his position.
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* FantasticRacism: He was a victim of this during his earliest decades on the surface due to the notoriety of his [[AlwaysChaoticEvil race]]. In fact, a major part of the early series deals with his struggle against this trope. ** Not that he's trope. He himself is not immune to it himself.this. When fighting against King Obould and his orcs, he thought it absurd that the orcs didn't "know their place", though he does catch himself on it and reevaluate his position.

* FullNameBasis: Most people call Drizzt by his full name when addressing him. ** This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Starless Night'' when Drizzt gets annoyed that [[EvilMatriarch Matron Baenre]] addresses him by his full name at the end of almost every sentence.
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* FullNameBasis: Most people call Drizzt by his full name when addressing him. ** him. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Starless Night'' when Drizzt gets annoyed that [[EvilMatriarch Matron Baenre]] addresses him by his full name at the end of almost every sentence.

* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuchMySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: While's he's considered a hero among humans that know of him, he's considered an embarrassment in Drow society.

* NoPronunciationGuide: Officially, his first name is pronounced "''Drist''", but a lot of people also say "Driz-et" or other pronunciations. ** Author R.A. Salvatore seems to pronounce it as "Dritz" in interviews. ** The ''Demon Stone'' video game has it pronounced "Drid-st". * NotSoDifferent: To Enteri who represents what Drizzt could have become. When he falls into his [[BerserkMode hunter mode]], he's afraid of turning into Enteri. * OurElvesAreBetter
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* NoPronunciationGuide: Officially, his first name is pronounced "''Drist''", but a lot of people also say "Driz-et" or other pronunciations. ** pronunciations. Author R.A. Salvatore seems to pronounce it as "Dritz" in interviews. ** The interviews, the ''Demon Stone'' video game has it pronounced "Drid-st". * NotSoDifferent: To Enteri Entreri who represents what Drizzt could have become. When he falls into his [[BerserkMode hunter mode]], he's afraid of turning into Enteri.Entreri. * OurElvesAreBetterOurElvesAreBetter: The superiority of Dark Elves is really hammered home in his series, even considering that Drizzt is exceptional amongst them.

* ThinkNothingOfIt
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* ThinkNothingOfItThinkNothingOfIt: Given the gravity of his deeds, he's extremely modest about it. In fact, gratitude seems to embarrass him somewhat.

* UnstoppableRage: When Drizzt gives himself up to his Hunter personality, there's almost no stopping him. ** During the almost century-long TimeSkip in ''Gauntlgrym'', while he and Bruenor are seeking out the titular Dwarven kingdom, Drizzt constantly goes out of his way for an excuse to kill something. When coming across other travelers in need, he would jump at the chance to clear out a goblin lair or three or hire himself out as a bodyguard escort, ostensibly for needed money but in honesty hoping for a few random encounters.
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* UnstoppableRage: When Drizzt gives himself up to his Hunter personality, there's almost no stopping him. ** him. During the almost century-long TimeSkip in ''Gauntlgrym'', while he and Bruenor are seeking out the titular Dwarven kingdom, Drizzt constantly goes out of his way for an excuse to kill something. When coming across other travelers in need, he would jump at the chance to clear out a goblin lair or three or hire himself out as a bodyguard escort, ostensibly for needed money but in honesty hoping for a few random encounters.

* WideEyedIdealist: He's this in the earlier books of the series, with ''Homeland'' being one of the most obvious examples. However, as of the current storyline he has lost most of this.
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* WideEyedIdealist: He's this in the earlier books of the series, with ''Homeland'' being one of the most obvious examples. However, as of the current storyline [[ApocalypseHow Post-Spellplague]], he has lost most of this.

* NiceHat * NonHumanSidekick: Hooter.
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* NiceHat NiceHat: A particularly impressive bush hat to be precise. * NonHumanSidekick: Hooter. Hooter the Owl and Bluster the Bear.

* CombatPragmatist: Played straight for the most part, he'll pull every dirty trick in the book during a fight. Of course, its kind of subverted in that he lacks pragmatism on a grander scale; he prefers to fight, period, meaning he'll avoid less hazardous ways of dealing with his enemies. ** At one point, while fighting Drizzt, he held a mouthful of sewer water in his mouth for several pages until the ''perfect time'' to spit it in Drizzt's face.
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* CombatPragmatist: Played straight for the most part, he'll pull every dirty trick in the book during a fight. Of course, its kind of subverted in that he lacks pragmatism on a grander scale; he prefers to fight, period, meaning he'll avoid less hazardous ways of dealing with his enemies. ** enemies. At one point, while fighting Drizzt, he held a mouthful of sewer water in his mouth for several pages until the ''perfect time'' to spit it in Drizzt's face.

* EmpathicWeapon: Charon's Claw ** See also EvilWeapon. Doesn't have a personality aside from vague impulses, but will burn its owner alive from the inside out the minute he drops his guard. Recently, it has been revealed that the weapon has enslaved ''him'' and is keeping him alive to torture him.
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* EmpathicWeapon: Charon's Claw ** See Claw. It is sentient and is capable of communicating thoughts to its wielder. It also EvilWeapon. Doesn't have has a personality aside preference for Netherese wielders and creatures from vague impulses, but the Shadow Plane, and must be mentally dominated by its wielder or else it will burn its owner alive their skull from the inside out the minute he drops his guard. Recently, it has been revealed that the weapon has enslaved ''him'' and is keeping him alive to torture him.out.

* EmpathicWeapon: EvilWeapon: The above mentioned Charon's Claw ** See also EvilWeapon.Claw is a cursed weapon. Doesn't have a personality aside from vague impulses, but will burn its owner alive from the inside out the minute he drops his guard. Recently, In the ''Neverwinter'' storyline, it has been is revealed that the weapon it has enslaved ''him'' Entreri and is keeping him alive to torture him.

* FirstNameBasis: Only with Jarlaxle. ** Dhawvel also refers to him as Artemis once in ''Servant of the Shard'', but not to him directly.
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* FirstNameBasis: Only with Jarlaxle. ** Jarlaxle. Dhawvel also refers to him as Artemis once in ''Servant of the Shard'', but not to him directly.

* GenderBlenderName
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* GenderBlenderNameGenderBlenderName: While more commonly a man's name, Artemis is technically unisex and was a female name in the original Greek.

* LastNameBasis: To everyone else.
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* LastNameBasis: To everyone else.not named Jarlaxle.

* OlderThanTheyLook: Specifically stated to be over 40, but looks like he's in his late-20s to early-30s. ** Played even straighter as Barrabus the Gray. Due to Entreri/Barrabus being infused with a Shade, he would now be over 100 years old and still looking about 30.
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Specifically stated to be over 40, but looks like he's in his late-20s to early-30s. ** early-30s. Played even straighter as Barrabus the Gray. Due to Entreri/Barrabus being infused with a Shade, he would now be over 100 years old and still looking about 30.

** [[spoiler: UnscrupulousHero: Through Jarlaxle's manipulations and his own insights, Artemis eventually loses much of his callousness. By ''Gauntlgrym'', he actually feels remorse for being forced to kill someone.]]
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** [[spoiler: UnscrupulousHero: Through Jarlaxle's manipulations and his own insights, Artemis eventually loses much of his callousness. By ''Gauntlgrym'', he actually feels remorse for being forced to kill someone.]]

* RapeAsBackstory
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* RapeAsBackstoryRapeAsBackstory: His early years were marked by being molested by his "uncle" and a paedophile merchant his mother sold him to.

* ThatManIsDead: Literally said word for word at the end of ''Road of the Patriarch''. ** A variant by the time of the Neverwinter trilogy: Artemis/Barrabus doesn't care how people address him, and Drizzt spends the latter third of the book calling him Entreri. Herzgo Alegni, however, has a decided opinion on the matter.
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* ThatManIsDead: Literally said word for word at the end of ''Road of the Patriarch''. ** Patriarch''. A variant by the time of the Neverwinter trilogy: Artemis/Barrabus doesn't care how people address him, and Drizzt spends the latter third of the book calling him Entreri. Herzgo Alegni, however, has a decided opinion on the matter.

* BoisterousBruiser
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* BoisterousBruiserBoisterousBruiser: An archetypal example. Hell, he's practically ''singing'' as he kills orcs and goblins.

** Jarlaxle says it best: "Something had created Athrogate as he was; something had broken the dwarf to that base level, where he had no emotional defense other than a wall of ridicule and self-ridicule, fastened by the occasional rap of a mighty morningstar and hidden by the more-than-occasional drink." * [[StrongerThanTheyLook Stronger Than He Looks]]: Despite being a burly dwarf, he is still this thanks to wearing a Girdle of Storm Giant Strength.[[note]]With the exception of Titans, which are really just a superior subspecies of titans, Storm Giants are the strongest type of giant.[[/note]]
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** Jarlaxle says it best: -->'''Jarlaxle:''' "Something had created Athrogate as he was; something had broken the dwarf to that base level, where he had no emotional defense other than a wall of ridicule and self-ridicule, fastened by the occasional rap of a mighty morningstar and hidden by the more-than-occasional drink." * [[StrongerThanTheyLook Stronger Than He Looks]]: Despite being a burly dwarf, he is still this thanks to wearing a Girdle of Storm Giant Strength.[[note]]With the exception of Titans, which are really just a superior subspecies of titans, giants, Storm Giants are the strongest type of giant.[[/note]]

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskickingAuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He may be the most dangerous warrior in his army.

* ActionGirl
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* ActionGirlActionGirl: Much to her father's consternation.

* BowAndSwordInAccord
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* BowAndSwordInAccordBowAndSwordInAccord: Though she's much better with the bow.

* PeacefulInDeath
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* PeacefulInDeathPeacefulInDeath: She dies peacefully in her sleep, after initially appearing to have survived he exposure to the Spellplague.

* [[spoiler: SquishyWizard: After her rebirth. She kept her magic powers but since she was raised as a normal girl by normal parents, she never learned to fight]]
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* [[spoiler: SquishyWizard: [[spoiler: After her rebirth. She kept her magic powers but since she was raised as a normal girl by normal parents, she never learned to fight]]

* AbsoluteCleavage
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* AbsoluteCleavageAbsoluteCleavage: Cut down to just over her belly.
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Formerly a Type II with Jarlaxle.
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Formerly a Type II with Jarlaxle.With Jarlaxle. Although almost entirely one-sided on Entreri's part.
2nd Dec '15 9:41:34 PM JustCause
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* TheAce: As one of the most skilled fighters and most well-travelled rangers he is considered this by his party members, the ranger community and adventurers throughh Toril.
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* TheAce: As one of the most skilled fighters and most well-travelled rangers he is considered this by his party members, the ranger community and adventurers throughh Toril.throughout Toril. ** It's mentioned that had Drizzt chosen he could have been a powerful wizard. He's apparently naturally good at everything.

* AuthorFilibuster: Salvatore often [[AuthorAvatar uses Drizzt]] to deliver speeches about various morals, political stances, and viewpoints that are [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall suspiciously relevant to things that happen in our world]] at the beginning of every part of a book.
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* AuthorFilibuster: Salvatore often [[AuthorAvatar uses Drizzt]] to deliver [[ContemplateOurNavels speeches about various morals, political stances, and viewpoints viewpoints]] that are [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall suspiciously relevant to things that happen in our world]] at the beginning of every part of a book.

* BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty.
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* BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty. Swapped after Wulfgar TookALevelInJerkass when getting married to Cattie-brie.

* BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty.BerserkMode: Hunter mode, a bestial mindset that Drizzt can fall into when angry enough. He picked it up with wandering in the Underdark.

* BettyAndVeronica: Veronica GuiltComplex: Big time. Drizzt agonizes over everything: his friends dying, killing drow, killing humans, not saving humans, not saving his friends EVERYTHING. It gets pointed out to Wulfgar's Betty.him from time to time.

* BettyAndVeronica: Veronica to Wulfgar's Betty.NotSoDifferent: To Enteri who represents what Drizzt could have become. When he falls into his [[BerserkMode hunter mode]], he's afraid of turning into Enteri.

* FriendToAllLivingThings
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* FriendToAllLivingThingsFriendToAllLivingThings: Yes. Befriends animals, trusted by elves and is one of the first surface-dwellers to whole-heartedly accept a lost drow.

* FriendToAllLivingThings[[spoiler: MentorOccupationalHazard: Dies of old age a year after he meets Drizzt. He does GoOutWithASMile knowing that Drizzt would continue.]]

* FriendToAllLivingThingsJokerImmunity: Enteri's suffered multiple DisneyDeath (in one book, he "died" 3 times) and comes back every time. [[spoiler: He's one of the few people Drizzt knows that survived a 100 year time skip.]]

* PapaWolf: threaten Cattie- Brie in front of him and your lifespan can suddenly be measured in minutes.
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* PapaWolf: threaten Threaten Cattie- Brie in front of him and your lifespan can suddenly be measured in minutes.

* PapaWolf: threaten Cattie- Brie in front of DaddysGirl: Loves Bruenor and he loves her back. She can play him like a fiddle and your lifespan can suddenly be measured in minutes. he just grumbles and goes with it

* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest
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* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepestTheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: It takes her a long time to get over Wulfgar. Her guilt and grief drives her away from romance for a while.

* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest[[spoiler: SquishyWizard: After her rebirth. She kept her magic powers but since she was raised as a normal girl by normal parents, she never learned to fight]]

* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepestAxCrazy: At times. She's not the most stable person

* YourCheatingHeart: Starts an affair with Artemis after she and Drizzt become distant, though as there was no offical break up, everyone involved feels conflicted about it.
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* YourCheatingHeart: Starts an affair with Artemis after she and Drizzt become distant, though as there was no offical official break up, everyone involved feels conflicted about it.

* AffablyEvil: to the point where the "evil" part is questionable at times.
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* AffablyEvil: to To the point where the "evil" part is questionable at times.

* AffablyEvil: to the point where the "evil" part is questionable at times.

* TheArchmage
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* TheArchmageTheArchmage: Rivals Elminster for the title.

* BlueBlood
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* BlueBloodBlueBlood: The eldest son of Yvonnel Baenre

* [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Agnostic]]: For a long time he questioned whether or not the gods actually existed, even though he was a priest and recieved magic from one; somewhat justified in that Deneir actually encourages his followers to question dogma and think for themselves.
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* [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Agnostic]]: For a long time he questioned whether or not the gods actually existed, even though he was a priest and recieved received magic from one; somewhat justified in that Deneir actually encourages his followers to question dogma and think for themselves.

* [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Agnostic]]: For a long time he questioned whether or not AdaptationDyeJob: Danica is described in the gods actually existed, even though he was a priest books as being blond, thin and recieved magic from one; somewhat justified in that Deneir actually encourages his followers to question dogma small. Every single picture of her makes her brunette and think for themselves.ripped.

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* HotBlooded: Has a habit of running straight into battle laughing. * WaifFu: She's 100 lbs soaking wet and and beats up men twice her size.
16th Nov '15 3:37:06 PM reddean
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* TheAce: The greatest wizard Toril even known, one of the most powerful beings and a charismatic man who has a vast array of aqcuitances on which he can call upon.

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* TheAce: As one of the most skilled fighters and most well-travelled rangers he is considered this by his party members, the ranger community and adventurers throughh Toril.

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* TheAce: The greatest weapons-master Menzoberranzan ever known.
10th Oct '15 9:27:29 AM Hawaii_Knut
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And it's done.
!!Good Deities !! Amaunator, God of the Sun * BackFromTheDead: Died after the fall fo Netheril, when his worshippers either died or abandoned him. Was reborn as Lathander, and reborn again after the Spellplague. * BadassBeard * LawfulStupid: Allowed most of his followers to die in the fall of Netheril as he was contractually prohibited from interfering in matters of magic, which were Mystryl's domain. * LightIsGood: Currently straight: Lathander was NeutralGood and Amaunator is LawfulGood. In Netherese times however, he was LawfulNeutral. * SolarAndLunar: Oddly doesn't have a strong connection to the moon diety. !!Angharradh, Queen of Arvandor * OurElvesAreBetter !!Bahamut, The Platinum Dragon * ArchEnemy: To Tiamat. * CainAndAbel: Again, Tiamat. * TheLancer: To Torm. * OurDragonsAreDifferent * ThePaladin !!Berronar Truesilver, The Mother of Safety * OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame !! Chauntea, the Great Mother * DistaffCounterpart: To Silvanus; he represents the wild untamed nature, while Chauntea is the more humanity friendly agricultural farmland that feeds and sustains people. * HasTwoMommies: Firstborn child of Shar and Selūne, before the two became enemies. * SinisterScythe: Averted; she is depicted with a scythe, but uses it for its intended purpose: agriculture. !! Corellon Larethian, The Creator of the Elves * TheAce: To some extent; among the elves he is the god of war, magic, art, poetry, music and pretty much everything else. * ArchEnemy: He has two--Lolth and Gruumsh. * FirstNameBasis: He is most commonly referred to simply as Corellon. * MagicKnight * OurElvesAreBetter * PayEvilUntoEvil: He approves of those who kill [[FantasticRacism orcs]] and the followers of Lolth. * WarriorPoet !!Eilistraee, the Dark Maiden. * AntiMutiny: An odd case in that she was tricked by her mother Aurushnee / Lloth into helping with the coup, then turned back, atoned and began to convert the dark elves (now turned into drow) back to the old path as she saw it. [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=67#159733 And succeed with a lot of them]]. * BackFromTheDead: Restored to life in the 5th edition version of the setting, alongside her brother Vhaeraun, after the event known as ''The Sundering'' -not the elven one, but the one happened during the 1480s DR- ([[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=13#468322 Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015)]]). She is also mentioned in Ed Greenwood's novel Spellstorm as one of the deities with whom Mystra is sharing the Weave post-Sundering. * DanceBattler * DarkIsNotEvil * GodivaHair: She's usually depicted tall and dancing naked, with ankle-long silver hair flowing around. Because she tend to appear like this. * OnlyMostlyDead: Supposedly slain by Lolth's BrainwashedAndCrazy TheDragon during the War of the Spider Queen. The novels never show the goddess' dying to the reader or to one of the characters, leaving uncertainty and room for fates different from death. Instead Qilué Veladorn -Eilistraee's and Mystra's shared chosen- is killed while used by the Dark Maiden as an Avatar (a physical manifestation on the material plane). However, since in the Forgotten Realms deities can only be actually killed while on their Divine Realm (the only exception being the Time of Troubles, when deities were forced to walk on Toril and could be slain there), Eilistraee may have very well survived, even if taking quite a blow/being reduced to a poweress status/etc... ([[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=13#468322 and her return not only is a possibility, but has happened]]). * NudeNatureDance: The main veneration ritual and one of manifestations. * SolarAndLunar: Again, no clean-cut counterparts. !!Eldath, Goddess of Singing Waters. * ActualPacifist: She's also the goddess of peace. And gives a sanctuary to those who think they fed up with violence, such as a certain Gold Elf vampire, and collected the whole colony of disillusioned [[BizarreBabyBoom Malenti]]. ** This doesn't mean she's not decisive or strategically savvy. At least two novels did show her at active and well-timed work on expansion and conversion -- Eldath is non-violent, and smoothly subversive, so her acquisitions go quietly. * GhibliHills: The terrain of preference is quiet glades, pools, springs and waterfalls. * RedOniBlueOni / TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's in almost sisterly relationship with Mielikki -- they generally divide jobs at "nurturing" vs. "protection". !!Garl Glittergold, The Watchful Protector * AnAxeToGrind: His EmpathicWeapon and NonHumanSidekick, Arumdina the Justified * OurGnomesAreWeirder * ThePrankster: Likes playing jokes on evil deities of the underdark. Hasn't made him very popular. !!Ilmater, The One Who Endures Good god of martyrdom, endurance, and suffering. * AllLovingHero: It doesn't matter who you are or what you have done; Ilmater doesn't forsake anyone who suffers. Except for the Faithless. * CrystalDragonJesus: He is essentially Jesus on the cross turned into a god. Just to hammer it home he was part of the Triad, a tree-as-one arrangement with the gods Tyr and Torm (Tyr was the father, Ilmater the son and Torm the holy ghost). * InspirationalMartyr: The god of martyrs. * IronWoobie: His avatar is a short man who shows signs of extreme torture, with scars, burns, broken bones, and more, and even moving caused him pain. But he take it in strides, for he is the god of endurance and martyrdom, and he encourages his followers to ease others' sufferings and if necessary, take it on themselves. * MadeOfIron: Given he's the god of endurance, suffering and martyrdom, he's ''very'' experienced in taking on the hurt. Even his avatar form reflects this, what with its extreme wounds. !!Lathander, The Morninglord Good god of the sun, mornings strength, renewal, optimism, creativity and self-perfection. Claimed by some to be the reincarnation of the Netherese sun god Amanuator, a viewpoint generally met with disapproval by his clergy until it was made canon in the fourth edition. * AmbitionIsEvil: Averted, Lathander was the god of self-improvement but always in a non-destructive fashion. * HopeBringer: Hope was one of Lathander's prime spheres of influence in addition to the sun. * HumbleHero: His dogma specifically disapproves of {{Pride}}. * LightIsGood: The ''Realms''' crown example of this trope for the first three editions. * NoodleIncident: The Dawn Cataclysm, an attempt by Lathander to improve the gods themselves, which caused at least one divine casualty and led to long-standing resentment between Lathander and Helm. * PutOnABus: Lathander disappeared in the fourth edition and was 'replaced' by Amanuator, the Netherese sun god, with the understanding that the new Amanuator was both gods united. ** TheBusCameBack: The Lathander persona has become the dominant one as of the fifth edition. !!Mielikki, The Forest Queen * HorseOfADifferentColor: She rides on Lurue, the unicorn ''demigoddess'' (also venerated on Faerun -- mostly by non-humanoids). * RedOniBlueOni / TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With Eldath. * SinisterScimitar: Averted. Despite her weapon of choice being the scimitar she's a neutral good deity. * {{Unicorn}}: Her holy symbol. !! Moradin, The Soul Forger * DropTheHammer * GeniusBruiser * OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame * PayEvilUntoEvil: Like Corellon, he commands his followers to wipe out orcs and the followers of Gruumsh. * TheUltimateBlacksmith !! Selūne, The Moonmaiden * ArchEnemy: See below. * CainAndAbel: With her twin, Shar. * HomosexualReproduction: Created the first Goddess of Magic, Mystryl, by hurling a chunk of her body through the body of her twin sister, Shar. And earler, before Shar and Selūne were enemies, they created together Chauntea. * TheObiWan: Tried to be this to Mystryl, who resented it. * TheOlderImmortal: The Olde'''st''', next to her twin sister Shar. * SolarAndLunar: Oddly doesn't have strong ties to the sun god. !! Sune, Lady Firehair * AbsoluteCleavage * BeautyEqualsGoodness: Her church believes this, though she doesn't. * EthicalSlut * {{Expy}}: To [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Aphrodite]]. It was even stated in the Magazine/{{Dragon}} issue were she first appeared, that she's based on Aphrodite. Although Sune is much nicer than Aphrodite. * FieryRedhead * LoveGoddess * WomanInWhite !! Torm, The Loyal Fury * ArchEnemy: With Bane and Cyric. * HeroesPreferSwords: The [[{{BFS}} greatsword]] is the favored weapon of his clergy. * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Supposed to "end and rebirth" Toril after a battle to the death with Cyric, god of various nasty things. His worshipers seem to think this is a GREAT goal, however. Apparently, Cyric's death is worth ending the world as we know it. * ThePaladin: Actually the god of paladins. * TakeUpMySword: After Tyr was manipulated by Cyric into murdering Helm, he retired from the pantheon in disgrace, and Torm took up the mantle as god of justice. * TookALevelInBadass: Twice; was originally a fairly minor demigod who managed to take out [[BigBad Bane]] during the Time of Troubles; this got him upped to intermediate god. When Tyr decided he was no longer cut out for the job, he passed his power and duties onto Torm, promoting him to greater god. !!Tymora, The Lady Who Smiles * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse Halflings consider her a halfling Goddess who has tricked other races into worshipping her too. * BadassBoast: "Fortune Favors the Bold!!" used to encourage worshippers and others to trust in Tymora's luck and take high risks in return for high rewards in the pursuit of what they want. * CoolButInefficient: Her favored weapon is the shuriken, one of the weakest weapons that exists. * SplitAtBirth: Tymora and Beshaba were both literally formed when Tyche the Goddess of Luck, was split in half by Selūne after being corrupted by Moander. The myth goes that Beshaba got all of Tyche's beauty and frivolousness, while Tymora got all of the heart and kindness. !!Tyr, The Maimed God * DisabledDeity: He's blind and missing a hand. * HeroicSacrifice: Gave his life to defend Faerun against an army of demons. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His reaction upon accidentally killing Helm due to Cyric's manipulations. He was so wracked with guilt that he abdicated his position as God of Justice. * ThePaladin: The former god of paladins. * RedemptionEqualsDeath * TakeUpMySword: After Helm's death, he decided he was no longer fit to be the god of justice, and passed his powers down to Torm and Bahamut. * UnwittingPawn: To Cyric during the buildup to the Spellplague. !! Yondalla, The Protector and Provider * ApronMatron * {{Hobbits}}: The goddess of halflings, though not their creator. Supposedly she found them wandering in the wilderness and took them in. * LadyOfWar: Though she fights only defense of halflings. She's more known for her shield than her sword. * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe * MamaBear * PintsizedPowerhouse * {{Retcon}}: In 4th Edition, changed into an aspect of Chauntea. !! Neutral Deities !!Gond, The Wonderbringer * ForScience: He promotes prosperity, but yes, he's a very much Neutral power. This sometimes becomes easy to forget, and sometimes important to remember (e.g. his work for Cyric). * {{Expy}}: To [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hephaestus]]. It was even stated in the ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' issue were he first appeared, he's based on Hephaestus. * GadgeteerGenius * TheSmartGuy * UltimateBlacksmith !!Helm, the Vigilant One, the Watcher Patron god of guardians, watchmen and lawkeepers. Dead in 4e. * {{Expy}}: To [[Myth/NorseMythology Heimdall]], both being watchers. Helm even guards the Celestial Stairway, which is even sometimes called the "Rainbow Bridge", just like Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge Heimdall guards. Bifrost and the Celestial Stairway also serve the same function. * NeverLiveItDown: Nobody will ever forget Helm's famous moments of LawfulStupid -- and this is ''in-universe''. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Slew Mystara, causing incredible devastation and unleashing the phenomena of AntiMagic and WildMagic onto Faerun. This is one of the moments he can't live down. !!Jergal, Lord of the End of Everything Former god of Strife, Fear, Fate, Death and the Dead. He gave away his domains willingly to the Dead Tree, becoming seneschal of the realm of the dead instead. Jergal currently serves Kelemvor as he once served Cyric and Myrkul. * {{Expy}}: Somewhat to the nearly identically named [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Nergal]]. * HeelFaceTurn: Used to be Lawful Evil. Turned Lawful Neutral as he gave away his old role. * TheOlderImmortal: Nergal was ancient even to the Netherese; nobody knows exactly ''how'' old. Only Ao, Shar and Selune might know. * StrawNihilist: During his time as god of the dead. * YouCantFightFate: Still the god of this, in a way. !!Kelemvor (Lyonsbane), Lord of the Dead * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: A large part of the plot of the first expansion for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is a war against him because he is holding mortals souls hostage for power. * ArchEnemy: With Cyric * DarkIsNotEvil: He is not evil, but neutral. * DeityOfHumanOrigin * DontFearTheReaper: While not nice or friendly, Kelemvor goes a long way to minimize fear of death. * GodsHandsAreTied: Kelemvor isn't very fond of several things his predecessors did for judgement and the afterlife, but he is loath to reverse too many of them because reversing gods' decrees sets down bad precedents, especially in a place where divinity is as fluid as in the Forgotten Realms. * JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As a mortal, Kelemvor wanted to be a hero and wanted to help people. However, he had a curse that turned him into a panther and forced him to kill someone if he ever did anything for reasons other than personal gain. * NecessaryEvil: He maintains the Wall of the Faithless, an AndIMustScream punishment for the Realms' atheists and agnostics. This is a motivation for one of the party members in ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of The Betrayer]]'' renouncing her faith in him. However, what most who bring this up fail to mention is that he actually ''tried'' taking it down soon after becoming a god, and, well... Let's just say it [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly didn't]] [[HumansAreBastards work]] [[WatchTheWorldDie out]]. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: In his first years after becoming God of the Dead, he took the moral judgment of souls upon himself, whereas previous death gods only judged on whether a soul has been true to his patron god. He constructed places of reward and punishment for the faithless souls in his realm. As a result, good and heroic mortals stopped worshiping their own gods because they could count on Kelemvor's judgment, while more evil types were terrified of dying for fear of being condemned ''(you know, even more so)''. This screwed with the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil on Faerun and resulted in a pantheon of seriously disgruntled deities on both sides. * OddFriendship: Maintained an alliance with Lathander, God of the Sun. Despite the two deities controlling very different portfolios, Lathander shared Kelemvor's desire to destroy the undead. !!Oghma, The Lord of Knowledge * BadassBookworm * TheSmartGuy !!Red Knight, The Lady of Strategy * [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her the Red Knight]]: The Red Knight keeps her real name secret from everyone except Tempus. If anyone were to know it, that person "would be privy to all the plots and strategems of rulers throughout Faerūn and the deities throughout the planes." * LadyOfWar * TheLancer: To Tempus. * LawfulNeutral: [[invoked]] In 3E. Turns LawfulGood in 4E. !!Silvanus, The Forest Father * CarryABigStick * GaiasVengeance: Is all about this. * SpearCounterpart: To Chauntea; while she represents the tamed nature of agriculture and farming, Silvanus represents the wild forests. !!Tempus, Lord of Battles Supreme god of war in the Faerūnian Pantheon. * AnAxeToGrind: His church's favored weapon is the battle axe; odd, considering one of his titles is the Foe'''hammer''' and his holy symbol is a sword on a shield. Of course, Being the god of war, it would make sense for him to be a MultiMeleeMaster. * ArchEnemy: Tempus shares the portfolio of War with Garagos, who embodies [[RapePillageAndBurn the destructive aspects of war]] in contrast to Tempus embodying its [[WarIsGlorious glorious, honorable aspects]]. The two mutually loathe each other, but Garagos is the weaker of the two deities, and Tempus refuses to completely destroy Garagos because it would mean being forced to take control of his portfolio. * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Tempus became and maintains his position as god of war by defeating all others who would claim the title. * BloodKnight: About halfway. Tempus does enjoy fights the most, but the warfare should be about honour and [[WarIsGlorious glory]] -- he opposes meaningless carnage and destruction, or endless blood feuds. Conversely, cowardice and other dishonorable behaviour is punished, as are attacks on what belongs to Eldath: his followers are supposed to search for a tough opponent, not push pacifists around. * BoisterousBruiser: His style -- honest, feasting, active, not holding grudges, but eager for the next fight. He even gave the Strategy part of the portfolio to Red Knight and left Destruction to Garagos. * DatingCatwoman: Has romantic ties to Beshaba, evil goddess of bad luck. While Tempus is a neutral god, he's one of the only non-evil gods to have an affair with a blatantly evil one. * DueToTheDead: Those who fought well are praised and remembered. Indeed, followers of Tempus frequently hang all around the worship site collected shields of fallen warriors, whether allies or foes. * GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The fact that gods in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms are empowered by worship means that Tempus, to whom practically every combatant on the planet says a prayer on the eve of battle, is one of the most powerful deities in the entire pantheon. * WarGod: His dogma (as illustrated by "object lessons" of ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=fr/pg20011226x The Trail of Tears]]''): "War is fair in that it oppresses all sides equally and in any given battle a mortal may be slain or [[YouAreInCommandNow become a great leader among his or her companions]]."; "Acquit yourself honorably and tirelessly in battle, but do not fear to [[TacticalWithdrawal retreat from hopeless fights]].", "War should not be feared, but be seen as a natural force that civilization brings by its very existence. Pestilence and famine are the true scourges of civilization, for they too afflict all equally yet [[UndignifiedDeath without the opportunity for valor]].", "Defend what you believe in, lest it be swept away, and [[DueToTheDead remember the dead who fell fighting before]]. [[WorthyOpponent Disparage no foe and respect all]], for valor blazes in all, regardless of age, gender, or race." !!Evil Deities !!Asmodeus, Supreme of the Nine Hells * AffablyEvil: Is generally calm and polite. Just don't piss him off. * AmbitionIsEvil: The path of Asmodeus is the way to great and unatainable power, so clerics of Asmodeus are often men and women of great influence and charisma and end up in positions of leadership. His own ambition is nothing short of conquering and corrupting every single plane of existence- and he seems more than capable of pulling it off. * ArchEnemy: He seems to have made a hobby out of this; every single archdevil, while nominally his subordinate, hates his guts and dreams of overthrowing him; the ChaoticEvil demons of the Abyss consider him their long-term enemy (insofar as they think "long-term", anyway), and his is directly opposed to every Good-aligned deity and the entirety of the Celestial realms, working long and hard to corrupt them all. * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: As with most evil deities, he maintains power mainly by being smart enough and strong enough to stop anyone from taking it from him. He is far more powerful than any of his closest rivals and has more worshippers than every other archdevil combined, and those devils have to share their worshippers with him anyway. And now he is a full-blown god, as strong or stronger than he has ever been. * BigBad: Possibly the Biggest Bad of the whole setting. Apparently he views the entirety of the forces of Evil, including rivals and enemies, to be nothing but pawns on a cosmic chessboard with himself as the player against the forces of Good, who are barely aware that they are playing. And given what an utterly brilliant chessmaster he is, he may well be right. His recent ascension to godhood has certainly put him up there, at the very least. * CarryABigStick: The Ruby Rod of Asmodeus, besides having a very...[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything unfortunate name]], is one of the most powerful weapons in the realms, able to perform a wide range of magical spells. His church favors great clubs and maces crafted in the Rod's image. * TheChessmaster: Possibly the best chessmaster of all greater deities; probably the best of all evil deities and ''definitely'' the best throughout the Nine Hells. He has spies and assasins on every plane of existence and in every court of power, and his plans are intricately detailed and may take centuries if not millenia to come to fruition, but almost always manage to benefit him in some way once they do. * TheCorrupter: ''Par excellence.'' * DeadlyDecadentCourt: Baator as a whole is run on this premise. Asmodeus ''always'' comes out on top. * DealWithTheDevil: His ''modus operandi''; and of all the evil deities, he is the one most likely to play this trope literally, with a contract and everything, or at least to hold onto his side of the bargain (FromACertainPointOfView, of course). * DemonLordsAndArchdevils: One of the classic modern examples and possibly the most influential after actual demonology. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Suggested to have genuinly cared for his (deceased) wife and (still living) [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]]. Granted, both were/are evil themselves, but still. * ExactWords: He is the undistupted master of the carefully worded diabolical contract and will always take care to carefully word any agreement so that it ultimately benefits him. However, he will never, ever tell a flat-out lie, and his dogma explicitly forbids his followers from doing so- not out of [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], or course, but because having people know they can at least technically trust you is efficient PragmaticVillainy. * EvilVsEvil: The Blood War between Devils and Demons which has raged on for tens of thousands of years at the very least. Until now- Asmodeus has won. ** Although, it's really more of a successful EnforcedColdWar. Preventing relatively easy access between between the two race of fiends put a damper on it, but didn't really stop it. * EvilGenius * EvilVirtues: Ambition, patience, resourcefulness, and valor. * GodOfEvil: His offical position within the pantheon is God of Sin. * TheLegionsOfHell: His to command. * MagicKnight: Most gods are like this, really, but descriptions of Asmodeus go out of their way to cite both his skill with magic and as a warrior. * TheManBehindTheMan: He has innumerable mortal followers including countless who end up in positions of leadership, almost certainly including many kings and other monarchs as well as members and perhaps even heads of various rival religions, including Good-aligned ones. Every single time a mortal worships an archdevil, their worship actually goes all to Asmodeus, whether this know or wish it or not. And he is said to be the secret master of the ChaoticEvil demon lord Grazzt...and maybe even ''his father''. * ManipulativeBastard * MultipleChoicePast: Different versions name him as either a FallenAngel or a fallen god, and the details of his fall are given conflicting accounts- in the main, this is just clumsy writing and {{Retcon}}-itis at work, and was not intentional. One that can probably be dismissed is the idea that he became ruler of Hell by signing a contract with the gods to take the souls of the damned, only for the gods to find out the carefully-worded contract allowed for Asmodeus to actively corrupt mortals to damn them in the first place; this contradicts the fact that he explicitly was kicked out of the heavens before taking over Hell, and has the still-bleeding scars to prove it. * TheOmniscient: Possibly. Apparently he is at least aware of every single plot that is ever hatched against him- which is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking one]] [[GodOfEvil of many]] reasons why [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption none of them ever succeed.]] In addition, his godly domain includes the realm of Knowledge. He is probably not literally omniscient, but may be within the realms of Baator and possibly in some wider sense as well, and this would go a long way to explaining why he is so successful. * {{Satan}}: While not as straight forward an analogue as in ''TabletopGame/NentirVale'', he's still the closest thing. ** Not quite. Satan himself actually does exist in the cosmology [[MultipleChoicePast in some accounts of Asmo's backstory]], but he is the deposed ruler of Hell and a SealedEvilInACan that nobody is in any hurry to let out, and might be weaker and less dangerous than Asmodeus anyway. *** While Satan and Lucifer(specifically mentioned as separate entities) are mentioned in previous editions, and Satan himself was even statted at one point, their current status as canon is highly questionable. Moreover, Asmodeus has the [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels classic]] [[{{Pride}} characterization]] of Satan as made popular in Christian fiction such as ''Literature/ParadiseLost''- which is significantly different from the mythological Asmodeus/Asmodai's characterization as a [[AnythingThatMoves lustful]] TricksterArchetype, which for all his cunning, Asmodeus certainly is not. * SorcerousOverlord * TortureTechnician: Well, he ''is'' a devil, after all- torturing mortal sinners for eternity is part of the whole deal. In fact, one (probably false) version of his backstory has him actually creating Hell for this exact purpose, meaning he invented the very concept of punishment (in reality, he seems to have been one of the first being to be punished via being cast out of the Heavens for some unknown crime). Torment is actually listed as one of his domains. * TookALevelInBadass: Went from the most powerfulArchdevil for the first 3 (and a half) editions of ''D & D'' to a full-blown Greater God by the time the 4th came about. It is implied that he has basically done nothing but become more and more powerful ever since he took up ownership of Hell all those millenia ago. Yes, even that one time he was overthrown was just part of an elaborate EvilPlan on his part to root out traitors. * VillainsNeverLie: Half-truths, ExactWords, FromACertainPointOfView ''etc. etc.'' are all fair game though. * WeAreEverywhere: His cultists are rarely if ever out in the open, but they infest every sector of society from the highest to the lowest. He even has followers in the Good-aligned religions, working to subvert them from within. He also has agents in the Celestial realms, the demon planes of the Abyss, and within the ranks of his own archdevils, all secretly answering to him. * WickedCultured: Amongst other things, his clothes alone are said to cost more than a country spends on food in an entire ''year''. !!Auril, The Cold Goddess * AnAxeToGrind: Surprisingly enough. Oh, it's also called "Icemaiden's caress". * AnIcePerson !!Bane, The Black Hand Greater God of Tyranny, Fear and Hatred, first and greatest member of the Dead Three. Bane is perhaps the single most powerful force of evil in the Forgotten Realms (at least since Cyric started leaking portfolios). The Dead Three caused the Time of Troubles by stealing Ao's tablets of fate, a caper that saw all three of them slain by the end. Bane's domains were passed to his half-demonic son Iyachtu Xvim, who turned out to be Bane's SoulJar and allowed his return a few decades later. * AmbitionIsEvil * ArchEnemy: With Torm. * BackFromTheDead: Was slain during the Time of Troubles, but has since returned. * BigBad: Top contender for Big Bad of the Realms. WordOfGod is that, at the very least, he was ''designed'' to be this. Other evil gods that have shown up since probably would give him a run for his money; that said, he is never one to be underestimated. * TheChessmaster * DarkIsEvil * DeityOfHumanOrigin: Is one of the earliest examples in the Forgotten Realms mythos, having been part of an adventuring trio known as the Dead Three, along with Bhaal and Myrkul. The three sought out Jergal, Lord of the End of Everything, hoping to kill him and divide his power. Luckily for them, Jergal was bored with his power, and gave it up willingly, making Bane the god of strife, Bhaal the god of death, and Myrkul the god of the dead. * DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: The only thing Bane is interested in is power- pure power. And he will kill anyone and everyone to attain it. * EvilVsEvil: Though Torm is his ArchEnemy, he is currently focusing his forces on Cyric. * GeniusBruiser * GodOfEvil: Specifically, he is the God of Strife. * MagicKnight * ManipulativeBastard * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast * PragmaticVillainy: Bane commands order in his church, and his followers are as likely to solve disputes through reasonable debate as through show of force. This is a relatively new development since his return from the dead- before, the church was marked by infighting and sectarian violence, but eventually Bane came to realise this was only harming his long-term interests. * PowerFist: His church favors the use of spiked gauntlets called The Black Hands of Bane as their WeaponOfChoice. * ThePowerOfHate: He's currently the god of it. * RageAgainstTheHeavens: He and the Dead Three made a pact to conquer not just the world, but the Heavens themselves and to slay all the other gods. Though Bane is more than willing to make alliances for his own long-term benefit, he regards every other god as his enemy (including the other members of the Dead Three) as he cannot stand to be subservient to another or to share power with anyone, even in theory. Given the chance he would likely kill the lot of them. * SoulJar / OffingTheOffspring: The bastard made a soul jar out of his own ''son'' (who was evil, but still); his BackFromTheDead gambit ended up killing the latter. * VillainTeamUp: For such a vain, paranoid and selfishly power-hungry son of a bitch, its surprising just how many times he has teamed up with other evil deities, and sometimes even non-evil ones. * WarGod: Both he and Asmodeus are gods of tyranny, but while Asmodeus is all about politics and subtle manipulations, Bane, a former adventurer and warlord, is the god who tries to achive WorldDomination through strength of arms, and his portfolio explicitly includes war and destruction. He is still principally a schemer, though- he is a war god of TheStrategist school of thought, and his ''modus operandi'' is not just waging war on his enemies, but manipulating his enemies into waging war on ''each other'' (or themselves), creating chaos from which HIS ordercan be imposed. * WhatIsThisFeeling: In ''Shadowdale'', a loyal follower who'd rescued him earlier dies in one of the Time of Troubles's magical backlashes. Much to his own shock, he finds himself screaming with grief. * WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Priests of Bane pray for their spells at midnight, pledging their eternal loyalty and service to the Black Hand. * YouHaveFailedMe: The punishment for treason or failure for any of his followers is death. !!Beshaba, Lady Doom * CainAndAbel * ComedicSociopathy: Basically the goddess of this. She's the god of bad luck and delights in turning those who displease her into the ButtMonkey. * EvilTwin: With Tymora * VillainessesWantHeroes: Romantically involved with Tempus, the antiheroic WarGod. One of the very few instances of an evil deity being involved with a non-evil deity. !!Bhaal, Lord of Murder God of Death/Murder and Assassins and second member of the Dead Three. Bhaal was slain and replaced by Cyric after the Time of Troubles. He re-emerged with his old domain a hundred years later, having used his children the Bhaalspawn as a blood sacrifice to fuel his return. * ArchnemesisDad: To the Bhaalspawn, having intended for them to all slaughter each other in his name. * BackFromTheDead: Slain in the Time of Troubles, returned as one of the opening shows of the 5th edition. * BiggerBad: Of the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series. * DarkIsEvil: Bhaal is technically the god of death, the threshold between the living and the dead. He chose to reinterpret it as Murder. * DeityOfHumanOrigin: One of the Dead Three, along with Bane and Myrkul. * HumanSacrifice: To kill is to sanctify in Bhaal's dogma. His most faithful followers had to kill something in his name at least once a tenday. * MadArtist: Bhaal commanded his followers to not just kill to strengthen him, but to kill in particularly gruesome, public and inventive ways. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Both Bhaal, his avatar the Slayer, and his favourite minions the Deathstalkers. * ReligionOfEvil: Unlike his comrades Bane and Myrkul, there really was no "legitimate" aspect to Bhaal's worship. Just murder. * SoulJar: He sired the Bhaalspawn, mortals imbued with some of his essence and driven to kill each other in his name. Eventually only one of them was left with all his essence and Bhaal was resurrected. * VillainTeamUp: With Bane and Myrkul, both while they all were alive and when they stole Ao's Tablets of Fate in an attempt to gain even more power. !!Cyric, The Prince of Lies Evil god of ComboPlatterPowers supreme, Cyric was a mortal who ascended after the Time of Troubles after having taken the combined portfolios of the Dead Three as well as illusions and trickery from Leira and several aspects of Mask. The second, third and fourth editions would see his fortunes (and threat level) wax and wane. He is currently the imprisoned god of madness, strife and trickery, having lost several of his old domains. * AdaptationalAttractiveness: DependingOnTheWriter really. In some books, he is described as classically handsome and extremely charismatic, such as by the Succubus in The Fractured Sky and throughout most of James Lowder's works, and as hideous and twisted in most other works. WoTC Canon has him pictured mostly as a normal-looking guy. Cyric has more appearances than perhaps any god/goddess except Mystra, who seems to change appearance after each "death/reincarnation" cycle. * ArchEnemy: Formerly with Mystra; currently with Kelemvor and Bane. * AGodAmI: Even when human, this was all he could think of. * AtLeastIAdmitIt: Admits his lies and murders very easily, since he is the god of such things and he is not at all going against his specific "code of honor" if he has one. Even the Overgod agreed with Cyric on the case of murdering other gods. Except, it seems, when he murdered Mystra, Azuth, Helm, and Tyr. That seemed to be even more than Ao could handle (if Ao exists in 4E anyway). * AxeCrazy: Most of the time, though his lucid moments are far scarier than his crazy moments. * BelievingTheirOwnLies: Cyrinishad. Nuff said. * BlessedWithSuck: During his trial, a mortal worshiper managed to steal a reversed copy of the Cyrinishad away from the middle of Candlekeep and a pair of guardians a hell of a lot more skilled and violent than [[DirtyCoward he was]]. While under Mystra's ''(lifelong, as it turns out)'' enchantment to speak the truth, the full truth, and nothing but the truth, he read the book aloud at Cyric's trial, curing him of the original Cyrinishad's curse and restoring him to sanity. As a reward, Cyric promoted him to be his Seraph of Lies. When the man protested that he couldn't lie, Cyric told him [[CassandraTruth that made him perfect for the job]]. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: '''''All the time.''''' * ConsummateLiar: Note title, of course, even though he doesn't HAVE to lie most of the time. * DarkIsEvil: One of his titles is the Black Sun. * DeityOfHumanOrigin * DependingOnTheWriter: His sanity, appearance, and relationships with the other gods. In the Avatar series, he seems to have unrequited love for Mystra and seems to resent brawny, handsome Kelemvor for winning her heart. In Denning's works, he is just a megalomaniac who wants everyone to worship him. In WOTC timeline, he's actually a brilliant Trickster and ends up proving himself not so harmless after all, and NOT too insane to be effective. He causes Shar to lose a massive amount of power, her own Weave AND Mystra's Weave, the deaths of [[Myth/NorseMythology Helm, Tyr]] and Azuth, and the Spellplague. Sure he gets locked up for a thousand years, but that's a small price to pay for causing all that chaos that Cyric loves so much. Besides, as master of lies and illusion it's only a matter of time before he's out of his prison. * DirtyCoward: Runs away when he knows he can't win at all, turns to stealing and lying instead of fighting to get what he wants. * EldritchAbomination: Binds one of these to him after freeing it from its fetters. Kezef the Chaos Hound still seems loyal to Cyric even while being imprisoned again by Mask. * EvilVsEvil: Is commanding his church into a holy war against the church of Bane. Was also commanding his church to war against EACH OTHER when he was "insane". * FateWorseThanDeath: His punishment for the deaths of Helm and Mystra and the Spellplague? Eternal banishment to a pocket plane, doomed to forever be trapped and hated and feared by all. ** Not quite so. He can still grant spells to his worshippers and such, just not communicate with anyone or anything. Cyric is already insane. Imagine when he gets out of his little prison. He is already hated and feared by all, also. That isn't something new to Cyric and that seems to almost be his entire goal. * ItsAllAboutMe: Had his followers create a tome that convinced anyone who read it that Cyric was the only true god. Then he read it himself. * MadGod: As ''Dragon Magazine'' put it, "When it comes to madness, Cyric leads by example." * NotSoHarmlessVillain: For a while, he was considered something of a harmless villain because he was too crazy to be effective. Then he killed Mystra and set off the Spellplague. ** Don't forget how he orchestrated the death of Helm, and subsequently Tyr's fall from grace. ** And Shar's loss of BOTH her own Shadow Weave and Mystra's Weave. A massive loss of power for the Lady of Loss. Oh, he also indirectly killed Azuth, which most people forget. Making his total of murdered gods (directly or indirectly) in 4E...well...four. * ProfessionalKiller: A major part of his worship comes from this profession. * SealedEvilInACan: Was banished to his realm The Supreme Throne(he's a [[SarcasmMode very humble god]] ) for the aformentioned killing of Mystra. * SelfMadeOrphan: Murders both his adoptive and biological fathers. In the original story (possibly a lie, possibly just different writers not getting the story straight) he simply ran away from his adoptive parents and then murdered his biological father. In Prince of Lies, its made clear by Oghma, God of Knowledge, that he murdered BOTH sets of parents. SelfMadeOrphan indeed. * SelfProclaimedLiar: Note his title. * StartOfDarkness: In Shadowdale (the book), its made clear that he absolutely LOVES watching gods kill each other. This is possibly the start of his future God of Murder status. Then he gets rejected by Midnight in favor of [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood Kelemvor]] and that is what really pushes him over the edge toward evil. * ThatLiarLies: Pretty much called by Torm "nothing but lies" when he claims he didn't kill the former goddess of Illusion. (He was technically NOT lying, since it was MASK who killed her, in the guise of Cyric's sword, Godsbane.) * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to an entire council of murderous greater gods in the Trial of Cyric...and gets away with it. He also gives Mystra and Kelemvor various speeches throughout the book. Cyric is also on the receiving end of such a speech in the same book, but it isn't near as epic as his chewing out an entire pantheon of angry battle gods, some who absolutely HATE him, such as Kelemvor and Tempus. * TricksterArchetype: Sort of. He makes it very clear that he prefers trickery and lies over such petty things as judging the dead, but he isn't a funny jokester at all. More like an Evil!Trickster. * VillainsNeverLie: Despite his title, he doesn't have to, most of the time. Like with Malik, the best lie is the most unbelievable truth. * VitriolicBestBuds: With Kelemvor (and Midnight/Mystra), as a mortal. He was brains to Kel's brawn. After Kel slept with Midnight...their relationship went out the window. After he crossed the MoralEventHorizon by killing one of Midnight's friends, that relationship also went down the drain. He really has NoSocialSkills. * XanatosSpeedChess: Cyric is a master of this. Just read the novels he's in and see how he turns every situation to his advantage, even if it looks like its going to pot. The Trial for example. His plot to have the Cyrinishad read at the Trial gets squashed quite quickly, but Cyric had another way to win the Trial. He had planned for the eventuality of the trial failing, even though he is about as arrogant as it gets and doesn't believe he could possibly fail. Of course, in the end, we realize the trial was ALL CYRIC'S DOING IN THE FIRST PLACE! At the start, he had planned it to expose the other gods to the Cyrinishad, but when that failed, immediately decided ending Mystra and Kelemvor's love would also serve his evil just as well. !!Ghaunadaur, That Which Lurks Drow god of slimes and oozes. * BlobMonster * DirtyCoward * {{Expy}}: Of Tharizdun. ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' version moreso than ''TabletopGame/NentirVale'' version. ** It's implied in some sources that he's really the Greyhawk deity known there as the Elder Elemental Eye. It's implied in ''other'' sources that the E.E.E is really Tharizdun himself. So... * EldritchAbomination !!Gruumsh, The One-Eyed God TopGod of the orc pantheon. * ArchEnemy: With Corellon. * AxCrazy * {{Badass}}: Multiple counts of deicide under his belt, most notably the death of Re, TopGod of the Mulhorand pantheon. * BladeOnAStick: Carries an iron spear, though some art shows him with a [[CarryABigStick spiked mace]] instead. * BloodKnight * DragonInChief / TheHeavy: Was this when part of Lolth's LegionOfDoom. While she was the mastermind behind it, Gruumsh was by far the most powerful deity in the group, and the only one who could hold his own against Corellon. * EvilCounterpart: To Tempus. While the two have little in the way of interaction, Gruumsh's realm is described as a dark reflection of Tempus' Warrior's Rest. * EvilVirtues: Determination and valor; Gruumsh doesn't quit. * EyeScream: On Lolth's advice, Gruumsh ambushed Corellon, who cut out one of his eyes. Gruumsh now despises both deities. * OurOrcsAreDifferent: Gruumsh himself is the epitome of the older, more savage orcs, though lately has been guiding his people to a more neutral stance, if only because getting them out of caves will make them stronger as a whole. * TheManBehindTheMan / HijackedByGanon: Was revealed that Talos, a more human-centric deity of storms, natural disasters, rebellion, and destruction, and the leader of a group of evil gods known as the Deities of Fury, was in fact Gruumsh in disguise, getting some non-orc worshipers. ** RetCon: Reversed as of 5e, in which Talos is back in his former role. * TheSocialDarwinist !!Lolth, (Demon) Queen of Spiders Patron goddess of the drows, also associated with spiders and deceit. Lolth spent a long time as a [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils demon princess/queen]] before ascending to godhood. * AmbitionIsEvil: Lead to her FaceHeelTurn. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Betrayed Corellon, then betrayed the evil deities she had gathered to fight him. * DarkIsEvil * EvilMatriarch * FaceHeelTurn: Was originally allied with Corellon, but gathered an [[LegionOfDoom alliance of evil deities against him]]. * GiantSpider: Her true form. * [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: There were once several drow deities. Lolth is the only one that remains, since she [[OffingTheOffspring either killed them directly or manipulated others to do it]]. * OurElvesAreDifferent * WhipItGood !!Loviatar, The Maiden of Pain * BondageIsBad: Loviatar's holy rituals resemble BDSM rites to the extreme - her clergy often making livings as professional dominaxtrixes or the masters of brothels catering to that fetish - but she and her followers are all evil by CharacterAlignment. * TheDragon: To Bane * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Seems to have genouily loved her sister Kiputytto. * WhipItGood: Whips are the favored weapon of her clergy, and her associated weapon is the scourge (multi-lashed whip). !!Luthic, The Blood Moon Witch One of the most important orc gods besides Gruumsh, Luthic is his consort and the patron goddess of orc females and "caves", which translates to not only caves themselves, but also to home, wisdom, fertility, healing and serviture. In 4th edition, she became an exarch rather than a full-fledged deity, and is associated with cunning, viciousness and havoc. * DarkChick: She's the only female and the least evil among the original orc gods. * EvilMatriarch: It's pretty much her job and she encourages this mindset to her followers. * FemmeFatalons: She's depicted for having ''really huge'' fangs. See p. 149 [[http://www.feuros.com/D&D/Faiths%20and%20Pantheons.pdf here.]] * GeniusBruiser: She's an orc goddess, so she's definitely strong. She's also one of the cleverer deities in the orc panteon. * ALighterShadeOfBlack: Given her domains, incl. Fertility, Wisdom and even ''healing''. She's one of the few evil gods with that domain. * OurOrcsAreDifferent: While still brutal, her domains differ greatly from the other orc gods. !!Malar, The Beastlord * AxeCrazy * BeastMan * HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The most important religious festival amongst Malar's worshippers is the High Hunt, where they kidnap sentient beings and hunt them for sport. * PetTheDog: The Feast of Stags, a practise in which Malar's worshippers travel to Faerun's remote villages during harsh winters and make sure they have enough food to survive. * SocialDarwinist !!Myrkul, Lord of Bones Last member of the Dead Tree, Myrkul was the god of the dead until he was slain in the Time of Troubles. Like his fellow members of the Dead Tree Myrkul had contingencies in place to keep himself 'alive', and the 5E Player's Handbook hints that he may be returning as well. * AndIMustScream: The Wall of the Faithless was Myrkul's creation. Given the size of the realms, millions have probably suffered in it by now. * ArtifactOfDoom: The Crown of Horns, reportedly the headband he wore while alive, is now a powerful artifact infused with some of Myrkul's consciousness. It has been sundered several times and yet is never truly lost. * EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Myrkul took great glee in ironies and paradoxes. Needless to say, what Myrkul found "ironic" most people probably just found horrible. * EvilIsPetty: Thought nothing of appearing in person on Faerun just to crash people's funerals and remind the mourners that they'd eventually die too. * EvilVirtues: Patience. * AFateWorseThanDeath: Needless to say, as the one in charge of the dead, he was very fond of this. * GodOfEvil: By far one of the most evil gods in the setting. He architected [[AndIMustScream The Wall of the Faithless]] and was said to take pleasure in the suffering the wall caused and turned his rebellious high priest into the Spirit Eater and released it upon Faerun, knowing how much destrution and misery it would bring. * TheGrimReaper: He took this form post-apotheosis. * ItsAllAboutMe: He has no problem in creating a curse that has [[CessationOfExistence erased countless beings from existence]] in order to prolong his own. * JerkassGods: Jergal was cold and nihilistic, ruling his realm as an all-powerful and uncaring tyrant. Myrkul was actively malevolent, taking great glee in the pain he inflicted on the living by reminding them of the inevitability of death. * LongGame: Both while he was God of the Dead, and in death as well. * NotQuiteDead: While the Crown of Horns and the Spirit Eater still stalk Faerun, Myrkul isn't truly dead. * SinisterScythe: His favoured weapon, suitably enough. * UndeathAlwaysEnds: Myrkul had no problems with employing undead. In his view, they were simply taking a slightly longer route to his domain. !!Shar, Mistress of the Night Twin sister of Selūne, one of the first goddesses to come into existence at the dawn of creation. Despises her sister for introducing life to the universe that they helped make. * AmbitionIsEvil: Oddly literal example- hope and ambition are explicitly forbidden in the dogma of Shar, and you are only allowed to question your superiors if you forfeit your life to do it. Trying to improve your lot in life in any way is sinful. Since Shar is a GodOfEvil, this is both played straight and an inversion. * ArchEnemy: With Selūne, her twin sister. By extension- ** CainAndAbel ** DarkIsEvil ** EvilCounterpart ** EvilTwin * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: One of the oldest and original Greater Deities and one of the most powerful; her realm, the Shadowfell, is the largest of any in the Astral Sea despite several other deities creating their own planes of existence there, including several that are ''infinite''. * BigBad: Cosmically speaking she is, being the first evil. * TheEvilsOfFreeWill: She traps those who enjoy their freedom in a place called the Tower of Loss, a place with no obvious entrances or exits, in order to savour their despair. In general, she detests freedom- at least, the freedom of everyone who is not her. * EvilMatriarch * GodOfEvil / GodISEvil: The Goddess of Darkness, and one of the creator deities of the mythology. * HomosexualReproduction: Kind of; Mystryl, the first Goddess of Magic, was born when Selūne hurled a piece of her own body through Shar's body. Also earlier, Shar together with Selūne, created Chauntea. * LivingShadow * TheMaker: One of the oldest deities in the mythos and one of the co-creators of the entire universe; her beef with the others, such as her sister, was when they wanted to add that annoying thing called "life" to the once-perfect bleak, dead infinity. * MisanthropeSupreme * TheOlderImmortal: The Olde'''st''', next to her twin sister Selune. * OmnicidalManiac: Shar is the goddess of entropy and loss. She wishes to reduce all the world to nothingness. * TheOmniscient: In a limited sense; she can see anything and everything that happens or lies in the dark. * ThePowerOfHate * PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery * VillainTeamUp: Worked together with Cyric to orchestrate the Spellplague. However, once the Spellplague began, Cyric promptly stabbed her in the back and stole her Shadow Weave. !!Talos, the Storm Lord Evil god of destruction, storms and natural disasters. Worshipped by the [[{{Precursors}} Netherese]] as 'Kozath' and said to be the third deity to exist, formed by the first battle between Selune and Shar. * AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: His followers are known as "Thalassans", which means "seas" in Greek. * BoltOfDivineRetribution: Talos' displeasure is as unsubtle as you'd expect from the god of lightning. * {{Expy}}: He looks like [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] (including favouring the spear) and acts like the more destructive aspects of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]]. * HijackedByGanon: Talos was turned into an aspect of Gruumsh in the 4th edition. ** RetCon: And returned to his old form as of the 5th. * RapePillageAndBurn: The god of it. His priests are essentially a bunch of self-serving, destructive hedonists. * RightMakesMight: Talos has absolutely no church hierarchy at all: If you're strong enough to take a position, you deserved it. * SlapSlapKiss: His relationship to Umberlee, their relationship being described as "flirtatious rivalry". !!Umberlee, the Bitch Queen Evil goddess of sea and the depths. Patron both of people who travel atop the sea, like sailors and fishermen, and a lot of sentient evil sea-creatures that kill them. * CardCarryingVillain: That title is her ''official'' title. Not a very pleasant goddess all around. * CutLexLuthorACheck: Umberlee's church derives much of its power and wealth from legitimate businesses seeking to placate their mistress. The church hires out its own acolytes as insurance policies for ships, as ships with a cleric of Umberlee aboard is safe from being sunk. * SeaMonster: Patron goddess of most of them. !!Vhaeraun, the Masked Lord Chaotic Evil patron of drow rogues, thieves and assasins, males (and any females who are disillusioned with Lolth). Interested in getting rid of Lolth (his mother), returning the drow to the surface world (whether the surfacers like it or not) and being a badass but ruthless revolutionary leader. * BackFromTheDead: Restored to life alongside his sister, Eilistraee, after the event known as ''The Sundering'' ([[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=13#468322 Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015)]]). * BadassCape: That absorbs magic. * JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: One would think somebody whose goal is to liberate a whole race from a crazy tyrannical goddess would have more redeeming qualities. But no, he`s quite a bastard. Still, he isn't ''as'' bad as Lolth. * KaleidoscopeEyes: His eyes change color according to his mood. [[KaleidoscopeHair So does his hair]]. He gets a double dose of RedEyesTakeWarning; while most drow have red eyes, his turn red when he's angry. * MoralMyopia: He gets outraged over crimes committed against him and his followers but sees no problem with doing the same to other people. * NeverFoundTheBody: When Vhaeraun attempted to murder Eilistraee in the ''Lady Penitent'' series, their battle was witnessed by neither the reader nor the viewpoint characters. In the second book one of the characters cites the fact that no one saw it to argue that Vhaeraun is still alive. By that point, however, Lolth shows to the reader his mangled corpse floating in the Astral Plane, even if it may only be her illusion. * ProfessionalKiller * RebelliousSpirit: Does not play well with any kind of authority. * TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: He and his followers might be somewhat better than Lolth... but that`s not saying much, is it? * TakeAThirdOption: Lolth is outright crazy. Eilistraee is good, but very demanding, and not to everyone`s taste. Enter Vhaeraun. * TallDarkAndHandsome: Described as this. * TheTrickster: Sneaky, snarky, underestimate him at your peril. * TheUnfettered: Does what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals. Or just to amuse himself, really. Has no problem with breaking a LOT of eggs. * VillainHasAPoint: Women make up less than one percent of his clergy but it's ''still'' less gender-exclusive than his Chaotic Good sister's. It's not surprising he has more appeal to the disgruntled male drow seeking escape from LadyLand. ** Although this is minor case of DependingOnTheWriter, as some sources describe Eilistraee clergy as not so gender-exclusive.
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!!Good Deities !! Amaunator, God of the Sun * BackFromTheDead: Died after the fall fo Netheril, when his worshippers either died or abandoned him. Was reborn as Lathander, and reborn again after the Spellplague. * BadassBeard * LawfulStupid: Allowed most of his followers to die in the fall of Netheril as he was contractually prohibited from interfering in matters of magic, which were Mystryl's domain. * LightIsGood: Currently straight: Lathander was NeutralGood and Amaunator is LawfulGood. In Netherese times however, he was LawfulNeutral. * SolarAndLunar: Oddly doesn't have a strong connection to the moon diety. !!Angharradh, Queen of Arvandor * OurElvesAreBetter !!Bahamut, The Platinum Dragon * ArchEnemy: To Tiamat. * CainAndAbel: Again, Tiamat. * TheLancer: To Torm. * OurDragonsAreDifferent * ThePaladin !!Berronar Truesilver, The Mother of Safety * OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame !! Chauntea, the Great Mother * DistaffCounterpart: To Silvanus; he represents the wild untamed nature, while Chauntea is the more humanity friendly agricultural farmland that feeds and sustains people. * HasTwoMommies: Firstborn child of Shar and Selūne, before the two became enemies. * SinisterScythe: Averted; she is depicted with a scythe, but uses it for its intended purpose: agriculture. !! Corellon Larethian, The Creator of the Elves * TheAce: To some extent; among the elves he is the god of war, magic, art, poetry, music and pretty much everything else. * ArchEnemy: He has two--Lolth and Gruumsh. * FirstNameBasis: He is most commonly referred to simply as Corellon. * MagicKnight * OurElvesAreBetter * PayEvilUntoEvil: He approves of those who kill [[FantasticRacism orcs]] and the followers of Lolth. * WarriorPoet !!Eilistraee, the Dark Maiden. * AntiMutiny: An odd case in that she was tricked by her mother Aurushnee / Lloth into helping with the coup, then turned back, atoned and began to convert the dark elves (now turned into drow) back to the old path as she saw it. [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5812&whichpage=67#159733 And succeed with a lot of them]]. * BackFromTheDead: Restored to life in the 5th edition version of the setting, alongside her brother Vhaeraun, after the event known as ''The Sundering'' -not the elven one, but the one happened during the 1480s DR- ([[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=13#468322 Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015)]]). She is also mentioned in Ed Greenwood's novel Spellstorm as one of the deities with whom Mystra is sharing the Weave post-Sundering. * DanceBattler * DarkIsNotEvil * GodivaHair: She's usually depicted tall and dancing naked, with ankle-long silver hair flowing around. Because she tend to appear like this. * OnlyMostlyDead: Supposedly slain by Lolth's BrainwashedAndCrazy TheDragon during the War of the Spider Queen. The novels never show the goddess' dying to the reader or to one of the characters, leaving uncertainty and room for fates different from death. Instead Qilué Veladorn -Eilistraee's and Mystra's shared chosen- is killed while used by the Dark Maiden as an Avatar (a physical manifestation on the material plane). However, since in the Forgotten Realms deities can only be actually killed while on their Divine Realm (the only exception being the Time of Troubles, when deities were forced to walk on Toril and could be slain there), Eilistraee may have very well survived, even if taking quite a blow/being reduced to a poweress status/etc... ([[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=13#468322 and her return not only is a possibility, but has happened]]). * NudeNatureDance: The main veneration ritual and one of manifestations. * SolarAndLunar: Again, no clean-cut counterparts. !!Eldath, Goddess of Singing Waters. * ActualPacifist: She's also the goddess of peace. And gives a sanctuary to those who think they fed up with violence, such as a certain Gold Elf vampire, and collected the whole colony of disillusioned [[BizarreBabyBoom Malenti]]. ** This doesn't mean she's not decisive or strategically savvy. At least two novels did show her at active and well-timed work on expansion and conversion -- Eldath is non-violent, and smoothly subversive, so her acquisitions go quietly. * GhibliHills: The terrain of preference is quiet glades, pools, springs and waterfalls. * RedOniBlueOni / TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's in almost sisterly relationship with Mielikki -- they generally divide jobs at "nurturing" vs. "protection". !!Garl Glittergold, The Watchful Protector * AnAxeToGrind: His EmpathicWeapon and NonHumanSidekick, Arumdina the Justified * OurGnomesAreWeirder * ThePrankster: Likes playing jokes on evil deities of the underdark. Hasn't made him very popular. !!Ilmater, The One Who Endures Good god of martyrdom, endurance, and suffering. * AllLovingHero: It doesn't matter who you are or what you have done; Ilmater doesn't forsake anyone who suffers. Except for the Faithless. * CrystalDragonJesus: He is essentially Jesus on the cross turned into a god. Just to hammer it home he was part of the Triad, a tree-as-one arrangement with the gods Tyr and Torm (Tyr was the father, Ilmater the son and Torm the holy ghost). * InspirationalMartyr: The god of martyrs. * IronWoobie: His avatar is a short man who shows signs of extreme torture, with scars, burns, broken bones, and more, and even moving caused him pain. But he take it in strides, for he is the god of endurance and martyrdom, and he encourages his followers to ease others' sufferings and if necessary, take it on themselves. * MadeOfIron: Given he's the god of endurance, suffering and martyrdom, he's ''very'' experienced in taking on the hurt. Even his avatar form reflects this, what with its extreme wounds. !!Lathander, The Morninglord Good god of the sun, mornings strength, renewal, optimism, creativity and self-perfection. Claimed by some to be the reincarnation of the Netherese sun god Amanuator, a viewpoint generally met with disapproval by his clergy until it was made canon in the fourth edition. * AmbitionIsEvil: Averted, Lathander was the god of self-improvement but always in a non-destructive fashion. * HopeBringer: Hope was one of Lathander's prime spheres of influence in addition to the sun. * HumbleHero: His dogma specifically disapproves of {{Pride}}. * LightIsGood: The ''Realms''' crown example of this trope for the first three editions. * NoodleIncident: The Dawn Cataclysm, an attempt by Lathander to improve the gods themselves, which caused at least one divine casualty and led to long-standing resentment between Lathander and Helm. * PutOnABus: Lathander disappeared in the fourth edition and was 'replaced' by Amanuator, the Netherese sun god, with the understanding that the new Amanuator was both gods united. ** TheBusCameBack: The Lathander persona has become the dominant one as of the fifth edition. !!Mielikki, The Forest Queen * HorseOfADifferentColor: She rides on Lurue, the unicorn ''demigoddess'' (also venerated on Faerun -- mostly by non-humanoids). * RedOniBlueOni / TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With Eldath. * SinisterScimitar: Averted. Despite her weapon of choice being the scimitar she's a neutral good deity. * {{Unicorn}}: Her holy symbol. !! Moradin, The Soul Forger * DropTheHammer * GeniusBruiser * OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame * PayEvilUntoEvil: Like Corellon, he commands his followers to wipe out orcs and the followers of Gruumsh. * TheUltimateBlacksmith !! Selūne, The Moonmaiden * ArchEnemy: See below. * CainAndAbel: With her twin, Shar. * HomosexualReproduction: Created the first Goddess of Magic, Mystryl, by hurling a chunk of her body through the body of her twin sister, Shar. And earler, before Shar and Selūne were enemies, they created together Chauntea. * TheObiWan: Tried to be this to Mystryl, who resented it. * TheOlderImmortal: The Olde'''st''', next to her twin sister Shar. * SolarAndLunar: Oddly doesn't have strong ties to the sun god. !! Sune, Lady Firehair * AbsoluteCleavage * BeautyEqualsGoodness: Her church believes this, though she doesn't. * EthicalSlut * {{Expy}}: To [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Aphrodite]]. It was even stated in the Magazine/{{Dragon}} issue were she first appeared, that she's based on Aphrodite. Although Sune is much nicer than Aphrodite. * FieryRedhead * LoveGoddess * WomanInWhite !! Torm, The Loyal Fury * ArchEnemy: With Bane and Cyric. * HeroesPreferSwords: The [[{{BFS}} greatsword]] is the favored weapon of his clergy. * TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Supposed to "end and rebirth" Toril after a battle to the death with Cyric, god of various nasty things. His worshipers seem to think this is a GREAT goal, however. Apparently, Cyric's death is worth ending the world as we know it. * ThePaladin: Actually the god of paladins. * TakeUpMySword: After Tyr was manipulated by Cyric into murdering Helm, he retired from the pantheon in disgrace, and Torm took up the mantle as god of justice. * TookALevelInBadass: Twice; was originally a fairly minor demigod who managed to take out [[BigBad Bane]] during the Time of Troubles; this got him upped to intermediate god. When Tyr decided he was no longer cut out for the job, he passed his power and duties onto Torm, promoting him to greater god. !!Tymora, The Lady Who Smiles * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse Halflings consider her a halfling Goddess who has tricked other races into worshipping her too. * BadassBoast: "Fortune Favors the Bold!!" used to encourage worshippers and others to trust in Tymora's luck and take high risks in return for high rewards in the pursuit of what they want. * CoolButInefficient: Her favored weapon is the shuriken, one of the weakest weapons that exists. * SplitAtBirth: Tymora and Beshaba were both literally formed when Tyche the Goddess of Luck, was split in half by Selūne after being corrupted by Moander. The myth goes that Beshaba got all of Tyche's beauty and frivolousness, while Tymora got all of the heart and kindness. !!Tyr, The Maimed God * DisabledDeity: He's blind and missing a hand. * HeroicSacrifice: Gave his life to defend Faerun against an army of demons. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His reaction upon accidentally killing Helm due to Cyric's manipulations. He was so wracked with guilt that he abdicated his position as God of Justice. * ThePaladin: The former god of paladins. * RedemptionEqualsDeath * TakeUpMySword: After Helm's death, he decided he was no longer fit to be the god of justice, and passed his powers down to Torm and Bahamut. * UnwittingPawn: To Cyric during the buildup to the Spellplague. !! Yondalla, The Protector and Provider * ApronMatron * {{Hobbits}}: The goddess of halflings, though not their creator. Supposedly she found them wandering in the wilderness and took them in. * LadyOfWar: Though she fights only defense of halflings. She's more known for her shield than her sword. * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe * MamaBear * PintsizedPowerhouse * {{Retcon}}: In 4th Edition, changed into an aspect of Chauntea. !! Neutral Deities !!Gond, The Wonderbringer * ForScience: He promotes prosperity, but yes, he's a very much Neutral power. This sometimes becomes easy to forget, and sometimes important to remember (e.g. his work for Cyric). * {{Expy}}: To [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hephaestus]]. It was even stated in the ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' issue were he first appeared, he's based on Hephaestus. * GadgeteerGenius * TheSmartGuy * UltimateBlacksmith !!Helm, the Vigilant One, the Watcher Patron god of guardians, watchmen and lawkeepers. Dead in 4e. * {{Expy}}: To [[Myth/NorseMythology Heimdall]], both being watchers. Helm even guards the Celestial Stairway, which is even sometimes called the "Rainbow Bridge", just like Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge Heimdall guards. Bifrost and the Celestial Stairway also serve the same function. * NeverLiveItDown: Nobody will ever forget Helm's famous moments of LawfulStupid -- and this is ''in-universe''. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Slew Mystara, causing incredible devastation and unleashing the phenomena of AntiMagic and WildMagic onto Faerun. This is one of the moments he can't live down. !!Jergal, Lord of the End of Everything Former god of Strife, Fear, Fate, Death and the Dead. He gave away his domains willingly to the Dead Tree, becoming seneschal of the realm of the dead instead. Jergal currently serves Kelemvor as he once served Cyric and Myrkul. * {{Expy}}: Somewhat to the nearly identically named [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Nergal]]. * HeelFaceTurn: Used to be Lawful Evil. Turned Lawful Neutral as he gave away his old role. * TheOlderImmortal: Nergal was ancient even to the Netherese; nobody knows exactly ''how'' old. Only Ao, Shar and Selune might know. * StrawNihilist: During his time as god of the dead. * YouCantFightFate: Still the god of this, in a way. !!Kelemvor (Lyonsbane), Lord of the Dead * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: A large part of the plot of the first expansion for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is a war against him because he is holding mortals souls hostage for power. * ArchEnemy: With Cyric * DarkIsNotEvil: He is not evil, but neutral. * DeityOfHumanOrigin * DontFearTheReaper: While not nice or friendly, Kelemvor goes a long way to minimize fear of death. * GodsHandsAreTied: Kelemvor isn't very fond of several things his predecessors did for judgement and the afterlife, but he is loath to reverse too many of them because reversing gods' decrees sets down bad precedents, especially in a place where divinity is as fluid as in the Forgotten Realms. * JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As a mortal, Kelemvor wanted to be a hero and wanted to help people. However, he had a curse that turned him into a panther and forced him to kill someone if he ever did anything for reasons other than personal gain. * NecessaryEvil: He maintains the Wall of the Faithless, an AndIMustScream punishment for the Realms' atheists and agnostics. This is a motivation for one of the party members in ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of The Betrayer]]'' renouncing her faith in him. However, what most who bring this up fail to mention is that he actually ''tried'' taking it down soon after becoming a god, and, well... Let's just say it [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly didn't]] [[HumansAreBastards work]] [[WatchTheWorldDie out]]. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: In his first years after becoming God of the Dead, he took the moral judgment of souls upon himself, whereas previous death gods only judged on whether a soul has been true to his patron god. He constructed places of reward and punishment for the faithless souls in his realm. As a result, good and heroic mortals stopped worshiping their own gods because they could count on Kelemvor's judgment, while more evil types were terrified of dying for fear of being condemned ''(you know, even more so)''. This screwed with the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil on Faerun and resulted in a pantheon of seriously disgruntled deities on both sides. * OddFriendship: Maintained an alliance with Lathander, God of the Sun. Despite the two deities controlling very different portfolios, Lathander shared Kelemvor's desire to destroy the undead. !!Oghma, The Lord of Knowledge * BadassBookworm * TheSmartGuy !!Red Knight, The Lady of Strategy * [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her the Red Knight]]: The Red Knight keeps her real name secret from everyone except Tempus. If anyone were to know it, that person "would be privy to all the plots and strategems of rulers throughout Faerūn and the deities throughout the planes." * LadyOfWar * TheLancer: To Tempus. * LawfulNeutral: [[invoked]] In 3E. Turns LawfulGood in 4E. !!Silvanus, The Forest Father * CarryABigStick * GaiasVengeance: Is all about this. * SpearCounterpart: To Chauntea; while she represents the tamed nature of agriculture and farming, Silvanus represents the wild forests. !!Tempus, Lord of Battles Supreme god of war in the Faerūnian Pantheon. * AnAxeToGrind: His church's favored weapon is the battle axe; odd, considering one of his titles is the Foe'''hammer''' and his holy symbol is a sword on a shield. Of course, Being the god of war, it would make sense for him to be a MultiMeleeMaster. * ArchEnemy: Tempus shares the portfolio of War with Garagos, who embodies [[RapePillageAndBurn the destructive aspects of war]] in contrast to Tempus embodying its [[WarIsGlorious glorious, honorable aspects]]. The two mutually loathe each other, but Garagos is the weaker of the two deities, and Tempus refuses to completely destroy Garagos because it would mean being forced to take control of his portfolio. * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Tempus became and maintains his position as god of war by defeating all others who would claim the title. * BloodKnight: About halfway. Tempus does enjoy fights the most, but the warfare should be about honour and [[WarIsGlorious glory]] -- he opposes meaningless carnage and destruction, or endless blood feuds. Conversely, cowardice and other dishonorable behaviour is punished, as are attacks on what belongs to Eldath: his followers are supposed to search for a tough opponent, not push pacifists around. * BoisterousBruiser: His style -- honest, feasting, active, not holding grudges, but eager for the next fight. He even gave the Strategy part of the portfolio to Red Knight and left Destruction to Garagos. * DatingCatwoman: Has romantic ties to Beshaba, evil goddess of bad luck. While Tempus is a neutral god, he's one of the only non-evil gods to have an affair with a blatantly evil one. * DueToTheDead: Those who fought well are praised and remembered. Indeed, followers of Tempus frequently hang all around the worship site collected shields of fallen warriors, whether allies or foes. * GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The fact that gods in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms are empowered by worship means that Tempus, to whom practically every combatant on the planet says a prayer on the eve of battle, is one of the most powerful deities in the entire pantheon. * WarGod: His dogma (as illustrated by "object lessons" of ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=fr/pg20011226x The Trail of Tears]]''): "War is fair in that it oppresses all sides equally and in any given battle a mortal may be slain or [[YouAreInCommandNow become a great leader among his or her companions]]."; "Acquit yourself honorably and tirelessly in battle, but do not fear to [[TacticalWithdrawal retreat from hopeless fights]].", "War should not be feared, but be seen as a natural force that civilization brings by its very existence. Pestilence and famine are the true scourges of civilization, for they too afflict all equally yet [[UndignifiedDeath without the opportunity for valor]].", "Defend what you believe in, lest it be swept away, and [[DueToTheDead remember the dead who fell fighting before]]. [[WorthyOpponent Disparage no foe and respect all]], for valor blazes in all, regardless of age, gender, or race." !!Evil Deities !!Asmodeus, Supreme of the Nine Hells * AffablyEvil: Is generally calm and polite. Just don't piss him off. * AmbitionIsEvil: The path of Asmodeus is the way to great and unatainable power, so clerics of Asmodeus are often men and women of great influence and charisma and end up in positions of leadership. His own ambition is nothing short of conquering and corrupting every single plane of existence- and he seems more than capable of pulling it off. * ArchEnemy: He seems to have made a hobby out of this; every single archdevil, while nominally his subordinate, hates his guts and dreams of overthrowing him; the ChaoticEvil demons of the Abyss consider him their long-term enemy (insofar as they think "long-term", anyway), and his is directly opposed to every Good-aligned deity and the entirety of the Celestial realms, working long and hard to corrupt them all. * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: As with most evil deities, he maintains power mainly by being smart enough and strong enough to stop anyone from taking it from him. He is far more powerful than any of his closest rivals and has more worshippers than every other archdevil combined, and those devils have to share their worshippers with him anyway. And now he is a full-blown god, as strong or stronger than he has ever been. * BigBad: Possibly the Biggest Bad of the whole setting. Apparently he views the entirety of the forces of Evil, including rivals and enemies, to be nothing but pawns on a cosmic chessboard with himself as the player against the forces of Good, who are barely aware that they are playing. And given what an utterly brilliant chessmaster he is, he may well be right. His recent ascension to godhood has certainly put him up there, at the very least. * CarryABigStick: The Ruby Rod of Asmodeus, besides having a very...[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything unfortunate name]], is one of the most powerful weapons in the realms, able to perform a wide range of magical spells. His church favors great clubs and maces crafted in the Rod's image. * TheChessmaster: Possibly the best chessmaster of all greater deities; probably the best of all evil deities and ''definitely'' the best throughout the Nine Hells. He has spies and assasins on every plane of existence and in every court of power, and his plans are intricately detailed and may take centuries if not millenia to come to fruition, but almost always manage to benefit him in some way once they do. * TheCorrupter: ''Par excellence.'' * DeadlyDecadentCourt: Baator as a whole is run on this premise. Asmodeus ''always'' comes out on top. * DealWithTheDevil: His ''modus operandi''; and of all the evil deities, he is the one most likely to play this trope literally, with a contract and everything, or at least to hold onto his side of the bargain (FromACertainPointOfView, of course). * DemonLordsAndArchdevils: One of the classic modern examples and possibly the most influential after actual demonology. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Suggested to have genuinly cared for his (deceased) wife and (still living) [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]]. Granted, both were/are evil themselves, but still. * ExactWords: He is the undistupted master of the carefully worded diabolical contract and will always take care to carefully word any agreement so that it ultimately benefits him. However, he will never, ever tell a flat-out lie, and his dogma explicitly forbids his followers from doing so- not out of [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], or course, but because having people know they can at least technically trust you is efficient PragmaticVillainy. * EvilVsEvil: The Blood War between Devils and Demons which has raged on for tens of thousands of years at the very least. Until now- Asmodeus has won. ** Although, it's really more of a successful EnforcedColdWar. Preventing relatively easy access between between the two race of fiends put a damper on it, but didn't really stop it. * EvilGenius * EvilVirtues: Ambition, patience, resourcefulness, and valor. * GodOfEvil: His offical position within the pantheon is God of Sin. * TheLegionsOfHell: His to command. * MagicKnight: Most gods are like this, really, but descriptions of Asmodeus go out of their way to cite both his skill with magic and as a warrior. * TheManBehindTheMan: He has innumerable mortal followers including countless who end up in positions of leadership, almost certainly including many kings and other monarchs as well as members and perhaps even heads of various rival religions, including Good-aligned ones. Every single time a mortal worships an archdevil, their worship actually goes all to Asmodeus, whether this know or wish it or not. And he is said to be the secret master of the ChaoticEvil demon lord Grazzt...and maybe even ''his father''. * ManipulativeBastard * MultipleChoicePast: Different versions name him as either a FallenAngel or a fallen god, and the details of his fall are given conflicting accounts- in the main, this is just clumsy writing and {{Retcon}}-itis at work, and was not intentional. One that can probably be dismissed is the idea that he became ruler of Hell by signing a contract with the gods to take the souls of the damned, only for the gods to find out the carefully-worded contract allowed for Asmodeus to actively corrupt mortals to damn them in the first place; this contradicts the fact that he explicitly was kicked out of the heavens before taking over Hell, and has the still-bleeding scars to prove it. * TheOmniscient: Possibly. Apparently he is at least aware of every single plot that is ever hatched against him- which is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking one]] [[GodOfEvil of many]] reasons why [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption none of them ever succeed.]] In addition, his godly domain includes the realm of Knowledge. He is probably not literally omniscient, but may be within the realms of Baator and possibly in some wider sense as well, and this would go a long way to explaining why he is so successful. * {{Satan}}: While not as straight forward an analogue as in ''TabletopGame/NentirVale'', he's still the closest thing. ** Not quite. Satan himself actually does exist in the cosmology [[MultipleChoicePast in some accounts of Asmo's backstory]], but he is the deposed ruler of Hell and a SealedEvilInACan that nobody is in any hurry to let out, and might be weaker and less dangerous than Asmodeus anyway. *** While Satan and Lucifer(specifically mentioned as separate entities) are mentioned in previous editions, and Satan himself was even statted at one point, their current status as canon is highly questionable. Moreover, Asmodeus has the [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels classic]] [[{{Pride}} characterization]] of Satan as made popular in Christian fiction such as ''Literature/ParadiseLost''- which is significantly different from the mythological Asmodeus/Asmodai's characterization as a [[AnythingThatMoves lustful]] TricksterArchetype, which for all his cunning, Asmodeus certainly is not. * SorcerousOverlord * TortureTechnician: Well, he ''is'' a devil, after all- torturing mortal sinners for eternity is part of the whole deal. In fact, one (probably false) version of his backstory has him actually creating Hell for this exact purpose, meaning he invented the very concept of punishment (in reality, he seems to have been one of the first being to be punished via being cast out of the Heavens for some unknown crime). Torment is actually listed as one of his domains. * TookALevelInBadass: Went from the most powerfulArchdevil for the first 3 (and a half) editions of ''D & D'' to a full-blown Greater God by the time the 4th came about. It is implied that he has basically done nothing but become more and more powerful ever since he took up ownership of Hell all those millenia ago. Yes, even that one time he was overthrown was just part of an elaborate EvilPlan on his part to root out traitors. * VillainsNeverLie: Half-truths, ExactWords, FromACertainPointOfView ''etc. etc.'' are all fair game though. * WeAreEverywhere: His cultists are rarely if ever out in the open, but they infest every sector of society from the highest to the lowest. He even has followers in the Good-aligned religions, working to subvert them from within. He also has agents in the Celestial realms, the demon planes of the Abyss, and within the ranks of his own archdevils, all secretly answering to him. * WickedCultured: Amongst other things, his clothes alone are said to cost more than a country spends on food in an entire ''year''. !!Auril, The Cold Goddess * AnAxeToGrind: Surprisingly enough. Oh, it's also called "Icemaiden's caress". * AnIcePerson !!Bane, The Black Hand Greater God of Tyranny, Fear and Hatred, first and greatest member of the Dead Three. Bane is perhaps the single most powerful force of evil in the Forgotten Realms (at least since Cyric started leaking portfolios). The Dead Three caused the Time of Troubles by stealing Ao's tablets of fate, a caper that saw all three of them slain by the end. Bane's domains were passed to his half-demonic son Iyachtu Xvim, who turned out to be Bane's SoulJar and allowed his return a few decades later. * AmbitionIsEvil * ArchEnemy: With Torm. * BackFromTheDead: Was slain during the Time of Troubles, but has since returned. * BigBad: Top contender for Big Bad of the Realms. WordOfGod is that, at the very least, he was ''designed'' to be this. Other evil gods that have shown up since probably would give him a run for his money; that said, he is never one to be underestimated. * TheChessmaster * DarkIsEvil * DeityOfHumanOrigin: Is one of the earliest examples in the Forgotten Realms mythos, having been part of an adventuring trio known as the Dead Three, along with Bhaal and Myrkul. The three sought out Jergal, Lord of the End of Everything, hoping to kill him and divide his power. Luckily for them, Jergal was bored with his power, and gave it up willingly, making Bane the god of strife, Bhaal the god of death, and Myrkul the god of the dead. * DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: The only thing Bane is interested in is power- pure power. And he will kill anyone and everyone to attain it. * EvilVsEvil: Though Torm is his ArchEnemy, he is currently focusing his forces on Cyric. * GeniusBruiser * GodOfEvil: Specifically, he is the God of Strife. * MagicKnight * ManipulativeBastard * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast * PragmaticVillainy: Bane commands order in his church, and his followers are as likely to solve disputes through reasonable debate as through show of force. This is a relatively new development since his return from the dead- before, the church was marked by infighting and sectarian violence, but eventually Bane came to realise this was only harming his long-term interests. * PowerFist: His church favors the use of spiked gauntlets called The Black Hands of Bane as their WeaponOfChoice. * ThePowerOfHate: He's currently the god of it. * RageAgainstTheHeavens: He and the Dead Three made a pact to conquer not just the world, but the Heavens themselves and to slay all the other gods. Though Bane is more than willing to make alliances for his own long-term benefit, he regards every other god as his enemy (including the other members of the Dead Three) as he cannot stand to be subservient to another or to share power with anyone, even in theory. Given the chance he would likely kill the lot of them. * SoulJar / OffingTheOffspring: The bastard made a soul jar out of his own ''son'' (who was evil, but still); his BackFromTheDead gambit ended up killing the latter. * VillainTeamUp: For such a vain, paranoid and selfishly power-hungry son of a bitch, its surprising just how many times he has teamed up with other evil deities, and sometimes even non-evil ones. * WarGod: Both he and Asmodeus are gods of tyranny, but while Asmodeus is all about politics and subtle manipulations, Bane, a former adventurer and warlord, is the god who tries to achive WorldDomination through strength of arms, and his portfolio explicitly includes war and destruction. He is still principally a schemer, though- he is a war god of TheStrategist school of thought, and his ''modus operandi'' is not just waging war on his enemies, but manipulating his enemies into waging war on ''each other'' (or themselves), creating chaos from which HIS ordercan be imposed. * WhatIsThisFeeling: In ''Shadowdale'', a loyal follower who'd rescued him earlier dies in one of the Time of Troubles's magical backlashes. Much to his own shock, he finds himself screaming with grief. * WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Priests of Bane pray for their spells at midnight, pledging their eternal loyalty and service to the Black Hand. * YouHaveFailedMe: The punishment for treason or failure for any of his followers is death. !!Beshaba, Lady Doom * CainAndAbel * ComedicSociopathy: Basically the goddess of this. She's the god of bad luck and delights in turning those who displease her into the ButtMonkey. * EvilTwin: With Tymora * VillainessesWantHeroes: Romantically involved with Tempus, the antiheroic WarGod. One of the very few instances of an evil deity being involved with a non-evil deity. !!Bhaal, Lord of Murder God of Death/Murder and Assassins and second member of the Dead Three. Bhaal was slain and replaced by Cyric after the Time of Troubles. He re-emerged with his old domain a hundred years later, having used his children the Bhaalspawn as a blood sacrifice to fuel his return. * ArchnemesisDad: To the Bhaalspawn, having intended for them to all slaughter each other in his name. * BackFromTheDead: Slain in the Time of Troubles, returned as one of the opening shows of the 5th edition. * BiggerBad: Of the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series. * DarkIsEvil: Bhaal is technically the god of death, the threshold between the living and the dead. He chose to reinterpret it as Murder. * DeityOfHumanOrigin: One of the Dead Three, along with Bane and Myrkul. * HumanSacrifice: To kill is to sanctify in Bhaal's dogma. His most faithful followers had to kill something in his name at least once a tenday. * MadArtist: Bhaal commanded his followers to not just kill to strengthen him, but to kill in particularly gruesome, public and inventive ways. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Both Bhaal, his avatar the Slayer, and his favourite minions the Deathstalkers. * ReligionOfEvil: Unlike his comrades Bane and Myrkul, there really was no "legitimate" aspect to Bhaal's worship. Just murder. * SoulJar: He sired the Bhaalspawn, mortals imbued with some of his essence and driven to kill each other in his name. Eventually only one of them was left with all his essence and Bhaal was resurrected. * VillainTeamUp: With Bane and Myrkul, both while they all were alive and when they stole Ao's Tablets of Fate in an attempt to gain even more power. !!Cyric, The Prince of Lies Evil god of ComboPlatterPowers supreme, Cyric was a mortal who ascended after the Time of Troubles after having taken the combined portfolios of the Dead Three as well as illusions and trickery from Leira and several aspects of Mask. The second, third and fourth editions would see his fortunes (and threat level) wax and wane. He is currently the imprisoned god of madness, strife and trickery, having lost several of his old domains. * AdaptationalAttractiveness: DependingOnTheWriter really. In some books, he is described as classically handsome and extremely charismatic, such as by the Succubus in The Fractured Sky and throughout most of James Lowder's works, and as hideous and twisted in most other works. WoTC Canon has him pictured mostly as a normal-looking guy. Cyric has more appearances than perhaps any god/goddess except Mystra, who seems to change appearance after each "death/reincarnation" cycle. * ArchEnemy: Formerly with Mystra; currently with Kelemvor and Bane. * AGodAmI: Even when human, this was all he could think of. * AtLeastIAdmitIt: Admits his lies and murders very easily, since he is the god of such things and he is not at all going against his specific "code of honor" if he has one. Even the Overgod agreed with Cyric on the case of murdering other gods. Except, it seems, when he murdered Mystra, Azuth, Helm, and Tyr. That seemed to be even more than Ao could handle (if Ao exists in 4E anyway). * AxeCrazy: Most of the time, though his lucid moments are far scarier than his crazy moments. * BelievingTheirOwnLies: Cyrinishad. Nuff said. * BlessedWithSuck: During his trial, a mortal worshiper managed to steal a reversed copy of the Cyrinishad away from the middle of Candlekeep and a pair of guardians a hell of a lot more skilled and violent than [[DirtyCoward he was]]. While under Mystra's ''(lifelong, as it turns out)'' enchantment to speak the truth, the full truth, and nothing but the truth, he read the book aloud at Cyric's trial, curing him of the original Cyrinishad's curse and restoring him to sanity. As a reward, Cyric promoted him to be his Seraph of Lies. When the man protested that he couldn't lie, Cyric told him [[CassandraTruth that made him perfect for the job]]. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: '''''All the time.''''' * ConsummateLiar: Note title, of course, even though he doesn't HAVE to lie most of the time. * DarkIsEvil: One of his titles is the Black Sun. * DeityOfHumanOrigin * DependingOnTheWriter: His sanity, appearance, and relationships with the other gods. In the Avatar series, he seems to have unrequited love for Mystra and seems to resent brawny, handsome Kelemvor for winning her heart. In Denning's works, he is just a megalomaniac who wants everyone to worship him. In WOTC timeline, he's actually a brilliant Trickster and ends up proving himself not so harmless after all, and NOT too insane to be effective. He causes Shar to lose a massive amount of power, her own Weave AND Mystra's Weave, the deaths of [[Myth/NorseMythology Helm, Tyr]] and Azuth, and the Spellplague. Sure he gets locked up for a thousand years, but that's a small price to pay for causing all that chaos that Cyric loves so much. Besides, as master of lies and illusion it's only a matter of time before he's out of his prison. * DirtyCoward: Runs away when he knows he can't win at all, turns to stealing and lying instead of fighting to get what he wants. * EldritchAbomination: Binds one of these to him after freeing it from its fetters. Kezef the Chaos Hound still seems loyal to Cyric even while being imprisoned again by Mask. * EvilVsEvil: Is commanding his church into a holy war against the church of Bane. Was also commanding his church to war against EACH OTHER when he was "insane". * FateWorseThanDeath: His punishment for the deaths of Helm and Mystra and the Spellplague? Eternal banishment to a pocket plane, doomed to forever be trapped and hated and feared by all. ** Not quite so. He can still grant spells to his worshippers and such, just not communicate with anyone or anything. Cyric is already insane. Imagine when he gets out of his little prison. He is already hated and feared by all, also. That isn't something new to Cyric and that seems to almost be his entire goal. * ItsAllAboutMe: Had his followers create a tome that convinced anyone who read it that Cyric was the only true god. Then he read it himself. * MadGod: As ''Dragon Magazine'' put it, "When it comes to madness, Cyric leads by example." * NotSoHarmlessVillain: For a while, he was considered something of a harmless villain because he was too crazy to be effective. Then he killed Mystra and set off the Spellplague. ** Don't forget how he orchestrated the death of Helm, and subsequently Tyr's fall from grace. ** And Shar's loss of BOTH her own Shadow Weave and Mystra's Weave. A massive loss of power for the Lady of Loss. Oh, he also indirectly killed Azuth, which most people forget. Making his total of murdered gods (directly or indirectly) in 4E...well...four. * ProfessionalKiller: A major part of his worship comes from this profession. * SealedEvilInACan: Was banished to his realm The Supreme Throne(he's a [[SarcasmMode very humble god]] ) for the aformentioned killing of Mystra. * SelfMadeOrphan: Murders both his adoptive and biological fathers. In the original story (possibly a lie, possibly just different writers not getting the story straight) he simply ran away from his adoptive parents and then murdered his biological father. In Prince of Lies, its made clear by Oghma, God of Knowledge, that he murdered BOTH sets of parents. SelfMadeOrphan indeed. * SelfProclaimedLiar: Note his title. * StartOfDarkness: In Shadowdale (the book), its made clear that he absolutely LOVES watching gods kill each other. This is possibly the start of his future God of Murder status. Then he gets rejected by Midnight in favor of [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood Kelemvor]] and that is what really pushes him over the edge toward evil. * ThatLiarLies: Pretty much called by Torm "nothing but lies" when he claims he didn't kill the former goddess of Illusion. (He was technically NOT lying, since it was MASK who killed her, in the guise of Cyric's sword, Godsbane.) * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to an entire council of murderous greater gods in the Trial of Cyric...and gets away with it. He also gives Mystra and Kelemvor various speeches throughout the book. Cyric is also on the receiving end of such a speech in the same book, but it isn't near as epic as his chewing out an entire pantheon of angry battle gods, some who absolutely HATE him, such as Kelemvor and Tempus. * TricksterArchetype: Sort of. He makes it very clear that he prefers trickery and lies over such petty things as judging the dead, but he isn't a funny jokester at all. More like an Evil!Trickster. * VillainsNeverLie: Despite his title, he doesn't have to, most of the time. Like with Malik, the best lie is the most unbelievable truth. * VitriolicBestBuds: With Kelemvor (and Midnight/Mystra), as a mortal. He was brains to Kel's brawn. After Kel slept with Midnight...their relationship went out the window. After he crossed the MoralEventHorizon by killing one of Midnight's friends, that relationship also went down the drain. He really has NoSocialSkills. * XanatosSpeedChess: Cyric is a master of this. Just read the novels he's in and see how he turns every situation to his advantage, even if it looks like its going to pot. The Trial for example. His plot to have the Cyrinishad read at the Trial gets squashed quite quickly, but Cyric had another way to win the Trial. He had planned for the eventuality of the trial failing, even though he is about as arrogant as it gets and doesn't believe he could possibly fail. Of course, in the end, we realize the trial was ALL CYRIC'S DOING IN THE FIRST PLACE! At the start, he had planned it to expose the other gods to the Cyrinishad, but when that failed, immediately decided ending Mystra and Kelemvor's love would also serve his evil just as well. !!Ghaunadaur, That Which Lurks Drow god of slimes and oozes. * BlobMonster * DirtyCoward * {{Expy}}: Of Tharizdun. ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' version moreso than ''TabletopGame/NentirVale'' version. ** It's implied in some sources that he's really the Greyhawk deity known there as the Elder Elemental Eye. It's implied in ''other'' sources that the E.E.E is really Tharizdun himself. So... * EldritchAbomination !!Gruumsh, The One-Eyed God TopGod of the orc pantheon. * ArchEnemy: With Corellon. * AxCrazy * {{Badass}}: Multiple counts of deicide under his belt, most notably the death of Re, TopGod of the Mulhorand pantheon. * BladeOnAStick: Carries an iron spear, though some art shows him with a [[CarryABigStick spiked mace]] instead. * BloodKnight * DragonInChief / TheHeavy: Was this when part of Lolth's LegionOfDoom. While she was the mastermind behind it, Gruumsh was by far the most powerful deity in the group, and the only one who could hold his own against Corellon. * EvilCounterpart: To Tempus. While the two have little in the way of interaction, Gruumsh's realm is described as a dark reflection of Tempus' Warrior's Rest. * EvilVirtues: Determination and valor; Gruumsh doesn't quit. * EyeScream: On Lolth's advice, Gruumsh ambushed Corellon, who cut out one of his eyes. Gruumsh now despises both deities. * OurOrcsAreDifferent: Gruumsh himself is the epitome of the older, more savage orcs, though lately has been guiding his people to a more neutral stance, if only because getting them out of caves will make them stronger as a whole. * TheManBehindTheMan / HijackedByGanon: Was revealed that Talos, a more human-centric deity of storms, natural disasters, rebellion, and destruction, and the leader of a group of evil gods known as the Deities of Fury, was in fact Gruumsh in disguise, getting some non-orc worshipers. ** RetCon: Reversed as of 5e, in which Talos is back in his former role. * TheSocialDarwinist !!Lolth, (Demon) Queen of Spiders Patron goddess of the drows, also associated with spiders and deceit. Lolth spent a long time as a [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils demon princess/queen]] before ascending to godhood. * AmbitionIsEvil: Lead to her FaceHeelTurn. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Betrayed Corellon, then betrayed the evil deities she had gathered to fight him. * DarkIsEvil * EvilMatriarch * FaceHeelTurn: Was originally allied with Corellon, but gathered an [[LegionOfDoom alliance of evil deities against him]]. * GiantSpider: Her true form. * [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: There were once several drow deities. Lolth is the only one that remains, since she [[OffingTheOffspring either killed them directly or manipulated others to do it]]. * OurElvesAreDifferent * WhipItGood !!Loviatar, The Maiden of Pain * BondageIsBad: Loviatar's holy rituals resemble BDSM rites to the extreme - her clergy often making livings as professional dominaxtrixes or the masters of brothels catering to that fetish - but she and her followers are all evil by CharacterAlignment. * TheDragon: To Bane * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Seems to have genouily loved her sister Kiputytto. * WhipItGood: Whips are the favored weapon of her clergy, and her associated weapon is the scourge (multi-lashed whip). !!Luthic, The Blood Moon Witch One of the most important orc gods besides Gruumsh, Luthic is his consort and the patron goddess of orc females and "caves", which translates to not only caves themselves, but also to home, wisdom, fertility, healing and serviture. In 4th edition, she became an exarch rather than a full-fledged deity, and is associated with cunning, viciousness and havoc. * DarkChick: She's the only female and the least evil among the original orc gods. * EvilMatriarch: It's pretty much her job and she encourages this mindset to her followers. * FemmeFatalons: She's depicted for having ''really huge'' fangs. See p. 149 [[http://www.feuros.com/D&D/Faiths%20and%20Pantheons.pdf here.]] * GeniusBruiser: She's an orc goddess, so she's definitely strong. She's also one of the cleverer deities in the orc panteon. * ALighterShadeOfBlack: Given her domains, incl. Fertility, Wisdom and even ''healing''. She's one of the few evil gods with that domain. * OurOrcsAreDifferent: While still brutal, her domains differ greatly from the other orc gods. !!Malar, The Beastlord * AxeCrazy * BeastMan * HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The most important religious festival amongst Malar's worshippers is the High Hunt, where they kidnap sentient beings and hunt them for sport. * PetTheDog: The Feast of Stags, a practise in which Malar's worshippers travel to Faerun's remote villages during harsh winters and make sure they have enough food to survive. * SocialDarwinist !!Myrkul, Lord of Bones Last member of the Dead Tree, Myrkul was the god of the dead until he was slain in the Time of Troubles. Like his fellow members of the Dead Tree Myrkul had contingencies in place to keep himself 'alive', and the 5E Player's Handbook hints that he may be returning as well. * AndIMustScream: The Wall of the Faithless was Myrkul's creation. Given the size of the realms, millions have probably suffered in it by now. * ArtifactOfDoom: The Crown of Horns, reportedly the headband he wore while alive, is now a powerful artifact infused with some of Myrkul's consciousness. It has been sundered several times and yet is never truly lost. * EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Myrkul took great glee in ironies and paradoxes. Needless to say, what Myrkul found "ironic" most people probably just found horrible. * EvilIsPetty: Thought nothing of appearing in person on Faerun just to crash people's funerals and remind the mourners that they'd eventually die too. * EvilVirtues: Patience. * AFateWorseThanDeath: Needless to say, as the one in charge of the dead, he was very fond of this. * GodOfEvil: By far one of the most evil gods in the setting. He architected [[AndIMustScream The Wall of the Faithless]] and was said to take pleasure in the suffering the wall caused and turned his rebellious high priest into the Spirit Eater and released it upon Faerun, knowing how much destrution and misery it would bring. * TheGrimReaper: He took this form post-apotheosis. * ItsAllAboutMe: He has no problem in creating a curse that has [[CessationOfExistence erased countless beings from existence]] in order to prolong his own. * JerkassGods: Jergal was cold and nihilistic, ruling his realm as an all-powerful and uncaring tyrant. Myrkul was actively malevolent, taking great glee in the pain he inflicted on the living by reminding them of the inevitability of death. * LongGame: Both while he was God of the Dead, and in death as well. * NotQuiteDead: While the Crown of Horns and the Spirit Eater still stalk Faerun, Myrkul isn't truly dead. * SinisterScythe: His favoured weapon, suitably enough. * UndeathAlwaysEnds: Myrkul had no problems with employing undead. In his view, they were simply taking a slightly longer route to his domain. !!Shar, Mistress of the Night Twin sister of Selūne, one of the first goddesses to come into existence at the dawn of creation. Despises her sister for introducing life to the universe that they helped make. * AmbitionIsEvil: Oddly literal example- hope and ambition are explicitly forbidden in the dogma of Shar, and you are only allowed to question your superiors if you forfeit your life to do it. Trying to improve your lot in life in any way is sinful. Since Shar is a GodOfEvil, this is both played straight and an inversion. * ArchEnemy: With Selūne, her twin sister. By extension- ** CainAndAbel ** DarkIsEvil ** EvilCounterpart ** EvilTwin * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: One of the oldest and original Greater Deities and one of the most powerful; her realm, the Shadowfell, is the largest of any in the Astral Sea despite several other deities creating their own planes of existence there, including several that are ''infinite''. * BigBad: Cosmically speaking she is, being the first evil. * TheEvilsOfFreeWill: She traps those who enjoy their freedom in a place called the Tower of Loss, a place with no obvious entrances or exits, in order to savour their despair. In general, she detests freedom- at least, the freedom of everyone who is not her. * EvilMatriarch * GodOfEvil / GodISEvil: The Goddess of Darkness, and one of the creator deities of the mythology. * HomosexualReproduction: Kind of; Mystryl, the first Goddess of Magic, was born when Selūne hurled a piece of her own body through Shar's body. Also earlier, Shar together with Selūne, created Chauntea. * LivingShadow * TheMaker: One of the oldest deities in the mythos and one of the co-creators of the entire universe; her beef with the others, such as her sister, was when they wanted to add that annoying thing called "life" to the once-perfect bleak, dead infinity. * MisanthropeSupreme * TheOlderImmortal: The Olde'''st''', next to her twin sister Selune. * OmnicidalManiac: Shar is the goddess of entropy and loss. She wishes to reduce all the world to nothingness. * TheOmniscient: In a limited sense; she can see anything and everything that happens or lies in the dark. * ThePowerOfHate * PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery * VillainTeamUp: Worked together with Cyric to orchestrate the Spellplague. However, once the Spellplague began, Cyric promptly stabbed her in the back and stole her Shadow Weave. !!Talos, the Storm Lord Evil god of destruction, storms and natural disasters. Worshipped by the [[{{Precursors}} Netherese]] as 'Kozath' and said to be the third deity to exist, formed by the first battle between Selune and Shar. * AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: His followers are known as "Thalassans", which means "seas" in Greek. * BoltOfDivineRetribution: Talos' displeasure is as unsubtle as you'd expect from the god of lightning. * {{Expy}}: He looks like [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] (including favouring the spear) and acts like the more destructive aspects of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]]. * HijackedByGanon: Talos was turned into an aspect of Gruumsh in the 4th edition. ** RetCon: And returned to his old form as of the 5th. * RapePillageAndBurn: The god of it. His priests are essentially a bunch of self-serving, destructive hedonists. * RightMakesMight: Talos has absolutely no church hierarchy at all: If you're strong enough to take a position, you deserved it. * SlapSlapKiss: His relationship to Umberlee, their relationship being described as "flirtatious rivalry". !!Umberlee, the Bitch Queen Evil goddess of sea and the depths. Patron both of people who travel atop the sea, like sailors and fishermen, and a lot of sentient evil sea-creatures that kill them. * CardCarryingVillain: That title is her ''official'' title. Not a very pleasant goddess all around. * CutLexLuthorACheck: Umberlee's church derives much of its power and wealth from legitimate businesses seeking to placate their mistress. The church hires out its own acolytes as insurance policies for ships, as ships with a cleric of Umberlee aboard is safe from being sunk. * SeaMonster: Patron goddess of most of them. !!Vhaeraun, the Masked Lord Chaotic Evil patron of drow rogues, thieves and assasins, males (and any females who are disillusioned with Lolth). Interested in getting rid of Lolth (his mother), returning the drow to the surface world (whether the surfacers like it or not) and being a badass but ruthless revolutionary leader. * BackFromTheDead: Restored to life alongside his sister, Eilistraee, after the event known as ''The Sundering'' ([[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19841&whichpage=13#468322 Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015)]]). * BadassCape: That absorbs magic. * JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: One would think somebody whose goal is to liberate a whole race from a crazy tyrannical goddess would have more redeeming qualities. But no, he`s quite a bastard. Still, he isn't ''as'' bad as Lolth. * KaleidoscopeEyes: His eyes change color according to his mood. [[KaleidoscopeHair So does his hair]]. He gets a double dose of RedEyesTakeWarning; while most drow have red eyes, his turn red when he's angry. * MoralMyopia: He gets outraged over crimes committed against him and his followers but sees no problem with doing the same to other people. * NeverFoundTheBody: When Vhaeraun attempted to murder Eilistraee in the ''Lady Penitent'' series, their battle was witnessed by neither the reader nor the viewpoint characters. In the second book one of the characters cites the fact that no one saw it to argue that Vhaeraun is still alive. By that point, however, Lolth shows to the reader his mangled corpse floating in the Astral Plane, even if it may only be her illusion. * ProfessionalKiller * RebelliousSpirit: Does not play well with any kind of authority. * TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: He and his followers might be somewhat better than Lolth... but that`s not saying much, is it? * TakeAThirdOption: Lolth is outright crazy. Eilistraee is good, but very demanding, and not to everyone`s taste. Enter Vhaeraun. * TallDarkAndHandsome: Described as this. * TheTrickster: Sneaky, snarky, underestimate him at your peril. * TheUnfettered: Does what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals. Or just to amuse himself, really. Has no problem with breaking a LOT of eggs. * VillainHasAPoint: Women make up less than one percent of his clergy but it's ''still'' less gender-exclusive than his Chaotic Good sister's. It's not surprising he has more appeal to the disgruntled male drow seeking escape from LadyLand. ** Although this is minor case of DependingOnTheWriter, as some sources describe Eilistraee clergy as not so gender-exclusive. [[Characters/ForgottenRealmsGods here]].
2nd Oct '15 9:35:12 PM nombretomado
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*** While Satan and Lucifer(specifically mentioned as separate entities) are mentioned in previous editions, and Satan himself was even statted at one point, their current status as canon is highly questionable. Moreover, Asmodeus has the [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels classic]] [[{{Pride}} characterization]] of Satan as made popular in Christian fiction such as ''ParadiseLost''- which is significantly different from the mythological Asmodeus/Asmodai's characterization as a [[AnythingThatMoves lustful]] TricksterArchetype, which for all his cunning, Asmodeus certainly is not.
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*** While Satan and Lucifer(specifically mentioned as separate entities) are mentioned in previous editions, and Satan himself was even statted at one point, their current status as canon is highly questionable. Moreover, Asmodeus has the [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels classic]] [[{{Pride}} characterization]] of Satan as made popular in Christian fiction such as ''ParadiseLost''- ''Literature/ParadiseLost''- which is significantly different from the mythological Asmodeus/Asmodai's characterization as a [[AnythingThatMoves lustful]] TricksterArchetype, which for all his cunning, Asmodeus certainly is not.
17th Sep '15 3:17:34 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* SinisterScimitar: Averted. Despite her weapon of choice being the scimitar she's a neutral good deity.
7th Sep '15 10:15:28 AM nombretomado
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* NecessaryEvil: He maintains the Wall of the Faithless, an AndIMustScream punishment for the Realms' atheists and agnostics. This is a motivation for one of the party members in ''[[NeverwinterNights2 Mask of The Betrayer]]'' renouncing her faith in him. However, what most who bring this up fail to mention is that he actually ''tried'' taking it down soon after becoming a god, and, well... Let's just say it [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly didn't]] [[HumansAreBastards work]] [[WatchTheWorldDie out]].
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* NecessaryEvil: He maintains the Wall of the Faithless, an AndIMustScream punishment for the Realms' atheists and agnostics. This is a motivation for one of the party members in ''[[NeverwinterNights2 ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of The Betrayer]]'' renouncing her faith in him. However, what most who bring this up fail to mention is that he actually ''tried'' taking it down soon after becoming a god, and, well... Let's just say it [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly didn't]] [[HumansAreBastards work]] [[WatchTheWorldDie out]].
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