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Iallanis the Tender One

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:30 am
by AuldDragon
Just in time for Valentine's Day is the giantish goddess of love, Iallanis the Tender One. She is one of the youngest members of the Ordning, born after Hiatea's acceptance by Annam. Her long-term goal is to bring all giants into the fold of good, including the other members of the Ordning, even Memnor and Karontor. She is patron of love in all forms, and the mercy and forgiveness that comes from it. Enjoy!

Jeff

Grond Peaksmasher

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:10 pm
by AuldDragon
Grond Peaksmasher is a relatively minor deity from the Forgotten Realms setting, playing a part in the novel The Druid Queen, by Douglas Niles. He received a handful of mentions in various other supplements, but the most significant information on him was published in Polyhedron #111, containing some additional details about him in the aftermath of the novel. Unfortunately, his specialty priest class was a direct mirror of Hiatea's, which I felt really did not suit him at all. I have endeavored to write up a full entry on him that incorporates information from the novel and the Polyhedron article, as well as how I think his personality would direct his priests (with an eventual goal of being known outside of just the Moonshaes), so he can be of use even to those who do not have campaigns set in the Forgotten Realms.

Jeff

Diancastra, the Wanton Wanderer

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:38 pm
by AuldDragon
Diancastra, the Wanton Wanderer, is one of the youngest members of the Ordning, and still has the wanderlust of youth. Born to Annam and a mortal mother, she had the same drive to claim her birthright as Hiatea, and in the process established a colorful heroic career. She values the pleasures in life, be they of the body or the mind.

Jeff

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:57 pm
by Seethyr
I really love this thread. I wish I had an artistic bone in my body so I could supply you with some images.

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:16 am
by AuldDragon
Seethyr wrote:I really love this thread. I wish I had an artistic bone in my body so I could supply you with some images.
My "dream" would be to commission artwork from Ned Dameron, to make my work even MORE like the Faiths & Avatars books. :)

Jeff

Mirklak the Orcslayer

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:20 am
by AuldDragon
I found a brief mention of Mirklak the Orcslayer in The Great Gray Land of Thar booklet of Elminster’s Ecologies. The description of the ogres in that land, as well as the section on their gods, offered great fodder for expanding ogre culture and faith. In particular, the additional deities of the ogres, the ancient kingdom of the ogres, and the depiction of Vaprak as wholly ogrish rather than a mix of ogre and troll gave me the idea that the Thar ogres are actually descended from ancient spelljamming colonists, perhaps from the ogre empire that appears to be in the sphere of the Steel Star. Regarding Mirklak, I made him an amalgam of the various ogre heroes mentioned, and to whom all deified ogre heroes merge with.

Jeff

Ysshara the Lorekeeper

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:00 am
by AuldDragon
Like Mirklak, Ysshara the Lorekeeper received a brief mention in the Great Grey Land of Thar booklet of Elminster's Ecologies. With Mirklak and Vaprak, the three deities form a nice small pantheon for ogres, and I felt I needed to give considerable depth to her, so she didn't seem like just an ogre version of the orcish Luthic. Ysshara turned into what I think is a very interesting deity, with considerable potential to make ogres into a more well-rounded race in any AD&D campaign.

Jeff

Stronmaus the Storm Lord

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:38 am
by AuldDragon
Stronmaus the Storm Lord is the most powerful member of the Ordning outside of Annam, and is the de facto leader of the pantheon. He is the exuberant patron of the storm and good cloud giants, and holds domain over the seas and skies, sunshine, and weather of all sorts.

Jeff

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:02 pm
by Boneguard
Al;though I'm really looking forward to the "Missing" demihuman's gods to be coverd, I truly enjoy your work and I'm always looking forward to the next entry.


(and it's very good insperational work for when I'll do the Specialist priests of the Calidar Gods for AD&D 2nd Ed)

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:07 pm
by AuldDragon
Boneguard wrote:Al;though I'm really looking forward to the "Missing" demihuman's gods to be coverd, I truly enjoy your work and I'm always looking forward to the next entry.


(and it's very good insperational work for when I'll do the Specialist priests of the Calidar Gods for AD&D 2nd Ed)
Thanks, glad you're liking them!

Jeff

Vaprak the Destroyer

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:55 am
by AuldDragon
Vaprak the Destroyer is the deity of ogres and trolls, and as befits those races, he is a savage and destructive god. With an alternate view of Vaprak from Elminster's Ecologies, he becomes a much more interesting god than a single-mindedly destructive god, although that is still his predominant personality trait.

Jeff

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:54 am
by Boneguard
Sweet.

Any reason why "Annam" got skipped over in favor of Vaprak? To many threat of home destruction :P

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:33 pm
by Knightfall
Vaprak! :cool:

Re: Vaprak the Destroyer

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:16 pm
by Gecko
Nice, I can use parts of that to help detail a cleric of Jammudaru NPC in a PBEM Mystaran Birthright style game (if I ever return to that game :( )

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:59 am
by AuldDragon
Boneguard wrote:Sweet.

Any reason why "Annam" got skipped over in favor of Vaprak? To many threat of home destruction :P
The Ordning, the Gnoll Pantheon, the Ogre Pantheon, and the Interlopers are essentially all tied together. I've been bouncing around there for some time, it just so happened that Annam was the last one to be worked on, then I'll be moving onto the Dragon pantheon.
Gecko wrote:Nice, I can use parts of that to help detail a cleric of Jammudaru NPC in a PBEM Mystaran Birthright style game (if I ever return to that game :( )
Cool, let me know how it works out if you manage to get back to it!

Jeff

Formalized Rules for Dragon Priests

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:20 am
by AuldDragon
I’ve completed a set of formal rules for handling specialty priests for dragons. These rules are compatible with the Council of Wyrms Dragon-Priest kit and can be used with PCs. They are also usable outside of that setting, and replace the rules in the Cult of the Dragon for draconic specialty priests. These rules will be familiar to those who are familiar with the previous post I made on draconic specialty priests, as well as my entry on Tiamat, although they are now more detailed.

The rules can be read or downloaded here.

Jeff

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:30 pm
by Yaztromo
Nice one!

Annam the All-Father

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:05 am
by AuldDragon
Annam the All-Father is the patriarch of the giants, mortal and divine. He is said to be the creator of worlds, laying the foundation upon which other pantheons have built upon. The eons he has existed and the disunity of his children has caused him to withdraw from the daily activities of his family, abdicating much of his responsibility to Stronmaus and Hiatea. While his power is nearly unrivaled, he spends much of his time watching the events of the multiverse from afar.

Jeff

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:30 am
by Knightfall
Are you going to do Othea too?

Also see here: http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Othea

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:47 am
by AuldDragon
Knightfall wrote:Are you going to do Othea too?

Also see here: http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Othea
She's been dead far too long (somewhere between 4000 and 28000 years) and she was hyper-local; I'm not sure she ever had any priesthood, or even who might have worshiped her before Annam encountered her. So, no, I'm not planning on it. Her role in giantish history/mythology is primarily as a cosmogenic entity.

Jeff

Re: Annam the All-Father

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:53 am
by Boneguard
AuldDragon wrote:Annam the All-Father is the patriarch of the giants, mortal and divine. He is said to be the creator of worlds, laying the foundation upon which other pantheons have built upon. The eons he has existed and the disunity of his children has caused him to withdraw from the daily activities of his family, abdicating much of his responsibility to Stronmaus and Hiatea. While his power is nearly unrivaled, he spends much of his time watching the events of the multiverse from afar.

Jeff
Cool, he looks awesome.

I don't know if it was forgotten or will be done later, however the description is not linked to this page yet: http://blog.aulddragon.com/monster-mythology-update/

Re: Annam the All-Father

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:46 pm
by AuldDragon
Boneguard wrote:Cool, he looks awesome.

I don't know if it was forgotten or will be done later, however the description is not linked to this page yet: http://blog.aulddragon.com/monster-mythology-update/
I forgot. I'll get it updated shortly.

Zorquan the High One

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:33 am
by AuldDragon
Zorquan the High One is the deity who embodies what it is to be a dragon, representing those features all dragons share. His primary concern is with the survival of the dragon races as a whole rather than individual dragons.

Jeff

Re: Monster Mythology Update Project

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:57 pm
by Boneguard
Love the new addition of Arcanic. Dragon sages was à class I wanted to try.

Arcanic the Learned

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:36 am
by AuldDragon
Arcanic the Learned is a minor demipower introduced in Council of Wyrms, as a LN deity of magic. As that setting had additional material presented in Dragon Magazine (and later included in the hardbound re-release) for sage-dragons, it seemed suitable to make Arcanic the patron of that kit. I also made his relationship with Kereska something like the relationship between Azuth and Mystra in the Forgotten Realms, with a focus on wizardry rather than magic itself.

Jeff