Candles in the Dark
Religion and Society
Religion: religion in this world is very important. Most intelligent creatures worship some diety, and an “atheist” is almost unheard of.
Amongst most of the PC races available, the average tends to be that most of the peoples worship multiple gods. An individual may pray to Pelor for good harvests, then to Melora for a good seas when he goes fishing. This is considered normal for most people; they might have one god they prefer over the others, but few are completely devoted to a single diety to the exclusion of all others.
There are some obvious exceptions. Firstly, those classes that get their source from a divine source of some sort devote themselves to a single diety. While they understand and accept others worshipping multiple gods, they themselves are devoted to just one, and seek to spread that god’s word where and whenever they can.
A second is that some deities do not accept the worship of any other god. One example of this, for instance, is Vecna.
A third is, there may be some societies that are devoted to a single god, and are less tolerant than the norm.
Also, culturally speaking, some deities are more common than the others. The below are not hard and fast rules, and there are always exceptions:
- Dragonborn most tend to worship Bahamut, Erathis, Kord, or Tiamat or Bane if evil.
- Dwarves tend to worship Moradin over others, though Tiamat is not unheard of, due to Dwarven’s penchance for greed. Kord is another one, as is, again, Bane, if evil.
- Eladrin and Elves worship most often Corellon, Melora, or Sehanine. Evil elves and eladrin, however, may worship Lolth in secret.
- Humans are perhaps the most flexible of the races in terms of their diversity of worship. Virtually all of the gods are worshipped, depending on the culture and attitudes of the particular human society you are in.
- Half-elves reflect the society they come from.
- Tiefling, like humans, they reflect the gamut of religions; but if the tiefling is evil, they most often worship Asmodeus, or Tiamat (tieflings who have not given up their evil ways, but have become wandering merchant clans end up following Tiamat over the centuries.)
- Gnomes follow the elves in their deific preference, but weigh more heavily on Sehanine than any other.
- Halflings most commonly follow Sehanine, Avandra, or Pelor.
All the Deities of the PHB and DMG are present. There may be others I may add, however… but no decisions have been made on that yet. They are pretty much as you expect, but some important notes below:
The Raven Queen’s followers tend to be of two types: sheppards that give comfort to the dying; and Death Hunters, who seek to bring down those who would seek to defy their fate and grasp immortality. The latter tend to have quite a few paladins and avengers and the like whose duty are to seek down these so-called immortals and deliver them to the Queen of Ravens.
There are a few evil gods that are grudgingly accepted amongst good societies, but only in specific circumstances:
Tiamat is surprisingly common amongst societies by merchants, nobles, thieves, and others who crave vast wealth. She is one of the four evil gods who isn’t completely banned in good-ruled regions. Many of these followers aren’t so much devoted to evil as they are to their own wealth. They are seen as ruthless negotiators, but only perform actively evil acts if they think they can get away with it without getting caught.
The second is Bane; some followers of Bane are often fierce fighters who serve in militaries that might keep a besieged city free, so any good cities with followers of Bane grudgingly accept these followers, as long as they work with the city and not against it.
The third is Torog, and only for the jailors and torturers of a city’s dungeons; they are seen as distasteful and necessary evils.
Zehir is also accepted amongst the assassins that “good” cultures might find themselves grudgingly employing to rid themselves of much greater threats.
Regardless, many societies won’t accept the above even if necessary in the views of some. On the other hand, there may be some cultures where the evil gods dominate instead.