Mercadian Gods

The Gods

The country of Mercade is polytheistic, and it is common for people to pray to more than one deity on a regular basis. A farmer, for example, might pray to Ohmandar for a good harvest from his fields and, in the same day, sacrifice an animal from his livestock to Ghazr, the god of savage beasts, to protect his herd from a nearby pack of wolves. Or go into town and pay a tithe to a priestess of Ezra, the Seer, to find out what fate has in store for him for his next season.

Its far less common, though hardly unheard of, for someone to be entirely or almost entirely devoted to a single divine patron. Typically, those who cast divine spells are the only ones to be truly monotheistic – and even then their deity may pay it no mind if they mutter the occasional prayer to another god, so long as they’re not opposed.

The rarest of the rare are those who deny the gods altogether. Such people are said to be fated to bad ends for spurring divinity. With clerics who can call upon their gods’ powers for all to see, it is the foolish, the mad, or the ignorant that will ignore the gods altogether. For those that do, there is no god to vouch for them as they stand in judgement before Ire, the god of death, and the souls of the faithless risk eternity in his domain at best or to be devoured by him and be snuffed out completely at worst.

Below is a list of deities worshiped in Mercade.

ARCUS

The Lord Magister, The Grand Arcanist
Greater Deity
Symbol: A white wand crossed over a black staff
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Magic, Arcane Spellcasters, Arcane Knowledge, Philosophy, Balance
Worshipers: Wizards, mages, arcane spellcasters in general
Cleric Alignments: Any
Domains: Destruction, Knowledge, Magic, Rune
Favored Weapon: “Weaver” quarterstaff

ARDATH

Ward of the Lord Magister, Mageshield, The Spellguard
Demigod
Symbol: A shimmering platinum shield
Alignment: LN
Portfolio: Magical Wards, Protection, Abjurations
Worshipers: Wizards, mages, arcane spellcasters in general
Cleric Alignments: LN, LG, LE, N
Domains: Knowledge, Magic, Protection, Rune
Favored Weapon: “Mageshield” heavy steel shield

BRIGHTHARP

The Godskald, The High Bard, The Loremaster
Lesser Deity
Symbol: An ornate lute
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Song, Dance, Poetry, Bards, Tales, Lore, Art
Worshipers: Artists, bards, lorekeepers, sages, scholars, scribes, wizards
Cleric Alignments: Any
Domains: Charm, Glory, Knowledge, Luck, Travel, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Loretaker” longsword

CAERA

Lady Fortune, The Wealthkeeper
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A scale with coins balanced in either arm
Alignment: LN
Portfolio: Wealth, Coins, Trade, Commerce, Contracts
Worshipers: Bankers, merchants, moneylenders, notaries
Cleric Alignments: LN, LG, LE, N
Domains: Law, Luck, Protection, Travel
Favored Weapon: “Wealth’s Reward” mace

DAHL

The Grinning Rogue, King of Thieves
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A coin balanced on the tip of a dagger
Alignment: CN
Portfolio: Rogues, Thievery, Plunder, Swashbucklers
Worshipers: Beggars, criminals, pirates, rogues
Cleric Alignments: CN, CG, CE, N
Domains: Chaos, Darkness, Luck, Ttickery
Favored Weapon: “Purse-Cutter” dagger

DATELUS

The Admiral, The Old Sea Dog
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A ship’s wheel
Alignment: CG
Portfolio: Naval Battles, Navigation, Sailing, Uncharted Waters
Worshipers: Fishermen, sailors, pirates
Cleric Alignments: CG, NG, CN
Domains: Good, Protection, Travel, Water
Favored Weapon: “Nautilus” rapier

DEREKAR

The King of Kings, Lord of All Tyrants, Master of the Black Throne
Greater Deity
Symbol: A shadow sitting upon a throne
Alignment: LE
Portfolio: Domination, Tyranny, Conquest
Worshipers: Bugbears, dark knights, kings, soldiers, tyrants, warlords
Cleric Alignments: LE, NE, LN
Domains: Evil, Destruction, Law, Nobility, War
Favored Weapon: “Blind Obedience” whip

ELDRATH

Lord of the Serene Rest, The Gray Shepherd
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A single teardrop
Alignment: LG
Portfolio: Healers, Medicine, Proper Burial
Worshipers: Alchemists, healers, herbalists, the infirm or ill, undertakers
Cleric Alignments: LG, NG, LN
Domains: Good, Healing, Law, Protection, Repose
Favored Weapon: “The Shepherd’s Staff” quarterstaff

ETHOS

The Great Unmaker, The Anarchist
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A broken sword
Alignment: CN
Portfolio: Anarchy, Freedom, Liberty, Rebellion
Worshipers: Anarchists, the disenfranchised, rebels
Cleric Alignments: N, CG, CN, CE
Domains: Chaos, Community, Destruction, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Equalizer" greatclub

EZRA

The Seer, The Queen of Fates
Greater Deity
Symbol: A spiderweb
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Divinations, Seers, Fate, the Future, Prophecy
Worshipers: Diviners, fortunetellers, seers
Cleric Alignments: All
Domains: Knowledge, Luck, Magic, Repose
Favored Weapon: “Web of Fate” shuriken

GHAZR

The Savage God, The Dark Stalker
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A fanged mouth dripping blood
Alignment: CE
Portfolio: Wild Nature, Savage Beasts, Untamed Wilderness
Worshipers: Evil intelligent beasts, evil rangers and druids, hunters
Cleric Alignments: NE, CE, CN
Domains: Animal, Chaos, Destruction
Favored Weapon: “Heartlance” short spear

HAST

The Frostlord, Old Man Winter
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A snowflake tinged with red
Alignment: NE
Portfolio: Winter, Cold, Frost
Worshipers: Evil barbarians, tundra dwellers, yeti
Cleric Alignments: NE, CE, LE, N
Domains: Air, Destruction, Water, Weather
Favored Weapon: “Frostbite” morningstar

HELARA

The Duchess of Charity, The Selfless Lady
Lesser Deity
Symbol: An empty hand, palm up
Alignment: NG
Portfolio: Charity, Generosity, the Destitute, Gifts, Tithing Wealth
Worshipers: Paladins, generous aristocrats, the poor and impoverished
Cleric Alignments: CG, NG, LG, N
Domains: Community, Good, Nobility, Protection
Favored Weapon: “Spinning Coin" shuriken

HELNIR

The Crucible, The Lord of Fire and Earth, The Emberbringer
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A smoking volcano
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Elemental Earth, Elemental Fire, Deep Caverns
Worshipers: Earth elementals, elemental savants, evokers, fire elementals
Cleric Alignments: All
Domains: Destruction, Earth, Fire, Strength
Favored Weapon: “Hand of Stone and Fire” heavy pick

HERROD

The Smithlord, The Craftlord, The Grand Creator
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A hammer and anvil
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Craftsmanship, Invention, Innovation, Ingenuity, the Forge
Worshipers: Craftsmen, gnomes, inventors, smithies, tinkerers
Cleric Alignments: Any
Domains: Artifice, Fire, Glory, Knowledge
Favored Weapon: “The Hammer of Creation” warhammer

ICHTHYARCHUS

The Banished God, Dweller in the Deeps, The Old One
Demigod
Symbol: A tendril clutching a staff
Alignment: CE
Portfolio: Ancient Lore, Deep Seas, Secrets, Souls Lost at Sea
Worshipers: Abberations, aquatic creatures, mad sages, sorcerers, wizards
Cleric Alignments: NE, CE, N
Domains: Chaos, Darkness, Knowledge, Madness
Favored Weapon: “Arm of the Deep” weep

IRE

The Grim Reaper, The Lord of the Final Harvest
Greater Deity
Symbol: A skull under the crescent of a scythe
Alignment: NE
Portfolio: Death, the Dead, Judgment of Souls, Fall, the Harvest
Worshipers: Assassins, the dying, gravediggers, morticians, mourners, murderers
Cleric Alignments: NE, LE, CE, N
Domains: Death, Destruction, Evil, Repose, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “The Bitter End” scythe

JANOS

The Judge, The Arbiter
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A gavel
Alignment: LN
Portfolio: Arbitration, Judgement, Justice
Worshipers: Judges, officials, lawyers
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, LE
Domains: Good, Knowledge, Law, Nobility
Favored Weapon: “The Gavel" warhammer

KASTER

The White Fox
Demigod
Symbol: Three white fox tails
Alignment: CG
Portfolio: Freedom, Foxes, Mischief, Rebelliousness, Riddles, Puzzles
Worshipers: Intelligent beasts, jesters, mischief makers, rebels, riddlers
Cleric Alignments: CG, NG, CN
Domains: Chaos, Charm, Liberation, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Foxtail” dart

KREED

Old Ironheart
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A heart forged of iron
Alignment: LG
Portfolio: Courage, Glory, Honor, Fitness, Feats of Strength, Valor
Worshipers: Barbarians, centaurs, fighters, gladiators, paladins, warriors
Cleric Alignments: LG, NG, LN
Domains: Glory, Good, Law, Strength, War
Favored Weapon: “Righteous Hand” gauntlet

LARUNE

The Crusader, Lady Victory
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A longsword piercing a crown
Alignment: LN
Portfolio: Crusades, Determination, Leadership, Territory, Victory
Worshipers: Crusaders, generals, nobility, warriors
Cleric Alignments: LN, N, LE, LG
Domains: Glory, Law, Nobility, Strength, War
Favored Weapon: “Kingmaker” longsword

LORTASU

The Bloodmaiden, The Reaver, Lady Death
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A crisscrossed bloodied shortsword and handaxe
Alignment: CE
Portfolio: Battlefields, Bloodshed, Conflict, Violence
Worshipers: Fighters, goblins, thugs, evil warriors
Cleric Alignments: CE, CN, NE
Domains: Chaos, Destruction, Evil, War
Favored Weapon: “Crimson Glory” greataxe

LYCATH

The Waxing Moon
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A waxing moon over a calm sea
Alignment: NG
Portfolio: Calm, Good Lycanthropes, Navigation, Stars, the Waxing Moon
Worshipers: Druids, good-aligned lycanthropes, rangers, sailors
Cleric Alignments: LG, NG, CG, N
Domains: Animal, Darkness, Good, Travel
Favored Weapon: “Starlight” longbow

LYCORE

The Waning Moon

Lesser Deity
Symbol: A waning moon tinged with blood
Alignment: CE
Portfolio: Bloodlust, Evil Lycanthropes, the Hunt, the Waning Moon
Worshipers: Evil-aligned druids, evil-aligned lycanthropes, hunters, rangers
Cleric Alignments: CE, CN, NE
Domains: Animal, Darkness, Destruction, Evil
Favored Weapon: “Fang of Night” dagger

MAGDUS

The Mad God, He of the Twisted Mind
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A closed-off circular maze
Alignment: CN
Portfolio: Dungeons, Insanity, Mazes, Wild Magic, Malfunctioning Magic
Worshipers: Dungeon dwellers, dungeon crafters, madmen, sorcerers, wizards
Cleric Alignments: CN, N, CE, CG
Domains: Artifice, Chaos, Madness, Magic
Favored Weapon: “Spellshatter” mace, heavy

MORQUE

The Plague Queen, Lady Fester, The Rat Duchess
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A dead rat
Alignment: NE
Portfolio: Disease, Illness, Poison, Rats, Suffering
Worshipers: Assassins, outcasts, ratkin, rebels
Cleric Alignments: LE, NE, CE, N
Domains: Animal, Evil, Madness, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Contagion” dart

NADRIEL

The Seamaiden, Queen of the Four Winds
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A cresting wave under a white cloud
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Elemental Air, Elemental Water, Weather
Worshipers: Air elementals, elemental savants, sailors, water elementals
Cleric Alignments: N, CN, LN, NG, NE
Domains: Air, Travel, Water, Weather
Favored Weapon: “Maelstrom” whip

NIVES

Master of Fortune, The Fickle God
Demigod
Symbol: A coin split in two
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Fortune, Misfortune, Good Luck, Bad Luck
Worshipers: Daredevils, gamblers, the reckless
Cleric Alignments: N, CN, LN, NG, NE
Domains: Charm, Knowledge, Luck, Travel
Favored Weapon: “The Spinning Coin” two-bladed Sword

OHMANDAR

The Great Treant, Father Willow
Greater Deity
Symbol: A willow tree
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Agriculture, Coexisting With Nature, Rural Land, Wilderness
Worshipers: Druids, farmers, rangers, treants, woodsmen
Cleric Alignments: N, CN, LN, NG, NE
Domains: Community, Earth, Plant, Protection
Favored Weapon: “Nature’s Guard” quarterstaff

RASHOOM

The Mindless Lord, The All-Consuming
Demigod
Symbol: A maggot crawling over a mushroom cap
Alignment: NE
Portfolio: Carrion Insects, Dark Places, Decay, Fungi, Rot
Worshipers: Outcasts, ratkin, vermin lords
Cleric Alignments: NE, LE, CE, N
Domains: Darkness, Destruction, Madness, Plant
Favored Weapon: “Decay” sap

RAVIC

Lord of Murder, The High Assassin, The All-Seeing Eye
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: An eye with a red iris
Alignment: CE
Portfolio: Assassination, Espionage, Fear, Murder, Secrets, Subterfuge
Worshipers: Assassins, information brokers, murderers, scouts, spies
Cleric Alignments: NE, CE, CN
Domains: Death, Evil, Knowledge, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “The Piercing Eye” heavy crossbow

ROTH

The Strategist
Intermediate Deity
Symbol: A dagger stabbing into a map
Alignment: LN
Portfolio: War, Strategy, Planning, Tactics
Worshipers: Fighters, generals, soldiers, strategists
Cleric Alignments: LN, LE, N
Domains: Law, Knowledge, Protection, War
Favored Weapon: “Battletide” greataxe

RYKEL

Spitemonger, The Wrathful God
Demigod
Symbol: A bloodied fist
Alignment: NE
Portfolio: Spite, Hatred, Malice, Rage, Revenge
Worshipers: Assassins, fighters, rogues, seekers of retribution
Cleric Alignments: NE, CE, LE
Domains: Darkness, Evil, Madness, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Vengence” spiked chain

SAER/SAVARA

The Two-faced God, The Twins
Demigod
Symbol: A mirror cracked down the center
Alignment: LG/CE
Portfolio: (Saer) Ego, Hedonism, Nobility by Birth, Selfishness, Vanity/(Savara)
Beauty, Compassion, Love, Mirth, Nobility by Action
Worshipers: (Saer) Aristocrats, egomaniacs, hedonists/(Savara) Aristocrats, healers,
revelers, harlots
Cleric Alignments: (Saer) CE, NE, CN/(Savara) LG, NG, LN
Domains: (Saer) Charm, Evil, Trickery, Nobility/(Savara) Charm, Healing, Law,
Nobility
Favored Weapon: “The Silver Sabre” rapier

SOLARUS

The Brightfather
Greater Deity
Symbol: The sun
Alignment: LG
Portfolio: Daylight, Opposing Undead, Spring, the Sun, Vitality
Worshipers: Aristocrats, artists, druids, undead hunters, the young
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Good, Law, Nobility, Sun
Favored Weapon: “Disk of Light” chakram

SOJOURNER

The Wanderer
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A lantern hanging from the end of a staff
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Caravans, Roads, Travel, Wandering
Worshipers: Drifters, merchants, nomads, travelers
Cleric Alignments: Any
Domains: Luck, Protection, Travel, Weather
Favored Weapon: “Walking Stick” quarterstaff

TAEL

The Child
Lesser Deity
Symbol: A flower blossom
Alignment: CG
Portfolio: Children, Open-mindedness, Renewal, Self-expression, spring
Worshipers: Children, midwives, mothers, nursemaids
Cleric Alignments: CG, NG, CN
Domains: Community, Good, Protection, Luck
Favored Weapon: “Open Hand" unarmed strike

TETRA

The Empress
Greater Deity
Symbol: A platinum crown
Alignment: LN
Portfolio: The Courts, Monarchies, Nobility, Royalty
Worshipers: Aristocrats, judges, nobles, royals, the ruling class
Cleric Alignments: LN, LG, LE, N
Domains: Community, Glory, Law, Nobility
Favored Weapon: “Sovereign Hand” greatsword

TARSUS

The Thronetaker, The Loyal Vizier
Symbol: A shadow behind a throne
Alignment: LE
Portfolio: Betrayal, Corruption, Coups, Politicians
Worshipers: Corrupt advisters, evil politicians, powerbrokers
Cleric Alignments: LN, LE, NE
Domans: Evil, Law, Knowledge, Trickery
Favored Weapon: “Backstabber” dagger

VHARGRIM

The Silent Lord, The Archlich, Keeper of the Dead Tree
Demigod
Symbol: A dead tree dripping blood
Alignment: NE
Portfolio: The Dead Tree, hatred of the living, lichdom, necromancy, undead
Worshipers: Intelligent undead, liches, necromancers
Cleric Alignments: NE, LE, CE, N
Domains: Artifice, Death, Evil, Magic
Favored Weapon: “Gravetouch” ranseur

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