Guide to Jarandian Deities (Abridged)
There are close to ten thousand deities worshipped in the Kingdom of Jarand. This will be a partial guide to deities the players are most likely to encounter.
Jarandian deities are sorted into four types in order of power:
- Major deity: These are the most powerful deities and are the embodiment of the four main alignments (Good, Law, Chaos and Evil).
- Greater deity: These deities belong in one of the four pantheons (Good, Law, Chaos, Evil). Deities in the Lawful, Good and Evil pantheons serve a major deity. Deities in the Chaos pantheon recognize Boreas as the most powerful but to say they serve him would overstate their allegiance.
- Lesser deity: These deities are less powerful than the previous two. These lesser deities represent various professions, professional activities, elements and other powers that influence day to day life in Jarand.
- Minor deities: These are spirits, demigods, angels and other powerful residents of the outer planes. They are typically family and personal gods to Jarandian citizens.
A typical Jarandian, except for clerics, will worship four deities. They will choose one of each of these:
- Alignment deity: This deity is chosen based on alignment. It will either be a major deity (of Good, Law, Chaos or Evil) or a greater deity (of any of the nine alignments or rulers of planes).
- Professional deities. These lesser deities represent various professions, professional activities, elements and other powers that influence day to day life in Jarand.
- Family deities. Each family will have a deity that watches over that family.
- Personal deities. These spirits or demigods influence those things that most motivate a Jarandian on a personal level whether it be love, work, greed, power, etc. Personal deities can be made up by the player or chosen from the lists of major, professional or family deities.
A typical Jarandian will worship one of each of the types of deities. Only clerics will forsake family and personal deities to serve either a major or professional deity.