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Gods & Pantheons

Note: Some gods & pantheon information has been added to this page from a different Open Game Content source. Consult your GM to see if that god or faith is allowed in his or her campaign.

The Celtic, Egyptian, Greek, and Norse pantheons are fantasy interpretations of historical religions from our world’s ancient times. They include deities that are most appropriate for use in a game, divorced from their historical context in the real world and united into pantheons that serve the needs of the game.

The Celtic Pantheon

It’s said that something wild lurks in the heart of every soul, a space that thrills to the sound of geese calling at night, to the whispering wind through the pines, to the unexpected red of mistletoe on an oak—and it is in this space that the Celtic gods dwell. They sprang from the brook and stream, their might heightened by the strength of the oak and the beauty of the woodlands and open moor. When the first forester dared put a name to the face seen in the bole of a tree or the voice babbling in a brook, these gods forced themselves into being.

The Celtic gods are as often served by druids as by clerics, for they are closely aligned with the forces of nature that druids revere.

The Greek Pantheon

The gods of Olympus make themselves known with the gentle lap of waves against the shores and the crash of the thunder among the cloud–enshrouded peaks. The thick boar–infested woods and the sere, olive–covered hillsides hold evidence of their passing. Every aspect of nature echoes with their presence, and they’ve made a place for themselves inside the human heart, too.

The Egyptian Pantheon

These gods are a young dynasty of an ancient divine family, heirs to the rulership of the cosmos and the maintenance of the divine principle of Ma’at—the fundamental order of truth, justice, law, and order that puts gods, mortal pharaohs, and ordinary men and women in their logical and rightful place in the universe.

The Egyptian pantheon is unusual in having three gods responsible for death, each with different alignments. Anubis is the lawful neutral god of the afterlife, who judges the souls of the dead. Set is a chaotic evil god of murder, perhaps best known for killing his brother Osiris. And Nephthys is a chaotic good goddess of mourning.

The Norse Pantheon

Where the land plummets from the snowy hills into the icy fjords below, where the longboats draw up on to the beach, where the glaciers flow forward and retreat with every fall and spring—this is the land of the Vikings, the home of the Norse pantheon. It’s a brutal clime, and one that calls for brutal living. The warriors of the land have had to adapt to the harsh conditions in order to survive, but they haven’t been too twisted by the needs of their environment. Given the necessity of raiding for food and wealth, it’s surprising the mortals turned out as well as they did. Their powers reflect the need these warriors had for strong leadership and decisive action. Thus, they see their deities in every bend of a river, hear them in the crash of the thunder and the booming of the glaciers, and smell them in the smoke of a burning longhouse.

The Norse pantheon includes two main families, the Aesir (deities of war and destiny) and the Vanir (gods of fertility and prosperity). Once enemies, these two families are now closely allied against their common enemies, the giants (including the gods Surtur and Thrym).

Table: Celtic Deities
Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol Source
The Daghdha, god of weather and crops CG Nature, Trickery Bubbling cauldron or shield SRD
Arawn, god of life and death NE Life, Death Black star on gray background SRD
Belenus, god of sun, light, and warmth NG Light Solar disk and standing stones SRD
Brigantia, goddess of rivers and livestock NG Life Footbridge SRD
Diancecht, god of medicine and healing LG Life Crossed oak and mistletoe branches SRD
Dunatis, god of mountains and peaks N Nature Red sun-­capped mountain peak SRD
Goibhniu, god of smiths and healing NG Knowledge, Life Giant mallet over sword SRD
Lugh, god of arts, travel, and commerce CN Knowledge, Life Pair of long hands SRD
Manannan mac Lir, god of oceans and sea creatures LN Nature, Tempest Wave of white water on green SRD
Math Mathonwy, god of magic NE Knowledge Staff SRD
Morrigan, goddess of battle CE War Two crossed spears SRD
Nuada, god of war and warriors N War Silver hand on black background SRD
Oghma, god of speech and writing NG Knowledge Unfurled scroll SRD
Silvanus, god of nature and forests N Nature Summer oak tree SRD
Table: Greek Deities
Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol Source
Zeus, god of the sky, ruler of the gods N Tempest Fist full of lightning bolts SRD
Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty CG Light Sea shell SRD
Apollo, god of light, music, and healing CG Knowledge, Life, Light Lyre SRD
Ares, god of war and strife CE War Spear SRD
Artemis, goddess of hunting and childbirth NG Life, Nature Bow and arrow on lunar disk SRD
Athena, goddess of wisdom and civilization LG Knowledge, War Owl SRD
Demeter, goddess of agriculture NG Life Mare’s head SRD
Dionysus, god of mirth and wine CN Life Thyrsus (staff tipped with pine cone) SRD
Hades, god of the underworld LE Death Black ram SRD
Hecate, goddess of magic and the moon CE Knowledge, Trickery Setting moon SRD
Hephaestus, god of smithing and craft NG Knowledge Hammer and anvil SRD
Hera, goddess of marriage and intrigue CN Trickery Fan of peacock feathers SRD
Hercules, god of strength and adventure CG Tempest, War Lion’s head SRD
Hermes, god of travel and commerce CG Trickery Caduceus (winged staff and serpents) SRD
Hestia, goddess of home and family NG Life Hearth SRD
Nike, goddess of victory LN War Winged woman SRD
Pan, god of nature CN Nature Syrinx (pan pipes) SRD
Poseidon, god of the sea and earthquakes CN Tempest Trident SRD
Tyche, goddess of good fortune N Trickery Red pentagram SRD
Table: Egyptian Deities
Deity Alignment Suggested Domains Symbol Source
Re-­Horakhty, god of the sun, ruler of the gods LG Life, Light Solar disk encircled by serpent SRD
Anubis, god of judgment and death LN Death Black jackal SRD
Apep, god of evil, fire, and serpents NE Trickery Flaming snake SRD
Bast, goddess of cats and vengeance CG War Cat SRD
Bes, god of luck and music CN Trickery Image of the misshapen deity SRD
Hathor, goddess of love, music, and motherhood NG Life, Light Horned cow’s head with lunar disk SRD
Horus LN Rulership, the sky, the sun Air, Animal, Law, Nobility, Sun PBlog
Imhotep, god of crafts and medicine NG Knowledge Step pyramid SRD
Isis, goddess of fertility and magic NG Knowledge, Life Ankh and star SRD
Khepri NG Freedom, the rising sun, work Artifice, Good, Liberation, Sun, Trickery PBlog
Maat LN Justice, law, order, truth Knowledge, Law, Protection, Void, Weather PBlog
Neith NG Hunting, war, weaving Animal, Artifice, Good, War, Water PBlog
Nephthys, goddess of death and grief CG Death Horns around a lunar disk SRD
Osiris, god of nature and the underworld LG Life, Nature Crook and flail SRD
Ptah, god of crafts, knowledge, and secrets LN Knowledge Bull SRD
Sekhmet CN Fire, healing, vengeance, war Chaos, Destruction, Fire, Healing, War PBlog
Selket CG Embalming, healing, scorpions Chaos, Good, Healing, Protection, Repose PBlog
Set, god of darkness and desert storms CE Death, Tempest, Trickery Coiled cobra SRD
Sobek, god of water and crocodiles LE Nature, Tempest Crocodile head with horns and plumes SRD
Thoth, god of knowledge and wisdom N Knowledge Ibis SRD
Re-­Horakhty, god of the sun, ruler of the gods LG Life, Light Solar disk encircled by serpent SRD
Anubis, god of judgment and death LN Death Black jackal SRD
Apep, god of evil, fire, and serpents NE Trickery Flaming snake SRD
Bast, goddess of cats and vengeance CG War Cat SRD
Bes, god of luck and music CN Trickery Image of the misshapen deity SRD
Hathor, goddess of love, music, and motherhood NG Life, Light Horned cow’s head with lunar disk SRD
Imhotep, god of crafts and medicine NG Knowledge Step pyramid SRD
Isis, goddess of fertility and magic NG Knowledge, Life Ankh and star SRD
Nephthys, goddess of death and grief CG Death Horns around a lunar disk SRD
Osiris, god of nature and the underworld LG Life, Nature Crook and flail SRD
Ptah, god of crafts, knowledge, and secrets LN Knowledge Bull SRD
Set, god of darkness and desert storms CE Death, Tempest, Trickery Coiled cobra SRD
Sobek, god of water and crocodiles LE Nature, Tempest Crocodile head with horns and plumes SRD
Thoth, god of knowledge and wisdom N Knowledge Ibis SRD
Wadjet LG Good, Law, Protection, Travel, Water Light mace PBlog