Good night, readers. Remember, they’re lurking behind you as you read this post… Who are they? Turn around and find out!
Art by Manuel Pérez Clemente aka Sanjulián
Day 688: Fallout 4 still isn’t out yet.
Our Lady of Mechanical Sorrows
[Our Lady of Sorrows is my fashion icon. Not even kidding. Therefore I decided to give her a cyberpunk look.]
Favorite Deity? That’s a toss up between Myrlund, Gond, Myrkul, and Bhaal. Myrlund and Gond bring that technological element to the settings I enjoy. While I’m fine with the cliche vision of “Medieval Fantasy”, it tends to be inaccurate in how much technology it limits. So, these guys bring that balance back… though sometimes wandering into steampunk/Iron Kingdoms/Eberron levels of weird magitech too! As for the other two, these once-dead Gods of Abeir-Toril have been an interest to me. In the darkness, they bring mystery and terror! Their chosen and spawn lurk and await to awaken their dark masters. The whole idea has a dash of Lovecraft to it! Plus, necromancers and assassins have been favorite evil characters of mine.
Good choices all, but I’m gonna have to judge you for not throwing Ilmater in there. And maybe it’s the eternal Drizzt fanboy within me, but Vhaeraun is my favorite assassin god.
Eberron has some super interesting religions in that they aren’t the traditional D&D polytheistic faiths. The Sovereign Host and the Dark Six are two halves of one pantheon that don’t get along (and are heavily implied to either be at least partly goblinoid creations, or actual dragons from early history). The Silver Flame is a bunch of monotheistic exorcists literally fueled by couatls. And then there’s my favorite, the Blood of Vol; essentially a völkisch movement that believes jealous gods stripped away our immortality, and that true divinity rests within the blood of all. They really dig unintelligent undead.
(And that’s before we get into the two flavors of elven ancestor worship, the draconic constellation-gods, two different faiths that revolve around the Plane of Dreams, the various druidic mystery cults…)
Haha, fair enough. I could go on forever about The Realms when it comes to gods. Mystra, Ilmater, and countless others would make the list too. But, something about the once-dead evil gods are appealing somehow.
As for Eberron, it’s one of my top settings, as it’s all the guys in my high school group wanted to play, lol. (Nigel Mountainforge the Alchemical Artificer will some day rise again!!) Admittedly, I haven’t dived into the lore as much as other settings, but that’s because I’m lazy, haha.
Anyone else imagine this guy’d be a great host of a horror comic, or is it just me?