When Odin, the All-Father has only? Guess how that worked? Consider the description of Mictlantechuhtli, one of the Central American gods in the game:. The god usually appears in lich form, and no undead is able to resist his commands. At any given time, he can instantly summon skeletons, ghouls, wights, and spectres.
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These deities were the creation of Jim Ward. Ward and Robert J. Lovecraft's " Cthulhu Mythos ". Sutherland III , and D. The gods' statistics are set up like the monsters in the original Monster Manual. There is a 9-page clerical chart and a chapter on the known planes of existence. The Cthulhu Mythos was believed to be in the public domain , so TSR assumed they could legally use it without any special permission. However, Arkham House , which claimed to hold the copyrights on a number of works by H.
Lovecraft , had already licensed the Cthulhu property to the game company Chaosium. When Chaosium threatened legal action, the first printing was halted and the two companies agreed on a compromise: TSR could continue to use the material but must provide a credit to Chaosium to do so. TSR added the credit for the second printing of the book. Despite the name change and new cover artwork by Jeff Easley , the interior material was nearly identical to the fifth printing.
The interior material bears little resemblance to the previous printings of the book first through sixth. However, the new material we introduced meant that we had a lot less room to include the variety of pantheons included in the earlier version. So we chose the pantheons that we felt were a most popular and b most ensconced in the popular culture of fantasy: the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian. It stung a bit to leave out the Celtic deities, but we just didn't have the space.
Starting with Dragon , the column was renamed Channel Divinity , though it continues to appear under its original name in Dungeon. LaForce , David C. Each artist usually providing all the artwork for an entire pantheon.
Erol Otus produced the cover artwork. These illustrations are in full color, as compared to the black and white art of the original. The gods range from Greek to Chinese to Newhon.
For example, in the Melnibonean mythos, there are no gods for the alignments of lawful-evil, chaotic-good, lawful-neutral, or neutral-good; the majority were chaotic-evil. What good is a godless lawful-evil cleric? Slack called the book "an integral part of the rules", and he found the quick reference chart for clerics particularly worthwhile, which describe items such as what a cleric should wear, what his holy colors and animals are, when and where he should worship, and what he should sacrifice.
Lawrence Schick , in his book Heroic Worlds , was critical of the format used for the original Deities and Demigods : "Unfortunately, the book is usually used merely as a sort of Monster Manual that describes very high-powered monsters. This usage is encouraged by the book's format, which emphasizes the gods' physical abilities over their religious significance.
The reviewer from Pyramid commented on the art for the third edition Deities and Demigods , stating that the book "uses a broader mix of styles than earlier books; some art is done is a more abstract fashion that stands in stark contrast to the crisp look of the veteran Wizards of the Coast artists".
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Deities & Demigods
These deities were the creation of Jim Ward. Ward and Robert J. Lovecraft's " Cthulhu Mythos ". Sutherland III , and D. The gods' statistics are set up like the monsters in the original Monster Manual. There is a 9-page clerical chart and a chapter on the known planes of existence.
Deities & Demigods 1st edition
It's appeared in four printings over three editions so far. This edition, by James M. Ward and Robert J. The book presents the game statistics and background information for the gods, heroes, and legendary monsters from various different real-world mythologies.
The True Story of the Cthulhu and Elric Sections Removed from Deities & Demigods
The tale boasted a delicious mix of scandal, arrogance, and justice, and for those of us who owned one of those banned copies, a priceless collectable certain to fund our retirements. Too bad none of the legend was true. Ward still works to spread the facts. When James Ward started the book, he proposed a list of the pantheons he wanted to include. In addition to drawing from folklore, the list included gods created in fiction by three authors: Lovecraft, Moorcock, and Fritz Leiber. Leiber had created the Nehwon mythos for his tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Gary called the author a friend.