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d20 deities

March 2001
Ceta, N'kruell, Ursidine

April 2001
Iriel patron demigoddess of beekeepers, honey and bees.
Misquee goblin rat totem
Seilek demigod of dark magic.

Iriel (EER-ee-el), an obscure garden goddess, is neutral. She is most well known as the patron saint of beekeepers and the goddess of bees and honey. Although she is now all but forgotten, there are many crumbling pieces of garden statuary that show a smiling human woman with folded insect wings wearing a short sleeveless dress. This was Iriel, the Bee Queen. Iriel is a very simple, very obscure goddess with no real spheres of divine influence other than bees, their honey, and flower gardens. The few clerics she still has are often simple human gardeners or florists. Most elves disdain Iriel as a human goddess, but many scholars claim that Iriel is actually one of the most ancient elven deities in the world. Certain gnome and halfling communities sometimes include Iriel amongst their own pantheons. Her origins are lost to history, and Iriel only communicates to her clerics in the buzzing voice of the beehive; an almost incomprehensible insectoid dialect of Auran.

Iriel appears in the form of a shimmering human woman with translucent bee wings wearing a short, simple dress. Her appearance is otherwise human (which would seem to contradict the theory about Iriel being an elven goddess). Other than Clerics, most of her worshippers are Commoners, Druids, and those few fey-touched Sorcerors who derive their magical heritage from fairykind.

Say it is like the sunshine, with its amber glow, and the warmth it brings you. Or say, rather, that it is like dwarven gold but not as cold. Say that it is like the scent of rain in the garden, but sweeter. Say that it is the humming of my drones, the stinging of my soldiers. It is like all of these things and none of them. Say rather, that it is what it is.
It is,
what it is,
what it is.

Iriel has very few dedicated clerics (although she is remembered fondly by a few druids). Most of her worshippers are simple gardeners, domestic folk, florists, and beekeepers. After many centuries during which Iriel was all but forgotten, belief in her religion is beginning to blossom again. A few of Iriel's new worshippers adventure to seek out artifacts and antiquities that were part of the temple of Iriel's ancient past or to seek out rare and exotic flowers.
Holy Symbol A bumblebee, a beehive, or a flowering honeysuckle vine.
Domains Sun, Plant, Air, Animal
Weapon Dagger, Staff

Misquee (MISS-kwee), the Goblin Rat Totem is neutral evil. Misquee is actually a very obscure name for the rat totem- amongst the goblins who actually worship him, only the tribal shaman or an especially knowledgeable goblin is likely to know the name 'Misquee'. The common name is simply 'Rat' or 'Brother Rat'. Sometimes he is known as the Vok Risha or the Dancing Rat, especially during festivals and Goblin Howls. Misquee represents stealth, cleverness, trickery and luck. He brings good fortune to gamblers and risk-takers, inspires elaborate pranks and it was Misquee who first taught the goblins the secrets of brewing alcohol. Many of the least violent tribes adopt Misquee as their totem, choosing Rat's cleverness and trickery over the qualities of the other totems; Bat, Wolf, Serpent, Spider and Pumpkin.

Misquee always appears as a gargantuan ancient white rat with red eyes, a long hairless whiplike tail, and patches of mange. Rogues and Sorcerors are counted amongst his worshippers, but he is most popular with Goblin commoners and warriors throughout Molesfork Henge's civilized goblin communities. Savage Goblins who choose rat as their totem are often barbarians.

There is nothing like good beer when you gamble.. drink up! You're rolling high tonight, and your fortune knows no bounds. In the morning you might even pay for all of this, but tonight? Tonight rat smiles on you, and even the knucklebones know your name. I win again! Have another drink! And for the house! More for my new friends..! My friends. Heh. Rat willing, they'll never know how much they've been cheated.

Rat has few clerics, although each goblin tribe devoted to Rat has an adept for a shaman. Most of Rat's non-goblin worshippers (and even a good portion of the goblins) are simply tricksters, brewers, and gamblers. They adventure for the sheer love of fun, the chance to take risks, and the opportunity to tempt fate. And hopefully to make a fat stack of gold coins in the process.
Holy Symbol mummified rat on a stick
Domains protection, trickery, luck
Weapon morningstar or whip

Seilek (SIGH-leck), patron of the malevolent moon, is neutral evil. Seilek is also known as 'the splendid master', especially in areas where his cult has gone underground. Although he has never been a very popular god, he is often invoked in the dedication-section of famous textbooks of wizardry, and sometimes heard as a wizards curse: "Well I'll be the bastard son of Seilek!" According to legend, he was once a mortal wizard-hero who unlocked certain secrets of magic that should have remained unknown. Some superstitious wizards keep an idol to Seilek. He is most popular with wizards who specialize in necromancy.

Seilek appears alternately as a sickly old man dressed in yellow robes and as a black dragon with gleaming scales. Although he has few clerics, they are treated especially well. Most of his worshippers are adepts, wizards, and sorcerors. Most commonfolk are unaware of Seilek's obscure existence, and the few who seek him out sometimes become cultists. The most exalted state of existence to a true seeker of Seilek is lich-hood. Many of his clerics are actually vampires.

All of the mysteries of the infinite planes are ssspread out before usss, and we inscribe their secrets in our dark booksss. There are no more sssecrets to uss. There are no sssecrets to anyone who has the drive to dissscover the answers, yess? Yesss. But they remain secretsss to the uninitiated, the uninformed, the un-living. In life you will find nothing but wearinessss. In death, you will find only oblivion. But in Undeath.. you will find knowledge. And in knowledge there iss sssssalvation.

Seilek's clerics often multiclass as adepts, sorcerors and wizards. They normally worship in isolation, keeping their allegiance to Seilek a secret. In rare cases a cleric of Seilek will gather a group of commoners together as an organized cult. A good percentage of them are actually vampires. They adventure to discover the answers to lost secrets, to solve mysteries, and to engage in missions to gather hidden knowledge.
Holy Symbol a grinning yellow moon against a red background
Domains Evil, Knowledge, Magic, Death
Weapon Curved Dagger

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