Deities and Divine Magic
21 angels (greater gods) were ordained by The One at the beginning of creation. Each angel is the head of a divine precept and one or more ‘Divine Domains’ described in 5e. For example, if you worship Lugus, your cleric uses the ‘Light’ domain. If you worship Tali, you could choose between Tempest or Trickery domains. Mana (spell energy) for divine magic is provided to divine spell-casters by their deity.
|Angel||Alignment||5e Divine Domain|
|Lugus, Angel of Light||Neutral Good||Light|
|Sirona, Angel of Wisdom||Neutral Good||Knowledge|
|Bhall, Angel of Fire||Chaotic Evil||Tempest (Fire aspect) (was Chaotic good…fell from Heaven at the end of the Age of Magic – mother of orcs and related humanoids)|
|Nantosuelta, Angel of Faith||Lawful Good||War, Knowledge|
|Sucellus, Angel of Life||Neutral Good||Life (the Angel of Life originally was Nemed who stepped down to become the father of Man)|
|Amathaon, Angel of Fertility||Chaotic Good||Life|
|Junil, Angel of Justice||Lawful Good||War|
|Arawn, Angel of Death||Lawful Neutral||Death (for a period after Nemed stepped down as the preceptor of Life, Arawn was the Angel of both Life and Death)|
|Oghma, Angel of Knowledge||Lawful Neutral||Knowledge|
|Danalin, Angel of the Water||Chaotic Neutral||Tempest|
|Dagda, Angel of Balance||Neutral||Knowledge|
|Kilmorph, Angel of the Earth||Lawful Neutral||War, Knowledge (Craft aspect) (mother of the dwarves)|
|Cernunnos, Angel of Nature (lesser god)||Chaotic Neutral||Nature (Cernunnos was originally the archangel of Sucellus – father of the elves – who was subsequently killed by Mulcarn and later reborn as the god of Life)|
|Tali, Angel of the Air||Chaotic Neutral||Tempest, Trickery|
|Mulcarn, Angel of Ice, who would become the Angel of Winter||Neutral Evil||Nature, Tempest|
|Mammon, Angel of Foresight, who would become the Angel of Greed||Lawful Evil||Trickery, Knowledge|
|Camulos, Angel of Peace, who would become the Angel of War||Chaotic Evil||War|
|Aeron, Angel of Strength, who would become the Angel of Rage||Neutral Evil||Tempest|
|Agares, Angel of Hope, who would become the Angel of Despair||Chaotic Evil||War, Death|
|Esus, Angel of Trust, who would become the Angel of Deception||Lawful Evil||Trickery|
|Ceridwen, Angel of the Stars, who would become the Angel of Magic||Neutral Evil||Knowledge|
With the exception of Bhall, who fell from heaven at the end of the Age of Magic, angels 1-7 are good aligned. Angels 8-14 are neutral (various lawful or chaotic). Angels 15-21 are evil. Choice of deity determines a cleric’s alignment, with the possible exception of Bhall, who some maintain is still secretly loyal to The One God even though she burns in the lowest level of hell (the Vault of Agares). Such an iconoclast would probably profess to worship the archangel Brigit the Shining, who alone among Bhall’s legion of angels was prevented from falling (paradoxically, by Bhall herself). Shimmering curtains of light are sometimes seen in the arctic skies of Arcanearth. It is said these are the walls of Brigit’s prison.
Clerics and other divine spell-casters are the primary way the gods influence creation since the ‘Compact’ ending the Godswar and the Age of Dragons. The Compact is an agreement that the gods would withdraw back to the outer planes and interfere with creation only through certain limited means.
Rangers and Druids typically follow Cernunnos, Sucellus, Amathaon, one of the elemental gods (or all of them), or Dagda.
Paladins can follow any god except Dagda. Evil/unholy paladins are known as ‘Eidolons’ (5e ‘Oathbreakers’).