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Friday, 26 October 2018
Pantheon: Halfling Deities
Pantheon: Halfling Deities
This post details two halfling deities from D&D. Have to mention that there are many more described in D&D splatbooks.
Alignment: Lawful Good
Symbol: a cornucopia
Home plane: Celestia
Portfolio: halflings, explorers, family
Domain (-30%): communication and empathy
spells, protection spells
Worshipers: halflings, explorers
The deity of halflings, Yondalla, appears as a
strong female halfling, with a proud bearing. She dresses in green, yellow, and
brown, and always carries a shield. Yondalla is the creator and protector of
the halfling race.
Dogma: Yondalla espouses harmony within
the halfling race and stalwart defense against its enemies. She urges her
people to work with others but to remain true to their halfling heritage. Most
halflings heed this advice, which allows them to form close-knit enclaves where
halflings are welcomed, even when they have settled in areas where other
creatures predominate. Yondalla also teaches that opportunities are there to be
seized, which leads most halflings to be both adaptable and somewhat
opportunistic. Yondalla brooks no evil among halflings, but she does not
despise any halfling. Rather, she seeks to guide halflings who have lost their
way back to their homes and friends.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Symbol: a coin purse cut open
Home plane: Outlands
Portfolio: halflings, secrets, guile, thieves,
rogues, acquisition of wealth, death
Domain (-40%): stealth spells
Dallah Thaun, the Lady of Mystery, is the dark
aspect of Yondalla. Physically split off from Yondalla when she created the Halfling
race, Dallah Thaun is worshipped both as a deity in her own right and also as
pary of Yondalla. Anyone who worships one goddess worships both, and prayers to
one are heard by both. Each goddess knows everything the other knows and is
privy to the other’s plans. Since they both work toward the same goal – the benefit
of the halfling race – they do not quibble over one another’s methods. Instead,
the two goddesses utilize each other’s strengths and compensate for each other’s
weaknesses. For example, when someone evil harms a great number of halflings,
Yondalla’s followers nurture the survivors while Dallah Thaun’s seek vengeance.
few outsiders know of Dallah Thaun’s existence, and the halflings like to keep
it that way. Since she is an aspect of Yondalla, halflings who venerate her can
truly say that they worship Yondalla – who, as everyone knows, is a benevolent
deity. Since no one except halflings realizes that Dallah Thaun exists, she is
not as powerful as her other half. In many ways, the two goddesses epitomize the
dichotomy between openness and secrecy that is so characteristic of halflings.
Lady of Mystery appears as a beautiful female Halfling with dark hair and eyes.
She dresses all in black and wears a voluminous black cloak with a hood that
conceals her face. She tosses a gold coin in her gloved face.
Dogma: There is no inherent evil in
accumulating wealth. How one gains this wealth is another matter. The Lady of
Mystery does not condone killing or even harming others for money, but
relieving the overly wealthy of a portion of their burden is quite accessible.
In fact, any method that harms no one is fine with Dallah Thaun, so long as the
perpetrator does not get caught. Avenge any wrong done to your people.