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.


Greater deity
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.

Dallah Thaun

Intermediate deity
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
Worshipers: halflings

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.
            Very 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.
            The 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.

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