Dragon's Horn Guild
Gods of Coran
The deities of Coran are not as well defined as many settings. Religions are a little more flexible to most people than we generally think of them. The names for deities are wide and varied, and likely to change as you travel (from city to city even). Deities generally fall into broader categories.
For example, Dwarves of the Starfall Mountains worship Moradin. Moradin is the protector deities of the dwarves, watching over them and guiding their efforts. Moradin gives the dwarves strength to endure through trials. The nearby human city of Coldspring Village worship a protector deity known as Helm. Helm protects the humans and guides their actions. Helm provides strength to the humans of Coldspring to endure through trials. The humans and dwarves do not “compete” with their deities. While both groups believe in their respective versions of The Protector, both also believe the other is worshipping the same entity. Generally, there is very little religious tension and people tend to be flexible about encountering “new” deities, believing that they are just more names for the same entity. The attitude most people have about religion would be that they worship their version and others worship theirs and the gods will sort out where the worship should go. A hard-line devotion to a particular instance of a deity would be extremely strange and unsettling to most people, and would likely strike them as bull-headed or close-minded.
Clerics, as a result may or may not give their deities names. For those who don’t, they are likely to worship a set of ideals that tend to be grouped together. These resemble a variety of deific archetypes. Here are a few possibilities and some examples from other settings (though this is far from a complete list):
The Protector – Helm, Moradin, Iomedae
The Nurturer – Corellon, Chauntea, Erastil
The Tyrant – Bane, Asmodeous
The Warrior – Gorum, Tempus, Gruumsh
The Deciever – Cyric, Vecna, Norgorber
The Healer – Pelor, Lathlander, Irori
As far as how this interacts with clerics and paladins:
Clerics: You can choose to worship a deity from any setting which you feel most appeals to your character. You may also invent your own deity (as long as it makes some sense). If you have any doubts as to whether or not your choice is functional, feel free to ask. Use either the domains of the deity (or similar domains if from a non-Pathfinder setting) or choose two appropriate domains for your deity for your cleric to use. This is a notable relaxation of the rules on domains, so please do not exploit it (too much) :)
Paladins: Paladins do not have an alignment restriction to Lawful Good. They must, however match the alignment of their deities. If someone wants to be the paladin of an evil or neutral deity, we can work together to tweak the paladin abilities to match the flavor of your deity. If you want to do this, let me know by sending me a message on here so we can get that done for you.
A Note on Custom Deities
If you invent your own deity please let me know by sending me a message on here and create a small wiki page for your deity giving a short description of what archetype your deity is, a small description of who they are and what they are like, and an explanation of the chosen domains. You can create a wiki page by putting the name of your deity in double square brackets like this (see the editing page) below and then clicking on the link created when you save the edit.
Custom Deities of Coran
- Currently there are no custom deities created
I’d need to look at a list of deities for examples, but there is probably space in that pantheon of archetypes for The Judge – J
For sure, I actually think often deities from other settings will fit into more than one archetype, but The Judge is definitely one. I imagine gods like Kelemvor from FR. -Phillip