Polytheism is the belief in many gods, although as you have read, there is but One God dealing with the Known Lands. However, this does not make idolatry impossible. Idol worship and pagan worship is worship in a polytheistic sense. Their are two polytheistic movements in the Known Lands: Oerthism and Olympianism. Also, worship of the Ancients or the First Ones (or founders) is also included in some aspects.

Oerthism The original Polytheistic model of the Known Lands until the arrival of the Bretonia in Ancient Times was Oerthism (also known as the D&D pantheon). Oerthistic clerics still exist, but they are pretty much underground when other religions such as the Path of Light, the Holy Light, and Christianity has taken prominence. Oerthists do not have places of worship any more except for hidden temples.

The Deities worshipped include:

1. Bahamut)
 2. Boccob
 3. Corellon Larethian
 4. Ehlonna
 5. Erythnul
 6. Fharlanghn
 7. Gruumsh
 8. Heironeous
 9. Hextor
10. Kord
11. Kurtulmak
12. Lolth
13. Moradin
14. Nerull
15. Obad-Hai
16. Olidammara
17. Pelor
18. St. Cuthbert
19. Tiamat
20. Vecna
21. Wee Jas
22. Yondalla
23. Dennari

Their domains are recounted in the Deities and Demigods supplement for the Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition game.


Olympianism has come to the Known Lands with the arrival of the Bretonia. It’s a pagan idol religion that comes from the people of Hellas, or the Ancient Greeks. The pantheon is tight, but worship is underground. Most Olympian clerics all look to Zeus, although the others are often worshipped. The pantheon includes:

1. Zeus
 2. Aphrodite
 3. Apollo
 4. Ares
 5. Artemis
 6. Athena
 7. Demeter
 8. Dionysus
 9. Hades
10. Hecate
11. Hephaestus
12. Hera
13. Hercules
14. Hermes
15. Hestia
16. Nike
17. Pan
18. Poseidon
19. Tyche

Their domains are recounted also in Deities and Demigods.


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