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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Reptile God, Earth Dragon, and FR-style Cults of the Beast Reply with quote

Forgotten Realms includes a crazy amount of published material, and I find that some of it adapts well to Greyhawk.
The Cults of the Beast, which Greenwood introduced with the FR pantheon in Down to Earth Divinity (Dragon #54, 1981)are one of my fave little bits of the Realms.
For those not familiar, these are cults that worship monsters and beast spirits/gods. They are presented as being outside the ordinary range of worship in civilized lands. You find such cults among barbarians, denizens of lost cities, creepy isolated villagers, sylvan races, and secret societies.
Noble lion god, unicorn goddess, beholders, dinosaurs, a flying sword, a singing skull, demonic bear, Lolth, various Melnibonean animal gods, etc.

Greyhawk has the Earth Dragon and the Cult of the Reptile God. Any others? I'm thinking of:

1 not on the list of common gods of the Central Flanaess (the big list from the WoG box, reprinted with some additions in later materials)

2 a beast/monster or other non-humanoid thing

3 worshiped by humans, demihumans, or humanoids

4 may be a god, spirit, demon prince, concept, big monster, whatever

5 clerics or shamans or witch-doctors of the cult can cast spells







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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get your hands on "Monster Mythology." There might be some stuff in there you might like.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lolth, the Demon Queen of Spiders
Cat Lord
Other animal lords (Wolf Lord, Hawk Lord, Lizard Lord, etc.)
Camazotz (Olman god of bats)
Quetzalcoatl (Olman god; appears as a couatl)
Tezcatlipoca (Olman god; appears as a jaguar or bear)
Tlazolteotl (Olman goddess; may appear as a gibbering mouther)
Xuxeteanlahucuxolazapaminaco (greater gibbering mouther worshiped by the Olman)
Oonga (gargantuan ape worshiped on the Isle of the Ape)
Huehuecoyotl (Olman coyote god)
Xilonen (Olman goddess; a giant polyp)
Unnamed Olman gas spore and giant snail gods
Azuvidexus, a demonic tyrannosaurus who was once a demon lord
Ilsidahur (Abyssal prince of apes, from Dungeon #10)
Obox-ob (Abyssal prince of vermin)
Tharzax (Abyssal prince of poisonous vermin)
Ugudenk (Abyssal prince of worms)
Gorellik (from Monster Mythology, takes the form of a hyenadon; an ancient gnoll deity declining due to the rise of Yeenoghu)
Jazirian (from Monster Mythology; god of couatls)
Koriel (from Monster Mythology; god of ki-rin)
Panzuriel (from Monster Mythology; god of krakens and other evil underwater creatures)
Remnis (from Monster Mythology; the god of eagles)
Trishina (from Monster Mythology; the goddess of dolphins)
Water Lion (from Monster Mythology; god of sea lions)
Laogzed (troglodyte deity; takes the form of a toad/lizard cross)
Ramenos (bullywug deity; takes the form of a giant frog)
Eachthighern (from Monster Mythology; winged unicorn deity)
Red Fox (from Dungeon #32; a fox deity worshiped by the Rovers of the Barrens)
Black Wolf (an aspect of Kurell worshiped among the Wolf Nomads and the Rovers of the Barrens, according to Dragon #263)
Wolf Mother (a patron of the Wolf Nomads, according to Rose Estes' Mika-oba novels)
Horned Lady (from Quag Keep)
Maned Lady (from Quag Keep)

Lycanthrope gods from Monster Mythology:
Squerrik (god of wererats)
Balador (god of werebears)
Ferrix (goddess of weretigresses)
Daragor (god of werewolves and seawolves)
Eshebala (goddess of foxwomen and wolfweres)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lanthorn wrote:
Get your hands on "Monster Mythology." There might be some stuff in there you might like.

-Lanthorn
I have it.

Time to yank it from the shelf...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rasgon wrote:
Lolth, the Demon Queen of Spiders
Cat Lord
Other animal lords (Wolf Lord, Hawk Lord, Lizard Lord, etc.)
Camazotz (Olman god of bats)
Quetzalcoatl (Olman god; appears as a couatl)
Tezcatlipoca (Olman god; appears as a jaguar or bear)
Tlazolteotl (Olman goddess; may appear as a gibbering mouther)
Xuxeteanlahucuxolazapaminaco (greater gibbering mouther worshiped by the Olman)
Oonga (gargantuan ape worshiped on the Isle of the Ape)
Huehuecoyotl (Olman coyote god)
Xilonen (Olman goddess; a giant polyp)
Unnamed Olman gas spore and giant snail gods
Azuvidexus, a demonic tyrannosaurus who was once a demon lord
Ilsidahur (Abyssal prince of apes, from Dungeon #10)
Obox-ob (Abyssal prince of vermin)
Tharzax (Abyssal prince of poisonous vermin)
Ugudenk (Abyssal prince of worms)
Gorellik (from Monster Mythology, takes the form of a hyenadon; an ancient gnoll deity declining due to the rise of Yeenoghu)
Jazirian (from Monster Mythology; god of couatls)
Koriel (from Monster Mythology; god of ki-rin)
Panzuriel (from Monster Mythology; god of krakens and other evil underwater creatures)
Remnis (from Monster Mythology; the god of eagles)
Trishina (from Monster Mythology; the goddess of dolphins)
Water Lion (from Monster Mythology; god of sea lions)
Laogzed (troglodyte deity; takes the form of a toad/lizard cross)
Ramenos (bullywug deity; takes the form of a giant frog)
Eachthighern (from Monster Mythology; winged unicorn deity)
Red Fox (from Dungeon #32; a fox deity worshiped by the Rovers of the Barrens)
Black Wolf (an aspect of Kurell worshiped among the Wolf Nomads and the Rovers of the Barrens, according to Dragon #263)
Wolf Mother (a patron of the Wolf Nomads, according to Rose Estes' Mika-oba novels)
Horned Lady (from Quag Keep)
Maned Lady (from Quag Keep)

Lycanthrope gods from Monster Mythology:
Squerrik (god of wererats)
Balador (god of werebears)
Ferrix (goddess of weretigresses)
Daragor (god of werewolves and seawolves)
Eshebala (goddess of foxwomen and wolfweres)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt there is much to add to Rasgon's list, but I believe some reference mentions that Dragotha has a cult that worships him.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*The "Snake Lord" in GotF p14.
*The Suel Snake Goddess.
*The Faranth god in Dungeon 83, p14.
*Huhueteotl - Lord of Fire in Dungeon 84
*Nameless Lacothah and Torhoon gods in Dungeon 77.
*Immshin, Master of Winds (aspect of Obad-Hai or demigod or elemental lord) in Dungeon 94.
*The Flame Lord in Dungeon 82.
*Ravanna, god of rakshasas, Dungeon 73 and elsewhere.
*Vecna's serpent patron/Mok'slyk.
*Llerg has a very close relationship with several beasts and animals.
*Raxivort briefly became a beast god when TSR's OOP policies made Xvarts unmentionable in 1992.
*Olidammara could have a weird turtle sub-cult :)
*Karaan the Beast God in the Book of Vile Darkness.
*Vesperian, patron of desmodus, bats, owls, vampires, and nocturnal fliers in the GH-lite Deep Horizon.

Lots of stuff in early 3e Dungeon Magazine, Castle Castle incarnations, Kuntz's post-TSR works (Ice Grave, Dark Druids, etc), and Jim Ward's FFE material.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, I forgot about some:

Wastri (Order of the Frog)
Trithereon's three creatures: Namoud the Hound, Harrus the Falcon, Ca'rolk the Sea Lizard
Raxivort (can take the form of rat or bat)
Olidammara (takes the form of a "carapaced animal," probably an armadillo)
Obad-hai (takes the form of a badger, brown bear, boar, giant eagle, giant goat, giant lynx, giant otter, giant owl, giant pike, giant porcupine, giant stag, or wolf)
Llerg (preferred forms include cave bear, giant alligator, and giant snake)
Beltar (takes the form of a red dragon, marilith, and beholder)
Lendor (takes the form of a silver dragon)
Norebo (takes the form of a mouse, raven, or cat)
Phyton (takes the form of woodland creatures, including treants)
Osprem (takes the form of a dolphin, barracuda, or sperm whale)
Bralm (takes the form of an ankheg, giant wasp, or giant scorpion)
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