One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
So it's a bit of a stretch, but it seems Volo's Guide to Monsters have demoted Raxivort of the Xvarts from "lesser deity" to "demigod" status — granted, we already have Iuz taking up the Chaotic Evil slot. *shrugs*
(The change came up when I took the deities found in the LIVING GREYHAWK™ Gazetteer and attempted to update them for 5e for Ghosts of Saltmarsh, converting domains, some weapons, and promoting/demoting "intermediate deities" to their '83 status… since the 5e DMG is mucking with divine ranks all over again.)
Then again it seems so improbable that a xvart could attain lesser divine status much less demigod. I feel okay with demigod, but wow, Raxi's stats in the boxed set, he has 246 hp! Hextor only has 200 hp. Raxivort is a beast!
The nine, from the Loosing of the "Nine" by Robilar: Celestian, Erythnul, Heironeous, Hextor, Iuz, Obad-hai, Olidammara, Ralishaz, and Trithereon or the five others! These five, heretofore, unpublished Greyhawk demi-gods, are named and aligned with a description of their actions: Aza, Lolatho, Zirx, Phanon, and Ntee!
But what does he mean by "or the five others"?
Rob places this event in "Late 1973-very early 1974." So were in the OD&D era here.
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