This was a really interesting deity to work on, in part because there were multiple sources of information to draw upon.Â For one thing, Fionnghuala (pronounced Finella), is just about the only deity in Monster Mythology drawn from real-world mythology (Titania and Oberon are literary creations, perhaps based on mythological characters, but not in and of themselves from mythology). I slipped in some other literary mythology as well that seemed fitting. I also decided it made sense to allow half-elves to become swanmays in addition to humans, and I modeled a lot of the game stats on Mielikki.
Fionnghuala the Mistress of SwansApril 26, 2011
Adding More Deities to My ProjectApril 21, 2011
I was looking through The Night Below for information on Juiblex, I remembered that The Blood Queen and Ilxendren were included in Monster Mythology format, so I’m thinking I’ll add them to my project.
Other possible additions I could make, although none have:
Krocaa (aarakocra, Dragon #124)
Anguileusis (anguilians, Sea of Blood)
Klikral (insectare, Spelljammer)
Dakarnok (kobold, Dragon #63)
Tapann (korred, can’t recall the dragon mag number)
Refnara (gnoll, Dungeon #48 IIRC)
There’s also the Neogi pantheon, the expanded Dragon pantheon, the archomental cults, and the centaur pantheon, but I think I may save them for individual blocks.
Yeenoghu the Demon Prince of GnollsApril 19, 2011
Gnolls have always been one of my favorite races, so it was very interesting to work on Yeenoghu, although I’m a bigger fan of Gorellik. I drew upon a lot of sources for this, including Dragon #63, so I’ve updated the Shoosuva to 2nd Edition. I’ll have to make a Monstrous Compendium sheet for it at some point.
Tiamat the Chromatic DragonApril 10, 2011
This was an interesting project, considering that Tiamat is included in the FR Powers & Pantheons book. However, as that was specifically to the FR/Unther Human version rather than the generic/multisphere Draconic version, it wasn’t possible to do a straight cut and paste. Also, this features my version of draconic specialty priests, which I think work a LOT better than the version in Cult of the Dragon. Also, watch for me slip in some hints at what I’m going to do with my revised real-world pantheons.Â :D
Second Edition Race SpreadsheetApril 10, 2011
Another long-term project that’s been backburnered is a spreadsheet of AD&D Second Edition races, both PC and NPC. The goal is get full details on every race that has the capability of taking a class, even if it is rather odd, like dolphins. Since OD&D and 1st Ed are basically the same as 2nd ed., if I found relevant information in them, I added them in. Also, I’ve been planning to add in appropriate information from 3e if it is relevant (height, weight, etc.), but I haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, one day I’ll get back to this.
Race Database (Excel 2007 Format)
If you know of any missing information, please let me know.
Quick note to myselfApril 4, 2011
Just so I don’t forget, the font used for headers in the Faiths & Avatars line was Galahad.
Jazirian the Eternal SerpentApril 3, 2011
Update Feb. 1, 2017: I’ve made a revision of the Jazirian entry to include a humanoid shaman class and clergy details, as well as some unique spells for both couatl and shamans.
This entry is a little different. Jazirian has no priesthood, so there is no specialty priest information; I also decided (s)he wouldn’t be the time to grant spells to non-couatl followers, either. However, I took the opportunity to write up some additional cultural details on couatl. Hopefully it will prove interesting. I’ll probably treat Shekinester, Parrafaire, and Stillsong the same way. Also, I suppose I should note that I did not incorporate the information from A Guide To Hell for the simple reason that I did not like it; I also felt it did not keep to the earlier canon.