The Gods and Goddesses
(Greater Deity) All-Father, Father of the Slain, God of the Hanged, God of Prisoners, God of Cargoes, The High One, The Inflamer, Swift Tricker, Father of Victory, the Blind One, Shifty Eyed, One with a Magic Staff, Destroyer, Terror
Symbol:Watching blue eye Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral good Portfolio: Knowledge, magic, supreme, war Worshipers: Bards, fighters, sorcerers, wizards, philosophers, sages, nobility, gnomes Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, NG Domains: Air, Knowledge, Magic, Travel, Trickery, War Favored Weapon: Shortspear
Odin (oh-din) has one eye that blazes like the sun, having lost his other eye in payment for a drink from the well of Mimir. He once stole the mead of poetry, and some myths say he grants poetic ability and inspiration to mortals. Odin hung himself on Yggdrasil for nine days, pierced by his own spear, until by virtue of his suffering he was able to reach down and seize magical runes that were the source of wisdom and magical lore. His suffering so impressed the son of the giant Bolthor that he taught Odin nine magical songs that allowed him to master eighteen magical spells previously unknown to any man or woman. Odin is fated to be swallowed by Loki’s son Fenrir at Ragnarok, but his own son Vidar will avenge him.
(Intermediate Deity) God of the Oceans
Symbol: Rough ocean waves Home Plane: Midgard Alignment: Neutral evil Portfolio: Sea, storms Worshipers: Sailors, anyone traveling by sea Cleric Alignments: CE, LE, NE Domains: Death, Destruction, Evil, Strength, Water Favored Weapon: Greatclub
Aegir (ay-jeer) and his wife, Ran, hold themselves apart from the Aesir and Vanir. Rather than living on Asgard, they reside on Midgard, at the bottom of the ocean. Aegir’s realm is the deep ocean, far from land, where navigation and fishing are difficult and full of danger. He appears as a fierce man with a long, gray beard and fingers like claws. He appears on the surface of the sea to destroy ships that fail to sacrifice to him, yet is well known for the bounty of the feasts he arranges for his fellow gods. Ran, his wife and equal partner, drags drowning men down to her hall beneath the sea. She holds similar responsibilities to Freya and Hel in that regard, since the drowned do not go to Valhalla, Sessrumnir, or the underworld. Aegir and Ran have nine daughters, each of whom represents a different type of ocean wave.
(Intermediate Deity) God of Beauty
Symbol: Gem-encrusted silver chalice Home Plane: Asgard before death, Niflheim afterward Alignment: Neutral good Portfolio: Beauty, light, music, poetry, rebirth Worshipers: Bards, gnomes Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, NG Domains: Good, Healing, Knowledge Favored Weapon: Greatsword
The son of Odin and Frigga, Balder (bald-er) was the favorite of the gods. Renowned for his beauty, Balder led an idyllic life until he became troubled by ominous dreams. The gods so loved Balder that they sent Frigga to extract an oath from all things, animate and inanimate, that they would not harm him. She overlooked the mistletoe, thinking it too weak to harm anything. The gods delighted in Balder’s invulnerability and amused themselves by throwing things at him. Loki discovered his weakness and tricked Hod, Balder’s blind twin, into throwing a sharpened dart of mistletoe at Balder, guiding Hod’s hand so it aimed at his brother’s heart.
(Intermediate Deity) God of Justice, Peacemaker
Symbol: *Head of a bearded man *Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral Portfolio: Justice, law Worshipers: Paladins, judges, attorneys, halflings Cleric Alignments: CN, LN, N, NE, NG Domains: Knowledge, Protection, Strength Favored Weapon: Longsword
The son of Balder and Nanna, Forseti (for-set-ee) has never told a lie. The gods call on Forseti to -be impartial.
(Greater Deity) God of Sunlight and the Elves
Symbol: Ice-blue greatsword Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral good Portfolio: Agriculture, fertility, harvest, sun Worshipers: Druids, rangers, farmers, husbands and wives, elves, gnomes, half-elves Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, NG Domains: Air, Good, Plant, Sun Favored Weapon: Greatsword
Son of Njord and husband to the female giant Gerd, Frey (fray) is the chief god of agriculture. Weapons are banned outright in his temples, and bloodshed in places sacred to him is taboo. Despite this peaceful portfolio, Frey is fated to fight Surtur at Ragnarok with his bare hands, having given his dwarf-forged magic sword to his shield-man Skirnir. (If the DM sets a campaign earlier in the Asgardian cycle, Frey could still have his sword.)
(Intermediate Deity) Goddess of Love and Fertility
Symbol: Falcon Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral good Portfolio: Fertility, love, magic, vanity Worshipers: Bards, sorcerers, wizards, lovers, husbands and wives, elves, gnomes, half-elves Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, NG Domains: Air, Charm, Good, Magic Favored Weapon: Longsword
Freya (fray-ah) is the deity of erotic and sensual love, adept at the practice of magic. Some myths say she taught the Vanir art of witchcraft to the Aesir. Freya is the daughter of Njord and the twin sister of Frey. She delights in romantic poetry and is considered the most magnanimous of the goddesses. Freya weeps tears of gold when her husband, Odur, goes on his journeys. She possesses the Necklace of the Brisings, sometimes called Brisingamen, a fantastically beautiful and priceless piece of jewelry crafted by the dwarves. She rides to battle in a chariot pulled by twin lions. Half those slain in battle, and all women so slain, come to Freya’s hall Sessrumnir.
(Greater Deity) Goddess of the Atmosphere, Queen of the Gods
Symbol: Large cat Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral Portfolio: Birth, fertility, love Worshipers: Druids, lovers, diviners, husbands and wives, halflings Cleric Alignments: CN, LN, N, NG, NE Domains: Air, Animal, Community, Knowledge Favored Weapon: The natural weapons of the animal whose form she assumes
One of Odin’s several wives, Frigga (frig-ga) is primarily concerned with the household and married love. She is a stately, gracious, and bountiful woman often invoked during childbirth and by those wishing to conceive. Her attempt to protect Balder was one of the few times she acted to change the future she perceived. She has three handmaidens named Snotra (“Wisdom”), Syn (“Denial”), and Vor (so wise nothing can be hidden from her).
(Intermediate Deity) The Bright God, Guardian of Bifrost, Watchman of Asgard, Golden Tooth, The Ram
Symbol: Gjallahorn Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Lawful good Portfolio: Watchfulness, sight, hearing, loyalty Worshipers: Fighters, paladins, sentries, guards, dwarves Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG Domains: Good, Law, War Favored Weapon: Longsword
Some myths say Heimdall (haym-dahl) is the son of giants, while others claim that he is simultaneously the child of all nine daughters of Aegir and Ran. Heimdall visited Midgard in human guise and stayed one night in each of three different houses. Each house treated him differently, and he cursed or blessed their children accordingly. The result was the three social classes of the Asgardian world: thralls or slaves, free peasants, and nobles. Heimdall’s duty primary duty is to sound his horn, Gjallahorn, and alert all the gods to the coming of Ragnarok.
(Intermediate Deity) Goddess of Death and the Underworld
Symbol: Her face Home Plane: Niflheim Alignment: Neutral evil Portfolio: Death, underworld Worshipers: Anyone who fears death Cleric Alignments: CE, LE, NE Domains: Death, Destruction, Evil Favored Weapon: Longsword
The daughter of Loki and the female giant Angrboda, Hel (hell) was confined to Niflheim by the gods. She appears as a gaunt woman whose body is fair and lovely on one side, but dead and rotting on the other. Despite her hideous appearance, she is the least monstrous of Loki’s three children from this union (the other two are Fenrir the wolf and Jormungandr the world serpent).
(Demigod) Messenger of the Gods, the Nimble
Symbol: Winged scroll Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Chaotic neutral Portfolio: Luck, communication, freedom Worshipers: Bards, messengers, heralds, travelers, elves, halflings, half-elves Cleric Alignments: CE, CG, CN Domains: Chaos, Luck, Travel Favored Weapon: Rapier
In addition to being the gods’ messenger, Hermod escorts the souls of the dead to the underworld. When the gods needed someone to plead with Hel for Balder’s spirit, Hermod volunteered and Odin lent him Sleipnir for the journey.
(Greater Deity) _God of Mischief, Strife, and Fire; The Sly One, The Trickster, The Shape Changer, The Sky Traveler_
Symbol: Flame Home Plane: Asgard before Balder’s death, Midgard afterward Alignment: Chaotic evil Portfolio: Thieves, trickery, murder Worshipers: Rogues, assassins Cleric Alignments: CE, CN, NE Domains: Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Trickery Favored Weapon: Dagger
Loki (loh-kee) is an ambiguous figure in Asgardian myth. A handsome and clever young man, he often accompanies the gods on their journeys. Many tales of Thor mention Loki as his companion. The youngest inhabitant of Asgard, some myths state he was the child of the giants Farbauti and Laufey, while others place him at creation with Odin. Loki excels at subverting order and finding solutions and answers the other gods never consider. Restless and easily bored, Loki often amuses himself by playing practical jokes on the other gods. He can take many different forms and often becomes female. Loki is responsible for most of the gods’ greatest treasures, challenging the dwarves to outdo their gift of Sif ’s hair.
(Intermediate Deity) God of the Sea and Winds
Symbol: Gold coin Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral good Portfolio: Commerce, sea, wind Worshipers: Sailors, fishermen, those who depend on the sea for a living Cleric Alignments: CG, LG, NG Domains: Air, Good, Water Favored Weapon: Longspear
Those who seek wealth or abundance in fishing pray to Njord. A Vanir deity, he is the father of Frey and Freya. Njord married the female giant Skadi while among the Aesir, though they later divorced. As a deity of the mountains, she was uncomfortable on the coastlines, so they could never agree where to live. Their movements between homes created the seasons.
(Demigod) God of the Sun
Symbol: Sun disk Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Chaotic good Portfolio: Light, sun, travel Worshipers: Barbarians, druids, rangers, blacksmiths, and those who travel overland Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG Domains: Chaos, Fire, Sun Favored Weapon: Bastard sword
Odur is a mysterious god who may be an aspect of Odin. Odur married Freya and is responsible for the day chariot crossing the sky. Consequently, he is often away from Asgard, causing his wife to weep tears of gold.
(Lesser Deity) Goddess of Excellence and Skill in Battle
Symbol: Upraised sword Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Chaotic good Portfolio: War, dueling Worshipers: Barbarians, fighters, paladins, rangers, combat instructors Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG Domains: Chaos, Good, War Favored Weapon: Longsword
Sif primarily appears in myths involving the other gods. She is the wife of Thor and the mother of Uller. Her golden hair was made by the dwarves and enchanted to take root and grow on her head after Loki chopped off her natural hair as a joke.
(Lesser Deity) Goddess of Mountains, Snowshoe Goddess
Symbol:Mountain Peak Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Neutral Portfolio: Earth, mountains Worshipers: Barbarians, druids, rangers, dwarves, halflings Cleric Alignments: CN, LN, N, NE, NG Domains: Destruction, Earth, Strength Favored Weapon: Greataxe
Skadi is a female giant and the daughter of the giant who bargained for Freya, the sun, and the moon in exchange for building Asgard’s walls (see Sleipnir in Odin’s entry, above). She came to Asgard seeking revenge against Thor for killing her father. When she arrived at Asgard in her armor she so impressed the gods they offered her pick of the bachelor gods if she would not go to war against them. The only condition was that she could only see their feet when she made her choice. Thinking the cleanest, whitest feet must belong to Balder, she made her choice only to discover they belonged to the older Vanir Njord, whose feet the sea washed clean every day. Because they couldn’t agree on a place to live, Njord and Skadi moved back and forth between Jotunheim and Asgard. On Midgard, these movements created the seasons. Skadi later divorced Njord and married Uller.
(Intermediate Deity) Lord of the Fire Giants
Symbol: Flaming sword Home Plane: Midgard (Muspelheim) Alignment: Lawful evil Portfolio: Fire, war Worshipers: Fire giants, giants Cleric Alignments: LE, LN, NE Domains: Evil, Fire, Law, Strength, War Favored Weapon: Longsword
Surtur stands ever alert in Muspelheim, brandishing his sword that shines brighter than the sun. At Ragnarok he will be responsible for setting the world on fire, burning it down to make room for the new one. Prophecies say that he will even destroy Bifrost under his weight and that of his subjects.
(Greater Deity) God of Thunder, Guardian of Asgard
Symbol: Hammer Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Chaotic good Portfolio: Storms, thunder, war Worshipers: Barbarians, fighters, paladins, rangers, farmers and other commoners, dwarves, half-orcs Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG Domains: Chaos, Good, Protection, Strength, War, Weather Favored Weapon: Warhammer
Usually portrayed as a powerfully built man with a red beard and eyes filled with lightning, Thor is the strongest god of Asgard. Thor is the son of Odin and a female giant named Jord (“Earth”). Where Odin is complex and crafty, Thor is straightforward and physical. This makes him popular among the common people. Thor ’s greatly enjoys facing giants in contests of strength and martial prowess. His nemesis is Jormungandr the World Serpent, whom he is destined to face at Ragnarok. Though married to Sif, Thor had two sons with a giant named Jarnsaxa. Those sons, Modi and Magni, are prophesied to survive Ragnarok.
(Intermediate Deity) Lord of the Frost Giants
Symbol: White double-bladed axe Home Plane: Midgard (Jotunheim) Alignment: Chaotic evil Portfolio: War, cold, giants Worshipers: Frost giants, giants Cleric Alignments: CE, CN, NE Domains: Chaos, Earth, Evil, Strength, War Favored Weapon: Greataxe
Thrym traces his lineage back to Ymir, the first giant and the creature from whose body Odin, Ve, and Vili made the world. The death of Ymir is a grudge the frost giants in particular hold against the Aesir. Thrym once tried to win Freya as his bride by holding Thor ’s hammer hostage. Unfortunately for him, the gods disguised Thor as the bride and Loki as the bridesmaid. When Thrym ordered the hammer brought in to hallow the wedding, Thor snatched it up and laid waste to every giant present, including Thrym.
(Intermediate Deity) God of Courage and Strategy
Symbol: Sword Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Lawful neutral Portfolio: Courage, trust, strategy, tactics, writing Worshipers: Fighters, monks, paladins, rangers, sages, dwarves Cleric Alignments: LE, LG, LN Domains: Law, Protection, War Favored Weapon: Longsword
One of Odin’s sons by Frigga, Tyr appears as a powerful-looking bearded man who has lost his right hand. He is considered the most senior Aesir after Odin and Thor, and the most courageous of the gods. He wields great power in battle, and like his father can dictate the outcome. Wise warriors invoke Tyr before entering battle. Tyr’s life is tangled up with monstrous wolves. He lost his right hand to Fenrir while the gods bound the son of Loki. At Ragnarok, he and Garm are destined to die fighting each other.
(Lesser deity) God of Hunting, Archery, and Winter
Symbol: Longbow Home Plane: Asgard Alignment: Chaotic neutral Portfolio: Archers, hunting, winter Worshipers: Barbarians, druids, rangers, archers, elves, halflings, half-elves, half-orcs Cleric Alignments: CE, CG, CN Domains: Chaos, Protection, Travel Favored Weapon: Longbow
Beautiful to look at and an accomplished warrior, Uller is often invoked by people entering single combat. The son of Sif and Thor, Uller has particular skill at skiing and archery. His cunning makes him valuable to the council of the gods. When Skadi divorced Njord, she married Uller.
Queen of Spiders, Queen of the Demonweb Pits Symbol: Black spider with female drow head hanging from a spiderweb Alignment: Chaotic evil Portfolio: Spiders, evil, darkness, chaos, assassins, drow Domains: Chaos, Drow, Evil, Darkness, Destruction, Spider, Trickery Favored Weapon: A spider (dagger)
Lolth (loalth) is a cruel, capricious deity who is believed to be insane by many because she pits her own worshipers against each other. Malicious in her dealings with others and coldly vicious in a fight, she covets the power given to the deities worshiped by the surface races. She can be kind and aid those that she fancies, but she thrives on the death, destruction, and torture of anyone, including those of her own worshipers that have displeased her.