Arawn

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Arawn
2E: Warrior's skull
5E: Black star on a gray background
Alignment Neutral Evil
Divine Rank Intermediate God
Pantheon Celtic
Portfolio Life and death
Domains Death, Life
Home Plane Annwn (Hades)
Worshippers Gravekeepers, necromancers
Favoured Weapon Club

Arawn, the Dark One, is the Celtic god of life and death. He dwells in Annwn, the Ten Isles of the Cursed, in the second layer of Hades.

Personality[edit]

Despite being Neutral Evil, he considers himself a necessary evil to preserve and maintain goodness, for good cannot shine as bright without evil. He also often intervenes whenever someone attempts to resurrect another person, either sending an avatar to forcefully reclaim the soul, or bargaining to replace the resurrected with a similiar soul. He rewards loyalty and steadfastness, and punishes liars and those lacking cunning with harsh but fair justice.

Appearance[edit]

Arawn appears as a regular man with very deep set and dark features, wearing a black robe.

The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader(s) Others
Anglo-Saxon: Nerthus Eostre - Hred - Ing - Mannus - Thunor - Tir - Woden
Aztec: Ometeotl Camazotz - Chalchihuitlicue - Chitza-Atlan - Cihuacoatl - Coatlicue
Huhueteotl - Huitzilopochtli - Hurakon - Mictlantecuhtli - Quetzalcoatl
Tezcatlipoca - Tlaloc - Tlazoteotl - Tonatiuh - Xipetotec
Babylonian: Anu Anshar - Druaga - Girru - Ishtar - Marduk - Nergal - Ramman
Celtic: The Daghdha Arawn - Belenus - Brigantia - Cernunnos - Diancecht - Dunatis - Goibhniu - Lugh
Manannan mac Lir - Math Mathonwy - Morrigan - Nuada - Oghma - Silvanus
Chinese: Shang-ti Chih-Nii - Chung Kuel - Fu Hsing - K'ung Fu-tzu - Kuan Yin - Kuan-ti
Lao Tzu - Lei Kung - Liu - Lu Hsing - Lu Yueh - Shou Hsing
Sung Chiang - Tou Mu - Yen-Wang-Yeh
Egyptian: Re-Horakhty Anubis - Anhur - Apshai - Apep - Bast - Bes - Geb - Hathor - Imhotep - Isis
Nephthys - Nut - Osiris - Ptah - Seker - Set - Shu - Sobek - Tefnut - Thoth
Finnish: Ukko Ahto - Hiisi - Ilmatar - Loviatar - Mielikki - Surma - Tuonetar - Tuoni - Untamo
Greek: Zeus Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Artemis - Athena - Cronus - Demeter - Dionysus
The Furies - Gaea - Hades - Hecate - Hepahestus - Hera - Hercules
Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Indian: Brahman Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra - Puchan - Ratri
Rudra - Savitri - Siva - Soma - Tvashtri - Ushas - Varuna - Vayu - Vishnu - Yama
Japanese: Izanagi & Izanami Amaterasu - Ama-Tsu-Mara - Amatsu-Mikaboshi - Hachiman - Ho Masubi
Inari - Kishijoten - Kura Okami - Nai No Kami - O-Kuni-Nushi - O-Wata-Tsu-Mi
Raiden - Shichifukujin - Shina-Tsu-Hiko - Susanoo - Tsuki-Yomi
Norse: Odin Aegir - Balder - Bragi - Forseti - Frey - Freya - Frigga - Heimdall
Hel - Hermod - Idun - Loki - Magni - Modi - Njord - Odur - Sif - Skadi
Surtr - Thor - Thrym - Tyr - Uller - Vidar
Sumerian: Enlil Inanna - Ki - Nanna-Sin - Nin-Hursag - Utu

Ravenloft Arawn[edit]

Arawn
Skull wearing an antlered helm
Alignment Neutral Evil
Divine Rank Unknown
Pantheon Ravenloft
Portfolio Death, the underworld
Domains Death, Evil, Repose
Home Plane Demiplane of Dread
Worshippers Goblyns
Favoured Weapon Scythe

In Ravenloft, the worship of Arawn is similiar among humans in Forlorn and Tepest, but the goblyns of Forlorn acknowledge him as their only god.

The goblyns of Forlorn believe that all killing and bloodshed glorifies their god, and killing swells his kingdoms size. They are happy to mindlessly slaughter anyone and anything that they see and throw themselves to gory deaths. Undeath, resurrection, and reincarnation are abhorrent to them, as they believe this to rob Arawn of subjects. The entrance to Annwn, the Isle of the Cursed, the realm of their god, is believed to lie in the Maw of Arawn, fissure at the top of Mt. Arawn (have we said Arawn enough times yet?).

To the Forfarians and Tepestani, Arawn is the seldom-mentioned and feared god, goddess in Tepest, of death, often placated through sacrifices.

The Deities & Religions of Ravenloft
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Brigantia - Ezra (Pure Hearts)
The Overseer - Ra
Andral - Belenus
Diancecht - Osiris
Daghda
The Morninglord
Tvashtri
Neutral Divinity of Mankind
Manannan mac Lir
Ezra (Home Faith) - Yutow
Ezra (Erudites) - Hala
The Ancestral Choir
Lugh - Mytteri
Evil Ezra (Zealots) - Math Mathonwy
The Lawgiver - Set - Zhakata
Arawn - The Eternal Order Cat Lord - Erlin
Kali - Morrigan
The Spider Queen
The Wolf God