Bastet

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Bast
Cat
Aliases Mother of Cats
Alignment Chaotic Good
Divine Rank Lesser Goddess
Pantheon Egyptian
Portfolio Cats, protection, punishment, vengeance
Domains 3E: Chaos, Destruction, Good, Protection, Strength, War
5E: War
Home Plane Merratet (Ysgard)
Worshippers Barbarians, defenders, elves, fighters, mothers, rangers
Favoured Weapon Tiger claws

Bastet is one of the more famous gods of the tangled mess that is the Egyptian pantheon. Generally regarded as the Goddess of Cats, and depicted as a cat-headed woman, that is simply scratching the tip of the iceberg that is Bastet. Originally a lioness-headed warrior-goddess, that role was eventually split off to become the semi-independent deity Sekhmet. She is also a defender of Ra (and thus the Pharoah), a protector-goddess who wards off disease and evil spirits, a protective patron of women and children, a lunar deity, a fertility goddess governing pregnancy and childbirth, and a patron of revelry, festivals and sexual pleasure.

As a historical deity, she has appeared in various Dungeons & Dragons settings, most notably the Forgotten Realms, Mystara and Planescape.

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: Ra 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 - Ariadne - Artemis - Athena - Cronus - Demeter
Dionysus - The Furies - Gaea - Hades - Hecate - Hephaestus - Hera
Hercules - Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Hindu: Brahama Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra
Puchan - Ratri - Rudra - Sarasuati - 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

Bastet of Midgard[edit]

Bastet
Cat's head and solar disk
Aliases Goddess of Cats and Hunters, Queen of Perfumes, Bastard Child of Aten, Mother of Alchemy, Patron of the Gnolls, Wife of Anu-Akma
Alignment Chaotic
Divine Rank God
Pantheon Midgard (Southlands)
Portfolio Cats, Hunting, Sensuality, Lust, Sun, Moon, Desire, Beauty
Domains 5e: Cat, Hunting, Lust, Moon
PF: Animal, Charm, Darkness, Ferocity, Fur, Hunting, Light, Lust, Resolve, Strength, Sun
Home Plane Midgard
Worshippers Gnolls, Catfolk, Hunters, Perfumers, Alchemists, Soldiers, Dancers, Prostitutes, Farmers
Favoured Weapon Temple Sword or Bladed Scarf


In the Midgard setting by Kobold Press, Bastet is a very popular goddess in the Southlands. A heretical offshoot of her faith called the Sisterhood of the Feral Scratch, which focuses on the darker aspects of her creed emphasizing lust and ferocity, is growing. Ironically, Midgard's Bastet is actually associated more with gnolls than she is with catfolk! The first reason is because she married Anu-Akma, patron god of the gnolls and thus became their adoptive mother-goddess, which they had no trouble with considering her faith revolves so much around fighting and partying - which is ironic, considering that hyenas are actually closer to cats than they are to dogs. The second reason is that, ironically, catfolk didn't originally exist in Midgard, although the 2021 revamped Southlands splatbooks for 5e will be retconning them in.

Bastet is described as a beautiful woman with a cat's head, skin covered in sleek black or golden fur, and either one, three or four pairs of very large breasts. In terms of "Masks", she is believed to be the same deity as Ailuros of Bourgund, Artemis of the Seven Cities, St. Hubertus the Hunter of the Crossroads, the Dark God known only as "The Hunter", and the Dragon God of Air Azuran and specifically his aspect of the Eastern Wind.

Her creed reads thus:

Take pleasure in life, and live for the day. Hunt and kill your food when you can; take joy in destroying serpents. Visit the perfumers frequently and offer up gifts of scent and spice to the goddess's altars. To divine the future, read the entrails of an enormous, unblemished animal, and sacrifice such a creature before any great endeavor.

Pathfinder[edit]

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The deities of Golarion
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Adanye - Apsu - Chohar - Erastil
Gruhastha - Ihys - Iomedae - Myr - Osiris
Shizuru - Torag - Tsukiyo - Wadjet
Aesocar - Arundhat - Bes - Cihua Couatl
Isis - Jaidi - Kazutal - Khepri
Kurgess - Lady Jingxi - Neith - Qi Zhong
Sarenrae - Shelyn - Tlehar - Yuelral
Cayden Cailean - Desna - Elion
Findeladlara - Hathor - Ketephys - Kofusachi
Milani - Selket - Uvuko
Neutral Abadar - Amaznen - Anubis - Aroden
Horus - Irori - Luhar - Ma'at - Ra
Ravithra - Thoth
Balumbdar - Chamidu - Daikitsu - Fandarra
Gozreh - Grandmother Spider - Likha
Nalinivati - Nethys - Onos
Pharasma - Ptah - Ragdya - Sivanah
Yamatsumi
Abhoth - Acavna - Azathoth - Bastet - Besmara
Calistria - Gorum - Groetus - Hei Feng
Kalekot - Lubaiko - Nephthys - Nocticula
Sekhmet - Sobek - Speakers of the Depths
Sun Wukong - Yog-Sothoth
Evil Achaekek - Asmodeus - Dhalavei
Diomazul - General Susumu - Lissala
Minderhal - Sicva - Yaezhing
Zon-Kuthon - Zursvaater
Ah Pook - Bound Prince - Droskar
Fumeiyoshi - Lao Shu Po - Norgorber
Raumya - Scal - Set - Ulon
Urgathoa - Zyphus
Apep - Camazotz - Dahak - Ghlaunder
Lahkgya - Lady Nanbyo - Lamashtu
Nhimbaloth - Nyarlathotep - Rovagug
Shub-Niggurath - Urazra - Ydersius