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Belenus is the Celtic God of the Sun, who has made several appearances in various editions of Dungeons & Dragons. He first appeared in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, where he was fleshed out as part of the Planescape setting. In 3rd edition, he was left out of the core game, but remained part of the Ravenloft setting due to his historical association with that setting. In 5th edition, he was one of multiple real-world deities fleshed out in the back of the Player's Handbook.

Historical Fantasy Belenus[edit]

Solar Disk and Standing Stones
Alignment Neutral Good
Divine Rank God
Pantheon Celtic
Portfolio Sun, Light, Warmth
Domains 5E: Light
Home Plane Isle of the Blessed (Elysium)
Worshippers Celts
Favoured Weapon Sickle

Belenus is one of the many historical deities suggested as possibly being real in the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse. As such, he was a resident of the Great Wheel, residing on the Isle of the Blessed on the Elysium layer of Thalasia.

The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader Others
Celtic: The Daghda Arawn - Belenus - Brigantia - Diancecht - Dunatis - Goibhniu - Lugh
Manannan mac Lir - Math Mathonwy - Morrigan - Nuada - Oghma - Silvanus
Egyptian: Re-Horakhty Anubis - Apep - Bast - Bes - Hathor - Imhotep - Isis
Nephthys - Osiris - Ptah - Set - Sobek - Thoth
Greek: Zeus Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Artemis - Athena - Demeter - Dionysus - Hades - Hecate
Hepahestus - Hera - Hercules - Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Tyche
Norse: Odin Aegir - Balder - Forseti - Frey - Freya - Frigga - Heimdall - Hel - Hermod
Loki - Njord - Odur - Sif - Skadi - Surtr - Thor - Thrym - Tyr - Uller

Ravenloft Belenus[edit]

Belenus Ravenloft symbol.jpg
Alignment Neutral Good
Divine Rank God
Pantheon Ravenloft
Portfolio Sun, Light, Warmth
Domains 3E: Fire, Good, Sun
Home Plane Demiplane of Dread
Worshippers Nidalans, Forfarians, Tepestani
Favoured Weapon Sickle

Belenus is worshipped in several regions of the Demiplane of Dread, with three different cultures putting different spins on him.

The Forfarians, the beleaguered human denizens of Forlorn, worship him in the purest form as part of the Celtic Pantheon. They are such a non-entity that they aren't even mentioned in the Ravenloft Player's Handbook, and their faith is instead covered in the first Ravenloft Gazetteer.

The Tepestani, the benighted human denizens of Tepest (which is a Domain built on being one-part Witch Trials Salem and one part Fairy Tale Europe), worship Belenus in a Henotheistic fashion, acknowledging the existence of the other Celtic gods, but placing Belenus as the supreme god, something being enforced by the anti-fey Inquisition of that Domain.

The Nidalans, occupants of the domain of Nidala in the Shadowlands Cluster, worship Belenus as a Monotheistic god, as their Darklord, Elena Faithhold, is a Fallen Paladin of Belenus who damned herself through her self-righteous purges of innocents whose only crime was their inability to meet her impossible standards of holiness. In a reflection of Elena's's own ignorance of her fallen state, the Nidalan form of Belenus's religion bears little to no resemblance to his actual teachings, which ironically have been branded as a heresy to be wiped out.

The Deities & Religions of Ravenloft
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Ezra (Pure Hearts)
The Overseer - Ra
Andral - Belenus - Osiris The Morninglord
Neutral Divinity of Mankind
Ezra (Home Faith) - Yutow
Ezra (Erudites) - Hala
The Ancestral Choir
Evil Ezra (Zealots)
The Lawgiver - Set
The Eternal Order Cat Lord - Erlin - Kali
The Spider Queen
The Wolf God