Bes

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Bes
Bes symbol.jpg
Dwarf wearing a panther skin and tail
Aliases Short Father
Alignment 2E: Neutral
3E/5E:Chaotic neutral
Divine Rank Unknown
Pantheon Egyptian
Portfolio Guardian of the dead gods, judgement, death, Furries
Domains 3E: Law, Magic, Repose
5E: Death, Grave, Order
Home Plane Astral Plane
Worshippers Rogues, gamblers, gnomes, halflings, bards, illusionists
Favoured Weapon Khopesh


"Run out, thou who comest in darkness, who enterest in stealth, his nose behind him, his face turned backward, who loses that for which he came.

Run out, thou who comest in darkness, who enterest in stealth, her nose behind her, her face turned backward, who loses that for which she came.

Comest thou to kiss this child? I will not let thee kiss him.

Comest thou to soothe him? I will not let thee soothe him.

Comest thou to harm him? I will not let thee harm him.

Comest thou to take him away? I will not let thee take him away from me.

I have made his protection against thee out of Efet-herb, it makes pain; out of onions, which harm thee; out of honey which is sweet to living men and bitter to those who are yonder; out of the evil parts of the Ebdu-fish out of the jaw of the meret; out of the backbone of the perch. "

– An Ancient Egyptian magical lullaby, commonly thought to be invoking Bes

Bes, along with his feminine alternative, Beset, are the Ancient Egyptian Dwarven God, seen as the protector of children, mothers, childbirth and the home. Typically he was depicted as a warrior who would drive off evil spirits, bad omens, demons, ghosts, dark magic, and snakes. He eventually also became associated with the pleasures of life: namely, sex, music, and dance. In fact, by the Roman Era, it was not uncommon to drink wine from cups with Bes carved into the side prior to battle, or to carve the symbol of Bes onto your shield or tattoo it onto yourself for protection, with everyone from children to dancers using it to protect themselves and their families.

Bes was often depicted along the more prominent Taweret, the Egyptian Goddess of childbirth and female fertility known for looking like a Giant Hippopotamus, and had the job of opening the womb so the baby would be born, and then protecting the child to be raised through adulthood. Bes also was associated with certain traits of male lions, such as their virility, protector status, and majesty. In this way he's similar to the Goddess Sekhmet, but less temperamental and more chill.

Like the rest of the pantheon, his worship was exported as far west as Pompeii and as far East as Susa in Persia.

Differences from the rest of the pantheon[edit]

Unlike most Egyptian Art, Bes was shown in frontal view, and was almost always perpetually naked with a prominently erect penis. He has only one temple in the Bahariya Oasis protecting the local vineyard which is dated to be around the time of Alexander the Great, and was more generally worshiped in local homes.

The reasoning given for why he is so distinct from other Egyptian Gods is that rather than being a deity that originated within Egypt or the Levant, his worship was likely to have come from the south towards Nubia or Somalia, as not only did he not appear until the Middle Kingdom, but he did not gain prominence until the New Kingdom, and even then worship seemed to have distinctive differences from the other major Gods of Egypt.

"If you tell anyone about this, it's going in the Book."

Dungeons and Dragons[edit]

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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

Ravenloft[edit]

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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
Ancestral Fey
Ezra (Erudites) - Hala
The Ancestral Choir
Lugh - Mytteri
Evil Anubis - Ezra (Zealots)
Math Mathonwy - The Lawgiver
Set - Zhakata
Arawn
The Eternal Order
Cat Lord - Erlin
Kali - Morrigan
The Spider Queen
The Wolf God
Unknown Dark Powers

Pathfinder[edit]

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
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Midgard[edit]

Warhammer Fantasy[edit]

Bes, unlike most of the Egyptian pantheon, does not have a Warhammer fantasy counterpart.

This is weird because not only has a Dwarven Tomb King appeared in a Gotrek & Felix novel, but because Nehekhara borders the World's Edge Mountains, meaning it's wasted opportunity.