|Skull within a counter-clockwise circle of nine blood drops|
|Divine Rank||1E: Lesser God
2E/3E: Dead God
|Pantheon||Faerûn (Dead Three sub-pantheon)|
|Portfolio||Murder, Death, Ritualized Death, Assassination, Violence|
|Domains||3E: Death, Destruction, Evil, Retribution
|Home Plane||Throne of Blood (Gehenna)|
|Worshippers||Assassins, Murderers, Serial Killers|
Bhaal is the God of Murder from the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons. Patron god of Assassins, his holy symbol is a skull or skull-like dessicated face surrounded by nine blood droplets forming a counter-clockwise circle around it.
Bhaal was once a mortal, a brutal assassin who, alongside Bane and Myrkul, was part of the Dead Three, epic level evil adventurers who sought to slay Jergal, Faerûn's original god of Strife, Death and the Dead. Instead, the world-weary and jaded deity willingly abdicated; after a game of knucklebones, each took one third of Jergal's portfolio. Bhaal took the portfolio of death, becoming the lord of all murderers and assassins.
Officially, Bhaal got killed off at the end of 1e as part of the Avatar Trilogy tie-in novels event. This was used to explain why the Assassin class got removed in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2e; when Bhaal died, all of Faerûn's assassins were obliterated as part of the backlash.
Bhaal is the keystone of the excellent AD&D video-games known as the Baldur's Gate trilogy, in which you play one of the mortal heirs Bhaal created to ultimately resurrect himself with, a trick that Bane also succeeded pulling off. In fairness, it ultimately did work for Bhaal... it just took some time.
Bhaalists believed that every murder committed strengthened holy Bhaal. As a result, they viewed murder as both a pastime and a duty. Bhaalists were required to deal death once in every tenday during the darkest period at the heart of the night. If imprisonment or other constraining circumstances made this impossible, they had to murder twice for each death missed. In accordance with the Lord of Murder's teachings, Bhaalists strove to ensure before they died, murder victims knew who was killing them and that their death was in the name of Bhaal. Novices of Bhaal were charged as follows: "Make all folk fear Bhaal. Let your killings be especially elegant, or grisly, or seem easy so that those observing them are awed or terrified. Tell folk that gold proffered can make the Lord of Murder overlook them for today".
|The deities of 5th edition Forgotten Realms|
|Good|| Ilmater - Nobanion
Torm - Tyr
| Chauntea - Deneir - Eldath - Enlil
Gwaeron Windstrom - Lathander
Mielikki - Milil - Mystra - Shiallia
| Lliira - Lurue - Selûne - Sharess |
Sune - Tymora - Valkur
|Neutral|| Azuth - Helm - Hoar
Jergal - Kelemvor
Red Knight - Savras
Siamorphe - Ulutiu
| Akadi - Ao - Auppenser - Gond
Grumbar - Istishia - Karsus
Kossuth - Oghma - Silvanus
Tempus - Ubtao - Waukeen
| Finder Wyvernspur - Ibrandul - Leira |
Mask - Shaundakul - Uthgar
|Evil|| Asmodeus - Bane
Gargauth - Gilgeam
| Auril - Bhaal - Myrkul
Shar - Velsharoon
| Beshaba - Cyric - Garagos |
Malar - Moander - Talona
Talos - Umberlee