Cernunnos

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Cernunnos is a Celtic deity... and that is actually as much as we know about him! No, seriously; Cernunnos survives only in various Celtic artistic depictions, which show a male figure with the horns of a stag, and a name on the Pillar of the Boatmen, a 1st century Gallo-Roman monument. Whilst figures like him appear throughout various Celtic splinters, no real information survives; from his surviving depictions, it has been theorized that he may have been a God of any or all of the following subjects: Animals, Nature, Life, Fertility, The Earth, Wealth, and the Underworld. In fact, so little information on the deity survives from the actual Celtic faiths that he is instead mostly known through the use of his name to identify the "Horned God" figure in various branches of Neopaganism, predominantly Wicca, where he is considered the God of Seasons and the Cycle of Life. He has also been named as one of the gods leading the Wild Hunt in some sources... but then, so too have Odin, Woden, and even his fellow Celtic god Arawn.

Dungeons & Dragons[edit]

Such is the obscurity of Cernunnos and the limited amount of information presented on him that Gygax left him out of both of the original Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks on deities, with Cernunnos failing to appear in either OD&D's Book VII: Gods, Demi-gods and Heroes or Deities & Demigods for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons!

Deities evidently based on him appear later on in 1e, 3e and 4e, all three times in Dragon Magazine articles, but never under the name Cernunnos. He is instead called Cerunnos in 1e and 4e, and The Master of The Hunt in 3e.

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

Pathfinder[edit]

Cernunnos
Stag with Jeweled Antlers
Aliases The Horned Lord, the Stag Lord
Alignment Chaotic good
Divine Rank Empyreal Lord
Pantheon Golarion
Portfolio Fertility, Seasons, Wild Animals
Domains Animal, Chaos, Good, Plant
Subdomains: Azata, Feather, Fur, Growth
Home Plane Briarbough (Elysium)
Worshippers Intelligent plant creatures/Animal kin, Good fey, Mortal druids/rangers, & Some elven fighters/rogues

In Pathfinder 1e, Cernunnos appeared in the splatbooks "Chronicles of the Righteous" and "Bestiary 4", the latter of which presented his physical stats. In the Great Beyond, Cernunnos is an Empyreal Lord of Azata stock. Known for his mercurial temperament, The Stag Lord aims to set right natural balances that are out of kilter and indulge in his passions. Cernunnos favors decisive action and, though he rarely makes a rash decision, he will sometimes let his anger overcome him and descend himself into Hell or the Abyss to exact revenge on demons and devils he has a personal vendetta for. Cernunnos is a wise and powerful Empyreal Lord and is thought to be almost a god.

Cernunnos was one of the first beings the Fey Lords created and he was the first one to leave the First World. When war comes to the outer planes Cernunnos is usually counseling action and decisive moves, while his counterpart, Korada, is usually counseling caution.

Cernunnos gets along well with most deities and demi-gods, but evil deities are treated with distrust. Cernunnos is a powerful supporter of Desna, as well as all of the other nature gods and most of the good gods too.

Cernunnos lives in Briarbough, a demi-plane connected to Elysium. It is filled with trees and bears a strong resemblance to the First World.

Cernunnos presents himself as a muscular elf with dull fur clothes that bear drawings of birds in flight or leaping animals.

The faithful of Cernunnos are mainly intelligent plant creatures or animal kin, good aligned fey, mortal Druids or Rangers, and some Elven Fighters or Rogues.

The Empyreal Lord of Golarion
Archon Angel Azata Agathion Unknown
Current Andoletta - Arqueros - Asteria - Cocidius
Dammerich - Duellona - Eldas - Erlang Shen
Falayna - Ghenshau - Inanna - Kelinahat - Kroina - Lada - Lalaci - Lugus - Ogoun - Olheon - Oro - Radigost - Sheave - Smiad - Svarozic - Tahmineh - Tanagaar - Tanit - Winlas - Zohls
Arshea - Benorus
Dalenydra - Hors - Immonhiel - Keltheald - Lymnieris - Neshen - Pulura - Ragathiel - Sarenrae - Seramaydiel - Shemhazai - Soralyon - Tolc - Vildeis
Aizen Myo-o - Ashava - Atonga - Black Butterfly
Cernunnos - Chadali - Chucaro - The Forgotten - Hembad - Ibeji - Itzamna - Jalaijatali - Maahes - Marishi - Muyingwa - Ogma - Picoperi - Qetesh - Reymenda - Sinashakti - Thisamet - Tsukuyomi - Valani - Vikramaditya
Bharnarol - Chavod - Eritrice - Halcamora - Irez - Jaidz - Kelumarion - Korada - Lorris - Lythertida - Ondisso - Rowdrosh - Shei - Lady Taramyth - Uskyeria - Walks with Golden Stars - Ylimancha Jegudiel - Mazludeh - Melek Taus - Sandalphon - Shei Five Dawns - Sixlife - Uriel
Former Moloch Nybbas - Dispater - Mammon Baalzebul - Belial

Darklands[edit]

Similar to Slaanesh, Kernunnos is a god of debauchery and hedonism. His largest contingent of followers are made up of Britons and Cornish who were cut off from their brethren by the invading Anglo-Saxons, and turned to him for aid. Warriors pledged to Kernunnos have abnormally large muscle growth and often go into battle without armor, or wearing nothing at all.