Demeter

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Demeter
Demeter symbol.jpg
Aliases Fertile Mother, the Gift-Giver, Lovely-Haired, of the Splendid Fruit
Alignment 2E/5E: Neutral Good
3E: True Neutral
Divine Rank 2E: Intermediate Goddess
3E: Lesser Goddess
Pantheon Greek
Portfolio Agriculture
Domains 3E: Earth, Plant, Protection
5E: Life
Home Plane Olympus (Arborea)
Worshippers Farmers
Favoured Weapon Shortspear

Demeter is the Greek goddess of agriculture. She is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She is also seen as the god of the law of nature- the cycle of life and death. This is symbolized by Demeter's daughter Persephone being spirited away by Hades to be the queen of the Underworld. She is usually portrayed as loving, warm, and gracious, though that isn't to say she hasn't also destroyed civilizations for not thanking her enough. As it turns out, being the god of all farming is pretty important for any kind of civilization. Most myths involving her are very tragic, with her most notable being the quest to find out what the hell happened to her daughter. Another detailed the time she had sex with some halfblood dude, and then Zeus, ever the jealous prick, zapped him with a lightning bolt (and the god half of his blood was Zeus!).

Demeter is most commonly seen as neutral good, with her most significant group of worshipers being peasants and commoners hoping for a good harvest. Players seeking Demeter as a deity will struggle to find a class that really fits her bill, outside of perhaps druids. GM's looking to utilize her should look into her darker side; there's lots of potential to have her threaten the PC's city or nation with bad harvests unless they do some job for her.

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: Re-Horakhty 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 - 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