|A blood-stained sickle and hog-slaughtering knife, crossed over an orb of night sky glittering with stars.|
|Portfolio||Death, Trickery, Mischief, Malice, Cruelty, Murder|
|Domains||Chaos, Death, Evil, Trickery|
|Home Plane||Demiplane of Dread|
|Worshippers||Gundarkite Rebels, Necromancers, Murderers, Madmen, Tricksters|
Erlin is a very minor malevolent deity in the Dungeons & Dragons setting of Ravenloft. Introduced in the first Ravenloft Gazetteer, Erlin is an all-but-forgotten god once worshipped by the denizens of Gundarak; although his worship was dying even with Gundarak's Darklord was alive and enforcing him as the state religion, it has begun to experience a revival as the growing movement of rebellious Gundarkites, pissed at being conquered by another vampire, have begun using him as a cultural symbol to rally around.
Indeed, the idea that he may have budding clerics starting to gain power amongst the rebels, is presented as a Dread Possibility - a bit of "optional" canon left to the individual DM to decide if it applies to their setting or not.
What little we know of the god portrays him as a malicious, scatter-brained trickster, who created death as a cruel joke by tricking the first mortal into believing it was inevitable. Whilst he has authority over the dead, it's the sense of a farmer tending a flock of sheep or a herd of cattle - worse, he's a slacker with a tendency to just let the dead run free until they catch his attention, which is where the undead come from.
|The Deities & Religions of Ravenloft|
|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