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Odin is the chief of the Nordic Gods, the pantheon worshipped by the Vikings and their relative cultures from across Europe. A spear-wielding, one-eyed, white-bearded warrior-sage, Odin is a grim deity who seeks to protect his people against the coming of Ragnarok, and is willing to do anything to make that happen.

As a Viking God, he appeared in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, then again in the Deities & Demigods supplement to Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, and most recently returned to the D&D fold with Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.

Historical Fantasy Odin[edit]

Odin
Odin symbol.jpg
Alignment 2E/3E: Chaotic Good
5E: Neutral Good
Divine Rank Greater God
Pantheon Norse
Portfolio Knowledge, Magic, Poetry, War, Wisdom
Domains 3E: Air, Knowledge, Magic, Travel, Trickery, War
5E: Knowledge, War
Home Plane Asgard (Ysgard)
Worshippers Bards, fighters, sorcerers, wizards, philosophers, sages, nobility, gnomes
Favoured Weapon Gungnir (Shortspear)

Due to its existence only ever being discussed in one article in Dragon Magazine, it's unclear how Odin gets on with his Anglo-Saxon counterpart, Woden. In real life history, it's assumed that Odin developed from Woden in the northern Germanic regions, and even the article mentions that Odin somehow "evolved from" Woden. However, the two are sufficiently different - for example, Odin is a Greater God and the leader of the Norse pantheon, whilst Woden is a Lesser God who is generally disliked by the entirety of his pantheon for being a creepy self-serving bastard - that they can't really be mistaken for each other on the Outer Planes.

The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader(s) Others
Anglo-Saxon: Nerthus Eostre - Hred - Ing - Mannus - Thunor - Tir - Woden
Aztec: Tonatiuh Chalchihuitlicue - Cihuacoatl - Huitzilopochtli
Quetzalcoatl - Tezcatlipoca - Tlaloc - Xipetotec
Babylonian: Anu Anshar - Druaga - Girru - Ishtar - Marduk - Nergal - Ramman
Celtic: The Daghda 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 - Shou Hsing - Sung Chiang - 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 - Hepahestus - Hera - Hercules
Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Indian: Brahman Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra - Puchan - Ratri
Rudra - 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

Mystaran Odin[edit]

Odin
Silhouette of two ravens whispering in a man's ears
Alignment Neutral Good
Divine Rank Hierarch Immortal
Pantheon Mystaran (Thought)
Portfolio Knowledge, Wisdom, Authority, Sky, Storms
Domains Thought, Good, Air, Knowledge, Nobility, Storm
Worshippers Warriors, nobles
Favoured Weapon Spear

In Mystara, Odin, also known as Wotan, Taranos, and Viuden, is the principal Immortal of the Northern Reaches, and the most powerful Immortal of the sphere of thought.

History[edit]

Like all the other really old Immortals, Odin doesn't remember anything about his old life, believing they were stripped from him during his ascension. He's largely spent much of his time since then travelling the Multiverse, observeing other sentient beings and learning how their minds work. He also has been the patron of many other Immortals, such as Halav, Frey, and Freyja, and stole Hel's trick of reincarnating others into the children of nobles and rulers.

Appearance[edit]

Odin appears as an old, bearded man, dressed in all gray clothing and leaning on a staff, in reality his spear, and an eyepatch over one of his eyes. He's always accompanied by his two ravens, who are always near him.

Personality[edit]

Odin teaches others to seek wisdom, but to avoid being made cold and distant by it, and use their intelligence to enjoy existance. He also tells rulers to rule wisely and enjoy life. His main allies are the Immortals Frey, Freyja, and Thor, also Immortals of the Northern Reaches, whilst Loki and Hel are his principal enemies.

The Immortals of Mystara
Sphere of Thought
Ahmanni Turtlerider - Arnelee - Asterius - Cretia - Diulanna - Frey - Freyja
Halav - Harrow - Karaash - Korotiku - Koryis - Noumena - Odin - Palson
Raven - Saimpt Clébard - Saimpt Loup - Saimpt Malinois - Saimpt Mâtin
Saimpt Ralon - Sinbad - Ssu-Ma - Tiresias - Tourlain - Turmis - Tyche
Sphere of Matter Sphere of Time Sphere of Energy
Atruaghin - Chiron - Crakkak - Diamond - Djaea - The Eternal General
Faunus - Forsetta - The Great One - Garal Glitterlode - Gorrziok
Hattani Stoneclaw - Ka the Preserver - Kagyar - Lokena
Maat - Malafor - Opal - Paarkum - Pearl - Polunius - Terra
The Twelve Watchers - Valerias - Wayland - Wogar
Al-Kalim - Calitha Starbrow - Carnelian - Chardastes
Finidel - Kallala - Khoronus - Liena - Ordana - Petra
Protius - Sharpcrest - Taroyas - Vanya - Verthandi - Yav
Alphatia - Bartziluth - Bemarris - Benekander - Eiryndul
Gorm - Iliric - Ilsundal - Ixion - Kythria - Lornasen - Madarua
Mahmatti Running Elk - Marwdyn - Mealiden Starwatcher
Minroth - Palartarkan - Patura - Pflarr - Rad - Rafiel
Rathanos - Razud - The Shaper - The Shining One - Slizzark
Tahkati Stormtamer - Tarastia - Thor - Usamigaras - Zirchev
Sphere of Entrophy
Alphaks - Arik - Atzanteotl - Bagni Gullymaw - Brissard
Danel Tigerstripes - Demogorgon - Hel - Jammudaru - Leptar
Loki - Masauwu - Nyx - Orcus - Ranivorus - Saasskas - Talitha
Thanatos - Yagrai