Ptah

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Ptah is an ancient Egyptian creator diety, and historically the patron of craftsmen and architects. Depending on who you ask, he's the husband of Sekhmet and father of Nefertem, though some traditions also have him as the father of Imhotep.

While he's not as popular as some of the other gods in his pantheon (like Ra or Anubis), he is still known enough to feature in several campaign settings in some fashion.

Descriptions of him are fairly constant in the campaign settings he features in: that of a slight, shaven-haired man with jet-black skin like marble, and large black eyes filled with stars (or the fires of inspiration). Another constant is his inherent ability to teleport himself anywhere in the multiverse with pinpoint accuracy.

Pathfinder bucks the trend, of course, and there is portrayed as a man covered in funeral wrappings carrying a staff that shows the three symbols of his authority. Dwarves however portray him as a naked and somewhat deformed dorf, for some reason.

Spelljammer[edit]

Ptah (Spelljammer)
An Apis Bull, or a mummified hand.
Aliases Opener of the Ways
Alignment Lawful Neutral
Divine Rank Intermediate Deity (formerly head god of the Mulhorandi pantheon)
Pantheon Egyptian
Portfolio Crafts, knowledge, secrets, travel
Domains Creation, Knowledge, Law, Travel (3E), Knowledge (5E)
Home Plane Ethereal plane (Nirvana)
Worshippers Artists, artisans, travelers
Favoured Weapon Scepter of the Gods (Heavy Mace)


In Spelljammer, Ptah is a Creator Deity and believed to be the founder of the Pharaonic pantheon. Despite this, he's fairly aloof, and doesn't let himself be bothered by the drama that the pantheon regularly amuses itself with. Instead he is fond of traveling the planes, though as a god of craftsmen he is often pleased with those who create works of great quality, and will go out of his way to make sure such a person gets the recognition that they deserve.

Forgotten Realms[edit]

Ptah (Forgotten Realms)
An Apis Bull, or a mummified hand.
Alignment Lawful Neutral
Divine Rank Intermediate Deity (formerly head god of the Mulhorandi pantheon)
Pantheon Egyptian, Mulhorandi
Portfolio Crafts, knowledge, secrets, travel
Domains Creation, Knowledge, Law, Travel (3E), Knowledge (5E)
Home Plane Ethereal plane
Worshippers Artists, artisans, travelers
Favoured Weapon Mace


In the Forgotten Realms, Ptah entered the picture when Ao informed him of the theft of the Mulan by the Imaskari. Due to the anti-deific barriers the Imaskari put up, they could only indirectly intervene through powerful avatars, and it was up to Ptah to lead them to Toril using a powerful artifact called the Beacon of Light. Thus the Mulhorandi and Untheric pantheon arrived in the Realms, in the area that would become the Godswatch Mountains.

Pathfinder[edit]

Ptah (Pathfinder)
Staff composed of the ankh, djed, and was
Aliases Lord of Eternity
Alignment Neutral
Pantheon Osirion
Portfolio Architecture, craftsmanship, creation, metalworking
Domains Artifice, Earth, Fire, Knowledge, Travel
Home Plane Osirion
Worshippers Artists, artisans, travelers
Favoured Weapon Quarterstaff


In Pathfinder, Ptah is a god so powerful that he apparently created himself, though he and Ra are both venerated as creator gods. He is the patron of basically any creative, though he seems to favor architects and artisans. Much like his D&D incarnation, he's fairly aloof, but willing to throw down if one of the evil Osirion deities like Set start destroying things.

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
The deities of Golarion
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Adanye - Apsu - Chohar - Erastil
Gruhastha - Ihys - Iomedae - Myr - Osiris
Shizuru - Torag - Tsukiyo - Wadjet
Aesocar - Arundhat - Bes - Cihua Couatl
Isis - Jaidi - Kazutal - Khepri
Kurgess - Lady Jingxi - Neith - Qi Zhong
Sarenrae - Shelyn - Tlehar - Yuelral
Cayden Cailean - Desna - Elion
Findeladlara - Hathor - Ketephys - Kofusachi
Milani - Selket - Uvuko
Neutral Abadar - Amaznen - Anubis - Aroden
Horus - Irori - Luhar - Ma'at - Ra
Ravithra - Thoth
Balumbdar - Chamidu - Daikitsu - Fandarra
Gozreh - Grandmother Spider - Likha
Nalinivati - Nethys - Onos
Pharasma - Ptah - Ragdya - Sivanah
Yamatsumi
Abhoth - Acavna - Azathoth - Bastet - Besmara
Calistria - Gorum - Groetus - Hei Feng
Kalekot - Lubaiko - Nephthys - Nocticula
Sekhmet - Sobek - Speakers of the Depths
Sun Wukong - Yog-Sothoth
Evil Achaekek - Asmodeus - Dhalavei
Diomazul - General Susumu - Lissala
Minderhal - Sicva - Yaezhing
Zon-Kuthon - Zursvaater
Ah Pook - Bound Prince - Droskar
Fumeiyoshi - Lao Shu Po - Norgorber
Raumya - Scal - Set - Ulon
Urgathoa - Zyphus
Apep - Camazotz - Dahak - Ghlaunder
Lahkgya - Lady Nanbyo - Lamashtu
Nhimbaloth - Nyarlathotep - Rovagug
Shub-Niggurath - Urazra - Ydersius