The Lawgiver

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The Lawgiver
Lawbringer Symbol.jpg
Alignment Lawful evil
Divine Rank Unknown
Pantheon Ravenloft
Portfolio Law, Fate, Judgement, Obedience, Order, Rulership, Tyranny
Domains Bindings, Curse, Death, Evil, Law, War
Home Plane Demiplane of Dread
Worshippers Vaasi, Hazlani
Favoured Weapon Whip, Flail

The Lawgiver is a deity worshipped in the domains of Hazlan and Nova Vaasa in the Dungeons & Dragons setting of Ravenloft. His clerics say that to speak his true name would strike a mortal dead, so he is only called the Lawgiver, the Iron Tyrant, and the Black Lord. His church enforces the rigid stratification of Vaasi culture, to the point where they frown on intermarriage and don't fraternize with fellow clergy of different social status. When the Lawgiver fell silent during the Grand Conjunction, a schism grew in his clergy; some believe that he was incapacitated or even killed, and that all they worship are empty lies. The official church stance is that the silence was simply a test of faith and heresy is ruthlessly purged.

The Lawgiver was originally Bane, a deity from the Forgotten Realms. Terms of the licensing deal between White Wolf and Wizards of the Coast meant that White Wolf couldn't directly reference IPs from any other D&D setting, so Bane got a name change. His church is expanded upon in the Ravenloft Gazetteer volumes I and V. The Church of the Lawgiver preaches strict social stratification, harsh laws, and absolute obedience. The human form is considered perfect, with demi-humans being cursed, the disfigured being shunned, and body modification being seen as willful degeneracy. Arcane magic is considered evil, being the poisoned "gift" of the religion's Satan figure, Mytteri.

The Deities & Religions of Ravenloft
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Brigantia - Ezra (Pure Hearts)
The Overseer - Ra
Andral - Belenus
Diancecht - Osiris
The Morninglord
Neutral Divinity of Mankind
Manannan mac Lir
Ezra (Home Faith) - Yutow
Ezra (Erudites) - Hala
The Ancestral Choir
Lugh - Mytteri
Evil Ezra (Zealots) - Math Mathonwy
The Lawgiver - Set - Zhakata
Arawn - The Eternal Order Cat Lord - Erlin
Kali - Morrigan
The Spider Queen
The Wolf God