Yondalla

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Yondalla
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Aliases The Blessed One, the Nurturing Matriarch, the Protector and Provider
Alignment Lawful Good
Divine Rank Greater Goddess
Pantheon Yondalla's Children (Halfling)
Portfolio Halflings, Protection, Bounty, Fertility
Domains 3E: Family, Good, Halfling, Law, Protection
5E: Life, Twilight
Home Plane Green Fields (Celestia)
Worshippers Halflings
Favoured Weapon Hornblade (Short sword)
Yondalla, the Protector and Provider

Yondalla is the Lawful Good goddess of the halflings in various Dungeons and Dragons settings including Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms. She is a kind, nurturing goddess protecting and guiding her people, keeping them safe and guiding them towards riches. This is examplified by her holy symbol: her shield adorned with a horn of plenty.

Because of her outlook and her status as the leader of a race-wide pantheon she is on good terms with Bahamut, Corellon Larethian, Garl Glittergold, Moradin and Pelor.

Creation of the Halflings[edit]

The Halflings are amongst the youngest of mortal races in the world. They were created by Yondalla, who looked for a people to make her own. She found the fey: curious and full of life yet afraid of those bigger than them. She found the elves, beautiful and graceful yet too slow to take action. She found the dwarves, proud and dutiful to family but insular. She found the orcs, fearless but brutal (one of the few times in D&D history that anybody saw worth at all in the orcs). She found the humans, adaptive but warlike. While she saw good things in all of these races she also saw their bad parts.

Eventually Yondalla came up with a plan. She captured a pixie and channeled the essences of various races into them: the agility of elves, the devotion to family of the dwarves, the boldness of the orcs and the resourcefulness of humans. The end result was the first halfling. Yondalla took pride in her work, but the other gods were not amused. They claimed that because of her actions their chosen peoples had become less, and they agreed that Yondalla should be punished for her crime.

The punishment was twofold: halflings would never have lands of their own and would forever be on the road, living on their merits. Yondalla would also purge herself of her thieving streak so that only the pure good and virtue in her would remain. When these two things were done the gods were pleased and moved on.

However, as myths are so prone to have happen, there are other versions of the story, and as usual none of the gods seem to give a rat's ass about setting the record straight: in other accounts, Yondalla simply stumbled across the halflings as an already-formed race and just decided to adopt them.

Domain[edit]

Yondalla is the goddess of the halflings, first and foremost. She protects her people, guides them on their travels, sees to their health and teaches them on the way of the halflings. Dallah Thaun on the other hand is the goddess of knowledge, trickery, secrets and stealth, allowing her followers to perform clandestine acts to ensure their survival and prospering. While she does not condone stealing from the poor or harming people while robbing them, she allows her followers to relieve the overly wealthy of a part of their riches.

Realm[edit]

The third layer of Mount Celestia, Venya, holds the realm of Green Fields. Here Yondalla and her faithful live amongst the lush flowing hills, where they tend the fields and live undisturbed by large predators and those who would wish to do them harm.

Dallah Thaun[edit]

Dallah Thaun
Dallah Thaun Symbol.jpg
Aliases The Lady of Mystery
Alignment Chaotic Neutral
Divine Rank Intermediate Goddess
Pantheon Yondalla's Children (Halfling)
Portfolio Secrets, Guile, Thieves, Acquisition of Wealth
Domains Chaos, Knowledge, Luck, Trickery
Worshippers Halfling Rogues and Thieves
Favoured Weapon Dagger
Dallah Thaun and Yondalla, two sides of the same coin.

Yondalla had complied with the demands of the gods and removed the darker side of her personality. However, it was not completely gone. The dark portion of the goddess became its own being: Dallah Thaun. She embodies the secrets, the criminal skills, the desire to gather wealth and other things that cannot be associated with a Lawful Good deity. There is no rivalry between Yondalla and Dallah Thaun like with other divine counterparts (like Selûne and Shar): the Blessed One and the Lady of Mystery are two sides of the same coin (almost literally in the case of her holy symbol, which is basically the reverse side of Yondalla's shield decorated with a bag of coins). The worship of Dallah Thaun is done in secret and she is unknown to non-halflings, with shrines to her often being hidden somewhere in or near houses of worship of Yondalla.

The non-human deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader Others
Dragons: Io Aasterinian - Astilabor - Bahamut - Chronepsis - Falazure - Garyx - Hlal - Lendys - Null - Sardior - Tamara - Tiamat
Drow: Lolth Eilistraee - Ghaunadaur - Keptolo - Kiaransalee - Malyk - Selvetarm - Vhaeraun - Zinzerena
Dwarves: Moradin Abbathor - Berronar Truesilver - Clangeddin Silverbeard - Deep Duerra - Dugmaren Brightmantle - Dumathoin - Fortubo
Gendwar Argrim - Gorm Gulthyn - Haela Brightaxe - Hanseath - Laduguer - Marthammor Duin - Muamman Duathal
Mya - Roknar - Sharindlar - Thard Harr - Tharmekhûl - Thautam - Ulaa - Valkauna - Vergadain
Elves: Corellon Larethian Aerdrie Faenya - Alathrien Druanna - Alobal Lorfiril - Angharradh - Araleth Letheranil - Darahl Firecloak - Deep Sashelas
Elebrin Liothiel - Erevan Ilesere - Fenmarel Mestarine - Gadhelyn - Hanali Celanil - Kirith Sotheril - Labelas Enoreth
Melira Taralen - Mythrien Sarath - Naralis Analor - Rellavar Danuvien - Rillifane Rallathil - Sarula Iliene - Sehanine Moonbow
Shevarash - Solonor Thelandira - Tethrin Veraldé - Tarsellis Meunniduin - Trishina - Vandria Gilmadrith - Ye'Cind
Giants: Annam Diancastra - Grolantor - Hiatea - Iallanis - Karontor - Memnor - Othea - Skoraeus Stonebones - Stronmaus - Surtr - Thrym
Goliaths: Kavaki Kuliak - Manethak - Naki-Uthai - Theleya - Vanua
Gnomes: Garl Glittergold Baervan Wildwanderer - Baravar Cloakshadow - Bleredd - Callarduran Smoothhands - Flandal Steelskin - Gaerdal Ironhand
Gelf Darkhearth - Nebelun - Rill Cleverthrush - Roykyn - Segojan Earthcaller - Sheyanna Flaxenstrand - The Glutton - Urdlen
Goblinoids: Maglubiyet Bargrivyek - Grankhul - Hruggek - Khurgorbaeyag - Kikanuti - Nomog-Geaya - Skiggaret
Halflings: Yondalla Arvoreen - Brandobaris - Charmalaine - Cyrrollalee - Dallah Thaun - Sheela Peryroyl - Urogalan
Illumian: Tarmuid Aulasha - Glautru - Soorinek - Syeret - Wathaku
Orcs: Gruumsh Bahgtru - Ilneval - Luthic - Shargaas - Yurtrus
Raptorans: Tuilviel Glithien Duthila - Kithin - Lliendil - Nilthina - Ventila
Others: Aventernus - Balador - Blibdoolpoolp - Cegilune - Daragor - Diinkarazan - Diirinka - Eadro - Elder Evils - Eshebala
Ferrix - Gaknulak - Great Mother - Gorellik - Gzemnid - Hleid - Iborighu - Ilsensine - Jazirian - Kanchelsis - Kecuala
Kuraulyek - Kurtulmak - Laogzed - Maanzecorian - Mak Thuum Ngatha - Merrshaulk - Parrafaire - Psilofyr
The Patient One - Quorlinn - Ramenos - Raxivort - Refnara - Rhiannon - Sekolah - Semuanya - Sess'innek
Shekinester - Skerrit - Solanil - Squerrik - Ssharstrune - Syranita - Vaprak - Wastri - The Whale Mother - Zehir