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ok i have a couple of questions. i'm getting ready to start a… 
16th-Dec-2004 01:37 pm
ok i have a couple of questions. i'm getting ready to start a forgetton realms campaign with several of my friends, i have several of the forgotten realms books but most of my experience with forgotten realms comes from the baldurs gate PC game series. my questions is in several of the books Bhaal is not mentioned was he created just for baldurs gate or does he have his own clergy, if someone could let me know i'd be most appreciative.

one of my friends who will be in this campaign wants to encounter the harpers, again the only harpers i'm familiar with are those from baldurs gate can someone give me an idea as to how that orginization works.
16th-Dec-2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
Bhaal is discussed in the avatar trilogy. He was murdered by cyric when cyric was still a mortal. He is now officially dead.
16th-Dec-2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
out of curiosity, i know myrkul still has small sects dedicated to him (very small), and whether or not bhaal was the same?

i have a necro who worships myrkul, and luckily i know what's happened, because it seems there isn't much information that i've seen in the books on the faerunian deities.
16th-Dec-2004 09:26 pm (UTC)
Dead gods

Moander, after being ressurected, was killed by Finder Wyvernspur (while still human). Finder took some of his divine power and became the god of new beginnings.

Bane, killed by Torm During the time of troubles. Invested a small bit of power in his child, Xiachim Bane (sp?). Later brought himself back using his son as a seed of power.

Myrkyl-Killed by midnight (later Mystra) during the time of troubles. Cults may exist but he's stone cold.

Bhaal - Killed by Cyric in mortal form on the road. Cults may exist, but Bhaal is stone cold.

Mask- Disguised as Cyrics sword, Cyric destroyed him in god form in the outer planes.

Lliira(goddes of lies sp?) - Killed by Cyric in god form.
16th-Dec-2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
17th-Dec-2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Though it's rumored that Llirra's death was, in itself, a lie. ;)
17th-Dec-2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Well, you can't keep a good god down in the Forgotten Realms. I mean, look at what happened to Bane. And in the FRCS there is some sidebar on a plant monster in the southern jungles that sounds suspiciously like Moander...

The gods of Faerun are a lot like the protagonists and antagonists in certain superhero comics, come to think of it. ;-)
17th-Dec-2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
Everyone feels the need to bash on Cyric...he was my favorite character in forgotten realms! I loved him before he became a god... All he wanted was a little alone time with midnight, is that so much to ask, but no!

Actually, my favorite part about these books are the gods. They're all so great!
17th-Dec-2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, my favorite part about these books are the gods. They're all so great!

To be honest, I like those from Exalted better. I mean, that's the setting where the highest gods can't be bothered with running the world because they are too addicted to playing a game!
16th-Dec-2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
This shadowy organization is a rarity among such fellowships; it serves the forces of good. Those Who Harp believe in the power of individuals, the balance between the wilderness and civilization, and the good of humankind and its allied creatures. They preserve the tales of the past so others may remember its lessons when dealing with the present.

The fellowship is active throughout Faerûn's heartlands, but it lacks a main base, though the city of Berdusk, far west of Sembia, and Shadowdale to Sembia's north often serve as common meeting areas. The Harpers usually operate in secret, alone or in small groups, and they oppose evil organizations such as the Cult of the Dragon, the Iron Throne, the Red Wizards, the Zhentarim, and the resurgent church of Bane, among others. No less than Faerûn's most famed wizard, Elminster, is counted among its leadership, the High Harpers. Fleet was also once a member of these "meddlers."
18th-Dec-2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
I suggest you hunt down the old Code of the Harpers manual from the second edition material produced a while ago.

The harpers have alot of 3.0 and 3.5 prestige classes bouncing around too, check the campaign setting manual, the 3.5 update, magic of faerun and the wizards of the coast website for the Master Harper priestige class.

Bhaal was not so recently given a priestige class in Dragon Magazine, with the death stalker class I believe, with his portfolio and a sum up of his importance, but the best place to find information on him is to get the old manual for the Forgotten Realms.

Also there is material on Moander in the Faiths and Pantheons manual, which revolves around his former crown.

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