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Character Creation

Characters on Arelith:
Race - Alignment
Deity - Class
Gifts - Backgrounds
Mark of Destiny
Epic Sacrifice
Head List

See the Deity Table for the full list.

Chosen Deity

One of the few items given to your character upon creation is the Arelith Book of Deities, which will allow you to select a main patron to serve. You are also able to attune to another god at their consecrated altar without changing your Patron.

Non-religious characters can worship any deity, regardless of alignment and race. You can have a chaotic-evil rogue drow worship Tyr just because he secretly hates Lolth so much.

Druids are not required to select a nature-aspect deity, but they are unable to cast all spells if they do not.

Rangers are no longer required to choose a Nature deity to cast their spells.

All Divine Classes (Clerics, Paladins, Druids, Divine Champions, and Blackguards) must be one of the cleric alignments of that deity. Cleric alignments usually include those alignments one step away from the deity's alignment. In addition, these classes can only select non-specified race deities or deities that belong to the character's race. Half-orcs can worship deities of both orc and human pantheons. Half-elves can worship deities of both human and elf pantheons. Note that these restrictions apply to Blackguards, Rangers and Paladins even if they are not of a high enough level to cast any divine spells.

Notable exceptions:

  • Paladins can select Oberon, Selune, Sune or Corellon Larethian as their patron deity
  • If a character has a paladin level in one of these gods, they may then take cleric levels in them as well, despite being outside their normal alignment restrictions.
  • Gift of Devotion allows a religious classed PC to ignore race restrictions.

If a non-religious character which does not fit the alignment and/or racial restrictions takes a level in a religious class (i.e. one which gives divine spells), the deity will abandon the PC. Unlike a PC choosing to change religion, this abandonment does not cost the character 500 XP.

The subcategories found here list of all Arelith Gods will allow you to see all Deities available to character of certain alignment.


It is recommended for clerics to choose domains listed with their Deity or those that are close to their dogma. The selection of domains is not mechanically enforced in any way. Use your better judgment and common sense.


Each deity has two aspects. The deity you are attuned to will determine what aspects and thus actions/behaviors a character can perform to raise their piety.

Aspect Name Action
War and Destruction Killing things
0.5% piety for turning in a bounty head
Hearth and Home Healing, including with healing kits.
0.1% piety for a successful guard
Knowledge and Invention Crafting
0.5% piety for creating a letter
Trickery and Deceit Using -disguise
0.1% piety for entering stealth mode (30 sec cooldown, requires 5 ranks in hide/ms)
Nature Tending to bushes/mushrooms. Clerics, rangers, and druids only.
Magic Spellcasting
0.5% piety for applying an essence


Every Deity provides the same potential benefits depending on what you're doing in-game.

Action Benefit
When you die God raise
Crafting Non-5% Failed crafting attempt succeeds once per in-game day.
When disguised Pass a failed disguise check if character has 5 ranks in Bluff or Perform
Dweomercrafting Failed dweomercraft might succeed (50% chance of a failed dweomercraft succeeding anyway).


Each character maintains and manages his/her own piety. Piety drops by 0.1% every IG hour.

Raising Piety

1) Performing actions depending on the character's deity's aspect, see the table above.

2) Sacrificing gold at an altar.

3) Praying at an altar. Twice as fast if the altar has been consecrated to a deity of the same race or aspect of yours. Three times as fast if the altar is consecrated to a deity of the same race AND aspect. Four times as fast if the altar is consecrated to the same deity as the character's.

4) Cleric-led ceremonies. Performed at an altar. Faster then praying alone. A cleric goes up at the accumulated rate of his flock + his own rate.

5) Paladins, CoT, and Blackguards gain piety like clerics on tick (CoT upper threshold is 18 instead of 28).

Using Piety

1) Consecrating altars - cost 20% piety. Clerics, Harper Priests and Harper Paragon only.

2) Desecrating altars - cost 50% piety. Clerics only. Desecrating an altar makes it useless but does not allow it to be consecrated to a different deity. This action no longer makes NPCs hostile.

3) Spells: Circle 7 Cleric/Druid spells cost 1% piety. Circle 8 Cleric/Druid spells cost 2% piety. Circle 9 Cleric/Druid spells cost 4% piety. Most commands gained through Epic Spell Focuses cost 5% piety

4) Feats: Divine Might and Divine shield cost 1% piety.

5) There is a piety cost when your patron provides a benefit.

6) -pray

7) The scribing of Raise Dead scrolls will cost 25% piety, 10000 gold and 100 xp and the scribing of Resurrection scrolls will cost 50% piety, 20000 gold and 200 xp.

8) The casting of Raise Dead from scrolls will cost 50% piety (25% for clerics) and the casting of Resurrection from scrolls will cost 75% piety (50% for clerics).

Available Deities

Arelith Gods are listed in the Deity Table and in Category:Deities


  • If your god isn't listed, choose a substitute.
  • If your god is listed, choose them. No substitutes.

Though - you're allowed to respect multiple gods. You can RP being a faithful Oghmyte while serving Mystra so long as you also RP serving Mystra at least as much.

Tips for selecting substitute deity Here are few things to consider when selecting substitute deity to mechanically represent god that character worships: Look for a deity that has:

  • Same or similar alignment. To see all Deities available to character of certain alignment, click on the subcategories for each alignment listed here.
Chaotic Good (CG) Neutral Good (NG) Lawful Good (LG)
Chaotic Neutral (CN) True Neutral (N) Lawful Neutral (LN)
Chaotic Evil (CE) Neutral Evil (NE) Lawful Evil (LE)
  • Same or similar allowed alignment for their clerics and worshipers
  • Same or similar allowed domains
  • Same or similar dogma
  • Superiors of worshiped god (for example: head of racial pantheon)

Following links below lead to lists of mechanically supported Gods on Arelith server that are listed the same way as in game Book of Deities.

Greater Deities
Intermediate Deities
Lesser Deities
Planar Powers
Setting-specific deities

(Details about all Gods can be currently found from forums or Forgotten Realms' Wikia)

Deities sorted by Race:

Human Deities
Dwarf Deities
Elf Deities
Gnome Deities
Halfling Deities
Orc Deities
Drow Deities
Gnoll Deities
Ogre Deities
Kobold Deities
Goblin Deities

Other Deities

There are other Gods in Forgotten Realms that are not selectable mechanically on Arelith, but whose worship can be roleplayed.

External links

Note that many resources on internet can be from D&D 4th edition or AD&D. Not all information from them would be valid on Arelith! (Including the information from links below that date to year 1372 DR and after.)