Greater god
Pantheon: Olympian Pantheon
Home Plane: Hades
Portfolio: Death, underworld, earth, wealth
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Worshippers: Necromancers, assassins, rogues, murderers
Cleric Alignments: CE, LE, NE
Domains: Death, Earth, Evil
Holy Symbols: Black ram
Favoured Weapons: Longsword

Hades, the god of death and wealth, appears as a large, powerfully muscled man with gray skin. He has a bushy black beard and black eyes, and he wears gold jewelry symbolizing his control over wealth. While his brothers Zeus and Poseidon rule the sky and the sea respectively, Hades is the ruler of the underworld and has some control over the earth as well. Hades is one of the six children of Cronus and Rhea, and one of the twelve Olympian deities. Unlike his fellows in the pantheon, however, he does not reside in Olympus. He makes his home in the Stygian darkness of Hades. He is married to Persephone, daughter of Demeter, but she resides with him only during the winter months.


Unlike some deities whose portfolio includes death, Hades is not particularly malicious or hateful toward the mortals whose souls come to his realm. Death, he teaches, is the lot of all mortals, the thing that sets them apart from deities, and it must be accepted even if it brings grief.


Hades’s clerics tend to share their patron’s dour, gloomy demeanor. Dressed in black, they officiate at funerals and annual rites in honor of departed ancestors. In contrast to most Olympian festivals, these are solemn affairs.


Temples to Hades are usually built underground, in caves, or at least sunken so their floors are below ground level. They tend to be dark and windowless, creating an atmosphere of gloom reminiscent of the underworld’s darkness.


Avatars: Hades’s avatar rides a chariot drawn by giant horses or nightmares. He sends it into the word primarily to claim the souls of heroes who defy death.

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