Hermes

Hermes

Intermediate god
Pantheon: Olympian Pantheon
Titles: The Master Thief, Messenger of the Gods
Home Plane: Olympus
Portfolio: Travel, trade, theft, gambling, running
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Worshippers: Rogues, illusionists, travelers, merchants, athletes
Cleric Alignments: CG, CN, NG
Domains: Chaos, Good, Luck, Travel, Trickery
Holy Symbols: Caduceus (winged staff with two entwining serpents)
Favoured Weapons: Staff

The deity of travelers, merchants, thieves, gamblers, athletes and elegant speakers, Hermes appears as a handsome youth carrying a white caduceus. He wears a winged helm and sandals. He is perhaps the shrewdest and most cunning of all the Olympian deities; he began his career as a thief before he was a day old by stealing a herd of cattle from Apollo (who retains a distaste for thieves to this day).

Dogma

Hermes values fair play, so much that he often settles disputes among the Olympians. While he values the wit and daring required to accomplish a difficult theft, he frowns upon those who would steal from anyone who cannot afford the loss. He urges his followers to be dependable and prompt, but he despises tediousness and smiles when something unexpected upsets the predictable. Hermes abhors idleness. If one cannot do anything useful, Hermes says, the proper thing to do is travel and have new experiences.

Clergy

Hermes’s clerics seldom sit still. They’re always busy with something, or out traveling the world. They are found in a wide variety of occupations, serving as diplomats, judges, translators, moneychangers, surveyors, and explorers.

Temples

Wayside shrines to Hermes are common, but temples dedicated to Hermes are fairly rare.

Aspects

Avatars: Hermes uses avatars that look just like he does. He generally employs them to deliver messages for Zeus and the other greater Olympian gods and to oversee contests to ensure fair play.

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