Source: Player's Handbook, p108; Complete Divine, p116; Deities And Demigods, p88.

Intermediate god
Pantheon: Greyhawk
Titles: The Laughing Rogue
Home Plane: Ysgard
Portfolio: Music, revels, wine, rogues, humour, tricks
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Worshippers: Bards, rogues, actors, vintners
Cleric Alignments: CE, CG, CN
Domains: Celerity, Chaos, Luck, Mind, Trickery
Holy Symbols: Laughing mask
Favoured Weapons: Rapier

The deity of rogues, Olidammara, most often appears as a brown-haired man of rakish appearance, olive skin, and merry eyes, but he often goes incognito. Olidammara delights in wine, women, and song. He is a vagabond, a prankster, and a master of disguise. His temples are few, but many people are willing to raise a glass in his honor.


Olidammara loves upsetting anyone who seems too attached to an ordered life and a predictable routine. He urges his followers to bend every effort toward mastering the art of music. He also teaches that life is meant to be happy and entertaining, and the best jokes need a target to hang them on. The tables can turn on any trickster, and Olidammara’s followers should accept the laugh and appreciate the trick when it happens to them. Wine, Olidammara says, is one of the joys of life, and the only thing better than making wine is drinking it. Avoid misery, temperance, and solemnity, for they are the greatest poisons to the soul.


Olidammara’s religion is loosely organized, but his clerics are numerous. They usually work among urban folk or wander the countryside. Olidammara’s clerics often have a second occupation, such as minstrels, brewers, or jacks-of-all-trades. Thus, they can be found almost anywhere doing or wearing anything.

Becoming a cleric of Olidammara seems easy enough to an outsider - it looks like one celebration and escapade after another. But would-be clerics are being keenly observed even in their least sober moments as more senior followers of the Laughing God look for the right mixture of joy, whimsy, and mischief.


Simple shrines to Olidammara are common in concert halls and public houses. However, the larger temples are hidden (often in the city's sewer network), because they double as a hideout for thieves. Those who know where a temple to Olidammara is can buy or sell all sorts of stolen or forbidden goods there.


Olidammara's prayers are more often sung than spoken, and they almost always rhyme. There are very few established liturgies, because Olidammara's worshipers are expected to freestyle-rhyme praises to their deity.


Olidammara's rites range from the simple (the Ceremony of the Cork, practiced when a particularly good bottle of wine is opened) to the elaborate (New Moon Follies, a three-act comedy performed by and for Olidammara worshipers). Most feature alcohol, song, and laughter.


Missions that steal from the rich or embarrass the mighty are the headiest wine of all. Followers of Olidammara might engage in intrigues at the Duke's masquerade ball, steal offerings from the temple of a rival deity, or rescue a world-spanning thief from a prison on the plane of Pandemonium.


Avatars: Olidammara’s avatars can look like almost anything, though he prefers his own humanlike form. He sends them to perpetrate jokes on other deities and notable mortals.

Herald: A 24-HD death slaad is Olidammara's herald, although it rarely takes its true form.

Allies: Allies are janni genies, gray slaads, and death slaads.

Relics And Artifacts

Relics: Pipes of amorous revelry, rapier of desperate measures.

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