Ptah
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Ptah

Intermediate god
Pantheon: Pharaonic Pantheon
Titles:
Home Plane: Ethereal Plane
Portfolio: Crafts, knowledge, secrets, travel
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Worshippers: Artists, artisans, travelers
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, LE
Domains: Creation, Knowledge, Law, Travel
Holy Symbols: Bull
Favoured Weapons: Mace

Ptah is a mysterious creator deity, related to the rest of the Pharaonic pantheon only by marriage (to Re-Horakhty’s daughter Bast), not by birth. He appears as a small man with black skin like polished marble and large black eyes filled with stars. Legends suggest that Ptah existed before even Re and Apep, and that he may have created them - and even other gods in other pantheons. Despite his marriage to Bast, he remains aloof from the struggles and rivalries of the Pharaonic pantheon, spending his time wandering the vast expanses of the planes.

Dogma

Ptah’s law is the order of the universe. Everything has a place in the cosmic scheme, and everything fits together to work for a purpose that is beyond mortal understanding. Ptah may have set this intricate cosmic machinery in motion, and it seems quite likely that he is the only one who knows its purpose or eventual result. His followers generally act as though they’re in on the secret, but certainly none of them know as much as Ptah himself. Mortals can simply do their best to fill the part they’re supposed to play, not overstepping their place or spreading disorder in the well-ordered world.

Clergy

Ptah has few clerics, and he is not widely worshiped even among the pantheon as a whole. His priests defy common Pharaonic practice by wearing black vestments adorned with glittering white stars, though males still shave their heads in accordance with tradition. They emulate their deity by exercising their god-given creativity in arts or crafts, traveling widely, and striving to maintain order. Ptah has both male and female clerics.

Temples

Ptah’s temples tend to be small but elaborate structures, usually built in remote locations. Their ceilings are commonly decorated with images of the night sky full of stars.

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