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  • A pantheon of deities taken from the Greyhawk universe (a fictional universe created especially for use as a Dungeons & Dragons setting).

The Greyhawk pantheon is a loose collection of gods scattered across the Outer Planes. There is no leader deity, and the various greater, intermediate, and lesser deities are forever squabbling over territory on the Material Plane and elsewhere. Rivalries are fierce (particularly between Hextor and Heironeous and between Corellon Larethian and Gruumsh). It is also possible to ascend to godhood — Vecna has done so fairly recently, and St. Cuthbert ascended in a bygone age.

Greyhawk Cosmology

The Greyhawk Cosmology is often called the Great Wheel because of how the planes fit together. The Great Wheel consists of twenty-seven planes. They are:
Material Plane: The Material Plane encompasses the world presented in the core D&D rulebooks. Alternate Material Planes may exist as well.
Three Transitive Planes: The Great Wheel contains the Ethereal Plane, the Astral Plane, and the Plane of Shadow.
Six Inner Planes: Four elemental planes and two energy planes are part of the Great Wheel. The elemental planes are for the classic elements - fire, air, earth, and water - while the energy planes embody positive and negative energy.
Seventeen Outer Planes: These aligned planes are the homes of various deities and outsiders, and they often have many layers. The Outer Planes are:

  • Heroic Domains of Ysgard
  • Ever-Changing Chaos of Limbo
  • Windswept Depths of Pandemonium
  • Infinite Layers of The Abyss
  • Tarterian Depths of Carceri
  • Gray Waste of Hades
  • Bleak Eternity of Gehenna
  • Nine Hells of Baator
  • Infernal Battlefield of Acheron
  • Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus
  • Peaceable Kingdoms of Arcadia
  • Seven Mounting Heavens of Celestia
  • Twin Paradises of Bytopia
  • Blessed Fields of Elysium
  • Wilderness of the Beastlands
  • Olympian Glades of Arborea
  • Concordant Domain of the Outlands

Demiplanes: Finally, the Greyhawk Cosmology contains many demiplanes.

The Greyhawk cosmology consists of the following elements and arrangements.

  • The Material Plane is at its center.
  • The Plane of Shadow and the Ethereal Plane are coexistent with the Material Plane. All planes, including the Plane of Shadow and Ethereal Plane, are coexistent with the Astral Plane, which envelops the whole cosmology like a cloud.
  • The six Inner Planes surround the Material Plane. They are separate from the Material Plane and from each other (they do not have connections between them). They are each coexistent with the Astral Plane. Each of the Inner Planes has the appropriate elemental or energy trait.
  • The Outer Planes are arranged in a great wheel around the Material Plane. Each Outer Plane is coterminous with the planes on either side of it but separate from the other Outer Planes. The exception to this is the Concordant Domain of the Outlands, which is coterminous with every other Outer Plane and thus a central hub for dealings between outsiders.

The Outer Planes are coexistent with the Astral Plane. They are separate from the Ethereal Plane and the Plane of Shadow, so there are limitations to accessing certain spells while on the Outer Planes. The Outer Planes are made up of related layers, and the most common access is through the top layer of each plane. The good-aligned planes, also called the celestial planes, are linked by the path of the River Oceanus, while the evilaligned, infernal planes are linked by the path of the River Styx.

  • There are a large number of finite demiplanes that connect all over the place. Individual conduits, freestanding gates, and vortices are also common.
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