for a couple reasons, i’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of evil gods and what makes a god evil, especially through the lens of 5e.
the first thing that’s probably important to mention is that standard d&d lore is essentially a british colonialist view of the world, flavored with magic and monsters. the enemies of civilization and progress and what is “good” are, with little exception, other cultures.
evil gods don’t really tend to have “domains”, which is partially because the game doesn’t really intend you to play characters who worship them without this being considered an obviously bad thing. you CAN, but it’s so clear that no one behind the scenes treated these religions like the products of a culture, or at the very least, a culture they’re interested in giving more than two dimensions. they thrive on slaughter or deceit or other actions that are understood to be evil, but this really stops working if you have two braincells to rub together and realize that you can’t just attribute those traits or ideas to races and get away with it.
evil gods tend to be a member of the race that worships them-- gruumsh, lolth, yeenoghu. but with that colonialist perspective, you can’t just write off other races as groups who are evil independent of you. there’s friction there, history, wars and conquest (usually Of them, By you) and bigotry and subjugation.
if your god, who is a god of “civilization” and “justice” and presides over or is largely worshipped in an empire or similar power structure where human or human-adjacent needs are centered, and they tell you that your enemy is a god who doesn’t value your civilization or your justice and is worshipped by people who don’t value those things either and who live in a different place and do different things, then the singular thing that 5e or the forgotten realms or whatever needs to say is “the perspective of your god is still a perspective”. no one, mortals or gods, has an enemy for the sole reason that they are good and their enemy is bad.
the thing that really seems so Obvious in all of these settings is that evil gods, these gods of rage and violence who are from and are worshipped by a race given the stat blocks of monsters and killed like them, are shaped by followers who need champions and protectors. look at yeenoghu, the beast of butchery, for two seconds and tell me which makes more sense: that evil is innate and lusting for destruction is any kind of recognizable motive or basis, or that he is vital catharsis and belief for a race treated like dogs.
i am just. consistently floored by the way d&d is so close to being a criticism of itself if only it thinks about it for a few seconds. order clerics will forever scare me more than any orc or demon or evil god ever could.
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can't believe tarantino made a whole movie based on the brown eyed girls song
now i am almost never one for lore straight from forgotten realms but it has recently come to my attention that many of the wiki articles list a creature’s diet and that there are multiple celestials whose diets are listed as “carnivore” and i am now and forever will be obsessed with this concept and the implications
"We're not doing the phrase yet, it's gotta be a bigger bad"
Aabria has this way of pitching her voice when the moment is meant to be unsettling that just hits me and makes me feel like I would have nightmares if she ran a horror campaign.
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changing the charles lore a tiny bit hes not Just some burger guy hes a shift lead at bons burgers and got hired a month b4 they opened+got paid to basically just stand around nine hours a day five days a week occasionally giving input on tiny things bc neither jack or felix are good at running a business LOL
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