However, I’ve often been stumped about what to do for gods. I don’t want to use someone else’s intellectual property–not without permission, anyway. That means Greyhawk and Nehwon are out. I don’t know anyone who plays with historical pantheons like the Greek, Roman, or Norse (awesome as those are), and don’t want to confine myself to any single one of those, anyway. As a result, so far, I’ve been describing gods generically. The problem is that it’s tough to come up with a fairly specific clerical backstory without a fairly specific cosmology in mind. Clerics don’t grow in vacuums. At least, none to date have been thus grown in laboratory settings.
So I’ve taken a short break from designing clerics to design a pantheon. This isn’t my first pantheon. As I’ve noted elsewhere, I’ve been DMing since 1st edition AD&D, so I’ve lost count of gods and goddesses I’ve written up.
However, this time I decided to rethink all of my initial assumptions.