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Demihuman Deities is a 192-page sourcebook for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition released in November 1998. It details the deities of the drow, dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. It is the third such book for the setting, after Faiths & Avatars (1996) and Powers & Pantheons (1997).

Official synopsis[]

This essential supplement is a companion to Faiths & Avatars and Powers & Pantheons, which detailed the rules by which deities function in the Realms.

Demihuman Deities describes the demihuman relgions and powers of the Realms: those of the elves (including the drow), the dwarves, the gnomes and the halflings. Each entry includes information about a deity's appearance, personality, worshipers, portfolio, aliases, domain name, superior, allies, foes, symbol, worshipers' alignments, avatar, manifestations, church, and specialty priests.

The information on these faiths includes their core dogma, day-to-day activities of priests, holy days and important ceremonies, major centers of worship, affiliated orders, and the priestly vestaments and adventuring garb of members of the clergy.

Finally, each entry contains spells specific to each of the faiths.

Demihuman Deities includes:

  • The powers of the drow and elven pantheons, including Lolth, Ghaunadur, Vhaeraun, Eilistraee, Corellon Larethian, Hanali Celanil, Rillifane Tallathil, Labelas Enoreth, and others.
  • The mysterious Triune Goddess, Angharradh, who is a combined form of Sehanine Moonbow, Hanali Celanil, and Aerdrie Faenya.
  • The powers of the dwarf, gnome, and halfling pantheons, including Moradin, Clangeddin Silverbeard, Haela Brightaxe, Garl Glittergold, Baervan Wildwanderer, Flandal Steelskin, Yondalla, Arvoreen, Cyrrollalee, and others.
  • Expanded and clarified specialty priest classes for all relgions and priesthoods.
  • Religion-specific spells for all faiths with priesthoods.
  • Color illustrations of priests from nearly every faith in ceremonial dress.

Suitable for all levels of play.

To use this product, ownership of Faiths & Avatars is recommended but not required.


This book presents information on the pantheons of five nonhuman races of the Forgotten Realms: the drow pantheon, dwarf pantheon, elf pantheon, gnome pantheon, and halfling pantheon, as they appear in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

The supplement provides numerous spells and special powers with which to make each different faith unique from the others. The book details the clergy, the ethos, and all important information needed to accurately depict these deities in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

Development and release[]


The book was written by Eric L. Boyd. Interior art was provided by Ned Dameron, and the cover art was by Todd Lockwood.


Demihuman Deities was released by Wizards of the Coast in November 1998 for $[missing data] US or $[missing data] Canadian.

On August 15, 2017, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $7.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Demihuman Deities reached the rank of Gold seller on DriveThruRPG.

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