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Modi is a deity in the Norse pantheon. He is a god of courage, as well as god of berserk rage.[1] He is the brother of Magni, and son of Thor and the giantess Jarnsaxa.

Description

Appearance and personality

Little is known about Modi's appearance. He is brave warrior, and is always found at the front of battle.[1] He eagerly throws himself into new challenges.[2]

Modi is Chaotic Good in alignment.[1]

Titles

Modi is called God of Courage and Berserk Rage.[1] He shares his title "The Steadfast" with his brother Magni.[2]

Abilities

Modi's presence in battle inspires his followers with courage. He automatically knows the best time to retreat and regroup in any battle. He is invulnerable to illusion and magical control. When bloodied in battle, he enters a berserk rage.[1]

Portfolio

Modi is a god of courage and berserk rage.[1]

Worship

Dogma

Details of his worship are unknown. His followers are likely to value courage above all else.

Worshipers

The people of Midgard typically worship the Norse pantheon as a collective group. Modi's own followers tend to be Chaotic Good in alignment.[1]

Clergy

Little is known about the habits of Modi's clergy. They are likely to be Chaotic Good in alignment.[1]

Holy sites

Temples of Asgardian deities tend to be heavily fortified buildings. However, unique features of Modi's temples are unknown.

Holy symbol

Modi's holy symbol is a crossed sword and hammer.[1]

Favored weapon

Modi favors the broad sword.[3]

Relationships

Family

Modi is the son of the god Thor and the giantass Jarnsaxa.[4] By relation to Thor he is the grandson of Odin.

He is twin[2] brother to Magni, and half-brother to Thrud, whose mother is Thor's current wife Sif.

Enemies

Modi has no known enemies.

Allies

As a son of Thor, Modi is likely to fight alongside the Aesir at Ragnarok.

Realm

Modi inhabits Asgard, but has no hall of his own there.

History

Prophecy of Ragnarok

Along with his brother Magni, Modi will be one of the few gods who survives the battle at Ragnarok, where most of the Norse pantheon shall be killed.[5]

Publication history

Original D&D

Modi is first named in Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), p.27,32.

AD&D 1st edition

Modi appears in Legends & Lore (1e) (1985), p.105 and Deities & Demigods (1e) (1980).

AD&D 2nd edition

Modi is detailed in the Planescape sourcebook On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.147.

D&D 3rd edition

Modi is named in Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.165,192.

D&D 4th edition

The Norse pantheon does not appear in D&D 4th edition.

Creative origins

Modi appears in Norse myth, always mentioned alongside Magni as a son of Thor. However, unlike D&D canon, the original Norse sources do not explicitly state who Modi's mother is.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Legends & Lore (1e) (1985), p.105.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.147.
  3. Hammer of Thor, Spear of Zeus, Dragon #115 (Nov 1986), p.40.
  4. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.192.
  5. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.165.
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