Appearance and personality
Ran is a cruel goddess, and demands gold dumped into the sea as tribute. She despises those who use fire or worship a god of fire.
Despite her cruel nature, she is known for her great hospitality, and her great hall is equal to Valhalla as a place of feasting.
Ran is a god of the waves and whirlpools.
Sailors will dump gold into the ocean in the hopes of appeasing Ran's wrath.
Little is known of Ran's priesthood.
Cultists of Ran will perform human sacrifice before a voyage in the hopes of appeasing her. The cultists may sacrifice one of their own, or may kill a captive instead.
Little is known of Ran's temples.
Ran's holy symbol is a net.
Ran's favored weapon is not well documented, though she is known to wield a net and a harpoon.
Ran's enemies among the gods are unknown.
Allies and minions
Ran and her husband Aegir are loyal allies. They are served by their nine daughters, called the Tempests or the Wave Maidens.
Ran owns a powerful harpoon and a giant net of snaring.
Ran is best known for her great hall beneath the sea, where those who drown at sea are taken. It is famed as an excellent place for feasting. She is alternately said to inhabit Hlesvang in Asgard, and a great fortress beneath the seas of Midgard.
Current activities and goals
Ran likes to drag sailors beneath the sea, and she sinks their ships with great waves and whirlpools. Her daughters, the nine Tempests, usually perform this duty in her stead, roaming the oceans for sinks to ship. Ran likes to hoard the treasure of the ships she sinks.
Ran first appears in Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), p.31.
AD&D 1st edition
The most detailed source on Ran is For better or Norse: I, Dragon #110 (Jun 1986), p.21, which gives a full statblock. She is described here as a demigodess.
AD&D 2nd edition
Ran is briefly mentioned in Legends & Lore (2e) (1990), p.178.
D&D 3rd edition
Ran is briefly mentioned in Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.170 as Aegir's wife. She is described here as an equal to Aegir, suggesting perhaps that she should hold the rank of Intermediate deity, rather than that of a demigoddess as given in Dragon #110.
Ran appears in Norse myth as the wife of Aegir. Her desire to sink ships on the sea is attested in the Prose Edda, in the section Skaldskaparmal. Poetic terms for the sea often relate to Ran, her husband Aegir, or their nine daughters.