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Vecna, called The Whispered One or The Maimed Lord, is a deity in the Greyhawk pantheon as well as the Dawn War pantheon.

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Vecna is known by many titles. His best-known title is The Whispered One, for the secrecy and fear with which his name is discussed. From his once seat of power as lich-king of the Flanaess, he is called Master of the Spider Throne, The Undying King, the Arch-Lich, and Lord of the Rotted Tower. For the loss of his hand and eye at the hands of his lieutenant Kas, he is called the Maimed Lord. As a god of secrets, he is called Master of All that is Secret and Hidden.[1][2][3]

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Vecna's clerics favor the dagger.[3]

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hand and eye of venca

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Ancient history[edit | edit source]

Vecna was born some thousands of years ago in the world of Oerth, a human of Flan ethnic origin.

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Original D&D[edit | edit source]

AD&D 1st edition[edit | edit source]

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D&D 3rd edition[edit | edit source]

Vecna appeared as one of the core deities in the Player's Handbook (3.0) (2000) and Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), as well as Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002) and the World of Greyhawk sourcebook Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).

As a core deity, numerous sourcebooks and magazine issues in this edition referenced Vecna.

D&D 4th edition[edit | edit source]

Vecna appeared as one of the core deities in the Player's Handbook (4e) (2008). He appeared on the cover of Open Grave (2009), where his statblock appears as a Level 35 Controller/Leader.

D&D 5th edition[edit | edit source]

Creative origins[edit | edit source]

Vecna's name is an anagram of Vance, in reference to Jack Vance, fantasy author whose memorize-and-forget spellcasting system inspired the Vancian spell system used by most early editions of Dungeons & Dragons.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Player's Handbook (5e) (2014), p.224.
  2. Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000), p.186.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.108.
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