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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.

Description

Appearance

Alignment and personality

Titles and aliases

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]

Portfolio

Worship

Dogma

Worshipers

Clergy

Rituals

Orders

Holy sites

Holy days

Holy symbol

Favored weapon

Vecna's clerics favor the dagger.[3]

Relationships

Enemies

Allies

Minions

Avatars and proxies

Creatures

Artifacts

hand and eye of vecna

Realm

History

Ancient history

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

Recent history

Myths and legends

Publication history

Original D&D

AD&D 1st edition

AD&D 2nd edition

D&D 3rd edition

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

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

Creative origins

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.

Reception and influence

References

  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.