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Powers & Pantheons (2e) $9.99 $7.99
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Michael P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/31/2005 00:00:00

This book compliments two others, Faiths & Avatars and Demihuman Deities, and has pretty much the same format. All three detail the powers and specialty priests of the Forgotten Realms. This volume describes the demigods of the main Faerunian pantheon, as well as other human-worsipped gods of the Realms including the Mulhorandi (Egyptian), Untheric, and Chultan gods.

I primarily bought this book because I enjoy the whole "backstory" of the Forgotten Realms, and it didn't disappoint. If you ever wanted to know more about obscure deities like Hoar (of the Three Thunders), Gargauth the Outcast, or Sharess, Goddess of Lust(!), then this is the product to buy, as there's more detail about them here than in most other products. There's also a section on some of the major temples of the Realms.

The game mechanics for specialty priests of these gods are also interesting, but probably not as useful unless you still play pre-3rd edition AD&D, whereas the deity descriptions can be adapted for any game system.

Overall, this product is good value for money for any DM running a Realms campaign. The writing is good; the illustrations less so, especially the strange generic "ancient greek woodcut"-type cartouches that pop up all over the place. Unlike another reviewer, I found the text easy enough to read, although the scan isn't perfect.

<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Great campaign info for Forgotten Realms, detailing obscure deities. Specialty priest info for each god.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Illustrations are sporadic and of varying quality.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>

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