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Greyhawk Deity
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Rudd
Title(s) The Charm, the Duelist
Home Plane Oerth
Power Level Demigod
Alignment Chaotic Neutral (Chaotic Good)
Portfolio Chance, Good Luck, and Skill
Domains Chaos, Good, Luck
Alias(es) none
Superior Olidammara

In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Rudd is the Oeridian goddess of Chance, Good Luck, and Skill. As the Great Gambler, she knows every card game invented. Rudd avoids completely cerebral games like Dragonchess, finding them too easy. Though she has an outer planar realm - the House of Cards in Ysgard's first layer - she is often found wandering the Flanaess, searching for games of chance and skill. Rudd's holy symbol is a bull's eye target.

DescriptionEdit

Rudd is depicted as an athletic, trim, Oeridian woman (though with some obvious Suel blood) garbed in form-fitting clothing with a long cloak of blue. She is young and invariably smiling. She has short black hair. She wields a rapier named Keleshe, a stiletto, and shortbow.

RelationshipsEdit

Rudd is on good terms with her mentor, Olidammara, and Norebo (said by some to be her father), but opposes Iuz, Zagyg, and Ralishaz. She doesn't get along well with Istus, as she has a big problem with the idea of predestination.

DogmaEdit

WorshippersEdit

Rudd's faith has become very popular since the 570's CY, particularly with adventurers.

Clergy and templesEdit

Rudd's priests advocate "making" their own luck by relying chiefly on their skills, yet they'll never rule out the long shot. Her clerics don't abide cheaters, but teach secretly that cheating is acceptable if you don't get caught, as successfully cheating can also be a skill. They engage in games of chance that allow them to hone their skills, and often working in gambling houses. They can also be found in archery and fencing schools. They adventure for the thrill of it, and enjoy beating the odds. Clergy of Rudd wear bright clothing in the latest fashion.

TemplesEdit

The largest of Rudd's shrines, in the Crossed Blades Gambling Hall, is located in the city of Peacekeep on the southern border of Bissel. The priests run the hall, while her shrine lies in the outermost of the hall's chambers.

Holy daysEdit

Rudd's mortal birthday is celebrated on the 10th day of Planting. This is not an official holiday of the church, but her clerics in Bissel often recognize it as such.

One legend has it that on her eighteenth birthday, Rudd successfully fended off an entire battalion of bugbears using only a cake and a spoon. A food fight is held in honor of this event every Planting 10 in Bissel.

HistoryEdit

Rudd was born in -400 CY, supposedly in what is now Bissel; she was a mortal woman who was sponsored to godhood by Olidammara. In 505 CY, Rudd was one of the nine demigods of opposing alignments captured by Zagig Yragerne in his own bid for godhood. Rudd eventually escaped with the aid of Olidammara, but not before her mentor himself was briefly captured by the archmage.

ReferencesEdit

  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005. Available online:[1]
  • Miller, Andy. "The Oeridian Lesser Gods." Dragon #265 (TSR, 1999).
  • -----. "Campaign Holidays." Dragon Annual #4. Renton, WA: TSR, 1999 (pp. 18-19).
  • Perkins, Christopher. Warriors of Heaven. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1999.

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