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Divine Design: Creating Statblocks for Gods in 5E



Divine Design is a comprehensive compendium designed to assist Game Masters in crafting and creating detailed statblocks for deities. This manual is meticulously structured to facilitate the easy integration of gods into any campaign, from those who merely influence events from afar to those who actively participate in the game world.

The Art of "Divine Designing"

At its core, Divine Design focuses on enabling Game Masters to bring a pantheon to life in a way that is both manageable and creatively fulfilling. The compendium offers a vast array of tools, tips, and templates to create gods with unique abilities and impactful roles within your game’s narrative. Whether you need a patron deity for a cleric, a shadowy antagonist, or a celestial guide for your adventurers, this guide provides all the necessary resources to create it.

Key Features of Divine Design

Scalable Templates: The compendium includes a variety of deity templates that Game Masters can scale according to the needs of their campaign. From minor gods or avatars who govern narrow aspects of the cosmos to supreme deities with dominion over fundamental forces, each template can be easily scaled in power and influence by selecting additional abilities from a list featuring well over 500 traits.

Domain-Based Approach: Each statblock template can be personalized and designed with a grand variety of traits. The traits are categorized as follows:

  • Generic: Most of these traits are accessible to all statblock templates, no matter their type, CR, or domain. Some additional traits are available only for specific statblock templates. For example, a martial deity may access unique traits available to all martial gods, but not to spellcaster deities.
  • By Domain: The vast majority of traits are the ones by domain, reflecting the deity’s influence and abilities over a certain aspect of power. Domains are further classified into greater and lesser, depending on the role of the specific domain in the broader cosmic balance.

Customization Guidelines: Divine Design also provides brief guidelines for customizing deities to fit the Game Master’s specific requirements. This includes advice on integrating divine beings into the campaign’s storyline, creating balanced encounters with them, and using gods as long-term narrative elements.

  • Inspirational Mythologies: Drawing inspiration from a wide range of global mythologies, the compendium offers examples and suggestions on how to adapt mythical gods for use in 5E.
  • Prebuilt Example Deities: Detailed examples of statblocks from various mythologies created with this compendium are detailed in the Appendix A at the end of the manual. This is meant to both show how the templates and guidelines can be practically applied and to provide Game Masters some gods ready to be used within their games. These examples can also possibly serve as starting points for further customization.
  • Additional Resources: To streamline the process of god creation, Divine Design includes additional tools such as tables, conditions, monsters, and a brief descriptions for each domain. This is meant to serve as additional resources to introduce these gods within your own campaign setting.

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