- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (May 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786927593
- ISBN-13: 978-0786927593
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faiths and Pantheons (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.0 Fantasy Roleplaying, Forgotten Realms Setting) Hardcover – May 1, 2002
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The Forgotten Realms products are the most consistently well-done supplements third edition D&D has to offer. Gorgeous artwork and ever-expanding detail have made a believer out of me.
That said, this product is a product with a very narrow focus - and if Faiths and Pantheon's focus falls outside of your gaming style, you should save your money for other supplements.
The real core of this product is the full descriptions and stats for the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting. The descriptions are in the standard format outlined in the Deities and Demigods supplement. The artwork is inspired (with the possible exception of the non-human pantheon artwork), and the overall feel of the Realms is maintained throughout. The pantheons are described in detail and the stat blocks for any of the divine powers will make 20th level characters look downright milquetoasty.
It's worth stressing one thing about the deities: These folks are dangerous. This is why this book is not for every campaign. One harsh encounter with the divine can destroy all your players and/or their respect for the Dungeon Master. Many DMs will find their Forgotten Realms pantheon to be little more than trophy-NPCs that are kept on the bookshelf. That being the case, I'd make sure you want to use these NPCs before you buy this book.
The extras in this book are nice as well: Twenty prestige classes that are tied to the various religions. Some of these classes have additional minions that are described complete with stat blocks.Read more ›
Anyway, a lot of the info is stuff old FR players have seen before. The 2nd edition Faiths and Avatars actually had tons of info that this book does not (and consequently print small enough to make your eyes bleed). If you have the old Faiths and Avatars, i suggest using it along with the Faiths and Pantheons to get the maximum impact (the older book had incredible detail about the clergy; the newer is scimpier in that regard).
The prestige classes are interesting, and the art in the book is overall very good, as other reviewers have noted. I like the Realms, but in my personal opinion there are too many dieties, and most of the information in these books i will never use, sad to say.
Overall, there isn't much bad about the book, assuming that you like the Realms in the first place. It is all the dieties you could ever want, or need, or use, but at least DM's and players have a lot of room to work with.
The bulk of this book is descriptions of the gods of the FR setting. I mean that literally- Hit points, class levels, spells per day, AC, etc. Very similar to the old 1st Ed. Dietys & Demigods book. This appeals to the power-oriented game, in which players can expect to eventually say "I rolled a 50 on attack roll- Did that hit Cyric?" However, the gods are presented as so powerful, that I don't see how even an out of control power game can make a battle with one of them make sense.
I have nothing against power gaming, mind you. I personally find a more 'realistic' (if you'll pardon my using that word in a FRPG review) game more enjoyable. In my games, gods are gods and you are not going to be beating one up with a sword. I would have liked more detail on the role of the power in the world, the nature of the priesthood and church, and samples of power centers for the church.
I think this would have been a better product if it had focused on making the gods less powerful, so that PCs can hope to compete with them, or ultra-pwerful so that the stats were uneeded and the space could be used with more setting oriented info.
The book is still useful (hence the third star). Some of the lesser powers not covered in detail in the main FR book are described. There are a few prestige classes, although they are very much faith specific. I just wish it would commit to one style or the other.
Honestly seems more a FR version of Legends and Lore. Both books focus more on the gods/avatars for encounter purposes. Aka it's more for DM's than players to make characters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though I don't feel this book is required? Its a great book for people wanting to put a religious spin on their campaign.Published on February 25, 2014 by Darrik
Not every book is needed to play Dungeons & Dragons, and while you don't need this book, it is one heck of a good supplement. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Joseph J. Carroll
I got this book for more information for my fan fiction. So far I've got about 39 pages in, and I'm very happy. I see pleanty of information I can use for varise situations. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by LadyKatherine29
This is my absolute favorite Forgotten Realms companion. If you or anyone in your group have any interest in knowing more about your FR deities, you won't regret picking this one... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by A. Jennings
The first thing I noticed about this book was how beautiful the art was. The pages were nice and gloss-smooth with a hint of texture. I really loved the cover art. Read morePublished on May 11, 2006 by Bruce W. Johns
This book is good for getting info for clerics and dm's, or anyone who wants a better ide of the forgottens realms.Published on August 23, 2005 by V. Baldwin
This book would be a waste of money for most people. Almost all of the important information about human deities has been extensively presented in the Second Edition softcover... Read morePublished on August 4, 2004 by Jaundiced Eye
first i'd like to say that i find this book fascinating. the level of detail thats put into everything forgotten realms related has always awed me, and this book is no different. Read morePublished on February 3, 2004 by B. Allen-Trick