Forgotten Realms Deity|fgcolor=#fff
portfolio=Spring, dawn, birth, renewal, creativity, youth, vitality, self-perfection, athletics
domains=Good, Nobility, Protection, Renewal, Strength, Sun
Lathander, the "Morninglord", is a fictional
deityof the " Forgotten Realms" Dungeons & Dragons campaign settingdevised by Ed Greenwood. He also plays a role in the Ravenloftsetting (but is always called "the Morninglord" there, not by his proper name). Godof spring, dawn, birth, renewal, creativity, youth, vitality, self-perfection and athletics, his domains are good, nobility, protection, renewal, strength, and sun. He requires his followers to be of neutral or good alignment.
Lathander favours those who dispel the undead and aid others. He blesses those who plant new life.
Many followers of Lathander work in various creative arts, such as
music, painting, entertaining, and the creation of works of fine art. Lathander is also the god called upon to bless birth- and fertility-related ceremonies.
Novice clerics in the Lathanderian faith are called the
Awakened, and they gain the title of Dawnbringer upon becoming full priests. In ascending order of rank, the titles in general use by the Dawnbringers are Dawngreeter, Dawnlord (the church does not use feminine form of titles often), High Dawnlord, Dawnmaster, Morninglord, High Morninglord, Morningmaster, High Morningmaster, and Sunrise Lord.
Ed Greenwoodcreated Lathander for his home Dungeons & Dragons game.Fact|date=August 2008
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)
Lathander first appeared within Dungeons & Dragons as one of the deities featured in Ed Greenwood's article "Down-to-earth Divinity" in "Dragon" #54 (October 1981). [
Ed Greenwood, Dragon magazine #54 - "Down-to-earth divinity" (October 1981)]
Lathander later officially appeared as one of the major deities for the
Forgotten Realms campaign setting, in the "Forgotten Realms Campaign Set"'s "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987). [cite book | id =ISBN 0-88038-472-7 | title = Forgotten Realms Campaign Set | author = Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb and Karen S. Martin | year = 1987 | publisher = Wizard of the Coast]
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)
Lathander was described in the hardback "Forgotten Realms Adventures" (1990), the revised "Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting" (1993) in the "Running the Realms" booklet, [cite book | title=Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting | author = Ed Greenwood | year = 1993|id = ASIN B000K06S2E ] and "Faiths & Avatars" (1996). [Martin, Julia, and Eric L Boyd. "
Faiths & Avatars" (TSR, 1996)]
His role in the cosmology of the
Planescapecampaign setting was described in "On Hallowed Ground" (1996). [McComb, Colin. " On Hallowed Ground" (TSR, 1996)]
Lathander is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement "Warriors of Heaven" (1999). [Perkins, Christopher. "
Warriors of Heaven" (TSR, 1999)]
Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000-2002)
Lathander appears as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in "Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting" (2001), [cite book | title = Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting | author = Ed Greenwood et al. | year = 2001 | publisher = Wizard of the Coast | id = ISBN 0-7869-1836-5 ] and is further detailed in "
Faiths and Pantheons" (2002). [Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. " Faiths and Pantheons" (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)]
Practice of faith
Most ceremonies of Lathander are held at dawn and actions and contracts agreed to at sunrise are said to be blessed by him.
Funeralsamong his followers are held at dusk, and followed by wakes that last until dawn.
churchof Lathander sponsors a small restricted order of paladins and fighters called "The Order of the Aster".
The charge given to most novice postulants to the faith is:
:"Strive always to aid, to foster new hope, new ideas, and new prosperity for all humankind and its allies. Perfect thyself, and guard ever against pride, for it is a sacred duty to foster new growth, nurture growing things, and work for rebirth and renewal. Be fertile in mind and in body. Consider always the consequences of thine actions so that the least effort may bring the greatest and best reward. Wherever you go, sow seeds of plants, tend the growing things you find, and plant seeds of hope, new ideas, and plans for a rosy future in the minds of all. Whenever possible, see each dawn."
Lathander's dogma is filled with stories of optimism and perseverance. It is important to feel good about an upcoming event or else it will naturally go awry through negative thinking. Favorite sayings of Lathander include: :"From death, life.":"There is always another morning.":"In the dawn, beauty reigns, and the way is clearer."
Far more importance is placed on acting in the service of Lathander by helping, encouraging, and aiding than in strict adherence to rituals, rules, and the dictates of superior clergy.
Deathis considered a reward for the clerics because they are "going to Lathander" in the afterlife. Most clerics are not raised unless they are needed to finish a task.
Followers of Lathander seek to build anew and to rebuild. They seek to make lands more productive and push civilization to improve itself through interracial harmony, cooperation, pursuit of the arts and progress.
The Risen Sun heresy
Some followers of Lathander insist that he is in fact the reincarnation of
Amaunator, the Netherese god of the sun. Others take this heresy further, claiming that he will take up the mantle of the lawful neutral Amaunator again, and that the transformation from deity of the morning to sun god is imminent. This also makes reference to an extremely similar Deity in the Greyhawk campaign setting: Pelor, the Sun God. Considering that Pelor is the chief (though not official) Deity of humans in his realm, it is not entirely unlikely that The Morninglord is an incarnation of Pelor, having migrated to Abeir-Toril along with the human race, having been enslaved by the ancient Imaskarian Empire.
Lathander is known to have had an on and off romantic relationship with
Chaunteafor centuries. His other allies are Gond, Tymora, Tyr, Torm, Ilmater, Sune, Selune, Oghma and Mielikki. His foes are Cyric, Talos and Shar.
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