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Arvoreen symbol
Holy Symbol of Arvoreen
Arvoreen
(Exarch)
Basic Information
Title(s) The Defender[1][2]
The Vigilant Guardian[2][3]
The Wary Sword[2][4]
As a Mortal
Race Halfling
Gender Male
1st Edition Statistics[1]
Power Level Lesser deity
Alignment Lawful Good
Symbol Short sword and shield
Home Plane Seven Heavens
Avatar
Cleric 8
Monk 8
Ranger 12
Thief 10
2nd Edition Statistics[5]
Power Level Intermediate deity
Alignment Lawful Good
Symbol Two short swords
Home Plane Venya, Mount Celestia
Realm Green Fields
Serves Yondalla
Portfolio Martial defense, war, vigilance, halfling warriors, duty
Spheres All, Combat, Divination, Guardian, Healing, Law, Protection, Sun, War, Wards, minor: Necromantic, Summoning, Travlers
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Avatar
Cleric 29
Paladin 20
Ranger 35
3rd Edition Statistics[4][6]
Power Level Intermediate deity
Alignment Lawful good
Symbol Two crossed short swords
Home Plane Green Fields
Portfolio Defense, war, vigilance, halfling warriors, duty
Domains Good, Halfling, Law, Protection, War
Worshipers Halflings, fighters, paladins, rangers, soldiers, warriors
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon Aegisheart (short sword)
4th Edition Statistics[7]
Power Level Exarch
Alignment Lawful good
Dominion Green Fields
Serves Sheela Peryroyl
Sphere of Influence Vigilance
Worshipers Halflings

Arvoreen, also known as The Defender or The Wary Sword[8] is the closest the halflings have to a war god, but he was actually the halfling deity of defense, guardians and watchers.[9]. He was strict and preaches aggressive watchfulness but only to react to aggression. He does not support starting engagements unless it is done to stop Evil practices. [10] Arvoreen never attacks first, and doesn't hold thieving to be dishonourable as long as it is against a foe.However, it is extremely forbidden to steal from a hin or allies. [11]

WorshipersEdit

The faith of Arvoreen is strong in like-minded Strongheart halflings and halfling isolationists. The devoted follows procedures of military drills, training regimens, traps, signal beacons and also fortifications. Their temples are special keeps. This mix, along with some ideals that the enemies to the hin community comes from enemies inherited by mixing with other cultures, makes them less popular to the Lightfoot halfling, who are exempt in times of war.

The Devoted also taught blade work to the young, especially the deity's favored weapon the short sword. The clergy pray before dawn and before patrol. If able, they will also pray before battle with The battle hymn Of The Keepers, an oral depiction of halfling military victory dating back centuries.[8]

The vestments of the priesthood of the defender was silver colored chain mail and helmet, along with dark blue tabards with his holy symbol. They also wore an amulet of a small silver buckler.[12]

AvatarEdit

Appearing as a handsome young muscular halfling dressed in light clothing and chain mail, his weapons of choice range from two short swords to a short sword and shield. He is always accompanied by a keeper, and he sometimes appear to go on patrol with his worshipers.[13]

Specialist priest and worshipersEdit

Novices of the church were called "Shieldbearers" and the ranks ascended as such: Shieldbearers, Warder, Guardian, Defender, Rrotector, Magistrate, Sheriff, Marshals (Full priest) and High Marshal.[14]

  • Trueswords - Speciialised priests skilled in fighting with short swords, engineering and reading and writing.[12]
  • Arvoreen's Keepers - Commanders and militia leaders, sentinels and "road-sheriffs". They use a code of ethics as guidelines and so are wiling to bend to rules to defend the small folk.
  • Arvoreen's Warder - A militaristic branch of the religion with less spell casting ability, who make up for this handicap with tenacity and skills.[15]

Holy DaysEdit

  • Ceremony of Remembrance - took place during Feast of the Moon where they remember those who fell in the defence of the halfling community.[16]

Affiliated OrdersEdit

RelationshipsEdit

The defender's enemies are naturally the evil deities such as the goblinoid pantheon, Bane, Cyric and the Deities of Fury. His closest allies are the deities other of the hin pantheon, especially Yondalla, Cyrrollalee and Urogalan, but he disapproved of the behavior of Brandobaris.[17]

HistoryEdit

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TriviaEdit

BGII cover This article is about an element from the game Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and so some content may not be canon.

There is a "Sling of Arvoreen" found in the game in a beholder den that states falsely that Arvoreen is a female.

NWN2 box This article is about an element from the game Neverwinter Nights 2, and so some content may not be canon.


In the game Neverwinter Nights 2, Daeghun Farlong has in a chest in his room, in which can be found "Arvoreen's Amulet of Aid". Daeghun never mentions the amulet or how he's gotten it. It is known that Arvoreen grants gifts to defenders of hin communities and that might be how he gained this item.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gary Gygax (August, 1985). Unearthed Arcana (1st edition), p. 115. TSR, Inc.ISBN 0880380845.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 162. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  3. Thomas E. Rinschler (2001). Deities. A Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting Web Enhancement p. 3. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2012-04-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 137. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  5. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 162–164. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 240. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, p. 64. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 137. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  9. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology, p. 39. TSR, IncISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  10. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 198. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  11. Dragon (magazine) #59 p-53
  12. 12.0 12.1 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 201. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  13. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 199. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 200. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  15. Dragon (magazine) #321 p-60-63
  16. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 137-138. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  17. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 138. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.

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External LinksEdit

Yondalla's Children
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