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Baravar Cloakshadow, known as the Sly One, was the neutral good gnome deity of illusion and deception. His dogma primarily concerned the protection of the gnome race through the art of illusion.


Clerics of Baravar were generally sneaky, smart gnomes, who served their communities by instructing in disguise and camouflage. They prayed for their spells at dusk, and venerated Baravar in a monthly ritual known as the Cloaking. The Cloaking was most often held in public places under the new moon, and it is considered a point of honor that outsiders never realize what is happening.[2]


Baravar was closely allied with the other non-evil members of the gnome pantheon. His other allies were Azuth, Brandobaris, Clangeddin Silverbeard, Erevan Ilesere, Mystra, Sehanine Moonbow, Tymora and Vergadain. His chief enemies were the deities of the Goblin and Kobold races. Other foes were Cyric (for killing his onetime ally, Leira), Abbathor, Mask and Urdlen.[2]


The world is a dangerous place, and the only sure defense is to cloak oneself in the shadows under a web of deception. Strive to master the art of illusion and the game of deceit for therein lies security. Trust no-one that has not proven trustworthy to your satisfaction. In war, use the crafts of illusion and camouflage to make sure your side wins. Devote yourself to your art and those you love with equal fervor, for one must have a reason to live beyond mere survival.



  1. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.


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