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Corellon, or more fully Corellon Larethian (kor-el-un la-RETH-ee-an[6]), whose titles included Creator of the Elves and the Protector, was the patron god of all elves. He was the creator and preserver of the Tel'Quessir, governing those things held in the highest esteem among elves, such as magic, music, arts, crafts, poetry, and warfare. Corellon lived in the realm of Arvandor. He approved of those who killed orcs and followers of Lolth, blessed those who aided others, and became angered at those who defiled the dead, or fled from their foes.[2][7]

RelationshipsEdit

Randy elf god

Corellon Larethian plucks out the eye of Gruumsh.

AlliesEdit

SeldarineEdit

Corellon was the Seldarine’s, the elven pantheon’s, leader[8] and was generally close with all of them, except Fenmarel Mestarine[9] who was Lolth’s, his former wife’s, partner in adultery.[10] He was married to Angharradh.[3]

OthersEdit

Father and daughter

Corellon with his daughter, Eilistraee.

He was allied with various deities from the Faerûnian pantheon who dealt with nature or magic as well with the leaders of the dwarven, gnomish and halfling pantheons,[8] because to Corellon, human expansion was a source of fear.[11]

He was allied with daughter Eilistraee.[8] This relationship was strong but distant, Erevan Ilesere was closer to his daughter than he was.[12]

EnemiesEdit

Corellon had a long list of enemies.

GruumshEdit

According to orcs, the relationship between Gruumsh and the elven deities degenerated to hostility after the latter participated at a prank with the gods of other pantheons. They rigged a lot drawing to determine where each race was entitled to live and there were none for the orcs. Gruumsh was mocked, but destitution for the orcs was averted by Gruumsh creating a niche for the orcs to live. Henceforth, the orc pantheon was an enemy of the others, including of the elven one.[13]

While the orcs deny it, Corellon was said to have cut out one of Gruumsh’s eyes.[14] Their blood seemed to be compatible to each other for mingling it created elves[3] and also the Elf-Eater.[15]

Dark SeldarineEdit

Corellon’s enemies from the drow pantheon included Lolth, his former wife, Vhaeraun, his son, and Selvetarm, his grandson and others.

LolthEdit

Lolth was once Corellon’s wife.[16] She tried to take over his position as the head of the Seldarine and failed. For this crime, she was sentenced to banishment. She changed into a spider monster and attacked Corellon. Corellon couldn’t kill her and she escaped.[17]

Lolth hated Corellon and, due to her inability to fight him directly, her hatred took the form of hurting surface elves.[18] She considered this at best a secondary priority. Having fun at urging and seeing the drow fighting themselves was more important to her than putting efforts in killing the people of her former husband.[19]

VhaeraunEdit

After Vhaeraun’s betrayal during the War of the Seldarine, Corellon Larethian practically cut his son off with a shilling and exiled him.[20]

He gave up on the idea of turning his son Vhaeraun to abandon his ways.[21] He vowed kill him, if he ever tried to hurt his sister,[20] which was an empty threat, for the Masked Lord did threaten the Dark Maiden’s life, without known action against him on Corellon’s part.[22]

Interestingly the one type of magic, that Protector considered too corrupt for elves and thus suitable for drow, the usage of the Shadow Weave,[23] was the niche Vhaeraun filled in his role as the patron of shadow magic.[24]

OtherEdit

Other enemies of his were the goblin and orc pantheon and Bane, Cyric, Malar and Talos.[8]

WorshipersEdit

Among Corellon's worshipers were elves, eladrin, and their descendants, as well as many bards. His clerics wore silver circlets and gossamer robes of the brightest azure. One of his most frequent holy days was the quarter moon and Corellon was worshiped at natural geological formations with beautiful objects sacrificed to him monthly.[citation needed]

OrdersEdit

  • Fellowship of the Forgotten Flower: The fellowship was a loosely structured organization made of elven knights or elven warriors dedicated to the recovery of lost elven relics from long-abandoned realms.[25]

AppendixEdit

BackgroundEdit

James M. Ward created Corellon Larethian for the Deities and Demigods (1980).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 101–103. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  4. Logan Bonner (August, 2009). “Domains in Eberron and the Forgotten Realms”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #378 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.
  5. Sean K. Reynolds (2002). Deity Do's and Don'ts. A Faiths and Pantheons Web Enhancement. Wizards of the Coast. p. 10. Retrieved on 2014-09-22.
  6. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.
  7. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 125–126. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  9. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 92. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  10. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  11. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  12. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  13. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  14. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 149. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  15. Jeff Crook, Wil Upchurch, Eric L. Boyd (May 2005). Champions of Ruin. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-3692-4.
  16. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 26. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  17. Elaine Cunningham (1999). Evermeet: Island of Elves. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 70–72. ISBN 0-7869-1354-1.
  18. Elaine Cunningham (1999). Evermeet: Island of Elves. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 139. ISBN 0-7869-1354-1.
  19. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Elaine Cunningham (1999). Evermeet: Island of Elves. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 69. ISBN 0-7869-1354-1.
  21. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 101. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  22. Elaine Cunningham (1999). Evermeet: Island of Elves. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 109. ISBN 0-7869-1354-1.
  23. Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  24. Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), p. 93. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
  25. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.

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