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Istishia
Title(s) The Water Lord
King of the Water Elementals
Symbol Cresting wave[1]
Realm Cresting Spires
Formerly: Elemental Plane of Water, The Sea of Timelessness[2]
Alignment Neutral
Worshipers Bards, Elemental Archons of Water, Sailors, Travelers
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Domains Destruction, Ocean, Storm, Travel, Water
Holy day(s) None known
Favored weapon A wave (Warhammer)


Istishia (pronounced is-TISH-ee-ah [3]), also known as King of Water Elementals, is the neutral primordial deity of elemental water and purification.[4]

Worshipers Edit

Istishia is worshiped by Sailors, Pirates, Water Elementals, Water Genasi, some Aquatic Elves,[5] and others who feel a bond with the Ocean's destructive power.

Worship in ZakharaEdit

On the continent of Zakhara, Istishia is called one of the cold gods of the elements. As those are seen as uncaring for human affairs, they are considered opposed to the Land of Fate's pervasive culture of Enlightenment. Only a few Zakharans are willing to worship a cold god in order to gain power.[6]

Relationships Edit

Istishia allies are those deities with a relation to water, like Deep Sashelas, Eldath, Valkur, and Umberlee, but they are not strong relationships. He opposes Kossuth in every way. Istishia sits back and watches the struggle of the archomentals of water, Ben-Hadar and Olhydra; presumably he would intervene if one would achieve a real chance to get control of elemental water.[7]

History Edit

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Publication historyEdit

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)Edit

Ed Greenwood initially used Straasha, one of Moorcock's Elemental gods as found in the original Deities & Demigods, as the elemental lord of water for his home Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the Forgotten Realms. As Greenwood indicated in his article "Down-to-earth Divinity" in Dragon #54 (October 1981), Moorcock's elemental gods "may later be replaced in [his] universe by 'official' AD&D beings as these are published".[8] Istishia first appeared in the original Manual of the Planes (1987),[9] and was featured as one of the elemental lords for the Forgotten Realms in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set's "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987).[10]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)Edit

Istishia was described in the hardback Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990),[11] the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1993) in the "Running the Realms" booklet,[12] and Faiths & Avatars (1996).[13]

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2007)Edit

Istishia appears as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001),[14] and is further detailed in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[15]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-Present)Edit

Istishia appears in the fourth edition as a primordial.[16]

Notes Edit

  1. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 235. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. (TSR, Inc), p. 181. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  3. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  4. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 79, 81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  5. Walter M. Baas and Kira Glass (1991). Nightwatch in the Living City. (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 1-56076-068-0.
  6. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  7. Monte Cook, William W. Connors (1998). The Inner Planes, pp. 55-56. TSR, Inc. ISBN 9-780786-907366.
  8. Greenwood, Ed. "Down to Earth Divinity." Dragon #54 (TSR, 1981)
  9. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR) ISBN 0880383992.
  10. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc) ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  11. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc) ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  12. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Julia Martin (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc)
  13. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc) ISBN 978-0786903849.
  14. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  15. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  16. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.

References Edit

The Faerûnian Pantheon
Major Deities
AzuthBaneBhaalChaunteaCyricGondHelmIlmaterKelemvorKossuthLathanderLoviatarMaskMielikkiMyrkulMystra (Midnight) • OghmaSelûneSharShaundakulSilvanusSuneTalosTempusTormTymoraTyrUmberleeWaukeen
Other Members
AkadiAurilBeshabaDeneirEldathFinder WyvernspurGaragosGargauthGrumbarGwaeron WindstromHoarIstishiaIyachtu XvimJergalLliiraLurueMalarMililNobanionThe Red KnightSavrasSharessShialliaSiamorpheTalonaTiamatUbtaoUlutiuValkurVelsharoon
Primordials
Elemental Lords of Toril
AkadiBazim-GoragGrumbarIstishiaKossuth
Miscellaneous Primordials
AsgorathBoremDendarKezefMaegeraMual-TarTelosUbtao


Deities of the Era of Upheaval
Ao the Overgod
Greater Deities of Faerûn
Angharradh | Bane | Chauntea | Corellon Larethian | Cyric | Garl Glittergold | Gruumsh | Horus-Re | Kelemvor | Lathander | Moradin | Mystra | Oghma | Shar | Silvanus | Sune | Talos | Tempus | Tyr | Yondalla
Other Deities of Faerûn
Abbathor | Arvoreen | Baervan Wildwanderer | Berronar Truesilver | Beshaba | Callarduran Smoothhands | Clangeddin Silverbeard | Cyrrollalee | Deep Duerra | Deep Sashelas | Dumathoin | Erevan Ilesere | Flandal Steelskin | Gond | Hanali Celanil | Helm | Ilmater | Isis | Labelas Enoreth | Laduguer | Lolth | Mask | Mielikki | Nephthys | Osiris | Rillifane Rallathil | Sehanine Moonbow | Segojan Earthcaller | Selûne | Set | Sharindlar | Sheela Peryroyl | Solonor Thelandira | Thoth | |Tymora | Umberlee | Urdlen | Vergadain

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