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Tyr symbol
Symbol of Tyr
Tyr
(Dead power)
Basic Information
Title(s) God of Justice,[1][2]
Grimjaws,[1][2]
The Even-Handed,[1][2][3][4][5]
The Maimed God,[2][4][5]
Blind, Blind Tyr,[2]
The Blind Overlord,[6]
The Wounded One,[6]
The Just God[4][5][6]
Pantheon Faerûnian pantheon, formerly: Norse Pantheon[7]
As a Mortal
Race Human
Gender Male
1st Edition Statistics[1][7]
Power Level Greater deity
Alignment Lawful good
Symbol Balanced scales sitting on the head of a warhammer
Home Plane Seven Heavens,[1] formerly: Gladsheim[7]
Served By Torm, Ilmater[8]
Portfolio Justice
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Avatar
Bard 10
Druid 13
Illusionist 10
Monk 10
Paladin 25
Thief 15
2nd Edition Statistics[2][3][6][9]
Power Level Greater deity
Alignment Lawful good
Symbol Balanced scales resting on a warhammer
Home Plane Mount Celestia and Ysgard,[6] formerly: Seven Heavens[2][3]
Realm Lunia/The Court, Ysgard/Asgard
Served By Torm, Ilmater
Portfolio Justice
Spheres All, Astral, Charm, Combat, Creation, Divination, Guardian, Healing, Law, Necromanatic, Protection, Summoning, Sun, Wards, War, minor: Elemental
Worshipers Knights, bureaucrats, judges, merchants
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Holy day(s) The 1st, 13th, and 22nd of every month
Avatar
Cleric 25
Fighter 38
3rd Edition Statistics[4][10]
Power Level Greater deity
Alignment Lawful good
Symbol Balanced scales resting on upright warhammer
Home Plane House of the Triad
Served By Torm, Ilmater
Portfolio Justice
Domains Good, Knowledge, Law, Retribution, War
Worshipers Judges, lawyers, magistrates, the oppressed, paladins, police, Neverwintans
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon Justicar (longsword)
Holy day(s) The 1st, 13th, and 22nd of every month
Avatar
Cleric 20
Paladin 20
4th Edition Statistics[11]
Power Level Dead power[note 1]

Tyr (pronounced TEER[12] ), also known as The Maimed God,[13] was a lawful good greater deity of law and justice and part of The Triad. His dogma was primarily concerned with the punishment of wrong-doers, and the general furthering of law and good in the world. Not coincidentally, these values are among those held by most paladins, many of whom were more than likely to follow The Triad,[12] as the patron of paladins Torm is one-third of the coalition.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

Tyr was a power before the time of Jhaamdath and over the millennia, was known by a multitude of different names such as Achanatyr, Anachtyr, Arrtyr Judge Of All, Iltyr the Blind but All-Seeing Eye, The Sword of Justice, and several others. He was a member of the Jhaamdathi Pantheon and sponsored cults as well as priests[14]. His followers were known to have slain the great wyrm Rivenaurlgoth the Darkly Pious in the Marching Mountains in -284 DR.

Tyr first made a major historical impact on Toril in a campaign to pacify the remnants of the fallen empire of Jhaamdath in -247 DR, The Year of the Striking Lance. This stroke is known as the Procession of Justice, in which the god himself appeared on Toril, allied himself with Torm and Ilmater, and led a host of archon and angels against the chaotic and evil forces arrayed in the remains of the fallen empire. Ilmater aligned himself with Tyr in -243 DR. Torm joined them to complete the Triad some years later.[citation needed]

Tyr lost his right hand to Kezef the Chaos Hound,[12] and his eyes were put out by Lord Ao when he questioned Ao's decision that all the gods would be punished for failing to prevent Bane's theft of the Tablets of Fate. Ilmater, true to his ethos, works to teach Tyr to live with these disabilities, though in truth they are not a great hindrance in view of his power as a greater god. Torm, being a god aware of his own past humanity, also aided Tyr by tempering the god's zeal for justice with the gift of mercy.[citation needed]

Tyr killed Helm in a duel in 1384 DR, when he mistakenly thought Helm had stolen Tymora's heart.[15] It's suspected that Cyric had a hand in this.

In 1385 DR just after the Spellplague, Tyr abdicated his godhood and granted Torm all his deific power, because he lost faith in himself and his ability to lead and judge. Tyr counsels all of his followers to offer their allegiance to Torm.[16] Tyr's portfolio of justice was subsequently absorbed by Bahamut who later became a subservient deity of Torm.[citation needed]

Tyr was being venerated in secret after his death in his ancient aspect of Iltyr by waterdhavian and cormyrian nobles. Iltyr was depicted as an entirely black, weeping eyeball with a prehensile tail. Iltyr's hidden shrines however depicted one or a pair of large but normal staring eyes, which his followers often dismissed to visitors as the only surviving portrait of an ancestor[14].

DeathEdit

At some point between 1385 DR and 1479 DR, Tyr died fighting off a demonic invasion of the upper realms.[17]

Physical descriptionEdit

Tyr was blind and missing his right hand, for which he bears his title.[12]

Tyr

Tyr, the Maimed God.

WorshipersEdit

The highly organized church of Tyr was strong in the more civilized lands of the Realms. They were known for never refusing service or aid to the faithful when they are in distress.[12] To keep Tyr's favor, one must respect fallen enemies, never make sacrifice of a corpse, and keep one's alignment lawful good. Tyr considered slaying agents of evil to be honorable and worthy of the highest praise.[citation needed]

OrdersEdit

Knights of Holy Judgment 
The Order of the Knights of Holy Judgment tends to attract the paladins who emphasize the "lawful" part of their dedication to Tyr.[18]
Knights of the Merciful Sword 
The Order of the Knights of the Merciful Sword tends to attract the paladins who emphasize the "good" part of their dedication to Tyr.[18]
Hammers of Grimjaws 
The very elite of Tyr's paladins, members of the Hammers of Grimjaws are chosen from the best of Tyr's the Knights of Holy Judgment and the Knights of the Merciful Sword.[19]

RelationshipsEdit

Along with the Triad, Tyr is close to Lathander. He opposed the deities Bane, Cyric, Mask, Talona and Talos.[12]

The TriadEdit

Main article: The Triad

The two other gods who made up The Triad are Ilmater and Torm.[12]

Behind the ScenesEdit

Tyr was originally intended to be a greater god in the 4th edition pantheon of the Realms[20] but was removed in mid-development and replaced with Torm, mainly due to fan reactions towards Tyr's slaying of Helm in The Grand History of the Realms.[21]

In Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition Tyr was actually an external god that came to Toril from Earthly Norse Pantheon. As such - if an Earthly cleric of Norse Pantheon would came to Toril - thanks to a Spelljammer ship - he would be granted spells through Tyr.[citation needed]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. This is based on the statement on page 77 of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide that Tyr died defending the "upper realms" from a demonic invasion. It is noted in the talk page that the novel The Crystal Mountain (a later publication) states that Tyr gave his divinity to Torm and therefore may not be dead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms), p. 15. TSR, IncISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms, p. 50. TSR, IncISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures, p. 35. TSR, IncISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 253. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 79. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars, p. 169. TSR, IncISBN 978-0786903849.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 James M. Ward, Robert J. Kuntz (1980). Deities and Demigods, p. 123. TSR, IncISBN 0-935696-22-9.
  8. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms), p. 17. TSR, IncISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  9. Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground, p. 181. TSR, IncISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  10. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 79–80. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  11. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, p. 77. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 254. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  13. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 253. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Template:Cite web/Candlekeep forum/Questions for Ed Greenwood (2014)/Tyr's ancient past
  15. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 159. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  16. Thomas M. Reid (July 2009). The Crystal Mountain (Mass Market Paperback), p. 241. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-78695235-9.
  17. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, p. 77. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds (Nov. 2005). Champions of Valor, p. 102. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3697-5.
  19. Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds (Nov. 2005). Champions of Valor, p. 100. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3697-5.
  20. Richard Baker (November 28th, 2007). The one and only "Ask the Realms authors/designers thread" 3. Retrieved on January 12th, 2009.
  21. Richard Baker (November 29th, 2007). The one and only "Ask the Realms authors/designers thread" 3. Retrieved on January 12th, 2009.


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