Day 6 — Favorite Deity?
One of my favorite D&D books is the first edition Deities and Demi-Gods that I picked up new off the shelf at Redbeard’s Books back in 1980. I would have been, what? Fourteen? Sounds about right.
In addition to the gods and heroes of the American Indians, Babylonians, Celts, Central Americans, Chinese, Egyptians, Finnish, Greeks, Indians, Japanese, Norse, and Sumerians, it also included Fritz Leiber’s “Nehwon mythos”, Michael Moorcock’s “Melnibonéan mythos”, and H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos”.
That first edition was filled with awesome artwork by the likes of Jeff Dee, Dave Trampier, Erol Otus, and Darlene, among others, and I loved the illustrations for the Arthurian Heroes in particular, but my favorite Dungeons & Dragons Deity is, quite simply, Odin the Allfather.
Masterfully illustrated by Jeff Dee, Odin is the very picture of raw, divine power. He has an arsenal of cool weapons, unique and wondrous animal companions, and he’s packing some rather serious heat as the stats above reveal.
Look, I was already enamored with Norse Mythology. Had been since I stumbled upon Children of Odin by Padraic Colum in the third grade.
Gravitating toward Old One Eye in my favorite role playing game was sort of a no-brainer.