Ravanna

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Greyhawk Deity
Ravanna
Title(s) King of Rakshasas
Home Plane Acheron (formerly Prime Material Plane)
Power Level Lesser deity
Gender Male
Class(es) Cleric 14, fighter 25, magic-user 16, illusionist 25
Alignment Lawful evil
Portfolio Deception, intrigue, lies, rakshasas, tyranny
Domains Destruction, Evil, Trickery
Alias(es)
Superior None

Ravanna, the king and god of rakshasas, is a ten-headed lesser deity who can only be harmed by non-deific creatures from the Prime Material Plane.

Description

Ravanna is depicted as a rakshasa with ten heads. He is gifted with invulnerability to gods, demons, and elementals. He is decadent and monomaniacal, possessing the cruel intellect, diabolical cunning, and patient subtlety all other rakshasas aspire to. In battle he wields his javelin, Yamafang.

Relationships

Ravanna's sister, Soorpanakha, was slain by a mortal.

Vassals

Ravanna's chief proxy is Loliadac, a rakshasa maharajah bearing the heads of a human, mantis, ape, crocodile, and tiger who commands an army he moves from Acheron to the Plane of Shadow and the Material Plane at his god's command. Ravanna's planar allies include bone devils, hellcats, and rakshasas.

Realm

Ravanna dwells on the plane of Acheron, in a gloomy underworld known to some as Patalam.

Worshippers

Ravanna is worshipped and loyally obeyed by rakshasas as the champion of their race. He does not accept worshippers of other races.

Clergy

Few rakshasas choose to become clerics of Ravanna willingly; instead, Ravanna chooses them based on their potential to serve his interests. Few dare to disobey the god's summons, as his wrath is great. Ravanna demands his followers expand their power and influence while remaining unseen; this makes them seem more like a far-reaching criminal network than a typical priesthood.

Temples

Ravanna has few temples, but those he does have are often ostentatious displays of wealth and decadence crafted from precious metals. A more humble temple of Ravanna is in the settlement of Newtemple on the Wild Coast. More common are the personal shrines that all rakshasas maintain.

Rituals

Ravanna demands daily sacrifices of blood and wealth. Prayers to Ravanna are lengthy affairs that extol Ravanna's virtues while affirming the unworthiness of his followers.

History

Ravanna had a sister called Soorpanakha who attempted to seduce the mortal hero Rama. Rama angrily killed her, but before she died she returned to her brother's court and demanded he avenge her. Ravanna obliged by beginning a war with Rama, which ended with Ravanna's death at the mortal's hands. Ravanna's spirit traveled to the plane of Acheron, where his body reformed and he continued to rule the rakshasa race. Since his defeat, he has refused to leave his home plane.

Bibliography

  • Cagle, Eric. "The Ecology of the Rakshasa." Dragon #326. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2004. Page 68.