Thursday 24 February 2022

D&DG Worshippers 2: Babylonians

Babylonian Worshippers

So, following on from the previous post, here's the table for Babylonian worshippers:

Encounter Cleric Druid Fighter Ranger Magic-user Illusionist Thief Assassin Monk Bard
Anu 1-25   1-16              
Anshar 26-50   17-31              
Druaga     32-44   1-11     1-100    
Girru     45-58   12-42          
Istar 51-69     1-100 43-61          
Marduk     59-75   62-73         1-100
Nergal 70-100   76-85   74-89          
Ramman     86-100   90-100 1-100        

This brings a problem with the system to the fore: there are no Babylonian deities listed with thieving skills (other than Druaga who presumably inherits the thieving abilities based on his assassin level).

In fact, this problem was there last week because none of the listed American deities have levels in the Paladin class and, in fact, neither do the Babylonian ones. That's not such a big deal - most campaigns can trundle along without paladin NPCs - but no thieves seems an unlikely social setup.

Looking at this I tried doing the table based on alignment, with the weights being the deity's hit points - a direct link back to Zak's original idea, albeit with a different methology. Here's the result:
Anu 1-43 1-32 1-62 1-30 1-41 1-41 1-34 1-25 1-32
Anshar               26-44 33-56
Druaga             35-53    
Girru 44-73 33-54              
Istar 74-100 55-74 63-100 31-49 42-67 42-67 54-75 45-60 57-76
Marduk       50-75          
Nergal             76-100 61-79 77-100
Ramman   75-100   76-100 68-100 68-100   80-100  

It's okay and is another way to slice the data but in this case I'm using the "worshippers' alignment" entry for each deity and, looking ahead at the Celts, that might pose a problem too. Looking slightly further ahead to the Cthulhu Mythos, it isn't going to make for a particularly interesting  range of options (spoiler: Chaotic Evil is what I'm talking about).

But for now it's okay.


  1. I know it doesn't exactly fit with your chart, but I would probably give even chances for thieves to worship any of those gods... or be mostly aligned with the god/dess who is identified with the city-state that the thief is from - if I were playing a Mesopotamian-themed game. Most cities had a patron god and most Sumerian/Babylonian folks tended to worship a pantheon, versus just one.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I'm planning to address that in the next post, and it is why I think of these as more like "favourite deity" rolls than singular objects of worship and the same thing goes for Greek city-states too.

      The alignment table works quite well in this case as a stand-in for a thief, or just 0-level normal people

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  3. Hey Mr. Nagora,

    I can't remember if I've posted here before, but I just wanted to say I've read and reread many of your entries, especially the ones which pertain to figuring out how AD&D works as it is presented in the books. I'm glad you're posting again!