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KELEMVOR, Lord of the Dead ✧ Forgotten Realms 5e
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KELEMVOR, Lord of the Dead ✧ Forgotten Realms 5e

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This is a lore pamphlet for players that play clerics, paladins, or worshippers of Kelemvor, god of the dead in the Forgotten Realms. Updated to post-Sundering status quo.

A compilation of lore based on established canon lore published across all editions of Dungeons & Dragons, combined with non-canon gap fillers.

This document contains the following:

 • a poem for Kelemvor worshippers

 • lore about Kelemvor and his exarchs

 • lore about Kelemvor's realm

 • the tenets of Kelemvor's faith

 • lore about the clergy of Kelemvor

 • two special feats for divine spellcasters that worship Kelemvor

 • two signature magic spells for divine spellcasters that worship Kelemvor

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John G April 29, 2022 3:13 pm UTC
Excellent paper on the deity Kelemvor. Having all of this information compiled and easy to read makes it very useful for players and DMs alike. I highly recommend it to anyone playing in a world that includes Kelemvor as a deity.

With that said, I have to concur with a statement made by Stephanie over in the review section. I'd much prefer if these documents included source references. I'd like to know which material is canon and what source it was pulled from, and which sections have been created by the author. Without that, it remains useful but limited. Simple inline citations and a reference list at the end would take this from a 4/5 to a 5/5 for me.
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Johnny T December 18, 2021 5:51 am UTC
v1.4b -- Corrected Cyric's holy symbol in Divine Enemies section.

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Johnny T November 16, 2021 7:17 am UTC
The pamphlet has been updated to 1.4 and then 1.4a when I realized I forgot to add a new entry in the Court of Souls section.

Here are the update notes for 1.4 and 1.4a.

Changes in v1.4:

Added new text to The Faithless and the False entry in Afterlife section, to account for atheists who are spared on appeal, a process that would be uniquely Kelemvor’s apart from his predecessors, as the highest standard of fairness has become the goal of Kelemvor.

“In addition, appeals may be made before or after the judgements through the bureaucracy of Kelemvor’s court system by third parties on behalf of certain souls, often made by loved ones of the soul in jeopardy. Deities regularly send an avatar or proxy to appeal the court system on behalf of certain souls; such souls might be devoted to a powerful cause, ideal, or philosophy that is strongly aligned with a deity’s tenets of faith, or have some unusual quality to them that involves some grand design, or perhaps...See more
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Naqdimon W February 19, 2021 9:39 am UTC
Great job, thank you so much !

I've just created a Kelemvor cleric and with this pamphlet, he will gain a lot of depth :)
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David A October 16, 2019 3:11 am UTC
Just a question. I don't know if I missed something or not but if I could get some clarification. When Kelemvor became the god of the dead in the Forgotten Realms book, The Prince of Lies, he tore down the wall and in Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad, he placed a new wall that was mirrored. Is this just a small oversight, or different lore source? I really like them and am planning on getting them all, not just for players but because I love the lore of the game and I really appreciate what you are doing. Thanks for all your hard work.
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Johnny T October 16, 2019 6:43 am UTC
It's the gates of the wall that are mirrored rather than the whole wall, if that's what you're asking. I included that info in the fourth paragraph under the [The City of Judgement] subsection of the Afterlife section. It's based on a sentence in The Crucible - "Many gods did as he asked, though Sune turned around at the mirrored gates..."

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David A October 16, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
ok. Thanks for the info.
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Johnny T September 19, 2019 9:03 am UTC
It was a life-draining effort but v1.3 has arrived. A big update that adds a lot of meat and fixes some mistakes from the previous version.

Changes in v1.3:

Minor spelling and grammar fixes.

Revised Kelemvor’s symbol description to be more precise to its visual image.

Added logo to title cover.

Added Divine Realm entry to initial description stats.

Moved Fugue Plane in Kelemvor’s Divine Residence entry to Divine Realm entry.

Re-structured Divine Allies and Divine Enemies sections, including the addition of alignments and holy symbols.

Added mention of pantheon for Faerûnian deities in ally and enemy entries.

Added Amaunator’s entry to Divine Allies section.

Added Finder Wyvernspur’s entry to Divine Allies section.

Added Mystra’s entry to Divine Allies section.

Added Naralis Abalor’s’ entry to Divine Allies section.

Added Nephthys’...See more
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Daniel M October 15, 2018 3:50 am UTC
thank you
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Johnny T October 17, 2018 1:32 am UTC
You're welcome.

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Johnny T April 03, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
The Kelemvor pamphlet has been updated to v1.2! Here are the update notes.

Changes in v1.2:

Replaced title image with same image re-edited to better fit the aesthetic of the pamphlet series.

Revised the entry for the dwarven god Dumathoin in the Court of Souls, to be a more accurate match with his canon description.

Added Izanagi and Izanami, the “8 Million Gods” pantheon’s gods of life and death, to the Court of Souls.

Added Micuhtil (non-canon god based on the real life Aztec deity Mictecacihuatl) to the Court of Souls, to represent death in the Maztican pantheon, which canonically has many (unnamed) gods in addition to its eleven major gods.

Added Osiris, Mulhorandi god of vegetation, death, the dead, justice, and harvest, to the Court of Souls.

Added Shajar, Zakharan god of rivers, life, growth, death, and decay, to the Court of Souls.

Added Yama, Vedic god of death, justice, crafting, and reincarnation,...See more
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Johnny T April 01, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
v1.2 update is coming within a day or two. This update will add to the Court of Souls section as well as a new section for Customs of the Faithful.
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Johnny T October 26, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
The pamphlet has been updated to v1.1.

Changes in v1.1:

Replaced image on poem page with new image, moving old image further into pamphlet into the Afterlife section.

Added Other Names or Titles entry to Kelemvor’s opening section on page 3.

Added Kiaransalee and Velsharoon to Divine Enemies.

Removed paragraph describing Kelemvor’s personal image (redundant with cover image) and brief paragraph describing his relationships with deities (to be replaced by more in-depth descriptions).

Added paragraphs describing Kelemvor’s rise to godhood and some of the events between then and the current post-Sundering era.

Added paragraphs describing Kelemvor’s relationships with Chauntea, Lathander, Sehanine Moonbow, Selune, Silvanus, and Urogalan.

Added paragraphs describing Kelemvor’s relationships with Kiaransalee and Velsharoon.

Added alignment to Jergal in Exarchs section.

Added more...See more
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March 05, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
I greatly appreciate this for a few reasons.
My personal reason is that I plan on introducing some important Kelemvor Worshiping NPCS to my personal game and love finding additional inspiration for for their behavior personality and faith.

Aside from that I personally believe that Cleric and Paladin Players need to really sit down and think about their characters relationship with their deity. I've recently gotten a couple of new cleric players who I asked "So what deity did you choose?" only to be told they hadn't really thought of it. As a DM and a player that's so frustrating because I feel they miss out on one of the funnest parts of playing one of the holy classes.
Even for non-cleric and paladin players I think that knowing what god your character worships, if at all, and why adds so much to the game.
So it makes me very happy that this is here to get the gears turning and hopefully inspire Players and DMs alike.
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Johnny T March 04, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
After lessons learned from the construction of the "prototype" Sune pamphlet - I went a little deeper with Kelemvor, and explored the post-Sundering status quo a bit. When I saw that Myrkul was back in the PHB, while Kelemvor still lived, I knew there had to be some address given to their new relationship, especially if other gods of death were to exist in the 5e Forgotten Realms.

How could they co-exist? The Court of Souls was born from that question. Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer...
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Tommaso S March 05, 2016 4:30 am UTC
I like what you did with the Court of Souls. And your version of the Kelemvor/Myrkul relationship is close to the canon one (explained--hinted, actually--in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide), where Kelemvor is the judge of the dead, and Myrkul the deity of death, sort of a Grim Reaper. If you wish to do more of these, know that the list in the PHB doesn't include all the of the currently active deities (Asmodeus is missing, for example. The racial pantheons too. But that does't mean that they're dead--many of them have in fact returned). The list is expanded in the SCAG.
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