Divine Trappings: Domain Tables

Polyhedral Pantheons and Divine Trappings both depend on having a broad selection of domains.

That need seems to be met pretty handily.

Paizo Domains, Third-Party Domains, and Druid Domains

I see three distinct sets of domains (plus a fourth that exists only on this blog, that I’ll be writing more about in a week or so).

Paizo has published 35 domains I’m considering the core. They’re a little generic, but they cover most of the major subjects that could be expected in a pantheon: Death, War, the elements, Magic.. things almost all societies could expect to be interested in. They’ve also published 137 subdomains that modify these domains. Of these 137 subdomains, 15 each modify two domains.

Third-party publishers have published 55 domains (that I’ve captured so far), and these tend to be more specific. This can be good (more specific tends to be more interesting) and bad (more specific can be harder to apply generally). I’ll want to keep these separate so I can focus on the more generic and easier to apply for early development, and have these other domains available for more detailed development. I’ve also captured almost 40

There is another special set of domains available for use by druids. This includes a small subset of the core set, plus animal domains and terrain domains. I’ll keep these separated as well, but will have Paizo and third-party domains in the same table.

All told I’ve got 115 rows in this spreadsheet of just domains (of all three types), plus 175 subdomains to work with.

I’m sure I haven’t gotten them all yet, but it’s a start.

Paizo Domain Table

Paizo has published 33 domains in the Core Rulebook, and it looks like two others (Void and Scalykind) in later supplements. These cover the major elements expected of a pantheon: death, magic, war, the weather, and so on.

They also have published a slew of subdomains that modify these domains, which works to represent lesser aspects of those domains. Air has the Cloud, Lightning, and Wind subdomains. I have included the subdomains in this table because they represent portfolios that might use the domain, or even just different interpretations of the domain.

I have also included third-party publisher subdomains for the same reason and completeness, but kept them in a separate column to make it easier to differentiate them.

The roll on this table is done using ‘d66’: treat this like d%, but using a pair of six-sided dice instead. Pick two six-sided dice of different colors, designate one as primary and one is secondary, roll both and concatenate their values (so ‘1’ and ‘2’ are ’12’, and ‘2’ and ‘1’ are ’21’, and neither pair make ‘3’).

d66DomainPaizo Subdomains3pp Subdomains
11AirCloud, Lightning, WindZephyr
12AnimalFeather, Fur, InsectFin
13ArtificeAlchemy, Construct, ToilIndustry
14ChaosAzata, Demodand, Demon, Entropy, Protean, Revelry, Riot, Whimsy:ISG, Whimsy:PCBoA
15CharmCaptivation, Love, Lust
16CommunityCooperation, Education, Family, HomeFellowship, Friend, Lughnasadh
21DarknessLoss, Moon, Night, ShadowStarlight, Yule
22DeathMurder, Plague, Psychopomp, Shadow, UndeadMortality
23DestructionCatastrophe, Hatred, Rage, TortureRuin
24EarthCaves, Metal, Petrification, RadiationDolmen, Stone
25EvilCannibalism, Corruption, Daemon, Demodand, Demon, Devil, Fear, Kyton, Plague
26FireArson, Ash, SmokeLitha, Magma
31GloryHeroism, Honor, Hubris, LegendRadiance
32GoodAgathion, Archon, Azata, Friendship, RedemptionAngel:Deva
33HealingMedicine, Restoration, ResurrectionCare, Ostara
34KnowledgeAeon, Education, Espionage, Memory, ThoughtScrying
35LawArchon, Devil, Inevitable, Judgment, Kyton, Legislation, Loyalty:ISG, Loyalty:PCBoA, Slavery, Tyranny:ISG, Tyranny:PCBoF
36LiberationFreedom, Revolution, Self-RealizationIndependence
41LuckCurse, Fate, ImaginationChance
42MadnessInsanity, Nightmare, Truth
43MagicAlchemy, Arcane, Divine, RitesSpell
44NobilityAristocracy, Hubris, Leadership, Martyr
45PlantDecay, Growth, Leshy, ThornsHarvest, Mabon
46ProtectionDefense, Fortifications, Purity, SolitudeImbolc, Shelter
51ReposeAncestors, Psychopomp, Souls
52RuneLanguage, Legislation, WardsOgham, Portents
53ScalykindDragon, Saurian, Venom
54StrengthCompetition, Ferocity, Fist, Resolve, Self-RealizationMight
55SunDay, Light, Revelation, ThirstBethane, Warmth
56TravelExploration, Portal, TradeQuest
61TrickeryAmbush, Deception, Espionage, Greed, Innuendo, ThieveryBeggar, Secrecy
62VoidDark Tapestry, Isolation, Stars
63WarBlood, Duels, TacticsAlly, Armor
64WaterFlotsam, Flowing, Ice, Oceans, RiversMist
65WeatherMonsoon, Seasons, StormsWinter

Some subdomains apply to multiple primary domains.

  • Alchemy (Artifice, Magic)
  • Archon (Good, Law)
  • Azata (Chaos, Good)
  • Demodand (Chaos, Evil)
  • Demon (Chaos, Evil)
  • Devil (Evil, Law)
  • Education (Community, Knowledge)
  • Espionage (Knowledge, Trickery)
  • Hubris (Glory, Nobility)
  • Kyton (Evil, Law)
  • Legislation (Law, Rune)
  • Plague (Death, Evil)
  • Psychopomp (Death, Repose)
  • Self-Realization (Liberation, Strength)
  • Shadow (Darkness, Death)

In many cases I would consider these candidates for hybrid domains, domains that are associated with two instead of one (and count as either or both for prerequisite purposes). I’ve written about hybrid domains before, and plan to again a little later in this month.

There are also a few subdomains (Loyalty, Tyranny, Whimsy) that Paizo published twice, with substantive differences (usually the second granted power, and at least once in the spell lists). If they were substantively the same I would have merged them, but because of the differences I differenced the names and kept both. Normally I’d keep the later or higher-prestige copy (i.e. hardcover ‘Adventures’ or ‘Ultimate’ book, especially if it is newer than the softcover Player’s Companion book) if the differences look like just a matter of changed wording or minor clarification, but in these cases it looks like the differences are bigger.

Third-Party and Other Domains

The Echelon Reference Series currently has 55 domains from third-party publishers. I’ll present them in a ‘d88’ table (like d66 above, but with two eight-sided dice), in four sets to keep the page length down. They don’t have subdomains (in fact, I’d like turn many of them into subdomains or hybrid domains), so I don’t need to allow the extra space

12Affinity32Father Dagon52Orc72Vigilance
13Attunement33Father of Wendigo53Pleasure73Wind
16Cannibalism36Great Race of Yith56Retribution76Yig
17Cold Iron37Halfling57Sea77Yog-Sothoth
22Cult of the Mi-Go42Ice62Shoggoth82

Some of these are deity-specific, or at least Old One specific… I don’t know how much use I’d have for them in initial construction, but I keep them here for completeness.

Other domains look like they would be good subdomains, at least based on name. Serpent seems like a reasonable subdomain of Scalykind, Wind is a subdomain of Air, and so on. I suspect many of these actually predate Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Player’s Guide.

Regardless, they’re here if I need them. I’m keeping them separate from the core domains because I don’t expect to use them as much, but they are here.

Animal and Terrain Domains

Druids in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game can take a domain as their nature bond. This can be one of a selection of cleric domains, animal domains, or terrain domains. I’ve arranged the animal and terrain domains so they include both Paizo-published and third-party published domains, and the die used determines whether only the first or both sets are used.

d8Cleric Domaind5/d12Animal Domaind8/d20Terrain Domain

As above, the druid domains are probably more specific than ideal for initial pantheon construction. They still have value when developing the pantheon further, and I can imagine a pantheon where deities have strong associations with various animals or lands, and these domains actually would be used in initial selection.

Closing Comments

So. Many. Domains.

But so useful for my purposes. I’m going to focus on fleshing out the primary domains first, then maybe the druid domains. The third-party domains tend to be pretty specialized, so I might do them last of the domains… or even after the subdomains.

I’m also really tempted to review the third-party and druid domains, to see if I can find ways to integrate them into the regular domains.

Or as hybrid domains.

NOT NOW! I’ve got other things to do. But this is on my list.


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