Baervan Wildwanderer

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Baervan Wildwanderer
Game background
Title(s) The Masked Leaf, the Forest Gnome, Father of Fish and Fungus
Home plane Twin Paradises of Bytopia
Power level Intermediate
Alignment Neutral Good
Portfolio Forests, travel, nature
Domains Animal, Gnome, Good, Plant, Travel
Superior Garl Glittergold
Design details

In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, Baervan Wildwanderer is the gnome deity of Forests, Travel, and Nature.

Publication history[edit]

Baervan Wildwanderer was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Gnomish Point of View," in Dragon #61 (TSR, 1982).[1] In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawk setting.[2] He also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).[3]

Baervan Wildwanderer was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood.[4] His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[5] He received a very detailed description for his role in the Forgotten Realms in Demihuman Deities (1998).[6] He is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement Warriors of Heaven (1999).[7]

Baervan Wildwanderer's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[8]



In many campaign settings, the gnome pantheon of gods consists of the leader Garl Glittergold, as well as Baervan Wildwanderer, Baravar Cloakshadow, Flandal Steelskin, Gaerdal Ironhand, Nebelun, Segojan Earthcaller, and Urdlen.


Baervan lives in the gnomish realm of the Golden Hills on the plane of Bytopia.




Baervan's clerics wear wood-brown clothes and green caps. His sacred animal is the raccoon.

Temples, rituals, and holy days[edit]

Baervan's holy days are on the full moon, and he is worshipped in forest clearings. Treasured items are sacrificed to him monthly.

Other media[edit]

Baervan owns a raccoon named Chiktika Fastpaws, according to a female avariel (winged elf) cleric/mage character named Aerie in the AD&D computer role-playing game Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.


  1. ^ Moore, Roger E. "The Gnomish Point of View." Dragon #61 (TSR, May 1982)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary (December 1984). "From the Sorcerer's Scroll: Clerics live by other rules". Dragon (Lake Geneva WI: TSR) (92): 22. ]
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary. Unearthed Arcana (TSR, 1985)
  4. ^ Sargent, Carl. Monster Mythology (TSR, 1992)
  5. ^ McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  6. ^ Boyd, Eric L. Demihuman Deities (TSR, 1998)
  7. ^ Perkins, Christopher. Warriors of Heaven (TSR, 1999)
  8. ^ Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002).

Additional reading[edit]

  • Living Greyhawk Journal no. 3 - "Gods of Oerth"