Waukeen

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Waukeen
Game background
Title(s) Merchant's Friend
Home plane 2E: The Marketplace Eternal (Outlands)
3E: Brightwater
Power level Intermediate
Alignment Neutral
Portfolio Trade, Money, Wealth
Design details

Waukeen (/wɔːˈkn/ waw-KEEN)[1][2] is the fictional goddess of coins and wealth in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

Waukeen was created by one of Jeff Grubb's players, and added to the Forgotten Realms by Grubb. She was named after the Walking Liberty Half Dollar.[3]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)[edit]

Waukeen appeared as one of the major deities for the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set's "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987).[1]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)[edit]

Waukeen was described in the hardback Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990),[4] and Faiths & Avatars (1996).[5]

Her role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[6]

Her relationships with the nonhuman deities in the Forgotten Realms was covered in Demihuman Deities (1998).[7]

Waukeen was the subject of the adventure module, For Duty and Deity (1998).[8]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000-2007)[edit]

Waukeen appears as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001),[2] and is further detailed in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[9]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-present)[edit]

Waukeen is still present as a God, but she does not control her own astral dominion and is therefore not considered a Greater God. Her Great Marketplace has been relocated to Eternal Sun, Amaunator's astral dominion.[10]

Description[edit]

Waukeen or the Merchant's Friend, is the goddess of coins and wealth. She rules over deals done above and below the table and believes that mercantile trade is the best road to enrichment. Waukeen frowns upon destroying fine trade goods and favors those who oppose the propagation of malicious rumors that could harm someone's commerce.

During the Time of Troubles, Waukeen was captured and enslaved in the Abyss by the demon lord Graz'zt. Lliira, the Goddess of Joy, took on Waukeen's portfolio and saw to her followers from that time until Waukeen's eventual escape. After more than a decade of isolation from her followers, Waukeen was freed from her prison by a band of adventurers in 1370 DR.[8]

Waukeen has no enemies besides Mask and the demon lord that held her captive during the Time of Troubles, Graz'zt.

Followers[edit]

Waukeen's faithful travel the world aiding merchants or staff temples in large cities that serve as moneylenders and change houses. Waukeenar believe in investing in any enterprise that has any chance of succeeding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-88038-472-7. 
  2. ^ a b Ed Greenwood et al. (2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5. 
  3. ^ Jeff Grubb (March 25, 2010). "Realms and Remembrance". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Grubb, Jeff and Ed Greenwood. Forgotten Realms Adventures (TSR, 1990)
  5. ^ Martin, Julia, and Eric L. Boyd. Faiths & Avatars (TSR, 1996)
  6. ^ McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  7. ^ Boyd, Eric L. Demihuman Deities (TSR, 1998)
  8. ^ a b Donovan, Dale. For Duty and Deity (TSR, 1998)
  9. ^ Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  10. ^ Cordell, Bruce R., Ed Greenwood and Chris Sims. Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)