Phaulkon

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For The Greek counsellor to King Narai of Ayutthaya, see Constantine Phaulkon.
Phaulkon
Game background
Title(s) Master of Birds, the Feathered One, the Far Reacher, the Wind Archer
Home plane Olympian Glades of Arborea
Power level Lesser
Alignment Chaotic Good
Portfolio Air, Wind, Clouds, Birds, Archery
Domains Air, Animal, Chaos, Good, Sky, War
Superior Lendor
Design details

In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Phaulkon is the Suel god of Air, Wind, Clouds, Birds, and Archery. His symbol is winged human silhouette.

Publication history[edit]

Lenard Lakofka created Phaulkon.[citation needed]

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

Phaulkon was first detailed for the Dungeons & Dragons game in the modules The Secret of Bone Hill (1981),[1] and The Assassin's Knot (1983),[2] by Lenard Lakofka.

Phaulkon was detailed again in the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Game Setting (1983), by Gary Gygax.[3]

Phaulkon was further detailed by Lenard Lakofka in Dragon #87 (1984), in the article Gods of the Suel Pantheon.[4]

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

Phaulkon was one of the deities described in the From the Ashes set (1992), for the Greyhawk campaign,[5] and appeared again in Greyhawk: The Adventure Begins (1998).[6]

Phaulkon is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement Warriors of Heaven (1999).[7]

Phaulkon is further detailed in The Scarlet Brotherhood (1999).[8]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000-2002)[edit]

Phaulkon's role in the 3rd edition Greyhawk setting was defined in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).[9]

Description[edit]

Phaulkon appears as a powerful winged man, clean-shaven and bare-chested. Among the gods of the Suel, Phaulkon is regarded as second only to Kord in fighting prowess. Though he resides on Arborea, he often visits the plane of Elemental Air.

Relationships[edit]

Phaulkon is the son of Lendor, and fathered Kord upon Syrul. He is a staunch ally of Jascar, Murlynd, Atroa, and Aerdrie Faenya. He is very active, and dedicated to the eradication of evil.

Worshippers[edit]

Clergy[edit]

The favored weapons of Phaulkon's clerics are longbows and shortbows. His priests protect the nests of flying animals, study the clouds and sky for portents, and teach hunting and archery to the common man. They also train soldiers in ranged combat. The priesthood seeks to destroy evil artifacts, or to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. To this end, they often work with other priests of allied faiths, such as Jascar, Aerdrie Faenya, or Murlynd. Phaulkian priests tend to be wanderers, and enjoy dwelling under the open sky.

Temples[edit]

Phaulkon is popular in the Sheldomar Valley, especially in Keoland, the Duchy of Ulek, and the Yeomanry. He also enjoys some degree of popularity in Celene. As a Suel deity, it is assumed that the Scarlet Brotherhood also pays homage to him. An abbey to Phaulkon once existed in the town of Restenford on Lendore Isle, but its status is uncertain since most humans were expelled from the island a few years ago.

References[edit]

Additional reading[edit]

  • Brown, Anne. Player's Guide (TSR, 1998).
  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0 (Wizards of the Coast, 2005). Available online: [1]
  • Gygax, Gary, and Frank Mentzer. The Temple of Elemental Evil (TSR, 1985).
  • Peck, W Jason. "Priestly Secrets." Dungeon #71 (TSR, 1998).
  • Living Greyhawk Journal no. 3 - "Gods of Oerth"