[RPG] Which deities in the Forgotten Realms were once mortal


My research indicates that the gods who were once mortals include the following:

  • Azuth was once the mortal champion of Mystra and ascended to godhood after imprisoning Savras.
  • Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul (also known as the Dead Three) became gods when Jergal gave up his powers.
  • Cyric once was a thief, but ascended to godhood during the Time of Troubles by slaying Bhaal.
  • Finder Wyvernspur was once an accomplished bard and (after some trouble) killed Moander and claimed his divine spark.
  • Gwaeron Windstrom was made a demigod by Mielikki after he killed an avatar and several manifestations of Malar.
  • Kelemvor was once a human fighter named Kelemvor Lyonsbane. He became a god after defeating Cyric.
  • When the previous Mystra was destroyed by Helm, Ao replaced her with Midnight, a powerful wizard.
  • Savras once was a powerful mage who somehow became a god.
  • Torm was once a mortal hero and became a demigod during the time when Netheril fell.
  • Valkur may have once been mortal.

Are there others? What's the full list of Forgotten Realms deities that were once mortal?

Also, all the deities I've found were humans before their ascensions. Have any nonhumans become deities?

Best Answer

After flipping through all of the relevant rulebooks from each edition here is my list (including non-humans):

(as of 3-23-2018) those in italics are only possibly originally mortal (based on stories or legends)

Faerûnian Pantheon:

  1. Azuth: ascended by his own power with the help of Mystra (PnP 47)
  2. Bane: ascended with the Dead Three through the slaying of one of the Seven Lost Gods (F&A 37)
  3. Bhaal: see Bane (one of the Dead Three), his second incarnation is the divine form of the victor of the duel between Abdel Adrian and Viekang (F&A 37; SCAG 17)
  4. Cyric: ascended by inheriting Bhaal's powers having slain him (PoL)
  5. Finder: ascended from the divine spark of the late Moander
  6. Gargauth ascended by absorbing the powers of many demons including, at least, Astaroth (PnP 22)
  7. Gwaeron Windstrom: ascended as reward from Mielikki for killing avatars and manifestations of Malar (FnP 96)
  8. Kelemvor: ascended by winning favor with all the dead by defeating Cyric
  9. Mask: reborn from Riven who gathered more and more of Mask's dormant power until the boy became the new incarnation (Shadowrealm)
  10. Mystra ascended after the fall of Netheril by her own power (NEoM 19)
  11. Midnight ascended as the new Mystra, selected by Ao to end the Time of Troubles (FRCP 265)
  12. Red Knight: ascended with the help of Tempus (FnP 104)
  13. Savras: no details on ascension (MoF 6)
  14. Siamorphe: divinity is passed down through mortal lineage (PnP 58-60)
  15. Torm no details on ascension (FnP 74)
  16. Uthgar ascended as a reward from Tempus for his noble fight with the Pale Giants (FRCS 255)
  17. Velsharoon ascended with the help of Talos (GHoR 149)
  18. Waukeen became mortal briefly in an attempt to be free of Ao's bond during the Time of Troubles (FDnD 4)
  19. Valkur: ascended by winning a challenge against Umberlee (FnP 110)

Kara-Turan Pantheon

  1. Chan Cheng: ascended due to a blessing for his great leadership as a ruler (GHoR 33)

Zakharan Pantheon

  1. Jarmik: may have been mortal at one time, ascending where the Mosque of the Thirsty Jann is now (CoD 33-34)

Drow Pantheon

  1. Kiaransalee: no details on ascension (FnP 113)

Dwarven Pantheon

  1. Deep Duerra: no details on ascension

Yuir Elvish Pantheon

  1. Elikarashae: no details on ascension (SCG 53)


  1. Baphomet: while a demon lord, rather than a deity, he may have uniquely started as a mortal creature, banished to the Abyss by the gods
  2. Kuraulyek: ascended with the help of Asgorath (GHoR 9)
  3. Kurtulmak: ascended with the help of Asgorath (GHoR 9)

Dead Deities

  1. Myrkul: see Bane (one of the Dead Three), currently in an artifact (Waterdeep)
  2. Tchazzar: ascended through part of Tiamat's divinity when Tiamat was slain by Gilgeam, may or not be divine still (DoF 37-39)
  3. Zinzerena: ascended in a different crystal sphere before arriving in the Forgotten Realms, sponsored by a deity named Keptolo (VotD)

Rivalen Tanthul, Erevis Cale, Kesson Rel, and Mephistopheles each acquired divinity briefly until Mask was fully reincarnated in Drasek Riven (Shadowrealm)

Sources used:

  • City of Delights (CoD)
  • Dragons of Faerûn (DoF)
  • Faiths & Avatars (F&A)
  • Faiths and Pantheons (FnP)
  • For Duty and Deity (FDnD)
  • Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3e (FRCP)
  • Magic of Faerûn (MoF)
  • Netheril: Empire of Magic (NEoM)
  • Prince of Lies (PoL)
  • Powers and Pantheons (PnP)
  • Shadowrealm
  • Spellbound (SCG)
  • Swords Coast Adventurer's Guide (SCAG)
  • "The Vault of the Drow." Dragon #298. (VotD) 
  • The Grand History of the Realms (GHoR)
  • Waterdeep